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  • What a Way to Go: Wine At the End of Your Life

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At lunch the other day, my companion shared the wonderfully poignant story of his aging father, the man who inspired his lifelong love of wine. He related how, as his father approached his final days, he would ask his son to "go to the cellar and get something good." Far too many great bottles of wine are denied their purpose: to be shared with those you love, or at the very least, to be enjoyed in contemplation of everything they represent, whether that be decades of careful cellaring, or the whim of a passionate purchase. I can understand the urgency of an approaching end as a motivation…
  • Sonoma County Sues Winemaker Paul Hobbs (Wine Spectator) News & Features
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Officials contend three vineyard developments violated environmental laws; winemaker says allegations are misleading
  • Napa Valley wine grape harvest is off to its earliest start in a decade

    The Cork Board
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:50 pm
    As we told you previously, the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest kicked-off in late July. It turns out the start was earlier than we’ve seen around here in quite some time. On Tuesday the Napa Valley Grapegrowers issued a press release announcing the 2014 harvest had started earlier than all harvests dating back to 2004. The release also provided the following data points: July 2014 average high temperature ranged from 80 degrees in Carneros to 92 in Calistoga and Pope Valley – right in the sweet zone for fine wines March – June 2014 months were all 3-5 degrees higher than…
  • Unfiltered: A Spirited History of Drinking Takes the Stage (Wine Spectator) News & Features
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Plus, a wine bar for the terminally ill at a French hospital, and a trademark dispute gets Penfolds expelled from over 200 Chinese hotels
  • Wine and Gas Clash in New York's Finger Lakes (Wine Spectator) News & Features
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A proposed gas storage facility on Seneca Lake has inflamed winemakers, but are fears overblown?
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    GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show

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

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

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

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Greg Sanders will easily admit that he doesn’t do anything half-way. So, it didn’t seem like a big deal for him to venture to Oregon to buy some land. But then the land turned into a vineyard, and the vineyard into an Estate…and then there was the winery. Planted in 1980 to own-rooted Pommard clone pinot noir, the 10-acre White Rose Vineyard is one of the oldest and most storied vineyards in Oregon. Located on east-southeast facing slopes of volcanic Jory soils in the heart of the Dundee Hills, the vineyard sits at the top of the hill at 870 feet elevation, overlooking much…
  • A Beaujolais Primer

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Located north of Lyon in eastern France, the Beaujolais wine region overlaps Burgundy in the north and Rhône in the south. The steep Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River on mainly granite terrain. Only manual harvesting is allowed in the Beaujolais region, and the region has ideal growing conditions, receiving plenty of sunshine. The Gamay Noir grape has existed since the 1300s in Burgundy, and a is a crossing of Pinot Noir and an ancient grape called Gauais Blanc. Gamay is used to make all Beaujolais wines with the exception of white Beaujolais, or Beaujolais blanc, which is made…
  • Wineries of Sonoma County – Sebastani

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s a rarity in these times of consulting rock-star winemakers that someone would actually stay at a single wine producer for any length of time. But that’s exactly what Mark Lyon did – for 35 years! Mark graduated with a B.S. in Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis in 1978 and was hired by Sebastiani Vineyards the following year, where he continues to run the winemaking program. Sebastiani’s first century in Sonoma winemaking began when Samuele emigrated from the Tuscany region of Italy in 1895 and started Sebastiani nine years later. The winery was…
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    Vinography: A Wine Blog

  • MORIC: The Apogee of Blaufränkisch

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    "I am hardcore," says Roland Velich, describing his winemaking while lounging in the mid-century modern comfort of his living room, where the decor, the casual angle of his body and the informality of this tasting seem to belie this claim. But putting my nose in the outsized Burgundy glass I hold in front of me, and smelling an intoxicating perfume of crushed juniper, forest berries, and wet loam, I recognize, as I have every time I have had a chance to taste his wines, the fruits of an obsession that can easily bear up to that characterization. Like others trying to capture the sense of what…
  • 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: August 29-21, Healdsburg, CA

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Most people, when they come visit me in San Francisco and ask to be taken to wine country, assume that they're going to Napa. But at least half the time, that's definitely not where we end up. My well meaning friends aren't the only ones who seem to forget that Northern California has many different "wine countries." Napa casts a long shadow, as it were. I've got a bit of love for every piece of wine country we've got here in California, but there's a special place in my heart for Sonoma County, both because it is the place of my birth, but also because I think sometimes it gets short shrift…
  • The (Still) Dismal State of California Chardonnay

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    It is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. In 2013, California celebrated its largest grape harvest in history, with just shy of 4.7 million tonnes crushed according to official government statistics. Chardonnay, still reigning supreme as the single most popular grape variety grown in the state, made up a full 16.1% of that total, representing a volume of wine roughly equivalent to the total yearly production of Hungary. This is no doubt the consequence of the wine's popularity at tables throughout the nation. The single best-selling wine in restaurants around the country has for…
  • What a Way to Go: Wine At the End of Your Life

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At lunch the other day, my companion shared the wonderfully poignant story of his aging father, the man who inspired his lifelong love of wine. He related how, as his father approached his final days, he would ask his son to "go to the cellar and get something good." Far too many great bottles of wine are denied their purpose: to be shared with those you love, or at the very least, to be enjoyed in contemplation of everything they represent, whether that be decades of careful cellaring, or the whim of a passionate purchase. I can understand the urgency of an approaching end as a motivation…
  • Vinography Images: Into the Tank

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Into the Tank Grapes are dumped into the destemmer on the way to the tank in this harvest photo from Sonoma County. Harvest is well underway throughout Northern California, one to five weeks earlier than usual, according to most reports. 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…
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  • The Rise of “Natural” in Wine Marketing

    Tom Wark
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Back in 2008, a study by Minitel found that “All Natural” was the second most frequently used claim on new American food products. A more recent study found that the term “100 Percent Natural” was consumers most popular claim to read on a food label. Marketers have figured out that “Natural” sells. They’ve also figured it out in the wine industry The above chart was created using ShipCompliant’s LabelVision tool that allows a comprehensive search of federally approved wine labels going back to 1995, including wording on the front and back label.
  • Wineapalooza Paws Its Way On To The Napa Valley Scene

    Tom Wark
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Think of it as a Mini-Napa Valley Auction. Or maybe as a chance to contribute to the cause of animal rescue work in the Napa region It could be seen as a chance to sample some of the Valley’s most celebrated wines. It’s WINAPALOOZA and it’s coming to Napa Valley September 20th. Wineapalooza is the fundraising event for Jameson Ranch Rescue, a new Animal Rescue operation founded by two of Napa Valley’s most connected people: David and Monica Stevens—best known as the proprietors of 750 Wines. Named after the hulking, gentle, sweet “Jameson”, a Great…
  • Sober Advice From Two Wine Publicists

    Tom Wark
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    What is the value of courting the media if you are a wine industry participant? To whom in the media ought wine or product samples be sent? Should winery owners express and publicize their political positions? What constitutes “news” in an industry built around producing a beverage that will get you drunk? When should you offer a member of the media an exclusive story? Is there ever a good reason to ask a wine reviewer to re-taste a wine after their review has been published? Everyone of these questions has been struggled over by professional wine publicists, winery owners, the…
  • Opportunity Knocks in the City of Napa

    Tom Wark
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I’ve lived in the town of Napa at the Southern end of Napa Valley for only four years. I cam from Sonoma and still feel like a Sonoma Boy. Napa just doesn’t feel like home, yet. However, I have been regularly coming to the town of Napa for more than a couple of decades and can say that the revival of the down town in the past 10+ years is among the most remarkable examples of redevelopment I have ever seen. Now I read in the Napa Valley Register that the Copia Building is going up for sale again. Built and opened with great hopes in 2001 as The American Center for Wine, Food and…
  • A Little Responsibility in Wine Journalism Please

    Tom Wark
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    The other day I was making the point, emphatically, that a great deal of responsibilities lies with those who are attempting to communicate something of substance to the media. Their responsibility is in providing good, true, honest information. The reason this is so important is because things get repeated, then repeated again, then spread around and repeated a number of other times until what you originally communicated becomes common knowledge; it becomes the basis for understanding something or some issue. What if you got it wrong? I don’t know if this particular news story about…
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    Intoxicating Prose

  • SPIRITS: Western Spirits, Eastern Table

    Douglas Blyde
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    FROM the mountainous north to the tropical south, a network of 1,483 miles of high-speed railway lines, welded together to stymie vibration, links Japan’s fast-living cities - epicentres of arguably the most refined dining culture on the planet...Read at Alexander & James >
  • WINE: Rosé d'Anjou Writers' Event

    Douglas Blyde
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Above: a nice little video piece covering an event I helped bring to life towards the end of May.
  • RESTAURANTS: Pavilion

    Douglas Blyde
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    LUNCH begins with a colour-coordinated scallop ceviche woven with lemon confit, baby gem lettuce, green almonds, a little vanilla and camomile (£14.95). Viscardi selects 2011 Friulano from a three hectare site in Friuli (£8.50/175ml, Isonzo, Blason). He says of the match: “It’s from the same region as Pinot Grigio, but much more interesting and cleaner.” Its citric edges provide attractive bite, partnering with the pretty dish’s preserved lemon and satisfyingly crunchy facets. Read at Harpers >
  • TRAVEL: Cherry Red

    Douglas Blyde
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    IN honour of today’s British visitors, the Union Jack is draped alongside the bandiera d'Italia at Luxardo’s distillery near Padua. But both are motionless given the lack of breeze. However, despite this location and the omnipresent Italian flag, the founding family’s roots lie in Dalmatia. Girolamo Luxardo, a Genoese representative of the kingdom of Sardinia, founded the firm in port city, Zara (Zadar) in 1821. However, a combination of Anglo-American bombing raids which saw the distillery blaze for three days, and Tito’s policies, forced the family into permanent exile in…
  • WINE: Babich Goes Underground

    Douglas Blyde
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    DAVID Babich is general manager of the family-owned Babich Wines, which reaped its first vintage in Auckland’s Henderson Valley in 1916. With Dinah Kinnear, Sales Manager for Europe, Babich introduced trade customers of distributor PLB, as well as press and bloggers to the wines at an event hosted at Old Street’s Underground Cookery School, motto of which is “everything is salvageable!” Read at Harper's >
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    Wine Camp Blog: a points-free zone

  • A Beautiful Factory

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

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

    Craig Camp
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    August dawn Napa Valley Yountville AVA
  • Veraison

    Craig Camp
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Yountville cabernet sauvignon 7/24/14
  • Willy Wonka, Chocolate and Wine Tasting

    Craig Camp
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    The Mast Brothers and their amazing chocolate I taste our wines frequently, often three or more times every week. More often then not they taste slightly different to me each time. Actually that's not correct, so let me rephrase that. It's actually me that's tasting them slightly differently each time. I know these wines in a way no one outside the winery could. This kind of repeated exposure to the same wine is something only someone who makes them experiences. That's the reality of the situation. We are not tasting machines pumping out precise data to a perfectly calibrated computer. The…
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  • Chaminade Resort Farm to Table dinner features Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery

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

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

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

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Beginning on Saturday June 21, The Haute Enchilada Café & Social Club in Moss Landing invites wine lovers to stop by and enjoy special offers and events. Every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day from 12:00 p.m. &ndash...
  • Carmel Food Tour provides a feast for the senses

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Santa Cruz Wine Examiner recently joined the Carmel Food Tour in beautiful Carmel-by-the Sea. On a leisurely stroll through the heart of Carmel, tour guides eagerly share their passion and knowledge by providing glimpses into flavor, culture...
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    Grapes and Grains

  • Westward Ho!

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

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

    David Flaherty
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
  • The Riesling Has Landed

    David Flaherty
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The remnants of our two-hour Riesling master class with Paul Grieco and Stuart Pigott today for the full staff of Hearth & Terroir. 25 Rieslings. Awesome. The 7th (and final) Summer of Riesling is coming…
  • It’s Sink or Swim Time

    David Flaherty
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:09 pm
    After 16 weeks of studying the ins and outs of all things beer, the Cicerone test is now only 11 hours away…
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    My Wine Education

  • A White Wine (and a Brew) Review

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    By: Cresta cialis for less levitra Cresta | My Wine EducationPomelo Sauvignon Blanc I prefer a Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand (think Kim Crawford, Nobilo, Brancott Estates). But I really enjoyed the Pomelo 2013 California Sauvignon Blanc. Honestly, I was in a hurry the day I bought this, so I really didn’t think much about it. But it turns out the taste was great and the price was perfect at about $8. So, the Pomelo is a giant citrus fruit native to Malaysia and thought to be an ancestor of the grapefruit… And this wine smells exactly like grapefruit. It’s…
  • Tempranillo from Spain

    8 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Actea Tempranillo 2012 was in our very last shipment from Vino Volo. Yes, we chose to give up the wine club for several reasons…at least for now. Actea Tempranillo is a Vino Volo private label wine produced by the Jorge Ordonez Winery in Spain. According to Vino Volo, Ordonez imports the largest portfolio of Spanish wines to the U.S. This wine comes from central Spain’s historical La Mancha. Tempranillo is, of course, the country’s signature red. Aromas of cherry and blackberry blend with earthy notes. This medium-bodied selection has bright red fruit flavors, along with a bit of cocoa…
  • What I’ve Tried Lately: Nice Red Wines

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    By: Cresta William Hill Estate Merlot Napa Valley 2009 is a smooth, enjoyable Merlot. This is a full-bodied wine with nice structure and a velvety finish. Tastes of plum and cherry blend well with the smoke and spice flavors of this wine. Now is the time to drink! Average price: $25 Alamos Red Blend 2012, Medoza-Argentina This is a nice red blend, especially at the price of around $13. This earthy and spicy full-bodied wine offers ripe blackberry and cherry in front of a flavor that’s full of vanilla oak and hints of chocolate. A bit light and sweet at first, it has a smooth taste, lush…
  • Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    My life has taken me to yet another state – now I’m in Georgia! – so I’m a bit out of touch with what it available in Cincinnati right now. But Facebook keeps me informed! I just saw something whoosh by in my feed about the Cincinnati Food & Wine Classic. Taking place in Washington Park on Sept 12-13, it’s a combination of tastings, classes, book signings and more. Celebrating the Midwest, and the excellent chefs that dot that area of the country, it looks like a wonderful weekend in a lovely location. Tickets go on sale TODAY, Wednesday, July 16. There are a…
  • Travel Diary: Adventures in Africa

    20 Jun 2014 | 5:16 am
    An old friend of mine is on a tour of, well, the world. In the last two weeks, I think he’s been in Istanbul, Zanzibar, and now he’s somewhere in the Serengeti. Curt is a wine connoisseur, so I’ve begged him to send me tasting notes of his adventures whenever he has some time and an internet connection. Here is the first of those missives, detailing a set of Tanzanian wines. I’m hoping for his notes from Africa all the way to Paris. You can check out Curt’s travel blog at  -Michelle ___ The day before leaving for Tanzania for 2 weeks, I…
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Friday Feature Photo: Catavino is on Vacation!

    Gabriella Opaz
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: June 10, 2009 Location: Spain About: Catavino is taking the month of August “off” to enjoy the last days of summer! We’ll be popping in occasionally, but trust you’ll be following our lead to be outside striking up the bbq, hanging with friends and basking in the late evening sun. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact the…
  • Linha 22: Enjoy Portuguese Wine, Cheese and Fado while touring Porto

    Gabriella Opaz
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    If you’ve visited Portugal, I trust you’ve been to a handful of cafes. You’ve also visited a few delicatessens, in lieu of the fact that they’re housed within the cafe. What you most likely haven’t experienced is a cafe that not only has a delicatessen, but a bed & breakfast along with an electric tram that offers live Fado paired with a wine and cheese tasting. That, my friends, is what we call “covering the bases”. Owner, head waiter, and Portugal enthusiast, Carlos Gartner has always loved his native country. His passion has run so deep,…
  • Sunny and Special Chiringuitos: The Best Beachside Dining in Barcelona

    Sam Zucker
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    First things first: Barcelona is NOT a city where you can walk into any random restaurant and expect an “at least decent” meal. Yes, this food Mecca is full of amazing cuisine, culture, craftsmanship, tradition and innovation; however, it’s also full of businesses (restaurants and otherwise) that are operated with the sole purpose of capturing tourist dollars by selling inferior products at a brutal markup (troubling, I know, but true). One of the worst culprit neighborhoods for tourist price-gouging (after Las Ramblas) is the Barceloneta. Cafes and restaurants line the Passeig de…
  • Friday Feature Photo: Slow Food Spain

    Gabriella Opaz
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: 2007 Location: Spain About: Live in Catalunya long enough and you’ll encounter flocks of residents spread across the green landscapes after a rain in search of the elusive snail. Snails are gastronomic specialties in Catalonia, served in a variety of ways depending on the restaurant or one’s mother. The most common being Cargols a la llauna, snails baked with garlic and cooking salt and served alongside aioli, a typical Catalan sauce made with egg, olive oil and garlic. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the…
  • Extreme Wine Event! Croft Downhill Longboard Race in Gaia

    Gabriella Opaz
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    UPDATE:  The race has been cancelled as a result of a reduced number of participants. Please go to the Croft Pink Douro Downhill website for more information. How fast are you willing to go for a glass of Port wine? 40km an hour for 20 year Tawny? 50km an hour for a 2011 Vintage? What about 100km an hour down the incredibly steep and windy streets of Vila Nova de Gaia on a longboard?!! Sure you’ve got a state of the art helmet, complete with a leather suit and slide gloves to aid in your “damn I’m sexy” appearance, but one look at the terrain and your palms will…
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    Dr Vino's wine blog

  • LA County tries to crush Malibu wine

    Dr. Vino
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:03 pm
    California…celebrities…vineyards…Throw in some hills, glitzy real estate with water views and it sounds like a match made in some screenwriter’s Heaven. But LA County authorities are taking a dim view of such a scene. The part they find objectionable, oddly, are the vines! Yes, what is now LA was the home to some of the earliest vines in California. And the new Malibu Coast just won federal approval for putting on wine labels. Rather than cultivate this heritage, and nurture the new Malibu wine recognition, County authorities are moving to ban new plantings and uproot…
  • Faiveley buys Billaud-Simon in Chablis

    Dr. Vino
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Domaine Faiveley of Burgundy has announced the acquisition of Billaud-Simon for their first vineyard purchase in Chablis. The 50-acre estate includes 4 acres of Grand Cru sites in Vaudésir, Les Clos, Les Preuses and Blanchots. They also have 22 acres of premier cru sites. Domaine Faiveley now has 350 acres in Burgundy. I have always liked Billaud-Simon’s wines, so it is sad to see the end of an era. However, Erwan Faiveley (who chatted with us a few years ago), has really steered S.S. Faiveley in a good direction since taking the helm. So I will look forward to seeing the results of…
  • Veuve Clicquot tablets sparkle on the internets

    Dr. Vino
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How would it sound if you could carry tablets of Veuve Clicquot in your handbag and drop then in water to make a glass of the famous bubbly? To those who drive popular brand to sales of over a half a million cases a year in the US, that sounds like their kind of “plop, plop, fizz, fizz.” Photos of Veuve Clicquot tablets have surfaced on the internets today and some have latched on to the story as real. But it is actually a hoax, put out by a “Russian communication agency.” So there you have it. Apparently the muckety mucks at LVMH are none-too-happy about this. But…
  • Quick takes: Questioning the IMW; rebuffing Resy

    Dr. Vino
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “The IMW is little more than an elitist club, accessible by invitation only, designed to keep the riff-raff and rabble out.” Such is one nugget in a trenchant opinion column on the Institute of Masters of Wine that appears on Be sure to check out the comments. What to do when demand for restaurant reservations exceeds the supply? Some restaurants, such as the innovative Alinea and sister restaurant Next, adjust the menu prices higher to coincide with peak demand times (check out this Big Data blog from Nick Kakonas of Alinea). For others, there reservation scalpers…
  • Archeologists dismayed that ancient wine cup was not varietal-specific

    Dr. Vino
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Archeologists have found a wine cup that is attributed to the Greek statesman, Pericles. Amazed at they detail of they cup, they were, however, dismayed that the earthen cup was not varietal-specific. Full story The post Archeologists dismayed that ancient wine cup was not varietal-specific appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Review: ***++ $$ Cercius White Wine, France, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

    9 Aug 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Cercius White Wine. Original tasting and review : This is Cercius White Wine, France, 2012, finished at 12.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in August, 2014.In the glass: Clear, hint of yellow.On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sleek grasses and metallic sheen.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy, sharp, with perhaps a hint of sweetness.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact the aromatics and stainless steel of a New Zealand sauvignon…
  • 9 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Esporao Reserva Red Wine. Original tasting and review : This is Esporao Reserva, Alentejo, Portugal, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date, in August, 2014.  This is a blend of aragones, trincadeir, cabernet sauvignon and alicante bouschet grapes.In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque three-quarters of an inch in.On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows oaky red cherry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be both classic and fruity.On the palate:…
  • Review: *** $$$ Bruna Baroncini Fattoria Querciarossa Fulgente Red Wine, Maremma Toscana, Italy, 2004

    8 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Fattoria Querciarossa Fulgente. Original tasting and review : This is Bruna Baroncini Fattoria Querciarossa Fulgente Red Wine, Maremma Toscana, Italy, 2004, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled a full decade from vintage date, in August, 2014.In the glass: Deep ruby and magenta, opaque from about three-quarters inch from the edge.On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, inky, funky purple fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be aged but lively and, perhaps, still bold.On the…
  • Review: **** $$ Angeline Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    3 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Angeline Pinot Noir. Original tasting and review : This is Angeline Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California, 2013, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled only one year from vintage date, in August, 2014.In the glass: Light brick.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold balloon funkiness surrounding red and black cherries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh and deeply veined with fruit.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet, furry and mouth-filling with…
  • Review: ***+ $ Angeline Pinot Noir, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    3 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Angeline Pinot Noir. Original tasting and review : This is Angeline Pinot Noir, California, 2013, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled just one year from vintage date, in August, 2014.In the glass: Deep ruby red with pink highlights.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, lightly oaky and charry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, friendly but still assertive.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite rounded in flavor profile, with blackberry,…
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    The Cork Board

  • Napa Valley wine grape harvest is off to its earliest start in a decade

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:50 pm
    As we told you previously, the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest kicked-off in late July. It turns out the start was earlier than we’ve seen around here in quite some time. On Tuesday the Napa Valley Grapegrowers issued a press release announcing the 2014 harvest had started earlier than all harvests dating back to 2004. The release also provided the following data points: July 2014 average high temperature ranged from 80 degrees in Carneros to 92 in Calistoga and Pope Valley – right in the sweet zone for fine wines March – June 2014 months were all 3-5 degrees higher than…
  • Napa Valley wine grape harvest will start this week

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Ready or not: the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is about to kick-off. Sparkling wine producer Mumm Napa, typically one of the first to bring in fruit each year, will begin the 2014 harvest at first light on Wednesday, July 30th at its Game Farm vineyard between Yountville and Oakville. Above: The crushpad at Mumm Napa The late July start to harvest is almost an identical timeframe to last year, when Mumm Napa began bringing in fruit on the first of August. The 2014 growing season has been an interesting one in the Napa Valley–with the region suffering through drought conditions…
  • Veraison in full swing, Napa ranked among the “10 best small cities in America”

