California Wines

    Wine Review: Lyeth Meritage Sonoma County 2011

    … It is ordinary people who make the world go ‘round. A jack-of-all-trades who can competently handle anything you throw her way is a valuable person to have around even though she may not do anything particularly well. So it is with wine. Wines that perform well on any occasion—pair well with a variety of foods, can be enjoyed as a sipper…

    3 readers - By Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts

    October Wine Round-Up

    … Now that the weather has cooled down in Texas, I’ve been lucky enough to get a number of wine shipments coming my way. Those shipments led us to another #TipsyTuesday with a group of work colleagues. Sometimes you have to kiss many frogs before you find your prince, but this time we had a great line-up of wines from around the world. We tried 15…

    1 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

    Budget Wine: Challis Lane Merlot California 2012

    … of such a person. Cherry with underlying earth tones and a hint of vanilla that make a pleasant nose. Soft and fruity, smooth and polished on the palate, with just enough dusty tannins to remind you you’re drinking wine. Certainly not interesting, but there is nothing distracting, or unpleasant either—a likable quaffer when you need something that goes down easily. Score: 85 Price: $10 at Bevmo but usually in their 5-cent sale Alc. 13.5 Like this: Like Loading... Related…

    1 readers - By Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts

    Budget Wine: Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Vintner’s Cuvee XXXV

    …This wine is like a waitperson who gives you a hearty greeting but can’t get anything right the rest of the evening. Once you get by the alcohol on the nose, it gives rich blackberry with lots of sweet oak and spice. Complex for the price. On the palate, it is very vibrant and juicy up front creating expectations that are quickly dashed by harsh…

    3 readers - By Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts

    My Wine Country Experience: The Intersection of Passion and the Paying Gig

    … The stars aligned. The angels sang. There were rainbows. And even unicorns. Exactly how I felt when I flew to San Francisco for the Platt’s P3 Partner Summit for a two-day conference. Typically, my job as Chief Marketing Officer for an energy software company and a wine blogger do not intersect. Last Monday, they came together in perfect…

    2 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

    September Wine Round Up: Three Affordable Wines Made the Grade

    … In the spirit of another Thirsty Thursday #thristythursday, I grabbed a group of co-workers and we tried a variety of sample wines — eight in total. The following were my favorite three sampled: White: 2013 Kendall Jackson Avant Sauvignon Blanc – lime, lemongrass, green pepper, citrus and minerality made this a great patio ready wine. 2012…

    2 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

    Besieged Ravenswood Winery Old Vine Blend Sonoma County 2012

    … scary wine. Who knows what the wine-marketing gods had in mind. But I’m not feeling besieged only bewitched by this well put together offering from Ravenswood. They are known for their Zinfandel but this is one of those odd blends in which the whole is better than the sum of its parts–35% Carignane, 20% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel, 13% Mourvedre, 9…

    5 readers - By Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts

    August Wine Review: A Focus on Napa and Bordeaux Wines

    …Time for another wine round up focused on wines primarily from California and a few from France – all that were absolutely delicious – and several that were new to me and now on my “go forth and seek out” list. Whites: 2013 Murphy Goode “The Fume” – I had the chance to try the 2012 last year when Winemaker David Ready Junior came through Dallas…

    7 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

    Blue Ox in Lynn: Excellent Neighborhood Spot

    … others to do the same. What did I finally do? I dined at The Blue Ox in Lynn, which describes itself as "an upscale casual neighborhood restaurant" that "offers an approachable American menu." The Blue Ox, which opened in 2009, is owned by Chef Matt O'Neil, a Swampscott native, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York…

    By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    Refugio Ranch: A Haven of Calm After the #WBC14 Storm

    …, love wine and long for the ‘off the beaten path’ experiences that are not replicated with larger conferences. “The more the merrier,” he said – probably not quite realizing what was in store. We met at the tasting room and tried the 2013 Aqua Dolce de Refugio on the patio. The wine, which was made of Malvasia Bianca, was very refreshing…

    By Dallas Wine Chick

    2010 Silvertip Petit Pinot Noir

    …2010 Silvertip Petit Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains, California Another wine I picked up from April’s Passport Days, Silvertip’s petit pinot noir surprised me by pleasing my palate more than their regular pinot noir. Typically, I find wines primarily made of petit varietals too tight and tart to be truly enjoyable. But this bottle’s the exception…

    1 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell

    Going Rogue: A Guide to the Best Parties at the Wine Bloggers Conference

    … dressed to impress – and several of the ladies followed suit. The Ladies and Willie the Photobomber It was an awesome dinner featuring a wide selection of Rodney Strong and Davis Bynum wines. Rodney Strong people are my kind of people and I did chuckle when I saw our small little group was out trending the overall conference. Never underestimate…

    2 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

    Come for the Private Events: Stay for the Conference

    … The Wine Bloggers Conference was awesome, but it’s hard for 300 plus people to have the kind of conversations that lead to the stories that I love to tell. Ironically, of the 39 pages of notes that I took during my time in Santa Barbara, only 12 of them came from my time at #wbc14. I had the same trend with my photos as well. There were many…

    19 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick
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