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  • The Truth About Wine Shipping is Simple

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    Tom Wark
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    If you’ve ever wondered what the reason are that wholesalers across the country vehemently oppose the idea of allowing consumers to buy wine from out-of-state wine stores and have it shipped directly to them, all you have to do is look at the latest report by Wine Intelligence on online usage by wine buyers. For many years, wholesalers across the country, as well as some particularly anti-consumer and parochial wine stores have argued that it’s dangerous to allow retailer to consumer shipping: minors will buy online—Taxes won’t be paid—Local retailers will be…
  • Warm Up: The North Fork of Long Island

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Driving on the North Fork. Photo by Erin Scala. 10,000 years ago, when humans in the Fertile Crescent were just switching from nomadic to agricultural societies and civilizations began to spring up, a glacier retreated northward over New York and left behind unique soils, especially on Long Island's Forks. Today, several types of loam cover the North Fork. Back in the 1920s, these soils were used mostly for potato farming. But today, the North Fork of Long Island can claim over 40 years of winemaking history. John Wickham grew vinifera grapes in the 1960s and sold them at his farm stand along…
  • The Brilliance of Canadian Chardonnay

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Less than an hour from Buffalo, New York, some of the best Chardonnay I've tasted in years is being made, and practically no one in America knows about it. If Americans think of anything when it comes to Canadian wine, they almost always think of icewine. Just why this treasure trove of crisp and bright lemony Chardonnay goodness has remained almost completely off the radar of American wine lovers is a topic for another time. Right now, I simply need to tell you that Canada's province of Ontario is making some seriously world-class Chardonnay. I found out about it first in Austria, of all…
  • Vinography Images: Wind Gap

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Wind Gap PETALUMA, CA: The hillsides and Petaluma River near Keller Estate Winery light up midst a summer sunset near Petaluma, California. Warm summer temperatures and a dry spring accelerated plant growth, resulting in vintners across the state expecting the earliest harvest in recorded history. 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…
  • With a Blade & Bow – History in a glass

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    31 Jul 2015 | 12:36 am
    Bourbon:  A wild frontier for a wine blogger, and yet some enthralling.  I have been working my way through the land of the brown liquor for a number of years now, and I have found that I have a penchant for both single malt Scotch whisky, and good old fashioned American Bourbon.  Kentucky Bourbon.  ····&middot The post With a Blade & Bow – History in a glass appeared first on .
 
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  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of July 26, 2015

    1 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's tasting included a couple of lovely Weissburgunders (known as Pinot Blanc to us English speakers) from the mountains in the north of Italy. If you like crisper styles of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, you'll love these very mineral, citrusy whites. The other white wine not to miss is the Wild Ferment Assyrtiko by one of Greece's best winemakers. And this is one of…
  • I'll Drink to That: Leonardo LoCascio of Winebow

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    Episode 282 of I'll Drink to That has been released, and features Leonardo Locascio of Winebow, a wine importer and distributor he co-founded in 1980. Leonardo's interview is further evidence of how much the present day echoes the past in the wine business. When Leonardo started Winebow he looked at the market and decided that a focus on southern Italian wines made sense, because other importers had already snapped up a lot of the better wineries in the north. Southern Italy offered strong value and an open field to find new producers, if you were willing to introduce the consumers in this…
  • Vinography Images: Wind Gap

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Wind Gap PETALUMA, CA: The hillsides and Petaluma River near Keller Estate Winery light up midst a summer sunset near Petaluma, California. Warm summer temperatures and a dry spring accelerated plant growth, resulting in vintners across the state expecting the earliest harvest in recorded history. 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…
  • The Brilliance of Canadian Chardonnay

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Less than an hour from Buffalo, New York, some of the best Chardonnay I've tasted in years is being made, and practically no one in America knows about it. If Americans think of anything when it comes to Canadian wine, they almost always think of icewine. Just why this treasure trove of crisp and bright lemony Chardonnay goodness has remained almost completely off the radar of American wine lovers is a topic for another time. Right now, I simply need to tell you that Canada's province of Ontario is making some seriously world-class Chardonnay. I found out about it first in Austria, of all…
  • Warm Up: The North Fork of Long Island

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Driving on the North Fork. Photo by Erin Scala. 10,000 years ago, when humans in the Fertile Crescent were just switching from nomadic to agricultural societies and civilizations began to spring up, a glacier retreated northward over New York and left behind unique soils, especially on Long Island's Forks. Today, several types of loam cover the North Fork. Back in the 1920s, these soils were used mostly for potato farming. But today, the North Fork of Long Island can claim over 40 years of winemaking history. John Wickham grew vinifera grapes in the 1960s and sold them at his farm stand along…
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  • Corrosion and Corruption in Alcohol Beverage Sales

    Tom Wark
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    One of the major battle grounds in the ongoing alcohol three tier war is the issue of Self Distribution: when producers sell their own product to either retailers or consumers without the use of a wholesaler. To craft brewers and craft distillers, a dynamic part of the alcohol beverage industry, this ability is crucial to their success. It is often argued only by the wholesaler tier that producer sales without use of a wholesaler is a corruption of the three tier system; an example of one tier encroaching on another tier’s territory and an undermining of principles of the system. This…
  • The Newest Edition of Wine’s Most Important Reference Book

    Tom Wark
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Drinks Business reports on the coming publication of the 4th Edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine (OCtW)—the most important wine reference book in history of wine reference books. What’s nearly as remarkable as the comprehensive nature of this great work is the effort that goes into updating it. According to the Drinks Business article as well as to the Oxford Companion to Wine website, over 60% of the nearly 4,000 (yes, 4,000!) entries will have been updated for this coming new edition. It sort of begs the question, what exactly needs to be updated? Has the way wine ferments…
  • The Truth About Wine Shipping is Simple

    Tom Wark
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    If you’ve ever wondered what the reason are that wholesalers across the country vehemently oppose the idea of allowing consumers to buy wine from out-of-state wine stores and have it shipped directly to them, all you have to do is look at the latest report by Wine Intelligence on online usage by wine buyers. For many years, wholesalers across the country, as well as some particularly anti-consumer and parochial wine stores have argued that it’s dangerous to allow retailer to consumer shipping: minors will buy online—Taxes won’t be paid—Local retailers will be…
  • Wine Competitions and the Ethical Conundrum

    Tom Wark
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    At a wine competition the award that every winery wants to win is the “Sweepstakes” Award. Sometimes it is called the “Chairman’s Award. In short, these awards are given to the single best red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wine. Many red wines may get a gold or even a “double gold” award, but only one is awarded the “Sweepstakes Red” Award. Sweepstakes Awards are determined by all the judges at the competition on the basis of a vote. Throughout the competition, individual panels will “send up” a wine to be tasted by the entire…
  • How To Pair Wine With Red Herring

    Tom Wark
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    “A rating, while striving to communicate the quality differences among wines, can’t tell you if one wine or another is better in different circumstances. In fact, a lower rated wine considered far more simple than a higher rated wine, might be a far better wine in a particular circumstance.” This is what I’ve heard for 25 years as people criticize wine ratings. The criticism is that a wine rating can’t forecast the quality of a wine in any given circumstance. The simple Provencal rose might be a better wine on a summer afternoon by the pool. This criticism of the…
 
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  • Video: How to Make Amazing Ribs at Home Without a Smoker

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:23:05 -0400
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    We've partnered with the mad food scientists at ChefSteps to bring their hyper-inventive cooking videos to F&W readers. If you don't have a smoker at home, you can still make some amazing 'cue using our Apartment Rib Rub on a rack of baby-backs. This recipe takes less than five hours start-to-finish, and can be done entirely indoors. The flavor closely resembles traditional...
  • 7 Cheesy, Gooey Enchiladas

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:31:54 -0400
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Whether they're filled with shrimp, chicken or vegetables, gooey, saucy, cheesy enchiladas are a crowd-pleasing pick for dinner. Plus, they're super-easy to make. Here are seven excellent enchilada recipes to make the next time you need to satisfy a serious comfort food craving:  1. Shrimp Enchiladas Feel free to experiment with the filling for these festive Mexican-style...
  • Every Dipping Sauce You’ll Ever Need

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:33:45 -0400
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Whether you’re snacking on a dumpling, feasting on roast chicken or crunching down on fresh vegetable crudités, a good dipping sauce can make all the difference. Here, 11 recipes for dipping sauces for every occasion. 1. Mint-and-Date Dipping Sauce  Padma Lakshmi calls this sauce “liquid heaven.” She purees sticky dates with fresh mint, lemon juice and chile, creating a sweet...
  • Down with Wine Dogma: An Open Letter from Winemaker Sean Thackrey

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:34:02 -0400
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    A lot of recent debate in the wine world has concerned questions of balance. Are black-fruited Napa Cabernets that weigh in at 15.5% alcohol a sure sign of wrongheaded winemaking, or are they exactly the way they should be? Is Pinot Noir at a less extravagant 12.5% balanced, nuanced and expressive—or is it just sharp, unpleasant and flavor-challenged? I wrote about the issue in my...
  • Ceramist Claire Catillaz Inspired These Party-Perfect Cockles in Broth

    Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:04:13 -0400
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    All week, F&W is introducing artisans who inspired the outstanding summer recipes from our August issue. Clair Catillaz, the Brooklyn-based ceramist behind Clam Lab, creates rustic, minimalist designs with all the hallmark irregularities of hand-thrown clay. She became popular on Etsy around 2010 before going out on her own, acquiring a reputation for neutral-toned dishes that...
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    Intoxicating Prose

  • PROFILE: Committing Chefs to Canvas

    Douglas Blyde
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    PAINTER predominantly of people, Henrietta Graham has realised studies of Gordon Ramsay, George Lazenby and even Jack Nicholson over a vivid career. She talks to Douglas Blyde about her latest oeuvre: a portrait of Britain’s leading chefs... From Good Things magazine >
  • SPIRITS: Edgar Harden, Spirited Approach

    Douglas Blyde
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    ‘I TRY to get as many fun things as possible’ says Harden, revolving the square, porcelain lid of Buton Cherry Brandy which features hand-painted King of Clubs and Queen of Diamonds. Meanwhile, beyond film protection, the gold and black vessel of a Japanese green tea liqueur evokes a vase, or cocktail shaker? Of the edition of Bols which contains a pirouetting ballerina, Harden commends the quality of the musical movements as ‘very high, unlike modern Chinese crap.’ But the gin fronted by the once Equity card holding Rough Collie, Lassie is ‘a bit silly.’ Published at Good…
  • RESTAURANTS: Buns & Seats

    Douglas Blyde
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
    FOLLOWING a year of trips to the humid, seismic, mountainous island of Taiwan, where the team suffered their food hell of ‘plane food’ too often for comfort, Bao ‘mark two’ follows the Xiaochi, or ‘small eats’ snackerias in Erchen’s hometown, Taipei. ‘Better for your metabolism to snack throughout the day rather than eat three big meals,’ appraises Wai Ting while Erchen monitor a steamer. ‘We went to a remote, barely signed Baozi outside Taipei where, out of nowhere, we saw thirty people in a queue. Curious, we joined it. Inside, ten men and women worked in front of us,…
  • FOOD: Urban Buzz

    Douglas Blyde
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    ‘YOU become obsessed by them,’ says Toby Mason softly but clearly as he checks the frames, seemingly unnoticed by the industrious occupants. ‘Hives are incredibly complex. On one level, it all seems simple: bees bring in nectar and turn it into honey. However, it takes an incredible amount of organisation, allocating different jobs to 50,000 creatures, from cleaning, to guard duty, nursing and foraging.’ He pauses. ‘But I’ve never seen revolutions or strikes! In that sense, these likeminded creatures work as one. And each hive can have a different personality, from lively to lazy,…
  • WINE: Whine Wine Whine

    Douglas Blyde
    21 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    DESPITE the insistence by my overpaid, non-journalist friends that they surely are ‘drinking holidays’, wine press trips can prove to be compact, intricate endurance tests. Yes, I can hear you all now as you go to your store rooms to locate the world’s smallest flight case, carefully extracting from it the world’s smallest violin to play the world’s smallest sad song. Well, micro-fiddle away. You should understand this: press trips – to quote the great arbiter of the finer things in life, Mr Frederick Mercury – ‘ain’t no bed of roses. No pleasure cruise’...Read at Lusso…
 
 
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  • Jura: Expert’s Choice

    Georgina Hindle
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    Decanter experts give their verdict, tasting notes and drinking windows on wines from Jura.Jura wine, Dive into the complex whites and thirst-quenching reds that characterise a tiny region, which is, quite rightly, starting to catch on. See Wink Lorch’s top 18 wines from Jura… Caves Jean Bourdy, Côtes du Jura, 2007 July 30, 2015 See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Caves Jean Bourdy 2007. Points 88 Domaine de la Tournelle, Trousseau des Corvées, Arbois, 2011 July 30, 2015 See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Domaine…
  • Wine fraud: banned director jailed after million pound con

    Jim Budd
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    Banned company director Spyros Constantinos has been sentenced to eight years in prison after tricking would-be wine investors out of an estimated £1m. Bordeaux fine wineThis sentence, handed out by a judge at London’s Old Bailey court this week, follows Constantinos’ conviction on 25 June on 10 counts that included running a fraudulent business, intent to defraud and acting as a company director while disqualified. His trial lasted three weeks and was brought by Tower Hamlets Trading Standards. An eight-year jail sentence is in the upper range of sentences given to wine investment…
  • Hopes rise for 2015 Port wine harvest

    Chris Mercer
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    The head winemaker for the company that owns Taylor's, Croft and Fonseca Port has compared 2015 growing conditions to those of the highly rated 2011 vintage. Quinta de Vargellas, Taylor'sHot and dry weather means the 2015 wine harvest is set to begin early in the Douro, and possibly before the end of August. It is very early days – with not a single grape yet picked – but hopes are rising for a good quality crop. David Guimaraens, head winemaker for the Fladgate partnership, this week raised expectations when he compared the growing season to 2011 – a vintage described…
  • Six seriously underrated wine regions

    Decanter Staff
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    Looking for unbeatable value? We asked six Decanter experts to choose the region or wine they feel is seriously underrated, and recommend the 12 bargains that you should snap up. Schieferkopf AlsaceAlsace Sylvaner – Ian D’Agata Alsatian Sylvaner is one of the world’s best-kept secrets: many wines are truly worth twice the price they sell for. Some producers still churn out industrial levels of neutral, insipid Sylvaners, but the best range from being delightful and delicious to truly profound, world-class wines made from late-harvested grapes, offering uncanny richness, depth and…
  • Anson on Thursday: A wine cellar for Paris

    Jane Anson
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Jane Anson gets a rare glimpse of vast underground caverns on the outskirts of Paris, where a disused chalk quarry has emerged as a communal wine cellar for collectors across the French capital. The map shows the web of underground caves at Issy Les Molineaux, which are believed to have a 2m bottle capacity.Most French households have a pot of Blanc de Meudon somewhere in their kitchen cupboards. One particularly well known brand sees the white powder housed within a clear plastic jar, a faux-1950s label displaying a woman in a green cocktail dress and tiny white apron promising that ‘the…
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Friday Feature Photo: The Gentle Men of Chaves

    Gabriella Opaz
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    Photographer: Jairo Capture Date: December 29, 2007 Location: Chaves, Portugal About: Portugal has a sweet and intimate relationship with birds, a cultural affinity that borders on guardianship. Every city park has their fleet of wild birds, every square has their residential flock, though none as prevalent as the pigeon. With heaps of aged Portuguese bread on hand, what better way to care for your neighborhood friends. 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…
  • Top 10 Surf Schools in Spain and Portugal

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    Beyond the festivals, concerts and cultural activities in Portugal, lies a community of people who exist to ride the waves. This isn’t just a hobby for them, it’s a way of life! What makes Iberia unique is that each and every beach hosts its own culture, a place where the wave obsessed can enjoy a customized experience based on their needs. Whether it’s the type of waves, the people it attracts or the schools it hosts, it’s a world onto itself. But if you’re not savvy as to what to look for, knowledgable in what each school offers, you may find yourself…
  • The Undiscovered Inland Cuisine of Portugal – Part I

    Sonia Nolasco
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    The interior of Portugal is, unfortunately, often overlooked. That’s too bad, especially for foodies searching for unique eats beyond the mouthwatering fish and seafood on the coast and the regional dishes that the bustling cities recreate. Granted, I understand that driving into the mountains of Portugal or through windy, ancient villages isn’t as easy as getting around major hubs, but as tourism continues to pick up in this plentiful country, more is being done to promote these areas. And there should be—because it’s at the heart of it that you’ll get some of the best stories and…
  • Friday Feature Photo: Smooth Sailing in Palma de Mallorca

    Gabriella Opaz
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Photographer: Philipp Buhl Capture Date: March 18, 2014 Location: Chaves, Portugal About: The sheltered bays, dramatic coastlines of the West, and the tranquil calas and coves of the East make Mallorca a gorgeous place to spend time on a boat in the Mediterranean. During the summer months, beginners can not only take advantage of the thermal winds that provide a calm sea breeze throughout the day, but feel protected by the surrounding bays that keep dangerous swells from the shore. Add gorgeous snorkeling spots, a handful of stunning restaurants and heaps of great wine and you have the…
  • Madrid: Which Wineries You Can Visit By Train?

    Guest Blogger
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Madrid is not only an incredible city for gastronomy, architecture and music, it’s also a brilliant base for day trips to vineyards! Hard to imagine, right?! But what most people don’t know is that Madrid is just a few hours from stunning country! Simply by jumping on the train or city bus, you can be lounging among the lush vines, sipping on a Tempranillo and basking in the sun. Clearly, not a bad way to spend your holidays! Plus, we’ve created an easy, step-by-step series on how to use the Spanish rails, so your trip goes flawlessly. But before we begin, allow us to…
 
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  • UNESCO recognizes Burgundy’s “climats” and Champagne’s hills

    Dr. Vino
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    UNESCO added wine regions to their list of World Heritage sites at Saturday’s meeting in Bonn. The 1,247 “climats” of Burgundy as well as the Champagne hillsides received official recognition as cultural sites. Campaigns in each French region supported the bids as well as the French government since UN member states are limited in nominating sites in their own boundaries. Burgundy’s campaign video appears below (in English) with more details on their site. Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti led the campaign for Burgundy’s inclusion; above he is…
  • Things heating up in Europe

    Dr. Vino
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Things are heating up in Europe–not just in Greece. A searing heatwave has the continent in its grasp. Burgundy, which is known for producing wines more winsome than boxum, will have four days in the 100s (39C+) this week–and the balance in the 90s. Yikes. Searing temperatures are expected in Bordeaux, Barolo, Brunello and Britain as well to name a few places starting with “B.” Generally, grape vines don’t like excessive heat. The later in the grapes’ ripening process the heat wave comes, the more difficult it can be to manage. This pamphlet (pdf) from…
  • Vinous SCOTUS

    Dr. Vino
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Jill Bernheimer, the owner of Domaine LA in, well LA (6801 Melrose Ave) posted this vinous tribute to SCOTUS today on Instagram. Brilliant! The post Vinous SCOTUS appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
  • Why you don’t find winery restaurants in the US

    Dr. Vino
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Last year, one of Australia’s leading wineries, Henschke Vineyards, branched out. The Henschkes opened Hill of Grace, a fine dining restaurant in downtown Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval, a place filled with tradition and lore as cricket test matches are played among various national teams. The restaurant’s wine list is centered on a Henschke wines but includes other Australian and imported wines. Wines from Henschke Hill of Grace, arguably Australia’s finest single-vineyard wine, are currently available back to 1990 and a glass of the 2010 can be yours for $125 US. When I spoke with…
  • The Haggler addresses Premier Cru

    Dr. Vino
    7 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    The topic of wine futures has roiling the wine world recently. Yes, the lackluster campaign for Bordeaux 2014 futures has shaken some corners. But what I’m talking about here the payment and then non-delivery of futures at Premier Cru, a retailer in Berkeley, CA. Wine discussion boards have bubbled over with frustration as consumers have paid money to secure wines–some as long ago as the 2008 vintage–and are still awaiting delivery. Futures are tricky; complaints of non-delivery of wines sank 1855.com, a French retailer, into bankruptcy. It’s great that the NYT’s…
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    Chez Ray Winemaking

  • Updated Review: **** Chez Ray Syrah, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, CA, 2007 (S7)

    jorray
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:35 pm
    This is Chez Ray Syrah from frozen Alexander Valley must from Brehm Vineyards, Sonoma, CA - 2007 vintage.Immediately below are notes from our 2011 blending party:S7 (2007 Lodi Syrah, CA): Ray: color, mid brick; aroma, bold, some black cherry, alcoholic; flavor, chocolate and sweet, bright; 3+ for depth.  Jim: color, deep red/pink; aroma, spice; flavor, good fruit, slight tannic finish, 4+.   Eric:  aroma, not much aroma; flavor, thin, a bit spicy and acidic; 2.  Rob: color, very deep red;  aroma, grassy, fresh; flavvor, smooth, tannic; 3.Updated review: …
  • Comparing pressed-dry with extended maceration wines (M8P, M8E, *** Z8P, Z8E)

    jorray
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Original notes, November, 2009:  For the 2008 Chez Ray vintage, I tried an experiment, separating the vintage into two batches: one batch pressed dry (ie, immediately as fermentation completed); and the second batch pressed after extended maceration.Today, I have some recently bottled sample batches of 2008 merlot and zinfandel to compare between these two pressing techniques.Let's start with the Chez Ray Merlot, 2008:Pressed dry: The pressed dry merlot shows medium dusty red in the glass. Aromas are bright, bold, plumy and yeasty. A strong inky, alcoholic component. On the palate, a…
  • Updated Tasting Notes: ***+ Chez Ray Rodger's Vineyard Syrah, Mendocino CA, 2008 (SR8V)

    jorray
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    By way of background:  This is Chez Ray Rodger's Vineyard Syrah, Mendocino CA, 2008 (SR8V).  Grapes, yeast and process are described here.Original notes, December, 2011:In the glass: Dark magenta, opaque from about a half inch from the edge.  On the nose: Poured cool without a decant and swirled vigorously, shows a soft and furry, lightly oaked fruit nose.  On the palate: The first element on the palate is round ripe fruit compote, a mix of black and red berries.  It is soft and turns aromatic after a few seconds, bringing some violet aloft.  Finish is brief, but…
  • *** 2003 Chez Ray Pinot Noir / Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003, Columbia WA, Lodi, CA

    jorray
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Original review, five years from vintage date, sampled October, 2008: This is a strange combo: pinot noir plus cabernet sauvignon. Somehow, at the time, it seemed like a good mix. The aromatics from the Columbia, WA, pinot noir added bounce to the deeper Lodi, CA, cabernet sauvignon. Let's see what some bottle time has done...In the glass, it is deep red, definite bricking around the edges. Aroma is earth and deep fruit, just a touch funky. Might need some air time. The palate has a first, sweet flush, then resolves into an odd bright fruit plus some lightly sweet acids. Ok, definitely odd,…
  • ***+ Chez Ray CRR7 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Russian River Valley, Sonoma

    jorray
    27 May 2015 | 8:43 pm
    CRR7 (2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Russian River Valley, Sonoma):Tasting notes from blending party, May, 2011:Ray: color medium brick; aroma deep fruit and alcohol; flavor clean bright but light, 2+ for bright fruitiness.  Karin: delicate flavor, sweet finish, 3.  Jim, good fruit.  Eric, L aroma not much smell; flavor, very nice tannins, strong finish, rich flavor but not too remarkable (though very enjoyable!), 3+.  Rob: color, deep red; aroma, tarry; flavor, alcoholic, 2.Updated review, over six months later, December, 2011:  Deep ruby red in the glass.  This bottle…
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Review: *** $ (7) Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2011 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for (7) Seven Deadly Zins . Original tasting and review : This is (7) Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2011, finished at 15.0% alcohol and first sampled 4 years from vintage date, in August, 2015.In the glass: Deep magenta and brick, opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows brisk, bold, black, slightly smoky fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big and tenacious.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, deep with ripe blackberry and…
  • Review: *** $$ Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir, Lot 403, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2012

    jorray
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir.Original tasting and review : This is Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir, Lot 403, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2012, finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.In the glass: Deep mahogany plus brick.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows subtle, quiet, just lightly funky fruit. From the aroma, it's tough to judge the anticipated flavors.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are dark veins of…
  • Review: **+ $$ Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir, Lot 405, Central Coast, California, 2012

    jorray
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir. Original tasting and review : This is Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir, Lot 405, Central Coast, California, 2012, finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.In the glass: Medium brick.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows muddled berries with bright tone in center, not in the classic California pinot noir category.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy and perhaps light.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in…
  • Review: ****+ $$ Cameron Hughes Chardonnay, Lot 417, Monterey County, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Cameron Hughes Chardonnay. Original tasting and review : This is Cameron Hughes Chardonnay, Lot 417, Monterey County, California, 2012, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.In the glass: Lemon color with a hint of orange.On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, buttery fruit with pear.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full, fat and fresh.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full yet sleek, clean yet somehow…
  • Review: *** $$ Cameron Hughes Meritage, Lot 406, Red Hen Ranch, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, California, 2012

    jorray
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Cameron Hughes Meritage. Original tasting and review : This is Cameron Hughes Meritage, Lot 406, Red Hen Ranch, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, California, 2012, finished at 14.8% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.In the glass: Deep dark brick, moves to opaque in the center. On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, bold berries and plums, with sharp dark hints.  From the aroma, seems like this will be potent and perhaps a bit hot with alcohol.On the palate: The primary…
 
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  • 2015 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is underway

    TrevR
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    With more than a week left in the month of July, the 2015 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is underway. On Monday, sparkling wine producer Schramsberg began bringing in fruit from the Carneros AVA in the southern part of the Napa Valley. #NapaValley harvest has officially begun with @Schramsberg bringing in the first #Carneros #PinotNoir, Let the madness begin! #Vintage2015 — Elizabeth Caravati (@escaravati) July 20, 2015 On Wednesday, Mumm Napa saw the first fruit from its Game Farm Vineyard come in, in what marks the earliest harvest on record for the winery. Thanks to @wineohtv for the…
  • 16 majestic winter photos from Napa Valley

    TrevR
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Winter is officially here and around these parts that means it’s time for a bit of rest and relaxation. If you’re planning a trip, here are some suggestions on how to enjoy Napa Valley without the wine and here’s the definitive guide on where to eat. We’d also highly recommend spending some time to soak in the amazing winter views. Here is some inspiration. Falls above the Soda Hole. #napavalley #sodacanyoncreek A photo posted by N.J.S. ???????? (@nicolaivolkof) on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:30pm PST #HowellMountain in the clouds today… #NapaValley #WineCountry #Cabernet…
  • Seven Napa Valley restaurants earn stars in 2015 Michelin Guide

    TrevR
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Following last week’s release of its 2015 Bib Gourmand picks for the Bay Area, Michelin today released its broader list of the top restaurants in our area. All told, 14 Napa Valley restaurants were included in the 2015 guide (7 stars and 7 bib gourmand), up from 12 in 2014. Don’t miss our newly released Ultimate Foodie Itinerary for Napa Valley Here are the local establishments recognized with 2015 Michelin stars: Three Stars “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” The French Laundry in Yountville The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena One Star “A very good…
  • 7 Napa Valley restaurants make Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list

    TrevR
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    It’s that time of year again–time for the release of Michelin’s annual list of top local eateries. Today, we got the 2015 Bib Gourmand list, which includes “…eateries that offer excellent food at a reasonable price.” The San Francisco Bay Area saw 78 total establishments make the cut. So, how did Napa Valley fare? As a reminder, the 2014 list included five Napa Valley restaurants. The 2015 Bib Gourmand list released today saw a total of seven Napa Valley eateries make the cut. In order to receive a Bib Gourmand designation, restaurants must serve two…
  • 17 breathtaking Napa Valley harvest photos