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    The dog days of summer are nearly upon us and things are getting busier here in the Napa Valley. Here are a few interesting tidbits that have recently come across our desk. How to See Napa in One Day The folks at Forbes Travel Guide created an insane one-day Napa itinerary. It certainly does not qualify for our idea of a relaxing day in wine country, but to each their own. Here’s an excerpt: After having one too many fall-off-the-bone ribs, taking advantage of the Downtown Napa Wine Tasting Card might be a good idea. For $30, you’ll have access to 12 tasting rooms all within walking…
  • Chef Sean O’Toole’s Torc launches a “secret” menu

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Last November the downtown Napa dining scene got a jolt when Chef Sean O’Toole opened Torc. Now, the restaurant is making a play to entice locals (and those “in the know”) to visit and keep coming back. Image via Starting on July 9th, Torc will have a “secret” menu available daily between 5pm-6:30pm. The menu, which will include three courses for $35, will not be printed and will only be made available to those who ask for it. Diners will be able to choose between two choices of appetizer, entree and cheese/dessert. Check out the sample menu below and give it a…
  • Half of the top 20 “best wineries in America” are in Napa Valley

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    It’s no secret the Napa Valley is one of the premiere wine growing regions in the entire world. Despite more states producing more varieties of wine than ever before, our little valley continues hold its own according to a new report. The Daily Meal released a list of the “101 Best Wineries in America” and on quick glance the Napa Valley is very well-represented. In fact, 50% of the top 20 are from our region, including: Dunn Vineyards in Angwin, California (#6 overall) Heitz Cellars in St. Helena, California (#7 overall) Matthiasson Winery in Napa Valley, California (#8…
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  • Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton

    Andrew Barrow
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton A photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for a reunion lunch today. This is an old out-building at Chateau Mauvesin-Barton. It was rather a hurried shot (as all mine seem to be) as I was rushing out to get amongst the vines. In retrospect this building holds more photographic potential with the vines planted behind. The faded blue paint on the hopper(?) offers photographic potential and the ivey growing up the side too. I could have spent a good hour on this building…
  • Cocktails at Scarfes

    Andrew Barrow
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Cocktails at Scarfes Scarfes Picture Detail I have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails were amazing. They do come in at £14.50 a glass mind, so you would expect excellence. I was at Scarfes in High Holborn, not a location you would expect to come in at the cheap end of things, but I was a guest of Rosana so prices received scant attention. So what did we sample? My opener was entertainingly served in a delightful glass tea pot, rosemary sprig pocking out the top. This is Thyme Out – Bombay Gin, Yellow…
  • Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips On Wines For Summer Pairings

    Andrew Barrow
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:37 am
    Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips On Wines For Summer Pairings Charles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Bristol this summer. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site. We produced a short online video with Charles giving his top tips on wines for the summer and challenging some conventions of wine pairing. We often get stuck in ruts when it comes to food and wine pairing, in this video Charles explains how we can in fact cool down red wine for the summer and much more. He was working with Discover the Origin, a European Union campaign designed to raise…
  • Bacchus Haut Sarpe Style

    Andrew Barrow
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    Bacchus Haut Sarpe Style Bacchus, here resplendent with bulbous red nose and bushy red beard, as painted on the side of a wine barrel. Chateau Haut Sarpe, deep in the heart of Bordeaux, has a out-building converted to a bar used, I believe, for grape pickers and other staff during harvest. It is a totally mad building chocked full of ‘stuff’. Seemingly covering every inch of wall space are advertising posters, tacky photos, there is a row of stripy ties, a vast array of hats, a checked trousered puppet, beer ephemera and empty bottles of Moet. Outside is this barrel, hand-painted…
  • Petit Comptoir Francais

    Andrew Barrow
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Petit Comptoir Francais I cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact that during cooking the stuffing burst out of its retaining cavity and made quite a mess I can tell you. The stuffing recipe, and using a guinea fowl, came from a suggested food pairing sheet in a hamper from Petit Comptoir Francais. This is a subscription based service that dispatches a bottle or two of wine, various high quality nibbles that form the basis of a meal, a booklet detailing the region and producer and so on. The wine in my…
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    The Cork Board

  • Napa Valley wine grape harvest is off to its earliest start in a decade

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:50 pm
    As we told you previously, the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest kicked-off in late July. It turns out the start was earlier than we’ve seen around here in quite some time. On Tuesday the Napa Valley Grapegrowers issued a press release announcing the 2014 harvest had started earlier than all harvests dating back to 2004. The release also provided the following data points: July 2014 average high temperature ranged from 80 degrees in Carneros to 92 in Calistoga and Pope Valley – right in the sweet zone for fine wines March – June 2014 months were all 3-5 degrees higher than…
  • Napa Valley wine grape harvest will start this week

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Ready or not: the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is about to kick-off. Sparkling wine producer Mumm Napa, typically one of the first to bring in fruit each year, will begin the 2014 harvest at first light on Wednesday, July 30th at its Game Farm vineyard between Yountville and Oakville. Above: The crushpad at Mumm Napa The late July start to harvest is almost an identical timeframe to last year, when Mumm Napa began bringing in fruit on the first of August. The 2014 growing season has been an interesting one in the Napa Valley–with the region suffering through drought conditions…
  • Veraison in full swing, Napa ranked among the “10 best small cities in America”

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    The dog days of summer are nearly upon us and things are getting busier here in the Napa Valley. Here are a few interesting tidbits that have recently come across our desk. How to See Napa in One Day The folks at Forbes Travel Guide created an insane one-day Napa itinerary. It certainly does not qualify for our idea of a relaxing day in wine country, but to each their own. Here’s an excerpt: After having one too many fall-off-the-bone ribs, taking advantage of the Downtown Napa Wine Tasting Card might be a good idea. For $30, you’ll have access to 12 tasting rooms all within walking…
  • Chef Sean O’Toole’s Torc launches a “secret” menu

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Last November the downtown Napa dining scene got a jolt when Chef Sean O’Toole opened Torc. Now, the restaurant is making a play to entice locals (and those “in the know”) to visit and keep coming back. Image via Starting on July 9th, Torc will have a “secret” menu available daily between 5pm-6:30pm. The menu, which will include three courses for $35, will not be printed and will only be made available to those who ask for it. Diners will be able to choose between two choices of appetizer, entree and cheese/dessert. Check out the sample menu below and give it a…
  • Half of the top 20 “best wineries in America” are in Napa Valley

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    It’s no secret the Napa Valley is one of the premiere wine growing regions in the entire world. Despite more states producing more varieties of wine than ever before, our little valley continues hold its own according to a new report. The Daily Meal released a list of the “101 Best Wineries in America” and on quick glance the Napa Valley is very well-represented. In fact, 50% of the top 20 are from our region, including: Dunn Vineyards in Angwin, California (#6 overall) Heitz Cellars in St. Helena, California (#7 overall) Matthiasson Winery in Napa Valley, California (#8…
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  • Château Margaux, 1994

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

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

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

    Alastair Bathgate
    27 Nov 2013 | 5:35 pm
    New World Pinot Noir is never going to age like a Burgundy. If this bottle is anything to judge by, some are more likely to age like a Médoc. Witness the tawny Cabernet glow, the rich vanilla flavours, and the dark fruits from a wine that sounds more like a middle distance runner’s dog. No evidence of any barnyard or chicken run. Nor anything thin. But if you want a full flavoured fruity Pinot that sits between Burgundy and New Zealand (depending on how you circumnavigate the globe), nip down to Epicure on Alton Road, South Beach and they will be delighted to lighten your wallet to the…
  • Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre, Caremenère,2011

    Alastair Bathgate
    31 Oct 2013 | 6:53 am
    The best recommendations for a wine do not come from journos, PR samples or special offers. For me, they come from genuine wine enthusiasts who trouble their pockets to retrieve a cherished bottle from their cellar to share with you. Either in person or in absentia. This bottle was given to be at a board meeting by one of my colleagues who has travelled extensively around South America and hearing my mild enthusiasm for Chilean Carmenère, passed a Cuvée Alexandre into my dirty paws one rainy Tuesday morning in Newton le Willows. This grape, widely planted in Chile but d’origine…
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  • The California Directory of Fine Wineries (2)

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    411Now if only we could get THIS delivered to our doorstep.Lots of wineries hope to be included in these volumes, but you'll only find the best of the best in each edition of the CDoFW. Take a look at some of the wineries that didn't quite make the cut: Sewer’s Edge Estate Melancholy Family Winery Roach Farms Vineyards Ham Vista Estate D’Orito Vineyard Crusty Summer Wines Fox Bottom Vineyards J. Lintball Cellars Feeble Horse Estate Rotgut Canyon Winery
  • Vaughn Duffy Russian River Pinot Noir (3)

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The legend"Duffy" is actually an adjective meaning "delicious." EX: "This wine is so very Duffy."Who is Vaughn Duffy? Vaughn Duffy is the world’s greatest lover. Vaughn Duffy lives at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Vaughn Duffy is the only person on the planet who can eat only one pistachio. Vaughn Duffy can communicate with woodland creatures. Vaughn Duffy has a toilet made of uranium. Vaughn Duffy has two houses … ON THE MOON. Vaughn Duffy was originally slated to replace Carson, but the network had concerns about laughter-induced fatalities. Vaughn Duffy invented lunch. Vaughn Duffy…
  • Geyser Peak Ascentia Cab Sauvignon (2)

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Winepire State of MindHey look! It's a cab. I feel like I'm in New York again!Moving away from New York was difficult. I loved New York during the two years I lived there, and in that period of time, I learned what it was like to be a real New Yorker. All of the hot dog stands, the buildings, the people walking to work -- these were the things that made New York so unique. And of course, who can forget the cabs? Taxis! Real actual taxi cabs! Where are you going to find those outside of New York? I bet you can imagine the excitement I felt when I saw these Geyser Peak Cab Sauvs for sale. It…
  • Monticello Rose of Syrah Mini-Vertical (4)

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Syrah rah rahMonticello? Is it me you're looking for? There's a lot about Thomas Jefferson we don't really know. One thing's for sure though, he was quite the wine connoisseur. Thomas Jefferson was a pretty amazing dude. He did so many things for this country that a lot of people don't even know about. For instance, he invented electricity, the light bulb and time travel. He was also really honest. Like, so honest that people called him "Honest Tom." One time he chopped down a cherry tree, and when asked if he had done it he replied, "I cannot tell a lie. I did. And also yes, those jeans do…
  • Chateau Bianca Summer Whites Case

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Biancian Slip"Won't you be wine?"I can't believe I said it. I had fallen in love on our second date, and all I wanted to do was make an impression, so I decided to ask her, "Won't you be mine?" You know, like it says on a valentine, but in a bit of a Freudian Slip, out came "Won't you be wine?" instead. I couldn't help it! I had Chateau Bianca Oregon wine on my mind. From Pinot Gris to Pinot Blanc, it was all I could think about. I'd been wanting it for dinner, but it wasn't on the menu, and it had slowly become the one thought I had going through my head. But I was going to use the line. I…
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    1 Wine Dude

  • A Quiet Resistance (Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Pinot Noir, In Retrospect)

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Generally speaking, when you’re attending a Pinot Noir masterclass-style tasting hosted by one of a wine region’s most historically significant properties, it’s not considered good form to giggle like an eight year-old girl. Which, of course, didn’t stop me from doing it. The trouble was, I just found the irony so damned funny, it was like being back in my Oblate grade school church, the nuns patrolling the church aisles, my buddies and I joking around and trying hard to suppress laughter that would most certainly get us into major trouble. Which just makes it funnier… Here’s the…
  • I Whine On iWineRadio (And Thoughts On The Simple Reasons Behind Why We Should Love Wine)

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, I had the pleasure of having my name added to the impressive guest list of those who’ve been interviewed by Lynn Krielow Chamberlain on her iWineRadio podcast. The short (for my run-on mouth, anyway), and relatively safe for work (by my standards, which admittedly are rather loose) interview is embedded/linked below for your listening pleasure. I’ve not much more to say about it, apart from the fact that the interview mostly covers my entrance into the wine world, about which I am almost always brutally honest. I always find it odd that people want to interview me, since I am a…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 18, 2014

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 08 Theo Minges Riesling Sekt Brut (Pfalz): Sekt…
  • Cuckoo And Cocka-doodle-doo (Coquerel And Toquade Recent Sauvignon Blanc Releases)

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    At this point, I think that we’ve established that Bordeaux native Christine Barbe is at least a little bit crazy. Very talented, but a little crazy. Crazy enough to justify the namesake of her personal brand, Toquade, anyway She has, after all, devoted a significant portion of her current winemaking career to – egads! – Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, a region/variety combo that is often either derided (justifiably, for the too-frequent examples that taste like melon-cream soda gone flat mixed with grain alcohol), or in the better cases (unjustifiably) pigeon-holed as always…
  • Well, That Was Easy. Not. (“The Once And Future Of Crete” In August 2014 SOMM Journal)

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    My feature on the wines of the Greek isle of Crete is now available in the August 2014 issue of SOMM Journal. That twenty-two word sentence belies what has to be one of the longest paths to seeing something published that I’ve ever had to walk. Not that the folks at SOMM Journal / Tasting Panel were difficult to deal with; far from it (they have been a pleasure to work with, actually). And I loved getting to know the folks from Crete (and I was doubly-lucky in that I got to work with them this year in helping them present their wines and discuss their island’s native varieties at stops in…
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    Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman

  • I'm Back!

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    I'm back bitches! What does this mean?  Stay tuned ... 
  • A Swan Song

    31 May 2013 | 8:18 am
    Someone once told me that many wine bloggers keep in their line-up of posts a "swan song" just waiting for the publish button to be hit. Well, I just hit mine.     It's time. It's time to take a sabbatical at least through the summer, or maybe longer. I am tired and perhaps you're tired of reading this blog. Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine has been a big part of my life since 2005 and I may still be one of the longest running wine blogs in Washington State. Originally it was just intended to be a personal diary of my thoughts and tastings about the local wine industry.
  • One of a Kind: Waitsburg Cellars

    30 May 2013 | 9:00 am
    He's a wine writer, critic, author, innkeeper, musician, and all around Renaissance man, so it shouldn't have surprised anyone when Paul Gregutt announced a new milestone and title in his life, creator of his own line of wines. The wines were first previewed and released in March. Waitsburg Cellars is a winemaking project between Paul and the largest privately owned wine company in the Northwest, Precept Wines.  Paul has been given access to their vineyards, winemakers and their facility.  The goal is to create affordable, yet interesting wines that will showcase the  strength…
  • Walla Walla Wine Word for Dummies: Weekly Wine Word Wednesday

    29 May 2013 | 9:00 am
    The Weekly Walla Walla Wine Word for Dummies: SoutirageSoutirage is French for racking.  Racking or soutirage traditionnel is a traditional method in wine production of moving wine from one barrel to another using gravity rather than a pump that we are so use to seeing being used in modern wineries.  Soutirage was developed in the Bordeaux region of France in the 19th century when there was no electricity to power pumps, of course.  This Old World method of racking, moving the wine from barrel to barrel, helps clarify the wine by removing sediment, as well as enhancing the…
  • Walla Walla Wine Word for Dummies: Weekly Wine Word Wednesday

    15 May 2013 | 8:30 am
    The Weekly Walla Walla Wine Word for Dummies: MeditrinaOriginal painting by Emily Balivet -  2009Move over fat, bloated, arrogant, and slothful wine gods, the wine goddesses are in town!Meditrina was the Roman goddess of wine and the daughter of Apollo, as well as the cousin of Cupid. She was the deity in charge of wine, longevity and health. In fact, she often used wine, along with herbs, for healing. There's a rumor that the word, "medicine" came from her name, however something tells me from the history of the alchemists, they would never use a woman's name and would prefer to burn…
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  • Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

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

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

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
                                                                                    DENVER, CO – A partial list of 32 brewers that have committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been…
  • Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting Scheduled for August 16

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    SEATTLE –DRAFT Magazine is presenting the inaugural Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting to benefit Pints for Prostates on Aug. 16. The event featuring a collection of two dozen artisan beers and food will be held in two sessions at the Pike Brewing Beer Garden on a roof top with a magnificent view of Puget Sound. Beer from some of America’s leading craft brewers along with selected classic imported brews will be poured at the outdoor event accompanied by food prepared by the chefs at the Pike Pub and Brewery and specialty cheese from the Pacific Northwest. The two sessions, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9…
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    Wannabe Wino Wine Blog

  • DIAM Presentation 7/30/14

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:46 am
    7 major cork producing areas Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Northern Africa 2.2 million hectacres of cork First cork harvest is at 30 to 40 years and cannot be used for wine corks. Then the tree can be harvest every 9-12 years Roughly 18 million bottles of still wine are produced per year. Cork has 63% of the market. Spirit market doesn’t use cork very much Between TCA and other molecules, roughly 150 molecules are removed from wine. About 10 can potentially impact the wine. Only guarantee the removal of TCA DIAMs competition uses steam process to reduce TCA DIAMs will actually say DIAM on…
  • Live Red Wine Blogging #10 2011 Rios de Chile Reserva Carmenere

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

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

    12 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The current owners have owned the property since 2008. The vineyard is only 1 acre and makes under 150 cases per year. They do their crush at Jessup Cellars. Beautiful dark fruit nose on this wine. The nose is perfumey and has chocolate notes. The palate is lovely with blackberry and tight fruit. I bet this wine had plenty of age left in it. Really excellent wine. Filed under: Wine
  • Live Red Wine Blogging #7 2012 Garnet Pinot Noir

    12 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The Garnet Pinot hails from Monterey County. The wine retails for $14.99. Mocha and cherry dominate the nose for me. With a smoky note from the oak. Cherry candy and cherries on the palate with the smokey note from the nose following through. Filed under: Wine
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  • Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2002

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    I started this blog in 2006, it seems a lifetime ago. My children where still in nappies and twitter was yet to hatch. More than now, there seemed to be a connection between this and other wine blogs. Everything seemed fresh and possible. . .My notes are still staccato and my use of the ellipsis seems to have grown. . . The 02 Clonakilla was in the first clutch of wines that I wrote about (1,2). Pretty and pert, I've managed to save my two remaining bottles until now.The cork is covered with tartrate crystals, though again no large stones. It's beautiful and beguiling to begin; rose petals…
  • Le Gros Minet

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Homely Le Gros Minet with it's bric-a-brac porcelain cats and its collection of old hats can be found in Les Halles;  just down the road from the newly named Jardin Nelson Mandela and the largely neglected Church of Saint-Eustache, which has the most emphatic bell. Each chime deep and full of authority. . .I dithered around before going inside, it was early (I soon discovered if you're looking for dinner at 6:30pm you must be a tourist) and mostly empty. . .The baguettes are from the nearby Boulangerie Julien, they're superb, crisp and chewy and quite unlike anything in Perth. The…
  • Notes

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    My final tranche of holiday notes.E. Guigal Ch d'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2007. Meat, and malt, soy and balsamic. Bay and lavender, it's deep and edgy, changeable and with multiple faces. Rich and layered in the mouth, a note of vanilla, beautiful length, perhaps if I was splitting hairs I'd say it's fractionally warm. I wish. . .Ch Cheval Blanc St Emilion Grand Cru 1999. Leather and hide, meat and again soy. Well shaped - slim but then expansive; mid palate spice, grain and grip. Quite long, well poised. 89-90. Pass.Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuran Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2011. This was the…
  • Chateau La Tour Carnet 2007

    17 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Haut-Medoc, 13%. Cork. Gift.Slightly dank and old cellar in scent to begin, later blackcurrant and weeds. It's not emphatic, and it smells and tastes reduced and diminutive. Slightly sweet in the mouth, frontal, the mid palate fills with time but the tail remains thin.Image, unrelated: a cheese stall at the incomparable Borough markets in Southwark, London. This block matured in Prosecco, perhaps it is purely autosuggestion, but I could still feel the effervescence. Click here for the original context
  • Flesh & Buns

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    The subterranean sibling of Bone Daddies.There are other things to order (a reasonable soft shell crab, sashimi, California rolls, Korean fried chicken wings and for desert the S'mores and donuts. . . ) but ultimately your opinion hinges on what you think of repackaged ideas, and the flesh and DIY buns. A plate of meat (surely no more than 200 grams), a sauce and token pickle. The buns are extra at £2 a pair. The 'traditional' meats being the pork belly (pictured, £14.50) or the duck (a crispy leg, £13.50). There's also beef steak, roast chicken, fish (I tried the sea bass, which was less…
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • Wild Figs and Ancient Chants

    Alfonso Cevola
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    From the archives ~ April 8, 2007 Fishermen from Calabria, Italy - Alan Lomax I turn on the music, and Albanian chants from Calabria flood my jet-lagged skull. “We’re not through with you yet. Take this back with you. Forget about filling up your suitcase with brochures and bottles of wine. Forget about the ties and the shirts and the socks. Do not forget us.”“We are the ancient, the local, the thread in the core of the soul of this land. Get out of bed. You’re not sleeping anyway. Wake up and hear the clarions calling like so many souls from inside you.”I was sitting in a palace…
  • Vacating Italy ~ Ferragosto 2015

    Alfonso Cevola
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Odd how time reshapes things. In another era, one could not get anyone on the line, start (or finish) any kind of business or move anything in Italy during the month of August. This week I reached out to several folks for info. For the most part, I got a response within an hour. They may be on the boat in Corsica or taking a nap on a warm summer afternoon in Pontignanello, but they are responding better than they ever have. What is even odder to me is the news we hear about Italy and the economic quagmire the country is in. But folks, at least the folks I know, are on vacation. At the beach,…
  • Franciacorta's "little" problem

    Alfonso Cevola
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    “I just don’t get Franciacorta,” the tall lady muttered to her friend at a recent reception. Her friend was pouring all manner of cool wines from Germany, Austria and France. Grower Champagnes chilled in iced trays, alongside Franciacorta. I wondered why she said that, but I was in full-introvert mode, and was in no shape to investigate her motives.Perhaps the lure of “Farmer Fizz” was too great. Maybe Franciacorta isn’t yet cool enough. I once heard a complaint that Franciacorta wines don’t have any unique sense of terroir. Clearly that person never made a 5K run around the…
  • 10 Years of Texsom ~ 2005-2014

    Alfonso Cevola
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    It was the winter of 2004-5. We were sitting at a table, myself with Guy Stout, Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell. I hadn’t yet started this blog. Guy, Drew and James were months away from becoming master sommeliers. And they were kicking around this idea about starting a conference to encourage wine professionals from around Texas to become more involved in wine, in attaining certifications and in being better at their trade. That’s how I remember it all starting. Ten years later, Texsom is huge. Drew and James are still running the thing, but there has been a quantum leap in the quality,…
  • Wine Spotting Selfies – Narcissism or Simply Sharing?

    Alfonso Cevola
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    On the Social Media sites, Facebook, Twitter, Delectable and so on, I encounter a lot of images of wine bottles. Folks seem to love posting pictures of the wines they are enjoying. I wondered how folks in my world thought about it and posed these questions on Facebook and elsewhere:What are your thoughts on looking at other people’s photos of the fabulous wines they are enjoying, on blogs, on FB, on Twitter, on Delectable, etc.? 1) Do you enjoy this?2) Does this annoy you?The responses were varied:Fred Swan started things off with, “I'm good with it. It's nice to see what people are…
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    Write for Wine - It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere!

  • Time to Party with Alexandria Nicole Cellars

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

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

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

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    We recently became big fans of Double Canyon, established just seven years ago in Horse Heaven Hills, and named for the two ravines that run through the property in central Washington state. Double Canyon’s first wine, a 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Double Canyon Vineyard, was awarded 93 points from Wine Spectator. Earlier this year, at Taste Washington, we named Double Canyon’s 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, from Phinny Hill Vineyard, in our top three favorite wines. At that time, we met new winemaker Jason Ledbetter, who had just come to Double Canyon from Pine Ridge…
  • Don’t Miss Chateau St. Michelle’s Summer Concert Series

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    There are still tickets left for some of the first-rate performers at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Summer Concert Series,at the scenic outdoor amphitheater on the beautiful winery grounds in Woodinville. It’s a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon or evening. And this week is supposed to be sunny and in the 80s, so you can’t miss! Pretty surroundings, fine Chateau Ste. Michelle wine, summer weather and music for dancing = happy people! We were fortunate to attend the John Legend “All of Me” concert on June 28 and had a fabulous time. His music was as phenomenal as…
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    The Wine Cask Blog

  • Chateau St. Jean Le Petite Etoile Vineyard Fume Blanc 2012 wine review by (PB)

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Pale straw hue with big bouquet of grassy perfumy, lemony citrusy, sweet pineappley, hard candy!Palate--Like a thick flannel comforter on the tongue this Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River (single vineyard) has finessed but pronounced varietal flavors, flinty with bold citrus flavors, and grassy wildness,with a touch of cream.The late Robert Mondavi is credited with the label Fume Blanc which is just another name for the Sauvignon Blanc grape but at the time, Sauvignon Blanc was unknown in this country as the French wines made from Sauvignon blanc weren't necessarily mentioned on the…
  • Spalletti Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 wine review by (PB)

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Medium garnet hue with aromas of rustic red berry with fresh wild cherry underneath though subtle with a touch of mint.Palate--Nice Sangiovese varietal flavors of forest floor, tart cherry, and a finish of oak.I paid $15 for this on sale from $28. It's a good example of the grape and the region with a nice sturdy foundation and flavors so raise a glass at $15.--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Bodegas Ordonez Triton Tinto de Toro 2011 Wine Review (NW)

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Tasting notes:Bouquet that's bold with dark berries and cocoaFull bodiedon the palateJuicy dark berry finish, slightly tannic, with coffee and spiceSummary:This is a lot of wine for $14-a value Tinto de Toro for sure. Made from Tempranillo, wines from this region of Spain are generally modern and full bodied. Prices are starting to creep up, so value wines like these are a good find. I recommend you seek this one out because it tastes like the $30 wines on the same shelf.Give this wine plenty of air because it is moderately tannic and sharp. I usually pour young reds through an aeration…
  • Castle Rock Pinot Noir (Sonoma) 2010 wine review by (PB)

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Slightly aged but brilliant garnet hue with aromas brimming with bright red strawberry/raspberry/cherry fruit! Subtle cherry cream and hints of spice finish off this classic Pinot bouquet.Palate--Plush textured, and full of Pinot flavor with exciting acid and brilliant cherry/berry front with smokey oak and fruit finish.There's nothing complicated about this $10 Pinot but it is delicious and a steal at this price point so it goes without saying--Raise a Glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Truchard Zinfandel Carneros (NAPA) 2010 wine review by (PB)

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Black cherry hue with Blackberry aroma and a nice touch of sage, and a gentle touch of mint on the edge. Palate--This is a bold Zin with a sturdy foundation to carry the big rustic blackberry flavors with a smokey finish.I paid $15 for this on a "super buy" from an out of state store. It normally runs around $28. I am not positive that I have ever had a Carneros Zin but this one is certainly enjoyable. I love it at the $15 price point; at close to $30 I'm not so sure. But I will raise a glass tonight but still not sure what dinner plans will be.--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative…
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    Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley Wines

  • In defense of Two Buck Chuck

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

    5 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    This looks like an interesting new project. The site is a 10 acre vineyard in La Honda, producing around 600 cases of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winemaker is Ehren Jordan, formerly of Turley and owner of Failla, and a former San Francisco Chronicle Winemaker of the Year. The first release from the 2013 vintage isn't until November, so now would be a good time to head over to their web site and sign up for their mailing list.
  • The 101 best wineries in America

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Web site The Daily Meal has come up with their list of the 101 best wineries in America, and not surprisingly several of them are from the Santa Cruz Mountains.At #54 that have the legendary Mount Eden - should have been higher of course, but that's fine.Just above at #52 is Woodside's Thomas Fogarty. Inside the top 20 at #18 we find the idiosyncratic Randall Grahm and his Bonny Doon Winery.And taking the #1 spot is Ridge. Congratulations!For the full list see The Daily Meal.
  • 2010 Big Basin Estate Syrahs

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Since 2002 Bradley Brown has been producing excellent estate Syrah; intense wines that deserve - nay, demand - cellaring. As the vines have aged and other Rhone varieties have been planted the range has expanded.  The latest release features two siblings that are very different from each other.2010 Big Basin Old Corral Syrah The 2010 Old Corral is a dark, brooding wine featuring 13% Grenache and 1% Viognier. There's a deeply rich nose; lots of dark fruit - plum and blueberry, with herbal tones. Lots of young tannins back up a nice fruit core. It's almost painfully young at this…
  • 2012 Cinnabar Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

    25 Jun 2014 | 12:25 am
    Since the sale of the old vineyards off Highway 9 to Mount Eden, George Troquato has been sourcing fruit from all over the state, particularly Paso Robles and Monterey. However he still produces a couple of wines from local fruit - a Pinot Noir from Lester Family Vineyard, and a rather nice Chardonnay.The fruit for the 2012 Chardonnay was sourced from two small vineyards high above  Los Gatos; the 40 year old Wright’s Station Vineyard - - and the nearby 25 year old single acre Skyland Vineyard on Skyland Ridge.A fairly typical Santa Cruz Mountains style of…
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • Cà de Noci Tre Dame 2013

    Andy Besch
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few days ago I had the chance to meet up with a good friend at Maialino, a terrific restaurant and wine bar on Gramercy Park. I got there first, and had just ordered a glass of a Valle d’Oste rosé when he blew in and said, “Let’s do bubbles.” That sounded good, so he chose one that was new to me, the Cà de Noci Tre Dame from Emilio-Romagna. The choice was genius. Cà de Noci, named after an adjacent walnut forest, is run by brothers Alberto and Giovani Masini. They started in 1993 with Lambrusco, the region’s traditional grape, then decided to plant other native varietals, that…
  • Organic Barbaresco — Roagna and Bruno Rocca

    Michael Tulipan
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Luca Roagna Barbaresco occupies an outsized reputation in the wine world, relative to its modest size. The town occupies a narrow outcropping, surrounded by vine-covered hills undulating off into the distance. Only one main road gives access to the town center, leading directly to a thousand-year-old tower standing guard over the vineyards. Beside it stands a medieval church, while nearby a fine trattoria called Antica Torre dishes out Piemontese specialties like the delicious egg yolk pasta tamarin. The Rocca Family Organic wine is taken seriously in Barbaresco. Producers following organic…
  • Paris’s Secret Natural Wine Lists

    Organic Wine Journal
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    Punch writer Aaron Ayscough reports that demand for limited Natural Wines in Paris has led some restaurants to try and keep them hidden from customers not deemed worthy: The simplest defense against cherry pickers, practiced at wine-shop-slash-restaurant Le Verre Volé and celebrated Belleville bistrot Le Baratin, is to have no wine list at all. Ostensibly this is to ensure that each table arrives at the optimum wine choice. In practice, it also ensures that clients are screened before each wine sale. Meanwhile, at the Left Bank’s historic Café de la Nouvelle Mairie there is a generous…
  • Edible Manhattan Features Organic Wine Journal

    Organic Wine Journal
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Organic Wine Journal just got written up in Edible Manhattan by writer Alia Akkam. Check out the article here. “We don’t want people to drink a biodynamic wine just because it’s biodynamic. It should be judged on its own merit, like with conventional wines. But if two products are equally good, why would you not take the organic one, where the winemaker lets nature do the work?”
  • Sunrise/Sunset – Organic and Biodynamic Wine Bar Opens in Bushwick

    Organic Wine Journal
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A new organic and biodynamic wine bar is opening in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. From DNAinfo: Sunrise/Sunset, 351 Evergreen Ave., opened last Thursday with just bar hours, starting at 5 p.m., said owner Henry Glucroft, 29, who also owns Henry’s Wine and Spirit at 69 Central Ave. Glucroft, a self-professed wine aficionado, wants to expand the wine list to include more than 100 bottles of natural, organic, biodynamic wine by next week, he said. The bar currently serves 10 wines by the glass and offers three champagnes. Glucroft, who spent much of his childhood outside Paris,…
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  • Château Lamothe de Haux, Côtes de Bordeaux – Old World Style

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

    Tim Lemke
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    I generally walk right past the Bordeaux section when I’m in a wine shop.  It’s not that I don’t like Bordeaux, I just don’t like paying too much for my wine.  But apparently I’ve been making a mistake and I’ve been missing out. There’s a lot of hype in the marketplace about Bordeaux.  It’s  been like that for years and has resulted in prices skyrocketing — particularly for some sought-after names.  And while these are some exceptional wines, when you pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a bottle of wine you’re buying…
  • Affentaler Valley of the Monkey Pinot Noir – Good Wine, Freaky Bottle

    Tim Lemke
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    When most people think of German wine they think riesling.  That’s fair… they do produce a lot of riesling and it tends to be pretty good riesling too.  Some wine aficionados will also associate Germany with other white wines, like müller-thurgau or sylvaner.  And those are also some tasty wines.  But many people never think of Germany as a place for red wines, yet they do create some delicious ones.  And the third most-planted variety in Germany is Spätburgunder, which is the German name for pinot noir. Yes, Germany produces some tasty pinot noir and it’s…
  • Pennywise Pinot Noir – Worth Every Penny!

    Tim Lemke
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    A lot of wine snobs would suggest that good + cheap pinot noir is something that just doesn’t exist.  But I disagree.  And I would suggest that those who hold this belief are just assholes. But you know who’s not an asshole?  The folks at The Other Guys wines.  They create wines that I’ve found to be consistently tasty and not overpriced, like this California pinot noir. This is not some fancy single vineyard wine from one of the elite appellations appellations in California.  It’s not even designated to an AVA more specific than California at large.  The…
  • Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino – Balanced and Beautiful

    Tim Lemke
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I’m a big fan of Italian wines.  If the price of wine were no a consideration I’d be drinking Brunello di Montalcino on a regular basis.  But money is a consideration.  So fortunately, there’s Rosso di Montalcino. Both Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino are made from sangiovese grown in the vineyards surrounding the Italian town of Montalcino. Brunello di Montalcino must be aged in oak for at least 2 years and in bottle for at least 4 months before the wine is released.  They tend to be expensive wines, selling for $50 and up per bottle.  These tend to also…
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • He Made Me An Offer I Couldn't Refuse: Under $20 for Two Amazing Mosel Dry Wines: One from the Legendary Juffer

    Lyle Fass
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The Protege of One of the Dry Wine Masters ofthe Mosel: The First Winemaker from the Brilliant Stefan Steinmetz's "Coaching Tree" Stefan Steinmetz, of the winery Gunther Steinmetz is one of the great young winemakers in Germany.  I've sold boatloads of his wines and he has a huge following, particularly in New York.  He also has the best palette for wine I have encountered in Germany.  So when Stefan Steinmetz says, I have a friend who is making brilliant Mosel Riesling my ears perk up, and I listen. On my most recent trip to Germany, Stefan's close friend and protege,…
  • Champagne Doesn't Have to Be Overpriced...If you Buy It Straight from The Winery

    Lyle Fass
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I'm an absolute freak for blanc de blancs.  I love blanc de noir as well but well made blanc de blancs has everything that I love in white wine; that gorgeous, feminine quality, and the balance of fruit, minerality and acidic backbone.  I didn't sell much of it in my previous lifetimes because the price of champagne had gotten so high, the price to value got out of whack. Well, when you are buying direct from the estate and finding brilliant newcomers to the game, you can get some incredible values and I have one today.  To be blunt, I think that this is the best value blanc de…
  • I'm Getting Smarter - Offering this Super Popular St Joseph Producer Before the French Can Buy It All

    Lyle Fass
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The last 2 vintages, I offered this wine too late in the year, maxed out my allocation and had to disappoint a bunch of people  So this year, I've learned my lesson and am offering it in August in a sneak attack on the French (who love this wine).  For those of you new to the list, I'll review my notes on Marsanne's St. Joseph:1) St. Joseph is the hot new area in the Rhone - it has terrific terroir and is still a value because it has yet to be "discovered."  For those who have not yet read Eric Asmiov's article on St. Joseph in the New York Times, here it is.2) John…
  • Get While the Getting Is Good: Right at the Beginning of the Price/Recognition Curve

    Lyle Fass
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    My first offer was the Herve Murat Hautes-Côtes de Nuits "Les Herbues" 2010 for $19.99.  I was thrilled to offer such an incredible wine at such a great price; I knew it couldn't last though.  Everyone is now recognizing that Herve is a genius and the prices have increased (still a great value though and his wines get better every year). You are officially warned: Julien Crucandeau is another rock star and these prices are going to go up as he gets the recognition he deserves.  So get while the getting is good.The 2012 Julien Cruchandeau Bouzeron for as little as $18.99 on a a…
  • I Finally Caught the White Whale: Herve Murat's "Friends and Family Only" Pinot, Plus One of the Rarest Whites of the Year

    Lyle Fass
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    (This is going to be a long E-Mail but trust me, you need to read it because these are two spectacular and unusual wines and there is a lot of background that goes into understanding why they are so special).   Herve Murat was the first official Burgundy appointment in Fass Selections history and he'll always have a special place in my heart. I was very nervous as I had never been in the position of pitching anything to a producer before. Luckily it went swimmingly and Herve and I got along great. Herve is a rockstar, the wines are just stunning, we have sold oceans of Herve's wine and…
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    ShipCompliant: Wine Shipping Blog

  • Indiana Now Requires Encrypted File Transfer for Alcohol Reports

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

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

    Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The opening of Massachusetts for direct shipping is perhaps the most important change to the direct shipping market since the Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision in 2005. We estimate that within three years of opening for direct shipments on January 1, 2015, Massachusetts will easily vault into the top ten states by shipping revenue and represent over $60 million in additional revenue for wineries that ship. Let us explain. The value of opening up any given state for direct wine shippers is, we find, related to three primary factors: 1. The state’s population 2. The state’s proximity…
  • Alabama is now an available state in PRO

    Alex Umbhau - ShipCompliant Product Analyst
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Alabama has joined the likes of seven other states (Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, South Dakota, North Carolina, and Washington) as the latest state to accept label registrations via Product Registration Online.  Alabama typically requires licensees to fill out and submit a Brand/ Label Registration Request form to the state ABC. Licensees using PRO don’t need to fill out this form by hand; instead all the information is transmitted electronically to the state. Like other PRO states, licensees will receive approval emails and be able to look up their registrations in the…
  • Direct Shipping To Massachusetts–Finally!

    Sarah Fine - ShipCompliant Research Team
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Eight years after Massachusetts passed an unworkable and overly-restrictive direct shipping bill, and four years since the same law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, Bay State legislators finally passed a workable direct wine shipping law that will allow out-of-state and in-state wineries to ship wine directly to state residents. The new law was included in the 2014 budget bill (see page 257), and was signed by Governor Deval Patrick this morning. Set to go into effect on January 1, 2015, the new wine shipping law will make both wineries and Massachusetts wine lovers overjoyed.
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    Sommelier India - India's only wine magazine

  • Torres Towers Over The Rest

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    This June my husband and I spent four memorable days touring the vineyards of Bodegas Torres in Catalonia, Spain. I've enjoyed Torres wines on numerous occasions and met Miguel A Torres, patriarch of the family, many times but there's nothing quite like a firsthand experience, writes Reva K Singh, pictured, left, with Miguel A Torres and Bunty Singh
  • Dine at "London in the Sky" pop-up restaurant

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the years, the word "gastronomy" has seen the most dramatic transformation. Simple food has become a science, art and wizardry. Even staid places that serve fancy fare are no longer boring. There's an element of excitement attached to dining out, says Kanika Dhawan, like pop-up restaurant "London in the Sky" that takes dining to a new level - literally.
  • Indian Sommelier Championship 2014 Bigger & Better

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    The 7th Indian Sommelier Championship, the authoritative platform for wine professionals to showcase their skills is back. Conducted every year by the Institute of Wine + Beverage Studies - India's first and only recognised wine and beverage training facility, the Championship is slated to take place in October this year. Pictured: Pankaj Balachandran, winner of the 2013 Indian Sommelier Championship and Simon Cant, Ambassador, Penfolds Winemaking
  • Relishing Indian reds

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Following the Indian white wines that the Sommelier India Tasting Panel brought to you in the last edition, this time it was the turn of the reds. The vintages we tasted ranged from 2011 to 2013, which means they were young wines although a few had been aged in oak and were from the producers' reserve selection. The SI Panel, comprising Rukn Luthra, Craig Wedge, Sonal Holland (who had to drop out of the tasting at the last minute) Gagan Sharma and Reva K Singh, tasted the wines blind, in flights according to the grape variety, followed by a discussion when the wine brands were revealed.
  • The Old Wine Pairing Rules Don't Work Anymore

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    With a nine-course tasting menu, you can still pair wine in the traditional way, but as eating habits have changed so should wine pairing. Read more here.
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    Grape Wall of China

  • ASC to close The Wine Gallery in Beijing

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

    6 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    When chief winemaker Peter Gago of Penfolds visited Beijing last month to lead a re-corking clinic, it felt like a warm and fuzzy break in a rough and tumble stretch for this popular Australian brand in China. Alongside the ongoing drama of the sale of parent company Treasury Wine Estates – KKR looks like the suitor of the moment – there has been plenty of talk in the media and trade here about Penfolds position in particular, hardly surprising given that its leading label, Grange, is among the top — many would say the top — “new world” brand in the…
  • South African wine in China: Pinotage shifts its Sanlitun location

    5 Aug 2014 | 3:59 am
    By Jim Boyce The downtown Beijing branch of South African restaurant and wine bar Pinotage is on the move. With the venue in Sanlitun Soho slated to close as early as this weekend, the team has opened a new place above nearby Danish restaurant Royal Smushi House. The suburban branch of Pinotage continues as usual. It’ll take a week or two to fine-tune things, including moving furniture from the old place to the new, but this is a nice space with a long bar, a dining area that will ultimately seat about forty, and a deck that overlooks the leafy north end of Sanlitun. Food favorites…
  • Myanmar wine in China: Four bottles from Red Mountain Estate

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    By Jim Boyce Wine from Myanmar is rare here so I jumped at a recent invitation to try some during a dinner at Temple in Beijing. I need little encouragement to visit Temple, given everything from the surroundings to the service, so these bottles made it even more fun. We tried four wines from Red Mountain Estate, founded in 2002 beside Inle Lake at an altitude of ~1000 meters. They ranged from an off-dry rose some saw as a nice summer tipple to a pungent tawny port made solely from Syrah grapes. My favorite: Sauvignon Blanc 2013. It had plenty of tell-tale vegetative aromas, including…
  • Triple-A Formula for China Wine = Appetizing + Affordable + Available

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    What are the major complaints I get from readers of this blog? One: they can’t find many of the Chinese wines that receive praise in contests and from critics. Two: those they do tend to find are dishearteningly expensive. This goes for wine buyers in hotels, restaurants and bars, too, who tell me of their difficulty sourcing good Chinese wines at good prices. Look, we know China can produce good wine. We knew it a century ago when Changyu wines from Shandong won international accolades. We knew it 25 years ago when wines from fellow Shandong winery Huadong did the same. And we…
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  • Kleine Zalze Announces The Appointment Of Their New Cellarmaster – Alastair Rimmer

    Media Release
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    The multi-award-winning Kleine Zalze Wines in Stellenbosch is delighted to have secured the services of internationally experienced cellarmaster, Alastair Rimmer who takes up the reins in September 2014. Johan Joubert, cellarmaster for the past twelve years, is moving onto new pastures with the warm thanks of the team for his contribution to the Kleine Zalze
  • Fill Your Flute With J.C. Le Roux At Soweto Wine Festival

    Media Release
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    Thursday, 4 September to Saturday, 6 September, University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus, Chris Hani Road Get your taste of world class Méthode Cap Classique and sparkling wines when you visit the J.C. Le Roux Lounge at the Soweto Wine Festival from 4 to 6 September at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus. Whether indulging in
  • Doolhof Wine Estate Appoints New Winemaker

    Media Release
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:28 am
    Gielie Beukes, an exceptional winemaker with local and international winemaking experience, has been appointed as the new winemaker at Doolhof Wine Estate in Wellington. Gielie will be working closely with Rianie Strydom, Doolhof Wine Estate’s winemaking consultant for the past two years. Gielie, who completed his studies at Elsenburg Agricultural College and worked extensively abroad,
  • Lanzerac Alma Mater Chenin Blanc And Lanzerac Alma Mater Shiraz

    Media Release
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    When you’re next stocking up on your favourite wine you will notice that the Lanzerac Alma Mater range has undergone a slight change. Presented in the iconic teardrop bottle the Alma Mater Red and Alma Mater White will now be known as the Alma Mater Shiraz and Alma Mater Chenin Blanc, respectively. Joining the Shiraz
  • Maiden Delheim Vera Cruz Pinotage – ABSA Top 10 Champ

    Media Release
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Stellenbosch wine dynasty, Delheim, has just introduced a maiden Pinotage 2012 to its flagship Vera Cruz range, with this single vineyard expression already adding distinction to South Africa’s lineup of definitive Pinotages as a 2014 ABSA Top Ten winner. “Our Vera Cruz range, which also features an acclaimed Shiraz, offers an eloquent taste of terroir,
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  • Craft is about MADE in USA

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

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

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

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    In this blog, every now and then, we talk about how the label and formula system at TTB can be quite slow, despite various TTB efforts to streamline things. Some top examples are here:  101 Days (to get a spirits label approved); Streamlining; Sen. Schumer Says Labels Take Too Long; more streamlining. It is not a pleasure to observe that it can take more than five months to get an ordinary French Vodka approved (30 or so days at the TTB Lab, then 60 or so days to write up the formula approval, then 60 or so days for label approval — to say nothing about potholes and glitches along the…
  • Coke Gets Served (and Pommelled)

    13 Jun 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, Pom v. Coca-Cola, is not just about juice. It has massive implications for small brewers, big distillers and all other alcohol beverage marketers. It shows that TTB rules and other agency rules set a floor, not a ceiling, on how companies need to market their products. It shows that the government is only a part of the web of review, in concert with competitors. Just as we predicted that Pom would win this case, we now predict that some alcohol beverage companies will soon take legal action against others, even though such cases, other than trademark…
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  • Vacation Tasting Report: Bachelor Ben's Envolve Winery Pinot Noir

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    2011 Envolve Winery Lennox Vineyard Pinot NoirOne of my favorite things to do while on vacation is check out local shops to see what they have to offer in the way of beer & wine. Long-time readers might recall that South Haven, MI is a place we return to almost every summer and this year was no exception. Here's a blog post from my 9 year old describing why this is such a great place: Go to Michigan!The best shop in town for wine is The Depot. Every time I go in there I'm amazed at the quality and assortment they offer in such a tiny shop in such a small town. The prices aren't bad…
  • Visiting CIRQ Estate's Treehouse Vineyard

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Aerial shot of CIRQ Estate's Treehouse VineyardPhoto credit: CIRQ.comCIRQ Estate's Treehouse VineyardAfter finishing up our visit of Kosta Browne's new facility at The Barlow (full report) in Sebastapol we said goodbye to Tony Lombardi from Kosta Browne and hello to Kenneth Rochford and Damon Wong from CIRQ Estate. Along with Michael Browne they are the extent of the company behind CIRQ: A tiny new ultra-premium California Pinot Noir producer.When CIRQ debuted a couple years ago it was exciting news. For the first time Kosta Browne's winemaker (Michael Browne) would have total control…
  • Visiting Kosta Browne at The Barlow

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    Kosta Browne Winery at The Barlow in SebastapolWhen I visited Kosta Browne a couple years ago they were in the process of building a new winery. Their space at the time was in an old apple processing facility and it was functional but not much to look at. "No stone gardens here!" was one of their favorite lines.The no-frills approach worked fine in their formative years. They didn't have a need for a public tasting room since most of their wines are sold out via mailing list and to restaurants. But as the winery has grown they needed more space.Functionally and aesthetically I think they hit…
  • Wine Spectator: 2012 California Pinot Noir Falls Short of Expectations

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    Chenoweth Clone Pinot Noir clusters at CIRQ Estate's Treehouse VineyardAfter challenging California Pinot Noir vintages in 2010 and 2011, there was hope that 2012 would be one of those vintages where every wine you taste exceeds expectations. But in my experience with 2012s over the past year I've been disappointed. There have been very few new exciting new discoveries and wines I've tried from favorite producers seem a notch below where they usually are.Wine Spectator's latest issue covers the vintage (subscription required) and their take is that it was a vintage with high yields that…
  • How to Cancel StewardShip (before you forget)

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    I wrote a post a couple weeks ago about how to maximize the savings associated with's $30 off $100 AmEx Sync deal. But it wasn't until this follow-up post that showed tangible examples of the savings that I got a bunch of emails from eagle-eyed deal hounds asking for clarification on whether it was 30% off or $30 off.In talking to friends face to face about this the past couple weeks I can see there's some confusion on this deal. And a sense that there's a "this is too complicated" feeling about the deal. That's okay. Because out of confusion and complication comes amazing deals if…
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  • Back to school makes me want to drink wine. Clearly, I’m not alone!

