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Celebrating Spring with Austrian Flavors Delivered by Szigeti and Zantho

Date: Tue, Apr 13, 2010 Wine Tasting

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, and I know where all the flowers is…. In my back yard, which I can’t get to because all of the darn rain. Ugh! Last night Jose and I were with the winemaking team of May-Britt and Denis Malbec. Denis is a third generation winemaker from Château Latour. May-Britt is a [...]

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Good, Better, Best Wines by Carolyn Evans Hammond

Date: Mon, Apr 12, 2010 Wine Tasting

It’s so perfect. Miss Dumas, my sophomore English teacher delivered this, the first day of school in her class. It was her introduction for what she expected from us… Good, better, best, Never let it rest, Until the good is better, And the better is best… Receiving the book Good, Better, Best Wines for review led me to assume that I [...]

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Salud Scents Redux

Date: Wed, Apr 7, 2010 Wine Tasting

I have a category called, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” I rarely use it, because I’d rather rave than rants (publicist in me). But, everyone now and then, something hits me emotionally; and, before I even sleep on it, I go spouting off on Wine Blog. It’s rare, but it does occasionally happen. Salud Scents was  [...]

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Clark Smith’s Views on the Importance of Further Defining Terroir

Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

As the Riverside International Wine Competition deadline for submitting wine for evaluation comes close to an end (this coming Friday, April 9), Clark Smith has taken the time to further explain his ideas to me, about his and Dan Berger’s experimenting with standards reform. This Q&A is very revealing for what he and Dan believe, as [...]

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L’Ecole No 41 ~ Walla Walla Wine ~ A Lesson in Washington State

Date: Mon, Apr 5, 2010 Wine Tasting

There’s just  something so cool about saying Walla Walla Wine. It trips off the tongue. Regarding “L’Ecole Nº 41,” I’m from Maine, where most people – when I was growing up there – were of French origin. Just think about it’s placement on the US map. It’s above the rest of the states, with the latitude [...]

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Toast of The Town Venues for 2010

Date: Fri, Apr 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

Toast of the Town is an annual wine and food event, produced by Wine Enthusiast Magazine that I eagerly look forward to each year. It’s just so classy! Here’s the lineup for 2010: Thursday, April 8, 2010 at the Atlanta Georgia Aquarium Thursday, April 22, 2010 at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House Thursday, May 6, 2010 at [...]

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Parker Lands on Mars

Date: Thu, Apr 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

Image via Wikipedia The year is 2047. After having colonized the moon, man’s search for space has resulted in a successful landing on Mars, where twenty years previously new life forms were discovered. Man has been scrutinizing the Red Planet for centuries, but now that Martians have been clearly identified, we have sent our [...]

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8th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium, Sponsored by Concannon Vineyard

Date: Wed, Mar 31, 2010 Wine Tasting

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Schramsberg Winery: Napa Valley Icon, Important History and Fabulous Bubbly

Date: Tue, Mar 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

Wine tours that begin with bubbly are an auspicious way to start a day with family and friends, and that’s how a day in wine country began with family (my husband Jose) and friends (Oak Knoll’s president Greg Lint, and winemaker Jeff Herinckx). Above, Mathew Levy is showing Greg Lint  (center) and Jeff Herinckx (right) where Schramsberg [...]

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Fallow the Yellow Brink Road at Trefethen on April Fool’s Day

Date: Mon, Mar 29, 2010 Wine Tasting

What a great marketing effort by Trefethen. First of all, who doesn’t love to get packages in the mail? Secondly, who doesn’t love a practical joke? Thirdly… We’re all headed toward April Fool’s day, and Trefethen has just nailed it! In an effort to get my attention, they sent their new release to me… A bottle of Trefethen Family [...]

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Winners: Corked ~ a Father, a Daughter, and a Give-Away

Date: Sat, Mar 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

This morning, I had my nimble assistant Ms. Chloe pull the names from my Winner’s Hat. Chloe’s my five year old grand daughter, with more energy than a Richard Scarry character from Busy Town, so pulling six names was an exercise in “Nope, only one, let’s try that again.” But we got it done. And here are the [...]

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Portugal and Alentejo ~ What The Influencers Are Saying About This Emerging Wine Region

Date: Fri, Mar 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

[SIDEBAR: Five copies of the book Corked, by Kathryn Borel, will be given away this Saturday. Just leave a comment on today's blog entry, to be registered to win. Winners will be announced on Saturday.] Third party endorsements are what turn us one, regardless of what anyone wants to say. We crave what [...]

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Get your grüv on ~ Austria Uncorked ~ May 3, 2010

Date: Thu, Mar 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

[SIDEBAR: Five copies of the book Corked, by Kathryn Borel, will be given away this Saturday. Just leave a comment on today's blog entry, to be registered to win. Winners will be announced on Saturday.] Because you’re reading this blog, the Austrian Trade Commission has provided a special code, in order to give [...]

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Further Defining Petite Sirah’s AVA Characteristics

Date: Wed, Mar 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

[SIDEBAR: Five copies of the book Corked, by Kathryn Borel, will be given away this Saturday. Just leave a comment on today's blog entry, to be registered to win. Winners will be announced on Saturday.] The very first wine writer that I discovered who really loves Petite Sirah is Dan Berger. I’ve since identified a lot more, [...]

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