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  • Having Wine Before Bed – 5 Things You Need to Know! - Wine Club Reviews
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Glutamine! Wait, what? What the heck is glutamine? Well, it’s an amino acid that your body naturally produces. So what, you might be thinking…Get to the point. Okay, fine. When you drink alcohol of any kind, your body stops/slows the production of glutamine, then when sleeping, your body scrambles to replace the glutamine and ramping up this production causes restless sleep since glutamine is technically a stimulant.Does this mean you should cut out the nightcap? Well, if you feel tired, groggy, less focused, then DUH, yeah. But once in awhile isn’t a big deal in my opinion.
  • You Get a 100 Points! And You Get a 100 Points! And YOU Get a 100 Points!

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

    This Vine Life
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    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    By JustinOne of the interesting facts about downtown Lodi, CA is that there is an underground tunnel system that connects many of the bars, stores and restaurants together. In studying the history of Lodi, I've learned that these tunnels were in place to move alcohol underground during Prohibition between 1920 - 1933. Today, secret sidewalk access points are still used to give easy access to delivery of goods to these bars, restaurants and stores. Pretty interesting stuff!During Prohibition, Lodi was the supplier of grapes for wine that would be produced in Chicago.
  • Top Pacific Northwest Wine Blogs

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    14 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    By Robert Hoyt The Pacific Northwest has long been hailed a very special destination for wine lovers. With such a vast geography and difference in terrain, the pacific northwest is a wine world unto itself. So how does one go about accessing all this great wine? How do we hear about it? How do we get there? Luckily, there are a number of excellent resources for every level of wine enthusiast. To save you research time, we’ve put together this list of the top Northwest Wine blogs. Each publication offers a slightly different look into this world of wine, but each one is an invaluable…
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  • The Wines of Chablis – with Domaine Laroche

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

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

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

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

    GrapeRadio Bunch
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    When one hears the name Malibu, one usually thinks about surfing, the beach, and fun in the sun. But, if you’re into wine, the sight of the Malibu Hills can cause your mind to wander and begin thinking about grapevines. That’s what happened to Elliott Dolin. Elliott and his wife bought the property in 2001, and began renovating it. When it came to landscaping decisions, they noticed other vineyards in the area. So, the idea of a garden morphed in something much bigger. After planting 900 vines of Dijon clone Chardonnay in 2006 on an acre overlooking the Pacific, they were off and…
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    Vinography: A Wine Blog

  • Vinography Images: Rain at Last

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Rain at Last A double rainbow frames Sonoma county vineyards. Northern California finally got a good rainstorm this week. We still desperately need more, but it was a good start. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS:…
  • The Mysterious Art of Selling Direct

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    A good friend of mine was recently given the opportunity to join the most exclusive club in the world of wine: the individuals who get a chance to purchase the wines of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti directly from the estate. And how did this young lady pull off a feat that almost anyone in the wine world might have considered undergoing a minor amputation in order to receive? She doesn't know. She just happened to sit next to the correct person at a dinner party and the next thing she knew, she was an insider. Despite my friend's remarkable story, places on the DRC allocation list have…
  • Critical Consolidation in Wine

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Antonio Galloni announced today the acquisition of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, as reported on Forbes.Com. The acquisition will involve a merger of the IWC, it's staff and content with Galloni's own Vinous platform. This move represents a new dynamic in the wine criticism landscape. Up until this point Robert Parker's Wine Advocate was the only outlet for wine criticism that had grown through acquisition. By bringing on writers, many of whom had their own smaller niche publications such as Galloni's Piedmont Report, Parker significantly increased both his breadth and depth of…
  • What Has California Got Against Wineries?

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    I promise I'm not going to turn this web site into the California Wine Law Blog, but for Pete's sake, it seems like California law has suddenly turned on one of it's largest economic players. First it was the utterly ridiculous Proposition 65 madness that is letting rogue legal groups all but extort money from wineries. Then it was enforcement of a law basically designed to prevent abusive labor practices against wineries letting their customers volunteer to work at harvest. Now it's threatening to take away the liquor licenses of wineries (and a few breweries) because they're re-tweeting…
  • Dirty Money for a Legendary Brand

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I've been out of the country and away from most sources of news for the past week. For instance I'm just now hearing about some comet or other that we're busy invading. But now that I've crawled out from under my rock, I'm shocked to learn that the Australian mob seems to be buying Peter Lehmann wines. I returned from my trip to Portugal to find two sets of news stories in my inbox. The first was the shocking news that one of the three Casella brothers running Yellow Tail wines in Australia had been arrested on drug trafficking charges. More specifically, Marcello Casella has been charged…
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  • Thoughts After A Decade of Wine Blogging

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

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

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

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

    Tom Wark
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    I’ve been accused, unfairly, of mocking Mormons. What I’ve actually done is mock citizens and lawmakers in Utah. I’m certain there is a difference. However, with the release of this new poll, I will refrain from mocking Utah citizens and simply focus on lawmakers. It appears that a new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of those polled favor taking down the “Zion Curtain” that, by law, must separate bartenders from patrons in restaurants. The purpose of the Zion Curtain is to curtain excessive drinking. I’m not joking. The reasoning goes like this: the very…
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    Intoxicating Prose

  • TRAVEL: Terminal Dining

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

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

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

    Douglas Blyde
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    'I WORKED in bars since age 17, beginning at “The Rock Garden”, Auckland. When the Whitbread Round The World yachts docked, I drudged through double shifts. But, even on a rare morning off, my boss still summoned me in. “Dude, I just worked a week which destroyed me,” I protested. “Just trust me – come,” he urged. When I got in, U2 was singing “Where The Streets Have No Name”. Despite my exhaustion, I remember thinking I had the world’s coolest job...' Read at Harper's >
  • RESTAURANTS: The Salmon

    Douglas Blyde
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Designer, Afroditi Krassa's inaugural issue of newspaper, The Salmon asks, 'If Chefs Are The New Rockstars, Why Is Fine Dining So Un-Rock ‘n’ Roll?' It also features an interview with me (p. 13). Read The Salmon >
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  • Congratulations Portugal: You made ‘the list’ – Now what?

    Ryan Opaz
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    The Downfall of Lists I hate lists!! Maybe because my “Todo” list is perpetually longer than my “Completed” list, which is never good; but every year, as winter approaches, various magazines, websites and media outlets assault us with “Top X” lists. Wine Spectator has long held the “list of all lists” for the wine world: The Top 100 Wines, which annually leads to retail havoc around this time of the year. Wines that have been pushed for eons as “great deals” now fly off the rack because some expert located in some random part of…
  • 6 Tips to Guarantee Fresh and Delicious Olive Oil

    Guest Blogger
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    There isn’t a home or professional kitchen in Spain that doesn’t stock olive oil. Its omnipresence is ubiquitous. Similar to the French passion for butter, we adore this unctuous, golden liquid! One of the best ways to experience Spanish oil is during breakfast. While a sweet pastry is still appreciated, most of us are unconditionally loyal to “Pan, Aceite y Jamón”. Fresh bread, olive oil and cured jam is my adoring start of the day; and while I occasionally substitute jamón with cheese, tuna or an omelette, bread and olive oil are irreplaceable. And believe me,…
  • Friday Feature Photo: A Ripple in Time (Praia da Barra – Aveiro)

    Gabriella Opaz
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:34 am
    Photographer: Rui Santos Costa Capture Date: January 2013 Location: Praia da Barra – Aveiro (Portugal) About: This photo was made during Winter time, at the end of January, 2013. By then I was still an IT consultant and business owner but photography already played a very important role in my life. A few months later, June that year, I decided I would like to go pro. So I went and things couldn’t go better. Water, clouds or any other subject that may be affected by wind are normally a good target for my lenses as I tend to prefer daytime long-exposure photography. This photo…
  • Portuguese Recipe: Caldo Verde Soup

    Gabriella Opaz
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Ever notice how eating green cuisine automatically makes you feel healthy? There’s something psychologically and emotionally satisfying about it, where your body convinces itself that you’ve done the equivalent to fasting for a week, while abstaining from all stimulants and depressants. Mind you, we’re not talking the medicinal version of green, also known as penicillin, but rather the hearty green, consisting of exotic words like: kale, cabbage, spinach and broccoli. On cold winter days, I’m prone to crave an enormous bowl of Caldo Verde, chock full of kale,…
  • Barcelona: The Gastronomic Rebirth of Gin and Cabaret

    Gabriella Opaz
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    The leaves tumble across the worn sidewalk tiles. They gather against the buildings and huddle together in small corners. Jacket collars are turned up against the fierce wind that blows mercilessly down the long open avenue called Paral·lel. Bright florescent lights shine on the marquees announcing the latest shows, but the theaters stand empty–almost abandoned. No one waits in line. The old windmill stopped turning a while back. It is winter in Barcelona, an anomaly of sorts.  It is difficult to believe, but this nondescript strip of road was at one time a lively boulevard soaked in…
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  • Meet Roy Welland who is selling $15 million of wine

    Dr. Vino
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Roy Welland is a big-time collector. It’s well known that his collection served as the core of the restaurant CRU, which he owned. But it’s not well known that his collection also helped out Alinea when they first opened. That’s one of the many interesting tidbits I learned when I talked to Welland before the first part of his two-part auction. That first tranche fetched $6.6 million versus an estimate of $5.3 million. The second portion hits the block today and tomorrow in LA. So it’s a good a time as ever to point you to the piece I contributed to wine-searcher. The…
  • Yellow Tail founder faces charges in drug ring

    Dr. Vino
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    One of the founders of Yellow Tail wine has been charged with involvement in a drug ring. For the details, we cut to this from the crime editor of the Sydney Morning Herald: Marcello Casella, the youngest brother in Australia’s largest family-owned winery, Casella Wines, is alleged to be part of the criminal syndicate that produced, distributed and sold commercial quantities of cannabis and methylamphetamine throughout southern NSW… Police first raided a property linked to Mr Casella just outside Griffith, a town long synonymous with marijuana cultivation, in February. He was…
  • RT this: Winery tweet jeopardizes license

    Dr. Vino
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Here’s today’s bit of wine law crazee: back in June, the Sacramento Visitor and Convention Center tweeted a link to a local supermarket’s annual consumer tasting, which has over 300 local wineries (and many breweries) pouring their wares. One participating winery’s account on Twitter retweeted that tweet. And now, they are getting rapped on the knuckles by the Cal ABC, the state’s liquor regulatory authority. A chill has since frozen the fingers tapping out winery tweets across the Golden State. If a winery’s license could be jeopardized by a generic…
  • Barolo in the spotlight: Barolo Boys and Barolo & Barbaresco

    Dr. Vino
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Some of the protagonists of “Barolo Boys” (L to R): Elio Altare, Domenico Clerico, Chiara Boschis, Marco de Grazia. In 1983, a chainsaw echoed across the hills of the Barolo region. No humans were harmed in this Barolo massacre: Elio Altare took a chainsaw into the cellar of his family’s winery and cut up the large botti, or large wooden casks, often leaky and fetid, that his father used. He brought in barriques, the small wooden barrels more frequently seen at that time in Burgundy or Bordeaux. His father subsequently disinherited him. This dramatic rupture with the past is…
  • The box wine Mark Cuban spent $1 million on

    Dr. Vino
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Box wine made an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank last Friday. And like blood in the water, this startup had the sharks in a feeding frenzy with all five sharks bidding (or trying to bid). Before wine enthusiasts get too excited, it’s worth noting that the beverage is more wine-arita than winery. Let’s break it down. Called Beatbox wines, it comes in a box styled as a beatbox. Nice! Two 5-liter boxes sell on their site for $64.99, which comes out to the equivalent of about $5 a bottle. So they’ve got the value pricing covered. And now, the content: this…
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    Spirit of Wine

  • Review: ***+ $ F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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

    16 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Cascabel Compose. Original tasting and review : This is Cascabel Compose Mourvedre Syrah, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2011, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in November, 2014.In the glass: Deep brick red and magenta, opaque in the center.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, red and lightly eucalyptus fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be gentle and soft fruity.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact somewhat as…
  • Review: ***+ $ Nugan Estate Frasca's Lane Vineyard Chardonnay, King Valley, Australia, 2010 = BEST VALUE

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Nugan Estate Frasca's Lane Vineyard Chardonnay. Original tasting and review : This is Nugan Estate Frasca's Lane Vineyard Chardonnay, King Valley, Australia, 2010, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled four years from vintage date, in November, 2014.In the glass: Light yellow gold.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean bright grasses and some creaminess.  From the aroma, seems like this will be lightly sweet, full and layered. On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact…
  • Review: **** $$ Nugan Estate Parish Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2008 = BEST VALUE

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Nugan Estate Parish Vineyard McLaren Vale Shiraz. Original tasting and review : This is Nugan Estate Parish Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2008, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled six years from vintage date, in November, 2014.In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque from a half inch in.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, furry deep black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fat and yet fresh.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact…
  • Review: ***+ $ Miguel Torres Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Rose Reserva, Central Valley, Chile, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Rose. Original tasting and review : This is Miguel Torres Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Rose Reserva,  Central Valley, Chile, 2012, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in November, 2014.In the glass: Light ruby and brick red.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, yet just slightly funky red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be playful and real.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in…
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  • Absolutely Cracking Wines From France

    Andrew Barrow
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    Absolutely Cracking Wines From France Perhaps you caught Anthony Rose’s article in the Independent the other day (15th November)? He made it to the Absolutely Cracking Wines From France tasting, a tasting I sadly couldn’t get to. The event offers one of the more interesting line-ups of wines as the list is drawn up by a mix of 40 or so wine journalists and 29 sommeliers. Each is able to pick three wines from France one each from the three categories – House Wines Under £10, Hidden Gems in the £10-£16 bracket and Classics at £16-£30. In the article Rose details a…
  • Nickel Above The Dollar Cocktail Recipe

    Andrew Barrow
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:20 am
    Nickel Above The Dollar Cocktail Recipe It was only open for two days – a pop-up Tanqueray experience at Six Fitzroy Square, off Warren Street in London. Top notch Tanqueray cocktails served by a good looking bunch of hipster mixologists, songs from the 1920’s and 1930’s sung by Acantha Lang, canapés, digital artist Sophie Barton creating personalised illustrations – and so much more that I didn’t see. The Tanqueray Drawing Rooms pop-up was one part of the #TanquerayThursdays series; an evolving weekly guide to the top ten coolest Thursday night experiences in…
  • Beer 52 The Craft Beer Discovery Club

    Andrew Barrow
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Beer 52 The Craft Beer Discovery Club Its official I’m wined out. Over two weeks of non-stop wine tasting, wine dinners and wine drinking and I am in need of a beer. Just occasionally I fancy a beer. In a pub with a ‘white wine’ or a ‘red wine’ gathering dust at the back of the bar? Then it is to the ale one must go. After the last two weeks of pretty intensive wine tasting/travel followed by a wine dinner for Naked Wines Archangels I was pretty much wined out. A beer was needed. Beer52 sent over a mix case of beer just before my travels. A cursory glance and they looked interesting…
  • Chablis Wineries: Wine Barrels At Jean-Marc Brocard

    Andrew Barrow
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    Chablis Wineries: Wine Barrels At Jean-Marc Brocard To be honest after awhile oak wine barrels loose their attraction. Multiple winery visits in the space of a few days and all the cellars, all the bottling lines and all the wine barrels begin to look the same. You could enliven the interest by asking questions relating to the origin of the oak or the amount of toast given (‘toast’ being the charring inside the barrel) or by putting the photographers hat on you could look for an alternative view – just how do you make the umpteenth wine barrel look vaguely interesting and…
  • The Wines of Artemayor

    Andrew Barrow
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    The Wines of Artemayor Surrounded as we were by old railway carriages, great hulking bruts of steam engines and a more delicate vernacular train, just about made this wine tasting location perhaps the most unique ever. Here we were at day 4 of an in-depth investigation into the 50 Great Cavas of 2014 in a railway museum, just outside Barcelona tasting wines. Great fun. It helped having some decent wines to taste too. Step forward Artemayor that, in addition to a couple of fine cavas showed some still wines too. First up Cava Artemayor Brut Nature (Brut Nature being the driest style of cava…
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    Snooth Blog

  • Site Maintenance

    11 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Hello Snooth members. We are going to be performing scheduled server maintenance tonight from 2AM ET to around 4AM ET. Please excuse the service interruption. We’ll be back as soon as we can.
  • Launches New Wine and Experiences Site

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Snooth launches service to bring consumers and wineries closer NEW YORK, NY (October 21, 2014) —, the largest online wine community, has launched a unique, new wine offers and experiences site called “The Cellar by Snooth”. Since its debut in 2007 Snooth’s goal has been to make wine discovery easier and more fun for consumers while helping wine brands connect with a wider audience. With a wide array of reviews, products, images and prices, Snooth members are able to search and shop for wines from the comfort of their living rooms. Today Snooth takes a step forward in…
  • 5 Snooth Resolutions

    3 Jan 2014 | 9:07 am
    As many of us do, I spent some time reflecting on the past year. I thought specifically about what we here at Snooth should carry forward into 2014 and what we should leave behind. The best way to stick to these resolutions is to write them down. And an even better way is to post them publicly where others can read them. I put a note on my calendar to read this post every month this year, so I will come back to these ideas and check our progress. 1. Release an exciting new product. This one is a bit of a teaser — we’re already hard at work on said new exciting product. I’m…
  • Springpad Partners with Snooth to Help Foodies Find the Perfect Wine

    21 Aug 2012 | 7:03 am
    Snooth-powered wine pairings automatically enhance recipes and Snooth Wine Mentors engage with Springpad’s thriving foodie community BOSTON, MA and NEW YORK, NY (August 21, 2012) – Springpad, the smart notebook app that makes it easy for more than 3.5 million users to save and share what’s important to them, has partnered with Snooth, the most comprehensive wine resource on the web, to engage with food and wine lovers on Springpad in new and meaningful ways. Recipes saved to Springpad will now be enhanced with expert wine pairings recommended by Snooth, and Snooth’s Wine Mentors…
  • Wine Buyer’s Guide Puts Emphasis on Grapes

    2 Aug 2012 | 1:38 pm
    Snooth launches a digital wine magazine available on any device NEW YORK, NY (August 1, 2012) —, the largest online wine community, will launch the latest edition of a new digital magazine called “Wine Buyer’s Guide” in partnership with Nomad Editions. Each digital issue will be singularly focused on a specific type of grape. The issue will highlight where the grape grows best, trip itineraries to those regions, top wine producers, great food pairings, and nearly 100 tasting notes of individual wines at various price points to guide both wine novices and…
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    Confessions of a Wino

  • DWCC 2014 – wine is a business

    Alastair Bathgate
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    What can the home of cuckoo clocks, chocolate and jazz festivals teach us about wine? Quite a lot actually, as long as you are registered and currently attending the Digital Wine Communications Conference in Montreux. Currently Greg Lambrecht, founder of Coravin, is reminding everyone that the wine industry is a business. There needs to be an unmet need for new inventions. Greg’s story started in the world of medicine which gave him a different take on wine. His entrepreneurial drive got him through tough events and he did it by focussing on the customer. Coravin is now a very…
  • 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…
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    Wine Conversation

  • Naked Wines’ Latest Marketing Campaign a bit See-Through?

