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  • Abraham Lincoln Was Right About Wine Laws

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    Tom Wark
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    A Pennsylvania lawyer was recently sentenced to probation and community service. His crime? Obtaining fine wine outside of the Pennsylvania state liquor store, then selling a portion to a small list of other wine loving individuals who, like the lawyer, were unable to obtain these wines locally. They were operating on the Black Market. In addition to the probation and community service, the lawyer also had his 2,400-bottle wine collection confiscated from his home. The wine is set to be destroyed as “contraband”. The estimated value of these wines is $125,000. The real problem for…
  • Unfiltered: Kate Moss Channels Marie Antoinette with Champagne (Wine Spectator)

    WineSpectator.com: News & Features
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Plus, the wine industry, Oakland Raiders and others come together for Napa earthquake relief
  • Retrospective – Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s

    GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show
    GrapeRadio Bunch
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s are coming into their own now. The obvious question is – are they ready to drink now? And if not now – when? Join us as we talk about our tasting of eight wines from the 1990s to see how the wines are evolving. We’ll taste them so you don’t have to! The Wines: ’99 Feraud Brunel ’98 Vieux Telegraph ’95 Domaine de la Vielle Julienne ’94 Chateau Beaucastel ’90 Gaston Philippe Chateau de la Gardine ’90 Joseph Sabon Clos du Mont-Olivet “La Cuvee du Papet” ’90 Chateau Mount-Redon…
  • Earthquake Rattles Napa Harvest

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    This morning shortly after 3:20 AM Pacific Time, the strongest earthquake to hit Northern California since the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta quake struck in American Canyon, just south of Napa. Latest measurements are somewhere between 6.0 and 6.1 on the Richter scale. "All our 2013 red barrels are on the ground, don't know how much wine is lost yet" tweeted Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson Vineyards this morning. The photo he shared (above) shows many barrels intact, but undoubtedly the damage from the quake will add up quickly. Sommelier and writer Levi Dalton was in the middle of a trip to…
  • SPIRITS: The Mushroom Man

    Intoxicating Prose
    Douglas Blyde
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    MICHAEL Hyams treats me to a bacon sandwich at Tony’s’ greasy spoon in New Covent Garden market. The time is approaching 7am, the end of his working day, but the beginning of mine. “I sell most mushrooms between 11pm and 3am,” he explains...Read at Alexander & James >
 
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  • Retrospective – Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s are coming into their own now. The obvious question is – are they ready to drink now? And if not now – when? Join us as we talk about our tasting of eight wines from the 1990s to see how the wines are evolving. We’ll taste them so you don’t have to! The Wines: ’99 Feraud Brunel ’98 Vieux Telegraph ’95 Domaine de la Vielle Julienne ’94 Chateau Beaucastel ’90 Gaston Philippe Chateau de la Gardine ’90 Joseph Sabon Clos du Mont-Olivet “La Cuvee du Papet” ’90 Chateau Mount-Redon…
  • Wines of the Mosel – with St. Urbans-Hof

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

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

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

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

  • Earthquake Rattles Napa Harvest

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    This morning shortly after 3:20 AM Pacific Time, the strongest earthquake to hit Northern California since the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta quake struck in American Canyon, just south of Napa. Latest measurements are somewhere between 6.0 and 6.1 on the Richter scale. "All our 2013 red barrels are on the ground, don't know how much wine is lost yet" tweeted Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson Vineyards this morning. The photo he shared (above) shows many barrels intact, but undoubtedly the damage from the quake will add up quickly. Sommelier and writer Levi Dalton was in the middle of a trip to…
  • NIMBY Versus Vineyard in Malibu

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:28 am
    Welcome to America's newest wine appellation, the Malibu coast. Just don't plant anything, especially not grapes. Only a matter of weeks after its approval by the federal government, the country's newest AVA may be the subject of local legislation that will not only prevent further vineyard planting in the area, but may also force some vineyards to be ripped out. In a classic case of Not In My Back Yard politics, the LA County Board of Supervisors in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission drafted a new Land Use Plan for the Malibu area that specifically outlaws new vineyard…
  • Vinography Images: Precious Droplets

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:58 am
    Precious Droplets Water beads on the tips of a freshly unfurled grape leaf in Sonoma County. As the 2014 harvest gets underway in the midst of a record drought, water continues to be a topic of serious conversation. 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…
  • MORIC: The Apogee of Blaufränkisch

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    "I am hardcore," says Roland Velich, describing his winemaking while lounging in the mid-century modern comfort of his living room, where the decor, the casual angle of his body and the informality of this tasting seem to belie this claim. But putting my nose in the outsized Burgundy glass I hold in front of me, and smelling an intoxicating perfume of crushed juniper, forest berries, and wet loam, I recognize, as I have every time I have had a chance to taste his wines, the fruits of an obsession that can easily bear up to that characterization. Like others trying to capture the sense of what…
  • 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: August 29-31, Healdsburg, CA

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

  • Abraham Lincoln Was Right About Wine Laws

    Tom Wark
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    A Pennsylvania lawyer was recently sentenced to probation and community service. His crime? Obtaining fine wine outside of the Pennsylvania state liquor store, then selling a portion to a small list of other wine loving individuals who, like the lawyer, were unable to obtain these wines locally. They were operating on the Black Market. In addition to the probation and community service, the lawyer also had his 2,400-bottle wine collection confiscated from his home. The wine is set to be destroyed as “contraband”. The estimated value of these wines is $125,000. The real problem for…
  • Sexism, Wine and Politics

    Tom Wark
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett finds himself in hot water for what is being deemed a sexist statement about women and wine. In a recent interview in which the Governor was touting his attempt to privatize the Pennsylvania’s government-run alcohol sales system, allow private stores including grocery stores to sell wine and other alcohol rather than having to go to a state store, he said women would support his reforms because it would save them time preparing dinner: “I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women, want to…
  • The Napa Earthquake Strikes

    Tom Wark
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I think I slept through the first 5 seconds of the earthquake. But that’s all. Upon waking I was confronted by the duel familiarities of the most unnatural sound of cacophonous rumbling and crashing and the feeling of the floor moving beneath my feet. Even in the pitch dark of my bedroom I knew what was happening. I also knew immediately that my wife and child were not next to me. I heard the screams of my wife coming from down the hall. I don’t need the full complement of fingers on one hand to count the things I’ve encountered that were more frightening than that. Within…
  • The Rise of “Natural” in Wine Marketing

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

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

  • SPIRITS: The Mushroom Man

    Douglas Blyde
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    MICHAEL Hyams treats me to a bacon sandwich at Tony’s’ greasy spoon in New Covent Garden market. The time is approaching 7am, the end of his working day, but the beginning of mine. “I sell most mushrooms between 11pm and 3am,” he explains...Read at Alexander & James >
  • CARS: Joe Macari

    Douglas Blyde
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    Two articles on star car man, Joe Macari:Billionaire >Wharf newspaper >More images at Visuals >
  • SPIRITS: Western Spirits, Eastern Table

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

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

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

  • Earthquake and a New Harvest

    Craig Camp
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Cornerstone Cellars 2013 vintage is somewhere in there. In the pitch darkness of your deepest sleep a nightmare suddenly launches your bed into the air jarring you awake. But waking only makes it worse as you realize that it was not a dream, but reality that launched your bed off the ground. But that's just the beginning as your entire house has been tossed in the air. Even beyond that you finally understand it's not just the bed, nor the house that has been flipped into the air, but the very ground itself. Before your can fully comprehend what has happened it's over and everyone is…
  • A Beautiful Factory

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

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

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

    Craig Camp
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Yountville cabernet sauvignon 7/24/14
 
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  • Westward Ho!

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

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

    David Flaherty
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    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…
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    My Wine Education

  • A White Wine (and a Brew) Review

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

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

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

    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…
 
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • Video: Exploring the Wild Side of Portugal in Peneda-Gerês National Park

    Gabriella Opaz
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    Check out the Video! When you think of Portugal, do you imagine lush green forests teeming with wildlife? What about rushing rivers filled with fresh water eels, trout, perch, carpe, barbell and blue mussels? I’d even go so far to say that you’ve never even considered the possibility of rock climbing, canyoning, hiking or rafting through majestic valleys overflowing with brightly colored wildflowers! This needs to change! Portugal has some of the most astounding Natural Parks in the world, but Peneda-Gerês National Park in the north of Portugal is by far one of our…
  • Video: The Stunning Landscape of Lisbon and Sesimbra, Portugal

    Gabriella Opaz
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Summer is almost coming to end. The leaves are just starting to change ever -so-slightly. The air is cooling. And offices around Europe are coming back to life. Here at Catavino, we’re enjoying this last week of fabulousness before coming on the grid full-time in September. Come September, ensuring that you have loads of great content at your fingertips. That said, we all need a bit of fun, and we found a cool article while lounging about that’s focused on one of our favorite cities, Lisbon. Ukraine born Kirill Neiezhmakov recently posted a timelapse video of Lisbon and…
  • Friday Feature Photo: Catavino is on Vacation!

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

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

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

    MonkuWino
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A short while ago I was perusing the wine section at the Costco in Westlake Village.  We were returning from a short and much appreciated vacation and I wanted to check out the wine selection since it was right off the freeway.  A wine rep approached me as I was looking at the various bottles and told me about how wonderful the Goyette 2011 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon was.  A magnificent
  • salinity

    MonkuWino
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Short post today.  I use Cellartracker for looking up consumer tasting notes for various wines and wineries. I've noticed that the word "salinity" seems to crop up quite frequently these days. I don't recall its usage being that prevalent before, but now, lots of folks are using it.  My observation is that certain terms or descriptors go viral in the world of tasting notes. Salinity is one of
  • Another New Arrival - Wine Enthusiast 24 Bottle Wine Cooler

    MonkuWino
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Back on July 5, my post was about a 16 bottle Wine Enthusiast brand wine cooler (model 272-03-16A) I'd just purchased from Costco.  So far so good with that one - I have it set for 55 degrees and the separate thermometer I use for an independent measurement is pretty much always in the range of 54.1 - 54.5 degrees, with 54.3 being the most common reading.  Since then I've added my 3rd wine
  • 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
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  • Wines under $20: Ott (Gruner edition)

    Dr. Vino
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    There’s a hilarious story that runs every August: they’re running out of rosé in The Hamptons! Predictably, it ran again this week. There are tons of great rosés out there (both still AND sparkling, ahem, Hamptons-goers) but the good ones do tend to sell out early in the season. So stock them early for subsequent stashing in sea planes! Rather than mention other rosés, I’m going to pivot and talk about Ott. Domaine Ott is the pink object of much desire in the Hamptons. But wine enthusiasts would be very will served to take an Austrian turn and try Bernhard Ott’s…
  • Sting: pay to pick my grapes

    Dr. Vino
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Finding labor to perform the annual harvest at a vineyard can be hard. Many wineries compete for migrant laborers at a time when there are lots of other fruit to bring in; we’ve even seen wineries recruit students to pick the grapes. But Sting doesn’t have such difficulties: the Englishman in Tuscany is charging people $350 a day to come and work in his vineyard. The paying pickers would arrive at a leisurely 11:30 at Il Palagio, Sting and Trudie Styler’s 900-acre estate. After a picnic on a lawn, with possibly a game on the giant chess set, the paying help can then start…
  • Napa quake registers 6.0

    Dr. Vino
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    An area south of Napa was the center of a big earthquake overnight. The 6.0 quake, the biggest in the Bay Area in 25 years, shook wine barrels and bottles off of shelves and onto the ground. What the damage is remains to be seen; we hope that it is fixable and that the barrels bounced and weren’t broken. Here are some pictures from Twitter of the Napa quake (#napaquake is a common tag): Steve and Jill Matthiasson, whose wines are a popular choice among wine geeks, posted this dreadful picture, saying “Will be barrel pickup sticks #napaearthquake.” He also posted a picture of…
  • LA County tries to crush Malibu wine

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

    Dr. Vino
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Domaine Faiveley of Burgundy has announced the acquisition of Billaud-Simon for their first vineyard purchase in Chablis. The 50-acre estate includes 4 acres of Grand Cru sites in Vaudésir, Les Clos, Les Preuses and Blanchots. They also have 22 acres of premier cru sites. Domaine Faiveley now has 350 acres in Burgundy. I have always liked Billaud-Simon’s wines, so it is sad to see the end of an era. However, Erwan Faiveley (who chatted with us a few years ago), has really steered S.S. Faiveley in a good direction since taking the helm. So I will look forward to seeing the results of…
 
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  • Review: ***+ $$ Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Zinfandel. Original tasting and review : This is Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2012, finished at 13.95% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from a quarter inch in from the edge.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, aromatic fruit and deep bramble oak.  From the aroma, seems like this will be oaky and sweet.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full,…
  • Review: *** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Zinfandel, Lot 91, Oakville, Napa Valley, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for lowest priced Oakville zinfandel. Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Zinfandel, Lot 91, Oakville, Napa Valley, California, 2012, finished at 14.1% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in August, 2014.In the glass: Deep dusty red, almost opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy, bright violets.  From the aroma, seems like this will be high-pitched.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact flavorful and rich, with…
  • Review: ***+ $ Trader Joe's Reserve Syrah, Paso Robles, California, Lot 100, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Paso Robles syrah. Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Syrah, Paso Robles, California, Lot 100, 2012, finished at 14.1% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in August, 2014.In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows balloon and bold purple fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big and bold, fruity.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact furry and nicely robed purple fruit,…
  • Review: ***+ $ Presswork Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain McLaren Vale grenache. Original tasting and review : This is Presswork Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2012, finished at 14.8% alcohol, unoaked, and first sampled a mere two years from vintage date, in August, 2014.In the glass: Ruby/black cherry.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows very shy fruit, perhaps a hint of light raspberry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be all light fruit.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much more robustly fruited, think…
  • Review: **+ $ Presswork Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2011

    jorray
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Barossa shiraz. Original tasting and review : This is Presswork Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2011, finished at 13.8% alcohol, aged for 14 months in French oak and first sampled three years from vintage date, in August, 2014.In the glass: Deep dusty red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows lightly funky, fresh red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be easy-going and full of red fruit.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a bit more structured and…
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    The Cork Board

  • Sushi bar coming this Fall to Oxbow Public Market

    TrevR
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Following the earthquake last Sunday, local businesses have made it a point to let people know the vast majority of wineries, restaurants and shops in the area are open and operating as usual. Based on a quick stroll through Oxbow Public Market this afternoon people seem to have gotten the message. As we navigated through the crowd in the bustling market we were excited to see a small bit of progress being made on the new seafood market and sushi bar from Eiko’s. Located next to Five Dot Ranch in the former space of Kanaloa Seafood, Eiko’s Seafood Market and Sushi Bar will…
  • 6.1 earthquake rattles the valley, Napa vows to press on

    TrevR
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    It’s been more than 48 hours since a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Napa Valley and surrounding areas to its core. For us personally, it has been a whirlwind of emotions, nerves and activity. While we were extremely lucky not to have sustained any injuries or major property damage, many of our friends and neighbors cannot say the same. Well, that was a little intense…hope everyone is OK here in #NapaValley #AmericanCanyon — Trevor (@TrevR) August 24, 2014 There have been plenty of news reports (as we write this, local television helicopters circle incessantly overhead)…
  • Napa Valley wine grape harvest is off to its earliest start in a decade

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

    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. 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 due to an unusually dry winter and…
  • 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…
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  • Moustachioed Wine Man

    Andrew Barrow
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    Moustachioed Wine Man Somewhere during the visit to Pichon Longueville I spotted this sad looking chap. The drooped shoulders just add to his unhappy demeanour or maybe its the weight of the bottles he is carrying? The moustache also add to the overall sullen feeling. But I still rather like him. Photo: The Moustachioed Wine Man Spittoon.biz - A UK Wine Blog - We Spit... So You Can Swallow Related posts: Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton Pavillions Fete du Vin 2014 Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux
  • A Wine For Your Burger

