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  • 9 of the Year's Best Red Wine Values

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

    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more
    John Perry
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    It’s not the first time I’ve defended that one of Spain’s greatest cultural assets is its diversity. From the simple charm of a whitewashed town in the sierras of Andalucía, to the cosmopolitan appeal of cultural capitals like Barcelona -and everything in between-, there’s something here for everyone. And a great way to discover Spain’s diversity is through its wines. With 64 different wine D.O.’s (Denominations of Origin) across the country, Spain has a wine style for every drinker. In this list of must-try wines from Spain, you will find great examples of wines from…
  • Massachusetts DTC Applications – How to Get Started

    ShipCompliant: Wine Shipping Blog
    Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    As ShipCompliant reported earlier this week, the new Direct Wine Shipper License application and advisory were released over this past weekend. The new permit law replaces the existing unworkable direct shipping law in its entirety. See the previous post to read more about how the new laws, in effect starting January 1, 2015, apply to wineries. It is expected to take approximately four weeks for applications to be approved. Wineries may NOT engage in any “sales activities” prior to January 1, 2015. (or their license is approved.) Both the Direct Wine Shipper License application…
  • 3 Books for the Wine Lover on your List

    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Whether the person on you list is to wine, likes wine or just wants to know about wine, here are three book suggestions on an overall get to know wine. WineWise by Steven Kolpan, Michael A Weiss and Brian H Smith, all professors of wine at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. This is a get to know your wine and wine region book. They nicely explain the wine regions and also notable wines from the region, both inexpensive and expensive. They spend time in California, Washington, Oregon and New York wine regions. Take you to South America and cover Chile and Arentina before…
  • Try This Wine Before It Disappears

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    Madeline Puckette
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    A small wine region in northern Italy might lose 25% of its vineyards to a planned railway expansion. The region is called Lugana and it’s located along the southern banks of Lake Garda very close to Verona. Lugana focuses on a white grape they call Turbiana (which is a bit of a mystery, I’ll explain below) for both sparkling and still wines. So, now we’re all wondering: Is Lugana worth saving? Lugana, Italy DOC Wine Region Watch: Save Lugana Campaign Video Medieval and Roman ruins can be found in Lugana.   What Lugana Makes Lugana’s grape, Turbiana, is a bit of a…
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  • Top Chef Delivers Modern Chinese Cuisine to the OC

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

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    Located in northeast France, the Chablis region was annexed by the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century. While it is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region, it is separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan hills. In fact, the town of Beaune located is more than 70 miles away. This makes Chablis relatively isolated from other winemaking regions. In fact, the southern vineyards of Champagne are actually its closest winemaking neighbor. Before becoming part of Burgundy, Chablis was once considered part of Champagne, and the two regions share many climatic…
  • The Wines of Beaujolais – with Château des Jacques

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

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

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

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Some years are unarguably more momentous than others. The question is whether we can really recognise them without the benefit of hindsight. History may prove me wrong, but as 2014 comes to a close I'm prepared to declare it one of the most important years for American wine. The last 12 months were filled with more than a few revelations, triumphs, and vindications, even as they revealed a good measure of hard truths for some. Keep drinking America The first wine-related news story of 2014 still lingers for American wine lovers as a warm glow of satisfaction. By the end of 2013, America had…
  • Vinography Images: New Growth

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    New Growth A grape tendril unfurls in a Sonoma County vineyard. All the rain this week has most of us thinking about what comes after the vines emerge from this winter hibernation they just entered. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should…
  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of December 7, 2014

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included a few more recent releases from Medlock Ames in Sonoma's Alexander Valley. I continue to be impressed with these wines, which I have been following off and on since their first release. I think they've never been better. Other reliable producers showed up in this week's tasting pool, including Cornerstone and Smith Madrone, both of whom can be counted on for…
  • Holiday Gifts Worth Giving to Wine Lovers

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Giving gifts to wine lovers during the holidays can be a royal pain. Especially if your recipient tends to have many of the basics covered when it comes to wine. That's not even considering the royal pains that people like me tend to be for prospective gift givers. I'm one of those wine lovers who already has most of the gear that he wants, and has strong opinions about everything else. Sound like anyone you know? I've said before that buying wine for your favorite wine lover can be an exercise fraught with peril. Many wine lovers I know would much rather choose their own wine than have…
  • A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal

    6 Dec 2014 | 10:40 pm
    "I have been condemned to death four times," says the man that everyone calls Senhor Baron with a smile that emerges broadly from underneath his thin mane of snow-white hair and droopy eyelids, "but as you can see, here I am." It is two days after his one hundred third birthday and he is dressed in a bold three piece houndstooth suit with a brilliant blue tie and matching pocket square. His wrinkled, pale hands wrap sturdily if slightly trembling around the well worn handle of his cane, and he leans in with a conspiratorial air to tell me his story, but only after insisting I try every one of…
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  • Top 10 Reasons Wineries Hate Their Wholesalers

    Tom Wark
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    In examining the latest Wine Conditions Survey published by Silicon Valley Bank, noticed something interesting and asked, “What’s behind that?” What noticed was that wineries’ satisfaction level with their wholesalers has declined significantly from just two years ago. The percent of wineries reporting being satisfied with their wholesalers has dropped from 60% to 37% since 2012. Meanwhile, the percent of wineries reporting they are unsatisfied with their wholesalers has risen from 26% to 41% since 2012. What’s behind this is a…
  • Thoughts After A Decade of Wine Blogging

    Tom Wark
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Over the last ten years this wine blog has published 2,873 posts. This equates to 1.1 posts per week day since November 2004. So, I can say, at the very least, that I’ve achieved the “Daily” part of this blog’s name: FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog. I can’t say for sure what else I have accomplished. I never set a goal for this blog at the outset or since. I only wanted to say things about wine, culture, politics and the business. I set a fairly low bar. One thing that is interesting to note is that since its founding, this blog has reached 2.7 million unique…
  • Grapes, Not Wines, Are Impacted by AVAs

    Tom Wark
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
      There is a good case to be made that when comparing the French Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) system with the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system, it is the American system of delineating grape growing regions that is far more invested in the theory of terroir than the French AOC system. This point concerning the relative commitment to terroir has been driven home to me while doing some work with the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance, which is currently in the process of developing a petition for AVA status for this region located in southwest Sonoma County. That petition,…
  • A Best-of-Its-Type Wine Book

    Tom Wark
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    There are all sorts of examples of books that just keep appearing, edition after edition after edition. There are really only two ways of looking at this phenomenon: 1) The book is old hat, but they just keep putting it out because it’s well-known and that’s good enough for the publisher, or 2) The book remains among the best of its type. There is no fine line here. A book that is among the best of its type is easily recognizable to those who have been looking closely. Kevin Zraly has just recently seen his “Windows on the World Complete Wine Course” published over the…
  • Hogwash!

    Tom Wark
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:54 pm
    I recently had the good fortune of being interviewed by ReasonTV on the subject of laws that harm wine consumers. In the brief interview, I outline many of the ways in which various state laws, supported by various actors in the wine industry, harm consumer choice and consumer access to wines. However, what I did not do is address the most common ways these laws are defended and justified by those that benefit from them. In the interest of thoroughness, I want to outline a few of those justifications and address them as succinctly as possible. 1. The state-mandated use of a wholesaler…
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  • Find the Right Wine for the Holidays With Gnarly Head

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

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Photo © Peter Bagi January: A New Brooklyn Hangout
 A small seafood bar with a great playlist becomes my go-to spot When I lived in Brooklyn, I spent most of my time eating in Manhattan. Then a little place called Bergen Hill opened not too far from my apartment, and I found a new favorite neighborhood spot. In the midst of a boom in big Italian restaurants, Bergen Hill is a corner seafood bar with a smart, concise menu from chef Andrew D’Ambrosi. From a tiny kitchen, he ...
  • The Art of Crafting Authentic Jamaican Rum

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

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

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

  • SPIRITS: Chilgrove

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

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

    Douglas Blyde
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    “OUR studio is like a salmon: swimming against the tide,” says Afroditi Krassa. Her accent is attractively deeply-spiced. Born in Britain in 1974, but raised in Greece, Afroditi defied both her endocrinologist father and solicitor mother by pursuing design rather than follow in either of their footsteps. We meet at a no more than two-at-a time security booth somewhere below the concourse at the recently-rebuilt Queen’s Terminal, Heathrow. As I have my less than enhancing pass picture taken against a makeshift white paper background, Afroditi confides that, despite considering nearly…
  • SPIRITS: Great British Truffles

    Douglas Blyde
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    HIS name is Rudi - short for Rodolfo il Caricatore del Tartufo – Rudolph, charger of the truffle!” says silver-haired James Liddell of his shaggy Lagotto Romano dog who gallops into the distance. Despite having a cute, sheep-like coat, kept closely trimmed – ‘tiresome for a working dog, attracting burrs and grass seeds,’ the enthusiastic beast who constantly, audibly tastes the air, has already unearthed several black ‘diamonds’. “Watch him carefully,” advises James as we try to keep up. “He dictates the speed of the hunt.”Read at Alexander & James >
  • TRAVEL: Winter in Mauritius

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

  • CBS Sunday Morning: “Cider: Bringing Back a Forgotten Drink”

    David Flaherty
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    I was incredibly honored to appear on CBS Sunday Morning News today. Huge thanks to producer Jon Carras, host Faith Salie, and the whole crew. They really dug in to tell the true story of today’s cider industry. Kudos to my good friends: Ben and Jen at The Queens Kickshaw, and Andy and Polly at The Cidery! //
  • New York Wine Experience 2014

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

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

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

    David Flaherty
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    For hard-core Robin Williams fans, this is from Jumanji. Yep, Jumanji…I’m going there. He had an incredible gift and inspired me to no end. Goodnight, Sweet Prince.
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Coravin – The only gift for wine geeks this holiday season

    Ryan Opaz
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    I’m not a fan of wine gadgets, I never felt I needed them. Despite this, we had invited Greg Lambrecht from Coravin, the high tech company which was regarded as the hottest thing on the market, to speak at our event, the DWCC, because of his potential to disrupt the wine industry.  Yet, I felt that however good it might be, it wasn’t actually relevant or interesting to me, personally. I was wrong. For those of you not familiar with this device, here’s a brief 1-liner from their site: “Coravin allows you to pour wine from bottles closed in cork, without pulling the cork and…
  • Friday Feature Photo: Christmas in Cabo do Roca

    Gabriella Opaz
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Photographer: Ana Arpa Capture Date:  December 10, 2006 Location: Cabo do Roca, Portugal About: This photo was taken over the holidays near Cabo da RocaCape Roca), the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. It also happens to serve up some of the most delicious grilled fish in Portugal! Not a bad way to feast over Christmas! 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…
  • Bolo Rei and Bolo Rainha: Portugal’s Royal Christmas Treat

    Andrea Smith
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    From the beginning of November to the end of January, it’s impossible to pass a pastelaria (pastry shop) without being bombarded by the ubiquitous Bolo Rei (King Cake). This is one of, if not the most, popular Christmas desserts throughout Portugal, consisting of a sweet, brioche-like bread dough packed with eggs and filled with various nuts, raisins and crystallized fruit. Essentially, a much tastier version of a fruitcake; and thus its wild popularity for three months out of the year. In fact, Lisboners are so crazy for Bolo Reis, that the most famous pastry shops have…
  • 10 Must Try Spanish Wines of 2014

    John Perry
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    It’s not the first time I’ve defended that one of Spain’s greatest cultural assets is its diversity. From the simple charm of a whitewashed town in the sierras of Andalucía, to the cosmopolitan appeal of cultural capitals like Barcelona -and everything in between-, there’s something here for everyone. And a great way to discover Spain’s diversity is through its wines. With 64 different wine D.O.’s (Denominations of Origin) across the country, Spain has a wine style for every drinker. In this list of must-try wines from Spain, you will find great examples of wines from…
  • Recipe: Bolo Rainha

    Gabriella Opaz
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:37 am
    If you’ve ever visited the Midwest during the Holidays, you’ve most likely tried Fruitcake – also known as: door stop, bookend, ubiquitous item for all Ikea hacks, or simply, disgusting. We can safely say that this is not only the most dense and undesirable cake ever to grace a Holiday meal, but the most dangerous, as you’ll most likely crack a few teeth in process. Our suggestion, be gone with dense, aged, impossible to eat fruit cakes, and welcome the New Year with a delectable Portuguese Bolo Rainha (Queen Cake). It’s light, airy and simple to make. If,…
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  • Canadian fisticuffs! Sipped & spit

    Dr. Vino
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    Oh, Canada! Check out this 5-minute radio segment from CBC wherein to Canadian wine personalities start sparring verbally–and then literally–in the studio. And there’s no hockey involved. Good stuff. Very Monty Python-esque. You will be LOLing. In other wine news: AU REVOIR and BONJOUR: Jacques Puffeney, a viticultural leader in the Jura, has sold his vineyards (10.5 acres) to Guillaume D’Angerville of Burgundy. [wine-searcher] MOSCATO FOR ALL: Russia threatens to ban French wine imports in retaliation for Western sanctions. [Decanter] BIG BOTTLES: Two magnums of…
  • Wine picks from my NYU class

    Dr. Vino
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    In my six-week NYU class ended recently. In the class, we taste six wines (blind) around a certain theme every week and I poll people on their visceral reaction to each wine before we discuss it. The wines that have weak polling numbers have to be put out to pasture or run for election in marginal shops where the mere act of getting a placement will be given polite golf claps. But the wines that poll well–generally 90+%–have the power to sweep, scoring huge wins at cash registers at wine shops across the land. I try to post the winners on my instagram feed after each class. In the…
  • A white truffle sells for $61,250

    Dr. Vino
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    White truffles are a rare delicacy: The short season for the mushrooms, the stratospheric prices ($2,000 a pound is not uncommon) and the intense aromas and flavors make this mostly something for the world’s super rich. Shaving a few grams of a white truffle on a dish such as risotto can send the price at a restaurant soaring into the triple digits. The artist formerly known P. Diddy had the money quote on the fungus. Apparently, when dining at Restaurant Daniel, he would say “shave this bitch” to indicate that he thought the dish would be enhanced by some white truffle. No…
  • Zipz wine gets $2.5 million funding on Shark Tank

    Dr. Vino
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    The sharks love them some wine. Especially Kevin O’Leary. The self-proclaimed “Mr. Wonderful” on the ABC show “Shark Tank” reached an agreement to invest $2.5 million in the single-serve wine company called Zipz. That gave Zipz the $25 million they were seeking. Making the presentation for Zipz was Andrew McMurray. McMurray is more known in the wine world as the sender of email offers from Zachys, the wine store in Scarsdale, NY, where he is a co-owner with his wife, Jen, and her brother, Jeff. McMurray told the sharks that he had been working on the single-serve…
  • Bear market for Russian wine imports

    Dr. Vino
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Sanctions and the declining price of oil have slowed Russia’s economy, which is forecast to fall into recession next year. (A real bear market–rimshot.) And, in a nasty triple whammy, the ruble has declined precipitously as well, which is forcing up the price of imports. Consider the case of Apple, which just boosted the price of iPhones for sale in Russia by 25%. (But, apparently, even some, erm, domestic industries have also been compelled raise prices). So what about wine? President Vladimir Putin has banned some food imports in retaliation for Western sanctions imposed over…
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Review: **** $$ Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2002 = BEST VALUE

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Murphy-Goode Alexander Cabernet Sauvignon. Original tasting and review : This is Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2002, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled a whopping 12 years from vintage date, in December, 2014.In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque from a half inch of the edge.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, fat boiled blackberries with a nice cedar-based surround sound.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fat, of course,…
  • ***+ $$ Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Barossa Shiraz, 2006, Australia - Review and Rating

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Original Review, August, 2008, two years from vintage date: This has been one of my favorite Aussie shiraz in past vintages. My review of the 2005 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Barossa Shiraz is here. Let's see how the wine - and my palate - have held up for the 2006 vintage.In the glass, the 2006 Shotfire is dark blood red with a hint of purple. Aroma is velvet-cream furniture polish - wonderful! On the palate, the extracted black cherry moves up into your mouth, bringing sprightly acids along with the flowing cream. Finish seems a bit one-dimensional and "hot" from alcohol (which comes in at…
  • Review: ***+ $$ La Cova dels Vins Ombra Montsant, Barrica, Spain, 2006 = GOOD VALUE

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ombra Montsant. Original tasting and review : This is La Cova dels Vins Ombra Montsant, Barrica, Spain, 2006, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date, in November, 2014.In the glass: Deep magenta with plenty of brick at this stage, opaque from an inch in.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows buckets of old-world brett. From top to bottom, room-filling horse manure.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich once you plow through the old-world must. On the…
  • Review: **** $$ Casa Silva Quinta Generacion, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2002 = BEST VALUE

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Quinta Generacion. Original tasting and review : This is Casa Silva Quinta Generacion, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2002, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled 12 years from vintage date, in November, 2014.  It is a red blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% carmenere, 10% shiraz and 10% petit verdot selected from multiple plots in three estates.In the glass: Deep black cherry magenta, opaque from a half inch from the edge.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, slightly medicinal black…
  • Review: ***+ $ F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel. Original tasting and review : This is F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2013, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.In the glass: Medium red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy, deep fruit, underlying spices.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big but still subtle.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated: subtle at the…
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  • Podere Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Bianco, 2011, Langhe Bianco

    Andrew Barrow
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    Podere Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Bianco, 2011, Langhe Bianco The note on the Humble Grape website underplays the beauty of this Italian white. There is a softness to the palates delicious flavours with a streak of orange zestiness to keep it fresh. The aroma is equally as beguiling – apple and pear intermingle with a floral edge. They say it ‘demands’ food, I say it was wonderful on its own while I shoved lovingly placed a chicken and leak pie into the oven, and equally as delicious with the pie once cooked. At £15 would make a fine gift this Christmas. A blend of 50% Arneis,…
  • Wine Grape Pool at Chateau La Dominique

    Andrew Barrow
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Wine Grape Pool at Chateau La Dominique There is a roof top restaurant at Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux. It has a very good reputation. While we enjoyed a little wine tasting in the restaurant duirng our visit back in June, we sadly did not get to eat there. The restaurant looks out across the estates – and others – vineyards but across the top of the winery building itself they have created a ‘wine grape’ pool, filled, not with actual grapes but glass pebbles coloured to the same tones as grapes. Its an impressive sight. While they don’t actually…
  • Pan Amongst the Vines

    Andrew Barrow
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    Pan Amongst the Vines This weeks Sunday Wine Shot – ceiling art at Jean Marc Brocard in Chablis. The same winery that stands next to the Church of Sainte Claire. This is one of several panels set in the roof above the wineries large dining room and depicts Pan (God of Nature, the Wild, Shepherds, Flocks, Goats, of Mountain Wilds) leading a cherub on a goat through a vineyard. Photo: Pan Amongst the Vines - A UK Wine Blog - We Spit... So You Can Swallow Related posts: The Church of Sainte Claire Prehy Chablis Wineries: J Moreau Winery Bay Doors Chablis Wineries: Wine Barrels…
  • Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

    Andrew Barrow
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia On the surface the town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is rather non-descript. Most of the town sits on a hill above the Laverno River. Apart from a small square with a bar and a couple of shops there really doesn’t seem to be much worthy of attention. But this is the capital of Cava country. Every other building seemingly houses a cava producer. Arriving by train from Barcelona you cannot miss the imposing and massive Frexinent complex the lies just outside the small station. The town proper lies on the north side of the Laverno River. Its not…
  • Cava Country – Vines in the Fog

    Andrew Barrow
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    Cava Country – Vines in the Fog A foggy day in Cava country; a pre-breakfast wander from the hotel over the road to a vineyard. Not a clue who owns it nor the grape variety but assume, as this is It was devilishly hard to see even how far it stretched but I set up the tripod and took a few shots as the light levels increased. This shot is the result and todays Sunday Wine Shot. I rather like the painterly feel that I seem to have applied during processing… Cava Country – Vines in the Fog - A UK Wine Blog - We Spit... So You Can Swallow Related posts: Cava Vines…
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  • Iron Horse New Year's Eve Kit (3)

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    CountdownPrepare for Iron Horse vs Marshmallow Turtle. COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU.resolutions (PT 1) -Only one egg nog enema a week -I will finally get my own apartment and move out of my co-worker’s cello case -Minimize my disdain for humanity somehow -Foster a taco -Learn to drive a Duck Tour boat -Overcome my shellfish allergy using sheer willpower -Do forty pushups on the moon every morning -End difficult conversations with a snappy musical number -Learn to speak penguin English -Consume a whole lotta bubbly for absolutely no reason
  • Wellington Victory 2-Bottle Gift Pack

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    V is for wineThe mighty hand of Peter Wellington has slapped down many who would steal the crown of grapes about his brow. That's why he relishes the taste of victory. Today, he wants to share it with you.   If you've ever gotten the girl, or gotten the guy, or gotten a hermaphrodite, you remember that intense and complex aroma. If you've ever gotten a promotion, or gotten a raise, or gotten a negative test result, you remember that smooth and supple mouthfeel. These bottles of Victory deliver aromas like cherry, currant, kirsch, cedar and a symphony of other super smells. What could you…
  • Woot Cellars Q4 Red (5) Plus Gift Bags

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    CellarbrateThe Most Dollarful Time of the YearIn the biz world, “Q4” refers to the year’s fourth quarter: That frenzied season starting in October when retailers hurl discounted inventory at regular human beings, prodding them to the edge of madness with every passing day. Yes, we’re an e-commerce site owned by a bigger e-commerce site, so we kinda have to love the shopping blitz. But we haven’t lost sight of what’s most important this season: Wine. And loved ones. And sharing wine with the loved ones. If you’re reading this today, hopefully it means you’re with people you…
  • Quady Electra Sweet Wine Half-Bottle Case

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sweet LoveIn a darkened attic bedroom. Somewhere, a mixed tape plays The Cure on a dusty old stereo.The air is tinged with incense — "sage contemplation" — as black lights illuminate fantastical posters of wizards and grim reapers, and the contents of a lava lamp lazily undulates. "Amanda?" "Yes?" "Do you ever think about getting away from here? I mean, like away from everything. No family, none of your so-called friends. Just get out into the country and just ... I dunno. Live?" "Oh, Quady Electra Sweet Wine. Sometimes it's like we're thinking the same thing." She props herself…
  • Pali Wine Co. Tower 15 Mixed Reds (6)

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Fellowship of the WineThe Elf-King approaches the table, where his aides have laid out a map of MidEarth."The Dark Lord's army continues to advance from the east, your grace," says one of his advisors. "Also, we've received word that the White Wizard may join with the dark one. This could unite the towers before we can destroy the ring of power!" "How many towers is it this time?" asks the king. "Fifteen, your grace." The Elf-King hangs his head, pinching the bridge of his nose, clenching his eyes and sighing heavily. He reaches for a glass of wine set for him and sips. It is a fine elvish…
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    1 Wine Dude

  • The Furmintation Of The Nation (Kicking Off Furmint USA)

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Back in October, I spent a couple of very hectic but very rewarding weeks in Tokaji, Hungary, acting as on-screen “talent” for a promotional push of the region’s excellent dry Furmint white wines, aimed at the American market. I had a fantastic time with everyone involved in the project, but aside from seeing a quick intro video we filmed for a couple of well-received Furmint tastings in the U.S., I’ve been out of the loop on the AV side of things of that project, my work for them having been done and dusted now for several weeks. Well, it looks like those FurmintUSA folks have been…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 15, 2014

    15 Dec 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! 11 Bonny Doon Vineyard Bien Nacido X Block Syrah…
  • The Most Interesting Wines Of 2014

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Most Interesting Wines of the Year – some of the more thought-provoking discussion here on these virtual pages have come courtesy of this annual list, compiled with a not insignificant amount of effort on my part in looking back on the crap-ton of wines that I had the pleasure (mostly, anyway) to have tasted over the last twelve months. 2013’s incarnation of the MIW list was expanded, and broken up into two parts (you can read Part 1 and Part 2 here). Regrettably, I did not have the bandwidth to offer an expanded list for 2014, so I’m reverting back to the Top Ten format for this…
  • No Wine? Sorry, No Story.

