Upside down boot + Rightside up New Zealand’s wines

    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.

    7 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    D.O. Cigales: #wine with savory quality

    It would be an understatement to say that the Lady and I love the country of Spain. We’ve been twice together and I’ve been one additional time, on top of those adventures. Indeed, two years time we hope to take the pilgrimage of Camino del Santiago, during my sabbatical from work. The people, the food, the landscapes, and of course the WINE…all of it continues to pull me back t ...

    6 readers - By Ward Kadel/ Vinopanion

      St. Francis Winery Food & Wine Pairing

      Vinogger - - 6 readers - St. Francis is a Certified Sustainable, family-owned winery that has been making wine in Sonoma County for over 40 years. St Francis winery is in a beautiful setting and they are dedicated to preserving the environment using solar energy and environmentally sound business practices including water conservation, recycling and use of eco-friendly packaging to preserve and protect Sonoma Valley.

      Winery Visit Roundup

      Virginia Wine Time - - 7 readers - In this post we share our experiences at three wineries that we visited within the past month. It includes one newbie, too! Granite Heights Winery: Always a treat to visit Luke and Toni at Granite Heights. We enjoyed the crisp 2012 Chardonnay with its characteristics of pear and citrus with a flinty finish.

      Sonoma Valley CRUSH at St Francis Winery

      Sip on this Juice - - 6 readers - Each year, the changing colors of the leaves in the vineyards signal a start to harvest. Not only is this a great chance to taste through the wines of last season, it is also a time for many winery guests to sample fresh pressed juice or tour a “crush” pad. I learned to use a refractor for the 1st time on a Sonoma County CRUSH tour.

      Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

      Virginia Wine Time - - 5 readers - We always look forward to trying new wineries especially those that seem to have making quality wines at the top of the agenda. These days we frequently encounter the “events first” philosophy in which hosting weddings and parties seem to trump making wine. At Chestnut Oak Vineyard, we encountered a tasting room still in construction but good wines already in the bottle.

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      SonomaChat 25th Twitter Chat Anniversary Oct22

      … by searching the #sonomachat hashtag on twitter, and can view past conversations Use hashtag all week to chat, ask questions or give out tips, advice and PLEASE post photos. SonomaChat Ambassadors: Past Guest Host List: Future Guest Hosts 2014: Nov. 5th – Russian River Growers Association Nov. 12th – Stryker Sonoma Nov. 19th – Thralls Wines Nov. 26th – Holiday Edition – Thanksgiving Dec. 3rd – Halleck Vineyards Dec. 10th – J Vineyards & Winery Dec. 17th – Winery Geek App at Wine Country This Week…

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      Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

      …; however, other varietals grown on the estate include Nebbiolo, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and the state grape, Viognier. The goal is to create limited production wines that best feature the terrior on the Chestnut Oak estate. During our chat, Paul and I admired the murals that lined the interior walls of a tasting room that is still in the finishing…

      5 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

      Patz & Hall’s Sonoma House Wine on SonomaChat

      … When I first heard that Patz & Hall were opening a new tasting room, I was more than excited. I have been a fan of their Pinot Noir for many years! Having the tasting room as close as Sonoma, California is terrific as I am able to visit often and also have a sip or two of course. In June of 2014, Donald Patz and the Patz & Hall Wine…

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      Woodinville Wineries: Des Voigne Cellars

      … not going to stay around for too long. Drinkability: 7+ The 2010 Des Voigne Cellars The Groove Red Columbia Valley (43% Syrah, 36% Sangiovese, 17% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot) had a very welcoming nose with touch of spice, more spices weer present on the palate with some roasted notes. Another excellent effort, and again a great QPR at $20 (your…

      3 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

      Sonoma Valley CRUSH at St Francis Winery

      …, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Syrah, Marsanne, Rousanne all living and working together. Every year, crops are carefully planned and planted by viticulturists who study the soil, grape growth and winemaking itself. Which grape varietals that the vineyard manager and owners decide to plant is an investment in time and a gamble…

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      Woodinville Wineries: Pondera Winery

      … and round, with a good balance. Drinkability: 7+ 2011 Pondera Entwined Columbia Valley (57% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec) showed as a classic Bordeaux blend – if I would sniff the glass without knowing what is inside, I would definitely think of classic Bordeaux, made in a bit more of a fruit-forward style, but still…

      6 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

      The Spirits of Volunteerism

      … Early last month a story broke in California about a small winery that had been subject to hefty fines levied by state labor authorities for the use of willing volunteers, and then fined again during their process to try and mitigate the unintended wrong. This has prompted conversations across the industry and across the country as wineries…

      2 readers - By Todd Trzaskos/ New York Cork Report

      Woodinville Wineries: Elevation Cellars

      … – but very friendly in any case. We started tasting from 2013 Elevation Cellars Imperium Riesling Lawrence Vineyard Columbia Valley AVA. The Riesling had a very interesting profile with a touch of sweetness and some interesting minerality – it was actually resembling the Washington Riesling I didn’t appreciate during the pro tasting at WBC14 – however…

      1 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

      If you want a Moniker Wine, name it that… Moniker Wines

      …. The members of PS I Love You were pouring their wines to go along with chef’s dishes. It was then that I learned of Tim’s sharp wit and great marketing savvy. Now, his next generation has joined his wine company… Chase Thornhill, his son, has been given Moniker Wines to market, among his other duties, and success will be his. According to Chase…

      4 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

      Barboursville Vineyards

      … winery. Barboursville Vineyards is always a must visit when traveling to Charlottesville. We try to stop there each time we visit. This time we went early on Saturday to do a tasting to find out what new wines were on the menu and what our new favorites would be. Barboursville has been working hard to make the tasting experience better and not like…

      5 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

      D.O. Cigales: #wine with savory quality

      … nights). We have a lovely, more traditional tapas house here in Napa that we frequent pretty often called Zuzu. We brought the Carredueñas Cigales Tinto Roble 2012 to dinner there one night at their bar and it was a perfect example of the aforementioned tasty wine characteristics, making it our favorite of the three samples. All of the staff…

      6 readers - By Ward Kadel/ Vinopanion

      Like A Kid In The Candy Store…

      … time I was here, I couldn’t think of anything but the Chateau St. Michelle as a winery to visit (which was the great visit, by the way, and I love their wines). While the Washington wineries had been on my radar for quite a long time, there was no realization that those wineries are actually the places which can be visited. Until this time. First…

      1 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

      Thanks for The Great Canadian Wine Challenge

      … Thanks for The Great Canadian Wine Challenge While Calvin and I did a lot of the legwork on The Great Canadian Wine Challenge, we did have help along the way, and some fabulous wineries and organizations who donated fantastic prizes, all in the name of helping to build a Canadian wine culture. Sincere thanks to the following, who provided…

      4 readers - By Uncork Ontario

      Re-visting Wineries

      … are progressing and taste the new wines on the menu. We enjoyed our time at Cardamon Family Vineyards and Maggie Malick Wine Caves. Plan to visit them soon and taste the new wines. And when you do, tell them Virginia Wine Time sent you! …

      4 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

      St. Francis Winery Food & Wine Pairing

      … tasting with a cheese & charcuterie plate for $30 Another option is a 5 course food & wine pairing prepared by Chef Bryan Jones for $50. This experience requires a reservation and takes around an hour and a half. The menu changes based on the season and what’s available in the garden. I was able to try the first course, an heirloom tomato…

      6 readers - By Vinogger