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    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

    Russia to invest â¬250m in Crimean wine industry

    The Russian government plans to invest up to €250m in the expansion and growth of the Crimean wine industry to include a 60% increase in vineyard plantings. Massandra Vineyard, Crimea; credit: Auzine As part of state plans, by 2025, the total area covered by Crimean vineyards will have grown from 37,300ha to 100,000ha, with the industry expecting to generate at least ...

    4 readers - By Decanter

    Drinkhacker Reads – 10.20.2014 – Chip Tate Opens Up and Other Legal Matters

    Drinkhacker Reads – 10.20.2014 – Chip Tate Opens Up and Other Legal Matters We’ve been reading a lot about the recent turmoil surrounding Balcones distillery, its owners, and distillery founder Chip Tate. Now Chip comes on the record to speak with Fred Minnick over at Whisky Advocate to tell his side of the story.

    3 readers - By Rob Theakston/

    Wine of the Day October 20, 2014

    2013 Domaine du Vissoux, Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes, Cuvee Traditionnelle, France. Pierre-Marie Chermette’s Vissoux old vine Beaujolais is a Gamay wonderland and one of the best non Crus I’ve ever tried, this is serious and beautiful wine that offers joyous fruit and intriguing complexities. The 2013 Pierre-Marie Domaine du Vissoux Cuvee Tradittionnelle Beaujolais Vieilles ...

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    October Wine Round-Up

    Now that the weather has cooled down in Texas, I’ve been lucky enough to get a number of wine shipments coming my way. Those shipments led us to another #TipsyTuesday with a group of work colleagues. Sometimes you have to kiss many frogs before you find your prince, but this time we had a great line-up of wines from around the world.

    1 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

    2011 Wildhaven Blazing Red

    Varietal: Merlot Region: Columbia Valley, Washington – USA Cost: $11-$14 Winemaker’s Notes: True to its nose, robust flavors of berry cobbler and black cherries swirl with notes of mocha and deep spice, punctuated by medium-firm tannins on the finish. My Review: If you’ve ever been to a Total Wine (and let’s be honest, love them or hate them, you’ve been to one), you know that t ...

    1 readers - By George Perry/ The Good Wine Guru

    Wine of the Week

    My introduction to Ray Signorello’s Fuse, Edge and Trim line of cabernet-based wines was with the 2010 vintage in 2012. This is a side-project apart from his Signorello Estate. The motive was to produce inexpensive or moderately-priced red wines that performed above their price point. (Here is the post with my reviews of those initial releases.

    1 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    Silvan Ridge Winery 2012 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $28

    Silvan Ridge Winery 2012 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $28 By Great Northwest Wine on October 20, 2014 This Spanish grape has found a home in Southern Oregon, where some vines are approaching 20 years of age, and this bottling marks the first vintage in which Juan Pablo Valot took over the role of winemaker at this historic Eugene brand.

    1 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

    Biking in Burgundy

    Does it get any better? Riding a bike in Burgundy Biking in Burgundy If you like wine, vineyards, photography, and biking, there is no better way to get to know Burgundy. We spent a week in Burgundy this October, renting a wonderful home in the village of Puligny Montrachet. The owner of the home had several bikes in his storage area and I found this one in the photo that suited me just fine.

    1 readers - By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

    Video: In Search of the Perfect Hamburger

    Posted on 20 October 2014. Three star Michelin award-winning chef Heston Blumenthal is chef/owner of the Fat Duck Restaurant in Bray, England. The restaurant was given the distinction of best restaurant in the world in 2005. He uses whatever he can at his disposal to make the best food he can, often using what most would consider molec ...

    3 readers - By Enobytes

    What soda makers think San Franciscans look like

    Proposition E would put a 2 cents per ounce tax on sugary soft drinks if San Francisco voters pass it in November. The American Beverage Association -- mostly Coke, Pepsi and their distributors -- has launched a multimillion-dollar campaign against it. San Francisco and its horde ...

    2 readers - By W. Blake Gray/ The Gray Report

    Blind Book Review: "Sherry"

    I’ve been patiently waiting for my review copy of Talia Baiocchi’s Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best Kept Secret. It’s apparently coming Palomino Express. I’m also breathlessly anticipating Jon Bonné’s glowing praise of this already legendary tome, certain to be included among his holiday wine book picks as payback for Baiocchi’s glowing words about The New California Wine.

    3 readers - By Ron Washam/ HoseMaster of Wine™