    Andrew Barrow
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    A Wine For Your Burger Today is National Burger Day. I am sure Burger King and the ol’ golden triangle guys are loving it. But something a little more classy and up-market for us plus something you cannot get in McDonalds, a decent bottle of wine. A warmed ciabatta roll, a dollop of Stokes Mayo, a Muddy Boots Classic Quarter Pounder fried to perfection if I may so, a slice of Westcombe Mature Cheddar (Flavour Strength 5) melted to unctuous gloriousness, a scattering of Steve’s Leaves and, on the side, a handful of Isle of Wight Heirloom tomatoes. It doesn’t get any better.
  • Video: Tanqueray No. Ten Silver Martini Cocktail

    Andrew Barrow
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Video: Tanqueray No. Ten Silver Martini Cocktail This month Tanqueray No. TEN celebrated at WORLD CLASS, the annual search for the globe’s best bartenders, hosted in the heart of London at 33 Fitzroy Square W1. Within the house, the glamour, style and sophistication of the Art Deco movement was brought to life in the Tanqueray No. TEN Martini Cocktail Bar in an ode to the new bottle design, which celebrates the famous cocktail golden era when the Martini was the connoisseurs drink of choice. During the festivities Tanqueray No. TEN teamed up with Tristan Stephenson and Tom Aske…
  • Qcumber and Gin

    Andrew Barrow
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Qcumber and Gin Cucumber – an occasional garnish for a gin and tonic and one that works best with herbaceous-led gins. Looking at the likes of Caorunn and Gin Mare and of course Gordon’s Crisp Cucumber Gin. Only a matter of time before someone came up with a cucumber flavoured mixer and here it is – Qcumber! “A perfect blend of natural cucumber and gently sparkling spring water. A refreshing drink served straight from the bottle or ideal as a mixer for gin or vodka. Also great for making cracking cocktails or the perfect summer punch.” Qcumber and Gin – Ok…
  • Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton

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

    TrevR
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Following the earthquake last Sunday, local businesses have made it a point to let people know the vast majority of wineries, restaurants and shops in the area are open and operating as usual. Based on a quick stroll through Oxbow Public Market this afternoon people seem to have gotten the message. As we navigated through the crowd in the bustling market we were excited to see a small bit of progress being made on the new seafood market and sushi bar from Eiko’s. Located next to Five Dot Ranch in the former space of Kanaloa Seafood, Eiko’s Seafood Market and Sushi Bar will…
  • 6.1 earthquake rattles the valley, Napa vows to press on

    TrevR
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    It’s been more than 48 hours since a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Napa Valley and surrounding areas to its core. For us personally, it has been a whirlwind of emotions, nerves and activity. While we were extremely lucky not to have sustained any injuries or major property damage, many of our friends and neighbors cannot say the same. Well, that was a little intense…hope everyone is OK here in #NapaValley #AmericanCanyon — Trevor (@TrevR) August 24, 2014 There have been plenty of news reports (as we write this, local television helicopters circle incessantly overhead)…
  • Napa Valley wine grape harvest is off to its earliest start in a decade

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

    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. 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 due to an unusually dry winter and…
  • 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…
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  • Château Margaux, 1994

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pedroncelli Rose and Chardonnay Case

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Wallflower's dozenEverybody gets little nervous at their first Rosé/Chardonnay party. Especially when it's time to play Spin the Bottle. Just look at you. My little 2013 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley's all grown up. You look just as crisp and bright as your mother did when she was your age. You’ll be quite the knockout at the party, I’m sure. But before your five little friends get here to take you there, I thought maybe we could have a bit of a chat. So your mother told me there’s going to be six bottles of 2013 Signature Selection Chardonnay at the party, too. Now, hold on,…
  • Ghost Signs Central Coast Petite Sirah (6)

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    OoooooOOooooOoo ghost sounds.The friendliest by far.Drink this: To escape the spectre of a bad day. Don't drink this: To escape the spectre of breakfast. Rejected Names for this product include: Big Boo. The SNL episode hosted by this product features a sketch in which: The gang catches the ghost, but it's really just Old Man Henderson wearing a mask wait that's Scooby-Doo. If this item were a US President, it would be: Rutherford B. Haze.
  • Raised by Wolves Washington Merlot (4)

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Start a howl movement. As long as it wasn't MADE by wolves, there shouldn't be any issues with taste.As Lord of Jungle, me disappointed wolves get head start on winemaking. Wolf not make simple tools. Wolf not able to build tree house as nice as mine! Wolf not even have thumbs! How they grow grapes and make Merlot so delicious, me not know. Hurt head and heart to think about. That why me call you apes here today. Apes missing out on big profit opportunity. Market wide open for wine made by hu-man mothered by animal. Me and apes need put heads together, make good wine like 2011 Washington…
  • Blue Rock Cabernet Sauvignon (2)

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Blue Rock-Paper-ScissorsIn order to throw a themed party, you need a wine that slightly resembles the party's theme.Okay, I think I've got everything for the Rock-Paper-Scissors party. I've got Blue Rock Cabernet Sauvignon for drinks, paper decorations for the walls, and scissors to lay out all over the floor. "See, I really don't think that's a good idea." What? The Blue Rock Cabernet Sauvignon? I think people will like it. They'll smell the mint and aroma of black cherry, and they'll taste the soft and silky tannins, and honestly, I don't see how they won't enjoy it. Plus, it goes without…
  • Arizona Stronghold's Dayden Dry Rosé (6)

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Arizona Wine DustAnd by "dry" we mean "desiccated."When people try our Arizona Dry Rosé, they expect a not-too-sweet, lightly-red wine. So they're often a bit confused with what ends up in their glass. You see, in traditional Arizonan winemaking the wine is "aged" in the sun for several days before bottling. What results is the finest wine-powder imaginable.One mouthful of our Rosé will have you coughing uncontrollably in pleasure. It's got all the flavors you would associate with a traditional Rosé, without that unpleasant "moist" feeling so common in wines these days. Plus, you don't…
 
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  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 1, 2014

    1WineDude
    1 Sep 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! 12 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling…
  • The Wine Blogging Community Is A Joke, Part Two

    1WineDude
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Back at the beginning of August, we generated a bit of controversy here (imagine that!) with my rant commentary on wine blogging, titled The Wine Blogging Community Is A Joke (But It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way). C’mon, with a nice, restrained title like that, who would’ve anticipated controversy?… Much commenting, sharing, linking, and discussion then ensued. I received an email from a friend of mine who is a journalist (we’ll call her “Elle Bee” for now, as she prefers to remain anonymous), spurred on by that comment storm discussion. In it, she reminded me of something very…
  • Oregon, Unexpected (Answers.com August 2014 Wine Article Roundup)

    1WineDude
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Summer, we hardly knew ye… August is drawing to a close, as is what felt like the briefest (and mildest, for us Communistwealth of PA dwellers) Summer on record. As we’ve been doing every month for quite some time here, we now take a gander back at this month’s Answers.com wine articles, which I humbly submit for your perusal (since I can’t yet give you any wine through your screen, this will have to do for now): Pioneers In Oregon Chardonnay The first of two things I didn’t expect from Oregon, both of which were highlighted at Answers.com this month. Inspired by my recent jaunt…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 25, 2014

    1WineDude
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 12 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles…
  • A Quiet Resistance (Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Pinot Noir, In Retrospect)

    1WineDude
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Generally speaking, when you’re attending a Pinot Noir masterclass-style tasting hosted by one of a wine region’s most historically significant properties, it’s not considered good form to giggle like an eight year-old girl. Which, of course, didn’t stop me from doing it. The trouble was, I just found the irony so damned funny, it was like being back in my Oblate grade school church, the nuns patrolling the church aisles, my buddies and I joking around and trying hard to suppress laughter that would most certainly get us into major trouble. Which just makes it funnier… Here’s the…
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  • I'm Back!

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

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

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

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

    Catie
    15 May 2013 | 8:30 am
    The Weekly Walla Walla Wine Word for Dummies: MeditrinaOriginal painting by Emily Balivet -  2009Move over fat, bloated, arrogant, and slothful wine gods, the wine goddesses are in town!Meditrina was the Roman goddess of wine and the daughter of Apollo, as well as the cousin of Cupid. She was the deity in charge of wine, longevity and health. In fact, she often used wine, along with herbs, for healing. There's a rumor that the word, "medicine" came from her name, however something tells me from the history of the alchemists, they would never use a woman's name and would prefer to burn…
 
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  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Beer List Features Exotic Brews from 50 Leading Craft Brewers

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    DENVER, CO – Pints for Prostates has released a list of beers that 50 brewers are scheduled to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on Oct. 3. The prostate cancer awareness event will be held 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 and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them. “The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is about the passion and craftsmanship behind some of America’s hardest to find brews,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates.
  • 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…
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  • Aux Tonneaux des Halles

    Edward
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Our final dinner in Paris. We arrived shortly after the early evening rush, snaffled the final table and then watched the lone waiter try to take orders and serve food to the whole room and street. He managed without become outwardly flustered or ever rushing which was admirable, he even had time to pause to smoke a cigarette, which meant it was almost half an hour before we ordered and longer still before we had bread and wine. Rather than protest, which would have been pointless, I decided when the opportunity came, to order several glasses of wine all at once to avoid the risk of having to…
  • Racines 2

    Edward
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Around the corner from Spring and just off Rue Saint-Honore.The room is modern and open, and when I visited almost entirely filled with tourists, in contrast to the neighbouring and more casual wine bar - Le Garde Robe. The menu is short, a single black board, four entrees and three mains. There are more chefs than main courses. The staff are obliging and gracious. . . I spill my wine all over the floor while fiddling with my camera and as it is being cleaned up I'm poured a replacement.Pictured: Bottom left - under the (obligatory) Iberico pork chop the best mac n cheese of the…
  • The shape of Australian wine retailing 2014

    Edward
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    A quick skim of the latest annual reports for Coles and Woolworths and a few observations.Woolworths has 1402 retail outlets in Australia (186 Dan Murphy's and 1216 BWS). Coles has 831 stores. I have no idea what this means in percentage terms, but in 2010 they already had > 50% of the market.For FY2014 liquor sales for Woolworths = $7.4 billion. Compare this to the estimated total liquor spend in Australia for 2012 which was $14.1 billion. Coles did not separate their liquor sales from food, presumably because they experienced another year of underperformance. The stated Coles solution to…
  • Mona

    Edward
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    You know there will be crowds, but still it comes as a shock to see such a mass of people trying to catch a glimpse of this small and whimsically beautiful painting. I was busy surreptitiously observing the observers, while feeling a tinge of sorrow for all the other wonderful artworks in the room that are forever destined to be largely ignored.Related.http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
  • Spring

    Edward
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    As an alien, it's much harder to pre plan and book a special meal in Paris. Spring, in the quiet back streets near the Louvre, with it's American roots (Chicago born owner and chef Daniel Rose) is one of the easier options. It takes internet bookings and they answer email enquires promptly - making potentially confusing and confronting phone conversations unnecessary. The only downside to this accessibility becomes apparent when you sit down to eat and find that you are mostly surrounded by fellow aliens, equally or even more uncomfortable with the native language. . .The food changes…
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • The Native (Italian) American

    Alfonso Cevola
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As we get more science on exactly who we are and where we came from via DNA mapping, we often find out we aren’t who we think we are. In my case, I found out I am 51.6% Italian. I also found out I have a small percentage of East Asian and Native American. Since my grandfathers and grandmothers came to America over 100 years ago, their descendants have multiplied. In a paternal lineage that will most likely stop. We will have had roughly 150 years of being in America by those sets of measurements.What does it matter? There are 7 billion of us right now, a small portion of the roughly 107…
  • Postcard from Naples ~ August 21, 1971

    Alfonso Cevola
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Dear Mom and Dad,Italy, I finally made it to Rome The last week has been warm. Hotter than where I came from. Rome was miserable. And empty, save for a few Americans who actually had lire. Wartime in America. Nixon devalued the dollar the day I arrived in Rome to get more European countries to buy things from us. We need the money to pay for the war in Vietnam. And it looks like we are going into a recession that could last for years.Naples from Rome on a train. Walking. I have a day before the ferry takes me to Palermo. I have a day to kill. I start walking.I am wearing an army surplus khaki…
  • Wild Figs and Ancient Chants

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

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

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

    writeforwine
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Lauren Ashton Cellars launched in Washington wine country in 2009, when Kit Singh, a dentist, decided to apply his knowledge of chemistry with his appreciation of wine and his training in viticulture and enology. Keeping it in the family, he named his winery after his two children and reflected his wife’s Estonian heritage by creating bottle labels with photos of her home country. By late 2012, Lauren Ashton Cellars wines emerged on the Seattle wine scene, and by the following year, rave reviews started to come in. Shortly after that, we too became quick fans of Kit’s…
  • Time to Party with Alexandria Nicole Cellars

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

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

    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…
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune 2007 Wine Review (NW)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:28 pm
    The four wines below were served by PB this past weekend as part of an incredible wine dinner. Best meal of the year!Tasting notes:Red currants with spicy notes on the noseMedium bodied on the palateFinishes with red berries, dry earth, and spiceSummary:Here's a good, dry, and elegant Chorey-les-Beaune from Burgundy. It's ready to drink now and shows a nice balance of fruit, dry earth, and spice. Paired with a variety of appetizers and cheeses, it will transport you to a small village in France. Expect to pay $25 for the pleasure. Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative…
  • Hugel & Fils "Gentil" Alsace 2012 Wine Review (NW)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Tasting notes:Bouquet of Asian pear with honey accentsMedium bodied on the palateSilky finish of stone fruit, floral notes, and good aciditySummary:It's seems this wine is always good and easily approachable. It's well balanced and has a nice flavor profile, all for $14 or so. Paired with roasted fig "bruschetta", it disappeared quickly as part of an intermediate course between red wines. Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Chateau Leoville-Barton St. Julien 2002 Wine Review (NW)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Tasting notes:Opens with a beautiful nose of berries and tobaccoFull bodied on the palateRich and intense finish of black currant, spices, and tobacco with good lengthSummary:Excellent wine, and one of my favorite reds from Bordeaux! It's fully integrated and harmonious with a style that's pure Bordeaux classic. The release price was around $50 but expect to pay $100 now if you see it available.We paired it with grilled, sliced sirloin over a bed a greens. Fabulous, of course! Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Dow's Vintage Port 2007 Wine Review (NW)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Tasting notes:The nose opens up with layers of pepper, plum sauce, and hints of charcoalThe palate is full bodied and denseThe finish is incredibly dense, with prune, dark berries, and touches of anise and spice, all with amazing lengthSummary:This is an excellent Port. In its youth, it's the best I've ever tasted. It shows amazing length and is already seamlessly integrated, youthful, and dense. If you don't see this collecting dust in your local wine shops, it's because it received a perfect 100 points from Wine Spectator. For $80 on release, rest assured, all the bottles are…
  • Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2012 wine review by (PB)

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Pale straw with aromas of vanilla, sweet apple pie and pie spice, with a tangy citrus beam.Palate--A mouth full of lemon lime with spicy notes and vanilla on the finish,. An Acidic structure that is razor sharp and will perfect with our Labor Day Lobster dinner on the porch.Lobster is running $5.99 a pound which is rather high for this time of year but we'll enjoy it with fresh local sweet corn and we'll definitely raise a glass with this $12 Alsatian delight.--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
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  • Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

    Dave
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Gene GuglielmoThe Santa Clara Valley may well be the state's most under-recognized AVA - Wikipedia's entry on the History of California Wine doesn't even mention it by name, in spite of over 160 years of continuous commercial grape growing and wine production. Visitors to the area would scarcely know that so many quality wineries were so close by since, unlike many other AVAs around the state, there's almost no visual indicators to advise them. The Official UnveilingSo a group of local wineries banded together and enlisted the help of representatives from the cities of Morgan Hill and…
  • In defense of Two Buck Chuck

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

    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…
 
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • Domaine Pellerin —  ‘Bugey’ On Down

    Paul Howard
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    In France, the little known wine region of Bugey is well off the beaten track. I have passed through it frequently, usually on the way to more famous wine destinations, always making a mental note to stop and explore. When I finally did so this year I immediately wished I had done it sooner. Once part of Eastern Burgundy, Bugey is in the l’Ain department of France and is usually only mentioned briefly as a footnote in wine books, either to neighboring Jura to the North or more usually to Savoie to the East. Indeed, this wine region only finally achieved its Appellation Contrôlée…
  • Napa Earthquake – Organic Wineries Doing All Right

    Organic Wine Journal
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Michael Eckstein, Associate Winemaker at Grgich Hills with damaged barrels of Zinfandel. Our best wishes go out to all people, and all wineries, affected by the earthquake in Napa. Here is a roundup of what we’ve learned about some of our organic winemakers. Frog’s Leap On Twitter, Frog’s Leap posted: Thankfully, we had minor damage & will reopen Monday. RT @TIME: The largest earthquake to hit Napa Valley in 25 years http://ti.me/1mDNfUW Robert Sinskey On Twitter, Robert Sinskey posted: Robert Sinskey Vineyards made it through the earthquake largely unscathed! We are…
  • Cà de Noci Tre Dame 2013

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

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

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

  • Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages – Simply Awesome!

