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’08 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir

Date: Fri, Aug 6, 2010

The ’08 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s reserve exudes the classic northern Willamette Valley style. I was lucky to have been introduced to Adelsheim back in the early nineties by a guy who was integral in challenging my quest for wine knowledge and I have to say Chris Choate knew a good thing when he tasted it. We [...]

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Enobytes Hits a Milestone

Date: Thu, Aug 5, 2010

Our website Enobytes has been on the web now for almost four years and in our wildest dreams we never thought we would garner the loyal following that we have. In the beginning we thought we would just build a site people could come and gather information about new wines and marketing trends that are [...]

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A Wahluke Slope Winner

Date: Tue, Aug 3, 2010

Once in a while, you find a wine that actually tastes like the description on the bottle and these are very rare. In fact, I thought non-existent anymore.  But as I say frequently, (mostly to myself) “I would like to be wrong more often” and this is exactly one of those times. I was introduced [...]

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Microwaves are for Popcorn: Keep it Away from My Wine

Date: Fri, Jul 30, 2010

Q: What’s the best way to quickly bring up the temperature of my red wine? Is a microwave recommended? A: I rarely use microwaves. Period…and I certainly wouldn’t recommend using it to heat up wine. Some colleagues disagree. Wine columnist Matt Kramer once touted its use and I’ve heard that some winemakers and others use [...]

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Bourdain’s Medium Raw Challenge

Date: Fri, Jul 30, 2010

I’ve entered Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw Challenge. The rules are simple. Answer the question, “What does it mean to cook food well?” If you enjoy my ramblings below, share the love and vote for my entry.  I’ll forever be indebted! ~ Macdaddy Marc Who Cares Who cares? Not just about food, or wine, or why [...]

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A Chardonnay that Shines on the Upper Barn of Alexander Mountain

Date: Thu, Jul 29, 2010

Helen Turley first discovered the Upper Barn (an old-clone chardonnay plot) on the Alexander Mountain Estate over a decade ago. Today, this location has been the source for some of California’s best Chardonnays. Perched at at elevation of 1,800 feet, the ’08 Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Upper Barn Chardonnay is a shining example of the [...]

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2007 Harney Lane Petite Sirah Lodi, CA

Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2010

Back in the early seventies some of my first California wine experiences began in Lodi because back then I was stationed at Castle AFB. At that point in time almost all the grapes from the region went to the Gallo, Rossi or Mondavi family. The region now is home to high quality wines made by [...]

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2007 Peirano Estate Malbec Lodi, CA

Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2010

I really liked this wine as I have a fondness for the Lodi appellation wines that goes back to the seventies when I was a young soldier stationed at Castle AFB. Lodi has changed over the years and in a good way.  Now more than ever, great wines are being made there. The use of [...]

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2004 Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Reserva, Rioja, Spain

Date: Mon, Jul 19, 2010

Why didn’t I find time to visit Oyon while we were in Rioja? That’s the city where this wine comes from and the vineyards I’m sure are there as well. 90% Tempranillo and 10% Mazuelo, this wine would have been worth going out of my way to meet the folks who made it. As this [...]

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2006 Stonestreet Christopher’s Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Thu, Jul 15, 2010

Independence Day 2010 brought big expectations from the start to the finish — activities, wine and cuisine. No let down here. A yellowfin tuna appetizer with pickled ginger, tamari and wasabi led to a seriously grilled Kobe steak and a Port demi-glace served with all the accompaniments any great steak should have like a baked [...]

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Apizza Scholls Rocks the Portland Pizza Scene

Date: Mon, Jul 12, 2010

A few posts back I was raving over the great quality pizza being served at Apizza Scholls out on Hawthorne St. in Portland. As I mentioned we would return soon to give a full review and here it is. We definitely rate it a solid “Get off your ass and go”.  It came very close [...]

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2003 Luigi Bosca Gala 2 Red Blend, Mendoza

Date: Thu, Jul 8, 2010

This blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot was a stunner. After befriending a very nice couple in the tasting room where I spend my days when I am not writing about wine I was regaled with a story of a wine that I had probably not heard of nor tasted [...]

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Spain, Day Two

Date: Mon, Jul 5, 2010

Time changes and jet lag made sleeping a challenge.  I found myself awake at dawn so I went for a walk. The entire hotel was smoke free so it was a good excuse for a walk. My little trip put things into perspective only to reaffirm the hotel location is not conducive for travelers without [...]

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A Few Highlights from the Wine Bloggers Conference ‘10

Date: Sat, Jul 3, 2010

We interrupt this program to bring you a few highlights from the Walla Walla Wine Blogger Conference ’10. Speed tasting – I was ousted by some dude named Steve Paulo. #twitterfail #twitterfail #twitterfail #twitterfail I demand a rematch! Controversy over the ’09 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz – Time to throw a red flag here. At $180 a [...]

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