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  • Sam Sebastiani Returns to His Wine Roots (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    After retiring from Viansa a decade ago, the Sonoma vintner launches a label paying tribute to his heritage
  • Unfiltered: Is This Winemaker Too Happy for France's Anti-Alcohol Lobby? (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Plus, Vega Sicilia celebrates its sesquicentennial and soccer coach Sven-Gorän Eriksson’s new wine label
  • Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Charles Heintz

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

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It seems like we hear about a new celebrity wine project almost every month. I long ago stopped reporting on these new projects because, well, after a golfer, a porn star, an NFL quarterback, and a rapper all have wines, what else is there to say? OK, Chateau Miraval is pretty damn good. I admit it. But why wouldn't it be, in the hands of Famille Perrin?!? There is celebrity wine, and then there is celebrity wine. Because who the hell wants to just bottle your own wine, when you can run your own wine region? No one ever suggested Gérard Depardieu did things subtly. But then again, no…
  • How To Write a Wine’s Name—Depends

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    Tom Wark
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    One would think it is a simple matter, but it turns out it’s not. In fact, there are various theories and practices behind the writing of a wine’s full name. My approach has always been the same: Except in those instances when the wine is to be written alongside a relatively few others of the same brand, then one ought to write the name of a wine in such a way that most easily allows the reader to find what they are looking for. First, let’s talk about my exception. Consider the winery newsletter. When it does use names of wines, those wines will be made by the winery…
 
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  • Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Charles Heintz

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

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

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

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

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The Louis Jadot name, as well as its readily identifiable label should be very familiar, even to casual wine lovers. Established by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859 in the Burgundy region of France, Maison Louis Jadot has grown over the past 150 years to own 280 acres of the Côte d’Or’s most prestigious Premier and Grand Cru plots. In 2010, chief winemaker Jacques Lardière retired after 42 years with Louis Jadot. Taking over the reins from Monsieur Lardière, winemaker Frédéric Barnier has been responsible for the entire winemaking team of Maison Louis Jadot since 2010. Join us as we…
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    Vinography: A Wine Blog

  • Taking Celebrity Wine to the Next Level

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It seems like we hear about a new celebrity wine project almost every month. I long ago stopped reporting on these new projects because, well, after a golfer, a porn star, an NFL quarterback, and a rapper all have wines, what else is there to say? OK, Chateau Miraval is pretty damn good. I admit it. But why wouldn't it be, in the hands of Famille Perrin?!? There is celebrity wine, and then there is celebrity wine. Because who the hell wants to just bottle your own wine, when you can run your own wine region? No one ever suggested Gérard Depardieu did things subtly. But then again, no…
  • Vinography Images: The Blue Berry

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    The Blue Berry Inside the orbit of a single Pinot Noir berry, the world collapses to shades of green and blue. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: If you are interested in owning an archive quality, limited edition…
  • 2014 Family Winemakers Tasting: August 17, San Mateo

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    Size isn't everything, they say, but sometimes it's mighty impressive. The yearly Family Winemakers tasting has as one of its many claims to fame that it is the single largest tasting of California wines in the world. That alone would not be reason for excitement, were it not for the generally very high quality of the wines that are on offer, year after year. Regular readers know that this tasting, now in its 24th year, is one of my favorites. While the definition of a "family-run" winery is stretched a bit to include behemoths like Jackson Family Estates and Gallo, the organization consists…
  • Will Climate Change be the Death of Cork?

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    There's a lot of talk these days about the impacts of climate change on wine. Weather patterns are shifting, volatility of weather continues to increase, and yes, temperatures continue to rise in some areas of the globe, pushing harvests earlier and earlier. Most of these discussions focus on the impact to grape growing, but a recent study shows that another component of the wine world may be under threat from climate change: corks. Over the past twenty years, cork bark has been getting thinner and thinner. According to a group of researchers at the University of Lisbon, who published…
  • The King of Zweigelt: The Wines of Umathum, Burgenland

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Austria, for good reasons, continues to be better known around the world for its white wines than its reds. It's hard to compete with such an incredible wealth of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. And in truth, far more bad red wine is made in Austria than good. But over the last decade or two, Austria has been making serious strides in its red wine production, following the lead of a few producers who have long been dedicated to the potential of Austria's native red grapes. Few would deny that Josef "Pepi" Umathum belongs in that number, and many would place him at the very front of the…
 
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  • How To Write a Wine’s Name—Depends

    Tom Wark
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    One would think it is a simple matter, but it turns out it’s not. In fact, there are various theories and practices behind the writing of a wine’s full name. My approach has always been the same: Except in those instances when the wine is to be written alongside a relatively few others of the same brand, then one ought to write the name of a wine in such a way that most easily allows the reader to find what they are looking for. First, let’s talk about my exception. Consider the winery newsletter. When it does use names of wines, those wines will be made by the winery…
  • A Schooling in Wine Writing And Gender

    Tom Wark
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    I’ve heard it said that where winemaking is concerned, women may have an advantage either because they may have a more acute palate or because they are more natural nurturers. I don’t know. It’s an intriguing and not altogether outlandish set of ideas. However, I’m wondering if there is such a substantial difference between male wine writers and female wine writers that it is important that we read, listen to, or observe or both in order to get a full rendering of what it means to be a good writer? This is what occurred to me as I read these two criticisms about a…
  • Misunderstanding: There is no Such Thing As a “Print” Writer in the Wine Media

    Tom Wark
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Media reports out of and about the recent Wine Bloggers Conference as well as certain panels at the conference (I could not be there due to baby), have in some measure drawn attention to a severe misunderstanding among some about the nature of writing, blogging and media in general. The theme I’m referring to is the idea that there is “print media” on the one hand and something else (digital?) on the other. The sister theme to this is that “print writers” don’t have much to offer “bloggers” or non-print writers. Let me clear up this…
  • Wine Bloggers and Their Awards Deserve a Change

    Tom Wark
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    This blog was recently honored with “Best Industry/Business Wine Blog” at the 2014 Wine Blog Awards. That achievement made me very proud. I’ve spent nearly a decade working fairly diligently at FERMENTATION. In many ways spending almost a decade pondering, writing and generally getting stuff off my chest keeps me sane and centered. Along those lines of writing and pondering, and to a degree staying sane, I have some ideas about The Wine Blog Awards, and particularly how I think they might evolve for the better 1. SUBMISSION OF EXAMPLES OF WORK Nominations in each category…
  • What it Takes to Grow the Direct To Consumer Wine Channel

    Tom Wark
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    In a recent editorial at Wine Industry Advisor, Brian Rosen, former CEO of SAMS, a large wine retailer in Chicago, and now head of the consulting firm Rosen Retail, said the following: “The DTC movement is not what you think it is and will not provide the added revenue that wineries around the globe are seeking….The DTC movement is a wonderful idea, and there is no doubt that as regulations soften and technological efficiencies prevail, it will be a sustainable revenue stream going forward. That day is not today.” His case against the current benefits and utility of…
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • The Case of the Vanishing Noodle

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

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

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

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

    17 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Photo courtesy of Sonoma Cutrer Unoaked-Oaked Chardonnay If you haven't been paying attention to Chardonnay for a while because it's "too oaky," you'll be happy to learn that producers have heard you and are now creating many Chards with only minimal-oak (barrel) contact, or none at all, using terms like "unoaked" or "virgin" on the label. Chablis, from France's Burgundy region, is the standard bearer of unoaked Chards. Sonoma-Cutrer's Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is an ex...
 
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    Intoxicating Prose

  • RESTAURANTS: Pavilion

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

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

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

    Douglas Blyde
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    DESPITE Jesus being content to break bread with his hands, cutlery has helped define civilisation. In addition to aiding the efficiency, aesthetics and general enjoyment of consumption, the gastronomic holy trinity of knife, fork and spoon can affect food’s taste and may even have altered our physiology. With technological advances come new instalments of cutlery and quirky ways of delivering them. But can these near essential implements ever be re-developed to form a genuinely new lexicon of dining paraphernalia?Read at Aura >
  • TRAVEL: Sniffing Out The Black Gold

    Douglas Blyde
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:24 pm
    WE watch Jaumard deftly excavate dark soil with a sharp pick. The spectacle evokes archaeology, only in fast-forward. At once, the heady aroma of moist, ripe truffles surfs the icy, dry Mistral wind. “A nest!” Jaumard announces, trying hard to hold the salivating Mirette back with her rope leash... Read at Grand Luxury Travel >
 
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    Wine Camp Blog: a points-free zone

  • Veraison

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

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

    Craig Camp
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    First light in vineyards, Yountville, Napa Valley 7/1/14
  • Sizing Up

    Craig Camp
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Cabernet sauvignon sizing up Yountville Napa Valley 6/29/14
  • Being Franc

    Craig Camp
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:06 am
    2011 Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Black Label Stepping Stone Cuvée  Every vineyard, vintage and variety has its center. It's our job as winemakers to find that center and let it speak through the wine. If you think I feel there is Zen in crafting a wine you'd be right. When you find that center the wine truly has not only something to say, but something worth listening to.This is why Cornerstone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc is so distinctive. We let it be Franc. Many wineries seem to want to tame the cantankerous cabernet franc's edgy personality, but we don't. In fact, we…
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  • Hoffman’s ‘Tavern on the Glen’ serves Santa Cruz Shakespeare fans

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

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

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

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Santa Cruz Wine Examiner recently joined the Carmel Food Tour in beautiful Carmel-by-the Sea. On a leisurely stroll through the heart of Carmel, tour guides eagerly share their passion and knowledge by providing glimpses into flavor, culture...
  • Chaminade Farm to Table Dinner series opens season with Pelican Ranch Winery

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    26 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    Join Chaminade Resort & Spa’s 7th Annual Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series, beginning on Friday, June 6, and continuing through October, 2014. Enjoy a five course dinner with local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by Executive Chef&...
 
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  • Cien y Pico, Doble Pasta Tintorera 2009 Manchuela (Wines of the week)

    Julia Harding MW
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From €8.41, £10.69, 13.90 Swiss francs, US$19.99, AU$22.58 Find this wine Some wines enter on tiptoe and whisper their restrained but captivating spell. This wine bounds up to you, grabs you by the scruff of the neck and has your full attention. Then it starts to reveal its fabulous aromas and.
  • Celebrating the indies - a guide (Free for all)

    Team JR
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our call to support independent wine merchants has had an enthusiastic response. Clearly our readers care very much indeed about where and from whom they buy their wine. This guide gives you a full list of all the reviews we have published so far - a good global wine-buying guide - although see.
  • Indie writing competition - D Crossley's seven (Free for all)

    Guest contributor
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    David Crossley contributes, at length, to our Indie writing competition : When I first saw this competition on Twitter I did wonder how anyone could possibly choose their one favourite wine retailer. As with many other readers, I buy too much wine, well maybe not too much, but too much to drink..
  • France 2014 - back to normal quantities? (Inside information)

    Guest contributor
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As the 2014 harvest kicks off in the Napa Valley, Yohan Castaing and I speculate about the size of the 2014 French vintage. But as for quality, all is still to play for - JR. Unlike the 2012 and 2013 vintages, 2014 seems to be one of the most productive of recent years. All French vineyards are.
  • Chianti Classico Riservas - worth the premium? (Tasting articles)

    Walter Speller
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year’s en primeur tastings described in Chianti Classico 2012 - climate-change wines also saw the release of the 2011 Riservas, which clearly showed that they were the result of a hot vintage in which many producers had begun to pick the grapes before optimal ripeness. In 2011 it was a case.
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    Grapes and Grains

  • It’s Official. Bam.

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

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

    David Flaherty
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:09 pm
    After 16 weeks of studying the ins and outs of all things beer, the Cicerone test is now only 11 hours away…
  • Terroir High Line Returns!

    David Flaherty
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    Just figured out the opening beer list for Terroir High Line. It’s on, people!
  • Serious Eats: “The 20 Best New Sour Beers in the World”

    David Flaherty
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Over the course of two months, I met with beer tasters much smarter than myself and we embarked on a sour-filled journey of more than 50 sour beers from around the world.  These were the results of our findings. Serious Eats: Drinks March 18th, 2014 “The 20 Best New Sours Beers in the World“ (Click on the image below to view the article)
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    My Wine Education

  • Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic

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

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

    Cresta
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:44 am
    By: Cresta A couple of new reds I’ve tried recently… Robert Reynolds Merlot “Rocky’s Block” Lodi 2007 I tried this wine at a recent event and I was pleasantly surprised. Not outstanding but well above average. It is a subtle, medium-bodied Merlot from the Lodi region in California; slightly oaky with berry and vanilla flavors, very low tannins and a smooth but super sweet finish for a Merlot. I would consider having this one on hand at home as it was easy to drink. My rating:         2010 Bodegas Sierra Norte Bobal Temperamento This was a wine…
  • 2014 Wine Festival Notes

    Kevin
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Just finished up my brief trip through the festival and while everything I tried was really nice, there were a few things that I’d like to highlight that were new to me. Note: The local winery row was to the left of the hall as you entered. An the numbers start to the right of the entrance. Terry Theise Selections (booth 12) – 3 very nice, yet different styles of growers Champaign. The Varnier Brut (100% Chard) had the most upfront yeast with a 2010 base, but grapes added from 2001-2009, the Pehu-Simonet (60% Pinot Noir/40% Chard) made using only their own grapes was more fruit…
  • 24th Annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival

    Kevin
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:25 am
    It’s that time once again to celebrate with the International Wine Festival here in Cincinnati. It’s always a sign that warmer days are getting closer and after this winter, that is a really great thing. 14 countries, 143 booths most with 4-10 wine selections, and a selection of small food items has me excited this year. I’ll try to get a post up in the late afternoon highlighting any specific gems, but feel free to add you finds in the comments. Did you try everything at Korbel (booth 115) and decide what type of Champagne you prefer? Or was your favorite a Moscato or an…
 
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Linha 22: Enjoy Portuguese Wine, Cheese and Fado while touring Porto

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

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

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

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

    Gabriella Opaz
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    There is no sign, there is no grand entry, there is simply a wooden door with a knocker. “How do we get in?” I ask Sara, who was dutifully watching over Mica in his portable carseat. “The door isn’t open? Really?! Is this the right place?” she inquires, a little concerned that the three of us would be stuck outside, a touch cold and very hungry! Knowing that our coworkers had confirmed the exact location, and were most likely enjoying a refreshing drink within, I take a step back to assess the two wooden doors positioned on either side of the lit menu display.
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  • Wowzer Pinot Noir from Toretti's Family Vineyard

    MonkuWino
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    During a short vacation up north we visited several Costcos along the way.  I spied the object of today's review at their Santa Maria location and thought about buying it but passed. After we left, even though I'd never heard of Toretti's Family Vineyard, I kept thinking I should have bought it because it seemed interesting.  Don't ask me why some wines look more interesting than others; they
  • cleanup

    MonkuWino
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    In my last post I mentioned how some of the wine-related links on my blog were out of date. Just now I went and cleaned them up so what you saw in this blog yesterday ain't what you are seeing now. Over half of the links were deleted. A couple of them changed URL's so I updated those. I am glad to see that El Jefe of Twisted Oak is still writing his twisted blog posts albeit at a different web
  • more conscientious

    MonkuWino
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    As I have said before, and those of you who visit this blog regularly know, I tend to post sporadically. In bursts.  In the beginning I was on fire, posting left and right but then I ran out of ideas and got stale. Then I slacked off and didn't post for long periods of time, even over a year.  Just recently after another prolonged bout of apathy I started posting again and I'm gonna give it the
  • coffee filters for wine?

    MonkuWino
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    With my standard practice of splitting a 750 ml bottle of wine into four equal parts to drink on four successive days or evenings, I never take the time to decant anything. Some bottles throw a sediment, which I carefully try not to make a part of the liquid I pour into the three 187 ml bottles for later, or the wine glass for the day. I've wondered what the effect would be of using a coffee
  • some short stemware

    MonkuWino
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Actually the title of this blog post is misleading but don't sue me.  It's really not stemware.  It's short, but there's no stem - which is the main reason why it is short. Normally I don't like to drink wine out of a glass that has no stem.  This latest trend towards stemless glasses is not popular with me. Nevertheless, I ended up buying a couple of stemless glasses recently.  I couldn't
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  • Archeologists dismayed that ancient wine cup was not varietal-specific

    Dr. Vino
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Archeologists have found a wine cup that is attributed to the Greek statesman, Pericles. Amazed at they detail of they cup, they were, however, dismayed that the earthen cup was not varietal-specific. Full story The post Archeologists dismayed that ancient wine cup was not varietal-specific appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
  • California law allows undergrads to sip and spit–for credit

    Dr. Vino
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Being an undergrad and drinking may appear to go hand in hand. But now they can legally go together in California. Well, sipping and spitting, that is. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a the so-called “sip and spit” bill last week. As of next year, California students enrolled in beer or winemaking classes will legally be able to sample beer and wine in a class. They do have to be at least 18, but that’s a three-year jump on the legal minimum age for drinking. California has many places to study winemaking, including UC Davis is one of America’s leading faculties…
  • Phil Mickelson drinks $40k DRC – sipped & spit

    Dr. Vino
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Phil Mickelson has really made the most of having the “Claret Jug” since winning the British Open last year. How much? He told the Scotsman about his Bacchanal: “I’ve loved having the Jug with me for the last 12 months,” he confirms. “The people who know and love the game get a big kick out of it. They really appreciate what it means to hold such a famous trophy. And drink out of it. I only let them drink the good stuff of course. There’s been nothing in there that is sub-par. But the best was a 1990 bottle of Romanée Conti wine. It wasn’t on my dime thankfully. It…
  • G.D. Vajra in Barolo – “clean traditionalist”

    Dr. Vino
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Giuseppe Vaira was caught in a fight when he was in elementary school. It wasn’t the sort of meet-you-at-the-bike-racks kind of thing. No, it encapsulated what might happen only to the son of a winemaker, or even the son of a Barolo winemaker. He was classmates with two other kids who were also from wine families. One said proudly that he was the son of a modernist winemaker while the other said proudly that she was the daughter of a traditionalist. No doubt, both the kids harrumphed, crossed their arms, and turned their backs to each other. Giuseppe was flummoxed. Which camp did his family…
  • New York City has the world’s best wine lists: WFW

    Dr. Vino
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    New York City has the most top wine lists in the world according to a new ranking from the World of Fine Wine. London is second, San Francisco third, and Chicago fourth according to the British publication, which rolled out the annual awards for best wine lists for the first time this year. Instead of taking the measure of a wine list’s length, the panel of experts looked at quality. Here’s how Neil Beckett, the magazine’s editor put it in a press release, “As we were judging, we had in mind the wise words of our fellow judge Francis Percival about the difference…
 
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  • Review: ***+ $$ Amancaya Gran Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2011 = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Amancaya Gran Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon. Original tasting and review : This is Amancaya Gran Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2011, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in July, 2014.  This is a blend of 70% malbec and 30% cabernet sauvignon, vinted in a partnership between well-known vignerons Barons de Rothschild and Nicolas Catena.In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from three-quarters inch from the edge.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled…
  • Review: **** $$ Dog Ridge Vineyard DV7 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2002 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Dog Ridge Vineyard DV7 Shiraz. By way of background, opening thoughts: OK, everyone knows by now - I'm a sucker for McLaren Vale, Australia, shiraz.  Here's a really old one.Original tasting and review : This is Dog Ridge Vineyard DV7 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2002, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled a whopping 12 years from vintage date, in July, 2014.In the glass: Deep magenta, black in the center and opaque from about a quarter inch from the edge.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled…
  • Review: *** $$ Vina Herminia Excelsus, Rioja, Spain, 2009

    jorray
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Vina Herminia Excelsus. Original tasting and review : This is Vina Herminia Excelsus, Rioja, Spain, 2009, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled five years from vintage date, in July, 2014.  This is an equal mix of tempranillo and garnacha, cellar aged for eight months.In the glass: Burgundy hued, opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright fruit, some tar and fresh laundry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be layered and balanced. On the palate: The primary…
  • Review: *** $$ Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Old Vines, Montsant, Spain, 2010

    jorray
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Mas Donis Barrica. Original tasting and review : This is Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Old Vines, Montsant, Spain, 2010, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled four years from vintage date, in July, 2014.  This is a blend of 85% grenache and 15% syrah, aged in a mix of French and American oak for nine months.In the glass: Deep burgundy, opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, rich blackberry fruit, with some blue ink.  From the aroma, seems like this will be…
  • Review: ***+ $$ Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel. By way of background, opening thoughts: I enjoyed this wine in the 2002 vintage a great deal.  Today, we'll sample a vintage from 10 years later, and sampled much younger.Original tasting and review : This is Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California, 2012, finished at 15.3% alcohol and sampled two years from vintage date, in July, 2014.In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about three-quarter inch in.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and…
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  • Napa Valley wine grape harvest will start this week

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

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

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

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

    TrevR
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:32 am
    We recently made a trip up-valley to visit a property that was once home to an outlet mall just north of the town of St. Helena. Today, the space is in the final stages of a complete transformation that will ultimately see it reopen as a destination wine and food “village.” Above: Inside the brand new Cairdean Estate tasting room Cairdean Estate is the brainchild of husband and wife Edwin and Stacia Williams. The couple recently opened a gorgeous new tasting room and sleek restaurant, The Farmer & The Fox, on the property. In addition to the winery, which reportedly has a…
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  • Petit Comptoir Francais

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

    Andrew Barrow
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    The Ceiling At Max Bordeaux You can drink – or rather sip, seeing the prices – some of the most luxurious of wines in Max Bordeaux. They had Chateau Haut-Brion 2007 and 2008 in one of their enomatic dispensers. €25 for little more than a thimble-full. Perhaps the Bernar Venet bedecked Chateau Mouton Rotheschild 2007 is more your style (also €25) or Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2001 would tempt you to part with €38? Sadly in this machine at least, the 2004 Chateau Cheval Blanc St. Emilion was ‘off’ on the day of our visit. I’d hate to be the cleaner in Max Bordeaux – the…
  • Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

    Andrew Barrow
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge for port producer Ramos Pintos. Not that widely known in the UK – where the English names of the port houses are so familiar – Ramos Pintos has a 130 years of history; a history certainly worth exploring. Founded by Adriano Ramos Pinto in 1880, Casa Ramos Pinto rapidly became noted, at the time, for its innovative and enterprising strategy. Associated with quality bottled wines, it began operating on the Brazilian market in…
  • The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

    Andrew Barrow
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar A London pop-up bar, right in the very centre of town, with one of the most superb views across the skyline. Welcome to the Vista Lounge in the Trafalgar Hotels Citrus Garden. Right on the top floor, turn right as you leave the lift and head right down to the far bar. Here its all Tanqueray gin. Not just the ‘ordinary’ but the Tanqueray No. Ten resplendent in its new art deco bottle. A pre-view opening last Thursday let us sample more than just a normal G&T: Old Tom Fizz – “The Gin and Tonic for kings and queens,…
  • Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

    Andrew Barrow
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux. I must have left the tripod in the car as this was taken at a (rather excessive) high ISO – 6400 for those who need such info. A fine visit to the Chateau resulted in plenty of photos. Difficult to know which to save for the visit write-up or use individually; as this I think works better in black and white it has been elevated to the Sunday spot. Photo: Stainless Steel Tanks…
 
