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  • A Fire Master's Al Fresco Labor Day Feast (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Patagonian chef Francis Mallman shares recipes for rustic grilled chicken and fig and burrata salad
  • The Wines of Tuscany – with Tenuta Sette Cieli

    GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show
    GrapeRadio Bunch
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    “Tenuta Sette Cieli,” or “the estate of the seven skies,” is located between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, on the Tuscan coast 1,300 above sea level. The 173-acre estate overlooks terraced vineyards and the Mediterranean Sea, and is surrounded by the lush woods of Monteverdi Marittimo. Seventeen acres of high-density vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. The winery has chosen organic practices to safeguard the environment. Everything is done by hand in the vineyards, with careful attention to each detail. In the cellar, the…
  • I'll Drink to That: Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:17 am
    Episode 290 of I'll Drink to That has been posted, and it features Christy Canterbury. Christy is an MW who writes on wine topics for various publications, does speaking engagements related to wine, consults for restaurants and retail, and participates in wine judging competitions. She is based in New York. This interview covers a lot of ground, as Christy has worked in several different areas of the wine business. She recalls, for instance, the major push by retailers into high end wines that followed the last big financial downturn. Why the move into the expensive wines from retail when the…
  • The Napa Valley Wine Train Incident — No Comment

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    Tom Wark
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Those in the wine business in the Napa region and outside it have been reading, seeing and listening to a great deal of commentary about the recent Napa Valley Wine Train incident. In fact, those not in the wine industry, both in the Napa region and outside the region, have been reading, seeing and listening to a great deal of commentary on the Napa Valley Wine Train incident. In light of this, I thought I’d offer my simple five-point plan to wineries and wine industry members on how to communicate about the Napa Valley Wine Train incident. 1. Say nothing about it 2. Write nothing about…
  • Want to Know What the Next “It” Napa Valley Wine Will Be? Watch the Auction

    Vinfolio Blog
    Vinfolio Staff
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    Some of the surest wines for investment are now coming out of Napa Valley. | Image source: Flickr CC user James Daisa   Once upon a time, snapping up Bordeaux futures and cases of esteemed Burgundies like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti was all the strategy a wine collector needed. But times have changed. For the past few seasons, buying Bordeaux en primeur hasn’t paid off for many investors. Great Burgundies with impeccable pedigree — like DRC — have been harder to acquire, and skilled wine forgeries have made high-end wine investment less certain. Of course, there’s no such thing…
 
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    GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show

  • The Wines of Tuscany – with Tenuta Sette Cieli

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    “Tenuta Sette Cieli,” or “the estate of the seven skies,” is located between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, on the Tuscan coast 1,300 above sea level. The 173-acre estate overlooks terraced vineyards and the Mediterranean Sea, and is surrounded by the lush woods of Monteverdi Marittimo. Seventeen acres of high-density vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. The winery has chosen organic practices to safeguard the environment. Everything is done by hand in the vineyards, with careful attention to each detail. In the cellar, the…
  • 2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Wines of The Côte Chalonnaise

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    One of the biggest thrills in wine, is finding bottles that perform above their price level. And, while Burgundy is not particularly known for bargains, there are still some excellent quality-to-price values to be found from several, shall we say, “lost” appellations and villages. One of these appellations is the Côte Chalonnaise. These wines are often sought out by knowledgeable Burgundy enthusiasts who enjoy their value and pleasure, while saving their more expensive, high profile bottles for special occasions. So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give us a closer look at the…
  • Garagistes of California – with Carucci Wines

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

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

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

  • I'll Drink to That: Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:17 am
    Episode 290 of I'll Drink to That has been posted, and it features Christy Canterbury. Christy is an MW who writes on wine topics for various publications, does speaking engagements related to wine, consults for restaurants and retail, and participates in wine judging competitions. She is based in New York. This interview covers a lot of ground, as Christy has worked in several different areas of the wine business. She recalls, for instance, the major push by retailers into high end wines that followed the last big financial downturn. Why the move into the expensive wines from retail when the…
  • Vinography Images: Ready to Go

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:56 am
    Ready to Go NAPA VALLEY, CA: Clusters of ripe Carneros chardonnay are nearly ready to be harvested near Napa, California. The annual grape harvest, in full swing at the moment, has become a favorite time of the year for visitors to Wine Country, boosting global sales of more than $12 billion. 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…
  • Warm Up: All About Nebbiolo

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    As one of the more fickle wine grapes to grow, committing to the production of Nebbiolo can be a true labor of love. Nebbiolo has a long growing season; it will flower early but ripen late, increasing the time during which things can go wrong. It needs lots of sunlight and usually will get the south slopes with great exposure; but it also needs wind protection, and prefers a certain elevation. If it rains heavily after the grapes turn red, the quality can tank. Nebbiolo is picky about the climate and soil types it will grow in, but when it chooses to grow in a particular soil, it is extremely…
  • I'll Drink to That: Danilo Nada of Nada Fiorenzo

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    Episode 289 of I'll Drink to That has been posted, and it features Danilo Nada, who works with his father Bruno at Nada Fiorenzo in the Treiso area of Barbaresco. When it comes to Barolo there is some awareness in the market that Serralunga is different from La Morra, and that both are different than Verduno. But in Barbaresco the tendency is to lump everything together, and think just Barbaresco, forgetting Treiso and Neive. However, those areas possess significant differences. One of the people who can explain those differences well is Danilo Nada. Danilo is a former sommelier, and despite…
  • Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 8/23

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    I read a lot of stuff about wine on the Internet. People frequently ask me for recommendations. But there's just so much out there and only so much room in my head. In part that's why I've been curating a wine magazine on on Flipboard for the last year or so. But for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, I've decided to post a round-up here of what's caught my eye over the past week. Enjoy. Agustin Huneeus: Importance of place on wine An interview with the head of the empire. Wine Rises From Ashes of Chilean Quake The drinks business reports on how Chile is recovering.
 
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  • The Napa Valley Wine Train Incident — No Comment

    Tom Wark
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Those in the wine business in the Napa region and outside it have been reading, seeing and listening to a great deal of commentary about the recent Napa Valley Wine Train incident. In fact, those not in the wine industry, both in the Napa region and outside the region, have been reading, seeing and listening to a great deal of commentary on the Napa Valley Wine Train incident. In light of this, I thought I’d offer my simple five-point plan to wineries and wine industry members on how to communicate about the Napa Valley Wine Train incident. 1. Say nothing about it 2. Write nothing about…
  • Donald Trump and the Natural Wine Debate

    Tom Wark
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Early this morning while Henry George and I were enjoying a bottle of milk and a cup of coffee, respectively, we watched a talking head on CNN discuss presidential candidate Donald Trump. The head said this: “Trump is often careless with the truth and makes sweeping statements that have no basis in fact, but he is being bold and people like that.” Henry George heard that, looked at me, furrowed his brow and went back to his bottle. I thought about Henry George’s brow furrrowing when I read Jamie Goode’s defense of Natural Wine in an article in the new Asia-based wine…
  • The Connection Between Heavy Drugs and Alcohol Wholesalers

    Tom Wark
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    My original unquestioning acceptance of the conclusion is embarrassing in retrospect. Still, I chalked it up to the outstanding and powerful drugs my oral surgeon gave me after taking five of my teeth in one sitting. I now also see it as an object lesson in why one shouldn’t attempt to read and analyze anything while on drugs. I’m thinking of the recently reported survey of American adults and their relationship to the alcohol regulatory system. I didn’t get a chance to read this survey when it was first published last week because I was preparing to have those five teeth pulled. I…
  • Shouting Loudly at the Wine Industry is Still Just Shouting

    Tom Wark
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Not too long ago I wrote about the really horrendous rhetoric used by anti-winery folks over in Sonoma (BLISS-Fully Ignorant in Sonoma and Napa Wine Country) concerning their view that the wine industry is ruining everything. Well it turns out that a new study out of Sonoma State University reveals that the vast majority of people living in and around wine country think the wine industry is just great. In fact: — Eighty-eight percent of respondents from Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties said wineries have either a positive (42 percent) or very positive (46 percent) impact on their area’s…
  • What I learned at the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference

    Tom Wark
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    1. Cider and Wine Bloggers….?…Maybe By every measure hard cider is much more similar to wine than it is to beer. So, will America’s cutting edge wine writers, the bloggers, embrace cider? Maybe. My attempt to introduce many of them to the drink by showing off ciders from Eve’s Cidery seemed moderately successful in getting them interested. The reaction to these great ciders ranged from “WOW” to “Eh”. 2. Upstate NY and the Finger Lakes Region is Tempting Shocked. I was shocked at the beauty of this region of upstate NY. Of course, I was there at…
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    Vinfolio Blog

  • Want to Know What the Next “It” Napa Valley Wine Will Be? Watch the Auction

    Vinfolio Staff
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    Some of the surest wines for investment are now coming out of Napa Valley. | Image source: Flickr CC user James Daisa   Once upon a time, snapping up Bordeaux futures and cases of esteemed Burgundies like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti was all the strategy a wine collector needed. But times have changed. For the past few seasons, buying Bordeaux en primeur hasn’t paid off for many investors. Great Burgundies with impeccable pedigree — like DRC — have been harder to acquire, and skilled wine forgeries have made high-end wine investment less certain. Of course, there’s no such thing…
  • Vinfolio Interviews Dustin Wilson, Wine Director at Eleven Madison Park, NYC

    Vinfolio Staff
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Eleven Madison Park wine director Dustin Wilson has carefully curated a list of excellent wines for the internationally recognized restaurant. | Image source: Flickr CC user Star 5112   The elite NY restaurant Eleven Madison Park only opened in 1998, but its accolades include four stars from the New York Times, three stars from Michelin Guide, five stars from Forbes Travel Guide, and a Five Diamond Review from AAA. S. Pellegrino also ranked the restaurant one of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Wine Spectator gave the restaurant their Grand Award, and the restaurant has been listed in…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Collecting Bordeaux

    Vinfolio Staff
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Collecting Bordeaux will complete your fine wine portfolio; the classic wines make an excellent investment. | Image source: Flickr CC user Axel Hoehnke   In the world of wine, some things never change. The critics’ collective opinion of the best Bordeaux wines, which was established over 150 years ago, remains largely unchanged today. In 1855, during an international exhibition in Paris, the best Bordeaux wines were classified into categories. Among the wines distinguished were: Château Haut-BrionChâteau Lafite-RothschildChâteau LatourChâteau Margaux, and Château Mouton…
  • Understanding Price: Behind The World’s Most Expensive Wines

    Vinfolio Staff
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:31 am
    Chateau Lafite wines are some of the most sought after and expensive in the world. | Image source: Flickr CC user Richard Moross   Sometimes wines of the same vintage and varietal can vary significantly in price. This leads even collectors to ask: what determines a wine’s price? What is the difference between a $30 Pinot Noir from California and a $2000+ Pinot Noir from Burgundy? What makes a wine special enough to be worth $10,000? For collectors, understanding the logic behind wine pricing can help them determine which wines are truly worth investing in. After wine has spent some…
  • For the Best Burgundy Wines, 2015 is the Time for Collecting

    Vinfolio Staff
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Now is the time to collect great wines from Burgundy that will both drink well now and cellar well for later. | Image source: Flickr CC user Peter Curbishley   The French countryside has that je ne sais quoi. The romanticism of Flaubert novels and Eric Rohmer films is still very much alive in the sunny meadows, flowery gardens, rolling hills, and charming chateaus that adorn the landscape. If you consider the price of a hectare of vineyards in the region of La Bourgogne, there is a hefty sum to pay for such bucolic beauty. Over the last five years, the average hectare of top regional…
 
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 7 Ways to Use Leftover Grilled Salmon

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:50:10 -0400
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    Next time you grill salmon, throw a few extra fillets on the grates so you can make one of these dishes the next day. 1. Sandwiches Layer it with bacon and watercress in a ciabatta roll for a riff on a BLT. [%image1] Or dress it with herby yogurt and stuff the salad in a hot dog bun for a salmon roll. [%image2] 2. Kedgeree Make a delicious version of this lesser-known...
  • Big News: René Redzepi’s Fantastic Wild Food World

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:26:33 -0400
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    “Dear Friends,” begins the announcement from René Redzepi and his nonprofit MAD organization. “We’ve been rather quiet over the past 12 months. Not that we’ve been sitting idle, on the contrary, we’ve been fast at work on some exciting new initiatives.” When René Redzepi says he’s got some exciting initiatives, I am listening. After all, he’s the most influential chef in the world...
  • 7 Ways to Dress Up Grilled Salmon

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:24:33 -0400
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    Richly flavored salmon can stand up to bold flavors, especially when it’s grilled. Here are seven sauces to try. 1. Pesto Sure, a classic basil pesto is nice, but this cilantro-pecan version is spectacular with grilled salmon. [%image1] 2. Dill Pickle Butter Could there be a more perfect combination than tangy pickles and luscious butter? As soon as the salmon comes off the...
  • 7 Drinks to Make If You Love a Piña Colada

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:36:23 -0400
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Creamy, tropical and usually topped with a fun paper umbrella, piña coladas are essential summer drinking. But sometimes they’re a little much for back porch sipping. Here, seven great, easy-to-make cocktails for piña colada lovers looking for a more casual cocktail. 1. Rio Tropical  This smooth, rich mocktail is made with refreshing coconut water, pineapple gum syrup, nutty...
  • How to Make Tomato Water (and What to Do With It)

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:18:17 -0400
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    You’ve had your fill of caprese salads, fresh marinara sauce and BLTs. Now what do you do with a garden full of nearly bursting, ultra-juicy tomatoes? You make tomato water. The distilled essence of tomato’s vibrant goodness, tomato water is easy to make and incredibly useful. To make tomato water, line a large colander with cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Chop super-ripe...
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    Intoxicating Prose

  • RESTAURANTS: The Iron Lady

    Douglas Blyde
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    JUDY JOO, the French-trained, Korean-American Londoner behind new eatery Jinjuu talks to Douglas Blyde about fixed income derivatives, Playboy bunnies, and her father’s escape to Jeju… Read at Good Things
  • SPIRITS: The Aviation Sour

    Douglas Blyde
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    CAREY Hanlon, who is almost in silhouette against a forest of gin bottles gently lit by green-shaded bankers’ lights, shakes a classic Aviation into life at the Merchant House bar beneath Bow Lane. The result is irresistible: a fragrant potion redolent of Palma Violets, but crisp too, to the point of near tartness, and super long-lived on the palate...Read at Luxardo
  • PROFILE: Committing Chefs to Canvas

    Douglas Blyde
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    PAINTER predominantly of people, Henrietta Graham has realised studies of Gordon Ramsay, George Lazenby and even Jack Nicholson over a vivid career. She talks to Douglas Blyde about her latest oeuvre: a portrait of Britain’s leading chefs... From Good Things magazine >
  • SPIRITS: Edgar Harden, Spirited Approach

    Douglas Blyde
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    ‘I TRY to get as many fun things as possible’ says Harden, revolving the square, porcelain lid of Buton Cherry Brandy which features hand-painted King of Clubs and Queen of Diamonds. Meanwhile, beyond film protection, the gold and black vessel of a Japanese green tea liqueur evokes a vase, or cocktail shaker? Of the edition of Bols which contains a pirouetting ballerina, Harden commends the quality of the musical movements as ‘very high, unlike modern Chinese crap.’ But the gin fronted by the once Equity card holding Rough Collie, Lassie is ‘a bit silly.’ Published at Good…
  • RESTAURANTS: Buns & Seats

    Douglas Blyde
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
    FOLLOWING a year of trips to the humid, seismic, mountainous island of Taiwan, where the team suffered their food hell of ‘plane food’ too often for comfort, Bao ‘mark two’ follows the Xiaochi, or ‘small eats’ snackerias in Erchen’s hometown, Taipei. ‘Better for your metabolism to snack throughout the day rather than eat three big meals,’ appraises Wai Ting while Erchen monitor a steamer. ‘We went to a remote, barely signed Baozi outside Taipei where, out of nowhere, we saw thirty people in a queue. Curious, we joined it. Inside, ten men and women worked in front of us,…
 
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  • Bottling party at Ristorante Casa Nostra with Caligra Wines

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Ristorante Casa Nostra Nostra presents a five course, small plate, wine-paired luncheon with Caligra wines on Saturday, August 22 from 11:30 - 3:30. Cost is $45 per person with advance reservation. Enjoy a delicious lunch by Chef Mario...
  • Michael’s on Main restaurant August wine pairing dinner menus

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Each Tuesday evening, owner/chef Michael Clark and team match the dinner menu with Santa Cruz Mountain wineries and breweries, local produce and area seafood. A sumptuous summer buffet on the deck contributes to the chosen theme of the evening...
  • Chaminade Resort July Farm Dinner features Storrs Winery and Fiesta Farm

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Join wine and food-loving friends at Chaminade Resort & Spa’s Farm to Table Wine Dinner on Friday, July 24, 2015. Take a seat at beautifully set tables boasting unsurpassed views of the Monterey Bay, inspiring conversation and...
  • Rexford Winery kicks off summer wine dinner series at Ristorante Casa Nostra

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    11 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Experience the delight of a summer evening in the redwood trees, enjoying local handcrafted wines from the region’s most talented winemakers, along with some of the best cuisine in the San Lorenzo Valley. Chef Mario Ibarra of Ristorante...
  • Santa Cruz Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing preview a feast for the senses

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    Delighted play-goers attending the June 30 preview of Much Ado About Nothing, took pleasure in a perfect afternoon. Basking in the sunny outdoor festival glen, munching on picnic goodies, imbibing in Santa Cruz produced wines and taking in the...
 
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  • How to understand wine

    Decanter Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:34 am
    What makes a satisfying glass of wine? Berry Brothers & Rudd's new book explains six key factors which keeps a wine in balance. The diagram demonstrates how climates affects the flavour of wine. A wine needs balance between all the factors that contribute to the taste and character. Read the guide below to know how to better understand wine. ACIDITY Acidity is a positive in wine – it preserves the wine, gives it backbone, keeps it fresh. Detect acidity through its mouthwatering effect, a tingling sharpness on the tongue. Try tasting one glass of plain water, then a second with some lemon…
  • Gallo buys California Central Coast winery

    Chris Mercer
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    California wine giant E&J Gallo has taken another step in an apparent quest to revamp its business after agreeing to buy estate wine specialist Talbott Vineyards. Rob Talbott, of Talbott VineyardsTalbott is based in California’s Central Coast, in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, is one of the US sunshine state’s biggest producers of estate grown wine, said Gallo. It did not disclose a price for the deal. The move is the latest in a series of vineyard purchases by Gallo and suggests the company is seeking to re-orient its business towards the more premium end of the wine market. Some…
  • Profile: Champagne Dom Pérignon

    Decanter Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    Read our profile on Champagne Dom Pérignon, where each vintage interprets the character of the seasons.Richard Geoffroy Dom PerignonRegion: Champagne Village: Hautvilliers Grape varieties:  Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Dom Pérignon originally its name from a Benedictine monk.  In the 17th century Pierre Pérignon resided in the Abbey of Hautvilliers where he took pride in caring for its cellars and winemaking. Over the subsequent decades and centuries, there have been several reports that Dom Pérignon invented what we now define as Champagne. However, while he contributed strongly to…
  • California Cabernet: time to invest?

    Decanter Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    California wines, and particularly California Cabernet, could be the smart investment for collectors, writes Ella Lister. But which are the best to go for? And will it last?California wines vs Bordeaux and BurgundyAccording to Wine Owners, Californian wines – predominantly California Cabernet and a majority from from Napa Valley – have risen by 33% on average, over the past 3 years to May 2015 – compared to a mostly flat Bordeaux and a 24% rise for Burgundy.  (See chart 1, above.) California’s position could be strengthened further by winemakers declaring that California…
  • Australian surgeon sues over ruined fine wine cellar

    Chris Mercer
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Retired surgeon Spero Raptis has claimed his fine wine cellar lost A$300,000 of its value because of an air conditioning company's mistake.Wine storage and finding the right wine cellar is a key issue for collectors.Raptis said many of his wines ‘cooked’ after an air conditioning company left on a humidifier while doing maintenance work in his wine cellar, according to local media reports. He has filed a complaint against the company at the Supreme Court of South Australia in Adelaide. The contents of his wine cellar were worth around $430,000, but have lost $312,000 of their…
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  • Gone but not forgotten …

    Michelle
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    I know we’ve been, well, dormant for the last year or so. Life does that occasionally. But we’re going to return with a vengeance soon, with a whole new way of accessing the content. So hang on for another week or two and My Wine Education will be back, educating and learning as we go!
  • A White Wine (and a Brew) Review

    Cresta
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    By: Cresta Cresta | My Wine Education old men fuck teens pictures Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc I prefer a Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand (think Kim Crawford, Nobilo, Brancott Estates). But I really enjoyed the Pomelo 2013 California Sauvignon Blanc. Honestly, I was in a hurry the day I bought this, so I really didn’t think much about it. But it turns out the taste was great and the price was perfect at about $8. So, the Pomelo is a giant citrus fruit native to Malaysia and thought to be an ancestor of the grapefruit… And this wine smells exactly like grapefruit.
  • Tempranillo from Spain

    Cresta
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Actea Tempranillo 2012 was in our very last shipment from Vino Volo. Yes, we chose to give up the wine club for several reasons…at least for now. Actea Tempranillo is a Vino Volo private label wine produced by the Jorge Ordonez Winery in Spain. According to Vino Volo, Ordonez imports the largest portfolio of Spanish wines to the U.S. This wine comes from central Spain’s historical La Mancha. Tempranillo is, of course, the country’s signature red. Aromas of cherry and blackberry blend with earthy notes. This medium-bodied selection has bright red fruit flavors, along with a bit of cocoa…
  • What I’ve Tried Lately: Nice Red Wines

    Cresta
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    By: Cresta William Hill Estate Merlot Napa Valley 2009 is a smooth, enjoyable Merlot. This is a full-bodied wine with nice structure and a velvety finish. Tastes of plum and cherry blend well with the smoke and spice flavors of this wine. Now is the time to drink! Average price: $25 Alamos Red Blend 2012, Medoza-Argentina This is a nice red blend, especially at the price of around $13. This earthy and spicy full-bodied wine offers ripe blackberry and cherry in front of a flavor that’s full of vanilla oak and hints of chocolate. A bit light and sweet at first, it has a smooth taste, lush…
  • 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…
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Friday Feature Photo: The Extraterrestrial Landscape of Portugal

    Gabriella Opaz
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: July 21, 2015 Location: Pico do Arieiro, Portugal About: There’s a reason why people fawn over Pico do Arieiro, Portugal’s third highest mountain…it’s absolutely breathtaking. Your mind wonders to alien planets where laws of gravity don’t seem to apply. It’s just you, the red rocky terrain and thousands of puffy white clouds that insulate you from the world. If you’re looking for a place to escape, to work your muscles, to be one with universe, plan a visit. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply…
  • A Foodie’s Guide to Learning Spanish in Spain

    Melissa Leighty
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:21 am
    Spanish may not be the language of love, but investing the time to pick it up is certainly a labor of love. It is a commitment to learning both the language and the culture where it’s spoken, and while it’s not always easy, it’s nevertheless one of the most rewarding experiences I know. In my opinion, there’s no better place to picking up a new language than in the place where it’s spoken. Immersing yourself in a language and a culture can make all the difference in achieving true fluency. If you’re open to the idea of traveling abroad to learn Spanish in Spain, then there are…
  • The Undiscovered Sparkling Wines of Portugal

    Catherine Fisher
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    A year ago this week, my now husband and I had just gotten married in the beautiful town of Sintra. There was so much we were celebrating – loved ones visiting us from afar, spending time with friends we hadn’t seen in years, our very dear friends’ wedding celebration just a few days before our own. I recall something else: lots of toasting to life and love and happiness, accompanied of course by bubbly of some sort – mostly delicious Portuguese espumante. Amidst all the bubbles, it occurred to me: Nothing says Party Time like sparkling wine. This thought stuck with me for a few…
  • Recipe: Portuguese Suckling Pig

    Gabriella Opaz
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Outside of Iberia, suckling pig may not have the same level of popularity, but it doesn’t make it any less succulent! Leitão assado or, less frequently, leitão assado à Bairrada originated in Covões, Cantanhede, and is considered one of the richest gastronomic treats of the region, with restaurants all along the entire north-south estrada nacional (national highway) from Lisbon to Porto serving it to locals and tourists alike. If you haven’t tried it, do! And while you’re at it, pair it with Portugal’s equally undiscovered gastronomic gem, espumante. Typically…
  • 12 Top Tips to Visiting Madeira

    Gabriella Opaz
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:52 am
    You know that ever-so-frequent moment when your mind starts drifts to a tropical island filled with swaying palm trees, soaring cliffs and vine covered mountains? That place where you conjure up an afternoon of gratuitous lounging, filled with copious amounts of wine and food while listening to soft island tunes in the background? Fortunate for you, the only difference between a daydream and reality is a plane ticket! Madeira is by far one of the most dramatic places I’ve ever visited. If you’re looking for a straight line…anywhere, forget it. There are two directions:…
 
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  • Oxford dictionary admits “wine o’clock”

    Dr. Vino
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
    The Oxford English Dictionary has entered the term “wine o’clock.” Wow, the next thing you know they’ll enter “cougar juice.” The post Oxford dictionary admits “wine o’clock” appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
  • Amazon tests one-hour wine (booze) delivery

    Dr. Vino
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Amazon will bring booze to your door in an hour. It is pretty amazing, even for the logistics champion. I mean bringing anything to your door that fast is pretty astonishing (why ever leave?) but wine/beer/liquor? Some people might become hermits. The service is currently available only in the Seattle market. Delivery in an hour carries a $7.99 surcharge; delivery within two hours is free. There’s a limited number of products available but does include things as diverse as TVs and some groceries. The folks at Geek Wire tried it out. They paid for the hour delivery and placed their order…
  • Riedel shatters the peace and threatens blogger

    Dr. Vino
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    “Hell, I thought,” Georg explains, “people think the shape of the goddam wine bottle is significant, why not the shape of the glass? I know I can convince wealthy wine drinkers that it matters, that’s easy. And from there, the unwashed public will follow.” Do you really think that is something that Georg Riedel, the Austrian who pioneered matching the shape of glassware with different grape varieties would say? Um, I don’t. The quote was from a satirical piece by Ron Washam, aka The Hosemaster posted earlier this week. Your mileage may vary with the piece, but apparently…
  • Pop: Champagne delivery in 10 minutes

    Dr. Vino
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    Have you ever urgently needed a bottle of Champagne? How about one delivered to you in 10 minutes? Well, for all your romantic, corporate celebration, and dinner party needs, if you live in London, you are in luck. And, in a surprise, there are no drones involved! Gett, a ride hailing app service, is debuting the Champagne delivery within a limited part of London and only one brand of bubbles–Veuve Clicquot yellow label. The price is £50 ($75), apparently not that much of a markup over retail but still overpriced for mediocre champagne, and it does include two flutes. Interestingly,…
  • UNESCO recognizes Burgundy’s “climats” and Champagne’s hills