    Tim Lemke
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Do you ever find yourself looking over a wine list at a restaurant and you’re frustrated that you don’t know any of the wines on the list?  Despite the large number of wines I review, I too find myself in this situation.  But my solution to this problem is to order based on region rather than looking for a specific wine that I know. When it comes to red wines, one of my “go to” regions that I always feel confident ordering is Southern France.  More specifically, I look for wines from the Rhône or Languedoc-Roussillon.  And this wine is a perfect example of why.
  • Château Lamothe de Haux, Côtes de Bordeaux – Old World Style

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

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

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

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

  • Crozes-Hermitage Is the New St. Joseph

    Lyle Fass
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    I love St. Joseph.  I've sold a lot of St. Joseph.  But as the region becomes more famous, it's getting harder to find values (even for me).  More importantly, it's getting harder for young, talented winemakers to find affordable vineyard land.  As I've said before, and will say again, Crozes-Hermitage is the new St. Joseph. There is a new generation of young vignerons making some exciting wine in Crozes-Hermitage. I've really wanted to sell a wine built for ageing from Crozes to show the potential of the region.  I also very much wanted to sell an ageworthy, 100%…
  • Yes I'm Selling Small Production 2012 Village Meursault for under $40. Compare to Bleh Negociant Wines at $50+

    Lyle Fass
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    Dealing with winemakers like Florent Garaudet is a blessing and a curse.  The good thing is that his wines are all great and very inexpensive for the quality because he's young and no one (other than his Burgundian winemaker peers) has heard of him.  The bad thing is that he has many small bottlings all of which are great and I can't offer them all at once.I had to choose two, a Puligny Montrachet, a Meursault, a Monthelie Blanc (his most famous wine) and a Bourgogne Blanc.  I want to space out the offers and not kill you all with too much Burgundy or too much from one…
  • The Vintage that Put Them on the Map - Domaine des Beaumont 2010's

    Lyle Fass
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    As I said in the previous Domaine des Beaumont e-mail, 2008 seems to be when they figured it all out and 2010 is the vintage that put them on the map. I was very very lucky to secure three wines, including two of their best Grand Cru's. In fact I have offered now 3 vintages of their Clos de la Roche and Clos St. Denis and two vintages of the great Gevrey 1er Cru, Cherbaudes. So people who bought the first two and this offer will have some nice verticals of one of the hottest new Domaines in Burgundy. I have very little of the Clos de la Roche and Clos St. Denis but more of the spectacular…
  • You Asked for a New Star in Beaujolais - I Deliver for Under $30

    Lyle Fass
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Is Moulin A Vent the best Cru Beaujolais? Richard Rottiers thinks so. I sold you Foillard.  I sold you Metras.And you said, "This is great, great prices,  I'll take 4 bottles but I've seen these before.  I want a new Fass Selections Beaujolais that is of superstar quality."My response was that I'd dig deeper into Beaujolais and see what I could do - these guys are not soliciting me with E-Mails from France nor are they ambushing me at Charles de Gaulle when I arrive for my visits.Well - today, I'm happy to say that I think I've found your man; an incredible winemaker…
  • He Made Me An Offer I Couldn't Refuse: Under $20 for Two Amazing Mosel Dry Wines: One from the Legendary Juffer

    Lyle Fass
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The Protege of One of the Dry Wine Masters ofthe Mosel: The First Winemaker from the Brilliant Stefan Steinmetz's "Coaching Tree" Stefan Steinmetz, of the winery Gunther Steinmetz is one of the great young winemakers in Germany.  I've sold boatloads of his wines and he has a huge following, particularly in New York.  He also has the best palette for wine I have encountered in Germany.  So when Stefan Steinmetz says, I have a friend who is making brilliant Mosel Riesling my ears perk up, and I listen. On my most recent trip to Germany, Stefan's close friend and protege,…
 
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  • נגן MP3 אורך המשחק

    admin
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    העמיתים לעבודה על השולחן ראיתי קטן, נגן mp3 hantlichen, הלא הקטן או זעיר, אבל מתאים ביד. לכן ניצלה את ההזדמנות ואני רק צבטתי אותו על השחקן הזה וביכולות שלה… הוא אמר לי שהוא היה מאוד שמח, במיוחד עם הסיבולת (זובידאת זמן) וכללה. עמיתו יש גם נגן mp3, אך יש לו שעות על כל 8 להחליף את הסוללה. כדאי לך לעיין אצל אפריקה ישראל כדי לקבל עוד מידע. העמית…
  • רדיו נוחות אור, בסלון

    admin
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    בעמידה המנורה על או להפוך, מי לא יודע את זה? מן הספה יכול להיות עכשיו כל מכשיר אלקטרוני, בין אם זה עדיין כל כך מסובך, מרחוק שליטה. למה זה לא גם לעבוד עם מנורות? למשל טלוויזיה עם פונקציות יותר מורכבות פעלו כמו מנורת בו רק כדי להדליק, לכבות, הוא עמעום. שרי אריסון has plenty of information regarding this issue. ? האם את החיים שלנו לא קצת יותר יפה כאשר האורות על…
  • הפורום בצ

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    30 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    פורום שבו אין ספק נותר ללא מענה. בקהילה זו geklönt על כל דבר, דנו. הוא השיב ויש שהשתדלה להרגיע. לעומת זאת, טבע בהחלט מבין את הסיפור. משתמש בכל קבוצות הגיל משלימים אחד את השני ולהחליף מידע. Allround-Talk.de הוא פורום עם הרבה הומור, הטון אדיב. כל יום רעיונות חדשים כדי דיונים ושיחות. גם בני לאומים אחרים מחפשים דיון בפורום הצ'אט כל סיבוב. פורומים…
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    28 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
  • Marine Engines

    admin
    27 May 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Diesel engines, built by foreign firms, have their own notation. In grades of marine diesel engines, "Burmeister and Vine" letters stand for: M – four-stroke, V – stroke (second at the end of grade V – v-shaped), T-cross-head, F – marine (Reversible and irreversible main series MTBF), B – with turbocharged, H – support. Number of cylinders specified before the letters, the diameter of the cylinder – a number of cylinders, stroke – after the letters. In the cross-head diesel engines with supercharged modification is indicated in the…
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  • LabelVision Trend Watch: Moscato – In Review

    Zoe Wedel, Account Manager and Business Analyst at ShipCompliant
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recently released LabelVision tool is already giving many alcohol beverage companies a new way to protect their brands, labels and trademarks by being able to closely monitor newly approved alcohol beverage labels. But perhaps just as important is the insights into trends it will lend marketers, the media and researchers. Take the example of Moscato and its meteoric rise over the past few years. We used LabelVision to answer the question, what can we learn about the increase in popularity of Moscato by looking at the history of Moscato label approvals? What we found was stark, hard…
  • Sending our thoughts to California

    Megan Milan, Marketing Coordinator
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    All of us at ShipCompliant are very sorry to hear about the earthquake over the weekend that impacted our friends in Napa and Sonoma. While we are grateful to hear that none of our friends in the area are injured, we are saddened by the property damage, loss of inventory, and overall disruption to the operations the earthquake has caused. If you are not in Napa and would like to help those affected by the earthquake, you can donate to the Red Cross. Click here to donate directly to the Napa County Chapter. Additionally, we encourage wine drinkers to drink Napa wines (#drinknapa) to help make…
  • Indiana Now Requires Encrypted File Transfer for Alcohol Reports

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

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

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

  • Sobering season for liquor importers

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Monday,September 1: The long drawn out drama of new labelling regulations shows no signs of abating. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made it mandatory for imported foods and alcoholic beverages to list all their ingredients on the label, in Devanagari or English. The new labelling requirements, however, are not feasible for many international wine producers for whom India is a small market, observes Reva K. Singh. As if this were not enough, an imported wine also requires to be tested in "approved labs" in India.
  • The US market for wine sees exponential growth

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:56 am
    August 28, 2014 - It is a well-known fact that the US wine drinking market is the largest in the world. And, with growing consumer confidence and an increasing number of drinkers switching from other drinks to wine, the market is reaching new heights. According to Wine Intelligence, over a quarter of Americans are buying wine in the off premise costing over $15 per bottle.
  • BWC organises Indian Wine Village in Bangalore

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The Bangalore Wine Club (BWC) is all set to unveil the next edition of the Indian Wine Village on August 31, 2014 at the ITC Gardenia. As the event is taking place after a gap of a few years, Aslam Gafoor, BWC vice-president sees it as the Club's commitment to Indian winemakers and companies. He shares the details with Sommelier India
  • Prohibition proposed in Kerala, India

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Saturday, August 24 - Print and digital publications are abuzz with news about prohibition in Kerala. A few days ago, the Congress-led United Democratic Front government finalised the excise policy proposing to make Kerala alcohol-free in 10 years, according to a Times of India news report. "The UDF has come out with a unanimous decision for a liquor ban in the state to achieve total prohibition,'' chief minister Oommen Chandy was quoted as saying after the meeting. Once the UDF recommendation has been ratified by the state cabinet it will become policy.
  • September-California Wine Month

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:55 am
    If you have never visited California's wine country, Sommelier India's three-part series by Mira Advani Honeycutt will put sand in your shoes (as the saying goes) and make you want to visit! September also happens to be California Wine Month, so don't waste any time. Start planning as there could be no better time to visit and enjoy the state's bounty.
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    Grape Wall of China

  • Chardonnay in China: Harvest at Wangzhong, Helan Mountain, Grace and Great River Hill

    boyce
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    By Jim Boyce Harvest is upon us in China and I asked some of the nation’s more interesting Chardonnay makers what is happening in their fields. From west to east… Lilian Carter, winemaker at relatively new operation Wangzhong in the Xinjiang region, says the harvest started this week and is on a similar schedule as last year. “The quality is up on last year with better sugar, acid and flavor synergies,” she says. “Last year, the crop was light and a little exposed. This year the acid retention has been better due to milder conditions and a later start to the…
  • Chile specialists La Cava add options from Spain, Portugal

    boyce
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    My local wine shop, La Cava de Laoma in Sanlitun Soho in Beijing, continues to expand the portfolio beyond its initial exclusivity with Chilean wines. While Chile, home country of owner Mariano Larrain, remains front and center, La Cava also stocks items from France and — as of last Thursday — Spain and Portugal. The newcomers include a handful of sparkling wines as well as numerous bottles that retail for less than rmb100 (see pics below for some of the options). La Cava has established a small but loyal following, due in part to its rmb20 by-the-glass deal on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • ASC to close The Wine Gallery in Beijing

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

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

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

  • Join The Survivor’s Walk Of Hope with “The Arch” At Grande Provence

    Media Release
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    Show your support for youngsters battling cancer by participating in the Survivor’s Walk of Hope on Saturday, 6 September 2014 and get to make your mark alongside Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Starting at the Huguenot Monument, this fun trail run finishes at Grande Provence where participants will
  • Franschhoek’s Luxury Leeu Collection Appoints Executive Chef Oliver Cattermole

    Media Release
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Hector de Galard, President,  Business Operations Leeu Collection, is pleased to announce the appointment of Oliver Cattermole as the Executive Chef of the Leeu Collection in Franschhoek, South Africa. The Leeu Collection comprises of a luxury 20-room, five-star boutique hotel, spa and wine tasting facility called Dassenberg Estates; and, a 13-room, five-star property in the heart
  • Investing In The Future Of Winemaking

    Media Release
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”, and the team behind the Diners Club Bartho Eksteen Wine Academy for young winemakers couldn’t agree more; when education is combined with passion, one can only succeed.The Wine Academy training cellar is situated in Paarl at Hoër Landbouskool
  • Join Strandveld Vineyards For A Glass Of Elim At De Hoop Wine, Whales And Music

    Media Release
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    De Hoop Collection Nature Reserve, Overberg Region, Friday, 5 September to Sunday, 7 September Make a toast to the first weekend of spring and join Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery situated in Elim, at the Wine, Whales and Music event at De Hoop Collection Nature Reserve in the Overberg region from Friday, 5 to Sunday,
  • ‘Gauteng Taste Of Africa Experience’ To Ignite Flavour At The 10th TOPS At SPAR Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival

    Media Release
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    Gauteng Tourism is bringing the ‘Gauteng Taste of Africa Dining Experience’  to the 10th TOPS at SPAR Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival (4-6 September) giving festival goers the chance to taste world-class cuisine available in Soweto and at the Maboneng Precinct. The participating distinctly-African restaurants will be the House of Baobab, Blackanese, Kahawa Club, Roots
 
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Rye Beer

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
      Latrobe did a “brilliant” job here, picking up on a lot of important trends. Let’s see how many instructive legal issues this one label raises. Extra points for anyone who can raise additional issues. No more ALS challenges, please. It is beer but it more or less screams spirits. In a variety of ways. (For example, the brand name refers to moonshine paraphernalia, as Tickle’s sidekick helpfully explains.*) Within the rules, probably. Even though spirits terms are not allowed on beer labels. Even though this product contains and purports to contain absolutely no…
  • Craft is about MADE in USA

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

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

    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…
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • 10% off at Liquid Discount: Top 5 90+ Rated Values

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    WWP sponsor Liquid Discount is having an inventory reduction sale and offering 10% off $199+ orders with code "wwplaborday10".I poked around their site to cherry pick a few key value wines.All prices are before discount.PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO BARBARESCO 2009 - 93 WS $29.95If you've never tried Barbaresco before but would like to get a feel for exactly what it's supposed to taste like look no further. If you've had  this before you'll know you always want to keep some on hand. Fall is coming and Barbaresco goes great with mushroom dishes on a cool autumn evening.PURPLE HANDS PINOT NOIR…
  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Wine Dinner at Tresca North End Boston

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Kobrand is offering a winemaker dinner featuring Tenuta Sette Ponti and Agricola Punica at Tresca in Boston's North End.This event provides an opportunity to taste a few wines from each producer's portfolio, including the famous Sette Ponti Oreno.See also: Visiting Tenuta Sette PontiSeptember 9, 2014 7:00 pmTresca233 Hanover StBoston, MA 02113$85 plus tax and gratuityGuest Speakers:Giovanna Moretti (Tenuta Sette Ponti)Sebastiano Rosa (Agricola Punica)MenuAntipastiTuna Tartar – costini, micro greens, basil oilPizza – sunchoke purée, fontina, olives, baby arugulaWine: Orvieto Classico…
  • Decoding Orin Swift Winemaker Dave Phinney's "E" Spanish Red

    23 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    I keep seeing email offers for this "E" wine and seeing it on retailer shelves so I decided to buy a bottle of it. I vaguely knew that it was part of Orin Swift (the Prisoner being probably their most famous wine) winemaker's foray into international wines.Reading a bit more about it, it sounds like these are old world grapes made in a new world style. This particular bottling, E-2 (the E is for Esapana, and this is their second non-vintage bottling from Spain), is comprised of red grapes from some of Spain's most desirable regions: Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero.For me,…
  • Deal Alert: 94 Point WS Oregon Pinot Noir for $37.99/btl

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Wine Spectator recently dropped a 94-point rating on the 2012 Elk Cove Mount Richmond Pinot Noir. At least in Massachusetts, Wine.com has it for $52.99/btl (their inventory varies by state). Combined with promo code AMEX30 (which gives you $30 off a $100 order) and a free trial of their StewardShip program if you order 2 bottles of this wine in Massachusetts your fully loaded costs will $37.99/btl.With a release price of $60 this is a very good deal.Although 2012 California Pinot Noir was a bit disappointing, 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir might actually be a bright spot for the…
  • $20 off your first Drync order

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Mobile-focused wine retailer Drync is offering an opportunity to refer friends for $20 off their first order. As a referrer you get $10 added to your Drync account.If you've never ordered from Drync before you can get $20 off your first order using my link:https://www.drync.com/signup/3BB76nftIf you have ordered from Drync before you may want to refer some friends of your own:https://www.drync.com/inviteIf you're not familiar with Drync here's a review.Another great deal that's going on through the middle of September is Wine.com's $30 off $100 deal that, with the right tricks, can be used to…
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    Wine Club Reviews & Ratings

  • $95 in Free Wine Gifts When You Try Club

    Tricia Meyer
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    The California Wine Club is known for running some really great specials on high quality, artisan-crafted wine. The one we found today is terrific! When you try out their Premier Series through this special offer, you will get $95 in free gifts. And the best part is that the cost of the club is only $39.95 (plus shipping and handling).What is the club? The club consists of 2 bottles of wine a month, either 1 red and 1 white, 2 red, or 2 white–your choice. It includes the Uncorked Newsletter, which will tell you all about the wines, how to pair them, etc. There is no membership fee or…
  • Club W is a hot new wine club – and I can’t escape them!