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  • Napa Valley wine grape harvest will start this week

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

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

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

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

    TrevR
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:32 am
    We recently made a trip up-valley to visit a property that was once home to an outlet mall just north of the town of St. Helena. Today, the space is in the final stages of a complete transformation that will ultimately see it reopen as a destination wine and food “village.” Above: Inside the brand new Cairdean Estate tasting room Cairdean Estate is the brainchild of husband and wife Edwin and Stacia Williams. The couple recently opened a gorgeous new tasting room and sleek restaurant, The Farmer & The Fox, on the property. In addition to the winery, which reportedly has a…
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  • Project Paso Mix Six

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    For your considerationWe wanna six you up!THE EXCITING NEW SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER FROM WOOT STUDIOS: PROJECT PASO. 2012 Cab: The charismatic con-man. Polished. Vibrant. Distinctive. Can crack a safe like a bear rides a bicycle. 2012 Old Vine Zin: The veteran gunslinger. Old Vine’s a loose canon. Haunted by his secret past as an actuary for the Internal Revenue Service. He’ll save that village or die trying. 2011 Lonely Oak Red Blend: Fiercely independent and proud, Lonely Oak is forced to abandon his lone ranger mentality when he’s pulled back into the fray for one last job … OR IS IT?
  • Sonoma Harvest Salad Dressings (6)

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    UR VEGGIES ARE NEKKID!Dress your salad in corduroy & lemon.Each of these dressings unlocks a unique superpower upon consumption. Here’s what you can expect: Classic Italian Vinaigrette - The power of scrapbooking. Creamy White Balsamic Vinaigrette - The power to assemble flat-pack furniture quickly and without spousal disagreements. Herb Tarragon Dressing - The power of parallel parking without a car. Honey Balsamic Dressing - The power to select the fastest line every time. Lemon Parmesan Dressing - The power of digestive serenity. Red Raspberry Vinaigrette - The power to resist doughnuts.
  • David Girard Vineyards White Rhones (5)

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you think you're better off a Rhone?Say, good buy for the summer!Music would have us believe that summer is a time to lounge in hammocks and fall in love. The music is a lie. In reality, summer is terrible. It’s hot. It’s bright. It’s sticky. Sweat manifests in places you never imagined. Love is the last thing on your mind. If there’s anything good to be said for summer, it’s the opportunity [excuse] to enjoy some terrific white wines. Take today’s offer: A lineup of five sexy White Rhones. Inspired by the South of France; perfected in El Dorado. Stand in front of the fan,…
  • Atlas Peak Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (2)

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Atlas ChuggedYou don't have to carry the weight of the heavens to appreciate this Cab, but it helps!Once there was a Titan named Atlas, but he lost a fight with Zeus. Zeus was a real sore loser, so he made Atlas carry the weight of the heavens on his shoulders. It was super heavy, which really sucked. So when Heracles came by one day asking for help to get some apples, Atlas was happy to get a break. Apparently Eurystheus wanted Heracles to get these apples because Eurystheus was a demanding jerk or something. Anyway, so Atlas went ahead and got the apples. Upon returning, both he and…
  • Clif Climber Limited Release Red Blend (3)

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    -FScramble the hills of superior flavor! (We're bad at metaphors.) OK, dude, I admit I was pretty POed when I saw what you’d done with our canteens. Replacing all of our water with that 2010 Clif Climber Limited Release Red Blend? Total jerk move, I thought. Out on a hike, that water could make the difference between survival and, uh, un-survival or whatever. Believe me when I say, dude, that I was ready to throw you into a ravine for that little stunt. But for some reason, I took a sip. And then another. And one more. By now I had calmed down. I could see – or, rather, taste – the…
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  • Same Old Song (Ridge Lytton Springs Recent Releases)

    1WineDude
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “We sing the same old songJust like a vintage car,You can look, but you won’t ever drive it.We drink the same old wineFrom a brand new jar,We get hung-over, but we always survive it.”- “New Song” by The Who Some tasks are just… unenviable. Take, for example, trying to say something new about iconic California producer Ridge that’s not already been said. Go ahead, give it a shot; it’s not easy, folks. Some people are adept at taking the same few chords or themes and churning out something that sounds totally new; The Kinks, The Who, John Grisham (okay, maybe not Grisham). I am…
  • Reviews (And Wine Labels) ‘R’ Us (Answers.com Wine Article Roundup, July 2014)

    1WineDude
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We wind down yet another summer month (a scorcher for me, since we spent a good portion of it without a working central AC system at 1WD HQ), and so we have another round of Wine.Answers.com article highlights for your reading pleasure. I was in full-on review mode this month, in an attempt to make a dent in the pile of samples that were not actually wines (this isn’t as insane of a pile as the wine samples, but in its own way has been getting a bit out of hand): Wine Book Review: “Native Wine Grapes of Italy” by Ian D’Agata– From a sample copy. A comprehensive look at…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 28, 2014

    1WineDude
    28 Jul 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! 09 Amista Gloeckner Turner Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon…
  • Come Original (On Negative Reviews, #WBC14, Boring Wine Writing, & Non-Boring Wines)

    1WineDude
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “A warning to the crews out there who think they’re hot, if you’re not original rockers you will get shot down by the kids neglectin’ your art, the stuff you did, eventually it get so bad puts you to bed ’cause when the lightning flashes sweet electricity, all the world then stands revealed with the clarity of raw voltage, briefly we see and the hope is you’ll be able to tell just what dope is…” - Come Original by 311 Earlier this month, I attended the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara, CA, as a speaker on a panel titled “How The Pros Taste.” I…
  • 1WineDude.com TV Episode 61: “How The Pros Taste” From #WBC14

    1WineDude
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Some of you asked for it, so here it is: our panel on how the pros taste wine from the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara, CA. Or most of our panel, anyway; as much of it as could be recorded before my video camera lost its juice. More thoughts on the wines that we tasted during that panel, as well as on WBC14 itself, later this week. In the meantime, you now have about 50 minutes of vid to peruse if you’re curious as to how Steve Heimoff, Patrick Comiskey, and I suck the joy out of wine by tasting it critically! 1WineDude.com TV Episode 61: How The Pros Taste From WBC14 Cheers!
 
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  • 14 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Hi to all readers!It has been a while since I have written. As many of you know I am also the winemaker for Rack and Riddle Custom Wine Services. We have just recently moved the operation from Hopland to Healdsburg. This was a phenomenal task! Very happy to be back to my old stomping grounds and as one of my co-workers said- be able to go out and have a real latte. Yes, Hopland was a little remote, but what was accomplished there was mind boggling.So back to Coral Mustang. Considering the drought, the last late rain is still keeping the vines running. Timing for harvest is looking average-…
  • Bud Break in the Vineyard!

    19 Mar 2013 | 6:38 am
    Seems like I just finished harvest and now I am thinking about it again. The weather has been absolutely beautiful but worrisome. We definitely could use some more rain which everyday seems to loom just off the coast or just to the north or anywhere but here.But I digress some, it is exciting thinking about the new vintage coming up in those little buds and what will it ultimately bring. Frank finished pruning in January. Cover crop looks good and mowing has been done more than once with this beautiful weather.In the winery I am getting ready to bottle the first Tres Palmeras wines that will…
  • Harvest 2012!!!

    16 Sep 2012 | 7:13 am
    Yesterday was the first day of harvest for the Tres Palmeras Vineyard which is exclusively for Coral Mustang Wines!This is always exciting and an anxious time. It is exciting to see the work finished, anxiety in how it is going to come out as wine. After two really bad years for grapes, this one looks good. Fruit was pristine- no mold and very little bird damage. There is still one more section to pick for next week, wasn't quite there in the flavor department, but close!I love these mornings- there was a little fog, 47 F- had to put the big jacket on. Then the fog burned off and the sun came…
  • Spring has finally Sprung

    23 Apr 2012 | 7:27 pm
    Check out the video-A little video to show you how Tres Palmeras is looking-Check out the website www.coralmustang.com - the wine club is alive!!!!!I am a partner and Winemaker with Nuestro Vino and will be offering my famous bubbles at a great price.Cheers to Spring,The Mustang Winemaker
  • 2011 Harvest is Finished and Lookin' Good!

    4 Dec 2011 | 7:41 am
    Another crazy year for wine- a year that was so cool that many didn't think that there would be a harvest. But when all is said and done, the wines are coming out very nice in spite of low sugars and lots of mold. I felt that we had a pre-run harvest last year having to deal with many of the same issues, so this year I was prepped with lots of information and methods to work with this years fruit.The one big difference this year was when the rains came, much of the fruit was sound enough to make it through. The Tres Palmeras vineyard was one of them. Last year we had to give up on the fruit.
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  • Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

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

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

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

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

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

  • DIAM Presentation 7/30/14

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tasting notes

    Edward
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Yes, I do still write them, though lately they have been almost as rare as these lapis lazuli champagne coupes. . .From various wine lists and also some of the wonderful enomatic machines to be found in London (The Sampler) and Paris (Lavinia).Domaine Ballot-Millot Meursault "Les Narvaux" 2011. There are three chardonnay from this particular plot in Meursault on the Dinner by Heston wine list (pdf here). This is stoney and intense to begin, but later it loses some of its edge, becoming more creamy and rich. Long, convincing. £22.5 per glass?!Von Buhl Trocken Deidesheimer Mäushöhle 2012.
  • Arion ater

    Edward
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    I'm not normally impressed by the sight of a slug. . . apparently these can grow to 20 centimetres and as my daughter now tells everyone, they eat poo.Image: found beside the River Eye.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
  • Postcard: Hogweed

    Edward
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Everywhere it seemed, but especially along the motorways (M1, M3, M4, M25, M40) and country roads around the Cotswalds and Bath, I kept seeing these tall umbelliferous plants. At first I assumed they were Queen Anne's lace, but the umbels were too large, the seeds too big and the leaves too substantial. The plant is in fact Common Hogweed, or more correctly Heracleum sphondylium. It's native to Europe and Asia and has large hairy and serrated leaves, which are apparently edible. Supposedly the flowers are porcine in scent. . .http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original…
  • Conkers

    Edward
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    As a child I knew a chestnut tree, spiky green balls, all for show, with very few nuts. I think my parents lost patience at this lack of productivity, or more likely they finally grew tired of raking the leaves and so the tree was no more. The memory, imperfect, has remained and so when I saw these spiky fruit (they are everywhere in London and Paris, especially the Jardin du Luxembourg), I just 'knew' that they must be some sort of chestnut. Of course I was mostly wrong. . . They are horse chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum), which are unrelated (not even in the same order) to the chestnuts…
  • Bone Daddies

    Edward
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    31 Peter Street, Soho. To arrive on foot usually means walking up Rupert street, past the Gielgud theatre and then Walker's court with all its porn and furtive men in coats looking at their boots as they dart in and out of the adult stores; the smell of urine is pervasive. . .  still, a right turn and the sleaze is replaced by something brighter and quite inspired.Bar stools and high benches, it's communal and fast moving. The music is loud and on the table glass cylinders with cloves of peeled garlic to be added at your own discretion (see main picture) and black hair ties for those in…
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • My Problem with Pinot Noir

    Alfonso Cevola
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    There’s an unspoken protocol around the water cooler at work. Whenever someone starts extolling the glories of another Pinot Noir, they look around to see if I am near and whisper in hushed tones, “Don’t ever talk to him about Pinot Noir, especially from the Russian River Valley.”It came from a series of tastings, in which it seemed there were an interminable amount of wines from that region, many of which were unrecognizable as Pinot Noir. Dark, brooding, alcoholic, beefy, in a word, inelegant. I just couldn’t imagine why so many people were attracted to this type of wine.I think…
  • Oh, The People You’ll Meet! (wanting help with winery visits in Italy)

    Alfonso Cevola
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    For the last few months I have gotten a barrage of notes from folks who are heading to Italy for visits. Most of the time they are asking for places to visit. After all these years, I have begun to notice patterns. Without making too much fun of them, I’d like to share some of the distilled versions of these archetypes.The “last minute” travelerThis usually comes on a Friday afternoon and goes like this: Dear Italian wine guy, I am going to Italy today; in fact I am emailing you from the airport, as I have been so busy getting ready for my Italy trip. Do you know of any wineries I can…
  • A Midsummer Night’s Scream

    Alfonso Cevola
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    “You’re either going up or you’re going down,” an old political saying goes. And while it was meant for worlds larger than ours, here we are in the middle of summer and where are we going? I don’t really know. Perhaps this is where two weeks on the beach is the best solution.I know this. I got out with a bag of wine this week and hit accounts. It hit 100°F and it’s not going down for a while. I'm not going down without trying.From where I sit, things on the wine trail in Italy aren’t bad. That said, they aren’t great either. We’re in this middle ground, nothing really earth…
  • In pursuit of the (Italian) American dream

    Alfonso Cevola
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    ..and other tales told while riding inside the sommambulanceI keep having this dream over and over again. I’m in a restaurant. Pretty paintings on the wall, Bocelli crooning though the speakers, the lights are low. The waiter comes to seat me. He puts me in a corner and brings me a menu and a basket of hot steamy bread.The bread is loaded up with oil and butter and garlic and parsley, because you can’t have it without parsley. Then I proceed to navigate the menu and the wine list. I order a simple house salad. After all, in my dream it’s always July so the tomatoes are perfect. The…
  • My Dear John Letter to Moscato

    Alfonso Cevola
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    It was bound to happen sooner or later. This was never meant to be forever. It’s 3AM and I don’t even know where to send this, you’re not at home. You haven’t been home in ages. You’re on the constant prowl, looking for new places, new people, new conquests. You don’t need me anymore. And quite frankly, I have moved beyond you, little Miss Moscato.When we first met in the Langhe hills, it was my first time. You were lively, you had wit; you were young but balanced. And oh so sweet and pretty. When you came into a room, everyone turned to look. Your personality effervesced into…
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    Write for Wine: It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere!

  • August Brings the Auction of Washington Wines

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

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

    writeforwine
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    There are still tickets left for some of the first-rate performers at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Summer Concert Series,at the scenic outdoor amphitheater on the beautiful winery grounds in Woodinville. It’s a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon or evening. And this week is supposed to be sunny and in the 80s, so you can’t miss! Pretty surroundings, fine Chateau Ste. Michelle wine, summer weather and music for dancing = happy people! We were fortunate to attend the John Legend “All of Me” concert on June 28 and had a fabulous time. His music was as phenomenal as…
  • Mollydooker Wines-Part 2

    writeforwine
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:17 pm
    As promised in our previous blog post, Mollydooker-Part 1, we want to share information about Sparky and Sarah Marquis’ unique “Marquis Fruit Weight™,” along with other stories we heard from Sparky’s dad, Leigh Gawith, who is also the vineyard manager. Sparky and Leigh are both pictured on the right in a photo we took during our visit. To refresh your memory, we spent a few hours at Mollydooker’s Cellar Door in McLaren Vale, Australia last month; we had so much fun and learned so much that we are writing a second blog post about our experience. Mollydooker:…
  • Mollydooker Wines-Part 1

    writeforwine
    22 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Our visit to Mollydooker‘s Cellar Door highlighted our travels to McLaren Vale last month. A “cellar door” in Australia is the equivalent of a “tasting room” in the U.S. and Canada. In just a couple of hours, we tasted some absolutely amazing wines; learned the Mollydooker story; were educated on the Marquis Fruit Weight™; heard amusing tales from Sparky Marquis and his dad, Leigh Gawith, who is also the vineyard manager; talked social media and cookie butter with Jen, Mollydooker’s Facebook and Twitter guru; chatted with Fran, our tour host; had…
 
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    The Wine Cask Blog

  • Terra D'Alige Tatone MontePulciano D' Bruzzo 2010 wine review by (PB)

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Nice black cherry hue with some heft to the pigmentation. Aromas of a deep, intense melange of spices, deep licorice and fruit with forest floor and more evergreen--WOW!Palate--supple tannins with delicious dark berries, rich textured with a finish that is tart and mouth watering.Montepulciano is one of my favorite every day kind of wines. Even at the lower price points of $8 they tend to be just great, easy drinking, red wines that pair with everything Italian and tomoatoe based, dishesI paid $12 for this wine marked down from $16. At $16 this would have been a nice wine; at $12 it's a buy…
  • Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines (Sonoma Co) Zinfandel 2012 wine review by (PB)

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Cranberry hue with aromas of brambly fruit somewhat subdued.Palate--A subtle touch of licorice, under somewhat subdued rustic blackberry.I have had some really stellar value productions of this wine in past years but this one seems off a bit. Nothing flawed about it, just really low key. I paid $13 for this wine reduced from $16 and I would let this wine go at either price point. I see this wine getting some strong reviews from a lot reviewers but I'm not seeing it in my bottle. In fairness, I'll give it another shot if I get the chance. Why don't you and let me know what YOU think! --A…
  • Chakalaka "Spice Route" 2010 wine review by (PB)

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Deeply pigmented opaque black cherry hue with aromas of deep blackberry, tar, spices and dark fruit.Palate--Weighty presentation with loads of luxuriant dark fruit and a prominent charred wood presence. Finishes with more charred wood. Seems to have simplified from what it was about 20 hours ago when I opened it.This is a blend of 6 different grapes. Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignane, Tannat, Durif and Grenache. I am typically not a fan of blends that try to mix more than 3 maybe four grapes although Beaulieu does it well with their Tapestry line. This is actually pretty well done even if it may…
  • Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Wine Review (NW)

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Tasting notes:Black cherry and dark berries on the noseFull bodied on the palateNicely textured on the finish with fruit that's layered with toasty oak and a hint of mintSummary:This is a nicely made Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. It's fruity and well rounded, with good texture and well integrated layers on the finish.  I'm often asked for a good value Cabernet out of California, and I tend to recommend a handful of Sonoma County bottlings including this one.Rodney Strong wines have been consistently good of late, so look for the label. Expect to pay around $16, and enjoy with a…
  • Vina Alberdi 2005 Rioja Wine Review by Billy

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Nose: deep and lovely tobacco and cherryPalate: easy drinking even balance of warm tannins and black cherryFinish: warm and long with tea, tobacco and cherry through and throughOverall: this is a lovely 2005 100% Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain. It is showing age in the glass with brick red hues near the edge. It has a fantastic nose that is deep and rich. The mouth feel is quicksilver with passion. The finish is aged and wise and long. The bottle cost me $15 at the local wine shop.--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
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    Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley Wines

  • Mindego Ridge

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

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

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

    Dave
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:25 am
    Since the sale of the old vineyards off Highway 9 to Mount Eden, George Troquato has been sourcing fruit from all over the state, particularly Paso Robles and Monterey. However he still produces a couple of wines from local fruit - a Pinot Noir from Lester Family Vineyard, and a rather nice Chardonnay.The fruit for the 2012 Chardonnay was sourced from two small vineyards high above  Los Gatos; the 40 year old Wright’s Station Vineyard - http://www.wrightsstation.com - and the nearby 25 year old single acre Skyland Vineyard on Skyland Ridge.A fairly typical Santa Cruz Mountains style of…
  • 2010 Martella Syrah, Camel Hill Vineyard

    Dave
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Michael Martella has been making wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains for over 40 years as former head winemaker at Thomas Fogarty, and since 1999 under his own label from purchased fruit. I'll confess that in the past I haven't been the greatest fan of his label; I've found his "Hammer" Syrah to be aptly named and not really to my taste.So I was pleasantly surprised by this latest Syrah from the Camel Hill Vineyard in Los Gatos, which displays finesse rather than raw power. The nose is lovely, showing black fruit and leather; on the palate there are gorgeous fruit flavours backed by good acidity…
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • Ridge’s Paul Draper Wants You To Know What’s In Your Wine

    Organic Wine Journal
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    From Wired: You’d think the various adjuncts wouldn’t make it past the sommeliers, high-end buyers, and big-name critics of the wine world, that such chemical or mechanical shortcuts would be picked up by their well-trained palates. But the truth is that these things can’t be sniffed, tasted, or spotted unless they are overused. “Usually you need lab equipment to detect additives,” Draper says. “The Europeans had a very sophisticated machine that could analyze a sample for non-approved varieties like the Rubired in Mega Purple [a popular grape concentrate used to deepen the color…
  • Domaine FL

    Michael Tulipan
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    In Rochefort-sur-Loire, Domaine FL has big plans for the future. A brand new winery building had largely been completed when we arrived last year, but a B&B and restaurant on the upper floors was yet to come. For our visit, we took in a gorgeous view of rolling hills while standing around a table trying the wines in the not-yet-completed top floor. Founded in 2007 and organic since 2009, Domaine FL is named for owner Philip Fournier’s parents’ names: Fournier and Longchamps. Unusually for the area, the winery’s holdings are spread on both sides of the river, including some in the…
  • Cecchin Winery – Mendoza, Argentina

    Organic Wine Journal
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Here is a short film on Cecchin Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, filmed by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine of The Perennial Plate. A Very Old Concept from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.
  • Damien Laureau – Loire

    Michael Tulipan
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Damien Laureau Damien Laureau has been making wine since 1999 but he only started his own domaine in 2007, picking up parcels as they came up for sale. Now his is the newest winery in Savennières and adheres to organic principles. Since he owns eight different plots, he vinifies his Chenin separately then blends the wines together for two of his labels – Les Genets and Le Bel Ouvrage. Laureau also has a quarter of a hectare in the prized Roche Aux Moines sub-appellation, allowing him to bottle with that designation (the 2011 we tasted is his biggest, most powerful wine). We compared four…
  • Paterna Winery – Tuscany

    Susannah Gold
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Tuscany’s Paterna winery is proud of its certified organic status, but they’re even more proud of their commitment to working with people with special needs. They call the practice Agricoltura Sociale where those with disabilities are given a place in a rural setting. This philosophy also applies to their visitors, having made their Bed & Breakfast (or agriturismo) wheelchair accessible – a milestone in Italy where being physically disabled can be a true issue in terms of movement within the countryside. The Paterna Team Paterna, located near the city of Arezzo, has a…
 
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    JancisRobinson.com

  • Cien y Pico, Doble Pasta Tintorera 2009 Manchuela (Wines of the week)

    Julia Harding MW
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From €8.41, £10.69, 13.90 Swiss francs, US$19.99, AU$22.58 Find this wine Some wines enter on tiptoe and whisper their restrained but captivating spell. This wine bounds up to you, grabs you by the scruff of the neck and has your full attention. Then it starts to reveal its fabulous aromas and.
  • Celebrating the indies - a guide (Free for all)

    Team JR
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our call to support independent wine merchants has had an enthusiastic response. Clearly our readers care very much indeed about where and from whom they buy their wine. This guide gives you a full list of all the reviews we have published so far - a good global wine-buying guide - although see.
  • Indie writing competition - D Crossley's seven (Free for all)

    Guest contributor
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    David Crossley contributes, at length, to our Indie writing competition : When I first saw this competition on Twitter I did wonder how anyone could possibly choose their one favourite wine retailer. As with many other readers, I buy too much wine, well maybe not too much, but too much to drink..
  • France 2014 - back to normal quantities? (Inside information)

    Guest contributor
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As the 2014 harvest kicks off in the Napa Valley, Yohan Castaing and I speculate about the size of the 2014 French vintage. But as for quality, all is still to play for - JR. Unlike the 2012 and 2013 vintages, 2014 seems to be one of the most productive of recent years. All French vineyards are.
  • Chianti Classico Riservas - worth the premium? (Tasting articles)

