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  • All Hallows 'Een

    Good Morning Gentle Readers, I intended to work up a little historical narrative about the amalgam of Mezzo-American, Scots-Irish, and Catholic traditions that when taken together form the nucleus of what we modern Americans call Halloween. Instead, I will defer to The Book of Counted Sorrows, which teaches us that..... There's no escape from death's embra ...

    2 readers - The Wine Commonsewer
  • 2012 Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon

    This was the last night the girls would get together to watch their smut show for a while. It had been fun seeing Chris’ friends, enjoying their food and sharing the wine they bring. It’s a good thing we have a Tivo box because the girls never start watching the show on-time. More often some arrive after seven pm when they start to visit, eat around the kitchen, and eventuall ...

    2 readers - Bills Wine Wandering
  • Livermore Stories: Pat Paulsen Vineyards

    Monty Paulsen loves to create wine brands. He’s an eclectic winemaker, making wine from wherever he can get his hands on grapes, be that Martinez, California or the Valle Central in Chile. On his website alone you’ll find four brands with a total of 26 different wines. These days you’ll find Monty behind the Pat Paulsen Vineyards tasting bar of his newly opened tasting room in Livermore Valley.

    2 readers - WineFashionista
  • Happy Halloween: Numbskull

    No, I am not calling anyone a name ... Last weekend I gathered with 19 of my "sorority" sisters for our annual "tea." However, I would defy anyone to even find a tea bag at our gatherings. Instead, corks fly like witches on brooms and bubbles dance in our wine glasses. For that true effect of Halloween gore, every good party needs a little red wine, and we usually keep a few bottles around.

    2 readers - Through The Walla Walla Grape Vine™
  • Halloween Wine Tastings in Portland!

    This photo is from 2002 Halloween, taken with me and my son at the Multnomah County Library Halloween party, I have no idea if my son is a bumblebee or some sort of monster! Have a great and safe holiday out there! E & R Wine Shop Huge sale! Every Day Wine Owen Roe Europa Wine Merchant C & G Wines Backroads of Piedmont The Piedmont region has gained fame for the Nebbiolo wines.

    1 readers - Portland Oregon Wine
  • The future of pizza at Simone Padoan’s I Tigli & a cool wine bar in Soave

    What a blast to get to eat at Simone Padoan’s cutting-edge pizzeria I Tigli in San Bonifacio in Soave township last night! That’s Simone (above, left) with Lisa Anselmi, who treated us to a wonderful dinner at this fantastic restaurant. Simone is a mother yeast master and he uses different mothers to create a wide variety of flatbreads inspired by the various regions of Italy.

    6 readers - Do Bianchi/ Do Bianchi
  • 2012 Earthworks Shiraz

    2012 Earthworks Shiraz Inky dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet displays some lovely rich black cherries. The fruit is definitely the star in this wine! It’s slightly jammy in texture. On the medium length finish the black cherries live on nicely backed by some nice acidity, some noticeable oak and some fine tannins. There’s a hint of pepper to the fi ...

    4 readers - John Galea/ Canadian Wine Guy
  • Cleaning a Couple Things Up

    I had planned on an entirely different post today, but in an effort to Get Things Done, I decided at the last-minute to change it up. First, Happy Halloween everyone! I used to despise this “holiday” since for the first 9 years of my life my mother used to insist that my siblings and I all be clowns—and she made all the costumes herself.

    2 readers - the drunken cyclist
  • NEWS FETCH – October 31, 2014

    NEWS FETCH – October 31, 2014 TOP NEWS HARVEST 2014/GLOBAL WINE SUPPLY CALIFORNIA BRIEFS DROUGHT/WATER PUBLIC COMPANIES DIRECT SHIPPING HALLOWEIRD FINANCE, M&A INVESTING IN WINE, COLLECTING & AUCTIONS HEALTH ALCOHOL FOR IDIOTS REGULATION & LEGAL MATTERS INDUSTRY DATA & TRENDS MARKETING & SALES WINE CHOICE BRANDING SOCIAL MEDIA & TECH MANAGEMENT & EM.

    3 readers - Lewis Perdue/ Wine Industry Insight
  • Wine of the Day October 31, 2014 -Happy Halloween!

    2013 Patrick Coulbois, Pouilly-Fume “Les Cocques” Loire Valley White, France. This beautiful and thrilling Sauvignon Blanc from Les Berthiers in Saint-Andelain, the same town as Dagueneau, is crafted by Patrick Coulbois from grapes grown on vines that are rooted into Silex soils, and the results are divine, one of the best new Sauvignon Blancs of the year for me.

    1 readers - grapelive.com
  • Pumpkin Cupcakes with Go Veggie!

    Pumpkin Cupcakes with Go Veggie! Halloween is here and after a long day of costume changes, makeup fixes, and trick or treating, some fun home activities are always needed with the little ones. After all that candy sorting comes a sugar rush, so how do we slow the kids down with out diminishing the halloween fun? Make Pumpkin Cupcakes with Go Veggie Cream Cheese Frosting! Pum ...

    2 readers - Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City
  • Mini Quiz Answer and #MWWC13 Theme Announcement

    Happy Halloween Friday! Last Wednesday I had a small “what is it” quiz where you were supposed to figure out what was that object in the picture: What Is It? Well, somehow it happened to be a difficult question ( or may be it was just boring). Anyway, here is the answer – this is “The Original Lancashire Bomb” – a cheese, produced in Lancashire in UK.

    1 readers - Talk-A-Vino
  • Later

    his right eye became more and more droopy as the night wore on, bearing witness to a ...

    2 readers - Wino sapien
  • Day of the Dead Cocktail: Sub Rosa

    photo by Neal Bayless The popular perception of ghosts is that they appear to taunt, tease and menace the living. But in some cultures, they understand sometimes ghosts just want to party. In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a sacred holiday celebrated each year on November 1st in which altars are built for ancestors and loved ones who have passed.

    1 readers - Amanda Schuster/ The Alcohol Professor
  • Review: Stone Coffee Milk Stout

    Review: Stone Coffee Milk Stout It’s breakfast for happy hour with Stone’s latest, a limited edition beer that was previous bottled as a pilot project called Gallagher’s After Dinner Stout. Stone tinkered and reformulated Brian Gallagher’s brew to bring it to the masses, and here it is, a stout brewed with milk sugar lactose and coffee beans from San Diego’s Ryan Bros.

    1 readers - Christopher Null/ Drinkhacker.com
  • The Best Box Wines - La Vieille Ferme Vin Rouge

    BULK BUY! This box deserves a permanent position on your counter. This post brought to you by: Get the Chateau Gillet Bordeaux 2011 for just $12.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault from Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone, France. SRP of $28 and available for as low as $20. Produced by Perrin et Fils and imported by Vineyard Brands.

    6 readers - Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob
  • Champagne prices on the rise at major auction firms

    Fierce bidding for old and rare Champagne in the UK and US over the past fortnight has further cemented the category's place on the global auction scene. Image credit: BonhamsBonhams set a high standard on 24 October by selling a rare, 1914 vintage Pol Roger for £5,640 in London. It had estimated the 100-year-old vintage, which was harvested as the first battles of the First ...

    2 readers - Decanter
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