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  • Another Idiotic California Law Screws Wineries

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Last week I wrote about the perverted horrors of Proposition 65, the law ostensibly created to protect Californians against toxic chemicals but which inadvertently makes most wineries vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits. The legislators in Sacramento are generally well disposed towards one of their state's largest industries, so while that particular legal snafu was awful, I assumed it would be a relatively rare problem in a legal landscape quite favorable to wineries. But then I read about the plight of Westover Winery in Castro Valley who, faced with $115,000 worth of fines from the…
  • A Secret Army of Sommeliers (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Honoring the team that helps make the Wine Experience happen
  • In Defense of Excess(ive) Wine Writing

    Fermentation
    Tom Wark
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    While it is true that the vast majority of wine that is sold and drunk in the U.S. is sub-$10 basic stuff of little note or interest, that’s no reason for a writer (or publisher) to focus on these wines. The best of the best is much more interesting. And the same can often be said of travel, automobiles, other consumables, etc, etc: These much more rare and treasured items (including wine) beg the question, what’s it take to be the best and how ought one understand the meaning of “the best”. In other words, what’s the meaning being excess? Certainly the new…
  • Advertising: Whole Foods Asks Shoppers to Consider a Value Proposition

    NYT > Dining & Wine
    By STUART ELLIOTT
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    The market chain is trying to reignite sales growth and fend off increased competition by promoting the social values it follows in stocking its shelves.
  • Best Dining in Napa: The Top 5 Lists

    Fermentation
    Tom Wark
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Despite earthquakes and inch deep hail, the town of Napa in Napa Valley remains the most vibrant community in the Napa Valley for both locals and visitors. It gets this designation based on the continued revitalization it has undergone over the past 10 years, particularly its downtown area. Part of that revitalization includes a key aspect of cultural vitality: good food. What follows is my current thinking on the Town of Napa and Dining (each list numbered, but not ranked) Top Five Dining Experiences in Napa 1. Torc 2. Toque 3. Oenotri 4. Morimoto 5. Angele Top Five Single Focus Dining…
 
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  • Wineries of Minervois – with Chateau Maris

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Robert Eden, a bio-dynamic wine maker, and Kevin Parker, CEO of Green Partners who has financed Chateau Maris for the last fifteen years with the aim of supporting the estate in becoming one of the Languedoc’s finest while respecting the environment to the highest standards have built the world’s first hemp cellar in the Languedoc of southern France. Combined with biodynamic viticulture and other “green” processes, Chateau Maris has a story worth telling. Join us as we talk with Kevin Parker about Minervois, the region and its grapes, and also discuss Chateau Maris’…
  • Argentina – A Reach For Higher Ground

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Interestingly, Argentina’s wine history and culture began about the same time as our’s here in the U.S. Arguably more interesting is the fact that it began with the same impetus – Italian immigration. Today, Argentina has become known as the world’s largest purveyor of Malbec. Another thing that singles out Argentina – some of the highest altitude vineyards in the world. Chicago native Jeff Mausbach’s interest in wine, and an Argentine lady, led him to Argentina in the 1990s. He worked thirteen years for the Catena family before deciding to pursue a dream of developing his…
  • Vineyards of Southern California – with Dolin Malibu Estate

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    When one hears the name Malibu, one usually thinks about surfing, the beach, and fun in the sun. But, if you’re into wine, the sight of the Malibu Hills can cause your mind to wander and begin thinking about grapevines. That’s what happened to Elliott Dolin. Elliott and his wife bought the property in 2001, and began renovating it. When it came to landscaping decisions, they noticed other vineyards in the area. So, the idea of a garden morphed in something much bigger. After planting 900 vines of Dijon clone Chardonnay in 2006 on an acre overlooking the Pacific, they were off and…
  • Retrospective – Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s are coming into their own now. The obvious question is – are they ready to drink now? And if not now – when? Join us as we talk about our tasting of eight wines from the 1990s to see how the wines are evolving. We’ll taste them so you don’t have to! The Wines: ’99 Feraud Brunel ’98 Vieux Telegraph ’95 Domaine de la Vielle Julienne ’94 Chateau Beaucastel ’90 Gaston Philippe Chateau de la Gardine ’90 Joseph Sabon Clos du Mont-Olivet “La Cuvee du Papet” ’90 Chateau Mount-Redon…
  • Wines of the Mosel – with St. Urbans-Hof

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Viticulture has been taking place in the Mosel since the Romans brought cultivated grapevines here two millennia ago. It turns out the region’s unique geologic and climatic conditions are perfect for growing great Riesling along the Mosel and its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer. The cool continental climate, the slate soil, and the steeply-hilled topography all work together to produce beautiful Riesling. For generations the Weis family has been making wines in Leiwen. Nik Weis’ great-grandfather owned a top parcel within the Laurentiuslay, widely acknowledged as the best vineyard…
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  • Vinography Images: Big Shadow

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Big Shadow A California Live Oak casts a big shadow in the morning sun near a vineyard in Sonoma County. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: If you are interested in owning an archive quality, limited edition print…
  • Come Explore The Essence of Wine with Me in Healdsburg: October 30th, 2014

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Healdsburg is one of my favorite little wine country towns. Located at what I like to think of as the intersection of the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley wine growing regions, it's a great little retreat for anyone looking to dive into a quiet wine country weekend. The town is home to a bunch of fabulous restaurants, as well as one of the coolest community gathering places I've ever seen. It's called SHED, and it's part cafe, part market, part meeting hall, and 100% fabulous. An old school grange meets modern gourmet design and social meetup. I'll be paying a…
  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of October 5, 2014

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:26 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 brief foray into the samples pile included a lovely Pinot Blanc, or as they would call it, Weissburgunder, from Germany, as well as a nice Mosel Riesling. Spring Mountain Vineyards in Napa shows off a gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc, while Lang & Reed represents with an excellent Cabernet Franc. Finally, I continue to be impressed with Stark Wine Company, whose…
  • Another Idiotic California Law Screws Wineries

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Last week I wrote about the perverted horrors of Proposition 65, the law ostensibly created to protect Californians against toxic chemicals but which inadvertently makes most wineries vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits. The legislators in Sacramento are generally well disposed towards one of their state's largest industries, so while that particular legal snafu was awful, I assumed it would be a relatively rare problem in a legal landscape quite favorable to wineries. But then I read about the plight of Westover Winery in Castro Valley who, faced with $115,000 worth of fines from the…
  • Vinography Images: Vineyard Reflections

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Vineyard Reflections A young vineyard reflects in standing water following a rain storm in Sonoma County. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: If you are interested in owning an archive quality, limited edition print…
 
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  • Wine Auctions and the Flinging of Poo

    Tom Wark
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Everybody’s favorite Gagillionaire William Koch recently declared, “The business of selling rare old wine is basically over because of the preponderance of fakes.” Meanwhile: Sotheby’s Sells Record breaking $1.6 million Super Lot of DRC Nederburg 2014 Wine Auction Sales Soar Christie’s Auction Featuring Chateau Angelus Brings $1.8 million Sotheby’s September London Wine Auction Brings $2.7 Million Meanwhile that same, lovable Mr. Koch also reported he has spent between $30 million and $40 million pursuing lawsuits against those who he accused of selling him…
  • In Defense of Excess(ive) Wine Writing

    Tom Wark
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    While it is true that the vast majority of wine that is sold and drunk in the U.S. is sub-$10 basic stuff of little note or interest, that’s no reason for a writer (or publisher) to focus on these wines. The best of the best is much more interesting. And the same can often be said of travel, automobiles, other consumables, etc, etc: These much more rare and treasured items (including wine) beg the question, what’s it take to be the best and how ought one understand the meaning of “the best”. In other words, what’s the meaning being excess? Certainly the new…
  • New York Liquor Authority Scandal Has Consequences for Wine Stores and Consumers

    Tom Wark
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    What happens when you combine self-serving legal theories  with delusions of grandeur? Beginning almost immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court warned states in 2005 that they may not interfere with interstate commerce by discriminating against in-state or out-of-state wine sellers, a move to exclude the primary American wine sellers (wine stores and wine retailers) from that foundational constitutional principle was set afoot. Wholesalers, producers, most competition-adverse wine retailers, alcohol regulators and the lawmakers that live and die by campaign contributions all decided that…
  • Best Dining in Napa: The Top 5 Lists

    Tom Wark
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Despite earthquakes and inch deep hail, the town of Napa in Napa Valley remains the most vibrant community in the Napa Valley for both locals and visitors. It gets this designation based on the continued revitalization it has undergone over the past 10 years, particularly its downtown area. Part of that revitalization includes a key aspect of cultural vitality: good food. What follows is my current thinking on the Town of Napa and Dining (each list numbered, but not ranked) Top Five Dining Experiences in Napa 1. Torc 2. Toque 3. Oenotri 4. Morimoto 5. Angele Top Five Single Focus Dining…
  • Conducting a Proper Blind Tasting (With Results)

    Tom Wark
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The key to conducting any “taste-off” or comparison tasting is creating a rigorous process so that as many factors that might lead to bias are filtered out of the effort and the results. Because our tasting process for this comparison of different beverages was in fact rigorous and as finely tuned as possible, it can be said with a high degree of confidence that the results should prove a tremendously helpful guide for those 4 month-olds seeking out a beverage that will please them best. The Tasting Included: -2014 Diet Pepsi -1994 William Selyem Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir -2014…
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  • City Guide: Rouen, France

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Photo Courtesy of Christiane Lemieux The City Rouen is one of my favorite destinations in France. It is the capital of Normandy and has been claimed by some to be the birthplace of Impressionism. As a student of Art History, I can't resist a stop at Monet's gorgeous home in Giverny, which is on the road between Rouen and Paris. Impressionist painters from Monet to Gaugin and Pisarro flocked to Rouen from Paris for the gorgeous light and change of scenery. To this day, Monet’s ...
  • Top Chef 12: Boston

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    In this Article Top Chef: Boston Video Top Chef: Boston Contestants Top Chef Season 12 Overview "Top Chef: Boston," the twelth season of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series, premieres Wednesday, October 15 at 10 pm ET/PT. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a “Top Chef” winner is joining the judgin...
  • Host An Epic Halloween Party With Gnarly Head Wines

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Photo Courtesy of the Gnarly Head BE A LOCAL LEGEND Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year—and not just for kids anymore. It turns out adults also want to make costumes, carve pumpkins, and turn their abodes into terrifying haunted houses. For this spookiest of celebrations, plan a ghoulish bash for friends and family complete with seasonal appetizers and great wines, like Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel. Over the years, locals in Lodi, California, have noti...
  • Pair Fall Favorites With The Darker Side of Gnarly

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Photo Courtesy of the Gnarly Head WARM UP WITH WINTER SQUASH Produced from grapes from select vineyards throughout Lodi, California, Gnarly Head’s Authentic Black was aged on oak for 12 months to craft a smooth and opulent red wine. In this region, where long summer days and cool nights provide the ideal climate for growing full-flavored grapes in well-draining sandy soil, you’ll also find local farms harvesting some of the autumn’s most cherished winter squashes; California a...
  • The People's Best New Bars 2014: Press Materials

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Press Release—For distribution beginning September 17, 2014 at 10 am EDT Download Press Release --> Style Guide & FAQ Style and Usage Guide Download Guide (PDF) Frequently Asked Questions Download FAQ (PDF) Graphics Logos Download Color Logo (PDF) Download Black & White Logo (PDF) Postcards Download Postcard (PDF) Download Sheet of 4 Postcards (PDF) Button Download Button (PDF)
 
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  • TRAVEL: Winter in Mauritius

    Douglas Blyde
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    TO their surprise, two drifters, just married, become six drifters as four journalists clamber aboard the craft to bob upon the inky waters. Once aboard, fisherman Dessie punts ‘Hasslo’, a wooden fishing skiff named after his grandfather, to deeper seas. A cloud of spent two-stroke momentarily chokes the air, hardly visible in the before-dawn darkness. In the distance, clouds shaped like mountains, battleships, and even the island’s mascot, the dodo, threaten to eclipse the sunrise to which we steer...Read at Arbuturian >Photos at Visuals >
  • RESTAURANTS: Steve Manktelow

    Douglas Blyde
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    'I WORKED in bars since age 17, beginning at “The Rock Garden”, Auckland. When the Whitbread Round The World yachts docked, I drudged through double shifts. But, even on a rare morning off, my boss still summoned me in. “Dude, I just worked a week which destroyed me,” I protested. “Just trust me – come,” he urged. When I got in, U2 was singing “Where The Streets Have No Name”. Despite my exhaustion, I remember thinking I had the world’s coolest job...' Read at Harper's >
  • RESTAURANTS: The Salmon

    Douglas Blyde
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Designer, Afroditi Krassa's inaugural issue of newspaper, The Salmon asks, 'If Chefs Are The New Rockstars, Why Is Fine Dining So Un-Rock ‘n’ Roll?' It also features an interview with me (p. 13). Read The Salmon >
  • SPIRITS: The Wild, The Refined

    Douglas Blyde
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    THE ‘Glorious Twelfth’ of August is one of the busiest dates in the game season, being the first day from which one may aim a shotgun at the warbling red grouse. I recall landing one of these portly little birds on a heather-strewn highlands moor a few years ago. Instantly plucked then barbecued, it was served on incongruously immaculate linen in a remote bothy with Dalwhinnie, the aromas of heather and wildflowers in the dram echoing the scenery. Read at Alexander & James >
  • WINE: Rough Seas at Quo Vadis

    Douglas Blyde
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    BIBENDUM held a dinner for four of their top South African producers at the much brightened Quo Vadis, Soho, where arguably argumentative art has been removed in favour of characterful woodcuts on menus. The merchant’s head of marketing, Gareth Groves introduced the event: “We thought we’d round them all up in the same place, open some good bottles and enjoy some of chef, Jeremy Lee’s brilliant food.” Gordy Newton Johnson from Newton Johnson, Springfield Estate’s Jeanette Bruwer, Rollo Gabb from Journey’s End and Tertius Boshoff from Stellenrust took turns swapping places and…
 
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  • Chaminade Resort Farm to Table season finale features the Summit to Sea Wineries

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Join wine and food-lovers at Chaminade Resort & Spa’s last Farm to Table Wine Dinner featuring the Summit to Sea Wineries on Friday, October 10, 2014. Take a seat at large, beautifully set tables designed to invite...
  • Santa Cruz guest chef Sue Meachen joins with son Matt at Michaels on Main

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Returning to Michaels on October 7, 2014, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sue Meachen invites son Matt to share his original recipe for Fisherman's Stew. Growing up with a mother who shares the same passion...
  • Rain or Shine, Gourmet Grazing on the Green is always a treat

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Tickets are still available for Gourmet Grazing on the Green 2014The 11th Annual Gourmet Grazing on the Green will be held once again at the picturesque Aptos Village Park, Aptos. This annual event celebrates the beginning of the fall season...
  • Santa Cruz wineries and chefs join together for Second Harvest fundraiser

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Dine with friends at this popular annual dinner on September 18, 2014, at the Holy Cross Annex. Enjoy a five-course meal paired with select local wines shared in good company and benefiting local children in need. Champagne reception...
  • Celebrate California Wine Month in Santa Cruz

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    September marks the 10th consecutive year that California's Governor has proclaimed September as California Wine Month. "We appreciate the recognition of the wine industry's contributions to our state's economy, culture and...
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  • “Hock, Moselle And The Rest”

    Tim Elliott
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    I recently began rereading George Saintsbury’s classic, “Notes on a Cellar-Book.” The 1920 volume was one of my first wine books read back in the early 1980’s that I had not thought much about since. With time – and much more context and experience with wine – I am finding the book a fascinating window into late 19th and early 20th Century views on what makes a wine truly great. I was reminded of this last week when I read Jancis Robinson’s post about Riesling. She rightly talks about how Riesling gets short shrift when compared with top varieties…
  • Cameron Hughes, Lot 467, Lodi Field Blend 2012 ($9)

    Tim Elliott
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    I have written and podcasted many times over the years about by love of California Zinfandel and Zin-lead field blends. The tradition of the field blend was brought to California by Italian immigrants over 100 years ago and some of the most individual expressions of this tradition are still bearing fruit in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. The technique is simple, interplant a vineyard with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and other varieties, then harvest them at the same time and co-ferment. This tradition reaches its peak with Ridge’s Lytton Springs and…
  • WBW80: Dry Rosé

    Tim Elliott
    14 Aug 2013 | 7:19 pm
    Back when I first started podcasting about wine, in late 2004, there were maybe 40 podcasts in the world. But there were even fewer wine blogs and soon I discovered the monthly tasting event called Wine Blogging Wednesday joining on its eighth outing back in early 2005. Over the years I have participated in WBW now 49 times and have hosted 6 times and I am pleased to have it return after a hiatus. The theme I chose for this outing is consistent with the wines I drink this time of year. While I do continue to drink reds, most of the time white or rosé wines are what I choose due to the…
  • Announcing Wine Blogging Wednesday 80, Dry Rosé

    Tim Elliott
    17 Jul 2013 | 6:57 pm
    Back in the the first year of wine blogging (2004 for those just joining us) Lenn Thompson of LENNDEVOURS (now New York Cork Report) made a modest proposal and Wine Blogging Wednesday (WBW) was born. I joined the monthly virtual tasting back at WBW 7 in early 2005 and have continued off and on over the years since and have maintained the WBW website. But interest wained in the event after Twitter tastings took hold and WBW went on long-term hiatus a couple times in recent years. But the embers of WBW remained and there has been enough interest in the event recently that Lenn and I have…
  • “Chance has a great deal to do with the awards that wines win.”

    Tim Elliott
    24 Jun 2013 | 6:04 pm
    The results here are not that surprising to me given the venue. At a state fair the conditions are far from ideal and the judges have to taste too many wines in a short period of time. I have always believed a wine should be tasted over a period of time (1-2 days minimum) and then a fair review can be written from this extended experience. When a hundred wines are tasted in 90 minutes variations like this are far too common. Not to mention all of these were tasted blind which is its own bag of snakes. via The Guardian “Chance has a great deal to do with the awards that wines win.”…
 
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  • Friday Feature Photo: Sunset over Serra da Estrela, Portugal

    Gabriella Opaz
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    Photographer: Nuno Lemos Capture Date: December 21, 2013 Location: Serra da Estrela, Portugal About: Located in central Portugal, this gorgeous unspoiled area is a protected National Park filled with rushing rivers, deep ravines and enough wildlife to keep your binoculars at the ready. That said, if you’re a cheese lover, consider packing up your bags and moving here for the famed Serra da Estrela cheese! 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…
  • Top 5 Ways to Enjoy the Autumn Rain

    Gabriella Opaz
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I’ll admit, there are times I desperately wish to transport myself back to Barcelona, to the autumn sun, to the calm beaches, to the lazy outdoor terraces. And it’s not because Barcelona is any better or worse than Porto, it’s because it’s simply…dry. Come autumn, Porto turns into a wicked stepchild, throwing a massive tantrum of blustery wind and sharp rain. What starts as a gentle and relaxing walk to the nursery, suddenly turns into a knockout war between you and the oncoming currents. Much like King Sisyphus’ torment of rolling an enormous boulder…
  • Portuguese Meals Anyone Can Make: Octopus Salad with Black Eyed Peas

    Sonia Nolasco
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Editor’s note: ‘Portuguese Meals Anyone Can Make’ will be part of a series of recipes centered on Portuguese canned seafood. We offer up tasty meals that are simple to make and easy on the pocketbook. When suddenly canned seafood became trendy in Portugal, I couldn’t help but have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand: I was thrilled for the producers and its supporters as well as proud of the industry’s ability to reinvent itself. But on the other: I thought, duh only now? And, will it last? I had a similar reaction to the “nose-to-tail” movement in the U.S. In part, it’s…
  • Friday Feature Photo: The Fairytale Forests of the Canary Islands, Spain

    Gabriella Opaz
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Photographer: Marcos Bolaños Capture Date: January 2014 Location: Canary Islands About: Despite its small size, the Canary Island Volcanic Archipelago is one of the most beautifully diverse places on earth supporting rare endemic species of animals and plants sequestered in the thick laurisilva forests. Hence, the islands aren’t just for sandy beaches and subtle white wine, but a rich fairytale forests, brimming with life! 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…
  • Supermarket Diaries: You had me at Rabbit Legs

    Sonia Nolasco
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Editor’s note: When Sonia’s in Portugal her favorite thing to do is to peruse the supermarket aisles. As she shuffles between the U.S. and Portugal, we’ll be bringing you her discoveries in “Supermarket Diaries.” When I lived in Connecticut, I found myself in an argument with the butcher at the local supermarket – a risky move when his left hand held an enormous cleaver. I needed him to grind up a handful of selected meat—a sensible request considering it was the butcher counter. Coldly, he tells me “there’s already plenty ground up in the meat section.” No sh*t…
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  • Stoudemire dunks himself in a red wine bath

    Dr. Vino
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks’ oft-injured forward who makes $18 million this season, is into wine. Like really INTO wine: he posted a picture of himself on Instagram taking a red wine bath as part of his recovery. The 31-year-old says he has been doing the “mostly wine” baths for about six months. He extolled the virtues of them to ESPN. “The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells. Plus, it’s very hot, so it’s like a hot tub. But it’s also the red wine … just kind of…
  • Reader mail: what are half bottles good for?

    Dr. Vino
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Question: What are half bottles good for? Answer: In the south of France, half bottles are called “bed-wetter bottles” and are frequently chosen by people who don’t want to get up too many times at night. People who choose half bottles also must sit at the kiddie table if there is one. Okay, I made that up. But you don’t have to just be an optimist thinking that a half a bottle is better than none. Here are five reasons you shouldn’t ignore half bottles: 1. They age faster than big bottles. Normally, this is bad. But if you want to “check in” on how a…
  • Pappy, yeasts, aromas, castles – sipped and spit

    Dr. Vino
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    How Pappy Van Winkle Became King of the Whiskeys – [Grubstreet] “…odor receptors are not solely confined to the nose, but found throughout body.” Wine by immersion? [nytimes] Brewers discover yeasts that augment that fruity aromas. [popsci.com] Conclusion: castles are cheap “Six castles that cost less than NYC apartments” [architectboy] The post Pappy, yeasts, aromas, castles – sipped and spit appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
  • Wine shops as jewelry stores?

    Dr. Vino
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    The good folks over at NPR’s Planet Money had a short piece on pricing at jewelry stores recently (Episode 572, mysteriously not on their website). Frustrated with why jewelry stores hide the price tags of items in the case, the reporter wondered whey they would do that. It turns out that then shop owners can pull out a piece that a consumer expresses interest in and then tell the backstory. So it made my wine mind wonder…why don’t boutique wine shops do that? Some shops decry the price leveling competition of the internet. And others are big enough that people want to zip…
  • Wine around $20: Copain Syrah Tous Ensemble

    Dr. Vino
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    The signature characteristic for syrah from the Northern Rhone is an alluring savory character with a note of black olives. This Copain Syrah, “Tous Ensemble,” 2011, comes from three vineyards in Mendocino County and sees nine months in neutral oak. It’s in the Northern Rhone vein, favoring restraint instead of anything over the top–no “gobs” of anything here. It’s not that California syrah has to ape France; it’s just that Wells Guthrie of Copain favors that style, as do I. I poured this wine at an event recently and it was very well received;…
 
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  • Review: *** $ Garcia Schwaderer Kimbao Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, Chile, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Kimbao Sauvignon Blanc. Original tasting and review : This is Garcia Schwaderer Kimbao Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, Chile, 2013, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.In the glass: Clear light yellow.On the nose: Poured at cold temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, sweet green grasses.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright but also soft, sweet and creamy. On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright and grassy with hints of…
  • Review: *** $ F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel. Original tasting and review : This is F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2013, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.In the glass: Medium red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy, deep fruit, underlying spices.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big but still subtle.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated: subtle at the…
  • Review: ***+ $ F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Shiraz, Lodi, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Shiraz. Original tasting and review : This is F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Shiraz, Lodi, California, 2013, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled years from vintage date, in October, 2014.In the glass: Deep red and deep magenta.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, savory red and black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full frontal with fruit and nice acids.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft,…
  • Review: **+ $ Jonathan Maltus Garagiste, Bordeaux, France, 2012

    jorray
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Jonathan Maltus Garagiste. Original tasting and review : This is Jonathan Maltus Garagiste, Bordeaux, France, 2012, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in October, 2014.  This is a blend of 90% merlot and- 10% cabernet sauvignon.In the glass: Deep ruddy red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows some funky, brambly wood on a red fruit base.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light, but with old school elements.On the palate: The primary elements on the…
  • Review: ***+ $ JC van Staden Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for van Staden Cabernet Sauvignon. Original tasting and review : This is JC van Staden Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California, 2013, finished at 13.8% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.In the glass: Deep ruddy red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, red fresh fruit with some mint and licorice.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh, deep and lively.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean, fresh, bold, deep but easy-going.
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  • 7 Napa Valley restaurants make Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list

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

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

    TrevR
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    In addition to world class wines, the Napa Valley is home to some of the top restaurants in the world. Every year Michelin rains its much coveted stars on numerous local eateries–in fact the town of Yountville has boasted that it has more Michelin Stars per capita than any other location. With all that in mind, we’ve put together a two-day Napa Valley itinerary that is sure to delight the taste buds of even the most fickle foodie. Day One Start off with a hearty breakfast in downtown Napa at Alexis Baking Company and Cafe. The cornmeal pancakes are always a winner as are the…
  • Napa harvest: Coombsville fruit showing unique characteristics

    TrevR
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Earlier this summer we told you about St. Helena’s Cairdean Estate from proprietors Edwin and Stacia Williams. We recently caught up with Edwin to get a general update on harvest and a few specific details on the Acquaintance Vineyard located in Coombsville. It’s no secret the annual wine grape harvest in Napa Valley got off to an early start back on July 30th, here’s what Williams had to say about it: The main story with the 2014 season is the lack of rain. The lack of rain this year isn’t affecting us the way one would normally think lack of rain would affect growing…
  • Napa among 10 healthiest cities in the world

    TrevR
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Just in time for the weekend we’ve got a few interesting Napa Valley items to pass along. In the meantime, harvest continues in earnest (as does earthquake recovery), don’t forget to follow along on our dedicated harvest page featuring photos and videos from winemakers throughout the valley. Napa ranked among the 10 healthiest cities in the world CNN put together a list of the 10 healthiest cities in the world, including Copenhagen, Vancouver, Monte Carlo and Napa! Here’s part of the write up on our little city: Let’s be honest: Napa is best known for its wine. The list of…
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  • Matching Cheese and Wine

    Andrew Barrow
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Matching Cheese and Wine A recent trip though the Chablis area of Burgundy was enlivened by the consumption of large quantities of cheese! One particularly runny Epoisses being highly memorable and the Soumaintrain has now become a favourite. Time to reacquaint myself with the art of matching cheese and wine I thought. With the variety of cheeses almost matching that of wines the ideal match can be a little daunting – hence this list. But it’s common knowledge that red wine goes with cheese? Not for me it isn’t. I will pretty much always pick a white wine to accompany…
  • The Church of Sainte Claire Prehy

    Andrew Barrow
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    The Church of Sainte Claire Prehy To the South West of the village of Chablis lies the hamlet of Préhy. If you take the D2 from Chablis you eventually pass this church, the Church of Sainte Claire Prehy, which is surrounded by vines. It is quite a sight. Right next door lies the winery and visitor centre of Jean-Marc Brocard, whose organic vineyards smother the gentle slopes in all directions. The Church lends its name to their Chablis (Chablis Cuvee Sainte Claire £12.50 Wine Society) although my palate favoured the extra complexity, weight and concentration in their Vieilles Vignes Chablis…
  • Through The Square Window

    Andrew Barrow
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Through The Square Window I am, as they say, between trips. A whale of a time in and around Barcelona experiencing the 50 Great Cavas is soon to be followed by a trip to Chablis. Just time to write an Autumn article for Readers Digest and process a handful of images from Spain. Here is one. Through The Square Window might resonate with a few of a certain age who may also recall Big and Little Ted and their cohourts, but this window is in the cellars of Canals I Munné, a small family run wine and cava producer. At the back of the main hall, behind the bottling line and piles of cardboard…
  • Empty Glasses at Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    Andrew Barrow
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Empty Glasses at Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande I’m packing. Another trip into Europe for some vineyard exploration and tasting but just enough time between stuffing rolled socks into shoes and failing dismally at folding shirts as they do in the shops to post a Sunday Wine Shot photo. This was taken during the incredibly fun and interesting Bordeaux trip from last June. Two glasses with the vineyards of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in the back ground and reflected in the empty glass. Not empty for long for this was just before a super introduction to this fine…
  • 50 Great Cavas 2014

    Andrew Barrow
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    50 Great Cavas 2014 In the face of Proseccos never-ending popularity Cava, once the champion of sparkling wines, seems to have slipped off most peoples radar. Like any region and wine style there are the low quality bottles in addition to some outstanding producers battling the elements and striving for quality, consistency and excellence. Witness the (free to download) Wine Pleasures 50 Great Cavas 2014 list… the producers selected here range from the small and artisanal to the large and more value-orientated. As Anthony Swift says in his introduction the selection process was…
 
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  • 7 Napa Valley restaurants make Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list

