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  • Review: *** $$ Robert Oatley Riesling, Great Southern, Australia, 2010

    Spirit of Wine
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Robert Oatley Riesling. Original tasting and review : This is Robert Oatley Riesling, Great Southern, Australia, 2010, finished at 12.2% alcohol and first sampled 5 years from vintage date, in January, 2015.In the glass: Clear with the lightest hints of yellow and vanilla.On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright steely grasses, with little spits of honey fruit behind.  From the aroma, seems like this will be spiky bright and acidic, perhaps with some sugar.On the palate: The primary elements…
  • WINE: Fluid Investment

    Intoxicating Prose
    Douglas Blyde
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    “GONE are the days when a 40% mark-up would lazily be slapped on a bottle. As the market has become more efficient and transparent, so too have wine merchants. Which is a very good thing...”Read at The Wharf newspaper.(Page One / Page Two)
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 26, 2015

    1 Wine Dude
    26 Jan 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! 11 Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Blend (Mendoza):…
  • Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Bussières 2009

    Wino sapien
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Harissa marinated chicken thighs. From Ottolenghi the cookbook. The ingredients are listed here. I deboned 8 thighs, leaving the skin on, but removing the most fat riddled portions. The harissa has a beautiful depth and less heat than my previous pastes (1, 2). It's mostly because of the roasted capsicum. .  . For my own reference - pierce a large red capsicum and place on the BBQ (no cleaning) turning every few minutes, so there is an even char. Cover and cool and then peel and deseed and set aside. Warm the spices (1/4 teaspoon each of cumin, coriander and caraway) and the…
  • Bonny Doon Sparkling Syrah (3)

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    WUUUUUTA sparkling red?! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS WORLD??"Wait, boy. D'ye hear that?" "What is it grand-pop?" "Music, lad. The sweet song of Bonny Doon." "What's a Bonny Doon, grand-pop?" "Not a what, son, but a where. They say, long ago, there was a village in these hills, so wondrous, so beautiful, so full of wine that the townsfolk decided to cast a spell on the whole of the town, so that it shall not appear on this Earth save for every hundred years when it rises from the mist once again." "Aw, yer joshin' me, pops!" "Nay it's true! Me own pa said he saw it with his own eyes, boy. Some…
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    GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show

  • 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…
  • The Wines of Champagne – with Jacquart

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    29 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    ‘Tis the season, as they say, so we thought we’d finish up the year with a show featuring one of our favorite wines – Champagne! The Jacquart story began in the early 1960s, as an effort by the Champagne growers’ to control their own destiny. Rather than selling their grapes or juice to the large Champagne houses, a small group of growers decided that they needed to launch their own Champagne label. The Champagne Jacquart brand was released for the first time in 1962, and the ‘Mosaïque’ label was chosen to represent the patchwork of grower families across the region,…
  • 2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 1 – Oregon

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Pinot Noir’s homeland will always be in Burgundy, France. But, outside of Burgundy, is there actually a more “suited” place for growing and making world class Pinot Noir? Obviously, this is a subjective matter – one for which there may be no definitive answer. Why? Because, as we already know, every ounce of grape-growing soil is different – all across the globe. Pinot there, is not Pinot here. That being said, is there some hidden meaning in the preponderance of Burgundian visits made to Oregon? Or, how about the purchases of Oregon vineyard land by Burgundians?
  • Top Chef Delivers Modern Chinese Cuisine to the OC

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley Chung was exposed to the world of true cuisine at an early age by her grandmother, Liang Si Yi, former Director of The Red Cross in China. Emigrating to the U.S. at age 17, Shirley obtained a business degree as a prelude to embarking on a position in the family trade in the Silicon Valley. However, Shirley had other desires, and instead decided to follow her passion for food and enrolled in culinary school. Trained in classic French and Italian cuisine, Shirley has worked and opened restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali. After she…
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    Vinography: A Wine Blog

  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of January 18, 2015

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's samples included a most unusual trio of rosés. Now I'm generally not a fan of most California rosés, which tend to be made by simply bleeding off juice from a red wine early in the fermentation process and then fermenting that to something slightly less than dryness. They tend to be a little sweet, a bit bitter, and a lot clumsy. These three rosés instantly…
  • In Conversation with the Intrepid Wino

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:23 pm
    In the era of social media, we often get to know people long before we meet them in person. Anyone highly active on Twitter, for instance, likely has dozens or even hundreds of people that they have gradually gotten to know in little 140 character chunks, sometimes over years. That's the way I encountered James Scarcebrook for the first time. But then on a rainy, cold day in Austria's Wachau valley, lost while looking for Domaine Wachau, I ran into a stranger wearing a backpack who was also lost, and searching for the same winery. "Hey, are you Alder Yarrow?" asked this stranger in a…
  • Vinography Images: The Stuff of Life

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:38 pm
    The Stuff of Life Water drips from a healthy grape leaf after a wet night in Sonoma County. While early season rains gave farmers some hope for a wet winter, rainfall remains disastrously low throughout drought-stricken California. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these…
  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of January 11, 2015

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's samples included a whole lotta Napa Cabernet, and some pretty damn good ones at that, headed up by what might be the best bottle of Spring Mountain's Elivette blend I think I may have ever had. The 2011 vintage has added a mineral and herbal edge to this wine that I find irresistible. Perhaps on the opposite end of the spectrum, the 2010 Shafer Hillside Select is a…
  • 2015 Slow Wine Tasting: January 29, San Francisco

    17 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Many people, especially anyone who considers themselves a foodie, have heard of Slow Food, the Italian organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating artisan food and food culture. But fewer have heard of Slow Wine, that same organization's push in recent years to celebrate wine. Just as for food, Slow Wine produces a guide to Italian wine that highlights producers who not only make excellent wine, but those who go further in adopting and promoting ecological approaches in their vineyards and cellars. What criteria the guide uses, I'm not sure. Nor do I know exactly which wines are…
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  • The Key Message Behind the New Wine Direct Shipping Report

    Tom Wark
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines released their annual Winery Direct Wine Shipping Report. It told of a 15.5% increase in the value of the winery to consumer shipping channel to more than $1.8 billion. At the same time, Wines and Vines reported that in 2014 off premise (retail) sales of domestic wines (the same category of wines that were the subject of the Direct Shipping Report) increased by 5% in 2014 to $7.87 Billion. What didn’t get reported is a very important conclusion based on both these figures: If in 2015 we see similar, or even more conservative increases in…
  • Unreported Responses to New Anti-Alcohol Study

    Tom Wark
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    There is a brand new study published in JAMA Pediatrics journal being discussed in the media. The study concerns the impact of alcohol advertising on children and young adults. According to Time Magazine’s reporting on the study, researchers have shown that “Alcohol advertising that reaches children and young adults helps lead them to drink for the first time—or, if they’re experienced underage drinkers, to drink more.” The author of the study, James D. Sargent, MD, concludes that his study is “very strong evidence that underage drinkers are not only exposed to the…
  • The Old School Wine Critic Is As Important as Ever

    Tom Wark
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    The last few years has seen a great deal of talk about the demise of the traditional or “Old School” wine critics, their power and their relevance. Those offering this view mean the Wine Spectator, Robert Parker, The Wine Enthusiast Magazine, etc. The observation is usually coupled with reference to the power of peer reviews, blogs and social media. I have a story to tell. Friends of mine have been making Cabernet from Napa Valley grapes for about six or so years now. The wine is very well made. It’s Napan in style: Fruit forward. Rich. Velvety tannins. 14.5 or so alcohol…
  • Wine & Spirit Wizards of America

    Tom Wark
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Say what you will about wine and spirit wholesalers, but you now can’t deny their magical powers to divine guilt and innocence. In fact, with their special and wizardly abilities to determine who is guilty and who is not, it’s downright difficult to understand why we even keep and pay for a functioning judicial system. Just ask the wholesalers if they are guilty. These magical powers of the wine and spirit wholesaler were on display recently in an article in which Craig Wolf, the president of the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America, revealed that New York State wine retailer…
  • When Wine Is Really Nothing More than Wet Sugar

    Tom Wark
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    “66% mix wine with fruit or fruit juice” This according to the findings in E. & J. Gallo Winery Consumer Wine Trends Survey. And to be a bit more accurate, this is the finding among wine drinkers aged 25-40. The folks at Gallo see this disclosure by the 25-40 year-olds they surveyed and interpret it this way: “seemingly unbound by traditions that have often governed wine. Unlike previous generations, they are experimenting with different ways to enjoy wine and are unapologetic about their choices.” There is a better way to interpret the finding that 66% of this age…
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • Indulge in Napa Valley Restaurant Month

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Photo Courtesy of Napa Valley As some of the Napa Valley's finest eateries re-vamp in January 2015, Napa Valley Restaurant Month has moved to February, and with it comes an incredible selection of special culinary offerings that reflect the season and only happen once a year. Come sip, sup and savor the valley's finest cuisine and wines throughout February 2015. The Napa Valley offers more Michelin-star rated restaurants per capita than any other wine region in the world and ...
  • Find the Right Wine for the Holidays With Gnarly Head

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Photo Courtesy of the Gnarly Head The Office Party Show your boss you have finesse, strength, and the ability to multitask with a bottle of Gnarly Head Authentic Red. The juicy core of lush blackberry, plum, and black cherry flavors layered with spice and chocolate make it complex, yet delicious. A blend based on Zinfandel grown on some of the oldest vines in California, Syrah, and Merlot with a splash of Malbec, this wine is the result of creativity and experience The Cookie...
  • Kate Krader's Year of Awesome Eating

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    In this Article Bergen Hill Edible Schoolyard NYC Questlove Salon WD-50 Fête Blackberry Farm Southern Picnic in Aspen Petit Trois Modern Chinese at Next Ivan Ramen Epiphany Photo © Peter Bagi January: A New Brooklyn Hangout A small seafood bar with a great playlist becomes my go-to spot When I lived in Brooklyn, I spent most of my time eating in Manhattan. Then a little place called...
  • The Art of Crafting Authentic Jamaican Rum

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Photo Courtesy of Appleton THE HISTORY Rum is the pride of Jamaica, and an integral part of the Jamaican economy —Jamaica was the first country to produce the spirit commercially. The Appleton Estate is Jamaica's oldest continuously operating sugar estate and distillery, dating back at least to 1749. But the Estate's history may date back as far as 1655, when England took power of Jamaica from Spain. It's believed that Frances Dickinson — whose descendants are the earliest kn...
  • City Guide: Rouen, France

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

  • WINE: Fluid Investment

    Douglas Blyde
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    “GONE are the days when a 40% mark-up would lazily be slapped on a bottle. As the market has become more efficient and transparent, so too have wine merchants. Which is a very good thing...”Read at The Wharf newspaper.(Page One / Page Two)
  • SPIRITS: The Land of Cîroc

    Douglas Blyde
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:23 pm
    WHY, he wondered, did I stir the spirit in an ice-laden shaker for a full two minutes? With Cîroc, there was no need, he explained, to insist on dilution and chilling to the point of killing flavours, seeing as there were few if any harsh edges to begin with, thanks to the grape base of his drink... Read at Alexander & James >
  • CARS: Joe Macari

    Douglas Blyde
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:55 am
    I FOLLOW a willowy receptionist up spiral stairs to a small door marked ‘Private’. Joe Macari is beyond. “I’m not a front person,” he says lighting a roll-up. “I’ll always have a dark blue car over red.” News scrolls across screens while banks of CCTV feeds show very shiny bonnets. Beyond an entirely glass wall one of only four California Spiders in aluminum (valued at $12m) undergoes painstaking restoration. Macari was born in Aldershot to émigré parents from the Monte Cassino area (between Naples and Rome). His father, who owned ice cream and coffee bars, drove a…
  • SPIRITS: Chilgrove

    Douglas Blyde
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    CHRISTOPHER Beaumont-Hutchings and I sip violet-tinged Aviation sours alongside positively fatty Scottish oysters at the Rib Room’s bar. The sturdy looking, brass and dark wood build of this old-school drinkers’ haven at the five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower seems appropriately grand given there is cause for celebration.  Read at Harper's >
  • SPIRITS: Haiti’s Bittersweet Fruits

    Douglas Blyde
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    I STAND amid two years’ worth of skins in sacks. The neatly-stacked stockpile allows Grand Marnier to continue to fulfil orders of its 12 million bottles of liqueurs per year in the face of earthquakes, strikes and even revolutions. “But if we leave Haiti,” says Maille reading my questioning expression, “what happens to the 200 families of the workers?”Read at Alexander & James >
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  • Soquel Vineyards mines Gold at the 2015 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    During the week of January 6, 2015, nearly 60 Wine Judges from many aspects of the wine industry -- winemakers, retailers, restaurateurs, wine writers, sommeliers, and chefs -- came together for the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition....
  • January 2015 Winter Passport Day on the Santa Cruz Mountains Summit

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    On the third Saturday of January, April, July and November, passport guests are welcomed into 50+ wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique pairing of artisan handcrafted wines, gourmet food and entertainment. Passports...
  • Michael’s on Main January wine pairing dinner menus announced

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Each Tuesday evening, owner/chef Michael Clark and team match the dinner menu with Santa Cruz Mountain wineries and breweries, local produce and area seafood. A sumptuous buffet complements the food, contributing to the chosen theme of the evening...
  • Wine humor adds merriment to the holiday

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:31 pm
    While the weeks preceding holiday celebrations should be jolly, they can often be stressful. It’s a good time to grab “Vintage Humor” by author Malcolm Kushner off the book shelf. The following are some of his...
  • November and December food and wine pairings at Michael’s on Main

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Michael Clark and staff have continued the novel twist to their Tuesday night food and wine pairings by inviting local guest chefs to create and show off favorite dishes. On Tuesday Nov. 11, Chef Bob Warfield presents The Tastes of...
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Friday Feature Photo: Centuries-Old Quinta do Noval

    Gabriella Opaz
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: February 15, 2011 Location: Porto, Portugal About: Century old bottles of Quinta do Noval collect layers of dust, waiting for that one singular moment when they can sing their story. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact us directly for use of the photo. If you want to have your photo featured here please contact us!!
  • Cleansing the Body Portuguese Style with Pork!

    Sonia Nolasco
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    Each New Year starts with well-intentioned resolutions, many of which involve cleansing your body of all the goodies you gorged on during the holidays. But resolutions are as quickly broken as they are promised—especially if there isn’t a solid plan in place. For foodies, the biggest challenge has to be giving up tasty meals for dull salads. This is even more difficult during the colder months when our bodies (and souls) crave comfort foods. (photo by Sonia Nolasco) But we can meet this challenge with a bit of ingenuity in the kitchen. With all the information television chefs have been…
  • Spanish Hard Cider: The Golden Nectar of Asturias

    John Perry
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:39 am
    Cider(Sidra) production in Spain is concentrated in Asturias and Guipúzcoa, two mountainous regions in the northern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Both regions produce a similar style traditional cider: dry, still, and cloudy with sediment. Asturian cider is called Sidra, while the Basque name for the fermented apple nectar is Sagardoa. The Principado de Asturias is responsible for 80% of Spain’s cider production. Reaching up to 54 liters a year per person, they drink more cider per capita in this small province than anywhere else in the world. In Asturias, Sidra Natural (hard cider) is…
  • Interview with Nelson Carvalheiro: Award Winning Portuguese Travel Writer

    Gabriella Opaz
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    Editor’s Note: Today we’re heading off the beaten path to introduce Nelson Carvalheiro, an award winning Portuguese travel and photo blogger who’s been garnering heaps of attention for his dynamic and passionate tales. We, however, are more interested in what causes saudades (homesickness) when he’s thousands of miles from home.  What instigated your desire to travel? Do you have an Portuguese explorer gene lodged deep inside you? I just want to tell the stories about my travels, so that people who read them can be inspired to repeat and enjoy what I experienced.
  • Jamón Experience: Tasting Spanish ham in Barcelona on a Budget

    Sam Zucker
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:25 am
    Unless you fancy yourself a bit of a sweet talker, convincing a vendor at Barcelona’s world-famous La Boqueria market to sell you just one slice each of six different kinds of jamón isn’t likely to happen. I’ve enjoyed once or twice the feeling of hammy contentment after copping a free (tiny) taste of a top-quality acorn-fed jamón Ibérico de Bellota simply by smiling and asking a few questions in Spanish about the ham’s production region and the pig’s diet. However, most often, if you would like to buy the good stuff there’s a 100-gram minimum, costing you anywhere from 10€…
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    Dr Vino's wine blog

  • Tasting note: “bitter clown tears”

    Dr. Vino
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    This tasting note is no doubt better than the wine! But, oddly, I bet it actually helped sales of the wine (assuming people read it). It wouldn’t surprise me if there were a store out there somewhere that posted only mockeries or send-ups of tasting notes. Would resonate well with the youngs. If anyone lacks creativity but wants to get started, there’s always the silly tasting note generator. Via imgur The post Tasting note: “bitter clown tears” appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
  • Q&A: Jean-Marc Roulot

    Dr. Vino
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    I met up with Jean-Marc Roulot recently. Not only does he make the excellent wines at Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault but he has pursued a parallel acting career, with 52 credits to his name including Haute Cuisine (fire it up on Netflix during this blizzard). In case you missed it, you can check out the Q&A I did with him over on The post Q&A: Jean-Marc Roulot appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
  • RIP SkyMall, purveyor of random wine stuff

    Dr. Vino
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Forget the ECB–the big business news of the day is that the parent company of SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy! Yes, the catalogue found “in the seat back in front of you” that peddled bizarre but somehow captivating objects is on a ground stop that may really be interminable. SkyMall loved pets–everything you never thought you needed for Fido and Whiskers. But they equally loved wine! So here, we immortalize for the ages some of that random wine stuff! Long live SkyMall wine in all its awesomeness! Pets (animals) + wine! Amazed the pages didn’t spontaneously…
  • Burg surge: wine auctions 2014

    Dr. Vino
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Wine auctions around the world ticked higher in 2014. But auction hammers were coming down the fastest in the US, which surged 26 percent according to data aggregated by Wine Spectator. They report that global wine auctions halted two years of declines to grow at a 4.5% rate to $352 million; the US accounted for $159 million, up from $126 million last year. Globally, Hong Kong sagged 7% while UK and Europe slumped 26%. Hong Kong retains the crown though as it bested NYC with $104 million in sales vs $84 million for New York. In the US, Hart Davis Hart in Chicago was the leader with $42.8…
  • The fondue dilemma and the Swiss Franc surge

    Dr. Vino
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    The Swiss franc surged in foreign currency trading yesterday as the central bank decided to stop defending the 1.20 floor with the euro. Last trade in the EURCHF was 0.99, so that’s a 20% surge for the Swissie. The CEO of Swatch was appalled at the currency move will likely send prices higher in foreign markets for the “Swiss made” watches. James B. Stewart, one of my favorite financial journalists, has an article in today’s Times examining the role of currency moves on various luxury products (and was kind enough to include a quote from Dr. Vino). So, because I know…
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Review: *** $$ Robert Oatley Riesling, Great Southern, Australia, 2010

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Robert Oatley Riesling. Original tasting and review : This is Robert Oatley Riesling, Great Southern, Australia, 2010, finished at 12.2% alcohol and first sampled 5 years from vintage date, in January, 2015.In the glass: Clear with the lightest hints of yellow and vanilla.On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright steely grasses, with little spits of honey fruit behind.  From the aroma, seems like this will be spiky bright and acidic, perhaps with some sugar.On the palate: The primary elements…
  • Review: *** $$ Clos du Prieur Red Wine, Coteaux du Languedoc, France, 2005

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Clos du Prieur. Original tasting and review : This is Clos du Prieur Red Wine, Coteaux du Languedoc, France, 2005, finished at 14.8% alcohol and first sampled a full decade from vintage date, in January, 2015.In the glass: Dark brick red, moving to opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky deep balloon rubber wrapped around solid purple fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy yet deep.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact grippy with…
  • Review: ***+ $$ Francois Pinon Cuvee Tradition Vouvray, Loire, France, 2008 = GOOD VALUE

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Francois Pinon Cuvee Tradition Vouvray. Original tasting and review : This is Francois Pinon Cuvee Tradition Vouvray, Loire, France, 2008, finished just slightly sweet at 13% alcohol and first sampled 7 years from vintage date, in January, 2014.In the glass: Light gold, moving toward butterscotch.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows both bright lemony grasses on a high pitch and pears and light butterscotch on the low pitch.  From the aroma, seems like this will be complex and full.On the…
  • Review: *** $$ Sharpshooter Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2004

    17 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain-priced Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon. Original tasting and review : This is Sharpshooter Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2004, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled 11 years from vintage date, in January, 2015.  This is a blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon with some merlot and cabernet franc blended in.In the glass: Medium brick/magenta.On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft but bright red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and flavorful.On the…
  • Review: ***+ $$ Shebang Red Wine Eighth Cuvee, California, non-vintage = GOOD VALUE

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Shebang Red Wine Eighth Cuvee. Original tasting and review : This is Shebang Red Wine Eighth Cuvee, California, non-vintage, finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled immediately upon purchase in January, 2015.In the glass: Deep magenta.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, dusty purple merlot fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich and bold.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, furry, sweet and reasonably bold with fruit, yet still sporty some…
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  • Domaine Gueguen Bed and Breakfast in Chablis

    Andrew Barrow
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Domaine Gueguen Bed and Breakfast in Chablis A delightful bed and breakfast in Prehy, just outside Chablis. A welcoming English speaking couple, Celine and Frederic Gueguen, a lovely room (€20 per person) and views (at least from the breakfast kitchen) of the estates vineyard. Yep, they even make wine so be sure to ask for a tasting (€5 per person). Through the Kitchen Window: Domaine Gueguen Bed and Breakfast in Chablis “The Gueguen family is based in the hamlet of Préhy, just 7 km south west of Chablis. The winery is situated in the village of La Chapelle Vaupelteigne.
  • Dusty Wine Bottles

    Andrew Barrow
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    Dusty Wine Bottles A corner of a cellar, a stack of wine bottles gathering dust. Uncertain if these are wines being given some serious age or just discarded, The winery, Chateau Saint Marie, out in the depths of Entre deux Mers was one of my favourite visits – its rustic, has lovely rolling countryside around (none of the trimmed and plucked grand chateaus of the Medoc) and was one of those places I wish I had time to wander around camera and tripod in hand. Dusty Wine Bottles, Chateau Saint Marie More photos from Chateau Saint Marie over on Lumination. - A UK Wine Blog -…
  • Have Wine What Cheese?

