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    • Quick Pour: Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011

      Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011 Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $45 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 76% Tannat, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot ABV: 13.9% Virginia Pour House Notes: Leather leads the dancing on the nose as it is followed closely by ripe blackberry and hints of black che ...

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    • Celebrating 4 Years at Nectar Tasting Room

      Celebrating 4 Years at Nectar Tasting Room Hard to believe that four years has gone by since we opened Nectar Tasting Room on January 5, 2011. Each year has been met with its own set of struggles and many many rewards. Every year we focus on new areas of growth and new areas of opportunity. What can you expect for 2015? Check out what we have in store for 2015.

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    • Larner Vineyard & Winery

      Los Olivos, Ca We hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and that your New Year’s brought lots of good cheer…and a lot of great wine! We’re starting 2015 off with a winery we just visited, Larner Vineyard & Winery, located smack dab in the heart of downtown Los Olivos. Larner’s wine tasting room is connected to the Los Olivos General Store…an eclectic boutique store that ...

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  • DRAFT: Beer Review: Founders Big Lushious

    … While I was out picking up my 2 bottles of Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Extra, I noticed a Founders box behind the counter at Total Wine. In it, was a gem called Big Lushious, their latest limited release. Review ahead! (And yes, I know how to spell the word “luscious” but apparently Founders was going for something else.) Founders Big Lushious…

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  • Review | Cameron Hughes Lot 555

    … Cameron Hughes Lot 555 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley According to Cameron Hughes ( aka “Cam”) this wine was actually the biggest release of 2014 for the wine negociant. By biggest he does not mean most cases produced. Only 1,000 cases of Lot 555 were made, what he means is big, as in a BIG wine sourced from one of the top producers…

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  • Chicken Cacciatore in a Dutch Oven

    … importantly, our kids love it! Happy cooking… Enjoy! This recipe was adapted from chef Leah Di Bernardo’s, Chicken Cacciatore on Chinese Black Rice in a Dutch Oven. Print Chicken Cacciatore in a Dutch Oven Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 60 minutes Serving Size: 6 Ingredients 1-1/2 cans (28 ounce) whole…

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  • Passing the Certified Sommelier Exam…Or Not.

    … into the Aria with. Just about everybody I know who has taken the Court of Master Sommelier exam haven’t gone past Introductory, and those who have are very, very busy being actual Sommeliers. So other than what I was reading from Google search results, I went in blind. Boy am I glad I did! Expensive lesson, well and gratefully learned. Unlike every…

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  • Quick Pour: Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2012

    … Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2012 Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Region: Keuka Lake, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Price: $14.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Riesling ABV: 12% Virginia Pour House Notes: Smooth apple and citrus dance from the delicate aromas on the nose to the honey laced fresh fruit on the palate adding a rich…

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  • The Return! Wines, Vegas, Sommeliers, etc.

    … Okay. I’m taking a deep breath and am ready to start. I can’t believe I’m back at “work” doing what I love. At the time I’m writing this, I’m snacking on some chicken wings, a small salad, and a bottle of Lagunitas The Hairy Eyeball Ale. “Here’s Lookin’ Atcha!” (malty, chocolatey, rich, touch of sweetness, yummy with wings. Would also be great…

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  • Weekly Wine Journal | Best of 2014 List

    … 2014 was another great year for The Weekly Wine Journal. Traveled to Napa for the Taste of Howell Mountain again this year. Also attended the Arizona Wine Grower’s Association Festival on the Farm at South Mountain. Dined at a lot of nice restaurants with great wine lists and also met a lot of wonderful people in the wine industry. It was very…

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  • A Warm Entrée for the Winter Weather

    …, heat the heavy cream until hot, but not boiling. Stir in the Gorgonzola until melted and the sauce is creamy. Add the nutmeg and the pepper. Cook the fettuccine according to package directions and drain. Toss the fettuccine with the sauce, sprinkle with toasted walnuts and serve with the grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy! This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 at 3:18 am. It is filed under Blog, The Happy Cooker. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. …

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  • Happy New Year from Asheville, NC!

    … New Year’s Eve. It is a holiday that I normally spend going out with a bunch of friends to a fancy, semi-formal event. This year, though, I am spending the holiday at the cabin in the mountains outside Asheville, NC that my in-laws recently purchased. After an 8-hour road trip and a slightly scary trek 4,000 feet up the mountain, we arrived…

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  • A New Year’s Day reflection

    … Welcome to my blog post, I wrote words I wouldn’t change today, including these: “I’d be thrilled if this forum became a place for people to air opinions and debate issues.” And indeed, that’s exactly what it has become. Some people prefer reading the comments to my posts, which delights me. My readers know that this is one of the few wine blogs…

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  • Celebrating 2014 New Year’s Eve at Nectar

    … Celebrating 2014 New Year’s Eve at Nectar Making plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Spokane? Nectar Tasting Room in downtown Spokane has you covered with an amazing deal. Whether you are looking for a place to begin your night or a place to ring in 2015 Nectar is the place to be. Enjoy dinner, wine, dancing, a midnight toast and more…

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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

    … away from the December 20 wine luncheon at Marché Bacchus. Beside the insanely good food provided in the three course lunch, ten high-end sparkling wines and Champagnes were slated to be served. With great gastro-intestinal fortitude, the Happy Cooker and I forced ourselves to partake in the luncheon offerings. Let’s dispense with a description…

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