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  • Thoughts After A Decade of Wine Blogging

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

    Vinography: A Wine Blog
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Rain at Last A double rainbow frames Sonoma county vineyards. Northern California finally got a good rainstorm this week. We still desperately need more, but it was a good start. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS:…
  • Meet Roy Welland who is selling $15 million of wine

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    Dr. Vino
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Roy Welland is a big-time collector. It’s well known that his collection served as the core of the restaurant CRU, which he owned. But it’s not well known that his collection also helped out Alinea when they first opened. That’s one of the many interesting tidbits I learned when I talked to Welland before the first part of his two-part auction. That first tranche fetched $6.6 million versus an estimate of $5.3 million. The second portion hits the block today and tomorrow in LA. So it’s a good a time as ever to point you to the piece I contributed to wine-searcher. The…
  • Top 10 tweets from Wine Vision

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

    NYT > Food
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Fine-tune those place settings, and allow extra room for waistline expansion.
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  • Top Chef Delivers Modern Chinese Cuisine to the OC

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

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

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

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

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

  • Putting a Cork in Your Thanksgiving Wine Anxiety

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Judging from media coverage alone, no other holiday in America instills as much wine anxiety as does Thanksgiving. From bloggers to television hosts to nearly every newspaper wine column in the country, wine advice pours forth to salve the worried minds of the wine inclined "A Guide to the Best Wines For Thanksgiving." "Top Thanksgiving Bottles." "What Wines to Serve for Thanksgiving Dinner." "Which Wine's a Winner for Thanksgiving?" The advice is well meaning, and the need very real. Everyone seems to want help figuring out what to drink, and serve, with America's most important meal. My…
  • Plumbing the Depths of Portugal: A Tasting Journey

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
    In the pantheon of global wine regions, Portugal doesn't rank among the most storied, at least as far as the average wine lover is concerned. Most wine drinkers have heard of, if not tasted Port, the dark, rich dessert wine named after the town at the mouth of the Douro river in the country's north. I may be on the younger side of a generation of wine drinkers that were both enthusiastically, and sometimes regrettably (after a few bottles) familiar with Mateus Rosé, which proved, in my case, to be somewhat of a gateway wine. Fewer wine lovers have encountered the brisk, lean minerality of a…
  • Vinography Images: Rain at Last

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Douglas Blyde
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Designer, Afroditi Krassa's inaugural issue of newspaper, The Salmon asks, 'If Chefs Are The New Rockstars, Why Is Fine Dining So Un-Rock ‘n’ Roll?' It also features an interview with me (p. 13). Read The Salmon >
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    Wine Camp Blog: a points-free zone

  • Giving Thanks: Napa Cab, Willamette Pinot

    Craig Camp
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    November in Oregon's Willamette Valley Just in time for Thanksgiving I’m excited to share my new Cornerstone Oregon releases with you. Certainly there is no better match for the traditional cuisine of this American holiday than wines from America’s premiere pinot noir and chardonnay region: Oregon. With the 2014 vintage I passed my first decade making wine in Oregon and I am more convinced than ever that it is here in the United States that pinot and chardonnay can best show their true personality. For this reason at Cornerstone Cellars we do not make any chardonnay or pinot in California…
  • Fall in #Yountville [Flickr]
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am posted a photo:
  • Isn't That the Point

    Craig Camp
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    It very strange how in winemaking you can end up at the same point in very, very different ways. "It is important to understand that a point is not a thing, but a place," notes the Math Open Reference. The point we are always trying to achieve is a pure expression of our three "V's": vintage, variety and vineyard. To achieve this with varieties as transparent as chardonnay and pinot noir takes a clear vision of where you are going. To arrive at the same point in winemaking is not to make carbon copies vintage-to-vintage, but to arrive at the place you feel each vintage is taking you. Patient,…
  • Once again this is the best American Pinot Gris I've tasted #delectableapp [Flickr]
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm posted a photo:
  • Napa Valley November Sunset

    Craig Camp
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Quite a view from my office at Cornerstone Cellars in Yountville
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    Grapes and Grains

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rochelle Ramos
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Like any good Americana, the smell of roasted root vegetables and spiced pumpkin are what I call the “scent” of autumn. It’s that smell that comes to mind when the leaves gently metamorphous from green to burnt orange, maroon and mustard yellow; when the air takes on the bite of frost; when your wardrobe changes from thin to thick wool layers. In Portugal, the leaves don’t always take on that warm hue, or even acquire that nip in the air, but that rich smell of squash or tubers roasting in the oven is well known here. While outside it may not look like fall, the varieties of abbora…
  • Portuguese Recipe: Pumpkin Preserve

    Rochelle Ramos
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    Ever notice how the holidays strips  your cabinets empty of quick nibbles? It’s the cuisine no one talks about. The cuisine that’s absolutely required when family and friends are streaming in from all corners of the planet, but rarely do you find yourself with enough to satiate the masses. “Honey, Aunt Gertrude is stopping by. Can you please grab a bottle of red and a few appetizers? Just a little something we can enjoy by the fire.” “Yeah, no. Because the last four ‘unexpected’ visits has left us with a half a bag of popcorn and one…
  • Congratulations Portugal: You made ‘the list’ – Now what?

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

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

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

    Dr. Vino
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    The King of Beers has a problem: Growth. Or, the lack of it. It’s pretty obvious that Bud is in decline. But a chart in the WSJ, reproduced above, shows the scale and speed of that of that collapse, as Bud sales have cratered, falling by 50% over the last decade to 16 million barrels. In 1988, they sold 50 million barrels. The main reason Bud’s suds have turned flat is the stunning rise of craft beer. In fact, last year was the first year that craft beers, taken together, edged out Bud in total sales with 16.1 million barrels. The WSJ piece indicates that Bud will be putting the…
  • Meet Roy Welland who is selling $15 million of wine

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

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

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

    Dr. Vino
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Some of the protagonists of “Barolo Boys” (L to R): Elio Altare, Domenico Clerico, Chiara Boschis, Marco de Grazia. In 1983, a chainsaw echoed across the hills of the Barolo region. No humans were harmed in this Barolo massacre: Elio Altare took a chainsaw into the cellar of his family’s winery and cut up the large botti, or large wooden casks, often leaky and fetid, that his father used. He brought in barriques, the small wooden barrels more frequently seen at that time in Burgundy or Bordeaux. His father subsequently disinherited him. This dramatic rupture with the past is…
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  • Review: **** $$ Casa Silva Quinta Generacion, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2002 = BEST VALUE

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

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

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

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

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Nugan Estate Parish Vineyard McLaren Vale Shiraz. Original tasting and review : This is Nugan Estate Parish Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2008, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled six years from vintage date, in November, 2014.In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque from a half inch in.On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, furry deep black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fat and yet fresh.On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact…
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  • Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

