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  • The Spirits of Volunteerism

    …, should think twice before doing so. -Hans Walter-Peterson [ Finger Lake Grape Program / Cornell Cooperative Extension ] Merriam-Webster may define volunteerism as “the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service”, but unfortunately it would seem that the wine community is one where such service is not allowed. Actually it’s not just…

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  • When life spices up: an interview with Gourmandize

    … site created last year where the content is contributed by its members. You can register your blog with them, join their community and enjoy the benefits of their platform, while sharing your recipes and getting to know fellow food bloggers. Can it get any cooler than that? So do yourself a favor: check Gourmandize out and open yourself and your food…

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  • Raising the 2011 CrossBarn

    … Raising the 2011 CrossBarn October 26, 2013 by Vanessa Leave a Comment Is it bad to call a wine uneven? I ask because that captures my experience with CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon. Previous years vintages were either extraordinarily good or downright disappointing. Sure, I know the weather, growing conditions, and harvest…

  • A Worthy Tribute from Kestrel

    … A Worthy Tribute from Kestrel September 28, 2013 by Vanessa Leave a Comment What a wonderful wine. Having shared two bottles of Kestrel 2009 Tribute Red with friends, we all found its delicious, full of flavor and perfectly at home as an accompaniment to a hearty beef soup, your favorite dark chocolate or a bit of flavorful cheese. Although…

  • Granache Grows Up

    … Granache Grows Up August 18, 2013 by Vanessa Leave a Comment If you truly love one varietal what will it take to change your perspective? I suggest you consider Grenache. More specifically Shatter, the wine created by an extraordinary venture launched in April 2012 as a collaboration between wine making legends Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Wines…

  • Why Wine Pairing With Food Makes You Smarter

    … Our Annual Cape Cod Wine Tasting Dinner was held this month in Massachusetts. Twelve wines, ten people and a cute little puppy to boot. (someone has to eat the leftovers…kidding) Each of the twelve wines were paired with a specific course beginning with appetizers and working our way through desserts. The wines were evenly split between whites…

  • Padthaway My Young Shiraz Cabernet

    … Padthaway My Young Shiraz Cabernet May 29, 2011 by Vanessa Leave a Comment When you think about great wines it is easy to dismiss screw cap bottles, odd blends of grape varietals and seemingly low prices. When it comes to Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet, that would be a huge mistake. Hailing from the Padthaway district on the South Central…

  • The Earth Is Sweet in Napa

    … The Earth Is Sweet in Napa February 19, 2011 by Vanessa Leave a Comment When Jacques de Coninck left Bordeaux in 1978 to search for prime vineyard property in the up and coming Napa Valley, he had the right name at his fingertips—Beaucanon Estate was born. Jacques purchased the first of three top-quality Napa Valley vineyards in 1980…

  • Welcome to Wine Contessa!

    … Welcome to Wine Contessa! January 23, 2011 by Vanessa Welcome to the Wine Contessa Web site. We are delighted you are here. In the next few weeks as we unpack our stuff, we’ll be sharing news, tasting notes and a whole array of great new wines with you. One of the great things about The Wine Contessa is that we speak in clear, concise…

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