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  • New Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Requirements in Maine

    ShipCompliant: Wine Shipping Blog
    Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wineries licensed to ship to Maine consumers now have fewer reports to file each year. Maine recently amended its direct-to-consumer law to require that direct shippers file excise tax returns and shipment reports once a year. Unlike the quarterly reporting periods which were based on the calendar year, the annual reporting period corresponds to the license year. The filing deadline for annual reports is the 30th day of the month immediately following the annual expiration date of the direct shipping license. Licensees are required to report the total gallons of wine shipped…
  • Beer Drinkers More Experimental Than Wine Drinkers?

    Fermentation
    Tom Wark
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Are beer enthusiasts more experimental with their alcohol consumption than wine enthusiasts? It may seem like an academic question but not for spirit producers or cider producers. For these two category of drinks the answer to the questions would dictate at which kind of drinker they would aim their marketing. One answer to this question—a definitive one—came from an article detailing the sharp rise in hard cider sales and the impressive growth by one Washington cidery, Tieton Cider Works. Consider… “While the production of cider is similar to wine, craft beer drinkers are…
  • Pumpkin Spice Cookies and Dessert Wines to Match (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Pour a dessert wine and bake up these moist, homey, seasonal pumpkin spice cookies
  • Hang out with the World's Top Wine Writers. For Free.

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    One of the great perks of having been at this wine writing thing for some time involves my association with the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, for which I am now a member of its Advisory Council (just by way of a disclaimer in advance of the plug which follows). And one of the great pleasures of this association is getting to spend a few days every year attending the convocation that occurs under this association's banner, nestled into the luxurious surroundings of Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley. I've been to all of these Symposiums in the last 10 years, save one, and I can…
  • Living The Dream — Making Organic Wine — Part 1

    Organic Wine Journal
    Andy Besch
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever since I changed careers and got into the wine business, I’ve wanted to do a harvest. Over the years I had gotten to know a number of winegrowers, many of whom offered me the opportunity to help out, even though they already had plenty of help, and probably thought I’d screw things up or slow things down. Harvesters are usually very experienced, and very fast. When the time comes and the grapes are ready, it’s like a fire alarm has gone off, and bang — the fruit must be picked. Nature isn’t exact, so it’s hard to predict when that alarm will sound. So, if I were going to get…
 
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  • The Wines of Beaujolais – with Château des Jacques

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Does Beaujolais have an emotional side? Guillaume de Castelnau certainly thinks so. As Director and winemaker of Château des Jacques, Maison Louis Jadot’s beautiful Beaujolais property, Guillaume is able to easily wax poetic about both the region but especially about the Gamay grape. Located north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais overlaps Burgundy in the north and the Rhône Valley in the south. Vineyards run along the Saône River, on mostly granite soils. Here, Beaujolais Crus such as Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas,…
  • Wineries of Minervois – with Chateau Maris

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

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

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

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s are coming into their own now. The obvious question is – are they ready to drink now? And if not now – when? Join us as we talk about our tasting of eight wines from the 1990s to see how the wines are evolving. We’ll taste them so you don’t have to! The Wines: ’99 Feraud Brunel ’98 Vieux Telegraph ’95 Domaine de la Vielle Julienne ’94 Chateau Beaucastel ’90 Gaston Philippe Chateau de la Gardine ’90 Joseph Sabon Clos du Mont-Olivet “La Cuvee du Papet” ’90 Chateau Mount-Redon…
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  • 16th Annual Pinot Fest: November 22, 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    One of the longest running wine tasting events in San Francisco is also one of its best. While the city often plays host to really huge public tastings like ZAP, Family Winemakers, and PinotDays, some of the better tastings are more intimate and focused. Both words appropriately describe PinotFest, a low-key event held every year at Farallon Restaurant. Despite practically non-existent marketing or announcement, PinotFest quietly pulls together 60 or so top producers of West Coast Pinot Noir every year for a dedicated crowd of Pinot lovers in San Francisco. This year will be the event's 16th…
  • Hang out with the World's Top Wine Writers. For Free.

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    One of the great perks of having been at this wine writing thing for some time involves my association with the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, for which I am now a member of its Advisory Council (just by way of a disclaimer in advance of the plug which follows). And one of the great pleasures of this association is getting to spend a few days every year attending the convocation that occurs under this association's banner, nestled into the luxurious surroundings of Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley. I've been to all of these Symposiums in the last 10 years, save one, and I can…
  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of October 19, 2014

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:40 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 dive into the boxes piling up downstairs yielded an interesting range of wines, beginning with an excellent Riesling from the Finger Lakes that offers everything you'd want in a dry Riesling, brightness, juiciness, and a very reasonable tariff. Stoller is a well known name in the Willamette Valley, but it's been a while since I had a wine from them that impressed…
  • Vinography Images: Divine Droplets

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Divine Droplets Dew beads on the down of a newly unfurled grape leaf in Sonoma County. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: If you are interested in owning an archive quality, limited edition print of this image…
  • Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    It sounds like the beginnings of a joke: how do you hook a wine writer? The answer, it turns out, at least in my case, involves offering to put on the most comprehensive tasting of Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet ever held. When the Santa Cruz Mountains Winery Association made the offer, I suspect they knew I would have a hard time refusing. Just in case it was a trap, I brought my friend Elaine with me (you can read her writeup of the event here). As it turns out, the event was a trap, and a cleverly designed one at that. An offer designed to be irresistible to yours truly. But it was one I…
 
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    Fermentation

  • Wine Critics Keep Semantic Arguments at Bay—Not So for Beer and Spirits

    Tom Wark
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    The most consequential battles and issues for small, quality-oriented alcohol beverage producers are those having to do with the distribution and sales of their products. Whether the issue is self distribution for craft distillers, franchise laws for craft beer producers or direct shipping for smaller wineries, these are the consequential and important issues that will directly impact sales success. However, the most fascinating battles to watch are the “Word Wars”. The battle over word use and semantics that are primarily playing out in the beer and distilling industries over the…
  • A Great Story About a Great Wine Man

    Tom Wark
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    I used to joke with a former colleague at a wine PR firm that the first one of us to get their visage depicted in a line drawing in the Wall Street Journal wins—triggering an automatic dinner at the restaurant of our choice. However, after reading this absolutely wonderful and inspiring story about Peter Mondavi, Sr. celebrating 100 years of age, I think it’s pretty clear that the person who has this kind of article written about them wins the game—the BIG GAME. A couple things about this wonderful story stand out. The first is that the reporter from the Saint Helena Star that wrote…
  • Beer Drinkers More Experimental Than Wine Drinkers?

    Tom Wark
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Are beer enthusiasts more experimental with their alcohol consumption than wine enthusiasts? It may seem like an academic question but not for spirit producers or cider producers. For these two category of drinks the answer to the questions would dictate at which kind of drinker they would aim their marketing. One answer to this question—a definitive one—came from an article detailing the sharp rise in hard cider sales and the impressive growth by one Washington cidery, Tieton Cider Works. Consider… “While the production of cider is similar to wine, craft beer drinkers are…
  • Frantic Parent Syndrome Highlighted in Wine TV Ads

    Tom Wark
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    It’s not often that voters here the words “wine” in those wonderful campaign ads that control the airwaves during election season. However, voters in Tennessee are getting a glass full in the run up to the November election. Having recently passed a law that (finally) allows Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, the new wine-in-grocery-stores-law came with a caveat: local jurisdictions must first vote to approve the sale of wine in their grocery stores. So, Red White and Food — the coalition launched by the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association—has…
  • Wine Auctions and the Flinging of Poo

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

  • City Guide: Rouen, France

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

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

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

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

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

  • TRAVEL: Winter in Mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • New York Wine Experience 2014

    David Flaherty
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Our plane touched down at an ungodly 1:15 am on Thursday morning at Newark Airport.  Within an hour, we had entered Times Square, the belly of the beast.  Wake up call was 7 am, and for the next three days, we were all-aboard Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience ride, barely holding on to the reins. Now in its 34th year, the Wine Experience is a 3-day, relentless onslaught of the finest wines from around the world.  Composed of Grand Tastings, seminars, lunches, and a black tie gala, the event features only wines that have received 90 points or higher from Wine Spectator.  The…
  • Washington State Grape Juice

    David Flaherty
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Just started the new gig this week. Honored, grateful, and stoked to be part of the team. Let’s do dis!
  • Westward Ho!

    David Flaherty
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    In six days, we board a plane headed west to Seattle for our next great adventure. It’s a been a wild 14 years, NYC. Thanks for the ride.
  • Goodnight, Sweet Prince

    David Flaherty
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    For hard-core Robin Williams fans, this is from Jumanji. Yep, Jumanji…I’m going there. He had an incredible gift and inspired me to no end. Goodnight, Sweet Prince.
  • It’s Official. Bam.

    David Flaherty
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Cicerone.
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  • Supermarket Diaries: The Fishwives’ Siren Song

    Sonia Nolasco
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Unlike the Sirens in Greek mythology, I wouldn’t call the fishwives of Porto’s Mercado do Bolhao dangerous, but they definitely have an allure. Bolhao is the city’s traditional open market, a once vibrant place that is now in desperate need of updated regulations and repair. But what it certainly doesn’t lack at all are charismatic characters. I spent a day in the market interviewing some of the vendors, giving me the opportunity to observe their colorful interactions with customers. As passersby approach, they immediately cast their net and start pulling them in with their…
  • Santiago de Compostela: Food and Wine Mecca!

    Sam Zucker
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    The city of Santiago de Compostela is really more of a town than a city. It’s small, yet bustling with university students, locals, tourists, and—of course—road-weary pilgrims soaking up the glory of a long road traveled. The Camino de Santiago is the city’s biggest claim to fame—a Medieval pilgrimage taken for centuries by Christians to the final resting place of Saint James. The “Camino” takes on many routes, depending on the starting place. A true pilgrimage begins at one’s home and ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, though now, many people begin the…
  • Recipe: Portuguese Carob Cake

    Gabriella Opaz
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    In recent years, both the Algarve region and Lisbon have seen an increase in awareness of the benefits of alfarroba. Portuguese chefs have also been playing around more with alfarroba in savory recipes, such as the trendy pão de alfarroba /bolo de caco de alfarroba- alfarroba bread, including the variation of bolo de caco, a type of English Muffin looking flatbread from the Madeira islands.  Both of these are strange looking black bread but are very rich in flavor with a touch of sweetness, almost as if the bread was made with dark molasses. Carob cake is a great alternative for those…
  • Alfarroba: Southern Portugal’s Guilt-Free Dessert

    Andrea Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    I’m a chocolate lover. I’m also a fig lover. Then I took a trip to the Algarve and discovered that chocolate and fig had a love child, and its name is Alfarroba. Vacationing in the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, has its benefits; and it’s not just for the beach and the great weather. The Algarve is home to an abundant variety of delicious local food, including: fresh seafood, oranges, figs, almonds and carob. For those of you unfamiliar with carob (alfarroba), it’s the dark and mysterious looking seed pod that comes from the alfarrobeira (carob tree).
  • Friday Feature Photo: Sunset over Serra da Estrela, Portugal

    Gabriella Opaz
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    Photographer: Nuno Lemos Capture Date: December 21, 2013 Location: Serra da Estrela, Portugal About: Located in central Portugal, this gorgeous unspoiled area is a protected National Park filled with rushing rivers, deep ravines and enough wildlife to keep your binoculars at the ready. That said, if you’re a cheese lover, consider packing up your bags and moving here for the famed Serra da Estrela cheese! Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your…
 
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  • The box wine Mark Cuban spent $1 million on

    Dr. Vino
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Box wine made an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank last Friday. And like blood in the water, this startup had the sharks in a feeding frenzy with all five sharks bidding (or trying to bid). Before wine enthusiasts get too excited, it’s worth noting that the beverage is more wine-arita than winery. Let’s break it down. Called Beatbox wines, it comes in a box styled as a beatbox. Nice! Two 5-liter boxes sell on their site for $64.99, which comes out to the equivalent of about $5 a bottle. So they’ve got the value pricing covered. And now, the content: this…
  • Stoudemire dunks himself in a red wine bath

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

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

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

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

  • Review: $ Monarch Glen Merlot, California, 2007 (***+ = BEST VALUE), 2013 (**+)

    jorray
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Find prices and retail availability for bargain-priced California merlot. By way of background:  This is Monarch Glen Merlot, California, 2007 and 2013, both finished at a very modest 12.5% alcohol.   The "California" designation on the label tells us nothing about where the grapes originate from in this very large state!2013 Vintage, first sampling at one year since vintage date, October, 2014:In the glass: Monarch Glen Merlot is light ruby red, hints of magenta.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft red cherry notes.On the…
  • Review: $$ Burke Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2009 (****) and 2013 (***) = BEST VALUE for 2009

    jorray
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Find prices and retail availability for bargain California cabernet sauvignon. By way of background: California is one of the world's favorite sources for cabernet sauvignon, a well recognized red grape with tough skins and the ability to create serious, ageworthy wines.  This cabernet sauvignon hails from a winery in the Central Coast region, Saddlehorn Cellars of San Martin, CA, but its "California" designation grapes do not carry a more definitive region.  California is a big state, after all. Review of newer vintage, 2013 : This is Burke Family Reserve…
  • Review: ***+ $$ Sanderson Ranch Merlot, California, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Sanderson Ranch Merlot. Original tasting and review : This is Sanderson Ranch Merlot, California, 2013, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.In the glass: Light ruby red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, violet fruit, creamy in style.  From the aroma, seems like this will be easy going and flavorful in its fruit.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact rich and furry fruit that fills your mouth - not sweet, but creamy…
  • Review: *** $ Matthew Iaconis Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, Margaret River, Australia, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain sauvignon blanc and semillon. Original tasting and review : This is Matthew Iaconis Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, Margaret River, Australia, 2013, finished at 12.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.In the glass: Clear, light golden and vanilla highlights.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows grasses and soft fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light, sleek and fruity.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact as expected,…
  • Review: *** $$ Fair Oaks Ranch Zinfandel Reserve, California, 2005 and 2012

    jorray
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Find prices and retail availability for Lodi zinfandel.By way of background: This is Fair Oaks Ranch Zinfandel Reserve, California, 2005, finished at 12.5% alcohol. Original review of 2012 vintage, October, 2014:  Medium deep ruby.  Nose is shy, with some sweet fruit, hiding in the background.  Soft, light red sip, with clean cinnabon elements.  Light red berries start to peak, but give way quickly to a softer, spiced ripe blackberry.  Clean moderate finish, with soft tannins and very light acids.  Nice experience in a gentle and genteel red.Initial review,…
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    The Cork Board

  • Seven Napa Valley restaurants earn stars in 2015 Michelin Guide

    TrevR
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Following last week’s release of its 2015 Bib Gourmand picks for the Bay Area, Michelin today released its broader list of the top restaurants in our area. All told, 14 Napa Valley restaurants were included in the 2015 guide (7 stars and 7 bib gourmand), up from 12 in 2014. Don’t miss our newly released Ultimate Foodie Itinerary for Napa Valley Here are the local establishments recognized with 2015 Michelin stars: Three Stars “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” The French Laundry in Yountville The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena One Star “A very good…
  • 7 Napa Valley restaurants make Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list

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

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

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

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

  • Ilja Gort and Château la Tulipe de la Garde

    Andrew Barrow
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Ilja Gort and Château la Tulipe de la Garde If you are not running down to Sainsbury’s with a crisp tenner flapping in your hand after seeing this video, I’ll be very surprised. With that magnificent beard this little chap – Ilja Gort – could be nothing but French! The attitude he imparts is engaging and unfussily Bordeaux, yet still he imparts something of that majesty and mystic that makes wine so entrancing. I’ve cheekily asked for a bottle – Château la Tulipe de la Garde 2011 – to be sent to me; can’t wait to try it. Introducing Ilja Gort…
  • Matching Cheese and Wine

    Andrew Barrow
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Matching Cheese and Wine A recent trip though the Chablis area of Burgundy was enlivened by the consumption of large quantities of cheese! One particularly runny Epoisses being highly memorable and the Soumaintrain has now become a favourite. Time to reacquaint myself with the art of matching cheese and wine I thought. With the variety of cheeses almost matching that of wines the ideal match can be a little daunting – hence this list. Although predominantly concerned with matching wine with cheese this list also includes a few beer suggestions too… you know, just for a…
  • The Church of Sainte Claire Prehy

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

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

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

  • Snooth.com Launches New Wine and Experiences Site

    mark
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Snooth launches service to bring consumers and wineries closer NEW YORK, NY (October 21, 2014) — Snooth.com, the largest online wine community, has launched a unique, new wine offers and experiences site called “The Cellar by Snooth”. Since its debut in 2007 Snooth’s goal has been to make wine discovery easier and more fun for consumers while helping wine brands connect with a wider audience. With a wide array of reviews, products, images and prices, Snooth members are able to search and shop for wines from the comfort of their living rooms. Today Snooth takes a step forward in…
  • 5 Snooth Resolutions

    mark
    3 Jan 2014 | 9:07 am
    As many of us do, I spent some time reflecting on the past year. I thought specifically about what we here at Snooth should carry forward into 2014 and what we should leave behind. The best way to stick to these resolutions is to write them down. And an even better way is to post them publicly where others can read them. I put a note on my calendar to read this post every month this year, so I will come back to these ideas and check our progress. 1. Release an exciting new product. This one is a bit of a teaser — we’re already hard at work on said new exciting product. I’m…
  • Springpad Partners with Snooth to Help Foodies Find the Perfect Wine

    Clare
    21 Aug 2012 | 7:03 am
    Snooth-powered wine pairings automatically enhance recipes and Snooth Wine Mentors engage with Springpad’s thriving foodie community BOSTON, MA and NEW YORK, NY (August 21, 2012) – Springpad, the smart notebook app that makes it easy for more than 3.5 million users to save and share what’s important to them, has partnered with Snooth, the most comprehensive wine resource on the web, to engage with food and wine lovers on Springpad in new and meaningful ways. Recipes saved to Springpad will now be enhanced with expert wine pairings recommended by Snooth, and Snooth’s Wine Mentors…
  • Wine Buyer’s Guide Puts Emphasis on Grapes

    Clare
    2 Aug 2012 | 1:38 pm
    Snooth launches a digital wine magazine available on any device NEW YORK, NY (August 1, 2012) — Snooth.com, the largest online wine community, will launch the latest edition of a new digital magazine called “Wine Buyer’s Guide” in partnership with Nomad Editions. Each digital issue will be singularly focused on a specific type of grape. The issue will highlight where the grape grows best, trip itineraries to those regions, top wine producers, great food pairings, and nearly 100 tasting notes of individual wines at various price points to guide both wine novices and…
  • Snooth.com Launches People’s Voice Wine Awards To Determine Best Wines of 2012

    Clare
    27 Jun 2012 | 9:06 am
    Media Partner Meredith Corporation to Support Awards Program via Brands Including Better Homes and Gardens, EatingWell, EveryDay with Rachael Ray, Recipe.com and Family Circle NEW YORK, NY (June 27, 2012) — Snooth.com, the world’s largest online wine community, today launched the People’s Voice Wine Awards, a multi-platform awards program that invites consumers to judge and vote for their favorite wines. Meredith Corporation will serve as the program’s media partner, leveraging its leading food and lifestyle content brands, including Better Homes and Gardens, EatingWell,…
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    The Cork Board