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

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

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

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

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

  • Site Maintenance

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

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

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

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

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

  • DWCC 2014 – wine is a business

    Alastair Bathgate
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    What can the home of cuckoo clocks, chocolate and jazz festivals teach us about wine? Quite a lot actually, as long as you are registered and currently attending the Digital Wine Communications Conference in Montreux. Currently Greg Lambrecht, founder of Coravin, is reminding everyone that the wine industry is a business. There needs to be an unmet need for new inventions. Greg’s story started in the world of medicine which gave him a different take on wine. His entrepreneurial drive got him through tough events and he did it by focussing on the customer. Coravin is now a very…
  • Château Margaux, 1994

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

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

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

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

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

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    I just received the latest email marketing campaign from Naked Wines (the UK office – now that they have a presence in the US and Australia this probably needs to be stated), and I’m a little disappointed. I’ve always thought highly of their marketing savvy. The move to rate wines not by stars or points, but simply by whether you would buy the wine again, was genius. No matter what you thought of the actual wine range, they managed to connect with the audience they were targeting, and speak to them in a positive way, involve them in the business, and create a strong user…
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  • Muscardini Sonoma Vly Cab Sauvignon (3)

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    MORE learning eye-talian with Wine.Woot!Because Rosetta Stone won't tell you how to negotiate your way off an Italian PartyBus. Mi potete aiutare? Io non sono di questo paese. Can you help me? I am not from this country.   Quale carne è questa? Which meat is this?   Ho pensato che quelli erano in pericolo. I thought those were endangered.   E 'molto gentile a invitarmi su questo autobus. It's very nice of you to invite me on this bus.   È che una macchina fotografica? Is that a camera?   Mi limiterò a scendere qui, grazie. I'll just get off here, thank you.  …
  • Cambridge Napa Valley Meritage (4)

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:06 pm
    You'll be dancing too!You're watching the Cambridge Napa Valley Meritage Wine-A-Thon, brought to you by Cambridge Napa Valley Meritage!
  • Naked Winery "Hook Up" Muscat (4)

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Ad MenIn a smoke filled room, three Madison Avenue ad men sit at one end of an oak conference table.At the other end, a businessman sits. An older gentleman, he wears a meticulously pressed gray suit. He sits hunched, scowling across the table behind his tented fingers. Next to him sits a younger man: a wide-eyed and nervous assistant, or possibly his son - the patiently waiting inheritor of his father's legacy. Opposite them sits a tall, v-chested man with chiseled features. He is Dan Dapper, creative lead and star ad man at the Starling Copper agency. He runs a pinky along the hairline of…
  • Arbios Vertical Cab Sauvignon Case

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

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

  • Making The Yuletide Not-Very-Dry With

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ah, holiday wine pairing articles. I know, most of you hate ‘em. Trouble is, when it comes to wine drinkers, that vitriol puts us squarely in the minority. Many, many drinkers search for this kind of thing at pretty much every holiday, so it’s up to wine-writer-folk-types to try to make the dreaded duty of holiday wine matchups interesting (a daunting task, when so much of it has been done already that you always run the risk of the article being staler than a box of Capt’n Crunch left open for a month at a Jersey Shore beach house). I’m happy to report that my Winter holiday…
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 24, 2014

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers! 13 Onesta Rose of Cinsault (Lodi): From historic…
  • Burdened With Glorious Purpose (Livio Felluga Terre Alte 2011)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2011 Reserve Le Cigare Blanc

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fanny Sabre Bourgogne 2013

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The final (and palest and cheapest) wine in my intentional cluster of pinot noir. 12.5%, natural cork, approx $A41.It is a curious wine. On the surface, it's the simplest and lightest of the trio, and presumably the least likely to please a crowd, but I found the scent the most elusive and difficult to characterise, and because of this I found it very appealing. I've scribbled odd as my initial comment. Strawberry and rose petal, but also musk and spice. There's certainly something other than fruit, ground ginger perhaps. . . after noting (incorrectly it would seem) that stems don't transmit…
  • Tout près by Farr 2012

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    A striking wine with plenty of amplitude and movement. Pinot noir. Geelong. 13%. Sealed with Cork. The whole bunches are very obvious and in scent it is not unlike the Applejack from Giant Steps, though perhaps with less smoulder and more softness. I'm still not convinced that a stem can transmit place. . . Spice and sap, rhubarb and roots. It's quite an alluring nose, but for how long? Bright, tart and slightly anxious in the mouth; rushed and slippery, there's a hint of char and despite a swishing tail it feels abbreviated and truncated. Approx $A110.Day 3 dregs, left in the original…
  • Mount Mary Pinot noir 2012

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Pretty and tight, but safe and a little too squeaky. There's no exaggeration or fault and a pleasing lack of splinters; all the facets are in balance, with more fruit than wood, a suggestion of spice but to my nose it is not apparent if there are whole bunches. You can smell the restraint. It's pale and bright, not perfectly clear. Mostly fruit on the nose, the usual suspects - raspberry and strawberry with a edge of rhubarb. . . Lean and held, it's very easy to consume and enjoy, but I had hoped for more, especially on account of the three figure price tag. 90-91. Diam. 13.1%. Approx…
  • Garlic #1

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:18 am
    Each year I try, and each year a meagre reward. The pictured bulbs represent the finest (and one third) of my crop and were just enough to make some garlic bread for four. I've been planting too soon (in summer) and harvesting too late (in summer), I've now been disabused of my mistakes and will try to delay my planting till the return of the rains. Click here for the original context
  • Alzaim kebabs

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Sometimes you go looking for trouble. . . I had read the reviews, all bad and all mentioning that the owner was pushy, rude and likely to judge and criticise your order. Instead of red lights I wanted to go and visit. Could this be Perth's version of the Soup Nazi?Perhaps I'm not the only one reading the bad reviews, I received only warm and welcoming service and there seemed to be no pressure when I paused dramatically before choosing my sauce for the pictured lamb kebab ($12), which seemed quite acceptable - a gooey egg, well seasoned meat and a toasted pita. They also offer a chip kebab. .
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    20 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    Put success in motion with this effective play on "domino." Keywords:  domino, initiate, cumulative, motion, ripple, effective, success, games, dual

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

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

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

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

  • Our Selfies, Our Wines

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s in Your Glass Lately?

