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  • Killing the Last Vestige of the 3 Tier System in California

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

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

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    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    It’s time for En Primeur, so it only seems right that we spotlight a few of our favorite Bordeaux producers, starting with Château Mouton Rothschild.  One of Bordeaux’s first-growth jewels, this estate is located in the village of Pauillac, 30 miles northwest of Bordeaux Centre, with 203 acres of vineyards on the slopes of the Gironde in the Medoc. The Family The Rothschild family has a rich history in finance, with family members working in main European financial centers all over the continent since the mid-18th century: Frankfurt, Vienna, London, Naples, and Paris.  One of…
  • Lawsuit Claims California Wines Contain Dangerous Arsenic Levels (Wine Spectator) News & Features
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Wineries deny allegations, insist their products are safe and plaintiffs' research is flawed
  • Do You Need to Worry About Arsenic in Your Wine?

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:46 pm
    It's all over the wine news channels, and will soon be in much wider distribution, as these stories spread like wildfire thanks to sensational headlines. CBS News reported today that an organization called BeverageGrades tested thousands of wines and found that more than 20% of the wines contained arsenic levels above the EPA recommended thresholds for drinking water. Arsenic is a naturally occurring metal that is toxic to humans in high doses. Once upon a time it was so common as a poisoning agent that it was known as "the king of poisons and the poison of kings." The tests done by…
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  • Wineries of Oregon – with Formaglini Vineyards

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

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Established in 1860, Tahbilk is one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic family owned wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne). The vineyard has some 200 hectares under vine which includes Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne, as well as Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Also planted are the traditional varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho, along with Tempranillo and Savagnin. Purchased by the Purbrick family is 1925, Tahbilk is home to 5 generations. Join…
  • Wine in Film – “American Wine Story”

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    The wine industry always seems to make good subject matter for films and video. Some efforts are based on real figures, others on fictional characters. Some are romanticized versions of how we envision wineries, vineyards, and wines, while others seek to expose the unvarnished truth – embellished or otherwise. Less often, yet frequently more interesting, are films that inform us by documenting people’s experiences with growing, producing, or just drinking wine. The documentary, “American Wine Story” is a film that delves into the passion, the risk, the ingenuity, and…
  • 2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 2 – Burgundy

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Part 2 of the 2014 WOPN seminar on Oregon and Burgundy takes us to Pinot Noir’s homeland in Burgundy, France. We were very fortunate to have Louis Jadot’s Technical Director Frédéric Barnier, present a vertical of the Premier Cru vineyard, Clos des Ursules, which included vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1997, 1990, and 1985. The Clos des Ursules is a walled site within the Vignes Franches climat, at the southern end of Beaune’s group of Premier Cru vineyards near the commune boundary with Pommard. Being on the lower eastern side of the Montagne-Saint-Desire hill, the…
  • The Wines of Bordeaux – with Château Gruaud-Larose

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    As with many of the Châteaux of Bordeaux, Gruaud-Larose has a fascinating history. Originally, Joseph Stanislas Gruaud was the owner of the Ténac, Sartaignac and Merle Crus in the 18th century. He united them in 1757 under the name of “Fonbedeau”, also called Gruaud. When he died in 1771, he left the property to Monsieur de Larose. In 1781, the name of the new owner was added and the Cru became Gruaud Larose. Upon his death in 1795, Monsieur de Larose passed the Château on to Messrs Balguerie, Sarget and Verdonnet. By 1865, the undivided estate was shared between the heirs Balguerie…
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  • California Wine Country Macabre

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Holy moly. WTF, Wine Country? Something is seriously wrong. Anyone have a biodynamic calendar handy to see if we've just all had a long string of root days? Or maybe the arsenic is causing mental imbalance.... First we heard of the horrific events of last Monday, in which Robert Dahl shot his investor Emad Tawfilis execution-style and then took his own life as police were closing in. Police recently released the transcripts of Tawfilis' calls to 911 as he was running, bleeding through the vineyards with his killer in pursuit. Nearly the same day, two decomposing bodies were found in a Napa…
  • The Latitudes and Longitudes of Pinot Noir

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Every year, just as Winter, or what passes for winter in southern California, begins to turn the corner towards Spring, lovers of Pinot Noir gather on the cliffs of Santa Barbara for a celebration of the grape they love. The World of Pinot Noir offers three days of immersion into everything Pinot in the bucolic setting of Bacara Resort. This event has many redeeming features, but among my favorite of its many charms is the fact that the organizers make a concerted effort to recruit Pinot Noir producers from many different places around the world, and almost always have at least one event…
  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of March 15th, 2015

    21 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's tasting unearthed a couple of excellent Chardonnays from producer Alta Maria Vineyards down in Santa Barbara County, which will celebrate its 10th harvest this year. Their Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are excellent and worth seeking out, as these two demonstrate. Grgich Hills joined the Chardonnay bandwagon this week as well, with predictable consistency and…
  • Vinography Images: The Rockpile

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:36 pm
    The Rockpile HEALDSBURG, CA: Fall colors decorate Sonoma County's Rockpile AVA near Healdsburg, California. This higher elevation growing area is known for its shallow oxidized soils that produce brilliant Zinfandels and other big red wines. 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…
  • Do You Need to Worry About Arsenic in Your Wine?

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:46 pm
    It's all over the wine news channels, and will soon be in much wider distribution, as these stories spread like wildfire thanks to sensational headlines. CBS News reported today that an organization called BeverageGrades tested thousands of wines and found that more than 20% of the wines contained arsenic levels above the EPA recommended thresholds for drinking water. Arsenic is a naturally occurring metal that is toxic to humans in high doses. Once upon a time it was so common as a poisoning agent that it was known as "the king of poisons and the poison of kings." The tests done by…
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  • Killing the Last Vestige of the 3 Tier System in California

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

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

    Tom Wark
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    “Boy, who knew about the arsenic in wine. I’m a beer drinker.” “Great, now there’s another way I can die…Just drink wine” These are two comments that were directed at me this weekend. Both were unsolicited and both in response to me being asked what I do for a living and responding that I work in the wine business. IF YOU DON’T THINK THE ARSENIC STORY IS A BIG DEAL, YOU BETTER THINK AGAIN. Here’s what I can guarantee: sales of wine will decline over at least the next two months, if not further, due to the report that some wines have…
  • Behold—The Whiny Call of the Wine Wholesaler

    Tom Wark
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    whining (verb) 1. give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound. 2. To complain or protest in a childish or annoying fashion The Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America (WSWA), that national organization representing the best box carriers in the country, never gets any media coverage for its press releases. You might think that’s odd given this organization’s political clout and multi-million dollar annual budgets. But if you want to understand why this is the case all you have to do is look at a recent press release of theirs that defies reason. In a recent press…
  • NY Liquor Regulators Slapped Down For Shady Enforcement Tactic

    Tom Wark
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:14 pm
    New York State Representative Phil Steck of Schnectady has introduced a bill in Albany that the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) and its allies in the wholesaler community aren’t going to like. If passed into law, his bill would prohibit the NYSLA from trying to destroy a local wine retailer and put all its employees out on the street. Rep. Steck’s proposed bill, A5920, would prohibit the NYSLA from penalizing a NY state alcohol licensee for allegedly violating another state’s laws when the licensee has never even been charged with, let alone convicted of, a violation…
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  • A Visit to Mouton Rothschild

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

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

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

    Ana Berwick
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    So we’ve told you why vibrations are bad for storing wine, so today we’ll give you some tips on proper lighting and the important ways it can effect a fine wine.  Do not expose your wine to excessive light. Sunlight or other forms of bright light age the wine too soon, leaving you with poor quality tastings. Ideally, wine should be stored in a dark, cool environment. The dark glass bottles can protect the wine from the way UV rays negatively affect wine. Be extra careful when the wine is in clear or light glass bottles. The lighter glass allows for more intensive exposure to the…
  • Five Ways To Give Wine With Love

    Ana Berwick
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you need some last minute ideas for making the day special with your significant other, then we’re confident today’s post will help. We’ve given numerous suggestions that’ll make the day special and have you ready to impress. POUR THE CHAMPAGNE  You could keep it simple and classy by popping open a nice bottle of Champagne. The tasteful and aromatic bubbly is always romantic. It is perfect for a sweet toast and can be enjoyed by itself or with a delicious meal. Pair it with a a light dessert or even the main…
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • 2015 Sommeliers of the Year

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    In this Article Dana Frank Molly Wismeier Richard Hanauer Steve Wildy Taylor Parsons Thomas Pastuszak Vilma Mazaite Photo © Scott Frank Dana Frank, Ava Gene’s, Portland, Oregon Why She Won She has amassed a remarkable collection of wines from natural and organic producers all over Italy. In fact, she is so committed to Italy that she won’t even serve the Oregon wines she and her husband make under their Bow &a...
  • Indulge in Napa Valley Restaurant Month

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Photo Courtesy of Napa Valley As some of the Napa Valley's finest eateries re-vamp in January 2015, Napa Valley Restaurant Month has moved to February, and with it comes an incredible selection of special culinary offerings that reflect the season and only happen once a year. Come sip, sup and savor the valley's finest cuisine and wines throughout February 2015. The Napa Valley offers more Michelin-star rated restaurants per capita than any other wine region in the world and ...
  • Find the Right Wine for the Holidays With Gnarly Head

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Photo Courtesy of the Gnarly Head The Office Party Show your boss you have finesse, strength, and the ability to multitask with a bottle of Gnarly Head Authentic Red. The juicy core of lush blackberry, plum, and black cherry flavors layered with spice and chocolate make it complex, yet delicious. A blend based on Zinfandel grown on some of the oldest vines in California, Syrah, and Merlot with a splash of Malbec, this wine is the result of creativity and experience The Cookie...
  • Kate Krader's Year of Awesome Eating

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    In this Article Bergen Hill Edible Schoolyard NYC Questlove Salon WD-50 Fête Blackberry Farm Southern Picnic in Aspen Petit Trois Modern Chinese at Next Ivan Ramen Epiphany Photo © Peter Bagi January: A New Brooklyn Hangout A small seafood bar with a great playlist becomes my go-to spot When I lived in Brooklyn, I spent most of my time eating in Manhattan. Then a little place called...
  • The Art of Crafting Authentic Jamaican Rum

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Photo Courtesy of Appleton THE HISTORY Rum is the pride of Jamaica, and an integral part of the Jamaican economy —Jamaica was the first country to produce the spirit commercially. The Appleton Estate is Jamaica's oldest continuously operating sugar estate and distillery, dating back at least to 1749. But the Estate's history may date back as far as 1655, when England took power of Jamaica from Spain. It's believed that Frances Dickinson — whose descendants are the earliest kn...
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  • SPIRITS: Future Proof

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

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

    Douglas Blyde
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    STOKE Place, a characterful Georgian pile unfairly tarred by its Slough postcode has retained the accolade of AA Notable Wine List year-on-year. While the hotel may be a little scuffed around the edges, the 30-page wine list authored by general manager, Terry McEvoy is lovingly put together. For example, worth noting, should the bank rule in your favour, a 75cl bottle of 1998 Chateau d’Yquem is significantly cheaper than retail (£140) within these sturdy walls. Among his suppliers, McEvoy praises Bibendum for their “great customer service and team training” and Amathus for whom…
  • SPIRITS: To Toast, Or Not To Toast?

    Douglas Blyde
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    CRAFTED from fermented grains, distilled, then matured in porous clay pots, baijiu is China’s most popular spirit. However, for a Western dilettante the drink’s distinctive profile may seem unusual. Hammant Patel Villa of Brixton’s Courtesan ‘Birdcage Bar’ and ‘Boudoir’ notes, “It’s a very complex, earthy spirit – brooding, dare I say it, angry – challenging every aspect of a Western drinkers’ notion of an enjoyable practice.” Read at Alexander & James >
  • RESTAURANTS: Oakley Court

    Douglas Blyde
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    TONIGHT’s meal, realised by sous chef, Meaden was bright, meticulous and very edible while being dramatically at odds, stylistically, with the presently drab dining room. However, when plans to redecorate are enacted, I predict a healthy tremble of critics will visit given the team’s inventiveness and energy. Indeed, I learnt at my 9am breakfast that Futcher had only finished hand-washing his much-loved comprehensive range of Riedel XL glassware a few hours before... Read at Harper's
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  • Moving Day

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

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

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

    Craig Camp
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    2012 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Franc Black Label We believe in the power of blending the classic Bordeaux varieties for the same reason the French do: it makes the wines better. Cabernet provides the power and structure, merlot texture and aromatics and cabernet franc is a bit like MSG as it lifts, brightens and adds excitement to the wine. This blending process is an important part of what we do at Cornerstone Cellars. Well most of the time. The fact is the 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Franc Black Label, Napa Valley is one hundred percent cabernet franc. We did not plan it that…
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  • Recipe: Portuguese Spinach Mousse

    Sonia Nolasco
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    If you’re craving a bit more earthiness in your Easter side dishes, the richness of a dish like creamed spinach may not fit the bill. Perhaps, Portugal’s “Esparregado de Espinafres” (spinach mousse) is the key with a balance of velvety textures and earthy notes. The dish offers up layers of flavor without masking the essence of the greens. At its peak in springtime, spinach is an ideal choice for Easter. But don’t stop at spinach. How about chard (nabiça)? The Portuguese are huge fans of these leafy greens and throw them into soups, or into their “Esparregado.” Summertime is…
  • Cabrito Estonado: The Easter Recipe Hidden in the Portuguese Mountains

    Sonia Nolasco
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Growing up, Portuguese kid stew was as ordinary to me as beef stew was to my American friends. Whenever there were mentions of “cabrito,” my smile lit up! Around this time of year, my younger self would be jumping for joy around my mother’s kitchen, since this was often the meal of choice for Easter. Chocolate bunnies didn’t excite me at all, but this sure did. Let’s just say I was a foodie way before I had a clue as to what the word meant. The pieces of kid would soak up the overnight marinade it sat in unlike any other meat I had ever tasted. Years later, I learned it had to do…
  • How the Moors Influenced Spanish Cuisine

    Sam Zucker
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    With every bite of their Sunday paella, Spanish families—whether they realize it or not–are paying homage to the old Moorish kingdom of Al-Ándalus, one of the greatest civilizations that Iberia has ever known. How did this relationship evolve? It began in the year 711 C.E, when the Moors soundly defeated the post-Roman Visigothic Christian rulers of the land that was then known as Hispania. General Tariq ibn-Ziyad crossed the strait of Gibraltar—a mere 15km gap that separated Islam-dominated North Africa and the new Christendom of the Iberian Peninsula—and his army moved…
  • Street Food is Picking Up Speed in Portugal

    Sonia Nolasco
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    From fried snakes on a stick to dirty water hot dogs, there hadn’t been anything novel to buzz about in the street food scene for years. That is, until five years ago when the gourmet food truck craze exploded in Los Angeles. Professional chefs jumped behind the wheel and turned that city’s down economy in their favor by reinventing the American street food experience. Powered by social media, tweeting locations and menu specials, there was no stopping these folks. The trend spread like wildfire across U.S. cities and beyond. Though these meals on wheels have reached saturation in some…
  • Friday Feature Photo: The Spicy White Mistress of Spain

    Gabriella Opaz
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 4, 2010 Location: Penedes, Catalunya, Spain About: We see Xarel.lo as a cross between the coquettish and cute Drew Barrymore and the spicy sultry side of Charlize Theron. She’s the grape that gives Cava its gorgeous structure and acidity, when paired with Parellada and Macabeo, while offering just enough citrus and stone fruit flavors to entice you in for a second sip. She’s extraordinarily vivacious, capable of producing grapes at a rapid pace, but gets hurt rather quickly when frost bites upon her thin-skinned exterior. What can I say,…
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  • Spaetburgunder: German for pinot noir

    Dr. Vino
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    Germany has the third largest amount of pinot noir planted, trailing only France and the United States. In fact their total acreage eclipses both Australia and New Zealand’s pinot noir plantings combined. (The local name for the grape is Spätburgunder.) Such is a factoid that I learned yesterday at ProWein, the annual wine trade megashow in Düsseldorf. The seminar was entitled “Germany’s Pinot Noir Miracle,” which probably could have been an awesome German compound word “Spätburgunderwunder” if it only existed. Anne Krebiehl, originally from Baden and now living in England led…
  • File under classy: Southern wine reps taunt former supplier

    Dr. Vino
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Wine made Page Six! This should be good, right? The NY director of sales and the district manager at Southern Wine & Spirits (SWS), one of the country’s behemoth wine and spirits distributors, hold the honor. According to the NY Post, they lost Laurent-Perrier champagnes from their portfolio. So they decided to go to a night club, The Hustler Club, order two bottles of the wine for $1,000, then be photographed dumping the wines out. Oh, and one of the pictures had a stripper fondling the sales director’s crotch. Badda bing! Then they sent the pix to Sabine Lapatie of…
  • Eataly: a lot of pasta

    Dr. Vino
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:59 am
    Fast Company has a piece on Eataly, the enormous and enormously successful (grocery) store with restaurants inside it. For those who haven’t been, the stores have an innovative concept that harkens back to an olde tyme market with different vendors for fish, meat, and pasta, interspersed with fresh fruit and vegetables, dried pasta and olive oils, restaurants of various themes, a wine store (now back), a rooftop beergarden, a wine bar, an espresso bar, a gelateria, and a bookstore. My kids never want to leave when we’re there. Eataly NY is a collaboration with Mario Batali and Joe…
  • The drought files: Calera edition

    Dr. Vino
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    Drought has been wreaking havoc on all of California, including the wine industry. Producers have varied their responses to it, with some irrigating as much as they still can and others calling for “dry farming.” Yesterday, Josh Jensen (right) of Calera Wine told a packed seminar at the In Pursuit of Balance tasting in New York about his approach. He irrigates his 84 acres of hillside vines in the Gabilan Mountains (south of the Santa Cruz Mountains). Initially, when water was more available, he watered three hours at a time, four times a year. Then the increased those durations to six-,…
  • Contents under pressure (Champagne)

    Dr. Vino
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:03 pm
    During the recent week-long episode of “deflate-gate,” another dad at a youth basketball game leaned over and asked me, “How do you feel about the important matters of our day, such as Tom Brady’s balls?” Frankly, I hadn’t heard so much talk about pounds per square inch since the last sparkling wine seminar I attended. So, for your reference, our senior pressure intern (PSI: balls and bottles) compiled the following infographic. Prosecco, from northeast Italy, has about 3.5 times atmospheric pressure in a bottle. Champagne bottle pressure is about 6 times…
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  • Review: **** $$ Apothic White, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    21 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Apothic White. Original tasting and review : This is Apothic White, California, 2012, an eclectic blend  of chardonnay, pinot grigio and riesling, finished at a mere 12% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.In the glass: Clear, faintest hint of yellow.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a mix of steely grassiness and cream, suggesting the varietal mix.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and mouth-filling, perhaps punching about its modest alcohol…
  • Come enjoy the STARS of Napa Valley - March 26, 2015, The Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach, CA

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
     STARS of Napa ValleyMarch 26th, 2015THE SHADE HOTELManhattan Beachclick here to read review in the Daily BreezeClick here to read in the Wine Industry AdvisorAnd click HERE to order tickets while they last! After nine years of hosting its annual Ultimate Wine Festival, Manhattan Beach’s only luxury boutique hotel, Shade, today announced plans to partner with wineLA to host the area’s first annual Stars of Napa Valley Wine Festival on Thursday, March 26. With 40 notable wineries set to participate in the festivities, Shade Hotel will expect to welcome hundreds of wine…
  • Review: *** $$ Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California, 2012

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon. Original tasting and review : This is Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California, 2012, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled 3  years from vintage date, in March, 2015.In the glass: Medium red with hints of orange.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, light cranberries and red currants.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, light and tangy.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact Full of bright acids,…
  • Review: **** $$ Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    18 Mar 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot. Original tasting and review : This is Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2012, finished at 14.4% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque in the center and pink at the rim.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep aromas of black fruit and cedar.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich, layered and still bright.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate…
  • Review: ***+ $ Columbia Winery Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    18 Mar 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Columbia Winery Merlot. Original tasting and review : This is Columbia Winery Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2013, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled a mere 2 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.In the glass: Medium deep red with violet highlights.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, bright, aromatic berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh and vigorous.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact perky and fresh, with plenty of just-ripe…
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  • Alquimia Putney

    Andrew Barrow
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    Alquimia Putney I told her straight, that lady on the neighbouring table. “You’re rubbish” I said, donning that knowing. smug look that only an annoying guy in a restaurant can hold. She really was rubbish and agreed with me. You have to develop a knack when eating calcots you see – pulling out the sweet, succulent inner core of these leek-spring onion type vegetables and leaving the crisp, inedible chard outer leaves behind is a tad tricky and it takes a couple of attempts to perfect. Or more if you are like that lady diner in Alquimia the other week who I think abandoned further…
  • Red Nose Day Cocktail Recipe

    Andrew Barrow
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Red Nose Day Cocktail Recipe Red Nose Day approaches – its Friday March 13 if you were unaware. The English vineyard and winery, Furleigh Estate, has teamed up with Dorset’s first gin distillery Conker Spirit and Isle of Wight Tomatoes to create a limited-edition cocktail for the day. Lloyd Brown, head mixologist at The Venner Bar in Bridport created the recipe, blending Furleigh estate sparkling Classic Cuvee 2011, with Conker Spirit Dorset Dry Gin and Isle of Wight Tomatoes’ delicate and refreshing pressed tomato cordial. “Combining our sparkling wine with gin and tomato notes…
  • Cocktails at the Bread Street Kitchen

    Andrew Barrow
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Cocktails at the Bread Street Kitchen I’m sure if you ask the talented bar staff will supply the specific amounts; or maybe they are trade secrets! I’ve attempted to recreate cocktails tasted in various bars back home, with, how can I put this, varying degrees of success… For these three beauts you need to get your arse down to the Bread Street Kitchen in deepest EC4. Bread Street Kitchen is part of the Gordon Ramsay Group is but a stroll from St. Pauls.
  • Hambledon Classic Cuvee

    Andrew Barrow
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    Hambledon Classic Cuvee Hambledon Classic Cuvee stocked by Berry Brothers & Rudd, Fareham Wine Cellars, The General Wine Company RRP £28.50. Hambledon Classic Cuvee New Zealand may have thrashed England on the cricket pitch earlier but a couple of days ago the two countries went head to head with a strong team of sparkling wines each in Wellington and London, as eleven ‘players’ plus a twelfth man from each displayed a more even set of results. Hosted by New Zealand Winegrowers, Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the ‘Battle of the Bubbles’ was played…
  • Learn About Wine With Sip and Learn

    Andrew Barrow
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    Learn About Wine With Sip and Learn If you are in the wine trade or have aspirations to be there really is only one route to learn about wine (that’s the WSET in case you were scratching your head) but what if you want to learn at home? With friends perhaps, to make a social event of it. Options are a bit limited; unless you have signed up to the Sip and Learn wine tasting series. A monthly £30 subscription brings a two bottle tasting case, complete with professionally produced, full-coloured, booklet through the post to your doorstep. Each monthly box gives contrasting wines to…
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  • FiveWise Central Coast Meritage Blend (6)

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    5[Not filled with burgers and fries.]How to pronounce "Meritage" 1. Mare - it - adje 2. Marr - uht - age 3. Meer - kat - ooj 4. Moth - ra 5. Mur - oh - tag 6. Mare - hat - ham 7. Moo - bee - doo 8. Muh - rit - eeee 9. Mo - bedder - tage 10. Muh
  • Sonoma Syrup 3-Bottle Extract Set

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Syrup, syrdown, syrall syroundSyrup, syrdown, syrall syround extract extract read all about itadd to … ice cream! cake! whipped cream! cocktails! breakfast! your favorite book! tater tots! an oboe! baseball gloves! your vehicle’s engine! Nyquil! the library! pizza! Gatorade! and another cake!
  • Raffaele Garbarino Red Blend (2)

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    ffmoar like QUAFFaele hahahahaha oh the heartacheEven MORE learning Italian with Wine.Woot! Grazie per avermi invitato alla vostra villa. Thank you for inviting me to your villa.   No, io prometto che sarò sul mio comportamento migliore. No, I promise I'll be on my best behavior.   Un altro bicchiere, per favore. Another glass, please.   Accidenti, sei sempre più attraente, signora. Gosh, you’re increasingly attractive, madam.   Avete le spalle larghe di un maestoso orso. You have the broad shoulders of a majestic bear.   Altro vino! More wine!   Credo…
  • Sunce Winery & Vineyard Mixed Red (4)

