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  • Wine Talk: Ron Darling (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Retired MLB pitcher Ron Darling makes Syrah to raise money for diabetes research
  • Wineries of Oregon – with Formaglini Vineyards

    GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show
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    16 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Nestled among some of the very best vineyards sites in the Chehelam Mountains AVA is where the De Lancellotti family’s first block of Pinot Noir was planted in 2007. This particular site was chosen for its silica rich, sandy soils to a set of clones destined to thrive in this AVA. The neighbors that surround them here include Bergstrom and Adelsheim vineyards. Their dry-farmed site sits on a level bench of sedimentary sandy soil with moderate water holding capacity and superior drainage. This combination is essential for Pinot Noir vines so they have enough water in the topsoil to…
  • Vinography a Finalist in the 2015 Saveur Blog Awards

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:33 pm
    I'm quite pleased to announce that Vinography is a finalist in the 2015 Saveur Magazine Blog Awards in the category of Wine Coverage. My competition for this year's award could just as easily be the guest list for my next dinner party. I'm joined as a finalist this year by Jameson Fink, Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka, Alice Feiring, Aaron Ayscough, and Marissa A. Ross. As a matter of fact, the last time I sat down to drink more than six bottles of wine in one sitting, at least two of the people on this list were there to help (and provide some of the bottles). Each of these folks has an excellent…
  • Buying Into The Millennial Wine Buyer

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

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    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    It’s time for En Primeur, so it only seems right that we spotlight a few of our favorite Bordeaux producers, starting with Château Mouton Rothschild.  One of Bordeaux’s first-growth jewels, this estate is located in the village of Pauillac, 30 miles northwest of Bordeaux Centre, with 203 acres of vineyards on the slopes of the Gironde in the Medoc. The Family The Rothschild family has a rich history in finance, with family members working in main European financial centers all over the continent since the mid-18th century: Frankfurt, Vienna, London, Naples, and Paris.  One of…
 
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  • Wineries of Oregon – with Formaglini Vineyards

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Nestled among some of the very best vineyards sites in the Chehelam Mountains AVA is where the De Lancellotti family’s first block of Pinot Noir was planted in 2007. This particular site was chosen for its silica rich, sandy soils to a set of clones destined to thrive in this AVA. The neighbors that surround them here include Bergstrom and Adelsheim vineyards. Their dry-farmed site sits on a level bench of sedimentary sandy soil with moderate water holding capacity and superior drainage. This combination is essential for Pinot Noir vines so they have enough water in the topsoil to…
  • The Wines of Australia – with Tahbilk

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Established in 1860, Tahbilk is one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic family owned wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne). The vineyard has some 200 hectares under vine which includes Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne, as well as Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Also planted are the traditional varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho, along with Tempranillo and Savagnin. Purchased by the Purbrick family is 1925, Tahbilk is home to 5 generations. Join…
  • Wine in Film – “American Wine Story”

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    The wine industry always seems to make good subject matter for films and video. Some efforts are based on real figures, others on fictional characters. Some are romanticized versions of how we envision wineries, vineyards, and wines, while others seek to expose the unvarnished truth – embellished or otherwise. Less often, yet frequently more interesting, are films that inform us by documenting people’s experiences with growing, producing, or just drinking wine. The documentary, “American Wine Story” is a film that delves into the passion, the risk, the ingenuity, and…
  • 2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 2 – Burgundy

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Part 2 of the 2014 WOPN seminar on Oregon and Burgundy takes us to Pinot Noir’s homeland in Burgundy, France. We were very fortunate to have Louis Jadot’s Technical Director Frédéric Barnier, present a vertical of the Premier Cru vineyard, Clos des Ursules, which included vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1997, 1990, and 1985. The Clos des Ursules is a walled site within the Vignes Franches climat, at the southern end of Beaune’s group of Premier Cru vineyards near the commune boundary with Pommard. Being on the lower eastern side of the Montagne-Saint-Desire hill, the…
  • The Wines of Bordeaux – with Château Gruaud-Larose

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    As with many of the Châteaux of Bordeaux, Gruaud-Larose has a fascinating history. Originally, Joseph Stanislas Gruaud was the owner of the Ténac, Sartaignac and Merle Crus in the 18th century. He united them in 1757 under the name of “Fonbedeau”, also called Gruaud. When he died in 1771, he left the property to Monsieur de Larose. In 1781, the name of the new owner was added and the Cru became Gruaud Larose. Upon his death in 1795, Monsieur de Larose passed the Château on to Messrs Balguerie, Sarget and Verdonnet. By 1865, the undivided estate was shared between the heirs Balguerie…
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  • Vinography a Finalist in the 2015 Saveur Blog Awards

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:33 pm
    I'm quite pleased to announce that Vinography is a finalist in the 2015 Saveur Magazine Blog Awards in the category of Wine Coverage. My competition for this year's award could just as easily be the guest list for my next dinner party. I'm joined as a finalist this year by Jameson Fink, Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka, Alice Feiring, Aaron Ayscough, and Marissa A. Ross. As a matter of fact, the last time I sat down to drink more than six bottles of wine in one sitting, at least two of the people on this list were there to help (and provide some of the bottles). Each of these folks has an excellent…
  • The Changing Love of Pinot Noir?

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:39 pm
    To properly frame the sort of revelation that follows, you need to understand a few things. The first is that I am deeply fortunate to be able to attend a number of fancy wine events each year. These events are one to three-day epics of tasting and eating that consumers pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars to go attend. By virtue of my status as a so-called member of the press, I get a free pass to bacchanals such as the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, The International Pinot Noir Celebration, the World of Pinot Noir, Flavor! Napa Valley, etc. etc. When I am at these events, apart from…
  • Vinography Images: Patchwork

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Patchwork SANTA ROSA, CA: A patchwork of Kunde Estate vineyards covers the hillside above Sonoma Valley, as viewed above Highway 12 near Santa Rosa, California. Known primarily for red grapes, this warm microclimate is gaining notoriety for hillside and mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. 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…
  • California Wine Country Macabre

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Holy moly. WTF, Wine Country? Something is seriously wrong. Anyone have a biodynamic calendar handy to see if we've just all had a long string of root days? Or maybe the arsenic is causing mental imbalance.... First we heard of the horrific events of last Monday, in which Robert Dahl shot his investor Emad Tawfilis execution-style and then took his own life as police were closing in. Police recently released the transcripts of Tawfilis' calls to 911 as he was running, bleeding through the vineyards with his killer in pursuit. Nearly the same day, two decomposing bodies were found in a Napa…
  • The Latitudes and Longitudes of Pinot Noir

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Every year, just as Winter, or what passes for winter in southern California, begins to turn the corner towards Spring, lovers of Pinot Noir gather on the cliffs of Santa Barbara for a celebration of the grape they love. The World of Pinot Noir offers three days of immersion into everything Pinot in the bucolic setting of Bacara Resort. This event has many redeeming features, but among my favorite of its many charms is the fact that the organizers make a concerted effort to recruit Pinot Noir producers from many different places around the world, and almost always have at least one event…
 
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  • Buying Into The Millennial Wine Buyer

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

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

    Tom Wark
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Robert Parker, Jr. is wrong. He’s not “part of the problem” In an interview with Drinks Business, Mr. Parker lamented the fact that the world’s most coveted wines are so expensive: “The influential wine critic said that the rising prices of top labels from leading fine wine regions was a ‘problem and a concern’, particularly for the ‘younger generation’, which is being put off the category by the high cost of trying its best products.” Yes, many of the world’s most important and best wines are priced well above what aspiring…
  • Killing the Wine & Arsenic Story — Before It’s Too Late

    Tom Wark
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    “Boy, who knew about the arsenic in wine. I’m a beer drinker.” “Great, now there’s another way I can die…Just drink wine” These are two comments that were directed at me this weekend. Both were unsolicited and both in response to me being asked what I do for a living and responding that I work in the wine business. IF YOU DON’T THINK THE ARSENIC STORY IS A BIG DEAL, YOU BETTER THINK AGAIN. Here’s what I can guarantee: sales of wine will decline over at least the next two months, if not further, due to the report that some wines have…
  • Behold—The Whiny Call of the Wine Wholesaler

    Tom Wark
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    whining (verb) 1. give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound. 2. To complain or protest in a childish or annoying fashion The Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America (WSWA), that national organization representing the best box carriers in the country, never gets any media coverage for its press releases. You might think that’s odd given this organization’s political clout and multi-million dollar annual budgets. But if you want to understand why this is the case all you have to do is look at a recent press release of theirs that defies reason. In a recent press…
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  • A Visit to Mouton Rothschild

    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    It’s time for En Primeur, so it only seems right that we spotlight a few of our favorite Bordeaux producers, starting with Château Mouton Rothschild.  One of Bordeaux’s first-growth jewels, this estate is located in the village of Pauillac, 30 miles northwest of Bordeaux Centre, with 203 acres of vineyards on the slopes of the Gironde in the Medoc. The Family The Rothschild family has a rich history in finance, with family members working in main European financial centers all over the continent since the mid-18th century: Frankfurt, Vienna, London, Naples, and Paris.  One of…
  • Wine 101: How to Decode a French Wine Label

    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Most domestic wine labels are pretty straightforward – you can see clearly when you’re purchasing a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, or Merlot.  But venturing into foreign wines can be a little intimidating for the uninitiated – a French wine label often omits varietal, and has a bunch of notations (in French, bien sur) that don’t immediately make sense upon first read.  Even the most seasoned wine professional can get stumped by a wine label now and then – the regulations for labeling wine vary by country, and each component may not be in the same place each…
  • California’s Drought & Wine Country

    Bernadette Elizaga Trevias
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    It’s the middle of March, and Californians from San Francisco to San Diego are enjoying glorious amounts of weather worthy of a coastline cruise in a convertible.  Rosé weather during Thanksgiving weekend?  Yes!  Beach day in December?  That’s right.  Our warm weather induces eye-rolls from our friends out East, who have been literally buried under record-breaking amounts of snow until recently. But the sunshine comes with a price – California is entering our 4th year of drought, the worst we’ve had in over a century, causing havoc and economic hardship in…
  • How Much Light Is Bad Light When Storing Wine?

    Ana Berwick
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    So we’ve told you why vibrations are bad for storing wine, so today we’ll give you some tips on proper lighting and the important ways it can effect a fine wine.  Do not expose your wine to excessive light. Sunlight or other forms of bright light age the wine too soon, leaving you with poor quality tastings. Ideally, wine should be stored in a dark, cool environment. The dark glass bottles can protect the wine from the way UV rays negatively affect wine. Be extra careful when the wine is in clear or light glass bottles. The lighter glass allows for more intensive exposure to the…
  • Five Ways To Give Wine With Love

    Ana Berwick
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you need some last minute ideas for making the day special with your significant other, then we’re confident today’s post will help. We’ve given numerous suggestions that’ll make the day special and have you ready to impress. POUR THE CHAMPAGNE  You could keep it simple and classy by popping open a nice bottle of Champagne. The tasteful and aromatic bubbly is always romantic. It is perfect for a sweet toast and can be enjoyed by itself or with a delicious meal. Pair it with a a light dessert or even the main…
 
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  • BITE Silicon Valley's Line-Up Will Cover Food Waste, GMOs and Roy Choi's Veggie Burgers

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:33:03 -0400
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Food & Wine Chef-in-Residence José Andrés just added a new role to his resume. From June 5 to 7, he'll act as "Chef Chair" for BITE Silicon Valley, a new West Coast festival and conference focused on food and tech. Taking place at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, the series of events will feature chefs and speakers ranging from Roy Choi, who will discuss Loco’...
  • 2015 Best New Chefs

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:53:27 -0400
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    It's the moment everyone who cares anything about restaurants has been waiting for—the 2015 Best New Chefs reveal! The new class of chefs are an innovative, eclectic and incredibly talented group. They include a cook who took over his family’s luncheonette outside Boston, a guy who is making Indianapolis a food destination with transformative breakfasts, and a woman whose Asheville...
  • 5 Foods Chefs are Dehydrating Now

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:57:29 -0400
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Great for concentrating flavor in fruits and vegetables, dehydrators have never been more popular with chefs. Here, a look at how this trend is playing out on plates around the country.

 1. Grapefruit Pieces A tart accent for granola at The Hive in Bentonville, AR. 2. Carrot Jerky Marinated in tamarind, soy and chile as a bar snack at Oak in Dallas. 3. Zucchini Strips...
  • 5 Tips for Being a Team Leader, by Super Chef-Boss Susan Feniger

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:22:07 -0400
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    F&W's #FOODWINEWOMEN series spotlights top women in food and drink in collaboration with Toklas Society. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (@foodandwine). Here, star chef Susan Feniger shares five tips for being a good boss. Who: Susan Feniger What: Chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and Top Chef Masters alum Where: Border Grill and Mud Hen...
  • 9 Boozy Ways to Drink Your Easter Eggs

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:39:20 -0400
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Instead of dying and hiding eggs this Easter, use them to make deliciously frothy cocktails. Here, nine fantastic, spring drinks to make with eggs. 1. Mediterranean Pink Lady  Limoncello and Campari come together in this crisp, citrusy cocktail. 2. Cucumber, Salt & Smoke  Mezcal provides the smokiness in this unusual Pisco Sour update. The shaken egg white adds a...
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  • SPIRITS: Future Proof

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

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

    Douglas Blyde
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    STOKE Place, a characterful Georgian pile unfairly tarred by its Slough postcode has retained the accolade of AA Notable Wine List year-on-year. While the hotel may be a little scuffed around the edges, the 30-page wine list authored by general manager, Terry McEvoy is lovingly put together. For example, worth noting, should the bank rule in your favour, a 75cl bottle of 1998 Chateau d’Yquem is significantly cheaper than retail (£140) within these sturdy walls. Among his suppliers, McEvoy praises Bibendum for their “great customer service and team training” and Amathus for whom…
  • SPIRITS: To Toast, Or Not To Toast?

    Douglas Blyde
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    CRAFTED from fermented grains, distilled, then matured in porous clay pots, baijiu is China’s most popular spirit. However, for a Western dilettante the drink’s distinctive profile may seem unusual. Hammant Patel Villa of Brixton’s Courtesan ‘Birdcage Bar’ and ‘Boudoir’ notes, “It’s a very complex, earthy spirit – brooding, dare I say it, angry – challenging every aspect of a Western drinkers’ notion of an enjoyable practice.” Read at Alexander & James >
  • RESTAURANTS: Oakley Court

    Douglas Blyde
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    TONIGHT’s meal, realised by sous chef, Meaden was bright, meticulous and very edible while being dramatically at odds, stylistically, with the presently drab dining room. However, when plans to redecorate are enacted, I predict a healthy tremble of critics will visit given the team’s inventiveness and energy. Indeed, I learnt at my 9am breakfast that Futcher had only finished hand-washing his much-loved comprehensive range of Riedel XL glassware a few hours before... Read at Harper's
 
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  • Moving Day

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

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

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

    Craig Camp
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    2012 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Franc Black Label We believe in the power of blending the classic Bordeaux varieties for the same reason the French do: it makes the wines better. Cabernet provides the power and structure, merlot texture and aromatics and cabernet franc is a bit like MSG as it lifts, brightens and adds excitement to the wine. This blending process is an important part of what we do at Cornerstone Cellars. Well most of the time. The fact is the 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Franc Black Label, Napa Valley is one hundred percent cabernet franc. We did not plan it that…
 
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  • Women’s History Month: Exploring the Maternal Side of Winemaking

    Sonia Nolasco
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Editor’s note: With the March being recognized for stories about inspiring women (also known as Women’s History Month in the USA), we thought it would be fitting to honor the only female master blender existing today, Ana Rosas, of the renowned Ramos-Pinto port house. A woman that oozes with, grace, passion and the warmest of maternal instincts—all the qualities (and more!) that Ana Rosas brings to her wines, “mothering” barrels and bottles of Tawny ports that result in some of the best value for your money in the market. We start our wine talk with tea … Though tea isn’t…
  • Friday Feature Photo: Easter in the Algarve

    Gabriella Opaz
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Photographer: Tony Bond Capture Date: April 18, 2010 Location: Praia Dona Ana, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal About: On a 10 day trip to the Algarve, “I was repeatedly lost for words. So glad to have discovered this coastline at Easter without the crowds – and if you’re prepared to get up early – or stay late, you can have them to yourself.” Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase:…
  • Recipe: Portuguese Spinach Mousse

    Sonia Nolasco
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    If you’re craving a bit more earthiness in your Easter side dishes, the richness of a dish like creamed spinach may not fit the bill. Perhaps, Portugal’s “Esparregado de Espinafres” (spinach mousse) is the key with a balance of velvety textures and earthy notes. The dish offers up layers of flavor without masking the essence of the greens. At its peak in springtime, spinach is an ideal choice for Easter. But don’t stop at spinach. How about chard (nabiça)? The Portuguese are huge fans of these leafy greens and throw them into soups, or into their “Esparregado.” Summertime is…
  • Cabrito Estonado: The Easter Recipe Hidden in the Portuguese Mountains

    Sonia Nolasco
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Growing up, Portuguese kid stew was as ordinary to me as beef stew was to my American friends. Whenever there were mentions of “cabrito,” my smile lit up! Around this time of year, my younger self would be jumping for joy around my mother’s kitchen, since this was often the meal of choice for Easter. Chocolate bunnies didn’t excite me at all, but this sure did. Let’s just say I was a foodie way before I had a clue as to what the word meant. The pieces of kid would soak up the overnight marinade it sat in unlike any other meat I had ever tasted. Years later, I learned it had to do…
  • How the Moors Influenced Spanish Cuisine

    Sam Zucker
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    With every bite of their Sunday paella, Spanish families—whether they realize it or not–are paying homage to the old Moorish kingdom of Al-Ándalus, one of the greatest civilizations that Iberia has ever known. How did this relationship evolve? It began in the year 711 C.E, when the Moors soundly defeated the post-Roman Visigothic Christian rulers of the land that was then known as Hispania. General Tariq ibn-Ziyad crossed the strait of Gibraltar—a mere 15km gap that separated Islam-dominated North Africa and the new Christendom of the Iberian Peninsula—and his army moved…
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  • Why is champagne getting drier?

    Dr. Vino
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Champagnes seem to have been getting drier in recent years. What’s driving the trend? I put the question of declining Champagne dosage levels to Peter Wasserman today. Wasserman, along with his mother Becky, exports several grower champagnes including Godmé Pere et fils, José D’hondt, Camille Savès, and Vazart-Coquart. Wasserman said there are three main reasons. First, climate change. As harvest gets longer, the pick dates get later meaning that the fruit is riper, as he put it being harvested at “optimum maturity. So there’s less searing acidity that needs balancing with the…
  • Matthew McConaughey signs on to The Billionaire’s Vinegar

    Dr. Vino
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Wine may well be splashing on the silver screen with Matthew McConaughey in a starring role. Deadline reports that the star of Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective will headline the cinematic adaptation of the Billionaire’s Vinegar. I’m glad the project is moving ahead. It’s based on the terrific book of the same name by Benjamin Wallace. Will Smith had reportedly picked up the rights to the project back in 2008; when I called Escape Artists Entertainment in 2012 for an update, I was told that there’s “No director. No talent. No new news.” Clearly the…
  • Spaetburgunder: German for pinot noir

    Dr. Vino
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    Germany has the third largest amount of pinot noir planted, trailing only France and the United States. In fact their total acreage eclipses both Australia and New Zealand’s pinot noir plantings combined. (The local name for the grape is Spätburgunder.) Such is a factoid that I learned yesterday at ProWein, the annual wine trade megashow in Düsseldorf. The seminar was entitled “Germany’s Pinot Noir Miracle,” which probably could have been an awesome German compound word “Spätburgunderwunder” if it only existed. Anne Krebiehl, originally from Baden and now living in England led…
  • File under classy: Southern wine reps taunt former supplier

    Dr. Vino
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Wine made Page Six! This should be good, right? The NY director of sales and the district manager at Southern Wine & Spirits (SWS), one of the country’s behemoth wine and spirits distributors, hold the honor. According to the NY Post, they lost Laurent-Perrier champagnes from their portfolio. So they decided to go to a night club, The Hustler Club, order two bottles of the wine for $1,000, then be photographed dumping the wines out. Oh, and one of the pictures had a stripper fondling the sales director’s crotch. Badda bing! Then they sent the pix to Sabine Lapatie of…
  • Eataly: a lot of pasta

    Dr. Vino
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:59 am
    Fast Company has a piece on Eataly, the enormous and enormously successful (grocery) store with restaurants inside it. For those who haven’t been, the stores have an innovative concept that harkens back to an olde tyme market with different vendors for fish, meat, and pasta, interspersed with fresh fruit and vegetables, dried pasta and olive oils, restaurants of various themes, a wine store (now back), a rooftop beergarden, a wine bar, an espresso bar, a gelateria, and a bookstore. My kids never want to leave when we’re there. Eataly NY is a collaboration with Mario Batali and Joe…
 
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Review: **+ $$ Camila Nieto Senetiner Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013

    jorray
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Camila Nieto Senetiner Malbec. Original tasting and review : This is Camila Nieto Senetiner Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013, finished at a mere 13.5% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.In the glass: Deep, ruddy burgundy red, opaque in the very center.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, twiggy, brambly red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fragrant, floral and fruity.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as…
  • Review: ***+ $$ Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines (Monastrell), Alicante, Spain, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines. Original tasting and review : This is Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines (Monastrell), Alicante, Spain, 2012, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.In the glass: Deep burgundy, opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright and deep violet flowers.  From the aroma, seems like this will be floral, for sure, but bold too.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact layered with…
  • Review: ***+ $ Rock Garden Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Rock Garden Syrah. Original tasting and review : This is Rock Garden Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley, California, 2013, finished at 14.8% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.In the glass: Deep magenta and opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows red raspberries and blackberry stew.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fruity and easy-going.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact very much in the red raspberry style, with a layer…
  • Review: **** $$ Apothic White, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Apothic White. Original tasting and review : This is Apothic White, California, 2012, an eclectic blend  of chardonnay, pinot grigio and riesling, finished at a mere 12% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.In the glass: Clear, faintest hint of yellow.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a mix of steely grassiness and cream, suggesting the varietal mix.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and mouth-filling, perhaps punching about its modest alcohol…
  • Come enjoy the STARS of Napa Valley - March 26, 2015, The Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach, CA

    jorray
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
     STARS of Napa ValleyMarch 26th, 2015THE SHADE HOTELManhattan Beachclick here to read review in the Daily BreezeClick here to read in the Wine Industry AdvisorAnd click HERE to order tickets while they last! After nine years of hosting its annual Ultimate Wine Festival, Manhattan Beach’s only luxury boutique hotel, Shade, today announced plans to partner with wineLA to host the area’s first annual Stars of Napa Valley Wine Festival on Thursday, March 26. With 40 notable wineries set to participate in the festivities, Shade Hotel will expect to welcome hundreds of wine…
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    Spittoon

  • The Winery Pichon Longueville Bordeaux

    Andrew Barrow
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    The Winery Pichon Longueville Bordeaux Over the years I’ve received a few requests – not loads, but a few – for prints from some of my wine photos. About time, a friend suggested last week, that I actually offered a few of my photos for sale. So with the new site design it seemed apt to include a facility for visitors to order and buy prints to their specifications. Two of my favourite images from my wine travels last year (a trip in June 2014 to Bordeaux) are these two of the gleaming stainless steel tanks at Pichon Longueville in Bordeaux. Prints can be ordered via the…
  • Alquimia Putney

    Andrew Barrow
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    Alquimia Putney I told her straight, that lady on the neighbouring table. “You’re rubbish” I said, donning that knowing. smug look that only an annoying guy in a restaurant can hold. She really was rubbish and agreed with me. You have to develop a knack when eating calcots you see – pulling out the sweet, succulent inner core of these leek-spring onion type vegetables and leaving the crisp, inedible chard outer leaves behind is a tad tricky and it takes a couple of attempts to perfect. Or more if you are like that lady diner in Alquimia the other week who I think abandoned further…
  • Red Nose Day Cocktail Recipe

    Andrew Barrow
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Red Nose Day Cocktail Recipe Red Nose Day approaches – its Friday March 13 if you were unaware. The English vineyard and winery, Furleigh Estate, has teamed up with Dorset’s first gin distillery Conker Spirit and Isle of Wight Tomatoes to create a limited-edition cocktail for the day. Lloyd Brown, head mixologist at The Venner Bar in Bridport created the recipe, blending Furleigh estate sparkling Classic Cuvee 2011, with Conker Spirit Dorset Dry Gin and Isle of Wight Tomatoes’ delicate and refreshing pressed tomato cordial. “Combining our sparkling wine with gin and tomato notes…
  • Cocktails at the Bread Street Kitchen

    Andrew Barrow
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Cocktails at the Bread Street Kitchen I’m sure if you ask the talented bar staff will supply the specific amounts; or maybe they are trade secrets! I’ve attempted to recreate cocktails tasted in various bars back home, with, how can I put this, varying degrees of success… For these three beauts you need to get your arse down to the Bread Street Kitchen in deepest EC4. Bread Street Kitchen is part of the Gordon Ramsay Group is but a stroll from St. Pauls.
  • Hambledon Classic Cuvee

    Andrew Barrow
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    Hambledon Classic Cuvee Hambledon Classic Cuvee stocked by Berry Brothers & Rudd, Fareham Wine Cellars, The General Wine Company RRP £28.50. Hambledon Classic Cuvee New Zealand may have thrashed England on the cricket pitch earlier but a couple of days ago the two countries went head to head with a strong team of sparkling wines each in Wellington and London, as eleven ‘players’ plus a twelfth man from each displayed a more even set of results. Hosted by New Zealand Winegrowers, Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the ‘Battle of the Bubbles’ was played…
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    Wine.Woot

  • Cavatappi Tuscan Style Red Wine (3)

