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    Absinthe, part 2: paintings, literature, and lore

    Written by Michael Oudyn Picasso’s absinthe drinker Well, after our fine tasting and distillery tour (see last post) I couldn’t wait to start playing around with absinthe. It turns out I especially like it with a lady jazz singer in the background, a little less water than the traditional four to one ratio, and just a dab of sugar; I do have a taste for the bitter.

    1 readers - By Wine Tripping

    2012 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

    2012 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County Brilliant medium straw in color, with green highlights, this focused wine oozes smoky oak and clarified butter aromas, leading to flavors of poached pear, baking spice and peach. It really sweetens up in the mouth, and has a long, palate-coating finish ...

    5 readers - By Wine Lines

    2014 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

    2014 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County Practice your glass swirling technique, because you’re going to need it for this wine, which presents an initial impression of cat pee — not unusual for Sauvignon Blanc.

    1 readers - By Wine Lines

    Bill Frick: The One Man Band

    After the bare requisites to living and reproducing, man wants most to leave some record of himself, a proof, perhaps, that he has really existed. ~ John Steinbeck Just driving around the Dry Creek Valley, you'd most likely miss a casual stop to see Bill Frick and visit his tasting room, found at the bottom of a small hillside in Sonoma County.

    2 readers - By Cuvée Corner Wine Blog

    2013 Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County

    2013 Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County Floral and fruit forward, this wine presents good acidity in the mouth with a touch of rosewater viscosity. Notes of lime, white peach, banana and lemongrass entice the nose, refresh the palate and invite another sip ...

    1 readers - By Wine Lines

    #MerlotMe all month long

    #MerlotMe all month long #MerlotMe The month long celebration begins today It’s been 10 years since the movie Sideways hit theaters and forever changed our perception of Merlot ...

    9 readers - By wine country eating

    The “Proper” Glassware: DON’T Be An Idiot

    I’ve worked in the beverage biz and other related fields (restaurants, journalism) for over forty years, now, and there is very little that I (as an off-center and endlessly curious type) haven’t tried in the way of figuring out what people want to drink/eat and why they want it.

    2 readers - By The Pour Fool

    Drinkhacker Reads – 10.01.2014 – Quick Links Edition

    Drinkhacker Reads – 10.01.2014 – Quick Links Edition Many stories to pull from today! Let’s get right to it: A class action lawsuit against Templeton Rye has been given a green light to proceed. [USA Today] Spirits Business reports UK craft distilling is predicted to double in 2014.

    2 readers - By Rob Theakston/

    Cava: A Must Have?

    Earlier this year, Kathy and I attended a tasting of wines from La Mancha. Prior to the tasting for the media and trade, we attended a seminar about these wines from Spain. We were hoping to travel to Spain one day and experience the vineyards, wineries, food and wines. We were excited when we were selected to be a part of the media group covering the 50 Great Cavas Tour.

    6 readers - By Wine Trail Traveler

    SIPS: Samuel Adams Octoberfest: The OctoPop

    SIPS: Samuel Adams Octoberfest: The OctoPop It’s fashionable, these days, to knock Samuel Adams. Most people know only their very narrow range of core beers that they encounter in the supermarket and never suspect that that huge mega-microbrewery in Boston is one of the most avidly and actively experimental breweries in the US.

    1 readers - By The Pour Fool

    Consider the Gaspereau Valley

    Benjamin Bridge, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia No one gets us like we get ourselves. Not so long ago that statement still held more water than the combined towers in all of Canada’s small towns. Here’s another grandiloquent statement. Exceptional wine is made in British Columbia and in Ontario.

    5 readers - By Godello

    The A-List – September 2014

    It’s the top of the month and that means it’s time to look back at the best of the best that we’ve reviewed this week. We’re still enjoying a healthy onslaught of bourbons and whiskies thanks to the special/limited edition release season that’s now in full swing, but we also had a very special tequila, Casa Noble Anejo, which received the rare and coveted “A+” rating.

    2 readers - By Rob Theakston/

    Dotson~Cervantes Something Red: And, Definitely Worth the Wait

    Alphonse Dotson & Martha Cervantes & their Something Red Dotson~Cervantes Something Red: And, Definitely Worth the Wait We met in Mason on a Saturday in September not really knowing much more than what Alphonse Dotson told me over the phone earlier in the week. He said, “Russ, my brother, I’ve got something for you to taste.

    5 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Playing Hooky on a Monday at Paul Martin's American Grill & Knee Deep Brewing Co

    Playing hooky from work every once in a while is fun isn't it? We did just that on Monday celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary. I said to my husband isn't 13 supposed to be bad luck? Nonsense he said...let's get out of here and celebrate! So off we went.. we originally wanted to lunch at High Hand Nursery...but upon arrival we found a wedding taking place and High Hand was closed.

    2 readers - By Sipped In California

    Native Sun, Purple Star wines find home near Red Mountain

    Amy and Kyle Johnson own and operate Terra Vinum, the parent company for their Purple Star and Native Sun brands. They will produce both wines at their new facility in Benton City, Wash. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) BENTON CITY, Wash. — Soft-spoken Kyle Johnson, one of Washington state’s most talented winemakers, is no longer a vagabond vintner.

    8 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

    Paso Robles Eats: Black Stallion Bar & Grill

    Paso Robles Eats: Black Stallion Bar & Grill So, Black Stallion Bar & Grill isn’t brand new but it’s brand new to us. To be honest, I don’t know how long they’ve been open but it’s been a little while.

    2 readers - By Hoot n Annie

    Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet, and Wine Blogging’s Willie Nelson

    Tasting Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet with Alder Yarrow As part of the VH1 Storytellers series, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson record an acoustic album together. For classic country fans, like myself, it’s a beautiful moment bringing two of the greats together. In the liner notes Cash explains how sitting side-by-side with Nelson on stage, Cash couldn’t help but envy Nelson’s picking ability.

    6 readers - By Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews