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  • The Case of the Vanishing Noodle

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

    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess
    Debbie
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    San Alberto Vineyard Tucked away in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Argentina sits Vina Alicia that began in 1998 by Alicia Mateu Arizu, wife of the well known winemaker Alberto Arizu (owner of the Luigi Bosca Winery).  Alicia began the commercialization of hte wines that bear her name with the youngest of her three sons, Rodrigo Arizu. The winery is surrounded by a 10 hectare vineyard, the winery has a production capacity of 50,000 liters, but only commercializes 25,000 bottles per year of Vina Alicia’s wine and 80,000 bottles of Paso Paso de Piedra’s wines. The wines…
  • “The Bounty of the County” known to Sonoma

    Wine Blog
    Jo Diaz
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since arriving in Sonoma County, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard or read, “The Bounty of the County.” It’s just way too many times to even calculate; it’s a lifestyle, not a slogan. This Sonoma County lifestyle is not just about wine, either. Although grape growing is a primary industry, and […] The post “The Bounty of the County” known to Sonoma appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Ballard Canyon – Syrah Incubator

    Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog
    winebratsf
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wrapping up my week in Buellton at the Wine Bloggers Conference, the focal tasting seminar on Ballard Canyon and its Syrah was the highlight of the conference for me.  One of the newest AVAs, Ballard Canyon was established within the Santa Ynez Valley in 2013.  Long known as an excellent source for Grenache and Syrah, the area is a long, thin canyon running north to south in a curving line.  This orientation shelters it from much of the wind and cooling breezes that the rest of Santa Ynez experiences making it an excellent location for the richer, bolder Rhone red grapes. Ballard Canyon…
  • On the Nature of Being Sicilian in the Wine Business

    On the Wine Trail in Italy
    Alfonso Cevola
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Lest you think this will be the obligatory paean to all things Sicilian, after these last days spent on the island, many things are simmering. Yes, it is a Sunday, and to the millennials this might sound like a sermon. Pity.How does one explain the blood in the veins? How does one look at a street, year after year, and still struggle to recognize what is right in front of one’s eyes? How much analysis is required to decode the Sicilian passeggiata of the last 40 years? I am obsessed with this. This is my mental mistress, never letting me inside the private chamber, ever tempting me with the…
 
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  • 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…
  • Retrospective – Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s

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

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

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

  • Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 21, 2014

    27 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's samples included the inaugural releases from a new project out of the Thomas Fogarty Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Known primarily for their Pinot Noir, which has become exceptionally good under the careful hand of winemaker Nathan Kandler, Fogarty has now embarked on a new Bordeaux varietal program under a label called Lexington. Their initial…
  • The Essence of Wine is Ready to Buy!

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    It is with great pleasure that I announce the official publishing and general availability of my book The Essence of Wine. It arrived at the warehouse a few days ago and is now available for purchase here on Vinography for $75 plus shipping costs. The road to get to this point has been a long and occasionally tedious one, but I'm thrilled to have completed this odyssey of self publishing, and with a product of which I am very proud. The book is gorgeous and everything I hoped it would be. I hope you'll agree. BOOK SIGNINGS! I'm going to be doing book signings, beginning with the most logical…
  • Vinography Images: Spring Carpet

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Spring Carpet A carpet of green sits under vines after a wet winter in Sonoma County as the sun sets into the fog. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: If you are interested in owning an archive quality, limited…
  • California Law and Wine: Ups and Downs

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:27 pm
    California is by most measures, the eighth largest economy in the world. And of the state's $2.05 Trillion domestic production, wine makes up more than $51 Billion, or about 2.5% of the economy. As we might expect, the California state legislature, therefore, pays some serious attention to the wine industry. Occasionally they do quite well by the industry. Such as the recent and incredibly sensible bill that would allow students who are not yet of drinking age, but who are enrolled in wine studies classes to actually taste wine without fear of arrest for them or criminal charges for their…
  • From the Quiet Garden: The Wines of Pichler-Krutzler, Wachau, Austria

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Winemaker Erich Krutzler has carried a lot of baggage in his life. At 46 he is still a relatively young man, but when he smiles from under his mop of slightly graying bangs, you can see the miles he has traveled in the corners of his eyes. Even leaving aside the difficulty of purchasing vineyards in the very limited market of Austria's Wachau valley, beginning a wine label wasn't going to be easy for Krutzler. For starters, there was the long shadow of Blaufränkisch to step away from. Krutzler was partners with Roland Velich when he began the MORIC project, and thanks to the remarkable…
 
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  • Re-Defining Dishonesty in the Wine Media

    Tom Wark
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    If one is going to hold forth on the important subject of authenticity in wine, success and utility demands an honest approach. Anything less courts a descent into ideological stridency or, worse, deception. It’s unfortunate that in her new book, “Natural Wine”, author Isabelle Legeron, MW, has provided readers with the most comprehensive example yet of the now familiar promotion of “Natural Wine” through dishonest discourse on this subject. It’s best with this kind of charge to get right to it. Legeron purposefully leaves the impression that all but her…
  • NY State’s Regulatory Overreach is Very Bad News for California Wineries

    Tom Wark
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    California Wineries beware: It is now the policy of New York that it can fine you if you ship to Texas or Oregon or Washington State without a permit to ship from that state. Sound ridiculous? It is. This new policy by the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) is without doubt one of the most egregious and blatant examples of regulatory overreach we’ve ever seen in the wine industry. Here’s how it works and here’s what you need to be aware of. Recently, as Robert Taylor of  The Wine Spectator reported, the NYSLA issued a $100,000 fine to Empire Wine, a retailer in Albany,…
  • Use Your Words—Whether Whining or Writing on Wine

    Tom Wark
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Every now and then I use “big words” both on this blog, on my other media endeavors, and in my work as a publicist. There is and always has been a debate among marketing professionals as to what level of vocabulary ought to be employed in order to properly deliver a marketing or promotional or sales message. It’s an interesting debate. I fall on the “use-the-word-that best fits-regardless-of-its-obscurity” side of the debate, rather than the “keep-it-simple-stupid” approach. There’s a middle ground in this debate, but it isn’t occupied by…
  • Finally, Something New in the World of Wine

    Tom Wark
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    As far as I can tell, there is only one reason to understand the vocabulary of wine; those words and phrases that attempt to describe the experience of tasting a wine: To be able to communicate with others about the experience. Of course, that one reason is an important one since the idea of two wine lovers sitting across from each other and explaining why they like a particular wine by saying “because” isn’t really a sustainable conversation. In his new (and first) book “The Essence of Wine”, wine writer Alder Yarrow reminds us that the processing centers for…
  • Alcohol, Anti-Federalists and the Failure of the 21st Amendment

    Tom Wark
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    I’ve been enjoying of late a review of the politics and ideologies of the American Revolutionary period. This period of our history has always been my favorite. But in enjoying a series of lectures, reading an old Bernard Bailyn history and looking over some primary documents, one thing has become clear to me. Today’s consistently discriminatory state laws concerning alcohol, the state laws that put out-of-state entities at a severe commercial disadvantage, amount to a refutation of one of the main arguments in the Anti-Federalist critique of the proposed national Constitution of…
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • The People's Best New Bars 2014: Press Materials

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Press Release—For distribution beginning September 17, 2014 at 10 am EDT Download Press Release --> Style Guide & FAQ Style and Usage Guide Download Guide (PDF) Frequently Asked Questions Download FAQ (PDF) Graphics Logos Download Color Logo (PDF) Download Black & White Logo (PDF) Postcards Download Postcard (PDF) Download Sheet of 4 Postcards (PDF) Button Download Button (PDF)
  • The Case of the Vanishing Noodle

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

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

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

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

  • WINE: Jackson Estate at Chiltern Firehouse

    Douglas Blyde
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    “I BELIEVE Marlborough will be known for producing the best Pinot Noir over time,” declares Matt Patterson-Green, winemaker of Jackson Estate. In his glass is one expression, Vintage Widow 2012, named, he says, “after women who lose their men to the vineyards...” We meet at Chiltern Firehouse, the Marylebone restaurant voted Best Newcomer at this year’s Harper's Awards. Beside us, beneath lighting globes, a table totalling six young women and one mature gent drinks Champagne...Read at Harper's >
  • TRAVEL: Celebrating Scandinavia

    Douglas Blyde
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:08 am
    AT a recent lecture at Habitat, Swedish “king of the red thread”, Staffan Tollgard attributed the success of Scandinavian design to a deep sense of integrity far removed from the approach of “dip MDF in gold and call it luxury” prevalent in his adopted city, London - something “neither democratic, nor honest.” Tollgard’s remark is revealing. Scandinavia’s design culture, where matt triumphs gloss and silver is more apparent than gold, mirrors the local mindset. Read at Aga Living >
  • TRAVEL: Hidden Places

    Douglas Blyde
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    BROUGHT to life by Washington-based travel website, Expedia, ‘Hidden Places’ is an interactive guide intended to take users to the arguably lesser-known corners of Dalmatia’s Dubrovnik...What inspired Hidden Places?We wanted to uncover what is important and unique about Dubrovnik and explore the idea that cities often have amazing places hidden in plain sight. We sent a researcher to Dubrovnik to meet an expat who had lived there for many years so we could find some of the places that locals love but were perhaps off the tourist radar. Once we had the information, we used developers and…
  • SPIRITS: Myles Donneky

    Douglas Blyde
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    THE 22 year-old bar manager of “Hutong” above Aqua on floor 31 of The Shard talks to Douglas Blyde about tea punches, pride in service, and competitive pong-pong... Read at Harper's >
  • SPIRITS: The Mushroom Man

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

  • Dawn in Los Angeles. The Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Craig Camp
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
  • Earthquake and a New Harvest

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

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

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

    Craig Camp
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    August dawn Napa Valley Yountville AVA
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  • Rain or Shine, Gourmet Grazing on the Green is always a treat

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Tickets are still available for Gourmet Grazing on the Green 2014The 11th Annual Gourmet Grazing on the Green will be held once again at the picturesque Aptos Village Park, Aptos. This annual event celebrates the beginning of the fall season...
  • Santa Cruz wineries and chefs join together for Second Harvest fundraiser

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Dine with friends at this popular annual dinner on September 18, 2014, at the Holy Cross Annex. Enjoy a five-course meal paired with select local wines shared in good company and benefiting local children in need. Champagne reception...
  • Celebrate California Wine Month in Santa Cruz

    June Smith & Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    September marks the 10th consecutive year that California's Governor has proclaimed September as California Wine Month. "We appreciate the recognition of the wine industry's contributions to our state's economy, culture and...
  • Chaminade Resort Farm to Table dinner features Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery

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

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

  • Roederer launches first new Champagne 'since 1974'

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Louis Roederer has launched a Brut Nature Champagne from the 2006 vintage in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck.
  • Bordeaux 'lacks premium brands', says Baron Philippe de Rothschild chief

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    Bordeaux's image on the international wine market is hampered by a lack of premium brands that can appeal to mainstream consumers, the managing director of Baron Philippe de Rothschild has said.
  • Penfolds owner Treasury sees takeover bids collapse

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Takeover offers valuing Treasury Wine Estates at A$3.2bn have collapsed, leaving the Penfolds and Wolf Blass owner's current leadership to find a way to improve financial results.
  • Jefford on Monday: A Label Drinker Comes Out

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    I've never taken part in a true blind tasting. Have you? It would, I think, mean sitting in a cubicle in an anonymous research laboratory staffed by strangers. Wine samples would emerge through a hatch. We'd write a description of the wine, provide answers to a few questions, or score what we’d tasted according to a number of different parameters. Then go home. Hardly top fun, I know, but at least it would be objective.
  • Central London winery to make English wine

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    London Cru, the winery in the heart of the UK capital, is to make its first English wine from the 2014 vintage after being impressed with the quality of this year's harvest.
 
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    Grapes and Grains

  • Washington State Grape Juice

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

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

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

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

    David Flaherty
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The remnants of our two-hour Riesling master class with Paul Grieco and Stuart Pigott today for the full staff of Hearth & Terroir. 25 Rieslings. Awesome. The 7th (and final) Summer of Riesling is coming…
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    Catavino | Spanish wine, Portuguese wine and a whole lot more

  • A Love Letter to Sherry…Wine

    Guest Blogger
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    Who’s Sherry? Are you seriously leaving Barcelona for southwest Andalusia? Err…what’s in Cádiz, other than oranges? These are only some of the bizarre remarks we faced when telling the world that we were moving to Jerez, but it was a dream, our dream And no, it wasn’t an easy move. It took us two years to make it a reality, but we just couldn’t escape the draw. The sole culprit? Sherry Wine! It’s all about duende  Shhh, don’t say it too loud, but Cádiz is one of those scarce places you should visit before you die, as it’s the earthly heaven for…
  • Friday Feature Photo: The Natural Beauty of Asturias

    Gabriella Opaz
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Photographer: Francisco Domínguez Capture Date: November 18, 2012 Location: Valgrande Pajares – Asturias About: The photograph is taken just at the point of the river where the Puerto and Mestas streams merge into one flowing body of water. At this time of the year, just as the leaves are turning into vibrant patches of light, Asturias comes alive! Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact the…
  • Portugal’s Arroz Carolino: The Native Rice of Portuguese Gastronomy

    Andrea Smith
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    When I moved to Portugal, I was dumbfounded by the amount of rice I consumed. Why? Because rice is absolutely everywhere! Not only that, the Portuguese are the largest consumers of rice in Europe, savoring 15 – 16 kilos per capita a year, compared with the 4 – 5 kilo European average. Unbeknown to many, Portugal cultivates two main varieties of rice: Agulha and Carolino. Agulha is a long grain Indica rice that is commonly used as a side dish or for oven-baked rice dishes like the popular arroz de pato (duck rice). The second variety is Carolino, a native short grain…
  • 5 Fantastic Food Photography Tips

    Rochelle Ramos
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    “Just give me a second….one more…ok!” How many times do you utter these words before digging into a new and exciting meal - your camera phone at the ready?! Living just South of Lisbon, these words escape my lips frequently. Why? Because food in Portugal and Spain is absolutely beautiful with its rustic simplicity and fresh vibrant colors. It’s an art to make food taste as good as it looks, and in Iberia, it’s commonplace! The trick is to know how to capture that food on camera in order to help you remember what you ate, to potentially replicate it at home, or to…
  • How to Choose a Surfing School in Spain and Portugal

    Guest Blogger
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    Editor’s Note: Although summer has come and gone, there’s no reason why you can’t be planning next year’s goal to become a surfing pro! Avid beach lover, Leah Burt, has provided us great suggestions on what to look out for when choosing your perfect Portuguese or Spanish surf camp! Over the past decade, Portugal and Spain have evolved to be some of the best surf destinations in the world, with surf schools popping up along the entire coastline. For a diehard surfer, or even a newbie curious to coast the waves, this is incredible news! But knowing which one is…
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    One Wine Per Week

  • Underground Cellar

    MonkuWino
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I received an e-mail to my blog address from Brian at Underground Cellar asking if I'd be willing to share the latest news about his venture with my readers.   First of all I had to take a look at their web site to learn what they were about since I was not familiar with them. After doing some reading, as well as signing up on their site, I think it is a worthwhile site to write about. Note
  • power outage

    MonkuWino
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    The other day a planned power outage notification came in the mail from Southern California Edison.  Naturally the first thing I thought about was how this would affect the wines I keep in my three little wine coolers, especially given the hot summer we've had here in Southern California.  The outage was scheduled for tomorrow - September 17th, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Today when I got home
  • more on points

    MonkuWino
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    The other day I wrote about wine ratings and the point scale. Today I ran across a nice example of how subjective the whole thing is.  Here is what someone in Cellar Tracker had to say about the 2010 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel (I X'd out the person's moniker): 9/14/2014 - xxxxxx WROTE: 90 points Didn't seem to age well. OK, but nothing special So a wine that is merely "OK, but
  • grapes

    MonkuWino
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Last night my brother in law brought a bottle of 2012 Melville Syrah, Verna's Vineyard to a family dinner.  Despite the less-than-ideal glasses, I thought it was a very good wine.  Giving it a slight swirl (as much as could be expected given the tiny glasses) and sniff, my nose was hit with the aromas of bacon fat. Lots of it.   I asked my wife what she thought it smelled like.   "It smells
  • changing direction, part three

    MonkuWino
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    In part two, I mentioned I had made a list of wineries to check out from ones mentioned in Jon Bonne's book, The New California Wine.  Some of the producers made wine available to purchase only to those on their mailing list, and many of those had wines available by allocation only, at certain times of the year.  I put my name in on several of these mailing lists; for some, I had no real clue
 
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    Dr Vino's wine blog

  • Club W raises $9.5 million

    Dr. Vino
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Club W, a wine club that sells private label wine directly to consumers, has raised $9.5 million in its latest round of funding. The company, led by CEO Xander Oxman, had previously raised $3.1 million in a seed round. The WSJ reports that Bessemer Venture Partners led this round; the previous round was led by Crosscut Ventures. The WSJ did not state the company’s valuation at either round. Part of the Club W pitch includes calling themselves a “global winery” that cuts out all the tiers of the wine biz, including winery, importer, wholesaler, and retailer to offer wines at…
  • Depardieu drinks 14 bottles of wine a day

    Dr. Vino
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    French wine consumption has been declining for the past fifty years. But one man seems to be taking it upon himself to single-handedly reverse this trend: Gerard Depardieu. The Frenchman-turned-ruski told the British site So Film, “I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles…per day. But I’m never totally drunk, just a little pissed.” “All you need is a 10-minute nap and voilà, a slurp of rosé wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy!” He added. He’s not likely to run out of wine since Depardieu owns Chateau de Tigne in Anjou. He once joked that his mother’s amniotic…
  • Meet the new critic: the electronic tongue

    Dr. Vino
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Winemakers who make wines for critics, meet your new overlord: the electronic tongue! Although artificial, or electronic, tongues have been developed before, researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark have a breakthrough in their application to wine. Now, proteins from human saliva can be mixed with wine in the artificial tongue that can measure the effect of wine’s astringency, or tannins, on the tongue via a gold-plated nanosensor. So welcome to the the new era of wine reviewing, where, instead of nonsense wine descriptors, the robo-tongue can just cut straight to the chase and spit…
  • Nested wine glass aims to pace you

    Dr. Vino
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Drink a glass of water for every glass of wine and you’ll emerge from the evening hangover-free. Such is common wisdom and some French design students have made some new nesting glassware, hand blown in Holland, that help drinkers comply with this maxim. However, in his book Proof: the Science of Booze, Adam Rogers pours cold water on the idea. He writes that academic research on hangovers has not demonstrated dehydration, or a lower level of electolytes, as the cause of hangover severity. So I guess it’s a good thing the the designers of the nested wine glass told Dezeen that…
  • Back to school with my new NYU wine class

    Dr. Vino
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    This fall, all you grown ups can go back to school thanks to my NYU wine class. Now in its ninth year, the course provides a lively forum to discuss hot-button issues of the wine world, explore key countries and regions, as well as taste at least six wines each session. It runs for six weekly sessions from October 15 through November 19. It’s always fun to see site readers in the class–hope to meet you there! Full details and registration. The post Back to school with my new NYU wine class appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
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  • Review: ***+ $$ Muirwood Cabernet Sauvignon, Arroyo Seco, California, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

    jorray
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Muirwood Cabernet Sauvignon. By way of background, opening thoughts: I enjoyed the Muirwood chardonnay a great deal and today I will be sampling the cabernet sauvignon, at an equally attractive price point.Original tasting and review : This is Muirwood Cabernet Sauvignon, Arroyo Seco, California, 2012, finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.In the glass: Muddy mid red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fresh, bright red berries; think red…
  • Review: **+ $ Oak Grove Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2012

    jorray
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Oak Grove Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Original tasting and review : This is Oak Grove Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2012, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.In the glass: Light, ruby red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows red berries plus a generic California merlot bright red element.  From the aroma, seems like this will not be distinctive, but clean.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean red…
  • Review: *** $ Les Barriques Luc Pirlet Cabernet Sauvignon, Pays D'Oc, France, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Luc Pirlet Cabernet Sauvignon. Original tasting and review : This is Les Barriques Luc Pirlet Cabernet Sauvignon, Pays D'Oc, France, 2012, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.In the glass: Ruby red.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fresh, clean red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light, quick and bright. On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet feeling, with good depth and intense flavors of…
  • Review: **** $$$ Vina Alicia Tiara, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009

    jorray
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Vina Alicia Tiara. By way of background, opening thoughts: Mendoza, Argentina, is a well-known winemaking region, but most often known for its malbecs and cabernet sauvignons.  Today, we are sampling a significantly different mix of grape varietals from the region.Original tasting and review : This is Vina Alicia Tiara, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009, finished at 13.5% alcohol, a white wine blend first sampled five years from vintage date, in September, 2014.  It is a blend of 50% riesling, 40% albarino and 10%…
  • Review: ***+ $ The Curator White, Swartland, South Africa, 2012 = BEST VALUE

    jorray
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for The Curator White. Original tasting and review : This is The Curator White, Swartland, South Africa, 2012, a blend of 54% chenen blanc, 30% chardonnay and 16% semillon, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.In the glass: Clear with hints of light yellow and vanilla.On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bits of hay and sleek dry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full on the palate.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are…
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  • 17 breathtaking Napa Valley harvest photos

    TrevR
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Harvest has been underway for nearly eight full weeks now in Napa Valley. In order to give you a sense for what harvest is like and to provide a small glimpse into the work that goes into creating the delicious juice we all know and love, we’ve collected a few of our favorite harvest images from around the valley.
  • The ultimate foodie itinerary for Napa Valley

    TrevR
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    In addition to world class wines, the Napa Valley is home to some of the top restaurants in the world. Every year Michelin rains its much coveted stars on numerous local eateries–in fact the town of Yountville has boasted that it has more Michelin Stars per capita than any other location. With all that in mind, we’ve put together a two-day Napa Valley itinerary that is sure to delight the taste buds of even the most fickle foodie. Day One Start off with a hearty breakfast in downtown Napa at Alexis Baking Company and Cafe. The cornmeal pancakes are always a winner as are the…
  • Napa harvest: Coombsville fruit showing unique characteristics