    Andrew Barrow
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Have Wine What Cheese? It has been pointed out that the most popular post on Spittoon is not that helpful. A list of Matching Cheese and Wine is great but bloody tiresome to sort through if you start with a wine and need to select a cheese to accompany. So ‘ere we go – the great Have Wine What Cheese list. This list couldn’t possibly be exhaustive, there are far too many combinations. There are some general wine groupings (ie Spanish Red) and some more specific recommendations (ie Rioja). The idea is to offer suggestions; experimentation is the key. The list has been split into White…
  • Matching Cheese and Wine

    Andrew Barrow
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Matching Cheese and Wine A recent trip though the Chablis area of Burgundy was enlivened by the consumption of large quantities of cheese! One particularly runny Epoisses being highly memorable and the Soumaintrain has now become a favourite. Time to reacquaint myself with the art of matching cheese and wine I thought. With the variety of cheeses almost matching that of wines the ideal match can be a little daunting – hence this list. Although predominantly concerned with matching wine with cheese this list also includes a few beer suggestions too… you know, just for a…
  • Juve y Camps Brut Rose 2010

    Andrew Barrow
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    Juve y Camps Brut Rose 2010 Reflected in a silver serving dish the Juve Y Camps Pinot Noir Rose cava, this weeks Sunday Wine Shot. Shame I didn’t think to fill the other two glasses before taking the shot! With an array of such fine cavas awaiting tasting, would you? Sunday Wine Shot: Juve y Camps Brut Rose 2010 - A UK Wine Blog - We Spit... So You Can Swallow
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  • White Oak Vineyards Aged Syrah (4)

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    AgedOh, no! That thing we had sold out! So out of our desperate attempt to be rich love for giving you options, we've added a bonus sale for today. Consider it a gift to us from your wallet to all of you who were hoping for something like this. This is your chance to help us look good to our bosses get a little something for yourself, okay? Thank you You're welcome.Pliny the Elder’s recipe for Syrah [or headache remedy]: -Take 1 carrot -Make sure carrot is of good lineage -Seriously - carrots of unscrupulous lineage will sully the wine -Convince the carrot to…
  • Harvest Moon Russian River Zinfandel (6)

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    MooooonThe “Harvest Moon” is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox, and not, as many believe, when the moon is pregnant with a baby moon.SOME FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE MOON: Someday the moon will crash into the Earth. That day is Wednesday. The Smashing Pumpkins video "Tonight" was actually shot on the Moon, but used a set and a gravity-amplification machine to replicate the conditions of Earth. The so-called "golf" that U.S. astronauts played on the moon was not actually golf, but an identical sport without a name. "Waxing gibbous" is not as dirty as it sounds. The…
  • Bonny Doon Sparkling Syrah (3)

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    WUUUUUTA sparkling red?! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS WORLD??"Wait, boy. D'ye hear that?" "What is it grand-pop?" "Music, lad. The sweet song of Bonny Doon." "What's a Bonny Doon, grand-pop?" "Not a what, son, but a where. They say, long ago, there was a village in these hills, so wondrous, so beautiful, so full of wine that the townsfolk decided to cast a spell on the whole of the town, so that it shall not appear on this Earth save for every hundred years when it rises from the mist once again." "Aw, yer joshin' me, pops!" "Nay it's true! Me own pa said he saw it with his own eyes, boy. Some…
  • Hansen Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel (6)

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hansend me an angelIn Lodi, the men are men, the women are women, and the grapes are sentient WATCH OUT DON'T EXCITE THEMAll about Lodi -Everybody drives a Vespa -All newborn babies are sent home with a set of bongo drums -It’s been to Japan, like, three times -All government buildings have jukeboxes for employees -It hates homework and skips class a lot -The whole region is made of denim -Santa Claus is portrayed by Miles Davis -The local hospital is named after Fonzie -The mayor is a pair of sunglasses
  • Hangtime Chard & Pinot Noir Case

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    12th wineGlory and defeat, that’s in the results. But the thrill is in the hangtime.It’s the anticipation that makes the game, otherwise we’d just look at the scores in the paper the next day. What the fans want is the feeling of watching their guy leap off the boards, the feeling of a perfect spiral approaching the end zone, the feeling of that baseball starting a downward drop that might, just might, end up in the bleachers. That’s what people want. Not just a victory. A clear and magical moment to drive the point home. Of course, there’s no real way to pack that rush into a…
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    1 Wine Dude

  • Burgundy, Your Schnoz, Global Warming, And 3000 Year Old Vino

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    There have been some behind-the-scenes changes going on here at 1WD HQ. The more observant among you will notice that I finally ditched the comment engines altogether and have declared that war officially over, it having ended in my inglorious defeat. We’ll be sticking to some enhanced WordPress comments from here on out. 1WD also has a new home, courtesy of, with whom so far things have been going swimmingly. I’ve tweaked some other technical hosting items here and there; just enough to get me in trouble. Anyway, today’s update is supposed to be about how this…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 26, 2015

    26 Jan 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! 11 Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Blend (Mendoza):…
  • Furmint Adventures Episode 3: Barta Winery

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The third episode of my Furmint Adventures is now available for your viewing edu-tainment. In this episode, I get my sorry lush ass dragged up to the Öreg Király dűlő (Old King Vineyard), an ancient volcano with an historic vineyard on it that was saved from oblivion by Károly Barta, owner of Barta Winery. Of course, we also drink some stellar Furmint wines, while he shows me the stunning views from the vineyard site, and jokes (I think it was joking, anyway) that a lot of wine bloggers have… monkey brains. It will all make sense in less than six minutes! Furmint Adventures –…
  • Are Wine Critics More Qualified Than Wine Bloggers?

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A friend of mine – Elaine Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews – recently sent me a note indicating that another friend of mine (David White of Terroirist) and I were mentioned in an online article over at that was written by yet another friend of mine, Jonathan Cristaldi. Yeah, the wine world is kind of small like that. Anyway, the article is titled “10 Dirty Secrets of Wine (That Nobody Wants to Talk About)” and it makes for a fascinating, funny, and at times kooky read about some revealing but less-than-glamorous aspects of the wine trade in general (my personal…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 19, 2015

    19 Jan 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! 09 Pine Ridge Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa…
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    Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman

  • Who is responsible for making wine "snobby?"

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Mr. Thurston Howell, IIIIs it you? How about you, Mr. and Mrs. "I Only Drink 95+ Parker Point Wines." Are you responsible for making wines snobby? Or you over there who rambles on incessantly about your "allocations." Are you responsible for making wines snobby? We just heard you over and over again that you are in town to pick up your "allo-caaaay-shunsss." And the word, "allocations" was said with an extended jaw like Mr. Thurston Howell, III of "Gilligans Island" and Dr Niles Crane, the Corkmaster of the Seattle Wine Club, on "Frasier." We heard it so often, now we are wondering…
  • Malbec: Henry Earl Estates 2012

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Oh the joy of Malbec. It's that dark purple inky little grape with a French and Argentinian lineage, that often finds its way into my glass.  And like many Malbecs before, the 2012 Henry Earl Estates Malbec also found its way into my glass - - until the last drop. Who is Henry Earl Estates, you ask? The owners of Henry Earl Estates are Dick and Wendy Shaw. They chose to honor both of their fathers, Henry Shaw and Earl West, and especially Dick and Wendy's focus on Shaw Vineyards, their property in the very prominent Red Mountain AVA in Washington State.In 1981, Dick Shaw first…
  • Welch's Commercial: Talking Grapes

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Children of the Concords  The average American watches more than five hours of live television every day. Somewhere in that television viewing, there are several commercials. Commercials have a way of either enticing us with their goods or just numb our brains. I know when and if I watch a channel dependent on an onslaught of commercials, it is my time to either start or finish working on a meal for me or the dogs, take a bathroom break, or get caught up on a home or work project. I am mostly a movie person when it comes time to turning on the TV, so I do try to keep the commercials…
  • Wineries: Family Friendly or Friendly Families?

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Can wineries and wine blogs be "family friendly?"  Why yes, they certainly can be family friendly. However, there is no unwritten "rule" that claims wineries need to be family friendly, nor should there be expectations of wineries, and even wine blogs should be family friendly. After all, at least in the majority of the United States the drinking age of alcohol is 21 years and older.Yes, there are certainly wineries that are family friendly, especially those with large outdoor areas making it the perfect setting for a family picnic. However, if you are not sure about the grounds and…
  • A Rant, Report, and a Recommended Read: Women of the Vine

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Anytime there is a book or an article that features a group of women, especially women in the wine industry, I am drawn to such. This must be due to I was raised by one of the first feminist in the 1950-60's, and that feminist was a man - - my dad. He believed that women, especially little girls, should learn how to bait a hook on their fishing pole, gut a fish, learn how to climb a tree, pump a tank of gas, and swing a hammer; and they could do all of this in a dress, if they wanted, and still look fabulous. He supported my mother to go back to college when my younger sister was three years…
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    Wino sapien

  • Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz 1998

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    Cork tainted. Not severely, but enough for me to wonder and then defend before finally conceding. The nose is blunted and faulty though there is still a spark in the mouth, with the acids and sweetness still giving some tension and a fleeting moment of mid week pleasure. Previously 1, 2Image: One of the several stone faces to be found on Bath's Walcot St. Related. Click here for the original context
  • Cape Mentelle Cabernet sauvignon 2001

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    My Liebherr wine fridge has not been kind to these old Cape Mentelle paper labels. They're all stained and now detached from their original bottles, leaving me with a further three unloved 2001 Margaret River Cabernet clean skins.I keep hoping this will morph into something refreshing, but it remains defiantly sweet, large and cumbersome; more notable for the splinters and menthol than anything I might admire.Before. Click here for the original context
  • Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Bussières 2009

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Harissa marinated chicken thighs. From Ottolenghi the cookbook. The ingredients are listed here. I deboned 8 thighs, leaving the skin on, but removing the most fat riddled portions. The harissa has a beautiful depth and less heat than my previous pastes (1, 2). It's mostly because of the roasted capsicum. .  . For my own reference - pierce a large red capsicum and place on the BBQ (no cleaning) turning every few minutes, so there is an even char. Cover and cool and then peel and deseed and set aside. Warm the spices (1/4 teaspoon each of cumin, coriander and caraway) and the…
  • Tom Rogers Marsanne 2013

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Hard boiled perhaps, but at least complete. . . my daughter had some ideas for the face, it reminds me of a sleepy young Lenin.14%, Yarra Valley. It's difficult to love, a little too fat and textured, too bitter and unctuous, too rich and  burnished. Peach and marzipan, flint and barrel. It's very full and formidable, grippy and true.Day 2. Honey suckle and a fog of sulphur and a wool. It's unchanged, but I've softened in my resistance.The Syrah. Click here for the original context
  • Papa Jacks

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    A baby back of ribs ($28), just one of the many pricey guilty pleasure to be found at Papa Jacks. I thought the buttermilk fried chicken (3 pieces for $20) was over cooked, though of course these things are less noticeable when you have beer as a lubricant. . .   I enjoyed my meal, it's hard not to be pleased with a plate of sticky ribs, but I kept thinking of the observation attributed to Shane Mitchell of Saveur that I read a month or two ago in one of the weekend papers.Our trend-driven culinary fads, such as the craze for Southern American food. . . comes from a shallow base of…
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    26 Jan 2015 | 5:31 pm
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    This sporty name is built off the word 'jock'. Keywords:  sporty, jocks, athletic, healthy, muscular, fitness, workouts, exercise, sturdy, strapping, powerful, brawny

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    An earthy name with pairs 'halogen' or 'half' with 'growth'. Keywords:  halogen, half, hallmark, growth, plants, earthy, natural, increases
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • No Country for Old Wines - The Paradox of Young vs. Old

    Alfonso Cevola
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Just hours on the ground here in Italy. I’m spending what’s left of the weekend in Venice, which tonight is the most serene of republics. January is a time when the tourists go elsewhere, like Cuba or Thailand, when Venice is usually damp and cold. But there is a warm front and the weather, though misty, isn’t bone chilling.Over a bottle of Grand Cru Champagne and some cicchetti (small plates) my host and I talked about everything under the sun. Bordeaux, Paris, the price of West Texas crude oil, the house of Saud, anything and everything. The subject of aged wine came up. My friend has…
  • The Burgundization of Barolo - An Imminent Sea Change in the Langhe

    Alfonso Cevola
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    This past week in New York, I sat down in front of a microphone with Levi Dalton. And talked. And talked. Not so easy for this born-again introvert. In particular, Levi asked me what changes I’ve seen in the Langhe over the last 30 years. That podcast is available here. And while my interview deals more with my Pollyanna version of history, it feels, on the ground in the Langhe, like an impending change is on the horizon.A week or so before, he asked a similar question to Antonio Galloni (that podcast here), who has been going there since 1997. Antonio expressed concern that the wines and…
  • Italy declares war against … radical Prosecco

    Alfonso Cevola
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    The heart of Europe is marching in Paris today in solidarity against the horrendous atrocities witnessed in the City of Lights this week. Italian politicians are waging their own smaller war – against Prosecco on tap.And while this might seem minute in comparison to more important events unfolding in Europe, this is our smaller march on the wine trail in Italy today.Holiday news bulletin from the Prosecco ConsorzioThere has news lately coming from England about Prosecco being poured on tap. In fact, the laws governing the name of Prosecco are clear. If the wine is a DOP (DOC or DOCG). The…
  • 5 Italian Wine Regions to Watch in 2015

    Alfonso Cevola
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Italy with her endless array of wines and wine styles is poised for a resurgence. The wine business is relatively healthy driven by the big movers, Chianti, Moscato, Pinot Grigio and Prosecco. And the fringe wines are picking up momentum, the col fondo, orange and barrique-free ones.What does that mean to this crystal ball gazer on the Blackland Prairie? The buffalos have long disappeared, as have the anthropophagic bipeds that once roamed these lands. Replaced by Escalades driven by soccer moms, the envisagement within the murky sphere points to Italy. And this is what I see.Lazio – fueled…
  • Top 10 posts for 2014 and direction for 2015 ~ Year 10 of blogging on the Wine Trail in Italy

    Alfonso Cevola
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    2014 has been a year in which I have done the least amount of blog posts since I started this blog on this day nine years ago. On the positive side, this has been part of a plan to produce less but to raise the quality of the writing. When I first started this blog (on this day 9 years ago) I sought to write three blog posts a week. About four years ago I made the conscious decision to narrow that down to two posts a week. Now I have taken it down to one a week. Is writing fatigue the problem? Hardly. I am writing in other places (and being compensated for it) and I have taken on more…
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    Write for Wine: It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere!

  • Go Hawks and Go Quarry Butte

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
      Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks and their NFC Championship win – wow, what a nail biter. And three cheers to Quarry Butte from Alexandria Nicole Cellars, which was our drink of choice during the Hawks’ playoff games to the Super Bowl in 2014, and through their run to the Super Bowl this season. During Sunday’s intense game against the Packers, we opened two bottles, counting on our lucky Quarry Butte to keep us cheering while the dogs, wearing their Seahawks bandanas, barked at the TV!   What a comeback! Seattle, Washington state and the 12th Man…
  • Seattle Wine and Food Experience

    11 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    There are handful of annual wine events in the Seattle area that we think are “must-go-to” good times. Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) is one of them. It’s a super popular event, so we suggest that you run, don’t walk, to get tickets for this wine and food extravaganza on Feb. 22 at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. As in previous years, this event showcases wine, food, beer, cider and spirits, starting with a tour of the wine world right at home in Woodinville wine country. Seriously, what’s not to love? In addition to a long list of Washington wineries,…
  • December to Remember

    31 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    During the festive month of December, we enjoyed some stellar wines. While many of these bottles are for special occasions, sometimes any day might be special! Here is the list – and kudos to all the Washington state wineries whose juice gave us a December to remember! Efeste 2010 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon William Church 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cooper Estate 2012 Red Mountain Cabernet Franc Obelisco 2011 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Guardian Cellars 2010 The Wanted Bordeaux Blend Barrage Cellars 2009 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Barrage Cellars 2010 Outcast Cabernet Franc…
  • Our List of Top 50 Washington Wineries

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    As 2014 winds down and a new year begins, we want to reflect on the wineries in Washington state that made our list of Top 50 Washington Wineries. The way to get on our list is fairly simple; we only have two criteria: wineries must offer good juice and good people who provide an excellent wine experience. Perhaps we had fun or learned something in a tasting room. Perhaps someone from the winery gave us a call, sent us a personal note or samples. Or perhaps we were invited to an incredible wine event. These people might be the winemakers or the winery owners; in some cases, they are the…
  • William Church Winery-Try These Wines Over the Holidays

    30 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    We’ve been fans of William Church Winery since March, 2008, when our wine-expert nephew, Mathew, came to visit us with a bottle of their 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. It was awesome, so we made a point to visit their tasting room in Woodinville’s winery warehouse district — William Church was one of the eight original warehouse wineries. Unfortunately, this was not an easy feat at the time because they were only open on Saturdays. But that situation didn’t last long; soon the tasting room was open more frequently, and then three years later, in July 2011, William Church…
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    The Wine Cask Blog

  • We Have Moved!

    4 Jan 2015 | 3:33 pm
    We are in the process of moving over to Wordpress and we are most of the way there! If you have not been directed there automatically you can go to for the inconvenience but the new site will allow us to serve you better including a valid "SEARCH" function so you can look through our data base and search specifically for a wine you would like to see our studied opinion about. Raise a glass! (PB)--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Our 10th Anniversary!

    31 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Today we are celebrating our 10th anniversary here at The Wine Cask Blog! Over the past 10 years, we've posted around 3,000 reviews that span varietals, vintages, continents, and styles. We hope these have been enjoyable and useful to you.The world of wine continues to evolve and present new and exciting opportunities. We're excited to continue exploring and sharing our impressions with you. We are far from finished. In fact, we're working on a fresh new look and feel for our site, along with enhanced archive and search functionality. Stay tuned as we enter the next chapter, and the next 10…
  • LeCole #41 Chenin Blanc wine review by (PB)

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Pale gold with aromas of creamy tropical fruit and a light citrus beam; slight nuance of pear and golden apple.Palate--Lively acidity, with tropical fruit flavors of ripe pineapple, lemon, mouth watering and a hint of vanilla. Finish leaves you with a hint of pear.This is a Columbia Valley (Washington state) wine and LeCole is one of the top performers in this vibrant (relatively new) wine region.I paid $13 for this, will pair it with my French Onion Soup for dinner. Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Cambria Pinot Noir "Julia's Vineyard" 2012 Wine Review by (PB)

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Lighter cherry hue with aromas of strawberry and cream.Palate--silky with cocoa/strawberry, straight forward and uncomplicated; This Santa Maria Valley AVA is pure pinot that is easy drinking and delicious. I paid $21 for this at the Spasso restaurant in Minnetonka, Mn. Raise a glass and be sure to read my entry on this unique restaurant; would that ALL restaurants were as consumer conscious as this restaurant when it comes to wine pricing! Raise a glass.--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Waterbrook Columbia Valley Merlot 2011 Wine Review (NW)

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Tasting notes:Black cherry, dark chocolate, and aromatic oak on the noseFull bodied on the palateCedar, eucalyptus, and raspberry layers on the finishSummary:This Merlot from the Columbia Valley in Washington shows interesting layers on the nose and finish, bordering on exotic. There's density and richness along with good texture. Expect to pay around $15 or so, and raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • Daniele Ricci — Piedmont

    Michael Tulipan
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The pile of grape skins sitting in the middle of a field provides the first clue that Daniele Ricci is no ordinary winemaker. When asked about it, he remarked “what comes from the ground, returns to the ground.” The skins are fertilizer for next year’s vines and we have on display, in vivid detail, full-circle, ultra-natural winemaking. Carlo Daniele Ricci is a third generation winemaker, making wines under the label Azienda Agricola Ricci in the town of Costa Vescovato, a little-tread corner of southeast Piedmont. Not even an hour from Milan, the province of Alessandria is…
  • RIP Volker Eisele, Organic Napa Winemaker

    Organic Wine Journal
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    From The Press Democrat: Volker Eisele, the outspoken architect of a landmark farmland protection policy in Napa County that became widely emulated as a model for staunching unwanted development, died Friday at his ranch home near St. Helena from complications related to a stroke. He was 77. The German-born Eisele was an organic wine grape grower before the concept was popular. As a community activist and leader in the agricultural industry he fearlessly took on established orthodoxy, often in blunt style. He will be remembered most for engineering Measure J, a controversial land use policy…
  • 5 Biodynamic Champagnes To Enjoy All Year Long

    Organic Wine Journal
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    On Forbes, Organic Wine Journal Editor Adam Morganstern names 5 Biodynamic champagnes you can enjoy all year long. See the list here.
  • RAW — The Artisan Wine Fair 2015 — London, May 18 & 19

    Organic Wine Journal
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    London’s largest artisan wine fair is returning to the Old Truman Brewery (Spitalfields) on 17 & 18 May 2015. All wines showcased are organic or biodynamic with low intervention in the cellar, and many are totally natural – pure fermented grape juice. Be sure to save the date so you can pop along and sample tasty wonders alongside a delicious range of other artisan food and drinks. Ticket sales and trade registrations will open at the end of January 2015.
  • Natural Wine Catastrophe

    Fabio Bartolomei
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This post is about the bad things which have happened to me recently. Specifically, it’s about how my wines have turned into vinegar this year! Just a few weeks ago I had yet another lot go bad on me (this time about 2000 liters of Garnacha from Sierra de Gredos), which I poured down the drain. Needless to say I’ve been thinking a lot about the possible causes of this series of acetic events. Why so many instances this year (4 different lots) when I’ve been making wine in the same way for 12 years, and only one lot ever turned into vinegar in all that time (back in 2008 I…
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  • Château Beausejour, Grand Vin De Bordeaux

    Tim Lemke
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Over the past year I’ve reviewed a few different Bordeaux wines, a category that generally isn’t on the list of “cheap” wines.  But they do offer some good values and it’s possible to find some tasty ones for under $20. This particular one is a little over the $20 price target.  I tasted it without knowing the price and fell I loved it.  And although it’s a little more pricey than the typical wines I write about, some shoppers might still consider this one a good value. This wine comes from Château Beauséjour, on the left bank of Dordogne River, in…
  • Las Rocas Garnacha – Dynamic and Delicious

    Tim Lemke
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Garnacha was the first wine I wrote about at Cheap Wine Ratings and continues to be an easy choice for delicious and affordable wine.  And Las Rocas was one of the wines that I included in my early reviews, but I haven’t revisited it since then, until now. This garnacha comes from a co-operative winery in the Catalayud region in Spain called Las Rocas, which translates to “the rocks.”  The name comes from the soil in the Catalayud regions, which is covered with rocks.  Like many great wine regions, it’s land that has poor nutrients and is difficult to farm, making…
  • Cruz de Piedra Garnacha, Selección Especial – Very Special

    Tim Lemke
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Happy New Year!  I know that was over a week ago, but I’ve been preoccupied with my day job and a big kitchen remodeling project, so admittedly I’ve been neglecting this site.  But I haven’t forgotten it. I wanted to start the new year with getting back to my wine blogging roots and write up a little Spanish Garnacha. Yep, Garnacha was the first wine I wrote about here, back in 2007.  And for good reason.  For those value hunters, like me, Garnacha is often an easy choice when looking for a red wine with a lot of bang for your buck.  They tend to be a little bit on the…
  • Port Wine for Beginners

    Tim Lemke
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    When it comes to dessert wine, there’s no single type that gives you as much variety as Port.  It’s one of my favorites, in part because a good Port is absolutely delicious and in part because there are so many ways to enjoy it.  I’d say it’s much more more diverse than just a dessert wine. It’s an interesting and potentially challenging wine to get started with, because with so many variations it can be a little confusing for beginners.  But if you’ve been wanting to give Port a try and you’re not sure where to start, I have a few ideas to get you…
  • Concha y Toro, Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Chardonnay – Exciting

    Tim Lemke
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The wines from Concha y Toro’s “Gran Reserva Serie Riberas” line come from vineyards along select river banks in Chile.  “Serie Riberas” translates to mean river banks series.  And it’s an interesting concept, knowing how influential rivers can be on a wines characteristics. Think about it, some of the best wine regions are along rivers.  This is no coincidence.  The micro-climates created by rivers often create conditions that are good for growing grapes.  So Concha y Toro had the idea to create a series of wines made from grapes grown along the…
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • Super Small Micro-Bottlings from One of Only 2 *** Loire Producers accroding to the RVF- Micro Allocations

    Lyle Fass
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    By now the clients who took the risk and bought the high end cuvees of Thierry Germain at Domaine des Roches Neuves know how great these wines can be and are being rewarded. They are getting the recognition in France as well as the RVF upgraded them to 3 stars as one of the top two estates in the Loire (along with Clos Rougeard whose wines go for 2-3 these prices and are also impossible to find). These wines are just incredible and I can still taste the Clos Romans 2011 a client kindly opened for me this past Sunday. These are top of their class wines and shows what quality can be achieved in…
  • One of the Best White Wines I had in 2013 - Under $40. If You Haven't Had Cotat, You Should.

    Lyle Fass
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    I do not like Sauvignon Blanc. Let's get that out of the way first. But I love the brilliant Chavignol's of Francois Cotat. Why is that? First of all this is Chavignol and not Sancerre. The wines from the rest of Sancerre share many of the same characteristics, but upon the majestic hill that is Chavignol, this terroir creates Sancerre of a special character. When you combine that with the incredible traditional winemaking of Francois Cotat you have some of the best wines int he world. An aged Cotat I had in 2013 was one of the top 3-4 white wines I had all year (and I drink a lot of Burgundy…
  • One of the Great Lost Estates of Europe: A Perfectly Aged Wine from One of the Great Estates of the Mosel

    Lyle Fass
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    What do Gentaz-Dervieux, Claire Dau, Raymond Trollat and Schloss Eltz all have in common? They all made terrific world-class wine and theyall do not exist anymore. Surely there must be more estates beyondthese that were the bee's knees and then hung it up for one reason oranother. Of course there are. Licht-Bergweiler was one of the greatold estates of the Mosel. They were firmly in the 2nd tier behind JJ Prum and Willi Schaefer. The wines were spectacular old school Mosel style. Kind of like Steinmetz crossed with Willi Schaefer.The 1994 Licht-Bergweiler Brauneberger Juffer Auslese can be…
  • The Last Bottles Available in the Cellar: Côte de la Epine Is Unfortunately the New Darling of French Rhone Drinkers - Offer Moved Up to Secure Small Allocation (Trollat's Old Vines!)

