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  • California’s Drought & Wine Country

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    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    It’s the middle of March, and Californians from San Francisco to San Diego are enjoying glorious amounts of weather worthy of a coastline cruise in a convertible.  Rosé weather during Thanksgiving weekend?  Yes!  Beach day in December?  That’s right.  Our warm weather induces eye-rolls from our friends out East, who have been literally buried under record-breaking amounts of snow until recently. But the sunshine comes with a price – California is entering our 4th year of drought, the worst we’ve had in over a century, causing havoc and economic hardship in…
  • China’s vineyard area vaults past France

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    Dr. Vino
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    More acres of grapes are now in China than France. The total vineyard area in China is 1.97 million acres (799,000 hectares) according to new stats presented yesterday in Paris by the OIV, the International Office of Vine and Wine. Although vineyard area includes grapes for both winemaking (what we’re interested in) and table grapes (those can be good too), the rise of plantings in China over the past 14 years is staggering. Vineyard area in the EU is part of the Common Market Program and is governed by EU agricultural policy, which has been moving to reduce marginal vineyards through a…
  • Reality check: China did NOT overtake France as a wine-growing region

    Grape Wall of China
    boyce
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Note: BBC updated to clarify that China is number two in vineyard coverage rather than in wine-growing. Social media is abuzz with news that China has overtaken France as a wine-growing region and is now second only to Spain. It comes in large part from this BBC report that cites International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) statistics. The BBC headline — “China overtakes France in vineyards” — might well be accurate. The problem is with the first sentence: “The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IOVW) said China now had 799,000 hectares (1.97…
  • The Story Behind a 1914 Bottle of Champagne — And How It Tastes a Century Later

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    winetimes
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s not every day you drink wine that has aged over a decade, and it seems unthinkable that anyone has come across a properly preserved, drinkable century-old Champagne. However, Moët winemaker Elise Losfelt has.
  • How Do You Like to Learn About Wine? (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today, the food-and-wine learning experience has changed radically
 
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  • 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…
  • Malbec Days, Cahors, France – Part 2

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Malbec has become a hot commodity in the market place in recent years, thanks to Argentina’s success with the varietal. However, the grape’s ancestral home in southwest France, near the city of Cahors, has become part of a renaissance taking place that may revive the legacy of the Malbec grape. In this ancient landscape, younger winemakers are often following in their family’s footsteps, balancing old world ideals, while still entertaining new methods such as biodynamics. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring a new world approach to a old world region. Join us we…
  • Malbec Days, Cahors, France – Part 1

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you ask the average wine geek where Malbec comes from, they’re most liable to tell you it’s Argentina. But, that’s just part of the story! True, Argentina has made the grape justifiably famous over the last two decades or more. However, the grape’s ancestral home is in southwest France, centered around the city of Cahors, where there is a renaissance going on to revive the legacy of the Malbec grape. Join us we attend Cahors Malbec Days, in Cahors, France. In part 1 we’ll hear from Arnoldo Dimani from Domaine Le Bout du Lieu; Pascal Verhaeghe, from Château du…
  • Spirits of France – with Cognac Lhéraud

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    As the saying goes, all Cognac is brandy – but not all brandy is Cognac. Cognac is distilled wine, or brandy, and often referred to as eau de vie. Of course, in order to be called Cognac, the brandy must come from the Cognac region in France, and it must be made according to strictly-defined regulations. Located about a hundred miles north of Bordeaux, this twenty-mile region is called the “golden circle,” encompassing Cognac and the second distilling town of Jarnac. Since 1680, generations of the Lhéraud family have lived in the same 10th-century house in the small village of Lasdoux…
  • Wineries of Oregon – with Formaglini Vineyards

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Nestled among some of the very best vineyards sites in the Chehelam Mountains AVA is where the De Lancellotti family’s first block of Pinot Noir was planted in 2007. This particular site was chosen for its silica rich, sandy soils to a set of clones destined to thrive in this AVA. The neighbors that surround them here include Bergstrom and Adelsheim vineyards. Their dry-farmed site sits on a level bench of sedimentary sandy soil with moderate water holding capacity and superior drainage. This combination is essential for Pinot Noir vines so they have enough water in the topsoil to…
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    Vinography: A Wine Blog

  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of April 26, 2015

    2 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's tasting included a most wonderful, mineral wine made from Xarel lo, the grape predominantly responsible for most Cava wines, but here turned into a fantastically bright still wine by one of the most prestigious of Cava producers, Raventos i Blanc. Speaking of bright, I've also got two German Rieslings this week, both of which have fantastically redeeming qualities.
  • Vinography Images: Above the Coast

    1 May 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Above The Coast JENNER, CA: Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery overlooks the Pacific Ocean on near Jenner, California. Located one hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is the largest wine producer on California's North Coast and is visited by more than 7 million tourists each year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their…
  • 2015 Seven Percent Solution Tasting: May 6, San Francisco

    29 Apr 2015 | 11:15 pm
    There comes a point in every intrepid wine lover's life when the well-traveled road must be left behind. One can only drink so much Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. But finding one's way out of the multitudes of these bottles to something more exotic and interesting takes some effort. Which is where the folks behind the Seven Percent Solution come in. These wine producers have organized themselves behind the fact that 93% of Northern California's vineyard acreage is planted to eight major grape varieties, leaving a mere seven percent for all the others. Of…
  • Imagining a Better Future for the Soils of Champagne

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:31 pm
    In Champagne, like in many of the world's most famous wine regions, vineyard land has become egregiously expensive. According to winemakers I spoke with on my recent visit, one hectare (about 2.5 acres) now sells for more than 1.5 million euros. Prices for grand cru vineyards go even higher. As I walked through the grand cru vineyards in the famed Cote des Blancs region near the picturesque village of Avize, in addition to simply enjoying my first stroll through a terroir I had tasted many times, I found myself experiencing another emotion I never would have expected to feel in some of the…
  • A Brief Video Lesson in Champagne Disgorgement

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Compared to normal still wine production, Champagne winemaking gets pretty complicated. Once you've made a still wine, you put it into a bottle with a mix of yeast and sugar and let it ferment for a second time (which provides the bubbles we all love) and and age in contact with the yeast (current regulations require non-vintage wines to be aged for at least 15 months, and vintage dated wines to be aged for at least 36 months). At some point in that process you need to get all the bottles pointed down so that the leftover particles of yeast slowly accumulate in the neck of the bottle. To help…
 
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  • Locating the Moral High Ground in the Wine Industry

    Tom Wark
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    There must be word or phrase for that rare occurrence when a business or organization’s financial interests are always located at the summit of the moral high ground. If there is no word or phrase for this phenomenon, there ought to be — how else to talk about and understand the role of the wine wholesaler. This rare confluence of morals and financial interest were on display at the recently completed Annual Convention of the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association (WSWA) in Orlando, Florida. There WSWA President Craig Wolf stood on a large, well-lit stage and told the attending…
  • Public Principles and Wine in Indiana

    Tom Wark
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    I’ve always thought that if one’s biblical perspective informed them that homosexuality was immoral, the best course of action would be to not engage in homosexual acts. Likewise, if one feels reliably sure that the Bible instructs that God is opposed to sex out-of-wedlock, then the best course of action is to refrain from sex until married. But I’m old-fashioned. It appears that some are so sure that their responsibility to their religious beliefs requires them not merely to abstain from acts that they feel run counter to their faith, but that they are also called to…
  • Buying Into The Millennial Wine Buyer

    Tom Wark
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    A couple of weeks ago I sat on a panel in Saint Helena that explored the Millennial wine buyer. The primary question was how do you reach this growing demographic? My response to the primarily Napa Valley and Sonoma County winery representatives in the room was this: Beware: Millennials are not buying expensive wines. And if you are selling $50+ bottles of wine and selling out every year and if your buyers are made up primarily of Baby Boomers and older Gen Xers, well then what do you care about Millennial wine buyers? Keep doing what you are doing. Eventually the Millennials will grow up and…
  • Killing the Last Vestige of the 3 Tier System in California

    Tom Wark
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Wholesale industry officials did not comment for this story prior to deadline, despite repeated attempts,” wrote Santa Rosa Press Democrat business reporter Bill Swindell. And it was a simple question he had for them too: Do you support California Assembly Bill 1233 that would allow distilleries in the state to sell direct to the consumer from their distillery premises? This shouldn’t sound like a novel concept. Both wineries and breweries and cideries are able to legally offer samples to consumers and sell them bottles of their product on their premises. This most basic of…
  • Robert Parker is Wrong—He’s Not Part of the Problem

    Tom Wark
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Robert Parker, Jr. is wrong. He’s not “part of the problem” In an interview with Drinks Business, Mr. Parker lamented the fact that the world’s most coveted wines are so expensive: “The influential wine critic said that the rising prices of top labels from leading fine wine regions was a ‘problem and a concern’, particularly for the ‘younger generation’, which is being put off the category by the high cost of trying its best products.” Yes, many of the world’s most important and best wines are priced well above what aspiring…
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  • Oenology Uncorked: 5 Events That Changed the History of Wine

    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Growing wine is a long and subtle process. Soil conditions improve, vines tendril around a trellis as grapes bloom over the course of a year and are cultivated into vintages. The reputations of wineries develop over decades. Fittingly, in the wine world history changes in sips, not dramatic gulps — most of the time, anyway. Sometimes, there are events that change everything we knew. Here are five events that altered the history of wine in ways we are still feeling today. Image Source: Adapted from image by Flickr CC user Doug Harple  1863 – The Great French Wine Blight In the mid-19th…
  • Tips for Successful Wine Shipping

    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Now that spring is finally starting to arrive, it’s the perfect time to ship wine!  Vinfolio’s standard of shipping is to use a weather check to make sure your wine ships when the temperatures are ideal. This system is linked directly to AccuWeather.com and checks to make sure that the points of origin and destination have temperatures that fall between 20°F – 75°F, and will automatically put a hold on your shipment if the weather is outside of those temperature parameters, attempting delivery the following week until the wine successfully ships. Depending on where you…
  • A Visit to Mouton Rothschild

    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    It’s time for En Primeur, so it only seems right that we spotlight a few of our favorite Bordeaux producers, starting with Château Mouton Rothschild.  One of Bordeaux’s first-growth jewels, this estate is located in the village of Pauillac, 30 miles northwest of Bordeaux Centre, with 203 acres of vineyards on the slopes of the Gironde in the Medoc. The Family The Rothschild family has a rich history in finance, with family members working in main European financial centers all over the continent since the mid-18th century: Frankfurt, Vienna, London, Naples, and Paris.  One of…
  • Wine 101: How to Decode a French Wine Label

    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Most domestic wine labels are pretty straightforward – you can see clearly when you’re purchasing a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, or Merlot.  But venturing into foreign wines can be a little intimidating for the uninitiated – a French wine label often omits varietal, and has a bunch of notations (in French, bien sur) that don’t immediately make sense upon first read.  Even the most seasoned wine professional can get stumped by a wine label now and then – the regulations for labeling wine vary by country, and each component may not be in the same place each…
  • California’s Drought & Wine Country

    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    It’s the middle of March, and Californians from San Francisco to San Diego are enjoying glorious amounts of weather worthy of a coastline cruise in a convertible.  Rosé weather during Thanksgiving weekend?  Yes!  Beach day in December?  That’s right.  Our warm weather induces eye-rolls from our friends out East, who have been literally buried under record-breaking amounts of snow until recently. But the sunshine comes with a price – California is entering our 4th year of drought, the worst we’ve had in over a century, causing havoc and economic hardship in…
 
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  • 9 Edible Gifts to Make for Mother's Day

    Mon, 04 May 2015 17:25:42 -0400
    4 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Doesn't your mom deserve more than pancakes this weekend? Don't get us wrong—she deserves pancakes, but you can make Mother's Day so much more delicious with one of these nine easy food gifts. 1. Spicy Herb Salt The mildly spicy salt is delicious rubbed over big cuts of meat like leg of lamb or thick steaks, but it’s also terrific sprinkled on buttered bread or corn...
  • 4 Fire Pit Wins From the Austin Food & Wine Festival

    Mon, 04 May 2015 17:32:15 -0400
    4 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    To showcase Texas’s live fire cooking obsession, this year’s Austin Food & Wine Festival featured four fire pits where a roster of star chefs collaborated on incredible dishes. “There is just something extra special that happens around the pit every year,” says Dave (“Oven Dave”) Eberhardt of the Texas Oven Co. “It’s a wood-fueled carnival ride.” Here, the meaty highlights from the...
  • 5 Intense Moments in Pastry Chef Janina O’Leary’s Career (Plus Donut Holes!)

    Mon, 04 May 2015 16:19:51 -0400
    4 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    You wouldn’t suspect that pastry chef Janina O’Leary grew up in the tiny, rural town of Del Rio, Texas. She’s worked at Del Posto, Per Se, Bouchon and now laV in Austin, and she’s been nominated for a James Beard Award, among other honors. So how did this tenacious, petite gal become such an enormous presence? With persistence. Here are five of the craziest experiences that helped make...
  • 3 Amazing Avo-Cocktails

    Mon, 04 May 2015 15:32:06 -0400
    4 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Yes, you can finally get buzzed off an avocado. While the creamy, obsession-inspiring fruits are fantastic piled on toast or mashed into guacamole, they’re also incredible in cocktails. Here, three brilliant avocado cocktails from restaurants across the country. Frozen Avocado & Cilantro Margarita; Javelina, New York City Owner Matt Post took his inspiration for this drink from...
  • 7 Things You Need to Know About Poke

    Fri, 01 May 2015 17:39:18 -0400
    4 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    The raw tuna salad known as poke certainly isn't a new creation, but lately we've been seeing versions of it everywhere—even stuffed into a burrito. One of our favorite new versions is on the menu at Noreetuh, a new Hawaiian restaurant in New York's East Village run by three Per Se alums, Chung Chow, Jin Ahn and Gerald San Jose. We caught up with chef de cuisine (and Hawaii native)...
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  • 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 >
  • PROFILE: Godfather of Chinatown

    Douglas Blyde
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    STANLEY Tse surveys frontage of Lisle Street’s SeeWoo. He opened the shop – one of the first Chinese businesses in London’s Chinatown – in 1975 with his brothers. Today coherent with brightly-lit, fully-stocked aisles, it is actually formed of three units bought over time, including, says Stanley with a glint in his eye, a comparatively shadowy ‘peep show palace…’  Read at Good Things >
  • RESTAURANTS: Stoke Place

    Douglas Blyde
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    STOKE Place, a characterful Georgian pile unfairly tarred by its Slough postcode has retained the accolade of AA Notable Wine List year-on-year. While the hotel may be a little scuffed around the edges, the 30-page wine list authored by general manager, Terry McEvoy is lovingly put together. For example, worth noting, should the bank rule in your favour, a 75cl bottle of 1998 Chateau d’Yquem is significantly cheaper than retail (£140) within these sturdy walls. Among his suppliers, McEvoy praises Bibendum for their “great customer service and team training” and Amathus for whom…
 
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  • Real Rosé

    Craig Camp
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Real Rosé. Not a afterthought, not leftovers, not for fashion and most decidedly not a saignée, Corallina Syrah Rosé is Napa Valley rosé with a purpose. It is a wine made as mindfully as we make any other wine. While a saignée may be a wonderful idea in the coolest years in the coolest regions like Burgundy and Oregon it is a very strange concept in a warm region like the Napa Valley. Do you really think its a good idea to concentrate Napa Valley wine more than Mother Nature already does? Yes, I know Robert Parker thinks so, but I don’t. So Corallina Syrah Rosé is a mindful rosé and…
  • Home #cooking [Flickr]

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    24 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
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  • Moving Day

    Craig Camp
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    Big news! Cornerstone Cellars is moving! We’re moving from our current address of 6505 Washington Street to our new address of 6505 Washington Street. Okay, that’s not very dramatic news as we are moving all of about twenty feet across the parking lot, but it’s big news for us and good news for you. We’re moving into the space right behind our current Yountville tasting room and will be closed from March 23rd to April 1st (no kidding) as we prepare an exciting new tasting experience for you in our beautiful new space. On top of this there is truly exciting news for our old space as…
  • Evolution

    Craig Camp
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:54 pm
    2013 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Merlot, Oakville Station Vineyard, Oakville AVA, White Label  Wine growing is an unending evolutionary process if you want to make great wine. You need to experience a vineyard over a number of harvests and then taste the wine as it develops over the years to really understand its true character. Only time can show you what a vineyard can deliver then you can decide if it merits the status of a single vineyard bottling. I've always felt the vineyard should convince me instead of me convincing the vineyard. Over the last years we have been working…
  • $217 a Gallon for Grape Juice

    Craig Camp
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Harvesting the Cornerstone Cellars To Kalon blocks at Oakville Station A recent article on The Drinks Business quotes Tor Kenward saying he was paying $26,000 a ton for Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. That's $217 per gallon for grape juice or about $43 a bottle for just the grapes. Certainly this is an extreme example, but it is symptomatic about what is happening in the Napa Valley. Over the last several years the prices of grapes has been moving inexorably higher with no signs of slowing down. The Napa Valley average for cabernet sauvignon now approaches $6,000 a ton and…
 
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Essential Guide to Butterflying and Grilling Portuguese Fish

    Sonia Nolasco
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    One of the top culinary experiences in Portugal is hands down devouring fish. Whether grilled, roasted, stewed or fried, Portugal’s coastal geography—half of this tiny country is on the Atlantic—has molded its people into sea life gurus (there are also river fish; we’ll explore another time). Pair this fish knowledge with the diversity of sea creatures in Portugal’s waters, and a foodie can spend her whole life discovering something new on her plate each time she returns to the country. Despite the diversity in dishes, the top fish experience is definitely grilled. This is called…
  • Recipe: Chargrilled Red Snapper

    Sonia Nolasco
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    As grilling season is just around the corner, I can already taste the juicy, sweet flavors of a perfectly grilled red snapper, sardines and bass. The mouthwatering aromas evoke lively memories from massive immigrant get togethers as temperatures climb above freezing. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, in large part, because it reminds me of home, of Portugal. Our secret weapon is Piri-Piri, one of the ingredients that distinguish our cooking from other Mediterranean-based cuisines. The mildly hot and sweet concoction is a co-invention of the Portuguese and its former…
  • 10 Best Terraces for Summer in Barcelona

    Sam Zucker
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Nothing is more desirable in Barcelona than that perfectly-sun-splashed table on the tiny terrace in the charming plaça that seems perpetually occupied. It may not seem like it, but people do eventually pay their bill and leave, you just must be patient. In the summer—and most of the rest of the year— “terrace culture” in Barcelona is in full-swing, with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks available outdoors all over the city—from sidewalk seating to hidden gardens and grand, palm tree-lined avenues. Terraces can sometimes be reserved (and, if so, it should be taken as a sign that…
  • Friday Feature Photo: The Umbrella Sky Project

    Gabriella Opaz
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Photographer: Rui Costa Capture Date: July 22, 2014 Location: Aveiro, Portugal About: The little town of Águeda is decorated annually with vibrant umbrellas that cascade a waterfall of color onto the city streets. More than 3000 have been hung with wires, bringing smiles and radiant light to the city streets. For more information, go to the Umbrella Sky Project. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase:…
  • The Serious Side of Vinho Verde

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    Editor’s Note: Today, we’re very excited to introduce Cathy Fisher, an American currently living in Lisbon with her Portuguese husband. Cathy approached us with an infectious passion to share her love of Portuguese wine; and who are we to say no?! Welcome Cathy and thank you for getting us in the mood for old Vinho Verde! “Portuguese guys care about three things,” my Lisbon-born friend Luis told me as we sat in the back of a damp London pub. “Pretty women, football and Vinho Verde.” I am not Portuguese and don’t agree with Luis, but that getting to know Vinho Verde…
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  • State dinner wines: a lucky 8 for PM Abe?

    Dr. Vino
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    There was a state dinner last night at the White House–the eighth for the Obamas–in honor of visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. About 200 people attended, new china was revealed (above), and “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto was in da haus. Recall that Obama and PM Abe ate at the counter of sushi master Jiro Ono last year, so they clearly like good food. But what vin-quiring minds want to know is…what were the wines? Would this be a lucky 8 for PM Abe given the lackluster wines the White House wine steward served previously? The full menu is reproduced below so you can…
  • China’s vineyard area vaults past France

    Dr. Vino
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    More acres of grapes are now in China than France. The total vineyard area in China is 1.97 million acres (799,000 hectares) according to new stats presented yesterday in Paris by the OIV, the International Office of Vine and Wine. Although vineyard area includes grapes for both winemaking (what we’re interested in) and table grapes (those can be good too), the rise of plantings in China over the past 14 years is staggering. Vineyard area in the EU is part of the Common Market Program and is governed by EU agricultural policy, which has been moving to reduce marginal vineyards through a…
  • New York Times wine club on ice

    Dr. Vino
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    Members of the New York Times wine club residing in New York are not receiving wine–and shipments might not resume until July. The Albany Times Union has a detailed account of the wrangling that has led to the suspension (indeed, on the NYT wine club site, New York is not even an option for sign-ups–the wine club continues in other states). The NYT wine club is run by a group called Global Wine Company and does not, as the Club’s web site states, make selections with the NYT wine critic or members of the newsroom. The Club offers six-bottle shipments for $90 or $180 on…
  • The wine boom turns 21 – but is acting aged

    Dr. Vino
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    When wine consumption shot higher in 1994, little did wine consumers know that they were uncorking one of the greatest bull markets in recent history. Every year since then, wine consumption has grown making the wine boom now 21 years old–old enough to buy itself a drink, legally, were it a human. But the growth, which slowed in the wake of the recession, has lost steam but continued to edge higher. Last week in New York City, John Gillespie of the Wine Market Council, a non-profit trade association whose mission is to grow the wine market, presented data on the latest trends. From 1994…
  • Why is champagne getting drier?

    Dr. Vino
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Champagnes seem to have been getting drier in recent years. What’s driving the trend? I put the question of declining Champagne dosage levels to Peter Wasserman today. Wasserman, along with his mother Becky, exports several grower champagnes including Godmé Pere et fils, José D’hondt, Camille Savès, and Vazart-Coquart. Wasserman said there are three main reasons. First, climate change. As harvest gets longer, the pick dates get later meaning that the fruit is riper, as he put it being harvested at “optimum maturity. So there’s less searing acidity that needs balancing with the…
 
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Review: *** $$ I Greppi Greppicante, Bolgheri, Italy, 2006

    jorray
    3 May 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Greppicante. Original tasting and review : This is I Greppi Greppicante, Bolgheri, Italy, 2006, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled 9 years from vintage date, in May, 2015.In the glass: Deep muddy magenta, opaque from within a half inch of the edge of the glass.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright and deep old brambly fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be solid with an old world element.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact dusty and gritty old world…
  • Review and Rating: ***+ $$ Fetish Playmates 2005, Barossa, Australia = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    3 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Fetish Playmates.Original tasting and review : This is Fetish Playmates, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2005, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled a full decade from vintage date, in May, 2015.  It is a blend of 89% shiraz, 8% mataro (aka, mourvedre) and 3% grehache.In the glass: Thick black burgundy, opaque a quarter inch from the edge of the glass.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows  bright classic Barossa blackberry shiraz fruit plus some redder cherry and berry…
  • Review: **** $$ Jack Hammer (Jackhammer) Chardonnay, Central Coast, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    1 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Jack Hammer Chardonnay. Original tasting and review : This is Jack Hammer (Jackhammer) Chardonnay, Central Coast, California, 2013, finished at 14.1% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.In the glass: Soft yellow with light hints of gold.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows subtle sweet grass and bright pear.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light and fruity. On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bigger and fuller in mouthfeel than…
  • Review: *** $$ Franklin Tate Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, Australia, 2012

    jorray
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Franklin Tate Cabernet Merlot. Original tasting and review : This is Franklin Tate Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, Australia, 2012, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.In the glass: Deep and dark ruby red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, funky fruit, showing some rubber balloon elements.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich but sturdy.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean, deep and…
  • Review: ***+ $$ Callaway Hybrid Red Blend, North Coast, California, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Callaway Hybrid Red. Original tasting and review : This is Callaway Hybrid Red Blend, North Coast, California, 2013, finished at 14.3% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.  It is a blend of 46% zinfandel, 39% syrah and 15% tempranillo.In the glass: Deep red with some burgundy, almost opaque in the very center.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows red and black berries with some green twigginess.   From the aroma, seems like this will be friendly and perhaps…
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  • Domaine Fourrey Chablis

    Andrew Barrow
    3 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Domaine Fourrey Chablis Rather a decent selection of wines down Domaine Fourrey way I have to say. Brother and sister team Jean-Luc and Marie-Jose took over the estate over from their parents back in 1992 and concentrate on the core Chablis wine styles – Petit Chablis, Chablis, Premier Crus from Mont de Milieu, Beauroy, Cote de Lechet (my favourite), Vaillons, Fourchaume and Les Fourneaux, and Grand Cru Chanlis Vaudésir. Visits can be arranged although it is best to pre-arrange rather than just turn up expecting a full tour. This is to the side of the entrance, a rather delightful vine…
  • Visiting Cava Country – Adernats Winery

    Andrew Barrow
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Visiting Cava Country – Adernats Winery Its an impressive building, well worth the title of Wine Cathedral. The Adernats winery was designed by Catalan architect Cèsar Martinell i Brunet and is one of the seven famed cellars scattered over Catalonia. Brunet’s inspiration came from Modernisme and Noucentisme (which is apparently an early 20th century Catalan cultural movement and a reaction against Moderisme). Wine, architecture AND a cultural movement – What else do you need? Modernisme is a bohemian style closely related to ‘Arts and Crafts’ and ‘Gothic Revival’…
  • The Truck at Domaine Les Temps Perdus

    Andrew Barrow
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    The Truck at Domaine Les Temps Perdus If you visit Domaine Les Temps Perdus this handsome devil should be sitting right outside the winery. Clotilde Davenne established the estate in 2005 and now maintains 25 acres of prime vines planted with all the Chablis grapes – Chardonnay, Aligote, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Les Temps Perdus translates as ‘spare time’ and refers to the removal of stones from the vineyard by estate workers in their spare time. Clotilde prides herself in extracting the maximum terroir from the soil and eschews oak to ‘preserve the unique…
  • Cava Vines in Afternoon Sunlight

    Andrew Barrow
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    Cava Vines in Afternoon Sunlight I have no idea how or when it happened; but it appears a whole years worth of photos have vanished from my computer. I’ve been struck by the worst affliction in this digital age, loss of data. Despite backups and an external drive dedicated to preserving everything 2013 has simply vanished. Puzzling. All that remains are the scant memories preserved online here in Spittoon, on my 500px account and on my photo site. The originals are gone however so plans for a large print of Durdle Door and entering some seascapes in an online competition have been…
  • Guinness Advert Rhythm of Life

    Andrew Barrow
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Guinness Advert Rhythm of Life The Guinness Rhythm of Life advert – perhaps the best drink advert of all time – although the award winning Tic Follows Toc with those splendid horses is very close. The two videos are from 2005 and are, by todays internet standards, a little lacking in quality… Guinness Advert Rhythm of Life Guinness Advert Tic Follows Toc This post was originally blogged in 2005; but the videos are so good I thought a re-airing was required. Spittoon - A UK Wine, Food and Travel Blog
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  • The King is Dead! All Hail Caesar!

    Robert
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    Majestic Wine has acquired Naked Wines today for around £70 million. On the surface it is a straightforward but interesting business deal giving each a new injection of energy. Underlying this, however, is an interesting story of conquests and empires that are a lot less regal than they are imperial. Julius Caesar Source: Wikipedia [read more here on Harpers] The key is that Rowan Gormley, the entrepreneur behind Naked Wines, but also Virgin Wines and before that Virgin Money, has been appointed CEO of the acquiring business. What ‘assets’ were the real target in this exchange?
 
