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


      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.

      Something Special in the Swartland

      Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog - - 2 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.

      On the Wine Road: A Visit to Dry Creek Vineyard

      Cuvée Corner Wine Blog - - 1 readers - "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 discovering a region I'm sure most of ...

      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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      Something Special in the Swartland

      … of the hospital, takes off its oxygen mask, and takes a drag of a cigarette.” It’s certainly still alive with ripe fruit, sweet spice, and tea leaves. Not as savory as the previous few vintages. Also the first year Grenache was added. 2005: “Monumental vintage because it hit 95 points and really bridged the gap between South Africa and the wine…

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


      … a hundred metres above, and its lyrebirds, treeferns and mighty waterfalls below, the smell knob wound right round to eleven. But even as an infant on my grandfather's mighty shoulders, I seemed to realise that the sensation offered by such a lush environment was more than aromatic. It was a rich, overwhelmingly natural feeling that came in through…

      2 readers - By Philip White/ drinkster

      Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay

      …, Santa Lucia Highlands SRP: $17 Bright on the nose with sea salt, lemon curd, grapefruit and flowers. Creamy on the palate, tangy acid with white peach and green apple fruit. A leaner, crisper style, the seafood themed label fits with this wine’s lean, food-friendly aesthetic. All stainless steel. (87 points IJB) Review: 2013 Tolosa Winery…

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

      Some Last Minute BC Wines for Thanksgiving

      … flavour. You need a wine that can stand up on it’s own and complement the roasted flavours. A lightly oaked Chardonnay is one choice, an aromatic Pinot Gris, or if you prefer red, a juicy Merlot, a Gamay Noir or Pinot Noir (see my Ham pairing wines). A few that I’ve tasted over the past year: Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Chardonnay 2009 ($25). Light pear…

      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!)

      … the barrels apart and showing how whiskey is distilled. For something nonalcoholic, you could attend a Bewley’s Irish Tea Party with a Boston pastry chef, Maura Kilpatrick. You can order tickets online here, and avoid waiting in line at the event to purchase tickets. A General Admission session ticket costs $60 or get a VIP ticket for $110. There…

      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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