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

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

    TrevR
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    In addition to world class wines, the Napa Valley is home to some of the top restaurants in the world. Every year Michelin rains its much coveted stars on numerous local eateries–in fact the town of Yountville has boasted that it has more Michelin Stars per capita than any other location. With all that in mind, we’ve put together a two-day Napa Valley itinerary that is sure to delight the taste buds of even the most fickle foodie. Day One Start off with a hearty breakfast in downtown Napa at Alexis Baking Company and Cafe. The cornmeal pancakes are always a winner as are the…
  • Napa harvest: Coombsville fruit showing unique characteristics

    TrevR
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Earlier this summer we told you about St. Helena’s Cairdean Estate from proprietors Edwin and Stacia Williams. We recently caught up with Edwin to get a general update on harvest and a few specific details on the Acquaintance Vineyard located in Coombsville. It’s no secret the annual wine grape harvest in Napa Valley got off to an early start back on July 30th, here’s what Williams had to say about it: The main story with the 2014 season is the lack of rain. The lack of rain this year isn’t affecting us the way one would normally think lack of rain would affect growing…
  • Napa among 10 healthiest cities in the world

    TrevR
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Just in time for the weekend we’ve got a few interesting Napa Valley items to pass along. In the meantime, harvest continues in earnest (as does earthquake recovery), don’t forget to follow along on our dedicated harvest page featuring photos and videos from winemakers throughout the valley. Napa ranked among the 10 healthiest cities in the world CNN put together a list of the 10 healthiest cities in the world, including Copenhagen, Vancouver, Monte Carlo and Napa! Here’s part of the write up on our little city: Let’s be honest: Napa is best known for its wine. The list of…
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  • Cambridge & Sunset Cabernet Sauvignon (6)

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Or maybe they're folk singers. Cambridge & Sunset totally dominated their rivals: Oxford & Midday.One plays by the rules “I’m Cambridge! I like paying my bills on time and following company policy to the letter!” The other … doesn’t “I’m Sunset! I am a maverick. I wear a leather jacket!” When they come together, it’s an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that combines laughter, tears, more laughter, and some bloating. DON’T MISS CAMBRIDGE & SUNSET IN: CABERNET 2012: THIS TIME, IT'S BRAMBLE.   Coming soon to a doorstep near you.
  • Rosé Against the Machine/Ostara Pink (6)

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hint of evil empire on the nose.Cork you, I won't do you what you tell me!Remember all the hits?! People Cuvaison Mulls on Parade Vintnow Revoignier FingerLakeCharmer Tire Mead Down Verdejo Without Alsace Wine Below Barolo Right Year of the Barberang
  • Naked Winery Cougar Semi-Sparkling White Wine (4)

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Okay!GOT MILF?Sure, some people might object to a word like “cougar,” but why? Why should it make you feel skeevy and gross? It’s about maturity and strength and, according to the label, the word “cocksure.” If it helps, think of this wine as your mother. Imagine your mother is “a lust puss offering ripe fleshy peach flavors.” Imagine her “fondling you with light sparkling strokes” as she sees you off to elementary school with your little brown bag of lunch. Imagine her teaching you the “meaning of lusciousness” as she changes your diapers. Why should it be weird?
  • Vampire Vineyards Dracula Merlot (4)

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    DrinkulaConsider pairing with garlic.Ohhhhhhh, woe is me. "What's up Mracula?" It's my brother, Dracula. Always with the drinking of the blood, drinking of the blood. Now everyone thinks poor Mracula also likes the drinking of the blood! "You don't?" NOOOOOOOO. I just want to drink the wine. I love the wine! "And you're out of wine?" NOOOOOOOO. I have plenty of wine. Plenty, plenty of wine. I just wish my brother would drink the wine as well instead of drinking the blood. It makes everyone dislike our family and dislike meeeee. "Oh, I see." It's terrrrrible. Ohhhhhhh, poooor Mracula. "Hey,…
  • Chateau Epernay II Corkscrew Random (2)

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The True StoryIt doesn't matter what era you're in, a corkscrew is always a fine gift for a wine-loving friend.Hey, is that Doc Holliday? Oh, man, nobody told me that Doc Holliday was going to be at this Christmas party. I didn't even- oh, hey, Doc! Great to see you! Hey, love that hat, is that a new hat? No? Same one you wore with the Earp gang? Oh, well, guess it's just this light. Say, is that wine you're drinking? Yeah? Gettin' classy, huh? Don't you move, okay? Just gotta get something from my horse, I'll be right back.Ta da! See, I thought I wasn't going to be able to get you anything,…
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  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 20, 2014

    1WineDude
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 12 Domaine La Roquete Blanc Chateauneuf Du Pape…
  • Born In The USA (My American Wine Scene Wine Picks For Italy’s Civilta del bere Magazine)

    1WineDude
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m not sure that we need any more proof that I am an idiot workaholic, but last week a wine magazine hit the newsstands in Italy with yet more evidence in support of that. During a (very) busy late Spring, I was contacted by my friend and co-judge in the 2013 Argentina Wine Awards, the Milan-born Alessandro Torcoli, who is the managing director of Civilta del bere. The pages of Cdb (loosely translated as “Culture of drink”) have been gracing the hands of wine and food lovers in Italy since 1974. Alessandro wanted to know if I’d pen a feature for Cdb on the wine scene in America.
  • An Autumnal Crush On Sicilian Wine (Fall 2014 Publix Grape & TuscanyNow.com Interview)

    1WineDude
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As part of my incessant campaign to annoy the hell out of you by popping up just about everywhere when it comes to wine, I give you two more tidbits in the seemingly never-ending stream of Dude-ness in wine media. Look, at this point, I am kind of sick of me, too, okay? First, I’ve contributed some content to the latest edition of PUBLIX Grape Magazine (for Fall 2014), all of it un-credited (but definitely not un-paid!). My text pops up all over the place in that one, particularly in some of the recipe wine pairings (and, while I didn’t write it, I had a hand in recommending the wine…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 13, 2014

    1WineDude
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 12 m2 Wines Lodi Native Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel…
  • Reader Mailbag: Trying New Wine Is A Pain In The Ass

    1WineDude
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    1WD reader Matt (that’s all your getting, as I don’t have permission to print the person’s full name here) recently wrote to me via an email with a title so intriguing, it sparked the first-ever “reader mailbag” style post on this site in its seven-some-odd-year history: “Trying New Wine Is A Pain In The Ass” There’s much juiciness to be squeezed from Matt’s email, so I’ll first reprint it here before addressing Matt’s questions in detail: “Let me rephrase that… Trying new *quality* wine is a pain in the ass, literally in the wallet. Its all a gamble really and…
 
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  • Un appello per la Scienza all’Expo 2015

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Patrick Moore, Ambasciatore di Expo 2015, ecco l’appello dell’Associazione Luca Coscioni: «All’interno di Expo 2015, dal titolo “Nutrire il pianeta, energia per la vita”, non si può tralasciare una discussione scientifica sugli OGM”, scrivono i firmatari dell’appello, chiedendo che “uno dei fondatori di Greenpeace oggi impegnato per una corretta informazione scientifica in materia di tecnologie agroalimentari e di organismi geneticamente modificati, sia ambasciatore di EXPO 2015. Per contrastare una disinformazione sul tema che causa vittime, inutili…
  • Lugana e TAV, c’è un’alternativa

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Un momento della conferenza stampa del Lugana DOC sulla TAV La costruzione della linea ferroviaria ad “Alta Velocità” (TAV) Torino-Venezia sta per cancellare un quinto del territorio del Lugana DOC (si stimano 200-250 ettari su un totale di 1.181). Ma oltre agli ettari di vigneto, andrà in fumo un delicato equilibrio tra le attività agricole e quelle turistiche, già messo a dura prova dalla crescita delle infrastrutture nella zona meridionale del Lago di Garda. Ma, anzichè carezzare l’idea di cavalcare una protesta anti-TAV, i produttori del Lugana DOC tentano la carta…
  • “Paradosso realistico”, il vino italiano in inglese

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Massimo Russo, direttore di Wired Italia, citato in un post di Federico De Cesare Viola su Food24: “Spesso le aziende italiane non usano piattaforme (editoriali, N.d.r.) internazionali e la conseguenza è che siano poi le grandi corporation mondiali ad occupare preziose posizioni anche nel settore enogastronomico, dove dovrebbe invece essere il nostro paese a dettar legge”. Verissimo, come è vero che sono pochi i prodotti editoriali italiani che parlano anche in lingua inglese e che hanno dunque l’ambizione di aprirsi a un audience ben più ampio e “monetizzabile”. Ecco allora il…
  • TAV attraversa Lugana DOC, il grido di dolore annunciato

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Carlo Veronese, direttore Lugana DOC Carlo Veronese, direttore del Consorzio del Lugana DOC: “Cari amici, queste foto sono il peggio che ci poteva capitare. Sono parte del progetto della TAV che passerà per i nostri territori. Ma al peggio non c’è mai fine… perché oltre al tracciato della TAV, oggi scopriamo che i cantieri, le strade dei cantieri, la nuova viabilità avrà un impatto bestiale sul nostro territorio. Che dire… che fare…  Sono talmente amareggiato che faccio fatica a trattenere le lacrime. Siamo stati fregati da chi ci amministra e ci ha…
  • La scommessa del vino all’Expo Milano 2015

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Giovanni Mantovani, Direttore Generale di Veronafiere, l’organizzatore di Vinitaly: “Avevamo dichiarato che l’obiettivo era quello di dare massima e piena rappresentazione del comparto, della sua storia e identità e delle sue potenzialità, e infatti questo progetto fonda su una filosofia inclusiva e democratica, poiché crediamo fermamente che solo dando spazio all’immensa ricchezza e varietà dei nostri vini si possa realmente rappresentare l’esclusivo valore della produzione italiana” Pietro Stara scrive su Intravino: “Al netto delle posizioni personali relative…
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  • Love on the Rocks: The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater

    Catie
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Was it a Frenchman’s folly the day young French vigneron Christophe Baron ventured across the Washington state-line and made a discovery that reminded him of the famed cobblestones of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region in France? As Baron was roaming the countryside between Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater, OR, he couldn’t help but take notice of the ancient rugged bed of the old Walla Walla River. The land was scattered with acres of stones the size of an apple.From the days of the local orchard pioneers, such as A. B. Roberts and Dr. Nelson Blalock, the stony beds were known for its…
  • The Long Strange Trip ...

    Catie
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    To quote Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, “What a long strange trip it's been.”It truly has been, but it sure feels good to dust off this little blog. The last four years have been an interesting journey. While I am happy to close the chapter of being in wine retail, I am certainly glad I did it. I made connections with so many wonderful and talented people (and even some not so wonderful people, but came with good lessons); and the lessons in imported wines and wine politics were invaluable - - and most important, I learned we have to take these detours in life to get us back on…
  • She's Back!

    Catie
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    You didn't think I could stay away, did you?  Stay tuned ...
  • A Swan Song

    Catie
    31 May 2013 | 8:18 am
    Someone once told me that many wine bloggers keep in their line-up of posts a "swan song" just waiting for the publish button to be hit. Well, I just hit mine.     It's time. It's time to take a sabbatical at least through the summer, or maybe longer. I am tired and perhaps you're tired of reading this blog. Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine has been a big part of my life since 2005 and I may still be one of the longest running wine blogs in Washington State. Originally it was just intended to be a personal diary of my thoughts and tastings about the local wine industry.
  • One of a Kind: Waitsburg Cellars

    Catie
    30 May 2013 | 9:00 am
    He's a wine writer, critic, author, innkeeper, musician, and all around Renaissance man, so it shouldn't have surprised anyone when Paul Gregutt announced a new milestone and title in his life, creator of his own line of wines. The wines were first previewed and released in March. Waitsburg Cellars is a winemaking project between Paul and the largest privately owned wine company in the Northwest, Precept Wines.  Paul has been given access to their vineyards, winemakers and their facility.  The goal is to create affordable, yet interesting wines that will showcase the  strength…
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  • A Syrah A Day

    Sonadora
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. Keeps the doctor away. That’s how that expression goes, right? Well, that’s how it should read, particularly if the Syrah in question is the 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Syrah. The weather here in DC turned (for a moment anyway) to chilly and the reds in the cellar started to call my name.  The Cornerstone Syrah has a real cork closure and retails for $35. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) The nose. Oh, my, the nose. This Syrah has that meaty note I love in Syrahs. 2.) We had this with beef stew. Perfect…
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    Sonadora
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR company for the brand. Eenie meanie miny mo, which Pinot should go?  Tonight it was the 2011 Star Angel Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. The Star Angel has a real cork closure and retails for about $27. It hails from the Santa Rita Hills in California, though the Star Angel brand is the invention of the winemaker for the Montes brand from Chile. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) Serve this at cellar temperature or slightly below. 2.) As it warmed I found the wine a bit soft. 3.) I served this with salmon, one of my go-tos for Pinot. I…
  • Dreaming of Seafood

    Sonadora
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR firm for the brand. I ate a lot of seafood this summer. Between Portugal and Maine my late July and early August were all about seafood. So I had seafood on the brain when I plucked the 2012 The Clambake Chardonnay from my sample roulette. Perhaps it was the lobster on the label that drew me to the bottle. I don’t know what it retails for, as I can’t find anywhere to buy it online…but I’m guessing maybe $14 or so? Four takeaways from this wine:   1.) I often tend to reach for a slightly oaky Chardonnay to…
  • Mangia! Mangia!

    Sonadora
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Lucky me. Rodney Strong Vineyards reached out to me several months ago to contemplate hosting a wine dinner at my house to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Klein family owning the brand. The proposal included wine, cookbooks, food, and creating a 5 course dinner to be served simultaneously with dinners happening across the country at famous restaurants and other blogger houses. Heck yes, I’m in! And you should be too. The dinner will go live at 8 pm et this Saturday, September 20. We’ll be tweeting and all other things social-media-ing using the hashtag #RSV25. Personally,…
  • Knock knock. I’m home.

    Sonadora
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Hello Wannabe Wino Readers- Radio silence has reigned here at Wannabe Wino for the last 2 months. If you like to have spare time in your life to do things like taste wine and write a blog, I don’t recommend, in the course of 2 months, selling a house, moving twice, traveling to CA, CT, Portugal, Spain, and ME, speaking at 2 conferences, buying and closing on a new house, and moving into it. Not to mention, all my wine had to be put into wine storage while we were between houses! We are moved into our new place, I have the wine back, and I’m kicking September off with a bang by…
 
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  • Lamb tagine with seven vegetables

    Edward
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Somewhat belatedly I've invested in a tagine and heat diffuser. Till now I've been making do with my trusty Le Creuset cocotte. . . I suspect the difference in the meals I cook will be fairly marginal, but the sounds and smells of my imaginary Morocco already seem clearer. Seven, the magic number.In summary - brown the meat and while doing this prepare the spices, vegetables and herbs, then construct, seal and cook.Start with 1.6kg of deboned lamb shoulder, trim the fat and skin and cut into fist size pieces. Season with salt and then fry and colour in batches in the tagine. Set aside. To the…
  • Keller S Riesling 2012

    Edward
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    A recipe for gado gado. 1 portion of satay sauce / 3 large cubes of firm tofu (approx 600g, cut into 5mm slices, each slice deep fried till golden and then sliced into batons) / 6-7 medium potatoes (peeled, cut into 2-3cm cubes and boiled for 9 minutes in salted water) / 2 medium Chinese cabbage (wombok, sliced and cleaned and then blanched in boiling water for 1 minutes, then rinsed in cold water and patted dry with paper towels) /  2 bunches of choy sum (cut into bit size pieces, rinsed of sand and then blanched in boiling water for 2 minutes, rinsed in cold water and patted…
  • Lomo

    Edward
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    I started off with a 450g pork tenderloin, after salting it was down to 340g and now after a month of drying, in the controlled environment of my spare fridge, which doubles as my white wine store, the meat weighs 260g.It is acceptable. I was concerned it might be slightly sweet from the sugar in the cure, but it's mostly salt and paprika and it does remind me of my home produced duck ham. I wonder if it's a case of environment (wine fridge in the shed, next to the wheel barrow and the golf clubs) trumping raw ingredients; just as they suggest it is the winery and its equipment and its…
  • Spring

    Edward
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Mint (soft tips only) from the garden, feta (marinated) from Kytren of Gidgegannup, sugar snaps (blanched in boiling water and split open) from the market and peas (defrosted and rinsed in cool water) straight from the freezer. . .  Add a crack of black pepper, salt and olive oil.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
  • Early morning

    Edward
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I dare not hope for apples, but both sides of my grafted tree have now produced flowers, though a few weeks apart. I don't want to pressure them or the bees, that seem more interested in my fecund olive tree that needs no help, but some action today or tomorrow please before the window shuts.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • The “New” New Yorkers and the “New” Californians ~ Leaving Jurassic Park for the Aquarian Era

    Alfonso Cevola
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Living in flyover country does have its benefits. You can get to either coast in a matter of hours. A recent weekend in San Francisco, I was able to spend time with the wine community there and get a gauge on their current sensibilities. This past week in New York also afforded me a quick douse into full-immersion of where they’re at right now.A couple of things. Dining here and there. The Wine Spectator Experience. And the latest rising star in the wine bar scene. Let's jump in.First off, dining in New York is ridiculously expensive. Like I said, “New York prices ain’t for the meek or…
  • High Cotton Uber-Dining in Gotham City

    Alfonso Cevola
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    Posting from the road. In NY, the rain followed me from flyover country. Fortunately that wasn’t the only wet thing in my path.A quick lunch meeting at Marea and two stunning white wines from Liguria, which is also suffering the travails of rain, but with much more dramatic and dangerous results.The food at Marea, at the edge of Central Park, was presented simply, minimalistic, wholesome and not filled with vacuous calories, and delicious. Our table had the always reliable Bisson Pigato. It reminded me of the time I slurped those tiny piquant sausages in a fiery broth at Ristorante Bar…
  • 10 of my favorite off-the-beaten-path places to eat in Italy

    Alfonso Cevola
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    In preparation for an interview, I was looking up places I have really enjoyed eating in Italy. Many of these places don’t even have a website, or a sign. I was lucky enough to be taken there be locals. They represent some of the best eating and drinking I have experienced in Italy. And while most of them are not fancy places, the cooking in these spots have been some of the most memorable meals in a restaurant setting. I eat a lot around the farm table and am lucky to have home cooked meals. They’re great. But if you’re looking to go to Italy that won’t help you. These following 10…
  • Ancient Italy and the New California ~ An Auspicious Convergence

    Alfonso Cevola
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I had some unused vacation time and thought it might be a good idea to head out to California and “do” a wine dinner or two. I’m writing this as I am mid-week in a series of three wine dinners back home. What could have gotten into me that I would take the time and expense to go to California and do on my vacation time what I do weekly? The answer is that I didn’t do exactly the same thing.For one, California is miles apart from Texas. And in some ways, years. The trends, the movements, the changes, often come from the coasts. Texas is a very strong and independent place. But in many…
  • Sicilian White Wines ~ Feeding the #HeatWave in the Cities by the Bay

    Alfonso Cevola
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Welcome to the New CaliforniaIf you had asked me, so very long ago, when I was a student in the Bay Area, trying to figure out what the hell to do with my life, if many years later I’d be in Oakland talking about Sicilian wines to a new generation of servers and wine lovers, I’d probably have said then “And what pill did you just take?” But as the future moves like a river, happenstance and fate brought me to A16 in Oakland in the Rockridge neighborhood, not too far from Berkeley at the invitation of Shelley Lindgren. Shelley started A16 and SPQR in San Francisco and a little more…
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    Write for Wine - Its Wine OClock Somewhere!

  • Tinhorn Creek-Beautiful British Columbia Part 2

    writeforwine
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, quite simply, is a must-stop destination for any visit to British Columbia wine country. September 23rd marked the 20th anniversary of Tinhorn Creek, which has grown from barrels of wine in the basement of a house to 150 acres of vines on a beautiful estate in Oliver Osoyoos wine country, in the south Okanagan’s “Golden Mile” region. Over the years, Tinhorn Creek has also become known in Canada as one of the most progressive wineries, focusing on sustainability and being environmentally friendly. This winery is the epitome of what we consider a…
  • Beautiful British Columbia-Part 1

    writeforwine
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Eight B.C. VQA wines are now available exclusively at Whole Foods Market stores in Washington and Oregon, and we were invited to taste them at a special dinner last week at Dahlia Lounge. Chef Brock Johnson and B.C. Chef Trevor Bird of Fable Restaurant in Vancouver (and Top Chef Canada) created west coast cuisine perfectly paired with the eight featured B.C. wines. Coincidentally, this amazing evening came on the heels of a trip we took to parts of BC wine country in mid-September. We will be writing in detail about both of those events in the future. In the meantime, we wanted to share…
  • Taste of Tulalip Nov. 14-15

    writeforwine
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Excitement is growing for the sixth annual Taste of Tulalip, a major event that is widely recognized as one of the top Northwest foodie and wine “happenings.” The superb reputation of Tulalip Resort Casino is underlined every year at this event, when its food and wine maestros — Executive Chef Perry Mascitti and his fabulous team of chefs, and Sommelier Tommy Thompson — unveil an explosion of flavors and aromas that merge into a premium, five-star experience. This year, Food Network star Ming Tsai will prepare some signature dishes to complement pours at the…
  • Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon

    writeforwine
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Bring on a juicy steak and a glass of Caymus Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and celebrate the vineyard’s 40th anniversary in style. If you love big, velvety, opulent Cabernets, this one is for you. So smooth and silky, this Cab glides across your palate, showing off the near-perfect conditions for the 2012 vintage in Napa Valley.  You don’t have to think twice about why Wine Spectator named this beauty “Wine of the Year.” A true palate-pleaser, this luscious red packs in a lot of ripe, rich flavors with a long finish. According to owner and winemaker Chuck…
  • Lauren Ashton Cellars

    writeforwine
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Lauren Ashton Cellars launched in Washington wine country in 2009, when Kit Singh, a dentist, decided to apply his knowledge of chemistry with his appreciation of wine and his training in viticulture and enology. Keeping it in the family, he named his winery after his two children and reflected his wife’s Estonian heritage by creating bottle labels with photos of her home country. By late 2012, Lauren Ashton Cellars wines emerged on the Seattle wine scene, and by the following year, rave reviews started to come in. Shortly after that, we too became quick fans of Kit’s…
 
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    The Wine Cask Blog

  • Mariana Vineyards "Sierra Foothills" Cabernet Franc 2010 wine review by (PB)

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Dark garnet hue with aromas of sweet tobacco, cigar box notes, with candied dark berry fruit with solid notes of cedar and black licorice.Palate--dark blackberry cream suggestion on a foundation that will benefit from another 4 years of cellaring. Tight flavors and young tannins bode well for a vibrant future. Finishes with a thin beam of red berry and strawberry fruit.Cabernet Franc is one of the classic blending grapes of Bordeaux used in melding Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This single vineyard varietal is interesting and unique. It was a gift from a dear friend, and a great gift it was.
  • La Merika Pinot Noir (Central Coast) 2012 wine review by (PB)

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Very light pale watermelon juice red hue with aromas of Candied apple hard cherry coating aroma with strawberry with gentle spice and a touch of bright fresh cherry.Palate--A burst of wood before the fruit, then woody, spicy thin strawberry and I mean "thin" berry fruit finishing with a little more wood.I paid $14 for this Pinot Noir which seems to be at the top of the range for this wine. It has a lot of wood in it; I would say too much but I think that is more a matter of preference. I tend to like "some wood" in many of my wines but this is bit over the top obscuring the gentle fruit that…
  • Chateau Lestage Listrac-Medoc 1982 Wine Review (NW)

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Tasting notes:Cigar box aromas, mushrooms, and earthy notes on the noseMedium bodied on the palateFinishes with silky texture, showing faded currant and ash notesSummary:A good friend and neighbor arrived for dinner with this already decanted and ready to pour. It was a surprise for sure and a real treat to revisit the 1982 Bordeaux vintage with this well-made Cabernet and Merlot blend. The flavors are muted and more earthy than fruity, but it's still hanging on and showing harmonious integration and good texture. If you have some, drink it now and don't wait. This is its last act.
  • Foris Pinot Gris "Rogue Valley" 2012 wine review by (PB)

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    This Oregon state white has a bouquet that knocks your socks off full of tropical fruit, with a a hint of vanilla cream pushing apple, melon notes.Palate--Out of the gate super flavorful with a velvety texture which separates this from lower end Pinot Gris. This is brimming with glorious, sweet fruits on an off dry foundation. Finishes with a nice solid beam of apple! This is a lot of wine fro the $13 I paid for it.I paired this with a fried calamari and mussels appetizer. Sword fish is on tap for the main course. There is no doubt on this one but raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask…
  • Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2012 wine review by (PB)

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Medium black cherry hue with a bouquet of spicy, almost cedary, with subtle fudgey notes at the edges of the glass. Big berry nose setting off the fruit potential fruit bomb.Palate--Big bold presence on the palate with big gobby dark berries, mocha, bitter chocolate, with a strange mid-palate and a smokey finish.This Boekenhoutskloof, S. African Syrah is quite different than our domestic Syrahs. It is big and bold like ours but the rest of it lets you know you're not drinking a domestic Syrah.I paid $11 for this and I'm not sure if I like it or not. It might just be better with food--we'll…
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    Food and Wine Blog

  • Recipe: A venison take on ragu bolognese

    Michael Mohammadi
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    A classic ragu bolognese with a homemade pasta is one of my top 10 favorite dishes to prepare as well as eat. It’s my gauge for the authenticity of an Italian restaurant and unfortunately I’ve had very few in the USA that come close to the real thing. A recent trip to  enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn in Vermont inspired this twist on a classic bolognese. I used a cooking method similar to what one might see in a more classic version of the recipe, but a few substitutions made for a crowd favorite. I didn’t snap too many photos while I was cooking. The kitchen in the…
  • Recipe: Coq au Vin, a chicken version of this rustic French dish

    Michael Mohammadi
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Coq au vin is a dish that exemplifies what cooking with good ingredients and some patience can accomplish. This dish really shows me the complexity of texture and flavors that can develop over the course of a few hours. I really the work that goes into this recipe. Things like removing the pork, then adding the chicken only to re-add the pork later really allows the flavors to develop. It’s not a complicated dish from a technique perspective, but does require some attention to details as there are a few steps that really allow things to come together. For a nice history on this dish…
  • Seven Tips For Keeping, Serving and Enjoying Wine at Home!

    Michael Mohammadi
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    I read an article this morning by NYTimes writer Eric Asimov which prompted me to fire up the old domain name, install the latest version of WordPress and get back to my wine blogging roots! In his article titled “Wine as the Supporting Player in an Ensemble Cast at Home,” Asimov makes the recommendation to drink more wine at home and learn to love it. The title alone was enough to have me find something else to read…wine as the “supporting player in an ensemble cast”…who thinks this stuff up? But I clicked. And read. And found a few good tips for the wine…
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    Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley Wines

  • Savannah-Chanelle

    Dave
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Stefani at Savannah-ChanelleThe history of Savannah-Chanelle goes back to the early days of the California wine boom. Pierre Pourroy emigrated to California from France in 1887 and was joined by his brother Eloi six years later. Together they bought land - including a vineyard - in Saratoga from the Bonjetti family and planted Zinfandel, Carignane and Cabernet Franc, among other varieties. They also planted fruit trees and produced prunes. By the 1920s the family owned over 400 acres.The winery was established in 1917. The Pourroy wines were sold in jugs or small barrels - there was no…
  • Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

    Dave
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Gene GuglielmoThe Santa Clara Valley may well be the state's most under-recognized AVA - Wikipedia's entry on the History of California Wine doesn't even mention it by name, in spite of over 160 years of continuous commercial grape growing and wine production. Visitors to the area would scarcely know that so many quality wineries were so close by since, unlike many other AVAs around the state, there's almost no visual indicators to advise them. The Official UnveilingSo a group of local wineries banded together and enlisted the help of representatives from the cities of Morgan Hill and…
  • In defense of Two Buck Chuck

    Dave
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    (Note: Please be sure to read the comments to this post - there's more interesting information there, some of which contradicts what I wrote. Dave)There's an article doing the rounds at the moment that's trashing Trader Joe's Charles Shaw wines. Personally I didn't think there was a need to; I find they vary from poor to undrinkable myself, and won't have them in the house. But some people will drink anything - look at how much Budweiser gets sold every day. I'm not going to link to the publishers; that just encourages them.However the article contains a good deal of misinformation which…
  • Mindego Ridge

    Dave
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    This looks like an interesting new project. The site is a 10 acre vineyard in La Honda, producing around 600 cases of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winemaker is Ehren Jordan, formerly of Turley and owner of Failla, and a former San Francisco Chronicle Winemaker of the Year. The first release from the 2013 vintage isn't until November, so now would be a good time to head over to their web site and sign up for their mailing list.
  • The 101 best wineries in America

    Dave
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Web site The Daily Meal has come up with their list of the 101 best wineries in America, and not surprisingly several of them are from the Santa Cruz Mountains.At #54 that have the legendary Mount Eden - should have been higher of course, but that's fine.Just above at #52 is Woodside's Thomas Fogarty. Inside the top 20 at #18 we find the idiosyncratic Randall Grahm and his Bonny Doon Winery.And taking the #1 spot is Ridge. Congratulations!For the full list see The Daily Meal.
 