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  • The Gardener Pinot Gris & Pinot Blanc (6)

    4 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    fertile groundWHO IS THIS “THE GARDENER” ANYWAY?It’s been said that the Gardener has chainsaws for teeth and can see 4 colors not visible to mortals. It’s been said that the Gardener has never sneezed, and that’s good, because it would punch a hole in time and space. It’s been said that the Gardener lives at the bottom of the sea and only surfaces to buy stamps. It’s been said that the Gardener cultivates willpower from tiny seeds of our enduring human spirit. Or something. It’s been said that the Gardener always faces north because the Gardener’s nose is magnetic. It’s…
  • Tara Bella Mixed Cabernet Sauvignon (2)

    3 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    We're all about good taste.If you're seeing this, you're missing a video! Check out youtube.com/wootchannel.
  • Parducci Mendocino County Petite Sirah (5)

    2 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    VivaParducci, I sirah you from across a crowded room.It never ends! Time for more learning eye-talian with Wine.Woot! Grazie per avermi invitato alla vostra villa. Thank you for inviting me to your villa.   No, io prometto che sarò sul mio comportamento migliore. No, I promise I'll be on my best behavior.   Un altro bicchiere, per favore. Another glass, please.   Accidenti, sei sempre più attraente, signora. Gosh, you’re increasingly attractive, madam.   Avete le spalle larghe di un maestoso orso. You have the broad shoulders of a majestic bear.   Altro vino! More…
  • Scott Harvey InZINerator (5)

    1 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Scarvey!Scott Harvey's there for you. Even when the rest of the world totally abandons you. Like it always does.Somebody in this office keeps filling my electrical outlets with superglue, and my co-workers insist they haven't seen a thing. My wife says she just sleeps better when she she spends the night at a motel, but she won't tell me which one. I found a REPLACEMENT SON WANTED ad on Craigslist with my mom's email address. But there's one guy who never lets me down. No matter how many times life punches me in my soft nether regions, Scott Harvey keeps on coming through with wines like the…
  • Hangtime Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir (6)

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    How's it hanging?Glory and Defeat, that’s in the points. But the thrill is in the hangtime.It’s the anticipation that makes the game, otherwise we’d just look at the scores in the paper the next day. What the fans want is the feeling of watching their guy leap off the boards, the feeling of a perfect spiral approaching the end zone, the feeling of that baseball starting a downward drop that might, just might, end up in the bleachers. That’s what people want. Not just a victory. A clear and magical moment to drive the point home. Of course, there’s no real way to pack that rush into…
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  • I Left My Heart-Shaped-Double-Gold Medal… In San Francisco… (2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition)

    1WineDude
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    SFIWC 2015 Later this year, I will have the pleasure of judging at the 2015 edition of the San Francisco International Wine Competition. This will mark my second year as a judge at SFIWC, and is part of my gettin’ busy Summer, during which I’ve somehow amassed a series of competitions, tours, and speaking gigs with little rest between them. My understanding is that somehow that peripatetic sequence is part of Marvel Studios’ Phase Five plan. Or not. Anyway, I suspect that, while I will enjoy myself at SFIWC immensely, I most likely will not enjoy it quite as immensely as…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 4, 2015

    1WineDude
    4 May 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 Bonterra The Roost Blue Heron Ranch Chardonnay…
  • April 2015 Answers.com Article Roundup (The Big Divorce Edition)

    1WineDude
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    “On the midnight street No moon and no stars No one around to calm you down And to soften the stings to my heart The dream is sand in my hands The dream becomes sand in my hands” -Morrissey, Good Looking Man About Town   “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” -Japanese proverb   image: Wine.Answers.com OK, folks… First, an explanation of why I have been several months behind on writing up producer features here on 1WD (Amici, Red Car, some high-end KJ brand stuff, and several Sicily items are all in that pipeline, waiting patiently for me to get my act…
  • The Wine Price Fix Is On (At Fix.com)

    1WineDude
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    image: Fix.com I am aware that it’s been a long, oh, I don’t know, five whole minutes since I last talked about a Fix.com article, but the fine folks over at that website have seen fit to publish yet another of my modest attempts at edu-taining the wine soaked masses yearning to be… well… edu-tained. And so, because I’ve nothing more pressing to do (this nanosecond, anyway), I point you to my Fix.com take on wine prices (why they are what they are, and roughly what to expect with each increasing price band), titled Behind the Tag: The Scoop on Wine Prices. Once…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 27, 2015

    1WineDude
    27 Apr 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! 11 Chateau Panis Mialhe Minervois Les Eglises…
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  • 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…
  • Two Lands: California and Australia Fusion

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    We've heard of "Fusion Cuisine," the trend of cuisine that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Wine fusion? Jacob's Creek is Australia's largest wine brand, and one of the oldest Australian wineries since 1847.  Jacob’s Creek Chief Winemaker, Bernard Hickin reached out 7,982 miles crossing the equator from Barossa Valley, South Australia to Napa Valley, California, USA procuring Ehren Jordan,  2008 San Francisco Chronicle's Winemaker of the Year. So together, winemakers, Hicklin and Jordan created a "fusion"…
  • Feast Walla Walla - 2015

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    There were a couple of years when I missed Feast Walla Walla, and several years when I had a  press pass and "worked" the venue by taking notes and videos. This is the first year when I Me with Shane of Downtown Walla2 Farmer's Marketwas on "my own" and it was fun to relax, sip some good wine, visit with friends, and sample many goodies. Feast Walla Walla is always a great venue and the magic happens on First Avenue downtown Walla Walla at Main Street. The gigantic white tent begins to take shape Friday evening and by Saturday morning, it can pack up to 600 people and several food…
  • Love in a Glass: Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Rose

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The phone rang. I looked at the caller-ID and my little heart started racing as if it was a call from a former love. It was the call I had been waiting for. It was from Stoller Family Estate in the Willamette Valley. They were letting me know my Spring Wine Club shipment was getting ready to be packed and while they were at it, was there anything else they could send me - - perhaps more of their Stoller Pinot Noir Rose? Yes-yes-yes! Fill me up with bottles and bottles of Stoller Rose - 2014! Now I can finally finish up the last two bottles of the 2013 that I have been hiding in the wine…
  • Thoughts From A Former Tasting Room Staff

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    The other day I was working on my blog. I decided to change the coloring and just freshen it up. As I was "cleaning" it, I happened to notice some former blogs I wrote, especially one where I ranted about some of the customers I have met along the way.Now you could wag your finger at me and admonish me for "picking" on the customer, but technically the wine customer is typically savvy about the world and if not, usually eager to grow and learn. However, like any group of people, there are always those who will try manipulate, mangle, and mash things up to get their way.The lesson to be…
 
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  • A. Rodda Willow Lake Chardonnay 2012

    Edward
    3 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
     A rakish nose - sulphur, curry leaf and kaffir lime; it smoulders and reminds me of the 864 from Oakridge. Energetic and tight, green bean and slate, I thought there was a hint of sweetness, but as I sip at the warm dregs, I'm less sure. Long and modern, with bristles. A+A belated second look at the 2008 Luke Lambert Reserve Nebbiolo. Each sniff is different, so I'm even more hesitant than usual with my words. Prune and raisins, but fleetingly violets and blackberries. It's even more changeable in the mouth - again raisins and sweet fruit, but matched with zip and leafy tannins. A shape…
  • Garlic #3

    Edward
    2 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Last year's meagre garlic harvest has convinced me to change some of my ways, and take advice. . . Plant with the rain and use plenty of blood and bone being the pearls I have taken heed of. An early reward, the sight of green shoots.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
  • Little Guildford

    Edward
    1 May 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Sweet and bright, and for most of the City well hidden. The dinner room is beautifully lit (though only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and the tables mostly large; this is a place to bring family and friends. It exudes an effortless warmth, the customary CBD pressure and aloofness is notably absent. BYO with well shaped glasses; brisk, polite, helpful and smiling service and a menu dotted with comfort, though it is curious that a red and green curry can exist on the same menu as Oysters Kilpatrick and Lamb cutlets with a Harissa jus. It all seems to work. The said curries are soft and warm…
  • Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Pinot noir 2013

    Edward
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    It's very good, but not unexpected. If I think about it, the greatest pleasure came from the ritual. Picking the bottle, looking at the label (bottle 1316 of 3600, 13.1%, the clone is MV6, the vines are ungrafted, planted in 1995), removing the foil, inspecting the seal (Adrea), using a corkscrew (from Beacon wines on the Upper West of Manhattan, it was raining, I was running and running late), selecting my glass and the pouring and inspecting the wine and the colour in the late afternoon sun. It's unfiltered but clear and luminous. Jewel like.In scent it's bright and tart. Sappy. Cranberry…
  • Harvest 2015

    Edward
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    I'm at the start of another tour of Dogistan. It's a abstemious place, and my day is once again punctuated by fresh air and walking. Early starts, squawking birds (Watterbirds mainly) and a sudden reduction in opportunity. I still think about wine, but the bottles never seem to get opened. . .I was reading about the neurophysiology of want and pleasure. We want all the time, but are rarely pleased. The pathways and neurotransmitters are different and separate. Dopamine for desire and opiates to signal pleasure. . . I have no desire to be up before the sun, but thankfully I do seem to enjoy…
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  • Italian Wine Appellations that are Downright Confounding

    Alfonso Cevola
    3 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    After having spent most of April crisscrossing Texas in my covered wagon to teach hundreds of people about Italian wine, there were a few moments when I was scratching my head, wondering why I was teaching some of this stuff. The scores of DOCG wines, hundreds of IGT (P) wines and even more DOC (P). It was a simple comment in passing that started this. I was talking to an Italian and he said, “This Toscana IGT is a disaster. How can anyone make sense of it when you can have one for $4 and one for $400?” I noted the comment and moved back to my class presentation. But it stuck with…
  • Sacrificing the Basics for Babel

    Alfonso Cevola
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:23 pm
    This weekend I listened to a panel of chefs from Texas who brought national attention to Southwest cuisine. They were Robert Del Grande, Dean Fearing and Stephan Pyles, and we were at the Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit at Perini Ranch in West Texas. Robert Del Grande, who hails from Houston, said something that caught my ear. He said, “In the beginning, we were looking for ingredients that you couldn’t find in the supermarket.” Things like red bell peppers, chayote squash, heck, even cilantro, they couldn’t be found in the large stores. Here we were, a chef talking about a time 30+…
  • What young Americans can learn from an old German ~ The Rudi Wiest register

    Alfonso Cevola
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Rudi Wiest will turn 79 this year. But as he likes to say, “I have a long ways to go to catch up with your mom. She’s going to be 101 this year, yes?” Older people have a different conception of time than younger ones. The younger ones have been young all their life, and they likely think they will be for the rest of their time on earth. “I used to think that too,” my almost 101 year old mom once told me. “And then I turned 40. And then 50. 60. 70. 80. And so on. And now I have been older for most of my life than young. That’s just the way it is.” And so it was this last week,…
  • Making the Case for Darker Rosė Wines ~ Countering the "Brangelina" Effect

    Alfonso Cevola
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    In no small way, we all need to thank the Perrin family (and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) for resuscitating the rosė wine category. Before the phenomenon of Miraval, rosė wines were in the crapper. More often than not, aged rosė wines sat in warehouses and on store shelves dying a slow death. No matter how many articles that came out, in blogs, in magazines, and in newspapers, the numbers didn’t look good.I know, because I was tracking them. And it wasn't pretty.Then Perrin (and Brangelina) said “Let there be light.” And it was a game changer. Now wineries all up and down France and…
  • Meditations on the '51

    Alfonso Cevola
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    Sooner or later we encounter the mirror. As much as we try, with makeup, with dye, with dark glasses and soft focus, time ultimately wins the race. The young ones look upon the older ones as something that is in the way or will ultimately be neutralized and discarded. Invisibility is a step along the way to annihilation. What the young ones don’t know (or don’t want to realize) is that they are on the same path as the elders who are taking up space in the cellar. So it goes.We all have our ideas of what a unicorn wine is. That is, a wine that is rare, maybe not the greatest of the great,…
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  • Pair this 14 Hands wine with the Kentucky Derby

    Margot
    1 May 2015 | 1:16 pm
    14 Hands Winery created a special wine to commemorate its continued partnership with the Kentucky Derby® on May 2 — but this tasty red blend from the Columbia Valley is a good value wine to drink even after the 141st ‘Run for the Roses™ is over. The 14 Hands 2012 Kentucky Derby Red is a blend of 62% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Syrah, and showcases the juicy fruit character in grapes from Washington state. At $12 bottle, you can’t go wrong! But be sure to buy it soon, since it’s a limited release and has already sold out at the winery. You can still find…
  • Australian & Californian Winemaking Merge into Two Lands

    Margot
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Earlier this month, we were invited to a virtual tasting of a new wine brand, Two Lands by Jacob’s Creek – a winemaking collaboration between Jacob’s Creek chief winemaker Bernard Hickin and award-winning Napa winemaker Ehren Jordan. The branding of this new line of wines, launched exclusively in the U.S., says it all: “Two Lands: California craftsmanship meets Australian character. Harnessing the power of collaboration to bring together the best of both worlds” This new venture merges Australian and Californian winemaking into four satisfying bottles of Pinot…
  • Another Success for Taste Washington

    Margot
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Congratulations to the Washington State Wine Commission and Visit Seattle for another successful Taste Washington at the end of March, capping off Washington state Wine Month. Thousands of people participated in the annual celebration of the excellent juice made in this state — at the Grand Tasting, educational seminars, lunches on local farms and at restaurants, wineries, hotels and retailers that offered special deals and promotions throughout the month. But we hope that people did more than taste the fine wine of Washington. We hope they appreciated it, and the hard work by…
  • Tickets on Sale March 28 for Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concerts

    Margot
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    You always know spring is in the air when Chateau Ste. Michelle starts selling tickets to its amazing Summer Concert Series. This year’s lineup of renowned musicians continues the annual tradition of excellence experienced by concert-goers. We have gone every year, and tickets to many of the concerts sell out quickly. So believe us when we say run, don’t walk, to get your tickets at the wine shop at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville or through Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. The 2015 lineup offers 25 concerts — pop, jazz, rock and…
  • Three Classics from The Woodhouse Wine Estates

    Margot
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    We have now opened and tasted two of the wines from The Woodhouse Wine Estates mentioned in our March 8th post, and one other wine recently released by the winery. We were not surprised to discover that Woodhouse wines continue to drink well and provide an experience, whether paired with food, or paired with good friends. One of many reasons that Woodhouse is unique: they release wines a bit later than most, so the wines have time to rest, integrate, and express their fullest flavor complexities, similar to many well-respected wineries in Europe. And we have never forgotten that back in…
 
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  • 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.
  • Burgundy’s Grande Dame, Anne-Claude Leflaive Dies

    Organic Wine Journal
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    From Wine-Searcher: Pioneering Burgundy winemaker Anne-Claude Leflaive has died at her Burgundy home at the age of 59. The celebrated Puligny-Montrachet producer leaves an indelible print on Domaine Leflaive, having converted its vineyards to biodynamic practices during her tenure. Anne-Claude joined the family business in 1990, before taking sole responsibility for the domaine in 1993. Within four years she had converted the cultivation of Domaine Leflaive’s 24 hectares (60 acres) of vineyard, including Le Montrachet, one of the world’s greatest Chardonnay vineyards, to…
  • Santa Cruz Organic Wine Trail For Earth Day

    Organic Wine Journal
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Wine lovers can celebrate Earth Day and learn more about sustainable and organic practices in the vineyard while wine tasting at the wineries on the Organic Wine Trail of the Santa Cruz Mountains on Saturday, April 18. These Santa Cruz Mountains wineries have formed the Organic Wine Trail to showcase their certified organic vineyards: Silver Mountain Vineyard along Summit Road between Los Gatos and Soquel; Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards in Saratoga; Ridge Vineyards in Cupertino; and Alfaro Family Vineyards in Corralitos. Visitors can learn more about growing organic winegrapes with…
  • Highlights From The David Bowler Tasting

    Emma Criswell
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    “Everywhere.” That’s what the sales rep told me when I asked where their best organic wines were at the March 18th David Bowler portfolio tasting. Bowler is known for supporting organic and biodynamic wines, and recently acquired all of Nicolas Joly’s wines — so recently, that all they had to taste that day was three bottles leftover from the decision meeting. Lucky for me, I got there early and was able to try them. Savenierres ‘Les Vieux Clos’ 2013 is extremely mineral driven with chalk and slate notes dominant, notes of apricot were also found on the palate with a zippy…
  • Anjou Organic Wine Event — Paulée de l’Anjou Noir — June 20th

    Organic Wine Journal
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    Anjou Noir Organic Winemakers invite you on Monday, July the 20th at 10 am, at Domaine Richou in Mozé sur Louet for the 4th edition of the « Paulée de l’Anjou Noir ». A glorious and friendly event to celebrate Anjou wines and gastronomy. Black Anjou organic wines offer a remarkable diversity of expressions. The winemakers members of the association « Paulée de l’Anjou noir », share the same philosophy. They are organic and/or biodynamic producers and they want to produce real terroir wines. They have a strong will to bring new dynamics and a renewal in Anjou wines. The fourth…
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  • Salton Intenso Cabernet Franc – Complex and Intenso

    Tim Lemke
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:12 pm
    I’m always excited to try wines from different regions. While I’ve had plenty of South American wines from Chile and Argentina, I’ve never had an opportunity to try a wine from Brazil until now. While Brazilian wine is new to me, it’s not a new thing. Salton, the winery that produced this wine, has been around for over 100 years and they produce over 50 different wines. They also have vineyards in a number of different terroirs of Brazil, so while this one bottle of wine introduced me to Brazilian wine, there is clearly a plethora of other wines for me to try. Aromas…
  • DeCopas Malbec – Fresh and Fruity

    Tim Lemke
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:47 pm
    This wine from DeCopas is one that I don’t have a lot of back story for. It’s an Argentine malbec from Mendoza — like many inexpensive malbecs you find in the US. I can also tell you that the DeCopas brand is part of the Trivento portfolio, which is owned by Concha y Toro, the mega-producer from Chile. It’s interesting how connected many wine brands really are. This is a pretty straight forward, simple malbec. But it’s decent for the price. Black cherry, barnyard and black pepper aromas are the most prominent characteristics of the nose.  The palate brings black…
  • Santa Rita, Medalla Real Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc

    Tim Lemke
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    A few weeks ago I reviewed the Santa Rita, Medalla Real Gran Reserva Chardonnay. In that review, I commented that the wine came from the Leyda Valley – which is known more for sauvignon blanc than chardonnay.  Well… wouldn’t you know it, Santa Rita also produces a sauvignon blanc from this regaion. Cool is the story behind this wine. The vineyards are cool, due to their proximity to the coast. The grapes undergo a cold soak before pressing in order to prevent oxidation or phenolic extraction. (I know that sounds super technical and nerdy. These are aroma and flavor…
  • Leese Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon

    Tim Lemke
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Leese-Fitch is one of the brands produced by “The Other Guys” wine company in California.  While I don’t think of them as a big wine producer, I see their wines everywhere I shop so they must be producing a pretty good volume of wine.  Some of the other wines they produce include Plungerhead, Pennywise and Hey Mambo. This cabernet sauvignon is OK.  It has good fruit aromas, but could use a little more concentration and depth. Cherry, raspberry, tobacco and mulberry aromas give this wine a decent nose that’s moderately balanced.  In the mouth, tart cherry, mulberry,…
  • Château La France, Cuvée Gallus — Earthy & Rich

    Tim Lemke
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Last year I started highlighting some good, yet affordable wines from Bordeaux.  Here’s another wine in that category. This one comes from Château La France, a pretty large estate in the Bordeaux region at 90 hectares (222 acres) with 75 of those planted. The wine is classified as Bordeaux Supérieur and is made of 60% merlot, 35% malbec and 5% cabernet franc.  It’s aged 12 months in oak. This wine is all about the earthiness for me — but that’s not to say it’s not fruity too.  The aromas are dominated by spice, tree bark and cedar aromas, but there’s…
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • Perhaps the Best Chenin Made - MIcro Production (550 bottles) Single Vineyard - One of Two *** Loire Estates

    Lyle Fass
    2 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Thierry Germain is an uncompromising and very passionate winemaker and is the next big star to come out of Saumur.  He is the only Loire winemaker (other than Rougeard) to have 3 stars in the Revenue de France.  His whites and reds are equally as good and he makes multiple cuvees of what I like to call "Cheniesling" as these are the most Rieslingesque wines out there that are not made from Riesling.I'm thrilled to offer the utterly brilliant 2013 Domaine des Roches Neuves "Clos Romans" for as little as $69.99 on a 3-pack. This is very allocated as 13 was a bit short and he only…
  • Incredible Bordeaux from the Winemaker Behind Petrus - His Own Estate, Under $35

    Lyle Fass
    1 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Jean-Claude Berrouet was the winemaker at Château Petrus for over 40 years. He also worked at Dominus. The word "legend," while accurate, is too quotidien to do him justice. He is certainly one of the most important winemakers of this century. His style focuses on allowing terroir to express itself and he creates wines of supreme balance. I have no idea why these wines are so inexpensive - if I had to guess I would say that Berrouet is sufficiently comfortable that he does not need to market them to drive up the price. In any case, these are certainly the best, most impressively pedigreed…
  • The Kingmaker of the Rhone: One of his Favorite Southern Rhone Selections - Stunning, Complex and Under $40

    Lyle Fass
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    Six Stars from John Livingstone Learmouth - One of 4 ****** 2011 (along with $150+ Rayas) 100 Year Old Vines.The Wine That Breaks the Mold - If You Buy One Under $100 Southern Rhone This Year, This Should Be ItYou've all read about the Kingmaker of the Rhone. Georges Lelektsoglou, the Greek, owner ofCompagnie L'Hermitage in Tain l'Hermitage.  The man that all of the top growers know, love and respect.  The unchallenged, top retailer of Rhone wines in the world who has been the first guy to push every top winemaker in the Rhone.  He finds the top Rhone wines 5…
  • Two Tremendous Pinots from A Rising Burgundian Star with "Sleeper" Good Terroir

    Lyle Fass
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    I love offering wines from our more established stars who can afford great terroir.  But I also love to drink wines from younger, also incredibly talented growers, who make incredible, distinctive wines from more humble terroir.  One of my favorite winemakers of this group of young Turks, as you know, is Julien Cruchandeau.  He's getting better every year and 2013 is his best year yet.Julien has a unique style that is unlike anything I have ever tasted in Burgundy. It's everything I want in Burgundy. They have wonderful up front fruit, incredible precision and clarity, top…
  • A Moment That Stops Time: Perhaps the Most Perfectly Balanced Bourgogne Made: The Micro Production Wines of JJ Morel (Limited)

    Lyle Fass
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I drank a bottle of the 2012 Jean Jacques Morel Genouvrees the other night and time stopped. It's very difficult for me to describe the perfection of this wine.  The 2012 was by no means a powerful or overly fruited wine (it is Bourgogne Blanc after all).  But is was one of the most well crafted Chardonnays I've had.  The balance was perfect.  So perfect that it just washed across my palate and I sat there in awe. The Puligny is more concentrated and just as well made.  It's an absolutely stunning wine.  Borderline Grand Cru quality with a simply gorgeous,…
 
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    HaKerem: Israeli Wine

  • Upcoming Wine Advocate eRobertParker review of Israeli Wines

    Avi
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Mark Squires, who is in charge of reviewing Israeli wine for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, has just alerted us that the April issue will feature many Israeli wines from wineries such as Castel, Recanati, Tzora, Chateau Golan, and even some old players like Amphorae. Check it out on eRobertParker.com soon.
  • David Rhodes on Gary Vaynerchuk’s Sirus radio show

    Avi
    5 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    Frequent HaKerem contributor David Rhodes was on Gary Vaynerchuk’s radio show on the Sirus radio network Click here to listen
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    Avi
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:08 am
    The Zichron Ya’akov Ramat HaNadiv Wine Festival is returning on March 25-26 Come get a taste of the Carmel’s culinary wealth, and meet the creative folk behind the food scene at the first Winefest ever held in Ramat Hanadiv’s magnificent gardens. In early April, dozens of wineries from the Carmel region will gather here to present their collections; alongside the wines will be mouth-watering cheeses, olive oils, chocolates, and other temptations — the best that local agriculture and artisans have to offer. Wine-tasting workshops, the launching of new wines, and…
  • Boutique revolution puts Israeli wines on world map

    Avi
    14 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Read the full article In the rolling pine-covered hills west of Jerusalem, winemaker Eran Pick checks on the vines he cultivates, plying an ancient trade which has been common to the area since biblical times. “For 3,000 years wine has been produced in these hills,” says Pick, 40, who is trained in a mix of New and Old World winemaking and worked in California and Bordeaux before joining Tzora Vineyards. Established in 1993, Tzora was one of Israel’s first boutique wineries — defined as those which produce fewer than 100,000 bottles per year. “We have renewed…
  • Israeli Wineries to Visit

    Avi
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Live in Israel or looking to visit? Several Israeli wineries, from the Negev to the Golan, not only are open to visitors but also have visitor centers that cater to the needs of wine tourism. Some recommended wineries include: Galil Mountain Winery, Upper Galilee Recanati, Emek Hefer Industrial Park (conveniently located between Ra’anana and Netanya) Carmel Winery, Zichron Ya’akov – in the past few years Carmel completely changed their wine tourism, building a brand new visitor center. Israel’s oldest continuing running winery, since the 19th century. Tulip Winery, Kfar…
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    יינות ישראל

  • חסרונות המערכת המשפטית

    admin
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:25 am
    כולנו יודעים כי המערכת המשפטית שום דבר לא עובד גם בספרד. הוא איטי, יש הרבה חסרונות, כידוע. אל דאגה חברת טבע הוא האיש הנכון . והוא היה כל כך ברור, ברור אחרי האירוע עצוב של הנערה לוז מארי, נרצחו על ידי pederast כי הייתה צריכה להיות בכלא כאשר זה קרה, כי אפילו השופטים באותו ופוליטיקאים נאלצו להודות, כולל שר המשפטים. כולנו יודעים זאת, אבל למרות…
  • ריהוט זכוכית

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    בקיצור, יותר סגנון ועיצוב של רהיטים מסחריים, במיוחד לאור את הטוב ביותר לפני הסחורות, ולכן נמכר טוב יותר. בטיחות תכשיטים אמינות מיוצג על המדפים, צריכים להיות מופרדים מן הדלפק הלקוח. מונה במקרה זה, את המחסומים לגישה מדפי בחוץ. לחץ כאן מאיר יעקבסון ומצא עוד . , המוכר ללקוחות עסוק אחרים את השירות, לא יכול להיות כל הזמן תחת ביקורת ומה…
  • ימי חופש

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    זה הופך להיות קשה לעקוב אחר חלוף הזמן, ובמיוחד היום בעוד כמה ימי חופש עכשיו אתה די מיושן. ללא קשר השדה שבו אתה לבצע את המשימות שלך. אנו נתמקד חיי היומיום ואת השגרה של הספרדים שלושים או ארבעים השנים האחרונות. שלושים מספיקה. השינויים שהיו שאנו "סבלו" הם מתוארים בצורה מושלמת בסדרה "ספרי לי Cómo pasó…" אשר בשידורי טלוויזיה…
  • דרכים למעלה כדי להגדיל את הכישרון שלך לעבודה

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    היא שלמקסם את העוצמות שלך ואת כישוריהם בעבודה? אם יש לך יכולת ניתוח חריפה, הוא ניסה ליישם את הידע הזה לעבודה הנוכחי שלך? אני יודע שזה נשמע מטורף לבקש עבודה רבה יותר כאשר הם כבר עמוסה, אך עזר שיכול לספק האולטימטיבי, עכשיו לעזור לך לקדם את המיקום הנוכחי שלך או בעתיד. יש לך כישרונות להציע לעולם ומתנות. במקרה הזה אני חושב ש אפריקה ישראל…
  • להרוויח כסף על ידי השקעה בעצמך

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    פעם עבדתי עבור מיליונר על ידי פיתוח אחד עסקיה בחו"ל. אז שנה אחת הרווחתי מותג חדש לקסוס, נאמן לאשתו, בית ספרד – טוב, ואת עצמך פרס ארוחת ערב הגונה באחת המסעדות היקרות ביותר בקייב. אז הבנתי את המהות וביטוי – מי שאין לו את חלומו לעבוד עם אלה שיש להם את זה. אבל אני אסיר תודה על היום ששינה את החשיבה שלי על כסף ועסקים. הצלחתי לשאול את…
 
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    Sommelier India - India's only wine magazine

  • Champagne Devaux launched in India

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:53 am
    Jean-Noël Girard, Export Director of Champagne Devaux (pictured, left) was in Mumbai recently to showcase three premium champagnes from their Collection D. Imported and distributed by Rad Elan a special tasting was held at Gada Da Vida bar at the Novotel, Juhu. Suneeta Sodhi Kanga, (pictured) attended the tasting for Sommelier India. According to Shailender Singh, director and CEO of Flipsydee (pictured,right), the brand consultants for Champagne Devaux, three labels are being launched in Maharashtra - the Cuvée D, Ultra D and the D Rosé.
  • Trade News - Drinks Business Awards 2015

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    If you are in the alcoholics drinks industry you may be interested in news about the db Awards 2015. Now in its 12th year, the db awards are an authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the drinks industry, states a company release.
  • Burgundy Vintner, Anne-Claude Leflaive, Dies at 59

    10 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Anne-Claude Leflaive, proprietor of one of Burgundy's most storied white wine estates will be sorely missed by her friends and associates in the wine industry. Read Eric Asimov's tribute.
  • Sula is the big daddy of Indian wines

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Wines of Indian origin are getting better known around the world - the names that come readily to mind are Grover Zampa, KRSMA, Fratelli, Reveilo, Four Seasons and, of course, Sula - the big daddy of them all! writes Reva K. Singh. Pictured: Victor Petit, Cecilia Oldne and Sapna Knijnenberg
  • A Stellar New Release from Querciabella

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    In recent news from Milan, Querciabella's 2011 Riserva is making waves in industry circles. The last time Querciabella released a Riserva, it was the 1999 vintage, writes Reva K. Singh. Since then, the estate's focus has been on harnessing the greatness of the Sangiovese grape through lot-by-lot selection.
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    Grape Wall of China

  • Sparkling Beijing: Conrad Hotel to launch monthly wine club with bubbly tasting

    boyce
    4 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    The Conrad Hotel in Beijing will pop the cork on its monthly wine club with a tasting of eight sparkling wines on May 23. The event will be held at the hotel’s Whisky Bridge where participants will taste and learn the differences among Cava, Prosecco, Champagne and more. The event is being organized by Ashley Gao, the hotel’s sommelier and a veteran of the local wine scene given her stints at Chateau Nubes and 1421 Wines. Gao says the tastings are aimed both at wine lovers and people in the trade who want to see some of the options on the market. She said more tastings…
  • Grape coverage: Seven Chinese wines tasted with Channel News Asia

    boyce
    4 May 2015 | 12:03 am
    Every once in a while, I organize a Chinese wine tasting for journalists, like this one with BBC and one to soon air on CCTV. I did another last month with a crew filming for Channel News Asia out of Singapore. It is increasingly hard to choose lineups for these tastings. Whereas pickings were once slim for local wines, we now have a nice number of worthy candidates. We had space for a half-dozen wines. As I wanted a good balance of reds and whites, of price points, and of wineries, our limited space meant omitting wines with merit, such as Hansen Cabernet Gernischt (Inner…
  • Photo Essay: Fourth China Young Sommelier Team Competition

    boyce
    1 May 2015 | 11:06 pm
    There were 1200-plus applicants for this year’s Young China Sommelier Team Competition, with 63 participants from 21 teams making the final round in Qingdao earlier this month. I already posted about the winners as well as an interview with organizer Tommy Lam. Here are a few collages of photos from the event. The competition started with a written exam taken during the morning by all participants. The teams next took a service test. Each had six minutes to prepare glasses, open a bottle of wine, and decant, pour and serve it. Each team member also had to participate in…
  • DFC in the PRC: Will This Chinese Winery Put Hebei Province on the Map?

    boyce
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    I first visited Domaine Franco-Chinois in 2008 with the writer Lawrence Osborne, so long ago he has since published the books Ballad of a Small Player, The Forgiven and The Wet & The Dry: A Drinker’s Journey. Osborne had come from New York to write a magazine story about the local drinking scene. We met at the Hilton for the dreary mid-January ninety-minute drive to DFC, then known by the name Sino-French Demonstration Vineyard, a nod to its beginnings as a joint scientific venture aimed at discovering what vines work best in that part of Hebei Province. There is…
  • Reality check: China did NOT overtake France as a wine-growing region

    boyce
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Note: BBC updated to clarify that China is number two in vineyard coverage rather than in wine-growing. Social media is abuzz with news that China has overtaken France as a wine-growing region and is now second only to Spain. It comes in large part from this BBC report that cites International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) statistics. The BBC headline — “China overtakes France in vineyards” — might well be accurate. The problem is with the first sentence: “The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IOVW) said China now had 799,000 hectares (1.97…
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Not The Onion. California Man, “Beer Aficionado,” Alleges He is Last to Know Blue Moon is Coors and Not a Real Craft Beer. Sues.

