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  • The Must-Try Wines of Our Time (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    19 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Never mind the wines you already know. You want the ones you don't know
  • The Pour: Rosé Wine From Provence Deserves to Live a Little

    NYT > Food
    ERIC ASIMOV
    21 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    Let the better ones age, and your patience will be rewarded.
  • California's Other Seven Percent

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    20 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Most major wine regions of the world have come to be dominated by a select few grape varieties. In Europe, of course, the appellation system itself ensures this kind of varietal particularity from region to region. France's most recent survey of plantings (in 2011) indicated that eight grape varieties (only two of them pale-skinned) make up 64% of the country's plantings. While the wine regions in the New World lack the centuries of specialisation that have led to the indelible ties between Chenin Blanc and the Loire or Pinot Noir and Burgundy, for example, that doesn't mean New World…
  • Interesting Wine Tasting Room Data

    Hoot n Annie
    Hoot 'n Annie
    18 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I don’t remember who sent the tweet out on Twitter but I saw the Wine Business link there, or you can use the YouTube link to the video…either will do. Some of what was discussed was obvious and common sense to me (yet so many wineries still screw it up) but there was some very interesting data in here as well. I STRONGLY urge all wineries with tasting rooms to check this video out and reassess your business. I’m not saying you are doing well, poorly, or anywhere in between. I’m just saying that this video serves as a fantastic reminder of how wineries make money. I walked away from…
  • 8 Details About Wine That Will Cultivate You

    Wine Folly
    Madeline Puckette
    15 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Wine is the classiest beverage in the world. Here are 8 details about wine that will surprise and cultivate your knowledge. Cleopatra’s favorite wine was Muscat of Alexandria, a rich sweet wine from Greece   300 years ago, the most coveted wine was called Tokaji (“toe-kye”) Aszú (“ah-sue”). It was rich and sweet like maple syrup   John F. Kennedy (or was it Jackie?) drank white Bordeaux at the White House   Wine grapes (vitis vinifera) originated in the ancient region of Caucasus   a wine grape is about 2 times smaller than a regular grape.
 
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    GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show

  • 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…
  • Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Talley Vineyards

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    13 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. However, for three generations the Talley family has farmed in Coastal San Luis Obispo County. It all began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. During the 1970s extensive planting of wine grapes began in the neighboring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver’s son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality chardonnay and pinot noir on the steep…
  • Wineries of Oregon – with Ponzi Vineyards

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    4 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    It was the late ’60s, and Dick and Nancy Ponzi had moved their young family to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After several research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for an ideal vineyard location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland. The Ponzi’s were about to embark on a quest to make great Pinot Noir in Oregon. It was a daring risk at the time, as the Pacific Northwest was not known to be a place to grow Pinot Noir. However, Dick and Nancy felt the Northern Willamette Valley’s climate was ideal for Pinot Noir. Cuttings were…
  • Malbec Days, Cahors, France – Part 2

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

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

  • California's Other Seven Percent

    20 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Most major wine regions of the world have come to be dominated by a select few grape varieties. In Europe, of course, the appellation system itself ensures this kind of varietal particularity from region to region. France's most recent survey of plantings (in 2011) indicated that eight grape varieties (only two of them pale-skinned) make up 64% of the country's plantings. While the wine regions in the New World lack the centuries of specialisation that have led to the indelible ties between Chenin Blanc and the Loire or Pinot Noir and Burgundy, for example, that doesn't mean New World…
  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 10, 2015

    16 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's tasting included a couple of excellent wines from Greece, including what I believe to be one of the best Xinomavro's available in the US, the old vine reserve bottling from Alpha Estate in Amyndeon, Greece. If you haven't had a Xinomavro before, this is a great place to start. I was also thrilled to get a bottle of Assyrtiko from my absolute favorite producer on…
  • Vinography Images: Spring Dreams

    15 May 2015 | 11:39 pm
    SPRING DREAMS HEALDSBURG, CA: Spring mustard flowers bask in the cool light following a rain shower in 2012. California wine country still dreams of such rains in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state's history. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these…
  • Tasting One Man's Experience: The Champagnes of Agrapart et Fil

    13 May 2015 | 11:54 pm
    "Lots of winemakers want to have an easy life," says a grizzled and clearly muscular Pascal Agrapart. "Not me. I want to go work in the vineyard and I'm not asking what time it is. If the sun is shining, I'm in the vineyard, it doesn't matter what day. Weekends too. This is what you do if you work the soils. If I used a lot of chemicals, I would have much more time." As he talks, he gestures with hands that clearly belong to a farmer -- thick and callused, with dirt still under the fingernails. He's been apologizing for his English all morning, as we tromped through his grand cru vineyards in…
  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 4, 2015

    10 May 2015 | 12:54 am
    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's tasting included the latest entry-level malbec from superstar Argentine producer Achaval Ferrer, as well as an interesting red blend from Faugeres in France's Languedoc region. I also tasted through a few of the reds from Grgich Hills and Gundlach Bundschu that are currently on the market. Finally, look for the two entry level wines from Pfendler Vineyards in the…
 
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  • UZIs, Boxed Wine and Drizly’s Wholesaler Friends

    Tom Wark
    19 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    Drizly, the quick booze delivery service, has had quite a week. Not only did it secure $13 million from investors to make sure it could deliver more Bud, Coors and Boxed Wine to connoisseurs in between 20 and 40 minutes, but it also got a money endorsement of the least tech-savvy group in the American beverage industry: The Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America. What I didn’t know about Drizly, however, but learned today in their press release on their $13 million funding round, was just how remarkable this new services is. For instance… • Drizly provides wine buyers with…
  • Locating the Moral High Ground in the Wine Industry

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

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

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

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

  • 6 Best Burgers from Bobby Flay, the Burger Whisperer

    Thu, 21 May 2015 13:05:47 -0400
    21 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    Bobby Flay could be called the burger whisperer. (So could F&W’s Justin Chapple who came up with this genius way to form perfect patties.) His burgers are delicious, juicy and amped up with amazingly creative and delicious over-the-top toppings. Here, six killer recipes he shared with Food & Wine. 1. Nacho Burgers  The name says it all: These burgers are topped with...
  • 7 Must-Try Memorial Day Marinades

    Thu, 21 May 2015 12:53:34 -0400
    21 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Give your Memorial Day cookout a flavor boost with a marinade. Here, seven globally-inspired recipes to try. 1. Spicy Thai Marinade with Basil and Cilantro Chef Bill Kim likes to use this spicy, citrus-scented marinade on steak, but it's also great on chicken and shrimp. 2. Puerto Rican-Style Marinade The inspiration for this garlicky marinade was lechón, a slow-...
  • 5 Must-Have Tools for Homemade Pasta

    Wed, 20 May 2015 17:32:22 -0400
    21 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    Chef Nate Whiting of the new Charleston restaurant 492 is a devotee of fresh pasta (though he admits the virtues of dried pasta as well. "It's Italian fast food," he says). Here he shares five tools he considers essential for making and serving fresh pasta at home. 1. Kitchen scale. Proper and consistent measurement is essential in my kitchen. Volume may vary but weight is always...
  • Show Us How You Summer on Instagram!

    Thu, 21 May 2015 11:36:09 -0400
    21 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    That’s it. We can’t wait any longer for summer to start—we’re ready now! Today, we’re launching #howisummer with some of our sister brands like Travel and Leisure, LIFE, Real Simple, Coastal Living and InStyle. It’s our way of spotlighting the best of warm weather—the grilling, the beaches, the frozen drinks (mostly the frozen drinks). And we want to see your best pics! Start...
  • Donald Link's Spicy Pickled Shrimp Are the Perfect Hot-Weather Snack

    Mon, 04 May 2015 16:08:41 -0400
    21 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Louisiana native and chef Donald Link shares his refreshing pickled shrimp recipe—perfect for a hot summer day. Shrimp has always been a big part of chef Donald Link’s life. “My dad would take me out of school on the opening day of shrimping season,” recalls the Louisiana native. “We had a small boat, and we would go out for hours in all kinds of weather. I spent plenty of...
 
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    Intoxicating Prose

  • WINE: Whine Wine Whine

    Douglas Blyde
    21 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    DESPITE the insistence by my overpaid, non-journalist friends that they surely are ‘drinking holidays’, wine press trips can prove to be compact, intricate endurance tests. Yes, I can hear you all now as you go to your store rooms to locate the world’s smallest flight case, carefully extracting from it the world’s smallest violin to play the world’s smallest sad song. Well, micro-fiddle away. You should understand this: press trips – to quote the great arbiter of the finer things in life, Mr Frederick Mercury – ‘ain’t no bed of roses. No pleasure cruise’...Read at Lusso…
  • RESTAURANTS: Sky Garden

    Douglas Blyde
    2 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    SHOWING me his long “To Do” list, Berastegui mentions he spends much time working out where to shoe-horn bottles over his three cellars, from the one he is cultivating in the eaves above us for up-to 400 bottles, to the main hold “at floor -1...” Read at Harper's >
  • TRAVEL: In Sugar-Cane Land

    Douglas Blyde
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:23 am
    ‘I SPED away over the ocean into a region of tropic sunshine and blue waters, of islands built by volcano or raised by coral insects, there to see the sugar-cane grow and study the people who grow it,’ wrote Eden Phillpotts in his 1890 travelogue, In Sugar-Cane Land. I discovered the Victorian’s intense words in a dark, dusty bookshop in Putney one wintry morning. A century-and-a-quarter after it was published, the prose of the insurance officer turned author, dramatist, poet, and best friend of Agatha Christie, inspired me to set course for the West Indies... Read at Good Things…
  • SPIRITS: Future Proof

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

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

  • Real Rosé

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

    craig.camp
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
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  • Moving Day

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

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

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

  • Recipe: Portuguese Sardine Salad

    Sonia Nolasco
    20 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    As the weather warms up in the northeast, we begin to itch with a desire to do outdoorsy activities. Grilling is one of them! But I’ll admit that a whole lot of what seems ideal in my mind has trouble coming together in practice when the day flies by and I’m too exhausted to go fuss over coals. All I want is a glass of wine and a meal that’s easy. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want interesting flavors and hints of summer in my tasting notes! And when it comes to warm weather, nothing is more fitting for a Portuguese than barbecued sardines. (photo by Sonia Nolasco) Sardinhadas…
  • Friday Feature Photo: A Sinful Combination

    Gabriella Opaz
    15 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    Photographer: Caroline Capture Date: October 1, 2011 Location: Aveiro, Portugal About: Portuguese coffee borders on sinful, but when paired with a pastry, it’s organismic! Never tried it, maybe now’s the time to come visit!! Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact the photographer directly if you’re keen to purchase their photo. If you want to have your photo featured here please contact…
  • Setúbal’s Moveable Feast
: White wine and oysters

    Catherine Fisher
    11 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    Ernest Hemingway writes of Paris in his A Moveable Feast, but the oysters he mentions could have been from Setúbal. “As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” Needless to say, Setúbal is not in France. The Setúbal peninsula lies south of Lisbon, across the Tagus River…
  • Where to find the Best Francesinha in Portugal

    Gabriella Opaz
    6 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you’ve ever been to Porto, you’re familiar with the ubiquitous Francesinha, the equivalent of a heart-attack on a plate. It’s signature is the protein carbohydrate medley of cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage and steak, stacked between two fat slices of bread smothered in melted cheese and doused in a spicy, and oh so flavorful, tomato and beer sauce. (photo by Filipe Fortes) Terrified yet? Don’t be, because the people of Porto have made this their gastronomic Holy Grail! Nowhere can you find a better version. So what’s the history of this sumptuous…
  • Essential Guide to Butterflying and Grilling Portuguese Fish

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

  • Canada’s beef with American wine

    Dr. Vino
    19 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Canada has a beef with the US. They’re pawing the ground and seeing red. Red wine, that is. Such a dispute is rare for the two NAFTA countries that share the longest undefended border in the world. The meat of the matter is, well, meat. Canada–and Mexico–complained last year to the World Trade Organization that US regulations were burdensome and discriminatory. The regs require that certain cuts of meat state on the label where the meat was raised (they are known as “country of origin labeling,” or COOL in the language of trade negotiators). They won last year…
  • Wonk out with vineyard maps

    Dr. Vino
    18 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Have you ever wanted to check out exactly where your favorite domestic wines come from? You can take a look at aerial photos (exciting–grapes!), see block-by-block vineyard maps and get tons of geek-out info about vineyards on the site everyvine.com. Seriously, you can now impress your friends with not only the precise location, grape varieties, and topography, but also the growing degree days vs. the biologically effective growing degree days–oh my, you will be the life of the party! I searched Rhys Skyline vineyard and found that everyvine even rates vineyards top vineyards with…
  • State dinner wines: a lucky 8 for Shinzo Abe?

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

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

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

  • The 10th Edition of LAWineFest is coming soon!

    jorray
    19 May 2015 | 8:18 pm
    By way of background, opening thoughts:  The 10th annual edition of LAWineFest, is planned for May 30 and 31st at the historic Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood CA 90038.  At the festival, you will encounter hundreds of wines, brews and spirits from both well-known and boutique wineries, breweries and distillers.  Between sips, sample food and merchandise from some of LA's most popular food trucks and specialty retailers.  Enjoy the afternoons with several thousand guests who share your appetite for wine and fun.Where?: The event is being held at the…
  • Review: *** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Zinfandel, Rhodes Vineyard, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    17 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Redwood Valley zinfandels. Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Zinfandel, Rhodes Vineyard, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California, 2013, finished at 14.6% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in May, 2015.In the glass: Deep red with tiny hints of violet.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean and fragrant fresh fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be friendly and young in spirit.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are…
  • Review: **** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Syrah lot 127, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    17 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Russian River Syrah. Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Syrah lot 127, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2013, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in May, 2015.In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from a half inch of the edge.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, beefy tones of beets and violets  From the aroma, seems like this will be vigorous, layered and tasty. On the palate: The primary elements on the…
  • Review: *** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Sangiovese Lot 128, Sonoma County, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    17 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Sonoma Sangiovese. Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Sangiovese Lot 128, Sonoma County, California, 2013, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in May, 2015.In the glass: Brick red and opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy clean laundry with hint of red berries.  From the aroma, there really is no hint about what flavors will follow.  Let's see... On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are…
  • Review: *** $ Markstone Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    17 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Carneros Pinot Noir. Original tasting and review : This is Markstone Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, California, 2013, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in May, 2015.  This was procured from Trader Joe's and may not be widely available beyond that venue.In the glass: Deep brick red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft and deep dry black cherry and strawberry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright with hints of charcoal and sweet…
 
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  • Katogi Averoff Vineyards Greece

    Andrew Barrow
    17 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    Katogi Averoff Vineyards Greece In Northern Greece the setting sun casts defining shadows across the landscape as our little tour group is transfixed and left speechless by the view. At our feet a slope plummets dramatically away, I shift to take a photo and a pebble shoots off down the hillside skipping and bouncing its way over the undergrowth and ricocheting off the rocks. This view, from our shoes to the distant blue-tinged mountain tops rivals many as the most stunning of vineyard views in the world. All the vineyards at the bottom of the slope are owned by the Katogi Averoff winery;…
  • Wine for Asparagus

    Andrew Barrow
    7 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Wine for Asparagus Perhaps the most seasonal of vegetables – UK-grown asparagus is the ingredient of the moment. Is it tricky to match with wine? Plenty of articles report so. Asparagus can have an aggressiveness of flavour, the metallic notes of which do clash with wine. Avoid then red wine and oaky whites. Serving with a cheese sauce makes asparagus much more amiable to wine, alternatively select a wine with high acidity. So, the wine match should be a white wine with high acidity. Which, to my mind, points directly at the Loire. You could go Sancerre and all its shivering green…
  • Domaine Fourrey Chablis

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

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

    Andrew Barrow
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    The Truck at Domaine Les Temps Perdus If you visit Domaine Les Temps Perdus this handsome devil should be sitting right outside the winery. Clotilde Davenne established the estate in 2005 and now maintains 25 acres of prime vines planted with all the Chablis grapes – Chardonnay, Aligote, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Les Temps Perdus translates as ‘spare time’ and refers to the removal of stones from the vineyard by estate workers in their spare time. Clotilde prides herself in extracting the maximum terroir from the soil and eschews oak to ‘preserve the unique…
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  • Scott Harvey Mtn Selection Barbera (5)

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    bffScott Harvey is the best friend you never knew you had.That's right. Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera is my best friend and is most certainly real. Each time I open a new bottle of it, I rediscover its fresh and earthy aromas and flavorful finish, just like you would with any friend. I guess to an extent I can understand the disbelief. I've never actually introduced them to anyone else, but that's just because I want it all to myself. Not because it doesn't exist. Those bright aromas may be invisible, but hey - YOU taste a quick sip of it and tell me this wine's just an "imaginary"…
  • Soireehome Dimple Stemless Glass Bundle

    20 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    aww dimplesFill it with anything! Except vitriol.Woot’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 Dimple Glasses with something actually potable and enjoy.
  • Donati Mixed Red (4)

    19 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    donati by natureDonati. Not to be confused with that Frank Sinatra song.2012 was one of the most recent years in the history of mankind. You may not remember what happened because it was a while ago, and you were probably busy. Here's a recap: Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of her serving as the British equivalent of the Philly Phanatic. Lonesome George, a Pinta Island Tortoise, died. He was the last of his species. Happy Friday! Felix Baumgartner fell out of a spacecraft to prove that he really likes Red Bull. Scientists created the first bionic melon. The…
  • Judd's Hill Central Coast Pinot Noir (4)

    18 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    puddle of juddApatow. Ashley. Wynonna. Nelson. This wine blows all other Judds out of the water. Before you purchase this Judd's Hill Central Coast Pinot Noir 4-Pack, just know that each bottle will take your palate on a mad-cap journey of bromance, broad humor, and refusal to grow up even in the face of overwhelming responsibility and pressure to become slightly mature. Aromas of cola, earthy loam, and mushrooms will rumble across your nose like a gruff Seth Rogen soliloquy punctuated by his trademark stoner laugh. The berry flavors will stipple your tongue not unlike the gratuitous…
  • Praxis Cellars Sonoma County Viognier (6)

    17 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Our Philosophy: Have Another GlassAristotle, Augustine, Kant, Marx. They all agreed on one thing: The importance of Praxis.Dear Wine.Woot: You know that old question about who you would have to a dinner party if you could invite any person, living or dead? Well, I can’t get into the details, but that abstract exercise has become a reality. This Saturday, I’m expecting Aristotle, St. Augustine, Karl Marx, Immanuel Kant, Wassily Kandinsky, Tony Wilson, and Jessica Biel over for dinner. I’ve had the menu figured out for a while – my world-famous prawn-and-avocado flatbread pizza with a…
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  • Wheels Keep Turnin’ (Red Car Recent Releases)

    1WineDude
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I have (among other things) been described as peripatetic. That adjective is apt, but as peripatetic as I can be, I pale in comparison to Red Car‘s tall, thin, and quick-witted General Manager Peter Willmert. Willmert, along with winemaker Carroll Kemp and vineyard manager Adam Carter live, breathe, and seemingly sleep (if Willmert actually settles down long enough to do that, I mean) all things Red Car from their small spot on Graton Road in Sebastopol. Like Willmert (who is fond of jumping quickly from topic to topic, somehow without losing an ability to take deeper dives along the…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 18, 2015

    1WineDude
    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 12 Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc…
  • Boxed In (Talking Boxed Wine For Publix Grape Magazine, Summer 2015)

    1WineDude
    13 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    image: Publix Grape Magazine Supposedly, it is Spring. Here in the Philly area, however, we jumped from sub-40F evenings directly to sunny, 80+F afternoons and something like 12,000% humidity. So, Summer decided to crash the party early. A serendipitous time, therefore, is upon us during which to tell you of my contribution to the Summer 2015 edition of PUBLIX’s Grape Magazine (to which many of you can subscribe for free, by the way). I contributed quite a bit of uncredited content to that one (much of it in the form of wine/food pairing write-ups). I also penned the In Focus section,…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 11, 2015

    1WineDude
    11 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 12 Simi Sonoma County Pinot Noir (Sonoma County):…
  • A Winemakers’ Winery (Amici Recent Releases)

    1WineDude
    7 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Amici’s John Harris & Joel Aiken “This is a winemakers’ winery.” That Amici’s Associate Winemaker Bobby Donnell was speaking truth to me – and not just laying out the typical wine country cliché – was evidenced by the total lack of anything resembling Napa Valley “Why, yes I DID!” pomposity in Amici’s vinous Calistoga hamlet. Maybe it’s due to owner John Harris’ down-to-earth influence, consulting winemaker Joel Aiken’s humility, or the winery’s somewhat-off-the-beaten-path location (or all three), but…
 
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  • Small Vineyards: The Gold Seal of Approval

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    14 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Every spring, I look forward to the Small Vineyards (August Wine Group, LLC) tasting for industry members. This year, I especially thank Michael and Mark, from Noble Wines, LTD and Susie Curnuette of the August Wine Group, LLC for allowing me sit in, sample, and enjoy the afternoon learning about the new vintages from Italy. The August Wine Group, LLC is a wine company that specializes in importing high-quality wines of distinct character from Italy, and other regions along the Mediterranean. They especially support small environmentally-responsible growers from both traditional and new…
  • Passementaries ...

