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  • Behind the Barrel: Everything You Never Knew About Oak

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    24 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    By Madeline Blasberg  For nearly two millennia oak has been the original wine pairing, but why?  It originally served as a way to transfer wine from point A to B, but today it’s a staple in nearly every winery and a quality marker in the minds of consumers.  Most wine drinkers know that oak imparts complexity, softens tannins and inflates prices.  But what else is there to this dynamic duo?  Let´s take a look at a few things you never knew about oak in winemaking. 1.Why oak and not a different wood? Most wine barrels are made from staves, or slabs, of oak…
  • Bordeaux Roadkill: 18,000 Bottles of St.-Emilion Smashed (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Plus, plumbers plead guilty to Seattle wine capers, more controversy over Chinese wine trademarks, and the Languedoc gets a new AOC
  • Etna DOC, focus sul Sud-Ovest

    Aristide, a wine blog
    giampieronadali@mac.com
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:28 am
    L’immensa area viticola intorno all’Etna, il più grande vulcano d’Europa – il punto rosso indica l’area Sud-Ovest dell’Etna DOC [clicca la foto per ingrandire]Eccomi di ritorno da un Solstizio d’Estate trascorso nell’Etna DOC. In particolare, tra le vigne del versante Sud-Ovest della DOC Etnea. Una circostanza resa possibile da un’iniziativa della Strada del Vino dell’Etna, nelle persone di Giovanni Scilio, presidente, Valeria Càrastro, agronomo ed esperta della zonazione dell’Etna DOC, e Giovanni Marletta, agronomo. Con…
  • Americas Sexiest Wine Tasting

    Wine Channel TV
    JustJess
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Affected, grandiose, superior, ostentatious, pompous, conceited, snobby, pretentious. Screw that. Wine is delicious.  It’s the dream of every winemaker. A new wave of millennials know and love your wine. It’s their preferred beverage. The one they ask for, bring to parties and share with their friends online.  Want a “sip” of a  high energy wine tasting experience? The Summer Wine Tasting, hosted by Jessica Altieri, CEO and Certified Sommelier of Wine Channel TV takes place this Friday July 18th at The Underground, the venue described as one of the “sexiest places in the…
  • I've Either Lost My Mind or This is One is a Must Buy for Burg Lovers

    Rockss and Fruit
    Lyle Fass
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    OK - let's get it out on the table - I'm offering village Monthelie for around $50.  So I've either lost my mind or I have a very good reason for doing so. People who know me, know since I can only offer 3-4 wines a week they better be damn good. People who also know me that I am all about what is in the bottle and not what is on the bottle.Now, we all know from Comtes Lafon that you can make great red wine in Monthelie (their wines are worth the $60-$65 they cost).  I think that this wine is better. Much better. A lot better. Florent Garaudet is famous among the top winemakers in…
 
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  • A Beaujolais Primer

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Located north of Lyon in eastern France, the Beaujolais wine region overlaps Burgundy in the north and Rhône in the south. The steep Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River on mainly granite terrain. Only manual harvesting is allowed in the Beaujolais region, and the region has ideal growing conditions, receiving plenty of sunshine. The Gamay Noir grape has existed since the 1300s in Burgundy, and a is a crossing of Pinot Noir and an ancient grape called Gauais Blanc. Gamay is used to make all Beaujolais wines with the exception of white Beaujolais, or Beaujolais blanc, which is made…
  • Wineries of Sonoma County – Sebastani

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s a rarity in these times of consulting rock-star winemakers that someone would actually stay at a single wine producer for any length of time. But that’s exactly what Mark Lyon did – for 35 years! Mark graduated with a B.S. in Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis in 1978 and was hired by Sebastiani Vineyards the following year, where he continues to run the winemaking program. Sebastiani’s first century in Sonoma winemaking began when Samuele emigrated from the Tuscany region of Italy in 1895 and started Sebastiani nine years later. The winery was…
  • The Wines of Burgundy – with Maison Louis Jadot

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The Louis Jadot name, as well as its readily identifiable label should be very familiar, even to casual wine lovers. Established by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859 in the Burgundy region of France, Maison Louis Jadot has grown over the past 150 years to own 280 acres of the Côte d’Or’s most prestigious Premier and Grand Cru plots. In 2010, chief winemaker Jacques Lardière retired after 42 years with Louis Jadot. Taking over the reins from Monsieur Lardière, winemaker Frédéric Barnier has been responsible for the entire winemaking team of Maison Louis Jadot since 2010. Join us as we…
  • 2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Hollywood and the Vine

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:46 am
    We’re on to another of the seminars from the 2014 World of Pinot Noir. This one had something of a unique twist – combining Hollywood and wine…or Vine, in this case. The focus here was to talk about wine themes in film by honoring two wine movies, Sideways and Somm. This was also the 10th anniversary of the release of Sideways, a movie that ‘launched a thousand Pinots,’ and allegedly put the brakes to Merlot’s ascendancy. Moderated by Sunset Magazine’s wine editor, Sara Schneider, the panel included Hitching Post’s Frank Ostini and tasting room…
  • Retrospective – 2005 Red Burgundy

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    20 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    The 2005 vintage in Burgundy has been hailed as…dare we say, ‘the vintage of the century.’ Hyperbole? Maybe. But one thing’s for certain – it’s been a long time that a Burgundy vintage has been as highly regarded – maybe since 1978! The obvious question is – are they ready to drink yet? And if not now – when? Join us as we talk about our tasting of four Villages wines and four Premier Cru wines from the vintage to see how the wines are evolving. We’ll taste them so you don’t have to! The Wines: Villages 05 Angerville Volnay 05…
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    Vinography: A Wine Blog

  • The King of Zweigelt: The Wines of Umathum, Burgenland

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Austria, for good reasons, continues to be better known around the world for its white wines than its reds. It's hard to compete with such an incredible wealth of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. And in truth, far more bad red wine is made in Austria than good. But over the last decade or two, Austria has been making serious strides in its red wine production, following the lead of a few producers who have long been dedicated to the potential of Austria's native red grapes. Few would deny that Josef "Pepi" Umathum belongs in that number, and many would place him at the very front of the…
  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of July 14, 2014

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:06 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 included A few nice 2012's from LIOCO, a favorite producer. Their "Savia" bottling of Pinot from the Santa Cruz Mountains had all the hallmarks of full-cluster fermentation, and was all the better for the stemmy, green herb note on top of beautiful fruit. Flora Springs came through with a pretty Merlot, Far Niente with a surprisingly savory and well integrated…
  • Vinography Images: Solar Powered

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Solar Powered Young grape leaves unfurl to soak up the morning sun in a Sonoma County vineyard. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: If you are interested in owning an archive quality, limited edition print of this…
  • Dot Wine and the Fear of Change

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    As someone who makes his primary living helping leading companies utilise internet technologies for competitive advantage, I have always found observing the wine industry's approach to the Internet an amusing spectator sport. When feeling particularly uncharitable, I liken it to the early antics of a young puppy that has been brought to the seaside, or to a snow bank, for the first time: gingerly approaching the unknown and quickly shying away at the first unfamiliar sensation. I shouldn't have been surprised, therefore, when, following the announcement of their approval by ICANN (the…
  • Annual Napa Wine Library Tasting: August 10, Napa

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Dedicated wine lovers in the San Francisco Bay area get several opportunities each year to indulge their passions for wine. Large, themed tastings like the ZAP Zinfandel Festival are great opportunities to get a sense of a certain varietal and the quality of the recent vintage in California. It is quite rare, however, despite the nearness of the appellation and the saturation of wine in the Bay Area, for consumers to get the opportunity to get an in-depth or comprehensive look at the wines of Napa Valley. Perhaps it's just because Napa wines don't need much marketing help, or perhaps it's…
 
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  • What it Takes to Grow the Direct To Consumer Wine Channel

    Tom Wark
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    In a recent editorial at Wine Industry Advisor, Brian Rosen, former CEO of SAMS, a large wine retailer in Chicago, and now head of the consulting firm Rosen Retail, said the following: “The DTC movement is not what you think it is and will not provide the added revenue that wineries around the globe are seeking….The DTC movement is a wonderful idea, and there is no doubt that as regulations soften and technological efficiencies prevail, it will be a sustainable revenue stream going forward. That day is not today.” His case against the current benefits and utility of…
  • Don’t Laugh—They Are Alcohol “Researchers”

    Tom Wark
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    In a study conducted by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, researchers looked at the exposure of 18-20 year olds to alcohol ads in magazines. it was determined by these researchers that the industry-imposed rule that only magazines that attract an audience in which less than 30% of the readers are under 21 should receive alcohol ads was not breached by any advertisers. Naturally, this good news of responsibility led to the following conclusion by Dr. Craig Ross, the lead author of the study: “The fact…
  • Who Owns The Reputation of a Wine Region?

    Tom Wark
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Steve Heimoff recently wrote about the controversy over ICANN, one of the organizing bodies of the Internet, and their intent to issue a .Wine and .Vin web domain for use. These two new domain names will be issued along with hundreds of others such as .Art, .Blog, .Auto, etc. A number of countries as well as regional wine associations oppose the issuance of .Wine and .Vin. Recently a variety of regional wine associations including those representing wineries in Napa Valley, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Walla Walla and others issued a statement strongly condemning the issuance of the .Wine and…
  • Does the Three Tier System of Alcohol Sales Kill People?

    Tom Wark
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    Today we are told by the Center for Disease Control that excessive alcohol use accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults ages 20-64 years in the United States. If this is true, I know what the culprit is: The Three Tier System. For years we’ve heard from alcohol wholesalers that the state-mandated three-tier system of alcohol distribution creates all sorts of safeguards for our community. For example: “Michigan’s alcohol distribution laws – also called the three-tier system – have long been acknowledged as the gold standard. Our safeguards balance business…
  • Deep In The Hearts of Texas Wine Retailers is Fear

    Tom Wark
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you! Is it really possible that Texas wine retailers are attempting to kick out Total Wines & More from operating in their state by attempting to re-open a two decade old lawsuit that ended by the courts telling that state that its requirement that liquor stores be owned only by residence is unconstitutional? This would amount to Texas wine retailers, operating under the auspices of the Texas Package Store Association, attempting to protect themselves from competition? Could that possibly be? Texans? Those free market, freedom loving folks? Well, it…
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • The Case of the Vanishing Noodle

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean Now you see it, now you don't. One of the more innovative dishes at this year's FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen came from an unexpected source – a cruise line. Royal Caribbean's "vanishing noodles," by all appearances, is a luscious twist of udon noodles, ready to wrap around your fork. The surprise comes when a savory hot chicken broth is poured over them. The noodles dissolve among an array of delicacies including Neuske bacon, sous vide ...
  • Drink of Summer: Wondercumber

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean It may not be the first ingredient you think of at the bar (maybe the salad bar). But cucumber is good – really good – in a cold drink during a scorching August. Alongside lime and gin, cucumber may just become your new warm weather go-to. It's unexpected, crisp, and even rejuvenating (cucumber is packed with all sorts of "good for you" stuff that sort of makes up for all the gin). The hit cocktail of this year's FOOD & WINE Classic in A...
  • Host a Backyard BBQ With Gnarly Head

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Photo Courtesy of the Gnarly Head In the dog days of summer, something is cooking from coast to coast. Backyard barbecuing is an annual tradition that some might say is as American as apple pie and Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel. Across the country, from big-city parks to small communities, like Lodi, California, the hometown of Gnarly Head, grilling outdoors is all about savoring the warm weather, bringing friends and family together, and enjoying seasonal goodness. After all, ...
  • The Gastropub Trend Hits the High Seas

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean "Fresh, simple, pure." That's the philosophy behind the food and drink at Michael's Genuine® Pub, the first American gastropub at sea, brought to you by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. According to the chef, the key to making delicious food is simply starting with the highest-quality ingredients. "We take a lot of time and care to source the best product, building relationships with suppliers." From thick-cut potato chips serv...
  • Chard & Cheese Party

    17 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Photo courtesy of Sonoma Cutrer Unoaked-Oaked Chardonnay If you haven't been paying attention to Chardonnay for a while because it's "too oaky," you'll be happy to learn that producers have heard you and are now creating many Chards with only minimal-oak (barrel) contact, or none at all, using terms like "unoaked" or "virgin" on the label. Chablis, from France's Burgundy region, is the standard bearer of unoaked Chards. Sonoma-Cutrer's Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is an ex...
 
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    Intoxicating Prose

  • WINE: Babich Goes Underground

    Douglas Blyde
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    DAVID Babich is general manager of the family-owned Babich Wines, which reaped its first vintage in Auckland’s Henderson Valley in 1916. With Dinah Kinnear, Sales Manager for Europe, Babich introduced trade customers of distributor PLB, as well as press and bloggers to the wines at an event hosted at Old Street’s Underground Cookery School, motto of which is “everything is salvageable!” Read at Harper's >
  • DESIGN: Knife, Fork, Spoon...

    Douglas Blyde
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    DESPITE Jesus being content to break bread with his hands, cutlery has helped define civilisation. In addition to aiding the efficiency, aesthetics and general enjoyment of consumption, the gastronomic holy trinity of knife, fork and spoon can affect food’s taste and may even have altered our physiology. With technological advances come new instalments of cutlery and quirky ways of delivering them. But can these near essential implements ever be re-developed to form a genuinely new lexicon of dining paraphernalia?Read at Aura >
  • TRAVEL: Sniffing Out The Black Gold

    Douglas Blyde
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:24 pm
    WE watch Jaumard deftly excavate dark soil with a sharp pick. The spectacle evokes archaeology, only in fast-forward. At once, the heady aroma of moist, ripe truffles surfs the icy, dry Mistral wind. “A nest!” Jaumard announces, trying hard to hold the salivating Mirette back with her rope leash... Read at Grand Luxury Travel >
  • TRAVEL: Revived by Prague

    Douglas Blyde
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:33 am
    IN the warmly-lit bathroom, a small but handsome analogue clock, crafted by a now defunct firm, built into the steam-free plate mirror reads 7:03am. I look at my temporarily aged hands, and urgently lather them with the aromatic Asprey wash. I look into my eyes, a Stracciatella of fatigue, and watch as a flicker of optimism for the day ahead blurs some of the strain away. I look down at my lumpen feet, being claimed by gravity, yet calmed by the weave of the Turkish rug. I begin, mentally, to look respectable to take the tour of Prague’s first five-star hotel, where I have awoken...Read at…
  • WINE: The Fat Duck meets Fera

    Douglas Blyde
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:43 am
     “THE Fat Duck” surrendered their sixteenth-century dining room of 42 covers (attended to by no fewer than 43 chefs) for an evening hosted by Hugh Johnson OBE of the Royal Tokaji Company, while “Fera” at Claridge’s was the just-beautified, art deco setting for a more intimate lunch for 12 hosted by Dom Pérignon’s chef de cave, Richard Geoffroy. Johnson founded Royal Tokaji in 1990 - the same year Geoffroy begun his authorship of Dom Pérignon...Read at Harper's >
 
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    Wine Camp Blog: a points-free zone

  • Willy Wonka, Chocolate and Wine Tasting

    Craig Camp
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    The Mast Brothers and their amazing chocolate I taste our wines frequently, often three or more times every week. More often then not they taste slightly different to me each time. Actually that's not correct, so let me rephrase that. It's actually me that's tasting them slightly differently each time. I know these wines in a way no one outside the winery could. This kind of repeated exposure to the same wine is something only someone who makes them experiences. That's the reality of the situation. We are not tasting machines pumping out precise data to a perfectly calibrated computer. The…
  • First Light

    Craig Camp
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    First light in vineyards, Yountville, Napa Valley 7/1/14
  • Sizing Up

    Craig Camp
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Cabernet sauvignon sizing up Yountville Napa Valley 6/29/14
  • Being Franc

    Craig Camp
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:06 am
    2011 Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Black Label Stepping Stone Cuvée  Every vineyard, vintage and variety has its center. It's our job as winemakers to find that center and let it speak through the wine. If you think I feel there is Zen in crafting a wine you'd be right. When you find that center the wine truly has not only something to say, but something worth listening to.This is why Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc is so distinctive. We let it be Franc. Many wineries seem to want to tame the cantankerous cabernet franc's edgy personality, but we don't. In fact, we…
  • Adding Fuel to the Fire

    Craig Camp
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:40 am
    Me pouring Cornerstone Oregon at World of Pinot Noir Sometimes a pat on the  back also gives you a kick in the butt. It never hurts to have some fuel tossed on the the fire of the passion you are pursuing. That is how I feel about Alder Yarrow's article about me and Cornerstone Cellars on Vinography - fired up.I knew going in it would be a challenge to market Napa Valley wines made in a more elegant style. Certainly it would have been easier to just make a massive wine, slathering on oak and alcohol in a style many critics adore, but where is the pleasure in making wines you don't…
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  • Hoffman’s ‘Tavern on the Glen’ serves Santa Cruz Shakespeare fans

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Be among the first patrons of the 2014 inaugural season of the newly formed Santa Cruz Shakespeare, presenting “As You Like It” from July 1 – Aug. 10, and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” from Jul...
  • July Chaminade Farm to Table dinner features Kathryn Kennedy Winery

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Join Chaminade Resort & Spa’s second Farm to Table Wine Dinner on Friday, July 11, 2014. Enjoy a five-course dinner with local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza and team.Dine with...
  • The Haute Enchilada and Social Club Café celebrates 'The Art of Wine'

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Beginning on Saturday June 21, The Haute Enchilada Café & Social Club in Moss Landing invites wine lovers to stop by and enjoy special offers and events. Every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day from 12:00 p.m. &ndash...
  • Carmel Food Tour provides a feast for the senses

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Santa Cruz Wine Examiner recently joined the Carmel Food Tour in beautiful Carmel-by-the Sea. On a leisurely stroll through the heart of Carmel, tour guides eagerly share their passion and knowledge by providing glimpses into flavor, culture...
  • Chaminade Farm to Table Dinner series opens season with Pelican Ranch Winery

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    26 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    Join Chaminade Resort & Spa’s 7th Annual Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series, beginning on Friday, June 6, and continuing through October, 2014. Enjoy a five course dinner with local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by Executive Chef&...
 
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  • Unlikely pairings - blind or not? (Tasting articles)

    Jancis Robinson
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are firm believers in tasting blind when assessing wines professionally, trying to work out whether reputations are justified, which are the stars of a vintage, for example. But I am not always convinced that serving wine blind at the dinner table is a great idea. We went to dinner with friends.
  • Australia's Winemaker of the Year moves to Napa (Free for all)

    Jancis Robinson
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Newton Vineyard is not currently one of Napa Valley's most talked-about wineries. Long gone are the days in the early 1980s when high-profile winemaker Ric Forman was lured from Sterling, then riding the crest of a Coke-financed wave (upper case C), to Newton, where he was succeeded by John.
  • Bread and wine in Vienna (Nick on restaurants)

    Nick Lander
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Walter Bauer's restaurant, Bauer, and Josef Weghaupt's bakery and bistro, Joseph, are no more than a kilometre apart in the heart of Vienna and appear very different. One is named after the restaurateur's surname, the other after the founder's Christian name. Bauer is 57 and has been in his.
  • My great white hope (Free for all)

    Jancis Robinson
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is a slightly longer version of an article that was also published in the Financial Times. Usually when I send one of these articles to our editor at FT Weekend , I ask explicitly for its subject to be made very clear. This week, I'm hoping to disguise my topic until I have lured FT readers.
  • Luis Pato Maria Gomes 2013 / VV 2012 Beiras (Wines of the week)

    Jancis Robinson
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    MG 2013 from $9.99, £9.99 VV 2012 from €7.25, $12.98, £12.50,  AU$ 25.50, 149.90 Norwegian krone, CA$25.99 Find Maria Gomes 2013 Find Vinhas Velhas Branco 2012 Luis Pato is one of the most inventive winemakers anywhere and certainly within Portugal. He's based in Bairrada in northern.
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    My Wine Education

  • Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic

    Michelle
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    My life has taken me to yet another state – now I’m in Georgia! – so I’m a bit out of touch with what it available in Cincinnati right now. But Facebook keeps me informed! I just saw something whoosh by in my feed about the Cincinnati Food & Wine Classic. Taking place in Washington Park on Sept 12-13, it’s a combination of tastings, classes, book signings and more. Celebrating the Midwest, and the excellent chefs that dot that area of the country, it looks like a wonderful weekend in a lovely location. Tickets go on sale TODAY, Wednesday, July 16. There are a…
  • Travel Diary: Adventures in Africa

    Michelle
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:16 am
    An old friend of mine is on a tour of, well, the world. In the last two weeks, I think he’s been in Istanbul, Zanzibar, and now he’s somewhere in the Serengeti. Curt is a wine connoisseur, so I’ve begged him to send me tasting notes of his adventures whenever he has some time and an internet connection. Here is the first of those missives, detailing a set of Tanzanian wines. I’m hoping for his notes from Africa all the way to Paris. You can check out Curt’s travel blog at march-fourth.com.  -Michelle ___ The day before leaving for Tanzania for 2 weeks, I…
  • New Reds: Quick Review

    Cresta
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:44 am
    By: Cresta A couple of new reds I’ve tried recently… Robert Reynolds Merlot “Rocky’s Block” Lodi 2007 I tried this wine at a recent event and I was pleasantly surprised. Not outstanding but well above average. It is a subtle, medium-bodied Merlot from the Lodi region in California; slightly oaky with berry and vanilla flavors, very low tannins and a smooth but super sweet finish for a Merlot. I would consider having this one on hand at home as it was easy to drink. My rating:         2010 Bodegas Sierra Norte Bobal Temperamento This was a wine…
  • 2014 Wine Festival Notes

    Kevin
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Just finished up my brief trip through the festival and while everything I tried was really nice, there were a few things that I’d like to highlight that were new to me. Note: The local winery row was to the left of the hall as you entered. An the numbers start to the right of the entrance. Terry Theise Selections (booth 12) – 3 very nice, yet different styles of growers Champaign. The Varnier Brut (100% Chard) had the most upfront yeast with a 2010 base, but grapes added from 2001-2009, the Pehu-Simonet (60% Pinot Noir/40% Chard) made using only their own grapes was more fruit…
  • 24th Annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival

    Kevin
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:25 am
    It’s that time once again to celebrate with the International Wine Festival here in Cincinnati. It’s always a sign that warmer days are getting closer and after this winter, that is a really great thing. 14 countries, 143 booths most with 4-10 wine selections, and a selection of small food items has me excited this year. I’ll try to get a post up in the late afternoon highlighting any specific gems, but feel free to add you finds in the comments. Did you try everything at Korbel (booth 115) and decide what type of Champagne you prefer? Or was your favorite a Moscato or an…
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Friday Feature Photo: Sunset Surfing in Porto

    Gabriella Opaz
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Photographer: Armando Tavares Capture Date: July 7, 2014 Location: Porto, Portugal About: If you’re looking for sparsely populated beaches with gorgeous sunsets, think Porto! There are a wide variety of places to surf, such as river mouths, beaches and point breaks, but they can be subjected to a prevailing northwesterly wind which can spoil otherwise ideal conditions. Therefore, head to Espinho and Cabedelo for great spots to cut the waves! Other hot spots in Portugal for surfing can be found here! Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image…
  • Cataplana: The traditional Portuguese cooking vessel explained!

    Gabriella Opaz
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Since moving to Portugal, I have yet to set foot in the south. The Algarve and the summer season seem to be synonymous with its white sandy beaches, sapphire blue and aquamarine ocean waters, and of course, the food which is full of the “fruit of the sea”. The abundance of fresh seafood, fish and sun ripened vegetables is what I dream of when I think of taking holiday in the summer lands of Portugal. Alas, it’s a bit of a trek from the center of this beautiful country where I live, but that doesn’t mean there is no hope of having a taste of the Algarve in my own kitchen. The cataplana…
  • Friday Feature Photo: Exotic Landscapes of the Douro

    Gabriella Opaz
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Photographer: Rui Santos Costa Capture Date: June 27th, 2014 Location: Mesão Frio (Douro Scala), Portugal About: This photo was taken during our family vacation at Quinta do Paço de Cidadelhe. I normally take all of my gear with me, as I enjoy taking morning walks in the early morning. However on this particular day, I kicked off an hour later than scheduled. I distinctly remember it being a very, very cold morning and that the fog hung low over the vineyards until breakfast. To be honest, I was just about to give up shooting when I looked to my right and saw a huge foggy mass…
  • Top 5 Places to Surf in Portugal

    Guest Blogger
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Beyond the festivals, concerts and cultural activities in Portugal, lies a community of people who ride on boards like chariots upon the sea. I’m proud to be part of this clan, addicted at a young age by the peaceful feeling of being immersed in the sea. Over the years, I have visited Portugal several times, typically with a close Portuguese friend of mine who kindly brings me on tour to some of the best surf spots in Portugal. This past March, we started our coastal adventure surfing on a cozy, little beach-break island on the southern tip of Portugal, called Tavira. From there,…
  • Portuguese Recipe: Massa de Pimentão and Bifana Sandwiches

    Rochelle Ramos
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    I always know when summer is officially in season in Portugal by the way the air smells. The distinct aroma of smoking charcoal, assorted carnes (meat) and peixes (fish) being grilled seems to float around just about everywhere you go. It’s the smell of grilled bifanas marinated with the fantastic, uniquely Portuguese red paste, massa de pimentão, that really makes one’s mouth water and taste buds yearn for a bite. Massa de pimentão (pronounced “ mah-ssah de pea-meant-ow”) is a sweet yet salty pepper paste made from salt cured red bell peppers. It’s found throughout Portuguese…
 
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  • Wowzer Pinot Noir from Toretti's Family Vineyard

    MonkuWino
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    During a short vacation up north we visited several Costcos along the way.  I spied the object of today's review at their Santa Maria location and thought about buying it but passed. After we left, even though I'd never heard of Toretti's Family Vineyard, I kept thinking I should have bought it because it seemed interesting.  Don't ask me why some wines look more interesting than others; they
  • cleanup

    MonkuWino
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    In my last post I mentioned how some of the wine-related links on my blog were out of date. Just now I went and cleaned them up so what you saw in this blog yesterday ain't what you are seeing now. Over half of the links were deleted. A couple of them changed URL's so I updated those. I am glad to see that El Jefe of Twisted Oak is still writing his twisted blog posts albeit at a different web
  • more conscientious

    MonkuWino
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    As I have said before, and those of you who visit this blog regularly know, I tend to post sporadically. In bursts.  In the beginning I was on fire, posting left and right but then I ran out of ideas and got stale. Then I slacked off and didn't post for long periods of time, even over a year.  Just recently after another prolonged bout of apathy I started posting again and I'm gonna give it the
  • coffee filters for wine?

    MonkuWino
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    With my standard practice of splitting a 750 ml bottle of wine into four equal parts to drink on four successive days or evenings, I never take the time to decant anything. Some bottles throw a sediment, which I carefully try not to make a part of the liquid I pour into the three 187 ml bottles for later, or the wine glass for the day. I've wondered what the effect would be of using a coffee
  • some short stemware

    MonkuWino
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Actually the title of this blog post is misleading but don't sue me.  It's really not stemware.  It's short, but there's no stem - which is the main reason why it is short. Normally I don't like to drink wine out of a glass that has no stem.  This latest trend towards stemless glasses is not popular with me. Nevertheless, I ended up buying a couple of stemless glasses recently.  I couldn't
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  • Phil Mickelson drinks $40k DRC – sipped & spit

    Dr. Vino
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Phil Mickelson has really made the most of having the “Claret Jug” since winning the British Open last year. How much? He told the Scotsman about his Bacchanal: “I’ve loved having the Jug with me for the last 12 months,” he confirms. “The people who know and love the game get a big kick out of it. They really appreciate what it means to hold such a famous trophy. And drink out of it. I only let them drink the good stuff of course. There’s been nothing in there that is sub-par. But the best was a 1990 bottle of Romanée Conti wine. It wasn’t on my dime thankfully. It…
  • G.D. Vajra in Barolo – “clean traditionalist”

    Dr. Vino
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Giuseppe Vaira was caught in a fight when he was in elementary school. It wasn’t the sort of meet-you-at-the-bike-racks kind of thing. No, it encapsulated what might happen only to the son of a winemaker, or even the son of a Barolo winemaker. He was classmates with two other kids who were also from wine families. One said proudly that he was the son of a modernist winemaker while the other said proudly that she was the daughter of a traditionalist. No doubt, both the kids harrumphed, crossed their arms, and turned their backs to each other. Giuseppe was flummoxed. Which camp did his family…
  • New York City has the world’s best wine lists: WFW

    Dr. Vino
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    New York City has the most top wine lists in the world according to a new ranking from the World of Fine Wine. London is second, San Francisco third, and Chicago fourth according to the British publication, which rolled out the annual awards for best wine lists for the first time this year. Instead of taking the measure of a wine list’s length, the panel of experts looked at quality. Here’s how Neil Beckett, the magazine’s editor put it in a press release, “As we were judging, we had in mind the wise words of our fellow judge Francis Percival about the difference…
  • Burgundy gets hammered (by hail) — again

    Dr. Vino
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    A violent hailstorm sprayed large hailstones over some Burgundy vineyards leaving many incipient grapes destroyed. Anne Parent of Domaine Parent in Pommard, described the violent storm as a “like a machine-gun attack” of the vines, even though it lasted only three minutes. While the damage has yet to be tallied across the region, some initial assessments are putting the loss at 40 – 90 percent of the crop with Volnay, Pommard, Meursault, and Beaune getting hit the hardest. “It’s a catastrophe,” said Jean-Louis Moissenet, the president of the Pommard winemakers’…
  • France to ICANN: You can’t!