    Walter Speller
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year’s en primeur tastings described in Chianti Classico 2012 - climate-change wines also saw the release of the 2011 Riservas, which clearly showed that they were the result of a hot vintage in which many producers had begun to pick the grapes before optimal ripeness. In 2011 it was a case.
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    Vinix: latest wine tastings

  • Lagrein

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Zanotelli, Cembra, Italia Parto subito dalle finali conclusioni: che bel vino, ragazzi! Un rubino pieno e intenso: un colore che si evince unicamente dall'unghia, poichè nero come l'inchiostro è il corpo del bicchiere. Il che un po' spiazza, considerando la gradazione non elevata e l'idea di un vino "del nord", di poca concentrazione... Ma tant'è, è proprio questa una caratteristica del vitigno in questione. Il naso offre immediatamente un'altra tipicità del Lagrein: un aroma vinoso piacevole e delicato. Non il profumo proprio del ribollir dei tini,…
  • Pinot Nero

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Zanotelli, , Italia Altro vino acquistato in cordata, il Pinot Nero di Zanotelli. Il colore è quello tipico del vitigno: rubino scarico bello limpido con appena un accenno di unghia granato. Il naso è pulito, franco, varietale: piccoli frutti rossi e una nota speziata leggera (pepe nero). Bocca piacevole, non secchissimo, caldo e di buon corpo, solo un po scarico di acidità ma molto piacevole da bere. Vino che è esattamente come ci si aspetterebbe, un pinot nero tipico, non particolarmente evoluto e probabilmente da non tenere troppo tempo in cantina. Ottimo il rapporto qualità prezzo (7…
  • Cirò Rosato

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    A Vita, , Italia Dopo il Cirò Classico tocca al Rosè... il colore è il classico buccia di cipolla, bello; poi è limpido e di buona consistenza. Naso pulito (niente toni inizialmente ossidati come avevo trovato in altra bottiglia), sentori fruttati di piccoli frutti rossi (fragole di bosco, lamponi), una leggera nota speziata (canella), di non particolare intensità. In bocca si rivela tannico, sapido e secco con un finale non pulito ma non lunghissimo. Vino che a differenza del rosso non mi convince del tutto, un po seduto, con profumi non particolarmente vividi. @@ 1/2
  • NOT

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Paraschos, , Italia Paraschos, dopo la ribolla è il turno del pinot grigio. Colore particolare dato oltre che dalla macerazione anche dalla particolare colorazione della buccia del pinot grigio, un arancione deciso, molto carico, rame, unghia aragosta (se si puo' dire :-) ) decisamente limpido nonostante sia dichiarato non filtrato. Naso leggermente ridotto da pirincipio, poi emergono sentori fruttati, frutta candita, albicocca disidratata, miele, frutta secca (mandorla). Ben secco all'assaggio, ottima l'acidità, si percepisce una leggera tannicità che non disturba la beva. Il…
  • Rencel Passito

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Josko Rencel, Dutovlje, Slovenia Bella ri-conferma davvero la spiccata personalità e la goduriosa bevibilità/genuinità dei vini di Josko Rencel. Qui ho sorseggiato una Malvasia da vendemmia 2003 in versione passito (non proprio della tradizione del Carso, qui sloveno), e definirlo un nettare da favola -per me- è dir poco! Stessa pulizia e freschezza al gusto già riscontrata nel rosato da Pinot Nero, qui arricchite da una intensità e complessità olfattiva, gusto-olfattiva e al retrogusto nette. Ipnotizzanti dolci uve che sembravano chicchi integri ancora, denso e succoso mai mieloso,…
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    CheapWineRatings.com

  • Stemmari Baci Vivaci Sparkling Grillo – Light and Luscious

    Tim Lemke
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Late last summer I visited west Sicily to explore the Marsala wine region.  While I was there I learned about grillo, a grape that is traditionally used to make Marsala wine and is being used more and more to produce white table wines.  It’s an amazing grape, capable of producing some really interesting wines.  And just recently I was super excited when I discovered this sparkling wine made from grillo — I had to check it out! Grillo tends to excel in a number of areas that tend to result in good white wine, such as lively aromatics, tropical and citrus flavors, vibrant acidity…
  • Mionetto IL Prosecco – Tasty Everyday Sparkler

    Tim Lemke
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Last week I did a write-up on the Mionetto Prestige Collection Prosecco and commented about how I’ve been coming across more and more of their wines lately.  This is another Prosecco from their “IL” line and is also quite tasty. I love what Mionetto is doing with the packaging on their IL line sparklers.  Rather than a cork, it has a bottle cap on it.  This gives me the sense that this is a casual, everyday sparkler — which is exactly the way I think more consumers should look at sparklers.  It doesn’t need to be a special occasion to enjoy this, just pop the…
  • Mionetto Prestige Collection Brut – Fabulous Prosecco

    Tim Lemke
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    I’ve been coming across a number of different sparklers from Mionetto lately.  They seem to be doing a marketing push and I’m seeing them everywhere.  And after tasting some of their bubbly, I had to share this one with you. Prosecco is the focus at Mionetto, and they don’t just produce one.  In the category of sparkling wine, Prosecco tends to be more of a bargain than many other sparklers.  This is in part due to the process they use to produce it, a “charmat” process that involves secondary fermentation in stainless steel tanks.  This differs from the…
  • Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt RK Riesling — Zingfully Good

    Tim Lemke
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    As you may have noticed, wine PR folks like to come up with various events to get folks talking about (and more importantly, drinking) their wines.  One trend I’ve noticed in this camp is the (fill in the blank) wine day.  You know, International Tempranillo Day, International Merlot Day, International Cabernet Sauvignon Day, Malbec World Day, etc.  And a bunch of folks who promote riesling have a similar thing they’ve been doing for the past several years called Summer of Riesling. That’s right, riesling doesn’t just get one day it get’s the whole summer —…
  • Hey Mambo Dry Rosé – Crisp and Refreshing

    Tim Lemke
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    If you’re a regular reader here you probably already know that I’m a fan of dry rosé wines (among a number of other wine styles).  OK, I’m a fan of pretty much all kinds of wine.  But I think rosé is often overlooked, yet it can be a fun, enjoyable wine with character.  And this is my latest rosé discovery. Hey Mambo is one of the wine brands produced by The Other Guys wines.  Although the company is relatively young, the folks behind it come from one of the oldest wine families in the California wine industry, the Sebastiani family, who have been producing wine in…
 
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • My Favorite Pinot Noir Values - You Won't Believe Them Until You try Them

    Lyle Fass
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    What if I told you that the absolute best value Pinot Noir I have had since Fass Selections opened was not from Burgundy. It's weird I know as I sell a lot of killer values in Burgundy because of my direct from the winery business model.  But this wine will change your perspective on what Pinot Noir can be more than any other I've sold.  We all know that legendary wine critic Jancis Robinson is a fan of Enderle & Moll.  She was ahead of the curve and the 2012 Liason is their best version yet... by quite a bit.I recently opened a bottle of the 2012 Enderle and Moll Liason…
  • Battenfeld Spanier - One of Germany's Top 3 White Wine Producers - Incredible 2013 Vintage

    Lyle Fass
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Today's offer is an embarrassment of riches.  The first wine is the 2013 BattenfeldSpanier AmSchwarzen Herrgott Grosses Gewachs which can be had for $49.99 a 3-pack; this is a ridiculous value for something this high quality.  This wine is similar to the great white wines of the world for 2 reasons.  First, it has The Wall of Flavor.  When you taste it your palate is almost assaulted with fruit, minerality and acidity.  Shaefer Frohlich, Roulot, Raveneau, all the great premium white wines have this.  Second, it changes in the glass as you drink it; it's really…
  • Amazing Old, Old, Old, Old Vine St. Joseph Inclunding the Legendary Trollat Vineyards Under $25

    Lyle Fass
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    As I was wandering along the Salon des Vins this past February in Tain l'Hermitage, I happened upon a table where there was a young man pouring St. Joseph red and white, and what caught my eye was that the label said St. Joseph from Domaine de la Cote St. Epine. One of my favorite winemakers, Herve Souhaut, made St. Epine. I tasted two wines; one red and one white. The winemaker's name was Mikael Desestret and his wines were utterly brilliant. The best St. Joseph's I tasted at the Salon and there was serious competition (I have added some of that competition to my portfolio). But these St.
  • Forget the producer/label/region - Just Trust Me - One of the Great Remaining Less Known Values in Red Wine

    Lyle Fass
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I had dinner with a few clients last week and I brought a bottle of the 2011 Domaine Richeaume "Cuvee Columelle" with me to the dinner. I looked over what they bought and brought two bottles of wine they did not buy. Why? I want clients to taste as much as they possibly can between drinking with me, if they can, and opening bottles they have purchased as well. I also believe in every single of the wines I sell, and wanted to kind of be like "this is what you missed out on, ha!".  The consensus was that this is one of the great, relatively unheard of wine values left in the world.Well,…
  • I've Either Lost My Mind or This is One is a Must Buy for Burg Lovers

    Lyle Fass
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    OK - let's get it out on the table - I'm offering village Monthelie for around $50.  So I've either lost my mind or I have a very good reason for doing so. People who know me, know since I can only offer 3-4 wines a week they better be damn good. People who also know me that I am all about what is in the bottle and not what is on the bottle.Now, we all know from Comtes Lafon that you can make great red wine in Monthelie (their wines are worth the $60-$65 they cost).  I think that this wine is better. Much better. A lot better. Florent Garaudet is famous among the top winemakers in…
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    HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog

  • Bat Shlomo Vineyards – Wine fit for a king

    Avi
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Bat Shlomo Vineyards – Wine fit for a king When Baron Edmond de Rothschild first bought the land now known of as Bat Shlomo, he brought wine experts from France to school the Jewish pioneers in the art of grape-growing and winemaking, planting the original vineyards. More than a century later, winemaking has returned to Bat Shlomo thanks to the vision of investor Elie Wurtman and a great team, such as winemaker Ari Erle. Bat Shlomo Vineyards, located in the town of Bat Shlomo, purchased by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild and named after his mother Betty Solomon von Rothschild. Bat Shlomo,…
  • Small Wineries Rule At Eshkol Ha’Zahav

    Avi
    18 May 2014 | 9:47 am
    At the awards ceremony for the 2014 Eshkol Ha’Zahav wine tasting competition, there were a number of surprises. This year it was the smaller, newish, lesser known wineries that drew attention by winning some of the main prizes. Wineries such as Jezreel Valley, Kishor, Kerem Montefiore and Vortman took on and beat some of the more established and more famous wineries. The Jezreel Valley Carignan 2012, Kishor Savant 2012, Montefiore Red 2013 and Vortman Shfeya Valley 2012 were the gold medal winning wines in categories usually won by better known wines. Furthermore each of these wineries also…
  • Be a Part of Israel’s Startup Winery

    Avi
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    Israel’s Startup Winery, Jezreel Valley Winery, co-founded by high tech entrepreneur Jacob Ner-David and Yehuda Nahar, is looking for funding. Using a new innovative funding model called crowdfunding, they are giving supporters of Israel and lovers of wine an opportunity to contribute to building this new, amazing winery. Crowdfunding is a way in which many people can contribute a small amount to support a cause. Jezreel Valley is seeking to raise $50,000. Contributors can receive (depending on the level of contribution) anything from permanent discounts to wine tchotskies to wine parties…
  • Style Magazine Covers Israeli Wine

    Avi
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Style Magazine, a large Hong Kong paper, has a great new article about Israeli wine. Check it out here. Grape ambitions Winemaking in the Middle East enjoys a long history, but the time is now ripe for Israel and Lebanon to enter the world stage, writes Alexis Lai THE COOL WINE CAVE OFFERS THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR THE STORAGE AND AGEING OF WINE. WE RECOMMEND STYLE 03 APR 2014 Watch out STYLE 03 APR 2014 Scents of adventure STYLE 03 APR 2014 Sounds good STYLE 03 APR 2014 Hollywood star Walton Goggins shows us the man behind the shield 48HRS 26 MAR 2014 Designer Liu Min creates looks for the…
  • Rhones on the Right Track

    David Rhodes
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    This article was originally published in ESRA Magazine Ido Lewinsohn has been part of the winemaking team at the Recanati Winery since 2007 when he worked with founding winemaker Lewis Pasco. He stayed on at the winery when a new senior winemaker, Gil Shatsberg, took over the helm in 2008. Before joining Recanati, Ido had studied winemaking and viticulture at the University of Milan in Italy and worked at wineries in Tuscany (Italy), the Rhone Valley (France) and Australia. One of Ido’s first steps into the wine industry was as an intern in 2003 with Israel’s first boutique winery,…
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    ShipCompliant: Wine Shipping Blog

  • Is Massachusetts the Most Important Change Since Granholm?

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

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

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

    Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    As wineries were applying for and beginning to use the new DTC shipping licenses for on-site sales to Arkansas consumers, we learned that some of the staff in the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration were telling holders of direct wine shipper licenses that they were responsible for collecting certain local sales and use taxes. Wine Institute’s local Arkansas counsel has received a legal opinion from the Assistant Commissioner of Revenue, Policy and Legal of the Department of Finance and Administration stating that holders of a wine shipping permit are not required to collect…
  • New Mexico Changing Online Tax Filing System

    Jessamyn Boltz - ShipCompliant Research Team
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Effective Monday, June 16, 2014, New Mexico went live with their TAP online filing system for Combined Reporting System (CRS) returns. Taxpayers who file the CRS return, regardless of if they currently file paper or electronically, will need to take action to create an account with the new system if they wish to file online. Filers that currently file this return online using the old NM E-Filing Services system please note: your current login and account set up in the older system will not transfer over to the new TAP system; you must register for a new account. What you need to know about…
 
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    Sommelier India - India's only wine magazine

  • The Wine World Cup - Riesling vs Malbec

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    If I'd read this article earlier, I'd have watched the match with greater interest! Read on for the wine metaphor.
  • New Wine and Beer Boutique in Mumbai

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    "Come on over right now!" said the heavily accented, loud and cheerful voice of Craig Wedge, COO, FineWinesnMore when I called to ask about their newly opened fine wine and beer boutique, writes Suneeta Sodhi Kanga who travelled halfway across Mumbai at SI's behest to explore Fine Wine & Beer Boutique and Tasting Room, a swanky new wine store.
  • The Power 100 - Top spirits & wine brands, 2014

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Only 24 of The Power 100 have witnessed volume declines over the past year. Click for detailed report by Intangible Business. This new found stability is significant for a highly competitive industry.
  • Grover Vijay Amritraj wines launched in UK

    1 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Indian wine producer, Grover Zampa Vineyards' latest initiative is the launch of a new range of fine wines for the UK market in collaboration with former Indian tennis celebrity, Vijay Amritraj, (pictured, left). The Grover Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection comprises a white and red wine, which - according to a company release - were inspired by Amritraj's legendary feats on the tennis court and iconic style of play.
  • Fruit wines grow in popularity in India

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    Kiwi wine is the latest entry in Pune based fruit wines specialist Rhythm Winery, says Michael Gonsalves. Read more here
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    Grape Wall of China

  • Triple-A Formula for China Wine = Appetizing + Affordable + Available

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

    boyce
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    ~ By Jim Boyce Every year we organize the Grape Wall Challenge and ask consumers to blind taste 40 wines that retail for under rmb100. Most of the country’s biggest importers / distributors participate: they supply up to four wines — two red and two white — with no more than two labels from any one country. Given most of these companies have nationwide reach, we get, for our sample size, a nice cross-section of what is available in China. What does this have to do with a blog post about Argentine wine in Beijing? Lots. Wines from that country have done very well…
  • Grange rovers: Penfolds holds its first re-corking clinic in Beijing

    boyce
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Australian wine producer Penfolds today held its first re-corking clinic in Beijing, with several sessions organized by importer / distributor ASC at China World Summit Wing. As Penfolds’ website puts it: The Penfolds Re-corking Clinics offer the owners of Penfolds red wines which are 15 years and older the opportunity to have their wines assessed by a winemaker, and if necessary, opened, tasted, topped up and re-capsuled on the spot. Chief winemaker Peter Gago said 120,000 bottles have been re-corked over the past 23 years. Today’s clinic included bottles of icon…
  • Middle Kingdom Wines: What if you take 14 Chinese labels to London International Wine Fair?

    boyce
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    So, what happens if you take a dozen-plus Chinese wines to the London International Wine Fair? That’s one experiment now complete thanks to Kevin Gayle of Middle Kingdom Wines, who presented bottles from four regions of China at his booth this year. Before we get to the response of visitors — Gayle says they included “wine course students, sommeliers, wine merchants, journalists, wine consultants, wine school lecturers and [members of] wine societies” — here was the portfolio on offer: 1421 (Xinjiang) ‘Gold’ Chardonnay 2010 ‘Gold’…
  • Wine retail in China: Ruby Red to open Beijing showroom on Saturday

    boyce
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:05 am
    Wine importer / distributor Ruby Red will launch its Beijing showroom this Saturday. In addition to showcasing the company’s portfolio, the showroom will include space for tastings and classes. Ruby Red already has showrooms in Shanghai and Huangzhou. Many of the country’s importers have showrooms in Beijing, including ASC (The Wine Gallery), Torres (Everwines), Summergate (Pudao Wines) and Tinta Fina (The Loop). The official opening will be from 2 PM to 5 PM in Jianwai Soho West (room 1335, 3F, building 13) with samples from wineries such as Clonakilla (Australia), Neudorf…
 
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    Winerepublic| Winerepublic

  • Follow Alice To Wonderland At The 5th Cellar2Cellar Trail Run & Wine Experience

    Media Release
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    Saturday, 6 September 2014, Stellenbosch  Jump down the rabbit hole and don’t be late for a very important date! With “Alice in Wonderland’ as this year’s Cellar2Cellar Trail Run and Wine Experience theme, get ready to meet the Mad Hatter, bat your lashes at the Queen of Hearts and make a beeline for the Cheshire
  • Join The #PadkosQuest With OBiKWA For SA’s Best Roadside Stops

    Media Release
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    The hunt is on! Join the #PadkosQuest with Olli, the cheeky @ObikwaWines ostrich, in search of South Africa’s favourite padkos roadside stops. With the opportunity to have your name emblazoned on the #PadkosQuest map and loads of prizes including a year’s supply of OBiKWA wine up for grabs, taking the road less travelled has never
  • Protégé Praisy: Thriving At Zonnebloem

    Media Release
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    “Zonnebloem reds are bold and expressive but carry themselves with grace and elegance, like the woman I want to be.  Sophisticated but approachable with an attractive complexity that makes them good company,” says Praisy Dlamini (26), assistant red-wine maker for Zonnebloem. And is she that woman?  “I’m trying!” she says as she laughs, “but it’s
  • South African Brandies Dominate International Awards

    Media Release
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    South African brandies have again emerged as world champions having taken top honours in this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) as well as the International Spirits Challenge (ISC). These two competitions are seen as the most authoritative on the international spirits scene. The IWSC trophy was won by the KWV 12 Year Old
  • Swing Into Spring With De Krans’ Spring Blossom Day

    Media Release
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    30 August 2014 De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp will be hosting the inaugural Spring Blossom Day on Saturday, 30 August with something in store for young and old. This time of year the fruit trees (apricots, peaches and plums) at De Krans and in Calitzdorp are in full bloom, which is an amazing sight
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

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

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

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

    admin
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    There is some big news from TTB, via dcbrewlaw. TTB has recently decided to ease up on the formula requirements for malt beverages made with common ingredients and processes such as some barrel aging, as well as various fruits and spices. This should help considerably with TTB’s overwhelming workload, and the related delays. At dcbrewlaw, Dan reports: There is good news for brewers who are tired of waiting for formula approvals from TTB (currently 74 days):  you may not need it. On June 5, 2014, TTB issued a fairly significant ruling, Ingredients and Processes Used in the Production of…
  • 101 Days

    admin
    28 May 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A short while ago I went to see why “that easy label” is still pending, after filing it while snow was still on the ground and waiting well past spring, into summer. I was shocked* and horrified to see the above. The average processing time for spirits labels is now, as of today, way past a month or two. I am startled to see it’s past 100 days. I don’t recall it ever getting past 45 days or so, back in the days of shutdowns, Rep. Gingrich fighting with President Clinton, Tea Partiers fighting President Obama, and so forth. I find myself talking about the same pending…
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • Visiting Fattoria di Felsina in Tuscany

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Fattoria di Felsina tasting roomThe last of four wineries we visited on our recent trip to Tuscany was Fattoria di Felsina in Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena.One thing that surprised me while scoping out Tuscan wineries to visit is how far apart they are. Compared to Napa or even Sonoma the great wineries of Tuscany are very spread out. Some were as close as 30 minutes away from our villa. Others would involve a 2.5 hour drive. Felsina was one of the closest and we paired our visit with an afternoon in the charming (and understandably touristy) town of San Gimignano.The wine in the Felsina…
  • 12 Amazing 35% Off Wine.com Buys

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    I wrote last week about how you can get $30 off $100 at Wine.com with code AMEX30 and stack it with free shipping, additional portal savings, and no tax in Massachusetts for total effecitve savings of 35+%.I thought it would be helpful point out a few of the better buys to illustrate how collectively significant these discounts are.To maximize this deal, make sure the wines you're selecting aren't significantly overpriced vs. retail and you'll find some tremendous bargains. To price-check, compare to listings on Wine-Searcher. For example, the best price on the 2010 Silver Oak Alexander…
  • First Look: 2013 Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Nobody releases wines faster than the Wagner Family of Wines which oversees Caymus, Conundrum, Mer Soleil, Belle Glos, and Meiomi. Before we've had a chance to fully pin down 2012 California Pinot Noir here comes the 2013 Meiomi.Meiomi is a blend of grapes sourced from regions of California known for Pinot Noir production: Monterey, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara. Belle Glos (~$44) is the Wagner Family's single vineyard label (Las Alturas, Clark & Telephone, Taylor Lane, Dairyman) but don't be mistaken: Meiomi (~$22) isn't necessarily a blend of grapes from these vineyards. Meiomi is it's…
  • New Releases from Sojourn Cellars

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I've been a fan of Sonoma-based Sojourn's Pinot Noir program for some time. They're one of the most reliably outstanding fruit-forward California Pinot Noir producers I've come across.So I was very pleased to receive samples of their 2012s to give me an excuse opportunity to crack open some bottles early, for a window into this well-regarded vintage from a well-regarded producer. While bottles I previously purchased from their mailing list rest.2012 California Pinot Noir has been a tricky vintage for me to get my arms around. After the 2009 vintage where Wine Spectator called it the best…
  • Tasting Brunello di Montalcino at La Gerla

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Alberto Passeri overlooking La Gerla's gli Angeli Vineyard in MontalcinoTo provide a point of comparison to the more modern-leaning Casanova di Neri we visited, I was looking for a traditional producer with international acclaim. I consulted historical ratings from Wine Spectator and Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media and a producer that popped up on both which I wasn't previously familiar with was Le Gerla (pronounced "la jer-la").Wine Spectator rated the 2007 La Gerla gli Angelia Riserva Brunello ($75) 97 points. Antonio Galloni rated the 2006 La Gerla Brunello ($55) 94 points. Both of these…
 