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

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

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

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

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

  • OZV (Old Zin Vines) 2012 Sponsored wine review--by (PB)

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    This Zin presents with an eye catching crystalline ruby/garnet hue.Aroma--Cinnamon "red hots" candy over cocoa and the more gentle, strawberry, Bing cherry fruit. Under neath it all there's a creamy vanilla nuance.Palate--Almost silky mouth feel, with relaxed tannins and loads of cocoa on top of the gentle, vanilla laced, juicy red fruit. This is not what I expect when I taste a zin because the characteristic, wild or brambly fruit foundation is not there. Meaning what? Meaning this is a mind blowingly different Zin that is more refined than ghetto. I've visited Lodi on my wine explorations…
  • Antigal "Uno" Malbec 2010 wine review by (PB)

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Nice black cherry hie deeply pigmented right to the rim:Aromas of robust, blackberry and dark berry aromas with cigar box and vanilla touches. Really beautiful herbal spicy bouquet that is finessed and borders on elegant.Palate--Big, rich berry flavors with a touch of licorice. Finish is rather short but well done construction.2010 was a great vintage for Malbec and the Mendoza region of Argentina if my memory serves me right. I am not a big fan of Malbec but I could become so with this wine! This is a classy, NICE wine and at $14 a great value so raise a glass. This bad boy will be hanging…
  • Concha Y Toro Marques Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Wine Review (NW)

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Tasting notes:Black currant and coffee on the noseFull bodied on the palateDense finish with dark chocolate, coffee, sage, and blackberrySummary:This wine is always good, year in and year out. The 2012 drinks like a polished Cabernet that costs much more than the $20 you'll likely pay for this. Chile is still a value, for sure. It has dense fruit and integrated layers that give it depth and persistence. Pair with meat dishes and enjoy. Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Laurent Tibes Les Camuizelles Carignan 2004 Wine Review (NW)

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Tasting notes:Rich and concentrated nose with spicy red currant and black cherryFull bodied on the palateFinish fades a bit with plum, spice, and sageSummary:I picked this up on an excellent closeout sale for just $5, as it normally runs around $20. It's drinking nicely, although just beginning to fade a bit. Carignan is the featured grape from this producer in France. Enjoy while the fruit flavors are still in tact. Raise a glass!--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies
  • Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 Wine review by (PB)

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

  • LA Times: Drought Revives Dry Farming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Old Muellen: Direct from the Winemaker's Cellar

    Lyle Fass
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I wanted to get a batch of more serious old Mullen dry and off dry Spatlesen and dry Auslesen over I had the 1998 Martin Muellen Krover Paradies Auslese Trocken, which can be had for as little as $34.99 on the 4-pack, (thanks to the strong dollar it is cheaper than before) the other night at a dinner with clients and it absolutely blew my mind. It was as they say, and I hate that I am saying this, firing on all cylinders. It was just ethereal wine and a stunning experience. It went too quick for me to see it evolve it was that good. The aromatics were uplifting and it wafted from the glass…
  • The BEST Sancerre Rouge

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

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

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

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

  • Zvi Segal of Segal Winery (Hebrew)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Massachusetts DTC Applications – How to Get Started

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

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

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

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

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

  • Celebrating India's Finest Wines

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

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

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

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

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

  • Head To Paarl For The Inaugural Proe Paarl Wine Festival

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

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

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

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

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

  • Our Craft Boom Echoes all the way to France and Sweden

    Robert C. Lehrman
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I have been hearing about Our Vodka for quite some time but have not had much chance to scope it out. Now that I found time, I thought there would be a lot more there there. I only see US approvals for two in this series so far, to cover Detroit, and Seattle, as above. I start this post with a skeptical but open mind, willing to be persuaded that it’s a good idea. My skepticism flows from how local can it be, with a company in France and another in Sweden, running the show? It also flows from, if this is really supposed to have some local pizzazz, could there be a worse way to capture…
  • In Defense of Fireball, PG and Good Journalism

    Robert C. Lehrman
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The Daily Beast published a highly relevant story a few days ago, slamming Fireball and propylene glycol. Fireball is a hugely popular “Cinnamon Whisky,” and a recent label approval is here. The story explains that Fireball contains propylene glycol, commonly known as PG, and in the most alarming way that could probably be set forth without a big lawsuit, the article heaps scorn upon PG and Fireball. As of today, Google has more than 81,000 stories about fireball propylene glycol, but the Beast story was one of the first. The article trots out alarming buzzwords such as: recall,…
  • The Label from Hell

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Meet the label from hell, as above. Just about every element raises another legal issue. I had the opportunity to discuss this hypothetical label at ShipCompliant’s Wholesale Gathering, in White Plains, last week, on a panel with Susan from TTB, Deb from Diageo and Jeannie from Brown-Forman. The label raises at least 30 legal issues that could trap the unwary, and it would not be difficult to add a few dozen more. One of the points is to show that, if a food or beverage label looks easy, you are probably not paying attention. How many issues can you spot, without prompting? The title…
  • 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…
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    The Wellesley Wine Press

  • 2012 El Nido Clio for $33.33/btl fully loaded [MA only]

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Newton-MA based Marty's Fine Wines is offering the newly released 2012 El Nido Clio for $200 for a 6-pack. In-store pickup and local delivery are free and they can ship to other MA addresses for a fee.With no tax and potentially free shipping this is a tremendous buy on a tremendous wine year in and year out. Read more on why this is one of my favorites. If you like bold fruit-forward Napa Cab, but you haven't tried Clio you owe it to yourself to seek some out and try it.Subscribe to the WWP for future deals
  • Wineries: Get your MA direct shipping applications in now!

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    Here's some great news for Massachusetts wine enthusiasts and out-of-state wineries alike. Ship Compliant reports that wineries can now apply for a Massachusetts direct shipping license.Go here for the full storyThey also offer this interesting tidbit about the remaining sticking point of FedEx/UPS fleet licensing:An early concern over the new Massachusetts wine shipping law was that it did not address the issue of common carriers having to license each and every truck that delivers wine. However, a bill to allow common carriers to obtain a fleet license for the delivery of alcohol is pending…
  • No 8 on Wine Spectator's Top 100: 2012 Brewer-Clifton Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    When Wine Spectator revealed the 2012 Brewer-Clifton Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir as their Number 8 wine of 2014 I jumped right on Wine-Searcher and tracked down a half case.The category and metrics are right up my alley: A California Pinot Noir with a proven track record. 94 WS/$40/1,226 Cases Produced.All of Spectator's Top 100 wines are worth considering, but the Top 10 in particular are very thoughtfully selected. They always seem to have that elusive confluence of quality and broad appreciation given the vetting process Spectator employs.And given that the winemakers behind each of the Top…
  • No 26 on WS's Top 100: 2011 Emeritus Hallberg Ranch Pinot Noir

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

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    The Urban Grape is having a free Billecart-Salmon tasting at their locations in the South End (Wednesday November 19th) and Chestnut Hill (Thursday November 20th).I went to a tasting they offered in Chestnut Hill over the weekend and was reminded why they're one of my favorite retailers. I discovered some really delicious wines from Slovenia. We got to try Vallin wines for the first time.Remember, in 2010 I said the 2005 Cigliuti Serraboella Barbaresco was my wine of the year? Well the 2010 is out now, and they had it at an amazingly good price. Seriously - I bought everything they had in…
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  • 2013 Beringer Chardonnay Napa Valley