    Lyle Fass
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    I was planning on offering these wines in May but Michael E-Mailed me and told me that demand was so strong in France that he only had a small number of bottles left so... the offer is today.   These wines are incredibly unique for three reasons: 1) While they have lovely Syrah fruit, they are incredibly elegant and more finesse-driven.   2) they are under $25 which is an incredibly low price for the highly popular St. Joseph AOC (thank you direct from the winery model - these would be $35 through 3 tier). 3) The winery has vines from the famed  and non-existent anymore cult…
  • The Second Bottling from the Cult German Pinot Producer: You All Bought Three Times My Allocation on the Last Offer

    Lyle Fass
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    I offered the "single soil" wines (Bundsandstein and Muschelkalk) from Enderle and Moll in December and there was nearly a riot.  Everyone ordered in total about three times as much wine as I was allocated.   Why Did this Happen? Enderle and Moll's wines are absolutely stunning examples of Pinot Noir Everyone who has had them has been blown away by the quality and distinctiveness They are incredibly underpriced for the quality even though Enderle and Moll's increased recognition has increased the price from our initial offer of the 2011.The 2013 Enderle and Moll…
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    HaKerem: Israeli Wine

  • Sommelier 2015

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    Sommelier is Israel’s most professional wine festival. Not intended for hobbiests or people looking to get drunk but rather intended for true oenophiles, members of the industry such as restaurant buyers and wine shops as well as sommoliers, wine waiters, bar managers, buyers, etc. Sommelier will take place 26-27 January between 12:00-21:00 at the Heichel HaTarbut. It is the largest wine festival in Israel with the most wineries (both Israeli and non-Israeli). For more information (Hebrew): Professionals in the Israeli food and…
  • Rothschild & Montefiore At Carmel

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    The Baroness Ariane de Rothschild visited Rishon Le Zion as guest of the Mayor, Dov Tzur. The visit marked 80 years since the death of Baron Edmond de Rothschild and 132 years since the founding of Rishon Le Zion. The Mayor presented her with Honorary Citizenship of Rishon Le Zion. She also visited Carmel Winery’s Rishon Le Zion Cellars. She was hosted on a brief tour by Adam Montefiore, who presented her with a bottle of Carmel’s prestige wine, Carmel Limited Edition 2008. Montefiore told the story of how Baron Edmond de Rothschild insisted on bringing the Bordeaux varieties to…
  • Zvi Segal of Segal Winery (Hebrew)

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    This video is about Zvi Segal, patriarch of the Segal Family, one of the early winemaking families in Israel.  
  • Tura Winery (Hebrew)

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
  • Roni Saslove – Winemaker and manager of the Tasting Room

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Check out this clip on Roni Saslove, winemaker and manager of The Tasting Room, one of the newest wineries that opened up in Tel Aviv’s renovated Sarona complex. A great place to visit in a beautiful setting, only a few steps from Tel Aviv’s Azrieli Center and business district. The Tasting Room is probably the best wine shop in Israel to get a wine tasting. In addition, I’ve had the pleasure to meet Roni a few times and she is truly one of Israel’s top wine professionals.
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    יינות ישראל

  • איך להשיג את המטרות – לגלות את העוצמה של הליכה עם אנשים חכמים

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    אנשים שהם מופלא באמת גורם לך להרגיש שאתה גם יכול להיות – מארק טוויין אחד הסודות החזקים ביותר של ההצלחה הוא להקיף את עצמך עם האנשים הנכונים. כאשר אנו קובעים יעדים חדשים, אנחנו חייבים להסתכל לפחות מורה טוב אשר תעורר אותנו להגדיל את החזון שלנו, ללמד אותנו כיצד להושיט יד לעזור לנו בתקופות של קושי. אחד המכשולים הגדולים ביותר, כי אנו…
  • מסעדה על הגג

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    לאחרונה, יותר ויותר מסעדות ברוסיה על הגגות. נכון לעכשיו, רוב פעיל בפיתוח עסק כזה במוסקבה וסנט פטרסבורג. הבניין הזה הוא מסעדה, נוח למדי, נוח, מרכזי יוצא דופן עבור רוסי. מבקרים של מפעלים אלה הוא רושם חיובי חזק. מקום במסעדה או בית קפה ותיעוד גג מבצע – היא בעיה הנדסיים מורכבים. חייבים לקחת בחשבון את יכולת הנשיאה של לוחות חיזוק,…
  • אוטסורסינג, גורמי ההצלחה והתזמון שלהם

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    כללי כל חברות טיפול הערכה כדי להעריך את ההשפעה החיובית שנוצר על ידי משתמשים של מיקור חוץ, יותר על הבמה מקום אחר להיות מאופיין מערבולת, הזדמנויות, איומים, מובילה לשקול את היתרונות שניתן להפיק ממנה. הפרופסור של נושאים ניהול ניהול תוכנית ההתמחות של איכות ופריון שטח פנים בוגר האוניברסיטה של ​​Carabobo נחשב מאוד משמעותי כי ניהול…
  • חשבונאות לקוחות

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
    הפעילות החשובה ביותר של כל חברה הוא לקיים ותמיכה של לקוחות חשבונאות, אשר מהווה מרכיב חשוב למשוך חדשים ושמירה על לקוחות קיימים, כמו גם בהתפתחות הכללית של מודרני ארגון. רשומות מעוצבת ומאורגנת היטב יאפשר לך ללקוחות להשתמש נתוני הלקוחות כדי ליצור תוכניות שיווק ומסעות פרסום. כלי תוכנה, כולל אחסון עיבוד הנתונים יהיה עוזרו הנאמן שלכם…
  • תשלום משכנתא

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:53 pm
    אם הלווה לא יכול לשלם את ההלוואה, ואז זה יהיה צריך לשלם עבור שחרור בערבות. כל לווה רוצה לעשות פירעון מוקדם של הלוואה משכנתא. ואכן, ועדה אז צריך לשלם הרבה פחות. זה אפשרי מאז התשלום הראשון ללא עמלות או בעמלות. פירעון ההלוואה יכול להיות חלקית או מלאה (פירעון מוקדם). עם זאת, את גודל התשלום קודם לכן חייב להיות שווה לפחות 5000 דולר ארה"ב.
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    ShipCompliant: Wine Shipping Blog

  • Michigan excise tax shift creates pricing scramble

    Patrick Barratt, Wholesale Product Manager
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    Michigan Alcoholic Beverage Excise Tax: Important change shifts liabilities from supplier to wholesaler on February 1, 2015 The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is making a significant change to the regulations for alcoholic beverage distribution within the state. Beginning February 1, 2015 Michigan alcoholic beverage wholesalers will be responsible for the filing and payment of all wine, malt, and low alcohol mixed spirit drink excise taxes. Please note, all spirits over 10% ABV are controlled by the state and no change or action is needed. Currently, manufacturers and out-of-state…
  • Report Shows Record-Breaking Year for Direct Wine Shipping

    Elizabeth Hansen - ShipCompliant Program Manager
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    –For Immediate Release– ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines Release Annual Report Showing Value of Winery Direct Shipments Jumping 15.5% in 2014 (Boulder, COLORADO)—American wineries increased the dollar value of their direct-to-consumer shipments by an unprecedented 15.5% in 2014, with an equally record-breaking increase in the volume of those shipments. The average price per bottle of shipped wine also recovered with a 1.6% increase over 2014, according to the new ShipCompliant/Wines & Vines Wine Shipping Report released today. The newly released annual report, a…
  • Are shipping charges taxable in Illinois?

    Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    Folks in Illinois are quite litigious when it comes to occupation and use (aka sales) taxes on transportation or delivery (aka “shipping”) charges. Back in 2006, Wal-Mart was hit with a class action for collecting tax on shipping where no tax was allegedly due. In more recent years, over 200 retailers have been sued by a Chicago attorney for not collecting tax on shipping. So, should you collect and remit tax on shipping charges, or should you not collect or remit taxes on shipping? If only the answer were so black and white. Important considerations, as you will find in the regulations,…
  • FedEx will begin shipping wine to Massachusetts on Febuary 1st

    Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
    FedEx announced today that, effective Feb. 1, 2015, FedEx Express and FedEx Ground will open the state of Massachusetts for legal shipments of alcoholic beverages. The announcement provided the following: FedEx Ground and FedEx Express will both transport legal alcoholic beverage shipments into, out of and within the state of Massachusetts starting Feb. 1, 2015. Please note, unauthorized shipments of alcoholic beverages destined for MA prior to a Feb. 1, 2015 delivery date may not be accepted for delivery and/or returned to shipper. Per FedEx policy, all alcoholic beverage shipments may only…
  • Last Month to Renew Labels in South Dakota

    Alex Umbhau - ShipCompliant Product Analyst
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Happy Holidays! With Thanksgiving and the busiest shopping day of the year behind us, we have less than one more month of 2014 left. That’s 29 days of finishing resolutions you made last year and even less to buy holiday gifts! It also means that the label renewal periods for a few states are coming to a close! Luckily, South Dakota label renewals can be easily completed electronically in just a few minutes. All you need to know are the labels that you wish to continue to sell in 2015, and your four digit brand registration license number (the ABC can provide this if you’ve…
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Oak Aged Vodka

    Robert C. Lehrman
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    TTB does not allow Aged Vodka, or Aged Gin. But this would seem to show it’s pretty easy to work around these arcane, antiquated restrictions. Note how the word “aged” is nowhere but everywhere on this label, and Absolut does not mind throwing in a reference to “craft” for good measure. Related Posts: Tito Responds (15) The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval (15) Rye Beer (1)
  • Tito Responds

    Robert C. Lehrman
    4 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Over the years many have suggested that Tito’s vodka is not really made in small batches or by hand. I tried to keep an open mind, as the brand grew, and even in the face of the lawsuits summarized here. So I have been particularly looking forward to a response, on the merits, at long last, from the source. Tito finally responded, on November 17, 2014, in the form of a motion to dismiss the Florida case. (The defendants also filed a similar motion, a month later, in the California case. The California motion is 28 pages and substantially similar to the one filed in Florida, right down…
  • Maker’s Mark Bourbon Got Tito’d

    Robert C. Lehrman
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I have focused on beverage labeling law since 1988. During that time it has been very rare for a private party to bring any action against a beer, wine or spirit supplier’s labeling or advertising — unless the basis was trademark. Instead, most people assumed the states, TTB, and FDA would take care of this, pretty much to the exclusion of anyone else. Pom began to unravel this in a big way over the past couple of years, and this trend seems to be gaining momentum. A San Diego law firm filed a class action lawsuit, on December 8, 2014, in federal court in California. The case is…
  • Our Craft Boom Echoes all the way to France and Sweden

    Robert C. Lehrman
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I have been hearing about Our Vodka for quite some time but have not had much chance to scope it out. Now that I found time, I thought there would be a lot more there there. I only see US approvals for two in this series so far, to cover Detroit, and Seattle, as above. I start this post with a skeptical but open mind, willing to be persuaded that it’s a good idea. My skepticism flows from how local can it be, with a company in France and another in Sweden, running the show? It also flows from, if this is really supposed to have some local pizzazz, could there be a worse way to capture…
  • In Defense of Fireball, PG and Good Journalism

    Robert C. Lehrman
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The Daily Beast published a highly relevant story a few days ago, slamming Fireball and propylene glycol. Fireball is a hugely popular “Cinnamon Whisky,” and a recent label approval is here. The story explains that Fireball contains propylene glycol, commonly known as PG, and in the most alarming way that could probably be set forth without a big lawsuit, the article heaps scorn upon PG and Fireball. As of today, Google has more than 81,000 stories about fireball propylene glycol, but the Beast story was one of the first. The article trots out alarming buzzwords such as: recall,…
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • Opus One Wine Dinner at Del Frisco's Boston

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak in Boston is offering a five-course dinner featuring the wines of Opus One on Thursday February 5th at 6:30 pm.Del Frisco's is fantastic dining experiernce (review) and Opus One produces Bordeaux blends at the very highest level in Napa Valley.I visited Opus One in 2010. Opus One was founded as a collaboration between Baron Phillipe de Rothschild and the Robert Mondavi family. The wines remain strong today thanks to the leadership of winemaker Michael Silacci. It was on this visit that I got a sense, for the first time, of the broad range of responsibilties a…
  • Total Wine Coming to Massachusetts

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    I don't know how this slipped by me until now, but national wine retailer Total Wine is set to open in Natick, Massachusetts this year:Total Wine & More plans to open a store at Cloverleaf Mall, taking over the existing 7,000-square-foot Cloverleaf Wine and Spirits and adjacent Golfers Warehouse space.Read more...If you're not familiar with Total Wine, their stores are huge with tons of wines at all price points. Rather than having sections for regions or varieties they have entire grocery store-sized aisles devoted to, for example, domestic Pinot Noir.Their entry here is notable for its…
  • Using Points & Miles to Travel to Wine Spectator Grand Tour Events

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Yesterday I posted about Wine Spectator's Grand Tour events coming up in 2015 in Chicago, Las Vegas and Dallas. I immediately started thinking about which of the locations would be most convenient to attend. If the idea of flying in to a city just to attend a wine tasting sounds crazy and expensive bear with me for a moment. It might be easier and more affordable than you think.Why?First, the reason I'd be willing to fly for one of these tastings is because they're so good. Yes, $225 per person is a lot of money for a wine tasting. But the quality of wine poured at these events and the…
  • Dates Set for Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2015

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Locations and dates have been set for Wine Spectator's 2015 Grand Tour events.These stand-up/walk around tastings provide an outstanding opportunity to taste benchmark wines and meet winemakers and winery owners. Wine Spectator editors attend, a light buffet is provided and you get a souvenir Riedel glass.If you're looking to efficiently and enjoyably build up a frame of reference for some of the world's great wines, these Spectator events are the best I've found. If you're a wine enthusiast it's hard to imagine not feeling like a kid in a candy store. And if you just like the taste of wine…
  • 15% Off at Liquid Discount with Exclusive Code WWP15: What to Buy Now

    10 Jan 2015 | 3:41 pm
    New York based online retailer Liquid Discount is offering two discount codes for your consideration:10% off $199+ orders WWP1015% off $299+ orders WWP15Combined with reasonable shipping costs (especially when you ship a round 12 bottle case) and quick fulfillment, it's worth having a look through their inventory to see if you can find great values in the categories interesting to you.A category that's had my attention lately is 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir. I'm normally more of a California guy when it comes to Pinot Noir but the '12 Pinot Noir vintage was disappointing in California and Oregon…
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  • 2012 Domaine du Colombier Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Gaby

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    2012 Domaine du Colombier Crozes Hermitage Cuvee GabyThe top Crozes cuvee is the 2012 Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Gaby, with is 100% Syrah that’s aged all in a combination of new and used barrels. It’s a fantastic Syrah that offers a classic, elegant and medium to full-bodied profile to go with notions of peppery herbs, olive tapenade and assorted currant-like fruit. Possessing beautiful purity, fine tannin and a no shortage of texture, drink this knockout effort over the coming 8-10 years. Importer(s): Kysela Pere et Fils, 130 Windy Hill Lane, Winchester, VA 22602, (540) 722-9228,…
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    Wine Peeps

  • Happy 7th Birthday to Wine Peeps!

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

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

    25 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” (Luke 2:10-12) Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas from your Wine Peeps was originally posted on Wine Peeps. Wine Peeps - Your link to great QPR wines from Washington State and beyond.
  • Fall Line Winery: Current and Upcoming Releases

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2013 Cune Monopole Rioja Blanco from the Rioja Alta appellation in Spain. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Cune, also known as Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, was founded in 1879 by brothers Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asua in Haro, Rioja, and is still family-owned and family-operated by direct…
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  • Happy New Year 2015!

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
      Coinciding with launching my fledgling enterprise USA Ambassadors, I’ve moved from the bustling San Francisco Bay Area to a small town in beautiful Eastern North Carolina.  I lived in San Francisco after college then moved slightly north to Marin County at age 29.  The following 20 years, I enthusiastically enjoyed the food, wine and […]
  • USA Ambassadors Wine Food Culture & Giving Community

    9 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
      USA Ambassadors is a community of people who share the belief that we can positively impact the world and have a good time doing it. Presently, it is an online community where we can get to know each other and share inspiration and information. You will find these categories: wine, food, culture.  Articles, photos, […]
  • International Wine Friends

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

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

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

  • Pardon the Interruption

    George Perry
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    So I’m taking a brief (very brief) hiatus from the blog. Why you ask? Because my wife and I are in the middle of relocating from Richmond, Virginia to Greenville, North Carolina and, to be honest, I just don’t have the time to keep up with selling one house, buying another, and moving. Also, most of my wine supplies are all packed up (not all…just most). I’ll be back around the start of February so don’t worry that I’ve decided to walk away from the site. The post Pardon the Interruption appeared first on The Good Wine Guru. Related posts: Happy Birthday…
  • 2012 McIntyre Vineyards Estate Chardonnay

    George Perry
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Chardonnay Region:  Santa Lucia Highlands, California – USA Cost:  $28 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Pale gold in the glass, like warm autumn sunshine, this wine embodies the essence of the Santa Lucia Highlands with its aromas of baked golden apples, ripe pears, butterscotch, and lemon cream pie. In the mouth, it has ample minerality, persistently pleasant acidity, and delightful flavors of lemon bars, pear creme brulee, pineapple-carrot cake, and lemon meringue pie. Finishes with lively intensity, leaving a pleasant hazelnuttiness in its wake. My Review:…
  • 2012 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Varietal:  80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 16% Merlot; 2% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot Region:  Napa Valley, CA – USA Cost:  $50 (SRP) Winemaker’s Note:  Lush and smooth with a deep ruby red color and aromas of black cherry, red plum, and sandalwood that lift out of the glass. The wine has an inviting rich entry with a velvety texture and captivating notes of cassis, cocoa, and ripe wild berries. The complex flavors continue to unfold into a long rewarding finish. The 2012 is ready to drink upon release but will continue to develop and age gracefully over six to eight…
  • December 2014 Virginia Wine Chat – Trump Winery

    George Perry
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    It’s that time again, time for another Virginia Wine Chat! This month our friend Frank Morgan visited Trump Winery and sat down with their winemaker, Jonathan Wheeler, to taste some wines, talk about their approach, and to get his thoughts on the Virginia wine industry as a whole. As usual, I’ve embedded the video below so you can check it out for yourself and we can get to my thoughts on the wines. This month we tasted 4 different wines – 3 whites and a red. 2009 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc – $24 The Sparkling Blanc de Blanc is always a favorite at my house, in no small…
  • 2014 Holiday Wine Gifts

    George Perry
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s that time of year again, the time when you’re scrambling to think about what to get that person in your life, be it a mother, father, husband, wife, or co-worker, and you realize you don’t know what to get them, but that you know they’re always open for something related to wine. So, with that in mind, here’s my recommendations on a variety of items that the wine-lover in your life would be more than happy to find under the tree or in a stocking.  Stocking Stuffers Ok, these items don’t have to go in a stocking, but they can, for the most part, get…
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • Truchard Vineyards – a step back in time

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
      When you step out of your car, in the small makeshift parking lot that is really the vineyard, you are immediately transported to a rural setting a scant 10 minutes from downtown Napa.  The iconic redwood barn and farmhouse stand proudly as sirens to Truchard Vineyards, straddling the Carneros region close to San Pablo Bay. Arriving in California in the late 1960s, Jo Ann and Tony Truchard were Texas transplants that were enchanted by wine country as they went on a road trip exploring their newly adopted state.  Ever the adventurer, Tony thought it would be fun to plant a vineyard in…
  • School Daze – Further Adventures in Wine

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As you may have read, here on le blog, last fall I was studying for my CSW certification (Certified Specialist of Wine) through SF Wine School.  Recently, I learned that I didn’t make the cut; unsurprisingly, with only 65% of first time test takers passing, I narrowly missed my pass rate.  After my initial fury at myself for missing 9 itty questions for the required 75% passing rate, I realized that this was a great learning experience, and an opportunity for me to share what I learned here. Studying your passion isn’t always easy.  It can turn in to a job, which, in my…
  • Holman Ranch: A step back in time

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Holman Ranch was established in 1928, well before the rush of wineries started to populate the rural and bucolic Carmel Valley.  When one thinks of Carmel Valley, you might well think Carmel (by-the-Sea), but in teh short 10 miles up the narrow valley, Carmel by the Sea dissolves away in to Carmel Valley, where horse ranches and vineyards dot the rugged hillsides that once housed cattle and horse ranches. The family owned Holman Ranch is at the northeastern end of the valley, and while only a few miles from the ocean, is a world – and a century away.  The Ranch itself sits above a…
  • Experience America’s Heritage Grape!

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    It’s that time of year again, time for the annual Zinfandel Experience!  Attracting Zin lovers from around the world, Zinfandel Experience is celebrating its 24th anniversary with three days of wine tasting events with zins from all over California, as well as unique corners of the world! A classically American wine, Zinfandel is one of the oldest grapes grown in California.  From the old school Italian field blends of the Central Valley to the bold expressions of Dry Creek, there is a zin for everyone! January 29-31st the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers association presents 4 days…
  • Now back to life as we know it…

    1 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
      2015 is finally here!  I think I join a large contingent of people that agree, good riddance to 2014 and it’s bumps, bruises, pitfalls and elated highs.  Personal challenges were a common theme in my circles, and for me personally – a major career shift, family health issues, focus on personal relationships and a very intense and yet rewarding wine class pushed me a touch over the edge. Phew.  Good bye, and good night! With the new year, thoughts of new goals, new ideas, and new inspirations run through my brain.  While I’m certain that I cannot attain all of them…
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  • 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…
  • Spend Day of Goodwill at Backsberg

    Alana Ridley
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    Join Backsberg for a fantastic Day of Goodwill Lunch under the shady garden trees. Spoil your loved ones to a buffet feast and relax after the Christmas festivities. The serene Winelands is the best setting for an idyllic celebration. Let your children roam free in the landscaped gardens while you sit back and be served a delicious spread of home-cooked favourites. Enjoy live background music and let the day linger into the sunset while you savour some great Backsberg wines. Booking is essential. Call Nico, our restaurant manager, at 021 8755952 or email R250…
  • Top 10 tweets from Wine Vision

    Simon Back
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    I have been keeping an eye on tweets coming from a conference being held in the UK called Wine Vision. The conference saw a number of top speakers converge to present on all things wine-related. Here are some of the tweets which stood out for me: A challenge 4 wine: wine is linked to social capital. Nobody wants to make a mistake @wine_vision @futurethoughts #winevision — Harpers Wine (@HarpersWine) November 18, 2014 What do great wines have in common? Quality, a face, a perception, hand delivered, limited local competition #winevision — Wine Vision (@wine_vision) November 18, 2014 Ironic…
  • Backsberg Picnic Concert Series 2015

    Alana Ridley
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:09 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…
  • Don’t miss the Backsberg Twilight MTB Ride

    Alana Ridley
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    Backsberg PPA Tread Lightly Twilight MTB Ride 2014 Join Backsberg and PPA on Friday 12 December for a fabulous, fun late-afternoon ride aimed at the whole family! The Backsberg PPA ‘Tread Lightly’ MTB Funride is the last funride for the year and three routes are on offer, namely 20 kms, 10 kms and 4 kms. The event takes place at Backsberg Estate Cellars on scenic routes that are not normally open to the public. This will be a very informal ride with no seeding; you are encouraged to ride with your friends and there will be no timing or results. Prizes will go to the best fancy-dress on…
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  • Who do you work for?

    7 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Being in the middle of the supply chain can be a little confusing. On a daily basis, you find yourself serving many masters. Your employer, who at the end of the day, would seem to trump all, but you are also getting pressure from your customers and in the other direction on the supply chain-suppliers, wineries etc. Unfortunately, these 3 are basically never aligned in their needs. You have a very crappy decision to make on a daily basis-Which do you serve?In order to find peace and the right answer, all you need to do is observe which direction the money flows. It starts with the consumer…
  • The peril of becoming "An Industry of Cool"

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    We're all guilty of it, judging people by the wine they (think) they like. Some of us actually (but not sincerely) tell people to "drink what they like" There are certain things you are supposed to say you like at every juncture of your wine evolution. Eventually, you start saying things like "Americans are so dumb, they don't even know the  wines of (blah, blah, blah obscure region). This reminds me very much of the rise of College/ alternative Radio in the 80's/ 90's. There were certain bands you were supposed to say you liked. Instead of risking turning this into a musical discussion,…
  • "Have an extra shot of tequila and move on"

    6 Feb 2014 | 4:40 pm
    I've been wanting to write this post for some time, but each time, it became too specific and autobiographical. You see, breaking up with someone in this business is more emotionally complex than one would expect. I've done it many times. I have parted ways with 17 different wineries in 5 years. 17! I've stopped working with some half dozen distributors. I've had brands traded a bunch of times that I had no control over. Each and every time, emotions, to varying degrees, were a side effect.Then, yesterday, something happened, that had nothing to do with me: Allegrini dumped Winebow in favor…
  • Do you get it?