    Todd Farmer
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Club W is everywhere.  This is the hot new wine of the month club that delivers personalized wines, based on your custom wine preferences.  But unlike other custom “wine profile” technologies (like Tasting Room and Forbes), Club W uses a unique taste test to determine your preferences.  Learn all about their wine tasting process in our full review, where Tricia shows you (on video) exactly how Club W personalizes your wine preferences and exactly what you get when you order a wine club for yourself or as a gift.Their marketing director is doing something right.  Not only are…
  • Back to school makes me want to drink wine. Clearly, I’m not alone!

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

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

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

  • 2012 Julien Sunier Morgon

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    2012 Julien Sunier MorgonThe 2012 Morgon comes from the lieux-dits of “Corcelette” and “Les Charmes” (1.45 hectares), the vines around 60 years old. It is aged entirely in wooden barrels for around 11 months. Served from magnum, it has a pure bouquet of vibrant red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit – delicate and poised, but perhaps not quite as engaging as the Regnie. The palate is medium-bodied, taut and refined and angular at the moment. Yet one has to stand back and admire its transparency and poise, the finish deceptively long in the mouth. This tensile Morgon should give…
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    Wine Peeps

  • Mumm: Bubbly from France and Napa

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

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

    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…
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    girlwithaglass.com

  • USA AMBASSADORS LAUNCHES

    Alana
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
      Nov 1, 2014, (just in time for the holidays), my new company is launching USA-Ambassadors.com. Designed for travel, food & wine enthusiasts, ages 30-55, hip families and modern professionals.  Sign up or contact me for more information.  http://usa-Ambassadors.com    
  • International Wine Friends

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

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

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

    Alana
    13 Sep 2013 | 4:51 am
    Ernesto is one of my top ten favorite wine personalities. When you visit Argentina, do not miss meeting Ernesto at his place, Alma Negra (which means “dark soul“). A free spirit with advanced degrees from Argentina, Milan and London, Ernesto is a fan of beauty and balance.  At Alma Negra, one can feel the terroir […]
 
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • 2012 Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

    George Perry
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc Region:  Sonoma County, California – USA Cost:  $14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Bright aromas of lime and citrus are at the core of this Sauvignon Blanc, with layers of white flower nectar, peach, and tropical melon. The palate of the wine is fresh and alive with clean fruit flavors and a perfectly balanced fruit. My Review:  One of the things that I’ve had to learn over the years of writing this blog is to distinguish between what’s a bad wine and what just isn’t to my taste. A sweeter Moscato may be a technically well made and…
  • 2013 Manikay Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

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

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

  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekened!

    winebratsf
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The dust has mostly settled, and the clean up has begun.  If you have not yet heard, we had a fairly large earthquake in these parts on Saturday night / Sunday morning, and while there was no damage here in the city of San Francisco, there was significant building and property damage in Napa. While most of us who grew up in the area are somewhat used to (if you can really get used to this) these moments in time where the ground buckles and groans, it is certainly a challenge to see it in person, and look at the pictures of the damage. Many wineries have suffered significant losses, in both…
  • Things are a little yeasty in there

    winebratsf
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    After meandering over to Alta Maria, it was finally time to meet my #QBP – Queen Bitches Posse  over at Tercero Wines, around the corner in Los Olivos.  As I had somewhat secretly clandestinely arranged this day of pre-WBC shenanigans, I was looking forward to being able to relax and enjoy my free day before the conference officially got under way. Meeting me at the Tercero Wines tasting room were BrixChick Liza, Marcy Gordon who always Comes for the Wine, and Melanie, the Dallas Wine Chick.  Although I wasn’t able to caravan down from the Bay Area with them, once they walked…
  • Alta Maria Vineyards: Stop in and stay a while in Los Olivos

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

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

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

    Alana Ridley
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    MTB racing in the Winelands The Paarl Rotary Backsberg MTB Challenge will take place on the 6th of September this year at Backsberg Wine Estate. After the success of last year’s event, this popular ride will offer a route geared for every fitness level ranging from a 5km course, to a 15km route for the more experienced rider; and for serious, competitive mountain bikers; a 30km and a 45km race. Route Description The 45km, 30km and 15 km routes will expose you to some of the best scenery and views in the area and surrounds. The roads are mostly jeep-track with some single-track and open…
  • Ikeys regain the Vino Varsity trophy!

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

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

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

  • Nuy Red Muskadel NV, South Africa

    Simon
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Something unusual and tasty for the weekend… Nuy Red Muskadel NV, South Africa (£9.50 The Wine Society) Intriguing style combining bright barley sugar and heady rose hip syrup flavours with light grapey freshness and perfumed lift, and a touch of the herbal clove and menthol character you find in cough candy. S-
  • Edmeades Perli Vineyard Late Harvest Zinfandel 2006, Mendocino, California

    Simon
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    Almost a Californian take on Amarone… Edmeades Perli Vineyard Late Harvest Zinfandel 2006, Mendocino, California (£10.79 per half Hailsham Cellars, vintagemarque.com) This oozes decadent fruit flavours – kirsch, very ripe plums, sweet bramble jam - and there’s also a slightly medicinal herbal bite. A perfect winter warmer – and probably rather good for sore throats too! […]
  • Viña Ventisquero Apalta Vineyard Grey Label Syrah 2011, Colchagua, Chile

    Simon
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    I detect something of the influence of Australian John Duval in this promising youngster. Viña Ventisquero Apalta Vineyard Grey Label Syrah 2011, Colchagua, Chile (£12.99 Slurp) There’s more polished warmth here than in many Chilean Syrahs. It’s rich but fresh, with a peppery sun-dried tomato tinge to the rich rounded dark berry, plum and cherry […]
  • Spier Creative Block 3 2009, Coastal Region, South Africa

    Simon
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    This isn’t the latest release, but it’s still available and currently looking rather nice. Spier Creative Block 3 2009, Coastal Region, South Africa (£14.99 Hawkshead Wines) Rich, rounded & spicy, with a slightly rustic but rather attractive tomatoey edge to its fleshy plum and dark berry fruit, notes of herbs and spice, still some vanilla […]
  • Errázuriz Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maipo, Chile

    Simon
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Many young reds are all the better for a couple of hours breathing, but this was its best as soon as I’d opened it Errázuriz Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maipo, Chile (£9.99 Morrisons) Warm, plush and rounded style, with hearty berry and blackcurrant, the vanilla edge of oak, and hints of spice and tobacco. […]
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  • 4 Reasons To Kill Your Home Page Carousel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Of course, visitors enjoy the music, food and artisan vendors at all the wineries during the Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration on Sunday August 31, but the primary interest at any of the wineries was to taste the wine!&nbsp...
  • Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Livermore Valley Winegrowers invited wine lovers to Livermore Valley on Sunday, August 31 to celebration the beginning of harvest season with the Harvest Wine Celebration. For the 2014 festival, 37 wineries will host festivities at their tasting...
  • Kirigin Cellars - A Historic Winery in Santa Clara Valley

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    In previous articles you learned about the history for four Santa Clara Valley wineries. All had interesting pasts and are still providing the warmth of the past and the quality wines of the present.Guglielmo Winery – Founded in...
  • Historic Wineries in Santa Clara Valley - Thomas Kruse and Fortino Wineries

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    In the last article you learned about some of the history of wine making in Santa Clara Valley, a history dating back since the missionaries and including such famous names in wine history as Almaden Winery, Paul Masson, Mirassou and...
  • Historic Santa Clara Valley Wineries - Guglielmo Winery and Morgan Hill Cellars

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Santa Clara Valley is proud of its long and rich history in winemaking. Mission Santa Clara was producing wine by 1802 and by 1823 Antonio Maria Sunol was making and retailing wine in San Jose. By the 1850s...
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  • Shops that sell in Uvinum: Cento Vigne

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    This week we spoke with the leaders of Cento Vigne Italia, another of the stores that sell in Uvinum, to know them more thoroughly and learn from their way of approaching the world of wine and the online store, as well as to discover its recommendations for wine lovers. Do you like to know them a little more? Here's our interview with them: How did you start? Cento Vigne Italia starded in February 2013 by a small Team of Wine Lovers heavily involved in Social Media Marketing. The aim was to offer a wide selection of undiscovered wineries to the vast international web…
  • How to tell if a whisky is good (II)

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    To get a better idea of how to tell if a whisky is good quality and the best ways to enjoy it thoroughly, we continue to give you some tips to help you make your best choice buying, serving and enjoying it in good company. Mixed or alone: If your like whisky straight, you'll be pleased to know that in a tasting recently led by Xavier Monclús, he expressed the conviction that whisky changes very positively by adding a little water, becoming a static mixture. Sometimes it gets even better, and on ice, whisky becomes a dynamic mixture, because the drink evolves as the ice melts. For…
  • Wine to improve memory

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    According to a study published in the magazine Journal of Neuroscience, resveratrol has been shown to improve memory. This compound is present in the skin of red grapes and is able to improve short-term memory. This study, performed by researchers from University Charité of Berlin, was focused on the effects of resveratrol in overweight people. Several test were performed before and after the study: memory tests, a blood sample and a brain scan. 23 volunteers received 200 milligrams of resveratrol daily while another group of 23 volunteers received a placebo. At the end of the study was…
  • Prawn cocktail with pink sauce

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    The prawn cocktail with pink sauce is a starter ideal to serve at any home meeting; its delicious taste will not go unnoticed among your guests and its preparation is very simple. Some time ago was a typical entree at every wedding celebration, now outmoded, but still a dish that will delight everyone, especially in summer. The pink sauce, seasoned with a little whisky, is ideal with eggs, sandwiches, burgers, fish cakes and prawn cocktails, and its preparation is quite simple, so you can make enough to store and leave ready for other recipes at home. Ingredients 1 egg 1 tablespoon mustard…
  • 10 things you can do if you don't like vodka

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    If you have a dusty bottle of vodka at home for long and it is not to your liking, or you just received one as a gift and you don't know what to do with it, you can enjoy these options to make the best of it. Flagship product for home: a bottle of cheap vodka is one of the best ways to take advantage of your money and that bottle you don't want to drink. Either for cooking, cleaning or decorating, you can use it to your advantage. Eliminates odors: If it's one of those days when you decide to clean your room and take out the training shoes from that corner for cleaning, you can spray down a…
 
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    Wine Blog

  • What Labor Day Means to Me

    Jo Diaz
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    What labor Day Means to Me… is not what you might expect. It’s not a day to go boating for the last time of the season; or, heading off to the beach one more time, before I settle into apple picking. No BBQs for me today. Nay… It’s pretty sobering for me. It’s  time to […] The post What Labor Day Means to Me appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Sunday Sojourn ~ The Man Who Cried + A Wine Journey

    Jo Diaz
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Any wonderful story deserves equally wonderful wines, and so I got to work... The post Sunday Sojourn ~ The Man Who Cried + A Wine Journey appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Retailer With Beverage Education As A Priority ~ Total Wines & More

    Jo Diaz
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I applaud Total Wines & More… Being on the inside of the wine business, I get to see things happening that let me know who’s who and what’s what. [Image: center is Ron Rubin, owner and president of The Rubin Family of Wines, greeting his guests.] I have been in the wine business for over […] The post Retailer With Beverage Education As A Priority ~ Total Wines & More appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE ~ HALT THE SAMPLES

    Jo Diaz
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a public service announcement (PSA) from the Napa Valley office of Wine Spectator… You know how you ask, “What can I do to help?” Yeah… it’s one of those moments. NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE 2014 I just received this Email and know its importance, as I have samples that I’d like to send in […] The post NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE ~ HALT THE SAMPLES appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Social Media Faux Pas, Reminder to Keep Your Social Media Local

    Jo Diaz
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Napa Valley Earthquake was very close to home. It was also quite a reminder for me how important it is to keep your business local; most especially your social media. Don’t expect someone sitting in Kentucky, for example, to understand the local geography. And, how can you even begin to measure someone’s emotional intelligence […] The post Social Media Faux Pas, Reminder to Keep Your Social Media Local appeared first on Wine Blog.
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  • Getting Out The Juice: Press Operation and Press Fractions

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

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

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

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

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

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Today is the 5th Annual International Cabernet Day, a day to celebrate and enjoy any Cabernet based wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet blends and more. What is your favorite cab?Here are a few favorite Cabs...
  • Sip Savor Lodi, A Wine Country Harvest Celebration

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Join Lodi Appellation’s vintners September 26th-28th, 2014, for Sip Savor Lodi – a brand new Lodi Wine Country event!Festivities kick off on Friday evening, September 26th, with the Harvest Dinner - an exquisite dinner served al fresco...
  • Sonoma Wine County Weekend 2014 on Labor Day Weekend

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Sonoma Wine County Weekend celebrates the wine region’s winegrowers, winemakers and chefs. This leading wine and food destination comes to life, all to help local charities while inviting food and wine lovers a chance to sample all...
  • Laetitia Vineyard and Winery and the Effects of Unusual Weather

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

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

    JustJess
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular types of wine to serve at a party or to have for a nice dinner. As the fall season is approaching us, it’s a great time to try this legendary wine with, #CabernetDay,National Cabernet Day this Thursday, August 28! Wine Channel TV and St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery will be celebrating this wine this week by sharing with you some facts about Cabernet Sauvignon and what types of food makes for a killing pairing with this wine. Join us and our fellow online bloggers by posting with #CabernetDay on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram this…
  • Napa Earthquake – CNBC Closing Bell Interview with Wine Channel TV

    JustJess
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Wine Channel TV CEO Jessica Altieri discusses the impact of the Napa Earthquake on consumers and winemakers on CNBC, Closing Bell. The impact on consumers may not be known for awhile, but one thing is for certain, Napa will recover. The winemakers are “tough as dirt” per Ms. Altieri. The generations of families in Napa will bond together to recover and make it thru this catastrophe. Ms. Altieri conveys her discussions with Napa winemakers, including Angelina Mondavi. To watch the complete interview, click here   The post Napa Earthquake – CNBC Closing Bell Interview…
  • Sipping Smart with Wine Judges – Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Melons are a rite of summer. They are juicy, delicious and refreshing, and often just too big! What can you do with a whole melon before it goes all wobbly in the fridge? Well in addition to enjoying it au natural you can use it some pretty delicious recipes. Salads and salsas that are great for large gatherings, like the ones you'll be having this weekend for example! And when you're done with all those great suggestions make sure you check out our cocktail of the week, a delectable way to use up any excess melon you may have around the house. in fact it's so delish you might…
  • Grilling the Bounty of the Sea

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    While we may not be getting ready to put the grill away quite yet, this last gasp of summer, or the summer we almost had, does deserve a bit of celebratory grilling. As an avid griller, I grill well into the fall, and even the winter, though my choice of grillee changes with the seasons. Slow smoked beef and pork dominates the cooler climate grilling season, replacing the lighter fare of summer. having just enjoyed a few killer Assyrtikos this past week i also took advantage of the open bottles to prepare some delicious seafood on the grill, so don’t be surprised if this week’s…
  • Assyrtiko. Again!