    TrevR
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Harvest has been underway for nearly eight full weeks now in Napa Valley. In order to give you a sense for what harvest is like and to provide a small glimpse into the work that goes into creating the delicious juice we all know and love, we’ve collected a few of our favorite harvest images from around the valley.
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  • Tasting at L’Arbre a Vins Wine Bar

    Andrew Barrow
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:15 am
    Tasting at L’Arbre a Vins Wine Bar From Spittoon I love the tones and limited colour palate in this photo. It’s a simple shot taken in a wine bar in the centre of Vaison-la-Romaine, Vaucluse, France. The L’Arbre a Vins Wine Bar hosted a little wine tasting for our party on the first night of our Rhone exploration. The wines tasted covered the styles from across the Rhone – rosés (a Tavel from Domaine de la Mordorée stood out), whites (including a fine Viognier from Domaine de la Janasse) and reds (such as a Vinsobres from Domaine Vallot le Coriançon) and a glorious Vin Doux…
  • Lyme Bay English Wines

    Andrew Barrow
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    Lyme Bay English Wines From Spittoon As with every endeavour, however large or minute, there will be stories to tell. For the Lyme Bay winery down in Devon they have only had seven short years to accumulate tales of hard graft, problematic weather and cows rampaging through the newly planted vineyard. A producer who previously concentrated on fruit wines and spirits – Cherry Brandy, Elderberry Port and so forth – the Lyme Bay Winery began their ‘proper’ wine story back in 2007 with a decision to move to making wine from grapes. “The search for land took a while. We first found a…
  • Rhone Vineyard Vaison la Romaine

    Andrew Barrow
    19 Jul 2015 | 2:15 am
    Rhone Vineyard Vaison la Romaine From Spittoon I escaped the bustle and chaos of the early morning st-up of the market, crossed over the Roman Bridge (Pont Romain de Vaison-la-Romaine) and panted up the steep cobbled streets of the old town, right to the top. The view over the River Ouvéze, the town of Vaison-la-Romaine, the fields and vineyards surrounding was fabulous. I was the only one there. In the far distance the early morning sun hadn’t quite lifted the haze off the distant mountains. Up at the castle, I clambered over thick granite, catching my jeans on the thickets and sharp…
  • On Chablis and Food

    Andrew Barrow
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:26 am
    On Chablis and Food From Spittoon Dear Douglas Just a word or two of thanks for hosting that excellent Chablis and Food matching dinner the other month. Apols for the tardiness in penning this letter. I should mention what a stroke of genius to have chunks of the distinctive Chablis kimmeridgian rock on the table. It really linked that pure Chablis minerality right to the terrior, and brought back happy memories of my visit last year. I was however a little perturbed when the young lady sitting to my right attempted to butter the lump of stone. She looked a tad agitated when I pointed out…
  • Cave de Cairanne Wine Sensory Path

    Andrew Barrow
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:15 am
    Cave de Cairanne Wine Sensory Path From Spittoon In terms of quality the village of Cairanne produces some of the best Cotes du Rhone Villages wines. The cooperative, founded in 1929, manages around 100 producers has a large shop if you happen to be passing and an impressive sensory tour, if you are in the mood. The Parcours Sensoriel is downstairs from the shop and offers an audio-visual tour. This image shows one of the rooms where your aroma-detecting abilities are brought into play. Pull out the plug from the tube and sniff. The aroma should correspond to one found in the local wines…
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  • 2015 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is underway

    TrevR
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    With more than a week left in the month of July, the 2015 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is underway. On Monday, sparkling wine producer Schramsberg began bringing in fruit from the Carneros AVA in the southern part of the Napa Valley. #NapaValley harvest has officially begun with @Schramsberg bringing in the first #Carneros #PinotNoir, Let the madness begin! #Vintage2015 — Elizabeth Caravati (@escaravati) July 20, 2015 On Wednesday, Mumm Napa saw the first fruit from its Game Farm Vineyard come in, in what marks the earliest harvest on record for the winery. Thanks to @wineohtv for the…
  • 16 majestic winter photos from Napa Valley

    TrevR
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Winter is officially here and around these parts that means it’s time for a bit of rest and relaxation. If you’re planning a trip, here are some suggestions on how to enjoy Napa Valley without the wine and here’s the definitive guide on where to eat. We’d also highly recommend spending some time to soak in the amazing winter views. Here is some inspiration. Falls above the Soda Hole. #napavalley #sodacanyoncreek A photo posted by N.J.S. ???????? (@nicolaivolkof) on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:30pm PST #HowellMountain in the clouds today… #NapaValley #WineCountry #Cabernet…
  • Seven Napa Valley restaurants earn stars in 2015 Michelin Guide

    TrevR
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Following last week’s release of its 2015 Bib Gourmand picks for the Bay Area, Michelin today released its broader list of the top restaurants in our area. All told, 14 Napa Valley restaurants were included in the 2015 guide (7 stars and 7 bib gourmand), up from 12 in 2014. Don’t miss our newly released Ultimate Foodie Itinerary for Napa Valley Here are the local establishments recognized with 2015 Michelin stars: Three Stars “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” The French Laundry in Yountville The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena One Star “A very good…
  • 7 Napa Valley restaurants make Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list

    TrevR
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    It’s that time of year again–time for the release of Michelin’s annual list of top local eateries. Today, we got the 2015 Bib Gourmand list, which includes “…eateries that offer excellent food at a reasonable price.” The San Francisco Bay Area saw 78 total establishments make the cut. So, how did Napa Valley fare? As a reminder, the 2014 list included five Napa Valley restaurants. The 2015 Bib Gourmand list released today saw a total of seven Napa Valley eateries make the cut. In order to receive a Bib Gourmand designation, restaurants must serve two…
  • 17 breathtaking Napa Valley harvest photos

    TrevR
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Harvest has been underway for nearly eight full weeks now in Napa Valley. In order to give you a sense for what harvest is like and to provide a small glimpse into the work that goes into creating the delicious juice we all know and love, we’ve collected a few of our favorite harvest images from around the valley.
 
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  • Trueblood Carneros Chardonnay (4)

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    [TITLE]Gift wrap it in a coffin full of earth.Boy, these wines have a lot in common with the television show that shares the same name. And having seen all the episodes of that show, which appears on [NAME OF CHANNEL], we are definitely prepared to identify some hilarious parallels between the show and these wines. For example, have you ever noticed how [NAME OF MAIN CHARACTER] is elegant and luscious? Well these wines are also elegant and luscious! Hahahaha same thing. It is also funny that [NAME OF ANTAGONIST] spent a lot of time doing [BEHAVIOR THAT CAUSED CONFLICT]. That’s sort of like…
  • Truchard Napa Valley Merlot (5)

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    vortex or eddyI know this much is TruHow to Enjoy Wine: A Woot Primer 1. Pour wine in a glass or tumbler or hollowed bread loaf. 2. Swirl the wine until you create a tiny maelstrom. 3. Swirl again. 4. Sniff the wine. Remember that old oenophile’s adage: You drink with your nose first. 5. Take a sip. 6. Anoint yourself by placing four drops on your kneecaps. 7. Ask your guests why they aren’t doing the same. 8. Ask your guests why they don’t want to participate in a simple ritual to appease GrapeThork the Wine God. 9. Ask your guests why they are leaving so suddenly. 10. Now that…
  • WBM Himalayan Salt Plates (2)

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    flavor bricksSalternate universe First and foremost, here's what's true: This isn't just any chunk of salt. This is the most rugged salt of the salt business. Hardy. Resilient. This is the Tenzing Norgay of salt. It's here to guide you to the summit of seasonings. We hear you protest: "But it's pink." For shame. You think when Tenzing saved Edmund Hillary from nearly falling into a deadly crevasse he was like, "It's too bad Himalayan salt is a bit pink, because pink is vaguely associated with feminine qualities, especially right now because it's 1953, and we're out here climbing Everest -…
  • Clayhouse Cabernet Sauvignon (4)

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Adobe-liciousPeople who live in clay houses shouldn't throw … uh … what do you think? Water balloons?In Vino Mas Vertias: More Brutal and Anonymous Truths from Various Woot Writers Truth #1: I ate your decorative soap by accident. Truth #2: Nobody else does that when they sleep. It's not a normal thing. It's very weird. You're very weird. Truth #3: I know exactly how that squirrel got in your handbag. Truth #4: That soup had another secret ingredient. Truth #5: The "antique" bowl was actually an ashtray from a hotel room. Truth #6: I'm not really allergic to broccoli. Truth #7: The door…
  • Outlier Red 7 Pinot Noir-based Blend (4)

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    beginning of the blendThe intersection of wine & statistics: The grapes of math.Completely Fake Notes from Outlier Red Versions 1-6 Red 1: This red is developing nicely. Will continue to monitor progress in the next iteration. Red 2: This is a wine with legs. Literally, Red 2 has grown a pair of legs. Red 3: Ok this one grew a pair of arms as well. Red 4: It’s talking to me. Red 5: It sounds angry. Red 6: It’s chasing me through the desert. Send hel
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    1 Wine Dude

  • Wine Intelligence Report Stating The Obvious?

    1WineDude
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you have about $2400 handy, you can buy the latest report from Wine Intelligence on US Internet and Social Media utilization with respect to the US wine market. Or, you could invest that money and just go with your observations of the obvious when it comes to social media and wine. At least that’s the vibe I am getting based on the press release highlighting the findings of the report. Here’s a sample (emphasis mine), followed by my snarky-ass comments: “While 58.5 million of regular wine drinkers – defined as those who consume wine at least once a month – say they…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 27, 2015

    1WineDude
    27 Jul 2015 | 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! 13 Bott Tokaji Furmint Csontos (Tokaj-Hegyalja):…
  • Wondrous Stories (Chris Carpenter Recent Releases)

    1WineDude
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The “office” (Cardinale Tasting Room, Napa Valley) In no time at all he took me to the gate In haste I quickly Checked the time If I was late I had to leave, to hear your wondrous stories -YES, Wondrous Stories How does one tell a story (in this case, a fairly wondrous liquid story) when the primary architect of that story’s plot (the winemaker) isn’t a part of the experience? The options, as I see them: 1) Don’t 2) Let the wine tell the story 3) Make a sock puppet of the winemaker and create a video with overdubbed quotes from said winemaker, using sock puppet…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 20, 2015

    1WineDude
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:35 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! 12 Red Car Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast):…
  • There Is No Wine Blogging

    1WineDude
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A recent spate of criticism levied against wine bloggers as a general group got me thinking that there actually isn’t a thing we might call “wine blogging” anymore. Think about it this way: Should – or can – we stop people from taking cell phone pictures? Most of the photos taken by mostly everyone are terrible. Awful lighting. Laughable composition. Deer-in-the-headlights use of (the horror!)… a flash! And don’t get me started on the subject matter chosen for well over 95 percent of what will be the estimated trillion (yes, trillion) digital…
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    Aristide, a wine blog

  • Microfiche: Rosso di Gulfa Etna Rosso DOC

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    Produttore: Feudo di Gulfa, Vincenzo Vacirca Vino: Rosso di Gulfa Etna Rosso DOC 2011 Denominazione: Etna DOC Alcool: 14% Prezzo: €14,00 al pubblico in cantina, bott. 750ML. Siamo sul versante Sud-Ovest dell’Etna DOC. Le uve di Nerello Mascalese e Nerello Cappuccio provengono da vigneti di circa 40 anni a 900 mt. s.l.m., in contrada Cavaliere di S.Maria di Licodia. Impianti ad alberello o alberello appoggiato, a 5.000 piante x ha, con una resa a 60 ql/ha. Feudo di Gulfa è tra le più belle e antiche aziende dell’Etna, è estesa su 15 ettari e appartiene alla famiglia Vacirca…
  • Solstizio d’Estate 2015 sull’Etna Sud Ovest

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    L’immensa area viticola intorno all’Etna, il più grande vulcano d’Europa – l’area evidenziata indica il versante Sud-Ovest dell’Etna DOC [questa rappresentata è un’approssimazione di Aristide a puro scopo indicativo, non indica con esattezza i confini dell’Etna DOC in quel versante – clicca l’immagine per ingrandire]Seconda edizione del Solstizio d’Estate sull’Etna, tra le vigne del versante Sud-Ovest della DOC Etnea. Sulla scorta dell’esperienza “numero zero” del 2014, Etna Wine Lab, il team guidato da Valeria…
  • Le prediche inutili di Angelo Gaja, un marziano sul vulcano

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    23 May 2015 | 2:31 am
    Angelo Gaja conferenziere sull’Etna – foto di Gianni Paternò, Cronache di Gusto Angelo Gaja in tour sull’Etna, invitato dal magazine online Cronache di Gusto, parlando a un folto pubblico in una conferenza al Picciolo Golf Resort: “Lasciate stare i soldi pubblici. Fate gli imprenditori del vino senza fondi pubblici, scommettete su voi stessi”. E ha pure citato Luigi Einaudi, statista liberale, piemontese come Gaja: “un uomo brillante che aveva bisogno di stare a contatto con i contadini per chiedere, per domandare; un uomo con una visione del denaro pubblico che non…
  • Libero cibo

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Snyders Frans, Natura morta – tratto da http://www.settemuse.it/arte_bio_S/snyders_frans.htm Camillo Langone in un intervento non conformista su “Come mangiare felici senza mode, leggi e guru”: “Il proibizionismo alimentare consiste, in sintesi, nel voler impedire agli altri di mangiare quello che a noi non piace, quello che noi non riteniamo giusto mangiare. È il gastronomicamente corretto, per molti versi una variante del politicamente corretto e quindi un conformismo fattosi oppressione. Così come la correttezza politica impoverisce il vocabolario, impedendo di…
  • Lugana, quando il successo non è un caso

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:32 am
    Fabio Zenato, co-titolare dell’azienda agricola Valerio Zenato-Le Morette nel Lugana DOC: “Caso probabilmente unico in Italia, nell’area del Lugana la gran parte dei vigneti negli ultimi cinquant’anni deriva dallo stesso vivaio (l’azienda agricola Le Morette) e questo ha comportato un elevato grado di conservazione del germoplasma, in altre parole ha garantito la presenza del vitigno autoctono nel territorio, senza influenze di altre varietà estranee”. Un bel caso da raccontare, un connubio che mi appare felice tra scienza e imprenditorialità. Fabio…
 
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  • Brosé: The French, The Oregonian, and the Washingtonian

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    There's a side of me that almost gave a second thought about adding "Brosé" to the title of this blog, but I think it needs to be addressed. The new, yet hopefully short trend in the USA is the name, Brosé.  Somehow, somewhere, someone gave "permission" to the male wine consumer that it was okay to drink that pretty pink wine, but only if it is referred to as "Brosé."  Nonsense! Tell that to many generations of men in Provence who have been sipping on the Bandols and Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence during a game of pétanque. Tell that silly term to the…
  • Stop Dissecting the Wine Blogger: The Mystique in the Locker Room

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    I've been sitting on this blog for a few days now. Every year now, for almost 10 years, I write one with similar content, while I ponder, "Should I post or ..."  You disagree? Go write your own wine blog, but at least I got your attention with the locker room title. Picture this ...A steamy locker room filled with male wine aficionados. There are magazine clippings with bottles of Château d'Yquem and Châteauneuf-du-Pape taped on the doors of their lockers with color crayoned labels marked, "My Dream Wine." These wine lovers, as they are drying themselves off,…
  • Cool Climate. Cool Wine: Finger Lakes of New York

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    When I was asked if I wanted to participate in a Finger Lakes virtual wine tasting, of course I said, "Yes." I was particularly looking forward to it when they mentioned the wine tasting would include three of each, 2012 Cabernet Franc and 2012 Lemberger. It just so happens that Cabernet Franc is my favorite red wine grape, and I am always intrigued with Lemberger. Whenever I see a bottle of Lemberger (aka Blau Frankisch) on the store shelf, I will usually buy it.  My fascination with Lemberger is that it is Washington State's over-looked "heritage" grape, as it was first planted in…
  • Happy Birthday W5 - 10 Years!

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:37 am
    Ten years ago, I never thought I would be writing this ... It was 10 years ago, June 14 when I first started my wine blog, Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman. What a ride! I had no idea that anyone was reading it. It was merely a collection of my own tasting notes and amusements. I just rather hung on and let the experiences fly rather serendipitous. So, in the mean time a lot has happened because of the blog. I landed in retail, and I even wrote a book, Wines of Walla Walla Valley: A Deep-Rooted History. Through the difficult journey of research and writing a book, while…
  • Small Vineyards: The Gold Seal of Approval

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    14 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Every spring, I look forward to the Small Vineyards (August Wine Group, LLC) tasting for industry members. This year, I especially thank Michael and Mark, from Noble Wines, LTD and Susie Curnuette of the August Wine Group, LLC for allowing me sit in, sample, and enjoy the afternoon learning about the new vintages from Italy. The August Wine Group, LLC is a wine company that specializes in importing high-quality wines of distinct character from Italy, and other regions along the Mediterranean. They especially support small environmentally-responsible growers from both traditional and new…
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  • The festival of insignificance

    Edward
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Milan Kundera's latest book. The recipient of extremely faint praise.The Guardian complains about the Ham fisted flourishes of authorial interjection, and suggests that it is lacking in political or artistic urgency. While the New York Times calls it a flimsy novella an extremely slight musing on people's proclivities for pranks, lies and perverse choices.These comments seem true while missing the charm and joy of the book. It's like being disappointed that a village wine is light and simple and not as profound as the Grand cru bearing same names. . . The critics…
  • Flametree SRS Chardonnay 2013

    Edward
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    The photo and the bottle were acquired a few months ago, possibly on the same day. In the distance Castle rock, still partially in shadow. The SRS on the label refers to sub region series, in this case Walcliffe, some forty or fifty kilometres further south. The mostly white cellar door is curiously and strategically ectopic - it's in Dunsborough off the highway and close to all the tourists and away from the vines and the older and more established competition.It's very good, typical, unsurprising and identifiably Margaret river. Full, creamy and tanned; something struck - almost but not…
  • July books

    Edward
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    On China.Buy me the sky. Cloying, motherly and anecdotal; each chapter describes a different young adult, who is the product of China's one child policy, it's repetitive and hard to digest, with each chapter highlighting one young person's inadequacy and general inability to deal with the rigours of independent life. There's Firewood, Shiny, Glittering, Golden Swallow, Flying Fish and several others. . . the stories blur into each other without resonating.An interesting suggestion from the Economist about China's one child policy - The one-child policy did not curb Chinese fertility as…
  • Brash Higgins FRNC 2014

    Edward
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    I'm a fan of Brash Higgins, every wine I've tried has been persuasive and joyous. The vowel free labelling is clever and the bottles are well priced. This is quite a simple crowd pleasing wine, sub $30, a clear and varietal nose (tobacco and tomato leaf) and disarming warmth and creamy milk chocolate in the mouth. It's been macerated on skins and that together with the McLaren Vale heat has made this curiously soft and cuddly.A dark and sticky braised pork was the chosen food match. Not perfect, it's sweet and laden with soy and molasses, great with rice and green cherry tomatoes, but far too…
  • Vini Viti Vinci Irancy Les Beaux Monts 2013

    Edward
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    I found this the least appealing of the three (1 and 2), it's too squeaky and tart, even for me, an acid freak. It starts well enough, pale and unfiltered; rose petal, sap and spice, green sticks and rhubarb. Very sour and edgy, jagged and unsettling, it feels hollow and by nights end it just seems wrong. The gangly awkward acidity (less jarring on day 2) and the emergence of sticking plaster on the finish does not endear.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
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  • tastyidea.com

    michaeljkrell
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Tasty Idea: A great name for any delicious idea. Keywords:  imagination, imagine, creative, artistic, dreamy, visions, ideas, passionate, innovative, interests, inspiration, inventions, ingenuity, original, delicious, flavors, foods, eating, tastes, dining, cooking, meals, culinary, gastronomy, epicure, yummy, delectable, scrumptious, tasty, mouthwatering, cravings, tantalizing, savor, menus, chow, tastes
  • virtuza.com

    michaeljkrell
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    A creative name built from the word 'virtual'. Keywords:  holograms, 3D, virtual, reality, imaginary, simulations, visuals, graphics, imagery, technology, technical, augmented, responsive, immersive
  • creatorly.com

    michaeljkrell
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    An inspirational name built on the word 'creator'. Keywords:  builders, building, construction, create, manufacturing, development, tools, assemble, erect, making, forming, shaping, establish, found, developers, boost, strengthen, increase, improve, augment, raise, enhancements, creator, godlike, heavenly, celestial, religious, spiritual, inspirational, creative, artistic
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    vasamil
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    A slick name created from the word 'drone'. Keywords:  drones, robotics, technology, flights, flying, transportation, logistics, modern, technical, engaging, couriers, military, planes
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    michaeljkrell
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Start Graph: An analytical name to get going. Keywords:  starting, outset, beginning, launch, kickoffs, go, commence, embark, activate, establish, institute, initiate, graphics, graphs, charts, plots, mapping, results, outcomes, tracking, metrics
 
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • Sardegna and wine - a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma

    Alfonso Cevola
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    By chance, I’m sitting in a restaurant and nearby me is a table of four. Urban dwellers, well-traveled, by the looks of their garb and little snippets of conversation that float into the dining room for all to hear. One in the group starts talking about wine and Italy. The usual suspects are cited – Rome, Florence, Venice, The Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre. And then someone mentions Costa Smeralda in Sardegna. By this time the wine has been flowing, social lubrication amplifies the voices and one in the group states, for all to hear, “I love the Costa Smeralda, the beaches are great, the…
  • Hidden Calabria and the dawn of a new day

    Alfonso Cevola
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Feral, untouched, wild, unknown – Calabria is a wine frontier. Long passed over by wine connoisseurs in favor of Piedmont and Tuscany, Calabria is part of the grand excuse people make for not getting into Italian wine more because “they are just too complicated and unpredictable.” And those folks have a point – wines from Calabria are not for the conventional set - they require an open and adventurous spirit. But for those who delve into the dark heart of southern Italy, there are some amazing wines awaiting you.I came across two wineries in Bari last month at Radici del Sud. The…
  • The California Drought Report: Déjà vu and other ramblings while driving on the Silverado Trail at midnight.

    Alfonso Cevola
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:23 pm
    It was déjà vu. The tinderbox conditions we were sitting in must have made it seem like it. It was an early summer night, just like before. And there was the same warm breeze that cooled as the sun disappeared behind the mountain range. We were sitting outside at the restaurant attached to the Solage resort in Calistoga. And the subject of the drought came up. I made the comment that it seemed a lot like 1976, which was the first of two drought years that produced some good wines. “I remember being here; the conditions seem the same.” A guest at our table asked me what Solage was like…
  • A little bit of Americana for our friends in Italy

    Alfonso Cevola
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:50 pm
    A pictorial journey through West Texas on July 4th weekendThree weeks ago, I was sitting in a basement in Bari judging Italian wine made from any number of indigenous grapes. Today, I’m in West Texas, eating chicken fried steak and drinking Prosecco. Life is strange, ain’t it? But for my Italian friends, these past few days are the kind of experience I know many of them would give their I-teeth for. Imagine a 4th of July weekend in West Texas. For some it might seem foreboding. But it all depends on who you’re hanging with.The occasion was the birthday of America and also Dallas cheese…
  • Lucania ~ As I See It

    Alfonso Cevola
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    From the Radici del Sud notebookForget anything you know about Basilicata and Southern Italy. Disregard anyone telling you this is the poorest region in all of Italy. What I’m about to tell you, I hope, will change what and how you think about this region and the South. There is an Italy that is still wild, that cannot be subdued by organized crime or disorganized government, and where few tourists venture. Basilicata, when I am in it, I look around and wonder why it took me so long to get back here. The vistas are broad and dramatic, the history is long and the people, well, they are some…
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  • An Evening of Excellence: Chihuly and Chateau Ste. Michelle

    Margot
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    What do you get when you combine the highest quality Artist Series red blend from Chateau Ste. Michelle and the private boathouse and studio of world-renowned glass sculptor, Dale Chilhuly? An evening of excellence. We were fortunate to be invited to the reception last week at Chihuly’s boathouse to honor the 20th vintage of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Artist Series wines. Chihuly designed the label on the first vintage, 1993, and was asked to present his artwork again 20 years later. For the 2012 commemorative bottle, Chihuly selected Cast Silver Venetian, his unique…
  • A Deeper Look at Sauvignon Blanc

    Margot
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:57 pm
    We love Sauvignon Blanc in the summer months, and after sharing our views on four bottles that we recently enjoyed, we decided to take a deeper look at this warm-weather wine. Sauvignon Blanc is both an old-world and new-world wine, grown and produced in Washington state, California, British Columbia, Ontario, France, New Zealand and other wine regions. The typical descriptions are crisp, refreshing and elegant. The most popular price point is $20 and below; however some Sauv Blancs are in the range of $40-$80, and you can even find an occasional bottle priced above $80. While the most…
  • Summer Sauvignon Blancs

    Margot
    12 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Sauvignon Blanc is our favorite summer-time white wine and these days, Washington state and California are producing some excellent juice that rivals the world-famous Bordeaux and New Zealand production. Fun fact: Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc are the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon. During the 18th century in Bordeaux, the Sauvignon Blanc vine paired with Cabernet Franc to parent the Cabernet Sauvignon vine. Here are some excellent Sauvignon Blancs that we recently tasted. 2014 Columbia Crest H3 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills, $15 This rich wine from Columbia Crest in Washington…
  • Good Value BBQ Reds

    Margot
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Summer time, and the living is easy. We have tasted some excellent good-value reds recently, so bring out the wine glasses and start up the BBQ! Troublemaker Blend 8, $20 Troublemaker comes from Hope Family Wines, a pioneer in Paso Robles wine country — established 30 years ago and still family-owned and operated. Troublemaker is a Rhone-style blend that is distinctly Paso: 46% Syrah, 25% Zinfandel, 14% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Petite Sirah. Think of it as GSM with a kick. Most of the wine comes from the 2013 vintage, but a mix of 2012 and 2011 brings a multi-vintage complexity…
  • Wine and Cancer Research: Mark your calendars on July 9, Seattle

    Margot
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    What a fantastic way to support the American Cancer Society – an exclusive wine tasting at Capital Grille in Seattle on July 9. More than 25 highly rated wines from the Chairman’s personal reserve collection — 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages — will be poured, and 100% of proceeds from the tasting will go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research. Four of the featured wines are: 2005 Andrew Will Sorella, rated 95 points by Wine Spectator and 96 points by Robert Parker 2005 Joseph Phelps Backus Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 97 points by Wine Enthusiast 2008 Betz La…
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  • Randall Grahm Interview On Popelouchum Project

    Organic Wine Journal
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    At Wine FTW, Louise Hurren interviews Randall Grahm about his new Popelouchum Project: “The whole notion behind the initiative is really predicated on the idea that the New World has really been hopelessly imitative of the Old – we haven’t yet discovered our unique and distinctive voice. My idea is that growing varietal blocks of grapes is quite limiting – we’ll never find the degree of congruence that the Old World has discovered with their centuries of iteration – but maybe by growing completely heterogeneous blocks, every vine genetically distinct from the…
  • Randall Grahm Crowdfunding $350K For 10,000 Grapes