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    final tasting notesSuncé is Croatian for "sun" and American for "I wanna drink this whole bottle."TWANG - THWACK. ugggggggggggh. GAAAAAH IT HURTS. EEEnnnnggGGGG. This is it for me, partner. I'm - AAAAAGGGHGGHGHGH. I'm done for. Wha's that…nnnngh…what'd you say? Describe the - describe the wine? Ehhhhhhghhghghg. Can't you see I caught an arrow in the gut, friend? AW GAWD. I ain't got much longer, 'fraid. FFFSSSTTT FFFFSSSST. Listen, uuuuuuuuuuuuunnnngggghhhhh - tell my wife back in -- sorry, what? It was a red wine, OK? No wait, there were a buncha different wines - a mix pack or…
  • Windsor Oaks Rose of Sangiovese (6)

    22 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    everything's coming up somethingNot to be confused with Windsor Oaks Elementary School in Virginia Beach, VA. "Hey, Crobert, you wanted to see me?" "Ah, yes, Harold. Please have a seat." "Uh-oh. Sounds serious." "Harold, I realize your past relationship with WineFancy was severed under somewhat mysterious circumstances, but we wanted to give you a solid chance to shine here at New Country Wine Digest. "I know, Crobert, and I sure do appreciate the opportunity." "Yes, well. I wonder if one of the criticisms you received at WineFancy was your unorthodox terminology to describe wine." "What?
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  • Rock My Pinot Like A Wagon Wheel (MacPhail Recent Releases)

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have metallic embossed label, will travel Before you ask… yes, I am still not quite up to the full-on feature articles, and am woefully behind. Look, I’ve got major issues on the homestead, people, so you’re going to need to be patient (or, simply enthrall yourselves with any of the other billion English-language wine blogs out there for now). The issues have not stopped me from imbibing wine, however (even after having mouth surgery – oh yeah, who’s your drinkin’ daddy?!??). Hey, this is me we’re talking about, here! Fortunately for both of us, the…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 23, 2015

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 12 Weingut Clemens Busch vom Grauen Schiefer Riesling…
  • Furmint Adventures Episode 11: Gizella Cellar

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I do believe that our Furmint adventures, alas, come to an end with this episode, the eleventh in the series (more were filmed, but I’m not sure in what context those will be cropping up; when they do I will let you know). Special thanks to all of those who were responsible for making this happen; I will treasure the memories, the wines, and the insane amount of inside jokes that were added to my already peripatetic personal narrative! Going Pro with A Go Pro in Tokaj We go out strong, my friends: in this incarnation, I meet the young and social-media-savvy winemaker László Szilágyi,…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 16, 2015

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 13 Bodega Dominio Buenavista Veleta Vijiriega Viji…
  • Furmint Adventures Episode 10: Gróf Degenfeld Winery

    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Checkmate, lushes! I have very fond memories of filming this week’s episode of my Furmint Adventures. But then, if you can’t recall a beautiful day in Tokaj, eating gourmet fare and drinking Gróf Degenfeld wine at their historic hotel with lovely winemaker Vivien Ujvári (who, incidentally, is into prog rock; for that alone, she is a champion)… well, then you have major, major problems, my friend. In this vid, we have medieval history, small-production Furmint, crazy-good vittles, a Countess, and… damn, what, do you need any more to get you to watch? C’mon,…
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    Aristide, a wine blog

  • Libero cibo
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Snyders Frans, Natura morta – tratto da Camillo Langone in un intervento non conformista su “Come mangiare felici senza mode, leggi e guru”: “Il proibizionismo alimentare consiste, in sintesi, nel voler impedire agli altri di mangiare quello che a noi non piace, quello che noi non riteniamo giusto mangiare. È il gastronomicamente corretto, per molti versi una variante del politicamente corretto e quindi un conformismo fattosi oppressione. Così come la correttezza politica impoverisce il vocabolario, impedendo di…
  • Lugana, quando il successo non è un caso
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:32 am
    Fabio Zenato, co-titolare dell’azienda agricola Valerio Zenato-Le Morette nel Lugana DOC: “Caso probabilmente unico in Italia, nell’area del Lugana la gran parte dei vigneti negli ultimi cinquant’anni deriva dallo stesso vivaio (l’azienda agricola Le Morette) e questo ha comportato un elevato grado di conservazione del germoplasma, in altre parole ha garantito la presenza del vitigno autoctono nel territorio, senza influenze di altre varietà estranee”. Un bel caso da raccontare, un connubio che mi appare felice tra scienza e imprenditorialità. Fabio…
  • Anteprima Amarone 2011/2015
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    Courtesy of Consorzio Valpolicella Fatevela raccontare da un indigeno adottato, questa rassegna dedicata all’Anteprima Amarone 2011, svoltasi nell’ultimo week-end di gennaio a Verona. Vivo in Valpolicella da qualche anno, in piccola parte ci lavoro pure, creando in proprio alcune opportunità, soprattutto attraverso lo strumento di Terroir Amarone, sito in lingua inglese, che condivido con Elisabetta Tosi. Il problema principale del format “Anteprima Amarone”, sta nella rappresentatività. La base produttiva è largamente sotto-rappresentata: una sessantina di 64…
  • Il senso del “servigio”
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    Cristiana Lauro racconta di questa particolare rappresentazione – “Il Signore non è servito” – messa in scena da Noi di sala, associazione di professionisti di sala e cantina, e Marco Giallini, durante Identità Golose 2015: “Il senso è una promessa per il futuro della categoria che ha chiaro il significato del termine “servigio” (a differenza di qualche chef che ha dimenticato il senso della ristorazione, permettendosi di mandare i clienti a quel paese). (…) Mi piacerebbe che diventare stimati camerieri fosse tanto ambito quanto essere ottimi chef e che…
  • “Rosé Revolution” del Chiaretto di Bardolino
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    Litchi (Litchi chinensis) – foto tratta dal sito Si chiama Litchi (Litchi chinensis), e il suo colore – o meglio tre gradazioni di esso: normale, chiaro e intenso – sono il cuore della “Rosé Revolution” del Chiaretto di Bardolino. Ma il colore è solo l’aspetto più immediato ed esteriore di questa rivoluzione. Perché dietro al bicchiere di un Chiaretto di Bardolino 2014 c’è un lungo e importante lavoro cominciato almeno tre anni fa. Ne abbiamo parlato durante un’interessante mezza giornata, su invito dei…
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    Wine Weekly

  • Arsenic In Wine – The Complete List

    Joe Janish
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Following is the full, complete list of wines that allegedly contain dangerous amounts of arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, California. Almost all are inexpensive California wines. Arsenic is a poison that, when ingested in high enough doses, can be fatal. 1. Acronym GR8RW Red Blend 2011 2. Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel 3. Almaden Heritage Moscato 4. Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel 5. Almaden Heritage Chardonnay 6. Almaden Mountain Burgundy 7. Almaden Mountain Rhine 8. Almaden Mountain Chablis 9. Arrow Creek Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 10. Bandit Pinot…
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Gris

    Joe Janish
    14 May 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2013 | Marlborough, New Zealand Nose is wide open and expressive, with bright, delicious aromas of pineapple, ripe pear, peach, and apricot. In the mouth, the fruit is similar — really ripe, bright, upfront sweet pear, with a touch of residual sugar, but the fruit lasts through a lengthy, pleasant finish. The bright pear and peach flavors remind me a bit of Muscat / Moscato. It’s aptly named Pinot Gris rather than Pinot Grigio; to me, “Pinot Gris” is what I associate with Oregon and Alsace, and in those areas, the grape tends to make wines that…
  • Tuscany in Ten Minutes

    Joe Janish
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:04 am
    Learn all you need to know about Tuscan wines in ten minutes by watching the video below, produced by the Guild of Sommeliers: The Wines of Tuscany from guildsomm on Vimeo.
  • How You Pour Wine Affects Your Drinking

    Joe Janish
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:36 am
    This information came out a few months ago, but it remains relevant: did you know that the way you pour your wine can affect how much you drink? According to studies published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse: – Wider glasses lead to pouring up to 12% more wine than a narrow glass. – More wine is poured when holding the glass in hand, as opposed to pouring into a glass set on a countertop / tabletop. Again, up to 12% more. – People tend to pour more white wine into a glass than red wine — up to 9% more. The theory is that because red wine is a more stark…
  • Red Wine Review: Chateau Lassegue 2006

    Joe Janish
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:40 am
    Chateau Lassegue 2006 | Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France Yet another stellar example of right bank Bordeaux by brilliant winemaker Pierre Seillan. Generous, open nose give opulent scents of ripe black fruit, earth, and mild hints of dark chocolate, tobacco, and something vegetal. On the palate it’s more restrained — really tight, not ready to offer the ample fruit waiting to erupt after a few years in the cellar. What you do get — after several rounds of double-decanting and allowing the wine to hang around in the open air — is complex layers of red and black fruit,…
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    Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman

  • Thoughts From A Former Tasting Room Staff

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

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Scintillating Definition: (adjective) sparkling or shining brightly, effervescent: the scintillating sunbrilliantly and excitingly clever or skillful: the audience loved his scintillating witExactly! The audience loved his scintillating "Scintillation." When I first saw this exciting label and the fact there was a new bubbly in the Northwest, I searched it out.  I had no idea where this new wine was coming from. I even asked a distributor, who also happened to be the rep for Syncline Wine Cellars if they had heard of this new sparkling wine. They hadn't - - yet. It…
  • Revisiting an old friend: Morrison Lane Syrah - 2005

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Syrah is one of France's most noblest black grape varieties. This dark inky grape is known for its dark brooding color, distinctive and intense nose and palate. Here on the West Coast people will often think of California for Syrah. However, I will differ on that. Washington State, notably those Syrah vines from Walla Walla AVA, and especially now with the new "The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater" AVA across the border from Walla Walla, is known for some of the finest Syrah in the world, especially in North America. It's been my opinion, Syrah grown on rocks aside, that…
  • Virtual Twitter Tasting: Hope Family Wines

    10 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Twitter Tasting. It's been a few years since I have particpated in one, but when I do, I always enjoy them. They are quick, yet fun. How tough is it to sit in front of your computer with three bottles of wine, sip on them, and then tweet up some wine tasting notes?  This Twitter Tasting in particular was part of the Boston Wine Expo #BWETaste held this coming weekend, and they teamed up with Hope Family Wines, of Paso Robles, CA to provide the wines. In 1978, the Hope family arrived in Paso Robles looking for new…
  • Saying Goodbye: Mannina Cellars

    5 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Time rolls along and before we know it, we look at a landmark and it is ten years later. Indeed. When I think of the time Mannina Cellars was first getting their start, so was this wine blog - ten years ago.Don and Jason It's with a sad heart that I read last night Don and Nicole Redman have chosen to close Mannina Cellars after ten years of operation. It's bittersweet news, but I am very happy for them. They are free of the liabilities, the rigorous responsibilities, and hard work that goes along with owning a winery and vineyards. As they can tell you first hand, that owning a winery…
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    Wannabe Wino Wine Blog

  • …Or Sparkle That Way

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from J Vineyards. Apparently this review is quite timely given the announcement this week of the sale of the J brand to Gallo. Only time will tell what that will mean for the future of the brand. As for today’s wine, we have the J Cuvee 20. The Cuvee 20 is a non vintage (NV) blend made mostly of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with a touch of Pinot Meunier.  The wine has a traditional Champagne closure, retails for around $28, and sports an alcohol content of 12.5%. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) The J Cuvee 20 is a solid sparkler for the…
  • I’m still alive!

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Despite evidence to the contrary, I am still alive. Life often finds a way to interrupt my fun pursuits, though usually not for this long. I’ve had a long sickly winter where wine has not been at the top of my mind. Back tomorrow to our regularly scheduled wine tasting. I have lots of spring wines to tell you about and some great reds that I tasted before my first respiratory infection of the winter knocked me down. Stay tuned!Filed under: Wine
  • Sparkle This Way….

    2 Dec 2014 | 2:23 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. Sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening and all I can dream about is sparkling wine in my glass. Much to my wondrous eyes did appear a box full of J Vineyards holiday cheer. Enough with my mixing of Christmas songs and tales and onto the wine. I couldn’t help but bust open the J Brut Rose almost as soon as it arrived.  The J clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, has a traditional Champagne closure, and retails from the winery for $38, though I see it around the internet for less. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) I could…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    What’s on the wine menu at your house today? The WannabeWinos will choose from: 2 Roses, 1 Sancerre, 1 Pinot Blanc, 4 Gruner Veltliners, 3 Pinot Noirs, 2 Cabernet Francs, 1 Grenache, 1 Sauternes, 1 Tokaji and one Viognier blend dessert wine. Gobble Gobble!Filed under: Thanksgiving
  • 2011 Reserve Le Cigare Blanc

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. When I want something interesting and unique to taste from my basement, it’s easy to turn to a wine from Bonny Doon. Randall Graham’s wines are nothing if not unique.  The 2011 Reserve Le Cigare Blanc is no exception. It’s a blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussane, heavier on the Grenache Blanc. The wine has a screw cap, retails for $28, and clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) Don’t get it too cold or you will mute the nose and palate and miss out on how interesting it is.
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  • Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Chardonnay 2013

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Four nuggets of information from the detailed back label - a run of 860 bottles, the vines still have their own roots (uncommon), and were planted in 1995. The clone is the tightly bunched I10V1.Coiled and tight, mineral and sappy in the mouth, the acids seem hard and green edged; it seems to quiver. . . Flint and curry leaf, baking spices. It's playfully electric and gripping on the tongue. Yes. Click here for the original context
  • A Taturry pair

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    A pair of Mornington Peninsula wines from 2012. Both circa $40/bottle, well made and enjoyable, but perhaps a little too safe and predictable. The chardonnay has a nice line, not too broad, but still hefty and firm. Grapefruit and citrus pith, a strike of flint and a seam of butterscotch. Unsurprising. The red of the pair is larger and more alcoholic, presumably it will please more, but I found it overwrought and heavy. Full and plush, undergrowth and cherry; plump with a char tail. Click here for the original context
  • Brettanomyces scribble

    22 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Some explanatory notes.1. I'm slightly obsessed with Brett. My attitude has softened as it has become less common.2. An AWRI paper reports that the average Cabernet from the year 2000 contained a 4 - EP concentration of 1000 ppb (well above the sensory threshold)  by 2005 this was down to 100ppb (well below the sensory threshold of 300-600 ppb).3. The main cause for this reduction is the adoption of different SO2 practices. While the total amount used is more or less the same (from 2000 to 2005) the trend is to use larger less frequent additions compared to the prior practice of smaller…
  • Aubergine and pomegranate salad

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Take a large aubergine and pierce the capped end a few times and then char the outside on a gas burner. Turn every few minutes and continue until the eggplant is blackened and smoking. Cool momentarily and then slice in half and scoop out the now soft flesh. Let some of the liquid drain away and the mash the fruit roughly with a large spoon.While the aubergine cools prepare the other ingredients. Finely dice 10 or so cherry tomatoes, do the same with a red capsicum and then roughly chop a small handful of parsley and mint. Remove the jewels from a pomegranate and then mix all the ingredients…
  • Nick O'Leary Shiraz 2013

    18 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    13.5%. Canberra. Something new and previously hidden. Tasted after the Testalonga, this seemed to be very similar in method, though less intense and focused. To my blinded mouth, it seemed to be macerated and inspired by the wines of Beaujolais. Cherry and raspberry, frontal and bright. I scribbled (incorrectly, yet another blind tasting blunder, though this time understandable) gamay in my note book.Image: red velvet cup cake wrapper. Click here for the original context
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • Why this might be our last Vinitaly in Verona: A Dear Giovanni letter to Veronafiere

    Alfonso Cevola
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Dear Veronafiere,We have been coming to Verona and Vinitaly since 1967. We have watched it expand over the years and have endured the labor pains of growth along with many other long persevering Italians, as well as people from around the world. But we are seriously considering not coming back to Vinitaly in Verona.1) The first day of the fair, Sunday, has become a drunken party for people who have nothing to do with the wine industry. Booths in the Veneto, Trentino/Alto-Adige and Lombardia halls are impossible to navigate with the throngs of people looking to fill their glasses. No spitting,…
  • The Wine to Come: Observations from the Langhe on the First Day of Spring.

    Alfonso Cevola
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Photo: European Space AgencyA well-dressed group from around the world milling around an open courtyard in the Langhe on this first day of spring. A motion to move inside to the winery for a presentation. Above, the moon, already moving, in a short coup against the sun. Winter, trying one last time to forestall the onslaught of growth of the new season. And so this was the augur of the new day.We were all guests of Enrico Scavino and his family. Writers, sommeliers, merchants, neighbors, scientists, all of us in our own way trying to save our worlds from darkness. Inside the lights dimmed and…
  • "Vineyards Barolo lovers should seek out, without getting bogged down in tar and roses."

    Alfonso Cevola
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When I recently took a week off, it was to take time from work so I could get caught up on a few writing projects. One that I am particularly proud of, Barolo's Greatest Vineyards Ranked, was just published on (It's circulating quickly on Social Media).During the process I came to terms with collecting Barolo and how to go about it simply. It’s now my working template for future Barolo acquisitions.Read about it on WineSearcher.comwritten and photographed by Alfonso Cevola limited rights reserved On the Wine Trail in Italy wine blog +  Italian wine blog + Italy W
  • "Venice was the Dubai of the 13th Century"

    Alfonso Cevola
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    On a nippy winter night, while having a quiet meal in a dining room in Venice overlooking the Grand Canal, the subject of Dubai arose. A city of two million souls in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is something of a fantasy, a miracle and a conundrum. Without a doubt, it has captured the imagination of many Italians I work with. Around our table that evening, the Italians likened Dubai to another city that has, over many hundreds of years, also enchanted many a traveler. At our perch, in the still of a winter night, it taxed the imagination to draw parallels between Venice and Dubai. Perhaps…
  • On the Wine Trail in Italy in other places – Solid advice for Italians looking to enter the US market and a primer on Italian wine for young sommeliers

    Alfonso Cevola
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    In the almost ten years that I have been writing this blog, there has been, more or less, a natural development of it. My blog voice, I’ve been told, has a tendency to be idealistic and often somewhere in the cloud between reality and “the way I really want it to be.” I realize some folks actually come here, from time to time, for solid information. So, let me share several pieces that might help those who are looking for those things.Earlier in the winter Wine Meridien published an interview with me, in Italian and English, USA: è sulla strada che si fanno gli affari (English site:…
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  • Tickets on Sale March 28 for Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concerts

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

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

    14 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Jarrod Boyle of Alexandria Nicole Cellars is continuing his winning streak with a number of recent accolades for several of his stellar wines. Knowing Jarrod, he would also credit Jose Yanez, the excellent foreman at Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard, assistant winemaker Matt Dodson, and Jarrod’s amazing wife, co-owner and marketing manager, Ali Boyle. And last, but definitely not least, Jarrod would point to Mother Nature. Twenty-three varietals are planted at Destiny Ridge, and the belief at ANC is that quality starts in the vineyard. The winery’s motto is “approachable…
  • The Woodhouse Wine Estates

    8 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    We’ve been fans of the old-world style wines at The Woodhouse Wine Estates for ten years, well before this blog was created in 2007. So we were delighted to hear that two of our favorite wines in their stellar line-up recently won recognition from the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SFWE) Wine Awards. Both Darighe 2010, a velvety Bordeaux blend, and Dussek 2010, an elegant big and bold Cabernet Sauvignon, won Best of Class Gold, making Woodhouse the only winery to win two of these coveted SWFE awards. In addition, Woodhouse’s 2010 Maghee Merlot won Gold and 2010 Cabernet Franc…
  • UPDATE on Taste Washington & Washington Wine Month

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Welcome to March, Taste Washington Wine Month, an annual celebration of the excellent juice made in this fine state. The entire month is full of special deals and promotions by restaurants, wineries, hotels and retailers to honor more than 850 wineries in our exciting Washington state industry. For example, discounts, flights and bonus pours of Washington state wines will be offered at many local wineries and tasting rooms across the state. Winemaker dinners will take place at various restaurants. There is a full calendar of Wine Month activities available, so you can plan ahead. The…
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • Anjou Organic Wine Event — Paulée de l’Anjou Noir — June 20th

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

    Michael Tulipan
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    Some organic winemakers evolved as the movement gained recognition, while others come from families that never used pesticides for financial or philosophical reasons. But few have had the experience Stefano Bellotti of Cascina degli Ulivi recounts. It was the early Eighties and Stefano had gone from organic to biodynamic, but this was decidedly out of fashion with the winemaking set, then enthralled with all the new technologies being introduced. He was producing 50,000 bottle at the time when the floor fell out beneath him. Some negative press, including poor reviews in Gambero Rosso, had…
  • New Zealand Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference

    Organic Wine Journal
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    July 8-10 2015 in Marlborough, New Zealand The Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing conference is the first of its kind to be held in New Zealand and is being organised through Organic Winegrowers NZ. The conference will run over 2 ½ days and will play host to speakers and guests from all over the world. The programme will feature a number of technical seminars, panel sessions, an international and New Zealand organic wine tasting, keynote speeches and an organic feast, designed and prepared by award winning chef Bevan Smith from Riverstone Kitchen in Oamaru. The conference is open to all wine…
  • Biodynamic Short Course at Maysara Winery — March 23

    Organic Wine Journal
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    BIODYNAMIC GRAPE GROWING & WINEMAKING SHORTCOURSE Date: March 23, 2015 Time: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Location: Maysara Winery in McMinnville, Oregon Address: 15765 Southwest Muddy Valley Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128 Price: General – $60 | Students – $30 Tickets: Sponsored by Demeter USA and Maysara Winery, the full day session offers a comprehensive look at Biodynamic® farming and winemaking from local practitioners and winemakers along with an open forum for questions. The event will be held at Maysara Winery in McMinnville,…
  • Natural Winemakers’ Week 2015 NYC: Feb 26–Mar 3

    Organic Wine Journal
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    Jenny & François Selections is pleased to announce the 11th annual Natural Winemakers’ Week, February 26th – March 3rd, 2015. Natural, Organic and Biodynamic Winemakers from France, Italy, Spain and the USA are coming to NYC for a week of wine dinners, classes and free tastings. Winemakers Coming: Dufaitre (Beaujolais), Clos Siguier (Cahors), Oudin (Chablis), Chemins de Bassac (Languedoc), Patience (Languedoc), Grange Tiphaine (Loire), Mortier (Loire), Rimbert (Loire), Plageoles (South West), Quantico (Sicily), Ca’ dei Zago (Veneto), Azimut (Penedes), Flos de Pinoso (Valencia),…
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  • Château La France, Cuvée Gallus — Earthy & Rich

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

    Tim Lemke
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    I recently received a bottle of this wine as a media sample and I was intrigued by the story they had to tell along with the wine.  They were reaching out to share news about a change they made to the bottle closure. As consumers, we often don’t give a lot of thought to the cork or other closure that’s used on a bottle of wine.  Sure, we notice when a bottle has a screw cap.  And when we pull a cork from a bottle of wine we may have some likes and dislikes related to the type of cork used.  But we typically don’t consider the closure as a factor when selecting a bottle…
  • Santa Rita, Medalla Real Gran Reserva, Chardonnay – Delightful!

    Tim Lemke
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:11 pm
    I find it interesting to look at the history of some Chilean wine producers.  Some have a long history, but it often appears to be a rather sleepy one.  Such is the case for Santa Rita, with a history dating back to 1880, but things really started happening there 100 years later. Perhaps it’s just the perspective from here in the US, but it seems like Chilean wine producers really found their stride in the 1990’s and 2000’s.  Regardless, I’m happy they’re doing what they’re doing now and we have access to their wines. This chardonnay comes from the…
  • Vinas Viejas de Paniza Garnacha – Rich and Delicious

    Tim Lemke
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:59 pm
    I love garnacha.  It’s an easy, affordable, everyday wine that’s often more interesting than other wines in the price range.  This one from Bodegas Paniza is a great example of why I think of garnacha in this way. The vineyards where the grapes for this wine were grown are in Cariñena, the origin of carignan.  But this isn’t a post about carignan, it’s about garnacha — and a tasty one. This wine has a lovely, deep red color.  The aromas feature blackberry, cedar, plum and spices with good balance.  The palate has plenty of fruit, without becoming a fruit bomb.
  • Villa Wolf Pinot Gris – What a Pinot Gris Should Be

    Tim Lemke
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Pinot gris is one of those wine varieties that some people love and some people hate.  Or perhaps it’s one of those varieties that’s easy to make poorly, lending itself to frequent dislike.  But when it’s made right it can be beautifully delicious. While many US wine consumers may not think of Germany when they think of pinot gris, it’s the 4th most grown white wine variety there.  Although it’s often sold under the grauburgunder name versus pinot gris. The Villa Wolf pinot gris comes from vineyards in Pfalz (Palatinate), Germany — the second largest…
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • First in Class: Two Stunningly Aromatic, Mineral and Concentrated Wines from Savoie from the genius that is Gilles Berlioz. Never Before Imported Cuvees!

