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    Are You a Wine Snob? (Quiz)

    Wine is a lot like art, literature and music, in that the more you know about it, the more you appreciate it. However, learning can be tricky because it’s hard to figure out how to get started. What’s worse is that the path of entry is guarded by snobs. What type of wine lover are you? Are you a Wine Beginner, Wine Lush or a Wine Snob? Take this quiz to find wine personality fits you the most.

    5 readers - By Wine Folly

    #winePW 4: Sicily

    When David posted the theme for the September #winePW (wine pairing weekend) both Pete and I knew right away we wanted to participate. This month’s theme, Regional Food and Wine Pairings, leaves a whole world full of regions to consider. We pretty quickly narrowed our choice to Sicily.

    4 readers - By Pull That Cork

      Sideways 10th Annivesary

      Wine Country Getaways - - 3 readers - Fess Parker winery is called Frass Canyon in the Sideways movie Follow the characters in the movie Sideways. We have two days of adventures on the Sideways wine trail. It starts in the town of Los Olivos. Purchase your picnic food and supplies at the Los Olivos Market or Panino Café in Los Olivos.

      The Personal Pursuit of Balance

      RJonWine.com - - 3 readers - This blog has been on a summer hiatus. After four years of devoting the bulk of my free time to this effort, I decided it was time to take stock of how much effort it requires, how little I am receiving monetarily from my writing and what else I could be profitably doing with that time.

      Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

      Luscious Lushes - - 3 readers - After #GoingRogue with Tercero, it was time to meander down the road a bit to Beckmen Vineyards, were the #QBP had a barrel tasting arranged with Keana and Beckman winemaker, Mikel Sigouin. I first met Mikel last year at Rhone Rangers in San Francisco, and when I mentioned that some wine bloggers were going to be in his neighborhood, he eagerly invited us to taste through his wines.

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      Sideways 10th Annivesary

      … and vineyard are making the fame and fortune. The winery, tasting room and grounds are the most lavish of any of the wineries in the Santa Barbara wine region. It is definitely one of the most attractive wineries you will find in California. The winery produces 75,000 cases of wine mostly from their estate vineyards located in three different growing…

      3 readers - By Wine Country Getaways

      #winePW 4: Sicily

      … had a Sicilian white wine in our cellar, one we had purchased when we were last at Les Marchands in Santa Barbara. The Wine 2012 Graci Etna Bianco — medium yellow in the glass. Interesting aromas of melon and spice combine with melon, tart pineapple and hints of cedar flavors. The finish is clean. This wine has more weight in the mouth than I…

      4 readers - By Pull That Cork

      Are You a Wine Snob? (Quiz)

      … fridge Close it with a wine preserver and put it in the fridge for tomorrow Remove the Coravin and put the bottle back in your cellar 8. What does ‘ABC’ mean to you? The alphabet. How does this relate to wine? ‘Always Buttery Chardonnay’ Drink up! ‘Anything but Chardonnay’ and it’s what I live by ‘Au Bon Climat’ in Santa Barbara. Good Pinot Noir 9…

      5 readers - By Wine Folly

      Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

      …After #GoingRogue with Tercero, it was time to meander down the road a bit to Beckmen Vineyards, were the #QBP had a barrel tasting arranged with Keana and Beckman winemaker, Mikel Sigouin. I first met Mikel last year at Rhone Rangers in San Francisco, and when I mentioned that some wine bloggers were going to be in his neighborhood, he eagerly…

      3 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      The Last of our WBC14 Posts. We Hope.

      … it seemed like every winery in the Santa Barbara region had some representation, why were the wineries owned by women mostly absent? Now, it is possible that Cold Heaven Cellars (owner and winemaker Morgan Clendenen), Riverbench (winemaker Clarissa Nagy), Fiddlehead Cellars (owner and winemaker Kathy Joseph) and Rideau (owned by Iris Rideau) were all…

      1 readers - By oddballgrape.com

      2012 Fess Parker Riesling Pretty stoked to try some Riesling...

      …2012 Fess Parker Riesling Pretty stoked to try some Riesling from Santa Barbara! Stone fruit, yellow and white flowers, honeysuckle, and cashews on the nose. Candied lemon rind, thyme, and floral notes on the palate with a tease of sweetness on the finish. 3/5 bones $ Riesling 12% abv Santa Barbara County, California, USA…

      By Shiba Sommelier

      The Personal Pursuit of Balance

      …. I’m looking forward to the changes and creative process though. I will also continue to work on longer pieces, but will do so with an eye to publishing them as eBooks on wine regions. I’ve got close to enough material on the wonderful Santa Barbara County wine region to make that my first eBook, to test out the format. I would probably follow…

      3 readers - By RJonWine.com

      Wining and whining with the #WBC14...

      …JD & The GoW at #WBC14 Opening The Goddess of Wine and First Acolyte, JD, attended the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference in fabulous downtown Buellton. The weather was perfect, the Marriott Santa Ynez and Zephyr Adventures did a good job accommodating the large group of winos...ahem...bloggers, and people were enthusiastic, outgoing, and cheerful. Mostly. This was my first WBC and will probably be…

      2 readers - By Goddess of Wine

      WBC14: The Sta. Rita Hills “History” Excursion

      … The Sta. RIta Hills from Sanford Winery & Vineyards Arguably the best part of the Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2014 (WBC14) experience was the chance to get out into the countryside of the region the conference highlighted. The Santa Barbara Vintners did their best to introduce us to the wines at the hotel, but there is something intangibly…

      2 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

      Rosés of Summer – Tribute to Grace Grenache Rosé

      … Angela Osbourne is a special woman, with a long history obsession with Grenache.  A native of New Zealand, she now makes her home in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, where she sources unique vineyards for her variations on the beauty that is, Grenache. You can read more about her story here, and I highly recommend that you get on the mailing…

      4 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      WBC14: My Thoughts on the Wine Bloggers Conference

      … the story of those people who make the wine. Richard Sanford, who planted Santa Barbara’s first pinot noirs, tells one of his great stories. But I maintain that some of us just want to drink the wine and describe it. For fun, I drew a representation of what I write in the style of the Quini wine-reviewing app, which has been entertaining to play…

      8 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

      300 Wine Bloggers Walk Into a Bar...

      … I’m not a joiner. I rarely attend conferences unless I’m speaking at them because I have a pretty hectic schedule as it is, but when the annual Wine Bloggers Conference - 2014 was held in my backyard in Santa Barbara winecountry, I had to attend. I had never been to this three day conference before and frankly there was little impetus…

      8 readers - By Boozehoundz