    Todd Farmer
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Back when I was a kid, I dreaded seeing the “back to school” signs in stores and malls. Such signage clearly marks the “beginning of the end” and I would find myself in denial for those weeks leading up to the inevitable first day of school.Now, as a parent of a 14 year old boy (he’ll be a freshman in high school this year! Where did the time go?) and a 9 year old girl (she’s entering her last year of elementary school), those “back to school” signs I dreaded as a youth have different meanings to me as a parent.First, I dread the end of summer. I simply love the few months of…
  • National Review Wine Club

    Eric Nagel
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Another new wine club has hit our radar, but something looked awfully familiar with this one. The National Review Wine Club. This club specifically promotes 12 “world-class” wines for $69.99. The current offer is two free bottles with your first shipment. You can choose only reds, only whites, or a mixed case.The mixed case includes2013 Rene Clement Blanc2011 Chateau Clos La Chapelle Bordeaux2013 Silver Pony Ranch Merlot2013 Knoll Haven Winery ChardonnayNV Veuve Valmante “Vin Mousseux’ Sparkling Brut2010 Kunza Gran Reserva Cabernet-Carmenere2013 Matchmaker Viognier2012…
  • Club W Wine Club Review (With Video)

    Tricia Meyer
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been seeing a lot of advertisements for Club W lately, so when they offered to send me a shipment to try it out, I jumped at the chance. I didn’t know what to expect at all except that they consider themselves a “personalized” wine club. I love the idea of a wine club that sends wine according to my own tastes, but I was skeptical how they could do it without having me taste any wine first.Ordering Club WWhen I first visited the site, I was taken through a series of questions about things like coffee and lemon and dirt. This established my Palate Profile. After my…
  • Cameron Hughes Wine Club Review

    Eric Nagel
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    We recently stumbled across the Cameron Hughes Wine Club, and while we wait for a shipment to do a hands-on review, we thought it’d be good to introduce you to this club and what they have to offer.Cameron Hughes (the person) and Jessica Kogan started Cameron Hughes (the winemaker) in 2001. They now make, import and distribute wines under the labels The Lot Series, Hughes Wellman, Cameron Hughes California, Greenlip, and Zin Your Face. You may have seen these wines in your local grocery, wine or liquor store.Cameron Hughes offers 3 different wine clubs: “Just Reds,”…
  • A Wine Club That Compares to (and kinda beats) My Favorite Local Wine Club

    Todd Farmer
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    One of the things I love about making this website, is that I get to learn a lot about wine. Moreover, I get the privilege of getting to know some really smart wine experts.Etty Lewenzstain is one of those experts.Her business is Plonk Wine Club, where she acts as a virtual “personal wine sommelier” and educator for her members. (See our current review of the Plonk Wine Club here.)Over the last couple of years, Eric, Tricia and I have come to learn a lot about the wine business — specifically, the business of Wine Clubs. We’ve learned that there are the “big brand guys” (like WSJ…
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  • 2012 Daniel Bouland Morgon Vieilles Vignes

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    2012 Daniel Bouland Morgon Vieilles VignesThe 2012 Morgon Vieilles Vignes comes courtesy of 60-year-old vines. It has an understated bouquet of raspberry, tilled earth and briary scents that unfold in the glass. The palate is crisp and fresh with a slightly higher acidity than the Corcelette, but with more tension and vibrancy on the finish. This is another superb Morgon from Daniel Bouland. Drink now-2020. Readers should peruse Issue 190 for more information on Daniel Bouland’s domaine. He cultivates four hectares of vines in Douby, Cote de Py and Delys around Morgon. His fruit is picked…
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    Wine Peeps

  • Mumm: Bubbly from France and Napa

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

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to try the 2013 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé from the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington State. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Julia’s Dazzle Rosé is produced and bottled under the Dolan & Weiss Cellars label. However, the masterminds behind it are Long Shadows’ founder Allen Shoup and winemaker Gilles Nicault. For years,…
  • Challenging Wine Pairing: Gnocchi

    25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    While gnocchi does not receive as much attention as other pastas, potato gnocchi has become popular and frequently appears on restaurant menus. In fact, in the past year, I have enjoyed delicious gnocchi both in Italy and here in Seattle. Since we Wine Peeps enjoy Italian food very much, I decided to prepare a challenging wine pairing meal using gnocchi drizzled with sautéed leeks and truffle oil as our entrée. It was a simple, but very enjoyable, meal that included the gnocchi and a caprese salad. Once again, I referred to my favorite book, What to Drink with What You Eat, and decided to…
  • A Wine for Tonight: 2011 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

    4 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to try the 2011 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County in California. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Rodney Strong founded Rodney Strong Vineyards, located in Healdsburg, California, in 1959. Current owner Tom Klein and the Klein family purchased the winery in 1989. Head winemaker Rick Sayre has been…
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • 2013 Manikay Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon Region:  Coonawarra, Australia Cost:  ~$13 Winemaker’s Notes:  The marriage of Coonawarra’s unique limestone and deep red terra rossa soils gives birth to a magical Cabernet Sauvignon with the exquisite cassis character typical of the Coonawarra region. Velvety tannins balance the textured sweetness of the fruit. My Review:  I’ll be the first to admit that better than half the reason this bottle was purchased was because of the label. My wife is a Forensic DNA Analyst, and a wine label designed to look like a finger print was definitely…
  • 2013 Arrogant Frog Red Wines

    George Perry
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    So since this post is waaaaaay overdue, I’m just going to go ahead and jump in and share my thoughts on the wines. If you want to read my thoughts about the tasting in general, and find a link to a video about it, check out my post about the Arrogant Frog White Wines. Ok, here we go. 2013 Arrogant Frog Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Varietal:  55% Cabernet Sauvignon; 45% Merlot Region:  Languedoc, France Winemaker’s Notes:  Intense ruby color. Elegant and complex nose with aromas of ripe black fruits, black currant leaf combined with spicy notes such as liquorice and vanilla. A…
  • Avalon Bay 12 Bottle Wine Cooler

    George Perry
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    A good part of enjoying wine is enjoying it at the correct temperature. Often this means keeping your whites in your refrigerator and your reds tucked away in a spot out of the sun. If you’re lucky to have a room that’s devoted to housing your wine and the money to invest in creating the correct temperature to maintain those wines, good for you. For most of us, however, a small wine cooler is our best option between finding space around our other groceries and spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars converting a room of our home into a wine cellar. There are a number of…
  • 2013 Arrogant Frog White Wines

    George Perry
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    So a few weeks ago I made an error and sorta double booked myself. On the one hand I had a virtual tasting featuring four wines from Arrogant Frog and winemaker Jean-Claude Mas, on the other I had a vacation I had booked that involved a cruise and a decided lack of internet connection. As I’m sure you can guess, the vacation happened. Fortunately, the virtual tasting was done via UStream, so I, and you as well, can check out the tasting and Jean-Claude’s thoughts ( While I didn’t get to do the tasting with everybody else, I have made a…
  • 2012 Gnarly Head Pinot Noir

    George Perry
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Varietal: Pinot Noir Region: Californica Cost: $14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Gnarly Head 2012 Pinot Noir takes “the heartbreak grape” for a walk on the wild side. This powerful pinot touts voluptuous aromas of red cherry, vanilla, earth, and spice, followed by a rush of black cherry and plum with hints of toasted hazelnut, tobacco, and cigar box on the palate. Supple, sleek tannins and lush fruit make this wine a perfect pair for salami and arugula pizza, slow roasted pork loin, or dry brined chicken stuffed with sausage and peppers. My Review: It should by this point be no…
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • Alta Maria Vineyards: Stop in and stay a while in Los Olivos

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    I love a good cocktail as much as the next gal, but did you know some cocktails can be good for you?  Taking a cue from the elixirs, tinctures, and tonics of yesterday, and putting a new twist on them, the new book Apothecary Cocktails delves in to the history of some restoratives libations, and creates new recipes for today’s trendy bartender. When we look at some of the key ingredients in the modern bar, we can see behind the bourbon, vodka and other liquors to the mixers that were traditionally used as medicine.  Love a gin & tonic?  Tonic (real tonic, not this corn syrup…
  • ZAP goes on the road!

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:25 am
    As summer winds down, or maybe just gets skipped over, the foggy nights and cool morning remind me of why I love Zinfandel so much.  Zinfandel is a wine that has as many flavors and styles as there are ways to make BBQ sauce.  Zinfandel is also the perfect summer party, and BBQ wine. With that in mind, ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) is hosting a showcase of Zinfandel at Ridge Lytton Springs, on Saturday, August 16th.  Here, over 40 producers will be pairing their Zinfandels with delicious foods from Pizza Politana!  Included with your ticket, you get all of your tastings and…
  • Roaming the El Dorado Foothills: Pleasant Valley Wine Trail

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    It was a warm Spring weekend, when I took my new car out for it’s first road trip, up to El Dorado County, and some delicious Rhône style wines.  The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, just outside of Placerville, California, is a sleepy little road, meandering through gold country and rough and rugged mountain landscapes.  The Rocks and Rhône Festival featured 5 wineries, good food, delicious wine, and live music in the heart of old California. Just over 2 hours from San Francisco, without traffic, Placerville is a hop, skip, and jump from Sacramento and is a great place to center your…
  • A King of Cabs

    3 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    There are few grapes that are as well known in Napa Valley as Cabernet Sauvignon.  Most every winery makes at least one, and every sub appellation vies for the best, the most unique, the most impactful, fruit to make this king of wines out of. Faust celebrates an ongoing, and renewed, passion for Agustin Huunees, that a great wine must be a reflection of a great vineyard.  This rich, full bodied Napa Valley Cabernet is sourced  from vineyard holdings primarily in Rutherford and Coombsville, with small lots from Yountville, Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak and St. Helena.  This unique combination…
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  • Ikeys regain the Vino Varsity trophy!

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

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

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

    Alana Ridley
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:28 am
    The Franschhoek Bastille Festival will be celebrated in Franschhoek on the weekend of 12 & 13 July 2014 and Backsberg will be there selling delicious Karoo Lamb Ciabatta Rolls and of course pouring signature wines! Join us at the Food & Wine Marquee located next to the Franschhoek Huguenot Monument to stock up on all your favourite wines and buy some delicious Franschhoek food. Visit us at stand 35! Tickets are available at R200pp (Saturday) and R180 p/p (Sunday) in advance through Webtickets ( All ticket prices include a complimentary tasting glass, a R20…
  • Backsberg is official wine supplier to Encounters Documentary Festival

    Alana Ridley
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:47 am
    [Video] View the Backsberg Sponsorship Video that was screened on opening night of Encounters Documentary Festival. Backsberg is pleased to be the official wine supplier to the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, which runs from the 5th to the 15th of June 2014 in cinemas in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Backsberg had the honour of attending the premiering night, where the award-winning documentary film, Square, opened the event. The night included a guest list of prominent South African film writers, producers, directors and key players in the documentary film…
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Morrisons Soave 2013, Veneto, Italy

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Perfectly respectable wine at a keen price Morrisons Soave 2013, Veneto, Italy (£3.99 Morrisons) Doesn’t pretend to be anything great, but this simple, peachy white with its light nuttiness balanced by citrussy freshness is a decent everyday glugger. C+
  • Pullus Penina 2008, Stajerska, Slovenia

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    A sparkling blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, but not from the most obvious of sources Pullus Penina 2008, Stajerska, Slovenia (£17.95 Winety) Quite a full-bodied style of fizz, off-dry with floral aromas that make you wonder whether some aromatic grapes made their way into the blend, rich creamy/yeasty notes balanced by citrus freshness and a […]
  • Ceps Du Sud Viognier 2012 Pays d’Oc, France

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    Proper Viognier at a keen price Ceps Du Sud Viognier 2012 Pays d’Oc, France (£7.05 Bibendum) Really good honest style, with the classic oily peach (fresh and tinned), some creamy nut kernel character, with the voluptuous allure absent in too many similarly priced Viogniers. B+
  • Seifried Estate Gewürztraminer 2012, Nelson, New Zealand

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    No mistaking what this wine is… Seifried Estate Gewürztraminer 2012, Nelson, New Zealand (£11.99 Roberts & Speight, Halifax Wine Co, The Drink Shop, Lancaster Wine Company, The Good Wine Shop, Has all the classic Gewürztraminer pointers – rose petal, lychee, ginger, lime & lemon jelly – plus a touch of sweetness, but it scores […]
  • Two Provence Rosés from Château d’Esclans

    15 Aug 2014 | 2:42 am
    The final two of the quartet of rosés from Château d’Esclans in Provence (the first is labelled ‘Caves d’Esclans’ as there’s some bought-in grapes in the blend). For reviews of the estate’s top two wines, click Here and Here. Caves d’Esclans ‘Whispering Angel’ Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France (~£16 Berkmann Wine Cellars, Bibendum, Bordeaux […]
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  • 4 Reasons To Kill Your Home Page Carousel

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

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

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

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

    12 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today, our parent company launched WineDirect Compliance.  Our CEO, Joe Waechter, has a blog post here explaining why we built a compliance tool, and the thought process behind it. As the COO of WineDirect and President of Vin65, I got to sit in a lot of the compliance meetings - here’s our thought process: For years compliance has been difficult.  While there are a lot of rules and red tape – we want to tell you that it shouldn’t be that hard. We look at compliance like we look at credit card processing. It’s an important piece of the business, with some…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • Light Reds to Fight Summer Blues

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

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

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

    18 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    An appealingly cynical English friend in the wine business once told me, “You see, what you do is that when your child is born, you purchase a case of vintage port from that year. Then, when the child finally graduates from college, you send...
  • Wines for Every Burger, from Veggie to Lamb

    11 Jun 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We Americans, we do like our beef. The average citizen of the US of A eats somewhere around 70 pounds of beef per year. Evidently we, as a people, cannot resist the urge to slap round patties of ground cow flesh onto hot metal and then devour the ...
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    The Wine Making Guy

  • How to brew Obama beer: White House release US President’s honey ale recipes

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The White Residence has released a short video clip showing how President Obama’s homemade Honey Brown Ale and Honey Doorperson are brewed on the premises. Electronic Rating: 4 / 5
  • How To Store Wine

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    In this electronic, wine lover and writer Ch’ng Poh Tiong shares his understanding on the very best problems to keep wine. Electronic Ranking: 5 / 5
  • Thank You Notes: 50 Shades of Grey Trailer, Wine Tasting – Part 2

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Jimmy pens thank you notes to a Canadian pusher, wine sampling and various other points. Component 2 of 2. Subscribe NOW to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: ht … Electronic Score: 4 / 5
  • How To Make Wine

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Today I show you ways to make wine in your home. This in my point of view tastes way far better and is much safer compared to any sort of bottled wine you could purchase from the shops or acquire at …
  • Homemade wine(cranberry strain & transfer)

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Simply transferring the completed product to tidy disinfect containers for dark area temperature level storage space.
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    Steve Ferree's feed

  • Huge Success with Grapes and Grains Vasco Research Block Party

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
    What can be better than a Block Party featuring 4 wineries, 3 bands, 2 food vendors, 1 dessert truck and 1 brewery? Well the Grapes and Grains Vasco Research Block Party held at Vasco and Research Drive in Livermore...
  • Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration Coming August 31

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    For more than 30 years, people have gathered in historic Livermore Valley wine country over Labor Day Weekend to enjoy the fruit of the vines. Like a fine wine, the Harvest Wine Celebration has evolved over time and there...
  • Grapes and Grains Vasco Research Block Party in Livermore - August 16

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Four Livermore Valley wineries and a Livermore Valley Brewery invite you to the Grapes & Grains Vasco Research Block Party on Saturday, August 16th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Over the last few years there has...
  • Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail to be Introduced August 22

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Santa Clara Valley, the oldest premium wine growing region in California, has been home to wineries since 1852. In honor of this long history, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has adopted the new Santa Clara Valley Wine...
  • Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day July 19

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Escape from the valley heat to the Santa Cruz Mountains on July 20 for the Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day, July 19. With over fifty Santa Cruz Mountains wineries in the Passport Program- from Half Moon Bay to Gilroy - your...
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    Uvinum's blog

  • Color and sound, important when tasting

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:17 am
    In the same way that traditional theories about flavours are being overtaken by new findings showing that gustatory variety is much larger than the common belief told so far, a recent experiment provides the basis of a whole wide range of possibilities regarding the factors that influence the wine tasting. According to the study, conducted under the Streets of Spain festival, held at London's South Bank and organized by Campo Viejo winery, color and sound also affect our perception of the taste of wine. With almost 3,000 participants, making this experiment one of the most massive that…
  • 10 benefits of beer

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    Historically it has been known that wine provides many nutrients and health benefits. But now it has a direct competitor, the beer, which now stands as another drink with several advantages for the body in general. Today, we show you these 10. Good for the heart. A number of studies have established that the consumption of beer, always moderate, reduces cardiovascular disease by 30%. Against arthritis. Studies performed with beer suggest that women who drank moderate levels of beer were 22% less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. Brain stimulator. It is good to stimulate the brain, so a…
  • The Glasgow cocktail

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    The Glasgow is a cocktail of yellow-orange appearance quite attractive and appealing, with translucent notes that help giving brilliance to it. Usually it is served in an unadorned cocktail glass with lemon zest and its vibrant color. This Scotch whisky-based cocktail is much admired by cocktail connoisseurs because the flavor given by vermouth and absinthe. Far from being sweet, bitterness gives it some character. The best time to drink it is usually the before lunch. Normally, cocktails that have a touch of bitterness are preferred before eating, because they invite to be…
  • Duck breast with fruit and rice

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    Duck breast with fruit and rice is a dish mainly prepared in the Christmas holidays, since it is a little difficult for everyday, but if you have a special meeting of family type and time available to do it, is always cause for praise at the table. Moreover, since duck is a white meat and its flavor is intense but with a softer texture than pork, beef or even other game birds, it is very light and ideal in summer, served with fruits. The presence of kiwi among the ingredients in this recipe for 4 people is beneficial by its supply of vitamin C, ideal for preventing viral diseases and…
  • How to tell if a whisky is good (I)

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:13 am
    As far as whisky is concerned, there are a number of preferences both to choose and buy it and to be served and enjoyed, but since it never hurts to know what the experts say, these tips may be helpful distinguishing a good whisky and enjoying it. Many people enjoy less the quality of whisky by mixing it with sugary sodas and they can not perceive the taste and characteristics of the beverage. In the words of Xavier Monclús, tasting instructor in Europe for Louis Vuitton Möet Mennesy Spain (LVMH), there are keys to differentiate and enjoy a good whisky. Smell: When approaching the nose to…
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    Wine Blog

  • Writing you don’t see, revealed… Cadaretta’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard

    Jo Diaz
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Cadaretta Wine’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard is a story that I wrote for our client. Because it’s for their Website, it’s got a copyright on it and stories like this I never put onto my blog ~ like so many other internal documents that I produce daily. But this one has just stuck with […] The post Writing you don’t see, revealed… Cadaretta’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • PR 101 ~ The Art of Diplomacy

    Jo Diaz
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m a Sagittarian; and in astrology, we’re known to be pretty blunt. This isn’t a cop out for my being blunt, nor does it say that astrology is the be all to end all for supposed traits within that world… It’s just my life’s observations about myself, and the realizations that my bluntness has sometimes […] The post PR 101 ~ The Art of Diplomacy appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor’ mutual admiration society circumlocution

    Jo Diaz
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    What goes round and round and round again? The ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor‘ mutual admiration society… [pronounced rayz ip-sah loh-quit-her (the thing speaks for itself)] On Sunday, August 17, PS I Love You and Kent Rosenblum (below, from Rock Wall Wine Company) hosted our annual volunteer and Groupies picnic. The following is a thank you Email […] The post The ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor’ mutual admiration society circumlocution appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The state of the Petite Sirah grape – Harvest 2014 and where it’s at right now

    Jo Diaz
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As I personally think about Petite Sirah for the 2014 vintage, in terms of this year’s grape season, it’s going down as the season of “bewitching fog” in my neighborhood. However, I’m in Russian River Valley and I’m seeing it from a very narrow band, I just found out. I decided to reach out to […] The post The state of the Petite Sirah grape – Harvest 2014 and where it’s at right now appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Night Train to Lisbon with a fine Chardonnay

