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    Island Wine Fest Focuses On Fun, Fine Wine At Put-In-Bay

    The Island Wine Fest is an annual Put-In-Bay event we’d rather freeze than miss. That was almost the case last weekend. The beautiful fall weather turned breezy and cool, but our band of wine tasters wouldn’t be deterred from this top-notch event. We bundled on our wind resistant gear and boarded the Miller Ferry to transport us from Catawba Island to the wine wonderland.

    11 readers - By Toledo Wines and Vines

    Wine around $20: Copain Syrah Tous Ensemble

    The signature characteristic for syrah from the Northern Rhone is an alluring savory character with a note of black olives. This Copain Syrah, “Tous Ensemble,” 2011, comes from three vineyards in Mendocino County and sees nine months in neutral oak. It’s in the Northern Rhone vein, favoring restraint instead of anything over the top–no “gobs” of anything here.

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

      Cool Beauty: Tasting the Wines of the Western Sonoma Coast

      Vinography: A Wine Blog - - 9 readers - 10.04.2014 Cool Beauty: Tasting the Wines of the Western Sonoma Coast I'll admit it. I'm an acid freak. More than anything else in a wine, I'm looking for the juiciness that I get from well-balanced wines that lean towards the lower side of pH. There's nothing quite like that zip and crackle of a wine that gets your tastebuds tingling and your mouth watering.

      Movie Review: American Wine Story

      Uncorked Remarks - - 8 readers - This past weekend, I had the opportunity to view a screening of American Wine Story. This highly anticipated film chronicles a group of people who take their unexplained passion for wine to another level. In the spirit of similar documentaries like SOMM and Blood Into Wine, AWS tries to indirectly explain this unique obsession of a handful of wine lovers who abandon their sc ...

      Quick Sip: WALT Wines Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2012 Pinot Noir

      My Vine Spot - - 8 readers - Hello Friends, Today’s Quick Sip is WALT Wines Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2012 Pinot Noir. WALT Wines is located in Sonoma, California, and owned by Kathryn Hall, proprietor of Napa Valley’s Hall Wines. The WALT label honors Kathryn’s parents, Bob and Dolores Walt, who were both dedicated winegrowers.

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      … Cakebread Cellars was the first winery I visited on my first trip to Napa Valley, in 1987, covering the Napa Valley Wine Auction. The winery celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, having been founded in 1973 by Jack Cakebread, photographer and owner of Cakebread’s Garage, an auto repair shop in San Francisco started by Leo Cakebread in 1927. I…

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    • 2012 Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon

      … Moderate young aromas of spice, dark fruit. Taste The Cabernet Sauvignon was dry, medium-bodied with balanced acidity but the tannins were weak. I noted mid-palate flavors with a slightly harsh and long finish. abv: I could not find it on the bottle. On the website the 2011 is 13.2% Region/Appellation: California. Varietal Composition of the 2011…

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    • Livermore Stories: Pat Paulsen Vineyards

      …, but that’s only a rumor.” The wine is fruit forward and zippy. Monty also makes a Cabernet Sauvignon under the EGBG label. He’ll offer anyone who tags a bottle in a social media post a discount on this wine, another way he’s appealing to a younger crowd. He pours the Mio Vigneto Sauvignon Blanc, which is part of Monty’s “Guest Vintner” series…

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    • Daily Wine News: Remarkable America

      … was.” But according to Will Lyons, “anyone who is interested in individual wines should explore Coonawarra’s range.” Jamie Goode visits Mission, the California wine bar in London. “Mix a wine tasting party with a vape meet…people sharing their favorite wines and juices, connecting with each other in a more personal way than an online forum, and discovering new…

      4 readers - David White/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog
    • Moon Mountain 2006 Estate Cabernet Franc, Sonoma Valley

      … eclipsed. Speaking of which, here is my photo of the recent lunar eclipse. If I have to get up at 6:00 in the morning with my camera equipment, I’m darn sure going to use the photo somewhere! Rating: 2.5 of 5 Value: 3 of 5 (based on $15 online purchase) Technorati Tags: wine,Cabernet Franc,Sonoma,California wine …

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    • Siduri Santa Rita Hills 2011 Pinot Noir

      … with notes of coffee, pomegranate, spice, damson plum, red cherry liqueur, and a perfect 14.1% alcohol. Willamette Valley will have its work cut-out for them this year! 'Cause, as I've heard: "All these California wines are sooo good!" Index-of-reviewed-wines Copyright 2010-2014 Dennis Tsiorbas. All rights reserved, Template provided by Blogger …

      1 readers - Dennis Tsiorbas/ New Hampshire Wine-man
    • A day on the road: My drive to Santa Maria

      … of California. Today, it’s Silicon Valley; most of the vineyards are long gone, although I do notice a billboard advertising the Santa Clara Valley Wine Region, about which I know precisely nothing. Of course, you also go through Gilroy along this stretch of 101. In high summer, the air is perfumed with that heady scent, slightly sweet and acrid…

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    • Grenache, Halloween and Surprises!

      … alcohol. Its famous regions are Priorat, Rioja, and Navarra, in Spain, the southern Rhone Valley in France, Sardinia in Italy, and Australia, and California in the new world. Oz Clark points out that the grape can have, ‘wild, unexpected flavors.’ This is what makes the grape so intriguing. You never know quite what you’re going to get. The typical…

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    • Who’s On Thirst?

      … Who’s On Thirst? In honor of the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victory, today’s blog pays homage to baseball’s greatest dialogue. Good help can be hard to find in a wine store. I once told an employee to be careful with a bottle of 1927 Fonseca Vintage Port and he said, “Don’t worry boss, I’ll treat it like it’s brand new!” Perhaps…

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    • Happy Halloween

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    • Traveling Burgundy Wine Country

      … several village vineyards. These wines are less in price and quality, but nonetheless there are some very good wines made from these vineyards. We tasted many for about 12 to 15 Euros. Here in California, my wine shop carries Bourgogne wines for about $20. Village The wine is named after the village where the grapes are grown, such as Chablis…

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    • BOO-tiful Halloween Wines

      …. You may also taste the baked berry jam flavors that are popular among Zinfandel wines. Candy Pairing Suggestion: Thin Mints (Yes, it works!) http://thewinebar.com/stark-raving/cabernet-sauvignonStark Raving, Cabernet Sauvignon, France, Non-Vintage ($13) Tasting Notes: Big, bold wine! You will get notes of black cherry and cassis on the nose…

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    • Apothic Dark

      … of the dark, not when it comes to this week’s wine anyway, Apothic Dark. When I was a kid I was almost as excited about the approach of Halloween as Christmas or my birthday. Something about ghosts, haunted houses, witches, black cats and things that go bump in the night drew me in and still do. I’m also a little obsessed with cemeteries but have…

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    • Yet another 10 reasons to pour a glass of wine on Halloween

      … will have settled. It won’t be smokeless but it will be extinguished. “A smoke signal, no matter where you are.” Tasted October 2014 @Rosewoodwine Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2011, Sonoma County, California (673798, $21.95., WineAlign) From 60-80 year-old vines in three different sub-regions of Sonoma and from the how can we thank you enough 2011…

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