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    13 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    What is Passementaries? It's my newest journal. Oh no, I am not forsaking this Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman blog. She will be celebrating 10 year anniversary next month, and I will continue to write about my wine experiences and opinions. I am just mixing things up a bit. Passementaries is about the simple trimmings for an elegant life ... I'll even talk a little bit about wine. Please join me. 
  • Castillo de Feliciana Winery Rosebud Tempranillo

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    4 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Once in awhile, you happen to come across a wine that you continue to ponder, long after the last sip. Castillo de Feliciana Winery Tempranillo - 2012, with grapes sourced from the Rosebud Vineyard at the Wahluke Slope, was that wine for me. The estate of Castillo de Feliciana is located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley AVA, encompassing 66 acres just south of Walla Walla near the state line at Oregon. It is an exceptionally beautiful property, where 6.5 acres of the estate property are planted in wine grapes.  Not only do they use their own estate grapes, but…
  • Two Lands: California and Australia Fusion

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

    Catie McIntyre Walker
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    There were a couple of years when I missed Feast Walla Walla, and several years when I had a  press pass and "worked" the venue by taking notes and videos. This is the first year when I Me with Shane of Downtown Walla2 Farmer's Marketwas on "my own" and it was fun to relax, sip some good wine, visit with friends, and sample many goodies. Feast Walla Walla is always a great venue and the magic happens on First Avenue downtown Walla Walla at Main Street. The gigantic white tent begins to take shape Friday evening and by Saturday morning, it can pack up to 600 people and several food…
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  • Le Grappin 1er Cru Boucherottes 2012

    Edward
    20 May 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Free of fault and quite admirable, but I had expected more life and pace, had hoped for something slippery and serpentine. This seems very middle of the road, no gaps or exaggeration. It will soften in time, but will it become more interesting?http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
  • Clonakilla Syrah 2006

    Edward
    19 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Cream and raisin, it's plush and full, round and heavy.Previously.Related.Younger sibling.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
  • Walsh & Sons Felix Syrah 2014

    Edward
    18 May 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Something new, cheap, curious and good.There are different Margaret river subregions; Wilyabrup and Wallcliffe being the two that come immediately to mind. I don't think I've previously heard of Osmington. . . On the maps it's inland of the townsite and and just North of the river.A slightly light weight non serious front label and on the back the words "A natural wine, picked and plugged by Walsh and Sons". It's sealed with a short stumpy natural cork. To me three yellow flags. . .It's very good (and even better on day 2) - spiced and peppery, plush and round. The nose is quiet initially,…
  • Unico Zelo Dolcetto 2014

    Edward
    17 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
    I believe in randomness. . . so when I ordered a case of wine recently, what drew my attention was not the bottles (which being carefully selected were expected) but the unrelated packaging. Unico Zelo was emblazoned on the box, along with various bombastic and tangential statements and several grids of sudoku. When you spot barely contained craziness, you have to get closer. . .Clare and Adelaide Hills fruit. It's bright with raspberry and rhubarb, the impression of fruit jubes, but little sweetness, and a sappy, Beaujolais like finish with smudged tannins. It's delightful and attention…
  • Lamb tagine with carrots celery and olives

    Edward
    16 May 2015 | 5:31 pm
    The meal is long gone, but I keep thinking about it, in particular the sauce, thin but rich, like a winter soup. I'm so glad I avoided the temptation to reduce the liquid.In construction and method, it's similar to the tagine with lamb and seven vegetables, but it's been pared back and seems less fussy.Warm the tagine (heat diffuser, medium heat) add a generous splash of olive oil and fry a finely chopped red onion and 4 cloves of diced garlic. When soft and clear add 1.6kg of lamb shoulder (cut into two and three inch chunks), a large pinch of salt and the spices (1 teaspoon of ground…
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • “All Italian White Wines Taste Alike”

    Alfonso Cevola
    17 May 2015 | 4:29 pm
    I’m sitting at a table, in a restaurant, with a seminal figure in white wine. The beverage director comes up to us to say hello. A few pleasantries are exchanged. After all, we are guests, even if we are part of the “trade.” Our money spends as well. We’re talking to the beverage director about which wines do and do not work in his place, which is seafood centric. We come to find out that in this place of his, he says his best-selling category is Cabernet Sauvignon. We are close to a huge body of water; the city is cosmopolitan and diverse. The clientele is well-healed. The menu is…
  • Counter Culture in Austin: One of the Brightest New Dining Spots in Texas

    Alfonso Cevola
    15 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    No Tables. No Servers. No Tipping. Let’s see, where have I been? Monday, it was in San Francisco. Tuesday, back in Dallas. Wednesday? Houston. And Thursday found me in Austin, Texas. Hopping around from city to city via plane, car and Uber, I’m playing road warrior again this month. My travel schedule is insane, but right now being on the road feels like the right thing. And occasionally (actually, often) I find myself poised in front of brilliance. Whether it is listening to Darrell Corti, Tim Gaiser and Shelley Lindgren wax eloquently about Chianti Classico, or Alois Lageder explain…
  • Chianti for the Commoner

    Alfonso Cevola
    10 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    “When will you talk about it?” My friend was pouring me a Sangiovese, in purezza, leaning in. “You and I discussed it over a year ago. Isn’t it time yet?” Raffaella, my Tuscan confidant in purezza, was pressing me to come in out of the rain and spill it.“Ok, I promise to get into it at the next possible opportunity.” But I wasn’t looking for a fight or controversy. I’d had enough of that from the Vinitaly debacle. It really should be something more intimate, like a letter. After all it is a communication among friends. But it is a conversation that needs to be opened up to…
  • Italian Wine Appellations that are Downright Confounding

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

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

    Margot
    17 May 2015 | 4:53 pm
    UPDATE: Ten of 25 concerts are already sold out for the amazing Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series. So run, don’t walk, to get your tickets at the wine shop at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville or through Ticketmaster. The 2015 lineup of pop, jazz, rock and blues runs from June 13 through September 12 at the beautiful winery’s amphitheatre: Garrison Keillor, Smash Mouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tonic, Gregg Allman, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Chris Botti, Bob James, Earl Klugh, Morgan James, Taj Mahal, Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Musselwhite, Doug…
  • Passing Time Winery’s Inaugural Release

    Margot
    10 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Passing Time Winery was launched last June by Dan Marino and Damon Huard, two former National Football League quarterbacks and teammates with the Miami Dolphins. If you’re skeptical about the kind of wine NFL stars can make, think again. We were delighted to pass the time with a couple of glasses of their first release, Passing Time 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills. This is not surprising to those of us who are fans of winemaker Chris Peterson, whom we first met when he co-founded Avennia with Marty Taucher in 2010. Chris is widely considered as one of the hottest…
  • Pair this 14 Hands wine with the Kentucky Derby

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

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

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

    Organic Wine Journal
    1 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    In Punch, Alice Feiring discusses the future of Natural Wine.
  • Burgundy’s Grande Dame, Anne-Claude Leflaive Dies

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

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

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

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

    Tim Lemke
    10 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    % grenach and For ages I’ve found the wines from the Rhone region in southern France to be some of the greatest wines (and often some of the greatest values) to be found. Rhone is one of my “go to” regions when selecting a wine that I feel will highly likely be delicious and go well with food. And after paying a visit to Tavel and Chateauneuf du Pape last fall, I’m even more drawn toward these wines. One thing that became clear during that visit is that while there are many appellations (AOCs) defined throughout this area, the differences between those regions is not…
  • Salton Intenso Cabernet Franc – Complex and Intenso

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

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

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

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

  • Two Must Have Wines for Your Cellar: You Will Bring Them To Tastings - Wine of the Night

    Lyle Fass
    21 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Aged Mosel Riesling: Hard to Find, The Perfect End for Any Meal From  Martin Muellen, Direct from the Cellar: 2001 and 1993So it's Wednesday and after some Coulanges la Vineuse, Chignin and St. Peray Blanc, we are arriving back in Germany. What's funny is that 10 years ago this offer would have been a main front and center Tuesday/Thursday offer. But times change, tastes changes and as they say on Wall Street, where I write 90% of these e-malls from, "You can't fight the tape." Today I have two aged sweeter wines from the great Martin Muellen. Martin is more well known for his dry as off…
  • One of the Top 5 Northern Rhone Wines I Tasted in the Last 12 Months - You'll Never Guess the AOC

    Lyle Fass
    14 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    If I had told you twenty years ago that St. Joseph would be the next big thing, you would have said that I was nuts.  And today, people are chasing Gonon and Gripa and Chave is making wine there and prices are increasing by double digits every year.The truth is that most of the AOCs have a good amount of land and there is great terroir in many of them that can be exploited by great winemakers.  Today, I am pleased to offer a Crozes-Hermitage that stands up to its more fashionable brethren in St. Joseph and yes, even Cornas.This is a wow wine.  A wine to impress but because it's…
  • You Will Remember The Date. The Time. The Place. When You First Tried This Wine.

    Lyle Fass
    13 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    If there is one thing that I love about having and running Fass Selections is that I never have stopped learning about wine. Learning was always going to be a part of whatever career I decided on as because early on I was obviously obsessed with attaining knowledge and perhaps even more obsessed with sharing it. Before wine it was going to be art history, selling and extolling the virtues of some unknown Renaissance painter. "You want Da Vinci? Sure, you can spend 45 billion on a Da Vinci, but, what, what if I told you about "Artist X" for 10 billion and is all kinds of more aesthetically…
  • Stunningly Gorgeous Clos du Roi - An Aromatic Mid-Palate Explosion That will Age for Decades The Ready to Drink Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru "Les Peuillets" - Bright, Delicious and Wonderfully Aromatic

    Lyle Fass
    12 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    There are a ton of producers, even in Burgundy, who are producing incredible wine, yet no one in the States has ever heard of them.Why? They're too small. By the time an importer has paid all of the up front costs of getting distributors and retailers excited about the wines (tastings, dinners, samples, salespeople, etc.), there isn't enough to sell to recoup their investment.  Well,  my costs are low, buying direct from the winery (I only had to spend $4 on a smoothie to drink while I'm writing this so . . . .), I can afford to sell you my small allocations of these incredible…
  • Rebholz Kastanienbusch $85-$95 Our Young Star Has Grapes from the Same Site (1/3 the price) Top Performer in Blind Tastings - - - - Our Most Requested Mid Priced German 2013 (Small Wonder - Read On)

    Lyle Fass
    8 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Many of you have heard of the famous Kastanienbusch vineyard, the site of Rebholz's world famous Grosses Gewachs.  To be a Grosses Gewachs, among other things, your wine must be from a select group of vineyards.  What many people don't know is that you must also pay dues to an industry organization called the VDP.  If you are not a member of the VDP, your wines cost a lot less even if they are extraordinary and from the same sites as VDP members.  And  our young Sven Klundt is making wines as good as the VDP members (he finished 7th in one of the blind Berlin Cup…
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    HaKerem: Israeli Wine

  • Israeli wine in Eshkol HaZahav

    Avi
    18 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    The winners of this year’s Eshkol Hazahav (Golden Cluster), were announced at The Peres Center For Peace in Jaffa. Eshkol HaZahav is Israel’s wine tasting competition, now in its 13th year, organized by Studio Ben-Avi, owned by Avi Ben-Ami. 259 wines were submitted from among 50 wineries. The Gold Medal Trophies, (first place), were awarded to the following wines: SAUVIGNON BLANCYarden Sauvignon Blanc, Golan Heights Winery 2014 CHARDONNAYReserve Chardonnay, Teperberg 1870 OTHER WHITE VARIETIESMidbar Viognier, 2014 WHITE BLENDSMontefiore White, Kerem Montefiore 2014 RED BLENDS (NIS…
  • Israeli Wines in Wine Advocate

    Avi
    14 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Mark Squires, the wine reviewer for Israeli wines in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has new reviews of Israeli wines. Three Israeli wines scored 92 points: Chateau Golan Eliad Royal Reserve 2012 Makura Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Amphorae Winery) Recanati Special Reserve 2012. For Recanati Winery Israeli wines only started being reviewed in Wine Advocate starting in 2007.
  • The real reason Israeli wines are so expensive

    Avi
    12 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Read the full article in Ha’aretz and comment below. What do you think of the prices of Israeli wines? It’s not the demands of kashrut, it’s simply the growing pains of a young industry in a small domestic market. By Noga Tarnopolsky How much are you willing to spend on a bottle of special-occasion wine? I’ve been putting this question to friends and acquaintances around the world, and responses have ranged from around $15 (a young adult in Argentina) to $200 (a slightly less-young adult in Los Angeles). My colleague Cathy Huyghe, an inspired writer on wine, believes…
  • How to drink rosé this spring without embarrassing yourself

    Avi
    11 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    Read the full article in Ha’aretz How to drink rosé this spring without embarrassing yourself Often thought to be a bland, compromise candidate for a meal including both fish and red meat, rosé wines are finally getting the popular attention they deserve. By Noga Tarnopolsky May 7, 2015 It’s finally spring and we’re in the pink: pink blossoms, pink sunsets, pink wine. Rosé wines to be precise, which range in color from the palest tint of old rose powder to an alluring, clear, deep, ruby claret. Sometimes, people misguidedly believe that to refer to a rosé wine as…
  • Aromatic acrobatics

    Avi
    8 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    Did you know that a single grape can contain all the aroma compounds of all fruit and vegetables, combined? Or that the exceptionally high levels of resveratrol found in Israeli Merlot can help you live longer? David Rhodes meets multiple award-winning inventor Professor Oded Shoseyov, who co-founded the Bravdo label at the Karmei Yosef Winery with Professor Ben Ami Bravdo in 1999. They discuss: What role does aroma play in taste? What makes Chardonnay taste like Chardonnay? And Professor Shoseyov explains his pioneering method of enhancing wine flavor by maximizing the aroma compounds in his…
 
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    Sommelier India - India's only wine magazine

  • Dancing the Tango on World Malbec Day

    7 May 2015 | 9:59 pm
    On a beautiful evening on April 17th at the elegant Gateway Room at the resplendent Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, Tomas Ferrari, Consul General of Argentina and his gracious wife, who was incidentally, born on Malbec day, celebrated the occasion with some lip-smacking starters, wines that were exuberant and at the same time elegant and a sizzling tango performance, reports Suneeta Sodhi Kanga (pictured with Consul General Tomas Ferrari)
  • Champagne Devaux launched in India

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

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

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

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

  • Feisty fifteen: Patricio de la Fuente-Saez on changes and lessons in the China wine market

    boyce
    19 May 2015 | 3:26 am
    Importer and distributor Links recently celebrated its fifteenth year in business and I asked co-owner Patricio de la Fuente-Saez a few questions about changes in the China wine market, lessons he’s learned in the trade, and favorite wines tried. What is the biggest lesson learned during the past 15 years in the business? One of the main ones, and what we call rule number one at Links, is don’t work with assholes. Life gets a lot less complicated if you surround yourself with people you like. You sleep better at night! Our motto at Links is work hard, play harder. We love to eat and…
  • Beyond Cabernet: Grace Vineyard to release Marselan, Aglianico and more

    boyce
    18 May 2015 | 11:21 pm
    One criticism about better local wines — and we are thankfully at the point where many people realize China can produce good stuff — is that the collective bottle is heavily tilted toward Cabernet. It is something critics such as Jancis Robinson regularly note. Good news, then, that we see a rising number of intriguing non-Cabernet options, including several from Grace Vineyard, arguably the country’s success story of the past decade. Those include Marselan, which–who knows–might one day become “China’s grape”! I talked to CEO Judy Chan…
  • Chris Roberts on the inaugural Food & Wine Experience at DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou

    boyce
    14 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Many wine fans in Beijing make the annual pilgrimage to the Hilton Food and Wine Experience, which will mark its twentieth anniversary in just a few years time. Chris Roberts, who led the team that organized five of those events, has taken the tradition to DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou, where he is general manager. I asked Roberts about the first Food and Wine Experience in Guangzhou, which will be uncorked this Saturday. On deciding to do the event: “I’ve been in Guangzhou for two and a half years, one and a half to open the hotel, and now we’ve been open for a year. It…
  • Fourth Quarter: The USD3 Million Yao Family Wines Crowdfunder Campaign Winds Down

    boyce
    10 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    Yao Ming–former NBA star / hilarious ad man and current team owner / college student / anti-shark fin campaigner–is seeking a few final assists for his wine venture. Yao Family Wines released its first wines in 2011, has received some good reviews, including from Robert Parker, and now seeks USD3 million in further investment to expand the business via a crowd-funding campaign that began on March 2 and is nearing its deadline of May 31. From an article in The Wall Street Journal in March (my highlights). Yao Family Wines plans to raise $3 million via Crowdfunder, a…
  • China wine deal: Jebsen teams with Lion’s Fine Wine Partners

    boyce
    6 May 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Jebsen has signed a deal with massive drinks company Fine Wine Partners, owned by Lion, to handle China distribution of wine brands from Australia and the United States. From a joint press release (my highlights): Under the agreement, Jebsen will distribute a number of premium wines owned by Lion BSW Australia’s wine business, Fine Wine Partners, across its many provinces. The Australian and American wine brands soon to reach Chinese adult consumers include St. Hallett (Barossa, South Australia); Petaluma (Adelaide Hills, South Australia); Stonier (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria),…
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Where Art Tito and Blue Moon? June 4 Webinar

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    I am very pleased to announce that we will be joining with Chicago law firm Locke Lord to provide the following webinar. Simon and Tom have lots of experience representing consumer products companies in defending class action lawsuits. They have been closely involved with the wave of litigation that has descended upon the alcohol beverage industry in the past couple of years. Robert has worked with Simon and Tom on some of these cases in the past, and has more than 25 years of experience focused on how federal and state governments, and private plaintiffs, work together to affect alcohol…
  • A Great Day for Maker’s Mark. A Good Day for Tito(?)

    Robert C. Lehrman
    5 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Whoa! The first of the “handmade” cases wrapped up within the past week. On May 1, 2015 the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee dismissed the class action lawsuit against Maker’s Mark “with prejudice.” The now-defunct case alleged that Beam Suntory was bs’ing about whether the bourbon was “handmade.” The court seems to be saying “handmade” is a puff term, like “delicious.” The term at issue has been amorphous, over the centuries, and Judge Hinkle seems to have dumped that burden on the plaintiffs: the plaintiffs have been…
  • Not The Onion. California Man, “Beer Aficionado,” Alleges He is Last to Know Blue Moon is Coors and Not a Real Craft Beer. Sues.

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

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

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

  • Like Meiomi? Have you had these wines from Copper Cane?

