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.

      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.

      Some Last Minute BC Wines for Thanksgiving

      MyWinePal - - 1 readers - Some Last Minute BC Wines for Thanksgiving Traditional Thanksgiving (Image courtesy Ben Franske via Wikimedia Commons) Back to work after summer holidays the fall can get very busy with work and family. Thanksgiving comes knocking on the door before you know it here in Canada. Some of you may be off to the Okanagan to enjoy their Fall Wine Festival, which is ongoing as I write this article.

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

      … Some pretty aromas of perfumed black fruit, thyme, cherry, tree bark and cigar leaf; sadly a little lean on the palate, tannins are dusty, but non aggressive. Find this wine 164707 LEONARDO CHIANTI RISERVA 2010 $19.95 Quite intense and stimulating, with a smoky/bacon note backed up with clove, plum, dried fruit and cave air. Fruit on the palate…

      4 readers - By Gang of Pour On Wine

      Something Special in the Swartland

      … more linear. “I think it has more definition of fruit,” says Eben. “Carignan and Cinsault were also added in 2009.” “Freshness” might be this season’s “minerality,” but the term really does apply. While the structure and flavor profiles of these wines were big, they were lifted by a purity of fruit. Eben opened the tasting by saying, “If there ever was a time machine, it’s wine.” And if the past is any indication of what’s to come from this region, it’s going to be special. …

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


      … buttery butyric acid to form. I find this acid alluring in tiny volumes in, say Hunter Semillon, but horrid when it overwhelms a poorly-made red. And there I was, detecting it as a toddler in cow tucker. When we'd climb into the old Cyclops Rover and head over the range into the incredible Mountain Ash forest in Possum Hollow, with its floral canopy…

      2 readers - By Philip White/ drinkster

      Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay

      … complexity but don’t overwhelm. Clean, fresh, notes of crushed chalk and sea shells in here as well. Clean, pure, but quite rich, this Chardonnay ends up pulling it off. I’d love to lay this down for four or five years because it’s got so much complexity to unravel. (91 points IJB) Review: 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay Estate Vineyard…

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

      Some Last Minute BC Wines for Thanksgiving

      … lemon in colour. It has a youthful aroma with citrus and pear fruits, as well as some vanilla and lees. The wine is dry with medium plus body and has a round mouth feel. It does have medium plus acidity that manifests as an acidic prickle on your tongue. Lots of tropical fruit, in particular banana and pineapple, together with green melon and citrus…

      1 readers - By Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal

      On the Wine Road: A Visit to Dry Creek Vineyard

      … on the rim. On the nose, it was a bit oxidized, but it wasn't overwhelming. Looking past the oxidation, dried cherries, baking spices, and a wet tea bag aromas linger quietly. The body has a very light and lean presence, I let this wine linger in the glass much longer than I would, a fresher wine to see what would jump out with a bit of air; taut…

      1 readers - By Bill Eyer/ Cuvée Corner Wine Blog

      iFest: Ireland in Boston (And Win Tickets!)

      … Armstrong, and Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year Mark Moriarty, who will prepare dishes prepared with Guinness stout. These Irish chefs will be joined by some local chefs, including iFest Culinary Ambassador Barbara Lynch, Ana Sortun, Lydia Shire, Ming Tsai, Jasper White, and Colin Lynch. Mixologist Ezra Star of Drink will also demonstrate how to blend…

      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

      … 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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