    Organic Wine Journal
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Randall Grahm is seeking $350,000 in funding for his Popelouchum Vineyard project on Indiegogo. In his own words (and be grateful Indiegogo doesn’t have the capability for footnotes): We aim to create a truly unique, superior and nuanced wine, a “Grahm Cru,” an expression of the unique terroirs of our Popelouchum Estate in San Juan Bautista. We plan to do this by adopting a very unusual methodology – the breeding of 10,000 new grape varieties, each genetically distinctive from one another – and blending them into a unique cuvée that the world has not tasted heretofore. In…
  • Domaine de Saint Pierre Savagnin de Voile 2008

    Emma Criswell
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Domaine de Saint Pierre is a 6ha organic property with vineyards located in both Arbois and Cotes de Jura. The winery produces reds, whites and pet-nat created by owner and winemaker Fabrice Dodane. Savagnin de Voile 2008 is a bright and zippy white, mineral driven with medium acidity. Aromas of golden delicious apple skin, lime zest, hazelnuts and musk prepare you for more hazelnut on the palate, smoky oak, vanilla and orchid. A gorgeous expression of Arbois, and Jura in general.
  • Château Pontet-Canet

    Emma Criswell
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Importer Duclot la Vinicole recently hosted a vertical tasting of ten vintages of biodynamic Bordeaux prodcuer Château Pontet-Canet. The estate has been family-owned since 1959 with second-generation winemaker Alfred Tesseron at the helm. The property has 200 acres of vines and uses approximately a 50/50 split between new French oak and cement vats for aging. The winery is also known for replacing mechanical engines with horses — about half the estate is farmed using horsepower, with a goal of 100% in the near future. "A horse never puts his foot in the same place,” says Tesseron.
  • Benziger Family Winery Sold

    Organic Wine Journal
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    From The Press Democrat: Benziger Family Winery, founded more than 30 years ago by a pioneering Sonoma Valley wine family who helped bring green farming practices into the mainstream, is being sold to one of the world’s largest producers of low-priced wines. The Wine Group, the world’s third-largest wine company with such budget brands as Franzia, Almaden and Corbett Canyon, announced Monday it has purchased the winery in Glen Ellen and its nearby sister winery, Imagery. Financial terms were not disclosed, though industry estimates ranged from less than $90 million to slightly more than…
 
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  • Leese-Fitch, Pinot Noir – Tasty

    Tim Lemke
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    I’ve been coming across more and more wines from The Other Guys brands lately. Leese-Fitch is one of those brands. While the family behind The Other Guys has a long history in the wine business, the company as it exists now really only goes back to 2009 — so they’re still in their infancy and are sure to evolve in the upcoming years. One thing I’ve noticed is they’re not afraid to try some different things, such as for a number of their wines they’ve embraced the “Zork” closure. Their wines also tend to be very “new world” in style, and…
  • Trivento Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Great value

    Tim Lemke
    12 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The grand majority of Argentine red wines I’ve consumed have been malbec and somtimes bonarda. I was happy to try something different from Argentina — even if a cabernet sauvignon is not all that “different” of a wine. A little bit of a side note before I continue about the wine… Every time I drink any wine from Argentina I have an inner dialogue debating whether I should refer to it as Argentine or Argentinian. My preference is Argentine as I think it sounds more elegant, while Argentinian sounds unnecessarily clumsy and sounds like hick-speak to me. But maybe…
  • Peter Zemmer, Pinot Grigio – Spectacular

    Tim Lemke
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    In norther Italy, just south of Austria, lies a wine-growing region called Alto Adige — which I consider one of the best regions in the world for pinot grigio and pinot bianco (but that’s not the extent of the good wines to come from this region). It’s also one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s interesting how beautiful places so often are also great locations to produce wine. Alto Adige is a mountainous region at the southern Alps with that cool climate coming from one direction and a Mediterranean climate coming in from the south. Vineyards and orchards…
  • Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia, Cabernet Sauvignon

    Tim Lemke
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    This wine makes me a fan of Chilean cabernet sauvignon again. A number of years ago I was nuts over Chilean cabernet sauvignon, but then I started to avoid it after encountering a number of them with a funky mint aroma that was distracting. A slight mint aroma can be a good thing, but too often I found it to be too strong in the cabs I was tasting from Chile. But this one doesn’t have any of that funky mint. What it does have is plenty of the delicious aromas and flavors I want from a cabernet sauvignon. Coffee, chocolate, black currant, toasted oak and red raspberry aromas give this…
  • Viña Casablanca, Nimbus Single Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc

    Tim Lemke
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    When it comes to sauvignon blanc, I have two top regions I gravitate towards, New Zealand and Chile. And even more specifically pertaining to Chilean sauvignon blanc, I love them from the Casablanca Valley. Historically, the reason I’ve had this preference is the intense tropical fruit aromas and flavors that are often found in sauvignon blanc from the Casablanca Valley. But then I found this one from Viña Casablanca and that all changed. This one is different, and it’s awesome in a totally different way! This is a single vineyard wine, meaning that all the grapes come from a one…
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  • Jerusalem Wine Festival 2015

    Avi
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    We’ve been covering the Israel Museum since the beginning. Check it out Check out the Jerusalem Wine Festival, one of the most fun and exciting wine festivals in Israel. This is how the city of Jerusalem describes it: The Jerusalem Wine Festival, the leading event for the wine industry in Israel, is a salute to Israeli wineries, which last year brought together a record 60 Israeli wineries that displayed hundreds of wine to taste, of which some were brought to market for the first time under the auspices of the festival. In addition to booths for the tasting of wine, thousands of wine…
  • What makes Kosher Wine Kosher?

    Avi
    28 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    In 2007, Israeli winemaker Shuki Yashuv of Agur Winery surrendered the right to touch his own wine when he turned his winery kosher. Despite being Jewish, Shuki is not considered a “kosher worker.” Host David Rhodes also meets winemaker Shiki Rauchberger at Teperberg, Israel’s oldest kosher winery, to understand how kosher wine is made and who is allowed to make it. Rabbi Nachum Rabinowitz, Senior Rabbi at the Orthodox Union, sets these handling restrictions in context; historically, they were considered an important way of preventing intermarriage and assimilation.   Listen to…
  • Israeli wine in Eshkol HaZahav

    Avi
    18 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    The winners of this year’s Eshkol Hazahav (Golden Cluster), were announced at The Peres Center For Peace in Jaffa. Eshkol HaZahav is Israel’s wine tasting competition, now in its 13th year, organized by Studio Ben-Avi, owned by Avi Ben-Ami. 259 wines were submitted from among 50 wineries. The Gold Medal Trophies, (first place), were awarded to the following wines: SAUVIGNON BLANCYarden Sauvignon Blanc, Golan Heights Winery 2014 CHARDONNAYReserve Chardonnay, Teperberg 1870 OTHER WHITE VARIETIESMidbar Viognier, 2014 WHITE BLENDSMontefiore White, Kerem Montefiore 2014 RED BLENDS (NIS…
  • Israeli Wines in Wine Advocate

    Avi
    14 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Mark Squires, the wine reviewer for Israeli wines in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has new reviews of Israeli wines. Three Israeli wines scored 92 points: Chateau Golan Eliad Royal Reserve 2012 Makura Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Amphorae Winery) Recanati Special Reserve 2012. For Recanati Winery Israeli wines only started being reviewed in Wine Advocate starting in 2007.
  • The real reason Israeli wines are so expensive

    Avi
    12 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Read the full article in Ha’aretz and comment below. What do you think of the prices of Israeli wines? It’s not the demands of kashrut, it’s simply the growing pains of a young industry in a small domestic market. By Noga Tarnopolsky How much are you willing to spend on a bottle of special-occasion wine? I’ve been putting this question to friends and acquaintances around the world, and responses have ranged from around $15 (a young adult in Argentina) to $200 (a slightly less-young adult in Los Angeles). My colleague Cathy Huyghe, an inspired writer on wine, believes…
 
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  • 10 Indian Reserve Red Wines to Buy

    Kanika Dhawan
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:33 am
    A Reserve is a celebration of all the effort that goes into making a wine. This time around, the Sommelier India Tasting Panel revealed some of the finest reds in a blind tasting. Here’s a list for you to take your pick! 2012 Arros Appearance Deep ruby core with fading rims, displaying signs of development Aroma Attractive perfumed nose with sweetness and a hint of toasted oak showcasing a blend of American and French oak, sweet spices, red currants, blueberries, sweet red cherries, and ripe plums, with a fresh floral back. Palate Dry, ripe and concentrated palate with sweet red…
  • De Bortoli Wines back in India with Prestige Wines & Spirits

    Kanika Dhawan
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:35 pm
    De Bortoli, a third generation family-owned winery, has re-entered the Indian market through Prestige Wines and Spirits. De Bortoli was established in 1928 by Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli who emigrated to Australia from northern Italy. To begin with, Prestige is importing De Bortoli’s Family Selection Pinot Grigio, Family Selection Shiraz, and Barossa Valley Premium Shiraz wines, available in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. In the coming months, its Harvest Diary Semillion Chardonnay and Shiraz Cabernet, (exclusive labels for Starwood properties worldwide) will…
  • Bharat Talwar loves Tempranillo!

    revasingh@gmail.com
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Bharat Singh Talwar grew up in Lucknow,India, attended the Doon School in Dehradun and moved to the US in 1996, right after his undergraduate degree at Delhi University’s Sriram College of Commerce. He lives just outside Boston and is founder and CEO of a technology and pharmaceutical solutions firm, TalentBurst. Bharat enjoys French Bordeaux, Spanish Riojas, California Pinot Noirs and Argentinian Malbecs. Tempranillo is the main grape in Rioja, the most important region for premium Spanish reds. The wine is a medium or full-bodied red, with medium acidity, medium tannins and red fruit…
  • Blaufränkisch: The Ultimate Chameleon

    revasingh@gmail.com
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    My first rendezvous with Blaufränkisch (pronounced as blouw-FRANN-kisch) happened during my London wine schooling days. It was one of the grape varieties that we had to taste as part of our course curriculum and doing an in-depth taste research of this variety was not considered a top priority. So, when I received an invite from Wine Austria for the International Wine Summit in June 2015, I promptly joined in. The tour was aptly called “Pannonian Highlights – Burgenland & Carnuntum” in depth. After an enlightening visit to Austria and sampling its wonderful wines, Gurjit Singh…
  • An Urban Resort Experience at Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan

    revasingh@gmail.com
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:52 am
    Our short break to a modern four-star business hotel in Pune’s industrial belt – the Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan with its urban resort feel, splendid food and wine, and unique excursions proved to be a refreshing break with a difference, says Brinda Gill  Chakan, 35 kms north-west of Pune, traditionally known for its historic temples, religious sites and wholesale agricultural produce trading hub has evolved into a thriving special economic zone in the recent years.  Its vast and well-planned industrial estate has a bevy of engineering, manufacturing and automotive industries…
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  • China bubbles | Grace Vineyard to release four sparkling wines in late August

    boyce
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    This is a summer of novel launches for Grace Vineyard in Shanxi, with the slate including not only the veteran winery’s first offerings of Syrah, Marselan and Aglianico, but also four sparkling wines. Those bubblies will be available under the label Angelina in late August, says owner Judy Chan. Expect a brut reserve,  aged on lees for five years, plus Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc options. I had a chance to try the reserve-in-progress two years ago at a party, and last year at the winery, and it will be interesting to see how it turned out. Good Chinese bubblies are…
  • New wine, old bottle? | Jia Bei Lan vs Jia Bei Lan raises IPR and status issues in China’s wine scene

    boyce
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Hey guys, is it just me or do these two wine labels look alike? The ‘Jia Mei Lan‘ at left, which is apparently a new brand, seems strikingly similar to the ‘Jia Bei Lan‘ at right, which is made by Helan Qing Xue and is well-respected due to a decade of hard work. Yes, it’s somewhat cruder–the mountains look like they were drawn by an eight-year-old whose had a few glasses–but the two labels are too close for comfort in my opinion. Word is that Jia Mei Lan was made by one of the better wineries in Ningxia, and the buyer received the wine in bottled…
  • Calipournia: California Wine Institute just launched a very smart tour in China

    boyce
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    By Jim Boyce Regional wine groups should keep an eye on a tour the California Wine Institute (CWI) just launched in China. This project goes far beyond the usual stops like Shanghai and Beijing and instead will feature master classes and consumer events in more than 20 cities in China. It started earlier this week and Chris Beros, the head of CWI in China, says the first three-city leg is already a big success. “I think the key takeaways from the last two days have been, first of all, that turnout has been exceptionally good, much bigger than we expected,” says Beros. He says…
  • Event | Grower’s Champagne and Peruvian snacks in Beijing tonight

    boyce
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    I just posted an interview with Charles Simon of grower’s Champagne seller Seina and it’s notable that the company will team up tonight with Peruvian pop-up bar Buena Onda in Beijing. Get a bottle of Grand Cru Champagne at rmb299, which, if you live in Beijing, you will know is an incredibly low price, and pair it with Peruvian eats. For rmb100, you can get salmon tartare and three dips, and there is other food as well. See the poster for details.  
  • Wine word: Charles Simon on ‘Grower’s Champagne’ in China

    boyce
    18 Jul 2015 | 12:41 am
    Charles and Edouard Simon with a few of their bottles in Beijing. We are seeing more and more quality bubbly in Beijing, whether from major players such as France, Spain and Italy or lesser-known ones such as South Africa, Chile and China. That includes so-called ‘Grower’s Champagne‘.  I asked Charles Simon of Seina a few questions about this category of wine and the products he sells. The price of Champagne in Beijing is often three times or more than Cava or Prosecco or other sparkling wines. Why is it so expensive? This is quite a complex topic as you need to consider…
 
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  • New Project Takes a Look at How Various South African Cultural Groups Experience Wine

    Juli
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    What do South Africans think of the wines they drink? Do the opinions and experiences of compatriots from different cultural groups differ on this issue? What makes locals decide to buy a specific bottle of wine? These are among the questions that wine researcher Dr Hélène Nieuwoudt and colleagues at Stellenbosch University (SU) wish to
  • Head To Paarl For The Inaugural Proe Paarl Wine Festival

    Media Release
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:14 am
    Celebrate the unique flavours of the Boland town of Paarl during the first Proe Paarl event on Saturday, 22 November.  From 11h00 – 16h00, the oak-lined streets of this historic town will showcase some of the town’s most sublime offerings. Award-winning wines from twelve wine farms on the Paarl Wine Route can be sampled and
  • A Vintage Year For Steenberg’s Merlot As JD Pretorius Wins Young Winemaker Of The Year

    Media Release
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:06 am
    JD Pretorius, 29, from Steenberg Farm, has won the Diners Young Winemaker of the Year award for his Steenberg Merlot 2012. The Steenberg Merlot 2011 and 2012 as well as the Steenberg Echo 2012 red blend qualified for the Young Winemaker of the Year award. Commenting on his win he said, “It’s an honour. This
  • Stellar Programme Announced For SBIG Technical Seminar

    Media Release
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group of South Africa (SBIG), in proud partnership with First National Bank (FNB), invites all interested parties to attend the SBIG Technical Seminar, which will take place on Wednesday, 3 December 2014 at Allée Bleue in Simondium. The SBIG Technical Seminar aims to elevate awareness and knowledge of Sauvignon Blanc, provide
  • Chantel Dartnall is Named SA Chef Of The Year For The Second Time

    Media Release
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:52 am
    While Mosaic at the Orient is one of South Africa’s Top 5 establishments Chantel Dartnall – renowned not only in South Africa but in culinary circles around the world for her innovative and meticulous approach to modern fine dining – has once again been named South African Chef of the Year at this week’s annual
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  • Red Stripe: Another One Bites…

    Robert C. Lehrman
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    This morning I awakened to find yet another lawsuit about sketchy alcohol beverage labels. It sounds like Red Stripe is being sued for being a fake Jamaican, like the guy depicted off to the right. I am going to see if my colleagues John and Frank are around to liveblog this with me, this Friday morning. John:  is the above label roughly representative? Not really. This one is more representative because it shows Red Stripe made in Pennsylvania, instead of the above label showing a beer made in Great Britain. Most of the recent label approvals show made in the U.S. (not Jamaica or Great…
  • Angel’s Envy Rye Case, Not Going Away

    Robert C. Lehrman
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Those three little words, above (CRAFTED BY HAND), are causing a ruckus for Angel’s Envy Rye, in Judge Aspen’s court in Chicago. In the great whiskey wars commencing in 2014, Maker’s Mark had a great day, here, in May. By contrast, Angel’s Envy had a much less propitious day early this week. A federal judge in Illinois dismissed a small part of the class action fraud case against Angel’s Envy, but let big parts go forward. My friends at the Locke Lord law firm, who recently and successfully wrapped up the similar case, against Templeton, explained: The decision…
  • Blue Moon Asserts it is Plenty Craft Enough

    Robert C. Lehrman
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    At long last, MillerCoors filed its response, in the Blue Moon case, on July 13. The company makes some good arguments, and to my ear, these seem best: MillerCoors is expressly authorized by state and federal law to use the Blue Moon Brewing Company trade name. The safe harbor doctrine applies where either state or federal law has blessed the conduct at issue. (Here, MC nemesis, A-B, did the former a huge favor in the form of winning the Lime-A-Rita case just in time.) The company is careful to point out that the laws and regulations, not necessarily the label approvals, create the safe…
  • Gluten-Free Labeling

    Robert C. Lehrman
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Sorry to disappoint anyone, but that’s not Attorney John Messinger over to the left. But it is John, over to the right, covering Gluten-Free Labeling for Beer, Wine and Spirits, in a recent issue of Beverage Master Magazine. The full article is here. The first few paragraphs are here: Gluten-free foods and beverages were one of the popular trends of 2014. In the past year, over 70 new alcohol beverage label approvals mentioned “gluten-free,” which is more than the combined total of gluten-free labels in 2012 and 2013. Breweries, wineries and distilleries who wish to cater to the…
  • Beer with Lots of Protein – The Moderately Mighty Squirrel

    Robert C. Lehrman
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    A couple times a year I hear about an alcohol beverage that is somehow, against all odds, “good for you.” It happened again this week and so I eagerly rushed to the Public COLA Registry to see what was new. Lo and behold, I found the squirrel. A mighty one — or so it purports to be. The press release purported this new beer to have something like 10 times the protein compared to Bud Light. The average analysis for Bud Light is above, to the right, and the one for Mighty Squirrel is to the left. The TTB-approved label shows the product to be a “Whey Beer.” Whey is apparently some…
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  • The Amazing Aperol Spritz

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    When we were in Italy a few weeks ago we were staying at this hotel that featured a hip assortment of wine-driven cocktails. The host/bartender, Enzo, buzzed around the place and easily convinced guests to try the interesting drinks on the menu.One drink in particular caught my eye with its gorgeous orange color: The Aperol Spritz.Whereas a "white wine spritzer" in the United States often involves combining cheap white wine with Sprite or 7-Up, an Aperol Spritz is a combination of Proescco (an Italian sparkling white wine), Aperol (a unique bitter apertif), and soda water. See the recipe…
  • A Gorgeous Brut Rosé Prosecco

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Lunch at Preludio in Cortona, ItalyI'm the last guy you want to consult for advice on sparkling wine.Unless you're like me and gravitate towards bold, fruit forward new world reds with underlying acidity and luscious appeal. And you're looking to change things up a bit this summer while the temperatures are high.Last summer while visiting Tuscany we stopped in at Ristorante Preludio in Cortona for lunch. The restaurant was listed in the Gambero Rosso according to information provided by the villa where we were staying (review). But other than us, the place was empty from the beginning of our…
  • 2012 Ridge Lytton Springs for less than $21 fully loaded [MA only?]

    21 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Stack this good pricing with $30 off $100 to get a $35+ wine for $21Wine.com is running 2 concurrent promo codes that provide $30 off $100+ orders:DISCOVER30A (expires 9/30/2015)WINEAMX (expires 10/9/2015)As you'd guess from the naming convention, these deals are joint promotions with Discover and American Express. But they work a little differently than other offers. Rather than resulting in a statement credit on your credit card, the discount is triggered at the time of ordering.So if you don't see the discount, don't place the order. In my experience you don't actually need to use an AmEx…
  • Deal Alert: Bodegas Juan Gil Variety Pack [MA Only]

    15 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    Boston-area retailer Bin Ends Wine is offering a mixed case of wine from Gil Family Estates for $79.20 ($6.60/btl). If you like the Silver-labeled 12 Month Juan Gil proper (the mind-bendingly good QPR red I discovered years ago at The Capital Grille) this is a great opportunity to explore other offerings from Gil Family Estates.These wines normally sell for around $10-$12/btl. I've tried most of them. Although none of them quite rise to the level of excitement Juan Gil Silver does, they are solid wines and a great low-risk way to explore the wines of Spain from an outstanding producer.Expect…
  • Visiting Allegrini's Villa della Torre

    11 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Villa della Torre c. 1560We're just back from Italy where we tasted at Allegrini's Palazzo della Torre vineyard. I've seen the Allegrini label around for years but it wasn't until tasting their wines at Wine Spectator Grand Tour Dallas that I mentally put the location of Valpolicella and Amarone on the map.Valpolicella is situated just north of Verona and makes for a perfect day trip pairing. We were staying on nearby Lake Garda and were able to visit both on the same day with ease.Valpolicella is between Milan and Venice, just east of Lake GardaAllegrini is a high quality, high volume…
 
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  • 2014 Gros Nore Bandol Rose

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    2014 Gros Nore Bandol RoseAn estate that continues to ratchet up the quality level, Domaine du Gros Noire's 2014 Bandol Rose is a beauty that does everything right. Loaded with notions of flinty minerality, orange rind, tangerines and honeysuckle, it hits the palate with beautiful fruit intensity, lively, integrated acidity and a tight, focused, clean finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. This is a classic Bandol rose that offers beautiful drinkablity now, yet will have 2-3 years of prime drinking. Rating: 92  Estimated Cost: $20-$35
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  • A Wine for Tonight: 2014 Domaine Saint Aix Rosé

    Kori
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    2014 Domaine Saint Aix Rosé paired with grilled salmon 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 2014 Domaine Saint Aix Rosé from the Provence region of France. 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 Maison Saint Aix, a 130-year-old winery, is situated in the south of France, just an hour northeast of Aix en Provence. Their Domaine Saint Aix Rosé is easy to…
  • Campo Viejo: Where Wine and Art Come Together

    Kori
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Okuda and Remed sculpture in the Campo Viejo vineyard Spanish artist Okuda and French artist Remed are renowned in the urban art scene for their colorful creations. Okuda was born and raised in Santander, Spain. He started painting in 1997 and began producing urban art on a larger scale in 2002. Okuda specializes in street art, illustrations, paintings, murals, sculptures, and installations. Remed grew up in Lille, France. He specializes in walls, canvas, prints, drawings, and sculptures. Today, both artists are based in Madrid. Campo Viejo brought Okuda and Remed together in 2013 to…
  • 2012 Kennedy Shah Merlot

    Kori
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    2012 Kennedy Shah Merlot The Woodhouse Wine Estates is a boutique winery located in Woodinville, Washington. Owners Bijal and Sinead Shah founded Woodhouse Wine Estates in 2004 along with Bijal’s uncle Tom Campbell. Winemaker Jean Claude Beck comes from several generations of French winemakers and has worked at various wineries in California and Washington. Woodhouse produces three tiers of Washington wines: Marketplace, Reserve, and Wine Club Exclusive. Recently, we had the opportunity to taste their 2012 Kennedy Shah Merlot in a blind samples tasting. In addition to being a very good…
  • Spotlight On: Campo Viejo

    Kori
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Campo Viejo in Rioja, Spain Campo Viejo was founded in 1959 by two winemakers from Rioja, Spain, Bernardo Beristain and Jose Ortigüela. The winery name, Campo Viejo, was inspired by the land in El Villar de Arnedo where Jose Ortigüela spent his childhood. Directly translated from Spanish to English, “Campo Viejo” means “old field”. Situated in the heart of Rioja in the Ebro Valley on a high plateau near Logroño, the winery offers beautiful panoramic views of the vineyards and nearby mountain ranges. After 56 years, Campo Viejo is still going strong, producing…
  • A Wine for Tonight: 2014 Ponzi Pinot Gris

    Kori
    12 May 2015 | 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 2014 Ponzi Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. 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 Ponzi Vineyards, located in Sherwood, Oregon, has been one of Oregon’s most consistent Pinot Gris producers for over 30 years. Dick and Nancy Ponzi founded Ponzi Vineyards in 1970. They first produced Pinot Noir in 1974.
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • A Little Taste of Sicily

    George Perry
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’ve tasted wine from a lot of different countries, both because I like to experiment and as a result of having written this website for the last six years. Sicily is one of those areas where I haven’t tasted much, which is funny since Italian wine holds such a special place in my heart. In fact, searching through my previous posts, I haven’t written about Sicilian wine since 2012. Fortunately, I was able to rectify this oversight this past week thanks to a pair of Sicilian wines that were sent to my doorstep. I started with the 2013 Timpune Grillo. In the glass the wine was…
  • June 2015 VA Wine Chat with Early Mountain Vineyards

    George Perry
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    June’s Virginia Wine Chat saw Frank at Early Mountain Vineyards in Central Virginia, where he got to spend time with both the outgoing and incoming winemakers as he walked us through three of their selections. We actually have video this month, so be sure to check it out below as there was, as always, a great conversation being had. Our three wines for the night were: the 2014 Rose’, the 2014 Pinot Gris, and the 2013 Foothills. Before diving into the individual wines I want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed all three of these, and they’re all a great value at…
  • Unexpected Wines from Napa with Karen MacNeil

    George Perry
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Twitter tasting hosted by Karen MacNeil and featuring six unexpected wines from Napa – four whites and two reds. All in all I really enjoyed this tasting, in large part because the discussion on Twitter (under the tag #SipWithKaren) was great – lots of good questions, opinions, and interactions. So, what about the wines? 2014 Artesa Albarino – $28 (SRP) 100% Albarino with aromas of pear, lemon, and honeysuckle. Briny in the mouth with a nice, balanced acidity. This would be a nice aperitif on a hot day, or something to pair…
  • 2014 Maschio Prosecco Brut Treviso DOC

    George Perry
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    Varietal:  100% Glera Region:  Veneto – Italy Cost:  $13 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Color: Light straw yellow with a lively froth. Bouquet: White peach and orange blossoms. Taste: Fruit forward, with peach and almond flavors. Food Pairing: As an aperitif or as an ideal match with fish, fresh fruit and pastries. Serve chilled at 42-56˚F. My Review:  Well, this is long overdue. I don’t know that it’s ever taken me this long to get around to opening a bottle of bubbles in my house – we’re big fans of it here. But, for some reason or another, this bottle…
  • May 2015 Virginia Wine Chat – Northern Neck Wines

    George Perry
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    Last Thursday was the return of Virginia Wine Chat (Frank took April off). This time our intrepid host was in the Northern Neck, sampling wines from Dog & Oyster, General’s Ridge, and Good Luck Cellars. As is usual, there was a great conversation at the winery (check out the video embedded below*), and on Twitter (check out the hashtag #VAWineChat). 2013 Dog & Oyster “Oyster White” – $25 SRP Made with 100% Chardonel grapes, this wine featured pear and green jolly rancher flavors with a tart start and and a surprising roundness on the finish given that the wine was…
 
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  • With a Blade & Bow – History in a glass

    winebratsf
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:36 am
    Bourbon:  A wild frontier for a wine blogger, and yet some enthralling.  I have been working my way through the land of the brown liquor for a number of years now, and I have found that I have a penchant for both single malt Scotch whisky, and good old fashioned American Bourbon.  Kentucky Bourbon.  ····&middot The post With a Blade & Bow – History in a glass appeared first on .
  • Wine apps YOU should be using!