    21 May 2015 | 5:44 pm
    While researching the latest happenings at Meiomi I came across an interesting development. It appears that the guy behind Meiomi - Joseph Wagner of the Wagner Family of Wines responsible for Caymus and other brands - has launched his own mini empire.I met Joe back in 2012 at a paired dinner at the Boston Wine Festival (event report). He was representing the Wagner family's wines in a retrospective tasting of Caymus Special Selection as well as thier other brands (Mer Soleil, Conundrum, and Meiomi). Great guy. And that family knowns wine branding.It seems like Joe has branched off on his own…
  • 8 Recommendations: Free Shipping on $199+ at WineZetta with code WWPMEMORIAL

    20 May 2015 | 6:49 pm
    WWP adveriser WineZetta is offering free shiping on $199+ orders with coupon code WWPMEMORIAL. I had a look through their current inventory and spotted 8 wines I think are good plays...First off, 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir is a great vintage, and they've got strong QPR wines in this category:Ponzi Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Tavola 2012 91WS - $25.95 - WS Top 100Elk Cove Pinot Noir 2012  90WS - $25.95Here are 4 luscious reds. A 93 point California Pinot Noir. An ever-enjoyable Orin Swift Locations red. I had the Michael David Petit Petite at a work function recently and it was a…
  • Meiomi Mania

    18 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    I've been writing a lot lately about the 2013 Belle Glos Meiomi that garnered a 92 point Wine Spectator rating. At a retail price of $22, the QPR metrics are attractive. Thanks to its massive 300,000+ case production level this wine is highly available. And highly subject to retailer discounting.The perfect storm for deal hounds!Last week I mentioned a MA-only deal for $15.95/btl. Then I described how to get this wine for less than $14/bottle fully loaded from Wine.com. The Wine.com deal was a little involved with portals and what-not. I know from personal experience that many of you aren't…
  • How to get Meiomi for less than $14 per bottle

    15 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    I wrote earlier this week about a local [MA only] deal where you could get the 2013 Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir for $15.95/btl. That's a great deal for a reliably delicious California Pinot Noir that Wine Spectator rated 92 points. I bought 6 bottles, cracked one open tonight and thought it was spot on.But today I'll share how you can get this for less than $15 a bottle which is almost unheard of for a wine of this quality, and you don't necessarily have to live in Massachusetts.First off, if you're not familiar with Meiomi, it's the entry level Pinot Noir from the Wagner Family. This is the…
  • Quick Deal: 92 WS 2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir for $15.95 Fully Loaded [MA Only]

    13 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Key Link: 2013 Belle Glos Meiomi for $15.95Boston-area wine retailer VinoDivino is offering the 2013 Belle Glos Meiomi for $15.95 if you buy 6+ bottles. Wine Spectator recently rated this vintage 92 points.92 Point Wine Spectator ratingIt's very hard to find a 90 point rated California Pinot Noir for $20, and since each point north of 90 is incrementally harder for a wine to achieve, this wine presents a compelling quality-to-price ratio.Here are my thoughts on the wine when it was released. I rated it 91 points and thought it was outstanding.With a retail price of $22, I'm happy to get this…
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    eRobertParker.com - Wine of the Day

  • 2012 Domaine de l'A

    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    2012 Domaine de l'A Nice black cherry and blackberry fruits are present in this dense ruby/purple wine from winemaking consultant/guru Stéphane Derenoncourt. Quite fleshy, chunky, with lots of depth, ripe fruit and purity, this is a big, lovely, medium to full-bodied, fleshy, mouth-filling wine that represents excellent value. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. Rating: 89  Estimated Cost: $19-$24
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    Wine Peeps

  • A Wine for Tonight: 2014 Ponzi Pinot Gris

    Kori
    12 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2014 Ponzi Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Ponzi Vineyards, located in Sherwood, Oregon, has been one of Oregon’s most consistent Pinot Gris producers for over 30 years. Dick and Nancy Ponzi founded Ponzi Vineyards in 1970. They first produced Pinot Noir in 1974.
  • Fielding Hills’ Best Wine Yet: 2009 Estate Barrel Select Syrah [Wow! Alert]

    Kori
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Fielding Hills Winery, a small, family-owned winery in Wenatchee, is one of the top wineries in Washington State. Owner/winemaker Mike Wade and his wife Karen are longtime apple and cherry growers who turned a middle portion of their orchard near Mattawa into a vineyard. Their RiverBend Vineyard, planted in 1998, is in the Wahluke Slope AVA and is their sole source of grapes. We have tasted their wines from their inaugural vintage in 2000 through their current 2011 vintage and continue to be impressed. They are so consistent; it is not a question of whether their wines will be good but where…
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Delivers Serious Bang for Your Buck

    Kori
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington State’s founding winery with its roots dating back to the repeal of Prohibition. In 1976, Ste. Michelle built a French-style chateau in Woodinville, just northeast of Seattle. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, all of their white wines are made in Woodinville. Their red wines are made at Canoe Ridge Estate in eastern Washington. No matter where you live in the United States, you are probably familiar with the wines of Chateau Ste. Michelle, particularly their Columbia Valley line. While…
  • Happy 7th Birthday to Wine Peeps!

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

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

  • 2013 Fontana Candida Terre Dei Grifi Frascati DOC

    George Perry
    18 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  50% Malvasia Bianca di Candia; 30% Trebbiano Toscano; 10% Greco; 10% Malvasia del Lazio Region: Lazio, Italy Cost:  $13 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Color: Clear and brilliant yellow with soft green shades. Bouquet: Delicate fragrance of exotic fruits and citrus. Taste: Dry and soft, with exotic fruit and a touch of ripe pear and almonds on the finish. Ideal as an aperitif or with Caesar salads, avocado based starters, fish, veal and chicken as well as Thai and Indian food. My Review:  I’ll admit that most of my early experience with Italian whites was focused around…
  • 2013 Banfi Rosso di Montalcino DOC

    George Perry
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Sangiovese Region:  Montalcino, Italy Cost:  $25 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Intense ruby red with violet reflections. On the nose, intense, fresh, and fruity with typical varietal characteristics of violet, cherry, and plum. Flavors are gentle, full and soft, with surprising length. Pairs ideally with aged cheese and wild game. My Review:  A trio of Italian wines is a great way to celebrate the start of spring – at least that’s how I’m happy to celebrate it. We’ll start off with the 2013 Banfi Rosso di Montalcino DOC. In the glass the wine was…
  • Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc Digital Tasting

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

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

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

  • Tilenus – Excellence in the lost art of Mencia

    winebratsf
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    From one end of Spain to the other, the #OleWinos continuing adventures took us across the country – by trains, planes, and automobiles.  OK, there were no planes, but at times the high speed train from Alicante to Madrid certainly felt like one! A two hour blur later, we piled in the rented van and took off for Bierzo, a small DO located in the northwest region of León.  Located in a lush, green, and hilly area of the north, there are many small valleys and wide, flat plains that are perfect for cultivating Mencia, the area’s grape. Making our homebase the university town of…
  • Bodegas Lavia – true expression of Monastrell

    winebratsf
    7 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    In the continuing saga of the Adventures of the #OleWinos, who are visiting the wineries of the luxury wine group MG Wines Group, we meandered around southern Spain to the DO of Bullas.  The Bullas DO is located in Murcia, and is known in particular for it’s young red and rose wines from the local Monastrell grape. This time, we are headed to Bodegas Lavia, in the DO of Bullas.  This area has been producing wine since at least the 13th century, when he Christians invaded and pushed the Moors out.  The modern wine industry wasn’t developed, however, until the 1980s, when the…
  • Bodegas Sierra Salinas – Discover the Magic of Monastrell!

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

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

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

  • UCT claim the first Business School Vino Varsity trophy!

    Alana Ridley
    13 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Backsberg has run an intervarsity wine competition called the Vino Varsity Challenge for the last 6 years. The challenge has seen university wine societies compete against each other. This year Backsberg has rolled out another version of the challenge for Business Schools. Last week the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business competed against the University of Stellenbosch Business School. The challenge sees teams go head-to-head over the course of three rounds including a general knowledge quiz, a wine tasting and a debate. USB Team The judging panel consisted of industry experts…
  • Backsberg Vino Varsity hosts first MBA class

    Alana Ridley
    8 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    Backsberg is excited to host the first annual Business School Vino Varsity Challenge between two prestigious Business Schools. In the wake of the success of the inter-university version of the competition, Backsberg thought it would be a great idea to involve MBA students as well. UCT Graduate School of Business and University of Stellenbosch Business School will take part in a competition that will test their wine knowledge, their astute tasting palates and their view on how to increase wine consumption in South Africa. Vino Varsity started 7 years ago as an inter-varsity wine-tasting…
  • Enter your Backsberg moment into the #FranscHHoekMoments Instagram competition

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

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

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

    19 May 2015 | 8:34 pm
    One of the nicest ways to enjoy the breeze off Lake Tahoe in late June is to stroll the streets of Tahoe City during the annual Wine Walk.This year's line-up of wineries is really terrific, and my tasting glass is ready already!   If you want to attend, you can get tickets in advance at www.TahoeCityWineWalk.comDowntown Tahoe CityHere are the wineries you'll have a chance to experience, all in a tidy 6 block walk:A to Z Wineworks, formerly REX HILL Vineyards, a 25 year old legacy winery in the northern Willamette Valley, is known for their Pinot NoirArbios/Praxis Cellars, a small…
  • A summer treat near Tahoe: the fabulous Wine Dinners at Atlantis Spa Casino in Reno

    19 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    It is impossible to resist the lure of a wine dinner at the Atlantis Spa Casino in Reno.  One of the outstanding events of my summers at Lake Tahoe has always been to attend one of these dinners.  At only $125 per person, it is one of the best values in wining and dining around -- particularly as a wine lover when you consider the wonderful high quality wines that are served.In addition to the food and wine, these dinners are a SPECTACLE not to be missed!  The service is exceptional, and I may have mentioned this before in past blogposts.  It is like a well-choreographed…
  • STILL THE KING: Steve Bjerklie writes about Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    19 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Name a specific region and a specific wine that sum up what quality American winemaking is all about. If you say “Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,” you will be in agreement with most people, I’ll bet. Other areas and wines are making a claim to be definitive for American wine — the elegant Pinot Noir produced in Oregon’s Willamette Valley; Washington state’s rich, luscious Syrah from the Walla Walla region; and the delicious Riesling from New York’s Finger Lakes — but California’s Napa Valley remains the most famous winemaking region in the United States, and its primary…
  • Bunting Wines - Tasty Rhones in Calaveras County

    7 May 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Strolling around Murphys last weekend, I wandered into the tasting room for Bunting Wines.  I hadn’t been to Murphys for a while, and needed a refresher on the Calaveras County wine scene. Bunting is a welcome addition to the cluster of tasting rooms in Murphys on and near Main Street, and I thoroughly enjoyed tasting through a few wines with Garrett Neeley, the young and amiable tasting room manager. Bunting specializes in Rhone varietals and their offerings are all the classics you’d expect:  Grenache, Marsanne, Syrah, and a GSM blend.  A 2009 Muscat Canelli is…
  • Best California Wine Event of the Summer: The Barbera Festival

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

    Simon
    20 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé Sparkling NV, Secano Interior*, Chile (£14.49 Cambridge Wines, Telford Wines, The Wine Store, Windermere Wine Stores, Roberts & Speight) Crisp, gentle style, with plenty of fresh strawberry flavour and a lightly dusty, even sandy edge to the finish. (B+) Miguel Torres Reserva de Pueblo Pais 2013, Secano Interior*, Chile […]
  • Rieslings from Austria, Australia & Alsace

    Simon
    18 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    An excellent trio… Landhaus Mayer Riesling 2013, Lower Austria (£13.99 Naked Wines) Clean and brisk like a mountain stream, with a stony note alongside the tangy, herb-scented lime and lemon flavours, just a hint of jelly-like confection, but overall, this is light in body, full in flavour and very tasty. S- Jacobs Creek Steingarten Riesling […]
  • Bordeaux Rouge x 2

    Simon
    6 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    If only all Bordeaux Rouge was this good… Château Tour de Sarrail Bordeaux Rouge 2009, France (Vinorium £14.50) Maturing gracefully, smooth and alluring, I like the warm, almost dusty, plummy black cherry and blackberry flavours and while there’s just a hint of slightly baked fruit, there’s still enough freshness to keep it alive. S- (Hubert […]
  • Will the real International/World/Global/Universal Sauvignon Day please come to the front desk…

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

    Simon
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:12 am
    It’s Malbec World Day today – check HERE to see if there’s anything Malbecky going on in your neck of the woods Trapiche Estacion 1883 Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina (£14.49 Swift Wines, Templar Wines, Dalziel and Vine, Grand Cru Company, Italian Continental, Mumbles Fine Wines, Vintage House, Village Wines, Cotswold Vintners, Hard To Find Wines, Zelas, Chordale Wine […]
 
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  • For the love of peat: 200 years of Laphroaig

    Michelle Locke
    20 May 2015 | 10:36 pm
    A big, briny, smoky punch in the gullet that has been winning friends, or not, for 200 years. The post For the love of peat: 200 years of Laphroaig appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Amaro, Ti Amo: Italian herbal liqueurs for sipping and cocktails

    W. Blake Gray
    18 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
    "It's a different kind of terroir. It's not just the climate; it's the ecosystem. The plants. The history." The post Amaro, Ti Amo: Italian herbal liqueurs for sipping and cocktails appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Any color you like as long as it’s orange

    Simon Woolf
    14 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    In the 21st century wine lake of bland uniformity, orange wines stand out with their bold and uncompromising character and their embedded links with centuries of history and culture. The post Any color you like as long as it’s orange appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • The Wrong Side of the Rhône

    Roger Morris
    13 May 2015 | 12:18 am
    The winemakers of Seyssuel gear up for the long and bumpy road from IGP to cru. The post The Wrong Side of the Rhône appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Wine needs a Nordic Food Lab

    Erika Szymanski
    10 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Wine needs a Nordic Food Lab. A big box full of cool things that isn't expected to produce anything in particular, and that throws off cool ideas and new knowledge because they couldn't really not do so. The post Wine needs a Nordic Food Lab appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
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    Vin65

  • Insider Tips to Sell More Wine - Part 2

    14 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is Part 2 of a guest post from Jessie Poshepny Vallery (read Part 1 here).  The key to selling more wine is capturing email addresses so that you can market to people after they've left the tasting room. With Vin65, I have been able to capture thousands more emails because we do not print receipts. We let people know that they’ll be added to our mailing list and we urge them to have their receipt sent via email. 9 times out of 10 they give us their email address. Vin65’s list builder has been my best friend. With the ability to tailor lists, I have been able to…
  • Insider Tips to Sell More Wine - Part 1

    12 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is a two-part guest post from Jessie Poshepny Vallery. She has been working at Trione since 2008, has been in the wine business for 13 years - and a Vin65 client since 2013. Jessie serves as the President of the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce, writes for Sonoma Discoveries magazine and enjoys promoting the local businesses and area. This post will give you concrete examples on how she sells more wine. Personalization. People want to see emails that are targeted just for them. We all get a barrage of emails between certain hours and on certain days because somebody somewhere said it was…
  • Shipping: Wineries... Can You Keep Up?

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    You're not Amazon, Walmart, or Target, and you don’t have the clout to demand killer shipping rates from UPS and FedEx. What are your options as a winery to live up to the expectations that these monsters retailers provide? Speed Matters When a customer places an order in your online store, don't wait to ship it! Figuring out a system for how to ship things quickly and efficiently will keep your customers happy. If you ship right from your winery, work with UPS, FedEx, GSO, etc. to have regularly scheduled pickups. If you ship with a fulfillment center, key in on the time from…
  • Wine Ecommerce 101

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

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

  • 6 Best Burgers from Bobby Flay, the Burger Whisperer

    Thu, 21 May 2015 13:05:47 -0400
    21 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    Bobby Flay could be called the burger whisperer. (So could F&W’s Justin Chapple who came up with this genius way to form perfect patties.) His burgers are delicious, juicy and amped up with amazingly creative and delicious over-the-top toppings. Here, six killer recipes he shared with Food & Wine. 1. Nacho Burgers  The name says it all: These burgers are topped with...
  • 7 Must-Try Memorial Day Marinades

    Thu, 21 May 2015 12:53:34 -0400
    21 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Give your Memorial Day cookout a flavor boost with a marinade. Here, seven globally-inspired recipes to try. 1. Spicy Thai Marinade with Basil and Cilantro Chef Bill Kim likes to use this spicy, citrus-scented marinade on steak, but it's also great on chicken and shrimp. 2. Puerto Rican-Style Marinade The inspiration for this garlicky marinade was lechón, a slow-...
  • 5 Must-Have Tools for Homemade Pasta

    Wed, 20 May 2015 17:32:22 -0400
    21 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    Chef Nate Whiting of the new Charleston restaurant 492 is a devotee of fresh pasta (though he admits the virtues of dried pasta as well. "It's Italian fast food," he says). Here he shares five tools he considers essential for making and serving fresh pasta at home. 1. Kitchen scale. Proper and consistent measurement is essential in my kitchen. Volume may vary but weight is always...
  • Show Us How You Summer on Instagram!

    Thu, 21 May 2015 11:36:09 -0400
    21 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    That’s it. We can’t wait any longer for summer to start—we’re ready now! Today, we’re launching #howisummer with some of our sister brands like Travel and Leisure, LIFE, Real Simple, Coastal Living and InStyle. It’s our way of spotlighting the best of warm weather—the grilling, the beaches, the frozen drinks (mostly the frozen drinks). And we want to see your best pics! Start...
  • Donald Link's Spicy Pickled Shrimp Are the Perfect Hot-Weather Snack

    Mon, 04 May 2015 16:08:41 -0400
    21 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Louisiana native and chef Donald Link shares his refreshing pickled shrimp recipe—perfect for a hot summer day. Shrimp has always been a big part of chef Donald Link’s life. “My dad would take me out of school on the opening day of shrimping season,” recalls the Louisiana native. “We had a small boat, and we would go out for hours in all kinds of weather. I spent plenty of...
 
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  • Niles Canyon Railway and Livermore Valley Wineries supported Relay for Life

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    20 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    In April, the Niles Canyon Railway sponsored the 6th Annual Ride the Rails Relay for Life American Cancer Society event. They had three runnings that day at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30 between Sunol and Niles and...
  • Celebrate Chardonnay Day with Wente the First Family of Chardonnay

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    20 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Tomorrow, May 21 is National Chardonnay Day. Chardonnay, America’s bestselling white wine is beloved by wine lovers around the world. While this grape originated in France’s Burgundy region, it has found a home in...
  • Japantown San Jose Summer Wine Walk coming June 10

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    19 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    The Japantown Business Association (JBA) is pleased to announce their First Season Wine Walk to take place Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm.Participants can stroll the charming streets of Taylor and Jackson Streets in the intimate downtown...
  • Explore East Bay Urban Wine Country May 2 and 3

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

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

    Markus Stolz
    12 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    Greek wines share common traits: They are typically moderate in alcohol, with often lively acidity, and are rarely too heavy, meaning that one can truly enjoy drinking several glasses without feeling overpowered. It is impossible to become bored with them, as there is always a new variety to be explored. Yesterday a most interesting wine exhibition took place in the heart of Athens. Organized by Vinetum, the ‘Top obscure wines from Greece’ were presented. The aim was to target the less famous wines of the country that the public is not yet familiar with. Seventeen…
  • I am moving back to Greece

    Markus Stolz
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    Ever since my family and I relocated to Germany 18 months ago, my life has been out of balance. It has taken a lot of energy and effort for my children to get settled into their new home, and indeed into the different way of life. I tried to walk the tightrope by keeping up my ties in Greece, while, at the same time, supporting my family here in Germany. Instead of combining the best of both worlds, I have come to realise that I have not lived for real in either. I will be moving back to Greece within the next three months, despite the economic uncertainties that clearly have never been more…
  • Pampas, Gauchos, Cattle and Brazilian Assyrtiko

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

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

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

    22 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Fresh, with notes of fruit and flowers and varied colours, rosé wine leaves a good mouthfeel, if we know to pair it correctly. Although it's not always easy, being between the whites and reds, it goes well with meats and fish, since it has the advantage of being suitable for a variety of foods. Learn more about the pairings for rosé wines. Dry rosé. For this type of rosé wine, such as those found in French regions of Touraine and Provence, in addition to the tasty Bordeaux, it is best to choose them for starters and single dishes. From a refreshing salad, to pasta or pizza, or with…
  • South Africa reaches its highest revenues in wine exports

    20 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    South Africa hit a record high level of revenue from wine exports, growing its turnover by 6.3% in 2014 thanks to sparkling wines and packaged wines. South Africa is the ninth wine producer country in the world and has been recognized as a wine zone for over 300 years. South Africa, along with Chile and Argentina, was affected by high harvests in the northern hemisphere in 2013. For this reason the volume of exported wine decreased by 5.6%, but got the greatest gain to date thanks to its packaged wines and sparkling wines exported. According to reports of OEMV (Spanish Observatory of…
  • London Wine Week is coming, don't miss it!

    18 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    The London Wine Week is starting today, since it that takes place from 18 to 24 May. Don't miss a program full of novelties, tastings, lectures and wine tours by the best spots in town. Over 100 establishments in the city will offer wine within a route that visitors can not miss, in order to discover new varieties. This route is part of the event and participants can purchase the London Wine Week bracelet, which gives the opportunity to taste wines in these different places. But also events are the major figures of this week, in which wine is the central axis of the City of London. Know…
  • Which wines are best to pair with paella?

