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overheard in ikea

Date: Mon, Dec 8, 2008 Wine Tasting

Her, holding up IKEA’s box o’wine glass: “Which ones go with box wine?” Him:  “Dixie cups?”

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march of the oenophiles

Date: Thu, Dec 4, 2008 Wine Tasting

On December 14th, the Mount Dora Lodging Association will present the Second Annual March of Wines.  This event is to raise funds for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign.  The progressive holiday wine tasting will tour five festively-adorned inns: Heron Cay, Farnsworth House, Captain’s Inn, Adora Inn, and Tremain Street Cottages. The spirit of the [...]

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blackberry friday

Date: Fri, Nov 28, 2008 Wine Tasting

Tonight’s wine is Guenoc Petite Syrah 2005, a bottle leftover from the pre-Thnaksgiving supermarket rush.  I received a phone call form Mrs. Grapeinabottle on Wedsnesday asking for a last minute stop at the grocery for those missing few items to finish Thanksgiving dinner, only to be followed by the important text “Don’t forget the wine!!!”  [...]

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a washington wine that goes bada bing!

Date: Wed, Nov 26, 2008 Wine Tasting

Tonight I had a dinner meeting to discuss work business, so luckily it was at a nice Italian chophouse that serves excellent wine.  I will not bore you with the minutes from the meeting, but the 2005 bottle of Cold Creek Merlot from Chateau Ste Michelle was very good.  This Merlot from Washington had a [...]

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does the bohemian highway lead to good wine?

Date: Tue, Nov 25, 2008 Wine Tasting

Last night Mrs. Grapeinabottle and I tried a bottle of Bohemian Highway Merlot.  We paired this California Merlot with a grilled filet mignon and grilled vegetables.  This merlot has a soft approach that finishes with an explosion of berry flavors with a hint of smoky vanilla and brown spice, which complimented our meal well.  For [...]

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at what age dignity?

Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2008 Wine Tasting

And now, for a a semi-guest post from Mrs. Grapeinabottle: Last night, we attended a swank event at Grapeinabottle’s place of employment, a grand opening gala complete with ice sculptures, hors d’oeurves on silver platters and…wait for it…open bar.  After enjoying one glass of cheap, free wine, a friend and I sauntered up to grab another.  [...]

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got wine? the orlando food and wine festival runs out

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

Mrs. Grapeinabottle and I went to the Orlando Food and Wine Fest this weekend.  From the size of the crowd the event appeared to be extremely successful.  The Wine Tasters Guild of Orlando sponsored the Wine Garden, which showcased six different wineries including Bonterra, a California organic wine; Kluge, a wine gaining much recognition on [...]

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make flat champagne and sparkling wine a thing of the past

Date: Sat, Nov 15, 2008 Wine Tasting

Have you ever wanted to enjoy just one single glass of sparkling wine at home, but felt you couldn’t because the rest of the bottle would go flat?  I know Mrs. Grapeinabottle and I have both experienced this feeling, but now Perlage has released its Champagne and sparkling wine preservation device for home use.  The [...]

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tis the season for wine gifts

Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2008 Wine Tasting

I came across these cute tags on the internet for your wine gift bottles.  I like the idea of having a tag to attach to the bottle as I never know where to put a card, and I know everyone has experienced that elusive card that disappears from the gift bag.  With the Popptags by [...]

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Orlando wine and food festival

Date: Wed, Nov 12, 2008 Wine Tasting

Mrs. Grapeinabottle and I are very excited tonight, because we not only have the new season of Top Chef starting but we also discovered that the First Annual Orlando Food and Wine Festival will be held this weekend at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.  We are looking forward to attending this event and finding some [...]

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the perfect temperature

Date: Sun, Nov 9, 2008 Wine Tasting

I’m sure you have received what we refer to in our house as “the call”: the phone rings, and a pleading spouse begs you to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner on the way home. It could just be for the two of you, or it could be for guests; either way, in [...]

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is the dropping price of palin syrah a predictor of the election?

Date: Mon, Nov 3, 2008 Wine Tasting

I stumbled across an article by Amy Monroe, about the price and demand of Palin Syrah decreasing in the San Francisco Bay area.  Could this forecast the result of tomorrow’s election?  Most likely there is no real connection between the Vice-Presidential candidate and the wine sales, as the area Ms. Monroe sampled the wine is [...]

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a spooktacular wine

Date: Fri, Oct 31, 2008 Wine Tasting

In honor of Halloween I decided to search for pumpkin wine, and found it at Maple River Wines in North Dakota. They describe the wine as a semi-sweet white with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice, hand crafted from local pumpkins.  I’m not sure how this pumpkin wine will taste, but it sounds [...]

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I toasted for the cure, did you?

Date: Fri, Oct 31, 2008 Wine Tasting

I hope you all remembered to raise your glasses and make a toast to all the breast cancer survivors around the world last night.  I had computer issues and could not post yesterday, but Mrs. Grapeinabottle and I did enjoy a glass of the Pink Ribbon Cabernet.  We specifically toasted a family member who is [...]

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