Cocktail of the week: Rocketship to the Moon

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Hey!  We survived the end of the world!  Well at least I think we did.  Maybe we’re all wandering around the afterlife partying.  Who knows! In honor of the non-pocolypse, I present my cocktail of the week, the Rocketship to the Moon.  Based on one of my old favorites, the Tang-tini, this is a flavor – read full article –

Finding wine online

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I love to shop.  I like to shop for clothes, I like to shop for bags, I like to shop for wine!  So where does a wine blogger shop for such libations?  Well, a few places actually. First and foremost, for more expensive wines, I really want to taste it before I buy it; so – read full article –

Cocktail of the week: Chinese Cherry New Fashioned

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Sometimes, a wine blogger needs to mix it up a bit and enjoy a delicious cocktail.  After attending the Craft Spirits Carnival, and having a blast at the Republic of Jam after the Wine Bloggers Conference, I was inspired to get crafty with my growing bar and some of these amazing spirits. My friends at Pithy Little – read full article –

Where can wine take YOU?

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I’m sitting here in the lobby of the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, at the 2nd annual Wine Tourism Conference, in Santa Rosa, with fond memories of the Wine Bloggers Conferences of 2008 and 2009. The buzz is certainly different, with industry reps. tour operators, writers, and print media outlets, but the buss is here. – read full article –

7 of hearts

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This 2009 Pinot Noir is a blend that incorporates the broad expression of five very distinct vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills, Yamhill-Carlton District, and Dundee Hills.  Soils range from the diverse set of volcanic and sedimentary soils each of these AVAs are known for.  In addition a broad selection of Pinot Noir clones are utilized – read full article –

Seven of Hearts she stole my taste buds!

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I don’t know about you, but those of us who live in the Bay Area understand this peculiar thing called Indian Summer.  It was the last day of September and finally, it’s got hot!  This called for some delicious white wine.  (Mind you it’s been raining, hailing and freezing for the last week, now that it’s November but…) So – read full article –

Stepping over Stones to Oregon

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the Cornerstone wines.  I’ve visited the tasting room in Yountville several times, and every new release is something to be savored.  Now, Craig Camp and Tony Rynders, a well known Oregon wine making star, have teamed up to create something new:  Cornerstone Oregon.  It’s also probably no secret – read full article –

Cornerstone Rocks!

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I’ve been a long time friend, and fan, of the wines of Cornerstone Napa.  With a wide range of both classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignons, as well as the newest addition, Cornerstone Oregon, they have made their mark on the wine business producing distinctive wines with style. In comes the renegade second label, Stepping Stone.  Every bit the – read full article –

It's the pinot stupid!

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While attending Carlton’s Walk in the Park, I was lucky enough to meet Ken Morrison of K&M Wines.  Clearly passionate about Oregon wine, he began his winemaking career 15 years ago with the grapes on the vineyard property he lives on.  With 6 acres planted  and 3 more in process, K&M produces about 500 cases annually. – read full article –

Heart like a Lion

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When I first met Leon Glover, winemaker, owner, bottle washer, and mad scientist at Lionheart Wines, several years ago at Crushpad, I knew he was going to make some special wines. Recently, I had the chance to catch up with him and see how things were going.  WIth the wines resting (ok under lock and – read full article –

The hills are a glow with…

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Pinot! On our Blitz Carlton tour of the Yamhill-Carlton wine region, I was lucky enough to visit the Luminous Hills vineyard sight.  I have tasted the wines of Byron Dooley a few times before, as he owns the Seven of Hearts and Luminous Hills labels, but this visit was special. Piling in to the trusty Subaru wagon (legally required – read full article –

Stop Inn and stay a while!

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The Carlton Inn B&B is a beautiful old farmhouse  located just off the main square in Carlton, Oregon.  After dinner and after cocktails, Liza, Mary, Matt, Megan and I wandered down the road to check in with the Inn’s owner, Karen.  The rest of our posse was housed in various inns around Carlton, and I look forward to hearing more – read full article –

Cocktail, laughter, and damn fine jam

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After we meandered through the Walk in the Park, the Blitz Carlton crew headed back in to town and met up at Republic of Jam for cocktails and catching up. The Republic of Jam is a unique shop that specializes in jams and culinary concoctions of distinction made from local farms and suppliers.  Each jar of jam – read full article –