Sparkling Countdown: Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux

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There really is no place quiet as magical as the south of France.  Not only is Limoux, in the Languedoc, the ancestral birthplace of sparkling wine, but there is a plethora of amazingly affordable and delicious rose wine to choose from. In today’s sparkler, the Cote Mas Cremant de Limoux Rose Brut fits the bill perfectly. – read full article –

Sparkling Countdown: Faire la Fête

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Monday Monday.  It’s Monday, and I hate Mondays.  But, on the update, it’s the last Monday in 2015.  So how do we celebrate? With Faire la Fête of course!  Faire la Fête is a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir, from Limoux, France.  Much like yesterday’s Crémant, this wine is from the birthplace of – read full article –

Countdown to 2016: Pop goes the cork with Ferrari Trento DOC Sparkling Wine

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While many people know about Proscecco, and perhaps the magic of Franciacorta, Lombardy’s sparkling wine, Ferrarri Trento has been making sparkling wines in the Italian Alps since 1902. At ony $25, the Brut, which is 100% Chardonnay, is a steal, and will leave your guests wondering – “Is it Champagne, or is it Ferrari!”  Unlike Prosecco, – read full article –

Countdown to 2016

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At last, Christmas has come and gone, the beacon that is the end of 2015 is drawing near.  To count down in style, I have decided to enjoy a different sparkling wine every day! Pop goes the cork on 2016. Today, on December 26th, Boxing Day, or the day after Christmas – what ever you – read full article –

Holiday Gift Guide: Last Minute Holiday Gifts

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It’s hard to believe that next week is Christmas, and we just finished Hanukah festivities.  Whether you celebrate one of these holidays, another one, or just the time of year, you probably have a list of people that you want to a little something special for. Don’t panic!  Here are a few last minute gifts – read full article –

It’s closer than you think: Livermore Valley Wines

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Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we live amongst several world class growing regions.  You probably have heard of Napa Valley, and maybe even Dry Creek Valley, but have you heard of Livermore Valley? With over 130 years of vinious history, Livermore is a secret worth sharing.  The first families in the Livermore Valley – read full article –

Wine Folly’s Essential Guide to Wine – Books for the wine lover

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A few years ago, I was lucky enough to experience an amazing cultural experience in Rioja, Spain, exploring, food, and lifestyle writers.  While I wine, food and lifestyle options the region has to offer.  Our small group of compatriots didn’t know each other before our trip, but we quickly became a tight knit group meandering the – read full article –

Pierson Meyer — from a mountain grows pinot

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Peirson Meyer Wines were born from a friendship that was formed in early 2001, when Lesley Warner-Peirson, her husband Alan Peirson, and Robbie & Shannon Meyer met at Peter Michael Winery.  With a shared passion, their first wine, the L’Angevin Russian River Chardonnay, was produced in 2001. Today, Peirson Meyer crafts small lot wines sourced – read full article –

Spell Estate – Diversity in Pinot Noir

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Wandering the aisles of the annual Pinot Days in San Francisco is a combination of old friends, new discoveries, and random skee ball shooting.  This year, there was a new venue, new wineries, and new tastes abounding, of which a few really stood out. I fully admit that I stopped by the Spell Estate table, – read full article –

K is for Knez

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When I was first introduced to Knez Winery, I knew they would be something special.  It was no special occasion, or anything memoriable, it was just a bottle of fantastic pinot noir on the table one night at dinner.  Sometimes, it’s the little things. I re-introduced to the label at a weekly tasting event at – read full article –

Eight Tips on being a great wine writer – from Karen MacNeil

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One of the highlights of this year’s Wine Bloggers Conference was the welcoming keynote speech by Wine Bible author, Karen MacNeil.  In her address to some 250 bloggers, writers, and wine industry professionals, she gave clear and concise advise on how to be your best self. I’ll give you a hint:  Drink a lot of – read full article –

Starting Fresh

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Blogging is hard work.  Sometimes, those who don’t blog, or write, don’t understand the level of effort required to write well, write consistently, and write often.  Occasionally, this leads to the dreaded apathy – or writer’s block.  Currently, I’m going through an extended period of blocked apathy, which can be very frustrating for someone who – read full article –

WBC15: Historic Seneca Lake Part 2

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On the second day of our pre-conference excursion around Seneca Lake, the summer day greeted us in Geneva with a sparkling view, and I wandered down to check out Opus Coffee, owned by local chef Heather Tompkins (who prepared dinner the previous evening). Thank goodness for caffeine!  After an evening at Microclimate, a unique wine – read full article –

WBC15: Chasing history on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

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Earlier this month, as some 300 wine writers and industry folk convened in Corning, NY for the annual Wine Bloggers Conference, we were greeted by an overwhelmingly friendly, hometown, local wine culture of the Finger Lakes. The people of Corning, and the surrounding towns which make their business from the wine industry of the Finger – read full article –

Vermouth: The Spirit that Created Amerca’s Cocktail Culture

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Vermouth, that mysterious wine based beverage that lingers in the minds of our grandparents, Don Draper, and Downton Abbey.  Today, vermouth is part of an ongoing cocktail-culture revolution.   In Adam Ford‘s new memoir of the beverage, Vermouth:  The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture, the long, and somewhat forgotten history of vermouth is recalled, meandering through time from – read full article –