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    New Releases from Fielding Hills, 2011 Vintage

    Fielding Hills Winery, a small, family-owned winery in Wenatchee, is one of the top wineries in Washington State. Owner/winemaker Mike Wade and his wife Karen are longtime apple and cherry growers who have turned a middle portion of their orchard near Mattawa into a vineyard. Their RiverBend Vineyard, planted in 1998, is in the Wahluke Slope AVA and is their sole source of grapes.

    14 readers - By Wine Peeps

    California allows minors to sip and spit

    Being an undergrad and drinking may appear to go hand in hand. But now they can legally go together in California. Well, sipping and spitting, that is. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a the so-called “sipped and spit” bill last week. As of next year, California students enrolled in beer or winemaking classes will legally be able to sample beer and wine in a class.

    11 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

      Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 9 readers -   Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three The @ItalianWineGuy, Alfonso Cevola moderated an interesting tasting panel this morning at Texsom 2014. It had to be one of the most diverse sessions by far at this years conference.

      LA Country tries to crush Malibu wine

      Dr Vino's wine blog - - 6 readers - California…celebrities…vineyards…Throw in some hills, glitzy real estate with water views and it sounds like a match made in some screenwriter’s Heaven. But LA County authorities are taking a dim view of such a scene. The part they find objectionable, oddly, are the vines! Yes, what is now LA was the home to some of the earliest vines in California.

      Mumm: Bubbly from France and Napa

      Wine Peeps - - 4 readers - The Mumm family founded the G.H. Mumm champagne house in 1827. In 1876, as a tribute to some of their most prestigious clients, G.H. Mumm decorated a few of their bottles with a crossed red silk ribbon as a reference to the Legion of Honour. Today, G.H. Mumm is the leading champagne brand in France and the third best-selling champagne in the world. The Cordon Rouge Brut is their signature cuvee.

      2012 Gnarly Head Pinot Noir

      The Good Wine Guru - - 3 readers - Varietal: Pinot Noir Region: Californica Cost: $14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Gnarly Head 2012 Pinot Noir takes “the heartbreak grape” for a walk on the wild side. This powerful pinot touts voluptuous aromas of red cherry, vanilla, earth, and spice, followed by a rush of black cherry and plum with hints of toasted hazelnut, tobacco, and cigar box on the palate.

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      Mumm: Bubbly from France and Napa

      …. The Cordon Rouge Brut is their signature cuvee. In 1979, G.H. Mumm set out to find an ideal winegrowing area in the United States. They picked Guy Devaux for the project. Devaux had more than 40 years experience crafting still and sparkling wines in France, South America, and the U.S. He was given one criterion from the Mumm family; find…

      4 readers - By Wine Peeps

      LA Country tries to crush Malibu wine

      … in California. And the new Malibu Coast just won federal approval for putting on wine labels. Rather than cultivate this heritage, and nurture the new Malibu wine recognition, County authorities are moving to ban new plantings and uproot some existing ones. What is this–Europe? Do residents of Malibu need planting rights as in the EU? The logic is not entirely…

      6 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

      Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three

      … York Rieslings, Mediterranean-heritaged red wines (Sangiovese and Tempranillo) from Texas, and a (non-vinifera) Norton from America’s heartland, Missouri. Cevola reminded the participants in his tasting session, “It was only 30 years ago when the “Big Three” of American wine (California, Washington and Oregon) were a new phenomenon, just like…

      9 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

      New Releases from Fielding Hills, 2011 Vintage

      … and is their sole source of grapes. We have tasted their wines from their inaugural vintage in 2000 through their current 2011 vintage and continue to be impressed. They are so consistent; it is not a question of whether their wines will be good but where they will fall on the quality spectrum between “very good” and “Wow!” Strictly red wine…

      14 readers - By Wine Peeps

      California allows minors to sip and spit

      … beer and wine in a class. They do have to be at least 18, but that’s a three-year jump on the legal minimum age for drinking. California has many places to study winemaking, including UC Davis is one of America’s leading faculties in viticulture and enology. The Golden State also produces 89% of American wine and is home to many leading craft…

      11 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

      2012 Gnarly Head Pinot Noir

      … on the palate. Supple, sleek tannins and lush fruit make this wine a perfect pair for salami and arugula pizza, slow roasted pork loin, or dry brined chicken stuffed with sausage and peppers. My Review: It should by this point be no surprise that I’m a big fan of Pinot Noir, especially budget wines that I can enjoy regularly without having to worry…

      3 readers - By The Good Wine Guru

      A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé

      … Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to try the 2013 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé from the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington State. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5…

      9 readers - By Wine Peeps

      Challenging Wine Pairing: Gnocchi

      … While gnocchi does not receive as much attention as other pastas, potato gnocchi has become popular and frequently appears on restaurant menus. In fact, in the past year, I have enjoyed delicious gnocchi both in Italy and here in Seattle. Since we Wine Peeps enjoy Italian food very much, I decided to prepare a challenging wine pairing meal using…

      1 readers - By Wine Peeps

      Wine economics: How much does that bottle cost?

      … Have you ever wondered about wine economics–what are the costs of a bottle of wine? While the industry, made up mostly of private companies, often keeps margins shrouded in mystery, I spoke with one vintner who broke down the price of barrels, corks, grapes as well as the three tiers for me. And since that vintner was Bo Barrett of Chateau…

      1 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

      The quest for vin glou-glou in California

      … While the story of the stylistic shift in California winemaking (dubbed, inter alia, the “New California”) is arguably the most exciting story in American wine in the last decade, one aspect has been a stumbling block: price. Particularly as it relates to lower-priced, highly drinkable wines, known variously as vin de soif or glou glou wines…

      1 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

      A Wine for Tonight: 2011 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

      … Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to try the 2011 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County in California. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out…

      1 readers - By Wine Peeps

      A $1.6 million oops in Napa

      … A Napa vintner hired a consulting enologist to cook him up a “cult” wine. It didn’t work out, the wine got flushed and the vintner is now suing the wine consultant to the tune of $1.6 million. See the Napa Valley Register for more details. Who was that who said “I pity the fool who chases points”? Confucius? Mr. T? The post A $1.6 million oops in Napa appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog. …

      1 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

      Wine Tasting Dinner: 2007 Washington Syrah Revisited

      … and luscious black fruits, with hints of green bell peppers, black pepper, and spice. The 2007 vintage was one of the best vintages in the history of Washington State. We featured 2007 Washington Syrah in a couple of our wine tasting dinners several years ago when those wines were recently released. Now that wines from the 2007 vintage have some bottle age…

      1 readers - By Wine Peeps

      A Wine for Tonight: 2012 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon

      … Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2012 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington State. Our selection…

      1 readers - By Wine Peeps

      A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Riesling

      … was produced exclusively from grapes grown in Monterey County in California’s Central Coast American Viticultural Area, a region renowned for its cool climate. An especially aromatic rendition of the noble Riesling varietal, it exudes warm, ripe peach, jasmine, fresh citrone, and Florabunda rose perfumes. Strong acidity keeps the wine crisp and refreshing…

      1 readers - By Wine Peeps