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    I just received the latest email marketing campaign from Naked Wines (the UK office – now that they have a presence in the US and Australia this probably needs to be stated), and I’m a little disappointed. I’ve always thought highly of their marketing savvy. The move to rate wines not by stars or points, but simply by whether you would buy the wine again, was genius. No matter what you thought of the actual wine range, they managed to connect with the audience they were targeting, and speak to them in a positive way, involve them in the business, and create a strong user…
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  • Arbios Vertical Cab Sauvignon Case

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    We're pretty excited about thisThis Arbios Cellars Vertical might just get you HORIZONTAL!(Woot writer springs from seat, high-fives self, and shoots a round robin of finger-gun gestures at co-workers before sprinting into the hall - arms flailing overhead - circling the corridors with a "WOOOOOO!," and returning to their desk, pumping fists dramatically.) (Hands on hips, catches breath, clears throat.) "Please drink responsibly."
  • Denier-Handal Dry Creek Valley Red (4)

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A drink in the clink"What's your deal, Denier-Handal? Talk!""I ain't gotta tell you nothin', pig. I want my lawyer." "Your lawyer can't help you, kid. You're going down. What I wanna know is, are gonna go down smooth? Or are you gonna be astringent? Are you cloying? Oaky? What are your acid levels?" "Get your hands off me! This is sommelier brutality!" "Look, kid. You've gotta be, what? Three years old? You haven't even hit your peak. I know you're bright. You're rich. You're round. You have rustic tannins and a jammy aftertaste. Right? Am I right?" "You don't know me!" "It doesn't have be to…
  • Stack N Go Vino Wine Glasses (6)

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Say, Jeeves ...Great for picnics and tailgating! "Can you recommend something that pairs well with cheese hats?"
  • Haywood Estate Winery Mixed Case

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    HaaaayMake Haywood The Sun ShinesHaywood you say you enjoy wine? Haywood you like to get some premium California reds? Haywood you like to pay a ridiculously low price for them? Haywood you enjoy a case containing the 2009 Los Chamizal Zin, Primitivo, and 2010 Terra Red? Haywood you like us to quit milking this ridiculous joke?
  • Hansen Cellars Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon (6)

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Oh, no! That thing we had sold out! So out of our desperate attempt to be rich love for giving you options, we've added a bonus sale for today. Consider it a gift to us from your wallet to all of you who were hoping for something like this. This is your chance to help us look good to our bosses get a little something for yourself, okay? Thank you You're welcome.Drink this: To make life tolerable. This wine grants its owner: Briefly enhanced understanding of geopolitical nuances. Rejected Names for this Product Include: Charisma Juice. On this product's car, there…
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    1 Wine Dude

  • Burdened With Glorious Purpose (Livio Felluga Terre Alte 2011)

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s been a while since I bitched and moaned about tasting (okay, and drinking) wines long before “their time.” So I think we can both agree that I am due for a repeat. The trouble is, in the words of Loki, “I am burdened with glorious purpose!” when it comes to wine criticism. Generally, I’m supposed to taste vino, ascertain where it sits on the quality spectrum from worst to best in the world, taking into account where it’s from, what it’s made of, and when it was crafted, and guessing at the intentions of those who made it, then make a determination of a recommendation (or…
  • Pucker Up (Talking Tannins For Publix Grape Magazine Winter 2014)

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Winter is nigh (sorry, peeps, face into it), bringing with it the 2014 Winter edition of Publix Grape Magazine. I’m still fortunate enough to be penning items for Grape, including this time out several wine pairing write-ups, including desserts and other seasonal recipes. So, if you’re hankering to know what supermarket wines might pair up with a Double Apple Crisp with Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce, or Squash & Lentil Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette, you’ll want to head over to one of their locations and check out the issue (try not to drool over the food porn too much, okay?). For…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 17, 2014

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 11 Szent Tamas 3909 (Tokaji): This zip code is an…
  • Northbound Pachyderm (Tasting Claypool Cellars, Cobb, And LaRue 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinots)

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A note to musically-inclined wine people: if you help the nice folks at Claypool Cellars folks pick their consulting winemaker, eventually you’ll get to hang backstage at kick-ass Primus concerts. And while that might at first sound like a raging conflict of interest, I suppose it’s worth noting that a) that hasn’t stopped me from telling them how I think the wines could be improved, and b) I didn’t charge them any consulting fees (so maybe we’re just about even, actually). Anyway, long-time 1WD faithful will know that we’ve been following the career of Claypool Cellars (founded…
  • Wine’s Quiet Hypocrisy

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    For some reason (maybe I look trustworthy?), I’ve had a disproportionately large number of conversations with winemakers in which they divulge to me that they are upset about a myth/misunderstanding/half-truth/whatever being perpetuated by members of the wine media. This could be things such as - 1) inaccuracies regarding long-held notions about a growing region, or 2) the supposedly (but grossly oversimplified ) poor performance of an overall vintage or a particular grape in a particular place, or 3) someone getting the historical facts about a producer’s or region’s history wrong,…
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    Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman

  • It's finally here. What took you so long? Wines of the Walla Walla Valley: A Deep Rooted History

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

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

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

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    When I chose to return to blogging about wine, one of the plans was to mix it up a bit. While I will continue to write as much as possible about Walla Walla and her wines, I want to shake things up a bit by writing about wines that are not from Walla Walla ...So let's start with a California wine, shall we? An affordable little wine, but from a winery with a long history and European roots - Michel-Schlumberger. The first vines were planted on what is now Michel-Schlumberger Benchland Estate in 1979, by Jean-Jacques Michel, a native of Switzerland. In 1991, Jacques Pierre…
  • A Grenache That Liked Me: Maison Bleue Winery

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In France, it is known as Grenache. In Spain, it is Garnacha. Cannonau is the synonym it's referred to on the island of Sardinia. In the 19th century this spicy berry-flavored red grape, with notes of pepper and spice, found its way to California, more than likely from Europe. It was mostly planted in the San Joaquin Valley, where it was mainly used as a blending grape for sweet jug wines. Grenache finally hitchhiked its way up north to Washington State where it made its appearance in Yakima, around 1966. This wine blogger finally tasted Grenache in the year 1978. It was a…
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    Wannabe Wino Wine Blog

  • 2011 Reserve Le Cigare Blanc

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

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

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

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR company for the brand. Eenie meanie miny mo, which Pinot should go?  Tonight it was the 2011 Star Angel Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. The Star Angel has a real cork closure and retails for about $27. It hails from the Santa Rita Hills in California, though the Star Angel brand is the invention of the winemaker for the Montes brand from Chile. Four takeaways from this wine: 1.) Serve this at cellar temperature or slightly below. 2.) As it warmed I found the wine a bit soft. 3.) I served this with salmon, one of my go-tos for Pinot. I…
  • Dreaming of Seafood

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR firm for the brand. I ate a lot of seafood this summer. Between Portugal and Maine my late July and early August were all about seafood. So I had seafood on the brain when I plucked the 2012 The Clambake Chardonnay from my sample roulette. Perhaps it was the lobster on the label that drew me to the bottle. I don’t know what it retails for, as I can’t find anywhere to buy it online…but I’m guessing maybe $14 or so? Four takeaways from this wine:   1.) I often tend to reach for a slightly oaky Chardonnay to…
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    Wino sapien

  • A Moroccan Australian Irish Stew

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    What's for dinner? Is always a loaded question in our house. Within those three words a multitude of subplots and queries - Who is cooking? What produce do we have? What ingredient do we need to use most urgently? What's in the garden? What cookbooks have you been reading? What food dreams have you been having? Is it any wonder that my reply is always drawn out and full of pauses and clauses.1.3 kilograms of deboned lamb shoulder was the starting point. It's been in the freezer for a few weeks, surplus from my recent Moroccan food binge. We have pitted prunes and almonds, but the thought of…
  • Voyage Kitchen

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    128 West Coast Drive, though from the two mirrored rooms it's difficult to see the ocean, you certainly won't see the front end loader moving up and down the beach smoothing out the sand. . . This is a place that is beautifully self contained and seemingly complete. A central corridor divides the space, to the left  the newer room which looks more formal and abuts the open kitchen, while on the right, the coffee and cakes and a slightly more homely space with a large communal table in the middle. It's very convivial and comforting. I met one of the locals while sitting at the big table…
  • Breakfast

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The remains of my homemade bresaola were starting to test my courage, the surface was beginning to feel sticky, though it was still passing the sniff and taste test. I decided to slice away the outer coat and roughly dice what remained to make my versions of a corned beef hash. A diced and microwaved potato splashed in oil and salted and allowed to crisp in a pan. Once golden add the cubes of beef and once they start to colour crack a a pair of eggs into the pan. Click here for the original context
  • Nine fine food

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:18 am
    I like almost everything about the Nine fine food dining room, except of course the back wall (unseen and to the right of this photo) which is part covered by wall paper so it looks superficially like granite blocks. The other portion of the wall features chalk boards mentioning they are available for functions. It would be much better aesthetically and acoustically (it is a small and noisy space often full of patrons who have brought their own beer and wine) if there were a heavy roof to floor curtain (black velvet I think).It's deservedly popular, the food (Japanese in accent) is often…
  • First impressions

    16 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    We form them with extraordinary speed, and mostly I think they have validity, they certainly linger and colour our subsequent thoughts. . . I drove past this wall recently and had to stop to examine it in more detail, but even before getting out of my car, I had already reached some untested conclusions.The first time I tried a wine from Domaine Ostertag, I was struck by its perfume. I can still recall the impact and somewhat foolishly I think I can still conjure the scent. It means I'm drawn to the name and am now more likely to choose it over many others, hoping again to to be struck;…
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    20 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    Put success in motion with this effective play on "domino." Keywords:  domino, initiate, cumulative, motion, ripple, effective, success, games, dual

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    A tasty name based on "chew" that suggests talking and eating. Keywords:  chew, chewing, eating, restaurants, food trucks, reviews, chat, gossip, opinions, conversation, social networking, snacks, taste, foodie

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 am
    A fast-paced name related to nitroglycerin, a substance used in explosives and healthcare. Keywords:  nitro, fast, speedy, intense, strong, powerful, dynamite, explosions, health care, hearts

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 am
    A sprightly name that ties into all things outdoors. Keywords:  outdoors, nature, wilderness, rustic, sprightly, open, woods, fresh, environment

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 am
    This fun name is a play on 'chug', meaning to drink with pausing or to move along noisily. Keywords:  chug, drinking, beverages, liquids, alcohol, trains, engines, sounds, noises read more
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    On the Wine Trail in Italy

  • The Last Parmigiana

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

    Alfonso Cevola
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    The world is a little less safe for Italian wine today. Dear friend Philip di Belardino has left us. A tireless ambassador for all things Italian, always with a smile, a joke and a way to reach even the most morose of us, Philip, “Pippo” to his friends, will be missed. I have a hole in my heart.There will be more stories coming out in the days to come. But for now I just have the warmth of memories of a son of Italy; a man who lived for others, always the giver, always the one with an overflowing cup of love and friendship. Happy trails, amico. written by Alfonso Cevola limited rights…
  • Annus Horribilis - Looking Back On the Toughest Harvest in Years

    Alfonso Cevola
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    It must have been back in August. I was looking out over my garden, thinking about how wonderful everything was growing. My prize crop, the Hoja Santa, was poised to be one of the best and largest harvests I’d had in 10 years. Picture perfect. Rain when we needed it. Never enough, but Hoja Santa was used to living in the Southwest. And then the hail storm hit. It was on a Sunday night in September. I heard a light rain, and then a heavier rain came. By the time I got up, I could hear a light tapping on the roof. Hail. I prayed it wouldn’t last too long. It didn’t. But it lasted long…
  • Opposites Attract ~ My Evening with Fettuccine Bolognese, Sous Vide Steak and Mittelmosel Riesling

    Alfonso Cevola
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Silly rules. Someone makes up something about which wine with which food and over time it becomes Gospel. Last night I was at a dinner, sipping on a white wine. I thought to myself, “This needs a little more acid, a little more peach and a little more lemon for it to be just right.” The wine was a Sauvignon Blanc from Napa. What I really wanted it to be was a Riesling from the Mosel.Tonight I was at a steak house. The last few nights I haven’t enjoyed red wine. Headache city. So I decided to finally order that Riesling from the Mosel.The chef sent out a plate of Fettuccine Bolognese. It…
  • A Serene Patch of Merlot in a Noisy World of Pinot Noir

    Alfonso Cevola
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    His is a world very few of us get to enter. Yet the Count lives, some would say he thrives, in his world. I say it this way not to disparage his world. I know not his world. I only know him through his wine. And his wine is Merlot.One might say, “Merlot? In these times? How 20th century.” And you might be right. For we live in another time for another wine. Right now it might be the time of Pinot Noir. But when the Count redid his vineyards he didn’t know about Sideways and the effect it would have on American tastes. The Count is a Venetian. He lives in an ancient villa, dines every…
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    Write for Wine - Its Wine OClock Somewhere!

  • Taste of Tulalip 2014

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

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    If you’re looking for good value red wines for the holidays — for your dinner table or for a hostess gift — look no further. Here are four that we recently tasted and recommend: one from Washington state and three from Livermore Valley, located just east of San Francisco. Murrieta’s Well The Spur, 2011 Livermore Valley ($25) This unique red blend not only drinks well but also has a great label that is a perfect hostess gift. This Livermore Valley wine blends 31% Petite Sirah, 29% Petit Verdot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc, and pairs well with…
  • Beautiful British Columbia-Part 4

    2 Nov 2014 | 6:08 pm
    To wrap up this series on B.C. wine country, we wanted to tell you about the Wines of British Columbia dinner that we were invited to a few weeks ago at Dahlia Lounge. Each of the six delicious courses by Chef Brock Johnson and B.C. Chef Trevor Bird of Fable Restaurant in Vancouver were paired with B.C. VQA wines that are now available exclusively at Whole Foods Market stores in Washington and Oregon. This was the amazing menu: First course: Chef Brock Johnson, Dahlia Lounge Canapés: Bacon jam and apple on toast Tantalus Vineyards, 2012 Riesling Second course: Chef Brock Johnson,…
  • Fairview Cellars-Beautiful British Columbia Part 3

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends in British Columbia can be found at Fairview Cellars, a small unassuming winery in Oliver, which we recommend as a stop in any tour of B.C. wine country. While many wineries in B.C. (and Washington state) have become gorgeous destination resorts, Fairview Cellars has a rustic tasting room in a tiny log cabin about five minutes into the hills off the north end of the Benches of the Golden Mile. Sandra Oldfield of Tinhorn Creek suggested we stop by during our September visit, and we now know why. In 1993, half Fairview’s…
  • Tinhorn Creek-Beautiful British Columbia Part 2

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, quite simply, is a must-stop destination for any visit to British Columbia wine country. September 23rd marked the 20th anniversary of Tinhorn Creek, which has grown from barrels of wine in the basement of a house to 150 acres of vines on a beautiful estate in Oliver Osoyoos wine country, in the south Okanagan’s “Golden Mile” region. Over the years, Tinhorn Creek has also become known in Canada as one of the most progressive wineries, focusing on sustainability and being environmentally friendly. This winery is the epitome of what we consider a…
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    The Wine Cask Blog

  • Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 Wine review by (PB)

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Purple hue with bright aromas of spicy cinnamon, candy apple red coating, subtle notes of milk chocolate, gentle grape,(go figure) strawberry and a touch of raspberry. Wow! This may be the best bouquet of Nouveau in memory!Palate--light and lively red berries with strawberry note and a minerally steely finish. This is well made with discernible structure that outshines many wines made to last a lot longer than this drink-it-now, quaffing delight.At $10 this is an experience celebrated the world over on this third Thursday of November and this is one of the best Nouveau's in the last decade.
  • Jean-Francois Merieau Le Bois Jacou Gamay 2012 wine review by (PB)

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Daffodil, lots of spices, white pepper hint, with big "tequila" aroma, with cherry,strawberry fruit, and grapefruit! (unique)Palate--subdued fruit with big white pepper and spice flavor, on a steely finish.Wow--this "Touraine" Gamay I would ever have guessed was a Gamay. Unlike any Gamay I have ever had. Quite puckery tannins, bracing structure and should be an interesting pairing with my broiled cod in a tomatoey light sauce. Expect to pay around $16 for this and I am glad I bought it as it is a truly unique experience so raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons:…
  • Beaujolais Nouveau is coming!!! wine alert by (PB)

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Remember this Thursday (Nov. 20) Beaujolais Nouveau is released all over the world. Nouveau is made from the Gamay grape and sent to market only 6 weeks after harvest! It is fresh, straightforward, and simple wine drinking at its best. In France, it is the cause for a national celebration observed annually on the third Thursday of the November with the wine being out for sale at the same time around the globe. It will cost you around $10 and Georges Duboeuf is the ubiquitous negociant although other "brands" should be fine. If you happen to find a "Beaujolais Villages" Nouveau plan to spend…
  • Buehler Chardonnay (Russian River) 2012 wine review by (PB)

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Pale gold hue with aromas of apple and pear, melon and creme brulee with sweet vanilla bean.Palate--a citrus beam runs right down the middle with mouth watering acidity, tropical fruit, vanilla ; made in the oakey style. The finish of this economical Chard hangs on for a good while.I paid $11 for this which is a value for a Russian River Chard. It's juicy, well made and solid value making me want to say, "Buehler? Bueheler?. I will pair it with chicken and rice this evening which is chicken baked on top of rice soaking in mushroom soup so raise a glass. --A Review from The Wine Cask Blog.
  • Chusclan "Les Genets" 2012 wine review by (PB)

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Cranberry jelly hue with aromas that are rustic, with a touch of forest floor, fresh cherry and cherry cream.Palate--Lively mouth feel with vibrant acidity that makes my mouth watering, leaving a moderate wake of tart red fruit and a fleeting finish.This blend of 5 Rhone grapes is predominantly Grenache which is what carries the day. This sells at a $17 price point but you can find it for a good bit less if you hunt. It's an interesting blend and a good food wine for which I say, "Raise a glass!"--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
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    Organic Wine Journal

  • Harvest Report 2014 — Shinn Estate — Long Island, New York

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

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

    Organic Wine Journal
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Isabelle Legeron is in NYC and will be signing copies go her new book, Natural Wine, at Chambers Street Wines. Afterwards, there will be a six-course dinner at Contra, paired with natural wines, for $180. For more info, go to Chambers Street Wines.
  • A 15th Century Italian Feast With Organic Wines

    Victoria Flexner
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Last weekend in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, historical supper club Edible History hosted a 15th Century Italian feast featuring organic wine pairings for each course. When recreating meals from the past, finding the right wines can be tricky. Since the biodynamic process is the most similar to the way wine would have been produced in the Middle Ages, it was a natural fit for the meal. The dinner began with an Orvieto Secco, Sergio Mottura from 2012 as diners enjoyed an herb soup or Minestra of Greens, made with swiss chard, parsley, dill and mint in a homemade beef broth, followed by tuna poached…
  • Living The Dream — Making Organic Wine — Part 2

    Andy Besch
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    If at any point during the harvest one finds oneself in the unlikely situation of having nothing to do, there are always containers to be cleaned, loose grapes to be swept up, floors to be hosed, or, most importantly, caps to be punched down. For the uninitiated, let me explain. Red grapes, unlike whites, sit on their skins in fermenters for several days until the fermentation process stops. While the grapes are fermenting, the CO2 in the juice is pushing the grapes up to the surface and out of the juice, forming a “cap.” The grapes on the surface have to be pushed, or punched, back…
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  • Tavel – A Rosé to Revere

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

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

    Tim Lemke
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    The longer I run this website, the more I find that the wines that interest me the most are the ones nobody reads about.  I don’t think it’s that others wouldn’t enjoy them, they’re just unique gems that folks don’t come across every day and therefore aren’t searching for info about them.  This is one of those wines. When you think of German wines, most people think of riesling.  And for good reason.  Germany produces a lot of riesling… and a lot of good riesling.  But they do other good wines too.  And I too am guilty of stereotyping Germany.
  • Deu La Deu Alvarinho – Mesmerizing

    Tim Lemke
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    I refuse to let go of summer!  Despite things starting to get cool outside, I’m clinging to summer and my favorite summer wines — like Vinho Verde. I’ve reviewed quite a number of Vinho Verde wines over the past couple years and one thing that tends to be typical with them is a light frizzante bubble.  But not all Vinho Verde has bubbles.  In fact, some Vinho Verde elitists (aka – wine snobs) might even suggest that the best Vinho Verde doesn’t have any bubbles. And while there are a number of different grapes that can go into a Vinho Verde, some of those same…
  • Apothic Dark – Really, Really Dark!

    Tim Lemke
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Apothic Red seems to be one of the most popular bargain wines out there.  I constantly hear people rave over it.  And so, the Apothic brand has been capitalizing on their success and expanding their line. Apothic Dark is a special, seasonal release only available for a short time.  Based on the label, one has to assume that Halloween is the season they’re targeting.  There’s been a Halloween wine trend growing over the past few years.  I wrote about another Halloween wine just a few weeks ago. The label of this wine certainly sets the mood to goth. And in a way it conjures…
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • The BEST Sancerre Rouge

    Lyle Fass
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    The Other French Pinot Noir: Freshness, Freshness, Freshness from the Loire   When I think of Red Sancerre I can't think of many that hit the mark. Some are overoaked. Some are underfruited. And some are overearthed. The key with finding good red Sancerre is to remember one name. Gerard Morin. There, I made it easy for you. Yes I won't turn down a bottle of Vatan Sancerre Rouge but finding that is about as easy as finding a yellow cab in NYC between 3:30-7pm. Gerald Morin took over this esteemed estate 20 years ago and his son, Pierre, has been trained carefully and with great…
  • Two Wines from Your Favorite Bordeaux Producer: Yes You Can Get Stunning Bordeuax for Under $25

    Lyle Fass
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Probably our most successful inexpensive Bordeaux is the great classic Medoc wine of StefanPaeffgen. Stefan, as the subject notes, is originally from Germany.  He gained full control of the estate with the 2010 vintage, which I have sold twice.  It's been our most popular Bordeaux with good reason.  Bordeaux at this quality level normally costs at least $40-$50 (through the standard 3 tier system).The 2011 La Reysse which is high in Cabernet Sauvignon, can be had for as little as $23.99 on a 4-pack today. A steal for this wine. It takes a long time to open up as many 11's seem…
  • Gorgeous, Aromatic Ready to drink Burgundy and a Clos du Chênes Ringer for $35

    Lyle Fass
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    That moment when you open a wine that you have imported into the USA you for the first time can be nerve-racking.  Time for me to put money where my mouth is per se. That moment of truth came last week for Florent Garaudet and his Monthelie Blanc, which after a 20 minute decant absolutely blew me away. Stunning balance, aromatics and insane fruit concentration with an incredible earthy/wet earth footprint, braced by incredible acidity.  Garaudet is famous among the great winemakers of Burgundy for this wine and it's pretty obvious why.  Everybody over there knows he's the next…
  • Aged Cotat. In Its Drinking Window. Bucket List Item Checked Off. Nuff Said.