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    2013 Beringer Chardonnay Napa ValleyAnother terrific value, the 2013 Chardonnay (34,000 cases produced) offers notes of honeyed sweet corn, orange blossom and pear. With lovely freshness, abundant fruit, and a clean, zesty, fresh mouthfeel, it should drink well for several years. For its size and prominence, the St. Helena flagship Beringer winery does a remarkable job with the quality of its offerings. They have been fortunate to choose a brilliant line-up of chief winemakers, from Ed Sbragia, to Laurie Hook. The following group of wines, coming primarily from 2012 for the reds, and 2012 and…
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  • Creative Ways To Cater With Wine

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fall Line Winery: Current and Upcoming Releases

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

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

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

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg in California. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5) A price tag of <=$20 Must be widely available Dry Creek Vineyard, founded in 1972 by David Stare, is located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley just outside of Healdsburg, California. Well-known for their Fumé Blancs and Zinfandels, Dry Creek Vineyard also…
  • Long Shadows Vintners: 2011 Sequel Syrah [Wow! Alert]

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

  • November 2014 Virginia Wine Chat w/ Fabbioli Cellars

    George Perry
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s that time again – time for Virginia Wine Chat. This month our host, Frank Morgan of Drink What YOU Like, made his way up to Fabbioli Cellars in the Loudon County area to chat with Doug Fabbioli about winemaking, the wines we were tasting, and Virginia Wine as a whole. I’ve embedded the video from Thursday below (since Frank remembered to record this month), or you can visit the Virginia Wine Chat Ustream Channel and check it out for yourself. But, let’s look at the wines. 2012 Cabernet Franc – $24 First up was the 2012 Cabernet Franc, a blend of 80% Cab…
  • 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Great winter warmer – although maybe next winter rather than this one… Wakefield Estate Shiraz 2013, Clare Valley, Australia (£12.99 Majestic, Eden Fine Wines, Hammonds of Knutsford) On the young side – the toasty oak ideally needs another few months to calm down – but this is lovely warm hearted stuff, with bold chocolate-tinged plum […]
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  • 3x More Sales – The Effect of an “Amazon Prime” Like Program in the Wine Industry

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sommeliers' Top Pizza Wines for the Night Before Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Let's celebrate Saint Andrew!

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The 30th of November is a very special day for Scotland, since Saint Andrew is celebrated and it is the national day of Scotland. Although they have not achieved independence, Scots, true to their customs, will go out on the streets to celebrate this day with parades, music and, of course, drink. This day is celebrated with great fervour and patriotic exaltation, and the famous flag with the X (St. Andrews Cross) is taken out to the streets to venerate St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. Traditional parades are everywhere, especially in large cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh. The…
  • ¿What to drink on Thanksgiving Day?

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

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

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

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

    Jo Diaz
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt, The Compete History of Presidential Drinking, by Mark Will-Weber, is a well researched and documented history book, the likes of which we’ve yet had revealed. Enlightening, frightening, and really captivating, This book will never be pried out of my stiffly clutched arms. I think I’ll take it with me for fun […] The post Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

    Jo Diaz
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thanksgiving wines are a natural wine topic. During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks, than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, if […] The post Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites appeared first on Wine Blog.
  • Newspapers are dead as we knew them; or, the turkey in the room

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

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

    Jo Diaz
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    What does a wine blogger do on her time “off.” Hum… Still writing, when so much else has to get done, but the focus has greatly shifted… And, it’s not about wine. It’s come to writing children’s stories for my grandchildren. It slowly started years ago, with my two first grandsons Jonathan and Nate, given to me […] The post Still blogging after all these years appeared first on Wine Blog.
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    4488: A Ridge Blog

  • A Thanksgiving to Remember

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • They’re Real and They’re Spectacular – BACK9NETWORK

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sipping Sagrantino This Halloween

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

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

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

  • Oh, Virginia! International Wine Writers Visit State's Wineries

    Snooth Editorial
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Old Dominion is getting renewed interest in its growing network of vineyards.   Earlier this month, the Circle of Wine Writers, a well-known international group of wine writers, journalists, photographers and experts visited Virginia's Nelson County to tour the region's wineries four year's after the groups visit to the area in 2010.    According to Nelson County news outlets, a dozen members of the Circle of Wine Writers stopped in Nelson County as part of a multi-region tour of the state.   The experts toured the state from Nov. 2 to Nov. 9, according to…
  • A Legend Passes: English Winemaker a Pioneer

    Snooth Editorial
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Earlier this month beloved English wine legend Mike Roberts passed away.    Roberts was the chairman of English Wine Producers and a leader at East Sussex's Ridgeview Winery. He helped bring Ridgeview into the international arena in 2010 when his estate's 2006 Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs beat several Champagne wineries to win the Decanter World Wine Award's 2010 International Trophy for “Best Sparkling Wine Priced Above £ 10.”   In an interview with Wine Searcher magazine in 2012, Roberts talked about how he got started in the wine industry.  …
  • CDC: Excessive Drinkers Likely Not Dependent, Binge Drinkers Pose Dangers

    Snooth Editorial
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Drinking too much doesn't exactly mean you're dependent on too much drinking.   According to a recent press release by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a recent study by the CDC released in the organization's journal “Preventing Chronic Disease”  indicates that 90 percent of adults who drink too much are not alcoholics.   “Most excessive drinkers did not meet the criteria for alcohol dependence,” the survey's “Results” abstraction said.    The study collected data from 138,100 adults who participated in a…
  • Red Robin's New “Dessert Wine”: The Boozy Red Shake

    Snooth Editorial
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Get ready for a wine-and-milk shakedown.   Earlier this month restaurant chain Red Robin Gourmet Burgers released a series of new menu items which included the Divalicious Red Wine Shake, “a delectable combination of Little Black Dress Divalicious red wine, Pinnacle whipped vodka, raspberry pureé and creamy vanilla soft serve,” the company said in a press release earlier this month.   The drink is part of the restaurant's holiday launch, in which the company say's their combinations “may sound naughty but sure taste nice!”    Red…
  • Vintage Scoop: Oregon in 2014

    Julia Crowley
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Oregon's warmest growing season in recorded history, 2014, is brimming with bounty. With bud break, bloom and véraison all taking place about two to three weeks earlier than average, Oregon vintners can officially put the 2014 growing season in the record books.  A warmer than average spring with just the right amount of rain triggered an early bud break; very few heat spikes allowed for extended warm days with minimal temperature variation, and no severe weather events took place resulting in ideal ripening conditions for wine grapes throughout most of the state. …
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    Wine Country Getaways