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    tuscan do attitudeCavatappi (verb): The fusion of Italy with Washington State. "I Cavatappied Bill Gates and Silvio Berlusconi, creating a really nerdy playboy."As a tribute to today's Tuscan blend: How to talk eye-talian with Wine.Woot! Vorrei un po 'di vino, per favore. I would like some wine, please.   Si prega di tenere il vino a venire. Please keep the wine coming.   Avete qualche altro vino? Do you have any more wine?   Tua madre è incantevole. Your mother is lovely.   Mi dispiace. Non mi rendevo conto che lei è tua moglie. I'm sorry. I didn't realize she is your…
  • Atelier Rockpile Zinfandel (4)

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    no room at the zinPile of Rocks/I was strong as I could be.BRENT ROCKPILE: TIPSY DETECTIVE “Mr. Rockpile, can you help me find my lost cat?” “Sssshhh don’t worry abrout that nowf. Telll ya what, we shoul orderr a pizzza. BRENT ROCKPILE: TIPSY DETECTIVE “Mr. Rockpile, can you tell me if my spouse is cheating on me?” “Hahaha I used the surveillance cambera to take a pichr of my butt.” BRENT ROCKPILE: TIPSY DETECTIVE “Mr. Rockpile, I suspect my employee lied about being on medical leave.” “Let’s … we shuld … let’s find a karaoke bar.” BRENT ROCKPILE: TIPSY…
  • Prime Solum Cabernet Sauvignon (2)

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    solum so good"Solum" is soil terminology and not, as we initially thought, a Lord of the Rings character.Cocktail time! recipe: cocoa, peanut butter, plastic animals, telephone
  • Sacramento Trail Mixed Red (6)

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sactown...what's a stamp?The New Pony Express Coming soon to your door
  • Clayhouse Casa de Arcilla Grenache Blanc Case

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Adobe-liciousPeople who live in clay houses shouldn't throw … uh … what do you think? Water balloons? Enclosed in this box you will find most of what you asked be returned to you. Here are your books, your Blu-rays, your cheap-o earphones, and that stupid robot vacuum cleaner. The dental floss you insisted I return because “you paid for it” is here. Also, while I’m not entirely certain why it’s so important I give you this specific towel, but here you go. I washed it, though, just to let you know. I hope that didn’t ruin whatever weird thing you’ve got going on with it. No,…
 
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    1 Wine Dude

  • Going Hot Turkey (March 2015 Wine Article Roundup)

    1WineDude
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    image: wine.answers.com In like a frozen lion, out like a lamb paired with well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon, March is behind us. Er… wait a second… it’s still cold here. Ok, whatever… Here’s a roundup of some of the items in which I’ve had a hand in penning during the month: There were two items highlighting Turkish wine this month; the first for Snooth.com, penned after tasting through a case of samples, the majority of which were very good to excellent (which I am ashamed to admit surprised me, as it had been a long time since I’d tasted through a…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 30, 2015

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

    1WineDude
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have metallic embossed label, will travel Before you ask… yes, I am still not quite up to the full-on feature articles, and am woefully behind. Look, I’ve got major issues on the homestead, people, so you’re going to need to be patient (or, simply enthrall yourselves with any of the other billion English-language wine blogs out there for now). The issues have not stopped me from imbibing wine, however (even after having mouth surgery – oh yeah, who’s your drinkin’ daddy?!??). Hey, this is me we’re talking about, here! Fortunately for both of us, the…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 23, 2015

    1WineDude
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 12 Weingut Clemens Busch vom Grauen Schiefer Riesling…
  • Furmint Adventures Episode 11: Gizella Cellar

    1WineDude
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I do believe that our Furmint adventures, alas, come to an end with this episode, the eleventh in the series (more were filmed, but I’m not sure in what context those will be cropping up; when they do I will let you know). Special thanks to all of those who were responsible for making this happen; I will treasure the memories, the wines, and the insane amount of inside jokes that were added to my already peripatetic personal narrative! Going Pro with A Go Pro in Tokaj We go out strong, my friends: in this incarnation, I meet the young and social-media-savvy winemaker László Szilágyi,…
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    Aristide, a wine blog

  • Libero cibo

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

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:32 am
    Fabio Zenato, co-titolare dell’azienda agricola Valerio Zenato-Le Morette nel Lugana DOC: “Caso probabilmente unico in Italia, nell’area del Lugana la gran parte dei vigneti negli ultimi cinquant’anni deriva dallo stesso vivaio (l’azienda agricola Le Morette) e questo ha comportato un elevato grado di conservazione del germoplasma, in altre parole ha garantito la presenza del vitigno autoctono nel territorio, senza influenze di altre varietà estranee”. Un bel caso da raccontare, un connubio che mi appare felice tra scienza e imprenditorialità. Fabio…
  • Anteprima Amarone 2011/2015

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    Courtesy of Consorzio Valpolicella Fatevela raccontare da un indigeno adottato, questa rassegna dedicata all’Anteprima Amarone 2011, svoltasi nell’ultimo week-end di gennaio a Verona. Vivo in Valpolicella da qualche anno, in piccola parte ci lavoro pure, creando in proprio alcune opportunità, soprattutto attraverso lo strumento di Terroir Amarone, sito in lingua inglese, che condivido con Elisabetta Tosi. Il problema principale del format “Anteprima Amarone”, sta nella rappresentatività. La base produttiva è largamente sotto-rappresentata: una sessantina di 64…
  • Il senso del “servigio”

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    Cristiana Lauro racconta di questa particolare rappresentazione – “Il Signore non è servito” – messa in scena da Noi di sala, associazione di professionisti di sala e cantina, e Marco Giallini, durante Identità Golose 2015: “Il senso è una promessa per il futuro della categoria che ha chiaro il significato del termine “servigio” (a differenza di qualche chef che ha dimenticato il senso della ristorazione, permettendosi di mandare i clienti a quel paese). (…) Mi piacerebbe che diventare stimati camerieri fosse tanto ambito quanto essere ottimi chef e che…
  • “Rosé Revolution” del Chiaretto di Bardolino

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    Litchi (Litchi chinensis) – foto tratta dal sito http://www.mtex.co.il/docs/Litchi/ Si chiama Litchi (Litchi chinensis), e il suo colore – o meglio tre gradazioni di esso: normale, chiaro e intenso – sono il cuore della “Rosé Revolution” del Chiaretto di Bardolino. Ma il colore è solo l’aspetto più immediato ed esteriore di questa rivoluzione. Perché dietro al bicchiere di un Chiaretto di Bardolino 2014 c’è un lungo e importante lavoro cominciato almeno tre anni fa. Ne abbiamo parlato durante un’interessante mezza giornata, su invito dei…
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    Wine Weekly

  • Arsenic In Wine – The Complete List

    Joe Janish
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Following is the full, complete list of wines that allegedly contain dangerous amounts of arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, California. Almost all are inexpensive California wines. Arsenic is a poison that, when ingested in high enough doses, can be fatal. 1. Acronym GR8RW Red Blend 2011 2. Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel 3. Almaden Heritage Moscato 4. Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel 5. Almaden Heritage Chardonnay 6. Almaden Mountain Burgundy 7. Almaden Mountain Rhine 8. Almaden Mountain Chablis 9. Arrow Creek Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 10. Bandit Pinot…
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Gris

    Joe Janish
    14 May 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2013 | Marlborough, New Zealand Nose is wide open and expressive, with bright, delicious aromas of pineapple, ripe pear, peach, and apricot. In the mouth, the fruit is similar — really ripe, bright, upfront sweet pear, with a touch of residual sugar, but the fruit lasts through a lengthy, pleasant finish. The bright pear and peach flavors remind me a bit of Muscat / Moscato. It’s aptly named Pinot Gris rather than Pinot Grigio; to me, “Pinot Gris” is what I associate with Oregon and Alsace, and in those areas, the grape tends to make wines that…
  • Tuscany in Ten Minutes

    Joe Janish
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:04 am
    Learn all you need to know about Tuscan wines in ten minutes by watching the video below, produced by the Guild of Sommeliers: The Wines of Tuscany from guildsomm on Vimeo.
  • How You Pour Wine Affects Your Drinking

    Joe Janish
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:36 am
    This information came out a few months ago, but it remains relevant: did you know that the way you pour your wine can affect how much you drink? According to studies published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse: – Wider glasses lead to pouring up to 12% more wine than a narrow glass. – More wine is poured when holding the glass in hand, as opposed to pouring into a glass set on a countertop / tabletop. Again, up to 12% more. – People tend to pour more white wine into a glass than red wine — up to 9% more. The theory is that because red wine is a more stark…
  • Red Wine Review: Chateau Lassegue 2006

    Joe Janish
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:40 am
    Chateau Lassegue 2006 | Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France Yet another stellar example of right bank Bordeaux by brilliant winemaker Pierre Seillan. Generous, open nose give opulent scents of ripe black fruit, earth, and mild hints of dark chocolate, tobacco, and something vegetal. On the palate it’s more restrained — really tight, not ready to offer the ample fruit waiting to erupt after a few years in the cellar. What you do get — after several rounds of double-decanting and allowing the wine to hang around in the open air — is complex layers of red and black fruit,…
 
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    Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman

  • Love in a Glass: Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Rose

    Catie
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The phone rang. I looked at the caller-ID and my little heart started racing as if it was a call from a former love. It was the call I had been waiting for. It was from Stoller Family Estate in the Willamette Valley. They were letting me know my Spring Wine Club shipment was getting ready to be packed and while they were at it, was there anything else they could send me - - perhaps more of their Stoller Pinot Noir Rose? Yes-yes-yes! Fill me up with bottles and bottles of Stoller Rose - 2014! Now I can finally finish up the last two bottles of the 2013 that I have been hiding in the wine…
  • Thoughts From A Former Tasting Room Staff

    Catie
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    The other day I was working on my blog. I decided to change the coloring and just freshen it up. As I was "cleaning" it, I happened to notice some former blogs I wrote, especially one where I ranted about some of the customers I have met along the way.Now you could wag your finger at me and admonish me for "picking" on the customer, but technically the wine customer is typically savvy about the world and if not, usually eager to grow and learn. However, like any group of people, there are always those who will try manipulate, mangle, and mash things up to get their way.The lesson to be…
  • Scintillation: Syncline Wine Cellars

    Catie
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Scintillating Definition: (adjective) sparkling or shining brightly, effervescent: the scintillating sunbrilliantly and excitingly clever or skillful: the audience loved his scintillating witExactly! The audience loved his scintillating "Scintillation." When I first saw this exciting label and the fact there was a new bubbly in the Northwest, I searched it out.  I had no idea where this new wine was coming from. I even asked a distributor, who also happened to be the rep for Syncline Wine Cellars if they had heard of this new sparkling wine. They hadn't - - yet. It…
  • Revisiting an old friend: Morrison Lane Syrah - 2005

    Catie
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Syrah is one of France's most noblest black grape varieties. This dark inky grape is known for its dark brooding color, distinctive and intense nose and palate. Here on the West Coast people will often think of California for Syrah. However, I will differ on that. Washington State, notably those Syrah vines from Walla Walla AVA, and especially now with the new "The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater" AVA across the border from Walla Walla, is known for some of the finest Syrah in the world, especially in North America. It's been my opinion, Syrah grown on rocks aside, that…
  • Virtual Twitter Tasting: Hope Family Wines

    Catie
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Twitter Tasting. It's been a few years since I have particpated in one, but when I do, I always enjoy them. They are quick, yet fun. How tough is it to sit in front of your computer with three bottles of wine, sip on them, and then tweet up some wine tasting notes?  This Twitter Tasting in particular was part of the Boston Wine Expo #BWETaste held this coming weekend, and they teamed up with Hope Family Wines, of Paso Robles, CA to provide the wines. In 1978, the Hope family arrived in Paso Robles looking for new…
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    Wannabe Wino Wine Blog

  • …Or Sparkle That Way

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

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

    Sonadora
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:23 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. Sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening and all I can dream about is sparkling wine in my glass. Much to my wondrous eyes did appear a box full of J Vineyards holiday cheer. Enough with my mixing of Christmas songs and tales and onto the wine. I couldn’t help but bust open the J Brut Rose almost as soon as it arrived.  The J clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, has a traditional Champagne closure, and retails from the winery for $38, though I see it around the internet for less. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) I could…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Sonadora
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    What’s on the wine menu at your house today? The WannabeWinos will choose from: 2 Roses, 1 Sancerre, 1 Pinot Blanc, 4 Gruner Veltliners, 3 Pinot Noirs, 2 Cabernet Francs, 1 Grenache, 1 Sauternes, 1 Tokaji and one Viognier blend dessert wine. Gobble Gobble!Filed under: Thanksgiving
  • 2011 Reserve Le Cigare Blanc

    Sonadora
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. When I want something interesting and unique to taste from my basement, it’s easy to turn to a wine from Bonny Doon. Randall Graham’s wines are nothing if not unique.  The 2011 Reserve Le Cigare Blanc is no exception. It’s a blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussane, heavier on the Grenache Blanc. The wine has a screw cap, retails for $28, and clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) Don’t get it too cold or you will mute the nose and palate and miss out on how interesting it is.
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  • Olivier Riviere Ganko 2012

    Edward
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    I tried the 2012 La Vallada ($A30, 15%) last week but my words seemed too generic to post. I find no pleasure in writing or drinking wines that are large, frontal and expansive. I did like the typography on the label, though not nearly as much as this.The Ganko ($A49, 14%) has more rose petals and prettiness and is less of sledgehammer. It's still drenched and full, but there is more shape and pleasure. For a moment a whiff of curry leaf, but mostly rose and cherry confection. Slightly sweet with a smudged finish, in between it's tart and hedonistic. http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien…
  • A leftover calzone for Grant

    Edward
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    One of my dear friends has a curious idea for a cookbook. He suggests a sequence of meals, each intertwined, so the most recent meal will borrow something from the previous nights dinner, with the process being repeated and repeated until all that is left of the original is an echo. . .I'm unconvinced, but offer up this calzone for consideration.Start by cooking way too much food for a family dinner on Sunday.Recipe 1. Mechoui lamb. I was cooking for nine, and so started with two lamb forequarters, bones in place (remember the proverb - no land without stones, no meat without bones), giving…
  • Jean Foillard Fleurie 2009

    Edward
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    I've been waiting for the splinters of darkness to recede. . . It's not exactly bright, but it has changed and softened. Two years ago I found it harsh and unready, it's still assertive but the roughness and hardness is less apparent. It's brisk and spiked with dark red fruit. . . pomegranate and cherry; and in feel it's spice and sap with the faintest suggestion of char. Image: a glimpse of serenity whilst being herded around Notre Dame.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
  • Mary's

    Edward
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    I was sitting near the neon Mary Street Bakery sign so all of my pictures have a curious tinge of purple.It's quieter and more intimate than I had expected, the day time entrance is sealed, barricaded by a turntable and a box of vintage records. Curtis Mayfield and 1970s experimental rock. . . Coming in from the service entry, the bread and cakes have been replaced by booze and a makeshift bar; the different levels and rooms are bathed in neon and shadow. It feels small and special.We came in number and so the arrangement was $45 a head for a taste of almost everything (the 3 snacks, 11…
  • A pair of pickles

    Edward
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Just occasionally the contents of my work day are too difficult to contain. I speak and debrief and yet the images and words and sorrow, it's inevitably sorrow, they continue to overflow, spilling into my sleep and family time. The tide does recede, in the interim fiddling in the kitchen making pickles is my choice of psychotherapy.A packet of baby cucumbers, 13 in total and an assortment of tiny (less than 500 ml) glass jars. For the first pair of bottles a solution consisting of - 2 cups of water, the same amount of white vinegar, 1/4 cup of salt, a small handful of fresh dill fronds and a…
 
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • The Penetrating Magic of Burlotto

    Alfonso Cevola
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Running into Fabio Alessandria in the Piedmont Hall at Vinitaly, he called me by my name. How he remembered I cannot imagine. But in such a hectic place and day, it was a welcome salutation. We made plans to come by his family winery, Comm. G.B. Burlotto, in Verduno when we arrived back to the Langhe after the wine fair.The drive from Verona to La Morra was punctuated by a steady rain and a GPS malfunction. We found ourselves barreling towards Parma, having missed the turnoff at Piacenza. We finally arrived 90 minutes longer than we had anticipated. It had been a lopsided few days, and as…
  • Why this might be our last Vinitaly in Verona: A Dear Giovanni letter to Veronafiere

    Alfonso Cevola
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Dear Veronafiere,We have been coming to Verona and Vinitaly since 1967. We have watched it expand over the years and have endured the labor pains of growth along with many other long persevering Italians, as well as people from around the world. But we are seriously considering not coming back to Vinitaly in Verona.1) The first day of the fair, Sunday, has become a drunken party for people who have nothing to do with the wine industry. Booths in the Veneto, Trentino/Alto-Adige and Lombardia halls are impossible to navigate with the throngs of people looking to fill their glasses. No spitting,…
  • The Wine to Come: Observations from the Langhe on the First Day of Spring.

    Alfonso Cevola
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Photo: European Space AgencyA well-dressed group from around the world milling around an open courtyard in the Langhe on this first day of spring. A motion to move inside to the winery for a presentation. Above, the moon, already moving, in a short coup against the sun. Winter, trying one last time to forestall the onslaught of growth of the new season. And so this was the augur of the new day.We were all guests of Enrico Scavino and his family. Writers, sommeliers, merchants, neighbors, scientists, all of us in our own way trying to save our worlds from darkness. Inside the lights dimmed and…
  • "Vineyards Barolo lovers should seek out, without getting bogged down in tar and roses."

    Alfonso Cevola
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When I recently took a week off, it was to take time from work so I could get caught up on a few writing projects. One that I am particularly proud of, Barolo's Greatest Vineyards Ranked, was just published on WineSearcher.com. (It's circulating quickly on Social Media).During the process I came to terms with collecting Barolo and how to go about it simply. It’s now my working template for future Barolo acquisitions.Read about it on WineSearcher.comwritten and photographed by Alfonso Cevola limited rights reserved On the Wine Trail in Italy wine blog +  Italian wine blog + Italy W
  • "Venice was the Dubai of the 13th Century"

    Alfonso Cevola
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    On a nippy winter night, while having a quiet meal in a dining room in Venice overlooking the Grand Canal, the subject of Dubai arose. A city of two million souls in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is something of a fantasy, a miracle and a conundrum. Without a doubt, it has captured the imagination of many Italians I work with. Around our table that evening, the Italians likened Dubai to another city that has, over many hundreds of years, also enchanted many a traveler. At our perch, in the still of a winter night, it taxed the imagination to draw parallels between Venice and Dubai. Perhaps…
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  • Tickets on Sale March 28 for Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concerts

    Margot
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    You always know spring is in the air when Chateau Ste. Michelle starts selling tickets to its amazing Summer Concert Series. This year’s lineup of renowned musicians continues the annual tradition of excellence experienced by concert-goers. We have gone every year, and tickets to many of the concerts sell out quickly. So believe us when we say run, don’t walk, to get your tickets at the wine shop at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville or through Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. The 2015 lineup offers 25 concerts — pop, jazz, rock and…
  • Three Classics from The Woodhouse Wine Estates

    Margot
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    We have now opened and tasted two of the wines from The Woodhouse Wine Estates mentioned in our March 8th post, and one other wine recently released by the winery. We were not surprised to discover that Woodhouse wines continue to drink well and provide an experience, whether paired with food, or paired with good friends. One of many reasons that Woodhouse is unique: they release wines a bit later than most, so the wines have time to rest, integrate, and express their fullest flavor complexities, similar to many well-respected wineries in Europe. And we have never forgotten that back in…
  • And the winner is … ANC Wines

    Margot
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Jarrod Boyle of Alexandria Nicole Cellars is continuing his winning streak with a number of recent accolades for several of his stellar wines. Knowing Jarrod, he would also credit Jose Yanez, the excellent foreman at Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard, assistant winemaker Matt Dodson, and Jarrod’s amazing wife, co-owner and marketing manager, Ali Boyle. And last, but definitely not least, Jarrod would point to Mother Nature. Twenty-three varietals are planted at Destiny Ridge, and the belief at ANC is that quality starts in the vineyard. The winery’s motto is “approachable…
  • The Woodhouse Wine Estates

    Margot
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    We’ve been fans of the old-world style wines at The Woodhouse Wine Estates for ten years, well before this blog was created in 2007. So we were delighted to hear that two of our favorite wines in their stellar line-up recently won recognition from the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SFWE) Wine Awards. Both Darighe 2010, a velvety Bordeaux blend, and Dussek 2010, an elegant big and bold Cabernet Sauvignon, won Best of Class Gold, making Woodhouse the only winery to win two of these coveted SWFE awards. In addition, Woodhouse’s 2010 Maghee Merlot won Gold and 2010 Cabernet Franc…
  • UPDATE on Taste Washington & Washington Wine Month

    Margot
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Welcome to March, Taste Washington Wine Month, an annual celebration of the excellent juice made in this fine state. The entire month is full of special deals and promotions by restaurants, wineries, hotels and retailers to honor more than 850 wineries in our exciting Washington state industry. For example, discounts, flights and bonus pours of Washington state wines will be offered at many local wineries and tasting rooms across the state. Winemaker dinners will take place at various restaurants. There is a full calendar of Wine Month activities available, so you can plan ahead. The…
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  • Anjou Organic Wine Event — Paulée de l’Anjou Noir — June 20th

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

    Michael Tulipan
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    Some organic winemakers evolved as the movement gained recognition, while others come from families that never used pesticides for financial or philosophical reasons. But few have had the experience Stefano Bellotti of Cascina degli Ulivi recounts. It was the early Eighties and Stefano had gone from organic to biodynamic, but this was decidedly out of fashion with the winemaking set, then enthralled with all the new technologies being introduced. He was producing 50,000 bottle at the time when the floor fell out beneath him. Some negative press, including poor reviews in Gambero Rosso, had…
  • New Zealand Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference

    Organic Wine Journal
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    July 8-10 2015 in Marlborough, New Zealand The Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing conference is the first of its kind to be held in New Zealand and is being organised through Organic Winegrowers NZ. The conference will run over 2 ½ days and will play host to speakers and guests from all over the world. The programme will feature a number of technical seminars, panel sessions, an international and New Zealand organic wine tasting, keynote speeches and an organic feast, designed and prepared by award winning chef Bevan Smith from Riverstone Kitchen in Oamaru. The conference is open to all wine…
  • Biodynamic Short Course at Maysara Winery — March 23

    Organic Wine Journal
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    BIODYNAMIC GRAPE GROWING & WINEMAKING SHORTCOURSE Date: March 23, 2015 Time: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Location: Maysara Winery in McMinnville, Oregon Address: 15765 Southwest Muddy Valley Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128 Price: General – $60 | Students – $30 Tickets: http://biodynamicshortcourse.brownpapertickets.com/ Sponsored by Demeter USA and Maysara Winery, the full day session offers a comprehensive look at Biodynamic® farming and winemaking from local practitioners and winemakers along with an open forum for questions. The event will be held at Maysara Winery in McMinnville,…
  • Natural Winemakers’ Week 2015 NYC: Feb 26–Mar 3

    Organic Wine Journal
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    Jenny & François Selections is pleased to announce the 11th annual Natural Winemakers’ Week, February 26th – March 3rd, 2015. Natural, Organic and Biodynamic Winemakers from France, Italy, Spain and the USA are coming to NYC for a week of wine dinners, classes and free tastings. Winemakers Coming: Dufaitre (Beaujolais), Clos Siguier (Cahors), Oudin (Chablis), Chemins de Bassac (Languedoc), Patience (Languedoc), Grange Tiphaine (Loire), Mortier (Loire), Rimbert (Loire), Plageoles (South West), Quantico (Sicily), Ca’ dei Zago (Veneto), Azimut (Penedes), Flos de Pinoso (Valencia),…
 
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  • Leese Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon

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

    Tim Lemke
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Last year I started highlighting some good, yet affordable wines from Bordeaux.  Here’s another wine in that category. This one comes from Château La France, a pretty large estate in the Bordeaux region at 90 hectares (222 acres) with 75 of those planted. The wine is classified as Bordeaux Supérieur and is made of 60% merlot, 35% malbec and 5% cabernet franc.  It’s aged 12 months in oak. This wine is all about the earthiness for me — but that’s not to say it’s not fruity too.  The aromas are dominated by spice, tree bark and cedar aromas, but there’s…
  • Avalon CAB – Fragrant and Tasty

    Tim Lemke
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    I recently received a bottle of this wine as a media sample and I was intrigued by the story they had to tell along with the wine.  They were reaching out to share news about a change they made to the bottle closure. As consumers, we often don’t give a lot of thought to the cork or other closure that’s used on a bottle of wine.  Sure, we notice when a bottle has a screw cap.  And when we pull a cork from a bottle of wine we may have some likes and dislikes related to the type of cork used.  But we typically don’t consider the closure as a factor when selecting a bottle…
  • Santa Rita, Medalla Real Gran Reserva, Chardonnay – Delightful!