    Dr. Vino
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    UNESCO added wine regions to their list of World Heritage sites at Saturday’s meeting in Bonn. The 1,247 “climats” of Burgundy as well as the Champagne hillsides received official recognition as cultural sites. Campaigns in each French region supported the bids as well as the French government since UN member states are limited in nominating sites in their own boundaries. Burgundy’s campaign video appears below (in English) with more details on their site. Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti led the campaign for Burgundy’s inclusion; above he is…
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Principles of Enjoying Wine at Family Camp

    jorray
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Scattered around the United States are hundreds of generally wonderful establishments called "family camps".  For those uninitiated, these are sessions, lasting typically from several days to a week in length, where families come together with other families for activities and meals in an interesting, attractive, usually rustic environment.  Sometimes they are sponsored by YMCA or YWCA, sometimes by private camps, sometimes by universities or nature centers. We've enjoyed a couple of varieties of family camps over the years, and have been regular attendees for over 30 years at a…
  • Review: **+ $ Fish Eye Shiraz, South Eastern Australia, 2013 = PRACTICALLY FREE

    jorray
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Fish Eye Shiraz. Original tasting and review : This is Fish Eye Shiraz, South Eastern Australia, 2013, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in August, 2015.Inspired by this wine:  Enjoying an "old school" day of fun with your buddies:  a smoke and makin' plans.In the glass: Dark ruby.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows light, shy red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be simple and generic.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate…
  • Review: **+ $ Rex-Goliath Giant 47 Pound Rooster Pinot Noir, America, non-vintage = PRACTICALLY FREE

    jorray
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Rex-Goliath Giant 47 Pound Rooster Pinot Noir. Original tasting and review : This is Rex-Goliath Giant 47 Pound Rooster Pinot Noir, America, non-vintage, finished at 12.5% alcohol and first sampled in August, 2015.Inspired by this wine:  Throwing on an oversized purple shirt, going to blow some  big bubbles in the breeze.In the glass:  Magenta/ruby.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright red berries, quite generic. From the aroma, seems like this will be light bodied and bright toned, yet…
  • Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **+ $ Bixler Vineyards Union Island White, Delta Region, California, 2009

    jorray
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Find prices and retail availability for Bixler wines. By way of background: The Delta Region of California is tucked between San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Mountains.  Bogle Vineyards and Winery is probably the most widely known of the small contingent based in the area. Initial review , May, 2011:This is Bixler Vineyards Union Island White, Delta Region, California, 2009, a blend of white grape varietals finished at 12.3% alcohol. This is part of the Wine Insiders collection California Wine Club Selection, with review sample provided by Wine Insiders.  In the…
  • Review: **+ *** ***+ $ The Pepi Winery White Wines of California, 2011

    jorray
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Pepi wines. By way of background, opening thoughts:  Today we are tasting across the white wine line from Pepi Winery, which has been producing value-priced California white wines for over 40 years and which has provided the tasting samples - all from the 2011 vintage.  First sampled in August, 2012.---------------------- Tasting and review : This is Pepi Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2011, finished at 13% alcohol, and produced from grapes grown in the Clarksburg and Lake County regions.In the glass: Clear with very light…
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  • Eben Sadie Sequillo White

    Andrew Barrow
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    Eben Sadie Sequillo White From Spittoon “Simply sensational” – so opens the notes on the WineTrust website. They ain’t wrong. A fantastic blend of Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdelho, Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris. A little more age should reveal even more depth and complexity to its smooth depths. “The name “Sequillo” captures the very essence of wine production in this area [Swartland], coming from the Latin for an arid, dry place of great purity.” “Simply sensational – magical take on South Africa’s favourite white…
  • Wine Blending Workshop

    Andrew Barrow
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    Wine Blending Workshop From Spittoon Rules are rules; when blending a Cotes du Rhone red you have to start with a base of 60% Grenache*. So that is exactly what we did – carefully pouring our first sample wine to the correct measure. When I say ‘carefully pouring’ some of us *ahem* managed to spread a substantial amount all over the top of the old wine barrels being used as our tables or ‘wine blending stations’ as our hosts called them. So here we were deep in Châteauneuf-du-Pape territory just north of Avignon, swooshing around samples of wine to make our own…
  • Wine Bar Window

    Andrew Barrow
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:35 am
    Wine Bar Window From Spittoon The closest we got to the Wine Bar on Cinque Ports Street in Rye was the front door. We past several times but either we were on our way else where or it was just to early to have a drink. The one time we had a couple of hours spare before a table booking we couldn’t get in the door it was so full and buzzing. So I took a photo of one of the windows… and this is it for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot. Wine Bar Window The wine bar is Olde Worlde Wines Wine Bar Window Written by Andrew Barrow at Spittoon - A UK Wine, Food and Travel Blog
  • Norton Wines Taster Packs

    Andrew Barrow
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:54 am
    Norton Wines Taster Packs From Spittoon While enjoying a half bottle of claret in the Mayfair Inn, Rye last Sunday lunch time (I went for the lamb roast thanks for asking) I over heard a conversation on the neighbouring table. A couple were looking at the wine list. “We like our red wines sweet”, they told the waiter. “I’ll leave you to read the wine list” came the reply. A sweet red wine with a Sunday roast? Odd thought I. I’m guessing they were referring to something ripe and fruity, rather than perhaps a more austere, tannic wine. The woman read out a…
  • St James Rum and Cocktail Recipes

    Andrew Barrow
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    St James Rum and Cocktail Recipes From Spittoon Saint James Rum is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year with a special commemorative bottling and a host of festivities on its home island of Martinique, not that I’ve been invited to Martinique or anything… Saint James Rum is one of the oldest rum brands, with the plantations first producing rum in 1765. From the outset the brand was a pioneer in its category, being the first rum to create vintage specific blends, and designing an innovative square bottle in order to maximise storage and minimise breakage on the long…
 
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  • Nova Vita Old Vine Zinfandel (6)

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    a very good yearIt's ZINFANDELICIOUS. (we get paid by the pun.)2013: A recap! -All the science movies about science came true when a meteor exploded over Russia. -Scientists created an ear using a 3d printer. They were subsequently banned from Denny’s in an incident involving a bowl of soup and some shrieking. -The Ravens defeated the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. A Memorial Day family barbecue at the Harbaugh household some months later was described as “intense.” -The federal government shut down, but it wasn’t the basis of a reality show, so nobody noticed. -The Red Sox won the World…
  • Foppiano RRV Petite Sirah (6)

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    SirawesomeTo Sirah with love."Mommy, where did I come from?" Well, Durif, when a Frenchman loves a Peloursin vine very much, he starts feeling a little experimental and unwittingly takes it upon himself to merge the Peloursin with other grapes. Then, about one hundred years later, Peloursin will make an appearance on an American daytime TV talk show and get in a shouting match with throngs of unemployed urchins about your real pollen source - your real daddy, little Durif. Then, some nice scientists - who, by the way, cunningly convinced a pretty prestigious university to dedicate loads of…
  • American Pie Merlot (6)

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    dirge Buy buy this American Pie.American Pie wines are awesome, but hard to find overseas. We encourage you to sample some of AP's sister brands while you're traveling: English Gland Pudding German Dessertbier Japanese Candied Urchin Norwegian Plöøer Mongolian Beef Swiss Mister Canadian Syndrome Russian Borschsicle Turkish Dislike Brazilian Flan Dance South African Antwoord
  • govino Go Anywhere Assorted Glassware

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    goShatterproof. Unlike our heart. :CWoot’s delicious shandy   Ingredients - a beer (Choose anything you like. It won’t matter once this is over.) - 6 oz Chai tea - 1/3 can Four Loko - 2 egg yolks - 2 egg whites - 85 teaspoons nectar stolen from hummingbird - 1 tube toothpaste - pillow filling for garnish - some juice (We prefer pickle.)   Mix ingredients in bowl or tub. Fill these Go Anywhere glasses with something actually potable and enjoy.
  • Iron Horse UnOaked Chardonnay (3)

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Yaaaay wine!wine is a lot like love: it’s better with food.Hello. I am a dog. You are my favorite person. I want you to be happy. Please buy wine? Also throw this stick. Here's my tummy. Enjoy your wine.
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    1 Wine Dude

  • They Can Be Heroes (Ben Rye Retrospective At Palate Press)

    1WineDude
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    image: Palate Press Continuing the coverage from my Sicily jaunt earlier this year, if you head on over to Palate Press you can now view my take on a bit of a vinous historic first (“Heroic Viticulture on the island of Pantelleria”). While in Sicily, I was lucky enough to have a chance to visit both the wind-swept isle of Pantelleria (or, as I will now refer to it, “The Wind-Swept Isle of Pantalleria,” properly capitalized, since that seems to be the most common way it’s referenced across all of wine media, and it sounds kick-ass), and to meet at length with the…
  • Rolling Out The Barrels (PUBLIX Grape Fall 2015)

    1WineDude
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    image: PUBLIX Grape Magazine Summer’s almost over. Yeah, I said it. Yeah, it’s mildly depressing. Yeah, it’s a good excuse to drink. For those of you within the mailing address sphere of supermarket chain PUBLIX, you can find my latest contribution to their wine-focused magazine, Grape, in the soon-to-be-released Fall 2015 issue. Therein, among other things, we revisit the impacts of barrel aging on wine (not all oak is the enemy, folks), as well as on beer, with some quotes from wine luminaries such as Master Somm Evan Goldstein, who is one of the few wine people for whom…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 24, 2015

    1WineDude
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 13 Barnard Griffin Rose of Sangiovese (Columbia…
  • Toasting To Wine And Art (Elizabeth Bollwitt’s “PROST”)

    1WineDude
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    image: artbybollwitt.com Today, we take a brief break from talking about wine as art, and instead talk briefly about wine as art subject. I get contacted by many people with wine product ideas who would like a shot at getting their wares featured or reviewed on the virtual pages here. A not-insignificant percentage of those products find their way into a heap in my basement, either proving to be too useless, too frustrating, or aesthetically disastrous enough not to make the cut. A pleasant exception is “PROST” by self-taught pointillism (remember George Seurat from art class,…
  • Wine And Social Media: Not Just For The Tech Savvy

    1WineDude
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    image: columbian.com One of the speaking engagements where I scared everyone sh*tless with tough luv for which I was hired earlier this Summer was recently given a write-up in the Corks And Forks section of The Columbian’s website. While I am flattered at the positive mention, I thought it worthwhile (because, hey, I need to kill time until it’s 4:30pm and I can drink wine without feeling too bad about it) to expand on a couple of things that author Viki Eierdam discusses in that write-up. First, I am stoked that she picked up on something that I often mention during these talks,…
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    Aristide, a wine blog

  • DWCC in Bulgaria

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    “Sono impressionata… se parlate coi numerosi veterani di eventi del vino qui presenti (alla DWCC, Ndr.), tutti affermano che questa conferenza è senza dubbio la migliore”. Jancis Robinson, Novembre 2014. Ora, cosa farete per non mancare quest’anno alla DWCC? Quali dubbi o perplessità vi impediranno di partecipare al migliore evento del vino internazionale? Alcuni spunti ve li fornisce Elisabetta Tosi sul nostro blog Fermenti Digitali. Leggete qui l’articolo. #dwcc The post DWCC in Bulgaria appeared first on Aristide, a wine blog.
  • Microfiche: Rosso di Gulfa Etna Rosso DOC

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    Produttore: Feudo di Gulfa, Vincenzo Vacirca Vino: Rosso di Gulfa Etna Rosso DOC 2011 Denominazione: Etna DOC Alcool: 14% Prezzo: €14,00 al pubblico in cantina, bott. 750ML. Siamo sul versante Sud-Ovest dell’Etna DOC. Le uve di Nerello Mascalese e Nerello Cappuccio provengono da vigneti di circa 40 anni a 900 mt. s.l.m., in contrada Cavaliere di S.Maria di Licodia. Impianti ad alberello o alberello appoggiato, a 5.000 piante x ha, con una resa a 60 ql/ha. Feudo di Gulfa è tra le più belle e antiche aziende dell’Etna, è estesa su 15 ettari e appartiene alla famiglia Vacirca…
  • Solstizio d’Estate 2015 sull’Etna Sud Ovest

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    L’immensa area viticola intorno all’Etna, il più grande vulcano d’Europa – l’area evidenziata indica il versante Sud-Ovest dell’Etna DOC [questa rappresentata è un’approssimazione di Aristide a puro scopo indicativo, non indica con esattezza i confini dell’Etna DOC in quel versante – clicca l’immagine per ingrandire]Seconda edizione del Solstizio d’Estate sull’Etna, tra le vigne del versante Sud-Ovest della DOC Etnea. Sulla scorta dell’esperienza “numero zero” del 2014, Etna Wine Lab, il team guidato da Valeria…
  • Le prediche inutili di Angelo Gaja, un marziano sul vulcano

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    23 May 2015 | 2:31 am
    Angelo Gaja conferenziere sull’Etna – foto di Gianni Paternò, Cronache di Gusto Angelo Gaja in tour sull’Etna, invitato dal magazine online Cronache di Gusto, parlando a un folto pubblico in una conferenza al Picciolo Golf Resort: “Lasciate stare i soldi pubblici. Fate gli imprenditori del vino senza fondi pubblici, scommettete su voi stessi”. E ha pure citato Luigi Einaudi, statista liberale, piemontese come Gaja: “un uomo brillante che aveva bisogno di stare a contatto con i contadini per chiedere, per domandare; un uomo con una visione del denaro pubblico che non…
  • Libero cibo

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Snyders Frans, Natura morta – tratto da http://www.settemuse.it/arte_bio_S/snyders_frans.htm Camillo Langone in un intervento non conformista su “Come mangiare felici senza mode, leggi e guru”: “Il proibizionismo alimentare consiste, in sintesi, nel voler impedire agli altri di mangiare quello che a noi non piace, quello che noi non riteniamo giusto mangiare. È il gastronomicamente corretto, per molti versi una variante del politicamente corretto e quindi un conformismo fattosi oppressione. Così come la correttezza politica impoverisce il vocabolario, impedendo di…
 
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  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII Releases Beer List

    8 Aug 2015 | 1:49 pm
    DENVER, CO – The list of beers that will be poured by 50 of America’s top craft brewers at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII has been released by Pints for Prostates.The prostate cancer awareness event will be held on Sept. 25 in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. VIP tickets for the event sold out in less than three hours, but a very limited supply of general admission tickets are still available for the tasting.  The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII features rare, exotic and vintage beers and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made…
  • Pints for Prostates Ultimate European Beer Tour Scheduled for Oct. 8-18, 2015

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – BeerTrips.com has put together a special beer tour of Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic to benefit Pints for Prostates. The guided beer adventure will take place from Oct. 8-18, 2015. The nine night dream trip includes stops in Brussels, Cologne, Bamberg and Prague.  The trip includes beer tastings, escorted pub crawls, guided city walks, brewery tours, special beer and food pairing meals, and more. BeerTrips.com is offering this special Pints for Prostates group tour to Europe to the public on a limited basis at $2,995 (+ air) based on double occupancy ($635…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Beer List Features Exotic Brews from 50 Leading Craft Brewers

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    DENVER, CO – Pints for Prostates has released a list of beers that 50 brewers are scheduled to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on Oct. 3. The prostate cancer awareness event will be held during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them. “The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is about the passion and craftsmanship behind some of America’s hardest to find brews,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates.
  • Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Tickets Now on Sale for Oct. 3 Pints for Prostates Awareness Event DENVER, CO – A final list of 50 brewers committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been released by Pints for Prostates.  The prostate cancer awareness event will be held on Oct. 3 in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from 50 of America’s top craft breweries and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them.  “We are excited by the support of a…
  • Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting Brewery and Beer List Released

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    SEATTLE – The brewery and beer list for the inaugural Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting on Aug. 16 has been released. The Pints for Prostatesbenefit event featuring a collection of more than 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. Presented by DRAFT Magazine  and sponsored by Dendreon, the Seattle-based biotechnology company that targets cancer, the event featuressome of America’s leading craft brewers along with selected classic imported brews will be poured at the outdoor…
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  • Chardonnay with a Cause

    Sonadora
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Mr. Wannabe Wino has been taking my photos for me… *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. I have a soft spot for wine with a cause, I must admit. And this one comes with the face of a particularly cute puppy adopted by the family that makes the wine. The wine also bears his name, Baron Cooper.  I’ve written about wines with a cause several times over the years and am also happy to discover additional bottles. Tonight I tried the 2013 Baron Cooper Chardonnay from Santa Rose, which retails for $24, clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and sports a plastic…
  • Chardonnay with a Cause

    Sonadora
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    Mr. Wannabe Wino has been taking my photos for me… *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. I have a soft spot for wine with a cause, I must admit. And this one comes with the face of a particularly cute puppy adopted by the family that makes the wine. The wine also bears his name, Baron Cooper.  I’ve written about wines with a cause several times over the years and am also happy to discover additional bottles. Tonight I tried the 2013 Baron Cooper Chardonnay from Santa Rose, which retails for $24, clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and sports a plastic…
  • Brazilian Brut

    Sonadora
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:03 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR firm for the winery. I always get excited when I get an email offering me an out of the ordinary wine to taste.  When I saw the email from the PR folks for Salton, I couldn’t pass up the chance to try more wines from Brazil.  I first encountered wine from Brazil in NYC at a Snooth tasting 2 years ago, where I got to enjoy them for breakfast.  That day, I actually picked a wine from Salton as one of my top wines of the tasting.  Tonight I tried another wine from the company, the Salton Intenso Brut.  The Salton Brut sports a…
  • …Or Sparkle That Way

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

    Sonadora
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Despite evidence to the contrary, I am still alive. Life often finds a way to interrupt my fun pursuits, though usually not for this long. I’ve had a long sickly winter where wine has not been at the top of my mind. Back tomorrow to our regularly scheduled wine tasting. I have lots of spring wines to tell you about and some great reds that I tasted before my first respiratory infection of the winter knocked me down. Stay tuned!Filed under: Wine
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  • Hervé Souhaut 'La Souteronne' 2014

    Edward
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:56 pm
    What a curious and exceptional wine. An old vine gamay from the Northern Rhone; whole bunches, bright, sharp and beautiful, sealed with a black plastic slug. . . I've seen plastic corks before, but never one like this, it has a squishy foam core and an outer shell of plastic. Presumably it's less prone to shrinkage.Unfiltered and unfettered. Expressive, sappy, stems and spice, thyme and red berries. Edgy and slightly nervous, pert, pips and more grip than I had expected. As a lover of wines that are light and slippery, I thought this was superb.12%. Approx…
  • Nigl Freiheit Grüner veltliner 2008

    Edward
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    The last Grüner, Australian rather than Austrian seemed hollow and misshapen and I wondered if I was being too critical and so wanted to try something archetypal for calibration.The Nigl is breathtaking. An evocative nose - tropical, pineapple almost; slate and white flowers, pollen and white pepper. Searing and intense - attention seeking, sleek, hard and edgy. Mineral. It still seems entirely primary, an unfinished sculpture, jagged and frozen in time. A+Image: two years ago, at the foot of the American falls of Niagara.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original…
  • Slow

    Edward
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    A blog slow down of sorts. . . hopefully it's only seasonal, a winter pause before the promise of spring.Temple Bruer Cinsault #3 2014. My magpie brain couldn't resist this one, though it has been gathering dust ever since I bought it. Such is the dichotomy between desire and reality. A micro batch of 25 cases. Curious. It's smudged and worn, beaten and leathery. . . woody, thyme the back label mentions. . . tart and crisp to start, then something meaty and lean.A second and belated look at the 2009 Bindi Original Pinot noir. The nose is a little odd. It has for a moment the smoulder of a…
  • Thursday

    Edward
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Atlas Riesling 2014. Clare, South Australia. 12%. $A25. Made by Adam Barton. A whimsical label, the toothed edge reminds me of a postage stamp, while the constellations speak of place and position. It's a terrific Watervale wine; electric, tingling and searingly intense. Kaffir lime, powder and bath salts, driven and focused, a sabre thrust of acidity. Bone dry. A-/ALongview Kühl 2014. Adelaide Hills, South Australia. 10.5%. $A35. A heavy bottle for something relatively short. Subdued though varietal nose (pear, pepper and acacia), an opening burst of acidity and sap, but the sting is…
  • A school night pair

    Edward
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:33 pm
    The Right Reverend V Temperantia Riesling 2014. Mount Barker, Western Australia. Had I known this was from the Vinaceous stable I might have passed. . . the back label talks of deadly sins and restraint. . . Thankfully the wine is quite good - sharp and electric, a curious suggestion of meal and pear along with the more expected citrus and lime leaf. Salty, dry and safe.Tarra Warra Pinot noir 2013. Yarra. Bristling and energetic, a juxtaposition of soft cream and tart raspberry. . . Full and frontal,  a gap free tadpole - all body with little tail. . .Image: The meat plate from El…
 
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  • A summer night in a backwater berth in Ohio where dining in America was transformed

    Alfonso Cevola
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    The view from the Lagoons at Vermillon, Ohio is a bit intimidating. Sheltered from Lake Eyrie, this bedroom community of Cleveland is one of those places in America that if people who don’t live here they probably don’t think about. There’s a million of these places in the States. What makes it so intriguing is that people live their lives here, cut their lawns, take their boats out to the lake, on the 4th of July, on Labor Day weekend, and live as though they are the center of the universe. Which indeed, they are. As we are all, living within our very own microcosms. Peaceful, placid,…
  • The End of Summer Vacation ~ The Beginning of Autumn Harvest

    Alfonso Cevola
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:48 pm
    It happens like this every year. It’s been a great month at the beach. Now we must pack up our belongings, shut down the cabana and head back to the vineyards for harvest. Summer vacation is over.All those long, hot, lazy days, lounging in the hammock, while the scirocco caresses a sunburned leg. Falling asleep in the middle of the day, because I can. And because, in the next few months, I’ll be working overtime. There’s the harvest and the winemaking and then I must get on the road, to America, to Sweden, to China, to India - to sell the wine. Wine dinners, wine tastings, hotel rooms,…
  • A World Beyond Wine Blogging ~ Musings on a Ferragosto Evening

    Alfonso Cevola
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    (L-R) Louis, Alfonso, Mary & Julia Cevola - Palermo ca. 1919I’m stealing time right now. There’s a 2,100 word, multi-segment piece on the desk that needs polishing, with a deadline in a few days. And another two stories in the works, with a third to come. And there’s the day job, which isn’t the Monday to Friday kind. Along with that, my family has an inordinate amount of elderly folks to check in with, ages 97-101. And we lost one this week.My Aunt Mary, whom we all called “Auntie.” She was the last of the small nuclear family my dad was a part of. With her now gone, a period…
  • TEXSOM through the ages

    Alfonso Cevola
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:15 pm
    TEXSOM and On the Wine Train in Italy have something in common - we both started about the same time - and hopefully those who noticed such things have seen growth in both of them. I for one, now have a reason to enjoy August in Texas. That's more than enough. But as well, the conviviality, the friendships, the dedication to wine and the people involved make this a must-attend event for me. For my part, today I am presenting, along with my talented co-presenter, Shelley Lindgren, an early Sunday morning (sold-out) seminar on Chianti Classico. Lots of blood, sweat and tears have gone into…
  • Italy and their Wine Debt to France

    Alfonso Cevola
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    Photograph by Pierre Jahan/Archives des museés nationauxFor as long as I can remember there have been oblique encounters between Italophiles and Francophiles. In years past, it seemed there was always that expert in French wine who wanted to display his prodigious erudition for all to see. It was more oppressive than impressive.Recently the tides have turned. Barolo is the new Burgundy. Brunello is getting its groove on, and raincoated and umbrella’d Bordelaise sniffle and sneeze in response to their sunny Tuscan cousins. It’s a bit of a parlor game for the ruling class. My first foray…
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  • Party Hearty – Harvest Party in the Vines

    Margot
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Every year the wonderful people at Alexandria Nicole Cellars throw a great party for wine club members at their estate Destiny Ridge Vineyard. Every year, the Harvest Party in the Vines is a resounding success. This year’s Harvest Party is coming up and will be a special celebration of the “Art of Harvest.” To commemorate all of the exciting changes at the winery this year — Tiny Houses, the Estate event facility and tasting room and more — renowned artist Guy Buffet has created a whimsical painting that depicts the winery. He will be available to autograph…
  • Taste of Tulalip Tickets On Sale

    Margot
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Tickets to one of our favorite wine events in Washington state, Taste of Tulalip, are now available on pre-sale. The fantastic 7th annual two-day festival doesn’t take place until Nov. 13-14, but tickets sell out quickly. And trust us, you don’t want to miss this collaboration of wine, food and art. This year, Tulalip Resort Casino‘s talented wine expert, Tommy Thompson, and the event’s 2015 honorary winemaker, Kerry Shiels of Côte Bonneville, have created a unique blend of wine sourced from DuBrul Vineyard grapes — 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10%…
  • Seven Washington Cabs

    Margot
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:58 pm
    We had a limited amount of time to visit wineries in Woodinville this past weekend before heading to a Jackson Browne concert, part of Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series. We knew we wanted some classic Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon, and we knew we only had a couple of hours to taste. So we found the most recent vintages of three of our favorite Cabs and one Cab-based blend. And we tasted one new Cab that will be released in the near future. Here is the list: 2011 Efeste Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Guardian The Wanted Cab-based blend (38% Cab Sauv, 38% Cab Franc, 24%…
  • An Evening of Excellence: Chihuly and Chateau Ste. Michelle

    Margot
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    What do you get when you combine the highest quality Artist Series red blend from Chateau Ste. Michelle and the private boathouse and studio of world-renowned glass sculptor, Dale Chilhuly? An evening of excellence. We were fortunate to be invited to the reception last week at Chihuly’s boathouse to honor the 20th vintage of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Artist Series wines. Chihuly designed the label on the first vintage, 1993, and was asked to present his artwork again 20 years later. For the 2012 commemorative bottle, Chihuly selected Cast Silver Venetian, his unique…
  • A Deeper Look at Sauvignon Blanc

    Margot
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:57 pm
    We love Sauvignon Blanc in the summer months, and after sharing our views on four bottles that we recently enjoyed, we decided to take a deeper look at this warm-weather wine. Sauvignon Blanc is both an old-world and new-world wine, grown and produced in Washington state, California, British Columbia, Ontario, France, New Zealand and other wine regions. The typical descriptions are crisp, refreshing and elegant. The most popular price point is $20 and below; however some Sauv Blancs are in the range of $40-$80, and you can even find an occasional bottle priced above $80. While the most…
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  • June Wine Bar — Brooklyn

    Lauren Kennedy
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    As much as the natural wine scene has exploded in the past 10 years in New York, reflecting the culture and passion for this juice in Paris, there are still few bars and restaurants that focus solely on natural wine. June Wine Bar, which opened in January of this year, is one of the few places in NY that boasts an all-natural list. June is successfully pouring things like Costadila 280, a sparkling orange wine from Italy. This, along with other unique selections has piqued the interest of curious drinkers and wine geeks alike from the five boroughs. Places like June, along with Reynard, Ten…
  • Miloš Winery — Croatian Organic Wine

    Michael Tulipan
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    While standing on slopes of vineyards carved out of a mountainside, you wonder how Miloš Winery produces any wine at all — let alone some of the best organic wines in Croatia. Terraces march up the face of the mountain, leveling off just enough to allow a jeep to bounce its way halfway up. From this height, you admire an amphitheater of Plavac Mali grapes swaying in the ocean breezes. It is bone dry here in the summer, but the grapes draw moisture from the limestone-rich soil, which is adept at holding humidity. Below you, the lone road traversing the Pelješac Peninsula wends out of sight…
  • Randall Grahm Interview On Popelouchum Project

    Organic Wine Journal
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    At Wine FTW, Louise Hurren interviews Randall Grahm about his new Popelouchum Project: “The whole notion behind the initiative is really predicated on the idea that the New World has really been hopelessly imitative of the Old – we haven’t yet discovered our unique and distinctive voice. My idea is that growing varietal blocks of grapes is quite limiting – we’ll never find the degree of congruence that the Old World has discovered with their centuries of iteration – but maybe by growing completely heterogeneous blocks, every vine genetically distinct from the…
  • Randall Grahm Crowdfunding $350K For 10,000 Grapes

    Organic Wine Journal
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Randall Grahm is seeking $350,000 in funding for his Popelouchum Vineyard project on Indiegogo. In his own words (and be grateful Indiegogo doesn’t have the capability for footnotes): We aim to create a truly unique, superior and nuanced wine, a “Grahm Cru,” an expression of the unique terroirs of our Popelouchum Estate in San Juan Bautista. We plan to do this by adopting a very unusual methodology – the breeding of 10,000 new grape varieties, each genetically distinctive from one another – and blending them into a unique cuvée that the world has not tasted heretofore. In…
  • Domaine de Saint Pierre Savagnin de Voile 2008

    Emma Criswell
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Domaine de Saint Pierre is a 6ha organic property with vineyards located in both Arbois and Cotes de Jura. The winery produces reds, whites and pet-nat created by owner and winemaker Fabrice Dodane. Savagnin de Voile 2008 is a bright and zippy white, mineral driven with medium acidity. Aromas of golden delicious apple skin, lime zest, hazelnuts and musk prepare you for more hazelnut on the palate, smoky oak, vanilla and orchid. A gorgeous expression of Arbois, and Jura in general.
 