    TrevR
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Earlier this summer we told you about St. Helena’s Cairdean Estate from proprietors Edwin and Stacia Williams. We recently caught up with Edwin to get a general update on harvest and a few specific details on the Acquaintance Vineyard located in Coombsville. It’s no secret the annual wine grape harvest in Napa Valley got off to an early start back on July 30th, here’s what Williams had to say about it: The main story with the 2014 season is the lack of rain. The lack of rain this year isn’t affecting us the way one would normally think lack of rain would affect growing…
  • Napa among 10 healthiest cities in the world

    TrevR
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Just in time for the weekend we’ve got a few interesting Napa Valley items to pass along. In the meantime, harvest continues in earnest (as does earthquake recovery), don’t forget to follow along on our dedicated harvest page featuring photos and videos from winemakers throughout the valley. Napa ranked among the 10 healthiest cities in the world CNN put together a list of the 10 healthiest cities in the world, including Copenhagen, Vancouver, Monte Carlo and Napa! Here’s part of the write up on our little city: Let’s be honest: Napa is best known for its wine. The list of…
  • Sushi bar coming this Fall to Oxbow Public Market

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

    Andrew Barrow
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    View of Vila Nova De Gaia The weather wasn’t really playing along. It was cold, the wind was chilling things down further, and frankly the thought of a cosy breakfast was far more appealing than tramping through the early morning streets of Oporto. Eventually finding our way to this vantage point at the cathedral a few hastily taken photos – this is a panorama combining 4 shots – and a hasty return to the hotel. Via Nova de Gaia is on the south side of the river, Oporto to the north, which always confuses me as I have it stuck that they are the other way around. So this is…
  • Drink London The 100 Best Bars and Pubs

    Andrew Barrow
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    Drink London The 100 Best Bars and Pubs Bar Pepito, yep heard of it but never been… Vinoteca… been to all of them… Terroirs… which wine lover hasn’t been there? I’m flicking through Drink London The 100 Best Bars and Pubs. Many of those listed are way outside my usual London stomping grounds but many are not and I wasn’t even aware they even existed. I‘ve probably walked passed many without realising the gem within. Take the Ape and Bird on Shaftsbury Avenue: “.. it doesn’t look much like your average Dog and Duck. On the ground floor is a casual restaurant and a separate…
  • Errazuriz The Blend Collection White

    Andrew Barrow
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    Errazuriz The Blend Collection White One of the highlights of a recent meal with Francisco Baetting of Errazuriz. He was rather proud of this (and all the wines on show to be frank) the only wine of its type made in Chile. Strongly Rhone in style being a blend of 55% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne and 15% Viognier offering “hawthorn, white flower, and spice”. Originally, as Francisco explained, the blend was based on Viognier, but over time he has tweaked the components to give “a fuller wine”. Only 500-700 cases are made each year. Grab a bottle of the “drinking…
  • Hanging Wine Glasses

    Andrew Barrow
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Hanging Wine Glasses Could have been taken anywhere – a row of glasses ready and, no doubt, terribly willing to be used. These glasses just happen to have been taken in the Bordeaux wine school (Ecole du Vin) in, obviously, Bordeaux. Or as the Americans would put it Bordeaux, France. I assume they have other Bordeaux’s. I only know the one. A little careful study – see what I did there – of the reflection and you should be able to make out a few seated pupils. They – and me too – were about to participate in an aroma test. Little phials (pens in fact) of…
  • The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

    Andrew Barrow
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon I was in a restaurant once where, on asking the sommelier – crisply suited with a dangling, shiny, tastevin hanging around his neck – for a wine list I was haughtily advised that they only have two wines, “a red, sir and a white. Sir”. I, in a fit of uncontrolled astonishment questioned the lack of a rosé. One wonders if his extensive training didn’t stretch to the coupling of rosé and the pitiful dishes the kitchen kicked out. But he looked quite perturbed under my eye-brow raised Paddington Bear stare. That was my one and…
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  • 17 breathtaking Napa Valley harvest photos

    TrevR
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Harvest has been underway for nearly eight full weeks now in Napa Valley. In order to give you a sense for what harvest is like and to provide a small glimpse into the work that goes into creating the delicious juice we all know and love, we’ve collected a few of our favorite harvest images from around the valley.
  • The ultimate foodie itinerary for Napa Valley

    TrevR
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    In addition to world class wines, the Napa Valley is home to some of the top restaurants in the world. Every year Michelin rains its much coveted stars on numerous local eateries–in fact the town of Yountville has boasted that it has more Michelin Stars per capita than any other location. With all that in mind, we’ve put together a two-day Napa Valley itinerary that is sure to delight the taste buds of even the most fickle foodie. Day One Start off with a hearty breakfast in downtown Napa at Alexis Baking Company and Cafe. The cornmeal pancakes are always a winner as are the…
  • Napa harvest: Coombsville fruit showing unique characteristics

    TrevR
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Earlier this summer we told you about St. Helena’s Cairdean Estate from proprietors Edwin and Stacia Williams. We recently caught up with Edwin to get a general update on harvest and a few specific details on the Acquaintance Vineyard located in Coombsville. It’s no secret the annual wine grape harvest in Napa Valley got off to an early start back on July 30th, here’s what Williams had to say about it: The main story with the 2014 season is the lack of rain. The lack of rain this year isn’t affecting us the way one would normally think lack of rain would affect growing…
  • Napa among 10 healthiest cities in the world

    TrevR
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Just in time for the weekend we’ve got a few interesting Napa Valley items to pass along. In the meantime, harvest continues in earnest (as does earthquake recovery), don’t forget to follow along on our dedicated harvest page featuring photos and videos from winemakers throughout the valley. Napa ranked among the 10 healthiest cities in the world CNN put together a list of the 10 healthiest cities in the world, including Copenhagen, Vancouver, Monte Carlo and Napa! Here’s part of the write up on our little city: Let’s be honest: Napa is best known for its wine. The list of…
  • Sushi bar coming this Fall to Oxbow Public Market

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    NW OWELCOME TO THE ANTAGON. Washington is one of the most beautiful and majestic states in the union, so OF COURSE they should leverage that competitive advantage in their marketing. If there are any Washington wineries reading out there, please consider the following: Precipitation Pinot Snail Sancerre Moss Merlot Spokane On Purpose Baby Barolo Incredibly High Cost of Living Cab Ferry Restroom Essences Brown Blend Still Unsure How to Pronounce Sequim Syrah Mariners' Melancholy Merlot Is this where those vampire movies were filmed Zin Bits o'Renton Red Cascadia Someday Cabernet Remember…
  • Gypsy Boots Sonoma/Mendocino Pinot (3)

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Or should we say "Nomadic Boots?"A pinot that can't be ignoired. It’s not enough these days for a wine to be captivating and delicious. Today’s oenophile demands a high-performance wine that delivers real results. A wine with flavor, texture, and a list of unparalleled features you won’t find just anywhere. Here's what you're getting with this PN: -buoyancy control -soft ergonomic grip -lightly-cushioned insole -friendship -AMD A8-4500M quad-core accelerated processor -meerkat growth hormone -free AUX cable -pneumatic front tire -handles -Mac compatibility (WE GOT THERE BEFORE YOU.)…
  • Scott Harvey InZINerator Magnum Duo (2)

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Go big or something something.3 litres in a car? Eh. 3 liters from Scott Harvey? We're in business.Somebody in this office keeps filling my electrical outlets with superglue, and my co-workers insist they haven't seen a thing. My wife says she just sleeps better when she she spends the night at a motel, but she won't tell me which one. I found a REPLACEMENT SON WANTED ad on Craigslist with my mom's email address. But there's one guy who never lets me down. No matter how many times life punches me in my soft nether regions, Scott Harvey keeps on coming through with wines like the eminently…
  • Ty Caton Tytanium (2)

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    TytleTy, Ty again.We thought we could come up with some clever "Ty" wine names, but it's not as easy as it looks. ArcheTYpe sTYle PterodacTYl HairsTYle TYodine AeorTYnamic TYnasty (Nope ... never mind.) qwerTY TYphoid TYtanic TYdroelectric power TYphoon AudaciTY (If we pronounced it like Cartman would.) PlaTYpus ProtoTYpe Lake TYTYcaca Red TY at night Clash of the TYtans Babes in TY land I believe I can TY I want to ride my TY-cycle Never say TY TY another day
  • Hahn Boneshaker Lodi Zinfandel (4)

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Not to be confused with Dr. Tendontickler.That's MISTER Boneshaker to you.His real name was Claude. But his father thought that sounded wimpy, so he called him Jake instead. Everyone else knew him as THE BONESHAKER. His no-holds-barred attitude shook people to the core. He reeked of a big, bold aroma that reached out and grabbbed hold of ya. And when did, you counted your blessings, my friend. Because that's when you knew your days of garden-variety discount wine were numbered. The Boneshaker was as smooth, dark and full-bodied as they come. He was deep purple. SO HELP ME GOD, DEEP PURPLE! He…
 
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  • Is That A Wine Book In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy To Be Reading The Answers.com September 2014 Wine Article Roundup?

    1WineDude
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Well… I’m not exactly sure how to follow up that title, so let’s just jump into it; forthwith are the Wine.Answers.com articles I published this past month: Three Things You Didn’t Know About Portuguese Wine – I’m scheduled to do some touring (and speaking) in Portugal in November, and in boning up on all things Portuguese for that trip, I came across a few trivia tidbits that fascinated me (because, well, I am a nerd).   Three Things You Didn’t Know About Chablis– My next contribution over at Snooth.com will be a vinous tour of some of the levels of Chablis. As a…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 29, 2014

    1WineDude
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 11 Swiftwater Cellars Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley):…
  • A Few Hundred Bucks Worth Of Cult California Cab, Definitely Not Made By Metallica Roadies (Tanner Dafoe Recent Releases)

    1WineDude
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Question: What do you get when you cross a law-school trained producer of films and commercials with a former professional mountain snowboarder? Anyone??? In the case of Tanner Dafoe (named after Jeff Tanner and Rob DaFoe, the producer and snowboarder, respectively), you get some fairly complete and substantial Cabernet Sauvignon priced like the California cult red that it is, only (blessedly) with more acid. What, you didn’t see that one coming? That Tanner Dafoe can price their (very) small production wines (less than 200 cases for the most part) the way that they do (over $100 per…
  • Everything That I Know About Investing (I Learned From Wine)

    1WineDude
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    [ Warning: This post has very little to do about wine. But, it might just help to make you a millionaire. Your mileage may vary. ] Back in March, when I let the cat out of the bag on my personal financial situation, I got a lot of interesting reactions. Most of them were of the attah-boy! variety, but since that time there’s been no shortage of questions coming to me in private about it. Most of those are some variation on the theme: “how the f*ck did you do that?!??” I am here today to tell you everything that I know about investing. Interestingly, I learned the most important aspects…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 22, 2014

    1WineDude
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 13 Pebblestone Cellars Ellis Vineyards Block 9…
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  • Lugana e TAV, c’è un’alternativa

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Un momento della conferenza stampa del Lugana DOC sulla TAV La costruzione della linea ferroviaria ad “Alta Velocità” (TAV) Torino-Venezia sta per cancellare un quinto del territorio del Lugana DOC (si stimano 200-250 ettari su un totale di 1.181). Ma oltre agli ettari di vigneto, andrà in fumo un delicato equilibrio tra le attività agricole e quelle turistiche, già messo a dura prova dalla crescita delle infrastrutture nella zona meridionale del Lago di Garda. Ma, anzichè carezzare l’idea di cavalcare una protesta anti-TAV, i produttori del Lugana DOC tentano la carta…
  • “Paradosso realistico”, il vino italiano in inglese

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Massimo Russo, direttore di Wired Italia, citato in un post di Federico De Cesare Viola su Food24: “Spesso le aziende italiane non usano piattaforme (editoriali, N.d.r.) internazionali e la conseguenza è che siano poi le grandi corporation mondiali ad occupare preziose posizioni anche nel settore enogastronomico, dove dovrebbe invece essere il nostro paese a dettar legge”. Verissimo, come è vero che sono pochi i prodotti editoriali italiani che parlano anche in lingua inglese e che hanno dunque l’ambizione di aprirsi a un audience ben più ampio e “monetizzabile”. Ecco allora il…
  • TAV attraversa Lugana DOC, il grido di dolore annunciato

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Carlo Veronese, direttore Lugana DOC Carlo Veronese, direttore del Consorzio del Lugana DOC: “Cari amici, queste foto sono il peggio che ci poteva capitare. Sono parte del progetto della TAV che passerà per i nostri territori. Ma al peggio non c’è mai fine… perché oltre al tracciato della TAV, oggi scopriamo che i cantieri, le strade dei cantieri, la nuova viabilità avrà un impatto bestiale sul nostro territorio. Che dire… che fare…  Sono talmente amareggiato che faccio fatica a trattenere le lacrime. Siamo stati fregati da chi ci amministra e ci ha…
  • La scommessa del vino all’Expo Milano 2015

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Giovanni Mantovani, Direttore Generale di Veronafiere, l’organizzatore di Vinitaly: “Avevamo dichiarato che l’obiettivo era quello di dare massima e piena rappresentazione del comparto, della sua storia e identità e delle sue potenzialità, e infatti questo progetto fonda su una filosofia inclusiva e democratica, poiché crediamo fermamente che solo dando spazio all’immensa ricchezza e varietà dei nostri vini si possa realmente rappresentare l’esclusivo valore della produzione italiana” Pietro Stara scrive su Intravino: “Al netto delle posizioni personali relative…
  • La terra senza mercato

    giampieronadali@mac.com
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Mario Guidi, presidente di Confagricoltura: “La terra, senza mercato, è solo rassegnazione (…) Se negli ultimi sessant’anni la popolazione mondiale che soffre di fame è scesa dal 40 al 15 per cento del totale, lo dobbiamo solo a una cosa: l’innovazione. Gli Ogm fanno parte di questo processo tecnologico. Ora vogliamo fermare tutto ciò in nome di cosa o di chi? Meglio lasciar parlare gli agricoltori”. Leggi l’articolo qui. The post La terra senza mercato appeared first on Aristide, a wine blog.
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  • Love on the Rocks: The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater

    Catie
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Was it a Frenchman’s folly the day young French vigneron Christophe Baron ventured across the Washington state-line and made a discovery that reminded him of the famed cobblestones of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region in France? As Baron was roaming the countryside between Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater, OR, he couldn’t help but take notice of the ancient rugged bed of the old Walla Walla River. The land was scattered with acres of stones the size of an apple.From the days of the local orchard pioneers, such as A. B. Roberts and Dr. Nelson Blalock, the stony beds were known for its…
  • The Long Strange Trip ...

    Catie
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    To quote Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, “What a long strange trip it's been.”It truly has been, but it sure feels good to dust off this little blog. The last four years have been an interesting journey. While I am happy to close the chapter of being in wine retail, I am certainly glad I did it. I made connections with so many wonderful and talented people (and even some not so wonderful people, but came with good lessons); and the lessons in imported wines and wine politics were invaluable - - and most important, I learned we have to take these detours in life to get us back on…
  • She's Back!

    Catie
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    You didn't think I could stay away, did you?  Stay tuned ...
  • A Swan Song

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

    Catie
    30 May 2013 | 9:00 am
    He's a wine writer, critic, author, innkeeper, musician, and all around Renaissance man, so it shouldn't have surprised anyone when Paul Gregutt announced a new milestone and title in his life, creator of his own line of wines. The wines were first previewed and released in March. Waitsburg Cellars is a winemaking project between Paul and the largest privately owned wine company in the Northwest, Precept Wines.  Paul has been given access to their vineyards, winemakers and their facility.  The goal is to create affordable, yet interesting wines that will showcase the  strength…
 
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  • Pints for Prostates Ultimate European Beer Tour Scheduled for Oct. 8-18, 2015

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – BeerTrips.com has put together a special beer tour of Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic to benefit Pints for Prostates. The guided beer adventure will take place from Oct. 8-18, 2015. The nine night dream trip includes stops in Brussels, Cologne, Bamberg and Prague.  The trip includes beer tastings, escorted pub crawls, guided city walks, brewery tours, special beer and food pairing meals, and more. BeerTrips.com is offering this special Pints for Prostates group tour to Europe to the public on a limited basis at $2,995 (+ air) based on double occupancy ($635…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Beer List Features Exotic Brews from 50 Leading Craft Brewers

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    DENVER, CO – Pints for Prostates has released a list of beers that 50 brewers are scheduled to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on Oct. 3. The prostate cancer awareness event will be held during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them. “The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is about the passion and craftsmanship behind some of America’s hardest to find brews,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates.
  • Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

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

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

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

    Sonadora
    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…
  • Mangia! Mangia!

    Sonadora
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Lucky me. Rodney Strong Vineyards reached out to me several months ago to contemplate hosting a wine dinner at my house to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Klein family owning the brand. The proposal included wine, cookbooks, food, and creating a 5 course dinner to be served simultaneously with dinners happening across the country at famous restaurants and other blogger houses. Heck yes, I’m in! And you should be too. The dinner will go live at 8 pm et this Saturday, September 20. We’ll be tweeting and all other things social-media-ing using the hashtag #RSV25. Personally,…
  • Knock knock. I’m home.

    Sonadora
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Hello Wannabe Wino Readers- Radio silence has reigned here at Wannabe Wino for the last 2 months. If you like to have spare time in your life to do things like taste wine and write a blog, I don’t recommend, in the course of 2 months, selling a house, moving twice, traveling to CA, CT, Portugal, Spain, and ME, speaking at 2 conferences, buying and closing on a new house, and moving into it. Not to mention, all my wine had to be put into wine storage while we were between houses! We are moved into our new place, I have the wine back, and I’m kicking September off with a bang by…
  • Live Red Wine Blogging #10 2011 Rios de Chile Reserva Carmenere

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

    Sonadora
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    We lucked out and got Rodney Strong and Amy with her new Wine4.Me app. Which you should go out and get and find more wines to drink instead of spit. Like this Rodney Strong Symmetry that I love. The Symmetry has dark fruit with black cherries on the nose. The palate is supple and the flavors linger in the mouth. Yum. Filed under: Wine
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  • 29.9.14

    Edward
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    I've sniffed and cooked with fresh and dried Bay leaves before, but never sequentially or with intent. The larger green leaves have a softness and roundness to the their scent, they seem more complete, though milder and warmer. More nutmeg and cinnamon and less point. The dried leaves are sharper and more focused - with menthol, eucalyptus, cloves and cardamon.A recipe for garlic chicken. 6 skinless and bone free chicken thighs, halved / 5 cloves of garlic finely chopped / 2 teaspoons of salt / 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix all of the above by hand and leave at room temperature for an hour…
  • Favourite things

    Edward
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    A pair of baby cos, outer leaves removed and the sand washed away; four eggs runny in the centre (steam for 7 minutes) split in half; a loaf of ciabatta, crust removed, the large cubes drizzled in olive oil and fried in a pan (and finished in the oven for a few minutes) till brown; a tin of Spanish anchovies and a generous serve of freshly made aioli (1 clove of garlic, salt, pepper, a spoon of seeded mustard, juice of quarter of a lemon, a whole egg and 80mls of grape seed oil and a stab blender).http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context
  • Blind Corner Governo 2014

    Edward
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    I don't drink a lot of sauvignon blanc, it's often too easy and attention seeking. . . though of course it's what I cut my teeth on. This sounded promising. The label mentions a portion of grapes is air dried and then kept on skins for two months before being blended back with the the balance that has been wild fermented.The first sniff is curious, there's something familiar but out of place. . . it smells slightly sweet with mauve flowers, sunshine and raisins, a shake of pepper, musk. . . it's only later that there's more of a green edge - grass and Margaret river asparagus. . . There is of…
  • Breakfast

    Edward
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    My first mostly unstructured day in several months. . . I have a list of tasks, but no inclination to follow or complete. I spent the morning making duck ham sandwiches for the children and then several fruitless moments contemplating a chess board. My game of postcard chess with Mr Bathgate is almost four years old and for the first time I find myself in check. Al if your listening QG8.I've been obsessed with steaming eggs, this time using my thermomix so I might be more precise with the timing. Six minutes thirty of steam time - and a shell which is easier to peel and semi solid white and…
  • Wynns Black Label Cabernet sauvignon 1998

    Edward
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Bottle one of six. I'm not sure why I've waited for so long and why I have so many, but disorganisation and a constant flow of new bottles to distract would feature in my defence. These bottles have been sitting in a cardboard box in a Tasmanian oak wardrobe, under the Christmas decorations and several layers of cushions. Waiting.A decade of darkness, but also fluctuating heat and cold. The fill is surprisingly good, the cork perfect and the wine just starting to bend. Bay leaf, DMS and lavender scented soap. Tobacco and like so much I've been drinking this last year - black cardamon. I…
 
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  • On the Nature of Being Sicilian in the Wine Business

    Alfonso Cevola
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Lest you think this will be the obligatory paean to all things Sicilian, after these last days spent on the island, many things are simmering. Yes, it is a Sunday, and to the millennials this might sound like a sermon. Pity.How does one explain the blood in the veins? How does one look at a street, year after year, and still struggle to recognize what is right in front of one’s eyes? How much analysis is required to decode the Sicilian passeggiata of the last 40 years? I am obsessed with this. This is my mental mistress, never letting me inside the private chamber, ever tempting me with the…
  • Drinking Our Way Through Sicily ~ 2014

    Alfonso Cevola
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    Just so you don’t get the wrong idea, we didn’t drink and drive, and when we did, we always had a designated driver. But we always, always, had food with our wine. Unless we were tasting. Then we had little food stuff around. And it always wasn’t wine. There was lots of coffee, but more about that at the end of this post.It was harvest time in Sicily, so there was a lot of activity. With that in mind, we were able to unearth the scared and the profane, the common and the rare. Nothing was off limits; there was no agenda, no dogma to follow. Sicily doesn’t care about all the little…
  • Eating Our Way Through Sicily ~ 2014

    Alfonso Cevola
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Indulge me. Or rather, let me indulge you, dear reader, and share some of the plates we were offered on this recent trip to Sicily. While Palermo would be enough in terms of gastronomic ecstasy, we didn’t stop there. We made our carousel around Sicily and along the way we had some of the most glorious food on earth.Note: I don’t think of Sicilian food as Italian. It takes its cues from anther muse. There are similarities: pasta, tomatoes, wine, sweets, seafood. But as with all things Sicilian, the interpretation is different. Not necessarily better than on the peninsula, but a thinking…
  • Sicily ~ Thinking Outside the Boot