    Tim Lemke
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:11 pm
    I find it interesting to look at the history of some Chilean wine producers.  Some have a long history, but it often appears to be a rather sleepy one.  Such is the case for Santa Rita, with a history dating back to 1880, but things really started happening there 100 years later. Perhaps it’s just the perspective from here in the US, but it seems like Chilean wine producers really found their stride in the 1990’s and 2000’s.  Regardless, I’m happy they’re doing what they’re doing now and we have access to their wines. This chardonnay comes from the…
  • Vinas Viejas de Paniza Garnacha – Rich and Delicious

    Tim Lemke
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:59 pm
    I love garnacha.  It’s an easy, affordable, everyday wine that’s often more interesting than other wines in the price range.  This one from Bodegas Paniza is a great example of why I think of garnacha in this way. The vineyards where the grapes for this wine were grown are in Cariñena, the origin of carignan.  But this isn’t a post about carignan, it’s about garnacha — and a tasty one. This wine has a lovely, deep red color.  The aromas feature blackberry, cedar, plum and spices with good balance.  The palate has plenty of fruit, without becoming a fruit bomb.
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  • The "Sans Soufre" Style of Cornas Legend Thiérry Allemand Applied by Gauthier in St. Joseph - Purity in a Bottle

    Lyle Fass
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    When I met Sylvain Gauthier this year he was very excited to show me a new wine. His 2013 Domaine des Pierres Seches St. Joseph "Sans Soufre", which can be had today for as little as $26.99 a bottle on the 4-pack.  This wine is just absolutely incredibly delicious and is by far the best value in no sulfur Syrah in the marketplace. While Allemand and Balthazar are a treat, they are very hard to find and pricey when you can. Allemand has always believed that his low sulfur approach has contributed to the stunning purity of his wines; I can say that the approach works wonders in the…
  • The Last of the 2013s - Duroche is Sold Out In France so I Need to Sell My Small Allocation Now - Speak Now or Forever Hold Thy Peace

    Lyle Fass
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    As I was leaving my incredible appointment with Gilles Duroche I was wondering why I had never heard of them before as the wines were absolutely stunning. They remind me of Fourrier. Yes. Fourrier. They are utterly classic Gevrey Chambertins with fantastically brilliant site character, utmost finesse without sacrificing power, sappy vivid fruit that is very on the red side and incredible depth. They use wood so brilliantly it kept compelling me to ask young Gilles Duroche if there was any wood on the wine at all, despite tasting out of barrels in the cellar. This is a rising star domaine if I…
  • Incredible Village and 1er Cru Gevrey Chambertin at Direct from the Winery Prices

    Lyle Fass
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    As I was leaving my incredible appointment with Gilles Duroche I was wondering why I had  never heard of them before as the wines were absolutely stunning. They remind me of Fourrier. Yes. Fourrier. They are utterly classic Gevrey Chambertins with fantastically brilliant site character, utmost finesse without sacrificing power, sappy vivid fruit that is very on the red side and incredible depth. They use wood so brilliantly it kept compelling me to ask young Gilles Duroche if there was any wood on the wine at all, despite tasting out of barrels in the cellar. This is a rising star…
  • The Waiting Game

    Lyle Fass
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    I'm just back from my longest trip yet to France and with that trip I learned more than I ever have. I always look for patterns amongst great winemakers. Glasses they use, metaphors they make, rules they live by, what they say and the such and the big takeaway this trip was YOU HAVE TO WAIT.Wait for what?In short, wait till the wine is at the point they intend when they put it in the bottle. But even on a more macro scale they wanted me to wait or at least warn me that what I was about to taste was racked a month ago, or was just sulfured, or just finished malo. There is always a precondition…
  • Expansive, Fruity, Gorgeous, Elegant...Haunting...And That's Just the Nose. My Miraculous New Producer in Volnay - Beautiful 2012's

    Lyle Fass
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    I love Volnay and have been on the lookout for a flagship Fass Selections producer. When well made, the wines can be just staggeringly elegant with aromatics that are absolutely hauntingly beautiful. Like being lost in a dream of a field of lilacs on a perfect spring day.  The problem is there are not a ton of great producers and the last 3 vintages have had horrible hail so no one has wine to sell.  So how did I get a new great producer?Basically, I begged. I am thrilled to introduce to you the wines of Réyane and Pascal Bouley, who were gracious enough to give me a small…
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  • Over 500 Wineries Permitted to Ship into Massachusetts

    Andrea Steffes-Tuttle
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Earlier this year, we published a post that celebrated the new opportunities that direct shipping into Massachusetts would provide to wineries shipping direct-to-consumer. We also walked through the recommended steps wineries should take to begin shipping into Massachusetts as of February 1, 2015. As March comes to a close we wanted to provide a quick update on the status of direct shipping into Massachusetts. It’s been almost three months since the new direct shipping law came into effect in Massachusetts and there are 531 wineries permitted to ship into the Bay State. For comparison,…
  • Direct Shipping 101: What is an On-site Shipment?

    Sam Straka - Direct Product Manager
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Not all direct-to-consumer wine shipments are created equal. Across the country, state regulatory agencies treat on-site and off-site orders differently. So what is the difference between an onsite order and off-site order? Any order placed without the consumer being physically present is considered an off-site order. On-site orders meet the following criteria: The order was made while the consumer was physically present at the winery The consumer chose to have their wine shipped home to themselves instead of carrying it out with them from the tasting room The order is not a gift The…
  • How Hold Locations Improve Your Customers’ Experience

    Emily Kalkhofer - ShipCompliant Business Analyst
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    In a recent post, we discussed the delivery problem. Frequently, consumers who order wine aren’t able to accept their package. Either they aren’t available during the day or they don’t have someone 21 or older available to sign for their package. This challenge frequently results in failed delivery attempts and a lot of back and forth on last-mile delivery trucks. These delivery problems pose unique challenges for the wine industry because of the products’ sensitivity. The longer your wine is on the truck, the more risks it encounters and ruined wine costs money. If your product is…
  • Registration is Open for DIRECT 2015

    Andrea Steffes-Tuttle
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:23 pm
    It’s that time of year again — registration is open for ShipCompliant’s DIRECT conference. ShipCompliant’s 10th annual conference is a two-day event featuring an impressive lineup of highly-respected keynote speakers. Registrants will hear from a variety of leading experts on the latest direct shipping legislative changes and other evolving topics in the wine industry. The event also offers the opportunity for ShipCompliant customers to connect with the ShipCompliant staff in one-on-one sessions and participate in group workshops. Here are just a few of the incredible…
  • What is Your Wine Delivery Rate?

    Sam Straka - Direct Product Manager
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    It’s easy to think that once your wine has left your property or the fulfillment house, you don’t need to worry about it anymore. In discussions with our customers, we’ve found that that isn’t the case. Package delivery is a critical component of direct-to-consumer wine sales. Consumer expectations have increased as a result of the new delivery precedent that companies like Amazon have set. People expect that receiving packages should be easy. If your customers’ wine isn’t delivered on time, the first time, their experience with your winery becomes…
 
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  • Cellar Night at Courtyard by Marriott, Pune

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    "We want to showcase how wines can pair with Indian cuisine," said Pradipt Sinha, Executive Chef, Courtyard by Marriott, Pune City Centre. Chef Sinha was sharing his thoughts at A Cellar Night, a wine dinner hosted along with Pune-based wine consultant Sujata Patil, at a smartly-set long table at the hotel's rooftop Evviva Sky Lounge (pictured left) on 20th March 2015, reports Brinda Gill, SI correspondent in Pune.
  • KRSMA founders - Crossing new frontiers

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:42 pm
    My friend Krishna Chigurupathi is a stubborn ol' coot, writes Stanley Pinto, in his imitable style. No gauntlet thrown at him, no matter how unlikely, is too crazy to be picked up and dealt with. And like all Indian wives, his beautiful wife, Uma (pictured left) dutifully supports him in every mad quest.
  • Dheeraj Bhatia, Chief Sommelier at Peninsula Hotel, HK

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Despite a stunning view of Hong Kong harbour and the island from Felix restaurant atop the Peninsula Hotel (peninsula.com), Chief Sommelier Dheeraj Bhatia makes sure his wines hold their own against the vista outside. Bhatia was born in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and raised in Dubai before studying hotel and tourism management in Gujarat. SI contributor, Carol Wright met this enthusiastic Indian sommelier (pictured, left,) in Hong Kong.
  • It's all about location, location, location - and microbes

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    Soil microbes found around the plant's roots are more important the soil's physical characteristics, reveals new research. For more, read on.
  • UK Budget 2015: Drinks industry hails duty cuts

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:09 pm
    The UK drinks industry has welcomed the Chancellor's decision to cut the duty on spirits and cider, although wine is not included. Read industry comments here.
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    Grape Wall of China

  • Closing time: Beijing hutong wine bar Xiao Ju waves goodbye tonight

    boyce
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:36 am
    Hutong wine bar Xiao Ju will hold its closing party tonight, with word the team plans to reopen a restaurant in a new space. In announcing the party, Xiao Ju also released a few statistics, namely, the venue has witnessed 12 successful marriage proposals, held 368 tastings and served 8563 bottles of wine. Tonight’s party is from 7:30 PM to 9 PM and will include live music, snacks and, of course, wine. There will also be discounts on takeaway bottles. Xiao Ju is in Mao’er Hutong, about 100 meters off Nanluguoxiang.
  • ‘Wine Value Chain in China': Contributors Sought for New Book

    boyce
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    A book called The Wine Value Chain in China: Global Dynamics, Marketing and Communication in the Contemporary Chinese Wine Market  — yep, that’s a long title — is the works. Editors Roberta Capitello (University of Verona), Steve Charters (Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne), David Menival (NEOMA Business School, Reims) and Jessica Yuan (Texas Tech University) seek “manuscripts that provide new insights into the wine sector in China with special attention to wine consumer behaviour, wine supply chain analysis, the regulatory context, new market opportunities, wine…
  • Sardinia wine in China: Takeaway deal at LM Plus in Beijing

    boyce
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:37 am
    The LM Plus restaurants in Central Park and Park Avenue not only have a half-price takeaway bottle deal but also the best lineup of Sardinian wines I have seen in Beijing, including from well-regarded producers like Cantina di Santadi and Argiolas. In fact, owner Massimo Masili works directly with Argiolas to make his house wines. The white is made with vermentino grapes while the red is a blend of grapes locally known as Cannonau, Monica and Bovale Sardo — Cannonau goes elsewhere by the name Grenache, among others. I tried the latter at the former Upper East Side outlet with…
  • Grape Wall Challenge: Best red wines in China under rmb100

    boyce
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Call it a tribute to consumer power. Every year, we organize a nonprofit event called Grape Wall Challenge (GWC) and ask Chinese consumers to judge wines that retail for under rmb100. We held the sixth annual Grape Wall Challenge in mid-December at Temple Restaurant Beijing, which kindly provided event space and food. Professor Ma Huiqin of China Agricultural University discussed the wines with the judges after the tasting. Here are a few common questions about GWC, followed by a list of the winners: What is the purpose of GWC? There are two key goals. First, we want to find the best…
  • Beijing shops: Chinese New Year fun at Mali’s Wine Cellar

    boyce
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Just before the Chinese New Year holidays, I went to Mali’s Wine Cellar for the shop’s biannual tasting / sale, and my friend gave me rmb5000 to spend on his behalf. I picked a few sparkling wines, some Spanish Albarino and Australian Riesling, and lots more, and happily noted the nice selection of Chinese wines from 1421, Grace Vineyard and Chandon. (In fact, this is the first shop I have seen with Chandon Brut and Chandon Rose from Ningxia.) I found the task fun, but tough, simply because the owner, Ma Li, has created one of the more interesting wine portfolios in Beijing.
 
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  • 28 Proof and Not Beer, Wine or Spirit

    Robert C. Lehrman
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:44 pm
      It looks like moonshine. But it’s not spirits. It’s not even beer or wine, and yet it is 28 proof. I stumbled on Great America “Carolina Clear” at a gas station in Bardstown, Kentucky, of all places. It was just a couple miles from Jim Beam and Four Roses. I would have assumed the heart of Bourbon Country is roughly the last place for a product such as this to thrive. And yet, the guy loitering and smoking out front advised it is an excellent product and will get one messed up almost as good as the illegal stuff. The display had about 40 jars of the product, in…
  • Tito Case Moves Forward, Not in Tito’s Favor

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    3/23/2015 Update. Caution. The above headline seems fairly skewed. See below for what we think really happened last week. The case is not halted at all. Tito had another bad yesterday, this time in federal court in San Diego. This further makes it obvious that the world of labeling has changed markedly since the Supreme Court’s Pom decision of June 12, 2014. On March 18, 2015, Judge Jeffrey Miller (of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California) ruled that the Tito’s vodka case, relating to deception and the term “handmade,” should move forward. Since the case was…
  • Palcohol is Back

    Robert C. Lehrman
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Palcohol is back. After approval from out of nowhere about a year ago, and cancellation of the same approvals a few days later, it is back. I have it on good authority that TTB has ironed out the kinks and approved the labels this week. Sen. Schumer will not be pleased (aka, he may be very pleased to have this whipping boy back within striking distance). Many states have already banned it. But this gives new life to this new category. Hats off to Mark Phillips for weathering the storm and persevering. Below is the approved label as of 2014 alongside the label as approved on March 10, 2015.
  • ARTAL: The Movie

    Robert C. Lehrman
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    First there was ARTAL the list. Then there was ARTAL the blog post. And now, there is ARTAL:  The Movie. In which Oli tries to help you remember the power and pitfalls of the big list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels. In brief, this should help you remember that you don’t need a new COLA every time you make a change to your already-approved label. There are dozens of small and not so small changes that are ok to make, without any need of a new COLA — or the wait, frustration, and expense. Related Posts: Why on Earth Would Anyone Need a Lawyer to Help Get a COLA? (2)…
  • Why on Earth Would Anyone Need a Lawyer to Help Get a COLA?

    Robert C. Lehrman
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    Ladies and gentlemen it is with great pleasure that I introduce Oli, the sporadically employed climate scientist, from Chichester. What does that have to do with labels and COLAs? Watch and see. Find out why some may benefit from having a small group of specialized lawyers and paralegals to help you get things moved through TTB and to the marketplace with less pain and delay. Related Posts: ARTAL: The Movie (0) Vas Deferens Ale (0) Unspeakable Beer (0)
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  • 2012 Gary Farrell Chardonnay

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    2012 Gary Farrell ChardonnayThe 2012 Chardonnay Russian River is a stylish, Chablisean-styled Chardonnay with minimal oak, attractive tangerine, nectarine and lemon blossom notes, medium body and wet rock minerality in the background. This beautifully pure Chardonnay is best drunk over the next several years. These wines all fared well in my tastings, but I got the overall impression that there is a sense of “putting the brakes on” and holding back from pushing the envelop too far at Gary Farrell Winery. More ripeness and risk taking may have taken wines that were generally very good to…
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • March 2015 Virginia Wine Chat – Breaux Vineyards

    George Perry
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Evening’s Lineup It’s that time again, time for the monthly Virginia Wine Chat, hosted by Frank Morgan of Drink What YOU Like. It’s always a favorite. This month Frank traveled up to Loudon County to Breaux Vineyards where he visited with Jennifer Breaux, daughter of the owner and the Sales Director, and Heather Munden, the winemaker of Breaux. For those of you unfamiliar with Breaux I have to say that it’s a vineyard that never ceases to impress me, and is always on a list of places I recommend when listing off places not just in Loudon County, but in Virginia as…
  • 2012 Paso Creek Merlot

    George Perry
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  80% Merlot, 10% Petite Sirah, 6% Malbec, 4% Petite Verdot Region:  Paso Robles, CA – USA Cost:  $14 Winemaker’s Notes:  Dark crimson in color, with cigar box aromas infused with generous sweet vanilla oak. Bold flavors of blackberries, cherries, currants, and spice complimented by sturdy tannins and balanced acidity, all leading to a rich, long finish. My Review:  Last night my wife was out with work friends, which meant that since it was a gorgeous day outside, I was determined to fire up the grill. A run across the street to my local The Fresh Market produced…
  • 2012 Le Petit Coquerel Sauvignon Blanc

    George Perry
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc Region:  Napa, California – USA Cost:  $20-$22 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  The 2012 Le Petit Coquerel is a pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc. It has a nose of gooseberry and grapefruit. The wine mouth feel is crisp and bright with a creamy round mid palate followed by a long finish of exotic fruit, lychee, and papaya. The wine is delicious to enjoy alone or with light fare such as seafood, sushi, mild cheeses, or any Asian cuisine. My Review:  I don’t know how the weather has been where you are, but here in the Easter portion of North…
  • 2012 Arge & Tina Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon Region:  Argentina Cost:  $10 Winemaker’s Notes:  Arge & Tina Cabernet Sauvignon has a tomato and herbal aroma. It’s somewhat green and sweet, with a raw feel and tannic bite. Tastes of tomato and herbal red plum. Feels light on the finish. Pair with red meats, pasta, and hearty stews. My Review:  So, cards on the table – I totally bought this wine because the name made me laugh. Well, that’s mostly true. I was buying steak for dinner and, while I had some wine at home, I thought I would see what else was available at my local The…
  • February 2015 VA Wine Chat – Rappahannock Cellars

    George Perry
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:13 am
    It’s a new year (ok, it’s February), and this month we had our first Virginia Wine Chat of 2015. Frank Morgan of Drink What YOU Like was at Rapphannock Cellars with owner John Delmar and winemaker Theo Smith to try some of their wines, pick their brains on both their vineyard and the larger Virginia wind industry, and to continue his efforts to expose the entirety of the world to Virginia wine. Keep up the good work Frank. As usual, you can find the video of the Chat embedded below, but first, a few notes about Rappahannock Cellars and then we’ll ge to my thoughts on the…
 
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • On the Road to Spain!

    winebratsf
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s hard to believe, but in three short days, I will be on a plane, headed to Spain, where maybe it will rain.  I am excited to be returned to one of my favorite places to explore, and to reach out to new areas of wine production and geography. On this adventure, I will exploring three wine producing regions in Spain, to experience some world class wines, hospitality, and food. First up, Bullas, a DO in the wine region of Murcia, which is in the southeaster corner of Spain.  This southern gem kisses the Mediterranean sea, and the town itself is an ancient one with evidence of Roman…
  • Please pass the Claret Carson!

    winebratsf
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    If you’re a fan of the period piece Downtown Abbey as I am, you are no doubt experiencing withdrawal symptoms now that they are on hiatus for the rest of the year.  Yet, I am always enthralled at the ritual involved when the wine is selected by Carson and Lord Grantham, and the elaborate pouring rituals begin. This ritual is, of course, part and parcel for the Bordeaux wine trade in years past.  British “Claret” increased in popularity in Britain when Eleanor of Aquitaine married in to the royal family, paving the way for Bordeaux exports.  At that time, most wine was…
  • Go Underground for Valentine’s Day! **Giveaway**

    winebratsf
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    It’s’ almost Valentine’s Day.  You don’t have any thing special planned.  Maybe you don’t have someONE special.  Maybe you don’t care.  But, if you’re like me, you at least want a good bottle of wine and a trashy movie to celebrate the non-event with!  Luckily for you, I’m giving away one $50 gift card so you can check out UndergroundCellar.com! Underground Cellar offers curated, limited edition wines with a twist – you can buy some great wines at great prices, get more bottles for free, and store them offsite with Underground…
  • Baconlicous is St. Supery!

    winebratsf
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:02 pm
    When you think of wine tasting, I am going to guess that you don’t typically think of line up like this.  Think of your comparative literature class from college, toss in some bacon, and you have St. Supery’s Bacon and Bordeaux tasting experience summed up. Having tasted the wines at this Napa Valley stalwart several times, I knew that at the very least, I was going to enjoy my tasting experience, but this special tasting brings it to a new level.  Conducted upstairs, in the newly remodeled private tasting lounge, these special tastings are a world apart from the hustle and…
  • Viva Vouvray!

    winebratsf
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:59 am
    Vouvray.  Just the name elicits a curling of the tongue and imaginary French wine drinkings, enjoy a glass at a sidewalk cafe.  Located in the Central Loire region of Touraine, Vouvray comes in many styles:  From fully sweet to dry; from still to brightly sparkling (Crémant de Loire).  But one thing is true of all of these wine:  they are all 100% Chenin Blanc. If you’re like me, when you hear Chenin Blanc you think of one of two things: 1.  South Africa 2.  Old School California jug wine, sister to “Chablis”, in the handy gallon contains, now served on the bottom…
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  • PPA Tread Lightly Women’s MTB 2015 at Backsberg

    Alana Ridley
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Entries are open! Click here to enter for the 16th of May 2015 Now in its fourth year, the popular PPA ‘Tread Lightly’ Women’s MTB, at Backsberg Estate Cellars in Paarl, has grown to be SA’s biggest all-female off-road event. For novices, the event offers a friendly, non-technical introduction to off-road cycling, while the more experienced cyclist will get a good workout on the long route. ROUTE DESCRIPTION 35 km: The long route is aimed at fit, fairly experienced cyclists and includes some technical sections and fast downhills. Be ready for a long uphill slog within the first 12…
  • Wine of the Month – Rosé

    Alana Ridley
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    The gorgeously hot summer months are perfect for spending balmy sunsets with special friends, sipping on an icy-chilled, fruity Rosé. This month is the ideal occasion to pair this delicate, yet versatile, wine with a chicken salad, Mediterranean tapas, a gourmet braai, seared salmon with blanched vegetables or even a grilled hamburger. Rosé is crisply vibrant and full of fresh fruit flavours making it a wine befitting for any meal or occasion. Grenache gris Rosé, as the French named it, is a wine-style where red grape varieties are lightly crushed and left to macerate with the red skins…
  • Backsberg Picnic Concert Series 2015

    Alana Ridley
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    Enjoy great South African musicians play live at the Backsberg Picnic Concert Series Join Backsberg on Sunday afternoons from 15 February to 15 March to enjoy some amazing local bands with the breath-taking farm scenery as the back-drop. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the natural surrounds, laze on the green lawns and take in the spectacular scenery as the sun sets on Backsberg. Savour a beef burger or Karoo lamb wrap, sip on chilled Backsberg wines and listen to the incredible, live tunes of some of SA’s incredible talent. The line-up includes: 15 Feb – Bed on Bricks 22 Feb…
  • Backsberg Winemaker nominated for the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year

    Simon Back
    4 Feb 2015 | 4:03 am
    [I am guilty of not having written this up sooner! Tomorrow sees Alicia being interviewed by Wines of South Africa’s New York Office – which you can follow here – so that was good ‘inspiration’– SB.] Everyone at the farm was thrilled with the news that Alicia, our winemaker, was nominated for the prestigious Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2014, for the Family Reserve White Blend 2014. This unique blend is something really special: it is made up of Roussanne 34%, Chardonnay 33%, and Sauvignon Blanc 33%. We only produced 150 cases of the wine, so it is seriously limited. Alicia…
  • Treat your Valentine to a Backsberg Gourmet Picnic, accompanied by a bottle of Rosé

    Alana Ridley
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    The gorgeously hot summer months are perfect for spending balmy sunsets with someone special, sipping on an icy-chilled, fruity Rosé. This Valentine’s Day is the ideal occasion to pair this delicate, yet versatile, wine with a chicken salad, Mediterranean tapas, a gourmet braai or seared salmon, while sharing it with your beau. Backsberg produce a zesty, easy-drinking Rosé with profiles of sweet strawberries, candyfloss and peach on the palate. The wine is produced from Shiraz, Grenache, Carignan and Viognier. The grapes are cool-picked and gentle colour extraction occurs from a short…
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  • Best California Wine Event of the Summer: The Barbera Festival

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

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    What do flying bells, exploding carts and circus acts all have in common? Easter. Around the world, Easter traditions vary from religious to a bit unusual but they all end in celebratory libations.  Here's a quick look at international Easter customs and their shared wines. France: "Joyeuses Pâques:” Flying Bells and Chocolate FishLike many families, patrons of Maison Louis Jadot observe the tradition of the “Ringing of the Bells.” As the story goes, church bells stop ringing on Good Friday to “fly” off to the Vatican in remembrance of the crucifixion and return to…
  • Rosé Rising: “Joie de Vivre, Bottled”

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Jennifer Hong, representative of Rosée d’Aurore distributor, visits with Billy Jim Crawford, founder, soon-to-launch Club Botanic, (an online fresh bouquet service, delivered weekly) at the Vins de Provence tasting in San Francisco in early March.Guest Author: Nicole Zaro Stahl Forget all those old notions about rosé wine—that it’s sugary-sweet, that it’s produced as an afterthought by mixing excess red and white grapes. Au contraire! This frequently misunderstood category stands on equal footing right alongside its red and white counterparts. In fact, today rosé accounts for…
  • Chaddsford Hard Cider Sports Contemporary ACI Screw Cap

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    for a high resolution versionof this image, please contactinfo@winebizpr.comChaddsford Hard Cider Sports Contemporary ACI Screw Cap on Fast-Growth Traditional Colonial Beverage Newly launched craft cider keeps its freshness with ACI’s “fizz” screw cap linerChadds Ford, PA--Today’s packaging technology merges smoothly with Jim Osborn’s historical approach to crafting hard cider. Osborn, the winemaker at Chaddsford Winery, the largest and best known in Pennsylvania, evokes a centuries-old tradition with his contemporary rendition of the beverage favored by North American…
  • Valentine's Wines: Steve Bjerklie Writes from New Hampshire

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Your lover wants chocolate, you want wine. Can this relationship be saved in time for Valentine’s Day?You won’t have to look far to find expert, well-meaning advice saying, yes, sure, no problem. Red wine — especially a dense zinfandel or petite sirah, even a good pinot noir — is a great match for chocolate, or so goes the conventional wisdom. I’m here to tell you, however, that’s baloney. I think red wine goes with chocolate like flip-flops go on a hockey rink: the combination usually proves embarrassing.So instead of following the crowd, try pairing Valentine chocolate with a…
 
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • French Syrah from the Rhône and Languedoc

    Simon
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:19 am
    Two different French takes on Syrah Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2012, Rhône, France (£16.95-£17.95 The Square Wine Company, Hailsham Cellars, Whole Foods Market) With its ripe berry (red and dark) character and hints of vanilla, there’s almost a New World feel here, but then the peppery finesse kicks in, along with a fresh fragrant (sandalwood?) element. […]
  • Assorted Whites from Italy, Germany, Romania & France

    Simon
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    Bit of a mish-mash – but a nice mish-mash… Cantina Gadoro Beneventano Fiano 2013, Campania, Italy (£8.99 Waitrose) Reminds me of a white Bordeaux with a dollop of Viognier in there. Tinned pear, nutty, peachy exuberance and a touch of vanilla all reined in by a spine of herbal freshness. Tasty and mouthfilling yet comes […]
  • Merlot and Carmenère – can you tell the difference?

    Simon
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Let’s see if we can understand why the Chileans mistook Carmenère for Merlot for so long… Montes Alpha Merlot 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile (£12.99 Philglas & Swiggot, D.Byrne) Typical Chilean imprint of blackcurrant pastilles, also note sof rosehip and mulberry, but while the fruit is generally quite juicy, there’s also a slightly hard edge to […]
  • Chardonnay from Australia, France, South Africa & California

    Simon
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2013, Adelaide Hills, Australia (£24.99 Majestic, Bentley’s Wine Merchants, CellarVie Wines, D Byrne & Co, Harrods, Leamington Wine Company, ND John Wine Merchants, Noel Young Wines, Ozwines.co.uk, Philglas & Swiggot, Provender Brown, Taylor’s Fine Wines, The Secret Cellar, Shills of Cockermouth, Slurp.co.uk, Winedirect.co.uk) Initially shy but then this uncurls to […]
  • Three Blaufränkisch-based reds from Groszer Wein in Südburgenland, Austria

    Simon
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:09 am
    Groszer Wein Blaufränkisch 2012, Südburgenland, Austria (£15.90 per litre Newcomer Wines) Lots of juicy ripe plummy berry and blackcurrant here, with earthy, meaty notes adding a savoury wildness, and herbs coming through in the finish. Tasty and slightly naughty. S(-) Groszer Wein Blaufränkisch ‘Vom Riegl’ 2012, Südburgenland, Austria (£22.90 per litre Newcomer Wines) A softer, […]
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    PALATE PRESS

  • What We’re Drinking – Turasan Emir

    David Honig
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Pair this citrus-driven white with fried chicken. The post What We’re Drinking – Turasan Emir appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • What We’re Drinking – Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG *Ale Reben*

    David Honig
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Bright, complex, and creamy, this Grosses Gewächs (great growth) is Loosen's best from this grand cru vineyard. The post What We’re Drinking – Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG *Ale Reben* appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • The Oregon Chardonnay Clone Wars

    Mary Cressler
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Oregon’s controversial history with chardonnay clones culminated into one question earlier this month: do clones matter when it comes to chardonnay? The post The Oregon Chardonnay Clone Wars appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • What We’re Drinking – Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling GG *Ale Reben*

    David Honig
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Sweet pear and apple, backed by sour/bitter lime peel, are the dominant flavors on the palate from this German Grosse Lage (grand cru) vineyard. The post What We’re Drinking – Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling GG *Ale Reben* appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • What We’re Drinking – Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

    David Honig
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    This is a very good wine at a reasonable price. Drink with a brilliant burger, ground prime with shaved truffles and onion straws. The post What We’re Drinking – Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
 
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    Vin65

  • Start With Why: What's Your Winery's Value Proposition?

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

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    You're busy - there are a million things to do today on top of selling your wine. So, where do you focus? Where should you spend time to get the biggest bang for your buck - or in your case, ROI? It's simple. If you're going to focus on selling more wine, focus on one email - this should be the email sent to your first time purchasers. There's no magic - but there are a ton of stats that back this up. Of all the emails you can send, the email that targets customers who have only bought once is the most effective by far. With an average open rate of 59.2%, it outperforms any…
  • Mobile Point of Sale is Changing the Tasting Room Experience

    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mobile POS systems let you sell where you couldn’t before. When your POS is portable - you can use it at a private tasting, out on a deck, or as you’re walking through the barrel room. If you’re at an off-site tasting event, it’s now possible to take a sale right then and there. Using a point of sale system that gets you out from behind the tasting bar and creates a more intimate experience.  There are a lot of relatively simple things happening on the mobile POS that traditional systems just don't do. If a customer has an expired card on their wine club,…
  • Observations from an Emerging Wine Market (Colorado)

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    Last week, I attended the VinCO Conference and Trade Show in Grand Junction, CO. I was able to give two presentations to some of Colorado's most prominent winemakers, winery owners and emerging wineries. There were a lot of questions about selling more wine online - and I thought I'd share some insights. Overall, Colorado wineries are small compared to the 'Napa' and 'Sonoma' regions of the US, and the majority are family run. There are no corporations that own multiple wineries such as Constellation, Diageo, Crimson, Pernod Ricard, etc. The same people that are…
  • New Year, Old Website?

    30 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    2014 is coming to an end. It's that time of year where we pack up the holiday decorations, discontinue killer promotions and get back to wine club reality. Is your website looking as tired as you feel? Be honest and take a hard look at your winery's website. Does it function well? Is the ecommerce experience good for first time purchasers, repeat buyers and club members? Does your website reflect your brand, messaging, tasting room and overall experience? Do you have a beautiful tasting room, yet feel that your winery website is an eyesore? What's a winery to do? 1. Get mobile If…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • BITE Silicon Valley's Line-Up Will Cover Food Waste, GMOs and Roy Choi's Veggie Burgers

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:33:03 -0400
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Food & Wine Chef-in-Residence José Andrés just added a new role to his resume. From June 5 to 7, he'll act as "Chef Chair" for BITE Silicon Valley, a new West Coast festival and conference focused on food and tech. Taking place at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, the series of events will feature chefs and speakers ranging from Roy Choi, who will discuss Loco’...
  • 2015 Best New Chefs

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:53:27 -0400
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    It's the moment everyone who cares anything about restaurants has been waiting for—the 2015 Best New Chefs reveal! The new class of chefs are an innovative, eclectic and incredibly talented group. They include a cook who took over his family’s luncheonette outside Boston, a guy who is making Indianapolis a food destination with transformative breakfasts, and a woman whose Asheville...
  • 5 Foods Chefs are Dehydrating Now

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:57:29 -0400
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Great for concentrating flavor in fruits and vegetables, dehydrators have never been more popular with chefs. Here, a look at how this trend is playing out on plates around the country.

 1. Grapefruit Pieces A tart accent for granola at The Hive in Bentonville, AR. 2. Carrot Jerky Marinated in tamarind, soy and chile as a bar snack at Oak in Dallas. 3. Zucchini Strips...
  • 5 Tips for Being a Team Leader, by Super Chef-Boss Susan Feniger

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:22:07 -0400
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    F&W's #FOODWINEWOMEN series spotlights top women in food and drink in collaboration with Toklas Society. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (@foodandwine). Here, star chef Susan Feniger shares five tips for being a good boss. Who: Susan Feniger What: Chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and Top Chef Masters alum Where: Border Grill and Mud Hen...
  • 9 Boozy Ways to Drink Your Easter Eggs

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:39:20 -0400
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Instead of dying and hiding eggs this Easter, use them to make deliciously frothy cocktails. Here, nine fantastic, spring drinks to make with eggs. 1. Mediterranean Pink Lady  Limoncello and Campari come together in this crisp, citrusy cocktail. 2. Cucumber, Salt & Smoke  Mezcal provides the smokiness in this unusual Pisco Sour update. The shaken egg white adds a...
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  • Livermore Valley Wine Auction coming May 9

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:12 pm
    The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation and the Wente Foundation for Arts Education are hosting the annual Livermore Valley Wine Auction on May 9 at The Barrel Room at Wente Vineyards at 5565 Tesla Road in Livermore. Since the annual...
  • Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard wines show off Arroyo Seco quality

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    The Wente family believes very strongly that the quality of a wine originates in the vineyard and the terroir of that site is reflected in the aromas and taste of that wine. Their single vineyard wines are sourced exclusively...
  • Pinot Paradise offered top Pinots on top of the mountain

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    On Sunday, March 22, the winegrowers of Santa Cruz Mountains invited wine lovers to the top of the mountain at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga for the 11th Annual Pinot Paradise to sample the great collection of Pinot Noir from...
  • Barrel Tasting Weekend drew wine lovers to taste the wines of Livermore

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    The great spring weather, along with the opportunity to taste great wines of Livermore Valley drew many visitors to the Livermore Valley Wine Country for Barrel Tasting Weekend on Saturday March 21 and Sunday March 22. Wine lovers gathered...
  • New Winemaker and Viticulturist at Occasio

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Occasio owner John Kinney absolutely loves the Livermore Valley terroir and strives to produce wine that is representative of the rich history of Livermore Valley dating back over 130 years. This is the same region that first won the...
 
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    Uvinum's blog

  • Why Bordeaux Primeurs aren't appealing for collectors any longer?

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    The sale of wine “en primeur” is something that first class wineries have done in Bordeaux, as well as in Rhone, Burgundy and Port, among others, as a way of funding themselves and provide the consumer with quality wine at attractive prices. This practice, which also has spread to other wine regions in recent years, consists of selling a vintage while still in barrel, offering to the customers an investment prior to bottling, being made the payment even a year and a half before the official sale. Thus, they generate a futures exchange market similar to the stock exchange, since wines…
  • Which is the Secret of Bodegas Torres, the World's Most Admired Wine Brand?

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    It is a Spanish winery with a long family tradition. Its experience and the quality of wines make of Bodegas Torres one of the best in the world, and it is the most admired wine brand in the world, according to British magazine Drinks International. The winery has thus been chosen for the second consecutive year as the most admired brand, always according to professionals in this market. Keep in mind that the jury who gives this title is composed by leading sommeliers, wine masters and journalists from different countries. Such representatives highlight Bodegas Torres as a brand that…
  • 3 ideas to cook your eggs for Easter

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Holy Week and Easter are coming and with them, lots of typical dishes, desserts and other treats, many with an undoubted star: egg, one of the ubiquitous ingredients in almost every culture around this celebrations of religious roots. Today we present 3 recipes featuring eggs as a common element, which we hope will inspire you to cook this holidays, whatever your tastes and budgets are, and, why not, you can taste with a good wine. Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs Ingredients: 12 eggs ½ cup mayonnaise 4 slices bacon 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon mustard Preparation: Place eggs…
  • How to pair Indian food and wine

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Spicy food and wine can go together brilliantly if you find the right wine. Some wines enhance the different flavours and spices usually found in this type of cuisine, while others can mask them. Indian food is one of the most complete and needs to be accompanied by a good drink for the dish to be even better. Sometimes it is not easy to know which wines go best with curries, spicy dishes or samosas. Today we give you some ideas of how to pair Indian food and wine. Fish curries In Indian cuisine we can find curries with lamb, chicken and fish. For the curry dishes, we can choose white wines…
  • 10 things you should know about St. Patrick's Day

    16 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    As every year, March 17 is a very special date for Irish people, that has also been spread in many different countries. Saint Patrick's Day, the patron saint of Ireland, is a day full of traditions, parties, lots of green and beer, of course! We recommend 10 things you should know about this day. Lots of beer. On this day, usually a lot of beer is consumed worldwide. The data establish that on St. Patrick's Day are consumed over 13 million litres worldwide. Long live the green. On this day, much of the Irish people who live in several countries around the world dress in green, a colour…
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    Wine Blog

  • Turning wine into vinegar, almost

    Jo Diaz
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    “Why would anyone be turning wine into vinegar?” you might ask. Sonoma Portworks has the answer and the goods to prove it… And, they’re mighty delicious, so now I know why. Perhaps you will too, someday. Besides producing completely delicious port-style wines, Sonoma Portworks in Petaluma also produces some really delicious flavors for you to […] The post Turning wine into vinegar, almost appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Yes, I’m “that one”

    Jo Diaz
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Being fussy isn’t easy, especially when you’ve written about that one yourself. In my story, it’s called Road Warrior Survival Guide. In the air, it’s probably called Air Warrior Survival Guide… Or, at least it should be, because flight attendant service seems to be a very difficult job, these days… Having to put up with […] The post Yes, I’m “that one” appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Jo Diaz
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    What I do on my weekends, these days… I saw this picture of the Writers Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Facebook, and I wrote, “I wonder if any of my grandfathers were ever at the Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland?” Lately, on weekends, I’m researching and developing a personal story, since I need to now step […] The post The Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® 2015, as the dust settles

    Jo Diaz
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    These wine barrel hoops are very symbolic for this year’s Dark & Delicious event, as I know I jumped through all of them. Did I come out unscathed? Good question. Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® 2015, as the dust settles, I continue to think about how multifaceted and a bit challenging this year’s event was… […] The post Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® 2015, as the dust settles appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away

    Jo Diaz
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Matriarch Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passed away, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. When asked if I’d help the family to distribute the news, my thoughts ran back to the days when I worked closely with the winery, and what a sweet person Evelyn was. She was always so gracious, and loved entertaining. The wine […] The post Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away appeared first on Wine Blog.
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  • Ridge’s Vineyards Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

    Ridge Vineyards
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    As we previewed earlier this week, we recently brought in Darren Loveland from Aerial Photo Media to film aerial video of our estate vineyards, both at Monte Bello and in Sonoma County. To view all of the videos, one after... Read More ›
  • Ridge’s Vineyards Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before (preview)

    Ridge Vineyards
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    We recently hired Darren Loveland of Aerial Photo Media to take his drone out for a spin over our vineyards and capture some extremely rare footage for us. For those of you that may not be familiar with what a... Read More ›
  • Back to the Future: Technology & Ridge

    Ridge Vineyards
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    I’ve always been fascinated by the dichotomy between Ridge’s patient evolution over the last half century contrasted against Silicon Valley’s meteoric rise over that same period.  For those that may not be familiar with our history, Ridge was founded by... Read More ›
  • East Bench: Organic Certification of a Vineyard

    Ridge Vineyards
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    In 2000, Ridge was fortunate to procure a lease on property just above our Lytton Springs vineyard. This benchland jewel had been planted to grapes before Prohibition, but abandoned for the rest of the twentieth century, and used as pasture.... Read More ›
  • The First Assemblage of the 2014 Monte Bello

    Ridge Vineyards
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    On January 20, production and vineyard teams blind-tasted the twenty-eight lots with best potential to be chosen for assemblage of the 2014 Monte Bello. Twelve lots—those showing outstanding vineyard character—were identified to make the “core blend.” On day two, we... Read More ›
 
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  • Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society grand wine tasting April 26

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    The world’s most comprehensive tasting of American-produced Tempranillo celebrates its 8th year in 2015, when the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) conducts its annual Grand Wine Tasting at the Golden Gate Club at...
  • Raise a glass to green for California wines Down to Earth month

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Fun winery events throughout California are celebrating sustainable winegrowing in April to share how vintners and growers use earth-friendly practices such as sheep to mow weeds, cover crops between vineyard rows for soil fertility and beneficial...
  • FurmintUSA introduces its Furmint dry white wine from Hungary to America

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Furmint USA is on a campaign to introduce Furmint, the major dry white wine of Tokaj in Hungary to the U.S.A. Furmint is an indigenous grape to Hungary and has been grown in the area since 1611...
  • Naoussa Shares Xinomavro wines with San Francisco

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Recently a contingent of winemakers from the Naoussa region of Greece visited with wine lovers, trade and press in San Francisco to promote their Xinomavro wines in California. The event, held at 25 Lusk Restaurant in San Francisco, started...
  • Rhone Rangers Celebrated Rhone Varietals along the Bay

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    On March 27 and 28 the Rhone Rangers celebrated American Rhone Varietal wines with a walk-around tasting and winemaker dinner at the Golden Gate Club in Friday the 27th and a series of seminars and grand tasting at the...
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  • How Does Driver Navigator Work?

    Floyd Young
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    You Need The Right Driver NavigatorYou need to make sure that every driver in your computer is working as well as it can. Drivers keep all security problems in your computer under control while also making things run faster. Some drivers can even provide your devices with new functions. Driver Navigator can help you to take a look at all the drivers you are using right now on all your computer’s parts or devices. Analyzing Your Missing Drivers Driver Navigator will analyze the devices and parts in your computer and will find cases where you have missing drivers. It can research your…
  • Baby Boy Gifts That Will Make Everyone Say, ‘Oh Boy!’

    Floyd Young
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    There Is A New Addition To The Family Gifts are a way to say that you care and love the person to whom you are giving these gifts. Gifts seem to be an integral part of our lives as it is the most affordable way to convey your appreciation and affection for that person. There is a huge variety of gifts which are not only memorable but are also unique and brilliant which you can give during a baby shower. Thus, when the gift is selected after keeping the needs of the parents to whom you are giving it to and when you wrap them with love and warmth, that gift automatically becomes special.
  • Holistic Dentistry – It Works!

    Floyd Young
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:32 am
    A Natural Approach To DentistryToday, a lot of people already prefer more natural approaches to everything – from the food that they eat to the medical treatment they receive. “Going green” is not a fad anymore, since these actions prove to have much healthier effects to the human body. One philosophy that is gaining a lot of attention lately is holistic dentistry. With the use of safe, mercury-free, and minimally invasive procedures, no wonder it is now a widely accepted approach to tooth care. It’s not just a fad! Holistic dentistry might seem promising to look at in a nutshell,…
  • How To Choose The Best Clothes For Your Babies

    Floyd Young
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Your Baby Deserves The Best ClothesEven before you become parents, consider it important to follow some simple rules in buying baby clothes. You may have baby nieces and nephews, or grandsons and granddaughters who would be very happy in receiving beautiful dresses and cool outfits not just during special occasions but even on ordinary days. Why it is hard to buy clothes for babies? It does not need an expert to pick the best outfit for your kids; however, some adults find it hard to buy clothes for their cute angels because of so many options available. This made it more difficult to pick…
  • Public Private Partnership: A Cognitive Review On PPP’s

    Floyd Young
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    The Public-Private PartnershipThe Public-Private Partnership, otherwise known as PPP or P3, is a joint venture project between the government sector and one or more private sectors in running a business or service. The project may be a profit or non-profit organization. This arrangement would entail an agreement wherein the risk involved in running the business or service is shared by the contracting parties. In so doing, the resources are increase and the risk is reduced by the shared arrangements. Under this model, the government may opt to impose tax shields on the private organization…
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  • Dim Sum March Madness

    JustJess
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    March Madness bracket odds are over 9-quintillion-to-1 March Madness is best served with a touch of hoops, food and wine mania. We’ve got you covered with our Dim Sum March Madness special with host Jessica Altieri and Chef Rodelio, aka The Food Buddha” from Yum Cha here in Chicago. Who’s in your bracket to win? let us know here and on Facebook at facebook.com/winechanneltv. We’re going with Dim Sum from Yum Cha as our March Madness  Bracket Buster! If you are in Chicago, head over to Yum Cha and ask for Chef Rodelio! When Does This All Start? Men’s games start…
  • Cops In Kilts – St. Patricks Day Perfect Pairing

    JustJess
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Bagpipes Take Center Stage Beer takes center stage today in Chicago and around the globe for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Not Irish, doesn’t really matter in places like Chicago. Gibsons Steakhouse and many other Chicago Irish Bars have hosted the Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department on St. Patricks Day. Have you seen “The Fugitive”? If so you’ll recognize the band as they have played in a few Hollywood blockbusters: Backdraft The Fugitive The Package The Negotiator Stir of Echoes Why Bagpipes? Historian Cecil Adams explains…
  • Wine TV Dream Kitchen Oven

    JustJess
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Sip More. Cook Less. Wine Lovers Dream Kitchen with Wine TV We all like to sip and cook at Wine Channel TV. But most people we know, would rather sip more and cook less. With over 175+ “Programmed Menu Selections”, this GE Profile™ Series 30 inch Combination Double Wall Oven with Convection and Advantium® Technology, is a wine lovers dream. Pour another glass with all the free time you now have and let’s talk more about the great wines we should be tasting. This GE oven is part of our Wine Lovers Dream Kitchen series on Wine TV. Here’s what we like most: Speedcook…
  • Worlds Best Wine Fridge – Wine TV Guide

    JustJess
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    There are wine coolers; and then there is the GE Monogram Wine Reserve Cooler . Chilling and “wine cool” are at an all time new level. Wine TV thinks this is the wine chiller, cooler, fridge you’ve been dreaming of for your kitchen, wine cellar or anywhere in your wine kingdom. What do you get? How about wine fridges that have 7 full-width shelves. What does that mean? How about capacity to hold 50 champagne or wine bottles. These coolers have transparent glass doors that make for an easy sneak peek at what’s inside. Wine TV gives the GE Monogram Stainless Steel Wine…
  • Wine TV Mobile Video Revolution

    JustJess
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:14 am
    Raise your hand if watch video on your mobile device with a glass of wine in your other hand.  The Wine TV Mobile app  is the fastest growing wine video entertainment app on iTunes for a good reason. “Wine and everyday life” on video is the “perfect reality pairing”. Here’s the summary on mobile and video from Business Intelligence: YouTube: some 40% of YouTube’s traffic now comes from mobile. Compare that to just 25% last year and a paltry 6% only two years ago. Audience boom: About 50 million people in the U.S. now watch video on their mobile phones.
 
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  • The Right Food and Wine for Passover

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This time of the year is the celebration of the Jewish Holiday of Passover. Passover is really about the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Moses had asked Pharaoh to allow the Jewish people to leave Egypt. He refused. After each refusal, God visited a series of increasingly serious plagues on the Egyptian people, culminating in the slaying of the first born. Pharaoh finally relented and allowed the Jews to leave. The Jews knew that Pharaoh was fickle and realized that they should make an immediate departure in case he changed his mind. In their hurry, the Jews did not have time to let the dough…
  • FOX News Offers Poor Man's Guide to Proper Pours

    James Duren
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Nobody likes getting shorted on their next glass of chard.   This past Friday, FOX News reporter Stephanie Miskew reviewed the finer points of the wine pour, exploring the various categories of wine and corresponding rules for how much wine should be dropped into your cup.   “Is there such thing as a standard pour of wine at a restaurant?” Miskew asked. “Whether it's cabernet sauvignon, port or ice wine, there is a standard to how much goes in your glass.”   Red and white wines deserve the largest pours, Miskew said – 5 to 6 ounces is…
  • Agriculture Media Group Interviews Cornell-Educated Viticulture Advisor

    James Duren
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Earlier this month agriculture website Growing Produce's fruit growing arm interviewed Lindsay Jordan, viticulture advisor for the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' Cooperative Extension.    A newcomer to the administrative side of California viticulture and an Ivy-League grad, Jordan said she's quite happy to be amid the vines of her home state.   “I love how agriculture, and especially viticulture, aims to integrate chemistry, physics and biology to grow a delicious and beautiful end product,” she said in the interview.  …
  • New Research Says Wine Might Make Tasters' Teeth Go Soft

    James Duren
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    You may want to think twice before brushing your teeth after your next glass of wine.   According to a recent story published in the Australian Dental Journal, a team of researchers from the University of Adelaide discovered the acids in wine can do a number on a tooth's protective coating and put wine tasters at risk for tooth damage.   “Enamel softening occurs at an early stage of wine tasting, emphasizing the need to implement early preventative strategies for wine tasters,” the article's conclusions stated. “Further research elucidating the fundamental…
  • Skin Deep: Australian Blender Boosts Wine Color Without the Fuss

    James Duren
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Her name is Sparrow and her idea may be more than a lark.   This past week Australia's ABC news network covered a new skin blender designed by the University of Tasmania's Dr. Angela Sparrow. The blender is used during wine processing and is intended to chop pinot skins fine enough to where they sink rather than float.   “She says her trial is showing by leaving the red grape skins in contact with the wine, it can improve flavour, colour and even reduce labour in the process,” ABC reporter Deb O'Callaghan.   Sparrow said what normally takes place in the…
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  • Powerboats and Pinot Noir: New Zealand and Wine

    Guest Writer
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    NZ wine tours for the adventurous at heart. It’s often said that wine makes everything better. A witticism often found on social media platforms from Instagram to Facebook to Twitter sums it up perfectly by stating “Wine is to women what duct tape is to men –it fixes everything” Whilst most New Zealanders would have to insist that it is in fact not duct tape but rather no. 8 wire, that is the panacea for all of life’s DIY dilemmas. Everyone enjoys themselves when drinking a great glass of wine. Especially when paired with a mouth-watering roast lamb or a sirloin cooked to…
  • Little Penguin 2010 Pinot Noir Wine Review

    Brian Thomas Clark
    10 Jan 2011 | 5:19 pm
    We already covered this wine briefly in Part 1 of our Christmas Wine posts last month, but I wanted to revisit the Little Penguin Pinot Noir as its own review. I purchased another bottle recently since I wanted to take a closer, more non-holiday look at it, and was rather surprised at what I found, thus this full review. The first thing I need to mention is: Ignore what I wrote previously. Perhaps they accidentally bottled the wrong wine in the bottle I had purchased before, perhaps it was corked and I was far too innebriated to notice, or perhaps I never in fact drank the Little Penguin…
  • Happy New Year from Wine Welfare!