    15 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Paella is that great signature dish from Spain, which usually has its origin in Valencia, although it is consumed in several Spanish regions. Made with rice, broth, fish, meat or vegetables, there are a lot of types of paellas, all of them delicious. If you have questions about what kind of wine goes best with paella, we give some recommendations. Seafood and fish paella goes perfect with a white or rosé wine. For example, some wines from Ribera del Duero and DO Galicia, which often pair well with fish dishes. Whites from Alicante, Valencia and Penedès are also recommended. They must…
  • 3 cocktails for this spring

    13 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    The world of cocktails is extensive and offers delicious varieties to enjoy in good company. If you want to try preparing some of them this spring, you could use these recommendations. Strawberry Mojito This mojito has strawberry as main ingredient, rich in vitamin C and very refreshing. Ingredients: 3 or 4 large strawberries Crushed ice 10 millilitres white rum Some mint leaves Juice of 1 lime 2 tablespoons brown sugar 50 millilitres soda or sparkling water 50 millilitres lemon soda Elaboration: Put crushed ice in a cocktail glass. Liquefy the strawberries in a blender with sugar and…
 
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    Wine Blog

  • Seeing a value come to fruition ~ Suisun Valley

    Jo Diaz
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    One of my greatest gifts in the wine business was to have the Suisun Valley Vintners and Grape Growers Association come to my doorstep, in September of 2003. We were told that the group had some government funds for the next seven years, and they wanted help to get Suisun onto the wine maps. Finding […] The post Seeing a value come to fruition ~ Suisun Valley appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Women for WineSense needs you as a lecturer

    Jo Diaz
    20 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    A new Lecture Series has been introduced by Women for WineSense. This is a new addition to the Napa | Sonoma WWS suite of member benefits. Are you an expert in the wine industry? Do you have unique knowledge? Would you like to teach others something they need to know? If so, please do the […] The post Women for WineSense needs you as a lecturer appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Looking for a little romance ~ Try Rosé Rendezvous at Simi Winery

    Jo Diaz
    19 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    My friend Bob Ecker has found his groove, and it has to do with Rosé. Bob is a wine writer, an aerial photographer, a wine judge, and now a wine event organizer. If you’re a lover of Rosé, and you’re going to be in the Sonoma County area, this event of delicate rosé wines is […] The post Looking for a little romance ~ Try Rosé Rendezvous at Simi Winery appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • VIT 101 ~ 7 Cover Crops

    Jo Diaz
    18 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    WARNING: If you’re in the wine business, this is only VIT 101. This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. VIT 101: Cover Crops in a Vineyard Cover crops benefit a vineyard in a few ways. They begin by repelling harmful pests. By having a cover crop of […] The post VIT 101 ~ 7 Cover Crops appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Tea from wine grape skins: The Republic of Tea and Whole Vine Products

    Jo Diaz
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    There has been a bridge crossed, from tea to wine tea… Two very innovative companies have joined forces: The Republic of Tea has a finished product, with Whole Vine Products supplying the necessary grape products to put into these unusually unique teas. A word about WholeVine Products in the mix: Sonoma Teas utilizes fine wine […] The post Tea from wine grape skins: The Republic of Tea and Whole Vine Products appeared first on Wine Blog.
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  • Announcing Our First Ever Grenache / Mataro

    Ridge Vineyards
    18 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Not only do we have a new wine to introduce, but we have a first ever!  We couldn’t be more excited to present to you the 2013 Lytton Estate Grenache / Mataro! This wine comes from Lytton Springs, our estate... Read More ›
  • Acres and Acres of Organic Grapes

    Ridge Vineyards
    12 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Ridge Vineyards has 195 acres of certified organic vines in Sonoma County. This is twice as much as any other grower in the county. So which of our vineyard sites make up this nearly two hundreds acres of organic vines?... Read More ›
  • A Sense of Place

    Ridge Vineyards
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    To make the finest wines, you must start with great vineyards. We were blessed with the 130-year-old Monte Bello vineyard (abandoned after Prohibition), and the cabernet blocks that were replanted in the late 1940s. These vines produced our Monte Bello... Read More ›
  • David Gates on Going Organic

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

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

    BoozeMonkey
    20 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    Philip White, one of our favourite wine reviewers, talks to Roger Pike of Marius Wines in McLaren Vale… it doesn’t get any better than this! Marius Symphony McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($35; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 94++ points) Marius Sympatico McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($27; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 95++ points) The post Marius Wines, McLaren Vale appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
  • Domaine Chandon 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Cold, wet and windy conditions just as vines were flowering in the Yarra Valley last year, meant fruit production was markedly down – but conversely quality was “exceptional” thanks to a rapid change from those adverse conditions to “fantastic” during the subsequent growing season. For Domaine Chandon, flavour intensity, freshness and abundant natural acidity in that fruit has resulted in a 2014 Chardonnay being a real stand-out, with upfront fresh pear and apple flavours, a lovely zesty acidity and great length of flavour. Enjoy with roast barramundi fillets and herbed roast…
  • Blaufrankisch – A Rare Red Worth Trying

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    When one-time doctor-cum-vigneron, Larry Jacobs and journalist Marc Dobson migrated from South Africa in 1997 to pursue their passion for wine, they fell instantly in love with and bought the boutique Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills, that was then on the market. They were particularly fascinated with the number of Germanic and Austrian grape varieties that had been planted by the winery’s previous German owner in the early 1990s, with one of these being Blaufrankisch that’s an Austrian variety which thrives in the Adelaide Hills’ warm days and cold nights, and was being used…
  • Brewers Read Mean Tweets – Good Beer Week 2015

    BoozeMonkey
    17 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Good Beer Week has been running since 2011, with the fourth festival in May 2014 featuring more than 200 events across Melbourne and Victoria. It continued the festival’s remarkable rise to become a global event described by international brewers as “the best beer week in the world”. Each year, the festival has grown not just in size but in scope, colour and reach. Once again in 2015, it boasts one of the most diverse programs you will find at any festival: venues range from prison to a children’s farm, from three chefs hat restaurants to classic suburban boozers, with…
  • Katnook Founders Block Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    5 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Katnook in South Australia’s Coonawarra launched their Founder’s Block range in 2005, and in the decade since it’s become their biggest selling wine – a just-released 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon a further great example of just why. For here’s a medium-bodied wine that’s got wonderfully classic Cabernet Sauvignon mint and blackcurrant to the fore, and with accompanying fine tannins… and interestingly came from a vintage that got off to an early start after good Winter rainfalls in 2012 led into a warm and dry Spring, with these conditions continuing right through the growing season…
 
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  • Marius Wines, McLaren Vale

    BoozeMonkey
    20 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    Philip White, one of our favourite wine reviewers, talks to Roger Pike of Marius Wines in McLaren Vale… it doesn’t get any better than this! Marius Symphony McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($35; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 94++ points) Marius Sympatico McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($27; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 95++ points) The post Marius Wines, McLaren Vale appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
  • Domaine Chandon 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Cold, wet and windy conditions just as vines were flowering in the Yarra Valley last year, meant fruit production was markedly down – but conversely quality was “exceptional” thanks to a rapid change from those adverse conditions to “fantastic” during the subsequent growing season. For Domaine Chandon, flavour intensity, freshness and abundant natural acidity in that fruit has resulted in a 2014 Chardonnay being a real stand-out, with upfront fresh pear and apple flavours, a lovely zesty acidity and great length of flavour. Enjoy with roast barramundi fillets and herbed roast…
  • Blaufrankisch – A Rare Red Worth Trying

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    When one-time doctor-cum-vigneron, Larry Jacobs and journalist Marc Dobson migrated from South Africa in 1997 to pursue their passion for wine, they fell instantly in love with and bought the boutique Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills, that was then on the market. They were particularly fascinated with the number of Germanic and Austrian grape varieties that had been planted by the winery’s previous German owner in the early 1990s, with one of these being Blaufrankisch that’s an Austrian variety which thrives in the Adelaide Hills’ warm days and cold nights, and was being used…
  • Brewers Read Mean Tweets – Good Beer Week 2015

    BoozeMonkey
    17 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Good Beer Week has been running since 2011, with the fourth festival in May 2014 featuring more than 200 events across Melbourne and Victoria. It continued the festival’s remarkable rise to become a global event described by international brewers as “the best beer week in the world”. Each year, the festival has grown not just in size but in scope, colour and reach. Once again in 2015, it boasts one of the most diverse programs you will find at any festival: venues range from prison to a children’s farm, from three chefs hat restaurants to classic suburban boozers, with…
  • Katnook Founders Block Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    5 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Katnook in South Australia’s Coonawarra launched their Founder’s Block range in 2005, and in the decade since it’s become their biggest selling wine – a just-released 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon a further great example of just why. For here’s a medium-bodied wine that’s got wonderfully classic Cabernet Sauvignon mint and blackcurrant to the fore, and with accompanying fine tannins… and interestingly came from a vintage that got off to an early start after good Winter rainfalls in 2012 led into a warm and dry Spring, with these conditions continuing right through the growing season…
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  • Wine Institute California Wines Summit promotes California wine exports

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    20 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    Wine Institute held its second international “California Wines Summit” last week hosting 23 key wine media and buyers from Canada, the U.K., Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, China, Japan, Taiwan and Brazil. The...
  • Celebrate Chardonnay the premier white wine at the Chardonnay Symposium

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    20 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    The sixth annual Chardonnay Symposium takes place this year May 28-30 in the classic, beautiful California beach cities of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County. This is the premier event dedicated to the world...
  • TAPAS Grand Tasting delivered great Tempranillos and more

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    19 May 2015 | 10:20 pm
    TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society) hosted the annual Grand Wine Tasting at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio on Sunday, April 26. TAPAS is an association of domestic wine producers who focus on wines utilizing Spanish...
  • Barefoot Bubblies are great wines for family gatherings

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    15 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Barefoot Wines has been making wines loved since 1965 and have grown into one of the largest winemakers in California. They have a passion for making fun wines aimed at having wine lovers have a great time and making...
  • ZinFest coming to Lodi May 16-17

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    15 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    The Lodi ZinFest is back at beautiful Lodi Lake on May 16 where visitors can sip, swirl and savor from a selection of 200 handcrafted wines from over 40 Lodi wineries. Winemakers will be welcoming guests and offer...
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  • America’s Most Visited Winery – Biltmore Winery

    JustJess
    20 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    Go ahead; admit it. You were thinking Napa Valley. Or Sonoma. Where do 600,000 people a year go to visit this winery? Need another clue?  You might recognize scenes from Patch Adams and Forrest Gump. The winery is located on the Biltmore Estate which is home to “America’s Largest Privately Owned Home“. Welcome to Biltmore Winery! Wine Channel TV had the opportunity to take part in the 30th Anniversary Celebration this past week which included the release of a commemorative 30th anniversary wine – a full bodied red wine blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel. Wine…
  • Wine TV – Luxury Wine Lifestyle

    JustJess
    19 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Wine lovers that enjoy high end wines are traveling the world seeking new luxury destinations and experiences. It’s not a coincidence they also seek new and trending wine regions. Luxurious wine destinations with spas, golf courses and food are becoming a popular choice for wine lovers. From Spain, to Argentina and traditional favorites in Italy, France and Napa Valley, a record number of tourists are seeking that perfect pairing of luxury and great wine. Luxury retailers in fashion, auto, jewelry and art are finding that a great “currency” to attract this audience is wine.
  • Women and Wine Pitch Perfect

    JustJess
    15 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    80% of car buying decisions are now influenced by women. Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri joined Joe Perillo, CEO of Bentley Gold Coast in Chicago to talk about the changes and influence women have in the luxury auto and wine lifestyle marketplace. At the recent Wine Channel TV “Sips.Suits.Stilletos.” NFL Draft Viewing event in Chicago, the VIP invitation audience took part in the Chicago launch of the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed, accompanied by award winning wines and champagne, as well as fashion accessories from Vince Camuto. It’s not by accident that women are taking…
  • Wines of the Volcano with Firriato Winery

    JustJess
    11 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    Firriato and Wines of the Volcano Firriato Winery was the latest stop on the 2015 Sip Some Sicily Tour from Wine Channel TV. Let us paint the pictures. You can take a nice walk up to the mountaintop Castle of Santa Caterina, visible from Firriato’s seaside vineyards on the island of Favignana, off Sicily. Or visit  Firriato’s other estate partway up Mount Etna. Yes, that Mount Etna. Wine TV, winechanneltv.tv and host Jessica Altieri takes you on a Sip Some Sicily exclusive tour at Firriato Winery. Wine TV visited the centenary vineyard of Firriato Cavanera Estate on Etna for an…
  • Yahoo Sports Radio – Jessica Altieri Joins Gametime With Matt Perrault

    JustJess
    10 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Jessica Altieri, CEO and host of Wine Channel TV talks with Matt Perrault, Host of Gametime with Matt Perrault Sat/Sun 2-6 pm EST nationally on Yahoo! Sports Radio. Jess and Matt talk about the ultimate NFL Draft Viewing Event in Chicago and the Best Sports Day Ever. The Sips.Suits.Stilettos Event took place at the Bentley Gold Coast Showroom in Chicago with featured wines and spirits from: • Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose • Villa Maria Pinot Noir 2012 • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013 • Chamisal Chardonnay • Primus Red Blend • Landmark Pinot Noir • Purity…
 
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  • Oregon Wine Month

    Jennifer Rouse
    1 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Celebrate Oregon Wine Month this May–it’s our yearly month-long celebration of all things wine. Enjoy barrel tastings, tours and winery dinners along with special deals and discounts on Oregon wine. With more than 350 wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, you probably can’t visit them all…but you can have a good time trying. Trip ideas for Oregon Wine Month: Celebrate 50 years of Pinot: This year marks 50 years since the first Pinot noir vines were planted in the Willamette Valley. Make a pilgramage to the birthplace of the Willamette Valley’s Pinot…
  • Golf adventures in the Willamette Valley

    Jennifer Rouse
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    If your idea of the perfect vacation involves hitting the links in the middle of Oregon’s stunning wine country–and topping off a day on the course with some excellent Pinot noir–then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together our top picks for golf adventures in the Willamette Valley that will knock your argyle socks off. Tokatee Golf Club, Blue River. Tokatee offers a unique golfing experience by maintaining a low-key, rustic operation without sacrificing quality. It’s a picturesque course that’s right at the base of the Three Sisters, nestled…
  • Seven Spring Break adventures in Oregon Wine Country

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Plan now for family memories that will last a lifetime. This spring break, get out of the house and have an adventure together. Here are seven of our top picks for family trips all around the Willamette Valley this spring: Salem For family-friendly fun without a lot of fuss, bring the kids to Salem, where they can meet Pancho the Elephant – the newest animal to join the herd at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, one of the state’s only authentic Old World-style carousels. While you’re there, be sure to visit The Enchanted Forest. This quirky theme park features an eclectic mix of rides and…
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  • There is Value in White Burgundy

    John Downes
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sorry to be morbid, but what’s your ‘death bed’ wine; the last glass you’ll taste in this life? Mine’s Puligny-Montrachet, the famous but expensive white Burgundian. The big price tag is no hassle if it’s your final pleasure but on a Wednesday evening? Yep, that may be a problem! “But is it possible to buy good value White Burgundy?”, a friend asked me recently. He was surprised when I answered “yes”. Before we dig out the good value bottles, for comparison it’s worth taking a quick look at Burgundy’s amazing whites, the…
  • Looking for a Story: The Significance of a Wine Labels

    James Duren
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Wine labels are more than fancy pictures.   Earlier this week Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Melanie Pearce talked with Simon Forsyth, a marketer and designer, about what makes wine labels so influential in consumer’s purchases.    “‘Going on a journey’ is a buzz concept in today’s culture and it’s no different with wine, where customers want to engage with the story, colour and life behind what’s in their glass,” Pearce wrote.   Forsyth runs a wine bar and cellar door, and has a “background in marketing…
  • Looking Ahead: L.A. Mag Features “Futuristic” Wine List

    James Duren
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    While the wine lists of today are California- and Europe-heavy, the wine lists of tomorrow may not follow the same tune.    Wines from around the world – and from places you might have never heard of – may very well be the quaffers you’ll find on your neighborhood gnosh spot’s wine list in five years, according to a recent story by Jonathan Cristaldi in L.A. Magazine.   “The paradigm is shifting in the wine world. The old guard who've long influenced our drinking habits (and resisted change in the industry) is giving way to a modern movement…
  • British Couple Focus on One Wine at a Time

    James Duren
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    They are the vagabonds of the winemaking world.    This past Monday, Master of Wine Tim Atkins featured a story on his blog about a U.K. couple who make one wine every year, with the location and the variety changing each time they start anew with their winemaking.    “One wine, in one place, for one year only,” writer Matt Walls asid. “It’s hard enough making wine in the same place each year, so as winemaking philosophies it doesn’t get much more ambitious. But since graduating three years ago with degrees in winemaking, Nick Jones and Leah…
  • Ladies First: Why Women are Taking Charge in Winemaking and Marketing

    James Duren
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Women are dictating the way wine is made and marketed.    Frances Robinson, a reporter for the New Statesman, wrote an article this past Monday titled, “Why women are becoming the key ingredient in making and marketing wine”, in which she spoke with industry experts about the influence women have on the wine world.   “OF the U.K’s regular wine drinkers, 55 per cent are women, according to research by Wine Intelligence,” Robinson said. “Making wines that appeal to women is changing the way the industry thinks, from marketing campaigns to…
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  • Mount St. George in the Napa Valley

    Joe Becerra
    19 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    Mount St. George – as seen from Judd’s Hill Winery Mount St. George in the Napa Valley I shot this iPhone photo on Sunday, May 17th at Judd’s Hill Winery. Mount St. George is part of the Vaca Mountain Range that forms the eastern side of the Napa Valley. There is said to be some vineyards at the base of Mount St. George and one hiking trail that leads to a waterfall. I searched for information on Mount St. George hiking trails and found some information on the Land Trust of Napa County. Please comment below if you know about hiking trails on Mount St. George. As you can…
  • Topping off a wine barrel

    Joe Becerra
    16 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Cellar worker tops off each wine barrel from another wine barrel. Topping off a wine barrel In this photo we see the meaning of “topping off a wine barrel.” Since wine barrels are made from wood, they breathe. A certain amount of evaporation will occur in the barrels and that space is filled with the air we breathe. In order to prevent oxidation of the wine in the barrel, that space of air called “ullage” must be replaced with wine. The wine must be the same as what is in the barrel. The cellar worker “breaks down” another barrel of the same grape and…
  • Brian Arden Winery – New on the Silverado Trail

    Joe Becerra
    15 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Brian Arden Wines near Calistoga on the Silverado Trail Brian Arden Winery This is Napa Valley’s “new kid on the block” winery. It opened on May 2, 2015. As you drive along Silverado Trail very near Calistoga, it is easy to spot on the west. As you can see from the photo, the building structure is very different from most of the wineries along the Silverado Trail.  The Brian Arden name comes from Brian Harlan, the winemaker, and his father Arden Harlan. The Harlan Family has been a long-time owner of an old-vine Zinfandel vineyard in Kelseyville in Lake County. The…
  • Booker & Butler Napa and Sonoma Concierge Services

    Joe Becerra
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    This is a guest article on the Wine Country Getaways’ Blog by Melanie Schwartz, the founder of Booker & Butler Napa and Sonoma Concierge Services. We receive many emails throughout the year asking us for tour guide recommendations. Since we do not use tour guides, we hesitate to make recommendations. A better alternative for us is to have tour companies  like Booker & Butler tell us about their services through these blog posts: I own and run a private concierge business called Booker & Butler that creates custom itineraries for discerning clients in Napa and Sonoma Wine…
  • Vineyard colors at Round Pond

    Joe Becerra
    13 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    View from the Round Pond terrace Vineyard colors at Round Pond Rarely does one see colors in among the vines unless it is Autumn in wine country. That’s why we were surprised to see these vineyard colors at Round Pond, with the trees in the distance lining the Napa River.  This experimental block of Cabernet Sauvignon at Round Pond was planted over a year ago. The blue flowers are Bachelor’s Button and the red flowers are Poppies. The idea in this experiment is to attract beneficial insects to the vineyard block. In turn, these beneficial insects will deter detrimental insects…
 
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  • Mount St. George in the Napa Valley

    Joe Becerra
    19 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    Mount St. George – as seen from Judd’s Hill Winery Mount St. George in the Napa Valley I shot this iPhone photo on Sunday, May 17th at Judd’s Hill Winery. Mount St. George is part of the Vaca Mountain Range that forms the eastern side of the Napa Valley. There is said to be some vineyards at the base of Mount St. George and one hiking trail that leads to a waterfall. I searched for information on Mount St. George hiking trails and found some information on the Land Trust of Napa County. Please comment below if you know about hiking trails on Mount St. George. As you can…
  • Topping off a wine barrel

    Joe Becerra
    16 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Cellar worker tops off each wine barrel from another wine barrel. Topping off a wine barrel In this photo we see the meaning of “topping off a wine barrel.” Since wine barrels are made from wood, they breathe. A certain amount of evaporation will occur in the barrels and that space is filled with the air we breathe. In order to prevent oxidation of the wine in the barrel, that space of air called “ullage” must be replaced with wine. The wine must be the same as what is in the barrel. The cellar worker “breaks down” another barrel of the same grape and…
  • Brian Arden Winery – New on the Silverado Trail

    Joe Becerra
    15 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Brian Arden Wines near Calistoga on the Silverado Trail Brian Arden Winery This is Napa Valley’s “new kid on the block” winery. It opened on May 2, 2015. As you drive along Silverado Trail very near Calistoga, it is easy to spot on the west. As you can see from the photo, the building structure is very different from most of the wineries along the Silverado Trail.  The Brian Arden name comes from Brian Harlan, the winemaker, and his father Arden Harlan. The Harlan Family has been a long-time owner of an old-vine Zinfandel vineyard in Kelseyville in Lake County. The…
  • Booker & Butler Napa and Sonoma Concierge Services

