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  • 12 Standout California Pinot Noirs (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: Tasting Reports
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    New reviews of the 2013s from the North Coast
  • The Best and the Worst of the 2011 Napa Cabs

    Wine School of Philadelphia
    Keith S Wallace
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    In PA Wine and Spirits Stores Another damp day in Napa Valley 2011 was a crazy year for Napa Cabs. California is in the grip of a massive drought, but that wasn’t the case in 2011. At least in Napa Valley, where rain pummelled vineyards from September to October. By harvest time, the grapes were bloated and rot was endemic. Many winemakers called it a very bad vintage. The wine critic Robert Parker of Wine Advocate rated it 84 points, the lowest in two decades. All is not lost, though. Anyone who has taken a wine class with me knows the secret sauce: there is no such thing as a…
  • 6 Dry Reds Show The Savory Side of Wine

    Wine Folly
    Madeline Puckette
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    As a wine descriptor, “dry” doesn’t imply an empty glass, it implies low to no sweetness. Not all wine has to be a berry bomb, fiercely fruity and sweeter than a Jolly Rancher candy. In fact, there are many wines that swing into the savory end of the taste spectrum. These wines satisfy our obsession with all things dry and bitter. “Serious love for savory wines–the perfect accompaniment to food.” It’s a common mistaken belief that savory wines are not fruity. In fact, most savory wines burst forth with fruit flavors, but they tend to lean towards the…
  • Top Things to Do in Porto for Wine, Nature and Art Lovers

    Wine Tourism in Portugal Blog
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Porto, Portugal's second city, is a combination of tradition and modernity and a synonym of good food and wine, friendly caring people and a genuineness that can't be found nowhere else in Europe.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Joe Wagner Sells Meiomi Wines to Constellation for $315 Million (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Constellation buys the California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay label for a hefty price
 
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    GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show

  • Garagistes of California – with Carucci Wines

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Many wine lovers dream of taking that step of making wine for themselves. However, it’s a much bigger step – a leap of faith, in fact – to turn one’s avocation into the business of making and selling your wines to the public. Join us as we talk with winemaker Eric Carucci, about how he approached wading into the world of wine – as a vocation. We’ll talk about small-lot winemaking as well as some of the business side of things for the Carucci family’s budding enterprise. For more info: Carucci Wines: carucciwines.com/ Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies…
  • Château Angelus – with Hubert de Boüard and the Commanderie de Bordeaux

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Winegrowing is in Hubert de Boüard’s genes. He grew up surrounded by his family’s vines at Château Angélus in Saint-Emilion, and his father bought him his first pair of secateurs, when he was 7, so he could go out and prune the vines. The estate has been owned by the Boüard de Laforest family since the Domaine de Mazaret was bequeathed to Comte Maurice de Boüard de Laforest in 1909, and expanded by the acquisition of Clos de L’Angélus in 1926 and a plot from Château Beau-Séjour Bécot in 1969. The name refers to the three Angelus bells audible from the vineyards. In 1985,…
  • The Art and Science of Wine

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    21 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Is wine more art than science, or vice versa? Arguably, it takes both art AND science to create and deliver the optimum wine-drinking experience. So, we were quite pleased when both these gentlemen came to the studio to talk with us about their winemaking efforts. Coming from different backgrounds (wine vs. food science), each brings a uniquely different approach to “assembling” a final wine. Join us as we get our geek on about wine with Anthony Weytjens and Alexandre Remy. In addition to the great discussion, maybe we’ll even find out if a wine can be greater than the sum…
  • Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Talley Vineyards

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    13 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. However, for three generations the Talley family has farmed in Coastal San Luis Obispo County. It all began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. During the 1970s extensive planting of wine grapes began in the neighboring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver’s son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality chardonnay and pinot noir on the steep…
  • Wineries of Oregon – with Ponzi Vineyards

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    4 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    It was the late ’60s, and Dick and Nancy Ponzi had moved their young family to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After several research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for an ideal vineyard location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland. The Ponzi’s were about to embark on a quest to make great Pinot Noir in Oregon. It was a daring risk at the time, as the Pacific Northwest was not known to be a place to grow Pinot Noir. However, Dick and Nancy felt the Northern Willamette Valley’s climate was ideal for Pinot Noir. Cuttings were…
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    Vinography: A Wine Blog

  • Warm Up: The Italian Influence in California

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Grape harvest in California's Central Valley 1898 Courtesy of USC Libraries, Special Collections. CA Historical Society Collection Over the last couple decades, Italian varieties have become more popular in California. They have such momentum now that several up-and-coming producers have been able to stake much or all of their production on Italian varieties. Italians, and thus echoes of Italy's wine culture, have been a part of California for quite some time, and Italian influence gained serious momentum during the California Gold Rush. In a period of less than a decade, the gold rush…
  • I'll Drink to That: Megan Glaab of Ryme Cellars

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Episode 273 of I'll Drink to That has been released, and features Megan Glaab, one of the partners of Ryme Cellars, a boutique wine label in Sonoma County. The interview discusses Megan's childhood growing up in the family restaurant, which is the wine focused restaurant Passionfish. The conversation touches on her time in Australia, working for Torbreck, where she met Ryan Glaab; coming back to California and working for Helen Turley at Marcassin; and starting Ryme with Ryan out of the Wind Gap winery facility, where Ryan was an Assistant Winemaker. There is some discussion of the different…
  • Listen Up!! I'll Drink to That on Vinography

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    We live in a golden age of wine content. There have never been more ways to read about wine, learn about wine, and otherwise simmer in thoughts and ideas about wine at any time in history. Whereas wine commentary used to be dominated by several prominent voices, now there are thousands. Perhaps more importantly, there are more people to directly engage with about wine than ever before as well. The sommelier scene is exploding. After a period of much consolidation, it seems like distributors and importers are now popping up like mushrooms after an autumn rain, and we see more Master Sommeliers…
  • A First Taste of Idaho Wine

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Wine from Idaho? Why not? Idaho's climate and geology share many things in common with Eastern Washington State, a place that is making some pretty exciting red wines these days. Idaho's first grapes were planted in 1864, and several wineries grew to prominence in the late 1800's and early 1900s. Like in many places, Prohibition took its toll and wiped out the state's fledgling wine industry. Idaho wasn't planted with grapes again until 1970, but since then more than 50 wineries have sprung up around the state, and more than 1300 acres are under cultivation. When a case of Idaho wines showed…
  • Tasting Integrity: 25 Years of Corison Napa Cabernet

    27 Jun 2015 | 10:47 pm
    "This is how integrity tastes," I found myself concluding as I tasted through 25 years of Cathy Corison's efforts to express what she thinks her little patch of Napa Valley can say. In addition to meaning honest and upright, integrity means wholeness and completeness, and both definitions apply to Cathy's wines individually, and as a group of 25 vintages. The honesty expressed in these wines manifested as a transparency to the qualities of each vintage, and a willingness to let the fruit speak freely without a veneer of oak. But perhaps more impressive was the constancy of these wines. They…
 
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  • One Simple Step to Removing Wine’s Intimidation Factor

    Tom Wark
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    This is the question: HOW DO WE CHANGES IS THIS OVERALL “FEELING” THAT WINE IS INTIMIDATING, BUT BEER ISN’T? At least this is the way it was put by Larry Schaffer, owner of Tercero Winery, commenting in this post about “craft wine”. In fact, this is the same question that I’ve heard asked ever since I got in the wine business nearly 25 years ago. In fact, that wine is intimidating has been among the most important concerns to the wine industry and various efforts have been made to mitigate this feeling among consumers. I have a fool-proof plan to remove the…
  • What’s Wrong With “Craft Wine”

    Tom Wark
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    What’s the best label to use to describe a small, hands-on, privately owned, high-quality oriented winery? It’s interesting, what with the explosion in interest in “craft beer” over the past two decades, that the wine industry has not explored using the “craft” prefix. “Craft Wine!” That sounds good to me. Is it possible, given that it’s beer, spirit and cider producers that most often use the term “craft”, that wine producers see the term as too downscale? In fact, I’m certain this is an important reason why wineries…
  • Anticipating A Dopey Future At the SOMM Journal

    Tom Wark
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    A few years ago I speculated that if and when legalized, marijuana would be marketed by some in exactly the way high-end wine is marketed: based on terroir. That day is here. The SOMM Journal, which has continued to improve in quality and to extend its relevance, published an article in its latest issue entitled “California Artisanal Hashish”. If it weren’t for the subject being a leaf grown with the expressed purpose of getting one high, the article could have been about artisanal winemakers crafting high-end wines from a unique terroir. As California moves closer and…
  • Reason Over Emotion in the Wine Industry

    Tom Wark
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    The faster you learn to carefully pick your battles, the faster you will accomplish more, provide better service and live a happier life. This goes for the alcohol regulatory community. There’s a problem when lawmakers are forced to teach an alcohol regulatory body this fundamental lesson. And that’s exactly what has happened in New York. After passing through both the New York House and Senate, a bill that will rein in the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) and force it to better pick their battles sits on Governor Cuomo’s desk for signing. The bill was filed in…
  • If You Only Read One Wine Book This Year

    Tom Wark
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Matt Kramer’s latest book (really not more than a long, concise, finely argued essay) is subversive. While at once a bare knuckled take down of the now well established “flavor-descriptor-as-tasting-note” mode of wine review, True Taste: The Seven Essential Wine Words is also a manifesto for the return to values, judgment and discernment in both wine writing and wine reviewing. And it is a book that every wine writer, every wine industry participant and every true wine aficionado needs to read because it is one of the most important and insightful wine books to be published…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • Five Ways to Drink Unprocessed Booze

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:53:23 -0400
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Most of us know by now that processed food is bad—it tastes bad, it makes us feel bad and it does bad things to the earth. But when Megan Kimble set out to eliminate unprocessed foods from her diet for a year (an experiment she writes about in her new book, Unprocessed) there was one thing she didn’t anticipate: Drinking became much more difficult. That's because the alcohol industry...
  • 5 Best Pasta Salads for a Cookout

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:55:49 -0400
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    No cookout is complete without at least one big bowlful of pasta salad. From a fun take on paella to chewy fregola pasta with juicy roasted tomatoes, here are five crowd-pleasing pasta salads to make for a Fourth of July party. 1. Pasta Salad with Grilled Sausages and Peppers A mix of grilled weisswursts, breakfast sausage and Italian sausage stars in this fast pasta salad. 2....
  • Here’s Why 37 Of the World’s Greatest Chefs Are About to Swap Kitchens

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:34:32 -0400
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Here’s a date that promises to be huge for many of the best chefs around the world: Thursday, July 9th. It's the day that 37 of them do the culinary version of Wife Swap, aka the Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle. Each participating chef packs his or her bags and knives and goes to take over the life of another outstanding cook, staying in his or her house, driving his or her car and, ultimately...
  • 11 Advanced Grilling Recipes to Show Off on the Fourth of July

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:14:02 -0400
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Because the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, most people are getting Friday off. Take advantage of the extra day of prep time and get to work making one of these time-consuming (but incredibly rewarding and impressive) grilling recipes. You only get one Fourth of July a year—go ahead and show off. 1. Barbecued Brisket and Burnt Ends  Ten hours on the grill with a...
  • The Best Foods to Cure a Broken Heart

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:07:04 -0400
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    From July 10-12, Chicago is going to get a lot more country. The Windy City Smokeout will fill the city with delicious scents of meaty BBQ from expert pit masters and melodious music from top country stars. While everyone at the incredible event is sure to have a killer time (how could you not with constant supply of craft brews and sticky barbecued ribs?), the fest’s musical...
 
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    Intoxicating Prose

  • 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…
  • RESTAURANTS: Sky Garden

    Douglas Blyde
    2 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    SHOWING me his long “To Do” list, Berastegui mentions he spends much time working out where to shoe-horn bottles over his three cellars, from the one he is cultivating in the eaves above us for up-to 400 bottles, to the main hold “at floor -1...” Read at Harper's >
  • TRAVEL: In Sugar-Cane Land

    Douglas Blyde
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:23 am
    ‘I SPED away over the ocean into a region of tropic sunshine and blue waters, of islands built by volcano or raised by coral insects, there to see the sugar-cane grow and study the people who grow it,’ wrote Eden Phillpotts in his 1890 travelogue, In Sugar-Cane Land. I discovered the Victorian’s intense words in a dark, dusty bookshop in Putney one wintry morning. A century-and-a-quarter after it was published, the prose of the insurance officer turned author, dramatist, poet, and best friend of Agatha Christie, inspired me to set course for the West Indies... Read at Good Things…
  • SPIRITS: Future Proof

    Douglas Blyde
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    BUT what of the discerning tippler’s future? Despite our inherent inability to envision with accuracy, humans remain addicted to future-gazing. I asked several minds on both sides of the bar counter what cocktails might look, smell and feel like in five, 50 and 100 years time...Read at Alexander & James >
 
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    Decanter

  • DWWA 2015 Tasting Highlights: Vintners Hall

    Chris Mercer
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Hundreds of wine lovers and trade professionals journeyed through the hottest July day on record in the UK to attend a tasting of medal winning wines at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards, or DWWA for short. See photos of the event here.All images by Cath Lowe for Decanter‘Thank goodness it’s so cool in here,’ commented many of the wine trade professionals who attended the afternoon session at Vintners Hall as temperatures rose above 35 degrees celsius on the streets of central London. Quick Links: See full DWWA 2015 results See details of more upcoming DWWA tasting…
  • Anson on Thursday: Ernst Loosen and the sweet wine trap

    Jane Anson
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Why is there so much resistance to new ideas when it comes to sweet wines? Jane Anson examines the issue in a column that runs from Sauternes to the Mosel, where she talks to the Mick Jagger of winemaking, Dr Ernst Loosen.A view of the Mosel ValleyYou might have read about the two directors of the French arm of Uber being taken into custody in Paris this week. It followed on from violent protests by taxi drivers, blocking airports and city centres across the country demanding the French government protect them from the scourge of Uber drivers offering cheap – and they say unregulated –…
  • Australia aims to be world’s ‘pre-eminent’ wine producer

    Richard Woodard
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    A new strategy designed to revitalise Australia’s wine industry aims to make the country the world’s ‘pre-eminent’ wine producing nation in the longer term.Vineyards in Eden Valley, Barossa.The Australian Grape and Wine Authority Strategic Plan 2015-2020, released on 1 July, also revives the Wine Australia name a year after the body was merged with Australia’s Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) to form the new Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). ‘In response to feedback from the wider grape and wine community, from 1 July, the majority of our…
  • Producer profile: Hugel

    Margaret Rand
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:47 am
    The 13th generation has just started working at this famous Alsace producer, notable for setting the rules for (and later boycotting) the region’s grand crus. Margaret Rand meets a few of the family.Hugel at a glance Holdings 30ha of estate vineyards plus grapes bought from another 100ha Grape varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Sylvaner, Pinot Noir Annual production 1 million bottles Key personnel Marc Hugel, winemaker; Etienne Hugel, sales and exports; Jean Philippe Hugel, CEO Exports 90% of production Wines produced Classic (including Gentil), Tradition,…
  • Rioja festival goers soaked in 130,000 litres of red wine

    Ellie Douglas
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:42 am
    Ten thousand people took part in the 'battle of wine' festival in Haro, Rioja, throwing 130,000 litres of red wine at each other.A man pours red wine on a girl during the"Batalla del Vino" (Battle of Wine) in Haro, on June 29, 2015. The annual festival – named ‘La Batalla del Vino’ in Spanish – is held on 29 June for St Peter’s Day. It starts with traditions that have been maintained for three centuries, including a procession with the town mayor, and a pilgrimage to the Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio, the patron saint of Haro – before the battle of wine…
 
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Interview with Mark Squires: The Future of Portuguese Wine

    Ryan Opaz
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    When I first became interested in wine, I actively sought out places where I could talk and ask questions. Way back then, eRobertParker had recently joined with the Mark Squires wine bulletin board to create a space for wine geeks to chat online, eventually create “offlines” . Offlines were scheduled meet ups with local bulletin board members in a set physical location. I had a few exchanges with Mark Squires back then, but I didn’t know him well, nor was he in charge of any regions for the Wine Advocate yet. Today, that has all changed. Mark is now the man in charge…
  • Architecture Lovers: Enjoy Open House Porto this Weekend!

    Gabriella Opaz
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:17 am
    Of any city in the world, Porto is by far one of the most dynamic, textured and architecturally rich. It’s a city of layers, where each and every chipped tile, salt covered glass, graffiti lined wall and aged stone shares a story, a story spanning 2000+ years of existence. Walk any city street in downtown Porto and you’ll find yourself saying, “Wow, there’s not one tiny square of this city that’s the same. Everywhere you look, the walls are different, the windows are asymmetrical and the building is morphing into something else! This is incredible!” And…
  • Friday Feature Photo: The Golden Algarve Coast

    Gabriella Opaz
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    Photographer: Berit Watkin Capture Date: March 24, 2015 Location: Algarve, Spain About: The Algarve is enchanting and alluring. Coastal Algarve is renown for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. There are more than 150 beaches to choose from but some of the top include: Praia da Marinha (Lagoa), Praia da Falésia (Albufeira), Praia de Odeceixe (Odeceixe), Ilha de Tavira (Tavira), Meia Praia (Lagos), Praia de Cacela Velha (near Manta Rota), Praia da Arrifana (Aljezur) and Praia da Amoreira (Aljezur) Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply…
  • Your Essential Guide on Riding the Train in Spain

    Melissa Leighty
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:33 am
    I woke up early in the morning, when the sun was just peeking through the industrial blue curtains framing the small window at my head. It took me a moment to place myself, since it’s not often I awake to that gentle, reassuring sway that makes traveling by train such a pleasure for me. I was on the top bunk–drawn by straws–somewhere between Granada and Barcelona. I imagined we couldn’t be far from our destination judging from the angle and the warmth of the sun hitting my face. We were due into the main station at 11am. I rolled over carefully, and my breath caught as I…
  • Friday Feature Photo: The Witches Brew of Spain

    Gabriella Opaz
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:22 am
    Photographer: Dani Vázquez Capture Date: July 5, 2013 Location: Galicia, Spain About: The Queimada is a traditional ritual, practiced by the people of Galicia, located in the upper northwest corner of Spain, propped comfortably over Portugal, to cast out demons and bad spirits through an incantation and a witches brew made of Orujo. The origins of the ritual are still unknown, though competing theories predict that it was either a remnant of the Celtic tribes that settled in Spain in the 11th century who worshiped polytheism or developed in the 1950s when Tito Freire designated the…
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    Dr Vino's wine blog

  • 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…
  • A lighter shade of Pinot

    Dr. Vino
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    The stylistic clash happening in California has gotten attention in a couple of stories recently, both worth checking out. The first, “The Wrath of Grapes,” by Bruce Schoenfeld in the NYT magazine, provides an engaging summary of recent goings-on in the Golden State. His narrative follows Raj Parr, a co-founder of In Pursuit of Balance, a group of California producers overtly making wines that favor restraint and elegance over bombast and fruit. He contrasts this with the style of California wines that Robert Parker has championed and ventures to London to attend a tasting with…
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    Chez Ray Winemaking

  • *** 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…
  • Tasting notes: Lanza Merlot 2009

    jorray
    29 May 2014 | 8:26 pm
    This is Lanza Merlot from Suisun Valley, California.  The grape arrival was described here.Two years after harvest, November, 2011, this shows as deep purple magenta, opaque from about a half inch from the edge of the glass.On the nose, it shows bright purple ink with lifted alcohol.Still quite primary and fruity on the palate, with rich deep fruits, but an overtone of acetic acid (ie, vinegar).  Finish is lively and clean.  Three stars on a five star scale, with a plus for deep potency.-------------------Updated review, two and a half years later, now five years from…
  • Review: MS8, 2008 Merlot, Suscol Ranch, Napa, California

    jorray
    17 May 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Review: MS8, 2008 Merlot, Suscol Ranch, Napa:  Deep brick and magenta, almost opaque in the center.  Brilliant, red and purple ink on the nose.  Piquant, aromatic purple floral highlights on the palate, sleek and bright center of red fruit.  Clean finish that holds up nicely to the six years of age since vintage date.  Four stars.
  • Updated Review: **** Chez Ray Sangiacomo Vineyards Merlot, 2006, Carneros, Sonoma, CA

    jorray
    14 May 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Original Review, December, 2008: The Chez Ray Sangiacomo Vineyards Merlot of 2006 is from Brehm Vineyards frozen grapes from Carneros, Sonoma, CA. The vintage was fermented cool, with Assmanshausen yeast.In the glass, this merlot is light/medium ruby red - looking more like a pinot noir than a merlot.Aromas are fresh, clean and airy, like laundry flapping in the sunny breezes. Touch of ink - or is it Play Doh? Very pleasant.On the palate, you first note a light, crystalline, high-pitched clean sweet berry. Just the faintest hint of tannins and acids follow. Finish is surprisingly long, given…
 
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Review: Murrieta's Well blends: ***+ $$ The Whip White and *** $$ The Spur Red

    jorray
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:27 pm
    By way of background: The Whip and The Spur are two blended wines from Wente Family Estates' Murrieta's Well estate in Livermore Valley, one white and one red, both made under the watchful winemaking eye of Robbie Meyer.  Robbie hails from past experience working at, among others, Peter Michael Winery, Lewis Cellars and Jericho Canyon Vineyards.  Both the red and the white are what I would characterize fondly as "kitchen sink blends", built from broad and unique varietal pairings.Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Murrieta's Well The Whip White Wine. Original…
  • Review: *** $ Trader Joe's Petit Reserve Viognier, Clarksburg, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Trader Joe's reserve wines. Original tasting and review : This is bargain-priced Trader Joe's Petit Reserve Viognier, Clarksburg, California, 2013, finished at 13.7% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in June, 2015.In the glass: Clear with hints of golden yellow.On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, fruity grasses with little white flowers.   From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet, light and lithe. On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact…
  • Review: *** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Lot 118 Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Trader Joe's Reserve.Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Lot 118 Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2012, finished at 14.1% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in June, 2015.In the glass: Clear with light yellow highlights.On the nose: Poured chilled and swirled vigorously, shows coconut, oak, fresh butterscotch and bananas.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich and full.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact very consistent with the aromas,…
  • Review: *** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Lot 127 Syrah, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Trader Joe's Reserve.Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Lot 127 Syrah, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2013, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled 1 year from vintage date, in June, 2015.In the glass: Deep, muddy burgundy, becoming opaque from roughly a half-inch of the edge.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep purple fruit aromas of blueberries and blackberries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full, bright and purple-y.On…
  • Review: ***+ $$ Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Lot 67 Zinfandel, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Trader Joe's Reserve.Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Lot 67 Zinfandel, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, 2013, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled 1 year from vintage date, in June, 2015.In the glass: Deep dusty burgundy, almost opaque in the center of the glass.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, fresh, red raspberry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be hardly wine at all, but a luscious, rich red berry juice.On the…
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  • Free Wine For Your Dinner Party Competition

    Andrew Barrow
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Free Wine For Your Dinner Party Competition From Spittoon How do you fancy hosting a fabulous dinner party in July and getting all the wines for FREE? I’ve heard that a hugely popular Australian wine producer is offering a whole case of wine and all you have to do is host a dinner party in return. Too good to be true? Not at all, but you do have to answer a few questions online to be in with a chance of winning. Oh and you have to live in London or thereabouts. Here is the link to the questions – take a minute, read through and answer as well as you can. If selected you will be sent a…
  • St Joseph Vineyards at Tournon sur Rhone

    Andrew Barrow
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    St Joseph Vineyards at Tournon sur Rhone From Spittoon Its a lovely little town is Tournon-sur-Rhone. From the old town castle, now a museum, you are given a grand view across the river to the Crozes-Hermitage vineyards with a M.Chapoutier sign very much in evidence. Looking west the town is squeezed between the river and the steep sided hill of the lower end of the St.Joseph vineyards, a statue of Mary crowning one of the old fortification towers. Sunday Wine Shot: St Joseph Vineyards at Tournon sur Rhone St Joseph Vineyards at Tournon sur Rhone Written by Andrew Barrow at Spittoon - A UK…
  • Grecula Greco 2014

    Andrew Barrow
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:15 am
    Grecula Greco 2014 From Spittoon Often the labels producers wrap their wines in are miniature works of art akin to postage stamps in their intricacy and splendour. Only wine labels are a tad larger, obviously. Is there a name for wine label collectors? This 2013 article on a Toronto man with, perhaps, the worlds largest collection of wine labels doesn’t mention one… I happen to think this wine label is great fun, not sure it would fly off the shelves though. The Grecula Greco 2014 is available form the Co-Operative for £6.99. Of course it doesn’t matter what you paste on…
  • Brunch at The Balcon Sofitel St James