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There are some wines that even the pros can forget about. Wines that really never fail to wow when tasted but are too often missed or skipped over. Take Assyrtiko from Santorini for example. These are wines that never seem to really underperform. yes there is a range of quality and style, going from incredibly complex and detailed artisanal wines that capture the salty, minerally character of the terrain and climate of Santorini, but there are also wines that are targeted towards consumers looking for a fruitier rendition of this classic variety.   In either case, or any case for that…
  • Great Grilled Seafood and...?

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tomorrow I’ll be reviewing a handful of Assyrtikos from Santorini. Inarguably one of the great white wines of the world and one of the great grilled fish partners as well. I’ll be following that up with some fabulous suggestion for grilled seafood and wine on Thursday but today I thought it would be fun to preface my preferences with those of my fellow wines writers.    Grilled seafood is a decidedly summery option for most people’s menus, found the rest of the year most frequently on restaurant menus. So lets enjoy what summer we’re having and break out the…
  • Cotes Du Rhone in 2014

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Cotes du Rhone. It’s a surprisingly well known wine in a world where the wines people are generally more comfortable with come with varietal designations as opposed to regional ones.   Sure there are Chianti, and Bordeaux, but how many other regional appellations are most people familiar with? And is there any other that is exclusively focused on wines that are, or really I should say were, value priced. Yes even humble Cotes du Rhone have been bitten by the exuberant bug! It’s a classic case of high tides lifting all boats. The prices for Chateauneuf du Pape, the pinnacle of…
 
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  • Padron Peppers in wine country

    Joe Becerra
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Padron peppers harvested at the Charles Krug winery About Padron Peppers Padron peppers or Pimientos de Padrón are very much the rage in California wine country. Padron peppers have been one of the staples of the Spanish Tapas scene for many ages. Now Padron Peppers are popping up on many wine country restaurant menus and folks are growing them in their vegetable gardens. These Padron peppers were growing in large pots at the Charles Krug winery. We met Patty outside Charles Krug’s Carriage House as she was picking the Padron peppers. Patty, the special events coordinator at Charles…
  • Terra Savia winery in Hopland wine country

    Joe Becerra
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Terra Savia is one of Hopland’s boutique wineries About Terra Savia and Hopland wineries Do you really want to get away in the Northern California wine country? Discover the boutique Hopland wineries of Mendocino County.  Most wine folks know Mendocino wineries because of the Anderson Valley. But to the east of the Anderson Valley and over the coastal mountains is another wine country worth discovering, the Hopland wineries. There are some  20 Hopland wineries and most are situated close to the tiny town of Hopland. Hopland is only a few blocks long and remains one of the few towns…
  • Limerick Lane Wineries

    Joe Becerra
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    On Limerick Lane in the Russian River Valley About Limerick Lane Wineries Limerick Lane wineries are hidden and off the beaten path in the Russian River Valley near Healdsburg. Limerick Lane is only about a half a mile long, but a beauty of a wine country backroad. Christopher Creek Winery and Limerick Lane Cellars are the two most popular of the six wineries located on Limerick Lane. Viszlay Vineyards is tucked away and hidden from view midway up Limerick Lane. Housed in an old funky structure at 602 Limerick Lane are three very small wineries: Meitz Cellars, Mutt Lynch, and Deux Amis.
  • Wine Barrel Rooms

    Joe Becerra
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Is a wine barrel room safe? Wine Barrel Rooms – Are they safe? We are waiting to see reports of the full damage that the Napa earthquake has caused. We know that many homes and businesses have been red tagged. Others residents and businesses have much clean up to do. A friend of ours has a house on Milton Road in Napa, which was the epicenter of the quake. He says, “The house was in shambles with chandeliers, lamps, furniture and objects d’art tossed off shelves, out of cabinets and hurled clear across the rooms. The water pipes from the purification system to the storage…
  • Napa Earthquake Update

    Joe Becerra
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    One of the brick buildings damaged in the Napa Earthquake – Vintners Collective Tasting Bar This is a Napa earthquake update for wine country travelers. If you have been watching the news reports on the Napa earthquake, you most likely have seen a shot of this building. It is one of the several brick and masonry buildings that was badly damaged in the Napa earthquake on Sunday. This building houses the Vintner’s Collective. I shot this photo in 2005, so the Vintner’s Collective has been doing business for a good number of years. It is a wonderful tasting room that pours…
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  • Padron Peppers in wine country

    Joe Becerra
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Padron peppers harvested at the Charles Krug winery About Padron Peppers Padron peppers or Pimientos de Padrón are very much the rage in California wine country. Padron peppers have been one of the staples of the Spanish Tapas scene for many ages. Now Padron Peppers are popping up on many wine country restaurant menus and folks are growing them in their vegetable gardens. These Padron peppers were growing in large pots at the Charles Krug winery. We met Patty outside Charles Krug’s Carriage House as she was picking the Padron peppers. Patty, the special events coordinator at Charles…
  • Terra Savia winery in Hopland wine country

    Joe Becerra
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Terra Savia is one of Hopland’s boutique wineries About Terra Savia and Hopland wineries Do you really want to get away in the Northern California wine country? Discover the boutique Hopland wineries of Mendocino County.  Most wine folks know Mendocino wineries because of the Anderson Valley. But to the east of the Anderson Valley and over the coastal mountains is another wine country worth discovering, the Hopland wineries. There are some  20 Hopland wineries and most are situated close to the tiny town of Hopland. Hopland is only a few blocks long and remains one of the few towns…
  • Limerick Lane Wineries

    Joe Becerra
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    On Limerick Lane in the Russian River Valley About Limerick Lane Wineries Limerick Lane wineries are hidden and off the beaten path in the Russian River Valley near Healdsburg. Limerick Lane is only about a half a mile long, but a beauty of a wine country backroad. Christopher Creek Winery and Limerick Lane Cellars are the two most popular of the six wineries located on Limerick Lane. Viszlay Vineyards is tucked away and hidden from view midway up Limerick Lane. Housed in an old funky structure at 602 Limerick Lane are three very small wineries: Meitz Cellars, Mutt Lynch, and Deux Amis.
  • Wine Barrel Rooms

    Joe Becerra
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Is a wine barrel room safe? Wine Barrel Rooms – Are they safe? We are waiting to see reports of the full damage that the Napa earthquake has caused. We know that many homes and businesses have been red tagged. Others residents and businesses have much clean up to do. A friend of ours has a house on Milton Road in Napa, which was the epicenter of the quake. He says, “The house was in shambles with chandeliers, lamps, furniture and objects d’art tossed off shelves, out of cabinets and hurled clear across the rooms. The water pipes from the purification system to the storage…
  • Napa Earthquake Update

    Joe Becerra
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    One of the brick buildings damaged in the Napa Earthquake – Vintners Collective Tasting Bar This is a Napa earthquake update for wine country travelers. If you have been watching the news reports on the Napa earthquake, you most likely have seen a shot of this building. It is one of the several brick and masonry buildings that was badly damaged in the Napa earthquake on Sunday. This building houses the Vintner’s Collective. I shot this photo in 2005, so the Vintner’s Collective has been doing business for a good number of years. It is a wonderful tasting room that pours…
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  • The Empire Strikes Back: Laube Takes on IPOB

    steve
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
      Brother Laube comes out swinging against In Pursuit of Balance, in the Sept. 30 issue of Wine Spectator. (Sorry, no link. The Spectator has one of the best firewalls in the business. No subscribe, no read.) I’d been wondering how long it would take him. After all, Jim is famous for giving high scores to ripe, plush wines that can be high in alcohol—which is exactly what IPOB is against. You might even say that IPOB is the anti-Laube (and anti-Parker) establishment. So Jim had to declare himself sooner or later. He’s a nice, modest man who doesn’t pick fights, but even shy folks…
  • Emotion, the Bee Gees and Bill Harlan: The power of persuasion

    steve
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
      “It’s just emotion that’s taking me over,” the Bee Gees crooned—emotionally—on their 1978 hit, “Emotion,” a song of unrequited love and the pain it can cause. We all know how powerful emotions can be. If strong enough, they can, and do, overrule reason and common sense, and “take over,” driving their human to perform irrational and sometimes even self-destructive acts. But emotion also can inspire people to supreme creative heights: Beethoven’s deep depressions turn up in his Third Symphony, the Eroica, which is steeped in grief. But his Ninth, the Choral, is an…
  • What makes a winery great?

    steve
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
      I took a rare day off from the blog yesterday, and I know you notice when I do, because I hear from you! Which I’m grateful for. I sometimes refer to my “Thursday Throwaway” and “Friday Fishwrap” posts, because I well know we writers must be appreciative of every individual who reads us—we shouldn’t assume anyone actually does–especially those readers who come every day expecting something new. I try to deliver—and usually do—but not always, as yesterday shows. The reason I didn’t post yesterday was because I was up in Santa Rosa, working. And the nights were…
  • More on the earthquake

    steve
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
      You’ll have to forgive me for feeling a little philosophical today about our wine industry, but a disaster will do that to you. We still don’t know the full extent of the damage from the big Napa earthquake, and we may never, but the fact is, if you escaped unscathed—as most wineries and wine businesses did—you’re counting your lucky stars. But if you were one of those impacted, I just hope your earthquake insurance was paid up. Here’s a roundup from the Napa Valley Register, as of late yesterday afternoon. As you can read, some wineries are going to be digging themselves…
  • A tasting at Verité

    steve
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
      Wonderful trip yesterday to Verité, the Jackson Family-owned property that quite frankly is killing it in Bordeaux blends. I’ve been on that opinion at least since I gave the 2006 La Muse a perfect 100 points, their first ever; but not their last, for Robert Parker recently gave no fewer than seven 100-point scores to Verité, an unprecedented fact that causes me to joke that he copied me. The winery was begun by Jess Jackson, who met winemaker Pierre Seillan, in 1996; Jackson wanted to know if Seillan, who was then working in Bordeaux, could “make a wine of equal quality to…
 
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    Jordan Winery

  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with Darth Vader

    Lisa Mattson
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    John Jordan accepted an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday from our friend Ryan Flinn. If you read our April Fool’s Day announcement, you know John Jordan is HUGE Star Wars fan. Darth Vader helped show him the dark side in this #icebucketchallenge video. To make a donation to ALSA, visit their website.
  • What’s new in Healdsburg food & wine

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

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

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

    Lisa Mattson
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Jordan Vineyard & Winery is the first business in Sonoma County to achieve Fish Friendly Ranching® certification, a new program that helps preserve both the aquatic ecosystem and terrestrial wildlife habitats at livestock ranches. Launched in March 2013, Fish Friendly Ranching (FFR) is taking a comprehensive approach to environmentally friendly land management. It recognizes working [...]
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Wine Tasting Coupons - 2 for 1

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Printable wine tasting coupons that allow 2 people to taste wine for the price of 1. Free wine tasting coupons good at specific California wineries.
  • Ultimate Meatloaf Recipe

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    This is the ultimate meatloaf recipe. Serve this comfort food with garlic cheese bread and asparagus. A truly delicious meatloaf recipe!
  • Discover Amador County Wineries

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Plan your own California Wine Tour to Amador County Wineries. Enjoy fine wines and mountain air in the scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Learn about Amador wineries.
  • Top Winery Restaurants

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Are you looking for a place to eat in the Wine Country? Check out these winery restaurants. If you appreciate both fine wine and fabulous food, these restaurants may be just the place.
  • Southern California Wineries

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Ready to visit Southern California wineries? Discover wineries in Temecula, San Diego, Ventura County, and Los Angeles. Learn about wineries, restaurants, accommodations, and fun things to do.
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • Locations F-2 French Red 2012 - Vive la France!

    Jon Thorsen
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bringing some of the best of France together in one very affordable wine. A blend of Grenache from the Roussillon, Syrah from the Rhone and undisclosed Bordeaux varietals.This review is sponsored by CorkExclusive where you can get the Locations F-2 French Red by Dave Phinney 2012 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any order! From the winemaker:"Establishing a “rapport” with our growers in France is something we take very seriously. Frequent visits to Bordeaux, The Rhone, and The Roussillon are mandatory so we can continue to improve Locations and expand our vineyard network. Although…
  • Scott Harvey Amador County Mountain Selection Barbera 2012 - Amore!

    Jon Thorsen
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Another fab find from the Sierra Foothills. 83% Barbera, 13% Syrah and 4% Zinfandel from Amador County, Sierra Foothills, California.This post brought to you by: Get the Locations F-2 French Red by Dave Phinney 2012 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! SRP of $22 and available for as low as $16. 2,469 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.From the winery:"Vineyard/Vintage Notes: Grown on steep mountainous terrain in the higher elevations of the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County, California.Winemaker's Notes: Produced in the Italian old world, food friendly…
  • A Quick Update and What's Coming Up

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

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

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

    Richard Jennings
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    This blog has been on a summer hiatus. After four years of devoting the bulk of my free time to this effort, I decided it was time to take stock of how much effort it requires, how little I am receiving monetarily from my writing and what else I could be profitably doing with that time. I was also realizing I’m significantly heavier than I was when I started the blog, in much worse shape physically, and that I’d been spending precious little time in recent months with friends, or potential new friends, because I was so focused on getting to tastings, wine-related travel and meeting…
  • The Singular Greatness of Champagne Salon

    Richard Jennings
    21 May 2014 | 12:16 am
    Champagne is the hardest wine to make. To produce truly great Champagne requires top vineyard sources and the kind of ideal vintage conditions that used to occur only two or three times per decade. Of course you also need expertise and specialized equipment. And after you’ve made the wine, you must wait several years for it to age on the spent yeast cells from the secondary fermentation in the bottle before it’s ready to disgorge. Wouldn’t it be totally outlandish, then, if someone decided to create such a truly great wine for only their own personal consumption? One would, of course,…
  • Pebble Beach: Nation’s Premier Food & Wine Event When it Comes to Wine

    Richard Jennings
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Opening Night Reception at Pebble Beach Food & Wine (all photos courtesy PBFW) The country’s greatest annual food and wine event with an emphasis on wine—featuring some of the world’s finest and most exclusive wines–ended this past Sunday in Pebble Beach, California. This was the seventh edition of Pebble Beach Food & Wine (PBFW) based at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, but utilizing additional locations throughout the area. When this annual event began in 2008, it followed in many ways in the footsteps of the legendary Masters of Food & Wine extravaganza…
  • Profile of Antonio Galloni & VinousMedia.com

    Richard Jennings
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Below is the profile of Antonio Galloni I wrote for epicure, the magazine/program of Pebble Beach Food & Wine, whose 2014 extravaganza (PBFW2014) ended today. Antonio led four seminar panels for the event, and I can confirm he did a terrific job as I attended three of them. I particularly appreciated the wealth of background he brought to the 2008 Barolo seminar, where some of the fabulous wines on hand were from his own cellar. Pebble Beach Food & Wine is fortunate to have Antonio Galloni on hand for four of its wine events this year. Antonio has ascended to prominence as an…
  • Santa Barbara’s Happy Place for Bordeaux Varieties

    Richard Jennings
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    view of Happy Canyon from northernmost vineyard at Star Lane Santa Barbara area grape growers nearly gave up on Bordeaux varieties planted here in the 1970s after they failed to ripen sufficiently to eliminate green flavors more vintages than not. There are exceptions, of course, and Jonata in Ballard Canyon proved there are warmer areas where Bordeaux varieties can do very well. Santa Barbara’s hottest growing region, on the far eastern edge of Santa Ynez Valley, has also shown that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, can produce superlative…
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  • Fatherhood – The First Grapes Arrive

    Roger Beery
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Read Part 3 of our Starting a Family Winery Series “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies.” (Prissy from Gone With the Wind) And that’s how it felt when we arrived at 5:15 AM to bring in our first grapes. All that I had learned in preparation for that moment seemed to evaporate in the excitement. Much like how all the hours spent in birthing classes twenty-five years earlier were reduced in the heat of the moment to “Breathe, Honey…You can do this.” The early morning of August 27th was crisp and clear. The sun had not yet risen and the fog was yet to…
  • Awaiting Our First Harvest – When Will Her Water Break?