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    Wine Club Reviews & Ratings

  • A Wine Club That Compares to (and kinda beats) My Favorite Local Wine Club

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

    Tricia Meyer
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Did you know that you can Ask the Wine Club Group anything about wine clubs and we will help you find the answer? One of the questions we are asked most is whether wine clubs are “worth it.” We’ve personally reviewed so many different clubs that we do feel qualified to answer that question, but first we have some questions for you.Are You Giving It as a Gift?If you are wondering whether wine clubs make a good gift, you need only look to the recipient. If the recipient drinks wine at all, you can find a club that will be perfect. Because the clubs come in different price…
  • WineBee.com Discount Code

    Eric Nagel
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    WineBee.com features some of the best Italian wines you can find online. While they have mixed clubs of reds, whites, roses and sparkling wines with 6 or 12 bottles (quarterly or monthly) per shipment, the WineBee.com discount codes we’re sharing with you today are for their wine shop.Save $15 off $120 with code 15WINESave $25 off $200 with code 25WINEWineBee.com sells all sorts of Italian wines, from the classic Chianti, Prosecco and Pinot Grigio to Gewurtztraminer.WineBee ships to California, Alaska, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico,…
  • Pacific Northwest Series from The California Wine Club (Review and Video)

    Tricia Meyer
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Every now and again I receive wine from a wine club that I would never have thought to buy for myself but ends up being perfect for me. The Pacific Northwest Series from The California Wine Club turned out to be one of those. Who knew that some of my very favorite wines are actually produced in Oregon?The California Wine Club is known for seeking out small boutique wineries and hand selecting the wines for its clubs based on taste and quality. They have taken that same approach to the wineries of Washington and Oregon and the result is their new Pacific Northwest Series.Unlike some of their…
  • Garagiste Series by Gold Medal Wine Club Review (with Video)

    Eric Nagel
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    Gold Medal Wine Club has a new club: Garagiste (pronounced gar-uh-zheest’), and I had the privilege of receiving and reviewing this club.Most of the time, Todd, Tricia and I can easily review clubs, but Garagiste was a bit intimidating. Something with a fancy name like this must mean something, so I went to my expert, Josh, and talked about this wine club (and one of the wines) with him:Josh and I opened the Vaughn Duffy 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Retail $39 / Gold Medal $33). Vaughn Duffy only produced 169 cases of this wine, which could be enjoyed now through 2020. At $33,…
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  • 2011 A et P Villaine Bourgogne Aligote de Bouzeron

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    2011 A et P Villaine Bourgogne Aligote de BouzeronThe 2011 Bouzeron is an absolute gem – the kind of wine you want to take home and marry. It has a perfectly tuned bouquet that offers beautifully defined scents of honeysuckle, jasmine and citrus peel. Observing the glass over an hour it gains more and more intensity without losing focus. The palate is extremely well-balanced with a silver thread of acidity and an almost piercing citric freshness. This Bouzeron is imbued with great tension and the finish is almost clinical in terms of focus. Who needs Chardonnay when Aligote can offer this…
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  • How to Serve Wine at a Picnic

    SarahJacobs
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Wines are absolutely delectable when casually sipped outdoors, so a picnic around a kids outdoor playground is the perfect place to enjoy a glass. Whether you are having a picnic in the country side or out in your yard, you will certainly enjoy wine in good company.   There are many ways to serve wine at a picnic, and while some of them are a bit unorthodox for the more snooty customers out there, I guarantee that these tips will be absolutely perfect for sipping wine during your day out in nature.   Choose the right wine When it comes to serving wine at a picnic, you have to make…
  • Basic Rules for Pairing Wine with Foods

    SarahJacobs
    24 May 2014 | 5:09 am
    I once was very stressed with work and while it really helped having some business coaching qualifications, I found that I was still having a lot of difficulties with my job for that day. I decided to take out my best red wine and ordered a big pizza, and just took the evening off so that I can relax. I was delighted about how the flavour of the wine highlighted the tangy flavours of the pizza I ordered and figured that there must be more to wine and food pairings than cheese, and chicken, and beef. Needless to say, I conquered my tasks at work with a fresh start the next day. Nothing like…
  • The Complexities of Wine Storage – Demystified

    SarahJacobs
    16 Mar 2014 | 5:20 am
    Wine is a very delicate, aged beverage and is affected by all sorts of factors. It has to be stored in very specialised ways in order for it to keep its quality. Different kinds of wine can be produced using various methods of production, using different kinds of grapes. While the kind of fruit used in the wine can affect the taste of the final product, the weather also plays a huge role. Have you ever heard of the phrase “This is a good year” when referring to a wine? That is because one crop of wine is often affected by the weather it was subjected too. Certain weather…
  • My Latest Wine Tasting Party

    SarahJacobs
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    Me and my friends always have a wine tasting party when we can. After all, that’s our job — we taste test all of the wines that we can get our grubby little hands on to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly. Wine tasting parties are a great way for me to meet up with friends so that I can figure out what kind of wines are worthy of our palettes. Even if you are not a blogger or a food critic, or even a chef, a wine tasting party can be a fancy new way to celebrate with your friends. It certainly can be much more enjoyable than a standard get together. Now, when you are throwing…
  • The Best Way to Enjoy Wine and Cheese Is Through a Party

    SarahJacobs
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    From time to time, I really like to play host and invite my friends over to get together. And since I am a working individual and have a lot of responsibilities, I always lack the time to organise things. So, when it comes to party themes I always prefer to throw a wine and cheese party. Needless to say, such party is easy to prepare and many modern-day people also love wine and cheese. Of course, there is no better way to enjoy the experience of wine and cheese than to throw a wine and cheese party. I am very well aware that there are a lot of guests that pay attention to wine and food…
 
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  • A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé

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

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

    Kori
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to try the 2011 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County in California. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Rodney Strong founded Rodney Strong Vineyards, located in Healdsburg, California, in 1959. Current owner Tom Klein and the Klein family purchased the winery in 1989. Head winemaker Rick Sayre has been…
  • Wine Tasting Dinner: 2007 Washington Syrah Revisited

    Kori
    21 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Washington Syrah compares favorably with the best in the world. Washington Syrah generally falls somewhere in between the jammy Shiraz of Australia and the more austere Syrah of the northern Rhone. It generally has good acidity and tannins. The common denominators of our favorite Syrahs from Washington have been deep, dark purple color and luscious black fruits, with hints of green bell peppers, black pepper, and spice. The 2007 vintage was one of the best vintages in the history of Washington State. We featured 2007 Washington Syrah in a couple of our wine tasting dinners several years ago…
  • New Zealand’s 2013 Vintage hailed as “Vintage of a Lifetime”: 2013 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

    Kori
    14 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Kim Crawford Wines, located in New Zealand, was founded in 1996 by owner/winemaker Kim Crawford and his wife Erica. In the beginning, Kim Crawford Wines was one of New Zealand’s first “virtual wineries.” They sourced their grapes from growers across New Zealand, made the wine at other wineries, and managed their sales and marketing from their home in Auckland. In 1998, they began exporting some of their wine to the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Crawfords opened a cellar door (tasting room) facility in Te Awanga in Hawke’s Bay in 1999. Then they opened a state of the art…
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • Avalon Bay 12 Bottle Wine Cooler

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

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

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

    George Perry
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon Region:  California – USA Cost:  ~$14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Gnarly Head 2012 Cabrenet Sauvignon is King – big, gallang, and powerful. This dark, bold Cabernet has solid tannins and jammy fruit, with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, freshly-cracked black peppercorn, violet, and charred notes. On the palate, flavors of dense black fruit compote and currant followed by a trio of clove, spice, and earth, lead to a generous, lingering finish. Try pairing this Cabernet with grilled lamb skewers, strong cheeses, or a spaghetti bolognese. My…
  • 2012 Martin Codax Albarino

    George Perry
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Albarino Region:  Rías Baixas, Spain Cost:  $15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Delicated and medium-bodied with a crisp, dry finish. Flavors of ripe apple, peach, pear, and lemon zest are framed by bright minerality and hints of spice. This Albarino displays intense floral aromas and an attractive acidity, making it a versatile, food-friendly wine. Pair with seasonsal shellfish and other seafood. My Review:  My first real exposure to Albarino was several years ago at a tasting of Virginia Wines and my first thought was how much it reminded me of Virginia Viognier, and how…
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • WITS: On changing technology in wine

    winebratsf
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to attend my first WITS – the Wine Industry Technology Symposium.  While i have often wanted to attend, my work obligations prevented it.  Until now. Why was I so excited about this event?  Primarily because, and if you’ve been reading this blog for some time you know, at long last technology is successfully and measurably crashing in to wine industry. WITS brings together industry professionals, technology leaders, social media gurus, and people that work with the tools and the people so mentioned.  As a career software professional,…
  • East Bay Vintners Alliance – Urban Wine Xperience

    winebratsf
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    What are you up to this weekend?  If you’re in or around the San Francisco Bay Area, Saturday is your opportunity to check out the bustling East Bay urban wine scene at Jack London Square. The East Bay Vintners Alliance hosts the 9th annual Urban Wine Xperience at Jack London Square Ferry Lawn, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2nd.  Here, more than 20 East Bay urban wineries will pour their wares of red, white, rose and more – along with local food purveyors and live music.  Given the fabulous mid Summer weather, it should be a fantastic day! The urban winery…
  • Rosés of Summer – Tribute to Grace Grenache Rosé

    winebratsf
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Angela Osbourne is a special woman, with a long history obsession with Grenache.  A native of New Zealand, she now makes her home in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, where she sources unique vineyards for her variations on the beauty that is, Grenache. You can read more about her story here, and I highly recommend that you get on the mailing list; now!  no, not tomorrow, not later, NOW.  Having known the winemaker for several years, I am consistently entranced by her wines, and have not had one I didn’t fall instantly in love with. As I was hopping on a random bus for the Friday…
  • Rosés of Summer: Casey Flat Ranch, past and present

    winebratsf
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In land far away, on a hill steeply above the valley, lies a secret place in Capay Valley called  Casey Flat Ranch.  Located at 2000 feet above sea level in the Vaca Mountains, between Napa Valley and the Central Valley, the area was originally settled in the late 1850s during the Gold Rush.  Now, a new rush is on – both for sustainable organic produce, and wine. The Capay Valley AVA was established in 2002, which is somewhat surprising with only two vineyards:  Casey Flat Ranch and Capay Vineyards.  The 150 square miles of Capay Valley has only 100 acres under vine, with…
  • HALL Wines: An Art Treasure steeped in Cabernet

    winebratsf
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    It was a bright and warm late spring day when I ventured up to St. Helena to see the new Hall Wines facility and tasting room.  While I had visited before, in 2009, it was shortly after the LEED Certified production facility had opened, and what a difference 4 years can make! With a focus on sustainability and responsibility, along with diverse culture, Hall has gone to new heights with the new Wine and Art Exploration tasting & tour which gives visitors to the winery a peek in to the passion for art & design that Former Ambassador Kathryn Hall has always expressed. Arriving at the…
 
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  • Cape Town World Music Festival 2014

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

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

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

    Alana Ridley
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:04 am
    DADS RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY BRANDY TASTING ON FATHER’S DAY!                                                            Spend quality time at Backsberg together with family and friends this Father’s Day. Nestled alongside the roaring log fire, relax with a glass of wine,  take in the rustic ambiance and enjoy a sumptuous lunch spread that is fit for a King! We will be serving our signature Karoo Lamb Spit Braai Buffet. The meal includes a hearty assortment of breads and starters; roast lamb with accompaniments; a…
  • Backsberg John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and Backsberg Pinotage win Silver at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

    Alana Ridley
    29 May 2014 | 5:18 am
    Backsberg is pleased to announce winning two Silver Awards at the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show for the John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and the Pinotage 2012. Amongst a group of notable other wine producers, Backsberg receives the award for the John Martin for the second consecutive year. Further to this, Backsberg achieved 5 Bronze Awards for the Hillside Viognier 2013, Backsberg Family Reserve White Blend 2009, Tread Lightly Chenin Blanc 2013, Tread Lightly Merlot 2012 and Tread Lightly Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. Judges blind tasted over 1000 wines over four days to…
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    VinoVerve

  • Know Your Local Wine Shop ~ Arkansas Edition

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    The Arkansas state flag was designed by Willie Kavanaugh Hocker. I love to visit wineries when I am traveling. But sometimes, you can’t get away when you are away. How do I solve the problem? Check out the local wine shop or liquor store. But, first a word about Arkansas liquor laws. Confusing is too simple a word. As is arcane. First off, you can’t buy wine over the internet and have it shipped to you in Arkansas. Well, technically you probably could but because Arkansas won’t ship its liquor to you the other states won’t allow the reverse. You can go into a winery or…
  • Arkansas. Wine.

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    After years of telling me that they were going to retire to Arkansas, my parents have finally done so.  Kevin and I tried to talk them into moving to Oregon, but they weren’t going for it. The Arkansas state flag was designed by Willie Kavanaugh Hocker. So, Arkansas it is.  In the middle of the Walmartian capitol. Luckily, like almost every place in the country, there is wine nearby.  Yup.  wine.  Located in three American Viticultural Areas.  Twenty-four wineries. California it is not.  But that isn’t a bad thing.  After all, variety is the spice of life.   So what’s the deal…
  • Check out this red wine from United States

    admin
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Hi! Gradually opened up to nice cherry taste. Wine from Penner-Ash via Vivino: http://www.vivino.com/s/5329999d94f7b -Kevin Powered by Bookmarkify™
  • Alexandria Lakes

    admin
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Do you think that wine is only made in California?  Well Skippy, you would be wrong about that.  American’s don’t live by those kinds of rules.  We make wine where we want.  For instance?  Minnesota.  Land ‘o 10,000 lakes.  And this viticultural area is surrounded by several. Fast facts for the wino set? Located in Douglas County, Minnesota Established July 1, 2005 10,800 Acres There is only one winery in the appellation:  Carlos Creek (visited by your VinoVerve!) Soil Type is Nebish-Beltrami Elevation 1404 feet above sea level Grapes produced:  Brianna, Frontenac,…
  • It’s All About Wine – Alexander Valley Edition

    admin
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I admit it has been a while since I have posted here. But that is because I have been learning. About one of my favorite things. Besides wine. Maps. Naturally, I have made maps about wine too. (It is almost like you can hear one of my teens complaining) So over the next couple of weeks expect to see maps of the American Viticultural Areas made with ArcMap. I am starting today with the Alexander Valley. First some quick facts: Settled: 1840 by Cyrus Alexander. Property was part of Henry D. Fitch and Josefa Carrillo Fitch’s Rancho Sotoyome. Alexander was granted two leagues of property as…
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  • Cien y Pico, Doble Pasta Tintorera 2009 Manchuela (Wines of the week)

    Julia Harding MW
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From €8.41, £10.69, 13.90 Swiss francs, US$19.99, AU$22.58 Find this wine Some wines enter on tiptoe and whisper their restrained but captivating spell. This wine bounds up to you, grabs you by the scruff of the neck and has your full attention. Then it starts to reveal its fabulous aromas and.
  • Celebrating the indies - a guide (Free for all)

    Team JR
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our call to support independent wine merchants has had an enthusiastic response. Clearly our readers care very much indeed about where and from whom they buy their wine. This guide gives you a full list of all the reviews we have published so far - a good global wine-buying guide - although see.
  • Indie writing competition - D Crossley's seven (Free for all)

    Guest contributor
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    David Crossley contributes, at length, to our Indie writing competition : When I first saw this competition on Twitter I did wonder how anyone could possibly choose their one favourite wine retailer. As with many other readers, I buy too much wine, well maybe not too much, but too much to drink..
  • France 2014 - back to normal quantities? (Inside information)

    Guest contributor
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As the 2014 harvest kicks off in the Napa Valley, Yohan Castaing and I speculate about the size of the 2014 French vintage. But as for quality, all is still to play for - JR. Unlike the 2012 and 2013 vintages, 2014 seems to be one of the most productive of recent years. All French vineyards are.
  • Chianti Classico Riservas - worth the premium? (Tasting articles)

    Walter Speller
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year’s en primeur tastings described in Chianti Classico 2012 - climate-change wines also saw the release of the 2011 Riservas, which clearly showed that they were the result of a hot vintage in which many producers had begun to pick the grapes before optimal ripeness. In 2011 it was a case.
 
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Plaimont Producteurs ‘Les Bastions’ Saint Mont Rosé 2013, South West France

    Simon
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    A tasty rosé, but if I’d had my eyes closed, I’d have said it were white… Plaimont Producteurs ‘Les Bastions’ Saint Mont Rosé 2013, South West France (£6.99 Adnams Cellar & Kitchen) Has some of that herby fennel and stewed apple flavour that I associate with the whites of this region, plus a touch of […]
  • David Maître Vigneron Syrah/Braucol Côtes de Tarn Rosé 2013, South West France

    Simon
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    A familiar grape + an unfamiliar grape David  Maître Vigneron Syrah/Braucol Côtes de Tarn Rosé 2013, South West France (£9 Exel Wines) Vigorous youngster, lovely aromas and flavours of just-cooked strawberries, but there’s also some green apple freshness, hints of spice and sand (that flavour you get when you drop your butties on the beach […]
  • Cune Rioja Rosado 2012, Spain

    Simon
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    On the richer side of rosé, but none the worse for that. Cune Rioja Rosado 2012, Spain (£9.49 Majestic, Dunedin Wines, Refreshers, Ellies Cellars, Hailsham Cellars, Fountainhall Wines, winedirect.co.uk) Deep strawberry pink in colour, and maintains the red berry theme with juicy fruit (fresh and slightly cooked), with notes of spice, fresh vanilla and honey, […]
  • La Vie En Rose, Cinsault Rosé 2013 Pays d’Oc, France

    Simon
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Nice enough packaging but… La Vie En Rose, Cinsault Rosé 2013 Pays d’Oc, France (£8.99 Old School Wines, Selfridges) Pretty colour, but the peachy flavours and touch of stewed apple could easily be those of a white wine. Maybe there is a touch of red berry in there, along with a slight sandy/herby note, but […]
  • Grant Burge GB11 Rosé 2013, South Australia

    Simon
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    No, 11 isn’t the vintage – this range includes GB 15 Pinot Grigio, GB56 Shiraz and so on… Grant Burge GB11 Rosé 2013, South Australia (£8.99 Nidderdale Fine Wines, The Wine Shop, www.thedrinkshop.com, Cheers Wine Merchants, Famous Wines) Quite deep in colour and I was expecting something rather sweet and blobby from the slightly medicinal […]
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    Vin65

  • Finding Bigfoot: ROI in Social Media is Not a Mythical Beast

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

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

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

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

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Nurturing relationships with your customers is critical for growing a successful business. Problem is, not everyone wants personal relationships with businesses. Develop trust with your customer in order to open up the information-sharing floodgates. What can you do to connect with your customer on a personal level? Have you trained your staff to ask the right questions? Do you make notes in your CRM each time you interact with a customer? Are you collecting good data, but using it ineffectively? Here are 3 ways to get quality data and use it effectively: 1. Ask Only What You Need People get…
 
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 5 Value White Wines for Summer

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

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

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

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

    4 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Grilling season is here—the weather’s warm, the charcoal is available, and with any luck you’ve delegated some nearby child to scrub off all of last year’s grilled-on gunk with a handy wire brush. One hitch: according to th...
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  • Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day July 19

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Escape from the valley heat to the Santa Cruz Mountains on July 20 for the Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day, July 19. With over fifty Santa Cruz Mountains wineries in the Passport Program- from Half Moon Bay to Gilroy - your...
  • Taste Our Terroir Returns to Livermore Valley Wine Country July 24-27

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Livermore Valley’s premier food and wine affair, Taste Our Terroir, will span four delectable days in 2014 as the historic region celebrates and educates wine lovers about its unique “taste of the land July 24-27. &nbsp...
  • All Aboard the Niles Canyon Railway Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Specials

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    The Niles Canyon Railway 2014 Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Special gets rolling this year for five days this year, Saturdays July 12, July 19, August 9, August 16 and Sunday September 14. The trains leave the Sunol Depot in...
  • Wente Family Estates debuts The Winemakers Studio

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    19 May 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Wente Family Estates in Livermore Valley hosted the preview of The Winemakers Studio on May 17. The new wine lovers experience will open to the public on May 23 to the public. The Winemakers Studio is a series...
  • Guglielmo Wines Served at Presidential Dinner in San Jose

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    9 May 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Last evening, Thursday, May 8, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, the Democratic National Committee, along with their featured guest, President Barak Obama, held a fundraising dinner for the party.At the dinner, locally grown and...
 
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  • First Assyrtiko to be planted in the US

    Markus Stolz
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Assyrtiko vines have handled strong winds, shallow soils, hot summers and cool nights since ancient times in their homeland of Santorini. A high elevation vineyard at 3200 feet (975 meters) with severe risk of frost, in the mountains of the Tahoe National Forest in the US, will add yet unknown challenges for this variety. The risky endeavor to plant Assyrtiko in this seemingly improbable location is the brainchild of Larry and Dayle Rodenborn, the husband and wife team of Tryphon Vineyards.  They just picked up sixty-four baby Assyrtiko vines from the Foundation Plant Services at the…
  • Vineyards of Greece

    Markus Stolz
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:50 am
    Travel along this journey to some of Greece’s finest vineyards and learn more about the local culture, history and food. I have once again chosen to publish this article via Storehouse, as the visual experience is simply so good. RSS subscribers, please make sure to click on the above title, which will lead to my site from where you can access the full article. Tweet
  • Faces

    Markus Stolz
    22 May 2014 | 7:59 am
    When I first published this article, it was a story only half told. I have since updated the visual content with roughly 900 words. Although it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, I cannot help but feel that words were needed to complete the story. Tweet
  • Peloponnese: Land of diversity

    Markus Stolz
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    Download free 12-page PDF   Download free Wine Map of the Peloponnese poster   The Peloponnese is one of the very first places on earth where wine was made: Viticulture has existed for at least 4000 years, perhaps even for as long as 7000 years. The area itself is one of utter and bewildering beauty, marked by a great number of mountainous zones. The climate is overall Mediterranean with short winters and hot summers, but with marked differences in rainfall and humidity. In general, soil conditions are poor; vines struggle and send their roots deep down in order to survive. Often…
  • Current Greek wine trends in California

    Markus Stolz
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    Amongst my annual business travel highlights are without a doubt the recurring visits to California. One of the reasons is that I truly enjoy working the market with WineWise, who import my portfolio of Greek wine growers. Another motive is that I find it easier to detect and analyze shifts in trends for Greek wines than in the more crowded New York marketplace. Two young winemakers whom I have tremendous respect for, Christos Zafeirakis from Tyrnavos and Georgas Diamantakos from Naoussa, joined me last week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Both are synonymous with producing Greek wines that…
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  • Moscow Mule, a powerful cocktail with vodka

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    Cocktails with vodka will give much to talk about from now on. In the meantime, we leave you with one of the most delicious cocktails, where vodka is the absolute protagonist. It offers different tastes, slightly citric and stronger, and the contrast of the ginger beer. This cocktail has its origin in the liquor store Cock 'n Bull in the U.S., in the 40s, in which two friends mixed typical flavors from this place and from a tavern where they drank beer. They chose the ginger flavor to find out its result when mixing it with vodka. And by chance, as with most cocktails, they found an…
  • Qualified Single estate Cava, is it the solution to the lack of territorial unity of cava DO?

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    Probably one of the most notorious problems of the designation of origin cava is its lack of territorial unity, which means that in certain markets, there is confusion about the origin and quality of the Spanish sparkling wines. While exports of cava show an increasing trend, we must also bear in mind that the competition is fierce, especially in reference to Italian sparkling wines, very successful in key markets such as the Anglo-Saxon. Given this situation, the Cava Regulatory Board has raised the creation, by the end of the year, of a new designation called “Qualified Single estate…
  • We are looking for our Online Marketing Manager

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    We are looking for a key part of the company! We want a person who likes/loves challenges. Who wants to feel important, having team spirit and a leader soul. Who wants to take the reins of objectives and actions, and take them as high as possible. Because Uvinum is not a start-up anymore. 4 years already selling online as a marketplace being one of the Spanish industry leaders, with 70% of revenue coming from outside Spain, with a growth of 100% a year, etc. We want to be a reference at an European level, so this position has much to say about it. Uvinum is primarily a team of 22 people…
  • Salad with sweet wine

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    To give a twist to your salads at home, this recipe of salad with sweet wine jelly and Camembert cream is a formidable option. The ingredients of this recipe are for 4 people. It's light despite being elaborated with whole milk, and its blend of flavors is delicious, so you can serve it as a starter before the main course to delight your guests or family. Because of the presence of pine nuts, this recipe has a relevant input of vitamins, iron and antioxidants. Ingredients: 2 cups semi-cured manchego cheese 10 ml extra virgin olive oil Chicory Endive 2 sheets of gelatine previously soaked 50…
  • Scientists prove the existence of “beer goggles”

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    Researchers at the University of Bristol claim to have demonstrated the existence of “beer goggles”, concluding that women and men really begin to see the other people more attractive after a few beers. This is something that has been discussed as a joke many times but now it is a scientific fact. The study is titled: “Beauty lies in the eye of the beer drinker” and was one of 10 awards given by Harvard University last year. As part of the study, conducted by scientists at the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol, volunteers were asked to look at pictures of men,…
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  • The global wine market is about to get a shot in its legal arm

    Jo Diaz
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    For any of my wine law friends, I’m sharing the upcoming Wine and Spirits Law Academy at UC Davis, scheduled for September 8, 9, and 10, 2014. Announcing the UC Davis Wine and Spirits Law Academy Sept. 8-10, 2014 University of California, Davis, and the Napa Valley, Calif. Wine and spirits legal experts from around […] The post The global wine market is about to get a shot in its legal arm appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • The ego versus the reality

    Jo Diaz
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ego Just another day in the life of a wine publicist… The US Trade & Commerce Research Institute Yay… we’ve won an award for excellence in market from the The US Trade & Commerce Research Institute (USTCRI)… “a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its […] The post The ego versus the reality appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Social media is a very effective marketing tool + Lodi + Oak Farm Vineyards

    Jo Diaz
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    How PR works social media has amplified the process, as we all now know [Photo: Wilfred Wong] Nothing new in the title, “Social media is a very effective marketing tool.” However… sitting on both sides of the fence of being a PR pro and a published writer, I’m impressed with other PR people and their […] The post Social media is a very effective marketing tool + Lodi + Oak Farm Vineyards appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fart

    Jo Diaz
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yup… I’m going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fart, and I don’t care. I first wrote about his on May 11, 2007. Then, I brought it up again on March 11, 2011. My most recent post for this one was on July 3, 2012. Now, it’s July 2014, and it’s circled […] The post Going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fart appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Grasshopper, I’m concerned about the us versus them mentality

    Jo Diaz
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I wrote this story on July 20, and scheduled it for today. I have to write ahead, because my day job is writing for other people, and I don’t have the luxury of time each morning to write 1,500 words, as this blog post is. This takes about three to do… I’d have to be […] The post Grasshopper, I’m concerned about the us versus them mentality appeared first on Wine Blog.
 
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • Farm-to-Grill in Pictures

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

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

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

    Ridge Vineyards
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    When you drink Zinfandel, do not drink aromatics, textures, notes, layers, mouthfeels, or hints of. Just drink Zinfandel. When angry, count to Zinfandel. If you have time to be mindful, you have time for Zinfandel. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing... Read More ›
  • Celebrating 50 Years of Zinfandel!

    Ridge Vineyards
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    50 years! Do  you know what was happening 50 years ago? As but a few examples: President Lyndon Johnson inaugurated the “War on Poverty” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles hit the #1 spot in the US... Read More ›
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  • Sipping Sexy at The Underground

    JustJess
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    There’s no big sign on the street or a wall for The Underground in Chicago. Only a line that starts forming at around 9:30 PM each and every night. And for good reason. It’s not the place you would expect a “wine tasting to start at 10 PM. But that’s also why it was the perfect place for a Summer Wine Tasting with Wine Channel TV CEO Jessica Altieri.  The Underground features a subway-style entrance, a posh lounge like interior with plush sofa seating, 2 DJ booths and motion reactive party lighting that gets everyone in the mood to sip and dance. Three featured wines…
  • Sip & Shop 2014 with The Art of Shaving

    JustJess
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Wine lifestyle takes center stage at Westfield Old Orchard each summer at the award winning Sip & Shop – An Adventure in  Fine Wine. Jessica Altieri, CEO and wine lifestyle host of Wine Channel TV takes you on a “Killer Pairing” tour with featured pairings from The Art of Shaving. Take a peek at some of the highlights: The Art of Shaving Lexington Razor, $125.00 You shouldn’t have to worry about getting the closest shave this summer, and thanks to The Art of Shaving Lexington Collection™ Razor you won’t have to! With its Flexball™ technology this razor is able…
  • Americas Sexiest Wine Tasting

    JustJess
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Affected, grandiose, superior, ostentatious, pompous, conceited, snobby, pretentious. Screw that. Wine is delicious.  It’s the dream of every winemaker. A new wave of millennials know and love your wine. It’s their preferred beverage. The one they ask for, bring to parties and share with their friends online.  Want a “sip” of a  high energy wine tasting experience? The Summer Wine Tasting, hosted by Jessica Altieri, CEO and Certified Sommelier of Wine Channel TV takes place this Friday July 18th at The Underground, the venue described as one of the “sexiest places in the…
  • Summer Sizzles with Sip&Shop

    JustJess
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    The Westfield Old Orchard Sip&Shop event on June 26th was a spectacular pairing of fashion, food and wine. Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri, was joined by Westfield Old Orchard Senior Director Marketing, Shannon Ridgeway, Epic Burger Founder, David Friedman, Glitterary Founder, Stephanie Horstkoetter, San Francisco Wine School CEO, David Glancy and an overflow crowd for the Grand Tour and VIP Tasting. Over 25 retailers participated including: Vince Camuto,LUSH, Francesca’s, LOFT,Epic Burger, AKIRA, McCormick & Schmick’s, Adagio Teas, LoveSac, Art of Shaving, LUCY,…
  • Perfect Pinot Noir Harmony with Nautilus Estate Wines

    JustJess
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Located in the heart of the Marlborough Region, Nautilus vineyard uses grapes from five different locations for their Pinot Noir to create layers of notes that synchronize in harmony. These different locations include grapes from the Clay Hills as the base of the wine along with the vineyards of the Awatere, Kaituna, Renwick and Yarrum. With such a mix of specialized vineyards at the winery, you can be guaranteed to try the best of all of the vineyards at Nautilus with the different notes of berry varieties, chocolate, and spice. Staying true to following sustainable methods of producing…
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    NorCal Wine Blog

  • A Tale of Two Conferences

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

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

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

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

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

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I’ve been writing a lot about meat lately, which is normal for me both because I like a nice piece of meat, particularly in the summer when the grill is going, and meat of all sorts are usually very easy to pair well with wine. Double bonus points for me. Sometime though, you just don’t want a meat heavy dish. In fact sometime you just want something light and fresh, and chilled for lunch or dinner. One under explored option of a summery side dish or light meal are rice salads. They’re kind of weird after all. Rice. Salad. What? Well you know what they are, and with a little…
  • 5 Cheap Red Blends

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For someone who drinks a lot of expensive wine I can have decidedly plebeian tastes at times, and that’s the way things should be. We should not derive our satisfaction from wine from the price tag nor the point score for that matter. Both are just numbers, though the point scores do help to illustrate how much I like a wine in an easy to understand and communicate shorthand. Take today’s top wines. 87 pointers, which by my reckoning are wines that I can honestly say I really like. So what does that mean? it’s an interesting question and one that reveals the fatal flaw in…
  • Secret Whites for Summer

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With the white wines of Italy fresh on my mind, I’ve turned and asked my wine loving friends about some of their favorite white wine regions that are ripe for exploring this summer. I also asked folks about their favorite Spanish whites, and boy was the result almost overwhelming. It’s almost all Albarino all of the time. So I decided to do a little blending.  I’m presenting a few opinions are new regions to be discovered but at the same time am also including recommendations for Albarino! You may wonder why but the simple truth is that many folks have not yet…
  • Discovering Italian Whites

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Time to do a little cellar cleaning and what better way to start than with the odds and ends of Italian wines that have been building up in the basement. Sadly theres no real cohesive theme here, though a few varieties do appear more than once among the tasting notes that follow. There’s not even a pricing paradigm that’s  useful here, though most of the wines do fall in the $15 to $22 range. In one way that’s not a bad thing. It’s always interesting to see how wines stack up against each other and where the values really lay.  For the most part the more…
  • Getting to Know Bill Eyer

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Photo by: Nannette Eaton Today we continue getting to know our favorite wine writers with a Q&A session with Bill Eyers of The Cuvee Corner. I met Bill on a trip to Rioja a few years back and share his passion for wine, among other things. Outspoken and honest, it’s always a pleasure to spend some time with Bill whether that’s a few days drinking our way through Lodi or just a few minutes sharing samples at the recent Wine Blogger’s Convention. So get to know Bill, and wait for it. It takes him a minute to get going but soon enough you’ll see what I mean about his…
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    Wine Country Getaways

  • Wine Caves

    Joe Becerra
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    The wine cave at Stags’ Leap Winery About Wine Caves This cave was built long ago at the Stags’ Leap Winery in the Napa Valley. Most likely the cave was built by Chinese laborers and they were paid very little for their hard work. The purpose of the wine cave is to store the wine under ideal aging conditions. The wine juice stored in the barrels will always be at the proper temperature and humidity. In the old days, it was difficult to provide this type of environment without a wine cave. Modern day wineries have a barrel room that is controlled by air conditioning and…
  • Harvest begins in the Napa Valley

    Joe Becerra
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    2014 Harvest has begun in the Napa Valley Mumm Napa starts the 2014 harvest in the Napa Valley Just about two weeks ahead of a normal harvest, the 2014 harvest in the Napa Valley began today at the Game Farm Vineyard, just off the Silverado Trail, between Yountville and Oakville. The grape harvesters began working in earnest as daylight emerged over the vines. These are Pinot Noir grapes and they will be used to make Mumm Sparkling wine. I shot the photo above a few years ago at the Mumm Napa winery blessing of the grapes. The photo stamp is August 15, so indeed, harvest is two weeks ahead of…
  • Van-based Wine Tours vs Limos

    Joe Becerra
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    This is a guest post by H. Bruce Smith who runs Dry Creek Valley Wine Tours. Bruce suggested that I did not have enough consumer information on WineCountryGetaways.com about the Van-based wine tours vs Limos. Upon review I agreed with Bruce and asked him to provide us with a comparison. Van tours vs limos.  Who has the best for the wine country traveler? There are many benefits to booking a wine tour with a van-based service. While there are many sizes of vans, the smaller (8-15 passengers) are more likely to be of a personalized experience. Most tour companies of this size are either…
  • Vineyard workers

    Joe Becerra
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Thinning leaves at Benovia Vineyards in the Russian River Valley Vineyard Workers in action These vineyard workers are indispensable throughout the growing season. In this photo, these workers are thinning the leaves among the Pinot Noir vines at the Benovia Winery in the Russian River Valley. By all accounts these vineyard workers will soon be harvesting grapes. Before harvest approaches, pruning is required several times, depending upon vineyard management decisions.  Shoots and leaves are cut, causing the vine to spend more energy to grow fruit. Often times grape clusters are dropped,…
  • Abacela Winery

    Joe Becerra
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    About Abacela Winery Abacela winery is one of Oregon’s most famous wineries, even though they don’t make a single Pinot Noir wine. It is also one of Oregon’s most visited wineries for these reasons. Gorgeous tasting room, beautiful hillside vineyards, instructional stations among the vines, peaceful picnic area, sustainable farming, and most importantly delicious wines. The owners, Earl and Hilda Jones fell in love with the Tempranillo grape in their Spanish travels and wanted to produce that varietal in Oregon. They searched for the perfect spot to plant Tempranillo vines…
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  • Wine Caves

    Joe Becerra
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    The wine cave at Stags’ Leap Winery About Wine Caves This cave was built long ago at the Stags’ Leap Winery in the Napa Valley. Most likely the cave was built by Chinese laborers and they were paid very little for their hard work. The purpose of the wine cave is to store the wine under ideal aging conditions. The wine juice stored in the barrels will always be at the proper temperature and humidity. In the old days, it was difficult to provide this type of environment without a wine cave. Modern day wineries have a barrel room that is controlled by air conditioning and…
  • Harvest begins in the Napa Valley

    Joe Becerra
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    2014 Harvest has begun in the Napa Valley Mumm Napa starts the 2014 harvest in the Napa Valley Just about two weeks ahead of a normal harvest, the 2014 harvest in the Napa Valley began today at the Game Farm Vineyard, just off the Silverado Trail, between Yountville and Oakville. The grape harvesters began working in earnest as daylight emerged over the vines. These are Pinot Noir grapes and they will be used to make Mumm Sparkling wine. I shot the photo above a few years ago at the Mumm Napa winery blessing of the grapes. The photo stamp is August 15, so indeed, harvest is two weeks ahead of…
  • Van-based Wine Tours vs Limos

    Joe Becerra
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    This is a guest post by H. Bruce Smith who runs Dry Creek Valley Wine Tours. Bruce suggested that I did not have enough consumer information on WineCountryGetaways.com about the Van-based wine tours vs Limos. Upon review I agreed with Bruce and asked him to provide us with a comparison. Van tours vs limos.  Who has the best for the wine country traveler? There are many benefits to booking a wine tour with a van-based service. While there are many sizes of vans, the smaller (8-15 passengers) are more likely to be of a personalized experience. Most tour companies of this size are either…
  • Vineyard workers

    Joe Becerra
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Thinning leaves at Benovia Vineyards in the Russian River Valley Vineyard Workers in action These vineyard workers are indispensable throughout the growing season. In this photo, these workers are thinning the leaves among the Pinot Noir vines at the Benovia Winery in the Russian River Valley. By all accounts these vineyard workers will soon be harvesting grapes. Before harvest approaches, pruning is required several times, depending upon vineyard management decisions.  Shoots and leaves are cut, causing the vine to spend more energy to grow fruit. Often times grape clusters are dropped,…
  • Abacela Winery

    Joe Becerra
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    About Abacela Winery Abacela winery is one of Oregon’s most famous wineries, even though they don’t make a single Pinot Noir wine. It is also one of Oregon’s most visited wineries for these reasons. Gorgeous tasting room, beautiful hillside vineyards, instructional stations among the vines, peaceful picnic area, sustainable farming, and most importantly delicious wines. The owners, Earl and Hilda Jones fell in love with the Tempranillo grape in their Spanish travels and wanted to produce that varietal in Oregon. They searched for the perfect spot to plant Tempranillo vines…
 
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  • Pssst: Wanna buy a restaurant reservation?

    steve
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
      Ever get frustrated about not being able to get a restaurant reservation when you actually want one? Happens to me a fair amount. My go-to restos tend to be in Oakland, since that’s where I live: Ozumo, Pican, Bocanova, Lungomare, among others. But so popular are these places that you really need to make your reservations far in advance—unless you’re willing to dine before 6 or after 9, which for the most part I am not. I like eating dinner at the normal hours of 7-8 p.m., but so does everyone else: hence, the difficulty. (The problem is worse in San Francisco. Try getting a 7:30…
  • Is “terroir” a social construct, or an objective fact?

    steve
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
      If the definition of insanity (as Albert Einstein is reputed to have said) is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results, then I must be insane for delving yet again into a discussion about the meaning of terroir—even when I know that such exercises will result in utter futility, as they always do. Even so! The topic is irresistible to me; like momma’s milk to a thirsty baby, I’m unable to turn my head away when someone makes claims as absolute and contrary to accepted wisdom as those of Valéry Michaux, a French professor whose work was summarized…
  • How will the Internet of Things impact the wine business?

    steve
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
      I began hearing about the Internet of Things (IoT) last year. It was hard to wrap my mind around it—what is it, exactly?—and still is. The best I can do is to quote Wikipedia and then see if I can make sense of that. (Hang in there for a moment, because this is eventually going to be about wine.) The Internet of Things” [says Wikipediarefers to the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing- like devices within the existing Internet infrastructure. Typically, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond…
  • Goodbye to the era of the Big Critic

    steve
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
      We entered it as stealthily as we seem to be exiting it: the era of the Big Critic, which began, roughly speaking, around 1980 with the rise of Wine Spectator and its cadre of writers, and then really burst into prominence with the emergence of The Wine Advocate and its owner, Robert M. Parker. That was 34 years ago—three and a half decades in which America gradually got used to the idea of a handful of (mostly white male) wine critics who were the Promethean equivalent of the faces on Mount Rushmore: Stupendous, larger-than-life names, known to everybody who cared about wine,…
  • In the future, everyplace will be “the next Napa” for 15 minutes

    steve
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
      It’s a slow news day, it’s been a long week, so you’ll have to cut me some slack here with this rather tongue-in-cheek post that actually does contain a kernel of observational sanity. An online news site, Uncover California, has a story today that claims Many people believe the promising wine region of the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, Mexico, has the potential to become ‘the next Napa Valley’…”. I did a quick Google search on “the next Napa” and it resulted in 9,170 hits. The first was called “5 Reasons why Lodi, California is the Next Napa Valley.”…
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  • Ryan O’Connell / Business Insider

    mroconnell
    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 fromNakedwines.com says belief is prompting winemakers to up their prices, sometimes unreasonably so. Nakedwines.com 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…
  • Honeymooners enjoyed O’Vineyards

    mroconnell
    7 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    “So good it deserves 6 stars!” TripAdvisor. Review 4 June 2014 by Helen Fairley This was without doubt one of the best experiences we’ve had on our honeymoon in France. Joe and Liz, the owners of O’Vineyards, are a fabulously welcoming, friendly, fun couple who made us feel completely at home the moment we arrived for our visit to their winery to be followed by lunch. We had biked up from Carcassonne (about 35 mins if you take the D118 route) and arrived somewhat hot and bedraggled. Joe immediately offered us a large glass of ice cold water, swiftly followed by a glass of…
  • Hen Party

    mroconnell
    27 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    Alexa, Thank you for your TripAdvisor review! “Lynsey’s Hen Do” by Alexa_waugh 5 of 5 stars. Reviewed May 21, 2014 NEW I booked this wine tour for my sister’s Hen Party and I cannot recommend it enough. We arrived to a beautiful welcome, followed by a brilliant tour of the vine yard and the winery. It was very informative and Joe was excellent with the group of women asking lots of questions… and drinking quicker than he could fill the glasses! After sitting outside with a glass of wine, we went in for lunch and the food was incredible. the wine was free flowing and the…
  • Awards and Reviews

    mroconnell
    25 May 2014 | 8:49 am
    TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence three year in the row for O’Vineyards Wine, Food and B&B. Thanks to all our Visitors! Related Posts:A Rave Review on TripAdvisor Read 27 reviews of O'Vineyards Table d'Hote   Dining O'Vineyards Table d'Hôtes Dine with the Winemakers at O'Vineyards Table You can enjoy a meal prepared by mom and served at the winemaker's table. You'll eat ...2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Two years in the row: Thanks to all our Visitors and their wonderful reviews, O'Vineyards was awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence, repeating our last…
  • More Happy Events

    mroconnell
    11 May 2014 | 12:22 am
    Edith Jacob (Canada) celebrated her birthday with friends Jean-Pierre Gelard et Cathou Camara (France). They shared the table with a group of ladies from Ireland celebrating Marianne Bolger’s birthday! Mike & Penny Peckpt loved the O’ Fine Wines! Joseph & Maryann Pace from Malta and many visitors from UK Related Posts:Surprise Birthday Party! Jacques ordered a surprise birthday party for his wife Yolande! With Jacques, his sister  Dominique & her husband Georges, Yolande stepped in O'Vineyards empty grand ...Synchronized Global Wine Tasting by Sud de France –…
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    Jordan Winery

  • Sunset Supper dinner in the vineyard event highlights

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

    Lisa Mattson
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Among the things you expect to see on a winery tour are vineyards, tanks, barrels, and of course, bottles of wine. But cows? Maybe not until recently at Jordan. In 2011, we added a small herd of cattle—moms and their calves—to the estate. They happily live and graze in fenced pastures around the 1,200-acre ranch–across [...]
  • Seasons of the vineyard at Jordan Estate

    Lisa Mattson
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    July is the month of peaceful transition in wine country. We watch the tourists arrive for their summer vacations and weekend getaways, and we wait patiently for the red wine grapes to change color, a process called veraison. We’ve written extensively about the onset of ripening (here, here and here) when the appearance of grape clusters is [...]
  • Jordan wins Wine Blog Award for best photo and video

    Lisa Mattson
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Last Saturday night, more than 350 wine bloggers from across North America gathered in a hotel ballroom in Santa Barbara County wine country for the eighth annual Wine Blog Awards. The lights were down and spirits were high as Alan Kropf, publisher of Mutineer magazine, announced the winners in nine categories. For a second year [...]
  • We need your vote by June 19: Wine Blog Awards

    Lisa Mattson
    13 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Finalists were announced today for the 2014 Wine Blog Awards, and we’re honored to be nominated for both Best Original Photography or Video on a Wine Blog and Best Winery Blog. This is the second consecutive year Jordan is competing for an award in both categories. Voting is open through midnight on Thursday, June 19, [...]
 
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    The Rosa d'Oro Vineyards Blog

  • Monvera's Beautiful Bottles series with Rosa d'Oro Vineyards

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

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

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

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

    21 May 2014 | 8:35 am
    This recipe is based half on Pierre Hermé and half on David Everitt-Matthias recipes for a similar cake. It spent some time on and off menus when I was in kitchens and is to date probably our most requested recipe. I like taking the Sicilian approach and pairing with Prickly Pear sorbet or something bright and tart to counteract the rich, alkaline nature of the cake. This ratio of butter to EVOO yields a fairly round richness, but you can raise the the EVOO percentage and use a peppery Tuscan or Nuovo oil to yield a much more phenolic and spicy cake.Pistachio Olive Oil Cake(Wishing I had…
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Cafe Beaujolais Mendocino Restaurant

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Be sure to dine at Cafe Beaujolais. We've eaten at most of the restaurants in Mendocino and this is easily our favorite Mendocino restaurant.
  • Best San Diego Restaurants

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Dine at the best San Diego restaurants and save money during San Diego Restaurant Week. Do you enjoy dining out? Experience fine dining and save money at the same time.
  • Celebrity Watchers: Celebrities Who Own Wineries

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Attention celebrity watchers: Check out this list of wineries owned by celebrities.
  • Alameda County Wineries

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Learn about Alameda County Wineries producing splendid wines in the San Francisco Bay area. Taste Alameda wines.
  • Tracy Golf

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Visit Tracy, Califonia. You'll have fun visiting Tracy wineries as well as golfing at Tracy golf courses.
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • Monte Ducay Reserva 2009 - Trader Joe's Strikes Again

    Jon Thorsen
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    BULK BUY! An excellent pick from an often overlooked region, Carinena. A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon from Carinena, Aragon, Spain.Available exclusively at Trader Joe's for $6.99. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Monte Ducay vineyard is located in a beautiful landscape, with stony, sandy and light soils. It produces very well balanced wines, with pronounced colour and distinctive character.TASTING NOTES: Beautiful cherry red tinted with brick overtones. Fragrant and delicate on the nose. Elegant bouquet, generous and well balanced. Long, lingering…
  • Paco & Lola Albarino 2013 - A Love Story

    Jon Thorsen
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A wine (and a variety) that's easy to love. 100% Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain.SRP of $20 and available for as low as $12. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle:"Variety: 100% Albariño sourced from the winery's own vineyards.Fermentation: fermented in stainless steel vats, with temperature controlled. Appearance: attractive straw color with hints of green in the rim. Clean and brilliant. Nose: very expressive and harmonious nose. Fine notes of white fruit (green apples, pear) and lemony aromas. Hints of herbs (basil) and flower blossom base notes. Surprising aromatic…
  • Chateau Jean Faux Sainte-Ragonde Bordeaux Superieur 2009 - The Real Thing

    Jon Thorsen
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Truly a tasty wine. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from Bordeaux, France.SRP of $30 and purchased for $17.99. 4,000 cases produced. Imported by Signature Jeffrey M. Davies Selections.From the bottle:"Pascal Collotte's south facing hillside vineyard sits across the Dordogne River from Castillon-La-Bataille. It is planted in clay and limestone soils with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc whose average age is 25 years. Sustainable vineyard management practices includes mechanical tilling, deleafing, debudding, crop thinning, and manual harvesting. Yields in 2009 were just 33 hls/ha. Fermented…
  • Byron Santa Barbara County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - Easy

    Jon Thorsen
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Easy to drink and easy to find, both of these wines are an easy choice. This post brought to you by: Get the Black Stallion Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 for just $19.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! Today we've got two delightful picks for you from Santa Barbara County in the southern part of the California's Central Coast. Up first is the 2012 Byron Santa Barbara County Chardonnay which is 100% Chardonnay aged in 100% French oak. It has an SRP of $17 and is available widely for as low as $12. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"You are here. That's the beautiful…
  • The Sauvignon Blanc of Summer - Four Fine Finds From Naked Wines

    Jon Thorsen
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 2013 Lay of the Land Sauvignon Blanc, the 2013 Matt Iaconis Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc + Semillon, the 2013 Rachis by Randy Hester Sauvignon Blanc and the 2012 Villebois Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white varieties and accordingly is found in vineyards in many different countries. Originally from Western France, this easy to grow and adaptable grape is actually a parent to Cabernet Sauvignon. It's also one of our favorite white varieties for the dog days of summer. And while Sauvignon Blanc presents one of the more recognizable flavor profiles in the…
 
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    Nosso Vinho

  • Chateau Giscours 2008 Margaux

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

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

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

    Paulo Queiroz
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Saiu esta semana a nova versão do app NOSSO VINHO 2.0 para Android. Nele você… The post Blog NOSSO VINHO tem novo aplicativo para Android. appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

    Paulo Queiroz
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Bergstrom é um produtor do Vale Willamette no Oregon, Estados Unidos. Produzem vinho desde 1999… The post Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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    Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery

  • Blanchard Family Wines and Distant Cellars Wine Release Party

    Roger Beery
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Denver and Colorado Wineauxs…. Here’s a great chance to drink some great boutique California Wines while supporting two great causes…Don’t miss it! Blanchard Family Wines and Distant Cellars, two of my favorite California wineries with Colorado ties, are hosting their first ever joint wine release party here in Denver. These two family-owned wineries, both located in Northern California, have owners that live and serve here in Colorado. James Blanchard, from Blanchard Family Wines, serves as an Air Force helicopter pilot while running half of his family winery, while Drew Gaiser from…
  • Calla Lily Winery Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Calla Lily Winery Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $80 (S) – Rating 93 From an emerging Napa Valley winery with an experienced hand on the wheel in Cary Gott. An expressive nose of black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla and black pepper. Lush on the palate, complete with silky tannins and balanced acidity. Give this youngster at least 30-60 minutes to fully open for flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, blackberry, oaky vanilla and plenty of spice. Intriguing notes of tobacco box on long finish. The post Calla Lily Winery Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2011…
  • Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $55 (S) – Rating 91 A gold medal winner at the North of the Gate Wine Competition. Aromas of cherry and strawberry with hints of raspberry and spice. The wine is highlighted by a round mouth-feel, soft tannins and balanced acidity. The palate is treated to flavors of blueberry, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, a little leather and spice with hints of dark chocolate on finish. Buy This Wine   The post Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and…
  • Monticello Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Monticello Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Napa Valley, CA, $32 (S) – Rating 90 A robust nose of ruby red grapefruit, Meyer lemon, tropicals and bright spice. Bright acidity complimented by soft textures. Meyer lemon, ruby red grapefruit, citrus, spice and green apple flavors abound. Plenty of spice, citrus and tropical notes in the finish. Buy This Wine   The post Monticello Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, CA $49 (S) – Rating 93 Give this beauty a little time to open up in a decanter and you will be well rewarded. A well-rounded bouquet of dark red fruit, stewed cherries and spice. Medium-bodied with silky tannins and bright acidity which is easily enjoyed solo or as a versatile food pairer. On the palate, notes of  cherry, pomegranate, ripe raspberry and ripe strawberry. Quite spicy on long finish. Buy This Wine The post MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011 appeared first on Wine Blog…
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    Hoot n Annie

  • Niner Wine Estates Appoints New Associate Winemaker

    Hoot 'n Annie
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    We have some exciting news to share about Niner Wine Estates! Check out this press release: Niner Wine Estates Appoints Molly Bohlman to Associate Winemaker Position Bohlman will spearhead the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Programs (PASO ROBLES, Calif.) – Niner Wine Estates President Andy Niner announced the appointment of Molly Bohlman as Associate Winemaker.  Molly will devote the majority of her time running the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay programs, both of which are sourced from the Niner’s Jespersen Ranch estate vineyard in Edna Valley. Bohlman worked most recently at CrossBarn Winery on…
  • Interview with PRWCA’s Jennifer Porter

    Hoot 'n Annie
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    In a blog post I did a few weeks back I asked the question: Are wine groups/ associations worth it? For the technical response, and in much greater detail than I could ever do, Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard not only answered that a bit on our blog post in the comments but also on his blog in a two part series. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. Jennifer Porter, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA), reached out to me through that blog post and asked if I would want to come into the office to see the numbers and discuss the role of the PRWCA. She…
  • Crush and Roll West 2014: Get Your Lighters Ready

    Hoot 'n Annie
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The 6th annual Crush and Roll West is coming up September 5 and 6 at the Paso Robles Event Center. We’ve been to this event every year and every year it’s been better than the year before. They have continued to expand this event with more cigar vendors, lifestyle booths, wineries, and breweries. There’s also the Friday night poker tournament, silent auctions, seminars, grape stomping, live music for the first time, and of course, food! I think they have everything one might need to enjoy a perfect day in Paso Robles. I’ve been really impressed with the yearly return of the…
  • Paso Robles: More Good (Kind Of) Press

    Hoot 'n Annie
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This article on Wine Searcher titled, ‘Paso Robles: It’s Hot But Cooler Than You Think’, is the latest article talking about the awesomeness that is Paso Robles. Well…mostly for the west side. I love the mentions of Eberle, J. Lohr, Tablas Creek, and Saxum. Jason Haas of Tablas gets quoted a few times in the article which is great as well. The question that arises for me is, does the west side of Paso Robles produce BETTER fruit and BETTER wine than the east side or is it simply DIFFERENT fruit and DIFFERENT wine than the east side? This is a topic that comes up from time to time and…
  • Notes from Paso Robles

    Hoot 'n Annie
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    I’ve put together some notable events and recent mentions about Paso Robles and the surrounding area right here at your fingertips! The California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara starts tomorrow, July 17 – July 19. There will be many Paso Robles wineries there so if you’re in the area get your butt over there and drink up. Two local restaurants will be honored by Wine Spectator Magazine with Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence. Those restaurants are Il Cortile Ristorante and The Restaurant at Justin. Congrats to them and to Paso Robles on a whole for the amazing growth of the food…
 
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Naked Wines – A good possibility

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

    Joe
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    On the corner of Hillcrest and Broadway in Millbrae What does Pape Meat in Millbrae have to do with Wine Values & Bargains? Here is the connection. Good wine demands good food. At Pape Meat you will not only find the best fish, poultry, and red meats, but the best prices around and friendly service. No, I am not getting any perks or payments from Pape Meat Company. Vintage Taster Bruce is a regular there, and I starting shopping at Pape Meat Co. a little over a year ago when they expanded their fish and poultry section. Pape Meat is a family-owned establishment, and they have been having…
  • Three whites that delight

    Joe
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Last week, we returned from our Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles wine country. We learned many new things about the wines from both of these regions and discovered some gems, both bargain and expensive.  We also managed a two-night stay in the Napa Valley following the conference. I was invitied to a media event at Inglenook. It was the Rutherford Dust Society’s 2011 Cabernet release event.  Sad to say, no wine bargains there except for a very nice Cabernet from Provenance for $47, the least expensive we tasted. I did find out one tidbit from the folks who…
  • How the pros taste wine, and what the heck is Quini

    Joe
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    This is going to make all of us amateur wine tasters feel very good. At the recent wine bloggers conference, I attended the seminar, “How the Pros Taste Wine.”  The three wine tasting pros were: Steve Heimoff, a well-respected wine writer and blogger, formerly with the Wine Enthusiast and now working social media with Jackson Family Wines.  Patrick Comiskey, a former sommelier who reviews U.S. wines outside California for Wines & Spirits magazine; and finally popular wine blogger Joe Roberts, 1 Wine Dude.   Each “Pro” described how he goes about tasting wine for his reviews.
  • Speed Wine Dating

    Joe
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    We are just finishing up at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara wine country. One of our favorite activities is this rather bizarre activity called Live Wine Blogging. I call it “speed wine dating.” Ten wineries go to a table of eight wine bloggers and the winery rep has five minutes to pour and talk about his/her wine. We as bloggers taste, spit, and evaluate. The five minutes sails by quickly and then the next wine comes to the table. Only a brief set of notes (Twitter like) can be accomplished. The wines can be from any area, and not just Santa Barbara in this case.
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    Gonzo Gastronomy

  • “No! Don’t sign it! Give me time to think. I mean hold on a second boy, ’cause that’s magic ink…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I’ve just had the pleasure of spending the last couple of weeks with Randall Grahm. Nobody knew. In fact, Randall didn’t even know. Hell, if I’m being honest, I didn’t know until I had drained the last bottle. Though this could quite possibly be the post that finally lands me a one-way cab ride to Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital1, the two weeks were spent not physically with him but mentally…or maybe spiritually. I haven’t got it all figured out yet, so humor me. I know this will go somewhere. It always does. Because I often write about wine, I feel compelled to jot down…
  • WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: “Every picture tells a story, don’t it…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    7 May 2014 | 1:49 pm
  • “I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation, I’ve never been afraid of any deviation…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Making a wine with native yeast (instead of commercial yeast) fermentation takes a brass set of balls. Well, either that or a little madness. But I’ve always felt that a little madness keeps the big madness away…and it also keeps you on your toes. It’s one part speculation, one part faith, and two parts beer drinking as you hover diligently over your barrels. To quote Nietzsche, “One must still have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star.” When you rely on native yeasts to initiate fermentation you know damned well it might take a week before it even starts, that it might get…
  • “Owww we want the funk, give up the funk…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    27 Feb 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Brooklyn Brewery makes me wish I lived in Brooklyn, and other than my friend Joe Carroll’s trio of gastro-bliss joints (Spuyten Duyvil, Fette Sau and St. Anselm) I didn’t really think anything could make me want to live in Brooklyn—I heard a tree grows there, but it continues to elude me. Every beer they’ve ever released to the public has found a place in my heart, but I can get those beers anywhere. It’s the ghost bottles—the ones they’re continually inviting me to taste but only seem to pour on a damned weeknight, when maneuvering my way from Northvale, NJ…
  • “That lady’s stacked, and that’s a fact, ain’t holding nothing back…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    1 Feb 2014 | 6:38 am
    You have to admire a man in his 30s who shows up to his winemaker’s dinner in suspenders and wool slacks. Don’t ask my why— I don’t make the rules—but it’s really damned cool. Add to that a mop of untamable wavy hair and an attitude towards the American cork-dork blogosphere that clearly has yet to be tainted, and you have the makings of a mad genius. Mostly I am coming to terms with the fact that it might just have been the suspenders, but this is by no means an unbiased, objective blog, just an honest one. Enrico Cerulli is making mind-blowing Pecorino. It has…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • Join us for a Bio-Cask Wine Tasting!

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

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

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

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

    Christine Collier
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Please join us for our Pairings Wine & Food Experience starting this week. With the completion of our new Estate Tasting Room, we have been working hard to create an enjoyable and educational culinary program that highlights our classic Oregon wines paired with locally-sourced dishes. This seated, multi-course wine and food pairing brings an assortment of seasonal small plates paired with our limited-production wines. You will enjoy a fine dining presentation led by a Winery Ambassador at a communal table. I have included a sneak-peak of our first menu and additional details below.
 
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • Summer Sippers: Lavender Lemonade

    enobytes
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Who can resist a cool drink on a hot summer day? This recipe brought to you by a savvy mixologist, Brooke Arthur. Summer Sippers: Lavender Lemonade 2 oz Aviation American Gin 3/4 oz Lavender infused honey syrup* 1 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice 1 oz Soda water In a mixing bowl, combine spirits & mixers. […]
  • 2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee, Willamette Valley, Oregon The 2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee is a great Chardonnay that was sourced from Dijon blocks located in the Dundee Hills—one block of 76 clone from Freedom Hill, another block from mixed Dijon clones from the Durant Vineyards and another from Lange Estate. […]
  • Summer Sippers: Caprese Cocktail

    enobytes
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Revered for its timeless craft cocktails, intimate Hollywood ease and ode to local flavors, Portland’s Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe returns this summer with a bill of new cocktails embellished with fresh herbs from Hotel deLuxe’s rooftop garden and olive oil and lavender harvested from Oregon’s adored Red Ridge Farms.  Now through the end of […]
  • 2011 Vina Montes Kaiken Ultra Malbec

    Marc Hinton
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: Vina Montes Kaiken Ultra Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina The team at Vina Montes seems to be able to do magic with this Kaiken Ultra Malbec when it comes to consistently delivering a well-made exciting and tasty wine. Vintage after vintage with very little variance for whatever growing conditions nature dealt them, Kaiken continues to […]
  • 2011 Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Chardonnay

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2011 Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Chardonnay Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate located in Hood River, Oregon is a small boutique winery that practice sustainable agricultural practices and produces 5,000 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot noir annually. The started with Pin ot noir in 1990, and added a few blocks of Chardonnay a few […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • Round Barn Brewery Public House

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We've been planning on a visit to the Round Barn Brewery and Public House in Baroda since the first time I read about it some time ago. While there are some good restaurants in SW Michigan, more options are always welcome, especially those focusing on craft beer and locally made wine. Round Barn is a one-stop shop for all your libation needs, as they are a winery, brewery, and distillery - awesome that Michigan is set up up so that can happen! Last week, driving around and looking at farms (future hops yard maybe?), my son and I finally timed it so we could check out this new dining…
  • Wine Wednesday: Yes Way Rosé

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    I love rosé anytime of the year,  but there's something extra special about drinking it on a sultry evening or afternoon (or all day) with the lighter summer fare or especially with a nicely charred steak fresh off the grill. Such a versatile wine, and now there are oodles of crisp, dry rosés being made around the world that there is no excuse not to enjoy one today. Happy Wine Wednesday everyone!Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter Subscribe to the 50 States Of Wine YouTube channel
  • Recommended Reads: Beers, Mushrooms, and yes, More Beer

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Michael Agnew took on the enviable though impossible task of surveying the Midwest craft beer scene. A Perfect Pint's Beer Guide to the Heartland is an immediately out of date look at breweries and brewpubs  in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois (adding Michigan might make sense but surely would overwhelm any writer on such a task). The book has some history and then goes state by state, with each entry giving the location, website, beer styles, Agnew's favorites and more. It's pretty exhaustive, but with a new craft brewery seemingly opening every day (hooray!), this is a…
  • WBC15: Finger Lakes Wine Region, NY

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
     It was quite disappointing not to participate in WBC14, as Santa Barbara seemed a beautiful location with lots of wines we had not had access to. Unfortunately, it wasn't in the budget, so it didn't happen. I was really excited to read that WBC15 was coming closer to home. The 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference will take place August 13-16, in the town of Corning, Finger Lakes region, New York. While we could fly to NY, it seems a perfect opportunity to take a few extra days and drive there, stopping to visit wineries in Ohion and Pennsylvania, tasting wines we've yet to try and adding a…
  • Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Trader Joe's sells the Samuel Smith Old Brewery gift set - for $10, you get a 550 mL bottle of India Ale, Nut Brown Ale, and Oatmeal Stout, a branded pint glass, and a coaster. Pretty much a deal you can't resist (at least I couldn't). I added the Organic Chocolate Stout for good measure, because hey, it's organic, it's chocolate, and it's a stout - a perfect trifecta.The Old Brewery at Tadcaster was established in 1758, making it Yorkshire’s oldest brewery. The brewing water is from 85 feet underground, using the original well. Their ales and stouts (except draught Sovereign and Extra…
 
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    Vint-ed

  • A wine made when Nixon was President reminds us how sexy 'old' can be

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

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

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

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

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

  • 8 Hints That You Might Have a Wine (buying) Problem

    Madeline Puckette
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    There’s a moment when you crest the hill from being a wine enthusiast to being a wine collector. This happens when you have more wine in your house than you can drink in a single evening. If this is you, go ahead and pat yourself on the back for having the forethought to equip ‘future you’ with good wine. Sadly, this healthy habit could slowly turn you into a wine buying freak. Here are 8 indicators of someone with a wine buying obsession. You Might Have a Wine (buying) Problem 1. Your wine rack is full and it stresses you out.   2. Other things just don’t do it…
  • The Real Frontier of Chilean Wine

    Jake Pippin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    We spoke with Chilean wine expert, Jake Pippin, the National Chile Manager for premium wine importer Vine Connections. Pippin travels to Chile frequently and observes the wine, regions and terroir. Wines from Chile have been getting attention and it’s no surprise because there is so much good cheap wine available. However, despite the great values on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, the US market only sees the wines from a few major producers. This article hopes to shed some light on the real frontier of Chilean wine. Find out what’s up-and-coming and how to…
  • How to Open Champagne Safely (Pics & Video)

    Madeline Puckette
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Get confident opening Champagne –so confident that you can even shake it beforehand! Check out these secrets on how to open Champagne safely – every time. No spills. No unplanned explosions. 2 Secrets to Opening Champagne: Loosen the cage (metal part over the cork) but don’t remove it. Continue holding the bottle at a 45° angle for 2 seconds after the cork comes out. How to Open Champagne in 3 Steps STEP 1: Loosen cage by rotating the tab 6 half turns. Loosen it enough to fit over the lip of the bottle but don’t take it off yet. Be sure to keep your hand holding both the…
  • How to Hold a Wine Glass Civilized

    Madeline Puckette
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    In case you’re curious, here’s how to hold a wine glass with the utmost social etiquette. Your grandmother will be happy. How to Hold a Wine Glass Hold all stemmed wine glasses (red, white, etc) towards the base of the stem between your thumb, forefinger and middle finger. You’ll find that your other fingers will just rest on the base naturally. Don’t worry, it’s totally socially acceptable to swirl your wine. Seriously This Matters? Proper etiquette has become a secret handshake to high society. Which way is okay?   The truth is you can hold a wine glass…
  • Use This Flow Chart for Selecting Italian Red Wines

    Madeline Puckette
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    A simple flow chart outlines nearly 50 different Italian red wines by taste. Find what Italian red to try next in a useful and relatable way. Don’t worry, you’re not the only person who thinks getting into Italian wines is hard. Here are some illuminating reasons as to why Italian wines are such a mystery to non-Italians: Hundreds of indigenous grape varieties grow in Italy Very few of these Italian varieties grow outside of Italy A Flow Chart for Selecting Italian Red Wines Easy to Embed Copy/Paste the code. Original Source: Flow Chart of Italian Red Wines Tips Try The 8 Main…
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    Pure Luxury Transportation

  • B.R. Cohn Winery Brings a Summer Music Series to Sonoma Valley

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

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

    Carey Sweet
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The new barIt was a long few months for Sebastopol foodies starting in early January, when K&L Bistro owners Karen and Lucas Martin closed their iconic, 13-year-old French restaurant for a long-needed updating.No steak frites for us, no PEI mussels mariniere with fries and aioli, no cozy tete-a-tetes over a lovely bottle of wine.But now, K&L has reopened, better than ever, and actually bigger, since the Martins took an offer they couldn’t refuse, taking over a neighboring day spa, and adjacent bakery and knitting shop space. The move effectively doubled the size of the eatery, and…
  • A Sweet Summer Treat: The New Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar in Healdsburg

    Carey Sweet
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    Raspberry sorbet woos at the new Noble Ice Cream and Pie BarSugar and spice and everything nice… that’s what Noble Folk ice cream and pies are made of.Also Japanese purple yam (ube), apricot, thyme, wild blueberry, and whatever is seasonal, delicious, and catches the taste buds of the Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar owners Ozzy Jimenez and Christian Sullberg.Set on The Plaza in downtown Healdsburg, the newly debuted shop is not far from another favorite Jimenez and Sullberg operation - Moustache Baked Goods on Healdsburg Avenue. That’s where the two bakers rolled out their first…
  • Pure Luxury Announces an Exclusive, Once in a Lifetime San Francisco 49ers Package

    gina
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pure Luxury Transportation is excited to announce a new, exclusive package! This package offers a once in a lifetime chance to enjoy a 49ers game in VIP style at their new Levi’s Stadium while enjoying up to 10 hours of chauffeured car service with Pure Luxury. You and three lucky guests will walk on the field to get to your seats and will watch the Niners from up close as they enter the field. You’ll also experience all of the benefits of VIP Legacy Club access including:- Complimentary buffet including beer and wine - VIP seating with comfortable cushioned seats which are more roomy…
 
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • Beauty and the Vine at Nectar