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  • Santa Carolina, Reserva de Familia, Carmenère – Spicy and Good

    Tim Lemke
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    I love the story of carmenère, the lost grape of Bordeaux rediscovered in Chile after it was thought to have disappeared from our planet. When I first heard about it, I was entranced by the magical story and wanted to celebrate this grape and make it one of my staple wines. But not long after learning about carmenère and tasting a number of them I found myself avoiding it. Why? Because too often it’s not produced well, particularly when it comes to low-cost bottles. Carmenère tends to give off a strong green pepper aroma and flavor when the grapes are harvested before they’re…
  • Pennywise Chardonnay – Fantastic

    Tim Lemke
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Anyone who’s been a reader here for long knows that I’m not a huge chardonnay fan. As a result, I’m probably unfairly harsh when evaluating a chardonnay. And so, when I find one that I like I have to give it respect. This is one of those cases. This one is produced by The Other Guys and I don’t have a much of a story behind it. The grapes only have the designation of “California” meaning that they are not exclusively from one named appellation. And while it’s mostly chardonnay it does have 14% French colombard. The blend and origin of the grapes is…
  • Blanc de Bleu, Cuvée Mousseux – Sparkling Blue Wine

    Tim Lemke
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Wait, what!?!? A sparkling blue wine? That can’t be wine, can it? It must be horrible. Did they add food dye? Who buys this stuff? I wonder if it’s any good? Is it totally sweet? Is this a joke? Am I a fool for wanting to review this? Those are some of the thoughts that went through my head when I first saw this wine. There’s nothing wrong with the picture or your screen, that wine is blue. It’s not the bottle, it’s the wine. I’m not going to lie, I was very skeptical of this wine. I mean, how much more gimmicky can you get? But at the same time, I love it…
  • Leese-Fitch, Pinot Noir – Tasty

    Tim Lemke
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    I’ve been coming across more and more wines from The Other Guys brands lately. Leese-Fitch is one of those brands. While the family behind The Other Guys has a long history in the wine business, the company as it exists now really only goes back to 2009 — so they’re still in their infancy and are sure to evolve in the upcoming years. One thing I’ve noticed is they’re not afraid to try some different things, such as for a number of their wines they’ve embraced the “Zork” closure. Their wines also tend to be very “new world” in style, and…
  • Trivento Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Great value

    Tim Lemke
    12 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The grand majority of Argentine red wines I’ve consumed have been malbec and somtimes bonarda. I was happy to try something different from Argentina — even if a cabernet sauvignon is not all that “different” of a wine. A little bit of a side note before I continue about the wine… Every time I drink any wine from Argentina I have an inner dialogue debating whether I should refer to it as Argentine or Argentinian. My preference is Argentine as I think it sounds more elegant, while Argentinian sounds unnecessarily clumsy and sounds like hick-speak to me. But maybe…
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  • One of the Great, Mostly Unknown, Hard to Find Wines of the World: 3 Trevallon Reds - Offer CLOSES at Noon Saturday -

    Lyle Fass
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Last year one of our most successful offers was a rare vertical of Trevallon, the jewel of Provence, and one of the most unique, age worthy wines in all of France. We had a few reds in that offer but the centerpiece was the white vertical which you just don't see anywhere. Today I have another vertical of Trevallon but there is a catch. The offer closes Saturday at noon EST. This is a less than 24 hour offer. It is from a collector in Europe who is obsessed with Trevallon and is shaving some vintages off his collection. And it is easy to see why one would be obsessed with Trevallon.This has…
  • Two Affordable Aged Riesling Gems from the Producer with the Highest Rated Dry Wine in Germany

    Lyle Fass
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    After looking back at all Mosel vintages since 2001 up to the current 2014 vintage I have to say, leaving 2001 out of the discussion, that 2008 is by far my favorite. I'm not saying I don't like the Picture by Eder Gonzalezother vintages but what I am saying I will choose the 2008 all day if you give me a vertical from any notable producer in the Mosel. It is kind of sad that this is my favorite as it is more of a statement on how different Mosel wine is now that it was in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Even the 90's. You typically had 6-7 high acid, nervy vintages a decade, but from 2000 to 2010…
  • Single Vineyard, 300 Case Production, 70 Year Old Vine Beaujolais for a Bargain Basement Price (Under $23)

    Lyle Fass
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
    I hope many of you have opened the 2013 Baron l'Ecluse Côte de Brouilly "CuveeOzzie" and seen what a brilliant bottle of Cru Beaujolais that is. This is an up and coming estate making extremely high quality Cote de Broully. Unlike many of the hot young stars of Beaujolais, the wines are still incredibly inexpensive (in my model)  The 2013 has beautiful fruit but it takes 3-4 hours open to get there. It had those utterly classic Côte de Brouilly tannins that are firm yet suave. The fruit is dense, dark and earth inflected as 2013 is a terrific vintage for soil signature. It's a very…
  • The French Have a Lottery for Premier Cru Puligny (This is not a Joke - Read on). Our Young Star Wins the Lottery Manna from Heaven - Premier Cru Rains on Our Heads for $51.99 (Normally $75+) A Stunningly Aromatic and Powerful Wine Plus a Sick, Sick Value White Burgundy ($22.99 for Hautes Cotes de Nuits)

    Lyle Fass
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Julien Cruchandeau is an incredibly talented winemaker and makes delicious reds and whites in a beautiful, precise elegant style with amazingly fine tannins. I've never expressed it in an email before but I believe Julien is even more talented at making white wines than at reds. He just has not had the terroir to show off his amazing skill sets. All any of you who have tasted his Aligote, can attest that his version is a stunning example of Bouzeron.  Julien, cut his chops at the famous Bouzeron estate of Lechenaut so white wine was in his blood.He also makes a lovely HCDN Blanc which I…
  • My Most Oversold Wine of the Year - The Best Rose I've Ever Had - from F. Cotat, Sancerre's Legendary Producer: Pinot Noir

    Lyle Fass
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    You Asked for Three Times as Much as I Bought Last Time So I Got Some More OfThe Rose That Can Be the Wine of the NightBrilliant Pinot Noir Fruit, Wonderful Salinity, Minerality and FreshnessWhat You Want in a GlassAgain, I won't disturb you on a Saturday unless I've got something really good. And boy do I.One of the most oversubscribed emails that we've have had in the short history of this company was for the vertical of Francois Cotat Sancerre Rose. I offered '09 '10 '11 '12 and '13. I have managed to secure another allocation of the 2012 and I hope to have enough for everyone who orders…
 
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  • Australian Natural | Ross Tan and Nick van Leeuwen on organic wine, ‘affordable luxury’ and why everyone loves the pig

    boyce
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Ross Tan and Nick van Leeuwen of Australian Natural have spent most of their first year in business relentlessly promoting their organic and biodynamic wines in China. Here is a quick and dirty earthy interview about their organic wines and their views of the market. How would you explain organic wine and biodynamic wine in one sentence each? Nick: Organics contrasts with “industrial” or “conventional” practices by prohibiting any use of synthetic chemicals or artificial fertilisers in the vineyard or any chemical additives–other than minimal sulphur dioxide–in the…
  • China Wine Press | Beijing-based Niche Retailers

    boyce
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:54 pm
    A few months ago, I wrote an article for Wine Business International–get more info about the publication here and subscribe here–that covered a handful of wine retailers in Beijing. I realize some people will read the article and say, “But what about [name of distributor]?” or “How come you didn’t include [name of distributor]?” Chalk it up to the realities of time (we had to go to press before I could find that rumored organic Tannan supplier from Uruguay) and space (there are probably more sales channels in this city that words in my article).
  • Reality Check II | China’s wine market is NOT double the size of the US’

    boyce
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    A few months ago, BBC reported that China had overtaken France as a wine-growing region based on statistics from the OIV. It turned out that while China had more vineyards, most were for table grapes, and the country’s wine production was but a quarter that of France. (See this post: Reality Check.) Now another startling claim: that the China wine market is the world’s biggest and more than double that of runner-up The United States. The source seems to be this story in The Globe and Mail: “China’s wine consumption in 2014 was more than double that of the No. 2…
  • China bubbles | Grace Vineyard to release four sparkling wines in late August

    boyce
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    This is a summer of novel launches for Grace Vineyard in Shanxi, with the slate including not only the veteran winery’s first offerings of Syrah, Marselan and Aglianico, but also four sparkling wines. Those bubblies will be available under the label Angelina in late August, says owner Judy Chan. Expect a brut reserve,  aged on lees for five years, plus Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc options. I had a chance to try the reserve-in-progress two years ago at a party, and last year at the winery, and it will be interesting to see how it turned out. Good Chinese bubblies are…
  • New wine, old bottle? | Jia Bei Lan vs Jia Bei Lan raises IPR and status issues in China’s wine scene

    boyce
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Hey guys, is it just me or do these two wine labels look alike? The ‘Jia Mei Lan‘ at left, which is apparently a new brand, seems strikingly similar to the ‘Jia Bei Lan‘ at right, which is made by Helan Qing Xue and is well-respected due to a decade of hard work. Yes, it’s somewhat cruder–the mountains look like they were drawn by an eight-year-old whose had a few glasses–but the two labels are too close for comfort in my opinion. Word is that Jia Mei Lan was made by one of the better wineries in Ningxia, and the buyer received the [...]
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  • Cannabis Labeling

    Robert C. Lehrman
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    Is it just a matter of time before TTB is scutinizing cannabis labels — for sneaky references to — wine? I hope so. That would be great. This article about cannabis beer got me to thinking about all manner of cannabinoid-related issues. Did TTB approve the label yet? Not that I can see. I don’t find any Indica label approved for this Colorado brewery so far. But I do find this Dank label, which is pretty close. The label mentions a run-in with “the man” and pounds of resinous west coast Cannabacae. Dad and Dudes (the brewer) did a wonderful job of securing some…
  • Quick, Name an Australian Beer(?)

    Robert C. Lehrman
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    Who did not see this coming but should have? Hey Christopherson, who says beer and wine are closely related/un-related for trademark purposes? Hey Messinger thanks for telling me about this. It is common knowledge that the beer field is crowded, when it comes to trademarks. But many steps further, even the beer-fish-trademark field is crowded, it appears. Dogfish Ballast Point Yellowtail Sculpin Roosterfish Shark Attack And so on. NPR noted: American trademark law lumps breweries together with wineries and distilleries, making the naming game even chancier. A widely circulating rumor has it…
  • Here is the Bare

    Robert C. Lehrman
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Here is the bare minimum anyone in the beer business should know — about beer trademarks. Click below to see a video, from yesterday, by Dan Christopherson, a trademark lawyer at Lehrman Beverage Law in the Washington, DC area. Go ahead and fire away with any additional questions, and I will try to cajole Dan into answering them here. Many thanks to ShipCompliant, and Alex Oxford in particular, for making this happen. * This, for anyone disappointed about the headline. Related Posts: Rye Beer (1) Wine Trademarks in China (1) When Does Wine = Spirits? (0)
  • For Jim Beam, Puff is Enough, and No Safe Harbor is Required

    Frank Knizner, Law Clerk
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    A federal judge in California dismissed a class action suit against Jim Beam on August 21, 2015. The suit—Welk v. Beam Suntory Import Co.—concerned whether Beam’s use of the term “handcrafted” on its Bourbon labels is misleading to consumers. The court’s holding—that it is not misleading—and the case’s dismissal mark yet another win for Beam in a series of consumer fraud suits that have been brought against it (as well as a host of other alcohol producers) since 2014. Beam also did very well in this similar case, concerning Maker’s Mark. Welk began back in February…
  • Does this Look Like Bud?

    Robert C. Lehrman
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    I have been a lawyer for almost 30 years now. We don’t handle a lot of litigation — but this controversy du jour raises a question. Do not court claims need to pass some red face tests? Can we allege just about anything we want, if we have a PC and a filing fee? AKA:  Does this (above) look like Bud to you? If not, should legal theories be so divorced from reality that a multinational company should be able to tell a tribunal that it does? Bud has recently alleged that the above labeling and theming tends to confuse people about how closely this beer relates to “The King of…
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  • 2014 Tablas Creek Rose Dianthus

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    2014 Tablas Creek Rose DianthusOne to the top rosés coming out of California, Tablas Creek's 2014 Rose Dianthus is a blend of 46% Mourvedre, 41% Grenache and the balance Counoise that spent 6 months in stainless steel. It has an almost Tavel-like raspberry color to go with terrific notes of wild strawberries, raspberries, spice and assorted wild herb aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, full, rich and with some oomph on the palate, it has bright acidity and a clean finish. Drink this beauty anytime over the coming year. Rating: 90  Estimated Cost: $25-$28
 
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  • Must Have Tools for Your Home Bar

    George Perry
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    Having a well-stocked home bar is about more than just having a full compliment of basic liquors in your home (whiskey, vodka, rum, tequila, bitters, gin, and vermouth), it’s also about having the right tools to make drinks. Here are a handful of tools that every home bar should have. Jigger Alright, I’ll admit that this one pains me to add given my preference for using speed pours, but there are two reasons why every home bar should have one – first, most people don’t know how to accurately use speed pours, and second, not all bottles are best served by using speed…
  • Villa Appalaccia Lirico

    George Perry
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Trebbiano & Vidal Blanc Region:  Rocky Kn0b AVA, Virginia – USA Cost:  $18 Winemaker’s Notes:  The appearance of this wine is light pale straw, with a nose filled with light floral notes including hibiscus and lemon lime. The attack is bright, with nice balanced acids leading to a midpalate of fig, banana, apricot, pear, and citrus. The finish lingers slightly, with vanilla and a hint of pineapple and summer melon. Excellent on its own, this wine would pair well with seafood, cheese dishes, and white sauce pastas. My Review:  And I’m back in the…
  • The Times They Are A-Changing

    George Perry
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    So you’ll notice that I’ve been quiet on the site for a while. It’s not that I’m abandoning the site, because I’m not. It’s more because I’ve been debating the direction I want to take. For the last 6 years (yes…6 years) I’ve written wine reviews almost exclusively. That’s about to change. Mind you, I’m still going to write a lot about wine, but I’ve decided to expand what I share my opinions on to include beer and liquor/cocktails….because I love those things too. I’m also going to try and include more…
  • A Little Taste of Sicily

    George Perry
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’ve tasted wine from a lot of different countries, both because I like to experiment and as a result of having written this website for the last six years. Sicily is one of those areas where I haven’t tasted much, which is funny since Italian wine holds such a special place in my heart. In fact, searching through my previous posts, I haven’t written about Sicilian wine since 2012. Fortunately, I was able to rectify this oversight this past week thanks to a pair of Sicilian wines that were sent to my doorstep. I started with the 2013 Timpune Grillo. In the glass the wine was…
  • June 2015 VA Wine Chat with Early Mountain Vineyards

    George Perry
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    June’s Virginia Wine Chat saw Frank at Early Mountain Vineyards in Central Virginia, where he got to spend time with both the outgoing and incoming winemakers as he walked us through three of their selections. We actually have video this month, so be sure to check it out below as there was, as always, a great conversation being had. Our three wines for the night were: the 2014 Rose’, the 2014 Pinot Gris, and the 2013 Foothills. Before diving into the individual wines I want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed all three of these, and they’re all a great value at…
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  • Vermouth: The Spirit that Created Amerca’s Cocktail Culture

    winebratsf
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Vermouth, that mysterious wine based beverage that lingers in the minds of our grandparents, Don Draper, and Downton Abbey.  Today, vermouth is part of an ongoing cocktail-culture revolution.   In Adam Ford‘s new memoir of the beverage, Vermouth:  The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture, the long, and somewhat forgotten history of vermouth is recalled, meandering through time from somewhere around 10,000 years ago to the present day. Vermouth is a special elixir that has stood the test of time.  An aromatized wine (wine that has had herbs,…
  • Annual Wine Bloggers Conference – Advice from the trenches

    winebratsf
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    Yikes!  The 9th annual Wine Bloggers Conference is next week!  Somehow this year went by way too fast. Harvest is in full swing here in Northern California, kids are going back to school, work is buzzing, and  – 250 wine writers, industry reps, PR plebes, and other will converge on Corning, NY next week. As one of a handful of people that have been to every conference (shout out to Craig Camp, Janelle & Joe Becerra, Liza Swift and Jon Steinberg), I have learned a lot since the first conference in Santa Rosa in 2008. What does this mean to you?  As newbies and experienced…
  • With a Blade & Bow – History in a glass

    winebratsf
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:36 am
    Bourbon:  A wild frontier for a wine blogger, and yet some enthralling.  I have been working my way through the land of the brown liquor for a number of years now, and I have found that I have a penchant for both single malt Scotch whisky, and good old fashioned American Bourbon.  Kentucky Bourbon.   Recently, the good folks at Diageo invited me to experience the re-launch of an iconic brand:  Blade & Bow.  Unique in it’s production technique, using a Solera system that is classical used for Sherry in Spain, no year is a single vintage. Instead, it is an ever evolving…
  • Wine apps YOU should be using!

    winebratsf
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    We all know that wine apps for smart phones are hot right now.  I have about 40 installed on my iPhone as we speak, all n some sort of evaluation or user mode.  But what apps really mater?  What matters to consumers versus wineries? Recently, I was tasked with writing about the top wine apps wine marketers should be using over on Nomacorc’s blog.  You’ll find the usual suspects over there but some other apps that didn’t make the final cut that I would strongly encourage you to look at as a consumer, in addition to Delectable and Vivino. Crushed – let’s call…
  • Montefalco Sagrantino: Umbria’s Secret Sultry Sipper

    winebratsf
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Landlocked Umbria has long been thought of as Tuscany’s little sister, a hidden treasure housing such jewels as Orvieto’s cathedral, and ancient Etruscan ruins.  Having spent several days here on my (only) trip to Italy several  years ago, I feel in love with the unique culture that Umbria’s landscape provides, with a distinct culture of wine, food, and people.  One thing I did not experience however, until now, is the sultry allure of the local red wine:  Sagrantino.  While this small province in central Italy is dwarfed in wine production by Tuscany, Umbria offers a…
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  • Maties regain the Vino Varsity Challenge

    Simon Back
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:44 am
    On Friday the 14th of August 2015, the 7th annual Vino Varsity Challenge took place at Backsberg Estate Cellars and was nothing less than an absolute success. Clear, sunny skies prevailed when all of a sudden there was a thunder-like eruption:  looking outside we saw the teams and their supporters arriving.  Excitement and enthusiasm were abundant with chanting, war cries and and laughter filling the Backsberg air! Teams were armed, thirsty and ready to battle it out at this year’s Vino Varsity Challenge. The teams included the University of Pretoria (Tuks), Cape Town (Ikeys) and…
  • We are getting ready for Vino Varsity 2015

    Alana Ridley
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    We are getting ready for Vino Varsity 2015. Backsberg is gearing up for the seventh annual Vino Varsity Challenge. It is three weeks to go before South Africa’s most notable university wine societies compete for the title of Vino Varsity Champion. Three teams face three prominent judges from the wine industry in a competition that tests their general wine knowledge, wine tasting palate and debating skills related to an industry-related topic. We look forward to hearing the teams’ presentations on how to grow specified international markets on a minimal budget, and which markets they…
  • #WineWednesday features South African Shiraz

    Alana Ridley
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:16 am
    #WineWednesday features South African Shiraz Shiraz is able to age for many years, even decades, due to its complex tannins, good body and high acidity. Shiraz thrives in the South African growing conditions of icy cold, wet winters and glorious hot summers. The vines love the highest vineyards with the best views where the soil is made up of course, stony granite. This makes the vines produce less, but therefore more concentrated grapes. Yields are usually low, yet in the Cape, more Shiraz than any other red grape variety was crushed in 2013. Today Shiraz is the second most-planted red…
  • #WineWednesday Syrah and Shiraz

    Alana Ridley
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    #WineWednesday Syrah and Shiraz Syrah is a noble grape variety which produces wine with robust spiciness, deep colour and dense, smoky, fruit characteristics. In the Northern Rhône Valley, in southeastern France, two grape varieties, namely Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche, were crossed, to produce Syrah. South Africans know this variety as Shiraz and the temperate climate, specifically the warm wine region of Paarl, is ideal for growing this grape. South African Shiraz is fruit-driven, spicy and often referred to as jammy. A short time on oak can give these wines great structure and…
  • Backsberg sponsors the Cape Town Nu World Music Festival 2015

    Alana Ridley
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    Backsberg sponsors the Cape Town Nu World Music Festival 2015 The Cape Town Nu World Music Festival takes place over the Mandela Day Weekend of the 17th and 18th of July 2015. Cape Town’s City Hall will be transformed into a musical platform with 3 stages and 25 different live acts over the two days. Expect the unexpected with artists performing music from a variety of continents, cultures and genres. Taking place for the third time, this year the focus is on afro-centric performances. Musical flavours will range from afro-pop, soul, kwaito, electro, afro-beat, hip hop, pop, indie, swing,…
 
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  • Sangria Sunshine

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:37 am
    Sangria Sky Have you ever seen the sun shining so brightly and the sky so blue you want to lay in the grass and enjoy being alive? That was today.  And I did those things. With Sangria.  Cheap boxed wine that I beg Celia to use for cooking (but she uses my Oregon Pinot Noir instead), some juice, some fruit, a bottle of seltzer (thank you Soda Stream) and a couple of splashes of Grand Marnier. Joy doesn’t have to be pricey.  I could have mixed that cheap wine with a Coca Cola and some lemon and enjoyed a Kalimotxo instead. Hope you have a great day and enjoy some wine! Sangria Lawn…
  • Meadowbrook (Michigan) Wine and Food Festival

    MTB
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Saturday, August 22 Picture perfect weather and a gorgeous location among the lawns and gardens of the Meadowbrook Music Festival north of Detroit, the 2015 Meadowbrook Wine and Food Festival didn’t disappoint… at least not with the wines. With five large tents housing more than 150 wines from 18 regions and featuring 9 Michigan wineries there was something for everyone. I spent my drink tickets principally on the Michigan wines.   As expected I found a few that were sweeter than I prefer but on the whole Michigan made a strong showing. St. Julian Winery Late Harvest Riesling…
  • J.R Dill WInery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

    admin
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Softer Cabernet Sauvignon with a medium chalky tannic finish tasting of dark fruit. in french oak for 16 months. $22/bottle   check facebook for availability for tastings Powered by Bookmarkify™
  • Why Are Hybrids Crap? Answer? They Aren’t

    admin
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    This was a question that was asked during this morning’s panel. Tis is the kind of question that makes me crazy.  It falls into the same barrel of monkeys as “Sweet wines are inferior,” and “Gamay is a crappy grape” and last but not least, “Can you believe I had a good wine from (fill in the blank). The expectation that hybrids are are going to taste like the six vinifera varietals that most Americans drink is ridiculous.  This attitude keeps people from exploring wines from new places or to even on an unfamiliar wine list.  Hybrids and labrusca grapes…
  • Wine Blogger’s Conference Starts!

    admin
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    After a short (for me) road trip, VinoVerve and our Partner at Qorkz arrived in Corning. We are currently listening to Karen MacNeil give her keynote address.  Her speech covered how to write, how to write well and how to build your brand. The basics are this: Be genuine to yourself and your voice and protect that voice. Do the work.  Make sure you can back up your facts Wineries need to put as much effort into developing their own lexicon as creating their wine On  work/life balance? It don’t exist folks!  But that is why Champagne exists (right on!) Don’t equivocate –…
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Errázuriz Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2013, Chile

    Simon
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    Find myself enjoying Errázuriz whites more than the reds at the moment… Errázuriz Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2013, Chile (£16.15 Noel Young, Stone Vine & Sun, Hailsham Cellars, Kingsgate Wines, North & South Wines, The Wine Reserve, DeFINE, Beaconsfield Wine Cellars, Whalley Wine Shop, Dike & Sons, Peake Wine Associates, Village Wines) Grown up style, toasty […]
  • Asda Extra Special Chablis Domaine de la Levée 2013, Burgundy, France

    Simon
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Does just what it should do – as I have to say a lot of supermarket Chablis does at the moment Asda Extra Special Chablis Domaine de la Levée 2013, Burgundy, France (£11 Asda) Classic Chablis combo of leanness and fatness, with the tense (but ripe) citrus and greengage flavours set against creamier, nuttier tones, […]
  • Five Chardonnays from Australia, New Zealand & France

    Simon
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The last of the catch-up-on-tasting-notes posts (see intro HERE if that doesn’t make sense) Blind Spot Chardonnay 2014, Yarra Valley, Australia (£7.95 The Wine Society) Dry, crisp, tangy young wine, lots of taut apple and lemon flavours balanced by leesy richness, pure and clean, but not lacking depth, brilliant value. S-   De Bortoli Estate Grown […]
  • Four Rioja Reservas

    Simon
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    … all of them excellent. The penultimate of the catch-up-on-tasting-notes posts (see intro HERE if that doesn’t make sense) Viña Real Rioja Reserva 2009, Spain (£17.99 Berry Bros & Rudd, Wimbledon, Partridges, DeFINE, Tanners) Relaxed, open-hearted wine, with sweet berry flavours, meaty/earthy overtones and fine tannins, gentle but persistent, hard to ignore now, but all there for the future. […]
  • An assortment of whites plus a lone rosé from Italy, Australia & South Africa

    Simon
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    And still another of the catch-up-on-tasting-notes posts (see intro HERE if that doesn’t make sense) Cantina Bolzano Eisacktaler Isarco Silvaner 2011, Alto Adige, Italy (£10.20 Mondial Wine) There are some apricot and ripe citrus flavours here, but it’s one of those wines where fruit takes second place to other characters. It reminds me a bit of a […]
 
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  • Your New Favorite Tomato Sauce

    Mike Madaio
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    In 2009, riding the wave of popularity  of Top Chef – and perhaps the peak of reality cooking shows in general – Bravo debuted Chef Academy, a new program following French celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli in his quest to open a training center that would groom amateur chefs into professional-caliber ones. Poorly-conceived and lacking […] The post Your New Favorite Tomato Sauce appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Three stunning structures: Italian wineries to visit

    Elisabetta Tosi
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Usually we talk about the vineyards, the climate, the soil, the winemaking process, the producer, the label, the wine reviews… Everything but the winery itself. The post Three stunning structures: Italian wineries to visit appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Heroic Viticulture on the island of Pantelleria

    Joe Roberts
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:28 pm
    The Ben Ryé name might mean “son of the wind” in Arabic, but given the difficulty of farming the grapes, Donnafugata might have been forgiven for naming it “son of a bitch!” The post Heroic Viticulture on the island of Pantelleria appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Water and wine in drought-stricken California

    Michelle Locke
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    Less is more when it comes to California vintners’ water use, The post Water and wine in drought-stricken California appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • What We’re Drinking – 2014 La Villa Barton Rosé

    Becky Sue Epstein
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:04 pm
    With a curvy bottle and a delicate, pale-salmon tinted color, this is not a naive rosé: it is French, after all. The post What We’re Drinking – 2014 La Villa Barton Rosé appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
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  • Ecommerce UX - How Does Your Winery Stack Up?

