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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 Burgundies of France and a small sam ...

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    Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo First Wine Country Tour Visits the Texas Hill Country

    Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo 2014 Wine Tour Group Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo First Wine Country Tour Visits the Texas Hill Country By now, most of you know October is Texas Wine Month. Well, it could have been no better time than this month for The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s (HLSR) Wine Sales and Events Committee (click here) to organize their first ever wine tour.

    4 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

      I’m the new “go with” wine guy

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 3 readers - I went on a “go with” yesterday. That is (as I just learned) the jargon for a salesperson who calls on an account and brings “someone else” (like me) with him. In this case, I’m the “famous former wine critic” whom most of the accounts have heard of, and whose ratings might even appear on their shelf talkers; apparently, some of them at least like meeting me—a name they prev ...

      Tastes of Badia a Coltibuono: Wines that Entwine The Past and Future of Chianti Classico

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 2 readers - Robert Stucchi-Prinetti of Badia a Coltibuono Tastes of Badia a Coltibuono: Wines that Entwine The Past and Future of Chianti Classico I recently tasted a selection of wines of Badia a Coltibuono and met its general manager and winemaker Roberto Stucchi-Prinetti, the great grandson in the family that came to own this winery with a long legacy in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany.

      My conversation with a guy in a tasting room

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 2 readers - 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 found there’s a very typical kind of taster: perhap.

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

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 2 readers - 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.

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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…

      2 readers - STEVE HEIMOFF
    • 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…

      3 readers - STEVE HEIMOFF
    • The soft bigotry of tasting inexpensive wine

      …. It was reinforced by the basic philosophy of Wine Enthusiast. The magazine could have gone in a direction of elitism, the way the competition did, but very early on the decision was taken to make it more of a “people’s” magazine than one for collectors. This is a tricky game to play if you hope to be taken seriously by wine buffs. On the one hand…

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

      … were 2012 Duchman Family Winery Vermentino, Pedernales Cellars Texas Tempranillo. Thanks Ray for the shout out for our local Texas wines from your national stage. Also, thanks so to Denise who came through for me when I needed critical information from our Texas wine marketing files. It feels good to know that we’ve made a difference in helping to get Texas wines the national respect they now deserve. …

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    • Grgich Hills Winery Spotlight Tasting Event

      …, is to improve the quality of their vineyards and their wines, relying on Mike’s unique artistic and intuitive touch. This strategy continues to pay significant dividends. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, they farm five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, rely on wild yeast fermentation and use our…

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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…

      6 readers - 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…

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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…

      2 readers - 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…

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