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    Hattenheim, Germany, Goes Stellenbosch, South Africa: Howzit Shiraz, Germany and South Africa

    Pictures: Paul Barth, Mark P. Barth and Alexander Jung with 2011 Howzit Shiraz at The Ivory Club in Frankfurt am Main, Germany Howzit is slang in South Africa (and Hawaii) for: hello - what's up? It is a contraction of "how is it”. Howzit is also the name of a new wine – a Shiraz – made by 4 men from South Africa and Germany in Stellenbosch in South Africa.

    8 readers - By Dr. Christian G.E. Schiller/ schiller-wine

    France sparkling wine map

    Sparkling wine production in France can be placed into four broad categories: Champagne -- King of the hill. Reserved for sparkling wines produced within the delimited area of the Champagne wine region. Crémant -- sparkling wine made using the méthode traditionelle. Wines in this category include Crémant de Loire, Crémant d'Alsace, Crémant de Bourgogne, Crémant de Bordeaux, ...

    5 readers - By Wine -- Mise en abyme

      Halloween for Wine and Candy Lovers

      Wine Trail Traveler - - 5 readers - Have you considered pairing candy with wine? Usually this topic comes up when talking about chocolate pairings. Numerous wineries offer chocolate and wine pairings. What about all the different types of Halloween candy, whether you are thinking about Skittles, licorice or candy corn? Is it possible to pair wines with seasonal Halloween candies? Yesterday, Kevin sent me a lin ...

      Review: NV Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne - - 4 readers - Review: NV Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut is a rare Champagne made with absolutely no dosage — the addition of refined sugar to the finished wine as a sweetener. Even the driest of sparkling wines tends to have some sugar in it — even if it’s a tiny amount. In L-P’s Ultra Brut, the sweetness is all in your mind.

      Matching Cheese and Wine

      Spittoon - - 4 readers - Matching Cheese and Wine A recent trip though the Chablis area of Burgundy was enlivened by the consumption of large quantities of cheese! One particularly runny Epoisses being highly memorable and the Soumaintrain has now become a favourite. Time to reacquaint myself with the art of matching cheese and wine I thought.

      Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them

      Wine Folly - - 4 readers - You know what wines you like but how do you describe them? Learn how to use wine tasting terms the right way to get the wine you want. Learning the fundamentals of tasting descriptions will also help you decipher wine writing and let you buy wine more confidently. Using Wine Tasting Terms To Get What You Want Besides referring to wine ratings, tasting terms are the only way we ...

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      … like the natural corks do. And, obviously, screw caps and sparkling wines are out of the question. Can anyone use this device? Yes, but it does take some practice to properly insert the needle and dispense the appropriate amount of gas. Should you use it for every pour? Yes, you can, but I don’t recommend it. Approximately 1% the world’s wines…

      2 readers - 1000 Corks Wine Blog
    • A Visit to Champagne Roger Coulon

      … of the more unusual things to point out about Champagne Roger Coulon is the fact they actually have some 'old vine' vineyards of the Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay which are used to produce some of their Grand Crus; I say unusual because in Champagne most vines rarely live longer than 25 years. This is something most folks in Champagne…

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    • Champagne Day Experiment and Food Pairing

      … Today is #ChampagneDay, a day dedicated to the producers and champagne from the Champagne wine region of France. We decided to celebrate the day with a Champagne Jean-Claude Mouzon Brut. Earlier I wrote a blog about different wine glasses for sparkling wines. What is better, a flute, white wine glass or a coupe. As I poured the champagne I…

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    • Trump it.

      … something a little stronger, indulge in Trump’s Cru: a fortified chardonnay aged in bourbon barrels for more than 12 months. It makes a killer hot toddy or spiked/spiced apple cider. Overall, Trump Winery provides a spectacular tasting experience in a beautiful corner of Virginia wine country; one that people (like the Washington Post journalist mentioned above) might miss because of preconceived notions about its owner. To avoid missing out, I invite you to Trump it. Like this: Like Loading... Related …

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    • Top Bargain Wines 2014 and Safeway Wine Sale

      … at the winery for $34. That’s half off at the Safeway! The Gruet sparkling wines are terrific, especially the Blanc De Noirs. You will find them in S.F. Bay Area selling on average for $16. The Charles & Charles Rosé is on the Wine Enthusiast Top Bargain Wines of 2014 and a steal at $7.55. I also like the Carol Shelton Rosé, selling for $9.44. I…

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    • Halloween for Wine and Candy Lovers

      … Have you considered pairing candy with wine? Usually this topic comes up when talking about chocolate pairings. Numerous wineries offer chocolate and wine pairings. What about all the different types of Halloween candy, whether you are thinking about Skittles, licorice or candy corn? Is it possible to pair wines with seasonal Halloween candies…

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    • Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them

      … Cassis), Green Bell Pepper, Green Peppercorn, Olive, Wild Strawberry, Sour Cherry, Mulberry, Bilberry, Peony, Wild Blueberry, Dried Herbs, Game, Sage, Leather, Tobacco, Charcoal, Tar, Underbrush, Garrigue, Gravel, Torrefaction, Mineral-Driven and Woodsmoke Savory White Wine Terms Lime, Lemon, Pith, Quince, Bitter Almond, Green Apple, Apple…

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    • Matching Cheese and Wine

      … cheese from Burgundy. Dry and salty with a sweet and sour taste. Try with a Mersault or a Sauvignon Blanc. Danish Blue – Sauternes is a good match as are other sweet wines. Derby – similar in taste and texture to Cheddar. Go for the fruit juice of a decent Shiraz. For a white try a Chenin Blanc. Double Gloucester – A good quality tawny…

      4 readers - Andrew Barrow/ Spittoon
    • Budget Friendly Wines for Budget Friendly #SundaySupper

      … deal? With that in mind, I offer the following tips for finding wines that offer big bang for the buck: Shop the world – The first place I look for value is Spain, but you can find great value in the lesser know regions of France (Languedoc-Roussillion), Italy (Umbria, Sicily, and Puglia come to mind) along with countries like Chile, Australia…

      4 readers - Martin Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
    • Review: CapaBubbles Sparkling Wine Cap

      … force — in getting the pieces to actually come together and make a solid seal. Given its limitations and the fact that the CapaBubbles costs about two or three times as much as a typical hinged stopper, my rating is probably generous. D / $16 / [BUY IT HERE] Similar Posts: This entry was posted in Barware, Rated D/F, Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. …

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    • Wine Tasting Club Checklist

      … a white tablecloth (one from which you can wash out red wine stains) or pieces of white paper at each setting (guests can write on these). Set the glassware in a row or semi-circle in front of each place, along with a water glass and spittoon. Use paper napkins if you’re just having nibbles, cloth if it’s a full meal. You may want to put out…

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