    Lyle Fass
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    I'm very passionate about these wines and this is a very interesting producer so this is a very long E-Mail.  If you don't have the time to read it, there is a brief summary of the wines at the top.2013 Gilles Berlioz Chignin "Ja Ja" for as little as $23.99 a 4 pack (white).  Alpine mineral nose with stunning concentration and purity.2014 Gilles Berlioz "Le Deuse"  for as little as $32.99 a 4-pack (red).  Unique, flamboyant aromatics, delicate but firm structure and silken texture, powerful concentration and uncanny freshness.________The Savoie has become trendy in wine…
  • Fass Favorite Marie Demets: 1) Their First Extra Brut. 2) Their Hugely Popular Rose (Both Under $35)

    Lyle Fass
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    With all the excitement from my recent trip about the new wineries Fass Selections has picked up, there was also a sense of when tasting at Fass favorites like Marie Demets, that they are getting even better and pushing themselves harder.  Marie Demets wines have always been some of the best values in Champagne.  Delicious $30ish wines that you can drink every day that would normally be $45-$50 if I bought from a distributor instead of from the winery.   But you asked for a more "serious" cuvee, with less sugar and more of a mineral focus.  As they say, "ask and you shall…
  • Wine Advocate's Top Rated German Dry Wine of 2012 - Under $40 (96 Points)

    Lyle Fass
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    The Curve Has Caught Up.  Martin Muellen, Cult Hero of Fass Selections Finally Gets the Recognition He DeservesPreamble 1: While I'm not a fan of some of the Wine Advocate's reviews, their German coverage has always been excellent.  First with legendary David Schildknecht and now with the  highly respected Stephane Reinhardt.  These are about as far from high octane "Parkerized" wines as you can get.Preamble 2: Please forgive me if there is an "I told you so" undercurrent in here.  I've tried to edit it out, but I'm only human.  To The Loyal Mullen Fans on the…
  • Are These the Two Greatest Bourgognes in Burgundy? One of the Smallest Producers in Burgundy

    Lyle Fass
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    For those of you who have not read my recent blog post "God, Science and Sweat: The Three Ways to Make Wine," I encourage you to give it a perusal.  The basic point is that it is possible for great winemakers, through incredibly hard work, to make stunning, even world class wines, in humble appellations.  I have always known this, but I've never seen anyone make wine this good from ordinary terroir.  How do they do this? - The total production of this winery is a microscopic 2,000 bottles (they earn  a living from their adjacent hotel, not from winemaking). -…
  • An Affordable Taste Of Rhone Royalty: Bonneau for Pennies

    Lyle Fass
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bonneau is Considered the Greatest Southern Rhone Producer. A Fantastic Entry Level Wine (Very Limited)   ...well, this offer is not pennies, but when a bottle of Henri Bonneau starts at $100 for the CDP, then $140-$200 for CDP Marie Beurrier, and $300+ for the CDP Celestins, not many people can experience the magic that these wines can offer. A friend was over recently, recounting his visit to Chez Bonneau and he said "and this one over here has been fermenting for 3 years, and it shouldn't taste good, but it does, and not just good, great, as only the greatest wines in the world…
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    ShipCompliant: Alcohol Beverage Experience Blog

  • Direct Shipping 101: What is an On-site Shipment?

    Sam Straka - Direct Product Manager
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Not all direct-to-consumer wine shipments are created equal. Across the country, state regulatory agencies treat on-site and off-site orders differently. So what is the difference between an onsite order and off-site order? Any order placed without the consumer being physically present is considered an off-site order. On-site orders meet the following criteria: The order was made while the consumer was physically present at the winery The consumer chose to have their wine shipped home to themselves instead of carrying it out with them from the tasting room The order is not a gift The…
  • How Hold Locations Improve Your Customers’ Experience

    Emily Kalkhofer - ShipCompliant Business Analyst
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    In a recent post, we discussed the delivery problem. Frequently, consumers who order wine aren’t able to accept their package. Either they aren’t available during the day or they don’t have someone 21 or older available to sign for their package. This challenge frequently results in failed delivery attempts and a lot of back and forth on last-mile delivery trucks. These delivery problems pose unique challenges for the wine industry because of the products’ sensitivity. The longer your wine is on the truck, the more risks it encounters and ruined wine costs money. If your product is…
  • Registration is Open for DIRECT 2015

    Andrea Steffes-Tuttle
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:23 pm
    It’s that time of year again — registration is open for ShipCompliant’s DIRECT conference. ShipCompliant’s 10th annual conference is a two-day event featuring an impressive lineup of highly-respected keynote speakers. Registrants will hear from a variety of leading experts on the latest direct shipping legislative changes and other evolving topics in the wine industry. The event also offers the opportunity for ShipCompliant customers to connect with the ShipCompliant staff in one-on-one sessions and participate in group workshops. Here are just a few of the incredible…
  • What is Your Wine Delivery Rate?

    Sam Straka - Direct Product Manager
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    It’s easy to think that once your wine has left your property or the fulfillment house, you don’t need to worry about it anymore. In discussions with our customers, we’ve found that that isn’t the case. Package delivery is a critical component of direct-to-consumer wine sales. Consumer expectations have increased as a result of the new delivery precedent that companies like Amazon have set. People expect that receiving packages should be easy. If your customers’ wine isn’t delivered on time, the first time, their experience with your winery becomes…
  • Qui Tam Troubles Continue in Illinois

    Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    A new round of Qui Tam lawsuits regarding tax on shipping charges in Illinois has been filed against numerous wineries and wine retailers. For more information on tax on shipping in Illinois, please see our December blog post, which we’ve updated periodically with additional links and information in the “Resources” section, including a posting from Wine Institute on the matter. The latest round of lawsuits appears to have been filed in December or earlier, but kept under seal for at least 60 days prior to being served. Per the False Claims Act statute, the “complaint shall be…
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    Sommelier India - India's only wine magazine

  • KRSMA wines - Letter from Bangalore

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:42 pm
    My friend Krishna Chigurupathi is a stubborn ol' coot, writes Stanley Pinto, in his imitable style. No gauntlet thrown at him, no matter how unlikely, is too crazy to be picked up and dealt with. And like all Indian wives, his beautiful Uma dutifully supports him in every mad quest.
  • Dheeraj Bhatia, Chief Sommelier at Peninsula Hotel, HK

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Despite a stunning view of Hong Kong harbour and the island from Felix restaurant atop the Peninsula Hotel (, Chief Sommelier Dheeraj Bhatia makes sure his wines hold their own against the vista outside. Bhatia was born in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and raised in Dubai before studying hotel and tourism management in Gujarat. SI contributor, Carol Wright met this enthusiastic Indian sommelier (pictured, left,) in Hong Kong.
  • It's all about location, location, location - and microbes

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    Soil microbes found around the plant's roots are more important the soil's physical characteristics, reveals new research. For more, read on.
  • UK Budget 2015: Drinks industry hails duty cuts

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:09 pm
    The UK drinks industry has welcomed the Chancellor's decision to cut the duty on spirits and cider, although wine is not included. Read industry comments here.
  • Not just peri-peri at Barcelos, Khan Market

    17 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Delhi with its overwhelming love for chicken recently welcomed a new restaurant known for its flame-grilled peri-peri chicken. The restaurant launch in Khan Market was attended by the owner of the Barcelos chain from Pretoria, South Africa, Costa Mazzis with his son, Jared, and the South African Deputy High Commissioner, Malusi Mogale. Kanika Dhawan gives you the lowdown...
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    Grape Wall of China

  • Sardinia wine in China: Takeaway deal at LM Plus in Beijing

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:37 am
    The LM Plus restaurants in Central Park and Park Avenue not only have a half-price takeaway bottle deal but also the best lineup of Sardinian wines I have seen in Beijing, including from well-regarded producers like Cantina di Santadi and Argiolas. In fact, owner Massimo Masili works directly with Argiolas to make his house wines. The white is made with vermentino grapes while the red is a blend of grapes locally known as Cannonau, Monica and Bovale Sardo — Cannonau goes elsewhere by the name Grenache, among others. I tried the latter at the former Upper East Side outlet with…
  • Grape Wall Challenge: Best red wines in China under rmb100

    8 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Call it a tribute to consumer power. Every year, we organize a nonprofit event called Grape Wall Challenge (GWC) and ask Chinese consumers to judge wines that retail for under rmb100. We held the sixth annual Grape Wall Challenge in mid-December at Temple Restaurant Beijing, which kindly provided event space and food. Professor Ma Huiqin of China Agricultural University discussed the wines with the judges after the tasting. Here are a few common questions about GWC, followed by a list of the winners: What is the purpose of GWC? There are two key goals. First, we want to find the best…
  • Beijing shops: Chinese New Year fun at Mali’s Wine Cellar

    7 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Just before the Chinese New Year holidays, I went to Mali’s Wine Cellar for the shop’s biannual tasting / sale, and my friend gave me rmb5000 to spend on his behalf. I picked a few sparkling wines, some Spanish Albarino and Australian Riesling, and lots more, and happily noted the nice selection of Chinese wines from 1421, Grace Vineyard and Chandon. (In fact, this is the first shop I have seen with Chandon Brut and Chandon Rose from Ningxia.) I found the task fun, but tough, simply because the owner, Ma Li, has created one of the more interesting wine portfolios in Beijing.
  • Wine Word: Michel Bettane & Thierry Desseauve on Chinese wines, consumer attitudes, UK critics & more

    7 Mar 2015 | 5:16 pm
    By Jim Boyce French wine critics Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve are in China for a week of tastings and classes. I talked to them on Friday in Beijing, just after they finished tasting 180 Chinese wines with a group of twelve judges, and asked about the state of local wines, changes in consumer attitudes, and why the UK, not France, leads in wine criticism and education. GW [Grape Wall]: On changes in consumer attitudes they have witnessed while leading ‘Grand Tastings’ in Hong Kong since 2009, the ‘Shanghai Wine Experience’ since 2013, and other events: MB…
  • We have a pulse: The Grape Wall returns to life

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Grape Wall been on a somewhat involuntary sabbatical in recent months. While I have sent out some China wine newsletters (sign up here with your email address), visitors to this site will have noticed an, uh, absence of posts. That’s due to two factors. One, I am crap at technology. After mucking up the back end of this site, and trying a hundred or so fixes, I went through the painful process of moving it from a friend’s server account to my own, which is about as fun as putting together a space shuttle from spare parts. Two, I have been busy. I had a bunch of projects to…
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  • Tito Case Moves Forward, Not in Tito’s Favor

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    3/23/2015 Update. Caution. The above headline seems fairly skewed. See below for what we think really happened last week. The case is not halted at all. Tito had another bad yesterday, this time in federal court in San Diego. This further makes it obvious that the world of labeling has changed markedly since the Supreme Court’s Pom decision of June 12, 2014. On March 18, 2015, Judge Jeffrey Miller (of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California) ruled that the Tito’s vodka case, relating to deception and the term “handmade,” should move forward. Since the case was…
  • Palcohol is Back

    Robert C. Lehrman
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Palcohol is back. After approval from out of nowhere about a year ago, and cancellation of the same approvals a few days later, it is back. I have it on good authority that TTB has ironed out the kinks and approved the labels this week. Sen. Schumer will not be pleased (aka, he may be very pleased to have this whipping boy back within striking distance). Many states have already banned it. But this gives new life to this new category. Hats off to Mark Phillips for weathering the storm and persevering. Below is the approved label as of 2014 alongside the label as approved on March 10, 2015.
  • ARTAL: The Movie

    Robert C. Lehrman
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    First there was ARTAL the list. Then there was ARTAL the blog post. And now, there is ARTAL:  The Movie. In which Oli tries to help you remember the power and pitfalls of the big list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels. In brief, this should help you remember that you don’t need a new COLA every time you make a change to your already-approved label. There are dozens of small and not so small changes that are ok to make, without any need of a new COLA — or the wait, frustration, and expense. Related Posts: Why on Earth Would Anyone Need a Lawyer to Help Get a COLA? (2)…
  • Why on Earth Would Anyone Need a Lawyer to Help Get a COLA?

    Robert C. Lehrman
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    Ladies and gentlemen it is with great pleasure that I introduce Oli, the sporadically employed climate scientist, from Chichester. What does that have to do with labels and COLAs? Watch and see. Find out why some may benefit from having a small group of specialized lawyers and paralegals to help you get things moved through TTB and to the marketplace with less pain and delay. Related Posts: ARTAL: The Movie (0) Vas Deferens Ale (0) Unspeakable Beer (0)
  • A Great Bud Ad

    Robert C. Lehrman
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:22 pm
    What was the best beer ad, or ad of any type, in yesterday’s Super Bowl broadcast? Hint, it was a Bud ad, but not the one with the dogs, horses, and wolf. Instead, it was the one above. The one in which Bud took on its main competition, directly and powerfully, roughly like those on the field. It’s the first time in many years that Bud did not seem to be on the defensive. It seems clear that Bud’s plan is to defend Bud the brand such as above, and defend Bud the company by buying a bunch of esteemed craft brewers. Maybe they can have their cake and eat it too. Before I scope…
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • 10 Amazing Producers Pouring at Wine Spectator Grand Tour

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

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

    13 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    If you wanted to build a successful winery, and could build it anywhere in the world, which region would you choose and why?That's the decision Boston-based Vela Wines principals Max Risman, Arie Dahan, and Beth Ann Dahan were faced with a few years ago as they scoured the globe for a location. The eventually decided on New Zealand. On the twelfth day of a visit to the Central Otago region they found their mark and that night as they looked up at the stars the Twelfth Night name was born.They now produce Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand under the Twelfth Night label,…
  • Nobody Drinks Wine Like...Massachusetts!

    12 Feb 2015 | 3:46 am
    Only one problem: That's not MassachusettsCalifornia Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer Red Car Wine sent an email yesterday announcing they've received their Massachusetts shipping permit and are on the list of wineries that can ship to Massachusetts. Only problem was the email featured a picture of the great state of Michigan.They quickly followed up with a corrected version with pitch-perfect humility saying "That last email sure shows how little we've shipped to your state." Pretty funny.Ironically I probably wouldn't have looked at the first email a second time, so the mistake works to…
  • 20% Off e-Gift Cards

    9 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    On eBay PayPal Digital Gifts is offering $50 Gift Cards for $40. 20% off helps take edge off's not-so-great prices, though they do have decent sale item prices from time to time. Discounts like this are also useful for certain brands they carry that are hard to catch at a discount.I think you can use multiple gift cards on a single order. You load them up and they're attached to your account then drawn down by future purchases.Shipping costs are high at so I'd recommend signing up for a StewardShip free trial. Just be sure to cancel it (here's…
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  • 2014 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    2014 Spy Valley Sauvignon BlancThe 2014 Sauvignon Blanc opens with an intense nose of green apples, grapefruit peel and bell pepper with touches of sage and fresh grass. Showing a great vibrancy of greener spectrum flavors and a lively acid backbone, it has a long, herbal finish. Rating: 89  Estimated Cost: $14-$22
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • 2012 Paso Creek Merlot

    George Perry
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  80% Merlot, 10% Petite Sirah, 6% Malbec, 4% Petite Verdot Region:  Paso Robles, CA – USA Cost:  $14 Winemaker’s Notes:  Dark crimson in color, with cigar box aromas infused with generous sweet vanilla oak. Bold flavors of blackberries, cherries, currants, and spice complimented by sturdy tannins and balanced acidity, all leading to a rich, long finish. My Review:  Last night my wife was out with work friends, which meant that since it was a gorgeous day outside, I was determined to fire up the grill. A run across the street to my local The Fresh Market produced…
  • 2012 Le Petit Coquerel Sauvignon Blanc

    George Perry
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc Region:  Napa, California – USA Cost:  $20-$22 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  The 2012 Le Petit Coquerel is a pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc. It has a nose of gooseberry and grapefruit. The wine mouth feel is crisp and bright with a creamy round mid palate followed by a long finish of exotic fruit, lychee, and papaya. The wine is delicious to enjoy alone or with light fare such as seafood, sushi, mild cheeses, or any Asian cuisine. My Review:  I don’t know how the weather has been where you are, but here in the Easter portion of North…
  • 2012 Arge & Tina Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon Region:  Argentina Cost:  $10 Winemaker’s Notes:  Arge & Tina Cabernet Sauvignon has a tomato and herbal aroma. It’s somewhat green and sweet, with a raw feel and tannic bite. Tastes of tomato and herbal red plum. Feels light on the finish. Pair with red meats, pasta, and hearty stews. My Review:  So, cards on the table – I totally bought this wine because the name made me laugh. Well, that’s mostly true. I was buying steak for dinner and, while I had some wine at home, I thought I would see what else was available at my local The…
  • February 2015 VA Wine Chat – Rappahannock Cellars

    George Perry
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:13 am
    It’s a new year (ok, it’s February), and this month we had our first Virginia Wine Chat of 2015. Frank Morgan of Drink What YOU Like was at Rapphannock Cellars with owner John Delmar and winemaker Theo Smith to try some of their wines, pick their brains on both their vineyard and the larger Virginia wind industry, and to continue his efforts to expose the entirety of the world to Virginia wine. Keep up the good work Frank. As usual, you can find the video of the Chat embedded below, but first, a few notes about Rappahannock Cellars and then we’ll ge to my thoughts on the…
  • 2013 Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection Red

    George Perry
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Carmenere; Cabernet Sauvignon; Syrah Region:  Rapel Valley, Chile Cost:  $15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  This bold, bright blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah from Chile’s Rapel Valley energizes with flavors of dark ripe fruit, plum, black cherry and a sinful hint of dark chocolate. My Review:  I rather enjoyed the 2013 Devil’s Collection White, so I was looking forward to the 2013 Devil’s Collection Red as well. I won’t go so far as to say that it disappointed – it’s still a good wine, especially at the price point,…
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  • On the Road to Spain!

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s hard to believe, but in three short days, I will be on a plane, headed to Spain, where maybe it will rain.  I am excited to be returned to one of my favorite places to explore, and to reach out to new areas of wine production and geography. On this adventure, I will exploring three wine producing regions in Spain, to experience some world class wines, hospitality, and food. First up, Bullas, a DO in the wine region of Murcia, which is in the southeaster corner of Spain.  This southern gem kisses the Mediterranean sea, and the town itself is an ancient one with evidence of Roman…
  • Please pass the Claret Carson!

    8 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    If you’re a fan of the period piece Downtown Abbey as I am, you are no doubt experiencing withdrawal symptoms now that they are on hiatus for the rest of the year.  Yet, I am always enthralled at the ritual involved when the wine is selected by Carson and Lord Grantham, and the elaborate pouring rituals begin. This ritual is, of course, part and parcel for the Bordeaux wine trade in years past.  British “Claret” increased in popularity in Britain when Eleanor of Aquitaine married in to the royal family, paving the way for Bordeaux exports.  At that time, most wine was…
  • Go Underground for Valentine’s Day! **Giveaway**

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    It’s’ almost Valentine’s Day.  You don’t have any thing special planned.  Maybe you don’t have someONE special.  Maybe you don’t care.  But, if you’re like me, you at least want a good bottle of wine and a trashy movie to celebrate the non-event with!  Luckily for you, I’m giving away one $50 gift card so you can check out! Underground Cellar offers curated, limited edition wines with a twist – you can buy some great wines at great prices, get more bottles for free, and store them offsite with Underground…
  • Baconlicous is St. Supery!

    9 Feb 2015 | 10:02 pm
    When you think of wine tasting, I am going to guess that you don’t typically think of line up like this.  Think of your comparative literature class from college, toss in some bacon, and you have St. Supery’s Bacon and Bordeaux tasting experience summed up. Having tasted the wines at this Napa Valley stalwart several times, I knew that at the very least, I was going to enjoy my tasting experience, but this special tasting brings it to a new level.  Conducted upstairs, in the newly remodeled private tasting lounge, these special tastings are a world apart from the hustle and…
  • Viva Vouvray!

    8 Feb 2015 | 12:59 am
    Vouvray.  Just the name elicits a curling of the tongue and imaginary French wine drinkings, enjoy a glass at a sidewalk cafe.  Located in the Central Loire region of Touraine, Vouvray comes in many styles:  From fully sweet to dry; from still to brightly sparkling (Crémant de Loire).  But one thing is true of all of these wine:  they are all 100% Chenin Blanc. If you’re like me, when you hear Chenin Blanc you think of one of two things: 1.  South Africa 2.  Old School California jug wine, sister to “Chablis”, in the handy gallon contains, now served on the bottom…
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  • Best California Wine Event of the Summer: The Barbera Festival

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Ever since the Wine Institute put me on their wine writers list, I get invitations to all kinds of events from all over the state.  My favorite is the Barbera Festival, held each June in Amador County.  I'm looking forward with anticipation to this year's festival.  If it's not already sold out... you should go!  Tickets are sold at for $50 general admission and BRAVO FOR THIS! $30 for Designated Drivers.This year, the fifth one, the festival moves to the historic Terra D'oro Winery/Montevina Vineyards in Plymouth.   Saturday June 13 is…
  • Easter Traditions Call for Celebratory Libations

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    What do flying bells, exploding carts and circus acts all have in common? Easter. Around the world, Easter traditions vary from religious to a bit unusual but they all end in celebratory libations.  Here's a quick look at international Easter customs and their shared wines. France: "Joyeuses Pâques:” Flying Bells and Chocolate FishLike many families, patrons of Maison Louis Jadot observe the tradition of the “Ringing of the Bells.” As the story goes, church bells stop ringing on Good Friday to “fly” off to the Vatican in remembrance of the crucifixion and return to…
  • Rosé Rising: “Joie de Vivre, Bottled”

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Jennifer Hong, representative of Rosée d’Aurore distributor, visits with Billy Jim Crawford, founder, soon-to-launch Club Botanic, (an online fresh bouquet service, delivered weekly) at the Vins de Provence tasting in San Francisco in early March.Guest Author: Nicole Zaro Stahl Forget all those old notions about rosé wine—that it’s sugary-sweet, that it’s produced as an afterthought by mixing excess red and white grapes. Au contraire! This frequently misunderstood category stands on equal footing right alongside its red and white counterparts. In fact, today rosé accounts for…
  • Chaddsford Hard Cider Sports Contemporary ACI Screw Cap

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    for a high resolution versionof this image, please contactinfo@winebizpr.comChaddsford Hard Cider Sports Contemporary ACI Screw Cap on Fast-Growth Traditional Colonial Beverage Newly launched craft cider keeps its freshness with ACI’s “fizz” screw cap linerChadds Ford, PA--Today’s packaging technology merges smoothly with Jim Osborn’s historical approach to crafting hard cider. Osborn, the winemaker at Chaddsford Winery, the largest and best known in Pennsylvania, evokes a centuries-old tradition with his contemporary rendition of the beverage favored by North American…
  • Valentine's Wines: Steve Bjerklie Writes from New Hampshire

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Your lover wants chocolate, you want wine. Can this relationship be saved in time for Valentine’s Day?You won’t have to look far to find expert, well-meaning advice saying, yes, sure, no problem. Red wine — especially a dense zinfandel or petite sirah, even a good pinot noir — is a great match for chocolate, or so goes the conventional wisdom. I’m here to tell you, however, that’s baloney. I think red wine goes with chocolate like flip-flops go on a hockey rink: the combination usually proves embarrassing.So instead of following the crowd, try pairing Valentine chocolate with a…
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Chardonnay from Australia, France, South Africa & California

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2013, Adelaide Hills, Australia (£24.99 Majestic, Bentley’s Wine Merchants, CellarVie Wines, D Byrne & Co, Harrods, Leamington Wine Company, ND John Wine Merchants, Noel Young Wines,, Philglas & Swiggot, Provender Brown, Taylor’s Fine Wines, The Secret Cellar, Shills of Cockermouth,, Initially shy but then this uncurls to […]
  • Three Blaufränkisch-based reds from Groszer Wein in Südburgenland, Austria

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:09 am
    Groszer Wein Blaufränkisch 2012, Südburgenland, Austria (£15.90 per litre Newcomer Wines) Lots of juicy ripe plummy berry and blackcurrant here, with earthy, meaty notes adding a savoury wildness, and herbs coming through in the finish. Tasty and slightly naughty. S(-) Groszer Wein Blaufränkisch ‘Vom Riegl’ 2012, Südburgenland, Austria (£22.90 per litre Newcomer Wines) A softer, […]
  • Two Viogniers from the Languedoc

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:07 am
    Not much quality-wise between these two, although they are different in style  – a blend of the two worked very well! Asda Extra Special Pays d’Oc Viognier 2013, Languedoc, France (**£5 Asda) This has the nutty pear and peach flavours, but they’re reined in by crisp citrus acidity. Maybe the finish could be softer, but […]
  • Spanish reds from Bierzo, Tierra de Castilla & Montsant

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Encino Bierzo 2013, Spain (£13.99 Naked Wines) Starts off a bit stinky (something I’d say about rather a lot of Bierzo) but after a while and some judicious swirling, a juicy wild and spicy wine emerges, with soft berry and plum fruit pepped up with a hint of gingerbread. Good but not great B+ Finca […]
  • Three Albariños from Spain and California

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Albanta Albariño 2013, Rías Baixas, Spain (£12 Asda) Showing the exotic side of Albariño, this has a rich, almost Viognier-like nut kernel character plus notes of peach, passionfruit and lychee, but just when it was in danger of going a bit wobbly, a stony citrus side chips in to provide some restraint. S- Torre de […]
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  • What We’re Drinking – Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG *Ale Reben*

    David Honig
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Bright, complex, and creamy, this Grosses Gewächs (great growth) is Loosen's best from this grand cru vineyard. The post What We’re Drinking – Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG *Ale Reben* appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • The Oregon Chardonnay Clone Wars

    Mary Cressler
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Oregon’s controversial history with chardonnay clones culminated into one question earlier this month: do clones matter when it comes to chardonnay? The post The Oregon Chardonnay Clone Wars appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • What We’re Drinking – Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling GG *Ale Reben*

    David Honig
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Sweet pear and apple, backed by sour/bitter lime peel, are the dominant flavors on the palate from this German Grosse Lage (grand cru) vineyard. The post What We’re Drinking – Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling GG *Ale Reben* appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • What We’re Drinking – Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

    David Honig
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    This is a very good wine at a reasonable price. Drink with a brilliant burger, ground prime with shaved truffles and onion straws. The post What We’re Drinking – Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • “We believe in Sagrantino”: The villas and vistas of Montefalco

    Michelle Locke
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    "We’re in Umbria, we have to sell Sagrantino and we have to tell people to try the Sagrantino." The post “We believe in Sagrantino”: The villas and vistas of Montefalco appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
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  • Start With Why: What's Your Winery's Value Proposition?

