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    A Taste of Louis Roederer Champagne

    I recently attended a private tasting of Louis Roederer Champagne at my favorite wine store – K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City. It was my first taste of Louis Roederer Champagne. The House Louis Roederer Champagne is one of the last great independent and family run Champagne houses. The family has been managing the business since 1833.

    3 readers - By ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

    You can’t ride two horses with one behind + professional ethics

    blogging ethics,Wine,Wine Blogger,Wine Business Whomever said, “You can’t ride two horses with one behind,” never saw the circus act where the pretty, young girl is riding two horses while standing up. You can ride two horses, but you have to be on your feet to do it, not on your behind. That’s where I am… I’m riding two horses, and I’m standing on my feet.

    3 readers - By Wine Blog

    Sic Transit Westwood

    By the time I post this I will no longer be a partner in the investor group that owns the Westwood Winery and Estate vineyard. I have stepped aside as winemaker, general manager, vineyard manager, and head of marketing and PR — all the hats I have worn for so many years here — and have sold my interest in favor of a new investor.

    2 readers - By notes from the winemaker

    Review: Elijah Craig Single Barrel 23 Years Old Bourbon

    Following on its Elijah Craig Single Barrel 21 Year Old expression, Heaven Hill is jumping straight to 23 years old for this increasingly improbable yet clearly popular series. I guess 22 was an unlucky number. Old bourbon, living in the shadow of Pappy Van Winkle, remains a dominating force in the whiskey business.

    3 readers - By Christopher Null/

    Obituary: Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

    Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, who has died aged 80 in Paris, pursued a successful acting career before launching herself into the family wine business in a move that would maker her one of the wine world's most renowned figures. The funeral cortege of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild.

    8 readers - By Decanter

    The Empire Strikes Back: Laube Takes on IPOB

    Brother Laube comes out swinging against In Pursuit of Balance, in the Sept. 30 issue of Wine Spectator. (Sorry, no link. The Spectator has one of the best firewalls in the business. No subscribe, no read.) I’d been wondering how long it would take him. After all, Jim is famous for giving high scores to ripe, plush wines that can be high in alcohol—which is exactly what IPOB is against.

    2 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Salida 7: A Spanish Renewal for Vancouver

    A refreshing new take on an old theme I’m intrigued by the idea that nothing happens in a vacuum—especially when it comes to Vancouver’s dynamic dining scene. This summer saw the closing of one of the city’s longest running rooms, when La Bodega served its last order of patatas bravas to make way for (what else?) more condos.

    3 readers - By

    Lucky Peach: The Seashore Issue

    My favorite food magazine is Lucky Peach, always a fascinating collection of well-written and intriguing articles about all things food. Each issue generally has a special theme, and if you love seafood, then you need to check out their latest issue, which is all about the Seashore.

    3 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    A gaggle of Grenache.

    I don't think there is an actual collective noun that is specific to a group of Grenache wines. I just like gaggle and Grenache together, although bevy (as in quail), or bouquet (as in pheasants) might be more appropriate. But I digress. Vinomaker has been on a bit of a Grenache binge of late.

    5 readers - By Vinsanity

    Italian Treasure

    DELICIOUSLY LIGHTHEARTED, FIZZY AND SEMI-SWEET Brachetto is an Italian treasure. A lighthearted, fruity, frizzy, low-alcolol wine for life’s little moments of joy. You could call it the gelato of wines! A little sweet, but also refreshing ...

    3 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

    The Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County

    SPONSORED POST September is California Wine Month and the Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County asked me to share some the resources they have available to visitors to Northern Sonoma County. The Wine Road is an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys of Northern Sonoma County.

    3 readers - By Wine Harlots

    San Luis Obispo County: September 2014 Events

    Cambria shining bright over Labor Day Weekend.With a remarkable Labor Day Weekend behind us, September has arrived on the scene and promises plenty more excuses to enjoy life in San Luis Obispo County. With our Indian Summer just getting started, more warm, sunny days are ahead of us, and I for one am ready for the merriment.

    4 readers - By Elizabeth in SLO

    Black Bear Cub, Cinnamon Phase – and Happy Labor Day!

    Hey there, everyone – long time no hear, I know… Apologies to all for the long dry spell, which has been due to work being absolutely crazy intense over the past couple of months. Just so you know, activity is going to be fairly slow for a while longer here as I am not out of the woods yet. Apologies also for not being able to participate in your wonderful blogs: I just can’t keep up right now.

    2 readers - By Clicks & Corks

    Restaurant Intervention: e – po – lu, Edmonds, WA.

    Welcome to binNotes | a wine blog. By L. M. Archer, FWS Follow binNotes | a wine blog: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest “He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.” ~ Henry David Thoreau ⚜⚜⚜ e-po-lu: sumptuous food, banquet or feast. I finally know what the sin of gluttony feels like. Or, rather – what it tastes like.

    4 readers - By binNotes | a wine blog


    We already fought this war! Hey, hey TCA: how many wines did you spoil today? by PHILIP WHITE There's a lot of excited popping around the cork business lately. The bark merchants can smell money. Because China still thinks wine is a quaint and old fashioned luxury, its merchants and sommeliers insist on wine being corked.

    3 readers - By drinkster