• Coravin – The only gift for wine geeks this holiday season

      I’m not a fan of wine gadgets, I never felt I needed them. Despite this, we had invited Greg Lambrecht from Coravin, the high tech company which was regarded as the hottest thing on the market, to speak at sponsor our event, the DWCC, because of his potential to disrupt the wine industry. Yet, I felt that however good it might be, it wasn’t actually relevant or interesting to me, personally.

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    • Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

      Thanksgiving wines are a natural wine topic. During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks, than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, if I do tell you about the wines I’ve most enjoyed throughout the year, w ...

      Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 7 readers -
    • Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

      If you are like me, you purchased your holiday gifts months ago. But if you are more excited by the idea of last-minute gift giving, you started shopping yesterday, and are ready to pay a premium for shipping. Looking for the perfect gift for your wine or spirits lover? If you have a friend into wine or spirits, purchasing the perfect gift can be tricky.

      Amy Corron Power/ Another Wine Blog- 3 readers -
  • Friday Feature Photo: Picos de Europa, Spain

    … Photographer: Slawek Staszczuk Capture Date: October 2012 Location: Posada De Valdeon, Castille y Leon, Spain About: The morning after the challenging climb from Cordiñanes to Collado Jermoso. Definitely better viewed in the lightbox (“L”). Panorama stitched from 5 horizontal frames at 37mm with some hard-edged ND grad (probably 0.6). Desktop…

    Gabriella Opaz/ Catavino- 2 readers -
  • Sagrantino: The Insider's Italian Wine

    … and price often keep it under the radar. They shouldn't. Prices are comparable to fine Oregon pinot noir and less than most Napa Cabs. What better time than Christmas to splurge on an exciting, sure-to-impress Italian wine? And the best sagrantinos age beautifully for 15+ years in the cellar. I recently tasted an astoundingly deep and complex…

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  • Thursday Sips &Nibbles

    … the following: Table --Wellfleet Oysters, Traditional Garnish $3- --Catalyst Charcuterie, Toasted Country Bread, Pickled Vegetables $18- First --Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops, King Oyster Mushroom, Tasso Ham --Roasted Winter Salad, Quince, Pear, Beets, Fromage Blanc, Peppercress --Crispy Oxtail Croquette, Sunchoke, Apple, Horseradish --Mionetto, Prosecco…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 2 readers -
  • Frosty’s Chocolate Orange Martini

    … could have won with this as their inspiration: Such a beautiful sight! My welcomed re-acquaintance with the chocolate orange inspired me to post the recipe again for those of you new to the blog in the past couple of years. It takes a bit of effort in that you’ll need to prepare a cardamom simple syrup and acquire a chocolate orange of your own…

    Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell- 3 readers -
  • Giving the Gift of Wine

    … and bottlings from smaller, less well-known producers. Good choices for whites include floral Viognier or a rich Roussanne (Andrew Rich’s Roussanne is a perennial favorite and can be ordered online). Paso Robles' Tablas Creek makes consistently good Rhône white blends - try the 2012 Patelin de Tablas Blanc, $20. If your eclectic giftee’s taste…

    Write on Wines- 4 readers -
  • 6 Gift Ideas for Livermore Valley Wine Lovers

    … Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that Livermore Valley wine lover in your life? Our friends at the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association have you covered. Just in time to stuff some stockings, the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association has partnered with Yiftee to create the Livermore Valley Wine Country Gift Pass, a digital gift…

    Monique Soltani/ Wine Oh TV- 4 readers -
  • Friday Feature Photo: Christmas in Cabo do Roca

    … Photographer: Ana Arpa Capture Date: December 10, 2006 Location: Cabo do Roca, Portugal About: This photo was taken over the holidays near Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. It also happens to serve up some of the most delicious grilled fish in Portugal! Not a bad way to feast over…

    Gabriella Opaz/ Catavino- 2 readers -
  • Thursday Sips &Nibbles

    … such as French onion soup with gruyere and croutons, swordfish with acorn squash, roasted cauliflower and apple puree, and rib-eye steak with rosemary fingerling potatoes, Swiss chard, and beer mushroom gravy. The prix fixe menu is available for $55 per person and will be served in addition to the regular menu. Reservations are strongly recommended…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 2 readers -
  • Make Your Own Holiday Gift Baskets with Flair

    … gift to have on hand in the sad event you forgot someone! It’s only the 10th of December so this week while you are shopping pick up a few things and make your own Christmas or holiday gift baskets. When making baskets for wine lovers, add a few additional items such as cork screws, wine bottle stoppers, a couple of wine glasses and a Riedel stemware…

    Wine Trail Traveler- 2 readers -
  • The 12 Days of Wine-Mas

    … Twas the night before Wine-mas, when all through the vines, Not a creature was stirring through the grapes grown in lines, During harvest the grapes are each handpicked with care, With hopes of being bottled as a delicious wine to share. Wine-lovers were all buzzed…

    Ken's Wine Guide Blog- 4 readers -
  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    …, brown butter vinaigrette, honeycrisp apple, ginger snaps) Domaine du Viking “Tendre” Vouvray, Loire, 2012 Baccalà Gnocchi (baby shrimp, smoked cippolini onion, Limoncello froth) Domaine Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon, Vire-Cesse, Macon, 2010 Black Bass (“cuttlefish linguine,” littleneck clams, cured tomato, saffron broth) Smonnet-Febvre Irancy…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 1 readers -
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Sparkling Wines

    … or as an aperitif. Sparkling wines are among the most versatile wines plus they have a festive image that matches with the holidays. You can select a domestic or international sparkling wine. In the United States many dry sparkling wines can be a bit pricy. So too are Champagnes. If you want to go with a French sparkling wine and Champagne is out…

    Wine Trail Traveler- 3 readers -
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  • Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

    …… That means YOU, dear reader. I write it and you find it interesting enough to read, for whatever reason known only to you. Also on the blogger side, I’m thankful to those wineries who are sending their wines for me to taste from all over the world, expanding my palate opportunities. I adore my friends on Facebook, too. Facebook has expanded my friend…

    Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 4 readers -
  • Happy Thanksgiving: A Day Of Reflection

    … Today, many of us will gather together with family, friends and others, savoring a lavish feast of food and drink. We might go to local football games, watch it on TV or watch something else, like the Macy's Day Parade. We will talk and laugh, toast and cheer, savoring all the goodness of the day, reveling in the joy of the holiday. However…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 3 readers -
  • Thanksgiving Wine and Food Pairing Ideas

    … mountains, down I5 to Aberdeen, Washington and my grandmothers historic 1906 home. Fireplace roaring, full table setting with delicious turkey and all the fixings. Pumpkin pie with ice cream for dessert. Family time together was important to her. She wanted us to have a wonderful experience; perhaps she was thinking that these will be memories…

    William Pollard Jr/ Wild 4 Washington Wine- 1 readers -
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