    Dr. Vino
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am
    The French government is not happy about the prospect that internet users will soon be able to type in .wine and .vin instead of .com. Mercifully, it isn’t another example of France’s bizarre neo-Prohibitionists at work again. Instead, the Minister of Digital Affairs (!) is protesting the new internet suffixes, known as generic top-level domains (or gTLDs), on the basis that cybersquatters could pluck such cherries as champagne.wine or bordeaux.vin right out of the ether, while having nothing to do with the wines of the region. Since these are protected names under international…
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  • Review: **** $$ Kurtz Family Vineyards Boundary Row Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2006 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Boundary Row Shiraz. Original tasting and review : This is Kurtz Family Vineyards Boundary Row Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date, in July, 2014.In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about a half-inch from the edge.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, classic shiraz fruit, full of depth and showing some lightly funky new balloon.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and classic Barossa fruit.On the palate:…
  • Tasting notes: $$ Longwood Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005

    jorray
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Longwood Reserve Shiraz. Original tasting and review : This is Longwood Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005, finished at 14.7% alcohol and first sampled nine years from vintage date.In the glass: Black magenta, opaque a mere eighth of an inch from the edge.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold fruit, but really showing oak and some charred cork.  From the aroma, seems like this will be hot, deep and bright - maybe corked?On the palate: CORKED!  If you look beyond that, the…
  • Review: ***+ $$$ Vina Ardanza Reserva, La Rioja Alta, Spain, 2004

    jorray
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Vina Ardanza Reserva. By way of background, opening thoughts: I enjoyed the Vina Ardanza vintage 2001 a great deal.  Today we're sampling a newer vintage, 2004, but still a full decade from its vintage date.Original tasting and review : This is Vina Ardanza Reserva, La Rioja Alta, Spain, 2004, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled in July, 2014.In the glass: Medium deep red with orange hints.On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows tangy bright old red fruit and some aged oak and tobacco.
  • Review: **** $$ Talbott Logan Pinot Noir, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Talbott Logan Pinot Noir. By way of background, opening thoughts: I've been enjoying Santa Lucia Highlands based pinot noirs in recent years, so I've been hunting down a few I haven't reviewed before.  Here's one more!Original tasting and review : This is Talbott Logan Pinot Noir, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, 2012, finished at 14.8% alcohol and first sampled just two years from vintage date, in July, 2014.In the glass: Medium dark red with hints of brick and orange and even some purple.On the…
  • Review: *** $$ Cloud Break Reserve Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, 2011 = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Cloud Break Reserve Pinot Noir. By way of background, opening thoughts:  I've been enjoying Santa Lucia Highlands based pinot noirs in recent years.  Let's try another!Original tasting and review : This is Cloud Break Reserve Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, 2011, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in July, 2014.In the glass: Medium red-orange.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright red cherry and red raspberry.  From the aroma,…
 
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  • Chef Sean O’Toole’s Torc launches a “secret” menu

    TrevR
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Last November the downtown Napa dining scene got a jolt when Chef Sean O’Toole opened Torc. Now, the restaurant is making a play to entice locals (and those “in the know”) to visit and keep coming back. Image via Starting on July 9th, Torc will have a “secret” menu available daily between 5pm-6:30pm. The menu, which will include three courses for $35, will not be printed and will only be made available to those who ask for it. Diners will be able to choose between two choices of appetizer, entree and cheese/dessert. Check out the sample menu below and give it a…
  • Half of the top 20 “best wineries in America” are in Napa Valley

    TrevR
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    It’s no secret the Napa Valley is one of the premiere wine growing regions in the entire world. Despite more states producing more varieties of wine than ever before, our little valley continues hold its own according to a new report. The Daily Meal released a list of the “101 Best Wineries in America” and on quick glance the Napa Valley is very well-represented. In fact, 50% of the top 20 are from our region, including: Dunn Vineyards in Angwin, California (#6 overall) Heitz Cellars in St. Helena, California (#7 overall) Matthiasson Winery in Napa Valley, California (#8…
  • St. Helena’s new wine and food village has potential

    TrevR
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:32 am
    We recently made a trip up-valley to visit a property that was once home to an outlet mall just north of the town of St. Helena. Today, the space is in the final stages of a complete transformation that will ultimately see it reopen as a destination wine and food “village.” Above: Inside the brand new Cairdean Estate tasting room Cairdean Estate is the brainchild of husband and wife Edwin and Stacia Williams. The couple recently opened a gorgeous new tasting room and sleek restaurant, The Farmer & The Fox, on the property. In addition to the winery, which reportedly has a…
  • Where to enjoy live music in the Napa Valley

    TrevR
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    With the 2014 edition of Bottle Rock Napa Valley now in the rear view mirror, we’re excited to have even more live music coming soon to our little valley. Pictured: Colbie Caillat performs at Robert Mondavi Winery in 2011 Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series The Summer Concert Series at Robert Mondavi Winery returns this weekend for the 45th year. Among the performances are Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on July 5th, Five for Fighting on July 12th and Colbie Caillat on July 19th. Go here for the full schedule and to purchase tickets. We’ve attended for the past several years and always had…
  • 15 spectacular Napa Valley photos that scream “summer”

    TrevR
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    The passing of the Summer solstice this past weekend got us thinking about all the wonderful things that come along with the season here in the Napa Valley. From major events to small town festivals and traditions, a Summer in Napa Valley can be magical. But don’t take our word for it–here are 15 spectacular photos that prove it.
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  • The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

    Andrew Barrow
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar A London pop-up bar, right in the very centre of town, with one of the most superb views across the skyline. Welcome to the Vista Lounge in the Trafalgar Hotels Citrus Garden. Right on the top floor, turn right as you leave the lift and head right down to the far bar. Here its all Tanqueray gin. Not just the ‘ordinary’ but the Tanqueray No. Ten resplendent in its new art deco bottle. A pre-view opening last Thursday let us sample more than just a normal G&T: Old Tom Fizz – “The Gin and Tonic for kings and queens,…
  • Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

    Andrew Barrow
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux. I must have left the tripod in the car as this was taken at a (rather excessive) high ISO – 6400 for those who need such info. A fine visit to the Chateau resulted in plenty of photos. Difficult to know which to save for the visit write-up or use individually; as this I think works better in black and white it has been elevated to the Sunday spot. Photo: Stainless Steel Tanks…
  • Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

    Andrew Barrow
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal On the flight home from Oporto, while waiting with increasing excitement the imminent arrival of the in-flight sandwich, I flicked through the TAP magazine. I had looked at the same issue on the flight over just a couple of days before so wasn’t really sure why I was bothering to do so agin; but then, jumping out from page 129, was an article and full page article of a winemaker. Not just any wine maker, but one I had met two days previous, enjoyed a tour of his winery and stayed at the vineyard-surrounded hotel! Came as a bit of a shock to be truthful. The…
  • The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist

    Andrew Barrow
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist I might have let out an embarrassing yelp on the train up to London yesterday. To fill the journey I was scanning through my twitter feed and a tweet by Robert Joseph popped up mentioning The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist. The yelp was justified, perhaps, as I saw my name on the very top of the list. It would appear I’ve been shortlisted for the Artistry of Wine Award; which is rather nice. I had totally forgotten I had even entered and it took a while to re-discover which images…
  • Cité des civilisations du vin

    Andrew Barrow
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Cité des civilisations du vin By the time the next Fete du Vin rolls round the grand wine project in Bordeaux should be completed. As we hurtled passed – as I stood up to take the photos the captain decided this was the moment to go full throttle up the Gironde – the building site it was difficult to gauge just how large a site it is. A scale model shown to us earlier at the Cité des Civilisation du Vin press launch certainly left a lasting impression both of the scale of the project and the ambition of the ‘multi-sensory’ experience planned. “Bordeaux’s Cité des civilisations…
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  • Chef Sean O’Toole’s Torc launches a “secret” menu

    TrevR
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Last November the downtown Napa dining scene got a jolt when Chef Sean O’Toole opened Torc. Now, the restaurant is making a play to entice locals (and those “in the know”) to visit and keep coming back. Image via Starting on July 9th, Torc will have a “secret” menu available daily between 5pm-6:30pm. The menu, which will include three courses for $35, will not be printed and will only be made available to those who ask for it. Diners will be able to choose between two choices of appetizer, entree and cheese/dessert. Check out the sample menu below and give it a…
  • Half of the top 20 “best wineries in America” are in Napa Valley

    TrevR
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    It’s no secret the Napa Valley is one of the premiere wine growing regions in the entire world. Despite more states producing more varieties of wine than ever before, our little valley continues hold its own according to a new report. The Daily Meal released a list of the “101 Best Wineries in America” and on quick glance the Napa Valley is very well-represented. In fact, 50% of the top 20 are from our region, including: Dunn Vineyards in Angwin, California (#6 overall) Heitz Cellars in St. Helena, California (#7 overall) Matthiasson Winery in Napa Valley, California (#8…
  • St. Helena’s new wine and food village has potential

    TrevR
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:32 am
    We recently made a trip up-valley to visit a property that was once home to an outlet mall just north of the town of St. Helena. Today, the space is in the final stages of a complete transformation that will ultimately see it reopen as a destination wine and food “village.” Above: Inside the brand new Cairdean Estate tasting room Cairdean Estate is the brainchild of husband and wife Edwin and Stacia Williams. The couple recently opened a gorgeous new tasting room and sleek restaurant, The Farmer & The Fox, on the property. In addition to the winery, which reportedly has a…
  • Where to enjoy live music in the Napa Valley

    TrevR
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    With the 2014 edition of Bottle Rock Napa Valley now in the rear view mirror, we’re excited to have even more live music coming soon to our little valley. Pictured: Colbie Caillat performs at Robert Mondavi Winery in 2011 Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series The Summer Concert Series at Robert Mondavi Winery returns this weekend for the 45th year. Among the performances are Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on July 5th, Five for Fighting on July 12th and Colbie Caillat on July 19th. Go here for the full schedule and to purchase tickets. We’ve attended for the past several years and always had…
  • 15 spectacular Napa Valley photos that scream “summer”

    TrevR
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    The passing of the Summer solstice this past weekend got us thinking about all the wonderful things that come along with the season here in the Napa Valley. From major events to small town festivals and traditions, a Summer in Napa Valley can be magical. But don’t take our word for it–here are 15 spectacular photos that prove it.
 
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  • Outdoor Vino Summer (4)

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Get out! Children's car seats, helmets, prosthetic limbs ... When are we finally gonna use plastic for something good?!Usually our descriptions on Wine.Woot are pretty silly because wine doesn't require much explanation. The standard story is: Open -> Drink -> Funtimes. But these Naked Winery Outdoor Wino bottles call for a bit more. Here's the thing: The summer is full of outdoor activities in which big glass bottles and cardboard boxes aren't up to the task. Enter Naked Winery's Outdoor Vino plastic bottles. Camping, kayaking, picnicking, skydiving … whatever you do outdoors, it…
  • Clif ‘The Climber’ Chardonnay Case

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Soapbox ClimberAh, America! Sweet land of indulgence and comfort, where the cornucopia never says no and our waistlines stretch from sea to shining sea. We’re not giving ourselves a pass here: our writers’ room is where high-fructose corn syrup goes to die. We put away more Zingers and Fritos than all of sub-Saharan Africa. But maybe America could be something else. Maybe there’s still time to set our elephantine body politic panting and jiggling toward a new way of living. Clif Bar & Co. are part of the new, healthy wind blowing across the land of the flab and the home of type-2…
  • Vinum Cellars Rosé of Cabernet (6)

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Wine Of A Different ColorNever judge a wine by its cover ... err ... color. Oh, never mind.Vinum lifted her head from her hands, turning her tear-streaked face towards her mother. "I'll never be who you want me to be!" she shouted. Her soul ached with a deep pain caused only by the rejection of a parent. "I should have thrown you out the moment you were uncorked," her mother spat. "Why can't you look like other Cabernets with their rich hues of reds and purples?" "I don't know, momma." "Do you know what it's like for me? The mother of a vibrant, salmon pink rosé?" "No, momma." "It's a…
  • JanKris Super Sixer

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    GREATEST THEME TUNE EVARNot to be confused with the less-than-good NBA team.Two years ago, a pair of crack grape partners was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These wines promptly escaped from a maximum security cellar into the Templeton Gap underground in Paso Robles, California. Today, still wanted by wine lovers everywhere, they survive as beverages of fortune. If you’re thirsty, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can drink…the J-Team. As the devastatingly charming genius who leads the J-Team, JanKris 2011 Riatta…
  • Roessler Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (3)

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    All the single vineyards“PN” stands for Pnever Nenough.Yeah, you’ve seen Pinot Noir from this winery before. You can never be too rich, too thin, or too well-supplied with Roessler Winery’s lovely and lascivious Pinot Noirs. Not when the folks at Roessler carefully choose grapes from the finest PN regions just about anywhere, and then add their own magic to display the finest characteristics of each region. This time ‘round, you can pad your ever-growing collection of Roessler PNs with this trio of single-vineyard buddies. You’ll enjoy three unique flavors from three distinct…
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  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 21, 2014

    1WineDude
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 11 Raptor Ridge Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Chehalem…
  • “One Foot Old World, One Foot New World” (Quivira Recent Releases)

    1WineDude
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ask Quivira winemaker (sorry, winegrower, as they prefer to call him) Hugh Chappelle for the Cliff Notes version of their style, and this is what you’ll get: “One foot Old World, one foot New World.” That’s a pretty darned good summation, based on my recent visit to their Dry Creek Valley winery. I should give you a similar Cliff Notes version of the entire Quivira story, before we get into the wines: A corporate drug company executive (Henry Wendt) gets attracted to a spot in Dry Creek Valley in the `80s, and as a avid fisherman gets upset at the decline in fish population in the…
  • Blurbs South Of The Border (On Evan Goldstein’s “Wines Of South America”)

    1WineDude
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There are moments that mark a sort of rite of passage for personalities in any field. With respect to writing on the topic of wine, there’s the first time you’re given a wine sample, the first time you’re invited to a tasting event or a tour of a wine region, the first time someone quotes your review of a wine, etc. Like sex (okay, that’s a really poor comparison), they say you never forget your first time, and I suspect that in any case several of those first time events were almost as awkward an exchange as that first time. Anyway… I was recently involved in another first (for…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 14, 2014

    1WineDude
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 11 Blackbird Vineyards Arise Proprietary Red (Napa…
  • Not Seeing Bottom Line Impact From Wine Social Media Efforts? Then You’re Using It Incorrectly!

    1WineDude
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Disappointed that your wine sales aren’t seeing an impact from your social media efforts? Then this study of the social media impacts experienced by nearly 400 U.S. wineries strongly suggests that you are approaching social media incorrectly. Which will come as a surprise to exactly.no-one who reads this big regularly. http://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=135492 A quick quote: “The results show that 87% of wineries in the sample report a perceived increase in wine sales due to social media practices.” That’s it, we’re done here, the end.
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  • Etna DOC, focus sul Sud-Ovest

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:28 am
    L’immensa area viticola intorno all’Etna, il più grande vulcano d’Europa – il punto rosso indica l’area Sud-Ovest dell’Etna DOC [clicca la foto per ingrandire]Eccomi di ritorno da un Solstizio d’Estate trascorso nell’Etna DOC. In particolare, tra le vigne del versante Sud-Ovest della DOC Etnea. Una circostanza resa possibile da un’iniziativa della Strada del Vino dell’Etna, nelle persone di Giovanni Scilio, presidente, Valeria Càrastro, agronomo ed esperta della zonazione dell’Etna DOC, e Giovanni Marletta, agronomo. Con…
  • TerroirVino 2014, due giorni a Genova

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:02 am
    TerroirVino 2014, l’evento ideato e organizzato da Filippo Ronco, si rinnova nella formula e si ripresenta alla sua decima edizione (Domenica e Lunedì 15-16 Giugno), presso i Magazzini del Cotone nel Porto Antico di Genova (per i dettagli, leggere il comunicato stampa a seguire). Rinnovata anche la formula della Vinix Unplugged Conference - la “non conferenza” sui temi del vino, del cibo e dell’interazione online - la quale quest’anno sarà “incastrata” al centro dei due giorni di evento (Lunedì 16 Giugno alle 9.00 – qui, il programma), senza lasciare…
  • Microfiche: Pojer e Sandri Zero Infinito

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Pojer e Sandri Zero Infinito, l’etichetta ideata da Francesco Arrigoni e realizzata dall’artista trentino Rolando Trenti Produttore: Pojer e Sandri Vino: Zero Infinito Vino Bianco Frizzante Biologico, col fondo Denominazione: Vino bianco frizzante Alcool: 12% Prezzo: €14,00 al pubblico in cantina, bott. 750ML.  “Modalità di servizio: decantare in caraffa o ‘agitare prima dell’uso’ per chi ama la versione rustica contadina”. Questa è la prima cosa che si nota di questo vino frizzante, imbottigliato in vetro bianco (con chiusura tappo a…
  • Marketing del vino e semiotica: diciamo la nostra sul “quadrato”

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Presentato il “Quadrato Semiotico dei Wine Lovers” durante lo scorso Vinitaly, grazie a un’iniziativa della cantina trevigiana Bosco Viticultori del Gruppo VI.V.O. Cantine sac. e all’analisi condotta dall’istituto di ricerche di mercato Squadrati di Milano, con il coordinamento “dietro le quinte” di Lorenzo Biscontin. Ne parlo in un post su Fermenti Digitali. Pubblicazione di Giampiero Nadali. The post Marketing del vino e semiotica: diciamo la nostra sul “quadrato” appeared first on Aristide, a wine blog.
  • Slow Wine sbarca sulla Luna

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:22 am
    Pubblicazione di Giampiero Nadali. The post Slow Wine sbarca sulla Luna appeared first on Aristide, a wine blog.
 
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    Tempranillo Tango

  • 14 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Hi to all readers!It has been a while since I have written. As many of you know I am also the winemaker for Rack and Riddle Custom Wine Services. We have just recently moved the operation from Hopland to Healdsburg. This was a phenomenal task! Very happy to be back to my old stomping grounds and as one of my co-workers said- be able to go out and have a real latte. Yes, Hopland was a little remote, but what was accomplished there was mind boggling.So back to Coral Mustang. Considering the drought, the last late rain is still keeping the vines running. Timing for harvest is looking average-…
  • Bud Break in the Vineyard!

    19 Mar 2013 | 6:38 am
    Seems like I just finished harvest and now I am thinking about it again. The weather has been absolutely beautiful but worrisome. We definitely could use some more rain which everyday seems to loom just off the coast or just to the north or anywhere but here.But I digress some, it is exciting thinking about the new vintage coming up in those little buds and what will it ultimately bring. Frank finished pruning in January. Cover crop looks good and mowing has been done more than once with this beautiful weather.In the winery I am getting ready to bottle the first Tres Palmeras wines that will…
  • Harvest 2012!!!

    16 Sep 2012 | 7:13 am
    Yesterday was the first day of harvest for the Tres Palmeras Vineyard which is exclusively for Coral Mustang Wines!This is always exciting and an anxious time. It is exciting to see the work finished, anxiety in how it is going to come out as wine. After two really bad years for grapes, this one looks good. Fruit was pristine- no mold and very little bird damage. There is still one more section to pick for next week, wasn't quite there in the flavor department, but close!I love these mornings- there was a little fog, 47 F- had to put the big jacket on. Then the fog burned off and the sun came…
  • Spring has finally Sprung

    23 Apr 2012 | 7:27 pm
    Check out the video-A little video to show you how Tres Palmeras is looking-Check out the website www.coralmustang.com - the wine club is alive!!!!!I am a partner and Winemaker with Nuestro Vino and will be offering my famous bubbles at a great price.Cheers to Spring,The Mustang Winemaker
  • 2011 Harvest is Finished and Lookin' Good!

    4 Dec 2011 | 7:41 am
    Another crazy year for wine- a year that was so cool that many didn't think that there would be a harvest. But when all is said and done, the wines are coming out very nice in spite of low sugars and lots of mold. I felt that we had a pre-run harvest last year having to deal with many of the same issues, so this year I was prepped with lots of information and methods to work with this years fruit.The one big difference this year was when the rains came, much of the fruit was sound enough to make it through. The Tres Palmeras vineyard was one of them. Last year we had to give up on the fruit.
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    Lyke2Drink

  • Beer Naming Contest Gives Chance to Win a Free 6-Month Membership to The Rare Beer Club

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Lake Forest, CA – The Rare Beer Club™ is collaborating with Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC to create this year’s Pints for Prostates/Rare Beer Club™ exclusive beer.  Pints for Prostates raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing through the universal language of beer and has been working together with The Rare Beer Club™ and U.S.craft breweries for the last five years creating inventive and exciting beers to help communicate their mission statement.  The beer will be featured in the club in September 2014, coinciding with…
  • Partial Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
                                                                                    DENVER, CO – A partial list of 32 brewers that have committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been…
  • Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting Scheduled for August 16

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    SEATTLE –DRAFT Magazine is presenting the inaugural Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting to benefit Pints for Prostates on Aug. 16. The event featuring a collection of two dozen artisan beers and food will be held in two sessions at the Pike Brewing Beer Garden on a roof top with a magnificent view of Puget Sound. Beer from some of America’s leading craft brewers along with selected classic imported brews will be poured at the outdoor event accompanied by food prepared by the chefs at the Pike Pub and Brewery and specialty cheese from the Pacific Northwest. The two sessions, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Tickets Now On Sale

    16 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    DENVER, CO -- The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, will be held on Oct. 3 in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The event features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from more than 40 of America’s top craft breweries and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them. Tickets for the event go on sale on Father’s Day, June 15, at Noon (ET).  VIP tickets for the event are $150 and allow early entry to the event at Noon. General admission tickets are…
  • Partial Beer List Released for Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers

    16 May 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Wicked Weed Brewing and Pints for Prostateshave announced a partial list of beers that invited breweries plan to pour at Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers.“We appreciate the great breweries that have committed to supply beer for this event and help us reach men through the universal language of beer,” said Rick Lyke, Founder of Pints for Prostates. “This will be one of the best selections of wild and sour beers to be found in a single event in the southeast during 2014.”  4 Hands Brewing, St. Louis, Mo., Cuvee Ange, Cuvee Diable and Passion Fruit Prussia…
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    Wannabe Wino Wine Blog

  • Live Red Wine Blogging #10 2011 Rios de Chile Reserva Carmenere

    Sonadora
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Oh yay! We get the nice guy from Chile again for our last wine to wrap up my 6th red wine live blogging session. His white yesterday was so tasty. Carmenere is a signature grape from Chile. Dark and spicy and smokey and chocolatey and earthy and wild on the nose. On the palate you get the pepper note that I love about Carmenere. It’s super spicy and you need some roasted over a spit meat to go with this. The wine screams traditional Carmenere. At $12.99 this is a hell of a bargain. Filed under: Wine
  • Live Red Wine Blogging #9 2011 Rodney Strong Symmetry

    Sonadora
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    We lucked out and got Rodney Strong and Amy with her new Wine4.Me app. Which you should go out and get and find more wines to drink instead of spit. Like this Rodney Strong Symmetry that I love. The Symmetry has dark fruit with black cherries on the nose. The palate is supple and the flavors linger in the mouth. Yum. Filed under: Wine
  • Live Red Wine Blogging #8 2010 Vineyard 511 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

    Sonadora
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The current owners have owned the property since 2008. The vineyard is only 1 acre and makes under 150 cases per year. They do their crush at Jessup Cellars. Beautiful dark fruit nose on this wine. The nose is perfumey and has chocolate notes. The palate is lovely with blackberry and tight fruit. I bet this wine had plenty of age left in it. Really excellent wine. Filed under: Wine
  • Live Red Wine Blogging #7 2012 Garnet Pinot Noir

    Sonadora
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The Garnet Pinot hails from Monterey County. The wine retails for $14.99. Mocha and cherry dominate the nose for me. With a smoky note from the oak. Cherry candy and cherries on the palate with the smokey note from the nose following through. Filed under: Wine
  • Live Blogging Red Wine #6 2011 Consilience Syrah

    Sonadora
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Ah, a wine from our host area! And a syrah at that. Santa Barbara Syrah that is primarily Syrah with a bit of Cab Sauv, Granache, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo and Petite Sirah tossed in. Dark bramble fruits on the nose. A little candied berry. A little vanilla from the oak. Nice bright red fruits on the palate. Much lighter than I expected in the mouth. This would be great with the lamb we had last night. Filed under: Wine
 
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  • Roasted veg with a chickpea puree and dukkah

    Edward
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    I guess it's a form of obsession, the ability to picture and taste a particular meal again and again long after the actual event. For me it happens only a few times a year, curiously and in contrast to my wine flashbacks it's often something humble that I then tinker with, trying in vain to recreate.In April I had a plate of baby vegetables on a bed of chickpeas. The puree was much milder than a hummus (cumin free presumably) and was served with a cheek of lemon and dukkah. It sounds so ordinary, but the goodness and rusticity has lingered. . . I think this is pretty close, maybe some…
  • For tomorrow

    Edward
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
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    Edward
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
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  • Penfolds St Henri 1998

    Edward
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Still deep and dense with conflicting seams. It's very worthy and still with time on its side. Evocative - ginger spice and leather boots; smooth and large, inky, meaty, slightly sweet and long. For me it's admiration without affection. I've a bottle left which I'll keep (2024 perhaps?) for curiosity. Before.The wine was secondary to the meal. A roasted broccoli (from the July Delicious magazine), split in half, panfried (cut side down) for four minutes and then topped with pancetta and transferred to a hot (200 degree C) oven for another ten minutes. Garnish with capers, anchovies, grated…
  • A shekel

    Edward
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    I've been reading travel guides, I figure it's a necessary chore if I'm to be prepared. The more I read the more I realise how generic and unsuitable they are. A mass of facts, superficial and with little linkage and meaning.While reading about the Louvre, I did come across a description of a particular copy of King Hammurabi's codex engraved on a 225cm x 55cm thumb of black stone. 282 rules giving insight into a society long gone. It's something I hope to see soon. . . An eye for an eye, unless of course the eye belongs to a slave. . . what to do if you find your partner in flagrante…
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • In pursuit of the (Italian) American dream

    Alfonso Cevola
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    ..and other tales told while riding inside the sommambulanceI keep having this dream over and over again. I’m in a restaurant. Pretty paintings on the wall, Bocelli crooning though the speakers, the lights are low. The waiter comes to seat me. He puts me in a corner and brings me a menu and a basket of hot steamy bread.The bread is loaded up with oil and butter and garlic and parsley, because you can’t have it without parsley. Then I proceed to navigate the menu and the wine list. I order a simple house salad. After all, in my dream it’s always July so the tomatoes are perfect. The…
  • My Dear John Letter to Moscato

    Alfonso Cevola
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    It was bound to happen sooner or later. This was never meant to be forever. It’s 3AM and I don’t even know where to send this, you’re not at home. You haven’t been home in ages. You’re on the constant prowl, looking for new places, new people, new conquests. You don’t need me anymore. And quite frankly, I have moved beyond you, little Miss Moscato.When we first met in the Langhe hills, it was my first time. You were lively, you had wit; you were young but balanced. And oh so sweet and pretty. When you came into a room, everyone turned to look. Your personality effervesced into…
  • Bursting the Bubble - The Battle for the Luxury Sparkling Wine Market

    Alfonso Cevola
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    July. Slow period. Vacations. Nothing much happening. Right?If you think this is the case, then go right ahead. But right now major campaigns have been launched to capture a share of the lucrative sparkling wine market. I came across two wineries with similar looks to their rebranding efforts. It got me to thinking, “What is going on here?First the Champagne. Louis Roederer is a well respected house, making top quality sparkling wine. Not as large as the big brands like Moet or Veuve Clicquot. Not as geeky as the grower Champagnes, the “farmer fizz.” Antonio Galloni offered this recent…
  • John the Apostle Talks with Jesus: on Water, Natural Winemaking and Large Gatherings

    Alfonso Cevola
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    One of the most misunderstood winemakers in all of time is Jesus Christ. After his miracle at the marriage feast of Cana, criticisms of his wine style stirred the temple. Jesus, a man born to love, was reviled. But what about his wine? Was it the ultimate supernatural wine?Jesus’ mercurial behavior, like the time he went ballistic in the marketplace, have contributed to his reputation as a flesh and blood being, only to be balanced with the events at Cana and subsequent actions with Lazarus. Criticism of Jesus seems to outpace his actions, many of which have changed history. Denial of his…
  • When a DOCG isn't a DOCG - and when that's not enough

    Alfonso Cevola
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:47 am
    Ahh, Italy, the multifaceted mystery, the oblique seductress, the carefully measured labyrinth. After a day of working in the garden, staring at the ceiling, too tired to sleep, this is the little hamster running on the wheel that was keeping me from my dreams. Seeing as Italy has provided so much for my life and my dreams, it is a small price to pay.The first hamster is the idea of a wine, a DOCG, which decided to forgo the qualification to honor a tradition. Yes, there are many who have done such (Antinori, Gaja, etc.) to make a new wine or to assert their preferences, but to turn back to…
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    Write for Wine: It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere!

