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    Sauv Blanc and Pinot Noir from Stoneleigh Winery in Marlborough, NZ

    Steve and I have been dying to visit New Zealand wine country. We love the wine from New Zealand and we have seen beautiful photos from the region. A visit to New Zealand is definitely on our bucket list. As part of our education, we thought it would be fun to try Stoneleigh Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. (Full Disclosure: The winery sent us the bottles to taste.

    6 readers - By 2 Hollywood Winos

    Inaugural National Homebrew Contest Will Benefit Autism Charity, Bring Together America’s Best Home Brewers

    photo by Rob Friesel Homebrew is about making beer for yourself and your friends. Well, and the homebrew group you joined a couple of years ago. Well, and for that big annual barbecue you have in your backyard. And maybe the state fair. Oh yeah, and for the new Hop Courage Great American Homebrew Contest. Yep, a national homebrew competition.

    6 readers - By Kevin Gibson/ The Alcohol Professor

      Ten years of Pinot Noir glory – Sideways

      Wine Country Getaways - - 5 readers - The movie “Sideways,” which I believe to be the best wine movie ever made, is ten years old this October. It is much more about wine, but the effect it had on two wine varieties cannot be denied. It has been ten years of Pinot Noir glory since the movie focused on the greatness of a well-made Pinot Noir, especially from the Santa Barbara wine country.

      Wine & Spirits Inaugural Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Tasting

      Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews - - 4 readers - Wine & Spirits Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Joshua Greene and 15 sommeliers from around the country fielding questions about domestic wines at the end of their Wine & Spirits Sommelier Scavenger Hunt presentations To open their Top-100 festivities this year, Wine & Spirits hosted their inaugural Sommelier Scavenger Hunt on Monday of this week.

      Hallelujah! The new Lou in Los Angeles

      Do Bianchi - - 2 readers - Above: the new Lou, the amazing Lou Amdur’s newly opened wine shop in Los Feliz (Los Angeles). Yesterday, I braved two hours in grid-lock traffic to get from the westside of Los Angeles to Los Feliz to see Lou Amdur’s new wine shop. It’s getting tougher to get around in LA these days but I just had to make the pilgrimage.

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    • Los Angeles: The Standard Hotel

      … Los Angeles: The Standard Hotel We were in Los Angeles for one night a few days ago and stayed at The Standard Hotel in downtown LA. The purpose for the overnight was to lend moral support for someone close to us which led to about 25 or 30 of us staying at this hotel or nearby. This hotel was absolutely perfect, in my opinion, for the group…

      2 readers - Hoot n Annie
    • On the road again…

      … or even Detroit from the east coast in a straight shot with a van-load of drums and guitar amps. Today, the thought of departing for Europe fills me with unease. Now, well beyond the “middle of the journey of my life,” my only desire is to be at home with Tracie P, Georgia P, and Lila Jane, where snuggles and boo boos are the currency of our lives…

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    • Wine & Spirits Inaugural Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Tasting

      … expressing regional typicity and coherence with breadth. That said, the wines all offered distinctive personality, and very good quality at mind blowing value. * Tierce 2012 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling all stainless steel, no malolactic fermentation. a wine with nice clarity, lots of length and “extraordinary personality.” very small production…

      4 readers - Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews
    • Wine highlights from last week in California

      … Thanks to everyone who came out to my Bele Casel tastings in California! And special thanks to Jill at DomaineLA in Los Angeles and Jayne and Jon at Jaynes in San Diego for hosting. Prosecco Colfòndo is always a great excuse to get together and reconnect. It was super fun to taste with you. Of course, I tasted a lot of wines while out…

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    • Sauv Blanc and Pinot Noir from Stoneleigh Winery in Marlborough, NZ

      … find Sauv Blancs to be too grapefruity and in-your-face with twang for me. But Stoneleigh Winery’s Sauv Blanc is lovely. It has just a hint of grapefruit, even though it’s nose is very strong – something I found enticing in this wine. I thought of cardamom spice but then I went to my spice rack to confirm, I realized I didn’t have any cardamom. It’s…

      6 readers - 2 Hollywood Winos
    • Fourth-annual Garagiste Festival returning to Paso Robles Nov. 6-9

      … relocated this year to the Ponderosa Pavilion at the Fairgrounds, organizers have added new events; click here http://californiagaragistes.com/2014-paso-fest/ Returning from previous years are “Shiners, Samples and Secrets,” where winemakers share barrel samples and other rarities, the “Opening Round,” which spotlights garagistes from Northern…

      2 readers - Central Coast Wine Press
    • Hallelujah! The new Lou in Los Angeles

      …Above: the new Lou, the amazing Lou Amdur’s newly opened wine shop in Los Feliz (Los Angeles). Yesterday, I braved two hours in grid-lock traffic to get from the westside of Los Angeles to Los Feliz to see Lou Amdur’s new wine shop. It’s getting tougher to get around in LA these days but I just had to make the pilgrimage. Lou and his now closed…

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    • Game of Rhône’s

      … Barbara make nothing but Rhone wines and such is the dedication of many winemakers that they are practically obsessed with these wines. And that’s good for everyone. So this is a chance to sample different things, new things, diabolical things! Rhone grapes do very well in many parts of California, from the Sierra Foothills, to Napa, Paso Robles…

      2 readers - Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz
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      … The Young HoseMaster with Karen, 1975 On special occasions, I used to take my college girlfriend Karen to Hungry Tiger for dinner. (Are there Hungry Tigers still? Aside from those in Detroit? Are there Victoria Stations? Those chain restaurants seemed special when I was in my 20’s.) In those days, it seemed every restaurant in Los Angeles had…

      1 readers - Ron Washam/ HoseMaster of Wine™
    • Ten years of Pinot Noir glory – Sideways

      … love wine and a good story about wine. Secondly, Janelle and I had visited the Santa Barbara wine country in October of 2004, one month before the “Sideways” movie was released to all theaters. We had already known about the movie from our son who works in Los Angeles in the movie business. We stopped in at the Sanford winery where Chris Burroughs…

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    • Timorasso, Melon from California & other cool wines & things this week

      …-priced wines land among the Super Tuscan set. And the Google hangout was a great way to taste with Matthieu. The PR firm sent out the wines and then set up the hangout. I was one of six wine writers on the call and it proved to be a fantastic medium for tasting and interacting in realtime. I really enjoyed it. Tracie P made us wholewheat pepperoni…

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