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

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

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

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    Last week, I attended the VinCO Conference and Trade Show in Grand Junction, CO. I was able to give two presentations to some of Colorado's most prominent winemakers, winery owners and emerging wineries. There were a lot of questions about selling more wine online - and I thought I'd share some insights. Overall, Colorado wineries are small compared to the 'Napa' and 'Sonoma' regions of the US, and the majority are family run. There are no corporations that own multiple wineries such as Constellation, Diageo, Crimson, Pernod Ricard, etc. The same people that are…
  • New Year, Old Website?

    30 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    2014 is coming to an end. It's that time of year where we pack up the holiday decorations, discontinue killer promotions and get back to wine club reality. Is your website looking as tired as you feel? Be honest and take a hard look at your winery's website. Does it function well? Is the ecommerce experience good for first time purchasers, repeat buyers and club members? Does your website reflect your brand, messaging, tasting room and overall experience? Do you have a beautiful tasting room, yet feel that your winery website is an eyesore? What's a winery to do? 1. Get mobile If…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • The Right Way To Blind Taste Wine

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    First of all, let's identify the wrong way to blind-taste wine. The wrong way involves taking a sip of some mystery wine, swirling it around in your mouth in a disdainful way, and then saying something like, "Well, Bonneau, of course. The Cel...
  • The No-Napa Guide to California Cabernet

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Everyone knows Napa Valley makes great Cabernet Sauvignon. But now exciting cabs are arriving from the “other” California, like Santa Barbara’s Happy Canyon region and Lake County’s obsidian-strewn hills. Here, a guide to t...
  • This Is What Happens After a Wine Guy Talks to a Chef

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    At the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen last year, I sat down for a few minutes one afternoon to chat with my fellow Houstonian Chris Shepherd, the insanely talented cook and owner of Houston's acclaimed Underbelly restaurant and&nb...
  • Sherry: Not Just for Little Old Ladies Anymore

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Here’s a multiple choice quiz. Sherry is: a) Sweet, cloying stuff from a screwtap-topped bottle sipped by bored grannies while watching “America’s Top Knitters.” b) Some sort of vaguely appealing, dry-tangy, not-exactly-win...
  • Is a Bottle of Harlan Estate Really Worth $750?

    13 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Recently I had the good fortune (apt phrase) to taste through several vintages of Harlan Estate red, which is one of the most sought-after, highly rated and, yes, expensive wines from Napa Valley. A red blend that primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, it ...
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  • Pinot Paradise offered top Pinots on top of the mountain

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    On Sunday, March 22, the winegrowers of Santa Cruz Mountains invited wine lovers to the top of the mountain at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga for the 11th Annual Pinot Paradise to sample the great collection of Pinot Noir from...
  • Barrel Tasting Weekend drew wine lovers to taste the wines of Livermore

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    The great spring weather, along with the opportunity to taste great wines of Livermore Valley drew many visitors to the Livermore Valley Wine Country for Barrel Tasting Weekend on Saturday March 21 and Sunday March 22. Wine lovers gathered...
  • New Winemaker and Viticulturist at Occasio

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Occasio owner John Kinney absolutely loves the Livermore Valley terroir and strives to produce wine that is representative of the rich history of Livermore Valley dating back over 130 years. This is the same region that first won the...
  • Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend is Here

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
    This weekend is the annual Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend where you can taste wines right out of the barrel, meet the winemakers, and enjoy the entertainment and more. Each Livermore Valley winemaker will offer a unique experience...
  • Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend is coming March 21 and 22

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Spring is returning to the vineyards of Livermore and the winemakers are opening their door for the annual Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend on March 21-22 (Noon to 4:30 p.m. each day). Each winery will host...
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    Uvinum's blog

  • Which is the Secret of Bodegas Torres, the World's Most Admired Wine Brand?

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    It is a Spanish winery with a long family tradition. Its experience and the quality of wines make of Bodegas Torres one of the best in the world, and it is the most admired wine brand in the world, according to British magazine Drinks International. The winery has thus been chosen for the second consecutive year as the most admired brand, always according to professionals in this market. Keep in mind that the jury who gives this title is composed by leading sommeliers, wine masters and journalists from different countries. Such representatives highlight Bodegas Torres as a brand that…
  • 3 ideas to cook your eggs for Easter

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Holy Week and Easter are coming and with them, lots of typical dishes, desserts and other treats, many with an undoubted star: egg, one of the ubiquitous ingredients in almost every culture around this celebrations of religious roots. Today we present 3 recipes featuring eggs as a common element, which we hope will inspire you to cook this holidays, whatever your tastes and budgets are, and, why not, you can taste with a good wine. Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs Ingredients: 12 eggs ½ cup mayonnaise 4 slices bacon 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon mustard Preparation: Place eggs…
  • How to pair Indian food and wine

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Spicy food and wine can go together brilliantly if you find the right wine. Some wines enhance the different flavours and spices usually found in this type of cuisine, while others can mask them. Indian food is one of the most complete and needs to be accompanied by a good drink for the dish to be even better. Sometimes it is not easy to know which wines go best with curries, spicy dishes or samosas. Today we give you some ideas of how to pair Indian food and wine. Fish curries In Indian cuisine we can find curries with lamb, chicken and fish. For the curry dishes, we can choose white wines…
  • 10 things you should know about St. Patrick's Day

    16 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    As every year, March 17 is a very special date for Irish people, that has also been spread in many different countries. Saint Patrick's Day, the patron saint of Ireland, is a day full of traditions, parties, lots of green and beer, of course! We recommend 10 things you should know about this day. Lots of beer. On this day, usually a lot of beer is consumed worldwide. The data establish that on St. Patrick's Day are consumed over 13 million litres worldwide. Long live the green. On this day, much of the Irish people who live in several countries around the world dress in green, a colour…
  • Places to drink good wines in London

    12 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and it offers bars and restaurants of many kinds. In addition to beer, you should know that in London you can also drink good wine, and this is thanks to producers of several countries that enable their wines to be in the leisure industry. So if you're travelling to London or live there, you can go to these bars that we recommend: Vinoteca. Strongly popular, we can find wines from French, Italian and Spanish appellations. In addition, there are held tastings and other events. Cork & Bottle. It is located in an entertainment…
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  • The Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Jo Diaz
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    What I do on my weekends, these days… I saw this picture of the Writers Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Facebook, and I wrote, “I wonder if any of my grandfathers were ever at the Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland?” Lately, on weekends I’m researching and developing a personal story, since, I need to now step […] The post The Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® 2015, as the dust settles

    Jo Diaz
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    These wine barrel hoops are very symbolic for this year’s Dark & Delicious event, as I know I jumped through all of them. Did I come out unscathed? Good question. Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® 2015, as the dust settles, I continue to think about how multifaceted and a bit challenging this year’s event was… […] The post Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® 2015, as the dust settles appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away

    Jo Diaz
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Matriarch Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passed away, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. When asked if I’d help the family to distribute the news spread, my thoughts ran back to the days when I worked closely with the winery, and what a sweet person Evelyn was. She was always so gracious, and loved entertaining. The […] The post Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The Wine Institute clarifies arsenic in wine

    Jo Diaz
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    As a public service, the following is what the Wine Institute has distributed, since the article about arsenic in wine has been published… The are keeping us all informed. Wine Institute Fact Sheet on Arsenic Mar 20, 2015 FACT SHEET Wine Institute is the association of 1,000 California wineries. In recent days, unfounded litigation has […] The post The Wine Institute clarifies arsenic in wine appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Americans reacting to the lawsuit regarding high levels of arsenic in wine

    Jo Diaz
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Regarding the story that CBS reported on last week, regarding high levels of arsenic: Very high levels of arsenic” in top-selling wines With a title about high levels of arsenic, it’s enough to scare anyone… And, sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines are looking better all of the time… unless you know the producer and its […] The post Americans reacting to the lawsuit regarding high levels of arsenic in wine appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • Ridge’s Vineyards Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before (preview)

    Ridge Vineyards
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    We recently hired Darren Loveland of Aerial Photo Media to take his drone out for a spin over our vineyards and capture some extremely rare footage for us. For those of you that may not be familiar with what a... Read More ›
  • Back to the Future: Technology & Ridge

    Ridge Vineyards
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    I’ve always been fascinated by the dichotomy between Ridge’s patient evolution over the last half century contrasted against Silicon Valley’s meteoric rise over that same period.  For those that may not be familiar with our history, Ridge was founded by... Read More ›
  • East Bench: Organic Certification of a Vineyard

    Ridge Vineyards
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    In 2000, Ridge was fortunate to procure a lease on property just above our Lytton Springs vineyard. This benchland jewel had been planted to grapes before Prohibition, but abandoned for the rest of the twentieth century, and used as pasture.... Read More ›
  • The First Assemblage of the 2014 Monte Bello

    Ridge Vineyards
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    On January 20, production and vineyard teams blind-tasted the twenty-eight lots with best potential to be chosen for assemblage of the 2014 Monte Bello. Twelve lots—those showing outstanding vineyard character—were identified to make the “core blend.” On day two, we... Read More ›
  • A New Season of Breaking Bud

    Ridge Vineyards
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Bud break has arrived!   What is bud break you ask? It’s the beginning of the grapes annual growth cycle, which means that the kick off to #Harvest2015 has officially begun!!  Tiny buds on the grapevine start to swell and... Read More ›
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  • Passport to Dry Creek Valley April 25 and 26

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The fabulous Dry Creek Valley Passport Weekend is coming on April 25 and 26, with the Prelude to Passport on April 24. This is the 26th annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley and is one of the best Passport...
  • Around the World in 80 Sips in San Francisco

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:53 pm
    On February 27th, Bottlenotes, the leading interactive media company in the U.S. wine industry will host the 7th annual “Around the World in 80 Sips” wine tasting event in San Francisco, giving local wine enthusiasts the opportunity...
  • Napa Valley Online Winery Map and Trip Planner Released

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:49 pm
    The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association today launched new and comprehensive tools for planning Napa Valley winery visits utilizing web-based features to make it easy to click, plan and go. Using cutting-edge, online mapping technology,...
  • Taste the winners of the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    On Saturday, February 14, you will have the chance to sample the finest wines at the 2015 Public Tasting for the 14th annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world. The event...
  • Lodi Wine and Chocolate Weekend celebrated a love for Lodi wine and food

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Lodi winemakers invited wine and chocolate lovers to a pre-Valentine’s weekend on February 7-8 for the Lodi Wine and Chocolate Weekend. While the rain had people moving a bit faster from the car to the...
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  • How Does Driver Navigator Work?

    Floyd Young
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    You Need The Right Driver NavigatorYou need to make sure that every driver in your computer is working as well as it can. Drivers keep all security problems in your computer under control while also making things run faster. Some drivers can even provide your devices with new functions. Driver Navigator can help you to take a look at all the drivers you are using right now on all your computer’s parts or devices. Analyzing Your Missing Drivers Driver Navigator will analyze the devices and parts in your computer and will find cases where you have missing drivers. It can research your…
  • Baby Boy Gifts That Will Make Everyone Say, ‘Oh Boy!’

    Floyd Young
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    There Is A New Addition To The Family Gifts are a way to say that you care and love the person to whom you are giving these gifts. Gifts seem to be an integral part of our lives as it is the most affordable way to convey your appreciation and affection for that person. There is a huge variety of gifts which are not only memorable but are also unique and brilliant which you can give during a baby shower. Thus, when the gift is selected after keeping the needs of the parents to whom you are giving it to and when you wrap them with love and warmth, that gift automatically becomes special.
  • Holistic Dentistry – It Works!

    Floyd Young
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:32 am
    A Natural Approach To DentistryToday, a lot of people already prefer more natural approaches to everything – from the food that they eat to the medical treatment they receive. “Going green” is not a fad anymore, since these actions prove to have much healthier effects to the human body. One philosophy that is gaining a lot of attention lately is holistic dentistry. With the use of safe, mercury-free, and minimally invasive procedures, no wonder it is now a widely accepted approach to tooth care. It’s not just a fad! Holistic dentistry might seem promising to look at in a nutshell,…
  • How To Choose The Best Clothes For Your Babies

    Floyd Young
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Your Baby Deserves The Best ClothesEven before you become parents, consider it important to follow some simple rules in buying baby clothes. You may have baby nieces and nephews, or grandsons and granddaughters who would be very happy in receiving beautiful dresses and cool outfits not just during special occasions but even on ordinary days. Why it is hard to buy clothes for babies? It does not need an expert to pick the best outfit for your kids; however, some adults find it hard to buy clothes for their cute angels because of so many options available. This made it more difficult to pick…
  • Public Private Partnership: A Cognitive Review On PPP’s

    Floyd Young
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    The Public-Private PartnershipThe Public-Private Partnership, otherwise known as PPP or P3, is a joint venture project between the government sector and one or more private sectors in running a business or service. The project may be a profit or non-profit organization. This arrangement would entail an agreement wherein the risk involved in running the business or service is shared by the contracting parties. In so doing, the resources are increase and the risk is reduced by the shared arrangements. Under this model, the government may opt to impose tax shields on the private organization…
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  • Dim Sum March Madness

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

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

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Sip More. Cook Less. Wine Lovers Dream Kitchen with Wine TV We all like to sip and cook at Wine Channel TV. But most people we know, would rather sip more and cook less. With over 175+ “Programmed Menu Selections”, this GE Profile™ Series 30 inch Combination Double Wall Oven with Convection and Advantium® Technology, is a wine lovers dream. Pour another glass with all the free time you now have and let’s talk more about the great wines we should be tasting. This GE oven is part of our Wine Lovers Dream Kitchen series on Wine TV. Here’s what we like most: Speedcook…
  • Worlds Best Wine Fridge – Wine TV Guide

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    There are wine coolers; and then there is the GE Monogram Wine Reserve Cooler . Chilling and “wine cool” are at an all time new level. Wine TV thinks this is the wine chiller, cooler, fridge you’ve been dreaming of for your kitchen, wine cellar or anywhere in your wine kingdom. What do you get? How about wine fridges that have 7 full-width shelves. What does that mean? How about capacity to hold 50 champagne or wine bottles. These coolers have transparent glass doors that make for an easy sneak peek at what’s inside. Wine TV gives the GE Monogram Stainless Steel Wine…
  • Wine TV Mobile Video Revolution

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:14 am
    Raise your hand if watch video on your mobile device with a glass of wine in your other hand.  The Wine TV Mobile app  is the fastest growing wine video entertainment app on iTunes for a good reason. “Wine and everyday life” on video is the “perfect reality pairing”. Here’s the summary on mobile and video from Business Intelligence: YouTube: some 40% of YouTube’s traffic now comes from mobile. Compare that to just 25% last year and a paltry 6% only two years ago. Audience boom: About 50 million people in the U.S. now watch video on their mobile phones.
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  • Going Old-School: Some Australian Winemakers Embrace “Field Blend”

    James Duren
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Getting back your roots is a matter of blending, according to a story this past by The Australian's Max Allen.    “In our modern world we've become obsessed with single varietal wines, where each type of grape is kept separate from the others in the vineyard and the winery – planted on its own, picked on its own, fermented on its own, bottle on its own,” Allen wrote. “Once upon a time, though, many vineyards were planted with a mix of grapes.”   Known as a “field blend”, Allen wrote, red and white grapes were picked and…
  • Wine Writing Titans Give Tips At California Symposium

    James Duren
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Wine writers are coming from all walks of life these days.   Yesterday, wine writer Mike Dunne published a story in the Sacramento Bee in which he gave his observations and insights about the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers which took place this past month in Napa.   “I've been struck by the rising number of aspiring wine writers coming from fields other than newspaper sports departments, which seem to have produced a disproportionate number of practitioners of the craft,” he wrote. “Today's wine aspiring wine writers often have science, travel and…
  • A Reverence for Georgia Wines

    Christy Canterbury MW
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Wine geeks are sometimes told to lighten-up. Wine is “just a drink”; “just a grocery”. When it comes to serving whites at 42° F versus 47° F, matching wines to specific glasses and pairing Assyrtiko rather than Sauvignon Blanc with crudo, I agree. However, I suggest you don’t tell a Georgian to chill about wine. In this dramatically rugged Caucasus Mountains country, wine is holy. And not just the communion wine.    Wine is part of the Georgians’ sacred trinity, along with the motherland and the mother language. It is so holy, I feared…
  • Wine Writer Wins “Communicator of the Year” at International Competition

    James Duren
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Author Tyson Stelzer continues to write his name in history.   The prolific wine writer won the International Wine & Spirit Competition's (IWSC) “Communicator of the Year 2015” award along with American restaurateur and MasterChef personality Joe Bastianich. Stelzer was recognized this past Saturday at the event's opening-night dinner in Verona.   “Tyson is a multi-award-winning Australian wine write, author of 14 wine books and a regular contributor to magazines,” a press release from IWSC said. “Both Joseph and Tyson are worthy…
  • Thai Wine Industry Trying To Find Its Feet Amid High Taxes

    James Duren
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Thailand is a tough place for wine.   According to an article in the Phuket Gazette, the country's small wine-drinking community remains so because of limited production and high taxes which make premium wine prices too high for the average wallet.   “While there is a perceived demand in Thailand for the fermented grape, the industry is also metaphorically, and literally, in 'ferment',” reporter Patrick Campbell wrote. “The Kingdom produces a limited amount of premium wine, not nearly enough to satisfy demand. But the import business is saddled with…
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    Wine Welfare

  • Powerboats and Pinot Noir: New Zealand and Wine

    Guest Writer
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    NZ wine tours for the adventurous at heart. It’s often said that wine makes everything better. A witticism often found on social media platforms from Instagram to Facebook to Twitter sums it up perfectly by stating “Wine is to women what duct tape is to men –it fixes everything” Whilst most New Zealanders would have to insist that it is in fact not duct tape but rather no. 8 wire, that is the panacea for all of life’s DIY dilemmas. Everyone enjoys themselves when drinking a great glass of wine. Especially when paired with a mouth-watering roast lamb or a sirloin cooked to…
  • Little Penguin 2010 Pinot Noir Wine Review

    Brian Thomas Clark
    10 Jan 2011 | 5:19 pm
    We already covered this wine briefly in Part 1 of our Christmas Wine posts last month, but I wanted to revisit the Little Penguin Pinot Noir as its own review. I purchased another bottle recently since I wanted to take a closer, more non-holiday look at it, and was rather surprised at what I found, thus this full review. The first thing I need to mention is: Ignore what I wrote previously. Perhaps they accidentally bottled the wrong wine in the bottle I had purchased before, perhaps it was corked and I was far too innebriated to notice, or perhaps I never in fact drank the Little Penguin…
  • Happy New Year from Wine Welfare!

    Brian Thomas Clark
    1 Jan 2011 | 7:05 am
    Looking forward to another great year of tasting wines and writing all about them. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2011! You may resume recovering from your hangovers. Cheers! Remember to subscribe to get all the latest cheap wine reviews from Wine Welfare in 2011! Also check out: Happy Thanksgiving from Wine Welfare! Merry Christmas from Wine Welfare! New Year’s 2010: Let’s Get Hammered
  • And The Best Wine of 2010 Is…

    Brian Thomas Clark
    31 Dec 2010 | 1:00 pm
    The votes have been tallied and our tasting has been completed! I’ll be honest, I was surprised at the results of the poll. I had not pegged these two wines as the winners, though I did enjoy them. Since this poll has been going on for nearly a month now, I’m not going to write a big hulaballoo post here. Too excited to just get to the winners. And here they are. Best White Wine of 2010 Chateau Ballan-Larquette Bordeaux Rose 2009 I liked this wine from the start. The strawberry, the crispness, the slight thickness. This was a wine built for food. Altogether a delicious wine that…
  • Cheap New Years Champagne (Well sort of…)

    Brian Thomas Clark
    31 Dec 2010 | 8:30 am
    The title of this post is misleading, but not in a dangerous way. I’m not going to recommend a wine to you that’s laced with strychnine because the more of you that die off, the less readers I have. I vow to only ever recommend non-poisonous wines. Wow that was rambling wasn’t it? Sorry about that. We’re talking bubbles at Wine Welfare today, since New Years celebrations are arguably the best time to pop those mushroom corks. I don’t care who you are or where you’re from, if you’ve got a tongue, you’ve got to like bubbly. Champagne, sparkling…
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  • What about those reports that “weaker wines are better than stronger ones”?

