California Wines

  • 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.

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  • Budget Wine: Challis Lane Merlot California 2012

    We are all familiar with the type: reliable, competent, pleasant, polished, not a hair out of place, but unremarkable, with little to say, unoriginal, exceedingly ordinary in every way. There is much to be said in favor of such a person—they make a reliable co-worker, a good neighbor, an affable acquaintance. This Challis Lane Merlot reminds me of such a person.

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  • 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…

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  • Wine tasting with Paso Robles Rhône Rangers

    … varietals provided me with a value lens to look at this wine region. It is also not surprising to me that Paso Robles Wine Country was named by Wine Enthusiasts as 2013 Wine Region of the Year. Tablas Creek Winery © Spaswinefood Tablas Creek Vineyard © Spaswinefood I invite you to join me in my travels in Paso Robles in search of the best in Spaswinefood. You can also visit my travel column at the Examiner. Sharon July 2014 Paso Robles, California © Spaswinefood Follow me on Twitter and Facebook …

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  • The Zin of Dusi Vineyards, Paso Robles

    … My visit to the Dusi Vineyards, Paso Robles Wine Country was like discovering the "secret book of Zin". Dusi Vineyards have had a long tradition of growing Zinfandel grapes for the California wine industry. Sylvester and Caterina Dusi, immigrants from Northern Italy, started their Paso Robles vineyard in 1920's. Their hard work…

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  • Besieged Ravenswood Winery Old Vine Blend Sonoma County 2012

    … What would you expect from a wine called “Besieged”—over-the-top alcohol, tannins that grip like a masseuse with a mean streak, acid that bites like a thousand teeth? Or perhaps the reference is to a threat of Biblical proportions: “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down…” (Deuteronomy) That is one…

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  • A wine affair to remember: An evening with Santa Barbara County winemakers

    … was also a welcoming glass of Sunstone Viognier 2013. Welcoming Wine at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery © SpaswinefoodSunstone Vineyards &Winery Viognier 2013 © SpaswinefoodAfter a welcoming glass of Sunstone Viognier 2013 we toured the beautiful Sunstone Villa. By the time Bion Rice, our host and the other winemakers arrived we were settling…

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  • 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…

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