    Robert C. Lehrman
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Yet another lawsuit about beverage labeling. This time it’s Blue Moon beer. The class action lawsuit (Parent v. MillerCoors LLC) was filed April 24, 2015 in state court, in San Diego. It alleges that MillerCoors is tricking consumers about whether Blue Moon is craft beer. There are now literally dozens of class action lawsuits, filed all around the country in just the past couple of years, in state and federal courts, against many of the most popular beer and spirits products in the country. Wine is notably absent, so far. The complaint alleges that MillerCoors: makes more than 2.4…
  • Bad Medicine, Good Disclaimer

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    There should be no doubt that a solid disclaimer can help make your label ok. And if there was, the Bad Medicine brand of spirits should put it to rest. In at least two places, the Bad Medicine labels say “The name Bad Medicine does not refer to any claimed health benefits.” Not so long ago, it would be unthinkable that TTB would allow “medicine” or “health” talk — outside the mandated Government Warning. But the case law keeps changing, and so do the labels, along with it. What other disclaimers are out there (beer, wine, spirits) and what ones…
  • Very Possibly, Your Approved Label is Wrong

    Robert C. Lehrman
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    From the demise of Prohibition until about a year ago, you could fairly safely assume your label was right, if it was approved by TTB. Most people assumed they had a “safe harbor,” created upon approval, even if some of the claims were dubious. This has been changing, and fast. The causes are numerous. One big one is the Pom case, decided in mid-2014. Another is an onslaught of class action lawsuits (such as Tito’s, Makers Mark, Beam, Angel’s Envy, Templeton). I am not discussing these factors in detail in this post because we have covered them a lot in many other blog…
  • Louisville, Flavorman, Tito, Locke Lord, ADI

    Robert C. Lehrman
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Louisville is great. Such a nice break from the clamor of DC. I think I am nearly qualified to make this call because I have been going to Louisville half a dozen times per year for a few years now, and I have now hit all the top 50 or so bars and restaurants. I just got back from a 10 day stay. Some highlights of course are the great people at Flavorman, Moonshine University, Challenge Bottling, Grease Monkey Distillery, and the Distilled Spirits Epicenter (all seeming to be one big happy family). Another highlight was speaking at ADI. More on that in a few days. A major highlight was…
  • Scrapple Flavored Vodka

    Robert C. Lehrman
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    I am a tad late for April Fools Day but it’s one of my favorite national holidays and so, we present the above. Is it real or fake? Would you drink it?   Take Our Poll     Take Our Poll     Take Our Poll     Take Our Poll   No cheating or Googling allowed. A very good clue, and/or the answer, is here. Related Posts: Unspeakable Beer (0) Umami Spirits, with Mushrooms and Durt (0) Manly Parts and Booze, Part 5 (1)
 
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • 10 Wines to Buy Now at Deep Discount from Wine.com

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Turns out the deal I mentioned recently from Wine.com is even better than I thought. Hit the comments on this post to see exactly what I'm talking about. I intentionally don't want to spell it out too clearly for fear of killing the deal.Update: 4/17/2015 Orders now need to total $100+ to get $30 off. Still a decent deal but not nearly as exciting. We'll see if orders are fulfilled...This presents an amazing opportunity to get some great wines at mind bogglingly good prices.I always like to look at a deal from the perspective of what I really want then work my way back from there to see how…
  • Two Costco White Wine Value Picks

    11 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    I find that when I haven't been for a while, a family trip to Costco can be a ton of fun. The massive flat panel TVs, rotating food samples, and random finds combine to make it one unique competitive shopping experience.Even if I'm not particularly interested in buying more wine [I'm trying to drink down my stash rather than add more bottles on hand] it's fun to browse the wine area for new finds. Even though winter has held on for dear life here in Boston we're finally seeing signs of spring. And for me that signals the brief time of year where my tastes veer over to white wines and…
  • Deal Alert: $30 off $100+ at Wine.com with AMEXSPRING

    5 Apr 2015 | 5:42 pm
    American Express is running an offer for $30 off $100+  at Wine.com with code AMEXSPRING. This appears to be very similar to an offer they ran last summer and it's a good one, but you've got to play it just right to maximize the savings.For example, with this offer you can get a bottle of 2010 Silver Oak Napa Cab for $69.99 fully loaded, delivered to your doorstep in Massachusetts (no sales tax on wine here). The best price I see for this wine nationwide is $84.95 and that doesn't include shipping costs.The offer can be used for any $100 order so I'll probably use this to restock on some…
  • 10 Amazing Producers Pouring at Wine Spectator Grand Tour

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    Dates are set for Wine Spectator's 2015 Grand Tour. This is a stand-up/walk around wine tasting with stops at 3 cities in the US this year where hand-picked wineries each pour one signature wine. And it's usually a really good one. Winemakers and winery owners are often the ones pouring and Wine Spectator editors are in attendance so it's a great chance to chat these folks up.The event also provides an opportunity to meet up with other wine enthuisiasts. I've made some friends through the blog and on Twitter I'm looking forward to meeting at the Dallas event. If you're on the fence about…
  • Juan Gil Wine Dinner in Lenox, MA

    15 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    I received an email from Spirited Wines about a paired wine dinner at Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar in Lenox, MA on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 from 6:00-8:30pm.Here's the lineup:Bacalao CroquetasHoney AioliLagar de Condesa Albarino 2013SecondWild Boar TerrinePistachio, Apricot, Quine, SpinachCellars Can Blau Tinto 2012 ThirdRabbit & Merguez StewPeas, Mushrooms, Roasted Peppers, RiceClio Jumilla 2012FourthSan Simon CheeseFig JamJuan Gil Monastrell 2012 DessertCrème CatalaneAlmond Brittle, Grapefruits GranitaJuan Gil Moscatel 2013$65 per person, plus tax…
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    eRobertParker.com - Wine of the Day

  • 2012 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Cross Barn

    4 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    2012 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Cross BarnThe 2012 Chardonnay Cross Barn is a medium-full-bodied wine with lots of white peach, pineapple fruit, zesty acidity, a touch of wood, and a very nicely textured mouthfeel and spicy finish, this wine overdelivers big-time. Drink now. Paul Hobbs is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest consultants, and as Americans we’re lucky to have this New York State-born winemaking guru right in the heart of the Russian River, turning out a bevy of wines from both Napa (reviewed in issue 215) and the following items from their estate vineyards in Sonoma as well as…
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  • 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…
  • Happy 7th Birthday to Wine Peeps!

    Kori
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today marks seven years since we started sharing our wine adventures with you here on Wine Peeps. What an exciting seven years it has been! We have written 1,269 posts and tasted over 6,500 wines. We have had the pleasure to meet so many wonderful people in the wine industry as well as fellow wine enthusiasts. This past year, we welcomed the many opportunities we had to expand our palates and taste wines from all around the world through our tasting dinners, private tastings, samples tastings, trade tastings, and other events. Thank you so much to all of our readers! We love wine and love…
  • Happy New Year!

    Kori
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Happy New Year! Best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous, and wine-filled 2015! Happy New Year! was originally posted on Wine Peeps. Wine Peeps - Your link to great QPR wines from Washington State and beyond.
  • Merry Christmas from your Wine Peeps

    Kori
    25 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” (Luke 2:10-12) Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas from your Wine Peeps was originally posted on Wine Peeps. Wine Peeps - Your link to great QPR wines from Washington State and beyond.
 
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc Digital Tasting

    George Perry
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    So, in case you missed it, last Friday was International Sauvignon Blanc Day. In time with that, I had the opportunity to participate in a digital tasting of five Sauvignon Blanc wines the Thursday before, hosted by the good folks at Brancott Estate, and featuring their winemaker, Patrick Materman. You, like me, have likely seen Brancott Estate wines on the shelves at your local store, but I can promise you that you’ve been missing out on some of these if you’ve been passing them by. 2013 Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc – $15 (SRP) My wife and I referred to this…
  • Salton Intenso Sparkling Brut

    George Perry
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  70% Chardonnay; 30% Riesling Region:  Brazil Cost:  ~$15-17 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Made in the charmat method, the Salton Intenso Brut is a blend of Chardonnay and Riesling. On the nose: citrus fruits and green apple. On the palate: a fresh creamy flavor with tropical fruit, melon, pineapple and wet stone. My Review:  So, cards on the table – we like sparkling wine (or “bubbles” if you prefer) in my house. We don’t reserve them for special occasions, often opening them as an evening sipper and pairing them with our meals the way we would…
  • Two Lands Digital Tasting

    George Perry
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    All of the online tastings that I’m privileged to participate in have reminded me of one thing – technology has opened up the doors for sharing and enjoying wine. Thanks technology. Most recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a Digital Tasting of the new Two Lands line of wines from Jacob’s Creek, their new line of wines that’s bringing a California Expression to Australia. This tasting included four wines (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz), as well as interactions with the wine maker and other wine writers via web cam and microphone…
  • Salton Classic Tannat 2013 Reserva Especial

    George Perry
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Tannat Region:  Brazil Cost:  $13-15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  On the nose, this wine has ripe black fruit, spices, mint and earthy notes. On the palate: strawberry, mint and dark cherry. My Review:  I’ve had relatively few wines from Brazil, not because I haven’t enjoyed the ones that I’ve tried, but because I just haven’t – not everything has to have a deeper meaning or reason. I have, however, had plenty of wines from South America, so when offered the chance to try something new from Brazil, I jumped at it. While I like Tannat,…
  • Measuring Wine Quality

    George Perry
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    So it’s rare that I share any of the myriad of press releases that come through my inbox on any given day. It’s not that they aren’t well-crafted, or even interesting (to the right crowd), it’s that the headlines are just so…promotional. I know, they’re press releases and they’re supposed to share news, which often means promoting something. I don’t begrudge them that, it’s just not something I spend a lot of time on my blog sharing, preferring instead to share my thoughts on specific wines. This one, however, caught my eye, because it…
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • Bodegas Sierra Salinas – Discover the Magic of Monastrell!

    winebratsf
    1 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Bodegas Sierra Salinas was founded in the year 2000, by the longtime viticultural family Castano.  Here, old vineyards were revitalized, in this corner of southern Spain tucked between Alicante and Murcia.  Sierra Salinas is committed to making artistically expressive Monastrell, the classic, dark grape of this region that is bound to tradition and culture.  Castano however, is dedicated to mixing old with new, and has created a modern wonder of a winery, in this classic culture of winemaking.   In 2013, when MG Wines Group acquired the property, there were already far ahead of the game.
  • Alicante – Southern Spain’s Best Kept Wine Secret

    winebratsf
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Last month, I was among a small group of bloggers invited to visit some special regions in Spain by the luxury wine group MG Wines Group.  MG Wines focuses on wines of distinction from various regions in Spain, and this fam trip was all about the unique, the sublime, and the special wines that MG owns. From the far southern deserts of Bullas, and Jumilla, to the cold, wet north Bierzo, we visited three wineries that were tied together by their dedication to sustainable agriculture, wine making techniques and culture, and yet very different in style and taste. I love Spain; each time, I come…
  • Tastemakers: Italian Focus with a diverse history!

    winebratsf
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    One of my favorite stops the last time I was in El Dorado was Miraflores, a sprawling hilltop winery with a beautiful terrace and expansive views.  On the day we next visited, it was raining, but that wouldn’t deter our delicious tasting of Italian focused winemakers here in El Dorado.  There is a long history of Italian immigrants in the area, largely due to the Gold Rush and enterprising folks who started restaurants, businesses and other ways of striking it rich supporting the miners, and maintaining cultural ties to the homeland.  Today, we tasted through some examples of…
  • Tastemakers: Fresh is best at The Independent

    winebratsf
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    After a full day of learning about the history of the El Dorado County wine culture, we headed in to Placerville for a pairing dinner at The Independent.  While I had ducked in here for dinner the last time I was in town, I was happy to experience the pairings and enthusiastic locally fresh cuisine by Chef Ryan Montgomery. Owned by Jeff & Judy Thomas, together with their son Ben Carter, who manages the facility, The Independent is their second venture in Placerville.  The now acclaimed Heyday Café in old town Placerville, where I enjoyed a delicious lunch, inspired them to open…
  • Tastemakers: El Dorado’s Founding Families

    winebratsf
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    In the late 1970s, a group of upstart winemakers and like minded wine lovers, left the confines of traditional winemaking geography, and headed up to the hills.  While winemaking was just coming in to the golden era in Napa Valley during this time period, a few renegades decided that it was time to head to someplace more wild, more unknown, more…diverse. With a long history of agriculture, El Dorado wine business started with the Gold Rush, when immigrants sought land to plant thier native grapes.  When Prohibition came, acreage shrank from some 2,300 planted acres in 1900, and…
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    Backsberg

  • Enter your Backsberg moment into the #FranscHHoekMoments Instagram competition

    Alana Ridley
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Enter your Backsberg moment into the #FranscHHoekMoments Instagram competition. Spend a day at Backsberg this weekend meandering through the gardens, browsing in the tasting room or simply relaxing at the restaurant and be sure to capture the moment by filming a 15 second clip of your experience. To enter simply upload your 15 second video to Instagram and tag #franscHHoekmoments and #backsberg. There are heaps of Franschhoek prizes up for grabs! For more information go to The Franschhoek Wine Valley blog. Enjoy #franscHHoekmoments  at Backsberg. The post Enter your Backsberg moment into the…
  • Michael Back wins Green Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

    Alana Ridley
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:09 am
    Michael Back of Backsberg receives 2015 global Lifetime Achievement Award Backsberg wins Sustainability Award Cape Town, 22 April 2015:  Announced in London last night, Michael Back of Backsberg Estate Cellars, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the environment, sustainability, ethical practices and education.  Underlining its impeccable green credentials and just ahead of the farm’s centenary in 2016, Backsberg also walked off with the Amorim Sustainability Award for Wine at the annual The Drinks Business Green Awards ceremony. Michael Back is renowned for…
  • Treat Mom at Backsberg this Mother’s Day

    Alana Ridley
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    If you want to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day then plan a trip to the Winelands with a delicious lunch at Backsberg. Enjoy the last rays of summer and bring the entire family to celebrate and sit under the trees while sipping Backsberg wines. The menu is made up of wholesome, hearty dishes full of goodness and flavour. We’ll be serving our signature Karoo Lamb on the Spit along with a buffet spread of starters, side-dishes and desserts. Guy Veldman will perform live music in the background and children are welcome to play on the adjoining lawns. All moms receive a special…
  • Blending it up at the Vernissage at MOAD

    lisa Wallace
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    What were you doing Thursday night? How about a lesson in blending South African wine with our tasting room manager and sommelier Danwin James? On Thursday 16 April, The Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg hosted a special re-opening and evening of events at the Museum of African Design (MOAD). Africa’s first museum dedicated to design, ideally located at Joburg’s cultural hub, it was an evening of design, wine, food, music and dancing. MOAD invited the cool and creative to preview its newly finished renovations and the first quarterly Vernissage, an introduction to the two…
  • PPA Tread Lightly Women’s MTB 2015 at Backsberg

    Alana Ridley
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Entries are open! Click here to enter for the 16th of May 2015 Now in its fourth year, the popular PPA ‘Tread Lightly’ Women’s MTB, at Backsberg Estate Cellars in Paarl, has grown to be SA’s biggest all-female off-road event. For novices, the event offers a friendly, non-technical introduction to off-road cycling, while the more experienced cyclist will get a good workout on the long route. ROUTE DESCRIPTION 35 km: The long route is aimed at fit, fairly experienced cyclists and includes some technical sections and fast downhills. Be ready for a long uphill slog within the first 12…
 
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Will the real International/World/Global/Universal Sauvignon Day please come to the front desk…

    Simon
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    January 23rd was apparently World Sauvignon Blanc Day. The 4th annual Sauvignon Blanc Day was May 17th, 2013, although as the calendar progressed, it became May 16th.  Californian winery St Supery is today celebrating the ‘fifth annual global online celebration‘ of Sauvignon, although some sources say it may be the 6th… I will forgive you if the […]
  • For Malbec World Day – Trapiche Estacion 1883 Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

    Simon
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:12 am
    It’s Malbec World Day today – check HERE to see if there’s anything Malbecky going on in your neck of the woods Trapiche Estacion 1883 Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina (£14.49 Swift Wines, Templar Wines, Dalziel and Vine, Grand Cru Company, Italian Continental, Mumbles Fine Wines, Vintage House, Village Wines, Cotswold Vintners, Hard To Find Wines, Zelas, Chordale Wine […]
  • Interesting response from Tony Laithwaite to the Majestic/Naked Wines deal…

    Simon
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Just had this press release through, thought it was worth posting in full. ************** Naked sells to Majestic. Do the Corporates always win? Not in wine. Not at all in wine! Virtually all the best wines in the world are made by family businesses, many of them quite small. I am celebrating 50 years working with small […]
  • Aromatic White Wines from Chile

    Simon
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    De Martino Viejas Tinajas Muscat 2013, Itata Valley, Chile (£13-£14 Les Caves de Pyrene, Whole Foods Market, Winemakers Club, Exel Wines, Bijou Bottles) It’s the heady, heavy grapiness you notice first, along with an exotic Gewürz-like rose petal and lychee character. Then a clay-like terracotta roof tile earthiness makes its presence felt. I like the […]
  • Five reds from Piedmont: Dolcetto, Barbera & Nebbiolo

    Simon
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    La Torricella Dolcetto d’Alba ‘Dosso’ 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£9.99 Red Squirrel Wine) Honest, tasty and eminently gluggable young wine, full of crunchy red berry flavours, with a light candied character and some earthy, herby notes chipping in for good measure. S Villa dei Ladri Langhe 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£13.99 Laithwaites) Combines the supple, weighty berry […]
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    PALATE PRESS

  • Bordeaux Advance: What You Need to Know about 2014 en primeur

    Becky Sue Epstein
    3 May 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Over all, this seems to be a vintage where there is plenty of fruit as a component, also nice lively acidity, and some structure: wines that will be bright and very good to drink in a relatively few years, and may not age as well as other vintages. The post Bordeaux Advance: What You Need to Know about 2014 en primeur appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Seven Summer Wines for a Sicilian Dinner

    Elisabetta Tosi
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    The 2014 vintage will go down in history as one of the worst in many regions of Italy, except here in Sicily, where almost everything was perfect... The post Seven Summer Wines for a Sicilian Dinner appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Sustainable Growing in Champagne: Finally More than Lip Service?

    Caroline Henry
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    Until now national initiatives for sustainable agriculture in France have had little following. So why did Champagne invest so heavily in its own sustainable labelling? The post Sustainable Growing in Champagne: Finally More than Lip Service? appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • What We’re Drinking – Cruz Reposado Tequila

    David Honig
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:20 pm
    This brings heat and and it brings bite, but does it not overpower the drinker. Instead, it teeters right along the edge of enough, plus pepper and citrus. The post What We’re Drinking – Cruz Reposado Tequila appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • What We’re Drinking – Cruz Silver Tequila

    David Honig
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:31 pm
    This is a lovely spirit. It's clean, pure, layered, and pure agave. Sip it neat, or substitute it for gin to make a south of the border Aviación. The post What We’re Drinking – Cruz Silver Tequila appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
 
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    Vin65

  • 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…
  • Wine Ecommerce 101

    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    So, you want to sell wine online? There are so many options when it comes to wine ecommerce. Where do you start? First things first - do you pick a wine specific platform? The answer should be - absolutely. Wine is a game changer. You're not just selling t-shirts or cookies. Wine has a ton of red tape, special taxes, shipping restrictions, complicated compliance and more. But - you already knew that. Here are some questions to ask when you're deciding on a winery ecommerce provider: 1. Do you know the world of wine inside and out? You'll want to look for a platform that…
  • Start With Why: What's Your Winery's Value Proposition?

    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    “How do I tell a story that makes my $15 Cabernet different from your $15 Cabernet?” This question came from a great recap blog post I read the other day. It's the million-dollar question. The differentiator. What makes your wine stand out from the crowd? Let's take a step back from the wine industry for a minute. Why do people love Apple products? At the end of the day - they're just computers. They come in different shapes and sizes, just like any other company that makes computers, tablets or mobile phones. If you get a reaction to…
  • Email: The Biggest ROI for Wineries

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    You're busy - there are a million things to do today on top of selling your wine. So, where do you focus? Where should you spend time to get the biggest bang for your buck - or in your case, ROI? It's simple. If you're going to focus on selling more wine, focus on one email - this should be the email sent to your first time purchasers. There's no magic - but there are a ton of stats that back this up. Of all the emails you can send, the email that targets customers who have only bought once is the most effective by far. With an average open rate of 59.2%, it outperforms any…
  • Mobile Point of Sale is Changing the Tasting Room Experience

    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mobile POS systems let you sell where you couldn’t before. When your POS is portable - you can use it at a private tasting, out on a deck, or as you’re walking through the barrel room. If you’re at an off-site tasting event, it’s now possible to take a sale right then and there. Using a point of sale system that gets you out from behind the tasting bar and creates a more intimate experience.  There are a lot of relatively simple things happening on the mobile POS that traditional systems just don't do. If a customer has an expired card on their wine club,…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 9 Edible Gifts to Make for Mother's Day

    Mon, 04 May 2015 17:25:42 -0400
    4 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Doesn't your mom deserve more than pancakes this weekend? Don't get us wrong—she deserves pancakes, but you can make Mother's Day so much more delicious with one of these nine easy food gifts. 1. Spicy Herb Salt The mildly spicy salt is delicious rubbed over big cuts of meat like leg of lamb or thick steaks, but it’s also terrific sprinkled on buttered bread or corn...
  • 4 Fire Pit Wins From the Austin Food & Wine Festival

    Mon, 04 May 2015 17:32:15 -0400
    4 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    To showcase Texas’s live fire cooking obsession, this year’s Austin Food & Wine Festival featured four fire pits where a roster of star chefs collaborated on incredible dishes. “There is just something extra special that happens around the pit every year,” says Dave (“Oven Dave”) Eberhardt of the Texas Oven Co. “It’s a wood-fueled carnival ride.” Here, the meaty highlights from the...
  • 5 Intense Moments in Pastry Chef Janina O’Leary’s Career (Plus Donut Holes!)

    Mon, 04 May 2015 16:19:51 -0400
    4 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    You wouldn’t suspect that pastry chef Janina O’Leary grew up in the tiny, rural town of Del Rio, Texas. She’s worked at Del Posto, Per Se, Bouchon and now laV in Austin, and she’s been nominated for a James Beard Award, among other honors. So how did this tenacious, petite gal become such an enormous presence? With persistence. Here are five of the craziest experiences that helped make...
  • 3 Amazing Avo-Cocktails

    Mon, 04 May 2015 15:32:06 -0400
    4 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Yes, you can finally get buzzed off an avocado. While the creamy, obsession-inspiring fruits are fantastic piled on toast or mashed into guacamole, they’re also incredible in cocktails. Here, three brilliant avocado cocktails from restaurants across the country. Frozen Avocado & Cilantro Margarita; Javelina, New York City Owner Matt Post took his inspiration for this drink from...
  • 7 Things You Need to Know About Poke

    Fri, 01 May 2015 17:39:18 -0400
    4 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    The raw tuna salad known as poke certainly isn't a new creation, but lately we've been seeing versions of it everywhere—even stuffed into a burrito. One of our favorite new versions is on the menu at Noreetuh, a new Hawaiian restaurant in New York's East Village run by three Per Se alums, Chung Chow, Jin Ahn and Gerald San Jose. We caught up with chef de cuisine (and Hawaii native)...
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    Steve Ferree's feed

  • Explore East Bay Urban Wine Country May 2 and 3

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    1 May 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Once a year, the urban winemakers of the East Bay Vintners Alliance (EBVA), whose members include more than 20 urban wineries in Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley and Castro Valley, open their doors to the public for a “Passport to Urban...
  • Tri Valley Conservancy Livermore Valley Uncorked Wine Celebration coming April 9

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Thursday, April 9 is the 6th Annual Livermore Valley Uncorked Wine Celebration. It will be held at Casa Real at the Ruby Hill Winery from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This competition has gained popularity and...
  • Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk April 25

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    The Downtown Los Gatos merchants are hosting their Spring Wine Walk on Saturday, April 25 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Los Gatos is known for his charming downtown, taking you back to a more relaxing small...
  • Livermore Valley Wine Auction coming May 9

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:12 pm
    The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation and the Wente Foundation for Arts Education are hosting the annual Livermore Valley Wine Auction on May 9 at The Barrel Room at Wente Vineyards at 5565 Tesla Road in Livermore. Since the annual...
  • Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard wines show off Arroyo Seco quality

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    The Wente family believes very strongly that the quality of a wine originates in the vineyard and the terroir of that site is reflected in the aromas and taste of that wine. Their single vineyard wines are sourced exclusively...
 
