• 2014 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills

    2014 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills Brilliant pale straw color. Inviting aromas of subtle baking spices, white flowers, green apple, peach, and saline minerality waft from the glass. These flavors follow through on the palate, picking up a lingering note of nougat at the finish. This white wine is medium-bodied, clean, and balanced.

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  • 2011 Saxum “Broken Stones,” Paso Robles

    2011 Saxum “Broken Stones,” Paso Robles A blend of 78% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, and 4% Petite Sirah. Alcohol 15.6%. Inky purple/black in the glass. It sports an effusive nose, full of concentrated, syrupy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, soapy lavender, polished leather, pectin, and crystal minerality. Once in the mouth, it spreads and coats the palate, picking up some shadings of orange oil.

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  • 2005 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon, Martha’s Vineyard, Napa Valley

    2005 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon, Martha’s Vineyard, Napa Valley Opaque purple/black in the glass, just beginning to lighten at the rim. After 90 minutes of decanting and aeration, the nose nearly leapt from the glass, full of lush cassis and other black fruits, eucalyptus/mint, and Christmas spices. With more time in the glass, notes of chocolate, vanilla, and cedar emerged.

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  • A Warm Entrée for the Winter Weather

    A Warm Entrée for the Winter Weather By Mary Frederiksen, AKA The Happy Cooker (Editor’s note: This recipe was first published in the March 1999 issue of the High Desert Wine Explorers newsletter) Lately all I see on the television newscasts are stories about the winter weather. It is winter but somehow the snowstorms and cold temperatures are news worthy.

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  • 2013 Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio, Monterey

    2013 Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio, Monterey A brilliant light straw color. In the glass, straightforward aromatics of sweet apple, pear, a hint of banana, and a touch of wet stone minerality. These flavors follow through in the mouth, backed by a juicy acidity. This is a versatile white that can stand alone or be paired with sweet and savory dish ...

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  • Holiday Wine, Part 2 – More Sparkling Wines

    Holiday Wine, Part 2 – More Sparkling Wines By Glen Frederiksen What with the Holiday season upon us and all, it is a little hard to stay focused on the job at hand. Work commitments, shopping, family, friends, and celebratory parties all conspire to keep the diligent wine blogger from making his appointed rounds.

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  • Uniquely Austrian: A Heurigen Hike

    Uniquely Austrian: A Heurigen Hike The Grinzing neighborhood of Vienna is the home of the heuriger — a unique version of a winery tasting room. By Bob Johnson I have a feeling I would have liked Austrian Emperor Joseph II. Among the numerous reforms he enacted, he ended censorship of the press — something a lifelong journalist like myself certainly respects and appreciates.

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