    Andrew Barrow
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    Brunch at The Balcon Sofitel St James From Spittoon Can there be anything more luxurious than a Sunday Brunch? You get the weekly lie-in and you get a few relaxing hours of leisurely indulgence. It is what Sundays were invented for after all. And if a brunch is eaten out – if you are in relaxation mode who wants to cook? – even better. Can I make a recommendation? Head to that London. Just down Lower Regent Street from Picadilly sits the Sofitel St. James. Their Balcon restaurant has just launched a rather decent brunch menu. I’ve tried it. It is mighty grand. The little…
  • Visiting Katogi Averoff Greece

    Andrew Barrow
    14 Jun 2015 | 12:42 am
    Visiting Katogi Averoff Greece From Spittoon While on our way down the steep footpaths to the Monastery of St. Nicolas I chatted to our host Alexandros. He told me a tale of a group of city folk who were petrified of all the insects, rabbits and lizards while making the same walk down from the centre of Metsovo. As they rounded this particular bend, just before the small waterfall, a huge dog approached in full on aggressive mode. It was by luck he managed to subdue the shepherds dog and prevented his charges from being mauled, not from a rabbit, but from this ferocious hound. He half…
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  • Cavedoni Botte Piccola Italian Balsamic

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    more fliesViscosity: It matters in respiratory infections; it matters in balsamic vinegar.Thank you, everyone, for responding to the press release. I am proud to announce that the Davis County Sheriff’s Department has intercepted a shipment of 250ml bottles of Cavedoni Bottle Piccola Balsamic Vinegar. This is a big day for our law enforcement office, and it feels great to get such high-grade merchandise off the streets. We’ll take your questions now. “Mike Wilson, Davis County Clip ‘n Save. Sheriff, what were the events that led you to making this bust?” Great question. We received…
  • Clayhouse Mixed White/Rose (6)

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    chin chinAsk any little piggy & they'll tell you Clayhouse is the best.Once upon a time there were three little pigs. One pig built his house out of straw. That went poorly. One pig built his house out of sticks. Also not a great outcome. The third pig built her house out of clay. And not only did she avoid becoming a lupine banquet, she was also incredibly popular and well liked by the rest of the town. Such is the power of Clayhouse. End of fable.
  • C.G. Di Arie Sierra Mixed Reds (6)

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    c g 4 meeeSix bottles! That's approximately one for every day of the week!For maximum enjoyment, always select the appropriate Arie wine to match the occasion. -Sierra Legend #1: Corndog eating contest. -Sierra Legend #2: Farewell party for the tiger that escaped from the zoo. -Sierra Legend #3: The unlikely event that the Mariners win! -Sierra Foothills #1: Cat wedding. -Sierra Foothills #2: Anniversary of the tiger escaping from the zoo. -Sierra Foothills #3: Bring Your Sofa to Work Day.
  • Derby Wine Estates White Blend (6)

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    this little white of mineA little Roussanne, a little Viognier, a lot tasty.Pairs Well With: Languor Drink This and You Become: Like a million percent more intelligent The only way to make this better would be: If it arrived on a St. Bernard's collar Whatever You Do, Don’t Spill This On: The blueprints. THE blueprints. Don’t Serve This To: On-duty circus folk Don’t Use This: As a dietary supplement
  • Project Paso Red Blend (6)

    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Fact or FictionThe story is still developing.As the details of the mysterious "Project Paso" slowly come to light, it's hard to tell what's true, what's false, and what's simply hearsay. Thus, to aid in your understanding, we present the following breakdown of what we know so far: Fact: Project Paso was first leaked in late June. Like, literally leaked. Patricia Hillman noticed something a leak in her ceiling and called her landlord, who came over, bravely tasted it the liquid collecting in the saucepan Patricia had put down to keep it from staining her carpet, and said, "Hey, it's not bad."…
 
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  • I’m Not A Hungarian Wine Expert, But I Play One On The Internet (FurmintUSA Video Series Shortlisted For 2015 Online Video Awards)

    1WineDude
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Earlier this week, I was fondly recalling my little Hungarian jaunt and missing the camaraderie (and the vino!) of the film and production team that made that video series happen (we all stayed together in an old mansion in Tokaj, so it was sort of like a big fraternity house, only done high-end with, amazing Hungarian wine instead of Natty Bo beer…). The SmartFilm crew, hard at work in Tokaj God bless the Internet: a mere couple of days later, I get pinged by one of those former comrades, Juhász Bálint, to let me know that his company, and the modest video series that we put together…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 29, 2015

    1WineDude
    29 Jun 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! 10 Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Rockfall Cabernet…
  • You Will Read This Post Just Because It Mentions The 100 Point Wine Rating Scale In The Title

    1WineDude
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sigh… Here we go. Again. It seems the 100 point wine rating scale debate – and its subsequent delineation of ivory-tower criticism vs. crowd-sourced wine recommendations – has once again reared its ugly head, though since it’s a zombie topic that’s never quite dead, it doesn’t have to raise its moaning, rotting head very far to push itself back into the wine geek consciousness. We begin with an article by my friend Jonathan Cristaldi, itself a reprise and update of a piece that was first penned and published in 2013, in which Jonathan discusses the…
  • All Good Things… (The Final Answers Wine Article Round-up)

    1WineDude
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    image: wine.answers.com “This is the end… beautiful friend… the end…” As we wrap up the June 2015 Wine.Answers.com articles, it’s with bittersweet emotion that I tell you that we’re also wrapping up my stint at Answers.com, a gig that kicked off over two years ago and that resulted in nearly two hundred (!) articles. Answers is winding down the entire expert article program (just FYI, in case you’re following any of the other expert areas there). I find it interesting that, when I tell people that a gig like this is ending, I invariably get a…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 22, 2015

    1WineDude
    22 Jun 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! 12 Brian Carter Cellars Oriana White Blend (Yakima…
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    Aristide, a wine blog

  • 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…
  • Anteprima Amarone 2011/2015

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    Courtesy of Consorzio Valpolicella Fatevela raccontare da un indigeno adottato, questa rassegna dedicata all’Anteprima Amarone 2011, svoltasi nell’ultimo week-end di gennaio a Verona. Vivo in Valpolicella da qualche anno, in piccola parte ci lavoro pure, creando in proprio alcune opportunità, soprattutto attraverso lo strumento di Terroir Amarone, sito in lingua inglese, che condivido con Elisabetta Tosi. Il problema principale del format “Anteprima Amarone”, sta nella rappresentatività. La base produttiva è largamente sotto-rappresentata: una sessantina di 64…
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  • 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…
  • Passementaries ...

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    13 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    What is Passementaries? It's my newest journal. Oh no, I am not forsaking this Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman blog. She will be celebrating 10 year anniversary next month, and I will continue to write about my wine experiences and opinions. I am just mixing things up a bit. Passementaries is about the simple trimmings for an elegant life ... I'll even talk a little bit about wine. Please join me. 
  • Castillo de Feliciana Winery Rosebud Tempranillo

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    4 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Once in awhile, you happen to come across a wine that you continue to ponder, long after the last sip. Castillo de Feliciana Winery Tempranillo - 2012, with grapes sourced from the Rosebud Vineyard at the Wahluke Slope, was that wine for me. The estate of Castillo de Feliciana is located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley AVA, encompassing 66 acres just south of Walla Walla near the state line at Oregon. It is an exceptionally beautiful property, where 6.5 acres of the estate property are planted in wine grapes.  Not only do they use their own estate grapes, but…
 
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  • Moreau-Naudet Montée de Tonnerre 2012

    Edward
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:07 am
    Wax and pollen, citrus blossom and acacia. . . I feel like a bee. It's evocative and bright and completely primary. A moment of softness and an echo of sweetness, but mostly it's tight and lean, with a gentle curve. It's cool but smoother than I had excepted, I thought there might be more edge and steel to the acidity, instead something turned and delicate. A+http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
  • Three objects red

    Edward
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Pomegranate. South Australia. Those in a hurry suggest cutting a pomegranate through the equator and then striking repeatedly with a wooden spoon or rolling pin. It is effective but without joy. Peeling and breaking the fruit into segments gives so much more satisfaction. . .2008 Ata Rangi Pinot noir. I can't remember any previous Rangis being so smoke and ham flavoured. It's leafy and complicated, smouldering and it reminds me most of a piece of speck - spiced, smoked and piggy. Sweet, bold and round in the mouth, it feels like a liquid Christmas lunch. 2004 Roda Reserva. Still delicious,…
  • Vini Viti Vinci Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire à Gégé 2013

    Edward
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:40 pm
    The cheapest and most overt of the three Vini Viti Vinci wines I purchased. I've impressionable children at home and so over dinner I drank the wine with the label covered. . .It's an excellent wine, especially given the $A40 price tag. Sharp and supple, indecently delicious. . . Pips and raspberries on the nose, its slippery - stem and spice, a hint of animal and juniper. . . if it's possible this like its sibling smells fast and bright. Grip and fizz, it's light (supposedly11.5%), but there seems to be more substance. Aniseed and animal and something seductive. Yes.Related.Post script. Day…
  • The virtues

    Edward
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:16 pm
    I love the story behind this soup, seven virgins each with their own pot containing seven ingredients meeting once each year, on the first of May, to combine everything into a soup that blends the essentials of winter (dried beans) and the freshness of spring.I used a single large pot and far fewer ingredients, though I still ended up with close to six litres of soup. The starting point is a thick slice (150-200g) of speck cut into cubes and fried in olive oil. To this the trinity of onion, celery and carrot; one of each, diced. When the onion is clear, add all of the grains (1 cup farro and…
  • Deep Woods Reserve Nebbiolo 2010

    Edward
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Dusty and hard. Cherry and prune, it's quite seductive in scent, shellac, polish and almond meal, much latter leaf and glue. . . It's direct and gripping, muscular and tight with a black tea finish. Non estate fruit from Wilyabrup and a modest price tag ($35). I found it entirely convincing - the weight, tannins and finish in particular. Image: Also found - a trio of urchins - though the more specifically the white one is a heart urchin.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • 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…
  • Radici del Sud ~ An Emotional Pilgrimage to One’s Origins

    Alfonso Cevola
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    One soul's radical search for the ideal on an imbalanced planet  Bucita, Calabria ~ 1977Do you have a lifelong quest? What about life in this world lights up your spirit? Is there some thing, whether it be objective or subjective, that keeps your heart pumping blood through your veins? I hope so, for your sake. We’ve seen too much in this world, lately, of souls who have no greater purpose. And when those dark things happen, our world stumbles.The world I inhabit mourns with the rest of the souls sensitive enough to know the dark path is the wrong path. When the unspeakable happens, it…
  • Master Class in Indigenous Wines ~ As Taught by a Donkey, a Rooster and the Spirit of Place

    Alfonso Cevola
    14 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    There are aspects to life that don’t travel so well on the road. One of them is the lack of interaction with creatures other than humans. Maybe it is a pet, or the birds in one’s back yard, any number of life forms that constitute the daily connections one has, sometimes not even thinking about it. The other, if one is so inclined, is the interplay one has with nature, the grounded lifeforms that don’t move. Maybe it is a tree, or a bush, a plant with fruit or vegetables. And while traveling, those elements that form part of the identity of one’s life, be it only an inner one, they…
  • What the World Needs Now is Passerina, Sweet #Passerina

    Alfonso Cevola
    7 Jun 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Rome, if anything, is a mirror of all that is good and bad in the world. From my first trip here, in 1971, and with all the times I have come into this city, it has eternally stayed the same. Rome is simply a reflection of the humanity that inhabits present time and space.Tonight, at Cesare al Casaletto, the food was lovely as always, the mosquitos were gentle, the dogs were patient and many of the patrons were in a state of propagation frenzy. One would have thought it was the beginning of Spring, not the end. I counted four tables where the dessert was foreplay. Entertaining, at the least,…
  • The Death of a Loved One

    Alfonso Cevola
    31 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    From the "not quite back on the wine trail, yet" dept.In a world where there are so many tragic events  ̶  from the father who lost his wife and daughter when he was 30 and raised his two sons as a single parent, only to lose a son when he became a grown up, to a young boy who, at 5, lost his father to tribal warfare in Ruanda ̶  what does the loss of one tree matter?Earlier this month, crisscrossing Texas by car, time and again, I recall the morning I was driving from Dallas to Houston and saw a large, mature oak tree in a field that had toppled over from the rain. I was…
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    Write for Wine: It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere!

  • 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…
  • Taste of Tulalip – Beautiful Wine Enhanced by Beautiful Art

    Margot
    13 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    One of our favorite wine events in Washington state, Taste of Tulalip, is still a few months down the road, but the collaboration of wine and art is well underway. For the 7th annual Taste of Tulalip, Tulalip Resort Casino‘s talented wine expert, Tommy Thompson, and the event’s 2015 honorary winemaker, Kerry Shiels of Côte Bonneville, have created a unique blend of wine sourced from DuBrul Vineyard grapes — 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Côte Bonneville is known for wines that are “age worthy and food friendly.” And we…
  • Double Canyon 2013 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

    Margot
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:22 pm
    One of our favorite Cabernet Sauvignons from Washington state comes from Double Canyon, established eight years ago in Horse Heaven Hills, and named for the two ravines that run through the property. We were big fans of Double Canyon’s first wine, a 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which was awarded 93 points from Wine Spectator. We also enjoyed the winery’s 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and not surprisingly, felt the same way about the 2012 Horse Heaven Hills vintage. Are you sensing a pattern here? The hits just keep on coming from winemaker Jason Ledbetter, who has a passion for…
  • Summer Sippers

    Margot
    1 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Our recent sunny May weather makes us think of summer sippers while it is still spring. So here are some recent releases of good-value whites and rosés that pair perfectly with warm evenings on the deck or patio. 14 Hands 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Washington State Our favorite white wine is Sauvignon Blanc, particularly when it shows aromas and flavors of grapefruit. This beauty does just that, and pairs nicely with prawns or other fresh seafood dishes. It also is a refreshing crisp taste of summer to sip and savor on its own on the deck. ($10) 14 Hands 2014 Pinot Gris Washington State After…
  • Wine Rocks – In More Ways Than One

    Margot
    25 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Anyone who reads this blog shares our passion and belief that wine rocks. But did you know that Wine Rocks is also an event that is in its 8th year in Seattle? Wine Rocks returns to Seattle’s waterfront on July 9, when you can taste excellent wine, rock the night away and also help a good cause. You can join in the fun at the 8th annual Wine Rocks Seattle at Elliott Hall & Pier (Bell Harbor – Pier 66), where more than 45 wineries, breweries and cider houses will pour their best on the city’s beautiful waterfront. Washington winemaker and music lover Trey Busch of…
 
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • 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…
  • Recollections From London RAW

    Michael Tulipan
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    The annual RAW natural wine fair, held in London’s East End each May, is quickly turning into a force of nature. This year, over 4,000 people attended the two day tasting event, showing that interest in organic, biodynamic and natural wines continues to build among mainstream wine aficionados. To show at RAW, winemakers must meet several criteria: being certified organic or biodynamic, hand harvesting their grapes, not adding yeast except in secondary fermentation for sparkling wines, avoiding any heavy manipulation and keeping added sulfur levels below 70 mg/L. Plenty of highly regarded…
  • Alice Feiring on the Future of Natural Wine

    Organic Wine Journal
    1 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    In Punch, Alice Feiring discusses the future of Natural Wine.
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    CheapWineRatings.com

  • 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…
  • Nik Weis Selection Urban Riesling – A Tasty Bargain

    Tim Lemke
    31 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    In my book, summertime = riesling time. Of course that doesn’t prevent me from drinking riesling at other times of the year, but it seems to hit the spot even more in the summer. The cool, crisp flavors along with the citrus, floral and wet stone aromas are perfect for cooling down on a hot day. I’m always happy when I discover a tasty riesling at a bargain price and today is one of those days. And Urban Riesling is that wine. The Urban name is not meant as a reference to city life, as you might think, but a reference to Saint Urban of Langres, a patron saint of vintners. My…
  • Gunderloch, Jean Baptiste, Riesling Kabinett – Wonderful!

    Tim Lemke
    24 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, when it comes to riesling I’ve heard a number of wine drinkers proclaim they don’t like riesling, but I assert they just haven’t had the right riesling. There’s a huge misconception in the US that riesling is just an overly sweet, clumsy wine. But there is plenty of absolutely delicious riesling to be found — some bone dry, some sweet and some in between. One of my favorite regions for riesling is Germany. The vast majority of German riesling I’ve tasted, I’ve found to be good or better. This one…
  • L’Escoudouliere Lirac, Intense and Delicious

    Tim Lemke
    10 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    % grenach and For ages I’ve found the wines from the Rhone region in southern France to be some of the greatest wines (and often some of the greatest values) to be found. Rhone is one of my “go to” regions when selecting a wine that I feel will highly likely be delicious and go well with food. And after paying a visit to Tavel and Chateauneuf du Pape last fall, I’m even more drawn toward these wines. One thing that became clear during that visit is that while there are many appellations (AOCs) defined throughout this area, the differences between those regions is not…
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • Jancis Robinson's "Cult" Estate A Wine of Stunning Purity, Thrust and Focus One of the Great Young Pinot Noir Estates in Europe

    Lyle Fass
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:33 pm
    There's a reason that Jancis Robinson called Enderle and Moll a "cult" producer and recommended prestigious Pinot Noir tasting as long as four years ago.them for a There is a reason why I have gotten dozens of positive tasting notes on this cuvee from the list.The wines just have "It." By It, I mean a sense of focus and clarity. They hit you in the head when you drink them with a certain precision. All great wines have it: red, white, sparkling.  Of course, the "It" varies by region, grape, style and vintage.  But they all have "It."In the case of Enderle and Moll 2013 "Cuvee Ozzie"…
  • Some Days, the Sun Shines Even on My Posterior: The Prince of Pouilly Fuisse (92 Points from Burghound) and a Rare Phillipponat Blanc de Noir (2008 Vintage)

    Lyle Fass
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:51 pm
    I like to look at myself sometimes as a bottom feeder/cherry picker when I deal with my suppliers over seas. A lot of overseas suppliers sell a lot of big stuff like first growths, blue chip burgs, La La's and Chave. That's it, so I can swoop in and get awesome deals on awesome wines and sell them at a fair price. I have two of those today. One is a type of wine that with 350+ offers I am selling this type today for the first time.First, I have a small allocation of the best producer the Macon has to offer.  One of my long time favorites. The 2012 Daniel and Martine Barraud Pouilly…
  • Perhaps the Greatest Under $20 Value in German Dry Wine - Two Mosel Rieslings from Our Young Star

    Lyle Fass
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The Protege of One of Our Favorite German WinemakersTwo Mid Tier Wines at Entry Level (Estate Wine) PricesChristophe Licht is the protege of top scoring Mosel winemaker Stefan "spontaneous yeast or bust" Steinmetz. Christophe's note reflects his mentor's philosophy."Both wines are fermented and spontaneous show as your own character.They make really fun to drink, believe me :-) I've already tested with Stefan."Stefan has been raving to me about the 2014 Licht-Stadtfields and he is right. They are beautiful.The 2013's had to be some of the best, most honest, pure value Mosel wines I have ever…
  • Two Stunning Meursaults from the Incredible 2013 Vintage - A Young Star

    Lyle Fass
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:31 pm
    I have been loving 2013 White Burgundies from my producers and beyond and have thought it to be a terrific vintage. It did hail. I was actually in the hailstorm. It was awful. It did not hail everywhere though and many quality minded producers were in their vineyards later that afternoon/evening and the next morning alleviating as much damage as they could. To summarize there is a lot of very good to profound white burgundy in 2013. I was tickled pink to read the latest Burghound and see Allen Meadows was in agreement. His quote is below."Should I buy the wines and if so, how much of them?
  • Our Most Popular Burgundy Producer The Allocation That Fell in My Lap Stunning 2012 Vintage

    Lyle Fass
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    By now, the e-mails lauding Herve Murat's brilliant 2012's have been flooding my inbox. They are that good and lived up to my e-mails.  I recently lamented the fact that they were all gone and Herve told me that he had a small allocation of one wine (a favorite) that he was about to sell in France that I could have if I wanted it.  I typed yes maybe quicker than I ever have.I am thrilled to offer the Herve Murat 2012 Morey St. Denis for as little as $39.99 on a 4-pack. This village Morey, when I tasted out of barrel, slayed me and I asked if this was the 1er Cru. He just smiled. It…
 
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  • Sommelier India Issue 3, June-July 2015 in circulation

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:19 pm
    The issue you hold in your hands has a new look. Our diligent and talented designer has been burning midnight oil to give Sommelier India a fresh, more contemporary look. In a bid to make the magazine even more striking and compelling we have embarked on an ambitious programme of ongoing change. Does this mean redoing its identity? No, not at all. We don't want to tinker with that and hence it's still a work in progress. Read Reva K. Singh's note which discusses the contents of the latest issue of Sommelier India Wine Magazine. In this edition find stand-out examples of the latest Indian red…
  • Vinexpo Bordeaux 2015 sets its sights high

    19 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    The presence of President François Hollande (pictured) at the opening of Vinexpo this year was a strong indication of the importance the French government lays on the wine industry and Vinexpo's key role in contributing to what is recognised as a major economic sector for the region and the country.
  • Mizoram vine growers bemoan the lifting of prohibition

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    You would think that the lifting of prohibition was a reason to celebrate, but not so for the vineyard growers' societies of Mizoram. Read more here.
  • What are Indian wine newbies drinking?

