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  • Wine and Cheese Pairings, Types of Wine, Wine and Cheese Parties

    Southwest Wine Guide Updates
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Choosing wine and cheese pairings takes experimenting to determine which types of wine, tastes and styles are the most appealing.
  • How to Be Smart About Wine (Wine Spectator) News & Features
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Hint: It's not just about money and points
  • Retrospective – Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s

    GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show
    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…
  • Vintage 2014, and California declares war on small wineries

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
      With the first (light) rain of the season expected tomorrow (today, as you read this) north of the Golden Gate Bridge, I thought it was a good time to consider the 2014 vintage in California. So, as usual, I asked my loyal Facebook friends, who responded in force. The story is this: short, compressed harvest. Record early, in many cases a month before normal. (This means that Autumn rains should not be a problem. If they actually come, which everyone is hoping they will.) A good crop, tonnage-wise, not a record, but then, it comes on the heels of two record-setting years (2012, 2013).
  • 2012 Burgundy - Believe The Hype (with all due respect to Public Enemy

    Rockss and Fruit
    Lyle Fass
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    I tend to look past generic vintage hype when evaluating wines; there is so much variation between sub regions and even microclimates that it is hard to generalize.  Having said that, I tend to agree with the across the board consensus (among wine lovers, wine makers, wine critics, sommeliers, importers, distributors and retailers) that the 2012 Burgundy vintage is as good as it gets. It has it all. Fruit for days, density, volume in the mouth, structure to age for a very long time, incredible early drinkability on certain wines, site character and mouth cleansing acidity that brings it…
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    GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show

  • 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…
  • Wines of the Mosel – with St. Urbans-Hof

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Viticulture has been taking place in the Mosel since the Romans brought cultivated grapevines here two millennia ago. It turns out the region’s unique geologic and climatic conditions are perfect for growing great Riesling along the Mosel and its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer. The cool continental climate, the slate soil, and the steeply-hilled topography all work together to produce beautiful Riesling. For generations the Weis family has been making wines in Leiwen. Nik Weis’ great-grandfather owned a top parcel within the Laurentiuslay, widely acknowledged as the best vineyard…
  • Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Charles Heintz

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Located in the Occidental region of Sonoma County, the Heintz Ranch has been owned by the Heintz family for nearly 100 years. Charlie’s grandparents purchased the land in 1912, and Charlie’s father farmed here. Apples remained in production until their first Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1982. The family still maintains about 8 acres of apple orchard today. Following in the footsteps of his father, Charlie began farming Heintz Ranch in 1984, and expanded the vineyards to include Pinot Noir and perhaps his personal favorite, Syrah. With a who’s who list of wineries like…
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    Vinography: A Wine Blog

  • Vinography Images: A Sea of Blue

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:56 pm
    A Sea of Blue A tumbling sea of blue grapes moves through the destemmer at harvest 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…
  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 14, 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included one of the best Xinomavros in existence. What's Xinomavro, you ask? A lovely, dark grape from northern Greece that can do great things in the right hands, and this is a prime example. If you haven't tried it, go out and get yourself a bottle! Winemakers in California seem to be backing away from the oak barrels when it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, which means…
  • The Taste of Something New: Introducing Solminer Wines

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:11 am
    Many things motivate the ambitious wine lover, but the curious joy of discovery often ranks highest among the forces that drive us to drink widely. Few things compare to the electric thrill of opening a completely unknown bottle or taking up an inscrutable glass only to be rewarded not just with something tasty, but something fantastic. This feeling remains one of the main reasons I continue to dutifully work through all the unsolicited wine that comes to my door. Because for all the mediocre and totally uninspiring wines I get, there are gems. This is the story of one of those gems -- the…
  • Vinography Images: Swift Work

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Swift Work A worker moves quickly through a vineyard during harvest in Sonoma County. Vineyards throughout the state are full of workers at the moment, who are bringing in the 2014 vintage. 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…
  • Social Media Answers the Question: Where Did Australian Wine Go Wrong

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:38 pm
    The other day I found myself contemplating the question of how Australian wine lost its footing after being so popular for so long, and what it could do to recover. I'm not close enough to the wine trade to have my finger on the pulse of what people say when they're perusing the aisles of wine stores and are pointed in the direction of Barossa Shiraz by a clerk. Clearly they're not as amenable to that suggestion as they have been in the past. Australian wine sales have fallen significantly in the US (and in the UK) over the past five years. Depending on whose statistics you believe, the…
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  • Use Your Words—Whether Whining or Writing on Wine

    Tom Wark
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Every now and then I use “big words” both on this blog, on my other media endeavors, and in my work as a publicist. There is and always has been a debate among marketing professionals as to what level of vocabulary ought to be employed in order to properly deliver a marketing or promotional or sales message. It’s an interesting debate. I fall on the “use-the-word-that best fits-regardless-of-its-obscurity” side of the debate, rather than the “keep-it-simple-stupid” approach. There’s a middle ground in this debate, but it isn’t occupied by…
  • Finally, Something New in the World of Wine

    Tom Wark
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    As far as I can tell, there is only one reason to understand the vocabulary of wine; those words and phrases that attempt to describe the experience of tasting a wine: To be able to communicate with others about the experience. Of course, that one reason is an important one since the idea of two wine lovers sitting across from each other and explaining why they like a particular wine by saying “because” isn’t really a sustainable conversation. In his new (and first) book “The Essence of Wine”, wine writer Alder Yarrow reminds us that the processing centers for…
  • Alcohol, Anti-Federalists and the Failure of the 21st Amendment

    Tom Wark
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    I’ve been enjoying of late a review of the politics and ideologies of the American Revolutionary period. This period of our history has always been my favorite. But in enjoying a series of lectures, reading an old Bernard Bailyn history and looking over some primary documents, one thing has become clear to me. Today’s consistently discriminatory state laws concerning alcohol, the state laws that put out-of-state entities at a severe commercial disadvantage, amount to a refutation of one of the main arguments in the Anti-Federalist critique of the proposed national Constitution of…
  • Suggestions for the Drunken Alcohol Researchers

    Tom Wark
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    The Washington Times published an article outlining the commitment at the National Institute of Health to researching alcohol-related issues. My favorite alcohol-related study funded by the NIA is one in which Yale University and Arizona State University were given $154,688 to determine if drinking excess amounts of alcohol leads to losing more money while gambling. Heck, I could have confirmed the answer to this question was “yes”, and would have only charged them $100,000. But what’s clear from reading the Times article is that the NIH has only just scratched the surface…
  • A Grape Harvest in Full Swing and How You Can Help

    Tom Wark
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    The Northern California grape harvest is in full swing now according to most reports and my talks with folks. And when I say “full swing” I mean to say there are all sorts of shenanigans going on during this year of the early and quick harvest. • Red grapes mingling with white grapes on the crush pads •Grapes choosing sugar over acids • The cool Sonoma Coast giving up its grapes a month early • Total harvests of many reds finished before October begins • Winemakers scheduling Mexican and Hawaiian vacations in November and December instead of December and January One of…
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • 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)
  • The Case of the Vanishing Noodle

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

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

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

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

  • TRAVEL: Celebrating Scandinavia

    Douglas Blyde
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:08 am
    AT a recent lecture at Habitat, Swedish “king of the red thread”, Staffan Tollgard attributed the success of Scandinavian design to a deep sense of integrity far removed from the approach of “dip MDF in gold and call it luxury” prevalent in his adopted city, London - something “neither democratic, nor honest.” Tollgard’s remark is revealing. Scandinavia’s design culture, where matt triumphs gloss and silver is more apparent than gold, mirrors the local mindset. Read at Aga Living >
  • TRAVEL: Hidden Places

    Douglas Blyde
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    BROUGHT to life by Washington-based travel website, Expedia, ‘Hidden Places’ is an interactive guide intended to take users to the arguably lesser-known corners of Dalmatia’s Dubrovnik...What inspired Hidden Places?We wanted to uncover what is important and unique about Dubrovnik and explore the idea that cities often have amazing places hidden in plain sight. We sent a researcher to Dubrovnik to meet an expat who had lived there for many years so we could find some of the places that locals love but were perhaps off the tourist radar. Once we had the information, we used developers and…
  • SPIRITS: Myles Donneky

    Douglas Blyde
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    THE 22 year-old bar manager of “Hutong” above Aqua on floor 31 of The Shard talks to Douglas Blyde about tea punches, pride in service, and competitive pong-pong... Read at Harper's >
  • SPIRITS: The Mushroom Man

    Douglas Blyde
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    MICHAEL Hyams treats me to a bacon sandwich at Tony’s’ greasy spoon in New Covent Garden market. The time is approaching 7am, the end of his working day, but the beginning of mine. “I sell most mushrooms between 11pm and 3am,” he explains...Read at Alexander & James >
  • CARS: Joe Macari

    Douglas Blyde
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    Two articles on star car man, Joe Macari:Billionaire >Wharf newspaper >More images at Visuals >
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    Wine Camp Blog: a points-free zone

  • Dawn in Los Angeles. The Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Craig Camp
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
  • Earthquake and a New Harvest

    Craig Camp
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Cornerstone Cellars 2013 vintage is somewhere in there. In the pitch darkness of your deepest sleep a nightmare suddenly launches your bed into the air jarring you awake. But waking only makes it worse as you realize that it was not a dream, but reality that launched your bed off the ground. But that's just the beginning as your entire house has been tossed in the air. Even beyond that you finally understand it's not just the bed, nor the house that has been flipped into the air, but the very ground itself. Before your can fully comprehend what has happened it's over and everyone is…
  • A Beautiful Factory

    Craig Camp
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:17 pm
    It was majestic, breathtaking. It cost tens of millions of dollars. It was the most beautiful factory I'd ever seen. Such are the temples of wine in the Napa Valley. Shrines to people rather than agriculture. The days of Bottle Shock have long passed to be replaced by sticker shock. The Napa Valley is no longer the place a farmer can bring his winemaking dream to reality. Today in the Napa Valley people build pyramids to their own memories just as the pharaohs did in ancient Egypt - and for the same reason. Immortality is expensive. Making wine is farming and it's hard to think of anything…
  • In Spite of the Fact...

    Craig Camp
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Yountville 8/9/14. Beautiful in spite of the fact this is no place to grow chardonnay.
  • August Napa Valley

    Craig Camp
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    August dawn Napa Valley Yountville AVA
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  • 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...
  • Chaminade Resort Farm to Table dinner features Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    2 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Join wine and food-loving friends at Chaminade Resort & Spa’s 7th Annual Farm to Table wine dinner on Friday, August 15, and continuing each month through October, 2014. Guests are seated at large, beautifully set tables designed...
  • Hoffman’s ‘Tavern on the Glen’ serves Santa Cruz Shakespeare fans

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

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

  • 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
  • The Riesling Has Landed

    David Flaherty
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The remnants of our two-hour Riesling master class with Paul Grieco and Stuart Pigott today for the full staff of Hearth & Terroir. 25 Rieslings. Awesome. The 7th (and final) Summer of Riesling is coming…
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • How to Choose a Surfing School in Spain and Portugal

    Guest Blogger
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    Editor’s Note: Although summer has come and gone, there’s no reason why you can’t be planning next year’s goal to become a surfing pro! Avid beach lover, Leah Burt, has provided us great suggestions on what to look out for when choosing your perfect Portuguese or Spanish surf camp! Over the past decade, Portugal and Spain have evolved to be some of the best surf destinations in the world, with surf schools popping up along the entire coastline. For a diehard surfer, or even a newbie curious to coast the waves, this is incredible news! But knowing which one is…
  • Friday Feature Photo: Correfoc, La Mercé, Spain

    Gabriella Opaz
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    Photographer: Jordi Cohen Capture Date: Setember 2007 Location: Via Laietana, Barelona, Spain About:  This was the second time the photographer took pictures at the “correfoc”,  having learned a few tricks from last year’s challenges. Cruising Via Laietana, he saw a group of devils light their torches using the fire expelled from the Fire Breather. After one failed attempt at capturing the image, he was fortunate to grab the second beautifully. Technical considerations: The picture was taken in raw with a Canon EOS 5D, a ISO 1600, f 3.2 1 / 8000, no flash, and 16mm focal…
  • Top 5 Music Venues in Barcelona

    Sam Zucker
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    Barcelona is known for many things, among them art, history, industry, tradition, trade, food (of course), and night life. The Barcelona locals, as well as party-hungry tourists, have an international reputation for doing everything a bit later in the evening than their other European counterparts. Notoriously, dinner in Barcelona (and many parts of Spain) is around 9:30pm, and “no one” goes out to the disco (note: that the term “disco” is still cool here and refers to a night club. Don’t laugh) until at least 2am. Understandably, if you’ve come to Barcelona and only have a few…
  • Cheese from Picos de Europa: Home of the Spanish Blues

    John Perry
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Shared between three autonomous communities (Principado de Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León), the Picos de Europa mountain range towers above the north-western Spanish seaboard south of the Bay of Biscay. These mighty limestone mountains with steeply jagged peaks, deep cave formations and exuberant alpine forests are home to some of the most captivating blue cheeses in Spain; each with their own spirit and singularity. With their sharp flavors and smooth textures, blue cheeses are usually reserved for last by cheese lovers when indulging in their passion. Our Spanish line up includes…
  • Friday Feature Photo: Breathtaking Views from Cabo Girao, Madeira

    Gabriella Opaz
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    Photographer: Florette Hill Capture Date: February 27, 2011 Location: Cabo Girao, Madeira, Portugal About: Florette took this photo during a stopover in Funchal (Madeira) while cruising on the Costa Concordia – the very same Costa Concordia that sank off the coast of Italy in 2012. Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago located in the north Atlantic Ocean, approximately 400 kilometers (250 mi) north of Tenerife, Canary Islands.  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…
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    One Wine Per Week

  • Underground Cellar

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I received an e-mail to my blog address from Brian at Underground Cellar asking if I'd be willing to share the latest news about his venture with my readers.   First of all I had to take a look at their web site to learn what they were about since I was not familiar with them. After doing some reading, as well as signing up on their site, I think it is a worthwhile site to write about. Note
  • power outage

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    The other day a planned power outage notification came in the mail from Southern California Edison.  Naturally the first thing I thought about was how this would affect the wines I keep in my three little wine coolers, especially given the hot summer we've had here in Southern California.  The outage was scheduled for tomorrow - September 17th, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Today when I got home
  • more on points

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    The other day I wrote about wine ratings and the point scale. Today I ran across a nice example of how subjective the whole thing is.  Here is what someone in Cellar Tracker had to say about the 2010 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel (I X'd out the person's moniker): 9/14/2014 - xxxxxx WROTE: 90 points Didn't seem to age well. OK, but nothing special So a wine that is merely "OK, but
  • grapes

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Last night my brother in law brought a bottle of 2012 Melville Syrah, Verna's Vineyard to a family dinner.  Despite the less-than-ideal glasses, I thought it was a very good wine.  Giving it a slight swirl (as much as could be expected given the tiny glasses) and sniff, my nose was hit with the aromas of bacon fat. Lots of it.   I asked my wife what she thought it smelled like.   "It smells
  • changing direction, part three

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    In part two, I mentioned I had made a list of wineries to check out from ones mentioned in Jon Bonne's book, The New California Wine.  Some of the producers made wine available to purchase only to those on their mailing list, and many of those had wines available by allocation only, at certain times of the year.  I put my name in on several of these mailing lists; for some, I had no real clue
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    Dr Vino's wine blog

  • Meet the new critic: the electronic tongue

    Dr. Vino
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Winemakers who make wines for critics, meet your new overlord: the electronic tongue! Although artificial, or electronic, tongues have been developed before, researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark have a breakthrough in their application to wine. Now, proteins from human saliva can be mixed with wine in the artificial tongue that can measure the effect of wine’s astringency, or tannins, on the tongue via a gold-plated nanosensor. So welcome to the the new era of wine reviewing, where, instead of nonsense wine descriptors, the robo-tongue can just cut straight to the chase and spit…
  • Nested wine glass aims to pace you

    Dr. Vino
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Drink a glass of water for every glass of wine and you’ll emerge from the evening hangover-free. Such is common wisdom and some French design students have made some new nesting glassware, hand blown in Holland, that help drinkers comply with this maxim. However, in his book Proof: the Science of Booze, Adam Rogers pours cold water on the idea. He writes that academic research on hangovers has not demonstrated dehydration, or a lower level of electolytes, as the cause of hangover severity. So I guess it’s a good thing the the designers of the nested wine glass told Dezeen that…
  • Back to school with my new NYU wine class

    Dr. Vino
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    This fall, all you grown ups can go back to school thanks to my NYU wine class. Now in its ninth year, the course provides a lively forum to discuss hot-button issues of the wine world, explore key countries and regions, as well as taste at least six wines each session. It runs for six weekly sessions from October 15 through November 19. It’s always fun to see site readers in the class–hope to meet you there! Full details and registration. The post Back to school with my new NYU wine class appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
  • Wines under $20: Ott (Gruner edition)

    Dr. Vino
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    There’s a hilarious story that runs every August: they’re running out of rosé in The Hamptons! Predictably, it ran again this week. There are tons of great rosés out there (both still AND sparkling, ahem, Hamptons-goers) but the good ones do tend to sell out early in the season. So stock them early for subsequent stashing in sea planes! Rather than mention other rosés, I’m going to pivot and talk about Ott. Domaine Ott is the pink object of much desire in the Hamptons. But wine enthusiasts would be very will served to take an Austrian turn and try Bernhard Ott’s…
  • Sting: pay to pick my grapes

    Dr. Vino
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Finding labor to perform the annual harvest at a vineyard can be hard. Many wineries compete for migrant laborers at a time when there are lots of other fruit to bring in; we’ve even seen wineries recruit students to pick the grapes. But Sting doesn’t have such difficulties: the Englishman in Tuscany is charging people $350 a day to come and work in his vineyard. The paying pickers would arrive at a leisurely 11:30 at Il Palagio, Sting and Trudie Styler’s 900-acre estate. After a picnic on a lawn, with possibly a game on the giant chess set, the paying help can then start…
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Review: *** $ Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap, Western Cape, South Africa, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for The Wolftrap. Original tasting and review : This is Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap, Western Cape, South Africa, 2013, a blend of 66% syrah, 32% mourvedre and 2% viognier, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled the year after vintage date, in September, 2014.In the glass: Medium, bright dusty red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky, deep, smoky black and red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be thick and layered, perhaps brooding.On the palate: The primary elements on the…
  • Review: *** $ Mischa Estate Merlot, Wellington, South Africa, 2009 = BEST VALUE

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Mischa Estate Merlot. Original tasting and review : This is Mischa Estate Merlot, Wellington, South Africa, 2009, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled five years from vintage date, in September, 2014.In the glass: Deep muddy rusty red, opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at  room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean and bright red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and fresh.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet and fresh as anticipated, with curls of…
  • Review: *** $ Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc, Darling, South Africa, 2011 = BEST VALUE

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc. Original tasting and review : This is Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc, Darling, South Africa, 2011, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in September, 2014.In the glass: Medium yellow.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean crispness, underlying fruit with supporting stainless steel.  From the aroma, seems like this will be balanced between fruit and stoniness.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sleek…
  • Review: **+ $ Joubert-Tradauw Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Tradauw, South Africa, 2008

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Joubert-Tradauw Chardonnay. Original tasting and review : This is Joubert-Tradauw Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Tradauw, South Africa, 2008, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled six years from vintage date, in September, 2014.In the glass: Deep yellow to light gold.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, light butterscotch.  From the aroma, seems like this may be tired but still carrying fruit.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as expected.  Finish…
  • Review: ** $ La Mision Reserva Merlot, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2007

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for La Mision Reserva Merlot. By way of background, opening thoughts:  Original tasting and review : This is La Mision Reserva Merlot, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2007, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled seven years from vintage date, in September, 2014.In the glass: Light to medium dusty red.On the nose: Poured at warm room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, lusty red currant fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be spicy and fat.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact relatively…
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  • The ultimate foodie itinerary for Napa Valley

    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

    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…
  • Napa among 10 healthiest cities in the world

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Just in time for the weekend we’ve got a few interesting Napa Valley items to pass along. In the meantime, harvest continues in earnest (as does earthquake recovery), don’t forget to follow along on our dedicated harvest page featuring photos and videos from winemakers throughout the valley. Napa ranked among the 10 healthiest cities in the world CNN put together a list of the 10 healthiest cities in the world, including Copenhagen, Vancouver, Monte Carlo and Napa! Here’s part of the write up on our little city: Let’s be honest: Napa is best known for its wine. The list of…
  • Sushi bar coming this Fall to Oxbow Public Market

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Following the earthquake last Sunday, local businesses have made it a point to let people know the vast majority of wineries, restaurants and shops in the area are open and operating as usual. Based on a quick stroll through Oxbow Public Market this afternoon people seem to have gotten the message. As we navigated through the crowd in the bustling market we were excited to see a small bit of progress being made on the new seafood market and sushi bar from Eiko’s. Located next to Five Dot Ranch in the former space of Kanaloa Seafood, Eiko’s Seafood Market and Sushi Bar will…
  • 6.1 earthquake rattles the valley, Napa vows to press on

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    It’s been more than 48 hours since a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Napa Valley and surrounding areas to its core. For us personally, it has been a whirlwind of emotions, nerves and activity. While we were extremely lucky not to have sustained any injuries or major property damage, many of our friends and neighbors cannot say the same. Well, that was a little intense…hope everyone is OK here in #NapaValley #AmericanCanyon — Trevor (@TrevR) August 24, 2014 There have been plenty of news reports (as we write this, local television helicopters circle incessantly overhead)…
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  • Drink London The 100 Best Bars and Pubs

    Andrew Barrow
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    Drink London The 100 Best Bars and Pubs Bar Pepito, yep heard of it but never been… Vinoteca… been to all of them… Terroirs… which wine lover hasn’t been there? I’m flicking through Drink London The 100 Best Bars and Pubs. Many of those listed are way outside my usual London stomping grounds but many are not and I wasn’t even aware they even existed. I‘ve probably walked passed many without realising the gem within. Take the Ape and Bird on Shaftsbury Avenue: “.. it doesn’t look much like your average Dog and Duck. On the ground floor is a casual restaurant and a separate…
  • Errazuriz The Blend Collection White

    Andrew Barrow
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    Errazuriz The Blend Collection White One of the highlights of a recent meal with Francisco Baetting of Errazuriz. He was rather proud of this (and all the wines on show to be frank) the only wine of its type made in Chile. Strongly Rhone in style being a blend of 55% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne and 15% Viognier offering “hawthorn, white flower, and spice”. Originally, as Francisco explained, the blend was based on Viognier, but over time he has tweaked the components to give “a fuller wine”. Only 500-700 cases are made each year. Grab a bottle of the “drinking…
  • Hanging Wine Glasses

    Andrew Barrow
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Hanging Wine Glasses Could have been taken anywhere – a row of glasses ready and, no doubt, terribly willing to be used. These glasses just happen to have been taken in the Bordeaux wine school (Ecole du Vin) in, obviously, Bordeaux. Or as the Americans would put it Bordeaux, France. I assume they have other Bordeaux’s. I only know the one. A little careful study – see what I did there – of the reflection and you should be able to make out a few seated pupils. They – and me too – were about to participate in an aroma test. Little phials (pens in fact) of…
  • The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

    Andrew Barrow
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon I was in a restaurant once where, on asking the sommelier – crisply suited with a dangling, shiny, tastevin hanging around his neck – for a wine list I was haughtily advised that they only have two wines, “a red, sir and a white. Sir”. I, in a fit of uncontrolled astonishment questioned the lack of a rosé. One wonders if his extensive training didn’t stretch to the coupling of rosé and the pitiful dishes the kitchen kicked out. But he looked quite perturbed under my eye-brow raised Paddington Bear stare. That was my one and…
  • Moustachioed Wine Man