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    A troubling trend is starting to appear in my Inbox. [ Editor’s note: I wonder how many cheesy detective novels now begin with that premise… ] Somewhat ironically, the troubling trend seems to mostly be coming from very well-meaning wine producers and their various public relations arms / firms / etc., and with very well-meant intentions. But the gameplan execution is all fumbled-at-the-five-yard-line. What’s happening is that I am seeing a lot (LOT!) more wine brands clue into the fact that what differentiates them in what has become the single most competitive wine market in the…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 8, 2014

    8 Dec 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! 11 Vie White Hawk Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara…
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  • Business or Pleasure: Spotting Escorts or Real Ladies

    Benjamin Art
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    “Find the real ladies in the midst of escorts” We understand that sometimes it’s a little difficult to figure out which ladies on online hookup sites are actually escorts, and which ones are actually real. Even if you’re using the best sites to get laid, there’s still a chance that you might run into an escort or three, and that means that you’re just always going to have to be careful about who you talk to. Fortunately, we’ve been around the block, and we really know how to tell an escort apart from someone that’s actually real. Sites like…
  • 5 Signs to Tell You’re Ready for a Serious Relationship

    Benjamin Art
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    You’re dating and you’re having the best time of your life. A surprise visit, a fancy night at a restaurant, or a talk over wine and candles – they all seem sweet, but what will you be ready when he’s ready to go serious with you? Most people who are recovering from a relationship will probably have a hard time committing again. Don’t worry; we’ve arranged 5 signs that will tell you if you’re ready for a serious relationship. You’re confident and happy being alone Learning to be happy alone, free from insecurities, means being comfortable in your own skin. When you’re…
  • What to Do When Your Phone Gets Stolen

    Benjamin Art
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:50 am
    Wireless devices, specifically smartphones, have become primary targets of robbers. Smartphones are pretty expensive and they may also contain personal information that robbers can use to their advantage. Losing your phone can be very devastating especially that most of your life depends on it. Then again, you can’t dwell on what’s already happened. You should instead focus on the consequences of losing your phone. More importantly, you have to protect yourself as well as your personal information found in your mobile device. How to stay away from theft You have to check your surroundings…
  • High Impact VS Low Impact Exercises: Which Is Right for You?

    Benjamin Art
    2 Feb 2014 | 9:41 pm
    All of us want to have healthy and fit bodies. As much as we’d like to achieve our goals the next day, we still have to work hard for it. What if you don’t have too much time to spare? If time is limited, then you have to pick a routine that works for you. You should be able to get the most out of it without wasting your time. One thing you need to consider is whether you should go with low impact or high impact workouts. Which is best for you? What’s the difference between the two? Low impact workouts refer to movements where a foot stays on the ground all the time and only one leaves…
  • Know How To Cut Down Car Insurance Bills In 5 Ways

    Benjamin Art
    26 Jan 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Car insurance helps a lot of vehicle owners especially at times of mishaps. It saves you the big amount you have to spend on damages and repairs. But don’t you know that car insurance rates are based on the average insurance claims each type of car and model has? If you’re driving that has a higher car stolen rate, typically you would also pay a higher amount for car insurance. So if you want to keep your car insurance low, check these out. 1. Shop around for cars with low insurance rate. Since how much you pay for an insurance depends on what car you drive, it is better to buy a car that…
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    Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman

  • Small People ...

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
    "Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine." - Fran Lebowitz, Writer and Humorist When I heard this quote a few years ago, at first I was offended. Hey, I love talking about wine and I don't think I am "small" other in height of 5 feet 2". I try to keep a very open mind when it comes to social matters, new ideas, and generous about change, but I am also far from perfect.  A few weeks ago, this quote popped up again in an article I was reading. Once again I thought about it and I think I finally get it - - I think.
  • A Deep-Rooted History: Holiday Barrel Tasting Weekend

    4 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    It's been asked if I will be around this weekend and the answer is, "Yes!" However, I won't be around to taste and take notes, but I will be around to sign books, Wines of Walla Walla Valley: A Deep-Rooted History. The good news is that you can find me at various wineries signing my new book, giving you an opportunity to taste the wines of where I will be located - - and yes, the book will be for sale at the following. First stop: Tero Estates and Flying Trout Wines tomorrow, Friday from 3-5 pm. Owner/partner of Tero Estates, Jan Roskelley will also be on hand to sign her…
  • It's finally here. What took you so long? Wines of the Walla Walla Valley: A Deep Rooted History

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It had been in my brain since I was about seven years old,  I was going to write a history book about Walla Walla. Growing up, next door to our house was a wheat field and nearby the field was a road sign that said, "Welcome to Walla Walla. Cradle of Northwest History." I would often stand in front of the sign and stare at it. One summer when I was in 4th grade,  my aunt (a 4th grade teacher) left her classroom library at our house for me to spend the summer reading through many of the children's classics. When the other kids were out swimming, I stayed in my room and read. I…
  • Clever Marketing or Old World Tradition: Beaujolais Nouveau

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! The New Beaujolais has arrived!If you are a knowledgeable wine retailer, you know it's rather festive to bring a case or two of Beaujolais Nouveau in for many reasons: to educate some wine newbies and to assist those wine lovers who keep this tradition. Also, if you are a wine retailer it is best to calculate how much you are going to sell because it's my opinion the goal should be that you blow this new wine out of your shop before Christmas Eve. By the first of December, Beaujolais Nouveau is like Thanksgiving house guests who are…
  • It's Fall Release Weekend: No Fallout on Etiquette

    6 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Yeah-yeah-yeah, it's been awhile since I have lectured y'all on tasting room etiquette, but in my couple of years of being away from my wine blog, but still behind the wine counter, a few of you have gotten a bit rusty on your tasting room etiquette.  I would like to say, "You know who you are ...," but you obviously don't know who you are or you still wouldn't be such a .... never mind. Now, if this is the first time for you to visit our area, welcome. We hope you enjoy your visit, but might I recommend that you first read up on the wineries and what to expect? Last summer we had…
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    Wannabe Wino Wine Blog

  • Sparkle This Way….

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

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

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. When I want something interesting and unique to taste from my basement, it’s easy to turn to a wine from Bonny Doon. Randall Graham’s wines are nothing if not unique.  The 2011 Reserve Le Cigare Blanc is no exception. It’s a blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussane, heavier on the Grenache Blanc. The wine has a screw cap, retails for $28, and clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) Don’t get it too cold or you will mute the nose and palate and miss out on how interesting it is.
  • 24 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am

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

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

  • Voyager Cabernet Merlot 2001

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Not far from the Margaret river town site and south and along Caves Road, there's an extra ordinary cluster of Karri trees reaching for the sky. Tall, pale and straight, it's breathtakingly beautiful. There's a peaceful serenity and cathedral like silence, the cars infrequent as they are are muffled and insignificant. The wine too comes from the same place, I've written about it before. It's the first red I can remember purchasing that was sealed with stelvin. It seems to have become flabby and soft. . . the nose is ripe and rich, there's a suggestion of cabbage and DMS, though much later…
  • Beetroot risotto

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Add 3 medium beets, peeled and cubed (giving about 350-400 grams of the root) to a large pot with one litre of vegetable stock. Bring this to the boil, so the beets can cook and the stock can colour. After about 15-20 minutes, remove the beetroot and process two thirds so you have a rough puree, keep the other third as it is. Measure out 250 grams of risotto, dice a large onion and chop 3 cloves of garlic and harvest your herbs (thyme, parsley) and flowers (viola) from the garden. In another pan add a splash of olive oil and toss in the onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes, stir in…
  • Wittman 100 Hügel Trocken Riesling 2013

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    For thirty dollars this is particularly sharp. Pear and mustard fruit, slate, blossom and zest. The nose is  quite intricate and expressive. Cold, stony and stern in the mouth, a pulse of electricity and a sharp edge of slate. The attack is notable and terrific, full of impact, like a cold sabre. Once again the back end is slightly sweet, but there is more balance and tension, making this the more complete and enjoyable of the pair. A+. Rheinhessen. 12%. Screwcap. Approx $A30.Image: Earlier in the year, the padlock weary Pont des Arts. Click…
  • Threecoins

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    on Third avenue in Mount Lawley. I remember the space well, it was once home to the locally popular Third avenue cafe, which also served pizzas from the wood fired oven and hearty but never changing meat dishes, but it was never this busy.There are more tables in the room, red and white checks topped with paper. It still feels suburban and of course this is part of the appeal. The service is friendly and obliging, genuinely sorry for delays; the plating is always generous, but occasionally inconsistent; BYO, but the glasses too small for vigorous swirling and larger noses. The menu, a…
  • Dinner

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    A lazy weekend in the lead up to Christmas, I wanted something vaguely Mexican and free of red meat for dinner but with minimal spice.First the tortillas. 400 grams of plain flour, 110g of vegetable shortening (less fat and more stability at heat), 1pinch of salt flakes, 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Process till granular. Add 1 cup of cold water and process (5-10 seconds) until a smooth dough has formed. Tip out and shape into a log, and divide into 8 smaller pieces. Shape each fragment into a disc and dust each side with more flour and then roll into thin tortilla - about 16cm diametre. Fry…
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    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    A vibrant name that encourages 'living' to the fullest. Keywords:  living, vibrant, bright, cheerful, encouraging, motivational, energetic, alive, happy, positive

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
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    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
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    17 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • What New World Sommeliers Need to Know About Old World Italian Wine

    Alfonso Cevola
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    This came up last week over a bottle of Nebbiolo. I was in discussion with industry folk and the Old World/New World subject came up. With a recent surge of young people into the world of wine and with many of them advancing up the ranks of the business, especially on the floors of restaurants, someone asked me what I thought were the key markers for the new crop and asked for suggestions that they might implement for a happy, healthy and meaningful career in the wine business, especially in the Italian wine list-making department.This first thing I needed to do was to plot the people and…
  • Wine After Death

    Alfonso Cevola
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Bibere umanum est, ergo bibamusHe knew her early on. Every year or so they’d meet, usually around a dinner table, sometimes with friends or family. He met her when they were both young and fell for her right then and there. He never considered that she would have others elsewhere who felt the same as he. Poor old Mario, she always made him feel like he was the only one. That’s what you think when you are full of the imperviousness of youth. Like a new wine; bracing, often rough around the edges, but so full and ready to jump in. Over the years, when Mario would visit her in her small,…
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Fruit-Bomb

    Alfonso Cevola
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    Last month I was communicating half-way across earth to New Zealand with my editor at Wine Searcher. We were going over ideas for a feature. Kicking around a few thoughts on Amarone, she casually suggested that it would be better if to write about something that I liked. I don’t know what it was in my emails that she caught on to, but it must have seemed like “Big Red” wasn’t my favorite Italian wine. I reassured her that I could write about Amarone like I enjoyed it. And then I went to work trying to figure out if I liked Amarone or not. What’s the Big Deal About Amarone was…
  • Our Selfies, Our Wines

    Alfonso Cevola
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Can a wine cellar full of 90+ point wines make your life more meaningful? Will a 30+ year vertical tasting of an iconic wine make you happier? Could any wine make one’s life better? If you believe what you read and see on the eno-blogosphere, you might think that your life isn’t complete if you haven’t had these singular experiences. A client has a client who wants to fill up his cellar with 90 point and above wines. That isn’t too difficult these days, as professional wine critics are awarding 90+ point reviews faster than Santa Claus handing out peppermint sticks at the mall. I have…
  • The Last Parmigiana

    Alfonso Cevola
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Looking out my back window, I see all the plants that were alive last week are now dead or dying. Winter has arrived. Before the brutal but inevitable onslaught arrived, I gathered all the last of the eggplants that were hanging. Some were ready, some were not. They were all harvested; gathered for one last Parmigiana of the season.Earlier last week I spent evenings after work trying to gather what little of the Hoja Santa I could that wasn’t marred by the hail storm. Agonizing work, trying to find the unblemished ones and feeling bad for the others that had been damaged. It was difficult…
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    Write for Wine - Its Wine OClock Somewhere!

  • Our List of Top 50 Washington Wineries

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

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

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    You might have seen the phrase “What’s in Your Glass Lately” on your social network channels. We decided to answer with some excellent wines that we’ve enjoyed over the past six months. In no particular order: Caymus 40th Anniversary 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Molly Dooker 2012 Velvet Glove Laura Ashton Cellars 2009 Cuvee Mirabelle Double Canyon 2012 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards 2011 Block 6 Shiraz Alexandria Nicole Cellars Quarry Butte (any vintage is our go-to Seahawks Winning Wine) Avennia 2010 Sestina Barrage Cellars 2009…
  • Taste of Tulalip 2014

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Taste of Tulalip is always one of the best wine and food events in the Seattle area, and this year was no exception. The sixth annual Taste of Tulalip was an explosion of flavours for every palate. Kicking off the event Friday evening at Tulalip Resort was the Celebration Dinner, an incredible six-course meal paired with excellent wines. While the entire dinner was beyond magnificent, our ultimate favorites were: Creamy Jerusalem Artichoke soup, pumpkin seed pesto, creme fruit and crispy leek straws (Chef Brent Clarkson), paired with d’s Wicked Hard Cider “Baked Apple,”…
  • Good Value Reds for the Holidays

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    If you’re looking for good value red wines for the holidays — for your dinner table or for a hostess gift — look no further. Here are four that we recently tasted and recommend: one from Washington state and three from Livermore Valley, located just east of San Francisco. Murrieta’s Well The Spur, 2011 Livermore Valley ($25) This unique red blend not only drinks well but also has a great label that is a perfect hostess gift. This Livermore Valley wine blends 31% Petite Sirah, 29% Petit Verdot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc, and pairs well with…
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    The Wine Cask Blog

  • LeCole #41 Chenin Blanc wine review by (PB)

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

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

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Tasting notes:Black cherry, dark chocolate, and aromatic oak on the noseFull bodied on the palateCedar, eucalyptus, and raspberry layers on the finishSummary:This Merlot from the Columbia Valley in Washington shows interesting layers on the nose and finish, bordering on exotic. There's density and richness along with good texture. Expect to pay around $15 or so, and raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Badia Coltibuono RS Chianti Classico 2011 Wine Review (NW)

    6 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Tasting notes:Elegant beam of sweet cherry and red berry with fragrant herbs on the noseMedium bodiedon the palateSilky texture on the finish, good length, with cherry, soft woody notes, and spiceSummary:This is a nice wine. What really drives it is the perfumed nose of cherry and berry notes that are elegant and distinctive of well made Sangiovese. It's an excellent value at $15 for an expressive Chianti Classico that drinks well now but can probably also cellar for a few years. Make some home made Bolognese and raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution…
  • Petite Petit 2012 wine review by (PB)

    1 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Deeply pigmented blackberry hue with aromas of jammy earthy blackberry with a hint of blueberry with the slightest suggestion of mocha and nice spice.Full fruit bomb presence with big plump berry flavor with a finish of clear milk chocolate. Lingering finish that reminds you of fresh blackberries bursting in your mouth.This wine from the Michael David Winery with the unique name is not a typo; it is comprised of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot (both spelled properly) with Lodi fruit. My wife grabbed this because she was looking for a clown label and this was as close as she could come.
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • Wine The Green Revolution – Now Available Online

    Organic Wine Journal
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Wine The Green Revolution, a documentary on biodynamic winemaking, can now be viewed in its entirety online. The cost is $3.99 and can be watched here.
  • LA Times: Drought Revives Dry Farming

    Organic Wine Journal
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    From the LA Times: Drought revives ‘forgotten art’ at wineries: Farming without irrigation “It’s like a forgotten art,” said Frank Leeds, head of vineyard operations for Frog’s Leap Winery in Rutherford, a leading dry farm and organic wine producer in Napa Valley. “There’s very few guys that dry farm and less guys that actively dry farm. It’s easier, I’m sure, to turn on the tap.”
  • Harvest Report 2014 — Shinn Estate — Long Island, New York

    Organic Wine Journal
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    From Barbara Shinn: We began harvesting the whites on September 28th and harvested the last of the reds on November 5th. Harvest was an average of 7 days later than most vintages after a cool dry summer. Yields were higher than average in all varieties, so a longer hang time was necessary to gain full maturity. The last two days of harvest we picked Petit Verdot and a small lot co-ferment of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Throughout harvest the fruit was healthy and the natural yeast culture on berries was more developed than we have ever experienced. Our…
  • A Special Tribute To An Organic Vineyard Owner — Al Bechthold

    Organic Wine Journal
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Al Bechthold Bechthold Vineyards is the oldest continuously-farmed vineyard in Lodi, originally planted in 1886. It’s only 25 acres, but the grapes are highly prized by clients like Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon, Abe Schoener of Scholium Project and Turley Wine Cellars. Kevin Phillips of Michael-David Winery continues to farm this plot organically. Here’s his tribute to Al Bechthold, owner of the vineyard, who passed away earlier this year. The year started off on a sad note with the passing of Al Bechthold, the longtime co-owner (along with his wife Wanda Bechthold) and caretaker of this…
  • NYC – Isabelle Legeron Book Signing and Dinner – November 13

    Organic Wine Journal
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Isabelle Legeron is in NYC and will be signing copies go her new book, Natural Wine, at Chambers Street Wines. Afterwards, there will be a six-course dinner at Contra, paired with natural wines, for $180. For more info, go to Chambers Street Wines.
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  • Concha y Toro, Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Chardonnay – Exciting

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

    Tim Lemke
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    The Mosel region in Germany is the source of some of my favorite riesling.  Why? Because it tends to be vibrant and lively, complex and balanced. Some Mosel rieslings are dry and some are sweet, this one is on the drier side but it still has lots of life to the fruit.  Let’s get right to the notes on this one. The nose of this wine is delightful, with floral aromas providing the high notes and mineral providing the base low notes. The palate is also delightful, offering pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, green apple and mineral flavors. It’s got a lot of zing to it to, with…
  • Four Vines, Truant, Zinfandel – Bold!

    Tim Lemke
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Zinfandel is one of those wines that can be rather divisive. Some people love it and others hate it.  Those who love it are often fanatical about it.  They like wines that are bold and aggressive and wines with over-the-top fruit flavors and spices.  To them, zinfandel is not just a wine, it’s an attitude. Personally, I understand what some people love about zinfandel and sometimes I love it too.  Yet I’m not a total zin fanatic.  I tend to prefer wines that are a little more elegant than your typical zinfandel, although to be fair I have to say that zinfandel can be elegant…
  • Tavel – A Rosé to Revere

    Tim Lemke
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    If you’ve ever been to southern France, you know that rosé wines are the thing to drink there.  Some of them are good, some of them are great, but the ones I most want to drink are Tavel. Located on the right bank of the Rhone River, Tavel has just over 900 hectares of vines planted solely for the production of rosé.  It’s a region with a long history, including the designation of the AOC status in 1936 when the system was first introduced.  Tavel was one of only a few appellations to receive AOC status at that time.  The wine of the region is also often credited as being…
  • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva – Very Nice!

    Tim Lemke
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    It has been a few weeks since I’ve posted any updates here, but for good reason — I’ve been traveling to visit wine producers in France and Switzerland.  I’ll be writing up details on those producers in the coming weeks, but I wanted to get a quick new review up while I work on those longer pieces. So today I have a review from one my favorite wine regions, Chianti Classico.  (For those who are keeping track, yes I do have a lot of “favorite” wine regions.  Is that a bad thing?) I visited Chianti Classico a few years ago on a press trip and I still recall it…
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • "From vintage to vintage, Samion gets better and this 2012 possess a great precision in its aromatic profile as well as its structure, and its silky texture says the rest." - Revue de Vin de France

    Lyle Fass
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Jean-Claude Berrouet was the winemaker at Château Petrus for over 40 years.  He also worked at Dominus.  The word "legend," while accurate, is too quotidien to do him justice.  He is certainly one of the most important winemakers of this century.  His style focuses on allowing terroir to express itself and he creates wines of supreme balance.  I have no idea why these wines are so inexpensive - if I had to guess I would say that Berrouet is sufficiently comfortable that he does not need to market them to drive up the price.  In any case, these are certainly the…
  • The Entry Level Wine That Tastes Like a 1er Cru or Grand Cru - Stunning Complexity, Depth, Density and Richness

    Lyle Fass
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Every great winemaker has a moment when he truly arrives on the scene and reaches the level of the elite.  Often, it's with a wine from a more humble appellation (and in a very good year).  Herve Murat has always been a rising star (especially in France) - with the 2012 Les Herbues - he's firmly entrenched in the skies over Burgundy. Don't get me wrong - the 2010 and 2011 Herbues were very good and insane values.  Really delicious with nice complexity.  But the 2012.  I can't believe it's Hautes Cotes de Nuits (HCDN).  (HCDN is the level above entry level Cru…
  • Two Affordable Beaujolais from Guignier - Delicious Dark Fruited Brouilly and Morgon Built to Age

    Lyle Fass
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    A Unique "Burgundian" Beaujolais Built to Age Plus a Simply Delicious Brouilly That's Ready to Drink Michel Guignier is a winery I love and drink almost more than any other red winery inmy book. The wines are just delicious. It is carbonically made Gamay in the vin natural style with oodles and oodles of personality. Man, do they crunch. It's just a berry crunch like you won't believe. There is lovely earthiness, minerality and amazingly fresh fruit. Simply put these wines are a joy to drink and deserve more recognition. They are a bit unique in my portfolio in that these wines don't…
  • What Kind of Wine Snob Are You?