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Indian wine consumers, especially the younger generation and wine newbies, are understandably attracted by simple, easy-drinking wines that don't cost a lot rather than the high end, complex, age-worthy variety. Australian wine is a case in point. Read the news report in The Hindu for more.
  • Moët Hennessy splashes out with Ice Impérial

    10 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
    There's nothing better than a chilled glass of bubbly on a hot summer's day. But here's something you've never had before. Reva K. Singh was the first to get a taste of it in India. Moët & Chandon, the champagne house famed for innovation, has come up with a variation on an old theme - Moët Ice Impérial Champagne - drunk on the rocks. It's refreshingly different and served on ice! Packaged in an elegant, white lacquered bottle with a black tie and gold label, the recommended way to serve Moët Ice Imperial is in big red wine glasses rather than flutes.
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  • Eureka! Check out California Wine Institute’s new project in China

    boyce
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:42 am
    My experience with U.S. regional wine promotions in China has not been great during the past decade or so. Yes, I have managed to get on the radar for some events, including a few good ones, but I have often wondered what it takes to remain a blip. A California Wine Institute (CWI) tasting earlier this month in Beijing is a good example. I only knew about the event due to Alex Chen, of U.S. wine importer and distributor Alexander Wines in Shanghai, a single contact that apparently gave me greater guanxi than many other people. This was evident when I showed up to a hotel event room full…
  • Ningxia Winemakers Challenge II: Featuring up to 60 foreign winemakers, USD135,000 in prizes

    boyce
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    Note: As in 2012, I am working with the organizers of NWC to help spread word about this project to foreign winemakers and media outlets. A new two-year Ningxia Winemakers Challenge slated for this September will involve up to sixty participants and a prize pool of RMB840,000 (EUR120,000 / USD135,000), a steep increase on the seven foreign winemakers and RMB190,000 that were part of the inaugural project from 2012 to 2014. The application period for NWC opened one week ago and people hailing from more than a dozen countries have already signed up. The deadline is July 17, with the…
  • California Wine Institute in China seeks social media whiz

    boyce
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Got mad communication skills? California Wine Institute seeks a savvy social media person to handle its China outreach, which covers everything from California wine news–vintage reports, drought updates, and more–to promotion and coverage of CWI events. If you are a master of weixin and weibo, of Facebook and Twitter, and more, this might be up your alley. The ideal candidate will have some wine knowledge, particularly of California wine, although the most crucial factors for this position are language skills (English and Chinese) and social media experience. To apply or for…
  • Wine package: Get a Nine Peaks Cabernet, Chardonnay and vine for ~rmb250

    boyce
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:57 am
    Who wants a vine!? I bought a dozen bottles of Chardonnay, a dozen bottles of Cabernet and a dozen vines last month at Chateau Nine Peaks in Shandong. It should all arrive in Beijing in a week or so. My plan is to package a vine, Cabernet and Chardonnay for ~rmb250 (I’ll know the final price after delivery). Given the regular price of Nine Peaks, it’s a crazy good deal. In short, the goal isn’t to make money but simply to pass along a deal on what I consider among the best wines made in Shandong, Plus, vines! Anyway, pick up will be at La Cava de Laoma in Sanlitun Soho.
  • BBQ party: Radoux, Diam host winemakers event in Ningxia

    boyce
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    Barrel supplier Radoux and closure maker Diam teamed up to host a BBQ for winemakers at the Kempinski Hotel in Ningxia on February 9, the eve of this year’s Site Vinitech. The event gave many of the region’s winemakers a chance to try each other’s products and to get plenty of calories ahead of what should be a very busy three days. Producers like Xi Xia King, Legacy Peak, Leirenshou and Chandon were among those who provided wines. It was interesting to see the differences among them, and thus to underscore the growing diversity of the scene, and personal favorites…
 
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  • Webinar: The Class Action Lawsuits

    Robert C. Lehrman
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    A few weeks ago I had the great honor of traveling to Chicago to co-present a webinar with Simon Fleischmann and Tom Cunningham. Tom and Simon are expert defense litigators at the Locke Lord law firm, and they have deep experience representing food and beverage companies in class action lawsuits around the country. I say it’s an honor because I have learned a huge amount about class action litigation over the past year, from Tom and Simon. For any company in a jam, I don’t think they could do better than to have these fine lawyers on their side. The webinar is entitled…
  • Cocktail Caviar: Pearl Size Can Make All the Difference

    Robert C. Lehrman
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Here is an innovative new spirits product called Cocktail Caviar. It is “burst-able pearls of naturally flavored spirits.” You can toss them in some wine, or freeze them and add them to other drinks. The product is so new that there is not much about this product on the web so far. If I understand correctly, these chickpea sized “pearls” are a giantized version of the tiny booze droplets that make up Palcohol. Here, the alcohol is encapsulated in a layer of kelp and so it not quite a liquid and not quite a solid. Maybe there is shock fatigue after the Palcohol…
  • A-B Finds Safe Harbor

    Robert C. Lehrman
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Earlier this week a federal court decided that TTB’s approval for Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita provides a “safe harbor” to protect certain label elements. Largely on account of this safe harbor, the court dismissed the class action lawsuit. The plaintiff had contended that the reference to “light” on the Rita products was misleading because it leaves an impression that the flavored malt beverages are low in calories and carbohydrates. The Cruz v. A-B decision is in stark contrast with the Tito’s decision of three months ago. In the vodka dispute, Tito tried to…
  • Bulleit Takes a Bullet

    Robert C. Lehrman
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    Another week, another lawsuit, another whiskey brand. The above video features Bulleit Bourbon and covers the labeling and legal controversies swirling around the whiskey industry. Bloomberg did a good job with the video, published a few days ago. It needs more views than the 1,250 as of this writing. The images are beautiful. The video avoids the sensationalism and oversimplification common to so many other mainstream media stories about whiskey. The shots of whiskey bigshots like Chuck Cowdery and Jim Rutledge are a bonus. Bulleit got sued June 1, five days after the video surfaced. The…
  • Where Art Tito and Blue Moon? June 4 Webinar

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    I am very pleased to announce that we will be joining with Chicago law firm Locke Lord to provide the following webinar. Simon and Tom have lots of experience representing consumer products companies in defending class action lawsuits. They have been closely involved with the wave of litigation that has descended upon the alcohol beverage industry in the past couple of years. Robert has worked with Simon and Tom on some of these cases in the past, and has more than 25 years of experience focused on how federal and state governments, and private plaintiffs, work together to affect alcohol…
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • Anatomy of a wine deal: The process I go through when considering an offer

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    A compelling local offer [MA only] hit my inbox today. After watching this space for several years, I've become quite systematic in how I consider an offer.Quite of few retailers subscribe to this site, so I thought it would be interesting to walk through the process both from a consumer's perspective as well as to those who write the offers.This particular offer came from Mike O'Connell from Upper Falls Liquors.Here is a link to the offer.Am I interested in the category?The subject line is key and goes a long way towards determining whether I'll open the email or click on the tweet. This one…
  • [Dead/Alive/Dead] Quick Deal: 20% off eBay means 36+% off at The Capital Grille

    15 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    Update: 20% off site-wide at eBay is dead as of 7:30a eastern, but you can still get $50 Darden eGCs for $40.Update 2: The CTWENTY code started working again this afternoon around 4:00p eastern.Update 3: Shortly after 5:00p eastern this was dead again. Never hurts to try! Even 20% off on The Capital Grille is pretty good.Evidently, eBay is offering 20% off everything site wide with code CTWENTY.HT: FrequentMiler, DoctorofCreditDoC suggests that although you can use this code multiple times, it may be wise to use it only once to avoid getting banned by eBay. In that case, it may be wise to buy…
  • Quick Deal: $30 off $100 Wine.com with DISCOVER30A

    5 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    (click to enlarge)Get $30 off $100+ orders with code "DISCOVER30A". This deal is exactly the same as the AMEXSPRING offer we discussed earlier and this time orders really do need to be $100 to trigger the $30 discount.And like the AmEx deal, this one is quirky compared to other AmEx Sync/Discover Deals offers. This is good news and bad news. It's good news because although the terms state you have to use your Discover card to check out that doesn't seem to be enforced. It's bad news in that these savings aren't doubled as part of this amazing promotion Discover is running.In simple terms that…
  • Event Report: 2015 Wine Spectator Grand Tour Dallas

    4 Jun 2015 | 7:32 pm
    2011 El Nido at Wine Spectator Grand Tour DallasWine Spectator has wrapped up their Grand Tour events for 2015. This year's stops included Chicago, Las Vegas and Dallas. I had the pleasure of attending the event at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.These events are stand-up/walk-around tastings that stop in three cities each year. To me they're noteworthy because the wineries pouring at the event are top-notch, and most are pouring their top wines. Attending one of these events provides an opportunity to taste for yourself the wines you may have mostly just read about in the pages of Wine…
  • First Look: Elouan Oregon Pinot Noir

    30 May 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Amidst the excitement of Meiomi's latest 92 point Wine Spectator rating I was sleuthing around their website and noticed some interesting developments.First, Meiomi is now a distinct brand, separate from Belle Glos. Historically Belle Glos was the single vineyard Pinot Noir in the Wagner Family's portfolio. Meiomi was the appellation bottling within the Belle Glos brand.But now, Meiomi is the flagship brand for a new family of wines called Copper Cane Wines & Provisions. Belle Glos remains a Wagner family brand. The Provisions in Copper Cane is swimwear and cigars.Second, Meiomi has…
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  • 2012 Clos les Lunelles

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    2012 Clos les Lunelles From the Castillon outpost of Gérard and Chantal Perse, this blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is usually the leading wine of Castillon. Rich, concentrated, full-bodied and very much in the progressive style of Perse wines, the 2012 Clos les Lunelles is inky ruby/purple and offers crushed rock minerality, blackcurrants and blackberry fruit, full-bodied opulence and remarkable density and richness. The tannins are present, but sweet and well-integrated. This is a beauty that should drink well for at least a decade or more. A major…
 
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  • 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.
  • Fielding Hills’ Best Wine Yet: 2009 Estate Barrel Select Syrah [Wow! Alert]

    Kori
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Fielding Hills Winery, a small, family-owned winery in Wenatchee, is one of the top wineries in Washington State. Owner/winemaker Mike Wade and his wife Karen are longtime apple and cherry growers who turned a middle portion of their orchard near Mattawa into a vineyard. Their RiverBend Vineyard, planted in 1998, is in the Wahluke Slope AVA and is their sole source of grapes. We have tasted their wines from their inaugural vintage in 2000 through their current 2011 vintage and continue to be impressed. They are so consistent; it is not a question of whether their wines will be good but where…
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Delivers Serious Bang for Your Buck

    Kori
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington State’s founding winery with its roots dating back to the repeal of Prohibition. In 1976, Ste. Michelle built a French-style chateau in Woodinville, just northeast of Seattle. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, all of their white wines are made in Woodinville. Their red wines are made at Canoe Ridge Estate in eastern Washington. No matter where you live in the United States, you are probably familiar with the wines of Chateau Ste. Michelle, particularly their Columbia Valley line. While…
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • 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…
  • 2013 Erasmio Moschofilero Mantinia

    George Perry
    27 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Varietal:  Moschofilero; Fileri Region:  Mantinia – Greece Cost:  $15.50 Winemaker’s Notes:  Made from the highly-acclaimed Moschofilero grape grown on the Mantinia Plateau (elevation 2,000 feet), this has a lovely nose of honeysuckle, rose petals, grapefruit and spice. It has mouthwatering, fruity, floral flavors with a lively acidity, gripping minerality. My Review:  Thanks to the various tastings and events that I get to attend courtesy of this site, I’ve had the opportunity to try some Greek wine. While it hasn’t been much, what I have tried I’ve…
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  • 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 .
  • Wines of Alsace – beauty in diversity

    winebratsf
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    When I think of the wines of Alsace, my mind immediately wanders to the sparkling Cremant d’Alsace, an amazingly affordable priced bubbly.  Then, I meander to the aromatic whites of Gewurztraminer and Riesling, before setting on the classic Pinot Gris.  With so much diversity in style, even within a single varietal, it’s easy to forget that there····&middot The post Wines of Alsace – beauty in diversity appeared first on .
  • Tastemakers: Madrona Vineyards, Excellence in Cabernet Franc

    winebratsf
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Earlier this year, when I was in El Dorado wine country in Northern California, I had my first experience with Madroña Vineyards.  This family run business is in an idea climate for Rhône and Bordeaux varietals, and the elevation in Apple Hill gives it a special terroir that stands out from the rest of the pack.····&middot The post Tastemakers: Madrona Vineyards, Excellence in Cabernet Franc appeared first on .
  • VinoMax – an aerator with a twist

    winebratsf
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    I’ve written about several aerators over the years, and have rarely seen a new one that is unique and functional enough for me to actually use frequently.  The Vinomax is one such gadget however, that I am finding myself using more and more.  Vinomax is different because of it’s patented triple aeration system, which focuses on····&middot The post VinoMax – an aerator with a twist appeared first on .
  • Clif Family Bruschetteria – A Revolution in Napa Valley dining options!

    winebratsf
    27 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    There’s a big green truck rolling in to town, and it’s the kind that picks up your trash cans!  If you haent’ heard by now, Clif Family Winery has expanded their St. Helena operation to include the Cliff Family Bruschetteria Food Truck, replete with northern Italian menu options that are magically created to pair with····&middot The post Clif Family Bruschetteria – A Revolution in Napa Valley dining options! appeared first on .
 
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    Backsberg

  • Pumphouse Shiraz for #WineWednesday

    Alana Ridley
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:53 am
    Pumphouse Shiraz is our feature wine for this month’s #WineWednesdays. Backsberg’s Pumphouse Shiraz is part of the top-tiered wine range, the Black Label range. The wine won a Silver medal at the International Wine & Spirits Challenge UK 2012, a Winemakers Choice Award 2012, a Gold medal at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2010 and a Bronze medal at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013. The mature vineyards used for The Pumphouse Shiraz show intense varietal character including black cherry, pepper and spice. Whilst full-bodied, the fruit is ripe and sweet and the tannins are…
  • Meet Hilton our carpenter

    lisa Wallace
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    All wine barrels at Backsberg are, after a life lived in the cellar storing wine, converted by our carpenter Hilton Arendse into beautiful pieces of furniture. From candleholders to wine racks to chairs and homeware items, the wood is given new life and purpose – and available for purchase in our tasting room. A strong focus on the farm is to try an recycle our ‘waste’ products. Instead of discarding the no longer usable barrels, we’ve taken it upon ourself to repurpose everything we can. In the process, we are able to employ people in creative and hands-on positions,…
  • Backsberg supports Encounters Film Festival

    lisa Wallace
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    Encounters is Africa’s premier documentary festival, running from 4 to 14 June 2015 in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The festival calls for established and up-and-coming filmmakers to submit work, screened at The Labia and Ster-Kinekor Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, and The Bioscope and Ster-Kinekor Rosebank in Joburg. The festival is a chance for filmmakers and movie fans to interact through film, Q&A and panel discussions and the Audience Choice Awards. The festival is made possible through the generous support of loyal sponsors, and Backsberg has the pleasure of…
  • Spoil dad to lunch at Backsberg and enjoy a complimentary brandy tasting

    Alana Ridley
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    DADS RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY SYDNEY BACK BRANDY TASTING. To make a reservation, phone +27 (0) 21 875 5952 or email restaurant@backsberg.co.za. Cost R225 per person. MENU MAIN COURSE Lamb on the spit Roast chicken Roasted potatoes Savoury rice Vegetable bake Greek salad Paw paw & avo salad Beetroot and onion salad Marinated mushrooms Brussel sprout & sweet corn salad DESSERT Traditional malva pudding Vanilla custard Bread & butter pudding Sticky chocolate pudding Fresh seasonal fruit R225 per person Enjoy family time and spend the day at Backsberg this Father’s Day. Nestled…
  • Backsberg Launches its 2015 Winter Menu

    lisa Wallace
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    Over its four generations, Backsberg has cultivated a belief of wholesome and sustainable farming, never wavering on high quality and consistency. This carries from the vineyard and cellar into our restaurant. All ingredients are fresh, preparation uncomplicated and the quality superb. From 1 June 2015, the restaurant offers its heartwarming winter menu, with attention paid to local and in season produce. The dishes are individually designed to complement our range of Backsberg Wines, and when enjoyed in the comfortable surrounds in front of a crackling fire, the chill of winter will feel at…
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    DBR - Wine News

  • Constellation Brands to acquire Meiomi wine brand for $315m

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Constellation Brands has signed an agreement to acquire the Meiomi wine brand from Copper Cane, a Joseph Wagner controlled company, for $315m.
  • Chronic Cellars makes Suite Petite available for general public

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:21 am
    Chronic Cellars, the Paso Robles wine brand founded in 2006 by brothers Josh and Jake Beckett, announced that its signature Petite Sirah, Suite Petite, is now available outside the Chronic Cellars Tasting Room for the first time ever.
  • Robert Oatley Vineyards releases red Rhone blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    "GSM" is the Australian acronym for the country's famous red Rhone blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. While the blend of these iconic varieties originated in France's Southern Rhone valley, the Aussie wine industry has embraced the three-grape mix as its own and coined the term. Twenty five years ago, as the owner of Rosemount Estate,Robert Oatley was one of the original Australian GSM producers.
  • Oireachtas health committee calls for new alcohol labelling legislation in Ireland

    22 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Irish legislature's Oireachtas health committee is recommending new labeling system legislation on alcohol products similar to that of tobacco legislation to include clear, graphic and standardised health warnings for maximum effect.
  • ONEHOPE Wine introduces exclusive Virgin America in-flight wine offering

    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    ONEHOPE Wine, the popular wine brand that integrates giving back into every bottle – announced today that its award-winning wine is set to debut two exclusive wines in 187ml format, available for purchase during in-flight service on all domestic Virgin America flights. Half of profits from the sales on Virgin America flights will be donated to help educate women on their risk of heart disease.
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    PALATE PRESS

  • Barolo and Barbaresco: A Conversation with Kerin O’Keefe

    Evan Dawson
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    The best wine writers are willing to offend if it means telling the truth. The post Barolo and Barbaresco: A Conversation with Kerin O’Keefe appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Keeping an Eye on Bobal: Valencia’s indigenous red grape

    Michelle Locke
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    Toni Sarrión and the quest to let Spain’s red grape secret out of the bottle. The post Keeping an Eye on Bobal: Valencia’s indigenous red grape appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Mallorca: the Galápagos of grapes

    W. Blake Gray
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    Many tourists are just seeking a poolside rosé and don't stop to wonder about the grape varieties Callet, Escursac, Fogoneu and Manto Negro. The post Mallorca: the Galápagos of grapes appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Spit and image: How saliva customizes your wine tasting experience

    Erika Szymanski
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Wine has the potential to be much more flavorful than it ever is coming out of the bottle. How much of that flavor blossoms on your palate is up to you. We all have differences in our taste buds, smelling sensitivity, allergies or smoking habits, memories and vocabularies related to how we turn molecules in […] The post Spit and image: How saliva customizes your wine tasting experience appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Eat on the street (and drink!) in Italy

    Elisabetta Tosi
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:40 pm
    The best way to dive into the wine and food culture of any place is... eating while you are walking. The post Eat on the street (and drink!) in Italy appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
 
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  • 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…
  • Shipping: Wineries... Can You Keep Up?

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    You're not Amazon, Walmart, or Target, and you don’t have the clout to demand killer shipping rates from UPS and FedEx. What are your options as a winery to live up to the expectations that these monsters retailers provide? Speed Matters When a customer places an order in your online store, don't wait to ship it! Figuring out a system for how to ship things quickly and efficiently will keep your customers happy. If you ship right from your winery, work with UPS, FedEx, GSO, etc. to have regularly scheduled pickups. If you ship with a fulfillment center, key in on the time from…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • Five Ways to Drink Unprocessed Booze

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:53:23 -0400
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Most of us know by now that processed food is bad—it tastes bad, it makes us feel bad and it does bad things to the earth. But when Megan Kimble set out to eliminate unprocessed foods from her diet for a year (an experiment she writes about in her new book, Unprocessed) there was one thing she didn’t anticipate: Drinking became much more difficult. That's because the alcohol industry...
  • 5 Best Pasta Salads for a Cookout

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:55:49 -0400
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    No cookout is complete without at least one big bowlful of pasta salad. From a fun take on paella to chewy fregola pasta with juicy roasted tomatoes, here are five crowd-pleasing pasta salads to make for a Fourth of July party. 1. Pasta Salad with Grilled Sausages and Peppers A mix of grilled weisswursts, breakfast sausage and Italian sausage stars in this fast pasta salad. 2....
  • Here’s Why 37 Of the World’s Greatest Chefs Are About to Swap Kitchens

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:34:32 -0400
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Here’s a date that promises to be huge for many of the best chefs around the world: Thursday, July 9th. It's the day that 37 of them do the culinary version of Wife Swap, aka the Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle. Each participating chef packs his or her bags and knives and goes to take over the life of another outstanding cook, staying in his or her house, driving his or her car and, ultimately...
  • 11 Advanced Grilling Recipes to Show Off on the Fourth of July

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:14:02 -0400
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Because the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, most people are getting Friday off. Take advantage of the extra day of prep time and get to work making one of these time-consuming (but incredibly rewarding and impressive) grilling recipes. You only get one Fourth of July a year—go ahead and show off. 1. Barbecued Brisket and Burnt Ends  Ten hours on the grill with a...
  • The Best Foods to Cure a Broken Heart

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:07:04 -0400
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    From July 10-12, Chicago is going to get a lot more country. The Windy City Smokeout will fill the city with delicious scents of meaty BBQ from expert pit masters and melodious music from top country stars. While everyone at the incredible event is sure to have a killer time (how could you not with constant supply of craft brews and sticky barbecued ribs?), the fest’s musical...
 
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    Uvinum's blog

  • Characteristics of Japanese whiskies

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Beyond sushi, we often don't know some of the signs that are part of Japanese gastronomy. They also have beers, wines and whiskies that are emerging within the market. Let's learn a little more about them. For years, Japanese whiskies are being promoted in the West thanks to its long tradition and American celebrities who take care of promoting it. The relevance of Japanese whiskies is growing, thanks to some of their outstanding examples, such as the 1984 Yamazaki Whisky, which has won several international competitions. In fact, Japan is the third largest producer of whisky, just…
  • 2 Italian cocktails you can not miss

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Each country has its signature drinks; they are part of the wealth that attracts connoisseurs and tourists in general, and in the case of Italian cocktails, they became popular in the rest of the world. Bellini Created in 1948 by Guiseppe Capriani, bartender at Harry's Bar in Venice, it is refreshing and sweet. The Italians prepare it the traditional way with peaches macerated in white wine and Prosecco instead of champagne. Ingredients 30 millilitres peach juice 15 millilitres white wine 90 millilitres Prosecco or champagne 2 tablespoons cherry juice 1 teaspoon cherry liqueur Ice 1…
  • What wines are best to pair with sushi?

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Sushi is a trend food that spans by many restaurants in different countries. That's because it offers a variety of flavours and a perfect nutrition for all types of bodies. When drinking the right wine for sushi, you should consider what is the best. We give you some signs so you do not get lost. White wines Depending on the type of sushi you eat, although it's often preferably raw fish, we'll use both types of wine. As it consists mostly of fish, white wine is the best. It brings the necessary freshness for sushi and intense fruit aromas, which combined with rice, soy and raw fish,…
  • The ideal time for each cocktail

    24 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
      Not all cocktails are served at night: there are cocktails suitable for noon, for the afternoon and for special occasions, so it's about knowing what is best and enjoy them according to our needs. There are different types of cocktails according to the time of the day when we can drink them: Energetic cocktails: These are to drink from 7 to 9 am, they are low in alcohol. Some of them are Rabbit Punch and Algarrobina. Revitalizing cocktails: These are ideal to remove a hangover the day after drinking, they are best consumed between 9 and 11 am. Some of them are Bull Shot, Screwdriver or…
  • Antipodean wine regions you should visit

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    If you're a wine lover or you're entering this world, you must know that the cellars of the New World, such as Australia and New Zealand, are in vogue. Therefore we give you some info on regions, areas and wine tours that you can not miss in the Antipodes. Marlborough The famous Marlborough region is mostly known for its production of Sauvignon Blanc. It's located in the north-eastern area of the South Island of New Zealand, noted for its stony ground. You can visit over 40 wineries in Marlborough, with established wine routes to explore the cellars and taste the wines thanks…
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    Wine Blog

  • Around the Wine World in Eight Days – Argentina

    Jo Diaz
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Today is the third day of Around the Wine World in Eight Days, so today is Argentina day. I’m a huge fan of Argentinean wines. They’re done to perfect. What I’ve got listed here are all highly recommended wines, just late me state that and then you into South America! Turkey – Tuesday Chile – […] The post Around the Wine World in Eight Days – Argentina appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Around the Wine World in Eight Days – Chile

    Jo Diaz
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Today is the second day of Around the Wine World in Eight Days, so today is Chile! Turkey – Tuesday Chile – Wednesday Argentina – Thursday France – Friday And we’re taking off the weekend, sightseeing in France Spain – Monday Germany – Tuesday Australia – Wednesday New Zealand – Thursday   Top 10 Things […] The post Around the Wine World in Eight Days – Chile appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Around the Wine World in Eight Days – Turkey

    Jo Diaz
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    Today is the first day of Around the Wine World in Eight Days. It seems fitting that we start where wine grape growing and winemaking all began, in the cradle of humanity ~ Turkey. It’s intriguing that where it began has very little exposure in the world. The focus for winemaking seems to have deep […] The post Around the Wine World in Eight Days – Turkey appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Interesting Assignment, Media

    Jo Diaz
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    For those of you wine writers, who are looking for an interesting assignment, this may be right up your alley. Richard Keenan of Kick Ranch and Overland Wines is hosting a special wine media event on Thursday, July 23, in his vineyards in Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa, California. This assignment is NOT open to the […] The post Interesting Assignment, Media appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Around the Wine World in Seven Days

    Jo Diaz
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    Around the Wine World in Seven Days is going to be a celebration of my appreciation for the wine import brands that have discovered and appreciate Wine Blog as a resource. I’ve always had winged feet. If it’s from somewhere else, I want to explore it all. While my immediate neighborhood has always been import-ant […] The post Around the Wine World in Seven Days appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • 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 ›
  • A Sense of Place

    Ridge Vineyards
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    To make the finest wines, you must start with great vineyards. We were blessed with the 130-year-old Monte Bello vineyard (abandoned after Prohibition), and the cabernet blocks that were replanted in the late 1940s. These vines produced our Monte Bello... Read More ›
 
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    BoozeMonkey

  • Rymill 2013 June Traminer

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    For those doing the Christmas in July thing this month, a rewarding drop to enjoy with the Christmas pudd is Rymill’s 2013 June Traminer – a luscious, botrytis-affected “sticky” whose full-on flavours will go so well with the pudding and a goodly dollop of custard or ice-cream. And while most consider Traminer a dessert wine to enjoy with puddings and sweet delights like lemon curd tarts and passionfruit panacotta, you’ll find it a good drop too with Thai cuisine main courses such as beef satay with peanut sauce, with Indian chicken and coconut curry, or if you are not into the hot…
  • Schild Estate Pramie Shiraz 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Schild Estate must rate amongst the Barossa Valley’s more amazing family success stories, and from it some of the Southern Barossa’s finest wines are produced: a young Edgar Schild took the reins at just 16 years of age when his father passed away in 1956, and went on to replace his dad’s small mixed farm with a-now 182ha (450 acres) at Lyndoch on which three generations of the family live today. Leading those wines is Schild’s flagship Pramie (appropriately meaning bonus or premium in German) and to prove the point, their just-released 2013 Pramie Shiraz is an exceptional…
  • Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    When Aussie beef lovers make a Cabernet Sauvignon one of the country’s most sought-after reds to go with their favourite cut, it’s saying something when the winemaker says he’s let-loose his “most accomplished release to date…” But that’s what Hamish MacGowan had to say of his 2013 Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, a drop made from fruit hand-selected off some of the most outstanding vineyards in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley (69%), Heathcote (15%), Strathbogie Ranges (10%) and Central Victoria (6%). Medium to full-bodied, this is a cracker red with firm tannins, overflowing…
  • Pipers Brook Riesling 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    A ripper Riesling out of Tasmania’s Pipers Brook Vineyard is their 2014 that’s a great match now with Thai pork stir-fry – or give it a little more bottle age through to the end of the year, and you’ll find it marvellous in the party room with Festive Season finger-foods such as salt and pepper squid or whitebait fritters. The company’s flagship white, this elegant drop with its intensity of aroma and flavour reflects all that is so rewarding about the cool, maritime climate of the West Tamar sub-region of Tasmania’s north. And for Pipers Brook in 2014 conditions were near-perfect…
  • 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Wine buffs who enjoy their seafood know how rewarding can be white fish fillets pan-fried and shared with a good Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. One SBS worth trying is a 2014 from Voyager Estate in WA’s Margaret River, because it’s all about bouncy, fresh tropical fruit and citrus flavours, coupled with a lovely natural acidity. While excellent with white fish fillets or other seafoods (including shellfish), if you lean more towards meat dishes, team it up with veal chops grilled and sprinkled with rosemary. Lovely! The post 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon appeared first on…
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    BoozeMonkey