    winebratsf
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    We all know that wine apps for smart phones are hot right now.  I have about 40 installed on my iPhone as we speak, all n some sort of evaluation or user mode.  But what apps really mater?  What matters to consumers versus wineries? Recently, I was tasked with writing about the top wine apps····&middot The post Wine apps YOU should be using! appeared first on .
  • Montefalco Sagrantino: Umbria’s Secret Sultry Sipper

    winebratsf
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Landlocked Umbria has long been thought of as Tuscany’s little sister, a hidden treasure housing such jewels as Orvieto’s cathedral, and ancient Etruscan ruins.  Having spent several days here on my (only) trip to Italy several  years ago, I feel in love with the unique culture that Umbria’s landscape provides, with a distinct culture of····&middot The post Montefalco Sagrantino: Umbria’s Secret Sultry Sipper appeared first on .
  • Focus on Finger Lakes: Cabernet Franc Five Ways

    winebratsf
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:54 pm
    It’s no secret that the Finger Lakes region of New York has long been known for it’s Riesling and aromatic white wines.  Often compared to wine growing regions along Germany’s Rhine river, the region has been making wine well over 100 years.  Initially famous for sparking wines the 1860s, the Finger Lakes won numerous international····&middot The post Focus on Finger Lakes: Cabernet Franc Five Ways appeared first on .
  • Horizontal Tasting: Mariah Vineyards Pinot Noir from Cartograph and Waits Mast

    winebratsf
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:40 am
    I love it when a plan comes together!  One of my favorite things about wine, is tasting the expression of the winemaker in the bottle.  Every touch, every decision, every nuance in his or her mind ends up in your glass.  Pinot Noir particularly responds to a gentle hand, and there is no better way····&middot The post Horizontal Tasting: Mariah Vineyards Pinot Noir from Cartograph and Waits Mast appeared first on .
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  • We are getting ready for Vino Varsity 2015

    Alana Ridley
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    We are getting ready for Vino Varsity 2015. Backsberg is gearing up for the seventh annual Vino Varsity Challenge. It is three weeks to go before South Africa’s most notable university wine societies compete for the title of Vino Varsity Champion. Three teams face three prominent judges from the wine industry in a competition that tests their general wine knowledge, wine tasting palate and debating skills related to an industry-related topic. We look forward to hearing the teams’ presentations on how to grow specified international markets on a minimal budget, and which markets they…
  • #WineWednesday features South African Shiraz

    Alana Ridley
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:16 am
    #WineWednesday features South African Shiraz Shiraz is able to age for many years, even decades, due to its complex tannins, good body and high acidity. Shiraz thrives in the South African growing conditions of icy cold, wet winters and glorious hot summers. The vines love the highest vineyards with the best views where the soil is made up of course, stony granite. This makes the vines produce less, but therefore more concentrated grapes. Yields are usually low, yet in the Cape, more Shiraz than any other red grape variety was crushed in 2013. Today Shiraz is the second most-planted red…
  • #WineWednesday Syrah and Shiraz

    Alana Ridley
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    #WineWednesday Syrah and Shiraz Syrah is a noble grape variety which produces wine with robust spiciness, deep colour and dense, smoky, fruit characteristics. In the Northern Rhône Valley, in southeastern France, two grape varieties, namely Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche, were crossed, to produce Syrah. South Africans know this variety as Shiraz and the temperate climate, specifically the warm wine region of Paarl, is ideal for growing this grape. South African Shiraz is fruit-driven, spicy and often referred to as jammy. A short time on oak can give these wines great structure and…
  • Backsberg sponsors the Cape Town Nu World Music Festival 2015

    Alana Ridley
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    Backsberg sponsors the Cape Town Nu World Music Festival 2015 The Cape Town Nu World Music Festival takes place over the Mandela Day Weekend of the 17th and 18th of July 2015. Cape Town’s City Hall will be transformed into a musical platform with 3 stages and 25 different live acts over the two days. Expect the unexpected with artists performing music from a variety of continents, cultures and genres. Taking place for the third time, this year the focus is on afro-centric performances. Musical flavours will range from afro-pop, soul, kwaito, electro, afro-beat, hip hop, pop, indie, swing,…
  • #WineWednesday Shiraz paired with roast fillet

    Alana Ridley
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    The chilly winter evenings are the best time to snuggle up indoors with a hearty meal and low-lit candles. Backsberg’s Shiraz paired with roast fillet is a perfect dinner. The versatility of Shiraz means it compliments most foods such as hearty stews, venison or a tender roast – but best of all it goes with grilled, barbecue-seared or saucy beef with a smokey char. Try this pairing at home with this delicious recipe. Beef Roast with a Backsberg Shiraz and Balsamic Reduction To keep it moist, the fillet is wrapped in lovely (salty and lightly fatty) prosciutto then sealed, roasted…
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  • Qorkz.com – For Hidden Wine Gems

    admin
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    Do you wish you were in Napa or Sonoma right now? (Don ‘t we all?) Want to find that winery that is a hidden gem that is off the beaten path? The ones that have such a small production you have the upper hand with your friends and family? Especially when they rave about the wine you are serving? Well, I, your VinoVerve Editrix has been working secretly to bring these kinds of wines to you. Welcome to Qorkz Wine. These wines are made by passionate winemakers who want to share their craft with you. We are scouring California (for now and eventually around the country and maybe even the…
  • Cherry Creek Winery @ The Old Schoolhouse – Brooklyn, MI

    MTB
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    After seven years in New England, I relocated to southeast Michigan in December 2014.   Despite having been born and raised in Detroit (proud graduate of Cass Tech High School!), Michigan hasn’t been home for more years than I am willing to admit to. Relocating in winter while also working 100% from home is not conducive to exploration – my first several months’ experiences were limited to weekly grocery store runs, babysitting for my sister, and an occasional weekend movie with cousins. So with a few days vacation in late May I decided it was time to learn my new home…
  • Repris Wine Gallery

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    23 Jul 2015 | 8:47 pm
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  • Moon Mountain District Sonoma County

    GMN
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Frontispiece of Jack London’s, “Valley of the Moon”, 1913, The Macmillan Company, Ny Now that I am out and about again, I wasted no time high tailing it out of town to visit some new wineries. The first on the list was Repris Wines in the Moon Mountain District.  This post will explore this eerie landscape and I will discuss the winery in the next. Moon Mountain District is located within Sonoma Valley across the eastern ridge from the Mt. Veeder AVA (or the Sonoma-Napa border, if you will…). The name of the area is based on the mistaken belief that the local…
  • Update

    admin
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Where has VinoVerve been the last year? Well, the answer is long. After posting about a road trip to Arkansas last year, we were getting ready to send my daughter, Sophie off to college. Some of you may recognize her as the girl who can sabre a bottle of champagne, make and bottle wine, identify floral elements when she smells a glass and generally has acted as my personal sommelier for a good portion of her 18 years. Our plan was to get her off to college (University of Oregon) and then I would get back into the swing of writing. Well, as Robert Burns stated, “The best laid plans of…
 
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Rosés from Austria, Greece & France

    Simon
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    Three very different rosés Arndorfer Rosa Marie 2014, Austria (£17.99 Caves de Pyrene) On the red wine side of rosé, with plump strawberry flavour – fresh and cooked – alongside the peppery Parma violet character from the Grüner Veltliner, and with a bite of tannin on the finish. Fascinating. S- Kir-Yianni Twin Sails Rosé 2014, […]
  • Two reds from St Chinian estate Château Viranel…

    Simon
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    …even though neither of them is labelled St Chinian. And they say Domaine de Viranel rather than Château Viranel on the label… Domaine de Viranel Trilogie Cessenon Rouge 2014, Languedoc, France (£10.05 Bancroft Wines, Cambridge Wine Merchants) Bouncy young red, with jolly, juicy blackberry, plum and blackcurrant flavours tinged with notes of orange peel, vanilla […]
  • Morrisons Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Chile

    Simon
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:24 am
    Nearly but not quite there… Morrisons Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Chile (£6.99 Morrisons) This smells crisp and zingy, with grassy citrus and greengage flavours in abundance, but there’s also an edge of smoky green pepper and elderflower that suggests some of the grapes were picked early to maintain acidity. OK, but I think there was a […]
  • Two Chilean Carignans

    Simon
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    …in two rather different styles Villalobos Viñedo Silvestre Carignan 2012, Colchagua, Chile (~£18 Les Caves de Pyrene) I like the floral daintiness here, with a whiff of hops alongside the slightly smoky blackcurrant flavours, but there’s also something a little confected – do they still make Cola Spangles? – plus a hint of sweetness to […]
  • Two Rieslings from Wakefield Wines, Clare Valley

    Simon
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    Wakefield Estate Riesling 2014, Clare Valley, Australia (£13 Wright Wine Company, Denby Dale Wines, Oliver’s Beer and Wine, Oz Wines) Still has its youthful tension, with zingy citrus fruit and a stony spine, but there’s also juiciness, with what I call a dusting of icing sugar – you know the stuff on the outside of […]
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  • 'GIFFT' Pinot Noir Rose introduced at Special Event Onboard Carnival Splendor in NYC

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:06 am
    Kathie Lee Gifford -- "Today" show host, original Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson and current brand partner with her GIFFT wine collection -- today boarded Carnival Splendor in Manhattan to officially launch her GIFFT wine Pinot Noir Rosé. The new blend joins the GIFFT Red Blend and Chardonnay that were introduced fleetwide aboard Carnival's ships earlier this year.
  • Vintage Wine Estates buys B.R. Cohn Winery

    26 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Pat Roney, President of Vintage Wine Estates, confirmed today the acquisition of B.R. Cohn Winery, located in Glen Ellen, California in Sonoma's Valley of the Moon. In 1974, founder Bruce Cohn transformed a former dairy into the Olive Hill Estate Vineyard, named for the property's grove of 140-year old French Picholine olive trees.
  • Wines from Spain Awards announces champion wines for 2015

    22 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    The Wines from Spain Awards competition held by the Department of Wines of Spain has announced champion wines for this year.
  • Enovation Brands introduces Bella Bellina wine

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:09 am
    Enovation Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Bella Bellina to its innovative Italian wine portfolio. Crafted with Italian moscato, Bella Bellina is infused with natural fruit aromas making it a unique product offering in the highly popular moscato and flavor categories.
  • Treasury Wine to sell California vineyard assets for $7.5m

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Global wine company Treasury Wine Estates has signed an agreement to sell its Asti Winery, Souverain brand and inventory, and co-located vineyard assets in Sonoma County, California, to E.&J. Gallo Winery, an American winery and distributor, for $7.5m.
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    PALATE PRESS

  • Discover the Food-Themed Expo Milano 2015

    Elisabetta Tosi
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    At the Expo, you’ll find more than 140 countries committed to exploring the main topic of this exhibition: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” The post Discover the Food-Themed Expo Milano 2015 appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Make your own dry rub

    Sean Martin
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    Understanding what can be created through the combination of salt and other ingredients can get anyone to a comfort zone in creating a homemade rub in your own personal style. The post Make your own dry rub appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Catching up with Cognac

    Michelle Locke
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    You know you’re going old school when your guide opens a cellar door in Cognac and a bat comes flying at you. The post Catching up with Cognac appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • How to love vermouth

    W. Blake Gray
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    Most people don't realize that vermouth IS wine: that's the beginning of the problem. The post How to love vermouth appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Retsina Revolution

    Simon Woolf
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    I was bemoaning the rise and rise of flavoured wines, when I found myself in a serious wine tasting being asked to evaluate one. The post Retsina Revolution appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
 
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  • How Smart Systems Will Help Your Winery Sell More Wine

    17 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    I just got back from Texas Hill Country, located about an hour outside of Austin, Texas. I was there to present Vin65 features and show wineries how smart systems could help them sell more wine. There were about 40 people in the audience - and they asked some great questions. Just like how wine consumers palates vary, your winery operates a certain way. There's no one perfect way to run your wine club, email customers, or display promotions. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operations of your winery. Once a week, you should take a step back and ask yourself how you…
  • Shipping: The Wine Industry Roadblock

    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    DTC wine is reaching its tipping point, as discussed in a recent blog post from WineDirect’s CEO, Joe Waechter. Wine shipments have increased drastically as it becomes easier and easier to order wine anytime, anywhere. As more wine lovers shop online, shipping continues to be a major roadblock for most DTC wineries. It's a complicated process - and it isn't cheap. Let's take a closer look, shall we? Roadblock #1 - Shipping Is Complicated Wineries know it's tough to get wine out all across the country. You have to deal with correct shipping addresses, an…
  • Do You Care About Your Online Customer Experience?

    2 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    What experience does your website give online customers? Is it easy to navigate? Does it contain details on products for purchase? Can information be found quickly? You want to ensure that customers can easily purchase wine and have a great experience while doing it. The bottom line is that if your customers don't enjoy spending time on your website, they are less likely to visit it or spend time on it. Shopping should be enjoyable, right? Make Your Text Readable Remember that your site is for audiences of varying ages. You don't want people straining to read the text on your website.
  • Insider Tips to Sell More Wine - Part 2

    14 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is Part 2 of a guest post from Jessie Poshepny Vallery (read Part 1 here).  The key to selling more wine is capturing email addresses so that you can market to people after they've left the tasting room. With Vin65, I have been able to capture thousands more emails because we do not print receipts. We let people know that they’ll be added to our mailing list and we urge them to have their receipt sent via email. 9 times out of 10 they give us their email address. Vin65’s list builder has been my best friend. With the ability to tailor lists, I have been able to…
  • Insider Tips to Sell More Wine - Part 1

    12 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is a two-part guest post from Jessie Poshepny Vallery. She has been working at Trione since 2008, has been in the wine business for 13 years - and a Vin65 client since 2013. Jessie serves as the President of the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce, writes for Sonoma Discoveries magazine and enjoys promoting the local businesses and area. This post will give you concrete examples on how she sells more wine. Personalization. People want to see emails that are targeted just for them. We all get a barrage of emails between certain hours and on certain days because somebody somewhere said it was…
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  • Video: How to Make Amazing Ribs at Home Without a Smoker

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:23:05 -0400
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    We've partnered with the mad food scientists at ChefSteps to bring their hyper-inventive cooking videos to F&W readers. If you don't have a smoker at home, you can still make some amazing 'cue using our Apartment Rib Rub on a rack of baby-backs. This recipe takes less than five hours start-to-finish, and can be done entirely indoors. The flavor closely resembles traditional...
  • 7 Cheesy, Gooey Enchiladas

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:31:54 -0400
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Whether they're filled with shrimp, chicken or vegetables, gooey, saucy, cheesy enchiladas are a crowd-pleasing pick for dinner. Plus, they're super-easy to make. Here are seven excellent enchilada recipes to make the next time you need to satisfy a serious comfort food craving:  1. Shrimp Enchiladas Feel free to experiment with the filling for these festive Mexican-style...
  • Every Dipping Sauce You’ll Ever Need

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:33:45 -0400
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Whether you’re snacking on a dumpling, feasting on roast chicken or crunching down on fresh vegetable crudités, a good dipping sauce can make all the difference. Here, 11 recipes for dipping sauces for every occasion. 1. Mint-and-Date Dipping Sauce  Padma Lakshmi calls this sauce “liquid heaven.” She purees sticky dates with fresh mint, lemon juice and chile, creating a sweet...
  • Down with Wine Dogma: An Open Letter from Winemaker Sean Thackrey

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:34:02 -0400
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    A lot of recent debate in the wine world has concerned questions of balance. Are black-fruited Napa Cabernets that weigh in at 15.5% alcohol a sure sign of wrongheaded winemaking, or are they exactly the way they should be? Is Pinot Noir at a less extravagant 12.5% balanced, nuanced and expressive—or is it just sharp, unpleasant and flavor-challenged? I wrote about the issue in my...
  • Ceramist Claire Catillaz Inspired These Party-Perfect Cockles in Broth

    Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:04:13 -0400
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    All week, F&W is introducing artisans who inspired the outstanding summer recipes from our August issue. Clair Catillaz, the Brooklyn-based ceramist behind Clam Lab, creates rustic, minimalist designs with all the hallmark irregularities of hand-thrown clay. She became popular on Etsy around 2010 before going out on her own, acquiring a reputation for neutral-toned dishes that...
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  • Cedar Mountain New Winery and Tasting Room Opens

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    The Cedar Mountain Winery and Tasting Room is now open in the east side of Livermore. In early 2013 the Ault family closed the Cedar Mountain winery on Tesla Road, selling the property that had been home to Cedar...
  • The Chardonnay Collective highlights Livermore Valley Chardonnay

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Chardonnay has a long extensive history in Livermore Valley. In 1912 Ernest Wente persuaded his father C.H. Wente to import Chardonnay cuttings from France to plant in Livermore Valley. Over the next 30-40 years Wente established...
  • A successful Taste Our Terroir in Livermore Valley

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Taste Our Terroir, Livermore Valley’s premier food and wine affair, took place from July 24-27, providing food and wine lovers a chance to check out the best of Livermore Valley. Over these four days, Livermore Valley...
  • Robbie Meyer appointed Director of Winemaking at Murrietas Well

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Murrieta’s Well, part of the Wente Family Estates has just made a significant investment in the future of Murrieta’s Well with the appointment of Robbie Meyer as the Director of Winemaking. In this role, Meyer...
  • Lion Ranch Vineyards opens tasting room in San Martin

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Kim and Todd Engelhardt are following their dream of owning a winery. On July 18-19 they opened their new Lion Ranch Vineyards and Winery tasting room at 645 W. San Martin Avenue in San Martin. Club members...
 
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  • An Upcoming Barbecue? Pick the Wine and Get a Win!

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    It's a perfect day, friends invited. Met, fish and vegetables finded, the perfect place choosen. Your barbecue is going to be perfect, but... have you already picked the wines? Don't let it until the last minute and pair the best meat, fish and vegetables with the most appropriate wines and your barbecue will be perfect. Fun begins and the weather is probably quite hot. The meat is on the grill and you start to be thirsty: it's time for appetizers! Now there is nothing better than a white wine: you can choose either a French Muscadet, a Sauvingon Blanc, a Spanish Rueda or a White Rioja.
  • 5 cocktails with rum to prepare at home

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Rum is a versatile drink that allows you to perform at home several types of cocktails ideal to share at any meeting during the weekend, while having a pleasant conversation. Today we show you some options made with white and dark rum. Hasta nunca Ingredients: 15 ml Blue Curaçao 1 Lemon 1 Lemon soda 30 ml white rum 15 ml of white tequila 60 ml of vodka Preparation: In a shaker with ice pour the vodka, white rum, white tequila, Blue Curaçao and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Strain the contents of the shaker and pour into a highball glass with ice Complete with lemon soda. Zombie Ingredients:…
  • South African wines: to the infinity and beyond

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    South Africa is becoming in recent years one of the emerging producers in the wine market, with a remarkable growth that has allowed it to conquer the palates of many consumers throughout the world, competing with the most traditional producers. The climate of the South African wine regions is very close to the Mediterranean climate, a factor that allows the production of wines of comparable quality to the best, especially given the momentum that has lately taken the wine industry in this country, which has led to a substantial increase in sales. In this sense it has recently expressed…
  • Tequila leads the boom of luxury spirits

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    The main luxury brands of tequila are being supported by famous singers and actors, such as George Clooney. This is one of the reasons why spirits are going through one of their sweetest moments. Tequilas are gradually positioning themselves as luxury spirits and their billings worldwide are increasing, mainly in the United States. While whiskey and cognac still represent 45% of the value of retail sales, overall market, tequila pushes strongly worldwide. Tequilas at high prices According to Diageo, 65% of the sale values ??of tequila in the US market come from ultra and super-premium…
  • Where to drink a good wine in Birmingham?

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Beyond beer, in England there is also wine. And the best part is at its wine bars you can taste variety of high quality wines from several regions of the world. Loki Wine. Wine lovers can taste dishes and drinks at this place, which educates the customer to drink wine with a worldwide selection of bottles. On the ground floor you can buy bottles of wine and on top you can test them in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. All Bar One. In this case, the bar offers a variety of environments, and usually gets very busy, gathering workers during the week and people of all ages at weekends. It offers…
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  • VIT 101 ~ 10 ~ Sour Grapes

    Jo Diaz
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    WARNING: If you’re in the wine business, this is only VIT 101. This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. VIT 101 ~ Sour Grapes It all began with updating the cluster photograph for the VIT 101 story. This one right here. When I looked at it the […] The post VIT 101 ~ 10 ~ Sour Grapes appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • *Meet Henri – Henri le Chat Noir

    Jo Diaz
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Make sure you have a glass of wine for this. Today, I’m not able to blog, so this blog post was created ahead of time, when I DID have time to blog. So, today, I’m going to leave you in the hands of Henri, le Chat Noir. Henri 9 – “Blight of Spring” Henri le […] The post *Meet Henri – Henri le Chat Noir appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Outstanding people and wines

    Jo Diaz
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Outstanding people and wines… and those behind them are equally vibrant and true. Kick Ranch Vineyards… Dick Keenan invited all of the wine brands that purchase his grapes, to make their own wines. And, they gathered last Thursday…. Yesterday I wrote: I just attended a wine tasting at Kick Ranch Vineyard. Owner Richard (Dick) Keenan […] The post Outstanding people and wines appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The Bubbles of Summer all year long

    Jo Diaz
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Randy Arnold of Barefoot Cellars… He’s one of those people who you work with for a few months, and then he impacts your life forever. [This image of Randy Arnold is borrowed from the Website of Barefoot Wines.] Randy Celebrating 25 Years With Barefoot Cellars With Barefoot, Randy Arnold’s been there since the beginning. In […] The post The Bubbles of Summer all year long appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Aren’t I great?

    Jo Diaz
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    It’s really difficult to promote oneself, which is why PR and marketing companies are chosen to do that task for others. No one can say, “Aren’t I great?” without losing credibility. Find a cheerleader, and your story will reach new heights; brag about yourself and you’re cooked. My greatest experience in self promotion In the […] The post Aren’t I great? appeared first on Wine Blog.
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  • A Groundbreaking Day at Ridge

    Ridge Vineyards
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Friday was a good day, as they say.  Why such a good day?  Well, because on Friday these vines made their way into the ground. This vine is crljenak kasteljanski, a grape that is difficult to pronounce and has a... Read More ›
  • Paul Draper Named One of the Top 5 Winemakers in the World

    Ridge Vineyards
    13 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    Decanter Magazine has released the results of their winemaker survey. The survey posed a variety of questions to 133 leading winemakers around the world. One of the questions asked was which producers do you most admire. The results were consolidated... Read More ›
  • A Farmer and His Dirt

    Ridge Vineyards
    27 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    The farmer wakes up by 4:30am, before the sun has creeped above the horizon and the birds are just beginning their morning reverie. He is efficient and knows his routine, indulging in a cappuccino and kissing his beautiful wife before... Read More ›
  • Announcing Our First Ever Grenache / Mataro

    Ridge Vineyards
    18 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Not only do we have a new wine to introduce, but we have a first ever!  We couldn’t be more excited to present to you the 2013 Lytton Estate Grenache / Mataro! This wine comes from Lytton Springs, our estate... Read More ›
  • Acres and Acres of Organic Grapes

    Ridge Vineyards
    12 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Ridge Vineyards has 195 acres of certified organic vines in Sonoma County. This is twice as much as any other grower in the county. So which of our vineyard sites make up this nearly two hundreds acres of organic vines?... Read More ›
 
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  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
  • Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2010

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It’s $100 a bottle now, and its best recommended drinking time is 40 years away in 2055, yet it has already garnered enough local and international awards and accolades to fill all of this column, leaving us no space to talk about the wine itself. We’re writing of the  from a vintage lauded as one of the finest on record in Coonawarra, and with the wine made from small selections of vines renowned for consistently producing fruit of outstanding depth of flavour, exceptional colour and firm tannin structures. Senior Viticulturist, Chris Brodie used hand-pruning, bunch-thinning and…
  • How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    If you can’t afford the subscription to the expensive monthly wine mag, tell a good vintage from a bad, or fail to detect the soupçon of boysenberry with a hint of pretentiousness from your bottle of plonk, fear not! There’s a new generation of wine drinkers who are shaking up the way we consume, discover and talk about wine. Be a wine expert in just 4 minutes! Here’s how… The post How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
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  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
  • Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2010

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It’s $100 a bottle now, and its best recommended drinking time is 40 years away in 2055, yet it has already garnered enough local and international awards and accolades to fill all of this column, leaving us no space to talk about the wine itself. We’re writing of the  from a vintage lauded as one of the finest on record in Coonawarra, and with the wine made from small selections of vines renowned for consistently producing fruit of outstanding depth of flavour, exceptional colour and firm tannin structures. Senior Viticulturist, Chris Brodie used hand-pruning, bunch-thinning and…
  • How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    If you can’t afford the subscription to the expensive monthly wine mag, tell a good vintage from a bad, or fail to detect the soupçon of boysenberry with a hint of pretentiousness from your bottle of plonk, fear not! There’s a new generation of wine drinkers who are shaking up the way we consume, discover and talk about wine. Be a wine expert in just 4 minutes! Here’s how… The post How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
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  • Celebrate hot August nights and Albarino Day

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society) have announced that August 1 is International Albariño Day, a day to celebrate the Albariño grape and the wines produced using it. Everyone is encouraged to open a bottle of...
  • A Day in the Dust tasting with 2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Napa Valley Cabernet’s are premium wines that receive accolades from around the world. When you think of the great Napa Valley Cabs that have been loved for decades you will learn that many of these Cabs come...
  • Pinot Days in San Francisco

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Last month Pinot Days came to San Francisco at the City View at Metreon. It was the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. Pinot Noir is loved by wine lovers around the world. It...
  • Napa Valley harvest begins for sparkling wine producers

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The first of Napa Valley’s sparkling wine producers began picking grapes early this morning, heralding an early start for the 2015 Napa Valley harvest season. The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association invites wine enthusiasts around...
  • Truvee Wines inspired by a story of discovery and sisterhood

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Every wine is a product of a variety of factors. In some cases it is the terroir, a French term indicating the influence of geography, geology and climate of a certain place on the wine. In other cases...
 