    Alfonso Cevola
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    I’m nothing, if not overwhelmed, when I step away from Italy and into Sicily. I am also liberated. Freed from thinking things are as they are, because Sicily has its own interpretation for everything. Culture? At once obsessed and ignorant of the riches surrounding one on any given day in almost any place. Sicily is dripping with history. At the same time, the citizens pile trash, in the cities, in the country, with a disregard for their natural surroundings. Organization? Maybe a road will take you where the GPS tells you to go. Maybe the road won’t be there. Not to worry. For thousands…
  • Sicily ~ The Oldest Kid in Italy

    Alfonso Cevola
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Of all the places in Italy, Sicily is the one that scares me the most. I have cancelled trips to Sicily because I was afraid something was going to happen. I have gone to Sicily when my bones were sore from a car wreck. I have driven a car in the streets of Palermo and Catania, which is questionable for an able bodied person. I have stared at dead people, their skin dry, their eyes missing, their bones falling off their skeletons. I have walked on mosaic floors that were laid thousands of years ago. I have gazed up at ancient temples, the sun glaring back. I have walked the streets in the…
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  • Taste of Tulalip Nov. 14-15

    writeforwine
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Excitement is growing for the sixth annual Taste of Tulalip, a major event that is widely recognized as one of the top Northwest foodie and wine “happenings.” The superb reputation of Tulalip Resort Casino is underlined every year at this event, when its food and wine maestros — Executive Chef Perry Mascitti and his fabulous team of chefs, and Sommelier Tommy Thompson — unveil an explosion of flavors and aromas that merge into a premium, five-star experience. This year, Food Network star Ming Tsai will prepare some signature dishes to complement pours at the…
  • Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon

    writeforwine
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Bring on a juicy steak and a glass of Caymus Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and celebrate the vineyard’s 40th anniversary in style. If you love big, velvety, opulent Cabernets, this one is for you. So smooth and silky, this Cab glides across your palate, showing off the near-perfect conditions for the 2012 vintage in Napa Valley.  You don’t have to think twice about why Wine Spectator named this beauty “Wine of the Year.” A true palate-pleaser, this luscious red packs in a lot of ripe, rich flavors with a long finish. According to owner and winemaker Chuck…
  • Lauren Ashton Cellars

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

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

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

  • Cristom Willamette Valley Mt. Jefferson Cuvee 2011 Wine Review (NW)

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Tasting notes:Smoky cherry and plum on the noseMedium bodied on the palateFinishes with raspberry, dried herbs, and more smoky notes that provide complexitySummary:This wine is always intriguing and enjoyable. It consistently has an alluring smokiness that gives it complexity along with the red fruit and herb core. The 2011 tastes great now and will be good drinking for the next few years. Give the wine plenty of air, and enjoy with lamb or anything roasted or grilled. Prices are typically in the $30 range, which is fair for a well-made Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Oregon. Raise a…
  • Chateau Machorre 2005 wine review by (PB)

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Nice vibrant garnet hue with some opacity.Aromas--Rich dark berries with a subtle note of age combined with ample rustic spices and cigar box notes.Palate--refined tannins, nice berry foundation with intense, lively foundation with a solid beam of mature fruit and a nice old world finish.I have been cellaring this for a while as I bought several bottles when I realized what a bargain price it was.This is what I wrote in August of 2012: "Should hold for a couple more years and might even improve a bit but either way it is worth raising a glass!"I paid $9 for this Bordeaux from the fabled…
  • La Granja 360 Verdejo-Viura 2013 wine review by (PB)

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Straw hue with ample aromas of sweet apple, vanilla and loads of tropical fruit.Palate--Very steely front with nice mouth feel with cleansing acidity and more minerals with subdued green apple, ,melon, and citrus notes.This is a blend of these two Spanish grapes and is a nice aperitif or I am serving with it my baked cod. It is BIG on flavor and minerally goodness with a palate cleansing acidity. I paid around $10 I believe and it is a solid "raise a glass" kind of wine!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Beaulieu Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 wine review by (PB)

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Black Cherry hue with aromas of bold,stinky dark berries and some funky, off aromas of damp basement. There is a slight suggestion of pomegranate and musty cigar box.Palate--Unique first impression of inky, solid fruit with nice chocolate tinged berry beam mid palate, and a tasty little "something" that again is unique on the finish.Okay this is certainly a weird example of the grape and especially from the folks at BV. But it's not corked and its not even "bad" it is just unique; I suspect breathing will straighten it out!After some more time it takes on the traditional aromas you'd expect…
  • Vigne A Porrona "Toscana Rosso" 2011 wine review by (PB)

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Medium garnet hue with aromas of forest floor, bright cherry, menthol and cigar box.Palate--True Tuscan, rustic, flavors of sturdy Sangiovese with steally notes and a touch of dark berry. Finishes with graphite.This is a blend of Sangiovese, the signature grape of Tuscany and some Syrah. I paid $11 for it and it is a great buy. A decent wine with a clear sense of place so 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 – Phil Coturri – Sonoma

    Organic Wine Journal
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Phillip Coturri From Phil: I’m taking a deep breath as a front moved through last night, dropping a quarter inch of rain. We harvested our last zin yesterday not wanting them to get washed. The harvest has been early and steady. The last major heat spike during the Labor Day weekend really got things going. We have harvested about 50% of the 1200 tons we do annually. What’s left is Cabernet and Rhones. The growing season started early with bud break around mid March. Bloom was early, starting late April. For the third year of drought, the rains we did have came a few weeks prior…
  • Harvest Report 2014 — Perlage — Venteo, Italy

    Organic Wine Journal
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    From Perlage: The organic agriculture wins also this rainy vintage: the grapes are healthy and have a generous gradation. This year’s harvest of Perlage takes place in two steps because of high humidity and low temperatures. This innovative technique used for the first time in Perlage and for the first time also in the DOCG territory shows how experience and professionalism can survive the more difficult vintages. The first step is the collection of bunches with very thin skin that have some compromised grapes, while we leave those still perfectly healthy on the rows, waiting for the…
  • Organic Wine Pioneer Bill Powers of Badger Mountain Passes Away

    Organic Wine Journal
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Bill Powers, who founded Badger Mountain Vineyard in Washington, passed away this morning at his home in Kennewick, we’ve learned from Paul Chartrand of Chartrand Imports. Badger Mountain became the first certified organic winery in Washington in 1990 and has received numerous honors for his work, including the Wine Grape Grower of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Our condolences to his family and co-workers at Badger Mountain. Learn more about Bill Powers at www.badgermtnvineyard.com.
  • Harvest Report 2014: Maison M. Chapoutier

    Organic Wine Journal
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    From the winery: “When we say that every year is different and that each vintage has its own specificities, nothing can be more true than in 2014 …We now look forward for the results with much curiosity and apprehension. On the first day of the harvest, we already talk about an atypical vintage.” “January 1st, 2014: In the south, we wished an Happy New Year on the sunny terraces. This already presaged a mild winter. We were not wrong, after 15 days of relative cold mid-December. January and February were soft with mild temperatures. The pruning began on January 18th (at the time of…
  • NYC – Join Jenny & Francois Team For Climate Change March – Sept. 21

    Organic Wine Journal
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    From Jenny & Francois: Dear Winelovers, Come protest Global Warming with the Jenny & François team! We are passionate about this subject for many reasons, but as people of the wine industry who work closely with winemakers around the world, we have to acknowledge the effect of global warming on grape growing. On Sunday September 21st, we will join the People’s Climate March at 11 AM on 77th St. and Central Park West to march as a group of wine lovers who want to take back the terroir and bring awareness to this growing problem. Check out the website here:…
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  • Louis Riesling – Yummy, Yummy!

    Tim Lemke
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A couple years ago I reviewed the 2010 vintage of Louis riesling from Louis Konstantin Guntrum.  I loved it then and now tasting the 2012 vintage I can say that I still love this wine. The grapes for this wine are grown along the banks of the Rhine river between Oppenheimer and Nierstein in Germany.  All fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks, which is pretty typical for riesling like this.  Oak would just not be a good thing for this wine. Intense honeysuckle, pear, apple and flinty aromas make this wine sing even before it touches your lips.  And once it does reach your lips…
  • 3Spells Chardonnay – Crisp & Refreshing

    Tim Lemke
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I’ve reviewed a few wines in the past from a small producer from California called Spelletich Family Winery, but it’s been a while.  And I’ve never reviewed one of their whites… until now. If you’ve been reading this site for a while you probably know how I feel about chardonnay.  I struggle with it.  Or I should say, I struggle with how many producers make it.  And I’m not alone.  Many wine lovers I know are critical of chardonnay.  But when it’s made well it can be outstanding. My hat is off to Spelletich for this release.  Why?  For one,…
  • Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Rosé

    Tim Lemke
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    A couple weeks ago I published a review of Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages, at wine that absolutely blew me away by how awesome it is.  So I had to post a review of another wine from the Bila-Haut line, their rosé. This rosé comes from the Languedoc-Roussillon area in France.  And while many people first think of Bourdeaux, Burgundy or Champagne when they think of French wines, the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region produces a third of all the wine made in France and it’s the biggest wine region in the world, with 700,000 acres of vines. This wine is more…
  • Four Vines Biker Zinfandel – Aggressively Awesome!

    Tim Lemke
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    I first discovered Four Vines back in 2008 at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival.  Well, I discovered them in the same sense that Columbus discovered America.  They were already around and doing quite well, I just happened to become aware of them then. And once I discovered Four Vines I became a big fan!  Their zinfandel totally knocked my socks off.  However, as I remember it, all but one their wines that I tasted back then were priced higher than what I like to spend on a bottle of wine.  So I didn’t dwell too much on them, but I knew I loved what I tasted and looked…
  • Ravenswood Besieged – Dark and Mysterious

    Tim Lemke
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    It’s only September and I’m already seeing Christmas junk on display in stores.  Have they forgotten about Halloween?  It’s one of my favorite holidays, although I haven’t taken the time to celebrate it much in the past few years.  Plus a lot folks say that I’m too old for Halloween. I think Halloween should be celebrated by all ages.  And a number of wine producers appear to agree with me and have been creating special wines to celebrate Halloween.  Really, what’s a better beverage to have on Halloween than some blood red wine? Besieged from…
 
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    Rockss and Fruit

  • Stunningly Elegant St. Joseph Priced to Drink Every Day- "Entry Level" Wine of Our Hermitage Producer

    Lyle Fass
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    I was at the Salon des Vins this recent February in Tain l'Hermitage and I was sulking. I had just tasted the sick Cornas of Guillhaume Gilles and wanted to sell the wines and he said he was already represented in America so I then asked him who was his choice for the best wineries in the room. He immediately pointed me in the direction of Michelle Luyton. I will be thanking Guillhaume Gilles the rest of my life for that recommendation because Luyton's wines are incredibly good, underpriced and very distinctive.Michelle Luyton, is an absolute wonder. She is one of those people you meet, that…
  • 1er Cru Morey St Denis under $60 - One of the Best Values in 2012 Burgundy - A Wine You Want in Your Cellar

    Lyle Fass
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Herve Murat is perhaps our most popular producer in Burgundy. It's no wonder why, as the wines are very fairlypriced for a super high quality micro negociant with 4-5 incredible estates wines (the HCDN wines and Beaune 1er Cru Tuvilains) that always perform above their pay grade. Herve is always in the vineyard and the work shows in the finished product. As I have stated previously his 2011's were uniformly better than his excellent 2010's because he improved as a winemaker.  Well, the 2012's combine further improvement from this young winemaker with the incredible 2012 vintage.The 2012…
  • 10 Year Old Mosel Feinherb Under $20 Plus a 2012 Spatlese Under $20

    Lyle Fass
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I was drinking the 2007 Martin Muellen Krover Paradies Spatlese "Deare" with a dear friend and colleague the other night and it just had a remarkably complex showing; when you can get two wine geeks to turn their heads, that's quite an achievement. Martin is surely among the most old school and traditional Mosel producers (he actually uses a basket press).  The wines have a "something" that no other Mosel wines have; a moxy, a je ne sais quoi, a somewhereness, an indescribable character that makes these wines so special and sacred to me and to many of you who cannot get enough of them.
  • An Argument Against Aesthetic Nihilism

    Lyle Fass
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    When I decided to open my own wine retailer, the first question I asked myself was what kind of wines would I sell?  The easy answer, of course, is “good wines.”  The follow-up question is, naturally, what is a good wine?If you ask the majority of wine drinkers what constitutes a good wine, they will say the same thing.  A good wine is a wine that I like.  This is, of course, tautological,and thus completely begs the question.  Some people have extended this individualistic ideal of taste to argue that there are no standards for quality in wine, that everything is…
  • A Beaujolais Village to trump Metras

    Lyle Fass
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Taste this Blind Next to Metras Beaujolais-Villages - I Dare YouOne topic that I always find to be a so called "hot topic" is the fetishization of a certain producer in a region that has a number of very good to great producers. I admit that I try not to but sometimes I can in emails for certain wines.  But I am very good at being critical of myself and the wine business even though I might participate in what I am being critical of some of the time. The people receiving these emails mostly have a decent amount of wine knowledge and in many cases more. But there is also a contingent who…
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    Wine Biz Radio

  • It’s Odd What You Find…

    Randy
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Looking back over the past few years, we’ve done a thing or two here at Wine Biz Radio, and in that time, we’ve also managed to capture a few images. Here’s a few I just uncovered for you viewing pleasure. Apologies for the low resolution, it’s all I have!      
  • Man, What A Hiatus!

    Wine Biz Radio
    17 Dec 2013 | 10:00 pm
    Kaz, Randy and X are back! X’s car works now! After quickly catching up on the weather, we get you up to speed on the Useless Information™ you’ve been missing all this year! Wine Biz Radio, biting the hand that feeds it! Streams of consciousness bouncing from topic to topic! Tasting room confessions! You can’t believe what a year off does to three guys until you listen to this! Mentions: SonomaCounty.com Cornerstone Garden Keating Tasting Room North Coast Wine Industry Expo Unified Symposium (January 28-30) BevX Teutonic Wine Company 2011 Pinot “Teutonic…
  • You Said “Fertigate”!

    Wine Biz Radio
    1 Jun 2012 | 4:00 pm
    (NOTE: This is one of our “lost episodes” – shows from June to October, 2012, that Randy never got around to posting! But they’re here now, yay!) X phones it in from the present (or a five second delay, anyway), Kaz and X talk suckering, Kaz and Randy drink one of X’s wines, and a rather lengthy detour to the island of Alameda for vodka, wine, auctions and dim sum! There’s no limit to the depth of Useless Information™ you can get from Wine Biz Radio! Mentions: Bistro Gambrinus Auction Napa Valley Passport to Pinot Labouré-Roi Chablis Hook and Ladder…
  • Meet Dick Schwiebleim!

    Wine Biz Radio
    25 May 2012 | 4:30 pm
    Randy has the most amazing voice, and Kaz phones it in!
  • The Worst Recording Ever Made

    Wine Biz Radio
    18 May 2012 | 4:30 pm
    This is what happens when you think you’re recording off the mixer, but instead you’re recording off of the cheap built-in microphone on your digital audio workstation. A great big fail in the world of podcasting. But since the discussion is almost salvageable, what the heck. For all of our podcast friends out there, this is how NOT to tape a podcast. If you ever hear a podcast like this, you shouldn’t listen to it. If you don’t listen to ours, we understand!
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    HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog

  • Matar Winery – Something New (and kosher) from the Pelter’s

    Yossie Horwitz (www.yossiescorkboard.com)
    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

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

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

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

    Avi
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Style Magazine, a large Hong Kong paper, has a great new article about Israeli wine. Check it out here. Grape ambitions Winemaking in the Middle East enjoys a long history, but the time is now ripe for Israel and Lebanon to enter the world stage, writes Alexis Lai Verdant swathes of ripening cabernet sauvignon unfold against undulating mountains while the chirping of birds rings out in the pristine silence. This idyllic viticultural scene is not in Bordeaux or Napa Valley, but in Bekaa Valley, the agricultural heartland of Lebanon. While wines from the Middle East are unknown to the average…
 
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    יינות ישראל

  • תפקידי מנהל קהילה

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    כיום, מנהל קהילה וקהילה מנהל נקבע בדרך כלל על החברה החדשנית ביותר של המחלקה, אחד שלוקח את היוזמה השימוש ברשתות חברתיות. בדרך כלל, CM שייך המחלקות תקשורת או שיווק, אם כי במקרים מסוימים תלויים בטכנולוגיה או חדשנות. בארגון בינוני או גדול, אתה צריך להתחיל לחשוב מחדש על הארגון שלהם מן הקרקע, ואת חושבת כי ניהול של מדיה חברתית הופכת תכונה…
  • מהו היחס בין ההון שולט האינפלציה בקולומביה?

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    הכלכלה הקולומביאנית עוברת אחת התקופות הכלכליות הטובות ביותר ב -50 השנים האחרונות. קולומביה מתחזקת. בשנת 2007 צמח המשק 7.52%, השקעות להכפיל את המדינה, הגדלת השקעה זרה ישירה בקולומביה הביקוש המקומי מתחזק. לאחרונה מצאתי אצל אפריקה ישראל אוזן קשבת . אבל בעיצומו של רגע כזה של תהילה של הכלכלה הקולומביאנית, האינפלציה נראית כמו ענן שחור גדול…
  • אינטליגנציה רוחנית

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    אינטליגנציה רוחנית: טופס חדש של ומכאן או משהו יותר של מה כבר ידוע בתחום של חשש האדם? קסטרו E.A. INIFTA, ענף 4, תיבת דואר, דואר אלקטרוני 1900 לה פלאטה, ארגנטינה 16,: מבוא מה זה מה שאנו מכנים מציאות? האם המציאות שאני יודע כפי שהוא אמור להיות? מה יודע מה אמיתי? יש לנו את האמצעים הדרושים מספיק לעצור את המציאות? מה משמעות ומכאן? יש אחד או מספר…
  • רעיונות למתנות חג המולד

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    מכונות אלה לשימוש רפידות כביכול החלק השווה של קפה מיוליוס, דומים במראה של מכונת אספרסו. בנוסף לשיפור מהירות ונוחות בפעולה, זה בטח גם עיצוב אופנתי, מה שהופך אותו מאוד פופולרי התקנים אלה רק עבור אנשים צעירים, רווקים. לענייננו, פצלי שמן הוא הכתובת בשבילך. מתנות חג המולד עבור קונסולות משחק התינוק: עבור ציוד צעיר או אפילו לשחק עבור…
  • נגן MP3 אורך המשחק

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

  • 3 Reasons To Get Excited About The 2014 ShipCompliant Wholesale Gathering

    Megan Milan, Marketing Coordinator
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It’s less than one month away from our first ever Wholesale Gathering in White Plains, NY. We are packing up and hitting the road to provide an opportunity to get people in the wholesale industry together on October 16th. Learn how other people in the industry are using ShipCompliant, and compare best practices to get a competitive advantage. Here are the top three things you can look forward to in White Plains! A panel discussion on the unification of the Federal and State approval process Imagine a system where you could register and pay for your labels at the federal and state levels…
  • Doing Business in a Crowded Market: A Rise in Wine Labels Approved by TTB

    Zoe Wedel, Account Manager and Business Analyst at ShipCompliant
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    If it appears like the United States wine market has become more saturated over the past couple of decades, here is one measurement that supports this impression: The number of wine labels approved by the Federal government. Before we dig into the details, it is important to note that many COLAs are approved without ever hitting the market. Additionally, the rule governing when a label must be submitted for approval is that the approval must be obtained before the wine is bottled. Using LabelVision, we are able to uncover a number of interesting and useful data points about the American wine…
  • LabelVision Trend Watch: Moscato – In Review

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

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

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

  • In search of Chinese wine: My new and improved 5A formula

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    By Jim Boyce Finding good Chinese wines is tough. True, hundreds of producers create thousands of wines in this country. Also true, few of those wines offer an attractive blend of quality, price and availability. To illustrate my perspective as a consumer of Chinese wines, I created the 5A formula shown above. (Apologies for my poor design skills!) I start with all of the wine sold under domestic labels (“available”). I then eliminate wines to keep those that are made with locally grown grapes (“authentic”), that taste good (“appetizing”) and that…
  • Selling wine in China: Helene Ponty on the Beijing market

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    By Jim Boyce I recently wrote an article about the Beijing market for an upcoming issue of Wine Business International. It includes insights from a handful of industry players who work for companies that span top-ten distributors to small retailers. One of them is Helene Ponty, who moved to Beijing nearly three years ago to handle importing, marketing and sales of wines produced by the family winery in Bordeaux. The excerpts below include comments she made that I couldn’t fit into the article. For more of Ponty’s insights, and those of others in the China trade, see Wine…
  • Chardonnay in China: Harvest at Wangzhong, Helan Mountain, Grace and Great River Hill

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

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

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

  • An Evening At Lanzerac

    Media Release
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Join Lanzerac Cellar Master, Wynand Lategan, and Executive Chef, Stephen Fraser, on Wednesday 29 October for an unforgettable Winemaker & Chef’s Dinner at the Lanzerac Hotel’s Taphuis. The Taphuis is a historic Cape country bar believed to be one of the oldest in the Western Cape. The authentic Cape Country bar’s interior is richly decorated
  • Dazzling Danielle Margaux Gowns In Aid Of Sunflower Fund

    Media Release
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    Miss SA, Rolene Strauss, took centre stage in a shimmering Scintilla dress, inspired by the J.C. Le Roux flagship Méthode Cap Classique at the Danielle Margaux Spring/Summer 2014/2015 fashion show presented by the Sunflower Fund. Held at the luxurious La Montagne in Bishops Court, Danielle’s latest collection had the crème de la crème of the
  • Family Fun in Franschhoek

    Media Release
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    School holidays are here! Running out of ideas on how to keep the family and kids entertained? Bring them to Franschhoek for a fun-filled day out. Something sweet is always a treat. The world famous Huguenot Fine Chocolates is pure chocolate heaven and a delight for young and old! Indulge in a chocolate tour with
  • New Crystal Dress Code Reflects Casual Luxury, Evening Elegance