  • Rymill 2013 June Traminer

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    For those doing the Christmas in July thing this month, a rewarding drop to enjoy with the Christmas pudd is Rymill’s 2013 June Traminer – a luscious, botrytis-affected “sticky” whose full-on flavours will go so well with the pudding and a goodly dollop of custard or ice-cream. And while most consider Traminer a dessert wine to enjoy with puddings and sweet delights like lemon curd tarts and passionfruit panacotta, you’ll find it a good drop too with Thai cuisine main courses such as beef satay with peanut sauce, with Indian chicken and coconut curry, or if you are not into the hot…
  • Schild Estate Pramie Shiraz 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Schild Estate must rate amongst the Barossa Valley’s more amazing family success stories, and from it some of the Southern Barossa’s finest wines are produced: a young Edgar Schild took the reins at just 16 years of age when his father passed away in 1956, and went on to replace his dad’s small mixed farm with a-now 182ha (450 acres) at Lyndoch on which three generations of the family live today. Leading those wines is Schild’s flagship Pramie (appropriately meaning bonus or premium in German) and to prove the point, their just-released 2013 Pramie Shiraz is an exceptional…
  • Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    When Aussie beef lovers make a Cabernet Sauvignon one of the country’s most sought-after reds to go with their favourite cut, it’s saying something when the winemaker says he’s let-loose his “most accomplished release to date…” But that’s what Hamish MacGowan had to say of his 2013 Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, a drop made from fruit hand-selected off some of the most outstanding vineyards in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley (69%), Heathcote (15%), Strathbogie Ranges (10%) and Central Victoria (6%). Medium to full-bodied, this is a cracker red with firm tannins, overflowing…
  • Pipers Brook Riesling 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    A ripper Riesling out of Tasmania’s Pipers Brook Vineyard is their 2014 that’s a great match now with Thai pork stir-fry – or give it a little more bottle age through to the end of the year, and you’ll find it marvellous in the party room with Festive Season finger-foods such as salt and pepper squid or whitebait fritters. The company’s flagship white, this elegant drop with its intensity of aroma and flavour reflects all that is so rewarding about the cool, maritime climate of the West Tamar sub-region of Tasmania’s north. And for Pipers Brook in 2014 conditions were near-perfect…
  • 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Wine buffs who enjoy their seafood know how rewarding can be white fish fillets pan-fried and shared with a good Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. One SBS worth trying is a 2014 from Voyager Estate in WA’s Margaret River, because it’s all about bouncy, fresh tropical fruit and citrus flavours, coupled with a lovely natural acidity. While excellent with white fish fillets or other seafoods (including shellfish), if you lean more towards meat dishes, team it up with veal chops grilled and sprinkled with rosemary. Lovely! The post 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon appeared first on…
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  • Menage a Trois official wine sponsor of San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Ménage à Trois, one of the top selling super premium wine brands in America, has been named the official wine sponsor of the 2015 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade, with the theme – “Equality Without Exception&rdquo...
  • Best of California Wines selected by California State Fair

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:05 pm
    In addition to the Best of Show and Best of Region awards, the California State Fair also selects the Best of California wines awarded for the best of specific varietals throughout California. With wine entries coming from around the...
  • California State Fair announces the 2015 Best of Show wines

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The California State Fair announced the top wine awards from the California State Fair 2015 Commercial Wine Competition. This year's wine competition consisted of 2,881 wine entries received from 743 participating winery brands. Seventy-two...
  • Santorini Wines born of earth wind and fire

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Santorini is well known as an island paradise with deep blue waters, breathtaking sunsets and distinct red, black and white sand beaches. It is a stopping point for many cruise ships in the Mediterranean and thousands of tourists soak...
  • Great grilling wines for Father's Day

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Father’s Day is just around the corner, I am sure that your dad is looking forward to a delicious meal with rich, grilled meaty meals such as a suckling lamb, grilled venison, BBQ ribs, or a great steak...
 
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    Wine Channel TV

  • Wine Picnic Basket Summer of Love

    JustJess
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    How to lose a lover in 10 days this summer? Order Netflix and stay home while your best friend is out on a wine picnic basket date. We’ve got some great summer wine and food picnic basket options to make this as easy as ordering Netflix. Summertime wine selections by Jessica Altieri, www.jessicaaltieri.com, CEO and Certified Sommelier of Wine Channel TV on WGN TV in Chicago. Jessica Altieri Summer Wine Picnic Basket Suggestions -Eppa SupraFruta Organic Red Sangria – eppasangria.com  Be sure to check this wine out for information about a “Summer of Sangria Tour” and…
  • Sip & Shop Uncorked

    JustJess
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    We’re excited to be hosting an adventure in fine wine at the 2015 Sip & Shop Uncorked event at Westfield Old Orchard this summer. This years event features a spectacular curated wine, champagne and spirits offering by Jessica Altieri, CEO and Certified Sommelier of Wine Channel TV. Sip & Shop Uncorked will take place on Jun 25 & Jul 23, 2015. For ticket information click here . The award winning upscale Westfield Old Orchard Mall on Chicago’s North Shore is the perfect pairing for this wine lifestyle event.  As an added convenience for attendees, the event includes…
  • Jessica Altieri Wine Cribs with Yum Cha Chicago

    JustJess
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Wine Cribs Season 2 The Wine Channel TV Original Series “Jessica Altieri Wine Cribs” returns this Summer 2015 with all new adventures! Get your first sip here with Yum Cha Dim Sum in Chicago. Yum Cha was created to bring Dim Sum and Chinese cuisine to downtown Chicago. We’ve know the team from Yum Cha for over 5 years and can tell you they are passionate about bringing people together to celebrate family and friends through the art of sharing. Expect to see an array of homemade favorites like Har Gow and Pork Shu Mai – as well as reinvented Chinese classics such as Xiao…
  • Wine Marriage or “Honey I’m Good”?

    JustJess
    26 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    It happens every time you go out. The waiter brings out the wine list. You see your favorite wine. The waiter recommends a few new wines. Do you dare “two-time” your favorite wine? Are you married to your wine? Are you hearing this tune: “Honey, I’m Good” by Andy Grammer?  If so you’re not alone. More consumers today are experimenting with new wines and playing the wine dating game. Let’s face it, if you love wine like we do here at Wine Channel TV, it’s “guilt” time when you see your favorite wine and pass on it for dinner or a get…
  • America’s Most Visited Winery – Biltmore Winery

    JustJess
    20 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    Go ahead; admit it. You were thinking Napa Valley. Or Sonoma. Where do 600,000 people a year go to visit this winery? Need another clue?  You might recognize scenes from Patch Adams and Forrest Gump. The winery is located on the Biltmore Estate which is home to “America’s Largest Privately Owned Home“. Welcome to Biltmore Winery! Wine Channel TV had the opportunity to take part in the 30th Anniversary Celebration this past week which included the release of a commemorative 30th anniversary wine – a full bodied red wine blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel. Wine…
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  • 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…
  • Golf adventures in the Willamette Valley

    Jennifer Rouse
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    If your idea of the perfect vacation involves hitting the links in the middle of Oregon’s stunning wine country–and topping off a day on the course with some excellent Pinot noir–then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together our top picks for golf adventures in the Willamette Valley that will knock your argyle socks off. Tokatee Golf Club, Blue River. Tokatee offers a unique golfing experience by maintaining a low-key, rustic operation without sacrificing quality. It’s a picturesque course that’s right at the base of the Three Sisters, nestled…
  • Seven Spring Break adventures in Oregon Wine Country

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Plan now for family memories that will last a lifetime. This spring break, get out of the house and have an adventure together. Here are seven of our top picks for family trips all around the Willamette Valley this spring: Salem For family-friendly fun without a lot of fuss, bring the kids to Salem, where they can meet Pancho the Elephant – the newest animal to join the herd at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, one of the state’s only authentic Old World-style carousels. While you’re there, be sure to visit The Enchanted Forest. This quirky theme park features an eclectic mix of rides and…
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  • Stay Glassy, New York City: Yes, Your Wine Glass Matters

    Claudia Angelillo
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Styrofoam ban in New York City has gone into effect. Polystyrene foam is not recyclable; and so the Mayor has declared its use illegal. This is good news not only for the environment, but for wine drinkers as well. Surely the number of times you’ve been served wine in a Styrofoam cup is negligible, but at the very least, in New York City, the possibility has ceased to exist. You may want to breathe a sigh of relief. Still, there are plenty of subpar drinking vessels that could end up cradling your wine. What sort of hard plastic wine glass will you find at the next art show opening…
  • The Wet and Wild Way to Waste Wine in Spain

    James Duren
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When you're one of the leading producers of wine on the planet, you don't feel the pinch of wasting a more than 100,000 liters of wine just for kicks. This past week Spaniards and tourists alike gathered in the small La Rioja town of Haro, Spain, to celebrate mass for Haro's patron saint. In the wine-crazed region of La Rioja, a celebration is more than just a few religious words in Spanish and some table reds: it's an all-out wine battle. Should you have any doubts about the legitimacy of the phrase “wine battle”,  a quick search on YouTube will answer your…
  • A Question of Women in Wine

    Louise Hurren
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, Christy Canterbury introduced some ladies of the Langhe. Female winemakers in Piedmont have changed the conservative winemaking landscape to one that is inclusive of women. France is no different. This piece examines five scintillating wines from a group called the Femmes Vignes Rhône, also known as Women Winemakers of the Rhône Valley. It's a play on the French phrase “femmes vigneronnes”. Women are fighting to change old attitudes in wine, and they are winning. This 30-member…
  • Sweden Sees Bright Wine Future Because of Warmer Winters

    James Duren
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ask Southern Hemisphere countries like Australia what they think of global warming and you're liable to get a concerned look along with several strategies for dry farming and alternative ways to preserve water and use it wisely. Ask a Swede about the effects of global warming and, at least from the winemakers, you might just get a little grin. Or, in the case of a recent story by The Guardian's Sweden correspondent David Crouch, a very optimistic paragraph about Europe's frozen north. “The song of a skylark mingles with the clink of glasses from the small bodega by the…
  • I’ve Got The Cork Taint Blues

    Claudia Angelillo
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It was an Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino from the 2006 vintage. I’d looked forward to opening it for eons. Critic James Suckling said to lay it down until at least 2014. Finally, a worthy occasion presented itself: Summer Solstice, 2015. It was time to open the bottle. What would nine years of age have to say?   I’ll tell you what it had to say: Sodden cardboard, soggy leaves, and weird animal parts. TCA strikes again. What is TCA? It’s shorthand for Trichloroanisole, a chemical that can be present in some cork that creates moldy aromas in the glass. About five…
 
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  • Napa Valley Wine Facts

    Joe Becerra
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Welcome to the world famous Napa Valley. What Napa Valley wine facts you should know Before you head out on your Napa Valley wine country vacation here are some helpful Napa Valley facts. Be sure to watch the short Napa Valley Travel Tip movie at the bottom of this article. It’s extremely informative for the first time visitor. There are more than 400 wineries in the Napa Valley. 95% of these wineries are “family owned.” Many of these are owned by huge companies. For example, the Gallo Family owns the Louis Martini winery. They purchased it from the Louis M. Martini Family…
  • Turkovich Family Wines in Winters

    Joe Becerra
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    Turkovich Family Wines – Delicious wines in Winters, CA Our exploration of the Yolo County wine country continues in the town of Winters, where Highway 128 begins its wine route to the West. We first learned about the Turkovich Family Wines at the TAPAS wine tasting in San Francisco. TAPAS is an event where wineries pour their Spanish grape varietal wines to the media, wine trade and the wine public. We were quite impressed with Turkovich Spanish wines, particularly the Albariño and the Tempranillo. What were their other wines like? Well, here in the town of Winters, the Turkovich…
  • 50 Years of Wine Country Travels

    Joe Becerra
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Janelle and Joe in a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in St. Helena – May 2015 Celebrating 50 Years of Wine Country Travels My mother holds our oldest son Chris while we taste at Simi. Check out the redwood barrel tasting room. By our most conservative estimates, 2015 marks our 50th year of visiting wineries in California. It all began when my parents purchased a vacation home near the Russian River Resort town of Guerneville, back in 1963. I turned 21 later that year, so most likely our wine tasting adventures began shortly thereafter. Janelle and I have been married 50 years as of this…
  • Wine Tasting at the Old Sugar Mill

    Joe Becerra
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg is a very fascinating place. It was once the hotbed of sugar production in Northern California. Farmers grew a ton of beets in Clarksburg (now Chenin Blanc vines) and at the Sugar Mill processed those beets into sugar. When the U.S. lifted the tariffs on sugar, prices plummeted and soon the Sugar Mill closed down. In 2000 the Sugar Mill was purchased and the renovation began. Currently, the old Sugar Mill is home to eleven wineries. Each has a tasting room and some make their wine here as well. The Clarksburg Wine Company has…
  • Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg

    Joe Becerra
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    Bogle tasting room in Clarksburg Bogle Vineyards tasting room For the next few days we are exploring the Yolo County wine country. This is our first trip to this area in search of wineries and tasting rooms. Our first day in Yolo took us to the Clarksburg area.  In terms of wine, Clarksburg is famous for two reasons: Chenin Blanc and Bogle Vineyards.  Chenin Blanc grows perfectly in Clarksburg. The cooling breezes from the Delta and the nearby Sacramento River make it the ideal climate for Chenin Blanc. It is very reminiscent of the Loire Valley in France and the influence of the…
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  • Napa Valley Wine Facts

    Joe Becerra
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Welcome to the world famous Napa Valley. What Napa Valley wine facts you should know Before you head out on your Napa Valley wine country vacation here are some helpful Napa Valley facts. Be sure to watch the short Napa Valley Travel Tip movie at the bottom of this article. It’s extremely informative for the first time visitor. There are more than 400 wineries in the Napa Valley. 95% of these wineries are “family owned.” Many of these are owned by huge companies. For example, the Gallo Family owns the Louis Martini winery. They purchased it from the Louis M. Martini Family…
  • Turkovich Family Wines in Winters

    Joe Becerra
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    Turkovich Family Wines – Delicious wines in Winters, CA Our exploration of the Yolo County wine country continues in the town of Winters, where Highway 128 begins its wine route to the West. We first learned about the Turkovich Family Wines at the TAPAS wine tasting in San Francisco. TAPAS is an event where wineries pour their Spanish grape varietal wines to the media, wine trade and the wine public. We were quite impressed with Turkovich Spanish wines, particularly the Albariño and the Tempranillo. What were their other wines like? Well, here in the town of Winters, the Turkovich…
  • 50 Years of Wine Country Travels

    Joe Becerra
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Janelle and Joe in a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in St. Helena – May 2015 Celebrating 50 Years of Wine Country Travels My mother holds our oldest son Chris while we taste at Simi. Check out the redwood barrel tasting room. By our most conservative estimates, 2015 marks our 50th year of visiting wineries in California. It all began when my parents purchased a vacation home near the Russian River Resort town of Guerneville, back in 1963. I turned 21 later that year, so most likely our wine tasting adventures began shortly thereafter. Janelle and I have been married 50 years as of this…
  • Wine Tasting at the Old Sugar Mill

    Joe Becerra
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg is a very fascinating place. It was once the hotbed of sugar production in Northern California. Farmers grew a ton of beets in Clarksburg (now Chenin Blanc vines) and at the Sugar Mill processed those beets into sugar. When the U.S. lifted the tariffs on sugar, prices plummeted and soon the Sugar Mill closed down. In 2000 the Sugar Mill was purchased and the renovation began. Currently, the old Sugar Mill is home to eleven wineries. Each has a tasting room and some make their wine here as well. The Clarksburg Wine Company has…
  • Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg

    Joe Becerra
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    Bogle tasting room in Clarksburg Bogle Vineyards tasting room For the next few days we are exploring the Yolo County wine country. This is our first trip to this area in search of wineries and tasting rooms. Our first day in Yolo took us to the Clarksburg area.  In terms of wine, Clarksburg is famous for two reasons: Chenin Blanc and Bogle Vineyards.  Chenin Blanc grows perfectly in Clarksburg. The cooling breezes from the Delta and the nearby Sacramento River make it the ideal climate for Chenin Blanc. It is very reminiscent of the Loire Valley in France and the influence of the…
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  • That Constellation-Meiomi deal? Land is more valuable than brand

    steve
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
      I sometimes wonder if the general public knows how much land acquisition is a strategic consideration in many of the winery deals that have gone down in California. Sometimes, these acquisitions don’t make any sense, on the face of it; you wonder why in the hell winery X bought winery Y. But if real estate is part of the deal, it can make a great deal of sense. Such seems to have been the case with Constellation’s purchase of Meiomi, announced yesterday. Not on Contellation’s part, but on the Wagner family’s. Meiomi’s proprietor, Joe Wagner, of the family that famously owns…
  • On reviewing again, after a brief sabbatical

    steve
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
      Getting my chops back as a taster isn’t hard at all. It’s like bicycle riding: once you know how to do it, you can take some time off and then get right back on and go places. As I wrote yesterday, I’m going be reviewing wines here on my blog, after 1-1/2 years off. But it’s not like I ever stopped tasting. I reviewed Jackson Family Wines for the winery newsletter, and—let’s face it—I didn’t exactly stop drinking! I found myself instinctively reviewing and rating every bottle that I came across. Old habits die hard. The question sometimes comes up with wine critics,…
  • It’s always something: More changes on the blog

    steve
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:10 am
      Starting today, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before on my blog: I’ll be reviewing wines. The first batch follows below. None of these wineries paid me. I don’t intend for steveheimoff.com to become a wine-reviewing site, although I think people are interested in what I have to say. But I do want to do it occasionally. If you want your wines to be reviewed on steveheimoff.com, send me your tasting sample, along with tech notes and the SRP. You’ll notice my reviews are longer than they used to be at Wine Enthusiast. I always felt constrained within the 40-word…
  • Parker vs. “trendy reds” is a fake choice

    steve
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:10 am
      Here, you see, is the false dichotomy that infects so many of our wine conversations today: that there are “two different kinds” of wine and that we, as consumers and writers, “must pick one or the other,” as if we were in a vinous civil war where no one is permitted to be neutral and like both sides equally. That is once again the premise of this think piece in San Francisco Magazine, whose very headline starkly presents the choice said to be confronting us: Should You Be Drinking Parker Bombs or Trendy Reds?” The article lists six red wines from California that all received…
  • Gone Fishin’

    steve
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
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  • 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…
  • Jordan Winery receives third TripAdvisor Travel Award

    Lisa Mattson
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Jordan Vineyard & Winery has received its third consecutive TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include the best accommodations, eateries and attractions all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience. Come visit us to experience our award-winning tours and tastings in Healdsburg. We now offer reservations online through CellarPass. When…
  • 2015 Estate Tales magazine debuts

    Lisa Mattson
    20 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    The 2015 edition of Estate Tales is now available. This year, our complimentary magazine celebrates the bounty of the Jordan garden through several stories and also features an in-depth look at the Jordan Estate Rewards program changes. Story highlights include: All Grown Up Dinner at the Top A new chapter for Jordan Estate Rewards Back to the Future: Evolution of an Iconic Label Spring releases Pick up a free copy at the winery or read the digital version online. View our entire library of editions in the beyond the bottle section of our website.
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  • Chicken Piccata Recipe

    13 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Cheers2Wine is pleased to bring you this delicious chicken piccata recipe. You'll love the wonderful flavors of this dish.
  • California Current Events

    13 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    This is your source for the latest California Current Events related to wine. Don't miss these fabulous current events in California happening soon.
  • Garland Ranch Regional Park

    13 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Garland Ranch Regional Park is a hiker's paradise. Located in Monterey' County's gorgeous Carmel Valley, it's also a great place to hike with your dog.
  • Best French Onion Soup Recipe & Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    27 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    This is the best French Onion Soup recipe! This is my husband's favorite soup of all time. This french onion soup is a wonderful comfort food. Serve pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
  • Roaring Camp Railroad

    27 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    Travel back in time. Roaring Camp Railroad is an historic train that winds through the redwood forest and to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Experience incredible views.
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  • Frescobaldi Remole Toscana – A Juicy, Fruity Crowd-Pleaser

    Jon Thorsen
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    A tasty ten dollar Tuscan. 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy. The wine is aged for four months in stainless steel and two months in bottle before release. This review is brought to you by CorkExclusive where you can buy wines like the Frescobaldi Remole Toscana for just $9.99 plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match). The Frescobaldi Remole Toscana has an SRP of $13. Imported by Folio Fine Wines. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: Villa di Remole, in the heart of Tuscany, is the cradle of 700 years of history and tradition of the Frescobaldi…
  • Best White Wines Under $20

    Jon Thorsen
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    The 2015 Top 10 White Wines Under $20! It’s been too long since our last list of the best white wines under $20 so we’re here today with a brand spanking new version of our very highest rates wines — just in time for the Fourth of July and all your other summertime festivities. The 2015 rendition begins with a couple wines on the sweeter side and then travels through France, Washington, Germany, Portugal, Oregon and even New York! Bottles, boxes, multiple varieties and price points — the 2015 Top 10 has something for everyone. Read on for our list of the best white…
  • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec – It’s Good

    Jon Thorsen
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    A top of the line wine from Bodega Trivento lives up to its name. 100% Malbec from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. The Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months plus another 12 months in bottle before release. Enjoy Reverse Wine Snob? We’re now available in book form! Buy “Reverse Wine Snob: How to Buy and Drink Great Wine without Breaking the Bank” at Amazon! The Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec has an SRP of $23 and is available for as low as $17. Imported by Excelsior Wine & Spirits. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle:…
  • Eroica Riesling – Masterful

    Jon Thorsen
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    A mouthwatering symphony of textures and flavors available at Costco. 100% Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington (primarily the Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes AVA and Zillah Ranch in Yakima Valley). The wine has a residual sugar level of 15.5 g/L. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the Poet’s Leap Riesling for just $18.99 each plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match) at Cork Exclusive! The Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling has an SRP of $20 and is available at Costco for just $14.99. 31,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
  • Javier San Pedro Randez Tempranillo – Trader Joe’s Strikes Again

    Jon Thorsen
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! A quality wine from Rioja at a budget price. 100% Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain. The wine is aged for 12 months in new and semi-new American and French oak and has just 1.6 g/L of residual sugar. The Javier San Pedro Randez Crianza Tempranillo from Bodega Vallobera is available for $6.99 exclusively at Trader Joe’s. Imported by Axial Vinos. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: The San Pedro family owns more than 250 acres of prime vineyards around Laguardia. This Crianza 2012 has spent 12 months in new and semi new American and French oak. A super fresh Tempranillo…
 
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  • Rymill 2013 June Traminer