  • Cover crops in the vineyards

    Joe Becerra
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    Cover crops grow beautifully between the vines in the Napa Valley Cover crops in the vineyards It is cover crop time in the wine country.  During the late Fall and into the Winter, the vines drop their leaves and the rain falls.  Now is the time to observe the variety of cover crops growing between the vines in vineyards throughout California’s wine regions. What are cover crops in the vineyards and why are they used? Cover crops are planted for a variety of reasons, but essentially these cover crops help replenish the soil depleted during the growing season. It is an alternative to…
  • Tasting at Duckhorn Vineyards

    Joe Becerra
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The deck at Duckhorn on a rainy day Tasting at Duckhorn Vineyards On a rainy but lovely day, we trekked over to Lodi Lane for a tasting at Duckhorn Vineyards. The Duckhorn Vineyards tasting room is located in a beautiful Victorian building, with spacious inside and outside seating. The tasting fee at Duckhorn is $30 a person. That may seem high, but we ended up tasting nine wines, several of which were in the $90 range. Maybe we got a little extra attention in the wine tasting department, because very few folks were in the tasting room. We chose to sit outside on the deck, so we could get a…
  • Secret Winery in Carneros, Truchard Vineyards

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

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

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

    Joe Becerra
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    Cover crops grow beautifully between the vines in the Napa Valley Cover crops in the vineyards It is cover crop time in the wine country.  During the late Fall and into the Winter, the vines drop their leaves and the rain falls.  Now is the time to observe the variety of cover crops growing between the vines in vineyards throughout California’s wine regions. What are cover crops in the vineyards and why are they used? Cover crops are planted for a variety of reasons, but essentially these cover crops help replenish the soil depleted during the growing season. It is an alternative to…
  • Tasting at Duckhorn Vineyards

    Joe Becerra
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The deck at Duckhorn on a rainy day Tasting at Duckhorn Vineyards On a rainy but lovely day, we trekked over to Lodi Lane for a tasting at Duckhorn Vineyards. The Duckhorn Vineyards tasting room is located in a beautiful Victorian building, with spacious inside and outside seating. The tasting fee at Duckhorn is $30 a person. That may seem high, but we ended up tasting nine wines, several of which were in the $90 range. Maybe we got a little extra attention in the wine tasting department, because very few folks were in the tasting room. We chose to sit outside on the deck, so we could get a…
  • Secret Winery in Carneros, Truchard Vineyards

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

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

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

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
      It’s too funny, really. When I first started out in this biz, you couldn’t give Napa Valley wine away to the French. “Mais non!” was their attitude. It was vin de table, merde, Algerian plonk. Some of us knew otherwise, and suspected that the French—so chauvinistic in the belief that no other culture could rise to their level, especially American culture—were simply whistling past the graveyard. After all, their run of dominance—lasting for centuries—had no assurance of lasting forever, and they were continually hearing California’s footsteps coming up behind them.
  • A tasting of 1974 wines (and one 1944)

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
      Went to a very interesting tasting yesterday. It was a small private affair, held at the Restaurant at Wente, a chic place tucked into the southern foothills of the Livermore Valley. The subject of the tasting was 1974 Cabernet Sauvignon. Now, anyone familiar with the modern history of wine in California knows that that vintage was a very famous one. Bob Thompson (1979) called it “strong, showy,” and added, “May be early maturing.” Sadly, for him—happily, for us–he was wrong. Charlie Olken (1980) was nearer the mark. “The best are dark, concentrated, tannic and…
  • Do bloggers have an obligation to wineries that wine and dine them?

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

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

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

  • O’Vineyards Ten Year Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

  • Easy Duck Confit Recipe: Substituting Olive Oil for Duck Fat

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

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

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

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

    Todd Knoll
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Homemade dry rubs bring an unexpected, exotic taste to your holiday dinner table. In this video, I demonstrate how to make the Jordan dry rub base recipe, which can be quickly and easily adapted into an Asian, Mediterranean or Indian spice rub. (Though we made this video during the summer, the flavors in these ethnic rubs [...]
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    Cheers2Wine Blog

  • Discover Amador County Wineries

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    Plan your own California Wine Tour to Amador County Wineries. Enjoy fine wines and mountain air in the scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Learn about Amador wineries.
  • Scenic Train Rides

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

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

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

    9 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    This crab stuffed mushrooms recipe creates an elegant appetizer that is perfect to serve for family or friends.
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    The Reverse Wine Snob

  • Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 - A Terrific Tuscan

    Jon Thorsen
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Smooth, rustic, dry and delicious. 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy.This review is sponsored by CorkExclusive where you can get the Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (with an SRP of $30) for just $19.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any order!From the bottle:"Tenuta di Arceno is a historical winery situated near the medieval village of San Gusme where one can still see the footprints of the Etruscans. Our Chianti Classico Riserva is produced with the highest quality grapes, harvested by hand with the maximum care. This wine expresses the essence of…
  • Kaiken Terroir Series Corte Malbec Blend 2011 - Release The Kaiken!

    Jon Thorsen
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Another very tasty Malbec from Kaiken Wines. 80% Malbec, 12% Bonarda and 8% Petit Verdot from Mendoza, Argentina. The Malbec comes from the Uco Valley, the Bonarda from the Agrelo Estate and the Petit Verdot from Gualtallary. SRP of $17 and available for as low as $12. Imported by TGIC Importers. Sample submitted for review.From the bottle:"Terroir Series (formerly Kaiken Corte) is a range of wines produced with grapes carefully selected from our estates in the first zone of Mendoza. This wine is a perfect blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot. It has been aged for 10 months in French new…
  • Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault - Drink A Little Piece of History With These Four Wines

    Jon Thorsen
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 2012 Estate Crush, 2013 Turley, 2011 Onesta and 2011 Michael David Winery Ancient Vines Cinsault. This post brought to you by: Get the Tenuta Di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 for just $19.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! All four wines are 100% organically grown Cinsault from Bechthold Vineyard, Lodi, California.Cinsault (pronounced sin-SO in the U.S. and san-SO in France) is most commonly used as a blending component in red wines or at times as a rosé. What most may not know is that this variety more than stands on its own as a single varietal red wine and actually…
  • Beso de Vino Seleccion and Old Vine Garnacha - $8 Wonders

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

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

  • Chateau La Commanderie 2011

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

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

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

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

    Paulo Queiroz
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Lá no sul da região do Rhone, na França, estão as montanhas de Ventoux, onde… The post Le Paradou 2012 appeared first on Nosso Vinho.
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    Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery

  • Bacigalupi Petite Sirah 2010

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

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

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

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

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

  • Paso Robles: Alta Colina’s New Tasting Room & Winery

    Hoot 'n Annie
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Alta Colina had its grand unveiling of their new tasting room and winery this past Saturday for wine club members. We tagged along with Annie’s mom, who is a member, and got to check out their new digs. As you may know, Alta Colina, prior to this new place, was said to have the smallest tasting room in Paso Robles. The new place is much bigger in comparison and includes a winery facility along with barrel room. I think they did a great job. The exterior walls are rustic, metal and stone make up most of it. The brand new landscaping looks great and will only look better as it fills in. The…
  • Tooth & Nail Winery to Take Over the Castle