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  • Lollapalooza and Lady Gaga Burger

    JustJess
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Join Jessica Altieri, Wine Channel TV lifestyle host for an inside sip at Lollapalooza and the go-to Burger for Lady Gaga. Some of the biggest names in the music industry will be taking the stage in Chicago’s Grant Park during Lollapalooza 2015, on Friday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 2.  Metallica, Paul McCartney and Florence + the Machine are headlining Lollapalooza. Check out the full line-up here…   The post Lollapalooza and Lady Gaga Burger appeared first on Wine Channel TV - Wine TV Guide.
  • #BestSipEver with Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar

    JustJess
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Join Jessica Altieri for a #BestSipEver feature on Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar in Sonoma! Located just north of the town square in downtown Healdsburg, the East Coast and South America meet Wine Country at Willi’s Sea­food & Raw Bar. The inviting vibrant decor and an exten­sive list of small plates combine with the eclectic seasonal cocktail menu and wide-ranging wine list to make visitors feel right at home. Designed for sharing, the menu features items ranging from New England Style “Rolls” and Latin-inspired skewers to ceviches and tar­tares. The chef’s raw bar…
  • Pays d’Oc IGP Collection 2015 Tasting

    JustJess
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Join Jessica Altieri, Wine Channel TV CEO, selected to represent the U.S. as a member of the Grand Jury of the Pays d’Oc IGP Collection 2015 Tasting. Pays d’Oc  is the  IGP  title for red, white and rosé wines that are made in a large area on the southern coast of France. Here are the award winning wines from the Pays d’Oc IGP Collection 2015 Tasting:   The post Pays d’Oc IGP Collection 2015 Tasting appeared first on Wine Channel TV - Wine TV Guide.
  • 30 Second Sip of La Marca Prosecco

    JustJess
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Join Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri for an inside peek at the “Elevated Living” Brunch. This exclusive brunch was co-hosted by Gilt City and top interior designer Donna Hall. La Marca Prosecco is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of Italy’s Prosecco region, where grapes for our Prosecco are grown. Founded more than 40 years ago, La Marca winery joins tradition and innovation, crafting award-winning Prosecco that captures the essence of the region in every bottle. The “Elevated Living” Brunch included an elegant, five course meal…
  • Jessica Altieri on TastyTrade Financial Network

    JustJess
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    Jessica Altieri, CEO and Founder of Wine Channel TV, talks with the “gang” at the TastyTrade Network, the fastest growing financial media network. Media outlets and analyst firms recognize tastytrade’s unique combination of financial media and technology as having an outsized impact on the investment landscape. As for us, the “guys” make the show happen and work. Featured on the segment: Pays d’Oc IGP Collection 2015 wine tasting St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery JCB and Raymond Vineyards Sip Some Sicily Watch and hear from Jessica Altieri on the growth of…
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  • Oregon bounty: foodie fests and farm dinners in Oregon Wine Country

    Jennifer Rouse
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The pioneers who trekked their way westward on the Oregon Trail had a name for the Willamette Valley: The Promised Land. Why? Because in this little piece of heaven on earth, just about anything will grow. This valley’s fertile soil produces some of the world’s most mouthwatering crops, and our farmers, vintners, brewers and chefs are pretty darn proud of the results. So proud, in fact, that every year we throw festivals, fairs, and big open-air feasts to celebrate Oregon’s bounty. Here are a few of our favorite harvest time food and drink festivals and farm dinners to…
  • Cheers! It’s Oregon Craft Beer Month in July

    Jennifer Rouse
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Don’t let July pass you by without celebrating one of the other craft beverages that Oregon Wine Country does really well — craft beer. In Oregon, locals love their microbrews so much that they’ve dedicated the entire month of July to celebrating Oregon Craft Beer Month. Here are a few trip ideas that will tantalize your tastebuds with hoppy, malty goodness.   Special events, tours and tastings The Oregon Brewers Guild has all the details on special events and tastings — all 450 of them — that you’ll find happening this month. Search their listings to find one…
  • Hunt for hidden treasure in the birthplace of Geocaching

    Jennifer Rouse
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    In the spring of the year 2000, the U.S. government for the first time made GPS satellite data publicly available. A few days later, one man hid a single container in the woods south of Portland, and posted its GPS coordinates in an online forum. A few days later, someone else went out and found it. With that, the sport/hobby/obsession known as geocaching was born. Fifteen years later, there are 2,648, 922 geocaches in the world. If you’re one of the thousands of folks who like combining travel with treasure-hunting, then finding the Original Stash–that very first cache–is…
  • 7 ways to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Oregon Wine Country

    Jennifer Rouse
    22 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
      Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest wine-tasting weekends of the year in the Willamette Valley–every winery in the valley throws open its doors to celebrate the summer season ahead. Here are a few trip ideas to guide you on your tasting journey this Memorial Day: 1. Go somewhere new. Twenty-five years from now, do you want to be able to sip a glass of amazing Oregon Pinot noir, and say, “Did you know I was there at this winery’s first Memorial Day weekend celebration?” Sure you do! Make your future friends jealous and visit a brand-new winery: Bells Up…
  • Oregon Wine Month

    Jennifer Rouse
    1 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Celebrate Oregon Wine Month this May–it’s our yearly month-long celebration of all things wine. Enjoy barrel tastings, tours and winery dinners along with special deals and discounts on Oregon wine. With more than 350 wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, you probably can’t visit them all…but you can have a good time trying. Trip ideas for Oregon Wine Month: Celebrate 50 years of Pinot: This year marks 50 years since the first Pinot noir vines were planted in the Willamette Valley. Make a pilgramage to the birthplace of the Willamette Valley’s Pinot…
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  • Will You Eat Your Wine Instead?

    Claudia Angelillo
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Just when you thought the artisanal food craze was going quiet, someone decided to rope wine into the storyline.   Wine ice cream is coming on like gangbusters, as evidenced at last month’s Summer Fancy Food show in New York City. Mercer’s, a dairy in upstate New York, has been crafting wine ice cream since 2008. Their wine ice cream (clocking in at 5% ABV) was a huge hit with talking heads at the event. It’s only a matter of time before imitators begin to set up shop. The market is wide open, and twenty-first century ambrosia is poised for an explosion.   When you…
  • The Word Around the World: British Thieves, UK Snobbery and Japanese Wine Baths

    James Duren
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A trio of interesting stories popped up in the wine world this past week. One wine critic admitted to his struggles with snobbery, thieves made off with millions in Champagne reserved for the queen and one Japanese day spa is going bonkers for wine baths.    A Snob is a Snob is a Snob Wine critic William Sitwell came clean this past week in The Telegraph, admitting his penchant for high-browery and openly rebuking those who mix their wine with ice cubes and juice.   With the denouncement of wine snobbery all the rage these days, Sitwell's had an air of refreshing…
  • Magnificent Immigrant: Taiwan Wine Tycoon Makes Canadian Top-25

    James Duren
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The vineyards of Canada were a far cry from the computing boards being cranked out in a factory in Taiwan.    That didn't stop Lulu Island Winery boss John Chang from traveling halfway around the world to start his own winery with his wife in 1995.  If the computer parts magnate-turned-winemaker story isn't enough to intrigue inquisitive minds, the skeptics will be quite startled to know the Taiwanese businessman made a name for himself making, of all things, blueberry wine.   Chang's success at his winery, which is located just outside of Vancouver in…
  • Napa Valley Naughty? Paper Posits Napa Drinkers Prefer Beer

    James Duren
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The world of statistics and science becomes a very interesting realm when wine – or any type of alcohol for that matter – is thrown into the mix.    Recent research has shown that drinking a certain amount of booze makes people more attractive, while compounds in red wine have amazing healing powers. Yet too much wine has all sorts of negative effects.   Consumer studies have shown that wine buyers are using social media outlets to make their decision about wine purchases, yet they still usually buy their wine in stores.    And this week, in a rather…
  • The Reserve Wine List: An Artifact From a Different Era?

    James Duren
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    From deep in the recesses of a gourmet restaurant does the reserve wine list come, a mythical collection of ultra-fancy quaffers pulled from a secret corner like the sword from the stone.    While the Sword in the Stone is a verifiable mythical story, the reserve wine list is not, though it is fast become the stuff of legend and less the stuff of everyday life – according to several influential restaurateurs who spoke with The Wall Street Journal reporter Lettie Teague in her column this past week.    “Every time I see a reserve wine list I think, 'If you…
 
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  • Fritz Underground Winery in Dry Creek Valley

    Joe Becerra
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    It is all about being underground at the Fritz Winery in Dry Creek Valley Fritz Underground Winery began in the late 1970′s under the ownership of the late Jay Fritz. Jay was one of the many winery owners and winemakers that emerged from my alma mater, Saint Ignatius High School in San Francisco. Perhaps it was his S.I. academics that gave him the insight to construct a winery entirely built into the side of a hillside in a quiet and secluded area of Dry Creek Valley.  I know of only one other winery that was built in this underground mode and that is Field Stone in the nearby…
  • More concrete egg tanks for wine

    Joe Becerra
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    We travel to California wine country often and, within the last year and a half, we have discovered five wineries who are using concrete eggs for either fermenting or aging wine. The eggs are limited in use at these five wineries, with stainless tanks and oak barrels the mainstay of wine production. But the concrete egg tank for wine is catching on. We previously posted an article on three wineries using the concrete egg and here are two more wineries using concrete egg tanks for wine. Two concrete eggs at the new Comstock winery on Dry Creek Road Comstock Wines on Dry Creek Road Comstock…
  • In Search of the Perfect Fig Pizza

    joe
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    This is fig season so why not try making a perfect fig pizza in your oven or on the BBQ grill. I got this recipe for fig pizza thanks to Chef Matt Paille, who created this pizza during his stint at the Manzinata Restaurant in Healdsburg. It really is a fabulous and delicious pizza even though I am still trying to perfect the exact taste of that pizza I had in September of 2009 at the restaurant. Chef Matt sent me the recipe but unfortunately it did not include his recipe for the pistachio pesto that is the base of this pizza. Maybe some of you out there can suggest your favorite recipe for…
  • Hall Winery in St. Helena

    Joe Becerra
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    The beautiful tasting room at Hall winery in St. Helena Last Wednesday we had the chance to tour and taste at  Hall winery in St. Helena. Our previous visit to Hall was in November 2006. What dramatic changes since our last visit! In 2013, the Hall winery opened a new winery facility and hospitality center. The owners are Kathyrn Hall and Craig Hall, both successful in business, and Kathyrn  once the United States Ambassador to Austria. In short, this dynamic duo have turned the winery they established in 2003 into a very popular tourist center and a state-of-the-art winery,…
  • Quivira Vineyards — A Very Biodynamic Winery

    joe
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:16 am
    We have reposted this article that was published a few years back. Our photos were lost in the “Cloud” so we needed to redo the photos and publish again. This winery has been on West Dry Creek Road since 1986 when just a handful of wineries were located on this beautiful backroad in the Dry Creek Valley. In 2005 the winery became biodynamic, and in 2006 the winery’s original owners sold the winery to Pete Kight who had made it big in the high-tech business. Everyone waited with bated breath to see what changes would take in place at the idyllic winery. Pete Kight has not…
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  • Fritz Underground Winery in Dry Creek Valley

    Joe Becerra
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    It is all about being underground at the Fritz Winery in Dry Creek Valley Fritz Underground Winery began in the late 1970′s under the ownership of the late Jay Fritz. Jay was one of the many winery owners and winemakers that emerged from my alma mater, Saint Ignatius High School in San Francisco. Perhaps it was his S.I. academics that gave him the insight to construct a winery entirely built into the side of a hillside in a quiet and secluded area of Dry Creek Valley.  I know of only one other winery that was built in this underground mode and that is Field Stone in the nearby…
  • More concrete egg tanks for wine

    Joe Becerra
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    We travel to California wine country often and, within the last year and a half, we have discovered five wineries who are using concrete eggs for either fermenting or aging wine. The eggs are limited in use at these five wineries, with stainless tanks and oak barrels the mainstay of wine production. But the concrete egg tank for wine is catching on. We previously posted an article on three wineries using the concrete egg and here are two more wineries using concrete egg tanks for wine. Two concrete eggs at the new Comstock winery on Dry Creek Road Comstock Wines on Dry Creek Road Comstock…
  • In Search of the Perfect Fig Pizza

    joe
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    This is fig season so why not try making a perfect fig pizza in your oven or on the BBQ grill. I got this recipe for fig pizza thanks to Chef Matt Paille, who created this pizza during his stint at the Manzinata Restaurant in Healdsburg. It really is a fabulous and delicious pizza even though I am still trying to perfect the exact taste of that pizza I had in September of 2009 at the restaurant. Chef Matt sent me the recipe but unfortunately it did not include his recipe for the pistachio pesto that is the base of this pizza. Maybe some of you out there can suggest your favorite recipe for…
  • Hall Winery in St. Helena

    Joe Becerra
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    The beautiful tasting room at Hall winery in St. Helena Last Wednesday we had the chance to tour and taste at  Hall winery in St. Helena. Our previous visit to Hall was in November 2006. What dramatic changes since our last visit! In 2013, the Hall winery opened a new winery facility and hospitality center. The owners are Kathyrn Hall and Craig Hall, both successful in business, and Kathyrn  once the United States Ambassador to Austria. In short, this dynamic duo have turned the winery they established in 2003 into a very popular tourist center and a state-of-the-art winery,…
  • Quivira Vineyards — A Very Biodynamic Winery

    joe
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:16 am
    We have reposted this article that was published a few years back. Our photos were lost in the “Cloud” so we needed to redo the photos and publish again. This winery has been on West Dry Creek Road since 1986 when just a handful of wineries were located on this beautiful backroad in the Dry Creek Valley. In 2005 the winery became biodynamic, and in 2006 the winery’s original owners sold the winery to Pete Kight who had made it big in the high-tech business. Everyone waited with bated breath to see what changes would take in place at the idyllic winery. Pete Kight has not…
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    STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG

  • Friday Fishwrap: the S.F. Chronicle, and the Petaluma Gap

    steve
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
      It’s really sad how the San Francisco Chronicle’s wine coverage has dropped off the cliff since the paper and Jon Bonné parted ways. I didn’t always agree with Jon. I hated his attitude towards alcohol and thought he was unfair in his treatment of California wineries. But at least Jon was a true wine writer: passionate, opinionated and with the means to taste broadly and deeply. Now that he’s gone, the Chron—which is not only Northern California’s largest-circulation newspaper but is based in the gateway to wine country, San Francisco—is barely covering wine at all.
  • Talking about wine talk

    steve
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
      Back when John F. Kennedy was President, Helen Thomas, the White House correspondent and, at the time, the only woman to hold that post, asked JFK what he was doing to help women. “Not enough, I’m sure,” smiled Kennedy, in his wry, bemused way. The implication was that, of course, no American President can ever do enough when it comes to the great issues, like women’s rights. All he or she can do is to try and make things better. I thought of that long-ago incident when I read The New Yorker’s latest article on wine, called “Is there a better way to talk about wine?” My…
  • Thoughts on the far Sonoma Coast

    steve
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
      In anticipation of our tasting this Friday of wines from the “true” Sonoma Coast, I’ve been going over in my mind my understanding of this American Viticultural Area, which was declared an A.V.A. in 1987. That was 28 years ago, but I don’t recall the controversy surrounding it until sometime in the late 1990s, when people began to point out that, at 480,000 acres, and stretching from the Pacific beaches to the Napa County line, it was not only one of California’s larger appellations—bigger than Napa Valley or the Santa Cruz Mountains—but containing so many different…
  • Will there be an El Nino? What does it mean?

    steve
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
      Despite my Ph.D. in meteorology and the fact that I successfully predicted both the drought and the most recent lottery number*, I have no idea if this El Nino that seems to be brewing in the Pacific will have the desired impact here in dry, dry California, where we’re currently in the midst of a horrible fire season, and the worst months lie ahead. We were told last year that El Nino was coming and that it could have a positive impact on the drought. And then we ended up with the third driest winter in California’s history. No wonder everybody got so excited when predictions of a…
  • A tasting of current vintage, top Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs

    steve
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    There are very few common Pinot Noirs in the Russian River Valley. Certainly, given the number of producers (in the hundreds), the level of quality is extraordinarily high, especially when we have two vintages in a row—2012 and 2013—that both were very fine, although it looks like ’13 has the edge in terms of consistency. This was brought home to me following the tasting of RRV Pinot Noirs I arranged last week. In general, I found two different types of wines: darker, more robust and fuller-bodied ones that also tend to be higher in alcohol, and paler, more delicate ones. And yet, some…
 
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    Jordan Winery

  • Best Outdoor Restaurant Patios in Healdsburg

    Lisa Mattson
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    The charming storefronts around downtown Healdsburg don’t reveal one of its hidden secrets: backyard patios. Several restaurants offer al fresco dining from spring through fall and some year-round. Here’s a list for your next trip to one of the best small towns in America, located in Northern Sonoma wine country. Bravas Named one of the top 20 tapas restaurants in the country by Travel + Leisure, Bravas Bar de Tapas has what we think is one of the country’s most charming backyard patios for outdoor dining. Open year-round (weather permitting) although it’s mostly…
  • Summer Wine Cocktail Recipe: Sonoma Spritz Aperitif

    Lisa Mattson
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    We’ve been salivating over Imbibe magazine’s photographs and recipes for several years. The lighting, the vibrant colors, the crisp yet soft look of each drink–we finally decided to track down their lead photographer and get a private lesson. Luckily for us, our photo shoot with Lara Ferroni coincided with Imbibe‘s Summer Drinks issue, which debuted this month. Lara mixed up the New Fashioned cocktail (recipe featured on page 44 and on the magazine’s website) during the workshop, and Drew Ross and I were tasked with staging and photographing it. We loved it so…
  • What’s new in Healdsburg wine, food and travel

    Lisa Mattson
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The town with the hottest culinary scene in California wine country continues to add new destinations for travelers to seek out each year. Here’s a list of Healdsburg’s latest food, wine and cocktail happenings. Ralph’s Martini House Photo credit: Lisa Mattson Ralph Tingle, who has owned and operated his eponymous Ralph’s Bistro on the Healdsburg square for 23 years, is closing his tiny, French-focused restaurant next month. It will be reopen in late July as a lounge/bar concept with snack foods named Ralph’s Martini House, according to Inside Scoop SF. Tingle…
  • Wine Blog Awards: cast your vote by June 26

    Lisa Mattson
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Help us win a coveted wine blog award! The Journey of Jordan is a finalist for Best Winery/Industry Blog in the 2015 Wine Blog Awards. Voting is open through midnight on Friday, June 26–and winners will be determined 50% by public vote and 50% by official judges’ scores–so please cast your votes here. Help us keep our three-year winning streak going strong. Thank you! All winners will be announced June 29, and award trophies will be given at the Wine Blog Awards Ceremony on August 15, held during the Wine Bloggers Conference in the Finger Lakes. Congratulations to…
  • 2015 Vintage Weather Report: a Split Personality Spring

    Rob Davis
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Spring of 2015 may be remembered as the “the winter of our discontent” in Northern California wine country. Despite very warm, dry conditions in March and April that led to an early bud break (three weeks earlier than normal), May was one of the coldest spring months on record in our area. Weather patterns were more typical of February: foggy and cool with some rain. Mr. Sun had a very shy disposition and rarely showed his bright, warm face. At this point, the growing season has favored some appellations over others. For earlier ripening varieties, such as Chardonnay in the Russian…
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    Rosa d'Oro Vineyards Blog

  • Vermentino - out now!

    5 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    We are proud to release our first vintage of Vermentino! 10 days of skin contact, made much like a red wine, yielding some tannin with a profound citrus and ocean breeze character that is truly unique.Only 44 cases made - check it out here
  • Vineyard update - vintage 2014

    3 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Yup, 17 days of 100F or above in July, so in conjunction with a little water nervousness it has been toasty here in Kelseyville.We are running 10-14 days ahead of last year like most folks, canes are well lignified, and veraison is nearly complete for the Dolcetto which is usually our first pick. The heat has been helpful in pushing veraison along quickly which is a positive feature in creating a solid shift into the ripening phase. Since we don't believe in VSP we do not have any sunburn issues either.As far as maturity goes the Aglianico is dead last and just barely starting as it always is…
  • Monvera's Beautiful Bottles series with Rosa d'Oro Vineyards

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
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  • Lake County Wine Adventure 2014

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    2014 10th Annual Wine AdventureLake County Winery AssociationSaturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM  Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PDT)Kelseyville, CATicket InformationTICKET TYPESALES ENDPRICEFEEQUANTITYWine Adventure PassportJul 26, 2014$45.00$0.00                         0                                       1            …
  • Sangiovese and Nebbiolo - Vineyard Video 6/17/2014

    18 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    We made a quick vineyard video yesterday of our Nebbiolo and Sangiovese on Kelsey Bench in Lake County, California. The season is shaping up nicely so far!
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Ultimate Meatloaf Recipe

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    This is the ultimate meatloaf recipe. Serve this comfort food with garlic cheese bread and asparagus. A truly delicious meatloaf recipe!
  • Napa Wedding Locations

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Learn about Napa wedding locations in the California Wine Country. Winery weddings and other Napa wedding locations that will provide the romantic setting you want for your dream day wedding.
  • Alameda County Wineries

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Learn about Alameda County Wineries producing splendid wines in the San Francisco Bay area. Taste Alameda wines.
  • Complimentary Wine Tasting Coupons

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Print complimentary wine tasting coupons for free wine tasting at select wineries throughout California. Most coupons are for Napa, Sonoma, Temecula, and the Central Coast.
  • Harveston Lake Park

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Relax at Harveston Lake Park in the city of Temecula. This 30 acre man-made lake has so much to offer. This beautiful park is well maintained in a tranquil setting for all to enjoy. It's a beautiful Stroll along the paved pathway that circles the lake.
 
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    Reverse Wine Snob

  • Il Poggione Brancato Rosato – My New Favorite Rosé

    Jon Thorsen
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A Bulk Buy with a perfect 10 Taste Rating! 100% Sangiovese rosé from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy. Get wines like the Summers – Andriana’s Cuvee 2012 for just $19.99 each plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match) at Cork Exclusive! The Il Poggione Brancato Rosato has an SRP of $25 and is available for as low as $17. Imported by Terlato Wine International. 1,300 cases produced. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: Fifth generation proprietor Leopoldo Franceschi and winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci produce some of the most extraordinary wines from the Montalcino…
  • Leese-Fitch Chardonnay – A Smooth Operator

    Jon Thorsen
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    An extremely likable and affordable California Chardonnay. 98% Chardonnay and 2% Viognier from California. The wine has a residual sugar of 3.2g/L. This review is brought to you by Leese-Fitch Wines. The Leese-Fitch Chardonnay has an SRP of $12 and is available for as low as $10. It is vinted and bottled by The Other Guys. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: Established in 1836, the Leese-Fitch adobe has been home to a girls’ school, a hotel, a military headquarters, along with several saloons and restaurants. In 2004 it became the first home of The Other Guys. This wine…
  • Wine Tasting Basics – An Excerpt from Reverse Wine Snob: How to Buy and Drink Great Wine without Breaking the Bank

    Jon Thorsen
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today I have another excerpt for you from my book Reverse Wine Snob: How to Buy and Drink Great Wine without Breaking the Bank, this time on the wine tasting basics. It occurred to me recently that while this website is meant to be friendly enough that someone who knows nothing about wine could read it, I do use a number of terms in my wine reviews that may not be entirely intuitive. So whether you’re just starting a journey exploring wine or you’ve been reading along with me for years and would just like to know a little more about some of the terms I use, this post is on wine…
  • Zolo Signature White – A Fantastic Wine For Summer

    Jon Thorsen
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sweet, bubbly and oh so refreshing! 75% Torrontés, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Chardonnay from “El Jarillal” estate vineyards (at an elevation of 3,200 feet) in Alto Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation and is aged in stainless steel. This review is brought to you by Vino Del Sol. The Zolo Signature White, a new wine from Zolo Winery and Bodega Tapiz, is just beginning to be introduced to the U.S. market. It has an SRP of $10 and will be available at that price. 1,660 cases produced. Sample submitted for review. From the…
  • g3 Cabernet Sauvignon – Gorgeous

    Jon Thorsen
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Bulk Buy! 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit-Verdot and 1% Malbec from Columbia Valley, Washington. A portion of the wine was aged for 23 months in barrel while the rest was aged in stainless steel. This review is brought to you by CorkExclusive where you can buy wines like the g3 Cabernet Sauvignon for just $13.99 plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match). The g3 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards has an SRP of $18. 2,347 cases were produced. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: Our g3 wines are a tribute to three…
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  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
  • Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2010

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It’s $100 a bottle now, and its best recommended drinking time is 40 years away in 2055, yet it has already garnered enough local and international awards and accolades to fill all of this column, leaving us no space to talk about the wine itself. We’re writing of the  from a vintage lauded as one of the finest on record in Coonawarra, and with the wine made from small selections of vines renowned for consistently producing fruit of outstanding depth of flavour, exceptional colour and firm tannin structures. Senior Viticulturist, Chris Brodie used hand-pruning, bunch-thinning and…
  • How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    If you can’t afford the subscription to the expensive monthly wine mag, tell a good vintage from a bad, or fail to detect the soupçon of boysenberry with a hint of pretentiousness from your bottle of plonk, fear not! There’s a new generation of wine drinkers who are shaking up the way we consume, discover and talk about wine. Be a wine expert in just 4 minutes! Here’s how… The post How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
 
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    Hoot n Annie

  • It’s That Time: Paso Robles Winemakers’ Cookoff

    matt
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    It’s hard to believe that this year will be the 17th annual Paso Robles Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff. On August 15 these wineries and breweries will converge on the Paso Robles Event Center to delight your palate and bribe you for votes…because winning is pretty badass. Annie and I have been to this event many times and have never left disappointed, hungry, or lacking fun. Paso Robles Rotary truly puts together a fantastic community event all for a great cause. This is one thing we’re noticing more and more, wine and food events that focus on a cause. Two of my favorite things, helping…
  • Press Release: Niner Restaurant Opens for Sunday Dinners

    matt
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    We just got some big news from our good friends over at Niner Wine Estates and Wine Spoken Here. To say that we are excited about this would be the biggest understatement of the year (or just a really big one, overall). If you haven’t been out to the Niner Wine Estates Restaurant, you’re missing out BIG time! Chef Maegen Loring is already outdoing herself over there for lunches, and now this…Sunday dinners! We’ll be out there to give it a try soon, hope to see you there! Check it out… For Immediate Release Date: July 28, 2015 Contact: Katie Bruce,…
  • Q&A with the Radio Man, Adam Montiel

    matt
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    We’ve been fortunate enough over the last several years to meet many amazing people in and around the wine scene here on the central coast. I can honestly say that, for me, nobody stands out more than Adam Montiel. He is absolutely one of the biggest personalities on the central coast and he shows that time and again on his radio shows, Up and Adam on Q104.5 as well The Cork Dorks show. I have also had the opportunity to watch him work, to party with him, and attend events with him and he is, without question, a super kind, funny, and genuine dude. What you see is what you get. I…
  • Peachy Canyon Winery Appoints New Winemaker

    matt
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    As I’ve said a million times, there is always something going on in Paso Robles wine country. The folks from Peachy Canyon Winery emailed me the following press release about appointing a new winemaker. I look forward to seeing what direction the new winemaker, Robert Henson, takes Peachy Canyon. As you know, Peachy is one of the pillars of Paso wine country. Check out the press release and we’ll see you on the wine trail. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Peachy Canyon Winery Appoints New Winemaker Robert Henson Paso Robles, California Accomplished winemaker Robert Henson, previously of Tooth and…
  • Congratulations to Midnight Cellars in Paso Robles

    matt
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    I will be honest, when I received this press release via email it took me by surprise. Somehow I missed how long Midnight Cellars has been around or I was possibly in a wine induced coma. Twenty years is a long time. Hell, I’m less than a year and a half from being two 20’s…that means 40, people! Anyway, Annie and I wanted to wish Midnight Cellars (actually, the people behind Midnight Cellars) a very big congratulations and wish you many more years in the Paso Robles wine industry. Check the press release below for details. MIDNIGHT CELLARS WINERY COMMEMORATES 20 YEARS IN PASO ROBLES…
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Frei Brothers Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Joe
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Frei Brothers Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – terrific! Frei Brothers Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Safeway $18, KL Wines $19.99 The Frei Brothers Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is a stunning Cabernet, another great example from the 2012 vintage. The Frei label started in 1890. In 1970 Gallo purchased the ranch in Dry Creek Valley from the Frei Brothers. Gallo has not only maintained the traditions of the Frei Brothers but have taken the opportunity to upgrade the wine cellar with new equipment and modern day winemaking methods. All the vineyards at Frei are…
  • Chateau Tourril Panatella 2009

    Joe
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The Chateau Tourril at Costco Chateau Tourril Panatella 2009 – $16.99 In my estimation, the wines from the Languedoc region of France are about the best wine bargains around.  We had the opportunity to spend one week in the Languedoc. We enjoyed visiting some wineries and talking to the winemakers. It has only been in the last ten years that vinification upgrades have been made. What used to be vin ordinaire in the Languedoc is now good quality wines. A perfect exmaple of this is the Chateau Tourril Panatella 2009 at Costco for $16.99. It drinks like a $30 bottle of…
  • New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – two at Costco

    Joe
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    In a recent Wall Street Journal article, wine columnist Lettie Teague touted five Sauvignon Blanc wines. Two of her recommended wines I found at the Costco Store in Foster City, CA. I generally prefer a more traditional Sauvignon Blanc like ones from Sancerre or Bordeaux and ones from California that are made in similar style. Whitehall Lane is a good example. New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs can be over the top for me with Gooseberry and citrus flavors. Often they are two acidic for my palate. However, if you like New Zealand style S.B.’s, you are sure to like these two. New Zealand…
  • Pedroncelli in Geyserville scores again with Friends White & Friends Red

    Joe
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    Geyserville, just 10 minutes north of Healdsburg, is where the Pedroncelli winery has been operating since 1927. It is on the eastern side of the Dry Creek Valley.  I have reviewed the previous two vintages of the Pedroncelli Friends White & Friends Red, and in this article we review the latest vintages of the Friends Wine. The story at the family-owned Pedroncelli is that a few years back the family had some extra red wine around and blended the wine.  Then they had a big party for family and friends. Everyone seemed to love the wine, and thus was born the Friends Red Wine. Later came…
  • Truvée Red Blend – Truvée Chardonnay

    Joe
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Did you happen to read the wine article in S.F.Gate about the McBribe Sisters? It’s fascinating tale of how the two half-sisters, who didn’t know each other existed, united and began their quest for making wines. The long and short of it, the McBride Sisters have become negotiants and have released wines under two different labels. I found the Truvée Red Blend and the Truvée Chardonnay at the Burlingame Safeway. According to the Chronicle article, these two Truvée wins are stocked at select Safeway Stores. That probably means Safeway stoes that are in localities where folks…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • August Summer Concert Series

    willamette83
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    August Summer Concert Series Mark your calendars for our August Summer Concert Series each Sunday evening in our Courtyard starting at 6:30 pm. Enjoy Pinot Noir and seasonal food pairings while listening to the sounds of local musicians. Admission prices vary. Please call 503-588-9463 or visit http://wvv.com/Events to make your reservation. To redeem Wine Club and Shareholder pricing online, use the code "Concert5" at…
  • Team Visit to the Vineyards

    Christine Collier
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Our winery team traveled to our vineyard sites and heard stories from the original founders and planted vines in our newest Alexander Block. We do find it hard to call this "work."Founder, Jim Bernau describes the effect of the unique Laurelwood soils and pisolites on the vines at Tualatin Estate Vineyard. Vineyard rows, newly formed grape clusters, pisolites in the Laurelwood soilTualatin Estate Founder, Bill Fuller, shares stories with the teamTeam photo at Tualatin Estate. New Pinot Noir plantings above Elton Vineyard.Elton Vineyard Founders, Betty & Dick…
  • Travel Salem "Absolutely Fabulous" Award!

