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    Red Heat Tavern: Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven (Part 1)

    It is the only one of its kind in Massachusetts, and one of only three in New England. It is an intriguing piece of equipment, and it perked my interest enough to learn much more, delving deeper into its origins and capabilities. All this excitement over an oven, An oven? This fascinating oven is the Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven and is part of the kitchen at the Red Heat Tave ...

    4 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    "Cork Taint" Isn't What You Think It Is

    If you experienced any problems accessing my site on October 15th I need to make full disclosure, as I did on my Facebook page. Your problems were experienced for your own computing safety---to prevent your computer from becoming infected with malware. I pay for a service to make constant surveillance and routine (several times a day) security scans on my website, which includes this WineBlog.

    2 readers - By Jack Keller's WineBlog

    2012 Relic Pinot Noir

    Formerly designated Avion, this small site between Petaluma and Sonoma is located at 1200 feet and experiences cool and frequently foggy conditions, enhancing the slow ripening and subtleties of the fruit... the wine is rich but refined, with a nose of raspberry, smo ...

    6 readers - By Andrew Wells/ Wells On Wine

    Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

    We always look forward to trying new wineries especially those that seem to have making quality wines at the top of the agenda. These days we frequently encounter the “events first” philosophy in which hosting weddings and parties seem to trump making wine. At Chestnut Oak Vineyard, we encountered a tasting room still in construction but good wines already in the bottle.

    5 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

    Patz & Hall’s Sonoma House Wine on SonomaChat

    When I first heard that Patz & Hall were opening a new tasting room, I was more than excited. I have been a fan of their Pinot Noir for many years! Having the tasting room as close as Sonoma, California is terrific as I am able to visit often and also have a sip or two of course. In June of 2014, Donald Patz and the Patz & Hall Wine label and Sonoma House were our 1s ...

    4 readers - By Sip on this Juice

    Light and Lovely Reds of the Hudson Valley

    Never was the difference between east and west coast wines more apparent than during my recent visit to the Hudson Valley, New York, as a participant in a wine blogger weekend known as Taste Camp. I am no fan of the heavy, jammy style of red wine that can be found in countless bottles from California.

    3 readers - By Diane Letulle/ Wine Lover's Journal

    20% Off Yellow Dot Sale at Yankee Spirits [MA Only]

    Massachusetts wine retailer Yankee Spirits is running a 20% off sale on "Yellow Dot" bottles of wine. With locations in Attleboro, Swansea, and Sturbridge they're a retailer I've heard good things about but have never personally visited. I noticed the Yellow Dot sale on their e-commerce site while poking around Wine-Searcher looking for a great price on Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova.

    2 readers - By Robert Dwyer/ The Wellesley Wine Press

    2009 Kramer Vineyards Carmine Big Red Oregon

    I first tasted a bottle back in mid 2013 and wanted to revisit the wine after allowing it to age over the past year. What I found after popping the cork was just amazing. Now for those of you who have heard little of the varietal, carmine is a hybrid of cabernet sauvignon, carignane and merlot. Ripe fruit with intense juicy character is what you will encounter with each savory sip.

    1 readers - By Dan's Cellar Sips

    Go Haywire for Pink Bub Sparkling Rosé From British Columbia

    Go Haywire for Pink Bub Sparkling Rosé From British Columbia I don’t know if a wine gets more fun than this Haywire Pink Bub sparkling rosé. I had some of these fantastic bubbles while on a trip to the Okanagan Valley. (Read all about it, and listen to the podcast, too.) An almost equal mix of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, its welcoming personality starts ...

    2 readers - By Jameson Fink/ Jameson Fink

    Is Social Media Just Another Promotional Channel?

    image courtesy of tcsmedia.com Content marketing and social media promotion — it’s hard to imagine one without the other. Once a company embraces a publisher mentality, it’s natural to use social media channels to engage your audience, build relationships with vertical influencers and provide a valuable feedback loop.

    1 readers - By Chris Parente/ chrisparente.com

    Morrison Lane 2013 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $24

    Morrison Lane 2013 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $24 By Great Northwest Wine on October 21, 2014 This year, the Morrison family celebrated the 20th anniversary of planting their vineyard on the four-generation farm in Walla Walla, and 10 years ago they opened a tasting room in their hometown.

    4 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

    Dinner at Makansutra Gluttons Bay Hawker Center in Singapore

    Pictures: Dinner at Makansutra Gluttons Bay Hawker Center in Singapore Singapore’s hawker food is the stuff of legend, and celebrities like Anthony Bourdain have raved about the dazzling array of cheap delicious dishes available. There is a large number of hawker centers in Singapore. Wherever you go, you will have to share a table, queue for food and sweat it out.

    3 readers - By Dr. Christian G.E. Schiller/ schiller-wine

    Briar Valley’s Moment

    Briar Valley’s Moment Tod and Jean Manspeaker make memories (and good wine) in Bedford. Posted on October 21, 2014 by Guest Author Images via Briar Valley’s Facebook Page The following is a guest post from Rich Rocca, a Pittsburgh-area writer who blogs regularly as the Western PA Wine Pirate. Sweet wines pay the bills.

    6 readers - By Pennsylvania Vine Company

    Seven Napa Valley restaurants earn stars in 2015 Michelin Guide

    / October 21, 2014 / TrevR / Napa news Seven Napa Valley restaurants earn stars in 2015 Michelin Guide Following last week’s release of its 2015 Bib Gourmand picks for the Bay Area, Michelin today released its broader list of the top restaurants in our area. All told, 14 Napa Valley restaurants were included in the 2015 guide (7 stars and 7 bib gourmand), up ...

    8 readers - By The Cork Board

    A Wine to Curl Up With

    Brrrrh. Now that Fall temperatures are bordering wintry, I think about what red I like to curl up with. Bulagriana has to be one of my favorites, so I was happy to see it on a tasting about a week ago. I bought the Cab Syrah blend, and the bottle was empty before I knew it. I had to buy another bottle to properly capture the details.

    7 readers - By Sarita Cheaves/ Vine Me Up

    Portland Magazine's Top Pinots - 2014: The Little Wines That Could

    Five organically grown wines made Portland Monthly Magazine's annual ranking of Oregon's Top 50 Wines this year including a surprising choice in the top organic spot. The tiny Croft Vineyards Pinot Noir, only 180 cases made, took #4 place overall with a 98.5 point score. This microwinery produced only 300 cases of wine last year. (This year it's ramping up to a whopping 500 cases).

    4 readers - By Pam Strayer/ Organic Wines Uncorked

    Maryhill Winery 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $16

    Maryhill Winery 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $16 By Great Northwest Wine on October 21, 2014 One of the Pacific Northwest’s largest offerings of Viognier continues to be one of the most balanced as it touches on fruit, a bit of creaminess and bright acidity. The blend of nearby Gunkel Vineyard (57%), along with Tudor Hill (28%) in the Yakima Valley and McKinley Spring ...

    8 readers - By Great Northwest Wine