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

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

    drinknectar
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    All the drama and rapture of opera without the commitment! Come enjoy some of the most unbelievable arias and duets from the opera stage while sipping a glass of one of our featured wines. We will be serenaded by a duo of dramatic, funny, local favorite singers, Heather Parker, Soprano and Ann Benson, Mezzo-Soprano. Tickets are only $25 and include a glass a wine. Food will be available to purchase. Purchase your tickets for Taste of Opera. Space is limited. Door will open at 6:30 PM for wine and food to order, performance start at 7:00 PM. ANN BENSON BIO […]
  • Featured Food Flight Hot Summer Flights

    drinknectar
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Some like it hot! Chef Paloma has once again created a culinary masterpiece for all of our wine lovers. Check out the summer flight of the month (June, July and August) the Hot Summer Flight. Every plate comes with six spicy ribs, created with the perfect rub and not too spicy, roasted peppers, seasoned grilled Mexican corn all on a bed of slaw. Order this plate for 1 and it is a meal, order it for 2 and it makes for a great appetizer style dish. Try pairing the flight with the Skylite Cellars Viognier or Hard Row to Hoe […]
  • Napa’s Iconic Caymus Vineyards Celebrates 40 Years

    drinknectar
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    The release of the 2012 Caymus Cabernet marks the 40th vintage of the Napa Wineries flagship wine. In 1972 Charlie Wagner and his wife Lorna partnered with their then 18 year old son Chuck to form Caymus Vineyards on their Napa Valley ranch. With consistent 90+ scores from Wine Spectator the Caymus Cabernet epitomizes the decadence that has become synonymous with Napa Cabs. During my 2012 visit to Napa and Sonoma for my 40th birthday, I was so impressed with the quality of the wine at Caymus that it was the only place I purchased wine to have shipped home […]
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    Wine Reviews and Tasting Reports - International Wine Report

  • ARGIANO ’Solengo’ 2011

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    The 2011 ‘Solengo’ is gorgeous, bursting with fresh blueberries and black berries followed by spices, crushed violets, fresh minerals and a hint of cocoa. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and polished with an underlying layer of acidity providing a sense of freshness that carries over into the long caressing finish. If approaching now be sure to allow extended air contact, as this is still youthful and will require additional time in the bottle to flesh out. Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah/Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. (Best 2015-2027) - July, 2014 - (JD) 92 POINTS…
  • ARGIANO ’Suolo’ 2011

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    The ‘Suolo' is a stunning 100% Sangiovese Grosso, which comes from the finest selection of the estates oldest vineyards. The 2011 is absolutely seductive, with gorgeous aromas of fresh black fruits, ripe cherries, roasted coffee, exotic spices, floral, smoke, earthy notes, which all come together and explode from the glass. It possesses a beautiful rich, velvety texture, while demonstrating impeccable balance and finesse, dazzling all the way through the finish. Today, this is very accessible and already has so much to offer, but it will also age gracegully for those willing to wait. (Best…
  • BK WINES Syrah 'Cult' 2013

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    The "Cult" Syrah is named after the Coulter Vineyard where BK sources their fruit. Brendon picks his fruit earlier then others on the vineyard, which would explain the more balanced style. This is aged 11 months in French puncheons (20% new) and skin contact for 35 days. It has a classic Syrah nose, with aromas of bacon fat, leather, black pepper, violet, mint, loamy soil, chocolate, strawberry, and raspberry. It has a sense of elegance on the palate, with lots of complexity and possesses pure fruit followed by good acidity ending with a long finish. Stylistically this is Northern Rhone like…
  • ALAIN LORIEUX Chinon 'Thélème' 2011

    2 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The 2011 Thélème comes from Cabernet Franc vines, which dig their own roots deep into chalky and limestone soils. It offers terroir driven aromas of dark fruit, leather, earth, cherry tobacco, pepper, hints of vanilla, forrest floor and spring flowers. It has incredible structure, with firm tannins and a long finish. You may be able to get away with approaching this now with a few hours of decanting, but ultimately this will require additional botte age. (Best 2019-2030) - June, 2014 (MD) 92 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: June, 2014 Drinking Window: 2019-2030  Estimated…
  • ANTHILL FARMS Pinot Noir 'Campbell Ranch Vineyard' 2012

    18 May 2014 | 9:44 am
    The Campbell Ranch Vineyard is located just miles from the Pacific Ocean. As a result it is heavily influenced by the cool marine air and coastal climate. Today, the Campbell Ranch is the most impressive of all the 2012s from Anthill Farms, with an incredibly complex nose offering intoxicating aromas of fresh bing cherry, crushed strawberry, earth, black tea, white pepper, leather, vanilla bean, currant, dried tobacco leaf and wild flowers. It is focused and harmonious, delivering freshness and intensity on the finish, with a long aftertaste of spice and red fruits. This can be…
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  • happy white port happy hour

    grapefriend
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Summer cocktail hours are the best cocktail hours, especially with white port. White port is much lesser-known than its ruby and tawny cousins, but I discovered it in Portugal and it’s so good for summer cocktailing. These cocktails are super refreshing and super easy to make: one part white port, one part tonic, and mint … Continue reading →
  • are the backstreet boys making a wine?

    grapefriend
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    Boy bands are still kickin’ it on tour, although really they should now be called Man Bands. And, now that they are all over 21, that means they can legally drink. So why not make a wine? The other night, the Backstreet Boys tweeted out: “If we were to wine and dine you, what would … Continue reading →
  • 5 summer wine saviors

    grapefriend
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    As we’re all now fully in the swing of getting our grape on in the sun, here are some handy and super stylish ways to help you out. come sail away These awesome wine totes are made from yacht sails. I still love the grapefriend wine totes (cool inner flap, way less $, ok I’ll … Continue reading →
  • happy higher happy hour

    grapefriend
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    “Gonna keep on drinkin’ til I reach the higher ground.” – Stevie Wineder Continue reading →
  • cocktail friend: the pesca bacio

    grapefriend
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    The white sangria recipe was such a hit that it inspired us to create another white-wine cocktail variation this weekend. This punch I made up was delicious but I couldn’t think of a fun name, so threw it out to grapefriends. Leave it our clever drinkers to come up with some fun ones. I loved … Continue reading →
 
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    grapelines.com

  • A Wine For Those Lazy, Hazy Days Of Summer

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

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

    Lou
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    A look at California’s Taplin Cellars.   By Lou Marmon   Gazette Newspapers  June 2014   Taplin Cellars is a Napa winery with bicoastal roots. A great-great grandfather of the present-day owners moved his dairy farming family from Vermont to San Francisco in the mid-1800s. They eventually found their way to the Napa Valley where they purchased land to grow fruit and walnuts. Farming was considerably challenging in the late 18 and early 1900s, especially in ground described as “9 parts rock and 1 part dirt.” Yet the family persevered and was able to keep ahold of the…
  • Out Of Isolation, Chilean Wines Prosper

    Lou
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
      Reviews of the Lanzur Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and The Macallan 18 year old (1996 vintage) Single Malt Scotch Whisky.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   July 15, 2014   Chile is the source of some of the world’s best wine values. The country boasts over a dozen distinctive wine producing regions that extend hundreds of miles from the northern Copiapo valley to the Austral region, the southernmost location where grapes can grow.   Chile has a long history of winemaking that began soon after Spanish explorers landed over 400 years ago, and the predominant grapes…
  • Start Summer With Sangria

    Lou
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
      Summer libation suggestions including various Sangriarecipes and some Ruby Port based cocktails.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  July 2, 2014   Sangria is a refreshing accompaniment to summer parties. A mixture of wine, fruit, sugar and traditionally a bit of brandy, Sangria reportedly originated on the Spanish peninsula where it was named after the word for blood-letting, due to its distinctive deep red color.   It remains hugely popular in Spain and Portugal, and as of this year is even protected under EU statute so that Sangria…
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    HoseMaster of Wine™

  • "Natural Wine"--A Blind Book Review

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

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

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

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Call me Jancis. Everyone does, even though it’s not my name. Well, it is when I’m conducting a wine seminar, or giving a speech at some God-forsaken outpost of weird wine that wants to pretend its wines are worthwhile, like the Jura. Many days I wake up and cannot recall my birth name. I think it’s Cameron, though it could be Mel. I’ve been Jancis for so long now, it doesn’t really matter. I look like her, I walk like her, I sound like her, I spit exactly like her—I was taught that the stream...
  • To Be or Not to Be

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been struggling lately with whether I want to continue writing HoseMaster of Wine™. First of all, let me just say that this is not a plea to those of you who care to flatter me to chime in and tell me how brilliant I am, and how the wine world needs me. I’m not particularly good at accepting flattery. I do much better with vitriol. Rather, this is simply a peek behind my peculiar curtain, about how weary I am of this self-imposed gig, and also how I fear I’d miss it if I do quit. Those of...
 
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • Finally Found a Carmenere Wine I Like!

    Debbie
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Carmenere is a grape that originated in Bordeaux, however it’s rarely found in France and is the signature grape of Chile. I’ve tasted many wines made with the Carmenere grape and have never found one that I truly liked.  Many times they have a green pepper aroma and taste to them and personally that turns me off.  I’ve seen lots of debates over the “green pepper” and everyone is entitled to their opinions, as their palate dictates, but it’s just something that isn’t for me. Until I tasted these Carmenere wines and I was excited after the…
  • Taste of the Hudson Valley: Cider, Wine & Beer

    Debbie
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    There was a new cider producer at the event, Yankee Folly Cidery. Bottled in a wine bottle, they just released their first cider with an 8.5% alcohol content.  I think that is on the high side for cider, but I am not the alcohol police. Let’s get down to the taste. I am not a big cider fan, but when I taste a cider that is on the dry side, I am sold.  This cider isn’t to sweet and isn’t to dry. It has nice soft flavors of apple with a nice effervescence.  It wasn’t overly carbonated and left a nice finish in your mouth. You can find more information on…
  • Cairdean Estate – Your Friends in Wine Country

    Debbie
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Many times when I begin the podcasts there are some great conversations that don’t make it to the final cut. One of these conversations was about Rhode Island and what Stacia really wanted to do when she graduated high school.  Wine making wasn’t even in her vocabulary.  So  I begin these show notes with a little background on Stacia Williams that we spoke in detail about after podcast. Stacia grew up in Rhode Island and wanted to go to college at Johnson & Wales and major in Hotel & Restaurant Management. Her family talked her out of it, they said they are…
  • North River Sparkling by Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery

    Debbie
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    I’m a little behind in my blogging, but I had to tell you about this Sparkling Wine from Whitecliff Vineyards.  It’s called North River and during the colonial times that is what they called the southernmost portion of the Hudson River. The term was given to it by the Dutch in the early 17th century and fell out of use during the early 1900′s.   The label on the wine is a reproduction of William Bartlett’s 19th century etching of the Hudson Highlands. There’s lots of Hudson Valley history on this bottle.   Most importantly, what is in the…
  • A Hudson Valley Winery Wedding

    Debbie
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    It’s wedding time in the Hudson Valley.  Congratulations if you are one of the many who have recently got engaged! I recently wrote an article for Hudson Valley Wine Magazine on planning your winery wedding.  There are some good tips and information on the various venues in the Hudson Valley. Cheers and congratulations to all! Weddings in Hudson Valley Wine Country The post A Hudson Valley Winery Wedding appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
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  • Finally Found a Carmenere Wine I Like!

    Debbie Gioquindo
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Carmenere is a grape that originated in Bordeaux, however it's rarely found in France and is the signature grape of Chile. I've tasted many wines made with the Carmenere grape and have never found one that I truly liked.  Many times they have a green pepper aroma and taste to them and personally that turns me off.  I've seen lots of debates over the "green pepper" and everyone is entitled to their opinions, as their palate dictates, but it's just something that isn't for me.Until I tasted these Carmenere wines and I was excited after the first taste, I really like them. The Cabernet…
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: The Spice of Life

    Debbie Gioquindo
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    The Arctic Monkeys are cranking from the tasting room speakers, but everything else is hazy, hot, and very definitely summer: samples of Captain Lawrence’s crisp wheat ale Sun Block going down way too easily, the smell of meat on the barbecue, the thwack of cornhole bags slapping the boards. Wait. That’s not true. There’s Pumpkin Ale on the menu! While some say it’s way too early in the season for pumpkin anything, most at the brewery believe that a good pumpkin-flavored beer can be enjoyed just about any time. Christina Triarsi of Yonkers is on the patio with friends Julissa Eliza of…
  • Taste of the Hudson Valley: Cider, Wine & Beer

    Debbie Gioquindo
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    I was at an event last weekend pouring my wines, but that doesn't stop me from trying the other libations being poured.There was a new cider producer at the event, Yankee Folly Cidery. Bottled in a wine bottle, they just released their first cider with an 8.5% alcohol content.  I think that is on the high side for cider, but I am not the alcohol police. Let's get down to the taste. I am not a big cider fan, but when I taste a cider that is on the dry side, I am sold.  This cider isn't to sweet and isn't to dry. It has nice soft flavors of apple with a nice effervescence.  It…
  • Cairdean Estate - Your Friends In Wine Country

    Debbie Gioquindo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
     Many times when I begin the podcasts there are some great conversations that don't make it to the final cut. One of these conversations was about Rhode Island and what Stacia really wanted to do when she graduated high school. Wine making wasn't even in her vocabulary. So I begin these show notes with a little background on Stacia Williams that we spoke in detail about after podcast.  Stacia grew up in Rhode Island and wanted to go to college at Johnson & Wales and major in Hotel & Restaurant Management. Her family talked her out of it, they said they are all engineers and…
  • North River Sparkling by Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery

    Debbie Gioquindo
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    I’m a little behind in my blogging, but I had to tell you about this Sparkling Wine from Whitecliff Vineyards.  It’s called North River and during the colonial times that is what they called the southernmost portion of the Hudson River. The term was given to it by the Dutch in the early 17th century and fell out of use during the early 1900's.The label on the wine is a reproduction of William Bartlett’s 19th century etching of the Hudson Highlands. There's lots of Hudson Valley history on this bottle.Most importantly, what is in the bottle.  A beautiful Rose sparkling wine…
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • Georgia underwhelmed by Russian proposal to scrap free trade

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    01.08.2014. A top Georgian official on Thursday said Russia's possible cancellation of a decades-long free-trade agreement between the two countries came as no surprise and in the end "will not be a tragedy," (see also here)."Naturally, when Georgia signed the association agreement with the European Union, we analyzed future trade relations with Russia and did not rule out the possibility that Russia could make a decision like this," said Zurab Abashidze, the Georgian prime minister's special representative in relations with Russia."[The decision] will create certain problems in our trade…
  • Russia: Demand for Georgian wine reduced

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    01.08.2014. Demand for Georgian wine reduced in the Russian market, wine companies explain this by the end of the sale boom and start of the stable sales.Director of  Schuchmann Wines Georgia Nutsa  Abramishvili notes that there was a great demand and  good payment terms  in Russia, the exporters paid in advance  and reserved products."I do not know what will be in the case of Russia in 2015, however, today 40% of our exports go to this market, and in 2015 we plan to reduce its share to 20%, as a result of diversification of other markets. Diversification will occur…
  • Russia to suspend free trade agreement with Georgia

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    31.07. 2014 (Hvino News). Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development has developed a draft law to suspend the agreement between Russia and Georgia on free trade, Russian media reports.The initial free trade agreement was signed on February 3, 1994. Georgia is not a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States, but is still party to several CIS trade agreements.Russian media stated the suspension of Russia’s free trade agreement with Georgia has been agreed by other agencies within the Russian Federation, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Development and…
  • Pierre Richard is fascinated with Georgian wine

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    31.07.2014. On the 5th of July, Georgian Sommelier Association became a member of the Worldwide Sommelier Association (read more here). This occurred in Reims, Champagne region of France - birthplace of champagne, which hosted WSA’s General Assembly. During the meeting, Shalva Khetsuriani, President of the Georgian Sommelier Association, addressed the assembled participants.Khutsuriani met with presidents of Sommelier Associations of China, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Finland, England and Poland. As he declared in conversation with BPN, these people carry a lot of influence in…
  • Berlin embraces Georgian wine and dining culture

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    29.07.2014. An annual European cultural festival in Germany’s capital city is focusing on Georgia for the first time.The 2014 annual European Culture Days in Berlin are devoted entirely to Georgia and its unique dining experience.For the past 14 years, Berlin’s Museum of European Cultures has offered an annual program of exhibitions and events known as Culture Days. The event aimed to establish and maintain connections with European partner museums however the primary goal of Culture Days is to provide guests from Berlin and wider Germany the chance to gain insight into other European…
 
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  • Protégé Praisy: Thriving at Zonnebloem

    Zonnebloem
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Zonnebloem reds are bold and expressive but carry themselves with grace and elegance, like the woman I want to be. Sophisticated but approachable with an attractive complexity that makes them good company,” says Praisy Dlamini (26), assistant red-wine maker for Zonnebloem. And is she that woman? “I’m trying!” she says as she laughs, “but it’s […]
  • 5 things you never knew about beer

    Ultra Liquors
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    TODAY is International Beer Day. In honour of this joyous occasion, here are 10 awesome facts about beer. The oldest beer ad was found on a clay tablet, dated 4000BC It was adorned with an ample-bosomed woman holding two golden goblets and inscribed with the caption, “Drink Elba Beer — the beer with the heart […]
  • 7 Ways to make bad wine drinkable

    winetimes
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    So, the real wine shop was closed and you’ve lost the liquor store lottery.Must you suffer with your medium-gross wine until you’ve consumed enough not to care? No. There are steps you can take to improve almost any wine, or at least trick yourself into tolerating it. Here are seven ways to make the most […]
  • Steenberg Cellar Door Special for August

    Steenberg Vineyard
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Steenberg‘s new vintage of Shiraz is showing beautifully at the moment. The 2012 vintage has notes of white pepper, dark berries, dark chocolate and fine tannins with an elegant weight. This must-have Winter wine is on special in August at R123.20 per bottle.
  • Vineyards sour on gas storage plan

    winetimes
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The multibillion-dollar wine and tourism industry in the Finger Lakes could be damaged unless Gov. Andrew Cuomo blocks a planned underground natural gas and propane storage facility at Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen, a coalition of vineyard owners said Wednesday at the state Capitol. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is weighing plans by Texas-based […]
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  • Tinta Negra – A Potential Game Changer?

    Niklas Jorgensen
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    The 1999 and 2000 Single Harvest Tinta Negra from Vinhos Barbeito are both wines I love for several reasons. I know I’m not having all with me on the praising of good Tinta Negra. That’s fine. Or perhaps not? You see, the 1999 and 2000 clearly demonstrates what potential awaits within reasonable distance. Tinta Negra has all the chances to become THE game changer. Let me explain. We all know a vast majority of the island’s vine cultivation is Tinta Negra and that there’s simply too little planted of the classic green grapes. We surely could use some more of them. But…
  • DNA Analyzing Tinta Negra, Listrão & Caracol

    Niklas Jorgensen
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:19 pm
      At my most recent visit to Madeira, Paulo Mendes told me about a project he had started together with Foundation Plant Services at UC Davis in California; to have Listrão scientifically confirmed to be the same (or not) as Palomino Fino. But besides the DNA fingerprinting of Listrão, Paulo who runs Madeira Vintners, also asked a further two questions: Does the other grape from Porto Santo, Caracol, have any matching in the data bank of FPS Plant DNA Identification Service. Is the variety of Tinta Negra found in the south parts of Madeira the same as the one on the north side of the…
  • Vinhos Justino Henriques; 60 To 80 Years Old Sercial & Verdelho

    Niklas Jorgensen
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
      The stenciled bottle says 1944. Instantly that activates a lot of emotions and thoughts. What was it like back then, in Madeira and having your island captured by a world war? It must have been slightly depressing, harvesting grapes while knowing no ships dared to enter or leave the island. Or the fact that Madeira wine had started to decline in popularity, in decades actually, and you could do nothing to prevent it right here, right now. Hence, having a 1944 Sercial in the glass not only calls for reflections, it’s also worth saluting those who never gave up believing in the…
  • Photo Of The Day – The North Side

    Niklas Jorgensen
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
      Are they still popular, those sound machines that brought ocean waves to our bedrooms? Well, don’t put too much effort in it, trying to sell one to the owner of this house. A visit to Madeira isn’t complete if you don’t go up north. The coastal line differs significantly from the south; it’s more dramatic, green and not nearby as inhabitated. In the horizon, the village of Seixal can be spotted. Photo taken close by São Vicente. The post Photo Of The Day – The North Side appeared first on Mad about Madeira.
  • Blandy’s 1976 Terrantez at Dutch Dertien

    Niklas Jorgensen
    30 May 2014 | 6:07 am
      I’m in The Netherlands to attend an epic Port Wine tasting arranged by Moritz Peeters who runs Wijnhandel Peeters. Great stuff ranging from 1945 to the very latest extra-ordinary year of 2011. And yet I end up with a great glass of Terrantez Madeira, at Restaurant Dertien, on Schiedamse Vest 30 in Rotterdam. Yin and yang? The Blandy’s 1976 Terrantez is a real beauty leaning towards the elegant style of Madeira. Initially there’s a whiff of sea air, backed up by orange peel, smoked tea, fresh walnuts, dates and just a gentle touch of oriental spices and sweet-root.
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  • Winery Direct: The Signs are Out There

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

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

    robertstewardtotalwine
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    When a wine isn’t quite red, it’s rosé. This pink-tinged beverage is made using red grapes, but with a different process than used for creating red wines. The most common technique for making dry (not sweet) rosé wines is limited maceration. The red grapes are pressed just until the juice has the desired color. Once that color has been attained, the winemaker stops pressing and separates the juice from the skins and pulp, transferring the juice to another tank for fermentation. Other rosés are made with the saignée [pronounced sahn-yay] or “bleeding” process, in…
  • Red wines for summer grilling

    totalwineandmore
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    Summertime backyard cookout season is in full swing! Grilling season often means simple and fresh fare, featuring lots of red meats and vegetables. Grilling adds smokiness and char to foods, creating aggressive flavors that can overwhelm lighter wines, so figuring out the best wine pairing for grilled food can sometimes be a challenge. We’re here to help. Often, the addition of spicy and sweet sauces can complicate wine pairings. Zinfandels, with their juicy and robust flavors, can stand up to anything your grill, spice-rack and barbeque-sauce lineup can dish out. Cloud Break Zinfandel,…
  • Celebrating Caymus Vineyards’ 40th Anniversary of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    totalwineandmore
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:16 am
    Since its founding in 1972, Caymus Vineyards has focused its attention on Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner, his wife Lorna B. Wagner and their son Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner built their winery among the vines planted on the family’s ranch in Rutherford, a district long recognized for producing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignons. The Wagner Family, including the late Lorna Belle Glos Wagner Charlie Wagner planted most of his Cabernet vines in 1965 before this varietal was universally considered the king of Napa Valley wines. The Wagners’ first production of…
 
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    Amateur WineAmateur Wine

  • The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

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

    Qin Xie
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:08 am
    The Loire Valley presents as a very interesting wine region because it is at once a fairly large wine region and lots of smaller, separate sub-regions with very distinct identities. In some respects, it’s one of the most confusing regions in France (because it uses so many different grapes varieties that produce so many different varities of wimes) and one of the simplest (most of the grape varieties tend to stay within the a main region). There are also two very different ways of looking at the Loire. The first of these is by looking at separate regions, something that the WSET focuses…
  • Spotlight on: Baden and Württemberg