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    Uvinum's blog

  • Recipes with wine: a spring menu you can not miss

    4 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    If you're looking for some inspiration to design a healthy and delicious menu this spring, be sure to read these recipes with wine. Starter: Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce This recipe, ideal for 2 people, has the delicate flavour of mushrooms complemented with a touch of white wine without overpowering their taste. Mushrooms strengthen the immune system, being rich in selenium. Ingredients: 400 grams mushrooms 1 large clove garlic 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 tablespoon flour 3 tablespoons olive oil Salt 1 cayenne pepper Chopped parsley Elaboration: Remove the bottom of the mushrooms with a knife,…
  • What makes different champagne and prosecco?

    1 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    When we talk about sparkling wines, the first that come to mind are of course champagne, cava and prosecco, from Italy, specifically from the Veneto region. But, what makes different this Italian wine and its French counterpart? What is the reason because its price and reputation are lower? Here are some of these differences. Origin, elaboration and price While champagne is produced in the homonymous French region (in the north-east of France and around the city of Reims), prosecco is produced in Veneto, near the city of Treviso and north of Venice. The grapes used in the…
  • Bars to drink a good wine in Rome

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    When you walk through Rome it is best to put aside the idea of pub to discover wine bars. In Rome wine bars may have different styles and one of the qualities they have is that if you try a good wine, you have the option to buy a bottle and take it home. 1. Il Goccetto, Via dei Banchi Vecchi 14: This wine bar open since 1983 has a rustic style and it's located in the centre of Rome. Here you can see the best wines of Italy and some foreign covering the walls, the owners have made efforts to promote natural wines and affordable prices. They have 800 different wine brands for sale, mostly…
  • May day is coming... let's drink a good wine!

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    As May Day is coming, we would like to share with you some wines that will make you have the best celebration ever. Let you seduce with these soft and beautiful wines, cheers!   Red Wines Viña Tondonia Reserva 2001 Viña Tondonia Reserva 2001 is a red wine of the Rioja DO which blend contains garnacha tinta and viura of 2001 and 12.50º of volume of alcohol. Foie and chocolate makes an ideal match for Viña Tondonia Reserva 2001. Robert Parker gave it 95 points and the Guía Peñín gave it 92 points. Buy Viña Tondonia Reserva 2001     Pintia 2008 Pintia 2008 is a…
  • Majorca: not only beach but also good wine

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    The Balearic Islands are known for their magnificent beaches. That's the they are always full of tourists in summer. Majorca, specifically, offers many other attractions: sport, leisure, gastronomy and wine. Both for its fine wines, wine cellars and several wine routes to get to know their wines. The importance of DO Binissalem The DO Binissalem is a long tradition in Majorca and includes wines of great quality. They are made with Manto negro grapes (main), Callet, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, but depends on the varieties whether they are white or red.
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    Wine Blog

  • Why would you not want to taste Alexander Valley?

    Jo Diaz
    5 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    If you enjoy wine, I can’t imagine why you would not want to taste Alexander Valley? I was just reminded of this event by Lisa Mattson of Jordan Winery, who invited me to taste the valley on the weekend of May 16 and May 17. This is the Eighteenth Annual Taste Alexander Valley in 2015. […] The post Why would you not want to taste Alexander Valley? appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • VIT 101 ~ 5

    Jo Diaz
    1 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    VIT 101: Integrated pest management happens in vineyards; because when it’s all said and done, a vineyard is really just a grape farm, once the romance has been stripped away. Cats, dogs, birds… they all play a role over the use of poisons. Here are a few of my favorite cats. Chimney Rock Winery (blue […] The post VIT 101 ~ 5 appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • A Good Year is a Great Movie

    Jo Diaz
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    IMAGE: LuxInteriorDesigns.com Website. LOCATION: Uncle Henry’s Chateau La Siroque is actually Chateau La Canorgue, which is set in the Provence region, Luberon, France. I loved this movie, because it’s written about our wine lifestyle, A Good Year (written by Peter Mayle and directed by Ridley Scott) has really struck me. It’s worth sharing, in case […] The post A Good Year is a Great Movie appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Preparing for Provence Through Wines and Genealogy

    Jo Diaz
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    I need to go to Provence, and I’m preparing for it through wines and genealogy. I can’t explain it… I just keep watching A Good Year over-and-over-and-over again. I want to go around the round-about in Bonnieux. I want to visit Château la Canorgue (Route du Pont Julien, 84480 Bonnieux). This is the winery in […] The post Preparing for Provence Through Wines and Genealogy appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Number 1 Rule of a PR Pro is to be a Writer’s Writer

    Jo Diaz
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    The number 1 rule of a PR pro is to be a writer’s writer… It’s really imperative that you write to inspire, not tire, your audience. PR Pro Joe Gargiulo, of JAG Public Relations, contacted me last week about my story called, “Top 10 Faux Pas of Wine PR People.” He was expecting something entirely different […] The post Number 1 Rule of a PR Pro is to be a Writer’s Writer appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • 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 ›
  • David Gates on Going Organic

    Ridge Vineyards
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Ridge began experimenting with organic farming methods in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Through trial (and error), in 2008 we began to focus on moving our estate vineyards toward organic certification. To achieve that, you must adhere to the farming standards... Read More ›
  • One on One with Paul Draper

    Ridge Vineyards
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    In this three part video series, Paul Draper talks about how it all began, our pre-industrial approach to winemaking, and Ridge’s ongoing commitment to quality. If you have any questions, feel free to share them below. We hope you enjoy.... Read More ›
  • Old Patch Made New: Modern Field Blends at Lytton Springs

    Ridge Vineyards
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    Making wine from old-vine vineyards often means working with field blends. Lytton Springs is a textbook example of this planting practice, with large patches of vineyards inter-planted to 20-30 different types of grapes which are picked at average ripeness and... Read More ›
  • Ridge’s Vineyards Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

    Ridge Vineyards
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    As we previewed earlier this week, we recently brought in Darren Loveland from Aerial Photo Media to film aerial video of our estate vineyards, both at Monte Bello and in Sonoma County. To view all of the videos, one after... Read More ›
 
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  • Richland Sauvignon Blanc

    BoozeMonkey
    4 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Sauvignon Blanc is today one of the world’s most-widely planted white wine grape varieties, with over 121,000ha (300,000 acres) estimated to be under cultivation around the globe. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, it still flourishes there now as well as in other parts of the country, but growing has spread to Italy, Spain, Romania, Moldova, and further afield Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Chile and South Africa. A rewarding local example is Calabria Family Wines’ Richland Sauvignon Blanc from the NSW Riverina, and the 2014 is a lovely, fruity, full-bodied drop in which…
  • Far Ago Hill Pinot Gris 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    On week days you’ll find Katrina Hill running a busy interior design and colour consultancy in Sydney, but come weekends she ditches high fashion for jeans, a tractor, bobcat or slasher and becomes vigneron on her Far Ago Hill vineyard at Canyonleigh, in the Southern Highlands half-way between Sydney and Canberra. And that latter role rewards her with a ripper Pinot Gris – a variety for which the Southern Highlands is earning a fast-growing reputation – and whose story began in 2003 after Katrina and then-husband, Ricardo Farago had toured Europe tasting as many Pinot Gris as they…
  • The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Mid-year’s not that far off, which means time to start thinking hearty pudds, and to go with them good “sticky” Botrytis Semillon dessert wines. The Hunter Valley’s Neil McGuigan has created a particularly rewarding such “sticky” in his McGuigan The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012, because in it he’s crafted a drop that will go equally well with one of those warming Winter-time puddings  – or with anything from fruit salad and ice-cream to cheese-cake, apple pie and custard, anything in the way of slices… even cheese platters. Hunter Valley and Riverina fruit for this…
  • By George Cabernet Tempranillo 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Back in the 1990s Sam and Rachel Atkins (nee Fox), David Cumming, Jane Gordon and Natasha Mooney had a dream, and that was to make, market and sell premium wines from the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills that would one day sit amongst the great brands of the world as measured by value and enjoyment. Having learned their trade through working with some of Australia’s largest wine companies, today they’re well on the road to achieving that dream: their boutique Fox Gordon label that they launched in 2000 recognises the founding women in the company through the surnames of Rachel and Jane,…
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  • Richland Sauvignon Blanc

    BoozeMonkey
    4 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Sauvignon Blanc is today one of the world’s most-widely planted white wine grape varieties, with over 121,000ha (300,000 acres) estimated to be under cultivation around the globe. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, it still flourishes there now as well as in other parts of the country, but growing has spread to Italy, Spain, Romania, Moldova, and further afield Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Chile and South Africa. A rewarding local example is Calabria Family Wines’ Richland Sauvignon Blanc from the NSW Riverina, and the 2014 is a lovely, fruity, full-bodied drop in which…
  • Far Ago Hill Pinot Gris 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    On week days you’ll find Katrina Hill running a busy interior design and colour consultancy in Sydney, but come weekends she ditches high fashion for jeans, a tractor, bobcat or slasher and becomes vigneron on her Far Ago Hill vineyard at Canyonleigh, in the Southern Highlands half-way between Sydney and Canberra. And that latter role rewards her with a ripper Pinot Gris – a variety for which the Southern Highlands is earning a fast-growing reputation – and whose story began in 2003 after Katrina and then-husband, Ricardo Farago had toured Europe tasting as many Pinot Gris as they…
  • The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Mid-year’s not that far off, which means time to start thinking hearty pudds, and to go with them good “sticky” Botrytis Semillon dessert wines. The Hunter Valley’s Neil McGuigan has created a particularly rewarding such “sticky” in his McGuigan The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012, because in it he’s crafted a drop that will go equally well with one of those warming Winter-time puddings  – or with anything from fruit salad and ice-cream to cheese-cake, apple pie and custard, anything in the way of slices… even cheese platters. Hunter Valley and Riverina fruit for this…
  • By George Cabernet Tempranillo 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Back in the 1990s Sam and Rachel Atkins (nee Fox), David Cumming, Jane Gordon and Natasha Mooney had a dream, and that was to make, market and sell premium wines from the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills that would one day sit amongst the great brands of the world as measured by value and enjoyment. Having learned their trade through working with some of Australia’s largest wine companies, today they’re well on the road to achieving that dream: their boutique Fox Gordon label that they launched in 2000 recognises the founding women in the company through the surnames of Rachel and Jane,…
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  • Simi Winery Dry Rose opens up Derby Day May 9

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    4 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    When you think of Sonoma County you have to also think of Simi Winery. Two brothers from Tuscany immigrated to Sonoma County and fell in love with the region since it reminded them so much of their home region...
  • Tizona 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel from Bokisch

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Markus Bokisch has long been known for his exquisite Spanish varietal wines, pulling together his personal heritage combined with his love of Lodi grapes and his hands-on farming style. But Lodi also is well-known for its Zinfandel...
  • Down to Earth Month in Temecula Valley

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    April is California Wines Down to Earth Month and wineries and wine regions across the state are celebrating by inviting wine lovers to visit and learn about the sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices.The Temecula Valley Winegrowers...
  • Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society grand wine tasting April 26

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    The world’s most comprehensive tasting of American-produced Tempranillo celebrates its 8th year in 2015, when the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) conducts its annual Grand Wine Tasting at the Golden Gate Club at...
  • Raise a glass to green for California wines Down to Earth month

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Fun winery events throughout California are celebrating sustainable winegrowing in April to share how vintners and growers use earth-friendly practices such as sheep to mow weeds, cover crops between vineyard rows for soil fertility and beneficial...
 
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  • How Chicago Women Watch the NFL Draft

    JustJess
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    Wine Channel TV hosts NFL Draft Viewing Event- Sips.Suits.Stilettos. featuring Bentley Mulsanne Speed, Laurent-Perrier and Vince Camuto! 51 years ago the NFL draft took place in Chicago. No women in the audience. No women reporters. We’re not sure how many women watched the NFL at that time. Fast forward to 2015; the NFL draft returns to Chicago and earlier this month, the NFL hired its first female official. Women’s clothing is now the league’s fastest-growing segment of sales, having tripled in the past four years according to NFL executives. Chicago women have embraced the NFL Draft…
  • Sicilia en Primeur with Wine Channel TV

    JustJess
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    Sip Some Sicily Tour – Sicilia en Primeur Sicilia en Primeur, created to tell the story of the viticultural year in Sicily. We’re always excited when we get to visit wine regions around the world. Sip Some Sicily returns for 2015 with Wine Channel TV visiting legendary wine regions and winemakers of Sicily. Assovini Sicilia is “the club of Sicilian wine-producing companies” and we’re thrilled take part in the Sicilia en Primeur  event. Assovini Sicilia was created in 1998 by 3 entrepreneurs – Diego Planeta of Planeta, Giacomo Rallo of Donnafugata and Lucio…
  • Villa Maria Estate in the Final Four

    JustJess
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    Drinks International magazine names Villa Maria as the fourth most-admired brand in the world. When you make a Final Four, whether its March Madness NCAA Basketball or a worldwide list of the worlds most admired wine brands, it’s a big deal. Drinks International, an influential trade journal, ranked Villa Maria behind only Torres and Vega Sicilia of Spain, which ranked first and second, and Australia’s Penfolds, which ranked third. Wine Channel TV and CEO Jessica Altieri have had the opportunity to meet with Sir George Fistonich, the Founder of Villa Maria Estate over the past…
  • Dim Sum March Madness

    JustJess
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    March Madness bracket odds are over 9-quintillion-to-1 March Madness is best served with a touch of hoops, food and wine mania. We’ve got you covered with our Dim Sum March Madness special with host Jessica Altieri and Chef Rodelio, aka The Food Buddha” from Yum Cha here in Chicago. Who’s in your bracket to win? let us know here and on Facebook at facebook.com/winechanneltv. We’re going with Dim Sum from Yum Cha as our March Madness  Bracket Buster! If you are in Chicago, head over to Yum Cha and ask for Chef Rodelio! When Does This All Start? Men’s games start…
  • Cops In Kilts – St. Patricks Day Perfect Pairing

    JustJess
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Bagpipes Take Center Stage Beer takes center stage today in Chicago and around the globe for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Not Irish, doesn’t really matter in places like Chicago. Gibsons Steakhouse and many other Chicago Irish Bars have hosted the Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department on St. Patricks Day. Have you seen “The Fugitive”? If so you’ll recognize the band as they have played in a few Hollywood blockbusters: Backdraft The Fugitive The Package The Negotiator Stir of Echoes Why Bagpipes? Historian Cecil Adams explains…
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  • 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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  • University of Missouri Extension Hires Viticulture Expert

    James Duren
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “Good wines start in the vineyards.”   That’s the opinion of Dean Volenberg, the new viticulture and winery operations specialist at the University of Missouri Extension, a position which also includes working as a professor in the university’s Grape and Wine Institute.    According to a University of Missouri press release, the Volenberg hire means good things for the state’s wine industry.   “He will work with Missouri’s 132 wineries and 150 grape growers,” the release said. “He will help growers expand their…
  • Two Nevada Counties May See Wineries in Near Future

    James Duren
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    For as glitzy and edgy as Las Vegas’ opulence is, oenophiles have to wonder why the state still prohibits commercial wineries in Clark County.   The same can be said of Washoe County, home of Vegas cousin Reno.    The state’s two most-populated counties are part of bill written by Assembly member Pat Hickey which would allow the opening of commercial wineries in the two counties.    “(Assembly Bill 4) passed the Nevada Assembly unanimously with an amendment that limits production in certain cases,” wrote Ashley Cullins, a reporter for Nevada…
  • Considering the Wines of Serbia

    Christy Canterbury MW
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I first encountered Serbian wines two years ago at the Balkans International Wine Competition. My discovery was about more than some new, exciting wines; it was also about a renaissance of vineyards, varieties and heritage. Over the last fifteen years, as Serbia began gathering its wits after Yugoslavia’s crack-up, winemakers have been ratcheting up wine quality. They have invested in their vineyards and their wineries. It’s enough activity for the wine world to start paying attention.  Some Serbian winemakers started from absolute scratch, their holdings having been…
  • Labor Bosses Keeping Tabs on Tasmania Wineries

    James Duren
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
      The truth is about to come out.    Representatives from Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman, the federal division which oversees labor in Australia and Tasmania, is heading to Tasmania’s tight-knit network of wineries to make sure the estates are complying with labor rules. The spot-inspections will be randomly chosen and will take place in Tasmania's Tamar Valley and Coal River wine regions.    “Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Michael Campbell says improving awareness of workplace laws is the main reason for the visits, but any non-compliance issues…
  • Hints of Salt on the High Seas: 6 Cruises For Your Vino Vice

    James Duren
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Yesterday online magazine Paste tempted the travel bug of wine lovers by publishing a list of six cruises best-suited for oenophiles.    “Nothing beats a spine-tingling European sunset over the ocean, right? Pair a bottle for the finest wine you’ve ever tasted, and we’d call that a first-rate way to spend a vacation,” contributor Gabbi Markle wrote.    The list began with a river cruise which floats along two of Europe’s most famous rivers: the Rhine and Mosel, both of which cut through well-known wine regions. The cruise, operated by Grand…
 
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    Wine Country Getaways

  • It’s Bocce Time in Wine Country

    Joe Becerra
    4 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The Bocce courts at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville May is Bocce Time in Wine Country May is the perfect weather month and that’s why May is Bocce time in wine country. Bocce is a fun, competitive game that can easily be enjoyed by family and friends, the young and the old. You don’t need to be a great athlete to play this game at a fun level. If you can toss a ball underhand, you can be quite good at the game of Bocce. Bocce at wineries has become immensely popular in recent years. Many wineries in California have one or more Bocce courts on their estates. What can be…
  • Walling Road – Secret wine road in Sonoma

    Joe Becerra
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Walling Road in Geyserville wine county – Views of Dry Creek Valley AVA vineyards Walling Road, a secret wine road in Sonoma County This is Walling Road, a secret wine road in Sonoma County, very near the town of Geyserville. There is only one winery open to visitors at the end of Walling Road, but it is the shear beauty of this road that is attractive to wine country purists. Hardly any wine country travelers venture down this road. It is lined with vineyards and has expansive views of the Dry Creek Valley. Many of the vineyards are said to be owned by the Gallo Family. Walling Road is…
  • Coming soon – Remove sulfites from your wine glass

    Joe Becerra
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    There are many adults in our population, 1 in 100 in fact, who cannot enjoy drinking wine because of the sulfites contained in wine. Virtually all wines contain some sulfites. Even if the winemaker does not add sulfites, sulfites are produced naturally in the winemaking process. People who are allergic to sulfites and want to drink wine without getting sick will soon have a way to enjoy a glass of white, rosé, or red wine without fear of getting ill. With a few swirls of a small stirring stick, the wine drinker will be able to remove all sulfites from an 8oz or less glass of wine. The…
  • Alexander Valley Road

    Joe Becerra
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    Vineyards in the Alexander Valley Alexander Valley Road Alexander Valley Road is one of the most beautiful wine roads in the county of Sonoma. In our “Wine Country Photo of the Day,” we see vineyards that belong to the Silver Oak Winery. We are looking to the east as the morning fog begins to clear. On May 15th to 17th, the Alexander Valley Wine Growers are showcasing the wineries located in the Alexander Valley designated AVA, or wine appellation. This is the 18th annual “Taste Alexander Valley.” This event affords the wine country traveler the perfect opportunity to…
  • Lake County wine country

    Joe Becerra
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    View from Vigilance winery tasting room in Lake County Lake County wine country This is a view of the vineyards below the Vigilance Winery & Vineyards tasting room taken a few years ago in Lake County wine country. These vineyards are located in what is known as the Red Hills AVA, or wine appellation. Clear Lake is in the background and just at the shore is a bird sanctuary, Anderson Marsh. Visitors to the Vigilance tasting room can take a stroll down Anderson Marsh.  Lake County wine country is quiet and secluded compared to the Napa Valley to the south. There are few wineries in…
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  • It’s Bocce Time in Wine Country

    Joe Becerra
    4 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The Bocce courts at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville May is Bocce Time in Wine Country May is the perfect weather month and that’s why May is Bocce time in wine country. Bocce is a fun, competitive game that can easily be enjoyed by family and friends, the young and the old. You don’t need to be a great athlete to play this game at a fun level. If you can toss a ball underhand, you can be quite good at the game of Bocce. Bocce at wineries has become immensely popular in recent years. Many wineries in California have one or more Bocce courts on their estates. What can be…
  • Walling Road – Secret wine road in Sonoma

    Joe Becerra
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Walling Road in Geyserville wine county – Views of Dry Creek Valley AVA vineyards Walling Road, a secret wine road in Sonoma County This is Walling Road, a secret wine road in Sonoma County, very near the town of Geyserville. There is only one winery open to visitors at the end of Walling Road, but it is the shear beauty of this road that is attractive to wine country purists. Hardly any wine country travelers venture down this road. It is lined with vineyards and has expansive views of the Dry Creek Valley. Many of the vineyards are said to be owned by the Gallo Family. Walling Road is…
  • Coming soon – Remove sulfites from your wine glass

    Joe Becerra
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    There are many adults in our population, 1 in 100 in fact, who cannot enjoy drinking wine because of the sulfites contained in wine. Virtually all wines contain some sulfites. Even if the winemaker does not add sulfites, sulfites are produced naturally in the winemaking process. People who are allergic to sulfites and want to drink wine without getting sick will soon have a way to enjoy a glass of white, rosé, or red wine without fear of getting ill. With a few swirls of a small stirring stick, the wine drinker will be able to remove all sulfites from an 8oz or less glass of wine. The…
  • Alexander Valley Road

    Joe Becerra
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    Vineyards in the Alexander Valley Alexander Valley Road Alexander Valley Road is one of the most beautiful wine roads in the county of Sonoma. In our “Wine Country Photo of the Day,” we see vineyards that belong to the Silver Oak Winery. We are looking to the east as the morning fog begins to clear. On May 15th to 17th, the Alexander Valley Wine Growers are showcasing the wineries located in the Alexander Valley designated AVA, or wine appellation. This is the 18th annual “Taste Alexander Valley.” This event affords the wine country traveler the perfect opportunity to…
  • Lake County wine country

    Joe Becerra
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    View from Vigilance winery tasting room in Lake County Lake County wine country This is a view of the vineyards below the Vigilance Winery & Vineyards tasting room taken a few years ago in Lake County wine country. These vineyards are located in what is known as the Red Hills AVA, or wine appellation. Clear Lake is in the background and just at the shore is a bird sanctuary, Anderson Marsh. Visitors to the Vigilance tasting room can take a stroll down Anderson Marsh.  Lake County wine country is quiet and secluded compared to the Napa Valley to the south. There are few wineries in…
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  • Is social media losing clout?

    steve
    5 May 2015 | 12:10 am
      There’s a running joke on the great HBO series, Silicon Valley, to the effect that the only tech company that’s worth investing in is one that’s losing money. If that’s true, then social media companies must be doing really well. However, in the case of Twitter, LinkedIn and Yelp, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The stock value of all three has gone down significantly lately, causing the San Francisco Chronicle to headline an article, “Is social media losing favor? Stocks dive on weak results.” The issue, says the report, is “whether social media companies can keep…
  • On the inaugural Sonoma Barrel Auction–a great success–and meeting old friends

    steve
    4 May 2015 | 12:10 am
      Hearty congrats to the first ever Sonoma County Barrel Auction, which raised a respectable $461,000 last Friday, under the big tent at the Vintner’s Inn, on Fulton Road in the gorgeous Russian River Valley. I was there representing Stonestreet. That was fun, but even better was running into so many old friends, folks who’ve been there for and beside me for so long. Here are some photos of a few of them, with some memories. Rod Berglund is the winemaker and co-owner of Joseph Swan Vineyards. We probably met in the 1990s, but I got to know him better when I wrote A Wine Journey…
  • Pouring in Sonoma (wine, not rain) & Gus!

    steve
    1 May 2015 | 6:22 am
      On Friday, when you read this, I’ll be up in Santa Rosa, at John Ash & Co., pouring wine for Jackson Family Wines at the Sonoma County Barrel Auction (which by the way raises lots of money for charity). The wine I’m responsible for is Stonestreet 2012 West Ledge, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. It’s a special blend, i.e., non-commercial, as is the habit for wineries at these specialized barrel auctions, where folks who drop big bucks want something unique. I like pouring wine for people, interacting with the public and in general yakking it up. In my previous…
  • Why Napa Cabernet costs so much

    steve
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
      The most interesting quote in the Napa Valley Register’s article on the 30th birthday of the Carneros Wine Alliance is from David Graves. The co-founder of Saintsbury said, “There’s no ‘Napa of pinot noir.’ No one place dominates the market.” Isn’t it interesting how the cultural evolution of the market has treated our two leading red wine types so differently? One, Cabernet Sauvignon, has become almost exclusively dominated, in the mind of the consumer, with a single appellation: Napa Valley. The other, Pinot Noir, resists being associated with a dominating region.
  • Connectedness: the Holy Grail of winery marketing

    steve
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
      Last week, while Americans were watching developments concerning the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, which eventually (and thankfully) collapsed, another more successful merger went almost unnoticed. That was the marriage between Blue Bottle Coffee and Tartine Bakery, a far happier union that consumers could celebrate, instead of worrying about. Blue Bottle was founded in my hometown of Oakland and now has cafés throughout the Bay Area, L.A., New York City and Japan. It’s become what Starbucks used to be: the hippest java joint around, one of the high-end coffee industry’s…
 
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    Jordan Winery

  • Healdsburg winery dinners in the vineyard

    Lisa Mattson
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Healdsburg wineries are taking outdoor entertaining to new heights this summer with several unforgettable events, from dinner during a meteor shower and family-style meals in a vineyard to hilltop feasts at sunset. Dinners will be held in all three wine regions that intersect at Healdsburg–Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley–offering guests a diversity of terrains for enjoying the quintessential epicurean experience: dining alfresco in Sonoma County. To the satisfaction of foodies, more wineries are serving meals in our region, whether it be lunch, dinner…
  • Farm to Fork getaway package with Hotel Healdsburg

    Lisa Mattson
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Hotel Healdsburg and Jordan Vineyard & Winery–both finalists in the 2015 Sunset Travel Awards–are proud to announce the “Farm to Fork Culinary Journey,” the ultimate getaway for foodies and wine enthusiasts, taking place in the heart of Sonoma County for the second year in a row. Launching in June, this memorable package includes a two-night stay at the award-winning Hotel Healdsburg in the heart of downtown Healdsburg, an epicurean excursion across Jordan Winery’s impressive estate, and a special farm-focused dinner for two at Hotel Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen…
  • A family farewell to J Vineyards & Winery

    John Jordan
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    As you may have heard, my sister Judy has decided to sell J Vineyards & Winery to E. & J. Gallo Winery. The sale closes this week. Because there continues to be confusion about the relationship between J and Jordan, I wanted to clarify that my sister has always owned and operated her winery separately. There will be no changes at Jordan, and Jordan remains independent. The first few vintages of J sparkling were actually made at Jordan in the 1980s until she found her own facility, and the striking, emerald green bottles with the unmistakable, golden “J” were often…
  • Meet Cooper: our new winery dog

    John Jordan
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Meet Cooper. Last week, he wandered up the winery driveway and into our hearts. This little guy’s life has changed dramatically in just 12 days, and we’re proud to now call him part of the family. Some dogs stray from home and get lost. Others run away. Cooper is one smart dog. We think he was a runaway, and for good reason. It only took us a few hours to learn why. When Elena Robledo, who practically grew up at Jordan—her father, Rafael, was our first employee back in 1973—arrived at work on Monday, she discovered a collarless, scruffy dog trotting up the road. He looked like…
  • Valentine’s Dinner Event Highlights

    Lisa Mattson
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Last weekend, we hosted dinner parties in the Jordan Winery dining room for Valentine’s Day. Our inaugural event was so successful last year that our 2015 Valentine’s Dinner sold out within a few weeks, so our chef offered to cook for two nights in a row. This was also the first time that guests could purchase event tickets or redeem Jordan Estate Rewards points. The romantic culinary experience featured a Champagne reception, followed by a seven-course meal, paired with Jordan wines. Photos from both events, as well as the menu with links to learn more about the wines…
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • How to Cook Trout - Serve Better Than Sex Cake for Dessert

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Learn how to cook trout with this delicious baked trout recipe.
  • Junk Art: Guaranteed to Make You Smile!