  • Seven Napa Valley restaurants earn stars in 2015 Michelin Guide

    TrevR
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Following last week’s release of its 2015 Bib Gourmand picks for the Bay Area, Michelin today released its broader list of the top restaurants in our area. All told, 14 Napa Valley restaurants were included in the 2015 guide (7 stars and 7 bib gourmand), up from 12 in 2014. Don’t miss our newly released Ultimate Foodie Itinerary for Napa Valley Here are the local establishments recognized with 2015 Michelin stars: Three Stars “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” The French Laundry in Yountville The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena One Star “A very good…
  • 7 Napa Valley restaurants make Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list

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

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

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

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

  • DWCC 2014 – wine is a business

    Alastair Bathgate
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    What can the home of cuckoo clocks, chocolate and jazz festivals teach us about wine? Quite a lot actually, as long as you are registered and currently attending the Digital Wine Communications Conference in Montreux. Currently Greg Lambrecht, founder of Coravin, is reminding everyone that the wine industry is a business. There needs to be an unmet need for new inventions. Greg’s story started in the world of medicine which gave him a different take on wine. His entrepreneurial drive got him through tough events and he did it by focussing on the customer. Coravin is now a very…
  • Château Margaux, 1994

    Alastair Bathgate
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    In a mid budget hotel in central Manchester, the CEO of a small software company took the stage to address his staff. It was the day after his 50th birthday, business was going well, but a plot had been hatched. There were no traitors at the gate on this occasion. We are not Nabisco. Merely the pleasant surprise of a presentation of a birthday gift, a certain, and very generous, bottle of wine. The trouble with very expensive bottles of wine is one is never sure when to open them. What could possibly justify the celebration of opening a bottle that runs into hundreds of dollars. In the end,…
  • Pitchfork Semillon Sauvignon 2012

    Alastair Bathgate
    29 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I told the guy in Latitude, Leeds, that I love white Bordeaux, and had a party coming up, but I didn’t want to break the bank and spoil the neighbours. He recommended this Semillon Sauvignon Blanc from Margaret River, Australia. It’s crisp, yet smooth, rich and creamy, like an apple tart with custard and a dribble of honey. Latitude sold me this for £11.25 and, for that dosh, it beats most Bordeaux I’ve tried at the price point. Highly recommended. Remember WART rules and serve at the temperature of an oaked Chardonnay – about 10-12ºC (at least half an hour out of…
  • Osoyoos, Le Grand Vin, 2009

    Alastair Bathgate
    6 Feb 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Spending so much time in North America is forcing me to learn new words like Diaper, Vacation, and Soccer, in order to be understood. The upside is the opportunity to learn about new wines, often unavailable in the UK. Take this Merlot from British Columbia for example. Following the path trodden by many South American wineries of recruiting a little friendly advice from the old world, this Osoyoos was made with consultation (and, no doubt, a financial interest) from the owners of Saint-Julian stalwart, Gruaud-Larose. And it shows. To me it was indistinguishable from a Bordeaux, probably…
  • Boedecker Cellars, Pinot Noir, 2005

    Alastair Bathgate
    27 Nov 2013 | 5:35 pm
    New World Pinot Noir is never going to age like a Burgundy. If this bottle is anything to judge by, some are more likely to age like a Médoc. Witness the tawny Cabernet glow, the rich vanilla flavours, and the dark fruits from a wine that sounds more like a middle distance runner’s dog. No evidence of any barnyard or chicken run. Nor anything thin. But if you want a full flavoured fruity Pinot that sits between Burgundy and New Zealand (depending on how you circumnavigate the globe), nip down to Epicure on Alton Road, South Beach and they will be delighted to lighten your wallet to the…
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    Wine.Woot

  • Portlandia Oregon Pinot Noir (4)

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Oh, no! That thing we had sold out! So out of our desperate attempt to be rich love for giving you options, we've added a bonus sale for today. Consider it a gift to us from your wallet to all of you who were hoping for something like this. This is your chance to help us look good to our bosses get a little something for yourself, okay? Thank you You're welcome.
  • Woot Cellars Quaffmor Sauv Blanc (6)

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Quaff The HookVikings quaff, you see. That's our marketing angle.OK folks, listen up. We've identified a huge demographic target for our wines: The Norse. Turns out that Vikings drink more wine per capita than any other pillaging barbaric group, and the earlier we can grab market share in Scandinavia the better. These dark ages ain't gonna last forever, folks. Now here's the thing: Turns out Vikings don't like to "drink" wine, they like to "quaff" it. Specifically, male Vikings between the ages of 21-36 most often consume wine while gathered around a long wooden table for a feast, during…
  • Poco Dolce Chocolate Gift Basket

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The gift that keeps on sorry I ate your giftThe best chocolate has corners. "Alright, Patterson family. You haven't seen your home since the Tool Network Hostile Home Makeover Takeover started four months ago. Are you ready for the big reveal?" "We're really nervous, Bob, but ready!" "Oookay … remove the blindfolds!" "Well, Pattersons, what do you think?!" "Bob, did you and your builders just floor our new home using gourmet chocolate?" "That's right! Luxurious chocolate tiles!" "It's everywhere. It goes from the master bedroom and straight to the bath." "That's correct, Pam! Do you…
  • Pedroncelli White Blend (6)

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In A WinkWhat do you do with a wine that winks at you? Drink it, of course!Rick, did you see that? "See what?" That wine just winked at me. "Andrea, honey, what're you talking about?" Okay, so I was just sitting down to have some of this 2012 Perdoncelli Friends White Blend, and look, it's winking at me. Not just me! It's winking at you too! "All I see is a bottle of wine. A normal bottle of wine." It is a normal bottle of wine. But IT'S WINKING AT US. "Wait! I see it! You're right. It IS winking at us!" What do you think it's telling us? "Probably to drink it." That works for me.
  • Ranch 32 Monterey Cabernet Sauvignon (6)

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Meanwhile, back on the ranchRanch, you feel my heartbeat?The 31 ranch antecedents 1. bacon corral 2. tangy buffalo ranch 3. Toledo Lizard Ranch and Discount Clothing Emporium 4. dik dik dude ranch 5. cool ranch 6. Michelle Branch Ranch 7. sandwich pastures 8. hair clog corral 9. grandma ranch 10. Oh man I have to do so many more of these 11. ranch devereaux 12. Brett’s panda ranch 13. and I ranch 14. I ranch so far away 15. lazy squirtle corral 16. place where we send idiots who whistle constantly ranch 17. alpaca ranch at pizza junction 18. wet noodle ranch 19. angry cake corral 20.
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    1 Wine Dude

  • If Your Palate Bleeds, These 2008 Italian Wines Can Kill It

    1WineDude
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Lithe, balanced, light, and polite wines are de rigueur in the wine world at the moment. Now, I love those wines, but my tastes are quite catholic, and so I dig (well-made, authentic) wines of all stripes (okay, excepting possibly Retsina). And once in a while, after sampling lots of lithe, balanced, light, and polite wines, I want something that is brazenly, almost stupidly, nearly obnoxiously in the other direction. Enter two 2008 Italian wines from the sample pool, to the rescue! The I-don’t-give-a-flying-crap-whether-or-not-you-like-me territory is usually reserved for fortified wines,…
  • Because California Rocks, Alsace Is Cool, And “Zibibbo” Is Just Fun To Say (October 2014 Answers Wine Article Roundup)

    1WineDude
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    October is over? Already? WTF?!??? And so it’s time for another round up of the monthly Wine.Answers.com articles for your perusal. If you’re looking for Halloween wine recommendations, I resisted revisiting that same old ground this year (so for that, you’ll just have to check out last year’s version, which still holds up just fine). Anyway, here’s the skinny on the October 2014 installments:   Three Things You Didn’t Know About Alsace Wine History comes to the fore this month for Alsatian wine, that sometimes austere, sometimes bubbly, sometimes sweet, and sometimes…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 27, 2014

    1WineDude
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:07 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 Donnafugata Sedara (Sicilia): Sprinkled with dried…
  • A Hungarian With Serious Stones (István Szepsy Recent Releases)

    1WineDude
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    István Szepsy… …is a Hungarian man with serious stones. And he will gladly show them to you, if you ask. Actually, I think he might show them to you even if you don’t ask. He has them laid out on his front porch; dozens of them, organized by 21 different dulo (basically akin to climat). Of course, since we are talking about István Szepsy, not all of the dulo areas represented by his stony display are official; some are his own classifications, harkening back to a map of Tokai region parcels that dates back to 1816. Sixty percent of the holdings are recognized as first class…
  • Think Wine Criticism Is B.S.? Then You Need To Reject All Forms Of Criticism

    1WineDude
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every once in a while, when I tell people what I do for a living, I get a sort of snickering question along the lines of “does it bother you that part of what you do is total bullsh*t?” These folks are usually referring to the studies, quoted by lazy media outlets ad nauseum, that purportedly debunked wine tasting as bull honkey when “expert” wine folk were given white wines with red food coloring and tricked into thinking that they were tasting red wines. But what those snickering folks fail to realize is that wine criticism and professional wine tasting are no different than every…
 
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    Aristide, a wine blog

  • Un appello per la Scienza all’Expo 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Halloween: Numbskull

    Catie
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    No, I am not calling anyone a name ... Last weekend I gathered with 19 of my "sorority" sisters for our annual "tea." However, I would defy anyone to even find a tea bag at our gatherings.  Instead, corks fly like witches on brooms and bubbles dance in our wine glasses. For that true effect of Halloween gore, every good party needs a little red wine, and we usually keep a few bottles around. One of the sister's very generous husband Rand, a wine writer and former wine entrepreneur, sent Lynn to the gathering with a bottle of NumbSkull BDX - 2012 from Mark Ryan Winery in Walla…
  • The Book

    Catie
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    If you have ever written a book, then you will understand. This is one of the reasons why I took time off from the blog so I could put my energy into "The Book." It consumes you. Even when you have reached a "writer's block," it still consumes you, as you sit and stare onto the computer screen, and keep telling yourself you are working. You pass up invitations to socialize with friends, because you know all of a sudden you will feel energized to crank out a few paragraphs only to find that you got nothing done, while everyone was eating and drinking well - - as you sit at the computer…
  • Love on the Rocks: The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater

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

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

    Catie
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    You didn't think I could stay away, did you?  Stay tuned ...
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  • 24 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am

    Sonadora
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    *Disclaimer: I received these wines as sample to participate in a live Twitter tasting. A few weeks ago, four rieslings from the Finger Lakes arrived so I could do a live tasting. Fun! I’m particularly excited to try more wines from this region since the 2015 Wine Blogger Conference will be held. I’ve signed up for my hotel room and need to get on booking my actual conference attendance! Back to the wines. We’ll start with one of my favorites of the bunch, though frankly, it was quite hard to choose. The 2013 Heron Hill Winery Dry Riesling sported a screw cap and 12% alcohol…
  • A Syrah A Day

    Sonadora
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. Keeps the doctor away. That’s how that expression goes, right? Well, that’s how it should read, particularly if the Syrah in question is the 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Syrah. The weather here in DC turned (for a moment anyway) to chilly and the reds in the cellar started to call my name.  The Cornerstone Syrah has a real cork closure and retails for $35. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) The nose. Oh, my, the nose. This Syrah has that meaty note I love in Syrahs. 2.) We had this with beef stew. Perfect…
  • 10 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am

    Sonadora
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR company for the brand. Eenie meanie miny mo, which Pinot should go?  Tonight it was the 2011 Star Angel Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. The Star Angel has a real cork closure and retails for about $27. It hails from the Santa Rita Hills in California, though the Star Angel brand is the invention of the winemaker for the Montes brand from Chile. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) Serve this at cellar temperature or slightly below. 2.) As it warmed I found the wine a bit soft. 3.) I served this with salmon, one of my go-tos for Pinot. I…
  • Dreaming of Seafood

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

    Sonadora
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Lucky me. Rodney Strong Vineyards reached out to me several months ago to contemplate hosting a wine dinner at my house to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Klein family owning the brand. The proposal included wine, cookbooks, food, and creating a 5 course dinner to be served simultaneously with dinners happening across the country at famous restaurants and other blogger houses. Heck yes, I’m in! And you should be too. The dinner will go live at 8 pm et this Saturday, September 20. We’ll be tweeting and all other things social-media-ing using the hashtag #RSV25. Personally,…
 
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    Edward
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
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  • 31st of October - late in the afternoon

    Edward
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    and my children are in nervous anticipation thinking about all the sugar and chocolate they are soon to encounter. . . I spent the afternoon carving pumpkins, one large with a crooked but kindly smile and several smaller ones all with ghoulish faces.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
  • Myattsfield Pinot noir 2013

    Edward
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Myattsfield is a small producer in the warm Perth Hills region. This is their first attempt at making a pinot noir, though wisely the grapes have been sourced from the cooler climes of Pemberton. It's a worthy effort, and only $24.It's small and supple, meek and slightly squeaky. My brother in law was blinded and thought it might be a gamay. You can see his point - strawberry, raspberry and Turkish delight on the nose and in the mouth, a hint of confection and bright acidity. Quiet and self contained it may not appeal to most, but I liked it. Drink soon. A small…
  • Postcard: Mullaloo

    Edward
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    One of the benefits of being a parent is being exposed to the randomness of your child's education. . . today we found ourselves thirty kilometres north of home in the coastal suburb of Mullaloo. While my child pondered his lesson I looked for food and coffee and found the small and sweet Sista Barista Cafe. It's located at the mostly deserted Mullaloo Plaza shopping centre, a few kilometres back from the water. I had a reasonably good burger with fries ($14.90), it just needed more punch and seasoning.The beach too was empty, a few blue bottles washed up and impotent and fringing the rocks…
  • Clonakilla Viognier 2009

    Edward
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Gold and seemingly mature, it smoulders and smells ripe, lush and curiously like newly washed woollens. Almond meal and marzipan. Amygdala. A passing moment of zip and pace, mostly it is nutty, bitter, fleshy and warm. An Italian accent, if I were blind I would utter the word Arneis, though in unblinded reality it is too diffuse and big boned.I thought the wine would be a match for apricot chicken. It was not. . . The parts were greater than the sum. . .A recipe. 6 chicken thighs rubbed with spice (2 cloves of finely chopped garlic, salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1…
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • A Serene Patch of Merlot in a Noisy World of Pinot Noir

    Alfonso Cevola
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    His is a world very few of us get to enter, yet the Count lives; some would say he thrives, in his world. I say it this way not to disparage his world. I know not his world. I only know him through his wine. And his wine is Merlot.One might say, “Merlot? In these times? How 20th century.” And you might be right. For we live in another time for another wine. Right now it might be the time of Pinot Noir. But when the Count redid his vineyards he didn’t know about Sideways and the effect it would have on American tastes. The Count is a Venetian. He lives in an ancient villa, dines every…
  • When Wine Isn’t Enough

    Alfonso Cevola
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    We all have things that propel us forward. For some it is money, power or fame. Even in our little rarefied world of wine, we all have those reference points that give us meaning. Maybe it is a good vintage. Maybe it is finally making Sangiovese taste like Sangiovese. Maybe it is getting to a point where one’s influence is felt outside of one’s own sphere. Whatever it is, our search for meaning on this orb takes up the better part of our life after we have figured out how to get the basics taken care of. Mind you, these are first world issues. In most of the world, folks are trying to…
  • Why older men prefer higher alcohol wines and younger women

    Alfonso Cevola
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Over lunch, I was talking with an older friend. He’s a fan of California wine, really loves Pinot Noir. He’s not a beginner, heck he pulled a 30 year old bottle of wine from Napa out of his wine closet and gave it to me. It was 12.5 percent in alcohol. But he likes wines with more power, more flesh, more alcohol.Earlier in the day I read an interview with Dave Ramey that Blake Gray did. In the interview, Ramey said, “The middle road is the better path. 15 percent is not high for ripe Cabernet. It's what Bordeaux will be in a ripe vintage. It's what some white Burgundies will be in a…
  • The “New” New Yorkers and the “New” Californians ~ Leaving Jurassic Park for the Aquarian Era

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

    Alfonso Cevola
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    Posting from the road. In NY, the rain followed me from flyover country. Fortunately that wasn’t the only wet thing in my path.A quick lunch meeting at Marea and two stunning white wines from Liguria, which is also suffering the travails of rain, but with much more dramatic and dangerous results.The food at Marea, at the edge of Central Park, was presented simply, minimalistic, wholesome and not filled with vacuous calories, and delicious. Our table had the always reliable Bisson Pigato. It reminded me of the time I slurped those tiny piquant sausages in a fiery broth at Ristorante Bar…
 
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  • Fairview Cellars-Beautiful British Columbia Part 3

    writeforwine
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends in British Columbia can be found at Fairview Cellars, a small unassuming winery in Oliver, which we recommend as a stop in any tour of B.C. wine country. While many wineries in B.C. (and Washington state) have become gorgeous destination resorts, Fairview Cellars has a rustic tasting room in a tiny log cabin about five minutes into the hills off the north end of the Benches of the Golden Mile. Sandra Oldfield of Tinhorn Creek suggested we stop by during our September visit, and we now know why. In 1993, half Fairview’s…
  • Tinhorn Creek-Beautiful British Columbia Part 2

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

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

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

    writeforwine
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Bring on a juicy steak and a glass of Caymus Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and celebrate the vineyard’s 40th anniversary in style. If you love big, velvety, opulent Cabernets, this one is for you. So smooth and silky, this Cab glides across your palate, showing off the near-perfect conditions for the 2012 vintage in Napa Valley.  You don’t have to think twice about why Wine Spectator named this beauty “Wine of the Year.” A true palate-pleaser, this luscious red packs in a lot of ripe, rich flavors with a long finish. According to owner and winemaker Chuck…
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  • Sierra Batuco Carmenere "Reserva" 2011 wine review by (PB)

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Intense deep garnet hue with aromas of over the top herbal, green bouquet that overwhelms the sweet raspberry and and dark berry fruit.Palate--Supple tannins with peppery big berry fruit on an immature foundation that will benefit from another year or two of laying low in your cellar. I like this wine a lot as I envision what it will be in another couple years. It is drinking pretty good right now but the person with patience will be glad they waited for this one to come around.Chile has come into its own sometime ago as a world class wine producing country. Their Cabernets tend to be…
  • Truchard Zinfandel (Carneros) 2011 wine review by (PB)

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Opaque ruby hue with solidly spiced out berry aromas with spicy, peppery tomato jelly. Palate--black pepper notes on the front, with spicy red berry and plum fruit on a hefty structure. Finishes with a bit of charred oak and smoke.This is the second Truchard Zin I have had and while this lists at the $30 price point, I buy it at a state store when they run a "super buy" on it meaning I pay around half the price.It is a hefty Zin and a nice example of the grape. At $15 I would buy more, at full price I think I would pass. At any rate, at this price raise a glass for sure!--A Review from The…
  • Banfi Centine Toscana 2011 wine review by (PB)

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Opaquish garnet with aromas of spicy red cherry-berry fruit with a hint of cocoa.Palate--Mouth watering acidity with edgy, eye opening structure, short lived tart berry flavor and a fleeting finish. This Tuscan is a blend of 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. James Suckling formerly of the Wine Spectator gives this a glowing review and a score of 91 points on a 100 point scale. Having followed Mr. Suckling for years I respect his critiques highly but I am having a hard time seeing what he sees. This is a tasty and certainly a perky wine--what I call eye-opening structure--and in fairness,…
  • Z 52 Zinfandel 2010 wine review by (PB)

