California Wines

    Wine Review - 2011 Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir: Atypical Kiwi Pinot

    Another wine review and another apology. We were provided this wine by the team at National PR here in Halifax again almost two years ago. Let's just say this wine has some time to bottle age. So, thanks for the patience National PR team, we finally got to it. It is $23 wine locally and very much a quality product when we have had it in the past.

    8 readers - By The Unfussy Wine Enthusiasts

    Wine Review - 2008 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Fumé Blanc: Complex Oaked Sauv Blanc (P)

    So let's the get the apologies out of the way right off the top. We were provided this wine nearly two years ago. The small matter of our Shannon being pregnant and subsequent birth of our son caused a 'slight' delay in us tasting a couple of offerings from Robert Mondavi that we were given on the 100th Birthday Celebration in 2013. That's right 2013.

    6 readers - By The Unfussy Wine Enthusiasts

      Besieged Ravenswood Winery Old Vine Blend Sonoma County 2012

      Edible Arts - - 5 readers - 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 scary wine.

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

      Dallas Wine Chick - - 2 readers - 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 harmony.

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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 by harsh…

      3 readers - By Edible Arts

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

      … the full cycle of farm to bottle. Our first stop was at Grgich Hills. Mike Grgich is considered one of the original godfathers of California wine and credited with putting Napa on the map from a worldwide wine drinking perspective during the French/Napa challenge. Our guide – also named Mike — took us through two whites and four reds – I loved being…

      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

      …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…

      5 readers - By 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

      …. It definitely has a nice, neighborhood feel, a place to stop after work, for a night out with friends, or just for a good dinner. The Beverage Director, Charles Gaeta, has created an interesting drinks list, including wine, beer, and craft cocktails. The wine list has about 16 wines by the glass ($8-$13), and the bottle list has plenty of diversity and many…

      By The Passionate Foodie

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

      … 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

      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

      WBC Pre-Trip: A Glimpse into the Soul of Santa Barbara Wine

      …Larry Schaffer, Tercero Wines Our WBC journey began with bread. And yeast. And really good wine. What I found about the Santa Barbara region is that it has a soul. It’s real, it’s eclectic, it’s quotable and it’s incredibly real. It’s something that you can’t get with a cursory look, which is why I am so glad for the experiences that were planned…

      16 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

      Wine Review - 2012 McManis Petit Sirah: The Smell Of Cali In A Glass

      … for good California wine and we waited a little while before opening this one. When we did, let's just say our skeptic minds were in full effect. Long story short....okay, he was right. The look of this wine like a Malbec when you pour it. Very deep purple colour with a Welch's look to it and though it is that dark, it doesn't look thick. The legs…

      7 readers - By The Unfussy Wine Enthusiasts

      Get on the bus: The road to Bien Nacido Vineyards #WBC14

      …, I am a wine blogger of-ahem-a certain age, toting a wineglass full of rosé. My biggest mistake was sitting in the back-right next to the stripper pole. This is how the Friday night excursion at Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 began. I and 30 other bloggers boarded the Stripper Pole School Bus with no idea where we were going until the bus engine…

      2 readers - By Señorita Vino