    Lyle Fass
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    My mother, may she rest in peace, taught me many lessons, many I have forgotten but one that I did not, was that being a snob is a good thing. It means you know what you like and can discern differences between things to assess quality and preference. The term wine snob can be thrown around but in this golden age of wine that we live in, what does it really mean? Sorry to go all Buzzfeed on you but I present the 6 types of wine snobs.1) Points Snob - perhaps the oldest and most hated of all wine snobs. They have no faith in their palate and don't trust themselves enough to make a personal…
  • A Useful Vintage - Ready to Drink, Not Flashy Affordable Côte-Rôtie; Plus an Incredible, Affordable Condrieu

    Lyle Fass
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    When you talk about the Northern Rhone, there are two people whose opinions really matter.  One is the famous English critic John Livingstone Learmouth and the other is "the Greek," Georges Lelektsoglou, who runs the most important wine store in the Northern Rhone (every winemaker you meet tells you to go there).  Both are fans of Christophe Billon, Lelektsoglou so much that he has Billon make several cuvees for him that he brands with his store's name. The first wine is the 2011 Christophe Billon Côte-Rotie "Les Elotins" for $42.99 on the 4-pack.  2011 is what the…
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    HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog

  • Rothschild & Montefiore At Carmel

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

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

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

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Check out this clip on Roni Saslove, winemaker and manager of The Tasting Room, one of the newest wineries that opened up in Tel Aviv’s renovated Sarona complex. A great place to visit in a beautiful setting, only a few steps from Tel Aviv’s Azrieli Center and business district. The Tasting Room is probably the best wine shop in Israel to get a wine tasting. In addition, I’ve had the pleasure to meet Roni a few times and she is truly one of Israel’s top wine professionals.
  • 16th Annual Judean Hills Wine Festival, Thursday October 23rd, 2014

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

  • Last Month to Renew Labels in South Dakota

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

    Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    As ShipCompliant reported earlier this week, the new Direct Wine Shipper License application and advisory were released over this past weekend. The new permit law replaces the existing unworkable direct shipping law in its entirety. See the previous post to read more about how the new laws, in effect starting January 1, 2015, apply to wineries. It is expected to take approximately four weeks for applications to be approved. Wineries may NOT engage in any “sales activities” prior to January 1, 2015. (or their license is approved.) Both the Direct Wine Shipper License application…
  • New Direct Wine Shipper License Applications Now Available for Massachusetts

    Sarah Fine - ShipCompliant Research Team
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    As we discussed in a previous post, Massachusetts opening to direct shipping is probably the biggest change that we have seen in direct wine shipping since the Granholm Supreme Court decision of 2005. Over the weekend, the Massachusetts ABCC updated their website with a brief advisory on the new direct shipping law that summarizes the law and provides instructions on how to complete the permit process, and how to comply with the reporting requirements. Click here to download the Massachusetts direct shipping application (if you are having trouble downloading the application from the…
  • Wine Labels – It’s a Family Thing

    Zoe Wedel, Account Manager and Business Analyst at ShipCompliant
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In addition to being a foundational element of society, “Family” also turns out to be an iconic marketing theme. This is perhaps no more so than in the wine industry where the “family winery” or “family estate” seems so omnipresent among wine brands.  In fact, a quick Google search for “family winery” yields 1.7M results — Clif Family, Benziger Family, Mayo Family… We decided to look at this theme using LabelVision, ShipCompliant’s online tool that allows searches and monitoring of label approvals going back to 1995. Since 1995, 5.8% of all wine labels approved have…
  • Massachusetts, Key Legislative Updates Highlighted at 9th Annual Wine Compliance Virtual Seminar

    Elizabeth Hansen - ShipCompliant Program Manager
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    –For Immediate Release– Virtual seminar addresses wine shipping rule changes and new reporting innovations for wineries. Boulder, Colo. — On Tuesday, November 11, ShipCompliant, the leading compliance provider for wine, spirits and beer producers, will hold its 9th annual Direct Shipping Virtual Seminar for wineries. Attendees will learn about recent legislative and regulatory changes affecting wine shipping as well as the newest innovations to help wineries streamline reporting. This year’s seminar also includes best practices for end of year reporting. The online seminar is…
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  • Sábados de videos n°21: hoy, aterrizajes en el aeropuerto Ezeiza

    Edgardo Gimenez Mazó
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    Bienvenidos a la edición número 21 de Sábados de Videos, la muy original sección de en la cual todos los sábados publico una serie de videos relacionados con un tema aeronáutico específico. El día de hoy vamos a ser locales, luego de tantas ediciones recorriendo el mundo. Vamos a ver aterrizajes en el aeropuerto […]
  • Aerolíneas Argentinas incorporará cartillas de seguridad en sistema braille

    Edgardo Gimenez Mazó
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Esa será una de las medidas que se llevarán a cabo tras el convenio de cooperación institucional que firmó la empresa con la Comisión Nacional Asesora para la Integración de las Personas con Discapacidad (CONADIS), con el objetivo de garantizar la inclusión y accesibilidad de personas con discapacidad en la utilización de los servicios de […]
  • Tráfico de pasajeros a nivel mundial creció 5,7% en octubre

    Edgardo Gimenez Mazó
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    IATA difundió ayer las cifras de tráfico de pasajeros del mes de octubre, las cuales siguen demostrando un fortalecimiento de la demanda tanto intermensual como interanual. A nivel global, los pasajeros por kilómetro transportados (RPK por sus siglas en inglés) crecieron 5,7% respecto a octubre de 2013, una cifra ligeramente superior al crecimiento interanual del […]
  • Se aprobaron obras por $120 millones para el aeropuerto Chapelco

    Edgardo Gimenez Mazó
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    El Directorio del Organismo Regulador del Sistema Nacional de Aeropuertos (ORSNA) aprobó el Pliego de Bases y Condiciones para el llamado a licitación de las obras en el Aeropuerto “Aviador Carlos Campos”, de la ciudad de San Martín de los Andes, provincia del Neuquén (más conocido como Chapelco). La inversión estimada es de 120 millones […]
  • [Fotogalería] El aeropuerto de Neuquén recibió una nueva autobomba

    Edgardo Gimenez Mazó
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    El pasado 9 de noviembre el Aeropuerto Internacional “Presidente Perón” de la ciudad de Neuquén recibió una nueva autobomba para reforzar el Servicio de Salvamento y Extinción de Incendios. La moderna autobomba OshKosh New Stricker 3000 6×6 posee una capacidad de 11.300 litros, mas un adicional de 1.500 litros de espuma que puede arrojar mediante […]
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    Sommelier India - India's only wine magazine

  • Sommelier India tastes India's finest

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    Dec 2014:The SI Tasting Panel reconvened last month to taste a selection of India's finest wines. Indian wines have improved noticeably and are garnering awards around the world. Given below are the new releases, arranged by producer & wine style. Experiment freely. These wines are among the best examples of Indian wine.
  • In Conversation with Sommelier Erin Ryan White

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    Erin Ryan White (pictured, left) is the sommelier at August, the contemporary French restaurant owned by award-winning chef, John Besh in New Orleans. With 33 years of far-reaching experience, White brings her highly approachable and informed style to pairing wines from a cellar that has put August on the list of "America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants" by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Kaveri Ponnapa spoke to White in a freewheeling interview on behalf of Sommelier India.
  • A professional course in wine management

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:53 am
    If you are looking to make a career in wine, it's a good idea to undertake a serious course of study in all aspects of wine management. Read on for an MSc in wine management offered by the School of Wine and Spirits Business, Gropue ESC Dijon -Bourgogne, France
  • A great success! The Nagpur Wine & Food Festival '14

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:20 am
    The 2nd Nagpur Wine and Food Festival drew more wine lovers than the year before, the festival's chief promoter Sharad Phadnis noted with understandable pride. That the two-day event, which concluded on November 23rd was a great success, was amply clear by the simple fact that almost all the wineries had exhausted their stock by 10 pm.
  • Champagne Rendezvous at the ITC Grand Chola

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    December 2014 - Napoleon would have approved of the special Champagne evening at the ITC Grand Chola last month where Chennai's wine and champagne aficionados were introduced to the art of sabrage. Almost all the legends of 'sabering' a bottle of champagne - slicing the neck of the bottle with a sabre leaving the bottle intact, can be traced back to Napoleon's reign, writes Ashwin Rajagopalan.
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • Deal Alert: 10% (or more?) Whole Foods Gift Card Promo

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    My Massachusetts-based Whole Foods Market has returned with a terrific promotion they ran last year:Purchase $500 or more in Whole Foods Market Gift Cards and get 10% back in a gift card for yourself.When I first saw this last year I thought for sure there was a catch. Like, for example, the additional 10% bonus gift card wasn't good until the next day. Or the 10% gift card expired in a few weeks (the way so many bonus restaurant gift cards this time of year do).But there was no catch. I walked up to the customer service desk, bought a $500 gift card and I received $550 worth of gift cards.In…
  • 2012 Sea Smoke Southing for $55.99

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Illinois-based wine retailer Grand Cru Wine Merchants is offering the hard-to-find-at-retail Sea Smoke Southing for $55.99. The Wine-Searcher average for this wine is $87.Long-time readers may recall that the 2004 Sea Smoke Southing was my wine of the year in 2009.Only 30 bottles are available and the deal ends today (December 1st, 2014).They've also got the 94-point (RP) 2012 Castano Solenara for just $10.99.Definitely a great value and one of the best wineries to visit near Jumilla, Spain.Another zinger: 2008 Robert Foley Claret for $69.99Most listings on Wine-Searcher for this are…
  • Sette Ponti Oreno for $39.99 w/Free Shipping on 12+

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    New Jersey retailer Wine Library is offering the 2011 Sette Ponti Oreno for the amazingly low price of $39.99. They're also offering free shipping on 12 bottles.Oreno is the Sette Ponti's flagship label. According to Wine Spectator, the 2011 carries a $107 release price. New York and New Jersey retailers in particular seem to regularly offer this wine in the $50-$60 range. But this is the lowest price I've ever seen it.I first tasted Oreno at a Wine Spectator Grand Tour event in Boston.I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Sette Ponti this summer.Like all out of state retailers they can't ship to…
  • Deal Alert: 5% off Gift Cards at Table & Vine

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    West Springfield, MA retailer Table & Vine is back with an offer they run each year around this time: 5% off Gift Cards with code GIFTCARD5% may not seem like a ton (and in reality it isn't enough to go out of your way for). But here's why I might consider this and how I'd maximize its value...First, the gift cards don't expire now so you can order them now (for yourself of course!) then use them later when you see they have a deal on a wine you're looking for.Second, since they're gift cards you can stack the 5% with other savings like 10% off a straight case. Table & Vine's…
  • 25% Off and Free Shipping from Dion's with code GIVETHANKS [MA Only]

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    Waltham, MA based Dion's (formerly D&L Liquors evidently) is offering 25% off mixed 12 bottle cases with code GIVETHANKS. Offer expires 12/4/2014.They also offer free shipping to MA addresses on $100+ orders. With no tax on wine in MA these offers can be stacked for some compelling deals."Net" items are excluded but do count towards the 12 bottle minimum.Of  note:2012 Alto Moncayo $49.99 before discount (drops to $37.49 fully loaded)2012 Elk Cove Mount Richmond Pinot Noir $54.99 (drops to $41.24, 94WS)2012 El Nido Clio $49.99 (drops to $37.49, but it's cheaper here)They've also got a…
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  • 2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico RiservaThe 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva delivers toasted notes of spice and smoke that need more time to integrate. There’s a point of ripe fruit (strawberry, mostly) that peeks above those lavish oak tones. The 2010 version of this wine shows better balance, while 2011 is characterized by the hotter growing season. The wines made at Castello di Monsanto are some of the most consistent in the entire Chianti Classico appellation. Year in and year out, they offer an impeccably clean perspective that is always characterized by varietal and vintage.
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  • How to Enjoy Your Wine Tasting Holiday (and Still Bring Your Children!)

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Recently, a few friends and I decided that we would go to one of the world’s foremost capitals for/of wine, so that we could have a bit of a holiday and go wine tasting all at once. Of course to some of us (that includes me!), the prospect of being able to take home a few bottles of wine after the trip was almost enough to make us want to bring the biggest suitcases we could muster. But alas, we can only bring home so much at the end of the day. So we all decided that we would pack all our bags and go. And we were all ready to book our tickets and hotels when suddenly, a friend of ours had…
  • Creative Ways To Cater With Wine

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:29 pm
    It’s almost December and Christmas season is just around the corner. Christmas celebrations are simply better with wine, and can be paired with just about any grand feast. Now, during this time of year, I typically help with my mother’s catering business. She is always extremely busy during the holiday season because of all of the families and offices that are booking for Christmas parties. One of the things that she always asks me is to handle the wine serving to her clients. Click the image above to view our wine club recommendation. She has a lot of contact at a commercial…
  • Places Where You Probably Shouldn’t Drink Wine

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    I know that I always make it look as if drinking wine is perfectly acceptable no matter where you are, but for the sake of putting out a disclaimer, I am going out on a limb here to mention which places are inappropriate for you to drink wine or any other kind of alcohol. Most of these are pretty straight forward and simple common sense. However, I still sometimes see people drinking in inappropriate places once in a while, and I usually will have to berate them. One such experience that I had was when a friend and I were taking a look at some of the free park gym equipment that just came in.
  • Considering Becoming a Wine Collector/Connoisseur? Don’t Miss Reading This

    1 Nov 2014 | 11:56 pm
    If you have recently started to become more and more interested in wine and want to be able to keep a few bottles around… okay, who are we kidding. When it comes to wine a few bottles is never enough—I mean I thought I’d be good with my small collection of a few bottles but I ended up having a whole damn wine cellar full of it. And why not? If it’s what I truly enjoy, right? Anyway I got a bit off track over there. My bad… I actually even contemplated getting up and going to the wine cellar to look at my collection. But I resisted. I got a blog post to finish after all… so let’s…
  • Wine and Public Speaking Go Together Quite Well

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    When it comes to public speaking… I’m really not an expert. I’m not a fan of it…which is why I always say I love having a wine of glass before I get up and go in front of people. There’s nothing wrong with that—the wine helps alleviate the nervousness and of course helps my speaking a bit by keeping me less tongue tied. Sometimes the wine even prevents it altogether. The problem with wine before speaking in public is…well…it doesn’t necessarily improve my public speaking skills.   Take a look at this video about the Wines of Central Italy:   To improve myself on…
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • December 2014 Virginia Wine Chat – Trump Winery

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

    George Perry
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s that time of year again, the time when you’re scrambling to think about what to get that person in your life, be it a mother, father, husband, wife, or co-worker, and you realize you don’t know what to get them, but that you know they’re always open for something related to wine. So, with that in mind, here’s my recommendations on a variety of items that the wine-lover in your life would be more than happy to find under the tree or in a stocking.  Stocking Stuffers Ok, these items don’t have to go in a stocking, but they can, for the most part, get…
  • 2012 Juxtapoz

    George Perry
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    Varietal:  55% Syrah; 23% Zinfandel; 9% Petite Sirah; 6% Malbec; 4% Cabernet Sauvignon; 3% Other Region:  North Coast, California – USA Cost:  $25 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Aromas of blueberry pie, caramel, and mocha, with flavors of ripe blueberry, juicy plum, and dark chocolate. Full bodied with mouth-filling tannins and good mid-palate weight. Soft, round, long, and full on the finish. My Review:  I was impressed when this wine showed up – it was housed in an impressive package that included tasting notes, a kaleidascope, and, of course, the wine. But…
  • 2009 Clos de la Tech Pinot Noir

    George Perry
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Pinot Noir Region:  Santa Cruz, California – USA Cost:  $42 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  The Estate bottling from Domain Lois Louise is always our most accessible and imminently drinkable wine upon release. It is rich and full bodied with intense fruit (black cherry, plum, cranberry, and blueberry jam), moderate oakiness, and a long finish. The wine has an “Old World” balance between acidity and tannin. My Review: Being a sucker for Pinot Noir, I’m always happy to get to try new ones. It’s even nicer when you get to try a wine…
  • Upcycled Wine Cork Trivets – How To

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    So you drink a lot of wine? Well if you’re like me that means you’ve got a lot of wine corks hanging around. So what is one to do with all those corks? Sure they sell all sorts of cute containers and display pieces for storing corks, but what happens when those overflow or get plain old boring? Well if you’re like me that means it’s craft time! A few years back inspired by my own excessive wine cork collection, and those of friends and family willing to share with me, I decided to start an Etsy shop called the Good Wine Artist (a take off of the name of this blog…
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • Celebrate with Franciacorta!

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:36 pm
    During the holidays, more often than not, we celebrate with something sparkling.  For some it might be the old classic Champagne; others, California Sparkling.  But have you tried Franciacorta? Franciacorta, the DOCG region in Lombardy, Italy, is known for it’s excellent sparkling wines made in the traditionally method – meaning, the secondary fermentation occurs int bottle and not by, shall we say, the soda stream for wine or a bulk method.  Lombardy is perfect for sparkling wine, where the Alps meet the Lago d’Iseo, moderating temperatures and making the traditional…
  • Quinticentually Quintessa

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Earlier this year, before I embarked on a somewhat fool-hearty mission of getting my CSW credential, I visited the Napa Valley estate of Quintessa.  Tucked away, hidden from the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, the unique gravity flow moistly underground winery pokes out from the hillside.  When the Huneeus family took ownership of the land in 1990, the land was wild and pristine – and had never been used, or abused by other vines or crops.  Having never been planted to vine, the land had none of the after effects of the post-phylloxera recovery efforts, and mandatory replanting that…
  • Seven Stills for 7 Cocktails: Don’t be bitter!

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    A few years ago, at my first Craft Cocktail Carnival here in San Francisco, I was fortunate enough to meet Tim Obert and Clint Potter of Seven Stills Vodka.  Masters of the craft cocktail movement, I was fortunately enough to taste through some of the unique creations that Tim had lurking in his cabinets.  One of those creations was the recently released Meyer Lemon Bitters, a zippy little number just waiting for a cocktail to show it’s beauty.    Now, that first bitter moment has given rise to the new line of bitters.  To fund this project, they have turned to both a new…
  • Uncommonly good gifts from Uncommon Goods

    9 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
      It’s that time of year again – when people scramble to find just the right gift for their wine friends.  I like to find unique items that you won’t always find at the big box stores, and my friends at Uncommon Goods came up with some terrific ideas to fit the bill. Uncommon Goods was founded in 1999, and features unique gifts and handcrafted items that are particularly kind to the environment, people, and animals.  While they are not local to me, I step outside of my “shop local” zone for the holidays because Uncommon Goods is, quite frankly, pretty…
  • Hello stranger!