    Andrew Barrow
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    Moustachioed Wine Man Somewhere during the visit to Pichon Longueville I spotted this sad looking chap. The drooped shoulders just add to his unhappy demeanour or maybe its the weight of the bottles he is carrying? The moustache also add to the overall sullen feeling. But I still rather like him. Photo: The Moustachioed Wine Man - A UK Wine Blog - We Spit... So You Can Swallow Related posts: Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton Pavillions Fete du Vin 2014 Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux
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  • The ultimate foodie itinerary for Napa Valley

    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

    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…
  • Napa among 10 healthiest cities in the world

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Just in time for the weekend we’ve got a few interesting Napa Valley items to pass along. In the meantime, harvest continues in earnest (as does earthquake recovery), don’t forget to follow along on our dedicated harvest page featuring photos and videos from winemakers throughout the valley. Napa ranked among the 10 healthiest cities in the world CNN put together a list of the 10 healthiest cities in the world, including Copenhagen, Vancouver, Monte Carlo and Napa! Here’s part of the write up on our little city: Let’s be honest: Napa is best known for its wine. The list of…
  • Sushi bar coming this Fall to Oxbow Public Market

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Following the earthquake last Sunday, local businesses have made it a point to let people know the vast majority of wineries, restaurants and shops in the area are open and operating as usual. Based on a quick stroll through Oxbow Public Market this afternoon people seem to have gotten the message. As we navigated through the crowd in the bustling market we were excited to see a small bit of progress being made on the new seafood market and sushi bar from Eiko’s. Located next to Five Dot Ranch in the former space of Kanaloa Seafood, Eiko’s Seafood Market and Sushi Bar will…
  • 6.1 earthquake rattles the valley, Napa vows to press on

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    It’s been more than 48 hours since a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Napa Valley and surrounding areas to its core. For us personally, it has been a whirlwind of emotions, nerves and activity. While we were extremely lucky not to have sustained any injuries or major property damage, many of our friends and neighbors cannot say the same. Well, that was a little intense…hope everyone is OK here in #NapaValley #AmericanCanyon — Trevor (@TrevR) August 24, 2014 There have been plenty of news reports (as we write this, local television helicopters circle incessantly overhead)…
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  • JanKris Killer Case Strikes Again

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Crush it!Don’t worry, Commissioner. We’ll get the guy. I’ve got two of my best men on the Killer Case.Daniels! Jameson! In my office NOW! What’s going on with you two, huh? I’ve had you both on the McGillicuddy murder for two weeks now and what have you got for me? Nothing, that’s what. Not a suspect, not a clue, not one single solitary piece of evidence that points us in the direction of the killer except for those JanKris Paso Robles bottles you found at the scene. So was our killer a winemaker? Maybe he was a wine dealer? Are you… are you two giggling? Listen, you two had…
  • Reata Wines Pinot Noir (2)

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's a winner!Reata be in pictures. Not only did these wines get props from Wine Enthusiast; they’ve earned a bunch of other accolades. Check ‘em out! -Winner, Gold Medal, Maxim’s 1999 Sexiest Fruiting Berry Deciduous Vine Juice. -Winner, Gold Medal, 2014 US Scrabble Championship. -Winner, Gold Medal, 2014 US Scrapple Championship. -Winner, Silver Medal, RipDizzle 1989 Breakdancing and Jam Tournament. -Participant, “Storage Wars.” -Winner, Bronze Medal, Lathe Integrity Category, 2004 International Woodcraft Finals. -Recurring extra on the 4th season of “Friends.” -Winner, 2012,…
  • Vella Mezzo Secco Dry Jack Cheese

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s a simple fact.You can’t deny the cultural significance of cheese.Photography changed many things. History could be documented more in depth, objectively, and “in the moment.” We have actual, static portraits of the great figures of history to look over; not just paintings or historical tales, both prone to exaggeration or eccentricity of their creators. No, since the dawn of the photograph we’ve continually chased the perfect means to capture the human spirit. To bring an impartial observer removed by thousands of miles or hundreds of years back, instantly, to that moment. And…
  • Oberon Hillside Reserve Cab Sauvignon (2)

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Such macerationA wine that naturally lends itself to poetry. And lamb shanks.Hail Oberon! Cab Sauvignon Bursting upon Us like the dawn And like a swan Near a salon Cab Sauvignon Will carry on Serve on the lawn Play Elton John Find whereupon Your sadness gone Two Oberon Cab Sauvignons Like fine bullion To a dragon In short, be gone You set-upons! Run to Oman! Exchange your yuan! Cab Sauvignon By Oberon Enjoy and bond We've made you yawn Go raise your spawn Maybe they’ll be blonde The color on Goldie Hawn
  • Portlandia Oregon Pinot Noir (4)

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Beard and The WonderfulKeep Portland weird! Just like Austin! Or Brooklyn! Or San Francisco!Just how weird are we? A typical day in the life of a weird Portlander goes like this: He wakes up in the morning … TO AN ALARM CLOCK! He gets ready for work … probably doesn’t shave, because many of our male residents possess beards … AGAIN, WEIRD! Then he waits in our weirdly awful traffic until he gets to his workplace, which is undoubtedly teeming with WEIRD! He might even have lunch from a truck – OH, DID I JUST BLOW YOUR MIND?! He finishes his workday, meets his WEIRD buddies at one…
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  • Turn Up The Piiiiiinot (IPNC 2014 Alfresco Tasting Highlights)

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    As you read this, I’ll be in Hungary, a trip of which half is a curated media tour, and half a working stint doing video interview stuff that I will discuss later, but about which I am particularly excited (not just because it’s a paying gig, but also because it involves one of my personal fave white wine grapes, one that is seriously underrated and underrepresented in the U.S. market at the moment; much more to come on all of that soon). Today, I’m going to be talking about a different paying gig that I recently took on, and a previous media jaunt. The gig is a monthly run over at…
  • Wine’s Next Big Thing Is…

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It seems that every quarter we get predictions about the next big thing in the U.S. wine market. Like most predictions, these are almost always wrong and therefore actually have, at best, neutral value for the wine biz (it could be argued that since they’re almost always incorrect, they have negative value if decisions are made based on them; but since they also have some positive entertainment value, let’s call it a draw). “Next Big Thing” wine predictions are also almost always predicated on two principles: 1) the idea that the wine buying public is scared of wine, and therefore…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 15, 2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 12 Trisaetum Ribbon Ridge Estate Riesling (Ribbon…
  • Siduri Single Vineyard Recent Releases

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Earlier this week, we got into the head of the rabble-rousing guy behind the Siduri label, Adam Lee. That interview turned out to be too interesting for me to edit significantly, and so I decided to take advantage of the online format’s theoretically limitless space and publish as much of it as I could. But even I have limits on the length of the posts I’m willing to publish here, and unfortunately that decision left no room for exploring Lee’s wines. I’m making up for that today, and below you’ll find highlights from a much larger pool of Pinot Noir samples that Lee sent over to me…
  • Getting Inside The Head Of Siduri’s Adam Lee

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Siduri’s Adam Lee is a rabble-rouser. He’s probably most known for producing interesting Pinot Noirs using from several different west coast vineyards (more on some of those single-vineyard wines later this week). He’s also pretty well known for something else: a couple of years ago, while taking part in a panel on alcohol levels and balance in Pinot Noir wines at World of Pinot Noir, he swapped labels on two of his wines (one at 13.6% and the other at 15.2% alcohol) just to prove a point. That point is that a wine’s abv doesn’t matter anywhere near as much as a wine’s overall…
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  • TAV attraversa Lugana DOC, il grido di dolore annunciato
    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
    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…
  • La terra senza mercato
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Mario Guidi, presidente di Confagricoltura: “La terra, senza mercato, è solo rassegnazione (…) Se negli ultimi sessant’anni la popolazione mondiale che soffre di fame è scesa dal 40 al 15 per cento del totale, lo dobbiamo solo a una cosa: l’innovazione. Gli Ogm fanno parte di questo processo tecnologico. Ora vogliamo fermare tutto ciò in nome di cosa o di chi? Meglio lasciar parlare gli agricoltori”. Leggi l’articolo qui. The post La terra senza mercato appeared first on Aristide, a wine blog.
  • Romano Dal Forno rinuncia all’Amarone 2014
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Dopo Bertani e altri piccoli produttori (Terre di Pietra, Tenute Ugolini, e forse altri) anche Romano Dal Forno rinuncia a produrre Amarone della Valpolicella 2014: “…è un’annata (…) con grandi punti interrogativi. Dobbiamo pensare anche al consumatore finale: l’intenditore non può aspettarsi un Amarone di qualità, ed enoteche e ristoranti vedrebbero nell’acquisto del 2014 una zavorra, non un investimento. Noi stiamo pensando di giocarci la partita al meglio con il Valpolicella”. E’ appunto questo che manca: la costante attenzione all’interesse del…
  • La triste deriva dei consumi pro-capite di vino
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Marco Baccaglio, I numeri del vino: - “i consumi pro capite continuano a calare nei tre grandi paesi produttori di vino europei; - si sono stabilizzati su livelli di 20-25 litri pro capite nei paesi grandi consumatori di vino ma non grandi produttori; - non si schiodano dai livelli degli ultimi anni nei mercati del nuovo mondo come USA, Cina o Canada”. I consumi di vino pro-capite nel mondo – Aggiornamento 2011 OIV – © I numeri del vino L’Italia scende a quota 35,4 litri (stima). Desolante situazione, il condividerla con gli altri principali produttori non allevia…
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  • Pints for Prostates Ultimate European Beer Tour Scheduled for Oct. 8-18, 2015

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

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

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

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    SEATTLE – The brewery and beer list for the inaugural Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting on Aug. 16 has been released. The Pints for Prostatesbenefit event featuring a collection of more than two dozen artisan beers and food will be held in two sessions at the Pike Brewing Beer Garden on a roof top with a magnificent view of Puget Sound. Presented by DRAFT Magazine  and sponsored by Dendreon, the Seattle-based biotechnology company that targets cancer, the event featuressome of America’s leading craft brewers along with selected classic imported brews will be poured at the outdoor…
  • Beer Naming Contest Gives Chance to Win a Free 6-Month Membership to The Rare Beer Club

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

    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,…
  • Knock knock. I’m home.

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Hello Wannabe Wino Readers- Radio silence has reigned here at Wannabe Wino for the last 2 months. If you like to have spare time in your life to do things like taste wine and write a blog, I don’t recommend, in the course of 2 months, selling a house, moving twice, traveling to CA, CT, Portugal, Spain, and ME, speaking at 2 conferences, buying and closing on a new house, and moving into it. Not to mention, all my wine had to be put into wine storage while we were between houses! We are moved into our new place, I have the wine back, and I’m kicking September off with a bang by…
  • Live Red Wine Blogging #10 2011 Rios de Chile Reserva Carmenere

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

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

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:25 pm
    have become a weekly ritual, I love the small stores populated by owners serious about their food and produce. There's an energy and chaos that all good markets share, that sense of community and connection and of course passion. I've signed every petition but I suspect it will be vain, each week I red the local rag and grow more certain that the dollar will win and yet another hidden treasure will be bulldozed to be replaced by something sterile and lifeless. If we constantly make and remake will there be anything left to hold and remember?I've been belatedly working my way through all of…
  • Lomo embuchado

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    An Australian pork tenderloin (450g), a zip lock bag from Ikea and 200g of salt, 100g of sugar, 3 tablespoons of smoky paprika and a tablespoon of partially crushed fennel. Seal the bag and put in the fridge, turning the bag daily for three days. (I think next time I'll use some crushed garlic and cut out the sugar).On day 3 remove the pork (mine now weighed 340g), rinse well and then coat with more salt and paprika and then let the meat dry in a cool place for approx 1-2 months. I've put mine in the spare fridge in the shed.From what I've been reading the pork will be ready when the dry…
  • Keller Von Der Fels Riesling 2012

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A Brilliant wine. $A59. I must be growing weak, I had a lot of difficulty in removing the cork and in the end I had to rummage for my Ah-So.I knew this would be mostly dry, but it does smells sweet - blossom and pollen, freshly struck flint. . . It's like a jolt in the mouth - a sting of purity - it's lean, tight, intense and quite amazing. The gustatory equivalent of a bucket of icy cold water on the face.Related but of course different is the 2011 Castle Rock Riesling. West Australian, clear and bright, but already showing some petroleum on the nose. Citrus zest, it's light and frontal in…
  • Domaine Clape Cotes du Rhone 2007

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Pretty - petal, violet, mulberry, it's verging on black currant; later smoky smouldering black cardamon. Again, like the 2005, I wonder about the purity, on the tongue, it seems slightly animal and aniseed to conclude - rasping and dry, it seems to resolve and not for the first time, I wonder if I'm jumping at shadows. It's certainly distinct. . . a rose with a patina of dust and grim.Tasting notes for 2005 vintage. Click here for the original context
  • Dinner

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    400 grams of pearl barley, rinsed and then cooked in a pot of boiling water till puffed and tender (30 minutes). While still steaming mix in some flavoured oil (half a cup of olive oil, a large handful of basil, a clove of garlic, salt, pepper, juice of one small lemon, and a quarter of a preserved lemon rind - processed with a blender) and allow to cool. Then incorporate 2 large handfuls of rocket, a smaller handful of chopped basil and a 350g bottle of marinated feta (oil discarded) and 100 or so grams of chopped pistachio nuts. Click here for the…
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • Sicily ~ Thinking Outside the Boot

    Alfonso Cevola
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    I’m nothing, if not overwhelmed, when I step away from Italy and into Sicily. I am also liberated. Freed from thinking things are as they are, because Sicily has its own interpretation for everything. Culture? At once obsessed and ignorant of the riches surrounding one on any given day in almost any place. Sicily is dripping with history. At the same time, the citizens pile trash, in the cities, in the country, with a disregard for their natural surroundings. Organization? Maybe a road will take you where the GPS tells you to go. Maybe the road won’t be there. Not to worry. For thousands…
  • Sicily ~ The Oldest Kid in Italy

    Alfonso Cevola
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Of all the places in Italy, Sicily is the one that scares me the most. I have cancelled trips to Sicily because I was afraid something was going to happen. I have gone to Sicily when my bones were sore from a car wreck. I have driven a car in the streets of Palermo and Catania, which is questionable for an able bodied person. I have stared at dead people, their skin dry, their eyes missing, their bones falling off their skeletons. I have walked on mosaic floors that were laid thousands of years ago. I have gazed up at ancient temples, the sun glaring back. I have walked the streets in the…
  • Texas Turd-Floater in Passopisciaro #Etna

    Alfonso Cevola
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    2014 has been a crazy year for weather patterns. There seems to be controversy brewing over the quality of the 2014 vintage in Italy. It’s too early to tell, but there are some things that have been happening that are not advantageous to the growers in Italy. One is the unseasonably cool weather in the summer. Another is accompanying rain. Doubtless there will be growers who will have great conditions, but the quantities are down. Here in Sicily, everyone is telling me their harvest is anywhere from 15-30% lower than last year. After two years of double digit increases, perhaps this year is…
  • Sicily 2014: Palermo "Full Immersion" ~ Wine

    Alfonso Cevola
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Posting on the fly as we head out of Palermo on our carousel around Sicily. While Palermo was mainly about food and the evolving multi-cultural experience of a very old city, wine plays a part on the table. We visited one winery, Cusumano. Today our journey takes us to more. For now this is what we’ve tasted with the foods we’ve had. Enjoy. More to come… written by Alfonso Cevola limited rights reserved On the Wine Trail in Italy wine blog +  Italian wine blog + Italy W
  • Sicily 2014: Palermo "Full Immersion" ~ Food

    Alfonso Cevola
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Eggplants at Mercato di Capo - PalermoFull immersion is just what it means. We land in Palermo and drop the luggage at the hotel and hit the streets. First La Vucciria and the Capo open markets. A trattoria and an osteria, and a small event with elevated street food. And that’s just the food.This is complete vanity. Palermo is a fascinating place. These are the highlights. The wine will follow. But there is a saying in Sicily, “Porta cu tia e mancia cu mia” (Bring the food and eat with me).Without food, wine is incomplete.Palermo is a walking city and walk we did. All around the old…
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    Write for Wine - Its Wine OClock Somewhere!

  • Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon

    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…
  • Lauren Ashton Cellars

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Lauren Ashton Cellars launched in Washington wine country in 2009, when Kit Singh, a dentist, decided to apply his knowledge of chemistry with his appreciation of wine and his training in viticulture and enology. Keeping it in the family, he named his winery after his two children and reflected his wife’s Estonian heritage by creating bottle labels with photos of her home country. By late 2012, Lauren Ashton Cellars wines emerged on the Seattle wine scene, and by the following year, rave reviews started to come in. Shortly after that, we too became quick fans of Kit’s…
  • Time to Party with Alexandria Nicole Cellars

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the wonderful people at Alexandria Nicole Cellars know how to party! And even better, they know how to throw a great party too. Every year, ANC holds a Harvest Party in the Vines for wine club members at their estate Destiny Ridge Vineyard. Every year, the party is a resounding success. This year’s Harvest Party is on Sept. 13 and will be a special celebration of the Decade of Destiny – ten years since ANC opened the doors to their first tasting room in Prosser. At that time, they celebrated the wines created from…
  • Another Favorite Winery in McLaren Vale, Australia

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    When we were in Australia in May, we received many recommendations to stop by Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards, the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in founding family hands. We are so glad we followed that advice. The Shiraz is spectacular, and the vineyards are steeped in history. Kay Brothers was established on February 2, 1891, and a diary has been kept every day since. This gives new meaning to the word “awesome.” The diary pages meticulously describe the weather, the vintages and insights into the people, their lives and their hard work. Equally as amazing were the…
  • August Brings the Auction of Washington Wines

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    One of our favorite summer events is the Auction of Washington Wines, a glamorous and fun weekend that benefits Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. This August marks the 27th year of the event, which has raised more than $30 million since 1988. The weekend kicks off early with the Picnic & Barrel Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle on Aug. 14, beginning at 4 p.m. We have attended the picnic for the last few years, and always have such a good time tasting the fine wines of Washington state, talking to winemakers and bidding on some…
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    The Wine Cask Blog

  • Santa Barbara Winery "Petite Sirah" 2010 (Santa Barbara County) wine review by (PB)

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Youngish looking deeply pigmented cranberry jelly colored hue;Aromas--sweet berries out of the glass, big, robust, dark berry fruit with licorice note and a rustic, cigar box, forest floor in the swirl.Palate--Engulfing, fruit bomb that assaults your palate with a rigid acidic foundation befitting such a big wine. There is a tart beam of mouthwatering pomegranate mid palate and all this just on opening. Delicious!I just returned from Santa Barbara visiting several tasting rooms which is where I grabbed this bottle. I think I paid around $30 for it and was pleasantly surprised of how good it…
  • Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune 2007 Wine Review (NW)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:28 pm
    The four wines below were served by PB this past weekend as part of an incredible wine dinner. Best meal of the year!Tasting notes:Red currants with spicy notes on the noseMedium bodied on the palateFinishes with red berries, dry earth, and spiceSummary:Here's a good, dry, and elegant Chorey-les-Beaune from Burgundy. It's ready to drink now and shows a nice balance of fruit, dry earth, and spice. Paired with a variety of appetizers and cheeses, it will transport you to a small village in France. Expect to pay $25 for the pleasure. Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative…
  • Hugel & Fils "Gentil" Alsace 2012 Wine Review (NW)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Tasting notes:Bouquet of Asian pear with honey accentsMedium bodied on the palateSilky finish of stone fruit, floral notes, and good aciditySummary:It's seems this wine is always good and easily approachable. It's well balanced and has a nice flavor profile, all for $14 or so. Paired with roasted fig "bruschetta", it disappeared quickly as part of an intermediate course between red wines. Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Chateau Leoville-Barton St. Julien 2002 Wine Review (NW)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Tasting notes:Opens with a beautiful nose of berries and tobaccoFull bodied on the palateRich and intense finish of black currant, spices, and tobacco with good lengthSummary:Excellent wine, and one of my favorite reds from Bordeaux! It's fully integrated and harmonious with a style that's pure Bordeaux classic. The release price was around $50 but expect to pay $100 now if you see it available.We paired it with grilled, sliced sirloin over a bed a greens. Fabulous, of course! Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Dow's Vintage Port 2007 Wine Review (NW)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Tasting notes:The nose opens up with layers of pepper, plum sauce, and hints of charcoalThe palate is full bodied and denseThe finish is incredibly dense, with prune, dark berries, and touches of anise and spice, all with amazing lengthSummary:This is an excellent Port. In its youth, it's the best I've ever tasted. It shows amazing length and is already seamlessly integrated, youthful, and dense. If you don't see this collecting dust in your local wine shops, it's because it received a perfect 100 points from Wine Spectator. For $80 on release, rest assured, all the bottles are…
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • Chambers Street Wines Named Best Independent Retailer

    Organic Wine Journal
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Chambers Street Wines, which features many organic and biodynamic selections, has been named the Best Independent Retailer in the World by Jancis Robinson’s website. Read the full story at
  • The Real Wine Fair 2015

    Organic Wine Journal
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    THE REAL WINE FAIR: Back again for 2015… but different! Following the fantastic success of this year’s event, we are delighted to announce our plans for The Real Wine Fair 2015. The 2014 Real Wine Fair which welcomed record numbers of trade and consumer visitors, was, without doubt, our most successful and critically-acclaimed event hitherto, featuring 140 organic/biodynamic and natural growers and winemakers from around the world, a roster of superb guest speakers, a busy pop-up wine shop and the return of the Unfiltered Dog, not to forget a typically celebratory Georgian supra.
  • Wine Enthusiast Awards – Pascaline Lepeltier and Kelli White

    Organic Wine Journal
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Wine Enthusiast has released the nominees for their 2014 Wine Star Awards and two people we consider part of the Organic Wine Journal family are up for Sommelier Of The Year. Pascaline Lepeltier, sommelier at Rouge Tomate in New York, is known for her organic, biodynamic and natural wine selections. And Kelli White, sommelier at Press in Napa, has written articles and appeared on our tasting panels in the past. Congratulations to both!
  • The Cleveland Gets A Nod From New York Times

    Organic Wine Journal
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    We profiled NYC restaurant The Cleveland when they first opened last year and The New York Times has finally caught up to us. Eric Asimov writes about ‘10 of New York City’s Most Surprising Wine Lists:’ This intimate restaurant with a lovely garden ought to be nirvana for wine geeks. It specializes in natural wines, which are grown and made with the least possible amount of additives and technology, but the Cleveland is not particularly dogmatic about it. You’ll find bottles from across Europe and the United States. Noteworthy bottles include the 2008 Pierre Frick riesling…
  • Domaine Pellerin —  ‘Bugey’ On Down

    Paul Howard
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    In France, the little known wine region of Bugey is well off the beaten track. I have passed through it frequently, usually on the way to more famous wine destinations, always making a mental note to stop and explore. When I finally did so this year I immediately wished I had done it sooner. Once part of Eastern Burgundy, Bugey is in the l’Ain department of France and is usually only mentioned briefly as a footnote in wine books, either to neighboring Jura to the North or more usually to Savoie to the East. Indeed, this wine region only finally achieved its Appellation Contrôlée…
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  • Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Rosé

    Tim Lemke
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    A couple weeks ago I published a review of Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages, at wine that absolutely blew me away by how awesome it is.  So I had to post a review of another wine from the Bila-Haut line, their rosé. This rosé comes from the Languedoc-Roussillon area in France.  And while many people first think of Bourdeaux, Burgundy or Champagne when they think of French wines, the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region produces a third of all the wine made in France and it’s the biggest wine region in the world, with 700,000 acres of vines. This wine is more…
  • Four Vines Biker Zinfandel – Aggressively Awesome!