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • A Winemaker Responds To His Back Label Critics

    Organic Wine Journal
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    People like to think wine is made from just grapes — but that’s hardly the case. A small number of winemakers have put more information on their bottles, but our friend Fabio Bartolomei at Vinos Ambiz has raised disclosure to an art form. Most of it lists what he did not do, letting people know what is happening at most modern wineries. He recently answered some of the feedback he received on Facebook. Some of the comments: “If you have to spend the money on a label like this maybe the wine ain’t so good. I only drink natural wine but this is kind of douche” Sarah, I hardly…
  • Harvest Report 2014 – Johan Vineyards – Oregon

    Organic Wine Journal
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    From Dan Rinke: 2014 has been another interesting year. We had a colder than normal winter, but a drier than normal, warmer spring. This all led to a bud break that was a full month earlier than usual. The warm weather did not stop with spring and it continued into the summer and then fall. It seems like this is the never-ending summer. As typical with Oregon, we get hot days with cold night time temperatures. I actually noticed several days this summer that were in the low 90s during the day, and the night time temps were still in the upper 40s. Harvest started out fast and a month early and…
  • Harvest Report 2014 – Robert Sinskey Vineyards

    Organic Wine Journal
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Debby Zygielbaum reports from Robert Sinskey Vineyards: Harvest started off for us with some shake, rattle and roll — we’d been picking for less than a week when the earthquake hit. The epicenter is a mile south of one of our vineyards and the fault runs north through two more of them. USGS has come out twice to do some mapping! Things were knocked about in our shops and we’ve lost some vines due to the cracking along the fault line, but we fared much better than some. Fault line in the vineyard. Overall, harvest has gone well – a dry, but decent, growing season allowed for good…
  • Five Organic Spirits For Fall

    Organic Wine Journal
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Check out five great organic spirits for fall, including a great pumpkin spiced vodka. OWJ’s editor does a roundup on Forbes.
  • Harvest Report 2014 – Phil Coturri – Sonoma

    Organic Wine Journal
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Phillip Coturri From Phil: I’m taking a deep breath as a front moved through last night, dropping a quarter inch of rain. We harvested our last zin yesterday not wanting them to get washed. The harvest has been early and steady. The last major heat spike during the Labor Day weekend really got things going. We have harvested about 50% of the 1200 tons we do annually. What’s left is Cabernet and Rhones. The growing season started early with bud break around mid March. Bloom was early, starting late April. For the third year of drought, the rains we did have came a few weeks prior…
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    CheapWineRatings.com

  • Salwey Pinot Gris – Simply Fabulous

    Tim Lemke
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    The longer I run this website, the more I find that the wines that interest me the most are the ones nobody reads about.  I don’t think it’s that others wouldn’t enjoy them, they’re just unique gems that folks don’t come across every day and therefore aren’t searching for info about them.  This is one of those wines. When you think of German wines, most people think of riesling.  And for good reason.  Germany produces a lot of riesling… and a lot of good riesling.  But they do other good wines too.  And I too am guilty of stereotyping Germany.
  • Deu La Deu Alvarinho – Mesmerizing

    Tim Lemke
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    I refuse to let go of summer!  Despite things starting to get cool outside, I’m clinging to summer and my favorite summer wines — like Vinho Verde. I’ve reviewed quite a number of Vinho Verde wines over the past couple years and one thing that tends to be typical with them is a light frizzante bubble.  But not all Vinho Verde has bubbles.  In fact, some Vinho Verde elitists (aka – wine snobs) might even suggest that the best Vinho Verde doesn’t have any bubbles. And while there are a number of different grapes that can go into a Vinho Verde, some of those same…
  • Apothic Dark – Really, Really Dark!

    Tim Lemke
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Apothic Red seems to be one of the most popular bargain wines out there.  I constantly hear people rave over it.  And so, the Apothic brand has been capitalizing on their success and expanding their line. Apothic Dark is a special, seasonal release only available for a short time.  Based on the label, one has to assume that Halloween is the season they’re targeting.  There’s been a Halloween wine trend growing over the past few years.  I wrote about another Halloween wine just a few weeks ago. The label of this wine certainly sets the mood to goth. And in a way it conjures…
  • Louis Riesling – Yummy, Yummy!

    Tim Lemke
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A couple years ago I reviewed the 2010 vintage of Louis riesling from Louis Konstantin Guntrum.  I loved it then and now tasting the 2012 vintage I can say that I still love this wine. The grapes for this wine are grown along the banks of the Rhine river between Oppenheimer and Nierstein in Germany.  All fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks, which is pretty typical for riesling like this.  Oak would just not be a good thing for this wine. Intense honeysuckle, pear, apple and flinty aromas make this wine sing even before it touches your lips.  And once it does reach your lips…
  • 3Spells Chardonnay – Crisp & Refreshing

    Tim Lemke
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I’ve reviewed a few wines in the past from a small producer from California called Spelletich Family Winery, but it’s been a while.  And I’ve never reviewed one of their whites… until now. If you’ve been reading this site for a while you probably know how I feel about chardonnay.  I struggle with it.  Or I should say, I struggle with how many producers make it.  And I’m not alone.  Many wine lovers I know are critical of chardonnay.  But when it’s made well it can be outstanding. My hat is off to Spelletich for this release.  Why?  For one,…
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • "I am often asked exactly which domaines do I put in my personal cellar; well, Billard is one of them." Allen Meadows, Burghound

    Lyle Fass
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    It is such a treat to work with Phillipe Billard of the very old school Pommard estate Billard-Gonnet. The wines are unapologetically old school and traditional but are not inaccessible. They benefit tremendously from aging and will age longer than most burgs in your cellar but they can be drunk young with a healthy decant or opening well before they are served. But these are, make no mistake, built for long aging. It is also a treat to work with Phillipe because Burgundy is about trends and Phillipe does not care about trends. The wines are made the same way as they always have been. He also…
  • A Burghound Top Value Premier Cru Chablis and a Grand Cru Chablis - Sebastien Dampt

    Lyle Fass
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Sebastien Dampt has become one of our core producers and it is very easy to see why.Whenever I taste Dampt with anybody they are just blown away by them. The quality price ratio is perhaps the best in Chablis. Sebastien is still relatively young and is getting better every year (he learned from his father, one of my favorite producers, so he was quite good when he started).  Allen Meadows at Burghound is also a fan (we're big fans of the longtime leading American Burgundy critic).The first wine is the 2013 Sebastien Dampt Chablis 1er Cru "Cote de Lechet", which can be had for as little…
  • The Grape and the Winemaker who Inspired Me to Start Fass Selections

    Lyle Fass
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    You may recall the story that it was a bottle of Scheurebe from Paul Weltner that inspired me to start Fass Selections.  I tried one of Paul's wines Scheurebes and I was simply blown away.  I knew that these wines from an unheralded grape and an unheralded region (Franken) would be very hard to sell through the traditional 3 tier system as they would be too expensive after marking them up three times.  I also knew that they were unique and some of the best dry wines in Germany.  The only way to sell them was to import them myself, so here we are.I've successfully sold…
  • A Burghound Favorite - I Only Got to Sell One of His 2012 Wines - I'm Selling the 2013's Now Before they Sell Out

    Lyle Fass
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    In the latest Burghound, as per usual, Raquillet is at the top of the heap with his 2012's getting scores mostly in the 90s from the notoriously stingy Allen Meadows.  The wines are in such demand that I was only able to sell one of them as I started late in the game.I'm not making that mistake again this year with the 2013s.I am thrilled to be offering two great wines from Francois Raquillet today. You are about to taste his 2012 Mercurey "Les Nauges" and that with the "Veleys" are his two best premier crus. I know you will regret not buying more. But now the 2013's are terrific as…
  • Chateau Palmer ($400/bottle) Makes this Wine, from Grapes Grown on their Estate - It's $75

    Lyle Fass
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I love a great deal and today's wine is a rare chance for most of us to be able to drinkwine made by one of the top estates in Boreaux, for only $75.  I am thrilled to be able to offer the 2010 Chateau Vincent from Margaux for $74.99 on a 3-pack. The chateau is located within Chateau Palmer's estate. The wines are in "fermage" which means Palmer manages the vineyards, does the vinification and then pays Vincent in "young wine", which is press wine. This is juice that has been fermented but has not gone through malo.  The wine is spectacular and can give the 2010 Palmer a run for its…
 
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    Wine Biz Radio

  • Catching A New Stride

    Wine Biz Radio
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/170948854-winebizradio-winebizradio-20141006.m4a Kaz, Randy and X talk about losing one’s mobile phone in New York City, among other things. Thanks to all of our Patreon supporters! You make all of this possible!! patreon.com/winebizradio
  • The Tireless Trio’s Triumphant Turnaround

    Wine Biz Radio
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/169948036-winebizradio-winebizradio-20140929.m4a Kaz, Randy and X are baaaack! In the first of the post-radio episodes, we *completely* ignore all sensible radio clock formats and just keep on going. Seriously, we need a clock. Thanks to all of our Patreon supporters! You make it possible!!patreon.com/winebizradio
  • It’s Odd What You Find…

    Randy
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Looking back over the past few years, we’ve done a thing or two here at Wine Biz Radio, and in that time, we’ve also managed to capture a few images. Here’s a few I just uncovered for you viewing pleasure. Apologies for the low resolution, it’s all I have!      
  • Man, What A Hiatus!

    Wine Biz Radio
    17 Dec 2013 | 10:00 pm
    Kaz, Randy and X are back! X’s car works now! After quickly catching up on the weather, we get you up to speed on the Useless Information™ you’ve been missing all this year! Wine Biz Radio, biting the hand that feeds it! Streams of consciousness bouncing from topic to topic! Tasting room confessions! You can’t believe what a year off does to three guys until you listen to this! Mentions: SonomaCounty.com Cornerstone Garden Keating Tasting Room North Coast Wine Industry Expo Unified Symposium (January 28-30) BevX Teutonic Wine Company 2011 Pinot “Teutonic…
  • You Said “Fertigate”!

    Wine Biz Radio
    1 Jun 2012 | 4:00 pm
    (NOTE: This is one of our “lost episodes” – shows from June to October, 2012, that Randy never got around to posting! But they’re here now, yay!) X phones it in from the present (or a five second delay, anyway), Kaz and X talk suckering, Kaz and Randy drink one of X’s wines, and a rather lengthy detour to the island of Alameda for vodka, wine, auctions and dim sum! There’s no limit to the depth of Useless Information™ you can get from Wine Biz Radio! Mentions: Bistro Gambrinus Auction Napa Valley Passport to Pinot Labouré-Roi Chablis Hook and Ladder…
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    HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog

  • Matar Winery – Something New (and kosher) from the Pelter’s

    Yossie Horwitz (www.yossiescorkboard.com)
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Despite the fact that the Pelter Winery has been non-kosher since its first vintage in 2002, anyone even slightly involved with Israel’s wine industry has not only heard of this boutique winery, but is also aware of its ranking near the upper echelon of Israeli wineries.  While the fact that Nir Pelter is making kosher wine should be garnering the same level of excitement among the cognoscente of kosher wine, the main reason this fact has flown somewhat blow the radar is that, unlike the “going-kosher” trifecta of 2010 (the vintage in which Flam, Tulip and Saslove all started making…
  • Bat Shlomo Vineyards – Wine fit for a king

    Avi
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Bat Shlomo Vineyards – Wine fit for a king When Baron Edmond de Rothschild first bought the land now known of as Bat Shlomo, he brought wine experts from France to school the Jewish pioneers in the art of grape-growing and winemaking, planting the original vineyards. More than a century later, winemaking has returned to Bat Shlomo thanks to the vision of investor Elie Wurtman and a great team, such as winemaker Ari Erle. Bat Shlomo Vineyards, located in the town of Bat Shlomo, purchased by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild and named after his mother Betty Solomon von Rothschild. Bat Shlomo,…
  • Small Wineries Rule At Eshkol Ha’Zahav

    Avi
    18 May 2014 | 9:47 am
    At the awards ceremony for the 2014 Eshkol Ha’Zahav wine tasting competition, there were a number of surprises. This year it was the smaller, newish, lesser known wineries that drew attention by winning some of the main prizes. Wineries such as Jezreel Valley, Kishor, Kerem Montefiore and Vortman took on and beat some of the more established and more famous wineries. The Jezreel Valley Carignan 2012, Kishor Savant 2012, Montefiore Red 2013 and Vortman Shfeya Valley 2012 were the gold medal winning wines in categories usually won by better known wines. Furthermore each of these wineries also…
  • Be a Part of Israel’s Startup Winery

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

    Avi
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Style Magazine, a large Hong Kong paper, has a great new article about Israeli wine. Check it out here. Grape ambitions Winemaking in the Middle East enjoys a long history, but the time is now ripe for Israel and Lebanon to enter the world stage, writes Alexis Lai Verdant swathes of ripening cabernet sauvignon unfold against undulating mountains while the chirping of birds rings out in the pristine silence. This idyllic viticultural scene is not in Bordeaux or Napa Valley, but in Bekaa Valley, the agricultural heartland of Lebanon. While wines from the Middle East are unknown to the average…
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  • Expansion of Allowable Label Revisions by TTB Helps Industry

    Patrick Barratt, Wholesale Product Manager
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Last week TTB expanded the list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Alcohol Beverage Labels within the Industry Circular 2014-02. These minor changes come after a major effort last year to reduce the number of new label submissions from domestic suppliers. You can read more about the first change in this blog post. Previously approved labels with new changes that fall within the list of allowable revisions, both existing and the below additions, do not need to be approved again. This topic will also be discussed at the 1st Annual ShipCompliant Wholesale Gathering in White Plains, NY on…
  • Outside Magazine Names ShipCompliant One of America’s Best Places to Work in 2014

    Analiese Brown, HR Manager, ShipCompliant
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Software Company Ranks #70 on National List for Workplace Excellence ShipCompliant, the industry leader in compliance and tax automation for the beverage alcohol industry, has been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2014. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. The entire list of winners appears online at www.outsideonline.com/dreamjobs. “The…
  • 3 Reasons To Get Excited About The 2014 ShipCompliant Wholesale Gathering

    Megan Milan, Marketing Coordinator
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It’s less than one month away from our first ever Wholesale Gathering in White Plains, NY. We are packing up and hitting the road to provide an opportunity to get people in the wholesale industry together on October 16th. Learn how other people in the industry are using ShipCompliant, and compare best practices to get a competitive advantage. Here are the top three things you can look forward to in White Plains! A panel discussion on the unification of the Federal and State approval process Imagine a system where you could register and pay for your labels at the federal and state levels…
  • Doing Business in a Crowded Market: A Rise in Wine Labels Approved by TTB

    Zoe Wedel, Account Manager and Business Analyst at ShipCompliant
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    If it appears like the United States wine market has become more saturated over the past couple of decades, here is one measurement that supports this impression: The number of wine labels approved by the Federal government. Before we dig into the details, it is important to note that many COLAs are approved without ever hitting the market. Additionally, the rule governing when a label must be submitted for approval is that the approval must be obtained before the wine is bottled. Using LabelVision, we are able to uncover a number of interesting and useful data points about the American wine…
  • LabelVision Trend Watch: Moscato – In Review

    Zoe Wedel, Account Manager and Business Analyst at ShipCompliant
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recently released LabelVision tool is already giving many alcohol beverage companies a new way to protect their brands, labels and trademarks by being able to closely monitor newly approved alcohol beverage labels. But perhaps just as important is the insights into trends it will lend marketers, the media and researchers. Take the example of Moscato and its meteoric rise over the past few years. We used LabelVision to answer the question, what can we learn about the increase in popularity of Moscato by looking at the history of Moscato label approvals? What we found was stark, hard…
 
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  • Best Value Cabernet Sauvignon From De Krans

    Media Release
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    The results of the RECM Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting held in Cape Town last week produced a very interesting result. De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp, with its Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 was awarded the best value rating of all Cabernets reviewed at this tasting. It received the 4th best score overall of 15.80 (with the top
  • Richard Carstens A Leader In Culinary Innovation And Excellence

    Media Release
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    At the top of the Helshoogte Pass in his kitchen at TOKARA, chef Richard Carstens goes quietly about his business. He is  a man obsessed with food and flavours, cooking techniques and culinary innovation. He lives, breathes, eats and sleeps his work;  it  is  his  constant companion.  He  is  a  perfectionist  who, while satisfied that
  • The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Cracks Top 5 List

    Media Release
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
    LQP named one of the top 5 race days in the world South Africa’s premier horseracing and summer social calendar event, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (LQP), has been listed as one of the world’s top five race days by The Telegraph in Great Britain, ranking it alongside the illustrious likes of the Prix de l’Arc
  • Paarl And Wellington Restaurants Become StreetSmart

    Media Release
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
    Paarl and Wellington have become the latest towns to join StreetSmart SA, a national fundraising initiative for the upliftment of street children. The Paarl and Wellington chapter of StreetSmart was launched at a cocktail event at The Light House Boutique Suites, Courtrai, Paarl. StreetSmart SA, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to family reunification and the
  • Creative Brandy Drink Brings Glory For Cape Mixologist

    Media Release
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
     A student at the Cape Town Hotel School trumped the competition by whipping up the winning brandy cocktail at the 4th annual One&Only Reaching for Young Stars competition for chef schools. Matthew Rohleder from Granger Bay won acclaim from the judges with his creation called ‘The Brandle’. Demonstrating the versatility of brandy as a drink
 
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  • The Label from Hell

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Meet the label from hell, as above. Just about every element raises another legal issue. I had the opportunity to discuss this hypothetical label at ShipCompliant’s Wholesale Gathering, in White Plains, last week, on a panel with Susan from TTB, Deb from Diageo and Jeannie from Brown-Forman. The label raises at least 30 legal issues that could trap the unwary, and it would not be difficult to add a few dozen more. One of the points is to show that, if a food or beverage label looks easy, you are probably not paying attention. How many issues can you spot, without prompting? The title…
  • Your New Friend, ARTAL, Part 2

    Robert C. Lehrman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Wow! TTB’s list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels (ARTAL) is getting powerful. It is getting long and complicated — but it also provides a lot of good opportunities to avoid or cause a problem. On September 29, 2014 TTB announced about six new changes to the ARTAL list. They are: Change promotional sponsorship-themed material (festivals and sports references) Change ratings (#1 vodka according to Vodka Quarterly) Delete organic references Change the spelling on sulfites Change information about the amount produced Add serving suggestions (shake well) Also, TTB provided a…
  • The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Tito’s vodka was doing great for the past 15 years, then hit a gigantic speedbump this week in the form of a class action lawsuit. Tito’s therefore provides a good example of when an approval is not really an approval. Tito Beveridge has more than 30 TTB label approvals for his vodka from 1997 to 2013 (as in the above image, from LabelVision). They may not do him much good in this lawsuit, even though, in years past, most would assume the federal approval would be dispositive. It’s a good thing most TTB approvals are not paper anymore because these would “not be worth…
  • TTB Funding

    Robert C. Lehrman
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    I read about TTB funding a few days ago in Wine & Spirits Daily. It is good but I still don’t understand why they don’t use more links. I had to look elsewhere for the letter, to the Senate, about TTB funding. The letter is here. Here are some highlights and observations: The letter seems to cover the powers that be, in the beer, wine and spirits industries (BI, WI, DISCUS, etc.). They, and TTB, seem to set TTB’s funding needs at $101 million, for 2015. The letter says “Since 2007, TTB has had to shrink its workforce by 10% ‐ more than 50 full‐time positions…
  • Rye Beer

    Robert C. Lehrman
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
      Latrobe did a “brilliant” job here, picking up on a lot of important trends. Let’s see how many instructive legal issues this one label raises. Extra points for anyone who can raise additional issues. No more ALS challenges, please. It is beer but it more or less screams spirits. In a variety of ways. (For example, the brand name refers to moonshine paraphernalia, as Tickle’s sidekick helpfully explains.*) Within the rules, probably. Even though spirits terms are not allowed on beer labels. Even though this product contains and purports to contain absolutely no…
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • Shake Shack Coming to Legacy Place

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Exciting news Boston burger fans! Shake Shack will be opening another location in Massachusetts - this time at Legacy Place in Dedham.We visited the location at Chestnut Hill when it first opened (review) and several times since. It's still pretty crowded and a bit hectic when you go but the product is good and the wine & beer options are a cut above.I'll look forward to this new addition to the already-good Legacy Place.From the press release:Shake Shack will join the eclectic blend of fine dining, high fashion and state of the art entertainment at Legacy Place in Spring 2015.Known…
  • 10% Off at Liquid Discount with code "columbus10wwp"

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Liquid Discount is running a sale this weekend for WWP readers.Get 10% off site-wide with code: columbus10wwpConsidering using this as an opportunity to stock up on cellar defending daily drinkers -or- an early opportunity to pick up some special wines for the holidays.I've been wanting to try the 2012 Elk Cove Pinot Noir for some time. It's always been one of my favorite Oregon Pinot Noirs and 2012 is a great vintage.The 2012 Domaine St.-Prefert August Favier Chateauneuf du Pape is a nice play as well. At 94WS and a great track record from a fine vintage this is a winner.Or the 2012 Bedrock…
  • Bingo! Play the Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience Game

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Can you believe it's almost time to fire up the Scoop the Spectator 2014 contest? If you're not familiar with the format here's how last year's game went.While we're waiting for that exercise I thought it would be fun to have a warm-up game. More of a puzzle really, that's targeted at identifying the best wines to taste at this year's Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience Critics' Choice Grand Tasting.This tasting is similar to the Wine Spectator Grand Tour that occurs at about 3 venues across the country each April. See event reports for Boston, Las Vegas, and Chicago.But the New York…
  • Raise Your Glass for the Jimmy Fund at the Fairmont Battery Wharf

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The fifth annual Raise Your Glass for Jimmy presented by the Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston will take place at the Fairmont Battery Wharf in Boston on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission to the event includes a wide variety of wines to taste, hors d'oeuvres, live music, a silent auction, and a wine bottle drawing. Participating wine vendors include Ansonia Wines, Boston Bottle, Gordon's Fine Wines and Liquors, Lattanzio Wines, M.S. Walker, and Plymouth Bay Winery. All proceeds support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Among the silent…
  • Radio-Coteau: Old World Techniques with New World Fruit

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Radio-Coteau: "Broadcast off the hills"From the moment I tasted Radio-Coteau's 2006 La Neblina Pinot Noir they've been one of my favorite producers. That wine was so pure, so completely free of off notes - it was amazing. But in tasting more bottles of their wines since then I've come to learn that bottle wasn't anything out of the ordinary for Radio-Coteau. That's just what they do. They're absolutely one of the most reliably outstanding California Pinot Noir producers I've found.See also: 7 Reliably Outstanding Fruit-Forward California Pinot Noir ProducersBut the really special thing about…
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    Wine Club Reviews & Ratings

  • Should You Join More Than One Wine Club?

    Tricia Meyer
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The other day we received an email from someone asking the questions “Should You Join More Than One Wine Club?” and it was such a good question that I decided to create a whole post about it. If you look around our site, you will see that there are many wine clubs to choose from, and we have only scratched the surface of trying all of the thousands that are available. Some of the clubs we are given to try for free and some we buy ourselves just because we really love them. To figure out whether it is worth it to join more than one club (or to give a wine club gift to someone…
  • National Pasta Month (with Wine)

    Eric Nagel
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    October is National Pasta Month and whether it’s spaghetti, lasagna or macaroni & cheese, we like ours served with wine. Spaghetti with Red Sauce If you have a big old plate of spaghetti with red sauce, a glass of Syrah would pair nicely. Either decant the wine, or let it breathe for a bit after pouring, before enjoying with dinner. As an alternative, a Cabernet Sauvignon could pair nicely with this dish and is a common bottle found in most wine collections. Lasagna or Spaghetti with Meatballs or Sausage Now that we’re adding meat to the dish, we may want to consider a…
  • Don’t Mess with Texas – It’s Texas Wine Month!

    Todd Farmer
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    When you think of the great state of Texas, what are the first things that come to mind?  For me, here are my personal list 10 things that come to mind when I think of Texas: Don’t mess with Texas. Everything is big in Texas. There is no basement in the Alamo. (Thanks, Peewee Herman) Everything I learned about Texas, I learned from King of the Hill. “I gonna make you a steak the size of a toilet seat – you know, ‘Texas sized'”. Oil industry from the 80’s. Who shot J.R.? The bats under the bridge in Austin. Dallas Cowboys and their legendary smoking’ hot…
  • 50% Off Wine at Club W ($6.50 a Bottle)

    Tricia Meyer
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    I recently did a Club W Wine Club Review and was very pleased with the club. So I was excited to see that they are running a 50% off special for new members! The catch is that you have to click on one of the special 50% off links in order to see the deal because it isn’t advertised on their site. You are in luck because we have one: Save 50% on your first Club W purchase How much does that make the wine? Given that they usually sell for $13 a bottle, you are looking at about $6.50  a bottle plus tax, shipping, and handling. For a 3 bottle purchase, it would have cost me $28.41…
  • GetWineOnline.com Wine-Blitz Flash Sales

    Eric Nagel
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    GetWineOnline.com is an online wine retailer, but unlike others, they have an email list called “Wine-Blitz.” With Wine-Blitz, you’ll receive 4-10 deals each week with offers that are so good, they sell out in 24-72 hours. These offers are not available via their website, so you have to signup for Wine-Blitz to see the deals. This is in addition to their clearance deals, where you can already find some great buys on popular 90+ rated wines. In addition to the common categories of Red and White wines, GetWineOnline.com also has champagne and sparkling wine, sake, and dessert…
 
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    Wine Peeps

  • A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Cune Monopole Rioja Blanco

    Kori
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2013 Cune Monopole Rioja Blanco from the Rioja Alta appellation in Spain. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Cune, also known as Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, was founded in 1879 by brothers Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asua in Haro, Rioja, and is still family-owned and family-operated by direct…
  • Wine Tasting Dinner: Sauvignon Blanc from Around the World

    Kori
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sauvignon Blanc has been one of our favorite white varieties for years. We have a soft spot for Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, which was solidified on our trip to the region in 2005. Ever since, we have made it a point to try Sauvignon Blanc from other countries/regions when we have the chance. We decided to put two of our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc favorites up against four others, two from Washington State and two from France, in one of our wine tasting dinners. Last Friday was a beautiful late September day here in Seattle, perfect to enjoy crisp, refreshing…
  • A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc

    Kori
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg in California. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Dry Creek Vineyard, founded in 1972 by David Stare, is located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley just outside of Healdsburg, California. Well-known for their Fumé Blancs and Zinfandels, Dry Creek Vineyard also…
  • Long Shadows Vintners: 2011 Sequel Syrah [Wow! Alert]

    Kori
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Founded by Washington wine pioneer Allen Shoup, Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of ultra-premium wineries comprised of internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world. Each winemaker is a partner in a unique winery dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing a “best of type” that reflects the winemaker’s signature style. Allen Shoup is considered one of the pioneers of the Washington wine industry. He was the CEO of Stimson Lane wine group for years. During that time, he oversaw their portfolio of wineries, including Chateau…
  • Mumm: Bubbly from France and Napa

    Kori
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Mumm family founded the G.H. Mumm champagne house in 1827. In 1876, as a tribute to some of their most prestigious clients, G.H. Mumm decorated a few of their bottles with a crossed red silk ribbon as a reference to the Legion of Honour. Today, G.H. Mumm is the leading champagne brand in France and the third best-selling champagne in the world. The Cordon Rouge Brut is their signature cuvee. In 1979, G.H. Mumm set out to find an ideal winegrowing area in the United States. They picked Guy Devaux for the project. Devaux had more than 40 years experience crafting still and sparkling wines…
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • 2011 Wildhaven Blazing Red

    George Perry
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal: Merlot Region:  Columbia Valley, Washington – USA Cost:  $11-$14 Winemaker’s Notes:  True to its nose, robust flavors of berry cobbler and black cherries swirl with notes of mocha and deep spice, punctuated by medium-firm tannins on the finish. My Review:  If you’ve ever been to a Total Wine (and let’s be honest, love them or hate them, you’ve been to one), you know that they regularly have tastings of wines that they’re either promoting, have been asked to promote, or, as I sometimes suspect, that they’re just trying to get rid of.
  • 2013 Handcraft Chardonnay

    George Perry
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Varietal:  Chardonnay with a dash of Malvasia Bianca and other aromatic whites Region:  California – USA Cost:  $13 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Pour a glass and enjoy the lovely floral and honey aromatics with soft hints of lemon zest, green apple, and toasty oak. Then savor a sip as you taste bright citrus, peach, honey, pear, and creamy marshmallow flavors. This medium-bodied wine is balanced with good acidity – making it refreshing by itself or perfect with food. The rich and juicy finish provides the perfect end to this delightful wine. My Review:  I’ve had the…
  • September 2014 Virginia Wine Chat

    George Perry
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    The Tasting Selection After some time off for the Summer, it’s great to see Virginia Wine Chat has returned. On the last Saturday of September we sat down and did our usual virtual tasting with Frank Morgan (Drink What YOU Like) and some Virginia winemakers as we tried wines, shared our thoughts, and got to see what was, at least in my opinion, one of the best discussions we’ve had during the series (at least that I’ve been a part of). Unlike in previous months, September saw us trying wines from three different Vineyards – Veritas, Grace Estate, and King Family. The…
  • 2010 Camino del Toro Syrah