    9 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    I’m here, hanging on, muddling through what is theoretically Fall.  Given that it’s in the high 70s/low 80s, it’s tough to stay inside and stare and the computer, but I’m trying. You might be wondering why I’ve been so silent recently:  well I’ll tell you.  Earlier this year, I took the California Wine Appelation Specialilst (CWAS) class offered by San Francisco Wine School  The three day intensive class was probably the highlight of my year, and I earned y credential with flying colors.  I still kick myself for missing 3 questions on the 100 point…
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  • The peril of becoming "An Industry of Cool"

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

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

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

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

    29 Aug 2013 | 5:33 am
    I've got to assume if you are reading a wine sales blog, you are aware of the phenomenon of OND. It's a topic I've already discussed here. For the uninitiated. OND is October-December, and historical conventional wisdom suggests that nearly 1/2 your sales for the year is this time period. The thing is, that's just not the case anymore. I spend a lot of time staring at spreadsheets. I sell the wines of many different wineries in many different markets through many different distributors, and the truth is, OND is about 1/3 of the year's sales. What is so remarkable about it though, is…
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  • 2014 Vintage Report from Nevada County, California: Sierra Starr Vineyards

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Anne Starr pours Sierra Starr'swines in their Grass Valleydowntown tasting roomJackson Starr of Sierra Starr Vineyards, Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker, sends along this very informative 2014 Vintage Report. Sierra Starr Vineyards is located in Grass Valley, CA, and is part of the growing number of quality vineyards in Nevada County, CA. You can learn more about them on their website (click here) SPRING2014 was an exciting and extremely busy vintage here at Sierra Starr Vineyards. The vintage began nicely with warm and dry conditions in month of April. Although we certainly would…
  • Sauvigon Blanc from Around the World

    29 Jun 2014 | 9:23 pm
    It’s not like we really need a special day to enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, but the wine industry designated one recently.   And so we gathered an interesting selection of Sauvignon Blanc from various wine regions of the world, and proceeded to taste them.  I started with a Sancerre,  which has long been my favorite white wine with fish.  It pairs so magnificently with New England lobster that I can’t imagine going to Boston and having lobster there without a bottle of Sancerre at the table.  The Sancerre I chose is the Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre 2013, produced…
  • Garagiste Wineries - Featuring Dubost Ranch of Paso Robles

    29 Jun 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Kate Dubost in the Tasting RoomWhat is a garagiste winery?  The term often refers to folks who make wines in their garages, as they begin winemaking.  There is also a growing movement in California, primarily based in the Paso Robles area, of garagiste wineries.  The website says this:  “GARAGISTES – (gar-uh-zhē-stuh) n, Fr. – A term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow the “rules.” Now a full-fledged movement responsible for…
  • Wine Country Wedding

    29 Jun 2014 | 8:57 pm
    June is a wedding time of year, and the younger generation of 20-and-30-somethings plans many of their weddings at wineries.  Apart from the main event, winery weddings provide an aspect that everyone enjoys: wine tastings and drinking.My first experience of a wine country wedding was a few weeks ago when the Canadian side of my family decided that all available Taylors should come to my second cousin Kevin’s wedding at the Vintage Inn in Yountville.  It was great fun!  And, at 6 p.m. in mid-June, there was still plenty of sunshine.  I’d never heard of One Hope Wines,…
  • Laetitia Wines are Not Only Good, but Well-Promoted

    29 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Laetitia Vineyard and Winery shares their love for their Santa Barbara terroir and provides some excellent pairing notes and recipes.  I am aware oft his because every once in a while, I receive a press release that is so good that it's worthwhile passing on in toto to my blog readers.  This is the case with the information provided by Parker Sanpei and Associates about their client Laetitia wines. "Second-generation winery owner, Nadia Zilkha, has walked a diverse path through everything from the world of finance to film production and medical innovation. Through it all, she…
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Pinot Noir from Chile, Australia, California & New Zealand

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

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    A big name in mouth-watering form… Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand (~£20 widely available) Sprightly wine, classic Spring flavours – cut grass, taut citrus tang, a touch of herbs – then fleshier rhubarb and passionfruit notes break through, but there’s always this spine of zesty acidity plus a minerally river pebble edge […]
  • Champ Divin Pollux Côtes du Jura 2009, France

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    A wine that will divide opinions Champ Divin Pollux Côtes du Jura 2009, France (£17.20 Tanners) An assault on the senses, almost like a cross between plump Chardonnay and cider that has then been infused with lots of briny/yeasty character, along with nuances of herbs and fennel. Intriguing, certainly, but If I have a problem […]
  • Chardonnays from Jura, Spain & Chile

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    Three different Chardonnays, three different countries, three different styles… Champ Divin Côtes du Jura Chardonnay 2013, France (£15.60 Tanners) Sets precise citrus fruit against muskier pineapple and hazelnut flavours, and adds is flor-like élevage elements for good measure. Lovely fresh, complex style, shames many similarly-priced Burgundies. S Torres Gran Viña Sol 2012, Penedès, Spain (£11.49 Auriol […]
  • Brancott Estate Sauvignon Gris 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    Marlborough Sauvignon, but not as we know it… Brancott Estate Sauvignon Gris 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand (£10.49 Tesco, Asda, Ocado) Has some of the crisp lemon and lime character of Sauvignon Blanc, but instead of the ‘green’ flavours – cut grass, herbs etc – there’s muskier pear and peach notes. Think of a cross between […]
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  • Digital Wine Communications Conference: Celebrating the Golden Age of Wine

    Elisabetta Tosi
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    We keep saying that “content is king” on the web, but maybe that’s not totally accurate. Content is a baron, the real king is the consumer. The post Digital Wine Communications Conference: Celebrating the Golden Age of Wine appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Donnafugata and the New Western Sicily

    Mary Cressler
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’m not going to lie, before heading to western Sicily earlier this month I had my reservations. There seemed to be a prevailing opinion on the region reflected in comments like, “enjoy those volcano wines,” to “does Sicily even make quality wine yet?” to “you’ll just find lots of bulk there. But it’s sure pretty.”  […] The post Donnafugata and the New Western Sicily appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Grape Revival: A sip-and-save approach to Thanksgiving

    Michelle Locke
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    This year, I’m getting into the revivalist spirit, choosing wines that fell out of favor somewhere in the 20th century but are now being brought back thanks to a handful of dedicated producers. The post Grape Revival: A sip-and-save approach to Thanksgiving appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • Countdown to New Year’s Eve: Prosecco

    Becky Sue Epstein
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Sure, everybody loves Prosecco…now. But only a few years ago things were different. The post Countdown to New Year’s Eve: Prosecco appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
  • The 8 Wrong Ways To Drink, Serve And Enjoy Wine

    W. Blake Gray
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Is there a "right" way to drink wine? I'm not sure. But there are wrong ways. The post The 8 Wrong Ways To Drink, Serve And Enjoy Wine appeared first on PALATE PRESS.
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  • 3x More Sales – The Effect of an “Amazon Prime” Like Program in the Wine Industry

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    You've probably guessed by now that we love Halloween here at Vin65. You also know that we're passionate about you selling more wine. This time of year, your online sales are taking off while customers prepare for the holiday season. Don't make these mistakes on your winery website: 1. Not sending abandoned cart action emails Do you have abandoned cart action emails setup? You should. It's a no-brainer, like hiding trick-or-treat candy from your big brother. Reminding customers about items in their shopping cart via an automatic email drives them back to your site to complete…
  • 5 Tips For Your Website This Holiday Season

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    October, November, December (OND) is in full swing. Smart retailers are already starting to focus on holiday promotions for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the gift-giving season.  Have you ever had a Christmas where someone didn't bring wine over to your house to enjoy with dinner, or as a gift? I personally can't remember a Christmas where I didn't swing by the store to pick up a bottle.  For wineries, it's essential to start your marketing early. Target customers and pull them to your online wine store. Get your customers to stock up now, so those last minute…
  • Keep Posts Flowing With A Wine Blogging Calendar

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Did you know that blogging is a top way to boost your website’s ranking and drive sales with both current and potential customers? Search engines love fresh content and will reward updated sites with a higher ranking and increased visibility. According to Hubspot, a major inbound marketing platform, companies that blog have 55% more visitors and generate 88% more leads per month. Once a potential customer finds your site on a search engine results page and reads your keyword-targeted post, there is a greater chance they will opt-in or purchase than if your winery did not…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 9 of the Year's Best Red Wine Values

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

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When it comes to wine, the best plan for holiday entertaining is to buy it by the case. Wine stores typically offer a 10 percent discount—sometimes more—when you buy 12 bottles (some stores also allow you to mix and match, so you don&r...
  • 7 of New Zealand's Best Sauvignon Blancs

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    A recent trip to New Zealand gave me to opportunity to attend the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. More than 1,300 wines are entered each year, making it easily the biggest wine competition in New Zealand (and likely the longest-lived—it’s...
  • Sommeliers' Top Pizza Wines for the Night Before Thanksgiving

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Thanksgiving is racing towards us as fast as a ticked-off wild turkey (I should know: I’ve been attacked by one) which will mean innumerable blog posts about what wines go best with the classic roasted bird. But, what about the night be...
  • Spain's Greatest Cabernet

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    When people think of Spain's wines, they tend to think of crisp Albariños from Galicia, Tempranillo-driven reds from Rioja and Ribera del Duero, and powerful cuvees from the Priorat, where Grenache is the dominant grape. Cabernet Sauvignon,...
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    The Wine Making Guy

  • Anti-Recession Tips- Simple Ways For Home Makers To Not Feel Recession’s Wrath

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    Anti-Recession Tips- Simple Ways For Home Makers To Not Feel Recession’s Wrath Recession, for the uninitiated, is the decline of the economy. It is a widespread decline in the Gross Domestic Product, employment, and trade, which lasts from 6 months to one year. One of its usual effects is running out of funds because of the high prices of commodity and the increase in unemployment rate. So, if you are running a household, how do you make sure the impact of recession will not be too much to bear for your family? Here are some anti-recession tips that you can find useful during these hard…
  • Italian Wine and your Italy vacation

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    During your Italy vacation you will find that wine is very important to the country. It has some of the oldest vineyards in the world and some of the best wines are produced here. About 20% of wine in the world is produced in Italy. While you are on your Italy vacation you will find that wine is drunk with every meal and sometimes in-between meals. It will be offered to you almost everywhere you go because grapes are grown all over Italy and wine is made by everyone from the villagers to the large commercial wineries. It is said that there are one million vineyards in Italy! So what are some…
  • A Little Home Brewing Fun for the Kids

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Source: Flickr In any family when one person gets excited about something new, everybody gets in on the act. And that is certainly true of children. They love to be active in whatever hobbies mom and dad love to be part of. So if you bowl, the kids want to go and play the video games. If you love Shakespeare in the park, the kids will go and play on the ground nearby. So if you can find a way to give the kids a part of what you are doing, that keeps the family together. That may seem tough with a hobby like home brewing. After all, the process of brewing is pretty involved and there is…
  • Paso Robles Wine Tasting Tips

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Are you interested in planning a Paso Robles, California wine tasting tour? If you are, will this be your first official wine tasting adventure? If so, you may be looking for some helpful tips. When you know what to expect and how to proceed, you may better enjoy your first wine tasting tour. First, it is important to do the proper amount of research. If you are planning an independent wine tour, as opposed to a guided wine tour, you have the freedom to choose which wineries you visit. Not all wineries are open to the public and some have limited hours of operation. Use the internet to…
  • The Heart of Home Brewing

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Source: Flickr Can you remember the moment you first got the idea in your head to take up brewing your own beer at home? For many it is a tour of a brew pub or some other behind the scenes exposure to all that happens when good beer is made. Before that one pivotal moment, you may have never even thought about beer being made at all. The origin of beer was the liquor store or the market and that was that. But when you realized that not only does beer go through a fascinating transformation from grains, hops and malts to this delicious brew you enjoy but that you can make your own beer if you…
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  • Celebrate Holidays in the Vineyards this weekend in Livermore Valley

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:47 pm
    We finally got some rain in California and now the weather is turning colder, the homes on your street are being decorated, you made it through Black Friday and Christmas is just around the corner. As you were hitting...
  • 125th Anniversary of the 1889 Paris Wine Tasting

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    The famous 1976 Paris Tasting, the Judgment of Paris, put American wines on the map as they ranked higher than their French counterparts (much to the surprise of the French organizers of the event). A movie, “Bottle Shock...
  • Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries Passport Day on November 15

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Passport is always a great time to visit over fifty Santa Cruz Mountains wineries - from Half Moon Bay to Gilroy - your experience is bound to be unique and memorable. From mountain top vistas to passing llamas along the winding drive...
  • Flemings Prime Steakhouse Releases its 2014 Flemings 100 Wine List

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

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Los Gatos is known for his charming downtown, with plenty of parking, pedestrian friendly streets and a wide range of unique boutiques and places to wine and dine. On September 20 the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce invited wine...
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    Uvinum's blog

  • The 10 oldest bars in the world (I)

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    From the oldest inns to caves, these bars take over 1000 years standing, serving all the people who come to try the local beers and drinks. Each one of these bars has a story, and all claim to be the oldest. In this first chapter, we'll know those located in the UK, with ghost stories and historical characters that will surprise you. Know them and... why not? get motivated to travel and visit them! Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem: Located in Nottingham, this pub has 825 years standing. It was an old inn build upon a cave network. Some archaeologists indicated after an excavation in 1970 that the…
  • 5 Fabulous Cocktails for Christmas

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Whithout ideas for Christmas cocktails? No worrries, we show you 5 ideas which can please your guests and family in general; some suitable for all ages and others for adults. Clericó Cocktail This cocktail is ideal for Christmas parties, being composed of a soft liquor and numerous fruits. It has a mild flavor and is suitable for family members of almost all ages. Ingredients: 1 Bottle of White wine 1 liter of sparkling mineral water Apples, chopped and peeled Oranges, peeled and sectioned Black and white grapes Melon, chopped and macerated in sugar 300 grams of chopped pineapple 300 grams…
  • Bourbon production is growing more than ever

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association has stated that Bourbon boom has reached a new peak after the end of prohibition. Kentucky distilleries produce 95% of bourbon and filled 1.2 million whiskey barrels compared with last year. These figures are the highest achieved in 40 years and were announced in a statement from the association. Eric Gregory, president of the association said: “We are in the greatest time of expansion since the end of Prohibition”. Bourbon is distilled from corn, it's delicious thanks to its caramel flavor, and many of us find it attractive because of…
  • Is beer fattening?

    7 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The dreaded beer belly may be a myth if you consider recent studies, which state that beer consumption, by itself, isn't fattening. A research published by the College of Physicians of Asturias states that this myth is false and, moreover, beer is good and recommended, in moderation, when combined with a healthy diet such as the Mediterranean. Another US study also disproves this myth, since weight gain may be related to the increased consumption of drinks and also with the unhealthy food that accompanies the ritual of drinking beer on many occasions. And there is more data: in the VII…
  • Did you know that alcohol excites but, in excess, delays orgasm?

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Brain and cardiovascular system have an important role when coordinating the relationship between orgasm and drinking alcoholic beverages. It has been proven that excessive alcohol consumption delays the moment of orgasm in both men and women, since the role of alcohol is depressant, so it makes you feel uninhibited when flirting and having sex, but physically the body is not ready. The delayed response of the central nervous system may be useful for men who have trouble lasting longer during sex. However, excessive consumption of alcohol generates greater overall loss of sensitivity and poor…
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    Wine Blog

  • Decopas ~ A wine for the (Millennial) ages

    Jo Diaz
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Decopas is a wine dedicated to the Millennial audience, and I believe that this wine is perfectly suited to that age group; however, I love it, too. Their label tells the story perfectly, doesn’t it? (See below) The label doesn’t tell the story of the winemaker, we don’t know about the Estate Vineyards, we don’t […] The post Decopas ~ A wine for the (Millennial) ages appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The Claw Factor of Sauvignon Blanc

    Jo Diaz
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    What’s the Claw Factor? Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that has a fascinating range and it deserves its own rating system, in my humble opinion. On one end of the spectrum, there are the commodity Sauvignon Blancs. You know, the ones that have no character, no finesse, and something important is missing (like flavors). On […] The post The Claw Factor of Sauvignon Blanc appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Wine is a civilizing beverage

    Jo Diaz
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    I was just reminded that "wine is a civilizing beverage" as I tasted through some wines of Turkey. The post Wine is a civilizing beverage appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First Time

    Jo Diaz
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    There’s a first for everything, I know. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I even think of Turkey as a county producing wines, which just shows how naive I am, even after 20+ years in the wine business, learning everything one step at a time. I guess after 20 years, I deserve to know more […] The post Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First Time appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • 1000 corks – two things about that

    Jo Diaz
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    1000 Corks Does anyone need or want 1,000 corks? I’ve just emptied a wine barrel with over 3,000 corks and don’t want to just throw them away. If you pay for shipping for 1,000 of them, I’ll send them to you. 1,000 corks, the Website   1000 Corks, the offer Please email me: 1000 […] The post 1000 corks – two things about that appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • The Mataro is Back!

    Ridge Vineyards
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The words “when are you guys going to make another mataro” are frequently audible in both of our tasting rooms.  You need only spend a weekend at one of our wineries to hear a lengthy recount from a longtime customer... Read More ›
  • A Thanksgiving to Remember

    Ridge Vineyards
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Many years ago, Paul Draper sat down with Ruth Teiser to record a lengthy interview that would be part of an oral history series documented by the Bancroft Library at the University of California Berkeley. Taken from that interview, here... Read More ›
  • Holiday Cheer in a Bottle, or Two, or Three…

    Ridge Vineyards
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Here in beautiful Northern California, winter is soon to be upon us. The signs of seasonal change are all around us at our mountain home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The first nip of a cool breeze blowing across the... Read More ›
  • Zinfandel Day 2014 is November 19th!

    Ridge Vineyards
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    What is Zinfandel Day? Zinfandel Day is Wednesday, November 19th and is a worldwide celebration of the Zinfandel grape variety, intended to give wine lovers around the globe a platform to express their passion for grape and the wines made... Read More ›
  • Monte Bello Re-Planting Update

    Ridge Vineyards
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    In 2007, Ridge took out a long-term lease on much of the old Rousten Ranch to replant the vineyards—hoping that they produce wines that can contribute to our Estate and our Monte Bello. The Rousten family purchased this beautiful property... Read More ›
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  • True Grit from Parducci, Wild West Memories

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Remember the old-style westerns of your youth, where the good guys won and the bad guys lose. They gave you time on the range, under the stars in the great outdoors. You remember the slow clop of...
  • Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Seek New AVA in Sonoma County

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance hosted a press conference on November 17 to announce that they have recently taken the initial steps towards eventually establishing the Petaluma Gap AVA (American Viticultural Area) as a sub-AVA to the...
  • National Zinfandel Day November 19

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) invites you to celebrate National Zinfandel Day on Wednesday, November 19. National Zinfandel Day recognizes the pioneers of America’s heritage grape and showcases this distinctive, food-friendly...
  • Champagne Grand Tasting in San Francisco

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The Champagne Bureau USA hosted their annual official tasting in San Francisco. It was an opportunity to taste more than 100 wines from 37 different Champagne producers. The tasting event celebrated Champagne. Champagne can only be made...
  • Holman Ranch Winery and Estate in Carmel Valley

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Holman Ranch is a perfect blend of the past and the present in the relaxing, quaint Carmel Valley. Here you will find a wonderful destination for both wine and events. As a winery, Holman Ranch produces a fine...
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    Wine Channel TV

  • Organoleptic Wine Labels Inspired by Donnafugata

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    They stand out the minute you hold the bottle of wine. Designing the wine labels is an “act of love” intended to delight the consumer and make the wine’s personality stand out. Donnafugata wine labels are works of art, created from an original sketch of author Stefano Vitale and designed to portray the organoleptic qualities of the wine.That’s your wine word of the day. Wine Channel TV and wine lifestyle host Jessica Altieri visited Donnafugata and 5th generation family winemaker José Rallo for a Sip Some Sicily segment. The distinctive trait of all of the Donnafugata…
  • Wine Channel TV with CVA Canicatti

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Join Wine Channel TV,,  and wine lifestyle host Jessica Altieri for a special Sip From Sicily. segment. Jessica is joined by Giovanni Greco, president of the CVA Canicatti, a cooperative company of 200 small producers that cultivate over 200 hectares of vineyard. Jessica and Giovanni are in the Valle dei Templi where they produce a wine called Diodoros which is a small antique vineyard that has been restored. In the heart of Agrigento’s countryside lie lands with an ancient viticultural history, where countless rows of vineyards draw scenic geometries in the landscape.
  • Donnafugata Wine and Sip Some Sicily

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Wine Channel TV in Sicily!  The name Donnafugata, literally “woman in flight” refers to the history of Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, who in the early 1800s – fleeing Naples on the arrival of Napoleons troops – sought refuge in the part of Sicily where the winery’s vineyards now stand. This event inspired the winery’s logo, the effigy of a woman’s head with windblown hair found on every bottle. Join Wine Channel TV, host Jessica Altieri with an Inside Sips Segment from Sicily with Donnafugata Wines, Jessica is joined…
  • They’re Real and They’re Spectacular – BACK9NETWORK

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    Watching a 4 hour golf  tournament or watching wine age in a barrel is not what we’re about to do for Thanksgiving week. Finding out that Michelle Wie would buy a whole lot of shoes with a $1 Million bonus for winning the CME Group Tour Championship or talking about “The Ferrari Sergio” is the  kind of “golf lifestyle show” we want to watch while sipping on wine this week. Where can you watch that? On the BACK9NETWORK  which started airing on DirecTV –Channel 262 this past September in 22 million homes across the USA. Now that’s real and…
  • Villa Maria Virtual Vineyard App

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    Want to Visit a Vineyard? There’s an App for that with Villa Maria Estate! Yes, you can taste  Villa Maria and  enjoy a great pairing like the one in this weeks featured Sip New Zealand segment with Wine Channel TV CEO Jessica Altieri and Executive Chef Rodelio Aglibot from Reverie Chicago. What would be really great is to actually see the vineyard where the wine was made and meet some of the people who actually made the wine. You can do that with the Villa Maria Virtual Vineyard App! Traveling to different vineyards from around the world is the best way to really get to know all of your…
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  • UK Winemakers: Mr. Osborne, Take Down That Tax!

    James Duren
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Wine and spirits producers in the United Kingdom are urging Chancellor George Osborne to cut the kingdom's wine and spirits duty by two percent, a move which financial titan Ernst & Young says will free up about £1.5 billion worth of money in the UK's 2015 public finances, UK trade publication The Grocer reported.   “By cutting the duty on wine and spirits at the next budget the Chancellor would provide welcome relief for the British public, boost jobs and growth and generate an additional 1.5 billion for the public finances,” Wine and Spirit Trade…
  • Australian Pyrenees Wine Resort Up For Sale

    James Duren
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Now's your chance to buy that winery-resort about which you've always dreamed.   An Australian wine news outlet reported this week that Geelong-Otway region Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort is up for sale as the facility's owners, Athalie and Luigi Bazzani, make preparations for retirement. The Victoria Pyrenees (not to be confused with the Spanish/French Pyrenees) resort will sell for at least $5 million, Property Observer projected.    “The folks behind Warrenmang…manage to combine homespun hospitality with a classic sense of Italian style,”…
  • Napa Valley: What To Do With All That Wastewater?