    Jo Diaz
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    A day in the life of a wine publicist with a night train… Night Train to Lisbon ~ A Sunday Segue Searching for my comfort film A Good Year, I fell upon Night Train to Lisbon. It’s a film based on the novel of the same name. Written by Pascal Mercier in German, and later […] The post Night Train to Lisbon with a fine Chardonnay appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • Getting Out The Juice: Press Operation and Press Fractions

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

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

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

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

    Ridge Vineyards
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    As you’re likely already aware, Ridge Vineyards is in the midst of happily celebrating 50 years of zinfandel production (#50yearsofzin), and so understandably, I think we’ve all got a bit of zin on the brain. I know #ZinZen does: “Your... Read More ›
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  • Laetitia Vineyard and Winery and the Effects of Unusual Weather

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Like it has for many California producers, harvest kicked off somewhat early for Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, though not as early as had originally been suspected.“This year was marked by an uncharacteristically dry spring with higher...
  • Review of the San Mateo Family Winemakers of California Tasting

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    The Family Winemakers Tasting has been one of the largest wine tasting events for 24 years but on August 17 they held their first signature trade and consumer tasting event outside of San Francisco. This year they moved to...
  • Family Winemakers Tasting Event Moves to San Mateo

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:56 pm
    California’s huge annual Family Winemakers tasting event has relocated to San Mateo for its 24th year on August 17. This year they will be at the San Mateo County Event Center, welcoming trade, wine media and consumers...
  • Finalists Announced for 2014 Wine Blog Awards

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:53 am
    The finalists for the American Wine Blogs have been announced. Wine blogs are nominated for awards by the general public and the top finalists for each awards category are selected by a panel of judges. Awards are given based on...
  • Lodi's Celebration of Zinfandel, ZinFest, opens May 17

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    16 May 2014 | 11:23 am
    Lodi’s winemakers invite you to attend Lodi’s premier wine tasting event, ZinFest on May 17-18 to celebrate California’s heritage grape with Zinfandel lovers from around the world. Visitors can savor the bounty of...
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    Wine Channel TV

  • Sipping Smart with Wine Judges – Part 3

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    It’s hard to believe that we are already less than a month away from the 2014 International Wine Channel TV Awards (September 16-17)! The fuel and smarts that makes the competition run is Chief Judge Debra Del Fiorentino, who is featured along with this weeks featured judges: Erik Miller, Theo Snyder, Alycia Mondavi, and Victoria Wilson. International Wine Judge, Sommelier, Certified Wine Professional and Certified Specialist of Wine, Debra Del Fiorentino is a consummate wine professional who brings a dynamic energy and expertise to every endeavor she undertakes. Debra is a familiar face at…
  • International Wine Channel TV Awards Meet The Judges – Part 2

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    With the upcoming 2014 International Wine Channel TV Awards this September, it’s time you get to know who the judges will be at this prestigious competition. The competition will be held September 16-17 and we’d like you to get to know a few judges: Erica Stancliff, Aeron Lancero, Joel Green, and Janet Pouchot. Erica Stancliff has been surrounded by the wine industry throughout her whole life including working as an assistant winemaker Trombetta Family Winery, her family’s own California winery and abroad in Mendoza, Argentina. Aeron Lancero has worked for a number of years in…
  • 2014 IWCTV Awards Meet The Judges – Part 1

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    We’re excited for this years International Wine Channel TV Awards Competition and more excited about the “uber cool” group of judges. Meet the first group of judges you need to you! Emma Swain is the CEO of St Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery from Napa Valley, California. Having worked in the wine industry for 20 years, she is also board member for the Napa Valley Vintners. Emma also holds a variety of different interests including volunteer work and helps a number of local environmental, educational and health-based charities. Courtney Humiston, a Certified Sommelier, is…
  • Genius Sips with David Glancy and San Francisco Wine School

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Join Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri at the Westfield Old Orchard Sip & Shop – An Adventure in Fine Wine Event with David Glancy, MS and CEO of the San Francisco Wine School for a featured Genius Sips segment. Jess and David review 2 featured wines, Terlato Syrah and Mazzoni Rosso and share great pairing ideas for summer and fall. Be sure to visit Wine Channel TV, for more video highlights from the event. Wine Channel TV CEO Jessica Altieri is headed out to Napa this week as a special guest for the August 8th California Wine Appellation SpecialistProgram at…
  • Westfield Old Orchard Sip & Shop July 2014 Highlights

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    Join Jessica Altieri, CEO and Certified Sommelier of Wine Channel TV,  at the Westfield Old Orchard Sip & Shop July 24 event featuring over 25 retailers including Nordstrom and Maggianos and over 30 great wines and spirits. Featured guest included Chef Matt Banaszek of Maggiano’s. Featured retailers and pairings included: Featured Retailer: Nordstrom   As we transition to fall in Chicago, it is crucial to have the perfect boot. Prada has you covered with their fabulous black riding boot that lies just below the knee. Prada is such an amazing brand, and in fact, it recently made…
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    NorCal Wine Blog

  • A Tale of Two Conferences

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

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Last Wednesday afternoon, the Rutherford Dust Society held their annual tasting for trade and media at Inglenook. Roughly 40 wineries were represented. I tasted 54+ wines (in addition to those from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Examining 2011 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    On Wednesday, July 16, Inglenook hosted “A Day in the Dust,” the Rutherford AVA’s annual media and trade tasting of new releases. This year’s focus was 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. The event... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Snooth - Articles

  • Great Grilled Eggplant

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Yesterday I finally published a rather extensive look at the Barberas tasted during my visits to Piedmont earlier this year. In that review I mentioned how wonderfully Barbera pairs with grilled veggies, even the most simply prepared recipes. I love the zing of Barbera's acid with grilled vegetables and fine olive oil but perhaps the best partner for all that acid might very well be the slightly astringent flavor of eggplant. Now in season, and abundant as usually, reliable old eggplant really transforms itself when grilled and garnished. Each and every one of the recipes that follows is…
  • Barbera is Taking on Airs

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I got so excited about dolcetto this year, see my report on The Return of Dolcetto, that I almost forgot about Barbera!    I love Barbera. It’s a rich wine, though too often spoofed up with too much oak, but when you find an example that focuses on the fruit you get a wine that is bursting with mouth cleansing acids, rich with plummy fruit, and lightly tannic at best. The downside to Barbera? The alcohol tends to be pretty high. That’s due to the grape’s inherent acidity, which can produce overly acidic wines when the fruit is not fully ripe or the yield is too…
  • Pinot Gris(gio): Yea or nay?

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Yesterday we had a run down of some recently released Pinot Gris. While there were some truly lovely wines in that selection, Pinot Gris remains a divisive wine. Many typical consumers love the way the wine fits comfortably between the richness of Chardonnay and the acid driven dinginess of Sauvignon Blanc, and without Sauvy’s often off putting herbaceous character.   In my hour of weakness, while considering whether to simply let that sleeping dog lay or to give it a figurative kick, I turned to my fellow wine writers to see what they had to say on the subject. Not surprisingly…
  • Time to Ponder Pinot Gris(gio)

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I’ve been through this so many times before that it becomes rote. The differences between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio. Well, there really aren’t any, when we are referring to the grapes. One is the name in French while the other is the name in Italian. When it comes to the wines though, there remains some distinction, though that is disappearing as producers seem to be tuning their style towards a price point today, rather than a regional expression.   That is not entirely fair of course. There are certainly regional expressions. Pinot Gris from Alsace continues to be richer,…
  • Exploring Vouvray with Christy Canterbury MW

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This past month we had the good fortune of spending an hour discussing the fabulous wines of Vouvray with none over than Christy Canterbury MW. I've edited down our hour long exploration of Vouvray into 10 short videos where Christy and I touch on things like the  importance of lees aging, in regards to Sparkling Vouvray in particular, the terroir of Vouvray, and some of the trials and tribulations growers have faced over the recent vintages.   You might be surprised to find that our tasting was split between Sparkling Vouvray and Vouvray Sec. It is quite likely that most people…
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    Wine Country Getaways

  • Napa Valley Merlot

    Joe Becerra
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Nothing wrong with these Merlot grapes. They will become excellent Merlot wine. About Napa Valley Merlot What a beautiful cluster of Merlot grapes! Before the wine movie “Sideways” (2004) Merlot was extremely popular, especially among women. In the movie, the main character, Miles, slammed Merlot with his now famous line, “I am not drinking any F&#%!@?! Merlot!” Sales of Merlot fell dramatically following the movie. Now, ten years later,  good Merlot is back and very popular again. Napa Valley Merlot can be bottled as a 100% varietal or blended with other Bordeaux…
  • Napa Valley Harvest Party 2014

    Joe Becerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    The next several weeks will be the Napa Valley harvest party About Napa Valley Harvest Party 2014 This is the most exciting time of the year in the Napa Valley. It’s the Napa Valley harvest party 2014. For the next several weeks, the “Crush” will take place. Vineyards are everywhere in the Napa Valley, as far and as wide as the eye can see. That is why the Napa Valley is ideal for catching the “Crush.” Wine country travelers will be able to see field workers hustling through the vineyards to fill their baskets with grapes. Trucks will be transporting 1/2…
  • Tablas Creek Tasting Room

    Joe Becerra
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Two wineries worlds apart with similar terroir About Tablas Creek Tasting Room and Winery Deep into the west side of Paso Robles we find this winery producing exciting Rhone style wines. The trek to the winery from Highway 101 in Paso Robles is through some very pretty backroads and very much worth the effort of getting to the Tablas Creek tasting room and winery. Tablas Creek has a most interesting history. The Perrin Family, owners of the famed Domaine de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf de Pape, France, visited California to meet their importer Robert Haas. The Perrin Family thought that in…
  • Preston Vineyards on West Dry Creek

    Joe Becerra
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Lou Preston in his tasting room on West Dry Creek Road About Preston Vineyards on West Dry Creek West Dry Creek Road near Healdsburg is one of the best of the backroads in this area. It is a favorite among walkers, runners, and cyclists. There are several wineries and tasting rooms but, at just about the end of West Dry Creek, there is one winery not to be missed by wine country travelers. It is Preston Vineyards on West Dry Creek. In our estimation this winery exemplifies the word “Boutique.” The winery is owned by Lou and Sue Preston and they have been there since the…
  • Amador Flower Farm on Shenandoah School Road

    Joe Becerra
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    A gardener’s delight. Combine wine tasting and gardening in one wine country trip. About the Amador Flower Farm and wine tasting Here is a chance to combine two hobbies, wine country travel and gardening. One of wine country’s prettiest backroads is Shenandoah School Road in Amador County in the Sierra Foothills. The Shenandoah School Road connects at two ends to Shenandoah Road and is about a four-mile stretch of rolling hills lined with vineyards, majestic oak trees and grassland.  Among the wineries and vines of this backroad is a wonderful garden nursery, the Amador Flower…
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  • Napa Valley Merlot

    Joe Becerra
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Nothing wrong with these Merlot grapes. They will become excellent Merlot wine. About Napa Valley Merlot What a beautiful cluster of Merlot grapes! Before the wine movie “Sideways” (2004) Merlot was extremely popular, especially among women. In the movie, the main character, Miles, slammed Merlot with his now famous line, “I am not drinking any F&#%!@?! Merlot!” Sales of Merlot fell dramatically following the movie. Now, ten years later,  good Merlot is back and very popular again. Napa Valley Merlot can be bottled as a 100% varietal or blended with other Bordeaux…
  • Napa Valley Harvest Party 2014

    Joe Becerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    The next several weeks will be the Napa Valley harvest party About Napa Valley Harvest Party 2014 This is the most exciting time of the year in the Napa Valley. It’s the Napa Valley harvest party 2014. For the next several weeks, the “Crush” will take place. Vineyards are everywhere in the Napa Valley, as far and as wide as the eye can see. That is why the Napa Valley is ideal for catching the “Crush.” Wine country travelers will be able to see field workers hustling through the vineyards to fill their baskets with grapes. Trucks will be transporting 1/2…
  • Tablas Creek Tasting Room

    Joe Becerra
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Two wineries worlds apart with similar terroir About Tablas Creek Tasting Room and Winery Deep into the west side of Paso Robles we find this winery producing exciting Rhone style wines. The trek to the winery from Highway 101 in Paso Robles is through some very pretty backroads and very much worth the effort of getting to the Tablas Creek tasting room and winery. Tablas Creek has a most interesting history. The Perrin Family, owners of the famed Domaine de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf de Pape, France, visited California to meet their importer Robert Haas. The Perrin Family thought that in…
  • Preston Vineyards on West Dry Creek

    Joe Becerra
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Lou Preston in his tasting room on West Dry Creek Road About Preston Vineyards on West Dry Creek West Dry Creek Road near Healdsburg is one of the best of the backroads in this area. It is a favorite among walkers, runners, and cyclists. There are several wineries and tasting rooms but, at just about the end of West Dry Creek, there is one winery not to be missed by wine country travelers. It is Preston Vineyards on West Dry Creek. In our estimation this winery exemplifies the word “Boutique.” The winery is owned by Lou and Sue Preston and they have been there since the…
  • Amador Flower Farm on Shenandoah School Road

    Joe Becerra
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    A gardener’s delight. Combine wine tasting and gardening in one wine country trip. About the Amador Flower Farm and wine tasting Here is a chance to combine two hobbies, wine country travel and gardening. One of wine country’s prettiest backroads is Shenandoah School Road in Amador County in the Sierra Foothills. The Shenandoah School Road connects at two ends to Shenandoah Road and is about a four-mile stretch of rolling hills lined with vineyards, majestic oak trees and grassland.  Among the wineries and vines of this backroad is a wonderful garden nursery, the Amador Flower…
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  • The changing approaches to wine writing

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
      I don’t think wine tasting notes are in “big trouble,” as this op-ed piece by Lewis Perdue suggests, but Lewis is correct to point out their inherent subjectivity and overall fuzziness. He’s hardly the first: People have complained about winespeak for generations. “Hocus-pocus,” “the double brusheroo” [love that] and “trying to make things complex and involved” were just a few of the accusations leveled against wine writers by Mary Frost Mabon, in her 1942 book, ABC of America’s Wines. Forty-six years later, the British writer Andrew Barr, commenting (in his book,…
  • A new winery P.R. website is born

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
      This is pretty cool—a new blog that addresses the practice of wine public relations, wine media trends, marketing ethics and news commentary.” Lots of blogs, including mine, have written stuff over the years on these topics, but I don’t know of any blog that is solely dedicated to them. The creators, Tom Wark and Julie Ann Kodmur, call their site SWIG. I’m sure it will be a success, especially if Tom and Julie Ann—both old friends of mine—keep it free. It’s not clear to me how often they’ll post, or if they view SWIG as a vehicle to drive paying customers to their own,…
  • A winery digicom manager on his job

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
      Mark Gordon is senior digital communications manager for La Crema Winery. He oversees all digital media outreach for the company’s various brands, including social media, blogs, and web development and design. He’s also my colleague. I interviewed the 46-year old recently in Healdsburg and began with a tough question. SH: Aren’t you too old to really “get” social media? MG: I’ve been involved in the web since its infancy. What you tend to find after a while is what goes around comes around. Something that’s being touted as new and innovative is something most likely…
  • Lessons Mayacamas and Inglenook (may) teach us

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
      I must admit that I find the ongoing industry-wide conversation about ripeness levels to be the most confounding I’ve been involved in, lo these many years. Where did it start, anyway? I suppose it’s been going on for decades, in one form or another. Even before the launch of In Pursuit of Balance, which seems concerned mainly with Pinot Noir, there were hints of this brouhaha all the way back in the Seventies, with Cabernet and Chardonnay. It’s actually a question of style, not just alcohol level: and questions of style are never fully arbitrated. A recent interesting example is…
  • The last word on single-blind, double-blind and open tasting

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
      I don’t know that I’ve ever fully laid out, in this blog, my views on the three most common forms of wine tasting: single-blind, double-blind and open. So let me do so. I’ve long argued that no one way of tasting is “right.” Each has its pluses and minuses. If there were one “correct” way we all would have accepted it by now, so the fact that we haven’t suggests there is no one correct way. Single-blind tasting, in which you know something about the wines (maybe their region, variety and vintage) is useful, in that it’s blind enough to prevent bias, but gives you some…
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    Jordan Winery

  • What’s new in Healdsburg food & wine

    Lisa Mattson
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Healdsburg was named one of the best small towns in America earlier this year, but business owners aren’t willing to rest on their laurels. An exciting crop of new restaurants, tasting rooms and cultural activities have debuted recently in Sonoma wine country’s hottest township. Here’s what’s new in Healdsburg food and wine: Dry Creek Kitchen [...]
  • Recipe: cooking with wild fennel

    Todd Knoll
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Every year, leafy plants as tall as NBA players sprout up throughout Sonoma County wine country, spreading yellow flower “dust” from their crowns along fence lines and dirt roads. This is wild fennel, and despite its invasiveness and weed-like appearance, this native to the shores of the Mediterranean is fun to use in cooking—and it’s [...]
  • Three unexpected grill foods for summer

    Todd Knoll
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tired of firing up the grill and reaching for corn on the cob as your staple side dish? Here are three unexpected vegetables that are delicious when grilled and offer a flavorful surprise at your summer backyard barbecue. Grilled Chickpeas (aka Jordan Popcorn) With shell on, take fresh garbanzo beans, drizzle with Jordan Extra Virgin [...]
  • Jordan earns first Fish Friendly Ranching certification in Sonoma

    Lisa Mattson
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Jordan Vineyard & Winery is the first business in Sonoma County to achieve Fish Friendly Ranching® certification, a new program that helps preserve both the aquatic ecosystem and terrestrial wildlife habitats at livestock ranches. Launched in March 2013, Fish Friendly Ranching (FFR) is taking a comprehensive approach to environmentally friendly land management. It recognizes working [...]
  • Sunset Supper dinner in the vineyard event highlights

    Lisa Mattson
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Fifty guests turned out on July 19 to experience our first-ever Sunset Supper at Jordan Vista Point. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The ubiquitous evening winds never picked up, and it was warm but not too hot. Guests seemed to truly enjoy the uniqueness of a fine dining experience surrounded by vineyards and [...]
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    The Rosa d'Oro Vineyards Blog

  • Vineyard update - vintage 2014

    3 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Yup, 17 days of 100F or above in July, so in conjunction with a little water nervousness it has been toasty here in Kelseyville.We are running 10-14 days ahead of last year like most folks, canes are well lignified, and veraison is nearly complete for the Dolcetto which is usually our first pick. The heat has been helpful in pushing veraison along quickly which is a positive feature in creating a solid shift into the ripening phase. Since we don't believe in VSP we do not have any sunburn issues either.As far as maturity goes the Aglianico is dead last and just barely starting as it always is…
  • Monvera's Beautiful Bottles series with Rosa d'Oro Vineyards

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
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  • Lake County Wine Adventure 2014

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    2014 10th Annual Wine AdventureLake County Winery AssociationSaturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM  Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PDT)Kelseyville, CATicket InformationTICKET TYPESALES ENDPRICEFEEQUANTITYWine Adventure PassportJul 26, 2014$45.00$0.00                         0                                       1            …
  • Sangiovese and Nebbiolo - Vineyard Video 6/17/2014

    18 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    We made a quick vineyard video yesterday of our Nebbiolo and Sangiovese on Kelsey Bench in Lake County, California. The season is shaping up nicely so far!
  • New Refosco release!

    3 Jun 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Visit the Refosco page on our websiteAfter missing several vintages we are finally releasing our third bottling of Refosco. With only 60 cases, please refrain from pushing or shoving. A bit of history first:Refosco is grown primarily in Friuli, it is also found in Slovenia, Istria, and Greece. Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is regarded as being the superior strain, but Refosco Nostrano, d'Istria and del Terrano are recognized, as well as the possibly related Cagnina in Romagna. The big story though is that DNA testing has refuted the claim that it is related to Mondeuse Noir in the Savoie region…
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • The Sierra Foothills

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Discover the Sierra Foothillson a wine tour. Find friendly wineries, world class wines, great restaurants, and unique accommodations, and exciting caves to explore in California's Sierra Foothills.
  • Lake Tahoe Wineries

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Attention all wine lovers - Learn about Lake Tahoe wineries here. If you live in the region or will soon be visiting, we have information you need on wineries, wine, and wine tasting.
  • Lake Tahoe Golf Courses

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    There are many Lake Tahoe golf courses. In fact, Tahoe is known for being a golfer's paradise.
  • Lake Tahoe Brewing Company

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Ready to find the best Lake Tahoe brewing company? Enjoy well crafted brews and the beauty of Lake Tahoe at a local brewery.
  • Lodging Amador County

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Looking for lodging Amador County? We have a great bed and breakfast inn to recommend called Foxes Inn that we have stayed in and loved. Wonderful travel accommodations while wine tasting in Amador.
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • A Quick Update and What's Coming Up

    Jon Thorsen
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Just a quick note today to let everyone know that we are on vacation this week and will likely only post once or twice next week as I race to finish our upcoming book before the deadline with our publisher! We will be back to our normal schedule of reviews after Labor Day. Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the exciting things we have planned for the next couple months:A new Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 list, just in time for fall! Our long awaited recap of our tour of the Rhone Valley.A series on the best box wine.Ever wondered if those portable breathalyzers actually work? We test one…
  • Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 - AKA "Pretty Darn Tasty"

    Jon Thorsen
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    More marvelous Mendocino County wine. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petite Sirah from Mendocino County, California.This post brought to you by: Get the Hundred Acre If You See Kay 2011 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! SRP of $30 but we've seen this one pop up on the deal sites like WineShopper for as low as $17.99. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Our family has created a legacy growing some of the finest wine grapes in Mendocino County. Three generations of Thornhills share a passion for crafting exceptionally bold and rich wines with a…
  • if you see kay Red Wine 2011 - Irreverent And Really Good

    Jon Thorsen
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A very expressive wine, both in the glass and on the label. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot and 5% Primitivo from Lazio, Italy.This review is sponsored by CorkExclusive where you can get the Hundred Acre "if you see kay" 2011 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any order! Imported by Vintage Point. From the winery:"IF YOU SEE KAY is a red wine blend from the Lazio region of Italy. Just South of Tuscany, Lazio encompasses Rome, and was the summer getaway for the Caesar’s and still is for the Pope. There are myriad vineyards in Lazio and it is home to stunning hillsides planted…
  • Trivento Reserve Torrontés 2012 - Terrific Torrontés

    Jon Thorsen
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Another under-appreciated variety you definitely should be drinking this summer. 100% Torrontés from Mendoza, Argentina.SRP of $12 and widely available for $10. 40,000 cases produced. Imported by Excelsior Wine & Spirits. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Trivento takes its name from three winds: Polar, Zonda and Sudestada. The God of the Winds, EOLO, capriciously summons the winds that make Mendoza such a distinctive winegrowing region. A bright, steely-hued green whose floral essence issues aromas of roses and violets interlaced with citric notes. Trivento Reserve Torrontés…
  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2012 - Extremely Tasty

    Jon Thorsen
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! Another great wine from Washington State. 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington.This post brought to you by: Get the Locations E-2 Spanish Red by Dave Phinney for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! SRP of $12 and available widely for as low as $7-$8. 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. With layers of complexity and a rich aromatic profile, our Merlot delivers exceptional…
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    Nosso Vinho

  • Le Relais de Durdort-Vivens Margaux 2009

    Paulo Queiroz
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Chateau Durfort Vivens nasceu em 1824 como Chateau Dufort, criado pela família Durfort Duras. Alguns… The post Le Relais de Durdort-Vivens Margaux 2009 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Chateau Giscours 2008 Margaux

    Paulo Queiroz
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Provamos este Bordeaux de Margaux em uma visita a cidade de Cannes no último mês… The post Chateau Giscours 2008 Margaux appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Imperial Gran Reserva CVNE 2004

    Paulo Queiroz
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Esta é a segunda vez que provamos o Imperial Gran Reserva da CVNE e pela… The post Imperial Gran Reserva CVNE 2004 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva 1998

    Paulo Queiroz
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Este vinho branco é produzido em La Rioja por um dos produtores mais antigos da… The post Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva 1998 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Blog NOSSO VINHO tem novo aplicativo para Android.

