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Lousy Wine at Charity Events

Date: Mon, Jan 9, 2012 Wine Tasting

To start off the New Year, Jay McInerney presented his wine resolutions for 2012 in the Wall Street Journal. Among them was resolution number three: Don’t drink the wine at charity benefits. I happen to attend quite a few of these events over the course of the year. The speeches can really drag on and [...]

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Affordable Champagne and Sparkling Wines for New Year’s

Date: Sat, Dec 31, 2011 Wine Tasting

It’s time to ring in the New Year, and most likely you’ll do so with bubbles. But does it have to be Champagne? And does it have to be expensive? Not necessarily, as there are many, many other sparkling wines that offer the same dramatic effect of popping a cork and also please your palate [...]

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Easy Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

Date: Sat, Dec 31, 2011 Wine Tasting

I know, I know — this is supposed to be a wine blog, not a cocktail blog. But, one of these mixed drinks includes Prosecco among the ingredients, so that makes it relevant. Also, not everyone at your New Year’s Eve party will want to drink just wine, so here are some really easy drinks [...]

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Wines for Thanksgiving 2011

Date: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 Wine Tasting

Yes, another wine column devoted to wines suggested for your Thanksgiving feast. In the past I spent many hours in the weeks before Bird Day cooking turkey and various trimmings, and matching them with all types of wines in the hopes of finding magical pairings. After several years of this annual exercise, I’ve come to [...]

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Red Wine Review: Torres Celeste Crianza

Date: Mon, Aug 15, 2011 Wine Tasting

Miguel Torres “Celeste” Crianza Ribera del Duero 2007 | Spain No, this is not a wine made by the mixed-martial arts fighter — though it is similarly intense and packs a punch. “Celeste” Crianza is made by Miguel Torres the wine producer — a diverse family-owned company that makes wine in Spain, Chile, and California. [...]

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Wine Reviews: Big House Red and White

Date: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 Wine Tasting

These were sent to me as samples by a nice PR person, but it took me a long time to get around to tasting both of the “Big House” wines, mainly because I saw them as gimmicky and figured they weren’t terribly interesting. As it turned out, both wines mildly surprised me — they are [...]

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Tamas Rosato

Date: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 Wine Tasting

Tamas Estates Rosato Riserva 2010 | Livermore Valley, California, USA Let me premise this by stating that I don’t like the idea of using the words “Prima Classe” “Rosato” and “Riserva” on a wine produced in the United States. I understand it is Tamas trying to be cute by emulating the terms that might be [...]

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Valdivieso Wild Fermented Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

What makes a wine “wild fermented”? Without going into too much detail, it means the winemaker chose let the wine ferment of its own accord, catalyzed by yeasts existing on the grape skins and in the winery. For those who don’t know the intricacies of winemaking, most wines — generally speaking — are fermented after [...]

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Where Did All the Posts Go?

Date: Sun, Jul 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

If you look at the post below, the date says “September 23, 2009″. Of course, that isn’t the last time I posted an article. Unfortunately, this site was hacked about two weeks ago, and as a result, a big chunk of the database was wiped out — which included about 40 or so posts from the past 9 [...]

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Complete Transparency

Date: Sun, Apr 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

If you are a frequent visitor of WineWeekly, you may have noticed there hasn’t been a post since late January. That’s been due to several reasons, but I’ll explain two in particular that had the most impact on the blog’s temporary paralysis. First off, the FTC’s guidelines concerning wine samples and bloggers sent me into a [...]

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Red Wine Review: Cono Sur Pinot Noir

Date: Tue, Jan 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

Cono Sur Pinot Noir 2008 | Chile Central Valley Ever since the movie “Sideways”, Pinot Noir has been the wine of choice among casual wine drinkers. As a result, we’ve seen a glut of Pinot Noir brought in from every corner of the world, many at remarkably affordable price points. The truth is, most of the [...]

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Sparkling Wines for New Year’s

Date: Wed, Dec 30, 2009 Wine Tasting

Wow … 2009 ended quickly. It’s time to ring in the new year with a sparkling wine or Champagne. Here are my favorites: Heidsieck & Co. Monopole “Blue Top” Champagne This is the real stuff, meaning, real Champagne (in other words, made in France, from grapes grown in the Champagne region). This is dry and delicious, comes in [...]

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Last-Minute Wine Gifts Under $50

Date: Thu, Dec 24, 2009 Wine Tasting

Still need to pick up a nice bottle of wine for a holiday dinner or as a gift? Here are some options, all under fifty bucks. Sandeman 10 Years Tawny Port What better drink to enjoy by the fire after a holiday meal than a classic Port? This one has been aged for you — for at [...]

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Red Wine Review: Van Duzer Pinot Noir

Date: Fri, Dec 11, 2009 Wine Tasting

Van Duzer Estate Pinot Noir 2007 Willamette Valley, Oregon I meant to get this one into the Thanksgiving Wines series but somehow it slipped through. In any case, you don’t need to have turkey to enjoy this Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley of Oregon — it goes with just about any lean meat or vegetarian [...]

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