    James Duren
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As wastewater trucks lumber their way from California's Napa Valley to the East Bay, sanitation officials in the famed wine region are trying to come up with a more efficient way to properly process their dirty water.   According to a report this week by the North Bay Business Journal, Napa wineries typically handle their waste in one of two ways: through pretreating their wastewater, or through trucking their wastewater to East Bay Utility District's treatment facility in Oakland.   “Napa Sanitation officials plan to gauge whether demand is worth the cost estimated in…
  • Champagne Looks To Harvest UNESCO Designation

    James Duren
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    France's Champagne region is looking to end the champagne debate once and for all.   The region, whose name is used by countless sparkling wine producers who do not produce their wines in Champagne, is looking forward to their July 2015 meeting with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in which the region hopes to achieve official UNESCO World Heritage status.    “Call it an Olympic bid for culture. What's at stake are the recognition that (the region) is 'of outstanding universal value to humanity' and 'without…
  • Real Holiday Wine for $10 or Less

    Michael Cavanagh
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As we deck the halls, we should also remember to have wine on the brain while checking off our holiday lists. Wine is a perfect match to the season of joy and whether you’re providing the wine for the family party or looking for an extra stocking stuffer, here are ten wines under $10 that will certainly bring joy to the festivities. These value selections do not reveal their true price on the palate, which make them perfect for the large crowds that fill parties and dining rooms throughout December. Bodegas Pinord NV Dibon Cava Brut Reserve Sparkling wine always makes a good addition to…
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    Wine Country Getaways

  • Lunch at Angele in Napa

    Joe Becerra
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    For lunch at this French bistro, a Croque Monsieur Lunch at Angele in Napa We stopped in at Angele in Napa for lunch on Monday of this week. Angele Restaurant and Bar is a very fun and popular French-style bistro in downtown Napa. No earthquake damage here, thank goodness. There were four of us, and we each ordered something different: The Croque Monsieur, Seafood Pasta, Grilled Salmon, and Fish & Chips. Everything was delicious, including this wonderful bottle of White Burgundy wine. We dined inside, but on nice days we like dining on the Riverfront terrace which looks out on to the Napa…
  • Judd’s Hill Winery is a good place to start your wine tour

    Joe Becerra
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Judd’s Hill is one of the first wineries on the Siliverado Trail.  The entrance is marked by colorful balloons. Why Judd’s Hill Winery is a good place to start your wine tour in the Napa Valley Judd’s Hill winery in the Napa Valley is a very good place to start exploring the Napa Valley. Many tourists miss this winery because it is very near the start of the Silverado Trail at the southern end of the Valley. Most travelers cross over the Valley floor to the Silverado Trail at Oak Knoll on Highway 29. If you turn left to head north on the Silverado Trail, you will miss…
  • Why December in wine country is a great time

    Joe Becerra
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    December 8, 2014, in the Napa Valley – a vineyard near St. Helena Why December in wine country is a great time We just spent three very quiet and relaxing days in the Napa Valley, December 7 to 9. We pondered that it is probably a good thing that most travelers do not realize the glory of wine country during this time of year. Otherwise, wine country might not be so relaxing and quiet. Here is why December in wine country is a great time: Visiting the wine country in December is like going to a different place. If you have only seen wine country in full vineyard bloom, December…
  • Napa Valley Rain Water

    Joe Becerra
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Captured rain water in the Napa Valley The Napa Valley needs water! California needs water! This is a welcome sight in the Napa Valley wine country. Recent rains have dumped several inches of water on Napa Valley vineyards and elsewhere in California. Some of this vital rainwater is captured and directed into wells for use later in the vineyard growing season. Later this week another big storm is predicted to hit the area. The big question remains: Will the year 2015 bring us back to normal or above normal rainfall? This photo was taken near the Ballentine Vineyards in the St.Helena area of…
  • Meet Tobin James

    Joe Becerra
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    This is Tobin James – the man behind the Tobin James winery in Paso Robles Meet Tobin James Back in August on the Wine Bloggers pre-conference trip,  Janelle and I met winery owner and winemaker Tobin James out at the Dusi Ranch where he buys many of his grapes for his label, Tobin James Cellars. We would like you to meet Tobin James because he is a character and lover of wine and life. This is all reflected in his tasting room on Highway 46 East, just about eight miles from downtown Paso Robles. The tasting room is a saloon style atmosphere. You almost feel like a real cowboy as you…
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  • Lunch at Angele in Napa

    Joe Becerra
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    For lunch at this French bistro, a Croque Monsieur Lunch at Angele in Napa We stopped in at Angele in Napa for lunch on Monday of this week. Angele Restaurant and Bar is a very fun and popular French-style bistro in downtown Napa. No earthquake damage here, thank goodness. There were four of us, and we each ordered something different: The Croque Monsieur, Seafood Pasta, Grilled Salmon, and Fish & Chips. Everything was delicious, including this wonderful bottle of White Burgundy wine. We dined inside, but on nice days we like dining on the Riverfront terrace which looks out on to the Napa…
  • Judd’s Hill Winery is a good place to start your wine tour

    Joe Becerra
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Judd’s Hill is one of the first wineries on the Siliverado Trail.  The entrance is marked by colorful balloons. Why Judd’s Hill Winery is a good place to start your wine tour in the Napa Valley Judd’s Hill winery in the Napa Valley is a very good place to start exploring the Napa Valley. Many tourists miss this winery because it is very near the start of the Silverado Trail at the southern end of the Valley. Most travelers cross over the Valley floor to the Silverado Trail at Oak Knoll on Highway 29. If you turn left to head north on the Silverado Trail, you will miss…
  • Why December in wine country is a great time

    Joe Becerra
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    December 8, 2014, in the Napa Valley – a vineyard near St. Helena Why December in wine country is a great time We just spent three very quiet and relaxing days in the Napa Valley, December 7 to 9. We pondered that it is probably a good thing that most travelers do not realize the glory of wine country during this time of year. Otherwise, wine country might not be so relaxing and quiet. Here is why December in wine country is a great time: Visiting the wine country in December is like going to a different place. If you have only seen wine country in full vineyard bloom, December…
  • Napa Valley Rain Water

    Joe Becerra
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Captured rain water in the Napa Valley The Napa Valley needs water! California needs water! This is a welcome sight in the Napa Valley wine country. Recent rains have dumped several inches of water on Napa Valley vineyards and elsewhere in California. Some of this vital rainwater is captured and directed into wells for use later in the vineyard growing season. Later this week another big storm is predicted to hit the area. The big question remains: Will the year 2015 bring us back to normal or above normal rainfall? This photo was taken near the Ballentine Vineyards in the St.Helena area of…
  • Meet Tobin James

    Joe Becerra
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    This is Tobin James – the man behind the Tobin James winery in Paso Robles Meet Tobin James Back in August on the Wine Bloggers pre-conference trip,  Janelle and I met winery owner and winemaker Tobin James out at the Dusi Ranch where he buys many of his grapes for his label, Tobin James Cellars. We would like you to meet Tobin James because he is a character and lover of wine and life. This is all reflected in his tasting room on Highway 46 East, just about eight miles from downtown Paso Robles. The tasting room is a saloon style atmosphere. You almost feel like a real cowboy as you…
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  • When is a review not a review?

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:10 pm
      The San Francisco Chronicle’s restaurant reviewer, Michael Bauer, really stirred up a dust storm with this post, “DNR: Three restaurants I’m not reviewing,” on his blog. First, let me say that I’m a Bauer fan. If I’m checking out a restaurant in the Bay Area, I first want to know what Michael said about it. I might look at Yelp, but I don’t entirely trust Yelp. At least I know that Michael is independent and has no skin in the game. I also trust the very concept of a trusted critic. Yes, I was one myself, so maybe that makes me more empathic about them and their jobs. A…
  • Tuesday Twaddle: “Offloading” brands, and the old spinning cone

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
      When is it time for a winery to “offload” underperforming brands? It happens. You’ve had a line, or SKU, in the market for years, but for some reason, it’s never gained traction. So the hard decision must be faced: Is it time to pull the plug on Grandma? This is the situation Treasury Wine Estates is facing. The Australian company, which lost more than $100 million in 2013-2014, has brands “that [are] not a priority and may be retired [or] offloaded,” according the industry publication, The Drinks Business. This can never be an easy decision for a big company like TWE.
  • Twelve Tips for Better Content Creation

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:10 pm
      I recently came across this statistic in an infographic on content marketing: “64% of B2B content marketers say their biggest challenge is producing enough content.” (B2B means business-to-business.) I would suspect that “producing enough content” also is the biggest challenge for B2C (business-to-consumer) content marketers. Cranking out content, especially in the constantly-changing world of social media, is really hard. I mean, good content. It’s easy to generate what my Grandma would have called dreck. Coming up with high-level stuff is hard. I should know: In addition to…
  • On a rainy day, a trip down Memory Lane

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:10 pm
      We’ve been shut in our homes for the last 24 hours due to this torrential rainstorm, so I’m feeling a bit stir crazy, which is making me nostalgic—not a bad way to feel when the weather is grey and depressing, and memories are brighter than reality. I began keeping a Tasting Diary on February 16, 1983. I know the exact date, because I still have it, along with six others I kept until 1997. This is that first diary: I always liked these hard-bound leather notebooks with the pretty covers. I’m not sure why I began keeping a diary. I mean, if there had been a conscious line of…
  • Who’s growing fast, and who’s not, according to the latest survey

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:10 pm
      Silicon Valley Bank’s annual industry survey has been summarized by Lewis Perdue’s Wine Industry Insight, and while I don’t have a link (it came late yesterday via email), I’d like to make it the focus of today’s post. The most interesting part is SVB’s “predicted sales and case growth by region.” I did manage to drag the chart onto my desktop, and reproduce it here. It’s kind of small: sorry about that. As you can (or cannot) see, the chart takes nine California regions and predicts their case growth and sales growth for this year. The regions with the least growth…
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    O'Vineyards Carcassonne Wine & Food Blog

  • Celebration Time

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Congratulations Ryan and Olga O’Connell   Thank You Ryan & Olga for that Memorable Time! You put together some very entertaining events for your BIG Day (your disappearance and the game to find you was very creative). We all obviously enjoyed the Great Dinner Soirée with the Champagne Jeroboam  and your Special Wine “O’Happy Life Together”. Here are the beautiful photographs from the big day!  
  • O’Vineyards Ten Year Celebration

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    More O’ wines on Michelin Menu: For almost a decade our Proprietor’s Reserve, Les Américains, Trah Lah Lah, and O’Syrah have been on  Michelin Stared Restaurants wine lists. Chef Jérôme, Sommelier Baptiste and their team tasted our new wines and chose to add Stranger Stranger 2010, O’ Chasan 2013 and O’Happy & O’Happy à deux to Hotel de la Cité cellar! A Sexy O’ Website: Ryan’s successful website has been updated.  Helen & Aaron, a young couple of Entrepreneurs did a wonder! Working on top of Ryan’s great work,…
  • Holidays Special Offer

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    LIMITED number of packages available: 12 bottles of wine and a Holiday Gift Card! 9 bottles of  our Special ” O’CHASAN ” white wine. 12€ per bottle. 2 bottles of  our Merry ” O’HAPPY ” red wine. 12€ per bottle. 1 bottle of  our Romantic ” O’HAPPY à deux ” red wine.12€ per bottle. PLUS a € 25.00 Gift Card to use on our “Wine & Dine Visit” Total Value € 169.00. Special Offer: € 99.00 plus shipping if not collected at the winery O’CHASAN O’Vineyards only white wine. 100% Chasan O’HAPPY…
  • Harvesting and Having Fun

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

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

  • Herb Roasted Pork Belly Porchetta Recipe

    Todd Knoll
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Looking for an easy, delicious recipe for your family dinner party this holiday season? Herb roasted pork belly made in the Italian porchetta tradition (boneless pork roast with fresh herbs) is a savory dinner party entrée that is simple to prepare in advance, and its herbal notes complement the earthy nuances in Bordeaux blends like Jordan [...]
  • Jordan Winery harvest lunch menus

    Lisa Mattson
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
      Harvest Lunch Menus Hosted annually in September/October at Jordan Winery in Healdsburg, Jordan Estate Rewards Harvest Lunches showcase the bounty of our garden, as well as local farms in Sonoma County. Entrees celebrate a range of ethnic cuisines from the homelands of our staff. Each Harvest Lunch menu features one entrée, one dessert, and multiple [...]
  • Our chef’s most popular holiday dessert recipes

    Lisa Mattson
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    To celebrate the holiday season, we’re serving up our chef’s five most popular dessert recipes of 2014. These tasty sweets received the most views and comments out of all the recipes featured on our blog and YouTube channel. Links below will take you to the full recipes, as well as kitchen demonstration videos for all [...]
  • Easy Duck Confit Recipe: Substituting Olive Oil for Duck Fat

    Todd Knoll
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    In the Jordan Winery kitchen, there is always a batch of duck confit in some stage of preparation. One of the key ingredients in a traditional duck confit recipe is the duck fat, which isn’t easy for most home cooks to source pre-made. Rendering your own fat from the duck takes more time than most [...]
  • John Jordan Education Center ribbon cutting ceremony

    Lisa Mattson
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Community leaders, students and non-profit workers turned out on October 22 in Santa Rosa, Calif., for the grand opening of the John Jordan Education Center at Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP Sonoma County), John’s latest philanthropic effort to decrease income inequality in our community. The event began with speeches by leading officials in [...]
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Calistoga Wineries for your Napa Wine Tour

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Let us help you plan your Calistoga Wine Tour. Wine tasting is fun at Calistoga Wineries and are not to be missed during a Napa Wine Tour.
  • New Years Eve Events in the Wine Country

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Celebrate with New Years Eve events in the Wine Country. Create special New Years Day traditions in one of California's scenic wine regions.
  • Van Damme State Park

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Located just 3 miles south of Mendocino, Van Damme State Park is absolutely beautiful. Highway 1 divides the park in half. Turn inland off the highway to enter the campground and trail area. Van Damme Beach is west of the highway.
  • Napa Spas Where You Can Pamper Yourself

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Napa spas are a great place to pamper yourself in the Napa Wine Country. Enjoy a variety of spa treatments in the gorgeous setting of the Napa Valley.
  • Ultimate Meatloaf Recipe

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    This is the ultimate meatloaf recipe. Serve this comfort food with garlic cheese bread and asparagus. A truly delicious meatloaf recipe!
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • Avalon CAB 2012 - It's GOOD

    Jon Thorsen
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Our latest Costco find...tasty California Cab for about 8 bucks!76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 7% Zinfandel and 4% Merlot sourced from Napa Valley, Lodi, Paso Robles and Monterey County, California.SRP of $12 and available widely for as low as $7-$8, including at Costco. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Avalon Winery produces only Cabernet Sauvignon. CAB is made from grapes grown in vineyards from appellations with optimum growing conditions for Cabernet and then aged a minimum of eight months in French and American oak barrels. C - Complex dark berry fruit flavors.A -…
  • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Dry Riesling 2012 - Just What The Doctor Ordered

    Jon Thorsen
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! A fine example of a dry German Riesling. 100% Riesling from Mosel, Germany.SRP of $15 and available for as low as $13-$14. Sample submitted for review.From the winery:"Terroir: The Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Estate has 16 ha (34 acres) of Riesling vineyards in the steeply sloped Middle-Mosel area. More than 75% of our vineyards are marked as "Steillage" [steep slope]. The vineyard soils are mostly Devon slate residual soils with varying parts of topsoil and mineral stone. The slate gives our wine a delicate and cool minerality which is typical for a Moselle Riesling. The combination of…
  • Bianchi Zinfandel 2011 - Be Enlightened By The Zin From The Zen Ranch

    Jon Thorsen
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    You may not reach reach a higher level of consciousness but it sure is super tasty. Don't miss the release of our 2014 Ultimate Gift Guide for Wine Lovers!100% Zinfandel from the Bianchi Vineyard Zen Ranch in Paso Robles, California.SRP of $18 and available for around $16. 2,656 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Bianchi's Heritage Selection wines are a host of distinctive creations from our own unique vineyards. Ripe concentrated grapes for Bianchi Zen Zin. Spicy oak, ravishing raspberry jam flavors of Bianchi Zen Zin. Z wine for your repasts -- Zen Zin.16%…
  • Costa Pietra Nero d'Avola 2013 - A Little Slice of Sicily

    Jon Thorsen
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Simply super with spaghetti and meat sauce. Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy.Available for $13 exclusively at Club W. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"In Sicily, a wine-rich land where the locals have as many words for vino as the Eskimos do for snow, Nero d'Avola is bestowed as their most important grape. The black-skinned fruit makes a rich, perfumed and peppery red wine that's deliciously easy to drink.12.7% Alcohol"The 2013 Costa Pietra Nero d'Avola begins with an wonderful aroma of spicy red fruit and pepper along with a little tomato plant and some floral notes. The wine…
  • C.V.N.E. Cune Reserva 2009 - Splurge Away!

    Jon Thorsen
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Includes a breakdown of the Rioja classifications. A great wine for gifting (or drinking) this holiday season. This post brought to you by: Get the Marc Mondavi The Divining Rod Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 for just $15.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! 85% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano and 5% Garnacha Tinta from Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain.SRP of $28 and available for as low as $20 (Saturday Splurge). Imported by Europvin. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Cune Reserva is produced by the fifth generation of the founders of CVNE from handpicked Tempranillo grapes. It ages for…
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    Nosso Vinho

  • Ornellaia 2010 – Edição especial 25 anos

    Paulo Queiroz
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    Ornellaia é possivelmente o melhor produtor do Bolgheri, no litoral sul da Toscana, Itália.  O… The post Ornellaia 2010 – Edição especial 25 anos appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Vernaiolo Chianti 2013

    Paulo Queiroz
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Eu gosto bastante desse produtor. Rocca dele Macie é um jovem produtor da Toscana, que… The post Vernaiolo Chianti 2013 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Adega dos sonhos no seu apartamento.

    Paulo Queiroz
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Com criatividade podemos ir muito além, aqui está uma adega dos sonhos com pouco espaço.… The post Adega dos sonhos no seu apartamento. appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Chateau La Commanderie 2011

    Paulo Queiroz
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Sempre comento com os amigos que encontrar bons vinhos de baixo custo em Bordeaux é… The post Chateau La Commanderie 2011 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Oremo 2008

    Paulo Queiroz
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Este vinho que pode ser caracterizado como um Bordeaux da Toscana é produzido na cidade… The post Oremo 2008 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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    Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery

  • Giordano Piemonte Cortese d.o.c. 2012

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

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

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2013, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA, $23 (S) – Rating 90 An excellent example of dry California Gewurztraminer. A fragrant nose of white peach, stone fruit and honeysuckle. Balanced on the palate with just a bit of acidity. Flavors of grapefruit, citrus, stone fruit, honeysuckle, spice and minerality. Notes of honey and a pleasant spiciness on the finish. Buy This Wine The post Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2013 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012, Old Vine, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 91 Very balanced in contrast to some overly jammy style Zinfandels. A blend of 77% Zinfandel (90+year-old vines) and 23% Petite Sirah adding some peppery pop. Robust aromas of dark fruit, plum, blackberry and brown spice. Rich on the palate with balanced acidity and supple tannins. Flavors of blackberry, plum, ripe raspberry and dark spice. An elegantly long finish with plenty of spice and hints of cocoa. Buy This Wine   The post Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012 appeared first on…
  • Mercy Vineyards Chardonnay Riverbed 2012

    Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Mercy Vineyards Chardonnay Riverbed 2012, Arroyo Seco, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 91 A beautifully balanced chardonnay with a delicate nose of red apple, citrus and hints of wet stone. Barrel fermented and aged in French Oak (20% new) creating just enough acidity in the round mouth-feel. On the palate, flavors of red apple, pear, Meyer lemon, vanilla and pie spice. A super-long finish offering notes of nutty caramel and brioche. Buy This Wine The post Mercy Vineyards Chardonnay Riverbed 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
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    Hoot n Annie

  • Paso Robles: Dante Dusi Passes Away

    Hoot 'n Annie
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    A while back we lost a Paso Robles legend, Robert Hall of Robert Hall Winery. Now, Dante Dusi of Dante Dusi Vineyard, has passed. Some may not know him directly but rather indirectly through his granddaughter Janell Dusi of J. Dusi Winery. Either way, it’s the loss of yet another local legend. You can read the obituary here. RIP Mr. Dusi and our thoughts to the Dusi family. The post Paso Robles: Dante Dusi Passes Away appeared first on Hoot n Annie.
  • Paso Robles and SLO: Favorite Fall Photos

    Hoot 'n Annie
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Here are a handful of my favorite fall photos in Paso Robles and one down in SLO. I like them for different reasons: dramatic, colorful, rainy, cloudy, rainbows, or all the above. As I say time and time again, Paso Robles (all of SLO County really) is a special place. I think these photos do better at showing why than the words I can put down here…enjoy! The post Paso Robles and SLO: Favorite Fall Photos appeared first on Hoot n Annie.
  • Hoot n’ Annie’s Definitive Gift Guide

    Hoot 'n Annie
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    You know, this time of year every blogger and online publication posts some stupid “ultimate gift guide” and quite frankly they are ALL wrong. They don’t get it. But you know who does get it…Hoot n’ Annie! So, let’s dive in, here’s what to buy your loved ones: Nothing. That’s right, don’t buy anything. Don’t spend your money on trinkets and knick knacks that people don’t need. We run around making ourselves crazy this time of year, trying to find the perfect THING. When it gets right down to it, we don’t need more THINGS in our lives, we need more…
  • Visit Cambria: El Colibri Hotel & Spa

    Hoot 'n Annie
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Another adventure in Cambria. Life could be worse. This visit to Cambria is brought to you by As some of you may know I am currently a Cambria ambassador which simply means, promote Cambria through my visits, my experiences, and my adventures. Annie (my wife) and I headed over to Cambria recently for an overnight away from Paso Robles…and away from our two year old son, Sammy. On this overnight we had the opportunity to stay at El Colibri Hotel & Spa…and what a stay it was! I’ve driven by the hotel hundreds of times on my way to Moonstone Beach so it was awesome…
  • Cool Video on Cass Winery

    Hoot 'n Annie
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I saw this video on Facebook, it was shared by Chef Jacob Lovejoy of Cass Winery. It was done by who we have no affiliation with at all but I did think the video was good. There are short interviews with Steve Cass, Ted Plemons, the assistant winemaker, and Chef Jacob. Cass is one of those places we don’t make it to nearly enough. Beautiful property, good wine, cool people, and great food. Be sure to check them out when you can.   The post Cool Video on Cass Winery appeared first on Hoot n Annie.
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Top Red Wines 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Vintage Wine Tasters meet regularly to taste wine formally and informally. We share our top value wine findings with each other and participate in recommending wines to Wine Values & Bargains. We are not professional wine tasters like the famous: James Laube, Jon Bonné, Antonio Galloni, and the like. We consider ourselves to be consumer wine tasters. I think our wine palates can relate better to the average wine drinker. We think you will enjoy this list of our favorite red wines for the year 2014.  We filtered out any wines that are no longer on the shelves of our local shops.
  • Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Howell Mountain Zinfandel