    Lyle Fass
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Everyone has a few holy grails in their life they want to acquire or have but it can also be an achievement. Climbing Mount Everest and planting a flag, or in today's world, taking a selfie could be one. For me, it's getting a pair of Nike SB Dunk "What the Dunks" for a reasonable price. I passed two years ago at $700 and now they are $2,000. One other for me, related to wine is to have a perfect aged bottle of Romanee-Conti. Had them young but really want to taste and smell one with age. Hey, a man can dream, right? Many wine people think that drinking old Cotat (Pascal or Francois) can be…
  • The Young Winemaker at Caspari Continues to Get Better: Two Dry Mosel Gems

    Lyle Fass
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    I really liked the 2011 version of this wine.I loved the 2012 and made it my white wine of the year.The 2013 is the best version I've tasted and I'm thrilled to offer the Caspari-Kappel2013 Ellegrub Riesling Spatlese Trocken "Alte Reben" for $24.99 on the 4 pack.  The nose shows classic "sponnti" aromas along with cooling minerality and notes of yeast that are so damn appealing. The Clemens Busch signature is tremendous here as Uwe, the winemaker was at Clemens before this. Fragrant and savory at the same time. I love it so much. I am so happy to have them. The palate is shiny and ripe…
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    HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog

  • Tura Winery (Hebrew)

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

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

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

    Yossie Horwitz (
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Despite the fact that the Pelter Winery has been non-kosher since its first vintage in 2002, anyone even slightly involved with Israel’s wine industry has not only heard of this boutique winery, but is also aware of its ranking near the upper echelon of Israeli wineries.  While the fact that Nir Pelter is making kosher wine should be garnering the same level of excitement among the cognoscente of kosher wine, the main reason this fact has flown somewhat blow the radar is that, unlike the “going-kosher” trifecta of 2010 (the vintage in which Flam, Tulip and Saslove all started making…
  • Bat Shlomo Vineyards – Wine fit for a king

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

  • Wine Labels – It’s a Family Thing

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

    Elizabeth Hansen - ShipCompliant Program Manager
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    –For Immediate Release– Virtual seminar addresses wine shipping rule changes and new reporting innovations for wineries. Boulder, Colo. — On Tuesday, November 11, ShipCompliant, the leading compliance provider for wine, spirits and beer producers, will hold its 9th annual Direct Shipping Virtual Seminar for wineries. Attendees will learn about recent legislative and regulatory changes affecting wine shipping as well as the newest innovations to help wineries streamline reporting. This year’s seminar also includes best practices for end of year reporting. The online seminar is…
  • Ship or Distribute to Indiana? Here’s How to Meet Their New Requirements

    Zoe Wedel, Account Manager and Business Analyst at ShipCompliant
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Starting with the October filing period, Indiana requires all alcohol beverage companies working in Indiana to electronically remit monthly excise tax returns and shipment reports. This method for electronic filing and payment is unique to Indiana and does not exist in any other state report. ShipCompliant will be holding several webinars over the coming weeks to help you navigate these new requirements. Click here to attend a webinar or sign up for a consultation. The new Indiana report will be filed automatically for ShipCompliant AutoFile users. All other filers can use the summarized…
  • New Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Requirements in Maine

    Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wineries licensed to ship to Maine consumers now have fewer reports to file each year. Maine recently amended its direct-to-consumer law to require that direct shippers file excise tax returns and shipment reports once a year. Unlike the quarterly reporting periods which were based on the calendar year, the annual reporting period corresponds to the license year. The filing deadline for annual reports is the 30th day of the month immediately following the annual expiration date of the direct shipping license. Licensees are required to report the total gallons of wine shipped…
  • 2015 Alcohol License Renewal Season Begins in Georgia

    Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    The Georgia Department of Revenue recently announced that existing licensees can now renew their alcohol license for 2015 via their Georgia Tax Center (GTC) account. Renewals must be completed online using the GTC before the end of the calendar year.  Wineries renewing a Manufacturer of Wine, Farm Winery or Broker license are required to submit a $5000 bond that is valid for 2015. Please note that the renewal process cannot be completed until after the bond is uploaded to the licensee’s GTC account. Additionally, any alcohol licensee that has not yet submitted a Citizenship Affidavit and…
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    Sommelier India - India's only wine magazine

  • Celebrating India's Finest Wines

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    Besides winning accolades worldwide, Indian wines are being increasingly celebrated in their own country with wine challenges and competitions proliferating, pioneered by the first Indian organised wine competition by Sommelier India way back in 2009 ( Here, SI correspondent Alok Chandra reports on a recent landmark wine tasting conducted in Mumbai.
  • Wine Society of India event hosted by Steven Spurrier

    6 Nov 2014 | 1:17 am
    Steven Spurrier, one of the world's most influential wine critics (and Sommelier India columnist) flew into Mumbai on the 5th of November to conduct a "one-night only" event with The Wine Society of India, of which he is Chairman. This event was held for The Wine Society's Best Customers, in conjunction with Fratelli.
  • 7th Indian Sommelier Championship gathers speed

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    The 7th Indian Sommelier Championship is gathering speed as the excitement builds up with the Mumbai chapter concluded a short while ago. Now all eyes are turned towards Delhi. The training that primes candidates for the final test in both Mumbai and Delhi, is over as is the written and blind tasting examination. What now?
  • Chilean Food & Wine Fest: long awaited & much enjoyed

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Entering its 5th year, the Chilean food and wine festival held at the Crystal Room of The Lalit Hotel in New Delhi (pictured, left) saw a full house. The event was more special this year because it welcomed the new Chilean ambassador, His Excellency Andres Barbe Gonzalez who presented his credentials to President Mukherjee in September.
  • Pune's new wine club - The GrapeWine Oenophiles

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    With its central location that offers easy access to wineries in Nashik, Baramati, Sangli and Solapur; restaurants with a good selection of wines; a mix of young professionals, travellers, foodies, expats, wine rookies and connoisseurs alike - Pune boasts a growing wine culture. Reflecting this trend is a new wine club - The GrapeWine Oenophiles. Brinda Gill reports...
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    Winerepublic| Winerepublic

  • Head To Paarl For The Inaugural Proe Paarl Wine Festival

    Media Release
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:14 am
    Celebrate the unique flavours of the Boland town of Paarl during the first Proe Paarl event on Saturday, 22 November.  From 11h00 – 16h00, the oak-lined streets of this historic town will showcase some of the town’s most sublime offerings. Award-winning wines from twelve wine farms on the Paarl Wine Route can be sampled and
  • A Vintage Year For Steenberg’s Merlot As JD Pretorius Wins Young Winemaker Of The Year

    Media Release
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:06 am
    JD Pretorius, 29, from Steenberg Farm, has won the Diners Young Winemaker of the Year award for his Steenberg Merlot 2012. The Steenberg Merlot 2011 and 2012 as well as the Steenberg Echo 2012 red blend qualified for the Young Winemaker of the Year award. Commenting on his win he said, “It’s an honour. This
  • Stellar Programme Announced For SBIG Technical Seminar

    Media Release
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group of South Africa (SBIG), in proud partnership with First National Bank (FNB), invites all interested parties to attend the SBIG Technical Seminar, which will take place on Wednesday, 3 December 2014 at Allée Bleue in Simondium. The SBIG Technical Seminar aims to elevate awareness and knowledge of Sauvignon Blanc, provide
  • Chantel Dartnall is Named SA Chef Of The Year For The Second Time

    Media Release
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:52 am
    While Mosaic at the Orient is one of South Africa’s Top 5 establishments Chantel Dartnall – renowned not only in South Africa but in culinary circles around the world for her innovative and meticulous approach to modern fine dining – has once again been named South African Chef of the Year at this week’s annual
  • Festive Franschhoek 10 – 16 December 2014

    Media Release
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:42 am
    Escape the hustle and bustle of the silly season and retreat to the tranquil surroundings of the Franschhoek Wine Valley to recharge. From 10 to 16 December Franschhoek will come alive with festive cheer when wine farms, restaurants, retail stores and accommodation establishments pull out the stops. Dine at leisure, enjoy late night shopping and
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • No 26 on WS's Top 100: 2011 Emeritus Hallberg Ranch Pinot Noir

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Landing at Number 26 on Wine Spectator's recently released Top 100 list is the 2011 Emeritus Hallberg Ranch Pinot Noir.The wine immediately jumped out at me not only for its favorable metrics (93 WS/$42/11,100 cases produced) but for the Hallberg Vineyard fruit source.The first time I tasted a wine with the Hallberg name on the label was at this Gary Farrell wine dinner at Blue Ginger in Wellesley. I tasted a bunch of great wines that night but the Gary Farrell Hallberg Pinot blew me away.A few months later while on vacation in Michigan my cousin brought along a bottle to share at our family…
  • Heads Up: Billecart-Salmon Tasting at The Urban Grape

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    The Urban Grape is having a free Billecart-Salmon tasting at their locations in the South End (Wednesday November 19th) and Chestnut Hill (Thursday November 20th).I went to a tasting they offered in Chestnut Hill over the weekend and was reminded why they're one of my favorite retailers. I discovered some really delicious wines from Slovenia. We got to try Vallin wines for the first time.Remember, in 2010 I said the 2005 Cigliuti Serraboella Barbaresco was my wine of the year? Well the 2010 is out now, and they had it at an amazingly good price. Seriously - I bought everything they had in…
  • Ways for Wine Consumers and Retailers to Maximize AmEx Small Business Saturday

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    American Express Small Business Saturday is coming November 29th, 2014.Here's how it works:First, you have to register each American Express card you have in order to take advantage of the offer. Do this now because registration will fill up before the 29th.Once registered, each American Express card can receive a $10 statement credit for up to 3 in-store transactions of $10 or more at qualified small businesses on November 29th. That's a total of $30 per card.Keep in mind that each American Express card can and needs to be registered. This is where this can potentially be quite a…
  • Quick Deal: $50 Zachys Gift Card for $250 Purchase

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    New York wine retailer Zachys is offering a $50 gift card towards a future purchase when spending $250 with code ZACHYSBUCKS.I think the best way to play this would be to find well-priced wines like the 2012 Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir to get to $250. Then use the $50 gift card at some point in the future when they're running a free shipping promo.They've also got some of the Wine Spectator Top 10/100 wines that are being revealed this week at fair prices.Offer runs November 10-13 2014.Like wine deals? Check out WWP advertiser WineNabber that makes it easy to find the kind of wine…
  • Quick Deal: 20+% Off at The Capital Grille and Seasons 52

    5 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Via Fat Wallet Rite Aid is offering a coupon to buy Olive Garden & Longhorn Gift Cards for $5 off on their Facebook page. I'm pretty sure these gift cards can be used at any Darden restaurant which includes The Capital Grille (review) and Seasons 52 (review), though I've never tried this personally. You can always print out the coupon before redeeming it if you indeed want to confirm you can use the gift cards at other Darden restaurants.This offer is only valid in-store so you have to have a Rite Aid near you. But if you do you can buy the gift cards with a credit card. And there…
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  • 2012 Domaine des Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon Uchizy les Maranches

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    2012 Domaine des Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon Uchizy les MaranchesThe 2012 Mâcon Uchizy les Maranches has a crisp bouquet, a little more backward than the Lamartine and needing more coaxing from the glass, a bashful fella. The palate is well-balanced and has more tension and bite than the Lamartine with a vibrant green-apple and fresh lemon-zest finish that is direct, if not the most persistent you will find. Dominique said that the acidity levels were the same for both Mâcons, although my perception was that it feels higher here. Anyone who has tasted with Dominique Lafon in Meursault…
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  • Creative Ways To Cater With Wine

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

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

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

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

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    I love wine and I always make sure that I plan my holidays around places that have the best wine. After all, there is nothing more relaxing than sipping on special local vintages while lounging in an exotic café. I once had some great wine on a golf holiday in France. It was an exceptionally fine Bordeux, and I was positively squealing with pleasure as I sipped it.   Meanwhile here is how to make easy homemade wine: I highly recommend that if you ever find yourself in Bordeux, that you should try to find some of the exceptionally good vintages there by visiting the local vineyards. You…
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    Wine Peeps

  • Fall Line Winery: Current and Upcoming Releases

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sauvignon Blanc has been one of our favorite white varieties for years. We have a soft spot for Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, which was solidified on our trip to the region in 2005. Ever since, we have made it a point to try Sauvignon Blanc from other countries/regions when we have the chance. We decided to put two of our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc favorites up against four others, two from Washington State and two from France, in one of our wine tasting dinners. Last Friday was a beautiful late September day here in Seattle, perfect to enjoy crisp, refreshing…
  • A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg 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 Dry Creek Vineyard, founded in 1972 by David Stare, is located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley just outside of Healdsburg, California. Well-known for their Fumé Blancs and Zinfandels, Dry Creek Vineyard also…
  • Long Shadows Vintners: 2011 Sequel Syrah [Wow! Alert]

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Founded by Washington wine pioneer Allen Shoup, Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of ultra-premium wineries comprised of internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world. Each winemaker is a partner in a unique winery dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing a “best of type” that reflects the winemaker’s signature style. Allen Shoup is considered one of the pioneers of the Washington wine industry. He was the CEO of Stimson Lane wine group for years. During that time, he oversaw their portfolio of wineries, including Chateau…
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    The Good Wine Guru

  • 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

    George Perry
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    Variety:  Gamay Region:  Beaujolais, France Cost:  $11 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  The wine’s colors are a lovely purple-red, with dark, violet hues. The aromas are filled with wild strawberries, red currants, and exquisite scents of raspberries. On the palate, the wine is delicate, full-bodied, and delightfully rich. Pairs beautifully with a range of foods, from casual dishes to holiday specialities like turkey and ham. My Review:  It’s almost upon us – Beaujolais Day. The third Thursday of November is set aside to welcome the first release of the year, which this…
  • 2007 Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco

    George Perry
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Variety:  100% Sagrantino Region:  Umbria – Italy Cost:  $40-$45 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Intense color with garnet hues. The aroma is complex, elegant, with intense fruit and notes of small red fruits, red citrus, ripe plums, spice, and hints of herbs and leather. The flavor is immense, fatty, tannic, but balanced, with fresh acidity; long fruity and spicy finish. Pairs perfect with roasted meat, grilled meat, and game. Pairs well also with aged cheeses, both spicy and herbal. My Review:  I’ll admit to having been excited when this wine showed up. Not only has Italy…
  • 2012 Gnarly Head Authentic Black

    George Perry
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal: Petite Sirah Based Blend Region:  Lodi, California – USA Cost:  $12 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  True to its name, Gnarly Head Authentic Black opens with brooding aromas of black cherry and black licorice providing a powerful entree’ to this big, robust Petite Sirah-based blend. Dark and inky in the glass, concentrated flavors of blackberry and plum are framed by hints of dark chocolate on the finish. Styled to stand up to the season’s heartiest dishes, boldly pair this full-bodied wine with venison chili, meat lovers pizza, or a grilled rib eye steak. My…
  • October 2014 Virginia Wine Chat

    George Perry
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Just in time for Halloween was this month’s Virginia Wine Chat. This month we took a trip down the Colonial Wine Trail, with wines from Williamsburg Winery, New Kent Winery, James River Cellars, and Saude Creek. As has been the trend lately, there was a great discussion. Normally I embed the video of the chat below, but there was a technical difficulty this month (Frank forgot to hit the record button), so you’ll just have to take my word on it that the discussion was great. Now, on to the wines. 2012 New Kent Winery Reserve Chardonnay New Kent is about 20 minutes from my house,…
  • 2012 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir

    George Perry
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Pinot Noir Region:  Monterey, California – USA Cost:  $15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir exhibits appealing aromas of black cherry, earth and a touch of vanilla. Plush tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of ripe Bing cherry, bittersweet cocoa powder, and delicate hints of sage. Enjoy on its own or with salmon, Veal Parmesan, or grilled lamb. My Review:  This was one of those rare cases where I actually got to try the wine twice over an extended period of time, and then see if my initial impressions held up on the second go around…
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    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog

  • Seven Stills for 7 Cocktails: Don’t be bitter!

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

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

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

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
      It’s funny how life can take a turn sometimes.  This year has been one of major change, a crazy work schedule, a bit of life’s most unhappy moments thrown in for good measure, and pure mayhem. Somewhere on the way, I lost my focus and my passion for this blog.  I am not sure where it went, or if it is just crushed beneath the weight of life, but I’m struggling to find my voice again. What do YOU do when you just can’t seem to get inspired? The post Writerz Block…I haz it! appeared first on Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog.
  • Refugio Ranch – a hideway for the stars

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    After the mayhem of the Wine Bloggers Conference had subsided a bit, the #QBP (and token Joe) decided to stick around a bit longer an enjoy the relative peace of Los Olivos on a Sunday afternoon. As luck would have it, fearless leader Melanie had arranged for a visit to Refugio Ranch Winery for some tasting and tweeting.  As we gathered in Los Olivos to relax in the Montana style hunting lodge tasting room, I could tell it was going to be a great visit.  But the tasting room was only the beginning… In 2005, owner Kevin and Niki Gleason found the 415 estate property, which they planted…
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  • Top 10 tweets from Wine Vision

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

    Alana Ridley
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    Enjoy great South African musicians play live at the Backsberg Picnic Concert Series Join Backsberg on Sunday afternoons from 15 February to 15 March to enjoy some amazing local bands with the breath-taking farm scenery as the back-drop. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the natural surrounds, laze on the green lawns and take in the spectacular scenery as the sun sets on Backsberg. Savour a beef burger or Karoo lamb wrap, sip on chilled Backsberg wines and listen to the incredible, live tunes of some of SA’s incredible talent. The line-up includes: 15 Feb – Bed on Bricks 22 Feb…
  • Don’t miss the Backsberg Twilight MTB Ride

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

    Simon Back
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Rootstock is a forum for younger members of the South African wine industry to get together and have some healthy debate around topics related to marketing, innovation and creativity. Started in the late 1990s, Rootstock went awol for a bit and is now being rebooted by Wineland. Last night we played host to the second meeting of Rootstock 2.0, which took place in the form of a panel discussion. The panel included Chris Rawlinson, a digital innovation specialist from Ogilvy, Philip Retief (Van Loveren), Heidi Duminy (national marketing manager at Meridian Wine Merchants) and Ken Forrester…
  • Backsberg Family Reserve White 2014 – unreleased

    Alana Ridley
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Our winemaker, Alicia Rechner, is a finalist for the prestigious Dinersclub Winemaker of the Year Award 2014 for the Family Reserve White 2014. This flagship white blend is guided by vineyards which have performed the best in the vintage. A blend of Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier come together to create a wonderful medley of apricot, peach and aniseed aromas, combined with vanilla and a creamy aftertaste. Note the wine has not yet been released. Tasting Note Download The post Backsberg Family Reserve White 2014 – unreleased appeared first on Backsberg.
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    Drinking Outside The Box

  • Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The blend is 50% Chardonnay, 28% Viognier, 21% Chenin & 1% Roussanne (think 1% won’t make a difference? Try over- or under-salting your food…) Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£11-£12 The Bottle Shop, SH Jones, SA Wines Online, Halifax Wine, Vinology, JL Leisure) Starts off in rounded and peachy fashion, with […]
  • Edgebaston The Berry Box White 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    16 Nov 2014 | 2:47 pm
    I do like this – good idea for someone looking for something a little out there for Christmas Day Edgebaston The Berry Box White 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£10-£11 SA Wines Online, Inverarity Morton, Guildford Wine Co, Lance Strother, Telford Wines, Quaff Wine Merchants, George Hill Wine Merchants) The crunchy citrus freshness of Sauvignon Blanc is […]
  • Two reds from Aquitania in Chile’s Maipo Valley

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    Aquitania is the Maipo winery established in 1990 by Bordeaux big-wigs Paul Pontallier (Château Margaux) and Bruno Prats (ex- Château Cos d’Estournel), along with Chilean winemaker Felipe de Solminihac. The first wines were released under the Paul Bruno label, but they’re now called Aquitania. Since 2002, Ghislain de Montgolfier of Bollinger has been a partner, […]
  • A trio of Douro Whites from Quinta da Romaneira

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    All of these are just 12% alcohol, not what you expect from a warm region. And very tasty they are too… Sino da Romaneira White 2013, Douro, Portugal (~£18 contact Liberty Wines) Tangy, crunchy style, ripe pear is the thing you notice first (a bit like in Bordeaux Sauvignon), then some crisp ripe apple, with […]
  • Wakefield Estate Shiraz 2013, Clare Valley, Australia

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Great winter warmer – although maybe next winter rather than this one… Wakefield Estate Shiraz 2013, Clare Valley, Australia (£12.99 Majestic, Eden Fine Wines, Hammonds of Knutsford) On the young side – the toasty oak ideally needs another few months to calm down – but this is lovely warm hearted stuff, with bold chocolate-tinged plum […]
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  • 6 Ways to Sell More Wine During The Holidays

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

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Did you know that blogging is a top way to boost your website’s ranking and drive sales with both current and potential customers? Search engines love fresh content and will reward updated sites with a higher ranking and increased visibility. According to Hubspot, a major inbound marketing platform, companies that blog have 55% more visitors and generate 88% more leads per month. Once a potential customer finds your site on a search engine results page and reads your keyword-targeted post, there is a greater chance they will opt-in or purchase than if your winery did not…
  • Become an Email Marketing Ninja in 3 Easy Steps

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Email marketing is an effective way to reach your customers and drive them to your website. Emails have been around for a long time because they are such a powerful tool. Did you have a busy Saturday in the tasting room? Visitors came to your tasting room and bought some wine. How many email addresses did you capture? Make sure you send those visitors an email and retain them as a customer. The best emails will thank them for visiting, asks them to rate the wine they bought and (bonus points!) gets them to purchase again – this time from your online store.   You're lucky.
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    Hungry Crowd

  • Sommeliers' Top Pizza Wines for the Night Before Thanksgiving

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

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    When people think of Spain's wines, they tend to think of crisp Albariños from Galicia, Tempranillo-driven reds from Rioja and Ribera del Duero, and powerful cuvees from the Priorat, where Grenache is the dominant grape. Cabernet Sauvignon,...
  • How Not to Get Ripped Off on a Restaurant Wine List

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    File this under “mistakes you do not want to make, ever.” According to a story broken by, recently a customer at Bobby Flay Steak at the Borgata in Atlantic City ordered what he thought was a $37.50 bottle of wine, only to find ...
  • The 7 Most Surprising Smells You Can Find in Wine

    3 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Describing what a wine tastes like with words is a little like trying to describe the ocean to someone who's never left the cornfields of Iowa, but these are the challenges we wine writers face. In his astoundingly beautiful new book, Th...
  • Why Do These Cities Hate Champagne?