    Media Release
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    Ultra-Luxe Line Debuts Simplified Dinner Attire Guidelines In response to valued feedback from its well-heeled guests, luxury cruise leader Crystal Cruises is debuting a simpler evening dress code, beginning 21 December 2014 aboard both its award-winning ships.  While casual daytime attire is acceptable on board any time before 6 p.m., the suggested evening dress code
  • Winters Drift Pinot Noir Sticks Its Head Out Above The Crowd

    Media Release
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:31 am
    With a Michelangelo Double Gold Medal and a Classic Wine Top Six Award The Winters Drift Pinot Noir from the cool-climate Elgin valley is showing itself to be a ‘wine of note’, being the recipient of several recent prestigious accolades. The Winters Drift Pinot Noir 2013, the second vintage but the first commercially available vintage
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Your New Friend, ARTAL, Part 2

    Robert C. Lehrman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Wow! TTB’s list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels (ARTAL) is getting powerful. It is getting long and complicated — but it also provides a lot of good opportunities to avoid or cause a problem. On September 29, 2014 TTB announced about six new changes to the ARTAL list. They are: Change promotional sponsorship-themed material (festivals and sports references) Change ratings (#1 vodka according to Vodka Quarterly) Delete organic references Change the spelling on sulfites Change information about the amount produced Add serving suggestions (shake well) Also, TTB provided a…
  • The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Tito’s vodka was doing great for the past 15 years, then hit a gigantic speedbump this week in the form of a class action lawsuit. Tito’s therefore provides a good example of when an approval is not really an approval. Tito Beveridge has more than 30 TTB label approvals for his vodka from 1997 to 2013 (as in the above image, from LabelVision). They may not do him much good in this lawsuit, even though, in years past, most would assume the federal approval would be dispositive. It’s a good thing most TTB approvals are not paper anymore because these would “not be worth…
  • TTB Funding

    Robert C. Lehrman
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    I read about TTB funding a few days ago in Wine & Spirits Daily. It is good but I still don’t understand why they don’t use more links. I had to look elsewhere for the letter, to the Senate, about TTB funding. The letter is here. Here are some highlights and observations: The letter seems to cover the powers that be, in the beer, wine and spirits industries (BI, WI, DISCUS, etc.). They, and TTB, seem to set TTB’s funding needs at $101 million, for 2015. The letter says “Since 2007, TTB has had to shrink its workforce by 10% ‐ more than 50 full‐time positions…
  • Rye Beer

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

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

  • Radio-Coteau: Old World Techniques with New World Fruit

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Radio-Coteau: "Broadcast off the hills"From the moment I tasted Radio-Coteau's 2006 La Neblina Pinot Noir they've been one of my favorite producers. That wine was so pure, so completely free of off notes - it was amazing. But in tasting more bottles of their wines since then I've come to learn that bottle wasn't anything out of the ordinary for Radio-Coteau. That's just what they do. They're absolutely one of the most reliably outstanding California Pinot Noir producers I've found.See also: 7 Reliably Outstanding Fruit-Forward California Pinot Noir ProducersBut the really special thing about…
  • Coming Soon: Cliff Lede Wine Dinner at Del Frisco's Boston

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House in Boston is offering a paired wine dinner featuring the wines of Cliff Lede Vineyards.Related Reading:First Look: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House BostonVisiting Cliff Lede VineyardsCliff Lede Vineyards’ finest wines perfectly paired with delicious seasonal dishes in five course dinnerWHAT: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, one of Boston’s premiere steakhouse destinations know for it’s juicy, prime steaks, exquisite wines and exceptional service, invites guest to explore the bold and flavorful wines of Napa Valley winery, Cliff Lede…
  • 10% off at Liquid Discount: Top 5 90+ Rated Values

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

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

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

  • Don’t Mess with Texas – It’s Texas Wine Month!

    Todd Farmer
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    When you think of the great state of Texas, what are the first things that come to mind?  For me, here are my personal list 10 things that come to mind when I think of Texas: Don’t mess with Texas. Everything is big in Texas. There is no basement in the Alamo. (Thanks, Peewee Herman) Everything I learned about Texas, I learned from King of the Hill. “I gonna make you a steak the size of a toilet seat – you know, ‘Texas sized'”. Oil industry from the 80’s. Who shot J.R.? The bats under the bridge in Austin. Dallas Cowboys and their legendary smoking’ hot…
  • 50% Off Wine at Club W ($6.50 a Bottle)

    Tricia Meyer
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    I recently did a Club W Wine Club Review and was very pleased with the club. So I was excited to see that they are running a 50% off special for new members! The catch is that you have to click on one of the special 50% off links in order to see the deal because it isn’t advertised on their site. You are in luck because we have one: Save 50% on your first Club W purchase How much does that make the wine? Given that they usually sell for $13 a bottle, you are looking at about $6.50  a bottle plus tax, shipping, and handling. For a 3 bottle purchase, it would have cost me $28.41…
  • GetWineOnline.com Wine-Blitz Flash Sales

    Eric Nagel
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    GetWineOnline.com is an online wine retailer, but unlike others, they have an email list called “Wine-Blitz.” With Wine-Blitz, you’ll receive 4-10 deals each week with offers that are so good, they sell out in 24-72 hours. These offers are not available via their website, so you have to signup for Wine-Blitz to see the deals. This is in addition to their clearance deals, where you can already find some great buys on popular 90+ rated wines. In addition to the common categories of Red and White wines, GetWineOnline.com also has champagne and sparkling wine, sake, and dessert…
  • Whole Foods Launches National Wine Club (Is It Right For You?)

    Todd Farmer
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Breaking News: Whole Foods is now offering a wine club that can be shipped to your door.  (Starting in October, 2014) That’s a pretty interesting development. Most stores want to lure customers in to their brick and mortar locations, in an effort to sell additional products. I, personally, like the wine selection that I’ve found at my local Whole Foods store, and I like their prices. The new Whole Foods Wine Club ships a half case (6 bottles) of wine to your door every quarter for $125, including shipping. (Assuming your state can accept wine deliveries. Check your state’s…
  • New York Times Wine Club (First Review)

    Tricia Meyer
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    We’ve been seeing some buzz lately about The New York Times Wine Club, so we figured that we would give it a look. Although the Huffington Post was a bit cynical when it announced “New York Times Creates Wine Club to Make Money,” the reality is that wine clubs are a big business and The New York Times has the perfect readers to pitch. How Can You Order? The website is made up of 3 different shopping sections: Club, Gifts, and Store. The New York Times Wine Club offers two different clubs–the Times Sampler Wine Club ($90 for 6 bottles) and the Times Reserve Wine Club…
 
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    Wine Peeps

  • A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc

    Kori
    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]

    Kori
    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…
  • Mumm: Bubbly from France and Napa

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

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

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

  • 2012 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

    George Perry
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Region:  North Coast, California – USA Cost:  $15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes:  Rich, aromatic dark fruits and baking spices delight the nose, yielding fresh plum and blackberry fruit, violet, dried fig, vanilla bean, and Chinese Five-Spice. The wine is layered with smoky and sappy maple wood, roasted almonds, and hazelnuts and finishes with fine, firm tannins. My Review:  So a few weeks back I talked about my thoughts on the Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, how it wasn’t bad, but not what I looked for in a Sauvignon Blanc. I held off on opening the…
  • Le Grand Courtage Sparkling Wines

    George Perry
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    So a while back I had done a post about some wines from Le Grand Courtage – a Blanc de Blanc Brut made with Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Colombard, and a Rose’ Brut made with Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc, and Gamay. It was done way back in 2012 so you can follow the links to check out those reviews. Recently, however, a new round of the wines showed up at my door with a new addition from last time – a 187ml bottle of the Brut Rose’ So, instead of focusing on the wines for this post since I’ve already written about them (they were good but not great, easy to sip, and…
  • 2013 Manikay Pinot Noir

    George Perry
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  Pinot Noir Region:  McLaren Vale, Australia Cost:  ~$15 Winemaker’s Notes:  Born from the fertile red-brown earth of the McLaren Vale region of South Australia, Manikay Pinot Noir exudes a boundless joy and depth of character that sings on the palate. With bright fruit and a hint of violet perfume, Manikay Pinot Noir is ready to enjoy now and will continue to evolve for years to come. My Review:  So as you’ll recall, a few weeks back I was quite effusive in my praise of the Manikay Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a good budget wine that certainly showed better than the…
  • 2013 Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

    George Perry
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc Region:  Marlborough, New Zealand Cost:  ~$13 Winemaker’s Notes:  Zesty, tropical, citrus fruits are complemented by those famous bitey herbaceous undertones. Crisp, fresh Marlborough acidity balances with great structure and length – a real New Zealand classic. Now if that isn’t something to celebrate – we’ll bite our tongue. Enjoy in the sunshine and with anything from the sea. My Review:  So remember last week when I talked about the Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc and my only real complaint with it was that it didn’t…
  • 2012 Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Ballard Canyon – Syrah Incubator

    winebratsf
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wrapping up my week in Buellton at the Wine Bloggers Conference, the focal tasting seminar on Ballard Canyon and its Syrah was the highlight of the conference for me.  One of the newest AVAs, Ballard Canyon was established within the Santa Ynez Valley in 2013.  Long known as an excellent source for Grenache and Syrah, the area is a long, thin canyon running north to south in a curving line.  This orientation shelters it from much of the wind and cooling breezes that the rest of Santa Ynez experiences making it an excellent location for the richer, bolder Rhone red grapes. Ballard Canyon…
  • Exploring the wines of Santa Barbara County

    winebratsf
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    #QPB members BrixChicks LIza & Dallas Wine Chick Melanie, with BrixChicks Xandria hiding in the center After our #QPB left Los Olivos and settled back in to WBC mode, we had one more adventure to see too before the official conference began.  Earlier this year, I was thrilled to be a guest of the San Francisco Wine School’s inaugural 3-day intensive California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) program, for which I know hold the credential (97 baby!). With the NorCal Wine luminary Fred Swan leading the way, SF Wine School and several illustrious Santa Barbara County wineries…
  • Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

    winebratsf
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:58 am
     After #GoingRogue with Tercero, it was time to meander down the road a bit to Beckmen Vineyards, were the #QBP had a barrel tasting arranged with Keana and Beckman winemaker, Mikel Sigouin.  I first met Mikel last year at Rhone Rangers in San Francisco, and when I mentioned that some wine bloggers were going to be in his neighborhood, he eagerly invited us to taste through his wines. Mikael, a native of Hawaii, makes wines for Beckmen Vineyards by day, and Kaena Wines by night, so I knew this would be a golden opportunity to taste some world class Grenache. Little did I know that we…
  • A cool dry place – Avalon Bay Wine Cooler

    winebratsf
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    With summer finally arriving here in Northern California, it’s good to know that my wine is stored in a cool, dry place.  While it’s only ooccasionallyover 80 degrees in San Francisco proper, there are plenty of days outside of the city limits that can stretch well in to the 90s.  When  my Avalon Bay AB-WINE27DS Dual Zone Wine Cooler arrived from Air n Water, I was looking forward to being able to just pop a bottle open at the right temperature and not worry about it. This particular model is a dual zone version, which is great for making sure that both your reds and well as…
  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekened!

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

    Alana Ridley
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    It’s the countdown to South African’s most exclusive jazz event as international musicians and celebrities arrive in Johannesburg for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2014. Backsberg Estate Cellars is proud to be the official sponsor of fine wine to Joburg’s premier jazz event. Fourth-generation Backsberg proprietor, Simon Back, notes: “We are incredibly excited to play a part in the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. Jazz music and fine wine pair together perfectly.” The festival has moved to the Sandton Convention Centre, allowing the festivities to continue growing in size and popularity.
  • Backsberg celebrates creative talent at the Loerie Awards

    Alana Ridley
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Backsberg is proud to, once again, be the exclusive supplier of fine wines to the annual Loerie Awards hosted in Cape Town. This event acknowledges and awards the best brand communication work that South Africa has to offer in areas such as design, print and radio advertising, architecture, direct marketing, live events, and video and digital media. Fourth-generation Backsberg proprietor, Simon Back, comments: “We are incredibly excited to be involved with the Loerie Awards. This brand partnership affirms the mutual belief in and striving for building strong South African brands. We realise…
  • Paarl Rotary Backsberg MTB Challenge

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

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

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

  • Plaimont Producteurs Les Vignes Retrouvées Saint Mont Blanc 2012, South West France

    Simon
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    Lovely tangy blend of those well-known grapes Gros Manseng, Arrufiac and Petit Courbu Plaimont Producteurs Les Vignes Retrouvées Saint Mont Blanc 2012, South West France (£7.95 The Wine Society) Packs in the fruit – bruised/baked Bramley apple, grapefruit and raisin – but sets this richness against taut citrus acidity and a vein of herby interest, […]
  • Pinot Noir from Chile, Burgundy and California

    Simon
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Louis Jadot Côte de Beaune Villages 2011, Burgundy, France (£16.75 Majestic, NISA, Constantine Stores, Bacchus Wine, Noble Green Wines, Village Wines, Cotswold Vintners, Eagle Wines, Partridges of Sloane Street, winedirect.co.uk) Typical young Jadot style, with great depth of plummy red berry fruit and an earthy undercurrent in a firm, tannic overcoat. Rather forbidding at the […]
  • Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Tuscany, Italy

    Simon
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:14 am
    Bit confused by this wine – some sips I liked more than others… Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Tuscany, Italy (£11.49 Morrisons) Plus points: I really like the supple woody cherry flavour, notes of herbs and tea, and the light edge of volatility that lifts the flavours rather than murders them, and adds in a note […]
  • Domaine du Cros Marcillac Lo Sang du Pais 2013, South West France

    Simon
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Wine to be drunk in large quantities to wash down hearty, fatty food Domaine du Cros Marcillac Lo Sang du Pais 2013, South West France (£8.50-£10.99 The Wine Society, Les Caves de Pyrene) Supremely gluggable style, with fragrant violet, pepper and blackcurrant leaf aromas, plump, herb-tinged mulberry flavours and a crisp, earthy finish, with a […]
  • Bruna Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2013, Liguria, Italy

    Simon
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Refreshing red wine par excellence… Bruna Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2013, Liguria, Italy (£14.99 Red Squirrel Wine) Is it a deeply coloured rosé (they use Rossese aka Tibouren for a lot of pink in Provence) or a light red? Whatever you decide, this fresh young wine has a sappy citrus tang to its red […]
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    DBR - Wine News

  • ROTTA Winery introduces new offerings

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    ROTTA Winery, originally established in 1908, has announced a new direction under the leadership of General Partner Jason Shorrock.
  • Treasury Wine Estates ends $3.4bn buyout talks

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has ended talks with private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and TPG Capital over its potential $3.4bn buyout.
  • Pig in a Poke launches new Mulled Wine

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    Multi award-winning wine brand, Pig in a Poke, announces the launch of its brand new Mulled Wine across Farm Shop and Deli's nationwide via an exclusive distribution partnership with Bramble Foods.
  • Kieu Hoang Winery acquires Guilliams Vineyards

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    In its ongoing effort to create the top vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa-Sonoma Region, the Kieu Hoang Winery had recently purchased the Guilliams Vineyards, a family-operated property in the prestigious Spring Mountain District of Saint Helena since 1978.
  • Vina Concha y Toro partners with Charton Hobbs

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    Vina Concha y Toro, the 5th largest wine company in the world, and Charton Hobbs, one of the leading wine and spirit distribution and agency companies in Canada, announced today the creation of a joint venture for the commercialization of brands in the Canadian market.
 
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    Vin65

  • Become an Email Marketing Ninja in 3 Easy Steps

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 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.
  • 4 Reasons To Kill Your Home Page Carousel

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Luxe Cognacs That Are Worthy of Their Price Tags

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As with many luxury products, there’s Cognac and then, sir, there is Cognac. The Tesseron family has been in the Cognac business for over a hundred years, but they’ve stayed under the radar in the past, as their focus has been supplyin...
  • 4 Spectacular Sauvignon Blancs from Austria

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Winemaker Armin Tement of Austria passed through New York the other day, which gave me a chance to taste some of the most distinctive Sauvignon Blancs being made anywhere in the world (truly). Weingut Tement is located in southern Steiermark (Styr...
  • Light Reds to Fight Summer Blues

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

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

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yes: The Summer of Riesling has officially started. So what does that mean for you? In case you missed the first six iterations of this restaurant-centric lovefest for all things Riesling, what happens is that, beginning June 21, a plethora of res...
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  • 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...
  • Fall Wine Walk Attracts Visitors to Charming Downtown Campbell

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The Downtown Campbell Business Association held their sold-out Fall Wine Walk on September 17, welcoming hundreds of visitors to the many businesses in the Downtown Campbell. Winemakers from 34 wineries from around Northern California were there...
  • Niles Canyon Railway Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Special Finishes 2014 Run

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Niles Canyon Railway finished up another highly successful year for the Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Special on Sunday, September 14. They had five runnings of the special during the summer and most were sold out. Wine Educator Steve...
  • Sharing the Vineyard Table at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

    Steve Ferree, San Jose Wine Examiner
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards celebrated a special four course meal on September 11 featuring menu items from The Restaurant’s former Executive Chef Kimball Jones and the current Executive Chef Matt Greco. Chef Jones is now the...
 
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    Uvinum's blog

  • Is it a myth the concept of terroir?

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    A French professor named Valéry Michaux, director of research at Neoma Business School, says that quality of some of the best wines in the world has been reduced to the concentrated knowledge instead to the importance of terroir. According to this professor, wines as the sparkling from Champagne and the ones from Rioja do not succeed due to soil chemistry but to a concentration of knowledge, and thus he has written it up in a book recently. Titled “Strategies of wine-making territories, clusters, governance and territorial brand”, the book co-authored by Professor Michaux…
  • The Tempranillo grape is the fastest growing in culture worldwide

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    In the MW symposium held in May in Florence, grape geneticist José Vouillamoz revealed which are the grapes and countries that are growing faster in terms of culture worldwide, and the most prominent grapes were unexpected. Tempranillo plantations have increased more than any other grape between 2000 and 2010, having considered the most widely planted varieties in the world. Vouillamoz said the two most cultivated varieties 10 years ago were white, Airen from Spain and Rkatsiteli from Eastern Europe. They were the largest in terms of cultivated surface per vineyard worldwide,…
  • Casablanca cocktails

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:02 am
    The Casablanca cocktails are inspired by the memorable movie of the same name. Their ingredients may vary and Casablanca cocktails can take both rum and vodka; they are both legitimate and delicious. If Casablanca is one of your favorite movies, you'll probably enjoy it again at home drinking one of this two cocktails with an alcohol content of 40%. Casablanca cocktail with rum  Ingredients 1oz pineapple juice 1 slice of pineapple 1/4 ounce of grenadine 1 oz coconut liqueur 1 ounce white rum  Preparation: Step 1: Proceed to mix the pineapple juice in a shaker with plenty of ice,…
  • The Brain-Duster cocktail

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    The Brain-Duster is a cocktail made from absinthe, whisky, vermouth and Angostura bitters, named by George J. Kappeler in 1895. The Brain-Duster is served in a cocktail glass and it looks milky, with a faint greenish color due to the presence of absinthe, the most recommended brand to make it. Brain Duster ingredients: 1 oz rye whiskey 1 oz absinthe 1 oz Italian vermouth 1 dash of Angostura bitters For the preparation of Brain-duster: Mix all ingredients together with a portion of crushed ice and proceed straining and pouring them into a cocktail glass. Some people choose Pastis or…
  • Shops that sell in Uvinum: Fons Vinum

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    This week we spoke with the leaders of Fons Vinum.com, another of the stores that sell in Uvinum, to know them more thoroughly and learn from their way of approaching the world of wine and the online store, as well as to discover its recommendations for wine lovers. You like to get to know them a little more? Here's our interview with them: How did you start? Fons Vinum S.n.c was founded in 2010 by an idea of two friends. Fabio, a Wine Producer and Oscar PC expert and Web designer both refined wine tasters with a a great passion for our well-known Piedmontese territory and its…
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    Wine Blog

  • “The Bounty of the County” known to Sonoma

    Jo Diaz
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since arriving in Sonoma County, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard or read, “The Bounty of the County.” It’s just way too many times to even calculate; it’s a lifestyle, not a slogan. This Sonoma County lifestyle is not just about wine, either. Although grape growing is a primary industry, and […] The post “The Bounty of the County” known to Sonoma appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Age is a beautiful thing ~ Most especially in wine

    Jo Diaz
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The concept that age is a beautiful thing doesn’t always play out well in our Western Culture. In one of my psyche classes, we learned that there are two cultures that make up the world; although, I would argue that I fit into a third one. It would be an evolving Melting Pot culture, which […] The post Age is a beautiful thing ~ Most especially in wine appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Navarra, a Spanish Soujourn

    Jo Diaz
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Kingdom Navarra ~ Spain… Off on a new adventure to the Denominacion de Oregen… Northeastern Spain; or, an Iberian wine. The region of Navarra has interestingly diverse terroir, comprised of three separate climates. These regions are the following: Northern Mountains, where you’ll find the Baztan valley Center appellation, where valleys are crossed by the Lumbier […] The post Navarra, a Spanish Soujourn appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • iStockphoto just went totally corporate + Alternative great resource for reasonably priced images

    Jo Diaz
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    istockphoto is done for bloggers who can’t afford their new pricing structure.  One image for one blog post is now $36. Huh? If I wanted five, one for each day of the week, my blog now costs me $180 for that week… or $9,360 a  year? My blog, according to Cellarer.com, is only worth $$3,718. I […] The post iStockphoto just went totally corporate + Alternative great resource for reasonably priced images appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Getting to the Heart and Soul of Suisun Valley

    Jo Diaz
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve been working with the Suisun Valley Vintners and Grapegrowers for a long time, at various capacities. My original tasks were primarily to get the name Suisun Valley on the map, and onto the radar screen. They had been in some sort of Rip Van Winkle time warp, and Jose and I were called in […] The post Getting to the Heart and Soul of Suisun Valley appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • New ATP Releases on the Horizon

    Ridge Vineyards
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Are you familiar with our ATP membership program?  It was the very first winery “wine club” in California, beginning back in 1977.  Over these 37 years, ATP members have received exclusive access to extremely limited wines from distinctive vineyards throughout... Read More ›
  • Sonoma County’s Largest Grower of Organic Grapes

    Ridge Vineyards
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    In 2008—after more than a decade of sustainably farming our estate vineyards, and after five years of experimenting with new organic treatments—we began the process of organic certification. The move to organic farming brings our viticulture in line with our... Read More ›
  • A #Harvest2014 Update

