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WineBytes in Spain, Day One

Date: Thu, Jun 24, 2010

As we left Portland for our first trip to Spain we had travelitis from the start to boarding the plane. Our flight was a huge bargain when I booked a Travelzoo Top Twenty Alert, $536rt from Seattle to Madrid. We were shocked as the date loomed closer and the reality of [...]

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It’s not about the Berries and Nuts or Coding, My Friends, it’s about Pscott

Date: Wed, Jun 23, 2010

Since 2006, Marc and I have been cranking out wine reviews — easy enough to do considering most of our writings are short, sweet and to the point.  Most of you who’ve been reading this blog know I love to poke fun at the Tasty Notes Generator but in reality,we sort of do our own [...]

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A New Favorite from an Unexpected Location

Date: Mon, Jun 21, 2010

Lodi might be known for its remarkable reds, but let’s not forget about its innate ability to make some tasty whites. In the past, this part of the country was primarily known for the cultivation of Chardonnay, French Colombard and Chenin Blanc. Fast forward a couple of decades, and its movement shifts to showcase Viognier, Gewürztraminer, [...]

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2007 Napa Valley Rocca Bad Boy Red

Date: Thu, Jun 17, 2010

The 2007 Napa Valley Rocca Bad Boy Red is a great Bordeaux style blend and a solid effort worth seeking out. This blend kicks it hard and will make you sit up and take notice. It has soft and supple tannins paired with big bold flavors. The aromas are red fruit fading to black; flavors exude quality [...]

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The berryliciousness of Petite Sirah

Date: Tue, Jun 15, 2010

The 2007 Quivira Petite Sirah has bright fruity aromas and plenty of depth.  This wine exceeds your expectations immediately. Quivira has produced a lot of great wines over the years but have also released a few clunkers.  Just as I have written reviews that were spot on and some that took a bit of bias, this [...]

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Get Your Wine Game on for the 2010 World Cup

Date: Sun, Jun 13, 2010

The 2010 World Cup has officially started and everyone seems to have #worldcup fever! But rather than figuring out who’s got the better team based on soccer odds, let’s pick a winning team based on which country has the better wine! Buleuah! Korea Republic v Greece In Korea, wine is enjoyed only by a small portion of [...]

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Enobytes Featured Today on Foodista.com

Date: Sat, Jun 12, 2010

Enophiles! Listen up.  Today, June 12, 2010, Enobytes is the Featured Wine Blog on Foodista.com, “The Cooking Encyclopedia Anyone Can Edit.” Their mission is to build the world’s largest online resource for all things culinary, so If you haven’t checked out the site, follow the link and surf the site! Thanks for the kudos Foodista!

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2008 Solena Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, OR

Date: Mon, Jun 7, 2010

This Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley represents a great example of the quality of fruit harvested from the ‘08 vintage. It’s packed with layered flavors of honeydew, melon, green apple and peach, then finishes with a long, lingering brightness of acidity. Those who really enjoy white wine with a good dose of acidity and fruit-forward flavors [...]

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2007 Sausal “Century Vines” Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, CA

Date: Fri, Jun 4, 2010

Still tightly wound this wine was hesitant to bear even a glimmer of fruit on the nose in the beginning. Finally a little window of aromas presented themselves, restrained but a glimmer of boysenberry and spice squeaked its way through the heat of the 14.7 octane. Flavors represented the same profile solidifying the opinion this one [...]

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2006 Bodega Luigi Bosca Gala 1, Argentina

Date: Thu, Jun 3, 2010

The 2006 Bodega Luigi Bosca Gala 1 from Mendoza, Argentina is a blend of 85% Malbec, 10% Petite Verdot and 5% Tannant that needs to be in your collection if wowing your dinner guests is your objective. Big, smooth, powerful and stylish, this is a wonderful blend that gives and gives then gives some more. The [...]

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Famed IPNC Salmon Bake Reaches White House Lawn

Date: Tue, Jun 1, 2010

If you’ve attended Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC), you are well aware of the event’s long-standing Salmon Bake tradition.  It’s among one of the many world-class meals and tasting events held during the annual celebration in McMinnville, Oregon. This year, Oregon Chef Jason Stoller Smith will travel across the country to recreate the Salmon Bake [...]

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Who’s Driving the High Octane Wine Train? Consensus says it’s not Parker

Date: Sun, May 30, 2010

Last week, I had my wine geek friends over for drinks and conversation. Marc was busy preparing appetizers as I opened wine bottles that lined the table. Carrie, a very opinionated friend of mine started the conversation, “Who is driving the octane train — wine critics, climate change, consumers, technology, or all of the above?” Almost [...]

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2003 Ponzi Pinot Noir Reserve, Willamette Valley, OR

Date: Wed, May 26, 2010

Although 2003 wasn’t the best year for Willamette Valley Pinot, (lets translate this to, it was hotter than the dickens) these Ponzi grapes rose to the occasion, looked the sun square in the eye and said, “Is that all you got?” At first sniff, the nose really sets up the story. Its hot peppery kick brings [...]

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Vintage 2010 Wine Blog Awards

Date: Tue, May 25, 2010

Well readers, it’s that time of year again. The Wine Blog Awards is upon us! This year, a panel of 11 judges kicked off their 4th annual event by reviewing 331 nominations (damn!) to select five finalists in eight categories. That’s a lot of reviewing! A big kudos goes out to the judges for their [...]

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