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Black cherry hue with Zinfandel brambly aromas of ripe raspberry and dark berry.Palate--classic Zin profile with easy to drink structure, nice full flavor and balanced presentation with a subtle cocoa finish. This Lodi sourced Zin is a nice example of the grape. It is well made and sells for around $13 although I found it for $8 and wished I would have a bought a few more bottles.Learn from my mistake and raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Banfi Chianti Classico 2011 wine reivew by (PB)

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Purple hue with aromas of sweet spiced apple rings and cherry fruit with cigar box bouquet.Palate--Slight stewed tomato front with chewy tannins and rigid acidity. Salty foundation with dried cherries underlying it all. Finishes quickly with a touch of pencil lead and rustic lichens.This inexpensive Chianti Classico from the storied family of Banfi is okay as an informal accompaniment to pizza or tomato based pasta recipes. It is not striking my fancy at the moment however but that's just me.I think I grabbed this on sale for under $10 when the avg. price seems to be around $13. It's hard to…
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  • Recipe: A venison take on ragu bolognese

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

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

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

    Dave
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    2013 Grenache Blanc, Bokisch VineyardAn unoaked white wine, made entirely in stainless steel. The nose is floral and creamy with a hint of vanilla; it's balanced and rich with a tannic prickle on finish. 2012 Verdelho, Silvaspoons VineyardSmoky nose; flavors of candied Ginger and mineral notes, but the finish is quite quick.2011 Pinot Noir, Branciforte Creek, Santa Cruz MountainsSCMV has always been known for its excellent Pinot Noirs, and this is no exception. Lots of Umami, fruit and pencil shavings; Good structure, nice acidity. There's a long finish with flavours of sour cherry.
  • Sones

    Dave
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Former Bargetto winemaker Michael Sones has been crafting interesting wines under his own label for around 10 years, initially focusing primarily on good value Zinfandel and Petite Sirah - two varieties that Bargetto isn't well known for.Production is around the 1300 case mark.2012 Cancion Del MarA lone white wine in a sea of reds, this is a blend ofViognier, Pinot Gris, Torrontés and Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is floral, with mineral notes; it's a rich, smooth creamy wine; less crisp than I remember previous vintages being, but still a good wine to have with seafood.2010 Zinfandel, Zayante…
  • Savannah-Chanelle

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

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

    Dave
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    (Note: Please be sure to read the comments to this post - there's more interesting information there, some of which contradicts what I wrote. Dave)There's an article doing the rounds at the moment that's trashing Trader Joe's Charles Shaw wines. Personally I didn't think there was a need to; I find they vary from poor to undrinkable myself, and won't have them in the house. But some people will drink anything - look at how much Budweiser gets sold every day. I'm not going to link to the publishers; that just encourages them.However the article contains a good deal of misinformation which…
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  • Living The Dream — Making Organic Wine — Part 2

    Andy Besch
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    If at any point during the harvest one finds oneself in the unlikely situation of having nothing to do, there are always containers to be cleaned, loose grapes to be swept up, floors to be hosed, or, most importantly, caps to be punched down. For the uninitiated, let me explain. Red grapes, unlike whites, sit on their skins in fermenters for several days until the fermentation process stops. While the grapes are fermenting, the CO2 in the juice is pushing the grapes up to the surface and out of the juice, forming a “cap.” The grapes on the surface have to be pushed, or punched, back…
  • Living The Dream — Making Organic Wine — Part 1

    Andy Besch
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever since I changed careers and got into the wine business, I’ve wanted to do a harvest. Over the years I had gotten to know a number of winegrowers, many of whom offered me the opportunity to help out, even though they already had plenty of help, and probably thought I’d screw things up or slow things down. Harvesters are usually very experienced, and very fast. When the time comes and the grapes are ready, it’s like a fire alarm has gone off, and bang — the fruit must be picked. Nature isn’t exact, so it’s hard to predict when that alarm will sound. So, if I were going to get…
  • A Winemaker Responds To His Back Label Critics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Next Big Thing in Burgundy

    Lyle Fass
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    The truth will get out eventually. And what is that truth? That Vincent Ledy is the man. Passionate as they come and about as talented as any winemaker I've come across. He is thankful for every parcel that has come his way. His parcels are from "humble" appellations but, man, what Vincent does with those parcels is like what a magician does with a hat. He gets every last ounce of terroir out of those parcels and you have simply, some of the most expressive wines I have ever tasted. He uses no new oak and he is obsessive about where he sources his old barrels from and they must be clean to…
  • One of the Five "Elegant, Well-Priced" New Chablis Producers from Last Week's Wall Street Journal

    Lyle Fass
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Of Course Our Prices are about 33% More Well Priced than Ms. Teague Paid as We Buy DirectIn last week's  Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague wrote about a new generation of winemakers producing terrific wines at great values. And she was talking about 3-tier pricing. So if they are some of the best values in Chablis via 3-Tier pricing what are they at Fass Selections? I'll go out on a limb and say that these are the best values in Chablis.  I'm thrilled that Sebastien is finally getting the recognition that he deserves and hope that this fame doesn't impact his prices too much going…
  • Why Unicorn Wines Are For Suckers - By the Time You Hear About Them, They’re Overpriced

    Lyle Fass
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    I remember in a galaxy far, far away a long, long time ago when I was working at Chambers Street Wines as a salesperson and Overnoy sat on the shelf gathering dust. We had two wines, as that was all that was imported back then. The red and the white. Poulsard and Savagnin, I think.  I drank a few bottles of each. I mean at around 15 a bottle take home cost it was an afterthought. The wines were interesting, but for me, not particularly noteworthy was my conclusion. Was just another in a long series of bottles I would take home and try at CSW (I was more grooving on Belliviere 02…
  • The Unique Terroir-Based Character of Grower Champagne Combined with the Complexity of a Grand Marques - if You Like Grower Champagne You Must Try This

    Lyle Fass
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    There are wines that I have wanted to sell at Fass Selections since way before I even knew I would open Fass Selections. Georges Laval Champagnes were at the top of the list. Only very few had heard of Laval 2-3 years ago, but now the cognoscenti have spoken and I agree. They are simply remarkable Champagnes. Certified organic since 1971 in the small village of Cumieres that you really don't think of when you think of royalty in Champagne. Oger, Mesnil and Cramant maybe but Cumieres? There is Rene Geoffroy, and he is good can be great, but he is no Georges Laval. These are wines made in a…
  • One of My Favorite Wines from the Southern Rhone

    Lyle Fass
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    I love Marcel Richaud. I think that is how I started the first e-mail offer. Well the love has only grown stronger since the last two offers as many of you have tasted the wines and been blown away. They need time, the need huge decants but the balance and purity of these wines almost cannot be beat in the Southern Rhone. He is very non interventionist and uses minimal sulfur and as a fault you have big wines with astonishing purity. He has always been a rockstar in France.The first wine is the 2012 Marcel Richaud l'Ebresacde is a steal at $42.99 a bottle on the 3-pack. Why I like Marcel's…
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    Wine Biz Radio

  • Catching A New Stride

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

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

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

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

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

  • 16th Annual Judean Hills Wine Festival, Thursday October 23rd, 2014

    David Rhodes
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    The Judean Hills hosts its 16th Annual Wine Festival, Thursday Night at Mini-Israel starting at 730PM to go as late as 11PM.Some Wines Are More Obvious than Others from the Judean Hills Not only is it the longest continuous running annual wine event in Israel, it recognizes the Judean Hills as the most established wine appellation as it not only stresses wines made in the region but wines sourced from local grapes so guests can taste for themselves what makes this one of the most esteemed wine regions in Israel. Cost of the event is 60 NIS, which is very reasonable considering the amount of…
  • Matar Winery – Something New (and kosher) from the Pelter’s

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

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

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

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

  • New Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Requirements in Maine

    Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wineries licensed to ship to Maine consumers now have fewer reports to file each year. Maine recently amended its direct-to-consumer law to require that direct shippers file excise tax returns and shipment reports once a year. Unlike the quarterly reporting periods which were based on the calendar year, the annual reporting period corresponds to the license year. The filing deadline for annual reports is the 30th day of the month immediately following the annual expiration date of the direct shipping license. Licensees are required to report the total gallons of wine shipped…
  • 2015 Alcohol License Renewal Season Begins in Georgia

    Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    The Georgia Department of Revenue recently announced that existing licensees can now renew their alcohol license for 2015 via their Georgia Tax Center (GTC) account. Renewals must be completed online using the GTC before the end of the calendar year.  Wineries renewing a Manufacturer of Wine, Farm Winery or Broker license are required to submit a $5000 bond that is valid for 2015. Please note that the renewal process cannot be completed until after the bond is uploaded to the licensee’s GTC account. Additionally, any alcohol licensee that has not yet submitted a Citizenship Affidavit and…
  • Expansion of Allowable Label Revisions by TTB Helps Industry

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

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

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

  • New Marketing Manager For Distell’s Fine Brandy And Cognac Categories

    Juli
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    Genius Mnywabe has been promoted to Distell’s Marketing Manager for Fine Brandy and Cognac, based in Stellenbosch. The University of Cape Town Bachelor of Social Sciences Curriculum graduate also holds a postgraduate diploma in Business Management. Hailing from Durban, Mnywabe has been with the spirits and flavoured alcoholic beverages producer since 2010. His previous position
  • Diners Club Winemaker Of The Year 2014 Finalists Announced

    Media Release
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    The finalists of the prestigious Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2014 are Jacques Erasmus (Spier Wines), Alicia Rechner (Backsberg Estate Cellars), Alvi van der Merwe (Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar) and Bryan MacRobert (The Hughes Family Wines). Both Jacques Erasmus and Alvi van der Merwe have been nominated for two of their wines – the
  • Cape Town Tourism Celebrates Ten Years And A Three Year Partnership

    Media Release
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    Cape Town Tourism celebrated its first decade last night at a festive AGM at the Tsogo Sun, Cape Sun. More cause to celebrate was the announcement that  the organisation has secured a three year partnership with the City of Cape Town worth R 120 million, effectively enabling them to continue to be the official visitor
  • KWV Challenges Conventions With Two SA Firsts

    Media Release
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    SA’s First Cognac Brand and the World’s First 30-year old Commercially Available Potstill Brandy KWV, home of the World’s Best Brandy, today unveiled SA’s first and only XO Cognac produced under a South African brand name, the KWV Héritage XO Cognac, and KWV Nexus 30 year old brandy, the world’s first commercially available 30 year
  • Amarula Gets Festive Gifting

    Media Release
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    Buying gifts for friends and family can be quite overwhelming.  Luckily the team from Amarula has it sorted for this festive season and you won’t need to fret about what to buy for your in-laws, boss or best friend. There’s the fun and innovative lantern pack that comes with a 750ml bottle of Amarula, selling
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • The Label from Hell

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

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

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

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

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

  • Quick Deal: 92 Point WS Washington Cab for ~$12 fully loaded

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Wine.com has the 2012 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon I mentioned last week for $11.99-$12.99 (depending on the state you ship to). Stack this with code "TREATS" for 1 cent shipping on $99+ orders. The TREATS code expires 10/30/2014.Buy it on Wine.comIf you don't want to get $99 worth of this wine before you know whether you like it, a couple others to consider are the 2013 Ritual Pinot Noir that James Suckling rated 94 points.Another to consider that's really blown me away both times I've tried it is the 2012 MacPhail Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - absolutely outstanding.These…
  • Value Alert: 2012 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet 92 WS/$15

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Something I tend to lose sight of as I'm thinking about wines in the $15-$30 price range that deliver a good amount of enjoyment and excitement is how universally interesting an outstanding $10 bottle of Cabernet is.Some time back a reader sent me a link to a retirement speech from NASA Astronaut Michael Collins. At the end of the speech he says that these days he spends his spare time "worrying about the stock market" and "searching for a really good bottle of cabernet under ten dollars." A lot of people will tell you it's impossible to find a compelling bottle of wine for $10. Don't even…
  • 20% Off Yellow Dot Sale at Yankee Spirits [MA Only]

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Massachusetts wine retailer Yankee Spirits is running a 20% off sale on "Yellow Dot" bottles of wine.  With locations in Attleboro, Swansea, and Sturbridge they're a retailer I've heard good things about but have never personally visited.I noticed the Yellow Dot sale on their e-commerce site while poking around Wine-Searcher looking for a great price on Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova. After being blown away by the 2006 Tenuta Nuova and then visiting them this past summer I was interested in picking up some more of that specific bottling. But I didn't want to the ~$80 release price the…
  • Shake Shack Coming to Legacy Place

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

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

  • Washington Post Wine Club Review (with video)

    Eric Nagel
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I recently received a shipment from the Washington Post Wine Club, and took the time to do a little video review of the service. Of course, my daughter was watching me do the video, and wanted to join in, so she did a little recording afterwards. Then Todd, with his video editing magic, spliced things together and came up with this final product: The Washington Post Wine Club is a great little club whose only relation to the newspaper is the name. But the selection of wines from the club is better than I expected (coming from a club tied to a newspaper). You can read my full review of the…
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sulfites (But Were Afraid to Ask)

    Todd Farmer
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    I am pretty sure that most of you have wondered, at least once, about the note on wine labels saying `contains sulfites`.  And, although most often this question is fully forgotten a few minutes after sipping the first glass of wine (especially if this is a good one!!), it is quite an interesting and important subject. That’s why I’d like to explain you a bit about what sulfites really are, how they affect wine taste and what kind of effect do they have on human body. Sulfites Preserve and Protect Wine But, let’s start from scratch:  What are Sulfites? (a.k.a “sulphites”)…
  • Should You Join More Than One Wine Club?

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

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

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

  • Fall Line Winery: Current and Upcoming Releases

    Kori
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently, we had the pleasure to catch up with winemaker Tim Sorenson and taste through Fall Line Winery’s current and upcoming releases. We tasted six of their current releases and also previewed three other wines that will be released in the fall of 2015. While we were very impressed with all nine wines, we thought that the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 Red Willow Vineyard were truly outstanding. Tim and his wife Nancy Rivenburgh founded Fall Line Winery in 2003. Located in South Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, the winery was officially licensed and bonded in 2004. Both Tim…
  • A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Cune Monopole Rioja Blanco

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

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

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

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

  • 2012 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir

    George Perry
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Pinot Noir Region:  Monterey, California – USA Cost:  $15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir exhibits appealing aromas of black cherry, earth and a touch of vanilla. Plush tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of ripe Bing cherry, bittersweet cocoa powder, and delicate hints of sage. Enjoy on its own or with salmon, Veal Parmesan, or grilled lamb. My Review:  This was one of those rare cases where I actually got to try the wine twice over an extended period of time, and then see if my initial impressions held up on the second go around…
  • 2010 Antonelli Montefalco Rosso

    George Perry
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Variety:  65% Sangiovese; 15% Sagrantino; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Merlot Region:  San Marco – Italy Cost:  $22 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Deep ruby red with purple tints. The bouquet abounds in fruits of the forest, cherries and plums and enjoyable toasted aromas. In the mouth it is generous, warm, and beautifully balanced. Pair with flavoursome first courses like risotto, tagliatelle, ravioli, rare red meat, and mature hard cheese. My Review:  I’ll admit to having been a bit excited when I was offered to try this and another bottle of wine. First of all because…
  • 2013 Handcraft Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon; Sangiovese Region:  California – USA Cost:  $13 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Robust aromas of black cherry, black peppercorn, and violet greet your nose. The layers of flavor that follow are nothing short of fantastic with hints of black fruit compote, clove, spice, and black currant. This full bodied wine is rich and robust with bold tannins that lead to a long and generous finish. My Review:  Handcraft falls into a weird area for me – they’re working within the area of budget wines, but the quality floats somewhere above and below the…
  • 2011 Wildhaven Blazing Red

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

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

  • Refugio Ranch – a hideway for the stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Morrisons Touraine Sauvignon 2013, Loire, France

    Simon
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Couldn’t ask for more from a Loire Sauvignon at this price Morrisons Touraine Sauvignon 2013, Loire, France (£6.99 Morrisons) Classic Spring flavours here, sappy, grassy apple and lemon flavours, with a touch of gooseberry, slightly catty, with a mineral bite, and a tongue-tingling finish. B(+)
  • Wakefield St Andrew’s Chardonnay 2013, Clare Valley, Australia

    Simon
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Not sure whether this has quite nailed the leaner style… Wakefield St Andrew’s Chardonnay 2013, Clare Valley, Australia (£22 Denby Dale Wines, Oz Wines, Fareham Wine Cellar) Quite tight and closed to start with, but slowly uncurls to show rich cashew and melon set against more precise citrus freshness, with toasty oak making its presence […]
  • The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand

    Simon
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Liked this more than I expected to – and would say the same about The Ned Pinot Grigio too The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand (£10.99 Majestic) Smells as if it’s going to be on the fleshy side, but while there is quite exotic and punchy passionfruit, rhubarb and peach flavour, tinged with […]
  • Three Rosés from Provence, Chile & Portugal

    Simon
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Château des Sarrins Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France (£15.99 Bibendum, TheDrinkShop.com) A previous bottle of this was extremely awkward and pongy, like it was having a really bad hair day (see here). This one – tasted just a fortnight later – was better. There’s still a light sulphury whiff to start with, but it […]
  • Tagus Creek Shiraz/Trincadeira 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

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

  • Kobrand launches limited edition wines

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Kobrand has introduced new limited edition wines under its brands Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca.
  • Wine Tasting Network re-launches at WineTasting.com

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Wine Tasting Network, the premier e-tailer offering an expansive selection of wine and related gifts, announced today that it is re-launching and rebranding WineTasting.com in conjunction with a multi-channel social and digital consumer centric experience.
  • Soutirage appoints Barry Herbst as wine buyer

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    Soutirage announced today that Barry Herbst has joined the company as wine buyer. Herbst will be joining the sourcing team, bringing more than two decades of diverse expertise--including both a sommelier background and extensive retail management experience --to his role at Soutirage.
  • Gnarly Head offers limited release wine

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Gnarly Head, producer of bold, sophisticated wines, announces the launch of two seasonally-focused programs, including a limited release wine and holiday-themed selfie app targeted toward wine consumers now through the end of the year.
  • JetBlue announces own wine expert, Jon Bonne

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In anticipation of the launch of its new Mint service to San Francisco, JetBlue Airways today announces its very own wine expert, Jon Bonné.
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    Vin65

  • Spooky, Eerie & Frightening Winery Habits

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    You've probably guessed by now that we love Halloween here at Vin65. You also know that we're passionate about you selling more wine. This time of year, your online sales are taking off while customers prepare for the holiday season. Don't make these mistakes on your winery website: 1. Not sending abandoned cart action emails Do you have abandoned cart action emails setup? You should. It's a no-brainer, like hiding trick-or-treat candy from your big brother. Reminding customers about items in their shopping cart via an automatic email drives them back to your site to complete…
  • 5 Tips For Your Website This Holiday Season

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

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

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

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

  • Why Do These Cities Hate Champagne?

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Foursquare, the recently-rejiggered local search app, can provide a wealth of handy info—for instance, I recently asked the company’s data gurus what cities in the US mention Champagne the most when using the app. The results weren&rsq...
  • Why Drink Beaujolais Nouveau When You Could Drink These?