    Tim Lemke
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    I first discovered Four Vines back in 2008 at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival.  Well, I discovered them in the same sense that Columbus discovered America.  They were already around and doing quite well, I just happened to become aware of them then. And once I discovered Four Vines I became a big fan!  Their zinfandel totally knocked my socks off.  However, as I remember it, all but one their wines that I tasted back then were priced higher than what I like to spend on a bottle of wine.  So I didn’t dwell too much on them, but I knew I loved what I tasted and looked…
  • Ravenswood Besieged – Dark and Mysterious

    Tim Lemke
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    It’s only September and I’m already seeing Christmas junk on display in stores.  Have they forgotten about Halloween?  It’s one of my favorite holidays, although I haven’t taken the time to celebrate it much in the past few years.  Plus a lot folks say that I’m too old for Halloween. I think Halloween should be celebrated by all ages.  And a number of wine producers appear to agree with me and have been creating special wines to celebrate Halloween.  Really, what’s a better beverage to have on Halloween than some blood red wine? Besieged from…
  • Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages – Simply Awesome!

    Tim Lemke
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Do you ever find yourself looking over a wine list at a restaurant and you’re frustrated that you don’t know any of the wines on the list?  Despite the large number of wines I review, I too find myself in this situation.  But my solution to this problem is to order based on region rather than looking for a specific wine that I know. When it comes to red wines, one of my “go to” regions that I always feel confident ordering is Southern France.  More specifically, I look for wines from the Rhône or Languedoc-Roussillon.  And this wine is a perfect example of why.
  • Château Lamothe de Haux, Côtes de Bordeaux – Old World Style

    Tim Lemke
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Last night I posted a review of Champs de Gaillard, a tasty Bordeaux for under $20 (which seems unbelievable).  And tonight I have yet another bargain-Bordeaux to share, this one from Château Lamothe de Haux. Both of these wines are on the “Today’s Bordeaux” list for 2014.  This is a list of 100 Bordeaux wines priced between $10-$55 selected by a judging panel. This particular wine is made of 60% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc.  It once again proves to me that Bordeaux does have some good wines in my price range. Vanilla aromas dominate the…
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • 2012 Burgundy - Believe The Hype (with all due respect to Public Enemy

    Lyle Fass
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    I tend to look past generic vintage hype when evaluating wines; there is so much variation between sub regions and even microclimates that it is hard to generalize.  Having said that, I tend to agree with the across the board consensus (among wine lovers, wine makers, wine critics, sommeliers, importers, distributors and retailers) that the 2012 Burgundy vintage is as good as it gets. It has it all. Fruit for days, density, volume in the mouth, structure to age for a very long time, incredible early drinkability on certain wines, site character and mouth cleansing acidity that brings it…
  • A Wonderfully Structured and Juicy White Burgundy Value and our first Cremant de Bourgogne

    Lyle Fass
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Two Absolutely Joyous Wines from a Forgotten Region - It Won't be Forgotten for LongEveryone has personal preferences when it comes to wine, which has no bearing on any sort of quality hierarchy. Your favorite wine does not have to be considered the best wine and vice versa. Quality in wine can be discerned by some things like length, depth, complexity, structure, etc. But notice one thing quality cannot be quantified in is pure unadulterated joy. I loves wines that are what they are and are not trying to be something else. That is probably why I love Burgundy so much. Many love Burgundy…
  • The Incredible Côte-Rôtie of Aurelian Chatagnier - Only 1,000 Bottles Made - I have 1/10 of Them

    Lyle Fass
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    One of the biggest hits of the last year has been the clamor over the brilliant red and white St. Josephs of Aurelian Chatagnier. I think that he makes one of the great Cote-Roties no one knows about and I have been trying to offer his Cote-Rotie since Fass Selections opened.  I was always told NO.. until today. This is just a stunning wine. To get this much density, power and complexity out of 8 year old vines is damn near miraculous. It is grown on a tiny .2 hectare parcel. Now here is the real kicker. It is all slate soils and I think there really is something compelling about steep…
  • The Most Distinctive, Elegant Wine Sold by The Master of Terroir - Likely the Best Mid-$30s Dry Riesling in America

    Lyle Fass
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Andreas Laible is certainly one of the best dry winemakers in Germany.  He has a style that is unique - the wines have fruit but they are really driven by perhaps the best balance of any wines in Germany along with stunning minerality and remarkable expression of terroir.  They are delicious and have broad appeal but are also fascinating to drink.  Klingenberger, in my opinion, is his magnum opus; it is simply a glorious experience to drink this wine.  I'm lucky to be able to offer the 2013 Laible Klingenberger for as little as $33.99 on a four pack.  I only got a…
  • Herve Murat's Signature Wine In His Best Vintage Yet - Clos Duc 2012

    Lyle Fass
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I always will hold a special place in my heart for Herve Murat. My first French producer visit and also his 2010's were the first ever Fass Selections' E-Mail.  The 2010's were great, 2011 was even better even though it is perceived as a difficult vintage.  2012 is a great year in Burgundy and Herve's winemaking continues to improve.  We all got in early before Herve attained cult status in France and so we've been able to retain our reasonably-sized allocation.I'm thrilled to offer the 2012 Herve Murat Haute Cotes de Nuits "Clos Duc" which can he had today for as little as…
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    יינות ישראל

  • תפקידי מנהל קהילה

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    כיום, מנהל קהילה וקהילה מנהל נקבע בדרך כלל על החברה החדשנית ביותר של המחלקה, אחד שלוקח את היוזמה השימוש ברשתות חברתיות. בדרך כלל, CM שייך המחלקות תקשורת או שיווק, אם כי במקרים מסוימים תלויים בטכנולוגיה או חדשנות. בארגון בינוני או גדול, אתה צריך להתחיל לחשוב מחדש על הארגון שלהם מן הקרקע, ואת חושבת כי ניהול של מדיה חברתית הופכת תכונה…
  • מהו היחס בין ההון שולט האינפלציה בקולומביה?

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    הכלכלה הקולומביאנית עוברת אחת התקופות הכלכליות הטובות ביותר ב -50 השנים האחרונות. קולומביה מתחזקת. בשנת 2007 צמח המשק 7.52%, השקעות להכפיל את המדינה, הגדלת השקעה זרה ישירה בקולומביה הביקוש המקומי מתחזק. לאחרונה מצאתי אצל אפריקה ישראל אוזן קשבת . אבל בעיצומו של רגע כזה של תהילה של הכלכלה הקולומביאנית, האינפלציה נראית כמו ענן שחור גדול…
  • אינטליגנציה רוחנית

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    אינטליגנציה רוחנית: טופס חדש של ומכאן או משהו יותר של מה כבר ידוע בתחום של חשש האדם? קסטרו E.A. INIFTA, ענף 4, תיבת דואר, דואר אלקטרוני 1900 לה פלאטה, ארגנטינה 16,: מבוא מה זה מה שאנו מכנים מציאות? האם המציאות שאני יודע כפי שהוא אמור להיות? מה יודע מה אמיתי? יש לנו את האמצעים הדרושים מספיק לעצור את המציאות? מה משמעות ומכאן? יש אחד או מספר…
  • רעיונות למתנות חג המולד

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    מכונות אלה לשימוש רפידות כביכול החלק השווה של קפה מיוליוס, דומים במראה של מכונת אספרסו. בנוסף לשיפור מהירות ונוחות בפעולה, זה בטח גם עיצוב אופנתי, מה שהופך אותו מאוד פופולרי התקנים אלה רק עבור אנשים צעירים, רווקים. לענייננו, פצלי שמן הוא הכתובת בשבילך. מתנות חג המולד עבור קונסולות משחק התינוק: עבור ציוד צעיר או אפילו לשחק עבור…
  • נגן MP3 אורך המשחק

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    העמיתים לעבודה על השולחן ראיתי קטן, נגן mp3 hantlichen, הלא הקטן או זעיר, אבל מתאים ביד. לכן ניצלה את ההזדמנות ואני רק צבטתי אותו על השחקן הזה וביכולות שלה… הוא אמר לי שהוא היה מאוד שמח, במיוחד עם הסיבולת (זובידאת זמן) וכללה. עמיתו יש גם נגן mp3, אך יש לו שעות על כל 8 להחליף את הסוללה. כדאי לך לעיין אצל אפריקה ישראל כדי לקבל עוד מידע. העמית…
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    ShipCompliant: Wine Shipping Blog

  • Doing Business in a Crowded Market: A Rise in Wine Labels Approved by TTB

    Zoe Wedel, Account Manager and Business Analyst at ShipCompliant
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    If it appears like the United States wine market has become more saturated over the past couple of decades, here is one measurement that supports this impression: The number of wine labels approved by the Federal government. Before we dig into the details, it is important to note that many COLAs are approved without ever hitting the market. Additionally, the rule governing when a label must be submitted for approval is that the approval must be obtained before the wine is bottled. Using LabelVision, we are able to uncover a number of interesting and useful data points about the American wine…
  • LabelVision Trend Watch: Moscato – In Review

    Zoe Wedel, Account Manager and Business Analyst at ShipCompliant
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recently released LabelVision tool is already giving many alcohol beverage companies a new way to protect their brands, labels and trademarks by being able to closely monitor newly approved alcohol beverage labels. But perhaps just as important is the insights into trends it will lend marketers, the media and researchers. Take the example of Moscato and its meteoric rise over the past few years. We used LabelVision to answer the question, what can we learn about the increase in popularity of Moscato by looking at the history of Moscato label approvals? What we found was stark, hard…
  • Sending our thoughts to California

    Megan Milan, Marketing Coordinator
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    All of us at ShipCompliant are very sorry to hear about the earthquake over the weekend that impacted our friends in Napa and Sonoma. While we are grateful to hear that none of our friends in the area are injured, we are saddened by the property damage, loss of inventory, and overall disruption to the operations the earthquake has caused. If you are not in Napa and would like to help those affected by the earthquake, you can donate to the Red Cross. Click here to donate directly to the Napa County Chapter. Additionally, we encourage wine drinkers to drink Napa wines (#drinknapa) to help make…
  • Indiana Now Requires Encrypted File Transfer for Alcohol Reports

    Sam Straka - Direct Product Manager
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    No one disputes that applying new technology to the process of complying with state liquor regulations is long overdue. However, the new eFile requirements for Indiana excise taxes and shipping reports demonstrates that instituting new digital processes can be challenging. The New Law Beginning with the October filings (due in November), Indiana will require alcohol excise taxes to file reports and submit tax payments electronically. This applies to Direct-To-Consumer as well as wholesale reporting. If you are reporting more than 50 transactions in a reporting period, you must do so via XML…
  • Alcohol Beverage Companies Will See 20/20 with LabelVision

    Megan Milan, Marketing Coordinator
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    The most comprehensive and efficient tool ever created to monitor newly approved for protecting your trademark and proprietary wine names, easily avoiding brand and product name conflicts, researching packaging trends, and brainstorming package design just hit the market. News of such a robust product is particularly exciting because both the novice and the experienced alcohol beverage professional will find value. It doesn’t matter what your day job is  – you will want to use LabelVision. Trends and trademarks change quickly in the alcohol beverage space. Often times we find it hard…
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    Sommelier India - India's only wine magazine

  • Sobering season for liquor importers

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Monday,September 1: The long drawn out drama of new labelling regulations shows no signs of abating. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made it mandatory for imported foods and alcoholic beverages to list all their ingredients on the label, in Devanagari or English. The new labelling requirements, however, are not feasible for many international wine producers for whom India is a small market, observes Reva K. Singh. As if this were not enough, an imported wine also requires to be tested in "approved labs" in India.
  • Cava vs Champagne blind tasting

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    Vishal Kadakia of Wine Park, a wine merchant in India with a penchant for importing high quality hand-crafted wines, recently put to test the blind tasting prowess of Indian wine and beverage professionals, over a flight of eight sparkling wines including five premium Champagnes juxtaposed alongside three Cavas from the House of Gramona of Catalonia, Spain. Sonal Holland, member of the SI Tasting Panel, reports
  • The US market for wine sees exponential growth

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:56 am
    August 28, 2014 - It is a well-known fact that the US wine drinking market is the largest in the world. And, with growing consumer confidence and an increasing number of drinkers switching from other drinks to wine, the market is reaching new heights. According to Wine Intelligence, over a quarter of Americans are buying wine in the off premise costing over $15 per bottle.
  • BWC organises Indian Wine Village in Bangalore

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The Bangalore Wine Club (BWC) is all set to unveil the next edition of the Indian Wine Village on August 31, 2014 at the ITC Gardenia. As the event is taking place after a gap of a few years, Aslam Gafoor, BWC vice-president sees it as the Club's commitment to Indian winemakers and companies. He shares the details with Sommelier India
  • Prohibition proposed in Kerala, India

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Saturday, August 24 - Print and digital publications are abuzz with news about prohibition in Kerala. A few days ago, the Congress-led United Democratic Front government finalised the excise policy proposing to make Kerala alcohol-free in 10 years, according to a Times of India news report. "The UDF has come out with a unanimous decision for a liquor ban in the state to achieve total prohibition,'' chief minister Oommen Chandy was quoted as saying after the meeting. Once the UDF recommendation has been ratified by the state cabinet it will become policy.
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    Grape Wall of China

  • In search of Chinese wine: My new and improved 5A formula

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    By Jim Boyce Finding good Chinese wines is tough. True, hundreds of producers create thousands of wines in this country. Also true, few of those wines offer an attractive blend of quality, price and availability. To illustrate my perspective as a consumer of Chinese wines, I created the 5A formula shown above. (Apologies for my poor design skills!) I start with all of the wine sold under domestic labels (“available”). I then eliminate wines to keep those that are made with locally grown grapes (“authentic”), that taste good (“appetizing”) and that…
  • Selling wine in China: Helene Ponty on the Beijing market

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    By Jim Boyce I recently wrote an article about the Beijing market for an upcoming issue of Wine Business International. It includes insights from a handful of industry players who work for companies that span top-ten distributors to small retailers. One of them is Helene Ponty, who moved to Beijing nearly three years ago to handle importing, marketing and sales of wines produced by the family winery in Bordeaux. The excerpts below include comments she made that I couldn’t fit into the article. For more of Ponty’s insights, and those of others in the China trade, see Wine…
  • Chardonnay in China: Harvest at Wangzhong, Helan Mountain, Grace and Great River Hill

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    By Jim Boyce Harvest is upon us in China and I asked some of the nation’s more interesting Chardonnay makers what is happening in their fields. From west to east… Lilian Carter, winemaker at relatively new operation Wangzhong in the Xinjiang region, says the harvest started this week and is on a similar schedule as last year. “The quality is up on last year with better sugar, acid and flavor synergies,” she says. “Last year, the crop was light and a little exposed. This year the acid retention has been better due to milder conditions and a later start to the…
  • Chile specialists La Cava add options from Spain, Portugal

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    My local wine shop, La Cava de Laoma in Sanlitun Soho in Beijing, continues to expand the portfolio beyond its initial exclusivity with Chilean wines. While Chile, home country of owner Mariano Larrain, remains front and center, La Cava also stocks items from France and — as of last Thursday — Spain and Portugal. The newcomers include a handful of sparkling wines as well as numerous bottles that retail for less than rmb100 (see pics below for some of the options). La Cava has established a small but loyal following, due in part to its rmb20 by-the-glass deal on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • ASC to close The Wine Gallery in Beijing

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    By Jim Boyce Wine importer and distributor ASC will close its multistory Beijing flagship store, The Wine Gallery, on September 30. A company spokesperson cited the upcoming end of the rental lease as the reason and added that there are plans to reopen elsewhere next year. The Wine Gallery opened in January of 2011 in Swire Village North and has served as a retail outlet, education center, event space and private club.
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    Winerepublic| Winerepublic

  • Sedgwick’s Fish Braai For Summer Sizzle

    Media Release
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:16 am
    Add some extra sizzle to summer with Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown as the secret ingredient to a fish braai. Fish is definitely meant for braaing and by adding a touch of Sedgwick’s you’ll discover just how versatile South Africa’s most iconic fortified wine is. Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown, launched in 1916, is named after Captain
  • Sediment Television Series & Sediment Wine Club

    Media Release
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    Afrikaans Volg Net Na Die Engels A unique viewing experience for the first time on South African television For the first time ever on South African television, we are offering you the opportunity to experience the South African wine lands with us from the comfort of your home. Sit back, relax, sip and savour each
  • Grande Provence Secures 4th American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award

    Media Release
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Celebrating a decade of culinary excellence, The Restaurant at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek has just secured its 4th consecutive American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award. The Restaurant at Grande Provence opened its doors 10 years ago in 2004 and has excelled as one of Franschhoek’s top fine dining establishments. “When we received
  • City In Final Countdown To Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

    Media Release
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Most international elite marathon runners ever to take part in South African marathon event begin arriving in Mother City. South Africa’s highest prize-pursed event for a standard marathon has begun welcoming an enviable lineup of participants, including the most IAAF-classified Gold Label-status elite marathon runners ever to take part in a South African sports event.
  • White Blend Wine & Dine Collaboration At Grande Provence

    Media Release
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    Franschhoek – The Restaurant at Grande Provence – Friday, 26 September 2014 at 19h00 Taste some of the Cape’s most exceptional white blends on Friday, 26 September at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate when Cellarmaster Karl Lambour and Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst team up with other cellars for their monthly Wine & Dine Collaboration in
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • TTB Funding

    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

    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…
  • Craft is about MADE in USA

    9 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    It took me a long time (perhaps too long) to realize that — craft is (largely) about MADE IN USA. With an emphasis on made. And less emphasis on USA. This dawned on me when looking at gleaming copper, at Vendome in Louisville, with welders crawling around on the concrete floor — making stuff. It has become rare to have any real connection to people making stuff nearby, and quite apparently, we have a craving to get back to our roots, much as we flock to the beach every summer. If you have any doubt, take a look at the copper porn, arrayed here. In trying to get to the essence of…
  • Non-GMO Beer

    2 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I would like to know if the above beer qualifies as Non GMO. I would also like to know, without a big hassle. I am sitting here with blazing fast internet and a big screen, and yet I remain in the dark as to whether this beer can be considered Non GMO. It would only be more confusing at the point of purchase, with less time and a smaller screen. On the one hand, a recent press release claims Peak beers are the first to qualify to use the logo depicted at upper right on the image above. On the other hand, I can’t find any approved labels with the same seal (and the above is of course not…
  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    As of this date and writing, we have 168 good surveys. Almost all of them are submitted by people with relevant experience; 77% of the respondents have more than two years of work experience in the alcohol beverage field. The term “craft” has become crucially important to thousands of producers and millions of consumers in recent years.  And yet it has no agreed meaning.  We intend to change that within one year from launch, and fill the term with meaning in a fair, flexible, enforceable, modern way, to save it from abuse. - Craft Beverage Association, July 19, 2014 These surveys…
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • Radio-Coteau: Old World Techniques with New World Fruit

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Radio-Coteau: "Broadcast off the hills"From the moment I tasted Radio-Coteau's 2006 La Neblina Pinot Noir they've been one of my favorite producers. That wine was so pure, so completely free of off notes - it was amazing. But in tasting more bottles of their wines since then I've come to learn that bottle wasn't anything out of the ordinary for Radio-Coteau. That's just what they do. They're absolutely one of the most reliably outstanding California Pinot Noir producers I've found.See also: 7 Reliably Outstanding Fruit-Forward California Pinot Noir ProducersBut the really special thing about…
  • Coming Soon: Cliff Lede Wine Dinner at Del Frisco's Boston

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House in Boston is offering a paired wine dinner featuring the wines of Cliff Lede Vineyards.Related Reading:First Look: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House BostonVisiting Cliff Lede VineyardsCliff Lede Vineyards’ finest wines perfectly paired with delicious seasonal dishes in five course dinnerWHAT: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, one of Boston’s premiere steakhouse destinations know for it’s juicy, prime steaks, exquisite wines and exceptional service, invites guest to explore the bold and flavorful wines of Napa Valley winery, Cliff Lede…
  • 10% off at Liquid Discount: Top 5 90+ Rated Values

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    WWP sponsor Liquid Discount is having an inventory reduction sale and offering 10% off $199+ orders with code "wwplaborday10".I poked around their site to cherry pick a few key value wines.All prices are before discount.PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO BARBARESCO 2009 - 93 WS $29.95If you've never tried Barbaresco before but would like to get a feel for exactly what it's supposed to taste like look no further. If you've had  this before you'll know you always want to keep some on hand. Fall is coming and Barbaresco goes great with mushroom dishes on a cool autumn evening.PURPLE HANDS PINOT NOIR…
  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Wine Dinner at Tresca North End Boston

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Kobrand is offering a winemaker dinner featuring Tenuta Sette Ponti and Agricola Punica at Tresca in Boston's North End.This event provides an opportunity to taste a few wines from each producer's portfolio, including the famous Sette Ponti Oreno.See also: Visiting Tenuta Sette PontiSeptember 9, 2014 7:00 pmTresca233 Hanover StBoston, MA 02113$85 plus tax and gratuityGuest Speakers:Giovanna Moretti (Tenuta Sette Ponti)Sebastiano Rosa (Agricola Punica)MenuAntipastiTuna Tartar – costini, micro greens, basil oilPizza – sunchoke purée, fontina, olives, baby arugulaWine: Orvieto Classico…
  • Decoding Orin Swift Winemaker Dave Phinney's "E" Spanish Red

    23 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    I keep seeing email offers for this "E" wine and seeing it on retailer shelves so I decided to buy a bottle of it. I vaguely knew that it was part of Orin Swift (the Prisoner being probably their most famous wine) winemaker's foray into international wines.Reading a bit more about it, it sounds like these are old world grapes made in a new world style. This particular bottling, E-2 (the E is for Esapana, and this is their second non-vintage bottling from Spain), is comprised of red grapes from some of Spain's most desirable regions: Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero.For me,…
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    Wine Club Reviews & Ratings

  • Wine-Blitz Flash Sales

    Eric Nagel
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm is an online wine retailer, but unlike others, they have an email list called “Wine-Blitz.” With Wine-Blitz, you’ll receive 4-10 deals each week with offers that are so good, they sell out in 24-72 hours.These offers are not available via their website, so you have to signup for Wine-Blitz to see the deals. This is in addition to their clearance deals, where you can already find some great buys on popular 90+ rated wines.In addition to the common categories of Red and White wines, also has champagne and sparkling wine, sake, and dessert…
  • Whole Foods Launches National Wine Club (Is It Right For You?)