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    The junk art of Patrick Amiot is guaranteed to make you smile. More than 170 outdoor sculptures adorn the yards and business of the small town of Sebastopol in the Sonoma Wine Country.
  • Fort Bragg Skunk Train

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Board the Fort Bragg Skunk Train to experience a scenic trip through the majestic redwoods of Mendocino County. Ride over bridges, through a tunnel, listen to the sounds of the steam engine, and smell the fresh mountain air.
  • Redwood Forest California - Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Redwoods & Wine! Explore a redwood forest california. Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve is an old growth redwood forest located in Guerneville. You'll be in awe of the amazing redwoods.
  • Santa Barbara Wineries

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Explore the Santa Barbara Wineries. Learn about wineries, Santa Barbara restaurants, camping, and wine tasting on the Santa Barbara coast. Print Santa Barbara Winery Map.
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    Reverse Wine Snob

  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah – A Stampede of Big, Rich Flavors

    Jon Thorsen
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hang on for a fun ride! A blend of 91% Petite Sirah, 8% Syrah and 1% Grenache from Mendocino County, North Coast, California. The wine is aged in 43% new American oak and 57% seasoned American and French oak. This post brought to you by: SRP of $22 and available for as low as $16. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: Petite Sirah, an American original: big and bold, with plenty of heart. Dark, peppery with intense flavor, and a little rough around the edges. Brash when young, but worth waiting for — it mellows with age. We’ve been making Petite Sirah since the 1940s. This…
  • Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet 2012 – The Name Says It All

    Jon Thorsen
    2 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    If Cherry Coke was a wine I imagine it would taste something like this. A blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Petite Sirah from California. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the Chateau Miraval Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Cotes de Provence Rose for just $21.99 each plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match) at Cork Exclusive! SRP of $14 and available widely for as low as $8. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: Our Red Velvet is made up of grapes from some of the finest vineyards in California. This wine shows a heady nose chocolate, deep rich blackberries, red fruits, and…
  • Francis Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs Mini – Cute As A Button

    Jon Thorsen
    1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    And quite tasty too. 70% Pinot Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Muscat sparkling wine from California. This post brought to you by: SRP of $5 for each 187 ml can and available for as low as $3 (equivalent to a $12 for a 750ml bottle). Also sold in a four pack. Sample submitted for review. From the winery: For a multitude of moods, enjoy single serving cans of Sofia Blanc de Blancs Mini, California effervescent wine. For the spontaneous, impromptu, “just because” kind of celebration, each 187 ml can comes with its own straw. Sofia Mini tastes a little like fresh juicy pears, a little…
  • Vaza Crianza 2011 – A Match Made in Heaven

    Jon Thorsen
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Tempranillo grape and oak barrels, made to go together. 100% Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain. Aged in French and American oak barrels for at least 12 months. This is a dry red wine with just 1.9g/L of residual sugar. This review is brought to you by Ferrer Family Wines. The wine has an SRP of $18 and is available for as low as $15. Imported by Freixenet USA. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: The inspiration for the name Vaza comes from the Spanish word ‘Baza’ – a trump card, a new way of doing something or a bright idea. Vaza is a new way of winemaking from Bodegas Solar…
  • Loveblock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 – Sweet, Tart and Tasty

    Jon Thorsen
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Winemaker Kim Crawford returns with a new label. 100% Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand. The wine is aged for 11 months in older oak. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the Katherine Goldschmidt Crazy Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 for just $19.99 plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3 or more bottles (mix&match)! SRP of $35 and available for as low as $22. Imported by Terlato Wines International. 2,700 cases produced. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: “Nestled among the snow capped mountains of Central Otago is our small Pinot Noir vineyard. This region produces…
 
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    BoozeMonkey

  • Richland Sauvignon Blanc

    BoozeMonkey
    4 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Sauvignon Blanc is today one of the world’s most-widely planted white wine grape varieties, with over 121,000ha (300,000 acres) estimated to be under cultivation around the globe. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, it still flourishes there now as well as in other parts of the country, but growing has spread to Italy, Spain, Romania, Moldova, and further afield Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Chile and South Africa. A rewarding local example is Calabria Family Wines’ Richland Sauvignon Blanc from the NSW Riverina, and the 2014 is a lovely, fruity, full-bodied drop in which…
  • Far Ago Hill Pinot Gris 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    On week days you’ll find Katrina Hill running a busy interior design and colour consultancy in Sydney, but come weekends she ditches high fashion for jeans, a tractor, bobcat or slasher and becomes vigneron on her Far Ago Hill vineyard at Canyonleigh, in the Southern Highlands half-way between Sydney and Canberra. And that latter role rewards her with a ripper Pinot Gris – a variety for which the Southern Highlands is earning a fast-growing reputation – and whose story began in 2003 after Katrina and then-husband, Ricardo Farago had toured Europe tasting as many Pinot Gris as they…
  • The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Mid-year’s not that far off, which means time to start thinking hearty pudds, and to go with them good “sticky” Botrytis Semillon dessert wines. The Hunter Valley’s Neil McGuigan has created a particularly rewarding such “sticky” in his McGuigan The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012, because in it he’s crafted a drop that will go equally well with one of those warming Winter-time puddings  – or with anything from fruit salad and ice-cream to cheese-cake, apple pie and custard, anything in the way of slices… even cheese platters. Hunter Valley and Riverina fruit for this…
  • By George Cabernet Tempranillo 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Back in the 1990s Sam and Rachel Atkins (nee Fox), David Cumming, Jane Gordon and Natasha Mooney had a dream, and that was to make, market and sell premium wines from the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills that would one day sit amongst the great brands of the world as measured by value and enjoyment. Having learned their trade through working with some of Australia’s largest wine companies, today they’re well on the road to achieving that dream: their boutique Fox Gordon label that they launched in 2000 recognises the founding women in the company through the surnames of Rachel and Jane,…
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  • Breakfast in Paso Robles

    Hoot 'n Annie
    4 May 2015 | 2:25 pm
    We have never been big go-out-for-breakfast people but recently we’ve been getting into it. It’s kind of fun to get up on a Saturday or Sunday morning, grab Sammy, and go out for a good breakfast and hopefully mimosas. So what are all the breakfast spots in Paso Robles and which is your personal favorite? Please, don’t tell me Taco Bell, McDonald’s, or Denny’s. Here’s a list of the breakfast spots I am remembering right now (I have included spots that just have scones or muffins too): Margie’s Diner Touch of Paso Hunter Ranch Golf Course Cowgirl Café Vic’s Café Paso…
  • Cass Winery: Good Grub and Of Course, Wine

    Hoot 'n Annie
    1 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Sticking with the theme of our last blog post, wineries with food, I now bring you another recent adventure. With family in town we were looking to take them somewhere they had not been in Paso Robles, because variety is the spice of life…right? We dialed in on Cass Winery thinking we could do lunch and taste some great SIP Certified wines. Cass is another one of those local places that has it all; beautiful scenery, large outdoor area, great customer service, solid wines year after year, and great food from Chef Jacob Lovejoy. We took Sammy (our 2.5 year old human child, not a dog) on the…
  • Tooth & Nail Winery: Burgers, Music, and Wine

    Hoot 'n Annie
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    We recently went to Tooth & Nail Winery for the first time since they took over the old Eagle Castle location on HWY 46 West here in Paso Robles. My dad and step-mom were in town so Annie and I thought it would be a good time to go give their “Burger & Cab Sauv Friday Night” a shot. And guess what…we took Sammy too. I can honestly say I went with zero expectation due to never having had their wine before but to be frank, I’ve never heard of Tooth & Nail nor their parent company…ever. Since they have been in at their new location I have however, heard good things. We…
  • Have You Tried These Red Wine Varieties?

    Hoot 'n Annie
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    I came across this article last week on Twitter or Facebook and always find them interesting. The article calls them “off the beaten path” red varieties and when I posted on Facebook the response in the comments made me rethink some things. We must take into account who we are talking about. Someone like me, and probably like you too since you’re reading this blog, are probably more into wine than the average consumer therefore have most likely tried each of these. On the other hand, the “average wine consumer” (which makes up a bulk of the wine buying public) has probably not tried…
  • Earth Day Food and Wine Festival 2015

    Hoot 'n Annie
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Sometimes it’s hard to come up with something new to say. I have written about my experiences at Earth Day Food and Wine Festival for five or more years now. One of the things I write about the event is that each year gets better and better. There are VERY few events that I can say this about in San Luis Obispo County…but Earth Day is certainly one of them. Last year we took our then one and a half year old son but this year we decided to get a babysitter so we could actually focus on the event more. That said, I became distracted anyways. Why? Because Earth Day isn’t really an event.
 
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Black Slate 2012 – 92 Points

    Joe
    4 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    92 Points for this delicious red from Spain’s Priorat Black Slate 2012 Each year I eagerly await the arrival of the Black Slate wine from Spain’s Priorat wine region. The Black Slate is a special project of importer Eric Solomon wine selections. Each year he works to find the right combination of vineyards and winemakers to produce a bottle of wine that reflects the terroir of the Priorat. His goal is to keep the price around $20 a bottle. The Black Slate 2012 arrived last week at KL Wines. I purchased one bottle to try and quickly followed it with a case order from KL Wines.
  • Rock Wall Rock Hound Red $16 vs Altes Garnatxa Negra Terra Alta $10

    Joe
    1 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Last week we made a visit to the Rock Wall Wine Company on Alameda Point, once the U.S. Naval Air Station. It is a great day trip for wine lovers. You can taste wine, feed on lunch goodies, and enjoy views of the San Francisco skyline. We tasted ten wines, and one we liked very much was the Rock Hound Red. It is a great deal for $16. Later in the week I tried a Spanish wine from KL Wines that was very similar in taste to the Rock Hound. Both are excellent buys. Great label for this Rock Wall wine Rock Wall Rock Hound Red 2013 – $16 Rock Hound Red is a blend of Syrah 61%, Grenache 29%,…
  • Whole Foods Stores find happiness with Portuguese wines

    Joe
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Selection of Portuguese wines at our local Whole Foods Whole Foods stocks up on wines from Portugal If you are a Whole Foods grocery shopper, more than likely you also buy some of your wine at Whole Foods. Just recently Whole Foods stores have stocked their wine departments with a selection of white, rosé, and red Portuguese wines. I think they carry more Portuguese wines than your average wine shop, and for sure any other supermarket. Last week, Whole Foods gave me the opportunity to taste six Portuguese wines along with several cheese selections. Whole Foods has one of the best…
  • Wine prices Costco vs BevMo

    Joe
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    On Burlingame Avenue I stopped in to browse the wine prices. I noticed this big price difference between Costco and BevMo for the same wine. A few weeks back I recommended the La Posta Pizzella Malbec at Costco 2012 for $12.99. A week later Costco offered a $3 instant rebate at the checkout stand. $9.99 is a fantastic price for the 2012 La Posta. Tuesday, I spotted this same wine on the shelves at BevMo for $20.99. Wow! That is a huge price difference. This is why savvy wine shoppers should always check GoodCheapVino.com before they head out to wine shop. After the BevMo visit, I went…
  • Two bargain red wines at K&L Wines for under $12

    Joe
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    We made a visit to the K&L Wine shop in Redwood City last week. K&L Wines also has a shop in San Francisco close to AT&T Park. I prefer the Redwood City store. I think the staff is more accommodating and knowledgeable.  This week, I have two red bargain wines to recommend that I found on the “Staff Picks” shelves at K&L Wines in Redwood City. Shebang – Morgan Twain-Peterson Shebang “Eighth Cuvée” California Red Blend – $11.99 The Shebang is a wine made by Morgan Twain-Peterson, a winemaker on the move in California. He’s become a…
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    Gonzo Gastronomy

  • “Freedom, you’ve gotta give for what you take…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    I remember sliding onto the operating table and the anesthesiologist bitching about something to a nurse, but then the world faded out to black softly, just like it does on the big screen. Probably one of the few things Hollywood manages to portray with any kind of reality. After it was over, I was in and out for an hour or so before finally coming around and realizing that I was so hungry, I was anxious to eat hospital food, fucking masochist that I am. Tasteless strawberry Jell-o and cranberry juice? Bring it on sister, just top it with a shot of bourbon so I know I’m alive. The plan…
  • “I’m not dead yet…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Things that are often described as difficult, high risk, and overly sensitive are nearly always worth both the wait and the trouble–yeah, damn right that includes me. So, I tend to have a weak spot for a really well-made pinot noir because I know that both the grower and the winemaker didn’t take the easy way out…by planting some cabernet instead, or by making shitty pinot because they just didn’t get the grape. The famous CA winemaker André Tchelistcheff once said that, “God made cabernet sauvignon whereas the devil made pinot noir.” A friend of the…
  • “But glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    Those that have been watching the growth of the craft beer/microbrewery movement this last decade with a diligent eye know that Big Brewing has done its best to steal back at least a portion of what it’s lost to the little guys—mostly by screwing with the less-than-diligent consumer. The A-B family of brands now includes lines like Green Valley Brewing Company (the name Anheuser-Bush makes no appearance on those bottle labels), Stella Artois and Kirin Ichiban (no, Kirin is not an import if you are American), as well as having their hands stuck in the cookie jars of Red Hook Brewing, Goose…
  • “No! Don’t sign it! Give me time to think. I mean hold on a second boy, ’cause that’s magic ink…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I’ve just had the pleasure of spending the last couple of weeks with Randall Grahm. Nobody knew. In fact, Randall didn’t even know. Hell, if I’m being honest, I didn’t know until I had drained the last bottle. Though this could quite possibly be the post that finally lands me a one-way cab ride to Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital1, the two weeks were spent not physically with him but mentally…or maybe spiritually. I haven’t got it all figured out yet, so humor me. I know this will go somewhere. It always does. Because I often write about wine, I feel compelled to jot down…
  • WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: “Every picture tells a story, don’t it…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    7 May 2014 | 1:49 pm
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • 11th Annual "Why I love Oregon Pinot Noir" contest

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    4 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    May is Oregon Wine Month! To celebrate, we are kicking off our 11th annual "Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir" contest. We are asking wine enthusiasts from across the country to tell us why they love Oregon Pinot Noir by submitting a video, photo, or a short 100 word essay. The winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Oregon Wine Country and Willamette Valley Vineyards. Visit our website for the official rules and to enter. Click here to view last year's winning entry. The contest will run until Friday, July 31st, so you have some time to create something spectacular. I encourage you to…
  • 2013 Pinot Noir Futures Offering

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Vintage 2013 will be best remembered as a play in two acts, with a very wet intermission. What started as an uneventful and easy year going into the final September stretch turned out not to be for the faint of heart. The vintage began warmer than usual with early bud break. Cool and wet conditions during fruit set resulted in greatly reduced yields ranging from 1.3 – 2.5 tons per acre. Summer was characterized by cloudless, sunny days that enabled our vines to steadily ripen without disease development or excessive heat stress. Temperature values for September and October were the…
  • Founder Jim Bernau named Salem's First Citizen

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Jim Bernau, president and founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards, has been selected for the First Citizen award for 2013. Salem Area Chamber of Commerce officials said Tuesday that Bernau had been chosen for the annual award honoring a community leader who demonstrates outstanding service and has a positive impact on our community.The chamber also recognized former Judge Pamela Abernethy, Rich Duncan and Jeannette Moore as Distinguished Service Award recipients. Cecilia Ritter James is this year’s Outstanding Young Professional.“We are proud to recognize these gems in our…
  • SavorNW Wine Awards Score

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    We are pleased to announce that our 2012 Bernau Block Pinot Noir received a Double Gold from the SavorNW Wine Awards this month! Thank you to everyone at SavorNW for the great review and for representing Pacific Northwest wines!For more information about SavorNW, please visit their website here. 
  • Great Northwest Wine Reviews

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    The reviewers at Great Northwest Wines have released four outstanding/excellent ratings for our wines! Here are the links to the reviews:2012 Elton Pinot Noir- ExcellentThe planting of Elton Vineyard, one of Oregon’s top sites, began in 1983 — the same year Jim Bernau established Willamette Valley Vineyards — so both grower and vintner have risen alongside each other. From a historic 2012 vintage, Don Crank’s winemaking with Dijon 115, 777 and Pommard clones raised in iron-laden Jory and Nekia soils produced a Pinot Noir that’s filled with dark purple fruit tones. Aromas of…
 
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • 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…
  • Change a Life – Enjoy Some Beer and Wine!

    Nancy
    4 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Today I write on behalf of our beloved founder of Washington State Wine and Beer, Bean Fairbanks, who is probably going to be totally embarrassed over this post. I’ll ask for forgiveness later. Just remember, this is coming from good intentions! Bean, an impassioned advocate for the Washington wine and beer industry, was diagnosed with MS in 1987. This past January, her beloved service dog, Ebony, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away after suffering from a distended and twisted small intestine. I was so choked up with tears over Ebony’s passing that I couldn’t even form words when I…
  • TasteWA at Willie Green’s Organic Farm

    Bean
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    New this year, Taste Washington has added three unique farm to table experiences to Friday March 27, including one at Willie Green’s Organic Farm.  Each TasteWA Farm to Table experience includes a tour at a local food producer, a chef prepared gourmet lunch and Washington wine served by the wine maker.  Exploring the Lush Snohomish Valley at Willie Green’s Organic Farm will include a farm tour, gourmet lunch prepared by Sam Crannell, chef and owner of LloydMartin, wines by Robert Ramsey Cellars and special guest. Dan Albert, of Farmbox Greens. From chef to farmer In the…
  • Washington Brewers Guild Cask Fest 2015

    Bean
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    The Washington Brewers’ Guild Cask Fest takes place  Saturday, March 28 2015 at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Over 40 Washington breweries will be pouring “cask-conditioned” beers at this fun beer fest. Cask-conditioned beer is often considered “real ale” because it is fresh, conditioned naturally without the introduction of CO2 into the cask. It is served directly from the cask in which it was fermented. The Cask Beer Fest is an opportunity to really let the brewer’s creativity shine!  Look for classics as well as the weird and wonderful at the…
  • Foggy Noggin 5th Anniversary

    Bean
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Happy Fn5 Birthday Foggy Noggin Brewing! On Saturday March 21st, Foggy Noggin turns 5 years old and for a nano-brewery, they will be celebrating BIG! The celebration will go on from noon to 5pm and will include: Foggy Noggin Anniversary Ale Release of the 2015 Anniversary Ale in 22 ounce bottles and on tap Anniversary Cake 10 taps pouring traditional English Ales While kegs last – pints of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Anniversary Ale While kegs last – pints of Fn5 (Imperial 2015 Anniversary Ale) Dry Hopped, Oak Aged, Lagavulin Oak Aged and Warre’s Port Oak Aged Free Fn5 stickers…
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    I Drink Your Wine

  • Meet the Maker – Fidelitas

    Dan McCool
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This looks like a lot of fun! Come and meet the Wine Boss at Fidelitas… BBQ and Red Mountain wine. I’m in… TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious
 
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • Celebrate International Sweet Wine Day May 8!

    Jeff Leve
    2 May 2015 | 3:21 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Sweet wines are great. There is no doubt about it. The beautiful balance between sugars, acidity, richness and complexity are compelling. Yet, as good as they are, they have slowly slipped in popularity over the last several decades. If you have not enjoyed a great sweet wine lately, or ever, there is no better time than May 8 to open a bottle of your favorite sweet wine and celebrate International Sweet Wine Day May 8! I love the decadence that is often discovered in the world’s great sweet wines. Like many people, I do not find…
  • 2014 Bordeaux Value Wine, Petits Chateaux Buying Guide, Tasting Notes

    Jeff Leve
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:06 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider If you’re looking for value Bordeaux wines, you came to the right place. Of course there are several Bordeaux wines that are expensive. There are also some Bordeaux wines that are very expensive. Those are the same wines that get all the press. But that is not the whole story with 2014 Bordeaux. In fact, the truth is, you do not need to spend a lot of money to buy good 2014 Bordeaux wines. 2014 Bordeaux produced numerous wines with real character and personality. The trick is knowing which appellations and what chateaux produced the best…
  • 2014 St. Emilion Vintage Report, Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings, Reviews

    Jeff Leve
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider As you know by now, 2014 St. Emilion wine is the product of a difficult summer, which can easily be described as a summerless summer. The 2014 Saint Emilion vintage was like most of Bordeaux, saved by the famous Indian summer of 2014 that kicked in August 27 with its warm, sunny, dry September and perfect October. While it’s natural to compare Pomerol with St. Emilion, as both Right Bank appellations are dominated by Merlot, they are quite different this year. Clearly, 2014 Bordeaux did not treat all appellations equally. For example, it…
  • 2014 Pomerol Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings and Vintage Report

    Jeff Leve
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider There are vintages when Pomerol hits it out of the park! When Pomerol gets everything right, the best wines in the appellation can deliver unequaled levels of pleasure, hedonism and pure opulence. While there are good wines, 2014 Pomerol does not rise to that level of quality. 2014 Pomerol wines do not hit the level of greatness achieved in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2005. Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing. While not as ostentatious as those previous vintages, 2014 Pomerol wines display a fresh, pure, sweet and silky character with…
  • 2014 Pessac Leognan Vintage Report, Tasting Notes, Ratings, Reviews

    Jeff Leve
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The conditions that produced the 2014 Pessac Leognan wines are in many ways, similar to those experienced in the Medoc. Except you have two growing seasons to consider. First you have to take a look the grapes for the white Bordeaux wine of 2014 Pessac Leognan and then the harvest for the red wine grape varieties. Because the fruit for the white Bordeaux wine of 2014 Pessac Leognan was obviously picked first, let’s start there. While the cool conditions produced mixed results for the 2014 Pessac Leognan red wines, due in part to the high…
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  • Richland Sauvignon Blanc

    BoozeMonkey
    4 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Sauvignon Blanc is today one of the world’s most-widely planted white wine grape varieties, with over 121,000ha (300,000 acres) estimated to be under cultivation around the globe. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, it still flourishes there now as well as in other parts of the country, but growing has spread to Italy, Spain, Romania, Moldova, and further afield Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Chile and South Africa. A rewarding local example is Calabria Family Wines’ Richland Sauvignon Blanc from the NSW Riverina, and the 2014 is a lovely, fruity, full-bodied drop in which…
  • Far Ago Hill Pinot Gris 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    On week days you’ll find Katrina Hill running a busy interior design and colour consultancy in Sydney, but come weekends she ditches high fashion for jeans, a tractor, bobcat or slasher and becomes vigneron on her Far Ago Hill vineyard at Canyonleigh, in the Southern Highlands half-way between Sydney and Canberra. And that latter role rewards her with a ripper Pinot Gris – a variety for which the Southern Highlands is earning a fast-growing reputation – and whose story began in 2003 after Katrina and then-husband, Ricardo Farago had toured Europe tasting as many Pinot Gris as they…
  • The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Mid-year’s not that far off, which means time to start thinking hearty pudds, and to go with them good “sticky” Botrytis Semillon dessert wines. The Hunter Valley’s Neil McGuigan has created a particularly rewarding such “sticky” in his McGuigan The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012, because in it he’s crafted a drop that will go equally well with one of those warming Winter-time puddings  – or with anything from fruit salad and ice-cream to cheese-cake, apple pie and custard, anything in the way of slices… even cheese platters. Hunter Valley and Riverina fruit for this…
  • By George Cabernet Tempranillo 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Back in the 1990s Sam and Rachel Atkins (nee Fox), David Cumming, Jane Gordon and Natasha Mooney had a dream, and that was to make, market and sell premium wines from the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills that would one day sit amongst the great brands of the world as measured by value and enjoyment. Having learned their trade through working with some of Australia’s largest wine companies, today they’re well on the road to achieving that dream: their boutique Fox Gordon label that they launched in 2000 recognises the founding women in the company through the surnames of Rachel and Jane,…
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  • Richland Sauvignon Blanc

    BoozeMonkey
    4 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Sauvignon Blanc is today one of the world’s most-widely planted white wine grape varieties, with over 121,000ha (300,000 acres) estimated to be under cultivation around the globe. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, it still flourishes there now as well as in other parts of the country, but growing has spread to Italy, Spain, Romania, Moldova, and further afield Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Chile and South Africa. A rewarding local example is Calabria Family Wines’ Richland Sauvignon Blanc from the NSW Riverina, and the 2014 is a lovely, fruity, full-bodied drop in which…
  • Far Ago Hill Pinot Gris 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    On week days you’ll find Katrina Hill running a busy interior design and colour consultancy in Sydney, but come weekends she ditches high fashion for jeans, a tractor, bobcat or slasher and becomes vigneron on her Far Ago Hill vineyard at Canyonleigh, in the Southern Highlands half-way between Sydney and Canberra. And that latter role rewards her with a ripper Pinot Gris – a variety for which the Southern Highlands is earning a fast-growing reputation – and whose story began in 2003 after Katrina and then-husband, Ricardo Farago had toured Europe tasting as many Pinot Gris as they…
  • The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Mid-year’s not that far off, which means time to start thinking hearty pudds, and to go with them good “sticky” Botrytis Semillon dessert wines. The Hunter Valley’s Neil McGuigan has created a particularly rewarding such “sticky” in his McGuigan The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012, because in it he’s crafted a drop that will go equally well with one of those warming Winter-time puddings  – or with anything from fruit salad and ice-cream to cheese-cake, apple pie and custard, anything in the way of slices… even cheese platters. Hunter Valley and Riverina fruit for this…
  • By George Cabernet Tempranillo 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Back in the 1990s Sam and Rachel Atkins (nee Fox), David Cumming, Jane Gordon and Natasha Mooney had a dream, and that was to make, market and sell premium wines from the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills that would one day sit amongst the great brands of the world as measured by value and enjoyment. Having learned their trade through working with some of Australia’s largest wine companies, today they’re well on the road to achieving that dream: their boutique Fox Gordon label that they launched in 2000 recognises the founding women in the company through the surnames of Rachel and Jane,…
 
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  • Structured Refinement: 2012 La Pitchoune Pinot Noir

    Marc Hinton
    4 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 La Pitchoune Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA As of late, the wild and wooly Sonoma Coast weather is producing some of the best Pinot Noir grapes grown anywhere, especially during the 2012 growing season.  This region is known for producing wines with elegant acidity and structured refinement while defining the terroir of […]
  • Cinco de Mayo Mexican Inspired Drinks

    enobytes
    2 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Cinco de Mayo Mexican Inspired Drinks Anyone can make a margarita for Cinco de Mayo, but if you want to kick it up a notch, try these great Cinco de Mayo Mexican inspired drinks made with el Jimador and Herradura tequilas. Enjoy!  Tamarind Paloma Ingredients: 5 oz of el Jimador blanco 5 oz Bohemia 5 […]
  • Science Confirms Microbiological Component of Terroir

    enobytes
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Science confirms microbiological component of terroir The terroir of wine could have more to do with the soil microbes found around a grapevine’s roots than the soil’s physical characteristics, according to new research.  The findings, published in mBio the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, could help dissect how microbes affect a wine’s properties […]
  • Video: Wines of California

    enobytes
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Video: Wines of California This video, produced by LCBO covers the California wine regions–from Santa Barbara to Sonoma County, from Paso Robles to the Napa Valley, host Michael Fagan leads you on a journey throughout historic California Wine Country. Discover how geography, climate and winemaking skill come together to forge distinctive wine styles in some […]
  • A Moment in Time: Vineyard Spotlight

    enobytes
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week we spotlight the vineyards of Hyland Estates in Willamette Valley, Oregon.  
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  • WineStudio: Bodegas Paniza

    5 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    Last up for the April WineStudio, Online Session XXIII, The Next Great Grape – The Cariñena Garnacha, with a virtual visit to and tasting of Bodegas Paniza. From the Protocol Wine Studio website: “Founded in 1953, Bodegas Paniza is named for the village where the winery is located, and where growers have cared for their vineyards for generations. The winery is situated in the highest elevation area of D.O.P. Cariñena to the south, at the rise of the Sistema Ibérico Mountain range, which brings cooling influences even in the peak of summer. Paniza benefits from a wide variety of…
  • Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria, Hoffman Estates

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria in Hoffman Estates is not a small establishment, at 10,000 square feet it accommodates up to 350 people in the three separate dining rooms, a high energy bar area, with room for another 300 people outdoors. It doesn't feel cavernous though, but rather comfortable, with room between tables if you want privacy. The decorations lack cohesiveness, in my opinion, with old signs, restaurant flyers, sports memorabilia and more throughout the restaurant, giving the eyes no time to rest. There are also a few too many televisions, but I understand that a lot of people…
  • WineStudio: Bodegas San Valero

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    Our second week of this month's WineStudio (theme: D.O.P. Cariñena), focused on two wines from Bodegas San Valero. Founded in 1944 by 60 winegrowers from Cariñena region, this coop now has more than 700 members. Besides investing in cutting edge manufacturing facilities, Bodegas San Valero has recently introduced selected grape harvesting, seeking even more the excellence in its wines by the selection of vineyards older than 30 years.Tasting Notes:Castillo Ducay Tinto Joven 2014: incredibly cool label with a cairn of rocks pictured; Garnacha, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown at…
  • Fromagerie Guilloteau: Fromager d'Affinois

