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Dom Pérignon's New Blog: Is there room for one more?

Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2010 Wine Tasting


Opened my inbox this morning to find this interesting press release:


    Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave at Dom Pérignon, uncorks personal blog

    Hello,


    As one of the leading wine bloggers, we thought you would be interested in knowing that Richard Geoffroy, chef de Cave at Dom Pérignon, is launching his personal blog, which is an unprecedented initiative for a prestigious Champagne house's creator.

    Making Dom Pérignon's purpose is double: Richard Geoffroy has long aspired to not only share his experiences as Chef de Cave and artist, but to also tell of his encounters and travels from the cellar in Epernay to the four corners of the world, at public events or behind closed doors. The blog will be a privileged channel to browse through Richard Geoffroy's memories or project into Dom Pérignon's future.

    It is also a place to foster new relationships and communicate directly with Dom Pérignon, Champagne and wine enthusiasts.

    Making Dom Pérignon will début as Richard Geoffroy launches the Dom Pérignon Rosé Œnothèque programme in Japan, the opening act of Wine Mission 2010, which will send him on a true trip around the world, from Asia, to Europe, to the Americas… The year to come is full of promise for Dom Péringon, and Richard Geoffroy's blog will be the place to follow the action, and share our passion!

    Yours sincerely,

    The Dom Pérignon team

    The blog | Richard Geoffroy's biography | The Dom Pérignon Manifesto | Richard Geoffroy on Facebook



What do you think? Is there room for another wine blog out there?

I may check this one out just to see what it's all about!

Cheers!


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Last Night's TWWTV: Paul Dolan Vineyards

Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2010 Wine Tasting


The Wine:
Paul Dolan Mendocino County Pinot Noir 2007
Paul Dolan Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


The Affair:
Another week is coming to an end and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy some wine!

Last night I fired up the old webcam and cracked open a few bottles with you guys LIVE on TWWTV. Overall, both bottles were tasty. The Cab had a bit more of that California "in your face" action to it while the Pinot was packed with graphite and that "camping" smell. While both were not quite my taste in either varietal, both were still enjoyable, well made, and priced fairly. I think that my tastes prefer the Mendocino County white grapes such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc over their reds. Lucky for me, Paul Dolan sent some of their whites to try as well... but I'll save those for another affair!

Here's the webcam video recording of last night's affair:



I'd like to take a second to say thank you to Paul Dolan Vineyards and everyone who joined me last night on TWWTV. It's really cool to be able to talk with other people who love wine as much as I do from around the world. I hope one day we can all share a bottle together in person, but until then, it's just nice to know we have other ways of drinking together!

Hope you all have an awesome weekend! What will you be pouring into your cup/glass/mug/funnel to celebrate?

Cheers!


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Shipping is Hard... After a few drinks!

Date: Thu, Feb 4, 2010 Wine Tasting


Packing up and shipping wine glasses is hard enough when you're sober... but try it after a few drinks! Not quite easy! I think I've made a bigger mess than I've packed up.

It's not too late... get your glass before they're all gone here!


Cheers!



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An Ode to White Zinfandel

Date: Thu, Feb 4, 2010 Wine Tasting


Oh White Zin, you poor, misunderstood, flamingo colored wine...

When we first met, I found you attractive, mysterious, and seductive. We used to have fun together at parties or even when we were alone. Our affairs were innocent and fun. We were young and care-free.

My wandering eye is entirely to blame. I kept looking at all of the other bottles and wondering. Wondering how a full bodied red would taste on my lips. Wondering how the sweet kiss of a Riesling would caress my palate. Wondering what else was out there that I was missing while I was with you.

Like the slowly spinning illumination of a lighthouse disappearing into darkness as my palate sails off into the night, our love faded. Many mistresses, life experiences, and lessons later, I still think back to our days together. My friends may never understand what we had, but I will always love you for playing a part in where I am today.

You may be misunderstood and mistreated, but you are an important stepping stone in the world of wine...

Cheers to you, White Zinfandel!




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New Arrival: Silver Oak Napa Valley 2005

Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2010 Wine Tasting


Today ended on a good note!

I was a little disappointed to come home to a FedEx note barely hanging on my front door. You see, right next to my wife missing her period, missing a package is one of the most stressful events that could ever happen to me. Will I be able to catch it in time, will I have to go pick it up?