  • Double Canyon-New Winemaker, New Wine

    writeforwine
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    We recently became big fans of Double Canyon, established just seven years ago in Horse Heaven Hills, and named for the two ravines that run through the property in central Washington state. Double Canyon’s first wine, a 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Double Canyon Vineyard, was awarded 93 points from Wine Spectator. Earlier this year, at Taste Washington, we named Double Canyon’s 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, from Phinny Hill Vineyard, in our top three favorite wines. At that time, we met new winemaker Jason Ledbetter, who had just come to Double Canyon from Pine Ridge…
  • Don’t Miss Chateau St. Michelle’s Summer Concert Series

    writeforwine
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    There are still tickets left for some of the first-rate performers at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Summer Concert Series,at the scenic outdoor amphitheater on the beautiful winery grounds in Woodinville. It’s a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon or evening. And this week is supposed to be sunny and in the 80s, so you can’t miss! Pretty surroundings, fine Chateau Ste. Michelle wine, summer weather and music for dancing = happy people! We were fortunate to attend the John Legend “All of Me” concert on June 28 and had a fabulous time. His music was as phenomenal as…
  • Mollydooker Wines-Part 2

    writeforwine
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:17 pm
    As promised in our previous blog post, Mollydooker-Part 1, we want to share information about Sparky and Sarah Marquis’ unique “Marquis Fruit Weight™,” along with other stories we heard from Sparky’s dad, Leigh Gawith, who is also the vineyard manager. Sparky and Leigh are both pictured on the right in a photo we took during our visit. To refresh your memory, we spent a few hours at Mollydooker’s Cellar Door in McLaren Vale, Australia last month; we had so much fun and learned so much that we are writing a second blog post about our experience. Mollydooker:…
  • Mollydooker Wines-Part 1

    writeforwine
    22 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Our visit to Mollydooker‘s Cellar Door highlighted our travels to McLaren Vale last month. A “cellar door” in Australia is the equivalent of a “tasting room” in the U.S. and Canada. In just a couple of hours, we tasted some absolutely amazing wines; learned the Mollydooker story; were educated on the Marquis Fruit Weight™; heard amusing tales from Sparky Marquis and his dad, Leigh Gawith, who is also the vineyard manager; talked social media and cookie butter with Jen, Mollydooker’s Facebook and Twitter guru; chatted with Fran, our tour host; had…
  • Franciscan Estate

    writeforwine
    14 Jun 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Since 1975, Franciscan Estate has produced wine in the Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon is king. So we were delighted to receive samples of 2011 Franciscan Estate Cab and Merlot to taste. 2011 Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Although 2011 was a challenging, cool growing season, the Franciscan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers beautiful aromas of red fruit and a silky mouthfeel. Comprised of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petite Verdot, 1% Syrah and 1% Cabernet Franc, this Bordeaux-style blend pairs well with hamburgers and other meat dishes. While it is…
 
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    The Wine Cask Blog

  • Rocca Delle Macie "SaSyr" 2011 wine review by (PB)

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Purple to cranberry hue with aromas giving the classic Sangiovese bouquet on first whiff but then there is a blast of fresh fruit like candy apple cherry (the hard red coating on candied apples) with a rear guard of sweet herbs. This is a distinctive and enticing bouquet!Palate--It tastes a little confused to me with the Sangiovese (60%) fighting with the (40%) Syrah. There's a nice sense of pie crust with residual baked-on cherry juice on it, red berries, and a touch of dried red fruit. Finish lingers a bit.I had this wine several vintages ago and didn't care for it. It wasn't a bad wine at…
  • Gascon Colosal "red blend" 2012 wine review by (PB)

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Intensely pigmented with a dark tomatoey red, opaque hue.Aromas of gigantic black fruit and loads of "stuff" going on! Tar, bold evergreen and spice, cigar box and more ripe berry fruit lurking underneath it all. Wow!Palate--Again, gigantic immense bold deep, dark berries with thickish, rich texture. Finishes with a lingering dark fruit with some charred oak.This "red blend" is Malbec, Bonarda, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Malbec and Syrah stand out to me but candidly I do not have a lot of experience with Bonarda.I paid $9 for this $16 wine marked down. This is definitely an upper…
  • Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 Wine Review (NW)

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Tasting notes:Big nose with dark berries, roasted notes, and cedarFull bodied on the palateLong, layered finish, complex with dark berries and earthy notesSummary:If you have this wine stashed away, open it and enjoy! It's drinking beautifully right now at eight years of age. It's immensely flavorful and has a nice complexity to it that drives the finish. Well made and expressive, for sure. Expect to pay around $30 if you happen to see it in a store. Thanks to Ken and Emily for supplying this one over a Summer dinner on the porch. Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative…
  • Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2011 Wine Review (NW)

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Tasting notes:Wild berries and bramble on the noseFull bodiedand well textured on the palateDark berries, dried herbs, and resinous notes on the finishSummary:Here's a widely available wine that's a great value and versatile with food. I found this at Trader Joe's for $9, and poured it with some grilled meat and vegetables on a week night. Made from Grenache blended with Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault, it delivers nice flavor and depth. For my money, Cotes du Rhone wines from the Southern Rhone valley in France continue present some of the best red wine values in the world. Raise a glass!--A…
  • Bridlewood Monterey County Pinot Noir 2012 Wine Review (NW)

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Tasting notes:Fragrant red fruit bouquet on the noseMedium bodied on the palateSilky texture on the finish with red fruit, spice, and caramel notesSummary:Here's a nice, elegant Pinot Noir at a good price. It's a relatively simple style, but it's harmonious and pleasing to the palate. Expect to pay around $12, and pour with anything from salad to lamb chops. Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
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    Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley Wines

  • Mindego Ridge

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

    Dave
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Web site The Daily Meal has come up with their list of the 101 best wineries in America, and not surprisingly several of them are from the Santa Cruz Mountains.At #54 that have the legendary Mount Eden - should have been higher of course, but that's fine.Just above at #52 is Woodside's Thomas Fogarty. Inside the top 20 at #18 we find the idiosyncratic Randall Grahm and his Bonny Doon Winery.And taking the #1 spot is Ridge. Congratulations!For the full list see The Daily Meal.
  • 2010 Big Basin Estate Syrahs

    Dave
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Since 2002 Bradley Brown has been producing excellent estate Syrah; intense wines that deserve - nay, demand - cellaring. As the vines have aged and other Rhone varieties have been planted the range has expanded.  The latest release features two siblings that are very different from each other.2010 Big Basin Old Corral Syrah The 2010 Old Corral is a dark, brooding wine featuring 13% Grenache and 1% Viognier. There's a deeply rich nose; lots of dark fruit - plum and blueberry, with herbal tones. Lots of young tannins back up a nice fruit core. It's almost painfully young at this…
  • 2012 Cinnabar Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

    Dave
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:25 am
    Since the sale of the old vineyards off Highway 9 to Mount Eden, George Troquato has been sourcing fruit from all over the state, particularly Paso Robles and Monterey. However he still produces a couple of wines from local fruit - a Pinot Noir from Lester Family Vineyard, and a rather nice Chardonnay.The fruit for the 2012 Chardonnay was sourced from two small vineyards high above  Los Gatos; the 40 year old Wright’s Station Vineyard - http://www.wrightsstation.com - and the nearby 25 year old single acre Skyland Vineyard on Skyland Ridge.A fairly typical Santa Cruz Mountains style of…
  • 2010 Martella Syrah, Camel Hill Vineyard

    Dave
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Michael Martella has been making wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains for over 40 years as former head winemaker at Thomas Fogarty, and since 1999 under his own label from purchased fruit. I'll confess that in the past I haven't been the greatest fan of his label; I've found his "Hammer" Syrah to be aptly named and not really to my taste.So I was pleasantly surprised by this latest Syrah from the Camel Hill Vineyard in Los Gatos, which displays finesse rather than raw power. The nose is lovely, showing black fruit and leather; on the palate there are gorgeous fruit flavours backed by good acidity…
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • Domaine FL

    Michael Tulipan
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    In Rochefort-sur-Loire, Domaine FL has big plans for the future. A brand new winery building had largely been completed when we arrived last year, but a B&B and restaurant on the upper floors was yet to come. For our visit, we took in a gorgeous view of rolling hills while standing around a table trying the wines in the not-yet-completed top floor. Founded in 2007 and organic since 2009, Domaine FL is named for owner Philip Fournier’s parents’ names: Fournier and Longchamps. Unusually for the area, the winery’s holdings are spread on both sides of the river, including some in the…
  • Cecchin Winery – Mendoza, Argentina

    Organic Wine Journal
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Here is a short film on Cecchin Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, filmed by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine of The Perennial Plate. A Very Old Concept from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.
  • Damien Laureau – Loire

    Michael Tulipan
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Damien Laureau Damien Laureau has been making wine since 1999 but he only started his own domaine in 2007, picking up parcels as they came up for sale. Now his is the newest winery in Savennières and adheres to organic principles. Since he owns eight different plots, he vinifies his Chenin separately then blends the wines together for two of his labels – Les Genets and Le Bel Ouvrage. Laureau also has a quarter of a hectare in the prized Roche Aux Moines sub-appellation, allowing him to bottle with that designation (the 2011 we tasted is his biggest, most powerful wine). We compared four…
  • Paterna Winery – Tuscany

    Susannah Gold
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Tuscany’s Paterna winery is proud of its certified organic status, but they’re even more proud of their commitment to working with people with special needs. They call the practice Agricoltura Sociale where those with disabilities are given a place in a rural setting. This philosophy also applies to their visitors, having made their Bed & Breakfast (or agriturismo) wheelchair accessible – a milestone in Italy where being physically disabled can be a true issue in terms of movement within the countryside. The Paterna Team Paterna, located near the city of Arezzo, has a…
  • Exporting Organic Wine is Harder than Making Organic Wine

    Organic Wine Journal
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Just because you make organic wine doesn’t mean you can export organic wine. Just ask The Wine Kat: In the States, we can’t say we’re organic. We use PMS (nothing to do with moods at certain phases of the moon) to add sulphur in the winery and that is forbidden under US organic regulations. We can however, as of this year, say that the wine is made using organically-grown grapes and we have to get a COLA (not coca) to approve each and every label we export into the States – this all has to be overseen by our importers, for whom I am sure it is a logistical pain in the neck. In…
 
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  • Unlikely pairings - blind or not? (Tasting articles)

    Jancis Robinson
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are firm believers in tasting blind when assessing wines professionally, trying to work out whether reputations are justified, which are the stars of a vintage, for example. But I am not always convinced that serving wine blind at the dinner table is a great idea. We went to dinner with friends.
  • Australia's Winemaker of the Year moves to Napa (Free for all)

    Jancis Robinson
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Newton Vineyard is not currently one of Napa Valley's most talked-about wineries. Long gone are the days in the early 1980s when high-profile winemaker Ric Forman was lured from Sterling, then riding the crest of a Coke-financed wave (upper case C), to Newton, where he was succeeded by John.
  • Bread and wine in Vienna (Nick on restaurants)

    Nick Lander
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Walter Bauer's restaurant, Bauer, and Josef Weghaupt's bakery and bistro, Joseph, are no more than a kilometre apart in the heart of Vienna and appear very different. One is named after the restaurateur's surname, the other after the founder's Christian name. Bauer is 57 and has been in his.
  • My great white hope (Free for all)

    Jancis Robinson
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is a slightly longer version of an article that was also published in the Financial Times. Usually when I send one of these articles to our editor at FT Weekend , I ask explicitly for its subject to be made very clear. This week, I'm hoping to disguise my topic until I have lured FT readers.
  • Luis Pato Maria Gomes 2013 / VV 2012 Beiras (Wines of the week)

    Jancis Robinson
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    MG 2013 from $9.99, £9.99 VV 2012 from €7.25, $12.98, £12.50,  AU$ 25.50, 149.90 Norwegian krone, CA$25.99 Find Maria Gomes 2013 Find Vinhas Velhas Branco 2012 Luis Pato is one of the most inventive winemakers anywhere and certainly within Portugal. He's based in Bairrada in northern.
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    Vinix: latest wine tastings

  • Sudtirol Eisacktaler Sylvaner

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Taschlerhof Peter Wachtler, Brixen, Italia Doraro scarico con ottima brillantezza e grande consistenza, ottima estrazione, al naso si percepiscono erbe aromstiche di campo, salvia, finocchietto selvatico e tutta una serie di agrumi freschi e frizzanti, anche agrumi canditi che rendono il vino fine ed elegante, al palato entra incisivo e diretto ma con suadenza e setosita', ottimo equilibrio con prevalenza di note minerali e sapide, tanta freschezza ma ben integrata da note dolci, corpo, persistenza e prontezza ne fanno un vino dinamico e armonico.
  • Cavermaso

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Pier Paolo della Tommasina, Massa, Italia Ho scoperto il Candia dei Colli Apuani per caso durante una trasferta di lavoro nelle zone di Massa. E' una doc con una zona di produzione abbastanza ristretta nei colli apuani e comprende i comuni di Massa, Carrara e Montignoso. Quella di Pier Paolo della Tommasina è un'azienda storica del territorio. Non lo conoscevo, ma è un vino davvero piacevole per accompagnare un buon piatto di pesce. Colore di un bel giallo paglierino, naso leggermente aromatico e mediamente intenso, agrumi e note di frutta esotica (ananas). In bocca l'ho trovato…
  • Krug Collection

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    KRUG , Reims, France Sicuramente il più complesso e particolare tra i vini che ho degustato di Krug. Profumi molto più complessi ed evoluti. Quello che mi ha davvero sorpreso è l'acidità e la freschezza fantastiche come di un vino ancora giovane. Bellissimo colore ambrato. Al naso è davvero una potenza di profumi: agrumi canditi, crema e vaniglia, rhum, zabaione e caramello, note tostate di cioccolato, caffè e di pane abbrustolito. Anche un lieve sentore più amarotico tipo chinotto o tamarindo. In bocca è potente, fine ed elegante con un'acidità sorprendente.
  • Vintage 2000 Millesimato

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    KRUG , Reims, France 1 sola annata, assemblaggio di tre uve provenienti di 40 diversi vitigni. E' potente e molto strutturato. Naso molto complesso e ricco di profumi, un po' meno elegante del clos de mesnil, più potente, alle note di agrumi e frutta candita si affiancano quelle speziate e di salsa worcester. Al palato è avvolgente, con corpo eccellente, quasi da "masticare" con un notevole estratto secco e una lunghissima persistenza. Ottimooo
  • CLOS DE MESNIL

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Krug , Reims, France Ho avuto la possibilità di partecipare qualche tempo fa ad una serata ONAV dedicata allo champagne Krug. Il Clos du Mesnil è sicuramente il vino che più mi ha colpito, inebriato e stordito. Un champagne che non posso dimenticare. Chardonnay in purezza, di una sola annata e proveniente da un solo vitigno della maison. Rese molto basse. Il naso è una sinfonia di profumi, che si sprigionano con grande intensità e si percepiscono quasi ancor prima di mettere il naso sul bicchiere. Mi hanno ipnotizzato. Spiccano tutte le note di agrumi, frutta candita, mela gialla, miele…
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  • Mionetto IL Prosecco – Tasty Everyday Sparkler

    Tim Lemke
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Last week I did a write-up on the Mionetto Prestige Collection Prosecco and commented about how I’ve been coming across more and more of their wines lately.  This is another Prosecco from their “IL” line and is also quite tasty. I love what Mionetto is doing with the packaging on their IL line sparklers.  Rather than a cork, it has a bottle cap on it.  This gives me the sense that this is a casual, everyday sparkler — which is exactly the way I think more consumers should look at sparklers.  It doesn’t need to be a special occasion to enjoy this, just pop the…
  • Mionetto Prestige Collection Brut – Fabulous Prosecco

    Tim Lemke
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    I’ve been coming across a number of different sparklers from Mionetto lately.  They seem to be doing a marketing push and I’m seeing them everywhere.  And after tasting some of their bubbly, I had to share this one with you. Prosecco is the focus at Mionetto, and they don’t just produce one.  In the category of sparkling wine, Prosecco tends to be more of a bargain than many other sparklers.  This is in part due to the process they use to produce it, a “charmat” process that involves secondary fermentation in stainless steel tanks.  This differs from the…
  • Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt RK Riesling — Zingfully Good

    Tim Lemke
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    As you may have noticed, wine PR folks like to come up with various events to get folks talking about (and more importantly, drinking) their wines.  One trend I’ve noticed in this camp is the (fill in the blank) wine day.  You know, International Tempranillo Day, International Merlot Day, International Cabernet Sauvignon Day, Malbec World Day, etc.  And a bunch of folks who promote riesling have a similar thing they’ve been doing for the past several years called Summer of Riesling. That’s right, riesling doesn’t just get one day it get’s the whole summer —…
  • Hey Mambo Dry Rosé – Crisp and Refreshing

    Tim Lemke
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    If you’re a regular reader here you probably already know that I’m a fan of dry rosé wines (among a number of other wine styles).  OK, I’m a fan of pretty much all kinds of wine.  But I think rosé is often overlooked, yet it can be a fun, enjoyable wine with character.  And this is my latest rosé discovery. Hey Mambo is one of the wine brands produced by The Other Guys wines.  Although the company is relatively young, the folks behind it come from one of the oldest wine families in the California wine industry, the Sebastiani family, who have been producing wine in…
  • Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Not Cheap, But Amazing!

    Tim Lemke
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:46 am
    Although my primary focus on this website is inexpensive wines (it’s in the name of the site after all), I sometimes have an opportunity to taste wines that don’t fit in the “cheap” categorization.  And every now and then I think all wine lover’s should taste the “good stuff.”  After all, these are the wines that set the standard. And in my mind, when it comes to Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, Caymus Vineyards is the standard.  I’m sure many wine consumers and critics might argue that other brands should hold that title.  But for whatever…
 
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  • I've Either Lost My Mind or This is One is a Must Buy for Burg Lovers

    Lyle Fass
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    OK - let's get it out on the table - I'm offering village Monthelie for around $50.  So I've either lost my mind or I have a very good reason for doing so. People who know me, know since I can only offer 3-4 wines a week they better be damn good. People who also know me that I am all about what is in the bottle and not what is on the bottle.Now, we all know from Comtes Lafon that you can make great red wine in Monthelie (their wines are worth the $60-$65 they cost).  I think that this wine is better. Much better. A lot better. Florent Garaudet is famous among the top winemakers in…
  • Rayas for less than $40? - Domaine Saladin Is A Similar Style and a Must try for Rhone Lovers

    Lyle Fass
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Most Southern Rhone grenache is some combination of over-oaked, alcoholic, stewyand boring (yes, I know, "tell me how you really feel").   We all know from Chateau Rayas that you can make wonderful Grenache wines that are Burgundian in style (balanced, pure and aromatic).  I've tasted a ton of nasty grenache in search of something with a similar profile to Rayas, and have only found two in my career. I'm offering one today.I'm pleased to offer the 2010 Domaine Saladin VDF "Haut Brissan, which can be had for as little as $34.99 on the 3-pack. The 2012 is spicey and fresh with one of…
  • The Wine That Was Waaaaay Better Than I Thought It Was (And I Loved It to Begin With)

    Lyle Fass
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    I did not have a chance to experience this wine at the estate as you taste and spendmaybe 5-15 minutes with each wine after it has been opened. The Demets wines need 30-45 minutes to really open and show their stuff. As soon as the wines had been properly rested after this spring ship I started sending emails to find out what people thought of the wines. I was particularly curious about Marie Demets as I shipped four different wines from them. I kept hearing about the Rose. So I popped a bottle. For 45 minutes it was the excellent, precise wine I remember with vivid layered fruit and that…
  • 2012 Domaine des Beaumont - Top Vineyards and Top Wines

    Lyle Fass
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    As many of you know 2012 Burgundy is in short supply, sometimes I have to act so quick that I will miss it and thus you will miss it. I knew that I had to offer the 2012's from Beaumont after offering the 2008's last year and also tasting how great the 2012's were when I was on my last Burgundy trip. They have wonderful vineyards and have started to realize their potential now, after starting up in 1991 and marketing their first vintage in 1999. I bought the 1999 Clos de la Roche for a wine shop I worked in Boston and was enamored by the wine. It also was the first Burgundy I bought as a wine…
  • The Singular Wines of Andreas Laible: One Miraculous 2013 Under $35 - One of Germany's Top Winemakers

    Lyle Fass
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    If there is one winery in my portfolio that literally gives me the chills is Laible. Theseare, for me one of the top 3-5 Dry Riesling estates in Germany. The wines are singular: nothing tastes quite like them and each of their bottlings is a unique expression of the vineyard on which the grapes were grown.  Dry is the specialty in their little slice of heaven, otherwise known as Durbach which is just as steep as the Mosel. Andreas and Petra Laible's house is plop right in the middle of their vineyards. These are just magic in a glass. Today I am honored to offer their two top bottlings…
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    HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog

  • Bat Shlomo Vineyards – Wine fit for a king

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

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

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

    Avi
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Style Magazine, a large Hong Kong paper, has a great new article about Israeli wine. Check it out here. Grape ambitions Winemaking in the Middle East enjoys a long history, but the time is now ripe for Israel and Lebanon to enter the world stage, writes Alexis Lai THE COOL WINE CAVE OFFERS THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR THE STORAGE AND AGEING OF WINE. WE RECOMMEND STYLE 03 APR 2014 Watch out STYLE 03 APR 2014 Scents of adventure STYLE 03 APR 2014 Sounds good STYLE 03 APR 2014 Hollywood star Walton Goggins shows us the man behind the shield 48HRS 26 MAR 2014 Designer Liu Min creates looks for the…
  • Rhones on the Right Track

    David Rhodes
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    This article was originally published in ESRA Magazine Ido Lewinsohn has been part of the winemaking team at the Recanati Winery since 2007 when he worked with founding winemaker Lewis Pasco. He stayed on at the winery when a new senior winemaker, Gil Shatsberg, took over the helm in 2008. Before joining Recanati, Ido had studied winemaking and viticulture at the University of Milan in Italy and worked at wineries in Tuscany (Italy), the Rhone Valley (France) and Australia. One of Ido’s first steps into the wine industry was as an intern in 2003 with Israel’s first boutique winery,…
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    ShipCompliant: Wine Shipping Blog

  • Is Massachusetts the Most Important Change Since Granholm?

    Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The opening of Massachusetts for direct shipping is perhaps the most important change to the direct shipping market since the Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision in 2005. We estimate that within three years of opening for direct shipments on January 1, 2015, Massachusetts will easily vault into the top ten states by shipping revenue and represent over $60 million in additional revenue for wineries that ship. Let us explain. The value of opening up any given state for direct wine shippers is, we find, related to three primary factors: 1. The state’s population 2. The state’s proximity…
  • Alabama is now an available state in PRO

    Alex Umbhau - ShipCompliant Product Analyst
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Alabama has joined the likes of seven other states (Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, South Dakota, North Carolina, and Washington) as the latest state to accept label registrations via Product Registration Online.  Alabama typically requires licensees to fill out and submit a Brand/ Label Registration Request form to the state ABC. Licensees using PRO don’t need to fill out this form by hand; instead all the information is transmitted electronically to the state. Like other PRO states, licensees will receive approval emails and be able to look up their registrations in the…
  • Direct Shipping To Massachusetts–Finally!

    Sarah Fine - ShipCompliant Research Team
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Eight years after Massachusetts passed an unworkable and overly-restrictive direct shipping bill, and four years since the same law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, Bay State legislators finally passed a workable direct wine shipping law that will allow out-of-state and in-state wineries to ship wine directly to state residents. The new law was included in the 2014 budget bill (see page 257), and was signed by Governor Deval Patrick this morning. Set to go into effect on January 1, 2015, the new wine shipping law will make both wineries and Massachusetts wine lovers overjoyed.
  • Arkansas Confirms Direct Shippers Only Responsible for Statewide Taxes

    Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    As wineries were applying for and beginning to use the new DTC shipping licenses for on-site sales to Arkansas consumers, we learned that some of the staff in the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration were telling holders of direct wine shipper licenses that they were responsible for collecting certain local sales and use taxes. Wine Institute’s local Arkansas counsel has received a legal opinion from the Assistant Commissioner of Revenue, Policy and Legal of the Department of Finance and Administration stating that holders of a wine shipping permit are not required to collect…
  • New Mexico Changing Online Tax Filing System

    Jessamyn Boltz - ShipCompliant Research Team
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Effective Monday, June 16, 2014, New Mexico went live with their TAP online filing system for Combined Reporting System (CRS) returns. Taxpayers who file the CRS return, regardless of if they currently file paper or electronically, will need to take action to create an account with the new system if they wish to file online. Filers that currently file this return online using the old NM E-Filing Services system please note: your current login and account set up in the older system will not transfer over to the new TAP system; you must register for a new account. What you need to know about…
 
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    Sommelier India - India's only wine magazine

  • The Wine World Cup - Riesling vs Malbec

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    If I'd read this article earlier, I'd have watched the match with greater interest! Read on for the wine metaphor.
  • New Wine and Beer Boutique in Mumbai

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    "Come on over right now!" said the heavily accented, loud and cheerful voice of Craig Wedge, COO, FineWinesnMore when I called to ask about their newly opened fine wine and beer boutique, writes Suneeta Sodhi Kanga who travelled halfway across Mumbai at SI's behest to explore Fine Wine & Beer Boutique and Tasting Room, a swanky new wine store.
  • The Power 100 - Top spirits & wine brands, 2014

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Only 24 of The Power 100 have witnessed volume declines over the past year. Click for detailed report by Intangible Business. This new found stability is significant for a highly competitive industry.
  • Grover Vijay Amritraj wines launched in UK

    1 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Indian wine producer, Grover Zampa Vineyards' latest initiative is the launch of a new range of fine wines for the UK market in collaboration with former Indian tennis celebrity, Vijay Amritraj, (pictured, left). The Grover Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection comprises a white and red wine, which - according to a company release - were inspired by Amritraj's legendary feats on the tennis court and iconic style of play.
  • Fruit wines grow in popularity in India

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    Kiwi wine is the latest entry in Pune based fruit wines specialist Rhythm Winery, says Michael Gonsalves. Read more here
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    Grape Wall of China

  • Grange rovers: Penfolds holds its first re-corking clinic in Beijing

    boyce
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Australian wine producer Penfolds today held its first re-corking clinic in Beijing, with several sessions organized by importer / distributor ASC at China World Summit Wing. As Penfolds’ website puts it: The Penfolds Re-corking Clinics offer the owners of Penfolds red wines which are 15 years and older the opportunity to have their wines assessed by a winemaker, and if necessary, opened, tasted, topped up and re-capsuled on the spot. Chief winemaker Peter Gago said 120,000 bottles have been re-corked over the past 23 years. Today’s clinic included bottles of icon…
  • Middle Kingdom Wines: What if you take 14 Chinese labels to London International Wine Fair?

    boyce
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    So, what happens if you take a dozen-plus Chinese wines to the London International Wine Fair? That’s one experiment now complete thanks to Kevin Gayle of Middle Kingdom Wines, who presented bottles from four regions of China at his booth this year. Before we get to the response of visitors — Gayle says they included “wine course students, sommeliers, wine merchants, journalists, wine consultants, wine school lecturers and [members of] wine societies” — here was the portfolio on offer: 1421 (Xinjiang) ‘Gold’ Chardonnay 2010 ‘Gold’…
  • Wine retail in China: Ruby Red to open Beijing showroom on Saturday

    boyce
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:05 am
    Wine importer / distributor Ruby Red will launch its Beijing showroom this Saturday. In addition to showcasing the company’s portfolio, the showroom will include space for tastings and classes. Ruby Red already has showrooms in Shanghai and Huangzhou. Many of the country’s importers have showrooms in Beijing, including ASC (The Wine Gallery), Torres (Everwines), Summergate (Pudao Wines) and Tinta Fina (The Loop). The official opening will be from 2 PM to 5 PM in Jianwai Soho West (room 1335, 3F, building 13) with samples from wineries such as Clonakilla (Australia), Neudorf…
  • Telegraph: ‘millions of pounds of government money [for] 14 French vineyards’

    boyce
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:43 am
    UK publication The Telegraph just published a story about hundreds of millions of yuan of government funds being spent on vineyards in France: Chinese government funds have been squandered on French vineyards and secret trips to Las Vegas, Communist Party auditors revealed on Wednesday. In the latest attempt by Beijing’s spin doctors to promote President Xi Jinping’s high profile “war” on corruption, the National Audit Office announced that its investigators had solved more than 314 major cases last year. The most startling revelation was that millions of pounds of government money…
  • Greek wine: Boutari, COFCO make five-year plan for China market

    boyce
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:09 pm
    UPDATE: I’ve been in contact with Mihalis Boutaris since I originally published this post. He says the budget relates to a five-year purchase plan of Greek wines via COFCO. In terms of marketing, he says the plan will include “the operation of the Greek Wine Academy that will be powered by AWSEC [Asia Wine Service and Education Centre]” as well as “familiarization trips to Greece, wine tastings, and in general an awareness campaign about Greek wine in China.” “The interesting thing about my experience so far in China is that Chinese consumers are really…
 
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  • Nederburg Only SA Wine On 2014 Muscats Du Monde Top Ten List

    Media Release
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:08 am
    The only South African wine to feature in the *Top Ten Muscats du Monde is Nederburg’s 2011 Eminence, a limited edition, specialty sweet wine made for exclusive sale on the annual Nederburg Auction. Earlier this year, the same vintage won the trophy for best natural sweet dessert wine at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
  • Franschhoek Uncorked 27 & 28 September 2014

    Media Release
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    Get into the swing of spring and sample superb wines at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, over the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Wineries in and around the Valley will be putting out the stops showcasing limited releases wines and possibly a new release (or two). Don’t miss out on the wine specials either,
  • City Sightseeing Paying It Forward 67 Times For Mandela Day

    Media Release
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    The 18th of July will see South Africans doing their part for Mandela Day and contributing 67 minutes of their time to community service in a bid to give back to society. City Sightseeing, the company that runs the iconic red double decker buses in Cape Town and Johannesburg will be doing their bit through
  • Krone Adds A Demi-Sec To Its range Of Benchmanrk Cap Classiques

    Media Release
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    Krone Night Nectar 2011 Synonymous with the production of benchmark Méthode Cap Classiques, Krone has launched the Krone Night Nectar 2011 Demi-sec Cap Classique. Located at Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate (TJ) in the picturesque town of Tulbagh, Krone has a long tradition of the fine art of blending the classic Champagne varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot
  • “Powerful Beauty” –

    Media Release
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    is the thread through Danielle Margaux’s Spring/Summer Le Good Life Collection, sponsored by The House of J.C. Le Roux, and launching at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (MBFWCT) 2014. Easy sophistication and elegance. Flowing femininity and soft lines. These are some of the ideas that thread Danielle Margaux’s new collection which will be launched at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
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  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    As of this date and writing, we have 168 good surveys. Almost all of them are submitted by people with relevant experience; 77% of the respondents have more than two years of work experience in the alcohol beverage field. These surveys provide solid feedback on what the term “craft” does mean or should mean, in relation to beer, wine and spirits. If you have not yet completed a survey, and you work in the alcohol beverage field, please complete the survey here. We would like to have at least 500 responses before drawing any major conclusions. We are off to a good start, with 152…
  • Help TTB Break the Logjam (Free the Labels)

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    In this blog, every now and then, we talk about how the label and formula system at TTB can be quite slow, despite various TTB efforts to streamline things. Some top examples are here:  101 Days (to get a spirits label approved); Streamlining; Sen. Schumer Says Labels Take Too Long; more streamlining. It is not a pleasure to observe that it can take more than five months to get an ordinary French Vodka approved (30 or so days at the TTB Lab, then 60 or so days to write up the formula approval, then 60 or so days for label approval — to say nothing about potholes and glitches along the…
  • Coke Gets Served (and Pommelled)

    admin
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, Pom v. Coca-Cola, is not just about juice. It has massive implications for small brewers, big distillers and all other alcohol beverage marketers. It shows that TTB rules and other agency rules set a floor, not a ceiling, on how companies need to market their products. It shows that the government is only a part of the web of review, in concert with competitors. Just as we predicted that Pom would win this case, we now predict that some alcohol beverage companies will soon take legal action against others, even though such cases, other than trademark…
  • TTB Eases Way Up on Formulas for Many Beers

    admin
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    There is some big news from TTB, via dcbrewlaw. TTB has recently decided to ease up on the formula requirements for malt beverages made with common ingredients and processes such as some barrel aging, as well as various fruits and spices. This should help considerably with TTB’s overwhelming workload, and the related delays. At dcbrewlaw, Dan reports: There is good news for brewers who are tired of waiting for formula approvals from TTB (currently 74 days):  you may not need it. On June 5, 2014, TTB issued a fairly significant ruling, Ingredients and Processes Used in the Production of…
  • 101 Days

    admin
    28 May 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A short while ago I went to see why “that easy label” is still pending, after filing it while snow was still on the ground and waiting well past spring, into summer. I was shocked* and horrified to see the above. The average processing time for spirits labels is now, as of today, way past a month or two. I am startled to see it’s past 100 days. I don’t recall it ever getting past 45 days or so, back in the days of shutdowns, Rep. Gingrich fighting with President Clinton, Tea Partiers fighting President Obama, and so forth. I find myself talking about the same pending…
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • 35+% Off Plus Free Shipping from Wine.com

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    American Express is offering $30 off $100+ orders at Wine.com with code AMEX30. 30% off wine is a compelling proposition because margins on wine are relatively narrow. But with Wine.com you've got to choose your wines wisely and avoid high shipping costs for this deal to make sense. I'll walk you through some tips on how to maximize this deal in this post.Stack it with Free ShippingThis deal is structured differently than most AmEx Sync deals. With most AmEx Sync deals the savings are delivered as a statement credit that posts to your account a couple days after the transaction posts. However…
  • Behind the Scenes: An Interview with Yours Truly on Grape Collective

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I'm prone to intense, serious staring during winery visitsI've been banging away here on this blog since 2008. And for the most part I've avoided extended ramblings about inside-baseball topics like leveraging social media, how to start a blog, and sharing pictures of my kids. So forgive me this quick self-indulgent detour.I got an email last week from Jameson Fink from Grape Collective (and other online wine properties) asking if I'd be interested in participating in an interview series they've been doing with wine bloggers and wine industry personalities. Knowing Jameson…
  • Visiting Casanova di Neri

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    View up towards Montalcino from Casanova di NeriOne of the first wines I noticed when I started paying close attention to Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year program was the Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova. Their 2001 was named Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year in 2006 ($70/97WS) and at the time I didn't care enough to understand why they picked this specific wine. I just knew that they thought it was a really good bottle of Brunello.In hindsight it was clearly a nod to a producer leading a renaissance in winemaking in Montalcino. Wine Spectator wanted to feature them because they took a…
  • [Sold out] Quick Deal: 2010 Peay Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Bin Ends (with locations in Needham and Braintree, MA) is offering the 2010 Peay Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir for $38.40/bottle -or- $96 for 3 bottles which averages out to $32/bottle.Go here to buy the wineThey can ship to MA or hold for in-store pick-up at either location.As of now there are 39 out of 48 bottles remaining. I'd expect these to be gone within 24 hours.This is a very nice price for Pinot Noir from a well-regarded terroir-driven producer like Peay.CellarTracker average is 91.4Wine-Searcher listings are scarce but they're in the range of $42-$50It's a 3-bottle buy for me. I can never…
  • Direct Shipment of Wine to Massachusetts Set to Begin in 2015