    Paulo Queiroz
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Saiu esta semana a nova versão do app NOSSO VINHO 2.0 para Android. Nele você… The post Blog NOSSO VINHO tem novo aplicativo para Android. appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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    Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery

  • Awaiting Our First Harvest – When Will Her Water Break?

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

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

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

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

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Flowers Winery Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma Coast, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 90 A bouquet of red apple and ripe pineapple with notes of vanilla and pie crust. On the palate, a lush mouth-feel with balanced acidity. Integrated yet delicate flavors of red apple, Meyer lemon, tropical citrus, wet stone and a hint of pear. Vanilla crème in the on long finish. Buy this Wine   The post Flowers Winery Chardonnay 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
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    Hoot n Annie

  • The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo

    Hoot 'n Annie
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    This is a press release from The Vineyard Team, just in about their upcoming event. We think this event is a great way to learn about and support your local Agriculture producers and their sustainability practices. Check it out! Ten Years of the Sustainable Ag Expo Cross-industry sustainable farming conference and trade show returns for its tenth anniversary year August 18, 2014 (Paso Robles, Calif.) – The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo will take place November 17-18 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California. The theme of the 2014 Sustainable Ag Expo is “Balancing…
  • Interview: Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard

    Hoot 'n Annie
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    So here’s another interview for you. This one is with Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard, and due to the length of it I think I will break it into two parts. He included some great information in his answers and for those not familiar with Jason you get a chance to get to know him a bit. Tablas Creek is another one of the really cool stories in Paso Robles and I would go so far as saying one of the iconic local brands. From customer service to branding to playing with some very unique varieties, it’s definitely a winery that understands all aspects of the business. So let’s dive in……
  • Interview: Doc Diaz of Stogie Fresh

    Hoot 'n Annie
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I’ve known Doc for many years now due to another of my favorite events here in Paso Robles, Crush & Roll West. He is a popular blogger and podcaster at Stogie Fresh  …and honestly, all around great guy. He and I have always had cool conversations and the vibe is always fun. Doc has been part of Crush & Roll since its inception 6 years ago and I thought, rather than simply talk about the event, it would be cool to do a little interview with Doc. If you ever have the opportunity to listen to his podcast or hang out with him in person (at Crush & Roll for example) seize that…
  • Interview: Hilary Graves of Mighty Nimble

    Hoot 'n Annie
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    I have wanted to include more interviews on this blog for some time. I will admit that laziness on my part along with how to go about doing that were the hurdles I faced. Then I realized that it didn’t have to be that difficult. One way in which we can do interviews without having to schedule time to meet, take video, edit video, and all that stuff was to conduct email interviews. I like this idea because it allows the person to be interviewed some room to properly answer questions and the time to go over them so they feel they are properly expressing themselves. The first one we did was…
  • The War of Wine

    Hoot 'n Annie
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    In Paso we have the east side versus the west side. There’s the good wine versus the bad wine (this is typically the wine snobs mocking anything that people drink under $20). Red versus white. California versus everyone else. Wine writers versus wine bloggers. If you are at all involved in the wine industry/ business you know what I am talking about. Quite frankly, it’s a joke. It’s no different than any other subject in the world, if you don’t have anything nice to say than shut the f&%$ up. I simply don’t get it. Sure, friendly conversation between people that are open minded…
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • More on – Interview with COO Benoit Vialle

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article on Wine Values & Bargains about and its possibilities as an online wine shop for finding good wine deals.  If you missed that article you should go back and read it so you know how works. might be something you want to consider joining. I was interested in knowing more about this company, so I arranged a phone interview with COO Benoit Vialle. For full disclosure purposes, I am signed up with a company called Commission Junction. They set up affiliate programs for bloggers and…
  • Pascual Toso Malbec 2013

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    2013 Pascual Toso Pascual Toso Malbec 2013 – $8.59 Costco I have been reviewing the Pascual Toso Malbec since the 2006 vintage and I always look forward to spotting the latest vintage on the wine shelves. Last week at Costco I found the Pascual Toso Malbec 2013 for $8.59, and this is the same price it has been for years at Costco. How would this vintage compare to past vintages?  The 2013 Pascual Toso Malbec once again comes through as a very nicely balanced wine, smooth tasting, with a mix of red and dark fruit. I like the dark cherry character; it follows the wine from the aroma to…
  • Why you should go to Family Winemakers at San Mateo Event Center

    10 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is an old venue of the Family Winemakers at Fort Mason Pavilion. This year it will be at the San Mateo Event Center   I really enjoy going to the Family Winemakers event, and in years past it has been in San Francisco at Fort Mason. Fort Mason parking is tough and traffic on a Sunday is a nightmare. This year the Family Winemakers event is right in my own backyard, on the Peninsula at the San Mateo Event Center. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the City, but I always avoid trips into San Francisco on Saturdays or Sundays. Weekdays are much more fun for us. If you are a wine…
  • German Riesling at Weixmax

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    We have two wines that we really enjoyed this past week and can highly recommend. I also spotted a couple of favorites at great prices at the Burlingame Safeway. In case you missed our tasting and review of, be sure to read and learn more about this new concept of funding new winemakers. Losen-Bockstanz Kabinett Riesling 2012 – Weimax Wines $10.99 Weimax proprietor Gerald Weisel recently visited both Spain and Germany in search of wines for his classic wine shop on Broadway in Burlingame. These days there are very few single-wine-shop owners who rely on their own…
  • – A good possibility

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Have you heard of  It is a crowd-type funding venture where one contributes or invests money to support new winemakers. uses the term “Angel,’” as in “Angel Investors” who support startups in their beginning stage. As the winemaker produces labels, the wines are offered at a discount to the Angels in the club. Currently members sign up and invest $40 a month. Angels build up their cash account and buy wines when they see a wine that catches their fancy. I think is a good possibility for finding wine…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

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

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

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

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

    Christine Collier
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    In honor of the World Cup, here is a photo of the team we sponsor featuring many of our employees!
  • Savor the South: An Evening with Memphis Top Chefs

    Christine Collier
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Please join us Saturday, August 9th from 5-8 pm for our Savor the South: An Evening with Memphis Top Chefs event in our new courtyard and barrel cellar. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, I have experienced some of the country's best BBQ and Southern cooking. I have invited seven of my favorite restauranteurs and chefs, many who have been featured at the James Beard House, to bring a taste of my hometown to the winery to pair with our classic Oregon wines, including the release of our 2011 Hannah Pinot Noir and exclusive Library wines.Admission is $125 per person, or $100 for Wine Club Members,…
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    B.Mitch Drinks

  • 2 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am

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    3 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
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  • Wine of the Week - Raats Red Jasper, 2010

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

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

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:11 pm
    All wines tasted on Friday March 21, 2014Clos Pegase is one of those wineries that has been quietly maintaining a reputation for making delicious wines for many years.  Located in Calistoga, but with vineyards in Carneros, the estate wines produced in Napa are the mainstay of the wine selection from this winery.  As I tasted the wines the one thing that became very apparent almost immediately was that these wines are all built on elegance and finesse with a delicious level of fruit that is neither too dry or too sweet.  The hallmark of a well made wine (in my humble…
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  • 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape a Drinkers Vintage

    Jeff Leve
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Variety is the spice of life. At least that’s how I see it. The variances in vintage signatures is proof of that. Each vintage carries its own unique character, personality and allure. Of course there are vintages that require time in the cellar for the tannins to meld and allow the wines to develop secondary characteristics. Those vintages are important and sought after by wine lovers and connoisseurs all over the world. Those years are also the most expensive vintages in the marketplace. Fortunately, there are also vintages that offer…
  • Annual First Growth Bordeaux Wine Tasting and Barbecue Dinner

    Jeff Leve
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Clearly I do not post enough about wine. I should write about it more often. I certainly drink enough. Or at least try to. On the other hand, can one really drink enough great wine? I am not sure about the limits some of my friends have, but we tried to find out last week at Chez Leve. The group, a blend of friends and members of 7 Blind Men were ready and so was I. The occasion was simple. The annual First Growth, backyard barbecue tasting. I cannot afford, or at least can’t justify buying First Growth Bordeaux at today’s…
  • Rudy Kurniawan Sentence 10 Years in Prison From Wine Bars to Jail Bars

    Jeff Leve
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Loud cheers were heard all over the world-wide wine community the moment Rudy Kurniawan was handed a ten year prison sentence. And why not? Rudy Kurniawan is responsible for changing the face of collecting wine for decades. How much time will Rudy Kurniawan actually serve? With time served of 29 months, with good behavior, perhaps Rudy Kurniawan will get out of prison in about six and half to 7 years. In addition to prison time, Rudy Kurniawan was also ordered to forfeit $20 million dollars and was further ordered to pay $28 million dollars…
  • 2013 Bordeaux Wine Buying Guide With Tasting Notes on 400 Wines

    Jeff Leve
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider 2013 Bordeaux is not the vintage of the century. The growing season, with its cold, damp character made sure of that. 30, 40 or 50 years ago, a year the quality of 2013 Bordeaux would have been a complete disaster. But that is not what took place with 2013 Bordeaux. With the willingness to sacrifice quantity for quality, the best producers, with the financial ability to do what needed to be done made some fine wine. 2013 Bordeaux is not an exciting, sexy vintage. But having tasted close to 400 different 2013 Bordeaux wines, clearly, there…
  • Philippe Cambie on 2013 Chateauneuf Southern Rhone Vintage and Harvest

    Jeff Leve
    22 May 2014 | 9:21 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider You remember the phrase Bo knows Football? Or was that Baseball? Well, Philippe Cambie knows Chateauneuf du Pape. It’s difficult to disagree with that statement. Philippe Cambie works with more growers and producers in the Southern Rhone Valley than any other consultant. He is involved in the vineyards and the cellars. Similar to what happens when EF Hutton speaks, when Philippe Cambie discusses the 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape vintage, everyone listens. The 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape vintage is year that will be marked by its late maturity.
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  • Video: Sous Vide Wagyu Beef Cooked Two Ways

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Video: Sous Vide Wagyu beef cooked two ways Two styles, one ingredient. The two famous brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are presenting two great Sous Vide dishes at the Star Chefs Congress in New York, 2010. Be inspired and experience their interpretations of Australian Waigu beef tongue and cheek. This video was kindly provided by StarChefs. […]
  • 2012 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz

    Marc Hinton
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz, South Australia Despite the heavy fruit weight for the Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz (81%), no amount of performing the Mollydooker shake will alter the over the top flavors this Shiraz brings to the table. First, let me make this perfectly clear. Nobody loves big red wines […]
  • Summer Sippers: Thai Gimlet

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Summer Sippers: Thai Gimlet Revered for its timeless craft cocktails, intimate Hollywood ease and ode to local flavors, Portland’s Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe returns this summer with a bill of new cocktails embellished with fresh herbs from Hotel deLuxe’s rooftop garden and olive oil and lavender harvested from Oregon’s adored Red Ridge Farms.   […]
  • Oregon Chardonnay Takes Center Stage

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Oregon Chardonnay Takes Center Stage Willamette Valley produces some mighty fine Pinot noir. The region also produces some great Chardonnay, and vintners planted plenty of it during the post-prohibition era in the 60s and 70s. Yet, many drinkers are not familiar with their whites. There are some interesting experiments going on right now, which are slowly […]
  • 2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Estate The Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay is a labor of love. It takes nearly a year to complete its process from whole cluster pressing to a slow cold soak and a once a month lees stirring. This wine is very bright and lively with a unique flavor profile that […]
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  • Winechat: Terroirs of Riesling: Austria, Alsace, Germany

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    "...because the glory of Riesling is in its multiplicity of styles…and the problem of Riesling is in its multiplicity of styles..."(Summer of Riesling)Winechat last night explored three unique terroirs through three outstanding old world Rieslings from Alsace, Austria and Germany. Soil, climate and topography are the major components of terroir. Soil not only governs vine growth, but also influences the taste of the grapes and character of the wines and must have a balanced proportion of primary nutrients.  Heavy clay promotes a citrus aroma.  Rieslings produced in mostly quartz…
  • The Snooth Vouvray Virtual Tasting

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    I was lucky enough recently to participate in a Snooth Virtual Tasting, focused on Chenin Blanc, from Vouvray in the Loire Valley of France. I received samples of the Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec Cuvee Silex 2012 and the Sylvain Gaudron Vouvray Brut 2011. Two other bottles, the Domaine du Margalleau Vouvray Sec 2011 and Champalou Petillant Brut NV, were also discussed. As usual, the dialogue was fast and furious, the live action with Gregory Dal Piaz and Christy Canterbury MW was casually informative and educational, so the evening was a blast. Check it out on Snooth.The wines were a…
  • Michel Chapoutier’s Les Vignes de Bila-Haut

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    I recently received three tasting samples from Michel Chapoutier’s Domaine de Bila-Haut, their property in Roussillon. The name refers to an old farm villa which was built high into the mountain slopes , among some old vineyards. The Domaine comprises 75 hectares of land cultivated under bio-dynamic farming techniques almost 150 meters above sea level. The Roussillon vineyards are located on terraces with stony soil, with black and brown schist, gneiss, limestone and chalk.Tasting Notes:Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc Côtes du Roussillon 2013: Hand-harvested Grenache Blanc, Grenache…
  • Cheese and Beer [Book Review]

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    There are endless discussions about food and wine pairings, including the best wines to go with various cheeses. Now, there is a growing movement, tied to the craft beer renaissance I believe, to discuss beer and food pairings, including cheese. I have to admit, that I never really ponder beer with food - if it tastes good, I'm happy. Same for cheese and beer. That's definitely changing now.When I got a copy of Janet Fletcher's Cheese and Beer (2013, Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing), I was intrigued. Nay, inspired. With so many choices, both for beer and cheeses, it's hard to know…
  • Town Hall Brewery, Minneapolis

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    A few weeks ago, I was in Minneapolis for work, so I decided to check out the Town Hall Brewery, part of the city's burgeoning craft beer scene. Since it's also a brewpub, I could get dinner while tasting a beer or two (or three), making it a win-win. By the way, if you need a hotel suggestion in downtown, the renovated Hyatt Place is pretty remarkable, and well-located to boot.Since my plan was to eat and drink to excess (maybe), I decided to hoof it over, as it was just over a mile, and walking is one of my favorite ways to see a city. Downtown Minneapolis is undergoing some major changes,…
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  • A wine made when Nixon was President reminds us how sexy 'old' can be

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    As a critic, I get to taste many hundreds of wines each year and sometimes get invited to events, many of them involving wine regions, wineries or importers presenting their latest releases. Sometimes the wines are memorable and I write about them; sometimes not.One of the more unusual experiences of this kind came not long ago when I was invited to stop by Morrell & Co., the well-known New York retailer and wine bar just across the street from my  office in Rockefeller Center. The occasion was an updating of the store and bar and a chance to taste a few wines. There was a rosé from…
  • In the under-$10 wine crapshoot, an impressive Spanish white

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    In the middle of summer, I crave fresh, lighter white wines, preferably with little or no oak but with good complexity and a price that will permit me to buy plenty of them to have on hand to sip with weekend lunches, before dinner or with the fresh fish and shellfish.  With those requirements, I tend to gravitate to the wines of the lesser-known appellations of France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, which can still offer excellent values. One of them is  Avelino Vegas’s 2013 “Abadía Real” verdejo-viura blend, a $9 Vino de la Tierra from the large Castilla y León region of…
  • Prohibition ended 80 years ago today

    5 Dec 2013 | 2:28 pm
    It was on this day back in 1933 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt ended Prohibition after roughly 14 years. Take a look at this old newsreel on the announcement that includes some classic images showing how authorities tried to enforce the ban on alcohol.Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  • Sips: From California, Donelan's Kobler Vineyard Syrah

    11 Jan 2013 | 1:04 pm
    I've been thinking a lot in recent weeks about a growing trend in California winemaking -- a return to more modest and elegant wines that still have great fruit concentration but with lower levels of alcohol. Some of this has to do with weather conditions, some with vineyard location and some with a winemaker's decision on when to harvest grapes (the longer they hang the higher the sugar and resulting alcohol levels).You may have read about an excellent Dry Creek Valley zinfandel from Dashe Cellars that I reviewed in my column on Its alcohol is a modest 13.7 percent. Another…
  • Swirls: A wine to support equality for gay Americans

    9 Jan 2013 | 9:50 am
    These days, making wine is often about creating a concept, for better or worse. The store shelves are loaded with bottles depicting everything from animals to cars and trucks to those that donate part of their sales to research on various diseases. And now, a new concept -- a wine billed by its promoters as "the first wine created in support of equality for gay Americans."It's called Égalité, and it comes to us from Biagio Cru & Estate Wines, an importer based in Rosyln, N.Y., that says it will donate part of the proceeds to organizations that promote quality for gay Americans.Égalité…
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  • 8 Alternative Wine Trails of California

    Madeline Puckette
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Just a few steps off the beaten wine trail you’ll find these fascinating pockets of less traveled wine country. The scene is low-key and the tastings are cheap (and sometimes free). If you’re the adventurous type, these wine trails are worth exploring. 8 Alternative Wine Trails of California Mendocino Lake County Sonoma Coast Sierra Foothills Lodi Santa Lucia Highlands Paso Robles Santa Rita Hills   MENDOCINO Vineyards give way to redwood forests KNOWN FOR: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon PROFILE: Light / Elegant AVERAGE PRICE: $40 Even though Mendocino touches the…
  • A Pragmatic Approach to Using Wine Ratings

    Madeline Puckette
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    The 100-point wine rating system has become the benchmark of quality in the wine industry. If you have ever looked around for good value ’90-point’ wine, then you have used ratings. The system does rate some aspects of wine quite well, including production quality, but there are a few inconsistencies that you should know about in order to shop smart. See how wine ratings work, know their shortcomings, and then get a few pragmatic solutions that will improve how you buy wine. A Pragmatic Approach to Wine Ratings How Wine Ratings Came to Be Wine Ratings were first popularized in the…
  • 6 Foods That Don’t Pair With Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Some of you flush with rage whenever you hear that chocolate and red wine don’t match but it’s true. There are logical reasons why certain foods make wine taste bad. Once you know them, it’s easy to think differently about pairing wine and food. Learn how to pair wines with 6 unmatchable foods. Don’t worry, there’s even a wine for chocolate. Don’t worry, there’s even a wine for chocolate. Perfect Pairing vs Terrible Pairing Perfect Pairing: when two ingredients combined create a better tasting and more balanced flavor than they would on their own.
  • The Secret to Finding Good Cheap Red Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Drink wine on a regular basis? It doesn’t matter if your weekly wine budget is ten dollars or fifty dollars, everyone wants to find wines that over perform for the price. In fact, the English use an acronym for this, they call it a great ‘QPR’ wine (quality price ratio). Oddly enough, wine ratings don’t consider cost, which is dumb because a study by Merril Partners in 2012 pointed out how the second most important factor in purchasing wine was price! The first, in case you are wondering is type of wine. So, how do we go about finding good cheap wine? How to Find Good Cheap Red Wine…
  • How Many Glasses in a Bottle and Other Wine Facts

    Madeline Puckette
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    A standard bottle of wine contains a little over 25 ounces of wine, but how much is that really? This chart shows a visual relationship to what’s inside a bottle of wine from the number of servings to how many grapes were crushed to make it. Get to know wine on a fundamental level. How Many Glasses in a Bottle of Wine? 5 glasses This number isn’t exact. Glass serving size actually ranges quite a bit, from about 3-6 ounces, because wines range in alcohol level from 5.5% – 21% ABV. In Australia, wines are required to list the number of servings based on the alcohol content. For…
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  • Cheers! Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Here!

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

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

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

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    This year marks the 30th anniversary of B.R. Cohn Winery. This year also brings the first Summer Music Series presented by the winery. Launched in June, this series features a diverse mix of musical genres with monthly performances throughout October by local, Bay Area bands. This past Saturday, Dgiin, multiple winner of the North Bay Music Awards, took the stage in B.R. Cohn’s Olive Grove.Paella and Plenty of B.R. Cohn Pinot NoirGuests arrived early for the pre-concert Paella that was freshly cooked and served in generous portions. Others visited the Tasting Room to purchase B.R. Cohn’s…
  • Sea Ranch Lodge Elopement is Budget Friendly Luxury

    Carey Sweet
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian may think they’re cool, but when it comes to weddings, Sonoma County couples are cooler.While the glittery celebs reportedly spent $30 million on their extravaganza for about 200 guests, savvy Wine Country couples have a secret: high-end but budget-friendly elopements.Of course, these aren’t your grandmother’s elopements, when the young couple ran away, and married on the sly. These are well planned, carefully thought out packages like those offered at Sonoma Coast
Sea Ranch Lodge, for what feels like an opulent wedding, but for a much lower price…
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • Personalize it With a Custom Wine Label

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

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

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

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

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    One of our best selling Food Flights is the Madame Butterflight. This fantastic creation is a combination of teriyaki seasoned Edamame, four chicken skewers with a succulent peanut sauce on a bed of slaw, and four pork wontons with an accompanying homemade plum sauce for dipping.   Try pairing this flight with the Anelare Nonna Viola, Hard Row to Hoe Petit Verdot, Northwest Cellars Syrah, Skylite Cellars Syrah or the Terra Blanca Block 8 Syrah. Can you tell that we think it pairs well with Syrah? Each food flight is designed to be shared but on their own, they can […]
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  • friend request: garganega

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Garganega is a white grape mostly found in the Veneto region in northeastern Italy, and the predominant grape in the smaller Soave region there. Recently we headed down to Chinatown to have a (huge) dinner to drink through a bunch of wine from Soave: Garganega can throw off a lot of lemon and white florals. It’s pretty … Continue reading →
  • warrior and wine at wolffer

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a saying in the wine world: Pay to Play. You’ve gotta workout in order to be able to drink and eat as much as we do. That’s what happened this weekend at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons. A few mornings a week, Wölffer has Yoga in the Vines. You walk through the vines of Chardonnay … Continue reading →
  • happy hamptons happy hour!

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Harbor. Hamptons. Happy. I will never ever ever say no to wine on the water.   Continue reading →
  • justify my love – of wine!