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

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

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

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

  • Testing

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Now is the time for all good The post Testing appeared first on Wine Values and Bargains.
  • Pinot Noir – The Utility Wine

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    We call Pinot Noir the utility wine because it is the perfect fit for a meal that has a variety of foods and courses. That’s why so many wine and foodie folks recommend Pinot Noir for the Thanksgiving Dinner.  Pinot is lighter in style than Cabernet, Syrah or Zinfandel. It also has more red fruit flavors and spice than the other wines. Maybe you have your wine selected for Thanksgiving, but with so much entertaining going on in the Holiday season, it is good to have a nice supply of Pinot Noir on hand. I recommended the Kirkland Russian River Pinot a couple of weeks ago, and now we…
  • Bottle and Cork at La Nebbia Winery in Half Moon Bay $5.50 per bottle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Holiday Food & Wine Pairing Guide

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

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

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

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

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

  • NW Winter Beer Taste

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Pairings with Tips from Robert Parker

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

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

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

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

  • Gundlach-Bundschu Chardonnay

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2012 Gundlach-Bundschu Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California If you are a Gun-Bun fan and love austere whites, you’ll love the 2012 Gundlach-Bundschu Chardonnay. Green apple and lime take center stage with a tinge of honey and mineral that plays softly through the finish.  The winemaker sourced the grapes from their 150+year-old vineyard located on […]
  • Niner Sauvignon Blanc

    Pamela Heiligenthal
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Wine Review: 2013 Niner Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California Niner Wine Estates farms from three separate locations—Bootjack Ranch (on the eastern side of Paso), Heart Hill Vineyard (on the western side of Paso), and Jespersen Vineyard (in Edna Valley to the south).  The 2013 Niner Sauvignon blanc came from the Bootjack […]
  • Cornerstone Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Video: Wines of Central Italy This is a video about the wine of central Italy. The LCBO takes you on journey through the wine styles of Central Italy. Join Michael Fagan in part two of a three-episode series exploring the wines of Italy, and discover that history, beauty and infinite variety make Central Italy a […]
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    50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, Craft Beer, and Travel Blog

  • WineStudio: Willamette Valley Chardonnays (Week III)

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    The Importance of Being a Willamette Valley Chardonnay#WineStudio Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm PDTWhen you think of the Willamette Valley (it's Willamette, dammit!), you probably think of world-class Pinot Noir, and you wouldn't be wrong. With 11,053 acres planted, fabulous Pinots come out every vintage, year after year. But the Valley has a lighter side as well, with over 3,400 acres of white grape varietals planted, 684 of which are Chardonnay. Yes, Chardonnay. The November WineStudio gets into the Chardonnay renaissance in Oregon, specifically the Willamette Valley, citing terroir,…
  • WineStudio: Willamette Valley Chardonnays (Week II)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rising to the Occasion: Beautiful Bakeries

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spokane Cork District and Alaska Airlines Announce Wine Partnership

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve been writing about Spokane wineries for 5 years now. Having interviewed and tasted at nearly every production facility and tasting room, I believe that Spokane has long been a wine tasting destination. It is exciting to see that Alaska Airlines agrees. The newly formed Spokane Cork District, consisting of Spokane wineries and tasting rooms has recently announced a partnership with Alaska Airlines giving Spokane bound travelers unprecedented access to some great wine by allowing travelers to taste free. The Cork District is focused in the urban core of Downtown Spokane and features…
  • Sonic Decanter “Wows” with Great Results in Wine Tasting

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

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

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Attention ladies, we have put together an event just for you! Imagine being pampered by a massage therapist, make-up artist, and medical spa in one place. Now, imagine all of that with wine. We have put together an amazing event with the help of sponsor Linea Cosmetic Surgery with Dr. Stiller. The next Beauty and the Vine is Thursday, November 20 from 6-9pm. The event is free but you are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook and help by inviting some of your friends. Some of the services require payment. Whether you are looking get a little touching up, want beauty […]
  • Nectar to Open Craft Wine and Beer Shop in Kendall Yards

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

  • JOSEPH PHELPS 'Insignia' 2011

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

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

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

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

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

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    This is totally a day delayed because I suck. Abby was fully at the ready and I’ll let her take it from here! The last Scandal of 2014 really packed in a lot of lip quivering, Shonda-style dramatic dialogue, talk of both Vermont and the sun, and of course…wine. We even came full circle as … Continue reading →
  • bubbly while waiting, with anna kendrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Reviews of Shiloh Legend II 2010 and several Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.   By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon   Washington Jewish Week  October 23, 2014   Although the biblical texts are replete with references to wine, the exact varietals employed to create these libations remain a mystery. From the seventh century Islamic conquest of the region until the rebirth of the modern Israeli wine industry in the late 1800s, wine production in Israel was essentially dormant. Consequently, the indigenous wine grape varietals were largely lost. Currently, the grape…
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  • There is Never a Wrong Season for a Good Radler

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

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

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

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

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

  • Perfect Thanksgiving Wines to Match Your Family's Dysfunction

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

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

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

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

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

  • Whitecliff’s 2012 Gamay Noir

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    I had to get this out while you are still shopping for your Thanksgiving wine.  If you are looking for a red on the table, this is one I would suggest and it retails for $20.95 I have to admit, I am not a big fan of Gamay, but this one is crafted well, nicely oaked and balanced with some acidity Some strawberry and cherry notes on the nose combined with some earth and oak.  On the palate I found bright cherry and raspberry vanillin with a hint of oak. If you are looking for a light red for Thanksgiving, pick up this Gamay. The post Whitecliff’s 2012 Gamay Noir appeared first…
  • 5 Thanksgiving Day White Wines Under $20

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

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

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

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

    Debbie Gioquindo
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    It is the time of the year for getting together with old friends, as a gang of guys from Ardsley is doing at Captain Lawrence. They’ve known each other since kindergarten, and have opted to spend the frigid day warming themselves with some tasty cold-weather craft brews. “We’re all up for the weekend and decided to do some eating and drinking together,” says Sean Flynn, who lives in Manhattan. The beer of choice among the Ardsley four—Flynn and Matt Schwartz of Manhattan, and Adam Longand Mike Nugent of Hartsdale—is a new espresso stout called Shakey Bones. As we discuss the…
  • Whitecliff's 2012 Gamay Noir