    Ridge Vineyards
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Here we sit on the 8th of September and, if you can believe it, we’re already past the halfway mark for our Sonoma County ranches.  Lytton Springs and Geyserville should be finished this week. Buchignani, East Bench, Mazzoni, and York... Read More ›
  • Getting Out The Juice: Press Operation and Press Fractions

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

    Ridge Vineyards
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    This summer ZAP is offering a new, more casual celebration of Zinfandel as a complement to its annual January Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco. For the inaugural installment of this new event, the Simply Summer Celebration, we are excited to... Read More ›
 
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  • Silver Oak Cellars 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:29 pm
    This is always a great time for Silver Oak wine lovers; the Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was released recently. And this year they released the 2010 vintage. The year 2010 was an unusually cool year making the winemaking...
  • Champagne Duval-Leroy Tasting

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Champagne Duval-Leroy presented its best sellers at a tasting recently. These wines were paired with a collection of hors d’oeurvres crafted by Chef Christian Hermsdorf to show how well these Champagnes pair with food. Pierre...
  • Happy Cabernet Day

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

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

    Steve Ferree, California Wine Examiner
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Sonoma Wine County Weekend celebrates the wine region’s winegrowers, winemakers and chefs. This leading wine and food destination comes to life, all to help local charities while inviting food and wine lovers a chance to sample all...
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  • Wine Channel TV Awards Competition Results

    JustJess
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    The 2014 International Wine Channel TV Awards competition results are in! Judges awarded a total of 22 Best of Class, 6 Double Gold, 34 Gold and 155 Silver medals. The Best of Show Award goes to Dr. Konstantin Frank for their 2012 Finger Lakes, Semi-Sweet Riesling and The Rising Star Winemaker Award, once again goes to Eric Harris at Two-EE’s Winery. Complete results are now posted at winecompetitions.com. Judges included Millennials, wine buyers, distributors, media personnel and other wine industry professionals who not only recognized the best wine submissions, but whose influence…
  • Sip New Zealand Wine Launches in Chicago with Team USA Rugby Match

    JustJess
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Kia Ora friends! Wine Channel TV is thrilled to introduce our newest Wine Lifestyle Tasting Experience - Sip New Zealand! Throughout the next six months, we’ll be guiding you on a 1,000 mile “road trip” from sub-tropical Northland to the world’s most southerly grape growing region, Central Otago. Taste unique wines and learn about forward-thinking vinters dedicated to sustainability while you connect with passionate wine lovers from around the world. You can also take part in our Sip New Zealand shows and featured segments, including some of America’s top restaurants, chefs and…
  • Genius Sips with David Glancy-MS Featuring Terlato Syrah and Mazzoni Rosso

    JustJess
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Join Jessica Altieri, CS & CWAS of Wine Channel TV, winechanneltv.tv with David Glancy, MS and CEO of the San Francisco Wine School, sanfranciscowineschool.com at the upscale Sip&Shop wine lifestyle event in Chicagoland for a “taste” of 2 great wines! The Terlato Syrah is from the Dry Creek AVA in Sonoma, or a sub region of Sonoma. The Mazzoni Rosso is similar to a “baby Super Tuscan”, with the primary grape from Tuscany, Italy. This wine is a great value that blends Italian and American heritage together. Tasting Notes: Mazzoni Rosso Mazzoni Rosso produces a…
  • Wine Judges You Need To Know – Part 5

    JustJess
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    The 2014 International Wine Channel TV Awards will be here in just a couple of days and it’s time you get to know  the final group of judges for the competition.The competition will be held September 16-17 and features the following professional wine judges: Zack Zimmerman, Nicole Bacigalupi, Corey Lester, and Ali Nemo. Zack Zimmermans family has a history of agriculture that goes all the way back to the 1850’s. Following in his ancestor’s footsteps, he works with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau as a Business Membership Relations Coordinator. Highly interested in fine and rare…
  • Wine Judges You Need To Know – Part 4

    JustJess
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    With the upcoming 2014 International Wine Channel TV Awards this September 16-17, it’s time you get to know who the judges will be at this prestigious competition!  Wineries…be sure to check out the entry form for your wines here: ENTER YOUR WINE Here is a glimpse of some of the great wine judges for this years competition: Peter Lopez Jr. is a voice for the millennial generation in the wine industry. Peter has spent many years in the wine industry, starting as a warehouse worker, to a wine lead, to now someone with the experience of working in sales for several different wine…
 
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  • Values in Bordeaux?

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Bordeaux gets a bad rap for several reasons. the top wines are ridiculously expensive. They also require significant time in the cellar to really show their stuff, and the style of these wines has changed over the years, becoming bolder, riper, and to many palates both less fresh and less complex. That’s the problem with expensive Bordeaux, but there’s a whole world of value priced Bordeaux that consumers should remember. While these wines rarely challenge their classified growth brethren (though they occasionally do), they continue to offer an authentic expression of Bordeaux.
  • Flowers, Minerals, Black Cherries!

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It’s not what you think it is, and I’m not sure what the producers think it should be. What it should be is a light wine, something really fresh and pretty, but at other times a bit darker with a lacy tannic appeal and subtle floral, mineral and spicy perfumes framing a gorgeous core of dark cherry fruit.   It’s a wine that is decidedly at home in the summertime, but adaptable enough to work well in the seasons that bracket summer as well. Particularly well suited to the fall are the richer spicier versions, many of which are made in the ripasso style. Ripasso,…
  • 5 Unique Wine Grapes to Focus on this Fall

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I know the idea of wines being seasonal is kind of misplaced, after all a late afternoon snack of goat cheese calls for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc whether it’s summer or winter, but we do tend to drink certain wines at certain times of the year, in no small part because our diet changes with the seasons. As it gets colder our diet gets richer, heavier, and often more deeply flavored, and our wines have to keep up, but we don’t want to jump headfirst into the wines of winter do we? No, of course not. That would be silly, and what would I write about in 13 weeks time when we are…
  • New World Syrah for the Fall

    Gregory Dal Piaz
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Syrah is one of the perfect wines with which to welcome autumn. It can certainly be a full-bodied wine, but since it's not quite as assertive as Cabernet based wines, and packs less of an alcoholic punch than many Zinfandels and Chateauneuf du Papes, I find it a perfect fit for fall. Its naturally smoky, meaty aromas are balanced by crisp black raspberry and boysenberry fruit, recalling the flavors and aromas of the season. Structurally, Syrah comes equipped with zesty acids and fine tannins making it a wine that is equally enjoyable at the dining table, or on it's own.  In the…
  • 5 Wines for Prime Rib

    Ben Carter
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you’re looking to roast a whole ribeye roast for the first time, check out this recipe: Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream For a few years in the first decade of the 2000s, my buddy Paul and I often hosted dinner parties where the main course was a whole ribeye roast.  I’d take care of the appetizers, soup course, fish course, and wine pairings, and then would sit back while Paul took care of the beef.  My timing was intentional, as all of my sauces and prep required a lot of work beforehand and by the fourth course of a major dinner party, I was ready to slump into my…
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  • Charles Krug winery revamps with a remake of their 1872 Cellar

    Joe Becerra
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    Charles Krug Winery and the 1972 Redwood Cellar My, how things have changed at the Charles Krug Winery. In November 2013, the Charles Krug winery re-opened their historic Redwood Cellar built in 1872. It had been renovated and earthquake proofed and today serves as its tasting and hospitality room. Visitors can see the extensive barrel room while they taste from a variety of choices. There is a classic tasting at $20 per person, and this is the one we selected on our recent visit. There is also a barrel tasting, a tour and tasting, a tasting of Reserve wines and of limited release wines.
  • Discovering Burgundy, a week in Pugliny Montrachet

    Joe Becerra
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    In Puligny Montrachet A week in Puligny Montrachet We are spending a week in Burgundy. We have rented a house surrounded by small vineyard plots in the village of Puligny Montrachet. We arrived on Saturday with temperatures in the low 70′s. All the grapes have been harvested and the vineyards are beginning to turn color. Learning the wine districts of Burgundy is complex compared to learning the AVA’s (wine appellations) of California and the U.S. Puligny Montrachet is in the wine district of Cote de Beaune. In turn, the Cote de Beaune is a compound region of the Cote de Or. The…
  • Take a drive on Westside Road – wine, trees and river

    Joe Becerra
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    Mill Creek Winery on Westside Road Why To Take a drive on Westside Road Westside Road is one delightful wine country backroad. It is one of our favorites and we think the next time you are in the Healdsburg area, you should take a drive on Westside Road. Here is why. Not only will you find wonderful wineries, but the scenery is spectacular. This road begins on the outskirts of Healdsburg and winds its way to Russian River Road. Take Russian River Road to the tiny resort town of Guerneville on the Russian River. Westside Road spans two wine appellations, the Dry Creek Valley and the Russian…
  • Where is the Priorat?

    Joe Becerra
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Typical hillside vineyard of the Priorat Where is the Priorat wine region? The Priorat has vaulted into one of the most prestigious wine regions of the world. It is located in Spain due west of the city of Tarragonia on the east coast of Spain. Just north of Tarragonia on the coast is Barcelona. The Priorat wine area has been awarded Spain’s highest official wine region designation, DOQ. Only the Rioja wine region has this same designation from the Spanish government. We were lucky enough to visit this astonishing wine country last Fall. If you schedule a trip to Barcelona, consider a…
  • Discover the Alexander Valley wine route

    Joe Becerra
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Field Stone winery on the Alexander Valley wine route Discover the Alexander Valley wine route this Fall This is one of wine country’s great backroads. The Alexander Valley in this stretch is also known as Highway 128. It travels from just north of the wine country town of Healdsburg all the way to Calistoga in the Napa Valley. Begin your exploration of the Alexander Valley wine route from the town of Healdsburg. Travel north from downtown Healdsburg about six miles and turn right onto Highway 128. In a couple of miles you will come to the Medlock Ames tasting room on the corner. It is…
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  • Charles Krug winery revamps with a remake of their 1872 Cellar

    Joe Becerra
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    Charles Krug Winery and the 1972 Redwood Cellar My, how things have changed at the Charles Krug Winery. In November 2013, the Charles Krug winery re-opened their historic Redwood Cellar built in 1872. It had been renovated and earthquake proofed and today serves as its tasting and hospitality room. Visitors can see the extensive barrel room while they taste from a variety of choices. There is a classic tasting at $20 per person, and this is the one we selected on our recent visit. There is also a barrel tasting, a tour and tasting, a tasting of Reserve wines and of limited release wines.
  • Discovering Burgundy, a week in Pugliny Montrachet

    Joe Becerra
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    In Puligny Montrachet A week in Puligny Montrachet We are spending a week in Burgundy. We have rented a house surrounded by small vineyard plots in the village of Puligny Montrachet. We arrived on Saturday with temperatures in the low 70′s. All the grapes have been harvested and the vineyards are beginning to turn color. Learning the wine districts of Burgundy is complex compared to learning the AVA’s (wine appellations) of California and the U.S. Puligny Montrachet is in the wine district of Cote de Beaune. In turn, the Cote de Beaune is a compound region of the Cote de Or. The…
  • Take a drive on Westside Road – wine, trees and river

    Joe Becerra
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    Mill Creek Winery on Westside Road Why To Take a drive on Westside Road Westside Road is one delightful wine country backroad. It is one of our favorites and we think the next time you are in the Healdsburg area, you should take a drive on Westside Road. Here is why. Not only will you find wonderful wineries, but the scenery is spectacular. This road begins on the outskirts of Healdsburg and winds its way to Russian River Road. Take Russian River Road to the tiny resort town of Guerneville on the Russian River. Westside Road spans two wine appellations, the Dry Creek Valley and the Russian…
  • Where is the Priorat?

    Joe Becerra
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Typical hillside vineyard of the Priorat Where is the Priorat wine region? The Priorat has vaulted into one of the most prestigious wine regions of the world. It is located in Spain due west of the city of Tarragonia on the east coast of Spain. Just north of Tarragonia on the coast is Barcelona. The Priorat wine area has been awarded Spain’s highest official wine region designation, DOQ. Only the Rioja wine region has this same designation from the Spanish government. We were lucky enough to visit this astonishing wine country last Fall. If you schedule a trip to Barcelona, consider a…
  • Discover the Alexander Valley wine route

    Joe Becerra
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Field Stone winery on the Alexander Valley wine route Discover the Alexander Valley wine route this Fall This is one of wine country’s great backroads. The Alexander Valley in this stretch is also known as Highway 128. It travels from just north of the wine country town of Healdsburg all the way to Calistoga in the Napa Valley. Begin your exploration of the Alexander Valley wine route from the town of Healdsburg. Travel north from downtown Healdsburg about six miles and turn right onto Highway 128. In a couple of miles you will come to the Medlock Ames tasting room on the corner. It is…
 
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  • To eat is (literally and figuratively) to live

    steve
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
      My seminar (with Pedro Rusk) at Saturday’s K-J Heirloom Tomato Festival reminded me once again of what a powerful interest people have in learning about wine-and-food pairing and how to make fabulous foods. It’s interesting when you consider that people in this country are absolutely inundated with information about food. It’s a never-ending avalanche: columns in the papers, POS materials in supermarkets, online sites, T.V. cooking shows and cookbooks, cookbooks, cookbooks up the yin yang. Most of us have access to more recipes and how-to’s than we’d be able to use in several…
  • When wine writers host public events

    steve
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
      I’ll be co-conducting a wine-and-food pairing event at Saturday’s big Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival. It’s the eighteenth time the event, which is one of the biggest in Sonoma County, has been held—and I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never gone. Everyone has told me how amazing it is, so I am totally looking forward to it. My particular role, which I’ll share with Pedro Rusk, one of the winery’s educators, is to talk about some white wines that make good summer drinking. Of course, I’ll also point out that no wine needs to be limited to just one season,…
  • Some execs are “worried,” but really, there’s nothing to worry about wine’s future

    steve
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
      Nobody asked, but here’s my two cents on “top Golden State vintners [express] concern about the future of the $23.1 billion industry, especially among the discerning millennial market.” That’s from Tuesday’s Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which reported on “a UC Davis survey of 26 senior executives” in the state, and found that “Everyone was a little bit worried.” Those execs included Joseph Gallo, from you know who, Jay Wright (Constellation) and my own boss, several levels up, Rick Tigner. Seems the chief worry is “the intrusion into the wine category of spirits and…
  • Why young wine drinkers should know about the classics

    steve
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
      Okay, well, first, I don’t mean they have to know about the classics. It’s not like the occasional wine lover is going to die and go to some awful place reserved for ignorant drinkers if they don’t. Knowing about the classics is not mandatory if you’re like most people—occasional drinkers who like wine’s salutary, gustatory and social effects, all of which are fantastic. But knowing about the classics of wine is important for people who aspire to be more than they are, to know a little more, to achieve a deeper level of understanding. Again, this isn’t for everyone. What…
  • DTC, snobs and market segmentation: A personal view

    steve
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
      “Wines delivered to your door” has been the business theme of direct-to-consumer entrepreneurs since as long as I can remember. I used to be a member of one of these subscription services, back in the early 1980s. I can’t remember the name (I’m sure someone out there will remind me), but they sold German wines that “arrived at your door” on a monthly basis. I didn’t continue, because I eventually reached the point where I preferred shopping for wine myself, in a store, especially if I could taste it or see a recommendation—and that is the point of this post. There’s…
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    Jordan Winery

  • 2014 grape harvest: the home stretch

    Lisa Mattson
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    We’ve jumped the last hurdle in the thrilling race that is the annual grape harvest, and after a much-needed pause this week for rain, our crew will have refueled with just enough energy to sprint the home stretch of harvest 2014. We have only three hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards left to pick and expect to [...]
  • How our winemaker gets fit for harvest: triathlons

    Rob Davis
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    After all these years of making wine and swimming, biking and running, it never occurred to me how my training corresponds so succinctly with Mother Nature’s time clock. It is true that my hours of training are directly related to the hours of light; much the same as a growing season of the grapevines. My [...]
  • Experience the Jordan garden with harvest lunch this fall

    Todd Knoll
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    September is my favorite time of the year in the Jordan Estate garden. From heirloom tomatoes, chili peppers and Japanese eggplants to Kadota figs, Zebra squash and Charentais melons, practically every plant is covered with something colorful and delicious. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the produce we grow through our annual Harvest Lunches. A [...]
  • Win a trip to Sonoma from Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

    Lisa Mattson
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    We’ve teamed up with our friends at Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar in Las Vegas for #EscapetoSonoma, a sweepstakes with a chance to win a weekend getaway for two to Jordan Vineyard & Winery. The Escape to Sonoma sweepstakes package features: Round trip airfare for two Transportation to and from the airport Overnight accommodations in a [...]
  • Mindful Meats farm tour: organic, local GMO-free beef

    Lisa Mattson
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    You’ve probably heard of GMO-free milk but GMO-free beef? The two share a very symbiotic relationship here in Northern California, where thousands of acres are home to dairy cows. Mindful Meats is a progressive company that brings local, organic, non-GMO, pasture-raised meat to chefs. In 2013, the start-up became the first non-GMO Project Verified beef [...]
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  • Disneyland Facts

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Get important Disneyland facts needed to plan a visit. More people have gone to Disneyland than any other park in the world.
  • California Current Events

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    This is your source for the latest California Current Events related to wine. Don't miss these fabulous current events in California happening soon.
  • Napa Valley Wine Tours Napa

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Enjoy Napa Valley Wine Tours Napa. Learn about wineries, restaurants, and accommodations. Discover other fun things to do in the valley.
  • The Sierra Foothills

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Discover the Sierra Foothills on a wine tour. Find friendly wineries, world class wines, great restaurants, and unique accommodations, and exciting caves to explore in California's Sierra Foothills.
  • You Tube Videos of the California Wine Country

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Watch you tube videos of the California Wine Country. These short videos show fun things to do in the variousregions throughout California.
 
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - Fit For A King, Priced For A Pauper

    Jon Thorsen
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! Savory, oaky Napa Valley goodness. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc from the Rutherford AVA, Atlas Peak AVA, Chiles Valley District and Coombsville AVA in Napa Valley, California.SRP of $18 and available for as low as $12. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Avalon Winery celebrates Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine expresses the finesse, strength and elegance for which Napa Valley is known. Grapes selected from vineyards in top appellations including Rutherford, Oakville and Howell Mountain were aged for a minimum of twelve months in French and American…
  • Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 - Fall 2014 Edition

    Jon Thorsen
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    An all new list! This post brought to you by: Get the Spindrift Cellars Pinot Noir 2012 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! It's time for the next update of The Reverse Wine Snob Top 10 Red Wines Under $20! In fact, we're well overdue for an update and with fall officially starting and a bit of crispness in the air, our thoughts naturally turn to red wine. Today we've got 12 (thanks to a 3 way tie for the 10th spot) awesome, all new and mostly easy to find wines. So without further ado, keep reading for our best Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 list ever!As usual many of these…
  • Tuella Douro 2012 - A Trader Joe's $5.99 Hot Pick

    Jon Thorsen
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Just be sure to let it breathe! A blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cao from Douro, Portugal.Available for $5.99 exclusively at Trader Joe's. From the bottle:"Tuella is made by the Symington family, in the Douro Valley, from native Portuguese grape varieties. The Symingtons have been making fine Douro wines for over 100 years. Tuella is an excellent example of the 'new Douro' style of table wine which combines the benefits of a mature vineyard with ultramodern winemaking methods. 13.5% Alcohol"It's been awhile since we've featured a Trader Joe's pick so today we've got a really…
  • Marques de Riscal Rueda 2013 - Leaves Your Mouth Watering For More

    Jon Thorsen
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Made from the delightful, inexpensive and little known Spanish variety of Verdejo. 100% Verdejo from Rueda, Spain.This post brought to you by: Get the Misfits Wine Co Cycle Buff Beauty Shiraz 2012 for just $12.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! SRP of $13 and available for as little as $6. Sample submitted for review. Imported by Shaw Ross International. From the bottle:"In 1972, Vinos de los Heredos del del Marqués de Riscal began to reintroduce the Verdejo grape, thereby becoming pioneers and the driving force behind the creation of the Denominacion de Origen Rueda. As a result of…
  • Merino Syrah 2012 - Simply Luscious

    Jon Thorsen
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    BULK BUY! A stunning cool climate Syrah from Chile. 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier from Limari Valley, Chile.SRP of $18 and available for as low as $14. Sample submitted for review. 650 cases imported by Vine Connections. From the bottle:"Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Andes Mountains, adjacent to the arid Atacama Desert, and a mere twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean lies the wondrous Limari Valley. My family came to Limari because of its cool, dry climate. If you come to visit, you'll feel the cooling ocean winds which make it perfect for growing Syrah grapes. - René Merino14%…
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    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.
  • Barbaresco Fontanafredda 1995

    Paulo Queiroz
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Há alguns anos eu provei o Fontanafredda 2000 e agora encontrei este do ano de… The post Barbaresco Fontanafredda 1995 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Chateau Tour Pibran 2009

    Paulo Queiroz
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Provamos em Nova Iorque este simpático Bordeaux de Pauillac, mais um Chateau administrado por Jean-Michel… The post Chateau Tour Pibran 2009 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
  • Le Relais de Durdort-Vivens Margaux 2009

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

    Paulo Queiroz
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Provamos este Bordeaux de Margaux em uma visita a cidade de Cannes no último mês… The post Chateau Giscours 2008 Margaux appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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  • Learning to be a Winemaker – My Head is Spinning!