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
      You’ve probably read about it: According to Fox News, a new study out of Spain has been widely reported to “prove” that “People think weaker wine tastes better.” But, in fact, the study doesn’t show that at all; and much of the second-hand reporting on the study actually shows how lazy journalists can be. For example, the Fox account of the study claims that people think wine with a lower alcohol content tastes [better] because it allows them to focus on the diverse flavor profiles of the beverage.” That’s a pretty sweeping statement. If you’ve been deep into the…
  • On terroir, and the vine’s microbiome

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
      Doesn’t it seem to you like these stories lately about microbes in soil affecting wine are making the concept of terroir even more complicated than we thought it was? We used to think terroir was a matter of the physical structure of the soil and the climate, or meso-climate, of the vineyard. John Winthrop Haeger, in his encyclopedic “North American Pinot Noir,” interpreted the soil part to include “orientation and aspect,” and possibly the “chemical composition.” But he said nothing about microbes. Emile Peynaud, the great French enologist, in “The Taste of Wine”…
  • Wine writing: imprecise, and art

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
      Yes, wine writing is “an imprecise art,” as the headline on Philip White’s opinion piece in the Adelaide (Australia) InDaily News says. As someone who’s had lots of experience in wine writing (magazines, books, blogs), I’m the first to authenticate Philip’s viewpoint that writing about smells and flavours and the feelings they impart is as imprecise a sport as writing about music or fine art. I like Philip’s take. He is, himself, a wine “communicator” (his word) who “pl[ies] the waters of simile and metaphor, hoping the beloved readers at least get a feeling.” To…
  • How wine can be as cool as beer and cocktails

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
      It’s certainly true, as Robert Parker pointed out in his recent interview in The Drinks Business, that high wine prices are “a problem and a concern” and that they are creating “a caste system” in which “the younger generation” cannot afford top wines from regions such as “Burgundy, or Bordeaux, or from California.” But there’s nothing really new about this situation. It’s been so forever. In fact prices for Bordeaux today, adjusted for inflation, are no higher than they were 100 years ago. What is interesting, to me, is the complex psychological contortions by…
  • Diageo moving towards “content information” on wine labels

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
      No one much noticed last Friday’s report in the Wall Street Journal that Diageo is going to start listing calorie counts “and other content information” on its spirits, including Johnnie Walker Scotch and Smirnoff vodka, “in what it said was a first for the industry.” That nugget was buried on page B5 of the newspaper, on the same page as the weather. But it’s big news, with implications for the entire industry. The article didn’t say anything about Diageo’s wine brands, which include Chalone, Sterling, Blossom Hill and Rosenblum. So I went to the company’s website…
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    Jordan Winery

  • Meet Cooper: our new winery dog

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

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

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:14 am
    Winter always seems like the perfect time to catch up on paperwork and knock items off the to-do list that have been shelved during the hectic harvest and holiday seasons. Green business certification updates was the first project completed on my list this year. Jordan Winery is now enrolled in the Sonoma Clean Power program, which provides businesses access to environmentally friendly power, generated by local renewable resources, such as solar, wind and geothermal. Roughly 90% of our electricity comes from our hillside solar arrays and the balance from renewable energy. Using 10%…
  • New cheese pairings for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

    Todd Knoll
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I am always seeking the finest artisanal cheeses from California and Europe that pair best with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Red wines like Jordan that are balanced, elegant, lower in alcohol and higher in acidity tend to be more versatile with food & wine pairings, especially cheeses. Each winter, I gather some of our key staff to hand-select new cheeses designed to pair with our three featured vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, served on our Library Tasting and Winery Tour & Library Tasting experiences. This year, the 2006, 2008 and 2010 vintages of our silky Alexander Valley…
  • Introducing the new Jordan website

    Lisa Mattson
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    It felt like the birth of a baby this month at Jordan Winery. Our new website came to life at 9 a.m. on January, 13, 2015, weighing in at 1.3 GB and 38.4 inches long. We are very proud parents. We’re shaking things up with the new, which was 14 months in the making. One of the best website designers in the wine industry, FINE Design Group, brought our vision for a dynamic, multi-media website that tells our story and provides useful information with the backdrop of stunning visual imagery. Please browse over from the top of this blog page or click here. Surf around and…
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Picnic Ideas - Best Wineries for Picnics

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Plan a picnic in the Wine Country. Discover the best wineries or picnics and great picnic ideas.
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park)

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Big Basin Redwoods State Park is truly a hiker's paradise. Majestic redwood trees, ocean views, and cascading waterfalls are all part of Big Basin hiking.
  • Top Winery Restaurants

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Are you looking for a place to eat in the Wine Country? Check out these winery restaurants. If you appreciate both fine wine and fabulous food, these restaurants may be just the place.
  • Paso Robles Golf Courses

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    In addition to great wineries, you find some of the finest and most beautiful golf courses in the Paso Robles Wine Country. Learn about Paso Robles golf courses right here.
  • Calaveras County Bed and Breakfast

    22 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Learn about Dunbar House 1880, a Calaveras County bed and breakfast located in Murphys. Find out why Dunbar House is the top rated wine country accomodation in Calaveras County.
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    Reverse Wine Snob™

  • Domaine Bousquet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - A Dandy of a Deal

    Jon Thorsen
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tasty Cabernet from Argentina. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Malbec from Tupungato, Alto Gualtallary, Mendoza, Argentina. Made from organically grown grapes. The wine spends 10 months in 100% French oak and 4 months in bottle before release.This review is brought to you by CorkExclusive where you can get the Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012 for just $14.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match). SRP of $20. 15,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Domaine Bousquet, family of Winemaking, decided to settle in the Mendoza region because of…
  • Funk Zone Syrah-Viognier 2012 - Gotta Have It

    Jon Thorsen
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    A real type of thing goin' down. 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier from Santa Barbara County, California. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the B.R. Cohn Gold Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 for just $34.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on 3 or more bottles (mix&match)! SRP of $22 and available for $17 exclusively at Club W. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"'Funk is fun, but it's also a state of mind' - George ClintonFunk Zone is a Syrah and Viognier blend inspired by the great wines of the Northern Rhone Valley of France. Its beautiful Syrah gets a little lift from the aromatic and…
  • Maison Cubi Syrah Carignan 2013 - The Solution to the Boring Box

    Jon Thorsen
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! Our highest rated box wine ever! 10% Syrah and 90% Carignan from Corbieres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. The Carignan comes from 120 year old vines.SRP of $30 for a 3L box and available at that price. Also available in a 750ml bottle for $10. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Grape Varietals: Syrah 10% - Carignan 90%An intense nose of dark berries, supple palate and a very good overall balance. This wine will accompany all your meat dishes! Best served at 10-12C.13% Alcohol"If you read our big series on box wine last fall then you know that we are big fans of this…
  • Launches Corkpons! (Corkage Coupons)

    Jon Thorsen
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    A new way to avoid inflated restaurant prices on wine. Here at The Reverse Wine Snob we're big fans of bringing your own wine to restaurants for a whole lot of reasons but first and foremost is the opportunity to avoid paying the ridiculous markups that restaurants love to take on wine. However, just bringing your own bottle doesn't always alleviate the problem as most restaurants have some kind of corkage fee (what they charge you for bringing in that bottle). We've seen these range from zero, which is quite unusual, all the way to the outrageous, which is unfortunately all too common. So…
  • Barolo on the Down Low - Two Tastes of Barolo on the Cheap

    Jon Thorsen
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Shh, don't let the secret out...true Barolo for around $20 via Trader Joe's and Naked Wines! Ahh, Barolo. Perhaps the most renowned of the renowned Italian wines. Made mostly from Nebbiolo in Piedmont, it's not that often that we find revered wines like this in our price range. In fact, it's so rare to find wines like Barolo, Brunello or Amarone under $20 that when we do their authenticity is in question.This post brought to you by: Get wines like Marc Mondavi's The Divining Rod Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 for just $15.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on 3 or more bottles (mix&match)! Take, for example,…
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    Nosso Vinho

  • The Chocolate Block 2011

    Paulo Queiroz
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    É raro termos aqui no blog um vinho Sul Africano. The Chocolate Block é produzido… The post The Chocolate Block 2011 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Monte da Ravasqueira 2010, Alentejo

    Paulo Queiroz
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Agora listamos um vinho regional Alentejano, muito gostoso e simples, feito perto da cidade de… The post Monte da Ravasqueira 2010, Alentejo appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Mouton Cadet 2012

    Paulo Queiroz
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    Lá vem de novo a máxima de que “Bons produtores não sabem fazer vinho ruim”.… The post Mouton Cadet 2012 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Remòle IGT 2011

    Paulo Queiroz
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Remòle IGT é uma mistura de 85% Sangiovese e 15% Cabernet Sauvigon. É um belo… The post Remòle IGT 2011 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Barolo Bússia Dardi Le Rose 2009 – Poderi Colla

    Paulo Queiroz
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Poderia Colla é uma empresa criada em 1993 por Tino Colla e possui 3 áreas… The post Barolo Bússia Dardi Le Rose 2009 – Poderi Colla appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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    Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery

  • Healdsburg, CA – A Mecca for Boutique Wineries

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Healdsburg Town Plaza Healdsburg California, in the northern end of Sonoma County, is a mecca for small boutique wineries that produce a wide array of wine styles from many grape varieties. In addition, the town reminds me of what Andy Griffith’s Mayberry would feel like, if Mayberry were in wine country. In our early days of wine country travel, we would stay somewhere in Napa Valley and visit northern Sonoma. Now when we advise travelers, our advice is just the opposite; stay in Healdsburg and visit Napa Valley. Why, you may ask…two great wine regions, lots of great wines in both? The…
  • John Anthony Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    John Anthony Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, CA, $70 (S) – Rating 92 A complex Cabernet offering a bouquet of  black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum and brown spice. Plush and rich on the palate with smooth tannins and balanced acidity. Rich integrated flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, a little briar, a hint of chocolate and camp fire smoke. Black pepper spice adds to the long finish. Buy This Wine The post John Anthony Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Smith-Madrone Riesling 2013

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Smith-Madrone Riesling 2013, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District, CA, $27 (S) – Rating 92 Think dry…Think crisp…Think  refreshing… A beautiful dry Riesling from one of the few Riesling vineyards left in Napa Valley. Aromas of citrus, honeycomb, pear, honeysuckle and wet stone minerality. A soft mouth-feel with food pairing acidity accentuates flavors of pear, green apple, white peach, honeysuckle, honeycomb and creamy vanilla. Notes of honeysuckle become more apparent as the wine opens. This wine pairs with a wide variety of foods from lighter summer fare to roasted…
  • Clark-Claudon Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Clark-Claudon Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $82 (S) – Rating 92 Created for 100% Estate Cabernet grapes, this is a delicious example of Napa Valley Cabernet. A robust nose of blueberry, blackberry and pie crust with hints of cinnamon and chocolate. Plush on the palate with soft tannins integrated with flavors of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, a little creamy vanilla and brown spice with dark chocolate on long finish. Buy this Wine The post Clark-Claudon Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2011

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2011, Estate Grown, Napa Valley, CA $42 (S) – Rating 91 A blend of winemaking styles, barrel aged without buttery malolactic fermentation. The result is a Chardonnay with a crisp mouth-feel, balanced acidity and a touch of creaminess. The nose offers notes of Meyer lemon, tropicals and wet stone minerality. On the palate, flavors of Meyer lemon, red apple, pear and a touch of white pepper spice. Just a hint of oaky vanilla caramel in the long finish. Buy This Wine The post Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2011 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
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    Wine Virtuosity

  • Sicilian Wine Adventures – Part 31; Hanging With Giuseppe Russo

    Niklas Jorgensen
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Mouth-to mouth resuscitation of a long gone article series……aaaaaaaaand it’s back! No, I never stopped pouring those gorgeous and transparent wines from Etna. Just had to temporarily kill a darling or two posting wise. But then a bit unexpectedly I’m standing there again, on the slopes of Mount Etna, choked with the urge to tell the world about the joys of Nerello Mascalese. So, here goes, part 31 from an island hard to resist. It’s early March. The weather is gorgeous and the view from Catania is nothing but magnificent; clear blue skies with the majestic…
  • 2013 Exczellencziás – A Search For Dry Tokaj Greatness

    Niklas Jorgensen
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Bilingual post. Yes, it did strike me when I tasted the 2013 Exczellencziás from Bott Pince; what’s the point writing about a wine with a total production of 546 bottles? Few will be able to locate it and I will only look like a show off. But then again, the Exczellencziás is such an interesting experiment by Judit and József Bodó at Bott Pince, their search for the ”big dry Tokaj” as Judit puts it. And it would be a pity not to tell you about it because when the couple finds the formula, the production will most likely go up. The 2013 Exczellencziás will be released in Hungary…
  • Alkonyi László Goes Winemaking – Kaláka Pince

    Niklas Jorgensen
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    Tokaj – A szabadság bora (Tokaj: The Wine of Freedom), is one of the ten best books ever written on wine. According to Hugh Johnson that is. And honestly, although perhaps being biased by now, I can only agree. Alkonyi László’s book is such a thorough work covering all the aspects of the region. Mr. Alkonyi has also produced the just as great Tokaj: Dulomitológia (Tokaj: The Myth of Terroir) where he discusses the role of the terroir. Mainly in Tokaj but also in Burgundy and Bordeaux. Although it’s been a while since they were publihsed, both of his books are quite…
  • Birichino Saint Georges Zinfandel

    Niklas Jorgensen
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    Now this came a bit unexpected although I by now should know that the wines from Alex and John has this cool character expression. But a Zinfandel with only 13 percent alcohol and barely any oak impressions? Yes pleeeease! The 2013 Saint Georges Zinfandel is the result of yet an old vineyard find by the guys at Birichino. More precisely, ungrafted Zinfandel vines close to the Santa Cruz mountains and planted in the beginning of the 1920’s. Impression The 2013 shows this typical transparent color of the Birichino reds. On the nose it’s at first a bit shy but aeration allows the…
  • Ornellaia – A Vertical

    Niklas Jorgensen
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Axel Heinz is in town. The winemaker at Ornellaia, an estate that hardly needs any lengthy introduction. Actually none at all. It’s a treat listening to the knowledgeable Mr. Heinz; he’s good with words, humble and also honest. Abilities that suits a winemaker at Ornellaia. We’re about to taste 9 wines from the estate, 6 from Ornellaia and 3 from their brand called Le Serre Nuove. The latter is sometimes referred to as the estate’s second wine but the fact is they’re styled quite differently. While Le Serre Nuove usually is consisting of at least 50 percent…
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    Hoot n Annie

  • Best Restaurants in Paso Robles?

    Hoot 'n Annie
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Many months ago I had posed this question on three different Facebook pages that I run: “If someone came into Paso Robles from out of town, which restaurant would you refer them to for a great meal?” As usual, some of the answers didn’t make sense to me (you’ll see why when you read below) and some people voted for more than one restaurant so I included each of the votes. From best to not best: 1st Thomas Hill Organics – 17 votes 2nd Artisan – 16 votes 3rd Villa Creek – 10 votes Tie 4th: McPhee’s (not in Paso Robles but allowing it on list), Il Cortile – 8 votes each Tie…
  • Tasting Room Etiquette

    Hoot 'n Annie
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    We were recently driving in the car and had the radio on. It was tuned in to 92.5 The Krush here in San Luis Obispo County and it happened to be while David Wilson of Grape Encounters Radio was on. We were catching the last segment in which he was chatting with Sara Schneider (Wine Editor Sunset Magazine) about tasting room do’s and don’ts for the consumer. Now, as you know if you have followed us at all, you know customer service is a huge deal to me. It’s more important than the product or service you are offering. However, what is not discussed often enough is the expectations of the…
  • Il Cortile Races to Fight Cancer

    Hoot 'n Annie
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    We received a press release this morning informing us about Il Cortile’s involvement in raising money and awareness for Cancer Support Community through the Tour of Paso cycling event on March 21. I do not share very many press releases because in my mind most of them aren’t really announcing anything all that interesting. This one I find worthy to share because we have all been touched by cancer in some way, shape, or form. It’s a hideous disease that takes far too many lives. Last year Il Cortile came in first place in funds raised…a staggering $22,000. To raise funds they are…
  • Where To Eat: McPhee’s Grill in Templeton, CA.

    Hoot 'n Annie
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Another favorite restaurant of mine is McPhee’s Grill in Templeton. Due to the fact that we live in Paso Robles and it’s easy to just drive downtown we don’t get to McPhee’s as much as we’d like BUT…we went there for our last date night. I’ve been there for lunch and dinner before and I must say I prefer dinner. Not because of the menu, food, or service but due to the evening ambiance of McPhee’s. The dimly lit rooms of the restaurant just add so much to the experience. As per our usual, we sat at the bar and proceeded to dive in. The bartender has waited on us before, he’s…
  • Paso Robles: Spearhead Coffee

    Hoot 'n Annie
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Annie here…As much as I love drinking wine, I also really enjoy me some good coffee now and then…or every morning, more like it! There’s a new coffee joint in town and it took me a while to get down there, but I finally did and was most definitely NOT disappointed. This place was super cool…and by cool I mean, the kind of place you want to go and stay a while, hang out, enjoy yourself and your coffee and just bask in the goodness of the much lauded vice we all know and love: caffeine. Yes, it took us a while to get to Spearhead, and in the meantime we’ve been…
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Clancy’s red at Costco

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    A lively red from down under Clancy’s Red Blend – Costco $12.69 Clancy’s is yet another enjoyable wine from the world famous producer Peter Lehmann. Clancy’s is from Barossa Valley in Australia. This is a very lively red blend comprised of 58% Cabernet, 22% Shiraz, and 20% Merlot. I like the full-bodied character of this wine and the many flavors of dark fruit characteristics that pop from the wine. Although robust, it is a food-friendly wine. I would serve this with a variety of red meats or pasta with a hearty meat sauce. Wine Spectator rates the wine at 90 points.
  • Super Tuscan Casone Toscana at Trader Joe’s

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Casone Toscana $9.99 at Trader Joe’s Casone Toscana 2009 – Trader Joe’s $9.99 Our friend Caren who reads this blog said I must try this wine. “It is fantastic and only $10.” I looked for the wine but it was not on the T.J. wine shelf last week. The wine steward told me they were holding it back until the next Fearless Flyer (snail mail newsletter) was distributed. Sunday it was on the shelf, so we gave the wine a try. Janelle liked the wine much more than I did, and one thing this wine proved to us is that certain foods can indeed change the taste of the…
  • Wine shops in Berkeley

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    A few weeks back we visited wine shops in San Francisco, and this time we took a day of discovering the best wine shops in Berkeley. Berkeley, often referred to as Berzerkeley, has an amazing diversity of people and lifestyles and thus a total variety of shops, restaurants and boutiques. We visited five wine shops in Berkeley, and along the way squeezed in lunch at Césars on Shattuck. Click to view slideshow. Berkeley Grocery Outlet First stop, the Berkeley Grocery Outlet, which we were told was the first Grocery Outlet. Now we understand the building will make way for a condo development…
  • Chateau Boisson – can Bordeaux make a great white wine?

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Chateau Boisson – a delightful white wine from Bordeaux Chateau Boisson 2013 – Costco $7.99 Yes, they do make very good white wine in Bordeaux. 90% of the wine made is Bordeaux is red.  The white wine grapes in Bordeaux are mostly Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.  Sauternes are the famous white dessert wine from the Bordeaux region and comprised of Semillon and some Sauvignon Blanc. The dry whites of Bordeaux are not nearly as popular, but they are very good. The Chateau Boisson is a dry white wine, mostly Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of the Semillon added to give the wine some…
  • Excellent Bargain Pinot Noir

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    The Leese-Fitch is a tasty Pinot Noir Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir 2013 California – Weimax Wines $13 When Joe hosted his blind tasting of dry Riesling wines for the Vintage Wine Tasters, he served a delicious salmon lunch paired with this lovely Pinot Noir wine. It had been recommend to him at Weimax Wines in Burlingame. As Gerald states in his tasting notes: “An inexpensive Pinot Noir that smells and tastes like a Pinot Noir.” In other words, most Pinot Noir wines in the bargain category are a shadow of the real character of the Pinot Noir grape. The Vintage Wine Tasters were…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • Founder Jim Bernau named Salem's First Citizen

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

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

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

    Christine Collier
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Please join me in cheering on your favorite team this Sunday, February 1st at 3:30 pm in our Estate Tasting Room. We will have the Super Bowl game playing on multiple big screen TVs (with improved audio) and food and wine specials to purchase. I have included the details below. It is going to be a great game, so you'll need to be close to a supply of wine to handle it! I hope to see you here with your team spirit! Mauri OsborneTasting Room ManagerSunday, February 1st - Kick-off at 3:30 pm 2015 Super Bowl Championship GameEstate Tasting Room8800 Enchanted Way SETurner, OR…
  • Watch the National Championship Game in our Estate Tasting Room!

    Christine Collier
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Please join me in cheering on the Oregon Ducks this Monday, January 12th at 5:30 pm in our Estate Tasting Room. We will have the game playing on multiple big screen TVs with food, wine and beer specials available to purchase. I have included the details below. My prediction: Scary-close!You'll need to be close to a great supply of wine to handle the back and forth.I hope to see you here in green and yellow... or white... or orange and black. Go Ducks! Go Pac-12!Jim BernauFounder/WinegrowerMonday, January 12th, 2015  ·  Kick-off at 5:30 pm2015 BCS College…
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    B.Mitch Drinks

  • A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    A Thousand Romantic Moments Every DayHello! A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day Everyone will experience success with AnastasiaDate What do we count as a success? Yes, we have dates, engagements and weddings but that doesnБ─≥t cover the thousands of little moments of magic that we generate each and every day. For each bouquet of flowers sent there is a Lady left with a feeling of warmth and love. Each time a Live Chat ends with the words Б─°with Love my darling, speak soonБ─², isnБ─≥t that also a success? Every time one of clients goes to bed dreaming about his…
  • A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    A Thousand Romantic Moments Every DayHello! A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day Everyone will experience success with AnastasiaDate What do we count as a success? Yes, we have dates, engagements and weddings but that doesnБ─≥t cover the thousands of little moments of magic that we generate each and every day. For each bouquet of flowers sent there is a Lady left with a feeling of warmth and love. Each time a Live Chat ends with the words Б─°with Love my darling, speak soonБ─², isnБ─≥t that also a success? Every time one of clients goes to bed dreaming about his…
  • A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    A Thousand Romantic Moments Every DayHello! A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day Everyone will experience success with AnastasiaDate What do we count as a success? Yes, we have dates, engagements and weddings but that doesnБ─≥t cover the thousands of little moments of magic that we generate each and every day. For each bouquet of flowers sent there is a Lady left with a feeling of warmth and love. Each time a Live Chat ends with the words Б─°with Love my darling, speak soonБ─², isnБ─≥t that also a success? Every time one of clients goes to bed dreaming about his…
  • A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    A Thousand Romantic Moments Every DayHello! A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day Everyone will experience success with AnastasiaDate What do we count as a success? Yes, we have dates, engagements and weddings but that doesnБ─≥t cover the thousands of little moments of magic that we generate each and every day. For each bouquet of flowers sent there is a Lady left with a feeling of warmth and love. Each time a Live Chat ends with the words Б─°with Love my darling, speak soonБ─², isnБ─≥t that also a success? Every time one of clients goes to bed dreaming about his…
  • 1000's of Russian beauties are hoping to connect with you TODAY

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Hello! 1000's of Russian beauties are hoping to connect with you TODAY. You are half way to the unlimited and most exciting experience of Russian Romance introductions. Move to the next level today! Access your account and get in touch with the most gorgeous Ladies from Russia and Ukraine. Attract attention to your profile by inviting Ladies to Live ChatБ─╕ Browse Ladies Online and step into action!
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • TasteWA at Willie Green’s Organic Farm

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

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

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

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Discover the newest Washington state breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries this Saturday, March 21, 2014. Under on roof, at Hanger 30 at Magnuson Park, the newest Washington beverage makers will gather to show off their stuff. Come meet the new kids on the block and see what they have to offer. I remember Debuts and Discoveries being the introduction to some very special wine makers. I met Rachel Horn of Ani Che wines at Debuts and Discoveries as well as  Kyle Johnson of Purple Star Wines.  I met the Grieb family and tasted my first Treveri Cellars, which ended up served at the…
  • Taste Washington

    9 Mar 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Taste Washington is the grand finale of Washington Wine Month. Traditionally the last weekend of March, this year Taste of Washington has expanded to four fun wine packed days. In addition to the grand tasting and seminars. you can now experience Taste Washington in a variety of means from rustic to  elegance. Red & White Party The second annual Red & White Party kicks off Taste Washington on Thursday March 26. Hosted at AQUA by El Gaucho, this event features  highly ranked Washington wines poured from magnum bottles. In addition to the prestigious Washington wines, Chef Wesley Hood…
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • 2014 Bordeaux Vintage Summary, Harvest Report

    Jeff Leve
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider 2014 Bordeaux is slated to be the best vintage in 4 years, following the historic back to back vintages of 2009 and 2010. It’s interesting to review what took place during the growing season, as it was not an easy vintage for Bordeaux. The 2014 Bordeaux vintage got off to a good start. The winter months were exactly what the vines needed with their moderate temperatures and heavy rain. The water tables were replenished after a few years of drought conditions. In fact, rainfall was at its highest level since the 2001 vintage, making…
  • Best Places and Dates to Taste 2014 Bordeaux Wine En Primeur in April

    Jeff Leve
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider While the week of the official 2014 Bordeaux En Primeur tastings is of course, focused on the tasting the wine from the newest vintage, there are numerous chateau that have just finished, or are close to completing massive renovations and state of the art modernizations. In the Left Bank, some of the chateaux you do not want to miss are: Chateau Margaux and Chateau Marquis d’Alesme also in the Margaux appellation. Chateau Pedesclauxin Pauillac. In the Right Bank, Chateau Fonplegade in St. Emilion is ready for its debut and close up as…
  • Chateau Pavie With New Label for 2012 Vintage Celebrating New Status

    Jeff Leve
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The famous 1855 Classification of the Medoc for all intents and purposes is set in stone and will never change. That is not the case with the Classification of St. Emilion wines. In the most recent classification of St. Emilion wines, 2012 Saint Emilion Classification Chateau Pavie was promoted to the coveted position of Grand Cru Classe A status. The Right Bank appellation of St. Emilion is the only region in Bordeaux to change its status every ten years. This upgrade to Grand Cru Classe A status, which is only given to 4 Bordeaux chateaux…
  • Does France still have a Taste for Life and Wine?