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

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

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

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

  • New Shop in Paso Robles: Haymarket

    Hoot 'n Annie
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    From the owners of Hotel Cheval and the Pony Club Bar at the hotel, comes Haymarket. Located where Vivant Fine Cheese used to be, on Pine St. between 10th St. and 11th St. It’s being touted as a gourmet grocery store. They will have prepared food to go or enjoy on their patio along with other unique food items, wine, and things for the home and kitchen. In fact, Annie found some cool plastic tumblers while we were there that she picked up. They also had the 2013 Miraval Rose which is a wine project between Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Famille Perrin so we grabbed a bottle of that too.
  • Interview: Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard (Part 2)

    Hoot 'n Annie
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    As promised, here is part two of my Q & A with Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard. A big thank you to Jason for taking the time to answer questions. He also wanted me to let you, the readers, know that if you have any follow up questions for him feel free to ask them in the comment section and he will be happy to answer. That’s pretty cool in my opinion. Guys like Jason, who have as much going on right now as he does, don’t often offer up more time to answer questions on a blog…goes to show the kind of guy Jason is. My take is that he is passionate about the industry, about Paso…
  • The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo

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

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

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

  • Gundlach Bundschu Gerwurztraminer 2013

    Joe
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Wine Picks of the Week A Gerwurztraminer, A Chardonnay and a new wine bar This lovely glass of wine is the Gundlach Bundschu Gerwurztraminer 2013 Gundlach Bundschu Gerwurztraminer 2013 – $14.99 Costco I loved the 2012 vintage of this wine and I like this one even more so. I like this wine so much that I went back to the Foster City Costco to buy more, but there was none left. The wine guy there said someone had just bought what was left of the 2013 Gerwurztraminer. He thought they would get more in and said to come back in a week. I immediately headed over to the So. San Francisco store…
  • How safe is your wine?

    Joe
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    I love this cartoon by Tom Meyers – http://www.meyertoons.com The Napa earthquake got us thinking again about the “Big One.”  The USGS says there is a 90% chance of an earthquake in Northern California of at least 7.5 magnitude within the next 30 years. How safe is your wine from the “Big One?” How is your earthquake kit and preparedness? Do you have enough food and water to last a week?  And like the cartoon, will your wine be safe in an earthquake, and will you have enough wine to get your nerves through at least a few days or weeks? In the Napa earthquake…
  • Two Trader Joe’s wine specials

    Joe
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Wine Picks of the Week Last week I received my Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, which touted two wines with the TJ label. I found both of these Trader Joe’s wine specials at the Millbrae store, so I purchased both and tried them last week. I found them both very decent wines and worth a try. Both of the wines are 2012 vintage. This vintage in California was spectacular, and one of the best in terms of quality and quantity in years. Certainly there must be surplus juice out there and Trader Joe’s has obviously taken advantage of that.  So why not the consumer and bargain wine…
  • More on NakedWines.com – Interview with COO Benoit Vialle

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

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

  • Frozen in Carbon: From Han Solo to Beaujolais to the Willamette Valley

    Christine Collier
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Han Solo, Darth Vadar & Pinot Noir - and you thought this comparison couldn't be made :)Here is fun press coverage for our Whole Cluster Pinot Noir on the NW Wine Anthem:http://www.nwwineanthem.com/2014/06/frozen-in-carbon-from-han-solo-to.html
  • 10th Annual Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir Contest Winner

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

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

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

    Christine Collier
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    In honor of the World Cup, here is a photo of the team we sponsor featuring many of our employees!
 
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • Drink Napa Wine for International Cabernet Sauvignon Day 2014

    Jeff Leve
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the world’s most important red wine grape. Of course it grows all over the world. But for August 30, International Cabernet Sauvignon Day 2014, I am asking everyone to please drink Napa and show your support for the wine region which was struck by a devastating earthquake just a few days ago. August 24, at 3:20 am, the bucolic community of Napa Valley was rocked to its core by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake. Early damage assessments pegged the potential loss at more than $100 Million dollars. Subsequent reports…
  • 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines

    Jeff Leve
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider I have a confession to make. I’m an unabashed lover of Chateauneuf du Pape. There, I said it. And I am proud of it! If you’re also a fan of wines from the Southern Rhone Valley, you’re in luck. With the exception of 2002, it’s been really difficult to find a vintage from the last several years that has not produced good wine. The plethora of good vintages has helped keep prices down for most wines. This is important because for some odd reason, Chateauneuf du Pape remains the wine world’s best kept secret. Yes, at the top end, the…
  • Napa Valley Slammed by a Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake

    Jeff Leve
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The Napa Valley in California was slammed by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake at 3:20am Saturday morning. For residents of California, we are sort of used to earthquakes. But a magnitude of 6.0 is scary. The last time the Napa Valley was slammed by an earthquake close to that size was in 1989 when an even stronger earthquake devastated parts of San Francisco. To say 2014 is a challenging vintage for growers in the Napa Valley is a bit of an understatement. Previously the region was plagued by drought and fires. If that wasn’t bad enough,…
  • Baroness Philippine de Rothschild Passes Away at 80 Years of Age

    Jeff Leve
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider It is with great sadness that we are reporting on the passing of one of the world’s great ladies of wine. The Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the owner of Chateau Mouton Rothschild reportedly passed away late Friday night, August 22 or early Saturday morning, August 23. Services were held for the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild Monday, September 1, 2014 in Pauillac, Pauillac is where Chateau Mouton Rothschild is located. It is expected that more than 2,000 people will attend the services. 1933 was an important year for the powerful…
  • 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape a Drinkers Vintage

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

    londonwinegirl
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    I’ve become more and more interested in people in the wine business devoted to making wine accessible and easy for drinkers to get to know. Chris and Jane Scott who run wine education company Thirty Fifty are great examples of this – and when they wrote to me to tell me about their new app, Find A Vino, I was keen to know more so I interviewed Chris. Chris Scott of Find A Vino LWG: So tell me how you first got started in the wine business? Chris Scott: I first worked with wine in vineyards in New Zealand, where I’m originally from. But it was actually on holiday with my wife Jane…
  • LondonWineGirl writes about beer for a change

    londonwinegirl
    5 May 2014 | 8:45 am
    It’s only fair to warn those of you who are somewhere on the autism spectrum, before you release your Inner Angry Nigel in the comments section, that this post is mainly about beer, not wine. Rest assured, Colins and Nevilles, that my normal wine reviewing service will resume in the next post. I normally hate holiday smugness. I hate the cute photos of feet in flip-flops on Facebook. I hate having to admire the tan acquired (I make Dracula look swarthy.) I can’t even watch A Place in the Sun without rolling my eyes. So it is with trepidation that I am writing about a bar in Puerto…
  • Dim Sum, wine, fancy tea: LWG’s trip to Bo Lang

    londonwinegirl
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Bo Lang is a dim sum restaurant in South Ken, a part of London which seems to be a strange restaurant black hole – one of those neighbourhoods that’s so multicultural and affluent it should by rights be much foodier than it is. I’m pretty sure people have stopped opening trendy restaurants anywhere between Battersea and Earls Court for fear that the Made in Chelsea cast might annex the whole place. LondonWineHusband and I chose Bo Lang because of a Sunday morning steamed bun craving (mine) and a desire to visit the brilliant indie wine merchant The Sampler (his, honestly…
  • Weird, wonderful Evolution is a nine grape extravaganza.

    londonwinegirl
    14 Oct 2013 | 11:53 pm
    The wine: Evolution White, Sokol Blosser Where’s it from? Oregon Where to buy it: winedirect.co.uk or Whole Foods What it will set you back: £12 When you’re learning about wine there tends to be a lot of emphasis on the different grape varieties (that’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, not green and red!) and what their different flavour profiles are. Single varietal wines – yup, that’s wines based on one type of grape – are quite easy to get your head around and deservedly popular with consumers who appreciate knowing roughly what they can expect even if they…
  • Tiny, specialist and lovely – in praise of Wine Pantry

    londonwinegirl
    27 Aug 2013 | 2:27 pm
    LondonWineHusband and I have a few guilty pleasures in common. Ridiculously spicy Chinese take out from Yun Kim in Brentford; laughing at anything related to farts; a heartfelt love for Bruno Mars’ haunting ballad, Gorilla, which is about how he wants to shag a girl like they are both gorillas, and shovelling raclette into our faces at Borough Market. Borough Market is nose-bleedingly expensive, touristy and full of delicious organic food of varying levels of healthiness. The word “artisan” is used for everything. (Artisan carrier bag? Tick.) It has the afore-mentioned…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • J. Vineyards Vin Gris Rose of Pinot Noir

    Marc Hinton
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2013 J. Vineyards Vin Gris Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California Have you said to yourself, “Why didn’t I drink more rose this summer?” Well, you probably have not tried J.Vineyards 2013 Vin Gris Rose of Pinot noir, because if you had, you would have continued to drink it all summer long. […]
  • Elena Walch Gewurztraminer

    Marc Hinton
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 Elena Walch Gewurztraminer Kastelaz Alto Adige, Italy Rarely, do I have the pleasure of getting excited about tasting specific varietals, but every now and then a bottle shows up at our door and I am reminded why I love wine so much. Even rarer, tasting two wines from the same producer made […]
  • Summer Sippers: Tilt a Wheel

    enobytes
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Who can resist a cool drink on a hot summer day? This recipe brought to you by the savvy mixologist, Brooke Arthur. Summer Sippers: Tilt a Wheel 1 oz Gin 1 oz Sauvignon Blanc 3/4 oz Freshly pressed grapefruit juice 1/2 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice 1/2 oz Vanilla syrup* In a mixing bowl, combine […]
  • Video: Sous Vide Wagyu Beef Cooked Two Ways

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

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

  • #WineStudi​o Session XVI – Liquid Voices of Hudson Valley

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    August's #WineStudio featured an area I wasn't that familiar with, new York's Hudson Valley. I've been tasting the Finger Lakes region wines for a few years, so I thought I knew what to expect: good to great whites, decent to good reds. I was happy to be mistaken.What I now know about the Hudson Valley:Melting glaciers carved a deep trench, creating the valley and depositing shale, slate, schist, and limestone, perfect for growing grapes to create beautiful wines.The winegrowers struggle with the weather (brutal heat and humidity in summer, freezing temps in winter), disease (black rot,…
  • NapaQuake: The Aftershocks

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    ‪After the recent terrible news of a hugely destructive earthquake that hit the Napa region, there have been some silver linings. While there was a lot of property damage, it appears that there were no deaths and injuries were less than one might expect. Want to do something to help the ‪‎earthquake‬ area businesses? ‎Napa‬ is open for business! If you can visit, go and shop and support the local economy or physically volunteer. If not, raise a glass and drink wine from Napa. Every little bit helps.Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter Subscribe to…
  • Faust Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    When offered to review this Cabernet from Faust, I was doubly excited as I had not had any Faust wines before, though I'd heard good things about them. Agustin Huneeus is a legend in the winemaking world -  for all of the wines he has produced, the underlying premise has been that great wines must be a reflection of a great vineyard. With Faust Wine, he takes a different tact -- this wine is a tribute to Napa Valley’s noblest grape. He seeks out Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from his family-owned vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville, plus small lots from spectacular mountain and…
  • Winechat: Terroirs of Riesling: Austria, Alsace, Germany

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

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

  • Why Wine is Stronger Than It Used to Be

    Madeline Puckette
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Ever Wonder why you find yourself swaying after just one glass of wine? Turns out, wine is stronger than it used to be. And while science is to blame for making high alcohol wines possible, there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Why Wine is Stronger Than It Used to Be Zinfandel is one of the few wine grapes that can produce wines with 16%+ ABV naturally… without batting an eye. Science Science has created a yeast that can survive in higher alcohol wine. Yeast gobble up grape sugars and poop out alcohol so they’re a pretty important part of the winemaking process.
  • What’s The Three Tier System and Why is It Corroding?

    Madeline Puckette
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    The wine you buy in America goes through a number of hands before it gets into yours. This system is called the 3-Tier System and it’s starting to corrode. What Is The Three Tier System? Each step on the 3-Tier System for alcohol distribution in America increases the final cost of a bottle of wine. This system is called the 3 Tier System and it was created after prohibition as a way to control consumption in America. Purposefully Inefficient The 3 Tier System is purposefully inefficient; it has multiple steps between producer and imbiber. It was developed on the heels of the American…
  • Why You Should Know Where Your Wine Grows

    Madeline Puckette
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Ever notice how every wine description seems to have an abundance of fruit flavors listed? Yet, when you try some wine, they completely lack what you’re expecting? This little annoyance happens from time to time. It’s actually part of the reason why learning about wine is so tricky. Learn 2 big tips on why you should care where you wine comes from. Guess what, it has nothing to do with quality and everything to do with the weather. Ripeness Warm Climate Wine vs Cool Climate Wine HOW RIPE THE GRAPES ARE If you’ve ever purchased a basket of cherry tomatoes, and some taste sweeter than…
  • Earthquake Proof Your Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Damages in Napa after the earthquake hit on Sunday morning, August 24th, 2014, had everyone scrambling. The earthquake couldn’t have had worse timing: right during the start of harvest. As safety was a top priority in the hours following the quake, now everyone is wondering Is my wine okay?! Sadly, there was bad news for many wineries in the region: “@LagierMeredith Napa Barrel Care, where thousands of barrels are stored, including ours. Red Napa wines from the previous vintage were in barrel and they tumbled to the ground. What’s worse, the 2013 vintage was a record breaking…
  • Tips on Designing Your Own Custom Wine Labels

    Madeline Puckette
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Creating a custom wine label is a clever way to personalize the gift of wine. However, how do you get started creating a label and what should you consider? How does one come up with a great wine label concept? How does one go about making wine labels? It doesn’t matter if you’re a design-newb or if you live on adobe cloud, designing your own custom wine labels isn’t easy. Why? Well, because a wine label is an emblem of your style as well as a tool to communicate what’s inside the bottle. Fortunately, we’ve come up with some clever ways to think about these problems. Design Your Own…
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    Pure Luxury Transportation

  • Wine Country Harvest Parties Invite You to Get Your Grapes On

    Carey Sweet
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    It’s grape harvest time in Wine Country, which means lots of work for the wineries, but also lots of parties for us. Here’s a handy planner:Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Aug. 29-31, 2014 Saturday’s Taste of Sonoma brings more than 200 artisan wineries, growers, chefs and food purveyors for a walk-around feast at the legendary MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg. The Sunday Auction is an all-day fundraiser with world-class wine, food, and live auction packages at Kenwood’s Chateau St. Jean. And in between are winery parties, al fresco lunches, and suppers all across the County.Viszlay…
  • Winemaker Dinner at Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Rustic Restaurant

    gina
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A visit to Francis Ford Coppola Winery in the Sonoma County Wine Country town of Geyserville is always a treat. Pure Luxury was treated to a very special winemaker dinner at the winery’s restaurant, Rustic: Francis's Favorites, with winemaker Tondi Bolkan.A View of the Vineyards from Our Seat on the Patio at Rustic, Francis's FavoritesSeated at a table with a sweeping view of the vineyards, we began the evening with Sofia Blanc de Blancs. Inside the lovely packaging was a flavorful, vibrant blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Riesling waiting to be poured.The First Course was a rich, Lobster…
  • Cheers! Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Here!