    12 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    Well, the day we thought would never come may have finally arrived: Governor Patrick signed the FY2015 Massachusetts budget and it includes provisions to allow the direct shipment of wine from out of state wineries to Massachusetts residents.See: Official word from Free the GrapesIf all goes well, shipments are scheduled to be allowed starting as early as January 1st, 2015.But if you've been a Red Sox fan prior to 2004 you know not to count a victory until it's a done deal. Direct shipment will only be a reality when we're able to successfully order wine from out of state wineries and have it…
 
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    Wine Club Reviews & Ratings

  • WineBee.com Discount Code

    Eric Nagel
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    WineBee.com features some of the best Italian wines you can find online. While they have mixed clubs of reds, whites, roses and sparkling wines with 6 or 12 bottles (quarterly or monthly) per shipment, the WineBee.com discount codes we’re sharing with you today are for their wine shop.Save $15 off $120 with code 15WINESave $25 off $200 with code 25WINEWineBee.com sells all sorts of Italian wines, from the classic Chianti, Prosecco and Pinot Grigio to Gewurtztraminer.WineBee ships to California, Alaska, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico,…
  • Pacific Northwest Series from The California Wine Club (Review and Video)

    Tricia Meyer
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Every now and again I receive wine from a wine club that I would never have thought to buy for myself but ends up being perfect for me. The Pacific Northwest Series from The California Wine Club turned out to be one of those. Who knew that some of my very favorite wines are actually produced in Oregon?The California Wine Club is known for seeking out small boutique wineries and hand selecting the wines for its clubs based on taste and quality. They have taken that same approach to the wineries of Washington and Oregon and the result is their new Pacific Northwest Series.Unlike some of their…
  • Garagiste Series by Gold Medal Wine Club Review (with Video)

    Eric Nagel
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    Gold Medal Wine Club has a new club: Garagiste (pronounced gar-uh-zheest’), and I had the privilege of receiving and reviewing this club.Most of the time, Todd, Tricia and I can easily review clubs, but Garagiste was a bit intimidating. Something with a fancy name like this must mean something, so I went to my expert, Josh, and talked about this wine club (and one of the wines) with him:Josh and I opened the Vaughn Duffy 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Retail $39 / Gold Medal $33). Vaughn Duffy only produced 169 cases of this wine, which could be enjoyed now through 2020. At $33,…
  • Finding Wine Treasures at Rummage Sales

    Todd Farmer
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Hi, I’m Todd.  And I’m a rummage sale junky.There.  I said it.  I feel better.And I know I’m not alone.  Many people love the thrill of finding something unique, or “too cheap to pass up” at garage sales, yard sales – or whatever you call ‘em.  I just go! I love garage sales for a number of reasons.  I enjoy the community feel you get when you talk with neighbors you otherwise would have never met, or when you run into the same group of garage sale shoppers throughout the morning as you all hop from sale to sale.  I love accidentally bumping…
  • Pitt-Jolie’s Miraval Rose 2013 Available

    Tricia Meyer
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    Most of the time I don’t believe they hype when celebrities create or endorse products. I’m particularly skeptical when it is something as nuanced as wine. However, I’ve been researching the Miraval Rose 2013 wine produced by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and the reviews are actually quite good.In fact, Wine Spectator named the Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval (that is quite a mouthful!) No. 84 on its list of the top 100 wines of 2013. The wine was ranked the highest of any rose on the list and the story behind the wine is featured on the cover of…
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  • 2010 Tikal Patriota

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    2010 Tikal PatriotaThe 2010 Patriota is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Bonarda aged for 12 months in French and American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports an enticing nose of Asian spices, incense, lavender, plum, and blueberry. In the glass it opens to reveal a ripe, plush, savory wine with no hard edges. Drink this well-balanced, lengthy wine over the next 5-6 years. It is also an outstanding value. The Tikal wines are produced by Ernesto Catena. Importer: Vine Connections, Sausalito, CA; tel. (415) 332-8466 Rating: 91  Estimated Cost: $17-$25
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  • How to Serve Wine at a Picnic

    SarahJacobs
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Wines are absolutely delectable when casually sipped outdoors, so a picnic around a kids outdoor playground is the perfect place to enjoy a glass. Whether you are having a picnic in the country side or out in your yard, you will certainly enjoy wine in good company.   There are many ways to serve wine at a picnic, and while some of them are a bit unorthodox for the more snooty customers out there, I guarantee that these tips will be absolutely perfect for sipping wine during your day out in nature.   Choose the right wine When it comes to serving wine at a picnic, you have to make…
  • Basic Rules for Pairing Wine with Foods

    SarahJacobs
    24 May 2014 | 5:09 am
    I once was very stressed with work and while it really helped having some business coaching qualifications, I found that I was still having a lot of difficulties with my job for that day. I decided to take out my best red wine and ordered a big pizza, and just took the evening off so that I can relax. I was delighted about how the flavour of the wine highlighted the tangy flavours of the pizza I ordered and figured that there must be more to wine and food pairings than cheese, and chicken, and beef. Needless to say, I conquered my tasks at work with a fresh start the next day. Nothing like…
  • The Complexities of Wine Storage – Demystified

    SarahJacobs
    16 Mar 2014 | 5:20 am
    Wine is a very delicate, aged beverage and is affected by all sorts of factors. It has to be stored in very specialised ways in order for it to keep its quality. Different kinds of wine can be produced using various methods of production, using different kinds of grapes. While the kind of fruit used in the wine can affect the taste of the final product, the weather also plays a huge role. Have you ever heard of the phrase “This is a good year” when referring to a wine? That is because one crop of wine is often affected by the weather it was subjected too. Certain weather…
  • My Latest Wine Tasting Party

    SarahJacobs
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    Me and my friends always have a wine tasting party when we can. After all, that’s our job — we taste test all of the wines that we can get our grubby little hands on to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly. Wine tasting parties are a great way for me to meet up with friends so that I can figure out what kind of wines are worthy of our palettes. Even if you are not a blogger or a food critic, or even a chef, a wine tasting party can be a fancy new way to celebrate with your friends. It certainly can be much more enjoyable than a standard get together. Now, when you are throwing…
  • The Best Way to Enjoy Wine and Cheese Is Through a Party

    SarahJacobs
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    From time to time, I really like to play host and invite my friends over to get together. And since I am a working individual and have a lot of responsibilities, I always lack the time to organise things. So, when it comes to party themes I always prefer to throw a wine and cheese party. Needless to say, such party is easy to prepare and many modern-day people also love wine and cheese. Of course, there is no better way to enjoy the experience of wine and cheese than to throw a wine and cheese party. I am very well aware that there are a lot of guests that pay attention to wine and food…
 
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  • Wine Week 237: The final episode.

    wineweek
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    After 5 years of talking about wine on our wineweek.com.au show the time has come to wrap things up. With roughly 700 wines reviewed over the journey we thought we would take the chance, in this our final ever show, to look back a few of the ones that knocked our socks off. Thanks to everyone who’s been part of the fun and mayhem of WineWeek! Danny & Brad The final wines are: Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier Savaterre Chardonnay Wynn’s Davis Cabernet Penfolds Grange Stanton & Killeen Vintage Port All Saints Museum Muscat Riesling, almost any Riesling Kalleske Greenock Shiraz Even though…
  • Wine Week 224: Time for a wine.

    wineweek
    16 Jun 2011 | 9:42 pm
    We’ve had a little break, but it’s time to get back to business! Brad spent a bit of time up around Beechworth in Victoria’s north east, and came back with a Chardonnay from Savaterre that is worth the wait. Danny looks at a Brand’s Laira Cabernet that’s classic Coonawarra and Brad rounds things out with a funky bottle named The Squid’s Fist from rogue producers Some Young Punks. This week’s recommendations are: Savaterre Chardonnay 2009 ($68-$75) Brand’s Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 ($17-20) Some Young Punks The Squid’s Fist 2010 ($21-25)
  • Wine Week 203: What to wish for these holidays.

    wineweek
    16 Dec 2010 | 8:32 pm
    What more could you wish for this Christmas than great friends, family and wine? Our families know that making us happy is as simple as finding a great Riesling for a gift, and the Knappstein Hand Picked Riesling certainly hits the spot. When Christmas dinner comes round Danny suggests you could match that baked ham with the Bay of Fires Pinot Noir. Yum! And when your wine gets called one of the top 10 in the world you might feel all your Christmases have come at once, just like the happy boys and girls from Schild Estate. This week’s recommendations are: Knappstein Hand Picked Riesling…
  • Wine Week 178: I see red, I see red, I see red!

    wineweek
    16 Jun 2010 | 9:42 pm
    Yesterday Australia found themselves with a new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. While some have been focused on the fact this is Australia’s first female PM, we’re looking at it a different way. Yes, our new leader has flaming red hair! So what better way to toast the new PM than with a few bottles of red?! We first raise a class to the “Power Fox” (as Crikey have dubbed her) with glass of sparkling red. The Fox Creek Vixen is a lovely way to celebrate an early morning coup as it goes beautifully with bacon and eggs. While some make fun of red-heads by calling them “rangas”, we…
  • Wine Week 153: The Best Dozen of 2009.

    wineweek
    16 Dec 2009 | 8:32 pm
    It’s that time of year again! Santa’s packing his ute with presents for the good kiddies, and all us adults are wondering if there will be something special under the tree for us from the jolly man. And it’s also the time of year when we announce the 12 wines that impressed us the most over the last year…. and then give them away to a couple of lucky friends of the show! If you’re an email subscriber you get one entry into the draw to win one of two complete sets of our Best Dozen automatically. If you’re a Twitter follower you’ll get another entry into the competition. And if…
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  • A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé

    Kori
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to try the 2013 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé from the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington State. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Julia’s Dazzle Rosé is produced and bottled under the Dolan & Weiss Cellars label. However, the masterminds behind it are Long Shadows’ founder Allen Shoup and winemaker Gilles Nicault. For years,…
  • Challenging Wine Pairing: Gnocchi

    LaGayle
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    While gnocchi does not receive as much attention as other pastas, potato gnocchi has become popular and frequently appears on restaurant menus. In fact, in the past year, I have enjoyed delicious gnocchi both in Italy and here in Seattle. Since we Wine Peeps enjoy Italian food very much, I decided to prepare a challenging wine pairing meal using gnocchi drizzled with sautéed leeks and truffle oil as our entrée. It was a simple, but very enjoyable, meal that included the gnocchi and a caprese salad. Once again, I referred to my favorite book, What to Drink with What You Eat, and decided to…
  • A Wine for Tonight: 2011 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

    Kori
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to try the 2011 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County in California. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Rodney Strong founded Rodney Strong Vineyards, located in Healdsburg, California, in 1959. Current owner Tom Klein and the Klein family purchased the winery in 1989. Head winemaker Rick Sayre has been…
  • Wine Tasting Dinner: 2007 Washington Syrah Revisited

    Kori
    21 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Washington Syrah compares favorably with the best in the world. Washington Syrah generally falls somewhere in between the jammy Shiraz of Australia and the more austere Syrah of the northern Rhone. It generally has good acidity and tannins. The common denominators of our favorite Syrahs from Washington have been deep, dark purple color and luscious black fruits, with hints of green bell peppers, black pepper, and spice. The 2007 vintage was one of the best vintages in the history of Washington State. We featured 2007 Washington Syrah in a couple of our wine tasting dinners several years ago…
  • New Zealand’s 2013 Vintage hailed as “Vintage of a Lifetime”: 2013 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

    Kori
    14 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Kim Crawford Wines, located in New Zealand, was founded in 1996 by owner/winemaker Kim Crawford and his wife Erica. In the beginning, Kim Crawford Wines was one of New Zealand’s first “virtual wineries.” They sourced their grapes from growers across New Zealand, made the wine at other wineries, and managed their sales and marketing from their home in Auckland. In 1998, they began exporting some of their wine to the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Crawfords opened a cellar door (tasting room) facility in Te Awanga in Hawke’s Bay in 1999. Then they opened a state of the art…
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • 2012 Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon Region:  California – USA Cost:  ~$14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Gnarly Head 2012 Cabrenet Sauvignon is King – big, gallang, and powerful. This dark, bold Cabernet has solid tannins and jammy fruit, with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, freshly-cracked black peppercorn, violet, and charred notes. On the palate, flavors of dense black fruit compote and currant followed by a trio of clove, spice, and earth, lead to a generous, lingering finish. Try pairing this Cabernet with grilled lamb skewers, strong cheeses, or a spaghetti bolognese. My…
  • 2012 Martin Codax Albarino

    George Perry
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Albarino Region:  Rías Baixas, Spain Cost:  $15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Delicated and medium-bodied with a crisp, dry finish. Flavors of ripe apple, peach, pear, and lemon zest are framed by bright minerality and hints of spice. This Albarino displays intense floral aromas and an attractive acidity, making it a versatile, food-friendly wine. Pair with seasonsal shellfish and other seafood. My Review:  My first real exposure to Albarino was several years ago at a tasting of Virginia Wines and my first thought was how much it reminded me of Virginia Viognier, and how…
  • June 2014 Virginia Wine Chat with Sunset Hills Vineyard

    George Perry
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    During the last week of June I was lucky enough to participate in another Virginia Wine Chat, this time featuring a vineyard that I had recently visited while doing some tastings in Loudon county with my wife and parents – Sunset Hills Vineyard. As usual we tasted three different wines, all while Frank Morgan of Drink What YOU Like interviewed the winemaker, this time Nate Walsh. I won’t go into all the details of the interview since you can see it in the video I’ve embedded just below, other than to say that Nate definitely has a vision for the wine he’s making, and I…
  • 2012 Viama Rosso delle Venezie

    George Perry
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Indigenous grapes of the Delle Venezie Region:  Delle Venezie, Italy Cost:  $15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  A rich bouquet of red berries and currant mingle with layered flavors of black cherry and red and black berries that lead to a long, stylish finish. Enjoy Viama with your favorite Italian fare, grilled meats, vegetarian entrees, and a selection of cheeses. My Review:  Last week it was the Duca Pinot Grigio, this week it’s the Viama Rosso. While last week we saw a 3L box that was clearly meant to sit on a counter and be enjoyed at home, the packaging on this…
  • 2013 Duca del Frassino Pinot Grigio/Garganega

    George Perry
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Pinot Grigio & Garganega Region:  Venezia, Italy Cost:  $20 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Charming with a bouquet of green apple, pear, and white flowers with delightful crisp flavors of apple and white pear that build on a long, lingering finish. My Review:  Ah, boxed wine. You either love it or hate it. I’m in the former camp for the record. This time of year, I love to have a box of white wine sitting in my fridge, ready to grab a glass whenever I want without having to open an entire bottle – something nice and versatile that can go with a variety of…
 
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • Rosés of Summer: Casey Flat Ranch, past and present

    winebratsf
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In land far away, on a hill steeply above the valley, lies a secret place in Capay Valley called  Casey Flat Ranch.  Located at 2000 feet above sea level in the Vaca Mountains, between Napa Valley and the Central Valley, the area was originally settled in the late 1850s during the Gold Rush.  Now, a new rush is on – both for sustainable organic produce, and wine. The Capay Valley AVA was established in 2002, which is somewhat surprising with only two vineyards:  Casey Flat Ranch and Capay Vineyards.  The 150 square miles of Capay Valley has only 100 acres under vine, with…
  • HALL Wines: An Art Treasure steeped in Cabernet

    winebratsf
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    It was a bright and warm late spring day when I ventured up to St. Helena to see the new Hall Wines facility and tasting room.  While I had visited before, in 2009, it was shortly after the LEED Certified production facility had opened, and what a difference 4 years can make! With a focus on sustainability and responsibility, along with diverse culture, Hall has gone to new heights with the new Wine and Art Exploration tasting & tour which gives visitors to the winery a peek in to the passion for art & design that Former Ambassador Kathryn Hall has always expressed. Arriving at the…
  • Viva Espana!

    winebratsf
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    Summer is in full swing, and so is Spain!  Do you like paella?  Dancing?  Wine? Join Gloria Ferrer at the Catalan Festival on Saturday & Sunday, July 19th & 20th for a party benefiting Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. Honoring the spirit of the Ferrer family, each day guests can stroll Las Ramblas, recreating Barcelona’s popular main street with the colors, smells and sounds of Spain. Along the way they will sample savory tapas, enjoy paella and cooking demonstrations, and participate in educational seminars, cocktail demonstrations,food & wine pairings and a festive…
  • Live Blogging: RIOS de Chile Carmenere

    winebratsf
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    After tasting the value priced Sav Blanc yesterday, I’m excited to try the Carmenere today.   The vineyard is just at the foot of the Andes, and the vines struggle.  The nose on the wine is very spicy and green, which is different than the palate.  The palate has black pepper, earthy and spicy, and would be amazing with east Asian food with a spicy backbone. Carmenere is a misunderstood grape, and this is a great example that is pure and honest — and is not pure green pepper.  At $12.99, I would buy this every day! The post Live Blogging: RIOS de Chile Carmenere appeared…
  • Live Blogging: Vineyard 511 Diamond Mountain Cabernet

    winebratsf
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    The 2010 Vineyard 511 Cab is distinctly Diamond Mountain.  I love hillside fruit, and this is no exception. Rich and lush, but with a beautiful bright note hiding under the blackberry, this cab has dusty notes of coffee and chocolate. The tiny production of 160 cases will not last long, so go get this lush gem! The post Live Blogging: Vineyard 511 Diamond Mountain Cabernet appeared first on Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog.
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  • Cape Town World Music Festival 2014

    Alana Ridley
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Sip on Backsberg wines while enjoying an array of exceptionally talented international music acts at the Cape Town World Music Festival 2014. Expect brilliantly lit stages, a lantern lit venue illuminating music from the past, present and future. This year the festival will be hosting over twenty bands across three stages within City Hall. A seated stage, the Main stage and the DJ stage (for those with stamina). For more information or to buy tickets visit http://capetownworldmusicfestival.com/   The post Cape Town World Music Festival 2014 appeared first on Backsberg.
  • Join Backsberg at Bastille Festival

    Alana Ridley
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:28 am
    The Franschhoek Bastille Festival will be celebrated in Franschhoek on the weekend of 12 & 13 July 2014 and Backsberg will be there selling delicious Karoo Lamb Ciabatta Rolls and of course pouring signature wines! Join us at the Food & Wine Marquee located next to the Franschhoek Huguenot Monument to stock up on all your favourite wines and buy some delicious Franschhoek food. Visit us at stand 35! Tickets are available at R200pp (Saturday) and R180 p/p (Sunday) in advance through Webtickets (www.webtickets.co.za). All ticket prices include a complimentary tasting glass, a R20…
  • Backsberg is official wine supplier to Encounters Documentary Festival

    Alana Ridley
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:47 am
    [Video] View the Backsberg Sponsorship Video that was screened on opening night of Encounters Documentary Festival. Backsberg is pleased to be the official wine supplier to the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, which runs from the 5th to the 15th of June 2014 in cinemas in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Backsberg had the honour of attending the premiering night, where the award-winning documentary film, Square, opened the event. The night included a guest list of prominent South African film writers, producers, directors and key players in the documentary film…
  • Spoil Dad at Backsberg with Lunch and a Brandy Tasting

    Alana Ridley
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:04 am
    DADS RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY BRANDY TASTING ON FATHER’S DAY!                                                            Spend quality time at Backsberg together with family and friends this Father’s Day. Nestled alongside the roaring log fire, relax with a glass of wine,  take in the rustic ambiance and enjoy a sumptuous lunch spread that is fit for a King! We will be serving our signature Karoo Lamb Spit Braai Buffet. The meal includes a hearty assortment of breads and starters; roast lamb with accompaniments; a…
  • Backsberg John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and Backsberg Pinotage win Silver at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

    Alana Ridley
    29 May 2014 | 5:18 am
    Backsberg is pleased to announce winning two Silver Awards at the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show for the John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and the Pinotage 2012. Amongst a group of notable other wine producers, Backsberg receives the award for the John Martin for the second consecutive year. Further to this, Backsberg achieved 5 Bronze Awards for the Hillside Viognier 2013, Backsberg Family Reserve White Blend 2009, Tread Lightly Chenin Blanc 2013, Tread Lightly Merlot 2012 and Tread Lightly Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. Judges blind tasted over 1000 wines over four days to…
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  • Sauvigon Blanc from Around the World

    29 Jun 2014 | 9:23 pm
    It’s not like we really need a special day to enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, but the wine industry designated one recently.   And so we gathered an interesting selection of Sauvignon Blanc from various wine regions of the world, and proceeded to taste them.  I started with a Sancerre,  which has long been my favorite white wine with fish.  It pairs so magnificently with New England lobster that I can’t imagine going to Boston and having lobster there without a bottle of Sancerre at the table.  The Sancerre I chose is the Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre 2013, produced…
  • Garagiste Wineries - Featuring Dubost Ranch of Paso Robles

    29 Jun 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Kate Dubost in the Tasting RoomWhat is a garagiste winery?  The term often refers to folks who make wines in their garages, as they begin winemaking.  There is also a growing movement in California, primarily based in the Paso Robles area, of garagiste wineries.  The website californiagaragistes.com says this:  “GARAGISTES – (gar-uh-zhē-stuh) n, Fr. – A term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow the “rules.” Now a full-fledged movement responsible for…
  • Wine Country Wedding

    29 Jun 2014 | 8:57 pm
    June is a wedding time of year, and the younger generation of 20-and-30-somethings plans many of their weddings at wineries.  Apart from the main event, winery weddings provide an aspect that everyone enjoys: wine tastings and drinking.My first experience of a wine country wedding was a few weeks ago when the Canadian side of my family decided that all available Taylors should come to my second cousin Kevin’s wedding at the Vintage Inn in Yountville.  It was great fun!  And, at 6 p.m. in mid-June, there was still plenty of sunshine.  I’d never heard of One Hope Wines,…
  • Laetitia Wines are Not Only Good, but Well-Promoted

    29 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Laetitia Vineyard and Winery shares their love for their Santa Barbara terroir and provides some excellent pairing notes and recipes.  I am aware oft his because every once in a while, I receive a press release that is so good that it's worthwhile passing on in toto to my blog readers.  This is the case with the information provided by Parker Sanpei and Associates about their client Laetitia wines. "Second-generation winery owner, Nadia Zilkha, has walked a diverse path through everything from the world of finance to film production and medical innovation. Through it all, she…
  • First Class Wines, Ethiopian Airlines Selections

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I had to beg and borrow air miles in order to upgrade my ticket to First Class for a recent trip I took to Ethiopia.  That journey is about 18 hours of in-air time, not including changing planes in Heathrow and hanging around San Francisco International for the obligatory 3-hour check-in time.  That’s my old-lady excuse, but another reason was that I wanted to taste the wines poured in First Class.I must say, Ethiopian Airlines has a wine list of which they can be proud!  I’m not sure how many of these wines you’ll find in your local shops, but I’m sure they are…
 
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  • Know Your Local Wine Shop ~ Arkansas Edition

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    The Arkansas state flag was designed by Willie Kavanaugh Hocker. I love to visit wineries when I am traveling. But sometimes, you can’t get away when you are away. How do I solve the problem? Check out the local wine shop or liquor store. But, first a word about Arkansas liquor laws. Confusing is too simple a word. As is arcane. First off, you can’t buy wine over the internet and have it shipped to you in Arkansas. Well, technically you probably could but because Arkansas won’t ship its liquor to you the other states won’t allow the reverse. You can go into a winery or…
  • Arkansas. Wine.

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    After years of telling me that they were going to retire to Arkansas, my parents have finally done so.  Kevin and I tried to talk them into moving to Oregon, but they weren’t going for it. The Arkansas state flag was designed by Willie Kavanaugh Hocker. So, Arkansas it is.  In the middle of the Walmartian capitol. Luckily, like almost every place in the country, there is wine nearby.  Yup.  wine.  Located in three American Viticultural Areas.  Twenty-four wineries. California it is not.  But that isn’t a bad thing.  After all, variety is the spice of life.   So what’s the deal…
  • Check out this red wine from United States

    admin
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Hi! Gradually opened up to nice cherry taste. Wine from Penner-Ash via Vivino: http://www.vivino.com/s/5329999d94f7b -Kevin Powered by Bookmarkify™
  • Alexandria Lakes

    admin
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Do you think that wine is only made in California?  Well Skippy, you would be wrong about that.  American’s don’t live by those kinds of rules.  We make wine where we want.  For instance?  Minnesota.  Land ‘o 10,000 lakes.  And this viticultural area is surrounded by several. Fast facts for the wino set? Located in Douglas County, Minnesota Established July 1, 2005 10,800 Acres There is only one winery in the appellation:  Carlos Creek (visited by your VinoVerve!) Soil Type is Nebish-Beltrami Elevation 1404 feet above sea level Grapes produced:  Brianna, Frontenac,…
  • It’s All About Wine – Alexander Valley Edition

    admin
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I admit it has been a while since I have posted here. But that is because I have been learning. About one of my favorite things. Besides wine. Maps. Naturally, I have made maps about wine too. (It is almost like you can hear one of my teens complaining) So over the next couple of weeks expect to see maps of the American Viticultural Areas made with ArcMap. I am starting today with the Alexander Valley. First some quick facts: Settled: 1840 by Cyrus Alexander. Property was part of Henry D. Fitch and Josefa Carrillo Fitch’s Rancho Sotoyome. Alexander was granted two leagues of property as…
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  • Unlikely pairings - blind or not? (Tasting articles)

    Jancis Robinson
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are firm believers in tasting blind when assessing wines professionally, trying to work out whether reputations are justified, which are the stars of a vintage, for example. But I am not always convinced that serving wine blind at the dinner table is a great idea. We went to dinner with friends.
  • Australia's Winemaker of the Year moves to Napa (Free for all)

    Jancis Robinson
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Newton Vineyard is not currently one of Napa Valley's most talked-about wineries. Long gone are the days in the early 1980s when high-profile winemaker Ric Forman was lured from Sterling, then riding the crest of a Coke-financed wave (upper case C), to Newton, where he was succeeded by John.
  • Bread and wine in Vienna (Nick on restaurants)

    Nick Lander
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Walter Bauer's restaurant, Bauer, and Josef Weghaupt's bakery and bistro, Joseph, are no more than a kilometre apart in the heart of Vienna and appear very different. One is named after the restaurateur's surname, the other after the founder's Christian name. Bauer is 57 and has been in his.
  • My great white hope (Free for all)

    Jancis Robinson
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is a slightly longer version of an article that was also published in the Financial Times. Usually when I send one of these articles to our editor at FT Weekend , I ask explicitly for its subject to be made very clear. This week, I'm hoping to disguise my topic until I have lured FT readers.
  • Luis Pato Maria Gomes 2013 / VV 2012 Beiras (Wines of the week)

    Jancis Robinson
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    MG 2013 from $9.99, £9.99 VV 2012 from €7.25, $12.98, £12.50,  AU$ 25.50, 149.90 Norwegian krone, CA$25.99 Find Maria Gomes 2013 Find Vinhas Velhas Branco 2012 Luis Pato is one of the most inventive winemakers anywhere and certainly within Portugal. He's based in Bairrada in northern.
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Borsão Tres Picos Garnacha 2012, Campo de Borja, Spain

    Simon
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Every time I’ve tried this wine, it’s been less than 3 years old, and I’ve wished I could have seen it with a lot more bottle age, to see what happens to the oak imprint - anyone have any mature vintages? Borsão Tres Picos Garnacha 2012, Campo de Borja, Spain (£12.95 Saddleworth Wine Vault) Currently a bit […]
  • Abbaye Sylva Plana Faugères Le Rosé 2012, Languedoc, France

    Simon
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    A follow up to the two reds from this winery I tried earlier this year HERE Abbaye Sylva Plana Faugères Le Rosé 2012, Languedoc, France (N/A in the UK) Crisp, juicy, fresh style, lots of fresh strawberry flavour, with light spice and floral notes behind, full in flavour but light in body, plenty of personality plus […]
  • Tesco Finest Special Reserve Amontillado Sherry

    Simon
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    Not as good as the Oloroso (also made by Barbadillo), but still a decent amount of flavour for the price Tesco Finest Special Reserve Amontillado Sherry NV, Spain (£6/50cl Tesco) Has all the classic Christmas cake character – walnut, caramel, fig, raisin, clove, cinnamon and so on – along with a hint of barley sugar […]
  • Terrazas de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon Selection 2010, Mendoza, Argentina

    Simon
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    Very impressed by this wine from Moët’s Argentine stable – this wine is labelled ‘Reserva’ rather than ‘Selection’ in non-EU countries Terrazas de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon Selection 2010, Mendoza, Argentina (£14.95 Saddleworth Wine Vault) Still has plenty of ripe juicy fruit – blackcurrants and berries especially – but there’s also a gentle herbal edge, […]
  • Pazo Torrequintans Rías Baixas Albariño 2012, Spain

    Simon
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Consistently reliable Albariño from Bodegas Martin Codax. Some stores now have the 2013 I think, but the 2012 still looks pretty good Pazo Torrequintans Rías Baixas Albariño 2012, Spain (£7.49 Tesco) Showing a little of the richness that comes with bottle age, but this is still fresh and citrussy, with a salty bite to the […]
 
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    Vin65

  • Finding Bigfoot: ROI in Social Media is Not a Mythical Beast

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

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ready for some Spring cleaning? Spend some time this month and actually buy wine from your website from beginning to end. You may just find some room for improvement. Conversion rates don’t lie. Getting potential customers to your site takes a great deal of effort. If they leave without purchasing, it could be because they are bumping against an annoying friction point. Customers have become increasingly savvy and have little patience for awkward ecommerce sites. The best way to improve conversion rates is to identify and eliminate major friction points during the checkout process. For…
  • Five Touch Points to Drive DTC Wine Sales and Keep ‘em Coming Back!

    27 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    In 2013, 3.4 million cases of wine shipped in the United States (ShipCompliant 2014 DTC Report). Online sales are growing at the fastest pace in history and staying connected to your customers is critical. Here are five customer touch points that will drive your DTC wine sales and keep your biggest fans coming back: 1. Give them what they want In some cases, your ecommerce website is the customers first touch point with your brand. Analyze your data to better understand the top varietals customers are purchasing and display those first. Make it easy for customers to shop by setting up your…
  • Compliance Should Be Simple - And Sell More Wine

    12 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today, our parent company launched WineDirect Compliance.  Our CEO, Joe Waechter, has a blog post here explaining why we built a compliance tool, and the thought process behind it. As the COO of WineDirect and President of Vin65, I got to sit in a lot of the compliance meetings - here’s our thought process: For years compliance has been difficult.  While there are a lot of rules and red tape – we want to tell you that it shouldn’t be that hard. We look at compliance like we look at credit card processing. It’s an important piece of the business, with some…
  • 3 Ways To Get Quality Customer Data

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Nurturing relationships with your customers is critical for growing a successful business. Problem is, not everyone wants personal relationships with businesses. Develop trust with your customer in order to open up the information-sharing floodgates. What can you do to connect with your customer on a personal level? Have you trained your staff to ask the right questions? Do you make notes in your CRM each time you interact with a customer? Are you collecting good data, but using it ineffectively? Here are 3 ways to get quality data and use it effectively: 1. Ask Only What You Need People get…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 5 Value White Wines for Summer

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    What goes best with…? That’s the baseline wine-pairing question, and every wine expert worth his or her Riedel decanter has an answer for it. But realistically—and especially during the summer—there are plenty of times whe...
  • 5 Ways to Celebrate the Summer of Riesling

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yes: The Summer of Riesling has officially started. So what does that mean for you? In case you missed the first six iterations of this restaurant-centric lovefest for all things Riesling, what happens is that, beginning June 21, a plethora of res...
  • 5 Splurge-Worthy Wines for Parents of Recent Grads

    18 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    An appealingly cynical English friend in the wine business once told me, “You see, what you do is that when your child is born, you purchase a case of vintage port from that year. Then, when the child finally graduates from college, you send...
  • Wines for Every Burger, from Veggie to Lamb

    11 Jun 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We Americans, we do like our beef. The average citizen of the US of A eats somewhere around 70 pounds of beef per year. Evidently we, as a people, cannot resist the urge to slap round patties of ground cow flesh onto hot metal and then devour the ...
  • 5 Affordable Grill-Friendly Red Wines

    4 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Grilling season is here—the weather’s warm, the charcoal is available, and with any luck you’ve delegated some nearby child to scrub off all of last year’s grilled-on gunk with a handy wire brush. One hitch: according to th...
 
