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  • Holiday Gift Guide

    This year’s Gift Giving Guide for the wine lover on your list. By Lou Marmon Gazette Newspapers December 17, 2014 While no wine-lover will ever complain about receiving a special bottle as a holiday gift, there are many other options that would please even the snobbiest on your list. A favorite recent publication is “The Wines of California” by Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, (a.k.a.

    Grapelines- 3 readers -
  • News You Can Use

    Celtuce With holiday parties gearing up this bit of news seems appropriate. Did you know you are drinking Champagne wrong? According to Hannah Goldfield, and various wine experts, the Champagne flute is not the best way to taste Champagne. Yes, it concentrates and displays the flow of bubbles to the top of the glass, but it is too narrow and of the wrong shape to capture th ...

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 1 readers -
  • The Perfect Gift

    What to buy for the wine lover in your life. Or us. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: enough with the wine gadgets. Unless you’re springing for a Coravin, we don’t need any more. Aerators, stoppers, corkcicles, etc. It’s enough already. For the most part, these are all gimmicks designed to separate you from your money, and they’re probably just going to collect du ...

    Mike Madaio/ Pennsylvania Vine Companyin Syrah Malbec- 1 readers -
  • Dachau

    Today we sober up from the Munich palaces and an unpronounceable Scheurebe white wine with a visit to Dachau’s concentration camp. We link a train and shuttle and then shuffle through snow and suburbs. Then the duplexes stop abruptly at a wall. I give my wife our camera: partly because she has a knack for dispassionate documentation, and my dollar store gloves suck.

    WAYWARD WINE- 1 readers -
  • The perfect holiday gifts for cocktail lovers

    The perfect holiday gifts for cocktail lovers December 18, 2014 The best holiday gifts are the gifts that keep on giving. If you want the perfect gift for a friend or loved one who loves cocktails as much as you, give them this craft cocktail gift set. Its two gifts in one: they’ll love you for it and you stand a good chance of having them make you cocktails for the next year.

    Matt Mcginnis/ What Are you Drinking?- 1 readers -
  • The WineFashionista Guide to the Best Wine Holiday Gifts

    ‘Tis the season and time for holiday gift recommendations. What to get the wine lover in your life? Not the same old same old. I’ve been looking all year for the coolest, most unique – and yes, stylish presents for you to give — and a few you might want to keep for yourself! Cheers and happy holidays. Chill Out. Forget chilling a whole bottle of wine, go by the glass.

    WineFashionista- 2 readers -
  • A Night in Bordeaux

    I am not much for ceremony or pomp. I am a pretty firm believer that every night is a potential “Open that Bottle Night“. I think it is rooted in a crippling fear of disappointment. On “special” occasions I would rather open a bottle of wine I am fairly confident will be good (and have a potential backup in case it is not good) than a bottle that might be more “special” but t ...

    the drunken cyclist- 1 readers -
  • Sokol Blosser Sparkling Wines for the Holidays

    Recently Sokol Blosser, located in Oregon, sent us a package of wines and goodies to sample and write about. We visited Sokol Blosser a few years ago and after our visit we wrote an article about the winery, vineyards and wines. The article is available online. “Sokol Blosser is a green winery with a sustainable vineyard. Solar panels provide one-third of the wineries total energy needs.

    Wine Trail Traveler- 1 readers -
  • Sony and Coravin: Case studies in crisis management

    So you are a major international corporation. Let's say your name is Sony. And you are hacked by some nefarious organization calling themselves Guardians of Peace (who, while guarding the peace, create a lot of havoc in the process). So you have a crisis on your hands. So what is your response? Deny. Deny. Deny. First you act as though nothing has happened and batten down the hatches.

    Wine -- Mise en abyme- 51 readers -
  • Wine Marketing--Getting You to Buy

    Marketing wine is pretty much like any other retail sales. There are some great lines the marketeers use to get you to act. Like these: Time sensitive so you don't go away and think about it Free shipping. Offer ends Friday Up to 30% off for three days only Last chance to save Playing on your ego Special invitation to save on limited-release wines Exclusive offer for you Be ...

    Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonomain Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Easy Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal

    I’ve been enjoying HOT overnight oatmeal for a few years now and I’d been curious about all the cold versions I’d been seeing on Pinterest (are we connected there by the way?). I finally made cold blueberry overnight oatmeal and it’s FANTASTIC!! Couldn’t be simpler, mix everything in a canning jar, shake and store in the fridge overnight.

    Veronique Deblois/ Food & Wine Chickie Insider- 2 readers -
  • Best tea rooms & shops in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is known for its eclectic mix of an East-meets-West tea scene. Rather than a destination for buying tea, the city has been mostly associated with its British-influenced high-tea at top-notch historic hotels like The Peninsula and Mandarin Oriental, the Hong Kong style sweet milk tea sold casually on the streets or the ‘yum cha‘ cafeterias where Chinese tea is served with dim-sum.

    Winebeing- 2 readers -
  • Wine of the Day December 18, 2014

    2013 Weingut Theo Minges, Riesling, Gleisweiler, Trocken, Pfalz Germany. The Weingut Minges of Theo Minges and his daughter Regina is really coming into it’s own, and starting to challenge the top flight wineries of the Pfalz region in the southern zone of Germany’s wine area, they are in the process of certification of total biodynamic and already are completely organic and ...

    grapelive.comin Riesling- 3 readers -
  • Top Ten Wine Bars in Bordeaux

    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The article was written by Pascale Bernasse Wine Tours of France with coordination from Leslie Orndoff. Bordeaux is beautiful city. But face it, today, the region is famous for its stunning wines and not the city. While it’s fun to visit chateau and taste the wine at the property, there are times when you want to enjoy one ...

    Jeff Leve/ The Wine Cellar Insider- 3 readers -
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