    George Perry
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Syrah Region:  Mendoza – Argentina Cost:  $18 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Flashing a dark red and maroon color, the Camino del Toro is visually stunning. Even more so, fruit and spice notes with hints of vanilla, tobacco, winter spice, and oak are all present, representing classic Syrah. The palette is spicy and strong, accompanied by easy tannins and a long lasting finish. Pair this wine with roasted leg of lamb, or grilled bison and the combination will surely win you over. My Review:  So a few weeks back my wife and I used a Groupon we had to get some wine at a…
  • 2012 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Region:  North Coast, California – USA Cost:  $15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Rich, aromatic dark fruits and baking spices delight the nose, yielding fresh plum and blackberry fruit, violet, dried fig, vanilla bean, and Chinese Five-Spice. The wine is layered with smoky and sappy maple wood, roasted almonds, and hazelnuts and finishes with fine, firm tannins. My Review:  So a few weeks back I talked about my thoughts on the Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, how it wasn’t bad, but not what I looked for in a Sauvignon Blanc. I held off on opening the…
 
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • Refugio Ranch – a hideway for the stars

    winebratsf
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    After the mayhem of the Wine Bloggers Conference had subsided a bit, the #QBP (and token Joe) decided to stick around a bit longer an enjoy the relative peace of Los Olivos on a Sunday afternoon. As luck would have it, fearless leader Melanie had arranged for a visit to Refugio Ranch Winery for some tasting and tweeting.  As we gathered in Los Olivos to relax in the Montana style hunting lodge tasting room, I could tell it was going to be a great visit.  But the tasting room was only the beginning… In 2005, owner Kevin and Niki Gleason found the 415 estate property, which they planted…
  • VinEdge – a life preserver for your favorite bottles

    winebratsf
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
      It’s that time of year again – when gadgets and gifting items hit the shelves, and all sorts of new technology is released for the holiday gifting season.  One of these gadgets is a new preservation device called the VinEdge, which is new tool to help you save that leftover wine.  Yes, I know, generally speaking leftover wine is an hilarious joke in this house, but occasionally, especially when I am doing multiple bottle tastings, there will be a half bottle here or there. So, to save that half bottle for the next night in the best possible way, there a few tricks.
  • Ballard Canyon – Syrah Incubator

    winebratsf
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wrapping up my week in Buellton at the Wine Bloggers Conference, the focal tasting seminar on Ballard Canyon and its Syrah was the highlight of the conference for me.  One of the newest AVAs, Ballard Canyon was established within the Santa Ynez Valley in 2013.  Long known as an excellent source for Grenache and Syrah, the area is a long, thin canyon running north to south in a curving line.  This orientation shelters it from much of the wind and cooling breezes that the rest of Santa Ynez experiences making it an excellent location for the richer, bolder Rhone red grapes. Ballard Canyon…
  • Exploring the wines of Santa Barbara County

    winebratsf
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    #QPB members BrixChicks LIza & Dallas Wine Chick Melanie, with BrixChicks Xandria hiding in the center After our #QPB left Los Olivos and settled back in to WBC mode, we had one more adventure to see too before the official conference began.  Earlier this year, I was thrilled to be a guest of the San Francisco Wine School’s inaugural 3-day intensive California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) program, for which I know hold the credential (97 baby!). With the NorCal Wine luminary Fred Swan leading the way, SF Wine School and several illustrious Santa Barbara County wineries…
  • Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

    winebratsf
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:58 am
     After #GoingRogue with Tercero, it was time to meander down the road a bit to Beckmen Vineyards, were the #QBP had a barrel tasting arranged with Keana and Beckman winemaker, Mikel Sigouin.  I first met Mikel last year at Rhone Rangers in San Francisco, and when I mentioned that some wine bloggers were going to be in his neighborhood, he eagerly invited us to taste through his wines. Mikael, a native of Hawaii, makes wines for Beckmen Vineyards by day, and Kaena Wines by night, so I knew this would be a golden opportunity to taste some world class Grenache. Little did I know that we…
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  • Massmart recognises Backsberg for their commitment to environmental sustainability

    Alana Ridley
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Backsberg was honoured to attend an event in Rosebank, Johannesburg, hosted by Massmart, to acknowledge local suppliers for their ongoing commitment, exceptional performance and implementation of environmentally-sustainable business operations. Using 35 environmental indicators Massmart successfully assessed and surveyed 494 suppliers in the last five years. Areas that Massmart profiled were: packaging rationalisation, water conservation, operational energy efficiency, environmental product attributes, third party certification and biodiversity impact mitigation. The winners were selected…
  • Try our delicious summer menu

    Alana Ridley
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    Backsberg welcomes you to join us for a relaxing morning brunch or an afternoon lunch on the restaurant lawns under the trees. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a glass of Backsberg wine while taking in the beauty of the Simonsberg. The farm is coming alive with green landscapes, birds, clear blue skies and amazing mountain views. Summer is here! The Backsberg Restaurant is serving a delightful new Summer menu to celebrate this season. There is something to please everyone’s appetite. Choose from a light lunch, crisp salad, hearty burger or a delicious three-course lamb spit-braai.
  • Welcome to Backsberg

    Alana Ridley
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    The philosophy of Backsberg remains that of providing pleasure and enjoyment to a broad range of wine lovers by producing wines not only with structure and finesse, but with a high level of “drinkability”. Simply put, if you find our wines easy to drink and, above all, enjoyable, then we have been successful. As an Estate we are able to initiate and follow this whole process from the growing of the young vine till the bottling of our finished product. We furthermore believe that our wines should be priced to reach the tables of as many wine drinkers as possible so that all can…
  • ‘Klink’ to Backsberg

    Alana Ridley
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Vote for Backsberg in this year’s Klink Wine Tourism Awards. Backsberg has been nominated for an award in theTread Gently category. Environmental sustainability has become a major focus at Backsberg since 2006. Considered to be one of the leaders in the field, Backsberg was the first winery in South Africa and third in the World to become Carbon Neutral. A carbon audit is done on an annual basis and the winery offsets it emissions through various energy and fuel saving projects as well as a major tree-planting program. Backsberg is also one of the few wineries in South Africa to boast…
  • Backsberg is the sole wine sponsor at Joburg’s Joy of Jazz Festival

    Alana Ridley
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    It’s the countdown to South African’s most exclusive jazz event as international musicians and celebrities arrive in Johannesburg for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2014. Backsberg Estate Cellars is proud to be the official sponsor of fine wine to Joburg’s premier jazz event. Fourth-generation Backsberg proprietor, Simon Back, notes: “We are incredibly excited to play a part in the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. Jazz music and fine wine pair together perfectly.” The festival has moved to the Sandton Convention Centre, allowing the festivities to continue growing in size and popularity.
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Tagus Creek Shiraz/Trincadeira 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

    Simon
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Bit of a bargain… Tagus Creek Shiraz/Trincadeira 2012, Alentejo, Portugal (£4.50 Asda Direct) I think of Trincadeira as being a bit like Carignan, and here, it gives similar peppery violet and blackcurrant notes to the sweet berry-roundness of Shiraz, with a note of vanilla making its presence felt too. B+
  • Neethlingshof The Caracal 2011, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Simon
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    As of course you know, Caracal is another name for the desert lynx… Neethlingshof The Caracal 2011, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£14.99 Majestic) Intense and fruity, with slightly stewed dark berry and blackcurrant flesh lifted by floral aromas and a herbal note. Some toasty/cedary oaky influence, but it’s in balance with the rest of the wine, […]
  • Stobi Vranec Classic 2011, Tikves, Macedonia

    Simon
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Sturdy fare from a country whose wines we rarely see… Stobi Vranec Classic 2011, Tikves, Macedonia (£10-11 Cornelius Wines, Cork & Cask, Wine Rack, House of Townend, Turton Wines, North Coast Wine Co) Deep in colour, and stuffed with dark fleshy berry and kirsch flavours. Also packs in notes of coffee and dark chocolate, but […]
  • Vetus ‘Flor de Vetus’ Verdejo 2013, Rueda, Spain

    Simon
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Best region in Spain for white wine – Rueda, Rías Baixas or Valdeorras? Or somewhere else?? Vetus ‘Flor de Vetus’ Verdejo 2013, Rueda, Spain (£11.99 Meat, The Wine Reserve, Charlie Crown, Grape & Grind, Scarlet Wines, The Jolly Vintner Too, Shaftesbury Wines, The Cellar at Clevedon, Woodford Wine Room, Loki, Wright Wine Company, Richard Granger […]
  • Wirra Wirra Church Block 2012, McLaren Vale, Australia

    Simon
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    A consistent performer for forty years, and still going strong… Wirra Wirra Church Block 2012, McLaren Vale, Australia (£13.49 Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco, TheDrinkShop.com) Ripe fleshy cassis tinged with notes of smoky, earthy spice, some classic Aussie mint/eucalyptus notes, and a leathery note to the finish that will get stronger as it ages. Although it’s very […]
 
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    Vin65

  • 5 Tips For Your Website This Holiday Season

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    October, November, December (OND) is in full swing. Smart retailers are already starting to focus on holiday promotions for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the gift-giving season.  Have you ever had a Christmas where someone didn't bring wine over to your house to enjoy with dinner, or as a gift? I personally can't remember a Christmas where I didn't swing by the store to pick up a bottle.  For wineries, it's essential to start your marketing early. Target customers and pull them to your online wine store. Get your customers to stock up now, so those last minute…
  • Keep Posts Flowing With A Wine Blogging Calendar

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Did you know that blogging is a top way to boost your website’s ranking and drive sales with both current and potential customers? Search engines love fresh content and will reward updated sites with a higher ranking and increased visibility. According to Hubspot, a major inbound marketing platform, companies that blog have 55% more visitors and generate 88% more leads per month. Once a potential customer finds your site on a search engine results page and reads your keyword-targeted post, there is a greater chance they will opt-in or purchase than if your winery did not…
  • Become an Email Marketing Ninja in 3 Easy Steps

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Email marketing is an effective way to reach your customers and drive them to your website. Emails have been around for a long time because they are such a powerful tool. Did you have a busy Saturday in the tasting room? Visitors came to your tasting room and bought some wine. How many email addresses did you capture? Make sure you send those visitors an email and retain them as a customer. The best emails will thank them for visiting, asks them to rate the wine they bought and (bonus points!) gets them to purchase again – this time from your online store.   You're lucky.
  • 4 Reasons To Kill Your Home Page Carousel

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Carousels (or homepage sliders) became popular because they were a quick fix for two constant dilemmas: "How can I cram all of my content into a small space?" and "What content is the most important?". They are used to provide a solution to both of these problems, while keeping content above the fold. Technically, a carousel provides some solutions for your marketing woes, however, don't think for a second it's a good idea. It's lazy. A huge part of content is determining what is relevant, what action people should take from it and how to test and improve your…
  • Finding Bigfoot: ROI in Social Media is Not a Mythical Beast

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked the same question, “ What is the ROI of social media?” You may have even asked it yourself. The problem with this question is that it is inherently flawed. ROI means Return On Investment and does not always directly relate to a correlation in sales. For example, if you advertise in the Wine Spectator and on Google for the same cost, but get ten times the result with Google, you get a better ROI from Google advertising. Likewise, it is also good ROI if you save time and money on customer service with Twitter as opposed to…
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  • Why Drink Beaujolais Nouveau When You Could Drink These?

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s mid-October, which means that soon it will be November, and that means that in a month or so we’re going to start seeing ads, again, just like every year, for Beaujolais Nouveau. And you know what? Don’t bother. Skip it. Bea...
  • 5 Great Wines that Don't Cost $2,800 a Glass

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    In case you were wondering what insanely rich wine lovers like to do with their spare buckets of cash, the answer was provided by a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong last week: Spend $1,600,000 on 114 bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Con...
  • 5 High-End, Superstar Wines You Can Always Find

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We tend to think of the best wines in the world as rarities—in fact, the current term for super-sought-after, once-in-a-lifetime bottles amidst the sommelier crowd is “unicorn wines.” But the truth is that there are some great wi...
  • 5 Wines From a South African Wine Star

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    “If there’s actually a time machine that works, it’s wine.” That’s a quote from Eben Sadie, arguably South Africa’s brightest young winemaking talent, and certainly one of its most quotable. The occasion was a v...
  • 5 Perfect Steak Wines

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Summer is done, grilling season is over, life is meaningless, and really, why not just eat lettuce from now on? That was how I was feeling recently, confronted with the sudden awareness of shrinking daylight hours and the first hints of cool weath...
 
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  • Flemings Prime Steakhouse Releases its 2014 Flemings 100 Wine List

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has 66 locations across the U.S.A. and its south bay location is in Palo Alto. They recently announced the release of its new Fleming’s 100®, a...
  • Wine Walk Brings Visitors to Los Gatos

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Los Gatos is known for his charming downtown, with plenty of parking, pedestrian friendly streets and a wide range of unique boutiques and places to wine and dine. On September 20 the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce invited wine...
  • The Summit Wineries Host Harvest Festival in October

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Celebrate the harvest with a festive weekend, October 4-5 at the wineries: Burrell School, MJA, Silver Mountain, Villa del Monte, and Wrights Station as they host Harvest Festival. Enjoy vineyard and crush tours, live music, food, artisan gifts...
  • Fall Wine Walk Attracts Visitors to Charming Downtown Campbell

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The Downtown Campbell Business Association held their sold-out Fall Wine Walk on September 17, welcoming hundreds of visitors to the many businesses in the Downtown Campbell. Winemakers from 34 wineries from around Northern California were there...
  • Niles Canyon Railway Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Special Finishes 2014 Run

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Niles Canyon Railway finished up another highly successful year for the Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Special on Sunday, September 14. They had five runnings of the special during the summer and most were sold out. Wine Educator Steve...
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    ELLOINOS

  • Pampas, Gauchos, Cattle and Brazilian Assyrtiko

    Markus Stolz
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    One sip of Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko altered James Carl’s life path. Three years ago, the acupuncturist in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande de Sul knew little about wine. A budding interest in winemaking led him to start studying catalogs and scientific articles on grape varieties. James’ interest was soon drawn to indigenous varieties from Greece, Georgia and Portugal. It was during this period that he sampled the aforementioned Sigalas wine. “The Assyrtiko wine took my heart and carried my soul to Santorini” he says. The desire to cultivate Assyrtiko and other rare Greek…
  • First Assyrtiko to be planted in the US

    Markus Stolz
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Assyrtiko vines have handled strong winds, shallow soils, hot summers and cool nights since ancient times in their homeland of Santorini. A high elevation vineyard at 3200 feet (975 meters) with severe risk of frost, in the mountains of the Tahoe National Forest in the US, will add yet unknown challenges for this variety. The risky endeavor to plant Assyrtiko in this seemingly improbable location is the brainchild of Larry and Dayle Rodenborn, the husband and wife team of Tryphon Vineyards.  They just picked up sixty-four baby Assyrtiko vines from the Foundation Plant Services at the…
  • Vineyards of Greece

    Markus Stolz
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:50 am
    Travel along this journey to some of Greece’s finest vineyards and learn more about the local culture, history and food. I have once again chosen to publish this article via Storehouse, as the visual experience is simply so good. RSS subscribers, please make sure to click on the above title, which will lead to my site from where you can access the full article. Tweet
  • Faces

    Markus Stolz
    22 May 2014 | 7:59 am
    When I first published this article, it was a story only half told. I have since updated the visual content with roughly 900 words. Although it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, I cannot help but feel that words were needed to complete the story. Tweet
  • Peloponnese: Land of diversity

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

  • The President cocktail

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    The President Cocktail is from Cuba and is part of the most classic drinks in the country, created in 1920 to honor President Gerardo Machado. One of its main ingredients is, of course, Cuban rum, and its taste is citrusy and tropical. Gerardo Machado was the 5th president of the Republic of Cuba, born in 1871, president in the period 1925-1933 and died in Miami Beach in 1939 at 67 years of age. Probably not as well known globally as the Cuba Libre (rum and cola) but with a very unique and appealing taste, it gains easily the favoritism of those who enjoy it for the first time. President…
  • Chinese people will have beer belly

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    By 2017 China is expected to overtake the United States as the largest consumer of beer worldwide, according to analysts at Euromonitor. This is due to the increasing trend in the income of the breweries in this country. These increases in disposable incomes will continue rising by 2018, according to Amin Alkhatib, alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor, and thanks to it, the sale of beer in China will gradually grow. Recently an online detail seller of beer in China claimed to have sold 30 million beer cans during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It will be not surprising that at these levels of…
  • Shops that sell in Uvinum: Xtrawine

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    This week, we spoke with the leaders of Xtrawine, another of the stores that sell in Uvinum, to know them more thoroughly and learn from their way of approaching the world of wine and the online store, as well as to discover their recommendations for wine lovers. Here's our interview with them: How did you start? Xtrawine was founded in 2011 by a group of friends united by their passion for wine and confidence in the potential of the internet vehicle. With the time, our careful selection of wines, the competitive prices and the high-technology internet that make the site fast and easy to use,…
  • The Tango cocktail

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    The Tango cocktail was created in a bar in Astoria to honor the tango as a musical genre, known in France from 19th century by the French navy frigate getting to Argentina and then bring this lovely music to its homeland. The tango as a musical genre born in Argentina and more specifically in Rio de la Plata between 1860 and 1875, as a form of musical expression and dance to the lower immigrant classes from Europe, settled in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Their musical instruments are mainly accordion, piano and double bass. The Tango is a cocktail that makes honor to the sensuality…
  • Moderate drinking reduces risk of aneurysm

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    According to a study by Swedish scientists, which sought to analyze the relationship between alcohol consumption and risk of AAA, moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages yielded surprisingly positive results for beer and wine lovers worldwide. This study has been published by the British publication The Drinks Business. AAA is the risk of abdominal aorta aneurysm, consisting of a widening of the abdominal aortic artery thus causing pain in the abdomen and legs, due to changes that occur in blood flow and the pressure that they entail. The bigger risk of AAA is that the artery may…
 
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  • Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine?

    Jo Diaz
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let’s consider if Genetically Modified grape vines are ever going to be good for us… In order to do that, we have to look at studies that are being done independently, many of which are happening outside of the United States, as regards other crops. It’s also important to note that a study handed off […] The post Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine? appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Petite Sirah, The John Wayne of Grapes, Is Our All-American Legend

    Jo Diaz
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    As regards Petite Sirah being The John Wayne of Grapes… Imagine, if you will, being plucked from your homeland shortly after being born. (Some would argue that you were ostracized.) You’re brought to the Atlantic, where you board a steamship headed for America. You land in New York, are put onto the next train headed […] The post Petite Sirah, The John Wayne of Grapes, Is Our All-American Legend appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • If you want a Moniker Wine, name it that… Moniker Wines

    Jo Diaz
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    MONIKER WINE: it’s not brain surgery, people, but look how long it took someone to come up with the actual moniker as a wine brand. Now that it’s out there, the rest of us are all slapping our foreheads. Leave it to the folks at Mendocino Wine Company, to branch out into the Moniker realm. […] The post If you want a Moniker Wine, name it that… Moniker Wines appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Have you ever thought about Making Your Own Wine at Home?

    Jo Diaz
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Making your own wine is done by a lot of home winemakers. And, if you’ve ever thought about making your own wine, right in the comfort of your home, there’s a great new book on the market. Written by Lori Stahl, and published by Fox Chapel Publishing, Making Your Own Wine at Home is a […] The post Have you ever thought about Making Your Own Wine at Home? appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Nine years of wine blogging, should I have just written a book?

    Jo Diaz
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m reflecting on nine years of wine blogging this morning… having started just about this time nine years ago, in terms of thinking I should, and then getting Jose to build a site for me. I’ve had about four wine blog sites in the process. In 2005, I eagerly waited to write that first story, […] The post Nine years of wine blogging, should I have just written a book? appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • Submerging the Cap

    Ridge Vineyards
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The cycles of a harvest are a sight to take in. From the feverish pace of vineyard crews picking grapes to the meticulous team managing their arrival at the winery, there’s an incredible amount of energy, collaboration, and orchestration required... Read More ›
  • New ATP Releases on the Horizon

    Ridge Vineyards
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Are you familiar with our ATP membership program?  It was the very first winery “wine club” in California, beginning back in 1977.  Over these 37 years, ATP members have received exclusive access to extremely limited wines from distinctive vineyards throughout... Read More ›
  • Sonoma County’s Largest Grower of Organic Grapes

    Ridge Vineyards
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    In 2008—after more than a decade of sustainably farming our estate vineyards, and after five years of experimenting with new organic treatments—we began the process of organic certification. The move to organic farming brings our viticulture in line with our... Read More ›
  • A #Harvest2014 Update

    Ridge Vineyards
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Here we sit on the 8th of September and, if you can believe it, we’re already past the halfway mark for our Sonoma County ranches.  Lytton Springs and Geyserville should be finished this week. Buchignani, East Bench, Mazzoni, and York... Read More ›
  • Getting Out The Juice: Press Operation and Press Fractions

    Ridge Vineyards
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Unless you’re a winemaker, study winemaking, or are an extremely knowledgeable wine consumer, the term “press fractions” probably reminds you of grade school mathematics class.  However, the process of dealing with the pressed juice during the winemaking process is an... Read More ›
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    BoozeMonkey

  • Hello world!

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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  • Hello world!

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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  • Eleven new viticultural areas approved within the Paso Robles region

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will published a final rule in Federal Register establishing 11 new American viticultural areas within the existing Paso Robles viticultural area in San Luis Obispo County. The 11 new viticultural...
  • David Coffaro Vineyard and Winery where blending is taken to a new level

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    David Coffaro Vineyard and Winery is a small, friendly, family operated winery in the Dry Creek Valley at the northern edge of Sonoma County. So what makes Coffaro unique? A word that applies so well to Coffaro is...
  • Silver Oak Cellars 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:29 pm
    This is always a great time for Silver Oak wine lovers; the Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was released recently. And this year they released the 2010 vintage. The year 2010 was an unusually cool year making the winemaking...
  • Champagne Duval-Leroy Tasting

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Champagne Duval-Leroy presented its best sellers at a tasting recently. These wines were paired with a collection of hors d’oeurvres crafted by Chef Christian Hermsdorf to show how well these Champagnes pair with food. Pierre...
  • Happy Cabernet Day

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Today is the 5th Annual International Cabernet Day, a day to celebrate and enjoy any Cabernet based wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet blends and more. What is your favorite cab?Here are a few favorite Cabs...
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  • #SipNZ with Villa Maria – 5 Facts You Need to Know

    JustJess
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    What is online casino no deposit bonus? Online casino no deposit bonus is the bonus that the online casino will give you after you have signed up with their casino. The online casino is usually given only when you sign up. It will be given when you make the deposit into the online casinos bank account for playing. For instance, some online casinos will give you $2 for every $1 that you spend. This means that you receive 200% online casino no deposit bonus. How do I withdraw online casino no deposit bonus? This will depend on what online casino that you are playing from. Some online casinos…
  • 2014 Wine TV Gala Awards at Americas Sexiest Nightclub – The Underground

    JustJess
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Join us at The Underground, Thursday, October 16th at 10 pm for this unique tasting event, hosted by Wine Channel TV CEO & Sommelier, Jessica Altieri! Enjoy award winning wines each “paired” with local fashion, jewelry and handbag designers so you can shop while you sip!   Tickets are $40 and are available online at www.TheUndergroundChicago.com/wine. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation. The following Award and Sponsor wines will be featured: Laurent Perrier Muscardini Cellars Dr. Konstantin Frank Trump Winery Maryhill Winery Spy Valley…
  • #SipNZ 30th Vintage Sauvignon Blanc from Nautilus Estate

    JustJess
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
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  • Sip New Zealand with Spy Valley Wines – Ultimate Sip and Stay #SipNZ

    JustJess
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Add this to your bucket list; a visit to a Wine Channel TV “Sip and Stay” destination at Spy Valley and Lake Timara Lodge of New Zealand. At Lake Timara Lodge of New Zealand, you can have it all from peace and serenity to fine wine tasting. You can spend your day taking a lovely stroll around the lake, woodlands, rose gardens and more with 600 acres of pasture to cover. Afterwards, you can you visit Spy Valley Winery is located just down the road! After a long day of enjoying New Zealand’s natural beauty, what better way to end it then with a wine tasting or an amazing meal at…
  • Wine Channel TV Awards Competition Results

    JustJess
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    The 2014 International Wine Channel TV Awards competition results are in! Judges awarded a total of 22 Best of Class, 6 Double Gold, 34 Gold and 155 Silver medals. The Best of Show Award goes to Dr. Konstantin Frank for their 2012 Finger Lakes, Semi-Sweet Riesling and The Rising Star Winemaker Award, once again goes to Eric Harris at Two-EE’s Winery. Complete results are now posted at winecompetitions.com. Judges included Millennials, wine buyers, distributors, media personnel and other wine industry professionals who not only recognized the best wine submissions, but whose influence…
 
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  • Cinsault Good

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Cinsault doesn’t get a lot of respect. In Chateauneuf-du-Pape it’s just one of many red blending grapes, never a star. Cinsault and Pinot Noir are the parents of Pinotage. But, due to an old South... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How You Can Contribute to Earthquake Relief in Napa

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:42 am
    It’s been easy for some people from outside the immediate area to make jokes about “free run juice” and “air-lifts of water crackers,” but last week’s earthquake in southern Napa devastated many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • On a Vertical Tasting of Grgich-Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Selection

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    Grgich-Hills hosted a vertical tasting of their Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon this week. The fruit comes from a vineyard near Hopper Creek that was planted in 1959, coincidentally just one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Tale of Two Conferences

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    In my last article, Cats and Dogs Blogging Together, I said there are two species of blogger: career bloggers and hobbyist bloggers. The North American Wine Bloggers’ Conferences could serve each... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cats and Dogs Blogging Together

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    There are two species of wine bloggers. Within each species, there are many breeds—reporter, diarist, taster, storyteller, etc.—which have analogs in the other. But the two species are very different... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Explore this Fall with Carmenere

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With one final nod to experimentation this year, I’m leaving you with this suggestion for fall: Try some Carmenere! It’s a variety that I’ve been pushing as a mid-weight summer red because it is a great wine with grilled meats, but it’s also a lovely wine for fall, though perhaps best used with some well seasoned, herb-dotted pork dishes as the weather cools. Or if you’re like me and keep on grilling until the snow is so deep that you just can’t get to the grill, nothing is better than lamb and beef grilled with rosemary and garlic -- paired with a great…
  • Memorable Vintage Under Way in England

    Snooth Editorial
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The early bird just might get the worm.   After one of the earliest harvests in recent memory, English winemakers are optimistic about the fruits of this year's haul. A September marked by sparse rain and warm temperatures is the driving force behind the hopeful vintage.   Wineries in Kent and Cornwall gathered up their grapes earlier than any harvest in the past 10 years. Camel Valley, Bob Lindo's  Cornwall winery, began their harvesting the third week of September.   The completed their harvest on October 7, the week in which they typically start their harvest.
  • Australian Estate Releases Grange 2010

    Snooth Editorial
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Penfolds feels at home on the Grange.    The well-respected Australian winery released their 2010 Grange Shiraz this past week, the third such Granc release in the past three years. Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago said the wine is a Shiraz the estate is quite proud of.   “Worth the wait,” Gago said on the Penfolds website. “After a one-decade deliberation this wine strenuously asserts Grange's position in the new millennium.”  The relatively young wine is a combination of Shiraz contributions from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale…
  • Black Frost Damages Vines in Barossa Valley

    Snooth Editorial
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It's been a difficult fall for some winemaker's in Australia's most prestigious winemaking valley.   This past week black frost descended on a number of vineyards in the Southern Australian region, bringing its damaging effects nearly one year after hitting vineyards in the same area last year.   Reports coming out of Barossa indicate the majority of the damage occurred in Ebenezer and north of Eden Valley. Estimates of the damage, however, have yet to be solidified because estates are still assessing the damage. Most of the area's major wineries escaped the frost…
  • Napa Quake Damage Nearing $100 Million

    Snooth Editorial
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Napa Valley wineries are feeling the financial aftershocks of this past summer's Northern California earthquake. Early estimates of the damage caused the by the Aug. 24 quake are reaching nearly $100 million. Silicon Valley Bank estimated the damage to be $80 million and climbing, warning that their estimates are conservative. The bank's St. Helena-based wine division offered a winery-specific insight into the overall damage figures. About six out of every 10 wineries sustained damage from the earthquake. Of that 60 percent, nearly 25 percent suffered moderate to severe damage to…
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  • Biking in Burgundy

    Joe Becerra
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Does it get any better? Riding a bike in Burgundy Biking in Burgundy If you like wine, vineyards, photography, and biking, there is no better way to get to know Burgundy. We spent a week in Burgundy this October, renting a wonderful home in the village of Puligny Montrachet. The owner of the home had several bikes in his storage area and I found this one in the photo that suited me just fine. If you rent a home or stay at a B&B, the usual policy is that bikes are provided for the guests. In Beaune, the main city of Burgundy, one can certainly find bikes to rent. The wonderful thing about…
  • Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed

    Joe Becerra
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Head to Deaver Vineyards when in Amador wine country Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed Having traveled to Amador County on many occasions since 2002, I consider myself a decent authority on the wine country of Amador. I have seen Amador grow steadily over these years and evolve from a destination mainly for Gold Country buffs to now a wine country paradise. Upon my recent arrival home from our wine country trip to France, I was happy to see the latest issue of the Wine Spectator in my pile of mail. I was delighted to see that Amador wine country was one of the featured…
  • Harvest 2014 is complete