    Jeff Leve
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The wines of the Cotes du Rhone are going to have to rethink their new advertising campaign. This entirely due to just one simple sentence! This could only happen in France, the country that many people consider the epicenter for wine and food around the world! The “Taste for life” or “gout de la vie” slogan will have to be replaced by another. You might be asking why, as there seems to be nothing wrong that slogan, which truly captures the essence of the wines from the Rhone Valley. The reason is based on the latest legal decision…
  • Robert Parker, Neal Martin now Bordeaux Critic at The Wine Advocate

    Jeff Leve
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Congratulations Neal Martin! You have some big shoes to fill as you are now in contention to be the world’s most important wine critic. It was only a matter of time before Robert Parker started to enjoy life more. He’s been writing about Bordeaux since 1978. That is 35 years worth of tasting en Primeur tastings.That is one amazing track record. In an announcement made in London today, following a post written by Robert Parker on his website, Robert Parker wrote, “I wanted to take this opportunity to share with readers first…
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  • The Boer, The Brit and the Hemp Protein – wine review

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    The wine: The Field Marshall, Boer and Brit 2012 Where’s it from? Stellenbosch, South Africa Where to buy it: Whole Foods Market, or What it will set you back: £10.49 How boozy is it? 14% Confession time: I am obsessed with Whole Foods Market, affectionately known in the US, where it originated, as Whole Paycheck. If you haven’t come across one yet – they seem to be mostly in yummy mummy areas of London at the moment – I would highly recommend it. My other recommendation is that you don’t arrive hungry, or you will leave having spent £120 on some organic…
  • LWG interviews Chris Scott, of Thirty Fifty and Find A Vino

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    I’ve become more and more interested in people in the wine business devoted to making wine accessible and easy for drinkers to get to know. Chris and Jane Scott who run wine education company Thirty Fifty are great examples of this – and when they wrote to me to tell me about their new app, Find A Vino, I was keen to know more so I interviewed Chris. Chris Scott of Find A Vino LWG: So tell me how you first got started in the wine business? Chris Scott: I first worked with wine in vineyards in New Zealand, where I’m originally from. But it was actually on holiday with my wife Jane…
  • LondonWineGirl writes about beer for a change

    5 May 2014 | 8:45 am
    It’s only fair to warn those of you who are somewhere on the autism spectrum, before you release your Inner Angry Nigel in the comments section, that this post is mainly about beer, not wine. Rest assured, Colins and Nevilles, that my normal wine reviewing service will resume in the next post. I normally hate holiday smugness. I hate the cute photos of feet in flip-flops on Facebook. I hate having to admire the tan acquired (I make Dracula look swarthy.) I can’t even watch A Place in the Sun without rolling my eyes. So it is with trepidation that I am writing about a bar in Puerto…
  • Dim Sum, wine, fancy tea: LWG’s trip to Bo Lang

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Bo Lang is a dim sum restaurant in South Ken, a part of London which seems to be a strange restaurant black hole – one of those neighbourhoods that’s so multicultural and affluent it should by rights be much foodier than it is. I’m pretty sure people have stopped opening trendy restaurants anywhere between Battersea and Earls Court for fear that the Made in Chelsea cast might annex the whole place. LondonWineHusband and I chose Bo Lang because of a Sunday morning steamed bun craving (mine) and a desire to visit the brilliant indie wine merchant The Sampler (his, honestly…
  • Weird, wonderful Evolution is a nine grape extravaganza.

    14 Oct 2013 | 11:53 pm
    The wine: Evolution White, Sokol Blosser Where’s it from? Oregon Where to buy it: or Whole Foods What it will set you back: £12 When you’re learning about wine there tends to be a lot of emphasis on the different grape varieties (that’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, not green and red!) and what their different flavour profiles are. Single varietal wines – yup, that’s wines based on one type of grape – are quite easy to get your head around and deservedly popular with consumers who appreciate knowing roughly what they can expect even if they…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • Celebration of Syrah Grand Tasting

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    On Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, McMenamins Edgefield Winery will hold its 14th Annual Celebration of Syrah, a two-day revelry of wine, food and fun. The 74-acre Edgefield property will host winemakers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond who will showcase their best Syrahs throughout the weekend. Syrahs are bold inky-colored reds, made from […]
  • Video: Wines of the Rhone Valley, Part 2

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This video, produced by LCBO covers the wines of Rhone Valley, a wine lovers paradise in France. This is home to many of the grape varieties which are planted the world over. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre have grown here for generations. In the embrace of the radiant sun, relentless mistral wind and rocky soils they […]
  • A Lineup of German Wines Sure to Please All Palettes

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    A Lineup of German Wines Sure to Please All Palettes If you love German wines and can’t get enough of their Pinot noirs, Rieslings and Gewürztraminers, I’ve tasted though a case of the latest releases from Valckenberg that are sure to please. Many are at a good price point, so they won’t break the bank. […]
  • Women in Wine Interview: Erica Landon

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Women in Wine Interview: Erica Landon Education has always been Erica Landon’s passion, giving her an avenue to share the world of wine and support the industry that she has become immersed in… Erica began her career working in restaurants throughout Oregon from the top of Mount Hood to the heart of the Willamette Valley.  […]
  • 2015 Taste of Solvang Event

    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine & Beer Event: Taste of Solvang Solvang’s annual food and wine and beer destination event, Taste of Solvang, will celebrate its 23rd year in March 2015. The multi-day event line-up will span March 18 through March 22,2015, to include a revamped schedule of offerings geared towards both visitors and locals, encouraging attendees to embark […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Chicago

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    If you're a Chicago history buff, you'll immediately recognize the site of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House - the old Esquire Theater. Originally, the cinema (built in 1938), had a single auditorium with over 1,400 seats, was then converted to a six-plex in 1988 (a shame), and ultimately closed in 2006 (double shame). Del Frisco’’s occupies three floors of the Esquire Theater - its interior was designed to preserve the landmark theater’s historic architectural elements, which it does nicely. I can still picture the old concession stand (the food is better now) and using the old…
  • Poderi Arcangelo Winery

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Several weeks ago, I got to (briefly) attend a Tuscan wine tasting in Chicago. Since I could only swing by, I narrowed my tasting down to a few varietals I had not tasted before, Ciliegiolo and Vernaccia. Ciliegiolo is traditionally used in blends such as Chianti, but a winery at the tasting, Il Lebbio, had it as a bottling on its own - definitely lived up to its name, "Cherry."Vernaccia di San Gimignano was a revelation to me. I love finding a new white varietal that has a uniqueness to it. My favorite of all the wines I tasted was the Poderi Arcangelo Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Basic…
  • Ruffino Presents: a Virtual Wine Tasting with Snooth

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    Ruffino Presents was Snooth's first Virtual Tasting of 2015! With a history dating back to 1877, Ruffino is an iconic Tuscan winery that has always embraced a unique balance of tradition and innovation in their winemaking style. We learned about Chianti Classico and sampled the wines of this 138 year-old Winery. Master of Wine Christy Canterbury was joined by Winemaker Gabriele Tacconi in an hour long tasting session featuring the following fabulous Ruffino Wines:Ruffino Chianti DOCG 2013 ($10)Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico DOCG 2012 ($14)Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG…
  • Madison Craft Beer Week 2015

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    Since its inception in 2010, Madison Craft Beer Week (MCBW) has promoted Madison’s thriving craft beer culture by sponsoring a ten-day (two weekend) festival that highlights Wisconsin’s regional brewing heritage and serves as a showcase for the Madison area’s breweries, restaurants, pubs, caterers, retailers, entertainers, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. Wisconsin’s largest craft beer week returns May 1-10, 2015 to celebrate its 5th anniversary! Over 80 different Greater Madison area restaurants, pubs and breweries will host more than 350 events…
  • Wine of the Week: Picton Bay 2014 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

    12 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Apparently vinified by the folks at Mount Riley Wines - their excess grapes are used to make this wine for Trader Joe's ($7.99). Love the twist-off closure, definitely a wine I'll be bringing along on picnics and camping (shhhhh...). Citrus, floral, grass, and starfruit aromas, classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, IMO. Melon, lemon, white floral and starfruit in the glass, with a touch of effervescence to liven things up. Slides down the throat like there's no tomorrow, definitely stock up if you have a TJ's nearby.Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter…
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    Wine Folly

  • Top Wine Producing Countries of the World

    Madeline Puckette
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    It’s been a few years since our last article on the top wine countries of the world. The most recent statistics on the top wine producing countries will astound you. For instance, did you know that China is now in the top 5? Top Wine Producing Countries (2012) Top Wine Countries Italy France Spain United States China Argentina Australia South Africa Chile Germany Russia Portugal Romania Moldova Greece Austria New Zealand Ukraine Brazil Others Statistics from 6.8 billion gallons is enough wine to fill an area of 99 city blocks in Manhattan 40 feet high –that’s…
  • The Secrets of Top Cabernet Sauvignon Brands

    Madeline Puckette
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    We all need the ideal list of good red wine brands so we can stock up. But with over 100,000 wines released every year in the United States, it’s a sea of choices. So, for this article, we’re taking a closer look at the defining traits of top Cabernet Sauvignon-based red wine brands. Why Cabernet? Well, because as it’s the world’s most planted grape, it is the perfect place to start. TIP: Learn what makes top Cabernets great and then seek these traits in other producers. 21 Top Cabernet Sauvignon Brands Classic top rated Cabernet Sauvignon from the best growing regions…
  • The 10 Commandments of Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    If there were 10 commandments of wine what would they be? Do you already follow the most important principles to know about wine? Find out. The 10 Commandments of Wine 1. Honor thy wine Appreciate where your wine is from and, in doing so, you appreciate your tastebuds. 2. Expand thy palate Try a new and different wine variety, style, region or country every couple of weeks. Your effort to try new things will make your life richer and it will expand your perspective. There are so many different types of wine to try, why stop now? 3. Respect your limits If you don’t, you’ll regret…
  • Dry Gewürztraminer: The First Wine of Spring

    Madeline Puckette
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Gewürztraminer is typically one of the first wines to get released after the new year in early spring. If you love spice-driven cuisines such as Thai, Indian and Arabic foods, you’ll find Gewürztraminer to be a perfect match. You can typically pick up a decent bottle for around $10 and an exceptional Gewürztraminer for $16–22. Gewürz: ‘Spice’ Traminer: old name of the grape All told, there are only about 35,000 acres of Gewürztraminer in the world, which, compared to Chardonnay at nearly 500,000 acres, means the wine is pretty unique. If you’re on the search for…
  • Champagne vs Prosecco: The Real Differences

    Madeline Puckette
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Q: What are the real differences between Champagne vs. Prosecco and why does one cost so much more than the other? A: The quick answer is Champagne is from France and Prosecco is from Italy, but there are some other things to know about both wines –especially if you like bubbly wine. Champagne Champagne is a sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France around the city of Reims about 80 miles (130 km) Northeast of Paris. Made with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes Produced using a costly method called the ‘Traditional Method’ A standard pour of Brut…
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  • Pristine Napa & Sonoma Wines to Perfectly Pair with Popular Easter Candies

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Looking for something different to do this Easter Sunday? Something you can do that still allows you to spend time with family and friends? An activity that gets your group out of the house and is fun for locals and out of town guests? How about a twist on the traditional Easter Egg Hunt? Celebrate the holiday in Napa, Sonoma Valley, or Sonoma County and hunt for wines you can take home to pair with your Easter candy. Napa Valley Wines to Pair with Pink Peeps & Cadbury Creme Eggs Visit the Napa Valley town of Yountville where you’ll find Domaine Chandon open on Easter Sunday from 10…
  • Cheese Please! A Review of the 2015 Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Earlier this month Pure Luxury blogged about the 9th annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival. Today we’re following up to share the deliciousness that was found during the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace. The entire weekend, from March 20 - 22, was filled with education, fun, and outstanding cheese pairings. But the Tasting & Marketplace on Sunday, March 22nd from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m was a cheese lover’s dream. Over 90 artisan producers of local cheese, wine, beer, and other specialty foods were gathered under the big tent at Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma. With…
  • Quench Your Thirst for Art in Napa Valley

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The purpose of art is washing the dust of our daily life off our souls. ~ Pablo Picasso The Arts. Expression fueled by a creative impulse. Seen in a drawing, painting, photograph, or sculpture. Heard in music or during a theatrical performance. Or, tasted in food and wine. Napa Valley dedicates an entire month to celebrating Art in all its forms during Napa Valley Arts in April. The celebration presents an amazing selection of festivities. Some of the festivities include: - art shows - community art collaborations - artists receptions at wineries - acoustic music - photography - watercolor…
  • Treat Yourself to 5 Sonoma County Splurges

    Carey Sweet
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Sometimes, you’ve just got to pamper yourself. Forget the price of admission, and live large with these well-worth-it Wine Country treats: Top Spa: Kenwood Inn & Spa, Kenwood Imagine soaking in a bath of wine, while sipping wine…bliss. At this tiny Mediterranean-style oasis, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, sparkling wine salts, oils and grape elixirs are made with crushed grape seeds and grape skins sourced from Sonoma, the Russian River and Napa. Red wine varietals offer great vitamins, and are high in antioxidant content from the powerful polyphenol called resveratrol, which is known as a…
  • Live in the Vineyard: Napa Valley Celebration of Rock Stars, Rock Star Winemakers, & Celebrity Chefs

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are many levels of things you can win, a bet with a friend for a dollar, a stuffed animal at a carnival, prize for a best costume contest during Halloween, or a million dollar lottery prize. Some things available for the winning, are priceless. The chance to win an invitation to Live in the Vineyard is one of those priceless things. Live in the Vineyard takes place biannually. This year’s first event takes place March 26 - 29. Live in the Vineyard takes Napa Valley’s world-renowned wines, plus world class chefs, and combines them with the best up-and-coming artists and…
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  • LA RIOJA ALTA, S.A. Rioja, Riserva 'Viña Ardanza' 2005

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    The 2005 'Vina Ardanza' is a fantastic blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from the estates 30-year-old plots 'La Cuesta' and 'Montecillo', located in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha comes from ancient vines planted at a 600 meter altitude in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), on plots adjoining 'Finca La Pedriza'. The wine itself opens up with aromas dried blackberries and chrerries followed by vanilla, toasted coconut, spices, fresh mineral and a touch of cedar. It shows excellent structure on the palate, with a gorgeous balance of fruit and acidity backed by silky tannins, which grip…
  • LA RIOJA ALTA, S.A. Rioja, Gran Riserva '904' 2004

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    The 2004 Gran Riserva '904' is an absolutely stunning wine, bursting with incredible aromas dried blackberries and cherries along with vanilla, toasted coconut, sweet balsamic, floral, leather, earthy minerals, crushed stones and a touch of sweet oak which are all layered beautifully in the glass. This medium-bodied Rioja impresses with its excellent balance and gorgeous soft, velvety tannins which are well integrated into the seamless texture that carries on through the long finish. Although this is very appealing today, it is certainly a wine that is built for the long haul and will only…
  • MARCEL LAPIERRE Morgon 2013

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    The 2013 Morgon from Marcel Lapierre offers pretty aromas of red berries, crushed rose petal and potpourri spices. It possesses a light weight body with fine silky tannins and a clean, delicate finish. Readers may want to allow this some bottle age to take on some additional characteristics. (Best 2017-2025) - March, 2015 (JD) 88 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: March, 2015  Producer: Marcel Lapierre Vintage: 2013 Drinking Window: 2017-2025 Suggested Value: $27 Country: France Region: Burgundy Appellation: Beaujolais, Morgon Importer: Kermit Lynch
  • TENUTA SAN GUIDO 'Guidalberto' 2013

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    The ‘Guidaberto’ is a lovely showing in 2013, offering gorgeous aromas of freshly crushed dark cherries and wild berries along with fresh violets, spices, mint and wet stones which are layered in the glass. This full-bodied red is well balanced and continues to impress with its gorgeous silky texture and lovely finesse. Today, the wine still shows a youthful edge, so readers may want to consider allowing some additional bottle age to further develop. (Best 2017-2027) - March, 2015 (JD) 91 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: March, 2015  Producer: Tenuta San Guido…
  • ALAIN PARET Saint Joseph '420 Nuits' 2011

    17 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    The ‘420 Nuits’ from Alain Paret is named after the aging process where it spends 420 days in new French oak barrels. The wine itself is actually 100% Serine, which is an ancestor of Syrah and releases aromas of fresh black raspberries, dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, herbs, vanilla and lavender. It is tightly wound with firm tannins and a racy core of dark fruit. This will benefit from short-term cellaring or at the very least, a few hours or air. (Best 2017-2026) - March, 2015 (JD) 90 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: March, 2015  Producer: Alain Paret Vintage:…
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  • gaga for malbec

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    I don’t know what you did last night, but Lady Gaga popped this bottle of Malbec for her fiancé: Being Lady Gaga, she could afford to open almost any bottle int he world. But she chose this $18.99 bottle of Alamos Malbec, the most affordable entry from the Catena family in Mendoza, Argentina. This Malbec … Continue reading →
  • crazy champagne and food combos that rock

    22 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    People think Champagne is for Fancy Times, popping it only with caviar, paté, and wedding toasts. And how often is that? Not very. If those are your only usual excuses to drink Champagne, I’m about to give you a lot more. And ones that will rock your palate. Champagne is an excellent food match – it has beautiful … Continue reading →
  • happy tinkerbell happy hour!

    21 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    After yesterday’s snow, I’m trying to channel spring as hard as I can. Nothing like something refreshing  Pinot Gris and white tulips to do the job. The Loveblock is packed with ripe yellow pear, baking spices, and a hint of lychee ($22 – get it here so you have it for the first really warm day!). What’s … Continue reading →
  • scandal wine recap: alter egos drink martinis

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Dearest Gladiator Grapefriends: Apologies for missing the action last week! Between SXSW and other real life obligations, we missed Liv’s return to wine. But fear not, we’re back on track with an extra long recap. Let’s quickly talk about last week where we opened an episode with Liv guzzling white wine straight from the bottle. … Continue reading →
  • rolling in the ruinart

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Everyone is over winter. OVER. But there’s nothing like an awesome all-Champagne dinner to brighten your cold and slushy night. Marika Vida-Arnold, the wine director at the Ritz’s Auden Bistro, puts together Phenomenal Femmes wine dinners throughout the year to showcase wines made by women. At yet another fantastic one last week, I had dinner with Maison … Continue reading →
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  • Davids And Goliaths Of Wine

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    Review of Abarbanel Batch 22, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and a revisit to Boulard Calvados XO.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week March 4, 20015   In popular and secular terms, the biblical confrontation between David and Goliath is seized upon as a shorthand reference for a hopeful image of the underdog, a contest or battle between a relatively small or weak opponent against a much bigger and much stronger adversary. In the world of kosher wine, this image comes periodically to mind—though obviously minus the inherent violence and explicit…
  • A Particularly Pleasing Wine

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Reviews of the Pacifica Evan’s Collection Washington Meritage 2010 and Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  February 27, 2015   Every year the Royal Wine Corp./ Kedem, owned and managed by the Herzog family, the largest producer, importer and distributer of kosher wines and spirits, organizes a huge wine and food tasting in New York. The Kosher Food and Wine Experience, or KFWE, was held earlier this month at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. This event is a fabulous opportunity to sample the…
  • Survey: 40 % Of American Adults Enjoy Drinking Wine

    11 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Review of the Black Tulip 2011 and The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  February 27, 2015   A recent survey by the Wine Market Council offers an interesting snapshot of U.S. wine consumption.   It turns out that 40 percent of American adults enjoy drinking wine, with a third of those drinking a glass or two several times a week.  The breakdown showed that 19 percent of those surveyed only drink wine, 19 percent drink wine and liquor but no beer, 20 percent drink wine and beer but no…
  • South African Wine Poised For A Renaissance

    9 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Investors bring new techniques, rich flavors to South African wines   By Lou Marmon   Gazette Newspapers  February 24, 2015   South Africa appears poised for wine greatness. This is somewhat surprising since the country’s winemaking industry languished during the 50 plus-years-long international boycott of the apartheid government. The wines made during those decades were uninspiring and meant to be shipped in large bulk containers rather than bottles. After the revocation of apartheid in 1994, South African winemakers had a lot of catching up to do.   They did have…
  • A Blend Of Regions

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Reviews of the Herzog Variations Four Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and 2 Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  February 5, 2015   It is often said that wine makes itself, and that all that is really needed are grapes and the right conditions. This is largely true. Left alone, grapes will indeed start to decompose, the skins will break and natural yeast will work its magic on the juice – all things being equal. As Benjamin Franklin once wrote (typically misquoted and mangled into an adage about beer):…
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  • William Wright Chardonnay Wine Review | Drinking at Aldi

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    William Wright Chardonnay comes to us from the fine folks at Aldi. This Chardonnay is produced in Monterey County, California, and generally has a profile in line with similarly produce California Chardonnay. The William Wright Chardonnay is available at Aldi where you can get it for the low, low price (actually high by Aldi standards) or $7. It is funny what Aldi does to your frame of reference. Normally, I’d be thinking that $7 is a cheap, bottom shelf bottle of wine. Not at Aldi! At Aldi, when you spend that $7 on a bottle of William Wright Chardonnay, you’re nearly at the top…
  • Best Kroger White Wine | Drinking at Kroger

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    The best Kroger white wine is the cream of the crop. There is a plethora of white wines from Kroger so just narrowing down the list is a big challenge. For our part, we made the decision to limit it to only bottles that are exclusively available from Kroger and only wines that have been reviewed here on Sourmashed. Based on that, we have this list of the best Kroger white wine. If we’ve missed any, feel free to let us know if the comments.   Best Kroger White Wine Chalkboard Chardonnay Made from California grapes, Chalkboard and Kroger have slightly different descriptions…
  • Best Things We’re Reading This Week

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Today’s a slow day over at Sourmashed. Instead of writing something ourselves, check out some of the best things we’ve been reading this week.   I.W. Harper bourbon returns for sale in U.S   Craft Distillery Being Added to Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience Stolen bourbon from Wild Turkey recovered The post Best Things We’re Reading This Week appeared first on SourMashed.
  • Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the top tier of Trader Joe’s branded wine offerings. Think of this bottle as that special occasion when VINTJS, petit reserve, and/or reserve offerings aren’t good enough. There are so many small distinctions between all of these Trader Joe’s private label offerings that I often struggle to keep them apart. At the end of the day, none of that really matters if the price is right and the wine is good. Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon does a pretty good job of meeting both of those criteria. Per Trader Joe’s, the…
  • Matthew Fox White Zinfandel Wine Review | Drinking at Food Lion

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Matthew Fox White Zinfandel is one of the five offerings from Matthew Fox Vineyards, a producer of wines exclusively available at Food Lion. I never realized that Food Lion would have their own private label wine, but apparently they have many options. Matthew Fox wines are an offering at the lower end of the price range, with each bottle usually selling for a bit under the $5 mark. With a price like that, how can you not want to pick up a bottle? I knew I wasn’t going to like the Matthew Fox White Zinfandel from the moment I saw it there on the shelf. However, the winemakers have nicer…
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  • It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, MADD World of Pinot Noir--PART THREE

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    World of Pinot Noir isn’t an industry tasting, that is, a tasting that is invite only and aimed at the trade, but a large public tasting. There’s a considerable difference. The large public tastings need “anchors,” just as shopping malls do, to attract the public. Malls have Nordstrom or Macy’s. Pinot Noir tastings have Kosta Browne or Williams Selyem. WOPN had both. The anchors are there to attract consumers who might then also buy something at Radio Shack or B. Dalton books (yeah, I know,...
  • California's Dear Jon Letter

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    O Jon, I guess I knew this day would come. Doesn’t make it any easier. I knew you were unhappy with me, that you were feeling the itch to move on. Did you ever think that itch might be wine business herpes? That you walked around too many vineyards with Red Blotch Virus waving your meat dowser around? Just a joke, Jon. Though I know you were sleeping around, you didn't exactly make a secret of it (you made me a laughing stock, thanks for that) sleeping around with those Natural Wine whores....
  • It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of Pinot Noir--PART TWO

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    My Saturday at World of Pinot Noir began with a pair of wine and food seminars, given the umbrella title “Foodie Frenzy Seminar Pairing.” “Foodie” is one of those words I associate with a poverty of vocabulary and imagination. It sounds like “Groupie,” as though a Foodie is someone who tries to fuck great chefs. A Puckfucker. And a Frenzy was not something I wanted at ten in the morning after a long Friday tasting dozens of Pinot Noirs. Except that I was hungry, and not in the mood to eat a $20...
  • Lo Hai Qu at a Wine Country Bachelorette Party

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    My crazy intern Lo Hai Qu has been driving me nuts asking to publish another post on HoseMaster of Wine™. I told her that I would publish her work if she promised to quit smoking. She told me she’d quit smoking if I’d stop crying every time I watch “SOMM.” (I can’t help it, it’s just so moving, all those brave and talented drunks.) “I’ll swap you butts for holes,” Lo explained. No deal. Lo wore me down, however, and so today’s piece is her doing. Oh, man, here we go again. Me and my girls...
  • It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of Pinot Noir--PART ONE

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Maybe the most common observation about wine is the old chestnut about Pinot Noir being the hardest varietal wine to make. You’d only have to attend World of Pinot Noir to agree. Perhaps it’s all the clones of Pinot Noir that make it challenging. It seemed to me at this 15th edition of World of Pinot Noir, the clones were running the circus. Yes, I felt the need for an obligatory clone joke. Wanted to get it out of the way early. The Board of Directors of WOPN decided to invite me to their...
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  • Wine Review: Priest Ranch 2009 Petite Sirah

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Set high in the hills above Napa sits Somerston Wine Company. They have over 200 acres planted and the area has cool nights, late morning fog and warm afternoons.  This lends itself to a nice slow ripening at harvest. The eastern part of the property sits Priest Ranch. The history dates back to 1849 when a man named Joshua James Priest gained the title to 638 acres of the Catacula land grant in a section called Soda Valley.  Today Soda Valley is called Priest Ranch. The 2009 Priest Ranch Petite Sirah is 100% Petite Sirah. It has a pretty high alcohol content, clocking in at 15%.
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Flabby

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:28 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Flabby appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • Markham Cellar 1879 Blend