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Tomorrow is Madonna’s birthday. And after 56 years of life on earth, here’s what she’s decided are a few of her favorite things, as detailed in a recent Instagram pic: WHAT A GRAPEFRIEND! Looks like she’s drinking rose (hey, it’s August, I’m with her). But here are a few other wines she should be drinking … Continue reading →
  • war of the rosés

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Although Rosé Week is over, summer is not. That means outside rosé drinking is still alive and well. It’s really just something fun and light to drink when it’s hot out – you’re sweating, it’s refreshing. But that’s kind of it. The rosé I’ve had (and I’ve had A LOT) is always just an easy-drinker, … Continue reading →
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  • Mix Wine Or Gin With Fruit And It’s Summertime

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

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

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    A look at the concept of “minerality” in wine with reviews of the Dalton Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and Bruichladdich, Islay Barley, Rockside Farm, 2007, Unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  July 30, 2014   Several of the wines we have recently recommended have a notable “minerality” as part of their flavor profile. At first glance, minerality seems to be a strange example of wine jargon since no one really expects a grape-based drink to taste like rocks. But one of the wonders of wine is the…
  • A Wine For Those Lazy, Hazy Days Of Summer

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
      A review of the Domaine Pascal Bouchard “Le Classique” Chablis 2009 and a look at Tequila.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  July 23, 2014   There are few greater pleasures than sitting on a beach toward the end of a lazy summer evening with a great bottle of wine to share among friends. Crisp, refreshing white wines are ideal for such occasions, such as a lovely Chablis.   Once the most popular white wine served in Paris bistros, Chablis fell out of favor for many years due to overproduction, shortsighted vineyard management and…
  • How America Caused – And Cured – A Winemaking Crisis

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
      A review of Castel Rosé du Castel 2013 and Isle of Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  July 16,2014   Among the plethora of pests that winemakers must contend against, none has been more devastating than a sap-sucking insect named “phylloxera.” This tiny aphid-like bug destroys vines by feeding off the roots, thereby choking off the supply of nutrients to the plant and leaving it susceptible to fungal infections.   Initially limited to the United States, the phylloxera menace was…
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    The Vino File - A Wine Blog

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    7 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
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  • Vapor Krave grand opening Saturday, February 8, 20...

    19 Jan 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Vapor Krave grand opening Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 250 NW Garden Valley Blvd. Ste. 3 in Roseburg, Oregon within the One Champion Plaza. Offering cutting edge Smoke Free Technology such as personal vaporizers (electronic cigarettes) with a great selection of USA made e-liquids and plenty of accessories. Vapor Krave will be offering espresso, local micro beers, local wines, soda’s, great snacks and a wonderful vaping experience. The oxygen bar will be icing on the cake for customers wanting to try something new. Vapor Krave is anything but traditional, and will be a great place to hang…
  • Shiraz here. Poignant cat pee smell. As a cat ow...

    15 Jan 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Shiraz here. Poignant cat pee smell. As a cat owner I cleaned the kitty litter box twice before google brought me here. Thanks for info. I will get through the bottle
  • Beautiful area of the country Wine was dreadful. ...

    14 Oct 2013 | 6:59 pm
    Beautiful area of the countryWine was dreadful. I mean awful!!!
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  • The HoseMaster's Guide to Wine Marketing

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

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    OK, I made a deal with Mr. Koch to tell everything I know about wine fraud. You know, I think it’s going to feel good to get all this off my chest, to finally tell the truth. I’ve been thinking about it a lot in my prison cell, and I’m actually excited. I think it will be cathartic. OK, so here it goes, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Finally, in his words, Rudy tells all, or does he? Continue reading at Tim Atkin MW! And don't forget to leave authentic comments there, and save...
  • "Natural Wine"--A Blind Book Review

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The endless and tiresome debates about natural wine that are raging around the wine world finally convinced me that I should make it a point to not read Isabelle Legeron’s “Natural Wine,” and to review it blind. Reviewing a book without having read it is the only way to objectively analyze its content. It is no different than reviewing a wine blind. Actually reading “Natural Wine” would only bring my knowledge and experience into play, qualities that have no place at the reviewing stand. As in...
  • Is That MegaPurple, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    There is one important way that wine is like food—the cheaper it is, the more manipulated it is. But that’s the way we like it. Americans don’t like surprises. This explains 9-11. And condoms. When we buy a bottle of cheap wine, we don’t care about the vintage or the appellation, we just care that it tastes like it did the last time we bought it, five years ago. Just like we want McDonald’s french fries to always taste like salty cardboard regardless of where in the world we’re eating them. If...
  • AuthenticLand!

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Splooge Estates, and our sister winery, The Linoleum Project™, are proud to announce the opening of our newest and most exciting project to date, AuthenticLand! Located in Los Angeles, California, AuthenticLand isn’t just a winery that focuses on Natural, Real, Authentic and Certified Sensitive® wines, AuthenticLand is also Southern California’s latest amusement park! Bring the whole family! While Mom and Dad sample the latest releases from The Linoleum Project™, the kids can experience the...
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  • Champagne Thiénot Unveils Thiénot Brut Rosé

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

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

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

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

    25 Jan 2014 | 9:02 am
    For an elegantly effervescent Valentine’s Day Moët & Chandon is launching the special 2014 Rosé Impérial Tie-for-Two collection. This collection has been inspired by one of Moet & Chandon’s most iconic emblems, the Moët & Chandon black tie, which has elegantly adorned its legendary champagne bottles since 1886. In re-inventing this renowned symbol, the Moët Rosé Impérial Tie-for-Two Collection celebrates the precious ties that link us with those we love for a truly luxurious way to enjoy and share Moët Rosé Impérial. The centrepiece of this impressive coffret is…
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • New Wines and a Cider from Glorie Farm Winery

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    I stopped by Millbrook Winery the other day to pick up some information for the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition and I got treated to a taste of their first estate Riesling. Keeping in mind these are very young vines I was looking forward to the taste. WOW! The aroma coming from the glass, such strong scents of apricot, peach and nectarine got me excited. Serious ripe stone fruit filled my mouth with a hint of honey.  I did detect a bit of sweetness, but wasn’t sure if it was because this was a bit fruit forward.  It does have 0.7% residual sugar.  I think the…
  • What Exit Are You?

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Located in North New Jersey Old York Cellars, “What Exit Wines” were featured on a Virtual Vines tasting I participated in.  What Exit Wines is their secondary label that they created around the time Sandy hit New Jersey.  They were actually processing the grapes for these wines (with generators) during Sandy and faced many challenges. They decided that this was the label that was going to give back and they now donate a portion of proceeds from this wine to New Jersey Charities.  This tasting benefited Hometown Hero of which they raised I believe (don’t quote…
  • LIOCO – A New World Negociante

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    What happens when a wine director of a restaurant meets a nations sales director for a wine import company?  A friendship that takes Matt Licklider and Kevin O’Connor on a journey to follow their palates and become a New World Negociant and the creation of LIOCO Wines. What is a negociant and what makes them different.  The term negociant is a French term for wine merchant who assembles the produce of smaller independent growers and  performs all the winemaking and sell the wine under their own name. Matt and Kevin search for unique vineyards throughout California that…
  • Franciscan Estate Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    With the tasting room located on Highway 29 and Galleron Rd in St. Helena, California and their estate vineyard in Oakville, Franciscan Estate was founded in 1972 and purchased by Justin Meyer in 1975. The history is born out of a devotion to small lot winemaking and pioneering spirit.   Aged 20 months in small oak barrels this Napa Valley Cabernet is full bodied but not to heavy. Aromas of cherry, black currant and hints cedar fill the glass.  It is a very smooth drinking Cabernet Sauvignon with soft tannins combined with flavors of plum and black cherry.  Mid way through a…
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  • Farm-To-Table Dinner on Bannerman's Island with Chefs' Consortium

    Debbie Gioquindo
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Bannerman's Island (as I know it) is a tiny island in the Hudson River just off  Route 9D outside Cold Spring, NY.  Driving by the island as a child it looked scary but I always wanted to know what the history of it was and why it was vacant and falling apart. The island's actual name is Pollepel Island.  Legend has it that young girl named Polly Pell was rescued from the river landed on the shores of the island and the island was named after her. There have been 5 owners of the island before it was donated to the people of the State of New York.  The third owner Francis…
  • New Wines and a Cider from Glorie Farm Winery

    Debbie Gioquindo
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    I'm just traveling all over the Hudson Valley this summer in between caring for my mother.  This post brings me to Glorie Farm Winery in Marlboro, New York.  I haven't been there in a while and not only have they come out with some new wines and a cider but they expanded their tasting room.Photo from Glorie Farm WineryTheir tasting room located above the winery was nice and quaint.  It you ever visited there during a wine trail event you tasted in a roped off section of the winery below.  Now you can taste in style in their enlarged tasting room pictured above.  This…
  • Millbrook Vineyard & Winery's First Estate Riesling

    Debbie Gioquindo
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    I stopped by Millbrook Winery the other day to pick up some information for the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition and I got treated to a taste of their first estate Riesling.Keeping in mind these are very young vines I was looking forward to the taste. WOW! The aroma coming from the glass, such strong scents of apricot, peach and nectarine got me excited. Serious ripe stone fruit filled my mouth with a hint of honey.  I did detect a bit of sweetness, but wasn't sure if it was because this was a bit fruit forward.  It does have 0.7% residual sugar.  I think the reason…
  • What Exit Are You?

    Debbie Gioquindo
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    Located in North New Jersey Old York Cellars, "What Exit Wines" were featured on a Virtual Vines tasting I participated in.  What Exit Wines is their secondary label that they created around the time Sandy hit New Jersey.  They were actually processing the grapes for these wines (with generators) during Sandy and faced many challenges. They decided that this was the label that was going to give back and they now donate a portion of proceeds from this wine to New Jersey Charities.  This tasting benefited Hometown Hero of which they raised I believe (don't quote me on it) $300…
  • LIOCO - A New World Negociante

    Debbie Gioquindo
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    What happens when a wine director of a restaurant meets a nations sales director for a wine import company?  A friendship that takes Matt Licklider and Kevin O'Connor on a journey to follow their palates and become a New World Negociant and the creation of LIOCO Wines.What is a negociant and what makes them different.  The term negociant is a French term for wine merchant who assembles the produce of smaller independent growers and  performs all the winemaking and sell the wine under their own name.Matt and Kevin search for unique vineyards throughout California that show great…
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • Georgian wine export statistics for 6 months

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    21.08.2014 (Hvino News). We have prepared the summary of Georgian wine export statistical data for 6 months in a graphic form.Georgian Wine Export Statistics For 6 Months Period, February – July 2014Data source: National Wine Agency of GeorgiaGraphs 2014 © Hvino News   |  DRINK GEORGIAN!    Georgian Wine Catalogue       To add this Search Box to your website,  click  here. Many designs are available.
  • Grape harvest season 2014 kicks off

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    Photo agenda.ge20.08.2014. As summer draws to an end the country’s grape harvest season is just beginning with experts estimating 126,000 tonnes of grapes this year will be picked.Despite the current hot, sunny skies, weather problems earlier in the year negatively affected crops so this year’s yield is expected to be 15 percent less than 2013.A coordination centre for grape vintage under the supervision of the government, Rtveli 2014 said up to 110,000 tonnes of grapes would be purchased by wine producing companies this season.The remaining 16,000 tonnes will be produced by local…
  • Georgia will host next festival of house wines

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    19.08.2014. It is well known that Georgia is the cradle of viticulture and winemaking. Real Georgian wine long has been valued in the world.  High quality and excellent taste of Georgian wine was created by generations of Georgian farmers and winemakers. Today, connoisseurs and lovers of Georgian wine know not only popular brands, but also traditional family brands, which for decades are symbols of a rare quality of so-called home-made wines.Not by chance, Racha-Lechkhumi Festival will be held on August, 24 in the city of Ambrolauri, informed the organizers of the festival under motto…
  • How to preserve historic marani cellars

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    by Aleko Tskitishvili18.08.2014. Wine tourism in Georgia would flourish if the government’s one of the top priorities is to restore and administer those historic and architectural monuments, where traditional Georgian maranis are preserved. At the same time, additional research has to be done in order to designate hundreds of national buildings as historic-cultural monuments. Unfortunately, these valuable historic resources are ignored nowadays and many unique buildings are being destroyed right before our eyes.It’s worth noting that according to the order issued in 2012 by the Minister…
  • The ancient art of terracotta-fermented wines gets new life in Oregon: Wine Notes

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    by Katherine ColeFor most of us, the sight of a wine cellar laden with wooden barrels is a charming reminder that some traditions are timeless. But for devotees of "natural wine" (the oenophile's version of the Slow Food movement), bent-oak barrel staves represent a relatively recent blip on the winemaking timeline.The what's-old-is-new-again fad in food and beverage has, in winemaking, delved deep into antiquity in recent years, as winemakers all over the world have begun experimenting with clay vessels, very like the amphorae used by the ancient Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans.Until now,…
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  • Cheese and Wine for the Weekend

    La Motte
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A Cheese and Wine is often used to describe a cocktail party where a glass of wine and an array of canapés or a buffet of snacks – and usually a wide variety of cheese – are served. And while your favourite glass of wine and a few delicious cheeses on a platter, may sound [...]The post Cheese and Wine for the Weekend appeared first on La Motte.
  • Allesverloren Shiraz and Art Weekend

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Experience the unique hospitality of the Swartland at this year’s Riebeek Valley Shiraz & Art weekend, which will take place on 27 and 28 September. This intimate weekend showcasing the best in local food, wine and art has been a highlight for discerning festival enthusiasts since 2005. Allesverloren – the oldest wine estate in the […]
  • The 9.4 million calorie bathroom made entirely of chocolate

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fancy taking a bath in a chocolate tub? Brushing your teeth over a chocolate sink? Even sitting upon a chocolate toilet while you do your business? Well, that treat could well be yours, for the princely sum of $133,000 (£79,919).
  • From Moscato to tequila: what do pop and rock stars drink?

    Ultra Liquors
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A new study has revealed the wines that fans of different music tend to drink. But what do musical icons like Beyoncé and Kanye West like to quaff?
  • Trio of Springtime favourites from the Peter Falke Cellar

    Peter Falke Wines
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Peter Falke Wines, the exclusive boutique winery situated in the heart of Stellenbosch’s winelands, has released the highly-anticipated new vintages of its PF Sauvignon Blanc, PF Blanc de Noir and PF Pinot Noir – just in time for spring! The exclusive winery of Peter Falke is nestled against the majestic slopes of the Helderberg mountains […]
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

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

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

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:20 am
    Grape of very ancient origins - and mainly unknown - since the Middle Age it was known a red berried grape called "Grissa", which is probably corresponding to Barbera. A grape that in past times was associated to the production of common wines, thanks to the remarkable job of Piedmontese vintners, today Barbera is the mother of magnificent wines, among the excellencies of Italy.
  • Best Wine of May 2014: Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni 2009, Arnaldo Caprai

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    Arnaldo Caprai winery - established in 1971 - has always believed in the remarkable potentials of Sagrantino, in particular when there were few in Montefalco committed to its production. With Marco Caprai, who is successfully running this extraordinary Umbrian winery since 1988, Sagrantino and Montefalco began a new journey and a new life to the conquer of the world. To the monumental Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni 2009 - emblem of the rebirth of this territory - goes the title of best wine of May 2014.
  • The Tasting Glass

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 May 2014 | 11:40 am
    The taster does his or her job through senses and the use of a glass, a fundamental tool allowing the correct perception of the sensorial qualities of a wine and, in particular, of its faults. Not only a simple glass from which drinking a wine, indeed a technical tool capable of favoring the complex task of sensorial analysis.
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - Italiano

  • L'Aglianico del Vulture raccontato da Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti, Cantine del Notaio

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

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Uva dalle antichissime origini - in larga parte sconosciute - già nel medioevo si parla della "Grissa", uva rossa che, con molta probabilità, corrisponde alla Barbera. Uva che in passato era associata alla produzione di vini comuni, grazie al caparbio lavoro dei produttori piemontesi, oggi la Barbera è madre di grandissimi vini, fra le eccellenze d'Italia.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Maggio 2014: Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni 2009, Arnaldo Caprai

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 May 2014 | 10:45 am
    La cantina Arnaldo Caprai - fondata nel 1971 - ha sempre creduto nelle enormi potenzialità del Sagrantino, soprattutto quando erano in pochi a Montefalco a dedicarsi alla sua produzione. Con l'arrivo di Marco Caprai, che dal 1988 guida con successo questa straordinaria cantina Umbra, il Sagrantino e Montefalco iniziano un nuovo viaggio e una nuova vita alla conquista del mondo. Il monumentale Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni 2009 - emblema della rinascita di questo territorio - è il migliore vino di maggio 2014.
  • Il Calice da Degustazione

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    16 May 2014 | 11:30 am
    Il degustatore svolge il proprio lavoro sia attraverso i propri sensi sia attraverso l'uso del calice, strumento fondamentale che consente il corretto apprezzamento delle qualità sensoriali di un vino e, in particolare, dei suoi difetti. Non solo un semplice bicchiere dal quale sorseggiare un vino, ma soprattutto uno strumento tecnico capace di favorire il complesso processo dell'analisi sensoriale.
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    Total Wine & More

  • 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.
  • Winery Direct: The Signs are Out There

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Our wine-buying team is passionate about finding new and exciting wines, so they travel the United States and abroad looking for start-ups, up-and-coming producers and multi-generational family wineries. Over the years, they’ve cultivated relationships with hundreds of wine producers small and large, many of whom don’t have big marketing budgets. What they do have are big hearts, which they pour into making their wines. The relationships give us exclusive access to some truly exceptional wines. More important, they allow us to streamline the process of bringing the wine from…
  • Cocktail Recipe: Limoncello Turkish Delight Martini

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Seattle-based mixologist and blogger Natalie Migliarini has created another delicious cocktail for us, this time it’s a clever use of sweet and tart Limoncello with a kiss of aromatic rose water. Don’t let that bottle of Limoncello shiver in the freezer, take it out to create a fun and refreshing Limoncello Turkish Delight Martini. Here’s how to make it! Ingredients 3 ounces of Bellini Limoncello 1 ounce of vodka (we love Veil vodka) 1/4 ounce of rose water (can also be found in most Middle Eastern markets) 1/2 cup of ice Garnish: Rose flavored turkish delight candy…
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    Amateur WineAmateur Wine

  • Vinisource – bulk wine production in Bergerac

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

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

    Qin Xie
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Bergerac series Château Thénac could be said to be its own town. Or at least that’s what it feels like when you find yourself in the village of Thénac, where there are precisely three buildings in its centre – the Château, the Marie (Mayor’s office) and the church. The Château itself is split up into the house and the winery. Although built entirely in the traditional style, almost everything is new – even the vines. Not all the vines, mind. It’s evident that big changes have been made since the property was bought by a Russian…
  • J.P. Chenet Ice Edition NV

    Qin Xie
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    The wine: J.P. Chenet Demi-Sec ice edition The producer: J.P. Chenet They say: Smooth, creamy and fresh, J.P Chenet Ice leaves a long aromatic taste in the mouth with a fine, supple yet rich texture. To be served very cold, the slightly increased sweetness highlights its delicate fruity aromas once it’s in contact with the ice. With an accessible price tag and an eye catching all white bottle, this new wine will offer a chic new way of enjoying sparkling wines appealing to a younger, dynamic consumer who usually chooses RTD or fruit-flavoured ciders. We say: Very…
  • The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

    Qin Xie
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    The Book The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine The Author Benjamin Wallace is a journalist based in Brooklyn, New York The Publisher Crown The Release date 13th May 2008 (first edition) Who’s it for? Anyone with an interest in fine wines, wine auctions, history of the fine wine market, Thomas Jefferson and stories based around wine. What you’ll find inside Anecdotes on the most expensive single bottle of wine sold at auction, examinine whether the wine was faked. What’s missing Although written in…
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  • Waitrose vs Tesco – the online wine test

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
        I don’t know how I got into this situation. A friend of Mrs 12×75’s bought a new house and wanted to do a house warming for some friends and family. They got talking about the food and hoping that the weather would hold up for the day. By the end of that conversation … Read more →Waitrose vs Tesco – the online wine test is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Waitrose vs Tesco – the online wine test appeared first on .
  • Is en primeur dead in Bordeaux? Not yet

    Geordie Clarke
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    By Geordie Clarke / Contributing Editor   When I began to take wine seriously, I was convinced early on that buying en primeur was the best way to secure an attractive price on Bordeaux’s best wines. What I didn’t realise at the time was that the good old days of en primeur were already long … Read more →Is en primeur dead in Bordeaux? Not yet is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Is en primeur dead in Bordeaux? Not yet appeared first on .
  • When ordinary people taste extraordinary wines – Champagne Bruno Paillard

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:19 am
    Every now and then, ordinary folks like me get an offer they can’t refuse, and that’s how I wound up saying ‘yes please’ to attending a tasting of Bruno Paillard Champagnes accompanying a four-course meal at Michelin-starred restaurant Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester last year. Reading that first sentence back, I wish all my articles … Read more →When ordinary people taste extraordinary wines – Champagne Bruno Paillard is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post When ordinary people taste extraordinary wines – Champagne Bruno Paillard appeared first…
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  • Chateau du Cros

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    Chateau du Cros Chateau du Cros and the Wines of Famille Boyer Chateau du Cros is the main property of Famille Boyer and is located in the small Bordeaux appellation of Loupiac. The commune of Loupiac is located between Cadillac and Ste Croix de Mont on the right bank of the Garonne river directly opposite the famous sweet wine growing left bank appellations of Barsac and Sauternes. Famille Boyer own a small collection of three petites chateaux – Chateau du Cros in Loupiac, Chateau Haut Mayne in Cérons and Chateau Clos Bourbon in Paillet. They produce 14 different wines across six…
  • Champagne Taittinger FIFA & Adidas Brazuca Match Ball Draw

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Champagne Taittinger FIFA & Adidas Brazuca Match Ball Draw  Champagne Taittinger FIFA & Adidas Brazuca Match Ball Draw Champagne Taittinger was the official Champagne of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil and, earlier this year, released a special limited edition World Cup souvenir bottle of Brut Réserve NV. Designed to celebrate Taittinger’s association with the forthcoming tournament, the bottle and box have been designed using groundbreaking 3D print technology. The souvenir bottle is presented in an elegant white and gold gift box featuring hologram footballs. Read more here.
  • Amancaya Malbec Cabernet

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    Amancaya Malbec Cabernet Amancaya Malbec / Cabernet Sauvignon Amancaya is a joint venture between one of the foremost wine producers in Argentina, Nicolas Catena, and one of the most famous wine producers in the world, Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite), owners Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The Catena Rothschild joint venture came into being in 1998 with the idea of marrying not just Argentine and French wine-making and culture, but also the two most noble grapes from their respective regions – Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catena supply their knowledge of high altitude vineyards and…
  • Hampshire Wine Festival