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Foursquare, the recently-rejiggered local search app, can provide a wealth of handy info—for instance, I recently asked the company’s data gurus what cities in the US mention Champagne the most when using the app. The results weren&rsq...
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  • 125th Anniversary of the 1889 Paris Wine Tasting

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

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

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

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Los Gatos is known for his charming downtown, with plenty of parking, pedestrian friendly streets and a wide range of unique boutiques and places to wine and dine. On September 20 the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce invited wine...
  • The Summit Wineries Host Harvest Festival in October

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Celebrate the harvest with a festive weekend, October 4-5 at the wineries: Burrell School, MJA, Silver Mountain, Villa del Monte, and Wrights Station as they host Harvest Festival. Enjoy vineyard and crush tours, live music, food, artisan gifts...
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    Uvinum's blog

  • ¿What to drink on Thanksgiving Day?

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Thousands of families gather around a table to eat and drink and celebrate one of the most important festivities in the world, by the number of people who celebrate it. We're talking about Thanksgiving Day, a celebration that takes place in the United States and Canada, held the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada it can vary by day and is the second Monday in October. It originated in religious terms, but today is considered a civil and folk holiday. In North America some of its origins are held by European traditions, when they celebrated the good harvest that was gathered from the…
  • ¿Why investors are moving from wine to whisky?

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It seems that pressure from Asian investors in the wine world has discouraged traditional investors. Due to skyrocketing prices of top wines, investors are increasingly turning to Scotch and Japanese whiskies as an alternative investment. Wine lovers will always be loyal, but trends always influence, like it or not, our decision making when buying and maybe more people could want to give a chance to whisky with these trends, which after occurring among investors will reflect also in the market and consumers. In reaction to the growing number of fine wine investors setting their…
  • Wine and tea, a recipe for a longer life

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Wine and tea consumption can prolong your life according to recent statements by Czech scientists, based on a study. The study performed and subsequently presented at the European Society of Cardiology, during a Congress held in Barcelona indicates that both white and red wines work protectively against heart disease for those who exercise frequently. The study consisted of monitoring for 1 year 146 people with a slight risk of heart disease: half of the people used to drink red wine and half white wine. During this year of study, men were allowed to drink 300 ml wine and women…
  • Getting beer with the power of the mind

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Interaxon, a Canadian technology company has developed a helmet to serve beer at will without using the arms. Called “The Muse”, this new invention consists of a smooth helmet which detect, through brain waves, the emotional state of those who use it. Once “The Muse” reads those brain waves it's able to translate them into computer signals to put into action different gadgets. One of the most amazing gadgets so far enables those who carry it to pour beer without lifting a finger, like a remote beer tap, just watching a picture of a glass of beer. Beer consumers have the option,…
  • Women are less concerned with quality than men

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    According to a survey performed recently in the United States, women are less concerned about the quality of wine and look it more as a relaxing drink than men. The consumption of 59% of the wine sold in the United States is due to purchases of women in that country, who drink more alcohol than men. Despite this, their motives for drinking are very different from those of men. For women, wine is a means of relaxation while men are more careful with their choices based on quality. Catalina O'Connor, senior analyst at Canadean, said: “Women are looking to find affordable offers that…
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    Wine Blog

  • Newspapers are dead as we knew them; or, the turkey in the room

    Jo Diaz
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    One by one, I’ve watched trusted newspaper wine columnists get the sack from their editors. Some have been replaced by younger, rising stars, some columns went into syndication, and some just had wine disappear all together. In all of this, the evolution has been fascinating to watch… But, today the final bomb just fell from the […] The post Newspapers are dead as we knew them; or, the turkey in the room appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Beaujolais Nouveau Day is Here!

    Jo Diaz
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Beaujolais Nouveau Day is here once again, and I was fortunate enough to enjoy an early bottle, so I could blog aobut it on this very day. This year the 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is très fabuleux, once again. It has delicious aromas of bright red fruit, like raspberries and strawberries.  When I sipped […] The post Beaujolais Nouveau Day is Here! appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Still blogging after all these years

    Jo Diaz
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    What does a wine blogger do on her time “off.” Hum… Still writing, when so much else has to get done, but the focus has greatly shifted… And, it’s not about wine. It’s come to writing children’s stories for my grandchildren. It slowly started years ago, with my two first grandsons Jonathan and Nate, given to me […] The post Still blogging after all these years appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • How important is defining an AVA? Ask anyone in Paso Robles

    Jo Diaz
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Paso Robles has just gone through tremendous growing pains, and this map is proof of all of their geological research… Air, soil, water, and climate all playing contributing parts to defining terroir; as well as the people involved, the flora, and the fauna… Having traveled to 41 of our 50 US states, I can tell […] The post How important is defining an AVA? Ask anyone in Paso Robles appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Tell me why I should be a member of your group

    Jo Diaz
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    If I hear “Tell me why I should be a member” one more time…  Well, I still don’t know what I’ll say; but, I know what I’d like to say. It would go something like this: If I have to tell you why you should be a member of any organization, I’d just be wasting […] The post Tell me why I should be a member of your group appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • Holiday Cheer in a Bottle, or Two, or Three…

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

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

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

    Ridge Vineyards
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:34 pm
    The 2014 harvest was one of the earliest harvests we’ve ever had.  Typically In late October we are still picking at Monte Bello, however in this unusual year we were essentially done at all of our vineyards by late September,... Read More ›
  • Submerging the Cap

    Ridge Vineyards
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The cycles of a harvest are a sight to take in. From the feverish pace of vineyard crews picking grapes to the meticulous team managing their arrival at the winery, there’s an incredible amount of energy, collaboration, and orchestration required... Read More ›
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  • True Grit from Parducci, Wild West Memories

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    Sip Some Sicily with Wine Channel TV “Sip Some Sicily” with Wine Channel TV! We’re always excited when we get to visit wine regions around the world. From Napa, Sonoma, Oregon, Washington to New Zealand and France. But this week the focus is on Sicily. Wine Channel TV ( ) CEO and wine lifestyle host Jessica Altieri will be  in Sicily all week with interviews and tours of this historic wine region in Italy. We’ll be taking you on a tour of Palermo, and a visit to Agrigento and its rich ancient viticultural history. And how about a visit with…
  • Spy Valley Wines Introduces “Easy Tiger”

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    As the All Blacks vs Team USA Rugby took center stage in Chicago this past week, we had a chance to get to share some wine and food dishes specially prepared for the historic match. In this featured Sip New Zealand segment, Chef Rodelio Aglibot from Reverie Chicago with Wine Channel TV host, Jessica Altieri, pair some Chicago Style dishes with Spy Valley wines. Want to get to know more about Spy Valley? As part of a research partnership between 13 other Marlborough wineries and the Ministry of Primary Industries in New Zealand, Spy Valley Wines has teamed up with the Lifestyles Wines project…
  • Graffiti Inspired Wine Tasting for All Blacks v Team USA

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
      #KIAORACHICAGO  and #SIPNZ ! Wine and Graffiti for the All Blacks vs Team USA Sip New Zealand Wine Tasting event…but of course!! And lets not forget the  “brass monkey” food dish prepared by Chef Rodelio Aglibot from Reverie Chicago.  Whats’s that you ask…. “tempura shrimp, avocado, crab roll topped with spicy tuna and crispy onions, spicy sesame sauce and unagi”!!! All paired with great wines from Villa Maria, Spy Valley and Nautilus Estate! And the best part, a portion of proceeds will go towards The Lynn Sage Foundation. And be sure to check out…
  • Sip New Zealand Chicago Style – All Blacks vs Team USA Wine Tasting

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Wine Channel TV and Reverie Chicago are excited for the Kiwi invasion of Chicago for the All Blacks vs Team USA Rugby Wine Tasting event at Reverie Chicago on October 30th. Jessica Altieri, CEO and CS of Wine Channel TV will join Chef Rodelio Aglibot to showcase some great wine and food pairing ideas for the Kiwi invasion of the Windy City! Tickets for the event are available here !! In this pre-event feature, Chef Rodelio catches up with winemaker Clive Jones of Nautilus Estate and talks about their special 30th year vintage. Featured wine and food pairings for the Sip New Zealand All…
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    A Good Time With Wine

  • Sipping Sagrantino This Halloween

    Matthew Horbund
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    With Halloween a scant 3 days away, everyone is scrambling to make last minute plans. Whether that involves finding the best candy to give out, or the right wine and snacks for that killer Halloween Party you throw each year, you’re looking for recommendations from trusted sources. That’s where I come in! I just received two samples of red wine from Italy’s Umbria region, Montefalco to be exact, that are anything but ghastly. Sagrantino-Umbria’s Jewel Wine often transports you to a time and place. It may remind you of a special occasion, spending time with a certain…
  • Campo Viejo Streets of Color

    Matthew Horbund
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    Campo Viejo Reserva Art Series Bottle Event In Miami It’s been said that wine is art in a bottle. I don’t know who said it, maybe it was me one night. However, wine is often art ON the bottle too. If you are a fan of art, or good red wine, and are in South Florida on Thursday June 5th, 2014, the Campo Viejo Streets of Color art exhibit and label release is an event you don’t want to miss. From Rioja, one of the two DOCa regions of Spain known for consistent quality, Campo Viejo is a red wine made with Tempranillo grapes. The event tonight is going to be awesome, and you…
  • Is Riesling Your Next Favorite Wine?

    Matthew Horbund
    8 May 2014 | 10:36 am
    Sommelier Paul Grieco Talks German Riesling Passion is contagious. When someone is passionate about a topic, they are often able to transfer that passion to you. You see how excited they are about the topic, and you get enthralled. You want to be that passionate about it. You want to be that passionate about ANYTHING. Paul Grieco, Partner and Sommelier of NYC’s Hearth restaurant and Terroir wine bars, is passionate about Riesling. And, if you have the chance to sip some with him, perhaps during the Riesling Road Trip, you may just become passionate about it too! What is The Riesling…
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  • A Taxing Proposition: Researchers Release International Markup Numbers

    Snooth Editorial
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Earlier this fall, Kym Anderson of the Wine Economics Research Centre, part of the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide, released a study about wine pricing which included an analysis of markups according to country.   Anderson and assistant researcher Nanda Aryal researched taxation based on price per liter of alcohol and price per percentage of alcohol content. In particular, the duo researched how each country's wine tax compared to the country's beer tax.   Anderson drew four strong observations from the research.   The first, she wrote, is that…
  • Off The Beaten Path Thanksgiving Wine Values

    Jon Thorsen
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Thanksgiving wine pairing can be tough. With tons of different flavors and lots of different palates at the table, it's downright difficult, if not impossible, to find the perfect wine. Pinot Noir, Riesling and Beaujolais are always near the top of the most recommended list, while Carmenere and Gewurztraminer  seem to be this year's trendy picks. Ever popular varieties like Cabernet and Chardonnay always get a good number of shout-outs as well. So which ones do you choose? I say none of the above. At The Reverse Wine Snob, we love to introduce people to…
  • Scientist and Volunteers Save Papa Bear of World's Wines

    Snooth Editorial
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The father of all wine grapes won't go the way of the dinosaurs – for now.   A team of Swiss volunteers and  Swiss grape geneticist Dr. Jose Vouillamoz came to the rescue of a Swiss Haut-Valais vineyard schedule for demolition to make way for a community project.  The vineyard is home to Gouais Blanc, the grape which father several grape varieties including Chardonnay and Gamay.   According to sources, Vouillamoz and the volunteers pooled together money to purchase the vineyard.   A 1999 study by University of California, Davis, revealed the importance of…
  • Wine Friday Fun

    Claudia Angelillo
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hello, #WineFriday calling! It has been a long week, and you deserve a generous pour of fun wine content and news. So grab your glass, sit back, and snack on these sweet and savory tid-bits. 
  • Vintage Wine Estates Hands Out Promotions

    Snooth Editorial
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This past Wednesday Santa Rosa's Vintage Wine Estates announced via press release the promotion of and appointment of several members of their company to new positions within the company.   Mack Hoehner is the senior vice president of sales, national sales manager. Mike Gilboy is now the senior vice president of sales and marketing, chains. Vicki Daigneault is the new vice president of sales and marketing, exclusive brands. Executive Vice President Terry Wheatley has seen her role expand to include areas of consumer marketing, sales and the company's hospitality and tasting…
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  • Secret Winery in Carneros, Truchard Vineyards

    Joe Becerra
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    The wine cave at Truchard Vineyards built into the Carneros Vineyard Secret Winery in Carneros, Truchard Vineyards Why is Truchard Vineyards a secret winery in Carneros? The Truchard winery is off the beaten path located on Old Sonoma Road. Most travelers have no reason to venture along this backroad that leads from the Carneros Highway into the town of Napa. Secondly, the winery produces 20,000 cases of wine and most of that goes to fine wine shops, restaurants, and wine club members. Thirdly, Truchard takes visitors by appointment only, no drop-ins. They do not have a big staff, but give…
  • Plymouth wine country

    Joe Becerra
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    One of the first vineyards just outside of Plymouth Plymouth wine country Is Plymouth wine country the new Napa Valley? For sure it is not! It is a unique wine country with a character all its own. For the most part, Plymouth wine country has many small family-owned wineries. A few “big boys” have recently arrived like Turley and Andis, but this wine area is all about small and tucked-away wineries, beautiful rolling hills of vineyards and oak woodlands. The town of Plymouth is small and the downtown stretch is only one block long. Begin your trek there at the Amador Vintage…
  • Fall Colors in St. Helena

    Joe Becerra
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    In St. Helena vineyards, a view of the St. Clement Winery View Fall Colors in St. Helena Now through the end of November, and perhaps into early December, there are wonderous Fall colors in St. Helena. I shot the photo above while taking a walk through vineyards near Deer Park Road at Highway 29 in St. Helena. I hike from there in and out of vineyards to York Lane, a small street that feeds into Highway 29. To be on the safe side, I ask at one of the tasting rooms if I can take a walk through the vineyards for photographing. If it is before the tasting room opens, I go at it with my camera in…
  • Bistro Don Giovanni for lunch in the Napa Valley

    Joe Becerra
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The classic Caesar Salad on the menu at Bistro Don Giovanni for lunch Bistro Don Giovanni for lunch After a tour and tasting at Truchard Vineyards in Carneros on Thursday, we headed down to Bistro Don Giovanni for lunch. The Bistro is located near the town of Napa, just off Highway 29 on Howard Lane. Bistro Don Giovanni has been a fixture on the Napa Valley restaurant scene for the past 20 years, and is a very popular restaurant for locals and tourists. Food critic Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle always has the restaurant on his “Top 1oo Restaurants of the Year.”…
  • Calistoga Inn is looking good

    Joe Becerra
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Calistoga Inn on Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga Calistoga Inn The Calistoga Inn is looking good these days. It has been open about a year and half since a fire had forced it to close down. All is good these days and the Inn portion of the property and been re-done.  The restaurant still looks the same old quaint and cozy spot and the bar and brew pub is once again a happening spot. The restaurant has a huge outdoor seating area for lunch and dinner when the weather allows.  The Calistoga Inn has been a fixture in Calistoga for over 100 years. We have stayed at the Calistoga Inn a few times…
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  • Secret Winery in Carneros, Truchard Vineyards

    Joe Becerra
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    The wine cave at Truchard Vineyards built into the Carneros Vineyard Secret Winery in Carneros, Truchard Vineyards Why is Truchard Vineyards a secret winery in Carneros? The Truchard winery is off the beaten path located on Old Sonoma Road. Most travelers have no reason to venture along this backroad that leads from the Carneros Highway into the town of Napa. Secondly, the winery produces 20,000 cases of wine and most of that goes to fine wine shops, restaurants, and wine club members. Thirdly, Truchard takes visitors by appointment only, no drop-ins. They do not have a big staff, but give…
  • Plymouth wine country

    Joe Becerra
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    One of the first vineyards just outside of Plymouth Plymouth wine country Is Plymouth wine country the new Napa Valley? For sure it is not! It is a unique wine country with a character all its own. For the most part, Plymouth wine country has many small family-owned wineries. A few “big boys” have recently arrived like Turley and Andis, but this wine area is all about small and tucked-away wineries, beautiful rolling hills of vineyards and oak woodlands. The town of Plymouth is small and the downtown stretch is only one block long. Begin your trek there at the Amador Vintage…
  • Fall Colors in St. Helena

    Joe Becerra
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    In St. Helena vineyards, a view of the St. Clement Winery View Fall Colors in St. Helena Now through the end of November, and perhaps into early December, there are wonderous Fall colors in St. Helena. I shot the photo above while taking a walk through vineyards near Deer Park Road at Highway 29 in St. Helena. I hike from there in and out of vineyards to York Lane, a small street that feeds into Highway 29. To be on the safe side, I ask at one of the tasting rooms if I can take a walk through the vineyards for photographing. If it is before the tasting room opens, I go at it with my camera in…
  • Bistro Don Giovanni for lunch in the Napa Valley

    Joe Becerra
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The classic Caesar Salad on the menu at Bistro Don Giovanni for lunch Bistro Don Giovanni for lunch After a tour and tasting at Truchard Vineyards in Carneros on Thursday, we headed down to Bistro Don Giovanni for lunch. The Bistro is located near the town of Napa, just off Highway 29 on Howard Lane. Bistro Don Giovanni has been a fixture on the Napa Valley restaurant scene for the past 20 years, and is a very popular restaurant for locals and tourists. Food critic Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle always has the restaurant on his “Top 1oo Restaurants of the Year.”…
  • Calistoga Inn is looking good

    Joe Becerra
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Calistoga Inn on Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga Calistoga Inn The Calistoga Inn is looking good these days. It has been open about a year and half since a fire had forced it to close down. All is good these days and the Inn portion of the property and been re-done.  The restaurant still looks the same old quaint and cozy spot and the bar and brew pub is once again a happening spot. The restaurant has a huge outdoor seating area for lunch and dinner when the weather allows.  The Calistoga Inn has been a fixture in Calistoga for over 100 years. We have stayed at the Calistoga Inn a few times…
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  • Do bloggers have an obligation to wineries that wine and dine them?