    Joe Becerra
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    This is a guest article on the Wine Country Getaways’ Blog by Melanie Schwartz, the founder of Booker & Butler Napa and Sonoma Concierge Services. We receive many emails throughout the year asking us for tour guide recommendations. Since we do not use tour guides, we hesitate to make recommendations. A better alternative for us is to have tour companies  like Booker & Butler tell us about their services through these blog posts: I own and run a private concierge business called Booker & Butler that creates custom itineraries for discerning clients in Napa and Sonoma Wine…
  • Vineyard colors at Round Pond

    Joe Becerra
    13 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    View from the Round Pond terrace Vineyard colors at Round Pond Rarely does one see colors in among the vines unless it is Autumn in wine country. That’s why we were surprised to see these vineyard colors at Round Pond, with the trees in the distance lining the Napa River.  This experimental block of Cabernet Sauvignon at Round Pond was planted over a year ago. The blue flowers are Bachelor’s Button and the red flowers are Poppies. The idea in this experiment is to attract beneficial insects to the vineyard block. In turn, these beneficial insects will deter detrimental insects…
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  • Why expensive wine doesn’t always offer more pleasure

    steve
    21 May 2015 | 12:10 am
      I’ve long been a critic who agrees that expensive wine isn’t always or necessarily better than inexpensive wine. This conclusion is based, not solely on common sense, but on experience. It’s a topic that’s of interest to people because, after all, we’re all limited in how much we can spend on stuff (especially a discretionary item like wine, although I realize that for some people wine isn’t discretionary but mandatory, and I’m one of them). You can’t blame anyone who likes a $12 wine for wondering what they’re missing in a $120 bottle. Well, I’ve tried to…
  • Why do scores matter so much to sales people, and so little to buyers?

    steve
    20 May 2015 | 12:10 am
      I was talking yesterday with someone who’s deep in the wine industry, and he made a remark that surprised me at first, but then, the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. I was asking him (as I ask almost everyone these days) if critical scores and reviews still matter, and he said, “To sales forces, yes. To most buyers, no.” Now, we have to define a couple terms. By “sales forces” he meant the people who actually go out on the road to sell wine. They work for wineries or for distributors. Their job is a hard one: they not only drive (or fly) a lot, they’re…
  • From the Old Guard to the New Guard: Lighten up

    steve
    19 May 2015 | 12:10 am
      I suppose I may be part of The old guard who’ve long influenced our drinking habits (and resisted change in the industry),” but I’ll tell you what: I’ll give you a dollar for every bottle of Gruner Veltliner and Spanish Txakolina sold in this country this year, you give me a dollar for every bottle of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and we’ll see who ends up in the poor house and who can buy a beachfront manse in Malibu. Well, we know who the loser will be: The Txakolina-istas. Because despite the prognostications of “outspoken personalities” and “social sommeliers” who…
  • My remarks at the Cabernet Academy: Part 2

    steve
    18 May 2015 | 12:10 am
      Here’s the second part of my remarks last week, at Stonestreet: I’ve spoken of varietal flavor and tannin structure, but obviously there’s more to wine than just those two factors. Next, I want to take up the topics of acidity and minerality. Acidity in Cabernet, as in all table wines, is a key to providing life, zest and a keen mouthfeel. My favorite way of explaining the role of acidity is to revert to a tale from my youth. When I was a kid in the Bronx, we had “soda fountains.” If you wanted cola, the soda “jerk” didn’t open a bottle, he mixed it up right in…
  • Alexander Valley and Napa Valley Cabernet: My remarks at the Cabernet Academy

    steve
    15 May 2015 | 12:10 am
      I gave a little talk yesterday to a group of wine buyers yesterday at Stonestreet, as part of Taste Alexander Valley. I’m posting my remarks in two parts, because it’s rather longish. Here’s part 1. I’ve been asked to talk about Napa Valley and Alexander Valley and how Cabernet Sauvignon from those two areas differs. But first, a disclaimer: As some of you may know from my writings, especially on my blog, I’ve argued for many years that these supposed regional differences between varieties are not as pronounced nor as concise as some wine writers portray them. After all,…
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    Jordan Winery

  • 2015 Estate Tales magazine debuts

    Lisa Mattson
    20 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    The 2015 edition of Estate Tales is now available. This year, our complimentary magazine celebrates the bounty of the Jordan garden through several stories and also features an in-depth look at the Jordan Estate Rewards program changes. Story highlights include: All Grown Up Dinner at the Top A new chapter for Jordan Estate Rewards Back to the Future: Evolution of an Iconic Label Spring releases Pick up a free copy at the winery or read the digital version online. View our entire library of editions in the beyond the bottle section of our website.
  • Healdsburg winery dinners in the vineyard

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

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

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

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

    12 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Get important Disneyland facts needed to plan a visit. More people have gone to Disneyland than any other park in the world.
  • Baci Cafe & Wine Bar

    12 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Baci Cafe & Wine Bar is the #1 restaurant in Healdsburg according to many. They offer superb Italian cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. Attentive, impeccable service and all at a reasonable price.
  • Our Favorite Lasagne Recipe

    12 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Cheers2Wine presents the best lasagne recipe. A real crowd pleaser! Easy to make lasagna recipe that everyone will love.
  • Wine Tasting in Nevada County

    7 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Enjoy wine tasting and the magnificent mountains of Nevada County. We will help you plan your wine tasting trip at Nevada County wineries. Friendly wineries with mountain views.
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park)

    7 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Big Basin Redwoods State Park is truly a hiker's paradise. Majestic redwood trees, ocean views, and cascading waterfalls are all part of Big Basin hiking.
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  • Stefano di Blasi & Federico Cerelli Chianti Classico – Magnifico

    Jon Thorsen
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Naked Wines spreads its Angel wings. Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the Noble Vines 446 Chardonnay for just $10.99 each plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match) at Cork Exclusive! The Stefano di Blasi & Federico Cerelli Chianti Classico has an SRP of $30 and is available to Naked Wines Angels for as low as $13! Sample submitted for review. From the winery: Stefano and Federico have a long (more than 15 years) expertise in winemaking together in Tuscany and they have selected the best expression of Sangiovese for…
  • Oberon Napa Cabernet – A Bona Fide Burger Wine

    Jon Thorsen
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Oaky Napa Valley goodness. Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon along with a small amount of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah and other red varieties. The wine is sourced from vineyards throughout Napa Valley including Rutherford, Oakville, Oak Knoll, Wooden Valley and others and spends 12 months in 45% new French oak. This review is brought to you by CorkExclusive where you can buy the Oberon Napa Cabernet Sauvignon for just $19.99 plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match). The wine has an SRP of $25. 40,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review. From the winery: Napa…
  • Casillero Del Diablo Manchester United Legendary Collection – Devilishly Good

    Jon Thorsen
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    A match made in… 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Chile. The wine is aged for 14 months in medium toast French and American oak barrels. This post brought to you by: The Casillero Del Diablo Manchester United Legendary Collection Cabernet has an SRP of $18. It is available for as low as $15. Imported by Excelsior Wine & Spirits. Sample submitted for review. From the winery: Be Part of the Legend. The Casillero Del Diablo Manchester United Legendary Collection Cabernet Sauvignon carries a deep red color, followed by delicate aromas of plum, black…
  • Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot – Dry, Dusty and Delicious

    Jon Thorsen
    16 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Smooth and silky too… 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington. Aged for 16 months in half new and half neutral oak barrels. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2010 for just $19.99 each plus get FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match) at Cork Exclusive! The Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot has an SRP of $26. It is available for as low as $20 (Saturday Splurge). Sample submitted for review. From the winery: Poised above the Columbia River on a south-facing slope,…
  • Garbó Rosé – A Classic Beauty

    Jon Thorsen
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    A dry, elegant and classy rosé. 70% Garnacha and 30% Syrah from Montsant, Catalonia, Spain. This is a dry wine with just 0.7g/L of residual sugar. This review is brought to you by Ferrer Family Wines. The wine has an SRP of $19 and is available for as low as $15. Imported by Freixenet USA. Sample submitted for review. From the winery: All of the grapes for Garbó are estate grown in the hills of Marçá, D.O. Montsant. The vineyards are planted in a mixture of granite, sand, calcareous and slate soils. This wide diversity of soils is reflected in a range of soil color, from bright orange to…
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  • Marius Wines, McLaren Vale

    BoozeMonkey
    20 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    Philip White, one of our favourite wine reviewers, talks to Roger Pike of Marius Wines in McLaren Vale… it doesn’t get any better than this! Marius Symphony McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($35; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 94++ points) Marius Sympatico McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($27; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 95++ points) The post Marius Wines, McLaren Vale appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
  • Domaine Chandon 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Cold, wet and windy conditions just as vines were flowering in the Yarra Valley last year, meant fruit production was markedly down – but conversely quality was “exceptional” thanks to a rapid change from those adverse conditions to “fantastic” during the subsequent growing season. For Domaine Chandon, flavour intensity, freshness and abundant natural acidity in that fruit has resulted in a 2014 Chardonnay being a real stand-out, with upfront fresh pear and apple flavours, a lovely zesty acidity and great length of flavour. Enjoy with roast barramundi fillets and herbed roast…
  • Blaufrankisch – A Rare Red Worth Trying

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    When one-time doctor-cum-vigneron, Larry Jacobs and journalist Marc Dobson migrated from South Africa in 1997 to pursue their passion for wine, they fell instantly in love with and bought the boutique Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills, that was then on the market. They were particularly fascinated with the number of Germanic and Austrian grape varieties that had been planted by the winery’s previous German owner in the early 1990s, with one of these being Blaufrankisch that’s an Austrian variety which thrives in the Adelaide Hills’ warm days and cold nights, and was being used…
  • Brewers Read Mean Tweets – Good Beer Week 2015

    BoozeMonkey
    17 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Good Beer Week has been running since 2011, with the fourth festival in May 2014 featuring more than 200 events across Melbourne and Victoria. It continued the festival’s remarkable rise to become a global event described by international brewers as “the best beer week in the world”. Each year, the festival has grown not just in size but in scope, colour and reach. Once again in 2015, it boasts one of the most diverse programs you will find at any festival: venues range from prison to a children’s farm, from three chefs hat restaurants to classic suburban boozers, with…
  • Katnook Founders Block Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    5 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Katnook in South Australia’s Coonawarra launched their Founder’s Block range in 2005, and in the decade since it’s become their biggest selling wine – a just-released 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon a further great example of just why. For here’s a medium-bodied wine that’s got wonderfully classic Cabernet Sauvignon mint and blackcurrant to the fore, and with accompanying fine tannins… and interestingly came from a vintage that got off to an early start after good Winter rainfalls in 2012 led into a warm and dry Spring, with these conditions continuing right through the growing season…
 
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  • How We Conquered Paso Robles Wine Festival

    Hoot 'n Annie
    20 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    You have three choices for Paso Robles Wine Festival: 1) go to the main event in the park 2) avoid the crowds at the park and go to some wineries or 3) don’t do anything. Well, number 3 simply wasn’t an option for us and we’ve done the main event in the park four or five times. This year we decided to hit up a couple of wineries… And the winners were…Four Lanterns and J. Dusi. Steve Gleason, owner of Four Lanterns contacted me and said they’d love to see us out there to see the finished landscaped area as well enjoy some live music, catered food, and great wines. I was intrigued…
  • 7th Annual Warbirds, Wings, & Wheels

    Hoot 'n Annie
    19 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Back on May 9th we decided to take Sammy (our 2.5 year old son) over to Estrella Warbirds Museum for the 7th Annual Warbirds, Wings, & Wheels event. Annie and I have been a couple of other times in past years to check it out but we thought Sammy was of the age to possibly enjoy it. It’s a great wide open, casual event that has everything from classic cars to airplanes to radio controlled airplanes to food, beer, and wine. Sammy really enjoyed the bouncy house section as well as watching the live band rock out on the truck stage. He’s still quite enamored with the drums. There was an…
  • Interesting Wine Tasting Room Data

    Hoot 'n Annie
    18 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I don’t remember who sent the tweet out on Twitter but I saw the Wine Business link there, or you can use the YouTube link to the video…either will do. Some of what was discussed was obvious and common sense to me (yet so many wineries still screw it up) but there was some very interesting data in here as well. I STRONGLY urge all wineries with tasting rooms to check this video out and reassess your business. I’m not saying you are doing well, poorly, or anywhere in between. I’m just saying that this video serves as a fantastic reminder of how wineries make money. I walked away from…
  • Paso Robles Water and the New Rules

    Hoot 'n Annie
    14 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    I live in Paso Robles. Prior to May 15, 2015 we had a three day per week irrigation (landscape watering) rule and Mondays were a mandatory no landscape water day. Well, things are changing. They are tightening down once again in Paso. The new rules are ONLY two days per week to water your landscape AND landscape watering is PROHIBITED Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. In addition, outdoor irrigation is NOT permitted between 9am and 7pm. The interesting part of all this is the number of people that have an issue with this. Really? This water problem is something that impacts each and every one…
  • Where to Eat: Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles

    Hoot 'n Annie
    13 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Are you noticing that we eat a lot? I am…and I’m okay with that. Another recent dining experience was at Thomas Hill Organics. Although we’ve been there many times this time was a bit different for me. There menu seems to have changed a bit and in my opinion, they seem to be pushing the “unique” factor. I don’t mean anything bad by that, being unique is great. The menu just seemed a little more “big city” than Paso. And I repeat, there is nothing bad about that at all I’m just noticing trends like this. Here’s what we ordered: Black Lentil Tacos – Carrot Puree, Candied…
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  • Latest 30% off Safeway Sale

    Joe
    18 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Safeway wine sale It looks like this latest 30% Safeway sale will run through the middle of June. All wines are 30% off and you can add an additional 10% if you purchase six or more wines. Sometimes the 30% is not what it seems. In this photo we see that the Safeway lists the Morning Fog Chardonnay as $16.99. I checked the Wente website and they offer the wine for $15. I always figure the base price of a wine on what it sells for out of the winery’s tasting room or their online wine shop. The Burlingame Safeway, as we have mentioned previously, is a top-tier Safeway and as such the…
  • Best Australian Shiraz – blind tasting results

    Joe
    12 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    Highest scoring Shiraz in our blind tasting Blind tasting results of best Australian Shiraz Our latest blind tasting event had the Vintage Wine Tasters judging six wonderful Australian Shiraz wines. Vintage Wine Taster Jim was the host and he spent several weeks narrowing down his selections to six best Australian Shiraz wines. Shiraz and Syrah are one in the same grape. The Australians have coined Shiraz and, although it is the same as the Syrah grape, the Australian winemakers produce a bigger style of wine.  The Shiraz wine is generally more fruit forward than that of the restrained…
  • Black Slate 2012 – 92 Points

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Katie Pizzuto
    7 May 2014 | 1:49 pm
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  • Oregon Wine Month!

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    6 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Dear Friends, May is Oregon Wine Month! The most rewarding wines come from extraordinary places. Oregon is a world-class wine region with 18 approved AVA's, more than 600 wineries and more than 950 vineyards. Please help us celebrate Oregon Wine Month this May by visiting our Estate Tasting Room for a tasting and food pairing, attending one of our events or enjoying these wine specials. Cheers, Jim Bernau Founder/Winegrower- JOIN US - Mother's Day Brunch Wine Club only event. Sunday, May 10, 2015 · Seatings at 10 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm. $50 per person ($25 for those under 21 years of…
  • 11th Annual "Why I love Oregon Pinot Noir" contest

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

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

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

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    We are pleased to announce that our 2012 Bernau Block Pinot Noir received a Double Gold from the SavorNW Wine Awards this month! Thank you to everyone at SavorNW for the great review and for representing Pacific Northwest wines!For more information about SavorNW, please visit their website here. 
 
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  • 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…
  • 2014 Pomerol Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings and Vintage Report

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

    BoozeMonkey
    20 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    Philip White, one of our favourite wine reviewers, talks to Roger Pike of Marius Wines in McLaren Vale… it doesn’t get any better than this! Marius Symphony McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($35; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 94++ points) Marius Sympatico McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($27; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 95++ points) The post Marius Wines, McLaren Vale appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
  • Domaine Chandon 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Cold, wet and windy conditions just as vines were flowering in the Yarra Valley last year, meant fruit production was markedly down – but conversely quality was “exceptional” thanks to a rapid change from those adverse conditions to “fantastic” during the subsequent growing season. For Domaine Chandon, flavour intensity, freshness and abundant natural acidity in that fruit has resulted in a 2014 Chardonnay being a real stand-out, with upfront fresh pear and apple flavours, a lovely zesty acidity and great length of flavour. Enjoy with roast barramundi fillets and herbed roast…
  • Blaufrankisch – A Rare Red Worth Trying

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    When one-time doctor-cum-vigneron, Larry Jacobs and journalist Marc Dobson migrated from South Africa in 1997 to pursue their passion for wine, they fell instantly in love with and bought the boutique Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills, that was then on the market. They were particularly fascinated with the number of Germanic and Austrian grape varieties that had been planted by the winery’s previous German owner in the early 1990s, with one of these being Blaufrankisch that’s an Austrian variety which thrives in the Adelaide Hills’ warm days and cold nights, and was being used…
  • Brewers Read Mean Tweets – Good Beer Week 2015

    BoozeMonkey
    17 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Good Beer Week has been running since 2011, with the fourth festival in May 2014 featuring more than 200 events across Melbourne and Victoria. It continued the festival’s remarkable rise to become a global event described by international brewers as “the best beer week in the world”. Each year, the festival has grown not just in size but in scope, colour and reach. Once again in 2015, it boasts one of the most diverse programs you will find at any festival: venues range from prison to a children’s farm, from three chefs hat restaurants to classic suburban boozers, with…
  • Katnook Founders Block Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    5 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Katnook in South Australia’s Coonawarra launched their Founder’s Block range in 2005, and in the decade since it’s become their biggest selling wine – a just-released 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon a further great example of just why. For here’s a medium-bodied wine that’s got wonderfully classic Cabernet Sauvignon mint and blackcurrant to the fore, and with accompanying fine tannins… and interestingly came from a vintage that got off to an early start after good Winter rainfalls in 2012 led into a warm and dry Spring, with these conditions continuing right through the growing season…
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  • Marius Wines, McLaren Vale

    BoozeMonkey
    20 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    Philip White, one of our favourite wine reviewers, talks to Roger Pike of Marius Wines in McLaren Vale… it doesn’t get any better than this! Marius Symphony McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($35; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 94++ points) Marius Sympatico McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($27; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 95++ points) The post Marius Wines, McLaren Vale appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
  • Domaine Chandon 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Cold, wet and windy conditions just as vines were flowering in the Yarra Valley last year, meant fruit production was markedly down – but conversely quality was “exceptional” thanks to a rapid change from those adverse conditions to “fantastic” during the subsequent growing season. For Domaine Chandon, flavour intensity, freshness and abundant natural acidity in that fruit has resulted in a 2014 Chardonnay being a real stand-out, with upfront fresh pear and apple flavours, a lovely zesty acidity and great length of flavour. Enjoy with roast barramundi fillets and herbed roast…
  • Blaufrankisch – A Rare Red Worth Trying

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    When one-time doctor-cum-vigneron, Larry Jacobs and journalist Marc Dobson migrated from South Africa in 1997 to pursue their passion for wine, they fell instantly in love with and bought the boutique Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills, that was then on the market. They were particularly fascinated with the number of Germanic and Austrian grape varieties that had been planted by the winery’s previous German owner in the early 1990s, with one of these being Blaufrankisch that’s an Austrian variety which thrives in the Adelaide Hills’ warm days and cold nights, and was being used…
  • Brewers Read Mean Tweets – Good Beer Week 2015

    BoozeMonkey
    17 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Good Beer Week has been running since 2011, with the fourth festival in May 2014 featuring more than 200 events across Melbourne and Victoria. It continued the festival’s remarkable rise to become a global event described by international brewers as “the best beer week in the world”. Each year, the festival has grown not just in size but in scope, colour and reach. Once again in 2015, it boasts one of the most diverse programs you will find at any festival: venues range from prison to a children’s farm, from three chefs hat restaurants to classic suburban boozers, with…
  • Katnook Founders Block Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    5 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Katnook in South Australia’s Coonawarra launched their Founder’s Block range in 2005, and in the decade since it’s become their biggest selling wine – a just-released 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon a further great example of just why. For here’s a medium-bodied wine that’s got wonderfully classic Cabernet Sauvignon mint and blackcurrant to the fore, and with accompanying fine tannins… and interestingly came from a vintage that got off to an early start after good Winter rainfalls in 2012 led into a warm and dry Spring, with these conditions continuing right through the growing season…
 
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  • Video: The Wines of Chile

    enobytes
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Video: The Wines of Chile Produced by LCBO, this video discovers Chile’s secret to success as a world class wine producing nation. Chile has it all; wines of purity and intensity, an industry made up of passionate and dedicated people, all nestled between the majestic Andes Mountains and Pacific Ocean. Enjoy!
  • Wow What A Flirt! Brancott Estate Chosen Rows

    enobytes
    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2010 Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Wow, what a flirt!  The Brancott Estate Chosen Rows is a spectacular wine—very creamy with balanced acidity, quince and a slight orange that balances it out. The wine went through wild fermentation, which means it was not inoculated (adding yeast) to kickstart the fermentation process. Instead, it spontaneously […]
  • Pure and Punchy: Stoneleight Latitude Sauvignon Blanc

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    16 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Pure and Punchy: Stoneleight Latitude Sauvignon Blanc The Stoneleight Latitude Sauvignon Blanc a key brand for Brancott, and the grapes used to make this wine come from an area that ripens early, with vineyard river stones that warm up and reflect heat in the evenings. The vineyard produces wines that are full of mineral and flint […]
  • Women in Wine: Interview with Patricia Campbell

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Women in Wine: Interview with Patricia Campbell Patricia Campbell became fascinated with wine after a tasting of First Growth French Burgundies in San Francisco in 1968. She grew up in a farming family in Hood River where apples and pears were the primary crops. She wanted to get back to that life style. So in […]
  • For 2012 The Stars Have Aligned: Gun-Bun Cabernet

    Marc Hinton
    12 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Wine Review: 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, California Gundlach Bundschu is California’s oldest continuously family-owned winery and over the years they have had some ups and downs with the quality of their wines just like any other producer.  For 2012, the stars have aligned, and the relationship between weather and winemaker has come […]
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  • ¿Decopas? A glass?

