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  • Book Review: Buy The Right Wine Every Time by Tom Stevenson

    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    I received the Buy The Right Wine Every Time: The no-Fuss No-Vintage Wine Guide by Tom Stevenson for review recently fro his PR Company.  Just from flipping through the good at first glance, I thought this was the perfect book for my wine enthusiast 21 year old son. The book is grouped alphabetical order and goes into general notes about the wine. An example is Chateau-Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Brules.  The review has the price indicator $$$ and alcohol content and Toms comment “To Die For” (others say “highly recommended or recommended) The review explains the type of…
  • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2011 - Let it Breathe

    The Reverse Wine Snob
    Jon Thorsen
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    A perfect example of how a little air can transform a wine into something special. 100% Malbec from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.SRP of $20 and available for $16. This review is sponsored by CorkExclusive where you can get the Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva for just $15.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order. Imported by TGIC.From the bottle:"Bodega Norton was founded in 1895 at the Mendoza River Valley. The estate winery is located at the foothills of the Andes, at altitudes ranging between 850 to 1100 m. above sea level. "Reserva" is made from carefully selected grapes from vineyards…
  • Cracking the Chianti Code

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    Gregory Dal Piaz
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Another in my series of reports focusing on the wines I was able to sample at the prowein event held in March of this year in Dusseldorf, Germany. Today we’re talking about Chianti Classico, soon to be followed by thoughts on a line-up of the new Gran Selezione wines. I’m not sure we need yet another level for Chianti, but that too shall wait for the next installment of this series for today i want to remain focused on the basic wines of the Chianti Classico zone.  For me this is what Chianti is all about. Classico: coming for the historic heart of the region. No extended…
  • Wine & Dessert Pairing Guide

    Drinking Made Easy » Wine
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    While you may be hard pressed to find anyone upset with the wrong wine & dessert pairing, it is wine and dessert after all, it is nice to show off a little knowledge when entertaining guests, not to mention the piece of mind in knowing that what you are serving wont be conflicting. So when in doubt, reference this infographic created by Shari’s Berries.
  • History and tasting go hand in hand when it comes to wine appreciation

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
      We tasted through a range of Jackson Family wines the other day with the staff of the Sonoma County Vintners, and my oh my, what an impressive group they (the SCV staff, I mean) were. I remember a time when the staffs (such as they were) of these regional wine associations weren’t as professional or informed as they should have been. Of course, the Napa Valley Vintners always was the best organized, but the others—as hard as they tried—just didn’t seem able to pull it all together. The problems were twofold: money and politics. It takes dough, and plenty of it, to run a…
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  • 2013 Wine & Fire Seminar: Digging Deep – Clone 115

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance held its annual Wine & Fire event in August of 2013. The festivities began on Friday evening with a reception at the Sanford & Benedict barn (the former winery) in the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, where over two dozen winemakers poured library wines and current releases from their Sta. Rita Hills appellation. People mingled from late afternoon through dusk and into dark, sampling the various wines. Saturday morning, it was seminar time. We began with a seminar on Chardonnay, followed by a rousing discussion of Pinot Clone 115. The…
  • Australia – What’s New?

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    Wines from Australia are no stranger to most of us, roaring into the U.S. market with high demand back in the mid-to-late ‘90s. At least part of this seemingly sudden demand was driven by the interest in wines with high scores tendered by the Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator publications. Add in the fascination for New World wines from non-domestic sources, an affection for the name Shiraz, and wine labels featuring lots of “critters,” and you had a recipe for success. Fast forward about 10 years or so, and it became evident that the landscape had changed. Not only were there fewer…
  • Seldom Seen – Wines That Don’t Get Enough Face Time

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    The world has been witnessing a lot of geo-political turmoil over the last several years. The “Arab Spring,” the “Orange Revolution,” people taking to the streets. Curiously, the wine world has also seen its share of turmoil. We’ve heard about the “natural wine” movement, the “In Pursuit of Balance” organization, and Robert Parker stepping down as head of The Wine Advocate. There’s also been some ‘Balkanization’ of wine appellations, with splinter groups forming right and left, ostensibly to better tell their AVA’s story. But, with chaos comes opportunity. And, in…
  • 2013 Wine & Fire Seminar – There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance held its annual Wine & Fire event in August of 2013. The festivities began on Friday evening with a reception at the Sanford & Benedict barn (the former winery) in the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, where over two dozen winemakers poured library wines and current releases from their Sta. Rita Hills appellation. People mingled from late afternoon through dusk and into dark, sampling the various wines. Saturday morning, it was seminar time. We began with a seminar on Chardonnay, followed by a rousing discussion of Pinot Clone 115. The…
  • The Renaissance of Spirits – Gin

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:30 am
    Continuing our occasional focus on spirits, we now take a look at gin, a spirit which derives its predominant flavor from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). With origins in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved from an herbal medicine to point of major of commerce in the spirits industry. While the Dutch get credit for the invention of gin, it was Britain where it became a staple in both the military and with its citizenry – unfortunately, leading to a period of time in the early 1700s referred to as the Gin Craze. Today’s gins now have various origins, styles, and flavor profiles,…
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    Vinography: A Wine Blog

  • Book Review: The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Review By Stella Fong The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert will, at first, appeal to the reader's inner child. With thick cardboard pages, great illustrations, and scratch and sniff scent disks, the book offers elementary tools that provide good introductory wine information sans the verbiage that fill other basic compendiums. The author, Richard Betts gets right to the point, confessing to hating wine speak. Even as one of the fewer than 200 Master Sommeliers worldwide he sheds all wine snobbery, stating what he finds obvious, "Wine is a grocery, not a luxury."…
  • The Beauty of 2011 Burgundy: Highlights from La Paulee de San Francisco

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    I don't drink nearly enough Burgundy. But that's not saying much. Most wine lovers without trust funds or best-friend-sommeliers might complain of the same thing. The region's really amazing wines are just too expensive for mere mortals to buy with any regularity. All of which is why I usually jump at the chance to attend the La Paulee de San Francisco event whenever it comes to San Francisco every couple of years. The La Paulee Grand Tasting provides an opportunity to taste a large amount of incredibly high quality Burgundy in an afternoon's walk around the Fairmont ballroom, with brief…
  • Seven Percent Solution Tasting: May 8, San Francisco

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    There comes a point in every intrepid wine lover's life when the well-traveled road must be left behind. One can only drink so much Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. But finding one's way out of the multitudes of these bottles to something more exotic and interesting takes some effort. Which is where the folks behind the Seven Percent Solution come in. These wine producers have organized themselves behind the fact that 93% of Northern California's vineyard acreage is planted to eight major grape varieties, leaving a mere seven percent for all the others. Of…
  • Vinography Images: Autumn Cellar

    12 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    Autumn Cellar Vines of ivy turn ruby red in the autumn on the outside of a wine cave. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: If you are interested in owning an archive quality, limited edition print of this image please…
  • Vinography Images: Vines and Sky

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Vines and Sky Rows of sprawling vines find an echo in the puffy clouds above the Russian River Valley, in Sonoma County, Californa. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: If you are interested in owning an archive…
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  • The Great Post-Baby Wine Debate

    Tom Wark
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    It has become an ongoing conversation in our home as Our Little Project is nearly done fermenting inside the womb and is set to arrive in just a few short weeks: What shall be the wine that Mother Kathy pops when, after 9 months of abstaining from the nectar, she finally returns the world of the swilling? I’ve been lobbying for champagne, since I too will likely be joining the new mother in her celebration of her return to real living. It’s festive. We’ll have good reason to celebrate with Henry George in our lives. Plus, Champagne is a good way to ease back into a life of…
  • New Wine, Beer, Spirits, Cider Legal Blog Launches

    Tom Wark
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    A new blog focused on Alcohol Beverage Law has launched: “Lawful Libations” from the New York firm of Farrell-Fritz. Begun in March, Lawful Libations has a certain focus on New York legal happenings connected to the alcohol beverage world, but has also focused on federal issues. It’s a welcome addition to this particularly narrow niche of blogs. Back in 2010 I wrote a post listing the various alcohol beverage legal blogs, in which I profiled 15 different blogs reporting on the legal and sometimes political machinations in the business. Today, only nine of those 15 blogs…
  • California Winemakers Go Wild For Hard Apple Cider

    Tom Wark
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    The Troy Hard Apple Cider is a collaboration of Troy Carter and Tony Coturri, one of Sonoma’s organic winemaking gurus. The bottling is apparently the product of an old apple orchard in Sebastopol in Sonoma County. It is made unfined and unfiltered, with no added sulfites and entirely with wild yeast. This is some of the most interesting and unique cider I’ve yet tasted. it will be fascinating to see what the duo of Carter and Coturri do to continue the Troy cider brand. Troy Hard Apple Cider—Wild Fermentation (Barrel 5 of 22) Alcohol: 5% Origin: Sebastopol, Sonoma County, CA…
  • Review of America’s Most Popular Cider

    Tom Wark
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Angry Orchard is America’s most popular cider brand, holding something in the vicinity of 40% of the cider market. Owned and produced by The Boston Beer Company, home of Sam Adams Beer, Angry Orchard is the cider you are most likely to find on store shelves and even on beer and wine lists in restaurants. Among its ingredients is “natural flavor”, according to the bottle. I don’t know what “natural” flavor means, but I guess I’m happy it doesn’t include “unnatural flavor”. Angry Orchard will be responsible for introducing many people…
  • Wine vs Cider—An Exploration Beginning in Berkeley

    Tom Wark
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    My continued exploration of hard cider here at Fermentation is a bit of an experiment as much as it is a personal pursuit. What I wonder as I mix reviews and posts on Cider with my coverage of wine is the extent to which there is any interest in cider among the primarily hard-core wine folks that have read this blog for the past nine years. The jury is out. However, on April 26 I will get a first hand look at the kind of people who are likely to have a keen interest in Cider when I attend The Berkeley Cider Summit. Roughly 35 different producers and importers of Cider will collectively be…
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • Grow a Garden with a View

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    A Mad Crush Wine Party © Michael Turek GROW AN URBAN OASIS Planting a rooftop garden is a great way to have a steady supply of seasonal produce. Even restaurants in downtown New York City have started growing fresh herbs, lettuces, and tomatoes, among other crops in top-level plots. Beyond supplying fresh ingredients, however, these skyscraping green spaces can also be a stylish oasis away from the hustle-and-bustle of city streets. Mixing town and country with jaw-drop...
  • What's for Dessert?

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Photo courtesy of GHIRARDELLI Dinner might be over but the party is just beginning when you invite your guests to explore the amazing compatibility between six GHIRARDELLI INTENSE DARK CHOCOLATES with six different sips of elixirs that accentuate various attributes of these luxurious treats. While taste is certainly subjective, every guest is invited to figure out which is his or her favorite combination. Setup Dedicate six small platters or plates, preferably plain white, to ...
  • Chef Kelly Geary: Growing Delicious Possibilities

    12 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Photo © KELLY GEARY. Seeds of Change Living in the city, Geary met a lot of people who wanted to eat local, organic, and fresh-grown foods—but who didn’t have time to make it happen on a regular basis. “In starting Sweet Deliverance, we hoped to provide a link between busy city people and their local farmers and food makers,” she says. Geary modeled Sweet Deliverance on the growing trend of community supported agriculture, or CSA. Customers buy a membership share that lets h...
  • Refreshingly Simple

    4 Mar 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Photo courtesy of Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream Company As a busy chef with a demanding schedule, I'm always looking for ways to stay healthy. As the weather gets warmer, it's more important than ever to have light snacks on hand that will keep me feeling energized throughout the day. That's why I keep my freezer stocked with OUTSHINE® bars. They're made with the same delicious strawberries, raspberries and peaches I reach for at the farmers' market, all picked at their peak to...
  • Host a Garden Swap

    28 Feb 2014 | 8:58 am
    Photo courtesy of iStock. Gro a BBQ From beefsteak to heirloom to cherry and grape, tomatoes are a favorite garden veggie for home growers (yes, technically, they are fruit). In fact, they’re so popular, there are gardening products tailored just for them like Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Tomato Plant Food. In summer, tomatoes can grow by the bucketful, so invite friends over for a backyard BBQ and garden swap. Make fresh Greek salad and grill sliced tomatoes for burgers. Buy so...
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    Intoxicating Prose

  • DESIGN: Sir David Chipperfield

    Douglas Blyde
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    AT 60 years old, Sir David Chipperfield continues to design and reinvigorate buildings likely to outlive him by centuries. He was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany and has received a tally of more than 100 awards including RIBA’s Stirling Prize and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal... Read at Kensington & Chelsea magazine >
  • DRINKS: Sherry Mon Amour

    Douglas Blyde
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    WITH 11 distinct styles, arguably unparalleled food friendliness, and a perceived sense of offering value, sherry provides retailers, restaurateurs and bars a unique tool. At 30% of sales, the UK market remains sherry’s secondary market to Spain by a fraction, followed by Holland and Germany, and then the USA and Japan, where sales are rising. I spoke to leading operators about how they are handling the sherry cause in 2014...Read at Harper's >

    Douglas Blyde
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:53 am
    CHEEK by jowl to a very active Domino’s and well fitted out Nando’s, Greg Wallace’s brunch-focused Putney bistro, Wallace & Co, motto of which was “great right now” has given way to an Italian from people of pedigree. BIBO, defined as “simply the Latin, Bibo (I drink) - Bibo ergo Sum if you will,” by consultant-sommelier, Zeren Wilson, is brought to you by restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas, mind behind local stars, Sam’s Brasserie and Kitchen W8, and chef Chris Beverley, “one of Theo Randall's top boys.” Designer, Ben Chapman (known for Soho’s hatchet-laden meat…
  • SPIRITS: The Ever Drier Martini

    Douglas Blyde
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    ONCE described as “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet” by “Sage of Baltimore”, Henry Louis Mencken, the martini originally combined gin and the aromatic, fortified wine, vermouth in equal measures. This created by all standards, a sweet cocktail. However, 150 years on from those early serves, today’s mixologists are more likely to craft the martini blotter-dry, with vermouth barely present at just one part per 100 of gin... Read at Alexander & James >
  • RESTAURANTS: Margaux

    Douglas Blyde
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    MARGAUX is the first operation from business partners and partners in life, Sylvia Kontek (from Piedmont) and German-Hungarian, Vittorio Monge. Kontek précised their story: “we both grew-up around wine and wanted to create a place where great wines would match simple, but authentic, fresh dishes. So far, so good...”Read at Harper's >
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  • Chandon fizz around the world et al (Tasting articles)

    Jancis Robinson
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    For an article I'm writing on Saturday about what Jean-Guillaume Prats did after he left Ch Cos d'Estournel last year, I have been tasting some of the key wines produced by LVMH on their wine properties outside France. Did you see they have just moved into Burgundy with the acquisition of the.
  • Bordeaux 2013 - the most disappointing (Inside information)

    Richard Hemming
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Please note that tomorrow we will start publishing my tasting notes on this much-discussed vintage in Bordeaux. We'll kick off with the most successful wines, the sweet whites. With some trepidation, I present here a selection of Bordeaux 2013 that seemed least impressive to me during my primeur.
  • Bordeaux 2013 TNs - your comments (Inside information)

    Purple Pagers
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the light of our survey at the beginning of the week as to what you wanted us to do about the timing of the publication of Richard's tasting notes on Bordeaux 2013 en primeurs samples, I thought you might be interested in this representative sample of comments. Against delaying publication I.
  • Steven Spurrier - champion of French wines (Free for all)

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    17 April 2014 - I was reminded of this candidate for our Throwback Thursday feature by fine-wine trader and blogger Joss Fowler of who included a reference to it in his recent brief interview with the man behind the Judgment of Paris, and was so traduced in the movie Bottleshock. 27.
  • Bordeaux 2013 - a guide to our coverage (sticky) (Free for all)

    Richard Hemming
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year I was tasked with tasting the samples offered en primeur from the 2013 vintage in Bordeaux. It was widely regarded as the worst growing season in a long, long time - but I am assured it was pure coincidence that Jancis and Julia were unable to attend themselves. [Read Bordeaux en primeur.
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    Grapes and Grains

  • Serious Eats: “The 20 Best New Sour Beers in the World”

    David Flaherty
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Over the course of two months, I met with beer tasters much smarter than myself and we embarked on a sour-filled journey of more than 50 sour beers from around the world.  These were the results of our findings. Serious Eats: Drinks March 18th, 2014 “The 20 Best New Sours Beers in the World“ (Click on the image below to view the article)
  • Edible Manhattan: “Aaron Burr Cidery: Tree of Knowledge”

    David Flaherty
    15 Mar 2014 | 8:04 pm
    So stoked to get Andy’s tale out to the world.  He’s a true renegade in the burgeoning US cider scene.  The guy wild forages for apples in the Hudson Valley that have never seen pesticides nor modern tools.  Now that’s just bad ass.  Big thanks to Gabrielle Langholtz for helping get this story told. Plus, big shout out to my wife (Kat Bryant Photography) for her beautiful photos. Edible Manhattan: The Drinks Issue Jan/Feb 2014 “Aaron Burr Cidery: Tree of Knowledge” Andy Brennan moved upstate in search of an orchard he’d loved and lost.  Now he’s…
  • The World of Spirits in 20 minutes…and GO!

    David Flaherty
    17 Feb 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Prepping for a little crash course in spirits for the Hearth and Terroir staff tomorrow. 20 mins to teach EVERYTHING.
  • Wait, How Many Different Names are there for Nebbiolo?!

    David Flaherty
    12 Feb 2014 | 3:34 am
    Some serious frickin Piedmont geekery going on yesterday at Hearth & Terroir.
  • The Streets are Lined with Super Bowl Detritus

    David Flaherty
    3 Feb 2014 | 4:18 pm
    A sad ending for what must have been a beautiful pub experience.
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Deciphering the Vibrant Street Art of Porto

    Gabriella Opaz
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Enchanting, mystical, charming…these three words perpetually fall off my tongue when I describe the city of Porto. It’s a city that holds a thousand secrets etched on porcelain tiled buildings and abandoned romantic gardens teeming with flowering camelia trees. It’s a city where a 102 year old grandmother draped in black will smile broadly as you pass by, oblivious to your “foreign” appearance; or where young teenage boys will respectfully part their testosterone filled wave of jostling in order for you and your mammoth stroller to pass. However, what truly makes…
  • Vermouth in Barcelona: The past and present of a delicious aperetivo culture

    Sam Zucker
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    What is vermouth? Well, let’s start with what vermouth is not. Vermouth is not only a supporting role to classic cocktails, nor is it the dry, bitter stuff that languished away in Mom and Dad’s liquor cabinet, only to be drunk in secret by soon-to-be rueful teens when left alone at home for the weekend. Yes Mom, your Martini Extra Dry met the same stomach-turning fate as the Jose Cuervo Margarita mix, the suspiciously-watered-down Gosling’s rum and that sticky bottle of Manischewitz kosher wine. So, let’s move on. Vermouth is—by definition—an aromatized, fortified wine flavored…
  • Friday Feature Photo: Gentle Spanish Hands

    Gabriella Opaz
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    Photographer: Albertina Torres Capture Date: October 4, 2012 Location: Caudete de las Fuentes (Valencia-Spain) About: For her Spanish Notebooks project, Albertina went into the houses in Utiel-Requena, where she’s invited to share those special moments when food is being prepared. On that specific day, María was cutting some peppers, and the image reminded Albertina of an old painting. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to…
  • Three Dynamic Female Portuguese Winemakers

    Guest Blogger
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Portugal might be on its knees economically, but the wine industry is going from strength to strength. Exports are growing quietly (between 5-10% per year over the last decade), and the country is beginning to escape the shackles of being seen only as a value producer. I’m not talking about Port, which has its own long-established market and following, but rather about “still” or non-fortified wines. Portugal was known for knocking out large quantities of “rustic” fare in decades gone by, but this started to change in 1986. Accession to the EU was a watershed which split apart…
  • People of Porto! Join us for a Massive Picnic at Parque da Cidade THIS SUNDAY

    Gabriella Opaz
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    People of Porto! Come join us THIS Sunday (April 13th) for a MASSIVE picnic at Parque da Cidade! If you enjoyed dancing with us in “We are Happy: Porto”, or you just enjoyed watching, make sure to join us for a second round to highlight another fantastic aspect of Porto! Everyone can come! Everyone should come and share the good vibes at the lake closest to the ocean in Parque da Cidade!! There’s only one requirement: we ask you to bring the following for this special picnic. Picnic blanket Bottle of wine or beverage Delicious food to share Funny hats and bright/colorful clothing…
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  • LVMH enters Burgundy via Clos des Lambrays

    Dr. Vino
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    LVMH, the luxury goods company whose portfolio ranges from Louis Vuitton handbags to Dom Pérignon champagne, has made their first acquisition in Burgundy. The group has purchased Domaine des Lambrays just outside of Morey-Saint-Denis with its 21.9 acres of vineyards, including the Clos des Lambrays grand cru as well as several premier cru sites. Although the Clos des Lambrays has produced wine since the 14th century, the sellers were the Freund family who have owned it since 1996. The price was not disclosed. Production is about 35,000 bottles with an average retail price of $165 according…
  • Delectable: the only wine app you need

    Dr. Vino
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    In my wine classes, people often ask me, “What’s the best wine app?” I’ve been using wine apps since the early days of the app store and have generally found that they try to do too much (“a million logically possible food-wine pairings”) or too little (only offer limited price comparisons). But now when I am asked, I have an answer: Delectable. The main feature that makes Delectable the standout wine app is its incredible optical recognition. Out to dinner and enjoying a wine? You could simply snap a picture to remember, always a good a idea. But if you…
  • This week in vineyard photos: drones, buds, caterpillars

    Dr. Vino
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Vineyards and wineries can post some photos to social media that let us know what’s going on in their corner of the world. Here are a few worthwhile ones: Starting in the southern hemisphere, this one is a photo of the Craggy Range Te Muna Road vineyard in New Zealand. It’s taken by drone and, since you know our love of all things drone and wine related, we had to post it for you. Queried via DM, the folks at Craggy Range said the drone belonged to an employee and was used for fun, not in any particular vineyard application. This is from Rhys Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains,…
  • Spot the spoof

    Dr. Vino
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Some wine news these days seems beyond parody because the headlines read as if they were ripped from The Onion. In honor of April Fool’s Day, here’s a smattering of recent wine stories–see if you can spot the wine spoof in our bluff the reader challenge. A. The Wine Advocate is set to release new “luxury lifestyle” magazine entitled “100 Points by Robert Parker.” B. James Suckling has a crystal wine glass marketed as “100 points.” C. A “Miracle Machine” was touted, which would turn water into wine in three days. D. The French…
  • Eataly wined and fined & the three-tier system

    Dr. Vino
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Eataly Wine will close for six months and its owners, including celebrity chef Mario Batali, will also pay a $500,000 fine per an agreement with New York state authorities yesterday. No date has been set for the start of the closing. The settlement resulted from the State Liquor Authority’s enforcement of a ban on “interlocking interests.” The SLA also claimed that the shop’s owners suppressed that information. The turn of events is somewhat puzzling. It was no secret that Joe Bastianich sold wines that he made at his winery in the north of Italy. Indeed, the shop’s web site…
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Review: *** $$ Crossroads Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2007

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Crossroads Winery Sauvignon Blanc. By way of background:  New Zealand is a classic region for sauvignon blanc.  What makes today's tasting a bit unique is the full seven years of aging between the vintage date and the first sampling.  Will it turn the sharp classic grasses and stainless steel of these wines into a whole new experience?Original tasting and review : This is Crossroads Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2007, finished at 12.5% alcohol, first sampled in 2014.In the glass: Light yellow with…
  • Review: Chateau Faizeau Selection Vieilles Vignes, Montagne Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France, 2005

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Chateau Faizeau Selection Vieilles Vignes. By way of background, opening thoughts: Montagne Saint-Emilion is one of the "satellite" appelations ringing around the most well-known base appelation of Saint-Emilion.  We are sampling a well regarded, modestly-priced offering from the region, cellared to nine years from vintage date.  This is consistent with Robert Parker's recommendation that the 2005 vintage of this offering would be good for a decade.Original tasting and review : This is Chateau Faizeau Selection Vieilles…
  • Review: ***+ $$ Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2003 = GOOD VALUE

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon. By way of background, opening thoughts:  I enjoyed the 2001 version of this Napa cabernet sauvignon, but found it lost liveliness by the time it attained eight years of age (see review here).  I'm taking a bigger chance now with the 2003 vintage, first sampling at a whopping 11 years from vintage date.Original tasting and review : This is Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2003, finished at 14.5% alcohol.In the glass: Deep mahogany with some brick.On the nose: Poured at…
  • Review: *** $$ Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 1999

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon. Original tasting and review : This is Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 1999, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled a full 15 years from vintage date!In the glass: Medium red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, perfumed, oaky black currant fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and layered.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact chewy with ripe black currant and ripe plums.  The tannins have…
  • Updated Review: ***+ $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 93 Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain, 2004 = GOOD VALUE

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    By way of background: This is Lot 93 from the Cameron Hughes series of premium negociant wines - a tempranillo sourced from a co-operative in the well-known and well-regarded Rioja area of Spain.With a few years of age on the grapes already, and with the generally promising showing of all wines in the Cameron Hughes line so far, it promises to be an interesting experience. Let's see...Original Review, March, 2009: Lot 93 is deep blood red in color, tending towards opaque in the center of the glass. No bricking at the edges - firm deep red throughout. Massive, luscious nose brings aromas…
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  • Wallingford Bridge and the Boat House Pub

    Andrew Barrow
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Wallingford Bridge and the Boat House Pub A rather tenuous link to wine photo for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot I’m afraid. Taken this morning, at dawn, a photo of Wallingford bridge as it arches over the Thames. The photo is a panorama of 8 individual shots, each a long-exposure due to the low light levels, stitched together in photoshop. I only just managed to get down to the river in time before the street lights switched off. A few moments longer and the sun began to rise behind the trees to the left and the mist settled in. And the link to wine? On the right is the Boat House, a pub.
  • Gin Lab Experience at COLD

    Andrew Barrow
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Gin Lab Experience at COLD Locating the entrance proved somewhat problematic. We had the address and where in the right road – just a few minutes walk up from Blackfriars – but perhaps looking for a large sign or a window fronted bar was our downfall. The Gin Experience and its accompanying bar is through a non-descript door and down some stairs. We got there in the end… The Gin Experience is run by the City of London Distillery (COLD for short). You can buy the gin they distil there (you can see the actual distilling equipment from the bar area) from Waitrose and plenty of…
  • Tons Duorum Branco

    Andrew Barrow
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Tons Duorum Branco OK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca Lirico Corte de los Arcangeles blend from Naked Wines is rather decent but also £20 or so if you are not an angel) but it does go to demonstrate the power of sharing a bottle with friends and how the atmosphere influences the memories of the moment, lubricated by a bottle of something highly drinkable. The white sister to the Tons de Durorum Vinho Tinto, I found equally as interesting. While some may not take to the floral top note added by the addition…
  • Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers

    Andrew Barrow
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers My three passions, wine, food and photography, combine in a new venture – a Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers. Its taken the best part of a year to research and put together but I think the result is a fantastic and unique trip for October 2014. It takes in the beauty of Florence itself, visiting the very best wine bars and a wide variety of restaurants plus a trip out into the beautiful Tuscan countryside for vines, vineyards and vistas. An interest in photography and/or a passion for the local cuisine is all you need! The tour will be…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

    Andrew Barrow
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:42 am
    The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate Perhaps a slightly over-ambitious claim but this info-thang does give some pointers to pairing wine and chocolate. It was drawn up by those lovely people at Chocolat Lovers who tell me that “We carried out some wine and chocolate taste testing last year and have created a little guide from the results for those wanting to have their own wine and chocolate parties or just indulge themselves….we are told that chocolate and wine parties are going to be next big thing in London, so we are sharing it with you as we though you might be…
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  • Slingshot Napa Valley Cab Sauvignon (6)

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Color us Slingshooted … Slingshotted … Slingshat? Something.You, too, could save the village and make a new friend.Cut off his head? Why would we do that? You’ve got that giant all wrong. Sure, he talked a good game: “CHALLENGE ME! SEND OUT YOUR CHAMPION!” But he’s not a bad guy. No, we didn’t threaten to “smite” him. We just offered him a handshake, a bottle of 2011 Slingshot Cab, and some conversation. See, he wanted people to fear him. He spent his life being the scary giant because that’s the only way people respected him. After years of being mocked when he was young,…
  • Fat Toad Farm Goat's Milk Caramel (4)

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    ¡Leche del sapo!Hold up. How does one even milk a toad?OK, OK, hold on, we read that wrong. What we have here is a selection of caramel made with goat's milk from Fat Toad Farm. That makes a lot more sense. We weren't the best biology students, but picturing udders on a toad just felt wrong. Anyway, this bundle includes two flavors of Fat Toad Farm Cajeta, the delectable delicacy beloved by sweet-tooths down Mexico way: two jars of their creamy Original Goat's Milk Caramel sauce and a two-pack of Salted Bourbon Caramel, the hippest slightly-savory goo in town. Both varieties are made with…
  • Peter Wellington Victory Reserve (2)

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    W Stands For VictoryThe mighty hand of Peter Wellington has slapped down many who would steal the crown of grapes about his brow.... That's why he knows and relishes the taste of victory. Today, he wants to share it with you.If you've ever gotten the girl, or gotten the guy, or gotten a hermaphrodite, you remember that intense and complex aroma. If you've ever gotten a promotion, or gotten a raise, or gotten a negative test result, you remember that smooth and supple mouthfeel. Victory mixes the aromas of cherry, boysenberry, sandalwood and cedar with the glory of licorice, mocha, leather and…
  • Inspiration Vineyards Burgundian Trio

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Right IdeaAttention uninspired people: I have tasted Inspiration and it is great.First thing’s first: despite what you might have heard, you don’t get struck by Inspiration; you drink it. You need to do the work: uncork the bottle, pour it into a glass, sniff it, and send it down the hatch. Second, Inspiration can vary in style and vintage. Sometimes it can taste like a 2010 Pinot Noir with flavors of earth, dark cherries, and leather. Other times, you’ll swear it’s a 2010 Chardonnay with apple blossoms, vanilla, citrus with a hint of toasted oak. But no matter what kind of…
  • Upstream Wines Chardonnay (6)

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Chard at PlayParty Chardy, man.Mellow out. Hang loose. Chillax. Whichever era's horribly dated euphemism for relaxation you prefer, this sixer of Upstream Wines Chardonnay will efficiently facilitate that eventuality, dude.  It's not gonna butter up your palate with obnoxious oak. It's just Chard being Chard, dig? A nose of citrus and green apple, tastes of honey and pineapple, and thou. That's how it do. With all due respect to Frankie, the Upstream Wines Chardonnay says "Relax, yes do it." And if you're getting all uptight wondering exactly what that means, man, you need a glass most…
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    1 Wine Dude

  • Vying For Napa’s Best Reds, By Way Of Hungary… Oh, And Bordeaux, Too (Kapcsandy Family Winery Recent Releases)

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Our competition isn’t Napa Valley; it’s Bordeaux.” That’s how Lou Kapcsandy sums up the goal of his 3,000 (ish) case production winery, a building that nestles up to about 15 acres of vineyard land that formerly went into Beringer’s `75 Private Reserve (“we purchased it in 2000 without them knowing anything about it,” he told me), and which might best be described as ‘polished-industrial.’ But that kind of upscale nondescript casing is fitting for the no-nonsense Kapcsandy, particularly when you consider that he’s a former chemical engineer and wine importer (not much…
  • Win Tickets To #RiojaWeek Tapas Fest 2014 In NYC!