    Brian Thomas Clark
    1 Jan 2011 | 7:05 am
    Looking forward to another great year of tasting wines and writing all about them. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2011! You may resume recovering from your hangovers. Cheers! Remember to subscribe to get all the latest cheap wine reviews from Wine Welfare in 2011! Also check out: Happy Thanksgiving from Wine Welfare! Merry Christmas from Wine Welfare! New Year’s 2010: Let’s Get Hammered
  • And The Best Wine of 2010 Is…

    Brian Thomas Clark
    31 Dec 2010 | 1:00 pm
    The votes have been tallied and our tasting has been completed! I’ll be honest, I was surprised at the results of the poll. I had not pegged these two wines as the winners, though I did enjoy them. Since this poll has been going on for nearly a month now, I’m not going to write a big hulaballoo post here. Too excited to just get to the winners. And here they are. Best White Wine of 2010 Chateau Ballan-Larquette Bordeaux Rose 2009 I liked this wine from the start. The strawberry, the crispness, the slight thickness. This was a wine built for food. Altogether a delicious wine that…
  • Cheap New Years Champagne (Well sort of…)

    Brian Thomas Clark
    31 Dec 2010 | 8:30 am
    The title of this post is misleading, but not in a dangerous way. I’m not going to recommend a wine to you that’s laced with strychnine because the more of you that die off, the less readers I have. I vow to only ever recommend non-poisonous wines. Wow that was rambling wasn’t it? Sorry about that. We’re talking bubbles at Wine Welfare today, since New Years celebrations are arguably the best time to pop those mushroom corks. I don’t care who you are or where you’re from, if you’ve got a tongue, you’ve got to like bubbly. Champagne, sparkling…
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  • Wednesday Wraparound: Bordeaux and Asti

    steve
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
      The Drinks Business magazine is reporting huge unsold stocks of Bordeaux from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages–the latter two decent, with 2010 exceptional according to most critics. Things are so dire, apparently, that the chairman of Justerini & Brooks, one of London’s top wine merchants, called the dust-gathering stocks “the last chance saloon for the Bordelais.” Distribution chains are “struggling to cope”; supplies “didn’t even get to the market as the merchants and negociants didn’t buy any. In fact, it didn’t get out of the chateau door.” This chart…
  • Wine critics vs. sommeliers, Round 428. Ding!

    steve
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
      With all due respect to Robert Sinskey, whose wines I always admired, I think he struck the wrong tone in his recent opinion piece, which was published in Eater. His basic premise—that the era of the mega-critic is over, along with the 100-point rating system—is widely held, and certainly worth a conversation. And we have been talking about it, for many years, without any particular resolution or consensus, I might add. So there’s nothing wrong with Robert having an opinion on that matter. About a year ago, I wrote a post I called “Goodbye to the era of the Big Critic,” …
  • The Great Drought: A personal reflection

    steve
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
      In a few days—April 1, to be exact–California water officials will officially measure the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and I’m predicting the result is going to shock the nation. If you don’t live here, and especially if you live in the East, where it’s been so cold this winter, you can’t imagine what our “winter” has been like. Except for about ten cold days around Christmas, it’s been Spring-like ever since, well, last Spring. In fact, my local T.V. weatherman recently said, “It’s been Spring-like for the last three years.” It’s been warm.
  • What about those reports that “weaker wines are better than stronger ones”?

    steve
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
      You’ve probably read about it: According to Fox News, a new study out of Spain has been widely reported to “prove” that “People think weaker wine tastes better.” But, in fact, the study doesn’t show that at all; and much of the second-hand reporting on the study actually shows how lazy journalists can be. For example, the Fox account of the study claims that people think wine with a lower alcohol content tastes [better] because it allows them to focus on the diverse flavor profiles of the beverage.” That’s a pretty sweeping statement. If you’ve been deep into the…
  • On terroir, and the vine’s microbiome

    steve
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
      Doesn’t it seem to you like these stories lately about microbes in soil affecting wine are making the concept of terroir even more complicated than we thought it was? We used to think terroir was a matter of the physical structure of the soil and the climate, or meso-climate, of the vineyard. John Winthrop Haeger, in his encyclopedic “North American Pinot Noir,” interpreted the soil part to include “orientation and aspect,” and possibly the “chemical composition.” But he said nothing about microbes. Emile Peynaud, the great French enologist, in “The Taste of Wine”…
 
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  • A family farewell to J Vineyards & Winery

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

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

    Lisa Mattson
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Last weekend, we hosted dinner parties in the Jordan Winery dining room for Valentine’s Day. Our inaugural event was so successful last year that our 2015 Valentine’s Dinner sold out within a few weeks, so our chef offered to cook for two nights in a row. This was also the first time that guests could purchase event tickets or redeem Jordan Estate Rewards points. The romantic culinary experience featured a Champagne reception, followed by a seven-course meal, paired with Jordan wines. Photos from both events, as well as the menu with links to learn more about the wines…
  • Going carbon neutral with Sonoma Clean Power

    Tim
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:14 am
    Winter always seems like the perfect time to catch up on paperwork and knock items off the to-do list that have been shelved during the hectic harvest and holiday seasons. Green business certification updates was the first project completed on my list this year. Jordan Winery is now enrolled in the Sonoma Clean Power program, which provides businesses access to environmentally friendly power, generated by local renewable resources, such as solar, wind and geothermal. Roughly 90% of our electricity comes from our hillside solar arrays and the balance from renewable energy. Using 10%…
  • New cheese pairings for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

    Todd Knoll
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I am always seeking the finest artisanal cheeses from California and Europe that pair best with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Red wines like Jordan that are balanced, elegant, lower in alcohol and higher in acidity tend to be more versatile with food & wine pairings, especially cheeses. Each winter, I gather some of our key staff to hand-select new cheeses designed to pair with our three featured vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, served on our Library Tasting and Winery Tour & Library Tasting experiences. This year, the 2006, 2008 and 2010 vintages of our silky Alexander Valley…
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  • Top Locations for Livermore Weddings

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Learn about the top locations for Livermore weddings. Wine country weddings can make your wedding day dreams come true. Get married in the scenic beauty of the Livermore Wine Country..
  • Favorite Sonoma County Hotels

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Discover the best Sonoma County hotels. Enjoy your next trip to Sonoma, California at one of these favorite Sonoma hotels.
  • Favorite Sonoma Restaurants

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Favorite Sonoma Restaurants that you are sure to love. World class restaurant favorites. Great food, wonderful service, and charming ambiance.
  • Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Looking for a unique adventure? Vision Quest lets you spend the night with wild animals in African tent style bungalows. This Safari Bed & Breakfast is located in Salinas, California.
  • Top Winery Restaurants

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Are you looking for a place to eat in the Wine Country? Check out these winery restaurants. If you appreciate both fine wine and fabulous food, these restaurants may be just the place.
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    Reverse Wine Snob™

  • Valckenberg Undone Pinot Noir 2013 - Stripped Down

    Jon Thorsen
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Pure, unadulterated Pinot Noir for the 99. 100% Pinot Noir from Rheinhessen, Germany. Fermented and aged in stainless steel.Available for around $10. 1,500 cases produced. Imported by Valckenberg International. Sample submitted for review.From the winery:"This Undone Pinot Noir is very smooth, with berry and plum notes on the palate. It was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, so it has no oak influence - the pure flavors of Pinot Noir show through. A perfect match with salmon, red meat and pasta. 12% Alcohol"In writing today's review I realized, much to my chagrin, that this is the…
  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Mendocino County Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - Zesty!

    Jon Thorsen
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    A crisp, spicy, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc from Mendocino. Sauvignon Blanc from Potter Valley, Mendocino County, California. Made with organically grown grapes. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. SRP of $18 and available for as low as $14. 5,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Paul Dolan Vineyards is located in the heart of Mendocino County, Northern California, a secluded land of rich biological diversity and unique microclimates. Grapes are sourced from meticulously tended vineyards, and our balanced winemaking practices support each bottling's expression of…
  • Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition 2011 - A Rewarding Rioja

    Jon Thorsen
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Worthy of the limited edition label. 100% Tempranillo from Rioja Alta, Spain. The wine spends 15 months in 80% new French and 20% new American oak and another 10 months in bottle.This review is brought to you by CorkExclusive where you can get the Ramon Bilboa Limited Edition Crianza 2011 for just $15.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match). SRP of $20. 17,980 cases produced, all bottles are individually numbered. Imported by Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Wine for the 2011 vintage was aged in barrels of new French American oak…
  • M. Chapoutier Banyuls Rimage 2012 - Decadent

    Jon Thorsen
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Includes a fairytale like pairing. A delight with dark chocolate. Grenache from Banyuls, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. The wine is fortified with pure alcohol after a long fermentation and aged in oak casks and stainless steel for 16 to 23 months. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the Caves D'Esclans Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence Rose 2014 for just $19.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on 3 or more bottles (mix&match)! SRP of $29 and available at Costco for $18 for a 500ml bottle. 1,163 cases produced. Imported by Terlato Wines International. Sample submitted for review.From the…
  • Domaine Bousquet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - A Dandy of a Deal

    Jon Thorsen
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tasty Cabernet from Argentina. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Malbec from Tupungato, Alto Gualtallary, Mendoza, Argentina. Made from organically grown grapes. The wine spends 10 months in 100% French oak and 4 months in bottle before release.This review is brought to you by CorkExclusive where you can get the Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012 for just $14.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match). SRP of $20. 15,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Domaine Bousquet, family of Winemaking, decided to settle in the Mendoza region because of…
 
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  • The Chocolate Block 2011

    Paulo Queiroz
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    É raro termos aqui no blog um vinho Sul Africano. The Chocolate Block é produzido… The post The Chocolate Block 2011 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Monte da Ravasqueira 2010, Alentejo

    Paulo Queiroz
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Agora listamos um vinho regional Alentejano, muito gostoso e simples, feito perto da cidade de… The post Monte da Ravasqueira 2010, Alentejo appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Mouton Cadet 2012

    Paulo Queiroz
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    Lá vem de novo a máxima de que “Bons produtores não sabem fazer vinho ruim”.… The post Mouton Cadet 2012 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Remòle IGT 2011

    Paulo Queiroz
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Remòle IGT é uma mistura de 85% Sangiovese e 15% Cabernet Sauvigon. É um belo… The post Remòle IGT 2011 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Barolo Bússia Dardi Le Rose 2009 – Poderi Colla

    Paulo Queiroz
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Poderia Colla é uma empresa criada em 1993 por Tino Colla e possui 3 áreas… The post Barolo Bússia Dardi Le Rose 2009 – Poderi Colla appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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  • Healdsburg, CA – A Mecca for Boutique Wineries

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Healdsburg Town Plaza Healdsburg California, in the northern end of Sonoma County, is a mecca for small boutique wineries that produce a wide array of wine styles from many grape varieties. In addition, the town reminds me of what Andy Griffith’s Mayberry would feel like, if Mayberry were in wine country. In our early days of wine country travel, we would stay somewhere in Napa Valley and visit northern Sonoma. Now when we advise travelers, our advice is just the opposite; stay in Healdsburg and visit Napa Valley. Why, you may ask…two great wine regions, lots of great wines in both? The…
  • John Anthony Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    John Anthony Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, CA, $70 (S) – Rating 92 A complex Cabernet offering a bouquet of  black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum and brown spice. Plush and rich on the palate with smooth tannins and balanced acidity. Rich integrated flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, a little briar, a hint of chocolate and camp fire smoke. Black pepper spice adds to the long finish. Buy This Wine The post John Anthony Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Smith-Madrone Riesling 2013

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Smith-Madrone Riesling 2013, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District, CA, $27 (S) – Rating 92 Think dry…Think crisp…Think  refreshing… A beautiful dry Riesling from one of the few Riesling vineyards left in Napa Valley. Aromas of citrus, honeycomb, pear, honeysuckle and wet stone minerality. A soft mouth-feel with food pairing acidity accentuates flavors of pear, green apple, white peach, honeysuckle, honeycomb and creamy vanilla. Notes of honeysuckle become more apparent as the wine opens. This wine pairs with a wide variety of foods from lighter summer fare to roasted…
  • Clark-Claudon Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Clark-Claudon Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $82 (S) – Rating 92 Created for 100% Estate Cabernet grapes, this is a delicious example of Napa Valley Cabernet. A robust nose of blueberry, blackberry and pie crust with hints of cinnamon and chocolate. Plush on the palate with soft tannins integrated with flavors of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, a little creamy vanilla and brown spice with dark chocolate on long finish. Buy this Wine The post Clark-Claudon Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2011

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2011, Estate Grown, Napa Valley, CA $42 (S) – Rating 91 A blend of winemaking styles, barrel aged without buttery malolactic fermentation. The result is a Chardonnay with a crisp mouth-feel, balanced acidity and a touch of creaminess. The nose offers notes of Meyer lemon, tropicals and wet stone minerality. On the palate, flavors of Meyer lemon, red apple, pear and a touch of white pepper spice. Just a hint of oaky vanilla caramel in the long finish. Buy This Wine The post Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2011 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
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  • Sicilian Wine Adventures – Part 31; Hanging With Giuseppe Russo

    Niklas Jorgensen
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Mouth-to mouth resuscitation of a long gone article series……aaaaaaaaand it’s back! No, I never stopped pouring those gorgeous and transparent wines from Etna. Just had to temporarily kill a darling or two posting wise. But then a bit unexpectedly I’m standing there again, on the slopes of Mount Etna, choked with the urge to tell the world about the joys of Nerello Mascalese. So, here goes, part 31 from an island hard to resist. It’s early March. The weather is gorgeous and the view from Catania is nothing but magnificent; clear blue skies with the majestic…
  • 2013 Exczellencziás – A Search For Dry Tokaj Greatness

    Niklas Jorgensen
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Bilingual post. Yes, it did strike me when I tasted the 2013 Exczellencziás from Bott Pince; what’s the point writing about a wine with a total production of 546 bottles? Few will be able to locate it and I will only look like a show off. But then again, the Exczellencziás is such an interesting experiment by Judit and József Bodó at Bott Pince, their search for the ”big dry Tokaj” as Judit puts it. And it would be a pity not to tell you about it because when the couple finds the formula, the production will most likely go up. The 2013 Exczellencziás will be released in Hungary…
  • Alkonyi László Goes Winemaking – Kaláka Pince

    Niklas Jorgensen
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    Tokaj – A szabadság bora (Tokaj: The Wine of Freedom), is one of the ten best books ever written on wine. According to Hugh Johnson that is. And honestly, although perhaps being biased by now, I can only agree. Alkonyi László’s book is such a thorough work covering all the aspects of the region. Mr. Alkonyi has also produced the just as great Tokaj: Dulomitológia (Tokaj: The Myth of Terroir) where he discusses the role of the terroir. Mainly in Tokaj but also in Burgundy and Bordeaux. Although it’s been a while since they were publihsed, both of his books are quite…
  • Birichino Saint Georges Zinfandel

    Niklas Jorgensen
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    Now this came a bit unexpected although I by now should know that the wines from Alex and John has this cool character expression. But a Zinfandel with only 13 percent alcohol and barely any oak impressions? Yes pleeeease! The 2013 Saint Georges Zinfandel is the result of yet an old vineyard find by the guys at Birichino. More precisely, ungrafted Zinfandel vines close to the Santa Cruz mountains and planted in the beginning of the 1920’s. Impression The 2013 shows this typical transparent color of the Birichino reds. On the nose it’s at first a bit shy but aeration allows the…
  • Ornellaia – A Vertical

    Niklas Jorgensen
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Axel Heinz is in town. The winemaker at Ornellaia, an estate that hardly needs any lengthy introduction. Actually none at all. It’s a treat listening to the knowledgeable Mr. Heinz; he’s good with words, humble and also honest. Abilities that suits a winemaker at Ornellaia. We’re about to taste 9 wines from the estate, 6 from Ornellaia and 3 from their brand called Le Serre Nuove. The latter is sometimes referred to as the estate’s second wine but the fact is they’re styled quite differently. While Le Serre Nuove usually is consisting of at least 50 percent…
 
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    Hoot n Annie

  • Earth Day Food and Wine Festival

    Hoot 'n Annie
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    You have probably heard my talk about Earth Day Food and Wine Festival before and guess what, it’s that time of year again. This event, put on by The Vineyard Team, is without question a premier Central Coast event. If you have never attended you are missing out on one of the best organized events that is jam packed with good times. There are many events out there that are simple or that try to throw all this “amazing” at you but the truth is, the amazing is missing and instead it’s kind of boring, cheap, and cheesy. If you’re into boring, cheap, and cheesy keep going to those same…
  • Q&A with Maggie Tillman of Alta Colina – Part 1

    Hoot 'n Annie
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Anyone that knows of Alta Colina knows that they are making some of the best wines in the Paso Robles area. They are just one of those places that has it all: great wine, small production, talented winemaker, and a truly fun and down to earth group of people. And if any of you know Maggie Tillman, daughter of Bob (the man with a plan), you know she really is one of Paso’s coolest chicks. Annie and I are fortunate to call her a friend and I’ve never been in her presence and not laughed my ass of…she is hilarious…and brilliant. So let’s get into Part 1 of the Q&A with Maggie.
  • Best Restaurants in Paso Robles?

    Hoot 'n Annie
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Many months ago I had posed this question on three different Facebook pages that I run: “If someone came into Paso Robles from out of town, which restaurant would you refer them to for a great meal?” As usual, some of the answers didn’t make sense to me (you’ll see why when you read below) and some people voted for more than one restaurant so I included each of the votes. From best to not best: 1st Thomas Hill Organics – 17 votes 2nd Artisan – 16 votes 3rd Villa Creek – 10 votes Tie 4th: McPhee’s (not in Paso Robles but allowing it on list), Il Cortile – 8 votes each Tie…
  • Tasting Room Etiquette

    Hoot 'n Annie
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    We were recently driving in the car and had the radio on. It was tuned in to 92.5 The Krush here in San Luis Obispo County and it happened to be while David Wilson of Grape Encounters Radio was on. We were catching the last segment in which he was chatting with Sara Schneider (Wine Editor Sunset Magazine) about tasting room do’s and don’ts for the consumer. Now, as you know if you have followed us at all, you know customer service is a huge deal to me. It’s more important than the product or service you are offering. However, what is not discussed often enough is the expectations of the…
  • Il Cortile Races to Fight Cancer

    Hoot 'n Annie
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    We received a press release this morning informing us about Il Cortile’s involvement in raising money and awareness for Cancer Support Community through the Tour of Paso cycling event on March 21. I do not share very many press releases because in my mind most of them aren’t really announcing anything all that interesting. This one I find worthy to share because we have all been touched by cancer in some way, shape, or form. It’s a hideous disease that takes far too many lives. Last year Il Cortile came in first place in funds raised…a staggering $22,000. To raise funds they are…
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Trader Joe’s Tempranillo plus the blender test

    Joe
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Zumaya Tempranillo at Trader Joe’s Zumaya Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2013 – Trader Joe’s $7.99 Spanish wines are always a good wine value and we can certainly add this tasty Tempranillo to the list. It is only $8 at Trader Joe’s. The Zumaya Tempranillo has a soft aroma of black fruit flavors and a very nice mouth feel. It is not as robust as most Tempranillo wines from Ribera del Duoro, but has enough character for an everyday wine choice at a budget wine price. My only criticism is the finish of the wine. I found it a little harsh going down. Perhaps this is…
  • Clancy’s red at Costco

    Joe
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    A lively red from down under Clancy’s Red Blend – Costco $12.69 Clancy’s is yet another enjoyable wine from the world famous producer Peter Lehmann. Clancy’s is from Barossa Valley in Australia. This is a very lively red blend comprised of 58% Cabernet, 22% Shiraz, and 20% Merlot. I like the full-bodied character of this wine and the many flavors of dark fruit characteristics that pop from the wine. Although robust, it is a food-friendly wine. I would serve this with a variety of red meats or pasta with a hearty meat sauce. Wine Spectator rates the wine at 90 points.
  • Super Tuscan Casone Toscana at Trader Joe’s

    Joe
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Casone Toscana $9.99 at Trader Joe’s Casone Toscana 2009 – Trader Joe’s $9.99 Our friend Caren who reads this blog said I must try this wine. “It is fantastic and only $10.” I looked for the wine but it was not on the T.J. wine shelf last week. The wine steward told me they were holding it back until the next Fearless Flyer (snail mail newsletter) was distributed. Sunday it was on the shelf, so we gave the wine a try. Janelle liked the wine much more than I did, and one thing this wine proved to us is that certain foods can indeed change the taste of the…
  • Wine shops in Berkeley

    Joe
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    A few weeks back we visited wine shops in San Francisco, and this time we took a day of discovering the best wine shops in Berkeley. Berkeley, often referred to as Berzerkeley, has an amazing diversity of people and lifestyles and thus a total variety of shops, restaurants and boutiques. We visited five wine shops in Berkeley, and along the way squeezed in lunch at Césars on Shattuck. Click to view slideshow. Berkeley Grocery Outlet First stop, the Berkeley Grocery Outlet, which we were told was the first Grocery Outlet. Now we understand the building will make way for a condo development…
  • Chateau Boisson – can Bordeaux make a great white wine?

    Joe
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Chateau Boisson – a delightful white wine from Bordeaux Chateau Boisson 2013 – Costco $7.99 Yes, they do make very good white wine in Bordeaux. 90% of the wine made is Bordeaux is red.  The white wine grapes in Bordeaux are mostly Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.  Sauternes are the famous white dessert wine from the Bordeaux region and comprised of Semillon and some Sauvignon Blanc. The dry whites of Bordeaux are not nearly as popular, but they are very good. The Chateau Boisson is a dry white wine, mostly Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of the Semillon added to give the wine some…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • 2013 Pinot Noir Futures Offering

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

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

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

    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    The reviewers at Great Northwest Wines have released four outstanding/excellent ratings for our wines! Here are the links to the reviews:2012 Elton Pinot Noir- ExcellentThe planting of Elton Vineyard, one of Oregon’s top sites, began in 1983 — the same year Jim Bernau established Willamette Valley Vineyards — so both grower and vintner have risen alongside each other. From a historic 2012 vintage, Don Crank’s winemaking with Dijon 115, 777 and Pommard clones raised in iron-laden Jory and Nekia soils produced a Pinot Noir that’s filled with dark purple fruit tones. Aromas of…
  • Join us for Super Bowl Sunday!

    Christine Collier
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Please join me in cheering on your favorite team this Sunday, February 1st at 3:30 pm in our Estate Tasting Room. We will have the Super Bowl game playing on multiple big screen TVs (with improved audio) and food and wine specials to purchase. I have included the details below. It is going to be a great game, so you'll need to be close to a supply of wine to handle it! I hope to see you here with your team spirit! Mauri OsborneTasting Room ManagerSunday, February 1st - Kick-off at 3:30 pm 2015 Super Bowl Championship GameEstate Tasting Room8800 Enchanted Way SETurner, OR…
 
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    B.Mitch Drinks

  • A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    A Thousand Romantic Moments Every DayHello! A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day Everyone will experience success with AnastasiaDate What do we count as a success? Yes, we have dates, engagements and weddings but that doesnБ─≥t cover the thousands of little moments of magic that we generate each and every day. For each bouquet of flowers sent there is a Lady left with a feeling of warmth and love. Each time a Live Chat ends with the words Б─°with Love my darling, speak soonБ─², isnБ─≥t that also a success? Every time one of clients goes to bed dreaming about his…
  • A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    A Thousand Romantic Moments Every DayHello! A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day Everyone will experience success with AnastasiaDate What do we count as a success? Yes, we have dates, engagements and weddings but that doesnБ─≥t cover the thousands of little moments of magic that we generate each and every day. For each bouquet of flowers sent there is a Lady left with a feeling of warmth and love. Each time a Live Chat ends with the words Б─°with Love my darling, speak soonБ─², isnБ─≥t that also a success? Every time one of clients goes to bed dreaming about his…
  • A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    A Thousand Romantic Moments Every DayHello! A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day Everyone will experience success with AnastasiaDate What do we count as a success? Yes, we have dates, engagements and weddings but that doesnБ─≥t cover the thousands of little moments of magic that we generate each and every day. For each bouquet of flowers sent there is a Lady left with a feeling of warmth and love. Each time a Live Chat ends with the words Б─°with Love my darling, speak soonБ─², isnБ─≥t that also a success? Every time one of clients goes to bed dreaming about his…
  • A Thousand Romantic Moments Every Day

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
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    23 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Hello! 1000's of Russian beauties are hoping to connect with you TODAY. You are half way to the unlimited and most exciting experience of Russian Romance introductions. Move to the next level today! Access your account and get in touch with the most gorgeous Ladies from Russia and Ukraine. Attract attention to your profile by inviting Ladies to Live ChatБ─╕ Browse Ladies Online and step into action! http://anastasiaaffiliate.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=12&aff_id=25228
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  • TasteWA at Willie Green’s Organic Farm

    Bean
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    New this year, Taste Washington has added three unique farm to table experiences to Friday March 27, including one at Willie Green’s Organic Farm.  Each TasteWA Farm to Table experience includes a tour at a local food producer, a chef prepared gourmet lunch and Washington wine served by the wine maker.  Exploring the Lush Snohomish Valley at Willie Green’s Organic Farm will include a farm tour, gourmet lunch prepared by Sam Crannell, chef and owner of LloydMartin, wines by Robert Ramsey Cellars and special guest. Dan Albert, of Farmbox Greens. From chef to farmer In the…
  • Washington Brewers Guild Cask Fest 2015

    Bean
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    The Washington Brewers’ Guild Cask Fest takes place  Saturday, March 28 2015 at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Over 40 Washington breweries will be pouring “cask-conditioned” beers at this fun beer fest. Cask-conditioned beer is often considered “real ale” because it is fresh, conditioned naturally without the introduction of CO2 into the cask. It is served directly from the cask in which it was fermented. The Cask Beer Fest is an opportunity to really let the brewer’s creativity shine!  Look for classics as well as the weird and wonderful at the…
  • Foggy Noggin 5th Anniversary

    Bean
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Happy Fn5 Birthday Foggy Noggin Brewing! On Saturday March 21st, Foggy Noggin turns 5 years old and for a nano-brewery, they will be celebrating BIG! The celebration will go on from noon to 5pm and will include: Foggy Noggin Anniversary Ale Release of the 2015 Anniversary Ale in 22 ounce bottles and on tap Anniversary Cake 10 taps pouring traditional English Ales While kegs last – pints of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Anniversary Ale While kegs last – pints of Fn5 (Imperial 2015 Anniversary Ale) Dry Hopped, Oak Aged, Lagavulin Oak Aged and Warre’s Port Oak Aged Free Fn5 stickers…
  • Debut Discoveries 2015

    Bean
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Discover the newest Washington state breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries this Saturday, March 21, 2014. Under on roof, at Hanger 30 at Magnuson Park, the newest Washington beverage makers will gather to show off their stuff. Come meet the new kids on the block and see what they have to offer. I remember Debuts and Discoveries being the introduction to some very special wine makers. I met Rachel Horn of Ani Che wines at Debuts and Discoveries as well as  Kyle Johnson of Purple Star Wines.  I met the Grieb family and tasted my first Treveri Cellars, which ended up served at the…
  • Taste Washington

    Bean
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Taste Washington is the grand finale of Washington Wine Month. Traditionally the last weekend of March, this year Taste of Washington has expanded to four fun wine packed days. In addition to the grand tasting and seminars. you can now experience Taste Washington in a variety of means from rustic to  elegance. Red & White Party The second annual Red & White Party kicks off Taste Washington on Thursday March 26. Hosted at AQUA by El Gaucho, this event features  highly ranked Washington wines poured from magnum bottles. In addition to the prestigious Washington wines, Chef Wesley Hood…
 
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • 2014 Bordeaux Vintage Summary, Harvest Report

    Jeff Leve
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider 2014 Bordeaux is slated to be the best vintage in 4 years, following the historic back to back vintages of 2009 and 2010. It’s interesting to review what took place during the growing season, as it was not an easy vintage for Bordeaux. The 2014 Bordeaux vintage got off to a good start. The winter months were exactly what the vines needed with their moderate temperatures and heavy rain. The water tables were replenished after a few years of drought conditions. In fact, rainfall was at its highest level since the 2001 vintage, making…
  • Best Places and Dates to Taste 2014 Bordeaux Wine En Primeur in April

    Jeff Leve
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider While the week of the official 2014 Bordeaux En Primeur tastings is of course, focused on the tasting the wine from the newest vintage, there are numerous chateau that have just finished, or are close to completing massive renovations and state of the art modernizations. In the Left Bank, some of the chateaux you do not want to miss are: Chateau Margaux and Chateau Marquis d’Alesme also in the Margaux appellation. Chateau Pedesclauxin Pauillac. In the Right Bank, Chateau Fonplegade in St. Emilion is ready for its debut and close up as…
  • Chateau Pavie With New Label for 2012 Vintage Celebrating New Status

    Jeff Leve
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The famous 1855 Classification of the Medoc for all intents and purposes is set in stone and will never change. That is not the case with the Classification of St. Emilion wines. In the most recent classification of St. Emilion wines, 2012 Saint Emilion Classification Chateau Pavie was promoted to the coveted position of Grand Cru Classe A status. The Right Bank appellation of St. Emilion is the only region in Bordeaux to change its status every ten years. This upgrade to Grand Cru Classe A status, which is only given to 4 Bordeaux chateaux…
  • Does France still have a Taste for Life and Wine?