    5 Dec 2013 | 8:02 am
    There are exactly 2 kinds of buyers in the world. Buyers that get it and buyers that don't. Buyers that get it, endeavor towards balance, diversity and harmony, buyers that don't, are too caught up in one thing (for everyone, that one thing is different).The buyer that "Gets it":Looks for a solid worldview for their selection, diverse enough to have something for everyone that walks in and balances commerce/ profitability with being a great steward for wine. They positively challenge their clientele, educate themselves and build a community around what they are doing. They never brag or…
  • Jiro dreams of..... salespeople?

    31 Oct 2013 | 6:34 am
    Sushi is a special and magical product. It may take a lifetime to master the balance of flavors, the perfect cuts, the technique. In the seminal film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, this is the theme that is hammered home from the start. Jiro seemingly places sushi above everything, even family at times. The 85 yr old master believes that his son is still too green. When Jiro is pressed as to why he is so good, he heaps praise on his vendors. The brokers that deal with the fish markets always take care of him. Jiro believes he can be no better than his raw (literally) ingredients.A lifetime of trust…
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Two delicious but quite different Sauvignons

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Australia Week Day 2, although another country muscles its way into this video. Thought both of these Sauvignons were excellent, although quite different (and apologies for the lighting…) Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Adelaide Hills, Australia (£15.99 Selfridges, Askewine, Noel Young Wines, Horne & Daughters, ND John, The Vineyard, Ozwines, Winedirect) Rounder and smoother […]
  • Two Grenaches from Willunga 100, McLaren Vale, Australia

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:29 am
    A pair of warm-hearted but still fresh wines for Australia Day Willunga 100 Grenache 2013, McLaren Vale, Australia (£11.99 Liberty Wines, Ake & Humphris, AP Harvey Wines, The Beerhive, Buon Vino, The Cellar Buntingford, Corks of Cotham, Denby Dale Wines, Divine Fine Wines, Drinkmonger, Field & Fawcett, The Fine Wine Company, Grape & Grind, Gwin Llyn […]
  • Two Carmenères from Chile

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    A tasting of two halves… Aquitania Carmenère Reserva 2013, Maipo, Chile (£9.95 Winety – looks like I got the price wrong on the video) The more elegant end of the Carmenère spectrum, just the right side of jammy, this has lightly spicy blackcurrant and blackberry flavours joined by a note of coffee beans and a fresh […]
  • Pinot Noir from Chile, Australia, California & New Zealand

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    If you’d asked me in advance which of these would be my favourites, I don’t think I’d have been too close… Sol de Sol Pinot Noir 2010, Malleco, Chile (£19.95 Winety) Very impressive wine, lithe and fragrant, with a fresh and lightly cooked strawberry edge, s touch of leafy eucalyptus and a hint of ironstone. […]
  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    A big name in mouth-watering form… Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand (~£20 widely available) Sprightly wine, classic Spring flavours – cut grass, taut citrus tang, a touch of herbs – then fleshier rhubarb and passionfruit notes break through, but there’s always this spine of zesty acidity plus a minerally river pebble edge […]
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  • A Sparkling Wine Movement in the Pacific Northwest

    Mary Cressler
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    "Sparkling wine is the pinnacle of winemaking. It’s very difficult to make a really exciting sparkling wine. It’s one of the holy grails of winemaking! It’s a very tough thing to get right." The post A Sparkling Wine Movement in the Pacific Northwest appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • What We’re Drinking – 2010 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

    Becky Sue Epstein
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:56 pm
    At a recent tasting of the newly released five-star 2010 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino, I had a chance to go through several wines in depth at a seminar. But the seminar sample of Val di Suga’s  was flat and not that interesting, so I headed down to the tasting floor to see if it […] The post What We’re Drinking – 2010 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Vino Veteran: Peter Mondavi looks back at 100

    Michelle Locke
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    “I love the wine business and I think that’s the important thing. My whole life ... I spent my whole life in the wine business. And I still go in the office every day. That’s my love for the business.” The post Vino Veteran: Peter Mondavi looks back at 100 appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • From Tito to Tatjana: A Slovenian family reclaims its heritage

    W. Blake Gray
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Two years ago I happened upon a terrific story about a post-Communist comeback, of a family reclaiming its heritage after a Marxist dictator took it away. I'm sorry it took me so long to tell it, but better late than never. The post From Tito to Tatjana: A Slovenian family reclaims its heritage appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • The ones that (nearly) got away

    Simon Woolf
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tasting somewhere north of 1,000 wines a year means that inevitably some very good bottles get overlooked. This is a quick round up of some gems I encountered last year, and failed to adequately report. The post The ones that (nearly) got away appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
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  • Observations from an Emerging Wine Market (Colorado)

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    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 | 8:00 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…
  • Tweets From The Tasting Room

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a guest post from Mari Kane. She has worked in several tasting rooms throughout California and is now a writer, blogger and WordPress consultant living in Vancouver, BC. She blogs about wine at Tasting Room and about blogging at Blogsite Follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus. Twitter has emerged as the most efficient method to send a short message to the world and get engagement in return. The more people engage about a wine, the more they tend to buy, and that’s why Twitter has been such a boon to the wine industry. It’s easy to whip…
  • 3x More Sales – The Effect of an “Amazon Prime” Like Program in the Wine Industry

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    A year ago we launched 46Brix, an "Amazon Prime" type program for the wine industry. Let's start with the premise: a customer pays $79/year and receives shipping included on all of their wine purchases from 29 different wineries. Let's look at how we are doing one year into the program. From a wineries perspective, the two goals of the program are to: Build loyalty with their top online customers  Attract new customers who are top ecommerce customers at other wineries From our internal data at Vin65, we know that the top 10% of online wine buyers all buy at…
  • 6 Ways to Sell More Wine During The Holidays

    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's November and the holidays are fast approaching. You could have put Christmas off when Costco had festive gear on display in September - but there's no fighting it now. Wine sales peak over the holidays. So, how do you get consumers to buy direct, versus grabbing a bottle at the local store on their way to a holiday party? Here's how: 1. Promote gifting Offer custom gift sets where customers can choose from a variety of options to create the perfect gift. Make it easy by creating wine bundles or gift baskets. Do the heavy lifting so that all customers have to do is hit the add…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • Why Would Anyone Drink Old Prosecco?

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Of all the wines in the world, the last one that most people would think might be improved by aging over time in a cellar is probably Prosecco (well, actually, Myx Fusions Moscato—the fruit-infused fizz that Nicki Minaj promotes—probab...
  • 7 Top Sparkling Wines of 2014

    28 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    For everyone who has NOT bought their bubbles for New Year’s yet, take note: It is not too late! And to help out in that endeavor, here are my favorite Champagnes and sparkling wines from the last year of tasting. Any of them would make an e...
  • What the Heck Do Hobbits Drink, Anyway?

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    With the opening of the final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy of films, it seems natural to wonder what hobbits drink—I mean, when they aren’t haring off on adventures with roving troops of dwarves, crawling atop mounds of treasure guard...
  • 9 of the Year's Best Red Wine Values

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    For holiday entertaining, buy your wines by the case—most stores offer a 10 percent or more discount. (And, unlike eggnog, say, bottles that you don’t get around to using for the holidays will still be good for months or potentially ye...
  • 9 Great White Wine Values for the Holidays

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When it comes to wine, the best plan for holiday entertaining is to buy it by the case. Wine stores typically offer a 10 percent discount—sometimes more—when you buy 12 bottles (some stores also allow you to mix and match, so you don&r...
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  • Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers bring home the Gold

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Home to many great wineries producing legendary wines, Santa Cruz Mountains is an idyllic region to explore. It is a large area encompassing nearly 480,000 acres with vineyards reaching to 2,600 feet in elevation. They have...
  • Downtown Campbell Winter Wine Walk Coming February 11

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:21 pm
    The Downtown Campbell Business Association invites all wine lovers to their Winter Wine Walk to stroll the avenue, taking place Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 5pm to 9pm.Participants will stroll along charming Campbell Avenue through one of the...
  • Santa Clara Valley wineries at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    The historic Santa Clara Valley wine region has 22 wineries concentrated mostly in the southern end of the valley. But this small collection of wineries scored big at the recent 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, with 13 wineries...
  • Livermore Valley captures Gold at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:49 pm
    A record breaking 37 Livermore Valley wineries picked up 178 awards at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, including Best of Class for the 3 Steves 2012 Thatcher Bay Merlot, Crooked Vine 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and Wente 2013...
  • Niles Canyon Railway Romance on the Rails Valentine's Day wine tasting train

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Niles Canyon Railway can make your Valentine’s Day unforgettable with the Romance on the Rails Wine Tasting Trains. On Valentine’s Day Saturday, February 14, there will be two trains, one leaving the Sunol station at...
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    Uvinum's blog

  • Do you know the wine regions of Argentina?

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Located in the southern tip of the American continent, Argentina is a beautiful country and also the fifth largest wine producer in the world. The mineral richness of its soil and climate favor the production of different types of vines. Today, Argentina has over 200,000 hectares cultivated with vineyards to date, that is 2.7% of all the vineyards in the world. Initially the development of Argentina's wine industry was slow. Since 1853, thanks in part to the arrival of European immigrants, occurred a major transformation: these immigrants brought knowledge of new cultivation techniques,…
  • How to make homemade herbal orujo

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Orujo is a star drink of the Spanish after-dinners, and from it, numerous derivatives are made, such as orujo cream, “licor de café” or herbal orujo. This last elaboration of orujo is also very popular and is considered a digestive, indicated to improve digestion after rather heavy meals. It enjoys wide acceptance in part due to its lower alcohol content, compared to “white” orujo,and its high sugar content, making it more palatable. There are a variety of herbal orujos, based on the different spices and aromatic herbs involved in its preparation, and also depending on the base…
  • Drink wine and save money at the dentist

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Wine provides a number of properties for the body, making it one of the most comprehensive drinks. It is an antioxidant, prevents cardiovascular disease, prevents cholesterol, along with other many other benefits for your health. And... it also prevents caries. This last statement can give us many joys, allowing us saving money at the dentist if, besides taking care of our oral health, we drink wine in moderation. This says a new study led by the Research Institute of Food Science at the Autonomous University of Madrid and published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, which…
  • Too many excesses? Take note of these 2 healthy recipes with wine

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Healthy food does not have to be boring and, indeed, there are many variations of healthy meals that include wine in their preparation, making them rich in flavor and highly practical for those who seek to keep a healthy lifestyle. Turkey with wine and vegetables This dish is part of traditional Spanish cuisine, is served as a main course throughout the year, it is low in fat so it is recommended for people with restricted diets for weight control, and by being accompanied by vegetables is a nutritious option to prepare at home in approximately 30 to 60 minutes. Ingredients: 2 turkey thighs,…
  • What is a wine tasting?

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    A wine tasting is done in order to know what are the smells, tastes and colors of wine to catalog it and to conclude their properties, both visual and taste. It is performed by professionals or oenologists, but the tastings lately are aimed at wine lovers, amateurs and people who want to know more about wine culture. Normally, in the tasting five different wines are tried, to appreciate diversity of shades, colors, flavors, spices and more to give tasting notes and scores to each wine. The tastings are usually made in bright locations, without odors and good temperature conditions, in…
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    Wine Blog

  • The Essence of Wine

    Jo Diaz
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    First of all, I have to apologize to Alder Yarrow of Vinography, regarding his book called The Essence of Wine. When he asked if I’d read it, I was ready. Then, Dharma stood me on my head and it’s taken from September 5 until now to get back onto my feet. Life does that… All […] The post The Essence of Wine appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Harvard… Hum… Brodiaea, Inc.

    Jo Diaz
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Harvard University, by any other name in wine country, is now called Brodiaea, Inc. When Harvard gets involved, we’re just off the normal beaten path. It’s been my experience that the learning curve is very long and steep for this industry. Investors want their profits today. The old adage of, “If you want to make […] The post Harvard… Hum… Brodiaea, Inc. appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • SEO and wine blog pitches – beware

    Jo Diaz
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    When I get pitched about things that surpass my HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 101 class, I turn to Jose. I know there are a lot of things that take down my blog, because I’ve had so many crashes. The good news for me is my IT person is living with me, and goes into immediate […] The post SEO and wine blog pitches – beware appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • What some of today’s digital writers are being paid these days

    Jo Diaz
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Web 2.0 launched; it opened the flood gates to digital writers. The playing field became a time lapsed frenzy on the field, like at the end of a Super Bowl. So many writers, almost free talent, if publishers are willing to switch off history for a while. That crashed many of those traditional jobs for […] The post What some of today’s digital writers are being paid these days appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • No answer is an answer

    Jo Diaz
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    No answer is an answer, if you don’t understand that yet. When “no” is an answer, it t can mean several things: The person is on vacation The person isn’t quite sure what to say and needs more time to think about it It’s a “no,” but the person is not even going to get […] The post No answer is an answer appeared first on Wine Blog.
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  • Oak Ridge Winery brings on OZV Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Oak Ridge Winery is Lodi’s oldest operating winery, founded in 1934 as a winemaking cooperative of local growers. When winegrower Rudy Maggio and his partners Don and Rocky Reynolds purchased Oak Ridge Winery in 2001 they started...
  • Lodi Wine and Chocolate Weekend February 7 and 8

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Fall in love with the wines of Lodi and treat your loved one to an exciting Wine and Chocolate Weekend in nearby Lodi Wine County February 7-8. Over 50 wineries will be open for tasting their handcrafted wines...
  • Northern Sonoma County Wine Road Barrel Tasting

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    The winemakers along the Wine Road in Northern Sonoma County invite you to Barrel Tasting, spread over two weekends March 6-8 and March 13-15. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the wines and wineries...
  • BlendFest on the Coast in Paso Robles Wine Country

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Paso Robles wine country produces some of the finest wines in California, and the California coast from San Simeon to Cambria nearby is one of the most scenic areas of this state. So what would be better than combine...
  • Lodi Vintners score big at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Lodi is a wonderful jewel in California’s wine regions. Many of the wineries are extensions of the wine growers that have been growing grapes in this region for many decades. The winemakers of Lodi have brought home many...
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  • VINO 2015 Italian Wine Week Event

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Wine Channel TV, wine lifestyle expert, Jessica Altieri will be speaking at VINO 2015, Italian Wine Week and Convention at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City from Feb 1-5th.This will be the 3rd year Wine Channel TV has covered the event and we’re expecting a “Super Bowl” type atmosphere for VINO 2015. Italian Wine Week in New York City, that’s our definition of a “Killer Pairing” VINO 2015 features hundreds of Italian Vintners, importers, wholesalers, retail chain buyers who will take part in the event with featured speakers,…
  • Mud House Wines Wins Big at Wrigley #NZSipsChicago

    12 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Winning at Wrigley Field in Chicago doesn’t happen that often. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908. We won’t have to wait that long to taste a “winning wine” at Wrigley Field. The #NZSipsChicago campaign landed at the Brixen and Ivy rooftop and Mud House Wines was part of the winning wine combination for the day. Mud House Wines winemaker Ben Glover was a key “player” in the days event with sure hands and great wine served for nine innings. No relief pitcher needed for Mr. Glover! Ben was also on hand for the Complexity New Zealand Fine…
  • Secrets No More for Spy Valley Wines with Wine Channel TV

    12 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    The Bank Vault at Walgreens was the not so secret location. And yes, we had cameras recording every word and bottle opened. The secret is out about Spy Valley Wines here in Chicago. Grab a bottle and you’ll know what we are talking about.You may be thinking to yourself why a winery would be called “Spy Valley” vineyards. Well that is because this Marlborough region winery is located very close to an international satellite communications monitoring station. One of the first grapes to ever been grown at Spy Valley was Chardonnay. Handpicked and whole pressed before a fermentation of…
  • Villa Maria and the Windy City Perfect Pairing

    12 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Named the 2007 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, George Geris has gained a world-wide knowledge and skills for wine-making from Europe to South Africa to Oceania in order to produce some of the finest wines in the Hawkes Bay Region as the Chief Marlborough Winemaker at the Villa Maria vineyard. At a wine tasting and Masterclass hosted by Complexity New Zealand Fine Wine in Chicago on June 8 and 9, Wine Channel TV, Media Host, Jessica Altieri chatted with George about one of Villa Maria’s top wines; their Hawkes Bay Reserve Cabernet Merlot. Grown in the Gimblett Gravels…
  • Felton Road Winery Hits Home in Chicago

    12 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Felton Road Vineyards and their Biodynamic Agriculture Method for Pinot Noir When it comes to Pinot Noir, Felton Road Vineyard knows how to make a deep, rich wine. Winemaker Blair Walter and his team has produced the Pinot Noir Block 3 with notes of leather, spice, and dried herbs with intense fruit and light floral scents. Be sure to pay close attention to the tannins in this wine with each sip you take. To capture the taste and texture in their Pinot Noir Block 3 wine, Felton Road Vineyards uses a Biodynamic technique to grow their grapes. Biodynamic agriculture follows a rigorous schedule…
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  • 'Tis the Season to be Zinful

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:18 pm
    During this season, with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head, my thoughts often segue to Zinfandel. The soft and jammy berry fruit, welcoming spice and touch of sweetness goes wonderfully with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Tasting Rooms & a Grand Opening in Lodi

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

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

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

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

    James Duren
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's hard to believe his portraits are made from what most of us consider trash, if not a reminder of sentiment.   Art and design website Colossal recently featured a story about Scott Gunderson, an artist who creates mosaic portraits out of used wine corks. Gundersen painstakingly sorts through thousands of corks to find the right hues to complete his stunning works.   “I've been known to pocket the occasional sentimental wine cork, but that's nothing compared to the thousands of used and recycled corks needed by … Gundersen to complete his large-scale…
  • Welcome Back: Marsala Surges Stateside

    James Duren
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The sweet-wine surge is just getting started.   Yesterday, the Lifestyle section of Bloomberg Businessweek noted the resurgence of Marsala wine from Sicily, a region which itself has seen a recent rise in popularity with American palates. Stodgy memories of chicken marsala are on their way out, experts say.   “One Sicilian wine staple, still languished … until recently: marsala, the local fortified wine which acts as a response to Portugal's Madeira or port,”  the Bloomberg article said. “Stateside, where marsala suffered from its association with…
  • French Laundry Wine Recovered in North Carolina

    James Duren
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mystery solved, sort of.   This past week detectives from the Napa County Sheriff's Office flew to Greensboro, North Carolina, to recover bottles of wine stolen from world-famous Michelin restaurant French Laundry. Law enforcement has not said how many bottles were recovered and no arrests have been made, according to several sources.   “Sheriff's officials did not disclose exactly how many of the missing 76 bottles were recovered or how the wine was traced back to North Carolina,” the St. Helena Star reported yesterday.   According to Santa Rosa's The…
  • The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Wine Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc

    Alex Tilling
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sauvignon Blanc will always keep you guessing. On the one hand it is capable of making a wine that can boast ethereal grace and complexity, yet on the other it can be raw, green and aggressively unbalanced. It is a simple case of the have’s and the have not’s: Those that have the right soil (poor), the right climate (cool) and the passion (low yields come at a cost), versus those that do not.     The Roots of Sauvignon Blanc   Sauvignon Blanc’s star first rose in France. There were the vibrant, terroir-driven wines of the Central Loire which provided a window…
  • Sipping Synthetic: Scientist Creates Guilt-Free Alcohol Pill

    James Duren
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If David Nutt's wonder pill was around a few years ago, we may never have had the pleasure of watching Bradley Cooper and his pals fumble their way through numerous hangovers. The English scientist received attention this week in several British publications for alcosynth, a substance which is reported to give drinkers the feeling of being tipsy without the nasty day-after effects of a hangover.    “The substance is in the Valium family, but without being addictive or causing withdrawal symptoms,” The Telegraph reporter Rebecca Burn-Callander said in a story this…
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  • Cycling in wine country

    Joe Becerra
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    Cyclist on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley Cycling in wine country I used to love cycling, especially in the wine country. I did the Santa Rosa Wine Country Century several times. What a lovely ride through the backroads of the Russian River wine country! I gave up cycling a few years back for a number of reasons. Most of all, the inherent danger of the sport. A few tips for cycling in wine country: Ride mid morning, after the workers rush along the backroads to get to work. Most tasting rooms open between 10 and 11 a.m. It is a good idea to ride before the wine tasters hit the…
  • Iconic Robert Mondavi Winery

    Joe Becerra
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    The iconic Robert Mondavi Winery It was in the mid 1960′s that the legendary Robert Mondavi founded his winery on Highway 29 in the Oakville area of the Napa Valley. Only a handful of wineries were in the Valley at that time. Hardly anyone outside Northern California knew about the wines of the Napa Valley. Everything changed once the Robert Mondavi Winery was established. Robert Mondavi was the single most important individual responsible for Napa Valley becoming one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Through Robert’s influence, the Napa Valley became a mecca for food…
  • Santa Ynez Wine Country

    Joe Becerra
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Santa Ynez Wine Country Santa Ynez wine country is one of several wine appellations in Santa Barbara County. One can easily explore this exciting wine country when visiting Solvang, Buellton or Los Olivos. It is about a 45-minute drive from the city of Santa Barbara. There are many excellent wineries to explore on this wine route. You can view our favorite wineries along this route on our “Santa Ynez Wine Trail.” Any time of the year is a good time to visit this area. The weather in Santa Ynez is usually mild during this time of the year. Pack a lunch from the Los Olivos Market…
  • Holman Ranch Carmel Valley

    Joe Becerra
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    The peaceful setting of Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley Holman Ranch Carmel Valley – Event and Wedding Venue Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley is one of several wineries along the Carmel Valley Wine Route. The winery is situated in the hills of the Santa Lucia Mountains. There are 21 acres of vines planted and all sustainably farmed. Holman Ranch specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Other varieties made include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and a Rosé of Pinot Noir wine. All wines are estate grown. The winery was recently built on the premises and tours and tastings can be…
  • Monterey Fish House

    Joe Becerra
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    The rustic Monterey Fish House Monterey Fish House We recently spent a few days on the Monterey Peninsula. We visited several wineries and tasting rooms and enjoyed delicious meals along the way. For many years we have wanted to dine at the Monterey Fish House. I asked the concierge at our hotel about the Fish House. She told us that it is a local’s hangout and whispered, “It’s my favorite restaurant.” We booked a 7 pm reservation. The Monterey Fish House is legendary and has a following like no other Monterey restaurant. We met one character at the bar, who told us he had been…
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  • Cycling in wine country

    Joe Becerra
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    Cyclist on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley Cycling in wine country I used to love cycling, especially in the wine country. I did the Santa Rosa Wine Country Century several times. What a lovely ride through the backroads of the Russian River wine country! I gave up cycling a few years back for a number of reasons. Most of all, the inherent danger of the sport. A few tips for cycling in wine country: Ride mid morning, after the workers rush along the backroads to get to work. Most tasting rooms open between 10 and 11 a.m. It is a good idea to ride before the wine tasters hit the…
  • Iconic Robert Mondavi Winery

    Joe Becerra
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    The iconic Robert Mondavi Winery It was in the mid 1960′s that the legendary Robert Mondavi founded his winery on Highway 29 in the Oakville area of the Napa Valley. Only a handful of wineries were in the Valley at that time. Hardly anyone outside Northern California knew about the wines of the Napa Valley. Everything changed once the Robert Mondavi Winery was established. Robert Mondavi was the single most important individual responsible for Napa Valley becoming one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Through Robert’s influence, the Napa Valley became a mecca for food…
  • Santa Ynez Wine Country

    Joe Becerra
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Santa Ynez Wine Country Santa Ynez wine country is one of several wine appellations in Santa Barbara County. One can easily explore this exciting wine country when visiting Solvang, Buellton or Los Olivos. It is about a 45-minute drive from the city of Santa Barbara. There are many excellent wineries to explore on this wine route. You can view our favorite wineries along this route on our “Santa Ynez Wine Trail.” Any time of the year is a good time to visit this area. The weather in Santa Ynez is usually mild during this time of the year. Pack a lunch from the Los Olivos Market…
  • Holman Ranch Carmel Valley

    Joe Becerra
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    The peaceful setting of Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley Holman Ranch Carmel Valley – Event and Wedding Venue Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley is one of several wineries along the Carmel Valley Wine Route. The winery is situated in the hills of the Santa Lucia Mountains. There are 21 acres of vines planted and all sustainably farmed. Holman Ranch specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Other varieties made include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and a Rosé of Pinot Noir wine. All wines are estate grown. The winery was recently built on the premises and tours and tastings can be…
  • Monterey Fish House

    Joe Becerra
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    The rustic Monterey Fish House Monterey Fish House We recently spent a few days on the Monterey Peninsula. We visited several wineries and tasting rooms and enjoyed delicious meals along the way. For many years we have wanted to dine at the Monterey Fish House. I asked the concierge at our hotel about the Fish House. She told us that it is a local’s hangout and whispered, “It’s my favorite restaurant.” We booked a 7 pm reservation. The Monterey Fish House is legendary and has a following like no other Monterey restaurant. We met one character at the bar, who told us he had been…
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  • The Hill grape fraud case does NOT taint Napa Valley!