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    For those doing the Christmas in July thing this month, a rewarding drop to enjoy with the Christmas pudd is Rymill’s 2013 June Traminer – a luscious, botrytis-affected “sticky” whose full-on flavours will go so well with the pudding and a goodly dollop of custard or ice-cream. And while most consider Traminer a dessert wine to enjoy with puddings and sweet delights like lemon curd tarts and passionfruit panacotta, you’ll find it a good drop too with Thai cuisine main courses such as beef satay with peanut sauce, with Indian chicken and coconut curry, or if you are not into the hot…
  • Schild Estate Pramie Shiraz 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Schild Estate must rate amongst the Barossa Valley’s more amazing family success stories, and from it some of the Southern Barossa’s finest wines are produced: a young Edgar Schild took the reins at just 16 years of age when his father passed away in 1956, and went on to replace his dad’s small mixed farm with a-now 182ha (450 acres) at Lyndoch on which three generations of the family live today. Leading those wines is Schild’s flagship Pramie (appropriately meaning bonus or premium in German) and to prove the point, their just-released 2013 Pramie Shiraz is an exceptional…
  • Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    When Aussie beef lovers make a Cabernet Sauvignon one of the country’s most sought-after reds to go with their favourite cut, it’s saying something when the winemaker says he’s let-loose his “most accomplished release to date…” But that’s what Hamish MacGowan had to say of his 2013 Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, a drop made from fruit hand-selected off some of the most outstanding vineyards in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley (69%), Heathcote (15%), Strathbogie Ranges (10%) and Central Victoria (6%). Medium to full-bodied, this is a cracker red with firm tannins, overflowing…
  • Pipers Brook Riesling 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    A ripper Riesling out of Tasmania’s Pipers Brook Vineyard is their 2014 that’s a great match now with Thai pork stir-fry – or give it a little more bottle age through to the end of the year, and you’ll find it marvellous in the party room with Festive Season finger-foods such as salt and pepper squid or whitebait fritters. The company’s flagship white, this elegant drop with its intensity of aroma and flavour reflects all that is so rewarding about the cool, maritime climate of the West Tamar sub-region of Tasmania’s north. And for Pipers Brook in 2014 conditions were near-perfect…
  • 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Wine buffs who enjoy their seafood know how rewarding can be white fish fillets pan-fried and shared with a good Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. One SBS worth trying is a 2014 from Voyager Estate in WA’s Margaret River, because it’s all about bouncy, fresh tropical fruit and citrus flavours, coupled with a lovely natural acidity. While excellent with white fish fillets or other seafoods (including shellfish), if you lean more towards meat dishes, team it up with veal chops grilled and sprinkled with rosemary. Lovely! The post 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon appeared first on…
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  • Highly Annoying Wine Habits? Or Not?

    matt
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    About a month ago, Lettie Teague wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal titled, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Annoying Wine People’. These kind of articles always get me to thinking about wine and my relationship with it. I think these are highly annoying to Lettie and many other people across the wine-scape (Get it, instead of landscape?). Wine-dumping waiter: I have not had this issue. Or maybe I have but it’s not a problem because I like to drink. ‘Curated’ wine lists: This doesn’t bother me. Pseudo-collectors: This doesn’t bother me because I don’t pay their bills. Buy…
  • Paso Robles: The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar

    matt
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:05 pm
    A new restaurant opened up in Paso so we had to go check it out, right? Right. We met our friend Lisa at The Hatch downtown, sat at the bar, and started with drinks. They have wine and beer but are also have a ‘Classic Cocktails’ and ‘Craft Creations’ section…which means…FULL BAR. Lisa had the ‘Hatch a Plan’ craft cocktail which is pistachio infused vodka, lime, and ginger beer. Annie had a dirty martini to start and I went beer. From there it was wine and wine and wine. Now, I think we went a bit nuts with the food but when splitting among three people it seems to lessen the…
  • Travel: Boston, Massachusetts

    Annie
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:16 pm
    We recently took a trip east to Boston due to Annie having work back there. The big decision was whether or not to leave Sammy behind for the five night trip or take him with us. It worked out to leave him behind which was a nice break from the daily act of parenting but also rather difficult to be away from him for so long. Our longest time away prior to this trip was three nights to Portland, Oregon. With the decision made we took off on a recent Monday morning to drive to San Jose. It was a long travel day. We had a layover stop in Los Angeles and did not get to our hotel in Boston until…
  • A Unique Pizza Experience

    Annie
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    Recently, Hoot came up with a great idea; let’s grill some pizza! It’s hot here in these days, and heating up the house with the stove or oven doesn’t sound great…but standing outside in the heat over a 400 degree grill sounds terrific! After a bit of googling and some gathering at Trader Joe’s we were ready! Well, not quite yet…to add to the experience, I (Annie) wanted to try doing a cauliflower crust pizza (in the oven, defeating my indoor heat thing above) along with the grilled stuff. Sound weird? Maybe…but it was great! Okay, so we used Trader Joe’s ready-made pizza…
  • The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar Opens in the Heart of Paso Robles Wine Country

    matt
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:53 am
    Here’s a press release for your reading and eating enjoyment! We have a new restaurant in downtown Paso Robles and can’t wait to get in there and give it a try. If you’ve been one of the lucky ones to already have visited, let us know about your experience! If you have yet to get in…what are you waiting for?!? Media Contact: Faith Wells faith@faithwellscommunications.com For Immediate Release June 16, 2015 The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar Opens in the Heart of Paso Robles Wine Country Downtown Paso Robles gains new eatery dedicated to simple, wood-fired food and classic…
 
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Joe
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    For this week’s wine reviews,  Vintage Wine Taster Bruce has two wines that he likes very much and we have another Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 to recommend. It’s an old standby that drinks very nicely for around $13 and is widely available. Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Year after year this wine really delivers as a wine value and bargain. Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is from selected vineyards in Sonoma County owned by the Gallo Family. Louis Martini makes a ton of this wine and it is widely…
  • Kirkland Champagne – Who makes it and how good is it?

    Joe
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:36 am
    Note: I posted this article in a few years back. I just wanted to give an update on the Kirkland Champagne. It is the real deal and tastes as good as ever. A friend served the Champagne to us over the weekend and we love the way it tastes today. When we visited the Champagne region of France in 2010 we met the winemaker who is commissioned to make this wine for the Kirkland Signature label. The article that follows is my original post and I think is an interesting read. Kirkland Champagne – $19.99 Our last article on GoodCheapVino listed our top bargain sparkling wine selections for New…
  • Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – A Poor Man’s Cab

    Joe
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Organically farmed Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – Trader Joe’s This could be called the poor man’s Cabernet Sauvignon. You can purchase it at Trader Joe’s or the Safeway for about $12. It is not nearly as good as the Cabernet Sauvignons that I recently raved about, the Charles Krug or the Conn Creek Cab 2012’s. But those two Cabs are $6 to $8 more a bottle. This is a very decent Cabernet, and I think it will age well. A friend recently brought over a bottle of Bonterra 2000 Cab. I truly thought it would be well past it prime, but no.
  • Costco Wine Department – Eight things you need to know about buying wine at Costco

    Joe
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:22 am
    There is no doubt in my mind that Costco has some of the most fantastic wine bargains on this planet. Here are eight things you should know when shopping for wine at Costco. Not a Costco member, no problem You don’t need to be a member of Costco to shop there for wine. Because of alcohol laws, Costco cannot restrict the sale of wine and spirits on a membership basis. Just tell them at the door you want to shop for alcohol. You will get in and be able to buy wine. Volume purchases Most wine shops buy wine by case amounts. Not Costco. They buy wine by the pallet. There are 56 cases of wine on…
  • Conn Creek vs Charles Krug 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet

    Joe
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Conn Creek and Charles Krug 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Two worthy Cabs – Conn Creek vs Charles Krug 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet The Vintage Wine Tasters previously reviewed eight Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignons (Best Napa Cabs 2012 under $20. and Two fantastic 2012 Napa Cabs). The Conn Creek and the Charles Krug 2012 Napa Valley Cabs have been released in just the past few months. That means they have been aged longer, both in barrel and bottle, than the other 2012 Cabernets we reviewed. We did a side-by-side comparison of Conn Creek and the Charles Krug. We found the wines to be very…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • 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…
  • Pairings Wine & Food Experience now available on Thursday!

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    27 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    I am excited to announce that starting on June 4th, we will be expanding our Pairings Wine Dinners to include Thursday, as well as Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 pm. Please join a knowledgeable Winery Ambassador and me each week for a four-course dinner featuring fresh ingredients from local artisan purveyors at our beautiful winery setting. Come learn how wine can enhance your next meal with proven culinary tips. Our new menu is inspired by the flavors of spring and thoughtfully paired with our classic, Oregon wines. I have included a sneak-peak of the four-course meal below. Reservations…
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    What's up, Big Boy? My name is Violette, what's yours? I can not wait to meet you in private. I was going to have a nice talk with you in chat but you had gone offline. May I ask you to write me a few words some day? Trust me, it's going to be lots of fun. I'll be waiting for your… My profile here rus-angel.ru Love and kisses, Violette
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    What's up, Big Boy? My name is Violette, what's yours? I can not wait to meet you in private. I was going to have a nice talk with you in chat but you had gone offline. May I ask you to write me a few words some day? Trust me, it's going to be lots of fun. I'll be waiting for your… My profile here rus-angel.ru Love and kisses, Violette
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    Hello, My Dear Friend! How is your day going? I'm Katherine, but you can call me Kat if you like. What's your name by the way? I know you've been visiting this website quite often. And I was going to chat with you the other day but you suddenly went offline. What do you think about us spending some time here talking to each other? I would be glad to hear from you. My profile: click here! Best wishes, Katty
 
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • 10th Anniversary Collaborative Beer

    Bean
    20 Jun 2015 | 4:19 pm
    In celebration of the 10th Annual Washington Brewers Festival, brewers decided to come together to craft a special commemorative beer, Brewers from five Washington state breweries, who volunteer on the Washington Beer Commission’s Festival Committee, joined forces to make this thirst quenching craft beer. Brewers from Fremont, Elysian, Beardslee, Diamond Knot and Two Beers breweries crafted a summer session style pale ale, light and refreshing with lots of citrus notes.  Hops used included:  Simcoe, Citra, Belma, Galena, El Dorado, Cascade, and Chinook.   Three of us tried at…
  • Celebrate Summer at Rose Revival!

    Bean
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Start your summer at the 13th Annual Rosé Revival and Other Cool Whites Wine Event on Thurs. June 18th. What could be more summer than sipping tasty rose’ and white wines on the beautiful deck of at Ray’s Boathouse watching the sun set over the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound? Be part of this Seattle summer tradition by joining Seattle Uncorked at this fun annual event featuring dry rosé wines and refreshing white wines. No red wines at this event. Rosé Revival features a variety of Northwest winemakers and  their Rosé wines made in very small lots from Sangiovese, Syrah, Cab…
  • 10th Annual Washington Brewers Festival

    Bean
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    400 beers, 105 breweries, and 3 days of fun, food and music make up the 10th Annual Washington Brewers Festival June 19-21, 2015 at Marymoore Park in Redmond. Friday night is for adults only where the music plays a little louder and you will find special Friday only brews on tap but not the full consort of breweries. Saturday and Sunday is open to all ages and there is a section full of kid activities. Traditionally held on Fathers’ Day weekend, the Washington Brewers Festival, has had other homes and sponsors but now the Washington Beer Commission puts on the Washington Brewers…
  • Whites and Roses-forecasting warm weather wine indulgences

    Vivian
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The setting was perfect for rose and white wines to show off.  The weather could not be more perfect – 66 degrees and sunny until dusk when it cooled only slightly and the ambient landscape lights highlighted the modern architecture of Novelty Hill Januik Winery in a warm glow.  The melodic tunes of the solo guitar artist filled the spaces between conversations.  Fabulous aromas of grilling protein wafted throughout.  It was as if the rose and white wines had ordered up the setting insisting that it be just so to remind everyone that red wines are not the only players in town,…
  • Woodinville Reserve: A White and Rosé Affair

    Bean
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Herald spring this weekend in Woodinville with a wonderful wine and food event to welcome the warmer weather. Join in on Woodinville Reserve: A White and a Rosé Affair on Sunday April 19th at Novelty Hill Januik Winery. You’ll enjoy delicious bites by James Beard Award-Winning chefs as you partake in two distinct levels of tasting: downstairs in the Red Vault Room, where our award-winning reds will be pouring; and upstairs, where 30 Woodinville winemakers will uncork their new white and rosé offerings for the season.  It’s the ideal opportunity to discover what you should be drinking…
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    I Drink Your Wine

  • Tapteil Winery celebrates 30 years on Red Mountain

    Dan McCool
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    I just published this Google Business View project for Larry and Jane Pearson, owners of Tapteil Winery Congratulations on 30 years on Red Mountain! I also provided the entertainment for the Vine Club party a couple of weeks ago. This … Continue reading →
 
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  • Rymill 2013 June Traminer

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    For those doing the Christmas in July thing this month, a rewarding drop to enjoy with the Christmas pudd is Rymill’s 2013 June Traminer – a luscious, botrytis-affected “sticky” whose full-on flavours will go so well with the pudding and a goodly dollop of custard or ice-cream. And while most consider Traminer a dessert wine to enjoy with puddings and sweet delights like lemon curd tarts and passionfruit panacotta, you’ll find it a good drop too with Thai cuisine main courses such as beef satay with peanut sauce, with Indian chicken and coconut curry, or if you are not into the hot…
  • Schild Estate Pramie Shiraz 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Schild Estate must rate amongst the Barossa Valley’s more amazing family success stories, and from it some of the Southern Barossa’s finest wines are produced: a young Edgar Schild took the reins at just 16 years of age when his father passed away in 1956, and went on to replace his dad’s small mixed farm with a-now 182ha (450 acres) at Lyndoch on which three generations of the family live today. Leading those wines is Schild’s flagship Pramie (appropriately meaning bonus or premium in German) and to prove the point, their just-released 2013 Pramie Shiraz is an exceptional…
  • Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    When Aussie beef lovers make a Cabernet Sauvignon one of the country’s most sought-after reds to go with their favourite cut, it’s saying something when the winemaker says he’s let-loose his “most accomplished release to date…” But that’s what Hamish MacGowan had to say of his 2013 Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, a drop made from fruit hand-selected off some of the most outstanding vineyards in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley (69%), Heathcote (15%), Strathbogie Ranges (10%) and Central Victoria (6%). Medium to full-bodied, this is a cracker red with firm tannins, overflowing…
  • Pipers Brook Riesling 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    A ripper Riesling out of Tasmania’s Pipers Brook Vineyard is their 2014 that’s a great match now with Thai pork stir-fry – or give it a little more bottle age through to the end of the year, and you’ll find it marvellous in the party room with Festive Season finger-foods such as salt and pepper squid or whitebait fritters. The company’s flagship white, this elegant drop with its intensity of aroma and flavour reflects all that is so rewarding about the cool, maritime climate of the West Tamar sub-region of Tasmania’s north. And for Pipers Brook in 2014 conditions were near-perfect…
  • 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Wine buffs who enjoy their seafood know how rewarding can be white fish fillets pan-fried and shared with a good Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. One SBS worth trying is a 2014 from Voyager Estate in WA’s Margaret River, because it’s all about bouncy, fresh tropical fruit and citrus flavours, coupled with a lovely natural acidity. While excellent with white fish fillets or other seafoods (including shellfish), if you lean more towards meat dishes, team it up with veal chops grilled and sprinkled with rosemary. Lovely! The post 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon appeared first on…
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  • Rymill 2013 June Traminer

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    For those doing the Christmas in July thing this month, a rewarding drop to enjoy with the Christmas pudd is Rymill’s 2013 June Traminer – a luscious, botrytis-affected “sticky” whose full-on flavours will go so well with the pudding and a goodly dollop of custard or ice-cream. And while most consider Traminer a dessert wine to enjoy with puddings and sweet delights like lemon curd tarts and passionfruit panacotta, you’ll find it a good drop too with Thai cuisine main courses such as beef satay with peanut sauce, with Indian chicken and coconut curry, or if you are not into the hot…
  • Schild Estate Pramie Shiraz 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Schild Estate must rate amongst the Barossa Valley’s more amazing family success stories, and from it some of the Southern Barossa’s finest wines are produced: a young Edgar Schild took the reins at just 16 years of age when his father passed away in 1956, and went on to replace his dad’s small mixed farm with a-now 182ha (450 acres) at Lyndoch on which three generations of the family live today. Leading those wines is Schild’s flagship Pramie (appropriately meaning bonus or premium in German) and to prove the point, their just-released 2013 Pramie Shiraz is an exceptional…
  • Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    When Aussie beef lovers make a Cabernet Sauvignon one of the country’s most sought-after reds to go with their favourite cut, it’s saying something when the winemaker says he’s let-loose his “most accomplished release to date…” But that’s what Hamish MacGowan had to say of his 2013 Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, a drop made from fruit hand-selected off some of the most outstanding vineyards in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley (69%), Heathcote (15%), Strathbogie Ranges (10%) and Central Victoria (6%). Medium to full-bodied, this is a cracker red with firm tannins, overflowing…
  • Pipers Brook Riesling 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    A ripper Riesling out of Tasmania’s Pipers Brook Vineyard is their 2014 that’s a great match now with Thai pork stir-fry – or give it a little more bottle age through to the end of the year, and you’ll find it marvellous in the party room with Festive Season finger-foods such as salt and pepper squid or whitebait fritters. The company’s flagship white, this elegant drop with its intensity of aroma and flavour reflects all that is so rewarding about the cool, maritime climate of the West Tamar sub-region of Tasmania’s north. And for Pipers Brook in 2014 conditions were near-perfect…
  • 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Wine buffs who enjoy their seafood know how rewarding can be white fish fillets pan-fried and shared with a good Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. One SBS worth trying is a 2014 from Voyager Estate in WA’s Margaret River, because it’s all about bouncy, fresh tropical fruit and citrus flavours, coupled with a lovely natural acidity. While excellent with white fish fillets or other seafoods (including shellfish), if you lean more towards meat dishes, team it up with veal chops grilled and sprinkled with rosemary. Lovely! The post 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon appeared first on…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • 2015 Carlton Crush Harvest Festival

    enobytes
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    2015 Carlton Crush Harvest Festival Carlton, Oregon – June 16, 2015 – The Carlton Business Association (CBA) is pleased to announce that the registration process is open for all competitions at its signature event, the 2015 Carlton Crush Harvest Festival.  Registration Forms for the Grape Stomp and Wine Thief competitions are available on the event’s […]
  • Coquine to Open Permanent Home on SE Belmont

    enobytes
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    COQUINE DEBUTS BRICK-AND-MORTAR RESTAURANT Coquine, the celebrated pop-up dinner party created by Chef Katy Millard and Ksandek Podbielski will open a brick-and-mortar at Southeast 69th and Belmont Street in Portland, Oregon’s Mount Tabor area. Serving as a full service destination restaurant and neighborhood café, Coquine will elevate the neighborhood’s dining scene with Chef Millard’s signature […]
  • 2013 McIntyre Estate Pinot Noir

    enobytes
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2013 McIntyre Estate Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA has been dressin for impressin lately, sending out wines that “strut their stuff”.  Appellation America once said, “The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA promises to become a crown jewel of California viticulture.”  These wines now reach levels of quality that […]
  • Winery Spotlight Archives: Richard Sommer, Oregon Wine Pioneer

    enobytes
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Winery Spotlight Archives: Richard Sommer, Oregon Wine Pioneer This week, we spotlight a bit of history being made in Oregon’s early post-prohibition days — Richard Sommer, Oregon wine pioneer.  This is an early drawing of the original plans at Hillcrest Vineyard, 1962, where the first Pinot noir in Oregon was planted post-prohibition. Original plans courtesy of  Dyson […]
  • 2010 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon

    Marc Hinton
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2010 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon “Helena Montana” Knights Valley, California Tasting this wine was truly a magical moment of nostalgia. Taking me back to the days when working for corporate hotels and restaurants afforded the luxury of tasting wines that were out of my reach for purchase.   The Mayacamas Mountains and particularly Knights Valley […]
 
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • FLXWine Winechat

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    On May 27th, #winechat returned to the Finger Lakes to learn more about the region, discuss and taste wines from Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, and Heron Hill Winery. The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance sent out some samples for a virtual tasting of the region's wines as a special #winechat. They also included a very cool #FLXWine tee-shirt that is incredibly comfortable and in heavy rotation right now. The Finger Lakes region is producing some great wines right now - if you didn't know, this year's Wine Blogger Conference will be held there. Great wine, great…
  • Snooth: Lodi Presents

    23 Jun 2015 | 8:55 am
    Most virtual tastings are fun, Snooth and Lodi Wine both take it up a notch, so it was great to be invited to participate in a tasting with the both of them. Lodi Wine Country is one of California's major wine growing regions, located 100 miles east of San Francisco near the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta, and representing the region were Master Sommelier and friend of Snooth Tim Gaiser will be joined by Camron King, Executive Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission, and Kyle Lerner, Owner/Vineyard Manager, Harney Lane Winery. Here's video of the evening - enjoy! Broadcast live streaming…
  • Wine of the Week: Nik Weis Urban Riesling 2014

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Urban not as in city, but as in saint of the wine industry. Living in the 4th Century, Urban was the bishop of Langres and eventually canonized as a saint, being invoked against blight and alcoholism. Nik Weis has chosen Mosel Riesling grapes, some from his in-laws' vineyard, then oversees vinification in stainless steel. Beautiful example of a Mosel Riesling, simply made, but with lots of character.Tasting Notes:Light straw color; floral, spice, lemon, and starfruit aromas; honeyed melon, lemon, spice, and tropical fruit flavors; extremely luscious, round mouthfeel; sweetness underlaid by a…
  • sommkit: Mise en Place for Wine

    3 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I've been helping beta test a new product, smoke, brought to market by the good folks at Protocol Wine Studio, who are also the hosts of the Twitter chat #WineStudio, among many other things. sommkit was created as a way to organize the many tools needed to open bottles and enjoy wine. There are currently two versions of sommkit: an original grey beta with sturdy leather additions and a second black beta which is an all vegan product (this is the one I received). The heavy waxed canvas, quality stitching and D-ring are the same for both versions.Before sommkit, all of my corkscrews (and other…
  • ¿Decopas? A glass?