    18 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    When you look at your winery website - do you like what you see? A lot of people get frustrated because what they want doesn't come through with their website design. While good design is important to appeal to your customers - a good user experience (UX) should be your key concern. Have you heard of the KISS principle? Keep It Simple Stupid. It states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.  In the world of ecommerce - this is…
  • Buying Wine Online: Isn't it Time to Relax the Restrictions?

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I went out for lunch in downtown Vancouver recently – and got really excited when the restaurant carried my favorite Cabernet Franc from a local BC winery. “This Cab Franc is so hard to find – the winery is even sold out online,” I said. The server responded with “You can buy wine online? Who knew?” Let’s face it, Canadian consumers are a little behind their American counterparts when it comes to shopping and buying online. Ecommerce makes up only 3% of total retail economy spending in Canada. Online wine sales have been increasing in the United…
  • How Smart Systems Will Help Your Winery Sell More Wine

    17 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    I just got back from Texas Hill Country, located about an hour outside of Austin, Texas. I was there to present Vin65 features and show wineries how smart systems could help them sell more wine. There were about 40 people in the audience - and they asked some great questions. Just like how wine consumers palates vary, your winery operates a certain way. There's no one perfect way to run your wine club, email customers, or display promotions. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operations of your winery. Once a week, you should take a step back and ask yourself how you…
  • Shipping: The Wine Industry Roadblock

    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    DTC wine is reaching its tipping point, as discussed in a recent blog post from WineDirect’s CEO, Joe Waechter. Wine shipments have increased drastically as it becomes easier and easier to order wine anytime, anywhere. As more wine lovers shop online, shipping continues to be a major roadblock for most DTC wineries. It's a complicated process - and it isn't cheap. Let's take a closer look, shall we? Roadblock #1 - Shipping Is Complicated Wineries know it's tough to get wine out all across the country. You have to deal with correct shipping addresses, an…
  • Do You Care About Your Online Customer Experience?

    2 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    What experience does your website give online customers? Is it easy to navigate? Does it contain details on products for purchase? Can information be found quickly? You want to ensure that customers can easily purchase wine and have a great experience while doing it. The bottom line is that if your customers don't enjoy spending time on your website, they are less likely to visit it or spend time on it. Shopping should be enjoyable, right? Make Your Text Readable Remember that your site is for audiences of varying ages. You don't want people straining to read the text on your website.
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 7 Ways to Use Leftover Grilled Salmon

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:50:10 -0400
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    Next time you grill salmon, throw a few extra fillets on the grates so you can make one of these dishes the next day. 1. Sandwiches Layer it with bacon and watercress in a ciabatta roll for a riff on a BLT. [%image1] Or dress it with herby yogurt and stuff the salad in a hot dog bun for a salmon roll. [%image2] 2. Kedgeree Make a delicious version of this lesser-known...
  • Big News: René Redzepi’s Fantastic Wild Food World

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:26:33 -0400
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    “Dear Friends,” begins the announcement from René Redzepi and his nonprofit MAD organization. “We’ve been rather quiet over the past 12 months. Not that we’ve been sitting idle, on the contrary, we’ve been fast at work on some exciting new initiatives.” When René Redzepi says he’s got some exciting initiatives, I am listening. After all, he’s the most influential chef in the world...
  • 7 Ways to Dress Up Grilled Salmon

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:24:33 -0400
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    Richly flavored salmon can stand up to bold flavors, especially when it’s grilled. Here are seven sauces to try. 1. Pesto Sure, a classic basil pesto is nice, but this cilantro-pecan version is spectacular with grilled salmon. [%image1] 2. Dill Pickle Butter Could there be a more perfect combination than tangy pickles and luscious butter? As soon as the salmon comes off the...
  • 7 Drinks to Make If You Love a Piña Colada

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:36:23 -0400
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Creamy, tropical and usually topped with a fun paper umbrella, piña coladas are essential summer drinking. But sometimes they’re a little much for back porch sipping. Here, seven great, easy-to-make cocktails for piña colada lovers looking for a more casual cocktail. 1. Rio Tropical  This smooth, rich mocktail is made with refreshing coconut water, pineapple gum syrup, nutty...
  • How to Make Tomato Water (and What to Do With It)

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:18:17 -0400
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    You’ve had your fill of caprese salads, fresh marinara sauce and BLTs. Now what do you do with a garden full of nearly bursting, ultra-juicy tomatoes? You make tomato water. The distilled essence of tomato’s vibrant goodness, tomato water is easy to make and incredibly useful. To make tomato water, line a large colander with cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Chop super-ripe...
 
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  • Santa Clara Valley wineries celebrate first anniversary of Wine Trail

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    A year ago the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted the new Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail rout in honor of Santa Clara Valley, the oldest premium wine growing region in California. The valley has been...
  • Livermore Valley wineries invite you to the Harvest Wine Celebration

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    8 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    For more than 30 years, people have gathered in historic Livermore Valley wine country over Labor Day Weekend to enjoy the fruit of the vines. Wine lovers from around the Bay Area descend upon Livermore Valley to partake of the...
  • Cedar Mountain New Winery and Tasting Room Opens

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    The Cedar Mountain Winery and Tasting Room is now open in the east side of Livermore. In early 2013 the Ault family closed the Cedar Mountain winery on Tesla Road, selling the property that had been home to Cedar...
  • The Chardonnay Collective highlights Livermore Valley Chardonnay

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Chardonnay has a long extensive history in Livermore Valley. In 1912 Ernest Wente persuaded his father C.H. Wente to import Chardonnay cuttings from France to plant in Livermore Valley. Over the next 30-40 years Wente established...
  • A successful Taste Our Terroir in Livermore Valley

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Taste Our Terroir, Livermore Valley’s premier food and wine affair, took place from July 24-27, providing food and wine lovers a chance to check out the best of Livermore Valley. Over these four days, Livermore Valley...
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  • Sweden, lagging behind England in wine production due to climate change

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    It is well known that human industrial activity, mainly carried out during the last decades and characterized by intensive use of fossil fuels, is influencing slowly, but dramatically the planet's climate, causing global temperatures to grow slowly and generating some changes in the weather of specific parts of the world. It is something we should begin to control before it is too late, but in some places is enabling activities to an unprecedented level. Is it the case of wine production in Sweden, which is being benefited from the general rise in temperatures, making its warm seasons to…
  • What is the difference between a liquor and a spirit?

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Many people use the word “liquor” to describe any drink of strong alcohol content, but there are differences between liquors and spirits to take into account. Liquors are beverages based on flavoured spirits or with flavourings. They are generally colourful and fragrant, and have an alcohol content of between 25 and 55 degrees. They are usually mixed with fruits or herbs, but there are also liquors made with coffee, cocoa and other foods. The correct way to drink a liquor is on small glasses at a slightly cold or room temperature. Spirits, meanwhile, are the result of the chemical process…
  • Do we prefer wines with more or less alcohol content?

    24 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Tastes are changing and what was once the rage now seems to be not so. And in terms of wines it's the same. The latest studies by the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) and the Basque Culinary Center (Spain), give surprising results on some aspects of wine consumption. To produce wines that have commercial success, many winemakers take into account the needs and preferences of consumers. And above all they value when it comes to wines of more or less alcohol content. To find out if we like more or less powerful wines, the investigations performed by the organizations…
  • Online wine sales, booming

    21 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Wine e-commerce has grown in recent years, the Internet is the third source of information consulted before buying wine by being extensive and accessible. Through the Internet, wine consumers can get advice to choose and learn more about the products they buy. According to figures from Sowine/SSI, 82% of French do research before making their wine purchases, since this medium offers the opportunity to learn about the products, the opinions of other consumers, and to compare prices comfortably. 42% of these shoppers define themselves as wine amateurs and 54% define themselves as inexperienced.
  • 2 desserts to sweeten your summer

    19 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
      We're in the middle of summer and we don't want to miss the opportunity to share with you some delicious dessert recipes that will be surely very desirable during this heat season. There's nothing better than enjoying the dessert time... Kiwi pie This pie is a healthy choice because of the presence of kiwi, rich in vitamin C and fibre. Ingredients: 1 sheet puff pastry 6 kiwis 1 can cream cheese 4 tablespoons condensed milk 1 envelope pie gloss or neutral gelatin Preparation: Cover a baking pan with greaseproof paper and extend the pastry over it. Puncture the pastry with a fork and…
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    Wine Blog

  • Road Warrior Survival Guide ~ It’s not about anything but common courtesy

    Jo Diaz
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Ah… common courtesy, will we ever all be in a room together and get along completely? In light of the recent incident,when a group of rambunctious women were removed from The Wine Train, I’m relaunching this story. While it’s a very funny look at wine behaviors, beneath it is “courtesy,” as a missing ingredient at […] The post Road Warrior Survival Guide ~ It’s not about anything but common courtesy appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Wine industry comments support the issue of common courtesy

    Jo Diaz
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Yesterday’s story about The Wine Train sparked some very interesting comments on that post. Wine industry comments support the issue Great thread, Jo! Should be a “must read” for all “wine professionals”, whether in Napa or not! Interestingly, this incident just appeared in our Oregonian newspaper today, but as you can guess, it, too, spoke […] The post Wine industry comments support the issue of common courtesy appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The Removal of Wine Train passengers is a symptom of a bigger problem

    Jo Diaz
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Well, this was bound to happen, regardless of race, creed, or political party. The removal of Wine Train passengers brings a lot of issues to the forefront, from the side of someone on the other side of the bar. Let me digress for a second… When I was working in tasting rooms, inevitably some group […] The post The Removal of Wine Train passengers is a symptom of a bigger problem appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Compound found in red wine causes conflicting changes in dogs’ immune systems

    Jo Diaz
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    I just got an E-Mail, with no link to the video or any content at all, but obviously someone was very excited. So, I went looking to see if the subject title was accurate or another spammer. (I get about 250 spam emails a day. It’s exhausting to filter and delete such nonsense.) The title […] The post Compound found in red wine causes conflicting changes in dogs’ immune systems appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Evolution of a Wine Drinker

    Jo Diaz
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Her journey begins with taking what was going to be a slam dunk, easy senior course. Instead, it turned into a bit of a nightmare, with Captain Sargent leading the torture... Even when it made that turn, and older Marine is still a Marine, after all,... and, you WILL get it. The post Evolution of a Wine Drinker appeared first on Wine Blog.
 
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  • 2015 Somm Symposium Wrap-up

    Ridge Vineyards
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Earlier this summer, we hosted a dozen top sommeliers and wine directors from across the USA and Canada. This marked our fifth annual Somm Symposium, a program created to build stronger bonds with top wine professionals across North America. We... Read More ›
  • Cabernet Day is Thursday, September 3rd!

    Ridge Vineyards
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:32 pm
    What is Cabernet Day? Cabernet Day is a worldwide celebration of the Cabernet grape variety, intended to give Cabernet lovers around the globe a platform to express their passion for the grape and the wines made from it.  As always,... Read More ›
  • Harvest is Here! The Earliest Start For Zinfandel in Our 52 Years

    Ridge Vineyards
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    #Harvest2015 has started here at Ridge and it is the earliest we’ve ever picked zinfandel over our five decade history with the grape (our first zinfandel was in 1964).  The dry, warm weather we had from February through April led... Read More ›
  • A Groundbreaking Day at Ridge

    Ridge Vineyards
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Friday was a good day, as they say.  Why such a good day?  Well, because on Friday these vines made their way into the ground. This vine is crljenak kasteljanski, a grape that is difficult to pronounce and has a... Read More ›
  • Paul Draper Named One of the Top 5 Winemakers in the World

    Ridge Vineyards
    13 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    Decanter Magazine has released the results of their winemaker survey. The survey posed a variety of questions to 133 leading winemakers around the world. One of the questions asked was which producers do you most admire. The results were consolidated... Read More ›
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  • Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    Shottesbrooke Vineyard in McLaren Vale goes back over 30 years to when founder Nick Holmes planted his first vineyard, naming it after a UK estate in Berkshire where his granddad was vicar for 21 years from 1905. And today Shottesbrooke is turning out some real classics under the stewardship of Winemaker Hamish Maguire, Nick’s stepson. His recently released 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific drop which is everything a great Cabernet Sauvignon aspires to be – toasty oak, blackcurrant, chocolate and hints of mint… a marvellous match with slow-cooked lamb shanks,…
  • Charlotte’s Web Pinot Grigio

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:47 am
    South Australia’s boutique winemaker Fox Gordon is winning growing numbers of admirers with its range of reds and whites out of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, and their 2014 Charlotte’s Web label Pinot Grigio is a rewarding example of what a hands-on, small-family maker can achieve with the variety. In this Pinot Grigio, winemaker Tash Mooney has crafted a wine which has lovely varietal pear and apple flavours along with a captivating hint of lime, and one that’s sure to appeal to the fast-growing ranks of Pinot Grigio enthusiasts in this country – as in so many others around…
  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
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  • Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    Shottesbrooke Vineyard in McLaren Vale goes back over 30 years to when founder Nick Holmes planted his first vineyard, naming it after a UK estate in Berkshire where his granddad was vicar for 21 years from 1905. And today Shottesbrooke is turning out some real classics under the stewardship of Winemaker Hamish Maguire, Nick’s stepson. His recently released 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific drop which is everything a great Cabernet Sauvignon aspires to be – toasty oak, blackcurrant, chocolate and hints of mint… a marvellous match with slow-cooked lamb shanks,…
  • Charlotte’s Web Pinot Grigio

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:47 am
    South Australia’s boutique winemaker Fox Gordon is winning growing numbers of admirers with its range of reds and whites out of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, and their 2014 Charlotte’s Web label Pinot Grigio is a rewarding example of what a hands-on, small-family maker can achieve with the variety. In this Pinot Grigio, winemaker Tash Mooney has crafted a wine which has lovely varietal pear and apple flavours along with a captivating hint of lime, and one that’s sure to appeal to the fast-growing ranks of Pinot Grigio enthusiasts in this country – as in so many others around…
  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
 
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  • Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast coming to San Luis Obispo County

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 pm
    All roads lead to SAVOR, from September 24-27 as Visit San Luis Obispo County invites wine and food lovers to embark on the culinary journey of a lifetime at Volvo Presents Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast. In...
  • Seven ways to enjoy California Wine Month in Morro Bay

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    This September say cheers to California Wine Month and enjoy one of the Central Coasts premier agricultural products while you "Wine Down" on the coast in Morro Bay, CA. Located on Highway 1...
  • Russian River Valley Single Vineyard Night

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    More than 30 of the Russian River Valley’s most acclaimed wineries will gather for two tasting events in November celebrating the Russian River Valley’s bountiful array of vineyard designate wines. Single Vineyard Night will showcase...
  • California Wine Month in September with events throughout California

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    September is the height of harvest season when a wine lover's thoughts turn to all things wine. California Wine Month is a great way to celebrate with more than 50 amazing events and immersion experiences...
  • Pebble Beach Resorts introduces Stave Wine Cellar at The Inn at Spanish Bay

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Pebble Beach Resorts are already a destination for acclaimed dining and fine wines, but they have further expanded its offering for wine aficionados with the introduction of Stave Wine Cellar at Spanish Bay.Stave Wine Cellar is a wine lounge...
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  • Gloria Ferrer Hands On Harvest 2015

    JustJess
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    You Say Sip. I Say Stomp. Join Jessica Altieri, wine lifestyle host of Wine Channel TV,  for a #BestSipEver feature of the Gloria Ferrer Hands on Harvest, Women’s Edition event at their estate in Sonoma, Carneros. Did you say fun? You bet it was. Here is what a select group of media and trade got to do: “Craft your very own Pinot Nair with our winemakers, enjoy our world class sparkling wines, and leave with a true understanding of Gloria Ferrer·s rich history.” The rise and shine at 6:00 am day long event included: Harvest training with VP of Production, Mike Crumly…
  • #BestSipEver with Ricotta Custard and Fresh Figs

    JustJess
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Who Loves Figs? Ricotta Custard with fresh figs, central Tuscan cuisine, a wood fire oven and great wine; who wants in? Wine lifestyle host, Jessica Altieri of Wine Channel TV visited Saratoga and Chef Roslyn Zecchini at Forno Bistro. For the past 6 years, Chef Roz has been creating #bestsipever spectacular rustic Italian dishes in Saratoga for locals and lucky tourists when the race track opens. The four course wine and food dinner had plenty of surprises in store for the press. And last but not least, a ricotta custard dessert with fresh fig was sure to keep everyone saving room for at…
  • Sip Smart with Jessica Altieri

    JustJess
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Choose Wine Like A Pro Millennials, also known as ‘Generation Y’, all have one thing in common. They buy a lot of wine. “They’re the largest wine buying consumer group in history,” says Jessica Altieri, author of new book, ‘Kiss My Glass: Jessica Altieri’s “NO-BS” Wine Buying Guide’. “The industry really has never seen anything like it.” While Millennials will hand over cash for a good bottle of red, if you asked them the difference between varietals or what to pair with a juicy steak – the answer might escape them. Buying wine, after all, can be a little…
  • Wine Sips with WGN Radio and Jessica Altieri

    JustJess
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    Talking Wine Lifestyle with WGN Radio WGN Radio host James VanOsdol sat down with Wine Channel TV CEO Jessica Altieri and talk all things wine and the passion that keeps ticking to find that “perfect sip”. Callers from around the US checked in to get their wine questions answered by “Just Jess”.Tune in for this fun, “NO-BS” wine conversation with WGN Radio. Jessica shares her wine lifestyle experiences from Italy, Sonoma, Napa, New Zealand, France and more and the latest trends that are driving millennials to new wines around the world. Jessica shares some…
  • #BestSipEver Football Party Ideas

    JustJess
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    Is there any better time of year? We LOVE football season for all the right reasons. Great food, wine, friends, fans and more reasons to share your #bestsipever. Wine Channel TV teamed up with Jenny Kelley, The Costume Chef and creator of ILoveFlavor on YouTube, to launch the Wine Channel TV campaign, #bestsipever. What’s your #BestSipEver? Share a photo of you and your favorite beverage on Instagram with WineChannelTV using #BestSipEver while watching your favorite football team! Follow Jess and learn more about wine and #BestSipEver at http://bit.ly/1MmcjiH Recipes created by Jenny…
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  • One Year Anniversary of Napa Quake Brings Memories, Shakes

    James Duren
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In many ways, everything you need to know about the one-year anniversary of the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that shook America's most prestigious wine region is captured in the lead photo for the Napa Valley Register's Aug. 23 story about the infamous event.    The scene is a warehouse. A lone Toyota Forklift with a gray safety cage and orange body is sitting in the middle of the room surrounded by a violent tangle of dark-colored wine racks and an Escher-like maze of light-colored wine barrels bound by silver bands of metal.    Small flows of ruby-colored wine run…
  • Seattle Foodie Site Crowns Pair of New Wine Neighborhoods

    James Duren
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Washington wines have long been a major player in the United States wine scene, vaulting themselves from relative obscurity in the late 80's to the forefront of some of the country's best quaffers in the 2000's.   Wine-crazy towns like Yakima and Walla Walla are popular stopping points for wine lovers.    But for as much as the home of Puget Sound has wowed us with their wines, the state's wine-centric neighborhoods have, for the most part, taken a back seat to the oenophilic prowess of big cities like New York.    However, this past weekend, Seattle…
  • Warmer Climate Not a Bad Omen for Swiss Winemakers

    James Duren
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The effects of global warming have already caught the attention of the world's wine enthusiasts.    Scorching temperatures and drought have wracked regions and vineyards in California and Australia, causing the two countries to address the need for better water management and explore the benefits of dry farming.    However, the colder wine regions of the world are counting their blessings – warmer climates mean a better future for their grape harvests.    This past week Swiss news site The Local talked with Swiss agriculture expert Vivian Zufferey about…
  • Bulgaria Says 2015 Grape Harvest Will Be Double the Fun

    James Duren
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    You may not put much thought to wines made between Germany and Russia, but Bulgaria is hoping you might reconsider your position.    The spunky little Eastern Europe country turned a few heads this past week when National Vine and Wine Chambe Chairperson Radoslav Radev said this year's harvest will be twice the total it was this past year.    The news was reported on Novonite, the news site for the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The site said that, according to Radev, “the expectations are both for good quantity and good quality of the grape harvest.”  …
  • Brits Say Hello Prosecco, Goodbye to Champagne

    James Duren
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's official – Britain's wine-drinking public have spoken about their sparkling wine of preference and the results are decidedly Italian.    According to the results of a study done by research company IRI, Prosecco sales rose a whopping 72 percent from the beginning of the year to mid-July. The grand total of purchases was more than $400 million.    IRI analyst Toby Magill told The Guardian that the popularity of the Italian bubbly comes down to a pair of timeless principles: it's cheap and it's tasty.    “Prosecco is a fashionable…
 
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    Wine Country Getaways

  • Paso Robles Art and Wine Tour in September

    Joe Becerra
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Erin Hanson Art & Wine tour in Paso Robles 15 Paso Robles wineries to participate in the Erin Hanson Art & Wine Tour 2015 Something quite different will take place in the Paso Robles wine country in September. Fifteen Paso Robles wineries will participate in the Erin Hanson Art & Wine Tour 2015. These select Paso Robles wineries will feature the oil paintings of impressionist artist Erin Hanson.  Erin has spent the past five years exploring the Central Coast and Paso Robles wine country. Her paintings of wine country are stunning, with brilliant colors and brush strokes that…
  • Young Inglewood Vineyards – Napa Valley Boutique Winery

    Joe Becerra
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Young Inglewood off the beaten path in St. Helena Owner Jim Young talks about harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon very soon For those who enjoy visiting Napa Valley boutique and hidden gems, is one to add to your list of must explore wineries.  The winery produces only 600 cases of wine and the location is hidden near the end of Inglewood Avenue. Inglewood Avenue branches off Highway 29 in St. Helena. Young Inglewood Vineyards is run by Jim and Jacky Young. Jacky and son Scott are the co-winemakers. The name of the winery comes from Jim and Jacky’s affection for Burgundy and Bordeaux. In…
  • Napa Valley Bits & Pieces of News – Wine Train Debacle

    Joe Becerra
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    To ride or not ride the train in Napa Is Wine Tasting in the Napa Valley a Whites only activity? The recent Wine Train debacle where a women’s book club of 10 Black women and one white woman were kicked off the wine train brought something clearly to my attention. We visit many tasting rooms in the Napa Valley and Sonoma, as frequently as any wine country travelers. The wine train incident made me realize that wine tasting in the Napa Valley and elsewhere in California is largely a White activity. Rarely in a Napa Valley or Sonoma tasting room does one see people of color enjoying a…
  • Cabernet Sauvignon harvest time, soon or later?

    Joe Becerra
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    Perhaps 10 to 14 more days for this Cabernet Sauvignon The premiere grape of the Napa Valley, the king grape Cabernet Sauvignon, is nearing completion of its 2015 growing season and will soon be harvested. In the photo, we are looking at some serious and mature looking Cab Sauvignon grapes in the St. Helena AVA. Within the next two weeks or more, these Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and those in other vineyards in the Napa Valley will be harvested. For those wineries harvesting sooner, they want a wine with more acid and less sugar. It is restrained over robust and bold that decides the picking.
  • In Corning, it’s the Gaffer District

    Janelle Becerra
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    Gaffer District in Corning Clock Tower in the Gaffer District – a city landmark We just came back from the Wine Bloggers Conference held in Corning, NY.  We were very impressed by this small, quaint town and would love to return some day. It’s the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the beautiful Finger Lakes.  As part of the conference, we were driven to wineries on 3 lakes: Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga. All were about an hour’s drive from Corning. More about the Finger Lake Wine Country. We stayed at the Radisson Hotel in Corning, which is ideally located if you want to…
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  • Paso Robles Art and Wine Tour in September

    Joe Becerra
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Erin Hanson Art & Wine tour in Paso Robles 15 Paso Robles wineries to participate in the Erin Hanson Art & Wine Tour 2015 Something quite different will take place in the Paso Robles wine country in September. Fifteen Paso Robles wineries will participate in the Erin Hanson Art & Wine Tour 2015. These select Paso Robles wineries will feature the oil paintings of impressionist artist Erin Hanson.  Erin has spent the past five years exploring the Central Coast and Paso Robles wine country. Her paintings of wine country are stunning, with brilliant colors and brush strokes that…
  • Young Inglewood Vineyards – Napa Valley Boutique Winery

    Joe Becerra
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Young Inglewood off the beaten path in St. Helena Owner Jim Young talks about harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon very soon For those who enjoy visiting Napa Valley boutique and hidden gems, is one to add to your list of must explore wineries.  The winery produces only 600 cases of wine and the location is hidden near the end of Inglewood Avenue. Inglewood Avenue branches off Highway 29 in St. Helena. Young Inglewood Vineyards is run by Jim and Jacky Young. Jacky and son Scott are the co-winemakers. The name of the winery comes from Jim and Jacky’s affection for Burgundy and Bordeaux. In…
  • Napa Valley Bits & Pieces of News – Wine Train Debacle

    Joe Becerra
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    To ride or not ride the train in Napa Is Wine Tasting in the Napa Valley a Whites only activity? The recent Wine Train debacle where a women’s book club of 10 Black women and one white woman were kicked off the wine train brought something clearly to my attention. We visit many tasting rooms in the Napa Valley and Sonoma, as frequently as any wine country travelers. The wine train incident made me realize that wine tasting in the Napa Valley and elsewhere in California is largely a White activity. Rarely in a Napa Valley or Sonoma tasting room does one see people of color enjoying a…
  • Cabernet Sauvignon harvest time, soon or later?