    Debbie Gioquindo
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    I had to get this out while you are still shopping for your Thanksgiving wine.  If you are looking for a red on the table, this is one I would suggest and it retails for $20.95I have to admit, I am not a big fan of Gamay, but this one is crafted well, nicely oaked and balanced with some aciditySome strawberry and cherry notes on the nose combined with some earth and oak.  On the palate I found bright cherry and raspberry vanillin with a hint of oak.If you are looking for a light red for Thanksgiving, pick up this Gamay.
  • 5 Thanksgiving Day White Wines Under $20

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

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

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

  • Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking opened new plant

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    22.11.2014 (Hvino News). Today Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking (KTW) opened  its new plant in Keda, Adjara region.Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili opened the plant and addressed the public at the ceremony with a speech.The project costed about 1 million GEL (around 600 thousand USD), which was allocated based on law-rate credit of Agriculture Management Agency.The plant is equipped with latest technologies and an international-standard chemical laboratory. The factory will process grapes collected from Guria and Adjara regions. The construction started in April, 2014.© Hvino…
  • Georgian Wine: Rebooting the Cradle of Wine [Part 1 of 2 On Georgian Wine]

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

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    19.11.2014. (Hvino News) Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking (KTW) is planning to open its new plant in Keda, Adjara region, on November 22.According to KTW's director Zurab Chkhaidze, the new winery will process about 600-700 tons of grapes.The construction began last April, and costed 1 million GEL (about 559.000 USD). During the ceremony  of project launch Zurab Chkhaidze and Chairman of Ajara government Archil Khabadze declared that the enterprise will start to work by the end of the year.Zurab Chkhaidze noted that a tourist complex would be located in the area of the factory,…
  • How to clean a qvevri (video)

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

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

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    A perfect brilliant accident – Boplaas Portuguese Collection. Planted by accident, Tinta Barocca & the other traditional Port varieties, offer a glimpse of the future for Boplaas Family Vineyards. Add some spice to your life and chose one of the Boplaas Cape Portuguese Collection wines from leading retailers nationwide. The story goes, that oupa Danie […]
  • How vodka can help de-ice roads

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every winter, the United States spreads between 10 and 20 million tons of rock salt over icy roads. In total, the country spends $2.3 billion on de-icing for highways alone – this cost covers plowing, salt and other methods. Salt is effective up to a certain point because it lowers the freezing temperature for water, […]
  • App predicts taste in wine and beer

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A new iPhone app has launched, which claims to be able to predict a consumer’s taste in wine and beer with 96% accuracy.
  • Jordan Bakery Cooks with Books on 15 December

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Please feel free to pop in to the Bakery on 15 December for “Cooks with Books”. George Jardine, Pete Goffe-Wood, Liam Tomlin and Michael Broughton will be launching their new books. Wine and light snacks will be provided. No charge, but feel free to buy your favourite book and have it autographed! Please RSVP by […]
  • Lanzerac at ‘Stellenbosch Street Soirees’

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Lanzerac Wine Estate will yet again join in the fun and excitement of the ever popular Stellenbosch Street Soirees for summer 2014/2015. Come and meet our Wine Tasting Team and taste the luscious Lanzerac Wines during the Stellenbosch Street Soirees. In the spirit of summer the Lanzerac Alma Mater Chenin Blanc, Alma Mater Rosé and […]
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    DiWineTaste Podcast - English

  • Tasting Notes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Appunti di Degustazione

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Total Wine & More Celebrates Our Communities on #GivingTuesday

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

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

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

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

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

  • Domaine Ogereau, Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Winchester Cocoa Company Christmas Truffles

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

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

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

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

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

  • 14 Hands Winery 2013 Riesling, Washington, $10

    Great Northwest Wine
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Best Buy! The Pacific Northwest’s fastest-growing brand got out of the gates with its approachable reds, but winemaker Keith Kenison also worked with a tremendous amount of white wine during his time at Columbia Crest. Aromas of freshly baked Apple Crisp are joined by jicama, candy corn and dusty minerality, and they are followed by juicy flavors of peach, pineapple, apple and pear. The residual sugar sits at 3%, which makes it off-dry, but good acidity steers it away from sweetness and provides length. Suggested pairings focus on spicy offerings of Cajun blackened halibut, chipotle grilled…
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15

    Great Northwest Wine
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    Best Buy! Ray McKee’s blending team seemed to put a great deal of effort in creating this oh-so-smooth Merlot, which is the Northwest’s standalone largest production of the variety. Syrah leads the 8 percent “secret sauce” component, which include Grenache, Malbec, Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot. The program of 30% new oak creates aromas of salted caramel, chocolate-covered graham cracker and espresso with fruity hints of blackberry, plum and blueberry. Its rich texture comes with flavors of Marionberry, elderberry and blueberry, which are framed by a chocolaty midpalate, balanced…
  • Northwest wineries to help food banks during Thanksgiving weekend

    Eric Degerman
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Bethel Heights Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills is among those wineries in the Willamette Valley Wineries Association participating in Willamette Cares Food Share program. (Photo courtesy of Willamette Valley Wineries Association) Wineries in two of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest wine regions are using Thanksgiving weekend to help those needing relief from hunger as Washington’s Yakima Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley are donating tasting fees or staging large-scale food drives. Wine Yakima Valley partners with Northwest Harvest — a statewide hunger relief agency —…
  • Barnard Griffin 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $17

    Great Northwest Wine
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Rob Griffin’s history with Pinot Noir in the Pacific Northwest began in 1977 when the California native turned a 1976 Pinot Noir from Washington vines into a best of show winner at an Oregon competition. Here, he reached into the Gunkel family’s vineyard in Arlington, Ore., on Oct. 1 for a fruit-forward and youthful Pinot Noir at an approachable price. Aromas of cherry jam, boysenberry and elderberry lead to darker and richer flavors of black cherry, Marionberry, President plum and chocolate. Rating: Excellent Production: 987 cases Alcohol: 13.1% Winery website The post Barnard Griffin…
  • Recline Ridge Winery 2011 Maréchal Foch, British Columbia, $20

    Great Northwest Wine
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Before the government-sponsored pullout after the NAFTA, much of the British Columbia wine industry was built upon winter-hardy hybrids such as this tribute to the French war hero Ferdinand Foch. This winery near Shuswap Lake north of Kelowna has a tradition of excelling with wines from the aging vines, and this vintage hints at Syrah more than Pinot Noir with its gamy nose of black currant, blueberry, mince meat with spices and horehound. Those dark purple fruity notes are matched on the palate, which is rather sensual with its rich structure and finish of fig jam and blueberry seed tannin.
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  • Top Pacific Northwest Wine Blogs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Best Cheap Wine Glasses For Entertaining

    VinePair Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s wonderful to have fancy crystal glassware to bring out for special occasions, but if you entertain a lot, you often don’t want to bring out the nice stuff for two reasons: it’s annoying to hand-wash, and you don’t want to have to worry about a glass or two breaking – especially if it’s your mother’s crystal. That’s where awesome cheap glassware comes in. We’re talking about glassware that looks great, but it’s ok to throw them into the dishwasher at the end of the night and you don’t mind if a couple get smashed. We’ve used a ton of affordable glasses in…
  • If You Smell Something, Say Something