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    The Wine Making Guy

  • Brewing White House Honey Porter Beer Recipe [Obama's Extract Homebrew]

    winemakingguy
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Delight in the video? Subscribe! http://bitly.com/UlQyGJ Follow me on TWITTER: http://twitter.com/ILL810 Like me on FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/ILL810 S.
  • Wine 101: How to Store Wine

    winemakingguy
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Wine professional Rebecca Chapa describes exactly how screw bests impact conservation, when to refrigerate, and exactly how numerous stoppers can help. Register for the all brand-new Epicu … Video clip Score: 4 / 5
  • Wine Making at Home Part I

    winemakingguy
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Ways to make wine at residence in the garage area. See also Part II. Video Score: 4 / 5
  • Oz Clarke’s How to Taste Wine

    winemakingguy
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Oz Clarke tells you every little thing you have to find out about tasting wine including reviewing the label, accessing the wine, tasting and making notes.
  • How To Make Wine REDNECK STYLE

    winemakingguy
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    http://homesteadadvisor.com/ I’m gonna reveal you the best ways to make wine REDNECK DESIGN! It is easy, and anyone can do it. I am utilizing grapes that I grew, but you can … Video Ranking: 4 / 5
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    VINEgeek

  • The Hound on Wine

    Jim/VINEgeek
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:10 pm
    More Wine + Game of Thrones geekery: Wine in Game of Thrones: Wine Regions of Westeros Khal Drogo Says: Keep Calm And Drink Mourvèdre House VINEgeek: We Drink Only Interesting Wine
  • Caymus Cab at 40

    Jim/VINEgeek
    14 Jun 2014 | 8:08 pm
    I was invited to a twitter tasting to celebrate the 40th Anniversary release of Caymus cab this afternoon. I was happy to participate, as Caymus is such a classic name in Napa cab. I remember visiting Caymus on my very first visit to Napa when I was first getting into wine. It felt very special — I remember that you had to schedule a “private” tasting in advanceand while we were there, sitting around a big wooden table, a group of poor schlubs walked up to taste and were turned away. Fancy. I was impressed by the cabernet, but couldn’t really afford it, so I remember…
  • Celebrating Physics Breakthrough with Champagne

    Jim/VINEgeek
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:40 pm
    (Such a happy moment, I’ll forgive the inappropriate stemware…)    
  • VINEgeek VINstagram: DIVUS 2009 Jumilla

    Jim/VINEgeek
    9 Sep 2013 | 7:35 pm
    #mourvedremonday a.k.a. #monastrellmonday | #vinegeek on Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/eEB2Q9M5yw/
  • Metal Monday at Terroir

    Jim/VINEgeek
    30 Aug 2013 | 7:24 pm
    NOTE: I just found this finished post that I never got around to publishing. I wrote it back in March (in case you’re confused about the snow references).  … I heart metal I heart wine More so when they’re combined Silversun Pickups – Busy Bees  … I was in NYC recently for a (day job) conference and found myself with a free evening in Manhattan. It was snowing so I wanted to walk around a bit (living in Austin, I don’t see a lot of snow) and eventually find somewhere to have dinner. The conference hotel was in Times Square and I quickly realized there were…
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  • Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day July 19

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Escape from the valley heat to the Santa Cruz Mountains on July 20 for the Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day, July 19. With over fifty Santa Cruz Mountains wineries in the Passport Program- from Half Moon Bay to Gilroy - your...
  • Taste Our Terroir Returns to Livermore Valley Wine Country July 24-27

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Livermore Valley’s premier food and wine affair, Taste Our Terroir, will span four delectable days in 2014 as the historic region celebrates and educates wine lovers about its unique “taste of the land July 24-27. &nbsp...
  • All Aboard the Niles Canyon Railway Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Specials

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    The Niles Canyon Railway 2014 Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Special gets rolling this year for five days this year, Saturdays July 12, July 19, August 9, August 16 and Sunday September 14. The trains leave the Sunol Depot in...
  • Wente Family Estates debuts The Winemakers Studio

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    19 May 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Wente Family Estates in Livermore Valley hosted the preview of The Winemakers Studio on May 17. The new wine lovers experience will open to the public on May 23 to the public. The Winemakers Studio is a series...
  • Guglielmo Wines Served at Presidential Dinner in San Jose

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    9 May 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Last evening, Thursday, May 8, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, the Democratic National Committee, along with their featured guest, President Barak Obama, held a fundraising dinner for the party.At the dinner, locally grown and...
 
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    ELLOINOS

  • First Assyrtiko to be planted in the US

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

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

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

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

    Markus Stolz
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    Amongst my annual business travel highlights are without a doubt the recurring visits to California. One of the reasons is that I truly enjoy working the market with WineWise, who import my portfolio of Greek wine growers. Another motive is that I find it easier to detect and analyze shifts in trends for Greek wines than in the more crowded New York marketplace. Two young winemakers whom I have tremendous respect for, Christos Zafeirakis from Tyrnavos and Georgas Diamantakos from Naoussa, joined me last week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Both are synonymous with producing Greek wines that…
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    Uvinum's blog

  • Wine fraud: half of Château Lafite sold in China is fake

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    The problem of counterfeit wine has worsened in China: recently a high-ranking government official warned of the falsity of Château Lafite sold in China. The problem is important because China is one of the most important emerging markets in the wine industry. There are chances that this fake wine is produced in boats anchored in international waters, a fact to which Xinshi Li, president of the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine responded: “False setting-ups in boats for counterfeit wines are the most striking aspect of this situation”. It is believed that they not only could…
  • The Vesper Cocktail

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    The Vesper Cocktail is known for its appearance in the 1953 film 007 Casino Royale. Its bitter taste is native to Britain and its main ingredient is gin, vodka and Lillet, also called Lillet Blanc. The appeal and elegance of this cocktail may be due to its crystal-like appearance and the curly lemon peel decorating the cocktail glass. This differs from the classic martini cocktail not only by the lemon peel decoration replacing the olive, but by the presence of both gin and vodka and the replacement of vermouth by Lillet or Kina Lillet. The Kina Lillet is difficult to get in some stores, so…
  • Black rice with octopus and aioli

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    In the summer, refreshing dishes including seafood taste much better. And if we mix it with rice, we have just to make a toast with a good rosé or white wine and take advantage of hours of summer sun. Today's recipe has black rice with octopus and aioli. Take good note... and delight! Ingredients 150-200 g rice Green pepper Leek 1 glass of white wine Onion Tomato Squid ink bags Water, oil, spices 150-200 g boiled octopus To make the aioli 1 clove of garlic 1 egg or milk Olive oil Preparation It is easy and simple to make, and very tasty and refreshing. If you have guests, sure they will be…
  • Organic wine vs. biodynamic wine, what is the difference?

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    Today in Europe, there is a real consumer movement towards organic and/or biodynamic wines. But what does mean and what is the differences between the two? Firstly we must know that the terms organic, ecological or biological are synonymous throughout the European Union. In Spain, it is recognized to write down “ecological” or “biological” in the label. Organic wines, like the biodynamic ones, wear a label that allows their identification (AB, Biological Agriculture, Demeter, Ecocert, Biodyvin...). Ecological and Bio wines They are from organic farming. The vineyard is treated with…
  • Sex on the Beach

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    In our series of the most relevant cocktails, today it is the turn of Sex on the Beach, which has already become a refreshing classic that evokes the summer. It was born in Miami in the 80s and gradually has spread to different countries. It's one of the cocktails with more variations, though is based on vodka, but we can add different flavours of juices and other spirits. Created as a result of the invention of a refreshing long drink, sweet and with lots of fruits, its name was originated on the fact of many young people visiting Miami actually seeking for sex on the beach in summer.
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    Wine Blog

  • When the Dust turns to Silk – 2011 Rutherford Cabernets

    Jo Diaz
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It was a beautiful summer’s day, when we all gathered to taste the 2011 Rutherford Cabernets, at Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Winery. I need to immediately segue into the late 1990s. I was sitting on a panel for the American Wine Society in Cleveland, Ohio, I believe it was. I was invited to talk about […] The post When the Dust turns to Silk – 2011 Rutherford Cabernets appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Wine scores and reviews: those who write them and those who need them

    Jo Diaz
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Wine scores: This was one of my very first stories on my wine blog… It was written on February 5, 2006. And, it was a very daring move for the time, because I knew it could enrage a few people. I wrote it, because I was so frustrated with salespeople who wanted to just take […] The post Wine scores and reviews: those who write them and those who need them appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Living in Sonoma County, I find myself dreaming of Sea Ranch Lodge

    Jo Diaz
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I need a real vacation, because this wine publicist’s house is under siege with repair people. Yesterday I posted about a flood happening in our upstairs bathroom. With water fans blowing 24/7, the “loud” white noise is now really setting in. I need a couple of days at the ocean… and again, I find myself […] The post Living in Sonoma County, I find myself dreaming of Sea Ranch Lodge appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Avalon Bay saves my day, right when I needed Calgon to take me away

    Jo Diaz
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I was asked if I would review a wine refrigerator for Avalon Bay, a home appliance company; their Avalon Bay AB-WINE12S 12 Bottle Single Zone Thermoelectric Wine Cooler, to be exact. Sure, why not? I have another Air & Water wine refrigerator in our kitchen. When I get samples in my office, I occasionally lamented […] The post Avalon Bay saves my day, right when I needed Calgon to take me away appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Dusty Moments and Luscious Wines ~ The Rutherford Dust Society’s 15th Annual

    Jo Diaz
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014 The Rutherford Dust Society is having its annual tasting on Wednesday, July 16. This annual event is held so that trade members are able to meet the vintners, growers, and winemakers of the Rutherford Appellation. Each year they have a Special Grand Tasting for wine writers, wine buyers, wholesale members, and […] The post Dusty Moments and Luscious Wines ~ The Rutherford Dust Society’s 15th Annual appeared first on Wine Blog.
 
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • Farm-to-Grill in Pictures

    Ridge Vineyards
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    As the five o’clock hour approached on Saturday, July 5th, the teams responsible for producing the events at our wineries breathed a collective sigh of relief.  Don’t get me wrong, we love putting on events at Ridge but as anyone... Read More ›
  • Zins, Blends and BBQ in Pictures

    Ridge Vineyards
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Thanks to everyone that attended our Zins, Blends & BBQ event at Monte Bello on Saturday, June 28th.  It was a festive affair on the hill and it’s always a special occasion to welcome so many of our wonderful members... Read More ›
  • An Old-School Style

    Ridge Vineyards
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    As you’re likely already aware, Ridge Vineyards is in the midst of happily celebrating 50 years of zinfandel production (#50yearsofzin), and so understandably, I think we’ve all got a bit of zin on the brain. I know #ZinZen does: “Your... Read More ›
  • The Collected Wisdom of #ZinZen: Volume IV

    Ridge Vineyards
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    When you drink Zinfandel, do not drink aromatics, textures, notes, layers, mouthfeels, or hints of. Just drink Zinfandel. When angry, count to Zinfandel. If you have time to be mindful, you have time for Zinfandel. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing... Read More ›
  • Celebrating 50 Years of Zinfandel!

    Ridge Vineyards
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    50 years! Do  you know what was happening 50 years ago? As but a few examples: President Lyndon Johnson inaugurated the “War on Poverty” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles hit the #1 spot in the US... Read More ›
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    Wine Channel TV

  • Americas Sexiest Wine Tasting

    JustJess
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Affected, grandiose, superior, ostentatious, pompous, conceited, snobby, pretentious. Screw that. Wine is delicious.  It’s the dream of every winemaker. A new wave of millennials know and love your wine. It’s their preferred beverage. The one they ask for, bring to parties and share with their friends online.  Want a “sip” of a  high energy wine tasting experience? The Summer Wine Tasting, hosted by Jessica Altieri, CEO and Certified Sommelier of Wine Channel TV takes place this Friday July 18th at The Underground, the venue described as one of the “sexiest places in the…
  • Summer Sizzles with Sip&Shop

    JustJess
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    The Westfield Old Orchard Sip&Shop event on June 26th was a spectacular pairing of fashion, food and wine. Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri, was joined by Westfield Old Orchard Senior Director Marketing, Shannon Ridgeway, Epic Burger Founder, David Friedman, Glitterary Founder, Stephanie Horstkoetter, San Francisco Wine School CEO, David Glancy and an overflow crowd for the Grand Tour and VIP Tasting. Over 25 retailers participated including: Vince Camuto,LUSH, Francesca’s, LOFT,Epic Burger, AKIRA, McCormick & Schmick’s, Adagio Teas, LoveSac, Art of Shaving, LUCY,…
  • Perfect Pinot Noir Harmony with Nautilus Estate Wines

    JustJess
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Located in the heart of the Marlborough Region, Nautilus vineyard uses grapes from five different locations for their Pinot Noir to create layers of notes that synchronize in harmony. These different locations include grapes from the Clay Hills as the base of the wine along with the vineyards of the Awatere, Kaituna, Renwick and Yarrum. With such a mix of specialized vineyards at the winery, you can be guaranteed to try the best of all of the vineyards at Nautilus with the different notes of berry varieties, chocolate, and spice. Staying true to following sustainable methods of producing…
  • Mud House Wines Wins Big at Wrigley #NZSipsChicago

    JustJess
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:01 am
    Winning at Wrigley Field in Chicago doesn’t happen that often. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908. We won’t have to wait that long to taste a “winning wine” at Wrigley Field. The #NZSipsChicago campaign landed at the Brixen and Ivy rooftop and Mud House Wines was part of the winning wine combination for the day. Mud House Wines winemaker Ben Glover was a key “player” in the days event with sure hands and great wine served for nine innings. No relief pitcher needed for Mr. Glover! Ben was also on hand for the Complexity New Zealand Fine…
  • Seresin Estate and Wrigley Field Perfect Pairing- #NZSipsChicago

    JustJess
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:39 am
    We love fun pairings and when you take a place called Wrigley Field, celebrating it’s 100 year anniversary, there are plenty of great pairing options. Yes, you could go with the traditional hot dogs and beer. But for the #NZSipsChicago event,featuring the wines from Complexity Fine Wines, we had a whole “nine innings” of choices. We caught up with Clive Dougall, winemaker for Seresin Estate for a “bloody good” conversation about wine, innings, outs and fly balls. After taste-testing fine wines at Wrigley Field on June 8, Complexity New Zealand Fine Wine also…
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    NorCal Wine Blog

  • New White Wines and Rosés from Rutherford's Day in the Dust

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Last Wednesday afternoon, the Rutherford Dust Society held their annual tasting for trade and media at Inglenook. Roughly 40 wineries were represented. I tasted 54+ wines (in addition to those from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Examining 2011 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    On Wednesday, July 16, Inglenook hosted “A Day in the Dust,” the Rutherford AVA’s annual media and trade tasting of new releases. This year’s focus was 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. The event... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 More California Rhone Wines to Try at Rhone Rangers

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    It’s time for one more brief list of wines for you to seek out at the Rhone Rangers tasting this Sunday. Get your Grand Tasting tickets here and don’t forget to use the discount code: GT–20 2012 Two... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lodi Zinfandel Goes Native

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Lodi is well-known for Zinfandel. Of particular note are its many acres of old vines. Thick-trunked and twisted after all these years, they look more like short trees than grape vines. The fruit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Study: Researchers Discover New Taste

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Researchers in Australia claim to have discovered a new taste category. The human tongue's sensitivity to sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami flavors has been well-known for decades. Umami was the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Snooth - Articles

  • 2009 Brunello di Montalcino

    Bob Fyke
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    January 27th saw the arrival of the Benvenuto Brunello road show, from The Fortezza in Montalcino, to Gotham Hall in Manhattan. The purpose of the event was to showcase (and welcome) the 2009 vintage of Brunello Di Montalcino, being as it was, the January five years after the harvest year. Approximately thirty producers were present to pour the wines of Montalcino: 2009 Brunello, 2008 Brunello Riserva, various Rosso Di Montalcino (Mostly 2012), Sant'antimo DOC. Many bottles have now found their way to store shelves, so I thought it a good time to share my thoughts on the vintage. …
  • Getting to know: Jon Thorsen

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We continue our ongoing interview series with the friends of Snooth today by introducing Jon Thorsen. Jon maintains one of the most focused blogs on the block. The perfectly named ReversewineSnob.com, You see Jon is out there looking for wines for himself, mostly everyday wines that offer great QPR. His tasting notes and discoveries deserve to be on everyone’s short list of references when it comes to these wines, and the occasional splurge wine but Jon is indeed a bit of a snob. Big ticket wines are simply not his focus, and while that may seem odd to some, the truth of the matter is…
  • Cariñena’s ready to Take Center Stage

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The wines of Cariñena may be unknown to you, as they were to me until my recent trip to the region which i reported on here:  Now that I am more familiar with these intriguing wines I've spent some time sharing them with my wine writing friends to get their impressions of the wines, and to see how they might position the wines in the US market.  You might ask why this is interesting, or even remotely important, which would be fair questions. With easy answers. Wine writing today is no longer the private domain of privileged experts who compare everything they taste to…
  • Delicate and Delicious!

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    While much of summer’s oohing and awing seems reserved for dry aged, grass fed and locally grown beef these days, not that I am complaining, eating beef on a daily basis can grow tiresome. We need variety in our lives, and while there are many options like the other white meats, a veritable world of choice awaits us, under the sea. I have gone on record before decrying the depletion of our once vast resource of fresh fish. I can remember breaking down tuna and swordfish in the 1980s that were huge. Fish we just don’t see these days with any regularity, but that does not mean I am…
  • Great Value Sauvignon Blanc

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Value among wines is of course relative, though there are a few factors that help keep prices down and values compelling. For example, the use of oak barrels adds to the cost of a bottle of wine and if you are able to move wines out of the winery quickly, and crop your vines so that they provide a robust yield, while not impacting quality of course, you can further reduce your expenses. Many grapes fit this model, but none faces a more competitive marketplace than Sauvignon Blanc. That means great values for consumers! Sauvignon Blanc if a gorgeously refreshing wine produced in a small…
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    Wine Country Getaways

  • C Casa Oxbow Market

    Joe Becerra
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The very busy C Casa Taqueria at the Oxbow Market We stopped at the Oxbow Market for lunch on the way home from a busy two days in the Napa Valley. It was a Friday and the Oxbow was jammed with folks shopping and enjoying lunch. We remember the days when the Oxbow first opened at the end of 2007. The place had more workers there than visitors. The recession kicked in and Oxbow suffered for years, but no longer. Judging from the crowds in Oxbow and in downtown Napa, we have to say without a doubt the Napa Valley and the town of Napa are booming with tourism. C Casa is our spot at the Oxbow…
  • The Secret of Ballard Canyon AVA

    Joe Becerra
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    I shot this photo Monday, July 14. It was a strange day, very humid and overcast. I used a Photoshop filter to emote the beauty of Ballard Canyon on this unusual summer day. The secret of the Ballard Canyon AVA is the Syrah.  The grapes from this AVA produce spectacular Syrah wines,  and very few people seem to know about it. I am a big fan of Syrah. I purchase Syrah regularly from two small family-owned wineries: Montemagiorre in Dry Creek and Cedarville in Fair Play in the Sierra Foothills. Those two have become my standard for judging other California Syrah wines. At the recent Wine…
  • Rutherford Dust

    Joe Becerra
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Photo shot from the second floor room at the Inglenook Chateau in Rutherford About Rutherford Dust The photo above shows a portion of the Rutherford AVA. The immediate vineyards in the photo are Cabernet Sauvignon, the signature varietal of the Napa Valley and the Rutherford AVA. Rutherford Dust refers to legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff who said, “It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet.” Vineyard and winery owners in the Rutherford AVA have formed the Rutherford Dust Society. Their mission is to promote the highest standards in vineyard cultivation, winemaking,…
  • The Hitching Post in Santa Barbara wine country

    janelle
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    To culminate our wonderful weekend in the Santa Barbara wine country following the recent Wine Bloggers Conference, we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to have dinner at the Hitching Post in Buellton. We’d last eaten there shortly before the restaurant was featured in the 2004 movie, “Sideways.” As in the movie, when Miles and Jack meet Maya and Stephanie, it’s obvious that the Hitching Post is a popular spot for locals and tourists. Reading the information on the menu, we found that Frank and Natalie Ostini opened the restaurant in 1986 to bring Santa…
  • The State of Cabernet in the Napa Valley in mid July

    Joe Becerra
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Cabernet Sauvignon in the St. Helena AVA on July 17, 2014 The state of Cabernet in the Napa Valley Veraison is well underway with red grape varietals. In these two photos we see the state of Napa Valley Cabernet as of July 17, 2014. The above photo shows vineyards in the St. Helena AVA, and in the photo below are vines from the Rutherford AVA. Most vintners agree that the 2014 vintage is two to three weeks ahead of normal for this time period. As to the tonnage of grapes, things appear to be on track for about the same as the 2013 harvest. As one vintner put it, “It looks like a normal year…
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  • C Casa Oxbow Market

    Joe Becerra
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The very busy C Casa Taqueria at the Oxbow Market We stopped at the Oxbow Market for lunch on the way home from a busy two days in the Napa Valley. It was a Friday and the Oxbow was jammed with folks shopping and enjoying lunch. We remember the days when the Oxbow first opened at the end of 2007. The place had more workers there than visitors. The recession kicked in and Oxbow suffered for years, but no longer. Judging from the crowds in Oxbow and in downtown Napa, we have to say without a doubt the Napa Valley and the town of Napa are booming with tourism. C Casa is our spot at the Oxbow…
  • The Secret of Ballard Canyon AVA

    Joe Becerra
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    I shot this photo Monday, July 14. It was a strange day, very humid and overcast. I used a Photoshop filter to emote the beauty of Ballard Canyon on this unusual summer day. The secret of the Ballard Canyon AVA is the Syrah.  The grapes from this AVA produce spectacular Syrah wines,  and very few people seem to know about it. I am a big fan of Syrah. I purchase Syrah regularly from two small family-owned wineries: Montemagiorre in Dry Creek and Cedarville in Fair Play in the Sierra Foothills. Those two have become my standard for judging other California Syrah wines. At the recent Wine…
  • Rutherford Dust

    Joe Becerra
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Photo shot from the second floor room at the Inglenook Chateau in Rutherford About Rutherford Dust The photo above shows a portion of the Rutherford AVA. The immediate vineyards in the photo are Cabernet Sauvignon, the signature varietal of the Napa Valley and the Rutherford AVA. Rutherford Dust refers to legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff who said, “It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet.” Vineyard and winery owners in the Rutherford AVA have formed the Rutherford Dust Society. Their mission is to promote the highest standards in vineyard cultivation, winemaking,…
  • The Hitching Post in Santa Barbara wine country

    janelle
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    To culminate our wonderful weekend in the Santa Barbara wine country following the recent Wine Bloggers Conference, we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to have dinner at the Hitching Post in Buellton. We’d last eaten there shortly before the restaurant was featured in the 2004 movie, “Sideways.” As in the movie, when Miles and Jack meet Maya and Stephanie, it’s obvious that the Hitching Post is a popular spot for locals and tourists. Reading the information on the menu, we found that Frank and Natalie Ostini opened the restaurant in 1986 to bring Santa…
  • The State of Cabernet in the Napa Valley in mid July

    Joe Becerra
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Cabernet Sauvignon in the St. Helena AVA on July 17, 2014 The state of Cabernet in the Napa Valley Veraison is well underway with red grape varietals. In these two photos we see the state of Napa Valley Cabernet as of July 17, 2014. The above photo shows vineyards in the St. Helena AVA, and in the photo below are vines from the Rutherford AVA. Most vintners agree that the 2014 vintage is two to three weeks ahead of normal for this time period. As to the tonnage of grapes, things appear to be on track for about the same as the 2013 harvest. As one vintner put it, “It looks like a normal year…
 
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    STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG

  • A family winery bites the dust

    steve
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
      It’s always sad when an old, little family winery shuts its doors, as Milat Vineyards & Winery is set to do by the end of this month. I never formally reviewed any of their wines, because they never sent me tasting samples. They didn’t have a high profile in Napa Valley, and perhaps didn’t want one; as the Napa Valley Register, which reported the story, observes, “Unlike wealthy people who start wineries to enjoy the lifestyle, the Milats started the winery to make a living.” Playing the publicity game, with all the related frou-frou and social obligations, doesn’t seem…
  • Friday Fishwrap: old wine writers never die, we just eat pizza!

    steve
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
      Hello. My name is Steve and I’m a “grand-fatherly white male traditional print writer.” That’s what Amy Corron Power called me in her blog today. She was referring to my recent panel on wine writing at the Wine Bloggers Conference; my co-panelists were Mike Dunne and James Conaway, who are pictured, with me, in this little graphic Amy put up. She wrote, apparently facetiously, that we were “the only ‘true experts’ to whom we should aspire.” I must admit that when I saw my panel I had the same thought. Three aging Boomers in a room full of bloggers mostly in their…
  • Thursday throwaway: Rutherford dust, Bordeaux prices and Parker, Parker, Parker!

    steve
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
      Went up to Napa yesterday for the annual “Day in the Dust” tasting of the Rutherford Dust Society. I wanted to see if I could discern a “Rutherford dust” characteristic to the wines. If there was one, it was pretty well disguised. All the wines were very fine, as you’d expect, but they were different: Some more tannic, some less, some rustic, some refined. Some wines were oakier than others. The fruits tended toward reds: cherries, sometimes sour candy, sometimes freshly sweet, but there was plenty of blackberry and cassis and also, some pleasant herbaceousness. (The vintage…
  • Spotlight: A conversation with Michael Mina’s (until yesterday) lead sommelier, Josiah Baldivino

    steve
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
      Josiah Baldivino is one of the more delightful somms out there. Even in the rarified atmosphere of Michael Mina, where he was—until yesterday—lead sommelier (more on that in a moment), he’s an unpretentious guy. Josiah, 32, and his wife, Stevie, live across the street from me. We had coffee yesterday morning in our Oakland neighborhood at Room 389. SH: So what does the lead sommelier at Michael Mina do? JB: The way the whole [Michael Mina] group is set up is, Rajat Parr is the wine director over all the restaurants, so he’s kind of like the big brother in a way. Each individual…
  • Terroir vs. personal preference: the critic’s dilemma?

    steve
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
      Should the critic base her score/review on personal preference, or on whether or not the winemaker has allowed “the terroir to speak”? That question arose, yet again, at the recent Wine Bloggers Conference. It’s an old debate, one that’s as hard to frame as it is to answer. What does it mean to allow “the terroir to speak”? Who decides, ultimately, what a wine “should” be, as opposed to what it is? And how do we, the drinking public, know whom to believe, when critics set themselves up as arbiters of such matters? I got to thinking about all this stuff, so I turned to a…
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    O'Vineyards Carcassonne Wine & Food Blog

  • Ryan O’Connell / Business Insider

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

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

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

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

    mroconnell
    11 May 2014 | 12:22 am
    Edith Jacob (Canada) celebrated her birthday with friends Jean-Pierre Gelard et Cathou Camara (France). They shared the table with a group of ladies from Ireland celebrating Marianne Bolger’s birthday! Mike & Penny Peckpt loved the O’ Fine Wines! Joseph & Maryann Pace from Malta and many visitors from UK Related Posts:Surprise Birthday Party! Jacques ordered a surprise birthday party for his wife Yolande! With Jacques, his sister  Dominique & her husband Georges, Yolande stepped in O'Vineyards empty grand ...Synchronized Global Wine Tasting by Sud de France –…
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    Jordan Winery

  • Jordan wins Wine Blog Award for best photo and video

    Lisa Mattson
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Last Saturday night, more than 350 wine bloggers from across North America gathered in a hotel ballroom in Santa Barbara County wine country for the eighth annual Wine Blog Awards. The lights were down and spirits were high as Alan Kropf, publisher of Mutineer magazine, announced the winners in nine categories. For a second year [...]
  • We need your vote by June 19: Wine Blog Awards

    Lisa Mattson
    13 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Finalists were announced today for the 2014 Wine Blog Awards, and we’re honored to be nominated for both Best Original Photography or Video on a Wine Blog and Best Winery Blog. This is the second consecutive year Jordan is competing for an award in both categories. Voting is open through midnight on Thursday, June 19, [...]
  • Wish of a Lifetime at Jordan

    Lisa Mattson
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A few weeks ago, we received an email from Wish of a Lifetime, a non-profit organization that grants lifelong wishes to seniors who have overcome tremendous challenges in their own lives. A gentleman named James Woods wished for a private tasting at Jordan, and we had a chance to help make his dream come true. Mr. [...]
  • Wine Dogs California book debuts

    Lisa Mattson
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:49 am
    The latest edition of Wine Dogs California released officially June 1, and we’re thrilled that five Jordan Winery pups made the book. Jordan’s double-page spread includes a photo of John Jordan’s three dogs–Bismarck, Nimitz and Rosie–followed by our two office dogs–Dante and Ruby. Sadly, Ranch Manager Brent Young’s daschunds–Harley and Tina–who appeared in a previous [...]
  • New culinary vacation getaway package with Hotel Healdsburg

    Lisa Mattson
    22 May 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Hotel Healdsburg and Jordan Vineyard & Winery are proud to announce the “Farm to Fork Culinary Journey,” the ultimate getaway for foodies and wine enthusiasts, taking place in the heart of Sonoma County. Launching in June, this memorable package includes a two-night stay at the award-winning Hotel Healdsburg in the heart of downtown Healdsburg, an [...]
 
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    The Rosa d'Oro Vineyards Blog

  • Lake County Wine Adventure 2014

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

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

    3 Jun 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Visit the Refosco page on our websiteAfter missing several vintages we are finally releasing our third bottling of Refosco. With only 60 cases, please refrain from pushing or shoving. A bit of history first:Refosco is grown primarily in Friuli, it is also found in Slovenia, Istria, and Greece. Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is regarded as being the superior strain, but Refosco Nostrano, d'Istria and del Terrano are recognized, as well as the possibly related Cagnina in Romagna. The big story though is that DNA testing has refuted the claim that it is related to Mondeuse Noir in the Savoie region…
  • Pistachio Olive Oil Cake recipe

    21 May 2014 | 8:35 am
    This recipe is based half on Pierre Hermé and half on David Everitt-Matthias recipes for a similar cake. It spent some time on and off menus when I was in kitchens and is to date probably our most requested recipe. I like taking the Sicilian approach and pairing with Prickly Pear sorbet or something bright and tart to counteract the rich, alkaline nature of the cake. This ratio of butter to EVOO yields a fairly round richness, but you can raise the the EVOO percentage and use a peppery Tuscan or Nuovo oil to yield a much more phenolic and spicy cake.Pistachio Olive Oil Cake(Wishing I had…
  • Last few bottles of Cabernet Franc available!

