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  • Vinos de Arganza Flavium Premium Bierzo 2008

    A phenomenal value, glugable jammy fruit wrapped around a velvety core of toasted oak spice. Estate: Vinos de Arganza is a family estate owned by Victor Robal and his wife, Ángeles Varela, who can trace her family’s winemaking traditions back to the 15th century. The estate is located in the El Bierzo region of northwest Spain and contains nearly 4000 hectares of vineyards.

    the buddha in your glass- 3 readers -
  • Weekend Tasting-Vineyard-Jan 30-31

    Roger has a lot to say about this weekend’s tasting at the Vineyard. He described it as “All New Wines & 90 Pointers! One Top 100!” Here’s the details. This weekend we will be tasting several new wines which are highly rated and a Wine Spectator Top 100 wine. We have several new wines that have come in this week and last so we have decided to showcase a few this week. 4 readers -
  • Wine of the Day January 31, 2015

    2013 Elio Altare, Dolcetto d’ Alba DOC, Piedmonte, Italy. The Altare 2013 Dolcetto is a marvelous success in what is easily the toughest vintage since 2002 in Piedmonte, and it shows all the right stuff to be an excellent and friendly food wine and no pretense quaffer. This La Morra Dolcetto, grown in Barolo vineyards starts with dark berry, minty herbs, dark flowers and eart ... 4 readers -
  • More Red Wings and Red Rhônes 2015

    Following up on the 6 wines I reported on earlier this week, here’s the Rhône-down on the rest of what we’ve been enjoying lately, starting with our house red. (Click images to enlarge.) 2012 Domaine Sainte Anne Rouge Côtes du Rhône, 14.5% alc., $12.99: We’ve been fans of this producer for some time now; we went through quite a bit of the 2011 version of this wine over a two ...

    George Heritier/ Gang of Pour On Wine- 2 readers -
  • Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms

    CHICKEN STEW INGREDIENTS: • 6 oz slab bacon, cut into ½ pieces • ½ cup all-purpose flour • 4 chicken legs (drumsticks with thighs; about 2 lbs.) • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1 ¼ pound mixed mushrooms • 1 medium onion, chopped • 6 cloves garlic crushed • ½ cup dry white wine • 6 sprigs thyme • 2 bay leaves • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth DIRECTIONS: Crisp b ...

    WineStylesin Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • Mas Belles Eaux Les Coteaux 2008 - More Lovely Languedoc

    A beauty. This post brought to you by: Get wines like the Franklin Tate Estates Alexanders Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on 3 or more bottles (mix&match)! 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre from 20 year old vines in Languedoc, France. The wine is aged in one, two, and three year old French Oak barrels for 15 months.

    Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snobin Syrah- 2 readers -
  • Washington State Wine Awards celebrate restaurants, trade

    The 13th annual Washington State Wine Awards were staged Jan. 27, 2015 in the Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of the Washington State Wine Commission) SEATTLE — Longtime Seattle wine merchant Dan McCarthy received the Walter Clore Honorarium to highlight the 13th annual Washington State Wine Awards in Seattle. Festivites on Jan.

    Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine- 3 readers -
  • Saturday Reminders

    As I head off to coach another two basketball games today (wish me luck—Sebastian’s team is undefeated [7-0] and Nathan’s team is vying for the top seed in the playoffs [5-1]), I thought I would remind you about a few things: First, be sure to vote in this month’s Monthly Wine Writing Challenge. There are only a few days left to vote (voting closes on Monday).

    the drunken cyclist- 2 readers -
  • Extreme Wine Tourism

    Different travelers may have different ideas as to what constitutes extreme wine tourism. My concept involves an opportunity to walk through vineyards, taste wines, tour the winemaking facility and then spend the night on the property and not have to walk far from the lodging to a restaurant. The restaurant and lodging are the two extreme criteria that separate many of the wo ...

    Wine Trail Traveler- 6 readers -
  • Six thrilling wines with bargains galore

    Six fantastic wines for Rachel Khoo’s sumptuous recipes in Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine. 2011 Heirloom Vineyards, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia (£11.99, reduced to £9.99 until 17 February, Tesco). I first wrote this wine up a year ago and it has now nearly run out of stock. It is drinking at its peak and at this special price you should track it down right away an ...

    Matthew Jukes- 2 readers -
  • Finding unboring wines in Marlborough, part 1: Seresin Estate

    If you don’t live in New Zealand, Seresin Estate is a producer you should know, or know better. They’re a largish (if you’re not comparing against Yealands) biodynamic producer in Marlborough, and the biodynamics is one reason you should know them: Seresin proves that fresh, approachable, frankly delicious biodynamic and even no-sulfur wines are possible.

    The Wine-o-scope- 4 readers -
  • GINUARY 30th: Gin Swizzle

    Swizzles have a long history, having been mentioned in a variety of literature since the mid 18th century. Typically they consisted of rum diluted with water, ice and other aromatic ingredients which was mixed by rotating a special forked stick made from a root between the palms. American naturalist and writer Frederick Albion Ober noted in 1920 that the swizzle was a combina ...

    Frankly My Dear- 1 readers -
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