    Joe Becerra
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Final harvest at vineyards in the hills of Dry Creek Valley Harvest 2014 is complete and the results are tabulated As of this day, the harvest 2014 has been completed throughout California. As far as yields, the 2014 harvest appears to be good, but not as high as the past two years. Quality is more important and most of the vintners I have spoken with say that it appears to be a wonderful harvest. No one, of course, knows for sure until the wine has been fermented, aged, and released in the bottle. If the 2014 holds up and meets quality expectations, it will mark three consecutive harvest…
  • Loire Valley Natural Sparkling Wine

    Joe Becerra
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    When is a sparkling wine from the Loire not a Crémant? This is not a Crémant as one might expect of sparkling wines from the Loire Valley. This is a natural sparkling wine made by Domain de Veilloux winemaker Arnaud Quenioux in the AOC of Cheverny and near the village of Chitenay. A Crémant is usually a blend of two or more grapes, and the grapes used in the production have strict requirements. This sparkling wine in the photo is made in a very Arnaud Quenioux – winemaker at Domaine de Veilloux unique manner and the outcome is a fantastic lively and crisp sparkling wine like no…
  • Burgundian Gem in Montrachet

    Ray
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    This is a feature article by our good friend and fellow wine lover Ray. He and his wife Edna found this Burgundian gem in Puligny-Montrachet after making a thorough search on Vacation Rentals By Owner. We stayed with Ray and Edna in this rental last week and had a delightful time in the Burgundy wine region. Our rental home in Puligny-Montrachet Burgundian Gem in Montrachet If you’re ever in the Burgundy region of France, let me recommend a superb rental — 10 PM in the small village of Puligny-Montrachet, just 8 miles south of Beaune. The house includes three bedrooms each with an…
 
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    Wine Country Getaways

  • Biking in Burgundy

    Joe Becerra
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Does it get any better? Riding a bike in Burgundy Biking in Burgundy If you like wine, vineyards, photography, and biking, there is no better way to get to know Burgundy. We spent a week in Burgundy this October, renting a wonderful home in the village of Puligny Montrachet. The owner of the home had several bikes in his storage area and I found this one in the photo that suited me just fine. If you rent a home or stay at a B&B, the usual policy is that bikes are provided for the guests. In Beaune, the main city of Burgundy, one can certainly find bikes to rent. The wonderful thing about…
  • Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed

    Joe Becerra
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Head to Deaver Vineyards when in Amador wine country Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed Having traveled to Amador County on many occasions since 2002, I consider myself a decent authority on the wine country of Amador. I have seen Amador grow steadily over these years and evolve from a destination mainly for Gold Country buffs to now a wine country paradise. Upon my recent arrival home from our wine country trip to France, I was happy to see the latest issue of the Wine Spectator in my pile of mail. I was delighted to see that Amador wine country was one of the featured…
  • Harvest 2014 is complete

    Joe Becerra
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Final harvest at vineyards in the hills of Dry Creek Valley Harvest 2014 is complete and the results are tabulated As of this day, the harvest 2014 has been completed throughout California. As far as yields, the 2014 harvest appears to be good, but not as high as the past two years. Quality is more important and most of the vintners I have spoken with say that it appears to be a wonderful harvest. No one, of course, knows for sure until the wine has been fermented, aged, and released in the bottle. If the 2014 holds up and meets quality expectations, it will mark three consecutive harvest…
  • Loire Valley Natural Sparkling Wine

    Joe Becerra
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    When is a sparkling wine from the Loire not a Crémant? This is not a Crémant as one might expect of sparkling wines from the Loire Valley. This is a natural sparkling wine made by Domain de Veilloux winemaker Arnaud Quenioux in the AOC of Cheverny and near the village of Chitenay. A Crémant is usually a blend of two or more grapes, and the grapes used in the production have strict requirements. This sparkling wine in the photo is made in a very Arnaud Quenioux – winemaker at Domaine de Veilloux unique manner and the outcome is a fantastic lively and crisp sparkling wine like no…
  • Burgundian Gem in Montrachet

    Ray
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    This is a feature article by our good friend and fellow wine lover Ray. He and his wife Edna found this Burgundian gem in Puligny-Montrachet after making a thorough search on Vacation Rentals By Owner. We stayed with Ray and Edna in this rental last week and had a delightful time in the Burgundy wine region. Our rental home in Puligny-Montrachet Burgundian Gem in Montrachet If you’re ever in the Burgundy region of France, let me recommend a superb rental — 10 PM in the small village of Puligny-Montrachet, just 8 miles south of Beaune. The house includes three bedrooms each with an…
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    STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG

  • The soft bigotry of tasting inexpensive wine

    steve
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
      If wine tasters could be categorized into political categories, I guess you’d call me a liberal. By that, I mean that all wines have the right to be taken seriously, in terms of their own aspirations and self-identity. No wine should be automatically dismissed because it’s inexpensive. As in the case of Justice, the only fair way to evaluate a wine is to do it blind. This is why I never did turn into a snob, even after 25 years in the trenches as a wine critic. Sure, I could appreciate Harlan, or Colgin or Screaming Eagle, and when I rated them, it was usually with high scores. And…
  • What is a wine with “personality”?

    steve
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
      While we’re on the subject of storytelling (we are, in case you haven’t been reading steveheimoff.com lately), let’s consider the role of personality in a story. “A personality” is what people call a person who isn’t bland or forgettable, but instead someone who impresses himself on others through the sheer force of—well, personality. Keep in mind the origins of our word “personality”: from the Latin persona, literally, “an actor’s face mask.” While each human being by definition has a “personality” (in the sense of a collection of personal characteristics),…
  • O.K. , you have your social media data. Now, what good is it?

    steve
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
      I asked it six years ago, five years ago, four, three and two years ago, and I’m asking it now. And it’s not just me: That bastion of U.S. capitalism itself, the Wall Street Journal, is asking the same question. Under a five-column headline in last Monday’s Marketplace section, they wondered “What is all that data worth?” (The online version of the article has a slightly different headline.) The “data” they’re referring to comes from “companies [that] traffic in information and use big-data analytic tools to find ways to generate revenue.” If that sounds familiar,…
  • How do you know it’s not just a trend?

    steve
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
      Back in 1999, a wine writer, Randall Murray, called Sangiovese “the next Merlot,” by which he meant that the red grape native to Tuscany was poised to become one of the leading red wines of California. Never happened, did it? Actually, by 1999, Sangiovese already had one foot in the grave. Ten years prior, one might have been forgiven for betting on it, but by the approach of the new Millennium, I think most of us knew that Sangiovese was in trouble in California. Sangiovese in California was, in fact, a trend. Those who invested heavily in it, like Piero Antinori, failed to make…
  • The Wall of Wine, Stories, and Consumer Psychology

    steve
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    I was on the panel of a wine event last week, and one of my fellow panelists was from one of the nation’s biggest Big Box grocery retailers. I asked him, “Will the infamous Wall of Wine be always with us?” and he answered, “Yes. Retail is here to stay.” Indeed it is, as a basic function of human interaction: I buy something wholesale and sell it to you retail, for a profit. But as experience shows us, retail changes its external face constantly; and the Big Box, with its Wall of Wine, will not be with us forever—at least, in the form we know it. The reason things are changing is…
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    O'Vineyards Carcassonne Wine & Food Blog

  • Harvesting and Having Fun

    mroconnell
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Harvest 2014 is coming to an end. We are very fortunate not to have been hit by any of the hail or severe thunderstorms that occurred during this growing season. Looks like another promising year! Starting the days at 4:00 to get our grapes in at cooler temperatures. Hard work! but of course the fun continued with our guests! Delicious Food & fine Wine continued to be served during the long harvest weeks! Don’t worrywe had an extra help force…. Ryan flew back from Napa for a short week …. and long days! George Gracia, Maitre Sommelier, came to help entertain our evening…
  • Ryan O’Connell / Business Insider

    mroconnell
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    Business Insider FINANCE . June 26. 2014. 3 Ways That Winemakers Trick You Into Paying Too Much BY STEPHANIE YANG Unless you’re a wine connoisseur, finding the right bottle can be tricky. It’s generally accepted that the more expensive a bottle of wine, the better it is.However, Ryan O’Connell fromNakedwines.com says belief is prompting winemakers to up their prices, sometimes unreasonably so. Nakedwines.com is a customer-funded winery that helps independent winemakers set up a business. O’Connel, a marketing manager-turned winemaker says that the day he entered…
  • Honeymooners enjoyed O’Vineyards

    mroconnell
    7 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    “So good it deserves 6 stars!” TripAdvisor. Review 4 June 2014 by Helen Fairley This was without doubt one of the best experiences we’ve had on our honeymoon in France. Joe and Liz, the owners of O’Vineyards, are a fabulously welcoming, friendly, fun couple who made us feel completely at home the moment we arrived for our visit to their winery to be followed by lunch. We had biked up from Carcassonne (about 35 mins if you take the D118 route) and arrived somewhat hot and bedraggled. Joe immediately offered us a large glass of ice cold water, swiftly followed by a glass of…
  • Hen Party

    mroconnell
    27 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    Alexa, Thank you for your TripAdvisor review! “Lynsey’s Hen Do” by Alexa_waugh 5 of 5 stars. Reviewed May 21, 2014 NEW I booked this wine tour for my sister’s Hen Party and I cannot recommend it enough. We arrived to a beautiful welcome, followed by a brilliant tour of the vine yard and the winery. It was very informative and Joe was excellent with the group of women asking lots of questions… and drinking quicker than he could fill the glasses! After sitting outside with a glass of wine, we went in for lunch and the food was incredible. the wine was free flowing and the…
  • Awards and Reviews

    mroconnell
    25 May 2014 | 8:49 am
    TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence three year in the row for O’Vineyards Wine, Food and B&B. Thanks to all our Visitors! Related Posts:A Rave Review on TripAdvisor Read 27 reviews of O'Vineyards Table d'Hote   2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Two years in the row: Thanks to all our Visitors and their wonderful reviews, O'Vineyards was awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence, repeating our last ...Dining O'Vineyards Table d'Hôtes Dine with the Winemakers at O'Vineyards Table You can enjoy a meal prepared by mom and served at the winemaker's table. You'll eat…
 
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    Jordan Winery

  • Jordan Winery receives TripAdvisor Award

    Lisa Mattson
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Jordan Winery has received a 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award, which recognizes us as one of the best Healdsburg wineries based on reviews from the world’s largest travel website. This is the second consecutive year that Jordan has earned this award. We were also thrilled to be named one of the “Top 10 Winery Tours [...]
  • Cab Wars: The Fruit Strikes Back (Star Wars Parody Halloween Video)

    Lisa Mattson
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    In honor of Halloween, our “Star Wars” parody spoof video, “Cab Wars: The Fruit Strikes Back,” shows the conflict between Darth Tannin (Darth Vader) and Oak Maul (Darth Maul) fighting to bring more American Oak to the wine galaxy. The Wine Republic isn’t about to let that happen. It is a period of conflict between [...]
  • An in-depth look at the 2014 vintage growing season and harvest

    Regina Sanz
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    They say good things come to those who wait, but the 2014 growing season in Sonoma County was the exception to this adage, when great things came early all year long. A moderate winter in January and February coupled with precision farming decisions, saw growth in the vineyards develop quickly, leading to an early budbreak [...]
  • Second Valentine’s Dinner at Jordan Winery announced

    Lisa Mattson
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    In our July newsletter, we announced the date for our second annual Valentine’s Dinner at Jordan (Saturday, February 14, 2015), and it sold out within a few weeks. It’s so romantic to see sweethearts planning this far ahead! Good news is that our chef agreed to host a second event on Friday, February 13. The evening [...]
  • 2014 grape harvest: the home stretch

    Lisa Mattson
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    We’ve jumped the last hurdle in the thrilling race that is the annual grape harvest, and after a much-needed pause this week for rain, our crew will have refueled with just enough energy to sprint the home stretch of harvest 2014. We have only three hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards left to pick and expect to [...]
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Free Wine Tasting Coupons

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Save money with these free wine tasting coupons. Some coupons are for complimentary tastings while others are 2 for the price of 1. Both printable coupons and coupons to display on your smart phone.
  • Amador County Golf Courses

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Discover Amador County golf courses. Enjoy scenic golfing in the oak studded hills of Amador County.
  • Fabulous Lamb Stew Recipe & Chocolate Butterfingers

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Cheers2Wine is pleased to bring you a fabulous lamb stew recipe. Follow with chocolate butterfingers for dessert. A great meal!
  • Health Benefits of Wine

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Are there health benefits of wine?
  • Exploring Food and Wine

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Learn about food and wine including the different types of wine; both red wine and white wine. Learn about wine and food pairings and basic wine information.
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • The Best Box Wines - Black Box Platinum Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Jon Thorsen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    The Evolution of the Black Box. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot and 2% other red varieties from Central Coast, California.SRP of $30 and available for as low as $26. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Black Box Platinum symbolizes our devotion to crafting high-quality wines of superior value. We source from only the finest growing regions to create intense fruit flavors, exceptional texture and unparalleled elegance. Smooth and enticing with ripe cherry, blackberry and toasty oak flavors and a lengthy finish. This wine…
  • Saved Red Wine 2012 - Full Throttle

    Jon Thorsen
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A quick break from our Breaking Into The Box series to bring you this special deal...Better strap yourself in for this one. A blend of 31% Zinfandel, 23% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 11% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Mixed Blacks, 1% Ruby Cabernet and 1% Syrah from a who's who list of regions in California: 28% Monterey, 18% Dry Creek, 15% Mendocino, 16% Alexander Valley, 11% Oakville, 4% Sonoma Valley, 4% California, 3% San Louis Obispo and 1% Russian River Valley. Phew!This review is sponsored by CorkExclusive where you can get the SAVED Red Blend 2012 for just $19.99 plus FREE…
  • The Best Box Wines - Alain Jaume & Fils Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2012

    Jon Thorsen
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A dynamite daily drinker. A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah from Cotes du Rhone, France.SRP of $43 and available for as low as $35. Imported by Kysela Pere Et Fils. Sample submitted for review.From the box:Since 1826, from father to son, we have been following a philosophy with simple principles: "A great wine is made with perfect quality grapes yielding an expression of the earth."The "Reserve Grand Veneur" red is elaborated according to respect of the Tradition, using the typical Rhone Valley grape varieties: 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah.Elegant and well balanced, this wine will seduce you…
  • The Best Box Wines - ​Big House White 2013

    Jon Thorsen
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A fresh and tasty kitchen sink blend. A blend of Gruner Veltliner, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc and other white varieties from California.SRP of $20 and available widely for around $17. From the box:"Yadda, yadda, yadda, Warden! Break outta the confines of stuffy tradition with this no tool required tradition. Cagney or Robinson would never deem it a dirty box. Big House White is an unpretentious blend from a handful of nonconformist grape varieties. We start with vibrant varietals to make the skeleton, add a fruit-forward blend for a structured mid-palate and…
  • The Best Box Wines - Vinchio-Vaglio Serra Piemonte Barbera 2012

    Jon Thorsen
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The first selection in our series on boxed wine! A True Bulk Buy! This post brought to you by: Get the Chateau Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2010 for just $18.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! 100% Barbera from Piedmont, Italy.Available for as low as $16 for a 3L bottle. Purchased at Total Wine.From the importer:"This wine is an entry level Barbera from Vinchio Vaglio Serra, a winery known for their excellent Barbera production. Their winemaker, Giuliano Noe, has brought about a Barbera revival with his excellent wines, and even the entry level Barbera from VVS was not left out.
 
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    Nosso Vinho

  • Le Paradou 2012

    Paulo Queiroz
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Lá no sul da região do Rhone, na França, estão as montanhas de Ventoux, onde… The post Le Paradou 2012 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Barbaresco Fontanafredda 1995

    Paulo Queiroz
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Há alguns anos eu provei o Fontanafredda 2000 e agora encontrei este do ano de… The post Barbaresco Fontanafredda 1995 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Chateau Tour Pibran 2009

    Paulo Queiroz
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Provamos em Nova Iorque este simpático Bordeaux de Pauillac, mais um Chateau administrado por Jean-Michel… The post Chateau Tour Pibran 2009 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Le Relais de Durdort-Vivens Margaux 2009

    Paulo Queiroz
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Chateau Durfort Vivens nasceu em 1824 como Chateau Dufort, criado pela família Durfort Duras. Alguns… The post Le Relais de Durdort-Vivens Margaux 2009 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Chateau Giscours 2008 Margaux

    Paulo Queiroz
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Provamos este Bordeaux de Margaux em uma visita a cidade de Cannes no último mês… The post Chateau Giscours 2008 Margaux appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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    Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery

  • Denver International Wine Festival 2014 – Discount Tickets

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    2014 Denver International Wine Festival Discount Tickets November 19 to 21, 2014 Named Top 10 Can’t Miss Fall Wine Festivals in America by Fodor’s! The 10th Annual Denver International Wine Festival is the premier International wine and food festival in the Rocky Mountains!     Join us November 19 to 21, 2014, at the Denver International Wine Festival for the most delicious ever, International celebration of wine & cuisine! Meet celebrity TV chef and author Sara Moulton our honorary host of Pairsine. Sara will also conduct cooking demonstrations at the Grand…
  • Drnk Wines Pinot Noir Cavers Cuvée 2012

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Drnk Wines Pinot Noir Cavers Cuvée 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $32 – Rating 93 This Pinot just keeps racking up awards, recently a Double Gold at the 2014 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Aromas of blackberry, ripe strawberry, raspberry, red cherry and plenty of brown spice. Plush on the palate with balanced acidity. Flavors of black cherry, red cherry and a little blackberry with a touch a of white pepper in the finish. Cherry and red licorice on the long finish. Buy This Wine The post Drnk Wines Pinot Noir Cavers Cuvée 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Thralls Family Cellars Pinot Noir Roma’s Vineyard 2012

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Thralls Family Cellars Pinot Noir Roma’s Vineyard 2012, Anderson Valley, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 92 100% Pommard clone from a Anderson Valley. Enticing aromas of black cherry and herbs with hints of leather and spice. A lush mouth-feel, balanced acidity and soft tannins. Integrated flavors of blackberry, raspberry, rhubarb and black cherry with spicy notes of white pepper. Black cherry and saddle leather on the finish. Very small Production of 76 cases…Get it while you can! Buy This Wine The post Thralls Family Cellars Pinot Noir Roma’s Vineyard 2012 appeared first on…
  • Hawk & Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills 2010

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Hawk & Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills 2010, Lake County, CA, $65 (S) – Rating 94 100% Cabernet and Biodynamically farmed, this is a big Cabernet Sauvignon. A round mouth-feel with chewy tannins and balanced acidity. A nose of black cherry and blackberry with hints of raspberry and intriguing campfire smoke. On the palate, the wine offers flavors of black cherry and blackberry with subtle notes of ripe strawberry and cacao to add complexity. Espresso on the long finish. In the Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, this wine took Best of Show for Red Wines;…
  • Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2013

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2013, Sonoma County, CA, $14 (S) – Rating 89 All stainless steel and cold fermented. On the nose, aromas of pear, Meyer lemon, citrus and minerality. A crisp mouth-feel with bright acidity. Flavors of ruby red grapefruit, Meyer lemon, citrus and wet stone complimented with white spice on the finish. Pair with summer salads or grilled white fish. Buy This Wine The post Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2013 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
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    Wine Virtuosity

  • Kéknyelű – The Pride of Badacsony

    Niklas Jorgensen
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    “It’s a very ancient variety, closely linked to our region. It used to be present in other Hungarian wine regions as well, in miniscule amounts though. However, its wine was only important and famous in Badacsony. In the beginning of the 1990′s it was on the verge of extinction, with just around two hectares left – roughly 0,25 hectares on the Badacsony hill and the rest in neighboring Gulács. Since then it’s experiencing a minor revival but the facts remain the same; it’s still a difficult variety, mainly in the vineyard, and it’s not really widespread.
  • Drink Your Wine & Shut The F-ck Up

    Niklas Jorgensen
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:56 am
    The message is clear when standing in a Systembolaget shop; drink the wines we’ve chosen and shut the f-ck up.  Sweden 2014. If you have any spontaneous diverging vinous ambitions in a city with 40,000 inhabitants, then think again. But before telling my story you need some sad background information. In Swedish wine retail two things reign; Amarone and bag-in-box wines. Or perhaps I should be more honest and say everything associated with Amarone which includes Ripasso and Appassimento. Recioto is not included though. Come on; that’s a sweet wine and who wants that? Besides,…
  • Tokaj; Homonna Attila

    Niklas Jorgensen
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:33 am
    You’ll find it close to Tolcsva, in the northern parts of Tokaj. Rány, a vineyard which Attila Homonna describes as ‘eating up machines and man.’ * But I can only thank him, for the effort, harvesting such great Furmint. Not to mention the volcanic soil lesson this wine provides me with. 2012 was a very warm year in Tokaj. Already when I visited, in the end of April, the temperature was around 30 C. This of course called for actions in the vineyards, making sure there wasn’t too a high competition for the few water drops. Attila’s first vintage produced of the…
  • Great Greeks – Aidani From Hatzidakis

    Niklas Jorgensen
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    It’s quite a rare sight, pure Aidani, but if you’re a fan of Santorini wines it’s worth tracking down. Aidani’s destiny on the island of Santorini is mostly identical with another ancient Greek grape, Athiri. That is, to back up the great one, Assyrtiko. But then you taste the pure Aidani from Hatzidakis and realizes it manages perfectly, to stand on its own feet. Assyrtiko is one of the oldest, greatest and most unique grapes we know of. The way it has adapted to a life in the volcanic soil of Santorini, how it handles the wind and heat, is nothing but fascinating.
  • Why I Wine Blog?

    Niklas Jorgensen
    22 May 2014 | 4:50 am
      Why did I start publishing my thoughts on wine several years ago? Why have I basically quit publishing my thoughts on wine in 2014? Calliope, where are you? Nope, I’m not considering my wine writing as epic poetry. And no, Calliope’s still around – she hasn’t abandoned me. Yet. However, my two daughters, soon five and seven years old, seeks our attention even more now and where priority is put is a no-brainer. It’s a gorgeous age; seven. Anticipation; school’s around the corner combined with breaking one code after the other. Learning to ride a bike,…
 
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    Hoot n Annie

  • Back In The News: 11 New AVA’s in Paso Robles

    Hoot 'n Annie
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    I was once against the idea of splitting Paso Robles into 11 AVA’s but have since changed my mind. The one thing that changed my mind is that ‘Paso Robles’ still needs to appear on the label. The average wine consumer does not care about AVA’s, they pay more attention to area…like Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, etc. So I’m happy that ‘Paso Robles’ still has to appear on the label. So, cheers to moving forward. I’m interested to see how this impacts Paso Robles. You can read about it on the TTB website here, or you can see what Wines and Vines has to say about it here. The post…
  • Paso Robles News: Robert Hall Passes Away

    Hoot 'n Annie
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Robert Hall of Robert Hall Winery passed away on October 4, 2014 at the age of 85. This is indeed sad news. Annie and I send our condolences out to the Robert Hall family and friends of the family. Robert Hall is another one of those big names in the Paso Robles area and it simply won’t be the same in Paso without him. He leaves behind an amazing legacy. Robert Hall Winery was one of the first wineries (don’t remember if it was them or J. Lohr) that I had ever been to in my life. Annie took me back in 2007 shortly after we first met and I remember how much fun we had, how I enjoyed the…
  • Not Your Typical White Wines

    Hoot 'n Annie
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I was recently contacted by fix.com about an article that Joe Roberts, otherwise known as 1WineDude, wrote for their website. The title, Off-the-Beaten-Path White Wine Varieties and Why You Should Try Them, caught my eye because I am a white wine lover. Generally speaking I agree with the list although I really think it depends on your wine experience. For instance, I’m familiar with all of them and have had several of each variety listed. That’s not me being a snob about anything. I’ve just been fortunate to have some awesome wine friends that have or make some good stuff. Let me know…
  • Paso Robles Eats: Black Stallion Bar & Grill

    Hoot 'n Annie
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    So, Black Stallion Bar & Grill isn’t brand new but it’s brand new to us. To be honest, I don’t know how long they’ve been open but it’s been a little while. Anyways, this spot is, believe it or not, in the Food4Less strip mall on the corner of Creston and Niblick here in Paso Robles (right around the corner from where we live) and it’s actually in the same unit as a place we used to frequent often. The old place was called Papa Tommy’s but this new joint is called Black Stallion Bar & Grill. The vibe is casual, almost a combo of bar/ pub, sports bar, and pizza joint. I…
  • Q&A – Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery, Part 2

    Hoot 'n Annie
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    A couple of weeks ago we gave you Part One of a Q&A I did via email with Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery here in Paso Robles and now…wait for it…part 2. Chris is a very interesting guy who has traveled all over the world doing this wine thing. I’ve heard some great stories from him so if you ever get the chance to chat him up for a bit make him tell you some. He’s been involved in many unique wine projects and I actually really enjoy what he is doing over at Broken Earth. I hope to do more Q&A stuff with Chris in the future when he isn’t crazy busy in the middle of…
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Loire Valley Wine Country and Wine Bargains

    Joe
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    It is hunting season in the Loire and this little sign gives the okay to hunt in the vineyards What a difference one week makes in the wine country of France. A week ago we were in Burgundy. The weather was absolutely wonderful, warm with little, puffy clouds for a picture-perfect day. We are now in the Loire Valley, lodging in a very quaint country home near the village of Chitenay. The weather did an about-face on us. The weather has been overcast with off-and-on rain the entire week. Despite the gloomy weather, we are enjoying the wine country and the amazing Chateaux of the Loire Valley.
  • Finding Wine Values in Burgundy wines

    Joe
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    Janelle and I with grower Guillaune Baduel and his mother. Guillaune produces a delicious Bourgogne wine which we purchased for $12 Euros. Finding Wine Values in Burgundy wines When we say Burgundy, we do not mean those gallon jugs labeled Burgundy. We mean finding values and bargains in the fine Burgundy wines of France. We are currently traveling in France and visiting the Burgundy region for one week and the Loire Valley for one week. In Burgundy we have purchased wine at wine shops, caves (tasting rooms), grocery stores, and wineries. There are four official designations of Burgundy…
  • Taste wine like a Burgundian

    Joe
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    This is the best advice I have read, seen or heard on tasting wine. A quick exercise in wine tasting was given to me by wine educator and sommelier, Pascal Wagner. Pascal has been living in Burgundy for the past 18 years. Janelle and I are visiting France along with Vintage Wine Taster Ray and his wife. We are visiting the Burgundy wine region and the Loire Valley for one week each, followed by a few days in Paris before heading home. In Burgundy, we are renting a home in the village of Puligny Montrachet. The owner of the home recommended Pascal Wagner as a tour guide. We hired Pascal for…
  • Catching the Crush in the Napa Valley

    Joe
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    I have been very lucky the last couple of trips to the Napa Valley. I was able to watch the harvest at two different vineyards in the Valley. I have also had the chance to see the sorting and crushing of grapes and the tanks filled with the delightful smell of fermenting grapes. To me it is the most exciting time to be in wine country. The harvest has been a couple of weeks early this year because of the mild climate. But harvest will continue into the first couple of weeks of October. There still is time for you to make your way to wine country and witness one of nature’s cool…
  • Two Cameron Hughes wines we like now

    Joe
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    The two vintage years of 2012 and 2013 in California have been excellent both in terms of quality and quantity. Negociants like Cameron Hughes have benefited because growers have more grapes to sell and wineries have extra juice, more than they can normally handle in their cellars. Thus, the consumer benefits and these two Cameron Hughes wines are outstanding. Two Cameron Hughes wines we like now Lot 431 Dry Creek 2012 Old Vine Zin Costco and other stores for $12 This is a very tasty Zinfandel and a beautiful example of a brambly black fruit Zin, rich and full bodied. Dry Creek Valley is one…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • ¡Salud! Mobile Wellness Unit Debut

    Christine Collier
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Mobile Wellness Unit debuted at the winery¡Salud!'s Wellness Clinic provides health services to our vineyard workers and their families. We are so happy that they now have their own Mobile Wellness Unit to travel to vineyards and wineries to provide services. Today Nurse Leda and Carrie debuted the vehicle at WVV providing free flu shots to employees. At last year's ¡Salud! Barrel Auction, our Winemaker, Don Crank presented a $25,000 check as part of our Founders Gift to make the Mobile Wellness Unit a reality. During the presentation, the Managing Nurse, Leda Garside and Don made…
  • Please join us for an Oregon Fermentation Month Celebration!