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Tj Howell Mountain Zin Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Howell Mountain Zinfandel – $14.99 This is the real deal! Howell Moutain is one of the most respected AVA’s (wine appellation) in the Napa Valley.  Many of the wines that come from the hillside vineyards of Howell Mountain command ridiculous prices. We’ve mentioned in previous articles the greatness of the 2012 vintage, especially in the Napa Valley. The greatness came in both quality and quantity, and thus extra and excellent grape juice on the bulk market. Obviously, Trader Joe’s with their group of wine…
  • Italian Barbera wines dazzle in taste test

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    When was the last time you tasted a Barbera wine from Italy? Barbera is grown in the Piedmonte region of Italy. The area is most famous for its bold Barolo and Barbaresco wines. Barbera and Dolcetto are the little brothers of these bruising and expensive red wines. Both of these latter wines are quite drinkable early on and much less pricier. I found two Barbera wines at reasonable prices and tasted them side-by-side. The  two Barbera wines are from neighboring towns and wine areas in Piedmonte. Both wines dazzled us in our taste test. Barreri & Rovati Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2011…
  • Girard Old Vine Zinfandel Napa Valley

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    The Vintage Wine Tasters review three wines for you this second week of December. Two of these wines are exclusive wines, one made for Trader Joe’s, and the other for Whole Foods. The third wine is a Girard selection, one of Napa Valley’s notable wineries. Girard Old Vine Girard Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 –  K&L Wines $10 This a strongly recommended wine from Vintage Wine Taster Mike. Mike says: “  This wine is offered via K&L wines for the super price of $9.99 a bottle.  It sells for $20 retail at all other retailers. (  Using their profile…
  • Two Spanish Red Wines – Garnacha

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Garnacha Wine Wars Here we have two Spanish red wines, both Garnacha, both 2012, and both on the shelves at K&L Wines for $9.99. These two Spanish Garnacha wines are rated highly by Robert Parker, and K&L Wines sent out an alert email recommending these two value wines. Garancha wines from Spain are delicious wines, usually medium bodied to heavy, depending on the region of Spain from which they are produced. For the most part, we find Garnacha wines to be fantastic bargain wines. In April of this year our Vintage Wine Tasters did a blind tasting of six Garnacha wines, one of which I…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • Giving thanks to biodiesel supporters

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

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

    Christine Collier
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    In yesterday's Statesman Journal there is an article about our team member, Carmen's 13-year-old son and his journey towards getting a needed heart transplant. We hope this surgery is very successful and that her son, Oswaldo, is back playing "futbol" very soon.Please join us for our Thanksgiving Weekend Open House and enjoy tamales made by our Winery Chef with proceeds benefiting the family.
  • Thank you for another success at the ¡Salud! Barrel Auction

    Christine Collier
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Jim and I were privileged to attend the ¡Salud! Dinner and Auction Gala at the Allison Inn on Saturday night. ¡Salud!'s mission is straightforward- "We work to provide access to healthcare services for Oregon's seasonal vineyard workers and their families." This event brings out wine lovers, winery owners and industry leaders who donate wine and exciting experiences. Then, they turn around and bid on them along with everyone else! Jim was humbled and uncharacteristically tongue-tied when awarded the Los Heroes de ¡Salud! Award. The award recognizes significant contributions to…
  • ¡Salud! Mobile Wellness Unit Debut

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

  • NW Winter Beer Taste

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:19 am
    Ivar’s 4th Annual NW Winter Beer Taste is December 4th 6-9 Being at Ivars, this beer event is about the BEER AND FOOD. You will have the opportunity to taste beer from your favorite brewers like: ~ Chuckanut ~ Diamond Knot ~ Elysian ~ Fremont ~ ~ Georgetown ~ Hales ~ Maritime ~ Pike ~ Pyramid ~ Red Hook ~ Ivar’s will be dishing up some seriously excellent appetizers like* • Braised beef, Parmesan potato croquette, oven dried tomatoes • Seared scallop, polenta cake, picholine olive tapenade • Alder grilled Coho salmon, caramelized pears, crème fraiche, phyllo cup •…
  • Thanksgiving Wine and Beer

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Under and around the mounds of food on your Thanksgiving table, what will you be offering or bringing to drink? Wine is often the first choice, but it doesn’t have to be the only choice. Just for fun, I whipped up a mock Thanksgiving dinner and put a number of wines and two beers to the taste test for big day. Mock Thanksgiving Day dinner I cooked up a quick mock Thanksgiving dinner of citrus herb run turkey breast, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with orange and toasted hazelnuts, sweet potatoes with un-crystallized ginger and pomegranate seeds and cranberry orange relish.
  • Car Wash and Trickster?!?

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    I just bought Black Raven Trickster IPA at a car wash. I’ll let that sink in a bit. I remember when I would have to get a ride around the lake or wait for a beer fest to taste Black Raven beer. I remember talking to Beaux and Nigel in the early days about the mere possibility of Black Raven beer in bottles and being met with shrugs and head shakes no. Then, it happened! Black Raven bottled! Raise your hand if you stood in line for the chance to buy two bottles of Trickster before they sold out. Over time, different beers were bottled and the volume increased to the point that Black…
  • Winter Wag

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Winter Wag is designed for dog lovers, winter sport lovers and of course beer lovers! Winter Wag is partly about avalanche awareness and partly a fundraiser to benefit  Crystal Mountain’s Avalanche Dogs. Winter Wag takes place November 15, 2014 4-9pm Crystal Mountain’s Avalanche Dogs go through vigorous training to assist the ski patrol in a avalanche rescue. Once they are certified, they complete rescue tasks that their human handlers are unable to do, or as quickly and safely. This Avalanche Rescue Dog Program fundraiser helps them receive the hundreds of hours training…
  • Velvety Syrah Cairdeas 2008

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    If you love your tannin wrapped in velvet? Cairdeas Syrah is the wine for you! People ask me ask me all the time why I hold on to wine. This is why. This was a good solid wine when it was it was realizes but age has elevated it to some special. The bitter, drying tannin are ensconced in the thin but lushest layer of velvet that makes me want want each sip to linger. Fantastic smokey notes on the noses made me search the deep freeze for bacon! Fruit tends to drop first as wines age but that isn’t the case in the 2008 Cairdeas Syrah. Lots of black fruit on the nose and the front palate…
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • Top 2004 Bordeaux Wines from Pomerol and St. Emilion Tasted and Rated

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

    Jeff Leve
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider I do not know about you, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s been that way for years. For our family, it is the one time each year when all the different family members come to the house and spend time together. When did spending time become a euphemism for eating and drinking? At our house, the vast array of comfort foods with their diverse range of flavors makes it fun and occasionally difficult to fit a bite of everything on just one plate. But what wines should you serve that will please all your guests while making good…
  • 2012 Mouton Rothschild Label Features the Art of Miquel Barcelo

    Jeff Leve
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider It’s not the Oscars, Academy Awards or the Emmys. But in the world of fine Bordeaux wine, the yearly announcement of the new label for the next vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild is almost as important. It’s certainly equally secretive. The name of the artist is one of the wine world’s best kept secrets. The First Growth estate has utilized a new artist to design the label every year since the tradition was began in 1945. At first, Baron Philippe Rothschild had the responsibility of finding the right artist. That task…
  • What Are You Drinking for International Merlot Day?

    Jeff Leve
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider November 7 is International Merlot Day. International Merlot Day is the perfect time to pop one of those special bottles to celebrate the occasion. That does not mean Merlot lovers need a reason to open a bottle wine. But as it is International Merlot Day, why not celebrate all things Merlot? Of course everyone is not in agreement on where the best Merlot grapes and wines are produced. And why should they? Merlot comes in a wide, diverse array of styles. In some regions, for example, Pomerol and St. Emilion, in the Right Bank of Bordeaux,…
  • 2014 Bordeaux Harvest for Red WIne Grapes Taking Place Now

    Jeff Leve
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The 2014 Bordeaux harvest for the red wine grapes has officially kicked off. Growers in the Medoc and Pomerol are starting to harvest. I’m headed to Bordeaux. I’ll be in Bordeaux from Sunday, September 28, through Saturday, October 5. That is after a short stop in Barcelona to dine at one my bucket list restaurants, Celler con Roca! I am already counting the days. OK… Back to our 2014 Bordeaux harvest report. 2014 Bordeaux could be another vintage that was saved by the belle of September, also known as an Indian Summer. July was…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • Video: Meet Portugal’s Most Distinguished Port Producers

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Video: Meet Portugal’s Most Distinguished Port Producers Sweet, strong and savory, Port is one of the world’s most famous wines. Join Michael Fagan as he travels east along the mighty Douro by train to see the incredibly steep, hot and rocky terrain where Port grapes are grown and must be laboriously picked by hand. Meet […]
  • Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California The 2012 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay is lean with green apple, peach and lemon core finishing with a lively dose of grapefruit and mineral that dance in the background. This is a great food wine that would pair with grilled seafood and chicken dishes.  Rating: Excellent (91) […]
  • Weingut Liebfrauenstift Riesling

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2013 P. J. Valckenberg Weingut Liebfrauenstift Riesling Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany Founded in 1786, the Weingut Liebfrauenstift estate is located in the German wine-growing area of Rheinhessen. The 37 acre estate is planted with Riesling and Pinot blanc, with environmentally sound agricultural practices that promote maintenance of soil structure. An interesting tidbit about this […]
  • The Thornhill’s in Mendocino Introduce the Moniker for Luxury Wine

    Marc Hinton
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Back in the eighties there were only a few value wines that I considered my go-to choices. Especially when I wanted to show someone you did not have to shell out a twenty for a bottle of good California wine. Parducci, McDowell, Guenoc and Concannon were the labels I usually chose.  Keep in mind this […]
  • Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos “JC” Tempranillo

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    2011 Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos “JC” Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Spain The 2011 Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos “JC” is a rich and earthy wine made from the Tempranillo grape. The initials “JC” stand for Juan Carlos, which happens to be the proprietor and winemaker for the Bodegas. Consisting of roughly sixty-five acres in the central area of […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • Bareburger, Columbus

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    I try to eat healthy every day, to the fullest extent possible. When I travel, I really make an effort, though, to be honest, it's pretty tough to find restaurants that really care within a reasonable distance. I was excited to discover Columbus' Bareburger, which was walking distance to my hotel. All of Bareburger's organic and all-natural, free-range meats are grass-fed and pasture raised. They also source organically grown fruits and vegetables. Right up my alley!They have other things on the menu, but if you're going to a place with burger in the name, why would you order anything else?
  • Windows on the World Complete Wine Course

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Almost 30 years ago, when I first became interested in wine, there were not a lot of wine books around, especially for a complete neophyte like myself. Like many others, I turned to Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course (2014, Sterling Epicure), not only reading the book for education, but also dreaming of eating in the restaurant stop the World Trade Center. Alas, the horrific events of 9/11 made that dream unreachable.With the World Trade Centers Memorial opening this year, Zraly created a special 30th Anniversary Edition of his resourceful tome, updating it with…
  • Wines of Uruguay Tasting Tour

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:58 am
    This summer, I was invited to, but missed, the Wines of Uruguay tasting tour. Happily, the good folks at Charles Communications sent me some wines to taste after the fact. It’s taken us some time to taste through the selections, red and white, but haste makes waste, and we definitely wanted to give these wines their due.Uruguay is located in the same latitudes as winegrowing regions in Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Producing 10 million cases of wine annually (from i22,000 acres of vines). Uruguayan wine is not well-known for its wines internationally, due to the fact…
  • United Wines of Veneto Master Class

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    I was doubly excited to attend the United Wines of Veneto Master Class last week. One, I love the wines from that area (a Soave Master Class some time ago was another recent highlight). Two, I'd never visited the venue, Eataly Chicago, where the seminar was being held. 8 consortiums, 8 wines, with 3 small bites to accompany - sounded pretty good.First off, Eataly. This is a huge place, but totally unlike I had imagined. Kind of antiseptic, really, and holy cow, expensive. That being said, it's a good location for this sort of thing, the service was quite good, and the food made in-house…
  • VAWineChat: Fabbioli Cellars

    4 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Several weeks ago, we gathered both virtually and in situ (for the lucky ones), to taste the wines of Doug Fabbioli and to hear his thoughts on the state of winemaking in Loudoun County, Virginia.Fabbioli Cellars is a small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery that focuses on growing and making high quality wines using traditional methods and 21st century knowledge. The vineyard was originally planted in 2001, on a 25 acre parcel in the southern Lucketts area, just north of Leesburg in Loudoun County. Fabbioli makes wines from both hybrid and vinifera grapes."Real people. Earth…
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    Wine Folly

  • 14 Funny Wine Glasses For Oddball Drinkers

    Madeline Puckette
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Fourteen funny wine glasses show us how silly we can be, even when classing it up. Each of these oddities actually exist. It’s up to you to decide if they are ridiculous or awesome. Aerating Wine Glass Aerating Wine Glass $65 (for 2) This glass is for someone with a steady pour and a moderately short nose. While this glass is over-the-top, it does perform the function of aerating wine. Be very careful when you wash it. Large Wine Glass Holds a Full Bottle Extra Large Wine Glass $18 When you need to convince yourself that you don’t have a problem and only drink a glass of wine. I…
  • Drink like a True Roman: The Wine of Lazio

    Madeline Puckette
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Cesanese could have been the local wine of ancient Rome. In order to explore some of the traditional wines of Italy, we paired up with a Chef who knows the ins and outs of Italian cuisine. In this post, we’ll explore a rare Roman wine called Cesanese (“chae-sah-NAE-say”) and a dish inspired by Rome’s love of Cucina Povera or, ‘Poor Kitchen’. Tasting Cesanese del Piglio wine. The wine with moderate oak aging (left) was less gamey than the one with low oak (right). Today, the grape is dwindling in numbers and continues to fall into obscurity. Still, with a…
  • Try This Wine Before It Disappears

    Madeline Puckette
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    A small wine region in northern Italy might lose 25% of its vineyards to a planned railway expansion. The region is called Lugana and it’s located along the southern banks of Lake Garda very close to Verona. Lugana focuses on a white grape they call Turbiana (which is a bit of a mystery, I’ll explain below) for both sparkling and still wines. So, now we’re all wondering: Is Lugana worth saving? Lugana, Italy DOC Wine Region Watch: Save Lugana Campaign Video Medieval and Roman ruins can be found in Lugana.   What Lugana Makes Lugana’s grape, Turbiana, is a bit of a…
  • 10 Outstanding Wines With Turkey

    Madeline Puckette
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    This year’s best Thanksgiving wines take into consideration that not all turkey dinners are made equal. Here are ten wines that pair well with turkey based on how it’s prepared. TIP: The wines listed below focus primarily on red fruit flavors which typically pair well with harvest foods and poultry. Wine for a perfectly baked turkey… A perfectly prepped turkey is truly a revelation. Consider yourself lucky. Now, all you need is the right wine to sip alongside of it. Spanish Garnacha Expect to spend: $9–15 Garnacha might just be the unsung wine of Thanksgiving. It has loads…
  • Wine and Cheese Pairing Ideas

    Madeline Puckette
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    We have fondue, triple cream, and stinky blues lined up for your next glass of wine. Check out these modern variations on classic wine and cheese pairings, then dig into the details below for specific wine and cheese recommendations. Tip: Remember to consider the texture of the cheese when creating new wine pairings. Bold Red Wine and Cheese Wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel match up well with equally intense cheeses. Match them with a cheese that’s firm and a bit salty, perhaps with tyrosine crystals. You’ll find that the cheese will be best enjoyed in small…
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    Pure Luxury Transportation

  • Delicious Gingerbread Ideas for the Holiday

    Carey Sweet
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s a childhood fantasy that lingers long into adulthood: gingerbread. The good, crisp-chewy stuff is what dreams are made of, eaten plain or even better, decorated with colorful frosting and candies. Have some extra fun this year, and challenge your inner artist with these extra inspirations.9th Annual Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Contest Once you’ve got the hang of making a gingerbread house, you may crave more inspiration. The 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Contest is a popular activity running through Dec. 31, 2014. Wineries throughout the area have created gingerbread…
  • Oh Say, What Shall We Do This Christmas Day?

    Carey Sweet
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Union Square is alight for the holidaysIt’s the most magical time of the year. It can be hard to realize that Christmas is just around the corner, though, and make plans for that family day. What does someone do after unwrapping gifts and enjoy a great breakfast in the morning, after all? You can only stare and smile at your cousins and in-laws for so long. Many places in laid-back Wine Country are closed on Christmas Day, but a visit to the city can reveal magical discoveries. Here are some ideas to keep everyone ho-ho-hopping:-- Load the family in a car and take a trip to San Francisco,…
  • Sonoma & Napa Wine Tours on Christmas Eve

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Holiday Season is a season of celebrating with old and new traditions. For Pure Luxury Transportation clients spending the holidays in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, some of these traditions include outstanding local wines. Today, we’re sharing one of those traditions with you that you are invited to claim for your own! This is a tradition for Christmas Eve morning/afternoon. Whether sharing an adventure in Wine Country with a special significant other, or with a small group of family and friends, you’ll have plenty of time to spend Christmas Eve evening with other loved ones or…
  • Rising to the Occasion: Beautiful Bakeries

    Carey Sweet
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven. And somehow, it’s even more delicious when someone else does the baking. Here are some of our favorite places for a beautiful loaf of bread or crazy good cookie:Wild Flour Bread, Freestone We might start simply with how to find this bakery. Follow Hwy. 12 about five miles past Sebastopol toward Bodega Bay, then journey up a steep hill after which you will descend into a beautiful valley. Turn right on Bohemian Highway and follow your nose to the wood fired brick oven where bread master Jed Wallach churns out a dozen different kinds of…
  • Reserve Sonoma Valley – An Adventure with World-Class Wines

    4 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    At Pure Luxury Transportation, ongoing training is important for our staff in order to provide our clients with first hand knowledge about the varied experiences to enjoy in Northern California Wine Country. Recently, members of our team set out as guests on one of 8 unique experiences as part of Reserve Sonoma Valley presented by Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers. Reserve Sonoma Valley offers behind-the-scenes visits to local wineries. Each experience included a Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers host, chauffeured transportation provided by Pure Luxury, lunch, and an adventure like no…
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • Spokane Cork District and Alaska Airlines Announce Wine Partnership

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  • Spokane Holiday Wine Festival Weekend with The Cork District

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    Wine Reviews and Tasting Reports - International Wine Report

  • CASARENA Malbec 'Jamilla's Single Vineyard, Perdriel' 2011

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    The 2011 'Jamilla's Single Vineyard, Perdriel’ is a superb offering, instantly opening with intense aromas of blackberry and cherry reduction followed by freshly ground coffee, loam, chocolate and spices which all come together giving the impression this is going to be a massive wine. On the palate however, things are quite nicely balanced and it does not get out of control by any means. It finishes up long and velvety leaving behind more layers of espresso and dark fruits that linger on. This is a wine that continues to elvove with every second in the glass and although accessible early,…
  • JAMSHEED 'Harem - La Syrah' 2012

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The 'Harem - La Syrah' is a wonderful entry into one of the the hottest producers in Australia. It comes from multiple vineyard sites; 60% Pyrenees (Pyren Vineyard) and 40% Yarra Valley (Yarra Glen & Healesville). This is pure Northern Rhone style Syrah, with aromas of black fruit, plum, tobacco, white pepper, olive, roasted coffee and tar. It possesses bright fruit on the palate with excellent balance ending with a long smooth finish. Drink now and over the next 5-7 years. (Best 2014-2020) - August, 2014 (MD) 90 POINTS Wine Specifications   Report Date: August, 2014 Drinking…
  • SBRAGIA Cabernet Sauvignon, Monte Rosso Vineyard 2011

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    The 2011 Sbragia Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a layered, powerful wine with some serious intensity. It instantly opens with bold aromas of black currants, kirsch liquor, savory herbs, bell pepper, licorice, sweet spices and touches of vanilla. This full-bodied Mountain Cabernet shows remarkable depth and concentration, while remaing smooth, polished and round all they way through the plush finish. The wine was aged for 24 months in new French oak barrels from the Nevers forest. Today, this still needs a bit more time in bottle, but overall, a fantastic showing from Ed Sbragia…
  • SBRAGIA Merlot 'Home Ranch' 2012

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Home Ranch Merlot is certainly a bold, intense showing from Sbragia in 2012. This blend of 95% Merlot, 4% Cab Franc and 1% Petite Verdot is dense and layered offering a generous dosage of ripe back currants, crème de cassis, mocha, spices, anise and sweet toasted oak that resonates through the wine. It possesses a full body that is backed by a rich, plush texture and shows impressive power as it heads into the finish. This will be approachale early on, but will need some short-term cellaring before it will be at its best. (Best 2016-2024) - December, 2014 (JD) 91 POINTS Wine…
  • SOLISTE Sauvignon Blanc 'St. Andelain' 2012

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Soliste proprietor Claude Koeberle created this wine to honor the legendary Didier Dagueneau. Like Dagueneau, Claude is a perfectionist and focuses on all the fine details when creating his wines and this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc was certainly no exception. Originating from a single organic vineyard, the grapes were destemmed and allowed 36 hours of skin contact. After pressing, the grapes were then aged for 16 months in Didier’s famous, cigar shaped barrels. The wine itself is extremely complex, with intoxicating aromas of apricot, preserved lime, kiwi, green herbs, tropical fruits,…
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  • fizzmas: popping bottles for bigtime baseball coin

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    Last month, the Marlins forked over a landmark contract to Giancarlo Stanton: 13 years for a reported $325 million. Kind of a lot of money. And no better reason to celebrate. After signing, Stanton headed to FDR nightclub at the Delano in Miami and got his hands on a methuselah (a large format equal to 8 bottles in … Continue reading →
  • fizzmas: baz, barneys, and a bubbly saber

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s Fizzmas! We’ll be covering all things bubbly this week so pop your corks and enjoy. Baz Luhrmann, director of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, and his costume designer wife Catherine Martin did a collaboration series called Baz Dazzled with Barneys for the holidays. Included are all sorts of things you don’t need but … Continue reading →
  • happy empire prosecco building happy hour!

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Starting early because it’s Friday, because it’s the holidays, because life is good! Villa Sandi Rosé Prosecco is hitting the spot. Continue reading →
  • the 2014 grapey gift guide – non-wine goodies!