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

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

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

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    “If there’s actually a time machine that works, it’s wine.” That’s a quote from Eben Sadie, arguably South Africa’s brightest young winemaking talent, and certainly one of its most quotable. The occasion was a v...
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  • Flemings Prime Steakhouse Releases its 2014 Flemings 100 Wine List

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pampas, Gauchos, Cattle and Brazilian Assyrtiko

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

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

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

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

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

  • Drones to make wine

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    American company Precision Hawk has developed a drone or unmanned aircraft capable of scaring away pests of vineyards, and this opens a world of possibilities for applications which can benefit the wine industry. The first thing people think when listening about drones is that they are unmanned aircraft used by military overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, but drones are able to perform other tasks and are being used to benefit the wine industry. American company Precision Hawk, with its UAV technology, has created drones previously modified to resemble a hawk, in order to scare off pest…
  • Scientists develop alcohol-detecting “radar”

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Enjoying wine, beer or spirits in moderation and prudence is very important to avoid accidents, since drinking and driving is one of the factors that most influence mortality on road, a problem that, year after year, despite the efforts of authorities, remains a concern for society. Other countries, in addition to applying classical control methods, are performing research on applying new technologies to the detection of this type of dangerous and reckless behaviour. Specifically, at the Institute of Optoelectronics, Military University of Technology in Warsaw (Poland), scientists…
  • What are the most powerful sparkling wine brands?

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    Always cool and for special occasions, there are several categories of champagne and sparkling wines. Those most powerful are usually the most expensive and delicious. They are for rare occasions, though, if you can afford it, you can drink them at your leisure. Today we will show you what are the most powerful sparkling wine brands in the world according to The Drinks Business. If you are one of those who drink sparkling wine beyond a toast at Christmas, you'll probably know them all. But if not, and you want to give yourself a whim, try any of this sparkling wine, you will…
  • Stuffed medallions of lamb

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    The medallions of lamb stuffed with liver, bacon and dried apricots with a wine sauce is a delicious recipe with medium difficulty level, ideal to make during a weekend with some time left for some guests at your table. Lamb is a very intense flavor meat, so make sure your guests like it before preparing. If so, they surely will enjoy it because, despite being relatively simple to prepare if you follow the steps, it is laborious and today, in the rush, we usually do not take the time needed. So if you surprise them with this recipe, count with their eternal gratitude. As for the filling, you…
  • When in Rome, drink as the Romans do

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    What to drink if we are in China? And in Brazil? We must get ready to drink vodka when we are in Russia? What is clear is that every country has their preferences, as reflected in the study published by the website Ghost in the data. The study, presented in the form of info-graphics, shows the preferences of each country. Furthermore, if we put the cursor over each of the countries, it will show graphically and in figures the average weekly consumption of each of the countries: In Spain, for example, it tells us that beer consumption (1,912 ml) is 6 times bigger than wine (323 ml),…
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    Wine Blog

  • This is NOT like one-of those foreign-emails you probably get

    Jo Diaz
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A day in the life of a wine publicist… Hi, I came across-your contact over the-web and wanted to-share a brief note. I think a few-changes, aesthetically and/or SEO-wise, can make your site-convert more-visitors into leads-and also get it placed-higher in the organic search-results, for a few of the select terms. (Search-Engine-Optimization is the-process of […] The post This is NOT like one-of those foreign-emails you probably get appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Scarily great wines for your adult Halloween moments

    Jo Diaz
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love good marketing and that’s primarily what this story is about… Some great marketing that recently came my way, in preparation for this Friday’s Halloween moments and memories. I’m also one of those people who stays home to take care of the kids that come to my door on Halloween night.  Why? Because someone […] The post Scarily great wines for your adult Halloween moments appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Off beat and darned happy to be… Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah

    Jo Diaz
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The premier tasting event for Petite Sirah lovers in-the-world continues to celebrate Petite, with its Ninth Annual Tasting, on February 20, 2015. Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® again features a varied selection of Petite Sirah styles, and delectable foods that pair well with Petite. As is the tradition, the wines will be shared by both […] The post Off beat and darned happy to be… Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Is living on principles a good thing, or am I holding myself back… from NoteStream?

    Jo Diaz
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    As it turns out, I’m not holding my self back, when it comes to principles, and I may have helped the current writing condition take a teeny tiny step forward. I have my principles, and I thought that I may just be stubbornly holding myself back… But then, I’m also not looking to conquer the […] The post Is living on principles a good thing, or am I holding myself back… from NoteStream? appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Asteisms ~ Ingeniously Polite Insults

    Jo Diaz
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Asteisms… Yes, it’s a TGIF kinda day… My own ignorance is totally eclipsed by own dumbfounded curiosity. Four years ago, I heard the word “asteism” defined, after hearing a great insult. I actually began this blog story at that time, so I could use this story one fine day, like today. I’m sorry to tell […] The post Asteisms ~ Ingeniously Polite Insults appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • Fall Colors at Lytton Springs

    Ridge Vineyards
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:34 pm
    The 2014 harvest was one of the earliest harvests we’ve ever had.  Typically In late October we are still picking at Monte Bello, however in this unusual year we were essentially done at all of our vineyards by late September,... Read More ›
  • Submerging the Cap

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

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

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

    Ridge Vineyards
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Here we sit on the 8th of September and, if you can believe it, we’re already past the halfway mark for our Sonoma County ranches.  Lytton Springs and Geyserville should be finished this week. Buchignani, East Bench, Mazzoni, and York... Read More ›
 
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  • 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. August saw low humidity, low precipitation and high temperatures which kicked off the metabolic processes involved with berry ripening. We noticed vastly improved fruit quality when compared to the 2011 vintage; 2012 brought medium…
  • 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County 750ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2013 harvest will be remembered as a season of near perfect growing conditions. It was also one of our driest seasons on record. By mid-January, it seemed that Mother Nature turned off the rain spigot. Overall, winter was extremely mild. Spring budbreak was normal with frost of little or no concern. The summer growing season was outstanding with moderate temperatures. A few heat spikes in late May and early June had us thinking it would be an unusually warm summer. However, July, August and September were beautiful with moderate temperatures. Harvest conditions were excellent. Yields were…
  • NoteBook 4NV Red Blend 750 mL

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The number preceding the NV indicates how many Notebook blends we have produced. For over 30 years we have been crafting wines that are more compelling and interesting than single vintage and varietal wines by employing the centuries-old practice of blending wine lots from multiple vintages (Vertical Blending) with multiple grape varieties (Horizontal Blending). Each lot of wine is carefully selected each year for Notebook Red Blend based upon the mature flavors of the older vintages and the vibrant fruit characteristics of the younger vintages. The result is a wine that offers, fruit,…
  • 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2011 growing season got off to a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Temperatures all through the summer were cool, rarely rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally in mid-September, temperatures reached mid-90’s for a week or so which was just what the winemakers needed. Due to the weather, crop yields were generally smaller than usual, yet ironically this allowed for faster ripening and more concentrated fruit flavors. The small harvest of 2011 affected every wine region in Northern California, our 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Pinot Noir was no exception. Given our long…
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  • 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. August saw low humidity, low precipitation and high temperatures which kicked off the metabolic processes involved with berry ripening. We noticed vastly improved fruit quality when compared to the 2011 vintage; 2012 brought medium…
  • 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County 750ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2013 harvest will be remembered as a season of near perfect growing conditions. It was also one of our driest seasons on record. By mid-January, it seemed that Mother Nature turned off the rain spigot. Overall, winter was extremely mild. Spring budbreak was normal with frost of little or no concern. The summer growing season was outstanding with moderate temperatures. A few heat spikes in late May and early June had us thinking it would be an unusually warm summer. However, July, August and September were beautiful with moderate temperatures. Harvest conditions were excellent. Yields were…
  • NoteBook 4NV Red Blend 750 mL

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The number preceding the NV indicates how many Notebook blends we have produced. For over 30 years we have been crafting wines that are more compelling and interesting than single vintage and varietal wines by employing the centuries-old practice of blending wine lots from multiple vintages (Vertical Blending) with multiple grape varieties (Horizontal Blending). Each lot of wine is carefully selected each year for Notebook Red Blend based upon the mature flavors of the older vintages and the vibrant fruit characteristics of the younger vintages. The result is a wine that offers, fruit,…
  • 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2011 growing season got off to a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Temperatures all through the summer were cool, rarely rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally in mid-September, temperatures reached mid-90’s for a week or so which was just what the winemakers needed. Due to the weather, crop yields were generally smaller than usual, yet ironically this allowed for faster ripening and more concentrated fruit flavors. The small harvest of 2011 affected every wine region in Northern California, our 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Pinot Noir was no exception. Given our long…
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  • Eleven new viticultural areas approved within the Paso Robles region

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

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

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

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

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Today is the 5th Annual International Cabernet Day, a day to celebrate and enjoy any Cabernet based wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet blends and more. What is your favorite cab?Here are a few favorite Cabs...
 
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  • Graffiti Inspired Wine Tasting for All Blacks v Team USA

    JustJess
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
      #KIAORACHICAGO  and #SIPNZ ! Wine and Graffiti for the All Blacks vs Team USA Sip New Zealand Wine Tasting event…but of course!! And lets not forget the  “brass monkey” food dish prepared by Chef Rodelio Aglibot from Reverie Chicago.  Whats’s that you ask…. “tempura shrimp, avocado, crab roll topped with spicy tuna and crispy onions, spicy sesame sauce and unagi”!!! All paired with great wines from Villa Maria, Spy Valley and Nautilus Estate! And the best part, a portion of proceeds will go towards The Lynn Sage Foundation. And be sure to check out…
  • Sip New Zealand Chicago Style – All Blacks vs Team USA Wine Tasting

    JustJess
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Wine Channel TV and Reverie Chicago are excited for the Kiwi invasion of Chicago for the All Blacks vs Team USA Rugby Wine Tasting event at Reverie Chicago on October 30th. Jessica Altieri, CEO and CS of Wine Channel TV will join Chef Rodelio Aglibot to showcase some great wine and food pairing ideas for the Kiwi invasion of the Windy City! Tickets for the event are available here !! In this pre-event feature, Chef Rodelio catches up with winemaker Clive Jones of Nautilus Estate and talks about their special 30th year vintage. Featured wine and food pairings for the Sip New Zealand All…
  • Wine Channel TV 2014 Gala Awards

    JustJess
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Wine Channel TV hosted the 2nd Annual Wine Channel TV Gala Awards at The Underground benefiting the Lynn Sage Foundation. Featured wines included: Laurent Perrier Muscardini Cellars Dr. Konstantin Frank Trump Winery Maryhill Winery Spy Valley Wines Nautilus Estate Villa Maria Estate Raymond Vineyards Featured wine lifestyle partners included, Blowtique, Rho Silk, Rach B Jewelry, Bella Colletta, Sterling & Burke,and Comfort Me. Americas Social Wine Ambassador, Jessica Altieri, CS and CWAS hosted the event with specially prepared dishes provided by The Underground. The Wine Channel TV…
  • #SipNZ with Villa Maria – 5 Facts You Need to Know

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

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

  • Sipping Sagrantino This Halloween

    Matthew Horbund
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    With Halloween a scant 3 days away, everyone is scrambling to make last minute plans. Whether that involves finding the best candy to give out, or the right wine and snacks for that killer Halloween Party you throw each year, you’re looking for recommendations from trusted sources. That’s where I come in! I just received two samples of red wine from Italy’s Umbria region, Montefalco to be exact, that are anything but ghastly. Sagrantino-Umbria’s Jewel Wine often transports you to a time and place. It may remind you of a special occasion, spending time with a certain…
  • Campo Viejo Streets of Color

    Matthew Horbund
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    Campo Viejo Reserva Art Series Bottle Event In Miami It’s been said that wine is art in a bottle. I don’t know who said it, maybe it was me one night. However, wine is often art ON the bottle too. If you are a fan of art, or good red wine, and are in South Florida on Thursday June 5th, 2014, the Campo Viejo Streets of Color art exhibit and label release is an event you don’t want to miss. From Rioja, one of the two DOCa regions of Spain known for consistent quality, Campo Viejo is a red wine made with Tempranillo grapes. The event tonight is going to be awesome, and you…
  • Is Riesling Your Next Favorite Wine?

    Matthew Horbund
    8 May 2014 | 10:36 am
    Sommelier Paul Grieco Talks German Riesling Passion is contagious. When someone is passionate about a topic, they are often able to transfer that passion to you. You see how excited they are about the topic, and you get enthralled. You want to be that passionate about it. You want to be that passionate about ANYTHING. Paul Grieco, Partner and Sommelier of NYC’s Hearth restaurant and Terroir wine bars, is passionate about Riesling. And, if you have the chance to sip some with him, perhaps during the Riesling Road Trip, you may just become passionate about it too! What is The Riesling…
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    NorCal Wine Blog

  • New Tasting Rooms & a Grand Opening in Lodi

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    I’ve written numerous times about the increasing quality of wine coming out of Lodi. What I haven’t said much about is how the tasting room scene has been improving. My bad. There have been a number... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cinsault Good

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

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

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

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

    Claudia Angelillo
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hello, #WineFriday calling! It has been a long week, and you deserve a generous pour of fun wine content and news. So grab your glass, sit back, and snack on these sweet and savory tid-bits. 
  • UK Wine Giants Merge

    Snooth Editorial
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sometimes one is better than two.   This past Thursday, UK-based Bibendum Wine Limited announced they have merged with importer PLB Group to form the Bibendum PLB Group. The two companies share common philosophies which will help make the merger a success, Bibendum said in a press release this week.   “Both businesses share a customer-centric, insight driven approach and pride themselves on their long-standing supplier and customer relationships,” Bibendum said. “Most significantly, both Bibendum and PLB are leaders in their respective fields and therefore coming…
  • The Top 5 Argentine Wine Regions (That Aren’t Mendoza)

    Kevin Chandler
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It’s an indisputable fact that Mendoza rules the Argentine wine scene. With 395,000-plus acres of planted vineyards, the region accounts for more than two-thirds of the country's wine production. For any first-time visitor to the country, Mendoza is a must-visit. The well-established wineries, restaurants and resorts are more than worth your time, and the Malbec will make you want to never leave. But for adventurous travelers or second-time visitors there’s so much more to Argentina. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • California Grapevine Certification To Be Reviewed

    Snooth Editorial
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This week the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced their plans to review the California Grapevine Registration and Certification Program (CGRCP). The move comes amid growing concerns about several viruses appearing in the state's grapevines.   Those viruses –  leafroll viruses and GRBaV are the greatest concern – as well as poor quality vines have caused estimated losses of more than one hundred million dollars.   The CDFA met this past Monday to discuss the matter. According to reports, CDFA's John Crossland was an outspoken…
  • Study: Vigor, Sunlight Affect Colors of Grenache and Carignan

    Snooth Editorial
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A recent study by the Department of Biochemisty and Biotechnology  at the Universty of Rovira I Virgili in Tarragona, Spain, has revealed that a variety of factors in the growing process affect a phenolic chemical responsible for the color of wines produced from Carignan and Grenache grapes.   The study, conducted by oenology faculty, set out to determine what factors affect the grape's production of anthocyanin, a phenolic compound found in many plants which dictates the color of the plant. Researchers implemented different vigor levels over two vintages to collect their data.
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    Wine Country Getaways

  • Traveling Burgundy Wine Country

    Joe Becerra
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Growers in the field Traveling Burgundy Wine Country Burgundy is like no other wine region I have previously visited. Our one-week stay in Burgundy sadly was not enough; there was much we did not see. We never made it to many of the villages we had hoped to visit. Most of our activity was centered near our rental home in the village of Puligny Montrachet and around Beaune, the main city of the Burgundy wine region. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the only grapes that are widely grown in Burgundy. There is a decent amount of the grape Aligoté that is grown, but that is secondary to Chardonnay…
  • Stryker Sonoma Winery is our Wine Country Photo of the Day

    Joe Becerra
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Stryker Sonoma Winery in the Alexander Valley What a beautiful setting, especially when the Fall colors show in the vineyards, for the Stryker Sonoma Winery in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County. The tasting room is spacious with  full window views of the vineyards on three sides of the tasting room. The picnic area is ideal for a secluded picnic and a glass of one of the many tasty wines poured by the Stryker winery. The winery started in 2002 with Tim Hardin the winemaker, who still indeed produces some delicious wines. The winery makes between 4000 to 6000 cases a year. Visiting hours…
  • Paso Robles wins big!

    Joe Becerra
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    These Pomar Junction vineyards are now in the El Pomar District AVA Paso Robles wins big with 11 new wine appellations On October 9, 2014 the United States Treasury Department awarded Paso Robles with 11 new wine appellations. That is a big win for the Paso Robles wineries and vintners. Prior to this, Paso Robles was one big AVA. If you have traveled in Paso Robles wine country, you quickly become aware of the huge differences in climate and geology. From the coast to the eastern edge, there is a vast difference in temperature alone, not even considering the difference in soil. Prior to this…
  • West Dry Creek Wineries

    Joe Becerra
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    This wine route signage is on West Dry Creek Road at Lambert Bridge Road West Dry Creek Wineries This is one of our favorite wine country backroads. The West Dry Creek wineries are small and family owned. They are all tucked away and can be easily missed. You can get to West Dry Creek Road from three different entrances. We like to start at Westside Road where the Madrona Manor B&B is located. In Healdsburg head down Headsburg Avenue and turn right on to Mills Street. Mills goes under Highway 101 Freeway and becomes Westside Road. Turn right at Madrona Manor and head along West Dry Creek…
  • Fall colors in wine country

    Joe Becerra
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    From now through November it is Fall color time in wine country View Fall colors in wine country – Russian River area It is Fall colors in wine country from now through November. This is a wonderful time to visit the wine country and catch Fall colors. Except for Thanksgiving weekend, wine country is much less crowded. One of our favorite roads to see Fall colors in wine country is the Alexander Valley Highway. This is Highway 128 that runs from Healdsburg and through the valley towards Santa Rosa. Along the Alexander Valley the traveler will have fantastic vineyard views of various…
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  • Traveling Burgundy Wine Country

    Joe Becerra
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Growers in the field Traveling Burgundy Wine Country Burgundy is like no other wine region I have previously visited. Our one-week stay in Burgundy sadly was not enough; there was much we did not see. We never made it to many of the villages we had hoped to visit. Most of our activity was centered near our rental home in the village of Puligny Montrachet and around Beaune, the main city of the Burgundy wine region. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the only grapes that are widely grown in Burgundy. There is a decent amount of the grape Aligoté that is grown, but that is secondary to Chardonnay…
  • Stryker Sonoma Winery is our Wine Country Photo of the Day

    Joe Becerra
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Stryker Sonoma Winery in the Alexander Valley What a beautiful setting, especially when the Fall colors show in the vineyards, for the Stryker Sonoma Winery in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County. The tasting room is spacious with  full window views of the vineyards on three sides of the tasting room. The picnic area is ideal for a secluded picnic and a glass of one of the many tasty wines poured by the Stryker winery. The winery started in 2002 with Tim Hardin the winemaker, who still indeed produces some delicious wines. The winery makes between 4000 to 6000 cases a year. Visiting hours…
  • Paso Robles wins big!