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Two words: Jamon Galleria. That’s just one of the culinary delights that you can experience at the upcoming Rioja Week Tapas Fest and Grand Tasting taking place at Weylin B. Seymour’s in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1PM ET. The event will also feature a Casa de Tapas, a Paella and Vino Garden, a Cheese Cave, and something like 200 Rioja wines. And three of you are going to get to go for free. Who loves ya, baby?!? I’m excited to tell you that this month I’ve got a (paying) gig with Rioja Wines in which I will be taking part in Tapas Fest in NYC (mostly as a panel…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 14, 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 10 Fields Family Big Red (Lodi): Big indeed, on tasty…
  • Returning To Hades (Highlights From New Hampshire Wine Week 2014)

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Remember when I said I was heading to New Hampshire Wine Week (as a media guest)? That was back in February, and, yes, I am just now getting around to talking about it. I’d love to tell you that delay is due to me being stupid amounts of busy (which I am), but it’s not. The delay is total aww-man-I-don’t-wanna-have-to-write-this-term-paper procrastination. Why? Because writing about NH’s consumer-facing wine event requires facing my own personal hell, which is having built a life in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and then becoming a wine lover, and having to deal with the PA Liquor…
  • Getting Screwy For Spring (Talking Corkscrews In Publix Grape Magazine Spring 2014)

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve ever wanted to introduce a misbehaving corkscrew to the business end of a firearm (I think anyone who’s ever snapped a cork in half when opening a bottle can identify with this feeling), then you’re not actually too far off from one of that tool’s original uses. That corkscrews may have derived from implements used to pull unspent musket material from rile barrels is just one of the fascinating tidbits I picked up in researching my latest piece for PUBLIX Grape Magazine, titled “The Art of the Corkscrew,” which is appearing in their Spring 2014 issue. Yes, Spring. Yes,…
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  • 5 Signs to Tell You’re Ready for a Serious Relationship

    Benjamin Art
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    You’re dating and you’re having the best time of your life. A surprise visit, a fancy night at a restaurant, or a talk over wine and candles – they all seem sweet, but what will you be ready when he’s ready to go serious with you? Most people who are recovering from a relationship will probably have a hard time committing again. Don’t worry; we’ve arranged 5 signs that will tell you if you’re ready for a serious relationship. You’re confident and happy being alone Learning to be happy alone, free from insecurities, means being comfortable in your own skin. When you’re…
  • What to Do When Your Phone Gets Stolen

    Benjamin Art
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:50 am
    Wireless devices, specifically smartphones, have become primary targets of robbers. Smartphones are pretty expensive and they may also contain personal information that robbers can use to their advantage. Losing your phone can be very devastating especially that most of your life depends on it. Then again, you can’t dwell on what’s already happened. You should instead focus on the consequences of losing your phone. More importantly, you have to protect yourself as well as your personal information found in your mobile device. How to stay away from theft You have to check your surroundings…
  • High Impact VS Low Impact Exercises: Which Is Right for You?

    Benjamin Art
    2 Feb 2014 | 9:41 pm
    All of us want to have healthy and fit bodies. As much as we’d like to achieve our goals the next day, we still have to work hard for it. What if you don’t have too much time to spare? If time is limited, then you have to pick a routine that works for you. You should be able to get the most out of it without wasting your time. One thing you need to consider is whether you should go with low impact or high impact workouts. Which is best for you? What’s the difference between the two? Low impact workouts refer to movements where a foot stays on the ground all the time and only one leaves…
  • Know How To Cut Down Car Insurance Bills In 5 Ways

    Benjamin Art
    26 Jan 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Car insurance helps a lot of vehicle owners especially at times of mishaps. It saves you the big amount you have to spend on damages and repairs. But don’t you know that car insurance rates are based on the average insurance claims each type of car and model has? If you’re driving that has a higher car stolen rate, typically you would also pay a higher amount for car insurance. So if you want to keep your car insurance low, check these out. 1. Shop around for cars with low insurance rate. Since how much you pay for an insurance depends on what car you drive, it is better to buy a car that…
  • Possible Reasons Your Ad Campaigns are Ineffective on Google AdWords

    Benjamin Art
    18 Dec 2013 | 9:37 pm
    Internet has provided one of the best platforms for various people and business units to promote and market their goods and services to reach their potential clients. The main objective in online marketing is for these people and organizations to eventually sell their products and services, just like it is in any other type of trade. Investing in Google AdWords program on the internet offers one of the best options for marketing your enterprise online. It can immensely help your business grow faster. However, using Google AdWords can only be viable when correctly executed. You can be…
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    Aristide, a wine blog

  • Microfiche: Pojer e Sandri Zero Infinito
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Pojer e Sandri Zero Infinito, l’etichetta ideata da Francesco Arrigoni e realizzata dall’artista trentino Rolando Trenti Produttore: Pojer e Sandri Vino: Zero Infinito Vino Bianco Frizzante Biologico, col fondo Denominazione: Vino bianco frizzante Alcool: 12% Prezzo: €14,00 al pubblico in cantina, bott. 750ML.  ”Modalità di servizio: decantare in caraffa o ‘agitare prima dell’uso’ per chi ama la versione rustica contadina”. Questa è la prima cosa che si nota di questo vino frizzante, imbottigliato in vetro bianco (con chiusura tappo a…
  • Marketing del vino e semiotica: diciamo la nostra sul “quadrato”
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Presentato il “Quadrato Semiotico dei Wine Lovers” durante lo scorso Vinitaly, grazie a un’iniziativa della cantina trevigiana Bosco Viticultori del Gruppo VI.V.O. Cantine sac. e all’analisi condotta dall’istituto di ricerche di mercato Squadrati di Milano, con il coordinamento “dietro le quinte” di Lorenzo Biscontin. Ne parlo in un post su Fermenti Digitali. Pubblicazione di Giampiero Nadali. The post Marketing del vino e semiotica: diciamo la nostra sul “quadrato” appeared first on Aristide, a wine blog.
  • Slow Wine sbarca sulla Luna
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:22 am
    Pubblicazione di Giampiero Nadali. The post Slow Wine sbarca sulla Luna appeared first on Aristide, a wine blog.
  • Essere bravi su Internet. Uh??

    Giampiero alias Aristide
    27 Feb 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Aria di Vinitaly, arrivano gli “esperti”… Ecco allora un commento su una “ricerca” appena pubblicata: dicono quali sono le “cantine italiane più brave su Internet”… Leggi il post sul diario Facebook di Giampiero Nadali.   The post Essere bravi su Internet. Uh?? appeared first on Aristide, a wine blog.
  • Mercato Vignaioli FIVI, l’orizzonte in una vetrina

    Giampiero alias Aristide
    28 Nov 2013 | 5:11 am
    Arriva il week-end del “Mercato dei Vini dei Vignaioli Indipendenti“ della FIVI, a Piacenza, sabato 30/11 e domenica 1/12. Siamo alla terza edizione di una manifestazione che dovrebbe celebrare l’incontro tra chi consuma e chi produce vino. Come recita il comunicato ufficiale (integralmente disponibile a seguire) sarà l’occasione per incontrare “240 vignaioli da 16 regioni, presenti per proporre in degustazione e vendita oltre 1000 vini da vitigni autoctoni e internazionali, e di tutte le tipologie, dai fermi agli spumanti ai passiti. Tutti i più importanti…
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  • Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers Scheduled for May 30, 2014

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Wicked Weed Brewing is partnering with Pints for Prostates to launch Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers to be held May 30 from 7-10 p.m. as part of the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer WeekTM.  The event will bring some of America’s top brewers of barrel-agedsour beers to Asheville and will create an experience beyond just a beer festival. Funk Asheville will be held in downtown Asheville at the Wicked Weed Funkitorium, a new 12,000-square-foot barrel aging facility located at 147 Coxe Ave., just a 3 blocks from the brewery. This will be the first…
  • NoDa Brewing Tart Attack to be Released by Rare Beer of the Month Club™ to Support Pints for Prostates

    21 Sep 2013 | 8:29 am
    NoDa Brewing Co. of Charlotte, N.C., and The Rare Beer of the Month Club™, which ships unique craft beers nationwide, are teaming up on a special limited release beer to benefit the Pints for Prostates campaign.NoDa Tart Attack is being brewed exclusively to create awareness and support the mission of Pints for Prostates, which uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message.“NoDa Brewing is proud to be partnering with Pints for Prostates and excited to be making Tart Attack, which is the first time we’ve made a Berliner Weisse on our production…
  • Pints for Prostates Germany Beer Tour Scheduled for Oct. 9-19, 2014

    14 Sep 2013 | 5:32 am has put together a special beer tour of Germany to benefit Pints for Prostates. The beer adventure to Bavaria and Franconia will take place from Oct. 9-19, 2014.The nine night dream trip includes stops in Aying, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bayreuth, Rothenburg and Bamberg. The trip includes beer tastings, escorted beer hall crawls, guided city walks, brewery tours, monastery visits, special meals and is offering this special Pints for Prostates group tour to Germany to the public on a limited basis. Just 14 slots are available for this tour at $2,995 (+ air) based…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting V Beer List Announced

    14 Sep 2013 | 5:29 am
      DENVER, CO – Organizers of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, have released the confirmed brewery list and beers that are expected to be poured at the event. At total of 42 brewers are scheduled to take part in the event, which will be held at the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax St. in Denver. The event takes place on Oct. 11 from 1-4 p.m., while the Great American Beer Festival is in the city.“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is an amazing opportunity taste rare, exotic and vintage beers…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting V Releases Partial Brewery List

    22 Jul 2013 | 4:11 am
    Organizers of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, have released a partial list of brewers expected to pour at the event and announced a new venue for the tasting.“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is the quintessential rare beer event and we are excited by the brewers that have committed to take part in the 2013 edition,” said Daniel Bradford, publisher of All About Beer Magazine, which presents the event. “Our goal is to bring together America’s best craft breweries in a relaxed format where brewers and beer lovers get…
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    Wannabe Wino Wine Blog

  • A Rose for a Rosy Day

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for the brand. I was 100% positive that I had written about a previous vintage of this wine. Apparently not, but I do know I have tasted it and enjoyed it before. Perhaps I thought I wrote about it, but never actually go to making my notes into a post and putting it up. That seems most likely. In any event, today in the 85 degree weather we opened the 2013 Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rose. The wine had a Diam closure, clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, is a blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre, and retails for under $10 a…
  • Spring into Spring

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks associated with Rueda. Even though our weather has continued to be fairly terrible, I’m pretending it’s spring and being drawn heavily to the white wines. I went digging in the basement and came back out with the 2012 Yllera Verdejo.  I’m a Verdejo fan as an alternate white wine. I generally find it refreshing and tasty. The Yllera retails for around $14 and has a real cork closure. The bottle got recycled before I could write down the alcohol content. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) I was almost expecting…
  • Two Nights Two Pinots

    14 Mar 2014 | 3:04 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, I managed to pluck the same wine from two different vintages two nights in a row from my basement. Let’s just say the Pinot Noir called my name this winter and the two Rodney Strong ones that were lurking (that sounds ominous, I promise it’s not) in my cellar got caught up in a few day Pinot fury. Had I actually realized I had both of them down there, I would have done a side-by-side comparison. On night one we tried the 2010 Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. More on night…
  • Let’s Get Blended

    28 Feb 2014 | 2:22 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for the brand. Winter persists. Spirits falter. Red wine is a necessity to strengthen the soul. Why not a red wine from a warmer climate to ease the pain of the never-ending winter? In Argentina it’s been in the 80s during the day. Tonight I think it is going to be 9 at my house. With needing a warming red in mind, I plucked the 2012 Graffigna Reserve Elevation Red Blend from its comfy resting spot in my basement. The wine has a Diam closure and retails for around $10-$12. It’s a blend of 20% Bonarda, 20% Cabernet…
  • Always a Good Day

    13 Feb 2014 | 12:14 pm
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. My day definitely looks up when my wine glass contains a treat from Jordan Winery.  Particularly when that wine happens to be their signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Our weather has been, shall we say, chilly, and a big red wine warms the soul when the thermometer can’t seem to get up over 9 degrees.  On this evening, we had the fortune to try the 2009 Jordan Cab Sauvignon. The wine has a real cork closure, clocks in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for $53. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) We drank this with grilled…
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    Wino sapien

  • Knee Deep

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:51 pm
    It's been three years since my last visit, and the plates were once again the prettiest of my sojourn. The cellar door still has the most miserly of pours, thimble size, 15ml samples; which is perhaps why they still have the 09 Chardonnay available. It's less anxious than before, but still youthful and worthy ($28).Of the pictured plates, the duck with (very) smoked egg plant and the chocolate cremeux and nitro coconut were the most pleasing. The most photogenic plate, the Violet marshmallow, seemed to lack intensity and flavour. Click here for the…
  • Postcard: Prevelly

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Three years on from the fire and the blackened arms and trunks have become bleached and mottled by the sea air and sun. Click here for the original context
  • Miki's Open kitchen

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    131 Bussell, at the back, off the road, but not on a Monday or a Tuesday, and only if you have a booking. . . It's wise to be prepared; the food is delicate and beautiful, the room off white, with a sunken kitchen in the centre. The only minor fault - the heavy scent of cooking oil as you enter, which is not entirely unexpected given the focus on tempura. Miki smiles and chats, marshalling his team and pouring beer for the patrons while slicing and preparing his little plates, each one complete and gorgeous. The room is small and the seats are all taken. The common choice is the trust menu, a…
  • Postcard: Hamelin Bay

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    I arrived post facto, but even from the distance I could see something interesting was happening. A small crowd was gathered around watching as a handful of men emptied nets full of three and four kilogram salmon. Their mouths open, stunned and even in death beautiful and streamlined. The fishermen were in small boats, waiting opportunistically, while the local dolphins corralled the school of fish to their end. Click here for the original context
  • Review: Restaurant Amusé

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:09 pm
    A complete and quite brilliant meal at Restaurant Amusé. A lifetime ago I visited only to find the food complicated but cold; I was left unmoved by the cleverness. . . If anything the food has become even more complex and layered; but the passion, produce and flavours are no longer subservient to method and all the plates sing with warmth and depth. The cleverness is balanced with generosity and there is now a notable absence of anything that might be construed as superfluous. The service too is confident, attentive and connected. The plates are mostly delivered to table by the chefs,…
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  • Choosing The Perfect Business Name

    seo seo
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    For your business to attain a huge level of success and to prosper in the long run, a good name for your business is essential. The right name for your business or company can make your business, easy to remember and communicate. An informative business name makes it easy for your customers for knowing instantly what your business is all about. The need of a strong business name Naming your business with the appropriate business name is not an easy task. You might either consider an expert who can provide Business Name Ideas for your business or you can opt for numerous service providers…
  • How to Name A Business – Domain Length

    12 Jan 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Essential elements of strong business communication is precision and efficiency. When trying to locate a package delivery service online,  typing UPS into a web browser is far more accurate than United Parcel Service.  Andersen Consulting changed its name to Accenture in 2001 as part of a split of accounting and technology organizations.   Starbucks Coffee, Tea and Spice became simply Starbucks.  Mosaic Systems famously morphed into Netscape.   All examples highlight the power of a finding short, memorable business name to build instant brand recognition. The length of a business name…
  • How to Name A Business – An Overview

    11 Aug 2013 | 9:50 am
    You reach the proverbial Eureka Moment when inspiration for the perfect business idea takes hold.   Evolving from a random conversation or a back-of-the-napkin brainstorming session, your concept provides an innovative product or service or a new twist on a solution already in the marketplace.   And you have meticulous research and a clear plan for growth.  Ready to capitalize on this opportunity, all you lack is the perfect business name for your new venture.  So, how to name a business that makes an impact?   Selecting a great business name involves choosing a name that helps customers…
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • The World’s First Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

    Alfonso Cevola
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Pietro Losi's 2007 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione  When I was in Tuscany earlier this month, inevitably the subject of the Chianti Classico classification came up. Roberto Stucchi at Badia a Coltibuono is at the spearhead of trying to move the Chianti Classico Consorzio towards a more comprehensive ordering of the different terroir of the classic zone. That is a slow dance, taking many years, but one which Roberto and many other people are very passionate about. Alessandro Masnaghetti is moving the discussion further with his mapping strategy, which gives a visual person like me the…
  • #Vinitaly2014 - New white wine, old red wine, Renzi's hashtag (#campolibero) and new bathrooms

    Alfonso Cevola
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
     Baron Alessandro de Renzis Sonnino - Vintage Raleigh, low carbon footprint and kid glovesVinitaly 2014 was a little different than the first Vinitaly I went to in 1984. In 1984 there were fewer pavilions and producers. One could see the whole show in about two days, back then. Now, four days doesn’t even begin to cover it. But any longer would be too much.This year was difficult. Two days before the show started, my throat started to get sore and closed up. I had a slight fever and muscle pain. Mind you, I had been in Italy for some time, first as a judge for 21st Concorso Enologico,…
  • The Loneliest Man in the World

    Alfonso Cevola
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    Sixteen years ago I was walking out of the Vinitaly wine fair with a friend and colleague. Crossing the street, we spotted a well known importer looking at the ground. A local fellow had a shell game going on and he had stopped to look at it. My friend touched my arm to get my attention to look in that direction. He pulled me to the side and spoke in a lowered voice. “That man over there, see how unhappy he appears. He looks like the loneliest man in the world.”  Over the years I observed this man. He had a burgeoning business, a nice family, more money than he could spend in a…
  • The Dramas of Life

    Alfonso Cevola
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Here in Italy, as in everywhere on Spaceship Earth, there are the daily dramas. We all have them. For each and every one of us, our personal dramas are often of utmost importance. After all we are the center of our universe. Our life is most important to us. Multiply that by 7,000,000,000 in this moment and probably another 7,000,000,000+ in time. A caveman searching for food for his tribe. An explorer discovering a new route to the Pacific Coast. A winemaker finding a better way to make Sangiovese in Tuscany. Nothing is missed. We are like ants, covering every minute detail of our lives as…
  • What’s it all about, Alfio?

    Alfonso Cevola
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    After an intense few days in Verona for the Concorso Enologico International, Vinitaly’s wine competition, where I sat as a judge, I made my way from the Veneto. I’m conflicted about many of the wines from that region, mainly because so many producers have decided to make a wine with so much power and fruit. Poor Valpolicella, it has really been upturned. At a reception for a book on Corvina, many producers in the book showed up with their wine. One very famous one walked in with several bottles of his Valpolicella. After an hour or two, someone poured me a taste. I looked for the spit…
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  • Another Successful Taste Washington

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Every year, we find more things to rave about Washington state wine, celebrated in all its glory last week at Taste Washington. Taste Washington is the country’s largest single-region wine and food event, which we like to describe as ”the Super Bowl of Washington state wine events.” More than 200 wineries poured at Century Link Field, 70 restaurants shared tasty bites, and there were all kinds of ways to discover more about the state’s wine industry. Our plan this year was to visit friends at wineries we know well and try some new wines. We decided to only taste red wines this…
  • Delicious Darighe

    29 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    As March (the official Washington Wine Month) comes to an end, we decided to open one of the first bottles of wine that we tasted when we moved here: Darighe from The Woodhouse Wine Estates. The 2008 vintage is as lovely as the first we tried – 2001 Darighe. 2008 Darighe is an excellent, traditional, old-world, left-bank Bordeaux blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 11% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, sourced from Columbia Valley grapes. A silver medal winner at the annual Savor Northwest Wine Competition, 2008 Darighe has a magnificent mouthfeel and a…
  • Taste Washington: The Super Bowl of Wine Events

    23 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    March is officially Washington Wine Month, although we celebrate the state’s fabulous juice every month. The March festivities culminate on March 29-30 at Taste Washington, the country’s largest single-region wine and food event. That’s just one of the reasons we call it ”the Super Bowl of Washington state wine events.” More than 200 wineries will be pouring at Century Link Field, 70 restaurants will be preparing tasty bites, and you can discover more about Washington wine at special seminars about the state’s wine industry, in addition to learning…
  • Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon

    16 Mar 2014 | 2:57 pm
     Chateau Montelena is a Napa Valley winery established in 1882 and famous for putting California on the international wine map in 1976. That’s when the winery’s 1973 Chardonnay won a blind tasting at the prestigious Judgment of Paris wine competition. The historic victory was surprising to many, particularly in Europe where the expectation was for a French winner; a fictional version of the amazing event was featured in the 2008 film, Bottle Shock. (Notably, the Paris competition is just one highlight of Chateau Montelena’s rich history.) Winemaker Mike…
  • Efeste – True Love on Valentine’s Day

    9 Mar 2014 | 5:53 pm
    On Valentine’s Day, I fell in love with Big Papa all over again and developed a new crush on Nana. Thankfully, Dave feels the same way. Of course, we’re referring to Efeste‘s 2010 Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Nana, a three-vineyard and three-varietal blend, both made by winemaker extraordinaire Brennon Leighton. (Current Efeste winemaker Peter Devision has some magic up his sleeve too.) 2010 Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon This robust 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was drinking well in August 2013, when we last tasted it. Six months later, on…
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    The Wine Cask Blog

  • Hillgate Zinfandel 2011 "Lake County" wine review by (PB)

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Garnet hue with aromas of pungent blackberry with a brambly overtones, with a suggestion of rose petal underneath with a touch of mint.Palate--Tasty, rustic blackberry fruit with a foundation of brambly forest floor. A touch of bitters and dark berry finish;I saw this on my way to the register with my "real" wine purchases and since I haven't had a Lake County Zin I thought I would grab this $10 wine. I was not inclined to recommend it but after two days, (you read that right)it really opened up and is a nice value for $10 so raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons:…
  • Cesari Amarone della Volpolicella Classico 2008 wine review by (PB)

    7 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Slight opaque garnet with aromas of sweet cherry,sweet spices and earthy notes with a bold bitter sweet fudge nose on opening with caraway notes.Palate--Supple body with integrated fruit, fresh cherry with slightly sour pie cherry flavors with a rustic edge.I paid $25 for this which is decent price. The amarone process is unique and you should Google it or read one of my early posts on this blog about the process. This is a classy wine and one we will pair with a grilled sirloin. This is delicious so raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike…
  • Le Berceau Blanquette de Limoux wine review by (NW)

    6 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Tasting notes:Lemon, apple, and white pepper on the noseMedium bodied with tightly knit bubbles on the palateApple notes with a tartness on the finishSummary:This is a good value bubbly, interesting and well made. It's a Blanquette de Limoux from France, which is made in the traditional method similar to Champagne but from the Mauzac grape.It has nice, gripping acidity and tartness combined with bright fruit flavor and dense bubbles. For a light aperitif, this is a good choice. It's a crowd pleaser and won't last long once it's open. I recommend it, especially for the $15 price tag it…
  • Lugana Cento Filari 2012 (Cesari) wine review by (PB)

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Lightly golden presentation with aromas of big citrusy front, sweet floral orange blossoms with vanilla pudding and loads of summer fruit.Palate--Fruity lemon and lime explosion with racy acidity and long finish of bright citrus compote with hints of vanilla.This wine with the stellar name of Cesari on the label hails from the Veneto region (Cavion Veronese) specifically and is a nice palate cleansing fruit grenade that will complement my homemade ricotta ravioli with a rich buttery lobster cream sauce.I paid $26 for this and all because of the Cesari name! I liked it for sure but when I…
  • Shannon Ridge Petite Sirah (Lake Copunty) High Elevation Collection 2010 wine review by (PB)

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Deep black cherry hueBouquet--Plummy, jammy fruit bomb with nice aromas maybe a hint of tar.Palate--Easy to drink, popular big fruity flavors with a finish suggesting milk chocolate.Made in the fruit forward, popular style that most Americans enjoy, this inexpensive Petite Sirah is gently structured. I paid $9 for it and paired it with a grilled veal chop. I wouldn't buy it again but its an easy drinking wine with big presence so why not raise a glass if your on a tight budget?--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
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  • Chandon fizz around the world et al (Tasting articles)

    Jancis Robinson
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    For an article I'm writing on Saturday about what Jean-Guillaume Prats did after he left Ch Cos d'Estournel last year, I have been tasting some of the key wines produced by LVMH on their wine properties outside France. Did you see they have just moved into Burgundy with the acquisition of the.
  • Bordeaux 2013 - the most disappointing (Inside information)

    Richard Hemming
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Please note that tomorrow we will start publishing my tasting notes on this much-discussed vintage in Bordeaux. We'll kick off with the most successful wines, the sweet whites. With some trepidation, I present here a selection of Bordeaux 2013 that seemed least impressive to me during my primeur.
  • Bordeaux 2013 TNs - your comments (Inside information)

    Purple Pagers
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the light of our survey at the beginning of the week as to what you wanted us to do about the timing of the publication of Richard's tasting notes on Bordeaux 2013 en primeurs samples, I thought you might be interested in this representative sample of comments. Against delaying publication I.
  • Steven Spurrier - champion of French wines (Free for all)

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    17 April 2014 - I was reminded of this candidate for our Throwback Thursday feature by fine-wine trader and blogger Joss Fowler of who included a reference to it in his recent brief interview with the man behind the Judgment of Paris, and was so traduced in the movie Bottleshock. 27.
  • Bordeaux 2013 - a guide to our coverage (sticky) (Free for all)

    Richard Hemming
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year I was tasked with tasting the samples offered en primeur from the 2013 vintage in Bordeaux. It was widely regarded as the worst growing season in a long, long time - but I am assured it was pure coincidence that Jancis and Julia were unable to attend themselves. [Read Bordeaux en primeur.
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    Vinix: latest wine tastings

  • Masseto 2009

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, , Italia Non avendo mai scritto un'opinione su un vino, mi trovo, in realtà, parecchio disorientata. Non potrei semplicemente aggiungere i miei preferiti :p ?
  • Arbois Poulsard "Terre Rouge"

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:27 am
    Domaine de la Pinte, Arbois, France Granato con riflessi aranciati. Profumo esemplare di frutti di bosco, tra i fiori secchi e l'erbaceo, speziatura da pepe bianco, sentori animali in evidenza. Bella freschezza compensata dalla misurata alcolicità e tannicità. Molto particolare al naso e in bocca. Abbinamento: salame crudo del monferrato e pollo all'abruzzese.
  • Sangiovese Colli Pesaresi "Rive"

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Fattoria Mancini, Pesaro, Italia Colore rubino netto animato da una cristallina vivacità. Piena intensità al naso, delineante una gran bella mora, bouquet floreale, il tutto accompagnato da note velate di speziatura e tostatura. Prorompente all'assaggio, morbido, buona freschezza, tannini levigati e grande sapidità. Entusiasmante persistenza. Abbinamento: muletta monferrina oppure tagliata di vitello con salsa alle erbe aromatiche.
  • Meursault 1er Cru Perrières

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    DOMAINE YVES BOYER-MARTENOT, Meursault, France Il prototipo del vino bianco strutturato. Il legno è in avanzato stato di digestione e quindi la vaniglia ha in parte lasciato spazio a aromi piu' eleganti, tipo burro, nocciola, un pizzico di miele d'acacia. La mineralita' c'e' ma risulta un po' schiacciata. E' un vino tutto muscoli che, malgrado l'evoluzione, ha ancora la consistenza di un peso massimo. Non ho francamente assaggiati di peggiori sul genere ma il problema è che è proprio il genere a non piacermi.
  • Verdicchio di Matelica

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    AZ. VITIVINICOLA COLLESTEFANO, Castelraimondo, Italia Una bottiglia di verdicchio godibilissima sotto i 10 euro. Il vino è di un bevibilita' mostrusosa. Fresco, con una sensibile acididita' ma che si equilibra perfettamente con il ricco patrimonio aromatico del vino. Al naso c'e' una distinta nota floreale (fiori bianchi), un po' di erbe aromatiche e echi di frutta tropicale (ananas). Bocca con un intensita' vibrante, molto persistente e fresco. Io lo definire piu' che complesso. E' vero che è un vino giovane ma dimostra gia' adesso una ricchezza di…
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  • Picket Fence Pinot Noir – Light & Easy

    Tim Lemke
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    When it comes to cheap wine, a lot of it comes from a handful of big companies.  Although you probably don’t realize that because those companies own a lot of different brand names.  Picket Fence is one of the brands in the portfolio of Bronco Wine Company, one of the biggest producers of cheap wine in the US. And when it comes to cheap pinot noir, it can be hard to find something “great” but it is possible to find something “good.”  And that’s what we have here. The Picket Fence pinot noir comes from the Russian River Valley, a cool climate region in…
  • Calcu Carménère – Clumsy, but Enjoyable

    Tim Lemke
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I’ve been posting carménère reviews lately and here’s another bargain carménère from Chile.  This one comes from the Colchagua Valley, a region known for its red wines – including carménère. The spice is pretty heavy on the nose of this wine.  It’s loaded with nutmeg, clove, toasted oak and vanilla.  That’s backed up by plenty of blackberry, blueberry and plum, although I can’t say it’s entirely harmonious.  It’s a little clumsy, but still enjoyable.  The palate is full of ripe fruit flavors, such as blackberry, plum and black…
  • Maquis Carménère – Big, Dark and Delicious

    Tim Lemke
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Following up from the last review, here is another Chilean carménère. This one comes from Maquis in the Colchagua Valley.  The story of Maquis dates back almost 90 years to when the first vineyards were planted on the estate.  For most of its existence the owners only grew grapes to sell to other winemakers, but in 2002 they decided to start producing their own wine and built a winery.  Their vineyard lies between two rivers, ending at their confluence, resulting in a unique micro-climate. Cedar, black cherry and chocolate aromatics make for a dark and spicy nose.  The palate brings…
  • Casillero del Diablo Carménère – Earthy & Spicy

    Tim Lemke
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Although carménère has in recent years come to be thought of as a signature Chilean grape, its roots go back to Europe.  More specifically, it is thought to have originated in the Médoc region of Bordeaux.  It was once thought to be the “lost grape of Bordeaux,” having gone extinct from phylloxera in 1867.  But cuttings of the vine had been imported to Chile prior to its supposed extinction where it was thriving in hiding for over a century. Actually, it wasn’t truly hidden, it was just mistaken for merlot until 1998 when it was officially recognized in Chile. As…
  • 3 Spells Rosé – A Rosé with Personality

    Tim Lemke
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Today it’s rainy and icky outside and I’m feeling kind of moody, but things are turning more springlike and for that reason I’m going to focus on a happy wine for spring.  A rosé! I love rosé and I think it’s an under-appreciated wine in general — although not under-appreciated by me.  When it’s made well, it’s a refreshing, approachable and fun wine that’s easy to enjoy. This one comes from Spelletich Family Winery, a producer I’ve profiled in the past.  They’re a small producer, so it’s not a wine you’re going to find…
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • As Pure as the Driven Snow: The Stunningly Elegant Northern Rhone Syrahs of Sylvain Gauthier

    Lyle Fass
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Most discussions of wines from St. Joseph start with an admission that the wines are rustic, but then go on to try and explain how this is fine.  I have no problem with the occasional rustic wine, but today's offer requires no such explanation.  Sylvain Gauthier makes some of the most pure, sleek, elegant wines I've ever had from the Northern Rhone.  He's in a new generation of winemakers revitalizing the wines of the region and he was an absolute find on my recent trip and an absolute must try for Syrah lovers.The first wine is the 2012 Domaine Pierres Seches "Cuvee Georges de…
  • Domaine Breliere: The Giancarlo Stanton of Burgundy (Read On): 1er Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

    Lyle Fass
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    For those of you who do not follow baseball, Giancarlo Stanton is one of the best hitters in baseball. Unfortunately, no one pays much attention to him because he plays for a team that is generally pretty awful, the Miami Marlins.  At Fass Selections, I am trying to assemble an All Star Team of producers. I'm not just looking for well known players who play for the Yankees or the Red Sox.  I want the best producers, no matter where they are located; the Giancarlo Stantons of wine.  And Domaine Breliere typifies that to a T.They are making astounding wines and are  by far…
  • The Philosopher King Vincent Ledy - Either Crazy or a Genius

    Lyle Fass
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    Vincent Ledy believes in the true essence, nature and fundamental beauty of terroir like almost no winemaker I've ever met.  He expounds upon it like a man discussing the love of his life and his eyes attain a far off look when he discusses the inherent beauty of each of his plots.  Most Burgundian winemakers add new French Oak to their red wines to give them added structure and flavor; Ledy believes that this is not only unnecessary, but almost sacrilege.Is he crazy?  Maybe.But he's also a genius and is making wines like no one else in Burgundy.  These wines are great and…
  • Laible Strikes Again: Brilliant, Elegant, Ageworthy 2013 Riesling SL and 2012 Weissburgunder Grosses Gewachs (Grand Cru)

    Lyle Fass
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Visiting Laible is always one of the highlights of my trip to Germany every year.Offering them to the list is another highlight as well. There is nothing like a Laible wine because they are grown in a unique microclimate by an incredibly talented winemaker.  The wines have an indescribable purity, clarity and mineral fruit balance.  Laible's wines have received so much love and positive feedback it is remarkable. Not only are they a top 10 Riesling producer in Germany, Andreas and Petra are two of the nicest, sweetest people you can imagine.  Many of you have had the 2012…
  • I Avoid Most Chateauneuf du Pape So if I'm Offering this One, It is That Great

    Lyle Fass
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Georges "Le Grec" Lelektsoglou is an abolsute legend amongst winemakers in the Northern Rhone. The entire region knows him as "The Greek."  Every winemaker says, "you have to go and meet The Greek." He wears soccer jerseys, smokes cigs and knows Rhone wines like few other in the region. He has been visiting winemakers and vineyards for over 30 years and his knowledge of the terroirs and the winemakers is almost unparallelled.I am honored to be able to offer the just brilliant 2011 George Lelektsoglou Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Las Bastide" for as little as $44.99 a 3-pack. The wine has…
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    HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog

  • Be a Part of Israel’s Startup Winery

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    Israel’s Startup Winery, Jezreel Valley Winery, co-founded by high tech entrepreneur Jacob Ner-David and Yehuda Nahar, is looking for funding. Using a new innovative funding model called crowdfunding, they are giving supporters of Israel and lovers of wine an opportunity to contribute to building this new, amazing winery. Crowdfunding is a way in which many people can contribute a small amount to support a cause. Jezreel Valley is seeking to raise $50,000. Contributors can receive (depending on the level of contribution) anything from permanent discounts to wine tchotskies to wine parties…
  • Style Magazine Covers Israeli Wine

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Style Magazine, a large Hong Kong paper, has a great new article about Israeli wine. Check it out here. Grape ambitions Winemaking in the Middle East enjoys a long history, but the time is now ripe for Israel and Lebanon to enter the world stage, writes Alexis Lai THE COOL WINE CAVE OFFERS THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR THE STORAGE AND AGEING OF WINE. WE RECOMMEND STYLE 03 APR 2014 Watch out STYLE 03 APR 2014 Scents of adventure STYLE 03 APR 2014 Sounds good STYLE 03 APR 2014 Hollywood star Walton Goggins shows us the man behind the shield 48HRS 26 MAR 2014 Designer Liu Min creates looks for the…
  • Rhones on the Right Track

    David Rhodes
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    This article was originally published in ESRA Magazine Ido Lewinsohn has been part of the winemaking team at the Recanati Winery since 2007 when he worked with founding winemaker Lewis Pasco. He stayed on at the winery when a new senior winemaker, Gil Shatsberg, took over the helm in 2008. Before joining Recanati, Ido had studied winemaking and viticulture at the University of Milan in Italy and worked at wineries in Tuscany (Italy), the Rhone Valley (France) and Australia. One of Ido’s first steps into the wine industry was as an intern in 2003 with Israel’s first boutique winery,…
  • Launch of New Wine Guide

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The New Israeli Wine Guide has been launched at the new branch of Derech Ha’Yayin in Tel Aviv. The authors, Yair Gath and Gal Zohar, presented their selection of the ‘Best Seventy’ wines in Israel. Guests gathered from every part of the wine business, to receive a card with two QR codes on it. One was to download the Hebrew version, and the other was for the English one. Yair Gath is the wine critic for Israel Hayom and Gal Zohar is a sommelier of international renown. Both tasted over 300 wines blind to arrive at their selection. The New Israel Wine Guide fills the void left by the…
  • Ramat Hanadiv Wine & Plenty Festival April 9,10 2014

    David Rhodes
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Located between Zichron Ya’acov and Binyamina at Ramat Hanadiv Gardens, possibly Israel’s most majestic private park this park could have gone by many titles. Ramat Hanadiv, Mt. Carmel, Zichron Ya’acov could have easily found their way into the name of the Ramat Hanadiv Wines & Plenty Festival. The park is situated just south of Zichron Ya’acov, on the road (Route .652) leading up from Binyamina (about 7.4 km from the train station). If you’ve never been to the Gardens before it’s a unique opportunity to experience a national treasure and nature…
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    יינות ישראל

  • לקנות את בית החלומות שלך

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
  • האקדמיה הדור האחרון

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    האקדמיה הדור האחרון מחיר התהילה… מאת: חוויאר סנטה־מריה מאז השקתו ב-30 ביוני של שנת 2002, ריאליטי מוזיקלי המיוצר על ידי טלוויזיה AZTECA שלב להפוך לאחד הנצפים ביותר באמריקה הלטינית כל בחמישה דורות כי חשפה לעולם כשרונו המוסיקלי של הנוער פורה עם אילו מקסיקו כעת יש. הקירות של הבית של האקדמיה כבר testigas של הרצונות, התסכולים, צחוק דמעות,…
  • מולטימדיה

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    מולטימדיה משפר את המקצועיות של אתר האינטרנט שלך ואת טכנולוגיית האינטרנט משנה את האופן שבו אנו יוצרים מוצרים דיגיטליים. קצב העברת נתונים מוקדמים באינטרנט היה מספיק רק במקום להציג טקסט ותמונות באתר זה. היו ימים שבהם הם השתמשו מודמים במהירות של 56 קילובייט כדי לקבל גישה לאינטרנט, ועל כל עמוד היה פתוח כמעט חצי דקה. שימוש פעיל תוכן…
  • ידע ולמידה

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
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    24 Mar 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Replacing the wiring in the apartment – it is called, dusty, noisy and quite difficult for an unprepared person. It is not something אפריקה ישראל would like to discuss. In principle, carry out electrical installation must be a qualified electrician, but if you have firmly decided try in this case, a few of our tips will help you feel as the electrician a little more confident. Tip for selecting power cords. 1. Each live wires must be stiff (solid), as All sockets and switch is designed for mounting a hard wire. (2. Select Brand reason. Basically there are three brands of…
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  • 生活レベルをアップするキャッシング

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    だからキャッシングによって快感を得られる所はあるので、歯止めを利かせる事が重要です。 ついつい何でも買物してしまいがちですから、必ず何に使ったか、返済出来るかを考慮して使いたいですね。。キャッシングを行えるようになると、財布や口座に入っているお金の範疇だけで生活したり買物したりするだけでなく、いつでも 利用枠に応じてお金を借りる事が出来るようになります。…
  • キャッシング業者の審査スピードは早く

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:22 pm
  • キャッシングは自分に対して厳しい心で臨む

    18 Feb 2014 | 3:50 am
  • 消費者金融はコンビニATMでも借入や返済が出来ます

    2 Feb 2014 | 5:12 pm
    簡単な申し込み手続きでお金を借りることが出来る消費者金融はピンチの時に助かります。 審査のスピードも速くて申し込んだ時間帯によっては即日融資も可能です。 申し込みをして審査に通過すればカードが発行されます。 発行されたカードは自動契約機に併設されてあるATMや銀行のATMで使用することが出来ます。 他にもコンビニのATMを使って借入や返済をすることも出来ます。…
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    ShipCompliant: Wine Shipping Blog

  • Stuff You Didn’t Know about Being a Craft Brewer (Part 2)

    Zoe Wedel, Account Manager and Business Analyst at ShipCompliant
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the last post, I ran through some of the things you need to be think about as a brewery expanding into new markets. Let’s review: Trademark Issues Pre-COLA Product Evaluation and Certification of Label Approval (COLA) submission (especially formulation!) State brand and label registrations State permitting Entering into trade agreements with distributors I want to pause at this last point. Breweries need to be especially concerned with entering into agreements with new distributors because there is so much at stake. Franchise laws are known to be stricter for beer than they are for wine…
  • No Need to Update Your ShipCompliant Passwords Because of the Heartbleed Bug

    Pawel Smolarkiewicz - ShipCompliant CTO
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    By now, you have probably heard about an encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug. This bug affected web applications using a particular version of OpenSSL, a protocol designed to provide security for information transmitted over the internet. A widely-used version of OpenSSL was vulnerable to an issue in which sensitive information could potentially be exposed to a malicious hacker. ShipCompliant services were not exposed to this vulnerability because we do not use OpenSSL. ShipCompliant takes security, reliability and durability of your data very seriously. We follow a multi-tiered…
  • Stuff You Didn’t Know about Being a Craft Brewer (Part 1)

    Zoe Wedel, Account Manager and Business Analyst at ShipCompliant
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The craft brewing industry has seen tremendous growth in the past few years. In 2012, there were 1292 craft breweries in the US and 1,124 brewpubs, a growth rate of more than 20% over the previous year. More and more people are getting into the business of craft beer, but how many really understand what’s involved? There’s more to successfully thriving in the industry than brewing your product. Let’s start with a few points you need to consider when launching a new brand or starting to distribute in a new state. Once, your growth was only limited by tank sizes and capacity and the time…
  • Study on Efforts to Prevent Marketing to Minors Gives Alcohol Industry High Marks

    Jessamyn Boltz - ShipCompliant Research Team
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released their fourth study on efforts to prevent marketing to minors, and the results are positive. The study shows the self-policing efforts by members of the wine, beer, and spirits industries continue to demonstrate responsible advertising. The 2014 FTC Study found a more than 93% compliance rate with industry guidelines for advertising placement, a 1% increase from the 2008 Study. The other three studies were conducted in 1999, 2003, and 2008. The most notable difference of the latest study from past studies is the considerable increase in…
  • Arizona Tax Reporting Set for 2015 Simplification

    Jessamyn Boltz - ShipCompliant Research Team
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:07 am
    In May of 2012, Governor Jan Brewer established the Transaction Privilege Tax Simplification Task Force in order to identify ways the current complex sales tax code could be simplified in the hopes of reducing tax filer stress and increasing tax-filer compliance. The conclusions of this task force, available in full in the Final Report, led to the creation and subsequent passage of HB 2111. HB 2111, which goes into effect January 1, 2015, calls for all licensing and taxes to be paid and reported through a single online portal. This change, outlined in more detail in Section 42-5015 of the…
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  • Analjit Singh a likely investor in Indian wine market

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Analjit Singh who recently acquired a South African winery, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines now trains his sights on Nashik Vintners' Sula. Read TOI report.
  • VINITALY 2014 kicks off with high expectations

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    The 48th edition of Vinitaly, the International Wine and Spirit Exhibition along with Sol&Agrifood and Enolitech opened on April 6, 2014, at Veronafiere. Extending over four days from 6 to 9 April 2014, the Vinitaly trade show is worth more than 12 billion euros in Italy, employs 1.2 million people and in 2013 posted exports worth more than 5 billion euros, an increase of 7.3% over the previous year, states an offical press release.
  • Indian Wines at Vinitaly 2014

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Indian wines are appearing increasingly on the international radar as they become known through exports or at international wine shows. Fratelli and Sula are appearing for the first time at Vinitaly 2014, reports TOI here.
  • Cigars - Better Than Cubans?

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
    Spring in New York City is a celebration. As someone who divides his time between India and New York, I always make it a point to be in New York for April's cherry blossoms. While the morning is crisp, the day warms up by the afternoon, enough to get a barbecue going with good friends, a beverage of choice and, most significantly, cigars. Nitin Madan makes a persuasive case for non-Cuban cigars.
  • Le Club FICOFI - Haute Couture of Wine

    29 Mar 2014 | 10:49 pm
    FICOFI is a French luxury company established by Bordelais Philippe Capdouze in 1990, specialising in fine wine and related services, as do many other companies, but none in anything like the same manner, writes Steven Spurrier, pictured left, at a Le Club FICOFI dinner in Paris.
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    Grape Wall of China

  • Wine Word: Ian Ford of Summergate on the state of the China market

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    ~ By Jim Boyce Summergate is marking its fifteenth year as a wine importer and distributor in China. I asked founding partner Ian Ford about changes during that time, the current state of the country’s wine scene and what bottles from the portfolio he’d recommend for an absolute beginner to wine. ~ When I moved […]
  • Hard evidence: The truth of why Chinese mix wine and soft drinks

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    ~ By Jim Boyce Foreign wine writers, educators and other members of the vintelligentsia love to roll their eyes and tell tales of Chinese consumers mixing Sprite or Coke with wine — even better if the bottle in question is ’82 Lafite. But why consumers do this — or see ’82 Lafite as the be-all […]
  • Head of the glass: Pinotage offers super South African wine happy hour in Beijing

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:41 am
    By Jim Boyce Those in central Beijing and in need of a glass or two of wine after work would do well to head to Pinotage in Sanlitun Soho, where eight South African options are available at rmb15 from 5 PM to 7 PM, Monday to Friday. “Wine Time” is one of several specials at […]
  • Sour grapes? People are (anonymously) saying mean things about Jancis Robinson in China

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:34 am
    By Jim Boyce Imagine that not one of Spain, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Argentina or Portugal goes on to the second round of the upcoming World Cup. That’s kind of how some trade people felt when bigwigs Helan Qing Xue, Silver Heights, Great Wall and Changyu, among others, did not make the final cut at the recent Chinese […]
  • China wine portfolios: East Meets West adds Ningxia’s Legacy Park

    31 Mar 2014 | 4:31 am
    By Jim Boyce Distributor East Meets West has added a second Chinese brand to its portfolio. This past week, the company announced it will be exclusive distributor for Ningxia winery Legacy Park (留世酒庄). Last year, it added Shandong operation Chateau Nine Peaks to the lineup. “Founded in 1997, Legacy Peak Estate is located at an […]
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  • Nuy Valley Feast 2014

    Media Release
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
     Join the band wagon at Nuy Valley Feast The Nuy Valley, a celebrated wine and olive region located along the Worcester Wine and Olive Route is celebrating its 6th annual festival on 10 May 2014. Festivities will be hosted at the four Nuy Valley estates; Leipzig Country House, Nuy Winery, Willow Creek Olive Estate and
  • Cape Of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Shines At Top 100

    Media Release
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013, from the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio, was selected as one of the Top 100 Wines in South Africa, held at a gala event on 10 April. Top 100 SA Wines is recognised as one of the leading fine wine competitions in South Africa and abroad, attracting
  • Mrs English A Top 100 Wine

    Media Release
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    The Lanzerac Mrs English 2011, a limited selection of the finest Chardonnay grapes the estate has to offer, has recently been selected as one of the Top 100 Wines in South Africa at the 2014 Top 100 Wine Challenge. This superb wine pays homeage to Mrs Elizabeth Katherina English, who in 1914 purchased the farm
  • Shimmy Beach Club Serves Up Something For Everyone This Easter Weekend

    Media Release
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Cape Town’s premier luxury lifestyle destination, Shimmy Beach Club has plenty in store this Easter Weekend, with a wide array of entertainment – ranging from the gorgeous Shimmy Dancers and live DJs, to face painting and an Easter egg hunt – as well as a delicious buffet lunch on Sunday and Harvest Table on Monday.
  • Experience the House of Walker at the Whisky Live Showroom

    Media Release
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:41 am
    Discerning whisky lovers and casual enthusiasts alike are set to enhance their whisky knowledge with a House of Walker tasting at the Whisky Live Showroom, taking place at Durban’s Suncoast Casino Sunzone from the 25th to 26th April. Guests to the Whisky Live Showroom will be able to sample the world’s rarest and most sought-after
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    Kevin Keith
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
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    Kevin Keith
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Getting settled into some semblance of a groove, I have been feeling really good about the future.  I am looking forward to a bit of road trippin’ this summer, the store keeps rockin’, and I feel pretty confident in my place here at TPS.  To say it’s been a long time in the making would be an understatement.  Yet I’ve had to come to terms with a couple of things to get here. First off, I’ve had to see things more positively, not be so paranoid as to think I am going to get a pink slip at the drop of a hat.  This is a business, and no matter how personal you can take things…

    Kevin Keith
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    It’s funny the things you take notice of as you get older.  Hearing eighties hair metal bands on classic rock radio, getting bummed out because you missed a Mork ‘n’ Mindy reunion of sorts on Robin Williams’ new TV show, and the passing of Harvey Korman, aka Hedley Lamarr (the bad guy in Blazing Saddles). Blazing Saddles is one of my all-time favorite movies.  I’ve seen it so much I know all the dialogue, and all of the songs (and I even know when the TV version kicks in, and all the alternative dialogue).  It’s ridiculous I know, yet it has a very dear spot in my heart.

    Kevin Keith
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Ever since I was ten, I have been carrying around in my head all these different story ideas.  I’ve always wanted to stop whatever it was I was doing, and try to commit a few of them to paper.  I tried to describe what it was like to someone the other day, having all these story ideas rolling around in my noggin.  I stated it thusly:  It is like walking into a major league baseball stadium, filled to capacity.  And every single person in the ball park is a story, screaming it out at the top of their lungs at me, all at once.  I walk around all day like that, all these stories yelling…

    Kevin Keith
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I have tried to avoid chiming in on any recent debate amongst the wine writing elite, as my pithy opinions pale in comparison.  Though I am an industry insider, and I do have about 20 years of experience in the wine biz in one regard or another (retail, restaurant, etc.), I am still one of those ne’er-do-wells who sit upon the sidelines, always dreaming of getting into the big game, but alas, never getting the coach’s call. There has been an infinite number of posts recently concerning a tasting in Napa Valley conducted by San Francisco Chronicle wine writer Jon Bonne and New York Times…
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Powdered Alcohol

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    First and for a long time, it was just liquid. Then it was whipped, solidified and not really vaporized. And now alcohol is powderized. I am not astonished that this is a real product — but I am absolutely astonished that this is approved. TTB approved seven versions of this powdered alcohol within the past few days. The person that pushed this through must be very patient or lucky and/or good. The product seems highly likely to raise a large number of legal issues and controversies. The company’s website tends to underscore the controversies, saying:  “What’s worse than…
  • 9 Common Needs Correction Issues

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Earlier this week Robert had the pleasure of presenting a speech at the American Distilling Institute conference in Seattle. The speech was entitled “Needs Correction:  9 Common Label & Formula Controversies for Spirits at TTB.” A copy of the PowerPoint is here. The speech covered common Needs Correction issues such as proper class/type statements for moonshine labels, when age statements are required and prohibited, and the term “craft.” On the formula side, the speech covered when a formula approval is and is not required, and common issues that can make a…
  • Wine Growlers

    12 Mar 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Environmentally-conscious and corkscrew-phobic wine lovers alike will be thrilled to hear that TTB issued a ruling on March 11, 2014, allowing the filling of wine growlers by TTB-licensed tax-paid wine bottling houses (“TPWBH”). The ruling is in response to a new Washington state law allowing state-licensed wineries to sell wine off-site in kegs or “sanitary containers” (i.e., growlers) for off-premise consumption. Oregon passed a similar law in April 2013. These laws are particularly helpful to wineries that operate both a production facility and a separate tasting room, allowing…
  • Don’t Mess with a Vampire

    11 Feb 2014 | 5:55 am
    I am thinking this may be the best label ever, about lawyers. If I am not mistaken, that is a garden-variety lawyer, right below “Welcome, Trademark Attorneys!” and right above the briefcase. The lawyer just happens to be wearing a pink shirt, white suit, and closely resembles a werewolf. It all started when Clown Shoes beer company got label approval for a Vampire Slayer beer in 2011. It is important to note that this beer claims to be made with “holy water” and “vampire killing stakes.” In short order, the company that controls various VAMPIRE-related…
  • NJ Law Journal

    2 Feb 2014 | 8:53 am
    The New Jersey Law Journal recently featured Lehrman Beverage Law in a story about the growth of craft beer producers, craft spirits producers, and the law firms that have sprung up to support them. An excerpt of the story is here (the full version is here and requires registration). We are pleased to report, further, that our firm typically has at least five or six professionals working directly on alcohol beverage matters in a typical day. This particular article highlights Dan, who is a trademark and beer lawyer; John, who is an avid home brewer and handles a range of alcohol beverage…
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • QPR Alert: Best California Pinot Noir value ever?

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    So I was poking around the Wine Spectator ratings database to see how early reviews for 2012 California Pinot Noirs were trending. For me it's been an inconsistent vintage and a bit disappointing compared to high expectations.But I spotted a web-only review for a wine I hadn't noticed before. The 2012 Castle Rock Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir was rated 90 points by Wine Spectator. With an $18 release price it's the only sub-$20 California Pinot Noir Wine Spectator has rated 90+ points going all the back to the 2007 vintage.See also: Cheap Wine Spectator subscription with airline…
  • This Saturday: Owner's Hours at Ansonia Wines in Newton, MA

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Artisinal French wine purveyor and WWP sponsor Ansonia Wines is making it easier for Boston-area enthusiasts to taste their wines and pick up their orders. Each Saturday their Newton Depot is open for pick-ups and once a month they're holding Owner's Hours which means they'll have 4-6 wines open and owner Tom Wilcox will be on hand to describe the wines and help visitors make selections.See also: Ansonia Wines, The Garagiste of the East?This Saturday they're open from 10am-4pm.Here's their schedule for the next couple months:Upcoming Depot Schedule:April 12: Pickup HoursApril 19:…
  • Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media Aims for a Certain Kind of Reader

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    The past decade has been a wild ride for wine critic Antonio Galloni. He founded the narrowly focused Piedmont Report while working separately in business in Italy. His coverage propelled him to being picked up by The Wine Advocate to cover the wines of Italy. Then just as it seemed he was the heir apparent to Robert Parker after being assigned not only Burgundy and Champagne but California in 2010, he left The Advocate in 2013 after the publication was acquired by foreign investors. He then founded the independent online property Vinous Media where he's been focusing his efforts since.When…
  • The Best Oregon Pinot Noir I've Had

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    If you've been reading the WWP for any length of time you're aware I drink more Pinot Noir than any other category. I love domestic Pinot Noir because it's so versatile, delicious, and relatively affordable. And while Oregon pins its reputation on Pinot Noir I generally prefer California Pinot Noir because it's more fruit forward and at the $30-$40 price point I find it more reliably satisfying.But when Oregon does Pinot Noir well they do it very well. And the 2010 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir is one the best Pinot Noirs I've ever had from anywhere. And it's definitely the best…
  • How Much Wine Do You Buy When You See a Great Deal?

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Back up the truck!I've noticed a couple things while scouting for wine deals lately. First, there seem to be less truly amazing deals than there were a couple years ago in the depths of the recession. Second, I was noticing that when a good deal comes up there's a ceiling to how much of any single wine I'll buy.So rather than finish with a question of the day I'll start with one:How much wine do you buy when you see a truly amazing deal?I buy about $250 worth.Think about a wine you really like. I mean reliably like and the only reason you don't buy more of it is because it's expensive. Then…
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    Wine Club Reviews & Ratings

  • $25 Wine Credit for Tax Day

    Tricia Meyer
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Although there usually isn’t much to celebrate on Tax Day, The California Wine Club has given us something that will make the tax bill a little easier to swallow. Today only you can get a $25 credit to use anywhere on their site. That includes signing up for a new wine club, ordering a wine club gift for a friend, or reordering a wine you have had there in the past.Simply click through the special Tax Day promotion link and start shopping!If you are looking for our opinion, check out all of our reviews of The California Wine Club. My personal favorite is the Premier Series, but I am…
  • Beer Clubs for National Beer Day

    Eric Nagel
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    While we all drink wine, today we celebrate National Beer Day!National Beer Day celebrates the anniversary of the outcome of the Cullen–Harrison_Act, signed by FDR in 1933 which allowed for “the sale in the United States of beer with an alcohol content of 3.2%.”Personally, I’ve avoided beer for years. Aside from a Corona I had when I was younger, I didn’t touch beer until last year when my options after a race were beer, beer, or beer. Apparently nobody who ran that race drank water. But after that race, I’ve grabbed a beer now & again, and (like my…
  • Spanish Paella Recipes and Wine Pairings

    Tricia Meyer
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:02 am
    Today is National Spanish Paella Day (March 27) and we want to help you celebrate it with some authentic Spanish paella paired with great wine.What is Paella?Paella is a one-pot rice dish that originated in Spain and is now popular all around the world. It usually is made up of rice, saffron, chicken, seafood and other meats all cooked together. Variations such as Valencian paella may also consist of vegetables, rabbit, duck, and beans. Many Americans usually first think of the version made with seafood. The dish is made in a wide, shallow skillet that spreads out the rice to cook…
  • $25 Credit to The California Wine Club

    Eric Nagel
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:18 am
    We’ve struck a deal to give each of our readers a $25 credit to The California Wine Club! Getting it is simple: sign up to our newsletter. That’s it! (The form to sign up is at the top of this page)After you subscribe to our newsletter, you’ll be emailed the code good for a $25 credit at The California Wine Club, which you can use to buy wine, give a wine club gift, or get yourself a wine club.What can you get with a $25 credit? How about a single shipment to the Premier Series (1 red, 1 white) for just $27.95?
  • New Law in Michigan – We Can Bring Wine Into Restaurants!

    Todd Farmer
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:33 am
    Wine laws are getting a make-over here in Michigan!Just a couple years ago, our legislators passed a law that allows us customers to re-cork unfinished bottles of wine, and bring them home. (That’s smart, as it encourages people to consume in moderation and bring the rest home.)With that law, I thought Michigan had really come of age.  I didn’t realize we had another law on its way.  Read on.The other day, I was inundated with emails and Facebook messages from friends sharing the breaking news here in Michigan, that a new law allows customers to bring their own bottles of wine into bars…
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  • 2010 Mas Martinet Menut

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    2010 Mas Martinet MenutThe 2010 Menut is a negociant wine produced from purchased grapes close to Porrera, and therefore the only wine that is not organic – all other wines are organically certified. It ferments in cement and part of the wine goes to oak vats and another to barriques. It is very aromatic with notes of flowers, spices and smoky bacon, quite marked by the Syrah. It has very good tension, lively acidity and polished tannins. It is a fantastic entry-level Priorat, but unfortunately is not sold in Spain. It also represents very good value. Drink now-2018. If you have been a…
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    Wine Peeps

  • A Wine for Tonight: 2011 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2011 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel from Sonoma County in California. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Dry Creek Vineyard, founded in 1972 by David Stare, is located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley just outside of Healdsburg, California. Producers of a number of very good wines, Dry Creek Vineyard is…
  • Challenging Wine Pairing: Peeps Marshmallow Confections

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    As we enter the Easter season, the colorful little Peeps marshmallow confections are always popular. And, it has been fun for us at Wine Peeps to use the little treats as our “unofficial” mascot. Since we are always trying to come up with fun ideas for our challenging wine pairings, we decided that it was time to do a pairing with Peeps. Obviously, these confections are not the ideal dessert, but we had a great time selecting the wines and trying the pairings. A general food and wine pairing guideline is “sweet with sweet”. In most cases, you want the wine to be at least as…
  • Taste Washington 2014: Highlights from Seattle’s Wine & Food Weekend

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Taste Washington, held in Seattle annually, is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event. This past weekend brought Washington wine lovers from around the country to Seattle to drink, eat, and be merry. The event spanned two days with Seminars offered each morning followed by the Grand Tasting each afternoon. Hosted by Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with the Washington State Wine Commission, Taste Washington is the highlight of Taste Washington Wine Month. The Grand Tasting is the “main event” each day. This year, Taste Washington featured 226…
  • Make the Most of Taste Washington 2014

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    March is Taste Washington Wine Month, the annual celebration of Washington State’s award-winning wine industry featuring promotions by restaurants, retailers, hotels, and wineries throughout the region including activities such as free tastings, discounts on Washington wine, and winemaker dinners pairing the state’s top winemakers and chefs. If you live in Washington and haven’t yet taken advantage of the special promotions going on this month, you have just a few days left to do so. Once again, the highlight of the month is sure to be Taste Washington, the nation’s largest…
  • Wine Tasting Dinner: 2007 Washington Cabernet Sauvignon Revisited

    19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Washington State Cabernet Sauvignons are among the best in the world, and they are much better values (higher QPR) than most Cabs in other wine regions of the world. And, the 2007 vintage was one of the best vintages in the history of Washington State. We featured 2007 Washington Cabernet Sauvignon in one of our wine tasting dinners several years ago when those wines were recently released. Now that wines from the 2007 vintage have some bottle age on them, we decided to revisit some of those Washington Cabs in our wine tasting dinner last Friday. It was another fabulous evening of great…
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • 2010 Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon Region:  Columbia Valley, Washington – USA Cost:  ~$9-$10 Winemaker’s Notes:  Deep color leads the aromatics of blackberry and forest floor. Juicy raspberry and strawberry notes marry with black pepper on the mid-palate. This smooth Cabernet finishes with supportive tannins and lingering developed fruit. My Review:  I’ve tried a few bottles from Original House Wines in the past, in no small part because they were budget wines and, to be perfectly honest, their labels amuse me. So with the wife out for a girls night with some friends,…
  • 2010 Mira Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  91% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Cabernet Franc; 4% Syrah Region:  Napa Valley/Rutherford AVA, CA – USA Cost:  $52 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Black pepper, schist, dried leaf nose. Cedar, licorice, and black cherry flavors complement elengant lush tannins that provide lift to the long, juicy finish. My Review:  Bottles show up at my front door fairly regularly. I typically let the bottles rest for bewteen 7 and 10 days, depending on the weather and how busy I am, before I even contemplate opening them for review. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mira Winery, however, was…
  • Underground Cellars Winecation Giveaway

    George Perry
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    To celebrate a great six months of growth, Underground Cellars, whom I’ve talked about in the past,  is offering up a new giveaway. The Sonoma Winecation Giveaway to be exact. Enter today at to win a VIP trip for yourself and 3 friends to Sonoma, where you’ll stay at the Villa Terra Nova, recieve a private, behind the scenes tour of Iron Horse Vineyards, which I’ve visited before and has some pretty amazing wines, and enjoy a chef’s dinner at award winning “The Girl and the Fig“. Roundtrip airfare and…
  • Alquimie Edition Two

    George Perry
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are lots of publications that touch, to varying degrees, the subject of drinks, including wine, beer, and spirits. I was recently sent a copy of the second edition of Alquimie (pronounced Alchemy), and I have to say, it’s pretty impressive. I won’t go into details of the individual pieces within the publication, only to say that it covers a nice range of topics, nearly all of which appealed to me. Interviews, reviews of drinks, food recommendations, Alquimie presents a publication that should appeal to anybody that’s interested in food & drink. While lots of…
  • VA Wine Chat with Williamsburg Winery

    George Perry
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week I was fortunate enough to participate in the monthly VA Wine Chat hosted by Frank Morgan from Drink What YOU Like and featuring wines from Williamsburg Winery and a chat with Matthew Meyer. You can see the whole chat over at UStream ( or embedded below, so I’ll let you watch Frank have a great chat with Matthew as opposed to try and combine an hour chat into a few lines. As for the tasting, we tried three different wines. One white, the 2012 Midsummer Night’s White, and two reds, the 2010 Virginia Trianon Cabernet Franc and the…
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • Expression is in the eye of the drinker

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    What do you think about when you think about wine?  Flavor, name, price?  When I think about wine, I think about location.  Where is it from?  Is it from a vineyard I know?  An area that I’m fond of?  Somewhere new?  All of these things are characteristics of wine that peak my curiosity, and make me want to know more. I love wines that express their sites and show the uniqueness of the area.  Luckily for me, there are winemakers that are as driven and curious as I am.  In this case, Matt Licklider and Kevin O’Connor of LIOCO, who founded the winery with the fundamentoal…
  • Passport to the best of Dry Creek Valley

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s that time of year again – warm sunny days, cool rose, and wine events galore.  One of the best events in Dry Creek is Passport, which takes place April 26-27 in Dry Creek Valley, part of the Sonoma County region. This year, the region celebrates 25 years of Passport to Dry Creek, where 50 wineries open thier doors and welcome wine lovers. Saturday and Sunday, special vineyard tours are offered to give visitors an insider peek at the grape to glass experience.  This year, you can choose from Pasternick, specializing in Rhone style wines, Grey Palm Vineyard, who is home to…
  • An education in wine

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    I admit it, I generally liked school.  Not the horrible teenage years of angst of course, but the education part; the learning.  The reading.  The opening of doors in my  mind.  Part of the reason I started this blog was for my own education, as well as the education of my readers, about wine, food, and travel.  I long to explore regions I don’t know, I want to find out more about varietals that are obscure.  I drink for charity, I drink for education.   To that end, I was thrilled when I was invited to participate in the San Francisco Wine School‘s inaugural…
  • From Blogger to wine maker – Thralls scores a home run

    29 Mar 2014 | 11:37 am
    It’s enough to make a make for TV movie, or at least – a great article in the Sunday food section.  You know the story, small town boy, goes to the big city to live a dream and makes it big. In this case, this is the story of a little blogger who could.  When I first met Ed Thralls, he was part of the first handfull of bloggers that were a group, around wine country, figuring out what this social media thing was all about.  Ed was also one of the finalists for the now infamous Murphy-Goode lifestyle (which is another story – for another blogger – who also…
  • Digging Underground

    24 Feb 2014 | 10:24 am
    I know what you’re thinking – if you’ve seen one daily deal site you’ve seen them all. Perhaps, perhaps not. Underground Cellar is a new daily deal wine website that offers free upgrades and a revolutionary way of storing wine in the cloud. The best part about this new service is that with several wine offers available each week, there is always a great selection. Each individual offer features between 3 to 5 rare wines. It’s a bit like the old fashioned grab bag, where you end up paying the loweest price bottle price, say $15, but one of the bottles might be a…
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  • Your dream wedding at Backsberg

    Alana Ridley
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Backsberg is the ideal location for your dream wedding in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Breath-taking views; manicured gardens; rolling lawns; scenic vineyard and dam vistas set the picture for your special day. We  have an historic vat cellar and a versatile function venue with an adjoining courtyard that allow you to design a spectacular event to remember. Your options at Backsberg are endless. Our dedicated team will prepare your tailor-made package, assist step-by-step with planning, co-ordinate service providers and suppliers and manage the entire event, executing every…
  • Spoil your mom at Backsberg