    Jeff Leve
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The wines of the Cotes du Rhone are going to have to rethink their new advertising campaign. This entirely due to just one simple sentence! This could only happen in France, the country that many people consider the epicenter for wine and food around the world! The “Taste for life” or “gout de la vie” slogan will have to be replaced by another. You might be asking why, as there seems to be nothing wrong that slogan, which truly captures the essence of the wines from the Rhone Valley. The reason is based on the latest legal decision…
  • Robert Parker, Neal Martin now Bordeaux Critic at The Wine Advocate

    Jeff Leve
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Congratulations Neal Martin! You have some big shoes to fill as you are now in contention to be the world’s most important wine critic. It was only a matter of time before Robert Parker started to enjoy life more. He’s been writing about Bordeaux since 1978. That is 35 years worth of tasting en Primeur tastings.That is one amazing track record. In an announcement made in London today, following a post written by Robert Parker on his website, Robert Parker wrote, “I wanted to take this opportunity to share with readers first…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • Domaine Schoenheitz is Alsace at its Best

    enobytes
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Domaine Schoenheitz One of the fantastic things about living in Portland, especially for wine lovers are all the excellent choices we have for wines. Not just the ones produced here, also the thousands of other choices we have on our retailer’s shelves from all over the world.  These were my thoughts as I recently sat […]
  • Video: Wines of the Rhone Valley, Part 3

    enobytes
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This video, produced by LCBO covers the wines of Rhone Valley, a wine lovers paradise in France. This is home to many of the grape varieties which are planted the world over. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre have grown here for generations. In the embrace of the radiant sun, relentless mistral wind and rocky soils they […]
  • MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir

    Marc Hinton
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
     Wine Review: MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Sometimes specific vintages, such as 2011, can bring challenges to vintners on many levels. Enough heat to fully ripen the fruit and harvesting on the rains schedule, not when the fruit is ready, can overwhelm some growers and winemakers. The MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir does not […]
  • Celebration of Syrah Grand Tasting

    enobytes
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    On Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, McMenamins Edgefield Winery will hold its 14th Annual Celebration of Syrah, a two-day revelry of wine, food and fun. The 74-acre Edgefield property will host winemakers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond who will showcase their best Syrahs throughout the weekend. Syrahs are bold inky-colored reds, made from […]
  • Video: Wines of the Rhone Valley, Part 2

    enobytes
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This video, produced by LCBO covers the wines of Rhone Valley, a wine lovers paradise in France. This is home to many of the grape varieties which are planted the world over. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre have grown here for generations. In the embrace of the radiant sun, relentless mistral wind and rocky soils they […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • Three Ramen Places near the Chicago Loop

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Ramen is a noodle soup dish, consisting of noodles served in a meat broth, with a variety of toppings. Originating in either China or Japan, ramen has few rules, and nearly every restaurant that serves it has its own variation of ramen. There is nothing better than a really good bowl of ramen. I go into the city once a week to the office, and have started searching for good ramen near the Loop, where I work. Here are three options, near the Loop, two in River North and one just south of the Loop.Slurping Turtle (River North)An almost more Scandinavian than Asian space, with lots of white…
  • Wine of the Week: The Heritage Vineyard 2012 Zinfandel

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    This month's Wine Studio continued its Zinfandel theme with a virtual tasting of the most recent of the Zinfandel Heritage Vineyard Project wines. What's the project?The Zinfandel Heritage Vineyard Project is located within the University of California, Davis’ Viticultural Station in Oakville and was established in 1995 with a collection of rare and famous Zinfandel vine cuttings. Each year since 1997 the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) selects a distinguished winery member to craft a unique Zinfandel vintage from the Heritage Vineyard. For 2012, the winemaker chosen was Chris…
  • Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Chicago

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    If you're a Chicago history buff, you'll immediately recognize the site of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House - the old Esquire Theater. Originally, the cinema (built in 1938), had a single auditorium with over 1,400 seats, was then converted to a six-plex in 1988 (a shame), and ultimately closed in 2006 (double shame). Del Frisco’’s occupies three floors of the Esquire Theater - its interior was designed to preserve the landmark theater’s historic architectural elements, which it does nicely. I can still picture the old concession stand (the food is better now) and using the old…
  • Poderi Arcangelo Winery

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Several weeks ago, I got to (briefly) attend a Tuscan wine tasting in Chicago. Since I could only swing by, I narrowed my tasting down to a few varietals I had not tasted before, Ciliegiolo and Vernaccia. Ciliegiolo is traditionally used in blends such as Chianti, but a winery at the tasting, Il Lebbio, had it as a bottling on its own - definitely lived up to its name, "Cherry."Vernaccia di San Gimignano was a revelation to me. I love finding a new white varietal that has a uniqueness to it. My favorite of all the wines I tasted was the Poderi Arcangelo Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Basic…
  • Ruffino Presents: a Virtual Wine Tasting with Snooth

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    Ruffino Presents was Snooth's first Virtual Tasting of 2015! With a history dating back to 1877, Ruffino is an iconic Tuscan winery that has always embraced a unique balance of tradition and innovation in their winemaking style. We learned about Chianti Classico and sampled the wines of this 138 year-old Winery. Master of Wine Christy Canterbury was joined by Winemaker Gabriele Tacconi in an hour long tasting session featuring the following fabulous Ruffino Wines:Ruffino Chianti DOCG 2013 ($10)Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico DOCG 2012 ($14)Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG…
 
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  • ISS Reveals Plans to Grow Wine Grapes in Outer Space

    Madeline Puckette
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    Plans are in the works to deliver wine grape seed kits on SpaceX’s next commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch of SpaceX Dragon is planned to occur April 10th according to NASA. “When we leave Earth’s orbit, we’re going to take plants with us. We are explorers; it’s what we do as a species” –Anna-Lisa Paul, Ph.D., Molecular biologist on NASA’s TAGES experiment team Wine Grapes Headed into Outer Space Which is better a SuperTuscan or a SuperGalatic? Why would teetotaling astronauts want to grow wine grapes?
  • What is Madeira? The Island Wine

    Jackson Rohrbaugh
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Learn about Madeira wine: from how it tastes, to the different styles and to advice on Madeira in cooking and cocktails. Madeira used to be the most popular wine in America during the time of pioneering ideologues like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. So when you taste Madeira, you are trying what people cared about over 200 years ago. Madeira is in fact, one of the few wines of the world that hasn’t changed.   What is Madeira Wine? Madeira for Cooking US law allows bulk-winemakers the ability to use the regional Madeira name on cooking wines. Avoid these if you can and get an…
  • Top Wine Producing Countries of the World

    Madeline Puckette
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    It’s been a few years since our last article on the top wine countries of the world. The most recent statistics on the top wine producing countries will astound you. For instance, did you know that China is now in the top 5? Top Wine Producing Countries (2012) Top Wine Countries Italy France Spain United States China Argentina Australia South Africa Chile Germany Russia Portugal Romania Moldova Greece Austria New Zealand Ukraine Brazil Others Statistics from wineinstitute.org 6.8 billion gallons is enough wine to fill an area of 99 city blocks in Manhattan 40 feet high –that’s…
  • The Secrets of Top Cabernet Sauvignon Brands

    Madeline Puckette
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    We all need the ideal list of good red wine brands so we can stock up. But with over 100,000 wines released every year in the United States, it’s a sea of choices. So, for this article, we’re taking a closer look at the defining traits of top Cabernet Sauvignon-based red wine brands. Why Cabernet? Well, because as it’s the world’s most planted grape, it is the perfect place to start. TIP: Learn what makes top Cabernets great and then seek these traits in other producers. 21 Top Cabernet Sauvignon Brands Classic top rated Cabernet Sauvignon from the best growing regions…
  • The 10 Commandments of Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    If there were 10 commandments of wine what would they be? Do you already follow the most important principles to know about wine? Find out. The 10 Commandments of Wine 1. Honor thy wine Appreciate where your wine is from and, in doing so, you appreciate your tastebuds. 2. Expand thy palate Try a new and different wine variety, style, region or country every couple of weeks. Your effort to try new things will make your life richer and it will expand your perspective. There are so many different types of wine to try, why stop now? 3. Respect your limits If you don’t, you’ll regret…
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  • 5 Extra-Special Wine Country Restaurants with Sunset Views

    Carey Sweet
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    Candlelight is one thing, but few things are as thrilling (or romantic) as a supper savored over sunset. The Duck Club, Bodega Bay You can get duck here, and it’s excellent, seared and served in various seasonal presentations such as atop roasted root vegetables, quinoa and almond Brussels sprouts salad with pomegranate glaze. But you can also indulge in Dungeness crab, salmon, and all the goodness that comes from the ocean that glitters at the edge of this upscale restaurant inside the Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa. The setting is gorgeous – nested Cliffside in an elegant wood building with…
  • Pristine Napa & Sonoma Wines to Perfectly Pair with Popular Easter Candies

    gina
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Looking for something different to do this Easter Sunday? Something you can do that still allows you to spend time with family and friends? An activity that gets your group out of the house and is fun for locals and out of town guests? How about a twist on the traditional Easter Egg Hunt? Celebrate the holiday in Napa, Sonoma Valley, or Sonoma County and hunt for wines you can take home to pair with your Easter candy. Napa Valley Wines to Pair with Pink Peeps & Cadbury Creme Eggs Visit the Napa Valley town of Yountville where you’ll find Domaine Chandon open on Easter Sunday from 10…
  • Cheese Please! A Review of the 2015 Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace

    gina
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Earlier this month Pure Luxury blogged about the 9th annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival. Today we’re following up to share the deliciousness that was found during the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace. The entire weekend, from March 20 - 22, was filled with education, fun, and outstanding cheese pairings. But the Tasting & Marketplace on Sunday, March 22nd from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m was a cheese lover’s dream. Over 90 artisan producers of local cheese, wine, beer, and other specialty foods were gathered under the big tent at Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma. With…
  • Quench Your Thirst for Art in Napa Valley

    gina
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The purpose of art is washing the dust of our daily life off our souls. ~ Pablo Picasso The Arts. Expression fueled by a creative impulse. Seen in a drawing, painting, photograph, or sculpture. Heard in music or during a theatrical performance. Or, tasted in food and wine. Napa Valley dedicates an entire month to celebrating Art in all its forms during Napa Valley Arts in April. The celebration presents an amazing selection of festivities. Some of the festivities include: - art shows - community art collaborations - artists receptions at wineries - acoustic music - photography - watercolor…
  • Treat Yourself to 5 Sonoma County Splurges

    Carey Sweet
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Sometimes, you’ve just got to pamper yourself. Forget the price of admission, and live large with these well-worth-it Wine Country treats: Top Spa: Kenwood Inn & Spa, Kenwood Imagine soaking in a bath of wine, while sipping wine…bliss. At this tiny Mediterranean-style oasis, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, sparkling wine salts, oils and grape elixirs are made with crushed grape seeds and grape skins sourced from Sonoma, the Russian River and Napa. Red wine varietals offer great vitamins, and are high in antioxidant content from the powerful polyphenol called resveratrol, which is known as a…
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  • NIKOLAIHOF Grüner Veltliner, Hefeabzug 2013

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The Nikolaihof 'Hefeabzug', which means aged on the lees or yeast, is a fantastic and classic example of Grüner Veltliner from the Wachau. It displays lovely aromas of citrus, quince, smoke, saline, mineral and lilacs. Very intense with high acidity and great minerality. This is remains focused and pure with great texture and flavor all the way through the bright finish. A great entry into Nikolaihof's brilliant Wines. (Best 2015-2020) - March, 2015 (MD) 92 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: March, 2015  Producer: Nikolaihof Vintage: 2010 Drinking Window: 2015-2022…
  • NIKOLAIHOF Riesling 'Steiner Hund' 2010

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The 2010 Steiner Hund Riesling from Nikolaihof is an absolute brilliant effort. This is an age-worthy white doesn’t even begin to open until after extended hours of air contact. As this unwinds, it releases gorgeous aromas of Asian pear, white peach, clementine, chamomile, honey blossoms, lime, herbal tea and crushed slate, which all slowly begin to take shape. It possesses excellent focus and precision, with a wonderful creamy texture that is cut through with a pretty beam of acidity, taking this wine into the clean, vibrant finish. This Riesling impresses with its beautiful elegance and…
  • NIKOLAIHOF Riesling, Federspiel 'Vom Stein' 2012

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The 2012 Vom Stein Riesling from Nikolaihof is a drop-dead gorgeous wine. As it begins to open beautiful aromas of Asian pear, citrus fruits, lemon oil, white floral notes, green tea, slate and smoky minerals all come together beautifully in this energetic white. This possesses a gorgeous creamy texture that shows lovely balance with bright acidity as it heads into the clean, vibrant finish. As most of Nikolaihof's wines, this is an age-worthy wine that require time before it will hit full-stride.  (Best 2018-2035) - March, 2015 (JD) 94 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: March,…
  • NIKOLAIHOF Grüner Veltliner, Federspiel 'Im Weingebirge' 2013

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The 2013 'Im Weingebirg' Grüner Veltliner from Nikolaihof is very aromatic and classic in style. This Riesling displays aromas of kaffir lime, white peach, lychee, apricot, tart apple, tropical fruit, white pepper and flinty mineral, which all come together beautifully. It shows wonderful purity and focus, with a solid core of citrus, herbal notes and tropical fruit which resonate on the bright finish, where it demonstrates gorgeous acidity, percision and length. This is very accessible now and should be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years. (Best 2015-2022) - March, 2015 (MD) 92 POINTS Wine…
  • LA RIOJA ALTA, S.A. Rioja, Riserva 'Viña Ardanza' 2005

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    The 2005 'Vina Ardanza' is a fantastic blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from the estates 30-year-old plots 'La Cuesta' and 'Montecillo', located in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha comes from ancient vines planted at a 600 meter altitude in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), on plots adjoining 'Finca La Pedriza'. The wine itself opens up with aromas dried blackberries and chrerries followed by vanilla, toasted coconut, spices, fresh mineral and a touch of cedar. It shows excellent structure on the palate, with a gorgeous balance of fruit and acidity backed by silky tannins, which grip…
 
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  • housewives: unfiltered, but not their wine

    grapefriend
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The world has seen their share of wine by the Real Housewives. Most of them are affordably priced and not amazing but some are decently drinkable for the value. Brandi Glanville is the latest to enter the grape scene, but the offering doesn’t get grapefriend’s approval. Not that I’ve even had yet (it’s out next … Continue reading →
  • scandal wine recap: whisky outweighs the wine, eek

    grapefriend
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    It’s My Big Gay Republican Wedding, Scandal-style! That translates to war rooms, evil (and let’s not forget, CRAZY) gay-bashing ex-VPs, and a sneak peek at Mellie the politician just to name a few key parts of this week’s shenanigans. The wedding itself is all a ruse to protect Cy’s reputation but it ends up with … Continue reading →
  • gaga for malbec

    grapefriend
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    I don’t know what you did last night, but Lady Gaga popped this bottle of Malbec for her fiancé: Being Lady Gaga, she could afford to open almost any bottle int he world. But she chose this $18.99 bottle of Alamos Malbec, the most affordable entry from the Catena family in Mendoza, Argentina. This Malbec … Continue reading →
  • crazy champagne and food combos that rock

    grapefriend
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    People think Champagne is for Fancy Times, popping it only with caviar, paté, and wedding toasts. And how often is that? Not very. If those are your only usual excuses to drink Champagne, I’m about to give you a lot more. And ones that will rock your palate. Champagne is an excellent food match – it has beautiful … Continue reading →
  • happy tinkerbell happy hour!

    grapefriend
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    After yesterday’s snow, I’m trying to channel spring as hard as I can. Nothing like something refreshing  Pinot Gris and white tulips to do the job. The Loveblock is packed with ripe yellow pear, baking spices, and a hint of lychee ($22 – get it here so you have it for the first really warm day!). What’s … Continue reading →
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  • Kosher Wine’s Hero

    Lou
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Reviews of the latest releases from the Covenant Winery.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  March 25, 2015   Though relatively late to the fight as a wine producer, one of the heroes of the kosher-wine battle against the entrenched anti-kosher wine bias is Jeff Morgan, owner and winemaker at the Covenant Winery in Berkeley, Calif. Morgan is not only crafting some of the world’s finest wines which just so happen to also be certified kosher, he is doing so essentially with his hands behind his back (as he’s not allowed to touch his non-mevushal…
  • Davids And Goliaths Of Wine

    Lou
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    Review of Abarbanel Batch 22, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and a revisit to Boulard Calvados XO.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week March 4, 20015   In popular and secular terms, the biblical confrontation between David and Goliath is seized upon as a shorthand reference for a hopeful image of the underdog, a contest or battle between a relatively small or weak opponent against a much bigger and much stronger adversary. In the world of kosher wine, this image comes periodically to mind—though obviously minus the inherent violence and explicit…
  • A Particularly Pleasing Wine

    Lou
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Reviews of the Pacifica Evan’s Collection Washington Meritage 2010 and Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  February 27, 2015   Every year the Royal Wine Corp./ Kedem, owned and managed by the Herzog family, the largest producer, importer and distributer of kosher wines and spirits, organizes a huge wine and food tasting in New York. The Kosher Food and Wine Experience, or KFWE, was held earlier this month at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. This event is a fabulous opportunity to sample the…
  • Survey: 40 % Of American Adults Enjoy Drinking Wine

    Lou
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Review of the Black Tulip 2011 and The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  February 27, 2015   A recent survey by the Wine Market Council offers an interesting snapshot of U.S. wine consumption.   It turns out that 40 percent of American adults enjoy drinking wine, with a third of those drinking a glass or two several times a week.  The breakdown showed that 19 percent of those surveyed only drink wine, 19 percent drink wine and liquor but no beer, 20 percent drink wine and beer but no…
  • South African Wine Poised For A Renaissance

    Lou
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Investors bring new techniques, rich flavors to South African wines   By Lou Marmon   Gazette Newspapers  February 24, 2015   South Africa appears poised for wine greatness. This is somewhat surprising since the country’s winemaking industry languished during the 50 plus-years-long international boycott of the apartheid government. The wines made during those decades were uninspiring and meant to be shipped in large bulk containers rather than bottles. After the revocation of apartheid in 1994, South African winemakers had a lot of catching up to do.   They did have…
 
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  • Kirkland Añejo Tequila Review | Drinking at Costco

    sour1382
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Kirkland Añejo Tequila is a fine 100% agave tequila that is one of a three part line of Costco Tequila. Given that Kirkland Bourbon is such a winner, we all thought it would be a good idea to branch out and begin drinking our way through the Costco Tequila offering. Of course, any time anyone goes to drink a lot of tequila, and in this case, a lot of cheap tequila, it is with some wariness. Especially with private label tequila. You don’t even know who makes Kirkland Añejo Tequila. You just trust Costco and drink away. Speaking of Costco, they have a lot to say about their Añejo tequila.
  • Josef Weinberg Radiance Riesling Wine Review | Drinking at Food Lion

    sour1382
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Josef Weinberg Radiance Riesling is the sole exclusive offer from Josef Weinberg available at your local neighborhood Food Lion. That it not to say that it is the only Riesling you can get there. Food Lion has a plethora of Riesling offerings for you. However, even with all those options, you should definitely give Josef Weinberg Radiance Riesling strong consideration if you find yourself at Food Lion and in need of a good sweet Riesling. What does Food Lion tell us about this wine? They say that the, “Josef Weinberg Radiance Riesling is a full bodied wine with a light sweetness balanced…
  • Dan Armor Cidre Brut Review | Drinking at Trader Joes

    sour1382
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
      Dan Armor Cidre Brut is Trader Joe’s major foray into the exploding popularity of hard cider. With this cider resurgence, you better believe that Trader Joe’s wanted to get in on that trend. Speaking of which, I have no idea where this cider trend even came from, but it seems like there is a new cider offering coming out every other day. Trader Joe’s may be the first major grocery store to hop on the bandwagon, but I expect the others to get there soon. Back to Dan Armor Cidre Brut. Trader Joe’s tells us that it, “is made with two ingredents – fresh-pressed apple juice…
  • Liberty Creek Pinot Grigio Wine Review | Drinking at Walgreens

    sour1382
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Liberty Creek Pinot Grigio is a great example of what our Drinking at Walgreens series is all about. Liberty Creek is a line of wines available at your local neighborhood Walgreens in 1.5 liter bottles. Now, in addition to picking up some beauty products, maybe some Nyquil, and getting your photos printed out, you can buy cheap wine in giant bottles. And that, my friends, is why Walgreens is an amazing, magical place. To provide some more insight into the Liberty Creek Pinot Grigio, Walgreens describes this Argentina wine thusly, “Delicately fragrant and mildly floral with light…
  • Manikay Barossa Chardonnay Wine Review | Drinking at Kroger

    sour1382
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    The Manikay Barossa Chardonnay comes to us from the fine folks at Manikay Wines. Manikay Wines are produced in Australia and claim to be inspired by aboriginal music while leveraging generations of winemaking expertise to produce a superior product. They are available exclusively from Kroger and Kroger-owned supermarkets. Kroger tells us that the Manikay Barossa Chardonnay is, “a lovely expression of the varietal, this wine is well composed. The color is pale straw, while the aroma is intense with notes of white florals, ginger, ripe citrus and stone fruits. The palate has an upfront round,…
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  • The IPOB Rejection Letter

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dear Applicant, It is with profound regret that we inform you that your winery has not been selected to become a member of In Pursuit of Balance. Our panel of winemakers, and a world famous and widely admired sommelier, tasted the wines submitted from Splooge Estate and decided they did not meet our standards of balance. We urge you to continue to try to achieve balance in your wines because, basically, that crap you sent, like all of the wines not a part of In Pursuit of Balance, is a crime...
  • It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, MADD World of Pinot Noir--PART THREE

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    World of Pinot Noir isn’t an industry tasting, that is, a tasting that is invite only and aimed at the trade, but a large public tasting. There’s a considerable difference. The large public tastings need “anchors,” just as shopping malls do, to attract the public. Malls have Nordstrom or Macy’s. Pinot Noir tastings have Kosta Browne or Williams Selyem. WOPN had both. The anchors are there to attract consumers who might then also buy something at Radio Shack or B. Dalton books (yeah, I know,...
  • California's Dear Jon Letter

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    O Jon, I guess I knew this day would come. Doesn’t make it any easier. I knew you were unhappy with me, that you were feeling the itch to move on. Did you ever think that itch might be wine business herpes? That you walked around too many vineyards with Red Blotch Virus waving your meat dowser around? Just a joke, Jon. Though I know you were sleeping around, you didn't exactly make a secret of it (you made me a laughing stock, thanks for that) sleeping around with those Natural Wine whores....
  • It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of Pinot Noir--PART TWO

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    My Saturday at World of Pinot Noir began with a pair of wine and food seminars, given the umbrella title “Foodie Frenzy Seminar Pairing.” “Foodie” is one of those words I associate with a poverty of vocabulary and imagination. It sounds like “Groupie,” as though a Foodie is someone who tries to fuck great chefs. A Puckfucker. And a Frenzy was not something I wanted at ten in the morning after a long Friday tasting dozens of Pinot Noirs. Except that I was hungry, and not in the mood to eat a $20...
  • Lo Hai Qu at a Wine Country Bachelorette Party

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    My crazy intern Lo Hai Qu has been driving me nuts asking to publish another post on HoseMaster of Wine™. I told her that I would publish her work if she promised to quit smoking. She told me she’d quit smoking if I’d stop crying every time I watch “SOMM.” (I can’t help it, it’s just so moving, all those brave and talented drunks.) “I’ll swap you butts for holes,” Lo explained. No deal. Lo wore me down, however, and so today’s piece is her doing. Oh, man, here we go again. Me and my girls...
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  • 5 Beer Pairings with Barley’s Angels

    Debbie
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:26 pm
    The Barley’s Angels have taken flight in Poughkeepsie. Yes the Poughkeepsie Chapter has launched and had their first event at Mill House Brewery. For the record, yes I like a good craft beer! What a great way to learn about beer than with a bunch of women.  I asked my friend and former college roomie Eileen to go with me and she brought her daughter too! Truly a “girls night out.” Barley’s Angels is a network of chapters for women exploring beer around the world. Each chapter expands the appreciation and understanding of craft beer among event with craft…
  • Wine Review: Priest Ranch 2009 Petite Sirah

    Debbie
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Set high in the hills above Napa sits Somerston Wine Company. They have over 200 acres planted and the area has cool nights, late morning fog and warm afternoons.  This lends itself to a nice slow ripening at harvest. The eastern part of the property sits Priest Ranch. The history dates back to 1849 when a man named Joshua James Priest gained the title to 638 acres of the Catacula land grant in a section called Soda Valley.  Today Soda Valley is called Priest Ranch. The 2009 Priest Ranch Petite Sirah is 100% Petite Sirah. It has a pretty high alcohol content, clocking in at 15%.
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Flabby