    Roger Beery
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Read Part 4 of our Starting a Family Winery Series Much to my naive surprise, learning to be a winemaker and seeking winemaking advice has turned out to be much like my first days of fatherhood and  seeking child rearing advice. Even the most artful winemakers hold deeply seeded conflicting opinions. As my friend Kurt Beitler of Bohème Wines told me, “Roger…What do you get when two winemakers are in a room together?…Four opinions.” I recall from my early days as a father asking different parents I respected about child rearing philosophies and techniques. As I found with winemaking,…
  • Fatherhood – The First Grapes Arrive

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

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

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

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

  • Kéknyelű – The Pride of Badacsony

    Niklas Jorgensen
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    “It’s a very ancient variety, closely linked to our region. It used to be present in other Hungarian wine regions as well, in miniscule amounts though. However, its wine was only important and famous in Badacsony. In the beginning of the 1990′s it was on the verge of extinction, with just around two hectares left – roughly 0,25 hectares on the Badacsony hill and the rest in neighboring Gulács. Since then it’s experiencing a minor revival but the facts remain the same; it’s still a difficult variety, mainly in the vineyard, and it’s not really widespread.
  • Drink Your Wine & Shut The F-ck Up

    Niklas Jorgensen
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:56 am
    The message is clear when standing in a Systembolaget shop; drink the wines we’ve chosen and shut the f-ck up.  Sweden 2014. If you have any spontaneous diverging vinous ambitions in a city with 40,000 inhabitants, then think again. But before telling my story you need some sad background information. In Swedish wine retail two things reign; Amarone and bag-in-box wines. Or perhaps I should be more honest and say everything associated with Amarone which includes Ripasso and Appassimento. Recioto is not included though. Come on; that’s a sweet wine and who wants that? Besides,…
  • Tokaj; Homonna Attila

    Niklas Jorgensen
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:33 am
    You’ll find it close to Tolcsva, in the northern parts of Tokaj. Rány, a vineyard which Attila Homonna describes as ‘eating up machines and man.’ * But I can only thank him, for the effort, harvesting such great Furmint. Not to mention the volcanic soil lesson this wine provides me with. 2012 was a very warm year in Tokaj. Already when I visited, in the end of April, the temperature was around 30 C. This of course called for actions in the vineyards, making sure there wasn’t too a high competition for the few water drops. Attila’s first vintage produced of the…
  • Great Greeks – Aidani From Hatzidakis

    Niklas Jorgensen
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    It’s quite a rare sight, pure Aidani, but if you’re a fan of Santorini wines it’s worth tracking down. Aidani’s destiny on the island of Santorini is mostly identical with another ancient Greek grape, Athiri. That is, to back up the great one, Assyrtiko. But then you taste the pure Aidani from Hatzidakis and realizes it manages perfectly, to stand on its own feet. Assyrtiko is one of the oldest, greatest and most unique grapes we know of. The way it has adapted to a life in the volcanic soil of Santorini, how it handles the wind and heat, is nothing but fascinating.
  • Why I Wine Blog?

    Niklas Jorgensen
    22 May 2014 | 4:50 am
      Why did I start publishing my thoughts on wine several years ago? Why have I basically quit publishing my thoughts on wine in 2014? Calliope, where are you? Nope, I’m not considering my wine writing as epic poetry. And no, Calliope’s still around – she hasn’t abandoned me. Yet. However, my two daughters, soon five and seven years old, seeks our attention even more now and where priority is put is a no-brainer. It’s a gorgeous age; seven. Anticipation; school’s around the corner combined with breaking one code after the other. Learning to ride a bike,…
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    Hoot n Annie

  • Q&A – Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery, Part 2

    Hoot 'n Annie
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    A couple of weeks ago we gave you Part One of a Q&A I did via email with Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery here in Paso Robles and now…wait for it…part 2. Chris is a very interesting guy who has traveled all over the world doing this wine thing. I’ve heard some great stories from him so if you ever get the chance to chat him up for a bit make him tell you some. He’s been involved in many unique wine projects and I actually really enjoy what he is doing over at Broken Earth. I hope to do more Q&A stuff with Chris in the future when he isn’t crazy busy in the middle of…
  • Lisa Pretty on Savor the Central Coast, Wine, Food, and Life

    Hoot 'n Annie
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Here’s a short Q&A with Lisa Pretty, a woman of many talents, who is involved in this year’s Sunset Savor the Central Coast. Annie and I have known Lisa for some time now which means we’ve had the opportunity to not only enjoy her company but enjoy some pretty (get it…”pretty”…you know, because of her last name?) amazing food and wine extravaganzas that she’s put together. Savor starts this coming Thursday and goes through Sunday, if you haven’t been you really should check out some aspect of it. If you happen to be going don’t forget to go find Lisa and see what…
  • Interesting Articles I’ve Read

    Hoot 'n Annie
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Today I leave you with a handful of articles I have found online that interested me in some way. Due to the amount of time I spend online for work, researching and searching for content, I tend to find thought provoking nuggets. So today, and for the weekend ahead, I leave you with this reading material. Gerard Depardieu Says He Can Drink ’12, 13, 14 Bottles’ of Wine a Day If this were true he would be dead. It’s entertaining to think he does though, I mean, the guy is a nut sack and always has been. I don’t mean that as a knock against his career or anything…it’s just the…
  • Beaverstock 2014 at Castoro Cellars

    Hoot 'n Annie
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    This was our first year at Beaverstock and long story short, it was absolutely perfect! Now we’ll get to the long story. Beaverstock is a two day event (Saturday and Sunday) packed with exceptional live music, beer, wine, food, and so much more. We had a friend in from Phoenix, another from Auburn, CA., and Annie’s mom came up to all join in the fun with us. The best way I can describe the vibe is a combination of hippy, backyard BBQ, relaxed, no worries and no hurries, music extravaganza. Day one, which is the day we went, the main stage line-up was Proxima Parada, Moonshiner…
  • Q&A – Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery, Part 1

    Hoot 'n Annie
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I first met Chris Cameron, Vice President and Director of Winemaking, several years back at a coffee shop in downtown Paso Robles. The more I chatted with him since then the more impressed I was with his knowledge, experience, and travels. I’ve always enjoyed his perspective on wine, winemaking, and specifically wine in Paso Robles. This is the first of two parts I will share here on the blog and I hope to do more with Chris in the future. A big thanks to Chris for taking the time to answer these questions during harvest. Matt: How long have you been making wine? Chris: 38 years, this is my…
 
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    Wine Values and Bargains

  • Catching the Crush in the Napa Valley

    Joe
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    I have been very lucky the last couple of trips to the Napa Valley. I was able to watch the harvest at two different vineyards in the Valley. I have also had the chance to see the sorting and crushing of grapes and the tanks filled with the delightful smell of fermenting grapes. To me it is the most exciting time to be in wine country. The harvest has been a couple of weeks early this year because of the mild climate. But harvest will continue into the first couple of weeks of October. There still is time for you to make your way to wine country and witness one of nature’s cool…
  • Two Cameron Hughes wines we like now

    Joe
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    The two vintage years of 2012 and 2013 in California have been excellent both in terms of quality and quantity. Negociants like Cameron Hughes have benefited because growers have more grapes to sell and wineries have extra juice, more than they can normally handle in their cellars. Thus, the consumer benefits and these two Cameron Hughes wines are outstanding. Two Cameron Hughes wines we like now Lot 431 Dry Creek 2012 Old Vine Zin Costco and other stores for $12 This is a very tasty Zinfandel and a beautiful example of a brambly black fruit Zin, rich and full bodied. Dry Creek Valley is one…
  • Whole Foods Olive Oil Tasting

    Joe
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    I have been a participant in olive oil tastings, but never conducted one myself. The folks that do PR for Whole Foods Stores asked if I would like to do an olive oil tasting of Whole Foods brand of olive oils. I thought sure, why not, it sounds like fun. Whole Foods provided me with five Whole Foods olive oils, each olive oil from a different country. I did a little research on the Web and was surprised how similar an olive oil judging is to a wine tasting. Appearance, aroma, and taste are evaluated. Almost all olive oil tasting that is serious involves judging the olive oil in cups or small…
  • Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend 2012

    Joe
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend – 66% Merlot Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend 2012 Costco $12.99 My neighbor a couple of doors away is a red wine drinker and he invited me over to taste a glass of red that he termed “one of the best wine bargains I have found in years.” Craig liked the wine so much that he went back to Costco and purchased not one but two cases. Craig is not a member of the Vintage Wine Tasters, although we would like him to be. He’s still working and not able to attend our tastings. The wine he had me taste was this Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend. After one…
  • Mas Donis Barrica – a delightful Montsant wine bargain

    Joe
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Mas Donis Barrica from the Montsant Mas Donis Barrica – a delightful Montsant wine bargain From the Capcanes Cellars in the D.O. Montsant in Spain, this is a fantastic wine bargain. It is $12.99 at the Spanish Table. Both KL Wines and Wine.com are sold out and will not be able to restock. I liked this wine enough to buy a half case at the Spanish Table in Berkeley. As of last week, they had plenty. While I was at the Spanish Table, some guy purchased two cases. The Spanish Table does give a discount on case sales. The Wine Advocate rates the Mas Donis Barrica 94 Points, Steve Tanzer 90…
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards

  • Harvest Heats Up by Winemaker, Don Crank

    Christine Collier
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    The winemaking and vineyard team and I are now working around the clock to bring in fruit from our three estate vineyards. The grapes have reached optimal ripeness from the evenly warm vintage, and have retained their naturally bright acidity from the cool nights. What sets 2014 apart from other warm weathered years is we didn't experience heat spikes in the vineyard, which would have sent the grapes into sun-shock. Instead, the fruit is healthy and near-perfection. We are looking forward to making concentrated wines with balance and structure.  Our first fruit in the door was the…
  • Frozen in Carbon: From Han Solo to Beaujolais to the Willamette Valley

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

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

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

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

  • Best Craft Beer + Food Pairing 2014

    Bean
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    So many great craft beer and food pairings at the Craft Beer + Food festival, it was hard to pick a winner. A People’s choice winner was announced but it was so close, the second place team was announced as well but I want to talk about some of the other great pairings first. Watershed + Charging Hippo Pairing The longest line of the night was for Watershed Pub & Kitchen butternut squash, gorgonzola cheese pizza paired with Charging Hippo Brewing  Imperial Pumpkin Porter. The rich and and slight sweetness of the squash, the saltiness of the cheese and the nuttiness of the pizza…
  • How to Pair Food with Wine and Beer

    Nancy
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Tonight reminds me of the feeling I used to get the night before Christmas. A sense of excitement and enthusiasm combined with a lack of patience, eager for the next morning to come. Why? Because tomorrow Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are going to give the keynote speech at the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) I’ll be attending this weekend. Who are these people? In short, they are my heroes! They are the authors of the best books for anyone exploring pairing food with adult beverages. Here is a brief summary of their works that grace my bookshelves at home. I first came…
  • Washington Celebrates Oktoberfest 2014

    Bean
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Don’t confuse Oktoberfest with the month of October. Oktoberfest “officially” runs runs from noon on Saturday, September 20th through Sunday October 5th 2014. In Washington, you can expect Oktoberfest/Octoberfest activities from now until the end of October. Washington does LOVE its beer!  I try to be thorough as I can but I always miss something. If you know of one that I am missing, please add it in the comments. Thanks and Prost! Sept 19-21 Fremont Oktoberfest Fremont Oktoberfest Fremont Oktoberfest is one of the biggest and most popular Oktoberfest celebrations in the…
  • Do you have YOUR bottles of Black Raven Unabridged yet?

    Bean
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    On Monday, Black Raven Brewing released UNABRIDGED, an eagerly anticipated collaboration brew with Stone Brewing. The Unabridged is a wine barrel aged Saison with sumo mandarin oranges and acacia. Unabridged Saison The above is an accurate description of this Washington beer but it doesn’t do this delicious saison any justice. Light golden in color, this is a dry and refreshing beer. Traditionally saison were the original “after work” beer given to farm workers coming from the fields. As such it was designed to be low alcohol and ultra refreshing. Black Raven and Stone…
  • Craft Beer + Food = More Tickets?

    Bean
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:24 am
    More tickets will be released, on Thursday September 18th, for the sold out  Craft Beer + Food Event. Craft Beer + Food is an unique food and beer pairing event in which  chefs and brewers work together to create a beer and culinary partnership to excite your senses: eyes, nose and mouth. When tickets were released last month for the 4th annual Craft Beer + Food Event, the tickets sold out in  only three days. Kendall Jones, one of the organizers, is pleased to announce that additional tickets will be available for $40 online. starting on Thursday 9/18/14. Two new restaurants will be…
 
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    The Wine Cellar Insider

  • 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,…
  • 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines Offer Nice Surprises

    Jeff Leve
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape harvest is in full bloom. Growers are picking all over the Southern Rhone Valley. The conditions for picking have been good so far. It’s been sunny and warm until recently in Chateauneuf du Pape. Some rain started to fall which turned into a minor rain storm as gorwoers were close to finishing their harvest. It looks like temperatures are going to drop a bit over the next few days. On the positive side, one thing we know for certain is growers will have a lot more wine with the 2014 vintage. 2014 could be…
  • 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition Regular Cuvees Already Showing Well

    Jeff Leve
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider 2012 Chateauneuf is a good, but not great vintage. The style of wines however, is a turn on. They are not massive, super ripe, highly alcoholic or intensely tannic, concentrated wines. Instead, they are lush, elegant charmers with good color that will drink well young. There is a freshness and purity in the fruit that really comes through. You can enjoy them while you wait for the 2010′s to come around. The first wine of any tasting gets you going. To some, it gets the juices flowing like the smell of napalm in the morning. This is a…
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    Enobytes Wine Online

  • Seufert Horseleap Vineyard Pinot Noir

    Marc Hinton
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2010 Seufert Horseleap Vineyard Pinot noir, Willamette Valley If you like your Pinot noir to have a sincere rustic earthiness, flaunting a little promiscuity at the same time, you will love the 2010 Seufert Horseleap Vineyard Pinot noir. Offering seductive concentration, this style of wine is delightfully dissimilar from most of the perfectly […]
  • 2008 Santa Rita Carmenere

    Marc Hinton
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2008 Santa Rita Carmenere Medalla Real Single Estate, Colchagua Valley, Chile This Carménère represents the Colchagua Valley well, offering up an accurate sense of place with a wonderful expression of the varietal. Carménère to me has an exceptional depth and complexity that seems to go beyond that of Merlot to which it is […]
  • Video: The New Culinary Think Tank – el bulli

    enobytes
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Video: The New Culinary Think Tank – el bulli This is another video brought to you by Harvard. In this lecture, Ferran Adria (elBulli), and José Andrés (minibar by josé andrés, Jaleo, The Bazaar) talk about the new culinary think tank, el bulli. Enjoy! 
  • 2010 Raffaldini Vineyards Swan Creek Pinot Grigio

    Marc Hinton
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2010 Raffaldini Vineyards Swan Creek Pinot Grigio, North Carolina This Pinot Grigio was probably one of the biggest wine surprises to come my way this year. The Raffaldini Vineyards Swan Creek Pinot Grigio is full bodied for a Pinot Grigio with balanced acidity and a substantial mouth-feel that is very pleasant. The floral bouquet […]
  • NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence

    Marc Hinton
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence Gosset Brut Excellenceis Champagne that is superior in almost every aspect. The wine is comprised of 36% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir (all from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards) and 19% Pinot Meunier. Gosset has been producing Champagne in Ay, France since 1584 granting them the bragging rights to […]
 
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • Lodi Wine: Bechthold Vineyard Cinsaults

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Do you know what a fun project would be? Drinking a different wine from Lodi every day, for a year. The quality and variety of wines from this area in California is simply mind-blowing. A man can dream, right? Recently, I got to add to my Lodi experience by tasting samples of Cinsault wines from the famed Bechthold Vineyard, sipping and chatting with other aficionados through the Charles Communications Brandlive channel and Twitter, Really a great evening. We tasted wines from Michael David Winery, Turley Wines, Estate Crush, and Onesta Wines.Originally planted in 1886 by Joseph Spenker,…
  • #WineStudio Session XVII Rinascimento Rising

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:54 am
    “Many of the wines I work with are farmed either organically or biodynamically and are naturally fermented using only native yeasts, but that doesn’t mean they are automatically good; the wines are good because of the blood, sweat and tears that are shed by the producers working with nature to make something great.”~ Justin Gallen, owner Rinascimento Wine CompanySmall business owner, wine importer, Italian-centric, family man and trusted wine friend of PROTOCOL wine studio, this month’s #WineStudio looked at Justin’s early experiences in the business, what it meant going out on his…
  • Whiskey River BBQ, Mt Prospect, IL

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Whiskey River is a throwback to the old roadhouses, full of old beer can collections, rock and roll photos, and every inch crammed with signs, guitars and maybe a taxidermied animal or two. Add an endless number of flat-screen TVs, and the updated roadhouse is complete.  Outdoor seating is available, with a view of the forest preserve across the street.No booths at this restaurant, just plenty of tables, chairs, and bar stools (perhaps to allow for some late night dancing should it happen).  A second bar upstairs allows for more space and room for private parties (as was happening…
  • Pairing Guide: Wine and Fall Flavors [Infographic]

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fall is cider and football and beer, and classic fall flavors: pecan and pumpkin pies, caramel apples, and other classics. Here's an info graphic to get your taste buds salivating with anticipation. Will the pairings work? Only one way to find out - taste! Infographic courtesy of Shari's BerriesLike 50 States Of Wine on Facebook Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter Subscribe to the 50 States Of Wine YouTube channel
  • Thirsty Thursday: Boneshaker Zinfandel 2012

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    "Imagine. Bumping down a cobblestone street on a wrought iron bicycle. Thump, thump…thump. Thrill seekers of the past called this kind of ride a Boneshaker. Your teeth rattled and your bones shook. You felt it. This is our BONESHAKER. A full bodied Zin."When I was offered a sample of the Hahn Family Wines for review, it didn't take long to respond with a resounding yes! Lodi Zinfandel from a group known for their work with high quality, small, family owned, estate brands? Heck yeah.I couldn't find much information on the winery itself - their website appears to be for a vintage bicycle…
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    Wine Folly

  • 7 Basics to Serving Wine and Glassware

    Madeline Puckette
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    The basics on serving wine including tips from picking the right wine glasses to pouring wine without spilling. Some of these tips will even improve the flavor of wine. Wine Basics: Serving & Glassware Wine is a peculiar beverage because even serving it in different glasses can change the way it tastes. This simple guide aims to help with the basics of serving wine and picking glassware to ensure that your wine tastes the best it possibly can. You don’t have to spend a million dollars to drink the high life. 1. A proper glass will make any wine taste better In 1986, Georg Riedel, a…
  • Wines Like It Cool, Dark and Moist

    Madeline Puckette
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    If you’re planning to store your wine in the closet this might not be such a good idea. A recent study in Northern Italy showed that wines age 4 times faster when stored at room temperature. Find out more about how to keep your wine happy and learn what to do if you do plan on starting a wine collection. Wine Storage Temperature The ideal wine storage temperature is 55 – 59 °F (12 – 15 °C) and 55 – 75% humidity. Wine Ages 4 Times Faster at Room Temperature Dr. Fulvio Mattivis, a food scientist at Fondazione Edmund Mach, gathered 400 bottles of Tuscan wine and placed half of them…
  • The Big Secret About Pinot

    Madeline Puckette
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Pinot is a little bit misunderstood. Recent findings have shown us that all Pinot varieties are not just related but are, in fact, the same! Time to get to the bottom of the story of Pinot, an ancient grape that has boggled us for centuries. The Big Secret About Pinot As it happens, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris are not just related, they are the same. Each variety can be grouped under an overarching variety simply called ‘Pinot’ with each variation being mainly identified by their color. This news could even change the way we perceive certain wine regions, such as Oregon, that…
  • Flavor Profiles of Red Wines (Infographic)

    Madeline Puckette
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Original Source: Wine Flavor Profiles of Red Wines | Wine Folly Flavor Profiles of Red Wines Experts will tell you that it’s impossible to define the flavor profile of a wine variety and they’re right! This is because there are a lot of variables that affect the way a wine tastes; from where the grapes grow to how the wine is made. Despite the many differences, there are a few fundamental characteristics that are consistent. Learning about these will not only help you identify what it is you like about wine, but it can also help you find new wines you’ll like. 10 Flavor…
  • 6 Intriguing Wines To Drink This Fall

    Madeline Puckette
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    For those of you lucky enough to have a fall season where you live, go outside and breath in the air. There is a special smell in the air that’s crisp but still dusty from summer. Some of us are fall lovers because we long for the psychological feeling of completeness of a season and we yearn for a cuddly winter. The harvest season is not just for wine grapes, but also pumpkins, carrots, artichokes, sunflowers and mushrooms. These 6 wines match wonderfully with fall harvest foods. Below are 6 intriguing wine varieties that are perfect for the fall mood. Some are unexpected, so be prepared…
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    Nectar Tasting Room and Wine Blog

  • Nectar to Open Craft Wine and Beer Shop in Kendall Yards

    drinknectar
    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

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

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

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

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

  • CHÂTEAU PALOUMEY Haut-Médoc 2011

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    The 2011 Château Paloumey delivers aromas of black cherries and blackberries which are woven together with spices, earth, vanilla and some sweet toasted notes. Medium-full bodied with fine tannins, ending with a moderate finish marked by cherry, spices and toasted edge. (2014-2017) - September, 2014 (JD) 88 POINTS Wine Specifications: Report Date: September, 2014 Suggested Price: $NA Drinking Window: 2014-2017 Producer: Château Paloumey Country: France  Region: Bordeaux Appellation: Haut-Médoc Importer: Serge Doré Selections
  • L'ENCLOS DU CHATEAU DE SAINT-PEY Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2011

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The 2011 L'Enclos du Chateau de Saint-Pey offers aromas of freshly crushed blackberries and cherries woven together with licorice, vanilla, lightly roasted coffee and minerals. It possesses a medium body with a silky texture and a moderate finish. (Best 2014-2017) - September, 2014 (JD) 87 POINTS Wine Specifications: Report Date: September, 2014 Suggested Price: $NA Drinking Window: 2014-2017 Producer: L'Enclos du Chateau de Saint-Pey Country: France  Region: Bordeaux Appellation: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Importer: Serge Doré Selections
  • CHATEAU LA COMMANDERIE Saint-Estephe 2011

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    A nice mix of cherries, currant, dried tobacco and fresh mineral all come together in the glass. This offers a silky texture, supported by fine-grained tannins, which carry on through the finish. Look to drink this in the short term. (Best 2014-2017) - September, 2014 (JD) 87 POINTS Wine Specifications:Report Date: September, 2014 Suggested Price: $NA Drinking Window: 2014-2017 Producer: Chateau La Commanderie Country: France  Region: Bordeaux Appellation: Saint-Estephe Importer: Serge Doré Selections
  • LOS VASCOS Carmenère ‘Grande Reserve’ 2012

