Messina Hof Winery Wins Gold At People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic

    Messina Hof Winery Wins Gold At People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic Grapevine, TX – September 19, 2014 – Messina Hof Winery and Resort won three Gold Medals (First Place Awards) and Silver Medal (Second Place Award) in the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic during the 28th Annual GrapeFest®. The popular competition was hosted Sept.

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    Top Ten White Wines of the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

    Now it’s time for the top whites. (you can read about the Top Ten Reds here) We’ve been drinking more white wines lately, and due to that fact we’re expanding to a Top Ten list for whites. There were many good ones. A few trends were that Sauvignon Blanc was everywhere, Chardonnay is still everywhere, and the Rose craze seems to have died down a bit.

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      Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 - Fall 2014 Edition

      The Reverse Wine Snob - - 8 readers - An all new list! This post brought to you by: Get the Spindrift Cellars Pinot Noir 2012 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! It's time for the next update of The Reverse Wine Snob Top 10 Red Wines Under $20! In fact, we're well overdue for an update and with fall officially starting and a bit of crispness in the air, our thoughts naturally turn to red wine.

      Tales From: Estate 1856, Dry Creek Valley

      the drunken cyclist - - 7 readers - I pulled into the driveway where the only sign along the Dry Creek road read “Tzabaco Vineyards” with no mention of “Estate 1856″–my afternoon appointment. Moments after pulling in, I was greeted by Janice Schmidt, the wine maker half of the Estate 1856 team–her husband, Brian, farms the land. A quick primer on the names.

      Upside down boot + Rightside up New Zealand’s wines

      Wine Blog - - 7 readers - Did you ever thing about New Zealand being an upside down boot? Okay, so maybe it’s a small boot with a leg warmer, but it’s got it going on. Thanks to Jasper Hammink of Vinopedia, the new free price comparison engine for wine. He read this post, he wrote: I saw your blog… hilarious to see that New Zealand indeed looks like a boot.

      Domaine Clavel

      Taste Languedoc - - 7 readers - I kept bumping into Pierre Clavel at wine fairs earlier this year. And he kept asking: when are you going to come and see me au domaine? Finally earlier this month the opportunity presented itself. He had started picking, the whites, and so far so good. And he has also picked some grapes for his rosé and the red harvest will get going next week, that is to say the w ...

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      Halloween for Wine and Candy Lovers

      … candies – candy corn. For candy corn wine matching the chart suggests: 1. A sweet wine like Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thugrau, Malvasia, Moscato, Riesling 2. Rich white wines like Chardonnay, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier 3. Sparkling wines including Champagne, Prosecco, Cava or a Sparkling Rosé What would you pair with your favorite Halloween candy…

      3 readers - By Wine Trail Traveler

      Fresh Sheet October 20th 2014

      … notes of barrel spices, milk chocolate, coffee, raspberry, and cherry. The palate is medium bodied with abundant coffee flavors. 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 8% Tempranillo, 6% Grenache, 6% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Mourvèdre, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Sangiovese, 2% Cinsault, and 1% Counoise 1%. 14.0% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Brian…

      1 readers - By Sean P. Sullivan/ Washington Wine Report

      Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them

      … oz pour. Most off dry wines are white wines, although on rare occasions you can find high quality Italian red wines that fall into the off dry category. High acidity wines like Riesling will taste more dry than a lower acidity wine (like Viognier) at the same actual sweetness level. “Sweet” Sweet wines are generally Dessert Wines and have a wide…

      4 readers - By Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly

      2012 Matthiasson White Wine

      … and substance you'd appreciate from a Chardonnay, with the minerality and flowers you'd love in a Viognier... All in all, its a perfect White wine for a warm day, a cool evening, with food or on its own... fantastic! Taste 9 Nose 9 Value 9 40.00…

      3 readers - By Andrew Wells/ Wells On Wine

      Woodinville Wineries: Des Voigne Cellars

      … Sangiovese (the Italian version), only in the lighter package and more fruit driven. Drinkability: 7+ 2012 Des Voigne Cellars Duke Zinfandel Walla Walla (95% Zinfandel Walla Walla, 5% Malbec Wahluke Slope) – yet another “first” encounter – first time ever I was tasting Washington Zinfandel. Very nice rendition, unusual nose, showing classic Zinfandel’s…

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      Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed

      … decided to produce his own wines and does a fantastic job. The Rhone-style whites, Rousanne and Viognier, are amazing as are the Rhone Reds, Syrah and Mourvedre. This small winery is a “must” stop on Shenandoah School Road. Cooper Vineyards Also on this same road as Wildrotter is Cooper Vineyards and, like Wildrotter, the Cooper Family were growers who…

      5 readers - By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

      BC Winery releases special Lunar New Year Wine

      … vegetables, sable fish, BBQ duck $22.90 Lunar New Year White Blend of Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Viognier Aromatics of spice and floral notes, tropical fruit Pair with fresh steamed seafood, seafood soup, fried noodles or rice $19.90 Like this: Like Loading... Related This entry was posted in Wine Reviews and Suggestions by uncorkbc. Bookmark the permalink. …

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      "resistance is futile" - visiting Breaux Vineyards again

      …; but the 2012 Marquis de Layfayette was a very good Cabernet Franc. On the cellar club side, we tried the 2010 Malbec, probably our favorite red of the day, and an interesting blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera called 6 Degrees. Our final wine tasted was the always popular 2012 Chère Marie ($19), a semi-sweet Vidal Blanc. While we were tasting all…

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      Et Fille 2011 Deux Vert Vineyard Viognier, Yamhill-Carlton District, $24

      …Et Fille 2011 Deux Vert Vineyard Viognier, Yamhill-Carlton District, $24 By Great Northwest Wine on October 18, 2014 The father/daughter winemaking tandem of Howard Mozeico and Jessica Mozeico launched their Newberg, Ore., winery in 2003, and they’ve aligned themselves with Mike Green’s vineyard for their crystalline, unoaked Viognier. There’s…

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      Great whites from the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

      … with a shake of nutmeg lead to beautifully balanced flavors of rich orchard fruit. This exudes purity of fruit and remains the standard by which other American Rieslings are measured. (12% alc.) Cinder Wines 2013 Dry Viognier, Snake River Valley, $18: Two of Idaho’s premier vineyards — Sawtooth and Williamson — set the stage for Melanie Krause…

      3 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Celebration of Early Harvest

      … a light tuna tartare made with sashimi grade tuna, mango, grapefruit, avocado and chili oil. It was fun pairing it with the cool Chardonnay and Viognier from Zotovich Estate Vineyard & Winery. What a pleasure meeting Drake Whitcraft of Whitcraft Winery, a member of the wine community since 1985. After sipping his hand crafted varietals, we look…

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      NYC Ritz-Carlton Central Park Phenomenal Femmes Dinner with Lynn Penner Ash

      … the surprise of the night was a "double delight" of both grilled prime rib and salmon, served with two very different pinot noirs, the pinot noir "Shea Vineyard" 2012 and the pinot noir "Estate vineyard" 2012. Guests were asked to try the wines with both the salmon and prime rib, and decide which pairing they liked best. Another surprise was dessert, home…

      3 readers - By Marisa D'vari/ A Wine Story

      The Best Box Wines - ​Big House White 2013

      …A fresh and tasty kitchen sink blend. A blend of Gruner Veltliner, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc and other white varieties from California. SRP of $20 and available widely for around $17. From the bottle: "Yadda, yadda, yadda, Warden! Break outta the confines of stuffy tradition with this no tool required tradition…

      4 readers - By Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob