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.

    12 readers - By Texas Wine and Trail Magazine

    People Make Wine in Idaho. I’ve Got Proof.

    I write this post sitting in a log cabin in the middle of the Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley, Idaho. I’ll be lighting a fire and, dreadfully, donning my winter jacket for the first time this season; tonight’s expected low: 23 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer concludes precisely — cruelly — on Labor Day out here.

    10 readers - By CHASING THE VINE

      Noble Ridge and friends: tasting Okanagan Falls wines

      John Schreiner on wine - - 9 readers - Photo: Noble Ridge vineyards in the autumn The Okanagan Falls region has come into its in recent years for wine touring. The area got a major lift a few years when the wineries formed an association and when Blue Mountain, the area’s anchor tenant, began opening its tasting room regularly. I have wandered the region again during the spring and summer and visited most of the wineries.

      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.

      What’s New in Naramata Wine Country

      Tasting Room Confidential - - 8 readers - As a wine destination, Naramata is about as remote as it gets in BC’s Okanagan Valley. There’s only one road in and one road out and heaven help you if an accident stops traffic in your path. The Naramata bench wine country, which runs north/south on the East side of Lake Okanagan, starts just north of Penticton on a grid of roads hosting a number of great wineries.

      Red Willow Vineyard: Hallowed ground in the Yakima Valley

      Great Northwest Wine - - 8 readers - Red Willow Vineyard’s most prominent feature is the small stone chapel that sits atop a steep hill overlooking the western Yakima Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WAPATO, Wash. – In just about every conceivable way, the 140 acres of wine grapes here at Red Willow Vineyard are hallowed ground. Here is where Washington’s first Syrah was planted.

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      Patterson Cellars 2013 Forbidden White, Columbia Valley, $18

      … (11%) and Viognier, the vineyards include Boushey, Ciel du Cheval, den Hoed, Dineen, SageCliff and Underwood. Some lots of this fourth edition saw some barrel, and that shows a bit in the nose of pineapple, pear, dried apricot, candy corn with just a whiff of toast and white pepper. Its entry is rich and bold with more pineapple and Jonagold apple…

      1 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      2013 Croze Suzanne K Viognier

      …. For a few weeks I had been looking at a bottle of Viognier in my cellar. Today was the day I was going to pull the cork and enjoy the wine. I put the bottle in the fridge to cool down. Now that I knew what we were going to drink, it was time to figure out our meal. A grilled chipotle pork chop, risotto, and a caprese salad would fit the ticket…

      4 readers - By Bills Wine Wandering

      Classy White

      …NYARAI is the virtual winery of Steve Byfield, who’s very skilled at creating small batch wines at rented spaces – in this case at Coffin Ridge (near Owen Sound). All his wines have a clarity of expression that I love and this Viognier is wonderfully understated, and classy. A true and true local. Aperitif or seafood partner. NYARAI CELLARS 12 Viognier, VQA Niagara 378414 $21.95…

      2 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

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

      … the last few weeks. Here we have a excellent value wine, with a great fruit profile, nice acid and balance and nothing at all to find fault with. Also a bit unusual, Torrontes is the primary white grape of Argentina. This runs about $10 – $12, and is a steal there. 7. 2012 J. Lohr Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc – this is another great value wine…

      6 readers - By Red Wine Please!

      Eight Great Wine Finds from the Summer Search 2014

      … Chardonnay, Monterey Valley/Sonoma Ca, 2012. ($23.) Could be the best value in the group, a Burgundian style of Chardonnay reflects cool climate grapes. Crisp flavors of green apple. Lorimar Winery Nocturne Syrah/Viognier, Temecula CA. 2011. $40. An eclectic blend of Rhone Valley French perfume-like wine that was a hit in the recent CRUSH event…

      1 readers - By Taste of Wine TV - Weekly Update

      Langley's Chaberton Estate Winery rebrands - slightly

      …). This is 90% Chardonnay, 10% Viognier. It begins with aromas of pear and citrus. On the palate, there are flavours of apple and tangerine. 88. Chaberton Valley White 2013 ($14.95). This is 50% Madeleine Sylvaner and 50% Sauvignon Blanc. The wine begins with citrus aromas, leading to flavours of lime, honeydew melon and pineapple. The finish…

      4 readers - By John Schreiner on wine

      Domaine la Condamine l’Evêque

      … of the winemaking. He studied in Montpellier and has a BTS in oenology. He has spent six months with Roederer in California and also worked in Robertson in South Africa and came back to the family estate in 1997. 2013 Muscat à petits grains, Fronime – 5.50€ Very pithy grapey nose. Rounded and pithy with a lightly bitter note. Fresh Muscat flavour…

      3 readers - By Taste Languedoc

      Becker Vineyards Named as “Tall in Texas” Award Recipient

      …The post Becker Vineyards Named as “Tall in Texas” Award Recipient appeared first on Texas Wine Lover. As was reported in July, Becker Vineyards of Stonewall, Texas, and Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker have been named the recipient of the annual “Tall in Texas” Award. The award was presented on September 6 at the Texas Wine Tribute, as part…

      1 readers - By Texas Wine Lover

      Le Paradou Viognier 2013

      … to the ancient windmills that once dotted the landscape of the Languedoc. Philosophy: One of the goals the brothers have with the Le Paradou range is to infuse the wines with the values of living in the south of France; “These pleasures are pure and simple, they are those of sharing and of enjoying the small pleasures in life”. Winemaking…

      7 readers - By the buddha in your glass

      Another Side of Viognier

      …The Viognier grape usually produces a rather pretty, semi rich, semi-expensive wines, but here’s a dandy, everyday edition. Refreshingly bone dry, mildly flavoured and with the frank character of a house wine at a French bistro. Good everyday stuff. In case you have not noticed, France is back on form. LAROCHE 13 Viognier, VDP d’Oc, France 377622 $12.70 Post Tags: France, viognier, white wine About the Author…

      6 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Catch the Crush a Yakima Valley harvest tradition

      …. Airfield Estate in Prosser will hold its annual Vineyard Run and Grape Stomp on Saturday, in which visitors can hop in a harvest bin and stomp grapes. Kestrel Vintners in Prosser will show how wine ferments and will have culinary creations from executive chef Jessica Smith. Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser will pair its fortified dessert wines…

      3 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Tales From: Estate 1856, Dry Creek Valley

      … experience, having worked at Jordan Winery for twenty years under their legendary wine maker Rob Davis and the über-legend André Tchelistcheff, who was a consulting wine maker at Jordan for a period during Janice’s time there. The family home–where we tasted the wines–has been in the family since the purchase of the property in 1856, with each successive…

      7 readers - By the drunken cyclist

      Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 - Fall 2014 Edition

      … and a little smoky spice. The lusciousness continues when tasting with more delicious blackberry flavors along with black raspberry tinged with licorice and a hint of mocha. You'll also find a wonderful smooth and silky texture with fine tannins. It ends long and dry with a spicy blackberry note and even a hint of a mineral streak that lingers…

      8 readers - By The Reverse Wine Snob

      Sol Lucet, Koshu, Kurambon Wine, Japan, 2013, 11.5% abv C$24 (UK L13)

      …Eight. Yes, eight different Marks & Spencer’s stores. That’s exactly how many stores Brian visited to find this bottle of wine for me during a recent business trip to London, England. All praise be to Brian, best (and most persistent) husband ever. I had read that some Koshu grape wines were available in England and since I am not planning any…

      4 readers - By winellama