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

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

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

  • Personalize it With a Custom Wine Label

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

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

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

    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 […]
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    Wine Reviews and Tasting Reports - International Wine Report

  • ANDRETTA 'ESA' Toscana IGT 2011

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    The 2011 'ESA' is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Sangiovese which delivers aromas and flavors of blackberries and dark cherries followed by leather, spices and a hint of cedar. This possesses a medium to full body with a velvety texture that ends with another layer of dark berries and spices. I anticipate this will be at its best now through 2017. (Best 2014-2017) - August, 2014 (JD) 90 POINTS Wine Specifications:Report Date: August, 2014 Suggested Price: $30 Drinking Window: 2014-2017 Producer: Andretta Country: Italy  Region: Tuscany Appellation: Toscana IGT…
  • ALDO CONTERNO Barolo 2010

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The 2010 Aldo Conterno Barolo bursts with bright cherries and strawberries, which are followed by rose petal, spices, fresh minerals and licorice. This possesses a wonderful firm structure backed by round tannins that explode on to your palate. The finish is long and polished with loads of bright cherry flavors mixed with pretty florals. Needs a bit more time, but overall a gorgeous entry into the magnificent range of 2010s from the Conterno Family. (Best 2016-2030) - August, 2014 (JD) 93 POINTS Wine Specifications:Report Date: August, 2014 Suggested Price: $70 Drinking Window:…
  • ALDO CONTERNO Barolo 'Cicala' 2010

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The 2010 Aldo Conterno 'Cicala' looks as if it will be a late bloomer. Today, this offers pretty aromas of dried red berries, licorice, floral, wet stones and hint of spice. This is tightly wound and firmly structured around fine tannins. The elegant finish is long and chewy, with red berries and licorice leaving a lasting impression. By far, this is the least approachable of all that 2010s I have tasted from Aldo Conterno and will need some serious time, but that being said it is an age worthy wine that will thrive in the cellar for decades. (Best 2020-2037) - August, 2014 (JD)…
  • ALDO CONTERNO Barolo ‘Colonnello’ 2010

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The 2010 ‘Colonnello’ from Aldo Conterno is an absolutely stunning showing and clearly one of the best Barolo I have tasted so far in 2010. It immediately bursts with seductive aromas and flavors of dark cherries and ripe strawberries followed by tar, floral, sweet spices, licorice, mint and fresh minerals. This layered Barolo dazzles with its beautiful polished texture and amazing structure, which is balanced by gorgeous acidity that provides a remarkable sense of freshness all the way to the end. Red fruits and sweet spices continue to explode onto the finish where they turn dry and…
  • 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…
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  • cocktail friend: ginger mojito

    grapefriend
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is a really easy one, but worth sharing! Had this at Ana la Santa in Madrid and made up a recipe for it. Super refreshing cocktail for summer. For 4 mojitos: 20 fresh mint leaves 2 ounces simple syrup 8 ounces white rum 12 ounces ginger beer (or just sparkling water) juice of 8 limes 4 teaspoons, finely grated fresh … Continue reading →
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    grapefriend
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Dîner en Blanc happened this week in NYC, and is totally something you should know about if you like wine, the color white, and having a blast. It’s a massive invite-only dinner party, but for over 4,000 people. An hour before the dinner begins, the organizers send everyone invited an email with the address – … Continue reading →
  • bring in the north fork, bring in the funk

    grapefriend
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    I love hitting up emerging wine regions in the US. The North Fork is especially fun because you get to clock some relaxing water time, usually with some Croteaux rosé on deck (their sparkling Merlot rosé is especially delicious, though sold out). Once I was thoroughly soothed by the bay, it was off to wine country. … Continue reading →
  • bubbly boobs

    grapefriend
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Kate Moss recently collaborated with a British sculptor to create a Champagne glass modeled after her left breast. This is nothing new. The original “coupe” was said to be modeled after Marie Antoinette’s left breast (although some think it was after Madame Pompadour’s). 34 restaurant in London, where Kate had her 40th birthday lunch in … Continue reading →
  • throwback thursday: charlie’s angels sabrina swillin’

    grapefriend
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Killer 70s find! What do you think Sabrina was drinking – a little Whispering Angel, perhaps? Actually, I’m pretty sure Whispering Angel wasn’t around in the 70s nor is she drinking rosé so that’s really just a lame Angel joke. More likely it was Chablis or Blue Nun, which were popular whites back then. Despite … Continue reading →
 
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  • Fraud In The Wine Business

    Lou
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    The finale of a high-profile wine-fraud along with a review of the Barkan Assemblage Tzafit 2010 and a look at Irish Whiskies including a review of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  August 20, 2014   A few weeks ago, wine fraudster Rudy Kurnaiwan was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $20 million, according to The New York Times. The court also required him to pay more than $24 million in restitution to the victims of his elaborate wine forgery scheme. Once his prison sentence has been completed, Kurnaiwan…
  • Mix Wine Or Gin With Fruit And It’s Summertime

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

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

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

    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…
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  • Vapor Krave grand opening Saturday, February 8, 20...

    19 Jan 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Vapor Krave grand opening Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 250 NW Garden Valley Blvd. Ste. 3 in Roseburg, Oregon within the One Champion Plaza. Offering cutting edge Smoke Free Technology such as personal vaporizers (electronic cigarettes) with a great selection of USA made e-liquids and plenty of accessories. Vapor Krave will be offering espresso, local micro beers, local wines, soda’s, great snacks and a wonderful vaping experience. The oxygen bar will be icing on the cake for customers wanting to try something new. Vapor Krave is anything but traditional, and will be a great place to hang…
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    Shiraz here. Poignant cat pee smell. As a cat owner I cleaned the kitty litter box twice before google brought me here. Thanks for info. I will get through the bottle
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    Beautiful area of the countryWine was dreadful. I mean awful!!!
 
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    HoseMaster of Wine™

  • How to Be a Successful Sommelier

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Having the letters “M.S.” after your name doesn’t mean you’re a sommelier. A sommelier works in a restaurant. From the several dozen I’ve met, judging by their occupations, I was pretty sure “M.S.” stood for “Master Shill.” I, also, have letters after my name, letters I awarded myself for my particularly vast knowledge of wine, and who better to recognize that vast knowledge than me?, but the letters, “H.M.W.,” are often misunderstood. Most people assume “H.M.W.” stands for “HoseMaster of...
  • Thoughts on an Earthquake

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    My first thought after awakening to the news that the 6.0 earthquake in wine country was centered in Napa? Sounds like all those falling bricks will delay harvest… *** Earthquakes are a reminder, if we really need one, that we’re rather insignificant beings on this colossal planet. If we see Earth as a berry, humans are a kind of botrytis, an Ignoble Mold. We’ve spent a couple of hundred years of our Industrial Revolution trying to destroy Earth. It only makes sense that Earth is going to fight...
  • The HoseMaster's Guide to Wine Marketing

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

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

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The endless and tiresome debates about natural wine that are raging around the wine world finally convinced me that I should make it a point to not read Isabelle Legeron’s “Natural Wine,” and to review it blind. Reviewing a book without having read it is the only way to objectively analyze its content. It is no different than reviewing a wine blind. Actually reading “Natural Wine” would only bring my knowledge and experience into play, qualities that have no place at the reviewing stand. As in...
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  • Results are in for Global Traveler’s 2014 Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Competition

    epalmer
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Global Traveler has released the results of its 10th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Competition. This year there were twenty-four judges who participated in the blind tasting of airlines’ white, red and sparkling wines. The judges consisted of various wine trade: sommeliers, wine shop owners and winemakers. With twenty-nine airlines participating and providing over 126 samples for tasting and rating. The airlines are required to submit five different wines: two red wines; two white wines; and one sparkling wine/Champagne — to be eligible for the Best Overall International Business…
  • Champagne Thiénot Unveils Thiénot Brut Rosé

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

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

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

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

  • Farm-To-Table Dinner on Bannerman’s Island with Chefs’ Consortium

    Debbie
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Bannerman’s Island (as I know it) is a tiny island in the Hudson River just off  Route 9D outside Cold Spring, NY.  Driving by the island as a child it looked scary but I always wanted to know what the history of it was and why it was vacant and falling apart. The island’s actual name is Pollepel Island.  Legend has it that young girl named Polly Pell was rescued from the river landed on the shores of the island and the island was named after her. There have been 5 owners of the island before it was donated to the people of the State of New York.  The third…
  • New Wines and a Cider from Glorie Farm Winery

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

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

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

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

    Debbie Gioquindo
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    “This next song is appropriate for a brewery,” says the bow-tied singer. “It’s about Prohibition.”The Dixieland band—upright bass, banjo, clarinet, trumpet, drums, lots of bow ties—kicks into a ragtime number on the Captain Lawrence patio that features the frightful phrase “No more beer.”In fact, there’s plenty of beer in the garden—summer favorites like the Kolsch and the Liquid Gold, good-any-timers like the India Pale Ale, special small batches like Scott Tobin’s Whole Hop imperial IPA, brewed with whole warrior hops. Curt and Sally Schade of Irvington popped in…
  • Farm-To-Table Dinner on Bannerman's Island with Chefs' Consortium

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

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

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

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

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    Malkaz Jakeli plans to increase exports to EUby Paul Brian28.08.2014. Legend has it that 8,000 years ago wine was first invented in the small country of Georgia. Today, wine remains an important part of both the Georgian economy, and the Caucasus nation's sense of identity, with thousands of winemakers together typically producing more than 100 million bottles per year.Back on 27 June, many corks were popped for a celebratory drink when crowds of people took to the streets of the capital Tbilisi to celebrate Georgia signing a free trade agreement with the European Union.The deal means that…
  • Wine tourism prospects in Georgia

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    26.08.2014. The Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI) organized a Coffee and Conversation session on wine tourism for media professionals from various TV and Radio stations, newspapers and news agencies on August 20.The representatives from the Wine Association, Sommelier Association, Incoming Tour Operators' Association and wine producing companies spoke about Georgian wine tourism sector opportunities..Head of the Marketing Department at the National Wine Agency of Georgia, Irakli Cholobargia, said that the development of wine tourism in the country will promote a lot of small local…
  • Georgia hosts annual wine trading conference

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    26.08.2014. Wine traders from around the globe descended on Georgia to attend the yearly conference of World Wine Trade Group (WWTG).Georigan Minister of Agriculture Otar Danelia opened a plenary meeting of the WWTG at the Radisson Blu hotel today. The session was chaired by Deputy Minister of Agriculture Nodar kereselidze.The two-day event is being held in Tbilisi and will see experts in the wine industry discuss global issues related to wine trading.On August 27, conference participants will travel to Kakheti and explore the various wineries in the region."Today’s meeting is a very…
  • Orange wines a matter of taste

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    22.08.2014. One of us leads a neighborhood group in a monthly wine tasting and it's always fun to find new and different wines to try on a cozy group of eager oenophiles. Here, he can watch what wines have broad appeal and which get the silent treatment. At the end of the night, the preference is evident in how much is left in the bottles.The last adventure included more challenging wines than normal -- a fizzy white vinho verde from Portugal that was admittedly shallow and an orange wine from the Republic of Georgia. We were most curious to see the crowd reaction to the Georgian Vinoterra…
  • Georgian wine export statistics for 6 months

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    21.08.2014 (Hvino News). We have prepared the summary of Georgian wine export statistical data for 6 months in a graphic form.Georgian Wine Export Statistics For 6 Months Period, February – July 2014Data source: National Wine Agency of GeorgiaGraphs 2014 © Hvino News   |  DRINK GEORGIAN!    Georgian Wine Catalogue       To add this Search Box to your website,  click  here. Many designs are available.
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  • MasterChef SA Season 3 has extra special meaning for Franschhoek

    Franschhoek Wine Valley
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    MasterChef SA Season 3 has extra special meaning for Franschhoek in that it stars one of its own, none other than chef Reuben Riffel. A celebrity chef in his own right Reuben is recognised throughout the world and has cooked alongside the likes of other well-known foodies such as Martha Stewart. Growing up Reuben spent […]
  • Pair your wine with a touch of cardio

    winetimes
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    At the European Society of Cardiology Congress, researchers from the Czech Republic presented a first of its kind study in which they concluded that wine has its greatest cardiovascular benefits for those who exercise. “This is the first randomised trial comparing the effects of red and white wine on markers of atherosclerosis in people at […]
  • Zonnebloem Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2011 – 01.09.14

    Zonnebloem
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    The vineyards from which the Shiraz [87%], Mourvèdre [12%] and Viognier [1%] grapes are sourced have been in the families who produce grapes for Zonnebloem for sometimes up to three generations. Annelie Viljoen, Zonnebloem’s Viticulturist, looks after these vineyards with the producers in mainly trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch Kloof, Helderberg and Devon Valley, all in […]
  • Hello Chardonnay!

    De Grendel
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Ripe fresh citrus flavours. A creamy edge that adds depth from careful oaking which settles like a light silk scarf. A stunner.” This is just one of the rave reviews for our newly released De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2013, our first wine of origin Ceres Plateau. The fact that the grapes for our […]
  • DrinkMate Is A Tiny, Plug-In Breathalyzer For Android Devices

    winetimes
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Devices that plug into smartphones to augment the built-in sensors with additional smarts are continuing to make their way to market, many fueled by crowdfunding. Here’s another contender aiming to extend the capability of Android smartphones: a teeny breathalyzer called DrinkMate, currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter to make it to market by December.
 
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  • Best Wine of Summer 2014: Vin Santo di Montepulciano Occhio di Pernice Dolce Sinfonia 2004, Bindella

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Bindella, a well known winery of Montepulciano and mainly involved in the production of Vino Nobile, charms the senses of wine lovers with two extraordinary Vin Santo wines as well, both dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi. To the rare and prestigious Occhio di Pernice 2004 goes the title for the best wine for summer 2014: a monumental wine, an endless symphony of aromas and emotions.
  • Aglianico del Vulture told by Amilcare Grieco, Cantine del Notaio

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

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

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    31 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    Arnaldo Caprai winery - established in 1971 - has always believed in the remarkable potentials of Sagrantino, in particular when there were few in Montefalco committed to its production. With Marco Caprai, who is successfully running this extraordinary Umbrian winery since 1988, Sagrantino and Montefalco began a new journey and a new life to the conquer of the world. To the monumental Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni 2009 - emblem of the rebirth of this territory - goes the title of best wine of May 2014.
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  • Il Migliore Vino dell'Estate 2014: Vin Santo di Montepulciano Occhio di Pernice Dolce Sinfonia 2004, Bindella

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Bindella, nota cantina di Montepulciano e principalmente impegnata nella produzione di Vino Nobile, delizia i sensi degli appassionati anche con due straordinari Vin Santo, entrambi dedicati a Giuseppe Verdi. Al raro e prestigioso Occhio di Pernice 2004 abbiamo conferito il titolo di migliore vino per l'estate 2014: un grandissimo vino, un'infinita sinfonia di profumi ed emozioni.
  • L'Aglianico del Vulture raccontato da Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti, Cantine del Notaio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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…
 
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  • Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou 2013

    Qin Xie
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    The wine: Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou 2013 The producer: Famille Bougrier They say: Since 1885 and five generations, Family Bougrier selects the most beautiful raisins from our best terroirs, to offer you the nicest wines. We wish you great pleasure with our Loire Valley Wines. Very nice, fresh rosé with a vivid colour. Red fruits aromas very persistent. To drink chilled just for fun during the summer but as well with any spicy or Asian food. We say: Light salmon blush hue. Bags of strawberry notes with a touch of sweetness. Fruity, but reserved enough to be elegant. Light…
  • Vinisource – bulk wine production in Bergerac

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

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

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

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

    fwcadmin
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Bordeaux Wine Dinner Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux Wine Tasting & Dinner On Wednesday 24th September 2014 The Old House Hotel in Wickham is hosting a Bordeaux Wine Evening. This will be 9 Course French Tasting Menu with a specially selected Bordeaux wine to complement each course. There will be a pre-dinner wine tasting and talk from Roy Gillingham of The Fareham Wine Cellar who will be showing some great new wines from Chateau du Cros, Chateau Haut Mayne and Chateau Clos Bourbon as well as a fantastic dessert wine from Loupiac – you can read more about these wines here. Good Food…
  • Mouchao

    fwcadmin
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Mouchao Herdade do Mouchao Mouchao Tinto is the flagship wine from historic Alentejo wine estate of Herdade do Mouchao. The estate can trace its beginnings back to the early part of the 19th century when Thomas Reynolds moved to the Alentejo from Oporto to begin working in the cork industry. His grandson John Reynolds eventually purchased the 900 hectare Herdade do Mouchao estate and farmed, not only cork, but grapes for making wine. However, the first estate wine sold as coming from Mouchao was not eventually sold for the first time until 1954. Eventually the Richardson family came into…
  • Celler Cal Pla

    fwcadmin
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    Celler Cal Pla Celler Cal Pla Celler Cal Pla is based in the village of Porrera in the heart of the Priorat wine-growing region which itself is located in the south-west of Catalonia. Priorat is a designated as a Denomenacion de Origen Calificada (DOC), the highest category in Spanish wine law, and is one of only two regions granted this status, the other being Rioja. In Catalan it is known as Denominacio d’Origen Qualificada or DOQ, it is this that you will see on Priorat wine labels. Likewise Priorat is the Catalan spelling and Priorato is the Spanish spelling. After previous…
  • Chateau du Cros

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

    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.
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  • Hip Chicks Do Wine 2013 Müller-Thurgau, Umpqua Valley, $16

