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Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: November 29, 2014 Location: Figueira da Foz, Portugal About: As legend has it, Figueira da Foz is named after a fig tree which stood at the quay of Salmanha where the fisherman used to dock their boats; while Figueira derived from the word “fagaria”, which means “opening, huge mouth”. Regardless of its namesake, I think ...
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I am not one that looks to “break news”—there are plenty of other blogs out there that aim to do that. I am much more focused on telling a story or two, hopefully eliciting a laugh or at least a smile. As a result, I generally prefer wines from smaller operations—where it is not uncommon to have face-to-face interactions with the owners/winemakers.
Wine shouldn’t be foisted onto every culinary event; no matter how grand or mundane, some matches are better left alone: the Kentucky Derby and bourbon, or bagels, lox, and black coffee (OK, a glass of Champagne wouldn’t be so terrible with either). “Super Bowl & Beer” sounds like another archetype that doesn’t need tinkering. But there’s a case to be made for wine.
2012 Cave Springs Sauv Blanc Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine leaves a hint of the citrus notes to linger in the mouth. This is a smooth, gentle, well made, food friendly Sauv blanc.
Another nice Naked Wines find. 100% Merlot from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma County, California. SRP of $35 and available to Naked Wines Angels for as low as $16. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "Pickberry Vineyard is nestled on benchland on the slope of Sonoma Mountain. It has been a famous and sought after source for rich, complex Merlot for decades.
I like Vino Volo. Sometimes I get a decent glass of wine and a good sandwich at airports, like Newark, where there was previously no food worth eating. Even for airports, Vino Volo's prices veer quickly from I-guess-that's-OK to are-you-kidding? Perhaps they're able to gouge the business traveler crowd, who can expense anything they consume in airports.
It feels like it happened overnight – the world woke up to Portugal’s prowess in the wine world. Around the globe, wine lovers are recognizing Portugal as more than Port wine to include a vast and variant palette of still wines that range from vibrant and elegant to rustic and robust. Beneath the groundswell of enthusiasm, smart wine makers and wine regions are sitting on the c ...
When I started getting into wine, I was living in Marin County (Sausalito, to be precise) and I would make it up to Wine Country as much as I could afford on my teacher’s salary. Invariably, I would spend my time in Napa for a couple of reasons. First, Napa is relatively easy for those directionally challenged (like me)—there are two main “drags”: Route 29 on the Western side ...
Force Majeure has completed construction on its new winemaking facility, brought on California winemaker Todd Alexander and hired star Napa Valley consultant Helen Keplinger. (Photo courtesy of Force Majeure) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – America’s most famous – and most important – wine region is pretty full. And that is pushing winemakers into new frontiers, including Washington.
Out with the high-alcohol Napa Cab, in with the Beaujolais! (Flickr: cbcastro) Eric Asimov announces the focus of his next wine school: Langhe Nebbiolo. In response to student misconduct, Dartmouth College to “ban hard liquor,” reports the New York Times. “The ban will apply to any liquor that is 15 percent alcohol — barely more than most wine.
Packing for a Booze & Food Filled Trip! Packing for a booze and food filled trip can be tricky, especially when traveling to the Caribbean. What to wear, what to bring, and how much to pack is essential to making your trip enjoyable. As I write this from Aruba, where I work annually, I have come to learn that there are certain things that are necessary to make your sun, s ...
Blaufränkisch is a grape with its roots deep in Austria and Germany. It has taken hold in the Finger Lakes and the results are tasty indeed. During our latest visit to the Finger Lakes, we noticed widespread offerings of Lemberger, which is another name for Blaufränkisch. In my mind Blaufränkisch allows the Finger Lakes winemaker to produce a complex, medium bodied red in an ...
Am I the only one who thinks this pairing looks silly? The Wine Curmudgeon doesn’t like the Super Bowl. This is not just because I was once a sportswriter and soon tired of sports’ hypocrisy, and especially the NFL’s obsession with money. And more money. And even more money. Or that, living in Dallas, more people attend Cowboys games than usually vote in mayoral elections.
Betz Family Winery was founded in 1997 by Bob & Cathy Betz. Critical acclaim from local and national wine publications has put Betz Family Winery at the forefront of Washington wines alongside Cayuse, Leonetti and Quilceda Creek. The winery was sold to Steve and Bridget Griessel (with Bob Betz remaining on as the winemaker), and I fully expect quality will remain high for years to come.
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