    Joe Becerra
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    These Pomar Junction vineyards are now in the El Pomar District AVA Paso Robles wins big with 11 new wine appellations On October 9, 2014 the United States Treasury Department awarded Paso Robles with 11 new wine appellations. That is a big win for the Paso Robles wineries and vintners. Prior to this, Paso Robles was one big AVA. If you have traveled in Paso Robles wine country, you quickly become aware of the huge differences in climate and geology. From the coast to the eastern edge, there is a vast difference in temperature alone, not even considering the difference in soil. Prior to this…
  • West Dry Creek Wineries

    Joe Becerra
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    This wine route signage is on West Dry Creek Road at Lambert Bridge Road West Dry Creek Wineries This is one of our favorite wine country backroads. The West Dry Creek wineries are small and family owned. They are all tucked away and can be easily missed. You can get to West Dry Creek Road from three different entrances. We like to start at Westside Road where the Madrona Manor B&B is located. In Healdsburg head down Headsburg Avenue and turn right on to Mills Street. Mills goes under Highway 101 Freeway and becomes Westside Road. Turn right at Madrona Manor and head along West Dry Creek…
  • Fall colors in wine country

    Joe Becerra
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    From now through November it is Fall color time in wine country View Fall colors in wine country – Russian River area It is Fall colors in wine country from now through November. This is a wonderful time to visit the wine country and catch Fall colors. Except for Thanksgiving weekend, wine country is much less crowded. One of our favorite roads to see Fall colors in wine country is the Alexander Valley Highway. This is Highway 128 that runs from Healdsburg and through the valley towards Santa Rosa. Along the Alexander Valley the traveler will have fantastic vineyard views of various…
 
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  • A day on the road: My drive to Santa Maria

    steve
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
      Set out on my Santa Barbara trip yesterday around 9:45 a.m. It was still mild in Oakland, but those clouds were moving in in advance of a big storm. Which we need! Not for nothing is the 880 Freeway known as the Nasty Nimitz. They don’t allow big rigs on the 580 freeway, so the 880 gets them all, rumbling along. The freeway, besides being a parking lot most of the time, is also an ugly freeway, 40 miles from Oakland to San Jose of strip malls and degraded infrastructure. In Milpitas, traffic came to a complete halt, but fortunately I had good radio to listen to. Michael Krasny was…
  • When losers become winners: How a bad appellation can make you a cult wine

    steve
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
      When I was a working wine critic, people said I possessed a certain amount of power. Maybe so, but I never was in a position to dictate to a winery what appellation they were entitled to use on the label! If I had been an official taster with the Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité, the French quasi-governmental agency that regulates the appellation contrôlée system, I would have had that right and that power. Which scares even me: uneasy lies the head that wears a crown! But that is the case in France, where the 2012 vintage of Pontet-Canet’s second wine, Les…
  • Myth busting: Big doesn’t equate to average; small doesn’t mean great

    steve
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
      Brother Laube has a good column in the Nov. 30 Wine Spectator on the humungous crop size of the 2012 vintage in California. Not only was it at the time the biggest ever, but, according to Jim, for Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 “hit the jackpot.” That certainly accords with my reviews of 2012 Cabs, although there are many I didn’t taste because I left my old job last March just as they were starting to come in. What I take from Jim’s column is the irony of large production with high quality, which theoretically is difficult, if not impossible. But it isn’t unknown. Both 2005 and…
  • The personal touch: Talking about wine

    steve
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
      I’ve always liked talking about wine with whomever—I mean, it can be someone more knowledgeable than me, or someone who’s just starting out. As long as they’re interested, I’ll go on all day. It’s amazing how much information we store in our brains about certain subjects that attract us. I’ve forgotten many things in my life, probably most of what I’ve experienced—but my store of wine knowledge appears to be intact. When I really get going, facts spring to my mind and thence to my tongue that I read about decades ago. But they’re still there. This is so, I think,…
  • My conversation with a guy in a tasting room

    steve
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
      What do you do when you’re tasting wine with a novice in a tasting room, and there are points you want to make—and the other person says something about the wine that you don’t understand? Over the weekend I worked a shift at the Murphy-Goode tasting room, the second time I ever did that (the first was last month, at Kendall-Jackson), and I found there’s a very typical kind of taster: perhaps a little younger, enthusiastic, friendly, curious, there to learn about wine, open-minded in a way that older folks may not be. My approach is, I’m not going to do a hard sell. I’m not…
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    O'Vineyards Carcassonne Wine & Food Blog

  • Harvesting and Having Fun

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dry Rub Pork or Turkey: Holiday Dinner Recipe Ideas

    Todd Knoll
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Homemade dry rubs bring an unexpected, exotic taste to your holiday dinner table. In this video, I demonstrate how to make the Jordan dry rub base recipe, which can be quickly and easily adapted into an Asian, Mediterranean or Indian spice rub. (Though we made this video during the summer, the flavors in these ethnic rubs [...]
  • Best Wagyu Burger Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairing Deal This Fall at Capital Grille

    Lisa Mattson
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Our friends at Capital Grille are offering a deliciously juicy deal now through November 23: a Wagyu burger and a glass of Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for only $25. That might just be the best food & wine pairing value we’ve seen all year. The Wagyu Burger & Wine menu includes several different topping [...]
  • 2014 olive harvest begins in Sonoma County

    Lisa Mattson
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Fire up the mill–olive harvest has begun. The 2014 olive harvest officially kicked off at Jordan on Monday, October 27, which is about three weeks early for Sonoma County extra virgin olive oil makers. Cue the case of déjà vu. As mentioned in our grape harvest report, Sonoma County wine country has enjoyed near-perfect weather conditions [...]
  • Star Wars Halloween party photos and drink recipes

    Lisa Mattson
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Last Saturday night, we hosted our most ambitious Halloween party to date: The Chateau Strikes Back, a “Star Wars” themed event. Todd and Nitsa Knoll, our dynamic culinary duo, and their staff created an energizing, authentic ambiance, replete with Jabba the Hutt, Jar Jar Binks, Boba Fett, Storm Troopers and other life-size characters. Our Flickr [...]
  • Jordan Winery receives TripAdvisor Award

    Lisa Mattson
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Jordan Winery has received a 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award, which recognizes us as one of the best Healdsburg wineries based on reviews from the world’s largest travel website. This is the second consecutive year that Jordan has earned this award. We were also thrilled to be named one of the “Top 10 Winery Tours [...]
 
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Rutherford Wineries

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Discover Rutherford Wineries on a Napa wine tasting tour. Fine wine, restaurants, and scenery as you enjoy Napa wine tasting at its best.
  • Napa Wedding Locations

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Learn about Napa wedding locations in the California Wine Country. Winery weddings and other Napa wedding locations that will provide the romantic setting you want for your dream day wedding.
  • Napa Valley Wine Train

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Ride the Napa Valley Wine Train for a fun tour of Napa. Enjoy wine, lunch, and dinner as you travel from Napa to St. Helena and back in this beautifully restored Napa Valley train.
  • di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    di Rosa Preserve is Napa's best kept secret. This unique place to enjoy both art and nature is located on 217 scenic acres in the Napa Valley. It's the most significant art collection of Bay Area
  • Napa Valley Golf Courses

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Discover great fun at Napa Valley Golf Courses. Combine a wine tasting tour with a round of golf at one of the scenic Napa golf courses.
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • The Best Box Wines - La Vieille Ferme Vin Rouge

    Jon Thorsen
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! This box deserves a permanent position on your counter. This post brought to you by: Get the Chateau Gillet Bordeaux 2011 for just $12.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault from Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone, France.SRP of $28 and available for as low as $20. Produced by Perrin et Fils and imported by Vineyard Brands. From the winery:"Since 1970, La Vieille Ferme has been producing authentic, honest and tasty wines vintage after vintage. In some of the world’s best restaurants and bars, La Vieille Ferme has been acknowledged as one of…
  • The Best Box Wines - Target Wine Cube Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and govino Wine Glasses

    Jon Thorsen
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Crisp, clean, classic Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc from California.Available exclusively at Target and SuperTarget stores for $16.99. Sample submitted for review.From the box:"Wine Cube offers delicious, high quality wine with colors, aromas and flavors providing fresh, full-bodied tastes. We guarantee your last glass will be as fresh as your first.The Dirt - When it comes to wine, the dirt matters. This classic Bordeaux varietal thrives in California's prime marine-influenced vineyards where sunny days and chilly nights coax bright flavors and aromas from the grapes.The Juice -- Our…
  • The Best Box Wines - Pepperwood Grove The Big Green Box Pinot Noir

    Jon Thorsen
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Truly a Pinot Noir For The 99! 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Syrah from Valle Central, Chile.SRP of $20 and available for as low as $17. Sample submitted for review.From the producer:"Flexible enough to go with light or rich fare, this highly versatile Pinot Noir can be readily enjoyed with a variety of cuisines. Excellent dishes to pair with this wine would be fresh grilled turkey burgers, fettuccine with pesto sauce or even chicken enchiladas.For decades, Don & Sons has forged deeply-rooted relationships in the wine business, both at home and abroad. Pepperwood Grove exemplifies our ability to…
  • The Best Box Wines - La Petite Frog Picpoul De Pinet 2013

    Jon Thorsen
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! The little frog in the big box that will have you jumping for joy. 100% Picpoul from Languedoc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils. SRP of $34 and available for as low as $24. From the bottle:"Crisp and fruit drive, this dry white wine goes well with fish, chicken or pasta dishes. 12.5% Alcohol"Today's wine comes from a little known white variety from Southern France called Picpoul (pronounced peek-pool). Named for its high acidity, it translates to "stings the lip". Typically a dry wine, this particular example also sees no oak so the true characteristics…
  • The Best Box Wines - Esporao Alandra Red 2013

    Jon Thorsen
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Another dynamite daily drinker. A blend of Moreto, Castelao and Trincadeira from Alentejo, Portugal.Available for around $20. Sample submitted for review.From the winemaker:"Entry point wine with a fresh and fruity profile, obtained from blending a wide range of wines to guarantee a consistent quality.Harvest Year: Excellent year for red wines in this region. The low winter rainfall contributed to a smaller than average grape harvest with deeply concentrated high quality wines.Soil Type: Granite/schist rock with clay/loam soil. Average age of vines: 10 years.13% Alcohol"Today's box comes from…
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    BoozeMonkey

  • 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. August saw low humidity, low precipitation and high temperatures which kicked off the metabolic processes involved with berry ripening. We noticed vastly improved fruit quality when compared to the 2011 vintage; 2012 brought medium…
  • 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County 750ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2013 harvest will be remembered as a season of near perfect growing conditions. It was also one of our driest seasons on record. By mid-January, it seemed that Mother Nature turned off the rain spigot. Overall, winter was extremely mild. Spring budbreak was normal with frost of little or no concern. The summer growing season was outstanding with moderate temperatures. A few heat spikes in late May and early June had us thinking it would be an unusually warm summer. However, July, August and September were beautiful with moderate temperatures. Harvest conditions were excellent. Yields were…
  • NoteBook 4NV Red Blend 750 mL

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The number preceding the NV indicates how many Notebook blends we have produced. For over 30 years we have been crafting wines that are more compelling and interesting than single vintage and varietal wines by employing the centuries-old practice of blending wine lots from multiple vintages (Vertical Blending) with multiple grape varieties (Horizontal Blending). Each lot of wine is carefully selected each year for Notebook Red Blend based upon the mature flavors of the older vintages and the vibrant fruit characteristics of the younger vintages. The result is a wine that offers, fruit,…
  • 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2011 growing season got off to a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Temperatures all through the summer were cool, rarely rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally in mid-September, temperatures reached mid-90’s for a week or so which was just what the winemakers needed. Due to the weather, crop yields were generally smaller than usual, yet ironically this allowed for faster ripening and more concentrated fruit flavors. The small harvest of 2011 affected every wine region in Northern California, our 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Pinot Noir was no exception. Given our long…
 
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    Nosso Vinho

  • Grand Ardèche Chardonnay Louis Latour 2011

    Paulo Queiroz
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Nosso vinho de hoje é um chardonnay do tradicional produtor Louis Latour, que tem mais… The post Grand Ardèche Chardonnay Louis Latour 2011 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Le Paradou 2012

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

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

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

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

  • The Italian Wine Club Giordano Wines – Explore the World of Wine

    Roger Beery
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
     The Italian  Wine Club from Giordano Wines Offers Great Values for Wine Explorers Over the past few episodes on Bacchus and Beery Wine Radio, Donna and I have been talking about getting bold and adventurous with your wine choices. That may mean trying a new variety, label or trying wines from a different country or region. Wines from Europe can be confusing. Wines from the rest of the world are normally labeled by the grape variety and region such as Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley; simple enough. Wines from most of Europe are labeled by their region, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Chianti and…
  • Denver International Wine Festival 2014 – Discount Tickets

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

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

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

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

  • Heaven Squared Brownie Co. Lands on the Central Coast

    Hoot 'n Annie
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    We’ve just been made aware that there is a new Brownie maker in town! If you’re like us and you like to indulge in a brownie now and again, pretty sure you’re going to have a new addiction. After all, they have a BACON brownie, even! Check this out: Heaven Squared Brownie Co. Introduces Newest Foodie Delights for Central Coast Community FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PASO ROBLES, Calif., October 14, 2014 – Heaven Squared Brownie Co. is pleased to introduce to the Central Coast over 20 unique and artistic brownies Varieties range from the traditional chocolate and nut varieties…
  • Paso Robles: Thomas Hill Organics and a New Chef

    Hoot 'n Annie
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    You know, we get a lot of press releases emailed to us and I’d say that about 90% are ridiculous and mean nothing. It’s just a way for marketing and PR companies to ‘send you an email’ which they do not realize is actually spam. The fact that Thomas Hill Organics (locally known as THO) has a new chef is definitely newsworthy to me, as a Paso Roblan. Congrats to THO and their new chef, Christopher Manning! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A Fresh Face and Fresh Inspiration at Thomas Hill Organics Chef Christopher Manning joins Paso Robles culinary scene by way of Napa October 22, 2014 (Paso…
  • Los Angeles: The Standard Hotel

    Hoot 'n Annie
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    We were in Los Angeles for one night a few days ago and stayed at The Standard Hotel in downtown LA. The purpose for the overnight was to lend moral support for someone close to us which led to about 25 or 30 of us staying at this hotel or nearby. This hotel was absolutely perfect, in my opinion, for the group of us that was there. It’s obviously an older hotel but they’ve done a great job maintaining and decorating it. I’d call it retro, Austin Powers-esque. It really was a blast. Some highlights: The rooms were cool. For the voyeurs out there, many of the rooms have windows from the…
  • Back In The News: 11 New AVA’s in Paso Robles

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

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

  • Renegade from Ancient Peaks is ridiculously good

    Joe
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    The beautifully balanced Renegade from Ancient Peaks in Paso Robles Ancient Peaks 2011 Renegade In last week’s article on Good Cheap Vino, we talked about the Daou Cabernet Sauvignon we picked up at the Safeway 30% off sale. I thought that was a very good deal, and this week I tried the Ancient Peaks Renegade. It is ridiculously good and an even better deal at only $13.85 a bottle if you buy a six pack. What I like about this wine is its complexity. It keeps on giving with each sip. It is so enjoyable and full of many flavors. It is smooth and gracious in the mouth and has a very nice…
  • Top Bargain Wines 2014 and Safeway Wine Sale

    Joe
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    And so it begins, with the Wine Enthusiast the first to publish the top 100 wines of 2014. The latest issue contains the Top 100 Best Buys of 2014. It is also available for download free for anyone. I like that concept and congratulate Wine Enthusiast for making this available for bargains wine hunters. I went through the list and found many that I have seen at local wine shops and supermarkets. In the Wine Enthusiast photo, the three wines can be found locally.  The Aveleda is at K&L Wines, The Bogle at Trader Joe’s, and the Charles & Charles Rosé is at the Safeway. Top 100…
  • Loire Valley Wine Country and Wine Bargains

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

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

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

  • ¡Salud! Mobile Wellness Unit Debut

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

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

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

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

    Christine Collier
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Han Solo, Darth Vadar & Pinot Noir - and you thought this comparison couldn't be made :)Here is fun press coverage for our Whole Cluster Pinot Noir on the NW Wine Anthem:http://www.nwwineanthem.com/2014/06/frozen-in-carbon-from-han-solo-to.html
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  • Wine of the Week - Raats Red Jasper, 2010

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

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

  • Eric Dunham Passes

    Bean
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Eric Dunham, Founding Winemaker of Dunham Cellars, died unexpectedly on Thursday October 23, 2014. Eric Dunham Eric Dunham was known for gentle, creative spirit who loved dogs and big reds. Eric focuses on gentle treatment of the fruit through out the wine making process, showing respect for the essence versus the manipulation of the grape into wine. After working  as an Assistant Wine Maker under Marty Clubb at Le’Ecole  41,  Eric made his first wine under under the Dunham label, the 1995 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon I .  This first release won several awards, including a Gold Medal…
  • Crush 2014 at Efeste

    Ed
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Crush at EFESTE Winery Volunteers sorting Cabernet at Efeste As the leaves start to change color and the days rapidly shorten, grape growers across Washington State are harvesting this years grapes for, what promises, to provide a spectacular vintage.  EFESTE Winery put out a call for volunteers to help with their crush, or to be more specific, help sort out the stems and leaves that would adversely effect the flavor of their wines.  As I am interested in all aspects of wine, I signed up to experience the joys of crush. There was only one downside.  I work Swing shift which means I…
  • BREW Seattle: Local goes Creative

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

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

    Bean
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Seattle Magazine’s Second Annual Brew Seattle takes place Friday October 10, 2014. This beer tasting event is all about Seattle BEER, BBQ and FUN! SeattTwenty Seattle Breweries will be showcasing their finest beers for you to taste. New breweries are sprouting up all over Seattle so fast, it can be hard to keep up. Here is your chance to meet and taste the new breweries on the block as well as enjoy some of your long time favorite Seattle brews. Tickets are only $40 and include (6) 5oz tasting tokens, games, giveaways and all you can eat BBQ from Pinky’s! You will  help decide…
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  • 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. August saw low humidity, low precipitation and high temperatures which kicked off the metabolic processes involved with berry ripening. We noticed vastly improved fruit quality when compared to the 2011 vintage; 2012 brought medium…
  • 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County 750ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2013 harvest will be remembered as a season of near perfect growing conditions. It was also one of our driest seasons on record. By mid-January, it seemed that Mother Nature turned off the rain spigot. Overall, winter was extremely mild. Spring budbreak was normal with frost of little or no concern. The summer growing season was outstanding with moderate temperatures. A few heat spikes in late May and early June had us thinking it would be an unusually warm summer. However, July, August and September were beautiful with moderate temperatures. Harvest conditions were excellent. Yields were…
  • NoteBook 4NV Red Blend 750 mL

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The number preceding the NV indicates how many Notebook blends we have produced. For over 30 years we have been crafting wines that are more compelling and interesting than single vintage and varietal wines by employing the centuries-old practice of blending wine lots from multiple vintages (Vertical Blending) with multiple grape varieties (Horizontal Blending). Each lot of wine is carefully selected each year for Notebook Red Blend based upon the mature flavors of the older vintages and the vibrant fruit characteristics of the younger vintages. The result is a wine that offers, fruit,…
  • 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2011 growing season got off to a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Temperatures all through the summer were cool, rarely rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally in mid-September, temperatures reached mid-90’s for a week or so which was just what the winemakers needed. Due to the weather, crop yields were generally smaller than usual, yet ironically this allowed for faster ripening and more concentrated fruit flavors. The small harvest of 2011 affected every wine region in Northern California, our 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Pinot Noir was no exception. Given our long…
 