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
      When I was a working critic I was very particular about not letting wineries spend money on me. I had the reputation of not going out to lunch or dinner on the winery’s dime. I did it every once in a while, but tried to keep it rare. I also was extremely fussy about letting wineries spend money on me in other ways. This was only partly because of Wine Enthusiast’s policies; it also was because it didn’t seem right to accept favors (food, travel, etc.) from a winery if I was going to say critical things about their wine. That would have seemed rude and ungrateful. On the other…
  • California Cabernet Sauvignon: Wines in “crisis”, or just best enjoyed young?

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
      I’ve wondered for many years if the big, oaky, ripely sweet Napa Cabernets I’ve given high scores to will age or not. In most cases, my suspicion had been “only moderately,” but it was awfully hard to tell, since not even I, as a wine critic, could frequently get my hands on older bottlings—and besides, many of the famous “cult” Cabs weren’t old enough to be considered “old,” by the time I stopped reviewing California wine, last March. Still, my reviews over the years show my increasing skepticism about these wines’ longterm performance. Where once I might have…
  • What does the Galloni purchase of Tanzer mean to wine criticism?

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
      It is, I suppose, the fault of the historian and logician in me that I’m always looking for the meaning of things. I’ve always thought that all things are connected in some mysterious way, and that certain events have implications, not only for how the future will unfold, but for trying to understand where we are now. Such an event is the purchase of Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar by Antonio Galloni, which hit the airwaves yesterday via dueling press releases. The context here is several-fold. One, both Tanzer and Galloni are enormously influential in this little world…
  • Here comes (probably sooner rather than later) the Petaluma Gap AVA

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
      The growers and wineries have been working diligently to get this largish region on the official AVA list, and since they’ve been doing everything right, far as I can tell, it shouldn’t take the multiple years it took for Paso Robles to finally sub-appellate itself. They’re currently getting the paperwork together for the TTB, and hope to get an AVA as soon as a year or two from now. The organizers are the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance, which has been around for about eight years. Despite their map (sorry you have to crane your neck to read it),   they warn the…
  • Real wine-drinking countries don’t need wine critics

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
      Matt Kramer makes a good case about the difference between “enjoyment” and “assessment” of wine in his Dec. 15 Wine Spectator column—too good a case, for in describing the importance of “context” in wine appreciation, he carves out a huge exception for “truly great wines” in a way that is not entirely consistent with his argument. Briefly, Matt’s argument runs thus: “Context is everything—or nearly so.” A humble little Tuscan wine that was so good in Florence is “a little thin” back home in the States. Port on a hot summer day just doesn’t work. A big…
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    O'Vineyards Carcassonne Wine & Food Blog

  • Holidays Special Offer

    2 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    LIMITED number of packages available: 12 bottles of wine and a Holiday Gift Card! 9 bottles of  our Special ” O’CHASAN ” white wine. 12€ per bottle. 2 bottles of  our Merry ” O’HAPPY ” red wine. 12€ per bottle. 1 bottle of  our Romantic ” O’HAPPY à deux ” red wine.12€ per bottle. PLUS a € 25.00 Gift Card to use on our “Wine & Dine Visit” Total Value € 169.00. Special Offer: € 99.00 plus shipping if not collected at the winery O’CHASAN O’Vineyards only white wine. 100% Chasan O’HAPPY…
  • Harvesting and Having Fun

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

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

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

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

  • California Olive Oil Sensory Boot Camp at UC-Davis

    Todd Knoll
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    I’m proud to be one of forty “nerds” from around the world who gathered recently at University of California’s Davis campus for an extensive olive oil sensory boot camp. This course was designed to mimic a practicing sensory panel’s methodology, and Ranch Manager Brent Young and I attended for continuing education purposes, as we are [...]
  • Jordan named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast

    Lisa Mattson
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    For the last 15 years, Wine Enthusiast magazine has honored a small group of leaders in the wine and spirits industries with its Wine Star Awards. Winners are noted for their energy and groundbreaking vision, as well as the courage to take risks and the skills to succeed in the ever-evolving beverage business. We are thrilled [...]
  • Dry Rub Pork or Turkey: Holiday Dinner Recipe Ideas

    Todd Knoll
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Homemade dry rubs bring an unexpected, exotic taste to your holiday dinner table. In this video, I demonstrate how to make the Jordan dry rub base recipe, which can be quickly and easily adapted into an Asian, Mediterranean or Indian spice rub. (Though we made this video during the summer, the flavors in these ethnic rubs [...]
  • Best Wagyu Burger Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairing Deal This Fall at Capital Grille

    Lisa Mattson
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Our friends at Capital Grille are offering a deliciously juicy deal now through November 23: a Wagyu burger and a glass of Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for only $25. That might just be the best food & wine pairing value we’ve seen all year. The Wagyu Burger & Wine menu includes several different topping [...]
  • 2014 olive harvest begins in Sonoma County

    Lisa Mattson
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Fire up the mill–olive harvest has begun. The 2014 olive harvest officially kicked off at Jordan on Monday, October 27, which is about three weeks early for Sonoma County extra virgin olive oil makers. Cue the case of déjà vu. As mentioned in our grape harvest report, Sonoma County wine country has enjoyed near-perfect weather conditions [...]
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Scenic Train Rides

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Enjoy the sights rolling by on scenic train rides in beautiful California. Experience amazing views riding these historic old trains.
  • Sierra Dinner Train

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Board the Sierra Dinner Train in Oakdale to experience an historic train ride. Make reservations to enjoy a lunch, dinner, or special event excursion.
  • Roaring Camp Railroad

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Travel back in time. Roaring Camp Railroad is an historic train that winds through the redwood forest and to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Experience incredible views.
  • Crab Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

    9 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    This crab stuffed mushrooms recipe creates an elegant appetizer that is perfect to serve for family or friends.
  • Sunol Train Rides

    9 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Sunol Train Ride. Enjoy a scenic train ride on the Sunol train. Located near wineries in Sunol, Castro Valley, and Livermore this train trip is a fun way to spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon.
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • Beso de Vino Seleccion and Old Vine Garnacha - $8 Wonders

    Jon Thorsen
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Includes a BULK BUY! Two crazy good wines from Carinena. This post brought to you by: Get the Franklin Tate Estates Alexanders Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! As we noted in our review of the Monte Ducay Reserva 2009 and the Alto Cinco Garnacha 2012 a few weeks ago, the Carinena region in northern Spain has a long history of winemaking going all the way back to the 3rd century B.C. The vineyards in this area consist of mostly rocky soils at relatively high altitudes with vines averaging 40 years of age. In fact, the area is so known for…
  • Kirkland Signature Series Malbec 2011 - Costco's Top Of The Line Wine

    Jon Thorsen
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Big, rich, smooth and tasty Malbec. 86% Malbec and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina.Available for $19.99 exclusively at Costco. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Our Signature Series wine from Kirkland Signature is selectively sourced from a single vineyard known to be among the highest in the world (4,000 feet above sea level), and the oldest vines at the base of the Andes Mountains. This 2011 Argentina Malbec has been fermented in traditional concrete tanks and aged in French oak to present the heritage of Mendoza. It is superior quality in fine wines brought…
  • Bodega Sottano Classico Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - Ripe, Tart and Smoky

    Jon Thorsen
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    A great deal on a great wine. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Perdriel, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.This review is sponsored by CorkExclusive where you can get the Bodega Sottano Cabernet Sauvignon Classico 2013 for just $13.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any order!From the bottle:"Variety: 100% Cabernet SauvignonOak Aging: 8 months in oak barrels, 70% french and 30% american.Harvest: In small cases of 12kg in the 1st half April.Eyes: Ruby hues.Nose: Coffee, cassis and snuff.Palate: soft and ripe tannins.14% Alcohol"Cabernet Sauvignon is grown almost everywhere in the world, but despite this it…
  • Wente Reliz Creek Pinot Noir 2010 Plus Free Shipping On All Orders at Marketview Liquor

    Jon Thorsen
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Stock up on this wine plus anything else Marketview sells with this great deal for readers of The Reverse Wine Snob. Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California.SRP of $28 and available for as low as $17 at Marketview Liquor. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Reliz Creek runs through the Wente's family estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey. This sustainably grown Pinot Noir has subtle cherry, earth, and vanilla flavors due to the long, cool growing season and gravelly soils of the Arroyo Seco region. Wente Vineyards, family owned and operated since 1883, is…
  • Matt Parish Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - Value From The Valley

    Jon Thorsen
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to Naked Wines. Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California.SRP of $35 and available to Naked Wines Angels for as low as $16.49. New sign-ups get $100 in free wine using the coupon below. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"As your chief winemaker at, every single day, I see spectacular vineyards and wines that I want to work with -- to make, blend and bottle.Thanks to all of my Angels for making it possible!14.5% Alcohol"The 2012 Matt Parish Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon begins with pleasant aromas of black cherry, plum, a little smoke, some oak, a hint of…
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    Nosso Vinho

  • Chateau La Commanderie 2011

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

    Paulo Queiroz
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Este vinho que pode ser caracterizado como um Bordeaux da Toscana é produzido na cidade… The post Oremo 2008 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • La Mancha 2010

    Paulo Queiroz
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Hoje vamos apresentar um vinho simples da região de Castilla La Mancha, no centro da… The post La Mancha 2010 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Grand Ardèche Chardonnay Louis Latour 2011

    Paulo Queiroz
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Nosso vinho de hoje é um chardonnay do tradicional produtor Louis Latour, que tem mais… The post Grand Ardèche Chardonnay Louis Latour 2011 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Le Paradou 2012

    Paulo Queiroz
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Lá no sul da região do Rhone, na França, estão as montanhas de Ventoux, onde… The post Le Paradou 2012 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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  • Bacigalupi Petite Sirah 2010

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Bacigalupi Petite Sirah 2010, Russian River Valley, CA, $44 – Rating 92 Think cold winter’s day, a blanket and a fireplace. This is the perfect big wine to share. Be patient however as this Petite Sirah take at least an hour to open to full potential. A robust nose of smokey cherry, blueberry and spice. A palate full of black cherry, blackberry, ripe raspberry, oaky vanilla, dark chocolate and brown spice. As one should expect from a Petite, it offers a full mouth-feel with big tannins and bright acidity. Dark cherry and peppery spice on the finish. Buy This Wine   The post…
  • Giordano Chianti d.o.c.g. 2013

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Giordano Chianti d.o.c.g. 2013, Tuscany, Italy, $15 (S) – Rating 91 Very typical of this beautiful variety (Sangiovese) from an even more beautiful wine region. Aromas of cherry, dark chocolate and spice. A soft mouth-feel with defined tannins and balanced acidity. On the palate, flavors of black cherry, plum and pomegranate with plenty dark spice. Spice and chocolate in the finish. Buy This Wine   The post Giordano Chianti d.o.c.g. 2013 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Unti Vineyards Sangiovese 2011

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Unti Vineyards Sangiovese 2011, Dry Creek Valley, CA, $40 – Rating 91 Looking for a medium bodied red wine that has the versatility of Pinot Noir? This hillside Sangiovese fruit is blended with 5% Montepulciano. Aromas of smokey cherry and briar. A soft mouth-feel with supple tannins and balanced acidity. Black cherry, raspberry, spice and oaky vanilla dance on the palate. Buy This Wine   The post Unti Vineyards Sangiovese 2011 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
  • Watching the Wine Children Grow Up at J. Cage Cellars

    Roger Beery
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Read Part 6 of  Starting J. Cage Cellars –  A Family Winery Series Back at the end of September, we finished barreling our wines so they can mature and rest comfortably. Donna and I then headed back to Denver. A Halloween party invitation and the wonderful Pinot on the River event in Healdsburg were enough excuse to bolt from Denver for a long weekend back in Sonoma to taste our three J. Cage Cellars wines. Conch getting J. Cage Cellars Pinot Samples I recall watching Conch and Whitney when they were young kids participating in sporting events and wondering if they might develop into…
  • Bernardus Winery Sauvignon Blanc Griva Vineyard 2012

    Bacchus &#38; Beery Wine Blog
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Bernardus Winery Sauvignon Blanc Griva Vineyard 2012, Monterey County, Arroyo Seco, CA, $22 (S) – Rating 89 Created 100% from the Musqué clone of Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of lemon cream and spice. Lush on the palate with juicy acidity. Flavorful notes on Meyer lemon, pineapple, spice and minerality with a hint of  crème fraiche. Buy this Wine   The post Bernardus Winery Sauvignon Blanc Griva Vineyard 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery.
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  • Tooth & Nail Winery to Take Over the Castle

    Hoot 'n Annie
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    If you’re like us, you’ve been wondering what would happen at the huge castle on 46 West that Eagle Castle used to call home. Well, now we know…and we’re excited to check it out! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Paso Robles Winery Takes Over the Castle on 46 West Tasting room will open before Thanksgiving (PASO ROBLES, Calif.)- Rabble Wine Company, the winemaking arm of long-time Central Coast grape grower Rob Murray, is in the process of a major remodel of the former Eagle Castle Winery on 46 West in Paso Robles. The Company plans to open the new Tooth & Nail Winery in…
  • Press Release: Alta Colina Opens New Winery and Tasting Room

    Hoot 'n Annie
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    We’ve just received this Press Release about Alta Colina Vineyard and Winery and think it’s pretty exciting news so we’re sharing it with you! Be sure to check out Alta Colina’s new digs and let us know what you think…opening later this month! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alta Colina Opens New Winery and Tasting Room After more than a decade of dreaming, Tillman family creates eco-friendly home to make and showcase their wines November 14, 2014 (Paso Robles, Calif.) More than ten years after Alta Colina owners Bob and Lynn Tillman founded their dream vineyard off…
  • Las Vegas and its Wine Bars

    Hoot 'n Annie
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Las Vegas strives to offer the best of everything for its guests and the casinos found here are quite diverse in terms of their designs and activities. Many casinos provide gourmet restaurant options for guests and with this are also many different bars, some casinos provide several bars and offer an array of beverages. In fact, some bars are well known for providing certain kinds of drinks such as wine. It is interesting to see such a booming catering market in Vegas but not too surprising – competition from Macau and online establishments like has forced the powers that…
  • Paso Robles Garagiste Festival 2014

    Hoot 'n Annie
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    The 4th Annual Paso Robles Garagiste Festival has come and gone. Yet another sold out event that highlights and promotes the small production, or ‘garagiste’, winemakers. This was the first year the event was held at the Paso Robles Event Center, prior to this year it had been at the Beautiful Windfall Farms. The benefits to having this event (or any event for that matter) at the event center is that it’s got plenty of parking, it’s in town versus out, it’s near hotels so attendees from out of town can walk to the event, and there is plenty of space. Granted, it may not have the…
  • Paso Robles: People Are Starting To Get It

    Hoot 'n Annie
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    In the last 30 days there have been dozens and dozens of pieces written about Paso Robles, events in Paso Robles, specific wineries, and specific restaurants. So many that I have lost count and don’t think I have all the links to them anymore. The point is, people outside Paso have been and continue to understand more and more why this is the place to visit or move to. Of course we don’t want everyone moving here but growth happens whether you like it or not. Paso was once a hidden treasure and now it may not be on everyone’s radar but we certainly are not as hidden as we once were. We…
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Bottle and Cork at La Nebbia Winery in Half Moon Bay $5.50 per bottle

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The fill line at Bottle and Cork at La Nebbia Bottle and Cork at La Nebbia Winery Bottle and Cork at La Nebbia winery on Saturday , November 15 It’s Bottle and Cork at La Nebbia winery in Half Moon Bay. Bottle and Cork at La Nebbia is held eight times during the year. The price of a regular-sized wine bottle to fill with wine is a measly $5.50. This last Saturday, La Nebbia offered its customers Dry Red Blend Happy Valley 2013. The wine is from High Valley in Lake County. I did  a quick Google search for High Valley and found many of the vineyards in the High Valley AVA are owned by…
  • Bacchus Wine Shop opens in Millbrae

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    Wine racks at the Bacchus Wine Shop Bacchus Wine Shop Millbrae Remember my article about Pape Meats in Millbrae? In July of this year I reported that a wine shop was set to go into a space vacated by a grocery store where Pape Meats runs their butcher shop. The Bacchus Wine Shop in Millbrae opened this past weekend with a grand opening event on Saturday and Sunday. I checked in on Saturday afternoon and the place was jammed at both the Pape Meat counter and the Bacchus tasting tables. Appetizers and wine tasting of four artisan wines were on display and available to all guests. The Bacchus…
  • Best Napa Valley Cabernet under $20 – Vintage 2012

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    Wine folks, it is here. A list of the best Napa Valley Cabernets under $20. Believe it! I spent a couple of months seeking out Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines and found 12 wines. I found these at K&L Wines, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Costco. This was all in preparation for our blind Vintage Wine Tasting. Every other month we meet and blind taste a different varietal of wine.  It was my turn to host and seek out these Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines,  all from the 2012 vintage This was no easy task as you might imagine. The majority of wines I purchased for our tasting retail…
  • Renegade from Ancient Peaks is ridiculously good

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    The beautifully balanced Renegade from Ancient Peaks in Paso Robles Ancient Peaks 2011 Renegade In last week’s article on Good Cheap Vino, we talked about the Daou Cabernet Sauvignon we picked up at the Safeway 30% off sale. I thought that was a very good deal, and this week I tried the Ancient Peaks Renegade. It is ridiculously good and an even better deal at only $13.85 a bottle if you buy a six pack. What I like about this wine is its complexity. It keeps on giving with each sip. It is so enjoyable and full of many flavors. It is smooth and gracious in the mouth and has a very nice…
  • Top Bargain Wines 2014 and Safeway Wine Sale

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    And so it begins, with the Wine Enthusiast the first to publish the top 100 wines of 2014. The latest issue contains the Top 100 Best Buys of 2014. It is also available for download free for anyone. I like that concept and congratulate Wine Enthusiast for making this available for bargains wine hunters. I went through the list and found many that I have seen at local wine shops and supermarkets. In the Wine Enthusiast photo, the three wines can be found locally.  The Aveleda is at K&L Wines, The Bogle at Trader Joe’s, and the Charles & Charles Rosé is at the Safeway. Top 100…
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    Gonzo Gastronomy

  • “But glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity…”

    Katie Pizzuto
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    Those that have been watching the growth of the craft beer/microbrewery movement this last decade with a diligent eye know that Big Brewing has done its best to steal back at least a portion of what it’s lost to the little guys—mostly by screwing with the less-than-diligent consumer. The A-B family of brands now includes lines like Green Valley Brewing Company (the name Anheuser-Bush makes no appearance on those bottle labels), Stella Artois and Kirin Ichiban (no, Kirin is not an import if you are American), as well as having their hands stuck in the cookie jars of Red Hook Brewing, Goose…
  • “No! Don’t sign it! Give me time to think. I mean hold on a second boy, ’cause that’s magic ink…”

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

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

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

    Katie Pizzuto
    27 Feb 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Brooklyn Brewery makes me wish I lived in Brooklyn, and other than my friend Joe Carroll’s trio of gastro-bliss joints (Spuyten Duyvil, Fette Sau and St. Anselm) I didn’t really think anything could make me want to live in Brooklyn—I heard a tree grows there, but it continues to elude me. Every beer they’ve ever released to the public has found a place in my heart, but I can get those beers anywhere. It’s the ghost bottles—the ones they’re continually inviting me to taste but only seem to pour on a damned weeknight, when maneuvering my way from Northvale, NJ…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • Holiday Food & Wine Pairing Guide

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

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

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

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

    Christine Collier
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Oregon's native, growing fermentation beverage and food producers are growing so rapidly Governor Kitzhaber has just proclaimed October to be "Oregon Fermentation Month!" October is also the first full month colleges will be back in Fall term where attention will be given to Oregon Community Colleges and Oregon State University fermentation and hospitality related academics programs. OSU leads the nation with a unique fermentation science research and teaching program I had the privilege of starting in 1995. Please join us on Saturday, October 18th from 12-4 pm in our Estate Tasting Room to…
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    B.Mitch Drinks

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

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

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

  • Car Wash and Trickster?!?

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

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

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

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    With the burgeoning growth of wineries throughout Washington State producing some excellent wines, how does one select one winery over another? Price point, quality of the wines, nifty marketing and personal taste are all part of the decision but the best wineries, in my opinion, provide an exceptional wine experience. Talented wine makers, an educated and enthusiastic staff and a well, thought-out marketing scheme that includes innovative, fun activities for both wine club members and the general public are elements that come together to make EFESTE stand out.   EFESTE Winery Front…
  • Eric Dunham Passes

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Eric Dunham, Founding Winemaker of Dunham Cellars, died unexpectedly on Thursday October 23, 2014. Eric Dunham Eric Dunham was known for gentle, creative spirit who loved dogs and big reds. Eric focuses on gentle treatment of the fruit through out the wine making process, showing respect for the essence versus the manipulation of the grape into wine. After working  as an Assistant Wine Maker under Marty Clubb at Le’Ecole  41,  Eric made his first wine under under the Dunham label, the 1995 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon I .  This first release won several awards, including a Gold Medal…
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • 2012 Mouton Rothschild Label Features the Art of Miquel Barcelo

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

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

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

    Jeff Leve
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider World famous winemaker, Austrian born, Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non was severly injured in a motorcyle accident. The accident took place September 18, 2014 in the Rose Valley area of Ojai California. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Manfred Krankl was rushed by helicopter to the closest hospital suffering from severe, traumatic, head injuries. Manfred Krankl remains in critical condition. He is in a coma. According to comments from his wife Elaine Krankl, Manfred Krankl is stable and fortunately, he is expected to make a…
  • International Grenache Day Celebration September 19

    Jeff Leve
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider Friday September 19, 2014 is International Grenache Day. That means it’s time to pop a cork on a Grenache based wine you have been saving for something special. Not that you should need International Grenache Day to open a bottle of wine. I know I don’t. By the way, September 19 is not only for International Grenache Day. It’s also talk like a Pirate day! I wonder how many people will combine wine with Pirate talk? Talk about a paring. I suppose with a few bottles opened, this could happen more than we think. OK everyone,…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • Cornerstone Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    Marc Hinton
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2011 Cornerstone Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon The team at Cornerstone delivered in a big way on this wine, especially since so many critics claimed, “look past the 2011 vintage.”  As I have always stated, inevitably, talented vintners that work with fruit grown in superb conditions will make stellar wines in questionable […]
  • Sartori di Verona Villa Marzia Limoncello Lemon Liqueur

    Marc Hinton
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sartori di Verona Villa Marzia Limoncello Lemon Liqueur, Italy I grew up working in the restaurant business in Memphis, Tennessee. The Italian family I worked for made their own Limoncello and it was an honor when I was invited to imbibe upon a tipple. On many occasions where I have worked with Italian chefs, I […]
  • Video: Wines of Central Italy

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Video: Wines of Central Italy This is a video about the wine of central Italy. The LCBO takes you on journey through the wine styles of Central Italy. Join Michael Fagan in part two of a three-episode series exploring the wines of Italy, and discover that history, beauty and infinite variety make Central Italy a […]
  • What Wines You Need to Serve with Turkey Dinner

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    What Wines You Need to Serve with Turkey Dinner?  What Wines You Need to Serve with Turkey Dinner? Well, this list is not another long, boring, “thanksgiving is complicated, and you need to read this 20 page guide to get how complicated it is to pair wine with cranberries, stuffing and pumpkin pie!”  Nope. Because things […]
  • Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Prazo de Roriz

    Marc Hinton
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2011 Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Prazo de Roriz, Douro, Portugal A bootylicious kind of sip!  It’s a big f*cking deal, rock yur world kind of wine that’s wicked pissar. I mean that with the utmost respect Rupert and Charles Symington and u’s know I would never diss ya’ll! Enobytes has mad […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • WineStudio: Willamette Valley Chardonnays (Week II)

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Importance of Being a Willamette Valley Chardonnay#WineStudio Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm PDTWhen you think of the Willamette Valley (it's Willamette, dammit!), you probably think of world-class Pinot Noir, and you wouldn't be wrong. With 11,053 acres planted, fabulous Pinots come out every vintage, year after year. But the Valley has a lighter side as well, with over 3,400 acres of white grape varietals planted, 684 of which are Chardonnay. Yes, Chardonnay. The November WineStudio gets into the Chardonnay renaissance in Oregon, specifically the Willamette Valley, citing terroir,…
  • What Do You Know About English Wine?

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you're like me, absolutely nothing. I think of England as cold, damp, and more fit for sheep than grapevines. With climate change, education, and improvements in winegrowing, however, things have changed in a big way. There are now over 400 vineyards in England and Wales covering some 3,500 acres and producing sparkling and still wines. The English Wine Producers website lists 21 white varietals and 7 reds, mostly hybrids, but also including the ubiquitous Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.This infographic, created by Warner Leisure Hotels, contains a map of the UK’s most notable vineyards, as…
  • Tempranillo Day with Lodi Wine

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Tempranillo Day: A celebration of the Tempranillo grapewith all its regional synonyms. Open a bottle of Tempranillo, enjoy the fun, and share your experience online with the hashtags#TempranilloDay or #Tempranillo.We got a headstart last week on today's Tempranillo Day by conducting a tasting of Tempranillo wines from Lodi. In 2013, there were 900 tons of Tempranillo harvested in Lodi. Lodi continues to amaze me with their never-ending supply of unique and fabulous wines - literally, is there a grape they can't vinify well? Another great virtual tasting sipping and chatting with…
  • WineStudio: Willamette Valley Chardonnays (Week I)

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Importance of Being a Willamette Valley Chardonnay#WineStudio Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm PDTWhen you think of the Willamette Valley (it's Willamette, dammit!), you probably think of world-class Pinot Noir, and you wouldn't be wrong. With 11,053 acres planted, fabulous Pinots come out every vintage, year after year. But the Valley has a lighter side as well, with over 3,400 acres of white grape varietals planted, 684 of which are Chardonnay. Yes, Chardonnay. The November WineStudio gets into the Chardonnay renaissance in Oregon, specifically the Willamette Valley, citing terroir,…
  • VAwinechat: Colonial Virginia Wine Trail

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    The Colonial Virginia Wine Trail features four of Virginia's best wineries (Williamsburg Winery, Saudé Creek Vineyards, New Kent Winery and James River Cellars) all within a one hour drive. Stretching from North to Southeast of Richmond, it appears that the wineries are easily accessed from the freeway, making this wine trail doable in a day, though you might stretch it out once you see some of the accommodations they offer. Since the wineries are in such close proximity to each other, I was interested to see the interaction between the players. My initial impression is that, while they all…
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  • Sips: A nice crisp pinot noir from New Zealand

    6 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    Let’s face it: good under-$20 pinot noir with real varietal character, complexity and balance is hard to find. From New Zealand, Nobilo’s 2013 Icon Pinot Noir from Marlborough solves the problem. This widely available wine has an average price of $19 on Wine Searcher, with many retailers listing it for a good deal less. It has notes of black cherry, plum, blueberry and a typical and pleasing New Zealand pinot earthiness. Nicely integrated oak and refreshing acidity complete the picture.  It matched well with sliced London broil and will pair with lots of other dishes, from salmon to…
  • A wine made when Nixon was President reminds us how sexy 'old' can be

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

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

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

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

  • Wine and Cheese Pairing Ideas

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

    Hilarie Larson
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Wine has been part of daily life in the south of France for a long time –as in over 2000 years. The Phocaeans and the Greeks were the first to cultivate the grape vine when they arrived on the Mediterranean coast around 600 BC, and the Romans really expanded things when they turned up about 400 years later. So what, you might ask, could possibly be ‘new’ or ‘under-the-radar’ in this area? Have we got a treat for you!   Wine Regions of Southern France   Bandol Wine Region The Black Wine of France This little corner of Provençal heaven is small in size but…
  • 5 Steps in Deciding How Long to Age a Wine

    Madeline Puckette
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    One of the top questions I get asked by wine enthusiasts is how long to age a wine. We’ve previously discussed the 4 basic traits of an age-worthy wine. In this article we’ll take a deeper look at specific varietals and what to look for when aging wine. Did You Know: Improper storage conditions can lower a wine’s lifespan by up to 75%. Read more: Finding the right wine storage temperature.   How Long to Age a Wine You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have great success cellaring and aging wines. In fact, cellaring affordable wines is very gratifying. Aged…
  • How to Tell if Wine is Corked

    Madeline Puckette
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Corked wine is so off-putting that some people will swear off wine after their first bad experience. (bad wine experience? How to cure a wine hangover.) Cork taint isn’t easily identified which can make it hard to differentiate bad wine from wine that’s gone bad… Below we’ll cover: How often is wine corked? What causes it? What can we do about it? A typical wine consumer will encounter ~100 corked bottles in their lifetime. About 2-3% of wine is corked. Outrageous. Wine Cork Taint Known in the business as TCA and to chemists as 2, 4, 6, Trichloroanisole, cork taint…
  • Beyond Champagne: 23 Sparkling Wines of France

    Madeline Puckette
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Get to know the other sparkling wines of France; from the aromatic Chenin Blanc-based Vouvray to the strawberry-like Pinot Noir Crémant d’Alsace Rosé. There is also an old style of sparkling wine production that was popular during King Henry the VIII’s era. What’s surprising to note is that many of these regions will cost you less than twenty to get into. Beyond Champagne: The 23 Sparkling Wines of France A great bottle of bubbly makes life feel just a bit more amazing. It happens when those tiny bubbles hit your tongue. In that moment, you realize all the little things…
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  • Rising to the Occasion: Beautiful Bakeries

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

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

    Carey Sweet
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Barley & HopsIt’s clear we love beer. Sonoma County now has at least 23 operating breweries, 5 cideries and 6 distilleries, with more opening soon. As much as wine tasting, the region is becoming known for its beer tasting, and people describe beers in much the same terms, admiring distinct flavor profiles, and celebrating beer masters as genius.It’s gotten to the point that I, an avid wine lover and lukewarm accepter of beers, have changed my tune. Grapefruit juniper beer at Warped? Oh yes, more please.Here’s what some of the buzz is about, with brand new breweries:Fogbelt Brewing…
  • Wineries Offer More to Explore

    Carey Sweet
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chateau St. JeanTasting wine is always wonderful, but modern sippers want more than just standing at a bar. Instead, we want to make an entire day of it, with food, games, and a bit of behind the scenes activities, too. Here are five of our favorite well-rounded adventures.Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood This is a two-‘fer, since guests can enjoy gourmet sandwiches, salads and artisan cheeses purchased in the deli, plus wines by the glass, for a picnic on the castle-perfect grounds. Then, might we suggest indulging in the elaborate Cinq Cépages Blending Experience ($75), where…
  • Splendiferous Outdoor Music Concerts in Wine Country This Fall

    Carey Sweet
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    One of the joys of Wine Country is its autumn weather, where warm days fade to crisp nights. It’s the perfect time to gather up friends, families and sweaters, and enjoy an outdoor concert.Groth Vineyards & Winery: Reserve Cabernet Release Day, Oakville (Oct. 4, 2014) Join the party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for food, rousing music, and barrel tastings of the 2013 Reserve Cabernet. For a look at the source of the wine, vineyard tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $40. 750 Oakville Cross Road, Oakville, 707-944-0290, Cellars: Sunday Funday,…
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • Sonic Decanter “Wows” with Great Results in Wine Tasting

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Imagine being able to take an ordinary bottle of wine and make it better! Seems too good to be true, huh? A big part of my early years of blogging was finding value wines that I could add to my “under $10 team.” Often times this can be a crap shoot. How many times have you opened a bottle of “value” wine to be disappointed with sour fruit and unbalanced flavors. The other day I had the privilege of participating in a demo of the Sonic Decanter. While I’m not exactly sure how all the science behind the product works, […]
  • Spokane Holiday Wine Festival Weekend with The Cork District

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    For 20 plus years, Spokane wineries have been hosting Holiday Wine Festival weekend the weekend before Thanksgiving! The 20+ Cork District Wineries feature new wine releases, special holiday treats, gift items and fantastic deals to help you survive the holidays with family and friends. Make plans to attend November 21-23 from Noon-5pm. Visit the Cork District Spokane website for winery locations and additional details (tasting fees may apply). DOWNLOAD THE CORK DISTRICT MAP NECTAR TASTING ROOM ACTIVITIES Nectar Tasting Room is home to 5 amazing Washington wineries with almost 50 wines on the…
  • Beauty and the Vine at Nectar

    6 Oct 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, November 20 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 […]
  • Nectar to Open Craft Wine and Beer Shop in Kendall Yards

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nectar to Open Craft Wine and Beer Shop in Kendall Yards Josh Wade, owner of Nectar Tasting Room is opening  craft wine and beer shop in Kendall Yards. Nectar Craft Wine and Beer will carry wine from around the world, specialty and local beer for retail sales and will have a great space to enjoy glass or pint while enjoying the small plates menu overlooking downtown Spokane. “Kendall Yards is the perfect location for specialty wine and beer shop. The community is booming and the vision of Greenstone Homes for the area really excites me,” says Josh. […]
  • Personalize it With a Custom Wine Label

    12 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Custom labels are a great way to personalize your event, say thank you and even raise a little extra money for your non-profit organization. Our partnership with Northwest Cellars gives us the ability to create any custom label you want with quantities as little as 1 bottle. Pricing ranges from $16-$24 for various white wines and $18-$42 per bottle for various red wines. Raising money for a non-profit event? Give us a call to discuss discount pricing and how you can make money on each bottle you sell! LABEL OPTIONS You provide your own label artwork and we do the […]
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  • JOSEPH PHELPS 'Insignia' 2011

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    While many struggled with the cooler conditions in 2011, the winemaking team at Joseph Phelps absolutely thrived, achieving remarkable results, combining power, balance and structure in this brilliant Insignia. The wine resonates with deep layers of dark fruits and currants before folding in notes of fresh violets, spices and dusty minerals. This shows incredible depth and concentration, but also offers a wonderful sense of freshness from the underlying acidity, which also provides lift to the wine as it heads into the long supple finish. Today the wine is already showing incredible and it…
  • DOMAINE GASTON & PIERRE RAVAUT Ladoix 1er ‘La Corvee’ 2010

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    The 2010 ‘La Corvee’ is elegant and refined, yet possesses darker characteristics while showing more depth and personality than last years effort. The aromas of black raspberry, ripe strawberries, spices, tar and eucalyptus are all woven together beautifully in this gorgeous Pinot Noir. It’s wrapped tightly around fine, silky tannins and remains firmly structured through the finish. (Best 2016-2024) - November, 2014 (JD) 91 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: November, 2014 Drinking Window: 2016-2024Suggested Value: $75 Vintage: 2010 Producer: Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut…
  • DOMAINE GASTON & PIERRE RAVAUT Ladoix 1er ‘La Corvee’ 2009

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    The 2009 ‘La Corvee’ is bright and fresh with pretty aromas and flavors of red berries, spices, dried floral and a hint of eucalyptus. It offers a beautiful, elegant personality, structured around fine tannins which stay tightly wound through the firm finish. Today this looks to have closed down a bit, and seems to be in need of some additional bottle age. (Best 2016-2022) - November, 2014 (JD) 88 POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: November, 2014 Drinking Window: 2016-2024Suggested Value: $75 Vintage: 2009 Producer: Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut Country: France Region:…
  • HYDE DE VILLAINE 'Belle Cousine, Hyde Vineyard' 2010

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    An absolutely brilliant showing in 2010 is the Belle Cousine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from 23 year old vines in the Hyde Vineyard. This opens up with captivating aromas and flavors of dark fruits, cassis, dried herbs, mocha, sweet spices and anise, which are all woven together beautifully. It possesses a full body that is well structured with a gorgeous texture, and demonstrates wonderful focus all the way through the polished finish that lingers on. Today this is showing extreamly well, however it will also continue to evolve for another decade and beyond. Very…
  • BEVAN CELLARS Chardonnay ‘Ritchie Vineyard’ 2012

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    The 2012 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay from Bevan Cellars opens up with alluring aromas of tropical fruits, vanilla, honeysuckle, marshmallow, crushed stones and a toasted hazelnut character. This is broad and voluptuous with a rich, creamy texture that coats every inch of your palate as it heads into layered finish. Accessible today, absolutely delicious and should last a decade. (Best 2014-2024) - November, 2014 (JD) 93POINTS Wine Specifications Report Date: November, 2014 Drinking Window: 2014-2024Suggested Value: $NA Vintage: 2012 Producer: Bevan Cellars Country: United States Region:…
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  • bubbly while waiting, with anna kendrick

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Big Kate Spade fan, and love this adorable video they just put out for the holidays. Anna Kendrick plays a ditzy girl who gets locked out of her apartment after a Kate Spade shopping spree, so she puts on a mini fashion show for her dog on the stoop while she waits for keys. Like … Continue reading →
  • scandal wine recap: last supper, best wine

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    I totally thought last night was the winter finale – but now I realize we have one episode left for grapey goodness. I hand you over to Abby who knows much more about B-613 than I do (I’m all wine, not warring). Buckle up, grapefriends! This is the episode before the much-promoted winter finale which … Continue reading →
  • good enough for rihanna, better for my dad

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rihanna posted this photo on Twitter the other day. If you really know, then you know! On my O. Pope shit! — Rihanna (@rihanna) October 13, 2014 It’s true: if you know, you know. Riri knows. I know. And my dad knows too, though he didn’t a mere three months ago. I got him … Continue reading →
  • scandal wine recap: red in bed

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    First, apologies for the delayed recap: Grapefriend and I were eating and drinking our way through New Orleans the past few days. I’m just sorry we couldn’t bring back beignets and praline bacon for you all! But not to worry, Scandal-watching was top priority upon return. wine moment #1 (and only) There wasn’t a lot … Continue reading →
  • buffalo chicken mac and cheese – with wine

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    One of my favorite places on the Upper West Side is Fred’s, which has some of the sickest mac and cheese ever made (not to mention carafes of goldfish crackers at the bar). Whenever I take my nephews there, they always get the buffalo chicken version which is pretty damn awesome. My sister attempted to … Continue reading →
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  • Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Review of Barons Edmond and Benjamin de Rothschild Haut Medoc 2011   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  November 13, 2014   This past August saw the passing of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, one of the leading lights of the Jewish legendary winemaking and banking family. She was 80 years old. Her father was Jewish, while she and her mother remained Roman Catholic—tragically, yet ironically, her mother was murdered in the holocaust (the only Rothschild to have died in the Shoah).   In 1988, following the death of her legendary Jewish father…
  • Wine Bath

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    Reviews of  Neve Midbar 2011 and several Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whiskies.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  November 6, 2014   Professional basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire, who proudly proclaims an ill-defined Jewish heritage of some sort—“I am a Hebrew through my mother” is how he put it in 2010, though his agent was quick to note “but he is not [Jewish]. He thinks there may be some Jewish blood on his mother’s side and he is researching it”—has added something called “vinotherapy” to his post-workout…
  • Green Wine

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    Reviews of the Aveleda Grinalda 2012 and two Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  October 29. 2014   It is not yet, thankfully, too cold for us to be able to enjoy a warm weather wine from Portugal: Vinho Verde (pronounced “veen-yo vehrd”). The name translates to “green wines.” Vinho Verde is not a grape varietal. The “green” is meant as “young” as in they should be consumed young in order to best appreciate their vibrant fruit flavors.   Vinho Verde also refers to the…
  • What Wines Did King David Drink?

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Reviews of Shiloh Legend II 2010 and several Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  October 23, 2014   Although the biblical texts are replete with references to wine, the exact varietals employed to create these libations remain a mystery. From the seventh century Islamic conquest of the region until the rebirth of the modern Israeli wine industry in the late 1800s, wine production in Israel was essentially dormant. Consequently, the indigenous wine grape varietals were largely lost. Currently, the grape…
  • A Little Bit Of The Bubbly

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
      Reviews of Deccolio Prosecco and Old Grand-Dad 100 Proof Bonded Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  October 16, 2014   The holidays are a great reason to pour some special wines with friends and family. And while we seldom need an excuse to enjoy some sparkling wine, and have frequently complained such wines are too often saved for “special occasions,” at this time of year, a bit of bubbly does seem appropriate.   Sparkling wines are very versatile and range in style from bone dry to very sweet,…
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  • Everything You Want to Know About Your Favorite Champagne Producer

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
                      Have you recently found yourself enjoying a nice glass of Champagne and saying to yourself, “I’d like to know more about where this came from.”? If so, you’re in luck. Today, we launch the Sourmashed Champagne Producer Database. What is that, you ask? Simple. It is an ever evolving database of Champagne producers and all the key information about them, including whatever they produce. Think of it as your one-stop-shop for Champagne information.     Check it out here: Sourmashed Champagne Producer…
  • Who Doesn’t Enjoy Zombie Dust?