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    We are down to the last few bottles of our 2011 Cab Franc...Expert Reviewsby Virginie BooneA rare, 100% California Cabernet Franc, this wine pays tribute to its varietal in every way. Green-olive herbaceousness integrates with savory, bright red fruit and a soft texture. Given this structure, the wine should do well alongside a peppercorn steak.— (4/1/2014) — 89POINTSRosa d'Oro 2011 Nova Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Yolo County)Price:$35Designation:Nova VineyardVarietal:Cabernet FrancAppellation:Yolo County, Central Valley,California, USWinery:Rosa…
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • How to Buy Wine Online

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Discover how easy it is to shop at home and have wine delivered straight to your doorstep. These tips on how to buy wine online will make your wine purchases both convenient and simple.
  • Westin Sacramento

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Westin Sacramento is a luxury hotel located on the banks of the Sacramento River. You'll love the riverviews, spa, Scott's Seafood Restaurant, bocce court, bike path, and marina.
  • Tour a Wine Cave

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Tour a wine cave. Wine caves have long been used for storing wines. Learn about California wineries that have caves you can tour.
  • Paso Robles Wine Tours

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Explore Paso Robles Wineries and enjoy California's beautiful central coast. Paso Robles Wine Tours mean fine wine, romantic dining and lovely wine country accommodations. Plan your wine tasting now
  • Wine Country Accomodations Santa Barbara

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Looking for wine country accomodations Santa Barbara? Learn about unique wine country accomodations in Santa Barbara that offer luxury camping at El Capitan Canyon.
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • Meet The Montepulciano Brothers - Rosso di Montepulciano and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

    Jon Thorsen
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two can't miss wines from Avignonesi. This post brought to you by: Get the Concha Y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 for just $15.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! While many of you are probably familiar with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, if you're like me, you don't see Rosso di Montepulciano very often. However, the two wines are analogous to Brunello di Montalcino and its little brother Rosso di Montalcino. Like those wines, the rules regarding the Rosso are less stringent than for its big brother. In the case of the Montepulciano brothers the Rosso is allowed…
  • Tenuta Di Arceno Strada al Sasso Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 - Fantastico!

    Jon Thorsen
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! A Sangiovese lover's dream.100% Sangiovese from Chianti, Italy.SRP of $36 with an average price on Wine-Searcher of $32. 797 cases produced. Imported by Majestic Imports. This review is sponsored by CorkExclusive where you can get the Tenuta Di Arceno Strada al Sasso Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any order! From the bottle:"Tenuta Di Arceno is a historical winery situated near the medieval village of San Gusme where one can still see the footprints of the Etruscans. Strada al Sasso Riserva is from a vineyard that borders this ancient rocky…
  • 14 Hands Hot To Trot Red Blend 2012 - Gallopingly Good

    Jon Thorsen
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! A "Super Premium" red blend that is a hoof above the rest. A blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and other select red varieties from California.SRP of $12 and widely available for $8. And when we say widely available, we mean it. You can find this one at Trader Joe's, Costco, World Market and just about every other store that sells wine. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"This luscious red wine will pique your interest right out of the gate with its ruby color and aromas of ripe berries and dark stone fruits. Flavors of black cherry and plum balance in perfect…
  • The Independent Chenin Blanc 2013 - Clean And Classy

    Jon Thorsen
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! This is one really, really tasty wine. Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, California.Available for $13 exclusively at Club W. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.13.1% Alcohol"While Chenin Blanc from California may not be the most popular white wine choice from California, we've been quite impressed with what we've tasted recently. So impressed, in fact, that the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier that we reviewed as part of this year's Trader Joe's series sits atop our current list of the Top 10 White Wines Under $20. The…
  • Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2011 - A Sure Thing

    Jon Thorsen
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Does a favorite region plus a favorite variety plus an acclaimed producer equal a sure thing? 100% Petite Sirah from Dry Creek Valley, California.This post brought to you by: Get the Bella Glos Meiomi Chardonnay 2013 for just $19.09 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! SRP of $30 and available for as low as $25 (Saturday Splurge). From the bottle:"This wine comes from a block of vines on a rocky knoll at Lytton Springs West. As grape varieties go, petite sirah is not hard to understand. It's King Kong. The trick, therefore, once it's harvested and in the winery, is to find its softer side…
 
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    Nosso Vinho

  • Blog NOSSO VINHO tem novo aplicativo para Android.

    Paulo Queiroz
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Saiu esta semana a nova versão do app NOSSO VINHO 2.0 para Android. Nele você… The post Blog NOSSO VINHO tem novo aplicativo para Android. appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

    Paulo Queiroz
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Bergstrom é um produtor do Vale Willamette no Oregon, Estados Unidos. Produzem vinho desde 1999… The post Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Le Bondenotte 2011

    Paulo Queiroz
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    A recomendação de hoje é um Sancerre do Loire na França, produzido por um dos… The post Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Le Bondenotte 2011 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Chateau Pontet-Canet 2000

    Paulo Queiroz
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Hoje vamos falar de um restaurante e um vinho muito especiais. Uma dessas raras oportunidades… The post Chateau Pontet-Canet 2000 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • J.M. Cazes Pauillac de Lynch Bages 2010

    Paulo Queiroz
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Jean Michel Cazes é um dos mais importantes produtores de Bordeaux na França e seu… The post J.M. Cazes Pauillac de Lynch Bages 2010 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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    Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery

  • Calla Lily Winery Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Calla Lily Winery Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $80 (S) – Rating 93 From an emerging Napa Valley winery with an experienced hand on the wheel in Cary Gott. An expressive nose of black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla and black pepper. Lush on the palate, complete with silky tannins and balanced acidity. Give this youngster at least 30-60 minutes to fully open for flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, blackberry, oaky vanilla and plenty of spice. Intriguing notes of tobacco box on long finish. The post Calla Lily Winery Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2011…
  • Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $55 (S) – Rating 91 A gold medal winner at the North of the Gate Wine Competition. Aromas of cherry and strawberry with hints of raspberry and spice. The wine is highlighted by a round mouth-feel, soft tannins and balanced acidity. The palate is treated to flavors of blueberry, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, a little leather and spice with hints of dark chocolate on finish. Buy This Wine   The post Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and…
  • Monticello Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Monticello Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Napa Valley, CA, $32 (S) – Rating 90 A robust nose of ruby red grapefruit, Meyer lemon, tropicals and bright spice. Bright acidity complimented by soft textures. Meyer lemon, ruby red grapefruit, citrus, spice and green apple flavors abound. Plenty of spice, citrus and tropical notes in the finish. Buy This Wine   The post Monticello Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, CA $49 (S) – Rating 93 Give this beauty a little time to open up in a decanter and you will be well rewarded. A well-rounded bouquet of dark red fruit, stewed cherries and spice. Medium-bodied with silky tannins and bright acidity which is easily enjoyed solo or as a versatile food pairer. On the palate, notes of  cherry, pomegranate, ripe raspberry and ripe strawberry. Quite spicy on long finish. Buy This Wine The post MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011 appeared first on Wine Blog…
  • Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 90 The cool 2010 growing season allowed for a more European style Cabernet, medium-bodied with juicy acidity. The aromas are rich with notes of blackberry, blueberry and dark spice. Integrated tannins create a pleasant mouth-feel offering flavors of blackberry, black fruit, plum, black cherry, dark chocolate and dark spice. Hints of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine The post Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
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    Wine Virtuosity

  • Drink Your Wine & Shut The F-ck Up

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

    Niklas Jorgensen
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:33 am
    You'll find it close to Tolcsva, in the northern parts of Tokaj. Rány, a vineyard which Attila Homonna describes as 'eating up machines and man.' * But I can only thank him, for the effort, harvesting such great Furmint. Not to mention the volcanic soil lesson this wine provides me with. 2012 was a very warm year in Tokaj. Already when I visited, in the end of April, the temperature was around 30 C. This of course called for actions in the vineyards, making sure there wasn't too a high competition for the few water drops. Attila's first vintage produced of the Rány ended up in 500 bottles…
  • Great Greeks – Aidani From Hatzidakis

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

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

    Niklas Jorgensen
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
      I know, you're not supposed to feel disappointed when drinking Flor de Pingus. But the fact is if you compare with other vintages you've had - adding expectation - that can sometimes result in a let-down. I'm having the great 2010 Flor de Pingus in mind. A wine with great personality. Young yes, but the structure is oh so seductive - elegant - and spot on my tastebuds. And now the 2011 Flor de Pingus is in my glass. The expectation is however not present as it is poured blind just as is the case with the 2009 PSI, also from Peter Sisseck. The 2011 Flor de Pingus is a dark, almost inky…
 
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    Hoot n Annie

  • Notes from Paso Robles

    Hoot 'n Annie
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    I’ve put together some notable events and recent mentions about Paso Robles and the surrounding area right here at your fingertips! The California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara starts tomorrow, July 17 – July 19. There will be many Paso Robles wineries there so if you’re in the area get your butt over there and drink up. Two local restaurants will be honored by Wine Spectator Magazine with Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence. Those restaurants are Il Cortile Ristorante and The Restaurant at Justin. Congrats to them and to Paso Robles on a whole for the amazing growth of the food…
  • Paso Robles, Social Media, and the Wine Industry

    Hoot 'n Annie
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I have not written about this in some time but I get the itch again so here I am…scratching it. Don’t ask where the itch is. These are just some thoughts and observations having to do with the Paso Robles wine industry and how they use social media. Prior to going on, I will say that this is probably applicable in many areas across many industries and is probably applicable off line as well. I’m online for the bulk of my days, everyday…seven days a week. It’s what I do and it’s what I enjoy doing. It’s how I make a living and where I continue to learn. I see so many local…
  • Giving Back: Childhood Hunger & Health

    Hoot 'n Annie
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Hey look at me go. Another post that has nothing to do with wine, beer, or food. I wanted to touch on two organizations that I’m super impressed with. Not only is the cause awesome but the people leading the charge in these groups have their ‘stuff’ together. The first group you’ve heard me talk about before. It’s a local charity here in the north county of San Luis Obispo called must! charities. Any local business (individuals as well) should take a look at their website and see what their current projects are as well as who else has joined the cause. It’s an amazing group of…
  • Paso Robles: The Parking Problem

    Hoot 'n Annie
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:46 am
    The top three things I hear people complain about in Paso Robles are the parking (lack thereof), water, and some of the streets that need repair. I do agree that we have a water issue and I also agree there are many streets that need to be repaired but I have changed my mind on the parking issue downtown. If I recall correctly, there was a group years ago that did a study of Paso’s parking downtown and when the study was complete the overall point was that we do not have a parking problem, we have a walking problem. There have been many ideas brought up over the years about turning this…
  • Favorite Grape Variety

    Hoot 'n Annie
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    My favorite variety changes throughout the year but as of now I am definitely in white wine mode. Welcome to Paso! I must say that my absolute favorite thing to do as far as wine goes is to try new grapes or ones I have not had often. This is what I often refer to as the ‘wine adventure’. I just can’t drink one variety or one brand all the time. That said, my favorite varieties as of right now are Grenache Blanc and Albarino. I cannot get enough of these. There are many great GBs and Albarinos here in Paso and the unfortunate thing is that I am out of both in the house. What does that…
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Three whites that delight

    Joe
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Last week, we returned from our Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles wine country. We learned many new things about the wines from both of these regions and discovered some gems, both bargain and expensive.  We also managed a two-night stay in the Napa Valley following the conference. I was invitied to a media event at Inglenook. It was the Rutherford Dust Society’s 2011 Cabernet release event.  Sad to say, no wine bargains there except for a very nice Cabernet from Provenance for $47, the least expensive we tasted. I did find out one tidbit from the folks who…
  • How the pros taste wine, and what the heck is Quini

    Joe
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    This is going to make all of us amateur wine tasters feel very good. At the recent wine bloggers conference, I attended the seminar, “How the Pros Taste Wine.”  The three wine tasting pros were: Steve Heimoff, a well-respected wine writer and blogger, formerly with the Wine Enthusiast and now working social media with Jackson Family Wines.  Patrick Comiskey, a former sommelier who reviews U.S. wines outside California for Wines & Spirits magazine; and finally popular wine blogger Joe Roberts, 1 Wine Dude.   Each “Pro” described how he goes about tasting wine for his reviews.
  • Speed Wine Dating

    Joe
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    We are just finishing up at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara wine country. One of our favorite activities is this rather bizarre activity called Live Wine Blogging. I call it “speed wine dating.” Ten wineries go to a table of eight wine bloggers and the winery rep has five minutes to pour and talk about his/her wine. We as bloggers taste, spit, and evaluate. The five minutes sails by quickly and then the next wine comes to the table. Only a brief set of notes (Twitter like) can be accomplished. The wines can be from any area, and not just Santa Barbara in this case.
  • Mobius Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Joe
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    This will be adventurous week for us. Vintage Wine Taster Mike and Janelle and I are heading down to the 8th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara wine country. Included in the trip will be a pre-conference day and a half in Paso Robles, prior to the main conference that begins Friday morning. We will be tasting many, many wines and will report back on any wine values and bargains we find. Mobius Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – Costco $13.59 This is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the mix. The winemaker is Mike Kuimelis, Jr., and he and his…
  • Morse Mourvedre – Bargain Alert

    Joe
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    At the Burlingame Safeway for $9.99 or $9 for a six pack About the Morse Mourvedre Bargain Vintage Wine Taster Mike reviewed the Morse Mourvedre 2008  in Wine Values & Bargains in February. Mike rated the wine at 90 points and at that time the Safeway was selling this wine for $11. I have also tried the wine and I weigh in at 88 points. The wine is 80% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah, all from Amador County. Now here is the kicker. The Burlingame Safeway recently received 20 cases of this wine and is blowing it out for $9.99 a bottle, or $9 if you buy six or more.  My recommendation is this. If…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • 2014 International Pinot Noir Celebration events

    Christine Collier
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Please join us to kick off the International Pinot Noir Celebration with a special Winemaker's Dinner at the historic Joel Palmer House on Thursday, July 24th at 6 pm. The Joel Palmer House, known for its signature wild mushroom and truffle-infused dishes, is led by fourth-generation chef Christopher Czarnecki. The culinary experience will feature seven courses paired with our single vineyard designate and limited Pinot Noirs. The dinner will be served on the beautiful outdoor patio surrounded by their gardens. In addition, our McMinnville Tasting Room will be hosting a weekend full of…
  • Team Willamette!

    Christine Collier
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    In honor of the World Cup, here is a photo of the team we sponsor featuring many of our employees!
  • Savor the South: An Evening with Memphis Top Chefs

    Christine Collier
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Please join us Saturday, August 9th from 5-8 pm for our Savor the South: An Evening with Memphis Top Chefs event in our new courtyard and barrel cellar. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, I have experienced some of the country's best BBQ and Southern cooking. I have invited seven of my favorite restauranteurs and chefs, many who have been featured at the James Beard House, to bring a taste of my hometown to the winery to pair with our classic Oregon wines, including the release of our 2011 Hannah Pinot Noir and exclusive Library wines.Admission is $125 per person, or $100 for Wine Club Members,…
  • Please join us for our Pairings Wine & Food Experience!

    Christine Collier
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Please join us for our Pairings Wine & Food Experience starting this week. With the completion of our new Estate Tasting Room, we have been working hard to create an enjoyable and educational culinary program that highlights our classic Oregon wines paired with locally-sourced dishes. This seated, multi-course wine and food pairing brings an assortment of seasonal small plates paired with our limited-production wines. You will enjoy a fine dining presentation led by a Winery Ambassador at a communal table. I have included a sneak-peak of our first menu and additional details below.
  • Solar Panels Busy at Work

    Christine Collier
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Our new solar panels are maximizing their energy production. Our March 2014 total of 1.61 tons offset the equivalent of 41 trees.
 
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    B.Mitch Drinks

  • Brian Mitchell sent you an invitation

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
                        Brian Mitchell has invited you to join Twitter!     Accept invitation           You can stop getting these emails with people you may know (PYMK) suggestions at anytime. Learn more about PYMK suggestions or find other answers at Twitter's Help Center. Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St., Suite 900 San Francisco, CA 94103  
  • Wine of the Week - Raats Red Jasper, 2010

    10 May 2014 | 7:13 am
    I traveled to South Africa a few years ago and one of the wineries that I had the pleasure to visit was Raats Family Wines in Stellenbosch.  Out guide for the day was co-owner Bruwer Raats, who along with his brother and cousin run the winery and make the wines.The impression that I had on this trip was of a family winery where care was being taken to support the great varietals of the region they came from (Loire), but to make them definitely South African / New World.  What does that mean?  Chenin and Cabernet Franc are the focus her, but some other varietals are thrown into…
  • Elayne Duff Visits CT

    24 Mar 2014 | 5:32 am
    Last week I had the pleasure of having one of the most exciting and fun bartenders around come in for a special training and then guest bartender appearance.  Elayne Duff, head bartender/mixologist for Diageo, was kind enough to make the trek up to the Hartford area and visit with nearly 70 of my staff for a great afternoon of cocktail building techniques and strategy, as well as some great new items to think about.  She also then gave a few hours of fun and mixing behind the bar for a celebrity guest appearance during happy hour.  It being St Patrick's Day we were busy from…
  • Clos Pegase Wines - Balanced Elegance

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:11 pm
    All wines tasted on Friday March 21, 2014Clos Pegase is one of those wineries that has been quietly maintaining a reputation for making delicious wines for many years.  Located in Calistoga, but with vineyards in Carneros, the estate wines produced in Napa are the mainstay of the wine selection from this winery.  As I tasted the wines the one thing that became very apparent almost immediately was that these wines are all built on elegance and finesse with a delicious level of fruit that is neither too dry or too sweet.  The hallmark of a well made wine (in my humble…
  • Hennessy Cognac - XO, Paradis, Richard Hennesy

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Hennessy Cognac tasting today with representatives from Moet-Hennessy and my local distributor.  We tasted four items just prior to lunch and I was tempted by the rep to follow the tasting into lunch with a bit of Hennessy XO on ice with my Asian noodles - not sure that was happening, despite the fact that these are tremendous tasting items.  Food and Cognac are a challenge, especially straight spirit style.  I have a durable palate, but this is not a typical place for me to try Cognac.  Fortunately I was able to taste through all the selections before we ate, and had a…
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • Where in the world is Ebony tonight?

    Bean
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Who knows where in the wine beer world is Ebony rocking out tonight? Where is Ebony? Look closely at the horns on her head for your clue!
  • Session Fest Returns: How low can you go?

    Bean
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Naked City Tap House and Northwest Beer Guide celebrate summer with the return of summer with the return of Session Fest after a one year hiatus. Session Fest is Seattle’s only “light” beer festival. Session Fest 2014 kicks off Thursday June 26 with a brewers’  night and runs through the weekend.   Enjoying a beer session with friends. Ses-sion, Pronunciation: \?se-sh?n\ Function: noun, a meeting devoted to a particular activity; “a filming session”; “a gossip session” Function: adjective, the name of a perceived style of beer usually…
  • Five best beers you missed Friday Brewers’ Fest

    Bean
    14 Jun 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Every year year, I say Friday night is the best night for beer at the Washington Brewers’ fest and I am (almost) never wrong.  If you can get off work early on a Friday, get a baby sitter for the kids and you want bragging rights to tasting some pretty special Washington beer, Friday nights are for you. Although there are fewer brewers on opening night, there were still so many that I could not make it to all of the brewer tents much less all of the brewery booths, it was closer to 20 percent. So if I missed tasting so many beers Friday night… Here is what you missed Friday June…
  • NW Wine Academy Spring Release Weekend

    Bean
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:18 pm
    The Northwest Wine Academy celebrates their  new spring release June 12-14, 2014 at South Seattle Community College. Thursday, June 12th - 2-7 pm Preview day! Be among the first to taste these new Washington wines. Enjoy a leisurely and quiet tasting before the crowds come! Friday, June 12th - 2-7 pm Northwest Wine Academy Alumni Showcase! Taste the NW Wine Academy wines, plus  meet some of the alumni and taste some of their fine wines! Alumni wine makers will be pouring from 4-6pm Ancestry Cellars Cloudlift Cellars Davenport Cellars Flying Dreams Artisanal Winemaking J & A…
  • Biggest Baddest Washington Brewfest

    Bean
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    Who is the biggest and baddest one of them all? The Washington Brewers’ Fest held every Fathers’ Day weekend! This year the Washington Brewers’ Fest runs from Friday the 13th 2014 through Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Sponsored by the Washington Beer Commission, the Washington Brewers’ Fest is a weekend celebrating the craft and culture of BEER. The weekend kicks off with the adult only Friday night geared for the beer geek. Special one-off beers will make Friday night only appearances for the discerning palate. Friday night is also the best chance…
 
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • 2012 MacPhail Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    Marc Hinton
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 MacPhail Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, California This awesome elixir from MacPhail personifies tasty, juicy, liquidity in an almost perfect fermentation of pristine Sonoma Coast Pinot noir grapes. I feel graced to have the opportunity to taste wine like this. The aromas that waft out of the glass fifteen minutes after pouring will […]
  • Summer Sippers: Berries & Thyme

    enobytes
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Revered for its timeless craft cocktails, intimate Hollywood ease and ode to local flavors, Portland’s Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe returns this summer with a bill of new cocktails embellished with fresh herbs from Hotel deLuxe’s rooftop garden and olive oil and lavender harvested from Oregon’s adored Red Ridge Farms.   Now through the end […]
  • 2011 Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve

    enobytes
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2011 Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve, Willamette Valley, Oregon The Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve is a wonderful unfiltered Chardonnay that is quite refreshing and vibrant. You’ll taste layers of pear, apples and cream that finishes long and strong. They sourced the fruit primarily from the Aurora Vineyards in the Chahelem Mountains, with a small […]
  • Winemaker Spotlight: Alexandrine Roy

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Winemaker Spotlight: Alexandrine Roy Women are developing tremendous influence in the wine and food industry, rising to the top of the ranks as winery owners, sommeliers, chefs, winemakers, vineyard managers, writers and educators. The aim of this series is to represent the Pacific Northwest women in Oregon and Washington who are developing tremendous influence in […]
  • Video: Sous-vide Cooking Lecture

    enobytes
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Video: Sous-vide Cooking Lecture 1 It is probably hard to believe that Harvard puts on cooking lectures but they are quite fascinating videos. They are a collaboration between eminent Harvard researchers and world-class chefs. In this lecture speaker Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca) talks about Sous-vide Cooking. I will post other Sous-vide videos […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • Grand River Marketplace - Jackson, MI

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    We recently dropped off our kids at a summer camp near, Jackson, MI, and needed a place for lunch. While perusing local craft breweries, I came across Grand River Marketplace, which not only offered beer brewed on the premises, but food as well - win/win.The Grand River Marketplace is in an old industrial building, with a decor heavily inspired by Steampunk, with some clever and interesting artifacts created by a talented artist. Mostly an open space with soaring ceilings and plenty of light courtesy of clerestory windows underneath the roofline, this is a comfortable place which probably…
  • Wine Wednesday: Joy in my Heart

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Happy Wine Wednesday everyone!Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter Subscribe to the 50 States Of Wine YouTube channel
  • Untappd: Drink Socially

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    When I started getting more interested in craft beer, I tried to think of a way to keep track of what I was drinking. Keep the bottles or cans? Ummmm, where would I store them? Photos? Sure, but that's pretty static and not much information with just photos. My problems were solved when I came across the website Untappd."Untappd is a new way to socially share and explore the world of beer with your friends and the world. Curious what your friends are drinking or where they're hanging out? Just check their profile where you can toast and comment on their beers! Untappd will offer you beer…
  • Wine Bloggers Conference 2014

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    After WBC13, I was pretty excited to attend the Wine Bloggers Conference 2014, in Santa Barbara County,  as well as introduce Laima to the amazing world of wine bloggers in their natural habitat. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Budgetary constraints meant we couldn't afford to go on our own and we didn't receive scholarships, as I did last year. Cheers to those who will be attending, see you around the blogosphere, and hope to see you next year!Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter Subscribe to the 50 States Of Wine YouTube channel
  • Contest: NAME THAT BEER!

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    The Rare Beer Club is collaborating with Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC to create this year’s Pints for Prostates/Rare Beer Club exclusive beer. Pints for Prostates raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing through the universal language of beer and has been working together with The Rare Beer Club and U.S. craft breweries for the last five years creating inventive and exciting beers to help communicate their mission statement. The beer will be featured in the club in September, 2014, coinciding with National Prostate Cancer Awareness…
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    Vint-ed

  • In the under-$10 wine crapshoot, an impressive Spanish white

    Vint-ed
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    In the middle of summer, I crave fresh, lighter white wines, preferably with little or no oak but with good complexity and a price that will permit me to buy plenty of them to have on hand to sip with weekend lunches, before dinner or with the fresh fish and shellfish.  With those requirements, I tend to gravitate to the wines of the lesser-known appellations of France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, which can still offer excellent values. One of them is  Avelino Vegas’s 2013 “Abadía Real” verdejo-viura blend, a $9 Vino de la Tierra from the large Castilla y León region of…
  • Prohibition ended 80 years ago today

    Vint-ed
    5 Dec 2013 | 2:28 pm
    It was on this day back in 1933 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt ended Prohibition after roughly 14 years. Take a look at this old newsreel on the announcement that includes some classic images showing how authorities tried to enforce the ban on alcohol.Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  • Sips: From California, Donelan's Kobler Vineyard Syrah

    Vint-ed
    11 Jan 2013 | 1:04 pm
    I've been thinking a lot in recent weeks about a growing trend in California winemaking -- a return to more modest and elegant wines that still have great fruit concentration but with lower levels of alcohol. Some of this has to do with weather conditions, some with vineyard location and some with a winemaker's decision on when to harvest grapes (the longer they hang the higher the sugar and resulting alcohol levels).You may have read about an excellent Dry Creek Valley zinfandel from Dashe Cellars that I reviewed in my column on NBCNews.com. Its alcohol is a modest 13.7 percent. Another…
  • Swirls: A wine to support equality for gay Americans

    Vint-ed
    9 Jan 2013 | 9:50 am
    These days, making wine is often about creating a concept, for better or worse. The store shelves are loaded with bottles depicting everything from animals to cars and trucks to those that donate part of their sales to research on various diseases. And now, a new concept -- a wine billed by its promoters as "the first wine created in support of equality for gay Americans."It's called Égalité, and it comes to us from Biagio Cru & Estate Wines, an importer based in Rosyln, N.Y., that says it will donate part of the proceeds to organizations that promote quality for gay Americans.Égalité…
  • Sips: A classic California cabernet sauvignon, to drink and gift

    Vint-ed
    7 Dec 2012 | 12:44 pm
    Beyond Bordeaux, California became synonymous long ago with great cabernet sauvignon. That said, it’s also true that memorable California cabs don’t come inexpensively -- unlike Bordeaux, where it’s still possible to find notable cabernet and merlot blends for $20 or under.And yet price alone is no guarantee that a California wine (or one from anywhere else) will be interesting, as I discovered the other night when I opened a $60 cabernet wine from a celebrated Napa Valley winery and found it one dimensional. The opulent California fruit was there but not much else.Fortunately, that…
 
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    Wine Folly

  • Use This Flow Chart for Selecting Italian Red Wines

    Madeline Puckette
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    A simple flow chart outlines nearly 50 different Italian red wines by taste. Find what Italian red to try next in a useful and relatable way. Don’t worry, you’re not the only person who thinks getting into Italian wines is hard. Here are some illuminating reasons as to why Italian wines are such a mystery to non-Italians: Hundreds of indigenous grape varieties grow in Italy Very few of these Italian varieties grow outside of Italy A Flow Chart for Selecting Italian Red Wines Easy to Embed Copy/Paste the code. Original Source: Flow Chart of Italian Red Wines Tips Try The 8 Main…
  • A Poster Shows What’s Inside Famous Wine Blends

    Madeline Puckette
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The original infographic on wine blends was so well-appreciated, we’ve created a lithograph quality poster for all. Available as a poster for $24 Famous Wine Blends of the World Sharing Code Copy/Paste to embed code below. Original Source: Famous Wine Blends of the World DO YOU WANT A POSTER? $24 Unlock FREE shipping. (view all posters) Buy Now 18 x 24 in. Printed on 90 lb archival matte paper with lightfast soy inks.Do you need a frame?   For Those of Us Who Don’t Have a Memory Like a Steel Trap No doubt you’ve heard this story before: a friend or acquaintance travels to…
  • How to Become a Sommelier

    Madeline Puckette
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    How to become a sommelier detailed in 3 steps. This article includes advice from seasoned pros. Learn the real details on what you can do to prepare yourself for a life in the wine business.   Sommelier Salary 48k-120k* *Depends on business, location and your skill level. Pay can be based on % of wine sales. How to become a Sommelier: Step 1: Self-Directed Wine Education Step 2: Start Working in the Industry Step 3: Get a Sommelier Certificate How to Become a Sommelier Each of these steps require rigorous study, both mentally and physically, to achieve your position as a pro. Here are…
  • Sherry: The Dry Wine That Everyone Should Love

    Jackson Rohrbaugh
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Sherry wine isn’t sweet, in fact, most are dry. In Spain, Sherry wine is savored like a fine whiskey. Get to know the different styles of Sherry wine and which ones you ought to try (and even the ones to avoid). Jackson Rohrbaugh, a Sommelier at Canlis, brings us up to speed on how to love Sherry. You have been lied to. Somewhere, somehow, you were taught that all Sherry is sweet, sticky and unpalatable. Maybe it was a childhood sip snuck from a dusty old bottle kept atop grandma’s fridge, or a cheap label of the mass-produced California “sherry” on the supermarket shelf. If…
  • Discerning Drinkers Guide to Low Calorie Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Low alcohol wines are becoming more popular because they are lower calorie. There are many great quality low calorie wines that simply use not-so-sweet grapes to make a lower alcohol wine. Here is a short list to get you started thinking of the potential options without having to buy into a gimmick bulk wine label. Discerning Drinkers Guide to Low Calorie Wine What is a low calorie wine? 92-120 calories per glass Based on looking at average grape must weights (the sugar level in wine grapes), low calorie wines tend to have about 92-120 calories per 5 oz (148 ml) glass. If you give yourself a…
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    Pure Luxury Transportation

  • K&L Bistro Returns, with Stellar Wine Country-Style French Cuisine

    Carey Sweet
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The new barIt was a long few months for Sebastopol foodies starting in early January, when K&L Bistro owners Karen and Lucas Martin closed their iconic, 13-year-old French restaurant for a long-needed updating.No steak frites for us, no PEI mussels mariniere with fries and aioli, no cozy tete-a-tetes over a lovely bottle of wine.But now, K&L has reopened, better than ever, and actually bigger, since the Martins took an offer they couldn’t refuse, taking over a neighboring day spa, and adjacent bakery and knitting shop space. The move effectively doubled the size of the eatery, and…
  • A Sweet Summer Treat: The New Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar in Healdsburg