    Joe Becerra
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    Perhaps 10 to 14 more days for this Cabernet Sauvignon The premiere grape of the Napa Valley, the king grape Cabernet Sauvignon, is nearing completion of its 2015 growing season and will soon be harvested. In the photo, we are looking at some serious and mature looking Cab Sauvignon grapes in the St. Helena AVA. Within the next two weeks or more, these Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and those in other vineyards in the Napa Valley will be harvested. For those wineries harvesting sooner, they want a wine with more acid and less sugar. It is restrained over robust and bold that decides the picking.
  • In Corning, it’s the Gaffer District

    Janelle Becerra
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    Gaffer District in Corning Clock Tower in the Gaffer District – a city landmark We just came back from the Wine Bloggers Conference held in Corning, NY.  We were very impressed by this small, quaint town and would love to return some day. It’s the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the beautiful Finger Lakes.  As part of the conference, we were driven to wineries on 3 lakes: Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga. All were about an hour’s drive from Corning. More about the Finger Lake Wine Country. We stayed at the Radisson Hotel in Corning, which is ideally located if you want to…
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  • Do wine critics always “critique” the wines they drink?

    steve
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
      I suppose the general public, and even professionals in the wine industry, think that critics (or former critics) analyze every wine they drink, whether it’s in a restaurant setting or just something at home, in front of the television. Well, I don’t…and yet, in another sense, I do. Let me explain. If I’m at somebody’s house and they’re pouring something that I know is inexpensive, of course I would never complain about it, even if I thought it was dreadful. But usually, it’s not dreadful. There are very, very few dreadful wines anymore in the U.S. distribution system,…
  • What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas!

    steve
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
      My voice may never be the same after today’s wine event at the M Resort and Casino in Henderson, just outside Las Vegas. It was in a large banquet room and they had six of us “experts” each presiding over a tasting station. Each of us had a dozen guests at a time (general managers of restaurants) coming through six times (a total of 72 in all), so I had to repeat the same tasting six times, which was great fun—don’t get me wrong—but the other experts were doing the same thing, the acoustics were pretty bad, and so we were all hollering at the top of our lungs. That comes…
  • The San Francisco Chronicle’s wine coverage, and Vegas, here I come!

    steve
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
      I got my Sunday San Francisco Chronicle and, what do you know, there was an entire section on California Wine! Sixteen pages. That’s the most wine coverage I’ve seen in the paper in years. Maybe they got the message—not just from me, but from others, including the Napa Register’s Paul Franson–about how skimpy their wine writing has been. I don’t know, but Sunday’s section was a welcome surprise. Still no appearance by their supposed new wine writer, Esther Mobley. Maybe she’s getting up to speed. [EDITOR’S NOTE: I’ve since learned that Ms. Mobley had an…
  • A wine and food festival in The Bronx

    steve
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
      The Bronx Wine and Food Festival! Who woulda thunk? I am a proud Bronxite. I lived at 760 Grand Concourse for seventeen years, in the same 4-room apartment with my parents and older sister. It wasn’t until I went away to college, in Massachusetts, that I left The Bronx—and even then, I returned often to my parents’ apartment, on holidays. So I know the Bronx inside out—and believe me, The Bronx is the last place on earth I ever expected to have a wine and food festival! (Well, maybe Kabul is more unlikely…but not by much.) When I lived there, The Bronx was home to the…
  • The struggle of small wineries

    steve
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
      This is a sad story, told by the Vancouver Sun, about a small British Columbia winery’s legitimate fear that it may get squeezed out of the market. It’s the same old story: Getting harder and harder to compete with the big wineries in shelf space, distribution and price. When I read a tale like this, my heart goes out to the proprietors. It’s never been easy to sell wine (in either Canada or the U.S.), but it’s getting more difficult. I can’t imagine how emotionally upsetting it must be to put your heart and mind into building a small family winery, then find yourself in…
 
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    Jordan Winery

  • Celebrating Rob Davis’s 40th Harvest as Jordan Winemaker

    Lisa Mattson
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Nothing in life is a coincidence. I couldn’t help but think of the power of fate on Monday, August 24, when thirty guests turned out to celebrate Winemaker Rob Davis’s 40th harvest at Jordan Winery. Three months in the making, the entire event was a surprise that involved juggling dates and schedules of friends and colleagues who have known Rob for many decades of his wine career–baseball legends, barrel makers, cork suppliers, journalists, sommeliers, friends, his family and fellow winemakers. When we selected August 24 as our surprise party, we knew it was the only day…
  • Starlight Supper: Perseids Stargazing at Jordan Winery

    Lisa Mattson
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    Nearly 100 stargazers turned out on the lawns at Jordan Winery last weekend for our first-ever Starlight Supper event. Hosted during the annual Perseid meteor shower, the dinner party was particularly intriguing for astronomy buffs due to the outdoor setting away from a city where light pollution can interfere with seeing the stars and constellations. When John Jordan, a self-professed astronomy geek, conceived this event idea last fall, he didn’t realize that the new moon on August 14 would create ideal conditions for stargazing, ensuring no moonlight would interfere with the…
  • Jordan Winery Sunset Supper hilltop vineyard dinner highlights

    Lisa Mattson
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Summer party season is in full swing in Sonoma County wine country, and the fun is just getting started at Jordan Winery. We couldn’t have been more pleased with our second Sunset Supper at Vista Point dinner series, hosted at the highest hilltop on Jordan Estate surrounded by mountain vistas and vineyards. Held in July and August, each event was limited to 50 guests and featured a multi-course meal by our chef, which drew inspiration from the bounty of our garden and was paired with an array of Jordan wines. Click on the far right photo in the above carousel to see highlights or…
  • Changes to Jordan Winery sales team

    Lisa Mattson
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    (from left to right): Regina Sanz, Emmanuel Padilla, Chris Avery, Brad Butcher, Lori Green, Nick Holmes and Ashley Cesario. Co-workers often feel like family in the wine business. That’s what makes saying farewell to a team member so hard. Jordan’s National Sales Director Chris Avery is leaving next month for a new opportunity in Napa Valley. We are embracing this bittersweet change and building on the momentum of the Jordan brand through a new sales organizational structure. The Jordan sales division will be broken into three geographical territories, and a new National Sales…
  • Best Outdoor Restaurant Patios in Healdsburg

    Lisa Mattson
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    The charming storefronts around downtown Healdsburg don’t reveal one of its hidden secrets: backyard patios. Several restaurants offer al fresco dining from spring through fall and some year-round. Here’s a list for your next trip to one of the best small towns in America, located in Northern Sonoma wine country. Bravas Named one of the top 20 tapas restaurants in the country by Travel + Leisure, Bravas Bar de Tapas has what we think is one of the country’s most charming backyard patios for outdoor dining. Open year-round (weather permitting) although it’s mostly…
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Lodi Wedding

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    Plan a Lodi Wedding for the perfect dream day wedding. Lodi has some ideal wedding venues for ceremonies and receptions.
  • Paso Robles Wine Tours

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    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
  • California Current Events

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    This is your source for the latest California Current Events related to wine. Don't miss these fabulous current events in California happening soon.
  • Napa Valley Golf Courses

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Discover great fun at Napa Valley Golf Courses. Combine a wine tasting tour with a round of golf at one of the scenic Napa golf courses.
  • Lodi Golf

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Combine a Lodi Wine Tasting Tour with a day of Lodi Golf. You'll find that the Lodi area has many challenging golf courses. Enjoy a great round of golf in the Lodi Wine Country!
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  • Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages – A Whole Lot of Complexity For $7

    Jon Thorsen
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    Costco delivers another excellent Kirkland Signature wine. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre from Cotes du Rhone Villages, France. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the Michel Gassier – Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Rouge Rhone 2012 for just $17.99 each plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match) at Cork Exclusive! Purchased for $6.99. The Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages is available exclusively at Costco. From the bottle: “Only one-fifth of the wine produced in Southern Rhone’s Cotes du Rhone qualifies for the superior designation of…
  • Two French Favorites With Free Shipping at Marketview Liquor!

    Jon Thorsen
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Get the HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Rouge and the BULK BUY Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors with free shipping on 6+ bottles! Today we’ve got a deal you don’t want to miss from our friends at Marketview Liquor — free shipping on orders of 6+ bottles plus some of the lowest prices on the internet on two fabulous French wines from one of our favorite importers, Eric Solomon’s European Cellars! Why are we so excited about this deal? Let me give you three reasons… 1) The Chateau Puech-Haut Le Prestige. 2) The Andezon Cotes du Rhone Red. 3) The…
  • Las Perdices Viognier – Thirst-Quenchingly Good Stuff

    Jon Thorsen
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    This partridge has been hanging out in a peach tree. 100% Viognier from Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Menodza, Argentina. This review is brought to you by Humboldt Imports. The Las Perdices Viognier is available for as low as $12. 24,000 bottles produced. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: When Don Juan Munoz Lopez arrived in this land to grow his vines, he was astonished at the large number of partridges roaming here, always in groups of three. As the days passed, these ancient local inhabitants became Don Juan’s constant companions in his long workdays. Thus he decided to name his…
  • ZaZin Old Vine Zinfandel – A Tasty Treat For Your Tongue

    Jon Thorsen
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! Zinfandel along with a little Petite Sirah from Lodi, California. The wine was aged in neutral (pre-used) French oak. This review is brought to you by CorkExclusive where you can buy wines like the ZaZin Old Vine Zinfandel for just $15.99 plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match). The ZaZin Old Vine Zinfandel has an SRP of $20. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: In our travels ’round the California wine country, we occasionally discover amazing heritage vineyards dating back to the late 1800s. The ancient low-yielding vines produce an intensely…
  • Snoqualmie Merlot – One Delicious Drink

    Jon Thorsen
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Bulk Buy! 97% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot from Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine is aged 11 months in 12% new American oak barrels and 25% new French oak staves. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the Chateau La Grande Clinet – Cotes de Bordeaux 2012 for just $14.99 each plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match) at Cork Exclusive! The Snoqualmie Merlot has an SRP of $12 and is available for as low as $8. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: At Snoqualmie, we believe that extraordinary wines are the product of vineyard stewardship,…
 
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  • Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    Shottesbrooke Vineyard in McLaren Vale goes back over 30 years to when founder Nick Holmes planted his first vineyard, naming it after a UK estate in Berkshire where his granddad was vicar for 21 years from 1905. And today Shottesbrooke is turning out some real classics under the stewardship of Winemaker Hamish Maguire, Nick’s stepson. His recently released 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific drop which is everything a great Cabernet Sauvignon aspires to be – toasty oak, blackcurrant, chocolate and hints of mint… a marvellous match with slow-cooked lamb shanks,…
  • Charlotte’s Web Pinot Grigio

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:47 am
    South Australia’s boutique winemaker Fox Gordon is winning growing numbers of admirers with its range of reds and whites out of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, and their 2014 Charlotte’s Web label Pinot Grigio is a rewarding example of what a hands-on, small-family maker can achieve with the variety. In this Pinot Grigio, winemaker Tash Mooney has crafted a wine which has lovely varietal pear and apple flavours along with a captivating hint of lime, and one that’s sure to appeal to the fast-growing ranks of Pinot Grigio enthusiasts in this country – as in so many others around…
  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
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  • Beaverstock: Q&A with the Bands (Part 1)

    matt
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    What’s Beaverstock all about? Well of course there’s food, wine, beer, and a bunch of other things to do while there but the two BIG things I love…music and community. This event revolves around music and community. And in my opinion, in a very short amount of time, they have been able to load this event up with amazing talent and of course, the community shows up. One aspect that intrigues me is just how much local talent that Castoro Cellars (the folks that started the event) brings in. In fact, I respect the hell out of that. It’s such a great way to support local music while…
  • Paso Robles: Q&A with KROBAR Craft Distillery

    matt
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:42 pm
    KROBAR Craft Distillery, a partnership between Steve Kroener (the KRO part) and Joe Barton (the BAR part), are winemakers in the Paso Robles area and have now set their sights on hooch. Steve has been the winemaker for Silver Horse Winery for the 8+ years I’ve known him and Joe has Grey Wolf and Barton Family Wines. They are bringing their years of winemaking experience, their friendship, and love of distilled adult beverages together to take the local distilled spirits craze up a notch. You can taste their lineup at the Grey Wolf property on Highway 46 West. We headed over there recently…
  • Niner Wine Estates: Pop-Up Dinners

    matt
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I’m not totally sure how we ended up hearing about these pop-up dinners that Niner Wine Estates started doing or how we ended up going with a group of friends…but we don’t need to know. The point is that we went and we are winning for doing so. These pop-up dinners happen on Sunday evening and they are family style, which means you’re at a table with the friends you bring and strangers. It also means the food comes like it does at the dining table at home…in bowls and on plates and you pass it around to everyone. The night we went the theme was ‘Rustic Italian’. Our menu…
  • Jeffry’s Catering at Grey Wolf Cellars

    matt
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    If you don’t know Chef Jeff (Jeffry M. Wiesinger), you’ve probably been living under a rock somewhere out in the sticks. Chef Jeff not only has his own well-known catering business but also runs ‘Barton’s Kitchen Window at grey Wolf Cellars’ where they are producing some amazing food to sit and enjoy or to-go. I’m going to keep this short since there is a Q&A with Chef Jeff below but we ordered: – Cuban Pork Loin Sandwich (Wood Fired Roast pork Loin, Swiss Cheese, Kosher Pickle & Dijon Mustard Aioli, on a Grilled French Roll) $10.00 – Paso Mac & CheeseSteak…
  • Paso Robles Wine: Grey Wolf Cellars

    matt
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Grey Wolf Cellars. Haven’t been in quite some time. Decided to go back. There is also food and a distillery there now which I will get into another time. So let’s do this. Grey Wolf is right on HWY 46 West next to Sextant Winery and across the side road from Tooth & Nail Winery. It’s a quaint little spot that the painting company I once owned happened to paint but that’s not the only reason I like it. Since our last visit Joe (owner along with his mom) has added a ton of outdoor seating. This is, in my opinion, definitely a destination spot. Meaning, you go and taste the wines,…
 
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Bargain Alert – Chateau Felice wine sale

    Joe
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Chateau Felice is a small winery on Chalk Hill Road in Sonoma County. I had a chance to taste their wines a few years ago when they had a tasting room in Healdsburg. I thought the wines were very good at the time, but too expensive for my wine budget. It seems the winery will close shop soon, so Felice is having a huge wine sale. It will be over as soon as the wines are sold out or as the month of August comes to a close. Vintage Wine Taster Bruce and I split two mixed cases for $215 each. The wines normally are in the $50 range. We had tasted the wines with others and, yes, this indeed…
  • Hip Wine and more

    Joe
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    St. Helena Cabernet Here I am, sitting in the middle of the Napa Valley. We are staying at a home just north of St. Helena. I am surrounded by beautiful vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to be specific. What a paradise it is here! I was invited to a wine tasting at Young’s Inglewood winery. The wines were absolutely outstanding, but also very expensive. So now it is back to reality, writing about some bargain wines for you to consider for your next wine purchase. H.I.P. at Trader Joe’s H.I.P Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2013 – Trader Joe’s…
  • Do you know about Montes and Kaiken wines?

    Joe
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    We are back from the Wine Bloggers Conference in the beautiful Finger Lakes. We tasted tons of different Finger Lakes wines and most of these, including the very good ones, are under $20. The problem is you rarely find them beyond the state of New York. However, it wasn’t just Finger Lakes wines we tasted. There were wine reps from many regions of the world. One of the best tasting sessions we attended was one by Montes and Kaiken wineries. Both wineries are owned by the Montes family of Chile. Winemaker Aurelio Montes, Jr., son of legendary Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes, Sr.,…
  • Vinted and Bottled – Be a wine label detective

    Joe
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    I’ve been seeing “Vinted and Bottled” on many more wine bottle labels these days. The 2012 and 2013 grape harvest in California was spectacular by all accounts. The harvest was a bonanza in both quantity and quality. Perhaps excess grape juice accounts for the increase in “Vinted and Bottled” sightings. So what does “Vinted and Bottled” mean on a wine bottled? I have updated this old article on how to read a wine label. I think it is more relevant in today’s wine market. Vinted and Bottled By and other wine label terms A true bargain wine hunter will always deconstruct a…
  • New sparkling wine – Segura Viudas Gran Cuvée Reserva

    Joe
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    Segura Viudas Gran Cuvée Reserva Segura Viudas Gran Cuvée Reserva I received a sample of this new sparkling wine produced by Segura Viudas. We have long been fans of the Segura Viudas Brut and the Rosé that are sold widely. They are decent and enjoyable sparkling wines for under $10.  So let’s see how this Gran Cuvée Reserva stacks up. The price point will be around $12 to $15 when it hits the wine shelves in the U.S. As you can see from the photo, the label is very classy and the glass bottle is impressive. The press release states: ” The wine will only be made in…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • 2012 Hannah Pinot Noir Pairings

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    YAM GNOCCHI WITH SWEET PEA, TILLAMOOK SMOKED CHEDDAR                        Ingredients:                      2 lbs. yam, cooked and peeled                   2 eggs                   ½ cup semolina2 cups flour1 tsp. smoked paprika2 tsp. salt1 tsp.
  • Bill Fuller Returns to Winemaking with Update on his 42nd Vintage

    Christine Collier
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    KATU News Channel 2 was at our Tualatin Estate Vineyard for the start of harvest yesterday with vineyard founder and Oregon wine prioneer, Bill Fuller. Listen to Bill's thoughts on the harvest and what keeps him coming back after 42 years of growing winegrapes. VIDEO  Please join us to celebrate Bill's return to winemaking Saturday, September 12th from 1-5 pm at our Tualatin Estate Vineyard. In 1973, Bill traveled up from California to plant Pinot Noir at Tualatin Vineyards and make his first wines. Forty years later, Bill rejoined our winemaking team to craft small lots…
  • Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir Contest Winner Chosen!

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    We have just concluded our 2015 annual “Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir” contest.  We asked Pinot Noir lovers from around the country to describe “Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir” using photos, videos, poems and stories.  One entry was chosen to win an all-expense-paid trip to Oregon Wine Country and Willamette Valley Vineyards.After sifting through some very creative entries, a small committee within the winery chose the winning entry. The winner, Randy Hledik wrote:The Evolution of a PinotphileWay back when it didn’t matterWhich wine we paired with the platter,Some red, white…
  • August Summer Concert Series

    willamette83
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    August Summer Concert Series Mark your calendars for our August Summer Concert Series each Sunday evening in our Courtyard starting at 6:30 pm. Enjoy Pinot Noir and seasonal food pairings while listening to the sounds of local musicians. Admission prices vary. Please call 503-588-9463 or visit http://wvv.com/Events to make your reservation. To redeem Wine Club and Shareholder pricing online, use the code "Concert5" at…
  • Team Visit to the Vineyards

    Christine Collier
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Our winery team traveled to our vineyard sites and heard stories from the original founders and planted vines in our newest Alexander Block. We do find it hard to call this "work."Founder, Jim Bernau describes the effect of the unique Laurelwood soils and pisolites on the vines at Tualatin Estate Vineyard. Vineyard rows, newly formed grape clusters, pisolites in the Laurelwood soilTualatin Estate Founder, Bill Fuller, shares stories with the teamTeam photo at Tualatin Estate. New Pinot Noir plantings above Elton Vineyard.Elton Vineyard Founders, Betty & Dick…
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • 4th Annual Everett Craft Beer Festival

    Bean
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:23 pm
    The 4th Annual Everett Craft Beer Festival takes place this Saturday, August 15, from noon – 7pm in downtown Everett. This brew fest will feature 32 Washington Breweries pouring more than 100 Washington beers. Besides highlighting the breweries of Northwest Washington, the Everett Craft Beer Festival is also going offer something special. Always creative, our Washington brewers will be highlighting their inventiveness with Randalls on many of their brews. What is a Randall? Officially, it is a … “Randall, a true Dogfish Head invention, is an organoleptic hop transducer…
  • 2nd Annual Woodinville Winemaker, Brewer and Distiller Triathlon

    Bean
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Ever wondered what other hidden talents your favorite beverage producer might possess? They boast of their creative exploits with guitar displays on their walls and serenading us at events but what about athletic? Kayak – John and Peggy Bigelow of JM Cellars How fast can your favorite wine maker run, paddle or bike? Woodinville Wine Country, the nonprofit trade association responsible for building awareness of the quality and diversity of Woodinville wines, will put your Woodinville’s most daring winemakers and their tasting room teams, along with their neighbor breweries and…
  • A Taste of the City

    Bean
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:32 am
    Join us at A Taste of the City: Seattle Urban Food & Wine Harvest Party on Sunday August 16, 2015 from 2-5 at the Northwest Wine Academy. Party with your favorite Seattle Urban Wineries before the hard work of harvest begins. It has been a beautiful HOT summer and the grapes will be coming in early this year.  Meet the wine makers before they begin to transform the country vineyard harvest in their wineries here in the Seattle. Over twenty different Seattle Urban Wineries will be pouring their artisan wines for you to enjoy. Almquist Family Vintners Bartholomew Winery Cloudlift Cellars…
  • 10th Anniversary Collaborative Beer

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

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

  • International Cabernet Sauvignon Day August 30! Open a Bottle, Celebrate

    Jeff Leve
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Cabernet Sauvignon comes in all shapes and sizes that help create a vast array of wines and wine styles. Depending on the terroir Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in, stylistically, the wine can range from elegant and refined, to light and uninteresting to powerful, rich, opulent and forward. International Cabernet Sauvignon Day is the perfect time to open a bottle and celebrate all things Cabernet. The August 30 celebration actually takes in all Cabernet based wine, so this could include Cabernet Franc as well. This means that all over the…
  • 2014 Bordeaux Wine Guide 425 Tasting Notes, Ratings and Vintage Report

    Jeff Leve
    14 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider 2014 is the 4th vintage in a row that’s not a candidate for vintage of the century. The growing season, with its summerless summer took care of that. What little summer developed was cold and wet. The mood was gloom, doom and disaster when it looked 2014 Bordeaux was going to be another more than difficult year. After 4 years of heartbreak, Bacchus turned on the charm and delivered a warm, dry, sun fulled Indian summer. Bordeaux experienced picture perfect conditions at the beginning of September that continued almost unabated through…
  • Celebrate International Sweet Wine Day May 8!

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

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

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

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    Shottesbrooke Vineyard in McLaren Vale goes back over 30 years to when founder Nick Holmes planted his first vineyard, naming it after a UK estate in Berkshire where his granddad was vicar for 21 years from 1905. And today Shottesbrooke is turning out some real classics under the stewardship of Winemaker Hamish Maguire, Nick’s stepson. His recently released 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific drop which is everything a great Cabernet Sauvignon aspires to be – toasty oak, blackcurrant, chocolate and hints of mint… a marvellous match with slow-cooked lamb shanks,…
  • Charlotte’s Web Pinot Grigio

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:47 am
    South Australia’s boutique winemaker Fox Gordon is winning growing numbers of admirers with its range of reds and whites out of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, and their 2014 Charlotte’s Web label Pinot Grigio is a rewarding example of what a hands-on, small-family maker can achieve with the variety. In this Pinot Grigio, winemaker Tash Mooney has crafted a wine which has lovely varietal pear and apple flavours along with a captivating hint of lime, and one that’s sure to appeal to the fast-growing ranks of Pinot Grigio enthusiasts in this country – as in so many others around…
  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
 
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  • Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    Shottesbrooke Vineyard in McLaren Vale goes back over 30 years to when founder Nick Holmes planted his first vineyard, naming it after a UK estate in Berkshire where his granddad was vicar for 21 years from 1905. And today Shottesbrooke is turning out some real classics under the stewardship of Winemaker Hamish Maguire, Nick’s stepson. His recently released 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific drop which is everything a great Cabernet Sauvignon aspires to be – toasty oak, blackcurrant, chocolate and hints of mint… a marvellous match with slow-cooked lamb shanks,…
  • Charlotte’s Web Pinot Grigio

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:47 am
    South Australia’s boutique winemaker Fox Gordon is winning growing numbers of admirers with its range of reds and whites out of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, and their 2014 Charlotte’s Web label Pinot Grigio is a rewarding example of what a hands-on, small-family maker can achieve with the variety. In this Pinot Grigio, winemaker Tash Mooney has crafted a wine which has lovely varietal pear and apple flavours along with a captivating hint of lime, and one that’s sure to appeal to the fast-growing ranks of Pinot Grigio enthusiasts in this country – as in so many others around…
  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • An Oregon Pinot with all of the Bells and Whistles

    Marc Hinton
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2010 Seufert Pinot Noir Cuvee This Pinot noir from the 2010 vintage is from a producer I have always been fond of.  Many Willamette Valley wineries made good wines in this troublesome vintage. The transformation this wine makes over a couple of hours is amazing. First impressions are a razzle dazzle front end […]
  • Taste The North Valley

    enobytes
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Do you enjoy a fine viniferous libation but have an aversion to operating a motor vehicle after participating in such activities? I too resemble that remark and I wholeheartedly applaud all who have the wisdom to avoid that situation. There is an upcoming wine affair that I am recommending for anyone who is interested in […]
  • A Clare Valley Riesling That Will Knock Your Socks Off

    enobytes
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Wine Review: 2014 Taylors Wakefield St. Andrews Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia What a lovely wine from the Clare Valley region of Australia. There vinification direction is to craft a wine of delicacy and finesse and they certainly nailed it. Although still tight and restrained, it is very soft, clean and ethereal. Pleasant petrol aromas with […]
  • Feast Portland: Flagship Festival Happening in September

    enobytes
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    FEAST PORTLAND 2015 Feast Portland, the Northwest’s flagship food and drink festival, is planning another unforgettable culinary weekend in Portland, Oregon, September 17th-20th, 2015.  Feast Portland celebrates the top culinary talent from around the country and the bounty of Oregon during four extraordinary days of large-scale tasting events, intimate dinners, tasting panels, classes and more. […]
  • Bucket List Worthy: Achaval-Ferrer

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Put Achaval-Ferrer on your bucket list because their wines are worth seeking out. I recently tasted through five component lab samples that make up the blend of their iconic Quimera blend from Mendoza, Argentina, and they were simply amazing.  We tasted though the lineup with one of Achaval-Ferrer’s founders, Santiago Achaval, a gentle soul who has developed […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • Wine of the Week: Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    No wimpy wines.Another Trader Joe's grab, Ravenswood hearkens back to my early wine days, when this brand stood for quality Zins, not that they've moved away from that reputation or anything, but my experience has broadened considerably.Tasting Notes:Previous years have had 75% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 6% Sirah and 3% Mixed Blacks; aged 10 - 14 months in 25 - 35% new French oak; pretty garnet color with ruby highlights; red berry, dark berry, oregano, and plum aromas; blueberry, cassis, rhubarb, and herbal flavors; medium mouthfeel and weight;  not a wimpy wine, but not a bruiser…
  • Wine of the Week: Earthstone Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2014

    20 Aug 2015 | 6:59 am
    Picked up this Earthstone wine (bottled by Healdsburg Cellars) at our local Trader Joe's, figuring that, at $5, it was worth a shot. According to TJ's, the 2013 version of this wine comes from a "winery [that] is a very strong player in the Sonoma wine biz." Not savvy enough to know who that is, but this is not bad for the price.Tasting Notes:Sustainably farmed vineyard and a carbon neutral winery; light yellow color; pear, muskmelon, and floral aromas; subtle citrus, melon, orchard fruit, and subtle tropical notes; slight acidic bite on the finish; not bad a sipper, but better with some…
  • Wine of the Week: Santa Julia Innovac!ón Malbec-Syrah Rosé 2014

    13 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    A member winery of the Familia Zuccardi, Santa Julia is an Argentinian winery that works with grape varieties such as Malbec, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Pinot Grigio and Tempranillo. There is a focus on two types of sustainability: almost all of their vineyards are certified organic, which protects the productivity of the soil long term; they also look at it in relation to the community, supporting economic and cultural development in Mendoza. In the case of the rosé, it's also a vegan friendly wine. We picked this up at one of our local Whole Foods stores.Tasting…
  • Wine Humor: Bottom of the Bottle

    5 Aug 2015 | 6:59 am
    I keep looking for the answer; pretty fun search, actually.Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter Subscribe to the 50 States Of Wine YouTube channel
  • Idaho Wines: Ste Chapelle Winery

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    Founded in 1975 in Emmett, Idaho, Ste. Chapelle, moved to Caldwell in 1978, and now produces wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah from the Snake River Valley appellation. With a total production capacity of 150,000 cases, this is the leading winery in Idaho in both production and sales volume. Ste. Chapelle is named after the beautiful La Sainte Chapelle in Paris, built by King Louis IX as the court chapel during the 13th century and is part of Precept Wine, which is the largest privately owned wine company in the Northwest.Tasting…
 
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    BoozeMonkey

  • Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    Shottesbrooke Vineyard in McLaren Vale goes back over 30 years to when founder Nick Holmes planted his first vineyard, naming it after a UK estate in Berkshire where his granddad was vicar for 21 years from 1905. And today Shottesbrooke is turning out some real classics under the stewardship of Winemaker Hamish Maguire, Nick’s stepson. His recently released 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific drop which is everything a great Cabernet Sauvignon aspires to be – toasty oak, blackcurrant, chocolate and hints of mint… a marvellous match with slow-cooked lamb shanks,…
  • Charlotte’s Web Pinot Grigio

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:47 am
    South Australia’s boutique winemaker Fox Gordon is winning growing numbers of admirers with its range of reds and whites out of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, and their 2014 Charlotte’s Web label Pinot Grigio is a rewarding example of what a hands-on, small-family maker can achieve with the variety. In this Pinot Grigio, winemaker Tash Mooney has crafted a wine which has lovely varietal pear and apple flavours along with a captivating hint of lime, and one that’s sure to appeal to the fast-growing ranks of Pinot Grigio enthusiasts in this country – as in so many others around…
  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
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    Wine Folly

  • What Type of (Wine) Personality Do You Have?

