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    Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard/Vino Cruz

    2013 Grenache Blanc, Bokisch Vineyard An unoaked white wine, made entirely in stainless steel. The nose is floral and creamy with a hint of vanilla; it's balanced and rich with a tannic prickle on finish. 2012 Verdelho, Silvaspoons Vineyard Smoky nose; flavors of candied Ginger and mineral notes, but the finish is quite quick.

    3 readers - By Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley Wines

    Christie's sees strong bidding at DWWA auction for WaterAid

    A special charity auction of wines from this year's Decanter World Wine Awards held by Christie's in London has fetched more than £40,000. David Elswood of Christie's leads the DWWA auction in London. Bidders in Christie's' King Street salesroom vied with online buyers from Ireland and China for hundreds of cases split into 65 lots.

    4 readers - By Decanter

    Douro: Diversité et Assemblages

    Sur la scène vinicole, lorsqu’on évoque le Portugal la première chose qui vient en tête est le fameux Porto. La renommée de la région repose en grande partie sur ce vin fortifié. Au Québec (du moins), ce qui attire le plus l’attention depuis quelques années est la qualité et le bon rapport qualité-prix des vins provenant de la vallée du Douro.

    3 readers - By Julien Marchand/ Chez Julien

    CRITICISING WINE CRITICISM

    There's a lot of bristly haggling about the role of 'wine writers' lately. I've always preferred to call myself a wine critic and get on with it. Ten years ago, Eric Beecher and Jane Gribble ran a hot little half A4 stapled weekly called The Reader. Deputy Editor Jane Nethercote called and asked about the nature of writing on wine.

    1 readers - By Philip White/ drinkster

    Ravenswood Besieged by Nature this Halloween

    “Are ravens circling a good or a bad omen?”, Joel thought, as the black winged birds, about the size of a football, with long wingspan, and tapered wings, and each feather, like so many shiny throwing daggers silently glided above his head, this dark and gloomy evening, the copper Autumn moon just half exposed, peaking behind the gathering storm clouds to see what will happen to this man dress.

    1 readers - By Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal

    Champagne Day, October 24, 2014

    Frédérique pouring their champagne at Champagne Jean-Claude MOUZON in Verzenay Friday, October 24th is Champagne Day. This is the fifth annual day that wine enthusiasts world-wide will open a bottle of champagne and enjoy with their food. The day is dedicated solely to champagne from the Champagne region in France. Cava, prosecco and sparkling wines do not count.

    1 readers - By Wine Trail Traveler

    Fall Creek Vineyards announces new, second location in Driftwood, Texas

    AUSTIN, TX, October 22, 2014 — One of Texas’ first and most respected wineries, Fall Creek Vineyards, is expanding by opening a new tasting room and production facility in Driftwood, Texas. The second winery location will feature an elegant Hill Country estate on 17 beautiful acres adjacent to Onion Creek, and is well situated to become tasting destination for both tourists and locals alike.

    4 readers - By Texas Wine and Trail Magazine

    Living The Dream — Making Organic Wine — Part 2

    If at any point during the harvest one finds oneself in the unlikely situation of having nothing to do, there are always containers to be cleaned, loose grapes to be swept up, floors to be hosed, or, most importantly, caps to be punched down. For the uninitiated, let me explain. Red grapes, unlike whites, sit on their skins in fermenters for several days until the fermentation process stops.

    1 readers - By Organic Wine Journal

    Wine of the Day October 23, 2014

    2012 Alfaro Family Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Lester Family Vineyards at Deer Park, Santa Cruz Mountains. Richard Alfaro does a wonderful selection of non estate Cru bottling, these include a Schultze Family Vineyards, a Garys’ Vineyard farmed by the Franscioni and Pisoni Families, and this stunning Lester Family Vineyards at Deer Park Pinot Noir.

    3 readers - By grapelive.com

    October Texas Wine Month Road Trip

    The post October Texas Wine Month Road Trip appeared first on Texas Wine Lover. As you probably are aware, October is Texas Wine Month. That meant there was no doubt Gloria and I had to go on a road trip. We still had the Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass we won at the silent auction at the TWGGA Conference in February, so it was only fitting we head to the Hill Country.

    4 readers - By Texas Wine Lover

    The Best Box Wines - Vina Borgia Garnacha 2013

    BULK BUY! A beauty of a box from Bodegas Borsao. 100% Garnacha from Campo de Borja, Aragon, Spain. Available for around $20. Bottles sell for around $6-$7, so this 3L box (4 bottle equivalent) at only $20 is a great deal on an already inexpensive wine. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "From the heart of Aragon, birthplace of Garnacha, comes Vina Borgia.

    6 readers - By Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob

    THE VINEYARD IS COMING OVER THE HILL

    “Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’ Probably ...

    3 readers - By Philip White/ drinkster

    Ireland 2015 Updated!

    After lots of back and forths we are happy to announce OFFICIALLY our Irish Tour for 2015. May 23 – June 2, 2015 or June 2 – June 11, 2015 http://billysbestbottles.com/ireland2015 We are very excited and hope you will join us! Why Take a Tour Holiday with Billy and Kato? “Our aim is to have you experience not only some of the best, but also the most interesting.

    2 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

    From Napa to Idaho: Coiled Wines’ twisted tale

    Leslie Preston grew up in Idaho but started her winemaking career in California. Now she is back with Coiled Wines in Garden City, Idaho. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) GARDEN CITY, Idaho – If you were happily building a life and winemaking career in Napa Valley – the heart of the American fine wine industry – would you move to Idaho to start a winery? Leslie Pr ...

    2 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

    Scarily Good Wines: Casillero del Diablo

    Casillero del Diablo is perfect for the "Official Wine of Halloween" - stored in hell, made in heaven. We're big fans of their wines, always tasty and not too expensive ($11 SRP for the Reserve Collection, though we usually get it for even less than that). As a daily wine, their varietals are sure to go with the food we pair it with, without fail.

    3 readers - By Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Wine