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:13 pm
    For many, Three Floyds Zombie Dust has taken on almost mythic status. Perhaps that is because of the incredibly sweet label? My guess is no, but that doesn’t take away from the awesome. It has a 100 score (out of 100) on Beer Advocate. Some might argue that this must make it the perfect beer. And while I am often contrary, I am not here to take away from all the award winning positive things said about Zombie Dust. In fact, while I don’t think Zombie Dust is the best beer in the entire world, I have nothing but good things to say about it. Zombie Dust is a very hoppy pale ale.
  • A Beer Named After A Dictator: Avery’s The Kaiser

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    While I am sure it is a challenge to continuously come up with new and exciting names for beers, the folks at Avery Brewing in Boulder, Colorado have decided to leverage a rich source of historical inspiration: dictators. Fortunately (I guess?), they are focusing on dictators from the past rather than any modern day examples that might be a tad more controversial. For my first foray into the dictator series, I had The Kaiser, an Imperial Oktoberfest style. I love Oktoberfests, but I had never had an Imperial version so was excited to try. It was nice an malty with barely a hint of its double…
  • When Fancy Beer Tastes Just Like Fruit Soda: Duchesse de Bourgogne

    4 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Many recent beer lists, those that list 50 best beers ever out something like that, have been giving a lot of love to Duchesse de Bourgogne. Given the consistency of it showing up towards the top of the lists, I decided that I should give it a try despite being unable to pronounce the name. Duchesse de Bourgogne is a complicated beer from Belgium. It is a blend of red ales, one aged eight months, the other 18, to produce a slightly sour, fruity concoction. The beer is good. I can say that about it. Expensive but good. The only downside is that it reminds me of drinking fruit soda. Not in a…
  • Is There A Worse Trend In Craft Beer Than This?

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Can someone please explain why there is an increasing trend in the craft beer world to put chili pepper in beer? Has anyone ever been sitting back, enjoying a nice beer, and saying, “hey bro, I wish this beer was a lot spicier!” Apparently, someone said exactly that, because spicy pepper beers are popping up all over the place. The worst part is that it is usually unexpected. Take the beer in the photo, a Ten Ninety Imperial Porter. Ten Ninety makes good beer. Imperial Porters are good beer. So I buy it. Shame on me for not reading the small print about cayenne pepper. Seriously?
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  • You Get a 100 Points! And You Get a 100 Points! And YOU Get a 100 Points!

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

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello, everyone, my name is Larry Anosmia and I’ll be your tour guide today around our spectacular estate and winery. Before we get started, I’d like to make a few announcements. For those of you who aren’t aware, I am a Master Sommelier. Have any of you seen the movie, “Somm?” No? Not surprising. It went straight to pay-per-Vieux. Anyway, a Master Sommelier degree is the highest degree one can attain as a wine expert, except for maybe Master of Wine, or Acker Merrall wine fraud consultant. So...
  • How to Be a Successful Wine Writer

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    I am often asked what it takes to become a successful wine writer, which is like asking Harold Pinter how to become a successful song writer. He’s dead, you idiot. As it turns out, however, I actually do know what it takes to become a wine writer. And, surprisingly, wine knowledge isn’t one of the qualifications you need worry about. Or the ability to write. Where would wine journalism be if knowledge and talent were required? Imagine a world where wine articles are not only accurate and...
  • Lo Hai Qu Patronizes Hip Wine Bars

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It's been a while since Lo Hai Qu has had a chance to speak her mind on the pressing wine issues of the day. I'm getting tired of blogging, so I asked her to write about whatever is eating at her. That may have been a mistake... Me and my girls, we been goin’ to a lot of new wine bars lately. It was Shizzangela’s idea, really. She thinks it’s funny to go and just order whatever weird white wine they’re serving and then send it back saying, “Don’t you have any Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio?...
  • Blind Book Review: "Sherry"

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been patiently waiting for my review copy of Talia Baiocchi’s Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best Kept Secret. It’s apparently coming Palomino Express. I’m also breathlessly anticipating Jon Bonné’s glowing praise of this already legendary tome, certain to be included among his holiday wine book picks as payback for Baiocchi’s glowing words about The New California Wine. I’ve already seen Momofuku sommelier (yeah, I was called that quite a bit), and friend of Talia, Jordan...
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  • 5 Thanksgiving Day White Wines Under $20

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Picking out wine for Thanksgiving can be a challenge.  Do I serve a white, red, rose, sparkling?  Well actually all three are fine.  Perhaps you have one from each category with each course.  Here are my suggestions for reasonably priced white wine to serve on Thanksgiving Day. Well begin first with whites.  For this holiday I like to stay away from traditional whites like Chardonnay. Of course I have to get in a Hudson Valley white!  Robibero Family Vineyards Traminette.  This wine has nice aromas of green apple, lemon and spice.  A beautiful mouth…
  • Mira Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    As you can see the weather is getting a bit chilly and I’m drinking more reds now that whites. Mira Winery’s 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will keep you warm this winter.  This wine is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Syrah.  You will find blackberry and plum aromas and a hint of black pepper and licorice. On your palate it’s juicy and ripe with blackberries and blackcherry with hint of herbs.  As the wine opens it will begin to finish with strong black current. This wine will pair nicely with a nice hard cheese and steak.
  • A Proud Wine Blogger Mommy Moment

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    I don’t talk that much about my kids but raising them, you never know what they absorb. For them, growing up in our house, when Paul and I got home from work, we uncorked a bottle and shared our day ventures with each other and the kids.  After we uncorked the bottle, we always discussed it, the aromas, the flavors. Yes we did let the kids smell and if they wanted to taste. Neither of them were really interested. Michael & Melanie playing cards while we tasted. I’ll never forget in 2003 when we visited Williamsburg Virginia and we spent the day wine tasting. We went to…
  • Give the Gift of White Rose

    10 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    I bet you though I was talking about the flower.  Nope I am talking about the 2013 White Rose 75% Traminette 25% Gewurztraminer blend from Whitecliff Vineyards & Winery in Gardiner, New York.     This wine is father and son in a bottle.  Traminette is a Gewurztraminer hybrid.  It’s a cross of the French American hybrid Joannes Seyvve 23.416 and the German Gewurztraminer.  Whitecliff named this wine after the climbing route in the Shawangunk Mountains that you can see from their property.   The wine had a beautiful nose with aromas of melon, citrus,…
  • A Powerful Polished Malbec & Steak Pairing

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Grown on 25 year old vines about 900 meters above sea level the grapes are picked that go into Trapiche’s 2011 Broquel Malbec. Aged in oak for 15 months this Malbec comes alive with plumberry, black raspberry, vanilla and a hint of smoke.  There is some nice plum spice on the palate.  The wine is full bodied with light tannins and nice acidity. Pair with a nice grilled steak or prime rib. This wine is great now or cellar it for 2 or three years. SRP$ 11.95 The post A Powerful Polished Malbec & Steak Pairing appeared first on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.
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  • 5 Thanksgiving Day White Wines Under $20

    Debbie Gioquindo
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Picking out wine for Thanksgiving can be a challenge.  Do I serve a white, red, rose, sparkling?  Well actually all three are fine.  Perhaps you have one from each category with each course.  Here are my suggestions for reasonably priced white wine to serve on Thanksgiving Day.Well begin first with whites.  For this holiday I like to stay away from traditional whites like Chardonnay.Of course I have to get in a Hudson Valley white!  Robibero Family Vineyards Traminette.  This wine has nice aromas of green apple, lemon and spice.  A beautiful mouth feel…
  • The Captain’s Log: A Thanksgiving Day Monster, and We Don’t Mean Turducken

    Debbie Gioquindo
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    The leaves are all but down, the cold weather is very definitely upon us, and the tap lineup at Captain Lawrence has shifted to heartier brews. The Frost Monster is back! Hibernating all summer, the monstrous imperial stout, brewed with a massive amount of malt and sporting a fearsome 11% alcohol by volume, is on draft and available in four-packs. The Monster’s makeup is slightly different from last year’s iteration. “We cranked up the roasted malts—we’re always trying to make things better,” says owner Scott Vaccaro. “It’s a big, strong, warming beer.” Nearly as bold—OK,…
  • Mira Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

    Debbie Gioquindo
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    As you can see the weather is getting a bit chilly and I'm drinking more reds now that whites. Mira Winery's 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will keep you warm this winter.  This wine is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Syrah.  You will find blackberry and plum aromas and a hint of black pepper and licorice.On your palate it's juicy and ripe with blackberries and blackcherry with hint of herbs.  As the wine opens it will begin to finish with strong black current.This wine will pair nicely with a nice hard cheese and steak.  It retails for $52
  • A Proud Wine Blogger Mommy Moment

    Debbie Gioquindo
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    I don't talk that much about my kids but raising them, you never know what they absorb. For them, growing up in our house, when Paul and I got home from work, we uncorked a bottle and shared our day ventures with each other and the kids.  After we uncorked the bottle, we always discussed it, the aromas, the flavors. Yes we did let the kids smell and if they wanted to taste. Neither of them were really interested.Michael & Melanie playing cards while we tasted.I'll never forget in 2003 when we visited Williamsburg Virginia and we spent the day wine tasting. We went to First Colonial…
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: Getting Out While the Getting’s Good

    Debbie Gioquindo
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    A group of six men is gathered around a Samsung phone resting on a barrel on the Captain Lawrence patio. They’re watching the Jets. The screen goes blank. “Please deposit 25 cents for the next minute,” jokes one of them in a robotic voice. They laugh. The game comes back on. The Jets are actually winning. How could it not be a special day? It’s classic fall weather, crisp and clear, and there’s the feeling there aren’t too many left this year where you can enjoy a beer on the patio and not rattle your sample glass against your chattering teeth. Jason Barber and Kathleen Morris of…
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • Georgian Wine: Rebooting the Cradle of Wine [Part 1 of 2 On Georgian Wine]

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    21.11.2014. Passport…check.  Power plug adapters…check.  Load up iPod with new music…check.  Pack clothes for as many different types of weather because I have absolutely no idea what to expect…check.  Girlfriend gives me drugs for the 12-hours of flight time each way…double check. That was pretty much the process I went through after I got the word that I was headed to the Republic of Georgia for an introduction to their wine & culture. Although it’s known as Georgia internationally it turns out they have their own name for their homeland, Sakartvelo, a…
  • KTW to open new winery in Keda, Adjara

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    19.11.2014. (Hvino News) Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking (KTW) is planning to open its new plant in Keda, Adjara region, on November 22.According to KTW's director Zurab Chkhaidze, the new winery will process about 600-700 tons of grapes.The construction began last April, and costed 1 million USD. During the ceremony  of project launch Zurab Chkhaidze and Chairman of Ajara government Archil Khabadze declared that the enterprise will start to work by the end of the year.Zurab Chkhaidze noted that a tourist complex would be located in the area of the factory, where visitors will be able…
  • How to clean a qvevri (video)

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    by Alice Feiring18.11.2014. During my last trip to Georgia, the country was in the middle of harvest and Iago Bitarishvili (Iago's wine) had a big problem.He needed help cleaning qvevri. This is one of the most important tasks when working with  those big vessels. Without a proper and throrough cleaning the  resulting wines would surely be a mouse bomb.But there were few takers to lend a hand. "I go to the square and ask the boys and men. I will pay good money. But no one wants to help," Iago lamented.I looked at Jeremy,  a game sommelier newly off the boat from  Chicago.
  • Georgia’s wine production statistical highlights

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    17.10.2014 (Hvino News). According to data released by Georgian government’s international monitoring center, 2013 was the best grape harvest in decades in Georgia. Georgia produced 12.6 percent more wine in 2013 than in 2012.71.2 percent of the 183,381 tons of wine produced in 2013 came from households, and 28.8 percent from companies. In 2012, 74.3 percent was from household and 25.7 from companies.Total 170 entities produced wine in 2013 (Hvino's database has 97 wine producers, see here).In terms of volume, the top producers were Telavi Wine Cellar (Marani), Tbilvino, Georgian Wine and…
  • Georgia, the cradle of wine

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:33 am
    16.11.2014. When someone talks about “old world wines,” they usually mean ones from the three wine-producing powerhouses of Europe: France, Italy and Spain. But whereas French wines can trace their roots back 2600 years, 2800 tops, Georgia’s wine-making history goes much, much further.Recent DNA studies of today’s cultivated grape varieties point to Transcaucasia (that area between the Black and Caspian seas that now covers Armenia, Georgia and eastern Turkey) as the birthplace of viticulture and Vitis vinifera grapes, which account for the majority of wines produced around the world…
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  • Add some Eastern inspiration to Chicken on the Braai

    Leopard's Leap
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hardly a classic combination, Chef Pieter’s innovative combination of coriander leaves and black pepper adds some Eastern inspiration and heat [...]The post Add some Eastern inspiration to Chicken on the Braai appeared first on Leopard's Leap.
  • The Tasting Room A Favourite At Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

    Franschhoek Wine Valley
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards took place on 16 November and was regarded by those who attended as an unforgettably glamorous evening. 800 invited guests were served a meal fit for royalty and Charcuterie Guru Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine, who had also made it on to the Top 20 list, was […]
  • Andy Watts Business Man of the Year

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Making history yet again, Andy Watts, master distiller and a resident of Wellington, has been named Wellington’s Business Man of the Year, only two weeks after receiving the town’s recognition and being named Wellingtonian of the Year. It is the first time in the 30-year history of the two awards that the same person has […]
  • Diddy disses Patron after deal with rival tequila brand

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sean “Diddy” Combs is publicly taking shots at Patrón after becoming a co-owner and ambassador for DeLeón tequila. The hip-hop mogul was once seemingly a big fan of Patrón: He touted the tequila in several songs, including the Notorious B.I.G.’s 2005’s “Nasty Girl.” And two years ago he posted a photo of himself on Instagram […]
  • A Foolproof Guide to Drinking on Your Lunch Break

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Because our boss is probably going to end up reading this, so we ought to say from the get-go that we never drink on our lunch break. Not even once. I would venture to say that the thought had never even crossed my mind until this article came to fruition. I’m a company man. I […]
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • Tasting Notes

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

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Once it was believed Müller-Thurgau to be the result of a crossing of Riesling with Sylvaner, recent studies have found out it is a crossing of Riesling with Madeleine Royale. Created at the end of nineteenth century by professor Hermann Müller, this variety is still today common in Germany and Italy.
  • Best Wine of September 2014: San Giorgio 2005, Lungarotti

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Produced for the first time in 1977, San Giorgio is the result of the experiments done by Giorgio Lungarotti in the mid of 1970s, when he decided to introduce Cabernet Sauvignon in his vineyards, which he will then blend to Sangiovese and Canaiolo Nero. An extraordinary wine that in vintage 2005 conquers DiWineTaste five diamonds and the title of best wine for September 2014.
  • Comparative Tasting By Contrast

    Antonello Biancalana
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Knowing how to recognize each variety and wine is an art taking time and commitment. A method to start how to understand the differences among the many varieties is to compare by contrast two or more wines. It will be those differences to make evident the specific characteristics of each variety.
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  • Appunti di Degustazione

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

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

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Un tempo si credeva che Müller-Thurgau fosse il risultato dell'incrocio fra Riesling Renano e il Sylvaner, tuttavia recenti richerche hanno consentito di stabilire che si tratta invece di un incrocio fra il Riesling Renano e la Madeleine Royale. Creato alla fine del diciannovesimo secolo dal professor Hermann Müller, questa varietà è ancora oggi diffusa in Germania e in Italia.
  • Il Migliore Vino di Settembre 2014: San Giorgio 2005, Lungarotti

    Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Prodotto per la prima volta nel 1977, il San Giorgio è il risultato degli esperimenti condotti da Giorgio Lungarotti nella metà degli anni 1970 quando decise di introdurre nelle sue vigne il Cabernet Sauvignon che poi unì al Sangiovese e al Canaiolo Nero. Un vino straordinario che nell'annata 2005 conquista i cinque diamanti DiWineTaste e il titolo di migliore vino di settembre 2014.
  • La Degustazione Comparativa per Contrasto

    Antonello Biancalana
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Sapere riconoscere le singole varietà e i vini è un'arte che si apprende con il tempo e con tanta dedizione. Un metodo per iniziare a comprendere le differenze fra le singole varietà è quello di confrontare per contrasto due o più vini. Saranno proprio le differenze a rendere evidenti le caratteristiche specifiche di ogni varietà.
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    Mad about Madeira

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Qin Xie
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series Thierry Germain has big ideas; and he’s not afraid to share them. Owner and wine maker at Domaine des Roches Neuves since 1992, he is an avid supporter of biodynamic winemaking. Despite having more than three times the labour of a normal vineyard, his vineyards are minimally interventionist. For him, the vine is like an upside down man; the roots are the head and the shoots are the arms and legs. Instead of trimming or green harvesting, he likes to roll the shoots around the trellising so that, come August, the vine will…
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  • The Problems of a Spontaneous Wine Drinker

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

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

    Geordie Clarke
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    By Geordie Clarke / Contributing Editor I can always tell if I’ve been to a good wine tasting by looking at my notes the following day. Are they thorough, helpful, clearly written and complete for every wine I tasted? Or do the first few notes start out in earnest and then steadily worsen as the tasting … Read more →Champagne André Bergère: A Wine Owners tasting is a post from: | A Comical Wine BlogThe post Champagne André Bergère: A Wine Owners tasting appeared first on .
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    Fareham Wine Cellar Blog

  • Nomad Outland Whisky

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

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

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

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Pussers Spiced Rum Pussers Spiced Rum now available in the UK Last week, I was lucky enough to meet George Freegard, the International Brand Manager for Sales and Procurement, and Gary Rogalski, President and CEO of Pussers Rum. They were on a whistle stop tour of the UK visiting various suppliers, retailers and bars that distribute Pussers rum. They were in our area taking the time to make a considerable donation to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) at the charity’s home of HMS Excellent, Portsmouth (just down the road from us at Fareham Wine Cellar). Amongst other things we…
  • Madeira Saturday with Barbeito Madeira

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    Madeira Saturday with Barbeito Madeira Madeira Saturday – In conjunction with Raymond Reynolds and Barbeito Madeira  Saturday 15th November – 1pm until 5pm @ Fareham Wine Cellar 55 High Street Fareham Pop in anytime from 1pm until 5pm and try some fantastic wines from Barbeito Madeira and, if you get here early, a slice of Bolo de Mel, a traditional Madeiran cake, made by Alan Williams of the Buxton Cake Company. Alan from the #buxtoncakecompany!! The first sample of the bolo de mel for our #MadeiraSaturday! #yummy — Raymond Reynolds Ltd (@irunroca)…
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    Great Northwest Wine

  • Tsillan Cellars 2013 Estate Sempre Amore White Table Wine, Lake Chelan, $16

    Great Northwest Wine
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Shane Collins went directly from Walla Walla Community College’s famed enology program to Tsillan Cellars in 2007, and he works magic with this blend of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier and Gewurztraminer from the south shore of Lake Chelan. It takes a very floral approach to the nose, which starts with hints of alyssum and dusty rose petal, followed by  Juicy Fruit gum, Golden Delicious apple and freshly laundered linen. Rich flavors focus on  ripe orchard fruit and dried pineapple, and while there’s a touch of sweetness, it’s nicely balanced. Enjoy this at the winery’s…
  • Abiqua Wind Vineyard NV Estate Abiqua Cuvée, Willamette Valley, $12

    Great Northwest Wine
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    Best Buy! Pete Buffington works with 30-year-old vines along the western slopes of the Cascades near Silverton, Ore., and this fun blend of aromatic Gewürztraminer, Early Muscat, Müller-Thurgau and Pinot Gris is quite approachable. Tropical aromas include baked pear, apricot and gooseberry with hints of toasted butter and crushed leaf. Flavors feature pear and apple swirling in a bit of sweetness (1.2% residual sugar), but there’s ample acidity that’s reminiscent of a fresh navel orange. Rating: Excellent Production: 89 cases Alcohol: 12% Winery website The post Abiqua Wind Vineyard NV…
  • Thanks to cold snap, Northwest ice wine harvest comes early

    Andy Perdue
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Walter Gehringer of Gehringer Brothers in Oliver, British Columbia, is thrilled to have his ice wine harvest already complete. (Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) Frigid temperatures throughout the Pacific Northwest have given winemakers the chance to pick grapes for ice wine harvest earlier than expected. In Washington, British Columbia and Idaho, winemakers took advantage of the cold snap to get their frozen berries in well before Thanksgiving. “It’s completely done,” said Walter Gehringer, owner and winemaker of Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in Oliver, British…
  • Leading Idaho wine out of the wilderness

    Andy Perdue
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Moya Dolsby, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission, got her start with the Washington State Wine Commission in Seattle. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) BOISE, Idaho – Considering she grew up near Seattle and spent her early career with the Washington State Wine Commission, Moya Dolsby has found Idaho to be a comfortable fit. Dolsby, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission, has been on the job for more than six years – longer than she was with the Washington State Wine Commission. During her tenure, she has helped change attitudes about the burgeoning…
  • Stoller Family Estate 2011 Nancy’s Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $70