    Chelsea Roberts
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    If you don’t know your Meyer-Briggs personality type, then you have never gone on a company bonding retreat or had a friend who has a habit of judging things based on four letters (INFJ, anyone?). The Merril-Reid personality test isn’t as popular (Expressive, Driver, Analytical, Amiable) but it’s more telling when it comes to relationships. And since everything can be related back to wine (obviously), we can learn about ourselves and how we interact with others… through drinking! “…you’ll be surprised at how your personality influences your taste in…
  • 2015 Washington Wines: Ruined by Wildfires?

    Madeline Puckette
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    The wildfires in the Northwest in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Canada have claimed nearly a million acres of land. The resulting air quality in the entire region from August 21–23, 2015 was marked as dangerous to breath by Airnow.gov, ranking worse than smog in Los Angeles. As the smoke begins to settle we’re left wondering what will it mean for Washington and Oregon wine? Many major wine regions are adjacent to the wildfires and have been wholly exposed to the fallout. Will the 2015 vintage be ruined by wildfires? Smoke from Washington wildfires is not only a concern for human…
  • 3 Urban Vineyards Show That Anything is Possible

    Madeline Puckette
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    There are plenty of local city breweries, but urban wineries seem to be only just catching on. For example, you can find 90 craft breweries in Portland that offer fresh growlers to city dwellers on a person-to-person basis. If you think about it, this is a local business dream come true. There are city wineries in places like Austin, Seattle, Brooklyn, Indianapolis, Chicago and even Chattanooga. Of course, an urban winery isn’t what most of us imagine, because there are no rolling hills of vineyards. Don’t let this deter you, many of these wineries make amazing wines. Now, if only…
  • Are there actual benefits to a red wine bath?

    Madeline Puckette
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    A red wine bath (aka vinotherapy) is a spa treatment popularized by Caudalie, a spa brand, that uses wine grape extracts in their products. You’ve probably seen pictures or heard stories about red wine baths before and their health benefits. So, are they true? Should we be mixing red wine into our bubble bath on a regular basis? “stain your tub pink with Merlot…” If you’re a bit leery of soaking in your red wine, we commend you for being skeptical (don’t change!). Let’s find out what the deal is with this vinotherapy stuff and why you might not want to…
  • Enthusiast’s Guide to Sauvignon Blanc

    Madeline Puckette
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:03 am
    Enthusiast’s Guide to Sauvignon Blanc If you’ve come to love the refreshing, subtly savory taste of Sauvignon Blanc then you deserve to know more about it. There are more than 10 countries that specialize in Sauvignon Blanc and each region offers a unique taste. A little understanding of the different styles and the history of this grape will help you find awesome Sauvignon Blanc wines on your own.   Need to know the general taste and food pairing with Sauvignon Blanc? Check out the Beginner’s Guide to Sauvignon Blanc to get familiarized with the basics. Sauvignon Blanc…
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  • 10 Tips for Visiting Napa Valley

    gina
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    (The following article is presented by guest blogger Megan Strausberg from Solage Calistoga!) Mention your plans for an upcoming trip to Napa Valley and suddenly, everyone you know has an opinion on where to go, what to eat, where to stay and what to do. These 10 quick tips will help you plan the best Napa Valley vacation possible. Relax by the Pool at Solage Calistoga 1. LOUNGE IN COMFORT Napa Valley is famous for high-quality hospitality standards. From luxurious hotels to quaint B&B’s, finding a soft spot to rest your head after a day of wine tasting is effortless. Consider the cozy…
  • Beyond the Wine: Things To Do in Sonoma & Napa Wine Country

    gina
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The world-class wines from Sonoma and Napa Wine Country attract wine-lovers from across the globe. But in addition to the amazing wines to be found, there are other activities to enjoy in both Sonoma and Napa that don’t include wine. Enjoy a Bird's-Eye View of a Redwood Forest at Sonoma Canopy Tours Sonoma Canopy Tours Ziplining at it’s finest! Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Redwoods while reaching speeds of up to 25 mph on their fastest moving zips. Your experienced guide will lead the adventure and share fascinating facts about the forest while you fly through seven ziplines, cross…
  • St. Helena’s New Harvest Table is latest Palmer Production

    Carey Sweet
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Charlie Palmer is taking over Wine Country. The legendary chef already has a national roster of more than a dozen restaurants, including Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, and now, he’s opened another top destination in St. Helena. The new Harvest Table is set inside Harvest Inn, and it’s a showpiece. The stately stone-and brick-clad hotel has been a luxury retreat since it opened in 1975, and yet oddly enough, it never had a flagship restaurant. Palmer has changed that, with lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, and upscale menus created in tandem with chef Levi Mezick (formerly of the posh…
  • One of a Kind Bed and Breakfasts in Wine Country

    Carey Sweet
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Landmark Cottage “B” is for bed, “B” is for breakfast, and with these wonderful places, “B” is never, ever for boring. These Wine Country lodging options turn on the charm, offer private retreats, and ensure a memorable, marvelous stay. Gaige House This project from the posh Four Sisters group is more of a luxury mini-resort, featuring a cozy collection of 23 private Asian inspired guestrooms and suites plus eight new “Zen” suites. It’s high-end all the way, boasting granite soaking tubs, rich wood furniture with bamboo and rattan accents, and private Japanese gardens that…
  • Red, White & Sparkling Romance in Napa & Sonoma Wine Country

    gina
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Romance is doing something fun and unexpected that brings two people closer together. Add a breathtaking view, and the luscious wines of Sonoma or Napa Wine Country, and your perfect romantic getaway quickly begins to become a reality. Whether treating your someone special to an exclusive event at a Sonoma or Napa winery, or relaxing with a picnic in one of the many picturesque winery properties, Pure Luxury has a few ideas for you to consider to make planning your getaway a little easier. Sonoma J Vineyards & Winery From May - October, choose a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to enjoy a…
 
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • Painting and Wine events with Corks and Canvas

    drinknectar
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Seems like everyone loves to paint with wine. With groups in town like Pinot’s Palate and Tipsy Muse, painting parties are springing up everywhere. Nectar Tasting Room is proud to partner with Seattle based Corks and Canvas. Now you and your friends can enjoy the great Washington wine we serve in our beautiful barrel room. Corks and Canvas events will be moving to every third Wednesday at the tasting room. Our first event was a huge success and sellout. The next event is September 23 and future events are 10/21, 11/18, 12/16. Check out their event calendar for all their events…
  • Skylite Cellars Winemakers Dinner September 16

    drinknectar
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Greg Matiko is one of the up and coming winemakers in Walla Walla. Ashley Hodgins is the co-owner and winery manager for Skylite Cellars. Over the years of working together, they fell in love and earlier this summer Greg proposed to Ashley. She said yes! A love story rich in wine deserves to be celebrated with great wine and food. Join us Wednesday, September 16 for a unique and fun winemakers dinner with Ashley AND Greg. Our talented Chef Paloma will create a masterful dinner that will be paired with 5 Skylite Cellars wines. In addition to celebrating Greg and […]
  • Vintage Spokane Returns…to the Spokane Convention Center

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

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

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

  • LUCE DELLA VITE 'Luce' 2012

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    The 2012 Luce is an absolutely wonderful blend of Sangiovese and Merlot made in a modern style. After seveal hours of air contact, this releases seductive aromas of ripe blackberries and dark currants woven together with vanilla, sweet spices, violets and touch of pencil shavings and toast which all take shaoe beautifully in the glass. This full-bodied, opulent wine impress even further on the palate, where is possesses wonderful balance with a soft, voluptuous texture and deep layers of flavors penetrating onto the long supple finish. According to the winery, summer weather conditions were…
  • SAVEURS DU TEMPS Chardonnay 2014

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    The 2014 Saveurs du Temps Chardonnay offers pretty aromas of lemon zest, white floral and minerals which all come together in this clean chardonnay. This shows nice balance with a wonderful bright character all the way through the finish. An excellent value that is drinking great right now. (Best 2015-2016) - August, 2015 (JD) 88 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: August, 2015  Producer: Saveurs du Temps Vintage: 2014 Drinking Window: 2015-2016 Estimated Value: $12 Country: France Region: Rhône Valley Appellation: Montepulciano…
  • MUROLA Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    An east going Montepulciano, offering a nice mix of blackberries and cherries followed by damp earth, tobacco, spices and a touch of roasted herbs. On the palate this is plush with a nice balance of ripe fruit and acidity. Finish is round and velvety leaving behind dark fruits and spices. A lovely Montepulciano to be consumed in the short term. Excellent Value. (Best 2015-2017) - August, 2015 (JD) 88 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: August, 2015  Producer: Murolo Vintage: 2013 Drinking Window: 2015-2017 Estimated Value: $14 Country: Italy Region: Abruzzo…
  • PODERE SAPAIO 'Volpolo' 2012

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    The 2012 'Volpolo' is an excellent showing, delivering intense aromas and flavors of blackberries, black cherries, graphite, spices, violets and dusty minerals. This is beautifully layered and polished, with a wonderful supple texture that delivers delicious ripe dark fruits through the long finsh. Today this is simply delicious, however it will be even better after a few years in bottle. Outstanding quality at this price point. (Best 2015-2025) - August, 2015 (JD) 92 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: August, 2015  Producer: Podere Sapaio Vintage: 2012 Drinking Window:…
  • MERRYVALE VINEYARDS 'Profile' 2011

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    In this year Merryvale opted for an interesting blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 19% Petit Verdot, 15% Malbec. This blend is made from their choicest fruit farmed from the Stagecoach vineyard and the Kenefick vineyard, as well as nearly half from their Schlatter Family Estate Vineyard. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation, was racked twice, and aged 20 months in French oak barrels (90% new, 10% second fill) before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine opens with aromas reminiscent of red bell pepper, spicebox and milk chocolate. Palate has anise,…
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    Thirsty Bert

  • Chateau Cheval Blanc – Saint-Emilion – Bordeaux

    Thirsty Bert
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Chateau Cheval Blanc is located on one of the finest gravel-sand terroirs of the Saint Emilion Grand Cru appellation. Coordinated with passion and discernment, the vineyards are planted with Cabernet Franc and Merlot — a perfect marriage creating incredible smoothness, deep flavours and delicate fragrances. Pierre Lurton, the director general of the Chateau, noted that […] The post Chateau Cheval Blanc – Saint-Emilion – Bordeaux appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
  • How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes

    Thirsty Bert
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    If you can’t afford the subscription to the expensive monthly wine mag, tell a good vintage from a bad, or fail to detect the soupçon of boysenberry with a hint of pretentiousness from your bottle of plonk, fear not! There’s a new generation of wine drinkers who are shaking up the way we consume, discover […] The post How To Become A Wine Expert In 4 Minutes appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
  • Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2013

    Thirsty Bert
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Chile’s 2013 vintage was one of the driest and hottest on record. From north to south, heat was an unavoidable issue. These extreme conditions accelerated fruit maturation and moved harvest up three to four weeks earlier than usual. The yields were a bit larger than average, and the Pinot Noir fruit quality was very good. […] The post Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2013 appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
  • 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml

    Thirsty Bert
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. […] The post 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
 
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  • Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    Shottesbrooke Vineyard in McLaren Vale goes back over 30 years to when founder Nick Holmes planted his first vineyard, naming it after a UK estate in Berkshire where his granddad was vicar for 21 years from 1905. And today Shottesbrooke is turning out some real classics under the stewardship of Winemaker Hamish Maguire, Nick’s stepson. His recently released 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific drop which is everything a great Cabernet Sauvignon aspires to be – toasty oak, blackcurrant, chocolate and hints of mint… a marvellous match with slow-cooked lamb shanks,…
  • Charlotte’s Web Pinot Grigio

    BoozeMonkey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:47 am
    South Australia’s boutique winemaker Fox Gordon is winning growing numbers of admirers with its range of reds and whites out of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, and their 2014 Charlotte’s Web label Pinot Grigio is a rewarding example of what a hands-on, small-family maker can achieve with the variety. In this Pinot Grigio, winemaker Tash Mooney has crafted a wine which has lovely varietal pear and apple flavours along with a captivating hint of lime, and one that’s sure to appeal to the fast-growing ranks of Pinot Grigio enthusiasts in this country – as in so many others around…
  • Fifth Leg 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    A 2014 Chardonnay from Fifth Leg in Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of those whites that many consider is best enjoyed when served nicely chilled during the heat of Summer, but in reality it’s one to savour all year round. With a lovely crisp palate of crunchy apples, leading to tasty stone-fruit flavours, it has a marvellous lime-juice finish and really does benefit from being served well-chilled… perfect with fried whitebait. The quirkily-named Fifth Leg winery got its name from the discovery of a fossilised skeleton of a Tasmanian Devil in a cave in Margaret River a…
  • 2013 Logan Shiraz

    BoozeMonkey
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re fond of a good Shiraz, grab yourself a bottle of the 2013 Logan from Orange in the NSW Central Ranges – 2013 was a great year for Shiraz out there, and this one from Peter Logan is a particular stand-out. Medium-bodied and full of cool-climate, red-berry flavours and spice, it’s a great example of what can come out of high-altitude regions like Orange, and particularly so in the hands of winemakers like Peter who is a more than dab hand with this particular variety. “It’s exactly what I want from our Shiraz,” he says, adding that the variety all but makes itself in the…
  • McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon

    BoozeMonkey
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’ve long sung the praises of Neil McGuigan as the Master of Semillon in the Hunter Valley, a region itself renowned as amongst the world’s finest for production of this easy-drinking varietal. And while he’s done it again with his 2014 McGuigan Bin Series 9000 Semillon, it wasn’t all plain-sailing: dry and cool conditions began the growing season, followed by an extreme heatwave as harvest started, and then regular rain. Despite it all, Neil came through with a great Semillon which is suitable for cellaring, but if you can’t wait, pull the cork now and enjoy with a grilled…
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  • hop to your wine glass

    grapefriend
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:42 pm
    It’s happy hour and maybe you’re distracted or maybe you’ve had many sips – have no fear, now everyone can keep track of their glass with these cute bunny ear glass markers.   You can also liven things up and put them on the rim for real rabbit fun. (Actually, that would be great for Easter! … Continue reading →
  • olive & poppy obsession

    grapefriend
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    California wine country produces a ton of wine and food, but I like when it inspires non-wine products too – and Olive & Poppy has taken grapey accessories to the next level. Love their totes ($76) – spacious, rugged, and stylish with three cool grapefriendy features: 1) It has an inner attached wine pocket to … Continue reading →
  • i hope you like jammin’ too

    grapefriend
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    One of the best parts of being a houseguest is getting treated to a homemade breakfast. But any good grapefriend would never show up to the table empty-handed. We show up with the proper gifts that add a grapey touch to the meal.   I mean you can have some regular blueberry jam, but what … Continue reading →
  • gem of a wine cooler

    grapefriend
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    It’s summer time, and that means getting invited to lots of fun things like BBQs, pool parties, and summer house weekends! Fun will be had and wine will be drunk, but you don’t want to show up to your host’s house empty handed. So this week we’re going to be giving some great grapey recommendations … Continue reading →
  • randall grahm wants you to name a new grape!

    grapefriend
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    Randall Grahm is one of the coolest winemakers. Not only does he do a ton of experimenting with his Bonny Doon wines, but he has a ton of fun with the names (like the 2013 I’m Not Drinking Any £#ƒ€!¢ Merlot!) and gives them whimsical labels with alien spaceships (full story on that here). He recently launched a crowdfunding … Continue reading →
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  • More Kosher Zin Please

    Lou
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    Review of Agua Dulce Zinfandel 2010 and Barrelhound Blended Scotch Whisky.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  July 2015   Making wine commercially is an expensive proposition, doing so with Kashrus certification is, on balance, even more so. Finding Sabbath observant Jewish labor can add considerably to the cost of doing business in many parts of the wine producing world, after all. This is part of the reason that there are such a limited number of fully kosher wineries outside of Israel. Likewise, this is partly why the majority of the world’s…
  • Meritage For The Summer

    Lou
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:44 am
    Reviews of Teperberg Meritage Shomron 2013, Pacifica Evan’s Collection Washington Meritage 2010 and Chivas Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  August 2015   It is hot. It is humid. So what should one pair on a summer’s eve with grilled beef, such as a juicy, gloriously fat-marbled, rib-eye steak? There are several options that pair well with grilled meats. Both Zinfandel and Syrah, for example, are considered classic grill food pairings as these tend to showcase bold fruit flavors and with a little spice. We…
  • Its Tomato Time

    Lou
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    Review of Dalton Pinot Gris 2014 and a look at the “Bloody Mary.”   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  August 13, 2015   Its tomato season and we couldn’t be happier. Whether sliced into Caprese salad, pureed into a summer pasta dish, grilled when green or simply salted and popped into the mouth, tomatoes are one of the best features of summer. The past years have seen the widespread appearance of “heirloom” varieties with names like Azoychka, Black Pear, Limmony, Great White and Dr. Wyche’s Yellow that vary widely in color,…
  • Charity Begins In The Vineyard

    Lou
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    Reviews of the Flam Blanc 2013 and the Few Spirits Rye.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  June 2015   Many within the wine and liquor industry are remarkably generous. Rare is the charity auction that doesn’t feature some donated wine or a special bottle of spirits. Typically, such donated items range anywhere from gift-baskets with wine and glasses to sumptuous 10 course wine-pairing dinners to hot-air balloon trips over the Napa Valley. These are often donated by distilleries, distributers, wineries or others within the industry. Often even…
  • Democracy Of Reviews

    Lou
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:21 am
    Hooray for more wine reviewers. But stay away from most “celebrity” endorsements.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  June 2015   When it comes to the formal evaluation of wines and spirits, the advent of the internet and the rise of social media have fundamentally altered, to some degree even leveled, and largely democratized the playing field. Now practically anyone with a computer can give voice to their views.   Such developments as this are to be welcomed and applauded. It is nearly impossible for a single individual, especially…
 
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    YYC Wine

  • Two Brunellos from 2010 Left: Siro Pacenti Vecchie Vigne -...

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Two Brunellos from 2010 Left: Siro Pacenti Vecchie Vigne - light on look but a roaring V8 on the mid palate and finish. Walnut, cherry and cranberry with espresso and loam over the mid. Dusty tannins that finish for an eternity. Spectacular! $130 Right: Talenti - markedly lighter and more elegant on the palate with raspberry and cherry and vivacious acid. Less complex than the Vecchie Vigne but two different wines stylistically. Magnum - $150 #italy #wine @bonterracalgary @trialtoab #brunello #brunellodimontalcino #yyc #yycwine #photooftheday #picoftheday (at Bonterra Trattoria)
  • 2004 L'Aventure Stephan Ridge Syrah - rich and meaty nose with...

    21 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    2004 L'Aventure Stephan Ridge Syrah - rich and meaty nose with notes of teriyaki, black pepper, black berry and currant. Wonderful acid core carries a sweet black tea mid palate. Superb for a wine that probably wasn’t meant to age this long. $24 #pasorobles #usa #wine #syrah #thegoodlife #yyc
  • 2009 Quinta de Ventozelo Touriga Nacional - rich, opulent...

    15 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    2009 Quinta de Ventozelo Touriga Nacional - rich, opulent bouquet and palate of black plum, berries, violets, loam and espresso. Tannins still have shoulders and carry this powerful wine through a long finish. Superb balance. $32 #portugal #touriganacional #wine #picoftheday #thegoodlife (at Historic Reesor Ranch)
  • Wine Cellar 101

    6 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Adrian Bryksa 6 handy tips to help build and enjoy your collection.Location, Location, LocationWine...
  • Beets two ways with goat cheese, mint leaves and walnuts from...

    5 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Beets two ways with goat cheese, mint leaves and walnuts from @charcut in #yyc #nomnom #photooftheday #gastropost (at CHARCUT Roast House)
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    SourMashed

  • Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Peach Whiskey Review

    sour1382
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Peach Whiskey is one of many fruit whiskey offering from Leopold Bros, one of Colorado’s finest small batch artisan spirits distillers.  If you ask the guys who make it why they add a dash of fruit juice here and there to what is otherwise outstanding whiskey, they’ll probably tell you how 100 years ago, this kind of thing was typical. While I’m all for history, I have to admit that I am a little uncertain here. It seems like this trend is but a classier version of flavored whiskey. As to the state theme, it is simply where the fruit comes…
  • St. George Single Malt Whiskey Review

    sour1382
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:04 am
    St. George Single Malt Whiskey is one of the most well respected American whiskeys on the market today. From all of the top publications in the industry, it has consistently been named one of the best. What is even more impressive about that is that it isn’t named one of the best American single malts, an admittedly small category. It is one of the best overall whiskeys, which is a much more impressive feat. With such positive press, we were quite excited to dive deep into this bottle. And St. George Single Malt Whiskey sure did deliver on all the hype! According to the people who make…
  • Bainbridge Organic Vanilla Vodka Review

    sour1382
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Bainbridge Organic Vanilla Vodka is what happens when you take some Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka and you then proceed to add some vanilla to it. Think of it this way. If you love Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka but have ever thought to yourself, ” gee, I wish this had some vanilla in it,” then Bainbridge Organic Vanilla Vodka is clearly for you. In a way, I see Bainbridge Organic Vanilla Vodka as a throwback to an earlier day of flavored vodka. Around the turn of the century, vanilla vodkas were all the rage. Now, citrus and more esoteric flavors seem to be the norm.
  • St. George All Purpose Vodka Review

    sour1382
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    St. George All Purpose Vodka holds a couple awards in my heart. First and foremost, it deserves an award for the most descriptive name. Nothing flowery here from any marketing folks. Just all purpose vodka and the name of the distillery. I like the simplicity of that. The other great positive is St. George’s honestly about this product. They say that St. George All Purpose Vodka is describes as such because it the perfect base for whatever your vodka mixing needs are. Unlike any sort of flavored vodka that might be good for one thing but not another, St. George All Purpose Vodka will…
  • Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey Review

    sour1382
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey is the whiskey that introduced me to the fact that there is such a thing as Maryland-style rye. Until that first sip of Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey, I simply thought that rye whiskey was rye whiskey. Thankfully, this stuff set me straight. Apparently, that spicy, dry rye that I am so used to having (and loving, by the way) is more of a Pennsylvania-style rye. Maryland-style rye is the opposite. Much more flowery and gentle. With that learning in hand, it is time to dive into the Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey. As previously…
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    HoseMaster of Wine™

  • EPHEMERA: Let Your Gizmos Go!

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the questions I’m asked frequently is, “Do aerators work?” The answer is no, they’re a fraud, a simple trick, but, like placebos, if you believe they work, they work. But that’s not what’s on my mind, really. Why do so many people who love wine feel the need to try and improve the wines they’ve purchased? Where’s the joy in that? Where’s the sense? You have to serve it in the proper stem or you’re missing something. You need to aerate it using Bernouli’s principle to release all that...
  • Blind Book Review: Karen MacNeil's "The Wine Bible 2nd Edition"

    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The only bibles I’ve ever read were television bibles, which are the keys to the characters and plotlines, written by the series’ creators, of individual television series. Television bibles teach us to worship Mammon, and Norman Lear. Mammon has more hit shows. As well as the leading Republican candidate for President. The Bible, capitalized, and usually qualified by the word “Holy,” as in “cow” and “shit,” is a book that, ashamedly, I’ve never read. The publisher refused to send me a review...
  • A Child's Guide to Wine 2

    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    WHY ARE THERE SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF WINES? Have you ever noticed how every bottle of wine Mommy brings home from the store is different? Except for the one with that kangaroo on it that she hides and drinks when Daddy’s not around. You know, the one that smells like somebody farted in the kangaroo’s pouch. That’s called Yellow Tail, and you should never put it in your mouth. Also, it means two different things when Mommy says, “I need some Yellow Tail,” and when Daddy says, “I need some...
  • Tools Actually Do Go Out of Fashion

    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Photo by Louis Villard--My Hero! When I was 13, my friend and I wrote and illustrated an “underground” newspaper called “The Squealer.” It was filled with incredibly juvenile humor. So pretty much exactly like what I do now. Only I was a juvenile then, and it seemed OK. John and I would write it over the weekend, I’d type it up, hunting and pecking, John would illustrate it, and my mother would take it to her school (she taught high school English) and mimeograph about 25 copies, which we would...
  • Riedel Threatens the HoseMaster of Wine™--Hand Blow Me

    6 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s about time… Someone has finally threatened the HoseMaster of Wine™. For this post on Tim Atkin's award-winning site. Me, a lowly, bottom-feeding satirist, threatened by a billionaire glass blower. It’s the stuff of comedy, ladies and gentlemen. And yet it’s not. The world’s most important Austrian since a guy named Adolf is upset because I wrote a satirical piece about his company. Hey, Georg, it’s what I do! It’s what I’ve been doing here for the past six years. I’ve insulted better...
 