    Carey Sweet
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    Raspberry sorbet woos at the new Noble Ice Cream and Pie BarSugar and spice and everything nice… that’s what Noble Folk ice cream and pies are made of.Also Japanese purple yam (ube), apricot, thyme, wild blueberry, and whatever is seasonal, delicious, and catches the taste buds of the Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar owners Ozzy Jimenez and Christian Sullberg.Set on The Plaza in downtown Healdsburg, the newly debuted shop is not far from another favorite Jimenez and Sullberg operation - Moustache Baked Goods on Healdsburg Avenue. That’s where the two bakers rolled out their first…
  • Pure Luxury Announces an Exclusive, Once in a Lifetime San Francisco 49ers Package

    gina
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pure Luxury Transportation is excited to announce a new, exclusive package! This package offers a once in a lifetime chance to enjoy a 49ers game in VIP style at their new Levi’s Stadium while enjoying up to 10 hours of chauffeured car service with Pure Luxury. You and three lucky guests will walk on the field to get to your seats and will watch the Niners from up close as they enter the field. You’ll also experience all of the benefits of VIP Legacy Club access including:- Complimentary buffet including beer and wine - VIP seating with comfortable cushioned seats which are more roomy…
  • Partake by K-J, Kendall-Jackson’s Tasting Lounge & Flight Club

    gina
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    If a visit to Partake by K-J is one of those things you’ve been meaning to do but just haven’t made happen yet - make it happen! Visitors are greeted into a welcoming space with sophisticated and warm decor. After being seated by a friendly host, a knowledgeable, professional, good-natured server becomes your individual expert and guide to the variety of wine and small bite food pairings.Seasonal ingredients from the Jackson Estate Gardens and Orchards are used by Partake’s chef, as well as ingredients from local farmers. Each plate is created to compliment a Kendall-Jackson wine. The…
  • Sonoma Coast Welcomes A Historic Napa Winery for a Winemaker Dinner

    gina
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    This year marks the 28th anniversary of the “Dinner with the Winemaker” series at Bodega Bay’s Inn at the Tides. The success of this annual series is due to the combination of stellar, Sonoma County cuisine paired with the best Napa and Sonoma County wines in a stunning Sonoma Coast location.Bodega BayEach year, guests are invited to choose from a variety of superb wine and food menus at the Inn at Tides’ Bay View Restaurant. In the next winemaker dinner in the series on July 18th, Inn at the Tides presents an evening with Jeffrey Stambor, Director of Winemaking at Beaulieu…
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  • Food Flight: The Madame Butterflight

    drinknectar
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    One of our best selling Food Flights is the Madame Butterflight. This fantastic creation is a combination of teriyaki seasoned Edamame, four chicken skewers with a succulent peanut sauce on a bed of slaw, and four pork wontons with an accompanying homemade plum sauce for dipping.   Try pairing this flight with the Anelare Nonna Viola, Hard Row to Hoe Petit Verdot, Northwest Cellars Syrah, Skylite Cellars Syrah or the Terra Blanca Block 8 Syrah. Can you tell that we think it pairs well with Syrah? Each food flight is designed to be shared but on their own, they can […]
  • A Taste of Opera at Nectar Tasting Room

    drinknectar
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    All the drama and rapture of opera without the commitment! Come enjoy some of the most unbelievable arias and duets from the opera stage while sipping a glass of one of our featured wines. We will be serenaded by a duo of dramatic, funny, local favorite singers, Heather Parker, Soprano and Ann Benson, Mezzo-Soprano. Tickets are only $25 and include a glass a wine. Food will be available to purchase. Purchase your tickets for Taste of Opera. Space is limited. Door will open at 6:30 PM for wine and food to order, performance start at 7:00 PM. ANN BENSON BIO […]
  • Featured Food Flight Hot Summer Flights

    drinknectar
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Some like it hot! Chef Paloma has once again created a culinary masterpiece for all of our wine lovers. Check out the summer flight of the month (June, July and August) the Hot Summer Flight. Every plate comes with six spicy ribs, created with the perfect rub and not too spicy, roasted peppers, seasoned grilled Mexican corn all on a bed of slaw. Order this plate for 1 and it is a meal, order it for 2 and it makes for a great appetizer style dish. Try pairing the flight with the Skylite Cellars Viognier or Hard Row to Hoe […]
  • Napa’s Iconic Caymus Vineyards Celebrates 40 Years

    drinknectar
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    The release of the 2012 Caymus Cabernet marks the 40th vintage of the Napa Wineries flagship wine. In 1972 Charlie Wagner and his wife Lorna partnered with their then 18 year old son Chuck to form Caymus Vineyards on their Napa Valley ranch. With consistent 90+ scores from Wine Spectator the Caymus Cabernet epitomizes the decadence that has become synonymous with Napa Cabs. During my 2012 visit to Napa and Sonoma for my 40th birthday, I was so impressed with the quality of the wine at Caymus that it was the only place I purchased wine to have shipped home […]
  • Anelare Winery Opens New Tasting Room

    drinknectar
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Nectar Tasting Room participant Anelare Winery is pleased to announce the opening of their new tasting room and event facility in Benton City, WA. For about a year Anelare had no tasting room presence in their production region after moving out of a shared space with Canon del Sol. Winery partners Forrest and Kahryn Alexander bought a piece of property across from the Red Mountain region, sold their house in the Tri-Cities and began to pursue their vision of a permanent place to call home. Located on the Kiona hill overlooking Red Mountain vineyards and wineries, the existing barn on…
 
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  • ARGIANO ’Suolo’ 2011

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    The ‘Suolo' is a stunning 100% Sangiovese Grosso, which comes from the finest selection of the estates oldest vineyards. The 2011 is absolutely seductive, with gorgeous aromas of fresh black fruits, ripe cherries, roasted coffee, exotic spices, floral, smoke, earthy notes, which all come together and explode from the glass. It possesses a beautiful rich, velvety texture, while demonstrating impeccable balance and finesse, dazzling all the way through the finish. Today, this is very accessible and already has so much to offer, but it will also age gracegully for those willing to wait. (Best…
  • ARGIANO ’Solengo’ 2011

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    The 2011 ‘Solengo’ is gorgeous, bursting with fresh blueberries and black berries followed by spices, crushed violets, fresh minerals and a hint of cocoa. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and polished with an underlying layer of acidity providing a sense of freshness that carries over into the long caressing finish. If approaching now be sure to allow extended air contact, as this is still youthful and will require additional time in the bottle to flesh out. Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah/Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. (Best 2015-2027) - July, 2014 - (JD) 92 POINTS…
  • ALAIN LORIEUX Chinon 'Thélème' 2011

    2 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The 2011 Thélème comes from Cabernet Franc vines, which dig their own roots deep into chalky and limestone soils. It offers terroir driven aromas of dark fruit, leather, earth, cherry tobacco, pepper, hints of vanilla, forrest floor and spring flowers. It has incredible structure, with firm tannins and a long finish. You may be able to get away with approaching this now with a few hours of decanting, but ultimately this will require additional botte age. (Best 2019-2030) - June, 2014 (MD) 92 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: June, 2014 Drinking Window: 2019-2030  Estimated…
  • ANDRETTA Brunello di Montalcino 2009

    19 May 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The 2009 Andretta Brunello di Montalcino offers wonderful aromas and flavors blackberry, spices, leather and hints of vanilla. Medium to full-bodied and well balanced with a gorgeous velvety texture and polished tannins that grip nicely on the finish, leaving behind dark berries and leather notes. This is showing excellent today and is a great Brunello to drink early on. (Best 2014-2021) - May, 2014 (JD) 91+ POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: May, 2014 Drinking Window: 2014-2021  Estimated Value: $55 Vintage: 2009 Producer: Tenuta Vitanza Country: Italy Region: Tuscany…
  • ANTHILL FARMS Pinot Noir 'Demuth Vineyard' 2012

    18 May 2014 | 9:44 am
    Anthill Farms owns two blocks in the Demuth Vineyard, which actually function like two separate vineyards, the terraced rows of the Wädenswil clone form one section, while the Pommard block sits on a shelf a bit lower down the slope. The vineyard sits at an elevation of 1400-1600feet and is farmed by Anthony and Knez Winery. The 2012 is a sensational showing, it displays pretty aromas of raspberry, blood orange, spices and dried floral come together beautifully in the glass. This has a wonderful soft, silky texture, yet is kept fresh and balanced by the gorgeous acidity and finishes up…
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  • 5 summer wine saviors

    grapefriend
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    As we’re all now fully in the swing of getting our grape on in the sun, here are some handy and super stylish ways to help you out. come sail away These awesome wine totes are made from yacht sails. I still love the grapefriend wine totes (cool inner flap, way less $, ok I’ll … Continue reading →
  • happy higher happy hour

    grapefriend
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    “Gonna keep on drinkin’ til I reach the higher ground.” - Stevie Wineder Continue reading →
  • cocktail friend: the pesca bacio

    grapefriend
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    The white sangria recipe was such a hit that it inspired us to create another white-wine cocktail variation this weekend. This punch I made up was delicious but I couldn’t think of a fun name, so threw it out to grapefriends. Leave it our clever drinkers to come up with some fun ones. I loved … Continue reading →
  • fill your world cup – with wine

    grapefriend
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    It’s an Argentina vs Germany World Cup! We’ve got gritty Malbec on one side and sugar-acid Riesling on the other. Who are you rooting for? Continue reading →
  • the white sangria summer rule

    grapefriend
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    A new summer rule has been established: you must have a few pitchers of white sangria before Labor Day. First, it’s totally refreshing. Second, it’s therefore sooo much cooler than red sangria. Third, is there anything better than wine-soaked fruit??? I put this up on Instagram and Twitter yesterday and everyone was asking for the … Continue reading →
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  • Taplin Cellars

    Lou
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    A look at California’s Taplin Cellars.   By Lou Marmon   Gazette Newspapers  June 2014   Taplin Cellars is a Napa winery with bicoastal roots. A great-great grandfather of the present-day owners moved his dairy farming family from Vermont to San Francisco in the mid-1800s. They eventually found their way to the Napa Valley where they purchased land to grow fruit and walnuts. Farming was considerably challenging in the late 18 and early 1900s, especially in ground described as “9 parts rock and 1 part dirt.” Yet the family persevered and was able to keep ahold of the…
  • Out Of Isolation, Chilean Wines Prosper

    Lou
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
      Reviews of the Lanzur Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and The Macallan 18 year old (1996 vintage) Single Malt Scotch Whisky.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   July 15, 2014   Chile is the source of some of the world’s best wine values. The country boasts over a dozen distinctive wine producing regions that extend hundreds of miles from the northern Copiapo valley to the Austral region, the southernmost location where grapes can grow.   Chile has a long history of winemaking that began soon after Spanish explorers landed over 400 years ago, and the predominant grapes…
  • Start Summer With Sangria

    Lou
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
      Summer libation suggestions including various Sangriarecipes and some Ruby Port based cocktails.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  July 2, 2014   Sangria is a refreshing accompaniment to summer parties. A mixture of wine, fruit, sugar and traditionally a bit of brandy, Sangria reportedly originated on the Spanish peninsula where it was named after the word for blood-letting, due to its distinctive deep red color.   It remains hugely popular in Spain and Portugal, and as of this year is even protected under EU statute so that Sangria…
  • Summer Wines

    Lou
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
      Reviews of some enjoyable value-priced summer wines.   By Lou Marmon   Gazette Newspapers  May 2014     The US is now the world’s leader in wine consumption. The latest figures show that Americans enjoyed 329 million cases of wine in 2013, an 18% increase over 2005. This easily put the US past the traditional European front-runners including Italy and France. The US also bettered China which recently was the fastest growing market for wine.   There are likely numerous reasons for the steady growth of the US wine market. The growing availability of…
  • Israeli Wines Continue Ancient Tradition

    Lou
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
      Reviews of the Psagot Edom 2011 and the Kilkerran “Work in Progress” 5th release, Sherry Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   June 18, 2014   Given the importance of wine in ancient times, it is not surprising that the writing on a clay jug fragment found in Jerusalem dating from the time of King Solomon is actually part of a wine label. University of Haifa Professor Gershon Galil believes the inscription indicated the vintage and appellation as well as quality of the wine contained within.   Modern labels, by contrast, are long…
 
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  • AuthenticLand!

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Splooge Estates, and our sister winery, The Linoleum Project™, are proud to announce the opening of our newest and most exciting project to date, AuthenticLand! Located in Los Angeles, California, AuthenticLand isn’t just a winery that focuses on Natural, Real, Authentic and Certified Sensitive® wines, AuthenticLand is also Southern California’s latest amusement park! Bring the whole family! While Mom and Dad sample the latest releases from The Linoleum Project™, the kids can experience the...
  • Call Me Jancis

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Call me Jancis. Everyone does, even though it’s not my name. Well, it is when I’m conducting a wine seminar, or giving a speech at some God-forsaken outpost of weird wine that wants to pretend its wines are worthwhile, like the Jura. Many days I wake up and cannot recall my birth name. I think it’s Cameron, though it could be Mel. I’ve been Jancis for so long now, it doesn’t really matter. I look like her, I walk like her, I sound like her, I spit exactly like her—I was taught that the stream...
  • To Be or Not to Be

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been struggling lately with whether I want to continue writing HoseMaster of Wine™. First of all, let me just say that this is not a plea to those of you who care to flatter me to chime in and tell me how brilliant I am, and how the wine world needs me. I’m not particularly good at accepting flattery. I do much better with vitriol. Rather, this is simply a peek behind my peculiar curtain, about how weary I am of this self-imposed gig, and also how I fear I’d miss it if I do quit. Those of...
  • Lo Hai Qu on the 2014 Wine Blog Awards

    16 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Wine Blog Award Nominees were announced last week, and my scary intern, Lo Hai Qu, is a little peeved that she wasn't nominated. The HoseMaster of Wine™ was nominated twice, but Lo was stiffed. She marched into my office and demanded the blog for this week's post. Oh, man, here we go... OK, so this blows like narwhal 'ho's. It's like, last year I won a Wine Blog Award for Best Blog Post, which I totally deserved, especially since the other posts in my category were stupider than an...
  • Lots I Wish I'd Purchased at Auction Napa Valley

    12 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    This year’s Auction Napa Valley was an overwhelming success, the various decadent lots bringing in a cool $18.7 million, the equivalent of what auction participants earn every thirty-five seconds. The lot with the highest bid included attendance at an exclusive party after the 2015 Oscars, and the chance to be personally assaulted by Nick Nolte. For the majority of the lots with the highest bids, wine was an afterthought—a fitting reflection of the Valley itself. Glamour, fame, cars, trips,...
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • North River Sparkling by Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery

    Debbie
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    I’m a little behind in my blogging, but I had to tell you about this Sparkling Wine from Whitecliff Vineyards.  It’s called North River and during the colonial times that is what they called the southernmost portion of the Hudson River. The term was given to it by the Dutch in the early 17th century and fell out of use during the early 1900′s.   The label on the wine is a reproduction of William Bartlett’s 19th century etching of the Hudson Highlands. There’s lots of Hudson Valley history on this bottle.   Most importantly, what is in the…
  • A Hudson Valley Winery Wedding

    Debbie
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    It’s wedding time in the Hudson Valley.  Congratulations if you are one of the many who have recently got engaged! I recently wrote an article for Hudson Valley Wine Magazine on planning your winery wedding.  There are some good tips and information on the various venues in the Hudson Valley. Cheers and congratulations to all! Weddings in Hudson Valley Wine Country
  • How To Chill Your Wine

    Debbie
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Our new refrigerator was delivered on Thursday and boy was I happy.  I was tired of living out of my college dorm fridge and a cooler that I had to purchase ice for every day.  When I got home that day the fridge was plugged in and working and when I opened it there were 5 bottles of white chilling. (or so I thought) It was hot out and I was dying for a glass of a nice crisp white.   I opened the fridge and grabbed one of those bottles.  I thought Paul was being so thoughtful in chilling them. BUT, what I failed to realize was that the fridge had only been on for 45…
  • Red, White, Rose & Bubbles For Your July 4th Celebration

    Debbie
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    We are coming up to the holiday weekend where many of us will be hosting or attending barbecues. I am one of those people. As I am presently without a kitchen I will be attending a rib cook-off with at a friends house. Even without a kitchen, we will be making our smoked ribs. What wine will I be bringing to pair with the ribs…a Malbec from Argentina and a Hudson Valley Baco Noir. One thing I noticed when out wine shopping is the availability of wine in different states and counties. Yes, while you most likely can order anything from the wine store, if they don’t carry it you will…
  • Coordinate the Look of Your Vineyard Wedding with Stationery!

    Debbie
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:15 am
    Guest Post By Lori Yeghiayan Friedman of Wine Country Occasions. Few of us have endless resources to spend when planning a wedding.  This means having to choose where we want to really splurge. Our advice: You can’t go wrong investing in a great venue, delicious wine (of course!) and beautiful stationery. Why stationery? Because it’s a simply, but elegant way to coordinate the look of your wedding without spending a fortune. If you are planning a vineyard or wine-themed wedding, choose one motif – or several – that you love, such as vines, grapes, a monogram of your initials or…
 
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  • North River Sparkling by Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery

    Anonymous
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    I’m a little behind in my blogging, but I had to tell you about this Sparkling Wine from Whitecliff Vineyards.  It’s called North River and during the colonial times that is what they called the southernmost portion of the Hudson River. The term was given to it by the Dutch in the early 17th century and fell out of use during the early 1900's.The label on the wine is a reproduction of William Bartlett’s 19th century etching of the Hudson Highlands. There's lots of Hudson Valley history on this bottle.Most importantly, what is in the bottle.  A beautiful Rose sparkling wine…
  • A Hudson Valley Winery Wedding

    Anonymous
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    It's wedding time in the Hudson Valley.  Congratulations if you are one of the many who have recently got engaged! I recently wrote an article for Hudson Valley Wine Magazine on planning your winery wedding.  There are some good tips and information on the various venues in the Hudson Valley.Cheers and congratulations to all!Weddings in Hudson Valley Wine Country
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room The Captain’s Log: Sour Power!

    Anonymous
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Not yet three years since moving to a roomy new brewing facility in Elmsford, Captain Lawrence is expanding further. The brewery will be taking over the adjacent 4,800 square feet currently occupied by an HVAC outfit, says owner Scott Vaccaro, on top of the 19,000 square feet Captain Lawrence currently operates in. The expansion should be completed early in ’15, and will enable the Captain to produce more beer—and its beloved sour beers in particular. The space will allow for storage of as many as 500 oak barrels and a second bottling line. Captain Lawrence’s sour ales, such as the…
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: And So Fourth and So On

    Anonymous
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    The holiday weekend initially looked like a washout, but Mother Nature rallied and served up a couple picture-perfect days for deserving revelers. Many of them are squeezing in some recreational activity—cornhole, bocce, beer sampling—on the Captain Lawrence patio before the long weekend comes to an end.Brad Orr of Brooklyn and Mike and Marissa Madonia of Ardsley are enjoying a spirited game of Hong Kong Poker. “It’s similar to A**hole,” says Brad of that card game centered around getting rid of your cards--and doing humiliating things to the player still stuck with theirs. “Only…
  • How To Chill Your Wine

    Anonymous
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Our new refrigerator was delivered on Thursday and boy was I happy.  I was tired of living out of my college dorm fridge and a cooler that I had to purchase ice for every day.  When I got home that day the fridge was plugged in and working and when I opened it there were 5 bottles of white chilling. (or so I thought) It was hot out and I was dying for a glass of a nice crisp white.I opened the fridge and grabbed one of those bottles.  I thought Paul was being so thoughtful in chilling them. BUT, what I failed to realize was that the fridge had only been on for 45 minutes and…
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  • Spain and Georgia became active members of the A.S.I.

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Photo: A.S.I.20.07.2014 (Hvino News) Two International Sommelier Association (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, A.S.I.) observer members for 4 years, Georgia and Spain, became active members thanks to the positive vote of the General Assembly in Reims on July 5th, according to official information of A.S.I.Shalva Khetsuriani, president of the Georgian Sommeliers Association, supported by the Russian Association, said that he was very grateful and really willing to enhance sommellerie in Georgia. Read also here.Pablo Martin, president of the UAES, supported by UDSF and its…
  • I'm looking forward to the day when Georgian wine will be available on the EU market - Stefan Fule

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    19.07.2014.  The Association Agreement will help Georgia to catch up with the European Union, Stefan Fule (Štefan Füle), European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, said in his speech in the Parliament of Georgia.He said that Georgia will become more competitive and it means that it will find its place in the deep and comprehensive free trade area."Trade between Georgia and the EU will open up new opportunities. Of course, it will also facilitate Georgia’s trade with the rest of the world, will provide better products to the Georgian customers and will deepen…
  • Decanter World Wine Awards 35 Georgian wines

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    18.07.2014 (Hvino News). The 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) results were officially announced earlier this month in London.35 wines from Georgia have been awarded in this year's competition, which is lower than 45 awards received by Georgia in 2013. However in 2013 Georgian wines have received only Bronze and Commended Awards, while in 2014 one wines won Silver - Château Mukhrani Réserve du Prince red 2010 (for more 2013's details see here, for 2012's details see here).Full list of Georgian winners follows below:Silver:Château Mukhrani Réserve du Prince red…
  • Tbilisi underground wine experience

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    by Melba Allen17.07.2014. After a very tense and dangerous bus ride winding down very narrow and curvy streets during Tbilisi rush hour traffic, our group was forced eventually to walk the last 100 meters of the way to our destination which was further down on a one way side street. Our first official visit was less than two miles from the hotel, to the only wine bar in Tbilisi [correction: there are currently two wine bars - HN]  called ‘Vino Underground’. And as it name suggest, this is an underground cellar that was converted into not only a wine bar, but also a…
  • Georgia joins International Sommelier Association (A.S.I.)

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    12.07.2014. On July 11 the Georgian Sommelier Association has become the full member of the  International Sommelier Association (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, A.S.I.)Georgia joined the international organisation’s General Assembly in the French city of Reims, in the Champagne region.Georgian Sommelier Association president and honorary Ambassador of Georgian wine Shalva Khetsuriani took part in the assembly. He addressed attendees and spoke about the successful methods being implemented to raise awareness and popularity of Georgian wine and the sommelier…
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  • Packaging Spotlight: The Trash Bin Wine Range

    winetimes
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to Dieline, it started out as a cheeky concept based on many Australian wines – Penfolds in particular – who use the specific ‘bin’ number to identify their wines. The Design Agency used the fact that in the U.K bins are usually associated with refuse or garbage and then twisted the concept by taking […]
  • Secret Cellar Blanc de Blanc 2008 ranked RECM Best Value MCC Sparkling Wine in SA

    Ultra Liquors
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    The latest RECM Best Value Wine Tasting which was recently hosted at the Pendock Wine Gallery and led by panel chair Winnie Bowman, chair of the Institute of Cape Winemasters, has revealed that the best value Method Cap Classic (MCC) sparkling wine produced in South Africa is Secret Cellar Blanc de Blanc 2008. In order to uncover the best […]
  • Winter warmers await you at Hartenberg Wine Estate this season

    Hartenberg Estate
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Winters are synonymous with fireplaces and red wine and where better to enjoy this with their new winter menu than at Hartenberg Wine Estate, situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Known for producing superb award-winning wines, Hartenberg has also established itself as a wine and food-pairing destination, and is guaranteed to offer just […]
  • Celebs You’d Never Imagine Would Have Their Own Booze Brand

    winetimes
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Of course, we know many celebrities like to drink, whether it’s a great cocktail or a pricey spirit on the rocks. Some have even been known to drink a little too much at exactly the wrong time. But we were still surprised to learn about some of the celebrities—from musicians and athletes to actors—that actually […]
  • Rickety Bridge available at Tasha’s

    Rickety Bridge
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Foundation Stone Red, handcrafted by Rickety Bridge Winery in Franschhoek, can now be enjoyed at tasha’s countrywide. tashas is a warm, comfortable, light, easy, breezy space that enhances the delightful dining experience, excellent service, brand trust and loyalty. It captures a fresh spin on the traditional ‘coffee shop’ experience. tashas is a dynamic sensual […]
 
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  • Best Wine of June 2014: Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone 2007, Antonelli San Marco

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    Antonelli San Marco winery was established in 1881 by Francesco Antonelli and since then here are being produced excellent wines and olive oil. The winery is today run by Filippo Antonelli who, with unchanged commitment to quality, makes Sagrantino di Montefalco with a remarkable elegance, an identifying mark found in all of his wines. Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone 2007 conquers DiWineTaste five diamonds and the title of the best wine of June 2014.
  • Barbera: the Red Crispness from Piedmont

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:20 am
    Grape of very ancient origins - and mainly unknown - since the Middle Age it was known a red berried grape called "Grissa", which is probably corresponding to Barbera. A grape that in past times was associated to the production of common wines, thanks to the remarkable job of Piedmontese vintners, today Barbera is the mother of magnificent wines, among the excellencies of Italy.
  • Best Wine of May 2014: Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni 2009, Arnaldo Caprai

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    Arnaldo Caprai winery - established in 1971 - has always believed in the remarkable potentials of Sagrantino, in particular when there were few in Montefalco committed to its production. With Marco Caprai, who is successfully running this extraordinary Umbrian winery since 1988, Sagrantino and Montefalco began a new journey and a new life to the conquer of the world. To the monumental Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni 2009 - emblem of the rebirth of this territory - goes the title of best wine of May 2014.
  • The Tasting Glass

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 May 2014 | 11:40 am
    The taster does his or her job through senses and the use of a glass, a fundamental tool allowing the correct perception of the sensorial qualities of a wine and, in particular, of its faults. Not only a simple glass from which drinking a wine, indeed a technical tool capable of favoring the complex task of sensorial analysis.
  • Best Wine of April 2014: Montefalco Sagrantino Colle alle Macchie 2009, Tabarrini

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Giampaolo Tabarrini is a passionate and exuberant vintner who made of Sagrantino his primary passion. To his Montefalco Sagrantino Colle alle Macchie 2009 we awarded DiWineTaste five diamonds as well as the title of the best wine of April 2014, an award to which is added Montefalco Sagrantino Passito Colle Grimaldesco 2008.
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - Italiano

  • Il Migliore Vino di Giugno 2014: Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone 2007, Antonelli San Marco

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    La cantina Antonelli San Marco è stata fondata nel 1881 da Francesco Antonelli e da allora qui si producono eccellenti vini e olio d'oliva. La cantina è oggi guidata da Filippo Antonelli che, con immutata dedizione alla qualità, produce Sagrantino di Montefalco con una spiccata eleganza, da sempre fattore identificativo dei suoi vini. Il Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone 2007 conquista i cinque diamanti di DiWineTaste e il titolo di migliore vino di giugno 2014.
  • Barbera: la Rossa Freschezza del Piemonte

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Uva dalle antichissime origini - in larga parte sconosciute - già nel medioevo si parla della "Grissa", uva rossa che, con molta probabilità, corrisponde alla Barbera. Uva che in passato era associata alla produzione di vini comuni, grazie al caparbio lavoro dei produttori piemontesi, oggi la Barbera è madre di grandissimi vini, fra le eccellenze d'Italia.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Maggio 2014: Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni 2009, Arnaldo Caprai

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 May 2014 | 10:45 am
    La cantina Arnaldo Caprai - fondata nel 1971 - ha sempre creduto nelle enormi potenzialità del Sagrantino, soprattutto quando erano in pochi a Montefalco a dedicarsi alla sua produzione. Con l'arrivo di Marco Caprai, che dal 1988 guida con successo questa straordinaria cantina Umbra, il Sagrantino e Montefalco iniziano un nuovo viaggio e una nuova vita alla conquista del mondo. Il monumentale Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni 2009 - emblema della rinascita di questo territorio - è il migliore vino di maggio 2014.
  • Il Calice da Degustazione

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 May 2014 | 11:30 am
    Il degustatore svolge il proprio lavoro sia attraverso i propri sensi sia attraverso l'uso del calice, strumento fondamentale che consente il corretto apprezzamento delle qualità sensoriali di un vino e, in particolare, dei suoi difetti. Non solo un semplice bicchiere dal quale sorseggiare un vino, ma soprattutto uno strumento tecnico capace di favorire il complesso processo dell'analisi sensoriale.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Aprile 2014: Montefalco Sagrantino Colle alle Macchie 2009, Tabarrini

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Giampaolo Tabarrini è un vignaiolo appassionato e vulcanico che ha fatto del Sagrantino la sua passione principale. Al suo Montefalco Sagrantino Colle alle Macchie 2009 abbiamo conferito i cinque diamanti DiWineTaste e il titolo di migliore vino di Aprile 2014, un traguardo al quale si unisce il Montefalco Sagrantino Passito Colle Grimaldesco 2008.
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    Mad about Madeira

  • Tinta Negra – A Potential Game Changer?

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

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

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

    Niklas Jorgensen
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
      Are they still popular, those sound machines that brought ocean waves to our bedrooms? Well, don’t put too much effort in it, trying to sell one to the owner of this house. A visit to Madeira isn’t complete if you don’t go up north. The coastal line differs significantly from the south; it’s more dramatic, green and not nearby as inhabitated. In the horizon, the village of Seixal can be spotted. Photo taken close by São Vicente. The post Photo Of The Day – The North Side appeared first on Mad about Madeira.
  • Blandy’s 1976 Terrantez at Dutch Dertien

    Niklas Jorgensen
    30 May 2014 | 6:07 am
      I’m in The Netherlands to attend an epic Port Wine tasting arranged by Moritz Peeters who runs Wijnhandel Peeters. Great stuff ranging from 1945 to the very latest extra-ordinary year of 2011. And yet I end up with a great glass of Terrantez Madeira, at Restaurant Dertien, on Schiedamse Vest 30 in Rotterdam. Yin and yang? The Blandy’s 1976 Terrantez is a real beauty leaning towards the elegant style of Madeira. Initially there’s a whiff of sea air, backed up by orange peel, smoked tea, fresh walnuts, dates and just a gentle touch of oriental spices and sweet-root.
 
