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Tuscany in Ten Minutes

Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014 Wine Tasting

Learn all you need to know about Tuscan wines in ten minutes by watching the video below, produced by the Guild of Sommeliers: The Wines of Tuscany from guildsomm on Vimeo.

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How You Pour Wine Affects Your Drinking

Date: Sat, Feb 22, 2014 Wine Tasting

This information came out a few months ago, but it remains relevant: did you know that the way you pour your wine can affect how much you drink? According to studies published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse: - Wider glasses lead to pouring up to 12% more wine than a narrow glass. - […]

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Red Wine Review: Chateau Lassegue 2006

Date: Thu, Jan 9, 2014 Wine Tasting

Chateau Lassegue 2006 | Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France Yet another stellar example of right bank Bordeaux by brilliant winemaker Pierre Seillan. Generous, open nose give opulent scents of ripe black fruit, earth, and mild hints of dark chocolate, tobacco, and something vegetal. On the palate it's more restrained — really tight, not ready to offer the […]

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How To Buy Champagne for New Year’s

Date: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 Wine Tasting

We're about to ring in the New Year — and the best way to do it is with bubbles. But which bottle of bubbles to choose? First, if you aren't already aware, Champagne is a type of sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine can be called “Champagne.” Actually, that's not entirely true — there […]

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Wine Gatekeeping and Empowerment

Date: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 Wine Tasting

Last week I worked a distributor event, standing behind a table pouring my company's wines to retail and restaurant wine buyers, waitstaff, sales reps, and other trade/industry people. This is always a pleasure for me, as I thoroughly enjoy interacting with people who get a kick out of wine and looking to explore and educate […]

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Pine Ridge Chardonnay

Date: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 Wine Tasting

Pine Ridge Chardonnay Dijon Clones Carneros – Napa Valley, California Every once in a while I get a hankering for big, buttery, Chardonnay — i.e., “New World” style, usually from a warm-to-hot wine region. Although this wine comes from grapes picked both from Carneros and Napa Valley, to me, this wine speaks Napa. When I […]

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Canadian White Wine: Peller Estates Chardonnay

Date: Tue, Sep 3, 2013 Wine Tasting

Peller Estates Chardonnay 2011 | VQA British Columbia, Canada As a follow-up to the post on Inniskillin Pinot Grigio, my personal somm offered me two Chardonnays from Canada — one on the high end, one on the low end. This one was on the low end of the spectrum. But don't take that the wrong […]

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Buying Wines for Labor Day Weekend Barbecue

Date: Sat, Aug 31, 2013 Wine Tasting

Going to — or hosting — a BBQ this weekend and need last-minute wine shopping tips? Hopefully if you're hosting an outdoor party / barbecue, you've asked your guests to bring a bottle of wine — it's the least they can do, right? But whether you're hosting or bringing to the BBQ, the general rules […]

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Canadian White Wine: Inniskillin Pinot Grigio

Date: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 Wine Tasting

So, I'm finally getting around to posting wine reviews from my trip to the Okanagan Valley to participate in the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference. This was my first taste of Canadian wine above the border, selected as a “surprise” by an enthusiastic and friendly sommelier at the White Spot Restaurant inside Kelowna airport. The lovely […]

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White Wine Review: Uvaggio Vermentino

Date: Tue, Aug 6, 2013 Wine Tasting

When I received this wine as a sample, I pulled it out of the box, gave the label a quick glance, and thought, “oh, a Vermentino — I like Italian wines.” After chilling it down for about 20 minutes and pouring it into the glass, I took a sniff, and thought, “ah, that nice mineral […]

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Site Added to Wine Blog List: Wine Folly

Date: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 Wine Tasting

During the Wine Blog Awards dinner at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Ben Simons from Vinotology. As the “Best New Wine Blog” winner was about to be announced, Ben whispered to me, “one of the best new blogs isn’t even among the finalists.” Who might that be, [...]

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Red Wine Review: d’Art Zinfandel

Date: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 Wine Tasting

d’Art Zinfandel 2010 | Lodi, California Lodi, California (not to be confused with Lodi, New Jersey) is the place to grow Zinfandel. This particular example is evidence supporting that statement. This zin offers big, juicy fruit on the nose and the palate. Nose is full of vanilla, butterscotch, cocoa, and red berry fruits. Palate is [...]

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Red Wine Review: Koyle Royale Carmenere

Date: Mon, Feb 4, 2013 Wine Tasting

Koyle Royale Carmenere 2009 | Colchagua, Chile Looking at the name of this wine, for some reason I can’t get the image of a deck of cards out of my head. This wine has a really smokey, green, and mineral nose with notes of cloves, tobacco, bell pepper, earth, and something stony/mineral that I can’t [...]

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Red Wine Review: Grey Single Block Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 Wine Tasting

Vina Ventisquero Grey Single Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 | Trinidad Vineyard | Maipo Valley, Chile This is a very pleasant, easy drinking wine, but I have to admit that at first it was a little disappointing. My problem is with expectations — for many wines, I have expectations. And for this wine, seeing Cabernet on [...]

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