Tasting

    I’m the new “go with” wine guy

    …, sellers and buyers, meeting on the playing field, and may the best man win. One of the reasons why I took this job at Jackson Family Wines was, obviously, because it’s a great company, with the greatest portfolio of family-owned wines in California, maybe in all the world, IMHO. It was easy for me, in the comfort of my own home, to review their wines…

    3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    The soft bigotry of tasting inexpensive wine

    … 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 it proved…

    1 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    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…

    2 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Grgich Hills Winery Spotlight Tasting Event

    … AT TASTING EVENT: Chardonnay Fume Zinfandel Merlot Cabernet LIMITED SEATING Contact your local WineStyles to RSVP! Filed under: Winery Spotlight Tastings Tagged: Cabernet, carneros chardonnay, fume, grgich, grgich hills, local wine event, local wine tasting, merlot, napa valley wines, napa wines, tasting, tasting event, tasting station, wine, wine event, wine portfolio tasting, wine tasting, winery spotlight, winestyles, zinfandel…

    6 readers - By WineStyles

    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…

    1 readers - By Steve Heimoff/ STEVE HEIMOFF

    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…

    4 readers - By WineStyles

    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…

    6 readers - By TexaCali Wine Trail

    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…

    5 readers - By Uncork Ontario

    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…

    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 of wine on the Central…

    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 wine…

    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 with impressive…

    2 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell

    WBC14: My Thoughts on the Wine Bloggers Conference

    … It’s been a little over a week since I returned home from the Wine Bloggers Conference in Buellton (WBC14), and I’ve had enough time to form some opinions on the experience. Overwhelmingly, those opinions are good, and they come from the perspective of a first-time attendee who didn’t entirely know what to expect from the event. Did not expect…

    8 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell
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