    Todd Farmer
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Breaking News: Whole Foods is now offering a wine club that can be shipped to your door.  (Starting in October, 2014)That’s a pretty interesting development. Most stores want to lure customers in to their brick and mortar locations, in an effort to sell additional products. I, personally, like the wine selection that I’ve found at my local Whole Foods store, and I like their prices.The new Whole Foods Wine Club ships a half case (6 bottles) of wine to your door every quarter for $125, including shipping. (Assuming your state can accept wine deliveries. Check your state’s…
  • New York Times Wine Club (First Review)

    Tricia Meyer
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    We’ve been seeing some buzz lately about The New York Times Wine Club, so we figured that we would give it a look. Although the Huffington Post was a bit cynical when it announced “New York Times Creates Wine Club to Make Money,” the reality is that wine clubs are a big business and The New York Times has the perfect readers to pitch.How Can You Order?The website is made up of 3 different shopping sections: Club, Gifts, and Store.The New York Times Wine Club offers two different clubs–the Times Sampler Wine Club ($90 for 6 bottles) and the Times Reserve Wine Club ($180…
  • $95 in Free Wine Gifts When You Try Club

    Tricia Meyer
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    The California Wine Club is known for running some really great specials on high quality, artisan-crafted wine. The one we found today is terrific! When you try out their Premier Series through this special offer, you will get $95 in free gifts. And the best part is that the cost of the club is only $39.95 (plus shipping and handling).What is the club? The club consists of 2 bottles of wine a month, either 1 red and 1 white, 2 red, or 2 white–your choice. It includes the Uncorked Newsletter, which will tell you all about the wines, how to pair them, etc. There is no membership fee or…
  • Club W is a hot new wine club – and I can’t escape them!

    Todd Farmer
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Club W is everywhere.  This is the hot new wine of the month club that delivers personalized wines, based on your custom wine preferences.  But unlike other custom “wine profile” technologies (like Tasting Room and Forbes), Club W uses a unique taste test to determine your preferences.  Learn all about their wine tasting process in our full review, where Tricia shows you (on video) exactly how Club W personalizes your wine preferences and exactly what you get when you order a wine club for yourself or as a gift.Their marketing director is doing something right.  Not only are…
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    Wine Peeps

  • A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc

    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]

    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…
  • Mumm: Bubbly from France and Napa

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Mumm family founded the G.H. Mumm champagne house in 1827. In 1876, as a tribute to some of their most prestigious clients, G.H. Mumm decorated a few of their bottles with a crossed red silk ribbon as a reference to the Legion of Honour. Today, G.H. Mumm is the leading champagne brand in France and the third best-selling champagne in the world. The Cordon Rouge Brut is their signature cuvee. In 1979, G.H. Mumm set out to find an ideal winegrowing area in the United States. They picked Guy Devaux for the project. Devaux had more than 40 years experience crafting still and sparkling wines…
  • New Releases from Fielding Hills, 2011 Vintage

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fielding Hills Winery, a small, family-owned winery in Wenatchee, is one of the top wineries in Washington State. Owner/winemaker Mike Wade and his wife Karen are longtime apple and cherry growers who have turned a middle portion of their orchard near Mattawa into a vineyard. Their RiverBend Vineyard, planted in 1998, is in the Wahluke Slope AVA and is their sole source of grapes. We have tasted their wines from their inaugural vintage in 2000 through their current 2011 vintage and continue to be impressed. They are so consistent; it is not a question of whether their wines will be good but…
  • A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to try the 2013 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé from the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington State. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Julia’s Dazzle Rosé is produced and bottled under the Dolan & Weiss Cellars label. However, the masterminds behind it are Long Shadows’ founder Allen Shoup and winemaker Gilles Nicault. For years,…
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    25 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
      Nov 1, 2014, (just in time for the holidays), my new company is launching Designed for travel, food & wine enthusiasts, ages 30-55, hip families and modern professionals.  Sign up or contact me for more information.    
  • International Wine Friends

    3 Nov 2013 | 2:57 pm
    I enjoy collecting pictures of famous folks in the wine business (and chefs, too). This is Beyers Truter, a delightful, down-to-earth, and extremely famous winemaker in South Africa.  He was relatively young when he was awarded the Robert Mondavi Trophy as the International Winemaker of the Year at the 1991 International Wine and Spirit Competition […]
  • Catalan Spain in Sonoma CA

    9 Oct 2013 | 11:46 am
      Why do I advocate drinking global wine? It satisfies my desire to dream about other places, cultures and people, and it’s a favorite game, quite entertaining. Food and wine is an easy way to explore the world. Chianti with Italian Foccacia sandwiches at San Francisco’s Mario’s Bohemian Cafe was my first introduction to pairing, at age […]
  • Where I Want To Be, A Novel by Cortney Roudebush

    26 Sep 2013 | 10:38 am
    In my line of work, I meet a lot of fun, attractive, smart wine lovers and Cortney Roudebush is one of them.  On our first date, she was my guest at a media event. She reciprocated by introducing me to one of her favorite intimate (and insider) food and wine haunts in San Francisco. I […]
  • Ernesto Catena, Uco Valley, Argentina

    13 Sep 2013 | 4:51 am
    Ernesto is one of my top ten favorite wine personalities. When you visit Argentina, do not miss meeting Ernesto at his place, Alma Negra (which means “dark soul“). A free spirit with advanced degrees from Argentina, Milan and London, Ernesto is a fan of beauty and balance.  At Alma Negra, one can feel the terroir […]
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • 2012 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Region:  North Coast, California – USA Cost:  $15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Rich, aromatic dark fruits and baking spices delight the nose, yielding fresh plum and blackberry fruit, violet, dried fig, vanilla bean, and Chinese Five-Spice. The wine is layered with smoky and sappy maple wood, roasted almonds, and hazelnuts and finishes with fine, firm tannins. My Review:  So a few weeks back I talked about my thoughts on the Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, how it wasn’t bad, but not what I looked for in a Sauvignon Blanc. I held off on opening the…
  • Le Grand Courtage Sparkling Wines

    George Perry
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    So a while back I had done a post about some wines from Le Grand Courtage – a Blanc de Blanc Brut made with Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Colombard, and a Rose’ Brut made with Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc, and Gamay. It was done way back in 2012 so you can follow the links to check out those reviews. Recently, however, a new round of the wines showed up at my door with a new addition from last time – a 187ml bottle of the Brut Rose’ So, instead of focusing on the wines for this post since I’ve already written about them (they were good but not great, easy to sip, and…
  • 2013 Manikay Pinot Noir

    George Perry
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Pinot Noir Region:  McLaren Vale, Australia Cost:  ~$15 Winemaker’s Notes:  Born from the fertile red-brown earth of the McLaren Vale region of South Australia, Manikay Pinot Noir exudes a boundless joy and depth of character that sings on the palate. With bright fruit and a hint of violet perfume, Manikay Pinot Noir is ready to enjoy now and will continue to evolve for years to come. My Review:  So as you’ll recall, a few weeks back I was quite effusive in my praise of the Manikay Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a good budget wine that certainly showed better than the…
  • 2013 Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

    George Perry
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc Region:  Marlborough, New Zealand Cost:  ~$13 Winemaker’s Notes:  Zesty, tropical, citrus fruits are complemented by those famous bitey herbaceous undertones. Crisp, fresh Marlborough acidity balances with great structure and length – a real New Zealand classic. Now if that isn’t something to celebrate – we’ll bite our tongue. Enjoy in the sunshine and with anything from the sea. My Review:  So remember last week when I talked about the Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc and my only real complaint with it was that it didn’t…
  • 2012 Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

    George Perry
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc Region:  Sonoma County, California – USA Cost:  $14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Bright aromas of lime and citrus are at the core of this Sauvignon Blanc, with layers of white flower nectar, peach, and tropical melon. The palate of the wine is fresh and alive with clean fruit flavors and a perfectly balanced fruit. My Review:  One of the things that I’ve had to learn over the years of writing this blog is to distinguish between what’s a bad wine and what just isn’t to my taste. A sweeter Moscato may be a technically well made and…
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

    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…
  • A cool dry place – Avalon Bay Wine Cooler

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    With summer finally arriving here in Northern California, it’s good to know that my wine is stored in a cool, dry place.  While it’s only ooccasionallyover 80 degrees in San Francisco proper, there are plenty of days outside of the city limits that can stretch well in to the 90s.  When  my Avalon Bay AB-WINE27DS Dual Zone Wine Cooler arrived from Air n Water, I was looking forward to being able to just pop a bottle open at the right temperature and not worry about it. This particular model is a dual zone version, which is great for making sure that both your reds and well as…
  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekened!

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The dust has mostly settled, and the clean up has begun.  If you have not yet heard, we had a fairly large earthquake in these parts on Saturday night / Sunday morning, and while there was no damage here in the city of San Francisco, there was significant building and property damage in Napa. While most of us who grew up in the area are somewhat used to (if you can really get used to this) these moments in time where the ground buckles and groans, it is certainly a challenge to see it in person, and look at the pictures of the damage. Many wineries have suffered significant losses, in both…
  • Things are a little yeasty in there

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    After meandering over to Alta Maria, it was finally time to meet my #QBP – Queen Bitches Posse  over at Tercero Wines, around the corner in Los Olivos.  As I had somewhat secretly clandestinely arranged this day of pre-WBC shenanigans, I was looking forward to being able to relax and enjoy my free day before the conference officially got under way. Meeting me at the Tercero Wines tasting room were BrixChick Liza, Marcy Gordon who always Comes for the Wine, and Melanie, the Dallas Wine Chick.  Although I wasn’t able to caravan down from the Bay Area with them, once they walked…
  • Alta Maria Vineyards: Stop in and stay a while in Los Olivos

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:54 am
    And now, on to something completely different!  This year marked the 7th edition of the North American Wine Bloggers Conference, which I will heretofore call the Wine Whatever Conference to avoid any confusion about who attends, what we do and what happens during it.   Arriving in the area several days prior to the conference to take care of some family obligations, and a general need to run away and hide, I arrived in Los Olivos before my #QPB (more on that later) and found myself with some time to wander before the pre-pre-conference got under way.  Not knowing where I should taste,…
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    Backsberg » Blog

  • Backsberg celebrates creative talent at the Loerie Awards

    Alana Ridley
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Backsberg is proud to, once again, be the exclusive supplier of fine wines to the annual Loerie Awards hosted in Cape Town. This event acknowledges and awards the best brand communication work that South Africa has to offer in areas such as design, print and radio advertising, architecture, direct marketing, live events, and video and digital media. Fourth-generation Backsberg proprietor, Simon Back, comments: “We are incredibly excited to be involved with the Loerie Awards. This brand partnership affirms the mutual belief in and striving for building strong South African brands. We realise…
  • Paarl Rotary Backsberg MTB Challenge

    Alana Ridley
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    MTB racing in the Winelands The Paarl Rotary Backsberg MTB Challenge will take place on the 6th of September this year at Backsberg Wine Estate. After the success of last year’s event, this popular ride will offer a route geared for every fitness level ranging from a 5km course, to a 15km route for the more experienced rider; and for serious, competitive mountain bikers; a 30km and a 45km race. Route Description The 45km, 30km and 15 km routes will expose you to some of the best scenery and views in the area and surrounds. The roads are mostly jeep-track with some single-track and open…
  • Ikeys regain the Vino Varsity trophy!

    Alana Ridley
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    The skies were clear blue last Friday afternoon as the competing teams entered the arena for the 6th annual Vino Varsity Challenge. Tuks arrived early with time to spare for some on-site preparation. Ikeys pulled up with a team of blue-clad supporters and Maties donned face paint and pirate hats. Vino Varsity is an inter-varsity wine-tasting competition where university wine societies are given a platform to show off their wine knowledge and tasting skills. The competition encourages wine appreciation on campus, develops young, refined wine drinkers and celebrates wine. Backsberg aims to get…
  • Gear up for Vino Varsity 2014

    Alana Ridley
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    With two days to go, Backsberg is excited to host the sixth annual Vino Varsity 2014 Challenge. Three of the country’s finest universities are preparing to face three prominent judges from the wine industry to compete for the ultimate honour of being crowned Vino Varsity Champions! The wine societies of Maties, Tuks and Ikeys will battle it out against each other over three intensive rounds. These teams have taken part in the challenge in previous years, with Maties winning the title for the last four years. Stephan Steyn from Maties notes “We are looking forward to putting the team to…
  • Cape Town World Music Festival 2014

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

  • Domaine FL Les Bergères Anjou Chenin 2010, Loire, France

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Wines like this make my spine tingle and my mouth smile Domaine FL Les Bergères Anjou Chenin 2010, Loire, France (£16.99 Liberty Wines) Lovely clean, keen, style with herby green apple and taut citrus tension, some of that slightly odd, waxy and not-at-all-mouldy cheesecloth character and a savoury mineral edge set against fleshier honeyed pear […]
  • Denis Jamain Reuilly Les Pierres Plates 2012, Loire, France

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    Lovely tense Sauvignon from a place that’s often forgotten in the rush for other more famous Loire wines Denis Jamain Reuilly Les Pierres Plates 2012, Loire, France (£14.50 Ellis Wharton Wines) Lots of sappy, nettle-and-herb tension, balanced with fresh lime, lemon and blackcurrant leaf flavours, plus a touch of just-mown grass, and while there’s a […]
  • Prinz von Hessen Dachsfilet Riesling 2012, Rheingau, Germany

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Apologies if this sounds a bit like an advert for herbal conditioner, I loved the wine Prinz von Hessen Dachsfilet Riesling 2012, Rheingau, Germany (~£23) Bounds out of the glass with a mountain spring-like freshness, citrus flavours to the fore, dry herb characters in there too, along with a minerally, Alka Seltzer-like saltiness. Give it […]
  • Les Eminades ‘Montmajou’ St Chinian Blanc 2012, Languedoc, France

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    I know a lot of this is about the winemaking style, but it’s a style I love Les Eminades ‘Montmajou’ St Chinian Blanc 2012, Languedoc, France (£15-£15.50 Cambridge Wine Merchants, Aubert & Mascoli) Is it minerality or is it sulphur-related? Probably a bit of both, this has quite exotic pear, peach and quince flavours but […]
  • Laurenz V und Sophie Singing Grüner Veltliner 2013, Lower Austria

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Not from anywhere near the sea, but this had that bracing briny edge found in coastal wines like Muscadet, Vinho Verde and Rías Baixas Laurenz V und Sophie Singing Grüner Veltliner 2013, Lower Austria (~£14) Young, taut and fresh initially, with citrus and green apple to the fore, a breezy saline minerally note (pumice) and […]
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  • 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…
  • Finding Bigfoot: ROI in Social Media is Not a Mythical Beast

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

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

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

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Winemaker Armin Tement of Austria passed through New York the other day, which gave me a chance to taste some of the most distinctive Sauvignon Blancs being made anywhere in the world (truly). Weingut Tement is located in southern Steiermark (Styr...
  • Light Reds to Fight Summer Blues

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Summertime, you know, it’s all about the white wines. Well, and the rosé wines. And the sparkling wines. But what is there for people who get the heebie-jeebies when they’re presented with a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc? Who th...
  • 5 Value White Wines for Summer

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

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

    18 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    An appealingly cynical English friend in the wine business once told me, “You see, what you do is that when your child is born, you purchase a case of vintage port from that year. Then, when the child finally graduates from college, you send...
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  • 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...
  • Sharing the Vineyard Table at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards celebrated a special four course meal on September 11 featuring menu items from The Restaurant’s former Executive Chef Kimball Jones and the current Executive Chef Matt Greco. Chef Jones is now the...
  • Los Gatos Wine Walk Saturday September 20

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Los Gatos is known for his charming downtown, taking you back to a more relaxing small town atmosphere. It is also known for its many interesting boutique shops and superior restaurants. And in the hills surrounding this quaint...
  • Downtown Campbell Fall Wine Walk Coming September 17

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:12 pm
    The Downtown Campbell Business Association has announced their Fall Wine Walk, taking place Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5pm to 9pm.Participants will stroll along the charming streets of Campbell Avenue with their own complimentary wine...
  • Wine Tasting at the Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Of course, visitors enjoy the music, food and artisan vendors at all the wineries during the Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration on Sunday August 31, but the primary interest at any of the wineries was to taste the wine!&nbsp...
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  • Poached eggs with wine sauce

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    Poached eggs are an original Spanish recipe; they are an excellent choice in terms of starters to serve at any time of year to our guests at home. The preparation of poached eggs is really simple, and with the wine sauce touch, their elegance increases to delight palates. Ingredients: Water 3 shallots 4 eggs 1 tablespoon flour 100 g margarine 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar 3/4 l red wine Thyme Parsley Bay leaf 100 g Parmesan cheese 1 slice of bread for each poached egg Salt Pepper Preparation: Step 1: Take margarine out of the fridge in time for it to be soft. Step 2: Peel the…
  • 20 secrets to become the best bartender

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    If what you want is to be a great bartender and dazzle your guests on meetings at your home, or take this job seriously and live by it, you can be guided to succeed by some of these tips. Know every ingredient you work with (either whisky, vodka, rum...) and learn cocktail recipes, be sure to learn about new options to offer to your customers. Work quickly and show yourself serene despite the number of orders. Sell or serve the best quality spirits rather than large quantities of poor quality, a good bartender understands it has a responsibility to its customers. Be polite and act like…
  • Rob Roy cocktail

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Cocktails with whisky are delicious. Specifically, today we show a cocktail made with this liquor that has a long and interesting history. The Rob Roy cocktail mixes scotch whisky, something that differentiates it from Manhattan cocktail, so the flavor will also be a little different. This cocktail pays homage to the Scottish historical character Robert Roy MacGregor, Rob Roy, also known as the Scottish Robin Hood. It is said that began to be prepared in the bar of Waldorf Astoria Hotel. And thanks to the story of Rob Roy, who became popular in different parts of the world, such as…
  • Radioactivity to determine the age of a vineyard

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, among others, have begun to improve systems for determining the age of wine through radioactivity studies, highly important for our palates. Peter Hosemann is a professor in the department of nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and he explained that radioactive element cesium-137 is present at very low levels in the environment. This radioactivity research has started running in all wines from 1945 to the present, with regard to the year of first test of nuclear weapons and is very beneficial for our health.
  • The new fashion in natural wines: wild vines

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    The cultivation of wild vines is emerging as the real way to get natural crops and organic wines, according to grape geneticist Jose Vouillamoz, who denies that vines growing from seeds may be natural. Meanwhile, Frank Cornelissen says that vines grown from seeds may be more resistant to several diseases, to which Vouillamoz responded that these vines from seeds are less resistant to disease than the wild vines that he vehemently promotes. Cornelissen, during the MW symposium in May in Florence, said he had planted an “experimental vineyard” on the slopes of Etna, containing vines…
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    Wine Blog

  • Soil Monolith ~ a perfect wine gift for the winery owner who seems to have everything

    Jo Diaz
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The perfect wine gift, a soil monolith… [Picture of Paul Anamosa borrowed from his Vineyard Soil Technologies.] It may seem a bit early to be thinking of the holidays, but wait… I’m reminded of how I used to begin to make sweaters for family members, starting in September, so I’d have enough done in time […] The post Soil Monolith ~ a perfect wine gift for the winery owner who seems to have everything appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Is your wine cellar ready for the last third of the year? Iron Horse is at the top of my list for readiness

    Jo Diaz
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    For me, Iron Horse Vineyards has to always be “in the house.” You never know what’s worth celebrating, above and beyond the usual celebrations. Sometimes, it’s just a wonderful surprise… like finishing the last chapter of your book. That was a moment to remember and one I didn’t anticipate until it happened; and so, I […] The post Is your wine cellar ready for the last third of the year? Iron Horse is at the top of my list for readiness appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The emotional intelligence of wine blogging and its vitriol eruption

    Jo Diaz
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    OPINION: Recently, poop finally hit the fan for the wine blogging community. Everything that’s right with it and everything that’s wrong with it collided in the biggest mess I’ve yet to witness. I believe it’s finally hit a paradigm shift that’s been so needed, but not without its pain and suffering. Imagine creating a wine […] The post The emotional intelligence of wine blogging and its vitriol eruption appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The many charms of a winemaker ~ Mark Beaman ~ During harvest, no less

    Jo Diaz
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the many charms of Mark Beaman is that I got a winemaker profile during harvest. One would think that it’s pretty hard to do right now. Certainly I did. So I used a different technique than the meet n’greet interview process. I sent questions to him, and told him there was no rush. […] The post The many charms of a winemaker ~ Mark Beaman ~ During harvest, no less appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Oregon Pinot Gris is getting its Gris On, Redux

    Jo Diaz
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Oregon Pinot Gris is once more Getting its Gris on, with a statewide tasting to celebrate this varietal wine. Oregon, Get Your Gris On!™ is wine and food nibble tasting event for consumers and is happening at wineries that want to join the fun, on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2014. The second […] The post Oregon Pinot Gris is getting its Gris On, Redux appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • 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 ›
  • Getting Out The Juice: Press Operation and Press Fractions

    Ridge Vineyards
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Unless you’re a winemaker, study winemaking, or are an extremely knowledgeable wine consumer, the term “press fractions” probably reminds you of grade school mathematics class.  However, the process of dealing with the pressed juice during the winemaking process is an... Read More ›
  • Ridge Hosts A New Zin Tradition!

    Ridge Vineyards
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    This summer ZAP is offering a new, more casual celebration of Zinfandel as a complement to its annual January Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco. For the inaugural installment of this new event, the Simply Summer Celebration, we are excited to... Read More ›
  • Farm-to-Grill in Pictures

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

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

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Join Lodi Appellation’s vintners September 26th-28th, 2014, for Sip Savor Lodi – a brand new Lodi Wine Country event!Festivities kick off on Friday evening, September 26th, with the Harvest Dinner - an exquisite dinner served al fresco...
  • Sonoma Wine County Weekend 2014 on Labor Day Weekend

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Sonoma Wine County Weekend celebrates the wine region’s winegrowers, winemakers and chefs. This leading wine and food destination comes to life, all to help local charities while inviting food and wine lovers a chance to sample all...
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    Wine Channel TV

  • Genius Sips with David Glancy-MS Featuring Terlato Syrah and Mazzoni Rosso

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Join Jessica Altieri, CS & CWAS of Wine Channel TV, with David Glancy, MS and CEO of the San Francisco Wine School, at the upscale Sip&Shop wine lifestyle event in Chicagoland for a “taste” of 2 great wines! The Terlato Syrah is from the Dry Creek AVA in Sonoma, or a sub region of Sonoma. The Mazzoni Rosso is similar to a “baby Super Tuscan”, with the primary grape from Tuscany, Italy. This wine is a great value that blends Italian and American heritage together. Tasting Notes: Mazzoni Rosso Mazzoni Rosso produces a…
  • Wine Judges You Need To Know – Part 5

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    The 2014 International Wine Channel TV Awards will be here in just a couple of days and it’s time you get to know  the final group of judges for the competition.The competition will be held September 16-17 and features the following professional wine judges: Zack Zimmerman, Nicole Bacigalupi, Corey Lester, and Ali Nemo. Zack Zimmermans family has a history of agriculture that goes all the way back to the 1850’s. Following in his ancestor’s footsteps, he works with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau as a Business Membership Relations Coordinator. Highly interested in fine and rare…
  • Wine Judges You Need To Know – Part 4

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    With the upcoming 2014 International Wine Channel TV Awards this September 16-17, it’s time you get to know who the judges will be at this prestigious competition!  Wineries…be sure to check out the entry form for your wines here: ENTER YOUR WINE Here is a glimpse of some of the great wine judges for this years competition: Peter Lopez Jr. is a voice for the millennial generation in the wine industry. Peter has spent many years in the wine industry, starting as a warehouse worker, to a wine lead, to now someone with the experience of working in sales for several different wine…
  • Celebrate #CabernetDay 2014 with St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular types of wine to serve at a party or to have for a nice dinner. As the fall season is approaching us, it’s a great time to try this legendary wine with, #CabernetDay,National Cabernet Day this Thursday, August 28! Wine Channel TV and St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery will be celebrating this wine this week by sharing with you some facts about Cabernet Sauvignon and what types of food makes for a killing pairing with this wine. Join us and our fellow online bloggers by posting with #CabernetDay on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram this…
  • Napa Earthquake – CNBC Closing Bell Interview with Wine Channel TV

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Wine Channel TV CEO Jessica Altieri discusses the impact of the Napa Earthquake on consumers and winemakers on CNBC, Closing Bell. The impact on consumers may not be known for awhile, but one thing is for certain, Napa will recover. The winemakers are “tough as dirt” per Ms. Altieri. The generations of families in Napa will bond together to recover and make it thru this catastrophe. Ms. Altieri conveys her discussions with Napa winemakers, including Angelina Mondavi. To watch the complete interview, click here   The post Napa Earthquake – CNBC Closing Bell Interview…
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  • 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! ]]
  • Cats and Dogs Blogging Together

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    There are two species of wine bloggers. Within each species, there are many breeds—reporter, diarist, taster, storyteller, etc.—which have analogs in the other. But the two species are very different... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Getting the Wine Bloggers Conference We Deserve

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    I attended this year’s North American Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Santa Barbara last week. This was the fifth WBC I’ve attended. Some parts of the conference were truly excellent, many were... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Your Wine Drinking Soundtrack

    Claudia Angelillo
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    So much of your wine drinking experience relies on set and setting. Is the room tidy? Do you have the right glassware? What is the weather forecast? With whom are you drinking? And of course, what sort of music is playing? Allow us to assist you with the latter-most question. Here are our top five wine-themed songs for a guaranteed good wine-drinking time!
  • Learning to Love Leeks

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Can you think of a less appreciated vegetable than the lowly leek? OK, kohlrabi is right in there but leeks have so much more going for them. tender, with an aromatic and deep onion flavor, leeks are a wonderful ingredient in soups, adding a magically sweetness to my Pasta Fagioli, but are also terrific on their own; a rarity for an onion and something that can be used creatively to complete many autumnal menus. Not the most economical vegetable, leeks require significant attention as they grow. they are routinely trenched, having soil pushed up against the growing stalk that forms the edible…
  • Wine Friday Fun

    Claudia Angelillo
    18 Sep 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. 
  • Pairing Wine with Secret Menu Items

    Claudia Angelillo
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Secret menu items bring joy to the otherwise routine experience of fast food. They are either designed and hidden in obvious places (such as a website) by the restaurant’s marketing team, or concocted by consumers who cleverly recombine existing menu items. Regardless of origin, none of these secret menu items had a secret wine pairing – until now!  

