• A tasting of 1974 wines (and one 1944)

      Went to a very interesting tasting yesterday. It was a small private affair, held at the Restaurant at Wente, a chic place tucked into the southern foothills of the Livermore Valley. The subject of the tasting was 1974 Cabernet Sauvignon. Now, anyone familiar with the modern history of wine in California knows that that vintage was a very famous one.

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    • Akiyoshi 2013 Sangiovese Rosé

      Akiyoshi 2013 Sangiovese Rosé Lodi, California Drink this light rosé and be reminded of playing grown-up with your mother’s make-up collection. She’ll probably yell at you, but she’ll give you a new berry lipstick balm of your very own the next morning. She’s sorry, but please don’t do it again. On the Quini scale, I gave the Akiyoshi 2013 Sangiovese Rosé a 69/100.

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    • How Much Should Wine Tastings Cost?

      I have visited a lot of Texas wineries. Okay, really a lot. The one thing I have learned during my travels is every winery is different as to how much a wine tasting costs, how many wines you get to taste, and if there is any food offered. I have had new wineries even ask me how much they should charge.

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  • Need Some Muscrat Love? It’s at Kerrville Hills Winery

    … actually say, “yes, this is Muscrat wine”…. almost. The second reason I like this wine is because it is made well and made with Orange Muscat from the Texas High Plains. The grapes came from Jet and Gay Lynn Wilmeth’s Diamante Doble Vineyards near Tokio, TX (click here). The wine is luscious and delightfully playful with citrus and stone fruit…

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  • Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey

    … Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey Dufftown, Scotland 40% ABV I picked up this triple malt Scotch whiskey from Trader Joe’s. The company’s been around since 1887, and this spirit takes its name from a medical condition that men used to acquire from working the malt press. I imagine it wasn’t fun to deal with, but it is a fun name…

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  • My conversation with a guy in a tasting room

    … you can’t always say about tiers). I had joked with the guy (he was a firefighter), “I’m going to test you after we try the three Zins, and I’ll ask you how you perceive the reserve versus the other wines.” After we tasted the reserve, I asked him again to compare it to the first two. He was silent for a moment, thinking, and then he said…

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  • I’m the new “go with” wine guy

    … straightforward, and that’s a shame. I’ve always said I like the sales and marketing aspect of this business. The sales guys, in particular, fascinated me. These road warriors are out there every day, doing battle with on- or off-premise wine buyers who have heard it all, seen it all, done it all. So in other words, you have two battle-hardened guys…

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  • The soft bigotry of tasting inexpensive wine

    … $12 wine without turning off either side. If I had any doubts about my approach, they were dispelled through blind tasting. There were times, in large flights, I preferred a $25 wine to a $250 wine. At first, that was a humbling, almost embarrassing experience. But after a while, I grew to expect it. It was almost a badge of honor, because…

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  • VintageTexas: It’s Good to Know We’ve Made a Difference

    … VintageTexas: It’s Good to Know We’ve Made a Difference I was perusing my recent issue of Food & Wine Magazine (November 2014), when I spotted F&W Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle’s article titled “The Great American Wine Challenge”. He talked about his wine tasting experiences in places like Arizona, Texas, New York and Virginia. My…

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  • Grgich Hills Winery Spotlight Tasting Event

    … Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately…

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  • Finger Lakes 20013 Riesling Launch–Live! On Twitter and Facebook

    … average (Schloss Biebrech Sekt, Buitenverwachting Rhine) have been largely sparkling. And the last riesling I rated that well was four years ago (Lindeman’s Bin 75)! But I’m always ready to be surprised, and that half the wines we’re tasting are specifically cast as dry gives me hope. See you on the interwebs soon, fellow riesling explorers! I’ll be sipping from my beautiful balcony facing the Bay. Okay, I can only see an inch of the Bay, but it’s all part of setting the mood, right? by…

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  • Thinking about tasting

    … Lots of food for thought in the Fall 2014 issue of Wine & Spirits, which is devoted to “The art and science of wine tasting.” There’s so much thoughtful content, I could write a post on each sentence. Surely that’s the mark of a good wine magazine. The fun starts with editor Josh Greene explaining why he never pursued a Master of Wine…

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  • Michael David Winery

    …Winery Spotlight October Tasting Event – RSVP > > Contact your local WineStyles < < MICHAEL DAVID VINEYARDS, Lodi, California: The Story of Michael David Winery “Michael” and “David” are Michael and David Phillips, two brothers whose family has farmed in the Lodi region since the 1850’s, cultivating wine grapes for nearly a century…

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  • On the Road Again

    … week long: Alder Springs Vineyards: Stop by to taste brand new inventory that just landed in Texas, Marsella from the Alder Springs Ranch will be along for the ride too. Bring your inner geek! Both Alder Springs Estate and Row 5 wines will be open for tasting. Cobb Wines: 2012 Mags. Need I say more? Allocations for his 2012 releases have arrived…

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  • Honour & Valour: A Tribute to the Great War

    …Diamond Estates – The Winery in Niagara has released two new wines in tribute to WWI, “1914 Honour” and “1914 Valour”. These wines were created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Great War (1914-1918), as well as the 150th anniversary of Confederation. “These wines recognize and celebrate the achievements of the generations who served…

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