    Alana Ridley
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:50 am
    Celebrate your mom at Backsberg this Mother’s Day Join us for Mother’s Day, to celebrate the special woman in your life, your mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin or sister. Settle under the sweeping willow trees and relax with family and friends. Listen to the soft background acoustic music and enjoy the mountain backdrop and vineyards. Enjoy an indulgent three-course buffet lunch, made up of all the family favourites and old treats. MOTHER’S DAY MENU STARTERS Spinach & feta quiche Seafood paella Homemade bread Butternut soup Smoked Snoek phyllo parcel MAIN COURSE Karoo lamb…
  • Backsberg’s Pumphouse Shiraz rated ‘Pick of the Bunch’

    Alana Ridley
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:27 am
    Backsberg’s Pumphouse Shiraz 2008 was voted Pick of the Bunch in Wynland magazine’s ‘Watter Wyn’ article for January 2014. Read the full article here. The mature vineyards used for the Pumphouse Shiraz show intense varietal character including black cherry, pepper and spice. Whilst full bodied, the fruit is ripe and sweet and the tannins are soft. A subtle mint and vanilla complexity is derived from a period of maturation in barrel and enhances a long finish. The palate has weight and depth due to layers of fruit tannins and sheer flavour intensity. Purchase…
  • Wine of the Month – Chenin Blanc

    Alana Ridley
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Chenin Blanc in South Africa The Chenin Blanc grape variety originates from the Loire Valley in France. It was introduced to South African soil in the 17th century. Since then it has become the most widely-planted varietal in South Africa; there are approximately twice as many Chenin Blanc vines planted in South Africa, as there are in France. Formerly referred to as Steen, Chenin Blanc makes up just over 20% of South Africa’s vineyard plantings. This comes as no wonder, since Chenin Blanc is wonderfully versatile. It can be made into dry wines, sparkling wines or sweet wines, depending on…
  • Jam with Bed on Bricks at Backsberg Picnic Concert Series with opening band Stone Jets

    Alana Ridley
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:53 am
    Backsberg Estate Cellars invites you to enjoy top musicians at their annual Picnic Concert Series 2014. Relax to the chilled rock acoustic tunes from SA band, Bed on Bricks, famously known for opening the Bastille SA concert in January. Bring your friends and family and laze on the lawns. Enjoy a beef burger or Karoo lamb wrap, sip on chilled Backsberg wines and listen to the melodic tunes of some of SA’s superb local talent. Bed on Bricks was born in 2003 in the shadow of Table Mountain. The band has appeared on stages all around South Africa, headlining many local rock festivals and…
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  • Annual Barbera Festival in Amador County - Always a Sold Out Event

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I'm so glad I jumped on the opportunity to get a ticket to the 4th Annual Barbera Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 14 at Cooper Ranch in Plymouth, California (Amador County).Ticket went on sale March 1st, and similar to the situation in 2013, sold out quickly.  In 2013, the event raised over $20,000 in net proceeds for the non-profit Amador County Foundation, the event’s fiscal sponsor, and 2014 should follow apace.Here's a bit more info from the press release:This summer’s outdoor event,will host more than 80 wineries from the Sierra Foothills, Paso Robles, Napa, Sonoma,…
  • Santa Lucia Highland Wines: Full-flavored and Intense

    19 Mar 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The Santa Lucia mountain range overlooks the Salinas River Valley.  Near enough to Monterey Bay to get its fog and ocean breezes, the vines enjoy morning sunshine and grapes have a long, gentle ripening.  The result is full flavored wines with intense flavors.  This AVA has a reputation for intensely flavored Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and other Burgundy varieties. Here are some of the highlights from a recent Santa Lucia Highlands tasting in San Francisco.  These wines, worth searching for,  are all available direct from the winery. Jeff Pisoni pouredfor Pisoni…
  • Rosé from Provence - After the Local Tasting, I want to Go THERE

    19 Mar 2014 | 12:08 pm
    To misquote Gertrude Stein, “A Rosé is a Rosé is a Rosé”, except of course when it is a Rosé from Provence in which event it is an exceptionally drinkable and well-priced Rosé.  That was my recent experience tasting Rosés from Provence at a tasting in San Francisco where 21 producers showcased their wines.  Rarely do Provence Rosés exceed 13 percent alcohol, or $25 retail.  Provence is the world’s largest wine region specializing in Rosé wines.Emilie Perananda ofChateu de Saint-MartinThe 2013 Grande Reserve Cru Classe Rosé from Chateau de Saint-Martin is produced…
  • The New Hot Wine Brands - Picked by Wine Business Monthly Magazine

    8 Mar 2014 | 8:15 pm
    THE NEW HOT WINE BRANDSEach year, a leading wine industry magazine, Wine Business Monthly, recognizes ten wine brands from across the nation for “doing something special, innovative, curious, adventurous and, of course, delicious.”  It’s worth searching for a bottle of these wines.  I tasted them at the recent Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento and they are truly delicious.     Rusty Folena, winemaker, (l), and Bobby Gullett of Vino NocetoVino Noceto, located in the Sierra Foothills region of Amador County, has had a pioneering role in…
  • Tennessee Valley Winery uses Natural Cork for its Muscadine Wines

    2 Mar 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Tennessee Valley Winery values both Tradition and Experimentation; Uses Natural Cork from ACI Cork USA New Wines from Healthful Native Varietals and Sweeter WinesKeep the Familiar “POP” with Natural Cork The oldest operating winery in Tennessee, Tennessee Valley Winery, upholds tradition while experimenting at the same time.  Winemaker John Smook likes to hear the “pop” when he opens a bottle that was closed with natural cork from ACI Cork USA, and those bottles are increasingly filled with heart-healthy Muscadine-based wine. Muscadine is a Native American grape that…
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  • Check out this red wine from United States

    29 Mar 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Hi! Gradually opened up to nice cherry taste. Wine from Penner-Ash via Vivino: -Kevin Powered by Bookmarkify™
  • Alexandria Lakes

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Do you think that wine is only made in California?  Well Skippy, you would be wrong about that.  American’s don’t live by those kinds of rules.  We make wine where we want.  For instance?  Minnesota.  Land ‘o 10,000 lakes.  And this viticultural area is surrounded by several. Fast facts for the wino set? Located in Douglas County, Minnesota Established July 1, 2005 10,800 Acres There is only one winery in the appellation:  Carlos Creek (visited by your VinoVerve!) Soil Type is Nebish-Beltrami Elevation 1404 feet above sea level Grapes produced:  Brianna, Frontenac,…
  • It’s All About Wine – Alexander Valley Edition

    17 Mar 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I admit it has been a while since I have posted here. But that is because I have been learning. About one of my favorite things. Besides wine. Maps. Naturally, I have made maps about wine too. (It is almost like you can hear one of my teens complaining) So over the next couple of weeks expect to see maps of the American Viticultural Areas made with ArcMap. I am starting today with the Alexander Valley. First some quick facts: Settled: 1840 by Cyrus Alexander. Property was part of Henry D. Fitch and Josefa Carrillo Fitch’s Rancho Sotoyome. Alexander was granted two leagues of property as…
  • What To Drink During a Winter Storm

    14 Jan 2014 | 8:49 pm
    I saw a Facebook post from Maple River Winery. They got an inch of snow today and are expection snow, sleet and freezing rain tomorrow.  Along with 50 mph winds. They are suggesting Rhubarb or Raspberry wines to get them through a nasty North Dakota storm. What do you drink when you are hunkered down? (btw, I suggested one bottle per type of precipitation… )    Gretchen Neuman VinoVerve Editor Powered by Bookmarkify™
  • Gretchen Neuman shared an Instagram photo with you

    12 Jan 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Hello, Gretchen Neuman just shared an Instagram photo with you: view full image “Wagyu and polenta for the Golden Globes with J.L. Bonaccorsi pinot noir” Thanks, The Instagram Team Powered by Bookmarkify™
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  • Chandon fizz around the world et al (Tasting articles)

    Jancis Robinson
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    For an article I'm writing on Saturday about what Jean-Guillaume Prats did after he left Ch Cos d'Estournel last year, I have been tasting some of the key wines produced by LVMH on their wine properties outside France. Did you see they have just moved into Burgundy with the acquisition of the.
  • Bordeaux 2013 - the most disappointing (Inside information)

    Richard Hemming
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Please note that tomorrow we will start publishing my tasting notes on this much-discussed vintage in Bordeaux. We'll kick off with the most successful wines, the sweet whites. With some trepidation, I present here a selection of Bordeaux 2013 that seemed least impressive to me during my primeur.
  • Bordeaux 2013 TNs - your comments (Inside information)

    Purple Pagers
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the light of our survey at the beginning of the week as to what you wanted us to do about the timing of the publication of Richard's tasting notes on Bordeaux 2013 en primeurs samples, I thought you might be interested in this representative sample of comments. Against delaying publication I.
  • Steven Spurrier - champion of French wines (Free for all)

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    17 April 2014 - I was reminded of this candidate for our Throwback Thursday feature by fine-wine trader and blogger Joss Fowler of who included a reference to it in his recent brief interview with the man behind the Judgment of Paris, and was so traduced in the movie Bottleshock. 27.
  • Bordeaux 2013 - a guide to our coverage (sticky) (Free for all)

    Richard Hemming
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year I was tasked with tasting the samples offered en primeur from the 2013 vintage in Bordeaux. It was widely regarded as the worst growing season in a long, long time - but I am assured it was pure coincidence that Jancis and Julia were unable to attend themselves. [Read Bordeaux en primeur.
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Malbec World Day 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    World Malbec Day, or Malbec World Day, or whatever you want to call it, is April 17th – today! The perfect opportunity to glug some of this joyful grape variety…. Trapiche Pure Malbec 2013, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina (£8.99 The Co-op) A gush of young crunchy fruit, very like the heady aromas in a […]
  • Wine Tasting Video: Reds from the Douro & Tuscany

    14 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    Vigneti Trebbio 2010, IGT Toscana, Italy (£21.50 Butlers Wine Cellar, Imbibros, Duncan Murray Wines) Warm-hearted wine that has shed its youthful perkiness and is now entering early middle age. There’s a warm, dusty, almost Spanish feel to the ripe cherry and berry flavours, along with a hint of vanilla, but the light touch of Cola […]
  • Wine Tasting Video: Malbec from France and Argentina

    11 Mar 2014 | 10:51 am
    Cournon Lafleur Malbec Pays d’Oc 2012, France (£7.99 Majestic) Simple fresh young wine, plenty of dark, violet-scented berry flavour, and the earthiness of southern France, but I’m not sure whether it’s improved by the vanilla-tinged oakiness. B Viña Cobos Felino Malbec 2012, Argentina (£9.99-£13.99 Amps Fine Wines, Hennings Wine, Alliance Wine) A more restrained and […]
  • Wine Tasting Video: Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, Slovenia & Bordeaux

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    Fairview Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Darling, South Africa (£9.99 SA Wines Online, Richard Granger Wines, House of Menzies,, Liberty Wines) Perky youngster, clean, keen and intense with citrus, lemon grass and fynbos flavours (that’s Cape garrigue for want of a better term), only a light charred/smoky note in the background lets it down. B+ Circumstance […]
  • A tribute to Michael Cox from Tony Keys & Sally Marden

    5 Mar 2014 | 1:33 am
    Those with any interest at all in Australian wine will be well served by signing up for the various newsletters and reports from opinionated, transplanted Pom Tony Keys  – check out what’s available here. The most recent Key Notes included a large chunk about the late Michael Cox, some of it penned by Tony, while […]
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  • Judgment of Napa: Five Cabernets

    Simon Woolf
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Simon Woolf, an admitted Briton, takes on five very different Napa Cabs. The post Judgment of Napa: Five Cabernets appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • When your iconic wine is everything: Washington’s diversity issue

    Erika Szymanski
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Maybe I’d hate to see that tiny little plot of odd vines uprooted to make room for more really excellent Merlot. The preservation of the good of a few over achieving the best good of the many? Maybe, but Americans long ago decided that diversity is good for everyone. The post When your iconic wine is everything: Washington’s diversity issue appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Tzora Vineyards

    David Honig
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Drink with fried chicken and biscuits, from as far south as you can find it. Highly Recommended. 92 points. The post Tzora Vineyards appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Domain du Castel

    David Honig
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Domaine du Castel is one of Israel's best known boutique wineries. It was launched by Eli Ben Zaken, and is now run by Eli and his children, Eytan, Ariel, and Ilana. All its wines are kosher. The post Domain du Castel appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • 2013 Tabor Winery “Adama” Sauvignon Blanc

    David Honig
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    The "Adama" Sauvignon Blanc comes from 30 year old vines grown in chalky soil in the Kfar Tabor area of Israel. Drink with stuffed flounder with hollandaise sauce. Highly Recommended. 90 points. The post 2013 Tabor Winery “Adama” Sauvignon Blanc appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
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  • 3 Ways To Get Quality Customer Data

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Nurturing relationships with your customers is critical for growing a successful business. Problem is, not everyone wants personal relationships with businesses. Develop trust with your customer in order to open up the information-sharing floodgates. What can you do to connect with your customer on a personal level? Have you trained your staff to ask the right questions? Do you make notes in your CRM each time you interact with a customer? Are you collecting good data, but using it ineffectively? Here are 3 ways to get quality data and use it effectively: 1. Ask Only What You Need People get…
  • 4 Reasons To Develop Your Wine Ratings

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Product reviews are good for business. Reviews give your product a human level of interaction and are a powerful convincer for the savvy consumer. When’s the last time you bought something from Amazon and didn’t read at least the first couple of reviews? By developing reviews for your wine, you’re attracting new customers, because reviews increase conversions. Here’s why: 1. 92% Of Consumers Trust Peer Reviews It’s no secret that the success of many websites is attributed to peer reviews. Consumers have had to block out marketing noise for years now. Sites like…
  • Copywriting for Your Winery Website: Do's & Don'ts

    4 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    Copywriting is one of the few tasks most wineries try to do in-house when redesigning their winery's ecommerce website. And it is often the easiest task to procrastinate on. I know what it's like, that term paper that you put off writing until the last day before it's due. With that comes the added frustration of revisions and edits that need to be approved and proofed by your marketing team. I always find that if you know where you're going, the tasks are much easier and less likely to be postponed. Use these guidelines to make a plan and put a system in place that will make…
  • 4 Ways Your Buttons Can Increase Conversion

    6 Jan 2014 | 5:30 am
    The ‘Add-To-Cart’ or ‘Buy’ button is essential if you want to sell wine on your website. Things like the colours, size, font, and location of these buttons play a very large factor subconsciously for a website visitor and will dictate whether or not they buy from you. Below are four factors that will change your conversion rates. Colour The aesthetics of a button, specifically the colour, can change the conversion rate. It’s a very simple change to sell more online and we often see designers talk wineries into making the wrong choice simply because a certain…
  • 5 Holiday Preparation Tips For Your Website

    19 Sep 2013 | 6:30 am
    Whether you’re ready for it or not, October, November and December (OND) is rapidly approaching. It’s a good time for wineries to start planning and executing marketing campaigns on their websites. Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday mark the start of the holiday shopping season for millions of shoppers online. Here are 5 great ways to get your website ready for the holidays:   1) Create A Shipping Calendar Statistically, I’m not the only consumer out there that puts off Christmas shopping until the last minute and with online purchases consumers need to be…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 5 Hoppy Beers to Try Now

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Every once in a while, gazing out at the world of beer, it's hard not to throw one's hands up in the air and cry, "Good gracious, what wild fantasies these madmen have wrought!" How, for instance, is one supposed to choose between a beer made with...
  • Spain Isn't Drinking Its Wine, So You Should

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Take that, Italy and France. With the 2013 vintage, Spain stomped on its grape-growing European counterparts to become the biggest wine producer in the world. According to the Spanish government, Spain produced roughly 6.7 billion bottles of wine ...
  • 5 Proseccos to Drink Now

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    The news that Prosecco outsold Champagne—307 million bottles worldwide compared with 304 million—may flabbergast some fizz fans, but it’s really no surprise. Prosecco is as hot as a cold, sparkling white wine can be, with sales i...
  • If You Can't Afford Chianti's Ultra-High-End New Designation, Drink These Bottles

    26 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    News that the powers that be in Tuscany's Chianti Classico region have created a new, super-duper designation for the region's wines—Chianti Classico "Gran Selezione"—got me thinking. I've got no problem at all with a special category ...
  • 5 Napa Valley Wines That Cost Way Less Than a House

    19 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I had the good fortune to be in California for Premiere Napa Valley, a glitzy shindig for which the valley's top wineries produce special, one-off cuvées to help fund Napa Valley Vintners (the local trade association). Made in small quantit...
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    The Wine Making Guy

  • Shredding With Joe (1)

    Enrique Wells
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Joe Cullen, making with the beer-bottle slide on the electric fiddle. *Note: None of the bands shot in this set are Abby Normal. Abby Normal kindly hosted the jam, and their equipment and banner are set up on the stage for their performance later that night. Abby Normal: The Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival:
  • Midwest Carboy Straps

    Debra Gill
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
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  • Acid Blend

    Flora Blackmore
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    About This Product: (Ac190) This Is A Blend Of The Three Most Common Acids Found In Fruit: Citric, Malic And Tartaric. It Is Typically Used In Wines That Are Naturally Lacking In Acid. Wines Too Low In Acid Are Flat Tasting. Acid Blend Adds A Liveliness To The Wine And Helps To Bring Out It`S Fruity Flavors. Also, Having The Proper Level Of Acidity Will Help To Establish A Vigorous Fermentation. Before You Add Any Acid To A Wine You Should First Check Its Acid Level With Ph Strips Or An Acid Test Kit. Or, You Should Be Following A Reliable Recipe.Directions:Before Fermentaton: Dissolve The…
  • How To Make Moonshine From Home: The Ultimate Home Brewing Guide For Moonshine Mastery!

    Betty Ramsey
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Master the Craft of Making Moonshine in Your Own Home! If you have ever wanted to craft your own Moonshine, we have exactly what you need! With this guide, we will help you figure out exactly where to start. This beginner guide will walk you through everything you need to know about making your own Moonshine. Inside, you will learn: - The Benefits of Moonshine - The Health Benefits of it - How to Make Moonshine at Home - And Much More Great Stuff
  • Vino Italiano Barolo Wine Kit – Secondary Fermentation – How To Make Homemade Wine

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:22 pm
    blogs: This video is the start of an exciting project for me. I am making a low end a… Video Rating: 5 / 5 Quick demonstration of how to use the sterilisation solution that comes in our basic wine kits. Also some tips on how and why you need to keep your winemakin… Video Rating: 0 / 5
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  • Barrel Tasting Weekend in Livermore Valley, Rain or Shine

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Barrel Tasting Weekend in Livermore Valley is here already, March 29-30, Noon to 4:30 p.m. While the grapes are soaking up the spring rain, you can cozy up inside the tasting room to sample the wine...
  • Passport Weekend at Santa Clara Valley Wineries this weekend

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Santa Clara Valley wineries are opening their doors to visitors on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine for Spring Passport Weekend.This is your chance to discover...
  • Livermore Valley Uncorked wine competition shows the best of Livermore Valley

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:54 am
    The Tri-Valley Conservancy announced the winners of this year's Uncorked Wine Competition on March 13, 2014. The Livermore Valley has long been a premier wine region since the mid-1800s. Vintners recognized the region’s climate...
  • Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend - March 29-30

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    23 Feb 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Spring is coming and it is time to get out to Livermore Wine Country and taste wines right out of the barrel, meet winemakers, and more at the Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend, March 29-30. Each winery will host...
  • Romance on the Rails Valentine's Day Special

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    15 Jan 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Get ready for another unforgettable Valentine’s on the Niles Canyon Railway Romance on the Rails Wine Tasting Trains. On Saturday, February 15, there will be two trains, one leaving the Sunol station at 12:00 noon and another...
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  • Peloponnese: Land of diversity

    Markus Stolz
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    Download free 12-page PDF   Download free Wine Map of the Peloponnese poster   The Peloponnese is one of the very first places on earth where wine was made: Viticulture has existed for at least 4000 years, perhaps even for as long as 7000 years. The area itself is one of utter and bewildering beauty, marked by a great number of mountainous zones. The climate is overall Mediterranean with short winters and hot summers, but with marked differences in rainfall and humidity. In general, soil conditions are poor; vines struggle and send their roots deep down in order to survive. Often…
  • Current Greek wine trends in California

    Markus Stolz
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    Amongst my annual business travel highlights are without a doubt the recurring visits to California. One of the reasons is that I truly enjoy working the market with WineWise, who import my portfolio of Greek wine growers. Another motive is that I find it easier to detect and analyze shifts in trends for Greek wines than in the more crowded New York marketplace. Two young winemakers whom I have tremendous respect for, Christos Zafeirakis from Tyrnavos and Georgas Diamantakos from Naoussa, joined me last week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Both are synonymous with producing Greek wines that…
  • Munich welcomes fine Greek cuisine

    Markus Stolz
    4 Dec 2013 | 5:47 am
    There are hundreds of Greek restaurants all over Germany. They typically offer rustic settings and solid – but heavily Germanized – “Greek” food at affordable prices. The standard restaurant design includes light strings, small Greek statues and flags. The menus regularly use Greek glyph typography and would not be complete without offering Gyros, Souvlaki and Tzatziki. A massive Hercules platter or Wienerschnitzel at competitive prices will surely bring a satisfied smile to the face of the native German guest, who can wash down the food with Greek Ouzo or Retsina.
  • Goodbye, Greece

    Markus Stolz
    5 Sep 2013 | 1:05 pm
    “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” … “You know, they’ve got these chocolate assortments, and you like some but you don’t like others? And you eat all the ones you don’t like as much?” (via wiktionary) I have eaten plenty of Greek chocolates over the last ten years. Most were perfectly sweet and made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Occasionally, one would leave a dry and bitter taste in my mouth. Not one was boring and I always looked forward to nipping on the next one. Not knowing the slightest thing about…
  • What to drink while visiting Greece

    Markus Stolz
    20 Aug 2013 | 9:58 am
    Although Greece is a relative small country with a limited wine production, the task of choosing what wines to look out for while visiting can be a daunting prospect. Visitors might be eager to try ‘the real thing’, but most won’t be too familiar with the indigenous grape varieties, appellations, and wineries. In Athens, there are a number of very good wine bars that offer solid wine by the glass selections. The folks there are very knowledgeable and helpful, and this might be the most efficient way to ‘taste your way through’. For in depth info, please read this…
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    Uvinum's blog

  • The Gimlet Cocktail

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:20 am
    The Cocktail Gimlet is made with Gin (usually a Dry Gin, like Diplôme Dry Gin) and with neutral type of Vodka like the famous Smirnoff Red Label. Its name means "barrier" and has been associated with tools of drilling small holes. This cocktail is considered to be a “barrier” because it penetrates every person who decides to try it. This cocktail has been invented by Sir Thomas Gimlette, Admiral of the Royal Navy, who used to make this drink in order to generalize the consumption of lemon (and its vitamins) on the boat, to avoid scurvy. The preparation of Cocktail Gimlet has some…
  • 10 wine regions to see in Spain according to The Drinks Business

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    The Drink Business, one of the most influential magazines in the UK of the sector, gave an account of the 10 wine places to see in Spain. Do you want to know them? Today we present them to you: 10 Bierzo This small region produces a delicious red wine with Mencia. They loved its powerful, fruity and spicy taste. Wine critic Eric Asimov of New York Times said that Bierzo is a region with great potential, which starts a new generation of wine in Spain. 9 Txacoli Comparable with Vinho Verde from Portugal, Txacoli produces wine with 3 designations of origin: Bizkaiako Txakolina in Bilbao,…
  • Breaded Artichokes with Spanish sauce

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    Breaded Artichokes with Spanish sauce are part of Spanish cuisine. This simple dish is very healthy and it’s easy to cook for 4 people. Ideal to have in mind when making a family lunch. Furthermore, artichokes are famous for the fibers, carbohydrates and protein they provide. It is highly digestive, so it works as an alternative treatment for diseases such as rheumatism, and problem of problems gallbladder stones. Ingredients: 12 Artichokes 1 Carrot 1 onion 1 Leek Half a glass of red wine, a fruity young red wine like Cariñena wine 30 grams of flour 600 ml of beef broth Water Olive…
  • 100% British drinks to enjoy Saint George's Day

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Saint George's Day (the patron saint of England) is an important day in England. And even if it’s not an official national holiday, and if this year Saint George's Day will be a Thursday, it does not prevent you from having a good time! Many pubs will show the flags and garlands of St George’s crosses. Inside, customers will be singing the National Anthem (God Save the Queen). You may choose to go to the pub, but you can also prefer to have a more intimate celebration with family and friends, at home. Here are some typical English drinks that you may serve for your little party:…
  • Wine: A solution to hair loss?

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    The hair loss problem worries many people. Yet research on the subject has just done a nice surprise to many wine lovers. Scientists have discovered that drinking two glasses of wine a day makes hair grow. This news had already been assumed ten years ago, while students thought they had found wine by analyzing traces of eighteenth century alchemist’s potions to grow hair. During all these years they have worked with patients reporting significant hair loss. They administered them a particular quantity of wine. A deluxe treatment, especially if it’s free! By cons, studies show that for…
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    Wine Blog

  • Delicious Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards in Green Valley, April 27, 2014

    Jo Diaz
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Delicious Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards in Green Valley, April 27, 2014, is definitely on the list of "things to do." The post Delicious Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards in Green Valley, April 27, 2014 appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 2

    Jo Diaz
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    An old wives' tale is that you want warm days and cold nights. That came from, I believe, people who were growing wine in warm regions. They have to have a cool night if they have a warm day. But if they have a moderate day, they don’t need that cold night, because the heat that ripens the grapes also metabolizes acids, so they lose acidity. The post Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 2 appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 1

    Jo Diaz
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    It doesn't get much better than sitting with someone trained in terroir and viticulture, and Dr. Mark Greenspan, of Advanced Viticulture, is as good as it gets. The post Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 1 appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The difference between marketing and PR

    Jo Diaz
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sales, marketing, and PR all seemed to be the same thing, because they all fell (and still do) under the same umbrella in the wine business The post The difference between marketing and PR appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • What to wear in wine country

    Jo Diaz
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    It's all about wine. It's the country. It's very casual around here. The post What to wear in wine country appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • Hittin’ The Jug

    Christopher Watkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:59 pm
    No, not that, no. No, I’m talkin’ about Hittin’ The Jug. Given name: Eugene Ammons. Nickname: “Jug” Eugene “Jug” Ammons. Gene Ammons. A true tenorman, Chicago-style. The real Chicago Manual of Style. You hear it when Eugene hits the jug.... Read More ›
  • #VineWatch14: Week 11! Sustainability & Star Wars

    Christopher Watkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    I am sitting here with Kyle Theriot as I write this, our Viticulturist at Monte Bello, and in his words, we are in “full scale weed control.” To deal with the challenges of weed control in vineyards as rustic and... Read More ›
  • The Collected Wisdom of #ZinZen: Volume IV

    Christopher Watkins
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    When you drink Zinfandel, do not drink aromatics, textures, notes, layers, mouthfeels, or hints of. Just drink Zinfandel. When angry, count to Zinfandel. If you have time to be mindful, you have time for Zinfandel. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing... Read More ›
  • Celebrating 50 Years of Zinfandel!

    Christopher Watkins
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    50 years! Do  you know what was happening 50 years ago? As but a few examples: President Lyndon Johnson inaugurated the “War on Poverty” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles hit the #1 spot in the US... Read More ›
  • #VineWatch14: Week 10!

    Christopher Watkins
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    We’re in full spring mode now; birds are singing, sun is shining, and life is in emergence. We’ve moved to longer visiting hours in the tasting rooms, the new releases are here, and things are feeling wonderful. Plus, we’re getting... Read More ›
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    Wine Channel TV

  • Black Bass Killer Pairing with Trump Winery and Sixteen Restaurant

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sip into spring with this “Killer Pairing” at Sixteen Restaurant at the Trump Hotel in Chicago. Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri joins Dan Pilkey, Director of Restaurant and Trump Winery GM Kerry Woolard for this mouth watering wine and food pairing. Sixteen Restaurant Chef Thomas Lents prepared a special dish for the occasion and you won’t be disappointed! Here is the scoop on Sixteen: “Located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, the Michelin-rated and Forbes Five Star restaurant Sixteen presents a truly unparalleled epicurean…
  • Ramsey Lewis on Wine and Music

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:28 am
    Besides winning 3 Grammys, and carrying the Olympic torch, it’s safe to say Ramsey Lewis enjoys life. What’s his recipe for life and success? What wine is he sipping these days? Who’s behind the inspiration of his legendary album, “Sun Goddess”? Tune in to this “Killer Pairings” segment with Wine Channel TV and find out. Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career. His perfect pairing includes his award winning wife, Jan Lewis, who has designed custom jewelry for the…
  • Wall Street to Wine Street – Bootstrapping in America

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    Wine and Wall Street. Who likes that pairing for a great conversation over wine? Jessica Altieri, CEO of Wine Channel TV, joins Tom Sosnoff and Tony Battista for a Bootstrapping in America segment on the TastyTrade Network. What’s TastyTrade? It’s a financial network for traders, built by traders. Hosted by Tom Sosnoff and Tony Battista tastytrade is a real financial network with 8 hours of live programming five days a week during market hours. Cheers to NO-BS education and entertainment for wine and trading options!
  • Wine TV Launch in Italy – Wine Skyview of Collio

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:38 am
    Drones…yes drones,, planes and of course a legendary winery in the heart of Collio. That’s a launch Wine Channel TV and Wine Channel TV Media is proud to announce in Italy. Wine Channel TV takes you on a Wine Skyview of Collio with the launch of Wine TV in Italy. The Wine TV video crew in Italy, led by Flavio Chianese, takes you on a tour with planes, drones and of course, the winemakers of Collio. Nestled in the top right hand corner of Italy, exactly on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Collio is a crossroad of people, cultures and history and prestigious winemaking areas,…
  • Washington State Wines Worth Sipping

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    Who needs a spring time wine pick me up? You might want to try some wines from Buty Winery, a small, family-run winery located in Washington State’s Columbia Valley started by Seattle-born Nina Buty and Caleb Foster in 2000. The 2010 Beast Wildebeest Red Wine is a blend of syrah, cab sauv and cab franc making it smooth yet delicious and juicy! It has ripe plum, blackberry, licorice and spice aromas & flavors, with a long seductive finish. Killer pairing would be a simply grilled steak or some juicy sliders!The Columbia Valley is the largest AVA in Washington State and makes up the…
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    NorCal Wine Blog

  • 6 More California Rhone Wines to Try at Rhone Rangers

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    It’s time for one more brief list of wines for you to seek out at the Rhone Rangers tasting this Sunday. Get your Grand Tasting tickets here and don’t forget to use the discount code: GT–20 2012 Two... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lodi Zinfandel Goes Native

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Lodi is well-known for Zinfandel. Of particular note are its many acres of old vines. Thick-trunked and twisted after all these years, they look more like short trees than grape vines. The fruit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Study: Researchers Discover New Taste

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Researchers in Australia claim to have discovered a new taste category. The human tongue's sensitivity to sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami flavors has been well-known for decades. Umami was the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • He Wasn't Talking To You, Mr. Outrage

    28 Mar 2014 | 7:51 am
    Jon Bonné wrote a book. People love it. People hate it. Some people who love it continue to enjoy the “lean, fresh and balanced” California wines they’ve already been drinking, perhaps a bit more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 16 North Coast Rhones to Try and a Toothsome #WineChat

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:22 am
    Join Randall Grahm, David White, Meg Houston Maker, Melanie Ofenloch, Tina Spina Morey, Jameson Fink, Elaine Brown, William Allen and me for a live #WineChat at 6pm Pacific on Wednesday, April 2.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Snooth - Articles

  • Cracking the Chianti Code

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Another in my series of reports focusing on the wines I was able to sample at the prowein event held in March of this year in Dusseldorf, Germany. Today we’re talking about Chianti Classico, soon to be followed by thoughts on a line-up of the new Gran Selezione wines. I’m not sure we need yet another level for Chianti, but that too shall wait for the next installment of this series for today i want to remain focused on the basic wines of the Chianti Classico zone.  For me this is what Chianti is all about. Classico: coming for the historic heart of the region. No extended…
  • Wines That Rang our Bell in March 2014

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Spring seems to have actually arrived here in the Northeast, and while the nights are still threatening us with near freezing temperatures we’ve broken through the 70 degree mark more than once and the sun has even started to shine brightly, bathing us in resplendent warmth. That can mean only one thing when you are a wine geek. It’s time to break out the whites! Sure we’ve been dipping into white wine now and again during the cold, dark months of winter, but now we’re serious. new vintages are gracing out shelves, fabulous offerings from around the world are at our…
  • Where has all the Malbec Gone?