    Christine Collier
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Thank you to Travel Salem for recognizing us with the Absolutely Fabulous Award for ..."creating an award-winning visitor destination that showcases the Mid-Valley's fine wine, breathtaking scenic beauty and locally-sourced food." http://www.travelsalem.com/newsletters/salem-area-businesses-recognizedWe couldn't do what we love without your help sharing how special our valley is!Winery Director, Christine Collier & Travel Salem CEO, Angie Morris at the AbFab Awards
  • You're Invited to Father's Day Grill and Grape!

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    Please join us to celebrate the father in your life! We will be hosting a unique wine and food pairing experience in our Barrel Room and Courtyard on Sunday, June 21st from 1-5 pm. Our Winery Chef Eric Nelson will be grilling up five summer dishes to enjoy with our classic Oregon wines and stunning vineyard views. Admission is $40, $30 for Wine Club Members, Shareholders and their guests, and includes wine tasting, food pairing and access to wine specials. Space is limited.  Please RSVP to 503-588-9463 or online here to reserve your Cellar Pass. We hope to see you here!Father's Day Grill…
  • Plans for Pambrun Vineyard in SeVein Announced

    Christine Collier
    1 Jun 2015 | 5:02 pm
    We are happy to confirm our purchase of 42 acres in the SeVein vineyard development in the Walla Walla Valley for the creation of Pambrun Vineyard. Thank you to the following publications for sharing our plans. Pambrun will be one of the foundation pieces of our company's effort, Oregon Estate Vineyards, to establish small wineries on some of Oregon's most intriguing vineyard sites. We are excited to work alongside some of Walla Walla's most visionary winemakers.Great Northwest Wine - Willamette Valley Vineyards invests in Walla Walla Valley's SeVeinStatesman Journal - Willamette Valley…
 
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    I Drink Your Wine

  • Kiona Winery

    Dan McCool
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Kiona Winery is one of the oldest on Red Mountain with a stunning tasting room and incredible views. I also really like the wine, my current favorite being the Cyclops II red blend. [See image gallery at idrinkyourwine.com] TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious
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  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
  • Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2010

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It’s $100 a bottle now, and its best recommended drinking time is 40 years away in 2055, yet it has already garnered enough local and international awards and accolades to fill all of this column, leaving us no space to talk about the wine itself. We’re writing of the  from a vintage lauded as one of the finest on record in Coonawarra, and with the wine made from small selections of vines renowned for consistently producing fruit of outstanding depth of flavour, exceptional colour and firm tannin structures. Senior Viticulturist, Chris Brodie used hand-pruning, bunch-thinning and…
  • How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    If you can’t afford the subscription to the expensive monthly wine mag, tell a good vintage from a bad, or fail to detect the soupçon of boysenberry with a hint of pretentiousness from your bottle of plonk, fear not! There’s a new generation of wine drinkers who are shaking up the way we consume, discover and talk about wine. Be a wine expert in just 4 minutes! Here’s how… The post How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
 
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  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
  • Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2010

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It’s $100 a bottle now, and its best recommended drinking time is 40 years away in 2055, yet it has already garnered enough local and international awards and accolades to fill all of this column, leaving us no space to talk about the wine itself. We’re writing of the  from a vintage lauded as one of the finest on record in Coonawarra, and with the wine made from small selections of vines renowned for consistently producing fruit of outstanding depth of flavour, exceptional colour and firm tannin structures. Senior Viticulturist, Chris Brodie used hand-pruning, bunch-thinning and…
  • How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    If you can’t afford the subscription to the expensive monthly wine mag, tell a good vintage from a bad, or fail to detect the soupçon of boysenberry with a hint of pretentiousness from your bottle of plonk, fear not! There’s a new generation of wine drinkers who are shaking up the way we consume, discover and talk about wine. Be a wine expert in just 4 minutes! Here’s how… The post How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
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  • Balanced Blackberry Cherry Assault! Try this Italian Barbera

    Marc Hinton
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2010 Carlin de Paolo Barbera D’Asti Superiore, Piedmont, Italy What a pleasure to have the opportunity to taste this wine. The 2010 vintage is in its prime window of drinkability and should continue through 2017. A juicy, rich, vibrant wine without the typical cedar, woody and astringently dry characteristics usually common in Barbera […]
  • A Napa Petite Sirah Worth Hunting Down

    Marc Hinton
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2011 Elyse Winery Jacob Franklin Hayne Vineyard Petite Sirah Napa Valley, California If you happen to be a lover of big, bold and beautiful Petite Sirah, you have to taste this wine.  Petite Sirah has been bashed around a bit lately in the press but if you have any doubt about the veracity […]
  • Drew Barrymore and Eric Ripert Cook Clams Montecito

    enobytes
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Actress, Producer and Director Drew Barrymore visits Eric Ripert’s kitchen to prepare her favorite, Clams Montecito, and to pick up some tips from the Master Chef. They experiment with the way that different glasses affect the flavor of wine, a Pinot Grigio from Drew’s Barrymore Wines, and Ripert adds his own special touch to her […]
  • Mixed Case

    enobytes
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week, we taste though a mixed case of whites around the world. We hope you find something that suits your fancy!  NV Berlucchi ’61 Rose Brut, Franciacorta DOCG, Italy $20 Berrylicious flavors with plenty of acidity and yeasty notes on the finish. 1,000 case production 2009 Gussalli Beretta Lo Sparviere Brut, Franciacorta DOCG, Italy […]
  • Rustic Yet Refined

    Marc Hinton
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2009 Quinta do Noval Cedro do Noval, Portugal Rustic yet refined, exciting in the way you experience the emotion of the wine. It expresses flavors that are foreign yet familiar, like the voice of a really close old friend you’ve not seen in a while. The kind you might walk a tightrope with […]
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  • Idaho Wines: Ste Chapelle Winery

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    Founded in 1975 in Emmett, Idaho, Ste. Chapelle, moved to Caldwell in 1978, and now produces wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah from the Snake River Valley appellation. With a total production capacity of 150,000 cases, this is the leading winery in Idaho in both production and sales volume. Ste. Chapelle is named after the beautiful La Sainte Chapelle in Paris, built by King Louis IX as the court chapel during the 13th century and is part of Precept Wine, which is the largest privately owned wine company in the Northwest.Tasting…
  • Idaho Wines: Sawtooth Winery

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    Formerly known as Pintler Cellars, Sawtooth Winery was founded in 1987 in Idaho’s Snake River Valley. Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier are planted in two vineyards, Sawtooth and Skyline, totaling about 470 acres. Total production capability of the winery is 24,000 cases. Sawtooth is part of Precept Wine, which is the largest privately owned wine company in the Northwest.Tasting Notes:Snake River Valley Syrah 2012: estate grown Sawtooth Vineyard grapes; barrel fermented in 30% new French and American Oak; deep dark purple color with ruby edges; smoke, prune,…
  • Restaurant Review: DMK Burger Bar, Lombard

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    Sometimes you hear about a restaurant long before you actually make a visit. That was the case for us with the Lombard location of DMK Burger Bar. It's a place I've wanted to check out for a while, but it never quite worked out. This year, for Father's Day, it worked out.After a year of searching the USA for a great burger, David Morton and Michael Kornick opened DMK Burger Bar. The focus was on serving 100% grass-fed beef patties (something we wholeheartedly endorse), along with other burgers, all paired with artisan buns. Philanthropically, DMK Burger Bar supports local charities benefiting…
  • Indiana Wines: Oliver Winery and Vineyards

    10 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Located in Bloomington, Indiana, and started in the 60s as a hobby, Oliver Winery now annual sales exceed 320,000 cases. Definitely more than a hobby. Sourcing grapes from a variety of growers, Creekbend Vineyard is Oliver Winery's commitment to the production of great wine from Indiana grown grapes. Oliver Winery sells almost 50 wines and ciders, made of vinifera and hybrid grapes and other fruit. Oliver sent us bottles of their Soft Wine series, three, semi-sweet Soft Wines that were the recipients of the 2014 Gold Consumer Wine Awards in Lodi, California and have earned 40 medals in the…
  • Indiana Wines

    8 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    As one of the closer states to us, it's a bit surprising that we haven't tasted more Indiana wines. Part of this was a disappointing early tasting and also many of the wineries are in the southern section of the state, making it difficult to easily swing by to visit. Things are changing however; Purdue University has stepped in to help both the wine and craft beer industries, and quality is on the upswing. According to Indiana Wines, the trade group,  the wine industry in Indiana nearly disappeared between Prohibition and the early 1970's. Two events helped revitalize the industry. The…
 
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  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
  • Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2010

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It’s $100 a bottle now, and its best recommended drinking time is 40 years away in 2055, yet it has already garnered enough local and international awards and accolades to fill all of this column, leaving us no space to talk about the wine itself. We’re writing of the  from a vintage lauded as one of the finest on record in Coonawarra, and with the wine made from small selections of vines renowned for consistently producing fruit of outstanding depth of flavour, exceptional colour and firm tannin structures. Senior Viticulturist, Chris Brodie used hand-pruning, bunch-thinning and…
  • How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    If you can’t afford the subscription to the expensive monthly wine mag, tell a good vintage from a bad, or fail to detect the soupçon of boysenberry with a hint of pretentiousness from your bottle of plonk, fear not! There’s a new generation of wine drinkers who are shaking up the way we consume, discover and talk about wine. Be a wine expert in just 4 minutes! Here’s how… The post How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
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  • The Coolest Wine People to Follow on Twitter

    Chelsea Roberts
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Immerse yourself in wine by finding and following the people who are currently splashing around in the stuff (on a daily basis). We thought we’d share some of our favorite wine people to follow on Twitter: The Coolest Wine People to Follow on Twitter   theacademicwino Boulder, CO Becca, who received her Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences in 2011, examines recent research on wine. Her award-winning blog, where she presents the latest findings on viticulture and enology, is geeky but quite accessible and easy to read.   Levi_opens_wine New York City Levi Dalton is the…
  • Our Very Best Summer Wine Cocktails

    Madeline Puckette
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    On drinking in the summer heat: Avoid the heavy, boozy feeling with super-light drinks A classic summer drink should be light and refreshing–and appropriately boozy,– so that when you accidentally slurp it down, you’ll still feel great. This is why we’re so attracted to wine cocktails that are light on sweetness. These 4 wine cocktails have won the hearts of many, and they will make drinking in the sun a delight! Summer cocktails should be light and crazy refreshing. 4 Well-Loved Summer Wine Cocktails Moscato Strawberry Basil Lemonade This drink takes a little bit of blending…
  • 20 Amazingly Simple Food and Wine Pairing Ideas

    Madeline Puckette
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    Get inspired by these everyday food and wine pairings. For example, love chicken tacos? Try them with white Vinho Verde wine! Food Wine: A wine that makes food taste better. Cocktail Wine: A wine that tastes best when drunk on its own You already know cocktail wines. They are the quintessential “100-point” wine. A drink-your-dinner wine. Something that’s so insanely complex and complete that food would just sour the experience. But we can’t survive on wine alone, even if it sounds like a good idea. Fortunately, there is a whole class of wines out there–the food…
  • 99 Reasons To Drink Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Feel the need to justify your new wine habit? We’re here to remind you why you love wine with 99 reasons why you’ve been drinking it. Because fermentation is fascinating. There’s no such thing as wine-belly You need a serving of fruit everyday.   Because beyond college, Master’s and Ph.D., this might just be the last tier of a higher education.   You were going to give it as a gift, but decided to keep it for yourself.   Some people find violet-stained teeth inexplicably attractive.   You secretly enjoy the scent of sweaty saddle leather/ petroleum/ a…
  • Italian White Wine Heaven: Friuli-Venezia Giulia

    Andrea Bulfone
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Free-oo-lee Ve-ne-tsyah Joo-lyah), or FVG for short, is easy to understand, even if it’s a mouthful to say. While red wine lovers crush on Piedmont and Tuscany on the western side of Italy, the greatest white wines can be found in northeastern Italy (save for Sicily and Sardegna… but that’s for another day!). The Wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia Friuli-Venezia Giulia lies in the top-right corner of Italy, between Austria, Slovenia, the Adriatic Sea, and Veneto (Venice!). Although the region is relatively small compared to the rest of Italy, it ranks among…
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  • St. Helena’s New Harvest Table is latest Palmer Production

    Carey Sweet
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Charlie Palmer is taking over Wine Country. The legendary chef already has a national roster of more than a dozen restaurants, including Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, and now, he’s opened another top destination in St. Helena. The new Harvest Table is set inside Harvest Inn, and it’s a showpiece. The stately stone-and brick-clad hotel has been a luxury retreat since it opened in 1975, and yet oddly enough, it never had a flagship restaurant. Palmer has changed that, with lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, and upscale menus created in tandem with chef Levi Mezick (formerly of the posh…
  • One of a Kind Bed and Breakfasts in Wine Country

    Carey Sweet
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Landmark Cottage “B” is for bed, “B” is for breakfast, and with these wonderful places, “B” is never, ever for boring. These Wine Country lodging options turn on the charm, offer private retreats, and ensure a memorable, marvelous stay. Gaige House This project from the posh Four Sisters group is more of a luxury mini-resort, featuring a cozy collection of 23 private Asian inspired guestrooms and suites plus eight new “Zen” suites. It’s high-end all the way, boasting granite soaking tubs, rich wood furniture with bamboo and rattan accents, and private Japanese gardens that…
  • Red, White & Sparkling Romance in Napa & Sonoma Wine Country

    gina
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Romance is doing something fun and unexpected that brings two people closer together. Add a breathtaking view, and the luscious wines of Sonoma or Napa Wine Country, and your perfect romantic getaway quickly begins to become a reality. Whether treating your someone special to an exclusive event at a Sonoma or Napa winery, or relaxing with a picnic in one of the many picturesque winery properties, Pure Luxury has a few ideas for you to consider to make planning your getaway a little easier. Sonoma J Vineyards & Winery From May - October, choose a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to enjoy a…
  • Delicious Lobster & Decadent Napa and Sonoma Valley Wines – The Perfect Pairing

    gina
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    What kind of creature has its brain in its throat, its nervous system in its stomach, kidneys located in its head, and teeth in its stomach? This creature also hears with its legs, tastes using its feet, and can grow up to three feet long weighing more than 40 pounds. This interesting creature is a Maine Lobster. Rich, decadent, and exciting to the palate, the sumptuousness of Maine lobster invites pairings of Napa and Sonoma Valley’s best wines. This season, make sure to indulge in the ultimate lobster experience that is the result of skilled chefs and talented winemakers for a…
  • Tour the Geysers Geothermal Fields with Pure Luxury

    Carey Sweet
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the Mayacamas Mountains of Lake County, the earth talks, as steam gusts towards the skies and mud ponds burble and pop. It’s the Geysers, a natural wonder of geothermal hot springs generated from the earth’s core, and turned into a power plant that is the world’s largest geothermal electricity producer. The phenomenal operation is celebrating its 55th year in 2015, yet surprisingly few people realize the 46-square-mile project is there. You, however, can explore the site top-to-bottom, with special guided tours hosted Saturday, July 25, and Friday, August 7. The free tours depart…
 
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  • DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE) Saint-Émilion 'Réserve Spéciale’ 2012

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    The Domaines Barons de Rothschild Saint-Émilion 'Réserve Spéciale' is a composed of mainly Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc. It offers appealing characteristics of ripe cherries and blackberries along with spices, fresh turned earth, tobacco and hints of coffee. On the palate it is nicely balanced and structured with soft, round tannins which carry over effortlessly onto the velvety finish which leaves behind red fruits and tobacco. This will be best upon release and should contunie to show well over the next few years. (Best 2015-2018) - July, 2015 (JD)…
  • DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE) Pauillac 'Réserve Spéciale’ 2011

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    The Domaines Barons de Rothschild Pauillac 'Réserve Spéciale' opens up with aromas ripe cherries and blackberries woven together with spices, pepper, tobacco, cedar and hints of fresh mineral. This possesses a medium body with notable balance along with fine polished tannins, which show nice traction on the finish, leaving behind red fruits and a tobacco edge. This will will be approachable early on and should drink well over the short term. (Best 2015-2020) - July, 2015 (JD) 87 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: July, 2015  Producer: Domaines Barons de…
  • DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE) Médoc 'Réserve Spéciale’ 2011

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    The Domaines Barons de Rothschild Médoc 'Réserve Spéciale' is an easy going, approachable blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. It delivers aromas and flavors of ripe cherryies, blackberries, spices, and fresh mineral.  The medium body is supported by fine tannins and a clean finish which get cut a bit short. This will be at its best over the next 2-3 years. (Best 2015-2017) - July, 2015 (JD) 85 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: July, 2015  Producer: Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Vintage: 2011 Drinking Window: 2015-2017…
  • RIDGE VINEYARDS Cabernet Sauvignon 'Estate' 2012

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    Ridge is known for beautifully balanced wines, and year after year the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an overachiever and there is certainly no exception in 2012. Ridge sources the 76% Cabernet Sauvignon along with 24% Merlot from the esteemed Monte Bello vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The wine itself offers gorgeous perfumed aromas of freshly crushed blackberry and raspberry woven together with graphite and anise. On the palate this is well balanced with wonderful polish and acidity which lead to the flat-out delicious finish. Overall this is a sensational effort from legendary…
  • RIDGE VINEYARDS 'Three Valleys' 2010

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    Made from an interesting blend of 72% Zinfandel, 12% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Syrah, 1% Grenache, 1% Alicante Bouschet, this wine is crafted from three vineyards in the Dry Creek area of Sonoma County. Roughly 20% of the vines used for this wine are 80 to 100 years old. The wine opens with a bouquet of prune and lavender which burst from the glass. On the palate this possesss a velvety texture, which is supported by a strong acid backbone. Everything comes together on the finish with flavors of red cherry, plum and raspberry rounding things out. Today, this is drinking well and looks…
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  • How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes

    Thirsty Bert
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    If you can’t afford the subscription to the expensive monthly wine mag, tell a good vintage from a bad, or fail to detect the soupçon of boysenberry with a hint of pretentiousness from your bottle of plonk, fear not! There’s a new generation of wine drinkers who are shaking up the way we consume, discover […] The post How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
  • Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2013

    Thirsty Bert
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Chile’s 2013 vintage was one of the driest and hottest on record. From north to south, heat was an unavoidable issue. These extreme conditions accelerated fruit maturation and moved harvest up three to four weeks earlier than usual. The yields were a bit larger than average, and the Pinot Noir fruit quality was very good. […] The post Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2013 appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
  • 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml

    Thirsty Bert
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. […] The post 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
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  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
  • Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2010

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It’s $100 a bottle now, and its best recommended drinking time is 40 years away in 2055, yet it has already garnered enough local and international awards and accolades to fill all of this column, leaving us no space to talk about the wine itself. We’re writing of the  from a vintage lauded as one of the finest on record in Coonawarra, and with the wine made from small selections of vines renowned for consistently producing fruit of outstanding depth of flavour, exceptional colour and firm tannin structures. Senior Viticulturist, Chris Brodie used hand-pruning, bunch-thinning and…
  • How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    If you can’t afford the subscription to the expensive monthly wine mag, tell a good vintage from a bad, or fail to detect the soupçon of boysenberry with a hint of pretentiousness from your bottle of plonk, fear not! There’s a new generation of wine drinkers who are shaking up the way we consume, discover and talk about wine. Be a wine expert in just 4 minutes! Here’s how… The post How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
 
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  • rosé week #1: the minervois mindblower

    grapefriend
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:49 pm
    We’ve made it all the way to the #1 rosé of the summer: Chateau d’Oupia! Man, this is a KILLER rosé! Absolute perfect balance of fresh strawberry and raspberry juice with an excellent nerve of minerality. So I’m sampling and sipping away and thinking this is probably in the $20 or even $30 range. But … Continue reading →
  • rosé week #2: the go-to

    grapefriend
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Why mess with the good stuff? Charles & Charles is always one of my go-to rosés. The blend of Syrah (72%), Mourvedre (8%), Cabernet Sauvignon (8%), Grenache (6%), Cinsault (3%), Counoise (3%) gives it vibrant strawberry, light cherry and and easy drinking goodness. Perfectly delicious at the perfect price – $13.99 here.  Continue reading →
  • rosé week #3: takin’ it to tuscany

    grapefriend
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Today Rosé Week takes us to Tuscany with our 3rd summer selection! Castello di Bossi is one of those savory rosés that goes great with food. 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon make it heartier than other rosés, and this one has earthy and herbal notes. Kinda better with dinner rather than porch pounding. (16.99 … Continue reading →
  • rosé week #4: pinot noir perfection!

    grapefriend
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    #4 in our Rosé Week countdown is suuuch a good one! This Balletto ($20.99 here) from Russian River Valley is made from Pinot Noir – hands down one of my favorite rosé-making grapes. They’re really light and refreshing, but still have a lot of strawberry fruit and the best ones balance that with great acidity … Continue reading →
  • rosé week is back – and it’s top 5 time!

    grapefriend
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    In grapefriend’s long-standing tradition (ok, three years – and counting), Rosé Week is back in action! In past summers we’ve gone through how rosé is made, what songs it pairs best with, and which celebrities are making the pink. I’ve tasted over 75 of them since June, so this year we’re getting back to basics and … Continue reading →
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  • Not So Royal Tokaji

    Lou
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:26 am
    Reviews of  Château Guiraud Sauternes 2001, Clear Creek Distillery Slivovitz Blue Plum Brandy and Mosby Kosher Plum Brandy Slivovitz   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  June 11, 2015   Known as “the King of wines and the wine of Kings,” Tokaji may be losing some of its regal bearing.   Tokaji, pronounced toe-koy, is produced exclusively in the Tokaji-Hegvalja region of Hungary primarily from Furmint grapes (there are six grape varieties officially approved for Tokaji wine production, but Furmint accounts for about 60 percent of all…
  • Try Some Gruner

    Lou
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Reviews of Shirah Gruner Veltliner John Sebastiano Vineyard 2014 and Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  June 6, 2015   Not all that long ago, perhaps a few decades, the wine world was remarkably dull by today’s standards. Wines were made in traditional locations under long established regulations and methodologies. Only a few grape varietals were permitted in the production of Bordeaux, a couple others were OK in a Burgundy, and different ones in a Barolo, and so on. The Old World wine…
  • Wines Come Out During “Drink the District”

    Lou
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    It is wine and beer festival season.   By Louis Marmon   Gazette Newspapers  June 17, 2015   On a recent spring evening there was a line stretching for several blocks to get into a parking lot near National’s Stadium even though the team was out of town.  People were queuing up to attend the Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, one of several annual events promoting DC as a culinary destination. The tickets sold out quickly for this evening that featured unlimited tastings of nearly 100 wines and over 110 beers as well as several ciders and the opportunity to indulge at…
  • Truffles

    Lou
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    Review of Elvi Herenza Rioja Reserva 2009 and a look at the Martini.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  April 2015   One of us has lately had a hankering for truffles. Known as the “diamonds of the kitchen,” truffles are among a chef’s most prized ingredients. The fruiting body of a type of fungus that grows underground in very specific conditions, truffles impart an intensely pungent flavor to food that is most often described as slightly garlicky, musky and earthy. They are extremely expensive costing several hundreds of dollars per…
  • A New Life

    Lou
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
    Review of the Hagafen Brut Cuvée 2012 and Gordon & MacPhail (“Rare Vintage” range) Glen Grant 1958.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  May 21, 2015   We recently had some reasons to rejoice and make merry. As our readers would expect, there were more than a few bottles opened with family and friends. The occasion? One of us had an addition to the family!   As Judaism is simultaneously a family-centered as well as belief-centered religion, a simcha for one Jew is a celebration for all of the nation of Israel. So in this case—the…
 