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s back! Your guide to all the grapiest gifts, fit to be gifted to you or yours. jingle bell wine stopper Adorable – it actually jingles! The perfect little happy sound when you’re re-opening a bottle. $24 from C Wonder here. wine sriracha Most people pair wine with food – these grapefriends put it right in … Continue reading →
  • who what wine: this year’s grapey gift guide

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Aside from summer, it’s the most wonderful time of year – because you get to give and receive great bottles of wine! Based on some of my favorite bottles of 2014, here’s what to give or what to tell everyone to give you (there are 12 total so you can make a whole case out of them!). for … Continue reading →
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  • Making It To The Top

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    Reviews of the Recanati Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and several whiskies from The Glenlivet.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  December 11, 2014   For the first time since 2008 an Israeli wine has been included in the Wine Spectator magazine’s annual list of this year’s “Top 100 Wines”. It is quite an honor since the magazine’s editors sample over 18,000 wines from around the world before selecting their favorite 100 wines of the year based upon “quality, value, availability and excitement.” To the Spectator’s list of…
  • Glassware Matters

    8 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    Review of Twin Suns Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and a cocktail suggestion: The Hot Toddy.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  November 27, 2014   In one of the final scenes of the 2004 multi-Oscar nominated film “Sideways” (it did win for best adapted screenplay) we see Miles—a joyless, glass half-empty type character who has previously declared his disdain for Merlot grape wines—drinking his prized 1961 Château Cheval Blanc in a fast-food joint out of a Styrofoam coffee cup. The scene is deeply cathartic for the character, and allows him get…
  • Technology

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    Reviews of Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2009 and Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  November 28, 2014   An interesting exhibition at Berlin’s Jewish Museum called “Die Erschaffung der Welt”, or “the Creation of the Word,” includes a work called “bios [torah]” that in some part examines the relationship between technology and man. The German artist group “robotlab” has programmed an industrial robot to write an entire Torah scroll in just three months, about four times as fast as a sofer (or…
  • Thanksgiving – A Perfect Time To Try New Wines

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Wine suggestions to accompany your Thanksgiving Feast.   By Lou Marmon   Gazette Newspapers  November 26, 2014   While Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating family and friends, it is also an opportunity to try some unfamiliar wines. The classic meal of turkey, stuffing and various side-dishes provide a broad palate of flavors, textures and aromas as a starting point for selecting accompanying wines. As with any complex meal, look for wines that have good fruit flavors, refreshing acidity for balance and are not too tannic or oaky.   Young wines seem to work best for…
  • Earthquake in Napa

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    Reviews of Covenant “RED C” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2011 and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  November 19, 2014   On August 24 an earthquake struck Napa Valley, one of California’s most popular winemaking regions injuring over 200 people, and causing at least $100 million in damages. The strongest quake in the area for 25 years and centered just south of the city of Napa, the 6.0 quake even damaged buildings that were specifically retrofitted to resist tremors, and of course led to fires. It is estimated…
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  • Review: Kirkland Spiced Rum

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
      For those of us that don’t make it to the Costco liquor department all too frequently, here is some Kirkland Signature news for you: Costco is now offering Kirkland Spiced Rum (and has been apparently been doing so for a few years. I’m always the last to know these things). Kirkland Signature Spiced Rum, from St. Croix Island, is their latest foray into the private label spirits world. Before we get to everyone’s first question (Is Kirkland Spiced Rum good?) or second question (Who makes Kirkland Spiced Rum?), let’s talk a bit about the liquid itself. Kirkland Spiced Rum is a…
  • FAQ: Kirkland Signature French Vodka aka Kirkland Vodka aka Costco Vodka

    30 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
    People ask us a lot of questions about Kirkland Signature Vodka imported from France. We’d like to take this time to address many of those Kirkland Vodka questions. If you have further questions about it, feel free to let us know in the comments.   Is Kirkland Signature Vodka – Imported from France the same thing as Costco Vodka? Yes and no. Costco Vodka is the generic moniker given to all house brand vodka sold by Costco. As of this time, Costco sells two house brand vodkas: Kirkland Signature French Vodka and Kirkland Signature American Vodka.   Is Kirkland…
  • Best Trader Joe’s Pinot Noir

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
                        There are a lot of wine choices at Trader Joe’s, but we’re here to help! Today, we’re diving into the crazy world of Pinot Noir. In order to narrow down your options, we put together this list of the best Pinot Noir from Trader Joe’s. So I’m sure you are wondering how we made this list. Great question. There criteria were tough. We combined three factors to develop our ratings: 1. what Trader Joe’s Pinot Noir do we actually like, 2. which ones do people most search for on our site, and 3.
  • There is Never a Wrong Season for a Good Radler

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Radlers are not just for summer time barbecues. True, they are great for those occasions, but too often people shy away from these fabulous drinks the moment the weather turns cold. Mistake! In fact, some of the very things that make them awesome in the summer equally apply to the winter points. For a case study, let us turn to the Steigl Radler, utterly refreshing and widely available at supermarkets in the summer, it is a radler that most people are familiar with. It is about half and half grapefruit juice and beer. And grapefruit juice is high in vitamin C, critical for fighting off colds.
  • Everything You Want to Know About Your Favorite Champagne Producer

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
                      Have you recently found yourself enjoying a nice glass of Champagne and saying to yourself, “I’d like to know more about where this came from.”? If so, you’re in luck. Today, we launch the Sourmashed Champagne Producer Database. What is that, you ask? Simple. It is an ever evolving database of Champagne producers and all the key information about them, including whatever they produce. Think of it as your one-stop-shop for Champagne information.     Check it out here: Sourmashed Champagne Producer…
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    HoseMaster of Wine™

  • Lo Hai Qu on Wine Magazines

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In an effort to provide some wine education for my unpredictable intern Lo Hai Qu, I gave her gift subscriptions to most of the major wine publications, and Sommelier Journal (oh, my mistake, SOMM Journal, which is a subsidiary of LADYHOME Journal—Jerry Lewis, Editor Emeritus).  She asked if she could use HoseMaster of Wine™ to express her opinions about these august magazines, most of which are published in the other months as well. Buckle your seat belts, here we go. So, like, I’ve...
  • The HoseMaster's Letter to Santa 2014

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dear Santa, You were so generous to me last year, I feel guilty even writing to you today. You brought me a brand new Coravin last year, which I used to successfully anaesthetize my cat, as well as drink little tiny amounts of all my best wines, which I refuse to share with my undeserving wine friends. “Coravin—because you know wine isn’t really about sharing©.” Screw them, Santa, these are unicorn wines and I only drink them alone or with virgins. And the only virgin who knows anything about...
  • The Adventures of Brett Bung, CERTIFIED SPECIALIST OF WINE!

    1 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Born of normal parents on the outskirts of a great metropolitan city, no one would have been able to anticipate that humble Brett Bung would one day emerge as the CERTIFIED SPECIALIST OF WINE! By day a low level accountant, an invisible man in the giant accounting firm Usury, Penury and Perjury LLC, at night Brett becomes the modern-day superhero CERTIFIED SPECIALIST OF WINE! I think we all know his intro: “Faster than a sommelier refill! More powerful than a Tim Fish review! Able to leap big...
  • Perfect Thanksgiving Wines to Match Your Family's Dysfunction

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Media Portrayal of Thanksgiving The great cultural myth of Thanksgiving is upon us. On Thursday, we celebrate that first Thanksgiving when Martha Stewart and Miles Standish invited the local Native Americans over to share in the bounty of America. The two cultures had shared so much. The Native Americans had taught Martha how to live off the land, and how to make contraceptives from beaver pelts, while the Pilgrims had given the Native Americans the great gift of smallpox. To celebrate these...
  • You Get a 100 Points! And You Get a 100 Points! And YOU Get a 100 Points!

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    “You get a car! And you get a car! And you get a car! And YOU get a car! Everybody gets a car!” The unforgettable opening show of “Oprah!” circa 2004. Oprah Winfrey giving away a car to everyone in her studio audience that day. The screaming materialists out of their minds with greed. Oprah as the Car Fairy. Just as DeBeers convinced everyone in the 1920’s that diamonds proved eternal love, because nothing says love like dead Africans, the car companies have shown us through game shows and...
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • Give the Gift of a Wine Club

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:56 pm
    One of the best compliments was when I gave a 6 month subscription to the California Wine Club as a wedding present.  The bride told me that was the best wedding gift they received. So this Holiday Season give the gift of a wine club.  Here are some suggestions to find the right wine club for that person on your list. Know the person you are buying for.  Don’t try to impress them with expensive bottles that they themselves aren’t going to be able to purchase.  You want to make this fun and enjoyable. Do they like red or white?  There are some wine clubs…
  • Holiday Food & Wine Pairings with Mary Cressler

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Last year I did a great podcast with Mary Cressler on holiday food and wine pairings and what to look for when in the wine store.  T’is the season and I thought it would be beneficial to re-post the post and podcast to help you with your holiday wine purchases and pairings.
  • 3 Books for the Wine Lover on your List

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Whether the person on you list is to wine, likes wine or just wants to know about wine, here are three book suggestions on an overall get to know wine. WineWise by Steven Kolpan, Michael A Weiss and Brian H Smith, all professors of wine at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. This is a get to know your wine and wine region book. They nicely explain the wine regions and also notable wines from the region, both inexpensive and expensive. They spend time in California, Washington, Oregon and New York wine regions. Take you to South America and cover Chile and Arentina before…
  • Food Trucks and Fire Pits

    4 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    On our way back from New York on the Saturday after Thanksgiving we stopped at Laurita Winery in New Egypt, New Jersey for Food Trucks & Fire Pits.  This was my first time at this winery and I had no expectations on what to expect.   The grounds were very impressive and huge.  It is clear this winery can accommodate a huge crowd on it’s grounds for events.  The picture above is the food truck area that lead to a stage and the tasting room. The tasting room area was beautiful and huge.  Two levels to taste and enjoy a bottle of wine and be warm.  They do…
  • Girlfriends Napa Get-a-Way

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    The weekend before Thanksgiving I found myself in Napa to celebrate my girlfriends 50th birthday. While it wasn’t the best time to travel I couldn’t pass it up! What do 6 girlfriends do in a short period of time for a celebration?  Plan our time and seek out new experiences. We are luck as Denise did all the planning and did a fantastic job. The pressure was on, since we were planning it for the meeting planner.   As you can see, we were not short on wine Accommodations were first. Something that had to accommodate 6 ladies and centrally located. came through…
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Your Presents Is Appreciated

    Debbie Gioquindo
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    The sun poking through the clouds is a welcome gift from the heavens, and a clutch of bicycles leans against the beer patio fence for the first time in eons. Inside, a trio of cyclists unwinds after making the ride from the City. Kevin Siwoff of Brooklyn and Alejandro Castro and Tom Lewis of Manhattan are celebrating their accomplishment with samples of Liquid Gold. “Around a month ago, we talked about taking a ride,” says Kevin. “Tom said, Captain Lawrence has tours and a tasting room. It was, need he say more?”The guys are also enjoying the beers they don’t normally see down in…
  • Give the Gift of a Wine Club

    Debbie Gioquindo
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    One of the best compliments was when I gave a 6 month subscription to the California Wine Club as a wedding present.  The bride told me that was the best wedding gift they received.So this Holiday Season give the gift of a wine club.  Here are some suggestions to find the right wine club for that person on your list.Know the person you are buying for.  Don't try to impress them with expensive bottles that they themselves aren't going to be able to purchase.  You want to make this fun and enjoyable.Do they like red or white?  There are some wine clubs that you can…
  • Holiday Food & Wine Pairings with Mary Cressler

    Debbie Gioquindo
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    Last year I did a great podcast with Mary Cressler on holiday food and wine pairings and what to look for when in the wine store.  T'is the season and I thought it would be beneficial to re-post the post and podcast to help you with your holiday wine purchases and pairings.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Holiday food and wine pairing decisions can be more stressful than holiday shopping.  When you walk into that wine shop you can be completely overwhelmed with the choices you have in front of…
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Finding ‘Gold’ in the Gray, Or, Drinkin’ With Lincoln

    Debbie Gioquindo
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    Rain. Miserable, cold, plans-crushing, muck-making rain, falling in silvery sheets all week. Not much to do on a day like this, except grab some friends and find a warm, dry place to hang. Such as Captain Lawrence. Ryan O’Keefe of New Fairfield, Connecticut, chooses to look on the bright side. “I’m glad it slowed down a bit,” he says, “so the Saw Mill won’t flood.” Ryan and Mike Galella of Yonkers have indeed found some fun indoor stuff to do—climbing the faux rocks at The Cliffs in Valhalla, then retiring for a few samples at the brewery. Mike is intrigued by a new…
  • 3 Books for the Wine Lover on your List

    Debbie Gioquindo
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    Whether the person on you list is to wine, likes wine or just wants to know about wine, here are three book suggestions on an overall get to know wine.WineWise by Steven Kolpan, Michael A Weiss and Brian H Smith, all professors of wine at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.This is a get to know your wine and wine region book. They nicely explain the wine regions and also notable wines from the region, both inexpensive and expensive.They spend time in California, Washington, Oregon and New York wine regions. Take you to South America and cover Chile and Arentina before heading…
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • 2014: Hvino publishes the 3-rd Media Rating of Georgian Wine Companies

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    17.12.2014. (Hvino News).  Since 2012 in the end of each year Hvino News calculates the Media Rating of Georgian Wine Companies. In 2014, for the third time in a row Hvino News prepares its analytic report, which is now based on 3 years of our global media monitoring. This year's result has become known today.The new leader of Media Rating is Georgian Wine and Spirits (with brand names Chateau Mukhrani, Tamada, Old Tbilisi). Congratulations to GWS!The former ratings' leader Tbilvino went down to second place.Telavi Wine Cellar (Marani) has made a huge progress in 2014, rising from 7-th…
  • Devaluation of the ruble caused damage to Georgian exporters

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    17.12.2014. The devaluation of the Russian ruble caused damage to Georgian exporters. Georgian businessmen constantly focused on the possible political risks in doing business in Russia are in danger for an entirely different reason - the rapid devaluation of the ruble significantly affected the solvency of the population, as a result, the sales of Georgian companies fell sharply.According to the CEO at Tbilvino George Margvelashvili, depreciation of the ruble leads to a rise in price of imported goods."Our partners have to hike prices, and this hinders trade networks to take products.
  • Georgian winemakers expand export geography

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:37 am
    17.12.2014 (Hvino News). In 2015, Georgian wine companies plan to expand their sales markets, according to a review published by Georgian Kommersant.According to George Margvelashvili, CEO at Tbilvino, in the coming year the company for the first time will begin exporting to Australia, Panama, and Cuba.In his words, a forecast concerning Russian market is adverse due to the economic crisis in Russia."Russia accounts for only 25% of our company’s exports, so we are not dependent on the Russian market. With regard to the European Union, it is a stable market but we do not have a particular…
  • Gaanatlos Ruben Tkeshelashvili!

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    15.12.2014. Some may know him as "The General," others, simply as Ruben.  He was a qvevri wine maker in Racha, a mountainous region in the Republic of Georgia known for a semi-sweet red wine called Khvanchkara. We were visiting Iago's Winery last weekend when I happened to mention to my friend Irakli that he really needed to pay a visit to Ruben before he died. Iago told us he had died two days ago.  I think he was a national treasure.  I had the honor of visiting his marani last October with my Rachan guide Natia and my friend Nicoletta.  I went to Racha to lean how to…
  • Georgian grapevine in Brazil - Olá Usachelari!

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Photo: vinoge.comby Nina Akhlouri14.12.2014. About 4 years ago, James Carl, a Brazilian acupuncturist, could not imagine that winemaking would become a significant part of his life. Indeed, as he told us, one never knows “where your heart may lead you.” A growing interest in winemaking led him to start studying catalogs and scientific articles on grape varieties as well as climatological findings of the South of Brazil. James’ interest was soon drawn to indigenous varieties from Greece, Georgia and Portugal. He came to the conclusion that the most resistant varieties to his country’s…
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  • Champagne for Fools: An All-Purpose Guide to Serving and Pouring Bubbly

    Ultra Liquors
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Pour it up, people: Champagne should be an all-the-time drink. But it’s especially appropriate this time of year, as everyone bops from holiday party to holiday party. Time to get some expert advise on the sparkly stuff and has all the right answers. Their expert has debunked a few myths and threw out surprising […]
  • The Difficult Drinkers on Your Christmas List and How to Shop for Them

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As an adult—and specifically as an adult who reads websites dedicated to drinking alcoholic beverages—it is unavoidable that you will end up buying some boozy gifts for your buddies. Sometimes, though, it’s not as easy as picking up a random six pack and jamming it in their stocking. Everyone has a multitude of tastes that […]
  • Wine holds off Beer as most Googled Alcohol Beverage of 2014

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s been a long year of hard drinking and I’m sure we will all end strong with the festive season upon us. Yes the finish line is in sight, so dig deep, down your glass and pour another damn Chardonnay. Search Trends 2014 was a tough year for wine online. It might be the most googled alcohol […]
  • Celebrity diets to avoid in 2015

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Be wary of celebrities and TV personalities peddling diets after the British Dietetic Association listed the Paleo and No Sugar diets as ones to avoid. The BDA listed the five top celebrity linked diets which you would be best not to follow if your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Most of them are […]
  • The best foods and drinks to cure a hangover

    Ultra Liquors
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    You had a great time last night…and now you’re paying for it. While collegiate wisdom says to reach for greasy, fatty foods to “soak up” the alcohol, that large cheese pizza you ordered at 3 A.M. (and then snacked on later for “breakfast”) is mixing up a potent gastrointestinal cocktail that’s just too strong for […]
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • Montepulciano: Magnificence of Central Italy

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

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    One of the quality of a good taster is memory. The skill of being capable of recognizing the quality of a grape or wine is an excellent help for any future tasting. Taking note of the sensations perceived during the tasting of a wine is therefore a fundamental practice and very useful in order to improve your tasting skills.
  • Best Wine of October 2014: San Leonardo 2007, Tenuta San Leonardo

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

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

  • Montepulciano: Magnificenza del Centro Italia

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

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Una delle qualità di un buon degustatore è la memoria. La capacità di riconoscere le qualità di un'uva e di un vino è un valido aiuto in occasione delle degustazioni future. Prendere nota delle sensazioni percepite durante la degustazione di un vino è pertanto una pratica fondamentale e molto utile al miglioramento delle proprie capacità di degustatore.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Ottobre 2014: San Leonardo 2007, Tenuta San Leonardo

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

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

  • Total Wine & More Celebrates Our Communities on #GivingTuesday

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

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

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

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

  • Spotlight on: Oporto and the Douro Valley

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

    Qin Xie
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:44 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series Domaine Ogereau’s production is absolutely tiny. At just 20 hectares, 10 of which are devoted to Coteaux du Layon, they are heavily influenced by the saleability of sweet wines. Perhaps that’s why, with the addition of their son Emmanuel as the new winemaker, the owners Vincent and Catherine Ogereau are exploring the terroirs of Coteaux du Layon for dry Chenin Blanc. Emmanuel Ogereau becomes the fifth generation of the family to be a winemaker at the property. Having studied wine business in Dijon, trained in Burgundy and…
  • Eric Morgat, Clos Ferrard, Savennières

    Qin Xie
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series Eric Morgat is an interesting winemaker to meet, not least because his name is his wine brand rather than that of an estate. Clearly passionate about winemaking, Morgat has worked from the ground up acquiring parcels of land to make his wine. His first vintage was in 1995, when he was just 25. His “garden”, often previously uncultivated land, as this is cheaper than the alternative, are based in different parts of the Anjou; some are right next to the Loire river while others are further inland. His is the Black Anjou – the…
  • Domaine des Forges, Saint Aubin de Luigné

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

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

    Guest Blogger
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am
    12×75 – Can I Offer You Some Celebrity with Your Wine? By Anna Scott   A couple of wine-related news items caught my eye in the last week and both of them to do with those famous types. Apparently Jay-Z has purchased the Armand de Brignac Champagne brand by making the company an offer they … Read more →Diamond Encrusted Toilet/Watch/Speedboat is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Diamond Encrusted Toilet/Watch/Speedboat appeared first on .
  • The Problems of a Spontaneous Wine Drinker

    Guest Blogger
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Anna Scott   ‘Hectic modern lifestyle blah blah blah… no time to go to proper shops etc etc… barely time to breath let alone carry out a meaningful conversation…..’ You get my drift. But this (hopefully) isn’t going to be one of those posts. Instead of banging on about how rubbish modern life is … Read more →The Problems of a Spontaneous Wine Drinker is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post The Problems of a Spontaneous Wine Drinker appeared first on .
  • Wonderfully Enlightening and Stating The Bloody Obvious

    Guest Blogger
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    By Robert Davidson For those of you who read the trade press, you will most likely have seen coverage of the DWCC (Digital Wine Communication Conference) last week.  Amongst the great names there presenting, there were two articles in Harpers that seemed to be both wonderfully enlightening and stating the bloody obvious (this is less … Read more →Wonderfully Enlightening and Stating The Bloody Obvious is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Wonderfully Enlightening and Stating The Bloody Obvious appeared first on .
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    Fareham Wine Cellar Blog

  • Winchester Cocoa Company Christmas Truffles

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Winchester Cocoa Company Christmas Truffles Winchester Cocoa Company Christmas Truffles The Winchester Cocoa Company makes fine handmade chocolates in Winchester, Hampshire with some ingredients bought from Fareham Wine Cellar (Goyard Vieux Marc de Champagne and Pussers Blue Label Rum 40%). This is a new company formed by Chris Attewell and where possible he tries to use local ingredients – fresh cream from a herd of Guernsey cows near Winchester, Summerdown Hampshire mint oil, teas from Char Teas in Winchester. He has also recently made a chocolate flavoured with Twisted Nose Gin…
  • Christmas Wine Tasting

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Christmas Wine Tasting Fareham Wine Cellar Christmas Wine Tasting 2014 All free of charge, all at our shop. We will be running half an hour times slots for the second and third wine tastings, so everyone doesn’t turn up at once. As you know, we are a bit short for space! More information on this and the wines we will be showing very shortly. The Champagne Forget Brimont tasting is a matter of just turning up between 1pm and 5pm. Christmas Wine Tasting Dates 2014 Champagne Tasting – Champagne Forget Brimont Saturday 29th November 1pm until 5pm @ Fareham Wine Cellar Please turn up…
  • Nomad Outland Whisky