    Christine Collier
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Oregon's native, growing fermentation beverage and food producers are growing so rapidly Governor Kitzhaber has just proclaimed October to be "Oregon Fermentation Month!" October is also the first full month colleges will be back in Fall term where attention will be given to Oregon Community Colleges and Oregon State University fermentation and hospitality related academics programs. OSU leads the nation with a unique fermentation science research and teaching program I had the privilege of starting in 1995. Please join us on Saturday, October 18th from 12-4 pm in our Estate Tasting Room to…
  • 2012 Pinot Noir Accolades

    Christine Collier
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    We have just received high accolades on two of our 2012 Pinot Noirs!2012 Estate Pinot Noir: Ranked #9 & 97.75 pointsPortland Monthly Magazine, Oregon's 50 Best Wines2012 Bernau Block Pinot Noir: "Top Red Over $40"Sunset Magazine, 2014 Sunset Wine Awards
  • Harvest Heats Up by Winemaker, Don Crank

    Christine Collier
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    The winemaking and vineyard team and I are now working around the clock to bring in fruit from our three estate vineyards. The grapes have reached optimal ripeness from the evenly warm vintage, and have retained their naturally bright acidity from the cool nights. What sets 2014 apart from other warm weathered years is we didn't experience heat spikes in the vineyard, which would have sent the grapes into sun-shock. Instead, the fruit is healthy and near-perfection. We are looking forward to making concentrated wines with balance and structure.  Our first fruit in the door was the…
  • Frozen in Carbon: From Han Solo to Beaujolais to the Willamette Valley

    Christine Collier
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Han Solo, Darth Vadar & Pinot Noir - and you thought this comparison couldn't be made :)Here is fun press coverage for our Whole Cluster Pinot Noir on the NW Wine Anthem:http://www.nwwineanthem.com/2014/06/frozen-in-carbon-from-han-solo-to.html
 
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • BREW Seattle: Local goes Creative

    David_Melinda
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    HE SAID about the Second Annual Brew Seattle: Seattle Magazine’s 2nd Annual BREW Seattle event at the Fremont Foundry is in the books!  While beer events are popping up everywhere these days, BREW Seattle is the only beer event of it’s size to feature only breweries within the Seattle city limits. This years line-up had a robust 27 breweries,  including some of the iconic Seattle players such as Elysian, Hales, Fremont, Pyramid, and Georgetown. Of course no beer festival worth it’s salt in Washington would be complete without the “bathtub” breweries who have popped up in the past…
  • GABF 2014 Washington Winners

    Bean
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Great American Beer Festival 2014 awarded  9 Washington beers GABF awards this year. Washington Great American Beer Fest Gold Award Winners   Apricot Ale Pyramid Breweries Seattle Fruit Wheat Beer Beltane Propolis Brewing Port Townsend American-Style Brett Beer Chuckanut Dunkel Chuckanut Brewery Bellingham European-Style Dunkel Pre-Flight Pilsner Airways Brewing Co. Kent American-Style or International-Style Pilsener Red Alt White Bluffs Brewing Richland German-Style Altbier Washington Great American Beer Fest Silver Award Winners   Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Fremont Brewing Co.
  • Brew Seattle: All Beer, All Seattle

    Bean
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Seattle Magazine’s Second Annual Brew Seattle takes place Friday October 10, 2014. This beer tasting event is all about Seattle BEER, BBQ and FUN! SeattTwenty Seattle Breweries will be showcasing their finest beers for you to taste. New breweries are sprouting up all over Seattle so fast, it can be hard to keep up. Here is your chance to meet and taste the new breweries on the block as well as enjoy some of your long time favorite Seattle brews. Tickets are only $40 and include (6) 5oz tasting tokens, games, giveaways and all you can eat BBQ from Pinky’s! You will  help decide…
  • Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Fest Celebrates 10 Years

    Bean
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The 10th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Fest is all about pumpkin beer: from sweet and sour and EVERYTHING in between. Elysian Brewing had 18 pumpkin beers on tap. Across the country, some of the top breweries sent their pumpkin beers to the renown Elysian Great Pumpkin Brew Fest bringing the total tap count to over 90 pumpkin beers, including a pumpkin mead and cider.  The Elysian Great Pumpkin Fest is about fun. Where else will you find marching bands, every shade of orange imaginable, Gandalf the Orange, the King and Queen of Pumpkin and massive pumpkins tapped for beer? Pumpkin Beers…
  • Best Craft Beer + Food Pairing 2014

    Bean
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    So many great craft beer and food pairings at the Craft Beer + Food festival, it was hard to pick a winner. A People’s choice winner was announced but it was so close, the second place team was announced as well but I want to talk about some of the other great pairings first. Watershed + Charging Hippo Pairing The longest line of the night was for Watershed Pub & Kitchen butternut squash, gorgonzola cheese pizza paired with Charging Hippo Brewing  Imperial Pumpkin Porter. The rich and and slight sweetness of the squash, the saltiness of the cheese and the nuttiness of the pizza…
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • 2014 Bordeaux Harvest for Red WIne Grapes Taking Place Now

    Jeff Leve
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The 2014 Bordeaux harvest for the red wine grapes has officially kicked off. Growers in the Medoc and Pomerol are starting to harvest. I’m headed to Bordeaux. I’ll be in Bordeaux from Sunday, September 28, through Saturday, October 5. That is after a short stop in Barcelona to dine at one my bucket list restaurants, Celler con Roca! I am already counting the days. OK… Back to our 2014 Bordeaux harvest report. 2014 Bordeaux could be another vintage that was saved by the belle of September, also known as an Indian Summer. July was…
  • Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non Winery Improving After Motorcycle Crash

    Jeff Leve
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider World famous winemaker, Austrian born, Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non was severly injured in a motorcyle accident. The accident took place September 18, 2014 in the Rose Valley area of Ojai California. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Manfred Krankl was rushed by helicopter to the closest hospital suffering from severe, traumatic, head injuries. Manfred Krankl remains in critical condition. He is in a coma. According to comments from his wife Elaine Krankl, Manfred Krankl is stable and fortunately, he is expected to make a…
  • International Grenache Day Celebration September 19

    Jeff Leve
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Friday September 19, 2014 is International Grenache Day. That means it’s time to pop a cork on a Grenache based wine you have been saving for something special. Not that you should need International Grenache Day to open a bottle of wine. I know I don’t. By the way, September 19 is not only for International Grenache Day. It’s also talk like a Pirate day! I wonder how many people will combine wine with Pirate talk? Talk about a paring. I suppose with a few bottles opened, this could happen more than we think. OK everyone,…
  • 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines Offer Nice Surprises

    Jeff Leve
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape harvest is in full bloom. Growers are picking all over the Southern Rhone Valley. The conditions for picking have been good so far. It’s been sunny and warm until recently in Chateauneuf du Pape. Some rain started to fall which turned into a minor rain storm as gorwoers were close to finishing their harvest. It looks like temperatures are going to drop a bit over the next few days. On the positive side, one thing we know for certain is growers will have a lot more wine with the 2014 vintage. 2014 could be…
  • 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition Regular Cuvees Already Showing Well

    Jeff Leve
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider 2012 Chateauneuf is a good, but not great vintage. The style of wines however, is a turn on. They are not massive, super ripe, highly alcoholic or intensely tannic, concentrated wines. Instead, they are lush, elegant charmers with good color that will drink well young. There is a freshness and purity in the fruit that really comes through. You can enjoy them while you wait for the 2010′s to come around. The first wine of any tasting gets you going. To some, it gets the juices flowing like the smell of napalm in the morning. This is a…
 
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • Video: In Search of the Perfect Hamburger

    enobytes
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Three star Michelin award-winning chef Heston Blumenthal is chef/owner of the Fat Duck Restaurant in Bray, England. The restaurant was given the distinction of best restaurant in the world in 2005. He uses whatever he can at his disposal to make the best food he can, often using what most would consider molecular gastronomy to achieve his […]
  • McCay Lot 13 Tempranillo

    Marc Hinton
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 McCay Lot 13 Tempranillo, Lodi, CA One of the brightest shining stars of the Lodi wine world has to be Michael McCay and the magical Midas touch he brings to all the wines he makes. This 2012 Tempranillo is no exception, this grape (Tempranillo) never ceases to amaze me with its ability […]
  • Video: Belgian Beer

    enobytes
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    What wine is to France, beer is to Belgium. Join host Michael Fagan as he discovers a world of beers that is all about styles, tradition and innovation. Relax at a café, learn how to pour the perfect glass, explore the range of flavours and immerse yourself in a lifestyle that is the beer lovers […]
  • ABOUT FACE’N It In Portland

    enobytes
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you heard of ABOUT FACE Magazine? Neither did I, until a good friend approached us to write for them, and now we are columnists for the magazine. It’s actually a pretty cool gig that allows us full journalistic license to write quick quips and small bytes about the food and wine industry.  What I […]
  • 2011 McCay Carignane

    Marc Hinton
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2011 McCay Carignane, Lodi, California Mike McCay continues to flaunt his long streak of Midas touched wines of gold with this 2011 Carignane. The fruit came from the Rauser Vineyard in Lodi, which was planted in 1906. This grape loves warm climates and as the vines mature, the fruit just keeps getting better […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • Drink Local Wine Week: Wollersheim Winery

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    It's the national Drink Local Wine Week! Sitting as we are at the junction of three states (Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, with Michigan not far), we feel like the local wine scene has quite a bit of variety, though we're not so sure of the quality every time. However, it's still important to support the locals, and this week was a nice reminder to do just that. After plans to visit some local wineries fell through this past weekend for sundry reasons, it was off to the local wine shops to explore their offerings. Unfortunately, slim pickings. I wasn't really in the mood for fruit wine…
  • Sensational Soave Master Class - Chicago

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, I was thrilled to be able to attend the Sensational Soave Master Class - Chicago, presented by the Soave Consorzio Tutela and Full Circle Wine Solutions. Helmed by Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein, with color commentary by Giovanni Ponchia of the Soave Consorzio. The educational seminar was held at Nico Osteria, a quite beautiful restaurant in the Gold Coast of Chicago, always a fun and swanky area to visit. This was my first visit to the restaurant and I cam e away impressed by the design, the service and, of course, the food.The seminar started, after some introductory remarks,…
  • WineChat: Old York Cellars 2013 Vidal Blanc

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    This is Drink Local Wine Week, but last week I was treated to my first New Jersey wine, the 2013 Vidal Blanc from Old York Cellars. While not located in one of New Jersey's three viticultural areas, they are members of the Garden State Wine Growers and Vintage North Jersey. Old York Cellars boasts 25 beautiful acres of preserved farmland and 13 acres of rolling vineyards framing scenic views of the Sourland Mountain range. The vineyard was first planted in 1978 when the farm was known as Amwell Valley Vineyard, which operated as a winery from 1982 to 2005. Old York Cellars opened to the…
  • A Year in Burgundy [Film Review]

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    'One year with the people who make wine like no-one else in the world'I'm not much of a theater-goer, and, for the most part, most wine-related movies (documentaries) are not being shown in the local multiplex anyway. It's great when I get the opportunity then to see a wine documentary at home. This week, over several evenings, I watched "A Year in Burgundy," a film that follows an importer of Burgundian wines, Martine Saunier, her producers, and the grapevines and wineries they oversee.One year in the life of a winemaker is full of peril and success - the film follows the 2011…
  • Wine and Wings [Infographic]

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    I'm a sucker for info graphics, which is good and bad. When done well, like Madeline Puckette's over at Wine Folly, infographics give you pertinent information in a condensed fashion, easily read. At their worst, they go on and on interminably, with garish colors, multiple (sometimes illegible) fonts, with way more than you ever wanted to know about absolutely anything. Somewhere in between are the rest, usually not very necessary, but simple and fun. Like this one, from Uproot Wines, on how to pair chicken wings with wine - it's football inspired, so timely, many of us do enjoy chicken…
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    Wine Folly

  • Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them

    Madeline Puckette
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    You know what wines you like but how do you describe them? Learn how to use wine tasting terms the right way to get the wine you want. Learning the fundamentals of tasting descriptions will also help you decipher wine writing and let you buy wine more confidently. Using Wine Tasting Terms To Get What You Want Besides referring to wine ratings, tasting terms are the only way we can quantify what a wine tastes like before we buy it. Learning what these words mean (and also how to use them yourself) is a very powerful skill to have in order to buy exactly what you want. Some of the most useful…
  • The Surprising Potential of Non-Alcoholic Wine

    Stephen Curtis
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Crazy Potential For Non-Alcoholic Wine? The future may be bright for low alcohol and non-alcoholic wines. Researchers in France found that artificially lowering the alcohol level of a Cabernet Sauvignon (from 12% ABV to 6% ABV) didn’t remove any of the antioxidants beneficial for cardiovascular health. The study concluded by suggesting that low alcohol and non-alcoholic red wines could be used to treat people with heart disease. This is stunning news for people all over the world suffering from heart disease. Study showed improved health in men with heart disease A study conducted on a…
  • 5 Dry Portuguese Wines That Will Knock Your Socks Off

    Madeline Puckette
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Finding a truly amazing wine at a price in the sub-$12 realm is actually pretty rare… you could say it’s mythic. When you come across one of these mythic wines you may have experienced an overwhelming sensation of irrational glee and desperation as you buy up as much of the wine as you can. 5 Dry Portuguese Wines That Will Knock Your Socks Off This brings us to the topic of Portugal, which over the last couple of years has been slam dunking it. They continually produce great tasting, high quality wines with shockingly low prices. It’s high time you were in on the secret wine treasures…
  • Introduction to Soil Types and Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    What are the best soils for growing wine grapes? One of the most frequently mentioned traits of a great wine is the soil. The conversation usually sounds something like this:   “This estate is certainly well-located, resting on well-drained, gravelly soils with some veins of clay running through them.” –Chateau Charmail, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux   So, now that you’ve read the statement above, you might be wondering: “What the heck does that mean?“ Introduction to Soil Types and Wine 100 year old Zinfandel bush vines perch on sandy loam soils in Russian…
  • The Best Wine Hangover Recovery Guide Ever

    Madeline Puckette
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Have a wine hangover? These 8 steps might surprise you, but they will help you recover faster. Get back on track and start having a better day. The Best Wine Hangover Recovery Guide Ever Get back on track to being a happy human being again with this handy little Wine Hangover Recovery Guide. Hopefully, you have already made some decisions on how to moderate your wine intake next time. In the meantime, let’s take care of some of the unpleasant symptoms of a hangover including: The headaches The exhausted feeling The ‘my body is gross’ feeling The nervous bellyache The…
 
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    Pure Luxury Transportation

  • Splendiferous Outdoor Music Concerts in Wine Country This Fall

    Carey Sweet
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    One of the joys of Wine Country is its autumn weather, where warm days fade to crisp nights. It’s the perfect time to gather up friends, families and sweaters, and enjoy an outdoor concert.Groth Vineyards & Winery: Reserve Cabernet Release Day, Oakville (Oct. 4, 2014) Join the party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for food, rousing music, and barrel tastings of the 2013 Reserve Cabernet. For a look at the source of the wine, vineyard tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $40. 750 Oakville Cross Road, Oakville, 707-944-0290, grothwines.com.Cornerstone Cellars: Sunday Funday,…
  • Winery, Resort and Restaurant News in Napa

    Carey Sweet
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The Napa RiverfrontThere’s so much new happening in Napa recently, it can be hard to keep up. Top notch resorts, wineries and restaurants all have good things to report. Here are some happenings to keep in mind as you’re planning your adventures.Calistoga Ranch has opened an infinity-edge family pool overlooking the resort’s vineyards, complete with poolside food and drinks (in a fun touch, kids will go nuts for the retro-chic metal lunch boxes illustrated with beloved characters like Superman). The resort also has unveiled a new, tented venue for al fresco events and weddings, set with…
  • Wine Country Harvest Parties Invite You to Get Your Grapes On

    Carey Sweet
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    It’s grape harvest time in Wine Country, which means lots of work for the wineries, but also lots of parties for us. Here’s a handy planner:Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Aug. 29-31, 2014 Saturday’s Taste of Sonoma brings more than 200 artisan wineries, growers, chefs and food purveyors for a walk-around feast at the legendary MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg. The Sunday Auction is an all-day fundraiser with world-class wine, food, and live auction packages at Kenwood’s Chateau St. Jean. And in between are winery parties, al fresco lunches, and suppers all across the County.Viszlay…
  • Winemaker Dinner at Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Rustic Restaurant

    gina
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A visit to Francis Ford Coppola Winery in the Sonoma County Wine Country town of Geyserville is always a treat. Pure Luxury was treated to a very special winemaker dinner at the winery’s restaurant, Rustic: Francis's Favorites, with winemaker Tondi Bolkan.A View of the Vineyards from Our Seat on the Patio at Rustic, Francis's FavoritesSeated at a table with a sweeping view of the vineyards, we began the evening with Sofia Blanc de Blancs. Inside the lovely packaging was a flavorful, vibrant blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Riesling waiting to be poured.The First Course was a rich, Lobster…
  • Cheers! Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Here!

    Carey Sweet
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    The chefs are busy dreaming up their menus, the wineries are lovingly, carefully aging their best wines, and top musical talent are tuning their voices and instruments. It’s nearly time for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, and excitement is building quickly for this year’s extravaganza, Aug. 29-31 2014.If you haven’t already gotten your tickets for the world-class culinary extravaganza, you’ll want to right away - every SWCW event sells out each year. What’s the draw? How about hundreds of chefs, wineries and artisan food purveyors, all gathering for three full days of elaborate…
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • Beauty and the Vine at Nectar

    drinknectar
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Attention ladies, we have put together an event just for you! Imagine being pampered by a massage therapist, make-up artist, and medical spa in one place. Now, imagine all of that with wine. We have put together an amazing event with the help of sponsor Linea Cosmetic Surgery with Dr. Stiller. The next Beauty and the Vine is Thursday, November 21 from 6-9pm. The event is free but you are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook and help by inviting some of your friends. Some of the services require payment. Whether you are looking get a little touching up, want beauty […]
  • Nectar to Open Craft Wine and Beer Shop in Kendall Yards

    drinknectar
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nectar to Open Craft Wine and Beer Shop in Kendall Yards Josh Wade, owner of Nectar Tasting Room is opening  craft wine and beer shop in Kendall Yards. Nectar Craft Wine and Beer will carry wine from around the world, specialty and local beer for retail sales and will have a great space to enjoy glass or pint while enjoying the small plates menu overlooking downtown Spokane. “Kendall Yards is the perfect location for specialty wine and beer shop. The community is booming and the vision of Greenstone Homes for the area really excites me,” says Josh. […]
  • Personalize it With a Custom Wine Label

    drinknectar
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Custom labels are a great way to personalize your event, say thank you and even raise a little extra money for your non-profit organization. Our partnership with Northwest Cellars gives us the ability to create any custom label you want with quantities as little as 1 bottle. Pricing ranges from $16-$24 for various white wines and $18-$42 per bottle for various red wines. Raising money for a non-profit event? Give us a call to discuss discount pricing and how you can make money on each bottle you sell! LABEL OPTIONS You provide your own label artwork and we do the […]
  • Quick Trip to Walla Walla Recap

    drinknectar
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Walla Walla is an awesome wine experience. The town is a quaint sexy little town that oozes charm and you can either experience the downtown walking wine tasting scene or if you prefer you can explore the vineyards and grand tasting rooms around town. People assume since I am in the wine business that I get out and go wine tasting all the time. Actually it is quite the opposite. This was my first visit to Walla Walla since before Nectar Tasting Room opened in 2010. My last visit I had the opportunity to taste quite a bit and tour […]
  • Food Flights Slide into Second

    drinknectar
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    One of Nectar Tasting Room’s heartiest food flights is Slide into Second. With this flight you get four amazing sliders and a side of potato salad. You get your choice from three types of sliders all made on a fresh house made bun: Beef slider topped with andouille sausage, caramelized onions and blue cheese, beef slider topped with portobello mushroom and apple celery coleslaw or a Philly Cheese steak slider. The potato salad is house made and we often get asked for the recipe. Chef Paloma says it is “top secret.” Pair the sliders with one of the following, Anelare…
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    Wine Reviews and Tasting Reports - International Wine Report

  • CIABOT BERTON Barolo 2010

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    The 2010 Ciabot Berton Barolo opens up with aromas of cherries, spices and licorice along with hints of chocolate, floral and a touch of dried cedar. It shows a firm structure backed by fine tannins before folding in another layer of cherries and spices on the finish. Allow it another year in bottle, but I expect it to show its best sooner than later. (Best 2015-2020) - October, 2014 (JD) 88 POINTS Wine Specifications:Report Date: October, 2014 Suggested Retail Price: $80 Drinking Window: 2015-2020 Producer: Ciabot Berton Country: Italy  Region: Piedmont…
  • DOMAINE RENE LECLERC Bourgogne Rouge 2011

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    The 2011 Bourgogne Rouge comes from 60-year-old vines and the fruit is aged in old French oak for 12 months, unfined and unfiltered. It offers pretty aromas of strawberries, raspberry, cherry, saline, spice and earth. I love the purity of fruit and fantastic mouth feel that coats the palate all the way through the smooth finish. Overall, a great entry-level Bourgogne Rouge from Rene LeClerc and his son Francois. Drink it now or hold it for a few years. (Best 2016-2025) - October, 2014 (MD) 90 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: October, 2014 Drinking Window: 2016-2025 Estimated…
  • DOMAINE RENE LECLERC Gevrey-Chambertin 2011

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    The 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin from Rene LeClerc is a made in a traditional style, harvested by hand from 60-years-old vines. It displays beautiful aromas of dark cherries, truffle, tobacco, strawberry, spring flowers, white pepper, spice and red fruits. It possesses wonderful structure with firm tannins, ending with a long, elegant finish. This age-worthy red is built for the cellar and will need more time, so allow it another 3-5 years in bottle and enjoy it over the next decade. (Best 2018-2028) - October, 2014 (MD) 92 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: October, 2014 Drinking Window:…
  • RIDGE VINEYARDS Chardonnay ‘Monte Bello’ 2011

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    The 2011 Monte Bello Chardonnay immediately grabs your attention with seductive aromas of poached pear, tropical fruits. cherry blossoms, vanilla, toasted almonds, honeycomb, herbs and flinty minerality. It continues to impress on the palate with its rich, creamy texture and impeccable balance from start to finish. This is already offering so much character and I only expect to evolve even further over the next decade any beyond. Absolutely delicious! (Best 2014-2026) - October, 2014 (JD) 94 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: October, 2014 Drinking Window: 2014-2026 Estimated Value:…
  • ODDERO Barbaresco ‘Gallina’ 2011

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Even at this early stage the 2011 ‘Gallina’ is already offering so much. This stunning Barbaresco delvers gorgeous aromas of fresh red fruits, floral, crushed stones and licorice just to name a few. It is impressive for its elegance and finesse along with the beautifully, fine polished tannins that work their way into the elegant finish. Although this quite delicious today, I would still recommend allowing it more time in bottle, and given Oddero’s track record for age worthy wines this should have no issues evolving gracefully. (Best 2017-2028) - October, 2014 (JD) 93 POINTS Wine…
 
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  • scandal wine recap: don’t go changing – your drink

    grapefriend
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    First, let me just say that was a blockbuster of an episode. Wow. So many major monologues, so many feels. Also, I learned what Eiffel Towering is. Yes, I had to Google it. Does that make me an old? A prude? Both? I don’t know. I am, however, fairly certain that Karen Grant was not … Continue reading →
  • scandal wine recap: wine gets all dirty

    grapefriend
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Last night’s episode was so good – and so grapey! Let’s get right to it with Abby… It took about 20 minutes to get to our first wine moment on last night’s Scandal but once the drinking started, it thankfully didn’t stop. Let’s leave the martinis to Cyrus’ new escort friend and the second-best scotch … Continue reading →
  • buffalo chicken mac and cheese – with wine

    grapefriend
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    One of my favorite places on the Upper West Side is Fred’s, which has some of the sickest mac and cheese ever made (not to mention carafes of goldfish crackers at the bar). Whenever I take my nephews there, they always get the buffalo chicken version which is pretty damn awesome. My sister attempted to … Continue reading →
  • scandal wine recap: the du bellay does not exist

    grapefriend
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    The Scandal grapes kept coming in Week 2! Take it away, Abby! The second episode of the season sees everyone getting back into their normal work routines, especially Liv who (as we’re reminded multiple times) is no longer “standing in the sun” with Jake. She is, however, jogging with him—presumably working off all those giant … Continue reading →
  • rating george clooney’s wedding wine

    grapefriend
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Everyone else can report on George and Amal’s guests, her dress, and the venue. Here at grapefriend, all we care about is what they drank! I mean as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, you’d hope he’d really drink well all weekend. Well, let’s review his reported choices since I’m minorly on the fence. … Continue reading →
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  • A Little Bit Of The Bubbly

    Lou
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
      Reviews of Deccolio Prosecco and Old Grand-Dad 100 Proof Bonded Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  October 16, 2014   The holidays are a great reason to pour some special wines with friends and family. And while we seldom need an excuse to enjoy some sparkling wine, and have frequently complained such wines are too often saved for “special occasions,” at this time of year, a bit of bubbly does seem appropriate.   Sparkling wines are very versatile and range in style from bone dry to very sweet,…
  • Elephant Walls And French Whisky

    Lou
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Review of Or Haganuz, Amuka Series, Idra Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Brenne Estate Single Malt French Whisky.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  October 8, 2014   One of the first things we are traditionally “required” to do after breaking our Yom Kippur fast is to begin building our sukkah. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the rabbinic discussions about the details on how we are supposed to fulfill the commandment to “dwell in booths” are long, complicated and occasionally bizarre to modern sensibilities.  …
  • Fast Breaking

    Lou
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    Reviews of the Golan Heights Winery’s Gilgal Brut and Talisker 10 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  October 1, 2014   Breaking the Yom Kippur fast is a nominally festive occasion customarily celebrated with family and friends. And while the meal occurs at the end of a long day, the foods are usually some variation of a milchik (dairy) or pareve (neutral) breakfast or brunch. While there are often loads of desserts and other sweets, such as honey or jams—serving as both reminder and ardent wish of life’s…
  • A Sweet New Year

    Lou
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Review of Miharmartif “Antique Red Sweet Wine” and several Boulard Calvados.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  September 24, 2014   Besides being one of the four “New Year” celebrations in the Jewish calendar, traditionally Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish civil calendar and the anniversary of the creation of the world. It initiates the 10 Days of Awe (Yomim Noraim), also known as the 10 Days of Repentance (Aseres Yomei Teshuvah), culminating at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.   During this period we traditionally pray…
  • New Year – New Winery

    Lou
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Reviews of the Montefiore White 2012 and  Drambuie Scotch Whisky Liqueur.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  September 18, 2014   It’s that time of year again. This period is traditionally a time of reflection in which we are encouraged to contemplate our decisions and, more importantly, our mistakes—to learn from our actions and misdeeds, and the impact these have had on our lives and on the lives of those with whom we interact. Hopefully, a little self-knowledge and wisdom has come from these experiences. With additional effort and focus we…
 
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  • Winery Spotlight: Chateau Latour-Martillac

    Chuck Hayward
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    The JJ Buckley wine staff recently had a chance to learn a bit more about Chateau Latour-Martillac, one of the top estates in the Pessac-Leognan appellation south of Bordeaux. Tastings with owners and their winemakers or marketing managers at our offices are always an important way to add to the knowledge we gain during our annual visits to Bordeaux. This visit, however, afforded us the chance to learn about something other than soils and varietals. The domaine has a long history that starts with an ancient tower from the 12th Century that gives rise to the winery’s name. Vines were not…
  • In Pursuit of Balance: The Hand of Man or the Hand of the Land?