I know, I should only have it so rough that my biggest problem is how I am going to intercept my free wine as it comes to me in the mail, but catching these guys can be tricky. At least the cable guy gives you an 8 hour window... UPS and FedEx have no such courtesy. If you wanna catch a package, you're going to have to stay home all day. As soon as you leave for a minute, that's when they show up!

Well today, I got lucky!

I may have missed FedEx but I DID happen to catch a UPS delivery. Not only was I lucky enough to get this delivery at 8pm because my usual UPS guy's truck broke down, but I am lucky because of what was inside the package... a bottle of the newest vintage of Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

This isn't exciting for me because Silver Oak is a well known name in the world of California Cabs, or because of the fact that my first love will always be this famed grape... I consider myself lucky because I have been waiting for months for the chance to try this year's vintage to see how it compares with past years.

A lot of people have always told me that their two gripes with Silver Oak is its high cost, and varying degree of quality between vintages. Well now I get to find out first hand. I've had the 2003 and the 2004... and now it's time to see how well the 2005 was bred.

Has tougher economic times and a good growing year for Napa made this particular bottle a cut above its ancestors, or has Silver Oak lost their golden touch?

I can't wait to find out!

The only thing left to figure out is what I should pair with this Cab...

Should I go with the usual Ribeye steaks, or try something new?


Cheers!



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TWWTV: Join me for a drink!

Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2010 Wine Tasting


It's almost that time again!

The week is coming to an end, and if you're like me, you're ready for a drink! Let's do it! Join me this Thursday night for another one of our online drinking distractions LIVE on TWWTV.

Please use the comment form below if you'd like to suggest a topic of conversation for this week's TWWTV and then join me LIVE as we distract ourselves from everyday life for a half hour by drinking and discussing wine together.

To join me this Thursday @ 7:30pm ET, click the TWWTV logo above

See you then!

Cheers!



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Drinking on the Job: St Pete Wine and Food Festival

Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2010 Wine Tasting


Any time I have the chance to drink some wine, eat some food, and hang out with other like-minded winos and foodies, I am one happy Wine Whore!

That's why I wouldn't even think of missing this year's St. Petersburg Wine & Food Festival! Drinking wine and eating some good food is one thing, but this festival will also help raise funds for lung disease research, education and tobacco prevention programs. BONUS!

Here's just a few of the local restaurants signed up for this event:

  • Bella Brava
  • Bellini's
  • Crabby Bills Seafood, St. Pete Beach
  • êvôs
  • Green Chili Indian Bistro
  • Kilwin's Ice Cream, Chocolates & Fudge
  • La Fogata
  • Marchands Bar & Grill Restaurant
  • Middle Grounds Grill
  • Mystic Fish
  • Parkshore Grill
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner
  • Publix Apron's Cooking Schools
  • Red Mesa Cantina
  • Savannah's Cafe Fine Southern Cuisine & Hospitality
  • The Melting Pot
  • The Moon Under Water
  • Working Cow Homemade
  • Z-Grille


Wanna go?

Event Details:
When:
Friday, February 26, 2010
VIP Lounge 5:30-7 P.M.
Festival 7-9:30 P.M.

Where:
North Straub Park
Downtown St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Cost: (To support the American Lung Association)
$50 for Street Festival
$75 for VIP

For more information on how to be a sponsor or if you would like to register and participate please visit: www.StPetersburgWineandFood.com or contact us at 1-800-LUNGUSA




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Sippin' in Style: Wine Whore Glasses

Date: Tue, Feb 2, 2010 Wine Tasting


Since my "Screw Riedel" post, a lot of people have been asking me about it...

Buckle up, because they are FINALLY HERE!



For only $11.99 each (+ $8 shipping and handling), you can have your very own Libby 18oz balloon style Wine Whore Glass (see sample picture above) and be the envy of all of your wine loving friends!

For info on special discounts on bulk orders email me.

Click the "Buy Now" button below to get one for yourself or the wino in your life today!









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Last Night's Affair: Harvest Moon RRV Pinot Noir 2007

Date: Tue, Feb 2, 2010 Wine Tasting



Okay, so it's Monday night, you've had a long day, and you just want to relax...

What do you do?

What better time to open a nice bottle of Pinot to enjoy with a home cooked meal?

In the casa de Watson, we spare NO frills when it comes to "fine" nightly dining. That's why we feast on our dinners in none other than the dining room/living room:




How else do you expect me to keep up with all of the new episodes of Chuck?!