    Great Northwest Wine
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Laurie Lewis and Renee Neely are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their Portland winery this year, and their MT is a quaffer from Delfino Vineyard near Roseburg, Ore. This lot came off Sept. 13 at 22.5 Brix, and they left the wine off-dry at 2.6% residual sugar. The nose of baked pineapple, apple cider, apricot and lemon oil leads to straight-forward flavors of ripe pear and baked apple. Serve this well-chilled, and the chicks pair it with cream of asparagus soup, steamed prawns, spicy Asian noodle salad, gumbo, madrigal cheese, risotto with peas or crème brûlée. It’s available at…
  • Abacela 2013 Estate Viognier, Umpqua Valley, $25

    Great Northwest Wine
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Southern Oregon has no trouble ripening Rhône varieties, and Earl Jones’ Fault Line Vineyards annually shines with Syrah and Viognier. Last year’s harvest came Sept. 19, which was more than two weeks earlier than 2012, which set the table for fanciful aromas of cotton candy, pineapple, pear, Golden Delicious apple, lemon zest and candy corn. Inside, the structure is brisk and dry with flavors of Gala apple and dried apricot, backed by minerality and citrus pith. Rating: Recommended Production: 249 cases Alcohol: 14.9% Winery website The post Abacela 2013 Estate Viognier, Umpqua Valley,…
  • Claar Cellars 2012 White Bluffs Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15

    Great Northwest Wine
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Best Buy! Early adopters of sustainable farming practices, the Claar-Whitelatch family is proud to be one of Washington state’s first wineries to achieve L.I.V.E. and Salmon-Safe certification for its vineyard along the banks of the Columbia River north of the Tri-Cities. Their off-dry Riesling (2% residual sugar) — harvested Oct. 13 under the direction of winemaker Joe Hudon — carries notes of caramel apple, Bartlett pear, petrol and dandelion amid a structure that’s rich on the entry and shows nice acid balance in the finish. These wines are available in more than 20 states, their…
  • Miami Dolphins to feature Washington wines

    Andy Perdue
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Miami Dolphins fans will get the opportunity to savor Washington state wines this season, with on winery spotlighted during each home game. (Photo via Flickr/click for credit) MIAMI – Nine Washington wineries will be taking their talents to South Florida for the National Football League season. The wineries will be part of the “Eat This. Drink That. Go.” radio and television show at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. The wineries are: Waterbrook Winery in Walla Walla. Novelty Hill/Januik Winery in Woodinville. Corvus Cellars in Walla Walla. Canoe Ridge Vineyard in…
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $11

    Great Northwest Wine
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Best Buy! The state’s oldest winery also makes more Sauvignon Blanc than anyone else in the Pacific Northwest, and Wendy Stuckey continues to craft it in a bone-dry style that’s tremendous with fresh, regional cuisine. Grassy aromas include sweet lime, lemon juice and white pepper. That’s green and grassy theme continues on the palate with Granny Smith apple, lime peel and slate, backed by brisk acidity. Enjoy with this simple recipe for Grilled Wild King Salmon with Italian Salsa. Rating: Recommended Production: 175,455 cases Alcohol: 11% Winery website The post Chateau Ste. Michelle…
 
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  • What Makes a Good Wine Label

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Create a Personalized Wine Label to Remember By: Sharon Benton You are going to a wedding, a birthday party, or sponsoring a corporate event, and you are thinking about wine as a gift. Why not take the gift one step further with a personalized wine label? It’s fun to design your own label for that special occasion. The technical specifications are pretty straight forward—there are two label sizes depending on which wine you get. And it is very important that you the file you send to Northwest Cellars is at least a 300 dpi resolution JPG. That is referred to as a high resolution file. The…
  • 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…
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • Say Goodbye to Summer in SLO: Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

    CraigTG
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    A spectacularly fun way to say goodbye to the Summer of 2014 would be to indulge in the wine, food, and music of the Central California Coast at the action-packed Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast. Between September 25 and 28, this winner of the 2014 FAME Award for Best Epicurean Event offers four days of culinary immersion highlighting the beauty of the Central Coast locations and its active outdoor, farm-to-table lifestyle. Whether you have attended Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast before or not, this year’s program has plenty of activities to keep everyone interested, entertained and…
  • Wines (and Wineries) We’re Recommending in the Napa Valley Right Now

    CraigTG
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Do you need some Napa wine?  Over the last few weeks we’ve had the pleasure of attending the Napa Valley Wine Library Association Wine Tasting, the Mexican-American Vintners Association Harvest Festival, and the Family Winemakers of California Tasting, and we found many wines reinforcing Napa Valley’s world-class reputation for winemaking that are tasting particularly well right now.  In the wake of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake centered near the city of Napa on Sunday morning, we thought we’d recommend our favorite Napa Valley wines from these recent events and…
  • Excellent Wines from the Sonoma Coast: Favorites from the West of West Festival

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

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

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

    Rob Cohen
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yoleaux! Let me say it again . . . Yoleaux! That’s how I felt at this year’s Dîner en Blanc. In case you’re unaware of this annual event let me start by setting the scene. Every year over 4,000 people, eager with anticipation, prepare for the communal garden party. The rules are simple. You must dress in all white. You must provide your own table and chairs. You must bring your own food and libations. And most importantly, you must be ready to party. This being an event located in the fair city of New York, people don’t simply follow the rules, they embellish them. An amazing…
  • Wine Hack – Find A Wine Importer You Trust

    Adam Teeter
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Buying wine for almost everyone can be a relatively intimidating experience. Even if you possess a firm grasp on the grape, its regions and what wines you like and don’t, with all the wine on the market (millions and millions of labels) it can be tough to always feel like you’re picking a bottle you’re going to enjoy. This situation is what made Robert Parker and ratings so popular in the first place. Placing a number score on the bottle allowed wine drinkers to feel as if they had some sort of sense as to the quality of the juice in the bottle, but as Kermit Lynch, one of America’s…
  • Tipsy History: The Great Boom & The Epic Bust Of The Algerian Wine Industry

    Joshua Malin
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    When France seized Algeria as a colony in 1830, the country produced virtually no wine. Fifty years later, as Phylloxera ravaged French vineyards, plantings and production in Algeria soared. By the 1930s, Algeria had grown into the world’s largest exporter of wine, a title it largely held onto until 1962, when the French ceded control of the country. Over the next three decades production and exports gradually collapsed. How did a North African nation – where 80% of the land is desert – quickly grow into the world’s largest exporter of wine, only to vanish from the global markets a…
  • A Beginner’s Guide To Starting A Wine Club

    Naomi Firestone-Teeter
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Some years ago, a group of friends and I decided that while we loved wine, we knew far less about it than we should considering our rate of consumption. To remedy the situation, we decided to start a wine club — a casual get-together once a month where we would drink wine, enjoy a little food and bring together a mix of people from various social groups. This was the beginning of a love affair with wine. Looking back to our first wine club in a crammed living room in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, it’s one of my fondest memories of drinking wine. It was my gateway…
  • Five Mistakes You’re Making With Your Wine

    Adam Teeter
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We all make mistakes. While drinking wine isn’t difficult – you open a bottle, pour the wine in the glass and take a sip – there are several common mistakes many people make in the process. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are five of the most common mistakes people make with wine, and how to correct them. You’re Holding Your Wine Glass Wrong While it might be more comfortable and seem logical to hold your wine glass at the bottom of the bowl, doing so is actually not good for the wine. The reason wine glasses have stems in the first place is to avoid…
 
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  • Greg Lambrecht of Coravin: How To Enjoy Wine Without Removing The Cork

    Jameson Fink
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    When it comes to technology and wine, sometimes I can be a bit of a Luddite. But Greg Lambrecht, inventor of the Coravin, has me preaching the gospel of progress and innovation. Why? How? Well check out this pictured bottle of wine that I tasted. First of all, it’s a fantastic wine. Meursault is a region [...]
  • 10 Must-See YouTube Videos About Wine

    Jameson Fink
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Over on Grape Collective I hand-picked 10 YouTube videos about wine for your viewing pleasure. Here are my thoughts on the clip that gets things started, “The Wine Magician”: The first thing you’ll notice about this video is Victor Watel (aka Panteros666) talking about esoteric winemaking, cosmic rhythms, and obscure druidic methods. Or maybe his [...]
  • Riesling Rules: Three Bottles, Three Countries

    Jameson Fink
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Can we send you three bottles of Riesling? Uh, YOU BET! Three samples of the Best White Wine on Earth arrived for my consideration and, specifically, for a twitter tasting known as #winechat that takes place every Thursday from 6-7pm PST. The three contenders? Kamptal, Austria: Brandl Riesling 2011 Alsace, France: Paul Blanck & Fils Riesling [...]
  • Pairing White Wine With Steak

    Jameson Fink
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the many things I love about Dabble Magazine is that my ace editor lets me get a little wild with the pairings. I can do things I dared never dream, like suggesting white wine with steak. Yup, you read that correctly. Well, ok the dish is actually steak in in raw form aka [...]
  • Le Caviste: Behind the Scenes of a Seattle Wine Bar

    Jameson Fink
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Are you in Seattle right now? Downtown? Excellent. Head to Le Caviste and get some vino. It’s a totally fantastic wine bar. And since I get the privilege of yammering with owner David Butler while he works, I thought I’d give him a chance to talk in the pre-opening hours about his place on my [...]
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  • What’s New is What You Can’t See!

    Vegas Wineaux
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's based on a scale that I can hang with; the usual wine rating systems award 50 points just for being wine. So if the wine really stinks, it still gets 50 points!
  • Growing Up and New Changes

    Vegas Wineaux
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    I hope to be able to unveil the new look on August 31, leaving the Labor Day morning for tweaking and then barbecuing later. Of course!
  • Pinot Noir, Typicity, and Dog Shows. A Rant.

    Vegas Wineaux
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    But when a pet quality wine being touted as a potential Best In Show winner, then something has gone awry somewhere.
  • What To Do with Leftover Wine

    Vegas Wineaux
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Oh stop the screaming. There are those of us who can't suck down an entire bottle of wine in one night!
  • Today’s Tasting Note: 2013 Verdeo from Torres

    Vegas Wineaux
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Yum! Okay, let me elaborate. As you may have noticed, I've been reviewing quite a few white wines (for me) this summer.
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  • Glossary of Important Wine Terms You Should Know

    Melissa Hardman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    The world of wine includes an array of terminology. The following glossary of wine terms will make it easy to understand wine. Acidity – A natural component in all wines, it is the perceived level of sharpness and is an important element in a wine’s longevity. Aeration – The deliberate action of adding oxygen to […]
  • From Vineyards to Tables – The History of Wine

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

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

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

    Melissa Hardman
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    For an entertaining introduction to chemistry, show your friends that it’s possible to transform water into wine, wine into milk, and milk into beer. While you can’t actually drink any of the substances, you will marvel at how completely the fluid can change in appearance. The basic experiment starts with a glass of simple water, […]
 
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  • Inc. 500 Social Media Use Up, Twitter Seen As Tops In Sales

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    By Lewis Perdue Click images to enlarge. Source: UMass/Dartmouth The 2013 Inc. 500 and Social MediaRead more here:: Wine Industry InsightThe post Inc. 500 Social Media Use Up, Twitter Seen As Tops In Sales appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Assistant Manager - Goodwin & Associates - King of Prussia, PA

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    exciting cuisine from a scratch kitchen, hand crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list? We are searching for a dedicated and passionate Assistant Manager… $52,000 a year From Goodwin & Associates – 02 Sep 2014 01:01:26 GMT – View all King of Prussia jobsRead more here:: WIne Jobs via IndeedThe post Assistant Manager - Goodwin & Associates - King of Prussia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Alpen Wine Fest, 2014

    Wine School
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Sunday August 31st was the 26th annual Alpen Wine Fest at Squaw Valley. Thirty-Eight wineries were represented. As one would expect most of the wineries were from Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coast of California, although there were some wineries visiting …Read more here:: wine newsThe post Alpen Wine Fest, 2014 appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Regular Exercise Maximizes Health Benefits of Wine

    Wine School
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    A lot has been talked about the benefits of consuming wine. Earlier studies have indicated that red and white wine increases the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol. Resveratrol, a type of antioxidant found in red wine, has been …Read more here:: wine newsThe post Regular Exercise Maximizes Health Benefits of Wine appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Warming, decanting and swirling: do they make wine taste better?

    Wine School
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you inspect the appearance of a wine before swirling it around the glass (holding the stem, naturally)? Inhale deeply while describing the flamboyant nature of your Shiraz? Do you do that slurpy thing that some love but others loathe? Or maybe you just …Read more here:: wine newsThe post Warming, decanting and swirling: do they make wine taste better? appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
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  • 3 Steps to Buy Wine the Right Way

    Marketing Manager
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    It’s back to school time everyone!  In honor of this most scholastic of seasons we will bring you a “Back to Wine School” series of super informative (and fun) blog posts.  Buying wine should be easy, right? Go to store, find a bottle, pay and drink. Actually wait that doesn’t sound easy, that sounds like a real pain in the neck. The reality is that there is a difference between simply buying a wine and buying wine well. Here’s how. 1. Learn your palate – drink while you read! You probably know this one already, you smart, inquisitive wine drinker, you!
  • Cheap Wine Cheat Sheet: Your Guide to Good Inexpensive Wines

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

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

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

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

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    In the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, the Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit trade association with 500 members, has pledged $10 million to create a Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund to help the hundreds of local residents and businesses impacted by the August 24 earthquake.  Individuals and businesses from American Canyon north to Calistoga are eligible for assistance. Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) will administer the disaster relief fund.   So where did this large sum of money come from?  For more than 30 years, Napa Valley Vintners have held an annual…
  • Napa Valley Open for Tourism

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    27 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Do not put plans on hold for visiting the Valley’s many attractions over Labor Day and the following weeks of crush.  Napa Valley is open for business.   Tasting rooms are open, restaurants are serving their splendid food, and hotels are geared up to welcome you.  Parts of downtown Napa were hit hard and many historic buildings suffered damage, but we checked with Visit Napa Valley and the City of Napa and the word is “come on over”.   The best web site for information is www.visitnapavalley.com for lists of wineries, restaurants, shopping, spas, bike trails, golf, etc.,…
  • Wine Industry Coming Together in Napa Valley

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    26 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Winemakers are always ready to help fellow winemakers in times of crisis and the “Wine Country Earthquake” as it has been dubbed, is no exception.  The well-organized and efficient staff of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is gathering information and coordinating assistance for its 500 members.  Information is still coming in regarding wine losses and damage to equipment, but with harvest just starting, NVV will have resources available to secure temporary tanks and other production equipment to help them get through the next few weeks.   Collaboration is the name of the game in the…
  • Unintended Consequences

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    25 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Government is good at creating unintended consequences.   Recently the state of Maryland made it illegal to sell grain alcohol that is 190 proof or more (95% abv).  University presidents felt is led to sexual assaults and binge drinking, bad things that they wanted to reduce.  That’s reasonable.   However, now life is difficult for violinists in the state.  They use 190 proof alcohol to make varnishes to restore their instruments.  Their supplier of choice is Everclear sold by Luxco.  They can’t switch to 150 proof because of the water content.  Seems that cake bakers use…
  • Learn Winemaking Secrets and Techniques

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    25 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Columbia Crest Winery, set high above the Columbia River in Paterson, Washington, has a very clever program for its Cabernet Sauvignon.  The 2014 vintage will be Crowdsourced Cabernet.  What a great opportunity for neophytes and nerds alike!  Here’s your chance to be a part of the whole production from harvesting, to sorting, to barrel, to bottle.  With the gentle guidance of winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca, you and your fellow crowdsourcers can make the decisions facing winemakers every day.  It’s a challenge but a great learning experience, rewarding and fun.  Imagine serving a bottle…
 
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  • Five wine destinations I could visit over and over again

    Chrissie
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    When it comes to travel I’m always torn between revisiting old favourites and the potential of new discoveries. But some places leave more of an impression than others; towns, regions or countries that I could visit over and over again. By pure coincidence, of course, these just happen to be wine destinations as well! Here [...] The post Five wine destinations I could visit over and over again appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • IGP Vineyards of the Alpes Maritimes

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

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

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

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