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    • 12 Beers of Christmas: Green Flash Double Stout (Day 6)

      The sixth day of Beermas features an enormous, tasty stout from the West Coast! Green Flash Double Stout Producer: Green Flash Brewing Company; San Diego, CA Beer Name: Double Stout Style: Stout Price Range: $3-4 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 8.8% Appearance: Solid black, almost no head Aroma: Roasted malt, sweet, milky Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a solid black with a ...

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    • 12 Beers of Christmas: Schlafly Christmas Ale (Day 8)

      Day 8 features another festive, spiced ale from Schlafly. the latest in their Special Release annual series. Schlafly Christmas Ale Producer: Schlafly Brewing Company; St. Louis, Missouri Beer Name: Christmas Ale Style: Spiced Beer Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 8% Appearance: Clear brown, thin foamy tan head Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, nutty Virginia Pour House Review: ...

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    • A Visit to Cain Vineyard and Winery

      Cain Vineyard and Winery Last June I spent five days in Napa Valley and decided to venture off the beaten path to see what I could find. I looked at Google Earth as I was planning my trip and came across Cain Vineyard and Winery. It looked pretty far off the beaten path, so I contacted them for a tour and tasting* Cain is located in the Spring Mountain district towards the n ...

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  • 12 Beers of Christmas: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (Day 12)

    … The 12 Beers of Christmas comes to an end with a full-bodied Imperial Stout from Oskar Blues Brewery. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Producer: Oskar Blues Brewery; Brevard, North Carolina Beer Name: Ten Fidy Style: Imperial Stout Price Range: $3-4 / can (12 oz) ABV: 10.5% Appearance: Thick, black, opaque, with foamy cappuccino head Aroma: Malty, chocolate…

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  • Holiday Wine, Part 2 – More Sparkling Wines

    … Chardonnay grapes that delivers ample baked apple, nuts, and caramel notes, with a final whiff of honey. Lively on the palate, with a lingering finish. Marché Bacchus price: $35.99 (December 2014) Wine Lines rating: 90 NV Domaine Carneros Brut, California A lovely estate property in the Carneros region of California’s North Coast, it is owned…

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  • 12 Beers of Christmas: Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron (Day 11)

    … One of my favorite Dogfish Head beers makes an appearance on the 11th day of Beermas! Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron Producer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Milton, DE Beer Name: Palo Santo Marron Style: Brown Ale Price Range: $3-4 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 12% Appearance: Black, opaque with small tan head Aroma: Wood, smoke, malty Virginia Pour…

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  • 12 Beers of Christmas: Flying Dog Double Dog (Day 10)

    … Back-to-back Maryland beers, as Flying Dog’s flagship double IPA makes the list! Flying Dog Double Dog Producer: Flying Dog Brewery; Frederick, MD Beer Name: Double Dog Style: Double IPA Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 11.5% Appearance: Bright amber, nice foamy white head Aroma: Malty and earthy with some pine notes Virginia Pour House…

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  • Holman Ranch Vineyards|Wine, Weddings and More

    … the transformation. The ranch is now an award-winning venue for weddings, winning awards from Wedding Wire and Wedding Industry Experts. Currently there are about 21 acres under vine producing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Rose of Pinot Noir. The Ranch also produces a small amount of olive oil from 100 olive trees. Holman Ranch Vineyards…

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  • 12 Beers of Christmas: Evolution Rise Up Stout (Day 9)

    … The 9th day of Beermas features a local Maryland stout brewed with coffee. Evolution Rise Up Stout Producer: Evolution Brewing Company; Salisbury, MD Beer Name: Rise Up Stout Style: Stout Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6.7% Appearance: Solid black, small tan head Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, bitter, cocoa Virginia Pour House Review…

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  • 3 Amazing Dessert wines for the Holidays

