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    Rant: Local Wine Ignorance

    Are you ignorant about the wines produced in your state? How much do you know about these local wineries? Have you tasted any of their wines? Or have you made an assumption that the wines aren't worthy of tasting? The time is now to battle ignorance about local wines. Today starts the 7th Annual Drink Local Wine Week, an event founded by Drink Local Wine (DLW), an organizati ...

    6 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    ‘Drinking Local’ at Total Wine: A Big ‘ol Wine Store in Atlanta

    On a recent trip to Atlanta I had the fortune to mix business with pleasure. The pleasure was seeing friends from high school at a get-together that was essentially BYOB. For me, that meant wine shopping. I had to hunt locally in Atlanta, but I’m no longer a local. I haven’t lived there since the 1980’s, and had no clue where to go.

    5 readers - By jvb uncorked

      Scottsdale’s Palm Court Restaurant receives Wine Spectator honors

      Weekly Wine Journal - - 5 readers - Wine Spectator’s 2014 dining guide is a list of over 3,700 “restaurants for wine lovers” I was recently invited to experience the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center’s Palm Court Restaurant in light of their recent inclusion on the Wine Spectator list. In addition to receiving the basic award for having a good wine list Palm Court was noted for having a relatively inexp ...

      Wine Spectator Recognizes Casey Flat Ranch – Finally

      Red Wine Please! - - 5 readers - Wine Spectator Recognizes Casey Flat Ranch – Finally We’ve been ranting about Casey Flat Ranch wines for over a year now. Their 2010 Estate Red is one of our favorite wines anywhere, period. Their 2012 CFR Sauvignon Blanc got us drinking white wine again, and now it’s spreading (go figure!). We love just about everything they make, and think they’re all great values.

      Chateau d'Esclans tasting at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

      Wine About Virginia - - 5 readers - On our latest trip to the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT we signed up in advance for only one seated wine tasting at the event center. That tasting was for what I thought were two Rosés and a white wine. We discovered at the start of the presentation that the "white wine" was actually an extremely expensive fine Rosé. Our "host" represents Château d’Esclans in the United States.

      Must a wine be true to or representative of its type?

      TomBarrasWineCommentary - - 5 readers - Lettie Teague’s 10/23/14 Wall Street Journal article on Pinot Grigio—specifically the high quality, northern Italian producers—brought to mind an experience I had some time ago with a California version of Pinot Grigio. After swirling, sniffing and sipping, I quickly checked the label to verify what I just tasted.

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      1 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

      John Duval creates ageworthy Syrah at Long Shadows Vintners

      … invited me to be a part of the action,” Duval said. “I’d never been Chile, so when they flew me there, I just fell in love with the country, the people, but most importantly the potential of the project. And it gave me the opportunity to work with a variety that I’d never worked with before — Carménère.” By the time phylloxera devastated France…

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      Myth busting: Big doesn’t equate to average; small doesn’t mean great

      … production wine. Why should it? Just because someone has a two acre estate vineyard doesn’t tell you anything about terroir, vineyard practices, barrel regimes or anything else. In fact, a tiny garage operation might have poor, old equipment. On the other hand, a large vineyard, properly managed, with sufficient finances, can produce great wines…

      3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Banfi Centine Toscana 2011 wine review by (PB)

      … Opaquish garnet with aromas of spicy red cherry-berry fruit with a hint of cocoa. Palate--Mouth watering acidity with edgy, eye opening structure, short lived tart berry flavor and a fleeting finish. This Tuscan is a blend of 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. James Suckling formerly of the Wine Spectator gives this a glowing review…

      2 readers - By The Wine Cask Blog

      Daily Wine News: Esoteric Grapes

      … Vare Vineyard Ribolla Gialla. “In a landscape where most consumers are buying chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, what prompts a California winemaker to produce wines from cinsault, ribolla gialla or chenin blanc?” Laurie Daniel explores this question in the Mercury News. In Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman pays tribute to Eric Dunham, a pioneer…

      3 readers - By David White/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog
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      East Coast Wineries

      … Name: Carlo De Vito Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He was also a publisher at Running Press Book Publishers, where he published books from…

      3 readers - By Carlo De Vito/ East Coast Wineries

      Value Alert: 2012 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet 92 WS/$15

      … Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon. It's overly oaked. Too rich. Manipulated. Whatever. I've enjoyed wines from Columbia Crest over the years a great deal. I remember the first time I went out and bought a case of wine based on a Wine Spectator rating. It was for a Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot Harvey Steiman rated 90 points. You could…

      1 readers - By Robert Dwyer/ The Wellesley Wine Press

      20% Off Yellow Dot Sale at Yankee Spirits [MA Only]

      … Massachusetts wine retailer Yankee Spirits is running a 20% off sale on "Yellow Dot" bottles of wine. With locations in Attleboro, Swansea, and Sturbridge they're a retailer I've heard good things about but have never personally visited. I noticed the Yellow Dot sale on their e-commerce site while poking around Wine-Searcher looking for a great…

      2 readers - By Robert Dwyer/ The Wellesley Wine Press

      New York Wine Experience 2014

      … in its 34th year, the Wine Experience is a 3-day, relentless onslaught of the finest wines from around the world. Composed of Grand Tastings, seminars, lunches, and a black tie gala, the event features only wines that have received 90 points or higher from Wine Spectator. The amount of grape juice with price points of $300-$400 that get tossed…

      1 readers - By David Flaherty/ Grapes and Grains

      Blind Book Review: "Sherry"

      … glowing words about The New California Wine. I’ve already seen Momofuku sommelier (yeah, I was called that quite a bit), and friend of Talia, Jordan Salcito’s 5-Star review on Amazon, which begins, “Brilliantly done!” and was posted the day of the book’s release. Damned somms are such fast readers—when it comes to reading and tips…

      3 readers - By Ron Washam/ HoseMaster of Wine™

      Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed

      … Head to Deaver Vineyards when in Amador wine country Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed Having traveled to Amador County on many occasions since 2002, I consider myself a decent authority on the wine country of Amador. I have seen Amador grow steadily over these years and evolve from a destination mainly for Gold Country buffs…

      5 readers - By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

      Symington Altano Douro DOC 2011

      … Confident and bold, this red blend is from the largest family estate in Portugal and craves to be paired with hearty dishes. Estate: The Symington family has been involved with winemaking in the Douro Valley of Portugal since 1882, and through their great grandmother, can trace their winemaking back 14 generations to the mid 17th century…

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      Wine Spectator Recognizes Casey Flat Ranch – Finally

      … they’re all great values. Laura Barrett, winemaker, is doing great things. In the past issue of the Wine Spectator, James Laube points out the 2010 Casey Flat Ranch Estate Red as one of his Top Values in California Cabernet. We think it’s about time. At least he got the value part right, but the 89 points he gave the wine are at least 3-4 points…

      5 readers - By Red Wine Please!

      "American Wine Story:" Boring documentary without a plot

      … industry works that at this point, I feel the need to apologize for this review. I would just ignore the film, as writers usually do about boring wines, if it weren't for the uniformly positive press "American Wine Story" has received to date. Harvey Steiman of Wine Spectator called it "fascinating, gritty and ultimately bittersweet." Gritty? It's all…

      3 readers - By W. Blake Gray/ The Gray Report
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