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  • 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. August saw low humidity, low precipitation and high temperatures which kicked off the metabolic processes involved with berry ripening. We noticed vastly improved fruit quality when compared to the 2011 vintage; 2012 brought medium…
  • 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County 750ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2013 harvest will be remembered as a season of near perfect growing conditions. It was also one of our driest seasons on record. By mid-January, it seemed that Mother Nature turned off the rain spigot. Overall, winter was extremely mild. Spring budbreak was normal with frost of little or no concern. The summer growing season was outstanding with moderate temperatures. A few heat spikes in late May and early June had us thinking it would be an unusually warm summer. However, July, August and September were beautiful with moderate temperatures. Harvest conditions were excellent. Yields were…
  • NoteBook 4NV Red Blend 750 mL

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The number preceding the NV indicates how many Notebook blends we have produced. For over 30 years we have been crafting wines that are more compelling and interesting than single vintage and varietal wines by employing the centuries-old practice of blending wine lots from multiple vintages (Vertical Blending) with multiple grape varieties (Horizontal Blending). Each lot of wine is carefully selected each year for Notebook Red Blend based upon the mature flavors of the older vintages and the vibrant fruit characteristics of the younger vintages. The result is a wine that offers, fruit,…
  • 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2011 growing season got off to a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Temperatures all through the summer were cool, rarely rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally in mid-September, temperatures reached mid-90’s for a week or so which was just what the winemakers needed. Due to the weather, crop yields were generally smaller than usual, yet ironically this allowed for faster ripening and more concentrated fruit flavors. The small harvest of 2011 affected every wine region in Northern California, our 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Pinot Noir was no exception. Given our long…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • Video: White Wines of Burgundy

    enobytes
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chardonnay is the white grape of Burgundy and this moderate growing region of France is where you find some of it’s greatest expressions. Names like Montrachet, Chablis and Pouilly-Fuissé. This is the region where the chardonnay grape developed and today it’s made in a range of styles. From bone-dry wines with minerality and acidity to […]
  • 2009 Donnafugata Sicilla Rosso Tancredi

    Marc Hinton
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2009 Donnafugata Sicilla Rosso Tancredi Tancredi from Donnafugata is an unusual blend of three grapes—Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d’Avola and Tannat. This trio grown in Sicily provides a woven netlike body that ebbs and flows exhibiting a spirit (existential not alcoholic) indicative to the island of Sicily. If you get nostalgic for the old […]
  • Video: Wines of Southern Italy

    enobytes
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Video: Wines of Southern Italy By director Jim Fitzpatrick. The LCBO takes you on journey through the wines of Southern Italy. Beginning with the sun-baked beauty and unique wines of Sicily, this journey continues on the mainland through historic Campania and over to Apulia, the fertile region that forms the heel of the Italian boot.  […]
  • Tendril Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Noir

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2011 Tendril Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon The 2011 Tendril Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot noir is of the feminine style with pretty flavors of cherry and raspberry with subtle undertones of tangerine and mineral. The Pinor noir is balanced with perfect acidity and roundness that finishes clean and silky.  And to be […]
  • Deserving Cyber Sips

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    What Keeps this Blog Going? Readership and a Little Recognition If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know we focus on writing with passion and purpose.  We’re not a big corporation, although many of our readers think so. We don’t monetize but many think we make a living from this site. Full time […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • October Virginia Wine Chat

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Discover the Colonial Wine Trail! Tonight's Virginia Wine Chat will be the second that focuses on a specific area of Virginia Wine Country. We'll be drinking:Williamsburg Winery 2012 Trianon Cabernet Franc Reserve with winemaker Matthew Mayer (@WilliamsburgTWW);James River Cellars 2013 Gewürztraminer with Mitzy Batterson (@JamesRiverWine);New Kent Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay with winemaker Tom Payette (@NewKentWinery); andSaude Creek Vineyards 2013 Traminette (@SaudeCreek)Join us to learn about them, their vineyards and wineries, and the Colonial Virginia Wine Trail. Follow the…
  • Cauliflower Crust Pizza [Recipe]

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Mike suggested that I share some recipes that I've tried on my Primal/Paleo experiment (though at this point it's no longer an experiment, definitely something I will continue). In our house, we LOVE pizza, I would wager it's probably the one meal most requested overall, especially it's so easy to make, order in, or enjoy out. Casual and satisfying.One of the recipes I've seen for quite a while that intrigued me was cauliflower crust pizza - in the past, I had never really considered it, since I loved bread so much, but cutting out the bread meant no pizza (or cheating). So several weeks ago,…
  • Wine and Halloween Candy Pairings?

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Definitely not my style, but possibly something interesting, though more likely disgusting - this week's WineChat explores pairing wine and Halloween candy. No way I could do that beyond basic dark chocolates, but perhaps someone has come up with an unlikely but tasty combo. Tune in Wednesday night at 9:00 PM ET and follow hashtag #winechat on Twitter.Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter Subscribe to the 50 States Of Wine YouTube channel
  • Scarily Good Wines: Casillero del Diablo

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Casillero del Diablo is perfect for the "Official Wine of Halloween" - stored in hell, made in heaven. We're big fans of their wines, always tasty and not too expensive ($11 SRP for the Reserve Collection, though we usually get it for even less than that). As a daily wine, their varietals are sure to go with the food we pair it with, without fail.Casillero del Diablo: Wine Legend videoThis fall, they are running a Legendary Costume Contest: easy to enter, with a DSLR camera and more as the prizes. Watch the video above, take a costumed photo that best represents the Casillero del Diablo…
  • In the Cellar: 1985 Volnay

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    I am flat out horrible about cellaring wine - one, because I can't really afford too much that is worth cellaring and two, I'm too impatient to wait. I do have a few bottles, however, that I've managed not to drink and they sit in the bottom bin of my wine cooler, hopefully happily aging to their full potential. One of the wines is a bottle of 1985 Moillard Clos des Chênes, Volnay Premier Cru I liberated from my father-in-law's basement a few years ago. I actually grabbed two, one of which we tasted about 2 years ago:"Very dark, deep red color. A violet nose, common for these wines, along…
 
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    BoozeMonkey

  • 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. August saw low humidity, low precipitation and high temperatures which kicked off the metabolic processes involved with berry ripening. We noticed vastly improved fruit quality when compared to the 2011 vintage; 2012 brought medium…
  • 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County 750ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2013 harvest will be remembered as a season of near perfect growing conditions. It was also one of our driest seasons on record. By mid-January, it seemed that Mother Nature turned off the rain spigot. Overall, winter was extremely mild. Spring budbreak was normal with frost of little or no concern. The summer growing season was outstanding with moderate temperatures. A few heat spikes in late May and early June had us thinking it would be an unusually warm summer. However, July, August and September were beautiful with moderate temperatures. Harvest conditions were excellent. Yields were…
  • NoteBook 4NV Red Blend 750 mL

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The number preceding the NV indicates how many Notebook blends we have produced. For over 30 years we have been crafting wines that are more compelling and interesting than single vintage and varietal wines by employing the centuries-old practice of blending wine lots from multiple vintages (Vertical Blending) with multiple grape varieties (Horizontal Blending). Each lot of wine is carefully selected each year for Notebook Red Blend based upon the mature flavors of the older vintages and the vibrant fruit characteristics of the younger vintages. The result is a wine that offers, fruit,…
  • 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2011 growing season got off to a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Temperatures all through the summer were cool, rarely rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally in mid-September, temperatures reached mid-90’s for a week or so which was just what the winemakers needed. Due to the weather, crop yields were generally smaller than usual, yet ironically this allowed for faster ripening and more concentrated fruit flavors. The small harvest of 2011 affected every wine region in Northern California, our 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Pinot Noir was no exception. Given our long…
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    Wine Folly

  • A Seriously Useful Guide on Biodynamic Wine

    Hilarie Larson
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    What exactly is Biodynamic Wine? This completely organic wine involves controversial practices. Find out about biodynamic wines including how they’re made and how they taste. A Guide To Biodynamic Wine Some call it “Hippie, dippy, wacky commune back to the Earth zeitgeist” while proponents claim that it permits the only true expression of terroir. Are biodynamic wines really about celestial energy, cow horns and howling at the moon? To quote Mike Benzinger, whose vineyards were the first to be certified biodynamic in Sonoma County, CA:   “At its core, Biodynamics…
  • How Wine is Made: From Grapes to Glass

    Katie Eigel
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    A picture guide of how wine is made, from picking grapes to bottling wine. Depending on the grape, the region and the kind of wine that a winemaker wishes to produce, the exact steps in the harvesting process will vary in time, technique and technology. But for the most part, every wine harvest includes these basic vine-to-wine steps: Pick the grapes Crush the grapes Ferment the grapes into wine Age the wine Bottle the wine Here’s a photo guide of each of the steps of how wine is made from the moment the grapes are picked until the wine is put into bottles. Enjoy! Wine Harvest 101: From…
  • What is Brix? Winemaking Secrets

    Madeline Puckette
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    If you’ve ever traveled to wine country or glanced at a wine bottle tech sheet then you’ve probably come across the words “Brix” with a number after it, such as 19.5, 23 or sometimes up to 26. Brix measures must levels (sugar) in wine grapes that ultimately determines how much alcohol a wine will have. Learn the secrets to what Brix tells you on a wine stat sheet. What is Brix? Brix (°Bx) is a way to measure the potential alcohol content of a wine before it’s made by determining the sugar level in grapes. Each gram of sugar that’s fermented will turn into about a 1/2 gram of…
  • 6 Food Trends Call For Off-The-Wall Wine Pairings

    SandyH
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    The hottest food trends posted for 2015 prove that our taste preferences are rapidly changing. It’s time to pair wine more intelligently with your evolving new diet. Go beyond “white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat” Fortunately, new trends in cuisine give you the opportunity to try different wines that you may not normally select. For example, if you’re loving Southeast Asian cuisine, including dishes like Pad Thai and Vietnamese Shrimp Fresh Rolls, then you’ll love how an off-dry German Riesling makes the dish really pop. Instead of going for the…
  • Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them

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

  • Cheers to Sonoma County Artisan Beers

    Carey Sweet
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Barley & HopsIt’s clear we love beer. Sonoma County now has at least 23 operating breweries, 5 cideries and 6 distilleries, with more opening soon. As much as wine tasting, the region is becoming known for its beer tasting, and people describe beers in much the same terms, admiring distinct flavor profiles, and celebrating beer masters as genius.It’s gotten to the point that I, an avid wine lover and lukewarm accepter of beers, have changed my tune. Grapefruit juniper beer at Warped? Oh yes, more please.Here’s what some of the buzz is about, with brand new breweries:Fogbelt Brewing…
  • Wineries Offer More to Explore

    Carey Sweet
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chateau St. JeanTasting wine is always wonderful, but modern sippers want more than just standing at a bar. Instead, we want to make an entire day of it, with food, games, and a bit of behind the scenes activities, too. Here are five of our favorite well-rounded adventures.Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood This is a two-‘fer, since guests can enjoy gourmet sandwiches, salads and artisan cheeses purchased in the deli, plus wines by the glass, for a picnic on the castle-perfect grounds. Then, might we suggest indulging in the elaborate Cinq Cépages Blending Experience ($75), where…
  • Splendiferous Outdoor Music Concerts in Wine Country This Fall

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

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

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

  • Beauty and the Vine at Nectar

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

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

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

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

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

  • TENUTA DELLE TERRE NERE 'Prephylloxera' 2012

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The 2012 Prephylloxera is a remarkable showing in 2012. This outstanding blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio dazzles with its beautiful aromas of fresh strawberries and raspberries which are followed by smoke, minerals and a beautiful dried rose petal character. A completely compelling wine that is elegant and pure showing lovely balance, focus and finesse with a gorgeous inner sweetness. The finish explodes with juicy red fruits before gripping a firm hold and lingering on and on. This is a truly magnificent effort and deserves to be mentioned among the best wines in the world.
  • PODERE SAPAIO ‘Sapaio' 2011

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    A slightly more impressive showing in 2011 is the ‘Sapaio’. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is dense and concentrated delivering layers of full-bodied richness wrapped in flavors of dark cherries, cassis, tobacco, spices, cigar box, mint and hints of dusty minerals. This continues to impress on the palate with its round, supple texture and gorgeous balance. The finish is long and mouth coating folding in dark fruits, chocolate, spices and tobacco notes that carry on. Although this is excellent today, this will need a bit more time that the ‘Volpolo',…
  • PODERE SAPAIO ‘Volpolo' 2011

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    This outstanding blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot delivers wonderful aromas of dark cherries, cassis, spices, bell pepper, tar and tobacco, which all come together beautifully in the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied with gorgeous round polished tannins and wonderful balance. Another layer of dark fruits, tobacco and spices explode onto the juicy finish where they linger on. Just a fantastic showing and will only get better with time. (Best 2015-2023) - October, 2014 (JD) 92 POINTS Wine Specifications:Report Date: October, 2014 Estimated Retail…
  • TOUR DE L'ISLE Vinsobres 2011

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The 2011 Tour de L'Isle Vinsobres brings together lovely aromas of crushed cherries, raspberries, forest floor, red currant, deep soil, cranberry and dried spices. It shows a powerful side, yet remains nicely balanced with underlying acid. Black fruits, roasted coffee and dark chocolate mark the long finish. Enjoy this over the next few years. (Best 2014-2020) - October, 2014 (MD) 88 POINTS Wine Specifications: Estimated Value: $NA Vintage: 2011 Drinking Window: 2014-2020 Producer: Tour de L'Isle Country: France Region: Rhône Appellation: Vinsobres Importer: Soilair Selections
  • SOLISTE Pinot Noir 'L’Espérance' 2012

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The ‘L’Espérance’ is a fantastic Les Amoureuses inspired single vineyard Pinot Noir, which comes from a Dijon 115 MonoClone. This dazzling wine offers exotic aromas of black cherry, forest floor, red currant, dark soil, fresh herb, muddled raspberry, black tea, licorice, vanilla bean, mint and spring flowers. It possesses remarkable depth and balance with wonderful purity of fruit and racy acidity. Fresh minerals, red fruits, exotic spices mark the long, caressing finish. The 2012 L’Espérance is an age-worthy wine built for long-term aging and one of the more elegant and traditional…
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  • 2012 Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 750 mL

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

    Thirsty Bert
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Allied Wine Corp. is a family owned and operated winery and distillery, with a combined team of experience and practice of over 50 years in winemaking and distillation. Together, we present the highest quality kosher wine and spirits, proudly treated to serve as the best specialty and unique kosher wines. Today Allied Wine Corp. is […] The post NV Armon Medium Dry Concord New York Red Wine 750 mL appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
  • 2012 Johnson Estate Lake Erie Concord Red Wine 750 mL

    Thirsty Bert
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    GOLD medal winner in the 2010 New York Wine & Food Classic. Silver medal winner in the 2010 Oakland Community College Great Lakes Wine Competition. Silver medal winner in the 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition as well as Bronze medal winner in the 2010 International Eastern Wine Competition. Johnson Estate Concord is deep and […] The post 2012 Johnson Estate Lake Erie Concord Red Wine 750 mL appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
  • 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml

    Thirsty Bert
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. […] The post 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
  • 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County 750ml

    Thirsty Bert
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2013 harvest will be remembered as a season of near perfect growing conditions. It was also one of our driest seasons on record. By mid-January, it seemed that Mother Nature turned off the rain spigot. Overall, winter was extremely mild. Spring budbreak was normal with frost of little or no concern. The summer growing […] The post 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County 750ml appeared first on Thirsty Bert.
 
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    BoozeMonkey

  • 2012 House Wine Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon 750 Ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. August saw low humidity, low precipitation and high temperatures which kicked off the metabolic processes involved with berry ripening. We noticed vastly improved fruit quality when compared to the 2011 vintage; 2012 brought medium…
  • 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County 750ml

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2013 harvest will be remembered as a season of near perfect growing conditions. It was also one of our driest seasons on record. By mid-January, it seemed that Mother Nature turned off the rain spigot. Overall, winter was extremely mild. Spring budbreak was normal with frost of little or no concern. The summer growing season was outstanding with moderate temperatures. A few heat spikes in late May and early June had us thinking it would be an unusually warm summer. However, July, August and September were beautiful with moderate temperatures. Harvest conditions were excellent. Yields were…
  • NoteBook 4NV Red Blend 750 mL

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The number preceding the NV indicates how many Notebook blends we have produced. For over 30 years we have been crafting wines that are more compelling and interesting than single vintage and varietal wines by employing the centuries-old practice of blending wine lots from multiple vintages (Vertical Blending) with multiple grape varieties (Horizontal Blending). Each lot of wine is carefully selected each year for Notebook Red Blend based upon the mature flavors of the older vintages and the vibrant fruit characteristics of the younger vintages. The result is a wine that offers, fruit,…
  • 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

    BoozeMonkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The 2011 growing season got off to a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Temperatures all through the summer were cool, rarely rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally in mid-September, temperatures reached mid-90’s for a week or so which was just what the winemakers needed. Due to the weather, crop yields were generally smaller than usual, yet ironically this allowed for faster ripening and more concentrated fruit flavors. The small harvest of 2011 affected every wine region in Northern California, our 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Pinot Noir was no exception. Given our long…
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  • scandal wine recap: no wine for sucky boyfriends!

    grapefriend
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Only one more week til the Winter Finale – so drink up this penultimate weekly wine recap, grapefriends, and take it away, Gabby – haha, Abby! Was everyone too busy doing actual work to drink a lot of wine in this episode? Apparently. But I’d say it weakened Olivia as she couldn’t see through the … Continue reading →
  • you deserve a grape today, san francisco giants!

    grapefriend
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Congrats, Giants! Man, I wish I were talking about the NY Giants – but sadly the east coast G-men don’t looked poised for a championship this year and don’t have their own wine!!! The San Francisco Giants, on the other hand, won the World Series last night (their 8th championship title) and have their own … Continue reading →
  • #ThrowbackThursday: Hemingway

    grapefriend
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    “In Europe then we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also as a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary, and I … Continue reading →
  • drink me: v sattui paradiso

    grapefriend
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    grape: What they call a Bordeaux blend – a mix of grapes that are used in Bordeaux. In this case, you have 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. producer: V Sattui country: USA region: Napa year: 2010. Could definitely have used a few more years, but opened it by accident. (See below.) yum factor: My mom … Continue reading →
  • good enough for rihanna, better for my dad

    grapefriend
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rihanna posted this photo on Twitter the other day. If you really know, then you know! On my O. Pope shit! pic.twitter.com/lwdRAgBUFt — Rihanna (@rihanna) October 13, 2014 It’s true: if you know, you know. Riri knows. I know. And my dad knows too, though he didn’t a mere three months ago. I got him … Continue reading →
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  • What Wines Did King David Drink?