    Chuck Hayward
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Jason Drew of Drew Family Cellars The annual In Pursuit of Balance (IPOB) tastings have quickly found a place as one of the wine industry’s most important events. Initially organized by Raj Parr of the Michael Mina restaraunt group as a one-off event in San Francisco back in 2011, Raj was joined by Jasmine Hirsch, whose family owns the acclaimed Sonoma Coast vineyard named after her father, to organize the seminars and tastings. Starting in 2012, the IPOB conclaves have become a bi-coastal affair conducted in New York and San Francisco. Most wine trade and consumer tastings are…
  • It’s Chardonnay Day!! Celebrating a Much Loved and Maligned Varietal

    Chuck Hayward
    22 May 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Chardonnay master Jacques Lardiere of Louis Jadot It wasn’t that long ago that we celebrated International Sauvignon Blanc Day, in fact it was actually just last week. Started five years ago, it has sparked a number of other “Grape Days” thanks to the increasing connections between the wine industry and social media. The goal has been to taste the grape of the day and use twitter and Facebook to share tasting experiences across the globe, raise awareness of the grape and do a bit of education on the side. So now comes National Chardonnay Day and it’s quite logical to…
  • 10% off Mix & Match Wine Case

    JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    21 May 2014 | 9:00 am
      Mix & Match Wine Case: Put Your own case together! Any 12 bottles from any of our White Bordeaux Selection. Once you’ve selected your bottles reply to this email and receive10% off the lowest JJ Buckley web price. Having trouble putting your case together? Contact a JJ Buckley Wine Specialist who can assist you in the process. Click Here to view our selection of White Bordeaux Wines. Once you’ve selected your wines send an email with your selection to marketing@jjbuckley.com or give us a call at 888.859.4697. A few terms and conditions do apply. This is a limited time offer…
  • The New Faces of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

    Chuck Hayward
    15 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Sarah Burton of Cloudy Bay Winery In celebration of International Sauvignon Blanc Day, it seemed like an opportune time to look at where New Zealand sauvignon blanc is going. And when we talk about kiwi savvy, we’re really talking about Marlborough savvy… It’s pretty incredible to think that just over 30 years ago, NZ was more known for muller-thurgau than sauvignon blanc. The first New Zealand sauvignon blanc was released in 1979 and it was only six years before that when grapes were first planted in Marlborough. Back then, just about all the wine made in New Zealand was…
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  • Blind Book Review: "Sherry"

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been patiently waiting for my review copy of Talia Baiocchi’s Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best Kept Secret. It’s apparently coming Palomino Express. I’m also breathlessly anticipating Jon Bonné’s glowing praise of this already legendary tome, certain to be included among his holiday wine book picks as payback for Baiocchi’s glowing words about The New California Wine. I’ve already seen Momofuku sommelier (yeah, I was called that quite a bit), and friend of Talia, Jordan...
  • 62

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Young HoseMaster with Karen, 1975 On special occasions, I used to take my college girlfriend Karen to Hungry Tiger for dinner. (Are there Hungry Tigers still? Aside from those in Detroit? Are there Victoria Stations? Those chain restaurants seemed special when I was in my 20’s.) In those days, it seemed every restaurant in Los Angeles had the same wines on their wine lists: Mateus, Lancer’s, Wente Bros. Blanc de Blancs, Charles Krug Chenin Blanc, Mouton-Cadet, Weibel Green Hungarian, Blue...
  • Anosmia Dogs, and Other Failed MW Dissertations

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the requirements for becoming a Master of Wine is an original and rigorous research paper of between 6000 and 10,000 words. The words must be placed in sentences, or it doesn’t count. There is no similar requirement for becoming a Master Sommelier, though they are asked to write an original limerick—said to be the hardest part of the exam, after the colonoscopy. As far as I know, the great unwashed public isn’t privy to the dissertations produced by MW’s. However, as Commander of Wine, I...
  • The HoseMaster's Guide to Drinking Wine at Home

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    An authentic wine lover drinks at home. A lot. Alone, or otherwise. He doesn’t just drink wine socially, or with a meal. He drinks all the time, and not from fancy glassware. Or if it is fancy glassware, it’s not necessarily clean. Wine is a way of life, best done in the home, frequently, where it delivers the most pleasure—like transvestism. Actually, an authentic wine lover has much in common with a transvestite. They both think they look better doing what they do than they actually do. And...
  • A Few Minutes Decomposing with Andy Rooney

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    There was a time when I was playing around with established comic voices on HoseMaster of Wine™, and I decided to do a bit of the late Andy Rooney. I thought my irreverence about his death would have pleased Rooney, and I found that I liked doing his odd "60 Minutes" patter. I wrote three pieces in Rooney's voice, and this edition of Best of HoseMaster is made up of the first two.  From early 2012, here's Andy Rooney... Note how the topics haven't changed much on wine blogs in the past...
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  • It’s Official: Prelude “Grands Crus” Taittinger is now served on Singapore Airlines, Business Class

    epalmer
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Business Class customers on Singapore Airlines can now enjoy the exquisite taste of Prelude “Grands Crus” from the house of Taittinger. Produced by one of the few remaining family-owned champagne houses, Prelude “Grands Crus” is made with the first pressings of an equal portion of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, selected from Grand Cru vineyards. “We’re pleased to be offering Taittinger Prelude “Grands Crus” to our Business Class customers. Prelude “Grands Crus” is made solely from the best Grand Cru vineyards in the Taittinger family’s own estate and is then aged for…
  • Results are in for Global Traveler’s 2014 Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Competition

    epalmer
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Global Traveler has released the results of its 10th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Competition. This year there were twenty-four judges who participated in the blind tasting of airlines’ white, red and sparkling wines. The judges consisted of various wine trade: sommeliers, wine shop owners and winemakers. With twenty-nine airlines participating and providing over 126 samples for tasting and rating. The airlines are required to submit five different wines: two red wines; two white wines; and one sparkling wine/Champagne — to be eligible for the Best Overall International Business…
  • Champagne Thiénot Unveils Thiénot Brut Rosé

    epalmer
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    With a limited production of only 10,000, Champagne Thiénot has unveiled its first exclusive limited edition of Brut Rosé non-vintage. The feminine pastel pink label resonates with this year’s fashion trends and features Japanese-inspired motifs of delicate flowers and bubbles to “encapsulate the care-free ambience of the summer season”. A co-ordinating cooling jacket echoes the colour and design of the limited edition label. Garance Thiénot, of Champagne Thiénot, comments: “This is our first limited edition design for Champagne Thiénot Brut Rosé non-vintage and we wanted to…
  • Shhh…ampagne

    epalmer
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Firma created a soluble champagne concept for Veuve Clicquot. Veuve Clicquot — one of the most respected champagne producers surprises us each year with a new innovative concept. This year Veuve Clicquot introduced soluble champagne tablets made of alcohol powder that will turn water into champagne. The concept is: you drop a tablet into a glass of water, wait for complete dissolution, then start your celebration with first-of-a-kind Shh…ampagne. In addition to the product concept have been developed packaging, print and slogan for a new generation of products. Liz Palmer
  • ProWein 2014 features “Champagne Lounge”

    epalmer
    27 Feb 2014 | 6:39 pm
    From March 23-25 ProWein will feature a “Champagne Lounge” which will include over 25 Champagne producers. The Champagne Lounge will extend over 300 square metres and is located in Hall 7.1. There will be two tasting areas boasting a stylish lounge design and will feature over 60 high-quality Champagnes available for tasting. Further Champagne suppliers are located in trade fair Halls 3 – 6. Participating champagne producers include: CHAMPAGNE ANDRE BERGERE 51200 EPERNAY Mrs Brigitte BERGERE +33 (0)326320719 brigitte.bergere@champagne-andre-bergere.com…
 
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  • Your Sexy Ancestor

    Debbie
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    I’ve received a few Halter Ranch wines for review and have been really impressed.  So I had high expectations for their 2008 Ancestor Estate Reserve wine which is a red Bordeaux blend and it met the expections and was very sexy. The blend consists of 25% Petit Verdot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 12% Malbec.  Aged in French oak for 18 months of which 50% were new oak.  The wine was bottled two years prior to release.  It’s estate grown in Paso Robles, CA. I have to admit, I received this wine for review as a media sample.  I didn’t…
  • TasteCamp – Hudson Valley

    Debbie
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
        The view from Millbrook’s tasting room    This past weekend was the yearly event TasteCamp which is held in a wine region on the Eastern side of the United States every year.  I was thrilled when it was announced that they had chosen the Hudson Valley and the date was Columbus Day Weekend, the busiest weekend of the year.   The organizers The New York Cork Report’s Lenn Thompson and Drink Local’s Michael Michael Wangbickler chose this weekend and at first I thought, the busiest weekend of the year, but then it truly highlighted the best, the…
  • Football – Wine & Wing Pairings

    Debbie
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Yes it’s football season and what do you think about besides tailgate parties and beer? Wings! I have to admit, I am a wing snob.  Going to college in Buffalo, NY made me that way and I like my wings extra hot and extra crispy with lots of blue cheese.  If I can’t have them that way, I like them Thai Chili or just about any way they’re made.  How do you like yours? The first thing  I think about pairing wings with is beer. Sometimes the beer just doesn’t cut it with me if the wings are too hot, then I reach for the semi-sweet Riesling. The sweetness…
  • Brotherhood Celebrates Their 175th Anniversary

    Debbie
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Tonight there is a big party at Brotherhood Winery. They are celebrating their 175th Anniversary.  I’m celebrating my anniversary too, 26 years so it’s fair to say if I want to make it to 27, I had to decline my invitation to attend the big party at Brotherhood and spend it with my husband. I thought I’d give you a tour of 175 years of Brotherhood Winery in pictures, as we do with most anniversaries. We look back on the pictures. *Clink*Clink*                                  …
  • Millbrook Vineyards & Winery Partners With The Culinary Institute of America for their 24th Harvest Party

    Debbie
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    You can’t ask for a better pairing, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery with the Culinary Institute of America. They come together to celebrate Millbrook Vineyards & Winery 24th Harvest Party, Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 12 Noon. Millbrook’s harvest party is a long standing event in the Hudson Valley and finally this year I will actually be able to attend.  I am looking so forward to it!  I’ve heard how wonderful the event is year after year but always seem to have a prior commitment, but not this year.   For this event Millbrook partners with a restaurant,…
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  • Your Sexy Ancestor

    Debbie Gioquindo
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    I've received a few Halter Ranch wines for review and have been really impressed.  So I had high expectations for their 2008 Ancestor Estate Reserve wine which is a red Bordeaux blend and it met the expections and was very sexy.The blend consists of 25% Petit Verdot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 12% Malbec.  Aged in French oak for 18 months of which 50% were new oak.  The wine was bottled two years prior to release.  It's estate grown in Paso Robles, CA.I have to admit, I received this wine for review as a media sample.  I didn't get to it right away…
  • TasteCamp - Hudson Valley

    Debbie Gioquindo
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    The view from Millbrook's tasting roomThis past weekend was the yearly event TasteCamp which is held in a wine region on the Eastern side of the United States every year.  I was thrilled when it was announced that they had chosen the Hudson Valley and the date was Columbus Day Weekend, the busiest weekend of the year.  The organizers The New York Cork Report's Lenn Thompson and Drink Local's Michael Michael Wangbickler chose this weekend and at first I thought, the busiest weekend of the year, but then it truly highlighted the best, the Hudson Valley during harvest.I attended the…
  • Football - Wine & Wing Pairings

    Debbie Gioquindo
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Yes it's football season and what do you think about besides tailgate parties and beer? Wings! I have to admit, I am a wing snob.  Going to college in Buffalo, NY made me that way and I like my wings extra hot and extra crispy with lots of blue cheese.  If I can't have them that way, I like them Thai Chili or just about any way they're made.  How do you like yours?The first thing  I think about pairing wings with is beer. Sometimes the beer just doesn't cut it with me if the wings are too hot, then I reach for the semi-sweet Riesling. The sweetness in the Riesling will…
  • Brotherhood Celebrates Their 175th Anniversary

    Debbie Gioquindo
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Tonight there is a big party at Brotherhood Winery. They are celebrating their 175th Anniversary.  I'm celebrating my anniversary too, 26 years so it's fair to say if I want to make it to 27, I had to decline my invitation to attend the big party at Brotherhood and spend it with my husband. I thought I'd give you a tour of 175 years of Brotherhood Winery in pictures, as we do with most anniversaries. We look back on the pictures. *Clink*Clink*
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room Tappan Zee Keg For a Good Causehttp://www.captainlawrencebrewing.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/DesmondDavisweb-453x339.jpg

    Debbie Gioquindo
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There it stood, in the middle of the tasting room bar—a chubby 10-gallon keg of the special Captain Lawrence-Peekskill Brewery collaboration on behalf of the Hudson River environmental watchdogs known as Riverkeeper. Captain Lawrence tapped the barrel as part of a special event, and many in the room came specifically to try it. “It’s pretty hoppy,” says Bob Yankou of Hawthorne. “What you’d expect from a double IPA—a lot going on.” Bob knows his double IPAs—he sports a Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA t-shirt. His son Bobby, meanwhile, wears a Beeriodic Table of the Elements…
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  • Due to high price, wine companies refuse from producing Khvanchkara

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    20.10.2014 (Hvino News). Next year, wine companies will not probably purchase grapes grown in Racha which are used for making Khvanchkara wine, according to George Markozashvili, director of Kakhuri Ltd.Mr. Markozashvili said his company bought 45 tons of grapes, however, if the price remains high next year, they are not going to pay GEL 8 per kg.George Markozashvili explains the critically high price by the fact that Khvanchkara is popular only on the Russian market. In his view, otherwise, the price of Khvanchkara should not be higher than the Saperavi price.Badagoni purchased 50 tons of…
  • Rtveli: harvesting grapes, Georgian style

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    by Tornike Kajrishvili 19.10.2014. Nobody knows when and how exactly the first grapevine was cultivated in Georgia, but earliest archaeological  evidence of viniculture that was discovered in Georgia dates back to 6,000 B.C. History of winemaking is tightly intertwined with history of Georgia, and our country is almost unanimously considered to be the birthplace of wine as such.RtveliIn some regions of Georgia, harvested grapes are still crushed using a wooden basin called satsnakheli. This method is centuries old, and used to have a ritualistic meaning back in the day. But grapes need…
  • Mtskheta’s church from 603 and a feast at Iago and Marina’s house

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    by Max Hartshorne18.10.2014. Our day of travel and exploring across western Georgia began at the home and winery of Iago and Marina Bitarishvili in rural Mtskheta.This consonant-heavy small town is also the home of one of the country's oldest churches, which was built high on a hill around the year 603. Seeing a church built in a year with three digits is pretty spectacular, as is the view from atop this protected sanctuary, which is also a World Heritage site. There are no stained glass in these Georgian churches, instead, the dusky brown exterior is punctuated with slits for windows.
  • A guide to orange wine

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    by Jeanette Hurt15.10.2014. Not quite red and not quite white, orange wines draw from the world’s oldest winemaking processes—but they’re striking a fresh note with today’s curious oenophiles.Aromas of apricot fruit tickle the nose, but a sip reveals heavier tannins, and a rich, almost velvety mouth-feel lingers. Not quite white and not quite red: Viniferous conundrum, thy name is orange.“Orange wines are the new black,” says Shelley Lindgren, co-owner and wine director of San Francisco Bay–area SPQR and A16 restaurants. “The only problem is that they can be grossly…
  • From family tradition to export industry: Georgian wine hits the tables of Europe

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    by Kira Walker“Everyone in Georgia makes wine. It’s our way of life, our tradition,” says Iago Bitarishvili, who runs a small organic wine-making operation in the mountainous Caucasian nation. It’s a way of life that’s about to become more profitable thanks to a free trade agreement that exempts Georgian wine from EU import tariffs.Eight millennia of tradition go into a bottle of Georgian wine. Masters of the ancient Georgian method of producing wine in large underground clay vessels called qvevris, some producers have already carved out a niche in European markets. The free trade…
 
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  • Drones could become familiar sight over Wine Country vineyards

    winetimes
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As he went around Napa Valley in the past two years, Ken Giles had the unenviable task of notifying nearby residents that UC Davis would be conducting a demonstration project using drones to spray pesticides at its vineyard in Oakville. Giles, a professor in the university’s biological and agricultural engineering department, said he was prepared […]
  • New York Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire recoveres by bathing in red wine.

    winetimes
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Stoudemire, a forward for the Knicks, posted a photo a photo on Instagram this week of him bathing in red wine. Stoudemire said: “The red wine bath is very important to me because it creates more circulation in my red blood cells.” He continued: “Plus, it’s very hot. So it’s like a hot tub. But […]
  • California Drought Produces Tastier Wine Grapes

    winetimes
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    SONOMA, Calif.—Someday, when California’s persistent drought is finally over, wine lovers may lift a glass to its memory, toasting the extraordinary 2014 vintage it made possible. While the three-year dry spell has inflicted widespread economic damage on the Golden State, especially to its giant agriculture industry, an exception is the heart of its famed Wine […]
  • Fresh-air winery tour rolls through the Napa Valley

    winetimes
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Chauffeur-tour guide Phil Boland wheeled the Napa Valley Wine Trolley into the parking lot next to the Oxbow Public Market, braked to a halt and shut ’er down. Had a San Francisco cable car jumped its tracks and somehow made its way to wine country? Well, no. The 28-passenger trolley was hand-built in 1988 from […]
  • France snatches world blind wine-tasting crown from Belgium

    winetimes
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    France on Saturday won the world blind wine-tasting competition for teams, unseating reigning champion Belgium. The annual event, launched last year, was held in the eastern French town of Ay and drew four-member teams from 18 countries, including Spain, China, Russia and Argentina. The teams, blind-tasting fine wines from around the world, had to identify […]
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • Müller-Thurgau: the Son of Riesling

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Once it was believed Müller-Thurgau to be the result of a crossing of Riesling with Sylvaner, recent studies have found out it is a crossing of Riesling with Madeleine Royale. Created at the end of nineteenth century by professor Hermann Müller, this variety is still today common in Germany and Italy.
  • Best Wine of September 2014: San Giorgio 2005, Lungarotti

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Produced for the first time in 1977, San Giorgio is the result of the experiments done by Giorgio Lungarotti in the mid of 1970s, when he decided to introduce Cabernet Sauvignon in his vineyards, which he will then blend to Sangiovese and Canaiolo Nero. An extraordinary wine that in vintage 2005 conquers DiWineTaste five diamonds and the title of best wine for September 2014.
  • Comparative Tasting By Contrast

    Antonello Biancalana
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Knowing how to recognize each variety and wine is an art taking time and commitment. A method to start how to understand the differences among the many varieties is to compare by contrast two or more wines. It will be those differences to make evident the specific characteristics of each variety.
  • Best Wine of Summer 2014: Vin Santo di Montepulciano Occhio di Pernice Dolce Sinfonia 2004, Bindella

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Bindella, a well known winery of Montepulciano and mainly involved in the production of Vino Nobile, charms the senses of wine lovers with two extraordinary Vin Santo wines as well, both dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi. To the rare and prestigious Occhio di Pernice 2004 goes the title for the best wine for summer 2014: a monumental wine, an endless symphony of aromas and emotions.
  • Aglianico del Vulture told by Amilcare Grieco, Cantine del Notaio

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Amilcare Grieco - brand ambassador of Cantine del Notaio of Rionero in Vulture - tells DiWineTaste readers about the famous territory of Basilicata and Aglianico, prestigious grape of South Italy, an extremely versatile variety capable of making different wine styles, from sparkling to full bodied red wines.
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - Italiano

  • Müller-Thurgau: il figlio del Riesling Renano

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Un tempo si credeva che Müller-Thurgau fosse il risultato dell'incrocio fra Riesling Renano e il Sylvaner, tuttavia recenti richerche hanno consentito di stabilire che si tratta invece di un incrocio fra il Riesling Renano e la Madeleine Royale. Creato alla fine del diciannovesimo secolo dal professor Hermann Müller, questa varietà è ancora oggi diffusa in Germania e in Italia.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Settembre 2014: San Giorgio 2005, Lungarotti

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Prodotto per la prima volta nel 1977, il San Giorgio è il risultato degli esperimenti condotti da Giorgio Lungarotti nella metà degli anni 1970 quando decise di introdurre nelle sue vigne il Cabernet Sauvignon che poi unì al Sangiovese e al Canaiolo Nero. Un vino straordinario che nell'annata 2005 conquista i cinque diamanti DiWineTaste e il titolo di migliore vino di settembre 2014.
  • La Degustazione Comparativa per Contrasto

    Antonello Biancalana
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Sapere riconoscere le singole varietà e i vini è un'arte che si apprende con il tempo e con tanta dedizione. Un metodo per iniziare a comprendere le differenze fra le singole varietà è quello di confrontare per contrasto due o più vini. Saranno proprio le differenze a rendere evidenti le caratteristiche specifiche di ogni varietà.
  • Il Migliore Vino dell'Estate 2014: Vin Santo di Montepulciano Occhio di Pernice Dolce Sinfonia 2004, Bindella

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Bindella, nota cantina di Montepulciano e principalmente impegnata nella produzione di Vino Nobile, delizia i sensi degli appassionati anche con due straordinari Vin Santo, entrambi dedicati a Giuseppe Verdi. Al raro e prestigioso Occhio di Pernice 2004 abbiamo conferito il titolo di migliore vino per l'estate 2014: un grandissimo vino, un'infinita sinfonia di profumi ed emozioni.
  • L'Aglianico del Vulture raccontato da Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti, Cantine del Notaio

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti - proprietario ed enologo di Cantine del Notaio di Rionero in Vulture - racconta ai lettori di DiWineTaste il celebre territorio della Basilicata e l'Aglianico, prestigiosa uva del sud Italia, varietà di estrema versatilità capace di produrre stili molto diversi fra loro, dallo spumante a robusti vini rossi.
 
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    Mad about Madeira

  • Preserving A Wine World Heritage – Blandy’s 1988 Vintage Malmsey

    Niklas Jorgensen
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
      Certain wines are more important to write about. Partly for being reference points demonstrating what can be achieved, but also as in this specific case, in order to highlight the frailness of what once was considered the foremost wine of the world. Vintage Madeira has been enjoyed for more than two centuries but it hasn’t been a trouble-free journey for the producers. Few wine roads has been bumpier. Few have experiend the same difficulties as Madeira. If it hasn’t been the ordinary disorders such as powdery mildew or the Phylloxera, Madeira has also been sandwiched in…
  • Ribeiro Real Lote 1 Boal – Blended Perfection

    Niklas Jorgensen
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
      Funny actually; I’m not that much into sweets, chocolate or desserts for that matter. Never really been. Guess it comes with the nut allergy I’ve had since childhood. Although it turned milder with age, it’s still there: the avoiding risks thinking. Probably deeply entrenched in my mind. However, when it comes to wine I’m revealed and have to confess; I do have a sweet tooth. Several of the greatest wines I’ve had were sweet. Not necessarily old but with a complexity hard to beat. Then again, what is a sweet wine? The thought hit me when tasting one of the…
  • Tinta Negra – A Potential Game Changer?

    Niklas Jorgensen
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    The 1999 and 2000 Single Harvest Tinta Negra from Vinhos Barbeito are both wines I love for several reasons. I know I’m not having all with me on the praising of good Tinta Negra. That’s fine. Or perhaps not? You see, the 1999 and 2000 clearly demonstrates what potential awaits within reasonable distance. Tinta Negra has all the chances to become THE game changer. Let me explain. We all know a vast majority of the island’s vine cultivation is Tinta Negra and that there’s simply too little planted of the classic green grapes. We surely could use some more of them. But…
  • DNA Analyzing Tinta Negra, Listrão & Caracol

    Niklas Jorgensen
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:19 pm
      At my most recent visit to Madeira, Paulo Mendes told me about a project he had started together with Foundation Plant Services at UC Davis in California; to have Listrão scientifically confirmed to be the same (or not) as Palomino Fino. But besides the DNA fingerprinting of Listrão, Paulo who runs Madeira Vintners, also asked a further two questions: Does the other grape from Porto Santo, Caracol, have any matching in the data bank of FPS Plant DNA Identification Service. Is the variety of Tinta Negra found in the south parts of Madeira the same as the one on the north side of the…
  • Vinhos Justino Henriques; 60 To 80 Years Old Sercial & Verdelho

    Niklas Jorgensen
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
      The stenciled bottle says 1944. Instantly that activates a lot of emotions and thoughts. What was it like back then, in Madeira and having your island captured by a world war? It must have been slightly depressing, harvesting grapes while knowing no ships dared to enter or leave the island. Or the fact that Madeira wine had started to decline in popularity, in decades actually, and you could do nothing to prevent it right here, right now. Hence, having a 1944 Sercial in the glass not only calls for reflections, it’s also worth saluting those who never gave up believing in the…
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    Amateur WineAmateur Wine

  • Domaine de la Paleine, Le Puy-Notre-Dame

    Qin Xie
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series The village of Le Puy-Notre-Dame is known for its subterranean caves, used at one time to grow mushrooms. These days, they form the basis of the cellar at Domaine de la Paleine. The Domaine is an interesting proposition. As well as being a mix of private home and working winery, the estate is also open to eno-tourism. And they just so happen to fall between the Anjou and Saumur appellations so produces a little of both. Unfortunately on the day that I visited, the winemaker wasn’t around to explain his wines, but what was…
  • Domaine des Roches Neuves, Saumur-Champigny

    Qin Xie
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series Thierry Germain has big ideas; and he’s not afraid to share them. Owner and wine maker at Domaine des Roches Neuves since 1992, he is an avid supporter of biodynamic winemaking. Despite having more than three times the labour of a normal vineyard, his vineyards are minimally interventionist. For him, the vine is like an upside down man; the roots are the head and the shoots are the arms and legs. Instead of trimming or green harvesting, he likes to roll the shoots around the trellising so that, come August, the vine will…
  • Famille Bougrier Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2013

    Qin Xie
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    The wine: Famille Bougrier Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2013 The producer: Famille Bougrier They say: Since 1885 and five generations, Family Bougrier selects the most beautiful raisins from our best terroirs, to offer you the nicest wines. We wish you great pleasure with our Loire Valley Wines. Made on old soils, nice white dry wine. Great freshness and roundness. To be served slightly chilled with seafood and fishes from the Atlantic Ocean. We say: Good perfume with notes of bruised apple, citrus and pear. Lots of acidity with a refreshing finish. A youthful style but nice balance with…
  • Domaine Bourillon Dorléans, Rochecorbon

    Qin Xie
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series Frédéric Bourillon is the third generation of winemakers at Domaine Bourillon Dorléans, an estate founded by his granddad. He’s a bit of a character, though perhaps not in the same way as Pascal Cuisset at Château des Eyssards. For Bourillon, phallic symbols seem to be a bit of an obsession – he wears it on a necklace. He’s also big into art and the two are sometimes interlinked. His cave cellar, carved into the mountain and dating back to the 15th Century, is filled with artwork. Some 20 years ago, Bourillon…
  • Château Moncontour, Vouvray

    Qin Xie
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series Château Moncontour is, along with four other estates and a négociant business, part of the Feray family’s wine portfolio. Moncontour itself is composed of 130 hectares split across Vouvray, Rochecorbon, Vernou and Reugny. It’s also on its way to further expansion as new distribution deals with the UK has meant the building of new facilities. As a sizeable estate, it has the capacity to produce the full spectrum of the Vouvray Appellation – from sparkling (traditional method) to liquoreux. The biggest part of its…
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  • My Aversion to the Artisanal

    Guest Blogger
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    by Anna Scott There are a few words or phrases that strike fear in my heart and freeze my soul – ‘flock of pigeons’ (terrified of the things), ‘freestyle acid jazz’ (don’t get me started) and, more recently, ‘artisanal’. Or ‘artisan’. Either will do the trick. Words so squirm-inducing they make my teeth itch. Is … Read more →My Aversion to the Artisanal is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post My Aversion to the Artisanal appeared first on .
  • The Things We Do to Avoid the Wine Snob Label

    Guest Blogger
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    by Anna Scott    We live a dual existence, us wine lovers. In the world of all things vinous, I usually spend my time worrying that I don’t know enough, that my wine knowledge is but a fraction of my contemporaries and that I really do need to devote more time drinking and talking about … Read more →The Things We Do to Avoid the Wine Snob Label is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post The Things We Do to Avoid the Wine Snob Label appeared first on .
  • Will the REAL 12×75 Please Stand UP, Please Stand Up

    Vim
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    Dear ALL, My apologies. It’s been a tough Summer, filled with family obligations. Updating this blog has always been on my mind, yet everytime I sat down to write something, I just couldn’t find the words. I drank so little wine this Summer that it seemed almost hypocritical to update my own wine blog. Without … Read more →Will the REAL 12×75 Please Stand UP, Please Stand Up is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Will the REAL 12×75 Please Stand UP, Please Stand Up appeared first on .
 