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Almost fruity by design, because that’s what we know you like. The natural, slightly bitter character of Malbec is being obscured, in those examples that through clonal selection, cropping, or vintage character still display it. In its place we’re increasingly finding the fruit that consumers have grown to expect from their wines. Not enough fruit? Not a very good wine.And that’s where malbec is headed. Hurtling towards the abyss of blackness, in grave danger of losing what was once it’s calling card. It’s not a situation unique to malbec of course, but Malbec,…
  • Cellar of the Month April 2014

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Another Monday, another gorgeous cellar. Take a minute and feast your eyes on this place. Located in Westchester County, NY, this cellar accomodates 2500 bottles in classic style. Neat and orderly, it's packed and stacked with fine vintages and solid wood cases, which look especially attractive stacked as a solid block of splendor aginst the rugged look of of raw brick walls.   Curtis Dahl is an owner of Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars & Humidors. To add some daydreaming fodder to your Monday we’ve asked him to share some enviable cellar installation pics with us…
  • Peas Please

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Peas, they're not exactly what we thought they were. They were those little morsels of deliciousness; a just reward for work well done. Today they, those little balls of delight referred to as English peas, are being replaced. Our pea consumption is now greatly augmented by the peas for the lazy man. You know I'm talking about you Snow pea, and yes Sugar Snap, and don't get me started on Super Sugar Snaps! Yes, in this day of instant gratification we just go ahead and eat the whole damn pea! What's up with that? What happened to the hours of shucking, the backer lined with a…
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    The Wine Travelers

  • Truett-Hurst along Dry Creek

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    On Dry Creek Road Truett-Hurst along Dry Creek – Biodynamic vineyards and gardens Several years ago we visited the Truett-Hurst winery just after they had purchased the old Martin Winery on Dry Creek Road. Today the winery is vastly different in more ways than one. Make no mistake, the estate on Dry Creek Road is a delight to visit and the wines are very good. No wine is made at this venue, but the tasting room is nestled in among vineyards, gardens of wildflowers and vegetables, and the serenity of the Dry Creek stream flowing along the property. The tasting fee is $5 and you can…
  • Wente Vineyards: A tour de force in Livermore

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    It has been a long time since we last visited Wente Vineyards. So long in fact that it was then called Wente Bros. When fouth generation family member Carolyn Wente became the CEO, the winery’s name changed to reflect the fact the Wente woman were fully involved with winery operations. Wente boasts that they are the oldest continuously family-run winery in California, with a starting date of 1883. I will have to dig into that. I was under the impression that Gundlach Bundschu in Sonoma Valley (1868) had that distinction. Wente certainly has one important claim to distinction. They were the…
  • Favorite wine movies

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This year marks the tenth anniversary of the movie “Sideways.” It is my favorite wine movie. I own the DVD and watch it about once a year. In honor of the tenth anniversary of “Sideways,” I decided to list my favorite wine movies. I am listing only five. I know there are many other movies that include a wine theme, but these are the tops in my book. I have placed them in the order of my preference. Favorite wine movies Favorite wine movies Sideways – 2004 This is a crazy movie about two misfits who take off on a male-bonding trip to the Santa Barbara wine…
  • Gwinllan Estate Vineyard and Winery

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:06 pm
    On the road to the wine cave Gwinllan Estate Gwinllan Estate is one of the latest wineries to establish itself in the wine Region of Fair Play. Fair Play is a very small geographic area, at approximately 2000 to 2500 feet in elevation in the Sierra Foothills of El Dorado County. This was our first visit to the Gwinllan Estate. We meandered our way from the Cedarville Winery along Fair Play Road to the entrance gate leading to the Gwinllan tasting room. From there you travel about a third of a mile up to the Gwinllan wine cave. It is a very pretty and scenic road through the vineyards. You are…
  • Lockeford Meat and Sausage

    6 Mar 2014 | 9:41 am
    I would be remiss if I did not include the Lockeford Meat and Sausage Services in my series of articles about our recent trek to the Sierra Foothills wine country. There are many routes to the towns of Sutter Creek, Jackson and Plymouth in Amador County. If you are leaving from the San Francisco area or San Francisco Peninsula, you are likely to take the route that goes to Highway 88 off Highway 5 and through the small town of Lockeford. Here is where Lockeford Meat and Sausage Services is located. Sausage capitol of CaliforniaFrom the outside, Lockeford Meat and Sausage looks very ordinary,…
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    Napa Valley Wine Blog

  • Uber in the Napa Valley: Good for tourists?

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    Dining at Angele Uber in the Napa Valley Wine country travelers to the Napa Valley will be happy to learn this news. Uber has invaded the Napa Valley. Taxi cab drivers may not like this, but certainly tourists will find Uber to be an added convenience for hopping around the Napa Valley. If you don’t already know, Uber is a company that sends drivers for hire at your beck and call. All you need is the Uber App on your smartphone to hire a driver. Currently, there are three different taxicab companies that service the Napa Valley: Yellow Cab, Black Tie Cab, and Napa Valley Cab. Cabs have, in…
  • Napa Valley Tidbits – Ovation TV and The Art Of: Wine Country

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Ovation TV – The Art Of: Wine Country Ovation TV is available on most cable companies, i.e. Comcast, Uverse and Direct TV. This Sunday evening Ovation will broadcast “The Art of Wine Country” at 7:30 p.m. ET. I checked out a couple of preview videos and it looks like an exciting show. I watched a clip of Napa Valley’s Gordon Huether and his amazing sculptures at the Artesa Winery in Carneros. In another clip, Chef Cindy Pawlcyn talks about the art of her vegetable gardening and its importance to the success of the food she serves at her restaurants. Each weekly show, The Art Of:…
  • Hall Wines leaps forward with winery iPad technology

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Revel Systems winery iPad technology at Hall Wines The next time you stop in at one of Hall Wines tasting rooms, there will be something new to ponder at the counter: iPad tablets used by customers and staff to simplify the purchase and shipping of Hall wines. Hall instituted the Revel Systems iPad point-of-sale solution two weeks ago and all appears to be working nicely. According to Revel System CEO Chris Ciabara, Hall has taken a giant leap forward, integrating all its technology systems into one easy platform that can be used on Apple’s iPad tablet. Will other wineries in the Napa…
  • Eco-Friendly Wine Route

    15 Mar 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Ten years ago only a handful of wineries in the Napa Valley used any solar power or practiced any sort of eco-friendly farming in their vineyards. Today that has changed dramatically. Many wineries in the Napa Valley can boast that they are eco-friendly in some fashion: certified organic, sustainable, biodynamic, Napa Green or solar powered. For those wine country travelers who would like to visit some of these wineries, we have designed an Eco-Friendly Wine Route. We are listing five wineries that have extensive eco-friendly practices, in addition to making some very delicious wines and…
  • Napa Valley Wine Tasting Fee Index

    26 Feb 2014 | 4:00 pm
    How much $$ for tasting?You’re heading to the Napa Valley and wondering how much to figure on tasting room fees for your travel budget. You are not alone. Our readers will often email us asking questions related to tasting room fees. What should I expect in tasting room fees on our vacation? Are the fees the same from winery to winery? Are there any tasting rooms in Napa that do not charge a fee? Where can we get a discount or two-for-one tasting coupons? This got me to thinking how much tasting room fees have increased over the years. There was once a time when no winery in the Napa Valley…
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  • History and tasting go hand in hand when it comes to wine appreciation

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
      We tasted through a range of Jackson Family wines the other day with the staff of the Sonoma County Vintners, and my oh my, what an impressive group they (the SCV staff, I mean) were. I remember a time when the staffs (such as they were) of these regional wine associations weren’t as professional or informed as they should have been. Of course, the Napa Valley Vintners always was the best organized, but the others—as hard as they tried—just didn’t seem able to pull it all together. The problems were twofold: money and politics. It takes dough, and plenty of it, to run a…
  • Do we need another Sonoma appellation?

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
      I’m not quite sure how I feel about the proposed West Sonoma Coast appellation some people are proposing. On the plus side, it’s more compact than the existing Sonoma Coast AVA, which as everyone knows almost nobody likes because it’s so all-encompassing. On the minus side is that it’s still pretty sprawling. It would have been nice had the proposed appellation’s boundaries been the original ones for the Sonoma Coast. They’re a lot more honest from a terroir point of view, since they hug the Pacific Coast more closely, which after all is what the Sonoma Coast,…
  • When quality isn’t enough: the “lightbulb of recognition”

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
      The standard meme for marketing wine is: Ours is better than theirs. In just about every wine advertisement you read, this quality argument is there, whether implicit or explicit. Producers claim that their wine is rounder, smoother, more mellow, more delicious, better balanced, cleaner, more fulfilling, more [fill in the adjective] than the competition. The hope is that consumers will be swayed, for, after all, when you’re spending money on a product, you want the highest quality, right? As it turns out, the quality factor may not be the best way of promoting wine anymore. From…
  • Post-Haas School thoughts

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
      We did my annual tasting and seminar last week at the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business’s Wine Club, “we” being myself and Randy Ullum, K-J’s head winemaker. I’ve long been a fan of Randy. I included him in my 2008 book, “New Classic Winemakers of California,” which I organized by the decade when the winemaker began his or her career. Randy was part of the 1980s section that also included (for good measure), Bob Levy, Heidi Peterson Barrett, and the brains behind Shafer, Doug Shafer and Elias Fernandez. What a decade that was. I’ll write more about it soon, but for…
  • How much time did you say Millennials spend on the media? Really? Wow.

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
      The most stunning finding from Ipsos Media’s new study on social media is that Millennials spend an average of 17.8 hours a day perusing (if that’s the right word) the media. Assuming they must sleep at some point, that means that nearly all of Millennials’ waking hours are spent looking at or listening to a smartphone, tablet, computer, radio, movie or T.V. screen or even the printed page! How do they find the time to do anything else? The actual point of the study was about user-generated content (UGC), a buzzword that, according to Wikipedia, entered mainstream use in 2005.
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    O'Vineyards Carcassonne Wine & Food Blog

  • O’Vineyards Babies

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Beautiful Evie and Handsome Nael Nicole & Adam Russell, Victoria & David Green came with beautiful Baby Evie Green! Nicolas & Nadia Souchon came with handsome Baby Nael! Victoria Green posted a review on FaceBook: “We had a wonderful afternoon with our kind, thoughtful and generous hosts. Delicious, flavoursome wine and tasty food in their spacious and comfortable home/establishment. Highly recommended. When we left it felt as if we’d known them for years.” Related Posts:St Patrick’s Week Happy St Patrick's Day to you all! How do you like our O'Chasan…
  • Another TripAdvisor Review

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:58 pm
    “The wine novices perfect paradise!” We spent two idyllic nights with Liz and Joe learning about beautiful wine and enjoying great company! As I write this we are enjoying bottle of Trah Lah Lah 2007 which we brought home (amongst numerous others). We enjoy our wine but are by no means experts, and to experience a true vineyard with delicious food and fabulous company without feeling intimidated was just what we were looking for. The accommodation was excellent – the comfiest bed in France! We cannot wait to visit again!! Thanks Joe and Liz…” Reviewed 5 days ago by Mike…
  • O’ Friends & Visitors

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
    Three free bottles of Ryan O’Connell’s “KidCab” Become a Naked Angel and grab this Special Offer from Naked Wines US!   Related Posts:Buy Gift Certificates: Our Gift Certificates , the best Gifts to your Families and Friends! Offer our wines and our Celebrations Week End with the Winemakers at ...Regional Directories Online One way of bringing traffic to the website or the vineyard is to be included in lots of regional directories. Since the New York Times ...Buy Our Wine Online in the UK I just got an email from Rowan Gormley: "you're on!". Residents of the United…
  • Surprise Birthday Party!

    18 Mar 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Jacques ordered a surprise birthday party for his wife Yolande! With Jacques, his sister  Dominique & her husband Georges, Yolande stepped in O’Vineyards empty grand room…..Her children and grand children rushed out of O’ kitchen,  singing Happy Birthday Mamie Yolande!   Related Posts:Two simple chicken recipes A whole chicken is quite a lot for two persons! We are going to cook two fast and simple dishes, two different meals with ...St Patrick’s Week Happy St Patrick's Day to you all! How do you like our O'Chasan  dressed in green and ready to go! At…
  • St Patrick’s Week

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:31 am
    Happy St Patrick’s Day to you all! How do you like our O’Chasan  dressed in green and ready to go! At O’Vineyards, St Patrick’s day will be celebrated ALL WEEK! ….. Good excuse to have more green … or white … O’Chasan! Cheers!   Related Posts:O’Vineyards Babies Beautiful Evie and Handsome Nael Nicole & Adam Russell, Victoria & David Green came with beautiful Baby Evie Green!  Nicolas & Nadia Souchon came with handsome Baby ...Surprise Birthday Party! Jacques ordered a surprise birthday party for his wife Yolande! With…
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    Jordan Winery

  • First full season of new epicurean excursion begins at Jordan

    Lisa Mattson
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Jordan Vineyard & Winery begins the first full season of our new Estate Tour & Tasting experience today. Guests will journey to remote corners of the nearly 1,200-acre Jordan Estate to enjoy a farm-to-table, wine-and-food-tasting excursion with a backdrop of stunning vistas. Reservation requests are now being accepted at for tours hosted Thursday through Monday until November 10, [...]
  • Time lapse video: 365 days with a Cabernet grapevine

    Lisa Mattson
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Our first outdoor time-lapse video experiment is complete. We captured one year of a grapevine’s life at Jordan Estate, from winter pruning through budbreak, flowering, fruit set, veraison, harvest fall foliage and winter dormancy again. This year, we are moving the camera closer to the vine in hopes of getting close-up shots of the grape [...]
  • New release wines: Jordan 2010 Cabernet and 2012 Chardonnay

    Rob Davis
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    “European winemaking is a history of empirical experience.” Those were the words André Tchelistcheff, the great wine guru, once said to me while we were driving to visit a winery in France. As our 39th growing season begins here in Sonoma County, I realize just how much I agree with his observation. Our winemaking skills [...]
  • John Jordan to Open Jedi Training Academy in Wine Country

    Lisa Mattson
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    New legion of Jedi Masters will protect the Wine Republic against the enemies of fruit HEALDSBURG, Calif. (April 1, 2014)–The first-ever Jedi Training Academy is set to break ground in Sonoma County wine country this spring in a remote corner of Alexander Valley, less than an hour’s drive from George Lucas’ famed Skywalker Ranch. The [...]
  • Budbreak arrives with force: what this means for the 2014 harvest

    Lisa Mattson
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Our vineyards slept through the driest winter on record in Sonoma County in 120 years, and after some welcomed rains in February, they’ve awoken from their dormancy with force. Budbreak began about one week earlier than usual for our vineyards. (This was partly due to weather and the timing of pruning.) Days in early March [...]
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    The Rosa d'Oro Vineyards Blog

  • Last few bottles of Cabernet Franc available!

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    We are down to the last few bottles of our 2011 Cab Franc...Expert Reviewsby Virginie BooneA rare, 100% California Cabernet Franc, this wine pays tribute to its varietal in every way. Green-olive herbaceousness integrates with savory, bright red fruit and a soft texture. Given this structure, the wine should do well alongside a peppercorn steak.— (4/1/2014) — 89POINTSRosa d'Oro 2011 Nova Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Yolo County)Price:$35Designation:Nova VineyardVarietal:Cabernet FrancAppellation:Yolo County, Central Valley,California, USWinery:Rosa…
  • A guide to our Italian-varietal wines

    5 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    We have created a nifty little guide to our wines if you are unfamiliar with the big and often confusing world of Italian grapes. Such confusion often includes: why is the Montepulciano grape not grown in the town of Montepulciano, why is Dolcetto a dry and tannic wine, and why is Negroamaro (to be released next year) not bitter?
  • Join us at the Rosa d'Oro Wine Dinner April 5th

    28 Mar 2014 | 4:34 pm
    There are a few spots left at the upcoming Rosa d'Oro Wine Dinner at the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, Lake County. The evening begins with a sampling of our wines with appetizers across the street at the Lake County Wine Studio. Dinner will then take place at The Tallman Hotel.The Saturday night event is limited to 30 guests. Reservations at $75 plus tax can be made by calling the Hotel at 707-275-2244 ext. 0. And consider staying overnight at the hotel! There's a special offer of $99 for the second night if you book a two night stay (note: special hotel/dinner package is available by…
  • Now available: Greco di Yolo, not Tufo

    6 Feb 2014 | 8:12 pm
    We have finally released a very small amount of our Greco, which might be the only Greco di Tufo (Tufo is of course not correct here being a region in Italy, but it helps identify what we are talking about) in the United States. As some of you might remember, we released some under our "House White" label a while ago because the TTB has rejected the permutations "Greco," "Greco Bianco," and "Greco di Tufo" as recognized grape names. I have chronicled that whole ridiculous encounter under the tab above left titled "The Greco Incident" and nothing has since come of our efforts to have this…
  • Aglianico, Greco and Fiano - Antonio Mastroberardino's legacy lives on

    30 Jan 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Antonio Mastroberardino, the man most associated with the preservation and elevation of Aglianico and Greco, has passed away at 86. The Mastroberardino family spearheaded the preservation and refinement of Campanian varietals across all price points, culminating with legendary '68 Taurasi from which is precisely how Aglianico came to be known as the Barolo of the South. Without him, we would not be growing Aglianico today.Particularly interesting to me is the family's Villa dei Misteri project. This bottling attempts to recreate a wine that would have been drunk in ancient Pompeii. Working…
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Dry Creek Valley Wineries

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Visit the Dry Creek Valley Wineries of Sonoma County. Famous for Zinfandel, you will find other great wines too. Enjoy fine wines while on a Dry Creek Valley wine tour.
  • Sierra Foothill Weddings

    23 Mar 2014 | 7:48 am
    The natural beauty of the Sierra Foothills can help create your dream day wedding. Learn about Sierra Foothill Weddings and choose your wine country wedding location with our recommendations.
  • El Dorado County Golf Courses

    23 Mar 2014 | 7:48 am
    Visit El Dorado County and enjoy a round of golf at an El Dorado County golf course. You’ll find a variety of both 18 hole and 9 hole courses to choose from. Experience spectacular natural beauty.
  • Temecula Golf Courses

    23 Mar 2014 | 7:48 am
    Ready for a round of golf? Discover Temecula Golf Courses. Make reservations to play at a Temecula golf course. Tee it up!
  • Santa Cruz Golf Courses

    23 Mar 2014 | 7:48 am
    Play golf at gorgeous Santa Cruz golf courses. Combine a wine tasting trip to Santa Cruz wineries with a golf vacation. This is a scenic Central Coast destination.
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2011 - Let it Breathe

    Jon Thorsen
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    A perfect example of how a little air can transform a wine into something special. 100% Malbec from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.SRP of $20 and available for $16. This review is sponsored by CorkExclusive where you can get the Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva for just $15.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order. Imported by TGIC.From the bottle:"Bodega Norton was founded in 1895 at the Mendoza River Valley. The estate winery is located at the foothills of the Andes, at altitudes ranging between 850 to 1100 m. above sea level. "Reserva" is made from carefully selected grapes from vineyards…
  • Fortant Coast Select Grenache Rosé 2012 - Get To Know The Pink Drink

    Jon Thorsen
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Nothing says spring like a good rosé! 100% Grenache Noir from Vin de Pays d'Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.SRP of $13 and available for as low as $10. Sample submitted for review. Imported by Boisset Family Estates. From the bottle:"The leader in creating varietal wines from the South of France, Fortant is today pioneering a new vision for South of France terroir inspired by the search for distinctive personality and geography within this most diverse wine region. This coastal terroir, under the favorable influence of the Mediterranean climate, provides a unique location for viticulture.
  • Enter to Win the Grand Sonoma Winecation Getaway from Underground Cellar!

    Jon Thorsen
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today we have a special sponsored post by one of the newer wine sites out there, Underground Cellar. Another place to buy wine, you might be thinking, big deal! Not so fast, I say, this one comes with a twist: Underground Cellar's unique (and slightly addictive) upgrade feature. Read on to find out more. Plus everyone could use a good winecation, right? Cheers! I have two words for you: dream winecationAt Underground Cellar, we are hosting a huge giveaway for 1 lucky person to win the Sonoma Winecation GetawayThe winner plus 3 best friends will enjoy:- Accommodations at the luxurious Villa…
  • Northstar Winery Columbia Valley Merlot 2009 - A Merlot for Cabernet Lovers

    Jon Thorsen
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Do yourself a favor and get to know Merlot from Washington State. This post brought to you by: Get the 2012 Downes Family "Sanctuary Peak" Sauvignon Blanc for just $19.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any order! 81% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot from Columbia Valley, Washington.SRP of $41 and purchased for $25 at WineShopper (Saturday Splurge). Around 8,000 cases produced.From the bottle:"Rich, concentrated yet elegant, each vintage of Northstar Merlot is truly handcrafted from the best of the harvest to showcase Washington State's finest vineyards.14.8% Alcohol"Columbia Valley,…
  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012 - Cherry, Cola and Coffee

    Jon Thorsen
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Crazy good wine at a crazy good price thanks to Marketview Liquor.100% Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, California.SRP of $25 and available for the super low price of $17 plus free shipping on 6+ bottles at Marketview Liquor! Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Cool climate vineyards. Artisan winemaking. Classic Pinot Noir.13.9% Alcohol"Our mission to find great wine under $20 is not just about the wine itself, but also finding the best places to buy that wine at the lowest prices. After all the lower the prices, the more wine will fall under our $20 price limit. As such we've been…
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  • Profile of Antonio Galloni &

    Richard Jennings
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Below is the profile of Antonio Galloni I wrote for epicure, the magazine/program of Pebble Beach Food & Wine, whose 2014 extravaganza (PBFW2014) ended today. Antonio led four seminar panels for the event, and I can confirm he did a terrific job as I attended three of them. I particularly appreciated the wealth of background he brought to the 2008 Barolo seminar, where some of the fabulous wines on hand were from his own cellar. Antonio has agreed to extend to RJonWine readers for the next three days the code his team established for PBFW2014 that will allow you to get a free preview of…
  • Santa Barbara’s Happy Place for Bordeaux Varieties

    Richard Jennings
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    view of Happy Canyon from northernmost vineyard at Star Lane Santa Barbara area grape growers nearly gave up on Bordeaux varieties planted here in the 1970s after they failed to ripen sufficiently to eliminate green flavors more vintages than not. There are exceptions, of course, and Jonata in Ballard Canyon proved there are warmer areas where Bordeaux varieties can do very well. Santa Barbara’s hottest growing region, on the far eastern edge of Santa Ynez Valley, has also shown that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, can produce superlative…
  • Bubbles Rising: Sparkling Trend in Santa Barbara?

    Richard Jennings
    6 Mar 2014 | 9:47 pm
    L to R: Riverbank’s Clarissa Nagy; Don Schroeder of Sea Smoke; Dave Potter, Municipal Winemakers; Sonja Magdevski of Casa Dumetz; Brewer-Clifton’s Greg Brewer; Blakeney Sanford One thing I’ve learned from several trips to Santa Barbara County over the past year is that there’s tremendous potential for making sparkling wines here. The exciting news is that an increasing number of excellent Santa Barbara area producers are trying their hand at creating delicious sparkling wines. Like the great sparkling wine region of Champagne in France, Santa Barbara is blessed not only with a…
  • Lion in Winter: Robert Parker Addresses Wine Writers

    Richard Jennings
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:13 am
    Robert M. Parker, Jr., addressing wine writers at Meadowood Introduction This year’s Professional Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood in St. Helena was the 10th anniversary of this annual event. It was my second time attending, and perhaps because I am further along in my career than I was when I first attended two years ago, it felt like a much richer and deeper experience for me this year. Among the sessions that particularly impacted me were perspectives on photography from Bonjwing Lee, a food blogger and highly successful food photographer. I chatted with Bonjwing at the symposium’s…
  • Ballard Canyon: Santa Barbara’s Newest, Rhone-Variety Focused AVA

    Richard Jennings
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:18 pm
    view of Larner Vineyard at southern end of Ballard Canyon Next up on our tour of Santa Barbara County appellations is its newest AVA—Ballard Canyon. The aromatic, flavorful, structured Syrahs from this small area southwest of Los Olivos invite comparisons to wines of France’s Northern Rhone. The aromatics, firm tannins and good balancing acidities particularly remind me of the wines of Rhone’s tiny Cornas appellation. Wines labeled Ballard Canyon AVA are just starting to hit the market. Lovers of cooler climate Syrahs and other Rhone varieties should be on the lookout for great wines…
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    Nosso Vinho

  • Barolo Rocche Dei Manzoni 2004 Vigna de la Roul

    Paulo Queiroz
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Ontem tivemos um jantar com nossos amigos Cristiane e Aurélio e eles trouxeram este Barolo… The post Barolo Rocche Dei Manzoni 2004 Vigna de la Roul appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Bruno Rocca Langhe Nebbiolo Fralù 2011

    Paulo Queiroz
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:27 am
    Num final de semana de preguiça, na Fazenda Boa Vista, no interior de São Paulo,… The post Bruno Rocca Langhe Nebbiolo Fralù 2011 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Muros Antigos Alvarinho 2012 – Vinho Verde Monção e Melgaço

    Paulo Queiroz
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Num desses dias de muito calor, eu Alcir e Manuk fomos almoçar para colocar o… The post Muros Antigos Alvarinho 2012 – Vinho Verde Monção e Melgaço appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Gotin del Risc Mencia 2008

    Paulo Queiroz
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:44 am
    Hoje vamos falar de um vinho simples e de baixo custo, feito na Espanha, na… The post Gotin del Risc Mencia 2008 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

    Paulo Queiroz
    22 Feb 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Esta vinícola do Napa Valley tem mais de 125 anos de idade. A vinícola original… The post Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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    Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery

  • Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir 2011

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir 2011, Nunes Vineyard, Russian River Valley, CA, $56 – Rating 92 An excellent Pinot Noir from a special vineyard. A deeply textured nose bursting with aromas of ripe cherry, spice and camp smoke. Medium-bodied with hints of jamminess, supple tannins and balanced acidity. Flavors of cherry, strawberry and raspberry with a touch of pepper and spice. Subtle notes of cola in the finish. Buy This Wine   The post Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir 2011 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Giordano Grecanico Pinot Grigio 2012

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Giordano Grecanico Pinot Grigio 2012, Sicily Collection, Sicily, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 88 From a small vineyard on Sicily, this Pinot Grigio – Grecanico blend is produced in a softer creamier style than many mouth-puckering Pinot Grigios. A gentle nose of citrus, pineapple and melon. Light-bodied with soft acidity, offering flavors of pineapple creme, lemon and green apple with a bit of minerality in the finish. Think summertime with friends. Will pair well with lighter summer and picnic fare. Buy This Wine The post Giordano Grecanico Pinot Grigio 2012 appeared first on Wine…
  • Giordano Primitivo di Manduria 2011

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Giordano Primitivo di Manduria d.o.c. 2011, Giordano Collection, Apulia, Italy, $14 (S) – Rating 89 Aged 50% in 2 -3 year old oak barrels and 50% in underground oak casks from low yield vines in southern Italy near the Adriatic Sea. This rich and jammy brother to Zinfandel, sports aromas of dark cherry, plum, ripe raspberry and a touch of saddle leather. Balanced tannins and acidity are highlighted with flavors of plum, black cherry, vanilla, tobacco box, cassis, pepper and spice. A nice compliment of campfire smoke in the finish. Buy This Wine The post Giordano Primitivo di Manduria…
  • Giordano Soave 2012

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Giordano Soave d.o.c. 2012, Verona, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 91 Known a s an excellent and versatile food-pairing wine. Soave can be paired with anything from cured charcutière meats to hearty seafood. The 2012 offering from Giordano opens with aromas of green apple with notes of baking spice. A light to medium bodied with creamy mouth-feel and balanced acidity. Flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon with hints of minerality and a touch of apricot on the finish. Buy This Wine The post Giordano Soave 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • MacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir 2013

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    MacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir 2013, Sonoma Coast, CA, $22 (S) – Rating 91 Beautifully dry and balanced. A blend of all the MacPhail Pinot Noir Vineyards. The rosé juice is saignéd (bled off) after 24 to 48 hours of cold soak, fermented and then finished with malolactic fermentation, adding a touch of creaminess to balance the juicy food-pairing acidity. Gentle aromas of strawberry, raspberry, floral notes and spice. A round and rewarding mouth-feel with bold flavors of strawberry, bright cherry, raspberry and minerality. Subtle notes of cayenne and spice on the finish adds to the…
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    Wine Virtuosity

  • Tokaj; Csontos From Bott Pince

    Niklas Jorgensen
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
      Roughly a year ago I tasted the 2012 Csontos Furmint for the first time, together with Judit Bott. It was just bottled and still in its infancy. Furmint with no age shows more than one character similar to Sauvignon blanc on the nose and this one wasn't an exception. However, all that is gone now; today Csontos is all about Furmint attributes and it's pretty easy to understand why many holds this as the best wine from Bott Pince. The Csontos vineyard can be found in the northern parts of the Tokaj region, close to the Zemplèn forest. The vicinity to the forest of course helps…
  • Does It Age Well, Alvarinho?