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    I recently received samples of four flavors of Fromagerie Guilloteau's line Fromager d'Affinois: Plain, Bleu, Pepper and Garlic and Herb. Fromager d’Affinois debuted in 1995, produced using ultrafiltration, an ingenious process which retains a higher concentration of nutrients and ensures creamier and richer cheeses (and they are very creamy and rich, I assure you). A top-seller worldwide, the brand has expanded to include a number of flavors beyond the popular Fromager d’Affinois plain flavor. The Fromager d’Affinois Plain is a luscious double cream that is nearly impossible to stop…
  • WineStudio: Grandes Vinos y Viñedos

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    Grandes Vinos y Viñedos, S.A., was created to sell the wines of a number of co-operatives of Cariñena Denomination of Origin, using a new company name, the most modern installations, and a workforce of the highest level of qualifications. Their vineyards cover over 4000 hectares, and are spread across 14 municipal areas on the slopes of the Algairén and Pecos ranges, between the Rivers Huerva and Jalón, at heights of between 320 and 850 metres above sea level. As part of this month's WineStudio, we tasted two of their wines, a rosé and an old vine red, both quite tasty and good…
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  • Richland Sauvignon Blanc

    BoozeMonkey
    4 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Sauvignon Blanc is today one of the world’s most-widely planted white wine grape varieties, with over 121,000ha (300,000 acres) estimated to be under cultivation around the globe. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, it still flourishes there now as well as in other parts of the country, but growing has spread to Italy, Spain, Romania, Moldova, and further afield Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Chile and South Africa. A rewarding local example is Calabria Family Wines’ Richland Sauvignon Blanc from the NSW Riverina, and the 2014 is a lovely, fruity, full-bodied drop in which…
  • Far Ago Hill Pinot Gris 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    On week days you’ll find Katrina Hill running a busy interior design and colour consultancy in Sydney, but come weekends she ditches high fashion for jeans, a tractor, bobcat or slasher and becomes vigneron on her Far Ago Hill vineyard at Canyonleigh, in the Southern Highlands half-way between Sydney and Canberra. And that latter role rewards her with a ripper Pinot Gris – a variety for which the Southern Highlands is earning a fast-growing reputation – and whose story began in 2003 after Katrina and then-husband, Ricardo Farago had toured Europe tasting as many Pinot Gris as they…
  • The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Mid-year’s not that far off, which means time to start thinking hearty pudds, and to go with them good “sticky” Botrytis Semillon dessert wines. The Hunter Valley’s Neil McGuigan has created a particularly rewarding such “sticky” in his McGuigan The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012, because in it he’s crafted a drop that will go equally well with one of those warming Winter-time puddings  – or with anything from fruit salad and ice-cream to cheese-cake, apple pie and custard, anything in the way of slices… even cheese platters. Hunter Valley and Riverina fruit for this…
  • By George Cabernet Tempranillo 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Back in the 1990s Sam and Rachel Atkins (nee Fox), David Cumming, Jane Gordon and Natasha Mooney had a dream, and that was to make, market and sell premium wines from the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills that would one day sit amongst the great brands of the world as measured by value and enjoyment. Having learned their trade through working with some of Australia’s largest wine companies, today they’re well on the road to achieving that dream: their boutique Fox Gordon label that they launched in 2000 recognises the founding women in the company through the surnames of Rachel and Jane,…
 
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  • For fresh white wine bargains, head to France's Gascony

    Vint-ed
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    The Gascony region in France’s southwest is most famous for Armagnac, but the grapes used in the brandy are also used in some excellent fresh white wines that offer real value.One of my favorites is Domaine du Tariquet’s Cotes de Gascogne “Classic,” and the newly released 2014 vintage is one of the best I’ve tasted. This $8 blend of ugni blanc, colombard, sauvignon blanc and gros manseng is light and fruity with tastes of white peach, exotic fruit and citrus, mainly orange, with honey and a touch of minerality along the edges. There is good complexity here at a bargain price, and…
  • In an endless winter, wines that will transport you to summer

    Vint-ed
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    As I write this, it’s about to drop down to two degrees again here in New York, hardly the kind of weather that brings on thoughts of refreshing summer wines. But as part of my own strategy for coping with this brutal blast of winter we’ve been enduring for weeks, that’s exactly what I’ve been tasting. They're not a substitute for a warm beach, but they've taken some of the chill out of my mind, at least, and given me a jump on some exciting new releases to be enjoyed in the months ahead.From New Zealand, Mud House’s 2014 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($12) immediately got me in the…
  • Sips: A nice crisp pinot noir from New Zealand

    Vint-ed
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    Let’s face it: good under-$20 pinot noir with real varietal character, complexity and balance is hard to find. From New Zealand, Nobilo’s 2013 Icon Pinot Noir from Marlborough solves the problem. This widely available wine has an average price of $19 on Wine Searcher, with many retailers listing it for a good deal less. It has notes of black cherry, plum, blueberry and a typical and pleasing New Zealand pinot earthiness. Nicely integrated oak and refreshing acidity complete the picture.  It matched well with sliced London broil and will pair with lots of other dishes, from salmon to…
  • A wine made when Nixon was President reminds us how sexy 'old' can be

    Vint-ed
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    As a critic, I get to taste many hundreds of wines each year and sometimes get invited to events, many of them involving wine regions, wineries or importers presenting their latest releases. Sometimes the wines are memorable and I write about them; sometimes not.One of the more unusual experiences of this kind came not long ago when I was invited to stop by Morrell & Co., the well-known New York retailer and wine bar just across the street from my  office in Rockefeller Center. The occasion was an updating of the store and bar and a chance to taste a few wines. There was a rosé from…
  • In the under-$10 wine crapshoot, an impressive Spanish white

    Vint-ed
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    In the middle of summer, I crave fresh, lighter white wines, preferably with little or no oak but with good complexity and a price that will permit me to buy plenty of them to have on hand to sip with weekend lunches, before dinner or with the fresh fish and shellfish.  With those requirements, I tend to gravitate to the wines of the lesser-known appellations of France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, which can still offer excellent values. One of them is  Avelino Vegas’s 2013 “Abadía Real” verdejo-viura blend, a $9 Vino de la Tierra from the large Castilla y León region of…
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  • How Long Does Wine Last Opened?

    Madeline Puckette
    4 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Q: How long does wine last after it’s opened? A: It depends on the type of wine and how well the wine is stored. Fortified wines can last open for up to a month, but most last only about 3–5 days. We have organized these answers based on the type of wine with suggestions on how to store them. How Long Does Wine Last Opened? Sparkling Wine 1–3 days in the fridge with a sparkling wine stopper Sparkling wines lose their carbonation quickly after opening. For your information, a traditional method sparkling wine, such as Cava or Champagne, will last a little longer than a tank method…
  • Barolo vs Brunello: Sizing Up Italy’s Most Popular Reds

    Madeline Puckette
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    If you ask Italians what the best Italian red wine is, you won’t get 1 answer, you’ll get at least 20. This is because there are 20 Italian provinces, and each province focuses on a different wine (and their all very good). There are however, 2 wines that tend to be chosen as the “King of Italian Wine,” and those are Barolo and Brunello. Just so you know, Brunello is short for Brunello di Montalcino. If you love Italian wines already, use this article as a challenge, and plan your own taste-comparison. Of course, if you’re an Italian wine lover, you probably…
  • Wines That Pair Ridiculously Well with Ham

    Madeline Puckette
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    BASICS TO PAIRING WINE WITH HAM Fruity Wines – Ham with its sweet-and-salty richness pairs best with wines have a touch of sweetness, plenty of acidity and bold fruit. Great ham-wines include Riesling, Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Lambrusco, Grenache and Zinfandel. What wine goes with ham? The general profile of ham is sweet, salty, textured and rich, but you’ll find quite a bit of variation in ham depending on what you get. Because of this, you can pick from a range of wines that work great! A Li’l History: Ham has been a big deal for a very long time–at least as far…
  • Who Said Wine Doesn’t Pair With Sports?

    Madeline Puckette
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Find out why wine is sometimes a better match than beer when it comes to some sports. What Wine Matches With Your Favorite Sport? NFL Football Football has long been sold as a beer-drinkers game, but we beg to differ. Football is actually a red wine drinkers game. Let me explain. Football commences in the fall and interest peaks during the holidays. By the way, this is also peak red wine season. Still, football attendees swath themselves in blankets and sip on icy beers. What better beverage to drink than a heart-warming red wine? Perfect Wine: Bold red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon,…
  • Cristal Champagne: The Wine of Tsars and Stars

    Madeline Puckette
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Why does Cristal have the reputation of one of the world’s best Champagnes? This $150 prestige Champagne was once the darling of kings and tsars, and then it became Jay-Z’s favorite wine (until he dropped it in 2006). The wine has received ample respect from serious Champagne aficionados. In 2002, Cristal received the near-impossible 100-point score from Wine & Spirits Magazine. So what makes Cristal Champagne so great? And… can we find a great bubbly for less? Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Cristal Taste: dry with creamy bubble finesse and flavors of honey, orange peel,…
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  • Food Pairings Bring an Even Better Wine Tasting

    Carey Sweet
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, and Thou. The saying is classic. And it’s good advice, since while wine is wonderful, all the time, it’s always good to add some food to the mix, and like mama always said, “don't drink on an empty stomach” (if your mama didn’t say that, you didn’t grow up in Wine Country). You can plan a meal before you visit the wine tasting rooms, or even better, eat-as-you-go. Here are some of Sonoma’s most delicious wine and food paired opportunities: Ram's Gate Winery & Estate Vineyards This Sonoma/Carneros gen makes great Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and a…
  • New Places to Wine Taste in Wine Country

    Carey Sweet
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Just opened or recently spiffed up, these tasting rooms are worth toasting. Check our handy guide for where to visit and what to drink. MacRostie Estate House, Healdsburg It’s been two decades since Steve MacRostie founded his 20-acre winery and vineyards in the Russian River Valley, specializing in Pinot Noir, like the yummy 2011 Twin Hill Ranch line. Now, we can taste that wine on-site, with the opening of a tasting room called the Estate House. The experience is luxury, set in a contemporary hilltop mansion decorated in grained woods, leathers, glass walls, and a Pottery Barn chic décor…
  • Savor the Wine County Chefs of Tomorrow Fundraiser Apr. 22

    Carey Sweet
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Chefs of Tomorrow Pictures courtesy of Rick Tang Photography and Derrick Story Photography We see the celebrity chefs on TV, enjoy top chef cooking in our favorite restaurants, and pore over their recipes in hip magazines and cookbooks. But how do they get there? What’s the secret to a successful career in a professional kitchen? It certainly helps to start young, and have a helping hand, such as the Wine County Chefs of Tomorrow program. The Sonoma-based non-profit works with 10 Sonoma County high school culinary arts programs to train students in all aspects of fine dining work, from…
  • Calistoga’s Food & Wine Event Takes Your Tastebuds on a Tantalizing Trip

    gina
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Wine is meant to be with food - that’s the point of it. ~ Julia Child What is it about food and wine combined that thrills our taste buds? The two have a long history of being paired together. Today their partnership is celebrated in a variety of special events. This month, on April 24th and 25th, guests are invited to one such event, the Calistoga Food & Wine Event. On April 24th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Grand Tasting Event hosted by Solage invites ticket holders to savor sips of wines from 30 of Calistoga’s wineries paired with small bites specially prepared by Solbar’s…
  • Recording Breaking Donations At This Year’s Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

    Rachel Savitt
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Congratulations to Gary Buffo, the Founder & President of Pure Luxury Transportation for serving on the board of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend for the second year in a row, and in helping raise over three million dollars in contributions this year (triple last year's contributions)! Gary and his wife Jennifer, Pure Luxury's Vice-President and C.O.O, have been donating to Sonoma Wine Country Weekend for over 10 years. They believe strongly in giving back to their community, and aiding people in need. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County's largest charity event, with over 200 top…
 
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Josh Wade to acquire Just a Couple of Moms Catering

    drinknectar
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    Josh Wade of Nectar Tasting Room and Nectar Wine and Beer has come to an agreement with Maiden Lane Entities to acquire Just a Couple of Moms Catering. Just a Couple of Moms started in 2010 as the passion of Kathleen White and her business partner Lori Ennis. For the last several years Kathleen and her husband Tom White (not one of the moms) have been building a tasty reputation as one of Spokane’s top catering companies. In 2013 the business moved from the north side of Spokane to the basement of Nectar Tasting Room. Just a Couple of Moms […]
  • Coyote Canyon Joins Nectar Tasting Room

    drinknectar
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    Nectar Tasting Room is proud to welcome Coyote Canyon Winery as the newest winery to the team. Coyote Canyon is an estate winery located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA (American Viticulture Association). Mike Andrews and his son Jeff farm over 1100 acres of wine grapes with a focus on Italian varieties like Sangiovese, Barbera and Primitivo as well as Spanish varieties like Graciano and Albarino. In addition, Coyote Canyon produces high quality Cabernet, Syrah, Malbec and more. “We are excited to welcome Coyote Canyon to the team, their unique product offering, long standing history in the…
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    Wine Reviews and Tasting Reports

  • CECCHI Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2011

    5 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The Cecchi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is an excellent showing in 2011, offering aromas and flavors of blackberries and dried cherries followed by leather, exit spices, damp soil along with a touch of floral and mineral notes which all come together in a rustic style. The medium-full body is well balanced and backed by fine, silky tannins and finishing up with long, grippy. Composed of 90% Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile), 10% other red varietals. Aged in small, oak barrels for 24 months, followed by 3-4 months bottle-ageing before release. (Best 2016-2025) - May, 2015 (JD) 91POINTS Wine…
  • HERMANN J. WIEMER Riesling 'Semi-Dry' 2013

    5 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    The 2013 Hermann J. Wiemer Semi-Dry Riesling from Seneca Lake begins to open with aromas of kaffir lime, white peach, chamomile, acacia blossom and a hint of light spices working their way in. On the palate this shows a notable amount of residual sweetness, with a rich, oily texture that leads to the well rounded finish. (Best 2015-2023) - May, 2015 (JD) 88POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: April, 2015  Producer: Hermann J. Wiemer Vintage: 2013 Drinking Window: 2015-2023 Estimated Value: $25 Country: United States Region: New York Appellation: Finger Lakes…
  • DOMENICO CLERICO Barolo 2011

    4 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    In 2011, for the first time ever, Domenico Clerico decided to only release a Barolo “Classico” using the production from his single vineyards of Briccotto, Ciabot Mentin and Pajana. As this begins to open, it releases seductive aromas of fresh cherries and strawberries, which are followed by freshly crushed floral, licorice, smoke and hints of mint. This is beautifully structured and layered, ending with a long and polished finish which leaves behind a mouthful of juicy red fruits lingering. This is already quite appealing, and should only continue to get better as it develops…
  • RENATO RATTI Barolo 'Marcenasco' 2011

    2 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    The 2011 'Marcenasco' instantly opens with beautiful aromas of fresh ripe strawberries and cherries followed by licorice, rose petal, eucalyptus and minerals. It shows wonderful balance and structure with a gorgeous polished texture, remaining fresh and inviting all the way through the long finish. While this is already extremely appealing, it is sure to develop further with some additional time. The 2011 is an excellent follow up to last years outstanding wine, maybe even better. (Best 2016-2026) - May, 2015 (JD) 93  POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: May, 2015  Producer:…
  • DOMAINE DU GRAND MONTMIRAIL Gigondas 'Vieilles Vignes' 2012

    1 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    The 2012 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas 'Vieilles Vignes' is composed of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre which comes from vines averaging over 40-years-old. The wine itself offers aromas of black raspberry and sweet plum followed by lavender, graphite, white pepper and an iron character. On the palate this is well balanced backed by a racy core of acidity that carries on through the finish. The 2012 Gidondas shows some nice appeal early on, but it will be best to allow this to further evolve for a few more years. (Best 2016-2025) - April, 2015 (JD) 90  POINTS Wine…
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  • Richland Sauvignon Blanc

    BoozeMonkey
    4 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Sauvignon Blanc is today one of the world’s most-widely planted white wine grape varieties, with over 121,000ha (300,000 acres) estimated to be under cultivation around the globe. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, it still flourishes there now as well as in other parts of the country, but growing has spread to Italy, Spain, Romania, Moldova, and further afield Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Chile and South Africa. A rewarding local example is Calabria Family Wines’ Richland Sauvignon Blanc from the NSW Riverina, and the 2014 is a lovely, fruity, full-bodied drop in which…
  • Far Ago Hill Pinot Gris 2014

    BoozeMonkey
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    On week days you’ll find Katrina Hill running a busy interior design and colour consultancy in Sydney, but come weekends she ditches high fashion for jeans, a tractor, bobcat or slasher and becomes vigneron on her Far Ago Hill vineyard at Canyonleigh, in the Southern Highlands half-way between Sydney and Canberra. And that latter role rewards her with a ripper Pinot Gris – a variety for which the Southern Highlands is earning a fast-growing reputation – and whose story began in 2003 after Katrina and then-husband, Ricardo Farago had toured Europe tasting as many Pinot Gris as they…
  • The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Mid-year’s not that far off, which means time to start thinking hearty pudds, and to go with them good “sticky” Botrytis Semillon dessert wines. The Hunter Valley’s Neil McGuigan has created a particularly rewarding such “sticky” in his McGuigan The Shortlist Botrytis Semillon 2012, because in it he’s crafted a drop that will go equally well with one of those warming Winter-time puddings  – or with anything from fruit salad and ice-cream to cheese-cake, apple pie and custard, anything in the way of slices… even cheese platters. Hunter Valley and Riverina fruit for this…
  • By George Cabernet Tempranillo 2012

    BoozeMonkey
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Back in the 1990s Sam and Rachel Atkins (nee Fox), David Cumming, Jane Gordon and Natasha Mooney had a dream, and that was to make, market and sell premium wines from the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills that would one day sit amongst the great brands of the world as measured by value and enjoyment. Having learned their trade through working with some of Australia’s largest wine companies, today they’re well on the road to achieving that dream: their boutique Fox Gordon label that they launched in 2000 recognises the founding women in the company through the surnames of Rachel and Jane,…
 
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  • scandal wine recap: papa pope bores us

    grapefriend
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Abby was out last week, leaving me to my own paltry plot devices. Luckily, she has returned… I’m back, Grapefriends! Sorry to have missed you last week in what was a very dramatic episode. To be honest, I really could have used a drink before this episode even started thanks to Scandal’s lead-in, Grey’s Anatomy … Continue reading →
  • happy monday blues happy hour 

    grapefriend
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Steak tartare and Bandol rosé, Monday blues all washed away.    Bandol is good for minerally, wild strawberry-ish, and great with food. Or just on its own too, of course! Continue reading →
  • scandal wine recap: excellent as always

    grapefriend
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Abby is away and this is what happens when I don’t have my plot recapper. wine moment #1 It was very exciting because we got a wine moment right at the open! Papa Pope was at Olivia’s place and pouring out what’s certainly better than her go-to California Oak. A lot of berating and threatening happens … Continue reading →
  • mad men wine: we’ve entered jug-land

    grapefriend
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Who knew the 70s were so grapey? Well, at least they are for our Official Mad Men Grapefriend, Megan. She starts off the episode in California, with a glass poured out from a big ol’ jug of Almaden. Jugs of wine were huge in the 70s. I remember growing up as a kid that my … Continue reading →
  • mad men wine recap: the 70s are groovy and grapey

    grapefriend
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Welcome back to our final half-season of Mad Men wine recaps! As a show that’s known for prevalent cocktail drinking, grapefriend tracks the few but increasing glasses of wine they knock back. In the 60s, when the show fictionally started out, there wasn’t much wine being consumed in the US – Napa hadn’t really begun … Continue reading →
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  • Italy’s Piedmont Region Yields Truffles, Terrific wines

    Lou
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    Reviews of the recently released wines from the Luca Bosio Vineyards   By Lou Marmon Gazette Newspapers  March 25, 2015   There is clearly something magical in the soil of Italy’s Piedmont region. In addition to being a source of the highly esteemed white truffle, it is also the region where the Nebbiolo grape is transformed into Barolo and Barbaresco, two of Italy’s greatest wines.   Like the elusive truffle, the best examples of these wines are pricey, with many costing hundreds of dollars. They are also very tannic when young, with a harshness that requires years of…
  • South African Kosher Wines

    Lou
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Review of two kosher wines from South Africa’s Backsberg Estate Cellars.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  April 1, 2015   The most widely seized upon message or theme of Passover is freedom from oppression. During the seder meal we recount the story of the Jewish Exodus, how G-d laid low the most powerful ruler on earth and liberated the Jewish people from slavery.  Indeed, the story, particularly in its Biblical form with the central figure of Moses (whose prominence is massively relegated to nominal mention in the Passover Haggadah), has…
  • Spirit Of Summer Beckons

    Lou
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    Review of the Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and a look at the “Hot Toddy.”   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  March 11, 2015   Despite the cold, icy weather outside, we found our thoughts wandering and our hearts pining for sunnier and warmer climes. One of us is from northern California originally, and as it happens we both love northern California wines. We always have a tendency of saying this, but one of our favorite winemakers is Ernie Weir, the owner of Napa Valley, California’s Hagafen Cellars.   At a certain level this is…
  • Perfect for Passover

    Lou
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    Reviews of the Recanati Diamond Chardonnay 2013, the Abarbanel, Batch 30, Unoaked Chardonnay 2013 and Tio Pepe Fino Sherry.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  March 18, 2015   The world has a love/hate relationship with Chardonnay. On the one hand, it is one of the most widely planted grapes, while on the other hand, it tends to elicit scorn and even contempt. Many consumers continue to ascribe to the ABC school of wine selection: “Anything But Chardonnay.”   This recently took a bizarre twist when a vandal opened the valves on four…
  • Kosher Wine’s Hero

    Lou
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Reviews of the latest releases from the Covenant Winery.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  March 25, 2015   Though relatively late to the fight as a wine producer, one of the heroes of the kosher-wine battle against the entrenched anti-kosher wine bias is Jeff Morgan, owner and winemaker at the Covenant Winery in Berkeley, Calif. Morgan is not only crafting some of the world’s finest wines which just so happen to also be certified kosher, he is doing so essentially with his hands behind his back (as he’s not allowed to touch his non-mevushal…
 
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  • Columbia River Landing Riesling Wine Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    sour1382
    4 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Columbia River Landing Riesling is one of the many Riesling options popping up at Trader Joe’s these days. Every single week, I show up, and it seems like there is a new Riesling on the self. People must love the stuff, because it seems like it is fast becoming one of the most popular varietals they stock. The Columbia River Landing Riesling specifically is one of their domestic options. As the name implies, it is from the Columbia Valley in Washington. Trader Joe’s will sell you a bottle of Columbia River Landing Riesling for around $5. At a price that cheap, Columbia River…
  • Casone Toscano IGT Wine Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    sour1382
    3 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    I am a known sucker for buying wines at Trader Joe’s strictly because I know nothing about them. There is some element of surprise that I find comforting. Such was the Casone Toscano IGT. The friendly employee told me that past vintages had been quite popular, and I’m usually game for Toscano. Knowing nothing more than that, I decided that I probably should give it a try. Especially given that it was only $10, the decision was definitely an easy one to make. I love how the low prices at Trader Joe’s make it so hard to say no to a new bottle of wine! According to Trader…
  • Laurent Dublanc Côtes-du-Rhône Wine Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    sour1382
    2 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
      Laurent Dublanc Côtes-du-Rhône comes in a bottle of a slightly funny shape. It seems a little fatter and squatter than a traditional wine bottle, and it has a little more going on at the top. From what I can gather, this is somewhat typical of wines of this varietal. I don’t know what this matters, but I thought you might like to know. Either way, you can get a bottle of Laurent Dublanc Côtes-du-Rhône at your local neighborhood Trader Joe’s for $7. Trader Joe’s has a somewhat atypical description of Laurent Dublanc Côtes-du-Rhône. They tell us that it, “is better than a…
  • David Stone Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Review | Drinking at Walgreens

    sour1382
    1 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    David Stone Cabernet Sauvignon is an offering from Walgreens slightly more upscale line of wines. You switch over to wines from David Stone Vineyards when you’ve had enough of the Liberty Creek and Southern Point wines and really want to upgrade. However, let’s not get unreasonable. We’re talking a small step up. The label is a lot classier, and it doesn’t scream, “I bought this at Walgreens!” when you show up with a bottle at a dinner party, but you’re still spending less than $10. David Stone Cabernet Sauvignon is really a Cabernet Sauvignon for non-Cabernet Sauvignon…
  • Arosa Sweet Sparkling Moscato Wine Review | Drinking at Aldi

    sour1382
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    We originally kicked off our Drinking at Aldi series with a bottle of Arosa sparkling wine, so it is with much excitement that we return to the brand to visit the Arosa Sweet Sparkling Moscato. Arosa wine comes to us from Aldi, everyone’s favorite discount supermarket. At Aldi, the Arosa Moscato is one of their more expensive wines, clocking in at a full $6. At that price, you want to be sure that it’s good. After all, with $6, you could get an awesome burrito instead. Arosa Sweet Sparkling Moscato is, as the name indicates, quite sweet. Aldi tells us that it has, “flavors and aromas of…
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    HoseMaster of Wine™

  • Rating Bordeaux 2014: My Methodology

    4 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Before the unveiling of my anxiously anticipated scores for 2014 Bordeaux (many of which fall between 90 and 98 points, and have pretty much been randomly assigned), I thought it might be appropriate to outline my methodology. The real question is, which comes first, the methodology or the outline? I never even realized I had a methodology until I began the outline. I find that my methodology is a hindrance at primeurs week in Bordeaux, and that, for a methodology, it’s pretty much improvised...
  • A League of Their Rhône Rangers--Part Three

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I wish someone would start a Syrah appreciation society, throw an annual Shirazapalooza. Is there one I don’t know about? For God’s Sake, Petite Sirah has a fan club! Really? Petite Sirah? It’s a hybrid variety, the feckless offspring of Syrah, not a grape as God intended. It’s the damned Bruce Jenner of varieties. Syrah deserves its own fan club outside of the Rhône Rangers. It’s nuts to me that so many people ignore the indisputable greatness of Syrah. When you start talking about the...
  • Corky Taint, Terrorist Sommelier

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    It wasn’t the first time Corky Taint had run away from home. But he’d always returned before. Gotten scared, or corraled by a cop, or hungry. Except for a few months ago, when Corky suddenly vanished one night, leaving no clues behind for his desperate family. Months later his family learned the horrible truth. Corky had been recruited online. Hours and hours spent on a website chatting with older males pretending to be his friends, and he had decided to leave everything he knew behind, his...
  • EPHEMERA: Poodles and Fires

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    I’m very relieved. It appears that HoseMaster of Wine™ has not been nominated for a Poodle Award. In fact, I only noticed the nominations were open by accident. I’m not sure anyone cares, it appeared there were far fewer nominations than usual, except those who took the time to nominate their own blog seventeen times. I skimmed the nominations, and was happy to see I wasn’t listed. I don’t want to win another one. I didn’t want to win the first three either. I’d love to win a MacArthur “Genius”...
  • A League of Their Rhône Rangers--Part Two

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I don’t recall what year it was, but at one of the Hospice du Rhône Grand Tastings in Paso Robles it was 114℉! It was so hot, the local squirrels were using the Rosés to chill their nuts. It was so hot, you couldn’t tell if the Syrah smelled like bacon, or if that was the fat guy pouring it. Man, it was hot. And at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds, the “air conditioning” was provided by swamp coolers. Yeah, that works. It was like tasting wine in CeeLo Green’s underpants. A lot of really sweaty...
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    Liz Palmer's Wine, Spirit & More Blog

  • Review of Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic

    Liz Palmer
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    By Robert Roland + Liz Palmer Casa De Campo, one of the Caribbean’s legendary resorts boasts six restaurants and three award-winning golf courses – one being the top golf course in the world, the Teeth of The Dog. That’s just the beginning and the Casa story tells the tale of constant evolution and corporate contribution. Casa de Campo translated means “homes from cropland” and the real beginning started in the late 1960’s with the success of the Gulf + Western sugar mill operation at La Romana. Alvaro Carta operated the largest producing mill in the world at the time, and was…
  • Review of Serisso 47, Trapani Silicy + Saint Germain (Brut) Firriato

    Liz Palmer
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Serisso 47 is located in the heart of Trapani’s historical center and it is interesting to note that it was formerly a Bourbon palace in the 17th century. Serisso 47 has a wonderful cozy and elegant atmosphere. The cuisine truly interprets the traditional cuisine of Trapani – the catch of the day, which is brought to your table by trolley. I highly recommend you experience this as each fish is pointed out and explained  along with the cooking preparation.  There are other regional dishes including spaghetti with sea urchins. I found the wine wine list to be large with a great…
  • Interview with Meritxell Lecha Vinuesa, Manager of Passion by Martin Berasategui, Paradisus Palma Real, Dominican Republic