    Debbie
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:28 pm
    The post Wine Word Wednesday: Flabby appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • Markham Cellar 1879 Blend

    Debbie
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Located in St. Helena Markham winery is actually one of the first wineries founded in the Napa Valley.  Founded by Jean Laurent who built the winery in 1874, he was on of the largest producers back in the California wine boom of the 1880’s. One hundred or so years later, Bruce Markham purchased the property and founded Markham Vineyards.  He focused mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon and added Merlot with the 1980 vintage. In 1988 the winery was sold to Mercian Corporation. Today under the direction of Kimberlee Nicholls, Markham is producing award winning wines. Kimberlee’s…
  • Thralls Family Cellars 2013 Chardonnay Antonio Mountain

    Debbie
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    I knew Ed Thralls from the wine blogging community.  He had a blog called “WineTonight,” but we met in person in 2010 when a few of us took a hike in Napa. It was the 3 hour tour. Yes, it turned into a 6 hour hike.    Ed had just relocated to the Napa area from Atlanta to begin following his dream, producing his own wine.  Well, I must say it didn’t take him to long to realize his dream.  Congratulations Ed! I’m real proud of you.   Of course I had to purchase some of his wine and try it. Boy did I like it and can’t wait to taste the…
 
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  • Wine Word Wednesday: Jammy

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    1 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Sun Blocked Out, But Fun Goes On

    Debbie Gioquindo
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Yup, it’s snowing in the spring. Not a lot of it, but it’s there—late March snow. Yet the frozen precip has not prevented a gaggle of New Jersey guys from playing bocce outside the brewery. “We saw an open course, and said, why not give it a shot?” says Ryan Jahnke of Oradell. It’s fitting that he and pal Dave Turner are indulging in winter sports; both are, after all, hockey writers. Dave had been planning this cross-Hudson trip for some time. “I’ve been trying to get them to Captain Lawrence for weeks…months,” he says. “We love craft beer.”Both are enjoying the Smoke…
  • 5 Beer Pairings with Barley's Angels

    Debbie Gioquindo
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    The Barley's Angels have taken flight in Poughkeepsie. Yes the Poughkeepsie Chapter has launched and had their first event at Mill House Brewery.For the record, yes I like a good craft beer! What a great way to learn about beer than with a bunch of women.  I asked my friend and former college roomie Eileen to go with she brought her daughter too! Truly a "girls night out."Barley's Angels is a network of chapters for women exploring beer around the world. Each chapter expands the appreciation and understanding of craft beer among event with craft beer professionals. The organization began…
  • Wine Review: Priest Ranch 2009 Petite Sirah

    Debbie Gioquindo
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    Set high in the hills above Napa sits Somerston Wine Company. They have over 200 acres planted and the area has cool nights, late morning fog and warm afternoons.  This lends itself to a nice slow ripening at harvest. The eastern part of the property sits Priest Ranch. The history dates back to 1849 when a man named Joshua James Priest gained the title to 638 acres of the Catacula land grant in a section called Soda Valley.  Today Soda Valley is called Priest Ranch.The 2009 Priest Ranch Petite Sirah is 100% Petite Sirah. It has a pretty high alcohol content, clocking in at 15%.
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Flabby

    Debbie Gioquindo
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
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  • Georgian wine master class at China's CFDF conducted by Fongyee Walker

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    27.03.2015 (Hvino News). In the course China Food & Drink Fair in Chengdu, China (March 26-28) several Georgian wine master classes were conducted by Chinese wine experts. One of the master classes was given by Fongyee Walker, managing director of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting.About 50 attendees gathered at the Georgian wine master class by Fongyee Walker, who were representatives from trade and media, as well as consumers. It was the first time for most of them to taste Georgian wine and they appreciated the opportunity to learn about this "old but new" wine region.Fongyee…
  • Georgian scientists: Children in wine-drinking families develop more musical and artistic talents

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    01.04.2015 (Hvino News). It is well-known from several medical research reports that moderate wine consumption has many positive health effects. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reported, that in addition to having fewer heart attacks and strokes, moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages (especially wine) are less likely to suffer strokes, diabetes, arthritis, enlarged prostate, several types of cancers, and even Alzheimer's disease. Now, the new data gathered by Georgian scientists reveals that wine consumers have one more scientifically proved evidence in favour…
  • Georgian-EU project will organize two workshops on Georgian wine in Tbilisi

    28 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    28.03.2015 (Hvino News). Georgian-EU project "Promotion of private sector development in the wine sector in Georgia" is a part of the implementation of agreement on "Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area",  signed in June 2014 by European Union and Georgia (read more here). Next week in Tbilisi two workshops will be held within the project's framework: one about the Qvevri Cluster, another on education in the wine sector.The workshops "Development of the Qvevri Wine Value Chain for International Marketing: A Cluster Approach" and "Development of a Wine Education…
  • 10 Georgian wine producers take part in China Food & Drink Fair in Chengdu

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    27.03.2015 (Hvino News). On March 26-28 10 Georgian winemaking companies are participating in China Food & Drink Fair (CFDF) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.The following companies take part in China Food & Drink Fair: Armazi Wines, Bagrationi 1882, Batono,  Kakhuri Wine Cellar, Kindzmarauli Marani, Shalvino, Vaziani, Winery Khareba, Sarajishvili, Shalvino.In the framework of the fair Georgian wine master classes will be conducted by Chinese wine experts Fongyee Walker, Adam Huang and Debra Meiburg.  After CFDF, "Three Cities Roadshow" in the China's cities is planned in the…
  • Winery Khareba and South Africa's organic wine producer in bilateral exchange

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    24.03.2015 (Hvino News). Young winemaker Tornike Chakhvadze from Georgia's Winery Khareba will be spending two months at Stellar Winery, South Africa’s largest organic wine producer and the world leader in the production of no-added-sulphur wines. The cellar is situated at Kys Halte, in the Western Cape Province.An exciting exchange program between South Africa and Republic of Georgia, the first of its kind, began this week with the arrival in Cape Town of Tornike Chakhvadze. The Georgian Ambassador Beka Dvali flew in from Pretoria to meet Tornike. The 2015 harvest is currently…
 
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • Best Wine of March 2015: Adarmando 2012, Tabarrini

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

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Muscat Blanc is among the most ancient and appreciated varieties of history, praised by many authors of the past because of the delicious wines produced with this grape, it is still today one of the most appreciated ones. A grape very common all over Italy, Muscat Blanc is particularly famous in France as well, where it is used for making extraordinary sweet and dry wines, all characterized by a charming aroma of grape.
  • Best Wine of January 2015: Offida Rosso Il Grifone 2008, Tenuta Cocci Grifoni

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Tenuta Cocci Grifoni was established in 1970 by Guido Cocci Grifoni, and right here in this winery has been produced, in 1969, the very first bottle of Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC. Committed to the reevaluation of local white varieties Pecorino e Passerina, this winery from Marches is one of the protagonists of Offida appellation, to which belongs the best wine of January 2015 - Il Grifone 2008 - DiWineTaste five diamonds.
  • The Taste of Wine

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Let's introduce the evaluation of the taste of wine, by understanding the parts making it and how they develop, from basic tastes to tactile sensations. Important role is also played by the contribution of aromas, an important factor making the taste of wine - and of any food - more complex and interesting.
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - Italiano

  • Il Migliore Vino di Marzo 2015: Adarmando 2012, Tabarrini

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

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Il Moscato Bianco è fra le varietà più antiche a apprezzate della storia dell'umanità, decantata da molti autori del passato per i vini deliziosi che con quest'uva si producevano, trova ancora oggi una nutrita schiera di appassionati. Molto diffuso in tutta Italia, il Moscato Bianco è particolarmente celebre anche in Francia dove si producono straordinari vini dolci e secchi, tutti caratterizzati dal suadente profumo d'uva.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Gennaio 2015: Offida Rosso Il Grifone 2008, Tenuta Cocci Grifoni

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Tenuta Cocci Grifoni è stata fondata nel 1970 da Guido Cocci Grifoni, ed è proprio in questa cantina che è stata prodotta, nel 1969, la prima bottiglia della denominazione Rosso Piceno Superiore. Dedita alla riscoperta e alla rivalutazione delle varietà bianche Pecorino e Passerina, questa cantina marchigiana è fra le principali protagoniste della denominazione Offida, alla quale appartiene il migliore vino di Gennaio 2015 - Il Grifone 2008 - cinque diamanti DiWineTaste.
  • Il Gusto del Vino

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Introduciamo la valutazione del gusto del vino, comprendendo le parti che lo compongono e come si sviluppano, dai sapori fondamentali fino alle sensazioni tattili. Ruolo importante è infine svolto dal contributo degli aromi, senza i quali il gusto del vino - e di ogni alimento - sarebbe decisamente meno complesso e interessante.
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    Mad about Madeira

  • New Releases From D’Oliveiras

    Niklas Jorgensen
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
      A few weeks ago, d’Oliveiras released five new Madeira wines. What makes this array something extra is the fact that none of the wines has been released before. When talking to Luís d’Oliveira he especially mentions the rare 1901 Malvazia and it’s pretty easy to understand his excitement. Talk about patience! The other four wines which is now available at Rua Ferreiros 107 are: 1991 Malvazia 1988 Verdelho 1982 Boal 1977 Sercial Tasting impressions to follow in April, at the annual visit. Anyone who already had a chance to taste the quintet? The post New Releases From…
  • The Perfect Madeira Wine Glass

    Niklas Jorgensen
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
      All these years, writing about Madeira wine, and never a mention on what stemware I use. Perhaps I’m slightly excused if telling you it’s been an on-going experiment, or rather, a search for the optimal glass? However, two years ago I finally found it….an aquavit glass. I’ve never been a real stemware fundamentalist – I’ve settled with the copita glass when drinking fortified wines, you know, the glass with a narrow taper. It helps to enhance the bouquet of most fortified wines without allowing the alcohol to shine through and make you sneeze. Well, that’s…
  • D’Oliveiras 1989 Malvazia Colheita – A Best Buy

    Niklas Jorgensen
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:54 am
      Best buys in Madeira? The colheitas for sure. You get a glimpse of a vintage Madeira, the grape character is more evident and you don’t have to ask your better half for permission to buy a bottle. But even if a producer can bottle a colheita already after five years, few do. Most of the wines are around 10 to 15 years when the aging in cask are stopped. But then there’s the guys at Pereira d’Oliveira. Several of their colheitas has aged more than the stipulated 20 years for a vintage, yet they’re not labeled as such. It all comes down to a philosophy of the producer –…
  • Vinhos Barbeito’s 2000 Single Cask 44a Malvasia

    Niklas Jorgensen
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
      And I thought they were all gone! The feeling when realizing you’re still in possession of two bottles of an old favorite is nothing but priceless. But there’s more to the story….   Five years has passed since I last wrote about Vinhos Barbeito’s 2000 Single Cask 44a Malvasia. It’s time again. Last summer, one of the two rediscovered bottles was brought to the annual vacation week at the tiny island of Fårö, north of Gotland, Sweden. Ingmar Bergman used to live here and I can understand his choice. One morning I noted on my Instagram flow that my…
  • 2014; An Odyssey From A-Z

    Niklas Jorgensen
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
      Hello? Anyone? Wine blog to reader, Roger, out. 2014 were, by far, the most inactive year in the history of Wine Virtuosity. The focus was put on Mad about Madeira although the activity hardly impressed there as well. But I did wine travel last year, I did drink the best wine I’ve ever had. And I did write. Just not here. It all comes down to a matter of adaptation. During the first half of 2014 I contributed on a weekly basis for the Swedish online wine site of Vinbanken and during the fall I started writing more lengthy stories for a printed wine magazine, Livets Goda.
 
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    Total Wine & More

  • Join us for the Grand Opening of our Manchester, Connecticut Store!

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

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

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

    totalwineandmore
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Starting March 1, we’re bringing wines from Spain and Portugal to you at your local Total Wine & More location. That’s right, we want to help you discover these wines with tastings, events, savings and more! Our Discover Spain and Portugal events will focus on different regions from each Country. From Spain, we’ll be exploring the Rueda, Ribera Del Duero, and Rioja wine regions. From Portugal, we’ll be showcasing the wines of Vinho Verde and the Douro. One of the stunning vineyards in the Ribera del Duero wine region of Spain We’ll be…
  • Open that Bottle Night: Get Your Corkscrew Ready!

    totalwineandmore
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    We’ve all got that one wine bottle. You know the one. Maybe it’s on the pricey side, but it’s that one bottle that you bought for a “special occasion” to celebrate or commemorate. Yet somehow that occasion has passed by, or possibly it hasn’t even presented itself yet. We’re here to tell you – it’s time to stop holding on. Break out that significant bottle and enjoy it! No Jess. We’re pretty sure that’s not the one. This Saturday (2/28/2015) is finally the day to uncork, swirl and sip. The last Saturday in February is known…
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    Amateur Wine » Amateur Wine

  • #HOTGV: On fine teas with Jameel Lalani

    Qin Xie
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    It’s been a little over a month since the first episode of Heard on the Grape Vine went out and we’ve had great feedback – so thank you! If you’ve enjoyed the first episode, don’t forget to subscribe. Oh yes, and we’re also up on iTunes now so you can subscribe there too —> #HOTGV on iTunes <— On fine teas with Jameel Lalani For this second episode, we’ve gone zero alcohol. I met with Jameel Lalani, the founder of Lalani & Co, specialists in single batch teas, to discuss the world of fine teas. The first time we met was perhaps…
  • Quinta do Seixo, Cima-Corgo

    Qin Xie
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley series Quinta do Seixo (pronounced Saycho) is perhaps more readily recognisable as the winery where Sandeman port is produced. It’s owned by Sogrape Vinhas, the same parent company which owns Mateus. Knowing this, I think, contributed towards the corporate feel of the Quinta. Incredibly well organised and decorated, it’s very much geared to receiving a large number of visitors. Case in point, three or four coaches, filled with Douro cruise visitors, made their way up the winding road, through the vineyards, to the…
  • Côtes du Rhône Google Hangout: When wine goes high tech

    Qin Xie
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    For a drink that’s been much the same for thousands of years, wine, or at least how it’s consumed, has become increasingly high tech in the last few years. For instance, this website lives entirely in the digital age. As well as numerous images, the recently launched Heard on the Grape Vine podcast makes sure that there’s a good multimedia mix. Amateur Wine is plugged into social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. And then there’s apps like Vivino… All of this digital talk can feel a bit lonesome (and no one wants to drink on their own), until a…
  • Quinta do Tedo, Folgosa

    Qin Xie
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley series Quinta do Tedo rests on the converging point of the river Tedo and the river Douro; a picturesque little winery owned by Vincent Bouchard. Bouchard, some might recognise, as in Bouchard Pere et Fils in Burgundy. While the owner might be French, the winemaking is very much traditional. The grapes produced on the 14 hectare estate, entirely red and harvested with the help of horses, are foot trodden and fermented in the lagare before resting and being fortified in concrete tanks. We tried a small selection of their dry wines…
  • #HOTGV: On whisky with Sir Colin Hampden White

    Qin Xie
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:44 am
    #HOTGV? What could this be? Why it’s a new drinks podcast, which, in long form, spells out Heard on the Grape Vine. Heard on the Grape Vine, or #HOTGV Heard on the Grape Vine will, I hope, be the audio version of Amateur Wine in that it seeks to both entertain and educate the amateur wine lover who wants to learn more. Although primarily focused on wine, it will also feature spirits and other drinks. If you think you’ll already love it, subcribe here: On whisky with Sir Colin Hampden White For this first podcast, I was joined by Sir Colin Hampden White, the launch editor of…
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    12x75 Wine Blog

  • Welcome To Wine Country

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

    Guest Blogger
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:14 am
    By Anna Scott   Type ‘wine comeback’ into your favourite search engine and see how many pages of results come up (clue: it’s quite a few). A quick glance at this information might lead you to deduce that pretty much everything and anything in the world of wine has made a ‘comeback’ at some time […]The Comeback Kids is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post The Comeback Kids appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:Some Precarious Wine Predictions for 2015 Crap wine, plebs, snobbery and the whole class debate – sorted Who should be the new face of…
  • First #7wordwinereview Dinner of 2015

    Vim
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:53 am
    (#7wwr Dinner – Cocomomo Holborn – Thursday, 26/02) – Cost of the Event is £25   12×75 is pleased to announce our first dinner of 2015. If you are looking for an evening of unpretentious fun with good food, great wine and even better company, then the #7wordwinereview dinners could be right up your street. In […]First #7wordwinereview Dinner of 2015 is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post First #7wordwinereview Dinner of 2015 appeared first on 12x75 Wine Blog.Related posts:Some Precarious Wine Predictions for 2015 Marmite wines…
 
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    Fareham Wine Cellar Blog

  • Rubis Chocolate Wine Liqueur

    fwcadmin
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    Rubis Chocolate Wine Liqueur Rubis Chocolate Wine – For serious chocoholics only! An eccentric drink that shouldn’t work, but it does! What’s in a name? First of all I should say that this is not actually a wine. Rubis Chocolate is actually a blend of fortified Tempranillo wine and premium chocolate essence flavourings, so I think the best description for it is probably Rubis Chocolate liqueur. However, a liqueur is usually made by adding flavourings (herbs, spices, fruits etc.) to a spirit and this is a fortified wine with flavourings added, so I am going to go with the…
  • Valentine’s Day

    fwcadmin
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    Valentine’s Day #valentinesvino This year Hatch Mansfield ran a Valentine’s Day competition for the wine shop with the best looking Valentine’s Day window. This was a competition for the followers of @HatchMansfield on Twitter. We thought we would enter. So, armed with some various Rosé wines and some card hearts, fashioned by my colleague’s daughter, to dangle from the ceiling and some heart-shaped sequins we came up with this. All there was to do then was to take a picture and get tweeting using the hashtag #valentinesvino. Hard to capture the amazingness of our…
  • Louis Latour Agencies

    fwcadmin
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    Louis Latour Agencies 25th Anniversary Portfolio Tasting Wednesday 4th February 2015 @ The Hospital Club Louis Latour Agencies is the UK subsidiary of one of the one of the best known producers of Burgundy, Maison Louis Latour. The Louis Latour Agency business was founded in 1990 purely as a company for selling Louis Latour’s Burgundies to the UK wine market. Other producers, first from France, and also from New Zealand, Chile, South Africa and Australia have gradually been added to the portfolio of wines they represent. These include Simonnet-Febvre in Chablis which was acquired by…
  • Frizzante Prosecco

    fwcadmin
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Frizzante Prosecco Villa Domiziano Prosecco Corda At Fareham Wine Cellar we sell Villa Domiziano Prosecco Corda a frizzante Prosecco sealed with a normal cork and secured a bit of string. I quite often get asked questions by customers wanting to know what frizzante Prosecco is and what spago means. Put simply a frizzante Prosecco is semi-sparkling wine – the wine is bottled at a lower pressure than fully sparkling wines. Therefore, traditionally, the bottle would be sealed with a normal cork, secured with a bit of string – the Corda or Spago (these both mean string in Italian).
  • Glenmorangie Tusail

    fwcadmin
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    Glenmorangie Tusail The Latest Glenmorangie Private Edition No. 6 Has Arrived Glenmorangie Tusail follows hot on the heels of last years Glenmorangie Companta. The means that the list of Private Edition releases now looks like this, Sonnalta PX – finished in old Pedro Ximenez (dessert) Sherry casks Artein – finished in ex- Sassicaia casks (one of the first Super-Tuscans) Finealta – a recreation of the Glenmorangie blend from the early 1900s with a small amount of peated malt Ealanta – a 19 Year Old whisky aged in virgin American white oak casks sourced from trees grown in the Mark…
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    Great Northwest Wine

  • Red wines shine in 3rd Great Northwest Wine Competition

    Great Northwest Wine
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    More than 20 wine professionals evaluated 1,204 wines at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Darlene Hildebrandt/Digital Photo Mentor) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Red wines proved their worth at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition. More than 100 red wines earned gold or double gold medal at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition, which drew more than 1,200 entries from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. The professional wine judges awarded a gold medal when a majority deemed the wines among the best. A double gold medal…
  • Thurston Wolfe 2012 Howling Wolfe Zinfandel, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

    Great Northwest Wine
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Prosser winemaker/viticulturalist Wade Wolfe continues to set the bar for Zinfandel in Washington state, and this marks his 12th bottling from Zephyr Ridge Vineyard along the Columbia River near Paterson. (It also ranks as one of the largest productions of Zin in the Northwest.) The nose is full of black cherry pie and plum with hints of black olive, toasted oak, candied ginger and green peppercorns. A smooth entry carries along more cherry and plum flavors, joined by vanilla and Red Vines licorice. Pleasing acidity and a diminished alcohol profile make for a velvety, long and dry finish…
  • WildAire Cellars 2012 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $45

    Great Northwest Wine
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    North Carolina product Matt Driscoll, a product of Chemeketa Community College’s Northwest Viticulture Center, has turned three barrel’s worth of Block 25 Shea Vineyard fruit into a marvelously suave wine. He also provides an interesting contrast between the 2011 and 2012 vintages, bringing in this lot of Wadenswil clone berries on Oct. 9 — more than two weeks earlier than in 2011. In this instance, his traditional 10-month regimen of 33% new St. Martin barrels from France offers aromas of dark plum and cherry with fanciful hints of brown sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cherry tomato…
  • Luminous Hills 2012 Lux Estate Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $42

    Great Northwest Wine
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Seven of Hearts vintner Byron Dooley created this high-tier brand to showcase his LIVE certified and Salmon-Safe estate vineyard in the southwest portion of the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area. His clonal blend of 777 in Jory soil and Pommard in sedimentary soil unveils aromas of President plum, rhubarb compote, cocoa, lilac, fresh bay leaf, baking spices and a hint of minerality. The choice of whole-cluster fermentation creates a smooth entry of cherry pie and strawberry-rhubarb jam, backed by a supple midpalate of red plum and red currant. Blueberry acidity and bittersweet…
  • Top wines from 3rd Great Northwest Wine Competition

    Great Northwest Wine
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., was the site of the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – The third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition is in the books, and it was one for the record books. The competition, which took place March 25-26 at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, drew 1,204 wines, the largest judging of Pacific Northwest ever. Twenty-two wine professionals spent two days evaluating the wines under blind conditions – meaning they did not know who made the wine or the price, but they…
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    Latest blog entries

  • New Benefits in 2015 for Cellar Rat Club Members!

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    We'd like to say "THANK YOU" to our great supporters! Our Cellar Rats buy at least a case of wine in a calendar year and we know that with so many choices for great wine, this is a big deal. So, a little recognition is in order!   In addition to the existing benefits our Cellar Rats enjoy (discounts, free tastings, special opportunities), you'll now receive a Cellar Rat Wine Glass* and some additional perks! When you sport your stemless, shatterproof Cellar Rats goVino® Wine Glass... At the Winery in Kirkland: add a Reserve Taste to your tasting line-up (already free for…
  • Chocolate Lovers! April Chocolate and Wine Pairing

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
     Sign up soon for this VERY POPULAR event!   We use the amazing hand-made truffles from Brugge Chocolates in Redmond, and pair 6 of them with 6 of our wines.   Susan Walukiewicz, owner of Brugge Chocolates, will be on hand to answer your most pressing chocolate questions.   For only $30, you get the tasting of 6 wines and 6 chocolates, a box of the 6 chocolates to take home, and $15 credit towards wine purchase. Your tasting will likely take about 45-60 minutes.  SWEET DEAL!         When: Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 1-4pm Where: Northwest Cellars…
 
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    Vinos Ambiz, SL (Terroir-expressing, natural wines (Sierra de Gredos, Spain)

  • Pruning Update – March 2015

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

    Fabio
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    I’m just back from an absolutely incredibly awesome 2-day tasting event in Paris. It was organized by Thierry Puzelat, who in addition to being a natural wine producer based in the Loire, also imports and distributes foreign wines in France.Here’s a list of the winemakers who came (here). Anyone who knows their natural wines will recognize some impressive names there, and I felt overwhelmed and honoured to be invited along with them. For me, this invitation to participate in the fair (called “Deguestation”) and have my own table to pour my wines, was the final affirmation that I…
  • How on earth did I manage to achieve all that?