    Louise Hurren
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    To celebrate the fifth International Grenache Day (Friday September 19, 2014) we're reviewing five wines from the south of France that showcase the diversity of the world's most widely planted red grape. Grenache, Garnacha, Garnatxa or Cannonau: this versatile grape goes by many names and can be found dotted around the globe, from Australia to South Africa via Spain, Italy and the south of France.  In 2010, over 250 top Grenache producers, journalists and retailers from 23 countries gathered in the southern Rhône valley at the Grenache Symposium, and from this think-tank…
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  • All Seasons Bistro in Calistoga – Try it!

    Joe Becerra
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    All Seasons Bistro at 1400 Lincoln in Calistoga. All Seasons Bistro Caesar with prawns The All Seasons Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley. It is located in Calistoga across the street from the more popular Brannan’s Restaurant. Four of us dined there for lunch this past Thursday, September 18. As always, the food was delicious and the service excellent. Three of us had the Caesar Salad but with a different choice of add ons. The Four Seasons Bistro Caesar can come with grilled Salmon, chicken, prawns or just plain. The other person in our lunch group had the pulled…
  • Harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon on a rainy morning

    Joe Becerra
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    On York Lane in St. Helena, harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon Harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon on a rainy morning On this September morning a light rain fell throughout the Napa Valley. It did not stop the harvest of this Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard near York Lane in St. Helena. A crew of ten workers roamed the rows of vineyards working swiftly and efficiently. I spoke with the crew chief, Carlos, and he told me that the light rain would not have any effect on the grapes. Carlos said the crew would work until mid morning and would finished harvesting half the vineyard. The second half of the…
  • Land of Albariño

    Joe Becerra
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Albariño grower proud of her grapes Land of Albariño Albariño harvest in Rias Baixas, Spain I shot this photo a few years ago at this exact time of the year. We were traveling throughout the wine country of Spain and luckily arrived in the Rias Baixas D.O. during harvest. The Rias Baixas is the land of Albariño. The woman in the photo is an Albariño grower and part of the cooperative of the Martin Codax winery. Martin Codax is located in Cambados, Spain, the center of all the Albariño activity. The woman is proudly showing us a typical cluster of the Albariño grape. She tells us that…
  • Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards in Redwood Country

    Joe Becerra
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains About Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards in Redwood Country When we think of wine country around the San Francisco Bay Area, the Napa Valley and Sonoma immediately come to mind. But there are other important wine regions to consider near San Francisco and one of those is the Santa Cruz Mountain wine country. It is a vast wine region beginning in the Half Moon Bay Area and continuing south to Watsonville. The wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountain wine region are spread out, many hidden on curvy mountain backroads. It is not like…
  • A. Rafanelli Winery in Dry Creek Valley – cult wines

    Joe Becerra
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Beautiful Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon About A. Rafanelli Winery in Dry Creek Valley There are several cult wineries in the Napa Valley but seldom do we hear about cult wineries in other California wine country areas. One exception is the A. Rafanelli Winery in the Dry Creek Valley. A cult winery is one where the wine production is small, highly sought after, and sells out immediately to its wine club members or mailing list. Most often it takes several years just to get on a cult winery’s mailing list.  A.Rafanelli Winery in Dry Creek produces only a small amount of wine and…
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    Wine Country Getaways

  • All Seasons Bistro in Calistoga – Try it!

    Joe Becerra
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    All Seasons Bistro at 1400 Lincoln in Calistoga. All Seasons Bistro Caesar with prawns The All Seasons Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley. It is located in Calistoga across the street from the more popular Brannan’s Restaurant. Four of us dined there for lunch this past Thursday, September 18. As always, the food was delicious and the service excellent. Three of us had the Caesar Salad but with a different choice of add ons. The Four Seasons Bistro Caesar can come with grilled Salmon, chicken, prawns or just plain. The other person in our lunch group had the pulled…
  • Harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon on a rainy morning

    Joe Becerra
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    On York Lane in St. Helena, harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon Harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon on a rainy morning On this September morning a light rain fell throughout the Napa Valley. It did not stop the harvest of this Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard near York Lane in St. Helena. A crew of ten workers roamed the rows of vineyards working swiftly and efficiently. I spoke with the crew chief, Carlos, and he told me that the light rain would not have any effect on the grapes. Carlos said the crew would work until mid morning and would finished harvesting half the vineyard. The second half of the…
  • Land of Albariño

    Joe Becerra
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Albariño grower proud of her grapes Land of Albariño Albariño harvest in Rias Baixas, Spain I shot this photo a few years ago at this exact time of the year. We were traveling throughout the wine country of Spain and luckily arrived in the Rias Baixas D.O. during harvest. The Rias Baixas is the land of Albariño. The woman in the photo is an Albariño grower and part of the cooperative of the Martin Codax winery. Martin Codax is located in Cambados, Spain, the center of all the Albariño activity. The woman is proudly showing us a typical cluster of the Albariño grape. She tells us that…
  • Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards in Redwood Country

    Joe Becerra
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains About Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards in Redwood Country When we think of wine country around the San Francisco Bay Area, the Napa Valley and Sonoma immediately come to mind. But there are other important wine regions to consider near San Francisco and one of those is the Santa Cruz Mountain wine country. It is a vast wine region beginning in the Half Moon Bay Area and continuing south to Watsonville. The wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountain wine region are spread out, many hidden on curvy mountain backroads. It is not like…
  • A. Rafanelli Winery in Dry Creek Valley – cult wines

    Joe Becerra
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Beautiful Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon About A. Rafanelli Winery in Dry Creek Valley There are several cult wineries in the Napa Valley but seldom do we hear about cult wineries in other California wine country areas. One exception is the A. Rafanelli Winery in the Dry Creek Valley. A cult winery is one where the wine production is small, highly sought after, and sells out immediately to its wine club members or mailing list. Most often it takes several years just to get on a cult winery’s mailing list.  A.Rafanelli Winery in Dry Creek produces only a small amount of wine and…
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  • To Santa Maria Valley, and my dinner at RN74

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
      Off to Santa Barbara today, for a quick trip to the Santa Maria Valley and Cambria and Byron. I always like traveling through coastal wine country, especially at this time of the year; as you pass by the Santa Lucia Highlands, and the vast stretches of southern Monterey and the San Bernabe Vineyard – as you zip through the Central Coast, with Arroyo Grande and Edna Valley just to the east, marked by the Seven Sisters – as you come into Los Alamos and the vineyards pick up again, sprawling on both sides of the road – you get a real sense of the terroir of the coast. Always just to…
  • Vintage 2014, and California declares war on small wineries

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
      With the first (light) rain of the season expected tomorrow (today, as you read this) north of the Golden Gate Bridge, I thought it was a good time to consider the 2014 vintage in California. So, as usual, I asked my loyal Facebook friends, who responded in force. The story is this: short, compressed harvest. Record early, in many cases a month before normal. (This means that Autumn rains should not be a problem. If they actually come, which everyone is hoping they will.) A good crop, tonnage-wise, not a record, but then, it comes on the heels of two record-setting years (2012, 2013).
  • A writer and his voice

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
      It’s been six years since I started I had no idea what I was getting into back in those pre-Recession days. But I knew that blogging was something I wanted to do. People sometimes ask me why I started blogging. After all, I already had a pretty good job, was rather well-known in the wine community, and I didn’t envision blogging as a career move, as apparently others did. The truth is, I wanted to develop my writing skills further—to push into new areas of creative expression, in a way that had previously been denied me. As California editor of Wine Enthusiast,…
  • The World Wine Guys on their new book

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
      Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, “the World Wine Guys,” have a new book out, Wines of California: The Comprehensive Guide, with a foreward by Michael Mondavi and a preface by Kevin Zraly. It’s quite good, certainly the best of the genre in a long time, and a useful companion for the wine lover’s bookshelf. We met up yesterday at one of my favorite San Francisco restaurants, Chaya, where, over sushi and wine, we had a little chat. Mike and Jeff are, of course, the entertainment and lifestyle editors at my old stomping ground, Wine Enthusiast, so we’ve been buddies for years.
  • Thinking about tasting

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
      Lots of food for thought in the Fall 2014 issue of Wine & Spirits, which is devoted to “The art and science of wine tasting.” There’s so much thoughtful content, I could write a post on each sentence. Surely that’s the mark of a good wine magazine. The fun starts with editor Josh Greene explaining why he never pursued a Master of Wine certification. Although Wine & Spirits is rather M.S.- and sommelier-oriented (IMHO), Josh says his mind isn’t geared toward “dissecting wine.” Instead, he’s interested in what he calls “pattern recognition,” a softer, more…
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    Jordan Winery

  • How our winemaker gets fit for harvest: triathlons

    Rob Davis
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    After all these years of making wine and swimming, biking and running, it never occurred to me how my training corresponds so succinctly with Mother Nature’s time clock. It is true that my hours of training are directly related to the hours of light; much the same as a growing season of the grapevines. My [...]
  • Experience the Jordan garden with harvest lunch this fall

    Todd Knoll
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    September is my favorite time of the year in the Jordan Estate garden. From heirloom tomatoes, chili peppers and Japanese eggplants to Kadota figs, Zebra squash and Charentais melons, practically every plant is covered with something colorful and delicious. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the produce we grow through our annual Harvest Lunches. A [...]
  • Win a trip to Sonoma from Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

    Lisa Mattson
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    We’ve teamed up with our friends at Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar in Las Vegas for #EscapetoSonoma, a sweepstakes with a chance to win a weekend getaway for two to Jordan Vineyard & Winery. The Escape to Sonoma sweepstakes package features: Round trip airfare for two Transportation to and from the airport Overnight accommodations in a [...]
  • Mindful Meats farm tour: organic, local GMO-free beef

    Lisa Mattson
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    You’ve probably heard of GMO-free milk but GMO-free beef? The two share a very symbiotic relationship here in Northern California, where thousands of acres are home to dairy cows. Mindful Meats is a progressive company that brings local, organic, non-GMO, pasture-raised meat to chefs. In 2013, the start-up became the first non-GMO Project Verified beef [...]
  • 2014 harvest kicks off early in Alexander Valley

    Lisa Mattson
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Jordan’s 39th harvest kicked off in the wee hours Tuesday morning with our first gondolas of Alexander Valley Merlot grapes from two key growers. It’s the first time in a decade that our red wine grapes achieved optimal ripeness before the white grapes (2004, 2002 and 2001 were the last warm-weather vintages with such an [...]
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Paso Robles Wine Tours

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Explore Paso Robles Wineries and enjoy California's beautiful central coast. Paso Robles Wine Tours mean fine wine, romantic dining and lovely wine country accommodations. Plan your wine tasting now
  • Napa Valley Golf Courses

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:53 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.
  • Complimentary Wine Tasting Coupons

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Print complimentary wine tasting coupons for free wine tasting at select wineries throughout California. Most coupons are for Napa, Sonoma, Temecula, and the Central Coast.
  • di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    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
  • Clarksburg Wineries

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Clarksburg wineries are located in the Central Valley's Sacramento River Delta. The Clarksburg Wine Appellation produces more than 25 varieties of wine grapes. Old Sugar Mill houses wineries.
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer Review - A Must-Have Wine Accessory You've Probably Never Even Considered

    Jon Thorsen
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This one could literally be a life-saver. Take $10 off your purchase of $75 at with code "RWS". Plus get free shipping on all orders shipped to US addresses!We're taking a break from our normal wine posts to bring you a review of what might be one of the most overlooked wine accessories on the planet -- the personal breathalyzer. Today we've got a mobile version from BACtrack, an item we've had a chance to play with over the last few weeks and enthusiastically recommend to our readers. The model that we tested, the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer (sample submitted for review),…
  • Cycle Buff Beauty Shiraz 2012 - Ripe, Juicy, Smooth and Silky

    Jon Thorsen
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    An easy drinking wine from old vine Shiraz. 90% Shiraz and 10% Malbec from South Australia.This review is sponsored by CorkExclusive where you can get the Misfits Wine Co. Cycle Buff Beauty Shiraz 2012 for just $12.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any order! 1,800 cases produced.From the bottle:"Like a 32 waist in a fat man store, Misfits Wine Co. doesn't seem to fit in. At the heart of this outfit are 3 unexpected wine souls, all about the produce, not about conforming to the current ideology of the 'wine selling set.' Chris Columbus wanna-be's are in business; Misfits is a part of a whole new…
  • Karp-Schreiber Alte Reben Riesling Spatlese Feinherb 2007 - Long Name, Very Tasty Wine

    Jon Thorsen
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    2007 for this price? We love it. Riesling from Mosel, Germany.SRP of $26 and available for as low as $12 but more commonly around $20. Sample submitted for review. Imported by Winesellers Ltd.From the bottle:"Alte Reben (old vines)feinherb (dry-style)Estate Bottled11.5% Alcohol"Today's wine comes from the cool climate of Mosel in Germany, probably the best known of all Germany's wine regions. Many of the vineyards planted in this area are on steep slopes surrounding the Mosel River. The heat retaining slate soils and the influence of the river (among other factors) help to create an area…
  • Murphy-Goode Liars Dice Zinfandel 2011 - Yowza, This Is a Bold, Flavorful Wine!

    Jon Thorsen
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! Everything I love about Zinfandel at a great price. 93% Zinfandel and 7% Petite Sirah from Dry Creek and Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, California.SRP of $21 and available for as low as $14. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"The best thing about wine is it doesn't lie. The sun, the soil, the crush, the barrel -- it's all right there in the glass, naked and honest. One taste of Liar's Dice and you'll know you picked a winner. Sweet and juicy, with big flavors of black raspberry and blackberry jam balanced by bold tannins and acidity. This wine is no roll of the dice,…
  • Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2011 - Another Rhone Valley Value

    Jon Thorsen
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! Get the Vidal-Fleury plus ten other Rhone Valley wines for a great price and free shipping at Marketview Liquor! 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Carignan from Southern Rhone Valley, France.SRP of $15 and available for as low as $8. Imported by W.J. Deutsch and Sons Ltd. From the bottle:"Established in 1781 in the Northern Rhone Valley, Vidal-Fleury is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Rhone Valley. Today we vinify and age wines from the Rhone's renowned appellations, focusing on the choicest terroirs. Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone is a typical Southern…
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  • The Personal Pursuit of Balance

    Richard Jennings
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    This blog has been on a summer hiatus. After four years of devoting the bulk of my free time to this effort, I decided it was time to take stock of how much effort it requires, how little I am receiving monetarily from my writing and what else I could be profitably doing with that time. I was also realizing I’m significantly heavier than I was when I started the blog, in much worse shape physically, and that I’d been spending precious little time in recent months with friends, or potential new friends, because I was so focused on getting to tastings, wine-related travel and meeting…
  • The Singular Greatness of Champagne Salon

    Richard Jennings
    21 May 2014 | 12:16 am
    Champagne is the hardest wine to make. To produce truly great Champagne requires top vineyard sources and the kind of ideal vintage conditions that used to occur only two or three times per decade. Of course you also need expertise and specialized equipment. And after you’ve made the wine, you must wait several years for it to age on the spent yeast cells from the secondary fermentation in the bottle before it’s ready to disgorge. Wouldn’t it be totally outlandish, then, if someone decided to create such a truly great wine for only their own personal consumption? One would, of course,…
  • Pebble Beach: Nation’s Premier Food & Wine Event When it Comes to Wine

    Richard Jennings
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Opening Night Reception at Pebble Beach Food & Wine (all photos courtesy PBFW) The country’s greatest annual food and wine event with an emphasis on wine—featuring some of the world’s finest and most exclusive wines–ended this past Sunday in Pebble Beach, California. This was the seventh edition of Pebble Beach Food & Wine (PBFW) based at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, but utilizing additional locations throughout the area. When this annual event began in 2008, it followed in many ways in the footsteps of the legendary Masters of Food & Wine extravaganza…
  • Profile of Antonio Galloni &

    Richard Jennings
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Below is the profile of Antonio Galloni I wrote for epicure, the magazine/program of Pebble Beach Food & Wine, whose 2014 extravaganza (PBFW2014) ended today. Antonio led four seminar panels for the event, and I can confirm he did a terrific job as I attended three of them. I particularly appreciated the wealth of background he brought to the 2008 Barolo seminar, where some of the fabulous wines on hand were from his own cellar. Pebble Beach Food & Wine is fortunate to have Antonio Galloni on hand for four of its wine events this year. Antonio has ascended to prominence as an…
  • Santa Barbara’s Happy Place for Bordeaux Varieties

    Richard Jennings
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    view of Happy Canyon from northernmost vineyard at Star Lane Santa Barbara area grape growers nearly gave up on Bordeaux varieties planted here in the 1970s after they failed to ripen sufficiently to eliminate green flavors more vintages than not. There are exceptions, of course, and Jonata in Ballard Canyon proved there are warmer areas where Bordeaux varieties can do very well. Santa Barbara’s hottest growing region, on the far eastern edge of Santa Ynez Valley, has also shown that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, can produce superlative…
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    Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery

  • Fatherhood – The First Grapes Arrive

    Roger Beery
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Read Part 3 of our Starting a Family Winery Series “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies.” (Prissy from Gone With the Wind) And that’s how it felt when we arrived at 5:15 AM to bring in our first grapes. All that I had learned in preparation for that moment seemed to evaporate in the excitement. Much like how all the hours spent in birthing classes twenty-five years earlier were reduced in the heat of the moment to “Breathe, Honey…You can do this.” The early morning of August 27th was crisp and clear. The sun had not yet risen and the fog was yet to…
  • Awaiting Our First Harvest – When Will Her Water Break?

    Roger Beery
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Read Part 2 of our Starting a Family Winery Series It has been a very long time since I was an expectant father…23 years to be exact. But I feel like one again as I wait for our first grapes to hit the level of ripeness we are waiting patiently to see. The weather in Sonoma this week has been almost fall-like with even a bit of rain this morning. Cool days and cooler nights may be good for slow ripening grapes; but to me it feels more like Donna’s Braxton-Hicks contractions during her last few weeks of pregnancy…is he/she coming?!…is he/she coming?!…No honey, not yet.
  • Starting A Family Winery – Living the Wine Stained Dream

    Roger Beery
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Have you ever dreamed of starting a family winery? Follow us as we embark on our wine-stained adventure. When dreaming big dreams, have you wondered if the reality of living the dream would live up to the expectations of the dreamer. I am about to find out and it is a little scary. My father loved small WWII vintage aircraft. Much as he wanted to pilot, he remained always a passenger, until the day he passed in a mid-air collision of two of his beloved planes. After the funeral I wondered aloud why my dad had never taken flying lessons so he could experience flight from the pilot’s seat. My…
  • Winemaker Interview: Ryan Kunde of DRNK Wines – 5th Generation Winemaker

    Roger Beery
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    A few weeks ago a fellow blogger suggested we stop by and meet 5th generation winemaker, Ryan Kunde of DRNK Wines at his little winery, hidden off a dirt road in the Pinot Noir centric Russian River Valley. The wines were fantastic and the one on one tasting with Ryan in his winery cave is not to be missed. Read More Here. This is a young man with a famous wine surname who is about to make a big name for himself. Meet Ryan Kunde… Ryan Kunde B&BWine Blog: Who do you see when you look in the mirror? R. Kunde: I see myself as a proud new dad and an incredibly lucky husband, a brother,…
  • Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $56   – Rating 92 One of my favorite 2012 Russian River Chardonnays, unfiltered and unfined. A robust nose of red apple, Meyer lemon, baking spice and pie crust. Full bodied with juicy acidity offering flavors of red apple, Meyer lemon, pineapple and ripe pear with a definite sense of minerality. Red apple and spice dance in the long finish. Buy This Wine. The post Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
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    Hoot n Annie

  • Interesting Articles I’ve Read

    Hoot 'n Annie
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Today I leave you with a handful of articles I have found online that interested me in some way. Due to the amount of time I spend online for work, researching and searching for content, I tend to find thought provoking nuggets. So today, and for the weekend ahead, I leave you with this reading material. Gerard Depardieu Says He Can Drink ’12, 13, 14 Bottles’ of Wine a Day If this were true he would be dead. It’s entertaining to think he does though, I mean, the guy is a nut sack and always has been. I don’t mean that as a knock against his career or anything…it’s just the…
  • Beaverstock 2014 at Castoro Cellars

    Hoot 'n Annie
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    This was our first year at Beaverstock and long story short, it was absolutely perfect! Now we’ll get to the long story. Beaverstock is a two day event (Saturday and Sunday) packed with exceptional live music, beer, wine, food, and so much more. We had a friend in from Phoenix, another from Auburn, CA., and Annie’s mom came up to all join in the fun with us. The best way I can describe the vibe is a combination of hippy, backyard BBQ, relaxed, no worries and no hurries, music extravaganza. Day one, which is the day we went, the main stage line-up was Proxima Parada, Moonshiner…
  • Q&A – Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery, Part 1

    Hoot 'n Annie
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I first met Chris Cameron, Vice President and Director of Winemaking, several years back at a coffee shop in downtown Paso Robles. The more I chatted with him since then the more impressed I was with his knowledge, experience, and travels. I’ve always enjoyed his perspective on wine, winemaking, and specifically wine in Paso Robles. This is the first of two parts I will share here on the blog and I hope to do more with Chris in the future. A big thanks to Chris for taking the time to answer these questions during harvest. Matt: How long have you been making wine? Chris: 38 years, this is my…
  • Farming, Sustainability, and Simply Not Caring Enough

    Hoot 'n Annie
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Back when I had first started working with The Vineyard Team and during the duration of my time with them, I really started having a greater appreciation for farming and sustainability. I’m not just referring to sustainability in farming when I say that, I am instead referring to all aspects of sustainability. First, the farming. Farmers work their asses off. I’ve had the opportunity to talk with many farmers over the last several years and for the most part they are an optimistic bunch even though they are dealing with two of the most impossible things to deal with: 1) Mother Nature and…
  • New Shop in Paso Robles: Haymarket

    Hoot 'n Annie
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    From the owners of Hotel Cheval and the Pony Club Bar at the hotel, comes Haymarket. Located where Vivant Fine Cheese used to be, on Pine St. between 10th St. and 11th St. It’s being touted as a gourmet grocery store. They will have prepared food to go or enjoy on their patio along with other unique food items, wine, and things for the home and kitchen. In fact, Annie found some cool plastic tumblers while we were there that she picked up. They also had the 2013 Miraval Rose which is a wine project between Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Famille Perrin so we grabbed a bottle of that too.
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Whole Foods Olive Oil Tasting

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    I have been a participant in olive oil tastings, but never conducted one myself. The folks that do PR for Whole Foods Stores asked if I would like to do an olive oil tasting of Whole Foods brand of olive oils. I thought sure, why not, it sounds like fun. Whole Foods provided me with five Whole Foods olive oils, each olive oil from a different country. I did a little research on the Web and was surprised how similar an olive oil judging is to a wine tasting. Appearance, aroma, and taste are evaluated. Almost all olive oil tasting that is serious involves judging the olive oil in cups or small…
  • Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend 2012

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend – 66% Merlot Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend 2012 Costco $12.99 My neighbor a couple of doors away is a red wine drinker and he invited me over to taste a glass of red that he termed “one of the best wine bargains I have found in years.” Craig liked the wine so much that he went back to Costco and purchased not one but two cases. Craig is not a member of the Vintage Wine Tasters, although we would like him to be. He’s still working and not able to attend our tastings. The wine he had me taste was this Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend. After one…
  • Mas Donis Barrica – a delightful Montsant wine bargain

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Mas Donis Barrica from the Montsant Mas Donis Barrica – a delightful Montsant wine bargain From the Capcanes Cellars in the D.O. Montsant in Spain, this is a fantastic wine bargain. It is $12.99 at the Spanish Table. Both KL Wines and are sold out and will not be able to restock. I liked this wine enough to buy a half case at the Spanish Table in Berkeley. As of last week, they had plenty. While I was at the Spanish Table, some guy purchased two cases. The Spanish Table does give a discount on case sales. The Wine Advocate rates the Mas Donis Barrica 94 Points, Steve Tanzer 90…
  • Any wine bargains at Whole Foods?