The Wine:
Harvest Moon RRV Pinot Noir 2007



The Affair:
I have to admit that I was a little concerned to discover last night that Mrs. Whore decided to make some Chicken Cordon Bleu. For some reason, I was having trouble deciding what to drink. With a little help from my wino friends on twitter and Facebook, I headed to the wine closet and pulled out this bottle of Pinot from Harvest Moon. After all, Russian River Valley is usually a sure bet and Harvest Moon's wines are usually pretty solid and very food friendly. (Click here to check out other Harvest Moon wines)

How did the night's affair turn out?

This particular Pinot was packed with that tart watermelon, jolly-rancher taste. Much different than an old world Burgundy, or a cola bomb from Oregon. Tart on the tongue but low on alcohol, made this wine an enjoyable mate for the gooey Chicken Cordon Blue. Although this was overall a nice pairing, I think an unoaked Chardonnay may have been a bit more exciting. Had it been a warmer night, I probably would have gone this route instead.

The wine disappeared quickly after the plates were cleared. Overall, combined with new episodes of my favorite prime time TV shows, it was a nice night and an enjoyable affair!


What's your nightly wine routine?

Do you enjoy the same type of "fine dining" that we do in my house?



For this and other affairs, check out the summary of scores, map, or even choose my next bottle.



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Tag-Team Threesome: Kiona Wine

Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2010 Wine Tasting


It's always more fun drinking wine with other wine lovers!

That's why I joined forces with Josh from drinknectar.com to enjoy some wine selections complements of Kiona Winery. This Washington winery features a lot of cool selections including the ones Josh and I tasted as part of our Tag-Team Threesome.

My favorite of the three was the Cabernet Sauvignon which was much different than your typical CA Cab. Mrs. Whore liked the Dry Riesling the most. Interestingly enough, she hates sweet whites... and isn't too fond of white wines in general... but lately, she's found that Dry Riesling is quickly becoming her favorite.

Don't take my word for it, watch how it went for yourself:





Thank you Josh and Kiona Wine for joining me in this threesome! It was an affair that I'll never forget!

Cheers!



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Get Sauced!

Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2010 Wine Tasting


Grab your liver and head over to Careme's Market in Lutz next Thursday for some FREE food, wine and HOT SAUCE! Here's your chance to taste wine with me as I pour, taste, and discuss some new wine selections. Not only will this be a fun chance to wet your palate, but I'll also raffle off some sweet Wine Whore gear (shirts, glasses, bumper stickers).

See you there!



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Last Night's Affair: Chateau Haut-Bailly

Date: Sun, Jan 31, 2010 Wine Tasting


The Wine:
Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Leognan 2003

The Affair:
Let me just tell you that I hate Sundays. I know I should be happy that I'm not at work, but there's still something about the end of the weekend and the impending doom of a new week that just makes me depressed. Luckily, I've found that a nice dinner accompanied by an even better bottle of wine really helps soften the blow.



Tonight, to celebrate my sense of smell returning as well as the coming week, I decided to open a bottle that I brought back from Bordeaux personally.


Not only was this the first Chateau that I visited while in Bordeaux, but it was also one of my favorites. Haut-Bailly's wine is just so full and elegant... like nothing else I've had from the U.S. Although I think Bordeaux wine is somewhat of an acquired taste, those who appreciate its beauty would be amazed by this particular festival for the palate. From the second the cork is removed, until the moment the last drop is poured, this wine evolves, blossoms, and is sure to make you fall in love.

I know I did!

I can't think of a better way to start the week and thank the universe for returning my sense of smell....

Thank you!


For this and other affairs, check out the summary of scores, map, or even choose my next bottle.



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A Whore in the Ranks

Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2010 Wine Tasting


I'd just like to say THANK YOU!

Thank you for all of your support, kindness, and most importantly, thank you for digging my story. I'm having the time of my life learning about wine, meeting new people like you, and sharing it all with the world.

Although it doesn't take much to keep me going, it's the little things like this that make the hours of time and dedication worth it!



The Wine Whore was just listed on Postrank as the #4 Wine Blog!

AND...


The Wine Whore was just listed on AlaWine as the #9 Wine Twitter!





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This Week's TWWTV: Taking a Sick Day

Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2010 Wine Tasting


Sorry folks!

Since I am still battling this nasty cold, I am going to have to cancel tonight's episode of TWWTV. Nothing would be worse than tuning in to watch me blow nose, sniffle, and cough. Noone wants to watch that!

I promise to get some rest, take my cold medicine, and get better so we can kick it again next week.

In the meantime, please enjoy a nice glass of wine for me tonight!

Cheers!



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