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Located in St. Helena Markham winery is actually one of the first wineries founded in the Napa Valley.  Founded by Jean Laurent who built the winery in 1874, he was on of the largest producers back in the California wine boom of the 1880’s. One hundred or so years later, Bruce Markham purchased the property and founded Markham Vineyards.  He focused mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon and added Merlot with the 1980 vintage. In 1988 the winery was sold to Mercian Corporation. Today under the direction of Kimberlee Nicholls, Markham is producing award winning wines. Kimberlee’s…
  • Thralls Family Cellars 2013 Chardonnay Antonio Mountain

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    I knew Ed Thralls from the wine blogging community.  He had a blog called “WineTonight,” but we met in person in 2010 when a few of us took a hike in Napa. It was the 3 hour tour. Yes, it turned into a 6 hour hike.    Ed had just relocated to the Napa area from Atlanta to begin following his dream, producing his own wine.  Well, I must say it didn’t take him to long to realize his dream.  Congratulations Ed! I’m real proud of you.   Of course I had to purchase some of his wine and try it. Boy did I like it and can’t wait to taste the…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Complex

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:23 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Complex appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
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  • Wine Review: Priest Ranch 2009 Petite Sirah

    Debbie Gioquindo
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    Set high in the hills above Napa sits Somerston Wine Company. They have over 200 acres planted and the area has cool nights, late morning fog and warm afternoons.  This lends itself to a nice slow ripening at harvest. The eastern part of the property sits Priest Ranch. The history dates back to 1849 when a man named Joshua James Priest gained the title to 638 acres of the Catacula land grant in a section called Soda Valley.  Today Soda Valley is called Priest Ranch.The 2009 Priest Ranch Petite Sirah is 100% Petite Sirah. It has a pretty high alcohol content, clocking in at 15%.
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Flabby

    Debbie Gioquindo
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room The Captain’s Log: A Tasty Triple Threat

    Debbie Gioquindo
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    Every few months, Captain Lawrence releases a limited batch of specialty four-packs of very unique beers. This time around, it’s the Seeking Alpha triple IPA. That’s right, triple—we’ll see your imperial IPA and raise you another blast of hoppy goodness. It’s a big, bitter monster of a brew; the Village Voice rightfully called this 11% alcohol beer “a palate-smashing beast of an ale designed for those times when a lesser IPA simply won’t cut it.”Seeking Alpha, featuring Tomahawk, Mosaic, Cascade, and Citra hops, and created with alpha acid concentrate, debuted last year, but…
  • Markham Cellar 1879 Blend

    Debbie Gioquindo
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:28 am
    Located in St. Helena Markham winery is actually one of the first wineries founded in the Napa Valley.  Founded by Jean Laurent who built the winery in 1874, he was on of the largest producers back in the California wine boom of the 1880's.One hundred or so years later, Bruce Markham purchased the property and founded Markham Vineyards.  He focused mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon and added Merlot with the 1980 vintage.In 1988 the winery was sold to Mercian Corporation. Today under the direction of Kimberlee Nicholls, Markham is producing award winning wines.Kimberlee's Cellar 1879…
  • Thralls Family Cellars 2013 Chardonnay Antonio Mountain

    Debbie Gioquindo
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    I knew Ed Thralls from the wine blogging community.  He had a blog called "WineTonight," but we met in person in 2010 when a few of us took a hike in Napa. It was the 3 hour tour. Yes, it turned into a 6 hour hike.Ed had just relocated to the Napa area from Atlanta to begin following his dream, producing his own wine.  Well, I must say it didn't take him to long to realize his dream.  Congratulations Ed! I'm real proud of you.Of course I had to purchase some of his wine and try it. Boy did I like it and can't wait to taste the other selections.The 2013 Thralls Family Cellars…
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  • 10 Georgian wine producers take part in China Food & Drink Fair in Chengdu

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    27.03.2015 (Hvino News). On March 26-28 10 Georgian winemaking companies are participating in China Food & Drink Fair (CFDF) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.The following companies take part in China Food & Drink Fair: Armazi Wines, Bagrationi 1882, Batono,  Kakhuri Wine Cellar, Kindzmarauli Marani, Shalvino, Vaziani, Winery Khareba, Sarajishvili, Shalvino.In the framework of the fair Georgian wine master classes will be conducted by Chinese wine experts Fengyee Walker, Adam Huang and Debra Meiburg.  After CFDF, "Three Cities Roadshow" in the China's cities is planned in the…
  • Winery Khareba and South Africa's organic wine producer in bilateral exchange

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    24.03.2015 (Hvino News). Young winemaker Tornike Chakhvadze from Georgia's Winery Khareba will be spending two months at Stellar Winery, South Africa’s largest organic wine producer and the world leader in the production of no-added-sulphur wines. The cellar is situated at Kys Halte, in the Western Cape Province.An exciting exchange program between South Africa and Republic of Georgia, the first of its kind, began this week with the arrival in Cape Town of Tornike Chakhvadze. The Georgian Ambassador Beka Dvali flew in from Pretoria to meet Tornike. The 2015 harvest is currently…
  • Georgian wine exports to Russia still stalled

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    23.03.2015. Georgian wine exports to Russia are still pending. In 2015 Tbilvino has not exported a single bottle of wine  to Russia, according George Margvelashvili,  company's director, who commented for Georgian radio Kommersanti. Mr. Margvelashvili expected the situation would change in March  and still hopes that supplies would be restored in April. However, he adds that Russia’s share in  total exports would be much less. So far, Russia’s share in the company’s exports  is about 25% of the total exports. In his words,  because of the delay,…
  • What you need to know about orange wines

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    AMBYTH WINERY'S AMPHORAFOODABLE WEBTV NETWORKby Courtney Walsh22.03.2015. Orange wines - no, not a wine made from oranges - have become all the rage at restaurants and wine bars nationwide. Named because of the extended skin contact the wine receives which imparts amber or orange hues, orange wines can be viewed as a sort of foil to rosé wines. As rosé wines are essentially red wines made in the style of a white, orange wines can be seen as white wines made in the style of a red.While red wines are allowed to sit on their skins to extract color, tannin and flavor, white wines generally see…
  • "Meininger's": Orange is the new white

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    by Robert Joseph20.03.2015. I came across my first orange wine way back in the late 1980s, on a trip to Georgia with a group of British wine buyers. We had just finished sampling a set of traditional red wines in a picturesque monastery, when the monk who was conducting the tasting poured us each a glass of liquid that looked like very, very old Sauternes. I remember the look of surprise on my companion’s faces when they saw the deep gold colour, and the downright shock when, after experiencing the dry, tannic, slightly bitter, and earthy yet weirdly fruity flavour. We were told that it was…
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  • Syrah Made Simple

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    You’ve seen it in the wine aisle, usually occupying a disproportionately small corner of the red section. You’ve been intrigued by the name, but are confused why everyone spells it differently.
  • Decadent Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Blueberry Pancake Muffins-blueberry muffins with a sweet maple glaze that taste just like blueberry pancakes. They are perfect for breakfast or brunch!
  • Should You Judge A Wine By Its Label?

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Choosing a book by its cover — judging by outward appearance or “prettiness” — is simply what we do. But does it always make sense?
  • Feds worry about undersea wine

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    It seemed like a worthwhile experiment to a small winery: Submerge bottles of wine in sea water to see how they age.
  • Delicious Parmesan Chicken Bites with Place in the Sun Unwooded Chardonnay

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The best chicken nuggets you will ever have – crisp-tender and completely homemade with Parmesan goodness!
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • Best Wine of February 2015: Trento Extra Brut Riserva Lunelli 2006, Ferrari

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Muscat Blanc is among the most ancient and appreciated varieties of history, praised by many authors of the past because of the delicious wines produced with this grape, it is still today one of the most appreciated ones. A grape very common all over Italy, Muscat Blanc is particularly famous in France as well, where it is used for making extraordinary sweet and dry wines, all characterized by a charming aroma of grape.
  • Best Wine of January 2015: Offida Rosso Il Grifone 2008, Tenuta Cocci Grifoni

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Tenuta Cocci Grifoni was established in 1970 by Guido Cocci Grifoni, and right here in this winery has been produced, in 1969, the very first bottle of Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC. Committed to the reevaluation of local white varieties Pecorino e Passerina, this winery from Marches is one of the protagonists of Offida appellation, to which belongs the best wine of January 2015 - Il Grifone 2008 - DiWineTaste five diamonds.
  • The Taste of Wine

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Let's introduce the evaluation of the taste of wine, by understanding the parts making it and how they develop, from basic tastes to tactile sensations. Important role is also played by the contribution of aromas, an important factor making the taste of wine - and of any food - more complex and interesting.
  • Best Wine of December 2014: Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria 2007, Tenute Silvio Nardi

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria is the result of twenty years of research aimed to the production of a great wine, magnificent expression of class, finesse and elegance. Impeccable expression of Sangiovese grape and its characteristic crispness, Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria 2007 enters our Guide for the first time and conquers five diamonds, as well as the title of best wine of December 2014.
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - Italiano

  • Il Migliore Vino di Febbraio 2015: Trento Extra Brut Riserva Lunelli 2006, Ferrari

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Il Moscato Bianco è fra le varietà più antiche a apprezzate della storia dell'umanità, decantata da molti autori del passato per i vini deliziosi che con quest'uva si producevano, trova ancora oggi una nutrita schiera di appassionati. Molto diffuso in tutta Italia, il Moscato Bianco è particolarmente celebre anche in Francia dove si producono straordinari vini dolci e secchi, tutti caratterizzati dal suadente profumo d'uva.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Gennaio 2015: Offida Rosso Il Grifone 2008, Tenuta Cocci Grifoni

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Tenuta Cocci Grifoni è stata fondata nel 1970 da Guido Cocci Grifoni, ed è proprio in questa cantina che è stata prodotta, nel 1969, la prima bottiglia della denominazione Rosso Piceno Superiore. Dedita alla riscoperta e alla rivalutazione delle varietà bianche Pecorino e Passerina, questa cantina marchigiana è fra le principali protagoniste della denominazione Offida, alla quale appartiene il migliore vino di Gennaio 2015 - Il Grifone 2008 - cinque diamanti DiWineTaste.
  • Il Gusto del Vino

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Introduciamo la valutazione del gusto del vino, comprendendo le parti che lo compongono e come si sviluppano, dai sapori fondamentali fino alle sensazioni tattili. Ruolo importante è infine svolto dal contributo degli aromi, senza i quali il gusto del vino - e di ogni alimento - sarebbe decisamente meno complesso e interessante.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Dicembre 2014: Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria 2007, Tenute Silvio Nardi

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria è il risultato di venti anni di ricerche tese alla produzione di un grande vino, magnifica espressione di classe, raffinatezza ed eleganza. Impeccabile espressione dell'uva Sangiovese e della sua caratteristica freschezza, il Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria 2007 entra per la prima volta nella nostra Guida e conquista i cinque diamanti, oltre al titolo di migliore vino per il mese di dicembre 2014.
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    Mad about Madeira

  • New Releases From D’Oliveiras

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

    Niklas Jorgensen
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
      All these years, writing about Madeira wine, and never a mention on what stemware I use. Perhaps I’m slightly excused if telling you it’s been an on-going experiment, or rather, a search for the optimal glass? However, two years ago I finally found it….an aquavit glass. I’ve never been a real stemware fundamentalist – I’ve settled with the copita glass when drinking fortified wines, you know, the glass with a narrow taper. It helps to enhance the bouquet of most fortified wines without allowing the alcohol to shine through and make you sneeze. Well, that’s…
  • D’Oliveiras 1989 Malvazia Colheita – A Best Buy

    Niklas Jorgensen
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:54 am
      Best buys in Madeira? The colheitas for sure. You get a glimpse of a vintage Madeira, the grape character is more evident and you don’t have to ask your better half for permission to buy a bottle. But even if a producer can bottle a colheita already after five years, few do. Most of the wines are around 10 to 15 years when the aging in cask are stopped. But then there’s the guys at Pereira d’Oliveira. Several of their colheitas has aged more than the stipulated 20 years for a vintage, yet they’re not labeled as such. It all comes down to a philosophy of the producer –…
  • Vinhos Barbeito’s 2000 Single Cask 44a Malvasia

    Niklas Jorgensen
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
      And I thought they were all gone! The feeling when realizing you’re still in possession of two bottles of an old favorite is nothing but priceless. But there’s more to the story….   Five years has passed since I last wrote about Vinhos Barbeito’s 2000 Single Cask 44a Malvasia. It’s time again. Last summer, one of the two rediscovered bottles was brought to the annual vacation week at the tiny island of Fårö, north of Gotland, Sweden. Ingmar Bergman used to live here and I can understand his choice. One morning I noted on my Instagram flow that my…
  • 2014; An Odyssey From A-Z

    Niklas Jorgensen
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
      Hello? Anyone? Wine blog to reader, Roger, out. 2014 were, by far, the most inactive year in the history of Wine Virtuosity. The focus was put on Mad about Madeira although the activity hardly impressed there as well. But I did wine travel last year, I did drink the best wine I’ve ever had. And I did write. Just not here. It all comes down to a matter of adaptation. During the first half of 2014 I contributed on a weekly basis for the Swedish online wine site of Vinbanken and during the fall I started writing more lengthy stories for a printed wine magazine, Livets Goda.
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    Total Wine & More

  • Join us for the Grand Opening of our Manchester, Connecticut Store!

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

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

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

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

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    We’ve all got that one wine bottle. You know the one. Maybe it’s on the pricey side, but it’s that one bottle that you bought for a “special occasion” to celebrate or commemorate. Yet somehow that occasion has passed by, or possibly it hasn’t even presented itself yet. We’re here to tell you – it’s time to stop holding on. Break out that significant bottle and enjoy it! No Jess. We’re pretty sure that’s not the one. This Saturday (2/28/2015) is finally the day to uncork, swirl and sip. The last Saturday in February is known…
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    Amateur Wine » Amateur Wine

  • #HOTGV: On fine teas with Jameel Lalani

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

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

    Qin Xie
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    For a drink that’s been much the same for thousands of years, wine, or at least how it’s consumed, has become increasingly high tech in the last few years. For instance, this website lives entirely in the digital age. As well as numerous images, the recently launched Heard on the Grape Vine podcast makes sure that there’s a good multimedia mix. Amateur Wine is plugged into social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. And then there’s apps like Vivino… All of this digital talk can feel a bit lonesome (and no one wants to drink on their own), until a…
  • Quinta do Tedo, Folgosa

    Qin Xie
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley series Quinta do Tedo rests on the converging point of the river Tedo and the river Douro; a picturesque little winery owned by Vincent Bouchard. Bouchard, some might recognise, as in Bouchard Pere et Fils in Burgundy. While the owner might be French, the winemaking is very much traditional. The grapes produced on the 14 hectare estate, entirely red and harvested with the help of horses, are foot trodden and fermented in the lagare before resting and being fortified in concrete tanks. We tried a small selection of their dry wines…
  • #HOTGV: On whisky with Sir Colin Hampden White

    Qin Xie
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:44 am
    #HOTGV? What could this be? Why it’s a new drinks podcast, which, in long form, spells out Heard on the Grape Vine. Heard on the Grape Vine, or #HOTGV Heard on the Grape Vine will, I hope, be the audio version of Amateur Wine in that it seeks to both entertain and educate the amateur wine lover who wants to learn more. Although primarily focused on wine, it will also feature spirits and other drinks. If you think you’ll already love it, subcribe here: On whisky with Sir Colin Hampden White For this first podcast, I was joined by Sir Colin Hampden White, the launch editor of…
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    12x75 Wine Blog

  • Welcome To Wine Country

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

    Guest Blogger
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:14 am
    By Anna Scott   Type ‘wine comeback’ into your favourite search engine and see how many pages of results come up (clue: it’s quite a few). A quick glance at this information might lead you to deduce that pretty much everything and anything in the world of wine has made a ‘comeback’ at some time […]The Comeback Kids is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post The Comeback Kids appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:Some Precarious Wine Predictions for 2015 Crap wine, plebs, snobbery and the whole class debate – sorted Who should be the new face of…
  • First #7wordwinereview Dinner of 2015

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:53 am
    (#7wwr Dinner – Cocomomo Holborn – Thursday, 26/02) – Cost of the Event is £25   12×75 is pleased to announce our first dinner of 2015. If you are looking for an evening of unpretentious fun with good food, great wine and even better company, then the #7wordwinereview dinners could be right up your street. In […]First #7wordwinereview Dinner of 2015 is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post First #7wordwinereview Dinner of 2015 appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:Some Precarious Wine Predictions for 2015 Marmite wines…
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    Fareham Wine Cellar Blog

  • Rubis Chocolate Wine Liqueur

    13 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    Rubis Chocolate Wine Liqueur Rubis Chocolate Wine – For serious chocoholics only! An eccentric drink that shouldn’t work, but it does! What’s in a name? First of all I should say that this is not actually a wine. Rubis Chocolate is actually a blend of fortified Tempranillo wine and premium chocolate essence flavourings, so I think the best description for it is probably Rubis Chocolate liqueur. However, a liqueur is usually made by adding flavourings (herbs, spices, fruits etc.) to a spirit and this is a fortified wine with flavourings added, so I am going to go with the…
  • Valentine’s Day

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    Valentine’s Day #valentinesvino This year Hatch Mansfield ran a Valentine’s Day competition for the wine shop with the best looking Valentine’s Day window. This was a competition for the followers of @HatchMansfield on Twitter. We thought we would enter. So, armed with some various Rosé wines and some card hearts, fashioned by my colleague’s daughter, to dangle from the ceiling and some heart-shaped sequins we came up with this. All there was to do then was to take a picture and get tweeting using the hashtag #valentinesvino. Hard to capture the amazingness of our…
  • Louis Latour Agencies

    13 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    Louis Latour Agencies 25th Anniversary Portfolio Tasting Wednesday 4th February 2015 @ The Hospital Club Louis Latour Agencies is the UK subsidiary of one of the one of the best known producers of Burgundy, Maison Louis Latour. The Louis Latour Agency business was founded in 1990 purely as a company for selling Louis Latour’s Burgundies to the UK wine market. Other producers, first from France, and also from New Zealand, Chile, South Africa and Australia have gradually been added to the portfolio of wines they represent. These include Simonnet-Febvre in Chablis which was acquired by…
  • Frizzante Prosecco

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Frizzante Prosecco Villa Domiziano Prosecco Corda At Fareham Wine Cellar we sell Villa Domiziano Prosecco Corda a frizzante Prosecco sealed with a normal cork and secured a bit of string. I quite often get asked questions by customers wanting to know what frizzante Prosecco is and what spago means. Put simply a frizzante Prosecco is semi-sparkling wine – the wine is bottled at a lower pressure than fully sparkling wines. Therefore, traditionally, the bottle would be sealed with a normal cork, secured with a bit of string – the Corda or Spago (these both mean string in Italian).
  • Glenmorangie Tusail

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    Glenmorangie Tusail The Latest Glenmorangie Private Edition No. 6 Has Arrived Glenmorangie Tusail follows hot on the heels of last years Glenmorangie Companta. The means that the list of Private Edition releases now looks like this, Sonnalta PX – finished in old Pedro Ximenez (dessert) Sherry casks Artein – finished in ex- Sassicaia casks (one of the first Super-Tuscans) Finealta – a recreation of the Glenmorangie blend from the early 1900s with a small amount of peated malt Ealanta – a 19 Year Old whisky aged in virgin American white oak casks sourced from trees grown in the Mark…
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    Great Northwest Wine

  • Washington rosé tops 3rd Great Northwest Wine Competition

    Great Northwest Wine
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Victor Palencia’s 2014 Vino La Monarcha Pinot Noir Rosé won best of show at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A Pinot Noir rosé from one of the coolest regions of Washington wine country earned best of show at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition. The Vino La Monarcha 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé from Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley wowed 21 West Coast wine professionals. The wine is a label for Palencia Winery in Walla Walla, Wash., and is made by Victor Palencia. “I’m extremely…
  • Chris Peterson’s journey from DeLille to Avennia

    Andy Perdue
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Chris Peterson, winemaker and co-owner of Avennia in Woodinville, Wash., worked at DeLille Cellars for eight vintages. (Photo courtesy of Avennia) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – When Chris Peterson decided to get into the wine business, he was the first person to go through Walla Walla Community College’s now-vaunted winemaking program, then he landed at one of Washington’s greatest wineries. Today, Peterson co-owns Avennia, one of the hottest young producers in Washington, and now works with two retired National Football League quarterbacks on another project. We recently sat down…
  • Dussek Family Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $36

    Great Northwest Wine
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Alsace native Jean Claude Beck continues his recent string of success for Woodinville vintners Bijal and Sinead Shah with this stunning Cabernet Sauvginon that seems to just now hitting its stride. Aromas of dark plum and sexy barrel notes of vanilla bean, brown sugar and maple lead into supple and round flavors of black cherry and plum sauce. The tannin structure offers pleasing grip, and that’s supported by lingering acidity, elegant spice and note of bay leaf combine to give this great length. It merited a gold medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards. Rating:…
  • 3rd Great Northwest Wine Competition begins today

    Andy Perdue
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., is home to the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition. HOOD RIVER, Ore. – The third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition begins today, and it has drawn a record number of entries from throughout Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. The judging, held at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, attracted more than 1,200 entries, making it the largest judging of wines from the four Pacific Northwest states and province ever conducted. The judging concludes Thursday, and all results will be announced soon after on…
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Wendy Stuckey leaving for New Zealand

    Andy Perdue
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Wendy Stuckey joined Chateau Ste. Michelle in 2007, moving to Washington from her native Australia.  She will head to New Zealand to be chief winemaker for Constellation. (Photo courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – The world’s No. 1 Riesling producer is losing its white winemaker. Wendy Stuckey, whose prowess with Riesling helped elevate Chateau Ste. Michelle since her arrival in 2007, is heading back to the Southern Hemisphere after nearly eight years in Washington. Stuckey, an Australian native, has been named chief winemaker for Constellation New Zealand.
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  • New Benefits in 2015 for Cellar Rat Club Members!

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    We'd like to say "THANK YOU" to our great supporters! Our Cellar Rats buy at least a case of wine in a calendar year and we know that with so many choices for great wine, this is a big deal. So, a little recognition is in order!   In addition to the existing benefits our Cellar Rats enjoy (discounts, free tastings, special opportunities), you'll now receive a Cellar Rat Wine Glass* and some additional perks! When you sport your stemless, shatterproof Cellar Rats goVino® Wine Glass... At the Winery in Kirkland: add a Reserve Taste to your tasting line-up (already free for…
  • Chocolate Lovers! April Chocolate and Wine Pairing

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
     Sign up soon for this VERY POPULAR event!   We use the amazing hand-made truffles from Brugge Chocolates in Redmond, and pair 6 of them with 6 of our wines.   Susan Walukiewicz, owner of Brugge Chocolates, will be on hand to answer your most pressing chocolate questions.   For only $30, you get the tasting of 6 wines and 6 chocolates, a box of the 6 chocolates to take home, and $15 credit towards wine purchase. Your tasting will likely take about 45-60 minutes.  SWEET DEAL!         When: Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 1-4pm Where: Northwest Cellars…
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    Vinos Ambiz, SL (Terroir-expressing, natural wines (Sierra de Gredos, Spain)

  • Pruning Update – March 2015

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

    11 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    I’m just back from an absolutely incredibly awesome 2-day tasting event in Paris. It was organized by Thierry Puzelat, who in addition to being a natural wine producer based in the Loire, also imports and distributes foreign wines in France.Here’s a list of the winemakers who came (here). Anyone who knows their natural wines will recognize some impressive names there, and I felt overwhelmed and honoured to be invited along with them. For me, this invitation to participate in the fair (called “Deguestation”) and have my own table to pour my wines, was the final affirmation that I…
  • How on earth did I manage to achieve all that?