    Niklas Jorgensen
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:46 am
      Alvarinho, or Albariño if you're on the Spanish side of the border, has received a lot of attention the last years - and well-earned it is. The unoaked style of Alvarinho has been the preference so far among its fans, claiming its superiority to pair with food. I don't agree. Not for one second. Perhaps the Spanish Denominación de Origen of Rías Baixas has a slight head-start compared to the Alvarinho producers in the northern parts of Portugal when it comes to Alvarinho and oak ageing. A softer attitude as well. But Alvarinho and oak fermentation, oak ageing and battonage also…
  • Niepoort & Garrafeira Port; An Affaire De Coeur

    Niklas Jorgensen
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
      In front of me there's this wine, spreading an aura of greatness. Not sure I want to put words on the complexity, not sure I can either. It's a liquid larger than life experience, possibly one of the most amazing port wines I've had. And yet it doesn't feel right. I'm spoiled with many memorable tasting experiences and spit my way through a lot of wines every year. But when you taste a wine that stops time and literally shakes your foundations - yes, it's the greatest AC/DC single - the shortcoming of the tasting opportunity becomes painfully evident. This is a wine you want to…
  • Images From ViniPortugal In Stockholm

    Niklas Jorgensen
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
      Among all wine events visiting Stockholm throughout the year, the Wines of Portugal day, arranged by ViniPortugal, are often one of the best. The 2014 version was not only yet a well organized journey through Portuguese wines, it was the best ever. New venue, great side arrangements and top wine producers bringing their best stuff. Here's to a great day; a retrospect in images.                 Niepoort, Anselmo Mendes, Quinta do Vale do Meão, Vinhos Barbeito, João Portugal Ramos & Herdade da Malhadinha Nova were there. Just to mention some…
  • White Bones & White Stones

    Niklas Jorgensen
    25 Feb 2014 | 3:33 am
      Determining a winner is of academic interest only. Both are elegant wines with precision, presence and a personal expression. Both are top class chardonnays. But they're for sure different, the 2010 White Bones and the 2009 White Stones from Catena in Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. You can't neglect the risk-taking at the Adrianna vineyard. Located 1,450 meters above the sea-level it does provide the vines with a more intense sunlight but at the same time it's cold at night time. Really cold. Up here, temperatures varies a lot between night and day. This of course prolongs the season…
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    Hoot n Annie

  • Paso Robles: New Location for Derby Wine Estates

    Hoot 'n Annie
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Annie and I grabbed Sammy and decided to head over to the newly opened Derby Wine Estates location on Riverside Ave. close to downtown Paso Robles. There old location was a small little spot on HWY 46 East and now they are in the huge, and now restored, Farmer’s Alliance Building that is easily seen from HWY 101. The place is gorgeous. There is a ton of patio seating and it’s broken up quite nicely. Some spots are a little more private, like the spot where the fire table is, and there is plenty of shade from all the umbrellas. Inside the tasting room it’s simple, clean, and decorated…
  • L’Aventure in Paso Robles: A family affair

    Hoot 'n Annie
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    It’s nothing shocking but L’Aventure announced that Chloe Asseo will join the family business as the new Sales, Marketing and Communications Director. You can read more about the move here. I think it’s an awesome move. We’ve known Chloe since her days at Artisan Restaurant and we were always very impressed with her maturity as well as knowledge and ability in regards to the hospitality industry. Aside from that, it’s just cool to see families like this bring in the next generation to the business. Chloe has been involved off and on from my understanding but this makes it a little…
  • Paso Robles CAB Collective

    Hoot 'n Annie
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I received this press release (copy and pasted below) from marketing company, Parker Sanpei, this morning and was happy to see the inclusion of some small producers to attend the CAB Collective this year. The four chosen are Clos Solene, The Farm, Falcone, and L’Aventure. We are familiar with each of these except Falcone so hope to check them out at some point. The other three make fantastic wines. Side note: The CAB Collective event is April 26 and will be held at River Oaks Hot Springs this year. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Paso Robles CAB Collective Invites Four Garagiste Wineries to April…
  • Paso Robles: Earth Day Food & Wine Festival and More

    Hoot 'n Annie
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    The start of spring in Paso Robles signifies, to me, the start of event season. It seems there is one thing after another from now until Harvest Festival in October. So let’s get started…here are some upcoming events: Earth Day Food & Wine Festival (April 11-13) – An awesome event that we have attended multiple times and they always meet, and often exceed, expectation. This year the event will be at Castoro Cellars whereas in past years it was at Pomar Junction Winery. Wine, Waves, and Beyond (April 30 – May 4) – We had not been to this event before but happened across it…
  • Paso Robles: Caliza Winery

    Hoot 'n Annie
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Last week Carl Bowker, head wizard at Caliza Winery, invited Annie and I over to their Friday night Spring Member Appreciation Event. Although we are not members (we’ve chosen to only be members at 2 or 3 places at a time) he invited for some strange reason…maybe he likes us…who knows. Here’s the thing about Carl and Caliza, we have slowly gotten to know them over the past 4+ years; in fact, our very first blog post ever was about Caliza. That was back in January of 2010. Back when we were just young pups. If you haven’t met Carl, I urge you to head out to Caliza sometime. He is a…
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Breggo Pinot Gris 2012

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    The past several days of warm weather have made me think of Pinot Gris. There is something about the crisp brilliance of this wine that goes with outdoor living and the freshness of spring weather. Here is a recommendation for delicious Pinot Gris that I think will sell out quickly at Costco. Breggo Anderson Valley Pinot Gris Breggo Pinot Gris Anderson Valley 2012 – Costco $14.99 I was very surprised to find this wine at Costco. Breggo is a boutique winery in the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. It has only been around for a few short years but had gained a reputation for its Pinot…
  • Paso Robles Zinfandel

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    We tasted two bargain Zinfandel wines side-by-side, Paso Robles Peachy Canyon Zin VS Trader Joe’s Paso Robles Reserve Zin. I think both of these wines are good examples of the style of Zinfandel coming from the Paso Robles area. Comparing two Paso Robles Zinfandel wines Paso Robles Zinfandel Peachy Canyon Westside 2011 – $12.99 Costco, $19.99 BevMo Previously, Vintage Wine Taster Bruce recommended this Peachy Canyon Zinfandel and we thought it would be fun to try it and also compare it with a Trader Joe’s Zinfandel from the same area. The Peachy Canyon Zin has nice fruity and jammy…
  • Three Chardonnay Wines 2012 Vintage that will please

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    In this review, we look at three Chardonnays wines, each from different wine appellations in California. We have two Wente Vineyard Chardonnay wines, one from Livermore and the other from Monterey County. Both of these were sent to me as wine samples. The third wine is from McIlroy Cellars in the Russian River Valley. Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay 2012 The Morning Fog is from Wente’s estate vineyards in Livermore. We get fresh apples and lively fruit in this unoaky Chardonnay. Half of the blend was barrel fermented in neutral oak and the other half in stainless steel. The finish…
  • Organic wines – Frey Chardonnay

    28 Mar 2014 | 3:23 pm
    April is Earth Month so I thought it would be fun to explore some the organic wines I see more prominently displayed these days. Whole Foods has an entire wine section devoted to Eco-Friendly wines. The Foster City Costco has increased its number of organic wines. There are two types of organic wines to consider. The first, and most abundant, are wines that are made from organically grown grapes. The second type, and less available, are wines that are organic from start to finish. The grapes are organically grown and the wine is made without anything but natural products. I have one organic…
  • Cameron Hughes Lot 408 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:42 pm
    In this review, we offer three very different wine values worthy of a purchase. These reviews are posted at least once a week by the Vintage Wine Tasters. Who we are. Lot 408 Cameron Hughes Lot 408 2012 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah – Costco $9.99 Reviewed by Joe The Cameron Hughes Lot 408 2012 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah is “put together” by one of our favorite vintners, Andrew Murray. Just recently we reviewed the Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah and last April, 2013, we had a very informative visit with Andrew Murray at his Santa Ynez winery. The Cameron Hughes Syrah is robust with solid…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • Solar Panels Busy at Work

    Christine Collier
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Our new solar panels are maximizing their energy production. Our March 2014 total of 1.61 tons offset the equivalent of 41 trees.
  • Named one of 2014 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon

    Christine Collier
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:29 am
    Congratulations! Willamette Valley Vineyards has been named one of the 2014 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine. The sixth annual green survey was part of the 100 Best Companies and 100 Best Nonprofits surveys conducted last fall and spring. This ranking shows that your workplace has implemented a variety of green policies, and that your employees place a high value on sustainable practices and believe your commitment to them is exceptional.  It's a remarkable feat considering that 407 companies and nonprofits participated…
  • February Wine Dinner in Sunriver

    Christine Collier
    31 Jan 2014 | 11:44 am
    Please join me this February for a wine dinner at  The Grille at Crosswater in Sunriver. Chef Jason Greene will be creating a distinctively Northwest 6-course meal to pair with our classic Willamette Valley Vineyards wines. The cozy, wood-clad dining room will be an excellent backdrop for an evening of storytelling and celebration. I have included the event details and a sneak peak of the menu below. I look forward to seeing you soon.Warm regards,  Jim BernauFounder/WinegrowerThe Grille at Crosswater Wine DinnerFriday, February 28th at 6:30…
  • Wine Club Exclusive SOUPer Bowl Party

    Christine Collier
    28 Jan 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Just a reminder that our Wine Club exclusive SOUPer Bowl Party is this Saturday at our Estate Club Room and McMinnville Tasting Room. The Super Bowl will not be the only great match-up of the weekend. Join us before the big game, Saturday, February 1st from 11 am - 6 pm,  for a wine and soup showdown.Estate Club RoomWinery Chef, Eric Nelson will be preparing seafood chowder, smokey bison chili and mushroom bisque to match up perfectly with three of our award-winning wines. For every bottle purchased you will receive a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets will…
  • James Beard "Made in Memphis" Preview Dinner

    Christine Collier
    28 Jan 2014 | 2:06 pm
    This April, seven Memphis-based Chefs will travel to the James Beard House in New York to showcase a dinner representing Memphis, Tennessee. Growing up in Memphis, I am no stranger to this style of cooking and am thrilled to have been selected to feature our Willamette Valley Vineyards wines at this historic event. Before the trip, join us on Sunday, February 16thfor a "Preview Dinner" in downtown Memphis showcasing the dishes that will be served at the James Beard Dinner. I have included the event details and full menu below. I look forward to seeing you there!Don…
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    B.Mitch Drinks

  • Elayne Duff Visits CT

    24 Mar 2014 | 5:32 am
    Last week I had the pleasure of having one of the most exciting and fun bartenders around come in for a special training and then guest bartender appearance.  Elayne Duff, head bartender/mixologist for Diageo, was kind enough to make the trek up to the Hartford area and visit with nearly 70 of my staff for a great afternoon of cocktail building techniques and strategy, as well as some great new items to think about.  She also then gave a few hours of fun and mixing behind the bar for a celebrity guest appearance during happy hour.  It being St Patrick's Day we were busy from…
  • Clos Pegase Wines - Balanced Elegance

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:11 pm
    All wines tasted on Friday March 21, 2014Clos Pegase is one of those wineries that has been quietly maintaining a reputation for making delicious wines for many years.  Located in Calistoga, but with vineyards in Carneros, the estate wines produced in Napa are the mainstay of the wine selection from this winery.  As I tasted the wines the one thing that became very apparent almost immediately was that these wines are all built on elegance and finesse with a delicious level of fruit that is neither too dry or too sweet.  The hallmark of a well made wine (in my humble…
  • Hennessy Cognac - XO, Paradis, Richard Hennesy

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Hennessy Cognac tasting today with representatives from Moet-Hennessy and my local distributor.  We tasted four items just prior to lunch and I was tempted by the rep to follow the tasting into lunch with a bit of Hennessy XO on ice with my Asian noodles - not sure that was happening, despite the fact that these are tremendous tasting items.  Food and Cognac are a challenge, especially straight spirit style.  I have a durable palate, but this is not a typical place for me to try Cognac.  Fortunately I was able to taste through all the selections before we ate, and had a…
  • Foundations in Wine for the Industry Professional and Connoisseur

    22 Feb 2014 | 7:17 am
    I am very pleased to announce that I will be conducting a new wine class at Manchester Community College this Spring.  Please feel Free to contact me or register with the College for this class.CUISINEFoundations in Wine for the Industry Professional and Connoisseur From server/bartender to Sommelier, retail or trade representative, to serious wine enthusiast, learn the basics of the wine industry, including wine production, styles, regions, and service, and how to properly taste and assess wine like a professional. Food and wine pairing, understanding the components of wine, and…
  • Pecchenino – Quiet Power from Piemonte

    8 Feb 2014 | 4:51 pm
    I really enjoy it when I get the opportunity to taste wine with the people who make it. You always get the benefit of information that a local rep simply will not have access to or know.  I was a rep for a long time and no matter how much I tried to learn about a wine or winery, there was always some disconnect as I was not from the place it was made.  I find this aspect of wine tasting fulfilling in a very circular way the concept of terroir, which says that wine can only be made in a certain way from a certain place, which holds the keys to the unique variables of circumstance…
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • 2013 Pessac Leognan Strong White Wines Mixed Red Bordeaux

    Jeff Leve
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider 2013 Pessac Leognan Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings, Reviews and information on the red and white Bordeaux wine of Pessac Leognan. E.A Bucchaineri had the right idea when he wrote, “Same old vines, same old wine!” Once again, history repeats itself with 2013 Pessac Leognan. For three vintages in a row, the dry white Bordeaux wines from Pessac Leognan are contenders for the best wines of not only the appellation, but in all of Bordeaux. At their best, they are fresh, vibrant, lively, fruit-filled and complex. The red wines are mixed with some…
  • 2013 Margaux Wine Tasting Notes Comments Ratings Images Reviews

    Jeff Leve
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Margaux is a large appellation with a wide array of diverse soils, microclimates and terroirs. That vast array of soils and terroir, coupled with different levels of willingness and ability to make the sacrifices needed in 2013, led to more variance in the levels of quality found in the Margaux appellation. For a summary and overview of the 2013 Bordeaux Campaign so far… 2013 Bordeaux Vintage and Futures Campaign Summary As you might expect, the numerous chateaux that occupy the best terroir are also the estates with the financial…
  • 2013 Pauillac Tasting Notes Ratings Comments on Wines and the Vintage

    Jeff Leve
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider In the Medoc, when you have a vintage where Cabernet Sauvignon is the star, one might expect the wines of Pauillac to shine like the brightest star in the sky. Clearly, that is not the case with 2013 Bordeaux. It’s important to note that many chateaux used much more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend to produce 2013 Bordeaux than at any point in their history. In fact, for the first time in their history, Chateau Pichon Lalande was produced without a blend. It was made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. On the other hand, this was the year…
  • 2013 St. Julien Tasting Notes, Reviews, Ratings, Comments

    Jeff Leve
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:21 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider St. Julien is the winner of the most consistent appellation in the 2013 Bordeaux vintage. At their best, the wines are charming. They are not dry or under ripe. But they are not wines to age for a long time. In most instances, the best wines are clean, pure and fresh. So what’s the problem? They are also light in raw material. They lack a depth of raw material and focus on cherries, black raspberries and other red fruits. For younger collectors without deep cellars, and restaurants, these are the right type of wines you should be looking…
  • 2013 St. Estephe Tasting Notes Report

    Jeff Leve
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider 2013 St. Estephe is a mixed bag. There is a marked difference, even more than you might expect from the top terroir to the lesser soils, as this was a vintage of extreme challenges. Due in part to the experiencing less rain than other appellations in the Medoc, and its naturally cooler clay soils, the best chateau were able to pull a rabbit out their hat with this vintage and make some strong wines. For a summary and overview of the 2013 Bordeaux Campaign so far… 2013 Bordeaux Vintage and Futures Campaign Summary In some appellations…
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  • Couly Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon Blanc

    Adam Japko
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    Have you ever had a wine that haunts you? More explicitly, did you ever taste a wine where its form and impression continually manifest themselves long after the wine is gone? Maybe it stayed in your presence days and weeks after the bottle was killed; so much so that you suspect its afterlife form will never leave you alone again?  If this sounds strange to you, give the ****1/2 $25 2011 Couly Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon Blanc a try. 2011 Couly Dutheil Les Chanteaux 100% Chenin Blanc from a Loire Valley region better known for its Cabernet Franc production, this rarer Chinon Blanc stands…
  • Ribelle in Brookline Gives Boston a Sense of Place

    Adam Japko
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Ribelle in Brookline has figured out what other Boston restaurants have not; deliver the quintessential dining experience embodying a Bostonian “sense of place”. Phraseology often finding its way into wine conversations, “sense of place” gives tasters insights and connections to region, weather, vineyard, culture, and overall terroir that begat their beverage. For restaurants, farm-to-table and ocean-to-plate ingredients from close range lay down a few of the important building blocks for creating “sense of place”. Shifting back to wine, access to specific…
  • Gaillard Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah Fresh From the Northern Rhone

    Adam Japko
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:55 am
    Having style expectations for wines from specific regions, like the Northern Rhone as an example, is an unavoidable reflex after years of tasting.  Planning to drink a Northern Rhone Syrah from AOP’s like Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Cornas, or St. Joseph requires some fortitude.  For one, they are not cheap.  Second, modern day Northern Rhone Syrahs have powerhouse reputations; robust wines, often laden with bacon fat and earthy, herbal overtones.  While many are benchmark global expressions of the Syrah grape, these bottles usually succeed in solidifying their reputation as filling,…
  • Choosing a Restaurant Wine List Over Food

    Adam Japko
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    As the eight of us maneuvered on a street corner to hail two NYC yellow cabs, my son asked me why we were traveling from 66th and Central Park West to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for dinner. “Aren’t there any nice restaurants in Manhattan?” It was a fair question.  I explained I had booked a table for ten at Reynard because “I wanted a shot at a restaurant wine list  filled with the exact kinds of wines I like to drink.”  He asked how many bottles I would pick.  ”Probably three different wines,” I responded. Not satisfied, my son fired back one more…
  • Kaleidoscope of Wine Styles and Jeremy Parzen

    Adam Japko
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:44 am
    A friend of mine that sells wine in Massachusetts has told me more than once he admires my openness and flexibility for enjoying varied styles of wine. Fresh, aged, brooding, bright, acidic, chewy, earthy, fruity, dense, leesy, steel, wood, white, red, rosé, brett, sparkling…no matter.  He’s right; with the caveats of passable vintage conditions, good farming, and considered élevage, remaining open to appreciating wide ranging wine styles feels responsible and dutiful. Last week when Robert Parker addressed the Wine Writers Symposium, he answered a question about…
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    Wine Videos | BoozeMonkey

  • Wine and Gasoline

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The Toasted Hostess de-pairs "WINE AND GASOLINE" the video on BoozeMonkey NOW!
  • Molly Dooker - Marquis Fruit Weight..

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:24 pm
    The Toasted Hostess up close and personal with Molly Dooker.. Marquis Fruit Weight is what makes you go WOW. The velvety sensation of the fruit..that wrap around your tongue.. the video on BoozeMonkey NOW!
  • Eagle Vale Estate

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Eagle Vale - it's what's up the the wines down under.... Driven by a passion, influenced by a dream, Margaret River became the perfect lotion for Steve Jacobs dream to become a reality. Eagle Vale is situated just south of the Margaret River township, in the South Western corner of Western Australia. the video on BoozeMonkey NOW!
  • The Toasted Hostess New Sizzle Reel

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The Corkscrew Diary is a global travelogue about wine and food hosted by Deborah Gee, The Toasted Hostess. Pre-production has built bridges to wine regions that encircle the whole wine world. The joy is in the journey, so many say. The Toasted Hostess shares that there's a whole lot to do the video on BoozeMonkey NOW!
  • Gemtree Vineyards :: Grenache

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:59 am
    Gemtree Vineyards: Grenache via Wine Sense TV Australia the video on BoozeMonkey NOW!
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • 2012 Boedecker Chardonnay Willamette Valley

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 Boedecker Chardonnay Purity Willamette Valley This husband and wife winemaker team really have it going on. Year after year, Stewart and Athena Boedecker craft spectacular wine from grapes purchased across the Willamette Valley. In 2003, they brought their first vintage to market, and they continue to showcase beautiful and esoteric wines a decade […]
  • Higgins Restaurant to Host aTribute to James Beard

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Higgins restaurant & bar to host a spring tribute to James Beard The James Beard Public Market, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and public-private partnership, will partner with long-time board member, Greg Higgins, to host the James Beard Spring Tribute Dinners from 5pm-9pm, Apr. 29 – May 1 at Higgins Restaurant & Bar in Portland, […]
  • 2012 Macchia Zinfandel Mischievous

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 Macchia Zinfandel Mischievous Lodi, California Macchia Winery produces a variety of different Zinfandel’s, each with unique personalities and characteristics crafted from a number of small lots from Lodi. The 2012 Macchia Zinfandel Mischievous is a full-bodied, ultra-ripe, richly intense style Zinfandel with spicy and jammy blackberry and dark cherry flavors. ` It is textually […]
  • 2008 Bunchgrass Winery Columbia Valley Syrah

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2008 Bunchgrass Winery Columbia Valley Syrah Lewis Vineyard in the Columbia Valley sits at an elevation of 1200 ft. and produces quality Syrah, most of it that was planted in 1998. The vineyard also comprises of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. The 2008 Bunchgrass Winery Columbia Valley Syrah is a full-bodied, enticing red with […]
  • 17th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival: Event Showcases the Many Styles of Cold-Climate Pinot Noir This year’s Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, to be held May 16-18, will not only showcase Anderson Valley Pinot Noir as we know it, but celebrate the versatility of the grape. More than 45 producers will pour everything from Pinot Noir Blanc […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • Lenne Estate #Winechat

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    I think it's very cool that Stephen Lutz, owner of Lenne Estate, manages all the vineyard, winemaking and business aspects. Lutz previously worked at Beringer, Franciscan, Inglenook, Vichon, Merryvale (Napa) and Chateau Benoit and Anne Amie (Oregon), so he has a wide range of experience and it shows in the wine.The Lenne Estate vineyard shares a ridge with Willakenzie Estate, Deux Vert, Shea, Solena, Roots and Penner-Ash. We had the opportunity to taste a few of the others at a Portfolio tasting earlier this week, and there seems to be some similarities between them, in a very positive way.
  • Recommended Reads: Craft Beer and Provence

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    We get offered a variety of books to review, some interesting, some not so much. Pretty much anything food, wine, or craft beer has the possibility of transporting you to places you want to be. These books were a welcome source of escapism this brutal winter, along with teaching me a bunch about what they were written about.Hoosier Beer: Tapping Into Indiana Brewing History, by Bob Ostrander and Derrick Morris, is one of the most fastidiously researched books I've ever read, full of minutiae, facts, and stories. Even with such an esoteric subject, this seems as comprehensive as a school…
  • Flippin' Sweet and Craft Beer

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Our road trip to Breckenridge for Spring Break was a pleasant surprise this year. The kids were flat out awesome in the car, which is a victory in and of itself. We didn't even have to bribe them with movies in the car or anything. I think a big part of it is that we try to stop every few hours, either to switch drivers or to fill up with gas, and we make sure the kids jump out and get moving: jumping, climbing, running. Definitely breaks up the possible monotony.This year another pleasant surprise was Kearney, NE. We usually stop in Lincoln, but this year there were literally no hotel rooms…
  • Craft Beers and Microbreweries Infographic

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Craft beer is becoming big business, though still a small part of the overall beer market. Having a Boulder Beer Shake Chocolate Stout with dinner the other night, I was amazed to see people still ordering Bud Light when craft beers were available. No accounting for taste. Or cost. Craft beers, while undeniably more tasty, often are also more expensive to drink. One way to somewhat mitigate this is to try home brewing. Basic equipment kits start around $50 (depending on complexity and capacity), and you can expect to spend about $50 in materials for 5 gallons, or about 2 cases of beer. Here's…
  • Are You Ready To Change - Think About Rehab (Spam Email)

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Maybe my favorite spam email I've received lately, because it one day could be appropriate (but hopefully not):"You Can Start Over Now.LEARN SELF CONTROL! You Can Beat Alcoholism.Statistics show that you are not alone when it comes to battling alcoholism.There are Programs and counselors who are trained to help you get Your Life back.Look NOW - Find an alcohol rehab near you."Reminds me of my favorite bar name ever: the Alcohol Abuse Center (aka Tuman’s Tap and Grill in Ukrainian Village, Chicago).Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter Subscribe to the…
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    The Wine'dUp - Wine, Dine & Travel News

  • The Growing Trend of Buying Premium Wine Online

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    The massive expansion and reach of the internet has changed the way consumers buy wine. While there’s no substitution for local bottle shops and stores, more and more people are choosing to purchase wine online rather than in person. This modern-day channel offers a number of unique benefits for buyers that simply aren’t found elsewhere. According to the Global Wine Spirits report, online wine sales topped $5 billion in 2012 and continue to grow by approximately 30% each year. It’s important to note that only 5% of all wine sales are currently made online, so it’s…
  • Mercurey: AOC Spotlight

    The WinedUp
    3 Jan 2014 | 5:30 am
    Mercurey is an Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) region located in France. Named after the Greek God, Mercury, it’s known for producing some of the finest wine in all of Burgundy. Mercurey AOC is a medium-sized region with roughly 187 acres of planted vineyard (2007 count). Whether you enjoy white or red varieties, chances are there’s something for you to here. Under AOC regulation, Mercurey may be used for both red and white wine varieties, as long as they use either Pinot noir or Chardonnay as their target grape. Like most wines in the Burgundy region of France,…
  • Rouge River AVA: American Viticultural Areas Spotlight

    The WinedUp
    2 Jan 2014 | 10:01 am
    Nestled in the foothills of southern Oregon, Rouge River AVA is a federally recognized American Viticultural Area. It’s roughly 60 miles long and 70 miles wide, housing nearly 1,100 acres of planted vineyard. Rouge River AVA is named after Oregon’s Rouge River, which runs about 215 miles from the Cascade range in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west. It’s important to note that Rouge River AVA actually consists of three separate wine-producing regions, each with its own unique terroir. Bear Creek Valley is one of these sub-regions, running through Medford and Ashland.
  • Alsace: AOC Spotlight

    The WinedUp
    27 Dec 2013 | 5:11 am
    Alsace AOC is a wine-producing region in eastern France that was recognized by the Appellation D’origine Contrôlée (AOC) in 1962. Although it’s geographically small (smallest region in metropolitan France), Alsace is one of the most densely populated regions in all of France, with a population of 1,815,488 (2006 census). One of the characteristics that sets Alsace apart from other AOC wines is the simple fact that it’s mostly varietally labeled – meaning a single grape variety is used to produce Alsace wine. Consumers can typically identify the grape variety of Alsace…
  • Grand Valley AVA: American Viticultural Areas Spotlight

    The WinedUp
    26 Dec 2013 | 9:20 am
    Grand Valley is one of Colorado’s two AVA regions. It encompasses roughly 3,200 acres in Mesa County, stretching from the city of Fruita to Palisde. The region is known for its natural mountain breeze (which helps prevent frost shock), high elevation of 4,500+ feet above sea level, and natural irrigation from nearby Colorado River canals running through the Grand Valley. Colorado Governor George A. Crawford planted the first vineyard in the Grand Valley region back in the late 1890s. The Governor’s initial vineyard was roughly 60 acres in size, laying the foundation for a solid…
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    Wine Folly

  • Yes You Can Drink Wine with Spring Foods

    Madeline Puckette
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    The spring harvest invokes images of greens, tart salads and crunchy fresh vegetables. Yum! But how do you pair spring foods with wine? Traditionally, greens are the enemy of wine. The bitterness and sulfur-like flavors in artichoke and asparagus are often considered the antithesis of a ‘wine food’. Not to worry, there are a few great tips to get you drinking well with the spring harvest. There are even a couple of under-the-radar solutions for the perfect wine with artichoke. Wine with Spring Foods Wine with Leafy Greens If the salad section on the menu is the first place you…
  • Decode Wine Just By Looking at the Bottle

    Madeline Puckette
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    You can learn a lot about what type of wine you’re buying based on the style of bottle. Take a look at the major types of wine bottles and what wines tend to be inside. Types of Wine Bottles High Shoulder This is the most common type of bottle style. The bottle style was made popular by Bordeaux where it’s used for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and white wines made with Sauvignon Blanc. Sloping Shoulder The sloping shoulder bottle is commonly used for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Grenache. Most oak-aged white wines come in this style of bottle. Sparkling Wine and Champagne…
  • 5 Up-and-Coming Regions for Wines Under $15

    Madeline Puckette
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Let’s play a game. If you were an importer on the search for the next amazing wine or region, where would you start looking? Everyone wants in on Burgundy and Tuscany, but we forget there are some terrific regions that are much less represented even if their wines are just as good. It’s time to tread off-the-beaten trail and explore wine regions with raw potential. A few of these value wine regions use grapes that no one has ever heard of, but don’t let that deter you! Back in the 1950′s, ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’ used to be considered an exotic word. Here are 5…
  • Wine Etiquette Gone Horribly Wrong

    Madeline Puckette
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    There are a million websites that can tell you about etiquette, but they all require for you to be astonishingly sober. We asked real drinkers and sommeliers about some of their funniest and most regrettable wine etiquette moments.   Ronan Sayburn, Master Sommelier I had an old couple come into a 3 star restaurant I worked in. They had a ’57 Lafite in a plastic bag, from the year they were married and wanted to drink it. Of course we said it was OK and I opened and decanted it. It was very low in the neck and tasted of vinegar.   They loved it! Sentimental value. They drank…
  • Adventurist’s Guide to Argentina Wine Country (Part 2)

    Madeline Blasberg
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Traveling is fun. What better way to travel than through the lens of wine? There are 34 major countries in the world producing wine; vineyards can even be found in places like China and India. Step outside your comfort zone and go somewhere entirely new. A place where you can create new bonds driven by a common theme: wine. If you love Malbec, you might want to go to Argentina first. 2 Part Article: See Part 1 Travel How to get there International travelers have two routes to choose from when making their way into Mendoza City: hop over the hills from Santiago, Chile or cut across the…
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    Pure Luxury Transportation

  • Napa & Sonoma Wineries to Visit on Easter Sunday

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    This time of year, Pure Luxury Transportation clients want to know which wineries in Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Sonoma County are open on Easter Sunday. We’ve created a list with a few suggestions that anyone visiting Northern California Wine Country can use to plan their visit.NAPA VALLEYCastello di AmorosaCastello di Amorosa This landmark, Napa Valley winery will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for tours and tastings. Call ahead to make your reservation to enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure in the castle while tasting their Italian-style wines.Chimney Rock Winery Outstanding…
  • 5 More Sonoma County Adventures

    Carey Sweet
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    As we noted in our previous "5 Adventures" blog, Sonoma County brims with “musts” to explore year-round. Here are some more wonderful places to discover.1. The Green Music Center debuted in late 2012 at Sonoma State University, and it’s still one of the hottest tickets in town for a long list of remarkable performers. The state-of-the-art theater, concert hall and lawn performance space brings to life such stars as The Silk Road Ensemble, Lyle Lovett, and Philharmonia Baroque. There’s an on-site restaurant with white cloth service, and you’ve got to love that the center has a…
  • Five Sonoma County Adventures

    Carey Sweet
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sonoma County is so much more than fabulous wine and food – although we’re so rich with those wonders that sometimes we’re jealous of ourselves. Here are more adventures that are “musts” to explore year-round. And yes, some include food and wine.Bartholomew Memorial Park1. Start your tour by discovering Sonoma County’s roots at Bartholomew Memorial Park, home also to Bartholomew Park Winery. The on-site museum is fascinating, detailing the long history of Sonoma winemaking since the park’s original villa was built in 1861, complete with a display of primitive agricultural tools.
  • Lock Arms for a Cure: A Special Night Out

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pure Luxury Transportation’s own Jennifer Buffo has been nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign. In communities across the country, men and women dedicate themselves to a 10 week campaign to raise funds for blood cancer research. Together with her special partner, CJ Banaszek, and team Lock Arms for a Cure, they are dedicated to ending cancer and supporting North Bay families. One special event included in their campaign is an inspiring evening happening Friday, April 18th.CJ Banaszek and Jennifer BuffoThe festivities,…
  • Burt Williams Tribute Wine Dinner at Mateo’s Cocina Latina April 22

    Carey Sweet
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Mateo Granados and Burt WilliamsA lot of people who love wine and food know legendary Sonoma County winemaker, Burt Williams. Many of the same people also know chef Mateo Granados, owner of Mateo’s Cocina Latina in Healdsburg.Yet how many of us know that Williams has been Granados’ culinary mentor for more than 25 years, and is the reason Mateo came to Sonoma County, when he arrived in 1994 to learn from Williams how to make wine?It’s true. Burt is the extraordinary winemaker who played a major role in putting Sonoma County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the map with his bottlings from…
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    Jacksonville Wine Guide

  • Current Trends in Wine Cellar Design – Part 1

    7 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    It’s almost weekly that I receive an email from someone thinking about building a wine cellar in their home, and looking for my personal recommendation on a good wine cellar builder. Of course there’s wine cellars and there’s wine cellars. My “wine cellar” consists of my closet containing a 200 bottle wine rack and no temperature control. It does the job…for now…but for those looking for something a little more serious, I always send them in the general-direction of my good friend Curt Dahl, one half of Joseph and Curtis Wine Cellars. They are based in New Jersey, but have been…
  • Ridge, Three Valleys, Sonoma

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:01 am
    Grapes 65% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane, 3% Mataro, 2% Alicante Bouchet,1% Grenache and a partridge in a pear tree.   Facts You know what I’ve always admired about Ridge? It’s that they manage to “do Zin” without making me feel like feeling I’ve just been molested by blackberries and alcohol. True story. The Ridge 3 Valleys in the only wine blended from multiple vineyards, rather than being sourced from one specific vineyard, in this case 7 different Sonoma vineyards in the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys. Arguably with this type of wine (i.e. a…
  • There’s a Time and Place for Everything…

    19 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
  • Between the Seasons: Winter Red Wines and Spring White Wines

    17 Mar 2014 | 9:19 am
    Just another small article I was asked to write for Jacksonville Magazine’s “Taste” edition… Winter Reds   Petite Petit, Lodi, California – $14.99 If you’re looking for a “little” something to warm yourself up during the colder months, there could possibly be no wine more fit for the purpose than Petite Petit. Named after its blend of Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot grapes, don’t be mistaken for thinking this is a “small” wine. Since Petite Sirah is known for its high skin-to-juice ratio (the grape makes-up the majority of the blend), the wine is…
  • Great Chefs of Jacksonville IV

    17 Mar 2014 | 7:50 am
    What Eight of the city’s top chefs (four per team) will gather to cook and compete, all to the delight of a hungry audience. Dinners will be treated to four individual courses (eight dishes in all, two per course) prepared by the dueling teams and paired with wine. Patrons will judge each course, picking one favorite dish from the two served. Ballots from each course are then collected and tabulated, with an invited panel of judges serving as the final arbiter in the event of a tie. Team City includes Chef Christopher Cohen from bb’s, Chef Ian Lynch from Ovinte, Chef Tom Gray from Moxie…
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • First Friday with Northwest Cellars

    29 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    Get ready for a fun Spokane First Friday AND Saturday with Northwest Cellars. We are excited to welcome Bob Delf, owner of Northwest Cellars, Richard Duval, award winning photographer, and Karrie O’Neill, one of our favorite musicians. In addition to all the First Friday festivities, we are hosting a small three course lunch with Bob on Saturday from 1-3pm. Details for all the activities are below. See all the First Friday Spokane activities - With over 50 locations participating, downtown comes alive with art, music and wine. Don’t miss it. Three Course Lunch with Bob Delf  -…
  • Nectar Places In Inlander Best Of Poll

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Thank you, Spokane for selecting Nectar Tasting Room in The Inlander Best Of Poll in the category “Best Wine Bar.” This is our third consecutive year on the charts and we have moved up to #2. Each year, thousands of Inlander readers around Spokane vote for their favorites in dozens and dozens of categories ranging from Food, Nightlife, Celebrities, Events, and more. This is one of the publications most popular issues. We enjoy filling out our ballots and look forward to the results as well. It is fun to see some of our friends get the recognition they deserve. Best […]
  • Nectar Wineries Win Medals

    19 Mar 2014 | 6:38 pm
    We are excited to share that 3 of the Nectar Tasting Room wineries performed very well at the recent Savor Northwest Wine Competition. The Savor NW Wine Awards were launched in 2012, and the competition is organized by Gary Hayes and Pelican Productions, which stages the Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival and publishes Coast Explorer Magazine, Cannon Beach Magazine and the Seaside Visitor Guide. Wines are reviewed BLIND, meaning that the panel of judges only knows the grape variety being tested. Each group of 4 judges evaluates the wine on quality and varietal correctness. Wines…
  • Spokane Wine February 2014 – ValenWine and Beyond

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Ready for a fun February? They say love is all you need but I’m not really sure I could go without wine though. This is your post for all the events, activities, music, and city wide wine fun. February 2 – Go Seahawks Nectar is hosting a watch party for Super Bowl 48 to cheer on the Seattle Seahawks. Doors open at 2pm. We will have special themed Food Flights, wine and will play a fun game of Super Bowl Commercial BINGO. The game will be shown on the big screen AND via projector. RSVP here so we can get […]
  • New Year’s at Nectar A Great First Night Spokane

    18 Dec 2013 | 3:18 pm
    One of my favorite Nectar events of the year is our New Year’s Eve party. There is nothing like ringing in the new year with a  group of friends hanging out, drinking wine, listening to music, eating good food, and celebrating like one big family. We even have the added bonus of being able to see the NYE fireworks from our front bay window as people applied the traditional first kiss of the year to their loved one. For only $99 per couple (that’s less than $50 each for those mathematically challenged) here is what you get: Buffet dinner from […]
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    Wine Reviews and Tasting Reports - International Wine Report

  • NEGRETTI Chardonnay 'Dada' 2012

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The 2012 ‘Dada’ Chardonnay is a lovely, bright and vivid chardonnay from La Morra, which opens with pretty aromas of lemon zest, fresh mineral and honey blossoms. The structure shows nice tension and the lovely acidity keeps it fresh and inviting. Overall, this is a fantastic Chardonnay. (Best 2014-2019) - April, 2014 (JD) 90+ POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: April, 2014 Drinking Window: 2014-2019  Estimated Value: $40 Vintage: 2006 Producer: Negretti Country: Italy Region: Piedmont Appellation: Langhe Importer: Serge Doré Selections
  • COL D'ORCIA Brunello di Montalcino 2009

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    The 2009 Col d’Orcia delivers wonderful aromas and flavors blackberries and roasted plum along spices, leather and hints of vanilla. Medium-bodied and well-balanced with a silky texture that is supported by fine-grained tannins. The finish brings sweet cherries and red berries, which linger on. A lovely Brunello that will be approachable early on.  (Best 2015-2019) - April, 2014 (JD) 90+ POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: April, 2014 Drinking Window: 2014-2019  Estimated Value: $50 Vintage: 2009 Producer: Col d'Orcia Country: Italy Region: Tuscany Appellation: Brunello di…
  • FANTI Brunello di Montalcino 2009

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    The 2009 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino is a fantastic showing. It offers seductive aromas of sweet blackberries and blueberries along with spices, vanilla, hints of cedar and dried floral which leap from the glass. Full and velvety showing impeccable balance, combined with depth and nice concentration. The sweet, spice-tinged finish is long and finesses the the palate. An excellent effort by Fanti in this vintage. (2014-2021)- April, 2014 (JD) 92+ POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: April, 2014 Drinking Window: 2014-2021  Estimated Value: $50 Vintage: 2009 Producer: Fanti Country:…
  • GALARDI 'Terra di Lavoro' 2010

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    The 2010 Terra di Lavoro is a stunning blend of 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedirosso that comes come vines located the volcanic slopes of northwestern Campania, situated among chestnut groves and benefiting from the cool Mediterranean breeze. It displays intense aromas and flavors of blackberries and dark cherries layered with terroir driven notes of smoke, ash, herbs, dark chocolate and leather. This possesses a full body that is wonderfully structured with excellent depth and concentration. The finish finesses the palate and lingers on and on. A superb wine, however it will demand time in the…
  • BANFI Brunello di Montalcino 2009

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    The 2009 Bafni Brunello di Montalcino is a fantastic showing for this vintage. It brings pretty aromas of blackberries and sweet berries along with leather, dried floral, spices and licorice. The gorgeous soft texture along with wonderful balance and silky finish makes this an excellent Brunello for early approachability. This is drinking fantastic right out of the gate, so there is no need to hold it for too long. (Best 2014-2019) - April, 2014 (JD) 90 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: April, 2014 Drinking Window: 2014-2019  Estimated Value: $65 Vintage: 2009 Producer: Castello…
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  • get your wine cardigans on – scandal finale is tonight!