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:10 pm
      Last week’s very long (3,700 word) article in the New York Times about the Jeff Hill case has stirred up tension in Napa Valley, where some people think the author, Vindu Goel, went over the top in painting Napa as a place where wine quality is “built on quicksand.” (Some of you might not be able to open the NYT link if you don’t have a Times subscription. Even if you can’t, you can probably find it on Google.) Last Spring, Mr. Hill, a vineyard manager, was charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of grapes from a client during…
  • Talking to an audience with different levels of wine knowledge

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:10 pm
      That was part of my challenge last week at a wine dinner I hosted, for Jackson Family Wines, at Ling & Louie’s, a fine Asian-fusion bistro in Scottsdale, Arizona. Seasoned speakers know it’s helpful to have advance knowledge of who your audience is. (Actually, it’s “whom” your audience is, but that sounds so precious.) The more you know about them—their backgrounds, careers, level of wine knowledge—the better you can tailor your remarks to their interests and desires. But this advance knowledge isn’t always possible, which is why some speakers will start things off…
  • A return to natural simplicity, in all things

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
      If there’s a new no-makeup, or low makeup, look for women—and the Wall Street Journal says there is–then I’m a fan. I never did like that Tammy Faye Bakker over-the-top clown face, although I did like Tammy Faye herself, who seemed to be a big-hearted, fair-minded, loving woman who never hesitated to part company with her co-religionists when she felt they were wrong on an issue.   The WSJ article suggests that the tendency for stars such as Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon to “brave the big screen with little-to-no visible makeup” is a welcome alternative…
  • SVB study: Millennials haven’t made “a dent” in fine wine sales

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:10 pm
      The new Silicon Valley Bank “State of the Wine Industry 2015” report is 56 pages long. I read through every one of them, and by far the most interesting statement was this: “Millennials have yet to make a dent in the fine wine business. So why the difference between the media reports and reality?” Wow. Tell it like it is, bankerman! As the report noted, “[One] might expect to find the tee totaling Boomers in rocking chairs with the Millennials at the head of the table. But despite the hype, that hasn’t come even close to happening.” First, a little context. You’ve heard…
  • Learning from somms

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:10 pm
      Great time yesterday tasting wine over lunch at a fabulous restaurant, The Loft, at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach. “Fancy-schmancy,” my grandma Rose would have called it. Chef Casey Overton’s food rocked; the pairings were excellent. Our guests were about a dozen local somms and retailers. The hours flew by and the conversation never lagged, so I guess you’d say it was a success. I certainly enjoyed myself. It always amazes me that professionals on the retail side of things are so interested in my former job as a wine critic. I mean, I’m there to talk about the wines,…
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  • Russian River Valley Wineries

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    The beautiful Russian River Valley is known for its top-rated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other wines. Learn about the Russian River Valley wineries of Sonoma County.
  • Wild Flour Bakery

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Wild Flour Bakery is an artisanal bakery located in the Sonoma Wine County near Sebastapol. They use a brick oven to bake the most amazing sourdough breads, scones, and biscotti.
  • Junk Art: Guaranteed to Make You Smile!

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The junk art of Patrick Amiot is guaranteed to make you smile. More than 170 outdoor sculptures adorn the yards and business of the small town of Sebastopol. The street on which he lives has more than 20 sculptures scattered throughout the front yards. Florence Avenue is often called
  • Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Explore Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. This 3,900 acre state park located near Kenwood offers camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, and stargazing.
  • Plan a California Wine Tour

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Plan your own California Wine Tour with this comprehensive guide to the California wineries, restaurants, and accommodations. Print free tasting coupons and winery maps.
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  • Bringing Your Own Wine (BYOW) to a Restaurant: The Proper Etiquette

    Jon Thorsen
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of my biggest pet peeves in the wine world is the outrageous price that many restaurants charge for a glass of wine. Typically priced at or above their wholesale cost for the entire bottle, I often find that one glass of wine ends up costing about the same price as the bottle at places like Costco or Total Wine. That's why I'm happy to bring you this special post from CorkageFee, a new app designed to help you save money by finding local restaurants that will let you bring your own wine. Cheers to that! From CorkageFee: If you’ve found a bottle of wine that you really enjoy through…
  • Ironside Cellars Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 - Worthy of a 21 Gun Salute

    Jon Thorsen
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    A new line of wines from 90 Plus Cellars. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 for just $16.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on 3 or more bottles (mix&match)! 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Malbec from Napa Valley, California.SRP of $30 and available for as low as $25 (Saturday Splurge). Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"This Cabernet Sauvignon is made from fruit grown in select Napa Valley regions including Coombsville, St Helena, Calistoga and Rutherford. One third of the grapes are harvested from…
  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Gold Red Blend 2012 - A Winner

    Jon Thorsen
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! This one definitely lives up to the gold label. 52% Cabernet Franc, 38% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine spent 18 months in 10% new French oak and 90% neutral barrels.SRP of $12 and available for as low as $8. This is a limited release wine. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"At Columbia Crest, we combine artisan winemaking with the best vineyards in the Columbia Valley to craft world-class wines of outstanding quality and value. Each year our winemaker puts aside a couple barrels of wine that represent the GOLD standard…
  • Smith & Hook Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - A Home Run!

    Jon Thorsen
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Another fantastic bottle from Hahn Family Wines. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petite Sirah from Central Coast, California.SRP of $25. 4,000 cases produced. The wine was aged in 65% new French oak. This review is brought to you by CorkExclusive where you can get the Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 for just $16.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on 3+ bottles (mix&match).From the winery:"The spectacular 2012 vintage produced fruit with incredible intensity throughout the Central Coast. Sourcing grapes from vineyards in San Antonio Valley, Arroyo Seco and Paso Robles, this vintage of Smith…
  • Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir 2013 - Lovely Languedoc

    Jon Thorsen
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! This frog knows his wine. 100% Pinot Noir from Languedoc, France.SRP of $9 and available for around $8. Imported by Palm Bay International. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Arrogant Frog is a wine that proudly embraces its origin in the South of France. To obtain the fruit-forward, rich and elegant style that defines Arrogant Frog, its creator Jean-Claude Mas harvests its grapes at perfect maturity from the hillsides of the five main valleys of the Languedoc.Our Pinot Noir has persistent aromas of red berries, cherries and soft spices with a silky palate. Serve with…
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  • Giordano Vespero Toscana Rosso IGT 2013

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Giordano Vespero Toscana Rosso IGT 2013, Tuscany, Italy, $8 (S) – Rating 90 This Sangiovese has been a consistent medal winner vintage after vintage. Aromas of bright cherry, plum and hints of raspberry. A soft mouth-feel with supple tannins and mild acidity makes this an easy-sipper. Flavors of cherry, plum, red berries and black fruits. Subtle notes of smoke and chocolate compliment this hints of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine The post Giordano Vespero Toscana Rosso IGT 2013 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Giordano Prosecco doc 2013

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Giordano Prosecco doc 2013, Veneto, Italy, $15 (S) – Rating 89 A very fun and jubilant dry sparkling wine. Floral notes and citrus dance on the nose. Very crisp with intriguing notes of minerality and citrus. Enjoy these bubbles on their own or pair with lighter fare including soft white cheese. Buy This Wine   The post Giordano Prosecco doc 2013 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Giordano Piemonte Cortese d.o.c. 2012

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Giordano Piemonte Cortese d.o.c. 2012, Piemonte, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 91 A lovely example of this crisp white wine from the Cortese grape, otherwise know as Gavi Di Gavi. The nose offers soft aromas of white peach, pineapple and baking spice. Dances on the palate with juicy acidity. Balanced flavors include ripe pineapple, peach, pear and spice. The long finish is highlighted by notes of pineapple and minerality. Buy This Wine   The post Giordano Piemonte Cortese d.o.c. 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Brut NV

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Brut NV, Russian River Valley, CA, $28 (S) – Rating 90 This affordable sparkling wine from J Vineyards is another reason why bubbles should be an every day affair. A crisp nose of lemon, tropicals and yeasty brioche. Bright acidity with a plush mouth-feel gives way to notes of Meyer lemon, tropicals, citrus, pear and flaky croissant. Elegant minerality in the long finish. Buy This Wine   The post J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Brut NV appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2013

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2013, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA, $23 (S) – Rating 90 An excellent example of dry California Gewurztraminer. A fragrant nose of white peach, stone fruit and honeysuckle. Balanced on the palate with just a bit of acidity. Flavors of grapefruit, citrus, stone fruit, honeysuckle, spice and minerality. Notes of honey and a pleasant spiciness on the finish. Buy This Wine The post Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2013 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
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  • Muros de Magma – A Wine From The Azores

    Niklas Jorgensen
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    ”One of the most demanding and at the same time fascinating white wines I’ve ever had.” Forced to summarize the 2011 Muros de Magma from Terceira in one sentence, it would probably sound something like this. Drinking the wine also brings back painful memories of the need to backup the laptop. Losing two weeks of great photos from an Azores visit was a hard way to learn the lesson. When I’ve met with Anselmo Mendes, one of Portugal’s greatest winemakers, he’s always talked about the Terceira project with great passion. Together with Diogo Lopes he’s one of the oenologists…
  • 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. I’m…
  • Badacsony In Pictures

    Niklas Jorgensen
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Going to Lake Balaton in Hungary, more precisely to the north shore of the lake and the mainly white wine region of Badacsony, you don’t expect to run into a Sangiovese Grosso. Even more surprising; it was pretty good. The winery, 2HA (picture above), perfectly demonstrates that wine traveling is a must for anyone that constantly wishes to challenge prejudices and wants to widen their horizon. Welcome to a short teaser from a cold and moist November visit to Badacsony. More to follow.  Szalai Attila from Nemeth Pince and Bakó Ambrus; two of the top producers in the region of…
  • Kéknyelű – The Pride of Badacsony

    Niklas Jorgensen
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    “It’s a very ancient variety, closely linked to our region. It used to be present in other Hungarian wine regions as well, in miniscule amounts though. However, its wine was only important and famous in Badacsony. In the beginning of the 1990’s it was on the verge of extinction, with just around two hectares left – roughly 0,25 hectares on the Badacsony hill and the rest in neighboring Gulács. Since then it’s experiencing a minor revival but the facts remain the same; it’s still a difficult variety, mainly in the vineyard, and it’s not really widespread.
  • Drink Your Wine & Shut The F-ck Up

    Niklas Jorgensen
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:56 am
    The message is clear when standing in a Systembolaget shop; drink the wines we’ve chosen and shut the f-ck up.  Sweden 2014. If you have any spontaneous diverging vinous ambitions in a city with 40,000 inhabitants, then think again. But before telling my story you need some sad background information. In Swedish wine retail two things reign; Amarone and bag-in-box wines. Or perhaps I should be more honest and say everything associated with Amarone which includes Ripasso and Appassimento. Recioto is not included though. Come on; that’s a sweet wine and who wants that? Besides,…
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  • Q&A with Amy Butler of Ranchero Cellars

    Hoot 'n Annie
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Without question I would list Amy Butler as one of the coolest winemakers in the Paso Robles area. We’ve known her for roughly six or seven years and are happy to call her a friend. When we first met her she was the winemaker for Edward Cellars, which has since gone out of business, but bounced back with her own projects (including Ranchero Cellars, we are wine club members) as well as consulting for several local wineries. She’s a winemaker to watch, that is for sure. If you haven’t yet tried her wines I strongly encourage you to do so. You won’t be disappointed. Let’s dive…
  • The Unique Shops of Cambria

    Hoot 'n Annie
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    On our last trip over to Cambria for an overnight away from the wee one, we had the opportunity to stay at the El Colibri Hotel which I talk about here, as well as enjoy a couple of Cambria’s restaurants which I discuss here. We also took the time to walk around the quaint little village and I just never realized how many shops there are. I mean, there are an endless number of mom and pop, unique shops up and down the main drag. From jewelry to knitting supplies, from clothing to antiques, from music boxes to art, from gourmet foods to pet supplies, and so much more. Prior to becoming an…
  • Paso Robles: New Tasting Rooms, Coffee, & Food

    Hoot 'n Annie
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    There have been some new spots opening up in Paso Robles. Check out the list below and let me know if I’m missing anything! New wine tasting rooms: Brochelle Vineyards has a new tasting room located at 6996 Peachy Canyon Rd. on the west side of Paso Robles. Their hours are daily, 11am to 5pm. As far as I know their east side location, 2323 Tuley Ct. #130, is still open and those hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Hearst Ranch Winery still has a tasting room at Sebastian’s in San Simeon but now has a second tasting room on the east side at Jack Ranch Café in Cholame. You…
  • Paso Robles: Changes at Villa Creek Restaurant

    Hoot 'n Annie
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Change is good. In fact, change is a requirement in life. It’s good for you. That said, the changes at Villa Creek Restaurant are good for all of us. Why, what are the changes? Well, calm down, I’m getting to it. After wishing they would be open for lunch all the years my wish has finally come true. They are now officially open for lunch and I’m pretty excited about this. Their new hours: Closed all day Sunday and Monday Open 11:30am to 9:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Open 11:30am to 10:00pm Friday and Saturday. Lunch specials available from 11:30am to 4:00pm. Lunch specials…
  • SLO Restaurant Month: What Are You Waiting For?

    Hoot 'n Annie
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Hello and good afternoon people of SLO…SLO County to be specific. It’s Restaurant Month and food has been flying out of kitchens around the Central Coast. In one of my last posts I shared our experience at Niner Wine Estates, if you haven’t checked that one out you can here…it was AMAZING! In this short post I wanted to add two more suggestions, Buona Tavola and Second Press. We’ve been to both restaurants before on many occasions and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Second Press is directly across from the downtown park so you have great views, good people watching, and of course, the…
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Tous les Jours Syrah from Andrew Murray – act quickly

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Tours les Jours Syrah is an outstanding value wine   Tous les Jours Syrah from Andrew Murray Kl Wines $12.99, The Wine Stop $12.99 A year ago I raved about the 2012 Andrew Murray Tous Les Jour Syrah. With great anticipation, I opened the 2013 vintage hoping it would be as good. Surprise! It’s even better. Great nose, especially pepper.  This wine is lovely in the mouth, with lots of layers and a great finish. For $12.99, this wine is a huge value. An easy 91 points for me and I am headed back to buy more. This wine is definitely “Case Worthy.” On our trips to the Santa…
  • 1000 Stories Zinfandel – A Bourbon touch to Zinfandel

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    1000 Stories Zinfandel aged in bourbon barrels A few weeks ago I received an unusual sample bottle of wine. Unusual in so many ways. Inside the shipping box was a small barrel case. I opened the case to find 1000 Stories Zinfandel and spec sheets on the wine. The name of the wine, and the iconic buffalo displayed on the label, are intended to honor our American heritage and the stories of many who toiled to bring us where we are today. All that was interesting but the most unusual aspect, the Zinfandel had been aged in bourbon barrels. I tasted the wine by itself and later with dinner. By…
  • Supermarket Wines – Good or Bad?

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    Let’s get this out up front. Supermarket wines are good! Most wine critics and wine writers would disagree. This group often refers to supermarket wines in a derogatory manner. They can only think that those who shop for wine at supermarkets are out of touch when it comes to choosing good wine. Can’t you see their eyeballs rolling to the top of their heads if you told them you shop for wine at your neighborhood supermarket? This perception could be changing.  Finally, one wine columnist is giving supermarket wines a shout out. Lettie Teague wrote a very informative article on…
  • Trimbach Gerwurztraminer is amazingly good

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The Costco wine department is at it again. Here are three wines to consider the next time you hit your Costco Store. By the way, have your read “Costco Wine Department: Eight things you should know about buying wine at Costco?” For starters, did you know you do not have to be a member to buy wine or spirits at Costco? Delicious and refreshing! Trimbach Gerwurztraminer 2012 – Costco $17.99 Gerwurztraminer is one of my favorite white wines. I love it with food that has some kick to it. Asian or Mexican foods, mildly spiced, are a good match with a Gerwurztraminer. A few years…
  • Zinfandel and more Zinfandel at the Zinfandel Experience

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Zinfandel Experience It’s all about Zinfandel wine January 29, 30, & 31 in San Francisco. This is the annual event now called  the Zinfandel Experience. It is hosted by ZAP, the organization devoted to educating folks about America’s Zinfandel grape. This event presents a wonderful opportunity for the average wine drinker to advanced his or her knowledge of Zinfandel wine. There will be some 100 wineries represented at this year’s event pouring all types of Zinfandel. Jonathan Lachs, Cedarville Vineyard I spoke with Jonathan Lachs, who is on the ZAP Board of…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • Watch the National Championship Game in our Estate Tasting Room!

    Christine Collier
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Please join me in cheering on the Oregon Ducks this Monday, January 12th at 5:30 pm in our Estate Tasting Room. We will have the game playing on multiple big screen TVs with food, wine and beer specials available to purchase. I have included the details below. My prediction: Scary-close!You'll need to be close to a great supply of wine to handle the back and forth.I hope to see you here in green and yellow... or white... or orange and black. Go Ducks! Go Pac-12!Jim BernauFounder/WinegrowerMonday, January 12th, 2015  ·  Kick-off at 5:30 pm2015 BCS College…
  • Please join us for the 10th annual Oregon Truffle Festival!

    Christine Collier
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The Oregon Truffle Festival holds a special place in my heart. Not only are Oregon Truffles an earthy, culinary delight but I have many fond memories of truffle hunting here at the bottom of the winery hill with Forrest Klaffke, our winemaker for many years and my friend who passed away in 2011. I am excited to take part in this year’s annual Oregon Truffle Festival happening in a few weeks. 2015 marks its 10th year, and due to the popularity, the festival has expanded into two weekends, one in the Eugene area and the other in the Portland/Yamhill area.As part of the festival, our…
  • Please join us for Pairings Wine Dinners each Friday!

    Christine Collier
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:18 pm
    We are excited to announce the expansion of our Pairings Food & Wine Experience to include Friday evenings at 6:30 pm. Please join a knowledgeable Winery Ambassador and me each week for a four-course dinner featuring local ingredients and our classic Oregon wines. Come learn how wine can enhance your next meal with proven culinary tips. Our first dinner will be hosted on January 9, 2015. I've included the event details below along with the winter prix-fixe menu. We hope you enjoy these dinners with your family and friends, and take the opportunity to celebrate your milestones with…
  • Giving thanks to biodiesel supporters

    Christine Collier
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    This holiday season, the National Biodiesel Board is giving thanks to the thousands of businesses that choose biodiesel. We are thankful drinking our wines was recognized as one of the ways to show your gratitude. 2. Serve Willamette Valley Vineyards pinot noir. Not only with this Oregon wine pair perfectly with the turkey, but the company’s website declares: “We love our biodiesel!”  In 2005, Founder Jim Bernau launched a program offering 50 gallons of biodiesel a month to each employee, at no cost. Employees, delivery vehicles and tractors fill up onsite or at…
  • Holiday Food & Wine Pairing Guide

    Christine Collier
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    Please enjoy our Holiday Food and Wine Pairing Guide this season and use it as a tool to entertain with your family and friends. Our Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs and cool-climate whites are acclaimed for being some of the most versatile food-friendly wines in the world. They enhance meals with their delicate aromas and flavors, refreshing acidity and elegant finishes. This natural collaboration was the inspiration that led to us expanding our Estate Tasting Room to include culinary options. We hope you plan a trip to the winery and join us for a Pairings Food and Wine Experience led by our…
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • 2015 UGC in America Los Angeles New York Chicago San Francisco Canada

    Jeff Leve
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider It’s that time once again for the UGCB as the 2015 UGC tour is about to begin. The UGC, (The Union of Grand Crus Bordeaux) is the best wine trade group in the world with about 135 chateaux active members from every appellation in Bordeaux. Fortunately for American consumers, the first tour of the year always kicks off in North America every January. It’s good for the Bordelais as well as this provides with the excuse, or chance, depending on their point of view to escape the bitter cold, snowy, January weather Bordeaux and enjoy…
  • 2004 Left Bank Bordeaux Top Wines from the Medoc Tasting Notes Ratings

    Jeff Leve
    29 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider This report focuses on the top 2004 Bordeaux wines from The Left Bank, with an in-depth look at Pauillac, St. Julien, St. Estephe, Margaux and Pessac Leognan, as well as the Haut Medoc. 2004 Bordeaux wines are as I mentioned in my article on the best wines from 2004 Pomerol and 2004 St. Emilion published a few weeks ago, a mixed bag. 2004 Right Bank Tasting Report However, if you’re willing to experiment, try different 2004 Bordeaux and be open to the experience, there are some nice wines to be discovered. Article after article on Bordeaux…
  • The Top Ten Best Wines Tasted in 2014

    Jeff Leve
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider I always enjoy reading top ten lists. It’s the perfect set of cliff notes on a topic. It gives you a quick look at the writer’s preferences on a topic. My list of the top ten best wines tasted this year combines the best wines I have been able to taste over the past 12 months with memories of the year. Face it. Without the memories, wine would be just another alcoholic beverage. It’s the ability to recall special moments when a wine was shared that give wine it’s unique place in our life. It’s been an interesting 12…
  • The Top Ten Wine Bars in Bordeaux

    Jeff Leve
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The article was written by Pascale Bernasse Wine Tours of France with coordination from Leslie Orndoff. Bordeaux is beautiful city. But face it, today, the region is famous for its stunning wines and not the city. While it’s fun to visit chateau and taste the wine at the property, there are times when you want to enjoy one or more glasses of wine. The place to do that is often at one of the numerous Bordeaux wine bars. To make this easy for all the numerous visitors to Bordeaux, we’ve put together a list of the top 10, best wine bars in…
  • Top 2004 Bordeaux Wines from Pomerol and St. Emilion Tasted and Rated

    Jeff Leve
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:46 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider 2004 Bordeaux wines are mixed. There are some very fine 2004 Bordeaux wines. But it takes work to find the wines at the top. Fortunately, as far as Bordeaux vintages go, the majority of 2004 Bordeaux wines remain fairly priced. This report focuses on the top 2004 Bordeaux wines from the Right Bank. In a day or so, we’ll publish a light of the top 2004 Bordeaux wines from the Medoc and Pessac Leognan. 2004 Bordeaux wines are the product of a damp spring. When you look at the summer months, June was average, which was better than the…
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  • Wine for Us…WineZag for Me

    Adam Japko
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    I learned some lessons about wine and blogging in 2014. Part of the education involved joyous consumption of interesting and delicious wines with good people. Just as much learning came from never sharing anything about those wine experiences here at WineZag. I have not written since last winter following five years of steady WineZag content. I did try…jotting down a thought or two before giving up. For example: Our Boston tasting group took stock of the progression of a half dozen older vintages of Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses. Later that week, while sipping morning…
  • Couly Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon Blanc

    Adam Japko
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    Have you ever had a wine that haunts you? More explicitly, did you ever taste a wine where its form and impression continually manifest themselves long after the wine is gone? Maybe it stayed in your presence days and weeks after the bottle was killed; so much so that you suspect its afterlife form will never leave you alone again?  If this sounds strange to you, give the ****1/2 $25 2011 Couly Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon Blanc a try. 2011 Couly Dutheil Les Chanteaux 100% Chenin Blanc from a Loire Valley region better known for its Cabernet Franc production, this rarer Chinon Blanc stands…
  • Ribelle in Brookline Gives Boston a Sense of Place

    Adam Japko
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Ribelle in Brookline has figured out what other Boston restaurants have not; deliver the quintessential dining experience embodying a Bostonian “sense of place”. Phraseology often finding its way into wine conversations, “sense of place” gives tasters insights and connections to region, weather, vineyard, culture, and overall terroir that begat their beverage. For restaurants, farm-to-table and ocean-to-plate ingredients from close range lay down a few of the important building blocks for creating “sense of place”. Shifting back to wine, access to specific…
  • Gaillard Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah Fresh From the Northern Rhone