    19 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    Each day in Argentina, thousands of colleagues, family and friends turn to each other and ask: “¿Decopas?” Buenos Aires slang for “By the glass?” this joyous invitation signals the start of Happy Hour! Just in time for Spring weather and lighter fare came two sample bottles of Decopas Wines, the 2014 Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc.Tasting Notes:100% Malbec; cold macerated, then fermented in stainless steel; aged 4 months in stainless; deep violet color; red berry, spice, and subtle earth aromas, with the same on the palate; mild tannins and a touch of acidity make this a great food wine;…
  • Wine of the Week: Holman Ranch 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

    14 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    In the heart of the Carmel Valley, Holman Ranch Vineyards and Winery have their hands in a lot of projects: weddings, events, an olive grove, stables....oh, they also make some really great wines. Originally, the ranch was part of the lands bestowed to the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo. When the Mexican government secularized the mission lands, one of the first ranchers in Carmel Valley, Don Jose Manuel Boronda, was granted the Los Laureles Rancho—6,625 acres that included what is now Holman Ranch. In 1989, Dorothy McEwen planted the vineyards and created the ranch as it is…
  • #BeChildish Dinner at The Brass Monkey

    12 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    Thematic restaurants can be a tough go, with a tightrope act needed to pay homage to the theme without being cloying and also appealing to current tastes and paradigms. Originally opened as The Brass Monkey (by Untitled Supper Club's owner Marc Bushala and chef Ryan Wombacher), the restaurant was '70s-inspired American and French, with menu items from both countries. Laima and I were invited to a media dinner there last week, tasting through the current iteration of parts of the menu.#BeChildish (as in Julia Child, not infantile) was the theme, with updated interpretations of classic American…
  • Lodi Celebrates Earth Day with Wine and Cheese!

    7 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to sit down with some Lodi Wine bottles and paired cheeses (by Cindy from Cheese Central). Sine it was Earth Day, the discussion revolved not only around the very tasty items we were sampling, but also sustainability efforts in Lodi, most notably the Lodi Rules™. Launched in 2005, Lodi Rules™ for Sustainable Winegrowing is California’s first 3rd party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. Lodi Rules™ takes a comprehensive approach to farming that goes beyond just pest management to promote practices that enhance biodiversity, water and air…
  • Woodchuck's Michigan Local Nectar Cider

    6 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Over the years, I've spent a lot of time in the state of Michigan, going to summer camp as a youth and exploring the mitten as an adult. If I could move and had to choose to stay in the Midwest, I'd look for a home in Michigan. Great nature, agriculture, and a burgeoning food and drink scene that is well-supported by locals and visitors alike. I jumped at the chance to try Local Nectar, a cider made from only Michigan State apples by Vermont's Woodchuck Hard Cider. The only negative is that you'll need to head to Michigan to taste this.This version of Local Nectar is the second, after…
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  • Marius Wines, McLaren Vale

    BoozeMonkey
    20 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    Philip White, one of our favourite wine reviewers, talks to Roger Pike of Marius Wines in McLaren Vale… it doesn’t get any better than this! Marius Symphony McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($35; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 94++ points) Marius Sympatico McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($27; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 95++ points) The post Marius Wines, McLaren Vale appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
  • Domaine Chandon 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Cold, wet and windy conditions just as vines were flowering in the Yarra Valley last year, meant fruit production was markedly down – but conversely quality was “exceptional” thanks to a rapid change from those adverse conditions to “fantastic” during the subsequent growing season. For Domaine Chandon, flavour intensity, freshness and abundant natural acidity in that fruit has resulted in a 2014 Chardonnay being a real stand-out, with upfront fresh pear and apple flavours, a lovely zesty acidity and great length of flavour. Enjoy with roast barramundi fillets and herbed roast…
  • Blaufrankisch – A Rare Red Worth Trying

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    When one-time doctor-cum-vigneron, Larry Jacobs and journalist Marc Dobson migrated from South Africa in 1997 to pursue their passion for wine, they fell instantly in love with and bought the boutique Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills, that was then on the market. They were particularly fascinated with the number of Germanic and Austrian grape varieties that had been planted by the winery’s previous German owner in the early 1990s, with one of these being Blaufrankisch that’s an Austrian variety which thrives in the Adelaide Hills’ warm days and cold nights, and was being used…
  • Brewers Read Mean Tweets – Good Beer Week 2015

    BoozeMonkey
    17 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Good Beer Week has been running since 2011, with the fourth festival in May 2014 featuring more than 200 events across Melbourne and Victoria. It continued the festival’s remarkable rise to become a global event described by international brewers as “the best beer week in the world”. Each year, the festival has grown not just in size but in scope, colour and reach. Once again in 2015, it boasts one of the most diverse programs you will find at any festival: venues range from prison to a children’s farm, from three chefs hat restaurants to classic suburban boozers, with…
  • Katnook Founders Block Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    5 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Katnook in South Australia’s Coonawarra launched their Founder’s Block range in 2005, and in the decade since it’s become their biggest selling wine – a just-released 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon a further great example of just why. For here’s a medium-bodied wine that’s got wonderfully classic Cabernet Sauvignon mint and blackcurrant to the fore, and with accompanying fine tannins… and interestingly came from a vintage that got off to an early start after good Winter rainfalls in 2012 led into a warm and dry Spring, with these conditions continuing right through the growing season…
 
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  • Anaba’s Winning 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

    Vint-ed
    13 May 2015 | 3:18 pm
    California chardonnay is often a difficult proposition for me. So much oak, so much alcohol, so little balance. That is, of course, a big generalization, but after so much criticism of the style, it’s remarkable how many California chardonnays are still made in that clumsy, overbearing style.One that is not is Anaba’s 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, a subtle and beautifully balanced wine that is also an excellent value at $28. There is opulent fruit here, to be sure, evoking apple with an orange punctuation mark. There are floral and vanilla notes as well along with subtle touches of…
  • For fresh white wine bargains, head to France's Gascony

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

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

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

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

    Madeline Puckette
    20 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Unfamiliar with South African wine? Read a short primer article first before delving into this advanced topic. The Jaw-Dropping Wines of South Africa’s Stellenbosch District Many of the photos we see of South African vineyards–positioned in front of striking granite mountains,–are from the Stellenbosch area. It contains the most developed winelands; it is home to an important wine University (University of Stellenbosch); and it is the center of wine tourism. In short, Stellenbosch is to South African wine much like Napa is to Californian wine. TIP: Stellenbosch is a sub-region, or…
  • Common Types of Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    18 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Types of Wine Grapes Wine is made with grapes, but not typical table grapes you’ll find at the grocery. Wine grapes (latin name: Vitis vinifera) have thick skins, are small, sweet, and contain seeds. There are many different kinds of wine grapes–over a thousand,–but just a few of these varieties (listed below) are grown commonly all over the world. Single-Variety Wines and Wine Blends A wine made with one type of grape is a single-variety wine or, varietal wine, and a wine made with several different grapes is a blend. Some wine blends are named after the place they originated. For…
  • 8 Details About Wine That Will Cultivate You

    Madeline Puckette
    15 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Wine is the classiest beverage in the world. Here are 8 details about wine that will surprise and cultivate your knowledge. Cleopatra’s favorite wine was Muscat of Alexandria, a rich sweet wine from Greece   300 years ago, the most coveted wine was called Tokaji (“toe-kye”) Aszú (“ah-sue”). It was rich and sweet like maple syrup   John F. Kennedy (or was it Jackie?) drank white Bordeaux at the White House   Wine grapes (vitis vinifera) originated in the ancient region of Caucasus   a wine grape is about 2 times smaller than a regular grape.
  • Are Wine Drinkers More Responsible?

    Madeline Puckette
    13 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Wine drinkers may have always fancied themselves as responsible drinkers and perhaps they’ve been right all along. Based on statistics pulled from various, moderately reputable sources including the US Census Bureau, TTB (Tobacco Tax Bureau), NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), and Gallup, and it appears that, on average, wine drinkers drink less than beer drinkers. Are Wine Drinkers More Responsible?   Not that drinking is all evil–several studies point to several benefits,–but the NIAAA believes that the consumption of alcohol should be done in…
  • Sugar in Wine, The Great Misunderstanding

    Stephen Reiss
    11 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    “I have a beautiful Riesling that would go great with your dinner.” “No thanks, I don’t like sweet wines. I will just have a Coke.” A dialog that has played out countless times. How many of us think that a Coke is less sweet than the average Riesling or sweet wine? Would you be surprised to learn that Coke has about the same level of sugar, at 108 g/L, as some of the sweetest dessert wines? For example, a 5 puttonyos Tokaji Aszu has 120 g/L of residual sugar (a 4 puttonyos has 90). By the way if you have never had a 5 puttonyos Tokaji, try one, they’re…
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  • Groove to Summer Music in Wine Country

    Carey Sweet
    18 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    Pack those picnics, gather friends and family, and come together for these spectacular summertime outdoor concerts. BottleRock BottleRock Napa Valley, May 29-31, 2015 Three days of music, wine, food and beer take over downtown Napa, with top names like No Doubt, Imagine Dragons and Robert Plant. The chefs are big names, too, featuring talent from La Toque, Morimoto, Redd, and Oenotri. Napa Valley Expo, 575 3rd Street, Napa Summer Concerts at Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa, May 9-September 2015 Summer concerts in the heart of the picturesque Montgomery Shopping Village include Michael…
  • Taste Excellence at Taste of Alexander Valley

    gina
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    “You have to taste this!” How many of us have been lucky enough to have heard that sentence uttered at least once? At the 18th Annual Taste Alexander Valley, I predict guests will hear this sentence several times. Beginning this Friday, May 15th and ending Sunday, May 17th, this wine and food event captures the essence of the Alexander Valley located in northern Sonoma County. Not only will ticket-holders meet Alexander Valley winemakers and winegrowers, but also enjoy delicious bites created locally. With access to more than 25 wineries, visitors are certain to discover new favorite…
  • Food Pairings Bring an Even Better Wine Tasting

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

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

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

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

    drinknectar
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whoever said all you need is love clearly has never had wine! Join the Spokane Cork District for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat with Valenwine Weekend. 20 local wineries and wine tasting rooms celebrate their LOVE of wine February 14-15 from Noon-5pm. Each winery will be showcasing their local creations and many will be pairing wine with chocolate and other locally crafted treats. Take your sweetheart out for some wine tasting! Visit the Cork District website for details. Also watch their Facebook page for additional Spokane winery information. NECTAR VALENTINE’S WEEKEND At…
  • New Hours for Nectar Tasting Room

    drinknectar
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are excited to announce that we have new hours of operation for Nectar Tasting Room. Starting February 3 we will be open six days a week. For our regulars you will notice a little shorter hours on Thursday and a little longer on Friday afternoon. The change comes to align ourselves more with the wineries in town and to prepare for the increase in tasting traffic and foot traffic with the Davenport Grand Hotel opens in the summer of 2015. The new hours also allow us to continue to grow our evening event facility. As always if you ever […]
  • Josh Wade to acquire Just a Couple of Moms Catering

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

    drinknectar
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    Nectar Tasting Room is proud to welcome Coyote Canyon Winery as the newest winery to the team. Coyote Canyon is an estate winery located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA (American Viticulture Association). Mike Andrews and his son Jeff farm over 1100 acres of wine grapes with a focus on Italian varieties like Sangiovese, Barbera and Primitivo as well as Spanish varieties like Graciano and Albarino. In addition, Coyote Canyon produces high quality Cabernet, Syrah, Malbec and more. “We are excited to welcome Coyote Canyon to the team, their unique product offering, long standing history in the…
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  • CHÂTEAU GRAND MERRAIN Haut-Médoc 2010

    21 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    The 2010 Château Grand Merrain delivers aromas and flavors of blackberries and cherries woven together with dried tobacco, mint, spices and earthy minerals. This possesses a medium body, which is well balanced and stays firmly structured through the long chewy finish. (Best 2016-2021) - May, 2015 (JD) 90 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: May, 2015  Producer: Château Grand Merrain Vintage: 2010 Drinking Window: 2016-2021 Estimated Value: $NA Country: France Region: Bordeaux Appellation: Haut-Médoc Importer: Serge Doré Selections  
  • CHÂTEAU HAUT-MONTIL Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2012

    20 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The 2012 Château Haut-Montil is composed of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc. It offers aromas and flavors of dark cherries and blackberries, followed by spices, licorice and toast. The medium to full body is nicely balanced with a firm structure and notable length. Allow this another year or so of bottle age to further develop before it will be at its best. (Best 2016-2023) - May, 2015 (JD) 88 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: May, 2015  Producer: Château Haut-Montil Vintage: 2012 Drinking Window: 2016-2023 Estimated Value: $NA Country: France Region:…
  • CHÂTEAU SEGUR DE CABANAC Saint-Estèphe 'Reserve' 2012

    20 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    The 60-year-old parcels which make the Château Segur de Cabanac 'Reserve' are nestled in right behind Château Montrose along the Garonne river in Saint-Estèphe, and the wine itself is made by Jean-François Delon, who receives consulting from Eric Boissenot. The 2012 is a fantastic showing, with notable concentration and a forward personality which delivers aromas and flavors of black cherries and dark currants woven together with espresso, spices and minerals. It continues to impress with its lovely plush texture, wonderful overall balance and seamless finish. The…
  • CHÂTEAU DU MOULIN Haut-Médoc 2011

    20 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Château du Moulin is a small project from José Sanfins, who happens to be the director at Château Cantenac Brown. This allows José to access the equipment and techniques from a large Château, which he puts to good use in this wine. José is also close friends with Eric Boissenot, who is often on hand to assist with the winemaking, so it is no coincidence these wines seem to keep improving with every vintage. The 2012 is composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot and offer aromas and flavors of ripe dark fruits, sweet spices, vanilla, licorice and…
  • CHÂTEAU MANCÈDRE Pessac-Léognan 2012

    20 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    The Château Mancèdre Pessac-Léognan is an impressive showing in 2012. Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, this delivers attractive aromas of ripe dark fruits, dried tobacco, mint and crushed stones. This shows notable structure and balance, with a gorgeous mouthfeel which takes you into the long, lingering finish. Although this already shows plenty of appeal, consider allowing it another few years of bottle age. There are three plots at Château Mancèdre, one touching Domaine de Chevalier, and the other two touching Château Fieuzal and…
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  • Marius Wines, McLaren Vale

    BoozeMonkey
    20 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    Philip White, one of our favourite wine reviewers, talks to Roger Pike of Marius Wines in McLaren Vale… it doesn’t get any better than this! Marius Symphony McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($35; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 94++ points) Marius Sympatico McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008 ($27; screw cap; 14.5% alcohol; 95++ points) The post Marius Wines, McLaren Vale appeared first on BoozeMonkey.
  • Domaine Chandon 2014 Chardonnay

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Cold, wet and windy conditions just as vines were flowering in the Yarra Valley last year, meant fruit production was markedly down – but conversely quality was “exceptional” thanks to a rapid change from those adverse conditions to “fantastic” during the subsequent growing season. For Domaine Chandon, flavour intensity, freshness and abundant natural acidity in that fruit has resulted in a 2014 Chardonnay being a real stand-out, with upfront fresh pear and apple flavours, a lovely zesty acidity and great length of flavour. Enjoy with roast barramundi fillets and herbed roast…
  • Blaufrankisch – A Rare Red Worth Trying

    BoozeMonkey
    18 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    When one-time doctor-cum-vigneron, Larry Jacobs and journalist Marc Dobson migrated from South Africa in 1997 to pursue their passion for wine, they fell instantly in love with and bought the boutique Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills, that was then on the market. They were particularly fascinated with the number of Germanic and Austrian grape varieties that had been planted by the winery’s previous German owner in the early 1990s, with one of these being Blaufrankisch that’s an Austrian variety which thrives in the Adelaide Hills’ warm days and cold nights, and was being used…
  • Brewers Read Mean Tweets – Good Beer Week 2015

    BoozeMonkey
    17 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Good Beer Week has been running since 2011, with the fourth festival in May 2014 featuring more than 200 events across Melbourne and Victoria. It continued the festival’s remarkable rise to become a global event described by international brewers as “the best beer week in the world”. Each year, the festival has grown not just in size but in scope, colour and reach. Once again in 2015, it boasts one of the most diverse programs you will find at any festival: venues range from prison to a children’s farm, from three chefs hat restaurants to classic suburban boozers, with…
  • Katnook Founders Block Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    5 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Katnook in South Australia’s Coonawarra launched their Founder’s Block range in 2005, and in the decade since it’s become their biggest selling wine – a just-released 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon a further great example of just why. For here’s a medium-bodied wine that’s got wonderfully classic Cabernet Sauvignon mint and blackcurrant to the fore, and with accompanying fine tannins… and interestingly came from a vintage that got off to an early start after good Winter rainfalls in 2012 led into a warm and dry Spring, with these conditions continuing right through the growing season…
 
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  • cocktail friend: spring massey

    grapefriend
    19 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    I was looking for a good whiskey cocktail and came across a recipe for Raymond Massey cocktails (named after an actor). Those are rye, ginger syrup, champagne, and lemon peel. Well I couldn’t find ginger syrup and my friend has a bad reaction to champagne (tragic) so we improvised!  I created these Spring Massey cocktails: … Continue reading →
  • mad men wine count: i’d like to buy the world a wine

    grapefriend
    17 May 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Well, it’s over. But I was thrilled to get one last grapey scene in the Mad Men finale! Who ever even knew Ken was such a grapefriend? After salivating over that ’53 Margaux a few weeks ago, he’s already drinking wine at dinner with Joan. And then she even gets on the grape train, asking “Can … Continue reading →
  • mad men wine count: ken’s rise and fall as king grapefriend

    grapefriend
    17 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Ken Cosgrove has never been a key player on Mad Men. I mean I loved the “It’s my job” speech, but until this episode I’ve never felt riled up about him. But then, he popped a Chateau Margaux at dinner.  Suddenly, we have a new official grapefriend! Chateau Margaux is a grand cru from Bordeaux, and one … Continue reading →
  • scandal wine recap: here comes the wine

    grapefriend
    16 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Sorry for the delay, grapefriends! We’ve been recovering from the Scandal finale while simultaneously prepping for the Mad Men finale. It’s a lot! Anyway, let’s get to my and Abby’s recap, shall we? Another season of Scandal has come to an end and let’s just say it was not my favorite, but at least the … Continue reading →
  • how to throw the best mad men party ever

    grapefriend
    16 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    It’s the end of an era. And the most fitting way to send off Mad Men and its 60s-70s time period is with a fab cocktail party. Grapefriend always does a wine count for each episode, but a finale party should honor the most-loved alcohol on the show: whiskey (which I also love). I’ve scoured through … Continue reading →
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  • A Toast To The Legendary Winemaker, Joseph Phelps

    Lou
    18 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    Reviews of the Covenant Napa Valley Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and Russell’s Reserve Small Batch 10-Year-Old Bourbon   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  April 29, 2015   The domestic wine world lost one of its leading lights last month when celebrated California winemaker Joseph Phelps passed away at age 87. For over 40 years Phelps remained at the forefront of Napa winemaking with his Bordeaux and Rhone styled blends, and his single varietal bottlings. Along with other legends, including Robert Mondavi and Chuck Wagner, Phelps helped…
  • Italy’s Piedmont Region Yields Truffles, Terrific wines