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Some folks call it Whole Paycheck Everyone knows the old saying about shopping at Whole Foods. “We call Whole Foods,  Whole Paycheck!”  I do shop frequently at Whole Foods in San Mateo, and I believe if you are a careful shopper you can find plenty of good prices and not spend your “whole paycheck” there. So what about the wine department – are there any wine bargains at Whole Foods?  I had the opportunity to have a phone interview with Joe Kaulbach, Whole Foods’ Specialty Coordinator, heading the department of all specialty products including wine,…
  • Searching for Portuguese Red Wine

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Vintage Wine Tasters blind taste six value Portuguese red wines Portuguese Red Wine Taste Off – September 2, 2014 At our bimonthly meeting of the Vintage Wine Tasters, we blind tasted six Portuguese red wines, all under $20 a bottle. Vintage Wine Taster Mike was in charge of the Portuguese red wine tasting. The task was not easy. Portuguese red wines are few and far between, even in many good wine shops. Portuguese red wines have been lost in the shuffle of finding Port wines from Portugal, and from the many fine red wines coming from their neighboring country of Spain. Mike found four…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • 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:
  • 10th Annual Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir Contest Winner

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    We have just concluded our 2014 annual “Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir” contest. We asked Pinot Noir lovers from around the country to tell us “Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir.” The most creative entry was chosen to win an all-expense-paid trip to Oregon Wine Country and Willamette Valley Vineyards.After sifting through hundreds of photos, videos, poems and stories, a small committee within the winery chose the winning entry. The winner, David Meyer of Portland, Oregon submitted a new spin on the 1937 song by Rodgers & Hart entitled, “Where or When.”In July, my father Alan Meyer…
  • Join us for a Bio-Cask Wine Tasting!

    Christine Collier
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Please join us on Monday, August 18th at the Tap & Growler in Eugene for a wine tasting straight from our Bio-Cask kegs. The evening will pair five of our wines with light appetizers while we discuss the history of Willamette Valley Vineyards and the sustainable impact our Bio-Casks have on the environment. I have included the event details below.Fun fact about Bio-Cask:I look forward to seeing you here!Mary JoliRegional Brand ManagerWine Tasting at Tap & GrowlerMonday, August 18th, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm207 East 5th Ave.Eugene, OR 97401Cost: $30 per personPlease reserve your spot by…
  • 2014 International Pinot Noir Celebration events

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

    Christine Collier
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    In honor of the World Cup, here is a photo of the team we sponsor featuring many of our employees!
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • How to Learn to Pair Food with Wine and Beer

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Tonight reminds me of the feeling I used to get the night before Christmas. A sense of excitement and enthusiasm combined with a lack of patience, eager for the next morning to come. Why? Because tomorrow Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are going to give the keynote speech at the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) I’ll be attending this weekend. Who are these people? In short, they are my heroes! They are the authors of the best books for anyone exploring pairing food with adult beverages. Here is a brief summary of their works that grace my bookshelves at home. I first came…
  • Washington Celebrates Oktoberfest 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Don’t confuse Oktoberfest with the month of October. Oktoberfest “officially” runs runs from noon on Saturday, September 20th through Sunday October 5th 2014. In Washington, you can expect Oktoberfest/Octoberfest activities from now until the end of October. Washington does LOVE its beer!  I try to be thorough as I can but I always miss something. If you know of one that I am missing, please add it in the comments. Thanks and Prost! Sept 19-21 Fremont Oktoberfest Fremont Oktoberfest Fremont Oktoberfest is one of the biggest and most popular Oktoberfest celebrations in the…
  • Do you have YOUR bottles of Black Raven Unabridged yet?

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    On Monday, Black Raven Brewing released UNABRIDGED, an eagerly anticipated collaboration brew with Stone Brewing. The Unabridged is a wine barrel aged Saison with sumo mandarin oranges and acacia. Unabridged Saison The above is an accurate description of this Washington beer but it doesn’t do this delicious saison any justice. Light golden in color, this is a dry and refreshing beer. Traditionally saison were the original “after work” beer given to farm workers coming from the fields. As such it was designed to be low alcohol and ultra refreshing. Black Raven and Stone…
  • Craft Beer + Food = More Tickets?

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:24 am
    More tickets will be released, on Thursday September 18th, for the sold out  Craft Beer + Food Event. Craft Beer + Food is an unique food and beer pairing event in which  chefs and brewers work together to create a beer and culinary partnership to excite your senses: eyes, nose and mouth. When tickets were released last month for the 4th annual Craft Beer + Food Event, the tickets sold out in  only three days. Kendall Jones, one of the organizers, is pleased to announce that additional tickets will be available for $40 online. starting on Thursday 9/18/14. Two new restaurants will be…
  • It’s Time to Celebrate Merlot Again

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Ten years ago a certain movie made drinking Merlot uncool. Today, Merlot is regaining its former status as a noble grape. One of the Washington wineries championing the revival of Merlot is Woodinville based EFESTE. This coming weekend, you can join the EFESTE family in commemorating the revival of Merlot as a great variety while celebrating the ten year anniversary of the movie, Sideways! Since the winery’s September 2013 release of the wine Upright, crafted from 100% Klipsun Vineyard Merlot, the bold red has received raves from consumers and critics alike, earning 92 points and “Cellar…
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • International Grenache Day Celebration September 19

    Jeff Leve
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Friday September 19, 2014 is International Grenache Day. That means it’s time to pop a cork on a Grenache based wine you have been saving for something special. Not that you should need International Grenache Day to open a bottle of wine. I know I don’t. By the way, September 19 is not only for International Grenache Day. It’s also talk like a Pirate day! I wonder how many people will combine wine with Pirate talk? Talk about a paring. I suppose with a few bottles opened, this could happen more than we think. OK everyone,…
  • 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines Offer Nice Surprises

    Jeff Leve
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape harvest is in full bloom. Growers are picking all over the Southern Rhone Valley. The conditions for picking have been good so far. It’s been sunny and warm until recently in Chateauneuf du Pape. Some rain started to fall which turned into a minor rain storm as gorwoers were close to finishing their harvest. It looks like temperatures are going to drop a bit over the next few days. On the positive side, one thing we know for certain is growers will have a lot more wine with the 2014 vintage. 2014 could be…
  • 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition Regular Cuvees Already Showing Well

    Jeff Leve
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider 2012 Chateauneuf is a good, but not great vintage. The style of wines however, is a turn on. They are not massive, super ripe, highly alcoholic or intensely tannic, concentrated wines. Instead, they are lush, elegant charmers with good color that will drink well young. There is a freshness and purity in the fruit that really comes through. You can enjoy them while you wait for the 2010′s to come around. The first wine of any tasting gets you going. To some, it gets the juices flowing like the smell of napalm in the morning. This is a…
  • 2014 Bordeaux Harvest for the White Wine Grapes has Officially Started

    Jeff Leve
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The 2014 Bordeaux vintage is off and running. The 2014 Bordeaux harvest officially started September 1 for the white Bordeaux wine grapes in Pessac Leognan, Entre Deux Mers and in other appellations as well. The start for the 2014 Bordeaux harvest for the red wine grapes is still three to four 4 weeks away. As of today, the white wine harvest in Bordeaux is in full bloom. The 2014 Bordeaux harvest for the dry white Bordeaux wines got off to a slow start last week. As we mentioned, a few growers began working on their young vines Sauvignon…
  • Bordeaux News Alain Vautheir of Chateau Ausone buys Chateau La Clotte

    Jeff Leve
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider In a bit of breaking Bordeaux news, shortly before the 2014 Bordeaux harvest is set to hit full speed, it was announced that Alain Vautheir, best known as the owner of Chateau Ausone, along with Pauline Vauthier added to their portfolio of St. Emilion wineries with the addition of Chateau La Clotte. Alain Vauthier and his family already owns Chateau Fonbel, Chateau Moulin St. Georges, Simard and Haut Simard, as well as Ausone. Chateau La Clotte is an insider’s wine. It is purchased by many wine makers in the Right Bank, due to its stylish…
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  • LWG interviews Chris Scott, of Thirty Fifty and Find A Vino

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

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

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

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

    27 Aug 2013 | 2:27 pm
    LondonWineHusband and I have a few guilty pleasures in common. Ridiculously spicy Chinese take out from Yun Kim in Brentford; laughing at anything related to farts; a heartfelt love for Bruno Mars’ haunting ballad, Gorilla, which is about how he wants to shag a girl like they are both gorillas, and shovelling raclette into our faces at Borough Market. Borough Market is nose-bleedingly expensive, touristy and full of delicious organic food of varying levels of healthiness. The word “artisan” is used for everything. (Artisan carrier bag? Tick.) It has the afore-mentioned…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence

    Marc Hinton
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence Gosset Brut Excellenceis Champagne that is superior in almost every aspect. The wine is comprised of 36% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir (all from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards) and 19% Pinot Meunier. Gosset has been producing Champagne in Ay, France since 1584 granting them the bragging rights to […]
  • Video: The Wines of Southern Italy

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Video: The Wines of Southern Italy . Produced by the LCBO Broadcast Production Group, Jim Fitzpatrick takes us on a journey through the wine styles 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 […]
  • Craggy Range and the Rock Star Vintage

    Lisa Johnston
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last month, I was privileged to get a sneak peak at New Zealand’s Craggy Range 2013 vintage wines, including two from the exciting Gimblett Gravels region near Hawkes Bay.  According to Steve Smith MW, Craggy Range’s Wine and Viticulture Director, ‘it was the vintage of a generation.’  Just looking at the ripeness alone only tells […]
  • Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, Sicilia, Italy The 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye is a sweet dessert wine made from Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) grapes. It is a  well-balanced, round and pretty wine with a vivid personality. Amber in color with viscous textures; the aromas of brown sugar and ripe peaches are […]
  • Summer Sippers: Tumbleweed Cocktail

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Summer Sippers: Tumbleweed Cocktail  Revered for its timeless craft cocktails, intimate Hollywood ease and ode to local flavors, Portland’s Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe returns this summer with a bill of new cocktails embellished with fresh herbs from Hotel deLuxe’s rooftop garden and olive oil and lavender harvested from Oregon’s adored Red Ridge Farms.   […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • Thirsty Thursday: Boneshaker Zinfandel 2012

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    "Imagine. Bumping down a cobblestone street on a wrought iron bicycle. Thump, thump…thump. Thrill seekers of the past called this kind of ride a Boneshaker. Your teeth rattled and your bones shook. You felt it. This is our BONESHAKER. A full bodied Zin."When I was offered a sample of the Hahn Family Wines for review, it didn't take long to respond with a resounding yes! Lodi Zinfandel from a group known for their work with high quality, small, family owned, estate brands? Heck yeah.I couldn't find much information on the winery itself - their website appears to be for a vintage bicycle…
  • Craft Beverages Unlimited 2015

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    I've looked longingly at the Craft Beverages Expo on the West Coast, but time and expense have made it impossible to attend. Now there's a somewhat better opportunity - registration is officially open for the 2015 Craft Beverages Unlimited (CBU) conference and trade show, formerly Wineries Unlimited. Craft Beverages Unlimited will take place March 4-5, 2015 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA. Some highlights:Dr. Bruce Zoecklein, Enology Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, will be joined by winemaker Clark Smith, whose “Postmodern Winemaking” was hailed as Wine and…
  • Wolf's Ridge Brewing, Columbus, OH

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Wolf's Ridge Brewing is no ordinary gastropub. At first glance, it seems no different than others: storefront, gleaming kettles and tanks, bar, beer, food.  The difference in this restaurant is that almost every detail is elevated, curated to top effect almost. The room is long and narrow and gets loud, but none of that is a problem, the spacing is correct and you are of the crowd but not in the crowd - I ate by myself and felt totally at ease, not always the case when dining alone. The decor is unobtrusive yet works, casual yet refined, even down to the locally sourced soap in the…
  • Becoming a Winemaker

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Two books, two very different approaches to becoming a winemaker. One celebrates love of a place, while the other celebrates the idea of a place, albeit at an emotional distance.Ferenc Máté moved to Tuscany almost on a whim - it started in a rented farmhouse, segued into the creation of a family, then became a story of finding oneself in one's surroundings. Máté purchased a farmhouse, but, unfortunately, when the wine bug bit, there was no land and no hope for a vineyard. Searching high and low throughout Tuscany, Máté ended up purchasing one of the crown jewels of the Banfi Estate, Il…
  • Brewery Visit: Penrose Brewing, Geneva, IL

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Art, Science, and Belgian-Inspired BrewingSaturday, I suddenly realized I had a morning to myself - the rest of the fam was heading out to do their thing and that outing just for me. I emailed Penrose Brewing, to see if they had availability for their early bird tour at 11:00 and they did, oh yes. After getting some chores done, I headed out to Geneva, ready to taste and learn - I had heard nothing but good things about Penrose's beer and a brewery tour always is interesting, since no two are alike.Turned out that, while some other folks had signed up, I was the only one who…
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    Wine Folly

  • 6 Intriguing Wines To Drink This Fall

    Madeline Puckette
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    For those of you lucky enough to have a fall season where you live, go outside and breath in the air. There is a special smell in the air that’s crisp but still dusty from summer. Some of us are fall lovers because we long for the psychological feeling of completeness of a season and we yearn for a cuddly winter. The harvest season is not just for wine grapes, but also pumpkins, carrots, artichokes, sunflowers and mushrooms. These 6 wines match wonderfully with fall harvest foods. Below are 6 intriguing wine varieties that are perfect for the fall mood. Some are unexpected, so be prepared…
  • Updated Wine Aroma Wheel with 100+ Flavors

    Madeline Puckette
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Easy to Embed Copy/Paste the code. Original Source: Wine Aroma Wheel by Wine Folly What the Categories Mean Primary Aromas Primary aromas are from the type of the grape or the environment in which it grows. For instance, Barbera wines will often have subtle nuances of licorice or anise. You’ll find quite a range of flavors in the Primary Aroma group including fruit flavors, herbal flavors, earthiness, floral notes and spices. Do you like Wine Folly? Secondary Aromas Secondary aromas come from the fermentation process which includes yeast and other microbes. A great example of this is…
  • Do You Have a ‘Common Palate’ for Wine?

    Madeline Puckette
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Many scientists believe that our sense of taste could be hard-wired into DNA. Not only has science proven that some of us have higher taste sensitivity, but it has also shown that even differences in our saliva can alter the way we perceive certain tastes, such as bitterness. Despite our many differences, there is a style of wine that most drinkers prefer. We call these wines ‘Crowd Pleasers’ but perhaps we call this taste preference ‘Common Palate.’ So the question then becomes: Do You Have a ‘Common Palate?’ Not everyone has a common palate. The more developed…
  • Are You a Wine Snob or Wine Awesome? (Quiz)

    Madeline Puckette
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Wine is a lot like art, literature and music, in that the more you know about it, the more you appreciate it. However, learning can be tricky because it’s hard to figure out how to get started. What’s worse is that the path of entry is guarded by snobs. What type of wine lover are you? Are you a Wine Beginner, Wine Lush or a Wine Snob? Take this quiz to find wine personality fits you the most. Are You a Wine Snob or Wine Awesome? Quiz 1. Wine is: A classy way to get blitzed Something I like to drink The ultimate expression of artisanal craft Something I enjoy learning about and…
  • Underrated Spain: Meseta Central Wine Region

    Madeline Puckette
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    In the land of Don Quixote, wine plays a very important role both economically and culturally. The Meseta Central, a.k.a. Central Plateau, produces nearly half of the wine in all of Spain. It’s also home to over a dozen top wine Spanish bodegas (wineries). Super Value! If you like wines with intensity and European personality, Spain has you covered. Wines range from sub $10 quaffing beverages under the Castilla-La Mancha IGP to $100 bold red blends under the relatively new Vino de Pago designation. Wines from Meseta Central In the past, the Meseta Central produced an ocean of ‘Vino…
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    Pure Luxury Transportation

  • 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…
  • Winemaker Dinner at Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Rustic Restaurant

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A visit to Francis Ford Coppola Winery in the Sonoma County Wine Country town of Geyserville is always a treat. Pure Luxury was treated to a very special winemaker dinner at the winery’s restaurant, Rustic: Francis's Favorites, with winemaker Tondi Bolkan.A View of the Vineyards from Our Seat on the Patio at Rustic, Francis's FavoritesSeated at a table with a sweeping view of the vineyards, we began the evening with Sofia Blanc de Blancs. Inside the lovely packaging was a flavorful, vibrant blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Riesling waiting to be poured.The First Course was a rich, Lobster…
  • Cheers! Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Here!

    Carey Sweet
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    The chefs are busy dreaming up their menus, the wineries are lovingly, carefully aging their best wines, and top musical talent are tuning their voices and instruments. It’s nearly time for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, and excitement is building quickly for this year’s extravaganza, Aug. 29-31 2014.If you haven’t already gotten your tickets for the world-class culinary extravaganza, you’ll want to right away - every SWCW event sells out each year. What’s the draw? How about hundreds of chefs, wineries and artisan food purveyors, all gathering for three full days of elaborate…
  • Sonoma County Winemaker & Celebrity Chef Present 4th Annual Project Zin

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Certain numbers evoke different thoughts. For example, the number 21 inspires memories of how a 21st birthday was spent. Or, of a retired sports player’s jersey number. Maybe a win or loss at the Blackjack table. For others, the number 21 brings insight as the chromosome which occasionally, instead of containing a pair of chromosomes, produces a third causing Down Syndrome.This abundance in chromosome 21 is what inspired Sonoma County winemaker Clay Mauritson to aim for 21 wines to represent the best Zinfandels in a project to bring awareness and support to Down Syndrome Association North…
  • Go to Catelli’s for Your Geyserville Party

    Carey Sweet
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    You’re hosting a party for 100 of your closest friends, and you want to play in Geyserville, the beloved little Wine Country town in north Sonoma County.But Geyserville, with its population of about 2,100, isn’t known for big venues. And you don’t want big, anyway – this is a personal gathering of pals. What are you to do?It's Catelli’s Restaurant to the rescue, with its recently added event area that cleverly offers a large space while still retaining an intimate feel. Comprised of a brand new garden, outdoor bar and separate restroom building, the patio alone spans 3,500 square…
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • Nectar to Open Craft Wine and Beer Shop in Kendall Yards

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • Beauty and the Vine at Nectar

    28 Jul 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, August 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 […]
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    Wine Reviews and Tasting Reports - International Wine Report

  • ANDRETTA 'ESA' Toscana IGT 2011

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    The 2011 'ESA' is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Sangiovese which delivers aromas and flavors of blackberries and dark cherries followed by leather, spices and a hint of cedar. This possesses a medium to full body with a velvety texture that ends with another layer of dark berries and spices. I anticipate this will be at its best now through 2017. (Best 2014-2017) - August, 2014 (JD) 90 POINTS Wine Specifications:Report Date: August, 2014 Suggested Price: $30 Drinking Window: 2014-2017 Producer: Andretta Country: Italy  Region: Tuscany Appellation: Toscana IGT…
  • ALDO CONTERNO Barolo 2010

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The 2010 Aldo Conterno Barolo bursts with bright cherries and strawberries, which are followed by rose petal, spices, fresh minerals and licorice. This possesses a wonderful firm structure backed by round tannins that explode on to your palate. The finish is long and polished with loads of bright cherry flavors mixed with pretty florals. Needs a bit more time, but overall a gorgeous entry into the magnificent range of 2010s from the Conterno Family. (Best 2016-2030) - August, 2014 (JD) 93 POINTS Wine Specifications:Report Date: August, 2014 Suggested Price: $70 Drinking Window:…
  • ALDO CONTERNO Barolo 'Cicala' 2010

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The 2010 Aldo Conterno 'Cicala' looks as if it will be a late bloomer. Today, this offers pretty aromas of dried red berries, licorice, floral, wet stones and hint of spice. This is tightly wound and firmly structured around fine tannins. The elegant finish is long and chewy, with red berries and licorice leaving a lasting impression. By far, this is the least approachable of all that 2010s I have tasted from Aldo Conterno and will need some serious time, but that being said it is an age worthy wine that will thrive in the cellar for decades. (Best 2020-2037) - August, 2014 (JD)…
  • ALDO CONTERNO Barolo ‘Colonnello’ 2010

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The 2010 ‘Colonnello’ from Aldo Conterno is an absolutely stunning showing and clearly one of the best Barolo I have tasted so far in 2010. It immediately bursts with seductive aromas and flavors of dark cherries and ripe strawberries followed by tar, floral, sweet spices, licorice, mint and fresh minerals. This layered Barolo dazzles with its beautiful polished texture and amazing structure, which is balanced by gorgeous acidity that provides a remarkable sense of freshness all the way to the end. Red fruits and sweet spices continue to explode onto the finish where they turn dry and…
  • ARGIANO ’Suolo’ 2011

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

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    As a Giants fan, I’ve had the joy of beating the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl. So it makes me sad that Patriots fans can’t get certain wines shipped directly to them for consolation. It makes former Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe sad, too. After he retired from the NFL, Bledsoe moved back to his hometown of Walla … Continue reading →
  • the $64,000 nfl rookie dinner

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Before the football season begins every year, it’s a tradition for rookies to pick up (at least part of) the tab for the veteran players who go to dinner with them. Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant told people he was pissed off when he was rookie and had to pick up the dinner tab in … Continue reading →
  • you deserve a grape today, matt ryan!

