• 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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    • 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 for a whiskey now! The color is dus ...

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  • My conversation with a guy in a tasting room

    … What do you do when you’re tasting wine with a novice in a tasting room, and there are points you want to make—and the other person says something about the wine that you don’t understand? Over the weekend I worked a shift at the Murphy-Goode tasting room, the second time I ever did that (the first was last month, at Kendall-Jackson), and I…

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  • I’m the new “go with” wine guy

    … relationships in this industry, and it’s fascinating to meet such a varied range of people with so many different interests and points of view. I valued yesterday’s experience. It enriched my life, and helps me more deeply understand this complex thing we call the wine industry—such a multi-faceted thing, so driven by human personality. When I was a critic, I…

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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

    …November Tasting Event >> RSVP at your local WineStyles << The Story of Grgich Hills Estate Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white…

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  • Thinking about tasting

    … of the wine critiquing business. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, from Champagne Louis Roederer, calls describing wine “a true act of humility,” while David Lynch, at St. Vincent Tavern & Wine Merchant (San Francisco), quotes Pio Boffa, of Pio Cesare: “When it comes to wine, I know nothing except the fact of my own ignorance.” Knowing one’s own ignorance can…

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  • Michael David Winery

    … was certified sustainable. These days, Michael and David Phillips represent the fifth generation of growers in Lodi, and things are changing. With 650 acres of premium wine grapes, there is plenty of room for experimentation and innovation. The vineyards are irrigated by the Mokelumne River, which carries crystal-clear water from the Sierra Nevada…

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  • On the Road Again

    … wines for their high-quality to price point ratio. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot & Zinfandel from a very special place in Dry Creek Valley! Inizi: ONE WORD: CHARBONO. From the Napa Valley. Limited production so get this new-kid-on-the-block while you can. Winemonger Imports: The darling of the Austrian wine world. I'll have a few iconic wines from Moric…

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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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  • 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 that we…

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  • 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 of wine on the Central…

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