    Keith Beavers
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Wine is an amazing natural phenomenon that keeps us under its spell. The aromas and “flavors” of wine along with its many hues affects us in such ways that many poems and songs have been written about the wonder that is wine. As a consumer, when you go to a restaurant and endure the ritual of choosing a bottle or allow the server or sommelier to guide you through the process, there is an anticipation and excitement that comes with the experience of drinking that bottle with the meal you are about to enjoy. Especially if you have been recommended a beautiful gem that has been poetically…
  • The Best Bars At The 10 Busiest Airports In America

    Adam Teeter
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to the worst travel week of the year. Yay! We’ve all made it – can you tell we’re thrilled? As the entire country gets ready to load into cars, buses, trains and airplanes to travel to family and friends in the far reaches of the U.S. for Thanksgiving, one of the only ways we calm ourselves down from all of the pre-trip anxiety is the knowledge that in at least a few of the airports we might wind up in, we can get a good drink. While all forms of travel have their issues during Thanksgiving, nothing is worse than the airport, so here are the best bars to head to if you find…
  • 7 Wine-Themed Gifts For Your Thanksgiving Host

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

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

  • 20 Wine Bloggers Talk About Thanksgiving: 2006-2014

    Jameson Fink
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    I’m going back in the time machine and rounding up some of my top Thanksgiving wine posts as well as taking a trip around the blog-o-sphere to see what my fellow scribes have historically opined about when it comes to the most venerated of American eating and drinking holidays. Let’s do this! Starting with me, [...]
  • Adventures With Spit Buckets and More Life Lessons at Wine Tastings

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

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

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

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

  • Next chapter for Redfern: winery, inn

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Marblehead Elementary School building has become the Red Fern Inn and Rocky Point Winery, under the ownership and operation of outgoing … Read more here:: <a href=/ target="_blank" title="Next chapter for Redfern: winery, inn” rel=nofollow>Winery News The post Next chapter for Redfern: winery, inn…
  • Five things you didn't know about Lone Oak Vineyard Estate in Grass Lake

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Lone Oak is an estate winery, meaning all wines it sells are made with grapes grown on site. “It’s a federal law that no winery can put that on their … Read more here:: Winery News The post Five things you didn't know about Lone Oak Vineyard Estate in Grass Lake appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Israeli wine makes it to world's top 100

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The influential American lifestyle magazine Wine Spectator has selected the Recanati Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon wine from the Upper Galilee … Read more here:: Winery News The post Israeli wine makes it to world's top 100 appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Sun Sets On Coalition for Free Trade

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Lewis Perdue NEWS RELEASE November 24, 2014, San Francisco, Calif. – The Coalition for Free Trade (CFT), established by vintners in 1995 as a non-profit organization seeking judicial relief from laws prohibiting direct-to-consumer shipments, has ended all activities after achieving significant victories for wineries and wine lovers alike. “We can celebrate a rare occasion—an industry association opened […] Read more here:: Wine Industry Insight The post Sun Sets On Coalition for Free Trade appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
  • Sonic Decanter: The New Wine Gadget Demystified

    Keith S Wallace
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Wine Gadgets Every few years, a new wine gadget is invented.  In 2005, there was the “Wine Magnet” it’s marketing stated that it would ” improve the taste of wine… making it smoother, less bitter and more refined… aging wine to perfection.”  In 2007 came the “Wine Aerator” with it’s promise of adding oxygen to wine as you drank it (as if this didn’t happen already because, you know, science).  Dozens of proprietary wine glasses and decanters have come our way, all with claims to make wine taste better than it should.  At…
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  • Thanksgiving Wine Buying Guide

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    Nov. 24, 2014 – Every year it’s the same old conundrum:  what wine to serve with the Thanksgiving meal.  We have a couple of our own preferences but we decided to see what the “experts” were recommending.   Turns out there is absolutely no consensus.  After finding 18 different recommendations for “the perfect wine”, we gave up.  White wines included Champagne or Sparkling Wines, (three votes) California Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Pinot Gris.   In the middle was Rosé with two votes.   The reds covered Pinot…
  • Mixologists – The New Celebrities

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Nov. 21, 2014 – We’ve admired and followed celebrity chefs for several decades.  Now there’s a new star with increasing celebrity status and that’s the mixologist.  This is someone with the creativity and talent to take bartending to new heights.  How many of us can take three or four really different spirits and come up with a winning cocktail?  Like the best chefs, mixologists have an innate ability to know what goes together and the patience to experiment to get it right. From time to time we’ll be talking to mixologist around the country to find out their secrets, tips and…
  • Rob Newhouse Mixes It Up At Folsom Restaurant

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    November 21, 2014 – Anyone who remembers singer Johnny Cash associates Folsom, California with his hit song “Folsom Prison Blues” and, yes, it is the home of a State Prison.  But visit Folsom and you’ll find a lovely family community with lots of great outdoor activities and a historic district dating back to Gold Rush days.   Located just off Highway 50 on the way to Lake Tahoe, Folsom is the perfect place to take a break and drop in on Fat’s Asia Bistro.  The restaurant is one of four Fat Family Restaurants founded 75 years ago by Frank Fat.  In fact Frank Fat’s in…
  • Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

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

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

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

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

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

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

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    If you’ve ever walked into a wine shop or supermarket in France and felt completely bamboozled when it comes… The post A French Wine Cheat Sheet appeared first on The Riviera Grapevine.
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    Today's Wine - Tasting Notes and Tips

  • Tasting Notes: Luna Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    John Neimann
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The deep blackberry color carries through on the nose, mingled with wild boysenberry and anise. On the palate, there are more black fruits combined with a smooth, elegant texture. The gentle black tea and espresso notes along with dense fruit make this wine easy to pair with a wide range of dishes. This 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a prized collection of vineyards in Napa Valley. The 2011 vintage experienced some of the coolest growing conditions of this century. These lower temperatures allowed the grapes to ripen on the vine for an extended period of time. This…
  • Tasting Notes: B Cellars Syn3rgy Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

    John Neimann
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    2009 Syn3rgy Cabernet possesses sweet aromatics of raspberry, blackberry, cola, and hints of clove. The palate consists of a delightfully opulent texture w ith superb balance and tannin integration. This stellar, fruit driven Cabernet expresses the unique characteristics of 3 highly acclaimed vineyards in 3 unique Napa Valley AVA’s. Enjoy now or cellar for the next decade. Founded by Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys in 2003, B Cellars winery is the collaboration of two like-minded individuals that shared a vision and, through a happenstance meeting, brought to life their dream of creating a…
  • Tasting Notes: Vinos Pinol Finca Morenillo, Terra Alta DO 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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