    Adam Japko
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:55 am
    Having style expectations for wines from specific regions, like the Northern Rhone as an example, is an unavoidable reflex after years of tasting.  Planning to drink a Northern Rhone Syrah from AOP’s like Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Cornas, or St. Joseph requires some fortitude.  For one, they are not cheap.  Second, modern day Northern Rhone Syrahs have powerhouse reputations; robust wines, often laden with bacon fat and earthy, herbal overtones.  While many are benchmark global expressions of the Syrah grape, these bottles usually succeed in solidifying their reputation as filling,…
  • Choosing a Restaurant Wine List Over Food

    Adam Japko
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    As the eight of us maneuvered on a street corner to hail two NYC yellow cabs, my son asked me why we were traveling from 66th and Central Park West to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for dinner. “Aren’t there any nice restaurants in Manhattan?” It was a fair question.  I explained I had booked a table for ten at Reynard because “I wanted a shot at a restaurant wine list  filled with the exact kinds of wines I like to drink.”  He asked how many bottles I would pick.  “Probably three different wines,” I responded. Not satisfied, my son fired back one more…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • SOMM: Into The Bottle Plans a 2015 Debut

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Los Angeles, CA (January 22, 2015) – Samuel Goldwyn Films proudly announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE, the follow up to writer/director Jason Wise’s 2013 cult-hit SOMM.  SOMM allowed viewers to experience the elusive journey to becoming a Master Sommelier, while with SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE, […]
  • Lula Cellars Gewurztraminer

    Marc Hinton
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2013 Lula Cellars Gewurztraminer, Mendocino, California I tend to have a soft spot in my heart for cool climate Gewurztraminer if they are dry with a good amount of spice. That specific style of Gewurztraminer is a versatile tool in any serious culinarians repertoire; especially if any spicy southeastern Asian cuisine is on […]
  • What’s Happening at #PDXNOW #BEER

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    PORTLAND, Ore. — Jan. 15, 2015 — Travel Portland, the official destination marketing organization for the city of Portland, is partnering with Base Camp Brewing Company to introduce a series of limited-availability #PDXNOW beers as part of the organization’s larger “Portland is Happening Now” winter tourism campaign.  In a program spearheaded by Base Camp, 10 […]
  • 2012 Hourglass III Red Blend

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 Hourglass III Red Blend Napa Valley, California Hourglass owners Jeff and Carolyn Smith decided to replant parts of their Blueline vineyard, and the fruit from the new plantings went into this blend. It’s a new wine that winemaker Anthony Biagi (of Plumpjack) conceptualized and as you might expect, the wine is quite […]
  • Banfi Belnero Toscana

    19 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: Banfi Belnero Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Belnero. Is it a Super Tuscan or just an IGT and what exactly does that mean? If it tastes as good as this one, it doesn’t really matter! The grapes used to make this wine are mostly Sangiovese from Montalcino, Italy, blended with small amounts of Cabernet […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • A New Napa Cuisine

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    A short while ago, I checked out Christopher Kostow's book, A New Napa Cuisine. It's a very tactile book, with serious heft, a pleasantly rough cover, and slick pages inside (also, nothing like that new book smell, right?). His writing, connecting what he does as Executive Chef at The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley with his surroundings, is impassioned and inspiring. The photography makes me want to move to wine country sooner rather than later, though neither is likely. Surprisingly, the recipes, while numerous, seem unimportant to one's journey. Even though it showcases his…
  • The Artisan Collection

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    The Artisan Collection  is an importer of family made wines, centered on preserving and promoting wine traditions and authenticity. To preserve the quality of the wines from vine to bottle to sale, they use only expedient and 100% refrigerated storage and shipping. They sent a few sample bottles to try out from their broad portfolio some time ago, just found my notes again. :)Tasting Notes:Bodegas Ramon Ramos Monte Toro Roble 2009: Tinto de Toro grapes hand harvested from 30-year-old vines; fermented in small concrete tanks, plot by plot; only native yeasts used; aged 6 months in French…
  • Wines of Garnacha

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    I really enjoyed the samples of Garnacha wines I received for the Wines of Garnacha campaign. Garnacha (better known by its French name, Grenache) is one of the world’s most popular wine grapes. The aim of the campaign is to differentiate the products and raise the profiles of Garnacha wines produced in the five Protected Designations of Origin located in the area where Garnacha originated (Calatayud, Campo de Borja, Cariñena, Somontano and Terra Alta). Garnacha originated in the region of what is now eastern Spain. Garnacha thrived in the hot, dry Mediterranean climate, and soon spread to…
  • Vintage 2015: a Year in American Wine

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    In 2014, Wil Fernandez and a team of team of photographers, videographers, writers and artists were out in the vineyards from bud break to harvest, documenting the vintage via films, photographs and art on a simple project website that is now a complete timeline of the 2014 vintage in Santa Barbara County, California. Will is now looking to fund a real-time archive of the 2015 vintage - this project will bring together farmers, winemakers and creative people from across the United States. If funded, an interactive web destination will collect stories from vineyards and wineries across the…
  • Steven Kent Winery

    15 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    "The Steven Kent Winery was started in 1996 with one mission: to make Cabernet here in the Livermore Valley that rivals in quality the greatest red wines made anywhere in the world."As part of the January #WineStudio, we were treated to samples of wines from the Steven Kent Winery, owned by 6th generation winemaker, Steven Mirassou. Livermore Valley has a long history of growing the “Bordeaux” varietals, ongoing once it became apparent that the climate and soils closely resemble those of Bordeaux’s famed left bank of the Gironde. Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard became the predominant fruit…
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    Wine Folly

  • New Wine Movie Wants You to Drool

    Madeline Puckette
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Who can forget “Sideways”? Over the last decade since this movie’s release, Pinot Noir plantings have grown by an area fifty times the size of Central Park! Also, most of us have now seen “Somm” on Netflix, but many of us are still scratching our heads pondering the fundamental question: “What is the deal with wine?” “Can there be any other business where there is so much bullshit” Carol P. Meredith, Grape Geneticist, UC Davis The new documentary movie “Somm: Into the Bottle” will be out Summer 2015. Here’s a preview of…
  • Dear Delicious Cheap Wine, Stop Lying To Me

    Madeline Puckette
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Get the low-down of how wine prices work, what you should expect, and some tips and clues on how to identify good cheap wine. My best pal buys her wine like this: she goes to the aisle with the wine variety she wants (be it Malbec or Cabernet) and then finds the bottle with the biggest markdown. Her reasoning: Why would I drink a $12.99 wine when you could have a $24.99 wine for the same price? I used to buy wine this exact same way until I worked on the other side of the business… Dear Delicious Cheap Wine, Stop Lying To Me All wine taste the same to you? Well, you might be drinking…
  • Where Wine Flavors Come From: The Science of Wine Aromas

    Madeline Puckette
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Why does wine taste the way it does? If you love wine, you’ve no doubt read countless wine tasting descriptions like this one: “blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint…” Wine Advocate 2010 Penfold’s “Grange” Shiraz You might also be wondering… are winemakers actually blending blueberries into their wine? The answer is no. The secret lies in aroma compounds. Where Do Wine Flavors Come From? From vanilla and apple to soil and chalk, wine flavors can be organized into 3 primary groups: Fruit/Floral/Herbal,…
  • Getting into Grower Champagne

    Bryan Maletis
    31 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    We worked with expert, Bryan Maletis, who runs to help create a guide to grower Champagne. Learn some interesting details about Champagne that will surprise you and find out how to select small-producer Champagne. What is Grower Champagne? Grower Champagne is sparkling wine crafted by grape growers and their families. It embodies those who grow grapes in their own vineyards and produce cuvées (aka sparkling wine blends) that reflect their distinct vineyards and style. INFO: Only 5% of the Champagne imported into the USA is grower Champagne. Do you like the unique character of…
  • Chianti Wine: The Pride of Tuscany

    Jackson Rohrbaugh
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Why is Chianti more written about, drank, and talked about than any other Italian wine in history? What makes Chianti the perfect food wine? We’re going to tackle these questions and more in our exploration of Chianti. Chianti, a red blend from Tuscany, is the most recognized wine outside of Italy. It is as essential to Italian cuisine as extra virgin olive oil. There are few pleasures as distinct as a tart, spicy, herbaceous Chianti wine next to a plate of sliced prosciutto or pasta al pomodoro. What is Chianti Wine? Description Chianti wine is a red blend from Tuscany, Italy made with…
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    Pure Luxury Transportation

  • Wine Country Weddings are Easy at Kunde Family Estate

    Carey Sweet
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    They are big questions for any wedding: where to celebrate the special day? And how to pull it off without stress so that the betrothed can actually enjoy the event?The answer: select a venue that offers a variety of spaces, an array of custom options, and - this is important - on-staff wedding planners to pull it all together.Kunde Family Estate fits the bill beautifully. As one of Sonoma County’s larger wineries, it is designed with weddings in mind. Boasting 1,850 pristine acres in Kenwood, the estate offers an array of locations for couples to seal their love, including the Dunfillan…
  • A Dream Day Bridal Show: #1 Bridal Show in North Bay Wine Country

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Dream Day Bridal Show presented by A Dream Wedding, Wedding Event Planning takes place on January 31st at the Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rated as the #1 Bridal Show in the North Bay Wine Country, featuring the best wedding vendors you will not see at other shows, this is the Bridal Show you don’t want to miss!Admission is free for the bride with two paying adults encouraging brides to bring the most helpful members of her crew. Meet the professionals face-to-face and get answers to your questions from the experts. With a collection of the best…
  • Upcoming Events in Napa & Sonoma Wine Country

    9 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Mark your calendars for all of the exciting Napa and Sonoma Wine Country events coming in 2015! This month, Pure Luxury has a few suggestions for a few types of adventures in January and for a special event in Napa Valley coming in February.Dinner with the Winemaker on the Sonoma Coast This year marks the 29th Annual “Dinner with the Winemaker” Series at the Bay View Restaurant at Inn at the Tides in Bodega Bay located on the Sonoma County coast. This month, guests are invited to enjoy a special treat on Friday, January 30th - an evening of delicious cuisine paired with wines from two…
  • Weathering Wine Country Winter with Spectacular Soups

    Carey Sweet
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    M.Y. China beef hand pulled noodle soupBaby, it's cold outside! This is going to be an extra chilly New Year, all across Wine Country, and many of us are planning a late night celebrating. So bundle up tight, and plan a hearty, hot filling meal before – plus the day after – your festivities.Soup is one of the most universal satisfiers, and it’s a great opportunity for chefs to shine, since recipes usually change daily, based on what’s freshest of the season. Here are some wonderful places to warm up your soul and stomach.Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, Sonoma: Nestled within The Lodge…
  • Fa-La-La-La-La —– Fabulous S.F. Crab Restaurants

    Carey Sweet
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    That's good crab at Swan Oyster DepotAll across the Bay Area, Dungeness crab season – which is at its peak in the winter - is cause for celebration. Restaurants everywhere bless their menus with the fresh and imaginative dishes featuring the succulent crustacean.A lot of the catch comes from Bodega Bay, but it’s worth a trip to the City by the Bay, San Francisco, for an upscale twist.Alioto's #8: Since 1925, Alioto's #8 has been serving family recipes with the city’s freshest crab, complemented by beautiful views of Fisherman’s Wharf and the Bay waters. Must-try Sicilian specialty…
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    Wine Reviews and Tasting Reports - International Wine Report

  • DOMAINE DU PÉGAÜ Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvée Réservée' 2012

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    The Cuvée Réservée is clearly amongst the top wines from the region in 2012. This stunning wine instantly opens with seductive aromas of ripe black raspberries and roasted plums, which are woven together with smoke, floral, white pepper, grilled herbs and a hint leather. This continues to impress on the palate with its round, velvety texture, beautiful balance and seamless structure which driven by a lovely core of acidity as it heads into the long, polished finish. Year after year this Cuvée delivers and this is another outstanding showing to add to the long list of excellent wines from…
  • NEGRETTI Barolo 'Mirau' 2010

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Absolutely delicious in 2010, this Barolo bursts with aromas of ripe blackberries and cherries along with vanilla, spices and hints of leather. This structured wine is nicely polished with gorgeous ripe tannins which add to a beautiful inner sweetness that lingers on the long finish. This is showing well right out of the gate, look to approach early on. (Best 2015-2025) - January, 2015 (JD) 91 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: January, 2015  Drinking Window: 2015-2026  Suggested Value: $120 Vintage: 2010 Producer: Negretti Country: Italy Region: Piedmont Appellation:…
  • ERIC DEMUTH Cabernet Sauvignon, Mountain Terraces Vineyard 2011

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This Cabernet is sourced from the Mountain Terraces Vineyard, which is situated on the western slopes of the Mayacamus in Sonoma’s Moon Mountain AVA. The vineyard’s terraced rows range up to 1700 feet, this elevation is perfect for allowing long sunny days and cool nights to achieve optimal ripeness for the Cabernet. The wine itself is and absolutely gorgeous showing, delivering seductive aromas of blackberry, spice box, plum, dark chocolate, tar, bell pepper, loam and acacia flowers. It possesses wonderful focus and concentration with loads of dense fruits, picking up plenty of…
  • ERIC DEMUTH Cabernet Sauvignon, Clajeux Vineyard 2011

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This Cabernet Sauvignon from Eric Demuth is the brightest and most approachable of all his 2011’s. This was sourced from the Clajeux Vineyard, which is located between the western edge of the Mayacamus Mountain Range and the Russian River Valley. The well-drained volcanic soils coupled with the cooling afternoon breezes make this rocky hillside home to some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the country. As this Cabernet begins to open, pretty aromas burst from the glass, showing notes of ripe cherry, raspberry, blueberry and plum followed by roasted coffee, and spring flowers. It…
  • LA DAMA Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    As this Amarone begins to unwind it releases aromas of blackberries, dried plums and hints of raisin followed by dusty leather, chocolate and a touch of savory herbs. On the palate this is full-bodied and nicely polished however seemed to be lacking the depth to take this to the next level. Overall, this is an Amarone that should show best over the short-term. (Best 2015-2020) - January, 2015 (JD) 87 POINTS Wine Specifications:Report Date: January, 2015 Vintage: 2009 Estimated Value: $48 Drinking Window: 2015-2020 Producer: La Dama  Country: Italy  Region: Veneto…
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  • grapefriend’s 8 steps to blizzard preparedness

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    Juno is coming! Every year we get at least one apocalyptic snowmageddon, and to further freak people out they’re calling it potentially “historic.” Grapefriends don’t sweat it – it just means allowance to stay in a drink wine! I’ve shown you how we prep, for hurricanes, and blizzards are pretty much the same: 1) Flashlight and … Continue reading →
  • playoff bets get beery

    18 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I love the playoff bets that happen every year! It’s usually the mayors of the cities who are in the games, although this year the governors of Indiana and Massachusetts got in on it for the AFC. Here are my predictions of who should win the conference titles, based on their bets. If there’s a more … Continue reading →
  • je suis grapefriend

    17 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    All we can do now is celebrate what the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists contributed to the world. Three of the cartoonists who were killed in the attacks last week–editor-in-chief Stéphane Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac–also created wine labels for Gérard Descrambe, a Bordeaux winemaker. The labels are funny, bold, and mostly pretty bawdy too. Descrambe … Continue reading →
  • cocktail friend: golden globes 2015

    11 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    For the past few years, Moët is the official sponsor of the boozy golden globes. If they were really smart they’d serve the Champagne in giant globe goblets – not only would that make people think the awards ceremony was named after the drinks, but would provide even more bubbly-induced fun. In addition to the 1,500 Moët … Continue reading →
  • cocktail friend: dirty banana

    6 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Yum to the rum. Just got back from Negril, and when you’re in Jamaica that’s what you drink. My favorite rum cocktail was the Dirty Banana – super refreshing and you’ll never feel guilty if you have it very early in the morning because it’s basically a nutritious shake! So here’s the recipe for 2 cocktails: … Continue reading →
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  • Ferrer Family Benefits From Spanish Wine Renaissance

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Review of the value-priced Mia wines from Freixenet.   By Lou Marmon   Gazette Newspapers  January 7, 2015   Among the many reasons Spain has become a source of some of the world’s best wine values is their innovative spirit. For many decades, Spanish wines were mired in old-fashioned techniques and inferior, obsolete equipment. These harsh and unappealing wines ignored the tremendous potential in their indigenous varietals and they became the second-rate cousins to other European winemaking regions.   The renaissance of Spanish winemaking began with an infusion of…
  • Unesco

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Review of the Kadma Syrah 2011 and Tomatin 18 Year Old, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  January 8, 2015   Among the many programs established by the United Nations is the “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” The purpose of the catalog is to ensure the continued viability of specific folk practices and encourage dialog to reflect “cultural diversity.” This list (available at is a fascinating collection of obscure and eclectic customs and…
  • ‘Captain Kirk’ chooses wine over Romulan ale

    5 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    Reviews of Herzog Variations Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, the Tomintoul 16-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the Longrow Red, Cabernet Sauvignon Cask, 11-year-old, Peated Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  December 31, 2014   We are thrilled to see that William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk (one of us is an unabashed “Star Trek” fan, the other is simply a fan of all things Shatner), has begun a new television series that focuses in a Shatner-esque way on wine appreciation called, simply, “Brown Bag…
  • Crowdfunding Winery

    29 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
      A review of the Jezreel Red Blend 2012 and two Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskies.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  December 23, 2014   For better or worse the Internet has expanded public participation into nearly every aspect of society. Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other outlets allow anyone with access to some type of keyboard to comment, review and critique pretty much anything they see, hear or taste. The implications are as broad as the imagination when everyone can voice their opinion far and wide, influencing others to…
  • Chanukah Wish List

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    Our annual Chanukah wish list   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  December 18, 2014   Our annual Chanukah wish list begins with a simple but essential accessory for any wine lover, a corkscrew. One of us prefers the simple and cheap “Waiter’s Corkscrew”, like the one by Pulltex ($8-10), with a double-hinged lever allowing corks to be extracted effortlessly without breaking, and with a small knife at one end to cut the foil cover over the cork. This style corkscrew is the industry standard in bars and restaurants. Pulltex also makes a slightly…
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    Blog Your Wine

  • Going Beyond the bottle – blind tasting the top Alternate Packaging wine brands

    Kris Chislett
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Who needs wine in stinking glass bottles anyway!?!? In this video, Kris Chislett (Certified Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine) and his good buddy Joe Talentino (avid Boones Farm drinker) blind taste the top 4 alternate package wine brands of Chardonnay, and see what we think is the best. You might be surprised at which wine came out on top… All wines were tasted 100% blind under strictly controlled conditions. Video is not part of any type of paid sponsorship or advertisement.
  • what is “terroir” and why should I care?

    Kris Chislett
    1 Jun 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Okie-dokie, before we get started, it’s probably best to  get the pronunciation of terroir word out of the way before we move on with the rest of the article: Terroir [ter-whah] Very loosely translated from French (since no-one can agree on the exact definition, and there is no English equivalent), terroir means “a sense of place”.It’s applied by wine nerds to talk about all the things that have an effect on the grapes in a vineyard. So the weather, the soil, hours of sunlight, the slope of the hill where vines are planted, the macro climate of the region as a whole,…
  • Listen to the Wine Cat. It Knows What’s Up.

    Kris Chislett
    1 Jun 2014 | 3:18 pm
  • Current Trends in Wine Cellar Design – Part 2

    Kris Chislett
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The second part of my “Current Trends in Wine Cellar Design” interview with Curtis Dahl, owner of Joseph and Curtis Wine Cellar Builders.   In the same way people have become used to entertaining in their kitchen, has the same thing started to happen with wine cellars? The wine cellar/tasting room have become THE destination spot in the modern day home. Of course it all depends on the size of the cellar. People are obviously very passionate about the food they make, the sight, the smell etc., so it only makes sense that they want to “hang out” in the kitchen. The same thing goes…
  • Raats Red Jasper, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Kris Chislett
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Grapes 81% Cabernet Franc, 13% Malbec, 2% Cabernet, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot   Facts Cabernet Franc happens to be one of my favorite grapes. Unfortunately, good Cab Franc is rarely cheap, and cheap Cab Franc is rarely good. Somehow, Raats seem to have both of these bases covered. South Africa might be onto something here. Raats winery are big proponents of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Now, maybe I’m missing something, but when I think Cabernet Franc, South Africa doesn’t exactly immediately spring to mind. Maybe I just need to get out more. I’d be interested in seeing if…
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  • Drinking at Aldi | Flirty Bird Sauvignon Blanc Wine Review

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Flirty Bird Sauvignon Blanc is that perfect option for when you find yourself at Aldi and want to treat yourself to something nicer than a bottle of Winking Owl, but by treat yourself you mean that you still only have $4 to spend on the bottle of wine. Luckily for you, Aldi has you covered. $3 Winking Owl too cheap for you but their bevy of $5 wines out of your price range? The three offerings from Flirty Bird have you covered at that delightful in between price. In general, I have not had much Sauvignon Blanc from Spain, so I was curious how this bottle was going to taste. Flirty Bird…
  • Drinking at Kroger | Pink Zebra Riesling Wine Review

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Pink Zebra Riesling comes to us from the fine folks at Pink Zebra Wine, a shameless knockoff of Yellow Tail that sticks to only a handful of wines geared towards ladies without a discerning pallet. As they say themselves, “Pink Zebra is sure to add some za za zoo to any occasion.” With a tag line like that, you know they have already alienated any serious wine drinker as well as most of the population with taste and self-respect. Despite all that, we gave the Pink Zebra Riesling a try. Kroger tells us that, “This Riesling delights the senses and elevates lovely aromas of ripe apricots…
  • Drinking at Aldi | Moiselle Moscato Wine Review

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    Moiselle wines are an offering available exclusively at Aldi. As far as I can tell, the brand exists to house a bunch of wines I don’t like, making it much easier to avoid them all without too much effort. Most of the Moiselle wines have the tagline, “a refreshing sweet wine” (with one exception, replacing sweet with vibrant) and regular readers know how I feel about sweet wines. So when I see a line of Aldi wines that are all sweet, and most of which are generic blends, I don’t really get too excited. The counterpoint to the Moiselle Red Moscato is the Moiselle Moscato. For some…
  • Drinking at Aldi | Bridge Road Pinot Grigio Wine Review

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    The Bridge Road Pinot Grigio is part of the Bridge Road series of wines, Aldi’s offering of large quantities for low prices. Most of the Bridge Road offerings come in a standard 1.5 liter bottle and retail for around $8. That sure is economical! Basically, we’re talking about jug wine here. So it is important to go in with that in mind while setting your taste buds and mental state appropriately. This week’s bottle to try is the Bridge Road Pinot Grigio. As you would expect based on experience with other Bridge Road wines, the Bridge Road Pinot Grigio is a product of California. While…
  • Drinking at Aldi | Sunshine Bay Sauvignon Blanc Wine Review

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    When shopping at Aldi, it feels like there are a lot of different Sauvignon Blanc options on the shelf. I’m here to make the process of deciding which one to buy much easier. If you can afford a $7 bottle of wine, buy the Sunshine Bay Sauvignon Blanc and ignore all the others. Trust me on this one. This is by far the best Sauvignon Blanc at Aldi, and if you pick it, you will have no regrets about your wine choice for the evening. Sunshine Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, imported by Aldi for our supreme enjoyment. They describe it at, “dry and light white wine. Enjoy…
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    HoseMaster of Wine™

  • A Master Sommelier Judges at a Wine Competition

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    I knew I shouldn’t have accepted. Isn’t life just like that? You always know when you’re about to do something stupid, like mistake a 100-Point Chateauneuf-du-Pape for Ruby Port when clearly a Ruby Port would be lower in alcohol (hey, I passed the exam anyway), but then you do it anyway. You insert your warm meat Coravin in the wrong spongy mass. You order wine by-the-glass at a Thai restaurant. You answer your phone at three in the morning even though you know it’s Alice and all she wants to...
  • Scoreaholics Anonymous

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hello, my name is Bill, and I’m a Scoreaholic. Hello, Bill! This is my first meeting, and I’m really nervous. It’s not you people. No. Not at all. Everyone’s been so supportive. It’s just that, well, I don’t know, I guess I didn’t know how hard it would be to give up scores. It’s really hard. I tried to do it cold turkey, but I couldn’t. There’s too much temptation! I know it’s ruining my life. My wife left me. I lost my job. I’m still not on the Sine Qua Non mailing list. I’m a failure. I...
  • The Year in the Wine Family 2014--Goodbye to All That