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    Liz Palmer's Wine, Spirit & More Blog

  • From one harvest to the next – Richard Geoffroy

    Liz Palmer
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:44 pm
    “In only a few weeks my attention will be fully devoted to the 2015 vintage. The month of August is the calm before the storm, the perfect time to reflect on the past and contemplate the tasks to come. Since my last recap on the 2014 harvest I have had the opportunity to taste the wines several times. In 2014 the selection of vineyards and grapes themselves were of utmost importance. The sanitary conditions created a scarcity effect, and we could only hope to reach our goal of excellence through careful and drastic sorting. The 2014 vintage was certainly heterogeneous: however there…
  • Wines of Sicily ~ Part 1 – Sicilia en Primeur 2015

    Liz Palmer
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:29 pm
    The 12th edition of Sicilia en Primeur was held this year in Taormina at the Grand Hotel, Atlantis Bay from April 14th to April 18th. Organized by Assovini Sicily, it’s one of the most important events of the year – it’s the international preview of the last vintage, addressed to both Italian and international press. Who is the Assovini Sicily? Assovini Sicilia was founded in1998 by three leading wineries: Diego Planeta (Planeta Estates); Giacomo Rallo (Tenuta di Donnafugata); and Lucio Tasca d’Almerita (Conte Tasca d’Almerita) for the purposes to meet the challenges of the…
  • Veuve Clicquot RICH – The Champagne for Mixologists

    Liz Palmer
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Each year LVMH unveils exclusive new products that celebrate the summer season. One of their latest sun-drenched offerings debuts with “RICH”, a new champagne from Veuve Clicquot. Enveloped in seductive silver foil, RICH is an exciting new expression of Veuve Clicquot’s savoir-faire, created specially to be used in mixed cocktails. RICH is sweeter than other champagnes and brings out the best in the fruit and vegetable that it’s mixed with. Cellar Master Dominique Demarville reconnected with the origins of Champagne-making traditions, when sparkling wines were dubbed…
  • UNESCO adds Champagne Slopes, Houses and Cellars to World Heritage List

    Liz Palmer
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:23 pm
    The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has decided to include the Champagne slopes, houses and cellars on its World Heritage List. The 21 representatives of the state parties to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention unanimously voted in favor of including the Champagne slopes, houses and cellars on the World Heritage List in the Living Cultural Landscapes category. The committee members recognized their ‘Exceptional Universal Value’ and deemed that the protection and management conditions for the proposed property had been fulfilled. The Association Paysages du Champagne spent eight years…
  • Champagne Bureau, USA Launches Interactive Map of Champagne Region

    Liz Palmer
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    The Champagne Bureau, USA today has launched an interactive map of the Champagne region.   Here you can explore the towns and areas that make up the world-famous wine appellation that produces the unique sparkling wine called Champagne. From the city of Reims to the Côte des Bars, the interactive map allows users to click on different towns and locales to learn more about the areas, including their unique history and fun facts. View map here: http://bit.ly/1Bl6e3g Source:  The Champagne Bureau, USA
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • Wine Word Wednesday: Terrior

    Debbie
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:11 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Terrior appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • The Back Story of Ventosa’s Award Winning Lemberger

    Debbie
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    You know there is a story for everything.  I have a story about Ventosa’s Lemberger which I didn’t realize until Courtney told me Thursday evening at the REO Speedwagon concert. If you aren’t sure what I am talking about, Ventosa’s Lemberger won the Governor’s Cup at the New York Wine & Food Classic, which is the wine competition I work the back room in. First a little background on Ventosa and Jenna Lavita their winemaker. Ventosa is a taste of Tuscany in the Finger Lakes. They have 23 acres planted of vinifera grapes that include Pinot Noir, Lemberger,…
  • Notable Quotes from Wine Bloggers Conference in the Finger Lakes #WBC15

    Debbie
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    There is so much to be learned at the Wine Bloggers Conference.  Both about wine and and about marketing.  Instead o writing an indepth review I thought I’d share with you notable quotes. Some are funny, some serious and some educational.  Karen MacNeil Keynote “Wine should never be stripped of its culture. To know Malbec, you need to know the Tango” ~ Karen MacNeil “Be on top of your game all the time!” ~ Karen MacNeil “Why are hybrids such crappy grape” ~ Wine Folly (Madeline Puckette) “Wineries that make bad hybrids, also make…
  • Finger Lakes Wine Country Trip: NY Wine & Food Classic to Wine Bloggers Conference #WBC15

    Debbie
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
      I just got back from a packed filled week in the Finger Lakes.  Here are some of the highlight of my week that began working at the New York Wine & Food Classic which is a wine competition of all of New York State wines.  When that concluded I moved from Watkins Glen to Corning for the Wine Bloggers Conference.   I had a week full of eating, drinking and learning lots. Chef & Wine Judge Jerry Pellegrino preparing our opening evening dinner   Smoke Salmon Belly which was amazing All the wine glasses ready for the final sweeps   The view from our room at…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Noble Rot

    Debbie
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:10 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Noble Rot appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
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  • The Back Story of Ventosa's Award Winning Lemberger

    Debbie Gioquindo
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You know there is a story for everything.  I have a story about Ventosa's Lemberger which I didn't realize until Courtney told me Thursday evening at the REO Speedwagon concert. If you aren't sure what I am talking about, Ventosa's Lemberger won the Governor's Cup at the New York Wine & Food Classic, which is the wine competition I work the back room in.First a little background on Ventosa and Jenna Lavita their winemaker.Ventosa is a taste of Tuscany in the Finger Lakes. They have 23 acres planted of vinifera grapes that include Pinot Noir, Lemberger, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Terrior

    Debbie Gioquindo
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
  • Notable Quotes from Wine Bloggers Conference in the Finger Lakes #WBC15

    Debbie Gioquindo
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    There is so much to be learned at the Wine Bloggers Conference.  Both about wine and and about marketing.  Instead o writing an indepth review I thought I'd share with you notable quotes. Some are funny, some serious and some educational.Karen MacNeil Keynote"Wine should never be stripped of its culture. To know Malbec, you need to know the Tango" ~ Karen MacNeil"Be on top of your game all the time!" ~ Karen MacNeil"Why are hybrids such crappy grape" ~ Wine Folly (Madeline Puckette)"Wineries that make bad hybrids, also make bad vinifera""Generation Open - tired of Cabernet and…
  • Finger Lakes Wine Country Trip: NY Wine & Food Classic to Wine Bloggers Conference #WBC15

    Debbie Gioquindo
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    I just got back from a packed filled week in the Finger Lakes.  Here are some of the highlight of my week that began working at the New York Wine & Food Classic which is a wine competition of all of New York State wines.  When that concluded I moved from Watkins Glen to Corning for the Wine Bloggers Conference.I had a week full of eating, drinking and learning lots.Chef & Wine Judge Jerry Pellegrino preparing our opening evening dinnerSmoke Salmon Belly which was amazingAll the wine glasses ready for the final sweepsThe view from our room at Watkins Glen Harbor HotelNew York…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Noble Rot

    Debbie Gioquindo
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
 
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • "The Washington Post": Why should you get to know Georgian wines? Because they’re exciting

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    by Dave McIntyre29.08.2015.  We tend to think of the classic vinifera wine grape varieties as European, meaning French, Italian and Spanish. But vinifera’s origin lies to the east, in the Caucasus region: where Europe and Asia intersect, where ancient trade routes crisscrossed the mountains between the Black Sea and Persia, and near where the Bible says Noah planted a vineyard after the ark settled on Mount Ararat. This is where the oldest archaeological evidence of wine production, vinifera seeds in clay vessels, was found. Both Georgia and Armenia claim to be wine’s homeland, as…
  • Travel, old and new wine countries: Georgian wines in China

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    by Ellen Wallace28.08.2015. Sometimes you learn about wine in unexpected places and ways. I was in Beijing in mid-June and found myself invited to a Georgian wine tasting at a coffee bar, High Altitude. To be honest, I knew nothing about Georgian wine except that the country has been making it since forever, and that it is famous for a traditional process, making wine in underground egg-shaped vessels, amphorae called qvevri.I was invited by a young Chinese friend, WX, with whom I had been discussing Swiss wine. I wanted to see how a group of Chinese professionals in their 20s and 30s reacted…
  • 3 Georgian wines by Shumi win gold awards at China's CWSA contest

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:41 am
    27.08.2015 (Hvino News). Three Georgian wines have won prizes at China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA) 2015. All the winning wines are from one Georgian producer - Shumi Wine Company. The China Wine & Spirits Awards,  based in Hong Kong, is one of the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in China.The Georgian prize-winners are:Shumi Saperavi 2014"Double Gold Medal"Shumi Tsinandali 2013"Gold"Shumi Mukuzani Georgica 2013 "Gold"Last February Shumi company has already won 3 more medals at CWSA's 2015 "Best Value" Competition, together with several other…
  • Georgia to present United Nations with a qvevri

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    26.08.2015 (Hvino News). The Georgia's Foreign Ministry is planning to present a qvevri (traditional clay pot used for storing and fermenting wine in Georgia) to the UN Offices in Geneva. The gift will be on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.In 2013, Georgia’s unique traditional method of qvevri wine-making was added to Intangible Cultural Heritage list of UNESCO - the United Nations' educational, scientific and cultural organisation (read more here). To express its recognition for inclusion in the protected heritage list, Georgia will send a qvevri to the…
  • Georgia increases agricultural exports to EU and US

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    25.08.2015. The amount of Georgian agricultural products exported to the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) is increasing, says the country’s Ministry of Agriculture.Georgia’s leading exports - wine and spirits, hazelnuts and mineral waters – are being enjoyed by more people in the EU and the US – two of the world’s largest consumer markets – adding value back into Georgia’s economy.The country’s Ministry of Agriculture published data stating exports of Georgian agricultural products to the US increased by 21 percent in January-July 2015 compared to the same period…
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    Mad about Madeira

  • H M Borges – 10 Years Old Boal

    Niklas Jorgensen
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
      He’s one of those we speak too little about, working more quietly in the background. But the expression in his wines are just classic, often shaped the elegant way, and they’re all about balance. Some might say his experience speaks through the wines but it’s more than that; Ivo Couto is a fine winemaker and one of the best when it comes to the complex art of blending. Here’s to H.M. Borges and their brilliant oenologist. Blending isn’t something you just do. It calls for experience and a great nose and palate. Just ask the people in Champagne or a Cognac…
  • #madeirawineday

    Niklas Jorgensen
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
      It’s gorgeous, the 1999 Sercial Colheita from d’Oliveiras. Bottled in 2013, it offers a green almonds character, sour lemons and an iodeni’sh herbal character. I love it! The sourness, the refreshing style, the balance. Somebody, I think it was our great Madeira expert & connaisseur Rui Falcao, described the 1977 Terrantez from d’Oliveiras as bottled electric acidity. That’s a great definition but honestly, it should include more Madeira wines. The 1999 Sercial for example, which I poured on #madeirawineday. I’m Mad about Madeira. And I was overwhelmed by the Madeira…
  • Vinhos Barbeito – The 10 Years Old Verdelho

    Niklas Jorgensen
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
      A new Colheita or Vintage Madeira? Then I’m like a child on Christmas Eve with all the anticipation that follows. It’s a great joy to taste something just released and I know the producers are as excited. After all; it’s hardly an every day event. It’s easy to write a new post about these wines. It’s just as easy to forget writing about those wines which, with unfailing loyalty more or less, always stands there on the shelves – and delivers. Let’s highlight the blends! Whether you go for a 10 years Old Sercial, Verdelho, Bual or Malvasia…
  • Passion For Wine, Passion For Verdelho

    Niklas Jorgensen
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
      You know, it’s not all fortified. Madeira wine that is. Although the table wines only represents a fraction of the island’s total production, they are to be found. But – there is always a but – just a few of them have been interesting enough to write about up to date. Hence their absence on this site. That doesn’t mean I’m not following them. Au contraire, I’m actually cheering for these, roughly a dozen of producers who commit themselves to table wines, and I do try to stay updated at each visit. Therefore, I was thrilled to meet Filipe…
  • Vote Madeira In Wine Blog Awards

    Niklas Jorgensen
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:50 am
      Later in 2015, Mad about Madeira is celebrating seven years on the world wide web. That’s a long time on the Internet and I’ve seen many other wine sites come and go. I guess some were hoping cyberspace would bring fortune and glory and when finding out writing a wine page hardly pays the bills, they continued their entrepreneurship elsewhere. That’s just fine. But Mad about Madeira remains because it’s fed upon passion, the love of a breathtaking wine, and the amazing people surrounding the wine! For me, there’s no greater wine in the world than Madeira.
 
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    Total Wine & More

  • Total Wine & More Anniversary: Celebrating 10 Years in Florida

    totalwineandmore
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ten years ago we opened our first Florida Total Wine & More location in Tampa. Today, there are 25 Total Wine & More locations in Florida, and we are still growing. In honor of our 10th anniversary, we wanted to take a moment and thank all of our loyal Florida customers for welcoming us into your community. Our Tampa store, the first in Florida, taken the morning of our Grand Opening on August 30, 2005. It has been a pleasure serving the Florida communities that we are a part of. In honor of our 10th anniversary, we’re throwing a state-wide celebration September 3rd through…
  • We’re Open in Milford, Connecticut!

    totalwineandmore
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    Total Wine & More is thrilled to be open our third store in Connecticut! The new store is located at 230 Cherry Street in Milford — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting on Thursday, August 27 at 4:00 P.M. (Click here to see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities). We’re excited to finally set up shop in Milford and to be able to give our Connecticut customers a third location to shop at in addition to our Norwalk and Manchester locations. We can’t wait to get involved and start giving back to the wonderful Milford community. We’ve got…
  • 5 Whiskey Sours You’ve Never Heard Of

    totalwineandmore
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    Happy National Whiskey Sour Day! Here are five liquor-licious versions of the old favorite to help you celebrate. If variations aren’t your thing, you can always go old school and mix up one of our favorite versions – the original whiskey sour. The Baltimore Bang (via Saveur) Photo credit: Todd Coleman If you prefer bourbon, this is your drink! Apricot brandy helps it pack that special “bang!”, but you can also go the route Saveur did and use cognac. 2. The New York Sour (via Liquor.com) Photo credit: Jacques Bezuidenhout of Liquor.com Here’s to you, red wine…
  • We’re Opening our 3rd Location in Las Vegas (Centennial Hills)!

    totalwineandmore
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Total Wine & More is thrilled to be opening ourthird store in Las Vegas, Nevada! The new store will be located at 5720 Centennial Center Blvd in Centennial Hills — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday August 20th at 4:00 P.M. (Clickhereto see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities). This is our 4th store in Nevada,and our 118th store in the nation. We’re looking forward to finally settling inCentennial Hills, and even more excited to be members of this lively and growing neighborhood.  Stop by the store August 20-23 and join us in…
  • Wine and Beer Classes for July: Take Your Knowledge to the Next Level!

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

  • #HOTGV Episode Seven: On coffee with James Hoffmann

    Qin Xie
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    For this episode of Heard on the Grape Vine, I spoke to James Hoffmann, founder and CEO of Square Mile Coffee. I met James at the London Coffee Festival earlier this year where I attended one of his tutored tasting sessions. As a coffee enthusiast, I was excited to learn about the terroir potential of coffee. Keen to learn more, I headed to their roastery in East London for this podcast. There, over a fresh brew of filtered coffee, we talked about this stimulating drink. I think what surprised me was that even amidst all the coffee geekery, James was impressively level-headed about the…
  • Wine storage 101: The ten golden rules

    Qin Xie
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    The small peaks in temperature that we briefly called a heat wave in London is long over. But in the few days of stifling humidity, I did wonder: are my wines going to taste ok when I come to taste them in the autumn? I, like many others who live in the city, have trouble with space. Without a garage or a cellar, finding a place to store wines at the right temperature can be a real issue. This is especially true if you’re living in rented accommodation and you don’t want to make the investment of getting a wine fridge. Just then, Ebba Riismark from winestoragecompany.co.uk got…
  • #HOTGV: On Innis & Gunn with Dougal Sharp

    Qin Xie
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    A while ago, I went to Edinburgh for the film festival. I was a guest of Innis & Gunn who were sponsoring the event. I wasn’t familiar with the brand at the time but it seemed like a good way to get to know the friendly bunch behind the brand. Fast forward a few years and the business has grown into a multi-million pound company. I must admit, although I’m much more familiar with the products, I still didn’t know that much about the company. So last month, when Dougal Sharp, the founder and CEO of Innis & Gunn, came to do a home-brewing demonstration at The…
  • #HOTGV: On Vins Colombo with Laure Colombo

    Qin Xie
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:28 am
    Last month, I met a young winemaker called Laure Colombo over dinner at 28:50 in London. She makes wines at the family vineyard, Vins Colombo, with her father Jean Luc Colombo. It’s a little domaine in Cornas, Northern Rhone, started by her parents in the 80s. It was just before the RAW Fair came to London and, knowing that I was going to make a podcast at RAW, I wanted to get her thoughts on natural wine. Unusually for someone so young (it didn’t seem polite to ask but I guessed at no more than 30), Laure had the confidence to speak about her wine as an extension of herself. The…
  • A taste from New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards

    Qin Xie
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    My first taste of the 2015 vintage came from Marlborough, New Zealand, from the Marisco Vineyards. I tasted through part of the Marisco portfolio at The Merchant’s Tavern with owner and winemaker Brent Marris. Wines at the Marisco tasting at The Merchant’s Tavern Having tasted through a whole bunch of mostly okay, occasionally mediocre, 2014 vintages from other parts of the world this year, the 2015 from Marisco made a refreshing change. It should come as no surprise really – Marris has been in wine all his life. Brent’s father, John Marris, had been one of the first…
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    Fareham Wine Cellar Blog

  • Matching Wine with Pork Pie

    fwcadmin
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    Matching Wine with Pork Pie Who doesn’t love pork pies? They are little parcels of porky, pastry loveliness and some of the best around are made by local pork pie specialist Jake’s Artisan Foods. I first managed to get my hands on some of Jake’s Pork Pies at the 2014 Vineyards of Hampshire Festival at Jenkyn Place near Bentley. This year the  2015 Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival was held at Hambledon Vineyard and I knew I had to make a bee-line for some of Jake’s Pork Pies as soon as I got there, because they always sell out very quickly.  Jon Kaye is the man…
  • Autumn 2015 Wine Course

    fwcadmin
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Autumn 2015 Wine Course Please find below the details for the Autumn 2015 Wine Course starting in September 2015. Autumn 2015 Wine Course With Daria Kenefeck @ Lysses House Hotel 51 High Street Fareham Hampshire PO16 7BQ Course Code: LHAU1512 Course Length: 12 weeks Start date: Thursday 17th September 2015 Finish date: Thursday 10th December 2015 Mid term break: Thursday 29th October 2015 Cost: £156.00 per person including wine Please note that this course is very popular, I advise booking ASAP if you wish to attend. A message from Daria, “Please could you let me know by the end of…
  • Vineyards of Hampshire

    fwcadmin
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival 2015   The Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival 2015 was held at Hambledon Vineyard on Sunday 12th July 2015. The Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival is a small, but perfectly formed, wine festival consisting of several Hampshire Wineries, all of whom are Hampshire Sparkling Wine Producers, and local Hampshire food producers. The food producers come together through the Hampshire Fare association. The festival moves location each year and it is shared between the various Hampshire wineries that take part. I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural…
  • Grahams Vintage Port Bond

    fwcadmin
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    Grahams Vintage Port Bond One of the things I am often asked about at Fareham Wine Cellar is supplying wine or Port for Christening or wedding gifts. This can be tricky thing to do when someone wants to actually buy wine or Port from the year of the wedding or Christening. A lot of people don’t appreciate that the wines or Ports from the current year will not be available straight away and they often want to give it as a present ASAP. A nice idea, but winemaking takes time. Inquiries for Christening or wedding gifts can come throughout the viticultural year so I often have to explain,…
  • Tedeschi Winemaker’s Dinner Review

    fwcadmin
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:01 am
    Tedeschi Winemaker’s Dinner Review with Riccardo Tedeschi Tuesday 16th June 2015 @ Lysses House Hotel Last week we were very lucky to have a visit from Riccardo Tedeschi, winemaker from the world renowned Tedeschi Wines. I have written a bit more about Tedeschi Wines and you can see the full menu and wines at my previous blog post. I would like to thank Riccardo for his time and for showing a range his fabulous wines in an informative and humorous manner. This would also not have been possible without Matthew Nutt of John E Fells (Tedeschi’s UK agents). Riccardo Tedeschi Before…
 
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  • A look at August in Northwest wine country

    Great Northwest Wine
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    A worker is silhouetted by early morning sun and dust during harvest Aug. 7 near Zillah, Wash. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) As we take a look at August through photos we took, one thing becomes clear (as if it already wasn’t): Harvest is hot and heavy. One of the earliest starts to harvest in the history of Washington took place when Treveri Cellars brought in Chardonnay on Aug. 7 from a small vineyard near the Rattlesnake Hills town of Zillah. Harvest never, ever starts before the annual Auction of Washington Wines, but this year’s event was filled with winemakers…
  • Mercer Estates 2014 Culloden Vineyard Viognier, Horse Heaven Hills, $16

    Great Northwest Wine
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:48 pm
    This 70-acre estate site near the community of Alderdale, Wash., was established in 2009 and these 4 acres of Viognier serve as the only block of white grapes grown at Culloden Vineyard. A 23-day fermentation in Italian clay amphorae and the hottest vintage on record makes for aromas of Mandarin orange, caramel corn, cardamom, white pepper, yellow rose and Horse Heaven Hills wind-blown dust. The drink delivers clean flavors of honeydew melon, cantaloupe and banana, which are supported by delicious citrusy acidity. Rating: Recommended Production: 338 cases Alcohol: 13.6% Winery website Wine of…
  • Bateaux Cellars 2014 Rosé of Sangiovese, Yakima Valley, $16

    Great Northwest Wine
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:57 am
    Airfield Estates grower/winemaker Marcus Miller enjoys his small-lot work for this family-operated tasting room and winery on the west side of the Cascades, near the Mount Rainier-fed Cowlitz River. Their collaboration on this blush-style wine opens with a beautiful pink wardrobe and aromas of cotton candy, strawberry-watermelon, sweet orange and lime zest. Inside are clean flavors of cherry candy, strawberry taffy and Circus Peanut candy. There’s a smooch of sweetness in front of the orange juice acidity, making it a pleasant summer sipper. Rating: Recommended Production: 36 cases Alcohol:…
  • Oregon Wine Board sponsors Feast Portland marquee dinner

    Eric Degerman
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Christopher Czarnecki, second-generation chef/owner of The Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Ore., won the Oregon Wine Board’s inaugural A-List Restaurant Award in 2015. (Photo by © Evrim Icoz Photography/courtesy of Joel Palmer House) PORTLAND — The Oregon Wine Board wants to contribute to the success of Bon Appétit magazine’s Feast Portland, so the state wine industry’s marketing agency has joined on as sponsor of Smoked! — the marquee event of the four-day food festival that raises money to battle childhood hunger. Smoked!, which will spotlight the work of The Joel Palmer House…
  • Hamilton Cellars 2010 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $30

    Great Northwest Wine
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:20 pm
    This Red Mountain winery combines an opulent, 23-month barrel program of 60% new oak with berries from Conner Lee, Stillwater Creek and Gamache vineyards leads to a nose of medium toast with chocolate-covered cherry, Marionberry, cocoa powder and candela leaf tobacco. The drink features an alluring dark blue fruit profile of blueberry, pomegranate and Western serviceberry. Balanced acidity and tanning makes for good length and a finish of vanilla and black pepper. Rating: Excellent Production: 250 cases Alcohol: 14.9% Winery website Wine of the Week newsletter The post Hamilton Cellars 2010…
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    Vinos Ambiz, SL (Terroir-expressing, natural wines (Sierra de Gredos, Spain)

  • Albillo Harvest Time in Sierra de Gredos

    Fabio
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    Yes, it's that time of year again! I did my first Albillo harvest two weeks ago on 8th August, and my second one last Saturday on 15th August. Albillo, a white variety, ripens several weeks before all other grape varieties (at least here in Spain). This is quite convenient for me, as for a few weeks, as the different Albillo plots ripen and are harvested, I get to practice or warm up as it were for the main harvests of all my other varieties. Then, once I've picked all my Albillo plots and processed the grapes, I get to have a mini-break (the calm before the storm) before starting on my…
  • Winding down for the summer

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

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

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

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

  • Wonderful Wines from West Sonoma Coast

    CraigTG
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:33 pm
    If you’re on the hunt for outstanding Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, we’d like to suggest some wines made from grapes grown in the western Sonoma Coast area.  Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of attending the 5th annual West of West Wine Festival in Sebastopol (from the West Sonoma Coast Vintners) showcasing premier cool-climate wines from Fort Ross-Seaview and Green Valley AVAs as well as other popular growing regions like Annapolis, Freestone, Occidental and Sebastopol Hills. Red Car Wine Keep reading and we’ll tell you about our favorite Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the…
  • Pinot in the City: San Francisco Welcomes Oregon Pinot Noirs

    CraigTG
    16 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Panther Creek Cellars, coming to Pinot in the City Call your friends and rearrange your plans because Pinot in the City from the Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) is coming to San Francisco on August 26 and you really don’t want to miss it.  The WVWA is celebrating 50 years since Pinot Noir was first planted in their beloved Valley so come join 65 top Oregon wineries for a fun evening where you can taste wines, meet the winemakers, rediscover old favorites and/or fall in love with something new. The last time this event came to San Francisco was in 2012 and we’ve really…
  • Suggestion for Next Sunday: The Napa Valley Wine Library Association Annual Tasting

    CraigTG
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Celebrate summer and Napa Valley wines next Sunday at a classic (and lovely) wine tasting event: the Napa Valley Wine Library Association Annual Tasting.  Now in its 53rd year, this walk-around tasting will be held under the sheltering oaks of The Grove at Silverado Resort & Spa (1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa) on August 9th between 5 and 7 pm.  The theme this year is “Toasting the Twelves” so you can expect plenty of samples from the 2012 vintage. TheNapa Valley Wine Library Association (NVWLA) was founded in 1963 as a resource for information about wine. Today, the Association…
  • Heritage Fire: Pigs, Fire, Wines and More in Napa Valley

    CraigTG
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Grab your forks because Heritage Fire, a whole animal live-fire, outdoor food and wine event returns to Charles Krug Winery (2800 Main Street, St. Helena) on Sunday, August 2, 2015 between 3pm and 7 pm. If you move quickly, you can still purchase tickets for this massive collection of culinary experts cooking for a crowd of meat and wine enthusiasts (including you). Heritage Fire by Cochon will showcase more than 50 notable chefs working with farmers to prepare and cook 3,000 pounds of heritage breed animals, spotlighting traditional outdoor cooking techniques. Heritage and heirloom dishes…
  • Putting it Together: Carneros Wine Alliance’s Birthday Bash