    Liz Palmer
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Before assuming her current role as the Manager of Passion, Melia in Punta Cana, Meritxell Lecha Vinuesa worked with Martin Berasategui for 7 years in managerial positions at Restaurante Enoteca, Hotel Art (2 Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona) and Restaurante Lasarte (2 Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona), and Restaurante Gaig (1 Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona). Martin Berasategui winner of 7 Michelin stars, and for the last six years his restaurant San Sebastian, Spain has been listed as one of The World’s Top Fifty Restaurants. I sat down with Meritxell to discuss everything…
  • Champagne is served…. A List of Champagnes Served in First + Business Class

    Liz Palmer
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    If your 2015 travel plans include flights in First Class or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to ask for that pre-departure flute of these fine pours: Air France – Serves Taittinger in First Class and Champagne Deutz Brut Classic NV in Business Class Aer Lingus – serves Jean Pernet Tradition Brut Champagne in Business Class American Airlines – Champagne Demilly de Baere Carte d’Or Brut is found in First Class International and Gosset Brut is found in Business International British Airways – First Class passengers sip Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle,…
  • Roederer launches Brut Nature 2006 in Toronto

    Liz Palmer
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Louis Roederer Champagne, known for its tête du cuvée Cristal, has launched its first new cuvée “Brut Nature 2006” in more than 40 years. The new cuvée was created in collaboration with world-renowned French designer, Philippe Starck and is the first non-dosage for Louis Roederer. This non-malolactic, zero dosage vintage champagne was unveiled by Roederer’s Chef de Caves, Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, during a launch event in Toronto a few weeks ago. In attendance was a select number of wine journalists and members of Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants. According to Lecaillon, his…
 
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  • Long Island Wine Country: Sparkling Pointe

    Debbie
    4 May 2015 | 5:08 pm
    I never knew of Sparkling Pointe until last year when I was working in the back room of the Classic and they won best sparkling wine.  Not that I got to taste it then, but I did make my way to their table at the NY Drinks NY event and made sure to taste the award winning bubbles. Romance, magic and bubbles are what is behind Sparking Pointe. Tom and Cynthia Rosicki shared a bottle of Champagne on their first date and never stopped with the bubbles. As residents of the North Fork witnessing the growth of the region and wine, they wanted to be a part of it.  They purchased their piece…
  • A Carinena and Garnacha Wine Under $9.99

    Debbie
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Yes you saw correct.  The two wines I am going to tell you about are priced under $9.99 and besides a great value, they are pretty good wines to drink now. The wines come from Bodegas San Valero Co-Op and they manage 700 grape growers in Carinena covering over 8,600 acres of vineyards. 20% of their Garnacha are old vines ranging in age from 30 to 100 years and are at high altitudes in very rocky soils.  You can taste a bit of the minerality in the wine. The first wine I tasted was the 2014 Castillo Ducay Red.  This wine is a blend with 60% of the wine Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Tartrates

    Debbie
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Tartrates appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • Wines of Leonard Oakes on the Niagara Escarpment

    Debbie
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Located on the Niagara Escarpment in Medina, NY Leonard Oakes Estate Winery was founded in 2003.  They make a variety of wines and also some cider.  Their SteamPunk Eloquince Cider is a bit different.  Made with 80% English apple varieties and 20% quince. The quince did give it a different flavor.  The apple flavor was there, not to sweet with a hint of spice that I would attribute came from the quince fruit.  It had an odd finish that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. SRP $11 If you like fruit forward Pinot Noir try their 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir. Aromas of…
  • Happy #SauvignonBlanc Day

    Debbie
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    WooHoo it’s Friday and it’s Sauvignon Blanc Day!  Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite summertime whites.  I have a friend that all she drinks in Sauvignon Blanc, so when I’m with her, you can guess what I am drinking even if it’s not summer. Sauvignon Blanc is grown all over the world.  You most likely are familiar with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s also grown in South Africa, Chile, France, Uruguay, California and New York. For more information about Sauvignon Blanc I invite you to listen to the podcast I recorded with Bryan Diaz of…
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  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room The Captain’s Log: Dressed to the ‘Nines’, Hanging at the Fermento Funk Factory

    Debbie Gioquindo
    5 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Captain Lawrence throws a little birthday party for itself May 16, when Tap & Pour goes down at the brewery’s Elmsford base. In years past, the brewery would mark its anniversary with a pig roast. This year’s event, Captain Lawrence’s ninth anniversary, will feature smoked pig, which goes great with smoked porter, a hearty IPA, and a sunny day, but the food offerings are all over the map—the Westchester map, that is. There are hot dogs from Walter’s in Mamaroneck, falafel from Taiim Falafel Shack in Hastings, flatbread pizzas from Gleason’s  in Peekskill, Italian…
  • Long Island Wine Country: Sparkling Pointe

    Debbie Gioquindo
    4 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    I never knew of Sparkling Pointe until last year when I was working in the back room of the Classic and they won best sparkling wine.  Not that I got to taste it then, but I did make my way to their table at the NY Drinks NY event and made sure to taste the award winning bubbles.Romance, magic and bubbles are what is behind Sparking Pointe. Tom and Cynthia Rosicki shared a bottle of Champagne on their first date and never stopped with the bubbles. As residents of the North Fork witnessing the growth of the region and wine, they wanted to be a part of it.  They purchased their piece…
  • A Carinena and Garnacha Wine Under $9.99

    Debbie Gioquindo
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    Yes you saw correct.  The two wines I am going to tell you about are priced under $9.99 and besides a great value, they are pretty good wines to drink now.The wines come from Bodegas San Valero Co-Op and they manage 700 grape growers in Carinena covering over 8,600 acres of vineyards. 20% of their Garnacha are old vines ranging in age from 30 to 100 years and are at high altitudes in very rocky soils.  You can taste a bit of the minerality in the wine.The first wine I tasted was the 2014 Castillo Ducay Red.  This wine is a blend with 60% of the wine Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Tartrates

    Debbie Gioquindo
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Almost Famous

    Debbie Gioquindo
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    Tom Brady stretches out his 6’ 4” frame, scans the field in front of him, and fends off the attacker waving his arms in Brady’s face. He considers his options, and chooses the Hop Commander.Alas, this Tom Brady lives in Armonk, and his baby Sean, tucked into the front pack, is the one in his grill. The other Tom Brady, well, who knows where that jet-setting Patriot might be.“I get it once a day,” says Westchester Tom Brady of the quips about his namesake. “I’m used to it.”It’s a sunny spring day on the Captain Lawrence patio. The band Gridline is serving up a…
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • Georgian wine-tasting held at OIV in Paris

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    01.05.2015 (Hvino News) On 29th of April 2014 a selection of Georgian wines were presented in Paris at International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV).About 350 guests attended the wine-tasting event, including Georgian Ambassador to France HE Ms. Ekaterine Siradze-Delaunay, Director General of the OIV Mr. Jean-Marie Aurand, President of the National Wine Agency of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Samanishvili. The Ambassador recalled that Georgia, the heart of the Caucasus, was one of the cradles of world viticulture. For millennia the vine are grown in ideal climatic and geological conditions. The…
  • Good work, sister: The rise of women wine makers in Georgia

    30 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Photo: Sarah May Grunwaldby Sarah May Grunwald01.05.2015. Last spring I met Georgia's first female owned wine company and have had the privilege of following them for an entire year, from vineyard to qvevri, to bottling. In Georgia, men have traditionally been in control of the 8,000 year old qvevri wine making process, so these women, along with another young woman named Mariam Iosebidze who started her own wine company in 2014, are at the forefront of a change in culture and attitudes towards women in Georgia. I have interviewed these women and tasted their wine and I would like to share…
  • Georgian wine tasting in French Riviera's Cap d'Antibes

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    30.04.2015 (Hvino News). On April 27 an important Georgian wine tasting event was held in Cannes, France.National Wine Agency presented 12 varieties of wine, produced by 7 companies: Shalauri, Winiveria, Chateau Mukhrani, Iago's wine, Teleda  / Vita Vinea,  Schuchmann Wines.At the event, which was held at Le Cesar restaurant in Cap d'Antibes, dozens of sommeliers had the opportunity to learn more about Georgian wines and grape varieties, and the the country’s wine culture and ancient history of winemaking. Anna Godabrelidze, chairman of wine-tasting commission of the  Agency,…
  • 2015 New Wine Festival's participants list revealed

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    by Keto Ninidze29.04.2015. The selection process of family wineries for New Wine Festival is over. An unprecedented number of wineries will take part in the festival this year. 55 winemakers will represent 72 varieties of wine from Kakheti, Kartli, Imereti and Racha regions, see the list below.On April 25, in the village Chardakhi of Mtskheta district, "Georgian Wine Club" organized wine tasting to select family wineries. A committee consisting of 11 people which was composed of enologists, winemakers, winegrowers, writers and wine enthusiasts, gave positive feedback to most of wines out of…
  • Georgian wine at Seoul's SWS Expo

    29 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    29.04.2014 (Hvino News). Seven Georgian wine and brandy producers and the National Wine Agency took part in the Seoul International Wine and Spirits Exhibition (SWS Expo), which took place in the capital of South Korea on April 23-25.The following companies were represented, in a common booth: Shumi, Telavi Wine Cellar, Winery Khareba, Armazi Wines, Kakhetian Wine Cellar, Kakhuri, Sarajishvili.The Georgia's ambassador to Korea, Mr. Nikoloz Apkhazava, attended the opening ceremony. Ambassador Apkhazava is well known for his wine-promotion activities in Korea (read more here: Envoy's Georgian…
 
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • 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.
  • Interview with Chef Eros Picco, Innocenti Evasioni Restaurant, Milan

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Chef Eros Picco, owner of Innocenti Evasioni restaurant of Milan - one Michelin star - talks about his vision of cooking and wine, as well as giving us an interesting recipe made with cod. He will then unfold the secret of one of his best known recipes - Foie Gras terrine - by telling us it would not be the same without a special ingredient: sweet wine.
  • Best Wine of March 2015: Adarmando 2012, Tabarrini

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Among the most representative wines of Umbria, Adarmando is also one of the most interesting expressions of Trebbiano Spoletino of the region, a grapre of remarkable potentials and now acclaimed protagonists of the green heart of Italy. Adarmando, in this vintage 2012, conquest for the first time DiWineTaste Five Diamons and deserves, undeniably, the title of the best wine of March 2015.
  • Best Wine of February 2015: Trento Extra Brut Riserva Lunelli 2006, Ferrari

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Everything starts in 1902 when Giulio Ferrari - the founder of this prestigious winery of Trentino - had the intuition of understanding his land was well suited for the making of great sparkling wines. Trento Extra Brut Riserva Lunelli is the result of this long story, extraordinary representative of TrentoDOC, an example of great elegance and finesse, DiWineTaste Five Diamonds and the best wine of February 2015.
  • Muscat Blanc: the Aroma of Grape Turned Into Wine

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Muscat Blanc is among the most ancient and appreciated varieties of history, praised by many authors of the past because of the delicious wines produced with this grape, it is still today one of the most appreciated ones. A grape very common all over Italy, Muscat Blanc is particularly famous in France as well, where it is used for making extraordinary sweet and dry wines, all characterized by a charming aroma of grape.
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - Italiano

  • 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.
  • Intervista a Chef Eros Picco, Ristorante Innocenti Evasioni, Milano

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Chef Eros Picco, titolare del ristorante Innocenti Evasioni di Milano - una stella Michelin - ci parla della sua visione della cucina e del vino, oltre a regalarci un'interessante ricetta a base di merluzzo. Infine, ci ricorda che uno dei suoi più celebri piatti - la terrina di Foie Gras - non sarebbe la stessa senza un ingrediente speciale: il vino passito.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Marzo 2015: Adarmando 2012, Tabarrini

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Fra i vini più rappresentativi dell'Umbria, Adarmando è anche una delle più interessanti espressioni di Trebbiano Spoletino della regione, un'uva dalle straordinarie potenzialità e che è oramai affermato protagonista del cuore verde d'Italia. Adarmando, nell'annata 2012, conquista per la prima volta i Cinque Diamanti DiWineTaste e merita, innegabilmente, il titolo di migliore vino di Marzo 2015.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Febbraio 2015: Trento Extra Brut Riserva Lunelli 2006, Ferrari

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    Tutto nasce nel 1902 per opera dell'intuizione di Giulio Ferrari - fondatore di questa prestigiosa cantina del Trentino - quando capì la vocazione della sua terra a produrre grandi spumanti. Il Trento Extra Brut Riserva Lunelli è il risultato di questa lunga storia, straordinario rappresentante del TrentoDOC, un esempio di grande eleganza e finezza, Cinque Diamanti DiWineTaste e migliore vino di Febbraio 2015.
  • Moscato Bianco: il Profumo dell'Uva che si fa Vino

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Il Moscato Bianco è fra le varietà più antiche a apprezzate della storia dell'umanità, decantata da molti autori del passato per i vini deliziosi che con quest'uva si producevano, trova ancora oggi una nutrita schiera di appassionati. Molto diffuso in tutta Italia, il Moscato Bianco è particolarmente celebre anche in Francia dove si producono straordinari vini dolci e secchi, tutti caratterizzati dal suadente profumo d'uva.
 
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    Mad about Madeira

  • Photos Of The Day; Mestre x 4

    Niklas Jorgensen
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
      There are not more than six of them left on the island of Madeira, the coopers. And four of these works at Blandy’s. To honor their skills, Blandy’s has put the respective name of the coopers on four big casks which the company acquired many years ago from the Swedish Vin & Spritcentralen. For Swedes it’s quite interesting to know that between the two world wars, Sweden was the biggest buyer of Madeira and the state monopoly had an office in Funchal. The four casks, now with the names of mestre Silva (the grandmaster), mestre Emanuel, mestre Rogério and mestre José António…
  • Madeira Vintners – Thank You Paulo!

    Niklas Jorgensen
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
      Writing a wine site solely about Madeira wine becomes quite personal from time to time. I dedicate a lot of time on what I consider the most breathtaking wine in the world. Hence this; I still remember the first time I met Paulo Mendes. A mutual friend of ours introduced me and after having mail correspondence back and forth, me and Paulo decided to meet. Before we met I was a bit skeptical. Some criticism were circulating on the island about the Madeira Vintners project, a company owned by CAF, the local cooperative. Why open a new winery on the island? So I decided to meet Paulo, to…
  • July 1 is #madeirawineday

    Niklas Jorgensen
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Are you also a Madeira wine fan? Then why not like the Mad about Madeira page on Facebook? Or send me a request? Fortified friends stick together! Producing Madeira wine is all about having the time to wait; five years, ten years or fifteen years. Perhaps a generation, even two sometimes. Accept that and you’ll have the prerequisites to become a Madeira wine producer. Don’t expect to cash in on fame and honor for the wines you are producing now, but feel happy and proud if your successor will. Patience and unselfishness; that’s Madeira – a wine we tend to forget about in…
  • Bual Love – A New Cossart Gordon Release

    Niklas Jorgensen
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
      Thanks for following Mad about Madeira! If you’re on Facebook, the site has a page there as well. Why not like? There’s no doubt about it; Blandy’s do take good care of the Cossart Gordon label. Bearing in mind the risk of generalizing too much, Cossart Gordon represents the elegant, less powerful and more cool character driven wines, while Blandy’s wines are more generous and full-bodied. Of course this way of looking at it fails immediately when thinking of the simply amazingly elegant 1988 Malmsey from Blandy’s. Perhaps it’s just a relic from the…
  • New Releases From D’Oliveiras

    Niklas Jorgensen
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
      A few weeks ago, d’Oliveiras released five new Madeira wines. What makes this array something extra is the fact that none of the wines has been released before. When talking to Luís d’Oliveira he especially mentions the rare 1901 Malvazia and it’s pretty easy to understand his excitement. Talk about patience! The other four wines which is now available at Rua Ferreiros 107 are: 1991 Malvazia 1988 Verdelho 1982 Boal 1977 Sercial Tasting impressions to follow in April, at the annual visit. Anyone who already had a chance to taste the quintet? The post New Releases From…
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  • An Exclusive Virtual Tasting Event with Ken Grossman, Founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

    totalwineandmore
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    It’s that time of year! The Total Beer Experience is back, and we want you to join us and #DiscoverBeer. To make joining us all the more delicious, we have a very special event this year that’s perfect for any level of craft beer fan. On Friday, May 8th from 5-6 PM PST we’ll be hosting a live-via-webcast tasting in select stores with Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Not that familiar with Ken? You should be! He’s a legend in the craft beer industry. Back in 1976, Ken began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. He was…
  • Join us for the Grand Opening of our Manchester, Connecticut Store!

    totalwineandmore
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    Manchester – it’s finally time! We’re opening our second location in Connecticut today, which marks our 114th store opening across the nation. The new location is just northeast of Hartford, and we want you to be a part of the celebration! Join us for all our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 P.M. EST. Find out all the details on our Grand Opening activities by clicking here. Make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the upcoming events and latest product arrivals at our newest store in Connecticut. Don’t…
  • An Exclusive Virtual Tasting Event Featuring Michel Chapoutier

    totalwineandmore
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Please join us Sunday, April 19 for an exclusive live-via-webcast guided tasting featuring a selection of winemaking superstar Michel Chapoutier’s incredible wines. Featured: M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage “La Petite Ruche” Blanc 2013 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Bernardine” 2011 M. Chapoutier Hermitage “Chante-Alouette” 2012 M. Chapoutier Hermitage “Monier de la Sizeranne” 2011 Since 1808, Maison M. Chapoutier has cultivated its vineyards with the greatest respect for nature and soil. Michel Chapoutier took over his family winery in 1990 at age 26 and has…
  • Four Tips to Get You Ready For St. Patrick’s Day!

    totalwineandmore
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! The one day of the year we can all be Irish. Break out the glasses, shamrocks and green dye, it’s time for a merry jig to get you into the St. Paddy’s spirit. Here are five quick tips to get you ready for March 17th. #1) Make sure you have your Irish beer, whiskey and liqueurs ready. Whether you’re throwing a party or just enjoying the holiday with a few close friends, you’re going to need to stock up and get ready for the celebration. So we’re here to help you do just that! Head over to our website and pick up all your…
  • Discover Spain & Portugal: Explore some of the world’s best wine values

    totalwineandmore
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Starting March 1, we’re bringing wines from Spain and Portugal to you at your local Total Wine & More location. That’s right, we want to help you discover these wines with tastings, events, savings and more! Our Discover Spain and Portugal events will focus on different regions from each Country. From Spain, we’ll be exploring the Rueda, Ribera Del Duero, and Rioja wine regions. From Portugal, we’ll be showcasing the wines of Vinho Verde and the Douro. One of the stunning vineyards in the Ribera del Duero wine region of Spain We’ll be…
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  • Natural Wine by Isabelle Legeron

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    27 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    The Book Natural Wine: An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines made naturally The Author Isabelle Legeron MW is a writer, presenter and organiser of RAW fair www.thatcrazyfrenchwoman.com The Publisher CICO Books The Release date10th July 2014 Who’s it for? If you’re new to the natural wine world and want to learn from one of the foremost advocates of natural wine then this is the perfect resource. What you’ll find inside The book defines natural wine as wine made with nothing added and nothing taken away but the approach encompasses the whole natural wine lifestyle.
  • Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia

    admin
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley series Ramos Pinto was one of the last port houses to be established in Vila Nova de Gaia. The original owner, Adriano Ramos Pinto, was clearly a visionary from the beginning. While most of the port houses at the time shipped to England, Pinto targeted Brazil from the start. With this liberal market came the romanticised, almost cinematic, posters and, at times, slightly racy advertising campaigns, which did wonders to promote the Ramos Pinto brand. It became an instant success. These days, the port house’s colourful…
  • Tricolour: wines from Côteaux du Giennois

    admin
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    I mentioned briefly in the post about wine and technology that there would be a vlog coming up… Well, you didn’t have to wait too long for that because here it is: Côteaux du Giennois For this first vlog, I tasted a trio of wines from the French wine region of Côteaux du Giennois. Côteaux du Giennois is right in the middle of France, quite close to Sancerre, and lies between the towns of Gien and Cosne sur Loire by the Loire River. As an appellation, it’s relatively new, AOC since 1998, but grape pips have been found in archaeological digs in Cosne sur Loire which…
  • #HOTGV: On fine teas with Jameel Lalani

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    It’s been a little over a month since the first episode of Heard on the Grape Vine went out and we’ve had great feedback – so thank you! If you’ve enjoyed the first episode, don’t forget to subscribe. Oh yes, and we’re also up on iTunes now so you can subscribe there too —> #HOTGV on iTunes <— On fine teas with Jameel Lalani For this second episode, we’ve gone zero alcohol. I met with Jameel Lalani, the founder of Lalani & Co, specialists in single batch teas, to discuss the world of fine teas. The first time we met was perhaps…
  • Quinta do Seixo, Cima-Corgo

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley series Quinta do Seixo (pronounced Saycho) is perhaps more readily recognisable as the winery where Sandeman port is produced. It’s owned by Sogrape Vinhas, the same parent company which owns Mateus. Knowing this, I think, contributed towards the corporate feel of the Quinta. Incredibly well organised and decorated, it’s very much geared to receiving a large number of visitors. Case in point, three or four coaches, filled with Douro cruise visitors, made their way up the winding road, through the vineyards, to the…
 
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  • Wine Science Explained by an Expert

    Guest Blogger
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    By Anna Last week was British Science Week. You might not have been aware of this fact because I wasn’t until it was nearly over. This is because science isn’t, and has never been, my ‘thing’. That’s not to say I’m against encouraging an interest of it in others. Quite the opposite in fact – […]Wine Science Explained by an Expert is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Wine Science Explained by an Expert appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:Beer is going to the dogs, but wine never will Fine wine and self-medicating Buying wine from less than…
  • Welcome To Wine Country

    Guest Blogger
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:23 am
    By Anna Scott I recently moved house. It wasn’t planned, as with most things in my life, but all happened rather quickly over the last couple of months. The reason I am telling you this is because it turns out the place I have moved to is slap bang in the middle of English wine […]Welcome To Wine Country is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Welcome To Wine Country appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:The Problems of a Spontaneous Wine Drinker London Wine Week Competition 1 Gasp – an unexpected wine review! (Billecart-Salmon Rosé Champagne)
  • The Comeback Kids

    Guest Blogger
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:14 am
    By Anna Scott   Type ‘wine comeback’ into your favourite search engine and see how many pages of results come up (clue: it’s quite a few). A quick glance at this information might lead you to deduce that pretty much everything and anything in the world of wine has made a ‘comeback’ at some time […]The Comeback Kids is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post The Comeback Kids appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:Some Precarious Wine Predictions for 2015 Crap wine, plebs, snobbery and the whole class debate – sorted Who should be the new face of…
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    Fareham Wine Cellar Blog

  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse

    fwcadmin
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse Domaine J A Ferret is located in the heart of the village of Fuissé in the Maconnais wine-growing subregion of southern Burgundy.  Fuisse is located approximately 6km to the south west of the town of Macon. Domaine Ferret is located at Le Plan, see map below. I was luck enough to visit the winery a few years ago and  the winery is situated at the bottom of a natural amphitheatre with the majority of their vineyards stretching out around it. The Maconnais subregion has no permier cru rated vineyards. Growers, particularly in Pouilly Fuisse, have been…
  • Janneau 1975 Vintage Armagnac

    fwcadmin
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Janneau 1975 Vintage Armagnac At Fareham Wine Cellar, we specialise in Vintage Armagnacs. We mainly supply Armagnacs from Baron de Lustrac and Baron de Sigognac but occasionally we have some from other producers. At the moment we have some of the very good Janneau 1975 Vintage Armagnac – obviously, this is a 40 year old Armagnac in 2015 fantastic 40th birthday present or 40th anniversary gift in 2015. Buy Janneau 1975 Vintage Armagnac at our website. Janneau 1975 Vintage Armagnac Janneau 1975 Vintage Armagnac is made from solely from grapes harvested, vinified and distilled in 1975.
  • English Sparkling Day 2015

    fwcadmin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    English Sparkling Day 2015 Shakespeare’s Birthday, St George’s Day, World Book Day and now English Sparkling Day. April 23rd is a busy day for bibliophiles, patriotic types and now English oenophiles. This year, Thursday 23rd April saw the inaugural celebration of English Sparkling Day 2015 with a series of wine events in the UK. At Fareham Wine Cellar we celebrated by hosting a wine tasting with Champenoise Didier Pierson, of Meonhill Wines and Hambledon Vineyard, who just so happened to have a French Film Crew in tow. Didier is both the co-owner and winemaker at Meonhill Wines,…
  • Krohn 1965 Vintage Port

    fwcadmin
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Krohn 1965 Vintage Port The 1965 Port Vintage was not an exceptional Vintage though some Port houses did make a declaration. Port vintages in the 60s, 70s and 80s tended to be limited to about 3, or maybe 4, declarations per decade. Today it almost seems as if the Port houses make a declaration every other year, I guess things have changed an awful lot since then. 1965 was a very dry vintage, there was some rain in March, but the vines became very stressed and dried up as no more rain was forthcoming during the rest of the year. It was therefore a difficult vintage. This combined with a bit…
  • Malbec World Day Tasting

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    10 Apr 2015 | 10:22 am
    Malbec World Day Tasting Did you know that April the 17th is Malbec World Day? Malbec World Day in Association with Wines of Argentina Well it is, and to celebrate all things Malbec-ian we are holding a Malbec World Day Wine tasting on Friday 17th. We will be showing a selection of Malbecs at different price points. There will be 6 wines in total including 3 wines from Trapiche, one from Terrazas de Los Andes and a couple of new wines, one each from Zohar (made by the world-famous Susana Balbo) and one from Puro (don’t tell anyone, but this has some Cabernet in it too!). More…
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  • Washington grape growers look ahead to warm 2015

    Andy Perdue
    5 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Kent Waliser manages Sagemoor Vineyards, which includes Sagemoor, Bacchus, Dionysus and Weinbau. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) The first big day on Washington grape growers’ calendar is expected to pass without incident – and that makes everyone in the state’s wine industry happy. Mother’s Day is the traditional last day of spring frost season, and according to weather forecasts, no frost is in sight for the next two weeks – and beyond. “I’m pretty darned confident,” said Kent Waliser, general manager of Sagemoor Vineyards north of…
  • Sagelands Vineyard 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $10

    Great Northwest Wine
    5 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    Best Buy! The team at Waterbrook Winery in Walla Walla takes the lead on the wines for this Precept brand, and they show a respect for craftsmanship with this remarkable Chardonnay. It starts in the vineyards — Wallula in the Horse Heaven Hills and Willow Crest in the Yakima Valley — and continues with the oak program, 60% of which is French. Aromas of butter and oak lead to expansive notes of Ambrosia salad with pineapple and pear, Lemonhead candy and ghee. The drink is rich, plush and round with flavors of mango and butterscotch candy, but it’s all backed by lemony acidity to make it…
  • 2015 vintage for Northwest wine starts drier, warmer than average

    Eric Degerman
    4 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Grapevines continue to grow May 1, 2015, at Mount Baker Vineyards in Everson, Wash. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) Grape-growing conditions for the 2015 vintage throughout the Pacific Northwest wine region remain drier and warmer than average, according to internationally renowned climatologist Greg Jones. Jones, an environmental science professor at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, issued his latest report Sunday. “Precipitation for April continued the overall dry conditions carrying over from the winter,” Jones wrote to recipients of his industry newsletter. “The…
  • Cairdeas Winery 2012 Counoise, Yakima Valley, $36

    Great Northwest Wine
    3 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
    This young husband/wife team in Chelan, Wash., pushed the legal labeling standards for this Counoise from Airfield Ranch in Porsser by adding Petite Sirah (25%) from Inland Desert Nursery’s vineyard near Red Mountain to the final equation of this Southern Rhone-themed blend. There’s a spicy greetings in the nose with cracked black pepper and horehound along with poached cherry, fig, lavender and dried herb. Inside is a smooth entry of black currant and black cherry, backed by mild tannins, ample acidity and a lick of horehound candy. This merited a silver medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine…
  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2011 Dionysus, Columbia Valley, $38