    Fabio
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    It's been a long time since my last post, and such a lot has lot has happened; so much in fact that I haven't had any time to write any posts on this blog!That's probably a good thing though, all things considered, as after all, my 'core activities' (as it were) are growing grapes, making wine, and marketing and selling said wine; not writing a blog.  On the other hand though, one could consider writing this blog as part of my marketing!  I suppose it is, really, even though I like doing it just for its own sake.There's a lot of information in this blog (especially in the "Pages"…
  • Some Thoughts and Comments and Feedback on my Recent Natural Wine Tasting

    Fabio
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    I got a lot of good feedback from the people who came to the tasting of my new wines the other night at the Petit Bistrot. There were not many of us there which was a good thing as I could circulate and chat to the different groups, who didn't really know each other.It was quite an informal affair as far as tastings go. The normal procedure seems to be to set up a sort of 'high table' or stage with the speaker speaking at an audience who are all sitting facing him or her. But in this case we were all just standing around in groups in a restaurant which, being a weekday, was empty apart from…
  • Tasting Presentation of Six (6) Natural Wines

    Fabio
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    PROXIMAMENTE - Cata de Nuevos Vinos de Vinos Ambiz:COMING SOON - A Tasting of New Wines by Vinos AmbizCuando - El jueves 22 de eneroWhen - this Thursday 22 of JanuaryA qué hora - a partir de las 20:30At what time - starting at 20:30Donde - en el Petit Bistrot, c/Principe de Vergara, 210Where - at the Petit Bistrot, c/Principe de Vergara, 210, MadridQué vinos:What wines:3 blancos/whites 2014 (Airén, Albillo, Doré)1 naranja/orange 2104 (Sauvignon blanc)2 tintos/reds 2013 (Garnacha, Tempranillo)Hay que reservar: 91-426-7405Booking required: 91-426-7405Qué más - charla informativa…
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • Sparkling Wines and Hopland Passport Events: More Reasons to Visit Mendocino County

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

    CraigTG
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Cured Snapper with Green Bell Pepper Gelée (paired with Sauvignon Blanc at bASH 2014) If you’re free on Saturday, April 18, you should go here now to purchase tickets for bASH 2015an annual food and wine event from Appellation St. HelenaWhat is bASH? Well, it’s a popular spectacle showcasing the Napa Valley community with over 35 premium wineries joining forces with local culinary talent between 6 pm and 8:30 pm.  More than just a wine tasting event, it’s a delightfully fun food and wine pairing competition where your votes help select the ultimate winners (and believe us, the…
  • Finding New Favorites: Recommendations from the 2015 World of Pinot Noir

    CraigTG
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Bacara Resort & Spa We had a wonderful time at the 15th annual World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) earlier this month, enjoying copious amounts of high quality Pinot Noirs enhanced by delicious food and classic Southern California weather. Pinot Noir producers and lovers from around the world converged at the beautiful Bacara Resort & Spa for the weekend’s stellar lineup of seminars, tasting sessions, luncheons and winemaker dinners in Santa Barbara. For us, the highlight is always attending the “Pinot Noir by the Sea” Grand Tastings showcasing over 200 wineries from around the…
  • Awesome Party, Great Cause: Taste of the Nation San Francisco

    CraigTG
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Foodies and funseekers still have ten days left to finalize their travel plans to attend Taste of the Nation San Francisco and enjoy scrumptious tastes from popular local chefs such as Michael Tusk, Nancy Oakes and Jennifer Puccio. This delightful fundraiser will feature the Bay Area’s best chefs, vintners, brewers and mixologists coming together to support Share Our Strength’s goal of ending childhood hunger in the United States. Michael Tusk, Chef Chair Quince and Cotogna Chef Michael Tusk is returning as the Chef Chair again this year, leading the culinary charge.  With about 100…
  • Celebrating Cabernet: 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Events

    CraigTG
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    If you’re trying to factor your love of Cabernet Sauvignon into your future travel plans, we’re here to help. You’ll find a list below of 20 Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Tastings and Festivals in 2015 including food and wine events, walk-around tasting experiences and passport-style drive-around opportunities. There are even a few weekend-long celebrations. Not all of these events are exclusive to Cabernet Sauvignon, but that varietal will have at least a predominant presence at the events listed. With destinations including Los Angeles, Napa Valley, Paso Robles and the Santa Cruz…
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    VinePair » Wine, Beer And Spirits Articles

  • 7 Spices You Need To Be Adding To Your Booze

    Aliza Kellerman
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Savory cocktails have been all the rage lately. Some restaurants are even taking it to the extreme, making cocktails with beef broth. While it may seem strange to add vegetal or salty elements to your drinks, herbs can actually give your cocktail a delicious, full flavor that makes it seem more like a meal than a drink. So we picked out seven of our favorite spices that you should definitely be adding to your drinks. The best part? You probably already have all of these in your spice rack. Rosemary Rosemary is a zesty, aromatic spice that’s often used in steak and poultry recipes. Because…
  • The First Foreign Grape In America Has Ties To Communion

    Adam Teeter
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    American wine has always had ties to the old world. While the country does have a few indigenous grapes that have seen their fame come and go, for the most part, great American wine is made from grapes that didn’t originally grow on this continent. And while we’d like to think that the first grapes brought to the U.S. to make wine were the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay that we’ve grown to love, in fact it was a grape that has all but faded from our memory, though at the time, despite the fact that the wine it made didn’t taste that great, it was a vital part of American…
  • MAP: The Top 50 U.S. Craft Breweries In 2014

    Joshua Malin
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    America’s top 50 craft breweries for 2014 have been revealed and the results are fascinating. Explore our map of all the ranking breweries (including 2013 ranks for comparison) — and then read our favorite facts and findings below. The Brewers Association, who collect this data every year, offered us some insights into the big changes to this year’s list, starting with this year’s new top ranking brewer, Yuengling! Click the map to see a full size version! Interesting Facts About America’s Top 50 Craft Breweries The biggest upset is a new arrival, D. G.
  • Ditch The Foam Fingers & Root For Your Final Four Team With A Celebratory Drink

    Aliza Kellerman
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    March Madness is wrapping up, and now is the time to root hardcore for your team. Wearing college colors is all fine and well, but the best way to show support for your team is to rep your state by drinking loyally and locally. Don’t worry, here at VinePair, we’re equal opportunists, so we’ve given you an option no matter which team you’re rooting for. If you’re a Duke Blue Devil… …have a Carver Lager We happen to think North Carolina is a spectacular place to drink, and this lager proves why. Brewed in Durham and and named after famed botanist George Washington Carver,…
  • 7 Kosher-For-Passover Wines That Are Actually Delicious

    Aliza Kellerman
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Like many aspects of Jewish cuisine, kosher wine is often misunderstood. While there are wines that fall into the stereotypical ultra-sweet category, kosher wines have experienced a bit of a renaissance lately, and there are now plenty of yummy ones to choose from. With Passover around the corner, you want to make sure you choose quality kosher. So we’ve selected seven wines that would make your Manischewitz-swigging bubby say “oy!” First of all, let’s establish a bit of terminology. Kosher wines are either mevushal or non-mevushal. Mevushal wines are flash-boiled, while non-mevushal…
 
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    Jameson Fink

  • Smoking Meat and Pairing Wine: BBQ Podcast II

    Jameson Fink
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    NBD, just hanging with my friend Sean as he gets prepared to pull some pork with an intimidating-looking cordless drill attachment. It’s time to talk BBQ again via my Wine Without Worry podcast. I’m smoking meats and drinking wine with my Portland (Oregon) pals, Sean Martin and Mary Cressler. They are a husband-and-wife duo with a passion for BBQ, always accompanied by some surprising wines. It’s an eye and palate-opening experience for a style of cooking that can be pigeonholed to favor over-the-top fare paired with brawny bottles of red. (Think sweetly sauced,…
  • Fer Servadou For Certain: A Unique Red Wine Grape

    Jameson Fink
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Jeez, I’ve been on a roll with the obscure grapes, huh? If you liked hearing about Romorantin (who doesn’t?!?) but were hoping to discover something in a red also from France, get ready to be excited. As part of the Happy Dance Wine Club (real name) I received a bottle of 2012 Domaine Plageoles Braucol from the little-known Gaillac region. I went to the website of the importer, Jenny & Francois Selections, to learn a little more. Like, uh, where is Gaillac? It’s here: The Grape? It’s Fer Servadou. (Known locally in Gaillac as Bracoul, which you’ll…
  • Weekend Wine Links: Corison Cabernet, Port Tongs, and Stray Cats

    Jameson Fink
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Pour yourself a glass and get up to speed on what’s caught my eye in the world of wine. Happy reading and drinking! One of the best wines I’ve had in the last few years was 2001 Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard. (Out of magnum, no less!) If you’re ever in St. Helena, make an appointment to visit. In the meantime, read this great profile: Thank you @EricAsimov. You capture @cathycorison and the essence of her winemaking beautifully. @nytfood http://t.co/RiCGcpMbFZ — Corison Winery (@corisonwinery) March 19, 2015 I could link to Eater, but why not embed this…
  • Loire Valley White Wines: Underappreciated Regions

    Jameson Fink
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    I love all things Loire Valley, but especially the white wines. From Muscadet to Sancerre and everything in between (hello, Vouvray!), it’s a part of the wine world where I first discovered my inner wine geek. But are there area of this special spot in France that could use a little more love? Absolutely! Let’s dive in: First up is tiny Cour-Cheverny; you can see it hiding above Touraine. I don’t blame you for not being familiar with it. Cour-Cheverny is a recent addition to the Loire Valley wine map, becoming fully legit as a sanctioned region in 1991. And the grape? Well I…
  • Get to Know Cabernet Franc at Taste Washington

    Jameson Fink
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    How do you survive and thrive at an event like Taste Washington, happening this weekend (Saturday and Sunday…but there are also events Thursday and Friday) in Seattle? (BTW I’ll be there Saturday, sporting a media pass.) You walk in the door with a well-thought out plan of attack. Can you taste everything? No. Should you try? Not really. Here’s something I’ve been kicking around and I’m going to share it with you: Focus on getting to know one grape really well. (Hat-tip to my friend and Master Sommelier, Fred Dexheimer) And not the usual suspects like Cabernet…
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    Vegas Wineaux

  • Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend Zinposium!

    Vegas Wineaux
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    While once the wines were big, jammy, fruit-forward, and alcoholic, they now have added layers of complexity and maturity which was almost unheard of a decade ago.
  • Changing of the Guard – Hug Cellars

    Vegas Wineaux
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    It's an end of one era, but the beginning of something just as great.
  • Brew’s Best Festival – Revisiting

    Vegas Wineaux
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I took pictures of the beer booths, the food booths, Town Square, and The Strip as I drove home. Yeah, I'm lucky. I get it. Don't hate me because I'm Vegas.
  • Visiting Southern Nevada Wine Country

    Vegas Wineaux
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:28 pm
    This past Sunday I spent several hours touring and tasting at half the wineries in Nevada. Both of them.
  • “The Press” and Nevada Wine Laws – a Rant

    Vegas Wineaux
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:06 pm
    The title alone told me that it was a story written for effect rather than for accuracy. The title, Winery expansion bill pits big counties against rurals couldn’t be further from the truth.
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    Wine School of Philadelphia

  • Upcoming Classes

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

    Keith S Wallace
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Wine Ratings These are the highest rated and best values currently available in the PLCB system. All wines are currently available in Philadelphia & it’s suburbs. Clos du Val 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley (Cali) For 40 years, this vineyard in the valley has been bottling top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon, and their mature craftsmanship shows. The same winemaking finesse shows in this bottle, too, so it’s surprising that this is only their second vintage of Sauvignon Blanc.  Pineapple, guava and wet grass aromas kick things off. A slick of mineral that turns into a range of…
  • Snow Day Makeup

    Keith S Wallace
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Snow Day Makeup. The last day of Advanced France (South) was snowed out. The makeup day for this class is Thursday, April 9th. The date is during Passover, so if anyone cannot attend due to religious reasons, please let me know.   The post Snow Day Makeup appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Bootlegger’s Bible (Cocktail Recipes)

    Keith S Wallace
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    French 75 1 ounce Gin 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/3 ounce whiskey sugar syrup ice cubes 1 1/2 ounces sparkling wine The drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. Felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun Winter Punch Available Fruit, White Rum, Pineapple Juice, Habanero Shrub Tuxedo #2 2 ounces Plymouth Gin 3/4 ounces Dolin Dry Vermouth 1/4 ounces Luxardo Maraschino 2 dashes Orange Bitters absinthe rinse The Tuxedo Cocktail comes from Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual of 1882. Swap out Dry Gin for Old Tom. Highball 1 ounce Aged Rum 2 ounces Ginger…
  • Snow Day! Classes Cancelled for Saturday, February 21st

    Keith S Wallace
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Hi, We’re sorry to announce that we have to cancel all classes scheduled for Saturday, February 21st due to the forecast for significant amounts of snow in the Philadelphia area. We will be sending out reschedule codes in the next few days, in the same amount of your purchase, so that you may select a new class at your convenience. The code will never expire and may be used for any class listed on www.vinology.com. Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience, but we wish for all our students to be safe on the roadways. We do hope to see you at the Wine School soon! The post Snow Day!
 
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    The Drync.com Wine Blog

  • Drync 3.0 How-To: A User’s Guide

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

    Marketing Manager
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:43 am
    Is it us, or did a LOT of the celebrities at the 2015 Oscars wear dresses that looked exactly like a glass of Champagne? Maybe we are just thirsty, but check out these Champagnes that we paired with a few of our favorite celebs’ gowns and let us know if you agree!     Jennifer Aniston – 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millesime Brut Champagne. This tete de cuvée was the official wine of the 2015 Oscars. Like Jennifer’s dress, this bubbly drink is nicely layered and delicate; however, the dress is brand new, and the Champagne is a good 13 years old!   Oprah Winfrey –…
  • How to Taste a Glass of Wine

    Marketing Manager
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Wine tasting: beloved by some as an art form, loathed by some that consider it to be total nonsense. While we agree that it can, like any innocent fun activity, be taken to extremes, learning how to properly taste a glass of wine properly is easy, fun, and goes a long way in terms of helping you find even more wines to enjoy. Here are the 4 easy steps to have you tasting wine like a seasoned veteran in the meantime. Pro-tip: Use this guide to help write tasting notes for the wines that you try. This is a great opportunity to update the wines in your cellar as well. 1. See You’ve…
  • 6 Amazing Tasting Notes from Drync Users

    Marketing Manager
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Writing tasting notes can seem like just so much work when you’re enjoying your wine. However, it is worth taking the time to jot down your thoughts on your sips, for a number of reasons. Taking the time to assess the sights, scents, and sensations with the wines that you love, or don’t love, will allow you to identify what you want from a wine. Taking notes is a great way to actively remember what you are drinking. Also making notes about where and with whom you enjoyed a bottle will make it even easier to remember. Drync makes it easy to track all of this info in one place. And…
  • February Hot 100 – The Most Popular Wines in the Drync Mobile Community

    Marketing Manager
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Time to turn to thoughts of love…. wines that our users love that is. That’s right – it’s time for this month’s Hot 100 – the most popular wines as selected by the members of the Drync mobile community. You can learn more about the selection process here. So what are you guys really excited about this month? A frequent visitor to the top 5, Apothic Red breaks into the number 1 position this month. Jeez, you guys simply cannot get enough of this bold, sumptuous red. This month’s biggest mover and shaker is the…
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    Wine & Spirits.com

  • Bacardi Rum’s New Look

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    April 1, 2015 – When you are 153 years old, it’s time for a facelift!  Returning to its youth, Bacardi has revamped the packaging for its world-famous rum borrowing details from El Edificio Bacardi, the brand’s former sales office and iconic bar in Havana, Cuba. Heavily influenced by Art Deco style, the new bottle design reflects the brand’s unique heritage and provenance, although its timeless quality ensures it looks just as good in some of the world’s finest bars today as it did in the 1920’s.  It launches this month across the U.S.   Details matter. The new bottle was…
  • Craft Brewing Trendy in the South

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    March 30, 2015 – Craft beer stories emanate from both coasts, the mid-west and Texas.  Now the southern states are catching up.  Fifteen years ago Diamond Bear brewery opened in Arkansas and it was a struggle.  It won awards but failed to break even most of those years.  After all, in Arkansas they drank Bud and Busch.  Now there are 20 breweries in the state with most of the growth coming since 2011.   Other southern states are riding the wave with Arkansas.  According to CNBC, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina nearly all saw 20 percent…
  • Cleveland Cavaliers and Brewery Collaborate

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    March 30, 2015 – In a professional sports team first, The Brew Kettle brewery of Strongsville, Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers have come together with a special beer named for the team’s tagline “All For One”.  The beer is a session IPA or India Pale Ale.  “Sessionable” beer typically refers to lower-alcohol ales, so drinkers can have a few one in one session.  The alcohol is 4.75 in this brew.   The beer debuted last Wednesday at The Brew Kettle and made its first appearance at the Quicken Loans Stadium March 29 when the Cavaliers hosted Philadelphia.  It will be…
  • Drinking and Liver Cancer: Good News and Bad News

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    March 30, 2015 –The bad news first:  Three or more alcoholic drinks a day significantly increase the risk of liver cancer according to research published by the London-based World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).  The good news:  Drinking coffee daily helps to reduce the incidence of liver cancer for daily drinkers of alcohol.   The WCRF analyzed 34 scientific studies that had collected data from more than eight million men and women and 24,600 cases of liver cancer.  Researchers don’t know why, but say there is strong evidence that coffee consumption protects people, even heavy…
  • Oculto Tequila Barrel-Aged Lager

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    March 27, 2015 – Anheuser-Busch’s Oculto Tequila Barrel-Aged Lager is now available across the country.  Besides aging in tequila barrels, the beer is also infused with blue agave.  The emphasis seems to be more on the packaging than the flavor.  The bottle is embedded with hidden messages and a skull whose eyes appear when cold.  We’ve yet to try it but the Beer Review Crew did on a YouTube video and said it was the worst beer in the world, so maybe we won’t.  Perhaps that’s why the company describes it as a “late night beer”.  You have to be half asleep or smacked to…
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    The Riviera Grapevine

  • Five Lesser-Known Provence Wine Appellations

    Chrissie
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Last week we went on a road trip, down past the Camargue and the coastal towns of Sète and Marseillan,… The post Five Lesser-Known Provence Wine Appellations appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • On the Search for Tradition in the Modern Nice Carnival

    Chrissie
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:05 am
    February is synonymous with more than one big event; Valentine’s Day, the Oscars, Six Nations Rugby, and, if you live… The post On the Search for Tradition in the Modern Nice Carnival appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Upcoming Event: Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants

    Chrissie
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:57 pm
    & Five Tips to Make the Most of It The Acropolis is the place to be this weekend! The… The post Upcoming Event: Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • An Extreme Wine Experience in the Heart of Provence

    Chrissie
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    Most of us love the idea of learning more about wine. Even the smallest bit of wine knowledge impresses;… The post An Extreme Wine Experience in the Heart of Provence appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Three Things I Love About Nice

    Chrissie
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    I got back to Europe from Australia this morning. As usually happens when I go home to Sydney, people (especially those who I don’t know… The post Three Things I Love About Nice appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
 
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    WineMind.com - Wine Club Reviews

  • Arsenic in Wine? Ruh Roh!

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

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

    Paul
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Who doesn’t love a good wine joke or a funny wine GIF? If you are a wine drinker like me, some of these, well, MOST of these should hit right at home, haha!
  • Regifting a Bottle of Wine – Is It Ever Okay?

    Paul
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Nothing is more classic of a gift than a nice bottle of wine. But what if you don’t drink? Or it’s just not the type of wine you are into? Well, well, well, you’re a in quite the predicament. Um…well…maybe…you could…ahem…re-gift the wine…YEP, I SAID IT. RE-GIFT!!If you are thinking about re-gifting a bottle of wine, I say the hell with it! Go for it baby! BUT WAIT. Before you go all crazy passing out regifted bottled of vino, you need to follow a few simple rules so you don’t get caught.Rule #1TRIPLE CHECK to make sure the person who…
  • Drinking Too Much Wine – How Much is TOO Much?

    Paul
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Yep, we’ve all done it, drank TOO much wine. But how much is too much? A headache in the morning might not mean you have too much, but if you find yourself knocking out a bottle a night, you might need to pump the brakes.HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?Well, the American Heart Association says men should have not have more than 2 drinks a day, while women should not have more then 1 drink a day. But we all know that one drink is often not going to happen, especially when out with friends or at a social gathering. A few drinks is much more likely. But, if you do like to have 3, 5, or more drinks,…
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    Today's Wine - Tasting Notes and Tips

  • Tasting Notes: Alvaro Castro 'DAC' Encruzado, Dao DOC 2011

    John Neimann
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Castro's elegant Encruzado is creamy and rich with flavors of poached pear and grapefruit pulp. There's a talc-like feel to the acidity, corralling the fruit into a soft, round texture that will appeal to Chardonnay drinkers. Álvaro Castro is the leading producer in Portugal’s Dão region. He began life as a civil engineer, but when he inherited his property in 1980, he began to devote himself to the craft of making wine.Thirty years later, his wines express elegance, finesse, and terroir, while we works to keep alcohol levels under 13.5 percent, preferring a more subtle, balanced wine. …
  • Tasting Notes: Jean-Francois Merieau Touraine Les Hexagonales Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    John Neimann
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Crisp and delicious with melon and tropical notes on the nose. High cut and bright on the palate with hints of flint and mineral. This Sauvignon Blanc rivals many of the great Sancerre wines being produced today and at half the price. A tremendous value. It is produced from young vine Sauvignon Blanc planted on limestone and granitic soils. Some of the bottling comes from estate fruit and some from land owned by others.Buy French wine online at the Today's Wine online wine shop for your wine party or any celebration. Great wine deals on online wines everyday.
  • Tasting Notes: Poggio Alle Sughere Sangiovese Toscana IGT 2008

    John Neimann
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Ample bouquet, hints of ripe cherries, strong and bold. A medium-bodied wine that in addition to cherry aromas it has hints of nuttiness and nuances of cassis, cranberry and forest fruit with firm, dry tannins on the palate and finishes in an easy-drinking but crisp style.  Food pairings: meats, fish, pasta and rice dishes. Lionello Marchesi is the owner of Poggio alle Sughere in the Maremma area, which makes contemporary Sangiovese-based wines destined for the U.S. market. He began purchasing the estates in 1994 and has steadily improved both the vineyards and the technology in the…
  • Tasting Notes: Meerlust Chardonnay, Stellenbosch 2010

    John Neimann
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with quince, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is full bodied and generous, but still balanced by crisp acidity.  Food pairing: it will complement fine food - grilled fish, white and red meat and benefit from further aging.   This wine, classic in style, was grown and produced on the historic Meerlust Estate which has been owned by the Myburgh family for eight generations.  This was barrel fermented in 60% new, 40% 2nd fill French…
  • Tasting Notes: San Felice Rosso Di Montalcino 2011

    John Neimann
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Ruby red in appearance, with aromas of dark cherry and blackberry over suggestions of pungent cedarwood, well structured, smooth and full-fruited. Food pairing: Enjoy with medium-weight first courses such as meat-sauced pastas with mushrooms or truffles, with main courses of pork or sauced veal. A Rosso di Montalcino that is sound and uncompromising. without that sense of inferiority that is often obvious in the wines of this category from certain major producers. San Felice is a genuine Montalcino that stands out for the harmonious balance and refinement of its bouquet and palate,…
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  • 5 Awesome Wine Gift Basket Ideas for 5 Awesome Personalities

    Tim
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    5 Awesome Wine Gift Basket Ideas for 5 Awesome PersonalitiesWith these wine gift basket ideas you'll be sure to  make a great addition to parties, birthdays, and anniversaries. Who wouldn’t want to win a beautiful arrangement of wine, snacks, tools and other goodies? No need to spend a lot of money at a fancy shop. You can make a beautiful basket at a fraction of the cost and customize it to fit your needs. Here’s how to build the perfect gift basket for a wine lover - whether they are a techie, into green living or any of a variety of other personality types. The Techie Need a gift…
  • 10 Smells of a Wine Gone Bad

    Tim
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    10 Smells of a Wine Gone Bad Most wine drinkers have probably had this happen: You have some friends or family over, and you have brought a bottle of wine for the occasion, or know you have ‘that bottle’ in the cupboard that you are going to pull out. Opening it, you pour a glass for yourself and your guests. Whether they have started drinking it or not, if you stick your nose in for a sniff and think *wait a second…* or have someone pipe up and say; “Um, I think this wine is off...” This situation is annoying. Dramatic? Yes. Money down the drain? Also, yes. What…
  • 11 Little Known Health Benefits of Red Wine

    Tim
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:07 pm
    11 Little Known Health Benefits of Red Wine When most people think of alcoholic beverages, they immediately jump to the conclusion that they are bad for your health and that they should be avoided. What if I were to tell you that there is one alcoholic beverage in particular that can actually be very beneficial for your health in a number of ways? Would you be jumping for joy? I know that I was. The beverage that I’m talking about, ladies and gentlemen, is red wine. Now this doesn’t mean that you can start chugging down bottle after bottle. However, the great thing about red wine is that…
  • Oaking Wine and the Future of the Wine Barrel

    Tim
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    Oaking Wine and the Future of the Wine Barrel When people talk about wines being “oaky” or having plenty of “oak complexity” they are usually describing terms associated with the way the wine has been stored and/or matured at some point in oak barrels or had contact with oak wood during its production. It has been rumored that a very famous Australian winemaker has a plaque above his desk that says... “No wood, no good”. The wood he is talking about… is oak. Oaking wine can impart flavors to the wine that are legendary, hence why oak maturation and storage is used today. …
  • Biodynamic Wine and How It Compares to Organic Wine

    Tim
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    Biodynamic Wine and How It Compares to Organic Wine Do you think about where your wines come from? Are you a consumer who wants a wine produced in natural way? You may be aware of this massive "green" movement in the world. People are conscious now, more that anytime in the last 50 years; of preserving what we have on earth. If you have heard of organic wines, you may have heard about the step further or the 'witchcraft' that is the world biodynamic wines. Adding manure to a domesticated animal skull and burying it by water, creating vortexes of a slurry, which was buried last…
 
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    Cat Curry-Williams
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most active first ladies in history and worked for political, racial and social justice. The post Eleanor Roosevelt, an amazing women appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Mindful Eating

    Cat Curry-Williams
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Eating More Often, Weighing Less Eating multiple small meals throughout the day tends to add up to fewer total calories and may result in lower weight. That may be especially true when compared to consuming fewer meals topped by a big dinner that includes some alcohol, a combination that can boost body mass index (BMI).... The post Mindful Eating appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • How to Stop Feeling Over the Hill After 50.

    Cat Curry-Williams
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    By Rebecca Forstadt-Olkowsk I don’t know about you but even though I’m almost 60 I still feel young at heart. When I think about my own mother at my age, I always saw her as someone who was “over the hill.” She let her hair go gray in her 50’s. Even though she had twins... The post How to Stop Feeling Over the Hill After 50. appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • When Being Right Is SO Wrong! by Arielle Ford

    Cat Curry-Williams
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:43 pm
    I am a recovered “need to be right” person. I grew up in an era and a home where “being right” was highly valued. From my first days in school, I saw that raising your hand and having the “right” answer meant you were smart. At home “being right” meant being loved for being smart.... The post When Being Right Is SO Wrong! by Arielle Ford appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
  • Real Chocolate is a Memory Booster. by Cathey painter

    Cat Curry-Williams
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Beyond cocoa powder (tip: “natural” cocoa powder tends to contain the most flavanols), you can find flavanols in green tea, as well as fruits like apples, pomegranates, blackberries and red grapes. The post Real Chocolate is a Memory Booster. by Cathey painter appeared first on Wine, Women and Chocolate.
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