    Eric Degerman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Part of Bill Stoller’s Legacy tier, this bottling from Pommard clones established in 1997 offers mouthwatering classic aromas of strawberry jam, cherry, vanilla, peach and peach fuzz. There’s a big landing on the palate with flavors of black cherry, cranberry, forest floor and vanilla as the voluptuous structure leads with acidity and finishes with a late tug of tannin. Look for this wine at the Stoller kiosk inside Washington Square during the holidays. Rating: Outstanding! Alcohol: 12.8% Winery website The post Stoller Family Estate 2011 Nancy’s Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $70…
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  • Top Pacific Northwest Wine Blogs

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    By Robert Hoyt The Pacific Northwest has long been hailed a very special destination for wine lovers. With such a vast geography and difference in terrain, the pacific northwest is a wine world unto itself. So how does one go about accessing all this great wine? How do we hear about it? How do we get there? Luckily, there are a number of excellent resources for every level of wine enthusiast. To save you research time, we’ve put together this list of the top Northwest Wine blogs. Each publication offers a slightly different look into this world of wine, but each one is an invaluable…
  • Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition The Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition-held annually guessed it, Great Northwest Wine (an online advertiser and reviewer of some of our region’s best wines)-is a competition unlike any other. For one, wines are not submitted, they are nominated by the competition’s judges, so to be included is an honor in and of itself. There is no other wine competition in USA that works on a nomination based system. In the most recent competition, which took place October 8th and 9th, the judges were selected from Washington, Oregon,…
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • From Ribs to Empanadas: Favorites from the 2014 A Wine & Food Affair

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

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

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

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

    12 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, California’s Central Coast region offers a wealth of premium wine tasting opportunities.  Paso Robles was named “Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2013 and is home to over 200 wineries growing Spanish, Bordeaux, and Rhône varietals in addition to the famous Paso Zinfandel.  In southern San Luis Obispo County, the prevalent ocean air helps produce full-flavored and balanced wines made from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir grapes (and more) on vineyards from the Santa…
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  • 7 Wine-Themed Gifts For Your Thanksgiving Host

    Naomi Firestone-Teeter
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s such a treat to be invited out for the Thanksgiving meal. You get to enjoy all of the delicious dishes without the hassle of having to shop, prep, chop, bake, slice, and dice. But with the role of “guest” comes the need to show your host just how much you appreciate all of their efforts. Of course, in many cases, you should bring a bottle of wine (or two) to help contribute to the evening’s festivities, but sometimes a) your host would prefer you not bring wine or b) you want to go the extra mile beyond the wine you’ve decided to bring. Regardless of your…
  • 10 Fun Posters Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau Day All Around The World

    VinePair Staff
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a worldwide marketing phenomenon, largely dreamed up by French wine merchant George Duboeuf in the early 1970s. You can read the full story of how the day came to be, but if you’re here, you probably have a good idea what Beaujolais Nouveau Day is. If not, here’s the gist: Since the 1950s, winemakers in France’s Beaujolais region, which is at the southernmost end of Burgundy, have raced to bring some of their wines from the current vintage straight to market (after 6 weeks or so of aging). These wines — young, light, and fruity — made…
  • The Geek’s Guide To Picking Wine For Thanksgiving Day

    Keith Beavers
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The leaves have changed and wine shops are ordering bottles like mad for you put on the Thanksgiving table. There’ll be deals and shelf talkers and crowds of confused consumers trying to find the right wine for the cornucopia of flavors that come with decades of tradition and the desire to incorporate one’s own native dishes with the conventional fare. It’s dizzying. But here’s a tip to cut through the fray: Whether it’s white or red the key is to find wines that have a bright acidity, a smooth tannin structure and medium weight on the palate. That may sound a bit geeky but with…
  • 6 Great Barrel-Aged Beers For Wine Drinkers

    Adam Teeter
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Barrel-aged beers are more popular than ever before. In fact the #2 beer in the world, according to both Beer Advocate and Rate Beer, is Cigar City’s Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, and that position isn’t an anomaly, but instead just the most famous of the incredible number of barrel-aged beers that are now considered by beer drinkers to be some of the best beers around. It’s safe to say, barrel aging beer is definitely something that’s becoming more than just an experiment of rogue craft brewers. Hell, Budweiser is even doing it, creating their Michelob Bourbon Cask Ale every winter.
  • Wine, Beer & Booze Pairings For Every Thanksgiving Dish [INFOGRAPHIC]

    VinePair Staff
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Thanksgiving, the holiday of food, football and, of course, family. And while we love the food part — who doesn’t love the one opportunity a year when gorging yourself is actually encouraged — the only thing we get nervous about is the part that includes family. While we love everyone we’re related to dearly, there’s nothing that creates more stress and anxiety than being crammed into the same few rooms with blood relatives for more than a few hours. There’s the inevitable political disagreements to get into with your aunt and uncle who are really sweet but…
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  • Adventures With Spit Buckets and More Life Lessons at Wine Tastings

    Jameson Fink
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    What have I learned attending a decade-plus worth of wine tastings all over the country and world? Well, I’ve certainly accumulated a lot of knowledge and experience. But I’ve also developed some, shall we say, neurotic tendencies. Here is one circumstance that, at some point, will strike all wine tasters. Both casual and veteran: When [...]
  • Exploring The Red and White Wines of Northern Italy

    Jameson Fink
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    You ever insisted on something being true even after, time and time again, all your suppositions prove misguided? This happened to me while I was treated to a wine-tastic meal by Wayne Young. He’s the Sales, Communication, and Marketing Manager for the wines of Bastianich and La Mozza. We started out exploring the Adriatico series [...]
  • The Definition of BBQ with Jack Timmons of Seattle’s Jack’s BBQ

    Jameson Fink
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    How do you define BBQ? I posed this question to Jack Timmons of Jack’s BBQ in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. He answers on my Wine Without Worry podcast. Also discussed: The recipe for Jack’s top-secret, laboriously constructed brisket rub? REVEALED! When pulled pork goes wrong. Do sides matter? My pick for the #1 BBQ wine, which [...]
  • Salud: Providing Healthcare Access for Oregon Vineyard Workers

    Jameson Fink
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    “¡Salud!’s mission is simple and straightforward. We work to provide access to healthcare services for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families.” This succinct statement sums up why you should know about ¡Salud! I sent a few questions about this organization to Donna Morris of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. Along with her husband, Bill Sweat, she founded [...]
  • Guacamole with Pomegranate, Tomato, Mango Verde, Chile de Arbol, and Walnuts

    Jameson Fink
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I’m a guacamole purist. Over a decade ago I dated someone who had a profound influence on how this iconic dish should be made. The recipe involved three ingredients and three ONLY: Avocado, lime juice, salt. So I’m skeptical of attempts to guild the lily when it comes to my guac. Don’t be putting stuff [...]
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  • Old Westminster Winery provides winemaking for other growers

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    Old Westminster has the capacity to produce more wine beyond the grapes it grows, so the winery offers space for other local growers to make their … Read more here:: <a href=/ target="_blank" title="Old Westminster Winery provides winemaking for other growers” rel=nofollow>Winery News The post…
  • WineGavel Saga Finally Over As Founder Pleads Guilty

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Lewis Perdue Justice has finally caught up to Wine Gavel founder Joshua Krummenoehl who, according to the Wine Spectator, has agreed to pay more than $500,000 in restitution. WineGavel Saga First Broken At Wine Industry Insight In 2012 This has been an ongoing saga ever since Wine Industry Insight first broke the story in March 2012: Final […] Read more here:: Wine Industry Insight The post WineGavel Saga Finally Over As Founder Pleads Guilty appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • MANAGER - Fette Sau - STARR Restaurants - Philadelphia, PA

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Estimates and orders foodstuffs, liquors, wines, or other beverages, and supplies. A Manager is responsible for working with the rest of the management team to… From STARR RESTAURANTS – 20 Nov 2014 07:24:02 GMT – View all Philadelphia jobs Read more here:: WIne Jobs via Indeed The post MANAGER - Fette Sau - STARR Restaurants - Philadelphia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Wines to pair with your Thanksgiving feast

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    SUGAR-CURED HAM – Bernhardt Winery Schrock. CORK THIS! Riesling. Messina Hof Angle Riesling. Llano Estacado Reserve Estate Chardonnay. Read more here:: Winery News The post Wines to pair with your Thanksgiving feast appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Hancock's expanded winery building is ready for spring classes

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Patrice Mosby, Sandy Carty, and Debi Testa (from left to right) chat during Allan Hancock College’s open house in the school’s new winery. Read more here:: <a href=/ target="_blank" title="Hancock's expanded winery building is ready for spring classes” rel=nofollow>Winery News The post…
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  • Thanksgiving Wine Buying Guide

    lauren johnson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Thanksgiving Wine Buying Guide Wines that pair well with stuffing your face. Shop the List With Thanksgiving just around the corner, entertaining is on the forefront of all of our minds, and spectacular culinary creations are being meticulously planned throughout the country at this very moment. Since the U.S. is now leading the world in wine consumption, wine has really become a staple at the dinner table, particularly for special occasions. So, what wines do you pick for the greatest culinary celebration of the year? With so many flavors on one little plate, it is actually not that…
  • Best Night of Wine… Wine & Spirits Top 100

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Whenever someone new learns what I do their response is often the same; “Oh, wow, sounds like a really tough job…” Does the life of an associate pulisher at Wine & Spirits Magazine suck? No, not particularly, though it isn’t entirely a walk in the park either. The folks who get clobbered are our wine critics and tasting staff. Over the last twelve months our staff has opened, tasted, and re-tasted more than 14,000 bottles of wine from more than 18 countries. That’s a lot of juice to sit through and it’s not easy on the palate. It takes a wealth of knowledge about regions,…
  • Your Wine Astrology Sign!

    Marketing Manager
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Your star sign can dictate your character traits, your day, your month, your year, your mood, and who you get along with. Why not your taste in wine? Aries (Mar 21 – April 20) Drinking buddies: Gemini and Leo are your favorite folks to sip with, but be careful: you fire signs can be a bit, well, fiery, so try to stay away from the shots. You also have an awesome time with the slightly more chill Sagittarius and Aquarius. Where and when you drink wine: Out with friends… which you are most of the time. Whether it is a bar, a lounge or a high-end restaurant, if the mood strikes you,…
  • Sideways Turns 10

    Marketing Manager
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Has it been 10 years since Sideways exploded on the silver screen with its mix of bawdy comedy and character-driven heart? Yes, it has. I saw it the other night in a special 10-year anniversary screening, and I was astonished at how well the film had weathered the ravages of time. Miles and Jack — and Maya and Stephanie — seem as fresh and timeless as ever. The comedy parts played just as funny, but the humanity of the characters, with all their foibles, possessed all the heartbreak I remember when I wrote it in 1999 and when I first saw it 10 years ago with an audience of 2,000…
  • 3 Minute Wine Class: Vouvray

    Marketing Manager
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    As a good wine drinker, you are most likely always looking to expand your breadth of knowledge. As such, we have received lots of requests for educational content from our readers. We are kicking off our 3 minute wine class series, with one of our favorite regions for floral, high acid white wines, Vouvray. Location: Touraine, Loire Valley, France Why you should know it: Vouvray is situated between Paris and the Atlantic Ocean on the gentle sloping hillsides on the northern bank of the Loire River just east of the charming city of Tours in the Touraine district of the Loire Valley.
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  • Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    Nov. 17, 2014 – Every now and again you taste something that puts a big smile on your face.  This was our reaction to Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur, a smooth, luscious new liqueur blended from rich Irish cream, aged Irish whiskey and the finest quality chocolate.  Mixologist will go nuts concocting their amazing cocktails and we have a recipe for you to try at home here.  Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur retails for around $20 and is widely available in Illinois and Florida with more states coming soon.  You can find the stores carrying it here  Take it…
  • Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur A Chocolate Lover’s Dream Come True

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    November 17, 2014 – What could be better than aged Irish whiskey and yummy chocolate blended with rich Irish cream? Nothing comes close! Kerrygold, the famous brand that markets quality Irish dairy products in the U.S., introduced this delicious liqueur late last summer. It’s a year ‘round sipper but especially perfect for chilly nights that need brightening. The thing that struck us was the balance of the three flavors. Yes, you can taste the chocolate and yes, you can taste the Irish whiskey but neither dominates. It’s gotta be the cream that makes it work so smoothly. A simple and…
  • Drew Barrymore’s Pinot Grigio

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
        Nov. 14, 2014 – The many fans of Drew Barrymore will be delighted by her new wine launched in time for the holiday season.     The “bright and crisp” Barrymore Carmel Road Pinot Grigio 2013 is sourced from Monterey vineyards owned by Jackson Family Wines and will retail for around $14.99. Carmel Road winemaker, Kris Kato collaborated with Barrymore, a wine enthusiast who formed her wine company in 2010.  It is expected more varietals will be added to the line next year.
  • George Washington’s Peach Brandy Recreated

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Nov. 14, 2014 — Eight hundred bottles of Peach Brandy Eau de Vie made at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Distillery go on sale today.  If you want a bottle, you’d better hurry up.  The first rye whiskey made at the distillery sold out in two hours.  Be ready to pony up $150 for 375 ml bottle but think of the bragging rights!  We just checked the Mount Vernon web site and unfortunately, you have to be there in person to snag a bottle.  Virginia is one of those states that doesn’t allow shipments of alcohol.   The web site description says, “Eau de Vie, or “water of…
  • Texas Distillery Goes Big and Bold

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Nov. 14, 2014 – As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas and the brand new Ironroot Republic Distillery in Denison is no exception.   The Distillery officially opens it doors in its new location, in a former boat dealership, on November 15 with a big party and Texas barbecue. The huge showroom now houses a 1,000-gallon pot still from Kentucky, which is said to be the biggest in the South but the owners have yet to sell a single bottle of their spirits. The two brothers who have created and invested in this “grain to glass” distillery – Robert and Jonathan Likarish –…
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  • Autumn in the Bellet Vines

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

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    A Made-in-Liguria Celebration Everything tastes better on the other side of the border. It’s an opinion I formed pretty… The post OliOliva, Imperia appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Do-it-Yourself Bellet Wine Tour

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    One of the most common search terms which brings visitors to this blog is Bellet wine tours (or variants… The post Do-it-Yourself Bellet Wine Tour appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • A French Wine Cheat Sheet

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    If you’ve ever walked into a wine shop or supermarket in France and felt completely bamboozled when it comes… The post A French Wine Cheat Sheet appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Meet Lazenne, Making Wine Travel Easy

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Every time I go back to Australia, my family always bemoan the lack of grape-flavoured gifts I come bearing.… The post Meet Lazenne, Making Wine Travel Easy appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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  • Having Wine Before Bed – 5 Things You Need to Know!

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

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

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

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

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    I created this handy chart to share with you my top five picks for wine clubs! I’ve tried them all and compiled the best of them and what they offer, or don’t offer. Also, I’ve done an in depth review of each of them, so check them out if you want to know more!Wine of the Month ClubClub WCellars Wine ClubWall Street Journal Wine ClubLaithwaites Wine ClubVisitPrice$21.95$39$39$69.99 (First Shipment) Then $149.99 Quarterly$69.99 (First Shipment) Then $139.99 QuarterlyNumber of Wines Per Shipment2 Bottles3 Bottles (6 Bottle Option)2 Bottles12 Bottles (Every 3 Months)12 Bottles…
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    Today's Wine - Tasting Notes and Tips

  • Tasting Notes: Vinos Pinol Finca Morenillo, Terra Alta DO 2010

    John Neimann
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Bright red. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, rose oil, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Lively and precise on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that deepen and gain sweetness with air. This distinctly pinot-like wine finishes with strong bite, excellent length, silky tannins and subtle lingering spiciness. The 2010 Finca Morenillo is produced with extremely old vines of Morenillo, the local variety from Terra Alta (also known as Mando there and elsewhere) aged for 15 months in new French oak. The wine has a bright ruby cherry color with some orange tints…
  • Tasting Notes: Vinos Pinol 'L'Avi Arrufi' Tinto, Terra Alta DO 2008

    John Neimann
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    This wine reveals brooding black fruits, dried herbs (rosemary and thyme), mineral, lavender, and a hint of balsamic. Complex and structured on the palate with layers of spicy black fruit, it will reward 2-3 years of cellaring and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023.  The Piñol family has been growing wine for four generations. L’avi Arrufi means 'Grandfather Arrufi,' the man who founded Celler Piñol in 1945. Today, less than 800 cases are produced of one of the family’s most distinctive wines, made from organically grown vines over seventy years old and tended in dry…
  • Tasting Notes: Robert Foley Unoaked Pinot Blanc, Napa Valley 2010

    John Neimann
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    White peaches you don’t have to chew! Effusive peach and Jasmine blossom notes in the bouquet, a beautifully bodied mid-palate, and a flood of fruit and floral flavors. Once again, Robert Foley vinified his Pinot Blanc without any oak – it’s all about the fruit. Preventing malolactic fermentation kept the acidity higher and the fruit cleaner, a real bill of health for white wine intended to be enjoyed in its youth. That said, Rob and Kelly are also discovering how well they age compared to barrel aged whites. The preference is oak-free to preserve and enhance fruit flavors.Buy Pinot…
  • Tasting Notes: Quinta da Muradella 'Berrande' Mencia 2009

    John Neimann
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Deep, dark garnet red. Candied tones, spices, balsamic. Pleasant mouthfeel, full-flavored, elegant tannins with a good finish. It has the feel of a Burgundy.Pairing Suggestions: Braised pork shoulder in wild mushroom sauce, osso bucco, ox tail soup and aged, hard cheeses would all pair well with this wine’s distinctive aromatic and dark fruit profile. Berrande is a limited, two barrel production, 100% Mencía wine coming from one of the highest elevation vineyards of the Monterrei region in Galicia at 2,297 feet. Galicia is in northwestern Spain, often times referred to as Green Spain due…
  • Tasting Notes: Musto Carmelitano 'Machitano' 2012

    John Neimann
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Musto Carmelitano 'Machitano' Dry Moscato This wine comes from the estate's Moscato grapes, vinified in steel tanks with controlled temperatures. After a refining process in cement vats, the wine is bottled 6 months after harvesting.This Moscato  is a golden color with deep green tinges. It smells of musky memories, yellow fruits, fresh apple, pear and white flowers notes. Balanced on the palate with a remarkable and savory tannins.Buy white wine online at Today's Wine online wine shop. Great online wine deals everyday.
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  • Wine, The Mob, & The Church

    vine life
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    By JustinOne of the interesting facts about downtown Lodi, CA is that there is an underground tunnel system that connects many of the bars, stores and restaurants together. In studying the history of Lodi, I've learned that these tunnels were in place to move alcohol underground during Prohibition between 1920 - 1933. Today, secret sidewalk access points are still used to give easy access to delivery of goods to these bars, restaurants and stores. Pretty interesting stuff!During Prohibition, Lodi was the supplier of grapes for wine that would be produced in Chicago.
  • Introducing...

    vine life
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Fête [fet] (n):  Celebration, party, or festival(v): To honor or lavishly entertain someone For as long as we can remember we’ve found reasons to celebrate even the most mundane accomplishments. This has been a cornerstone of our marriage. When Justin was in real estate we would celebrate every stage of the transaction. We joked that by the time we actually got paid for a deal we had “celebrated” all of the money away. (Good thing our celebrations are always fiscally responsible.) We also celebrate when times are rough. This philosophy has become so central to our…
  • Stuff We Haven't Told You

    vine life
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    posted by BeckThe Last YearAs you may have noticed, we've been a little MIA over the last year. Here's what you've missed: We took out about 10 rows of grapes on the front of our property to make it easier to stage everything at harvest time.We planted 15-20 fruit trees along the back of our property.We took out 300-400 dead vines and planted new ones (they take about 3 years to produce).We officially became growers for Mondavi's Constellation Brands.We attended Woodbridge Winery's "Blessing of the Grapes." Mrs. Mondavi gave a brief address and a local priest gave the blessing…
  • A Tale of Two Goats

    vine life
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
     posted by BeckI've wanted to share this story for quite awhile, but thought it might come across as insensitive, so I didn't. Now that several months have passed, I've decided to post about it anyway because the story deserves to be told. I do still feel kind of bad and I apologize in advance if this story hurts the heart of the sweet friend who gave us the goats. Goat #1:Last November, (I believe it was the day before Thanksgiving), we woke up to find one of our goats dead in its pen. It was very sad and we weren't sure what had happened, but we didn't have time to really deal…
  • About This Dog

    vine life
    21 Oct 2013 | 1:03 pm
    posted by BeckWe've mentioned this a few times, but yeah, we got a dog. Here's how it went down.Back in June JP called me one day after work and told me he wanted to go and look at a dog that had wandered onto a friend of a friend's property. The people had waited a couple of weeks, done their due diligence and no one claimed the dog. They weren't able to keep her, but wanted to see her go to a good home. "No," I said. "I'm just going to go look at it," he said."No dog," I repeated. "I will divorce you." (I realize one should make light of the "D" word, but I was semi- serious.) I…
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