    19 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    Each day in Argentina, thousands of colleagues, family and friends turn to each other and ask: “¿Decopas?” Buenos Aires slang for “By the glass?” this joyous invitation signals the start of Happy Hour! Just in time for Spring weather and lighter fare came two sample bottles of Decopas Wines, the 2014 Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc.Tasting Notes:100% Malbec; cold macerated, then fermented in stainless steel; aged 4 months in stainless; deep violet color; red berry, spice, and subtle earth aromas, with the same on the palate; mild tannins and a touch of acidity make this a great food wine;…
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  • Rymill 2013 June Traminer

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    For those doing the Christmas in July thing this month, a rewarding drop to enjoy with the Christmas pudd is Rymill’s 2013 June Traminer – a luscious, botrytis-affected “sticky” whose full-on flavours will go so well with the pudding and a goodly dollop of custard or ice-cream. And while most consider Traminer a dessert wine to enjoy with puddings and sweet delights like lemon curd tarts and passionfruit panacotta, you’ll find it a good drop too with Thai cuisine main courses such as beef satay with peanut sauce, with Indian chicken and coconut curry, or if you are not into the hot…
  • Schild Estate Pramie Shiraz 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Schild Estate must rate amongst the Barossa Valley’s more amazing family success stories, and from it some of the Southern Barossa’s finest wines are produced: a young Edgar Schild took the reins at just 16 years of age when his father passed away in 1956, and went on to replace his dad’s small mixed farm with a-now 182ha (450 acres) at Lyndoch on which three generations of the family live today. Leading those wines is Schild’s flagship Pramie (appropriately meaning bonus or premium in German) and to prove the point, their just-released 2013 Pramie Shiraz is an exceptional…
  • Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    When Aussie beef lovers make a Cabernet Sauvignon one of the country’s most sought-after reds to go with their favourite cut, it’s saying something when the winemaker says he’s let-loose his “most accomplished release to date…” But that’s what Hamish MacGowan had to say of his 2013 Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, a drop made from fruit hand-selected off some of the most outstanding vineyards in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley (69%), Heathcote (15%), Strathbogie Ranges (10%) and Central Victoria (6%). Medium to full-bodied, this is a cracker red with firm tannins, overflowing…
  • Pipers Brook Riesling 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    A ripper Riesling out of Tasmania’s Pipers Brook Vineyard is their 2014 that’s a great match now with Thai pork stir-fry – or give it a little more bottle age through to the end of the year, and you’ll find it marvellous in the party room with Festive Season finger-foods such as salt and pepper squid or whitebait fritters. The company’s flagship white, this elegant drop with its intensity of aroma and flavour reflects all that is so rewarding about the cool, maritime climate of the West Tamar sub-region of Tasmania’s north. And for Pipers Brook in 2014 conditions were near-perfect…
  • 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Wine buffs who enjoy their seafood know how rewarding can be white fish fillets pan-fried and shared with a good Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. One SBS worth trying is a 2014 from Voyager Estate in WA’s Margaret River, because it’s all about bouncy, fresh tropical fruit and citrus flavours, coupled with a lovely natural acidity. While excellent with white fish fillets or other seafoods (including shellfish), if you lean more towards meat dishes, team it up with veal chops grilled and sprinkled with rosemary. Lovely! The post 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon appeared first on…
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  • 6 Dry Reds Show The Savory Side of Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    As a wine descriptor, “dry” doesn’t imply an empty glass, it implies low to no sweetness. Not all wine has to be a berry bomb, fiercely fruity and sweeter than a Jolly Rancher candy. In fact, there are many wines that swing into the savory end of the taste spectrum. These wines satisfy our obsession with all things dry and bitter. “Serious love for savory wines–the perfect accompaniment to food.” It’s a common mistaken belief that savory wines are not fruity. In fact, most savory wines burst forth with fruit flavors, but they tend to lean towards the…
  • Is Wine Good For You? Sorting Facts from Fiction

    Madeline Puckette
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Is wine healthy or not? There are countless studies that both warn and praise wine for its health benefits, but which side should you trust? When it comes to wine and health, there are a lot of articles floating around out there that are a little misleading, for example, take this title: “A Glass Of Red Wine Is The Equivalent To An Hour At The Gym, Says New Study” –Huffington Post, April 3, 2015 Sadly, this is not true. Let’s take a closer look at the headlines on wine and health and sort out the hype from the truth. Is Wine Good for You?   Does One Glass of Wine…
  • Life is Better with Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    No matter how you spin it, life is always a touch more classy with wine. Drinking + Wine = Socializing Sources: left side / right side A Drunk + Wine = A Connoisseur Sources: left side / right side Craft Show + Wine = Art Opening Sources: left side / right side Camping + Wine = Glamping Sources: left side / right side Movie Night + Wine = Film Screening Sources: left side / right side Newb + Wine = Neophyte Sources: left side / left side Picnic + Wine = Dining Alfresco Sources: left side / right side Lunch + Wine = Luncheon Sources: left side / right side Wine Folly - Learn about wine.
  • Comparing Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

    Madeline Puckette
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    What’s the difference between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc? Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are two of the most popular white wines in the world. Each wine represents a very different style and taste of dry white wine. Let’s take a closer look at their differences to find out which one you prefer. Chardonnay vs. Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Details Chardonnay is a wine grape that originated in Burgundy, France and often grows best alongside the other Burgundy wine: Pinot Noir. World Acreage: 491,000 (2010) Cost for Quality: $15–$20 Regions for good cheap Chardonnay: Spain, Chile,…
  • Highly Anticipated Wine Folly Book On Presale Now

    Madeline Puckette
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Why learn about wine? Well, because there’re more to wine than house white and house red. Highly Anticipated Wine Folly Book On Presale Now The essential guide to wine for the 21st century. Out on Sept. 22, 2015 We’re super pleased to announce the prerelease of a completely fresh, totally accessible, visual guidebook to wine. Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine, published by Avery Books, will be out this fall and is available now on presale at booksellers nationwide.   Preorder Now for up to 33% Off. See list of book sellers below   If you’ve enjoyed all the…
 
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  • Festival del Sole Fascinates in Napa Valley!

    gina
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    The annual summer festival, Festival del Sole, celebrates its 10th Season with performances by award-winning artists spotlighting classical music, jazz, opera, theater, dance, and more. Along with unforgettable performances by amazingly talented professionals, the festival also highlights Napa Valley’s world-class wines and Wine Country cuisine, and the talents of promising young artists. If you haven’t attended the festival yet, here are some reasons why you should! OUTSTANDING ARTISTS With 10 days of over 60 events to choose from, the talent at this year’s festival is vast! A sample…
  • Celebrate 4th of July in the Nation’s Beautiful Sonoma & Napa Wine Country

    gina
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the land of the brave. ~ Elmer Davis It was 239 years ago, on July 4th in 1776, that the Declaration of Independence was signed proclaiming the United States of America an independent nation. Since then, the country has celebrated with festivities including fireworks, parades, and more. This year, special events can be found throughout Sonoma County and Napa Valley. SONOMA COUNTY Dutton-Goldfield Winery Want to celebrate quietly during the day before the excitement of the evening? Relax at Dutton Goldfield while enjoying Blues…
  • Russian River Valley Passport: A Weekend of Wine, Food, & Fun!

    gina
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Grapes grown in the proper soil, encouraged by the desired weather, and guided by the right hands, create the incredible, world-class wines that Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley has become well-known for. Pinot Noir Grapes on the Vine Specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Russian River Valley wineries are also highly regarded for other varietals. But, it’s the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that consistently earn high praise from wine critics and wine drinkers. Don’t miss the annual event this month that celebrates the outstanding wines created in the Russian River Valley. The…
  • Favorite Festivities for Father’s Day

    gina
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” —Anne Geddes This year, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st. Wondering where to take someone special to show your appreciation for a job well done? Pure Luxury has some suggestions for celebrating Father’s Day in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. SONOMA & NAPA WINERIES Sonoma Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards The whole family is invited on Sunday, June 21st from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to Gloria Ferrer’s Bubs, Suds, & BBQ. Ticket holders will enjoy a delicious buffet of barbecued tri tip, ribs and more while…
  • 150 Years of Fine Cheese: Marin French Anniversary Party June 14

    Carey Sweet
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    When you see Rouge et Noir brand cheese in gourmet groceries around Wine Country, you may think you’ve come across some nice French cheese. But actually, the artisanal goodness is Sonoma County born and bred, even if the company that makes it keeps things still a bit more confusing with its name: Marin French Cheese. Still, it’s true, for what is the longest continuously operating cheese company in America. Back when it was founded in 1865, Marin French Cheese Company was essentially its only neighbor at its original Hicks Valley Ranch location. Slow, surrounding development now places it…
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • Vintage Spokane Returns…to the Spokane Convention Center

    drinknectar
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:52 pm
    In 2009, Spokane hosted its final Taste Washington at the Davenport Hotel. In 2011 the folks at Varsity Communications saved the day by resurrecting the event under a different name, Vintage Spokane. With over 50 wineries participating, the first event was at The Lincoln Center with the following two years being held at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. After a 1 year hiatus to regroup and look for a new location, the summer’s largest (and potentially the year’s best) wine event returns to The Spokane Convention Center. Spokane wine lovers can sample over 150 wines from the…
  • Welcome to Spokane Davenport Grand Hotel

    drinknectar
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    For the last two years we have watched the skyline of Spokane change from our corner of Stevens and Main. What was once a parking lot across the street from the INB Performing Arts Center is now a grand hotel appropriately named The Davenport Grand Hotel. Spokane business icons, Walt and Karen Worthy, known for restoring and revitalizing the historic Davenport Hotel, have provided Spokane with a gift of a modern 700 room hotel and convention space. We are excited to have our new neighbors a short one block away! As guests check in and out and enjoy our awesome […]
  • Cork District Spring Release Weekend 2015

    drinknectar
    4 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    The tulips are in bloom and Spring has sprung. Each year Mother’s Day weekend ushers in the new wine releases from local wineries and tasting room. Spokane has an abundance of craft wine and a reputation for high quality. Stop by the 20+ tasting rooms and wineries over the upcoming weekend and celebrate mom. Many of the Spokane wineries are featuring brand new wines and all local wineries and tasting rooms will be open from Noon-5pm on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday! Use the following link to plan your route. Make sure you stay hydrated and bring a designated driver.
  • Spokane Cork District Valenwine Weekend 2015

    drinknectar
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whoever said all you need is love clearly has never had wine! Join the Spokane Cork District for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat with Valenwine Weekend. 20 local wineries and wine tasting rooms celebrate their LOVE of wine February 14-15 from Noon-5pm. Each winery will be showcasing their local creations and many will be pairing wine with chocolate and other locally crafted treats. Take your sweetheart out for some wine tasting! Visit the Cork District website for details. Also watch their Facebook page for additional Spokane winery information. NECTAR VALENTINE’S WEEKEND At…
  • New Hours for Nectar Tasting Room

    drinknectar
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are excited to announce that we have new hours of operation for Nectar Tasting Room. Starting February 3 we will be open six days a week. For our regulars you will notice a little shorter hours on Thursday and a little longer on Friday afternoon. The change comes to align ourselves more with the wineries in town and to prepare for the increase in tasting traffic and foot traffic with the Davenport Grand Hotel opens in the summer of 2015. The new hours also allow us to continue to grow our evening event facility. As always if you ever […]
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  • TENUTA DELLE TERRE NERE Etna Rosato 2014

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    The 2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Rosato is an absolutely magnificent effort from Marco de Grazia. This 100% Nerello Mascalese delivers aromas of fresh strawberries, white cherries and white peach which are beautifully woven together with floral blossoms and crushed stones in this flat-out delicious Rosé. This possesses a gorgeous texture with outstanding focus and balance. The finish is clean, precise and seamless making this nearly impossible to resist. Year after year this is one of the very best Rosato in all of Italy and the 2014 has certainly lived up to the reputation. (Best…
  • TENUTA DELLE TERRE NERE Etna Rosso 2013

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    The 2013 Etna Rosso consists of mainly Nerello Mascalese with a touch of Nerello Cappuccio added in. It delivers aromas and flavors of strawberries and wild forrest berries followed by exotic spices, currant buds and crushed stones. On the palate this shows a wonderful example of elegance, and finesse, backed by fine silky tannins and a well balanced finish. This looks like another great Etna Rosso from Tenuta delle Terre Nere, but it will need just a bit more time in bottle age for everything to come together.(Best 2016-2020) - June, 2015 (JD) 90 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date:…
  • LUCIANO SANDRONE Nebbiolo 'Valmaggiore' 2013

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The 2013 ‘Valmaggiore’ is a wonderfully fresh, pure expression of Nebbiolo from Luciano Sandrone. This instantly bursts open with bright aromas of strawberries and bing cherries, woven together with wet stones and some eucalyptus notes. On the palate this continues to show its lovely fresh personality, backed by a fine silky texture and a streak of acidity lending to the clean, mouthwatering finish. This should further develop with a bit more bottle age. (Best 2016-2022) - June, 2015 (JD) 90 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: June, 2015  Producer: Luciano…
  • DOMAINE J.A. FERRET Pouilly-Fuissé 2013

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    The 2013 Pouilly-Fuissé is a simply outstanding showing, instantly offering gorgeous aromas of citrus and exotic tropical fruits, woven together with white florals, crushed stones and flinty minerals which all come together in with incredible precision in this delicious Chardonnay. On the palate it is laser focused with impeccable balance and purity. It continues to impress with its wonderful focus and precision all the way through the beautiful finish. This fantastic Pouilly-Fuissé is a blend of the best vineyard parcels, consisting of 10- to 35-year-old vines from the…
  • AZELIA Barolo 'Margheria' 2011

    19 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The Margheria is an excellent showing from Azelia in 2011, instantly delivering wonderful aromas of ripe cherries, red fruits and hints of blueberry which are followed by intense fresh violets, leather, tobacco, licorice, sweet spices and some initial hints of vanilla, which eventually begins to fade away with air. It is impeccably structured with fine-tannins that grip a firm hold on the long lingering finish. This continues to evolve with each second in the glass and even begins to take on some rustic characteristics with air. Today, the Margheria shows some wonderful potential, but this…
 
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  • Rymill 2013 June Traminer

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    For those doing the Christmas in July thing this month, a rewarding drop to enjoy with the Christmas pudd is Rymill’s 2013 June Traminer – a luscious, botrytis-affected “sticky” whose full-on flavours will go so well with the pudding and a goodly dollop of custard or ice-cream. And while most consider Traminer a dessert wine to enjoy with puddings and sweet delights like lemon curd tarts and passionfruit panacotta, you’ll find it a good drop too with Thai cuisine main courses such as beef satay with peanut sauce, with Indian chicken and coconut curry, or if you are not into the hot…
  • Schild Estate Pramie Shiraz 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Schild Estate must rate amongst the Barossa Valley’s more amazing family success stories, and from it some of the Southern Barossa’s finest wines are produced: a young Edgar Schild took the reins at just 16 years of age when his father passed away in 1956, and went on to replace his dad’s small mixed farm with a-now 182ha (450 acres) at Lyndoch on which three generations of the family live today. Leading those wines is Schild’s flagship Pramie (appropriately meaning bonus or premium in German) and to prove the point, their just-released 2013 Pramie Shiraz is an exceptional…
  • Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    BoozeMonkey
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    When Aussie beef lovers make a Cabernet Sauvignon one of the country’s most sought-after reds to go with their favourite cut, it’s saying something when the winemaker says he’s let-loose his “most accomplished release to date…” But that’s what Hamish MacGowan had to say of his 2013 Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, a drop made from fruit hand-selected off some of the most outstanding vineyards in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley (69%), Heathcote (15%), Strathbogie Ranges (10%) and Central Victoria (6%). Medium to full-bodied, this is a cracker red with firm tannins, overflowing…
  • Pipers Brook Riesling 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    A ripper Riesling out of Tasmania’s Pipers Brook Vineyard is their 2014 that’s a great match now with Thai pork stir-fry – or give it a little more bottle age through to the end of the year, and you’ll find it marvellous in the party room with Festive Season finger-foods such as salt and pepper squid or whitebait fritters. The company’s flagship white, this elegant drop with its intensity of aroma and flavour reflects all that is so rewarding about the cool, maritime climate of the West Tamar sub-region of Tasmania’s north. And for Pipers Brook in 2014 conditions were near-perfect…
  • 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Wine buffs who enjoy their seafood know how rewarding can be white fish fillets pan-fried and shared with a good Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. One SBS worth trying is a 2014 from Voyager Estate in WA’s Margaret River, because it’s all about bouncy, fresh tropical fruit and citrus flavours, coupled with a lovely natural acidity. While excellent with white fish fillets or other seafoods (including shellfish), if you lean more towards meat dishes, team it up with veal chops grilled and sprinkled with rosemary. Lovely! The post 2014 Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon appeared first on…
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  • napa vintner dinners crush it

    grapefriend
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:18 pm
    So in the midst of all the Auction madness, every night winemakers host these incredible dinners all over the valley. On Thursday we went to Clif Family Winery, where they love biking almost as much as wine. Their tasting room is full of bike gear, trip photos, delicious little snacks, and of course wine. A … Continue reading →
  • big bottles, bigger bids: auction napa valley

    grapefriend
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Amazing weekend in Napa! Was there for Auction Napa Valley, which raises money for health and education charities in Napa. Winemakers from Napa Valley Vintners donate tons of their wine – some from the barrel, some finished bottles – and lot of over the top experiences for people to bid on. The weekend unofficially starts with vintner dinners each … Continue reading →
  • rainy rosé

    grapefriend
    31 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Rain rain go away, all of New York wants to rosé.   Even if you can’t booze on the balcony, you can take your rosé inside. Or drink under the overhang. Ain’t no stopping you.   Continue reading →
  • cocktail friend: spring massey

    grapefriend
    19 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    I was looking for a good whiskey cocktail and came across a recipe for Raymond Massey cocktails (named after an actor). Those are rye, ginger syrup, champagne, and lemon peel. Well I couldn’t find ginger syrup and my friend has a bad reaction to champagne (tragic) so we improvised!  I created these Spring Massey cocktails: … Continue reading →
  • mad men wine count: i’d like to buy the world a wine

    grapefriend
    17 May 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Well, it’s over. But I was thrilled to get one last grapey scene in the Mad Men finale! Who ever even knew Ken was such a grapefriend? After salivating over that ’53 Margaux a few weeks ago, he’s already drinking wine at dinner with Joan. And then she even gets on the grape train, asking “Can … Continue reading →
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  • 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…
  • Marketing

    Lou
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    Review of Domaine du Castel’s Rosé du Castel 2013 and Knob Creek Small Batch 9 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  May 28, 2015   Israeli wineries have been expanding at a terrific pace. Much of this is, obviously domestically driven—but a not insignificant part of this is driven by expectations of export to foreign and, especially, so called “emerging markets.” This expansion may be seen in numbers, land now under grape cultivation, and even the diversity of grape varietals being grown. Not only are…
  • Rosés For Summertime Sipping

    Lou
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    Review of Goose Bay Blanc de Pinot Noir 2013, the Domaine Lafond Roc Epine Tavel Rosé 2011 and Dupuy XO Cognac.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  Spring 2015   Rosé wines are a sure sign of spring, and are ideal for warm weather. Eye-catching and customarily moderately priced, Rosés offer charming, non-complicated flavors and balanced acidity that enliven the palate.  Combining the refreshing qualities of a white wine with some of the fruit flavors customarily found in red wine, they are remarkably food friendly, typically pairing well with…
  • New World Winemakers Look To Old For Inspiration

    Lou
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    Review of Dalton Alma GSM 2012 and Arette Artesanal Suave Blanco Tequila.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  May 14, 2015   One of the principle distinctions between “Old World” European wines and those of the rest of the globe are the rules and regulations that govern wine-making.   The “Old world” has many; the “New World” has few.   These “Old World” wine regulations cover every aspect of viticulture, including what grapes can be grown where, and in some instances mandating minimum ripeness, maximum grape yield per…
  • Alex Gambal – An American in Beaune

    Lou
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The Wines of Maison Alex Gambal   By Lou Marmon   Gazette Newspapers  May 27, 2015   Alex Gambal has been able to fulfill the dream of living abroad better than most. An ex-Washingtonian who “got the bug” by hanging out in wine stores, (primarily Mayflower Wines and Spirits) in the 1980s, he left his family’s parking lot and real estate business in 1993 to move with his wife and children to Burgundy.   Gambal initially worked for Becky Wasserman-Hone at her export firm, Le Serbet, for a few years but eventually decided to make his own wines.   First he had to…
 
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  • Henschke Masterclass with winemaker Stephen Henschke

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:24 am
    When: June 1, 2015Where: Ranchman’s Club, Calgary, AlbertaAttended By: Adrian BryksaMr....
  • 2011 Heidi Schroeck Furmint Gorgeous elderflower, Bosc pear. ...

    13 Jun 2015 | 10:04 pm
    2011 Heidi Schroeck Furmint Gorgeous elderflower, Bosc pear. Elegant acidity, round almost oily mouthfeel with a hint of residual sugar over long finish. Elegant botrytis spice. Delightful change of pace. $13 glass pour #austria #furmint #wine #yyc #kensington @winebarkensi (at Winebar Kensington)
  • 2011 Wolfberger Alsace Grand Cru Eichberg Riesling $31 - loads...

    5 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    2011 Wolfberger Alsace Grand Cru Eichberg Riesling $31 - loads of guava, pineapple, crushed rock, faint oiliness. Purity on the palate, elegant acid with a hint of sugar. #wine #alsace #france #riesling @corkfinewine (at Cork Fine Wine, Liquor & Ale - Bow Valley Square)
  • Tasting masterclass with Stephen Henschke from @henschke and his...

    1 Jun 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Tasting masterclass with Stephen Henschke from @henschke and his perfect 2009 Hill of Grace Shiraz $960 #onceinalifetime #edenvalley #australia #thegoodlife #henschke @abpws (at The Ranchmen’s Club Calgary)
  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 - nose of...

    31 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 - nose of orange peel, dried cherry, walnut, baking spice. Still loads of time for this one as its acid and tannins are fresh. Sample via Coravin $125 #brunellodimontalcino #sangiovese #siena #tuscany #italy #thegoodlife #photooftheday #wine (at YYCWine HQ)
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  • White Ribbon Shiraz Wine Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    sour1382
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:13 pm
    White Ribbon Shiraz presented us with a great opportunity to test one of our favorite cheap wine hypotheses: of all the red options, cheap Shiraz is usually the best. After all, that is true about so many cheap lines of wine. It is true for Charles Shaw. It is true for Yellow Tail. It is even true for Winking Owl and Barefoot. Would White Ribbon Shiraz further confirm this? In the interest of science, we picked up a bottle for $7 at Trader Joe’s and decided to give it a try. After all, we all need to know this, so we were will to take one for the team. What does Trader Joe’s…
  • Cecelia Beretta Prosecco Treviso Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    sour1382
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Cecelia Beretta Prosecco Treviso is a relatively new entrant to the incredibly crowded sparkling wine category at Trader Joe’s. If there is one human truth Trader Joe’s has uncovered about there consumer base it is that they love cheap bubbly. And honestly, I agree. The world can always use more cheap sparkling wine with the single caveat that it needs to actually be decent. As long as it is cheap and drinkable sparkling wine, the world as a whole is a better place. Cecelia Beretta Prosecco Treviso attempts to deliver on both those qualities for all the fortunate Trader…
  • Earthstone Sauvignon Blanc Wine Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    sour1382
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Earthstone Sauvignon Blanc is an intriguing offering from Trader Joe’s, with some seeing it as an attempt to break the stereotype that all good cheap Trader Joe’s comes from New Zealand. Now, I’m not 100% sure where that stereotype comes from (despite many accusing me of perpetuating it). Trader Joe’s has good Sauvignon Blanc from everywhere. That being said, the $5 Earthstone Sauvignon Blanc is definitely one that belongs in the conversation when one starts to discuss some of the best Sauvignon Blanc values available at Trader Joe’s. Seriously, with a price…
  • Sterling North Coast Red Wine Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    sour1382
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Sterling North Coast Red Wine is an offering available at Trader Joe’s from the normally outstanding Sterling Vineyards. For those in the know, Sterling Vineyard has been making some of the best wines around for years. Their stuff really is top notch. Because of that, you can only imagine my excitement when I saw that Trader Joe’s was offering their Sterling North Coast Red Wine for only $8! At a value like that, you better believe that I grabbed a few bottles before I headed home. However, coming from a good vineyard is one thing, being a worthwhile wine is something completely…
  • Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale Beer Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    sour1382
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale is a great example of almost everything I love about Trader Joe’s. It is delicious. It is cheap. It is made by a producer with a great track record of fabulous brewing. And did I mention that it is cheap? Up in Canada, Unibroue produces amazing beer, and somehow Trader Joe’s has convinced them to make this Vintage Ale each year. Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale, as described by Trader Joe’s themselves, is described as, “bottled on lees, the yeast naturally carbonates the beer and influences the nuance of the Vintage. While it typically presents dark brown with…
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  • Excerpts from Parker's "The Emperor's Diaries"

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: The Emperor’s Diaries were only recently discovered in the shopping cart of a homeless natural wine salesman living on the outskirts of Monkton, Maryland. After a painstaking translation from the Emperor’s native tongue, Hyperbole, a few excerpts from The Emperor’s Diaries were made available for publication prior to the diaries’ holiday release. The excerpts only hint at the importance of the document to the history of wine. We are honored to be the first to publish...
  • Doin' It Horizontal with Limerick Lane

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    For the most part, I avoid panel discussions about wine. Nothing I hate more in the wine business than a Burgundy seminar. Trust me, NEVER go to one. They make waterboarding seem like summer fun. I do love listening to a knowledgeable person speak about wine. I was lucky enough once to listen to Gerald Asher talk about wine. His love for wine was matched only by his apparent and articulate love for language. And, of course, he has that cool fake accent. Panel discussions, on the other hand,...
  • Blind Book Review: Matt Kramer's "True Taste, The Seven Essential Wine Words"

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Knowing Matt Kramer, I was pretty sure the seven essential wine words were “true, taste, the, seven, essential, wine, words.” So I didn’t feel the need to actually read his latest wine book, “True Taste: The Seven Essential Wine Words.” Kramer is often referred to, at least by his publisher, as the “great demystifier of wine.” I’d say this is close. Kramer is actually the great defroster of wine, relentlessly blowing hot air at his otherwise impenetrable subject. “True Taste” is not a very...
  • A Child's Guide to Wine

    9 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Wine makes Mommy and Daddy happy. Sometimes they drink wine together. Sometimes they drink wine alone. Sometimes they drink wine with one of your “uncles” or “aunts,” the ones you see naked by mistake. If you’re ever an uncle, you hope you aren’t so hairy down there. But what is wine? What does it do that makes adults so happy? Why aren’t you allowed to drink any wine? And why does it smell like that? It always reminds you of the school janitor’s breath. You don’t think you’ll ever want to...
  • EPHEMERA: "The Wrath of Grapes"--Not Just a Lousy Title

    2 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Most of the buzz in the biz the past week has centered on Bruce Schoenfeld’s article in The New York Times Magazine, “The Wrath of Grapes.” I think the title pissed me off to begin with, though I’m certain that wasn’t Schoenfeld’s doing. Maybe “Parr for the Coarse” would have been more accurate. Or “In Hirsute of Balance.” I thought I’d add to the discussion, though I am also certain that what I say and think is relatively unimportant. When I was 42, Raj Parr’s current age, I thought I knew...
 