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    New Year's Greetings to All of Our Wine Family Friends! Oh, friends, the years march on, and the older you get, the faster they pass—as if years were Mexican food. And there we were at the end of last year’s big enchilada wishing we hadn’t eaten it so quickly. My cheeks are squeezed tighter than Nat MacLean’s smile trying not to let too much news slip out. So much has happened to our wine family in 2014.  I’ll try to be brief. Most of you will have heard that Uncle Antonio got so drunk...
  • The First and Best 2014 Bordeaux Ratings! The Inaugural Guest Post on HoseMaster

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A few weeks ago the wine writer Stephen Brook, who inexplicably reads HoseMaster of Wine™, wrote to me asking if I'd be interested in publishing a guest post. Finally! Someone else wants to write this crap. Stephen's conceit was to seriously rate the 2014 Bordeaux using his encyclopedic (or is it now Wikipedic?) knowledge of Bordeaux and of Bordeaux prognosticators. For those of you who invest in these wines, who try to purchase the highest rated wines of a given vintage, in other words, you...
  • What Not to Publish on Your Stupid Wine Blog in 2015

    5 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Shut up about alcohol levels, for Christ’s sake. You don’t know what you’re talking about. And what ABV (Alcohol By Verisimilitude) is it that you’re referring to, the number listed on the label? Moron. Those numbers aren’t real, they’re imaginary, guesses made the same way contestants make pricing guesses on “The Price is Right”—they try to take a shot without going over the actual retail alcohol level. Taking the alcohol listed on the label seriously is like believing the guy’s height or the...
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • Shades of Chardonnay

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Wine tasting can be complicated, or as complicated as you make it.  We are all individuals with different tastes. Our taste are as individual to us as our fingerprints are. When you taste a wine and don’t taste and smell all the aromas and flavors your friends do, it’s okay. Your taste buds are tasting other flavors that are a bit stronger to you. When tasting Chardonnay the flavors and aromas that you can be experiencing from the glass are below. Keep in mind, a lot will depend on the type of Chardonnay you are tasting.  Cool climate Chardonnay vs. warm climate.
  • Friendship Discovery Renewal; Under The Tuscan Sun

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Best known for her book “Under the Tuscan Sun”,  Frances Mayes has created a line of wines to compliment her Tuscan Sun lifestyle. Pensiero, a Pinot Grigio that comes from the vineyards of the Dolomites in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Italy is aged in stainless steel tanks with 5 months on the lees. The color is strawish yellow with aromas of green apple, pear and a hint of floral notes. This gives way to some nice green apple and pear notes on the palate with an nice expression of key lime on a minerally finish.  The wine is nicely balanced with nice acidity. The…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Foxy

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
      Click to tweet Wine Word Wednesday The post Wine Word Wednesday: Foxy appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
  • Podcast: Wines of Turkey

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    In this podcast I talk to Shane Rai of Vino Rai a Turkish wine importer.  When you listen, you will get an overview of the history of the wines of Turkey. We talk about the 4 wine regions along with the vinifera and indigenous grapes of the region. To get you excited I’ll briefly touch on the 4 regions and the indigenous varitials and then you can hear the details in the podcast. Diren, Tokat Region, Sahova valley Narince Vineyard   Wine Regions of Turkey Marmara – Bordering the three seas, Black, Aegean and Sea of Marmara.  The climate is Mediterranean with hot…
  • Mionetto’s Prosecco With Organically Grown Grapes

    15 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
      Even though the new year as come and we are well into, doesn’t mean you don’t uncork a bubbly. Mionetto’s Prosecco D.o.c Treviso is made with certified organically grown grapes.  What does that mean?  It means in the vineyard, the grapes are grown without synthetic chemicals and fertilizers. The grapes are processed separately to ensure their purity. Prosecco is made with the Glera grape.  This bottle clocked in at 11% alcohol. It had nice aromas coming from the glass of elderflowers and a hint of breadiness.  On the palate there was lots of green…
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Small Batches, Big Flavors, Fond Memories

    Debbie Gioquindo
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    The Super Bowl is a week away, which means it is time for the Captain Lawrence Hop Bowl, pitting a dozen memorable small-batch brews from the past year—staffer-created concoctions such as the chamomile-infused Sleepy Time Saison, the session IPA Hop Chug, the porter Funky Town Brown—against each other for bragging rights. It’s a democratic process; each beer has its own mason jar, and the tasting room visitors vote by dropping a dollar, a chip, or another token of respect in the jar. By 2 p.m., the espresso stout Shaky Bones has the lead, but we all know those exit polls can be…
  • Shades of Chardonnay

    Debbie Gioquindo
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    Wine tasting can be complicated, or as complicated as you make it.  We are all individuals with different tastes. Our taste are as individual to us as our fingerprints are.When you taste a wine and don't taste and smell all the aromas and flavors your friends do, it's okay. Your taste buds are tasting other flavors that are a bit stronger to you.When tasting Chardonnay the flavors and aromas that you can be experiencing from the glass are below.Keep in mind, a lot will depend on the type of Chardonnay you are tasting.  Cool climate Chardonnay vs. warm climate.  Oaked vs.
  • Friendship Discovery Renewal; Under The Tuscan Sun

    Debbie Gioquindo
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Best known for her book "Under the Tuscan Sun",  Frances Mayes has created a line of wines to compliment her Tuscan Sun lifestyle.Pensiero, a Pinot Grigio that comes from the vineyards of the Dolomites in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Italy is aged in stainless steel tanks with 5 months on the lees.The color is strawish yellow with aromas of green apple, pear and a hint of floral notes. This gives way to some nice green apple and pear notes on the palate with an nice expression of key lime on a minerally finish.  The wine is nicely balanced with nice acidity.The wine will pair…
  • Wine Word Wednesday: Foxy

    Debbie Gioquindo
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
  • Podcast: Wines of Turkey

    Debbie Gioquindo
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:12 am
      In this podcast I talk to Shane Rai of Vino Rai a Turkish wine importer.  When you listen, you will get an overview of the history of the wines of Turkey. We talk about the 4 wine regions along with the vinifera and indigenous grapes of the region. To get you excited I'll briefly touch on the 4 regions and the indigenous varitials and then you can hear the details in the podcast.Diren, Tokat Region, Sahova valley Narince Vineyard    Wine Regions of TurkeyMarmara - Bordering the three seas, Black, Aegean and Sea of Marmara.  The climate is Mediterranean…
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • Georgian wine gallery opens in Berlin (with video)

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    25.01.2015 (Hvino News). The Georgian wine gallery was opened last week in Berlin (Germany) by the Tibaneli wine company. Tibaneli has been exporting Georgian wine to Germany since 2008. The new wine gallery is located in Savignyplatz in central Charlottenbourg district of Berlin.The visitors will be able to enjoy Georgian wine, chacha and brandy, according to Georgia’s Ministry of Agriculture.  25 products of Vinery Graneli, Askaneli Brothers, Twins Wine Cellar, Kvareli Cellar and Alaverdi will be presented at the gallery. Young Georgian painters will exhibit and sell their…
  • Georgian Rkatsiteli wine hits the "New York Times" list of wines

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    25.01.2015. (Hvino News). The New York Times Food Section has included Georgian Rkatsiteli wine in the recently-published list of 20 best wines for under $20, authored by Tony Cenicola. The list, entitled "Worth the Search", starts with:The great intersection of quality and value in wine occurs in the $15- to $25-a-bottle range. Here, you can find wines that are not merely sound or decent but fascinating, without breaking the bank.For the first time NYT's "20 Wines for Under $20" includes Georgian wine Pheasant’s Tears Kakheti Rkatsiteli 2011 (price $19). The…
  • Georgian wines make Forbes list: a 'Voice of America's video

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:18 am
    24.01.2015 (Hvino News). Earlier this month Hvino News reported that American Forbes Magazine for the first time included the Georgian wines in its top wines list: See "Forbes" includes Georgian wines in its "9 Best Wines and Spirits to Start Drinking in 2015" (By the way, that article became the most-read post published by Hvino News ever).This theme's popularity is growing even stronger as Voice of America has now posted a video entitled Georgian Wines Make Forbes List of 'Best to Drink in 2015'. The attached text by Maia Kay reads:Forbes Magazine has named Georgian…
  • Exclusive glass for Saperavi wine to be made by Austrian company

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:49 am
    24.01.2015. The glass designed for Georgian Saperavi wine will appear on the local market in early February (read also here). President of Georgian Sommelier Association Shalva Khetsuriani says that a final version of the cup has been approved and is currently being manufactured by Austrian glass wine company Riedel.Khetsuriani explains that there will be two different versions of the glass: handmade (more expensive) and factory-made. The Saperavi glass will be intended for restaurants, hotels and wine lovers.Shalva Khetsuriani spoke of the geometry of the glass, which ensures…
  • Export of Georgian wine to Russia halted

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 am
    23.01.2015. According to Nutsa Abramishvili, CEO of Schuchmann Wines, 10 trucks loaded with 100 000 bottles of wine stopped due to the  limited transfer of foreign currency outside of Russia because of the ruble devaluation.“We’ve received  excise stamps from Russia that have already been pasted on the bottles, in fact the products have been sold. But based on the fact that  goods are shipped in case of  prepayment and the transfer of currency abroad is limited because of the economic crisis, we had to stop already marked goods, “- she says.According to her, the…
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  • This LED Bottle Cork Turns Empty Bottles Into Lamps

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    This Summer, as the sun goes down, the festivities outdoors arise, and the empty bottles begin to accumulate, use these fantastic new LED Bottle Corks to illuminate the evenings. These unique corks won’t plug up a bottle, but the rechargeable LED below it will light one up. A unique way to add a little light […]
  • Packaging Spotlight: Conical Vodka Bottles

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The concept for Starka branding and packaging was influenced by the old eastern European tradition of producing alcohol, so imagery was sought from that frame in history. To signify the Starka identity, the symbol of the old Slavic letter for S was adapted for the logo. Comprising an overlapping triangle and a circle, the emblem […]
  • Vintage Film Reel Wine Rack

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The cool new and certainly nostalgic Vintage Film Reel Wine Rack is a repurposed authentic film reel wound with a vintage MGM movie acting as a celluloid cushion for the wine bottles that will now fill its holes. The perfect addition to any wine and movie lover’s home theater.
  • The Most Expensive Beers in the World

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s easy to get lost in a sea of seasonals and special releases when wandering across the ever-expanding world of microbrews. Almost every brewery these days issues a special-edition batch that fetches a serious premium. Just how expensive can these limited production brews get? These six wallet-busters prove that beer can also be experienced on […]
  • The Best Coffee Comes in White Mugs, according to study

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Not loving the taste of your coffee? Have you considered changing the color of your coffee mug? According to recent research, it may make all the difference between ordinary and the best coffee ever The post The Best Coffee Comes in White Mugs [Study] ...
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • 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.
  • Best Wine of December 2014: Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria 2007, Tenute Silvio Nardi

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria is the result of twenty years of research aimed to the production of a great wine, magnificent expression of class, finesse and elegance. Impeccable expression of Sangiovese grape and its characteristic crispness, Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria 2007 enters our Guide for the first time and conquers five diamonds, as well as the title of best wine of December 2014.
  • Montepulciano: Magnificence of Central Italy

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Belonging to the family of the most important varieties of Italy, Montepulciano is among the most spread grapes in central Italy, a position shared with Sangiovese, variety with which - it must be noticed - does not have anything in common. Capable of making wines of absolute magnificence, Montepulciano can also give refined rose wines as well as classic method sparkling wines.
  • Best Wine of November 2014: Cilento Fiano Pietraincatenata 2012, Luigi Maffini

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    29 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Luigi Maffini and Raffaella Gallo have a clear and precise wine view: to make in their territory - Cilento - expressions of high quality and elegance through the territorial expression of Fiano and Aglianico. A fully achieved goal, both for white and red wines, and one of them - Cilento Fiano Pientaincatenata 2012 - conquers DiWineTaste Five Diamods as well as the title of best wine for November 2014.
  • Tasting Notes

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    One of the quality of a good taster is memory. The skill of being capable of recognizing the quality of a grape or wine is an excellent help for any future tasting. Taking note of the sensations perceived during the tasting of a wine is therefore a fundamental practice and very useful in order to improve your tasting skills.
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - Italiano

  • 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.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Dicembre 2014: Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria 2007, Tenute Silvio Nardi

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria è il risultato di venti anni di ricerche tese alla produzione di un grande vino, magnifica espressione di classe, raffinatezza ed eleganza. Impeccabile espressione dell'uva Sangiovese e della sua caratteristica freschezza, il Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria 2007 entra per la prima volta nella nostra Guida e conquista i cinque diamanti, oltre al titolo di migliore vino per il mese di dicembre 2014.
  • Montepulciano: Magnificenza del Centro Italia

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Varietà fra le più importanti d'Italia, il Montepulciano condivide il primato della diffusione nel centro Italia con il Sangiovese, varietà con la quale - è bene ricordare - non ha nulla in comune. Capace di creare vini di grandezza assoluta, il Montepulciano regala inoltre raffinati vini rosati e perfino spumanti metodo classico.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Novembre 2014: Cilento Fiano Pietraincatenata 2012, Luigi Maffini

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    29 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Luigi Maffini e Raffaella Gallo hanno una visione del vino molto precisa e chiara: produrre nel loro territorio - il Cilento - espressioni di elevata qualità ed eleganza attraverso l'espressione territoriale del Fiano e dall'Aglianico. Un obiettivo pienamente raggiunto, sia nei vini bianchi sia nei vini rossi, e uno di questi - il Cilento Fiano Pientaincatenata 2012 - conquista i Cinque Diamanti DiWineTaste e il titolo di migliore vino di Novembre 2014.
  • Appunti di Degustazione

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Una delle qualità di un buon degustatore è la memoria. La capacità di riconoscere le qualità di un'uva e di un vino è un valido aiuto in occasione delle degustazioni future. Prendere nota delle sensazioni percepite durante la degustazione di un vino è pertanto una pratica fondamentale e molto utile al miglioramento delle proprie capacità di degustatore.
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    Mad about Madeira

  • 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.
  • Vinhos Barbeito: 20 Years Old Verdelho Ribeiro Real Lote 1

    Niklas Jorgensen
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
      The moment is closing in and I don’t like it at all. For two months it has been my companion, this complex and ethereal Verdelho which totally reverses the belief what a Madeira ought to be. Now, when looking at the bottle I realize there are only enough for a further two memorable treats and the thinking starts; did I pour a glass to everyone I wanted to convince? Will I ever taste it again? And why didn’t I buy one more out of the 1,236 bottles produced? Not all wines makes you go wow if you have it at a tasting. Some wines just asks if you have a moment to sit down,…
  • Preserving A Wine World Heritage – Blandy’s 1988 Vintage Malmsey

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

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

    1 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    One Evening, 100 Bordeaux Experience the unveiling of 2012 Bordeaux vintage in the U.S. Taste more than 100 top Bordeaux wines from more than 80 producers, poured by chateau owners, winemakers and wine experts. This rare opportunity to taste the finest wines that Bordeaux has to offer is presented in partnership with the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux. The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, founded in 1973 by a group of Bordeaux winegrowers, comprises 133 member estates located exclusively in the most prestigious Bordeaux appellations Experience the unveiling of the 2012 Bordeaux vintage…
  • Total Wine & More Celebrates Our Communities on #GivingTuesday

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    This year, Total Wine & More will join thousands of other corporations, volunteer organizations, charities, and foundations as a partner of #GivingTuesday, and we will celebrate the holidays by giving back to our local communities. For those of you new to #GivingTuesday, it is a national charitable holiday that started in 2012 as a day to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — December 2, 2014 —  families, charities, businesses, and individuals will come together to improve their local communities and…
  • The jaws are coming to a close: Our final shark-themed cocktail recipes

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    OK, this week of puns has pretty much jumped the shark … but we still have a few more Sharktails to share. They haven’t lost their bite just yet! Enjoy these killer shark-themed cocktail ideas as you channel-surf TV this weekend. And don’t think our Sharktails are dead in the water just because the week’s almost over. Saturday, as all the sailors and fishermen know, is National Rum Day, so we’re floating a few ideas for tasty rum drink recipes as well as tequila drink recipes. We’re in the tank for all of these Sharktails. Cheers!
  • Shark Cocktails 2: More fin-spiring cocktail recipes

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We have so many shark-themed cocktail recipes flying around, it’s like a drinknado in here! As shark season continues, test the waters with some more killer cocktail recipes for your TV-viewing parties. Try an Irish cream recipe and our rum cocktail recipe — hey, you’re barely taking a bite out of all the possibilities. And what goes well with Sharktails? Oh, you know, just some nibbles. Irish Cream Recipe: Shark Attacks 2 ounces Mr. Stacks Blue Curacao, chilled 1 ounce Fennellys Irish Cream, chilled 4 bar spoons grenadine Pour Mr. Stacks Blue Curacao into shot glasses.
  • It’s Shark Season! Get in the swim with our easy cocktail recipes

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Don’t let shark season sneak up on you! Gather your chums together, get some fin-spiration with these killer sharktails and transform your TV-viewing party into a Jaws-dropping good time. It’ll be a real frenzy! We think you’ll agree each drink is so good … you’re gonna need a bigger glass. Gin Cocktail Recipe: The Shark 75 4 ounces G&J Greenall’s Gin 1 lemon, juiced 1 cup ice 1 bottle blue soda (We used Jones Blue Bubblegum Soda) 2 maraschino cherries Blue gummy sharks, for garnish Add G&J Greenall’s Gin, lemon juice and ice to a cocktail shaker.
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  • Quinta de la Rosa, Pinhão

    Qin Xie
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley series Quinta de la Rosa, an impressive and imposing estate on the edge of the Douro river, was purchased as a Christening gift for Claire Bergqvist 1906. Actually, it would be more correct to say that, while the winery is sizeable (to include the family home, visitor centre and B&B accommodation), the estate itself has only 55 hectares under vine. In the early days, all of the grapes produced on the estate were sold to large port producers such as Sandeman. Today, under the management of Claire’s grand daughter Sophie…
  • Graham’s Port, Vila Nova de Gaia

    Qin Xie
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley series Symington Family Estates, which produces Graham’s (as well as Cockburn’s, Dow’s and Warre’s), have been port producers since 1882. Still family owned, they are the single largest vineyard owner in the Douro Valley, with over 1,000 hectares under vine. Not all of those grapes are for port of course as they also produce a number of dry wines under the Douro appellation. Graham’s itself was actually established in 1820 by William and John Graham. Having already established a reputation for…
  • Mount Gay Black Barrel

    Qin Xie
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    The spirit: Mount Gay Black Barrel The producer: Mount Gay rum They say: Mount Gay Black Barrel is a small batch handcrafted blend made of aged double pot still distillates and aged column distallates, finished in deeply roasted and charred Bourbon oak barrels. The unique technique releases aromas of spice balanced with oaky vanilla and almond overtones, the signature notes of Mount Gay’s smooth and refined Barbados rum. We say: Lightly spiced with fruity intensity giving into a complex nose. Lots of vanilla, slightly woody on the finish with a little citrus. At 43%ABV, it’s on…
  • Appellations and the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP)

    Qin Xie
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley series The Douro Valley has been demarcated as a wine region since 1756. In fact, it’s one of the earliest demarcated wine regions in the world. Originally, this was accomplished with rudimentary stone pillars, one of which can still be seen in the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto, or IVDP. Located in the centre of Oporto, one of the IVDP’s main roles is to certify the port and Douro wines for DOP status (the Portuguese appellation system). A task it’s had since 1933. There are some 130 people who work for…
  • Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley

    Qin Xie
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Now that we are in December, I think it’s safe to say that we are in the thick of winter, which of course makes it the perfect time to talk about port and Douro wines. I visited the Douro Valley way back in sunny June when temperatures had already scaled the 30s. Degree C, that is. I think there was talk of it being so hot that it’s essentially nine months of hell, and we haven’t even begun talking about working on the region’s famously steep slopes. Port really needs no introduction to the English market, especially given English merchant’s heavy involvement in…
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  • Je Suis…..

    Zelda Sydney
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    By Zelda Sydney   Je Suis….. is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogJe Suis….. is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Je Suis….. appeared first on .
  • Book review: Sediment – Two Gentlemen And Their Mid-Life Terrior

    Geordie Clarke
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:58 am
    By Geordie Clarke / Contributing Editor A recent survey from an American consumer watchdog found that books and booze rank among the least desired gifts. It is so bad for booze that it features twice; spirits were the most derided gift, earning 25% of the vote, while wine put in a strong performance with its […]Book review: Sediment – Two Gentlemen And Their Mid-Life Terrior is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Book review: Sediment – Two Gentlemen And Their Mid-Life Terrior appeared first on .
  • Don’t Be Such A Fucking Snob

    6 Jan 2015 | 2:28 am
    Happy New Year all 12×75 readers – 2015 here we are baby !!! I’ve only just about got used to writing 2014 on forms, so this is going to be a big change for me. Something I sadly suffer through every year. Over the Xmas period, all I did is eat and drink. 2 out of […]Don’t Be Such A Fucking Snob is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Don’t Be Such A Fucking Snob appeared first on .
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  • Glenmorangie Tusail

    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…
  • 1965 Vintage Armagnac

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    1965 Vintage Armagnac Are you looking for a 50th Birthday Present? Why not try a bottle of 1965 Vintage Armagnac that will be 50 years old in 2015? At Fareham Wine Cellar we stock 1965 Armagnac from Baron de Lustrac and Baron de Sigognac.  Both producers are specialist in the production and supply of rare, old, vintage Armagnacs and both still have stocks going back to the early 1900s – have a look here for a full list of available vintages, maybe there is one for another anniversary or birthday celebration. 1965 Vintage Armagnac has a number of advantages over other wines and spirits…
  • Brew Day Experience

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    Brew Day Experience @ The Brewhouse & Kitchen Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth Wednesday 14th January 2015 For a recent birthday, I was very kindly given a Brew Day Experience and, having got Christmas out of the way, I spent Wednesday 14th January learning all about brewing at a fantastic micro-brewery in Portsmouth. The Brewhouse & Kitchen used to be a pub called The White Swan and is located next to the New Theatre Royal in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth. The pub was colloquially known as “The Mucky Duck” and this name lives on today by being used as the name for one of the beers brewed…
  • Is My Vintage Armagnac Genuine?