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

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

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

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

    Kris Chislett
    6 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Aerating and decanting wine are foreign concepts to even the most avid of wine nerd! What exactly do aerating and decanting mean…or do for the wine? When is each one appropriate? How do you decant or aerate? And what’s the difference? Watch the video and find out!  
  • Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

    Kris Chislett
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
      Grapes 100% Sauvignon Blanc   Facts Today I realized that this only the 2nd New Zealand white wine I’ve ever reviewed. Why is that, you ask? Wellllll…I think they all taste the same. Not that that’s a terribly bad thing. If you’re looking for a dependable summer-time glugger, I’d definitely put NZ SB in my top 5…but it’s no huge secret that New Zealand has developed a tiny reputation as being a “one trick pony” because of their Sauv Blancs. For me, it’s extremely difficult to tell the El Cheapo New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs apart…
  • Merlot vs. Cabernet – What’s The Difference? (And cake pops…for some reason…)

    Kris Chislett
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
        Merlot vs Cabernet – What’s the Difference? (And cake pops…for some reason…) In this video, my good buddy Joe Talentino and I examine the differences between Merlot and Cabernet wines. Of course they’re the two most popular red wines in America, but many people don’t know what makes each of them different and unique, or why you might prefer one to the other, so Joe and I here to help!  
  • Redefining the Food Pyramid

    Kris Chislett
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
  • Budget Bubbles – Affordable Sparkling Wines for any Occasion. (Part 2)

    Kris Chislett
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:24 am
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    SourMashed

  • Grande Alberone Rosso Wine Review | Drinking at Aldi

    sour1382
    21 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    When you buy a bottle of Grande Alberone Rosso from Aldi, you know you’re big time. Why do I say that? Well, any time you buy a wine at Aldi with a price that is nearly double digits ($9 in this case), you know you really feel like splurging. After all, most wines at Aldi are easily $5 or less. That means you’re spending almost twice the norm, so for such a purchase, the Grande Alberone Rosso must be a really stellar wine to meet expectations. Grande Alberone Rosso is an aged red wine from Italy. It has, “flavors of cherry and blackberry with a hint of raisin,” and weirdly enough,…
  • Best White Moscato Wine

    sour1382
    20 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    The best white Moscato that we have reviewed at Sourmashed is really a mixed bag. It varies from fancy wines to wines you buy at a gas station to wines from Walgreens and even a selection from Aldi. The lesson in all that is that the best white Moscato can come from anywhere. Just have a open mind and let your taste buds do the deciding. To help you narrow down your selection to get to that best white Moscato, here’s our list to help you out along your Moscato journey. Best White Moscato David Stone Moscato David Stone Moscato, as described by those selling it, “makes a delightful…
  • Marchigüe Carménère Reserva Wine Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    sour1382
    19 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Marchigüe Carménère Reserva is a great example of how Chile is continue to emerge as a go to source for affordable red wine. Trader Joe’s is able to easily source a stellar offering from the other side of the planet and bring it to my local grocery store for only $8. That alone is astonishing if you think about it too hard. After all, UPS charges me more than that to ship something I already own from here to the next state over. In the case of Marchigüe Carménère Reserva, I’m getting a bottle of wine made and shipped from literally the other side of the world for a lower…
  • Pacific Grove California Chardonnay Wine Review | Drinking at Trader Joe’s

    sour1382
    18 May 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Pacific Grove California Chardonnay made me question Trader Joe’s wine strategy. If there is one that that isn’t lacking for my local neighborhood Trader Joe’s, other than yuppies, is California Chardonnay. I’m convinced they must have fifty different options in that category! In fact, I bet there is not a single other wine they have mor eof than California Chardonnay. I don’t know why that is, but obviously Trader Joe’s is smart. People must be buying tons of the stuff, hence their addition of Pacific Grove California Chardonnay to the mix. So…
  • Kirkland Reposado Tequila Review | Drinking at Costco

    sour1382
    17 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    Kirkland Reposado Tequila is a another 100% agave tequila that is one of a three part line of Costco Tequila. After reviewing other Costco tequila for this site and having such a good time doing so, the obvious next step was to review more Costco tequila! That is only common sense, right? Based on that amazing logic, we moved on to the Kirkland Reposado Tequila as our next choice. Why did we chose this one as the next option? Actually, there was no logic or reasoning behind it whatsoever. Costco actually has a fairly decent amount that they want to say about their Reposado tequila.
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    HoseMaster of Wine™

  • EPHEMERA: Abolish Sommelier (A Bait-and-Switch Blog Title)

    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    I was just thinking the other day about how much different it would be to be a working sommelier now. I haven’t walked a restaurant floor as a sommelier in almost nine years. A lot has changed. Just as a lot changed from the generation before I started as a sommelier. Well, in the United States, there just weren’t many sommeliers in the generation before me, and what few sommeliers were employed were more often called wine stewards. I still hate the word “sommelier.” It’s difficult for people...
  • What We Lie About When We Lie About Wine

    18 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    The HoseMaster of Wine™ is proud to announce the publication of his first book, “What We Lie About When We Lie About Wine.” If the HoseMaster is famous, he’s famous for lying about. In his first book, the HoseMaster explores the various ways wine experts, winemakers, wine marketers, wine writers and other prevaricators lie about wine. White lies, red lies, orange lies, even rosé lies—it’s dishonesty that drives the wine business. Finally, here’s a refreshingly dishonest look at “What We Lie...
  • TAPAS Before We Kill Again--Part Dos

    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’re like me (God forbid), every time you taste a lousy wine at a large public tasting like TAPAS, you automatically think about all the really good wines you’ll leave without tasting. It’s the equivalent of going to a restaurant and wishing you’d ordered the dish the guy across from you is eating. Or that you were sitting with his date instead of yours, which is what your date is thinking. There were more than a few lousy wines at TAPAS, but at least you have to admire the effort to...
  • The Latest in Wine Drugs

    11 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    I know I’m getting old because every show I watch on television is sponsored by drug companies. Actually, I’m old because I watch television to begin with. Everyone else is streaming their entertainment. I’m old, I’m lucky if I get any stream at all. I mostly dribble. I am bombarded by ads for drugs with weird, meant to be catchy names—Cialis and Viagra and Levitra and the like. Lots of boner pills for men. Followed by ads for drugs that help restore tears, all aimed at women. Coincidence? I...
  • TAPAS Before We Kill Again--Part Uno

    7 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    When you hear, “Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society,” what you do hear? Someone trying way too hard to come up with an acronym. ZAP nailed it, but why is it that folks making a sophisticated and culturally important product like wine feel the need to come up with stupid names? Imagine the New York City Ballet fan club calling itself, Bulimics Anorexics Regurgitators and Friends. I remember when the original fan club of Petite Sirah was called the Blue Tooth Society, but then that...
 
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    Liz Palmer's Wine, Spirit & More Blog

  • Review of Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic

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

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

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

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

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

  • Celebrate Finger Lakes Wine Month With These 3 Great Wines

    Debbie
    21 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    May is Finger Lakes wine month and as much a the first thing that comes to mind is Riesling, I celebrated without one.  I shared a Pinot Blanc, Rose of Pinot Noir and Bordeaux Style red with my neighbor who has never had the Finger Lakes wine experience. I was so glad to be able to give it to her. We began the evening with the 2013 Glenora Wine Cellars Pinot Blanc.  Glenora is one of three wineries in the Finger Lakes that produce Pinot Blanc.  They currently are testing out the Pinot Blanc produced in three different processes.  One produced in a concrete egg shaped tank…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Ageworthy

    Debbie
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Ageworthy appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • Wines of New Zealand: Amisfield

    Debbie
    18 May 2015 | 3:29 pm
    On of the largest single vineyard states in the Central Otago region of New Zealand, Amisfield produces Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines beneath the Pisa Mountain range in Cromwell Basin. They produce over 20,000 cases of wine per year with over 60% of the production in Pinot Noir.  The  other 40% consists of  Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling. I had the opportunity to taste their wines at recent New Zealand wine tasting in New York City. The Amisfield 2014 Sauvignon Blanc had a beautiful aroma of grapefruit with a hint of pineapple. What struck me as with many of the…
  • Wine Review: Vina Real 2014 Rosado

    Debbie
    14 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    As you may or may not know, I’m not a big fan of Rose wine but I think it is beginning to wear on me.  I am really starting to enjoy them!   Never turn your back on a wine.  Always keep your palate open as it is always changing.   This Vina Real 2014 Rosado is from the Rioja region of Spain.  It is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Tempranillo.  Viura is also called Macabeo and it is the most widely planted white grape in Rioja.    The wine had a nice coral color.  I picked up some rock candy peach on the nose followed with nice crisp acidity…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Corked

    Debbie
    13 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Corked appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
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  • Celebrate Finger Lakes Wine Month With These 3 Great Wines

    Debbie Gioquindo
    21 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    May is Finger Lakes wine month and as much a the first thing that comes to mind is Riesling, I celebrated without one.  I shared a Pinot Blanc, Rose of Pinot Noir and Bordeaux Style red with my neighbor who has never had the Finger Lakes wine experience. I was so glad to be able to give it to her.We began the evening with the 2013 Glenora Wine Cellars Pinot Blanc.  Glenora is one of three wineries in the Finger Lakes that produce Pinot Blanc.  They currently are testing out the Pinot Blanc produced in three different processes.  One produced in a concrete egg shaped tank…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Ageworthy

    Debbie Gioquindo
    20 May 2015 | 6:29 am
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Hoppy Birthday to the Captain

    Debbie Gioquindo
    19 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    Captain Lawrence marked its ninth birthday in style, with a half dozen bands, as many food vendors and several hundred fans of the brewery coming out to try beers old (Freshchester Pale Ale, Liquid Gold), new (Kirk Lazarus dark witte and Effortless IPA) and rare (Cuvee de Castleton, Rosse e Marrone). The Captain had something to prove after last year’s endless lines at the anniversary pig roast, but this year’s “Tap & Pour” bash had oodles of food–not only pig but pizza from Dough Nation, hot dogs from Walter’s, appetizers from Gleason’s and several other local victual…
  • Wines of New Zealand: Amisfield

    Debbie Gioquindo
    18 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    On of the largest single vineyard states in the Central Otago region of New Zealand, Amisfield produces Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines beneath the Pisa Mountain range in Cromwell Basin. They produce over 20,000 cases of wine per year with over 60% of the production in Pinot Noir.  The  other 40% consists of  Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling. I had the opportunity to taste their wines at recent New Zealand wine tasting in New York City.The Amisfield 2014 Sauvignon Blanc had a beautiful aroma of grapefruit with a hint of pineapple. What struck me as with many of the…
  • Wine Review: Vina Real 2014 Rosado

    Debbie Gioquindo
    14 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    As you may or may not know, I'm not a big fan of Rose wine but I think it is beginning to wear on me.  I am really starting to enjoy them!Never turn your back on a wine.  Always keep your palate open as it is always changing.This Vina Real 2014 Rosado is from the Rioja region of Spain.  It is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Tempranillo.  Viura is also called Macabeo and it is the most widely planted white grape in Rioja. The wine had a nice coral color.  I picked up some rock candy peach on the nose followed with nice crisp acidity on the palate.  The palate at…
 
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • "Snooth": A reverence for Georgia wines

    20 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    by Christy Canterbury MW*20.05.2015. Wine geeks are sometimes told to lighten-up. Wine is “just a drink”; “just a grocery”. When it comes to serving whites at 42 °F versus 47 °F  [5 °C and 8 °C respectively - HN], matching wines to specific glasses and pairing Assyrtiko rather than Sauvignon Blanc with crudo, I agree. However, I suggest you don’t tell a Georgian to chill about wine. In this dramatically rugged Caucasus Mountains country, wine is holy. And not just the communion wine.Wine is part of the Georgians’ sacred trinity, along with the motherland and the mother…
  • Georgian wines at RAW Fair in London

    19 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    19.05.2015 (Hvino News). Georgian wines were presented at the RAW, the artisan wine fair  in London on May 17 - 18. The Georgian winemakers are traditionally well-represented at RAW. While Nika Bakhia, Beka Gotsadze, and Naotrebi brought their wines to RAW in person,  14 more wines from other small producers were delivered to the fair by Georgia's National Wine Agency. Those wines were grouped together on Georgia's "Multi-Grower Selection" table (wines by Petriaant Marani, Jakeli, Teleda, Temi, Satsnakheli, Twins Wine Cellar).Featuring around 150 growers, RAW wine…
  • 5 countries declared as priority export destinations for Georgian wine

    17 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    17.05.2015. In 2015, exporters of Georgian wine will place particular emphasis on strengthening their presence in five countries - first and foremost they are China, Great Britain, USA, Poland, Japan.According to Director of the National Wine Agency George Samanishvili, diversification of supplies will enable Georgia to reduce its dependence on a specific region, and in the long term to find an alternative to the Russian market."In addition to China, we have chosen a number of priority countries. Private companies also took part in their selection, as their opinion is very important. We chose…
  • Georgian wines won 4 medals at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2015

    15 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    15.05.2015 (Hvino News). The results of the 2015 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) have been released recently. The competition took place at the Italian sea resort of Jesolo on May 1-3.Over 8,000 wines from 45 producer countries competed before a selection of the world’s foremost tasters. 299 wine tasters representing 49 nationalities gathered for 3 days to judge entries. At the end of the competition, only those wines that have achieved the highest scores are eligible for the prestigious medals.Georgian wines have won 4 medals: 2 Gold and 2 Silver (note that at CMB three types of…
  • Chateau Mukhrani presented among world’s best wines in New York

    15 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    15.05.2015 (Hvino News). Chateau Mukhrani was the only Georgian wine brand presented among the world’s 50 best wines during a prestigious fund-raising event The Triumph of The Wine Culture, held at the United Nations offices in New York, on April 30, 2015. Organized by American Friends of Cité des Civilisations du Vin, the event was opened by French former prime minister Alain Juppé, mayor of Bordeaux.The event  featured wines from over 50 countries, food prepared by some of New York’s finest chefs, musical entertainment. The wine and food extravaganza was held at the…
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • Interview with Chef Tommaso Arrigoni, Innocenti Evasioni Restaurant, Milan

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Chef Tommaso Arrigoni runs Innocenti Evasioni restaurant since 1998, in zona Portello (Milan, Italy), with his partner Chef Eros Picco. Besides working in the kitchen of the restaurant - having one Michel star - Chef Tommaso Arrigoni is in charge of the cellar too, by personally visiting wineries and discovering the bottles to be added in his wine list.
  • Best Wine of April 2015: Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano 2010, Arnaldo Caprai

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    A great wine and a beautiful grape, among the primary viticultural and wine making expressions of Italy, conquer the title of the best wine for this month. Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano 2010 by Arnaldo Caprai provides a magnificent performance with this vintage, by giving an impeccable balance as well as a stunning interpretation worth of Five Diamonds.
  • Interview with Chef Eros Picco, Innocenti Evasioni Restaurant, Milan

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

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

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

  • Intervista a Chef Tommaso Arrigoni, Ristorante Innocenti Evasioni, Milano

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    Chef Tommaso Arrigoni conduce dal 1998 il ristorante Innocenti Evasioni di Milano, in zona Portello, insieme a Chef Eros Picco. Oltre a curare la cucina di questo ristorante - con una stella Michelin - Chef Tommaso Arrigoni cura anche la cantina, andando personalmente alla scoperta delle bottiglie e delle cantine da aggiungere nella propria carta dei vini.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Aprile 2015: Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano 2010, Arnaldo Caprai

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    Un grande vino e una grande uva, fra le primarie espressioni vitivinicole d'Italia, conquistano il titolo di migliore vino di questo mese. Il Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano 2010 di Arnaldo Caprai conferma la sua grandezza anche in questa annata, regalando un equilibrio impeccabile e una grandissima interpretazione da Cinque Diamanti.
  • Intervista a Chef Eros Picco, Ristorante Innocenti Evasioni, Milano

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

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

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

  • Vinhos Barbeito; Sealing With Wax

    Niklas Jorgensen
    11 May 2015 | 10:26 am
      Sealing bottles with wax is still practiced by some producers, mainly for their top premium wines or limited edition bottles. Here, the stenciling and waxing of a 30 Years Old Malvasia at Vinhos Barbeito.         The post Vinhos Barbeito; Sealing With Wax appeared first on Mad about Madeira.
  • Photos Of The Day; Mestre x 4

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

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

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

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

  • We’re Opening in Austin, Texas!

    totalwineandmore
    20 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Total Wine & More is thrilled to be opening our newest store in Sunset Valley, Texas! The new store will be in the Sunset Valley Village Shopping Center, right next to the Nordstrom Rack — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday May 21 at 4:00 P.M. (Click here to see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities). This is our ninth store in Texas, but our first in the Austin capital area and we’re looking forward to settling in as Austinites. We are excited to be members of this vibrant and expanding neighborhood and can’t wait to dig in and get…
  • An Exclusive Virtual Tasting Event with Ken Grossman, Founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

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

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

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

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

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 5:22 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley series Nestled among the dense collection of port houses on Vila Nova de Gaia is Taylor’s lodge in Oporto. It’s almost hidden except that through the inconspicuous entrance is a grand cellar, restaurant and garden. And a pair of peacocks. Not to forget of course that Taylor’s, as part of the Fladgate Partnership, also owns the luxurious hotel next door, The Yeatman, as well as Croft and Fonseca.   It’s no small port house but it is still family owned. Taylor’s began as port shippers,…
  • #HOTGV: On Sciacchetrà with Terra di Bargòn

    Qin Xie
    7 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    For the third episode of Heard on the Grape Vine podcast, I travelled to Liguria, in northern Italy, to learn more about Sciacchetrà, a passito wine unique to the Cinque Terre. You’ve probably seen the word passito on bottles of sweet wine from all around Italy so let me begin by explaining what that is. Passito is the Italian name for a type of sweet wine made from the juice of grapes that have been allowed to dry before being pressed. The drying process concentrates the sugar in the grapes so that sweet wines can be produced. The residual sugar, left at the end of the fermentation…
  • Natural Wine by Isabelle Legeron

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

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

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

    Vim
    14 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Fine Wine At The London Wine Fair is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogFine Wine At The London Wine Fair is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Fine Wine At The London Wine Fair appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:London Wine Week Competition 1 GET READY FOR LONDON WINE WEEK Interview with Paula & Stacey Golding / Owners of Premier Cru Fine Wine Investments (Europe’s 1st Wine Investment House)
  • Wine Science Explained by an Expert

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

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

    fwcadmin
    16 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Twisted Nose Extra Dry Vermouth Paul Bowler at Winchester Distillery has been busy recently with the addition of Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka, a Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Gin and now Twisted Nose Extra Dry Vermouth to their portfolio of handcrafted small-batch spirits. Twisted Nose Extra Dry Vermouth Basically, a vermouth is a an “aromatized” wine which is then fortified. This means that the wine is flavoured (or aromatized) with various botanicals, and then fortified with Twisted Nose Gin to an ABV of 16%. In this case the white wine comes from Danebury Vineyards located near…
  • Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Gin

    fwcadmin
    16 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Gin Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Gin is quite simply the standard Twisted Nose Gin bottled at 40% and aged in oak barrels. The gin is made in exactly the same way as normal by macerating the botanicals in a pure neutral grain spirit followed by redistillation. However, subsequent to this the gin is left to age in lightly toasted German oak barrels for several weeks prior to bottling. It is one of three new products released by Winchester Distillery this year including Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka and a Twisted Nose Vermouth. Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Vodka Of course barrel…
  • Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka

    fwcadmin
    15 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka Following the success of Twisted Nose Gin, it had to happen didn’t it? The Twisted Nose range of spirits has now grown to include a Barrel Aged Gin, a Wasabi Vodka and a Vermouth made with wine from Danebury Vineyards. Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka Buy online and in store at Fareham Wine Cellar. This small batch handcrafted vodka is made using a pure grain natural spirit which is then infused by maceration of freshly grated wasabi and seven other complementary botanicals. The infused spirit is then redistilled in a traditional copper pot still to produce this clear,…
  • Tedeschi Winemaker’s Dinner

    fwcadmin
    8 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Tedeschi Winemaker’s Dinner Tedeschi Winemaker’s Dinner Tuesday 16th June 2015 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start @ Lysses House Hotel High Street Fareham Tickets £42.50 per person in advance only A 4 course dinner, all courses matched with a Tedeschi wine and a short pre-dinner wine tasting of 4 wines. Presented by Tedeschi winemaker Riccardo Tedeschi. Please book and pay for your tickets in advance with Lysses House Hotel on 01329 822622 or contact them via email. Please notify Lysses House Hotel if you have an particular dietary requirements. Pre-Dinner Wine Tasting Tedeschi…
  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse

    fwcadmin
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse Domaine J A Ferret is located in the heart of the village of Fuissé in the Maconnais wine-growing subregion of southern Burgundy.  Fuisse is located approximately 6km to the south west of the town of Macon. Domaine Ferret is located at Le Plan, see map below. I was luck enough to visit the winery a few years ago and  the winery is situated at the bottom of a natural amphitheatre with the majority of their vineyards stretching out around it. The Maconnais subregion has no permier cru rated vineyards. Growers, particularly in Pouilly Fuisse, have been…
 