    CraigTG
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    Art isn’t easy but you can admire achievements in the oenological, culinary and visual arts when the Carneros Wine Alliance (CWA) holds their “Year of the Ram” Birthday Bash on July 25 at the stunning di Rosa property in southern Napa Valley. This is the “Year of the Ram” in the Chinese Zodiac calendar and the word “Ram” translates into “Carneros” in Spanish so the Alliance is adopting the name for its celebration honoring the 30th anniversary of the group’s founding. Metal sheep welcome you to di Rosa The Birthday Bash will take place between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm at di…
 
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  • Un-Cruise Adventures: Guest Host on a Wine-Themed Voyage

    Jameson Fink
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I am leaving shortly to embark on an excellent journey with Un-Cruise Adventures along the Columbia and Snake rivers. They have tapped me to be a guest host on a wine-themed cruise. I’ll be on this boat, the S.S. Legacy: Un-Cruise Adventures has put me in charge of a daily wine program of my design and I also selected Washington State and Oregon wines for my fellow passengers to enjoy during my (low-key) instruction and throughout the journey. Looking forward to a lot of questions, camaraderie, and time on the water. But this voyage is not just about being on the boat. Oh no!
  • Exploring Mount Etna Wines via Planeta

    Jameson Fink
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    Is there a more exciting wine region in the world right now than Sicily? And, within this island, anything cooler than what’s happening in the area surrounding Mount Etna? No. It was a pleasure to be invited to a lunch given by Planeta, whose six wineries ring Sicily. Our special guest was Alessio Planeta and our focus was on five bottles from their Etna winery, Feudo di Mezzo. [I’d also like to mention this lunch literally whet my appetite for Sicily as I’ll be headed there at the end of September on a media trip to visit Planeta’s properties. I am mega-stoked!]…
  • Haywire The Bub: Easy-Opening Sparkling Wine from BC

    Jameson Fink
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    As you well know I am a fan of sparkling wine in all forms, from the humble to the sublime. Recently had a friend/hero bring back (per my request) a bottle of Haywire The Bub from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. It’s a single-vineyard (Secrest Mountain) vintage-dated bottle (2012) that I love for many reasons, which follow. 2012 Haywire The Bub Secrest Mountain Vineyard The first thing I dig about the bottle you note before even opening: the closure. It’s so cool to have a bottle of bubbly that does not require anxiety-inducing skill to open. (Surely you’ve had…
  • Sweet Wine from Sicily: The Scintillating Donnafugata Ben Ryé

    Jameson Fink
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    I may retire the phrase “dessert wine” on this blog. Because it compartmentalizes a wine like the Donnafugata Ben Ryé to occasions when dining out and ordering something sweet to eat at the end of the meal. Don’t get me wrong, I love dessert and have nothing but respect for pastry chefs. (I actually did an internship at Chicago’s Blackbird eons ago and came very close to pursuing pastry full-time. But I chose love over career. That’s a story for another day blog. Spoiler alert: Sad ending.) Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah. No more “dessert wine”.
  • A California Chenin Blanc That’s a Rare Creature

    Jameson Fink
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:42 pm
    I really dig these Forlorn Hope wines from California. All the ones I’ve had have been satisfyingly weird thrill-seekers. The latest I consumed (with pleasure) is no exception. 2012 Forlorn Hope Story This is a California Chenin Blanc from a vineyard called…wait for it…Story. It’s located in Amador County, which is way east of Napa and practically in Yosemite. This Forlorn Hope wine could also be from outer space. (Unconfirmed.) A scant twenty five (!) cases were made so this is most definitely Another (Very) Rare Creature from Winemaker Matthew Rorick. It’s got…
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    Vegas Wineaux

  • Scandal (the show), Olivia, and Me

    Vegas Wineaux
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Someone told me that the main protagonist and central character of the ABC series Scandal reminded her of me. "You have to watch it," she said. "She's almost exactly like you, except younger, prettier, and really talented."
  • The Anomaly of Donati Family Vineyard

    Vegas Wineaux
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Donati Family Vineyard is an anomaly in Paso Robles. “Why is it,” I wondered, “that the Donati Winery isn’t on the Paso Wine page?” The answer, as it turns out, was a little more complicated than what I’d originally thought. I figured that they hadn’t paid some fee or that they’d insulted some mucky-muck somewhere and were banned from the site. Maybe Paso Wines confused them with Donatoni Winery and never fixed it. As it turns out, none of those products of my rather overzealous imagination is true. The Donati winery is located on Oak View Road,…
  • An Evening at Jaleo

    Vegas Wineaux
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    So what do you do when you've had the opportunity to visit one of the best restaurants in Vegas and do a review, but you're with your main squeeze? You punt.
  • The Mirage Hotel and Casino – A Rant

    Vegas Wineaux
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:01 pm
    It doesn't seem too much to ask for clean sheets without holes, a fridge that I can use, room TV service that's dependable, and stable Internet. Either that or cut the price of a stay. I can get better service (fridge and all) at any Courtyard, and at a far lower cost.
  • Why We’re 100% Cork – St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma

    Vegas Wineaux
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If the customer perceives the cork as being cheap (as in synthetic corks and screwcaps), then the perception will be that the wine is cheap, too.
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  • Amazon Offering One-Hour Delivery of Alcohol

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    August 27, 2015 — Live in Seattle and need one hour delivery of beer, wine or spirits?  Amazon can do it.  It is a part of Amazon’s Prime Now service, which has an annual membership fee of $99 for same day delivery.  Prime Now is in a number of U.S. cities including Portland, Dallas, Austin, New York, Baltimore, Miami and Atlanta.  Seattle, their hometown has just been added. What makes Seattle different is it is the only U.S. location where Amazon customers can order liquor and beer.  Their alcohol sales in the rest of the country are limited to wine.  And it is the only market…
  • Thieves Steal Beer Caps, Leave Beer

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    August 27, 2015 – Busy thieves broke into a store in Muelheim an der Ruhr in the west of Germany and stole the caps off 1,200 bottles of Koenig Pilsner.  They didn’t drink or take any beer and they were selective about which caps they took.  Only ones with points towards prizes such as Bose speakers or a Black & Decker cordless drill were taken.  All the annoying “Good Luck Try Again” caps littered the floor. Police have no leads but they speculate the cap heist involved more than one person considering the size of the operation.  How long would it take to remove 1,200 beer…
  • “Handcrafted” Jim Beam Bourbon Wins in CA Court

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    August 27, 2015 – A federal just in San Diego dismissed a suit against Jim Beam Bourbon for false advertising. The plaintiff, Scott Welk, claimed in his suit filed earlier this year that the term “handcrafted” on the label led him to pay a premium price for a product which was produced on “a modern day assembly line involving little to no human supervision, assistance or involvement.”  Jim Beam Bourbon is one of the less expensive bourbon brands. U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns said that the term “handcrafted” would not be interpreted by a reasonable person to mean it was…
  • Hard Root Beer Market Exploding

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    August 24, 2015 – You know a trend is serious when The Wall Street Journal has a big article on the front page of its Business & Finance section.  The most amazing bit of news is that Small Town Brewery, maker of Not Your Father’s Root Beer has catapulted to sixth place in the craft beer charts based on sales according to IRI, a retail tracking service. We wrote about Not Your Father’s Root Beer back on July 22 http://www.wineandspirits.com/root-beer-beer-summers-latest-craze/ and at the time noted that Boston Beer, maker of Samuel Adams also was working on a root beer flavored…
  • The King of Beers Does Not Want a Queen

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    August 24, 2015 – The Associated Press reports that Budweiser, “The King of Beers” is not amused by She Beverage Co. of Lancaster, California attempting to trademark “The Queen of Beer”.  She Beverage uses the phrase “Queen of Beer” in marketing on social media and its web site. She Beverage Co. is a female-owned company that launched last April.  Its co-owner, Lupe Rose commented that there aren’t many beers targeted to women and her company’s beers are customized for this market.  She Beverage produces beers that are complex, smoother and lower in alcohol. For their…
 
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    The Riviera Grapevine

  • Non-Alcoholic Drinks: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Chrissie
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    Wine and pregnancy aren’t exactly the most compatible of partners. Whilst everyone has their own take on drinking during… The post Non-Alcoholic Drinks: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Top 5 Tutored Riviera Wine Tastings

    Chrissie
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    A question and answer to kick off this weekend. Q: Apart from the vineyards themselves, where are the best… The post Top 5 Tutored Riviera Wine Tastings appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Visiting Monsieur Rasse and his Saint-Jeannet Vineyard

    Chrissie
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    This year has been the toughest yet to get into a blogging rhythm. For many reasons. Firstly I’m eight… The post Visiting Monsieur Rasse and his Saint-Jeannet Vineyard appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Visiting Château de Bellet

    Chrissie
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    There have been a fair few changes up at Château de Bellet, in the hills of Nice, over the… The post Visiting Château de Bellet appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • The Art of Wine Pairing: A Bouquet of Rosés for Asian Cuisine

    Chrissie
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    It’s officially summer and, in case you haven’t noticed, the world appears to have awoken to the virtues of… The post The Art of Wine Pairing: A Bouquet of Rosés for Asian Cuisine appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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  • Drinking Wine With ICE – The Verdict

    Paul
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    And the life long debate continues…can I put ice cubes in my wine? Well, yeah you can, but SHOULD you? Let’s dive into my theory in another Wine Mind blog post!I like to let my life philosophy and wine philosophy intersect…and what’s my life philosophy? Find what makes you happy and then DO THAT. So, if you enjoy a glass of wine extra cold or enjoy it a little watered down from a melting chuck of frozen water, by all means go for it.When to Use IceSituation. You’re at a dinner party and you’ve polished off all the wine. All you can find is a bottle of white…
  • 15 Funny Wine GIFS & MEMES

    Paul
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    When I have a bad day, I just can’t help but run home and crack open a bottle of wine, it just makes all my problems melt away. I try to keep it to two glasses but on those real bad days, a third glass might just be in order! Anyway, here are fifteen of the funniest wine GIFs and meme’s that I’ve found on the good ol’ world wide web. So please enjoy and share…
  • Wine Wednesday – 4 Things You Need

    Paul
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    We’ve started a new tradition at work that I can get behind, called WINE WEDNESDAY! For those of you who don’t know what that is, well, it’s pretty self-explanatory. After work, every Wednesday, we get some wine and some cheese, maybe even a little popcorn and unwind from the work week!The point of a Wine Wednesday is socialize with co-workers and friends, relax after a long day, and most importantly to try new wines!1. WINEAh, the wine. For me, I like a red, but I think it can be fun to have both a red AND a white so you can really try both sides of the spectrum. One of…
  • 11 Wine Apps You Should Consider Downloading!

    Paul
    25 May 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Who doesn’t love a nice glass of wine nowadays, but choosing the right bottle or trying to pair it with food can be tricky, but in this technology age, we’re in luck! As they say…there’s an app for that.So without further ado, here are the 12 best wine apps you should consider downloading to your smartphone!TOP 12 WINE APPS The first one on my list is a simple app to help save you some cash. The Wine-Search App!WINE-SEARCHER APPMy number one goal is to get a great wine, but a close second is to get a great wine at a great price. Wine-Searcher is a huge website that now…
  • Global Wine Cellars Review + 50% Off Promotion

    Paul
    17 May 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Ahah! My latest adventure in the wine club market is the Global Wine Cellars. I was honored to be able to try a shipment of the Discovery Club last week, so let’s dive into my findings.Oh and also, I have a 50% off promotion to give you as well as the end of my review!GLOBAL DISCOVERY CLUB (6 Bottles)To the right is the picture of my six bottle shipment, which came with six red and two whites. The first bottle that immediately peaked my interest was the 2010 Chateau Haut-Peyrillat Medoc from the Bordeaux region in France, which is one of my favorite wine regions. I love wine with big…
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    This Vine Life

  • Fete the Wine - Coming in September

    vine life
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    posted by BeckI'm not quite sure where we last left off in this space.2015 has been quite a year. Back in March we started the process of creating our own wine brand. It is now August and we are finally in the home stretch of the production process. The bottles are scheduled to be printed next week, we pick up the custom-designed screw tops next Friday, and the wine will be bottled the week after that. Just in the nick of time for our unveiling party on September 6, where 100 wonderful friends, family, and friends of friends will get to see just what we've been doing all these…
  • Wine, The Mob, & The Church

    vine life
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    By JustinOne of the interesting facts about downtown Lodi, CA is that there is an underground tunnel system that connects many of the bars, stores and restaurants together. In studying the history of Lodi, I've learned that these tunnels were in place to move alcohol underground during Prohibition between 1920 - 1933. Today, secret sidewalk access points are still used to give easy access to delivery of goods to these bars, restaurants and stores. Pretty interesting stuff!During Prohibition, Lodi was the supplier of grapes for wine that would be produced in Chicago.
  • Introducing...

    vine life
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Fête [fet] (n):  Celebration, party, or festival(v): To honor or lavishly entertain someone For as long as we can remember we’ve found reasons to celebrate even the most mundane accomplishments. This has been a cornerstone of our marriage. When Justin was in real estate we would celebrate every stage of the transaction. We joked that by the time we actually got paid for a deal we had “celebrated” all of the money away. (Good thing our celebrations are always fiscally responsible.) We also celebrate when times are rough. This philosophy has become so central to our…
  • Stuff We Haven't Told You

    vine life
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    posted by BeckThe Last YearAs you may have noticed, we've been a little MIA over the last year. Here's what you've missed: We took out about 10 rows of grapes on the front of our property to make it easier to stage everything at harvest time.We planted 15-20 fruit trees along the back of our property.We took out 300-400 dead vines and planted new ones (they take about 3 years to produce).We officially became growers for Mondavi's Constellation Brands.We attended Woodbridge Winery's "Blessing of the Grapes." Mrs. Mondavi gave a brief address and a local priest gave the blessing…
  • A Tale of Two Goats

    vine life
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
     posted by BeckI've wanted to share this story for quite awhile, but thought it might come across as insensitive, so I didn't. Now that several months have passed, I've decided to post about it anyway because the story deserves to be told. I do still feel kind of bad and I apologize in advance if this story hurts the heart of the sweet friend who gave us the goats. Goat #1:Last November, (I believe it was the day before Thanksgiving), we woke up to find one of our goats dead in its pen. It was very sad and we weren't sure what had happened, but we didn't have time to really deal…
 
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  • What is Rosé Wine? A Layman’s Guide.

    Tim
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    What is Rosé Wine? A Layman's Guide. It used to be something enjoyed privately because of a stigma attached to it but no more - rosé has arrived, and what an entrance it’s made! It’s time to brush up on the variety that has everyone talking, learn how to pair it, and learn about its up and coming cousin, orange wine. What is Rosé? Rosé is one of four categories of wine that uses color to group it. To truly understand it it’s best to first understand what it’s not: let’s kill the three big myths once and for all. Busting Some Myths... Myth #1: Rosé is a blend of red and white…
  • Types of Wine Grapes: A Dive Into 20 Popular Varieties

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

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

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

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

    Cat Curry-Williams
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    By some miracle, my daughter has deemed my photo of her on the volcanic rock to be Instagrammable. The post Generation Strike A Pose appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Women of Wine Series, by Terry Nozick

    Cat Curry-Williams
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Part 2: Austria’s Heidi Schrock When my husband and I arrived in the small town of Rust on the western shore of Lake Neusiedl in sunny southeastern Austria, we felt we were stepping into the past. With ancient-looking but well-maintained family homes with large wooden “garage” doors that were once used to allow animal-drawn carts... The post Women of Wine Series, by Terry Nozick appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • 5 Ingredient No Bake Fudge Drops, Vegan

    Cat Curry-Williams
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free Prep time:  5 mins    Total time:  5 mins        Serves: 20 Satisfy your chocolate craving with simple vegan fudge balls made with nut butter, dates and cacao powder. Ingredients 2 tablespoon lite coconut milk 6 medjool dates, pitted 3... The post 5 Ingredient No Bake Fudge Drops, Vegan appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • The health benefits of white wine

    Cat Curry-Williams
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Good news for white wine lovers. New research shows that white wine is just as good for your heart as red—find out which are the best to drink By Lisa Hannam Move over, red. A study published in September in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry compared the antioxidant effects of resveratrol (from red)... The post The health benefits of white wine appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Now that I’m 18

    Cat Curry-Williams
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Well, my teenager daughter finally reached a milestone.. she turned 18! By Cindy Goodman and Raquel Alderman She could not wait for the day she was legally an adult. The first thing she did.. buy a lottery ticket! That was the rite of passage to adulthood. She could go to the counter and ask for... The post Now that I’m 18 appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
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  • When Should We Use Bigger Wine Bottles?

    João Guedes
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    The case is not new: you are planning a great dinner with friends and you question yourself about the amount of bottles... Does the word Magnum sounds familiar to you?
  • Best Wine Harvest Tours in Portugal

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    This year the harvest season starts early. A dry year with mild and hot temperatures during the year make it possible to be a part of the harvest process already in August. The harvest in Portugal is one of the oldest wine-related activities, and the most authentic and traditional one. The vineyards are filled with workers and excitement to pick the grapes that will make some of the finest wines in the world. If you are passionate about wine, don't miss these wine tours during the harvest season! See our suggestions and choose the best wine harvest tours for you.
  • CONTEST - Win a Wine Harvest Experience in Douro

    20 Aug 2015 | 1:02 am
    Would you like to take part in one of the most authentic and traditional activities in Douro? WIN A WINE HARVEST EXPERIENCE IN DOURO (for 2 people)
  • How to Plan a Three-Day Tour in Alentejo

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    The Alentejo is one of the most beautiful regions of the country, a land where culture and tradition go hand in hand. There is something deeply reinvigorating and redeeming the Alentejo landscape of the endless golden hues, the vastness of rolling plains with large oak trees, the spotless blue sky and obviously its people. If you're interested in both culture and the good things in life such as wine and food in Alentejo (and Alentejo is one of the best regions in the world for tasting both!), in this 3-day tour in Alentejo you will be able to visit world-renowned wine producing estates and…
  • How to plan a Three-Day Tour in Douro and Porto

    12 Aug 2015 | 4:13 am
    Travelling is always a good idea but sometimes planning a journey gets tiresome, you come home at night and don't feel like spending hours in front of the computer searching for the right hotel and things to do. So relax, grab a glass of wine and sit back while we plan you a three-day tour in Douro for you. Douro is the oldest wine Demarcated Region in the world and the grape varietals in this region are known (and well appreciated) worldwide. It was in this region that Port wine, the main ambassador for the Portuguese wines, was born, but recently event its table wines are being awarded…
 
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  • I’m Embarrassed to be Texan

    Matt McGinnis
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    I actively support the Texas wine industry as a consumer, in my marketing communications business and as a wine writer. We have fantastic wineries making delicious wine in Texas. However after visiting the Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York for the 8th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference, I’m embarrassed to be a Texan. I said it. I’m embarrassed to be a Texan. Why? The Texas wine industry can’t hold a candle to New York. Rainbow over Lake Seneca in the Finger Lakes wine region   Sure, Texas has excellent wines that win national and international awards. I’m confident…
  • The Influence of Soccer, Hand-shakes and Donkeys on Wine

    Matt McGinnis
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
    The Terroir of Chile in Viña Montes and of Argentina in Kaiken Second generation winemaker, Aurelio Montes del Campo, hosted a big barbeque at his home in Argentina this summer for friends to watch Chile battle Argentina in the final match of the Copa América soccer tournament. Guests eagerly sliced into a huge slab of beef with knives they brought from home; juices streamed off the table onto the floor. Glasses were never empty of Malbec. The game was tense. Argentina was favored. Chile hadn’t won the Copa América in 99 years. The Chilean-born winemaker anxiously watched, quietly…
  • The Intoxicating Experiences of the 2015 TexSom  

    Matt McGinnis
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Drinking it in at TexSom The Texas Sommelier Conference, aka TexSom, just wrapped its 11th annual session at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. It truly is one of the biggest and best wine education conferences in the world. It’s geared for wine professions and serious aficionados who get deliriously blissful to talk about the most intricate and geeky aspects of wine production, geography, wine sales and the minutiae of the sight, smell and taste of hundreds of wines from iconic producers. TexSom founders James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks The education at TexSom is top…
  • Austin wine pro Nathan Fausti named the 2015 TexSom best sommelier

    Matt McGinnis
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    TexSom Best Sommelier Nathan Fausti   Austin has a reputation for its excellent food and wine scene. That status is continually bolstered with prestigious awards. To add to the growing list of accolades, Nathan Fausti, sommelier at Olive & June, was crowned the 2015 TexSom Best Sommelier at the 11th annual Texas Sommeliers Conference (TexSom) held at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Fausti is the seventh sommelier from Austin to win the coveted award in the past 11 years. He placed third in last year’s competition. Fausti excelled among 23 other…
  • Infinite Monkey Theorem winery set to open in funky South Austin space

    Matt McGinnis
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    Infinite Monkey Theorem   Visiting wineries is the epitome of elegance. It’s easy to conjure fairy tale images of royalty while enveloped in the romance of walking rows of fragrant grapevines as you approach the palatial château to the tasting room. But a soon-to-open urban winery, The Infinite Monkey Theorem, throws that stereotype out the window. It’s fun. It’s spirited. It’s more likely to catch a show at The Mohawk than at The Long Center. You won’t find any vines or pretense at the new Austin winery. It’s taking over a former auto repair shop just off of South Congress…
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  • Cold Brew Gin & Tonic - The Next Big Thing

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Ok, so we’ve all heard of Cold Brew, right? (Quick, if you haven’t, you can read more here) The delicious stuff is everywhere at the moment; from independent wine shops, to coffee bars and delicatessens, it’s even filtered down to the high street, with Starbucks offering cold brew coffee in a selection of their London outposts.But, as always when The Next Big Thing goes mainstream, there’s already a new kid on the block – in this case it’s Cold Brew’s older, stronger, better looking brother: the Coffee Gin & Tonic, or C&T.That’s gin, cold brew coffee and tonic.We’ve…
  • What the Wine Label You Choose Says About You

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    First impressions count. The words that were left ringing in my ears by my dear mother, as I went for my first ever job interview as a 16 year old. Walking down the road in my ill-fitting off-the-peg suit, I was more worried about getting my name wrong in the interview room, than I was about how dapper I looked. But, boy, was my Mum right. I left that interview with not only a Saturday job at a bakery, but learning a new lesson in life.Fast forward to my present day job in a wine shop and the saying still stands. Working in a wine shop, you get to see all facets of the wine buying public. You…
  • Great Apps for Beer, Wine & Cocktail Lovers

    26 Aug 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Where on earth would we be without iPhones or Androids? The information available to us via our pockets is incredible. We can all be experts at just about anything these days, and if you don't happen to know what the hell your talking about when it comes to wine, cocktails or beer, it just so happens there's an app for that too! Here are some of the best:Pocket Wine - £2.99 (iOS)A useful little wine app this. It makes recommendations for food and wine matching, and works both ways - pick a wine and it'll show you descriptions, regions and what to eat with it, or select what you plan to cook…
  • Wine Travel: Paris' Best Wine Bars and People-Watching Spots

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    Photo: Sam Valadi (CCL)So I think we are all in agreement that Paris is an extremely beautiful city that has days and days of monuments to visit. However, if you are like me and have ticked those boxes, or simply prefer to swap selfie-sticked tourists and overpriced cappuccinos for wine and people-watching then this list might well suit you.I have included a touch of croissant and a dash of culture because it is Paris after all...Wine bar: 5er Cru le BarIf it’s a neighbourhood wine bar you’re in the mood for, then this is your place. Block out a couple of hours here so that you can…
  • Wine for Beginners: Pairing Wine with Vegetarian Food

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:19 am
    Perhaps you're a dedicated veggie, or you're just a fan of Meat Free Mondays. Either way, choosing a great food and wine pairing can be tricky. And with the often subtle and delicate flavours of vegetable-based dishes, even more so. Here's a brief guide to picking the best vino for your veggie dish, the perfect tipple for tomatoes, and finding out which grape is ripe for risotto.General tipsA slightly sweeter wine, such as a Riesling or Gewürztraminer can calm the heat of a curry or spicy dish. An oaky Chardonnay or Viognier pairs well with lentils, butternut squash or pumpkin, and the bold…
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  • Zinfandel – Napa Valley’s unsung varietal

    Johnalene Baylon
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:33 am
    Highlights: Napa Zinfandel has been grubbed up in favor of more lucrative Cabernet and Merlot vines Zinfandel doesn’t have the ageability of Cabernet Sauvignon but offers value and immediate appeal Gray picks out his top offerings from a 27-wine blind tasting In a different climate – in more than one meaning of the word – Napa Valley might be better known for Zinfandel than Cabernet Sauvignon. In the current economic climate, it doesn’t make sense to plant anything but Cabernet in Napa’s warmer areas. Even a mediocre Cab can sell for US$100, while the very best Zins, as…
  • Mugnier delays release of Musigny to prevent early drinking

    Johnalene Baylon
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Highlights: The release date of Mugnier’s Musigny grand cru will be much later in the future Mugnier distressed that the wine is being consumed far too young The fine wine trade has mixed views on the move Frédéric Mugnier of Chambolle-Musigny’s Domaine J F Mugnier has been so horrified seeing his Musigny Grand Cru 2012 on restaurant wine lists years before it is ready to drink, he has decided to release future vintages later. “Several times this year we have seen the 2012 in restaurants in France,” Mugnier’s assistant Audrey Sadde told Le Pan. “It is very worrying because 2012…
  • September wine auction highlights: 12 lots to look for

    Charles Curtis MW
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Photo by: Bonhams 1/12An undervalued vintage of the world's greatest Burgundy Where: Bonhams, London When: September 3, 2015 What: Lot no. 299, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1988 Details: Banded prior to inspection; Bottle nos. 01631-01642; Levels: one 1.5cm, three 2cm, four 2.5cm, three 3cm, one 3.5cms; small green stamp 'Interdiction d'exporter aux USA' on labels - two lightly marked; Leroy slip labels, one slightly scuffed neck label; lightly corroded capsules - one slightly scuffed); slightly damaged lid Price: 12 bottles, est. £90,000-110,000 (US$140,000–175,000)Photo by: Heritage…
  • Curated: This summer’s art picks

    Kane Carpenter
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Art lovers often have too many choices – so we’ve done the hard work and selected three top events we think stand out this summer. Audrey Hepburn by Angus McBean, October 1950Photo by: © National Portrait Gallery, London From Waif to Gallery Walls The show: Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon The place: National Portrait Gallery, London The dates: July 2 – October 18, 2015 The info: Sixty-five years ago, a young woman began her show-business career dancing in a chorus line at a London nightclub called Ciro’s. Born in Brussels and brought up in wartime Holland, she was…
  • Heat and drought reduce French wine harvest

    Kane Carpenter
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Story highlights 2015 harvest size estimated to be 46 million hectoliters Heatwaves and drought reduce crops Earliest harvest since 1950 Official estimates for the 2015 French wine harvest were unveiled on Monday and it will be a smaller crop than last year. The figures were hotly anticipated, as France regained its status as the world’s leading producer of wine in 2014, after two difficult years marked by rain and cold temperatures. This season’s heatwave and drought has limited yields, which should reach around 46 million hectoliters in 2015 – around 1 million hectoliters lower than…
 
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