    Lou
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Reviews of Shiloh Legend II 2010 and several Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  October 23, 2014   Although the biblical texts are replete with references to wine, the exact varietals employed to create these libations remain a mystery. From the seventh century Islamic conquest of the region until the rebirth of the modern Israeli wine industry in the late 1800s, wine production in Israel was essentially dormant. Consequently, the indigenous wine grape varietals were largely lost. Currently, the grape…
  • A Little Bit Of The Bubbly

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

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

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

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

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It's been a while since Lo Hai Qu has had a chance to speak her mind on the pressing wine issues of the day. I'm getting tired of blogging, so I asked her to write about whatever is eating at her. That may have been a mistake... Me and my girls, we been goin’ to a lot of new wine bars lately. It was Shizzangela’s idea, really. She thinks it’s funny to go and just order whatever weird white wine they’re serving and then send it back saying, “Don’t you have any Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio?...
  • Blind Book Review: "Sherry"

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been patiently waiting for my review copy of Talia Baiocchi’s Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best Kept Secret. It’s apparently coming Palomino Express. I’m also breathlessly anticipating Jon Bonné’s glowing praise of this already legendary tome, certain to be included among his holiday wine book picks as payback for Baiocchi’s glowing words about The New California Wine. I’ve already seen Momofuku sommelier (yeah, I was called that quite a bit), and friend of Talia, Jordan...
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    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Young HoseMaster with Karen, 1975 On special occasions, I used to take my college girlfriend Karen to Hungry Tiger for dinner. (Are there Hungry Tigers still? Aside from those in Detroit? Are there Victoria Stations? Those chain restaurants seemed special when I was in my 20’s.) In those days, it seemed every restaurant in Los Angeles had the same wines on their wine lists: Mateus, Lancer’s, Wente Bros. Blanc de Blancs, Charles Krug Chenin Blanc, Mouton-Cadet, Weibel Green Hungarian, Blue...
  • Anosmia Dogs, and Other Failed MW Dissertations

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    An authentic wine lover drinks at home. A lot. Alone, or otherwise. He doesn’t just drink wine socially, or with a meal. He drinks all the time, and not from fancy glassware. Or if it is fancy glassware, it’s not necessarily clean. Wine is a way of life, best done in the home, frequently, where it delivers the most pleasure—like transvestism. Actually, an authentic wine lover has much in common with a transvestite. They both think they look better doing what they do than they actually do. And...
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  • 5th Annual Global Champagne Day – Friday, October 24th

    epalmer
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    What is Global Champagne Day? Champagne professionals and enthusiasts around the world gather in ‘virtual appreciation’ of Champagne to celebrate Global Champagne Day. They are encouraged to blog, tweet, post and share their celebrations using the hashtag #ChampagneDay. For fun, send a #ChampagneDay greeting card and spread the word – www.champagneis.com/ecard So pick up a flute, or a bottle and join the Global Day celebration – in person or online as we sip, savor and share! Liz Liz Palmer Author of The Ultimate Guide to Champagne – Release date 2015 Twitter:…
  • It’s Official: Prelude “Grands Crus” Taittinger is now served on Singapore Airlines, Business Class

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

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

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

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

  • Enjoying The Harvest Party at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery

    Debbie
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    If you saw my previous post leading up to Millbrook’s Harvest Party, you will see that of all these years I wasn’t able to attend due to scheduling conflicts.  Well this was the year, the year I had nothing on my calendar Saturday, October 18 so guess what I attended? I can’t believe it took all these years to get me to this event.   What began as a cloudy and bit chilly day turned out to be beautiful afternoon dining on dishes prepared by the chefs of the Culinary Institute of America and paired with the great wine from Millbrook Vineyard & Winery. Not knowing…
  • Trick-or-Treat Candy and Wine

    Debbie
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    OK, let’s face it, it’s a few days before Halloween..have you purchased your candy yet?  When you purchase your candy do you Purchase candy you don’t like so you won’t eat it? Purchase candy you like for leftovers? I use to purchase candy I didn’t like so I wouldn’t be tempted, but that ended after my kids stopped trick-or-treating because then I didn’t have their candy to pick at.   Yes, I purchase candy I like and hope for leftovers.  What do I usually purchase, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Snickers. Yum!   The next…
  • Bad Seed Hard Cider – Craft Hard Cider Production in the Hudson Valley

    Debbie
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    Devin Britton & Albert Wilklow The Hudson Valley is exploding with cideries, wineries, distilleries and breweries.  In this podcast I visit with Devin Britton and Albert Wilklow, two guys in their early 30’s who are turning a hobby into a full time business with Bad Seed Hard Cider. Albert grew up in the local Hudson Valley apple farming industry.  In fact, I use to go apple picking with my kids at his family orchard in Highland, NY “Wilklow Orchards” and to this day still receive the newsletter his mom sends out.  That is where I got my first introduction…
  • Your Sexy Ancestor

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

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

    Debbie Gioquindo
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you saw my previous post leading up to Millbrook's Harvest Party, you will see that of all these years I wasn't able to attend due to scheduling conflicts.  Well this was the year, the year I had nothing on my calendar Saturday, October 18 so guess what I attended? I can't believe it took all these years to get me to this event.What began as a cloudy and bit chilly day turned out to be beautiful afternoon dining on dishes prepared by the chefs of the Culinary Institute of America and paired with the great wine from Millbrook Vineyard & Winery.Not knowing what to expect and having…
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: All Hail All Hallows!

    Debbie Gioquindo
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    The “Halloween Apocalypse” party flyers are up at Captain Lawrence, and conversations about pale ales and kolsches in the tasting room mix with talk of candy and costumes. We may think of Halloween as a kid’s holiday, but the spirit remains very much alive in grown-ups too. Dan Ash and Lorraine Zaranski of White Plains popped in after running errands. “We were in the neighborhood, and the cupboard was bare,” says Dan, nodding toward a fresh sixer of India Pale Ale on the table. “We keep our tokens in the car.” The small batches are popular choices on this gusty Sunday; Dan…
  • Trick-or-Treat Candy and Wine

    Debbie Gioquindo
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    OK, let's face it, it's a few days before Halloween..have you purchased your candy yet?  When you purchase your candy do youPurchase candy you don't like so you won't eat it?Purchase candy you like for leftovers?I use to purchase candy I didn't like so I wouldn't be tempted, but that ended after my kids stopped trick-or-treating because then I didn't have their candy to pick at.Yes, I purchase candy I like and hope for leftovers.  What do I usually purchase, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups or Snickers. Yum!The next question is what wine should I pair with my candy? Vivino came up…
  • Bad Seed Hard Cider – Craft Hard Cider Production in the Hudson Valley

    Debbie Gioquindo
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Devin Britton & Albert WilklowThe Hudson Valley is exploding with cideries, wineries, distilleries and breweries.  In this podcast I visit with Devin Britton and Albert Wilklow, two guys in their early 30's who are turning a hobby into a full time business with Bad Seed Hard Cider.Albert grew up in the local Hudson Valley apple farming industry.  In fact, I use to go apple picking with my kids at his family orchard in Highland, NY "Wilklow Orchards" and to this day still receive the newsletter his mom sends out.  That is where I got my first introduction to fresh cider…
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Enjoy Fall Before It Gose

    Debbie Gioquindo
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Before fall was to take a sharp turn toward wintry temps, it was a great day for enjoying the autumnal charms on the Captain Lawrence patio. With a name that translates to “the beer garden”…well, minus the “beer”…Michelle Desjardin of White Plains is right where she belongs. It’s Michelle’s birthday, so she’s got a healthy crowd out on the patio, including Amy Burger of Tarrytown and Kathy Miracolo of Plainview, along for the ride. “Since it’s my birthday, I said, this is what we’re going to do,” Michelle says with a smile. Fall is Michelle’s favorite season for a…
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • The Vintage 2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    31.10.2014. The vintage season is one of the most exciting periods of the year for Georgian people. As early as September, farmers and winegrowers closely monitor the weather, in anticipation of the season arriving while government representatives meet regularly to make the necessary arrangements to embrace the harvest.Levan Davitashvili, the Chairman of the National Wine Agency, claims that the government has scrupulously fulfilled their social responsibility and that there had been nothing to impede a satisfactory vintage. The 2014 edition of this centuries-old tradition has been, it would…
  • World's Best Sommelier Gerard Basset presented Tamada wines in ex-Soviet republics

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    30.10.2014 (Hvino News). Renowned wine expert Gerard Basset has recently visited Tbilisi, Kiev, Almaty and Moscow in the framework of an international tour organized by GWS Tamada.Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW, MBA is currently the only person in the world to hold the combined titles of Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Wine MBA and World's Best Sommelier. Basset was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011. He was elected by Decanter as 2013 Man of the Year.On October 29 at the Moscow's "Nostalgie" - one of  oldest and best-kbown restaurants -  Gerard…
  • Telavino 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    30.10.2014. It is our pleasure to invite you to Telavi, on 7th of November, to take part in Telavi Wine Festival “TELAVINO - 2014” organized by Kakheti Wine Guild, to share with us historical and cultural heritage connected to Georgian wine, vine-growing and wine-making traditions and related fields of folk handicrafts.“TELAVINO - 2014” visitors are offered to spend one memorable day of late autumn in the heart of Kakheti, Telavi and celebrate the birthday of King Irakli II, take part in Telavi-city day celebration and finally taste more than 500 wines with their authentic type, style…
  • Georgia embraces tougher wine producing regulations

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    29.10.2014. The Georgian government is taking a tougher stance on the country’s currently relaxed regulations on wine productions and making it illegal for wine producers to sell the grape pomace, a grape residue left after making wine.In particular, the wine producers will be obliged to use the pomace, according to today’s resolution of the Prime Minister.The government believed the new rules acted as a preventive measure that would further protect the wine sector and eliminate the production and distribution of low-quality wines.Chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the parliament of…
  • Georgian farmers earn 170 million GEL from 2014's grape harvest

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    28.10.2014. Georgian farmers from the country's wine producing regions are enjoying the benefits of a bumper harvest after earning 170 million GEL [about USD 100 million - HN] by selling 120,000 tons of grapes this year.The 2014 grape picking season has ended in all of Georgia’s wine producing regions including Kakheti in the east and Imereti and Racha in Georgia’s west, said Georgia’s National Wine Agency.A coordination centre for grape vintage under the supervision of the government "Rtveli 2014" was established in wine producing regions and worked as a 24/7 service. Furthermore, 10…
 
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  • Franschhoek Valley first: wines awarded for displaying regional attributes

    winetimes
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Today the highest quality Franschhoek Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, displaying regional provenance, were granted Appellation Grand Prestige (AGP) status at the inaugural AGP awards ceremony, sponsored by Cork Supply South Africa and Anglo African Finance. Wines were awarded AGP status based on them epitomising the flavour and aroma profiles found in Franschhoek wines. These […]
  • The most haunted bars in America

    winetimes
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Grab your ghost-busting gear: Drinks come with spook back at these long-haunted American bars. Plagued by paranormal activity, these seedy establishments host all manner of otherworldly guests, from seaworn sailors and pirates to well-known poets and prostitutes. Feel hairs standing up on the back of your neck as you sip your beer? Embrace those goosebumps […]
  • Ian MacMillan to present at the 2014 FNB Whisky Live Festival

    winetimes
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ian MacMillan, one of Scotland’s top distillers, is flying to Johannesburg to present on the first night of the 2014 FNB Whisky Live Festival, which is happening at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from Wednesday, 12 to Friday, 14 November. MacMillan will be presenting the award-winning Bunnahabhain single malt range. MacMillan, a whisky veteran […]
  • Booze you need to get your trick or treat on

    Ultra Liquors
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    What’s a truly scary situation? A Halloween party without any booze! One of the worst parts about being an adult is that you can’t go trick-or-treating anymore. Then again, one of the best parts about being an adult is that you can buy as much candy as you want and also drink while you eat […]
  • Pontet-Canet – when a major Bordeaux Châteaux adopts Brand Strategy

    winetimes
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Call it what you will – Brand, Signature or Label – Brand Strategy is going to be a major issue for the leading châteaux of Bordeaux from 2015. It is all about better controlling the distribution of their wines, getting to know who’s who within the markets where they are present and, of course, effectively […]
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • Best Wine of October 2014: San Leonardo 2007, Tenuta San Leonardo

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    San Leonardo certainly is one of the greatest wines of Italy and of the world. Created in 1982 by the passion and talent of marquis Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga, this extraordinary Bordelaise blend is capable of showing every year its indisputable class, elegance and quality. A magnificent wine joining power and elegance, a remarkable result having very few rivals in the world.
  • Müller-Thurgau: the Son of Riesling

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

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

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

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

  • Il Migliore Vino di Ottobre 2014: San Leonardo 2007, Tenuta San Leonardo

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Il San Leonardo è certamente uno dei più grandi vini italiani e del mondo. Nato nel 1982 dal talento e dalla passione del marchese Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga, questo straordinario taglio bordolese riesce a dimostrare puntualmente ogni anno la sua innegabile classe, eleganza e qualità. Un grandissimo vino che unisce potenza ed eleganza, un risultato strepitoso che ha pochissimi rivali nel mondo.
  • Müller-Thurgau: il figlio del Riesling Renano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Qin Xie
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series The family owned Domaine des Forges began when Pierre Robineau purchased two hectares of vines and named it “le Clos des Forges”. Robineau, at the time, was a grocer and draper and the vines were just a sort of side project. It wasn’t until the second generation that more vineyards were purchased and the Domaine grew. The current owners, Stéphane and Séverine Branchereau, are the fifth generation and own 47 hectares spread across the Anjou. While also making a fair selection of dry wines, their main focus has been sweet…
  • Domaine de la Paleine, Le Puy-Notre-Dame

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

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

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

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

    Geordie Clarke
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    By Geordie Clarke / Contributing Editor I can always tell if I’ve been to a good wine tasting by looking at my notes the following day. Are they thorough, helpful, clearly written and complete for every wine I tasted? Or do the first few notes start out in earnest and then steadily worsen as the tasting … Read more →Champagne André Bergère: A Wine Owners tasting is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Champagne André Bergère: A Wine Owners tasting appeared first on .
  • My Aversion to the Artisanal

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

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

    fwcadmin
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hambledon Vineyard 2014 Harvest Hambledon Vineyard 2014 Harvest Thursday 9th October 2014 I was invited to Hambledon Vineyard, along with various other great and good people (including wine merchants, customers, shareholders), to “help” with their 2014 harvest. I use the word “help” loosely as between us we only managed to harvest the best part of a single row of vines and I am sure we were probably more of a hindrance than anything else. On the drive up to Hambledon Vineyard, the weather was ominous. Do you remember the Crowded House song Four Seasons in One Day? That…
  • Twisted Nose Gin

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

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

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

    fwcadmin
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Domaine Jones La Perle Rare Syrah Domaine Jones La Perle Rare Syrah I am sure that some of you will have been following the ups and downs of Katie Jones and Domaine Jones, a tiny wine estate in the Langeudoc Roussillon. The ups include some very high ratings for her wines from wine critics and good distribution in overseas markets all within just a few years establishing her fledging Domaine. The rather depressing low point was the sabotage of an entire vintage of Katie’s Domaine Jones Blanc whilst she was out of the country exhibiting at Prowein 2013 in Germany. Fortunately Katie…
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  • Waving Tree Winery 2010 Estate Grenache, Columbia Valley, $20

    Great Northwest Wine
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Columbia Gorge winemaker Terrence Atkins continues to show a nice touch with brightly textured red varieties. It starts in the vineyard, and his 60-acre planting near Goldendale, Wash., which allows him to present gorgeous aromas of Bing cherry, strawberry and cranberry with a blend of exotic spices. The drink is bright with rich flavors of ripe strawberry, raspberry and cocoa powder. Judges at the 2014 Columbia Gorge Wine Competition loved the way the acidity lifts the fruitiness, and they awarded it a silver medal. Those traveling along Highway 16  should check out his log cabin tasting…
  • New owners take over Washington’s Olympic Cellars

    Andy Perdue
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Olympic Cellars, one of the oldest wineries in Washington, has been sold to Lisa and Tom Martin of Sequim. (Photo via Flickr/click for credit) PORT ANGELES, Wash. – One of Washington’s oldest wineries is now under new ownership. Olympic Cellars in Port Angeles has been purchased by Lisa and Tom Martin of nearby Sequim. The Martins bought the winery with small group of investors. They own Fathom & League Hop Yard Brewery in Carlsborg, a tiny community west of Sequim. Olympic Cellars launched in 1979 as Neuharth Winery in Sequim. Gene Neuharth was a retired grape grower from…
  • Barnard Griffin 2010 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $35

    Great Northwest Wine
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    When you are as successful as Rob Grifinn — and you no longer are sending money to college — you can afford to hold onto some red wines until the time is right. While he remained committed to vineyards such as Freepons, Lonesome Spring Ranch and Red Heaven, the cool vintage prompted Griffin to barrel-age this Malbec more than usual. It leads to aromas of dark chocolate, blueberry, poached plums, cherry cola and allspice. The fluid is quite rich and akin to a fruit compote with blackberry, black cherry and a dusting of cocoa powder. Sandy tannins and a lick of Jolly Rancher grape candy…
  • St. Innocent 2011 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $32

    Great Northwest Wine
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Longtime winemaker Mark Vlossak holds out as long as he can for this vineyard managed by Dai Crisp of Lumos Wine Co. It’s the coolest site in the St. Innocent portfolio, so during this cool vintage these Dijon clones were plucked just two days before Halloween. The yield was 1.9 tons per acre and made for a wine brimming with aromas of red currant, boysenberry and black cherry with hints of toasted almond and saddle leather. There’s a greeting of pleasing fruit flavors reminiscent of Bing cherry, dried plum, cranberry and pink raspberry. The piercing acidity and mild tannins set up a…
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2012 Bella Vida Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $65

    Great Northwest Wine
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    The Whitesides’ vineyard near Worden Road, first planted in 1998, has been a steady performer with clones 115, 667 and 777, and produces stunning results for Lynn Penner-Ash. Her 10-month French oak program, nearly half of it new, allows for aromas of blackberry and Bing cherry as well as darker tones of Aussie-style black licorice, truffle salt, earthiness and lilac. There’s a match on the palate with hints of chocolate-covered cherry, which leads to modest tannins and juicy acidity for an elegant finish. This was one of nine Pinot Noirs that she bottled from the 2012 vintage, and it…
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  • Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition The Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition-held annually by...you guessed it, Great Northwest Wine (an online advertiser and reviewer of some of our region’s best wines)-is a competition unlike any other. For one, wines are not submitted, they are nominated by the competition’s judges, so to be included is an honor in and of itself. There is no other wine competition in USA that works on a nomination based system. In the most recent competition, which took place October 8th and 9th, the judges were selected from Washington, Oregon,…
  • What Makes a Good Wine Label

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Create a Personalized Wine Label to Remember By: Sharon Benton You are going to a wedding, a birthday party, or sponsoring a corporate event, and you are thinking about wine as a gift. Why not take the gift one step further with a personalized wine label? It’s fun to design your own label for that special occasion. The technical specifications are pretty straight forward—there are two label sizes depending on which wine you get. And it is very important that you the file you send to Northwest Cellars is at least a 300 dpi resolution JPG. That is referred to as a high resolution file. The…
 
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    Vinos Ambiz, SL (Producer of terroir-expressing, natural wines (Madrid and Sierra de Gredos, Spain)

  • Back-Label Feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    VinePair Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s the 11th hour and you still don’t have a Halloween costume. Don’t worry, we’ve been there before too – a few too many times, in fact. But since you love to drink wine, why not incorporate vino into your costume? We all know you’re already going to be drinking it with your Halloween candy anyway. While some of these costumes may take a little bit of time to make, that’s what a “sick day” or last minute “doctor’s appointment” is for. So ditch the job, head to the craft store, and put on one of these great costumes…
  • Drowning In Wine Snobbery, The New York Times Entirely Misses The Point About The Show Scandal

    Batya Ungar-Sargon
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Ah, The New York TimesYou just can’t seem to stop publishing tone-deaf articles about Shonda Rhimes. Allesandra Stanley’s insulting piece about angry black women has a follow up, in the Dining and Wine section, no less. Yesterday saw the publication of “Red Wine Is the Drink of Choice on ‘Scandal’ and ‘The Good Wife’” by Eric Asimov, the Times’ wine critic. In it, Asimov makes the astoundingly tautological statement that “As much as a small group of wine lovers would like to believe wine has gone mainstream, in fact its portrayal on television as a character prop suggests…
  • Two Original Wine-Inspired Cocktails, And A Classic [RECIPES]

    VinePair Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re big fans of spy movies here at VinePair, so when a spy-themed speakeasy opened steps away from our offices in the East Village of NYC, we knew we had to check it out. Called Dead Drop, you enter the bar via a staircase into the basement of the restaurant North River, where you’re greeted by a buzzer and the instructions to press for entry. If accepted, the door next to the buzzer opens, and a deliciously dark and sexy cocktail den is revealed. The people behind this place make a damn good drink, so naturally we asked if they might be willing to share a few of their recipes. We met…
  • 8 Easy DIY Wine Crafts For Halloween

    Naomi Firestone-Teeter
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    As consumers of wine, we love when we’re able to enjoy not only the contents of our wine bottles, but the bottles and corks as well. Wine bottles and corks are the perfect canvas for decorating and a fun vessel for letting your creative juices flow. From the simple to the super simple, the below DIY crafts are an easy and inexpensive way to prepare your home for the weekend festivities and take your décor to the next level of awesome. Plus, they’re a perfect excuse to polish off a few extra bottles this week (preferably paired with Halloween candy) — what’s not to…
  • A Brief History Of The Wine Corkscrew

    Joshua Malin
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The corkscrew, like so many other inventions, was borne out of necessity. For as long as we have sold wine in glass bottles sealed with cork stoppers, consumers have struggled to easily remove those corks. As soon as the earliest glass bottles arrived in late seventeenth-century England, inventors began dreaming up instruments to ease the removal of corks. The earliest reference to a corkscrew was noted in the 1680s. These crude instruments — “steel worms” — were variations on musket barrel cleaning tools (gun worms) manufactured by gunsmiths. Over the next 300 years…
 
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  • This Wine Has Three Cats On The Label And It’s Awesome

    Jameson Fink
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Dang, is this wine for real? YES! It came recommended from a highly trusted source and did not disappoint. The story of how it all transpired started like many others in the year 2014: Facebook. My buddy Cameron posted that this wine is available at the restaurant he manages. (Tavolata in Seattle; excellent, do go [...]
  • What Red Wines Are Good to Drink With A Chill?