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  • George Dickel Tennessee Whisky (#8) Review

    sour1382
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:47 pm
    George Dickel Tennessee Whisky (#8) continues to surpass expectations in the whiskey world, especially in the field of Tennessee Whiskey that is so incredibly dominated by Jack Daniels. In fact, I was just reading the other day about yet another whiskey award won by George Dickel Tennessee Whisky (#8). It is all the more surprising because this brand, upon becoming part of Diageo, was, for lack of a better term, left for dead. They simply mothballed the distillery and started selling down the existing stock. They did have quite a bit of stock built up to work their way through, but once…
  • Hangar 1 Buddha’s Hand Citron Review

    sour1382
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Hangar 1 Buddha’s Hand Citron Review is a fascinating take on the overall trend of citrus vodkas. This craft distilled vodka seems to think that if the standard vodkas of the world want to stick with orange or generic “citrus” or other such vodka flavorings, why no one up them all by going with a citrus that 99% of Americans have never heard of. It must have been in that spirit that Hangar 1 decided to use Buddha’s Hand to flavor their vodka. This is one weird looking Asian citrus. Supposedly, its closest mainstream citrus relative would be the lemon, so that should…
  • Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Review

    sour1382
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is a fascinating spirit with an equally interesting history. The first claim to fame for Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is that it was the first craft distillery in the modern era to make whiskey in Colorado. That’s neat. On top of that, it was originally founded in partnership with the people behind Flying Dog Brewery. While they have since moved on, I always love it when the beer and spirits world collaborate for such amazing product. Finally, I find Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey interesting because of how it is made. It is aged in new…
  • Hendrick’s Gin Review

    sour1382
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Hendrick’s Gin exploded onto the scene earlier this century and quickly became most everyone’s go to gin when they wanted something out of the norm. By this point, Hendrick’s is no longer that smaller gin that you might find at a niche bar here and there. It is everywhere and seems as prevalent as Gordon’s. With such sudden growth, has Hendrick’s Gin lost any of the allure along the way, and does Hendrick’s Gin still deserve a spot on your list as one of those top gins you always ask for when ordering a gin based cocktail? Hendrick’s Gin has always…
  • Hangar 1 Kaffir Lime Vodka Review

    sour1382
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Hangar 1 Kaffir Lime Vodka is a great example of how you can take something that someone else has been doing and simply do it better. It is no surprise that lime and vodka are compatible flavors. Anyone who’s ever had a vodka gimlet can attest to their significantly compatible profiles and general awesomeness together. Everybody know this, but only the folks at Hangar 1 took it one step further to make a vodka infused with Kaffir Lime. Hangar 1 Kaffir Lime Vodka is one of the only vodkas on the market made this way, making it both a unqiue and tasty offering to meet your vodka needs.
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  • EPHEMERA: Happy to Be a Recovering Sommelier

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I keep a list of ideas for possible pieces on HoseMaster of Wine™. Now and then, an idea comes to me that I absolutely love, but eventually find unworkable. Many pieces are “easy.” They write themselves. The moment Randall Grahm’s crowdfunding proposal hit the press, I received five or six emails from people and friends in the wine business wanting me to lampoon him. It felt so much like a kind of Command Performance, that I thought about ignoring the whole thing. But then I read Randall’s...
  • Randall's Folly--Vitis Grahmbrusca

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    WHAT’S THE PLAN? The plan is to create 10,000 new grape varieties, Vitis Grahmbrusca. Mainly because the 10,000 that Mother Nature created suck. We need 10,000 new ones. Varieties that will be planted on their own roots, the better to resist disease and drought. Vines that won’t ever need to be suckered—not like you're being at this very minute. WHY ME? I thought of it. And who better? The wine business is moribund. We need some new ideas. We need dreams. We need more crackpot science. Vitis...
  • "A Day in the Dust" 2015

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    I have no idea what “Rutherford dust” is. It was André Tchelistcheff who coined the expression, (though there are some who say Tchelistcheff borrowed the phrase from Maynard Amerine—I don’t think it matters) and perhaps back in his day it was easy to understand the concept, maybe even taste it in the wines. Though the last time I tasted dust it was because my first wife was leaving me in it. I don’t have any trouble discerning the salinity and minerality of Cru Chablis. I have often experienced...
  • James Laube's Resignation Letter

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dear Marv, I quit. And not just because when I congratulated you on your successful kidney transplant you said I should get on the waiting list for a personality transplant. “I hear Suckling has three or four extra he uses only every now and then, like when he’s fucked up on Brunello,” I think you said. You were pretty doped up. You were talking like Jay McInerney. No, that’s not why I’m quitting. I had an epiphany. “Epiphany”—it’s from the Greek for brainfart. I’ve been the California wine...
  • EPHEMERA: Sommeliers and Drag Queens

    16 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have to laugh when I see wine writers pontificating about sommeliers. They haven’t a clue about what it’s like to be a working sommelier, except for the few that may have actually done the job. But let’s be truthful, sommeliers spend just as much time demeaning wine writers. Only they deserve it. No one ever approaches a wine writer and asks, “What does Raj Parr think of that wine you just gave 98 points?” But every sommelier has heard, after recommending a wine, “What score did it get?” It’s...
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  • Veuve Clicquot RICH – The Champagne for Mixologists

    Liz Palmer
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Each year LVMH unveils exclusive new products that celebrate the summer season. One of their latest sun-drenched offerings debuts with “RICH”, a new champagne from Veuve Clicquot. Enveloped in seductive silver foil, RICH is an exciting new expression of Veuve Clicquot’s savoir-faire, created specially to be used in mixed cocktails. RICH is sweeter than other champagnes and brings out the best in the fruit and vegetable that it’s mixed with. Cellar Master Dominique Demarville reconnected with the origins of Champagne-making traditions, when sparkling wines were dubbed…
  • UNESCO adds Champagne Slopes, Houses and Cellars to World Heritage List

    Liz Palmer
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:23 pm
    The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has decided to include the Champagne slopes, houses and cellars on its World Heritage List. The 21 representatives of the state parties to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention unanimously voted in favor of including the Champagne slopes, houses and cellars on the World Heritage List in the Living Cultural Landscapes category. The committee members recognized their ‘Exceptional Universal Value’ and deemed that the protection and management conditions for the proposed property had been fulfilled. The Association Paysages du Champagne spent eight years…
  • Champagne Bureau, USA Launches Interactive Map of Champagne Region

    Liz Palmer
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    The Champagne Bureau, USA today has launched an interactive map of the Champagne region.   Here you can explore the towns and areas that make up the world-famous wine appellation that produces the unique sparkling wine called Champagne. From the city of Reims to the Côte des Bars, the interactive map allows users to click on different towns and locales to learn more about the areas, including their unique history and fun facts. View map here: http://bit.ly/1Bl6e3g Source:  The Champagne Bureau, USA
  • An Interview with Charles Keusters, Director of Food & Beverage, Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic

    Liz Palmer
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Charles Keusters arrived at Casa de Campo December 2014 following a four-year run with Meliá Hotels International. His assignments included management positions with Paradisus Palma Real; Paradisus Punta Cana; INNSIDE Madrid Hotels; and ME Madrid. Charles earned his Hospitality Administration/Management Diploma from Les Roches Marbella. In addition, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Haverford College. Casa de Campo Brief Casa de Campo set the benchmark for luxury travel in the Dominican Republic back in the 1970’s and continues to elevate the standard. This elite…
  • Fresh from the Villers-Marmery vineyards of Champagne Henriet-Bazin, a chardonnay vine in flower

    Liz Palmer
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
    Fresh from the Villers-Marmery vineyards of Champagne Henriet-Bazin a chardonnay vine in flower. This principal growth stage falls between Leaf Development/Inflorescence Emerge and Development of Fruits. Principal features of a chardonnay vine in flower.   Source: Nicolas Rainon
 
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  • Meiomi Chardonnay paired with Goddess Clams

    Debbie
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Meiomi Chardonnay is a Chardonnay blend and by that I mean it is a blend of Chardonnay from three diffferent coastal regions of California.  Each of these three regions bring a different terrior expression to the wine. The wine was aged in both French oak and stainless steel.  The oak really comes through on the nose of the wine.  Along with some buttered popcorn, there are notes of  pear and pineapple with a slight hint of minerality. The palate is smooth and full of tropical fruit, guava, peach and hint of apple.  There is a nice spice on the finish. I paired this…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Late Harvest

    Debbie
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Late Harvest appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • Sip and Savor at Ocean Breeze Wine Festival on Diamond Beach & $5 off Admission

    Debbie
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Cape May County’s first annual premium wine festival kicks off at Bungalow No. 1 Beach Bar Saturday August 1, 2015.Wine-Time on the beach!  You don’t even have to leave the beach after spending all day sunning yourself.  My kind of wine festival!   Wine-time begins at 4:30pm and runs until 8pm.  Taste award winning wines from renowned wine brands like Masi wines from Italy, Cloudy Bay from New Zealand, Jordan Winery in Sonoma, the famous Chateau Montelena.  There will be 30+ wineries to sample from. At 5:30pm I will be giving a…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Hot

    Debbie
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Hot appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • Wines of Chile: Montes Wines

    Debbie
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Founded in 1987 by Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, both wine professionals wanting to realize their dream of producing Chilean wines of high quality.  In 1988 they partnered with Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand and Montes Wines came to fruition. In 2004 the winery was built that holds 2,3000,000 liters of wine.  It is a state of the art gravity flow winery that was built on the principles of feng shui to ensure harmony in a positive atmosphere.  Water flows towards the building so that prosperity will come if the water, representing energy, flows towards the center of the…
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  • Meiomi Chardonnay paired with Goddess Clams

    Debbie Gioquindo
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    Meiomi Chardonnay is a Chardonnay blend and by that I mean it is a blend of Chardonnay from three diffferent coastal regions of California.  Each of these three regions bring a different terrior expression to the wine.The wine was aged in both French oak and stainless steel.  The oak really comes through on the nose of the wine.  Along with some buttered popcorn, there are notes of  pear and pineapple with a slight hint of minerality.The palate is smooth and full of tropical fruit, guava, peach and hint of apple.  There is a nice spice on the finish.I paired this as…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Late Harvest

    Debbie Gioquindo
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Oh, The Places They’ll Go!

    Debbie Gioquindo
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    It’s always a jovial atmosphere out on the Captain Lawrence patio, but today’s vibe feels extra festive. Perhaps it’s because it’s the Carmel High School Class of 2000 reunion. Old friends catch up, show off their babies, and dish on classmates who could not make it while sampling the Captain’s usual selection of craft brews. It is a “semi-official” reunion for the Putnam County school, says Danielle Smith, who came down from Narragansett, Rhode Island for the bash. It’s “Facebook-official,” adds classmateChristine Dunning, who had a much shorter trip from…
  • Sip and Savor at Ocean Breeze Wine Festival on Diamond Beach & $5 off Admission

    Debbie Gioquindo
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    Cape May County's first annual premium wine festival kicks off at Bungalow No. 1 Beach Bar Saturday August 1, 2015.Wine-Time on the beach!  You don't even have to leave the beach after spending all day sunning yourself.  My kind of wine festival!Wine-time begins at 4:30pm and runs until 8pm.  Taste award winning wines from renowned wine brands like Masi wines from Italy, Cloudy Bay from New Zealand, Jordan Winery in Sonoma, the famous Chateau Montelena.  There will be 30+ wineries to sample from. At 5:30pm I will be giving a short seminar to learn how to taste wines like a…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Hot

    Debbie Gioquindo
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • Georgian wine ranked in top orange wines

    1 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    02.08.2015 (Hvino News). The Independent - one of Britain's leading newspapers - has recently published a review of "orange wines" available in Britain, consisting of 13 wines from various countries. Orange wines, named for their colour rather than content, are white wines made using the same methods as red. The skins of the grapes are left on.The article is listing two Georgian orange wines, including Tbilvino Qvevris 2011 (at first position in rating, marked as "Best Buy") and Ramaz Nikoladze Tsolikouri 2013 (at 10th place out of 13). The Tbilvino's Georgian orange wine is available at…
  • Ojaleshi, the Rolls-Royce of Georgian black grapes

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    by Terry Sullivan28.07.2015. Perhaps a divine intervention or fate led to events that make me wonder. Kathy and I were visiting Dadiani Old Cellar in the Shmegrelo region of the country Georgia. Monks own the property, church, mansion and winery. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. We enjoyed a tour of the entire property and settled in the cellar of the winery to taste what the monks call the Rolls Royce of Georgian wine – Ojaleshi. We throughly enjoyed the setting. A long table had a hole cut out in the center. Affixed to that hole was a qvevri filled with the almost black colored…
  • Prof. Stephan von CRAMON-TAUBADEL: "Georgian wine tradition is a two-edged sword".

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    special guest27.2015 (Hvino News). The special guest of Hvino News today is Professor Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel of University of Göttingen.  Recently he and David Saha of Berlin Economics presented the results of their research project entitled “Short-run risks and long-run challenges for wine production in Georgia”, done under the auspices of GET (German Economic Team Georgia) and ISET Policy Institute of Tbilisi State University. He kindly greed to answer our questions.Hvino News: Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about your…
  • New wine bar and shop in Tbilisi's artistic old town

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:15 am
    26.07.2015. (Hvino News). "Tsangala's" is the name of a new wine bar and shop opened yesterday in Tbilisi. The bar/shop is located in the heart of old Tbilisi, close from the famous Rezo Gabriadze Theater with its quirky clock tower and artistic atmosphere. As the owner Otar Tabatadze explained, that the name Tsangala comes from Georgian traditional song  "Tsangala da Gogona". The shop was inaugurated with an elegant reception accompanied by live jazz.The shop has a professional wine expert on board and is targeted not only at general public but at wine connoisseurs as well. The bar/shop…
  • Winemakers predict a difficult year for winegrowers

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    25.07.2015. Representatives of wineries believe that the current year will be very difficult for winegrowers.As stated by CEO of Schuchmann Wines Nutsa Abramishvili, due to lower sales, wine companies have large stocks of unsold wine."In addition, all companies have their own vineyards, respectively, this year the demand for grapes will be significantly lower than last year when there was a real boom. The price of grapes was very high, and in recent years has reached a maximum due to the opening of the Russian market. On the one hand, it is certainly good, since wine-growing regions have…
 
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    Mad about Madeira

  • #madeirawineday

    Niklas Jorgensen
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
      It’s gorgeous, the 1999 Sercial Colheita from d’Oliveiras. Bottled in 2013, it offers a green almonds character, sour lemons and an iodeni’sh herbal character. I love it! The sourness, the refreshing style, the balance. Somebody, I think it was our great Madeira expert & connaisseur Rui Falcao, described the 1977 Terrantez from d’Oliveiras as bottled electric acidity. That’s a great definition but honestly, it should include more Madeira wines. The 1999 Sercial for example, which I poured on #madeirawineday. I’m Mad about Madeira. And I was overwhelmed by the Madeira…
  • Vinhos Barbeito – The 10 Years Old Verdelho

    Niklas Jorgensen
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
      A new Colheita or Vintage Madeira? Then I’m like a child on Christmas Eve with all the anticipation that follows. It’s a great joy to taste something just released and I know the producers are as excited. After all; it’s hardly an every day event. It’s easy to write a new post about these wines. It’s just as easy to forget writing about those wines which, with unfailing loyalty more or less, always stands there on the shelves – and delivers. Let’s highlight the blends! Whether you go for a 10 years Old Sercial, Verdelho, Bual or Malvasia…
  • Passion For Wine, Passion For Verdelho

    Niklas Jorgensen
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
      You know, it’s not all fortified. Madeira wine that is. Although the table wines only represents a fraction of the island’s total production, they are to be found. But – there is always a but – just a few of them have been interesting enough to write about up to date. Hence their absence on this site. That doesn’t mean I’m not following them. Au contraire, I’m actually cheering for these, roughly a dozen of producers who commit themselves to table wines, and I do try to stay updated at each visit. Therefore, I was thrilled to meet Filipe…
  • Vote Madeira In Wine Blog Awards

    Niklas Jorgensen
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:50 am
      Later in 2015, Mad about Madeira is celebrating seven years on the world wide web. That’s a long time on the Internet and I’ve seen many other wine sites come and go. I guess some were hoping cyberspace would bring fortune and glory and when finding out writing a wine page hardly pays the bills, they continued their entrepreneurship elsewhere. That’s just fine. But Mad about Madeira remains because it’s fed upon passion, the love of a breathtaking wine, and the amazing people surrounding the wine! For me, there’s no greater wine in the world than Madeira.
  • A Worthy Successor, The 30 Years Old Malvasia

    Niklas Jorgensen
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
      Their 40 Years Old Malvazia was an extra-ordinary wine. But the new release from from H.M. Borges, the 30 Years Old Malvasia, is a worthy successor. If you’re into the sweeter style of Madeira, this is simply put a must buy. For many years I’ve valued the Malvasias of Borges highly; from the 10 Years Old to the much older versions. This new release is not an exception and again the winemaker at the company, Ivo Couto, shows his experience and blending skills. Borges has never been afraid of using some really old wines into their blends and in the 30 Years Old Malvasia…
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  • #HOTGV: On Innis & Gunn with Dougal Sharp

    Qin Xie
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    A while ago, I went to Edinburgh for the film festival. I was a guest of Innis & Gunn who were sponsoring the event. I wasn’t familiar with the brand at the time but it seemed like a good way to get to know the friendly bunch behind the brand. Fast forward a few years and the business has grown into a multi-million pound company. I must admit, although I’m much more familiar with the products, I still didn’t know that much about the company. So last month, when Dougal Sharp, the founder and CEO of Innis & Gunn, came to do a home-brewing demonstration at The…
  • #HOTGV: On Vins Colombo with Laure Colombo

    Qin Xie
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:28 am
    Last month, I met a young winemaker called Laure Colombo over dinner at 28:50 in London. She makes wines at the family vineyard, Vins Colombo, with her father Jean Luc Colombo. It’s a little domaine in Cornas, Northern Rhone, started by her parents in the 80s. It was just before the RAW Fair came to London and, knowing that I was going to make a podcast at RAW, I wanted to get her thoughts on natural wine. Unusually for someone so young (it didn’t seem polite to ask but I guessed at no more than 30), Laure had the confidence to speak about her wine as an extension of herself. The…
  • A taste from New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards

    Qin Xie
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    My first taste of the 2015 vintage came from Marlborough, New Zealand, from the Marisco Vineyards. I tasted through part of the Marisco portfolio at The Merchant’s Tavern with owner and winemaker Brent Marris. Wines at the Marisco tasting at The Merchant’s Tavern Having tasted through a whole bunch of mostly okay, occasionally mediocre, 2014 vintages from other parts of the world this year, the 2015 from Marisco made a refreshing change. It should come as no surprise really – Marris has been in wine all his life. Brent’s father, John Marris, had been one of the first…
  • #HOTGV: On natural wine with Isabelle Legeron MW

    Qin Xie
    28 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    This episode of Heard on the Grape vine is all about natural wine, an unusually complicated subject in the world of wine. To throw some clarity on the issue, I went to RAW, one of the biggest natural wine fairs in the UK, and spoke to the industry insiders. Natural wine is a complicated subject. Which is ironic given that the very definition of a natural wine is a stripped back and uncomplicated product. It’s a complicated subject because there’s no legal definition of natural wine. This means that many people have their own versions of it while others deny its existence…
  • Taylor’s, Vila Nova de Gaia

    Qin Xie
    18 May 2015 | 5:22 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley series Nestled among the dense collection of port houses on Vila Nova de Gaia is Taylor’s lodge in Oporto. It’s almost hidden except that through the inconspicuous entrance is a grand cellar, restaurant and garden. And a pair of peacocks. Not to forget of course that Taylor’s, as part of the Fladgate Partnership, also owns the luxurious hotel next door, The Yeatman, as well as Croft and Fonseca.   It’s no small port house but it is still family owned. Taylor’s began as port shippers,…
 
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    12x75 Wine Blog

  • Useless, Expensive and Some Useful Wine Gadgets

    Vim
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:37 pm
    I remember painfully cracking my hip bone off the hard tubular end of one of these contraptions. When I turned around I noticed this polished metal thing that looked like some sort of a rudimentary Victorian gynaecological instrument bolted onto the kitchen worktop. “It’s for opening my wine” I was told. Never heard of a […]Useless, Expensive and Some Useful Wine Gadgets is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Useless, Expensive and Some Useful Wine Gadgets appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:The Problems of a Spontaneous Wine Drinker Calories in Wine…
  • The Best Advice on How to Buy Wine.– Don’t take any!

    Vim
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:58 am
        Have you ever brought home your wine purchases, delighted with the advice you’d taken, believing that simply uttering the name of the wine would have the same effect on your date as owning Japanese sports car or having an FA cup medal. You proudly opened and decanted, served to friends and quickly realised […]The Best Advice on How to Buy Wine.– Don’t take any! is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post The Best Advice on How to Buy Wine.– Don’t take any! appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:Book review: Sediment – Two Gentlemen…
  • Biodynollucks

    Guest Blogger
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:26 am
    by Bob   A winemaker called Gerard Bertrand has released a super-premium wine. Fair enough, that is hardly an uncommon occurrence. If you’re not familiar with Gerard Bertrand he is an ex-rugby player turned winemaker, with big curly hair and a very smiley face; like a quokka. Moreover, he’s a very talented winemaker. When I […]Biodynollucks is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Biodynollucks appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:Wine Science Explained by an Expert Do we NEED wine critics? AN UNRELIABLE HISTORY OF WINE
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  • Vineyards of Hampshire

    fwcadmin
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival 2015   The Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival 2015 was held at Hambledon Vineyard on Sunday 12th July 2015. The Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival is a small, but perfectly formed, wine festival consisting of several Hampshire Wineries, all of whom are Hampshire Sparkling Wine Producers, and local Hampshire food producers. The food producers come together through the Hampshire Fare association. The festival moves location each year and it is shared between the various Hampshire wineries that take part. I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural…
  • Grahams Vintage Port Bond

    fwcadmin
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    Grahams Vintage Port Bond One of the things I am often asked about at Fareham Wine Cellar is supplying wine or Port for Christening or wedding gifts. This can be tricky thing to do when someone wants to actually buy wine or Port from the year of the wedding or Christening. A lot of people don’t appreciate that the wines or Ports from the current year will not be available straight away and they often want to give it as a present ASAP. A nice idea, but winemaking takes time. Inquiries for Christening or wedding gifts can come throughout the viticultural year so I often have to explain,…
  • Tedeschi Winemaker’s Dinner Review

    fwcadmin
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:01 am
    Tedeschi Winemaker’s Dinner Review with Riccardo Tedeschi Tuesday 16th June 2015 @ Lysses House Hotel Last week we were very lucky to have a visit from Riccardo Tedeschi, winemaker from the world renowned Tedeschi Wines. I have written a bit more about Tedeschi Wines and you can see the full menu and wines at my previous blog post. I would like to thank Riccardo for his time and for showing a range his fabulous wines in an informative and humorous manner. This would also not have been possible without Matthew Nutt of John E Fells (Tedeschi’s UK agents). Riccardo Tedeschi Before…
  • Blomberg Beers

    fwcadmin
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    Blomberg Beers Blomberg Beers are made in Extremadura, Spain at the Artesana del Oeste Brewery. The Artesana del Oeste Brewery is a microbrewery that produces a relatively small quantity of quality, handmade craft beers. The brewery is located in the city of Plasencia, a walled market city in the province of Caceres located on the Jerte River – in fact, one of the ingredients on the beer labels is “Agua del Jerte”. The brewermaster and co-founder is Dutch-born Jonathan Coosen, who was interested in brewing from an early age and has been experimenting and making homemade beer for…
  • Craft Whisky Tasting Review

    fwcadmin
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    Craft Whisky Tasting Review The Origins of Usige Beathe and The Emergence of European Whisky and Gold Medals…. Craft Whisky Tasting @ Lysses House Hotel 27th May 2015 With Scott Paine of Marussia Beverages UK A big thank you Scott Paine, who hosted our Craft Whisky Tasting and thank you to all our customers who attended. I think everyone who attended will agree that it was an informative, very interesting whisky tasting and I certainly learnt a few things I didn’t know! Trying Teeling’s take on Irish Whiskies (small batch with Rum and Wine cask finishes) and European…
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  • Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $19

    Great Northwest Wine
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Walla Walla Valley vintners Corey Braunel and Chad Johnson continue to deepen their collaboration with the Milbrandt brothers’ Wahluke Wine Co., and this latest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon marks their largest bottling under the Boomtown project, which has grown beyond 20,000 cases. It starts with aromas of Simpkins Blackcurrant Travel Sweets and elderberry, picking up hints of sour cherry, black licorice, Liquid Smoke, lavender and pipe tobacco. What comes next is an easy, uncomplicated and fruity drink of blackberries and cherry juice with breezy tannins, ample acidity and a pinch of…
  • Styring Vineyards 2013 Afterglow Riesling Dessert Wine, Ribbon Ridge, $35

    Great Northwest Wine
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Styring family enters its second decade of presenting a late harvest Riesling for its fans in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Ribbon Ridge winemaker Steven Styring develops this in a style that some may mistake for an ice wine from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, starting with succulent and alluring aromas of apricot jam and a poached pear drizzled with honey. The sugary fluid also hints at flavors of orchard fruit baked with clove and cardamom. There’s pleasing sweetness at 19% residual sugar and a finish of pineapple juice that provides solid acidity. Rating: Excellent Production:…
  • Pend d’Oreille Winery 2013 Project Z, Washington, $40

    Great Northwest Wine
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:51 am
    Idaho winemaker Stephen Meyer developed this new blend as a tribute to Bob Roudon and Jim Smith, namesakes for the California winery near Santa Cruz where Meyer served as an assistant prior to his move to Sandpoint. Meyer’s intent was to make this focused on Zinfandel (50%), which he sourced from Coyote Canyon Vineyard, but he also includes Petite Sirah (20%) from Buoy Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, Carménère (10%) from Weinbau on the Wahluke Slope and Syrah (20%) from Coyote Canyon. The nose carries hints of cherry fruit leather, dark toast, vanilla extract, lime peel and cedar. The…
  • Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Malbec, Lake Chelan, $32

    Great Northwest Wine
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    Lake Chelan winemaker Shane Collins works with more than a dozen varieties from Dr. Bob Jankelson’s scenic vineyard that flanks the southern bank of Lake Chelan, and Malbec represents one of the four red Bordeaux grapes grown on the estate. Their latest bottling is a mouth-filling expression featuring tones of dark plum, pomegranate, black licorice and white pepper. Enjoy it at the on-premise Sorrento’s Ristorante with the Gorgonzola Burger. Rating: Recommended Production: 269 cases Alcohol: 14.8% Winery website Wine of the Week newsletter The post Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Malbec, Lake…
  • Pourings, promotions begin for Washington State Wine Month

    Eric Degerman
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:42 am
    The 2015 U.S. Open Golf Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., featured Washington state wine. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) As they love to say at the Washington State Wine Commission, “It’s a beautiful day to love Washington state wine,” and today marks the start of an especially august period — Washington State Wine Month. Each year, the nation’s second-largest wine-producing state develops promotions and offers savings as wineries and tasting rooms throughout the state. And a newly designed section of the wine commission’s website provides a…
 
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  • August 2015 Wine Tasting Line-Up at the Kirkland Winery

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    We're excited to be pouring an awesome selection of wines this month in the Kirkland tasting room. This month you get the opportunity to taste three new releases! Our 2012 Madrigal is part of our regular tasting line-up. Our 2012 Syrah and 2012 Coyote Canyon Merlot are both part of our reserve line-up. Sample the two Merlot's side-by-side; one from Yakima Valley AVA and one from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA (reserve pour). Come by and taste the line-ups before they change next month! TASTING BAR LINE-UP  |  $5 for 5 Pours (Free to Cellar Rats, refundable with purchase)    …
  • New Release Wines: 2012 Syrah, 2012 Madrigal, 2012 Coyote Canyon Merlot

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    YOU. MUST. TRY. THESE. WINES. Welcome to summer! Nothing better for your big summer BBQ fare than juicy, spicy, red wines from Washington State! We're releasing the perfect summer BBQ reds just in time for you to perfect your grilling!   Come into our Urban Winery and Tasting Room in Kirkland to get your hands on these while they last. Can't make it to the tasting room? BUY ONLINE 2012 Syrah (Columbia Valley AVA) 100% Syrah |  Only 223 cases. $32 per bottle. This Columbia Valley Syrah is a blend of grapes from two vineyards: Spofford Station (Walla Walla Valley) and…
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • Heritage Fire: Pigs, Fire, Wines and More in Napa Valley