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    Liz Palmer's Wine, Spirit & More Blog

  • 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
  • Tanguy Martin of Hotel TerraVina has been named Moët UK Sommelier for 2015

    Liz Palmer
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Martin’s victory came after a tough final at the Savoy hotel in London today, where he competed against Romain Bardary of the Vineyard at Stockcross, and Arnaud Bardary from Maze in London. Bardary was placed second, while Bourger was third in the competition, organized by the Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) and The Caterer, and sponsored by Moët & Chandon Champagne. It was Martin’s third time in the competition, having placed third last year. Commenting on his win, Martin said: “It is incredible. It is the third time I have been in the competition and I have…
  • 12th Edition of Sicilia en Primeur #SiciliaEP15

    Liz Palmer
    26 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Sicilia en Primeur was established in 2004. The purpose of this annual annual event is to present to the Italian and international press the latest vintages from the wineries belonging to Assovini Sicilia. Over 100 international wine journalists invaded Sicily to attend the 12th edition of Sicilia en Primeur from April 14th – 18th, 2015. With over 40 participating wineries pouring 300 wines, we had the chance to taste “en primeur” wines from different parts of the island, and speak first hand with the winemakers and owners. This also gave us the chance to learn more about their terroir,…
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • Wine Word Wednesday: Appellation Controlee

    Debbie
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:02 pm
          The post Wine Word Wednesday: Appellation Controlee appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • Taking One From Gus’s Playbook

    Debbie
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:41 pm
    You are probably wondering who Gus is.  Gus is Paul’s cousin and he is living down here in Cape May and is the Chef at Marie Nicole’s in Wildwood Crest. (A great Chef too! Order the specials as they are his creations) In the Spring we ate at Marie Nicole’s and Paul had Striped Bass that was on a bed of thin cut sweet potatoes with Tasso and cooked in foil. There might of been some veggies in there too.  Paul didn’t let me take a picture of it. Sometimes he gets annoyed with my picture taking and social media, but he really enjoyed the fish cooked this way.
  • The Benefits of Joining a Wine Club

    Debbie
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:05 am
    Thinking about joining a wine club. I know it’s tempting, especially when you are out and about wine tasting.    Read the below article I wrote for the Spring Edition of Hudson Valley Wine Magazine. I cover the do’s, the don’ts, the shipping and getting in good with your FedEx or UPS driver.  HVW Spring2015 Wine Clubs The post The Benefits of Joining a Wine Club appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Bottle Aged

    Debbie
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:47 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Bottle Aged appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • South Jersey Slow Foods Brunch Launches Cape May Sea Salt

    Debbie
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:23 pm
    One of the things I miss most in Cape May is the Farm to Table movement.  It’s been a tough transition, although I go up to the Hudson Valley once a month and usually bring back a bunch of grass fed meat, cheese and produce. I had joined a CSA when we first came down here, but that place went belly up and we lost half a season. The farmers markets down here are like flea markets. Adjusting has been difficult and I was discouraged. Then I found Slow Foods South Jersey and got on their mailing list.  Through their email newsletter I found Windy Acres Farm and Stephanie…
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  • Wine Word Wednesday: Appellation Controlee

    Debbie Gioquindo
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Going Out With a Bang

    Debbie Gioquindo
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    It is the time of year for celebrating the United States’ great red, white and blue streak of independence, and all of the traditions and trapping that go with it. Nancy and Jamie Dressel of Chappaqua will be venturing to Chicago to visit Nancy’s sister Debbie and her daughter Angela. But for today, all four are happy to be in the Captain Lawrence tasting room. “We’re here almost every week,” says Nancy proudly.Angela Alejandro has sampled Captain Lawrence when her aunt and uncle bring a growler or two to Chicago, but today she gets to try the…
  • Taking One From Gus's Playbook

    Debbie Gioquindo
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:22 am
    You are probably wondering who Gus is.  Gus is Paul's cousin and he is living down here in Cape May and is the Chef at Marie Nicole's in Wildwood Crest. (A great Chef too! Order the specials as they are his creations)In the Spring we ate at Marie Nicole's and Paul had Striped Bass that was on a bed of thin cut sweet potatoes with Tasso and cooked in foil. There might of been some veggies in there too.  Paul didn't let me take a picture of it. Sometimes he gets annoyed with my picture taking and social media, but he really enjoyed the fish cooked this way.The other day I came home…
  • The Benefits of Joining a Wine Club

    Debbie Gioquindo
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    Thinking about joining a wine club. I know it's tempting, especially when you are out and about wine tasting.  Read the below article I wrote for the Spring Edition of Hudson Valley Wine Magazine. I cover the do's, the don'ts, the shipping and getting in good with your FedEx or UPS driver.HVW Spring2015 Wine Clubs
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Bottle Aged

    Debbie Gioquindo
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
 
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • "Mashable" on Georgian wine: This former Soviet republic is the next big food and wine destination

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    by Susan Shain 02.07.2015. When you arrive at the airport in Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia, the passport control agent hands you a bottle of wine to welcome you.I’ve traveled to many countries, and have never once received a gift upon arrival — especially none so delicious or storied as Georgian wine. I took it as a sign I would enjoy traveling in Georgia. And I was right.The Republic of Georgia, formerly part of the Soviet Union, straddles the divide between Europe and Asia and has a population of almost 4 million. Its borders are created by the Caucasus Mountains…
  • Qvevri House will revitalise Kakheti and save ancient winemaking methods

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:19 am
    01.07.2015. A new multi-million GEL facility is being built in Georgia’s Kakheti region to restore the country’s ancient winemaking tradition and develop the region’s historic, cultural, educational, recreational and touristic potential.The multi-functional facility, called Qvevri House, will include a cultural/tourist centre, workshop and museum where visitors can learn the ancient qvevri winemaking methods. The facility will also aid the local economy and offer employment opportunities to local residents.Construction of the new Qvevri House started yesterday in Ikalto village,…
  • "The Boston Globe" on Georgian wine: Off-the-beaten-path sparklers

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:11 am
    by Ellen Bhang 30.06.2015. The Republic of Georgia is making sparkling wine. And there is another good fizzy pour coming from the Basque region of northern Spain. Both are made with grapes you probably don’t already know.Producers all over the wine world are crafting frothy pours from varietals that may be entirely new to you, and offer the lively zip of bubbles in your glass.One of these off-the-beaten-path grapes, called famoso, teetered on the edge of extinction until quite recently. Fifteen years ago, only two rows of these vines remained in northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna. The…
  • "The Drinks Business" on Georgian wine: Homeward bound

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    by Neal Baker29.06.2015. Georgia is using its unique story to bring wine lovers back to their spiritual home, where wine has been produced for millennia and the grape forms a central part of the country’s proud cultural identity, writes Neal Baker.As far as clichés go, “Home is where the heart is” is possibly one of the most over-wrought in the English language. However, the ironic thing with clichés is that they usually have some semblance of truth. So, when we talk about where the “home” of winemaking might be, so that wine-lovers can geographically place the source of their…
  • Winery Khareba celebrated top awards won in French wine contest

    28 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    29.06.2015 (Hvino News). Earlier this month, at prestigious wine contest Les Citadelles Du Vin in Bordeaux  (France), Georgian producer Winery Khareba was awarded with 4 medals, including the highest Gold Special Trophy (read also here). The Gold Trophy  (Prix Speciale Georgie) was won by Khareba's  2012 Chateau Lipartiani red. To celebrate the remarkable achievement, Winery Khareba organized a special event, which took place at Radisson Blu Iberia hotel in Tbilisi on June 27th. The high-level event was attended by representatives of agriculture ministry,…
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • Best Wine of June 2015: Soave Motto Piane 2013, Fattori

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Soave Motto Piane is the best wine of June 2015: not just it conquers DiWineTaste Five Diamonds but also the sun, therefore a good value wine. Made by the competence of Antonio Fattori - one of the most skilled and many-sided vintners of Soave - Motto Piane 2013 expresses elegance and balance, as well as impeccable cleanness. A great white wine made from 100% Garganega, dried for 40 days and part aged in steel tanks and part in cask, an exciting and well made wine.
  • Acidity: Between Taste and Balance

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    A sensorial perception found in every style, acidity plays a fundamental and specific role in every type of wine. It is right the intensity and nature of this element to contribute to quality and balance of wine: from white to red, from sparkling to sweet, in each of them it strongly contributes to the agreeableness of taste.
  • Best Wine of May 2015: Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2010, Altesino

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    Yet another Brunello di Montalcino conquers DiWineTaste Five Diamonds and the title of the best wine of the month. Montosoli cru, besides being one of the most famouse representatives of Brunello di Montalcino, is also the very first cru ever made in this territory in 1975. A wine which marked the history of Montalcino and still today - year after year - confirms its excellence.
  • Interview with Chef Tommaso Arrigoni, Innocenti Evasioni Restaurant, Milan

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Chef Tommaso Arrigoni runs Innocenti Evasioni restaurant since 1998, in zona Portello (Milan, Italy), with his partner Chef Eros Picco. Besides working in the kitchen of the restaurant - having one Michel star - Chef Tommaso Arrigoni is in charge of the cellar too, by personally visiting wineries and discovering the bottles to be added in his wine list.
  • Best Wine of April 2015: Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano 2010, Arnaldo Caprai

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    A great wine and a beautiful grape, among the primary viticultural and wine making expressions of Italy, conquer the title of the best wine for this month. Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano 2010 by Arnaldo Caprai provides a magnificent performance with this vintage, by giving an impeccable balance as well as a stunning interpretation worth of Five Diamonds.
 
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - Italiano

  • Il Migliore Vino di Giugno 2015: Soave Motto Piane 2013, Fattori

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Il Soave Motto Piane è il migliore vino del mese di giugno 2015: non solo conquista i Cinque Diamanti DiWineTaste, ma anche il sole, pertanto un vino dall'eccellente rapporto qualità/prezzo. Prodotto dalla competenza di Antonio Fattori - fra i più attenti e poliedrici vignaioli del Soave - il Motto Piane 2013 esprime eleganza ed equilibrio, oltre a pulizia esemplare. Un grande vino bianco prodotto con Garganega in purezza, appassita per 40 giorni e lasciata in parte maturare in vasche d'acciaio e parte in botte, un vino emozionante e ben fatto.
  • Acidità: fra Gusto ed Equilibrio

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Stimolo sensoriale presente in ogni stile, l'acidità svolge un ruolo fondamentale e specifico in ogni tipo di vino. È proprio la forza e la natura di questo elemento a contribuire alla qualità e all'equilibrio del vino: dal bianco al rosso, dallo spumante ai dolci, in ognuno di questi contribuisce in modo essenziale alla piacevolezza del gusto.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Maggio 2015: Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2010, Altesino

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Ancora un Brunello di Montalcino a conquistare i Cinque Diamanti di DiWineTaste e il titolo di migliore vino del mese. Il cru Montosoli, oltre ad essere uno dei più celebri rappresentanti di Brunello di Montalcino, è anche il primo cru prodotto in questo territorio nel 1975. Un vino che ha segnato la storia di Montalcino e che ancora oggi - anno dopo anno - conferma la sua eccellenza.
  • Intervista a Chef Tommaso Arrigoni, Ristorante Innocenti Evasioni, Milano

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    Chef Tommaso Arrigoni conduce dal 1998 il ristorante Innocenti Evasioni di Milano, in zona Portello, insieme a Chef Eros Picco. Oltre a curare la cucina di questo ristorante - con una stella Michelin - Chef Tommaso Arrigoni cura anche la cantina, andando personalmente alla scoperta delle bottiglie e delle cantine da aggiungere nella propria carta dei vini.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Aprile 2015: Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano 2010, Arnaldo Caprai

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    Un grande vino e una grande uva, fra le primarie espressioni vitivinicole d'Italia, conquistano il titolo di migliore vino di questo mese. Il Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano 2010 di Arnaldo Caprai conferma la sua grandezza anche in questa annata, regalando un equilibrio impeccabile e una grandissima interpretazione da Cinque Diamanti.
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    Mad about Madeira

  • 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…
  • A New Release: Blandy’s 2002 Colheita Bual

    Niklas Jorgensen
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
      At a recent visit to Madeira and Blandy’s, I was poured a new release, the 2002 Colheita Bual. It surprised me a bit, in a positive way, with its elegance, more gentle and cool character style. Yet it had the trademarks of Blandy’s. Perhaps the explanation can be traced to the vintage? 2002 was a, for Madeira really cold and wet year. But then again, this would only explain a part of the beautiful 2002… Besides the weather and growing conditions of the vintage, a grape harvest selection explains the wine’s quality. And considering the wet year plus the fact that…
  • A Madeira Wine Dinner

    Niklas Jorgensen
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
      The 30 seats were quickly booked but to be honest; did any of the guests really know what was awaiting them? Adam Dahlberg and Albin Wessman, both previously at Mathias Dahlgren, runs Adam & Albin Matstudio in Stockholm. Two brilliant chefs that not only cooks on an extremely high and intelligent level, they also think wine. No wonder my friend Zvonko, who runs the wine import Vinopia and represents Vinhos Barbeito in Sweden, had chosen the two guys restaurant for a truly unique and memorable Madeira wine dinner. Four courses. Eight Madeira wines from Vinhos Barbeito; two with each…
  • And Then We Had Some 1882 Malvasia….

    Niklas Jorgensen
    22 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
      So, I have this 1882 Malvasia in front of me. A wine which originates from the count of Ribeiro Real, or rather his family. Vinhos Barbeito bottled it earlier this year from demijohns and there were less than two hundred bottles produced. The vineyards of Ribeiro Real, on the island’s south coast, more exactly in Estreito de Camara de Lobos, has enjoyed a well deserved reputation for many years. This wine proves it but also the more recent labels from Ricardo Diogo, the Ribeiro Real series of 20 Years Old wines. The bottle had been open for some time which most likely had aerated…
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    Total Wine & More

  • Wine and Beer Classes for July: Take Your Knowledge to the Next Level!

    totalwineandmore
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    The kids may not be in school in July, but that doesn’t mean the adults can’t head to class and brush up their knowledge. Wine and beer knowledge, that is! Join us this month for the following beer and wine classes! Also, don’t forget about the Caymus livestream wine tasting featuring Owner Chuck Wagner and Family on July 11th either. Click here for more details on that event. July Beer Class: Brewery Spotlight Featuring Samuel Adams July 16 or 17 (depending on class location). Seats are $15 per person. Register online for your local class by clicking here. Join us…
  • We’re Opening in Altamonte Springs, Florida!

    totalwineandmore
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    Total Wine & More is thrilled to be opening our first store in Altamonte Springs, Florida! The new store will be located at 160 East Altamonte Drive in the Marketplace at Altamonte, across from Burlington Coat Factory — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday July 2nd at 4:00 P.M. (Click here to see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities). This is our 24th store in Florida, and our third in the greater Orlando area. We’re looking forward to finally settling in Seminole County, and even more excited to be members of this lively and…
  • Caymus Live-Via-Webcast Tasting Featuring Owner Chuck Wagner and Family

    totalwineandmore
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Photo Credit: Steven Freeman Celebrate the Unveiling of the 2013 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Vintage! Please join us on Saturday, July 11th from 4:00-5:15 PM EST (1:00-2:15 PM PST) for a guided tasting of the Wagner Family of Wines, featuring the 2013 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet vintage, lead by the Wagner family.   Chuck Wagner joined his parents in 1972 to create Caymus Vineyards, world-renowned for highly rated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Chuck and his children are proud to showcase quality Wagner made wines produced from the premier winegrowing regions of California. Join…
  • Tuscan Wine Experience: Follow Up and Q&A with Marchese Piero Antinori

    totalwineandmore
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:18 am
    Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday, June 13th for our live-via-webcast tasting featuring the wines of Marchesi Antinori. We’re grateful to Marchese Piero Antinori for taking the time to guide everyone through a wonderful tasting, and also to our panelists Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow and Glenn Salva (general manager of Antica Napa Valley) for helping lead the discussion. If you couldn’t attend, you can watch the entire broadcast in the video above. If you’re looking for more information about this event and the wines we tasted, please take a look at our…
  • We’re Opening in Long Beach, California!

    totalwineandmore
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Total Wine & More is thrilled to be opening our first store in Long Beach, California! The new store will be located at 7400 Carson Blvd in the Long Beach Towne Center, right next to the Ashley Furniture — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday June 4th at 4:00 P.M. (Click here to see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities). This is our tenth store in Southern California, but our first in the LBC and we’re looking forward to finally settling in the Aquatic Capital of America. We’re excited to be members of this lively and…
 
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    Amateur Wine » Amateur Wine

  • #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,…
  • #HOTGV: On Sciacchetrà with Terra di Bargòn

    Qin Xie
    7 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    For the third episode of Heard on the Grape Vine podcast, I travelled to Liguria, in northern Italy, to learn more about Sciacchetrà, a passito wine unique to the Cinque Terre. You’ve probably seen the word passito on bottles of sweet wine from all around Italy so let me begin by explaining what that is. Passito is the Italian name for a type of sweet wine made from the juice of grapes that have been allowed to dry before being pressed. The drying process concentrates the sugar in the grapes so that sweet wines can be produced. The residual sugar, left at the end of the fermentation…
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    12x75 Wine Blog

  • 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
  • Fine Wine At The London Wine Fair

    Vim
    14 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Fine Wine At The London Wine Fair is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogFine Wine At The London Wine Fair is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Fine Wine At The London Wine Fair appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:London Wine Week Competition 1 GET READY FOR LONDON WINE WEEK Interview with Paula & Stacey Golding / Owners of Premier Cru Fine Wine Investments (Europe’s 1st Wine Investment House)
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    Fareham Wine Cellar Blog

  • 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…
  • Twisted Nose Extra Dry Vermouth

    fwcadmin
    16 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Twisted Nose Extra Dry Vermouth Paul Bowler at Winchester Distillery has been busy recently with the addition of Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka, a Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Gin and now Twisted Nose Extra Dry Vermouth to their portfolio of handcrafted small-batch spirits. Twisted Nose Extra Dry Vermouth Basically, a vermouth is a an “aromatized” wine which is then fortified. This means that the wine is flavoured (or aromatized) with various botanicals, and then fortified with Twisted Nose Gin to an ABV of 16%. In this case the white wine comes from Danebury Vineyards located near…
  • Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Gin

    fwcadmin
    16 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Gin Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Gin is quite simply the standard Twisted Nose Gin bottled at 40% and aged in oak barrels. The gin is made in exactly the same way as normal by macerating the botanicals in a pure neutral grain spirit followed by redistillation. However, subsequent to this the gin is left to age in lightly toasted German oak barrels for several weeks prior to bottling. It is one of three new products released by Winchester Distillery this year including Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka and a Twisted Nose Vermouth. Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Vodka Of course barrel…
 
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    Great Northwest Wine

  • Stoller Family Estate 2014 Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, $25

    Great Northwest Wine
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    One of Oregon’s largest examples of Chardonnay, which is from the home of the Oregon Chardonnay Symposium, also is showing itself as one of the state’s best from the 2014 vintage. There’s no influence of oak and that makes for a fresh and crisp nose of Bartlett pear, ripe white peach, Mandarin orange and lemon. There’s bright acidity behind the juicy tropical fruit flavors, which are joined by a rounded touch of rich pear. Suggested pairings include a Waldorf salad, fennel crusted chicken, goat cheese tart, grilled mahi mahi with passion fruit coulis, pear and blue cheese salad and…
  • Washington state wine excise tax ranks 25th in U.S.

    Eric Degerman
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    All United States wine consumers taste the bitterness of federal taxes when purchasing a bottle of wine, but those in Washington state sit about in the middle compared with others when it comes to shelling out for its state excise tax. The Tax Foundation, which describes itself as a non-partisan research think tank, based in Washington, D.C., recently published its annual report indicating how much excise tax each state collects from wine sales as of Jan. 1. “Kentucky has the highest wine excise tax rate at $3.18 per gallon, followed by Alaska ($2.50) and Florida ($2.25),” Richard Borean,…
  • Dusted Valley Vintners 2012 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $42

    Great Northwest Wine
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:16 pm
    These purveyors of hedonism hit on a several pleasure points with this, thanks to sites on the sultry Wahluke Slope such as StoneTree and Weinbau, along with Sagemoor’s Dionysus Vineyard just downstream. Aromas of dark plum, black currant, smoky pie cherry and black licorice transcend into ripe, rich and warm flavors. The delicious fruit core of dark cherry and blackberry shows a good grab of cherry skin tannins and the bright acidity that’s almost a veritable thumbprint of Dusted Valley reds. The Wisconsin boys suggest pairing this with Wine Country Chili, a recipe courtesy of Janis Frey…
  • Jacob Williams Winery 2010 Eagle Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

    Great Northwest Wine
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Longtime Columbia Gorge winemaker John Haw worked with this fascinating site near the Eastern Oregon town of Echo for Brad Gearhart’s nicely aged Cab. Sweet aromas of huckleberry and black raspberry pick up accents of purple lavender, white chocolate and black pepper along with a whiff of campfire smoke. There’s a pleasing entry of dark elderberry and blueberry that’s backed by firm tannins and a juicy midpalate. The finish is smooth with lingering black cherry flavors. Rating: Excellent Production: 250 cases Alcohol: 13.5% Winery website The post Jacob Williams Winery 2010 Eagle…
  • Raptor Ridge Winery 2013 Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

    Great Northwest Wine
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    Scott and Annie Shull’s estate plantings form the base of this, but 10 other sites contribute nicely to this beautifully structured and approachable Pinot Noir that spent nine months in a program of 25% new French oak. Aromas of Chelan cherry, red plum and blueberry pick up charming notes of toffee and toast. Inside comes an elegant entry of strawberry and plum, backed by sandy tannins and bright pomegranate acidity. The finish of dried blueberry and trail of smokiness provides pleasing length. Suggested pairings include Chicken Marsala and grilled herbed salmon. Rating: Excellent Alcohol:…
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  • Private Label Wine for Your Business

    23 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    PRIVATE LABEL WINE FOR YOUR BRAND It's easier than you might think to have an award-winning Washington wine with your brand on the label. What can you do with an award-winning Washington State wine with your brand label?   Here are just a few ideas to get you started! Give a memorable gift to clients for birthdays, anniversaries, or as a 'thank you' for their business. Cover every last detail for your event, including great wine in the bottle and your brand on the label. Commemorate your special anniversary or milestone! Have a 'house' red and white wine for your office; add a private…
  • June 2015 Wine Tasting Line-Up at the Kirkland Winery

    1 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We're excited to be pouring an awesome selection of wines this month in the Kirkland tasting room. 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) Regular Price Cellar Rat Club Price 2014 Sonatina NEW RELEASE! 55% Roussanne, 45% Viognier $24.00 $20.40 2011 Madrigal 62% Mourvedre, 24% Grenache, 14% Syrah GOLD: Great NW Invitational Wine Competition SILVER: Hilton Head International SILVER: Savor NW SILVER: Great Northwest Wine Competition SILVER: Finger Lakes International SILVER:…
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    Vinos Ambiz, SL (Terroir-expressing, natural wines (Sierra de Gredos, Spain)

  • Winding down for the summer

    Fabio
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Well, its late mid-June-ish, and all is well. More or less. The vineyards are beautiful (touch wood); the bodega is semi-prepared for the coming harvest; (touch wood); and the marketing and sales is going really well too (touch wood!).VineyardsI’m really happy with my vineyards. I've let all the grasses, flowers, thistles, etc grow all year, and now all I'm doing is cutting them all back around the vines, so that they will be easier to access during the harvest. The reason I do this, instead of ploughing, is of course to create a living soil and a living ecosystem, full of micro-life…
  • RAW Fair 2015, a cloudy two days in London

    Fabio
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Yes, it was a cloudy two days in London on 17th and 18th May, but I’m not talking about the weather, I’m talking about my wines :). In fact I seem to remember that what I saw of the sky was clear, bright and transparent, just like the wine industry would have us believe that all our wines ought to be! Ha ha!During my two days at RAW pouring wine and chatting with visitors, I was asked many times why my wines were so cloudy. Well, I've been thinking about the cloudiness of my wines for quite some time actually, since long before RAW. Every now and then someone inevitably comments on the…
  • Madrid Natural Wine Fair, 10th May 2015

    Fabio
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Madrid Natural Wine Fair, 10th May 2015This is the third of three related posts that I’m uploading in a row. The first was up the day before yesterday, the second was up yesterday and this is the third.Just a few personal thoughts and a bit of feedback on this natural wine event, which I hope will be the first of many, as it was a great success.Here's a view of the main room where the fair was held (at Impact Hub in Madrid), and which was extremely well organized by the PVN (the Spanish natural wine producers association "Productores de Vinos Naturales"):I was in that room at the back with…
  • Running Around, 9th May 2015

    Fabio
    30 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Running Around, 9th May 2015This is the second of three related posts that I’m uploading. The first went up yesterday and the third will be up tomorrow.So, on the Saturday 9th May, I had another early start.I picked up Carlos Scholderle (#winelover ambassador to Spain) at 9:00 in Madrid and we headed straight for El Escorial, to Restaurante Montia. I met Carlos back in March in Zaragoza, when I was at a Slow Food event, pouring my Slow Wines.The reason for going to Montía wasa) to drop off some Garnacha, Sauvignon Blanc and Malvar, andb) to taste all my other wines with chef Dani with…
  • Pottering Around, 8th May 2015

    Fabio
    30 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    This is the first of three related posts that I’m going to upload today, tomorrow and the next day.I know it’s a bit late to be publishing posts that refer to events so long ago in the distant past (3 weeks ago! Gasp! Horror!), but unfortunately I’ve been really busy lately. Or fortunately! Depending on which way you look at it!I think I may start to do some quick-n-dirty posts from now on, with nice photos, and some longer more thought-out posts interspersed every now and then. Otherwise it just takes me too long.Pottering Around, 8th May 2015Anyway. On this day, I was up bright and…
 
