Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay

    Since our last review of California Chardonnay, more goodies have found their way to my glass. This batch includes some impressive value-driven wines and a wide range of stylistic interpretations. All wines were received as trade samples and tasted single-blind. Review: 2012 Ripe Life Wines Chardonnay “The Clambake”- California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands SRP: $17 ...

    6 readers - By Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

    Keeping #Health and #Fitness in Focus this Fall with @BuluBox #SubscriptionBox

    September 2014 Bulu Box My October Bulu Box is on it's way and I realized I forgot to share my September Box! I have been super over-committed lately and this pace will probably just increase through the holidays so it's great I have Bulu Box to keep me going with great health, weight management and fitness products to keep me fueled for my busy life.

    5 readers - By Tracy Iglesias/ Ascending Butterfly

      Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s October 25th Release – Tasting Notes

      Gang of Pour On Wine - - 4 readers - Tuscan wines are the feature this release and I can state there are good quality wines to be found at both ends of the pricing structure. Not too many other wines to report on as little else was sent to sample. There is a Chilean sub release, but my palate was done after tasting these big Tuscan beauts. 378257 BANFI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2009 $59.

      A Master Class with Australian Kangarilla Road Winery

      MyWinePal - - 3 readers - Kevin O’Brien wine maker talks about Kangarilla Road Kevin O’Brien is a man that is compelled to know about the terroir in the McLaren Vale of Australia, and to put that knowledge to the best use in planting vines and growing expressive fruit. The types of rocks, which wear down to form soil, can guide the vineyard owner to plant certain types of grapes.

      Something Special in the Swartland

      Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog - - 3 readers - If you doubt the quality of South African wine, the Swartland will make you a believer. Thanks to terroir, winemaking philosophy, camaraderie, and personality, there is something special going on there. Named after the indigenous rhino bush that turns the soil a dark color during certain times of the year, the Swartland – which translates as “black land” — is about one hour north of Cape Town.


      drinkster - - 2 readers - Treeferns at the falls in Possum Hollow in the Mount Worth State Park, Strzelecki Ranges, South Gippsland, Victoria ... photo James Mead The falls of Possum Hollow: it's a feeling more than a smell and it goes in through our skin by PHILIP WHITE Victoria's South Gippsland was a highly aromatic place to spend one's first decade.

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      A Master Class with Australian Kangarilla Road Winery

      … of grapes. Certain grapes do better in particular soils. For example Chardonnay grapes grow best in limestone soils (e.g. Burgundy). McLaren Vale is a wine region located about a 45 minute drive south of Adelaide, starts along the coastline and moves inland. The area has produced wine commercially since the 1850s. 60% of the grape growing area…

      3 readers - By Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal

      Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s October 25th Release – Tasting Notes

      … on the beautifully balanced finish. Find this wine 384552 ANTINORI BADIA A PASSIGNANO CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 2009 $44.95 A leathery wine backed up with blackberry liquor, sweet chocolate, pepper, pine cone, cedar and Moroccan spice. Its palate is showing well too, with lots of toasty dark fruit, black cherry and some tannins. Find this wine 239707…

      4 readers - By Gang of Pour On Wine

      Something Special in the Swartland

      … and by the neighboring Atlantic Ocean. Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines describes the region and his decision to make wine there in this way: “Why the Swartland? There are no people there! It’s the biggest appellation in terms of size in South Africa. And we have some of the best soil — iron rich soil like the Douro and also brutal, pure granite…

      3 readers - By Rebecca Canan/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog


      … the acrid heat of this dusty old continent, those wet Gippsland hills were almost un-Australian. Our farm, on the edge of the Mount Worth State Park in the Strzelecki Ranges, was an organoleptic orgy. Decorative and vegetable gardens after the British style, cattle, orchard, swamp, bracken, horses, dogs and florid Blackwood coppices offered a sensual…

      2 readers - By Philip White/ drinkster

      Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay

      …, candied lemon, nougat, peanut skins. Big, bold, but complex and interesting. Includes a bit of barrel-fermented Viognier. (88 points IJB) Review: 2012 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay Carneros – California, Napa/Sonoma, Carneros SRP: $30 Nose of bright white peach, honeysuckle, green pear and sea salt, Tangy and bright with lemon verbena, orange peel…

      6 readers - By Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Some Last Minute BC Wines for Thanksgiving

      … with ripe cherries and vanilla flavours. Sweet cherry finish. Wine Pairings for Roast Ham Roast ham is also quite full flavoured. It has some sweetness to it, and can have other flavours such as some smokiness, depending on how it’s prepared. Riesling is a nice pairing with ham; think Alsatian food. I think a Cabernet Franc, Gamay or Pinot Noir…

      1 readers - By Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal

      On the Wine Road: A Visit to Dry Creek Vineyard

      … "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson Do you consider yourself an explorer? If so, do you sometimes wonder where the spirit of wine exploration has gone? It's a thought on my mind these days; as I now quietly sit behind this computer screen recalling the fond summer memories…

      1 readers - By Bill Eyer/ Cuvée Corner Wine Blog

      iFest: Ireland in Boston (And Win Tickets!)

      … the future of what Guinness pubs will look like, served with samples of Irish food. There will also be samples of Irish cocktails made with Dingle Distillery Irish vodka & gin. There will also be Jameson Irish Whiskey tastings. In addition, a master cooper from the Midleton distiller will lead a master class on the old skill of cooperage – taking…

      1 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Lodi Native: Master Class in Old Vine Zin

      … (blackberries and black cherries) with cranberry and strawberries, some roses, sweet barbecue sauce and black pepper. On the palate, this wine is juicy and freshly textured with fine acid. Charcoal and pepper accent the ripe black cherries, Bordeaux cherries and strawberries. Notes of black tea and crushed rocks mix with sweet spice and barbecue sauce…

      9 readers - By Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Rant: Iced Tea Tragedy

      …During the summer, I drink fresh brewed, unsweetened iced tea every day. It is refreshing, thirst-quenching and doesn't have the sugar content of sodas and other such drinks. In addition, it is cheap, roughly 3 cents a serving if made at home. I don't stop drinking iced tea when the seasons change. I continue drinking it daily through fall, winter…

      11 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Chanoyu Japanese tea ceremony performed by a tea master in Monaco

      …The precise and thoughtful movements of a Japanese hostess or a tea master when performing traditional tea ceremony, known in Japan as Chanoyu, have highly spiritual as well as psychological value to all participants. Chanoyu Japanese tea ceremony performed by a tea master at Hotel du Paris The gentle strokes of a Japanese woman during the Ikebana…

      8 readers - By Winebeing

      Éko Coffee Bar and Tea House

      … on his end. I also love that they provide two different pitchers of ice water with a different fruit immersed in each. But the best part of this new spot is how much fun the staff has making all their drinks and eats. I’ve seen people take joy in customer service so rarely, and eavesdropping on their conversations while I’m supposedly working makes the afternoon pass faster. Not that I would ever do such a thing, of course. Éko Coffee Bar and Tea House 1075 B St. Downtown Hayward Website Reviewed 1 Feb and 5 Feb 2014. by…

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