    … We all know that wines can be enjoyed with or without food. And we know that wines can be paired with food. But can wines be considered food? In the case of dessert wines, I think the case can be made. Instead of eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream and apple pie, try some or all of the following wines as an after dinner dessert…

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  • 12 Beers of Christmas: New Belgium Frambozen (Day 7)

    … The 7th of 12 Beers of Christmas is a fruity, festive beer from one of the largest craft brewers in the country. New Belgium Frambozen Producer: New Belgium Brewing; Fort Collins, CO Beer Name: Frambozen Style: Brown Ale; Fruit Beer Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6.5% Appearance: Clear reddish, brown, no head Aroma: Roasted malt…

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  • Twelve Tips for Better Content Creation

    … content, especially in the constantly-changing world of social media, is really hard. I mean, good content. It’s easy to generate what my Grandma would have called dreck. Coming up with high-level stuff is hard. I should know: In addition to this blog, which I write five times a week, I do blog posts for Kendall-Jackson, La Crema, Cambria and, soon…

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  • 12 Beers of Christmas: Sly Fox Christmas Ale (Day 5)

    … Day 5 features a festive ale from Pennsylvania! Sly Fox Christmas Ale Producer: Sly Fox Brewing Co.; Pottstown, PA Beer Name: Christmas Ale Style: Spiced Ale Price Range: $2-3 / can (12 oz) ABV: 5.5% Appearance: Deep amber, clear, small white head Aroma: Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a clear, deep, amber…

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  • 12 Beers of Christmas: BrewDog Hardcore IPA (Day 4)

    … The 4th day of Beermas features a beer from the Brew Dogs in Scotland! BrewDog Hardcore IPA Producer: BrewDog Brewery; Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Beer Name: Hardcore IPA Style: English IPA Price Range: $3-4 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 9.2% Appearance: Mostly clear amber, fizzy off-white head Aroma: Slight booziness, almost metallic, but hoppy…

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  • Uniquely Austrian: A Heurigen Hike

    … printed placemats complete with in-English descriptions of the five wines we’d be tasting — Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Zweigelt and Pinot Noir. This heuriger had a buffet stocked with hot and cold items, and the place was packed with locals partaking of the various dishes. From there, we walked down the street to Wein Gartnerei Uhler…

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  • 12 Beers of Christmas: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat (Day 2)

    … standbys. Day 1 was Bell’s Cherry Stout, a seasonal beer but also one of my favorite stouts. Now, on to Day 2: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Producer: 21st Amendment Brewery Beer Name: Fireside Chat Style: Spiced Beer Price Range: $2 / can (12 oz) ABV: 7.9% Appearance: Dark brown, foamy tan head Aroma: Dark fruit, plum, fig, nutty, cocoa Virginia Pour…

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  • WINEXPERT HOLIDAY HOURS FOR 2014/2015

    … HOLIDAY HOURS: OPEN: DEC. 23rd OPEN: DEC. 24th 11-2pm CLOSED: DEC. 25th & 26th OPEN: DEC. 27th CLOSED: DEC. 28th & 29th OPEN: DEC. 30th & DEC. 31st CLOSED: JAN. 1st (recouping day) OPEN: JAN. 2nd & 3rd CLOSED: JAN. 5-10th ( recharge the batteries with Pirjo week) REGULAR HOURS RESUME TUES. JAN. 13th Merry Christmas…

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  • TOP 12 SELLERS FOR 2014!

    … Every year we give you our TOP 10 best selling wines. But this year we’re giving you our TOP 12 wines. There were a couple I JUST had to include. Cheers & Enjoy! TOP 12 SELLERS FOR 2014: WV Italian Pinot Grigio WV Chilean Merlot SEL Aussie Chardonnay SEL GSM SEL Italian Pinot Grigio WV Spanish Tempranillo SEL Chilean Carmenere WV Aussie Chardonnay WV Washington Riesling SEL Aussie Shiraz SIS Italian Amarone ECLIPSE Stag’s Leap Merlot Share this post: …

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