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Tonight’s the Scandal finale, and any good gladiator grapefriend will be grabbing their glass and pouring out copious amounts of red wine. Here are a few essential tips for your viewing party: most importantly, what WINE to drink??? Red, red, and then some more red. And good red. Olivia has mentioned drinking Bordeaux (love, but it … Continue reading →
  • washington wine rocks – literally

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    So everywhere I went in Washington I kept seeing a musical theme – in wines, in wineries. At Gorman Winery in Woodinville, they have a bunch of guitars hanging on the wall. In fact, Black Sabbath was playing as we walked in and sampled some wines straight from the barrel. Chris wants to start a metal band and … Continue reading →
  • washington wine winners

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    In a land where almost every guy wears Carhartt (I didn’t know what it was til I went there either), they’re making some good wine. We tried a ton when we visited Walla Walla and Red Mountain AVAs during the week. Then we headed to Seattle for the weekend to hit up Taste Washington, a huge event full of … Continue reading →
  • 5 cool facts about washington wine

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you follow grapefriend on Twitter or Instagram, you saw all the wine fun we had in Washington state a few weeks ago. I love heading to wine regions I’ve never been to, learning about their whole deal and – obvs – tasting a ton of wine. Washington state had been on my list since they’re the third … Continue reading →
  • mad men wine count: can i get some french champagne?

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The final season of Mad Men started last night (the first half anyway, since it’s split into two mini-seasons). Roger Sterling, for one, was ready – WITH WINE: @MadMen_AMC @MadMenSCP What business would that be? Wine, women and song? I’m ready… — Roger Sterling (@NYRogerSterling) April 11, 2014 Between Scandal, Game of Thrones, and now … Continue reading →
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  • A Spanish Wine For Every Course

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
      Reviews of Capcanes Flor del Flor de Primavera 2010 and some Kosher for Passover Spirits.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  April 9, 2014   Until a few decades ago, Spanish wines were discounted as not worthy of attention to those outside of Spain. But things began to shift: an improving economy in the 1980s, an influx of innovative winemakers, and an expansive rejig of wine-production regulations.   Fairly quickly the perception of Spanish wine mediocrity changed. Every region in Spain now produces a wide variety of wines that…
  • Wine Your Cellar Will Love

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
      Some Passover wine suggestions.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  April 2, 2014   With Passover just around the corner, we thought we’d highlight a couple of wines to enjoy over the festivities.   One of the newest and hottest-selling Israeli kosher wines to hit the U.S. market is the 2012 Pasco Project #1 ($25) made by the critically acclaimed winemaker, and our friend, Lewis Pasco. A blend of 59 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 37 percent Merlot, and 3 percent Petite Sirah all grown in the Shomron (West Bank), the Pasco Project #1 is a…
  • Craft Beer And All That Shtick

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
      A conversation with Jeremy Cowan, the founder of the kosher craft beer company, Shmaltz Brewing Company.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  March 26, 2014   With the countdown to Passover upon us, we thought we’d take a departure from our usual wine and spirits to focus on some other tasty chametz: beer.   The nation is in the midst of something of a beer revolution. While the market is still dominated by big names such as Budweiser, Miller and Coors, a visit to nearly every bar and liquor store reveals a growing list of previously…
  • A Chianti Fit For The Seder Table

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
      Review of the Terra di Seta Chianti Classico Reserva 2009  and a look at the feud over Tennessee Whiskey.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  March 19, 2014   Mention Chianti to most folks and they are as likely to imagine squat, straw basket enclosed bottles of wine used as candlesticks, covered in multicolored wax drippings as the wine itself. Yet Chianti is so much more than this. Chianti is a picturesque region of Tuscany where castles, terrific food and some outstanding wines are plentiful.   Chianti encompasses a sizable portion…
  • Make The Most Of Your Oregon Wine Trek

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:40 am
      A look at the delightful wines from Oregon’s Sokol Blosser and R. Stuart & Co. wineries.   By Lou Marmon   Gazette Newspapers  March 26, 2014   If the drive from Portland to McMinnville in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country only takes you an hour, then you have missed several opportunities to taste some of the region’s exquisite wines while enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding vistas and valley.   Instead, stop at some of the wineries along 99 west, particularly Sokol Blosser, who recently opened their new visitor’s center. An Oregon…
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    JJ Buckley

  • Let the 2013 Bordeaux Futures Campaign Begin!

    JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    JJ Buckley just wrapped up their week at en primeur where they had a chance to taste the 2013 vintage. Travelling to Bordeaux for the 8th year in a row, we once again had the privilege to catch up with negociants and interview winemakers about this controversial vintage. Tasting the new wines on site allowed us to shape our own perspective. So what can be said about the 2013s?

The vintage holds its surprises. Some bottlings exceeded expectations and there are worthy candidates for your cellar; most will provide exceptional drinking over the next 8-10 years. As with any vintage, a few…
  • 2013 Bordeaux: That’s Why They Call Them The First Growths

    Chuck Hayward
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Paul Pontallier of Chateau Margaux pontificates on the 2013 vintage The first growths are so designated because they are considered to have the best terroirs in the HautMedoc. (I say this knowing that the Right Bank and Pessac are excluded here.) The argument here is that the land speaks more than the winemaker’s hand. Over the past few years with Bordeaux consistently churning out some incredible wines, the riding tide of quality that comes from a great vintage compresses the distance between the first growths and other top notch estates of the Haut-Medoc. Witness the astounding…
  • 2013 Bordeaux: JJ Buckley Pursues a Road Less Travelled

    Chuck Hayward
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    This sign leaves no doubt as to where we are On the first big day of tastings at each years en primeur, many folks find themselves cruising up and down the famed D2 highway of the Medoc visiting the domaines that line the rolling road from Margaux and St. Estephe. This year JJ Buckley decided to take the road less traveled and headed south to Pesssc-Leognan to dig a little deeper into the red and white wines of this unique appellation. As it turns out, it was a great plan. The region formerly known as Graves has been a source for delicious wines over the past few years. Whether red or white,…
  • 2013 Bordeaux: First Day’s Observations

    JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Jeffrey Davies (l)chatting with Veronique Sanders, general manager at Chateau Haut-Bailly While I have not been on every JJ Buckley trip to en primeur (this is my fifth), I have been quick to enjoy the tradition of starting each year’s tastings with a visit to the house of Jeffrey Davies of Signature Selections. A San Franciscan who decamped to Bordeaux long ago, spending time with Jeffrey gives us a perfect overview of the most recent vintage and the latest news (and gossip) about the Bordeaux wine business which helps to set the tone for the visits that follow during the rest of the…
  • 2013 Bordeaux: Let En Primeur Begin!

    JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:19 am
      A line of samples telling us the work that lies ahead The month of April approaches and at JJ Buckley, that means its time to renew our passion for the wines of Bordeaux. It’s about this time that the region’s wineries and negociants throw open their doors and pull out the corkscrews and spitbuckets as wine buyers, the media and a few other hangers on descend on Bordeaux to taste the latest vintage. At the same time, pronouncements on the quality of the new wines are made and business decisions are scrutinized in the lead up to the en primeur sales campaign. This year, just…
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    Blog Your Wine

  • Current Trends in Wine Cellar Design – Part 1

    Kris Chislett
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    It’s almost weekly that I receive an email from someone thinking about building a wine cellar in their home, and looking for my personal recommendation on a good wine cellar builder. Of course there’s wine cellars and there’s wine cellars. My “wine cellar” consists of my closet containing a 200 bottle wine rack and no temperature control. It does the job…for now…but for those looking for something a little more serious, I always send them in the general-direction of my good friend Curt Dahl, one half of Joseph and Curtis Wine Cellars. They are based in New Jersey, but have been…
  • Ridge, Three Valleys, Sonoma

    Kris Chislett
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:05 am
    Grapes 65% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane, 3% Mataro, 2% Alicante Bouchet,1% Grenache and a partridge in a pear tree.   Facts You know what I’ve always admired about Ridge? It’s that they manage to “do Zin” without making me feel like feeling I’ve just been molested by blackberries and alcohol. True story. The Ridge 3 Valleys in the only wine blended from multiple vineyards, rather than being sourced from one specific vineyard, in this case 7 different Sonoma vineyards in the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys. Arguably with this type of wine (i.e. a…
  • There’s a Time and Place for Everything…

    Kris Chislett
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:14 pm
  • Between the Seasons: Winter Red Wines and Spring White Wines

    Kris Chislett
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    Just another small article I was asked to write for Jacksonville Magazine’s “Taste” edition… Winter Reds   Petite Petit, Lodi, California – $14.99 If you’re looking for a “little” something to warm yourself up during the colder months, there could possibly be no wine more fit for the purpose than Petite Petit. Named after its blend of Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot grapes, don’t be mistaken for thinking this is a “small” wine. Since Petite Sirah is known for its high skin-to-juice ratio (the grape makes-up the majority of the blend), the wine is…
  • A Good Babysitter is Hard to Find.

    Kris Chislett
    4 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
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    HoseMaster of Wine™

  • The HoseMaster of Wine's™ Wine Class

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    You don’t have to know much about wine to enjoy it, and you need to know even less to write about it. Knowledge can enhance your pleasure drinking wine, but it gets in the way of writing a wine blog. This is yet another of wine’s mysteries, like why so much wine tastes alike. No one knows why so many wines taste alike, though I think we all agree they do, but it does explain why so many of them receive exactly 89 points. When it comes to wine, shit just works out. You will find that if you...
  • The New Wine Fairy Tales: The Magic Sommelier

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Once there was a poor farmer whose only luck in life was that he had three lovely daughters. None of the three looked the least bit like him, which was probably for the best. One daughter had beautiful blonde hair like spun gold, one had raven tresses and almond shaped eyes, while the third daughter was fair-skinned, with hair the color of iron-rich soil. The poor farmer never gave a second thought to how little his daughters looked like him. The poor farmer’s wife had told him that each girl...
  • Nothing Could Be Finer Than Some Wine From Carolina in the Morning

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Raffaldini Wines I’m Using to Talk About Myself Raffaldini NV “La Dolce Vita” $16 Raffaldini 2012 Pinot Grigio Swan Creek $15 Raffaldini 2012 Vermentino Riserva Swan Creek $19 Raffaldini 2011 Sangiovese Swan Creek $18 Raffaldini 2011 Sangiovese Riserva Swan Creek $23 Raffaldini 2011 Montepulciano Riserva Swan Creek $29 I received an invitation late last year to a comparative tasting of Italian varieties, notably Montepulciano, at Raffaldini Vineyards. Sounded fun, the only catch was that...
  • The HoseMaster's Comprehensive Guide to Wine 4

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this chapter of my indispensable Comprehensive Guide to Wine, I teach you how to choose a white wine. Why you would want to is a mystery to me, but I'm willing to help anyway. I'll run you through the major white varieties, and what makes them inferior to red wines by definition. It's wine racism at its best! But you'll have to make the first Monday leap over to Tim Atkin's site in order to be enlightened. Please feel free to comment there, it makes an M.W. happy that someone talks to him,...
  • In Pursuit of Balance: A Love Story

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The first time I looked in Raj’s eyes, deep and brown like an old premox white Burgundy, I saw it. I saw balance. I’d never seen balance in a sommelier’s eyes before. I’d seen cloudiness, a kind of protein haze; and I’d often seen a sort of emptiness, as though they’d been labeled “sommelier,” but were really filled with something else, something altogether fake, and they were but slick and convincing frauds sold to wealthy and ignorant dot-com zillionaires. But Raj was different. He had...
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • Book Review: Buy The Right Wine Every Time by Tom Stevenson

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    I received the Buy The Right Wine Every Time: The no-Fuss No-Vintage Wine Guide by Tom Stevenson for review recently fro his PR Company.  Just from flipping through the good at first glance, I thought this was the perfect book for my wine enthusiast 21 year old son. The book is grouped alphabetical order and goes into general notes about the wine. An example is Chateau-Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Brules.  The review has the price indicator $$$ and alcohol content and Toms comment “To Die For” (others say “highly recommended or recommended) The review explains the type of…
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    15 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    For most everyone in the tasting room—and particularly on the patio on this don’t-forget-the-sunscreen kind of day—it is simply a perfect Sunday: A few locally brewed craft beer samples and lots of laughs with friends before the work week starts.  For Brandon Wurtz and Michael Roberts of Dallas, the work week can wait…and wait…and wait.  Visiting the Captain Lawrence tasting room on a 75 degree Sunday, the two are about a third of the way through a year spent visiting breweries around the nation, visiting all 48 continental states, sipping brew in as many breweries as…
  • Heading to South America: Wines of Uruguay & Argentina with Courtney Quinn

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    In this episode of Uncork Your Mind I talk with Courtney Quinn of Our World Our Community importer of wines from Uruguay and Argentina. Like many people, Courtney didn’t begin her career in the wine industry. She actually worked in the not for profit sector and wanted to make a career change. All it took was a trip to Napa and she knew the wine industry was for her.  She went home and enrolled in San Diego State Business in Wine program.  Then quit job, sold house and moved to Napa and studied at CIA Greystone in their wine immersion program. Now that she had some wine…
  • My Week With Ed Hitzel

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Unless you are in South Jersey you won’t know who Ed Hitzel is.  I didn’t know who he was until a few weeks ago myself. I’m a newbie down here and just learning to find my way. Chef Michael Dangelo of 2 Mile Restaurant, Ed Hitzel and me Ed is the MAN and Restaurant Critic for South Jersey. What Ed says goes! He has his own TV segment “Hitzel Approved”, Radio Show “Table for One”, Restaurant Magazine and Newsletter.  Don’t let all that scare you, he is indeed a very nice man!  I was a lucky girl last week and got to spend time with Ed on both…
  • From Vine to Wine: Millbrook Vineyards Boot Camp 2014

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    Registration is open for Millbrook Vineyards & Winery’s 2014 From Vine to Wine, wine camp for the adult child in you.  Guaranteed to have fun, learn about wine and make new friends. I participated in this program two years ago and had a great time, learned lots!  What they changed up this year is they added up a red wine blending class.  That should to be great!  The information is below and here are some links to video I shot when I was in the class. Pruning:  Shoot Pulling Bottling To sign…
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    Découvertes de Vin

  • 1st Annual Rodney Strong Battle of the Blends

    30 Mar 2014 | 6:05 pm
     A great afternoon learning about the art of the blend   Our first post of 2014! We’ve taken a well deserved break during the slow months to prepare for the spring releases and feel rested and ready. Rest assured though that we haven’t been just sitting around drinking hurricanes. The past few months have been put to good use in training for the First Annual Rodney Strong Battle of the Blends. Olfactory sit-ups, palate push-ups, and plenty of road and rope work was devoted to ensure our team was ready to take on all comers! Here, we describe the event in detail.. The Main…
  • Cellar Selections – 1998 Stags Leap Cask 23 Estate Cabernet

    26 Dec 2013 | 4:20 pm
    A truly magnificent Cab shows fine form in its 12th year after release What could be a better pair for Christmas dinner than this wonderful red? Very few could be as perfect. One can imagine the Whos’ enjoying this with their roast beast and perhaps it was a pairing like this that grew the Grinch’s heart three sizes that day. The Cask 23 Cabernet is a blend of grapes sourced from thier Fay and S.L.V. estate vineyards. Although these vineyards are within a very short distance of each other, due to their differing soil types, each vineyard produces distinct flavor profiles. The…
  • Supermarket Finds 2013 – A Great Pizza Wine!

    21 Dec 2013 | 6:28 pm
    We score a great supermarket find for pizza from ..Spain! Many of our readers will think we’re nuts recommending a Spanish wine for pizza but this Rioja from Campo Viejo is the perfect companion for a tasty pie. Why not an Italian wine such as a Chianti or Barbaresco you ask? Because the Chianti is too dark and will clash with pepperoni, onions, and bell pepper. Chianti is best with beef dishes. The Barbaresco will get blown out by all the big spicy flavors. Barolo? Actually not bad but a tad pricey for pizza. So here we give you a nicely priced Tempranillo that is right on target..
  • Smart Shoppers Wine Guide To The New Thanksgiving

    27 Nov 2013 | 4:36 pm
    Forget Thanksgiving Dinner! Smart shoppers are embracing Thanksgiving Breakfast. We’ve got you covered for some wine suggestions! Good Bye Thanksgiving, Hello Red Thursday!! Still thinking about Thanksgiving dinner? Ok, go ahead, but you’re missing out on all of those sales. Let’s face it, by next year Thanksgiving will be gone and will be replaced by… RED THURSDAY!!! Even bigger bargains than Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Retailers will bend the space-time continuum to be open for 36 hours on Red Thursday. Yes! Of course that means you won’t have time for silly…
  • Cellar Selections – November 2013

    11 Nov 2013 | 2:23 pm
    We bring you some huge amazing Napa Cab in our roundup this month Our mail box has been very busy as of late with all the new releases pouring in! Because we still haven’t gotten around to building our wine cave, new release arrivals mean we need to clean out the cellar and drink our older vintages to make room for the new. With that in mind, we here at DdV have sacrificed our livers for the past few months to bring you these simply stunning Napa Cabs. Several of our high scores come from one of our favorite mountain AVAs: Spring Mountain. Saint Helena also makes a splash here. Aside…
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • Book Review: Buy The Right Wine Every Time by Tom Stevenson

    Debbie Gioquindo
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I received the Buy The Right Wine Every Time: The no-Fuss No-Vintage Wine Guide by Tom Stevenson for review recently fro his PR Company.  Just from flipping through the good at first glance, I thought this was the perfect book for my wine enthusiast 21 year old son.The book is grouped alphabetical order and goes into general notes about the wine. An example is Chateau-Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Brules.  The review has the price indicator $$$ and alcohol content and Toms comment "To Die For" (others say "highly recommended or recommended) The review explains the type of wine it is,…
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Brews Travelers’ Year of Beer

    Debbie Gioquindo
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    For most everyone in the tasting room—and particularly on the patio on this don’t-forget-the-sunscreen kind of day—it is simply a perfect Sunday: A few locally brewed craft beer samples and lots of laughs with friends before the work week starts.  For Brandon Wurtz and Michael Roberts of Dallas, the work week can wait…and wait…and wait. Visiting the Captain Lawrence tasting room on a 75 degree Sunday, the two are about a third of the way through a year spent visiting breweries around the nation, visiting all 48 continental states, sipping brew in as many breweries as they can…
  • Heading to South America: Wines of Uruguay & Argentina with Courtney Quinn

    Debbie Gioquindo
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    In this episode of Uncork Your Mind I talk with Courtney Quinn of Our World Our Community importer of wines from Uruguay and Argentina.Like many people, Courtney didn't begin her career in the wine industry. She actually worked in the not for profit sector and wanted to make a career change. All it took was a trip to Napa and she knew the wine industry was for her.  She went home and enrolled in San Diego State Business in Wine program.  Then quit job, sold house and moved to Napa and studied at CIA Greystone in their wine immersion program.  Now that she had some…
  • My Week With Ed Hitzel

    Debbie Gioquindo
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Unless you are in South Jersey you won't know who Ed Hitzel is.  I didn't know who he was until a few weeks ago myself. I'm a newbie down here and just learning to find my way.Chef Michael Dangelo of 2 Mile Restaurant, Ed Hitzel and meEd is the MAN and Restaurant Critic for South Jersey. What Ed says goes! He has his own TV segment "Hitzel Approved", Radio Show "Table for One", Restaurant Magazine and Newsletter.  Don't let all that scare you, he is indeed a very nice man!  I was a lucky girl last week and got to spend time with Ed on both TV and Radio.Ed is the go to for South…
  • From Vine to Wine: Millbrook Boot Camp 2014

    Debbie Gioquindo
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    Registration is open for Millbrook Vineyards & Winery's 2014 From Vine to Wine, wine camp for the adult child in you.  Guaranteed to have fun, learn about wine and make new friends.  I participated in this program two years ago and had a great time, learned lots!  What they changed up this year is they added up a red wine blending class.  That should to be great!  The information is below and here are some links to video I shot when I was in the class. Pruning: Shoot…
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • Georgian wine-tasting held at OIV in Paris

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    17.04.2014 (Hvino News) On 14th of April 2014 a selection of Georgian wines were presented in Paris at International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV). Based in France, OIV deals with technical and scientific aspects of viticulture and wine-making. The tasting was organized by the Georgian Embassy in France and the Georgian Wine Association.About 300 guests attended the wine-tasting event, including vice president of OIV, representatives of the diplomatic corps, UNESCO, the French Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture, the French Agrarian Chamber and various…
  • Georgia to chair World Wine Trade Group

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    16.04.2014. Georgia will chair the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) for the next 12 months and lead international wine industry experts in discussions relating to global wine trade issues.The WWTG is an informal grouping of government and industry representatives from wine-producing countries including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Georgia, New Zealand, the United States and South Africa.Georgia acquired the position after US at the annual WWTG meeting in Brussels on April 10 and 11. Georgia will hold this role for one year, from April 2014.The WWTG aimed to share information and…
  • Georgian wine export stumbles in Belarus

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    14.04.2014. Export of Georgian wines has been stumbling over alleged technical problems in Belarus for five months already. Some sector players discern alleged political overtones tying the problem to the Kremlin which initiated the customs space of the so called Eurasian Union by gathering Belarus and Kazakhstan in alliance with Russia. The Georgian authorities deny the presence of any political factors and promises the situation will be cleared soon. As the Belarus web portal Komsomolskaya Pravda reported on 28 March, Georgian wines have mysteriously disappeared from trade outlets in…
  • Georgia at the Real Wine Fair in London

    12 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    12.04.2014 (Hvino News). The Real Wine Fair in London is delighted to announce that it will be holding a traditional Georgian Supra, a celebration of Georgian wine, gastronomy and culture, at its pop-up restaurant, The Unfiltered Dog on Monday 14th April 2014.Several Georgian natural wine makers are participating in The Real Wine Fair this on 13th – 14th April 2014, including Winery of Zurab Topuridze, Aleksi Tsikhelashvili, Okro's Wines, Jackeli Wines, Nikoladzeebis Marani, Teleda, Kakha Berishvili, Nikoloz Antadze, Iago Bitarishvili, Pheasant’s Tears.The supra banquet will be prepared…
  • Qvevri wines of Georgia

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    10.04.2014. During the recent International Wine Tourism Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, and the pre- and post-conference media tour, I became quite well acquainted with (not to mention a huge fan of) qvevri-made wines. A qvevri (pron. kveh-vree) is a clay vessel that is buried in the ground which can be of varying size, from a few litres to a few thousand litres, in which grapes are fermented into wine.Styles of qvevri-made wines vary just as much as European-style wines. Some are made with the intact grape clusters, others have been destemmed and crushed, some will have only a portion of…
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    winetimes » News

  • Franschhoek Winter Wines

    Franschhoek Wine Valley
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Winter is here! Each of the Franschhoek Vignerons will be showcasing their top red at this year’s Franschhoek Winter Wines on Saturday, 21 June at the Franschhoek Motor Museum, L’Ormarins Estate(12pm to 5pm). Sip, sample and savour some of the best winter inspired red wines on offer. Enjoy delicious comfort food prepared by the chefs at Terra […]
  • Hippity Hop, Easter is on its way at Spice Route

    Spice Route Wines
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Spice Route Destination in Paarl is the perfect spot for the whole family this Easter weekend. The Wall Cottage eatery, the latest addition to the Spice Route family, will be offering fun activities for kids between the ages of three and ten years old. Activities include egg hunts, egg and spoon and bunny hop […]
  • New project launched to prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) has officially launched a new three year project in Wolseley, the Western Cape, in order to drive Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) awareness and run prevention programmes such as the Healthy Mother Healthy Baby© (HMHB) Programme. The project is funded by the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use […]
  • The World`s Worst Liquor

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Jeppson’s Malört, arguably the most hideous and heinous hootch ever produced, is the subject of new documentary being released this summer. For anyone who’s ever had the pleasure of throwing back a shot of this fiercely bitter, herbal spirit, which is consumed almost exclusively in Chicago, the first question that comes to mind is: why? […]
  • Wines to enjoy over the Easter weekend

    Ultra Liquors
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Easter weekend is a time for celebration, a time to bring family and friends together with great food and beautiful glasses of wine. Choosing wine for Easter can be tricky. Steady yourself, don’t fret, it’s going to be alright! The most important thing to keep in mind is to choose wines that are easy drinking. Also remember […]
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    Drinking Made Easy » Wine

  • Wine & Dessert Pairing Guide

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    While you may be hard pressed to find anyone upset with the wrong wine & dessert pairing, it is wine and dessert after all, it is nice to show off a little knowledge when entertaining guests, not to mention the piece of mind in knowing that what you are serving wont be conflicting. So when in doubt, reference this infographic created by Shari’s Berries.
  • Inverted Wine Glass Plays with Physics

    13 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    Japanese designer, kouichi okamoto, has created a new form of wine glass that features a built-in vacuum controlled reservoir so that the entire wine bottle can accompany your glass. While the glass appears to be defying gravity, the air pressure created by the bottle design helps to keep the wine at a consistent level. The website describes the wine glass as so Description: device that combines a bulb shaped vessel with a wine glass. As the amount in the drinking glass decreases, a controlled amount is poured from the vessel refilling the glass. The liquid never overflows due to the air and…
  • SPARQ Wine Pearls

    7 Jan 2014 | 2:37 pm
    By now you are probably familiar with whiskey stones. Small stones kept in the freezer to replace ice cubes in your drink. Why? because ice cubes melt and can dilute your liquor. For whiskey and other liquors, throwing in a stone seems fitting for the robust nature of the drink. But something doesn’t seem right about throwing stones into a wine glass. SPARQ Wine Pearls however seem very inviting for a nice chilled wine. Aside from a name, the pearls themselves have a more chic and stylish feel to them and look amazing with the shimmer of the bubbles in your white wine. Product Features…
  • Free Flow Puts Wine on Tap

    10 Dec 2013 | 3:30 am
    Soon asking “what’s on tap?” will return much more than a selection of craft beers. Free Flow Wines is taking a new approach to wine distribution by pioneering the concept of wine on tap. With Free Flow’s kegging and logistics services, wine brands can not only save on bottling and distribution costs, but can enjoy the many benefits that kegged wine has to offer. Free Flow designed their wine kegging system specifically to keep the wine in prime condition through transport and storage, from barrel to tap. Wine-certified stainless steel parts and a special blend of…
  • Big Mouth Toys Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass

    6 Dec 2013 | 3:33 am
    Finally no more judgmental looks from family and friends when you continue to refill your glass. The Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass holds a full bottle of wine. It truly is a wine glass that fits your needs. Holds a 750ml full bottle of wine Takes standard cork or decorative bottle stopper Stands approximately 11.5 inches tall Glass, hand wash
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • Best Wine of March 2014: Roero Riserva Roche d'Ampsej 2009, Matteo Correggia

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    Roche d'Ampsej is the masterpiece of Matteo Correggia, unforgettable vintner of Langhe and Roero who, in just few years, was capable of conquering the worldwide scene, getting extraordinary success and awards. Today the heritage of Matteo Correggia lives on the job of his wife Ornella Costa and their sons, by making remarkable wines in this great territory in the province of Cuneo.
  • Beginning the Study of Olfactory Evaluation of Wine

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    Recognizing wine aromas is something taking practice, memory and experience, qualities which cannot be learned in a short time. In the beginning it is good to concentrate on the aromas you can easily recognize, such as fruits and flowers.
  • Best Wine of February 2014: Trento Brut Riserva Methius 2007, Dorigati

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    28 Feb 2014 | 4:05 am
    Methius is one of the most important representative wines for the history of classic method production in Trentino and Trento DOC appellation. Created in 1986 by Carlo Dorigati and Enrico Paternoster, today it is the fifth generation of Dorigati family - represented by Paolo and Michele - to continue the prestige of this important Italian wine.
  • Aglianico: Power and Character of South Italy

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    19 Feb 2014 | 11:20 am
    Power and character, as well as elegance and versatility, Aglianico is capable of expressing its magnificence from sparkling to sweet wines, as well as whites, rosé and, of course, great reds. A grape or remarkable personality, Aglianico is the absolute protagonist in Campania and Basilicata.
  • Best Wine of January 2014: Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Riserva Thea 2010, Tre Monti

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Jan 2014 | 8:50 am
    To the most celebrated wines of Tre Monti wine of Imola, successfully run by Sergio Navacchia and his sons Davide and Vittorio, goes the title of best wine of January 2014. It is Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Riserva Thea 2010, a magnificent example of how the famous red berried grape can reach excellent results in the territory of Romagna.
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - Italiano