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    Hampshire Wine Festival Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival at Jenkyn Place Sunday 13th July 2014 Last Sunday I made my way to Jenkyn Place Vineyard in the village of Bentley, Hampshire. The Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival is the first event of its kind put on by a group of six award-winning English wine producers who have joined forces to promote Hampshire Wine. The six producers involved are Cottonworth, Danebury Vineyards, Jenkyn Place, Hambledon, Hattingley Valley and Meonhill Wines who were all represented by winemakers, owners and other members of their teams. Jenkyn Place…
  • Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc, Baron Edmond de Rothschild Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc is a new(ish) joint venture between Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, the owner of Château Clarke and Château des Laurets, as well as co-owner of the fantastic Champagne Barons de Rothschild and Terry Peabody, the owner of Craggy Range. Craggy Range was established by Terry Peabody and Steve Smith MW in 1997 and is one of the most prestigious wineries in New Zealand. Rimapere is the Maori word for “five arrows” which is the Rothschild family emblem and represented the five,…
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  • Telaya Wine shifts from Washington to Idaho grapes

    Andy Perdue
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Boise residents Earl and Carrie Sullivan make wine in Washington’s Columbia Valley and Idaho’s Snake River Valley for Telaya Wine Co. (Photo courtesy of Telaya Wine Co.) GARDEN CITY, Idaho – Earl Sullivan is a winery owner with feet in two states, all because he simply wants to make the best wine possible. Sullivan, who owns Telaya Wine Co. with his wife, Carrie, is based in the Boise area community of Garden City, but many of his early wines used grapes from Washington and carried the Columbia Valley appellation on his label. “We knew when we started the winery that…
  • Cairdeas Winery 2011 Gréine, Columbia Valley, $38

    Great Northwest Wine
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Lake Chelan winemakers Charlie and Lacey Lybecker chose the Gaelic term for solar, and they’ve made this red Rhône blend of Les Collines Syrah (60%), Petite Sirah (38%) from Upland Vineyard and Viognier their flagship wine. Aromas of toasted oak, cherry cola, caramel, nutmeg and pepper led to a big and racy entry of Van cherry, plum and cranberry with a sprinkling of cocoa. Rating: Recommended Production: 150 cases Alcohol: 13.5% Winery website The post Cairdeas Winery 2011 Gréine, Columbia Valley, $38 appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.
  • Abacela 2011 Fiesta Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $23

    Great Northwest Wine
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    It shouldn’t take much of a safari to find the latest example from the Pacific Northwest’s leading producer of Tempranillo, especially with the yellow screwcap. This fruit-forward bottling shows just a touch of French oak in the nose with Muscavado sugar and cinnamon leading the way for ripe raspberry, red cherry, white pepper and cedar. There’s a deliciously bold delivery of black cherry, President plum and pomegranate flavors, backed by a structure of tannin and acidity that’s reminiscent of some Cabs. Suggested pairings include chorizo, Manchego cheese and grilled fare. Rating:…
  • Mercer Estates 2013 Culloden Vineyard Viognier, Horse Heaven Hills, $13

    Great Northwest Wine
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
    Best Buy! Hot vintages such at last year’s can make varieties like Viognier difficult because the wines can be flabby, but that’s not the case with this example from Jessica Munnell, who’s produced one of the best of the summer and continues her stellar run with aromatic whites. Gorgeous aromas of orange and vanilla cream include fruit cocktail, alyssum and butterscotch. On the pour, it’s akin to a bowl of ambrosia fruit salad, featuring pineapple and Mandarin orange on the midpalate. Somehow, it’s presented dry because impressive acidity offers beautiful balance. The Mercer wines…
  • HillCrest Vineyard to pour Oregon wine at Austrian icon’s 900th anniversary

    Eric Degerman
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    HillCrest Vineyard was founded in 1961 by Richard Sommer, who is credited as the first to plant Pinot Noir in Oregon. Dyson DeMara, a former winemaker at Pine Ridge and Mondavi, purchased HillCrest from Sommer in 2003. (Photo courtesy of HillCrest Vineyard) ROSEBURG, Ore. — Umpqua Valley winemaker Dyson DeMara operates Oregon’s oldest estate winery, but his HillCrest Vineyard will be the neophyte next week in Austria when he pours as the only North American invitee to the 900th birthday party for Stift Klosterneuburg Winery. “It’s a one-day event, and they are using wineries from…
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  • Wine Tasting in Tokyo

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    By: Sharon Benton There’s a wine bar in Tokyo that serves only Japanese wines. “Sake and plum wine?“ you might ask. The answer is no. Japan has a secret – it’s making wine from grapes, and had been for a over a century now. And it is surprisingly good. The wine bar is called Jip. It’s located in Shinjuku, part of the giant Tokyo metropolis. We wandered the streets and alleys of Shinjuku trying to find this wine bar and the Shinjuku Pitt Inn – a famous jazz club. While the Pitt Inn remained elusive, we found our way to Jip and took a seat at the bar. Since we were the only…
  • Behind the Barrel: Everything You Never Knew About Oak

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    By Madeline Blasberg  For nearly two millennia oak has been the original wine pairing, but why?  It originally served as a way to transfer wine from point A to B, but today it’s a staple in nearly every winery and a quality marker in the minds of consumers.  Most wine drinkers know that oak imparts complexity, softens tannins and inflates prices.  But what else is there to this dynamic duo?  Let´s take a look at a few things you never knew about oak in winemaking. 1.Why oak and not a different wood? Most wine barrels are made from staves, or slabs, of oak…
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  • Excellent Wines from the Sonoma Coast: Favorites from the West of West Festival

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

    9 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Chocolate Chip Cookies from Rosa d’Oro Vineyards at the Lake County Wine Adventure We had the pleasure of attending the Lake County Wine Adventure two weeks ago, a passport-type food and wine event spread out around Clear Lake, the largest national freshwater lake in California. We always enjoy food and wine events where the participating wineries aren’t too spread out and the event hours provide enough time to relax and enjoy yourself. This year’s Adventure gave us premium wines, delicious food, and hot-summer-by-the-lake weather. Over the weekend, we particularly…
  • Fiesta del Vino en Los Carneros: The Mexican-American Vintners Association Harvest Festival

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    To try some wines you’ve probably never had before, you should consider attending the upcoming Mexican-American Vintners Association Harvest Festival.   On Saturday, August 16, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm you can enjoy a walk-around Wine Tasting at Renteria Wines’ Brown Ranch Vineyard (4254 Old Sonoma Road, Napa) in the Los Carneros Region enjoying samples from over a dozen wineries such as Ceja Vineyards, Mario Bazán Cellars, and Mi Sueño Winery. The 2014 Harvest Festival features Mexican-American member wineries pouring their wines next to food pairings from Winery Chefs. Some of the…
  • Napa Wineries Open After 5 pm – Summer 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Do you need a winery in Napa Valley that is open after 5 pm for wine tasting? Sometimes you go wine tasting and at the end of the day, it’s getting close to 5 pm but you just left a winery that didn’t quite live up to what you had been hoping for.  If what you really want is one more chance to end the day on a good note, we can help with that. Or, maybe you’re visiting the Napa Valley, done with the day’s activities and back at your hotel thinking “I wish we could go wine tasting at just one place before we go to dinner, but it’s after 5 and the winery…
  • Napa Valley Wine Library Weekend: From Vineyard to Label

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    For a classic Napa wine tasting event, it’s hard to beat the Napa Valley Wine Library Association Wine Tasting. This year’s event is coming up on Sunday August 10th between 5 and 7 pm at the Silverado Resort & Spa with a focus on single-vineyard designated wines. The “classic” part of the event stems from the 52nd annual occurrence of this tasting and the involvement of wineries such as Beringer Vineyards, Cakebread Cellars, Caymus Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, Heitz Wine Cellars, Louis M. Martini WinerySchramsberg Vineyardsand ZD Wines. This refined event consists of 75…
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    Melting Grape

  • A Tale for the Time Being – Review

    Melting Grape
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
      *Disclaimer: spoilers ahead* What Brought Me to Read This: Book of the month for my Culver City Books and Beer Club! I really adored this book and the way it played with time. It tells the story of Naoko (or the more succinct monikier, Nao), a young Japanese girl growing up in Silicon Valley with her immigrant parents. Life is idyllic – her father is a hip, happy, and well-valued software programmer at a cutting edge company in the late 1990s, while her mother contentedly leads an elegant lifestyle, swathed in designer brands.   Then the dot-com bubble hits, leaving Naoko’s…
  • Highlights from the Dana Point Wine Festival!

    Melting Grape
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:03 pm
    At the Festival! From the pooches to the pinots to the pale ales, this was a great dog friendly festival and quintessential carefree day of summertime leisure! As you can see, my friend Sarah and I had a great time! Next year, I’ll have to make sure to bring my dog, Frankie – she’s a huge a wine fan.   If learning about wine region by region is your thing, this was the place for you! Wines were organized by country, with knowledgeable attendants who could fill you in on the characteristics of each nation’s flagship variety. My favorite wine for a warm June day…
  • Dana Point Wine, Food, and Music Festival! Sat 6/21, by the Beach!

    Melting Grape
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:37 pm
      Is there anything else you need to know to pack up your bags and head down to Dana Point this Saturday, June 21st?  Incredible wine, world class food, live music, the beach, and even beer!! Oh . . . and entry is FREE! I can’t tell you how excited I am to check it out, especially because a lot of the artists, food, crus, and brews are homegrown or smaller scale. Big Sky Brewing Co. will be there, hopefully pouring my favorite, “Moose Drool.” Ballast Point, just a few miles down the road in San Diego will also be setting up…
  • Why really is the Best for Food Lovers and travelers!

    Melting Grape
    19 Jan 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Recently I discovered a great new site, The site is a way for people to share the best restaurants with each other and discover new restaurants and food they don’t know about. What’s great is that, unlike Yelp, you get to avoid all those negative posts! Too many times have I read a Yelp review that is obviously a reflection of the writer having a bad day, as opposed to the actual quality of the restaurant. The idea behind TheBesty is for it to be only about the best. The goal is to share, not to  critique. The platform is sort of like Twitter, in which you can…
  • Start the New Year Off Right!

    Melting Grape
    7 Jan 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Check out Wine Enthusiast’s Top Wine Hot Spots: It’s a great video!
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    VinePair » The Wine Blog

  • Six Italian Wines Most People Don’t Know

    VinePair Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Almost everyone is familiar with at least Pinot Grigio and Chianti when it comes to Italian wines, and a few more of us even know the 3 B’s, Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello, but that’s pretty much where the familiarity with Italian wine stops for most of us. But there’s a lot of great and diverse wine that comes from the boot. In fact, Italy has authorized over 350 different varietals that can be used in winemaking; this fact alone is enough to make your head spin and cause you to realize there’s definitely more to Italy than just Chianti in a wicker basket. With that in mind, here…
  • Works Of Wine Art We Wish Were On Our Walls

    Joshua Malin
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    While nothing beats drinking wine, we are fond of more than a few wine-related activities: repurposing (our sizable pile of) leftover corks, recycling wine labels, reading about wine, and writing sentences about wine. We also love wine related art, including the six prints and paintings below. We think they would all look wonderful on our walls or yours. From 1926, Authentic Chablis, by Henry Le Monnier. The price? You’ll have to ask the folks at the International Poster Gallery.   Photographer Andrew Fare snapped this photo near Notre Dame, in Paris. The sepia-toned photo is…
  • There’s A Silent Battle Brewing Over The Future Of The Coffee Label

    Adam Teeter
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Walk in to any “third-wave” coffee establishment, or even a mass market chain such as Starbucks, Peets or Nespresso, and you’re bound to encounter an overwhelming assortment of coffee varieties at all quality levels and price points. There are coffees labeled Single Varietal, Single Origin, Micro Lot, Small Batch and even Grand Cru. The question for every consumer becomes: how do you know which coffee is better, and with so many different labels of quality depending on where you shop and which brand’s name is on the package, which coffee is actually the one to buy? “I think coffee…
  • Why Everyone Should Age At Least A Few Bottles Of Wine

    Matthew Mullet
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    For me, 1995 was a simpler time replete with relaxed-fit Structure jeans, Netscape Navigator, Boys II Men, and Applebee’s chicken wraps. I’m sure all of you managed to avoid those obvious pitfalls. It also happens to be the vintage of a bottle of Puligny Montrachet we ordered recently for a special occasion. From the first pop and swirl, you could tell it was still kicking. It grew in the glass. You know I’m such a fool for you—did you have to let it linger on my palate for 30 seconds? And now we’re talking about 1995 and taking in the wine and marveling at the fact that something…
  • 10 Famous Ancient Archaeological Wine Discoveries

    Joshua Malin
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Human beings have been drinking wine for thousands of years, leaving all manner of evidence behind. From literary and historical texts, to mythological and religious works, wine is ever-present on the page. Archeologists have unearthed wine-related objects all across the world, though most have been found around the Mediterranean. In the past 25 years, aided by new technologies, archeologists have found increasingly old evidence of human winemaking and consumption. Some of these finds go back so far — as in the Neolithic Era, which is the final period of the Stone Age! — that they’ve…
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  • Quady North: A Snapshot of Southern Oregon Wine

    Jameson Fink
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Who doesn’t want to get to know a winery that’s involved in a love triangle…with grapes? (Get your mind out of the gutter.) Herb Quady of Quady North has a thing for Viognier, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. Let’s head to Southern Oregon and explore the Applegate Valley and Rogue Valley. That’s right, I’m talking Oregon wine [...]
  • Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon: Smashing Stereotypes One Vintage at a Time

    Jameson Fink
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Maybe “smashing” is too strong a word, but when I sat down with Aurelio Montes Jr., winemaker for Argentina’s Kaiken Winery, he did want to make a point regarding Cabernet Sauvignon. To defy the preconception that Argentine Cabernet tends to age in a manner akin to falling off a cliff (cue Aurelio making a dramatic [...]
  • Understanding Sustainability in the Winery and Vineyard

    Jameson Fink
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    What does it really mean to say you are a sustainable winery, from the vineyards that bear the fruits of your labor to the building where you ferment your grape juice? I posed this question and more to podcast guest Karl Wente, Fifth Generation Winemaker and Senior Vice-President of Winemaking at Wente Vineyards (sponsor of my Wine Without [...]
  • Massolino Barbera d’Alba With Tagliarini and Meat-Free Sauce

    Jameson Fink
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    One of the signs of a great producer is their more humble offerings are as an impressive achievement as the top wines commanding well-deserved and earned prestige along with a concordant price. Case in point? One of my favorite wineries for Barolo: Massolino. Barolo, as well as Barbaresco, is tucked up among the particularly prestigious [...]
  • Top Affordable Wines From Around The World

    Jameson Fink
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    I love talking about cheap wines. They are what I drink the most. Mary Cressler over at Vindulge asked me for my go-to picks costing less than ten bucks. You’ll find I’m a fan of: Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. Pretty much all of it. White wines from the Côtes de Gascogne in Southwestern France. Red blends [...]
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  • From Vineyards to Tables – The History of Wine

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

    Melissa Hardman
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    France enjoys a long history of wine-making. It is believed that the country has produced wine for more than 2,500 years. In fact, many French wines are named for the regions where they are produced. Areas such as Cognac, Champagne, Chablis, Bordeaux, and Burgundy instantly bring to mind their eponymous alcoholic counterparts. Not only has […]
  • Beginner’s Guide to Food & Wine Pairing

    Melissa Hardman
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    The world of food and wine pairing can be extremely intimidating to beginners. It is important to keep in mind that while there are guidelines and suggestions for making the best pairing choices, ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. If all resources point to a particular wine that is not a personal favorite, there […]
  • Science Experiments with Wine, Water, Milk and Beer

    Melissa Hardman
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    For an entertaining introduction to chemistry, show your friends that it’s possible to transform water into wine, wine into milk, and milk into beer. While you can’t actually drink any of the substances, you will marvel at how completely the fluid can change in appearance. The basic experiment starts with a glass of simple water, […]
  • Underground Wine Clubs & Speakeasies During Prohibition

    Melissa Hardman
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    The prohibiting of alcohol manufacture, sale, and use in the United States occurred over a 13-year period from 1920 to 1933. This period became known as the Prohibition Era, and it had a profound impact on society. In fact, the consequences of Prohibition were not what was originally anticipated or hoped for. Although Prohibition went […]
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  • Coldani Olive Ranch Acquires Lodi Olive Oil Company

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    By Lewis Perdue NEWS RELEASE August 21, 2014 LODI, CA, August 19, 2014 – Coldani Olive Ranch, an olive oil company based in Lodi California and producers of their Calivirgin line of olive oils, recently added local favorite Lodi Olive Oil Company to their portfolio. This announcement comes just months before the 2014 olive harvest. Lodi Olive Oil […]Read more here:: Wine Industry InsightThe post Coldani Olive Ranch Acquires Lodi Olive Oil Company appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Merced County hires expert to help draft groundwater ordinance

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Merced County hires expert to help draft groundwater ordinanceRead more here:: Wine Business NewsThe post Merced County hires expert to help draft groundwater ordinance appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Drync App Integrates With Google Wallet to Make Wine Purchasing Faster and Easier

    Wine School
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Drync App Integrates With Google Wallet to Make Wine Purchasing Faster and Easier Drync Becomes the First and Only Wine App Integrated With Google Wallet, Offering Wine Drinkers an Easy Mobile Commerce Experience to Scan and Buy From More Than 30,000 Wines …Read more here:: wine newsThe post Drync App Integrates With Google Wallet to Make Wine Purchasing Faster and Easier appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Californias Economic Collision Course: Immigration and Water

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Californias Economic Collision Course: Immigration and WaterRead more here:: Wine Business NewsThe post Californias Economic Collision Course: Immigration and Water appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Mining Wine Labels Online

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Mining Wine Labels OnlineRead more here:: Wine Business NewsThe post Mining Wine Labels Online appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
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  • Cheap Wine Cheat Sheet: Your Guide to Good Inexpensive Wines

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

    Marketing Manager
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Greece has been cultivating the art of winemaking for thousands of years, yet it was not until recently that Greek wines started to get some serious international buzz. Few consumers were aware of these beauties until quite recently. With Greece’s economic crisis affecting the local market, winemakers started to focus on exports. The emphasis has shifted to top quality wines competitive for the international market. Greece is blessed with an abundance of unique micro-climates and passionate producers, so this did not prove to be much of a challenge. If you are new to Greek wines here is a…
  • 8 Tips to Find New Wine

    Marketing Manager
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Are you stuck in a wine rut? We’ve all been there: you have your favorite grape varieties and regions down. You know the names of your favorite producers, and probably the names of their extended family members as well. Heck, you could even find your bottles of choice at your local wine shop blindfolded and in the dark! But lately you have started to feel unsatisfied. You know you need something new, but what? We’ve got eight rules to help you find new wines that will became cellar staples. The fastest way to do this is to switch up wine styles: If you prefer reds, start…
  • Riesling Myths Debunked!

    lauren johnson
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    We know what you are thinking: Riesling: sweet, light, fresh, easy drinking. Think you know Riesling? You don’t know jack! Riesling is one of the most misunderstood, maligned grapes in the vinous world. To paraphrase Hamlet: “There are more things in heaven and earth, dear reader, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”. Four things, to be exact, all of which we outline below for your drinking edification: Riesling does not need to be sweet. Yes, we have all had those flabby, over the top, sweet table wine Rieslings, boring without an ounce of interest. However, this is not…
  • Top 10 Pinot Noir Fun Factoids

    Marketing Manager
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Ah, pinot noir – the grape that makes wine geeks swoon. Whether sheer and ethereal, or earthy and ripe, this wine is gorgeous in nearly every incarnation. There have been movies produced, poems written, and countless books testifying to its virtues. So what’s all the fuss about? Beyond its inherent gustatory pleasures, this variety has a fascinating background. Here are a dozen of our favorite factoids to savor and share: Pinot noir is nicknamed the “heartbreak” grape, because it is thin-skinned and susceptible to all sorts of disasters in the vineyards……
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  • 2014 Harvest Starts in California

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    It’s only mid-August but the 2014 harvest has started in various parts of the State, especially for whites that will go into bubbly.  We just wrote about the new Malibu Coast AVA and already Casa Dumetz is picking grapes for their sparkling wine.  A bit further north in the Santa Barbara AVA, Sauvignon Blanc is being picked in Happy Canyon.  Chardonnay picking has just started according to Le Fenetre Wines, also in Happy Canyon.  Some parts of Lodi, especially in the eastern hills, they are picking whites, as are some parts of Sonoma.  Napa Valley expects harvest to start about two…
  • Job Opportunity

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Looking for a new career or know someone who is?  There’s a great job for a Brand Ambassador for a global whisky company available in Houston.  Click on the ad at the top of any of our pages and check it out.  Sounds like a dream job for some lucky gal or guy.
  • Champagne for Breakfast

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    A bottle of ’92 Dom Perignon was causing our friend anxiety.  It had been dragged around California during multiple moves – always in an ice chest, he assured us – but he couldn’t decide which occasion was special enough to drink it.  How about just to celebrate being alive, happy and in good health, we suggested.  He thought for a minute and announced he would have it for breakfast the next day.  And he did!  He and his wife toasted life with their bacon and eggs and it was wonderful.   It is too bad we have this cultural sticking point that Champagne, or sparkling wine, is…
  • Crime Doesn’t Pay

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Rudy Kurniawan, the wine counterfeiter, was recently sentenced to 10 years behind bars and ordered to pay restitution of $28.4 million, and forfeit an additional $20 million as punishment.  Who gets the $20 million?  We don’t know.  Probably the government.   Over an eight-year period, Kurniawan sold about $50 million worth of fake wine concocted in his kitchen then poured into empty bottles of rare and expensive wines he obtained from restaurants or elsewhere.  He then affixed clever counterfeit labels, which he created.  Apparently he had a good palate and using lower priced…
  • Johnnie Walker Gets “Clubbed” by Explorers

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Even when you are the biggest drinks company in the world, you can still lose in a battle with a small but iconic Club based in New York.   The prestigious Explorers Club sued Diageo, makers of Johnnie Walker Whisky for using the term “Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club” for a line of blended Scotch whisky sold in duty-free stores.  Judge Charles E. Ramos said in ruling that “It is clear that Diageo’s adoption of the name of the Explorers’ Club was for the purpose of leading the public to believe that it was connected or affiliated with the club.”   In New York there is a…
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  • IGP Vineyards of the Alpes Maritimes

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

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

    2 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    If, like me, you’re fascinated by off-the beaten track wine and wine regions, it doesn’t get much better than the Balkans. Stumbling across the Kosovan Wine Route? Tick. Watching the World Cup Final in a Macedonian vineyard? Tick. Having my first ever glass of Vranac and Žilavka? Yep, you guessed it, tick. The past month [...] The post Zivjeli! Balkan Wine Highlights appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Take me back to Mikro Papigo!

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Have you ever discovered one of those places so amazing that you’ve wanted to scream it out to the world, yet keep it your own little secret, both at the same time? That’s how Keith and I felt earlier this month when we came across the hidden mountain village of Mikro Papingo in Greece. At [...] The post Take me back to Mikro Papigo! appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Nice Wine Folk: Bradley Mitton, Mitton International Wines & Club Vivanova

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Morning markets in Ventimiglia, BBQ lunches in the hills of Vence and dinner and drinks in Monaco! Bradley Mitton, a man who wears many a wine hat on the Côte d’Azur, has many a local food and wine tip to share. He is next up in my look at some of the interesting wine folk [...] The post Nice Wine Folk: Bradley Mitton, Mitton International Wines & Club Vivanova appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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