A barrel of monkeys, and some wine…

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There is something about having a local watering hole in walking distance, where everybody knows your name, and the wine flows.  No, it’s not Cheers, and thank god I don’t have a Cliff Claven sitting next to me, but I do have a fantastic new wine bar to tell you about. Barrique Wine Bar, in – read full article –

Wine Country Weekend!

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It’s that time of year again!  BBQs, corn on the cop, and, suddenly – the summer is over and it’s Labor Day.  Boo!  Except that every year, Labor Day signals the Wine Country Weekend extravaganza in Sonoma County! This event is a local tradition, and many a la carte items sell out early.  Foodies who – read full article –

Lessons on being a better blogger…writer…or whatever

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Wine:  The final frontier These are the voyages of the Wine Brat, Thea. Its 5 year mission (yep, it’s true.  I’ve been blogging for five years!) To explore strange new wines To seek out new bottles and new producers To boldly go where no wine blogger has gone before. These are the voyages of a – read full article –

Putting the PLUS in Google

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Recently, while at the 4th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, VA – a discussion on wine and technology was moderated by John Meyer who started 9 Clouds, Paul Mabray of Vintank, and Philip James from Lot 18 and Snooth. Part way through the session, which included a lively discussion on flash sale sites like Lot18 and whether harm or help the wine – read full article –

A Lake of wine

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Ahh Lake County.  Home of Indian Casinos and the Konacti Harbor Resort, where you can see the best of 70s and 80s has been bands.  Ok just kidding.  Not really.  But really. Did you know that Lake County is also home to dozens of wineries?  Some of the areas oldest wineries include the Langtree Estate – read full article –

Speed tasting 12: Chilean Chard

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Maycas Limari 2008 Chardonnay is grown 300 miles north of Santiago and 8 miles in from the coast. It’s 100% chardonnay and sells for $20. It’s nice that there isn’t too much oak on the front, but it has an interesting flavor that i’ve found in most Chilean wines. I’m not so much of a chardonay person, – read full article –

Speed tasting 11: Going back back back to Cali Cali

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Ok normally i would NEVER ever ever say Cali. But, Biggie Big is calling my name, and since we’re in Virginia sweating our asses off, I thought it was appropriate as we taste the 2010 Sivas Sonoma Sav Blanc. This is a VERY grassy and green pepper wine.  It is 68% Sonoma Valley and the – read full article –

Speed tasting 10: Pinot gris agrees with me!

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Jefferson Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris sells for $19 is made about 70% stainless, and produces a lovely wine that smacks of pears.  A litle Riesling is blending in there as well and just a touch of secondary gives it a touch of fizz.  There is also a smattering of Viognier for fun. I  love pinot – read full article –

Speed tasting 9: More VA Viognier!

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2008 Michael Shaps Viognier is made just outside of Charlottesville, at Virginia Wine Works.  VWW is the first custom crush in Virginia!  YAY custom crush! This wine is a blend of 2 vineyards, and Michael has been making it since 2000 here in Virginia.  Creamy and rich, it’s got a lot of stone fruit and grapefruit – read full article –

Speed tasting 8: WBC goes Italian!

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The 2008 Tabbarini Montefalco from Umbria, called Adarmando made from trebbiano spoletino is a rich creamy white, a bit of cheese, rich white wine.  Even though there is no oak, it’s rich and viscous, very different. There is no oak on the wine and the flavor profile is very different.  There is a nice oiliness in there, almost like – read full article –

Speed tasting 6: VA Viognier!

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Another Virginia winery, Barboursville, was started in 1976 as the first commercial winery in VA.  I enjoyed some of the reds earlier, and now we are on the 2009 Viognier. This is, for me, the reason that I keep trying to live VA wines.  The crispness of the wine is followed by honey notes, and lots of – read full article –

Speed tasting 5: A box of wood

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Boxwood Winery Rose, from the northern part of VA. Cabernet and merlot sanigee rose, all estate fruit. This vineyard is 17 acres and is sustainable, growing only red Bordeaux varietals. 2010 Rose has nice crisp notes, never seeing oak this is a great alternative to some of the other roses, namely syrah and pinot.  The – read full article –

Speed tasting 4: Chateau Morrisette

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Rose rose rose!  Thank god because it’s hot. Damn hot.  So hot you could do some crotch pot cooking.  *for those of you who never saw Good Morning Vietnam, I apologize but you really need to. Slightly sweet, wish it were drier.  Notes of rose petals and orange  blossom.  $14 Chambourcin rose, is new to me. – read full article –

Speed tasting 3! BUBBLES!!!! Tete du Cuvee

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Afton Mountain Methode Champonoise 2008 not released yes, 50% pinot noir 50% chardonnay.  Traditionally hand riddled bubbly. All estate fruit.  Nice crisp green apple, bubbles are a bit big but this is really impressive for a Virginia wine.  YES you CAN change a wine brats mind!  Retails for $30, and only 200 cases were produced. – read full article –