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    Mariana Vineyards "Sierra Foothills" Cabernet Franc 2010 wine review by (PB)

    Dark garnet hue with aromas of sweet tobacco, cigar box notes, with candied dark berry fruit with solid notes of cedar and black licorice. Palate--dark blackberry cream suggestion on a foundation that will benefit from another 4 years of cellaring. Tight flavors and young tannins bode well for a vibrant future. Finishes with a thin b ...

    7 readers - By The Wine Cask Blog

    La Merika Pinot Noir (Central Coast) 2012 wine review by (PB)

    Very light pale watermelon juice red hue with aromas of Candied apple hard cherry coating aroma with strawberry with gentle spice and a touch of bright fresh cherry. Palate--A burst of wood before the fruit, then woody, spicy thin strawberry and I mean "thin" berry fruit finishing with a little more wood. I paid $14 for this Pinot Noir which seems to be at t ...

    7 readers - By The Wine Cask Blog

    Lamb tagine with seven vegetables

    Somewhat belatedly I've invested in a tagine and heat diffuser. Till now I've been making do with my trusty Le Creuset cocotte. . . I suspect the difference in the meals I cook will be fairly marginal, but the sounds and smells of my imaginary Morocco already seem clearer. Seven, the magic number. In summary - brown the meat and while doing this prepare the spices, vegetables an ...

    2 readers - By Wino sapien

    Grilled Polenta Bites with Friulano Recipe

    Grilled Polenta Bites with Friulano A Trick-or-Treat Treat Fall is in full swing. And now that Thanksgiving is over, my next favourite festive event is here: Halloween. If you’re looking to add some scrumptious to your scary, I have a recipe that will do just the trick (or treat). These Grilled Polenta Bites with Friulano are a simple and easy snack for you to make just before y ...

    1 readers - By Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean

    Comté and Comtes

    Léon Beyer Cuvée des Comtes d'Eguisheim Riesling 2007 It's been a hectic couple months with some spidey projects and shutting down one bookshop and going to work in another. But I managed to take tomorrow off so I thought I'd celebrate a rare free day with a nice Riesling. It's been ages since I've had a good Riesling. But I must confess, I just can't seem to get a grip on Léon Beyer's style.

    1 readers - By Repository of Useless Information

    What is Champagne, and why you should drink it this Friday

    Listen up. This coming Friday, October 24th, is one of the most anticipated wine days of the year – Champagne Day. Yes, a global celebration for the world’s most amazing beverage. Hallelujah!! Earlier this summer I was hired by the US Champagne Bureau to teach a series of Champagne classes in Portland to spread the love for this magical sparkling drink and I learned something eye opening.

    1 readers - By Vindulge

    Raptor Ridge Winery 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $45

    Raptor Ridge Winery 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $45 By Great Northwest Wine on October 20, 2014 A decade ago, Scott Shull began planting his Tuscowallame Vineyard, and this plush wine is a blend of the six clones established there — 114, 115, 777, Pommard and Wadenswil. The nose features classic aromas of strawberry jam and dusty black cherry, along with plum jui ...

    1 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

    Inspired Words about Champagne

    There have been several books written about Champagne over the past few years and most of them have been excellent. The latest entry is from Australian author Tyson Stelzer, who has delivered a work of great complexity and depth, somewhat akin to one of the great Champagnes he describes in this work.

    4 readers - By Tom Hyland/ Reflections on Wine

    Winners at the 2014 Austin County Wine Show

    Grand Champion Jerry Watson, Silver Medalist Martha Tarkington and Bronze Medal winner Ken Krienke at the 2014 Austin County Wine Show Winners at the 2014 Austin County Wine Show I once spoke with Texas high plains winegrower Neal Newsom about the differences in growing grapes for wine and growing other crops like hay and cotton.

    3 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Hambledon Classic Cuvee, a brilliant new English sparkling wine

    Hambledon Classic Cuvee, a brilliant new English sparkling wine Hambledon Vineyard has history. It was established in 1952, the first of the new era vineyards in the UK. The village of Hambledon is also the cradle of the sport of cricket. Hambledon Vineyard was bought by Ian Kellett in 1999, and he decided fairly soon on that the future for England is sparkling wine.

    1 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

    Fresh Sheet October 20th 2014

    Today’s Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent releases – includes wines from Kevin White Winery, Kerloo Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars, Columbia Crest, Long Shadows project wines, Guardian Cellars, Maryhill Winery and more. Note: These are reviews for wines received and sampled prior to October 1st when my responsibilities changed for Wine Enthusiast to cover all of Washington.

    1 readers - By Sean P. Sullivan/ Washington Wine Report

    Batasiolo Barbera d’Alba DOC 2011

    The good people at Mondial Wines sent me this bottle as they know I’m partial to Italian wines, and they’re nuts about them. Barbera d’Alba is one of those wines that’s great because it’s easy to understand. It’s made from Barbera grapes grown around the town of … go on guess … well done, it is Alba.

    1 readers - By Erin Mellor/ Golly's Wine Drops

    Gin Up: Cask Aging & Sage Cheese

    I like gin, but in the spirits world gin is like that weird little kid who lives down the street from you that no one wants to play with. You know, there’s just something socially…odd about him. Oh sure, everyone loves vodka, whiskey, and tequila but gin needs more friends. So when an oak aged solera gin came my way I was excited to sample it.

    3 readers - By Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz

    October Eats

    Over the weekend I practiced my handstands and worked on some projects around the house. The Fall season in Florida rocks! Let’s show some food this post since I’ve not lately. Usually I like to partake in the stone crab claws season when it opens October 17; however, Publix is selling them for $39.99/lb! Ain’t nobody got money for that, well some people do, just nobody in this house.

    3 readers - By Virtual Vine

    Domaine Henry at St. Georges d’Orques.

    I first met François and Laurence Henry when they were at Domaine St. Martin de la Garrigue outside Montagnac. Since then the family property has been sold and they have gone on to create a new estate of their own. Domaine Henry in St. Georges d’Orques, with a first vintage in 1993. They bought vines from a coop member, eleven hectares, planted with what François called the usua ...

    4 readers - By Rosemary George/ Taste Languedoc

    When the Rules Don't Apply to You

    There are many rules and regulations in the alcohol beverage industry at the federal, state and local levels. The County of Sonoma regulates the sale and production at wineries because it is a commercial venture usually taking place in a rural area. There are concerns with noise, traffic, water use, etc.

    1 readers - By Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonoma

    Browne Family Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $35

    Browne Family Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $35 By Great Northwest Wine on October 20, 2014 Waterbrook winemaker John Freeman continues to expand his pet project for Precept CEO Andrew Browne, who recently opened a tasting room on Main Street in Walla Walla for this brand. Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Mirage and Joel Hattrup’s acclaimed Elephant Mountain Vineyard came togeth ...

    1 readers - By Great Northwest Wine