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    It took the team at Los Vascos nearly three years of work to develop the ‘Grande Reserve’ Carmenère, but the debut release is here with the 2012 vintage and it’s outstanding. This bursts open with pure dark fruits like blackberry and blueberries, which are layered with tar, spices, savory herbs, graphite and crushed violets. It continues to impress on the palate with its gorgeous round, polished texture and wonderful mouth feel that makes a smooth transition into the supple finish. This is a flat-out delicious Carmenère, not to mention a remarkable value. (Best 2014-2018) - September,…
  • POGGIO SCALETTE 'Capogatto' 2011

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    The 2011 ‘Capogatto’ is an absolutely stunning Bordeaux style blend from Poggio Scalette composed of equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It immediately bursts open with fresh aromas of pure dark fruits, mainly blackberries and cherry reduction, which are woven together with pain grille, tar, roasted coffee, floral, savory herbs and Asian spices. This full-bodied red shows wonderful purity, concentration and depth while remaining beautifully balanced all the way through the long, polished finish. This is just about impossible to resist, even at…
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  • rating george clooney’s wedding wine

    grapefriend
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Everyone else can report on George and Amal’s guests, her dress, and the venue. Here at grapefriend, all we care about is what they drank! I mean as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, you’d hope he’d really drink well all weekend. Well, let’s review his reported choices since I’m minorly on the fence. … Continue reading →
  • grape passport: alto adige

    grapefriend
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Had such a fantastic time in Alto Adige. Most of the wineries aren’t very far from the town of Bolzano, so it’s easy to travel around and see lots of things. see The Dolomites – we drove to Val Gardena and took two gondolas up the mountains. Then you can hike around to lots of … Continue reading →
  • scandal wine recap: island wine vs fixing wine

    grapefriend
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Our Scandal wine recaps are back!!! Take it away, Abby… Scandal’s BACK. I’m BACK (thanks, Grapefriend!), and by the end of the hour Olivia is BACK doing what she does best, though perhaps to the detriment of her emotional health. Above all else the wine is BACK in a big old plot-driving way. wine moment … Continue reading →
  • what olivia pope SHOULD be drinking on the beach

    grapefriend
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Scandal is back tonight, and a while ago they released this teaser to get everyone all excited: All quite exciting that Olivia’s taking a break from the drama to kick it except for one thing: she’s drinking red wine on the beach. VILE! Now I love Liv’s obsession with wine, but she’s gotta veer away … Continue reading →
  • cocktail friend: bombardino

    grapefriend
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    First, let me just say that you should probably be hiking in the Alps to truly enjoy this drink. You might even want to be hiking while you read this post! So one day during our Alto Adige trip, we went hiking in the Dolomites. It was super foggy and therefore kind of nippy out, … Continue reading →
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  • A Sweet New Year

    Lou
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Review of Miharmartif “Antique Red Sweet Wine” and several Boulard Calvados.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  September 24, 2014   Besides being one of the four “New Year” celebrations in the Jewish calendar, traditionally Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish civil calendar and the anniversary of the creation of the world. It initiates the 10 Days of Awe (Yomim Noraim), also known as the 10 Days of Repentance (Aseres Yomei Teshuvah), culminating at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.   During this period we traditionally pray…
  • New Year – New Winery

    Lou
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Reviews of the Montefiore White 2012 and  Drambuie Scotch Whisky Liqueur.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  September 18, 2014   It’s that time of year again. This period is traditionally a time of reflection in which we are encouraged to contemplate our decisions and, more importantly, our mistakes—to learn from our actions and misdeeds, and the impact these have had on our lives and on the lives of those with whom we interact. Hopefully, a little self-knowledge and wisdom has come from these experiences. With additional effort and focus we…
  • The Best In Value-Priced Wine

    Lou
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
      The Top 10 Kosher wines ($20 or less) and our 5 Favorite Whiskies for the past year .   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  September 10, 2014   Last week we listed the Top 10 kosher wines we tasted over the past year that cost $30 or more a bottle. After all, festive holiday meals with family and friends are nigh, so a bit of expensive indulgence is in order. As wine is a necessity in a civilized world, however, we have put together a list of value-priced wines to be enjoyed on a more regular basis, within a more limited budget.   Here…
  • Top 10 Kosher Wines Over $30

    Lou
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    Our Top 10 kosher wines $30 and up for the past year along with a look at Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Whiskey Project.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  September 4, 2014   During the Jewish month of Elul, the final month in the Jewish calendar, we are enjoined to reflect on where we stand and where we should be going in life. Thus it is also a perfect time to look back and select our top wines from the previous year. This week we will focus on wines costing $30 or more and that are worthy of the expense. That is, these wines are either to collect…
  • Getting The Whiskey’s ‘Backstory’

    Lou
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
      Review of the Ramot Naftaly Duet 2010 and a revisit to High West whiskies.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  August 27, 2014   We are often asked why we do not assign a numerical score to the wines and spirits we review. After all, it is a process employed by many of the most popular reviewers  including the eminent Robert Parker, the glossy Wine Spectator and the high-end British publication Decanter, which bills itself as the “World’s Best Wine Magazine.” It is easy to understand the appeal since we all grow up in an educational…
 
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    JJ Buckley Fine Wines

  • Winery Spotlight: Chateau Latour-Martillac

    Chuck Hayward
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    The JJ Buckley wine staff recently had a chance to learn a bit more about Chateau Latour-Martillac, one of the top estates in the Pessac-Leognan appellation south of Bordeaux. Tastings with owners and their winemakers or marketing managers at our offices are always an important way to add to the knowledge we gain during our annual visits to Bordeaux. This visit, however, afforded us the chance to learn about something other than soils and varietals. The domaine has a long history that starts with an ancient tower from the 12th Century that gives rise to the winery’s name. Vines were not…
  • In Pursuit of Balance: The Hand of Man or the Hand of the Land?

    Chuck Hayward
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Jason Drew of Drew Family Cellars The annual In Pursuit of Balance (IPOB) tastings have quickly found a place as one of the wine industry’s most important events. Initially organized by Raj Parr of the Michael Mina restaraunt group as a one-off event in San Francisco back in 2011, Raj was joined by Jasmine Hirsch, whose family owns the acclaimed Sonoma Coast vineyard named after her father, to organize the seminars and tastings. Starting in 2012, the IPOB conclaves have become a bi-coastal affair conducted in New York and San Francisco. Most wine trade and consumer tastings are…
  • It’s Chardonnay Day!! Celebrating a Much Loved and Maligned Varietal

    Chuck Hayward
    22 May 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Chardonnay master Jacques Lardiere of Louis Jadot It wasn’t that long ago that we celebrated International Sauvignon Blanc Day, in fact it was actually just last week. Started five years ago, it has sparked a number of other “Grape Days” thanks to the increasing connections between the wine industry and social media. The goal has been to taste the grape of the day and use twitter and Facebook to share tasting experiences across the globe, raise awareness of the grape and do a bit of education on the side. So now comes National Chardonnay Day and it’s quite logical to…
  • 10% off Mix & Match Wine Case

    JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    21 May 2014 | 9:00 am
      Mix & Match Wine Case: Put Your own case together! Any 12 bottles from any of our White Bordeaux Selection. Once you’ve selected your bottles reply to this email and receive10% off the lowest JJ Buckley web price. Having trouble putting your case together? Contact a JJ Buckley Wine Specialist who can assist you in the process. Click Here to view our selection of White Bordeaux Wines. Once you’ve selected your wines send an email with your selection to marketing@jjbuckley.com or give us a call at 888.859.4697. A few terms and conditions do apply. This is a limited time offer…
  • The New Faces of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

    Chuck Hayward
    15 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Sarah Burton of Cloudy Bay Winery In celebration of International Sauvignon Blanc Day, it seemed like an opportune time to look at where New Zealand sauvignon blanc is going. And when we talk about kiwi savvy, we’re really talking about Marlborough savvy… It’s pretty incredible to think that just over 30 years ago, NZ was more known for muller-thurgau than sauvignon blanc. The first New Zealand sauvignon blanc was released in 1979 and it was only six years before that when grapes were first planted in Marlborough. Back then, just about all the wine made in New Zealand was…
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    HoseMaster of Wine™

  • The HoseMaster's Guide to Drinking Wine at Home

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    An authentic wine lover drinks at home. A lot. Alone, or otherwise. He doesn’t just drink wine socially, or with a meal. He drinks all the time, and not from fancy glassware. Or if it is fancy glassware, it’s not necessarily clean. Wine is a way of life, best done in the home, frequently, where it delivers the most pleasure—like transvestism. Actually, an authentic wine lover has much in common with a transvestite. They both think they look better doing what they do than they actually do. And...
  • A Few Minutes Decomposing with Andy Rooney

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    There was a time when I was playing around with established comic voices on HoseMaster of Wine™, and I decided to do a bit of the late Andy Rooney. I thought my irreverence about his death would have pleased Rooney, and I found that I liked doing his odd "60 Minutes" patter. I wrote three pieces in Rooney's voice, and this edition of Best of HoseMaster is made up of the first two.  From early 2012, here's Andy Rooney... Note how the topics haven't changed much on wine blogs in the past...
  • The Linoleum Project™--Philosophy First, Winemaking Second

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Harvest is in full swing here at Splooge Estate, and while our neighbors are bringing in their incredibly boring Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc—the so-called “workhorse” grapes (“workhouse” because their only worth is to get you plowed)—we’re harvesting more important varieties, varieties you haven’t heard of. The best and most obscure are earmarked for The Linoleum Project™. We thought we’d take a moment of your time to explain in a bit more detail the philosophy behind the...
  • IPOB Attacks!

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    When a hooded member of IPOB trepanned James Laube with a Coravin, and the rebel group posted the video on YouTube, the wine community responded with outrage. It’s a graphic and horrifying video, the gaunt Laube appearing stoic as the Coravin’s needle penetrates his skull, the instrument of torture replacing the fetid air inside Laube’s head with a neutral Argon gas. “No one will be able to tell the difference in Laube’s reviews,” IPOB said in a written statement, “we just wanted everyone to...
  • How to Be a Successful Sommelier

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

  • Vina Alicia San Alberto Syrah

    Debbie
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    San Alberto Vineyard Tucked away in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Argentina sits Vina Alicia that began in 1998 by Alicia Mateu Arizu, wife of the well known winemaker Alberto Arizu (owner of the Luigi Bosca Winery).  Alicia began the commercialization of hte wines that bear her name with the youngest of her three sons, Rodrigo Arizu. The winery is surrounded by a 10 hectare vineyard, the winery has a production capacity of 50,000 liters, but only commercializes 25,000 bottles per year of Vina Alicia’s wine and 80,000 bottles of Paso Paso de Piedra’s wines. The wines…
  • From Field to Glass – Hillrock Estate Distillery

    Debbie
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Tucked away on a beautiful country road in Ancram, New York you’ll find Hillrock Farm, home to Hillrock Estate Distillery and Jeffrey Baker producing whiskey under the direction of Master Distiller, Dave Pickerall.  I recently toured the distillery with Tim Welly, who I knew from his days at Millbrook Winery.  I am not a bourbon or whiskey drinker (bad experience at 18) but I received a huge education about the distilling process with Tim.  I did taste at the end and was pleasantly surprised how my palate reacted. Read through the brief show notes, listen to the podcast…
  • Wine & Dine on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

    Debbie
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Saturday evening I went on my first ferry ride out of Cape May.  I listen to the horns blow every day and watch the 7am ferry leave while on my walk, but have never been a passenger until Saturday. Yes of course it wasn’t a trip to Lewes for outlet shopping, but a Sunset Wine-Lovers Cruise. We had three courses over and the dessert course back, while the ferry transported cars and it’s passengers. It all began with the 2012 Notre Dame Luberon paired with Pate Maison, Cornichons, Grilled Marble Rye with Spicy Mustard. The wine is an organically made wine made in the Luberon…
  • A Toast To Mom

    Debbie
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Mom and her friend Sandy. October 2013 I lost my favorite fan last month.  My Mom. That might explain why my postings have been light., please be patient with me during this time. Although my mom never said much or showed it, she followed my blog to keep up with me and was very proud. She would say “you never told me you were doing this, going here.” When I asked her how she knew, she said she read it on my blog. We learn a lot from our parents.  I think what makes them most proud is when they see us succeed and when they learn from us. My mom was a White Zin drinker.
  • Running the Hudson Valley Wine Competition & Results

    Debbie
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    For the past 6 or so years I’ve been behind the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition.  When I took the realm of this competition it was just wine.  The past two years with the explosion of distilleries in the Hudson Valley we opened up to spirits. This year we had 91 wine entries, 4 cider entries and 10 spirit entries.  I hope in the future to expand on the cider and spirits categories. I am the chief cook and bottle uncorker for this competition.  I have to rally the troups to enter. I catalog everything in a spreadsheet.  My son has taught me Excel so…
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    Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

  • Vina Alicia San Alberto Syrah

    Debbie Gioquindo
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    San Alberto VineyardTucked away in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Argentina sits Vina Alicia that began in 1998 by Alicia Mateu Arizu, wife of the well known winemaker Alberto Arizu (owner of the Luigi Bosca Winery).  Alicia began the commercialization of hte wines that bear her name with the youngest of her three sons, Rodrigo Arizu. The winery is surrounded by a 10 hectare vineyard, the winery has a production capacity of 50,000 liters, but only commercializes 25,000 bottles per year of Vina Alicia's wine and 80,000 bottles of Paso Paso de Piedra's wines.The wines come from two…
  • From Field to Glass - Hillrock Estate Distillery

    Debbie Gioquindo
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Tucked away on a beautiful country road in Ancram, New York you'll find Hillrock Farm, home to Hillrock Estate Distillery and Jeffrey Baker producing whiskey under the direction of Master Distiller, Dave Pickerall.  I recently toured the distillery with Tim Welly, who I knew from his days at Millbrook Winery.  I am not a bourbon or whiskey drinker (bad experience at 18) but I received a huge education about the distilling process with Tim.  I did taste at the end and was pleasantly surprised how my palate reacted.Read through the brief show notes, listen to the podcast then…
  • Wine & Dine on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

    Debbie Gioquindo
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    Saturday evening I went on my first ferry ride out of Cape May.  I listen to the horns blow every day and watch the 7am ferry leave while on my walk, but have never been a passenger until Saturday. Yes of course it wasn't a trip to Lewes for outlet shopping, but a Sunset Wine-Lovers Cruise. We had three courses over and the dessert course back, while the ferry transported cars and it's passengers. It all began with the 2012 Notre Dame Luberon paired with Pate Maison, Cornichons, Grilled Marble Rye with Spicy Mustard. The wine is an organically made wine made in the Luberon region of…
  • A Toast to Mom

    Debbie Gioquindo
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Mom and her friend Sandy. October 2013I lost my favorite fan last month.  My Mom. That might explain why my postings have been light., please be patient with me during this time.Although my mom never said much or showed it, she followed my blog to keep up with me and was very proud. She would say "you never told me you were doing this, going here." When I asked her how she knew, she said she read it on my blog.We learn a lot from our parents.  I think what makes them most proud is when they see us succeed and when they learn from us.My mom was a White Zin drinker.  That is…
  • Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room: The Bewitching Power of Sour

    Debbie Gioquindo
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    They came from near and far—some venturing across many states to taste something sour, something tart, something they relish more than just about anything in the craft beer universe. Sour’d in September brought 20 breweries—Nantucket’s Cisco, San Diego’s Ballast Point, Pennsylvania’s Weyerbacher--to Captain Lawrence to showcase the best of their sour ales; all everyone needed was some decent weather, and the day would be a dandy. And then the rain came. “We paid for good weather,” quipped Captain Lawrence founder Scott Vaccaro, “and this is what we got.” In fact, the rain…
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    Hvino News | Georgian Wine News

  • Hvino posted videos on Georgian Wine Catalogue

    27 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    Hvino has posted "how-to" videos about the use of its online Georgian Wine Catalogue.  The videos were recorded at a wine shop in Signagi, Kakheti region, Georgia.  The videos are available in English and Russian, and in high definition (HD) as well. Hvino's new videos were posted in its social network pages such as Facebook and YouTube. Hvino's new YouTube channel was created for that purpose.Hvino's Georgian Wine Catalogue,  widely covered by mass media (see here), is the first online guide on high-quality Georgian wines. The Catalogue is targeted primarily at consumers…
  • Retail education: not the Georgia of peaches, but the Georgia of wine and walnuts

    27 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    by Harriet Lembeck26.09.2014. If you really care about wine, you should think seriously about making the journey to the country of Georgia. You will experience true hospitality, tradition, winemaking, and still be close enough to the Black Sea’s famed resorts when you are ready to relax. And if you like to ski, there are the slopes of the Caucasus Mountains right there as well. FYI, I have just returned from a visit, and saw no sign of any of the unrest that’s been in the news lately. There is instead a sense of calm and welcoming.To the Georgians, a guest is a gift from God. And the best…
  • Georgian wines presented at International Wine and Sprit Tasting in London

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    26.09.2014. The British Georgian Chamber of Commerce with the support of the Georgian Embassy in the UK and the Georgian National Wine Agency participated in the 6th edition of the International Wine and Spirit Tasting held on September 16 in London.Organized annually by the French Chamber of Commerce in the UK, the event this year featured 11 different Chambers representing their selection of wines and other drinks.Apart from tasting wines and drinks from Argentina, Austria, Canada, France, Georgia, Hungarian, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, the event offered an…
  • Control tightens over alcoholic beverages

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    25.09.2014. From  January 1, 2015 control will be tightened in restaurants over wine. What does the tightening of controls mean and how will  the National Food Agency conduct monitoring  - Zurab Chekurashvili, head  of the National Food Agency, answers Commersant's questions. - On what principle do  you choose products  to check? The point is that by order of the Minister, we strengthen the quality control plan each year and it concerns all kinds of food.This year we have a control plan, according to which, we take samples to test.- If you plan to…
  • Saperavi not to be subsidized, while other subsidies for grapes to be reduced

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    22.09.2014. Wine companies talk about a hike in the price of grapes and note that the price is so high this year that they cannot buy a large volume of grapes. Whether or not the government plans to subsidize the grapes next year? Georgian radio Сommersant asked this question to the Minister of Agriculture Otar Danelia. - How is the process of harvesting carried out, whether the rise in prices is observed in the market and why?Saperavi delivery is almost completed, rkatsiteli grapes are being delivered for a few days. Vintage is underway without hindrances, I do not want to talk about…
 
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  • Haskell Open Day

    Dombeya / Haskell
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The annual Haskell Vineyards Open Day 2014 will be held on the 29th of November starting at 12.00. Come along and taste all the Haskell and Dombeya wines, and explore the Haskell estate at your leisure. Other highlights are excellent eats from our hand-picked selection of artisanal foodies and live music, with the crown jewel […]
  • A Celebratory September for Graham Beck Cap Classique

    Graham Beck
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the years Graham Beck Wines has earned a reputation as one of South Africa’s foremost Cap Classique producers establishing itself as world class, renowned for superior quality and outstanding consistency. At the specially designed Méthode Cap Classique cellar in Robertson the Graham Beck Wines team continues to pursue the perfect bubble. During September these […]
  • Wine of the week – Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 7 Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    Hermanuspietersfontein
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Wine of Origin: Sondagskloof Winery Location: Hermanus Winemaker: Bartho Eksteen Background: As you approach the popular seaside town of Hermanus you will find a delightful winery called Hermanuspietersfontein. The name perhaps maybe a tongue twister but is in fact the original name for Hermanus. In 1815 Hermanus Pieters, a popular Dutch Farm School teacher, taught the children from the […]
  • Family Fun in Franschhoek

    Franschhoek Wine Valley
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    School holidays are here! Running out of ideas on how to keep the family and kids entertained? Bring them to Franschhoek for a fun-filled day out. Something sweet is always a treat. The world famous Huguenot Fine Chocolates is pure chocolate heaven and a delight for young and old! Indulge in a chocolate tour with […]
  • Season of Sauvignon

    winetimes
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    25 and 26 October 2014. Durbanville Wine Valley, Cape Town. The Season of Sauvignon festival is back in the Durbanville Wine Valley from 25 to 26 October 2014. A mere 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, this wine route is fast becoming Cape Town’s destination of choice with its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines and friendly […]
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • 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.
  • Best Wine of Summer 2014: Vin Santo di Montepulciano Occhio di Pernice Dolce Sinfonia 2004, Bindella

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

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

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

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

  • 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.
  • Il Migliore Vino dell'Estate 2014: Vin Santo di Montepulciano Occhio di Pernice Dolce Sinfonia 2004, Bindella

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Vinhos Justino Henriques; 60 To 80 Years Old Sercial & Verdelho

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

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

  • Famille Bougrier Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2013

    Qin Xie
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    The wine: Famille Bougrier Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2013 The producer: Famille Bougrier They say: Since 1885 and five generations, Family Bougrier selects the most beautiful raisins from our best terroirs, to offer you the nicest wines. We wish you great pleasure with our Loire Valley Wines. Made on old soils, nice white dry wine. Great freshness and roundness. To be served slightly chilled with seafood and fishes from the Atlantic Ocean. We say: Good perfume with notes of bruised apple, citrus and pear. Lots of acidity with a refreshing finish. A youthful style but nice balance with…
  • Domaine Bourillon Dorléans, Rochecorbon

    Qin Xie
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series Frédéric Bourillon is the third generation of winemakers at Domaine Bourillon Dorléans, an estate founded by his granddad. He’s a bit of a character, though perhaps not in the same way as Pascal Cuisset at Château des Eyssards. For Bourillon, phallic symbols seem to be a bit of an obsession – he wears it on a necklace. He’s also big into art and the two are sometimes interlinked. His cave cellar, carved into the mountain and dating back to the 15th Century, is filled with artwork. Some 20 years ago, Bourillon…
  • Château Moncontour, Vouvray

    Qin Xie
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    This is a post in the Spotlight on: the Loire Valley series Château Moncontour is, along with four other estates and a négociant business, part of the Feray family’s wine portfolio. Moncontour itself is composed of 130 hectares split across Vouvray, Rochecorbon, Vernou and Reugny. It’s also on its way to further expansion as new distribution deals with the UK has meant the building of new facilities. As a sizeable estate, it has the capacity to produce the full spectrum of the Vouvray Appellation – from sparkling (traditional method) to liquoreux. The biggest part of its…
  • Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou 2013

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

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

  • Barnard Griffin 2008 Hells Gate Canyon Vineyard Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $25