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  • Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $30

    Great Northwest Wine
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    There aren’t as many Northwest Chardonnays made in this style, yet longtime Walla Walla winemaker John Freeman continues his balanced approach on behalf of Precept Wine CEO Andrew Browne.  It starts with fruit harvested from historic Sagemoor Farms joined by Prosser sites Canyon Vineyard Ranch and Oasis Vineyard, which he then ages on the lees for 11 months amid a program of 68 percent new French oak barrels. The result is a nose of fresh-made caramel corn, light toast, lemon oil, lime peel and lychee. There’s ripe fruit up front with fresh pineapple, melon and Asian pear that leads to a…
  • Basel Cellars 2010 Estate Inspired, Columbia Valley, $40

    Great Northwest Wine
    21 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    Walla Walla Valley grower Greg Basel established Pheasant Run Vineyard as part of the 85-acre Double River Ranch back in 2002, and this Right Bank-inspired blend of Merlot (57%) and Cabernet Franc is a marvelous example of the maturity displayed within the program. There’s a lovely greeting of dusty minerality and white pepper in the aromas that gather up fruity notes of Marionberry, plum, red cherry and elderberry. It’s a bold drink showing dark purple fruit balanced by fine-grained frontal tannins and blueberry acidity. Basel Cellars, which plans to open a tasting room in Woodinville,…
  • Walter Clore Center celebrates first year

    Andy Perdue
    21 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Wash., has been open for a year. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) PROSSER, Wash. — Washington’s first winery opened in the 1870s, but Washington wine wasn’t really a serious business until a tall, lanky researcher from Oklahoma showed up in the 1930s and began to realize the possibilities of viticulture in Eastern Washington. That man was Walter Clore, who today is hailed as “the father of Washington wine.” In 2002, a movement began to create the Walter Clore Center in the Yakima Valley town of…
  • Spindrift Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

    Great Northwest Wine
    21 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    Matt Compton, who left New Jersey to oversee a research planting of vineyard for Oregon State University, celebrates his 10th anniversary as a commercial winemaker with this assemblage of Boise, Deerhaven, Esterling, Mary’s Peak and Thompson vineyards. His short but sweet 10-month program with French oak makes for alluring aromas of strawberry jam and fresh spearmint, which are followed by complex flavors of strawberry, raspberry and mint, backed by an easy buildup of acidity and black currant skin tannins. Rating: Excellent Production: 1,100 cases Alcohol: 13.5% Winery website The post…
  • Carlton Cellars 2013 Seven Devils Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

    Great Northwest Wine
    21 May 2015 | 1:18 am
    Pennsylvania software developer Dave Grooters began learning about the Willamette Valley wine industry in 1979 when he came out to visit a friend he’d made while serving in the Army — Nick Peirano of famed Nick’s Italian Cafe in McMinnville. That connection led to a new and growing circle of friends, and after selling his business, Grooters transitioned from one of Ken Wright’s vineyard managers to creating his own small label in 2001 in Carlton, Ore., just a block or so from Ken Wright Cellars. Seven Devils, named for the beach just north of Bandon Dunes, is Grooters’ largest…
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  • New Spring Release Wines: 2012 Red Mountain Malbec, 2012 Fortissimo, 2014 Sonatina

    17 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    YOU. MUST. TRY. THESE. WINES. It's spring! A fabulous time to release new wines. We've got two lovely reds and a beautiful white just in time for you to stock up for summer.   Come into our Urban Winery and Tasting Room in Kirkland to get your hands on these while they last. Can't make it to the tasting room? BUY ONLINE 2012 Scooteney Flats Malbec (Red Mountain) 100% Malbec |  Only 49 cases. $48 per bottle. Full bodied, deep and powerful, this malbec is also smooth, velvety and supple. On the nose there is wet earth, chocolate, black cherry, licorice and spice.
  • May 2015 Wine Tasting Line-Up at the Kirkland Winery

    5 May 2015 | 5:41 pm
    We're excited to be pouring an awesome selection of wines this month in the Kirkland tasting room. Come by and taste the line-ups before they change next month! TASTING BAR LINE-UP  |  $5 for 5 Pours (Free to Cellar Rats, refundable with purchase) Regular Price Cellar Rat Club Price 2014 Chardonnay NEW RELEASE! 88% Chardonnay, 12% Viognier $16.00 $13.60 2011 Madrigal 62% Mourvedre, 24% Grenache, 14% Syrah GOLD: Great NW Invitational Wine Competition SILVER: Hilton Head International SILVER: Savor NW SILVER: Great Northwest Wine Competition SILVER: Finger Lakes International SILVER:…
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    Vinos Ambiz, SL (Terroir-expressing, natural wines (Sierra de Gredos, Spain)

  • Natural Wine fair in Madrid (and other ramblings)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mother’s Day Brunch in Napa Valley 2015

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

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

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

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

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

    Joshua Malin
    21 May 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Last spring the phrase “Yes Way Rosé” (#yeswayrosé) seemingly exploded out of nowhere. By the end of the summer, the New York Post’s Page Six washyperventilating over an imminent shortage of rosé in the Hamptons. Had an insatiable demand for rosé suddenly exploded out of nowhere, leading to a run on the pink booze bank? Yes and no. What has actually happened over the last decade has been a rapid, still-accelerating and somewhat contradictory shift in American wine preferences. As recently as the 1990s, for most Americans, “blush wine” aka rosé aka…
  • For Procrastinators Only: Last Minute Memorial Day Activity Ideas

    VinePair Staff
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Memorial Day is already at our doorstep, and with just a few days left, lots of B&B’s are booked and flights are sold out. What can we say? The day of remembrance for our fallen troops has come earlier than usual this year, and for those who have waited until now, it’s time to figure out some last minute plans for the extended weekend. Don’t fret, we’re here to help. Check out these last minute ideas for activities in every region of the country. The Northwest The dream of the 90’s may or may not be alive in Portland, but one thing’s for certain: the food and booze options in…
  • 10 Shades Of Rosé

    VinePair Staff
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    America loves rosé. Exports of the pretty pink wine from Provence to the U.S. spiked 29% in volume from October 2013 to October 2014 – and that’s just one small slice of the rosé pie. These days, it seems every winery is vying to make their own popular rosé. Rosé is often known as “pink wine,” but just how pink is pink? If you’re only drinking pale rosés, you’re limiting yourself to one side of the rosé taste spectrum. Rosé can range from peach colored to nearly red, and you should be drinking it in every color. Here’s how different shades of rosé taste from…
  • Staycation Cocktail: Blackberry Mojito [Recipe]

    Natalie Migliarini
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Memorial day weekend is coming up, and so is the comforting warmth of summer. Here in Seattle, the amazing weather has inspired tropical cocktails made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. These easy, fun cocktails make everyone feel like they’re on vacation just by heading to the local bar. When I need a little escape but don’t have the time to book a whole exotic trip, I just mix myself up a mojito. In the past, I’ve been hesitant to order mojitos at bars because they’re often inconsistently made and usually too sweet. However, after a trip to Barcelona I rediscovered the…
  • Why It Is Important To “Never Show Up Empty-Handed”

    Colette Bloom
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    In elementary school, my mom would drop me off at every sleepover with a gift for my pint-sized hostess. At the time these tokens, which could be as small as a bottle of glittery nail polish, seemed excessive; as an eight-year-old, the idea of hostess gifts was lost on me. It was only later that I realized my mother was reinforcing the old adage, “never show up empty-handed.” Now, as a moderately social adult in Manhattan, I find myself invited to friends’ apartments for dinner parties, cocktail parties, pregames, and Game of Thrones watch parties. A tradition based on etiquette norms…
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  • The Birth of Saké: A Preview of a Documentary About Harmony

    Jameson Fink
    21 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    I had the chance to preview a documentary, The Birth of Saké, that will be screening at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 27th and 28th. It’s a film about harmony, when it comes to the making and makers of saké. You’ll learn a lot concerning the rigors of making saké traditionally, by hand, and how the demanding brewing schedule affects the lives of those producing it. The Birth of Saké Watch the preview, and definitely keep an eye out for it screening at a film festival in your neck of the woods. The Birth of Saké official trailer from erik shirai on Vimeo.
  • Kevin White Winery: The Art of Balance in Wine and Life

    Jameson Fink
    18 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    How do you fit in the job of winemaker with a full-time day gig and a family as well? I spent some time with Kevin White at his eponymous Kevin White Winery in Woodinville, WA to find out. Kevin White on the Wine Without Worry Podcast Topics discussed: His focus on Syrah and Rhône bleds The influence of Maison Bleue and Gramercy Cellars Having a supportive spouse The art of hyper-prioritizing Shifting gears to work with Bordeaux varieties The use of oak When to bottle: science or taste?         The post Kevin White Winery: The Art of Balance in Wine and Life appeared…
  • Instagram and Wine: 15 Accounts to Explore

    Jameson Fink
    12 May 2015 | 9:09 pm
    I think I love Instragram more than anything (social media-wise), so I was tickled to be included among the “15 Best Instagram Wine Accounts” by the Italian winery, Cecchi. Counter-clockwise from upper left: office fridge life, Manhattan at Cure, Gnocchi Bar, not a Champagne flute, fizzy gamay, SAVEUR awards, OR melon And what a delight to see a few folks on the list I’ve come across in real life. Like Nannette Eaton aka Wine Harlots. We met while on a barnstorming (and dreamy) trip from Beaujolais to the Northern Rhone (Hermitage!) to the Southern Rhone…
  • Loving The Champagne Flute Means Staying Resolute

    Jameson Fink
    6 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Once again, the Champagne flute comes under attack. As the (self-appointed) defender of this much-maligned vessel for the finest of wines–those of the sparkling variety–I am compelled to retort. The latest salvo can be found on a site where I had the pleasure of making numerous contributions: Grape Collective. Specifically a column by David White, who I recall fondly from a sweltering Wine Bloggers Conference where he showed up at the end of a day’s programming with cold beer. (Hero, BTW.) It has the title, “Forget the Flute and Toss the Coupe“. I love a good…
  • Wine And Mother’s Day: A Conversation With My Mom

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

    Keith S Wallace
    6 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Villa Des Anges 2014 “Old Vines” Rosé, Pays d’Oc Here’s a pretty little folly from winemaker Jeff Carrel of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Bright and wild strawberries on the nose, with a plume of toasted herbs. On the palate, it heads toward darker fruit and a leesy note of almond and ripe banana on the crisp finish. This label always brings good quaff-able quality wines to the market. For an awesome red check out his Les Darons. It’s a big old grandpa of a wine. $9.99 – $11.99   Commanderie de la Bargemone 2014 Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Aix en…
  • Heritage 2012 Estate Reserve BDX, Outer Coastal Plain

    Keith S Wallace
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The post Heritage 2012 Estate Reserve BDX, Outer Coastal Plain appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Dry Farming: Save Water by Drinking Wine?

    Keith S Wallace
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    On April 1st, California’s Governor Jerry Brown  issued an executive order that included a mandatory 25% water reduction. Not surprisingly, the news went national; this was a first in America.  An important story I was trying to get told was caught up in the flood of coverage and diluted. A week before that historic announcement, I was working on an article with Anita Balakrishnan,  an NBC journalist from California. The article was meant to focus on how the current Californian drought would affect winemaking in the future. Instead, it got caught up in the Governor’s…
  • Best Buys in the PLCB Wine & Spirit Shops for April & May

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

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

  • Delicious New Alternatives to Your Everyday Favorite Wines!

    Marketing Manager
    1 May 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Don’t get us wrong – we love our everyday household names as much as the next person. But sometimes we like to shake things up with some deliciously weird and obscure wines that might take a little digging to find. Sometimes, you just have to get weird. Here are a few awesome grape varieties that fall on the obscure side but are well worth seeking out. We are going to make your life super easy, by providing suggestions based on other varieties that you currently like, and providing links to our favorite examples. If you like Champagne, you will like Franciacorta Notice we do…
  • Pure Wine: Biodynamic Beauties

    Marketing Manager
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    Bees-a-buzzing and goats-a-goating have surprisingly more to do with wine than you might think. They help to create the purest wine on the planet—Biodynamic wine. And on Earth Day, we’re here to tell you what it’s all about. What is Biodynamic wine? Biodynamic wine is produced more or less within a self-sustaining system. It functions wholly and holistically without outside or unnatural processes brought in for support. For example, flora that attracts disease-fighting insects is planted on areas of the vineyard to bring in the good bugs to control vine-ruining pests. Cows and other…
  • What’s Trending in March 2015

    Marketing Manager
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    March is over, Spring has arrived (most places) and once again people are drinking wine! So what are they drinking these days? In two words: California Reds. Making up nearly 70% of the top wines scanned, Pinots, Cabs and Red Blends from the Golden State filled glasses across the nation. Here are the Top 25 wines that Drync users scanned most in March. And the winner is: Well-balanced, richly flavored and deliciously complex, it’s no wonder folks love this Pinot Noir. 1. Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir, Sonoma County Other Top Wines from March include the following… 2.
  • How to Navigate a Snooty Wine Shop

    Marketing Manager
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
      Shopping for wine can and should be pleasant. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy, and you can end up leaving your store feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied. The world of wine is difficult, but that’s why thousands of sommeliers and wine people have dedicated their professional lives to helping everyone else figure it out. And while wine can be intimidating, it actually can be relatively simple to navigate, once your get a few of the basics down. So next time a wine shop seems to be way outside your comfort zone, follow these tips to get yourself in and out headache-free, with a…
  • Drync 3.0 How-To: A User’s Guide

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

  • Hip Flasks for Hip Women

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    May 21, 2015 – We saw an article in The Wall Street Journal recently about the growing popularity of hip flasks used by women.   So we decided to do a bit of research of our own.   We have one in a drawer somewhere that was handed down by a male relative.  It is classy brown leather with two collapsible tumblers and a well used but cared for patina.  The classic design is slightly curved to fit various body parts such as a hip pocket, the thigh or leg and usually made of metal or leather encased glass.  Stoppers were usually attached to avoid dropping and losing them.   The…
  • Technology Ages Bourbon in Eight Hours

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    May 21, 2015 – We all know that the age of a whiskey denotes quality and price.  It means the whiskey has matured in a barrel and the longer it is left there, the smoother and mellower it becomes and the flavor is more nuanced.  Aging in barrels is expensive, tying up capital for years, and there is also evaporation loss (known as “the angel’s share”) hence the higher price.   Enter Terressentia Corporation of Ladson, S.C.  The company’s patented technology TerrePURE can age bourbon in just eight hours.  Earl Hewlette, the company’s CEO explained how it works in a…
  • Big Wine Event Cancelled by California’s ABC

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    May 19, 2015 – For the past 14 years, Sacramento has hosted “Grape Escape”, a very popular event held outdoors in downtown Sacramento, organized by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Last year more than 4,000 attendees enjoyed samples from 40 plus wineries and a dozen breweries.  This year’s event was scheduled for June 6 but it has been cancelled because wineries and breweries are leery of ABC’s enforcement of tied house laws. ABC stands for Alcoholic Beverage Control.   “Tied house” refers to the three-tier system set up at the end of Prohibition in 1933…
  • Bottle Boys Play Johnny Cash

    admin
    15 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    May 15, 2015 – We can’t resist watching the Bottle Boys.  If they don’t leave you smiling, then there’s something wrong …… and not with them!   Enjoy their rendition of a couple of big ones from The Man in Black, Johnny Cash.  
  • Is There a Bourbon Shortage or Not?

    admin
    15 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    May 15, 2015 – There’s been quite a flurry of reports recently regarding a looming shortage of bourbon, or maybe not.  In a long article on May 12, the Wall Street Journal looked behind the production of bourbon to its maturation and storage  — in white oak barrels.   Yes, there is a barrel shortage, which may result in a bourbon shortage.  It goes like this:     The popularity of brown spirits is soaring at established distilleries.  Add in about 300 new craft distilleries making bourbon.  Then factor in the lumber industry, which has yet to recover from the…
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    The Riviera Grapevine

  • Thirsty? Best Nice Wine Bars

    Chrissie
    18 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    In the eight years that I have been living in Nice the wine bar landscape has changed a fair… The post Thirsty? Best Nice Wine Bars appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Château de Crémat, Chanel and Bellet’s Link to an Iconic Logo

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Can a Good Beer Compete with a Fine Wine? It’s Beer Vs. Wine!

    Paul
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    We all know that wine is one of the classiest, fancy drinks out there, but can a good beer compete and be just as high class? Let’s dig in and find out!Started From The Bottom, Now I’m HereI started my beer drinking adventures over a decade ago when I tried some Bud Light. At the time, I thought it was very high class. When we were in college, spending the extra coin on Bud Light was real treat. After a couple of years my roommates curiosity and tastes starting to change, we tried some ambers, a few IPA’s, and then eventually Guinness, the darkest of all beers. Then, the day…
  • Arsenic in Wine? Ruh Roh!

    Paul
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Arsenic in wine…oh so sad to hear this! It seems like everything I enjoy eating and drinking contains something that is going to give some disease I’ll spend eight hour Googling, fueling the fire to my hypochondriac mind.The Bad NewsLet’s rip the band-aid off for anyone who doesn’t know: Cheap wine contains arsenic. Expensive wine contains arsenic. Drinking water contains arsenic. It’s just that the cheap wine contains higher levels than what the EPA recommends. Wine generally contains 10 parts per billion of an organic, naturally occurring arsenic, just like…
  • Washing Hair With Wine – Yes or No?

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

    Paul
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Who doesn’t love a good wine joke or a funny wine GIF? If you are a wine drinker like me, some of these, well, MOST of these should hit right at home, haha!
 
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  • Fining Wine: An Introduction to Wine Clarification

    Tim
    1 May 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Fining Wine: An Introduction to Wine Clarification “Cloudy with some heavy precipitation, turning fine in the late afternoon.” This sounds like a weather report doesn’t it? Yet these are often terms you would come across during the wine clarification and stabilization process.During these processes, matter that is insoluble and suspended in the wine (such as yeast cells, bacteria, proteins, and a number of others) are removed before bottling. This process is often referred to as "fining wine" since certain fining agents are used to achieve this removal of matter. Clarification…
  • 5 Tricks to Make Any Red Wine Taste Better

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

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

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

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

  • A Guy Making It Okay to Drink Wine Spritzers

    Cat Curry-Williams
    13 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Lightly carbonated and super crisp, they could be a key addition to your summer drinking lineup. The post A Guy Making It Okay to Drink Wine Spritzers appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Friday Night Wine Tastings

    Cat Curry-Williams
    13 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    Bring a picnic or enjoy food from one of LA’s best food trucks. The post Friday Night Wine Tastings appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Chia Seeds: Miracle Food or Just Another Fad?

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

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

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

  • Citybreak in Porto: Why June is One of The Best Months to Visit Porto

    20 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    June is one of the best times of the year to visit Porto. Not only the weather is inviting, with sunny days and mild temperatures but also the city is filled with events to celebrate the city's holiday at 24th June and the arrival of summer. Source: Visit Portugal
  • The Best Tips for Planning Wine Tours in Portugal

    14 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    Portugal is one of the best wine destinations in the world where you can indulge in wine tours, peaceful views and unique experiences. Here are some useful tips to help you plan a visit to wineries and vineyards in Portugal and make the most of your tour in Portugal.
  • Best Places For Shopping in Lisbon

    11 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Lisbon, Portugal's sunny capital city, has long turned out to be a shopping destination for those who visit it. There are several districts devoted to shopping where locals and tourists can buy clothing, jewellery, shoes, and much more for all tastes so besides sightseeing, visiting museums and tasting the best food and wines, shopping stands out as one of the top things to do in Lisbon.
  • 6 Awesome Reasons to Visit Portugal

    7 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Are you planning on visiting Portugal anytime soon? If you're not, you should. And we are about to give 6 reasons to visit Portugal this summer. If you already have your ticket, read on. Maybe you'll find some things to do in Portugal that you weren't aware of. If you are still deciding where to go this summer, come and discover the amazing diversity of experiences Portugal has to offer.
  • Top Wine Tasting Tours in Douro - Part 1

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

  • Wine Ice Cream: Get Drunk Without Drinking

    James Kirlin
    8 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Photo credit: Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream Who doesn’t love ice cream? You know the answer! Have you ever think you eat ice cream and get drunk? It is like killing two birds with one stone. There was a time when wine and ice cream lovers had to choose between wine and ice cream. Now wine ice cream is here! Two great things in one pot. A 60 years old dairy firm in New York Mercer’s Dairy recently invented this award winning dessert. Special thanks to the man Petit Petit Gamin who is the inventor of wine ice cream. I am not talking about wine flavored ice cream.  The ice cream is…
  • Wine Facts: Calories in a Bottle of Wine

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

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

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

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