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Matt Ryan threw for 440 yards in his first game of the 2014 season – holy moly! He’s the 5th QB since the AFL-NFL merger to throw for at least 440 yards in a season-opening win. The even better news? All the previous four guys who did that made the playoffs. As insane as 440 … Continue reading →
  • tight ends – they’re just like wine!

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In past Football Weeks, we’ve done our grapey comparisons of the QBs, the Wide Receivers, and the Running Backs. Now, the Tight Ends get their time to shine! jimmy graham Crushes it for the Saints. He scores so many points that he actually argued he should be classified as a wide receiver when he was negotiating … Continue reading →
  • Football Week Kickoff!

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Jerseys on, fantasy apps fired up, and bottles popped! FOOTBALL. IS. BACK!!!!!!!!! We kick off this year’s Football Week with a vintage rosé Champagne to celebrate the awesomeness of the grape + gridiron pairing. Lots of good things in store this week. See you tomorrow, I got games to watch and bubbles to drink! Continue reading →
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  • Top 10 Kosher Wines Over $30

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    Our Top 10 kosher wines $30 and up for the past year along with a look at Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Whiskey Project.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  September 4, 2014   During the Jewish month of Elul, the final month in the Jewish calendar, we are enjoined to reflect on where we stand and where we should be going in life. Thus it is also a perfect time to look back and select our top wines from the previous year. This week we will focus on wines costing $30 or more and that are worthy of the expense. That is, these wines are either to collect…
  • Getting The Whiskey’s ‘Backstory’

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
      Review of the Ramot Naftaly Duet 2010 and a revisit to High West whiskies.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  August 27, 2014   We are often asked why we do not assign a numerical score to the wines and spirits we review. After all, it is a process employed by many of the most popular reviewers  including the eminent Robert Parker, the glossy Wine Spectator and the high-end British publication Decanter, which bills itself as the “World’s Best Wine Magazine.” It is easy to understand the appeal since we all grow up in an educational…
  • Fraud In The Wine Business

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    The finale of a high-profile wine-fraud along with a review of the Barkan Assemblage Tzafit 2010 and a look at Irish Whiskies including a review of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  August 20, 2014   A few weeks ago, wine fraudster Rudy Kurnaiwan was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $20 million, according to The New York Times. The court also required him to pay more than $24 million in restitution to the victims of his elaborate wine forgery scheme. Once his prison sentence has been completed, Kurnaiwan…
  • Mix Wine Or Gin With Fruit And It’s Summertime

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
      Some summer cocktail suggestions.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  August 13, 2014   Summertime is always fun. The abundance of fruits, vegetables and herbs inspire us to shake up and expand our cooking, and also our drinking. Summer wine cocktails may seem sometimes to be a bit of work, but are so worth the effort. There are, obviously, numerous recipes in books and online, but summer means not having to do any homework (right?), so instead try releasing your personal creativity and dream up your own concoctions.   The one worthwhile…
  • The Ideal Wine For Pesto

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
      A review of the Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and some news about American whiskies including Jim Beam.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  August 6, 2014   One of us has a summer garden that has produced an abundance of basil. A leafy herb initially cultivated in India, basil migrated both west and east becoming a featured component of Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. There are many different types with the “sweet” variety customarily featured in Italian dishes while the more pungent Thai, lemon and “holy” basils are utilized in…
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  • The Linoleum Project™--Philosophy First, Winemaking Second

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Harvest is in full swing here at Splooge Estate, and while our neighbors are bringing in their incredibly boring Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc—the so-called “workhorse” grapes (“workhouse” because their only worth is to get you plowed)—we’re harvesting more important varieties, varieties you haven’t heard of. The best and most obscure are earmarked for The Linoleum Project™. We thought we’d take a moment of your time to explain in a bit more detail the philosophy behind the...
  • IPOB Attacks!

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    When a hooded member of IPOB trepanned James Laube with a Coravin, and the rebel group posted the video on YouTube, the wine community responded with outrage. It’s a graphic and horrifying video, the gaunt Laube appearing stoic as the Coravin’s needle penetrates his skull, the instrument of torture replacing the fetid air inside Laube’s head with a neutral Argon gas. “No one will be able to tell the difference in Laube’s reviews,” IPOB said in a written statement, “we just wanted everyone to...
  • How to Be a Successful Sommelier

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Having the letters “M.S.” after your name doesn’t mean you’re a sommelier. A sommelier works in a restaurant. From the several dozen I’ve met, judging by their occupations, I was pretty sure “M.S.” stood for “Master Shill.” I, also, have letters after my name, letters I awarded myself for my particularly vast knowledge of wine, and who better to recognize that vast knowledge than me?, but the letters, “H.M.W.,” are often misunderstood. Most people assume “H.M.W.” stands for “HoseMaster of...
  • Thoughts on an Earthquake

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    My first thought after awakening to the news that the 6.0 earthquake in wine country was centered in Napa? Sounds like all those falling bricks will delay harvest… *** Earthquakes are a reminder, if we really need one, that we’re rather insignificant beings on this colossal planet. If we see Earth as a berry, humans are a kind of botrytis, an Ignoble Mold. We’ve spent a couple of hundred years of our Industrial Revolution trying to destroy Earth. It only makes sense that Earth is going to fight...
  • The HoseMaster's Guide to Wine Marketing

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The longer I’m in the wine business, the more fascinated I become with the marketing of wine. Not that it’s any different than, say, the marketing of movies. In fact, it seems like all marketing makes me think the same thing over and over, “Who the hell falls for that?” Now your question to me might be, “Who falls for what?” And you’ve answered my question. Let’s first define wine marketing. It’s prevaricating. If you can’t put your hand on a Bible, swear in open court that what you’ve said is...
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  • Results are in for Global Traveler’s 2014 Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Competition

    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

    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

    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
  • ProWein 2014 features “Champagne Lounge”

    27 Feb 2014 | 6:39 pm
    From March 23-25 ProWein will feature a “Champagne Lounge” which will include over 25 Champagne producers. The Champagne Lounge will extend over 300 square metres and is located in Hall 7.1. There will be two tasting areas boasting a stylish lounge design and will feature over 60 high-quality Champagnes available for tasting. Further Champagne suppliers are located in trade fair Halls 3 – 6. Participating champagne producers include: CHAMPAGNE ANDRE BERGERE 51200 EPERNAY Mrs Brigitte BERGERE +33 (0)326320719…
  • The Go-To List for Champagne Shopping

    29 Jan 2014 | 7:27 pm
    We all love to do a little bit of shopping; but unlike picking up those to-die-for shoes or that perfect shade of lipstick, wine shopping isn’t something that should be done on impulse. A good bottle of champagne is expensive, so want to be smart shoppers when it comes to buying that perfect bottle; and part of being an empowered consumer is being an informed one. Just like the eyes are the window to the human soul, the bottle label is the window to the champagne soul; everything you need to know about the wine is written there for anyone to see—talk about wearing your heart on your…
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  • A Toast To Mom

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Mom and her friend Sandy. October 2013 I lost my favorite fan last month.  My Mom. That might explain why my postings have been light., please be patient with me during this time. Although my mom never said much or showed it, she followed my blog to keep up with me and was very proud. She would say “you never told me you were doing this, going here.” When I asked her how she knew, she said she read it on my blog. We learn a lot from our parents.  I think what makes them most proud is when they see us succeed and when they learn from us. My mom was a White Zin drinker.
  • Running the Hudson Valley Wine Competition & Results

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    For the past 6 or so years I’ve been behind the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition.  When I took the realm of this competition it was just wine.  The past two years with the explosion of distilleries in the Hudson Valley we opened up to spirits. This year we had 91 wine entries, 4 cider entries and 10 spirit entries.  I hope in the future to expand on the cider and spirits categories. I am the chief cook and bottle uncorker for this competition.  I have to rally the troups to enter. I catalog everything in a spreadsheet.  My son has taught me Excel so…
  • Enjoying The Hudson Valley Wine Festival

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    This weekend is the annual Hudson Valley Wine Festival.  Many will be tasting the various wines, spirits and beer of the Hudson Valley and New York State. I will be at the festival early Saturday for the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition.  Saturday afternoon I will be hosting a seminar with the winning wines from the competition.  Then Sunday you’ll find me right back there with Debbie the Cheese Lady from Adams as  for a Hudson Valley wine and cheese tasting. To help you enjoy your time at the wine festival or any wine festival here is a brief article on…
  • Farm-To-Table Dinner on Bannerman’s Island with Chefs’ Consortium

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Bannerman’s Island (as I know it) is a tiny island in the Hudson River just off  Route 9D outside Cold Spring, NY.  Driving by the island as a child it looked scary but I always wanted to know what the history of it was and why it was vacant and falling apart. The island’s actual name is Pollepel Island.  Legend has it that young girl named Polly Pell was rescued from the river landed on the shores of the island and the island was named after her. There have been 5 owners of the island before it was donated to the people of the State of New York.  The third…
  • New Wines and a Cider from Glorie Farm Winery

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    I’m just traveling all over the Hudson Valley this summer in between caring for my mother.  This post brings me to Glorie Farm Winery in Marlboro, New York . I haven’t been there in a while and not only have they come out with some new wines and a cider but they expanded their tasting room. Photo from Glorie Farm Winery Their tasting room located above the winery was nice and quaint.  It you ever visited there during a wine trail event you tasted in a roped off section of the winery below.  Now you can taste in style in their enlarged tasting room pictured above.
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  • A Toast to Mom

    Debbie Gioquindo
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Mom and her friend Sandy. October 2013I lost my favorite fan last month.  My Mom. That might explain why my postings have been light., please be patient with me during this time.Although my mom never said much or showed it, she followed my blog to keep up with me and was very proud. She would say "you never told me you were doing this, going here." When I asked her how she knew, she said she read it on my blog.We learn a lot from our parents.  I think what makes them most proud is when they see us succeed and when they learn from us.My mom was a White Zin drinker.  That is…
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: The Bewitching Power of Sour

    Debbie Gioquindo
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    They came from near and far—some venturing across many states to taste something sour, something tart, something they relish more than just about anything in the craft beer universe. Sour’d in September brought 20 breweries—Nantucket’s Cisco, San Diego’s Ballast Point, Pennsylvania’s Weyerbacher--to Captain Lawrence to showcase the best of their sour ales; all everyone needed was some decent weather, and the day would be a dandy. And then the rain came. “We paid for good weather,” quipped Captain Lawrence founder Scott Vaccaro, “and this is what we got.” In fact, the rain…
  • Running the Hudson Valley Wine Competition and the Results

    Debbie Gioquindo
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    For the past 6 or so years I've been behind the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition.  When I took the realm of this competition it was just wine.  The past two years with the explosion of distilleries in the Hudson Valley we opened up to spirits. This year we had 91 wine entries, 4 cider entries and 10 spirit entries.  I hope in the future to expand on the cider and spirits categories. I am the chief cook and bottle uncorker for this competition.  I have to rally the troups to enter. I catalog everything in a spreadsheet.  My son has taught me Excel so the…
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room Blood, Sweat and Beers

    Debbie Gioquindo
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    When we think of football, we think of frozen tundras and puffy, frigid vapors spilling from the quarterback’s mouth. If not that, at least some nippy autumnal temps to go with our pigskin, wings and, of course, beer. So it’s a little tough to get into the spirit when it’s 90 degrees out, the humidity around 110% and climbing fast. Kevin Duignan of Bronxville and Jim Lillis of Mount Vernon caught their sons’ high school games—Xavier and Fordham Prep—earlier on this impossibly steamy Saturday, and are stocking up on Captain Lawrence for the NFL Sunday opener. But first, an…
  • Enjoying the Hudson Valley Wine Festival

    Debbie Gioquindo
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    This weekend is the annual Hudson Valley Wine Festival.  Many will be tasting the various wines, spirits and beer of the Hudson Valley and New York State.I will be at the festival early Saturday for the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition.  Saturday afternoon I will be hosting a seminar with the winning wines from the competition.  Then Sunday you'll find me right back there with Debbie the Cheese Lady from Adams as  for a Hudson Valley wine and cheese tasting.To help you enjoy your time at the wine festival or any wine festival here is a brief article on how to…
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • Prime Minister in the family of winemaker in Kakheti

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    20.09.2014 (Hvino News) "This year, additional 4 thousand hectares of new vineyards have been planted, which confirms that the development of the wine industry is one of our main priorities",- Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said during his visit to the family house of winemaker Soso Turiashvili in the village of Kardenakhi on September 18.As prime minister said, the development of the wine industry will contribute to the development of agriculture, and will support the village and the farmer in Georgia, also will increase people's income, and finally will contribute to the…
  • Resurgence of Georgia’s viticultural heritage excites wine connoisseurs

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    by Maya Jaggi19.09.2014. In an austere sixth-century Georgian monastery in the south Caucasus surrounded by vineyards, bearded monks sing in soaring harmony over a hole in the ground. An oenologist in a white cape and carrying a ceremonial sword joins in, while a Russian film crew looks on with hushed awe. The monks unseal a huge clay amphora of new wine, buried up to its neck, in an ancient ceremony both sacred and festive. Poured into plain earthenware drinking bowls by a brother on one knee, the amber wine has a fresh, bounteous earthiness – cause, indeed, for song.The Alaverdi monastery…
  • Gori hosts 2nd annual Wine Festival

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:27 am
    19.09.2014. To enable Georgian traditional wine-makers (WMs) to popularize their home-made wines, the Georgian Traditional Wine Federation (GTWF) hosted Gori Wine Festival (GWF) on September 14. The event, now an emerging tradition, took place for the second year with a cultural gathering in the heart of Kartli region, featuring wine producers and other interested visitors from across the country. The festival featured exclusively made traditional domestic wines from different regions such as Imereti, Racha, Lechkhumi, Meskheti and Kakheti.Accompanied by a jazz band Kanudos, the event was…
  • Prime Minister at the Vintage 2014 Coordination Staff

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Photo: Prime Minister's Press Service19.09.2014 (Hvino News). "This year will be more wealthy; we will protect the interests of both entrepreneur and a wine producer, a vintage will be better this year than it was last year," Prime Minster  Irakli Garibashvili stated while visiting the Coordination Staff of "Vintage 2014" in Gurjaani, Kakheti, on September 18.As vintage is in active phase in Kakheti, approximately 60 000 tons of grapes have been processed. Pursuant to the decision of the government of Georgia, this year, similar to previous year in order to support vine-growing and…
  • Eastern Georgian farmers enjoy plentiful grape harvest

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    18.09.2014. Local farmers will soon produce Georgia’s world-famous wine as the grape harvesting season gets in full swing.Prime Minister Irakli Garibahsvili picked some grapes when he met wine industry insiders at Georgia’s famous wine-making region Kakheti today."Based on today’s data, we can safely say that this year will be even more abundant [than in the past],” the PM said."We will protect the interests of both entrepreneurs and winemakers.”More than 50,000 tonnes of grapes has already been processed across the country. So far the total income made by farmers exceeded 50…
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  • Convicts Do Time in the Vineyard

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Grape pickers are always hard to find because the job is such hard work and pays poorly. One winery in Mendocino County, California is trying a new idea this year: prisoners. Six inmates of Mendocino County Jail are picking grapes for Barra of Mendocino. They work alongside the winery’s regular crew and are also paid by the bin. […]
  • The U.S. Is A Wine-Drinking Juggernaut

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    t’s official: the United States consumes more wine than France. In 2013, US customers bought more wine in total than French customers. While the French still retain the crown per capita, the announcement by the International Vine and Wine Associationsolidified Americans’ place in the wine-drinking pantheon. Boston Wine School founder Jonathon Alsop — author of Wine Lover’s Devotional — talked […]
  • Domaine des Dieux from Hemel en Aarde Valley Takes Top Spot at Amorim Cap Classique Challenge

    Amorim Cork
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Domaine des Dieux, the boutique wine producer in the Hemel en Aarde Valley near Hermanus, was crowned as South Africa’s best Cap Classique exponent at this year’s Amorim Cap Classique Challenge. The Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut MCC 2009, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, won the category for Best Brut Blend as well […]
  • Outstanding wines and local fare at Elim Wine and Food Celebration

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Saturday, 11 October, wine tasting from 10h00 to 17h00, Black Oystercatcher, Elim Cycle & Trail Run registration starts at 07h00 Races start from 08h00 – 08h30. Spoil your whole family with a day of outdoor activities and taste exceptional wines from nine inspiring Cape South Coast wineries at the 3rd Elim Wine & Food Celebration on […]
  • Zonnebloem Cabs Fetch Amongst Top Prices At Records Nederborg Auction

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    There could be no doubting Zonnebloem‘s classic appeal, as the South African favourite attracted some of the highest prices at the 2014 Nederburg Auction. A six-bottle case of 1964 Cabernet Sauvignon went for R30 000, the equivalent of R5 000 a 750ml bottle. Two other six-bottle cases of the wine fetched R22 000 each, one […]
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • 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.
  • Aglianico del Vulture told by Amilcare Grieco, Cantine del Notaio

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Amilcare Grieco - brand ambassador of Cantine del Notaio of Rionero in Vulture - tells DiWineTaste readers about the famous territory of Basilicata and Aglianico, prestigious grape of South Italy, an extremely versatile variety capable of making different wine styles, from sparkling to full bodied red wines.
  • Best Wine of June 2014: Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone 2007, Antonelli San Marco

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:20 am
    Grape of very ancient origins - and mainly unknown - since the Middle Age it was known a red berried grape called "Grissa", which is probably corresponding to Barbera. A grape that in past times was associated to the production of common wines, thanks to the remarkable job of Piedmontese vintners, today Barbera is the mother of magnificent wines, among the excellencies of Italy.
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  • 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.
  • L'Aglianico del Vulture raccontato da Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti, Cantine del Notaio

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti - proprietario ed enologo di Cantine del Notaio di Rionero in Vulture - racconta ai lettori di DiWineTaste il celebre territorio della Basilicata e l'Aglianico, prestigiosa uva del sud Italia, varietà di estrema versatilità capace di produrre stili molto diversi fra loro, dallo spumante a robusti vini rossi.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Giugno 2014: Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone 2007, Antonelli San Marco

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

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

  • 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…
  • Photo Of The Day – The North Side

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

  • 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…
  • Château Moncontour, Vouvray

    Qin Xie
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series Château Moncontour is, along with four other estates and a négociant business, part of the Feray family’s wine portfolio. Moncontour itself is composed of 130 hectares split across Vouvray, Rochecorbon, Vernou and Reugny. It’s also on its way to further expansion as new distribution deals with the UK has meant the building of new facilities. As a sizeable estate, it has the capacity to produce the full spectrum of the Vouvray Appellation – from sparkling (traditional method) to liquoreux. The biggest part of its…
  • Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou 2013

    Qin Xie
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    The wine: Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou 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. Very nice, fresh rosé with a vivid colour. Red fruits aromas very persistent. To drink chilled just for fun during the summer but as well with any spicy or Asian food. We say: Light salmon blush hue. Bags of strawberry notes with a touch of sweetness. Fruity, but reserved enough to be elegant. Light…
  • Vinisource – bulk wine production in Bergerac

    Qin Xie
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Bergerac series Almost every wine region in the world has room to make grapes for mass market wines and Bergerac is no exception. At Château Les Merles, I sat down with Gerrita Thiart-Martin from ViniSource to taste some of the wines the company made for the mass market. Firstly, mass market does not equate bad wines, necessarily, but merely that the wines had been made in bulk quantities, and blended for consistency. This means that any “terroir character” that you might have detected with small batch productions are likely to be lost in the blend.
  • Château de Fesles Bonnezeaux Limited Edition 2010

    Qin Xie
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    The wine: Château de Fesles Bonnezeaux Limited Edition 2010 The producer: Château de Fesles They say: 100% Chenin. Six separate hand picking. 15 months in oak barrels. Rare, intense and elegant wine. Serve at 6-8C after decanting. This wine makes a sublime aperitif and a perfect match for foie gras, blue cheese and warm tart. We say: Slightly oxidised nose with notes of bruised apple. Opening up with more Botrytis, pineapple, dried apricots, white flowers. Rich with minerality on the palate. A little hot. Great acidity. Intense wine. Price (RRP): - Available from: 2010 vintage…
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  • Picpoul de Pinet

    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

    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…
  • Bordeaux Wine Dinner

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Bordeaux Wine Dinner Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux Wine Tasting & Dinner On Wednesday 24th September 2014 The Old House Hotel in Wickham is hosting a Bordeaux Wine Evening. This will be 9 Course French Tasting Menu with a specially selected Bordeaux wine to complement each course. There will be a pre-dinner wine tasting and talk from Roy Gillingham of The Fareham Wine Cellar who will be showing some great new wines from Chateau du Cros, Chateau Haut Mayne and Chateau Clos Bourbon as well as a fantastic dessert wine from Loupiac – you can read more about these wines here. Good Food…
  • Mouchao

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Mouchao Herdade do Mouchao Mouchao Tinto is the flagship wine from historic Alentejo wine estate of Herdade do Mouchao. The estate can trace its beginnings back to the early part of the 19th century when Thomas Reynolds moved to the Alentejo from Oporto to begin working in the cork industry. His grandson John Reynolds eventually purchased the 900 hectare Herdade do Mouchao estate and farmed, not only cork, but grapes for making wine. However, the first estate wine sold as coming from Mouchao was not eventually sold for the first time until 1954. Eventually the Richardson family came into…
  • Celler Cal Pla

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    Celler Cal Pla Celler Cal Pla Celler Cal Pla is based in the village of Porrera in the heart of the Priorat wine-growing region which itself is located in the south-west of Catalonia. Priorat is a designated as a Denomenacion de Origen Calificada (DOC), the highest category in Spanish wine law, and is one of only two regions granted this status, the other being Rioja. In Catalan it is known as Denominacio d’Origen Qualificada or DOQ, it is this that you will see on Priorat wine labels. Likewise Priorat is the Catalan spelling and Priorato is the Spanish spelling. After previous…
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  • Maryhill Winery 2013 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley, $12

    Great Northwest Wine
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Best Buy! Maryhill winemaker Richard Batchelor puts his signature on the front of this everyday, food-friendly blend of Pinot Gris (45%), Semillon (39%), Sauvignon Blanc (12%) and Viognier. It’s a fruit-forward drink that opens with aromas of dusty Golden Delicious apple and cotton candy joined by toast and butter. There’s a steady delivery of apple and pear, backed by apple butter richness on the midpalate and mouthwatering acidity on the way through. Suggested food applications range from Asparagus Risotto and Bacon-Wrapped Scallops to Cranberry Walnut Salad and entree such as…
  • Barnard Griffin 2013 Fumé Blanc, Columbia Valley, $10

    Great Northwest Wine
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Best Buy! Napa icon Robert Mondavi labeled his Sauvignon Blanc as “Fume Blanc” in the late 1960s to promote the historically dry style produced in France’s Loire Valley, and Rob Griffin continues to pay tribute with this stunning bottling that’s balanced with Semillon (24%). This Richland, Wash., vintner may know Sauvignon Blanc from the Columbia Valley better than anyone, and his fruit sources include Preston Vineyard, a parcel he began making wine from in 1977. Sagemoor Vineyard, Gunkel, Lonesome Spring Ranch and the Griffin family’s estate Caroway Vineyard near…
  • Left Coast Cellars 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $18

    Great Northwest Wine
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Joe Wright arrived in 2011, and he’s quickly turned this estate program into one of the region’s best for rose. In fact, his 2012 edition topped a Wine Press Northwest judging last year, so they doubled production. He took this lot of primarily Dijon 667 clone on Sept. 19 at 22 Brix, and his brief barrel program involved 20% neutral French oak. It’s effusive and diverse with its aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberry, cherry, peach, lime and hint of minerality. The drink is dry and serious with racy red currant and pie cherry,  finished with dried strawberry. You’ll be hard pressed…
  • Near-perfect Willamette Valley harvest hums along

    Andy Perdue
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Melissa Burr is the winemaker at Stoller Family Estate in Oregon’s Dundee Hills near Dayton. She is nearly done with harvest – at about the same time she would normally just be  getting started. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) DUNDEE, Ore. – Pinot Noir is coming in faster than it ever has in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, thanks to a warm vintage with near-perfect conditions. “We’re almost done,” said Melissa Burr, head winemaker for Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills. “It’s incredible. We’ve never had such a…
  • Mercer Estates 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $20

    Great Northwest Wine
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Horse Heaven Hills and Red Mountain have a well-earned reputation for “King Cab,” but a number of growers believe the Wahluke Slope is the sweet spot for Merlot, and that’s where most of this bottling from a cool vintage hails from. An extended barrel program of 28 months leads to an opulent nose of black cherry, ripe blueberry and coffee, backed by chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and chalkboard dust. Blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry flavors dominate while tannins provide the firmness of a good handshake. Rating: Outstanding! Production: 254 cases Alcohol: 14.5% Winery website The…
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  • 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…
  • Wine-Tasting in Tokyo

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    By: Sharon Benton There’s a wine bar in Tokyo that serves only Japanese wines. “Sake and plum wine?“ you might ask. The answer is no. Japan has a secret – it’s making wine from grapes, and had been for a over a century now. And it is surprisingly good. The wine bar is called Jip. It’s located in Shinjuku, part of the giant Tokyo metropolis. We wandered the streets and alleys of Shinjuku trying to find this wine bar and the Shinjuku Pitt Inn – a famous jazz club. While the Pitt Inn remained elusive, we found our way to Jip and took a seat at the bar. Since we were the only…
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • Napa Valley Rocks! – So Come Enjoy It (and Support its Recovery)!

