• Happy Thanksgiving!

      What’s on the wine menu at your house today? The WannabeWinos will choose from: 2 Roses, 1 Sancerre, 1 Pinot Blanc, 4 Grun ...

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    • Sparkle This Way….

      Posted on December 2, 2014 by Sonadora *Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery. Sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening and all I can dream about is sparkling wine in my glass. Much to my wondrous eyes did appear a box full of J Vineyards holiday cheer. Enough with my mixing of Christmas songs and tales and onto the wine.

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    • 2011 Reserve Le Cigare Blanc

      Posted on November 7, 2014 by Sonadora *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.

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  • A Syrah A Day

    Posted on October 17, 2014 by Sonadora *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 cel ...

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  • Dreaming of Seafood

    Posted on September 24, 2014 by Sonadora *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.

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  • Mangia! Mangia!

    Lucky me. Rodney Strong Vineyards reached out to me several months ago to contemplate hosting a wine dinner at my house to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Klein family owning the brand. The proposal included wine, cookbooks, food, and creating a 5 course dinner to be served simultaneously with dinners happening across the country at famous restaurants and other blogger houses.

  • Knock knock. I’m home.

    Hello Wannabe Wino Readers- Radio silence has reigned here at Wannabe Wino for the last 2 months. If you like to have spare time in your life to do things like taste wine and write a blog, I don’t recommend, in the course of 2 months, selling a house, moving twice, traveling to CA, CT, Portugal, Spain, and ME, speaking at 2 conferences, buying and closing on a new house, and moving into it.

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  • DIAM Presentation 7/30/14

    7 major cork producing areas Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Northern Africa 2.2 million hectacres of cork First cork harvest is at 30 to 40 years and cannot be used for wine corks. Then the tree can be harvest every 9-12 years Roughly 18 million bottles of still wine are produced per year. Cork has 63% of the market. Spirit market doesn’t use cork very much Between TCA ...

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