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • 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,…
  • Jurassic Wine World: The 2015 Santa Barbara Wine Festival

    CraigTG
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    There are tons of reasons to visit Santa Barbara but if you are looking for just one more, it’s almost time for the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ featuring wines from over 50 premier Central Coast wineries complimented with sweet and savory delights from over 30 local food purveyors. This fun outdoor event offers a chance to savor and appreciate some of the best wines and food samples the area has to offer in a relaxed environment along the banks of Mission Creek. The weather will probably be in the low to mid 70s so you should call your friends right now and start planning for an…
  • One Varietal From One Appellation: Recommendations from the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

    CraigTG
    31 May 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Anderson Valley Some Pinot Noir fans (like us) took advantage of a glorious opportunity a few weeks ago to enjoy some of the best wines made from this varietal at the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival. The Festival weekend offered activities ranging from Winemaker Dinners to Winery Open Houses to a Grand Tasting in the middle of the Valley. Over 50 wineries at the Grand Tasting poured wines made from grapes grown in this beautiful appellation as food purveyors offered small bites ranging from Salads to Pizzas to BBQ Leg of Lamb. Handley Cellars Keep reading and we’ll tell you which wines…
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    VinePair » Wine, Beer And Spirits Articles

  • 9 Insanely Gorgeous Vintage Etsy Bar Items That We Really Want In Our Home Bar

    Aliza Kellerman
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    You can find just about any item on Etsy, and then find other (older, cooler, cheaper) versions of it. If you’re a cocktail geek, there are literally thousands of reasons to head over to the online collection of small business venders – in the forms of classy cocktail shakers, unique glassware, and oh so much more.  Here are some of the more enviable cocktail accessories we’re adding to VinePair’s (future) expense list… 1. Silver Dragon Antique Cocktail Shaker While we normally prefer our martinis stirred, not shaken, we’d make an exception with this…
  • Our Reader Tasting Panel Picks The Rosé We Should Be Drinking Now

    Adam Teeter
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    On a warm night this past week, 40 VinePair readers gathered at our offices for our most highly anticipated tasting panel yet – Rosé. Over the past few years Rosé has become more popular than ever and it seems everyone has pink wine in their glass when the weather starts to warm. Due to this craze, readers were clamoring for a chance to help us decide which Rosés we should all be drinking this summer, and we believe you’ll see they did an excellent job. As with our past panels, we issued an open call to brands, marketers and publicists requesting that they submit Rosé wines for…
  • The Flavors In Your Liquor, Visualized

    VinePair Staff
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Like beer, spirits have a wide range of tastes and aromas. Lots of things contribute to the flavor profile of a liquor: its ingredients, how it’s aged and what it’s aged in, how many rounds of distillation it’s gone through, where it’s made, plus certain x factors we can’t quite put our finger on. Even considering all this, spirit categories generally share traits in common. While tastes and smells vary between each individual spirit (even within a brand!), in general, this is what you’ll sniff out and taste while drinking popular spirits. Gin Gin is…
  • “Bessie The Bartender:” America’s Female Mixologist Revolution

    Meredith Heil
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Patriotism has taken many forms throughout the years. During World War II, a generation of women saluted America by keeping the economy functioning during a time of battle. These awesome ladies famously traded their aprons and housedresses for bandanas and coveralls, answering the government’s campaign to fill thousands of jobs left by drafted men. While Rosie the Riveter and skirted baseball players have become this proto-feminist era’s lasting icons, mechanics and professional athletes weren’t the only gigs left vacant by the war. During this time of extreme turmoil, some of the…
  • 15 All-American Cocktails To Really Celebrate July 4th

    Aliza Kellerman
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Independence Day is just around the corner, and while celebrating with baseball and a barbecue is nice, this July 4th, step up your Amerigame by engaging in the United State’s real favorite pastime: drinking! You can crack open a six-pack of session beers, whip up some frozen wine desserts, or try your hand at one of these fantastic all-American cocktails. And should you decide to serve beer, frozen desserts and one of these cocktails, we definitely want to be invited to your July 4th party! 1. Red, White And Blue Cocktail by The Almond Eater 2. 4th Of July Super Slushies by…
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    Jameson Fink

  • 2014 La Bastide Blanche: A Plaque in the Rosé Hall of Fame

    Jameson Fink
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:11 pm
    What, you haven’t toured the hallowed, be-pinked grounds of the Rosé Hall of Fame? And the spectacle contained within? Ok, me neither. Because it doesn’t exist. Except…IN MY MIND. I love rosé so much. It’s a year-roundable wine; drink it in the winter. But, naturally, when things heat up, rosé coverage blows up. And I am not immune to its siren call. (Though this tune does not end up in shipwrecks, death, etc.) But I have witnessed a sea-change in how I like my rosé. I’m getting a little tired of those that are super-pale and watery. It’s like they…
  • Tinder, Oak, and Chardonnay

    Jameson Fink
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    When it comes to California Chardonnay, you can go in many different directions. From lean to opulent, there is a wide spectrum of styles. And Jordan Winery, encompassing 1,200 gorgeous acres of Alexander Valley, really tickled my fancy with how their Chardonnay flag flies. Vista Point at Jordan Winery. Come for the wine, stay for the views. SERIOUSLY, GO!  The 2013 Jordan Chardonnay I’ve been enjoying Chardonnay from Jordan for the last few vintages and they really nailed it with the 2013. (Which was a free media sample, BTW.) Before I elaborate, there’s one thing I need to…
  • Washington Wine Tasting Notes from the U.S. Open

    Jameson Fink
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Did y’all check out my preview of the Washington wine I’d be enjoying during the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay? Well it was no idle chit-chat, I actually went and spent a fair bit of time in the tent, trying a handful of wines and a cider. (Thanks to the Washington Wine Commission, who gave me a ticket as a member of the media.) After tasting I went for a quick stroll around the course. I watched Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, the leaders after day two, purposefully stroll by overhead, saw a bunch of guys tee off from 10 feet away, and had a nice chat with a golf instructor about…
  • I Won’t Be Golfing But I Will Be Drinking Washington Wine at the U.S. Open

    Jameson Fink
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Can you believe I’ll be at the U.S. Open this weekend? One of golf’s biggest events is being held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. (Not too far from Tacoma.) And since I haven’t hidden a secret life as a professional golfer from you, what am I doing there? Caddying? No. Drinking wine? YES! Huh? Thanks to the Washington State Wine Commission I received an invitation to attend the U.S. Open as member of the media. Not only can I check out the golf action, but also linger in their hospitality tent full of wine. Which is, incidentally, the best kind of tent.
  • I Have Feelings About Carmenère, Chile’s Signature Red Wine Grape

    Jameson Fink
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:39 pm
    What’s a wine turtle? Well, one approached me to share my feelings on Carmenère and I didn’t really think to ask any questions before saying “Yes.” That’s how strongly I feel about sharing my wine knowledge; I leap at the opportunity to educate with no regard for what consequences may arise. OK, I jest. Wine Turtle is a blog run by Tim Edison. He explains, “If you’re wondering where the name Wine Turtle came from, you’re probably not the first.” Make sure you check out the “About Us” section of the site to get the story. Get to…
 
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    Vegas Wineaux

  • 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.
  • Steven Spurrier – Interview and Winery Tour

    Vegas Wineaux
    14 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    He single-handedly - along with the finest palates in France - brought California wine to the world's consciousness, thereby giving credibility to New World wines overall. Let's just say that it wasn't a happy moment for the finest palates in France.
  • I’ll See You In My Dreams – The Movie, Wine, Sam Elliott and Sex

    Vegas Wineaux
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Carol and her friends lived a golf course community lifestyle, and I already knew there’d be no Two-Buck Chuck Chardonnay anywhere.
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    Wine School of Philadelphia

  • The Best and the Worst of the 2011 Napa Cabs

    Keith S Wallace
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    In PA Wine and Spirits Stores Another damp day in Napa Valley 2011 was a crazy year for Napa Cabs. California is in the grip of a massive drought, but that wasn’t the case in 2011. At least in Napa Valley, where rain pummelled vineyards from September to October. By harvest time, the grapes were bloated and rot was endemic. Many winemakers called it a very bad vintage. The wine critic Robert Parker of Wine Advocate rated it 84 points, the lowest in two decades. All is not lost, though. Anyone who has taken a wine class with me knows the secret sauce: there is no such thing as a…
  • Four Great Barrel Aged Spirits from Philly

    Keith S Wallace
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Two Great Barrel Aged Spirits from Philly Whiskey & Rum I love my brown spirits, in particular the whiskies and rums.   Pour white spirits into a charred oak barrel, roll it into a warehouse and wait at least six years. Come back and pop it open. Out comes a brown spirit, provocatively lush and vanilla flavored. It’s a time honored truth that it takes a long time to make great whiskies and rums. Most distillers in Philly have only been at the game for a few years, not enough time for traditional brown spirits. In the meantime, a new distillery needs to sell something delicious or…
  • Top Rosé Wines for Summer 2015

    Keith S Wallace
    6 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Villa Des Anges 2014 “Old Vines” Rosé, Pays d’Oc Here’s a pretty little folly from winemaker Jeff Carrel of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Bright and wild strawberries on the nose, with a plume of toasted herbs. On the palate, it heads toward darker fruit and a leesy note of almond and ripe banana on the crisp finish. This label always brings good quaff-able quality wines to the market. For an awesome red check out his Les Darons. It’s a big old grandpa of a wine. $9.99 – $11.99   Commanderie de la Bargemone 2014 Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Aix en…
  • Heritage 2012 Estate Reserve BDX, Outer Coastal Plain

    Keith S Wallace
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The post Heritage 2012 Estate Reserve BDX, Outer Coastal Plain appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Dry Farming: Save Water by Drinking Wine?

    Keith S Wallace
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    On April 1st, California’s Governor Jerry Brown  issued an executive order that included a mandatory 25% water reduction. Not surprisingly, the news went national; this was a first in America.  An important story I was trying to get told was caught up in the flood of coverage and diluted. A week before that historic announcement, I was working on an article with Anita Balakrishnan,  an NBC journalist from California. The article was meant to focus on how the current Californian drought would affect winemaking in the future. Instead, it got caught up in the Governor’s…
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    The Drync.com Wine Blog

  • Same-Day Delivery Is Here!

    Marketing Manager
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:49 am
    Now on Drync: Same-Day Delivery   One thing we know for sure: Sometimes we all just want that special wine delivered in time for office happy hour — or for dinner at home tonight. So we’re delivering! We’re happy to announce that now Drync is offering same-day delivery to all users in the San Francisco Bay area.  Along with the improvements and updates, the latest release now available in the App Store includes the option to have your wine delivered to you at your home or office, same day! Use the promocode DRYNCNOW at checkout for one-cent delivery on your first order. Now…
  • Delicious New Alternatives to Your Everyday Favorite Wines!

    Marketing Manager
    1 May 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Don’t get us wrong – we love our everyday household names as much as the next person. But sometimes we like to shake things up with some deliciously weird and obscure wines that might take a little digging to find. Sometimes, you just have to get weird. Here are a few awesome grape varieties that fall on the obscure side but are well worth seeking out. We are going to make your life super easy, by providing suggestions based on other varieties that you currently like, and providing links to our favorite examples. If you like Champagne, you will like Franciacorta Notice we do…
  • Pure Wine: Biodynamic Beauties

    Marketing Manager
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    Bees-a-buzzing and goats-a-goating have surprisingly more to do with wine than you might think. They help to create the purest wine on the planet—Biodynamic wine. And on Earth Day, we’re here to tell you what it’s all about. What is Biodynamic wine? Biodynamic wine is produced more or less within a self-sustaining system. It functions wholly and holistically without outside or unnatural processes brought in for support. For example, flora that attracts disease-fighting insects is planted on areas of the vineyard to bring in the good bugs to control vine-ruining pests. Cows and other…
  • What’s Trending in March 2015

    Marketing Manager
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    March is over, Spring has arrived (most places) and once again people are drinking wine! So what are they drinking these days? In two words: California Reds. Making up nearly 70% of the top wines scanned, Pinots, Cabs and Red Blends from the Golden State filled glasses across the nation. Here are the Top 25 wines that Drync users scanned most in March. And the winner is: Well-balanced, richly flavored and deliciously complex, it’s no wonder folks love this Pinot Noir. 1. Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir, Sonoma County Other Top Wines from March include the following… 2.
  • How to Navigate a Snooty Wine Shop

    Marketing Manager
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
      Shopping for wine can and should be pleasant. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy, and you can end up leaving your store feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied. The world of wine is difficult, but that’s why thousands of sommeliers and wine people have dedicated their professional lives to helping everyone else figure it out. And while wine can be intimidating, it actually can be relatively simple to navigate, once your get a few of the basics down. So next time a wine shop seems to be way outside your comfort zone, follow these tips to get yourself in and out headache-free, with a…
 
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    Wine & Spirits

  • Court Rules for Beck’s Beer Drinkers

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    June 29, 2015 – A settlement has been reached between Anheuser-Busch and three plaintiffs concerning Beck’s German beer being brewed in St. Louis, Missouri, not Bremen, Germany.   Since it was a class action suit, anyone who has purchased Beck’s since May 2011 is entitled to a refund.  If you have a receipt, you can get up to $50.00.  If you do not have a receipt, you may be eligible for up to $12.00.  The three original plaintiffs will receive $5,000 apiece.  The lawyers, however, will get $3.5 million in legal fees.  Go figure.  When details are worked out, it will be possible…
  • Bourbon Heist Finally Solved. Nine Indicted.

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    June 29, 2015 – The on-going investigation into missing cases of Pappy Van Winkle and other high-end bourbon has come to an end with the indictment of nine people, two of whom were employees of the distilleries involved in the theft – Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey.  The Franklin County Sheriff, Pat Melton always suspected it was an inside job. The ringleader, Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, a dock worker at Buffalo Trace, led an organized crime syndicate that trafficked in stolen liquor and also imported and distributed anabolic steroids dating back to 2008.  Helping him was Mark…
  • Root Beer Whiskey is Perfect for Fourth of July

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:16 am
    June 22, 2015 – Looking for something different and special for your Fourth of July cookout?  How about serving Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Flavored Whiskey.  What could be more American than Root Beer and American whiskey? Uncle Bob’s was launched earlier this year and is taking the college crowd by storm.  We didn’t see that as necessarily a good recommendation but reserved judgment until we tried it.  The first sniff and sip will definitely take you back to the barstool and counter where you used to order your root beer float and dream of summer.  Then whiskey notes emerge, ever so…
  • A Taste of Ireland in Your Neighborhood Beer Jameson’s Drinking Buddies Program Expands Across U.S.A.

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    26 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    June 25, 2015 – Last year’s collaboration between Jameson Irish Whiskey and KelSo Beer Company of Brooklyn was so successful that it is being expanded to five more breweries across the U.S.  The breweries were chosen based on their dedication to the spirit of their neighborhoods that matched Jameson’s own sense of place. The five breweries are Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in New York, Deep Ellum Brewing Company in Dallas, Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, and Hilliard’s Beer in Seattle. The result of the Drinking Buddies program is a…
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey Teams Up With U.S. Breweries

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    26 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    June 25, 2015 — Jameson Irish whiskey is extending the Jameson Drinking Buddies program, highlighting distinct craft beer collaborations with American breweries. After last year’s successful collaboration with KelSo Beer Company of Brooklyn, Jameson is now partnering with five local breweries from across the U.S.A. who exemplify devotion to the spirit of their neighborhoods and share Jameson’s passion for craft and quality in the beer they produce. The five breweries from across the U.S. are – Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in New York,…
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  • 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.
  • Thirsty? Best Nice Wine Bars

    Chrissie
    18 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    In the eight years that I have been living in Nice the wine bar landscape has changed a fair… The post Thirsty? Best Nice Wine Bars appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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  • 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…
  • Arsenic in Wine? Ruh Roh!

    Paul
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Arsenic in wine…oh so sad to hear this! It seems like everything I enjoy eating and drinking contains something that is going to give some disease I’ll spend eight hour Googling, fueling the fire to my hypochondriac mind.The Bad NewsLet’s rip the band-aid off for anyone who doesn’t know: Cheap wine contains arsenic. Expensive wine contains arsenic. Drinking water contains arsenic. It’s just that the cheap wine contains higher levels than what the EPA recommends. Wine generally contains 10 parts per billion of an organic, naturally occurring arsenic, just like…
 
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  • Types of Wine Grapes: A Dive Into 20 Popular Varieties

    Tim
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Types of Wine Grapes: A Dive Into 20 Popular Varieties With the vast variety in types of wine grapes out there, it's easy to understand that those new to wine quickly get confused. It was not much different when I first started learning about wine.  I had no idea where to begin.I'm hoping that I can make that process a little easier for those that are just starting to get into wine. I have compiled what I feel is the most important information of 20 popular grape varieties.The information for each grape includes some basic history about the origin of the grape, information on its…
  • 10 Best Wine Magazines You Must Read

    Tim
    26 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    10 Best Wine Magazines You Must Read If you’re into wine and like to read, or if you have someone in your life who fits that description, a magazine subscription might be the perfect gift. Magazines offer a slower-paced enjoyment than websites, can go almost anywhere and include advertisements that are related to the topic. So, rather than reading one quick article online and seeing ads generated from cookies your browser has produced you can sit down for a little longer, and see ads that have to do with only that thing you’re reading up, providing for less distraction.Wine Turtle has…
  • Reviews of the Best Wine Aerators

    Tim
    24 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Reviews of the Best Wine Aerators So you have decided you want to buy a wine aerator but you are wondering which is best? There are so many on the market these days that it can at times be difficult to make a decision - that's why I have put together this list of wine aerator reviews to make the choice easier for you. I used to be a skeptic when it came to wine aerators and always preferred to simply use a standard decanter to let my wine breathe. However, after having tried over 10 of them over the years, I have to admit that wine aerators can be a lot more convenient, and are often able to…
  • 5 Reasons You Need a Wine Aerator

    Tim
    22 May 2015 | 8:53 pm
    5 Reasons You Need a Wine Aerator I used to be a skeptic when it came to wine aeration, but am now a believer in the benefits after having conducted my own blind tasting. Keep reading to see the results of the tasting, but let's start with the 5 main reasons why you should get yourself one. 1. It just makes your wine taste so much better. The oxidation that occurs as the wine passes through the aerator helps soften flavors and releases aromas in the wine, thereby bringing it to its full potential.2. It’s a much faster and efficient way of letting your wines breathe. Instead of pouring your…
  • Fining Wine: An Introduction to Wine Clarification

    Tim
    1 May 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Fining Wine: An Introduction to Wine Clarification “Cloudy with some heavy precipitation, turning fine in the late afternoon.” This sounds like a weather report doesn’t it? Yet these are often terms you would come across during the wine clarification and stabilization process.During these processes, matter that is insoluble and suspended in the wine (such as yeast cells, bacteria, proteins, and a number of others) are removed before bottling. This process is often referred to as "fining wine" since certain fining agents are used to achieve this removal of matter. Clarification…
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    Wine, Women and Chocolate

  • The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence

    Cat Curry-Williams
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    Jessica Ortner, author of The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence, has discovered that her technique for coping with stress also has another positive effect on the body – it promotes weight loss. Jessica explained that weight loss often begins with taking a step back and re-evaluating your relationship with your body, exercise... The post The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • DO SOMETHING ! Sister Joan Chittister

    Cat Curry-Williams
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    Sister Joan Chittister is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality, especially for women, all over the world. ‘I really believe that nothing is going to change in the world until the situation of women changes,’ she says. Sister Joan Chittister is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality, especially for women, all... The post DO SOMETHING ! Sister Joan Chittister appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Deep Fried Dirty Martini’s, OH MY!

    Cat Curry-Williams
    28 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Created by Oh, Bite It!, these tasty treats transform your favorite dirty cocktail into a crispy treat with a booze-bursting olive center. To make these babies, you’ll need green olives, vodka, dry vermouth, a large jar, canola oil for frying, dry herbs for seasoning, flour, eggs and breadcrumbs. Pour the vodka, dry vermouth and the olives into a... The post Deep Fried Dirty Martini’s, OH MY! appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Wine and insects do not mix!

    Cat Curry-Williams
    26 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    Recent studies has proven that these diminutive ladies have expensive tastes. mosquitoes will flit among upscale outdoor cafes until they come across the guy with the priciest glass of red wine. The post Wine and insects do not mix! appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • HYSTERICAL LOVE by Lorraine Devon Wilke

    Cat Curry-Williams
    22 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    The event begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 28th, at Gatsby Books: The post HYSTERICAL LOVE by Lorraine Devon Wilke appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
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  • Travel Tips to Visit Alentejo

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    Alentejo is the largest region in Portugal, stretching from Tejo (Tagus River) to the Algarve, covering almost a third of the country. Here, the weather is warm and dry, making Alentejo a slow-paced calm region, with nice friendly people, ideal for relaxing and forgetting about the world. When you visit Alentejo, you leave with the sensation that time stopped while you were there.
  • Reguengos de Monsaraz, European wine capital 2015

    Stefania Van Lieshout
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Reguengos de Monsaraz is a small place in Portugal’s interior, bordering Extremadura in Spain. The town is situated 174 kilometres southeast of Lisbon. Driving there means flying low the first 130 kilometres on a highway, then the pace slows down significantly. From Évora, the regional capital, a provincial road winds through fields with olive trees and cork oaks.
  • Best Places in Portugal to Spend The Summer with a Glass of Wine in Your Hand

    18 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    The Summer solstice is near and the weather in Portugal makes it possible to spend the evening of the longest day of the year outdoor. Whether at the poolside on a hill, on a terrace or among the vineyards, this special day when the Summer begins should be celebrated. The best way to do it? With a glass of a great Portuguese wine on your hand! Don't you agree?
  • Top Things to Do in Porto for Wine, Nature and Art Lovers

    15 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Porto, Portugal's second city, is a combination of tradition and modernity and a synonym of good food and wine, friendly caring people and a genuineness that can't be found nowhere else in Europe.
  • Portugal's Best Wine Hotels

    11 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    Travel through Portugal through wine! I have to admit that this is personal dream of mine, right after my Portugal Food Tour last year. Can you imagine what it is like to wake on the top of a mountain overlooking the Douro valley and seeing how the river serpents its way around the lush green footsteps of vineyards. The air is pure and healthy, a cloud dangles mid height like a loaf of cotton pinned on the opposite hill. Ahead of you is a day of Portuguese Wine discovery, always accompanied by quaint and candid Portuguese traditional cuisine. Having the opportunity…
 
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  • 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,…
  • The Right Wines for Summer Grilling

    Matt McGinnis
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Flowers Vineyard & Winery Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013 Summer grilling season is in full swing, which is a perfect opportunity for us to try different food and wine pairings. Wine as a whole goes better with food than any other beverage and with so many varieties to choose from, there are numerous pairing options with grilled food. The naturally occurring sugar, acidity and alcohol in wine to complement almost anything cooked with flames. The general principles for selecting a wine for summer grilling is the same for any wine and food pairing. The goal of the pairing is that both the food…
  • Celebrate Negroni Week with Texas-made gin

    Matt McGinnis
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Texas Gin for Negroni Week   Ah, the Negroni. As sexy as a silky red dress. The folks at Imbibe Magazine and Campari love it so much, they have organized an entire week, Negroni Week, to celebrate it while raising money for charitable causes around the world. This year, the third annual Negroni Week will be held June 1-7 at 33 bars in Austin. Participating bars will mix Negroni variations and donate a portion of proceeds to a charity of their choice. More than 1,300 bars participated in 2014 and raised more than $120,000 for local charities. The Negroni cocktail traces its origins to…
  • Cool off with a Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka shandy

    Matt McGinnis
    30 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka Shandy   Riding a huge wave of success, Austin based Deep Eddy Vodka introduced its fourth flavored vodka this year with Deep Eddy Lemon Flavored Vodka. At a tender age of five years old, Deep Eddy is one of the fastest growing vodka brands in the U.S. Last year the company secured $13 million in financing and opened a new distillery to be able to satisfy our thirst. Deep Eddy Lemon is made with column distilled vodka and flavored with real lemons from California. That’s exactly what it tastes like – tart and slightly sweet with a smooth boozy finish.
  • Behind the scenes look at June Rodil’s Master Sommelier quest

    Matt McGinnis
    24 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    Earning the Master Sommelier Diploma in the Court of Master Sommeliers is an unbelievably difficult task. The exam has three sections: a verbal wine knowledge test, a blind tasting of six wines in 25 minutes, and test of the candidate’s ability to provide and beverage service in a fine setting. Since its inception in 1977 in England, only 227 people have reached the rarified air of the Master Somm. Only 147 people in the U.S. have passed the test since 1987. Until the summer of 2011 there were zero Master Somms in Austin, but then Devon Broglie and Craig Collins became the first two in…
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