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    It's been a long time since my last post, and such a lot has lot has happened; so much in fact that I haven't had any time to write any posts on this blog!That's probably a good thing though, all things considered, as after all, my 'core activities' (as it were) are growing grapes, making wine, and marketing and selling said wine; not writing a blog.  On the other hand though, one could consider writing this blog as part of my marketing!  I suppose it is, really, even though I like doing it just for its own sake.There's a lot of information in this blog (especially in the "Pages"…
  • Some Thoughts and Comments and Feedback on my Recent Natural Wine Tasting

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    I got a lot of good feedback from the people who came to the tasting of my new wines the other night at the Petit Bistrot. There were not many of us there which was a good thing as I could circulate and chat to the different groups, who didn't really know each other.It was quite an informal affair as far as tastings go. The normal procedure seems to be to set up a sort of 'high table' or stage with the speaker speaking at an audience who are all sitting facing him or her. But in this case we were all just standing around in groups in a restaurant which, being a weekday, was empty apart from…
  • Tasting Presentation of Six (6) Natural Wines

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    PROXIMAMENTE - Cata de Nuevos Vinos de Vinos Ambiz:COMING SOON - A Tasting of New Wines by Vinos AmbizCuando - El jueves 22 de eneroWhen - this Thursday 22 of JanuaryA qué hora - a partir de las 20:30At what time - starting at 20:30Donde - en el Petit Bistrot, c/Principe de Vergara, 210Where - at the Petit Bistrot, c/Principe de Vergara, 210, MadridQué vinos:What wines:3 blancos/whites 2014 (Airén, Albillo, Doré)1 naranja/orange 2104 (Sauvignon blanc)2 tintos/reds 2013 (Garnacha, Tempranillo)Hay que reservar: 91-426-7405Booking required: 91-426-7405Qué más - charla informativa…
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • bASH 2015: Showcasing St. Helena’s Wine and Food Capabilities

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Cured Snapper with Green Bell Pepper Gelée (paired with Sauvignon Blanc at bASH 2014) If you’re free on Saturday, April 18, you should go here now to purchase tickets for bASH 2015an annual food and wine event from Appellation St. HelenaWhat is bASH? Well, it’s a popular spectacle showcasing the Napa Valley community with over 35 premium wineries joining forces with local culinary talent between 6 pm and 8:30 pm.  More than just a wine tasting event, it’s a delightfully fun food and wine pairing competition where your votes help select the ultimate winners (and believe us, the…
  • Finding New Favorites: Recommendations from the 2015 World of Pinot Noir

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Bacara Resort & Spa We had a wonderful time at the 15th annual World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) earlier this month, enjoying copious amounts of high quality Pinot Noirs enhanced by delicious food and classic Southern California weather. Pinot Noir producers and lovers from around the world converged at the beautiful Bacara Resort & Spa for the weekend’s stellar lineup of seminars, tasting sessions, luncheons and winemaker dinners in Santa Barbara. For us, the highlight is always attending the “Pinot Noir by the Sea” Grand Tastings showcasing over 200 wineries from around the…
  • Awesome Party, Great Cause: Taste of the Nation San Francisco

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Foodies and funseekers still have ten days left to finalize their travel plans to attend Taste of the Nation San Francisco and enjoy scrumptious tastes from popular local chefs such as Michael Tusk, Nancy Oakes and Jennifer Puccio. This delightful fundraiser will feature the Bay Area’s best chefs, vintners, brewers and mixologists coming together to support Share Our Strength’s goal of ending childhood hunger in the United States. Michael Tusk, Chef Chair Quince and Cotogna Chef Michael Tusk is returning as the Chef Chair again this year, leading the culinary charge.  With about 100…
  • Celebrating Cabernet: 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Events

    13 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    If you’re trying to factor your love of Cabernet Sauvignon into your future travel plans, we’re here to help. You’ll find a list below of 20 Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Tastings and Festivals in 2015 including food and wine events, walk-around tasting experiences and passport-style drive-around opportunities. There are even a few weekend-long celebrations. Not all of these events are exclusive to Cabernet Sauvignon, but that varietal will have at least a predominant presence at the events listed. With destinations including Los Angeles, Napa Valley, Paso Robles and the Santa Cruz…
  • Twenty Petite Sirahs: Favorites from the 2015 Dark & Delicious

    5 Mar 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Two weeks ago, we had fun focusing our taste buds on a single varietal at the Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah™ event during a delightful wine and food experience. The Petite Sirah varietal is an offspring of Syrah and Peloursin that is crafted into big, bold red wines with herbal and black pepper aromas and strong fruit flavors (like cherries or blueberries) and plenty of tannins. After enjoying pours from over 40 wineries (along with small bites from restaurants, caterers and food purveyors) we ended the evening happy and satiated. Part of the mission of PS I Love You (the event…
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    VinePair » Wine, Beer And Spirits Articles

  • Zinfandel, The All American Grape, Comes from A Place Called Kaštela

    Keith Beavers
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Kaštela is the region of Croatia where Zinfandel’s true home was found. When we hear the term Cult Wine in California we often relate it to cult cabs. Big, full bodied small production Cabernet Sauvignon based wines with high alcohol and a good amount of oak, that almost masks the inherent pepper-like characteristic of the variety. But in the 1990’s another cult wine rose to the top: Zinfandel. Once called America’s Claret (a word coined by the British to describe wines from Bordeaux or Bordeaux-like wines) this grape at one time gave Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot a run for its…
  • There’s No Such Thing As “Gluten-Free” Vodka

    Aliza Kellerman
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    “So if it’s made of corn, is it gluten-free?” I was always torn when answering this question. And I was asked it, many times, when vending craft liquor at a local farmer’s market. My first impulse was to shout “yes! Because all hard liquor is gluten free!” My second was to take the bait and agree that yes, as all of our spirits were made from 100% corn, they were gluten-free. I usually struck a balance somewhere in the middle, honestly (but hurriedly) explaining that all spirits are gluten-free, but as ours were made of corn, they were “naturally” gluten free. Which to tell…
  • 9 Wine & Pastry Pairings

    Aliza Kellerman
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Don’t you feel sophisticated when snacking on a croissant? It’s one of my not-so-guilty pleasures (read: I eat croissants pretty often). While savoring one earlier this week, it dawned on me that I’ve never had a croissant with the most obvious of beverages: wine! But why stop at a croissant? Why not go all out and have a glass of vino every time you’re having a bagel? Well, because most of New York City would be drunk before work. But the sentiment remains, pastries go great with wine. Here are nine you should be pairing right now. Cheese Danish & Sauvignon Blanc Not super sweet,…
  • What The Heck Is Noble Rot, And Is It Really A Good Thing?

    Aliza Kellerman
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Noble rot. It sounds like an industrial band that’s booked a gig in a warehouse somewhere, but it’s actually what makes dessert wine scrumptiously sweet. Noble rot, known more formally by its scientific name Bortrytis cinerea, is a helpful fungus that can affect wine grapes. So what exactly is Noble rot and how does it help your wine? Infection usually begins when grapes become ripe. Then, if grapes are exposed to dryness and become raisined, the fungus flourishes. The shriveled grapes begin to lose their water while maintaining their same level of sugar content, which makes for a sweet…
  • Our Reader Panel Selects The Boxed Wine You Should Be Buying Now

    Adam Teeter
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Over the past decade boxed wine has been one of the fastest growing segments of wine in America, particularly on the premium side. Gone are the days when most of us thought wine in a box was simply cheap swill – thanks again for that Franzia – and more people are grabbing a box for their fridge or parties in order to have great wine on hand that is widely appealing and can serve a crowd or just one person, without fear of wasting a bottle. What makes boxed wine so appealing is that every time a glass is poured, it’s like opening a new bottle and the wine in that box stays…
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  • Loire Valley White Wines: Underappreciated Regions

    Jameson Fink
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    I love all things Loire Valley, but especially the white wines. From Muscadet to Sancerre and everything in between (hello, Vouvray!), it’s a part of the wine world where I first discovered my inner wine geek. But are there area of this special spot in France that could use a little more love? Absolutely! Let’s dive in: First up is tiny Cour-Cheverny; you can see it hiding above Touraine. I don’t blame you for not being familiar with it. Cour-Cheverny is a recent addition to the Loire Valley wine map, becoming fully legit as a sanctioned region in 1991. And the grape? Well I…
  • Get to Know Cabernet Franc at Taste Washington

    Jameson Fink
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    How do you survive and thrive at an event like Taste Washington, happening this weekend (Saturday and Sunday…but there are also events Thursday and Friday) in Seattle? (BTW I’ll be there Saturday, sporting a media pass.) You walk in the door with a well-thought out plan of attack. Can you taste everything? No. Should you try? Not really. Here’s something I’ve been kicking around and I’m going to share it with you: Focus on getting to know one grape really well. (Hat-tip to my friend and Master Sommelier, Fred Dexheimer) And not the usual suspects like Cabernet…
  • Weekend Wine Links: Hipster Deer, Artichokes, Volcanos

    Jameson Fink
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    It’s time again for another round of Weekend Wine Links. Here’s what I’ve been perusing regarding all things on the internet relating to the fermented grape. Is this the world’s first wine-pouring hipster deer? Do you think I somewhat resemble this deer? The glasses, the sweater, the antlers. Well, maybe not that last part. Thou shalt not skip this post! The 10 Commandments of Wine — Madeline Puckette (@WineFolly) March 16, 2015 ARTICHOKES ARE DIFFICULT TO PAIR WITH WINE BLAH BLAH BLAH. PUT IT OUT TO PASTURE, STRIKE THIS MISNOMER FROM ALL…
  • Two Recommended 2013 Sonoma Chardonnays

    Jameson Fink
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    It’s California Chardonnay time again! Particularly a couple from the 2013 vintage in Sonoma. I was sent samples of both the J Vineyards Estate Grown (from the Russian River Valley section of Sonoma) and the Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard, which hails from the Sonoma Coast. Both of these wines see time in oak barrels. To which I say, “Good!” I cannot live by searingly acidic, high-pitched white wines alone. (Probably could do a better job of selling them in the description there, though.) I started off with the J Vineyards, and not just because my name starts with J. The…
  • Cava Cocktail: Best Brunch Drink in Portland Oregon

    Jameson Fink
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Sure the Bloody Mary gets all the pub, but you should seriously consider a Cava cocktail to accompany your next brunch. While staying in Portland, Oregon, I was a short (but rainy) stroll away from Irving Street Kitchen in the Pearl District. It was here that I enjoyed this brunch-tastic cocktail, named “What She’s Having“. A blend of Aperol, Cynar, and grapefruit juice topped with Cava (Spanish sparkling wine), it was the kind of drink that made you think, “One is not enough and three are too many.” Food-wise I went for the smoked chicken chile relleno with…
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    Vegas Wineaux

  • Changing of the Guard – Hug Cellars

    Vegas Wineaux
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    It's an end of one era, but the beginning of something just as great.
  • Brew’s Best Festival – Revisiting

    Vegas Wineaux
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I took pictures of the beer booths, the food booths, Town Square, and The Strip as I drove home. Yeah, I'm lucky. I get it. Don't hate me because I'm Vegas.
  • Visiting Southern Nevada Wine Country

    Vegas Wineaux
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:28 pm
    This past Sunday I spent several hours touring and tasting at half the wineries in Nevada. Both of them.
  • “The Press” and Nevada Wine Laws – a Rant

    Vegas Wineaux
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:06 pm
    The title alone told me that it was a story written for effect rather than for accuracy. The title, Winery expansion bill pits big counties against rurals couldn’t be further from the truth.
  • The Accidental Activist – Continued

    Vegas Wineaux
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    I really shouldn't call it a silly law because it was there for a reason. While there are several, it can be summed up in one quote: "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
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    Wine School of Philadelphia

  • Upcoming Classes

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

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

    Keith S Wallace
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Snow Day Makeup. The last day of Advanced France (South) was snowed out. The makeup day for this class is Thursday, April 9th. The date is during Passover, so if anyone cannot attend due to religious reasons, please let me know.   The post Snow Day Makeup appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Bootlegger’s Bible (Cocktail Recipes)

    Keith S Wallace
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    French 75 1 ounce Gin 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/3 ounce whiskey sugar syrup ice cubes 1 1/2 ounces sparkling wine The drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. Felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun Winter Punch Available Fruit, White Rum, Pineapple Juice, Habanero Shrub Tuxedo #2 2 ounces Plymouth Gin 3/4 ounces Dolin Dry Vermouth 1/4 ounces Luxardo Maraschino 2 dashes Orange Bitters absinthe rinse The Tuxedo Cocktail comes from Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual of 1882. Swap out Dry Gin for Old Tom. Highball 1 ounce Aged Rum 2 ounces Ginger…
  • Snow Day! Classes Cancelled for Saturday, February 21st

    Keith S Wallace
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Hi, We’re sorry to announce that we have to cancel all classes scheduled for Saturday, February 21st due to the forecast for significant amounts of snow in the Philadelphia area. We will be sending out reschedule codes in the next few days, in the same amount of your purchase, so that you may select a new class at your convenience. The code will never expire and may be used for any class listed on Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience, but we wish for all our students to be safe on the roadways. We do hope to see you at the Wine School soon! The post Snow Day!
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    The Wine Blog

  • Drync 3.0 How-To: A User’s Guide

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

    Marketing Manager
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:43 am
    Is it us, or did a LOT of the celebrities at the 2015 Oscars wear dresses that looked exactly like a glass of Champagne? Maybe we are just thirsty, but check out these Champagnes that we paired with a few of our favorite celebs’ gowns and let us know if you agree!     Jennifer Aniston – 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millesime Brut Champagne. This tete de cuvée was the official wine of the 2015 Oscars. Like Jennifer’s dress, this bubbly drink is nicely layered and delicate; however, the dress is brand new, and the Champagne is a good 13 years old!   Oprah Winfrey –…
  • How to Taste a Glass of Wine

    Marketing Manager
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Wine tasting: beloved by some as an art form, loathed by some that consider it to be total nonsense. While we agree that it can, like any innocent fun activity, be taken to extremes, learning how to properly taste a glass of wine properly is easy, fun, and goes a long way in terms of helping you find even more wines to enjoy. Here are the 4 easy steps to have you tasting wine like a seasoned veteran in the meantime. Pro-tip: Use this guide to help write tasting notes for the wines that you try. This is a great opportunity to update the wines in your cellar as well. 1. See You’ve…
  • 6 Amazing Tasting Notes from Drync Users

    Marketing Manager
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Writing tasting notes can seem like just so much work when you’re enjoying your wine. However, it is worth taking the time to jot down your thoughts on your sips, for a number of reasons. Taking the time to assess the sights, scents, and sensations with the wines that you love, or don’t love, will allow you to identify what you want from a wine. Taking notes is a great way to actively remember what you are drinking. Also making notes about where and with whom you enjoyed a bottle will make it even easier to remember. Drync makes it easy to track all of this info in one place. And…
  • February Hot 100 – The Most Popular Wines in the Drync Mobile Community

    Marketing Manager
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Time to turn to thoughts of love…. wines that our users love that is. That’s right – it’s time for this month’s Hot 100 – the most popular wines as selected by the members of the Drync mobile community. You can learn more about the selection process here. So what are you guys really excited about this month? A frequent visitor to the top 5, Apothic Red breaks into the number 1 position this month. Jeez, you guys simply cannot get enough of this bold, sumptuous red. This month’s biggest mover and shaker is the…
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    Wine &

  • Winery Web Site Hacked by ISIS

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    March 25, 2015 — Latah Creek Winery near Spokane, WA seems an unlikely target for terrorists but the bizarre and unthinkable happened last Friday afternoon when their Home page was taken over by a hacker proclaiming “I am Muslin & I love jihad”.   Written in poor English, the hacker(s) “Team System DZ” went on to say,  “Islamic State List to restore the right of Muslims who have been killed by your governments savage and unjust” adding IS will restore dignity for Muslims and  “purge the land of the Muslims from the hypocrites infidels.”  Plus the obligatory…
  • Ingenious Way to Store Beer

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    March 23, 2015 – This idea for storing beer in the fridge is so clever you have to wonder why someone didn’t think of it before!   Fortunately, someone did and you can buy it. BottleLoft – even the name is clever – is a system for hanging beer bottles above a shelf freeing up space for other necessities like dips or pizza.  The creation of product designer Brian Conti, it was funded on Kickstarter last year and is now available through his web site  (This was the fifth product he has funded through Kickstarter.)   Brian says BottleLoft was born…
  • Lawsuit Filed Over Arsenic in California Wines

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    March 23, 2015 – A number of popular inexpensive wines were found to contain quite high levels of arsenic when tested recently.  The news has lead to hyperbole by some news organizations. Suggesting something like “a glass of wine may not be healthy; it may kill you” grabs attention but it is irresponsible.   Here’s what is going on:   A lawsuit was filed on behalf of four California residents in Los Angeles Superior Court on March 19 naming 28 wineries whose wines tested abnormally high for arsenic content.  The suit seeks class action status, unspecified damages, and a halt…
  • Ocean-Aged Wine Torpedoed by Feds

    20 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    March 20, 2015 — Remember we told you about Mira Winery of Napa aging its wines in Charleston Harbor last year? You can read all about the experiment and the subsequent tasting here.   The wine named “Aquaoir” turned out well, as we reported, and the 12 bottles that were released to wine club members of the 2009 vintage sold out immediately.  So Jim Dyke, Mira’s president, announced they would age twice as many bottles for twice as long starting next month.  There is also other wine currently under water.   Say hello to the Federal Government.  Alcohol and Tobacco Tax…
  • Craft Beer Sales Soar

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    March 20, 2015 — The week of St. Patrick’s Day seems like an appropriate time to report that craft beer in 2014 rose a whopping 42 percent and for the first time, reached double digits as a percentage of beer sales.  Eleven percent, to be exact.  In 2013, craft’s share of total sales was 7.8 percent.  According to the Brewers Association, sales were $19.6 billion.  It is a dramatic and exciting increase considering that as recently as 2010, the craft industry was just five percent of the total beer industry.   Here’s how the Brewers Association defines a craft brewery:…
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    The Riviera Grapevine

  • Five Lesser-Known Provence Wine Appellations

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Last week we went on a road trip, down past the Camargue and the coastal towns of Sète and Marseillan,… The post Five Lesser-Known Provence Wine Appellations appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • On the Search for Tradition in the Modern Nice Carnival

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:05 am
    February is synonymous with more than one big event; Valentine’s Day, the Oscars, Six Nations Rugby, and, if you live… The post On the Search for Tradition in the Modern Nice Carnival appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Upcoming Event: Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants

    2 Feb 2015 | 11:57 pm
    & Five Tips to Make the Most of It The Acropolis is the place to be this weekend! The… The post Upcoming Event: Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • An Extreme Wine Experience in the Heart of Provence

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    Most of us love the idea of learning more about wine. Even the smallest bit of wine knowledge impresses;… The post An Extreme Wine Experience in the Heart of Provence appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Three Things I Love About Nice

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    I got back to Europe from Australia this morning. As usually happens when I go home to Sydney, people (especially those who I don’t know… The post Three Things I Love About Nice appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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    Today's Wine - Tasting Notes and Tips

  • Tasting Notes: Meerlust Chardonnay, Stellenbosch 2010

    John Neimann
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with quince, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is full bodied and generous, but still balanced by crisp acidity.  Food pairing: it will complement fine food - grilled fish, white and red meat and benefit from further aging.   This wine, classic in style, was grown and produced on the historic Meerlust Estate which has been owned by the Myburgh family for eight generations.  This was barrel fermented in 60% new, 40% 2nd fill French…
  • Tasting Notes: San Felice Rosso Di Montalcino 2011

    John Neimann
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Ruby red in appearance, with aromas of dark cherry and blackberry over suggestions of pungent cedarwood, well structured, smooth and full-fruited. Food pairing: Enjoy with medium-weight first courses such as meat-sauced pastas with mushrooms or truffles, with main courses of pork or sauced veal. A Rosso di Montalcino that is sound and uncompromising. without that sense of inferiority that is often obvious in the wines of this category from certain major producers. San Felice is a genuine Montalcino that stands out for the harmonious balance and refinement of its bouquet and palate,…
  • Tasting Notes: Sensi Cabernet IGT 2012

    John Neimann
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    It has a ruby red color, a full and rich taste, a good body, is soft and velvety with traces of vanilla and tobacco in the finish. Luscious sweet aromatics of raspberry, blackberry. Medium-bodied with velvety tannins. Who hasn’t heard of Sensi wines? Celebrated as the pride and joy of Tuscany, Sensi is recognised as one of the largest producers in the region and has cemented itself as one of the best, with a rich, successful and long 120-year old presence in the Tuscan Hills. An Italian stallion of a producer, its success and growth continues to ascent with each passing year, with an…
  • Tasting Notes: IL Lago Cabernet 2011

    John Neimann
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Intense ruby red with traces of wild red berries and ripe prunes, herbaceous nuances, tobacco and vanilla overtones. Lingering aftertaste. It is full and rotund to the palate, soft tannins, enveloping with a lingering aftertaste. Food pairing: Roasted, grilled or braised red meats, mature and savory cheese. Vinification and maceration too take place separately for each vineyard, in steel containers, for around 15-18 days at controlled temperatures. Upon completion of the initial fermentation, the malolactic fermentation continues in small oak casks, where the wine remains for 12 months, and…
  • Tasting Notes: Three Sticks Head High Red 2010

    John Neimann
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Dense violet color in the glass every vintage. The density carries on to the palate in the form of jam-packed, dark berry fruit, layered with espresso notes and a puff of tobacco. The wine's innate depth and well-honed balance of acidity, alcohol, soft tannins and focused fruit-forward flavor is striking. The vineyard selection ranges from the cool, rolling Sonoma Valley to the faceted and rugged hills of the Mayacamas Range. Head High works with a few outstanding vineyards and growers to source our components for the Red Blend. Madder Lake Vineyards provides  Grenache and Zinfandel,…
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  • 11 Little Known Health Benefits of Red Wine

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:07 pm
    11 Little Known Health Benefits of Red Wine When most people think of alcoholic beverages, they immediately jump to the conclusion that they are bad for your health and that they should be avoided. What if I were to tell you that there is one alcoholic beverage in particular that can actually be very beneficial for your health in a number of ways? Would you be jumping for joy? I know that I was. The beverage that I’m talking about, ladies and gentlemen, is red wine. Now this doesn’t mean that you can start chugging down bottle after bottle. However, the great thing about red wine is that…
  • Oaking Wine and the Future of the Wine Barrel

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    Oaking Wine and the Future of the Wine Barrel When people talk about wines being “oaky” or having plenty of “oak complexity” they are usually describing terms associated with the way the wine has been stored and/or matured at some point in oak barrels or had contact with oak wood during its production. It has been rumored that a very famous Australian winemaker has a plaque above his desk that says... “No wood, no good”. The wood he is talking about… is oak. Oaking wine can impart flavors to the wine that are legendary, hence why oak maturation and storage is used today. …
  • Biodynamic Wine and How It Compares to Organic Wine

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    Biodynamic Wine and How It Compares to Organic Wine Do you think about where your wines come from? Are you a consumer who wants a wine produced in natural way? You may be aware of this massive "green" movement in the world. People are conscious now, more that anytime in the last 50 years; of preserving what we have on earth. If you have heard of organic wines, you may have heard about the step further or the 'witchcraft' that is the world biodynamic wines. Adding manure to a domesticated animal skull and burying it by water, creating vortexes of a slurry, which was buried last…
  • How to Taste Wine and Fall in Love for the First Time

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    How to Taste Wine and Fall in Love for the First Time The defining moment? Or the long, love affair that has brewed over years? Either way, most people could probably tell a story about when they first became aware of that 'something special' with the vino they were sipping. The fact is, that wine emulates flavours and aromas that exist outside the humble grape. Ever heard someone say that a red wine has 'black cherry undertones' or 'a hint dark chocolate'? They are right, for the most part. Dark chocolate for example, has some very unique chemical compounds which make it taste and smell the…
  • The Red Wine Headache: False Myths, Truth and Tips

    10 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    The Red Wine Headache: False Myths, Truths and Tips Is there anything more annoying than that horrible headache that appears sometimes the morning after a big dinner or a big party where you have been drinking quite a good amount of wine, or even worse in the middle of a romantic dinner while enjoying your favorite bottle with your partner? How many times have you wondered what the cause of these headaches were and how to avoid them next time? The Problem The problem with this subject is that media tend to talk a lot about the beneficial effects of red wine and its components, such as…
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    Wine, Women and Chocolate

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, an amazing women

    Cat Curry-Williams
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most active first ladies in history and worked for political, racial and social justice. The post Eleanor Roosevelt, an amazing women appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Mindful Eating

    Cat Curry-Williams
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Eating More Often, Weighing Less Eating multiple small meals throughout the day tends to add up to fewer total calories and may result in lower weight. That may be especially true when compared to consuming fewer meals topped by a big dinner that includes some alcohol, a combination that can boost body mass index (BMI).... The post Mindful Eating appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • How to Stop Feeling Over the Hill After 50.

    Cat Curry-Williams
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    By Rebecca Forstadt-Olkowsk I don’t know about you but even though I’m almost 60 I still feel young at heart. When I think about my own mother at my age, I always saw her as someone who was “over the hill.” She let her hair go gray in her 50’s. Even though she had twins... The post How to Stop Feeling Over the Hill After 50. appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • When Being Right Is SO Wrong! by Arielle Ford

    Cat Curry-Williams
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:43 pm
    I am a recovered “need to be right” person. I grew up in an era and a home where “being right” was highly valued. From my first days in school, I saw that raising your hand and having the “right” answer meant you were smart. At home “being right” meant being loved for being smart.... The post When Being Right Is SO Wrong! by Arielle Ford appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Real Chocolate is a Memory Booster. by Cathey painter

    Cat Curry-Williams
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Beyond cocoa powder (tip: “natural” cocoa powder tends to contain the most flavanols), you can find flavanols in green tea, as well as fruits like apples, pomegranates, blackberries and red grapes. The post Real Chocolate is a Memory Booster. by Cathey painter appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
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