    Jameson Fink
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    With autumn’s chill permeating the air, I return to red wines. But how do I like to enjoy them? Three words: With. A. Chill. Red wines served too warm are a scourge of some restaurants as well as folks who live in a home heated to a kiln-like temperature. Warm red wine is just plain [...]
  • Go Haywire for Pink Bub Sparkling Rosé From British Columbia

    Jameson Fink
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    I don’t know if a wine gets more fun than this Haywire Pink Bub sparkling rosé, which I had the pleasure of enjoying while on a trip to the Okanagan Valley. (Read all about it and listen to the podcast, too.) An almost equal mix of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the welcoming personality of this wine [...]
  • British Columbia Winery Tour: Interviews at Six Okanagan Wineries

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

    Jameson Fink
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Do you have an emotional connection with lychee? How about when it’s in your wine? I hadn’t given it that much thought until I got a review copy of The Essence of Wine to check out on my tablet. The words are provided by Vinography’s Alder Yarrow and the beautiful photos by Photographer Leigh Beisch. It’s [...]
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  • Haier 12 Bottle Wine Cooler Review

    Dipra Sen
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    View at AmazonFor both the red and white wine drinkers’, the internationally famed, US based consumer electronics corporate Haier has introduced a matchless 12 bottle capacity wine cooler system. The uniqueness of this trendy wine chiller is its dual section segregated storage system and temperature control unit. While its upper zone is specified for storage of red wines; the lower compartment makes you enjoy your sophisticated white wines, with its lower temperature range.For effective control and convenience, each section is technically developed with distinct temperature control system…
  • Haier 6 Bottle Wine Cooler Review

    Dipra Sen
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    View at AmazonFor couples, corporate executives, small business entrepreneurs or, in other words, those who consume wine in limited quantity, but conscious about the ‘correctness’ of wine health and not the people craving for wine preservation, Haier 6 bottle wine cooler can be an economic and brilliant solution to meet their drinking need.With an extended temperature range of 45 to 65° F, this ‘master’ wine cellar from Haier house, NY, USA facilitates you to preserve, protect and get pleasure from your favorite wines. The product is equipped with two solid finished chrome plated…
  • EdgeStar Built-In 30 Bottle Wine Cooler Review

    Dipra Sen
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    View at AmazonFor a real wine lover who believes that UV ray is a good cause to spoil the lively-nature of valuable wines, choosing the EdgeStar 30 bottle wine cooler would be a cost effective and sensible decision. This under-counter compact design wine cooler benefits you to preserve 30 usual 750 ml size wine bottles and unsurprisingly, either you are a large or medium collector and consumer of good wines, this standard wine cooler can hopefully meet your need of chilling, storage and enjoying.Specifications of EDGESTAR CWR301SZ Wine CoolerProduct TypeWine…
  • EdgeStar 53 Bottle Built-In Wine Cooler Review

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    In the US, Leona Lewis will perform on Nov 1st at the Kieu Hoang Winery Grand Opening in Napa Valley, CA. Her performance will be streamed live …Read more here:: <a href=https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2299385&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjM5YjNlY2JmMTUyNTA1NWE6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNH6wt918if20t7G7YGoZsNGQs7n_Q target="_blank" title="Leona Lewis to Perform at the Grand Opening of Kieu Hoang Winery, KHKMY – Fashion and Anti …” rel=nofollow>Winery NewsThe post Leona Lewis to Perform at the Grand…
  • Cayuga Lake Wine Trail gears up for holidays with shopping spree weekends

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    The first weekend in November is the busiest for winery events, so we start off at Swedish Hill for its Sparkling Wine & Dessert Fest, then head on down …Read more here:: Winery NewsThe post Cayuga Lake Wine Trail gears up for holidays with shopping spree weekends appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Shake Shack Restaurant Team Member (Hospitality Food Service) - Shake Shack - Philadelphia, PA

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Shake Shack is a modern day ‘roadside’ burger stand serving deliciously classic burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine, and more…. From WorkInRetail – 31 Oct 2014 13:13:55 GMT – View all Philadelphia jobsRead more here:: WIne Jobs via IndeedThe post Shake Shack Restaurant Team Member (Hospitality Food Service) - Shake Shack - Philadelphia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Theresa Heredia is fine-tuning the wines in Russian River Valley

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    After he sold his eponymous winery in 2004, however, the label essentially became a brand in one corporate portfolio after another. As often happens …Read more here:: Winery NewsThe post Theresa Heredia is fine-tuning the wines in Russian River Valley appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • MANAGER - CONTENTAL MIDTOWN - STARR Restaurants - Philadelphia, PA

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Estimates and orders foodstuffs, liquors, wines, or other beverages, and supplies. A Manager is responsible for working with the rest of the management team to… From STARR RESTAURANTS – 31 Oct 2014 06:08:23 GMT – View all Philadelphia jobsRead more here:: WIne Jobs via IndeedThe post MANAGER - CONTENTAL MIDTOWN - STARR Restaurants - Philadelphia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
 
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  • Thanksgiving Wine Buying Guide

    lauren johnson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Thanksgiving Wine Buying Guide Wines that pair well with stuffing your face. by: Aimee Cronin Shop the List With Thanksgiving just around the corner, entertaining is on the forefront of all of our minds, and spectacular culinary creations are being meticulously planned throughout the country at this very moment. Since the U.S. is now leading the world in wine consumption, wine has really become a staple at the dinner table, particularly for special occasions. So, what wines do you pick for the greatest culinary celebration of the year? With so many flavors on one little plate, it is…
  • Best Night of Wine… Wine & Spirits Top 100

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

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

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

    Marketing Manager
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    As a good wine drinker, you are most likely always looking to expand your breadth of knowledge. As such, we have received lots of requests for educational content from our readers. We are kicking off our 3 minute wine class series, with one of our favorite regions for floral, high acid white wines, Vouvray. Location: Touraine, Loire Valley, France Why you should know it: Vouvray is situated between Paris and the Atlantic Ocean on the gentle sloping hillsides on the northern bank of the Loire River just east of the charming city of Tours in the Touraine district of the Loire Valley.
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  • Hops: The Newest Food Flavoring

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    October 28, 2014 – The quiet farming area of Dixon, just west of Sacramento on I-80, is famous as the location of the world’s biggest corn maze. At 60 acres, it is in the Guinness Book of Records and attracts visitors from all over the world. That’s just an interesting aside having absolutely nothing to do with this story! The real story is the resurgence of hop growing in the Sacramento Valley. Resurgence may be an overstatement, but there is a lot of interest beyond beer making. Hops are now making their way into food.   Hops were introduced in California at the time of the Gold…
  • Wine Pairings for Halloween Candy

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    No reason why the kids should have all the fun. Besides, too much candy is bad for them and it is your responsibility to eat some of it. And after dealing with ever changing costume choices, traipsing the cold streets and pretending to enjoy every minute, you deserve a reward.   We found the following recommendations for seven wines paired with seven candies. We haven’t tried them but we think they’re pretty spot on. And if anyone tells you wine doesn’t go with candy, they don’t know what they’re talking about. Wine goes with everything if you pick the right wine. Numbers 5 and…
  • Daily Tipple May Save the Memory

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Good news for the over-65 population. The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias reports that moderate imbibing later in life improves the ability to remember specific things compared to abstaining.   The research, conducted over decades, followed 664 people who were 42 when it started and 75 when it concluded. Episodic memory is the type of recall that usually disappears with dementia, i.e. the ability to remember events in the past. Scientists found that alcohol preserved the hippocampus, the area of the brain where these memories are stored. People with…
  • New Course in Beer and Food

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    If you love beer and want to know more, a new course about beer and food might be fun to explore. The Brewers Association, a trade association dedicated to small and independent brewers, has created the new course to educate culinary institutions, restaurants, beverage students and beer educators. While it is directed at professionals, there’s no reason why lovers of great beer shouldn’t increase their knowledge and appreciation of beer, how to pair it with food, and how to pour and serve it. There’s nothing on the web site that says “Amateurs Keep Off”.   The 60-page digital…
  • American Craft Brewing Leads the World

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    The international beer world no longer snickers and rolls their eyes at the mention of American beer. As we wrote recently, American craft breweries are invading the bastions of brewing in Europe.   Now it is the Scots turn to visit America and learn from the expertise of craft brewers here. A delegation of top Scottish craft brewers visited Boston this month to meet with brewers, industry experts, buyers and importers.   Like manufacturers of anything anywhere, the Scots are hoping for an expanded presence for their craft beers in the U.S. market. They also hoped to gain valuable…
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  • A French Wine Cheat Sheet

    Chrissie
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    If you’ve ever walked into a wine shop or supermarket in France and felt completely bamboozled when it comes to interpreting the mystery that is a French wine label, you’re not alone! In New World wine regions, like Australia and New Zealand, we are used to wines labelled by the variety. If I fancy a [...] The post A French Wine Cheat Sheet appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Meet Lazenne, Making Wine Travel Easy

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

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

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

    Chrissie
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    My friend Michaela and I have a bit of a Saturday tradition. We head across the border, to Sanremo, for lunch and shopping. All the necessary ingredients for the perfect girly afternoon. It’s thanks to our Saturday excursions that we’ve uncovered some wonderful restaurants and pizzerias in the bustling Ligurian town, an easy 45 minute drive [...] The post Wonderful Wine Cellars: Enoteca Il Forletto, Sanremo appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
 
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  • Having Wine Before Bed – 5 Things You Need to Know!

    Paul
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Glutamine! Wait, what? What the heck is glutamine? Well, it’s an amino acid that your body naturally produces. So what, you might be thinking…Get to the point. Okay, fine. When you drink alcohol of any kind, your body stops/slows the production of glutamine, then when sleeping, your body scrambles to replace the glutamine and ramping up this production causes restless sleep since glutamine is technically a stimulant.Does this mean you should cut out the nightcap? Well, if you feel tired, groggy, less focused, then DUH, yeah. But once in awhile isn’t a big deal in my opinion.
  • 12 Wine of the Month Clubs & 1 Wine Bucket Challenge!

    Paul
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    Here we go, we’re about to do it real big right now with 12 wine of the month clubs, not 10, not 8, but 12 quality options to pick from. I’ve tried every club out there and compiled this list that will make you want to pop open a bottle of vino immediately!This page will start with my very top favorites but don’t you worry, all 12 are great companies and no matter what option you choose, you’ll most likely end up satisfied, this will just help you choose the PERFECT choice.Alright, let’s not waste anymore time and dive into this list! Drum roll…
  • Top 5 Red Wine Clubs

    Paul
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    Aha, red wine! My very favorite drink. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have a super fruity white from time to time, but red is where my money’s at. Alright people, I’ve tried all these clubs myself, carefully reviewing each of them and compiled this chart to make your decision easier. So, give as a gift or buy for yourself, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!Club WWine of the Month ClubVirgin Wines ClubWall Street Journal Wine ClubCellars Wine ClubVisitPrice$39$21.95$69.99 (First Shipment) Then $139.99 Quarterly$69.99 (First Shipment) Then $149.99 Quarterly$37All Red Wines…
  • Top 5 White Wine Clubs – My FAVS

    Paul
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:59 pm
    If you are a lover of white wine, no worry, many wine clubs offer an all white option for ya! Although I tend to stick to red myself, I LOVE the occasional glass of something lighter, fruitier, and lightly chilled. So, compiled here is a top 5 list of my selections. Each of these I have personally tried and wrote up full reviews with pictures, so check those out as well if you are still unsure which one to buy.Wine of the Month ClubClub WLaithwaites Wine ClubWall Street Journal Wine ClubCellars Wine ClubVisitPrice$21.95$39$69.99 (First Shipment) Then $139.99 Quarterly$69.99 (First Shipment)…
  • Top 5 Wine Clubs – My *FAVORITES*

    Paul
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    I created this handy chart to share with you my top five picks for wine clubs! I’ve tried them all and compiled the best of them and what they offer, or don’t offer. Also, I’ve done an in depth review of each of them, so check them out if you want to know more!Wine of the Month ClubClub WCellars Wine ClubWall Street Journal Wine ClubLaithwaites Wine ClubVisitPrice$21.95$39$39$69.99 (First Shipment) Then $149.99 Quarterly$69.99 (First Shipment) Then $139.99 QuarterlyNumber of Wines Per Shipment2 Bottles3 Bottles (6 Bottle Option)2 Bottles12 Bottles (Every 3 Months)12 Bottles…
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  • Tasting Notes: J. Christopher 'Uber' Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    John Neimann
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    This is pure Sauvignon Blanc, fermented in acacia barrels. Intense and grassy with a deep splash of citrus and a long, tangy finish. A Sauv Blanc for those who love the grape in its most dense and unadorned expression. Sweet woody scents that nicely compliment the passion fruit, high-toned green herbs, and apple. A lime-like citricity supplies a more mouthwatering and less provocative but equally invigorating sense of acidity in a lingering finish. Über Sauvignon (Sauvignon Blanc) is a single vineyard wine from the Croft Vineyard. Mineral driven aromas with bracing acidity and refined…
  • Tasting Notes: J. Christopher 'Sandra Adele' Pinot Noir 2010

    John Neimann
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Vivid ruby. Smoky dark berries, licorice and succulent herb aromas pick up spiciness and a touch of minerality with air. Plush and expansive but energetic, offering sweet blackberry and cherry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. The smoky note comes back strong on the youthfully tannic, vanilla-tinged finish, which lingers with appealing spiciness and tenacity. Flavors of cola and black cherry mingle seamlessly in a forward, lightly floral wine. It has less power and muscle than many Dundee Hills Pinots, but that's not to criticize; the fruit is excellent, and the wine has both texture…
  • Tasting Notes: Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2011

    John Neimann
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    "This Carpe Diem Pinot is made by Arnaud Weyrich, who also makes the Roederer wines in Anderson Valley which are some of the best known to the region. This still wine is stellar-earthy and mushroom-tinged, with a sexy mouthfeel, blue and red high tones of fruit and just a soft hint of spice." - Virginie Boone Food pairing: Roasted pheasant with bright, tangerine roasted root vegetables, or any dish highlighting grilled chicken and herbs. Carpe Diem Pinot Noir is made in Northern California's Anderson Valley. Over the years, this region has gained the reputation of an ideal terroir to grow…
  • Tasting Notes: Brooks 'Rastaban' Pinot Noir 2009

    John Neimann
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Beautiful floral aromas, lilac, purple flowers, red fruit, lavender candy, rhubarbs, root and gentian aromas in the nose. Slightly herbal palate with raspberry, candied cherry, crimini mushrooms and forest floor. Fantastic mouthfeel, supple with bright acidity and a long finish. A truly delicious wine with intense complexity and red fruits. Perfect with a cheese plate, salmon on buckwheat blini and creme fraiche, pork or duck with cherries. An exceptionally fresh and very Pinot nose also blends in spice, plum and a hint of smoke. There is excellent richness to the round and solidly…
  • Tasting Notes: Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009

    John Neimann
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Crushed rose petal, red fruits and cherry stone meld with a seam of spice on the nose. On the palate the impression is more a spread of dark fruits and deep, savory flavors. Tannins are very fine, almost chalky, providing a long, driven finish. The wine has a tension and purity of character that we’re excited about, and we very much look forward to following its evolution. Vine age is undoubtedly a factor in the distinctive sense of place so evident in this Pinot Noir. Naturally fermented with 10% being whole bunch, the 2009 Pinot Noir spent 12 months in French oak, 25% new. Medium…
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  • Introducing...

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

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

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

    vine life
    21 Oct 2013 | 1:03 pm
    posted by BeckWe've mentioned this a few times, but yeah, we got a dog. Here's how it went down.Back in June JP called me one day after work and told me he wanted to go and look at a dog that had wandered onto a friend of a friend's property. The people had waited a couple of weeks, done their due diligence and no one claimed the dog. They weren't able to keep her, but wanted to see her go to a good home. "No," I said. "I'm just going to go look at it," he said."No dog," I repeated. "I will divorce you." (I realize one should make light of the "D" word, but I was semi- serious.) I…
  • The Bounty - Harvest 2013

    vine life
    10 Oct 2013 | 6:00 pm
    posted by JPThis just happened to be on the window of LJ's classroom today.Beck wrote this last week: "JP and I are both speechless. This morning the pickers arrived for our 3rd harvest. As we watched them start picking and loading the grapes into the bins our excitement built. This may actually work this year. This crazy adventure we started on a little more than 2 years ago may actually start to pay off."It says in the Bible that "the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few." That verse applied to our life quite literally this year. Growing up as…
 
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