    Great Northwest Wine
    3 May 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Spokane vintner Kristina Mielke-van Löben Sels continues to excel with her Meritage-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) from venerable Sagemoor Farms’ Dionysus Block 16, along with Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Malbec (4%) and Petit Verdot which spent 30 months in French oak. She shows a deft hand with the barrels as the nose hints at black currant, black cherry and strawberry with mild oak notes of milk chocolate. Those notes play out on the palate, which features a nice balace of sandy tannins, pleasing acidity and a long finish of President plum. The van Löben Sels enjoy…
 
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  • Cordon Grove Merlot Rated OUTSTANDING by Great Northwest Wine

    1 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Our 2012 Merlot from Cordon Grove Vineyard in Columbia Valley was rated OUTSTANDING by Great Northwest Wine in April 2015--their highest rating! Here's what they had to say: Gary Grove’s vineyard in Prosser, Wash., has contributed to some of the top wines from acclaimed Walla Walla Vintners, and here the tandem of Robert Delf and Robert Smasne created four barrels’ worth of meritorious Merlot from the Yakima Valley site. The nose offers hints of dark chocolate, plums, Western serviceberry, mincemeat spice and gravel dust. On the pour is a sizable delivery of blackberry and Damson plum,…
  • 2012 Malbec from Walla Walla Valley Rated EXCELLENT by Great Northwest Wine

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Our 2012 Malbec from Spofford Station Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley is rated EXCELLENT  by Great Northwest Wine in April 2015 Rating: Excellent Here's what they had to say: "Kirkland vintner Bob Delf sources this Malbec from third-generation rancher Lynne Chamberlain, who became one of the first students in Walla Walla Community College’s viticulture and enology program. Her vineyard near the iconic Spofford Station grain elevator leads to aromas of pie cherry, white pepper and Demet’s Turtles with pecan, milk chocolate and caramel. The pour brings sensations of…
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    Vinos Ambiz, SL (Terroir-expressing, natural wines (Sierra de Gredos, Spain)

  • Natural Wine fair in Madrid (and other ramblings)

    Fabio
    4 May 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Yes, incredible but true!  There's going to be a mini-natural wine fair held in Madrid this coming Sunday 10th May 2015. I say 'incredible' because it's been many years, if not decades, that natural wines have been produced, sold and drunk around the world, but the phenomenon seems to have passed Spain by. But mustn't complain! It's going to be a great event, and great fun shall be had by all :)Save the date and the place, which is very conveniently very central and right next to Atocha train station:Here's the list of the producers:– Alexandre Coulange – Domaine Thuronis –…
  • Natural Wine Movement Entering Phase 2

    Fabio
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    I had a nice "Aha" moment a few days ago when I read Alice Feiring's article in Punch Magazine (here), in which she casually mentions that the Natural Wine Movement has moved on into "Phase 2"!  And then proceeds to discuss a whole batch of "Phase 2" concepts!On the one hand I felt a sort of relief and I uttered a silent "At last! About time too!", because it was starting to get really tiresome reading the same old unfounded criticisms, attempted humour, and fantasy misconceptions coming from wine-writers and bloggers who either do it on purpose or who don't bother to inform themselves…
  • Achieving Things While Pottering About the Bodega and Vineyard

    Fabio
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    It's amazing. Back in January I started writing down a list of all the things I manage to achieve over time. Before that I just had my usual "to do" lists, which never seemed to get any shorter - the items changed but they stayed the same length, which was kind of depressing as it seemed that I wasn't getting anywhere or achieving anything.But now I feel great! I can look at my "Achieved in March" list, for example, and I can remember (and feel great about) all those things which I did, but which I would have forgotten about! Easy!I've even broken the list down into categories, because…
  • Two Visitors to my Vineyards and Winery

    Fabio
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:37 am
    Like I'm sure I've mentioned before, it's not all hard work in the vineyards and winery - sometimes I get a 'day off' when someone comes to visit, even though it's still considered to be 'work'. A bit like when I travel to a wine fair :)The first visit was about two weeks ago, by Clara Isamat, of Vinos Compartidos, based in Barcelona. She's producing a video documentary on natural wine, with a chapter or a section for each producer that she's selected. She working with a production company called Entropia Films.Here's me and Clara, in the patio behind the bodega, on the old weighing stationSo…
  • Pruning Update – March 2015

    Fabio
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Like I mentioned in a previous post (here), I seem to be on schedule this year as far as the pruning is concerned.Below are the vineyards that I attend to myself, but apart from the grapes from these vineyards, I also buy in grapes from local grapegrowers (if they agree to abide by certain conditions).Carabaña Vineyard (Field blend of Airén and Tempranillo; 1 hectare total)This vineyard is all pruned already:Airén and Tempranillo vines all prunes in CarabañaAll I have to do now is pile up those canes into bigger piles so that the ‘tractorista’ can come and pulverize them while at the…
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • Mother’s Day Brunch in Napa Valley 2015

    CraigTG
    2 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Are you looking to take Mom out for a special Mother’s Day Brunch in Napa Valley this year but aren’t sure where to go?  If so, we’ll tell you what’s going on at some of the best restaurants in Napa Valley on May 10 to help you make a decision. Whether you are looking for a family-style meal, an all-you-can-eat buffet, or if you just prefer to order à la carte, there’s a Mother’s Day Brunch option that’s bound to be perfect. Many Napa Valley restaurants have wonderful menus for Sunday Brunch throughout the year, while some of them are creating a special…
  • Taste Alexander Valley: Savoring Wine and Food on Sonoma County’s Back Roads

    CraigTG
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    In just a few weeks, the 18th annual Taste Alexander Valley unfolds from May 15-17, 2015, so it might be a good time for you to visit (or revisit) this majestic valley. The festivities begin Friday night with a Magnum Dinner and Barn Dance at a private equestrian ranch. Then, over 25 wineries open their vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms on Saturday and Sunday for an Open House between 11 am and 4 pm where guests can enjoy world class wines, food pairings, live entertainment, vineyard walks and special wine offers. Alexander Valley Taste Alexander Valley is a three-day wine and food event…
  • Springtime at Clear Lake: The 2015 Lake County Wine Adventure

    CraigTG
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:41 pm
    If you haven’t been wine tasting in the Lake County region recently, you can grab your chance at the 2015 Lake County Wine Adventure on May 15-17. You (and your friends) can enjoy wine, food, music and more between 11 am and 5 pm over 2 days that weekend at 26 wineries surrounding Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California. The Adventure weekend is a great way to discover how well they make wines in this region of high elevations, rolling hillsides and valley floors next to a majestic (but happily dormant) volcano (Mt. Konocti). One of Lake County’s appeals is that you…
  • Who Would Have Expected a Radish to Win? (Highlights from bASH 2015)

    CraigTG
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Garden Radish with Beef and Blue “Butter” The stellar wines of Appellation St. Helena (ASH) recently took center stage at bASH 2015, the annual food and wine pairing competition where attendees’ votes determine the ultimate winners. Over 30 premium wineries from the appellation helped form separate contests for Culinary Institute of America at Greystone student teams and local professional chefs with diverse food dishes incorporating ingredients such as Foie Gras, Quail Eggs, Manila Clams, Beef Short Ribs and Duck Confit. Thanks to the event we were able to savor outstanding ASH…
  • Sparkling Wines and Hopland Passport Events: More Reasons to Visit Mendocino County

    CraigTG
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    It’s almost time for Sparkling Wine Season, so we thought you should know about A Celebration of Mendocino Sparkling Wines coming to Terra Sávia Winery (14160 Mountain House Road, Hopland) on April 11. A few weeks later, the Destination Hopland organization presents Hopland Passport when over a dozen local wineries invite guests for two days of wine tasting, food pairings and/or live entertainment the first weekend of May. Keep reading and we’ll tell you more about these two excellent reasons to visit the Hopland region this Spring and personally experience this “Gateway to Beautiful…
 
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  • 11 Exceptional Tequilas Under $50

    VinePair Staff
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to Buy This Booze (BTB), a new weekly column featuring tipsy recommendations from the drinking experts here at VinePair. Every Tuesday, we’ll feature a new themed list for your alcoholic endeavors. Need to find inexpensive whiskey that tastes like gold or the perfect anniversary wine? Leave your requests in the comments or shoot us an email! Here in the US, good tequila ain’t cheap. It takes a bit of a hunt to find a great tequila for a reasonable price. To give you an idea of how pricey tequila can get, Patron Añejo or even certain varieties of Jose Cuervo can set you…
  • Drinking With: Turbo Fruits – On Weed Vs. Alcohol When It Comes To Making Music

    Jillian Scheinfeld
    5 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Nashville-based garage rock band, Turbo Fruits, just dropped their 4th album, No Control, on their favorite holiday: April 20th. Their upbeat, raucous sound, produced by The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, follows the lyrical trajectory of partying, relationships, and the highs and lows of life on the road. I caught up with guitarist and vocalist, Jonas Stein, to talk about pot vs. alcohol, the best bars in Nashville, and the role that drinking plays in making music. Your fourth album, No Control, dropped on a popular holiday. One can assume you have a thing for the green. What are your…
  • Have A Stomach Ache? Drink Fernet

    Aliza Kellerman
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We’re all for debunking junk science here at VinePair, and when it comes to an upset stomach, sometimes the best way to go is Tums or Alka Seltzer. But if we can bring you a cure that involves alcohol, we’re going to do it. The next time you feel like your innards are ready to bust out of your skin like vengeful zombies, have a shot of fernet. Fernet is an amaro, and like many products in its class it was originally used for medicinal purposes — everything ranging from menstrual cramps to hangovers. Of course, because early fernets contained opiates, it’s no wonder…
  • 7 Drop Dead Stunning Distilleries From Around The World

    Aliza Kellerman
    4 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Working at a distillery seems like a pretty fun job as is, but can you imagine spending your days in these stunning distilleries? Between the landscapes and the booze, you’d probably never want to go home. Here are 7 of the most incredible distilleries from around the globe. 1. Tomintoul Distillery Located in Speyside, the Tomintoul Distillery is sandwiched between the Cromdale Hills and the River Avon. Appropriately, “Tomintoul” means “hill of the barn” in Scottish Gaelic. Tomintoul is also known as “the gentle dram” because of their mild,…
  • MAP: Vodka Vs. Whiskey Lovers By State

    Joshua Malin
    4 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Over the last decade whiskey has surged in popularity in America, reclaiming its traditional throne from vodka as America’s best selling spirit. This is because of both booming demand for whiskey — particularly bourbon and Irish whiskey — along with rising whiskey prices. Those rising prices, and a general shift toward pricier whiskeys among American drinkers, means that by volume vodka still holds the consumption crown. With the two spirits locked into a clear vs. brown battle we looked to Facebook to see what people in each state like more, vodka or whiskey. Here is how…
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    Jameson Fink

  • Wine And Mother’s Day: A Conversation With My Mom

    Jameson Fink
    3 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of this upcoming holiday and to celebrate mothers all over the world, I invited my Mom to be a guest on the podcast. Have a listen: So what will you encounter this episode? Excellent question. Among other things: Two wines that begin with “M” that my Mom was most familiar with as a young adult Shifting gears completely, a wine that begins with “I” Her “a-ha” wine moment at Chicago’s Blackbird A shocking accusation concerning why I wanted my parents to explore wine Was wine in my DNA? A talk about wine destinations…
  • Weekend Wine Links: Pairing With Weed Plus a Contrarian View on Somms and Champagne

    Jameson Fink
    1 May 2015 | 8:50 pm
    After a week of soul-crushing commuting, particularly Thursday’s debacle coming back from Bellevue to Seattle on the 520 floating bridge, I am especially ready to relax and fire up…some weekend wine links! First up: Finally, someone pairs wine with weed. And wines that I am fond of! I, however, have no feelings for the strains of pot; haven’t tried ‘em.  Though it is legal here. Anyway, I have been a fan of Mulderbosch (South African wines, BTW) since at least 2008; they have been a Thanksgiving staple. Wine & Weed: A beginner’s guide to wine-and-#pot…
  • The Story of How I Got Into Wine Revealed on Happy Hour Radio

    Jameson Fink
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    People always ask me, “How did you get into wine?” Well, actually, they don’t that much. But Christopher Chan did. He’s a sommelier who has ventured into the world of broadcast radio and invited me to be on his show, Happy Hour Radio. One of the tales I tell is buying lots of Meridian Chardonnay, Ravenswood Zinfandel, and Rosemount Shiraz at my local bodega in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood in the late 90s. I was actually able to find it, right at the intersection of Broadway and Buena, via Google maps. I  located the earliest street view (2007) and the memories…
  • Weekend Wine Links: Wild Boars, Flat Tires, and Travel Tips

    Jameson Fink
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass, and get cozy with these Weekend Wine Links. Let’s find out what I’ve been sampling online in the world of wine. How about a quick wine review before getting started? That ok? La Clarine Farm is a cool winery out of California doing familiar and oddball (in the best way) stuff, and I enjoy being part of their wine club. Especially when something like this 2013 Petit Manseng shows up. My review from Instagram: “Golden, with a lovely texture. Surprising and fascinating.” It slightly reminded me of sherry, just not as salty and…
  • Underwood Mountain: A Tale of Two Washington Grüner Veltliners

    Jameson Fink
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Visiting wineries in Woodinville, Washington (about a half hour NE of Seattle) is like a opening bag of potato chips: You just can’t stop at one. I had planned on swinging by W.T. Vintners to check out their new releases and while I was killing time waiting for a friend, why not pop into Savage Grace? Their tasting room is conveniently located next door. And not only are W.T Vintners and Savage Grace neighbors in the warehouse district, but their Grüner Veltliners are, too. [Note: Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s signature white wine grape.] They come from the same vineyard in…
 
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    Wine School of Philadelphia

  • 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…
  • Best Buys in the PLCB Wine & Spirit Shops for April & May

    Keith S Wallace
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    This is our current list of the top wines currently available in the PLCB Wine Shops. This month we are featuring the best Spanish and French wines in the Chairman’s Selection program. Spanish Wine Reviews Anecoop 2008 Casa L’Angel Old Vines, Valencia (SP) This bottle smells like a pirate ship: aromas of ocean air, old wood, and gun smoke. It’s another story for the palate, which goes toward fennel, toast, and blueberry preserves. Very nice bottle with a finish that goes toward a smoked savory quality. The tannins are nicely structured but not imposing. This wine is…
  • Upcoming Classes

    Keith S Wallace
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    My Upcoming Classes at Wine School of Philadelphia   I’s the middle of March, and finally time to forget how terrible winter was. Everyone has a coping mechanism to deal with the doldrums of winter. Often it involves booze. For me, it’s creating new classes that I will teach in the Springtime. Which always includes booze. Yeah, it’s one of perks of being the founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia. I love Philly in the spring. It’s the perfect time to drink and eat and cook and get my teach on. So you will be seeing me in a lot of classes coming up.
  • Great Wines for Early Spring

    Keith S Wallace
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Wine Ratings These are the highest rated and best values currently available in the PLCB system. All wines are currently available in Philadelphia & it’s suburbs. Clos du Val 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley (Cali) For 40 years, this vineyard in the valley has been bottling top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon, and their mature craftsmanship shows. The same winemaking finesse shows in this bottle, too, so it’s surprising that this is only their second vintage of Sauvignon Blanc.  Pineapple, guava and wet grass aromas kick things off. A slick of mineral that turns into a range of…
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    The Drync.com Wine Blog

  • 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…
  • Drync 3.0 How-To: A User’s Guide

    Marketing Manager
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    So, you’ve updated to Drync 3.0, the latest and greatest version of the app for wine lovers. We’re glad to have you here, and we know that with this comprehensive update, the new interface can be a little dizzying at first. Drync Blog to the rescue. We’ve put together a little road-map for the Drync 3.0 overhaul, for your convenience and enjoyment. (BTW, if you haven’t updated, you can do so here: http://dryn.cc/1aC6pq4). Enjoy!!     For starters, the user interface is entirely different. No more sidebar “hamburger menu” — now, you…
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    Wines & Spirits

  • Mother’s Day Cocktails and Fabulous Recipes Featuring Bourbon

    admin
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    April 30, 2015 – Ready to try something new this Mother’s Day?  Instead of the predictable mimosa, how about getting creative with bourbon drinks that are sophisticated, pretty to look at delicious to sip.  Plus we have recipes for an amazing steak, salmon with a different twist, and a beautiful parfait made with white chocolate.   Click here for our Entertaining Page to read about pairing food and bourbon and our interview with Chef Ouita Michel, the Chef in Residence at Kentucky’s Woodford Reserve distillery.  Most of us tend to think of bourbon as a drink that kills the…
  • Bourbon and Food. Explore the Flavor Wheel and Special Recipes for Mother’s Day — or Any Day

    admin
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    April 30, 2015 – Recently we had the opportunity to interview Chef Ouita Michel, Chef in Residence at Kentucky’s award-winning Woodford Reserve distillery.  A native Kentuckian, Ouita is committed to using locally grown products in her five restaurants, among them Glenn’s Creek Café at the Woodford distillery, and exploring pairings with Kentucky’s famous bourbon.   We’re delighted to share three special recipes plus her own drink concoction for a perfect Mother’s Day celebration.  Truth is, you’ll enjoy them all summer long. Plus we have three easy cocktail recipes…
  • Johnnie Walker’s Revolutionary Glass

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    April 28, 2015 – Imagine sipping Johnnie Walker Red Label mixed with ginger in a glass that produces music when it touches your teeth!  Johnnie Walker, the brand that brought you ugly brogues with concealed mini bottles in the heels http://wineandspirits.com/these-shoes-are-made-for-boozing/ is testing the concept in the U.K.   The glass has an amplifier embedded in its base that receives an audio signal from an AM/FM radio transmitter. The glass serves as a speaker, so when your teeth touch its surface, sound vibrations transfer to the jaw, then to the inner ear.   Condiment…
  • Budweiser and National Parks Foundation Teaming Up

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    April 28, 2015 – After all the drubbing they have taken lately for their snotty poke at craft beer, we can report that the King of Beers is courting Lady Liberty with some pretty creative packaging and a $2.5 million donation to the National Parks Foundation.   The announcement was made on Earth Day (April 22) by Brian Perkins, vice president of Budweiser saying, “We want to encourage a new generation of beer drinkers to get out there and see what America is made of.”  Good idea.   There are also plans for a summer music program, which at this time appear to be a well-kept…
  • Free Drinks Offered by Cruise Line

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    April 28, 2015 – Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line will be offering passengers beer, wine and spirits for free as a part of cruise packages from Miami to the Bahamas.  The all-inclusive offer starts January 2016 on the Norwegian Sky.   The cruise line is testing the concept on three- and four-day sailings.  The shorter cruises introduce people to cruising, according to Andy Stuart. President and Chief Operating Officer of Norwegian and they anticipate the all-inclusive package will be popular.  The free drinks policy extends to the cruise line’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay,…
 
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    The Riviera Grapevine

  • Château de Crémat, Chanel and Bellet’s Link to an Iconic Logo

    Chrissie
    1 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    You may be asking yourself what the Nice vineyards of Bellet and Chanel, the legendary perfume house, could possibly… The post Château de Crémat, Chanel and Bellet’s Link to an Iconic Logo appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Ask a Local: Nice Insider Tips

    Chrissie
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Take a walk through the streets of Nice at the moment and you can feel the city awakening from… The post Ask a Local: Nice Insider Tips appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Five of the Best: Tips for Making the Most of Rivini

    Chrissie
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    The wait is over! The first edition of Rivini, the International Wine Festival of the Riviera, takes place this… The post Five of the Best: Tips for Making the Most of Rivini appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Liguria Like a Local: Apricale

    Chrissie
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:09 am
    Any excuse to spend some time across the border, really. Especially now that I want to blog more regularly… The post Liguria Like a Local: Apricale appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Five Lesser-Known Provence Wine Appellations

    Chrissie
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Last week we went on a road trip, down past the Camargue and the coastal towns of Sète and Marseillan,… The post Five Lesser-Known Provence Wine Appellations appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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    WineMind.com - Wine Club Reviews

  • 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…
  • Washing Hair With Wine – Yes or No?

    Paul
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Can washing your hair with wine really give you the luxurious locks you desire? Let’s find out if it’s a good idea or just a major waste of a pretty decent Bordeaux!From all my research, it appears many are claiming that wine can be of benefit if, after you shampoo and condition, give your hair a final rinse with the wine.The biggest health and hair benefit in wine is Resveratrol which has been shown to reduce inflammation and cell death in mice, but human trials are less than conclusive. Personally, I do believe Resveratrol can be a wonderful additive for your diet, and…
  • Wine Jokes & Funny GIFS

    Paul
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Who doesn’t love a good wine joke or a funny wine GIF? If you are a wine drinker like me, some of these, well, MOST of these should hit right at home, haha!
  • Regifting a Bottle of Wine – Is It Ever Okay?

    Paul
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Nothing is more classic of a gift than a nice bottle of wine. But what if you don’t drink? Or it’s just not the type of wine you are into? Well, well, well, you’re a in quite the predicament. Um…well…maybe…you could…ahem…re-gift the wine…YEP, I SAID IT. RE-GIFT!!If you are thinking about re-gifting a bottle of wine, I say the hell with it! Go for it baby! BUT WAIT. Before you go all crazy passing out regifted bottled of vino, you need to follow a few simple rules so you don’t get caught.Rule #1TRIPLE CHECK to make sure the person who…
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    Wine Turtle | RSS Feed

  • 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…
  • 5 Tricks to Make Any Red Wine Taste Better

    Tim
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;img height="1" width="1" alt="" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?ev=6024357807369&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;cd[value]=0.00&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;cd[currency]=USD&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;noscript=1" /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; 5 Tricks to Make Any Red Wine Taste Better Don't you…
  • A Quick Guide to Champagne and Sparkling Wine

    Tim
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    A Quick Guide to Champagne & Sparkling Wine When looking at bottles of sparkling wines or champagnes, you may notice some fancy looking words on the front of the bottle. Words like cuvee, crémant, brut and spumante. What does all this stuff mean and why does it look so complicated? This is the definitive guide to explain these terms, so next time you’re holding a bottle of bubbly you will know exactly what your drinking. In short, champagnes and sparkling wines are basically exactly like regular wines... except that they have bubbles added! Any production of bubbly wine, starts…
  • Understanding the 4 Sensory Characteristics of Wine

    Tim
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:51 am
    Understanding the 4 Sensory Characteristics of Wine Tasting wine? The more correct term is actually “smelling the wine while it’s in your mouth”. The process looks simple enough from the outside. You take a sip of wine, and either spit it, or swallow it. In reality, there's a whole lot more going on behind the scenes, where many of your senses will come into play. I'll explore this in more detail in this article. The first question I'm always asked from those that are new to wine, is what exactly is that noise that wine tasters make? What’s the deal with all the slurping and…
  • The Final End of the Cork vs Screw Cap Debate? [Infographic]

    Tim
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Is This the End of the Cork vs Screw Cap Debate? [Infographic]Since the cork vs screw cap debate is one that stirs up so many emotions and is one that is so heated, we did not want to be left out of the discussion. We decided it was time to add our 2 cents to the conversation as well.What better way to do this than​ hold an exclusive survey of 114 participants to get to the bottom of the consumer's perception of the cork and screw cap? Personally I have never had an issue with screw caps, other than the fact that I have to agree that some "romance" is sometimes lost when you don't have the…
 
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    Wine, Women and Chocolate

  • Champagne & Croquet, this Saturday

    Cat Curry-Williams
    1 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    Swing into the summer season and get competitive (or just relax) on the lush west lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Hollyhock House The post Champagne & Croquet, this Saturday appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Chia Seeds: Miracle Food or Just Another Fad?

    Cat Curry-Williams
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    If you’re eager to try chia seeds but don’t know where to start, try this easy-to-make chia seed pudding. The post Chia Seeds: Miracle Food or Just Another Fad? appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Thank YOU Amy Schumer

    Cat Curry-Williams
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. The post Thank YOU Amy Schumer appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Hello?! Are You guys serious about kicking some butt or what?!

    Cat Curry-Williams
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Get 4, 30-minute private VIP coaching sessions with me, plus the June Badass Group Coaching Program **before the price goes up in May** The post Hello?! Are You guys serious about kicking some butt or what?! appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • SAKE… PAIR IT LIKE IT’S WINE…by Victoria James

    Cat Curry-Williams
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    Roger claimed to create the first United States Sake pairing dinner in 1999 at the Chanterelle. The post SAKE… PAIR IT LIKE IT’S WINE…by Victoria James appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
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    Wine Tourism in Portugal Blog

  • Top Wine Tasting Tours in Douro - Part 1

    4 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Only a few kilometers away from Porto, Portugal's second large city, Douro is filled with beautiful wine-making farms and green and golden slopes covered with vineyards. In Douro you can not only relax and enjoy the landscape, but also take part in wine tasting tours in some of the best wineries in Portugal.
  • Amazing Wine Tour in Douro: Make Your Own Wine

    1 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    One of the best things about a wine tasting tour is to taste some of the best wines in a certain region, to learn how they are made and to pair them with some regional products or a gourmet meal. What if you could make your own wine, label it and take it home with you?
  • Best Family Vacations: Sun & Fun at the Algarve

    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Algarve is certainly one of the most famous regions in Portugal. Every year thousands of tourists come to Algarve for the sun, the beaches, the food and the wide offer of activities, making it a great travel destination for family travelling.
  • Wine and Food in Portugal: Portuguese Food Is as Good as Its Wine

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    If you are in the Douro region, everyone will talk about the great Douro wines (which they are!) and the wine tasting tours in wonderful vineyards (which is obviously a must-do!). But even if you are visiting Douro for the wine and the landscapes, there is one thing you need to know about Douro: Its food is as good as its wine and Douro is home to some of the best restaurants in Portugal.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Nightlife in Porto

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Like in any other large European city, Porto offers a wide range of dining, entertainment and nightlife options. In different areas of the city, Porto has an array of theaters, wine tasting cellars, bars and clubs for all tastes, providing both locals and tourists a great and diverse nightlife experience.
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    Best Moscato Wine

  • Wine Facts: Calories in a Bottle of Wine

    James Kirlin
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    Well, do you know what is calorie? It is basically a unit for measuring heat energy. It is also use for measuring energy that is contained in a food item. Your body needs calories for breathing, pumping blood, walking, sitting, thinking, etc. Normally your body requires 2500 calories (male)/2000 calories (female). It can vary depending on your activities. So, how many calories in a bottle of wine? A glass of wine contains 100 – 300 calories depending on the grape, fermented duration, sugar amount and alcohol. The higher the alcohol level is the higher calories a wine contains. Sweet wines…
  • Strawberry Moscato Wine Spritzer by Sharon

    James Kirlin
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    What if I asked you to pull up your chair and get ready to relax? You might think why I asked you to do that. Because I’m going to share a recipe named Strawberry moscato wine spritzer which is a leisurely sipping cocktail for stimulating your summertime. The recipe is originally shared by Sharon . I am a great lover of wine spritzers. Like me you will love this refreshing Strawberry moscato wine spritzer and it is totally customizable. You can use your favourite wines with juice, citrus based soda whatever you want. It is totally up to you which fruit you want including peaches,…
  • 10 Best Moscato Wine Brands You Must Try

    James Kirlin
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    It might always seem confusing when you go to buy wine for any social events or a get together with friends. When you don’t know what to buy, Moscato is the way to go. This wine is considered dessert wines and the best have a subtle sweet taste that is sure to please any palate. Muscot wine is made from high quality muscat grapes. In many parts of the world and in many different environments this wine is enjoyed as a dessert wine. Unlike traditional wines, moscato is best enjoyed young. The following will help you know more about muscato wine brands, here are the top 10 muscato wine brands…
  • Top 5 Red Moscato Wine: All Wine Lovers Must Try

    James Kirlin
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:45 pm
    It is hard to find people who do not like wine. But most of us hold very small knowledge about wine and don’t really know about the specialities. As wine is the most famous and great gift to give to your loved ones or while going for a dinner party. Among all wines red moscato has its own special position, people love it because of its sweet and fresh flavour. Here I am going to talk about top 5 red moscato wines and why they are sitting in the top positions. Red Electra Moscato Flavour: It has tastes of succulent cherry, berry and peach, and has a slight sparkle. Red Electra is made by…
  • 5 Best Pink Moscato Wines That You Will Love

    James Kirlin
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The Pink Moscato wine turns life sweet with its caramel aroma, passion fruit and melon. The mandarin orange and sweet jasmine create a vibrant sea of delight which is later calmed by the flavors of raspberry, cherry and pomegranate, returning a memorable experience altogether. The best pink Moscato wine actually depends on the audience it entertains and has a range of colors available. Here we’ll show you the pink delights including the wine price. 1. Pleasure Party NV California Pink Moscato Rose 750 mL($10.00): This sweet, sexy, pink and provocative wine is meant to be a delight for the…
 
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