Tasting

    The last word on single-blind, double-blind and open tasting

    …   I don’t know that I’ve ever fully laid out, in this blog, my views on the three most common forms of wine tasting: single-blind, double-blind and open. So let me do so. I’ve long argued that no one way of tasting is “right.” Each has its pluses and minuses. If there were one “correct” way we all would have accepted it by now, so the fact…

    2 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Justin & Landmark Winery

    … Winery Spotlight Event September Tasting > > RSVP at your local WineStyles < < JUSTIN VINEYARDS, Paso Robles, California: Since its inception, Justin has focused his efforts on producing world-class Bordeaux style blends from the estate vineyards for the JUSTIN label. Justin is a pioneer in producing this style…

    1 readers - By WineStyles

    Talking about tasting room staff

    …   I spoke to a group of people last night—marvelous people, actually, employees of Kendall-Jackson’s Wine Education & Garden Center (I call it the chateau), in Fulton, just outside Santa Rosa. They had invited me up for a periodic dinner they have together. They asked me about tasting, and here’s part of what I told them: How to taste…

    5 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    WBC14: The Sta. Rita Hills “History” Excursion

    … beneficial in seeing where those wines come from. Less beneficial? Trying to snap pics from a bumpy car ride! So on Friday night (7/11), we scurried onto buses as they pulled up, unaware as to our final destinations. Each bus hit up a different winery or tasting room, and it wasn’t until ours was on its way that our host jumped up…

    2 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

    WBC14: My Thoughts on the Wine Bloggers Conference

    … rightfully claims, “specialize[s] in providing our travelers with big experiences from a small company at a fair price.” That company description exactly sums up my overall opinion of the conference. If nothing else, WBC14 offered two and a half days’ worth of unending wine tastings, two meals a day– Fare at the Wine Blogger Awards dinner…

    8 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

    Being Re-Introduced to Robert Mondavi Wines

    … not seen me drinking a bottle bearing his name. (Unless of course it had a vintage from the 1970's on the label). That was until last week when I was invited to an intimate tasting with winemaker Nova Cadamatre at The Workshop in San Francisco. This small and intimate event was fantastic and you know what, so were the wines. It was a true pleasure…

    2 readers - By The Wine Key's Blog

    Iron Sommelier Taste-Off

    …(A special guest post by TGCWC co-conspirator, Calvin Hanselmann!) When the Minister of Cool invites you to an Ottawa wine event, the only answer is, “Yes!!” So it was that the #TGCWC co-conspirators, Shawn and Calvin, found ourselves in the … Continue reading…

    By Uncork Ontario

    Dark House 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

    … be the sluggish horse in the race? Who knows. I only know that its coloring is deep and dark enough to make me think of octopi. Its smell is less remarkable: chemicals with spice. There’s wood, too, firewood. Burnt firewood. Tasting it confirms that smoky flavor. It’s the strongest note and lingers long after the bitter fruit passes. The sip doesn’t start…

    4 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

    Ottawa’s First Pop-Up Wine Shop

    …Ottawa is having its first ever “Pop-Up Wine Shop” June 17th-20th in the Byward Market. As this is a really new phenomena for Ottawa (and still pretty new for Ontario), I asked Adam Bekhor, Co-founder & CEO or WineWire Inc. … Continue reading…

    By Uncork Ontario

    Trail Estate Winery Opens Today!

    …The latest winery to join the ranks in Prince Edward County is Trail Estate Winery. Run by 4 members of the Sproll family (and complemented by the winemaking skills of Matthias Luck), it really is a family affair! They currently … Continue reading…

    1 readers - By Uncork Ontario

    Wine Tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains

    … one for me. The passports are $45 each and entitle you to one tasting at each of the participating wineries over a 2-year period. The passports themselves have detailed information on the wineries, their locations, and their hours, and they are intended for use on the quarterly Passport Days, during which some wineries normally closed…

    By Rebecca Gomez Farrell
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