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    Total Wine & More

  • Cocktail Recipe: Limoncello Turkish Delight Martini

    totalwineandmore
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Seattle-based mixologist and blogger Natalie Migliarini has created another delicious cocktail for us, this time it’s a clever use of sweet and tart Limoncello with a kiss of aromatic rose water. Don’t let that bottle of Limoncello shiver in the freezer, take it out to create a fun and refreshing Limoncello Turkish Delight Martini. Here’s how to make it! Ingredients 3 ounces of Bellini Limoncello 1 ounce of vodka (we love Veil) 1/4 ounce of rose water (can also be found in most Middle Eastern markets) 1/2 cup of ice Garnish: Rose flavored turkish delight candy…
  • Discover French Rosé — plus an authentic paella recipe from the South of France!

    robertstewardtotalwine
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    When a wine isn’t quite red, it’s rosé. This pink-tinged beverage is made using red grapes, but with a different process than used for creating red wines. The most common technique for making dry (not sweet) rosé wines is limited maceration. The red grapes are pressed just until the juice has the desired color. Once that color has been attained, the winemaker stops pressing and separates the juice from the skins and pulp, transferring the juice to another tank for fermentation. Other rosés are made with the saignée [pronounced sahn-yay] or “bleeding” process, in…
  • Red wines for summer grilling

    totalwineandmore
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    Summertime backyard cookout season is in full swing! Grilling season often means simple and fresh fare, featuring lots of red meats and vegetables. Grilling adds smokiness and char to foods, creating aggressive flavors that can overwhelm lighter wines, so figuring out the best wine pairing for grilled food can sometimes be a challenge. We’re here to help. Often, the addition of spicy and sweet sauces can complicate wine pairings. Zinfandels, with their juicy and robust flavors, can stand up to anything your grill, spice-rack and barbeque-sauce lineup can dish out. Cloud Break Zinfandel,…
  • Celebrating Caymus Vineyards’ 40th Anniversary of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    totalwineandmore
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:16 am
    Since its founding in 1972, Caymus Vineyards has focused its attention on Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner, his wife Lorna B. Wagner and their son Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner built their winery among the vines planted on the family’s ranch in Rutherford, a district long recognized for producing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignons. The Wagner Family, including the late Lorna Belle Glos Wagner Charlie Wagner planted most of his Cabernet vines in 1965 before this varietal was universally considered the king of Napa Valley wines. The Wagners’ first production of…
  • Cocktail Recipe: Chili Oil Paloma

    totalwineandmore
    5 May 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Today is part two of Seattle-based mixologist and blogger Natalie Migliarini’s favorite tequila cocktail recipes. We shared her first beautiful (and tasty) recipe for a Paloma Chili Flake Jelly Shot with you yesterday. In case you missed it, you can check it out here. Today, we’d like to share another eye-popping cocktail from her with you. This recipe takes the traditional Paloma’s citrusy zing of grapefruit and enhances it with the sweet heat of chili oil. We think it’s the perfect drink recipe for Cinco de Mayo! Chili Oil Paloma Ingredients: 1.5 (oz.) Don Sergio reposado tequila…
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    12x75.com

  • Is en primeur dead in Bordeaux? Not yet

    Geordie Clarke
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    By Geordie Clarke / Contributing Editor   When I began to take wine seriously, I was convinced early on that buying en primeur was the best way to secure an attractive price on Bordeaux’s best wines. What I didn’t realise at the time was that the good old days of en primeur were already long … Read more →Is en primeur dead in Bordeaux? Not yet is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Is en primeur dead in Bordeaux? Not yet appeared first on .
  • When ordinary people taste extraordinary wines – Champagne Bruno Paillard

    Steph
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:19 am
    Every now and then, ordinary folks like me get an offer they can’t refuse, and that’s how I wound up saying ‘yes please’ to attending a tasting of Bruno Paillard Champagnes accompanying a four-course meal at Michelin-starred restaurant Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester last year. Reading that first sentence back, I wish all my articles … Read more →When ordinary people taste extraordinary wines – Champagne Bruno Paillard is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post When ordinary people taste extraordinary wines – Champagne Bruno Paillard appeared first…
  • London Wine Week Competition 1

    Vim
    20 May 2014 | 12:01 am
    Many of you will be aware that in less than 2 weeks, London Wine Week kicks-off. A one week event in London which will bring together wine lovers, some lovely wines and  some amazing venues. Given that we are less than 2 weeks away from London Wine Week starting, we’ve jointly decided to run a … Read more →London Wine Week Competition 1 is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post London Wine Week Competition 1 appeared first on .
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    Fareham Wine Cellar Blog

  • Amancaya Malbec Cabernet

    fwcadmin
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    Amancaya Malbec Cabernet Amancaya Malbec / Cabernet Sauvignon Amancaya is a joint venture between one of the foremost wine producers in Argentina, Nicolas Catena, and one of the most famous wine producers in the world, Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite), owners Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The Catena Rothschild joint venture came into being in 1998 with the idea of marrying not just Argentine and French wine-making and culture, but also the two most noble grapes from their respective regions – Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catena supply their knowledge of high altitude vineyards and…
  • Hampshire Wine Festival

    fwcadmin
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    Hampshire Wine Festival Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival at Jenkyn Place Sunday 13th July 2014 Last Sunday I made my way to Jenkyn Place Vineyard in the village of Bentley, Hampshire. The Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival is the first event of its kind put on by a group of six award-winning English wine producers who have joined forces to promote Hampshire Wine. The six producers involved are Cottonworth, Danebury Vineyards, Jenkyn Place, Hambledon, Hattingley Valley and Meonhill Wines who were all represented by winemakers, owners and other members of their teams. Jenkyn Place…
  • Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc

    fwcadmin
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc, Baron Edmond de Rothschild Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc is a new(ish) joint venture between Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, the owner of Château Clarke and Château des Laurets, as well as co-owner of the fantastic Champagne Barons de Rothschild and Terry Peabody, the owner of Craggy Range. Craggy Range was established by Terry Peabody and Steve Smith MW in 1997 and is one of the most prestigious wineries in New Zealand. Rimapere is the Maori word for “five arrows” which is the Rothschild family emblem and represented the five,…
  • Wine and Chocolate Pairing

    fwcadmin
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Wine and Chocolate Pairing Wine and Chocolate – a match made in heaven? Matching wine and chocolate is a tricky thing to get right and it is not something that I have had a lot of experience with. However a new, local chocolatier was recently kind enough to give us some samples of his chocolates which got me thinking about wine and chocolate pairings. There are lots of variables to take into account – where the chocolate is sourced from, the percentage of cocoa solids, the recipe for the ganache and any flavourings used. I don’t intend to go into too much detail but think of…
  • Portfolio Wine Tasting 2014

    fwcadmin
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    Portfolio Wine Tasting 2014 Fareham Wine Cellar Portfolio Wine Tasting 2014 You may or may not know that, at Fareham Wine Cellar, we hold a Portfolio wine tasting every other year – the good news is that it is this year and we are holding it on Wednesday October 22nd 2014. Tickets are now available now at Fareham Wine Cellar. T: 01329 822733. Please find the current details I have for details of the tasting below. I will add more details as we finalise them. There will be well over 150 wines and spirits available for tasting. You can see some photos from 2012′s Portfolio Wine Tasting…
 
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    Great Northwest Wine

  • Dusted Valley Vintners 2011 V.R. Special Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $53

    Great Northwest Wine
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Walla Walla’s Wisconsin boys have a tight relationship with the Milbrandt brothers, as evidenced by Northridge Vineyard’s new and substantial role (69%) in this “Special” Cab. The transition to the Wahluke Slope for this tribute to Granddad V.R — plus a barrel program of 55% new oak — leads to aromas of blackberry, black cherry, coconut and cocoa, along with a pinch of sweet herbs. On the attack is a big delivery of blackberry, plum and dark chocolate, and while there are mouth-filling tannins, that combination of dark fruit and Marionberry acidity stays right in step. This was…
  • Smasne Cellars 2011 The Farmer Red, Columbia Valley, $18

    Great Northwest Wine
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Yakima Valley winemaker Charles Smasne turns Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah from Verhey, Coyote Canyon and Upland vineyards into this value-minded blend that’s a touch better than its debut of the previous vintage. The nose of black currant, blackberry and huckleberry also picks up crushed herbs and Western serviceberry. Its rich and creamy structure presents flavors akin to black cherry and more huckleberry with boysenberry acidity. Tamed tannins swirl with black pepper in the finish. Rating: Outstanding! Production: 600 cases Alcohol: 13.9% Winery website The post Smasne Cellars…
  • Mercer Estates stages wine country BBQ

    Eric Degerman
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mercer Wine Estates, led by winemaker Jessica Munnell, above, staged its annual Summer BBQ Bash for wine club members and guests on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Prosser, Wash. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PROSSER, Wash. — Mercer Estates Winery in Prosser staged its Summer BBQ Bash on Saturday, an annual wine country hootenanny in Washington’s Yakima Valley for members of its wine club and paying guests. Brothers Rob and Will Mercer and winemaker Jessica Munnell led the festivities, which featured lamb burgers and side salads prepared by chef Roger Hazzard of Bon…
  • House Wine 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $10

    Great Northwest Wine
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Best Buy! Walla Walla iconoclast Charles Smith launched The Magnificent Wine Company and its House Wine program in 2004, and it’s become one of Washington’s most recognized labels. Hal Landvoigt now heads it up for Seattle-based Precept, and he created another approachable Chardonnay that starts with aromas of peach, apple, lemon oil, gooseberry, sage and lemongrass and a wisp of smoke. The drink streams out flavors of yellow grapefruit, pear and honeydew melon, backed by minerality, toast and lemon meringue pie filling. Suggested pairings include roasted chicken, grilled vegetables,…
  • Mannina Cellars 2012 Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley, $22

    Great Northwest Wine
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Don Redman named his winery after his Italian grandmother, who came to the U.S. during World War II, so he’s got a special spot in his heart for this variety. For years, he’s relied on Seven Hills Vineyard, rather than his young estate site, for this delizioso example. The red-tinged nose opens with black plum, macerated cherries, red currant and strawberries. The grape’s trademark and food-friendly acidity arrives immediately with strawberry and pomegranate flavors, followed by dried Montmorency cherries, cranberry yogurt and raspberry. The influence of Merlot (7%) adds some tannin to…
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  • Behind the Barrel: Everything You Never Knew About Oak

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    By Madeline Blasberg  For nearly two millennia oak has been the original wine pairing, but why?  It originally served as a way to transfer wine from point A to B, but today it’s a staple in nearly every winery and a quality marker in the minds of consumers.  Most wine drinkers know that oak imparts complexity, softens tannins and inflates prices.  But what else is there to this dynamic duo?  Let´s take a look at a few things you never knew about oak in winemaking. 1.Why oak and not a different wood? Most wine barrels are made from staves, or slabs, of oak…
  • Take a Wine Tour to Explore Spain

    3 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    By Winfield Wines The best way to explore Spain is to visit different regions of specific tourist value. What better way than to take a wine tour and learn about how different cultures existed for generations in a country proud of its inheritance. It may have started years ago with a tour organized by family-run businesses taking you around their orchards but the situation has changed drastically. People travel great distances and were ready to walk miles to see how a traditional winemaking business functioned. Many still use ancient tools and barrels to recreate the scene of a typical…
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • Napa Valley Wine Library Weekend: From Vineyard to Label

    CraigTG
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    For a classic Napa wine tasting event, it’s hard to beat the Napa Valley Wine Library Association Wine Tasting. This year’s event is coming up on Sunday August 10th between 5 and 7 pm at the Silverado Resort & Spa with a focus on single-vineyard designated wines. The “classic” part of the event stems from the 52nd annual occurrence of this tasting and the involvement of wineries such as Beringer Vineyards, Cakebread Cellars, Caymus Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, Heitz Wine Cellars, Louis M. Martini WinerySchramsberg Vineyardsand ZD Wines. This refined event consists of 75…
  • Urban Wineries and Xcellent Food: The Urban Wine Xperience

    CraigTG
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Grab your friends for an outdoor celebration of East Bay wineries and restaurants at the Urban Wine Xperience on August 2nd between 1 pm and 5 pm.  This is a rare opportunity to explore over 20 urban wineries and over 20 restaurants and food purveyors all together in one location, accompanied by the sounds of Phantom City, an acoustic Bay Area rock band.  The festivities will take place at the Jack London Square Ferry Lawn (98 Broadway Street, Oakland). Dashe Cellars The East Bay Urban Wineries pouring that day will be pouring white, rosé, red and dessert wines, so there is bound to be…
  • Something’s Coming, Something Good: The West of West Wine Festival

    CraigTG
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Could it be time for the West of West Wine Festival again?  Yes it could, so don’t miss your chance to celebrate the finest wines of West Sonoma Coast on August 1-3, 2014, during a weekend of wine tasting, seminars, and award-winning cuisine.  Many of the West of West events will be held at The Barlow, so come around the corner to Sebastopol and enjoy some of the most acclaimed cool‐climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah wines produced today. Freeman Vineyard & Winery West of West activities this year include educational seminars (with one focusing on Chardonnays from…
  • A Decade of Adventures: The Lake County Wine Adventure

    CraigTG
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    If you haven’t been wine tasting in Lake County recently, seize your chance at the 10th Annual Lake County Wine Adventure on July 26 and 27. Come enjoy wine, food, music, art and more between 11 am and 5 pm both days at wineries surrounding beautiful Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California.  This food and wine weekend is a great way to discover how well they make wines in this region of high elevations, rolling hillsides and valley floors next to a majestic (but happily dormant) volcano (Mt. Konocti). The 2014 Wine Adventure is an optimal way to visit over…
  • 30 Years Above the Fog: Favorites from the 2014 Taste of Howell Mountain

    CraigTG
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Live Auction Table Setting at 2014 Taste of Howell Mountain A few weeks ago, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Howell Mountain AVA in Napa County by attending the annual Taste of Howell Mountain Wine Tasting and Auction at Charles Krug WineryWe had a great time enjoying the wine and food, and looking around it seemed like we weren’t the only ones having a wonderful time. Vintner Bob Craig and Winemaker Stephen Tebb from Robert Craig Winery This is one of our favorite events in Napa County, and we encourage you to consider attending yourself next year (if that wasn’t already in…
 
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    Melting Grape

  • Highlights from the Dana Point Wine Festival!

    Melting Grape
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:03 pm
    At the Festival! From the pooches to the pinots to the pale ales, this was a great dog friendly festival and quintessential carefree day of summertime leisure! As you can see, my friend Sarah and I had a great time! Next year, I’ll have to make sure to bring my dog, Frankie – she’s a huge a wine fan.   If learning about wine region by region is your thing, this was the place for you! Wines were organized by country, with knowledgeable attendants who could fill you in on the characteristics of each nation’s flagship variety. My favorite wine for a warm June day…
  • Dana Point Wine, Food, and Music Festival! Sat 6/21, by the Beach!

    Melting Grape
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:37 pm
      Is there anything else you need to know to pack up your bags and head down to Dana Point this Saturday, June 21st?  Incredible wine, world class food, live music, the beach, and even beer!! Oh . . . and entry is FREE! http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com I can’t tell you how excited I am to check it out, especially because a lot of the artists, food, crus, and brews are homegrown or smaller scale. Big Sky Brewing Co. will be there, hopefully pouring my favorite, “Moose Drool.” Ballast Point, just a few miles down the road in San Diego will also be setting up…
  • Why www.TheBesty.com really is the Best for Food Lovers and travelers!

    Melting Grape
    19 Jan 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Recently I discovered a great new site, www.TheBesty.com. The site is a way for people to share the best restaurants with each other and discover new restaurants and food they don’t know about. What’s great is that, unlike Yelp, you get to avoid all those negative posts! Too many times have I read a Yelp review that is obviously a reflection of the writer having a bad day, as opposed to the actual quality of the restaurant. The idea behind TheBesty is for it to be only about the best. The goal is to share, not to  critique. The platform is sort of like Twitter, in which you can…
  • Start the New Year Off Right!

    Melting Grape
    7 Jan 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Check out Wine Enthusiast’s Top Wine Hot Spots: http://www.winemag.com/Video/2013/Editors-Picks-Californias-Dining-and-Drinking-Hot-Spots/ It’s a great video!
  • Persimmon and Fig Flatbread

    Melting Grape
    31 Dec 2013 | 10:43 am
    Persimmons, I think are one of the most underestimated fruits out there. They’re definitely one of my favorites– not over the top sweet, slightly spicy and just a little crunchy! Try this recipe at Pasta.com  
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    VinePair » The Wine Blog |

  • What Makes Wine Special?

    Albert Pak
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you have a “wine connoisseur” friend? Have you seen someone gurgle wine around his mouth loudly (and off-puttingly)? Has anyone lectured to you about a wine’s characteristics, about its vintage, terroir, vinification process and so much more than you were looking for? Did you ever find yourself thinking, ‘Forget the rituals and the trivia and just enjoy wine for the way it tastes!’? Well, there are many good reasons to question wine-worship. For one, wine is, at bottom, just a soup of chemicals. And not a particularly exciting soup, either. Dry wine is about 95 percent a…
  • Rock Instagram With These 4 Amazing Rosé Wine Cocktails

    Adam Teeter
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When a wine comes to the point of clogging our Instagram feeds with its own meme — yes, we’re talking about Yes Way Rosé — we can officially proclaim its arrival. At this point it seems you’d have to actually try hard to not find rosé on a wine list, or in the hands of your friends. France and their economy must be absolutely thrilled that we’re gulping down all this pink juice — you’re welcome France: first we saved you on beaches of Normandy, now we’re drinking all your pink wine! With rosé everywhere at this point, it was a forgone conclusion that eventually…
  • Bagels, Lox And Wine

    Adam Teeter
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Bagels and lox are two of my favorite things. If it were feasible, I’d probably eat the combo every morning for breakfast, but since I can only brave the wait time at Russ & Daughters every so often, I wind up using this dish as my weekend treat, when I really want to start the day right! My preferred sandwich is a few slices of delicious lox, a slice of red onion, a slice of tomato and a slathering of scallion cream cheese, all on a toasted everything bagel; however, this is only one of the many ways to eat this delicious treat – I even have friends who enjoy a good piece of lox…
  • An American Wine Stereotype Map Of The World

    Joshua Malin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our mission at VinePair is to “remove the anxiety, pretension and insider language from one of the world’s oldest beverages.” We try to do that in ways like translating wine language into plain English and introducing you to wines you might not know. Today? We’re just having fun. A few months ago we used Google’s Autocomplete feature to see what Americans thought about popular wines. For example: Why does Merlot get a bad rap? That got us thinking about stereotypes we have about wine. Not we as in VinePair! We as in We The People. A few glasses of wine later we had…
  • Book Club Wine Pairings: The UnAmericans

    Naomi Firestone-Teeter
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Months before Molly Antopol’s debut collection of short stories The UnAmericans was published this past February, I began to hear buzz about her and her work. As I approached the book for a book club this past spring, I was a little nervous, as I’m so often disappointed by books that don’t live up to the hype surrounding their work. Thankfully, my fears were for naught, as Antopol’s collection was all that it was promised to be — and more. Now I know that many readers here will immediately tune out when they see the phrase “collection of short stories,” but I assure you,…
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    Jameson Fink

  • The Top Ten Places in The World You Must Visit if You Love Wine

    Jameson Fink
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Why does my post about picks for the ten best places in the world for wine lovers start with a photo of a beach and not of vineyards? Excellent question. The answer? I fell in love with an ocean paradise located on the western coast of Tasmania in the beautiful area called “Bay of Fires”. [...]
  • Getting to Know Oregon and Washington Albariño

    Jameson Fink
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Are you familiar with the white wine grape, Albariño? It’s most famous in Spain, and you’ll see it in Portgual referred to as Alvarinho. But in Oregon? In Washington? Yes and yes, you’ll find Albariño in both states. It’s wild to think that Abacela has been making it–from their own fruit, no less–since 2001. A seafood-loving, [...]
  • Drinking Wine in Las Vegas: What’s Hot in the Heat

    Jameson Fink
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    What wines are people drinking in Las Vegas? I turn to Head Sommelier of Michael Mina Bellagio, Cole Sisson, who stopped by my Wine Without Worry podcast to inform me of what’s hot in the world of fermented grapes. Some of the questions we tackle: Coming from Seattle, what was it like that first night [...]
  • Easy Apricot Chicken Paired With Wine

    Jameson Fink
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Do you know my pal Peabody? She is a creator of culinary concoctions, but none more curious than the one I’m about to share with you. As part of her blog series encouraging newlyweds to get in the kitchen and cook together, Peabody has put together some no-fuss recipes. (Think one pot dishes.) And then [...]
  • Greek Terracotta Art and The History of Wine

    Jameson Fink
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you are interested in the history of wine from not just the past two hundred years but over two thousand years ago, there are a series of videos on YouTube by Emily Kate worth checking out. I recently interviewed her to get to know more about the ancient objects and artifacts that she finds [...]
 
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  • Five Beer Styles You Need To Know

    doug
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:42 pm
    How many styles of beer can you name? And more importantly, what kind of beer do you like? Do you even know? The Beer Boys from Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube walk us through five styles of beer you should know so you can have some cred when facing 20 tap handles. The Beer Boys in […]
  • A Guide to Raising Money for Charity with Wine

    Melissa Hardman
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    There is more than one way to raise money for a charity with wines. You could host a wine tasting fundraiser, hold an online wine auction, or have an all-out wine festival with live music, food, and entertainment. Here are some resources to help you raise money for charity with wine, regardless of which option […]
  • 50 Seriously Awesome Reasons To Drink More Wine

    Melissa Hardman
    16 May 2014 | 2:08 pm
    For thousands of years, wine has graced the tables of people in every nation and culture. Even the well-known figures of ancient times were known to appreciate a good glass of wine. Major figureheads in our history like Noah, King David, Solomon, and even Jesus knew that there is a time to sit down and […]
  • S.B. 1714 Means Big Beer is Scared of Craft Brewing

    Melissa Hardman
    7 May 2014 | 9:18 am
    The fate of craft brewing in Florida appears to be at risk, as a new bill recently was brought to the floor in the Florida legislature. The bill calls for new rules to regulate the craft brew business. Craft brewers claim that the bill is ‘extortion’ and that it favors big beer companies. Isn’t regulation […]
  • How Big Wine Brands are Making Earthy Moves

    Melissa Hardman
    27 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Ok so Earth day is over but shouldn’t every day be Earth Day? Some people like to plant trees, or take their bike to work. Others plant a garden or flowers. I’m always thinking of the Earth and how I can help conserve and improve. But that isn’t what this article is about. Earth Day […]
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  • Top Ten BYOB Restaurants in Philadelphia

    Keith S Wallace
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    BYO culture in Philly is unique amount American cities. It came about due to the influence of the  Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and high rent in Center City’s restaurant district.  Rent for restaurants in center city can be as high as 34K a month, while the average rent in outlining neighborhoods can be as low as $2k a month. Add to that the high cost of liquor licenses, which can cost upwards of a quarter million dollars, and the fact that restaurants cannot buy wine at wholesale (the PLCB only gives restaurants a 7% discount rather than the 30-50% discount in most other…
  • Poggio Scalette 2012 Chianti Classico

    Keith S Wallace
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The Greve Valley is lined with terraced vineyards. Looking across the valley from this winery, those stone walls can look like a giant scallete (ladder, in Italian).  At least it did for the wineries original owner.  We will never know where he thought that ladder would take him. He disappeared a long time ago and his winery fell to ruin.Only much later, in 1991,  was Poggio Scalette  raised again, by none other than Vittorio Fiore, one of the greatest living winemakers working in Chianti.Greve is one of the great Crus of Chianti Classico. The analogy I would make is that it is akin…
  • Rosenblum Cellars 2010 “Harris Kratka” Zinfandel

    Keith S Wallace
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    No matter it’s pedigree, Zinfandel is big, dumb and fun.  I don’t mean that in a pejorative way. There should  always be a place for fun. This is the wine for unsophicated meals. I couldn’t imagine a better wine for the smokiness of Texas pulled pork or the tang of Carolina-style brisket.Conversely, it’s the perfect wine for sophisticated parties.  It’s the wine for smart people having a good time: the type of party where Sartre quotes and dirty limericks are equally likely to emerge.The Harris Kratka vineyard is high up on the pyramid, quality zin-wise.
  • Evening Land 2011 Pouilly Fuisse

    Keith S Wallace
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Way back when I was in my early twenties,  Pouilly-Fuissé was all the rage. The restaurant I was working at had  three on their wine list.  One of the greatest points of being a chef at such a young age was that I got to experience a lot of great wines early on.   Drinking good wine didn’t mean I knew anything about wine, but  I did know that Pouilly-Fuissé was the finest Chardonnay I had ever experienced by that point.   And like all guys in their 20′s, I spouted off my knowledge with the same level of aplomb as the  Phillie Phanatic shooting pork bullets from his…
  • Contino 2007 Gran Reserva Rioja

    Keith S Wallace
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    A number of years ago,  I was  fortunate enough to have a one-on-one tasting with Maria Larrea, the CVNE winemaker. A wonderfully gracious woman, she took me through her entire portfolio of extraordinary wines.  My favorite CVNE wine has been the Contino every since the 1996 vintage, the very first Gran Reserva. I even featured it on my long-gone Philly.com show Philly Uncorked.  I gushed and slobbered over the wine like a half-crazed bassethound.It wasn’t until after I returned from Spain that I realized my massive faux paux. Of all the wines at CVNE, that was the only wine she…
 
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  • 10 Minute Guide to French Wine Regions and Varieties

    Marketing Manager
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    France possesses some of the most diverse selections of any wine producing country. However, keeping most French wine regions and varieties straight can be a daunting task. What drinkers need is a short and sweet, cheat-sheet with the rules and regulations for each region. Here is a guide to give your joie de vivre that certain je ne sais quoi French Wine Region and Varieties Number 1: Champagne Oh, Champagne: the land of 1,000 bubbles (well, 49 million really, but who doesn’t love a good Wilson Pickett reference). What makes Champagne arguably the finest sparkling wine in the…
  • Food and Wine Pairing of the Week: Champagne and French Fries

    Marketing Manager
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Food and wine pairing is one of our favorite topics here at Drync (in addition to “if you were a wine, what would you be?”). Because what could possibly make our favorite wine even better? Food of course! There are a few key food and wine pairing rules to keep in mind, the first of which is drink and eat what you like. However, there are some pairings that are simply stupendous together, and we want to highlight them for your gustatory pleasure. Here are some of our favorites to help get you started. This week our focus is on one of the all-time great high brow-low brow pairing:…
  • 5 Simple Rules for Wine and Barbecue Pairing

    Marketing Manager
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    It is officially barbecue season! Time to dust off those grills and get cooking. If you do as much entertaining as we do during the summer, you are going to need a lot of wine. Here’s a short and sweet wine and barbecue pairing guide to get you through the summer, plus a more thorough wine list of Beautiful BBQ Wines. Not so coincidentally, the wines all have a little southern flair – and are either from southern Europe or the southern hemisphere. BBQ and the south just seem to go hand in hand! Wine and Barbecue Pairing Rule #1: Fresh veggies love crisp, dry whites. What is…
  • Aspen Drync’n

    Marketing Manager
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:54 pm
    As the Official App Partner of this year’s FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, Drync helps attendees remember every sip! With over 300 wines at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, attendees are bound to discover many old and new favorites, and to remember your delicious wine finds all one  needs is their smartphone and the Drync app. FOOD & WINE has teamed up with Drync to take away the headache of trying to remember all the fantastic wines folks taste over the weekend at the Classic. Attendees can just scan a wine label with the Drync app and, in seconds, it will save information…
  • Cochon Scavenger Hunt Rules

    Marketing Manager
    13 Jun 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Drync your way to the Grand Cochon at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen! We are so excited to be partnering with the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen this year. Not only will Drync be on hand to make attendees’ lives easier, we will also be providing fun and games with some pretty cool prizes. Specifically, we will be holding the best scavenger hunt known to mankind. A WINE scavenger hunt! See below for how to play, but first let’s talk prizes. Play your cards right and you could be hanging with the Porc royalty at the Grand Cochon! First the prizes: 500 super flattering…
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  • Barefoot Red Moscato

    bi_wine
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    The aroma:  Not available due to congestionThe taste: “a spicy kool aid”http://barefootwine.com/
  • 2010 Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling

    bi_wine
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The aroma:“An artless and aromatic blend of honey and pears”The taste: "A colossal cinematic doubleheader of “Waiting to Exhale” followed by “Love Jones"http://www.banfiwines.com/winery/pacific-rim/
  • Taking Wine Requsts!

    bi_wine
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Dear Readers,Thank you for visiting my humble blog.  I am working on some new reviews, but I need your help.  If you have any wines that you would like for me to review, please send suggestions to blindimbibition@gmail.com.Take care!
  • [yellow tail] Shiraz

    bi_wine
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    The aroma:“the faint floral scent of my grandmother’s favorite fragrance”The taste:“a whirlwind romance with a sultry foreign lover you encountered during study abroad”http://www.yellowtailwine.com/
  • Mionetto Il Moscato

    bi_wine
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    The taste: "A soft finger caressing and tantalizing the contours of my tongue!""Calgon take me away!!"http://www.mionettousa.com/moscato-il.php
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  • Will There Be A Whiskey Shortage?

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    It must be serious when Smithson writes about it.  How did this happen and why?   A couple or three decades ago, the spirits people were really glum.  Spirits sales were flat because the drink of the moment was wine and wine consumption soared.  The wine drinkers had kids who, naturally, didn’t want to drink what their parents drank so they found vodka.  Vodka sales soared.  The brown spirits folk remained glum.  Since everything goes in cycles, it is now brown spirits’ turn.  Glumness gone.   But increased consumption means a looming shortage.  Whiskey and bourbon…
  • Wine Spectator Endows Sonoma State University

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The Wine Spectator Scholarship Fund has pledged $3 million to Sonoma State University at Rohnert Park for a new home for the Wine Business Institute.  It will be known as Wine Spectator Learning Center.   SSU’s Wine Business Institute was founded in 1996 and was the first program to focus exclusively on the business aspects of wine.  Programs at other universities mainly cover viticulture and winemaking.  Last year more than 600 students used the program, most studying for a B.S. in Wine Business Strategies or an M.B.A. in Wine Business.   Upon completion, in mid-2016, the new…
  • MLB Tests Automated Beer Vending Machines

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Automation is invading the sacred turf of beer at the ballgame.  Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, recently debuted two self-serve machines behind first and third bases this past week.  The technology has been available in hotels, casinos and restaurants but this is the first time it has made its way into major league sports.   Here’s how it works.  First you have to provide ID in order to purchase a beer card in $10, $20 or $40 denominations.  The card is then used in the beer-dispensing machine where you are supplied with a 20-ounce cup.  You have just 20 seconds to…
  • Newly Released New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Reviewed

    admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    When it comes to white wines, Sauvignon Blanc is our favorite hands down, although we’ve been known to rave about Semillon, Viognier, dry Rieslings and other lovely varietals, including un-oaked Chardonnay.   But back to Sauvignon Blanc.  We found a lovely Reserve, just released on the U.S. market from the famed Marlborough region.  Called “The Straits” in reference to Cook Strait that separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, it comes from highly respected producer, Sileni Estates.  See our review here.
  • Who Are The Booze Billionaires?

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Forbes Magazine, which compiles important lists such as who are the richest people in the world, has just published a Top 100 list that includes the most successful traders in alcoholic beverages in the U.S.  The list also shows where they rate in the Top 100 Richest People in the U.S. list:   In first place is the Busch family with an estimated worth of $13 billion.  They owned Anheuser-Busch until they sold it for $52 billion to InBev.  17th place overall.   Next comes the Browns of Brown-Forman.  Think Jack Daniels and other spirits and wines.  They’re worth $11.6…
 
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    How to make Wine

  • Claret Wine

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

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

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

    htmw
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Burgundy Wine — Dijon, the ancient and proud capital of the Burgundian dukes, used to be surrounded by some of the most famous vineyards of the Cote d’Or. It is no longer so, chiefly owing to these vineyards having been planted with commoner species of vines, yielding a greater quantity of grapes but of distinctly inferior quality. Burgundy Wine The finest Burgundy vineyards may be said to extend from Gevrey, some 5 miles south of Dijon, to Santenay, close to the limits of the Departement de Sasne et Loire. Gevrey is an old-world village, the name of which has faded before the fame…
  • Use Of Pure Wine Yeast

    htmw
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:16 am
    Use Of Pure Wine Yeast — The microorganisms present on grapes usually consist of large numbers of mold spores and wild yeasts. The wine yeast was never present in large numbers on grapes examined by Cruess and was usually outnumhered many thousand times by the injurious microorganisms. Use of Wine Yeast Furthermore it has been found by Cruess and others that most of the strains of wine yeast present on California grapes do not completely ferment certain musts, give a lower yield of alcohol, and during fermentation form a finely divided cloud throughout the fermenting liquid. After it has…
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