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Nomad Outland Whisky Nomad Outland Whisky Whisky is the 2nd fastest growing spirits category globally (after Cognac) It is reckoned to be growing at 12% per year, so it is not surprising that there are lots of new whiskies and bottlings creeping out of the the woodwork. It also seems that the whisky-buying public are open to trying new and different brands or recognised brands perhaps with a different wood finish. For example, Compass Box Whisky has had enormous success with their premium blended malt whiskies and Glenmorangie’s limited edition whiskies have been finished in all sort of…
  • Pussers Rum Blue Label 40%

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Pussers Rum Blue Label 40% Pussers Rum Blue Label 40% Pussers Rum Blue Label has been relaunched in the UK bottled at 40% abv rather than the old 54.5%. Do not worry however, the Pussers Rum bottled at 54.5% will not disappear from the UK markets, so there is succour for all those old sailors out there. It is being rebranded as Pussers Rum Gunpowder Proof and will have a black and gold, instead of a blue label. You can read more about the reasons for this change and the more about Gunpowder Proof at my earlier blog post. This is part of a slight modernisation by Pussers which also saw the…
  • Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum A new name and packaging for Pussers Blue Label Rum! Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum will be launched in the UK in early 2015. As I write this both Blue Labels are available, so be careful which one you are buying! It may come as a surprise to some, but did you know that there are various different Pussers Rums bottled at different strengths? In the UK we have basically had a choice of 2 Pussers Rums – Pussers 15 Year Old Rum with a red label, bottled at 40% abv, and the Pussers Blue Label Rum which has always been bottled at 54.5%…
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    Great Northwest Wine

  • Taste Washington ticket sales begin with holiday discount

    Eric Degerman
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Taste Washington 2015 will be March 28-29 in Seattle at CenturyLink Field Event Center. (Photo by Andréa Johnson Photography/Courtesy of Washington State Wine) SEATTLE — Taste Washington, Seattle’s annual two-day spring tasting billed as the United States’ largest single-region wine and food event, is offering a Sunday ticket discount to holiday shoppers. Ticket sales began Tuesday for Taste Washington 2015, which will be staged Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, and it returns to the CenturyLink Field Event Center adjacent to the home of the world champion Seattle…
  • Cedar River Cellars 2012 Confluence, Columbia Valley, $28

    Great Northwest Wine
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Micah Nasarow, an Oregon State University grad and former Starbucks sensory scientist, slowly is ramping up production at his ultra-boutique winery in the Seattle suburb of Renton. His blend built upon the shoulders of Syrah (50%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (34%) carries quite a pedigree that includes fruit from Portteus, Two Blondes and Burgess vineyards. And he steers clear of new oak, opting for 16 months in twice-filled Taransaud barrels, which leads to aromas of dusty cherry, red currant and cranberry among light toast notes. There’s a rustic elegance to this lighter-styled red,…
  • Dusted Valley Vintners 2012 Wallywood, Columbia Valley, $42

    Great Northwest Wine
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Production is a bit down from previous vintages, but for the third straight bottling, Wisconsin boys Chad Johnson and Corey Braunel score our top rating with this GSM-style blend dubbed for their dual tasting room presence in Walla Walla and Woodinville. The components are Syrah (52%), Petite Sirah (24%), Mourvédre (16%) and Grenache from their go-to sites for this — StoneTree on the Wahluke Slope and Red Heaven on Red Mountain. There’s a dark presence to the balanced nose that hints at huckleberry and boysenberry with barrel notes of vanilla and toasted walnut. The drink is rich and…
  • Argyle Winery 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40

    Great Northwest Wine
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Considering that their regular Willamette Valley release is nearly four times the size, this is a reserve bottling for the Dundee, Ore., team of founding winemaker Rollin Soles and his successor, Nate Klostermann. They’ve held production of the reserve steady for a number of years, and this captures aromas of Rainier cherry, red plum, lavender and blueberry syrup over a fresh brownie. Its structure is elegant with a profile of black currant and dark plum, backed by suave tannins and a squirt of blueberry in the finish. Rating: Excellent Production: 7,150 cases Alcohol: 13.5% Winery website…
  • Betz Family Winery to plant Walla Walla Valley vineyard

    Andy Perdue
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    SeVein is a 2,700-acre vineyard development in the southern Walla Walla Valley near Milton-Freewater, Ore. Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, Wash., has purchased land to plant its first estate vineyard there. (Photo courtesy of SeVein) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – One of Washington’s most storied wineries is planting its first estate vineyard – and it will be in the southern Walla Walla Valley. Betz Family Winery, launched in 1997 by Master of Wine Bob Betz, has purchased land in SeVein, a young vineyard region near Milton-Freewater, Ore., that already is producing grapes for some…
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • Cabernets, Cookies, and Santa: 2014 Holiday Events in Napa Valley

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    It’s hard to get your hands around all of the holiday events in Napa Valley, so we thought we’d take a crack at it for you.  We’ve listed the 2014 holiday events below, in chronological order, to try and make things easier. This also helps clarify how many things are actually taking place on a very busy Saturday (December 6) across Napa Valley. We’ve captured winery Holiday Open Houses that are free to the general public, appellation-based wine tasting events that aren’t as free, and a fancy black-tie-optional affair.  But, we’ve also identified many family-friendly and…
  • From Ribs to Empanadas: Favorites from the 2014 A Wine & Food Affair

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Country Pâté with Cherry Jam and Pinot Noir at Sanglier Cellars Thanks to wineries along the Wine Road, we started November with another lovely weekend in Sonoma County enjoying wine and food pairings at the 2014 A Wine & Food Affair. At the 16th annual Affair, each participating winery prepared a special recipe to pair with one of their wines so for two days we traveled the Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys knowing we could easily access recipes for our favorite dishes once we got home. We ended the weekend with a few cases of wine for the cellar and many recipes…
  • PinotFest 2014: Farallon’s Celebration of Pinot Noir

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    SF Bay Area residents should move quickly to clear their schedules for this Saturday afternoon because there are a few more tickets left for the phenomenal PinotFest 2014 at Farralon Restaurant in San Francisco.  Peter Palmer (Founder of PinotFest and former Wine Director at Farralon), Ryan Simas (Chef de Cuisine at Farralon), and Mark Franz (Chef/Owner of Farralon) are hosting the 16th Annual PinotFest celebration on Saturday, November 22, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.   And did we mention the 60 top Pinot Noir producers from the West Coast joining them?  Put it all together and you’re…
  • Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting: Awesomeness from Around the World

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    2011 Cervaro della Sala from Marchesi Antinori Last month, we had the extreme pleasure of attending the 2014 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting, honoring wineries from around the world that delivered the best overall performance in Wine & Spirits tastings. Based on the approximately 4,300 wines that were recommended by the magazine to their readers throughout the past year (out of over 14,000 tasted), this event showcased the Top 100 Wineries as they poured wines for an appreciative crowd in San Francsico. When there is a wine and food event based on the top 100 wineries in the world…
  • Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting: Taste, Meet, Feast, Enjoy and more…

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

  • Legends & Myth: The History Of Champagne Sabering

    Joshua Malin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to VinePair’s Week Of Bubbles. We’ll be exploring the world of sparkling wines all week, starting with the basics, and finishing things up with bottles you should buy, picked by a panel of VinePair readers. The Quick And Dirty Guide To Sparkling Wines From Around The World How Sparkling Wines Are Made [INFOGRAPHIC] How To Sabre A Bottle Of Champagne 4 Sparkling Wine Cocktails Everyone Should Know How To Make The first time you see someone sabre a bottle of Champagne a series of thoughts run through your mind: Why is that person waving a knife…or perhaps a sword? What’s…
  • 3 Holiday Drinks For People Who Hate Eggnog

    Adam Teeter
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Let’s all admit it, eggnog sucks. Why do we subject ourselves to this gelatinous, milky concoction year in and year out? It’s a torture we all endure for the holidays, as if for some reason it wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa, Mistletoe and a stomach full of boozy dairy that’s going to be no fun for anyone in a few hours. There’s a reason your Aunt Elma stays locked in the upstairs bathroom on the night of Christmas Eve, and it’s not the cooking. But the saddest thing we miss out on when we choose eggnog as our holiday drink of choice isn’t a stomach free of nausea, it’s…
  • The Quick And Dirty Guide To Sparkling Wines From Around The World

    Adrienne Stillman
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Welcome to VinePair’s Week Of Bubbles. We’ll be exploring the world of sparkling wines all week, starting with the basics, and finishing things up with bottles you should buy, picked by a panel of VinePair readers. The History Of Champagne Sabering How Sparkling Wines Are Made [INFOGRAPHIC] How To Sabre A Bottle Of Champagne 4 Sparkling Wine Cocktails Everyone Should Know How To Make The Quick And Dirty Guide To Sparkling Wines… Champagne  Made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, this is the gold standard of sparkling wine. Styles range from lean and crisp…
  • Rainpocalypse in Napa

    Adrienne Stillman
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you judge by the coverage of major news outlets the past few days, the state of California appears to be sliding into the ocean. With some places receiving up to a foot of rain within 24 hours, a lot of people are without power, towns have been flooded, school canceled, trees downed, cars hydroplaning off the road – the list goes on. The Napa River, which I observed at depressingly-low levels earlier this summer, was close to overflowing its banks. The storm’s arrival here, however, was relatively muted. Don’t get me wrong – there was A LOT of water on the roads, and…
  • How To Eat Like A Real Italian…Even At The Olive Garden

    Keith Beavers
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Italy is a magical place for food and wine. It’s as if every time you sit down at a table anywhere on the boot it’s a time for leisurely celebration. Here in the States, Italian restaurant owners like myself try to recreate that experience for you. There is a specific pace at which a formal Italian meal is enjoyed and although not all Italian restaurants will offer this pace exactly the same way, I’m going to share with you how to take control and have a when-in-Rome experience. In Italy there are generally three types of eating establishments. First there’s the trattoria, which is…
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    Jameson Fink

  • Spring Mountain Cabernet from Smith-Madrone: The Perfect Gift

    Jameson Fink
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:16 pm
    There is something special about Spring Mountain. Leaving behind Napa Valley’s floor, you carefully wind your way up to higher altitudes where a new world unfolds. And it’s not just scenery that is transformed; the distinctiveness of the wines bear out that change as well. I was recently sent a trio of samples from Smith-Madrone [...]
  • 5 Things You’ll Learn About Wine Tasting from Anthony Giglio

    Jameson Fink
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Instead of focusing on wine tasting as some sort of elaborate, rigid routine fraught with ritual and stern judgement, wouldn’t it be nice if someone could just break it down for you via a few simple rules that maximize pleasure and learning while minimizing angst and consternation? I was witness to just that when, as [...]
  • 2 of The Best Italian Red Wines For Pizza

    Jameson Fink
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I love beer, white wine, sparkling wine, and rosé with pizza. But the classics never go out of style. Here are two Italian red wines that are dynamite with pizza. Both were consumed at Bar Del Corso, one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Even if you don’t get pizza there (which you should),  you’ll [...]
  • International Versus Indigenous Wine Grapes: The Case of Sicily

    Jameson Fink
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:11 pm
    What gets you to explore wines made from unfamiliar grapes? How do you discover something new? Sicily is an interesting case as an island full of indigenous grapes as well as plenty of wine made from non-native, better-known grapes like Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Syrah. I had these questions in mind when I conducted a phone [...]
  • Vall Llach: Exploring the Red Wines of Priorat in Spain

    Jameson Fink
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    It’s hard to look at the grape vines in the rugged region of Priorat in Spain and not think, “How do they make wine here?” The steep hills, the gnarled vines, the “llicorella” (slate) soil. And to call it soil is kind of strange as it looks menacing, like it would slice you in half [...]
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    Wine School of Philadelphia

  • Noggle Vineyards Wine To Be Sold At Bankruptcy Auction

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    By Lewis Perdue Approximately 600 cases of wine from Lake County’s Noggle Vineyards and Winery will be sold at bankruptcy auction next year. Wine Executive News subscribers please click here to read the complete article. Not a Wine Executive News subscriber yet? Subscribe to Wine Executive News now, and get the rest of this original article along with […] Read more here:: Wine Industry Insight The post Noggle Vineyards Wine To Be Sold At Bankruptcy Auction appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Lexington Street Files Court Papers Alleging Robert Dahl Felonies

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    By Lewis Perdue Lexington Street Investments LLC has filed a document in Napa Superior Court that it says proves Robert Dahl was convicted of two felonies convictions in Minnesota. In an email received by Wine Industry Insight early this morning, Dahl said, “There are no such convictions.” Dahl is the owner or managing partner in a number of […] Read more here:: Wine Industry Insight The post Lexington Street Files Court Papers Alleging Robert Dahl Felonies appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Kitchen Manager - Legal Sea Foods - Philadelphia, PA

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    Below is a breif overview of this position, it is not a complete job description: The Kitchen Manager is responsible for day to day operations within the From Legal Sea Foods – 13 Dec 2014 08:03:37 GMT – View all Philadelphia jobs Read more here:: WIne Jobs via Indeed The post Kitchen Manager - Legal Sea Foods - Philadelphia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Kitchen Manager - Legal Sea Foods - King of Prussia, PA

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    Below is a breif overview of this position, it is not a complete job description: The Kitchen Manager is responsible for day to day operations within the From Legal Sea Foods – 13 Dec 2014 08:03:37 GMT – View all King of Prussia jobs Read more here:: WIne Jobs via Indeed The post Kitchen Manager - Legal Sea Foods - King of Prussia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Indian Reservations: Get Stoned & Gamble?

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    By Lewis Perdue According to the Associated Press: “GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.” According to the article, It remains to be seen how many reservations […] Read more here:: Wine Industry Insight The post Indian Reservations: Get Stoned & Gamble? appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
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  • The December Hot 100!

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

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

    Marketing Manager
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    You asked, we listened. Our newest release makes it faster and easier to save and find wines in your cellar and discover new wines through friends. Here are some new things you can do: Filter and Sort Wines Ever have a tough time finding that terrific wine that you scanned months ago? Yeah, us too! That’s why we have added the ability to sort your wines (now called “My Cellar”) by date, but price, rating, and winery. Also, for all you collectors, we have added an “Owned” tab to the app, to track wines in your actual cellar. Manage Your Profile Now you control…
  • Introducing the Drync Hot 100

    Marketing Manager
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    We at Drync love our data, and so do our users. Now by popular demand, we present the Drync 100 – this week’s most scanned and saved wines in the app. We also wanted to give you some context with rank changes from week to week in the far-right column. If you have some burning questions around our process in selecting these wines, click here for our FAQ. Some interesting facts about this week’s wines: Winter is coming… or else you guys just love your red wine! More than 80% of our top 100 were reds. Our most popular single variety was Cabernet Sauvignon with 35 entries,…
  • Thanksgiving Wine Buying Guide

    lauren johnson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Thanksgiving Wine Buying Guide Wines that pair well with stuffing your face. Shop the List With Thanksgiving just around the corner, entertaining is on the forefront of all of our minds, and spectacular culinary creations are being meticulously planned throughout the country at this very moment. Since the U.S. is now leading the world in wine consumption, wine has really become a staple at the dinner table, particularly for special occasions. So, what wines do you pick for the greatest culinary celebration of the year? With so many flavors on one little plate, it is actually not that…
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  • Uproar Over Brewery Sale

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Dec. 11, 2014 – If you want to make your fans really mad, really, really mad, sell your craft brewery to Anheuser-Busch InBev.  That’s what the owners of 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, Oregon, did last month and the fans are reacting on Facebook describing the owners as greedy and sellouts.   Horror of horrors, Anheuser-Busch, makes the detestable Bud and now they are invading Bend where craft beer is taken very seriously.  The industry got its start back in 1988 and Bend has developed into a vacation destination for golfers, skiers, fishing and outdoor activities as well as indoor…
  • Holiday Dessert That’s Fabulous and Fun

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Dec. 11, 2014 — Looking for something different, easy and do-ahead?  Look no further.  Raging Grasshopper is pretty, delicious and sure to impress your guests.  The recipe is courtesy of mixologist, party planner and consultant Rob Newhouse of Fat’s Asia Bistro in Folsom, California.  We can guarantee its deliciousness.  The recipe and serving tips are here.
  • Raging Grasshopper – A Dessert for the Holidays

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    December 11, 2014 – Watching Rob Newhouse create a Raging Grasshopper is like watching a Michelin-starred chef delicately plate his signature dish.  The amiable mixologist doesn’t just dream up amazing cocktails.  He turns his talents to converting cocktail recipes into equally amazing desserts.   Rob is the popular mixologist at Fat’s Asia Bistro in Folsom, California who we interviewed November 21  Here’s another creation that we found not only intriguing but incredibly delicious.   The Raging…
  • Melissa Etheridge’s Cannabis-Infused Wines

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Dec. 11, 2014 – Rock star Melissa Etheridge has a line of marijuana-infused wines in partnership with Greenway Compassionate Relief, a Santa Cruz, California dispensary for medical marijuana.   The singer used medical marijuana after undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer in 2004.  The wine can only be sold as a “wine tincture”.  The cannabis is not heated and the “cold extraction” process during fermentation produces a compound that she claims is less psychoactive than compounds present in marijuana smoke or present in cooked food items such as brownies.   Talking to…
  • What Were They Drinking 300 Years Ago?

    8 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Dec. 8, 2014 – Virginia is a wonderful state for anyone with a taste for history and now, a taste for beer made from 300-year-old recipes.   The Virginia Historical Society, a privately funded non-profit, has collected and saved recipes for beer, food and medicinal remedies that otherwise might have been lost from our history.  And some Virginians are reproducing them for the rest of us.   A Richmond brewery, Ardent Craft Ales recently experimented with “Jane’s Percimon Beer”.  It was a challenge because the recipe contained no quantities or instructions.  For co-owners,…
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  • The Secret Vineyards of Paris

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    A bit of a change today, as we’re taking the wine theme to our wonderful capital! As you may… The post The Secret Vineyards of Paris appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Unique Grapes of the Alpes-Maritimes

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    It’s a story I’ve heard a few times now. Visitors arrive in Nice. Ask restaurant for a bottle of… The post Unique Grapes of the Alpes-Maritimes appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Christmas in the Provence Vines

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:16 pm
    I’m still getting used to a Northern Hemisphere Christmas. Yes, I’m one of those strange people from the south who… The post Christmas in the Provence Vines appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Autumn in the Bellet Vines

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    An Afternoon in the Bellet Vines in Photos Photos by Javiera Ramirez Discover the vineyards of Bellet in their… The post Autumn in the Bellet Vines appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • OliOliva, Imperia

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    A Made-in-Liguria Celebration Everything tastes better on the other side of the border. It’s an opinion I formed pretty… The post OliOliva, Imperia appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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  • Drinking Too Much Wine – How Much is TOO Much?

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

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

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

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

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:59 pm
    If you are a lover of white wine, no worry, many wine clubs offer an all white option for ya! Although I tend to stick to red myself, I LOVE the occasional glass of something lighter, fruitier, and lightly chilled. So, compiled here is a top 5 list of my selections. Each of these I have personally tried and wrote up full reviews with pictures, so check those out as well if you are still unsure which one to buy.Wine of the Month ClubClub WLaithwaites Wine ClubWall Street Journal Wine ClubCellars Wine ClubVisitPrice$21.95$39$69.99 (First Shipment) Then $139.99 Quarterly$69.99 (First Shipment)…
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  • Tasting Notes: Louis Latour Meursault White Burgundy 2007

    John Neimann
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    The pale greenish gold color is clear and bright. On the nose, delicate scents of acacia flowers and honey are released. On the palate, this wine is full and fresh with nice density. The floral and mineral notes are enhanced by green almond flavors. Savoury and tight. Structured, with some oak evident. A powerful and fat wine with very beautiful length.  Food Pairing: Prawn cocktail avocado - grilled sea bass - stew of veal in a cream sauce - Beaufort cheese. Situated just south of Volnay and Pommard in the Côte de Beaune, Meursault is the most extensive southerly white wine commune of…
  • Tasting Notes: Penley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Phoenix 2010

    John Neimann
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    The color is bright crimson with hints of dark purple due to its oak maturation and specific handling techniques. The fragrant aroma consists of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape. Complex and well integrated oak characters are evident on the bouquet. Mulberry and blackberry are dominant fruit flavors enhanced by a young tight palate with silky grape tannin and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of the Penley Style. A very generous mid palate with a hint of licorice and chocolate that lingers on the finish. A wine that is closer to full…
  • Tasting Notes: B Cellars Blend 23 2011

    John Neimann
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    This complex fusion exhibits exceptional balance of both acidity and body. Citrus fruits, and savory minerality are brought forth from the barrel fermented Chardonnay, while the Sauvignon Blanc provides tropical notes and stone fruits characters. The Viognier finishes this blend with notes of honeysuckle, and fresh flowers while rounding out the palate with notable viscosity. Founded by Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys in 2003, B Cellars winery is the collaboration of two like-minded individuals that shared a vision and, through a happenstance meeting, brought to life their dream of creating a…
  • Tasting Notes: Chateau De Sales Pomerol Red Bordeaux 2009

    John Neimann
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Rustic, traditional, lean style of Pomerol with bright red fruits, earth and herbs that ends with a crisp, red plum finish. Chateau de Sales has been in the same family hands since 1464. This probably sets a record in Bordeaux for continuous ownership of a chateau. In 1464, Bertrand de Sauvanelles agreed to rent and manage the estate. It has remained in the same family hands for close to 6 centuries! The Chateau was created in the early 1600’s, which was also quite rare for at the time as the region has never been the home to the type of grand chateaux found in the . In fact, the chateau…
  • Tasting Notes: Salentein Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011

    John Neimann
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Intense ruby red color, with aromas of cherry, cassis, black pepper and vanilla. In the mouth ample and intense with very good structure and fruit combined with tobacco notes. The goal of Salentein is to make high quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. The company’s lasting commitment to the people of Argentina combines investments, employment opportunities, and training with lessons of hope. Salentein faces national challenges with vitality and a long-term global perspective. The season was characterized…
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