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  • Almaza Wine Cellars

    I was first introduced to Almaza Jewelers last year at the 2014 Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) Conference’s gala, where a beautiful ruby ring donated by the jeweler was being auctioned; unfortunately, I was outbid. Every year Almaza Jewelers donates fine jewelry to the TWGGA Conference, which are then used in the auctions.

    Texas Wine Lover- 3 readers -
  • Necklace.

    skip to main | skip to sidebar Well, here we are on the last day of January and it has not rained once this month. And I think I can safely predict that it will not rain before midnight tonight. In fact, we have had no rain since Christmas Eve. As I write this post the current temperature outside is 79°F.

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  • To New York for VINO 2015: Celebrating the Wines of Southern Italy

    Very excited to be leaving for New York at the crack of dawn on Super Bowl Sunday to attend VINO 2015. When it comes to wine geekiness, this celebration of the wines of Southern Italy means Russell Wilson times Tom Brady times Katy Perry levels of excitement for me. This sponsored media trip will allow me to not just stick my big toe into the world of Southern Italian wine, ...

    Jameson Fink/ Jameson Fink- 3 readers -
  • Dreaming of a White (Wine) Christmas

    I don't think that it was the result of an over-abundance of Bing Crosby's or Michael Bublé's crooning, but my holiday dinner turned out to be an all-white wine Christmas. As is our family tradition, my sis, Vixen, hosted Christmas dinner for the gang. Other than to spoil the nieces and nephew, my job is to bring along the wine. Funny that. 1833. N.V.

    2001 Bottles - A Wine Odysseyin Riesling- 3 readers -
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $11

    Best Buy! The largest producer in the Pacific Northwest lowered production of its largest-volume Chardonnay by about 10 percent from the stunning 2012 vintage. There’s a fair bit layering to this inexpensive offering, starting with six months of surlie aging in a program of 35% new oak. That accou ...

    Great Northwest Wine- 4 readers -
  • super bowl bets: grapefriend style

    For this year’s Super Bowl governors bet, they’re not even betting stuff to give to each other – it’s all being donated to food pantries (which is very nice) but the weird part is that they’ll do it “win or lose.” I get why they’re doing this – you can’t exactly get a food pantries hopes up and then be like, “Oh sorry, Gronk sucked on the field so now you’re not getting food.

    grapefriendin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • scandal wine recap: spillgate

    It’s been a long draught without Scandal these past few months – but this week it came back with the fury of a grapefriend denied their just grapes! Let’s have our plat recapture Abby get to it! Scandal is back, grapefriends, and it brought a whole lot of crazy to our TVs. Unfortunately this week did not bring many wine moments, though we all definitely needed a glass or two ...

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  • Anakena Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 $13

    Chile, Cachapoal Valley While shopping for a few new Cabs to try and write about the wine sales clerk voiced a definite “thumbs up” for this one. For the price point, I figured why now. It opened up with bold aromas of black cherries, dark chocolate, toasted wood and hints of earthy minerals. I guess you could say it has some typical qualities on the nos ...

    Simple Wine Talkin Cabernet Sauvignon- 5 readers -
  • A very interesting Turkish red: Kayra Öküzgözü

    This rather delicious, old-world-styled Turkish red is from Elaziğ in Eastern Anatolia, the birthplace of wine. This is in the south east of the country, not all that far from the Iraq border. It’s grown at 850-1100 m on chalky clay and decomposed granite. The variety is named ‘eye of the bull’ and produces large black berries with high acid and moderate tannins.

    jamie goode's wine blog- 4 readers -
  • Wining away the day in the Santa Ynez Valley...

    Wes Hagen, pruning The Goddess of Wine and JD headed for the wilds of Lompoc recently, ostensibly to pick up wine at Clos Pepe, but also to spend a bit of time in the vineyard with that Renaissance man, Wes Hagen and his trusty assistant, Andrew Turner. It was a beautiful day, sunny and breezy, and Wes and Andrew walked us through winter vineyard management and a demonstration ...

    Goddess of Wine- 2 readers -
  • Mercer Estates 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $26

    Merlot grows as well as any other Bordeaux variety in Washington, and its structure stands up to food and cellaring, too. Rather than overripe and syrupy, there’s a solid backbone and Old World style to this vintage from one of Prosser’s more s ...

    Great Northwest Wine- 2 readers -
  • The Wine Ghosts of Christmas Past (with a toast to Charles Dickens)

    Christmas Cake is one of those classic symbols of the Christmas Season for me. So when I eat my last piece of celebratory cake each year, I know the Christmas holidays are truly over for another 12 months. Warre’s 2000 Port A week ago, we enjoy one of the best Christmas cakes I have tasted for some time: moist with home made marzipan and icing that is gentle on our teeth.

    elizabethsvines- 2 readers -
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