    CraigTG
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Grab your forks because Heritage Fire, a whole animal live-fire, outdoor food and wine event returns to Charles Krug Winery (2800 Main Street, St. Helena) on Sunday, August 2, 2015 between 3pm and 7 pm. If you move quickly, you can still purchase tickets for this massive collection of culinary experts cooking for a crowd of meat and wine enthusiasts (including you). Heritage Fire by Cochon will showcase more than 50 notable chefs working with farmers to prepare and cook 3,000 pounds of heritage breed animals, spotlighting traditional outdoor cooking techniques. Heritage and heirloom dishes…
  • Putting it Together: Carneros Wine Alliance’s Birthday Bash

    CraigTG
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    Art isn’t easy but you can admire achievements in the oenological, culinary and visual arts when the Carneros Wine Alliance (CWA) holds their “Year of the Ram” Birthday Bash on July 25 at the stunning di Rosa property in southern Napa Valley. This is the “Year of the Ram” in the Chinese Zodiac calendar and the word “Ram” translates into “Carneros” in Spanish so the Alliance is adopting the name for its celebration honoring the 30th anniversary of the group’s founding. Metal sheep welcome you to di Rosa The Birthday Bash will take place between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm at di…
  • Recent Favorites from Napa Valley’s Howell Mountain

    CraigTG
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    Earlier this month we had the pleasure of indulging in wines made from grapes grown in the Howell Mountain AVA at the 20th annual Taste of Howell Mountain Wine Tasting and Auction.  We had a great time enjoying the wine, food and festivities on June 20 and looking around it seemed like we weren’t the only ones. Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignons have a well-deserved reputation but we frequently find admirable wines made from other varietals as well from this region. Rosé and Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Craig Winery TOHM is one of our favorite events in Napa County, and we encourage…
  • Wine Country Big Q: Ribs, Tri Tip, Wings and More in Sonoma County

    CraigTG
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:27 pm
    If you love BBQ you should plan on heading to Sonoma County in two weeks for the Wine Country Big Q on Saturday, July 11.   Come savor outstanding pork ribs, beef brisket, chicken wings, bean-based side dishes and more paired with premium wine, beer or cider. Then, you can wrap that all up with bacon-enhanced desserts at Big Q, a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) nationally sanctioned competition with over 50 of the best Pit Masters and other food purveyors happily offering up samples. There’s a Public Tasting between 1:00 and 5:00 pm that day at Sonoma Mountain Village (1300…
  • Welcome in Summer at the Russian River Valley Passport Weekend

    CraigTG
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    Come explore the rugged beauty of the Russian River Valley and its acclaimed wineries at the 2015 Russian River Valley Passport Weekend on June 27 and June 28. For two days, between 11 am and 4 pm, you and your friends can enjoy world-class wines (including limited releases and barrel samples) as you receive unmatched hospitality at over 30 wineries, including many that aren’t usually open to the public. Balletto Vineyards Pinot Noirs Some of the wineries participating in this year’s Passport Weekend who make lovely Pinot Noirs (and other wonderful wines) include Balletto Vineyards,…
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  • VinePair’s Guide to August Drinks

    VinePair Staff
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The month of August isn’t just the last month of summer vacation, this month brings a plethora of reasons to imbibe. Here’s our guide to great drinks in August, with recommendations for drinking experiences on every day, giving you a reason to imbibe even when you thought one didn’t exist. Saturday, August 1 It’s the first day of universal vacation month. It also happens to be National Mustard Day. Find yourself a juicy hot dog and a delicious craft beer. We recommend a nice crisp pilsner. Choose from some of our favorites. Sunday, August 2 In honor of National Ice…
  • Pairing Taco Bell Captain Crunch Delights With Premier Cru White Burgundy

    Adam Teeter
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Fast Food & Fine Wine #6: Taco Bell Captain Crunch Delights + Premier Cru White Burgundy Having trouble with the embedded video? Watch it on YouTube! I have to admit, the thought of digging into Taco Bell’s Captain Crunch Delights was not something I was looking forward to. I never was a fan of the Captain or his crunch growing up, I was more of a Chex and Rice Krispies kid, so let’s just say revisiting the sweet cereal in my adulthood was less than appealing. Adam Chandler on the other hand was elated. As I’ve come to learn, Chandler is probably Taco Bell’s biggest fan, and this…
  • The Olympic Marathon Runner Who Drank His Way To A Gold Medal

    Adam Teeter
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Spyridon Louis during the medals and diplomas ceremony at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Most people training for a marathon would never think of stopping with ten kilometers to go for a glass of vino, but most people aren’t Spyridon Louis winner of the marathon in the first ever modern Olympic games in 1896. Spyridon Louis’s victory vaulted him to hero status in Greece and the tale of his stopping for a glass of wine prior to finishing the race has become the stuff of legend ever since. Louis was from the village of Maroussi outside the city of Athens, and he received his…
  • Is There A Correct Way To Hold A Wine Glass?

    Aliza Kellerman
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    So, remember how everyone was giving Olivia Pope flack for holding her wine glass by the goblet? While we thought it was a bit silly to hold a fictional character to exacting somm standards, there is some truth behind the backlash. When you drink a glass of wine, it’s best to hold it by the stem or the base of the glass. But why? First off, holding a glass by the stem prevents smudging, and keeps the bulb free of fingerprints. Keeping the bulb fingerprint free means you can more easily asses the wine’s color, and thereby learn things about it before ever even tasting it. For example,…
  • 17 Memes Only Wine Lovers Will Truly Understand

    Hannie Everett
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Do you have a unique relationship with wine that no one seems to understand? Here are some scenarios to which you can likely relate: 1. I know what I want A photo posted by A Wine Everyday (@wine_everyday) on May 6, 2015 at 3:03pm PDT 2. The newest line of workout equipment A photo posted by A Wine Everyday (@wine_everyday) on Apr 11, 2015 at 1:28am PDT 3. I value personality in my man A photo posted by A Wine Everyday (@wine_everyday) on Mar 22, 2015 at 8:25am PDT 4. A grapevine a day keeps the doctor away A photo posted by A Wine Everyday (@wine_everyday) on Jan 12, 2015 at 8:03pm PST 5.
 
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  • Corsican Rosé at Pizzeria Otto

    Jameson Fink
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Hot damn, look at this beauty from Pizzeria Otto. I was briefly in Portland, Oregon, and wanted to check out this place since it came highly recommended from my pals Mary and Sean. I was overnighting at their house and it’s not too far away so perfect, right? (Confidential to Mary and Sean: Left you a sixer in the fridge; thanks for letting me stay!) But what do you drink with this (apple/cranberry) sausage, sage, and caramelized onion pizza with Mama Lil’s peppers? How about a pink wine from the island of Corsica. What, you’ve never had one? It’s time! Corsican…
  • Lambrusco Pairing: Parmigiano-Reggiano is Heavenly

    Jameson Fink
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    Wine and cheese, blah blah blah. Ok, not so blah in the flavor department. Truth be told, I don’t like the vast majority of wine with cheese, especially red wines. (Sancerre and Crottin de Chavignol goat cheese, however, is my all-time favorite match.) But I recently experienced a game-changer thanks to a Lambrusco pairing that was made amazing by Parmigiano-Reggiano. The Cheese to Stock Up on for a Lambrusco Pairing Epiphany Lambrusco is a red, fizzy delight. And one of the most versatile wines in the world when it comes to food pairing. It’s my pizza go-to. Quality Lambruscos…
  • Podcast: Summer Wines With Marissa A. Ross

    Jameson Fink
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    I did a lot of things while in New York to attend the SAVEUR Blog Awards. But at the top of the cool list was hanging out with fellow nominee, Comedian and Writer Marissa A. Ross. (BTW, get out the broom because she swept the wine category, taking home both the Reader’s and Editor’s Choice!) If you’re not reading her blog, Wine All The Time, you are making me very sad. Please add it to your go-to rotation of all internet things you consume on a regular basis. Marissa’s also hella funny on Twitter and super-cool on Instagram. (I say that not only because of our photo…
  • What Red Wine Pairs With Salmon?

    Jameson Fink
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    Living in the Pacific Northwest, pairing salmon with Oregon Pinot Noir is a big thing. And a good thing. (Hi, Martha.) But can you consider, for a moment, an alternative? Red Wine For Salmon? Try Beaujolais Go Gamay, go! I love you so. The grape that makes the wonderful red wines of Beaujolais is so choice. And speaking of this grape and wine region, I was invited to attend a Beaujolais and salmon dinner for a group of Seattle-area media folks at AQUA by El Gaucho.  Both fish and wine got me stoked…ON LIFE! [All photos via Ilya’s Photography.] I figured the first course…
  • A White Wine to Pair with Gravlax

    Jameson Fink
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    I spent a warm hour or so indoors* at Seattle’s Westward during our recent run of 90 degree weather and wanted nothing to do with any food that would come to me heated. Luckily this restaurant had two things that cooled me down: Gravlax and Jane Ventura Blanc Selecció 2014 You know I love Jane Ventura’s Cava. (Read all about it.) So I was tickled to see this Spanish producer also made still wines AND I could actually drink one! The Jane Ventura Blanc Selecció 2014 is an unusual blend of four grapes: Xarel.lo (70%) Macabeo (15%) White Grenache (5%) Malvasia de Sitges…
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  • The Anomaly of Donati Family Vineyard

    Vegas Wineaux
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Donati Family Vineyard is an anomaly in Paso Robles. “Why is it,” I wondered, “that the Donati Winery isn’t on the Paso Wine page?” The answer, as it turns out, was a little more complicated than what I’d originally thought. I figured that they hadn’t paid some fee or that they’d insulted some mucky-muck somewhere and were banned from the site. Maybe Paso Wines confused them with Donatoni Winery and never fixed it. As it turns out, none of those products of my rather overzealous imagination is true. The Donati winery is located on Oak View Road,…
  • An Evening at Jaleo

    Vegas Wineaux
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    So what do you do when you've had the opportunity to visit one of the best restaurants in Vegas and do a review, but you're with your main squeeze? You punt.
  • The Mirage Hotel and Casino – A Rant

    Vegas Wineaux
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:01 pm
    It doesn't seem too much to ask for clean sheets without holes, a fridge that I can use, room TV service that's dependable, and stable Internet. Either that or cut the price of a stay. I can get better service (fridge and all) at any Courtyard, and at a far lower cost.
  • Why We’re 100% Cork – St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma

    Vegas Wineaux
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If the customer perceives the cork as being cheap (as in synthetic corks and screwcaps), then the perception will be that the wine is cheap, too.
  • Paso Robles Wine Festival – Largest Winery-ish

    Vegas Wineaux
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The largest winery in Paso Robles isn't one of the massive wineries such as DAOU, Tooth & Nail, or even Villa San-Juliette. It's not even a winery, at least not technically.
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  • This Irish Pub Has Rules

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    July 31, 2015 – If you visit the Merry Ploughboy in Rathfarnham, near Dublin, you’d better read the rules.  Rule No. 3 and Rule No. 7 are taken seriously.  No. 3 warns against drinking a pint of Guinness before it has settled, which will result in your being barred, while No. 7 – hesitating for more than three seconds after getting the barman’s attention – is definitely frowned on. The other eight rules are more wisdom and etiquette advice.  The list has had 1.2 million views since being posted on Imgur.  Think about it.  Anyone finding it helpful is too young, and too naïve…
  • Craft Beer Has Plenty to Celebrate

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    July 31, 2015 – The craft beer craze shows no sign of slowing down. The Brewers Association, a craft beer trade organization, reports that volume rose a healthy 16% in the first half of 2015.  That’s about 12.2 million barrels of beer. The number of breweries is not diminishing either.  As of June this year there were 3, 739 operating across the U.S., which is 700 more than a year ago.  Another 1,755 are in the planning process. The Brewers Association defines a craft brewer as a company producing six million barrels of beer or less, being below 25% controlled by a non-craft company…
  • Update on Liquor Lawsuits – Winners and Losers

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    July 31, 2015 – You may recall that Maker’s Mark was sued in California for using the term “handmade” on its label.  We reported on it last January.  The class action suit was dismissed by Federal Court Judge John Houston.  He said that no reasonable consumer could have been misled by the claim and that the term “handmade” does not preclude machines from being used in the brand’s production.  A similar suit was tossed out in Florida recently. Templeton Rye didn’t fare quite so well.  The company positioned itself as a craft whiskey made in the tiny town of Templeton,…
  • More News About Bronze Age Wine

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    July 31, 2015 – The palace of Tel Kabri in northwestern Israel is an amazing find and a window into life in the Bronze Age.  In November 2013 we reported on an announcement by archaeologists that they had found 40 jars that appeared to hold red wine in the ruins of a Canaanite palace dating back almost 4,000 years http://www.wineandspirits.com/ancient-wine-cellar-found-in-israel/. Unlike ruins at other archaeological sites, Tel Kabri was abandoned and not rebuilt after its destruction, probably by earthquake.  The ruins and artifacts found there can be reliably dated back to when the…
  • Sulfite Filter Will Help Sufferers Enjoy Wine

    admin
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    July 24, 2015 – It is estimated that three million Americans are sensitive to sulfites, a necessary additive to wine.  For most people, sulfites are undetectable but for some they are blamed for headaches, itching and difficulty breathing.  All wine has some naturally occurring sulfites.  However, adding sulfites is a critical step in the winemaking process in order to avert spoilage. But a solution is at hand courtesy of James Kornacki who is putting his doctorate in chemistry from Northwestern University to good use and you, too, can get in on his invention via Kickstarter. His sleek…
 
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  • Visiting Château de Bellet

    Chrissie
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    There have been a fair few changes up at Château de Bellet, in the hills of Nice, over the… The post Visiting Château de Bellet appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • The Art of Wine Pairing: A Bouquet of Rosés for Asian Cuisine

    Chrissie
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    It’s officially summer and, in case you haven’t noticed, the world appears to have awoken to the virtues of… The post The Art of Wine Pairing: A Bouquet of Rosés for Asian Cuisine appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Liguria Like a Local: Sestri Levante

    Chrissie
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:08 am
    To me, Liguria splits in two at Genoa. West of which, along the coastal stretch known as the Riviera… The post Liguria Like a Local: Sestri Levante appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Bellet’s Portes Ouvertes: A Practical Guide

    Chrissie
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:17 am
    Whilst regular readers will be more familiar with the subject of Nice’s own Bellet vineyards; it’s not every day… The post Bellet’s Portes Ouvertes: A Practical Guide appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Visiting Le Petit Vigneau, Saint-Paul de Vence

    Chrissie
    28 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    One of the first blog posts I ever wrote, back in early 2013, was about Le Petit Vigneau in Saint-Paul… The post Visiting Le Petit Vigneau, Saint-Paul de Vence appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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  • 15 Funny Wine GIFS & MEMES

    Paul
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    When I have a bad day, I just can’t help but run home and crack open a bottle of wine, it just makes all my problems melt away. I try to keep it to two glasses but on those real bad days, a third glass might just be in order! Anyway, here are fifteen of the funniest wine GIFs and meme’s that I’ve found on the good ol’ world wide web. So please enjoy and share…
  • Wine Wednesday – 4 Things You Need

    Paul
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    We’ve started a new tradition at work that I can get behind, called WINE WEDNESDAY! For those of you who don’t know what that is, well, it’s pretty self-explanatory. After work, every Wednesday, we get some wine and some cheese, maybe even a little popcorn and unwind from the work week!The point of a Wine Wednesday is socialize with co-workers and friends, relax after a long day, and most importantly to try new wines!1. WINEAh, the wine. For me, I like a red, but I think it can be fun to have both a red AND a white so you can really try both sides of the spectrum. One of…
  • 11 Wine Apps You Should Consider Downloading!

    Paul
    25 May 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Who doesn’t love a nice glass of wine nowadays, but choosing the right bottle or trying to pair it with food can be tricky, but in this technology age, we’re in luck! As they say…there’s an app for that.So without further ado, here are the 12 best wine apps you should consider downloading to your smartphone!TOP 12 WINE APPS The first one on my list is a simple app to help save you some cash. The Wine-Search App!WINE-SEARCHER APPMy number one goal is to get a great wine, but a close second is to get a great wine at a great price. Wine-Searcher is a huge website that now…
  • Global Wine Cellars Review + 50% Off Promotion

    Paul
    17 May 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Ahah! My latest adventure in the wine club market is the Global Wine Cellars. I was honored to be able to try a shipment of the Discovery Club last week, so let’s dive into my findings.Oh and also, I have a 50% off promotion to give you as well as the end of my review!GLOBAL DISCOVERY CLUB (6 Bottles)To the right is the picture of my six bottle shipment, which came with six red and two whites. The first bottle that immediately peaked my interest was the 2010 Chateau Haut-Peyrillat Medoc from the Bordeaux region in France, which is one of my favorite wine regions. I love wine with big…
  • Can a Good Beer Compete with a Fine Wine? It’s Beer Vs. Wine!

    Paul
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    We all know that wine is one of the classiest, fancy drinks out there, but can a good beer compete and be just as high class? Let’s dig in and find out!Started From The Bottom, Now I’m HereI started my beer drinking adventures over a decade ago when I tried some Bud Light. At the time, I thought it was very high class. When we were in college, spending the extra coin on Bud Light was real treat. After a couple of years my roommates curiosity and tastes starting to change, we tried some ambers, a few IPA’s, and then eventually Guinness, the darkest of all beers. Then, the day…
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    Wine, Women and Chocolate

  • Patricia Tallman has an amazing opportunity!

    Cat Curry-Williams
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    “Dear Friends and Travel Lovers! Patricia Tallman has an amazing opportunity for an adventure in Hawaii! Only 10 slots open, and you have to move fast to get this deal. September 9-15 2015. Hang out with Sci Fi celebrities. Zip line over water falls, snorkeling with sea turtles, night snorkel and dive with Manta Rays, helicopter... The post Patricia Tallman has an amazing opportunity! appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Stop ‘shoulding’ on yourself – Stacey Hall

    Cat Curry-Williams
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Chi-To-Be is the latest best selling book by Stacey Hall, Founder of ‘The Hall Institute of Intuitive Wellness’.   http://www.chi-to-be.com/chi-to-be The post Stop ‘shoulding’ on yourself – Stacey Hall appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • How your doctor’s beliefs affect YOU!

    Cat Curry-Williams
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    Jessica Ortner, (who I love) recently sat down with NY Times best-selling author of “Mind Over Medicine,” Dr. Lissa Rankin , to talk about some revolutionary approaches to healing our bodies. In this short video conversation. It’s a must watch and share. – The vital importance of understanding the difference between our sympathetic and para-sympathetic... The post How your doctor’s beliefs affect YOU! appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Unmasking Motherhood: Katherine Wintsch

    Cat Curry-Williams
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    If you are a Mother watch this! Shortly after Katherine Wintsch returned from her second trip to the delivery room, her perceptions of the world around her began to change. The idealized visions of mom-dom that marketers and media were painting did not match the upside-down reality staring her in the face. In 2010, Katherine... The post Unmasking Motherhood: Katherine Wintsch appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • 10 Benefits of Bone Broth + Gut Healing Recipe

    Cat Curry-Williams
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    From the beginning of time (well, at least since there’s been fire), man has been eating bone broth. Have you ever wondered why? I’m sure you remember your mother or grandmother telling you to make sure to eat your chicken soup when you were sick. And likely when you did, you actually felt better. Have... The post 10 Benefits of Bone Broth + Gut Healing Recipe appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
 
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    Wine Tourism in Portugal Blog

  • Best Belvederes in the Douro Valley

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Travelling through the Douro Valley is all about finding the best vantage point to take that amazing photograph home - The sculpted mountains, the valley carved by the river and plenty of green and blue hues. While there are plenty of places that can accommodate to this purpose, there are some which make the view even more inspiring. Here is my selection of the best belvederes in the Douro Valley. Quinta do Castro Quinta do Castro could easily be the top choice when it comes to the best winery in the Douro Valley. Its wines are acclaimed worldwide, especially in Brazil where they…
  • Best Food Experiences in the Douro Valley

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    One thing that you have to take into consideration when travelling the Douro Valley is that throughout all its history it has been a Port Wine Producing region. Purely! DOC Douro table wines only came out in the last 30/40 years and tourism has really only opened up in the last 10/15. This means that the tourism, hotels and restaurants offer in the Douro Valley is exclusive and very scarce. While a good wine hotel to stay in can be relatively easy to find, the same cannot be spoken about a good restaurant. So here are some of Douro's top food experiences. Gourmet Experience at…
  • Best Wine Experiences in the Douro Valley...

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    On this chapter I choose to recommend wine experiences in Douro, rather than tours of vineyards or visits to wineries. Let’s face it, no one takes absolute pleasure from looking at towers of stainless steel while having a tour guide describe the fermentation process for the 10th time that day. Here, I focus on the out of the box experiences that some of the Quintas offer, and which I find 100x more rewarding to you as a visitor and as a wine enthusiast. Vintage Tour at Quinta da Carvalhas The Vintage Tour at Quinta das Carvalhas is the best wine experience in the whole of the…
  • Best Wine Hotels in the Douro Valley

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:52 am
    For the second post of my Douro valley Wine Travel guide, I share with you my top choices for accommodation in the Douro Valley. As the properties all have a very limited number of rooms you can find other options like the Douro Scala in the Wine Tourism in Portugal hotel search tool. Quinta da Pacheca in Régua Quinta da Pacheca is the poster child of an ancient winery being adapted to the modern demands of the modern wine traveller. The main houses in the centre of the estate were recently renovated into a chic - boutique - luxury wine hotel. It very elegantly mixes some…
  • Douro Valley - Wine Travel Guide

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    During the first couple of weeks of July 2015, I was a guest of Wine Tourism in Portugal in the Douro Valley. My mission was to explore the most beautiful wine region in the world and offer you the ultimate guide to travelling the Douro Valley. In this guide that I will share throughout this week you will find recommendations for the best wine hotels, the best wine experiences, the best food experiences and the best belvederes in the Douro Valley.  In a time where competition in wine tourism is at its fierce stage, it would be easy to fall into the century’s…
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  • Summery Whisky Cocktails for National Scotch Day

    Matt McGinnis
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Braveheart cocktail with Black Grouse Whisky   There seems to be a “National Day” for every drink out there. That’s OK by me. Monday July 27 is National Scotch Day, which is a perfect reason to enjoy a glass or two of lovely Scotch whisky. These days Bourbon is favored over Scotch in the U.S., but Scotch certainly deserves a place on your bar. This stuff has a long heritage. The Scots have been making whisky since the late 15th century with malted barley. The first written mention of Scotch dates back to 1494. Today Scotch is made from a combo of malt and grain, compared to Bourbon…
  • New Congress Avenue hot spot, The Townsend, scores badass guest bartender

    Matt McGinnis
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Adam Bryan Guest Bartender The Townsend   It’s fairly common for music venues like the Continental Club and Cactus Café to have an artist residency with guest bands playing shows on consecutive nights or weeks. It’s not a common thing to have a guest bartender residency, but newly opened cocktail bar The Townsend is doing just that. The cocktail lounge and live music venue situated on Congress Avenue kicks off its bartender residency program with Adam Bryan running the show through July 23. It’s not new to have guest bartenders, but this is the first week-long residency at a…
  • What to drink in Austin right now: Two local spirits put a new spin on gin

    Matt McGinnis
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Austin Reserve Gin Single Barrel Series   Gin starts life as a wallflower. In the beginning, it is nothing more than colorless, odorless, flavorless liquor, sort of like vodka. Then it is distilled again with a mix of juniper berries and other herbs that transform it into an aromatic, sophisticated spirit. As gorgeous and complex as gin is, it takes on an even more interesting tone when it spends some quality time with oak. Like barrel-aged whiskey, it takes on a comely amber hue and gains a depth of flavor with vanilla, caramel and spices layered in with the botanicals. Local booze…
  • What to drink during Running of the Bulls: Avignonesi Desiderio

    Matt McGinnis
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Avignonesi Desiderio Cortona DOC Merlot 2011 Reading Hemingway always makes me want to drink. Every time Jake Barnes takes a long tug off of a wine skin during the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona while watching the Running of the Bulls in The Sun Also Rises, I want to join him in some purposeless debauchery. This year, the annual Running of the Bulls happens July 6th through 14th at the San Fermín festival, sparking a week-long celebration in Spain and with people like me around the world who want to party vicariously. You don’t have to be a Hemingway fan to have a deep affinity for…
  • Pedernales Cellars introduces Texas Viognier Reserve 2014

    Matt McGinnis
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    Pedernales Cellars just introduced its Texas Viognier Reserve 2014, a lovely white wine made from grapes grown near Lubbock, Texas. This is the third year that Pedernales has made this wine and it has big shoes to fill to meet the expectations set by its older sibling. Huge shoes. “The 2012 Reserve Viognier put us on the map,” says Fredrik Osterberg, co-founder and president of Pedernales Cellars. It put Pedernales on the map by winning big at a prestigious international wine competition. The Texas Viognier Reserve 2012 scored a Grand Gold at the 2013 Lyon International Wine Competition,…
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  • What a Find! Liberty Field's Apple Aperitif - and the Liberty Flip Cocktail for the Weekend

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    So I've made one of my top drinks discoveries of 2015. A really, really good one. Naturally, I raced Vinspire-ward to tell you guys about it right away!It all started on Twitter - I saw a tweet from a nice Dorset-based apple company called Liberty Fields about their Apple Aperitif, and it sounded interesting, so I cheekily asked if I could try it. Rather than telling me to sod off, they very obligingly sent me a bottle (thanks!), and it landed on my doorstep yesterday morning along with lots of interesting information about them.They've planted 1600 apple trees in their beautiful orchards,…
  • 10 Terrifically Tasty Sweet Tea Flavours

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:40 am
    Some days, today included, they really should just link me up to an IV drip of tea. I simply can't get by without the stuff - and it's a habit I'm not willing to break.Now, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with a good old-fashioned cup of English Breakfast (I believe that would still count as treason) but a combination of a thirst to explore, a sweet tooth and continually forgetting to buy milk has led me to start yearning for some tasty flavoured teas instead.I've reviewed flavoured teas in the past, and it's become clear that the fastest way to my heart is through a warm cup of the…
  • Born in The USA: California Dreaming Wine Tasting Pt.1

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to snap up some tickets to the very first wine tasting our "new local" was hosting. The Grape Escape opened in Cheltenham at the end of May, almost a stone's throw away from our house - excellent for staggering home purposes, but dangerous for the bank balance - and it's just perfect. There's an ever changing weekly wine by the glass list, with over 200 wines to purchase by the bottle, and you can buy to take home too (though it doesn't make much difference for me and The Chap, we'd rather be propping up the bar!).It'll come as no surprise then, that such a…
  • Summer Bliss: Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:19 am
    Despite the weather outside our windows at the moment, it is currently the height of the British summer.As such we are bravely, (and with refusal to accept reality) faithfully traipsing to our local supermarket or butcher to pick up pound upon pound of meat for the barbecue... only to finally cook it indoors once the sodden coals refuse to ignite under the constant onslaught of drizzle.For me, a perfect drink to match with a barbecue (especially one that has experienced rain delay) is a good quality bourbon.The richer, slightly sweeter and often woodier nature of this whiskey makes it better…
  • Best of British Beer's Monthly Craft Beer Club - July, Part One

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    It's beer o'clock again! There are two things that occur at the end of every month that I look forward to equally. One of them is payday but much more exciting and wondrous is the arrival of Best Of British Beer's monthly Craft Beer Club case. (We've reviewed these every month for a while now...)This month's arrival was waiting for me at the end of a thirteen hour (!!!) shift which included presenting a wine tasting to 40 people; so as you can imagine I was pretty exhausted. They say alcohol is a depressant, but I certainly wasn't depressed when I found what was inside. Cotswold…
 
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