    Qin Xie
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    The winelands of Baden and Württemberg reminds me a little of the Languedoc-Roussillon.   Like the Languedoc-Roussillon, Baden and Württemberg lie to the south of the country. And like the Languedoc-Roussillon, they also border a large body of water – Lake Constance, or Bodensee as it’s known locally. Both of these factors make the regions warmer than some of their northern counterparts and the wines in turn are a little higher in alcohol. But that’s where the similarity stops because although together the regions are part of the federal state of…
  • Château Moulin Caresse, St Antoine de Breuilh

    Qin Xie
    26 May 2014 | 4:48 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: Bergerac series The owners of Château Moulin Caresse has been investing a lot of money into the estate recently. Most notable is perhaps the brand new eco-friendly warehouse winery which offers digital controls over temperature, humidity and CO2. The recent bout of spending is something the owner Sylvie Deffarge is attributing to luck; in that luckily for her and her husband Jean-François, their children are keen to join the family business and therefore making long term investments financially viable. And what a family business it has been – the…
  • Drink Me! How to Choose, Taste and Enjoy Wine by Matt Walls

    Qin Xie
    15 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Book Drink Me! How to Choose, Taste and Enjoy Wine The Author Matt Walls is a wine writer, blogger and consultant. www.mattwalls.co.uk The Publisher Quadrille Publishing The Release date 24th May 2012 Who’s it for? People who are new to the world of wine will love this book. It covers many of the topics you might learn on a WSET course but in phraseology that even wine novices will understand. What you’ll find inside The book is split into two parts. Part one is all about how to buy, taste and drink wine while part two is a very concise guide to different wine regions.
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  • Waitrose vs Tesco – the online wine test

    Vim
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
        I don’t know how I got into this situation. A friend of Mrs 12×75’s bought a new house and wanted to do a house warming for some friends and family. They got talking about the food and hoping that the weather would hold up for the day. By the end of that conversation … Read more →Waitrose vs Tesco – the online wine test is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Waitrose vs Tesco – the online wine test appeared first on .
  • Is en primeur dead in Bordeaux? Not yet

    Geordie Clarke
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    By Geordie Clarke / Contributing Editor   When I began to take wine seriously, I was convinced early on that buying en primeur was the best way to secure an attractive price on Bordeaux’s best wines. What I didn’t realise at the time was that the good old days of en primeur were already long … Read more →Is en primeur dead in Bordeaux? Not yet is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Is en primeur dead in Bordeaux? Not yet appeared first on .
  • When ordinary people taste extraordinary wines – Champagne Bruno Paillard

    Steph
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:19 am
    Every now and then, ordinary folks like me get an offer they can’t refuse, and that’s how I wound up saying ‘yes please’ to attending a tasting of Bruno Paillard Champagnes accompanying a four-course meal at Michelin-starred restaurant Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester last year. Reading that first sentence back, I wish all my articles … Read more →When ordinary people taste extraordinary wines – Champagne Bruno Paillard is a post from: 12x75.com | A Comical Wine BlogThe post When ordinary people taste extraordinary wines – Champagne Bruno Paillard appeared first…
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  • Champagne Taittinger FIFA & Adidas Brazuca Match Ball Draw

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

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

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

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

    fwcadmin
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Wine and Chocolate Pairing Wine and Chocolate – a match made in heaven? Matching wine and chocolate is a tricky thing to get right and it is not something that I have had a lot of experience with. However a new, local chocolatier was recently kind enough to give us some samples of his chocolates which got me thinking about wine and chocolate pairings. There are lots of variables to take into account – where the chocolate is sourced from, the percentage of cocoa solids, the recipe for the ganache and any flavourings used. I don’t intend to go into too much detail but think of…
 
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    Great Northwest Wine

  • The Four Graces 2011 Black Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $75

    Great Northwest Wine
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Earlier this year, Foley Family Wines made The Four Graces its second Pacific Northwest acquisition, and its first in Oregon. The Blacks, who divorced a year ago, also sold their two vineyards, and this 54-acre site was planted with Pommard clones in 1995. During this cool vintage, distinguished Willamette Valley winemaker Laurent Montalieu made the pick for the Blacks on Nov. 2, and the nose features dusty cherry, raspberry, dried strawberry and rose hips, along with moist earth, cocoa powder and a whiff of toast. There’s great acidity on the entry with fruity flavors Bing cherry,…
  • Walla Walla Vintners 2011 Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $44

    Great Northwest Wine
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Vines planted at the Bacchus block in 1972 — old by Washington state standards — form the pedigree for this Cabernet Sauvignon that’s made into a suave drink by William vonMetzger for co-founders Myles Anderson and Gordy Venneri. Fingerprints of new French oak (55%) emerge in the aromas of blackberry, black cherry, dates, toast and moist forest floor. Bold black raspberry, dark chocolate and black olive flavors swirl a bit hedonistically, but with refined tannins. They suggest serving it with their recipe for Chicken Liver Paté. This wine merited a silver medal at the 2014 Walla Walla…
  • Obelisco Estate 2011 Electrum Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $65

    Great Northwest Wine
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Red Mountain vintner Doug Long sold out of his 2010 Electrum Cab months ago in his Woodinville tasting room, but his latest — from a historically cool vintage for Washington — arguably is showing better already. He continues his collaboration with winemakers Sarah Goedhart and her uncle, Pete Hedges, and their barrel program of American (60%) and French oak creates floral notes of potpourri and cherry wood as well as black currants and Marionberry jam on toast. The bold entry brings rich flavors of chocolate-covered pomegranate, black cherry and blackberry, backed by juicy acidity,…
  • Doug Charles finds direction with Compass Wines

    Andy Perdue
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Doug Charles, owner of Compass Wines in Anacortes, Wash., pours wine for customers. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) ANACORTES, Wash. – When Doug Charles decided to launch a wine shop, the longtime Washington wine advocate and expert was pretty sure about exactly what he wanted. He had a great plan for everything – except a name. “We ran out of ideas and needed a name really quickly and figured (Compass Wines) had kind of a nautical theme,” Charles told Great Northwest Wine. “So it was one of those accidental names. You bounce things around, and…
  • Cottonwood Winery of Oregon 2008 Raya Jade Syrah, Yakima Valley, $19

    Great Northwest Wine
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Crawford Vineyard near Prosser, Wash., has served as the source for this Syrah ever since the Liebermans launched their winery in the Oregon state capital. Hangtime until Nov. 6 meant the grapes came in at 26 Brix, and the juice spent 33 months in predominantly older French oak. The aromas of blackberry and dark plums come with a backdrop of smoky and spicy tones. It’s a lighter-styled Syrah with juicy blackberry and cherry cola flavors, supported by plum skin tannins and a chocolaty finish. These wines are available at the Amity tasting room as well as restaurants and wine shops in both…
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  • Wine Tasting in Tokyo

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

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

  • Napa Wineries Open After 5 pm – Summer 2014

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

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

    CraigTG
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Grab your friends for an outdoor celebration of East Bay wineries and restaurants at the Urban Wine Xperience on August 2nd between 1 pm and 5 pm.  This is a rare opportunity to explore over 20 urban wineries and over 20 restaurants and food purveyors all together in one location, accompanied by the sounds of Phantom City, an acoustic Bay Area rock band.  The festivities will take place at the Jack London Square Ferry Lawn (98 Broadway Street, Oakland). Dashe Cellars The East Bay Urban Wineries pouring that day will be pouring white, rosé, red and dessert wines, so there is bound to be…
  • Something’s Coming, Something Good: The West of West Wine Festival

    CraigTG
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Could it be time for the West of West Wine Festival again?  Yes it could, so don’t miss your chance to celebrate the finest wines of West Sonoma Coast on August 1-3, 2014, during a weekend of wine tasting, seminars, and award-winning cuisine.  Many of the West of West events will be held at The Barlow, so come around the corner to Sebastopol and enjoy some of the most acclaimed cool‐climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah wines produced today. Freeman Vineyard & Winery West of West activities this year include educational seminars (with one focusing on Chardonnays from…
  • A Decade of Adventures: The Lake County Wine Adventure

    CraigTG
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    If you haven’t been wine tasting in Lake County recently, seize your chance at the 10th Annual Lake County Wine Adventure on July 26 and 27. Come enjoy wine, food, music, art and more between 11 am and 5 pm both days at wineries surrounding beautiful Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California.  This food and wine weekend is a great way to discover how well they make wines in this region of high elevations, rolling hillsides and valley floors next to a majestic (but happily dormant) volcano (Mt. Konocti). The 2014 Wine Adventure is an optimal way to visit over…
 
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  • A Tale for the Time Being – Review

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

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

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

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

    Melting Grape
    7 Jan 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Check out Wine Enthusiast’s Top Wine Hot Spots: http://www.winemag.com/Video/2013/Editors-Picks-Californias-Dining-and-Drinking-Hot-Spots/ It’s a great video!
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  • 8 Great Wine Books To Put In Your Beach Bag

    Joshua Malin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    When we head to the beach we put two things in our bag: booze and books. We enjoy all sorts of drinks on the beach, but we have an obvious preference for wine. If you’re looking for books that pair well with your wine, we’ve put together a list of 8 great wine books. Each of these books hits on a different aspect of wine, so there should be something for everyone. If nothing below sounds interesting, head over to the VinePair Bookshelf to see our list of 12 essential wine reads. A Thriller With A Million Euro Extortion Plot That’s Actually Non-Fiction. Shadows in the…
  • Are Wine Enthusiasts Destroying The Sommelier?

    Adam Teeter
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    “You work in wine, have you seen the movie Somm? What level of certification do you hold?” This question has become ubiquitous for almost anyone who works in wine, whether on the floor of a restaurant, with a distributor, at a wine shop, or even as a lowly writer. There is no question that the attainment of the sommelier certification is on the rise. Current figures supplied by the Court of Master Sommeliers show that people sitting for the introductory exam has almost doubled over the past five years and people sitting for the first level of certification has risen by 20 percent. But…
  • The Stunning Architecture Of The Wine World

    Joshua Malin
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    After pining over beautiful, but alas, fictional wine labels, we turn our attention to some actual architectural stunners you’ll find around the wine world. From monstrous cellars to postmodern wineries, we survey some our favorite examples of truly stunning architecture. And wine angels. One cannot overlook the wine angels! Many of the projects below were designed by famous architects, including all of the Spanish wineries we highlighted. Others, like the pair of Moldovan wine cellars, show up on account of their scale — not-so-miniature subterranean wine cities. Milestii…
  • Three Crafts To Make With Wine Labels

    Naomi Firestone-Teeter
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sometimes a wine leaves such an impression on you that you want to remember that wine forever. While there are lots of ways to keep track of the wines you’ve drunk, from mobile scanning apps to good old fashioned wine journals, sometimes it’s fun to take an artistic approach. Doing something crafty with the label of that oh-so-memorable bottle is one of the best ways to remember a great wine. The first step to doing something crafty with a wine label is getting the darned thing off the bottle! The two most popular methods for removing wine labels are the soak method and the oven…
  • The 6 Noble Grapes: Their History & Influence On Wine

    VinePair Staff
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Great marketing, ease of growth, ability to please one’s palate – these could all be reasons for calling a grape “noble” and yet only six grapes attain this label. Are the grapes that hold the label of being noble really that much better than all the other grapes available in the world, or were they simply at the right place at the right time in order to cause the wine drinking public to fall in love? At some point in all of our wine drinking experience we’ve had at least some contact with wines made from one of these six grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir,…
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  • Where, When, How It’s Made: How Much More Do We Care About Food Than Wine?

    Jameson Fink
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over on Grape Collective I reviewed a book called Wine and Identity: Branding, heritage, terroir. I was struck by this assertion in the introduction: “Unlike milk, flour, fruit or vegetables, consumers seek information about where, when and how wine is made, and this is a major factor in their purchase decisions.” My response? “I see [...]
  • Uncorking Summer Entertaining: A Conversation With Christine Wente

    Jameson Fink
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Though fond of rosé and summertime grilling, as well as outdoor warm-weather festivities, I’m mostly a participant at such activities rather than a host. Because this 42 year-old bachelor does not have a PhD in entertaining a crowd. Hosting a fresh-air fête? I’m flustered. Fortunately, I can call on (and literally called) Christine Wente to appear on [...]
  • The Greatest Seattle Sunset Ever and Four Rosés

    Jameson Fink
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    I have seen some beautiful Seattle sunsets in my ten years here, but none better than this recent one. Viewed from the top of Capitol Hill looking down on Lake Union, this and many other pictures blew up my Instagram feed. And for good reason. With so many colorful shades and textures, it got me [...]
  • The Top Ten Places in The World You Must Visit if You Love Wine

    Jameson Fink
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Why does my post about picks for the ten best places in the world for wine lovers start with a photo of a beach and not of vineyards? Excellent question. The answer? I fell in love with an ocean paradise located on the western coast of Tasmania in the beautiful area called “Bay of Fires”. [...]
  • Getting to Know Oregon and Washington Albariño

    Jameson Fink
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Are you familiar with the white wine grape, Albariño? It’s most famous in Spain, and you’ll see it in Portgual referred to as Alvarinho. But in Oregon? In Washington? Yes and yes, you’ll find Albariño in both states. It’s wild to think that Abacela has been making it–from their own fruit, no less–since 2001. A seafood-loving, [...]
 
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  • Beginner’s Guide to Wine Tasting

    Melissa Hardman
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Food and wine have long been the great equalizers of civilization; we sit down, we share a meal and a drink, and we solve the problems of the world. For those interested in learning about the art of wine-tasting and developing their palate for fine wine, the first step is to learn how to properly […]
  • The History of Wine in Catholicism

    Melissa Hardman
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    The importance of wine in Catholicism centers on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Here, members of the church celebrate the Lord’s Supper, replicating the exchange of bread and wine to symbolize Jesus’ sacrifice for the redemption of sins. The account of the Lord’s Supper, found in the Bible in Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, and […]
  • Wine and Your Health

    Melissa Hardman
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    For centuries, wine has been hailed as part of a healthy diet, drunk by cultures throughout grape-growing regions of the world, and beyond – thanks to global trade. While excessive drinking can cause many negative health effects, modern science is beginning to identify links between moderate wine drinking and improved health. Before making any drastic […]
  • Guide To Biking California Wine Country

    Melissa Hardman
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    For wine lovers and devoted cyclists, California wine country makes an exquisite and entertaining backdrop to a rural ride. Along the way, you can plan stops to enjoy the fruit of the vine right where it’s produced. Given the beautiful landscapes and the many rural attractions, many visitors choose to take in the sights from […]
  • Food and Wine Pairings

    Melissa Hardman
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    There are few things more pleasurable than an excellent pairing of food and wine. Correctly paired food and wine can turn a regular meal into a five-star dining experience. Pairing food and wine does not have to be reserved for special occasions. If one knows which wines pair best with which entrees, a successful gustatory […]
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    Wine School of Philadelphia

  • Summertime Menu

    Keith S Wallace
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    This is the recipes from our cooking class on July 21st, 2014. Enjoy! Cooking Classes with Keith Wallace.Fennel, Orange and Olive Salad3 peeled oranges 1 fennel bulb, very thinly sliced 1 cup arugula 3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved3 shallots, diced 2 cups orange juice 2 teaspoons orange zest 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons honey 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the orange juice and zest. Bring to a boil. Drop to a simmer until reduced to about 1/4 cup. Turn off the heat…
  • Top Ten BYOB Restaurants in Philadelphia

    Keith S Wallace
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
     BYO culture in Philly is unique amount American cities. It came about due to the influence of the  Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and high rent in Center City’s restaurant district.  Rent for restaurants in center city can be as high as 34K a month, while the average rent in outlining neighborhoods can be as low as $2k a month. Add to that the high cost of liquor licenses, which can cost upwards of a quarter million dollars, and the fact that restaurants cannot buy wine at wholesale (the PLCB only gives restaurants a 7% discount rather than the 30-50% discount in most other…
  • Poggio Scalette 2012 Chianti Classico

    Keith S Wallace
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The Greve Valley is lined with terraced vineyards. Looking across the valley from this winery, those stone walls can look like a giant scallete (ladder, in Italian).  At least it did for the wineries original owner.  We will never know where he thought that ladder would take him. He disappeared a long time ago and his winery fell to ruin.Only much later, in 1991,  was Poggio Scalette  raised again, by none other than Vittorio Fiore, one of the greatest living winemakers working in Chianti.Greve is one of the great Crus of Chianti Classico. The analogy I would make is that it is akin…
  • Rosenblum Cellars 2010 “Harris Kratka” Zinfandel

    Keith S Wallace
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    No matter it’s pedigree, Zinfandel is big, dumb and fun.  I don’t mean that in a pejorative way. There should  always be a place for fun. This is the wine for unsophicated meals. I couldn’t imagine a better wine for the smokiness of Texas pulled pork or the tang of Carolina-style brisket.Conversely, it’s the perfect wine for sophisticated parties.  It’s the wine for smart people having a good time: the type of party where Sartre quotes and dirty limericks are equally likely to emerge.The Harris Kratka vineyard is high up on the pyramid, quality zin-wise.
  • Evening Land 2011 Pouilly Fuisse

    Keith S Wallace
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Way back when I was in my early twenties,  Pouilly-Fuissé was all the rage. The restaurant I was working at had  three on their wine list.  One of the greatest points of being a chef at such a young age was that I got to experience a lot of great wines early on.   Drinking good wine didn’t mean I knew anything about wine, but  I did know that Pouilly-Fuissé was the finest Chardonnay I had ever experienced by that point.   And like all guys in their 20′s, I spouted off my knowledge with the same level of aplomb as the  Phillie Phanatic shooting pork bullets from his…
 
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    The Drync.com Wine Blog

  • Riesling Myths Debunked!

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

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

    Marketing Manager
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    France possesses some of the most diverse selections of any wine producing country. However, keeping most French wine regions and varieties straight can be a daunting task. What drinkers need is a short and sweet, cheat-sheet with the rules and regulations for each region. Here is a guide to give your joie de vivre that certain je ne sais quoi French Wine Region and Varieties Number 1: Champagne Oh, Champagne: the land of 1,000 bubbles (well, 49 million really, but who doesn’t love a good Wilson Pickett reference). What makes Champagne arguably the finest sparkling wine in the…
  • Food and Wine Pairing of the Week: Champagne and French Fries

    Marketing Manager
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Food and wine pairing is one of our favorite topics here at Drync (in addition to “if you were a wine, what would you be?”). Because what could possibly make our favorite wine even better? Food of course! There are a few key food and wine pairing rules to keep in mind, the first of which is drink and eat what you like. However, there are some pairings that are simply stupendous together, and we want to highlight them for your gustatory pleasure. Here are some of our favorites to help get you started. This week our focus is on one of the all-time great high brow-low brow pairing:…
  • 5 Simple Rules for Wine and Barbecue Pairing

    Marketing Manager
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    It is officially barbecue season! Time to dust off those grills and get cooking. If you do as much entertaining as we do during the summer, you are going to need a lot of wine. Here’s a short and sweet wine and barbecue pairing guide to get you through the summer, plus a more thorough wine list of Beautiful BBQ Wines. Not so coincidentally, the wines all have a little southern flair – and are either from southern Europe or the southern hemisphere. BBQ and the south just seem to go hand in hand! Wine and Barbecue Pairing Rule #1: Fresh veggies love crisp, dry whites. What is…
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  • Cupcake Moscato D'Asti (Take 2!)

    bi_wine
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    The aroma : “Musky metrosexual - in a good way”The taste (if you are classy): “a romantic stroll along the pier, picnic in the park, long conversation, foreplay, and the main event.”The taste (if you are trashy): “I don’t want anybody else when I think about you I touch myself” - Divinyls
  • Barefoot Red Moscato

    bi_wine
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    The aroma:  Not available due to congestionThe taste: “a spicy kool aid”http://barefootwine.com/
  • 2010 Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling

    bi_wine
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The aroma:“An artless and aromatic blend of honey and pears”The taste: "A colossal cinematic doubleheader of “Waiting to Exhale” followed by “Love Jones"http://www.banfiwines.com/winery/pacific-rim/
  • Taking Wine Requsts!

    bi_wine
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Dear Readers,Thank you for visiting my humble blog.  I am working on some new reviews, but I need your help.  If you have any wines that you would like for me to review, please send suggestions to blindimbibition@gmail.com.Take care!
  • [yellow tail] Shiraz

    bi_wine
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    The aroma:“the faint floral scent of my grandmother’s favorite fragrance”The taste:“a whirlwind romance with a sultry foreign lover you encountered during study abroad”http://www.yellowtailwine.com/
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  • Alcohol Can Improve Sense of Smell

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    An Israeli study has found that a small amount of alcohol can improve the sense of smell.   Twenty volunteers were asked to smell three different liquids.  Two were a mixture of the same six odors while the third had one of the odors replaced.  The volunteers had two seconds to smell the liquids and find the one that was different.   Next some of volunteers were given 35 ml of vodka, the others fruit juice, and the test was repeated.  Those who had the vodka showed an improved ability to detect the odor that was different.   However, given more alcohol – two units for…
  • Defining Craft Breweries

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Craft Brewery seems to be a catchall term for breweries that aren’t one of the major players such as Anheuser-Busch InBev or MillerCoors.  But what exactly do other descriptors mean?  We’re thinking Micro and Nano.   We found a convenient table in The Wall Street Journal.   Large is as above – Anheuser-Busch, etc.   Craft means fewer than six million barrels a year but it goes beyond production.  A Craft Brewery is 75% independently owned and uses traditional brewing methods.   A Regional Brewery makes 15,000 to 16,000 barrels a year.   A Micro Brewery…
  • Housework or Happy Hour?

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    The newest fragrance trend for household cleaners is to make them smell like cocktails.  A dish liquid that smells like a daiquiri or a piña colada will help you mellow out in a tropical paradise while slaving over a hot sink.  Thus dish washing and other monotonous household chores are suddenly more enjoyable as you fantasize you are some place else.  At least that’s the theory of a number of manufacturers of cleaning products, including dog shampoo.  We’re reminded of a story we did some time ago about cleaning the bathtub with vodka.   But what if the reverse happens?  What…
  • Beer Remains Top Drop

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    A Gallup survey of Americans who drink alcohol published July 23 confirms that beer remains the most popular choice among those who imbibe.  For 41 percent it is first choice followed by wine at 31 percent and spirits in third place at 23 percent.  That adds up to 95 percent so we’re curious what the missing five percent are drinking.   Wine was the overall beverage of choice in 2005 but beer recovered and currently shows a slight upward trend while wine is dipping a bit.  Spirits also peaked in 2005 and remains fairly flat since then.   The number of drinkers in the total…
  • Craft Beers Find a New Market

    admin
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    In a recent article about the shortage of hops, we quoted beer expert and author, Tom Acitelli who wrote in The Wall Street Journal “American beer stylistically is now the envy of the drinking world.”  Proving his point, there’s news about American craft breweries opening up in Europe.  This is an amazing feat considering that as recently as 10 years ago, Europeans were still laughing at the quality and style of American beer.   According to the Brewers Association, a trade group, U.S. craft beer exports have increased six-fold over the past five years from 46,000 barrels to more…
 
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