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    Fareham Wine Cellar Blog

  • Twisted Nose Gin

    fwcadmin
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Twisted Nose Gin Twisted Nose Gin – Small Batch Pot Distilled Winchester Dry Gin Are you looking for a gin from Hampshire? Then look no further! Twisted Nose Gin is made in Winchester, Hampshire by Paul Bowler. It was first released in May 2013, so it is a relative new-comer to the increasingly crowed UK gin scene. It does have a very good unique selling point. Well two, in fact. It is the only Gin made in Hampshire and it is the only Gin to use watercress as one of its botanicals. As you may know, watercress grows locally around Winchester and the Meon Valley where the crystal clear…
  • Sparkling Sake

    fwcadmin
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Sparkling Sake What is Sparkling Sake? Sparkling Sake is relatively new style of Sake and is one of the fastest growing categories of sakes on the market. Until recently it was fairly unknown outside of Japan but there are now quite a few different brands of sparkling sake available on the UK market. Sparkling Sake is made is made using a very similar method to the traditional method of sparkling wine production i.e. a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Sparkling Sake is made in the same way as normal Sake, but then the Sake and Koji fungus (not technically a yeast, but it performs the…
  • Picpoul de Pinet

    fwcadmin
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Picpoul de Pinet New Picpoul de Pinet from Jean-Luc Colombo Picpoul de Pinet is usually a bone dry white wine that is a perfect partner for all sorts of fish and shellfish dishes. The refreshing and citrus-y Jean-Luc Colombo Les Girelles is a little bit rounder and a bit less dry than some. It is a great wine for the hot summer months and a brilliant alternative to the ubiquitous Pinot Grigio. What is Picpoul de Pinet? It is a grape variety grown in the hot, sunny Languedoc near Montpelier just inland from the Meditteranean in the south of France. The literal translation of Pique-poul is…
  • Domaine Jones La Perle Rare Syrah

    fwcadmin
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Domaine Jones La Perle Rare Syrah Domaine Jones La Perle Rare Syrah I am sure that some of you will have been following the ups and downs of Katie Jones and Domaine Jones, a tiny wine estate in the Langeudoc Roussillon. The ups include some very high ratings for her wines from wine critics and good distribution in overseas markets all within just a few years establishing her fledging Domaine. The rather depressing low point was the sabotage of an entire vintage of Katie’s Domaine Jones Blanc whilst she was out of the country exhibiting at Prowein 2013 in Germany. Fortunately Katie…
  • Bordeaux Wine Dinner

    fwcadmin
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Bordeaux Wine Dinner Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux Wine Tasting & Dinner On Wednesday 24th September 2014 The Old House Hotel in Wickham is hosting a Bordeaux Wine Evening. This will be 9 Course French Tasting Menu with a specially selected Bordeaux wine to complement each course. There will be a pre-dinner wine tasting and talk from Roy Gillingham of The Fareham Wine Cellar who will be showing some great new wines from Chateau du Cros, Chateau Haut Mayne and Chateau Clos Bourbon as well as a fantastic dessert wine from Loupiac – you can read more about these wines here. Good Food…
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    Great Northwest Wine

  • Raptor Ridge Winery 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $45

    Great Northwest Wine
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A decade ago, Scott Shull began planting his Tuscowallame Vineyard, and this plush wine is a blend of the six clones established there — 114, 115, 777, Pommard and Wadenswil. The nose features classic aromas of strawberry jam and dusty black cherry, along with plum juice, pomegranate, lime and violets. The drink is led by flavors of cherry jam, red currant and cherry pie filling, which brings an even flow of acidity and easy tannins. In November, the Newberg winery launches its Winter Brunch Series at the tasting room, but they suggest serving this wine with a wild mushroom risotto. Rating:…
  • Browne Family Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $35

    Great Northwest Wine
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Waterbrook winemaker John Freeman continues to expand his pet project for Precept CEO Andrew Browne, who recently opened a tasting room on Main Street in Walla Walla for this brand. Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Mirage and Joel Hattrup’s acclaimed Elephant Mountain Vineyard came together for this medium-bodied Merlot that opens with juicy aromas of dusty strawberry, light cherry, vanilla and a stroll into a caramel popcorn kitchen. The drink is bright with black cherry, strawberry, nutmeg and white pepper, backed by a good balance of acidity with chocolaty tannins. Rating: Excellent Production:…
  • Silvan Ridge Winery 2012 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $28

    Great Northwest Wine
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    This Spanish grape has found a home in Southern Oregon, where some vines are approaching 20 years of age, and this bottling marks the first vintage in which Juan Pablo Valot took over the role of winemaker at this historic Eugene brand. It captures aromas of red cherry, red currant and dried blueberry behind notes of brown sugar, cola, black pepper and toast. Inside are bold flavors of chocolate-covered pomegranate and strawberry/rhubarb jam with fine-grained tannins and a delicious finish. Rating: Outstanding! Production: 196 cases Alcohol: 14.5% Winery website The post Silvan Ridge Winery…
  • History, mystery in Harrison Hill Vineyard

    Andy Perdue
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Harrison Hill Vineyard is in the Snipes Mountain AVA in Washington’s Yakima Valley. Its oldest vines date back to 1962, and its history with wine grapes goes back a century. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) SUNNYSIDE, Wash. – Harrison Hill would barely qualify as a footnote in Washington wine history were it not for a nudge more than 20 years ago from one of Washington’s most famous winemakers to one of its young guns. But today, this funny little 5-acre vineyard, surrounded by suburbia overlooking Interstate 82, is the site of some of Washington’s oldest…
  • Sky River Meadery NV Solas Honey Wine, Washington, $26

    Great Northwest Wine
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Two years ago, Sky River Meadery moved to Woodinville from its longtime home along Highway 2 in Monroe so these wines are receiving more attention than ever before. And this product of golden honey — aged in Dry Fly whiskey barrels — ranks among the best meads in the Pacific Northwest. It begins with aromas of dried lemon peel, nutmeg, clove and powdered sugar before moving into elegant flavors of mascarpone, powdered sugar, jasmine and sugar cookies. There’s a wealth of residual sugar (14 percent), but the skillful use of acidity by winemaker Denice Ingalls makes this quaffable and…
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    Vinos Ambiz, SL (Producer of terroir-expressing, natural wines (Madrid and Sierra de Gredos, Spain)

  • Back-Label Feedback

    Fabio
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I got some ‘interesting’ feedback recently from some #winelovers on FaceBook. See this comment thread.My first reaction to these comments was great surprise and incomprehension, because it wasn't at all what I was expecting. And now that a few days have passed and I’ve had plenty of time to think it over and prepare replies in my mind, etc, … my second reaction is still great surprise and incomprehension!But first things first. Here’s the offending back-label itself:Before replying to all the comments in the thread, here are my reasons and motives for designing and using such a…
  • Albillo 2014 Harvest

    Fabio
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    This is the story, so far, of my Albillo 2014.I think that (the story of) any good wine starts, or ought to start, here, in the vineyard:The Albillo vineyard, about 2 km from El Tiemblo, right next to the Charco del Cura, a mini-reservoir on the River AlbercheWithout good grapes, without good, clean, healthy, balanced, and complex grape juice, I don't think you can make a good, clean, healthful, balanced and complex, terroir-expressing wine!Albillo vineyardThere are lots of large rocks scattered all over the vineyard (and over many other vineyards in the area). I assume that they were left…
  • The REAL Wine Fair 2014

    Fabio
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    I’m just back in Madrid after an intense 4 days in London, 2 days of which were taken up by the REAL Wine Fair itself, and 2 days of which were for me!My main mission: to boldly seek out an importer for my wines in the UKSecondary mission: to relax, enjoy, rest, drink wines, chat, get a change of scenery, etc. And I did!I flew in to Gatwick with EasyJet on the Thursday evening after working at the office for a half-day; it’s close to the airport so it seemed like a good idea. I went straight to my friend’s house (in Battersea, see below) and dumped my suitcase, which only contained 6…
  • Getting ready for REAL Fair 2014

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

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

  • Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting: Taste, Meet, Feast, Enjoy and more…

    CraigTG
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting Hope you’re not doing anything next Tuesday night because you’re going to want to spend it attending the 11th Annual Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting in San Francisco.  Over the past year they have tasted over 14,000 wines in the Wine & Spirits offices and these one hundred wineries came out on top, consistently delivering quality wines. This event is produced in San Francisco with Bay Area chefs and local artisanal purveyors serving small bites to complement the bottlings of the honored wineries and this year’s celebration is between 6:30…
  • Celebrating California’s Central Coast: Favorites from Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

    CraigTG
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, California’s Central Coast region offers a wealth of premium wine tasting opportunities.  Paso Robles was named “Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2013 and is home to over 200 wineries growing Spanish, Bordeaux, and Rhône varietals in addition to the famous Paso Zinfandel.  In southern San Luis Obispo County, the prevalent ocean air helps produce full-flavored and balanced wines made from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir grapes (and more) on vineyards from the Santa…
  • An Extraordinary Evening: Sunset at Hearst Castle with Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

    CraigTG
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Have you ever witnessed a sunset at Hearst Castle? We think we just found the best way to experience that. It’s always enjoyable to attend a food and wine event in an outdoor environment based on award-winning wines and delicious food prepared by talented chefs. The level of enjoyment rises when live entertainment is thrown into the mix and microbrews are also available for attendees as an alternative beverage choice. But when you take all of that, locate it on the California Coast, schedule it at a time which includes watching the sun set, and then actually place the festivities in the…
  • Sonoma Wineries Open After 5 pm – September 2014

    CraigTG
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Longboard Vineyards, a Sonoma County Winery Open After 5 pm Do you need a winery in Sonoma County that is open after 5 pm for wine tasting? Sometimes you go wine tasting and at the end of the day, it’s getting close to 5 pm but you just left a winery that didn’t quite live up to what you had been hoping for. If what you really want is one more chance to end the day on a good note, we can help with that. Or, maybe you’re in the area and your daytime activities have included enjoying the water on the Russian River, gambling at the Graton Resort & Casino, or reminiscing with Charlie…
  • Napa Valley Rocks! – So Come Enjoy It (and Support its Recovery)!

    CraigTG
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Fans of Napa Valley are invited to join the local community between September 25 and 28 at Napa Valley Rocks! Weekend, four days that will celebrate and showcase what Napa Valley has to offer.   A coalition of chefs, vintners, business owners and residents have joined forces to support earthquake relief efforts and offer an attractive collection of activities to raise awareness that Napa Valley is ready and open for business.  So come sip Napa Valley wines, savor local delicacies, shop at the Valley’s diverse stores, and shake your booty at your choice of many musical performances. For…
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    VinePair » The Wine Blog

  • 8 Cool Wine Aerators

    Naomi Firestone-Teeter
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s nothing like opening a wonderful bottle of wine, pouring it in a glass, and sipping throughout the evening, letting oxygen slowly break the wine down, allowing you to enjoy the process of the wine opening up throughout your glass and throughout the evening. And sometimes it’s fun to take it a step further and decant the wine (if you need help with this, watch our short decanting video), offering both a stylish way to serve your wine and also providing the wine an opportunity to open up more quickly, as it’s exposed to more oxygen in the decanter than in the bottle…
  • In Defense Of “House Wine” – And Why You Should Have A House Wine Too

    Adam Teeter
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When browsing a wine list, particularly the “by the glass” section, chances are one of the choices on said list will be the establishment’s red and white house wines. The prices are usually pretty good, but unless you’re out looking for a deal, you’ll probably pass it by and tell your companions to do the same. The reason you typically choose to overlook these specific glasses probably has to do with some article you read some time ago, or a comment you heard made by an acquaintance, both of which characterized an establishment’s house wine as the cheap wine they’re actively…
  • Winehaven: How The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 Gave Birth To The World’s Largest Winery

    Joshua Malin
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the years leading up to Prohibition, the largest winery in the world sprawled across a 47-acre campus, perched upon the San Francisco Bay. Its name was Winehaven. At its peak capacity the winery and its warehouses could hold 12 million gallons of wine, which were distributed by sea from an 1,800 foot wharf, and by rail via privately owned, electrified train tracks. Winehaven was the crowning, physical accomplishment of the California Wine Association (CWA), a firm that was founded in 1894 to monopolize the California wine industry. In building Winehaven the company achieved its most…
  • 7 Stunning Modern Wine Decanters

    VinePair Staff
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    When it comes to wine decanters you can let form or function be your guide. A decanter’s job is simple — expose wine to oxygen, which allows the wine to open up. As we wrote in our Wine 101 guide to decanting wine, the vessel you use is less important than the simple act of decanting; in a pinch we’ve used “plastic pitchers, mason jars, even other empty bottles” in place of proper decanters. However, when we’re entertaining, we do prefer to go with something a bit more stylish. These seven thoroughly modern decanters fit that bill, and they are all…
  • 15 Beautiful Illustrations Of Bordeaux’s Famous Chateaux From 1867

    Joshua Malin
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    While we were researching our infographic on Bordeaux’s five famous first growths we worked our way through some fascinating books from the ninteenth century — including a text prepared in advance of The International Exposition of 1867. That book, Charles de Lorbac’s Les Richesses Gastronomiques de la France: Les Vins de Bordeau profiles all of Bordeaux’s classified wineries. The profiles are accompanied by beautiful illustrations of the chateaux, drawn by Charles Lallemand (as far as we know not the Charles Lallemand who attempted to colonize Texas for…
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    Jameson Fink

  • British Columbia Winery Tour: Interviews at Six Okanagan Wineries

    Jameson Fink
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    What a pleasure to travel to British Columbia and visit wineries up and down the Okanagan Valley. I had my handy audio recorder with me and captured six interviews with six fantastic folks while on a media trip put together by Wines of British Columbia. You may have gotten a taste of my experience there when [...]
  • Food Photography Philosophy From Leigh Beisch

    Jameson Fink
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Do you have an emotional connection with lychee? How about when it’s in your wine? I hadn’t given it that much thought until I got a review copy of The Essence of Wine to check out on my tablet. The words are provided by Vinography’s Alder Yarrow and the beautiful photos by Photographer Leigh Beisch. It’s [...]
  • Tannat and Uruguay: An Unlikely Duo

    Jameson Fink
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    I was sent a copy of Wines of South America: The Essential Guide by Evan Goldstein. He’s not only a Master Sommelier but also President and Chief Education Officer of Full Circle Wine Solutions. I can vouch for his abilities as an educator after peppering him with questions regarding the state of the South American [...]
  • Recommended Dessert Wines For An All-Dessert Dinner

    Jameson Fink
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    You ever have four desserts for dinner? No? Sure, probably two or three but four’s kinda crazy. Well, lock me up and throw away the key. Because I was recently invited to hang out in The Georgian Restaurant, a lovely dining room housed inside Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel, where I was treated to four sweet creations [...]
  • Label Lust: Minimus Vermentino

    Jameson Fink
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Word of Minimus Wines, located in Oregon, came my way via the Northwest Wine Anthem. So when I saw one of their offerings, a Vermentino, available by the glass at Seattle’s Matt’s in the Market, I pounced. What a fantastic lunchtime wine. You don’t often see domestic versions of this Italian grape (aka “Rolle” in [...]
 
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  • EdgeStar 53 Bottle Built-In Wine Cooler Review

    Dipra Sen
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    View at AmazonThose who are quite painstaking and meticulous about the temperature issue for wine preservation and passionate to experience the flavor of their precious wines based on the bookish or their personalized warmth scale; for them, the EdgeStar CWR531SZ series of wine cooler is now present in the scenario. With a comprehensive storage capacity to house 53 standard wine bottles of 750ml, the EdgeStar 53 bottle wine cooler preserve your wines at a fantastic temperature range between 40° and 65°, which is simply great for storage of both type of wines.The decorated glass door offers…
  • Danby DWC612BLP 75 Bottle Wine Cooler Review

    Dipra Sen
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    View at AmazonDanby 75 bottle wine cooler is a large size wine cooler. If you are a businessperson or a corporate executive; often require to arrange wine parties at home and aspire to build a mind blowing wine cellar in your home, now with a Danby DWC612BLP wine cooler you can, for sure, knock your fantasy most economically and smart way.Being a wine lover, whereas collection of branded wines, their proper preservation and enjoying them with family friends or business partners is your passion, procuring this free-standing wine cooler together with 75 wine bottle storage capacity is…
  • Danby DWC1233BL-SC 12 Bottle Wine Cooler Review

    Dipra Sen
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    View at AmazonWith a trendy look and stylish finishing, Danby introduces you its DWC1233BL-SC series of new generation wine cooler backed by 10 years extended warranty on the major components. This 12 bottle tabletop stylish model has become quite demanding in the global market especially to the small/medium families or wine consumers.The model is available in black color while you can safely store and arrange 12 wine bottles on its three curved type chrome shelves. While the great attribute of DWC1233BL-SC cooler is its eco-friendly mechanism or, in other words, the chiller doesn’t release…
  • AKDY 32 Bottle Wine Cooler Review

    Dipra Sen
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    View at AmazonWhereas one of the major demands of wine preservation is ‘suitable’ temperature, in order to maintain its genuine flavor and aroma, an AKDY 32 bottle wine cooler tends to make you satisfied. You must be well aware that either of an excessively chilly weather condition or humid atmosphere of your room is unsuitable for your precious wines since they make them flavorless or speed-up their aging correspondingly.Thus, instead of building a huge wine cellar expending thousands of dollars, the majority of people, these days, prefer to install thermo-electrically based wine…
  • Avanti EWC1801DZ 18 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler Review

    Dipra Sen
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    View at AmazonFor the casual wine consumers, in order to experience both cold white and warm red liquors the ‘correctness’ of the temperature of a wine coolers matters significantly than its storage capacity. Unsurprisingly, this category of people buys wines for their regular consumption rather than preserving and consuming them. Naturally, to meet such demand choosing a full-size wine cooler with enough storing capacity is meaningless. Here comes the usability of Avanti 18 bottle freestanding wine cooler.Conversely, it is found that numbers of people, especially the kick-starters are…
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    Wine Bags.com » The Vine Daily

  • Beginner’s Guide To Wine Storage

    Melissa Hardman
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Whether you are a wine connoisseur or novice, learning how to store wine correctly will save you from disappointment and insure your tasting satisfaction. Wine has a very temperamental chemical make-up which can be upset by incorrect storage. The average individual will store both red and white wines on a counter or shelf until they […]
  • The Effects of Climate Change and Drought in Growing

    Melissa Hardman
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The life cycle for plants, trees and other objects that grow in the soil is fairly simple. In order to grow properly, starting as a seed you need water and sunlight for the plant to flourish. When you have adequate light and water, plants will grow. However, when one of these are not sufficient, the […]
  • Beginner’s Guide To Making Wine At Home

    Melissa Hardman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Wine is considered one of the most treasured and revered of all of the alcoholic beverages. Whether you consider yourself a seasoned wine expert or a novice, wine is truly a luxurious liquid. With the ever-growing popularity of at-home brewing kits for beer lovers, it’s no wonder that making your own wine at home has […]
  • Wine Corks & Kegs: Beer Tasting for Beginners

    Melissa Hardman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    When tasting a wine, a connoisseur will usually sniff the cork, to determine how well the wine was stored and to get a preliminary idea of the quality of the wine. When tasting beer, there is no cork to smell – so how does one proceed? Fortunately, you don’t need to give the cap a […]
  • Five Uncommon Varietals You Should be Drinking Right Now

    Melissa Hardman
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Many wine consumers like to stick with their favorite types of wine and producers. We all know someone who “only drinks”, say Cabernet or Chardonnay.  There is nothing wrong with either, but there is a vast world of wine out there that you should get to know. Here are 5 uncommon grape varietals you should […]
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  • Robison Ranch Cellars a friendly, quality winery near Walla Walla.

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Good wines certainly make visiting a winery worthwhile. And connecting with warm, friendly people along the way who welcome you in and treat you …Read more here:: <a href=https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/20/3903093/robison-ranch-cellars-a-friendly.html%3Fsp%3D/99/321/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjM5YjNlY2JmMTUyNTA1NWE6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGSIz7zaetPS7zVvIGPhXq9AWX0tQ target="_blank" title="Robison Ranch Cellars a friendly, quality winery near Walla Walla.” rel=nofollow>Winery NewsThe post Robison Ranch…
  • Shake Shack Restaurant Team Member (Hospitality Food Service) - Union Square Hospitality Group - King of Prussia, PA

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand serving deliciously classic burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine, and more…. From Union Square Hospitality Group – 20 Oct 2014 06:05:46 GMT – View all King of Prussia jobsRead more here:: WIne Jobs via IndeedThe post Shake Shack Restaurant Team Member (Hospitality Food Service) - Union Square Hospitality Group - King of Prussia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • 5 Luxury Winery Getaways

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    There is nothing better than enjoying a great glass of wine while you relax on holiday somewhere luxurious. So why not plan your next trip to one of …Read more here:: <a href=https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1030054-5-luxury-winery-getaways/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjM5YjNlY2JmMTUyNTA1NWE6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNH4bGIDNvwXq_7R5d6Bf3B_ZaoUgg target="_blank" title="5 Luxury Winery Getaways” rel=nofollow>Winery NewsThe post 5 Luxury Winery Getaways appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Shake Shack Restaurant Manager (Restaurant Management) - Union Square Hospitality Group - Philadelphia, PA

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand serving deliciously classic burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine, and more…. From Union Square Hospitality Group – 20 Oct 2014 06:05:46 GMT – View all Philadelphia jobsRead more here:: WIne Jobs via IndeedThe post Shake Shack Restaurant Manager (Restaurant Management) - Union Square Hospitality Group - Philadelphia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Shake Shack Restaurant Team Member (Hospitality Food Service) - Union Square Hospitality Group - Philadelphia, PA

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand serving deliciously classic burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine, and more…. From Union Square Hospitality Group – 20 Oct 2014 06:05:32 GMT – View all Philadelphia jobsRead more here:: WIne Jobs via IndeedThe post Shake Shack Restaurant Team Member (Hospitality Food Service) - Union Square Hospitality Group - Philadelphia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
 
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    The Drync.com Wine Blog

  • Best Night of Wine… Wine & Spirits Top 100

    aimee
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Whenever someone new learns what I do their response is often the same; “Oh, wow, sounds like a really tough job…” Does the life of an associate pulisher at Wine & Spirits Magazine suck? No, not particularly, though it isn’t entirely a walk in the park either. The folks who get clobbered are our wine critics and tasting staff. Over the last twelve months our staff has opened, tasted, and re-tasted more than 14,000 bottles of wine from more than 18 countries. That’s a lot of juice to sit through and it’s not easy on the palate. It takes a wealth of knowledge about regions,…
  • Your Wine Astrology Sign!

    Marketing Manager
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Your star sign can dictate your character traits, your day, your month, your year, your mood, and who you get along with. Why not your taste in wine? Aries (Mar 21 – April 20) Drinking buddies: Gemini and Leo are your favorite folks to sip with, but be careful: you fire signs can be a bit, well, fiery, so try to stay away from the shots. You also have an awesome time with the slightly more chill Sagittarius and Aquarius. Where and when you drink wine: Out with friends… which you are most of the time. Whether it is a bar, a lounge or a high-end restaurant, if the mood strikes you,…
  • Sideways Turns 10

    Marketing Manager
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Has it been 10 years since Sideways exploded on the silver screen with its mix of bawdy comedy and character-driven heart? Yes, it has. I saw it the other night in a special 10-year anniversary screening, and I was astonished at how well the film had weathered the ravages of time. Miles and Jack — and Maya and Stephanie — seem as fresh and timeless as ever. The comedy parts played just as funny, but the humanity of the characters, with all their foibles, possessed all the heartbreak I remember when I wrote it in 1999 and when I first saw it 10 years ago with an audience of 2,000…
  • 3 Minute Wine Class: Vouvray

    Marketing Manager
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    As a good wine drinker, you are most likely always looking to expand your breadth of knowledge. As such, we have received lots of requests for educational content from our readers. We are kicking off our 3 minute wine class series, with one of our favorite regions for floral, high acid white wines, Vouvray. Location: Touraine, Loire Valley, France Why you should know it: Vouvray is situated between Paris and the Atlantic Ocean on the gentle sloping hillsides on the northern bank of the Loire River just east of the charming city of Tours in the Touraine district of the Loire Valley.
  • Blind Tasting Wine: Not Just for the Professionals

    Marketing Manager
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    School is back in session – time to get your wine geek on! Blind-tasting wines might seem like more of an advanced class, but learning the steps can be super valuable to drinkers at every level of expertise. Go beyond knowing whether you like a particular variety or region. Blind tasting teaches drinkers how to describe the levels of tannin, acidity and aromatics that they enjoy in their vino. And although it might seem like a super-human feat at first, all it takes is a little practice, which requires you drinking wines with friends – not so bad, right? To the uninitiated,…
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  • The Wines of Historic Georgia

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The Wines of Historic Georgia By Harriet Lembeck, CWE, CSS If you really care about wine, you should think seriously about making the journey to the country of Georgia. You will experience true hospitality, tradition, winemaking, and still be close enough to the Black Sea’s famed resorts when you are ready to relax. And if you like to ski, there are the slopes of the Caucasus Mountains right there as well. FYI, I have just returned from a visit, and saw no sign of any of the unrest that’s been in the news lately. There is instead a sense of calm and welcoming.   To the Georgians, a…
  • Master Distiller Celebrates 60 Years at Wild Turkey

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Three million barrels of bourbon or 20 million cases and one man has overseen every drop. Jimmy Russell “the Master Distiller’s Master Distiller” recently celebrated 60 years at Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg, KY making him the longest tenured master distiller in the industry.   Jimmy, as he is known to everyone, started at Wild Turkey when he was 19 and too young to drink. He made his way through every facet of the distillery becoming master distiller “somewhere in the late 60s” he says. For the last 25 or 30 years he has travelled the world as a superstar brand ambassador. Now…
  • A Trip to Georgia’s Historic Wine Country

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Georgia can be described as the cradle of winemaking with 8,000 vintages under its belt. They also had 525 grape varieties, including clones, of which 440 are still in use! This is a country that has been serious about wine since 6,000 B.C and some of their wines are available in the U.S., especially on the East coast.  Wine and spirits educator, and intrepid traveler, Harriet Lembeck recently returned from a trip to Georgia and her fascinating description can be found here.
  • “Drinking Vinegar” Back in Vogue

    admin
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    “Will Drinking Vinegar Actually Boost Your Health?” was the headline of a story someone sent us, and it went on to enumerate all the good things that might happen if you do.  It wasn’t exactly what we had in mind when we decided to explore Drinking Vinegar also called a Shrub.  Centuries old, Shrubs are back in fashion and not only are they easy to make, they allow even the least adventurous of us to create a signature cocktail that will get the conversation flowing.   For a detailed look at the history and current popularity of Drinking Vinegar or Shrubs, click here. 
  • Drinking Vinegar or Shrubs for Fall

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Delighting your guests with a special seasonal aperitif created personally by you has never been easier.  Start experimenting now so you have your secret ingredient perfected as the Holiday party season rolls around.  We’re talking about shrubs made with a syrup base that has your personal touch.  No special equipment or kitchen talent required.   Steeping seasonal berries and fruit in vinegar as a preservative got its start in England in the 17th century.  Of course it made its way to the American colonies where it was very popular in the 19th century.  Berries and other fruits…
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    How to make Wine

  • Chateau Durfort-Vivens

    htmw
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Chateau Durfort-Vivens (Château Durfort-Vivens).— Deuxième Cru classé, Margaux, Medoc. So far as mere numbers go, the Classed Growths of the Medoc represent only a fraction, but nevertheless an important fraction, of the 3,000 odd Wines catalogued in the principal work on Bordeaux and its Wines. Chateau Durfort-Vivens is ranked among the Second Growths, as the heading shows. he original owners of this fine property were the family of Durfort de Duras. It belonged to Monsieur de Vivens in 1824, who, on becoming proprietor, joined his name to that of Durfort, hence the double surname.
  • Claret Wine

    htmw
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Claret Wine — Bordeaux. Ever since the fourth century, when Ausonius, who was born at Bordeaux in A.D. 309, tells us that they were in demand in Rome, the wines of Bordeaux have been shipped to every part of the civilized world and have enjoyed a more universal and lasting reputation than any other wine. But not all the wines which have for so many centuries passed through Bordeaux on their way to distant and lessfavored lands have been the produce of the Bordeaux vineyards. Claret Wine Fine Claret Wine. Photo credit to: Inspector 81 What we call Claret Wine in England, and what the…
  • Champagne

    htmw
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    Champagne — is the name of an ancient French province, where the Romans introduced viticulture and where it has flourished ever since. It is also the name of a sparkling white wine known by that name all the world over. Origin of the Name «Champagne» Champagne fields near Reims, France. Photo credit to: Roger Nelson But, although the old province of Champagne was divided, in 1789, into four Departements, the Ardennes, Aube, Marne, and Haute Marne, all of which boast that they possess extensive vineyards and produce good wine, the better class Champagne is grown within a comparatively…
  • Port Wine

    htmw
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Port Wine — «Port» is of all wines the most interesting for an Englishman. Quite apart from its’ own intrinsic merits, Port is a wine which owes its existence chiefly to the industry of Englishmen. Furthermore, it is a wine which can’t be drunk to such perfection nor be so thoroughly appreciated anywhere in the world as in England. Port Wine Port Wine: Fonseca Porto. Photo credit to: Charles Hoffman Although authenticated shipments of wine from Portugal to England may be traced to the fourteenth century, it was only during the latter part of the sixteenth century that the…
  • Burgundy Wine

    htmw
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Burgundy Wine — Dijon, the ancient and proud capital of the Burgundian dukes, used to be surrounded by some of the most famous vineyards of the Cote d’Or. It is no longer so, chiefly owing to these vineyards having been planted with commoner species of vines, yielding a greater quantity of grapes but of distinctly inferior quality. Burgundy Wine Burgundy Wine: Burgundy, France. Photo credit to: Megan Mallen The finest Burgundy vineyards may be said to extend from Gevrey, some 5 miles south of Dijon, to Santenay, close to the limits of the Departement de Sasne et Loire. Gevrey is an…
 
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  • Meet Lazenne, Making Wine Travel Easy

    Chrissie
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Every time I go back to Australia, my family always bemoan the lack of grape-flavoured gifts I come bearing. “Chrissie, you’ve just come from Nice … where’s the rosé?” The truth is, even if I was organised enough to have lots of lovely bottles of the pink drink to take home, I’ve never really known [...] The post Meet Lazenne, Making Wine Travel Easy appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • EVENT 06: Fête des Vendanges et des Châtaignes

    Chrissie
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    What have you got planned for Sunday? If you happen to be in the area, and fancy a chance to sample some of the unique wines of the Alpes-Maritimes, why not pop into the annual Fête des Vendanges et des Châtaignes in Saint-Paul de Vence? October 19th marks the 2014 edition of this annual harvest [...] The post EVENT 06: Fête des Vendanges et des Châtaignes appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Wine Tourism in Provence

    Chrissie
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Recently I received a very lovely email from a fellow Nice resident called Kévin Bonnet, who wrote to say how happy he was to see his beloved wines of Provence being enjoyed and discussed. Kévin also let slip two key facts. One, that he wants to start his own Provence wine blog (especially focusing on [...] The post Wine Tourism in Provence appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Wonderful Wine Cellars: Enoteca Il Forletto, Sanremo

    Chrissie
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    My friend Michaela and I have a bit of a Saturday tradition. We head across the border, to Sanremo, for lunch and shopping. All the necessary ingredients for the perfect girly afternoon. It’s thanks to our Saturday excursions that we’ve uncovered some wonderful restaurants and pizzerias in the bustling Ligurian town, an easy 45 minute drive [...] The post Wonderful Wine Cellars: Enoteca Il Forletto, Sanremo appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Vintage 2014: Lessons From My First Harvest

    Chrissie
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Follow any vineyards or wine folk on social media and you may realise that, for the last couple of weeks, your news feeds have been full of pictures of grapes. Red grapes, white grapes, grapes on the vine, grapes in baskets… lots of grapes! Yep, it’s harvest time, and the 2014 vintage will be pretty [...] The post Vintage 2014: Lessons From My First Harvest appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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