    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…
  • Mount Veeder Wines After The Quake

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Last weekend, we had the pleasure of attending the 15th annual Mount Veeder Appellation Wine Tasting, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Mount Veeder AVA.  The host venue, The Hess Collection, was one of the wineries hit hardest by the recent Napa Earthquake (two 20,000 gallon tanks ruptured, over 14,000 cases of 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon lost) and yet they pulled off their hosting duties with grace and class. Mount Veeder grapes are crafted into some of our favorite Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons in Napa Valley and our experience this year just reinforced that opinion.  We were…
  • Say Goodbye to Summer in SLO: Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    A spectacularly fun way to say goodbye to the Summer of 2014 would be to indulge in the wine, food, and music of the Central California Coast at the action-packed Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast. Between September 25 and 28, this winner of the 2014 FAME Award for Best Epicurean Event offers four days of culinary immersion highlighting the beauty of the Central Coast locations and its active outdoor, farm-to-table lifestyle. Whether you have attended Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast before or not, this year’s program has plenty of activities to keep everyone interested, entertained and…
  • Wines (and Wineries) We’re Recommending in the Napa Valley Right Now

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Do you need some Napa wine?  Over the last few weeks we’ve had the pleasure of attending the Napa Valley Wine Library Association Wine Tasting, the Mexican-American Vintners Association Harvest Festival, and the Family Winemakers of California Tasting, and we found many wines reinforcing Napa Valley’s world-class reputation for winemaking that are tasting particularly well right now.  In the wake of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake centered near the city of Napa on Sunday morning, we thought we’d recommend our favorite Napa Valley wines from these recent events and…
  • Excellent Wines from the Sonoma Coast: Favorites from the West of West Festival

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Benziger Family Vineyards’ de Coelo Quintus Pinot Noir, from grapes grown just 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean Earlier this month we discovered a number of excellent wines from the West Sonoma Coast at the West of West Grand Tasting, part of the fourth annual West of West Wine Festival. The wines poured were made from grapes grown in areas such as Annapolis, Fort Ross/Seaview, Occidental, Freestone, Green Valley and the Sebastopol Hills. Sunday’s Grand Tasting (the WOW Festival holds two) was well orchestrated, which made it easy to access and enjoy the wines poured by the 40…
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  • Three Great Fall Wine Activities

    Adam Teeter
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Fall is a great time to visit wine country. The leaves are changing, the air is cooling and grapes are finally getting picked and turned into wine. While the obvious activity of bouncing from tasting room to tasting room is a ton of fun, that’s not the only way to experience wine country in the fall. With that in mind, here are a few other wine country activities we love to do in the fall. Take A Bike Ride Riding around wine country during the height of summer or the dead of winter is absolutely no fun at all, but the fall is a different story all together. With no risk of overheating or…
  • Don’t Let Anyone Tell You That You Can’t Drink Wine At Oktoberfest

    Adam Teeter
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The start of fall signifies not only the changing of the leaves, but also the beginning of one of America’s favorite adopted drinking holidays, Oktoberfest. Bars change over tap lines, towns plan outdoor festivals and people prepare to drink stein after stein of beer and only beer. But just like other foreign drinking holidays that we Americans use as excuses for getting completely toasted – see Cinco De Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day and Carnaval to name a few – Oktoberfest isn’t just about drinking a ton of beer. In fact, beer was never meant to be the only liquid star of the…
  • The Wine Grape Family Vine [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Joshua Malin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    What’s your favorite red wine? How about your favorite white? If you love some varieties and abhor others you might be surprised to find out that nearly all of the wines we drink on a regular basis are closely related. Specifically, we’re talking about shared DNA among the countless varieties of the Vitis vinifera family. In 2011, Dr. Sean Myles, of Cornell University, and a team of researchers, published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As Dr. Myles said at the time in numerous interviews, nearly all of the familiar wine varieties are all…
  • 10 Incredible Personal Wine Cellars

    Naomi Firestone-Teeter
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    These incredible personal wine cellars make use of interesting materials and spaces with stunning results. Whether you have spare space under you stairwell or under your kitchen, or even have an entire spare room available for your special bottles, these creative wine storage solutions are stunning additions to your home. via Casa Sugar via Houzz via Houzz via Butler Armsden Architecture via Afflante via Kingston Windows via FunCage via Tanglewood Wine Accessories via KBC Developments via Material Girls The post 10 Incredible Personal Wine Cellars appeared first on VinePair.
  • A Craft Beer Movement Brews In The Mecca Of Wine

    Adam Teeter
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    France is probably one of the last places many people would think of when it comes to craft beer, but recently the mecca of wine has been experiencing a beer boom, fueled mostly by the country’s next generation of drinkers, and even some well established winemakers are getting in on the action. One such winemaker is Jean Barthélémy Chancel, the owner of the well regarded Champagne house Louis Barthélémy. Champagne and winemaking are in Chancel’s blood; for generations his family owned wineries in the Rhone and he brought that heritage with him when he started making Champagne. But…
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    Jameson Fink

  • Discover The Wines of France’s Bergerac Region

    Jameson Fink
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    France. When you think about its wine regions that start with “B”, surely Burgundy and Bordeaux first come to mind. But let’s talk about a lesser-known place that deserves your attention: Bergerac. So where is Bergerac? It’s just east of Bordeaux. Here’s a (wine) map of Southwestern France, courtesy of Wine Folly: Original Source: The [...]
  • Horse Heaven Hills Vineyards Tour

    Jameson Fink
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    How about we get to know the vineyards of the Horse Heaven Hills in Washington State? I recently returned from a media trip out there. The name of the wine region may not be familiar to you, but there’s lots of history and historic vineyards. You’ve probably poured some of it into your wine glass [...]
  • Pizzeria Gabbiano: Seattle’s Homage to Roman-Style Pizza

    Jameson Fink
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Who doesn’t love pizza? Seriously, who? But let me not say this in a roundabout way: there’s more than one style AND shape when it comes one of the penultimate exports from Italy. That’s why I am so excited about the latest entry into the abundant world of Seattle pizza: Pizzeria Gabbiano. Your amazing powers [...]
  • Describing Taste: Inviting Versus Projecting

    Jameson Fink
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    I’ve been ruminating on taste and preference, specifically regarding a column in the Wine Spectator labeling “tart” and “green” as negative attributes in a wine. You can read my take on “Dim Somms” over at Grape Collective. Maybe instead of such a dichotomous debate about how things “should” taste (balanced/unbalanced, over-ripe/under-ripe) we can all take [...]
  • Greg Lambrecht of Coravin: How To Enjoy Wine Without Removing The Cork

    Jameson Fink
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    When it comes to technology and wine, sometimes I can be a bit of a Luddite. But Greg Lambrecht, inventor of the Coravin, has me preaching the gospel of progress and innovation. Why? How? Well check out this pictured bottle of wine that I tasted. First of all, it’s a fantastic wine. Meursault is a region [...]
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  • WhisperKOOL Humidity System Review

    Dipra Sen
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Humidity is an important factor for wine cooling. Inappropriate or irregular humidity can destroy your wine collection of thousands of dollars. If your wine cooling unit does not have proper humidity system then you should consider this standalone WhisperKOOL Humidity system. This ACH550 WhisperKOOL humidifier is a perfect active humidity system with Intermittent Mist Injection mechanism that calculates and increases the humidity level in a cellar if needed. This humidifier is weighted only 9lbs and can be mounted on a wall or a rack.You may also consider WhisperKOOL cooling units with…
  • Pairing Wine with Food Demystified

    Dipra Sen
    22 Feb 2013 | 11:07 pm
    Image courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee / FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe best way to celebrate an occasion is by relishing the taste of a lavish feast combined with an equally exotic and exquisite flavor of an indulgent wine. All over the world, wine and food have been the theme of constant consideration with some believing that wine is to be enjoyed solely without any food and some believing that any wine can be enjoyed with almost all food varieties and flavor. While, the experts battle it out in establishing a sole verdict, let us discuss the basic principles and guidelines of wine and food…
  • Grapes are Past..!! Innovate and Experiment with Other Wine Ingredients

    Dipra Sen
    21 Feb 2013 | 11:22 pm
    Image courtesy of dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.netGrape is the most essential components of any wine; it is the substance which provides the wine with the unique flavor and essence. When asked about the ingredient that goes in wine making, almost everybody unanimously answers grape as the most crucial component. However, very few people are aware that wine can also be prepared using other core ingredient. So, how would you like to know the fact that you can do wonders by preparing wines with other core ingredients too, and guess what the best part is. Well, the best part is that not everybody is…
  • Your Best Guide to Homemade Wine Making Equipment

    Dipra Sen
    20 Feb 2013 | 1:18 am
    Image courtesy of George Stojkovic / FreeDigitalPhotos.netWant to brew you own indigenous home-made wine? Wow..!! Sounds great, but then what is stopping you? Are you lacking in sufficient knowledge of equipment? Confused regarding what to procure as absolutely essential and what to dispose as a luxury? Baffled by the vast array of equipment options and variety that are available for sale online or at your nearest store? Well, not to worry because we are here to tell you all there is to be learned about home brewed wine making equipment.As a first time learner and beginner you can start with…
  • All That You Need to Make Your Wine

    Dipra Sen
    17 Feb 2013 | 12:54 am
    Image courtesy of xedos4 / FreeDigitalPhotos.netIt is widely and very wisely said that wine making is not just a science, but is a combination of art and science intensely driven by the passion and skill of the wine maker. We always wonder, what must be going on inside those fine vineyards and distilleries and what magical process must it be that gives out such an outlandish product. Well, say good bye to the days when wine making was a great mystery to you, for we bring out the joy and art of home brewed wine making to you. Wine making at home is just about being careful and patient while…
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  • Proof: A Reference Book That’s a Fun Read

    Vegas Wineaux
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Title: Proof: The Science of Booze Author: Adam Rogers Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcour Release Date: May 2014 Format: Hardcover, Softcover, Kindle, Audio Pages: 272 The upshot is that I recommend that you buy the book. Even if you just want to learn a little about the science of booze (and wine and beer and sake) […]
  • Las Vegas Strip Casinos. Every. Single. One.

    Vegas Wineaux
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    They are always amazed as I text (using Siri and hands free – I practice safe text) things such as “I can’t believe the traffic on Flamingo! I’m stuck here at Caesar’s Palace!”
  • Daily Drinkers: 2013 Le Grand Noir Chardonnay Blend

    Vegas Wineaux
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It's one of a new type of wine from a maverick group of winemakers who are taking traditional grapes and doing very untraditional things with them.
  • New Feature: Daily Drinkers

    Vegas Wineaux
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    My search has taken me to several go-to favorites including Costco, Trader Joe's, Fresh and Easy, and even - shock! - Whole Foods. (Motto: Why Pay Less?)
  • Tasting Notes: 2012 El Côtes du Paso Robles Blanc

    Vegas Wineaux
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Until these last few bottles, this had been one of my go-to "daily drinkers," one of those wines you pop, pour, and don't need to ponder over.
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    Wine » The Vine Daily

  • Beginner’s Guide To Making Wine At Home

    Melissa Hardman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Wine is considered one of the most treasured and revered of all of the alcoholic beverages. Whether you consider yourself a seasoned wine expert or a novice, wine is truly a luxurious liquid. With the ever-growing popularity of at-home brewing kits for beer lovers, it’s no wonder that making your own wine at home has […]
  • Wine Corks & Kegs: Beer Tasting for Beginners

    Melissa Hardman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    When tasting a wine, a connoisseur will usually sniff the cork, to determine how well the wine was stored and to get a preliminary idea of the quality of the wine. When tasting beer, there is no cork to smell – so how does one proceed? Fortunately, you don’t need to give the cap a […]
  • Five Uncommon Varietals You Should be Drinking Right Now

    Melissa Hardman
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Many wine consumers like to stick with their favorite types of wine and producers. We all know someone who “only drinks”, say Cabernet or Chardonnay.  There is nothing wrong with either, but there is a vast world of wine out there that you should get to know. Here are 5 uncommon grape varietals you should […]
  • Glossary of Important Wine Terms You Should Know

    Melissa Hardman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    The world of wine includes an array of terminology. The following glossary of wine terms will make it easy to understand wine. Acidity – A natural component in all wines, it is the perceived level of sharpness and is an important element in a wine’s longevity. Aeration – The deliberate action of adding oxygen to […]
  • From Vineyards to Tables – The History of Wine

    Melissa Hardman
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Wine has been a part of our everyday lives for thousands of years. In fact, the earliest evidence of usage can be traced all the way back to China in 7000 B.C.  Over the course of time, the usage of wine has spread to all corners of the world, and is used by people of […]
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    Wine School of Philadelphia

  • A Design Maestro Turns His Hand To A New Challenge: Wine

    Wine School
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Can the same principles that Alberto Alessi uses to run his chic design factory work for cultivating grapes? When Alberto Alessi, head of the world-famous Italian design factory that bears his last name, sits down to decide whether to manufacture a new …Read more here:: wine newsThe post A Design Maestro Turns His Hand To A New Challenge: Wine appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Marketing Director Control States

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Marketing Director Control StatesRead more here:: Southern Wine JobsThe post Marketing Director Control States appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Wine and 3D Design at MFY in Santa Cruz

    Wine School
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    The 2nd class in a series of Wine and 3D Design classes at MakersFactory, this class will cover introduction to 3D modeling and printing for newcomers, and we will cover jewelry pendant design. Join us to learn 3D Design skills you can use to create and …Read more here:: wine newsThe post Wine and 3D Design at MFY in Santa Cruz appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Janes on Wine: Come shop with me at Whispering Vine

    Wine School
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Reno’s most popular wine store, for many folks, has got to be Whispering Vine. With two locations, 15 years of experience and a local owner, it’s a spot every wine person in Reno needs to visit. So, let’s go to the south Reno location on Foothill …Read more here:: wine newsThe post Janes on Wine: Come shop with me at Whispering Vine appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Pernod Ricard Retail Account Specialist On Premise (Center City Philadelphia)

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Pernod Ricard Retail Account Specialist On Premise (Center City Philadelphia)Read more here:: Southern Wine JobsThe post Pernod Ricard Retail Account Specialist On Premise (Center City Philadelphia) appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
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  • Blind Tasting Wine: Not Just for the Professionals

    Marketing Manager
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    School is back in session – time to get your wine geek on! Blind-tasting wines might seem like more of an advanced class, but learning the steps can be super valuable to drinkers at every level of expertise. Go beyond knowing whether you like a particular variety or region. Blind tasting teaches drinkers how to describe the levels of tannin, acidity and aromatics that they enjoy in their vino. And although it might seem like a super-human feat at first, all it takes is a little practice, which requires you drinking wines with friends – not so bad, right? To the uninitiated,…
  • 5 Awesome Fast Food and Wine Pairings

    Marketing Manager
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Our back to wine school series continues with food & wine pairings. While proper pairings are both an art and a science, it should not be something that is reserved for special occasions only. Here are some combos that keep it real.  We have all been there: despite the best of intentions, you cave and order fast-food. Maybe the day got away from you, maybe you didn’t feel like splurging on a proper meal out, or maybe you were just craving some rich, fatty deliciousness (can’t say we blame you). But just because your food quality is low, does not mean that your wine should…
  • 4 Ways to Upgrade Your Wine Without Buyer’s Remorse

    Marketing Manager
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Back to school season continues, with a timely lesson on staying true to your frugal roots, and still expanding your vinous horizons.  There is nothing wrong with everyday, cheap-and-cheerful under $20 selections. We actually love them so much that we created a cheap wine cheat sheet. However, we are not fans of sticking with routine and denying ourselves awesomeness out of fear. Although the same old wines can get kind of boring, there is very little worse than splurging on a wine and ending up with a case buyer’s remorse. Here are four easy rules to upgrade with confidence! Rule #1:…
  • 3 Steps to Buy Wine the Right Way

    Marketing Manager
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    It’s back to school time everyone!  In honor of this most scholastic of seasons we will bring you a “Back to Wine School” series of super informative (and fun) blog posts.  Buying wine should be easy, right? Go to store, find a bottle, pay and drink. Actually wait that doesn’t sound easy, that sounds like a real pain in the neck. The reality is that there is a difference between simply buying a wine and buying wine well. Here’s how. 1. Learn your palate – drink while you read! You probably know this one already, you smart, inquisitive wine drinker, you!
  • Cheap Wine Cheat Sheet: Your Guide to Good Inexpensive Wines

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    18 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Click to see our 20 favorite wines under $20. No matter how much you typically spend on wine, there is nothing like the thrill of finding a deal: whether that is a cheap-and-cheerful-under-$20 selection, or a bottle that tastes like $60 but costs half as much. Values in the wine world are easy to find if you know where to look. Here are 3 of our favorite rules to finding really good inexpensive wines. Go for the classics – the historically good inexpensive wines Just because these wines are household names, does not mean that fame has gone to their heads. No matter how popular these…
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  • Rhode Island Distillery Wins International Award

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    The Sons of Liberty, a distillery located in South Kingstown, RI, has won a coveted award from Whisky Magazine in the U.K. for the “World’s Best Flavored Whiskey”.  This is the first time a U.S. craft distillery has won a “World’s Best”.  Whisky Magazine started the awards in 2007.  The winning whiskey was the 2014 Pumpkin Spice Flavored Whiskey.   “Taking home “World’s Best Flavored Whiskey” for the Pumpkin Spice was awesome. Only 10 “World’s Best” awards were given out and to be one of them is just unbelievable. Immediately we thought, wow, we’re going to…
  • Beer Caves Then and Now

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    A sinkhole discovered near an I-380 access ramp in Cedar Rapids, IA may turn out to be an old beer cave used by the Magnus Brewery built in 1859.  Subterranean caverns were used as cool storage spaces for beer and some were large enough for a truck to enter.  The Magnus Brewery was a five-story complex with five cellars that could hold 2,000 barrels, two ice houses and the capacity to produce 60 barrels of beer in 12 hours, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.   Prohibition led to the closure of the brewery and it was demolished in 1937.  The housing built over the site was…
  • The (Russian) Empire Strikes Back

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Comrade Putin has sicced his food police on Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Liqueur.  The consumer watchdog apparatus Rospotrebnadzor claimed it had found potentially hazardous chemical substances and the product did not conform to Russian labeling regulations.   Brown-Forman, owner of Jack Daniel’s, has been selling spirits in Russia for 15 years and has complied with all regulations.  In this case, Honey Liqueur is not registered as a whiskey since it is regarded as a “spirit beverage” in Russia and therefore should not and could not comply with Russia’s whiskey…
  • Sign up for 2014 Spirits Program in October in New York

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Let’s face it, beverage alcohol whether it’s wine, spirits or beer, is a complicated subject and we often have more questions than answers.   If you live in the New York City area, respected educator Harriet Lembeck has a great Spirits program starting Wednesday October 1 through October 22.  Each session runs from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m.   A quick overview of the curriculum covers basic distillation and whiskies or the “Brown Goods” the first week, followed by “White Goods” covering vodka, gin, pastis and bitters.  The third week focuses on brandies and liqueurs/cordials…
  • California Gov. Signs Another Beer Industry

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    On top of fixing the law about tasting beer at trade shows for brewers, the State’s craft brewing industry is happy about a law that makes it illegal to deface the name of a manufacturer on a metal keg without written consent.   It’s already illegal to recycle kegs without written permission of the manufacturer but in the name of saving the planet, some individuals efface the kegs’ ownership and take them to recycling facilities where they cash in.  Barrel theft is a big and costly issue for the industry.  The bill was sponsored by the California Craft Brewers Association, which…
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  • Vintage 2014: Lessons From My First Harvest

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Follow any vineyards or wine folk on social media and you may realise that, for the last couple of weeks, your news feeds have been full of pictures of grapes. Red grapes, white grapes, grapes on the vine, grapes in baskets… lots of grapes! Yep, it’s harvest time, and the 2014 vintage will be pretty [...] The post Vintage 2014: Lessons From My First Harvest appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • What exactly is the Foire aux Vins?

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    If you’ve lived in France for any stretch of time, you may have noticed that, come mid-September, the supermarket shelves filled with back to school equipment are replaced with bottles and boxes of wine. Could it be for all the parents out there keen to celebrate their children’s return to school after the long summer break? [...] The post What exactly is the Foire aux Vins? appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Five wine destinations I could visit over and over again

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    When it comes to travel I’m always torn between revisiting old favourites and the potential of new discoveries. But some places leave more of an impression than others; towns, regions or countries that I could visit over and over again. By pure coincidence, of course, these just happen to be wine destinations as well! Here [...] The post Five wine destinations I could visit over and over again appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • IGP Vineyards of the Alpes-Maritimes

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    Did you know that you can enjoy wines from Menton, Mougins and Mandelieu? As well as Saint-Jeannet, Saint-Paul de Vence, Tourettes-sur-Loup and even the Les Îles de Lérins off Cannes? There really are vineyards in places least expected along our azure coast! The aforementioned local vineyards are all classified as IGP, which stands for indication géographique [...] The post IGP Vineyards of the Alpes-Maritimes appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • How do you blog with a full-time job?

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    It’s a question I find myself asking an awful lot at the moment. How to find the time to blog with a full-time job? It’s not as if this is the first time since starting this blog that I’ve had a ‘day’ job, that’s the biggest frustration. In fact, my previous job involved more hours than [...] The post How do you blog with a full-time job? appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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