Sparkling Wine

    What are Your Earliest Memories of Drinking Wine?

    Continued from Part 1 of The Making of a Wine Lover When we finally got up to leave, we realized that the restaurant was empty. We said good night to the owner and he slapped Andrew on the back as if he were choking on a bread stick. That was the first of many happy evenings there and we drank that Brunello for a year.

    11 readers - By Natalie MacLean

    Andre et Mireille Tissot, Brut, Cremant de Jura AC, Montigny-les-Arsures, Jura, France, 12.5% abv, C$35

    Jura is one of France’s smallest and most unusual wine regions. Located east of Burgundy and the Cote d’Or, it lies in the foothills of the Jura mountains on the eastern border with Switzerland. The wines of Jura are unique as well and require some effort to find (in export markets), to understand and to enjoy. But assuming you make that effort, there’s huge payback in it.

    9 readers - By winellama

      Pinot in the City returns this week to Seattle

      Great Northwest Wine - - 9 readers - SEATTLE – Not a lot of Pinot Noir is made in Washington, and what is has a difficult time comparing itself with Oregon’s signature red wine grape. So Pinot Noir lovers will be rejoicing this week as Pinot in the City returns to Seattle. Some 60 Willamette Valley wineries will head north of the Columbia River for a trade and consumer tasting that takes place Thursday at Sodo Park, 3200 1st Ave. S.

      Rocking out with the 2014 WineAlign World Wine Awards of Canada

      Godello - - 7 readers - WineAlign World Wine Awards of Canada 2014 The results are in. Closure has come. Category champions and Judge’s picks are now live. The highly regarded WineAlign World Wine Awards of Canada is categorized and justified as a “must enter” for winemakers and vintners who want to be a part of a genuine, above-board wine competition.

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      …Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month. • Chateau Taris 2012 ($6, purchased, 12.5%): This Trader Joe’s red Bordeaux, with some red fruit, some oak, and soft tannins, is worth exactly what it costs. Whether it’s worth buying is up to you; I’d…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      September 27th at VINTAGES rolls into October 2nd with Taste Ontario

      …Taste Local, Love Local Photo ( This coming weekend’s VINTAGES release will parlay values from around the globe into the meeting place of Ontario stores. Many of the bargains tie directly into a PB and J campaign, a parochial bandwagon advertising juggernaut. The LCBO and Wine Country Ontario‘s #Tastelocal, #Lovelocal and #LCBOGolocal…

      1 readers - By Godello

      Rocking out with the 2014 WineAlign World Wine Awards of Canada

      …WineAlign World Wine Awards of Canada 2014 The results are in. Closure has come. Category champions and Judge’s picks are now live. The highly regarded WineAlign World Wine Awards of Canada is categorized and justified as a “must enter” for winemakers and vintners who want to be a part of a genuine, above-board wine competition. For consumers…

      7 readers - By Godello

      St. Pancras Grand Champagne Bar Becomes Searcys Champagne Bar, UK

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      5 readers - By schiller-wine

      Garagiste North: The Small Guys Wine Festival

      … wait until it’s bottled and for sale!) Vin Perdu Cellars is owned by Ray Coulombe and run by him, his wife Wendy and their daughters. It will be opening on Highway 97, south of Oliver, next spring – watch for them! Although I am very familiar with Bella Wines, BC’s only sparkling wine-exclusive winery, I can never pass up bubbles so stopped…

      4 readers - By vinesanddesigns

      Lamberti Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry Oooh - this is some LOVELY...

      …Lamberti Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry Oooh - this is some LOVELY stuff, guys! Moscato d’Asti on the nose with white flowers and stone fruit. Great mousse (bubbles) on the palate. Lovely notes of lemon, pear, and white florals. 5/5 bones $ Glera (Prosecco) 11% abv Prosecco (Veneto), ITALY…

      7 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

      NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence

      … the initial fermentation to be carried out in small oak barrels produces a style with crisp harmonious acidity that sets Gosset apart from other Champagnes. All riddling and disgorgement are performed by hand, adding to the labor intensive regimen that makes this a sparkling wine of refinement and individuality. All of these steps make Gosset’s signature…

      2 readers - By Enobytes

      Le Grand Courtage Sparkling Wines

      … of the small bottle of sparkling wine, and when such a wine is appropriate. So if you visit the Le Grand Courtage website you’ll see plenty of suggestions for how how to consume, and gift, their wines. I should mention that I actually like that – I think far too many websites forget that wine, for all of our love and adoration of it, is still…

      1 readers - By The Good Wine Guru

      Sharing the Vineyard Table at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

      …. The dinner started with a taste of the bubbly, a Brut Sparkling wine from Wente, paired with a delicious cornbread appetizer. Then the serving team brought out the Jones Farm Fall Fruit Salad created by Chef Jones with Frisee, endive, chicory, Mt. Tam toast and walnut dressing. This was paired with a 2013 Groth Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley. The fruit…

      6 readers - By WineProGuy Wine Blog

      Wine of the Week

      …Here’s a winsome sparkling wine to ease you from Summer into Autumn. The Gérard Betrand “Cuvée Thomas Jefferson” Brut Rosé 2012 is designated Crémant de Limoux, meaning that it hails from the countryside around the little town of Limoux — pop. 9,781 souls — a commune and subprefecture in the Aude department in the vast Languedoc-Roussillon region…

      1 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

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

      … at the end. Our last stop was Mumm Napa. I had done the full tour here before so I won’t repeat the details, but ending the day on the Mumm porch with glasses of aged sparkling wines makes it hard to wipe the smile off of your face. We even stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge for a photo opportunity. Thank you Platt’s for making your partners feel so valued and taking such good care of us.…

      2 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

      What are Your Earliest Memories of Drinking Wine?

      … to toast the New Year, and another at Easter—usually from the same box. During the rest of the year, my Scottish family knocked back beer and whisky. My teen drinking began and ended at the same high school dance, behind the utility shed where all the illicit activities took place: I chugged half a bottle of syrupy sparkling wine. Not only did it taste…

      11 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Township 7 recruits winemaker from Canadian giant Peller

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      5 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      What it’s like to be a #wine judge – part 2 #LACountyFair

      … me, the judges stood in convivial circles, sipping sparkling wine. I availed myself of a glass (okay, two), fully prepared to be singled out as The Girl With the Faulty Palate. Thanks be to Bacchus, it didn’t happen. I sat at a table with my two Supreme-Goddesses-of-the-Vine wine instructors, Shelby Ledgerwood and Monica Marin. Seated next to me…

      5 readers - By Señorita Vino

      Knudsen Vineyards — from vineyard to bottle

      …“When you begin any occasion, you start with sparkling wine. You just know good things are about to happen.” This was Cal Knudsen’s philosophy, as explained to me by his daughter Page Knudsen Cowles, Partner and Managing Director of Knudsen Vineyards, over lunch a few weeks ago at their stunning vineyard property nestled in the Dundee Hills region…

      1 readers - By Vindulge