  • Il Migliore Vino di Marzo 2014: Roero Riserva Roche d'Ampsej 2009, Matteo Correggia

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    Il Roche d'Ampsej è il capolavoro di Matteo Correggia, indimenticabile vignaiolo delle Langhe e del Roero che, in pochi anni, ha saputo conquistare la scena mondiale, ottenendo ovunque straordinari successi e riconoscimenti. Oggi l'eredita di Matteo Correggia continua nel lavoro della moglie Ornella Costa e dei loro figli, producendo grandi vini in questo grande territorio della provincia di Cuneo.
  • Avviamento allo Studio della Valutazione Olfattiva del Vino

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Il riconoscimento dei profumi di un vino richiede pratica, memoria ed esperienza, qualità che non possono essere apprese in poco tempo. All'inizio è bene concentrarsi sui profumi che si riconoscono con maggiore facilità, come quelli di frutti e fiori.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Febbraio 2014: Trento Brut Riserva Methius 2007, Dorigati

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    28 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    Methius è uno dei rappresentanti più significativi della storia del metodo classico in Trentino e della denominazione Trento DOC. Nato nel 1986 per opera di Carlo Dorigati ed Enrico Paternoster, oggi è la quinta generazione della famiglia Dorigati - rappresentati da Paolo e Michele - a continuare il prestigio di questo importantissimo vino italiano.
  • Aglianico: Forza e Carattere del Sud Italia

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    19 Feb 2014 | 10:50 am
    Forza e carattere, ma anche eleganza e versatilità, l'Aglianico è capace di esprimere la sua grandezza dai vini spumanti ai vini dolci, passando per i bianchi, rosati e, ovviamente i grandi rossi. Uva di spiccata personalità, l'Aglianico è il protagonista assoluto di Campania e Basilicata.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Gennaio 2014: Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Riserva Thea 2010, Tre Monti

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Jan 2014 | 8:45 am
    Al più celebre dei vini della cantina Tre Monti di Imola, gestita con successo da Sergio Navacchia e dai figli Davide e Vittorio, va il titolo di migliore vino di Gennaio 2014. Si tratta del Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Riserva Thea 2010, un magnifico esempio di come la celebre uva rossa possa raggiungere risultati di eccellenza nel territorio di Romagna.
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    Mad about Madeira

  • Photos Of The Day – Bastardo vines

    Niklas Jorgensen
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
      Bastardo is back! No, we’re not talking about any considerable volumes. Just a few rows here and there. But the re-planting of the grape which is supported by the institute of IVBAM, is slightly increasing. Whether or not there’s a future for it still remains to be seen though. Young Bastardo vines with the sweet potatoes in between. We actually only know about a handful of Vintage Bastardo wines produced since the 19th century. Just as is the case with Terrantez, Bastardo more or less disappeared in the vineyards of Madeira after the Oidium and Phylloxera struck the…
  • H.M. Borges 40 Years Old Malvazia – A Celebratory Wine

    Niklas Jorgensen
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:28 am
      In 1508, Funchal received the status of a city by King Manuel I. This was of course celebrated in 2008, in connection with the city’s 500th anniversary. The company of H.M. Borges thought that was worth one heck of a Malvasia…. Recipe for success Add 16 percent of a 1932 Malvasia. Add 38 percent of very old Malvasia. That is; so old that you lack registration dates of the wines. Add some youth by using 16 percent of a 15 years old Malvasia. Add some more freshness by completing the wine with 30 percent of a 30 years old Malvasia. Mix the ingredients and put in a nice…
  • A New Winery Is Born – A Sneak Preview

    Niklas Jorgensen
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:28 am
      Last year, the new producer Madeira Vintners used their facilities and winery for the first time. Few have visited so here’s a sneak preview of the interior, exterior and inventory. For the bottled wines you still have to show patience, but the samples tasted of the 2013 vintage indicates it’s worth waiting for…. For a visit, contact the winery which is located in Saõ Martinho, in the western parts of Funchal. The post A New Winery Is Born – A Sneak Preview appeared first on Mad about Madeira.
  • Images From ViniPortugal In Stockholm

    Niklas Jorgensen
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:20 am
      Among all wine events visiting Stockholm throughout the year, the Wines of Portugal day, arranged by ViniPortugal, are often one of the best. The 2014 version was not only yet a well organized journey through Portuguese wines, it was the best ever. New venue, great side arrangements and top wine producers bringing their best stuff. And for the first time, the participation of Vinhos Barbeito! Here’s to a great day; a retrospect in images.           Niepoort, Anselmo Mendes, Quinta do Vale do Meão, Vinhos Barbeito, João Portugal Ramos & Herdade da…
  • Caracol, Listrão & Madeira Vintners

    Niklas Jorgensen
    7 Mar 2014 | 2:14 am
      It’s delicious to eat, the Listrão, but now I am about to taste my first young vinified version of it. And what adds extra excitement, is the fact that next to the Listrão there’s a Caracol. Porto Santo re-enters the Madeira wine scene! It’s mid-January. I have just arrived to the facilities of Madeira Vintners in São Martinho. Paulo Mendes has invited me to their tasting room, to get a glimpse of the 2013 vintage.  For those following my Madeira website probably knows about the new producer by now. The project is still in its starting phase and 2013 was the first…
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    Total Wine & More

  • Oregon’s Willamette Valley: Interview with Samuel Coelho of Coelho Winery

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    When we look to fill our glass with elegant, perfumed and pleasing Pinot Noirs, we need look no further than Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It is a haven for wine lovers and winemakers alike for its unique scenic beauty and its true expression in the wine. The task of producing quality Pinot Noir that expresses the local terroir is no easy undertaking, and the winemakers’ approach has established the Willamette Valley as a foremost producer of this varietal. To help illuminate the Willamettte Valley further, we spoke with Samuel Coelho, proprietor and marketing manager for…
  • Chappellet Live! An Exclusive Virtual Tasting Event

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    In select stores this Saturday April 19, don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of Napa Valley’s oldest family-run wineries broadcasting live from Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley, from the comfort of your local classroom. The Chappellets have been crafting extraordinary wines since 1967. During that time Pritchard Hill’s rugged terroir has become legendary for producing wines with great intensity and depth. Wine Enthusiast Magazine described Pritchard Hill as a “tiny, under-the-radar subregion fast becoming the trendiest address in Napa Valley for red wines.”…
  • Why Decant?

    Angela Logomasini
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    “To decant or not to decant,” that is the question. But it’s not a complicated one if you follow a few simple tips. First, if the wine is likely to “throw a deposit,” you should decant. Deposits form as substances naturally precipitate out of the wine and fall to the bottom of the bottle. Getting gritty with it Although harmless, these gritty substances can prove unpleasant should they enter your glass. Older wines and unfiltered wines often contain such deposits, and the bigger, deeper red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are more likely to have a deposit than…
  • 2013 Harvest Boot Camp with Amici Cellars

    11 Feb 2014 | 3:26 pm
    When you work inside a retail wine shop, your exposure to the wine industry is a bit one-sided.  We see a skillfully crafted, finished product.  A beautiful wine, inside a beautiful package, that customers pick up for a variety of reasons.  It is a package that elicits a wide range of emotions and caters to varied tastes and desires. That, of course, is just one side of the wine equation.  Behind the scenes, there is an incredible amount of planning, scrambling, organizing, cooperating, praying and hard work. I was part of a small group from Total Wine & More invited to experience…
  • Canned Beer Controversy: Solved!

    24 Jan 2014 | 10:38 am
    Perhaps your first memory of drinking beer involved a can of Golden Anniversary or Piels. Until fairly recently — without picking on those brands — all canned beers were mass-produced macros with little flavor. So as numerous craft breweries have started to can their beers (Oskar Blues was the first in 2002), the overall reaction has been mixed. Beer lovers are skeptical about the quality of the product inside cans. People were just starting to fall in love with craft beers in bottles, after all. And now there are cans to consider, too? There is a case for canning beers…
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  • Riberach, Belesta

    Qin Xie
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Languedoc-Roussillon series The entire idea of Riberach is loveable; a once gargantuan winery in the heart of Roussillon that’s converted into a boutique hotel and winery, split almost equally down the centre by a gastronomic restaurant. Keeping true to its historic roots, the bedrooms are converted concrete wine vats. The old doors for extracting wine can still be seen on the wall though you’d never suspect the room’s former use when inside. On the wine side of the winery, things are much more rustic. The upper level is a well-stocked but…
  • Domaines Paul Mas, Montagnac

    Qin Xie
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:54 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Languedoc-Roussillon series There was a time when, as a thank you, a wine friend gifted me a trio of wines. One of them was from Paul Mas. At the time, I didn’t know very much about wines. Anything at all, really. But the wine had come very highly recommended and, as it had turned out, was pretty good. Fast forward a few years and I was visiting Domaines Paul Mas for the first time. It had become a brand that was extremely interesting from a market perspective. Despite being incredibly widely available – around eight million bottles are produced a…
  • Domaine Haut Gléon, Durban

    Qin Xie
    3 Mar 2014 | 4:47 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Languedoc-Roussillon series Domaine Haut Gléon showed all the promising signs of a good winery. It’s located in the heart of the Corbières, a region well-known for its red wines owing to the abundance of sun to ripen the fruit while the winds kept the temperature down. The vineyard also happens to be in a relatively sheltered valley creating what’s said to be a micro-climate. The valley itself is called Vallée du Paradis, with obvious connotations. Even the name, perhaps wrongly assumed, aspires to Haute Brion. And yet Haut Gléon is in a…
  • Domaine Gayda, Brugairolles

    Qin Xie
    20 Feb 2014 | 4:50 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Languedoc-Roussillon series Domaine Gayda is very well known in the UK. At least I’ve tried various vintages on several occasions, written about it and recommended it. I also say it’s well known because according to the rather eccentric English owner, Tim Jones, majority of the visitors to Domaine Gayda are English speaking. That is not to say that the wines are any less French. In fact, Jones’ philosophy is all about making terroir driven wines and accommodating the seasonal fluctuations with great blends. That said, like many of the…
  • Château de Pennautier, Pennautier

    Qin Xie
    10 Feb 2014 | 4:35 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Languedoc-Roussillon series As with many grand houses that began in the Middle Ages, building of the house of Château de Pennautier happened in several stages. Given the enormous size of the building, it’s easy to see why. Although the Château contains only (in the most nonchalant manner, of course) 20 bedrooms, it’s also home to a ballroom, library and themed drawing rooms that are only found in such palatial buildings. It even boasts a set of bedroom furniture that once belonged to Louis XIII, gifted to the family centuries ago. Now the…
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  • Assigning a personality to your wine

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    We got a new kitten recently so instead of frequenting the local hotspots and wining and dining in all the most sophisticated places, I’ve been sitting in with a sub £7 glass of Chardonnay trying to convince 10 week old Florence not to eat cat litter.  To be honest, I wouldn’t exactly be hitting the … Read more →Assigning a personality to your wine is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Assigning a personality to your wine appeared first on .
  • Marmite wines

    30 Mar 2014 | 3:32 pm
    One of the more horrible products I’ve encountered this year as a taster is Irish firm Tayto Crisps’ first venture into chocolate bar manufacturing.  Tayto Cheese and Onion crisps are legendary in Ireland, and I’d have to agree they are definitely a cut above other popular crisp brands.  Not satisfied with having achieved cult status … Read more →Marmite wines is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Marmite wines appeared first on .
  • Pulp Fiction & Troplong Mondot (the 4th time)

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:59 am
    It was Saturday afternoon, and Mrs 12×75 (Mrs 12) was out. Too early to open a bottle of vino, and I was feeling too lazy to go out. I reached for the remote and frantically looked through my Sky Plus for a movie that would help pass the time. The only job she had left … Read more →Pulp Fiction & Troplong Mondot (the 4th time) is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Pulp Fiction & Troplong Mondot (the 4th time) appeared first on .
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    Fareham Wine Cellar Blog

  • Champagne Pierson Whitaker

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Champagne Pierson Whitaker Champagne Pierson Whitaker Now available in the UK at Fareham Wine Cellar. Champagne Pierson Whitaker is a very small, boutique producer of Champagne. The annual production is around 30,000 bottles in total which, in Champagne terms, is tiny and most of the work in the vineyards and cellar is done by hand. Pierson Whitaker is located in the Cotes des Blancs. We first became aware of the owner of Champagne Pierson Whitaker, Didier Pierson, when he became the first Champenois to release an English sparkling wine with Meonhill, near Droxford in Hampshire. You can read…
  • Baron de Lustrac 1954 Vintage Armagnac

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Baron de Lustrac 1954 Vintage Armagnac Baron de Lustrac 1954 Vintage Armagnac Baron de Lustrac 1954 Vintage Armagnac is a single vintage Armagnac that is 60 years old in 2014. Baron de Lustrac works with a number of small producers and growers and oversees production and ageing of their spirit – this allows them full control of their Armagnac. Only the finest eaux de vie from the best terroirs are used in the production of Baron de Lustrac Vintage Armagnac. Once distilled the colourless spirit is aged in 420 litre oak barrels. It is here, in barrel, that the Armagnac leaches vanillins…
  • Cossart Gordon Sercial 1954 Vintage Madeira

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Cossart Gordon Sercial 1954 Vintage Madeira Cossart Gordon Sercial 1954 Vintage Madeira Cossart Gordon can trace its beginnings back to 1745 when it was founded by three Scotsmen, Francis Newton, his brother Thomas , Thomas Gordon and Thomas Murdoch. It is the oldest company in the Madeira trade. An Irishman, William Cossart, joined the firm in 1808 and by the late nineteenth century the company was active in all areas of the wine trade including Port, Sherry, Marsala and Malaga. The company continued in the vein until the start of World War Two when the firm began to specialise only in…
  • Hambledon Vineyard Winemaking Visit – New Dates

    5 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Hambledon Vineyard Winemaking Visit – New Dates Become a Winemaker for the day at Hambledon Vineyard! A great opportunity to attend an English sparkling wine workshop at one of the best local, and the UK’s most exciting and hi-tech, wineries, Hambledon Vineyard. Communication from Hambledon Vineyard reads, Join us for an informative and fun evening. We’re delighted to announce that charismatic leading wine expert Joe Wadsack will be returning to the Vineyard to guide us through another tutored tasting of Champagne and English Sparkling Wine. This will include a dosage tasting…
  • World Whisky Awards 2014

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    World Whisky Awards 2014 2014 World Whisky Awards – Winners and medal winners available from Fareham Wine Cellar The results of the 2014 World Whisky Awards have just been released, so I thought I would share the whiskies that we keep in stock that have prospered this year! Perhaps the most interesting result was the winner of the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky – Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask  – a single cask, single malt whisky from Tasmania finished in French oak. However, I am led to believe you will be lucky to find any now! You can see the full list of result…
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    Great Northwest Wine

  • Wilridge Winery 2012 Crawford Vineyard Pinot Grigio, Yakima Valley, $17

    Great Northwest Wine
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Seattle attorney Paul Beveridge pays tribute to time spent in the Friuli region near the Adriatic Sea — his inspiration for this style of wine — by using the Italian term for this grape. Aromas feature dusty Granny Smith apple, lime, white pepper, anise, fresh hay and minerality. Flavors conjure up thoughts of peach and Asian pear along with continued undertones of anise and white pepper. The adroitly handled acidity makes this quite refreshing and should lend it to oysters, halibut, broasted chicken and Italian cheeses. This wine received a gold medal at the 2014 Capital Food and Wine…
  • Mercer Estates 2010 Reserve Cavalie, Columbia Valley, $40

    Great Northwest Wine
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    There’s a fascinating assortment of sources in this Merlot-based blend, which was stitched together by Prosser winemaker Jessica Munnell. Desert Wind Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope contributes both Merlot and Cabernet, while McKinley Springs in the Horse Heaven Hills also chipped in with Merlot, but the secret sauce is the Malbec (9%) and Petit Verdot (6%) from Mercer’s acclaimed Spice Cabinet Vineyard. The nose is of blackberry, black currant, tobacco leaf, cedar and sweet toasted oak. Inside are flavors of boysenberry and blueberry that are backed by a structure of plum skin tannins and…
  • Three Rivers Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $21

    Great Northwest Wine
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    It’s been six years since the Foley Wine Group purchased this Walla Walla property, and it wisely has kept winemaker Holly Turner at the helm. She worked with seven vineyards on this vibrant Cab — Clifton, Gamache, Wallula Gap, Martinez, Minnick, Seven Hills and Bacchus — and kept the focus on the fruit. The aromas bring black cherry, red currant and milk chocolate with spice notes of black pepper and clove. Those cherry and currant notes play through on to the palate, which is well balanced with sturdy tannins and good acidity. This wine received a silver medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine…
  • U.S. Sen. Murray bullish on Washington wine

    Andy Perdue
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    U.S. Sen. Patty Murray tours the WSU Wine Science Center construction site with Jeff Stewart of Lydig Construction Co. in Spokane, who is the Wine Science Center project superintendent, left, and WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) RICHLAND, Wash. – During a two-day visit to Washington wine country, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) was able to get an inside view of the present and future of the state wine industry. On Tuesday, the four-term senator from Bothell toured the Railex facility, then on Wednesday walked through the…
  • Sonoris Wines 2010 Red Wine, Red Mountain, $40

    Great Northwest Wine
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Hillary Sjolund, aka Enomama, produced this Port-style from Red Heaven Vineyard starting with a field blend of Souzão, Tinta Cão and Touriga Naçional that was co-crushed and co-fermented, then aged two years in puncheons previously ushed for Syrah. The aromas bring hints of malted milk balls, black cherry, Raisinets, blackstrap molasses and violets. On the pour are rich, round and bold flavors of black currant, cherry cough syrup and dark chocolate. The residual sugar hangs at 3%, and the structure accents acidity rather than alcohol. This wine received a silver medal at the 2014 Seattle…
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    Vinos Ambiz, SL (Producer of terroir-expressing, natural wines (Madrid and Sierra de Gredos, Spain)

  • Getting ready for REAL Fair 2014

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Yay, this Thursday 10th April I’m off to London Town! To the REAL Wine Fair. It will be a nice break for me, as I’ve managed to needlessly stress myself out lately instead of enjoying!Boring but necessary tasks:Buy return ticket Madrid-London with (Sl)Eazy Jet. Check – Did that a few weeks ago. Printed out the boarding passes alreadyAccommodation. Call friend and ask to sleep on his couch.  Check. Confirmed. Couch availableSend wines. Check. Done that already. But boy was it complicated! Now there are new EU-wide online forms to be filled in which are SO USER-UNFRIENLY, that you…
  • I really wonder where all the time goes?

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Here we are at the end of March almost what have I achieved?  Winter is gone, and Spring is springing here in Spain, the weeds are sprouting, the early bloomers are blooming (almonds, cherries, etc) and more to the point the sap is starting to circulate in the vines.photoBitter Almond tree in Carabaña, next to the vineyardAs usual I haven't finished pruning, and in fact I’m am running even later than usual!  Day and night temperatures are rising fast.  That's the thing with central Spain - there's no time to acclimatize from cold, dark harsh winter, to blisteringly hot arid…
  • The Force is with me. And so is Robert Parker Jr, Promoter of Natural Wines

    28 Feb 2014 | 11:16 am
    Wow! the Universe really is Infinite and Abundant, and it seems to be looking out for me. This time it's delivered a huge helping hand to me (and other 'naturalistas') via Robert Parker's latest pronouncement on natural wine. Here. Basically, he predicted (along with 14 other predictions for the wine world in 2014) that natural wine would be exposed as fraud. Extraordinary! At first I couldn't believe that he, obviously a very intelligent and knowledgeable man, could say such a thing. But then I just couldn't believe my luck. Publicizing the existence of a category of wines called 'natural…
  • Long Live Natural Wine - in this Infinite and Holistically All-powerful Universe! Vive le vin Naturel!

    18 Feb 2014 | 2:37 am
    Thank you, Oh Infinite Universe, for putting Tom Wark in my path!I've learnt a lot from him over the years, though it's taken me years to realize it. Over the years of interaction with him (always on the topic of natural wine, in the form of comments to his posts) I think I've gone through all the emotional phases, starting with anger, hate, resignation, frustration, pity and finally now, acceptance and gratitude.His latest post on natural wine, here, just brought it all home to me. I now realize that we humans are just extraordinary in our diversity, and that all our diverse points of view…
  • Tasting and Pruning With Gabriel

    9 Feb 2014 | 8:24 am
    I spent the other day (Sun 2nd Feb) pruning with Gabriel, my first ever "intern" who spontaneously volunteered to work for free in return for whatever I could teach him! Wow! I was honoured that anyone would want to do that. Lots of people have helped me in the vineyards for free over the years of course, but they were always people I already knew - family, friends, regular consumers of my wine, etc.Gabriel tries his hand at pruningOn this occasion it was different, as I'd only met Gabriel (Sánchez Blocona) about 2 weeks ago at a tasting that we were at. As it happened, it was a tasting of…
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • bASH: basking in Appellation St. Helena’s bounty

    29 Mar 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Reconstituted Cherries on Whipped Goat Cheese Tart If you don’t have anything planned yet for Saturday, April 19, you should go here now to purchase tickets for bASHan annual food and wine event from Appellation St. Helena showcasing this northern Napa Valley community. What is the 2014 bASH?  Well, it’s basically a festive “bash” from 6:00 to 8:30 pm with over 30 premium wineries joining forces with local culinary talent.  But it’s more than just a wine tasting event: it’s a food and wine pairing competition where your votes help select the winners (and believe us, the…
  • Top of the Valley: The Calistoga Food & Wine Event

    26 Mar 2014 | 10:53 am
    Come enhance your familiarity with northern Napa Valley wines at the Calistoga Food & Wine Event on April 11, 2014.  Solage Calistoga (755 North Silverado Trail, Calistoga, 707-226-0800) provides an elegant backdrop to showcase the world class wines from 30 of Calistoga’s premier wineries and the incredible food from Solbar Executive Chef Brandon Sharp, all accompanied by live music.  The event runs between 6 pm and 9 pm on the evening of the 11th and tickets are $75 per person. This is a rare chance to enjoy many of Calistoga’s wines as you meet the families who built the…
  • Spring Comes to Sonoma: The Sonoma International Film Festival

    23 Mar 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Come celebrate Spring by treating yourself to wine, food and a film festival in the heart of Northern California’s Wine Country.  Now in its 17th year, the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) takes place April 2-6, 2014 and will feature over 100 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, shorts and a showcase of Spanish language films.  You’ll find everything on the schedule here: comedy, tragedy, drama, and even an animated macaw bird last seen in Brazil. Some of the highlights at this year’s SIFF are the opening night film Dom…
  • Carmel Beckons: The Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest

    14 Mar 2014 | 10:32 am
    When was the last time you were in the quaint coastal village of Carmel?   Given its charm, you probably don’t need another reason to travel (or return) here but Lufthansa First Class has decided to give you one anyway with GourmetFest 2014, an international food and wine festival featuring the talents of Relais & Châteaux Chefs from around the world.  It’s just a few weeks away, but luckily there are still tickets available. Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest takes place March 27-30, 2014 and festival activities center around L’Auberge Carmel, La Playa Carmel,…
  • Recommendations from the 2014 World of Pinot Noir

    8 Mar 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Each year, attendees at the World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) come expecting gorgeous California weather, delicious gourmet food, and copious amounts of high quality Pinot Noirs.  This year?  Well, two out of three ain’t bad. California is facing its worst drought situation in decades and winegrowers and wine lovers alike welcome any rain that comes our way.  That graciousness was tested a little when the 2014 World of Pinot Noir took place last weekend at the same time a rainstorm in Southern California delivered about 5” in rainfall.  So, the “Grand Tastings By The Sea” morphed into…
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  • 6 Easy-To-Make Garden Wine Crafts

    Naomi Firestone-Teeter
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Can we all agree to pretend that it did not just snow this week on the East Coast? We’re in full spring mode over here at VinePair and not even a little mid-April snow is going to change that — we even created a handy Spring Activity Wine Chart for all your spring wine sipping needs. Winter was long enough and we’re finally ready for greenery and outdoor sipping! In case you haven’t noticed, we’re not just pros at drinking wine, we’re also pros at combining the various things we love with wine. With it finally being time to drink in the backyard, we felt it…
  • The Wine To Serve At A Bridal Shower

    Naomi Firestone-Teeter
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    While on the one hand an honor, planning a friend’s or family member’s bridal shower can be a bit of a daunting task. Where do you even begin? Well, if you’re thinking of planning a shower that includes delicious wine, you’re in the right place. While we’re not going to go into decor here (that will be in a future post), here’s a little advice from someone who has planned multiple showers: keep things as simple and tasteful as possible. Less is more at a shower! Remember, at the end of the day it’s about the individual being feted, their upcoming nuptials and their relationship…
  • Finding True Love And Great Wine In A Hurricane

    Tessa Austin
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I first met the man I would eventually marry when I was a freshman in high school. Back then I just saw him as one of my brother’s best friends. Years later, I came to think of him as “the one” after a fateful night at a little wine bar is Lancaster, PA . . . in the middle of a hurricane. He had just flown in from London, when Hurricane Sandy brutally hit the East Coast. He had come to see his family and spend time in his hometown. Part of that visit involved meeting up with his old friend’s sister who he had kept in touch with over the years since high school. The thought of seeing…
  • 5 Tales Of Wine History From The Age Of The Exodus

    Joshua Malin
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    At VinePair we love any excuse to delve into the history of wine. Recently we covered the history of wine centered on Purim and ancient Persia, and with Passover beginning tonight, we yet again have a great excuse to look at wine and history — two of our favorite subjects, especially since Passover specifically includes the requirement to consume four cups throughout the seder. So what are we waiting for, let’s delve into the history of wine around the age of the Exodus. The main theme of Passover is the enslaved Jewish people’s Exodus from Egypt. Jewish religious texts place…
  • The Essential North Fork Wine Guide [With Map!]

    Adam Teeter
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Located only about an hour and a half’s drive outside of New York City (a distance that is similar to that of San Francisco to Napa) sits one of the best wine regions in the USA: Long Island’s North Fork. As the North Fork is essentially located in VinePair’s backyard, we’ve spent a good amount of time jaunting around out there, and we’ve gotten to know the region well. Click For The Full Sized Version Of The Map What used to be a region known for potato and produce farms has, over the past few decades, become a stellar wine producing region and a great place for a wine country…
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  • Washington Meets California With Elaine Chukan Brown

    Jameson Fink
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hey there. It’s once in a blue moon that I have a guest post. Like, once in 695 posts. (See Jennifer Schneider’s review of FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000.) But as I close in on number 700, it’s time again. I am so pleased to be collaborating with Elaine of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews. [...]
  • 5 Graphic Designers Critique a Wine Label: Castaño Monastrell

    Jameson Fink
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    I have looked at so many wine labels in my decade-plus career in wine as someone selling it, tasting it, buying it, and writing about it. The good, the bad, and the ugly have all come across my path. One wine and label I’ve been fond of belongs to the Castaño Monastrell. This bargain Spanish [...]
  • Treveri Cellars Brut: A Washington Sparkling Wine That Goes With Everything

    Jameson Fink
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    I was super-stoked to play matchmaker recently. With food and wine, of course. At Taste Washington (an enormous celebration of all things WA wine held over two days in Seattle) I was part of a panel charged with the task of picking Washington wines to pair with a variety of foods. Naturally, I jumped at [...]
  • Sauvignon Blanc from Chile: With or Without Oak?

    Jameson Fink
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    Sometimes I can be a little manic when it comes to wine. Normally with Sauvignon Blanc from Chile I want it racy, light, and lively. Like the 2013 Viu Manent Estate Collection Reserva. Of all the wines I purchase, this is the one I buy the most. Why? It’s cheap and cheerful. So fun to [...]
  • A Week in Burgundy: Coveting Plates, Musigny, Flaming Desserts

    Jameson Fink
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
    Right now I’m culling through my photos from Burgundy. I’ve been here all week as part of a sponsored media trip to attend Les Grand Jours De Bourgogne. And the days have been quite grand, indeed. Like getting to meander through Musigny, one of the tip-top Grand Cru vineyards of the region. This particular parcel [...]
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  • WhisperKOOL Humidity System Review

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    WhisperKOOL Humidity System Review - Learn if WhisperKOOL humidifier is the right choice for your wine cellar capacity and design.The post WhisperKOOL Humidity System Review appeared first on Wine Cellar Cooler.
  • Pairing Wine with Food Demystified

    22 Feb 2013 | 11:07 pm
    Pairing wine with food is always a tough job specially for beginners. Here is the basics of pairing wine with foods that rocks.The post Pairing Wine with Food Demystified appeared first on Wine Cellar Cooler.
  • Grapes are Past..!! Innovate and Experiment with Other Wine Ingredients

    21 Feb 2013 | 11:22 pm
    Grapes are the best and traditional ingredients of wine making. Here is an experiment of wine ingredients other than grapes.The post Grapes are Past..!! Innovate and Experiment with Other Wine Ingredients appeared first on Wine Cellar Cooler.
  • Your Best Guide to Homemade Wine Making Equipment

    20 Feb 2013 | 1:18 am
    If you want to brew you own home made wine then you must buy some equipments. Here is the guide to homemade wine making equipment.The post Your Best Guide to Homemade Wine Making Equipment appeared first on Wine Cellar Cooler.
  • All That You Need to Make Your Wine

    17 Feb 2013 | 12:54 am
    Wine making is a combination of art and science. This article is all about the ingredients and equipments that require to make homemade wine.The post All That You Need to Make Your Wine appeared first on Wine Cellar Cooler.
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  • You and I, Face to Face. On Cork. Part Last

    Vegas Wineaux
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    I'm so tired of seeing the currently stylish attitude of bashing cork, often by people who claim to be environmentally conscious. Reread the articles! Screwcaps and synthetics ain't green! At all!
  • Research, Me, and Bibliography – Part Six

    Vegas Wineaux
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    "There has never been a peer reviewed or scientific study done to corroborate the outlandish claims of 5-10% spoilage of wines due to the natural cork closure. This a fallacy, perpetuated by those with a vested, financial interest in selling alternative closures. I'm happy to have you quote me on that."
  • The Last Word on Pho in Vegas – From the Pho Queen

    Vegas Wineaux
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The key to a beautiful Pho is the broth. Even if I hadn’t learned that later, it’s something I knew intuitively; the aroma was intoxicating, fragrant, and heady.
  • Natural Cork, the Only Green Alternative – Part Five

    Vegas Wineaux
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The cork forest sucks up CO2 which is generated in part by the plastic and aluminum refining processes. "Endocrine disrupter" is not a phrase you'll see in relationship to cork. And there’s no such thing as a “cork spill.”
  • Aye Aye Mercaptan! T’aint Cork Taint! Part Four

    Vegas Wineaux
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:49 pm
    You’d think that having all of those beautiful experiences among the stunning scenery and environment of wine country would make me long to be a winemaker. And you would be wrong. Oh so very, very wrong.
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  • Washington State Wine Industry Hitting Stride Globally

    Melissa Hardman
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Back in the day, when people said they were off to Walla Walla, it was more likely for a prison sentence. But these days, many professionals are headed that way for a weekend of wine tasting. Today, people can drive to just about any part of Washington state to enjoy tasty, local wines. This is […]
  • Interview: Educated Guess Winemaker, Barry Gnekow

    Douglas Lober
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Well known Winemaker, Barry Gnekow, joined Douglas Lober, Founder and Chief Sales Officer at today to discuss the business of winemaking. Barry is known for his involvement in with such brands as Educated Guess, Laurel Glen Vineyards and J. Lohr Winery. Laurel Glen’s 2010 Cabernet was just given a 92+ point rating and their […]
  • How Good Is Red Wine For Us?

    Melissa Hardman
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Is red wine really a cure all for everything that ails us? Well, maybe not everything, but it really does seem to have many proven health benefits, based upon clinical studies that have come out in recent years. The very latest study is one that will be published in the journal Cancer Cell International. That […]
  • 9 Awesome Sommelier’s Who Blog

    Melissa Hardman
    20 Feb 2014 | 9:34 am
    When it comes to wine knowledge, a certified Sommelier is the person who you want to get your information from. They are trained wine professionals, and are knowledgeable about every thing wine related.  They are pro’s on wine selection and food pairing as well as vintages and varietals. Don’t ever be intimidated to ask for […]
  • Interview: Michael Canton, Craft Beer Specialist in Los Angeles

    Melissa Hardman
    10 Feb 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Los Angeles Beer Specialist, Michael Canton joins us today to discuss the latest beer trends around Southern California and the industry as a whole. So what do you do and how did you get started? I am the Los Angeles Beer Specialist with a large west coast distributor, charged with the task of helping grow […]
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