    Great Northwest Wine
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Gunkel family farms along the Columbia River near Goldendale, Wash., and their Zinfandel fruit finds its way into several award-winning programs, include that of California native Rob Griffin. It opens with aromas of black cherry, raspberry, black pepper and lime peel, picking up hints of celery leaf and mild oak along the way. The flavorful entry is akin to raspberry syrup and vanilla ice cream, followed by modest tannins, cherry juice acidity, tamed alcohol and a dash of black pepper. It’s not a cocktailish Zin, instead deserving of tomato-based pasta and meats off the barbecue.
  • 14 Hands Winery 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $12

    Great Northwest Wine
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Best Buy! With wines of such expression at this price and so widely available, it’s easy to see why this Prosser, Wash., winery is one of the country’s hottest brands. There’s a early savory greeting in the aroma with black olive, and darkness continues with black cherry, blackberry and black licorice, backed with hints of toast, tobacco and baking spices. The drink is remarkably rich from start to finish with flavors of Marionberry jam, black cherry, blueberry and bittersweet chocolate. Silky tannins make for a smooth farewell. Rating: Outstanding! Production: 290,000 cases Alcohol:…
  • Northwest wine country dries out, warms up

    Eric Degerman
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Martin Fujishin of Fujishin Family Cellars in Caldwell, Idaho, samples Syrah clusters in Williamson Vineyard. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) World-renowned climatologist Greg Jones suggests this first week of October as an ideal time for Pacific Northwest winemakers and growers to harvest what grapes they can. The wine country professor at Southern Oregon University in Ashland issued his latest report during the weekend, noting the region will continue to feel warm and dry after last week’s rain. “In summary, lingering effects of the last system will give way to seasonally…
  • Airfield Estates 2012 Barbera, Yakima Valley, $28

    Great Northwest Wine
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The Miller family grows about 30 grape varieties on its 950-acre ranch near Sunnyside, Wash., including four with ties to Italy. Winemaker Marcus Miller keeps the focus on that fruit, rather than barrel, starting with endearing aromas of purple fruit such as blueberry, huckleberry and pomegranate. The structure is juicy, plump and tasty with dark cherry and Damson plum flavors as acidity takes a decisive lead over tannin. Rating: Excellent Production: 300 cases Alcohol: 13.9% Winery website The post Airfield Estates 2012 Barbera, Yakima Valley, $28 appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.
  • Maryhill Winery 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley, $40

    Great Northwest Wine
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Gunkel Vineyards, which is near Craig and Vicki Leuthold’s showpiece winery, has been a core source of grape since the winery was founded in 2001. Aromas of red cherry, cocoa, toasted oak, red pepper and oregano transition into a drink of high tones and lighter style that hints at strawberry and sweet cherry juice with accents of chocolate, baking spice and a finish of raspberry. Suggested pairings range from Chicken Marsala, stuffed pork chops and lamb or a fruit-and-cheese plate. Rating: Recommended Production: 255 cases Alcohol: 14.8% Winery website The post Maryhill Winery 2011…
 
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    Two Guys From Napa

  • Sonoma Wineries Open After 5 pm – September 2014

    CraigTG
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Longboard Vineyards, a Sonoma County Winery Open After 5 pm Do you need a winery in Sonoma County that is open after 5 pm for wine tasting? Sometimes you go wine tasting and at the end of the day, it’s getting close to 5 pm but you just left a winery that didn’t quite live up to what you had been hoping for. If what you really want is one more chance to end the day on a good note, we can help with that. Or, maybe you’re in the area and your daytime activities have included enjoying the water on the Russian River, gambling at the Graton Resort & Casino, or reminiscing with Charlie…
  • Napa Valley Rocks! – So Come Enjoy It (and Support its Recovery)!

    CraigTG
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Fans of Napa Valley are invited to join the local community between September 25 and 28 at Napa Valley Rocks! Weekend, four days that will celebrate and showcase what Napa Valley has to offer.   A coalition of chefs, vintners, business owners and residents have joined forces to support earthquake relief efforts and offer an attractive collection of activities to raise awareness that Napa Valley is ready and open for business.  So come sip Napa Valley wines, savor local delicacies, shop at the Valley’s diverse stores, and shake your booty at your choice of many musical performances. For…
  • Mount Veeder Wines After The Quake

    CraigTG
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Last weekend, we had the pleasure of attending the 15th annual Mount Veeder Appellation Wine Tasting, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Mount Veeder AVA.  The host venue, The Hess Collection, was one of the wineries hit hardest by the recent Napa Earthquake (two 20,000 gallon tanks ruptured, over 14,000 cases of 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon lost) and yet they pulled off their hosting duties with grace and class. Mount Veeder grapes are crafted into some of our favorite Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons in Napa Valley and our experience this year just reinforced that opinion.  We were…
  • Say Goodbye to Summer in SLO: Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

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

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

  • 11 Of The Weirdest Wine Aromas

    Adam Teeter
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    As we always say, everyone’s experience with wine is different, and what you smell or taste does not have to be exactly the same as what the person next to you with the same glass experiences. If you think a wine smells like grapes and only grapes, then damnit that’s what it smells like. That being said, throughout the years, many people have tried to bring order to the madness of wine aromas, categorizing the wide variety of nuanced smells drinkers experience. Most famous of all of these aroma categorizations is The Wine Aroma Wheel created by Ann C. Noble, a sensory chemist who worked…
  • Discover Portuguese Wine And The 3 Reasons We’re Stupid For Not Drinking More Of It

    VinePair Staff
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    For most drinkers the country of Portugal exists to produce one and only one alcoholic beverage, Port, the luscious elixir that’s popular for closing out a meal, particularly around the holidays if you’re a Brit. To say that Portugal has a branding problem is an understatement. For decades we’ve treated Portugal as a niche country for whom only Port and Madeira are worth consuming, but by doing so, we’re missing out on the incredible wine Portugal has to offer. Sure it has the Port our forefathers drank, but it also has so much more, especially if you’re a wine consumer who loves to…
  • 4 Of The Coolest Places On The National Register Of Historic Places In Napa And Sonoma

    Adam Teeter
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here at VinePair, we’re suckers for wine and history. As we’ve said before, one of our favorite reasons for collecting and aging wine isn’t just to see how it transforms over the years, but also because each bottle is a time capsule that takes us back to memories made in the year the wine was bottled. Wine has such a dynamic pull on people because with every sip we can be transported somewhere else. And it’s not just through a bottle that we can revisit history, it’s also via the historic places where the wine was made! With this is mind, we decided to pay a visit to The National…
  • 9 Charts That Tell The Story Of The Modern California Wine Industry

    Joshua Malin
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    While the history of California’s wine industry goes back far into the nineteenth century, Prohibition meant the end for the vast majority of the state’s vineyards. The period after Prohibition through the 1960s was one marked by cheap jug wines and sweet, fortified high alcohol wines. After decades of post-prohibition stagnation, a new generation of winemakers in the 1970s dramatically boosted the amount of wine produced in the state. At the same time quality rose rapidly. The 1976 Judgement of Paris established California’s reputation when some of the…
  • 3 Delicious Sherry Cocktails You Should Know

    Adam Teeter
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sherry, the fortified wine made from white grapes that hails from Spain, has been experiencing quite a comeback recently. What used to be seen as a tired old drink consumed by your grandmother and her friends while in the midst of an epic game of bridge has reemerged as the digestif of choice among the hipster set. Artisanal Sherries now flood the U.S. market and entire bars have even been devoted to the libation, such as Mockingbird Hill in Washington DC. With the Sherry crazy clearly in full swing, this means that eventually those clever mixologists were going to start reintroducing classic…
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    Jameson Fink

  • Woodinville Wineries: Meet The People Behind The Labels

    Jameson Fink
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Not too long ago I spend some time touring Woodinville wineries as a guest of the Washington Wine Commission. My days there culminated with attending the Auction of Washington Wines, an event that raised over 1.8 millions dollars (!) to support uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and fund viticulture and enology research at WSU. But [...]
  • Five Picks For a Top Wine Tasting at Vino Verite

    Jameson Fink
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    The owners of Vino Verite, a wine shop in my Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle have taken a page out of my wish book: they handed over the controls for their Thursday wine tasting (that’s 9/25 from 5-8pm) to me. If you can’t make it, these are all wines I highly recommend. (Check WineSearcher for average [...]
  • Northern Rhone Syrah: A Conversation With Guy Sarton du Jonchay of Vidal-Fleury

    Jameson Fink
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
      Let’s talk about Syrah, particularly that from France’s Northern Rhone. The steep slopes of this region produce some of the most legendary wines of the world. (The white wines are swoon-worthy, too.) So when I got the chance to sit down for a chat and to sample wines with Guy Sarton du Jonchay, Managing Director [...]
  • Discover The Wines of France’s Bergerac Region

    Jameson Fink
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    France. When you think about its wine regions that start with “B”, surely Burgundy and Bordeaux first come to mind. But let’s talk about a lesser-known place that deserves your attention: Bergerac. So where is Bergerac? It’s just east of Bordeaux. Here’s a (wine) map of Southwestern France, courtesy of Wine Folly: Original Source: The [...]
  • Horse Heaven Hills Vineyards Tour

    Jameson Fink
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    How about we get to know the vineyards of the Horse Heaven Hills in Washington State? I recently returned from a media trip out there. The name of the wine region may not be familiar to you, but there’s lots of history and historic vineyards. You’ve probably poured some of it into your wine glass [...]
 
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    Vegas Wineaux

  • My Las Vegas: Mezzo

    Vegas Wineaux
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    The Smith & Hook was far too rambunctious and showed its youth. Wait. Let's back up. Did I really say that?!?
  • Proof: A Reference Book That’s a Fun Read

    Vegas Wineaux
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Warning! The word "geek" or the phrase "geek out" appears a lot in this review. Because I geeked out over a lot of stuff.
  • Las Vegas Strip Casinos. Every. Single. One.

    Vegas Wineaux
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    They are always amazed as I text (using Siri and hands free – I practice safe text) things such as “I can’t believe the traffic on Flamingo! I’m stuck here at Caesar’s Palace!”
  • Daily Drinkers: 2013 Le Grand Noir Chardonnay Blend

    Vegas Wineaux
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It's one of a new type of wine from a maverick group of winemakers who are taking traditional grapes and doing very untraditional things with them.
  • New Feature: Daily Drinkers

    Vegas Wineaux
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    My search has taken me to several go-to favorites including Costco, Trader Joe's, Fresh and Easy, and even - shock! - Whole Foods. (Motto: Why Pay Less?)
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    Wine Bags.com » The Vine Daily

  • The Effects of Climate Change and Drought in Growing

    Melissa Hardman
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The life cycle for plants, trees and other objects that grow in the soil is fairly simple. In order to grow properly, starting as a seed you need water and sunlight for the plant to flourish. When you have adequate light and water, plants will grow. However, when one of these are not sufficient, the […]
  • Beginner’s Guide To Making Wine At Home

    Melissa Hardman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Wine is considered one of the most treasured and revered of all of the alcoholic beverages. Whether you consider yourself a seasoned wine expert or a novice, wine is truly a luxurious liquid. With the ever-growing popularity of at-home brewing kits for beer lovers, it’s no wonder that making your own wine at home has […]
  • Wine Corks & Kegs: Beer Tasting for Beginners

    Melissa Hardman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    When tasting a wine, a connoisseur will usually sniff the cork, to determine how well the wine was stored and to get a preliminary idea of the quality of the wine. When tasting beer, there is no cork to smell – so how does one proceed? Fortunately, you don’t need to give the cap a […]
  • Five Uncommon Varietals You Should be Drinking Right Now

    Melissa Hardman
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Many wine consumers like to stick with their favorite types of wine and producers. We all know someone who “only drinks”, say Cabernet or Chardonnay.  There is nothing wrong with either, but there is a vast world of wine out there that you should get to know. Here are 5 uncommon grape varietals you should […]
  • Glossary of Important Wine Terms You Should Know

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

  • Go For the Food: Grape Stomps for Fun, Not Wine

    Wine School
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    There is one thing that the people at Willamette Valley Vineyards want you to know about their annual grape stomp. It is a very important point, one they make several times. “We do not use the grapes that people stomp in our wines,” said Wende Bennette.Read more here:: wine newsThe post Go For the Food: Grape Stomps for Fun, Not Wine appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Researchers Find Positive Link Between Red Wine And One's Vision

    Wine School
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — While drinking too much alcohol is known to cause vision impairment, studies have shown that drinking red wine can have a positive effect on one’s vision by helping to prevent eyesight from deteriorating.Read more here:: wine newsThe post Researchers Find Positive Link Between Red Wine And One's Vision appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • BARTENDER: MMWW - big Burrito Restaurant Group - Wynnewood, PA

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    to communicate with and understand our guests. Have working knowledge of beer, wine ,tequila and liquor and common drink recipes. Possess basic math skills and… From big Burrito Restaurant Group – 30 Sep 2014 05:58:03 GMT – View all Wynnewood jobsRead more here:: WIne Jobs via IndeedThe post BARTENDER: MMWW - big Burrito Restaurant Group - Wynnewood, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Shake Shack Restaurant Manager (Restaurant Management) - Union Square Hospitality Group - Philadelphia, PA

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    serving deliciously classic burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine, and more. With our fresh, simple, high-quality food at a great value, Shake… From Union Square Hospitality Group – 29 Sep 2014 06:05:00 GMT – View all Philadelphia jobsRead more here:: WIne Jobs via IndeedThe post Shake Shack Restaurant Manager (Restaurant Management) - Union Square Hospitality Group - Philadelphia, PA appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Want to Drink Better Coffee? Think About It as You Would Wine

    Wine School
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    A few months ago, I had a conversation with a respected wine journalist and Master of Wine that left me incredulous for this person’s surprising attitude towards coffee. Asked to expound upon the significant parallels between both drinks, a nascent but …Read more here:: wine newsThe post Want to Drink Better Coffee? Think About It as You Would Wine appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
 
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    The Drync.com Wine Blog

  • Blind Tasting Wine: Not Just for the Professionals

    Marketing Manager
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    School is back in session – time to get your wine geek on! Blind-tasting wines might seem like more of an advanced class, but learning the steps can be super valuable to drinkers at every level of expertise. Go beyond knowing whether you like a particular variety or region. Blind tasting teaches drinkers how to describe the levels of tannin, acidity and aromatics that they enjoy in their vino. And although it might seem like a super-human feat at first, all it takes is a little practice, which requires you drinking wines with friends – not so bad, right? To the uninitiated,…
  • 5 Awesome Fast Food and Wine Pairings

    Marketing Manager
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Our back to wine school series continues with food & wine pairings. While proper pairings are both an art and a science, it should not be something that is reserved for special occasions only. Here are some combos that keep it real.  We have all been there: despite the best of intentions, you cave and order fast-food. Maybe the day got away from you, maybe you didn’t feel like splurging on a proper meal out, or maybe you were just craving some rich, fatty deliciousness (can’t say we blame you). But just because your food quality is low, does not mean that your wine should…
  • 4 Ways to Upgrade Your Wine Without Buyer’s Remorse

    Marketing Manager
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Back to school season continues, with a timely lesson on staying true to your frugal roots, and still expanding your vinous horizons.  There is nothing wrong with everyday, cheap-and-cheerful under $20 selections. We actually love them so much that we created a cheap wine cheat sheet. However, we are not fans of sticking with routine and denying ourselves awesomeness out of fear. Although the same old wines can get kind of boring, there is very little worse than splurging on a wine and ending up with a case buyer’s remorse. Here are four easy rules to upgrade with confidence! Rule #1:…
  • 3 Steps to Buy Wine the Right Way

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

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

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Is there such a thing as “southern” beer and if so, what makes it special? Local ingredients, that’s what.   This is the season for pumpkin flavored beer but head to North Carolina, or Mississippi and you’ll find some truly unique flavors.   At Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, N.C you’ll find native persimmon grown in the area creating an ale that is smooth and spicy. The persimmon trees were planted as wind breaks by farmers who now supply the small, bright orange fruit to Fullsteam. These persimmons differ from the larger Asian variety and are said to have a spicy…
  • “No” Vote Means Our Scotch Whisky is Safe!

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    18 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    As we write, Sky News in the U.K. is calling the Scottish election in favor of Scotland staying in the United Kingdom.  Whew!  We’re definitely not getting into a debate about the merits or not of separation.  We’re focused on what’s really important and that’s an uninterrupted supply of Scotch Whisky to the U.S.A.   We’d seen several reports, especially one from Rabobank, a Dutch organization, that independence would affect the whisky industry.  Without access to the European Union, raw materials such as barley, could be in short supply.  Access to the European markets,…
  • Rhode Island Distillery Wins International Award

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    13 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    The Sons of Liberty, a distillery located in South Kingstown, RI, has won a coveted award from Whisky Magazine in the U.K. for the “World’s Best Flavored Whiskey”.  This is the first time a U.S. craft distillery has won a “World’s Best”.  Whisky Magazine started the awards in 2007.  The winning whiskey was the 2014 Pumpkin Spice Flavored Whiskey.   “Taking home “World’s Best Flavored Whiskey” for the Pumpkin Spice was awesome. Only 10 “World’s Best” awards were given out and to be one of them is just unbelievable. Immediately we thought, wow, we’re going to…
  • Beer Caves Then and Now

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    12 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    A sinkhole discovered near an I-380 access ramp in Cedar Rapids, IA may turn out to be an old beer cave used by the Magnus Brewery built in 1859.  Subterranean caverns were used as cool storage spaces for beer and some were large enough for a truck to enter.  The Magnus Brewery was a five-story complex with five cellars that could hold 2,000 barrels, two ice houses and the capacity to produce 60 barrels of beer in 12 hours, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.   Prohibition led to the closure of the brewery and it was demolished in 1937.  The housing built over the site was…
  • The (Russian) Empire Strikes Back

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    11 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Comrade Putin has sicced his food police on Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Liqueur.  The consumer watchdog apparatus Rospotrebnadzor claimed it had found potentially hazardous chemical substances and the product did not conform to Russian labeling regulations.   Brown-Forman, owner of Jack Daniel’s, has been selling spirits in Russia for 15 years and has complied with all regulations.  In this case, Honey Liqueur is not registered as a whiskey since it is regarded as a “spirit beverage” in Russia and therefore should not and could not comply with Russia’s whiskey…
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  • Chateau Durfort-Vivens

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    30 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Chateau Durfort-Vivens (Château Durfort-Vivens).— Deuxième Cru classé, Margaux, Medoc. So far as mere numbers go, the Classed Growths of the Medoc represent only a fraction, but nevertheless an important fraction, of the 3,000 odd Wines catalogued in the principal work on Bordeaux and its Wines. Chateau Durfort-Vivens is ranked among the Second Growths, as the heading shows. he original owners of this fine property were the family of Durfort de Duras. It belonged to Monsieur de Vivens in 1824, who, on becoming proprietor, joined his name to that of Durfort, hence the double surname.
  • Claret Wine

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    3 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Claret Wine — Bordeaux. Ever since the fourth century, when Ausonius, who was born at Bordeaux in A.D. 309, tells us that they were in demand in Rome, the wines of Bordeaux have been shipped to every part of the civilized world and have enjoyed a more universal and lasting reputation than any other wine. But not all the wines which have for so many centuries passed through Bordeaux on their way to distant and lessfavored lands have been the produce of the Bordeaux vineyards. Claret Wine Fine Claret Wine. Photo credit to: Inspector 81 What we call Claret Wine in England, and what the…
  • Champagne

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    3 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    Champagne — is the name of an ancient French province, where the Romans introduced viticulture and where it has flourished ever since. It is also the name of a sparkling white wine known by that name all the world over. Origin of the Name «Champagne» Champagne fields near Reims, France. Photo credit to: Roger Nelson But, although the old province of Champagne was divided, in 1789, into four Departements, the Ardennes, Aube, Marne, and Haute Marne, all of which boast that they possess extensive vineyards and produce good wine, the better class Champagne is grown within a comparatively…
  • Port Wine

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    3 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Port Wine — «Port» is of all wines the most interesting for an Englishman. Quite apart from its’ own intrinsic merits, Port is a wine which owes its existence chiefly to the industry of Englishmen. Furthermore, it is a wine which can’t be drunk to such perfection nor be so thoroughly appreciated anywhere in the world as in England. Port Wine Port Wine: Fonseca Porto. Photo credit to: Charles Hoffman Although authenticated shipments of wine from Portugal to England may be traced to the fourteenth century, it was only during the latter part of the sixteenth century that the…
  • Burgundy Wine

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    24 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Burgundy Wine — Dijon, the ancient and proud capital of the Burgundian dukes, used to be surrounded by some of the most famous vineyards of the Cote d’Or. It is no longer so, chiefly owing to these vineyards having been planted with commoner species of vines, yielding a greater quantity of grapes but of distinctly inferior quality. Burgundy Wine Burgundy Wine: Burgundy, France. Photo credit to: Megan Mallen The finest Burgundy vineyards may be said to extend from Gevrey, some 5 miles south of Dijon, to Santenay, close to the limits of the Departement de Sasne et Loire. Gevrey is an…
 
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  • Wonderful Wine Cellars: Enoteca Il Forletto, Sanremo

    Chrissie
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    My friend Michaela and I have a bit of a Saturday tradition. We head across the border, to Sanremo, for lunch and shopping. All the necessary ingredients for the perfect girly afternoon. It’s thanks to our Saturday excursions that we’ve uncovered some wonderful restaurants and pizzerias in the bustling Ligurian town, an easy 45 minute drive [...] The post Wonderful Wine Cellars: Enoteca Il Forletto, Sanremo appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Vintage 2014: Lessons From My First Harvest

    Chrissie
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Follow any vineyards or wine folk on social media and you may realise that, for the last couple of weeks, your news feeds have been full of pictures of grapes. Red grapes, white grapes, grapes on the vine, grapes in baskets… lots of grapes! Yep, it’s harvest time, and the 2014 vintage will be pretty [...] The post Vintage 2014: Lessons From My First Harvest appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • What exactly is the Foire aux Vins?

    Chrissie
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    If you’ve lived in France for any stretch of time, you may have noticed that, come mid-September, the supermarket shelves filled with back to school equipment are replaced with bottles and boxes of wine. Could it be for all the parents out there keen to celebrate their children’s return to school after the long summer break? [...] The post What exactly is the Foire aux Vins? appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
  • Five wine destinations I could visit over and over again

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

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