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Is My Vintage Armagnac Genuine? I recently had a conversation with a customer about the provenance of our vintage Armagnac. The gist of the conversation was about how we could guarantee that the vintage Armagnac he was purchasing from Fareham Wine Cellar was genuine and that it is actually from the from the vintage on the label. Of course, I have been asked the question before and I am normally able to answer most questions sufficiently, but this time I thought I would try and delve a bit further. After all, most people who are buying vintage Armagnac are buying it as a gift – it is…
  • Spring & Summer Wine Courses 2015

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Spring & Summer Wine Courses 2015 World of Wines Course @ Lysses House Hotel 51 High Street Fareham Hampshire PO16 7BQ Daria Kenefeck, who works at Fareham Wine Cellar, has taught a wine course in the local area for a number of years. There are three wine courses per year running roughly during school term times on a Thursday evening. The wine course involves some wine education followed by a tasting. There are also various themed evenings, the occasional blind tasting and sometimes guest speakers. The classes start at 7.00pm and finish at approximately 9.15pm. If you are interested in…
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  • Northwest Mountain Winery 2011 Mountain Majesty, Washington, $28

    Great Northwest Wine
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Registered nurse Ray Curtis affirms his seat among the six “Knights of the Olympia Wine Table” with this blend of Syrah (54%), Cabernet Sauvignon (24%) and Merlot, which made near the state capital after sourcing from Cave B Vineyard in George and Columbia Mirage near Pasco. Dark purple fruit aromas are joined by hints of bittersweet chocolate, black olive, juniper berry and lime peel. Dense flavors of Chukar Cherries, plum and black raspberry flavors get a nice boost from tannin. That pinch of juniper returns in the suave and luscious finish, which benefits from a lower alcohol profile…
  • Washington winemakers plan for Super weekend

    Andy Perdue
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Bob Bertheau, head winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle, will be attending his second consecutive Super Bowl when he heads to Arizona this weekend. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) GLENDALE, Ariz. – When the Seattle Seahawks went to the Super Bowl a year ago in New Jersey, at least three Washington winemakers went and watched them win their first world championship. This weekend, two of those winemakers are heading to this Phoenix suburb to watch Sunday’s game against the AFC Champion New England Patriots. “I just picked up my tickets and am going,” said Bob…
  • Owen Roe 2013 Sinister Hand, Columbia Valley, $25

    Great Northwest Wine
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Yakima Valley winemaker David O’Reilly’s crowd-pleasing GSM is dominated by Grenache (64%) in this bottling, which also includes Cinsault as well as Syrah and Mourvèdre. The nose is filled with blackberry, plum jam and dried blueberry, picking up cola nut and white pepper along the way. Ripe blue fruit dominate the flavors amid an easy-drinking structure that brings along chocolate-covered pomegranate, elderberry, lime peel and a pinch of black pepper. Unfortunately, production fell off by more than 80 percent compared with earlier vintages, which saw as many as 3,700 cases created.
  • Stemilt Creek Winery 2010 Estate Boss Lady, Columbia Valley, $24

    Great Northwest Wine
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Wenatchee Valley winemaker Jan Mathison pulls from estate fruit grown on vines at 1,500 feet in elevation, among the loftiest in Washington, and creates the wines on Stemilt Hill Road. Her blend that pays tribute to her husband Kyle’s grandmother AJ, balances the ripeness of Syrah (47%) with structure from Merlot (47%), acidity from Mourvèdre and herbal notes of Cabernet Franc in high style while also presenting a snapshot of this cooler vintage for Washington. There are beautiful aromas of dark plums, currant, dark chocolate and alluring spices, followed by more plum, blackberry, black…
  • Diversion Wine 2012 Majestic Red, Washington, $20

    Great Northwest Wine
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    Kate Michaud’s résumé in Washington state includes Canoe Ridge Vineyard in Walla Walla and Covey Run in the Yakima Valley. The University of Oregon grad recently began orchestrating the blending for Seattle negoçiant Damian Davis, and she’s found a delicious formula with Cabernet Sauvignon (49%), Merlot (39%), Malbec (7%) and Petit Verdot. Aromas of red currant, red plum and Van cherry pick up nuances of cinnamon, molasses, sweet spice, toasted almond and crushed leaf. The entry is rich and smooth with currant, cherry, huckleberry and blueberry, backed by sandy tannins and juicy…
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  • A Year in Review

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Every year, Wine Press Northwest (a fantastic online publication that we included in our ‘Top Northwest blogs’ post) holds a year-end competition. Appropriately dubbed the “Platinum Judging,” this competition is meant to determine and showcase the best wines the Pacific Northwest has to offer from the previous year. In order to be eligible, a wine has to have been certified gold or better at a professionally judged wine competition sometime during 2014. Unsurprisingly, our highly skilled winemaker, Robert Smasne, took home nine platinum certifications in all, two of which were for…
  • Northwest Cellars & Chef Magazine Food Pairing

    6 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Pairing food and wine is a highly esteemed long standing practice that, in certain contexts, is only trusted to professionals. In some of the top restaurants in the world, the head sommelier is on par with the head chef in terms of strategy and decision making. This might seem obvious to you, wine is, afterall, an important part of our culture. But what aren’t so obvious are the myriad of different nuances and subtleties that are present in the taste profiles of every wine; even less obvious is how each of these nuances may line up with the particular flavors present in any given dish. This…
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    Vinos Ambiz, SL (Terroir-expressing, natural wines (Sierra de Gredos, Spain)

  • Tasting Presentation of Six (6) Natural Wines

    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…
  • Natural Wine Catastrophe

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    In contrast to my second-last post (Visits, Tastings, Wine Fairs and Other Jollys), which was all about the good times, this one is about the bad things which have happened to me recently. Specifically, it’s about how my wines have turned into vinegar this year! Just a few weeks ago I had yet another lot go bad on me (this time about 2000 liters of Garnacha from Sierra de Gredos), which I poured down the drain.Needless to say I've been thinking a lot about the possible causes of this series of acetic events. Why so many instances this year (4 different lots) when I've been making wine…
  • Back-Label Feedback

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Life as a small-time artisan winemaker is not all hard work and suffering. I hope I haven’t been giving that impression in all my posts here in this blog, and in all the stuff I post on FB and Twitter. It is of course hard going sometimes, and I do ask myself why I bother sometimes, but I suppose it’s compensated for by the good times, which I’m going to write about in this post!Firstly I have to say that I enjoy meeting interesting and knowledgeable people in the wine world, and I believe that there are a lot of them about, and that I would meet even more if I got out and about more!
  • Albillo 2014 Harvest

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    This is the story, so far, of my Albillo 2014.I think that (the story of) any good wine starts, or ought to start, here, in the vineyard:The Albillo vineyard, about 2 km from El Tiemblo, right next to the Charco del Cura, a mini-reservoir on the River AlbercheWithout good grapes, without good, clean, healthy, balanced, and complex grape juice, I don't think you can make a good, clean, healthful, balanced and complex, terroir-expressing wine!Albillo vineyardThere are lots of large rocks scattered all over the vineyard (and over many other vineyards in the area). I assume that they were left…
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  • 2015 World of Pinot Noir: Crystal Clear Reasons to Go

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    The first weekend in March, Pinot Noir producers and lovers from around the world will converge at the 2015 World of Pinot Noir Festival on the gorgeous California coast in Santa Barbara.  The 15thAnnual World of Pinot Noir takes place on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th at Bacara Resort & Spa and this year’s Crystal Anniversary event comes with multiple in-depth Tasting seminars and excursions, Grand Tastings, a Burgundy seminar and tasting, and gourmet lunches and dinners showcasing the local cuisine. Two of our favorite parts of the World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) are…
  • Attention Petite Sirah Groupies: The 2015 Dark & Delicious Event

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    An adorable cake from What the Cake? at the 2014 Dark & Delicious If you’re a red wine lover who enjoys food and wine events then you should know that the annual Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah™ event provides an amazing experience and it’s coming to the East Bay on February 20th. Over 40 premium Petite Sirah wineries join forces with Bay Area restaurants, caterers, and food purveyors to provide you a chance at plenty of fun, food, and wine in a convenient location (and with free parking, no less). Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah™ is the preeminent Petite Sirah annual…
  • A Decade of Aromatic Whites: The 2015 International Alsace Varietals Festival

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:02 pm
    The 10th annual International Alsace Varietals Festival is coming to Mendocino County next month, on February 7th and 8th offering a chance to celebrate varietals such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Muscat.  This fun and unique event is brought to you by the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association and whether you enjoy white wines more than red, or are just a fan of the Alsace varietals, you should seriously think about attending. On February 7th there are three key events, with the first two happening at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in downtown…
  • Hail, Dungeness! The 2015 Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Crab lovers rejoice, because it’s time for the 2015 Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, celebrating this year’s harvest.  This ten-day countywide celebration offers all-you-can-eat crab feeds, winery events, brewery tours, restaurant specials and crab fishing adventures (where you can even catch your own crab). The 16th Annual Crab, Wine & Beer Festival takes place January 16-25, 2015, with an abundance of activities provided by restaurants, winemakers, breweries, fishermen and community organizations who are inviting you to join in the fun.  Many activities during…
  • 2015 Winter Wineland: The Cold Never Bothered You Anyway

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Kick off your 2015 with a wonderful wine event in Sonoma County, the 2015 Winter WINEland. On January 17-18, the weekend offers about 140 wineries throughout Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Russian River Valley welcoming you with wine tasting, wine specials, and tasty bites. Running between 11 am and 4 pm each day, this is a chance to taste limited production wines, embark on winery tours, and seize opportunities to meet the actual winemakers. Winter WINEland attendees can enjoy wine tasting at all of the participating wineries for the weekend, although you will need to select…
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  • 5 Hot Cocktails To Survive A Blizzard

    Adam Teeter
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Right now, the entire East Coast is blanketed in snow. Some people don’t have power and that means they don’t have heat, but guess what, neither did your ancestors, and do you know how they survived blizzards in the olden days? That’s right, with booze. They don’t call it putting on an alcohol sweater for nothing. And as long as you have gas and a few matches, you can still get that range to work, so fire up a burner, grab a few bottles of alcohol, and warm up with one of these great cold-weather cocktails. Bourbon Apple Cider This drink has all the ingredients that make regular apple…
  • 7 Swoon-Worthy Winter Weddings At Wineries

    VinePair Staff
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    As the east coast braces for what is predicted to be one of the worst blizzards in recent memory, it’s nice to remember what else comes with these types of storms, and that’s winter beauty. And what’s more beautiful than a wedding…at a winery. A little digging revealed these lovely moments, we only wish we would have been invited. Winter Wedding in Cali A photo posted by dreamer922 (@dreamer922) on Dec 12, 2014 at 12:55pm PST   The Table Is Set… A photo posted by @kat11311 on Jan 25, 2015 at 12:34pm PST   Simply Stunning at Pippin Hill Farm in…
  • That Blue Bottle: How Black America Fell In Love With A Kosher Wine From Italy

    Adam Teeter
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you grew up in the U.S. in the eighties and nineties, chances are you only came in contact with Bartenura Moscato if you also happened to live in a Jewish household. For many American Jews, Bartenura was that sweet kosher wine in the blue bottle that would often make an appearance at holiday gatherings and on random Friday nights. For Jews that didn’t even keep kosher, there was still most likely a familiarity with the wine, as culturally many Jews who wouldn’t normally serve kosher wine often felt compelled to do so at least during the major holidays such as Passover and Rosh…
  • Affordable Substitutes For Screaming Eagle, The Famously Expensive Napa Valley Cult Cab

    VinePair Staff
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Of all the Cabernet Sauvignons with cult followings that are made in California’s Napa Valley, it often appears none is more famous than Screaming Eagle. The wine consistently receives rave reviews from critics, and it is often the most sought-after wine made in America. The problem is, with its average cost of around two-thousand dollars a bottle, and the extremely small quantity at which it’s produced, most of us are never going to drink even a few drops of this wine in our lifetime. But that’s ok, because for the cost of one two-thousand dollar bottle of Screaming Eagle – which…
  • Bad Wine And Old Liquor Won’t Make You Go Blind

    Adam Teeter
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    You open a bottle of wine, and something just seems off, maybe the wine is a bit corked, or it’s simply past its prime, the wine may even have a reddish brown hue to it, indicating its age. Regardless of what’s wrong with it, you decide to drink it anyway – hey, it may be the only bottle you have around, and we understand that desperate times call for desperate measures. No matter why you decided to drink it, drink it you do, but after a few sips in, the absence of fruit flavors and the musty smell starts to make you wonder “is this stuff going to make me go blind?” Let us ease…
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  • Label Lust: Jané Ventura Rosé Cava

    Jameson Fink
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    My never-ending thirst for all things sparkling rosé led me back to an old friend with a look that stirs up feelings: Jané Ventura Reserva de la Música Rosé 2011. It’s a Cava (the term used for Spanish sparkling wine) made from Garnatxa Negra. You might have heard of this grape by a more familiar name: [...]
  • How Is Wine Made? A Preview of SOMM: Into The Bottle

    Jameson Fink
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    SOMM, the popular shorthand for sommelier, was a documentary detailing the quest to pass what is arguably one of the hardest tests in the world: the Master Sommelier exam. How do you follow up this tale of aspiring wine experts working towards the highest honor of their profession? With “SOMM: Into The Bottle”. Here’s a [...]
  • Frappato From Sicily: A Great Dinner Red Wine

    Jameson Fink
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    Confession: I mostly drink white wine when I’m relaxing after work. Red wine is pretty much confined to when I go out to dinner. But that might be changing because every glass made from Frappato, a red grape native to Sicily, makes me crave more, often. You might recall Frappato as a grape that’s part [...]
  • Sparkling Wine Cocktails: Lessons From Sun Liquor’s Erik Chapman

    Jameson Fink
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Is your sparkling wine cocktail repertoire confined to mimosas? Do not fret! Meet Erik Chapman, Head Distiller and Operations Manager at Seattle’s Sun Liquor. He’s also a heck of a bartender. Chapman joins me on the Wine Without Worry podcast to share his thoughts and advice on how to get creative making cocktails with a [...]
  • Mount Etna Wines: What Makes Them So Special?

    Jameson Fink
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    I’m crazy for wine from Sicily and especially bottles from Mount Etna. The reds are primarily made from the Nerello Mascalese grape; the white wines are mostly Carricante. Tasting these wines (and even some rosé and sparkling!) while on Vulcano Island attending “Sicilia en Primeur” as a media guest last year was one of many [...]
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    Vegas Wineaux

  • Passing the Certified Sommelier Exam…Or Not. Part Deux

    Vegas Wineaux
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:25 am
    Let’s just say that the very first thing I did during the service portion more or less guaranteed that I wouldn’t walk out with my Certified pin in hand. It was ugly.
  • Passing the Certified Sommelier Exam…Or Not.

    Vegas Wineaux
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Actually, there were only about five that I knew I bombed on (one being so elementary that anyone who could spell Two Buck Chuck would slap me).
  • The Return! Wines, Vegas, Sommeliers, etc.

    Vegas Wineaux
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Between studying for every test on earth and being in the middle of a major IT/web project at The Day Job™, I have had nothing remotely approaching a social life.
  • My Las Vegas: Mezzo

    Vegas Wineaux
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    The Smith & Hook was far too rambunctious and showed its youth. Wait. Let's back up. Did I really say that?!?
  • Proof: A Reference Book That’s a Fun Read

    Vegas Wineaux
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Warning! The word "geek" or the phrase "geek out" appears a lot in this review. Because I geeked out over a lot of stuff.
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    Wine School of Philadelphia


    11 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Capital Wine & Spirits 129 Hartman Road, North Whales, PA 19454 DELIVERY DR IVER. POSITION SUMMARY – Delivers customers’ orders by driving delivery truck over… From Monster – 11 Jan 2015 10:56:23 GMT – View all North Wales jobs Read more here:: WIne Jobs via Indeed The post DELIVERY DRIVER – CAPITAL WINES AND SPIRITS – North Wales, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Wine, beer associations move under same organizational umbrella in Md.

    11 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    By Paul Vigna | Kevin Atticks remains executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association and takes over a similar role with the state’s brewers. Read more here:: The Wine Classroom The post Wine, beer associations move under same organizational umbrella in Md. appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    The bar – liquor and wine cost). A Conference Dining Services (CDS) Manager is responsible for working with the rest of the management team to run a profitable… From STARR RESTAURANTS – 10 Jan 2015 07:15:51 GMT – View all Philadelphia jobs Read more here:: WIne Jobs via Indeed The post CONFERENCE DINING SERVICES MANAGER – DUANE MORRIS – STARR Restaurants – Philadelphia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Warmer temps changing the flavor of some European wines, and a collection of other stories

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    By Paul Vigna | An aggregation of wine posts and stories seen over the past couple weeks. Read more here:: The Wine Classroom The post Warmer temps changing the flavor of some European wines, and a collection of other stories appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Bartender Fox and Hound / Baileys – Last Call Operating Co. I, Inc. & Operating Co. II – Philadelphia, PA

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Applicants should have extensive knowledge of beer, wine and spirits and properly handle cash and credit card transactions…. From Last Call Operating Co. I, Inc. & Operating Co. II – 09 Jan 2015 11:27:33 GMT – View all Philadelphia jobs Read more here:: WIne Jobs via Indeed The post Bartender Fox and Hound / Baileys – Last Call Operating Co. I, Inc. & Operating Co. II – Philadelphia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
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    The Wine Blog

  • 4 Awesomely Aromatic Wine Grape Varieties

    Marketing Manager
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    When you first crack open a bottle of wine and are ready to give it the first sip, it’s easy to forget to give your wine a good sniff. In the excitement to get to the drinking part (which we fully appreciate and understand) rushing through the aromas can cause you to miss out on some of the out-of-this-world wonder in wine. After all 70-75% of a wine’s taste comes from its smell. Some wines have more of a bouquet than others, and we’re here to tell you about those that should not be missed. Here are four super aromatic grapes worth pausing for. 1. Gewürztraminer The most famous…
  • Pickles & Provence: 10 Surprising Wine Pairings

    Marketing Manager
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    Good food and wine pairings can make even flawed cooking sing like Diana Ross. But a bad wine pairing can make your most perfect dish resemble a sour, salty song of sorrows. The reality is that there are a lot of popular delights that are difficult to pair with wine, risking a disastrous culinary mash-up that could turn even the most dedicated oenophiles away from the juice to (gasp!) beer or cocktails. To help, here are 10 popular yet polarizing foods and their best-kept wine secrets. 1. Guacamole & Sauvignon Blanc Guacamole, with all of its richness and spice, traditionally finds its…
  • 3 Low-Cal Wine Rules!

    Marketing Manager
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    With the wealth of health information in the media today, you probably know a thing or two about eating a healthy diet, but most of us are not quite as knowledgable about the calories beverage consumption contributes to our diets. The truth is: alcohol converts to calories – nearly twice as many as sugars and carbs. (7 calories per gram, as compared to 4.) So how do you stay slim and still enjoy your evening beverage? The good news is: wine generally has less calories overall than beer or spirits, and there are many high-quality wines that are naturally low in calories. We’ve…
  • The December Hot 100!

    Marketing Manager
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    The weather might be colder, but the Drync Hot 100, is just heating up! When Drync users speak we listen. These are the top 100 wines that Drync users have added to their personal cellars in the last 7 days (Have more questions? Check out the Hot 100 FAQ.) We have lots of new wines in this month’s lineup, along with some old favorites (We are talking to you Apothic Red!) Some fun facts and figures about this week’s list: This week, Drync users added the Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary to their cellars more than any other wine. (Tweet this stat.) Our biggest mover and…
  • Mobile Wine Buyers Rock!

    Marketing Manager
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    In anticipation of the Drync Hot 100, we wanted to see how mobile wine buyers across the country compare to the average wine buyer. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, we put together a little infographic to make this info even easier to imbibe (see what we did there?). If you are ready to join the mobile wine revolution, use the promo code CASE50 to get $50 off of a $300 purchase! Do any of these facts and figures surprise you? Let us know in the comments! The post Mobile Wine Buyers Rock! appeared first on The Wine Blog.
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    Wine &

  • Craft Brewing Phenomenon

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    Jan 26, 2015 — The stats tell the story.  According to the Brewers Association, a trade group for the craft brewing industry, overall beer sales are down 1.9% but craft brewing is up 17.2%.  Imports lost a bit at -0.6% but U.S. craft beer exports rose a healthy 49%.  These figures are for 2013, the latest available.   Statistics are hard to remember but this isn’t:  There’s an average of 1.5 new breweries opening every day in the U.S.A.  That’s amazing.  In 2014, 13 states had 100 or more breweries.   Back in 1873 there were slightly more than 4000 breweries in the…
  • Puppy and Clydesdales Return for Super Bowl

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    Jan. 26, 2015 – If you’ve had more than your share of “Deflate-gate” there’s something a whole lot cuter coming up on Super Bowl Sunday and it’s Budweiser’s commercial starring the puppy and the Clydesdales.   It’s a year later and the puppy is still a puppy, but we’ll overlook that.  This time he’s lost and his Clydesdale BFFs are naturally heartbroken.  It looks like a tearjerker but of course it will have a happy ending and will probably be voted the best commercial once again.  It’s hard to resist a sad little puppy.   Budweiser has been releasing…
  • Is Sacramento in Your Future?

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Jan. 26, 2015 – If you’d like to be a wine judge at the Consumer Wine Awards, then start planning.   The 7th Annual Consumer Wine Awards will be held April 11 at the Sacramento Convention Center.  This is a new location and very easy to get to via car or plane.  The emphasis of this judging is on the Consumer.  Industry professional are not allowed!   If you are chosen to be an evaluator, you are guaranteed a really enjoyable and memorable day, and since judging slots are limited, check in to Enrollment as soon as it becomes available on February 1.  In the meantime, whether…
  • This Really is Whiskey on the Rocks

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Jan. 23, 2015 –  Gotta love this story!  Those two fantastic, intrepid climbers who climbed the sheer granite Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite, using just their hands and feet and ropes, enjoyed an occasional nip of their favorite Kentucky Straight Bourbon on their way up.   The climb took two weeks, the duo spending nights in tents fastened to the rock thousands of feet above the ground and battling painful cuts to their fingers.  One of their “treats” was Woodford Reserve whiskey.  They don’t say how much, but let’s hope it was at least a double.  The idea of…
  • Retail Experts’ Choice of 2014 Great Wines

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Jan. 23, 2015 – We are very pleased to bring you the top wine picks of top wine retailers compiled by Beverage Dynamics, the leading publication of the wine and spirits retail industry since 1935.  The list, along with tasting notes and prices appeared in the November/December issue.  The complete list and the Editor’s note appears here.
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    The Riviera Grapevine

  • Three Things I Love About Nice

    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.
  • A Wine Guide to Heathrow Terminal 5

    11 Jan 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Q: What happens when you get a bored wine blogger with five hours to spare at Heathrow Terminal Five?… The post A Wine Guide to Heathrow Terminal 5 appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Liguria Like a Local: Dolceacqua

    4 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful festive season with family and friends, wherever in… The post Liguria Like a Local: Dolceacqua appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Back to Wine School

    29 Dec 2014 | 1:48 am
    This month I went back to school … to wine school. Now, I have little regrets about my university… The post Back to Wine School appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Rivini, the International Wine Festival of the Riviera

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    I’m getting in early with an event to mark in your 2015 diary. The Riviera now has its very… The post Rivini, the International Wine Festival of the Riviera appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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  • Wine Jokes & Funny GIFS

    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?

    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?

    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,…
  • Having Wine Before Bed – 5 Things You Need to Know!

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

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

  • Tasting Notes: Linaje Garsea Tinto Joven 2011

    John Neimann
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Intense aroma of fresh black fruits, vanilla and cinnamon. Full fruit mouth feel of currants, blackberry and plums. Smooth and satisfying finish. Serve : Food Parings: roasted red meats, cured and smoked spanish sausages and ham. There are currently 7 members of the family involved with production at the winery. A family belief is that quality is produced in the vineyard. Very low yields, no chemicals or pesticides and harvesting at night all go toward upholding this belief. Incredible wines are produced, which really reflect the terroir without the heavy alcohol content or tannins that…
  • Tasting Notes: Gaudenzio Chianti 2011

    John Neimann
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Red wine, strong and bold. A medium-bodied wine that has cherry aromas and hints of nuttiness with firm, dry tannins on the palate. In Chianti, Sangiovese is king. Sangiovese is one of Italy's superstar grapes, appearing under various guises with its synonyms including Brunello, Montepulciano, Morellino, Pignolo, Sangioveto, and Prugnolo Gentile. Each of these types has various clones, and so the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico set about a programme to rationalise, develop and approve certain clones for use within the Classico zone. The 'Chianti Classico 2000' project started with a bank of…
  • Tasting Notes: Dragani Montepulciano 2011

    John Neimann
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Red purple color tending to violet, brings to an intense smell-and-taste sensation. The berry flavor notes are together with hints of spices. Results to the taste as persistent and with a good tannic balance. Cantine Dragani, producing wine during the last two centuries, are considered one of the most important wine producers in Abruzzo. The grapes used by Cantine Dragani are carefully selected, considering the different original geographical zones and the different characters of the vineyards. The company monitors the complete process that starts with the cultivations of the grapes and that…
  • Tasting Notes: Collefrisio Montepulciano D'Abruzzo "Uno" 2008

    John Neimann
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Dark fruit, pepper, violet, dried herb – all those dark and rustic Italianate things that make such wines so appealing ... Love the long gravelly finish. Savoury, rustic, charismatic and, finances permitting, affordable. Fair to say I’m a big fan of this. Drink: 2012-2018: Gary Walsh, Winefront. Fruit forward with soft evolution, chocolate and leathery profile with long finish. Collefrisio winery was born in the hills of Frisa, Chieti Province, in Abruzzo region, thanks to the business encounter of the third-generation winemakers Amedeo De Luca and Antonio Patricelli.  Collefrisio is…
  • Tasting Notes: Chocalan Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    John Neimann
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Deep ruby red color. Aromas of black berries, bitter cherry and blackcurrant. Oak spiced and black pepper with notes of vanilla and herbs that brings complexity. Soft and round tannins, smoky spicy at the end,  a very long finish and it’s nicely balanced overall. Food Pairings: With cheeses, meat stews with sauces, roast beef, grilled lamb, pork and barbecues. This vineyard is exposed to the Pacific Ocean influence because of its closeness to the sea and to the Maipo river. The foggy mornings and smooth breeze during the afternoon help to refresh the vines. Mild Mediterranean climate.
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