The Elevation of Cava: Cava de Paraje Calificado

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Areas of Cava Production Late last year, the Cava de Paraje Calificado designation was signed in to reality when 12 qualified estates passed the rigorous debate and refinement process. First announced in 2016, this new designation elevates Cava that have a greater personality, more complexity and more expressive terroir – than other Cavas.  The intention – read full article –

Coastal Spirits – a Gin & Tonic to remember

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Recently, I had some friends visiting from Australia.  One of the requests they made was for “one of Thea’s famous cocktails”.  As a hostess who aims to please, I couldn’t let them down! Luckily for me, my local BevMo carries Coastal Spirits Farallon gin, a local product that I happen to really enjoy.  Paired wit – read full article –

Quote of the Day…and why I love Twitter

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As I spend time on Twitter keeping up to date with my wine buds, Randy Hall of Wine Biz Radio fame started an new trend in microblogging. Call it boredom, call it random silliness, but Randy has started the TWOT. No, it’s not a disease, it’s theTwitterWordOfTheday! Given Randy’s recent daddy-hood, I decided to pitch – read full article –

Bottle Shock!

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Bottle Shock is about to be released! Picture it. Paris. 1976. Scions of the wine industry gather in Paris for the annual Judgment of Paris wine competition. In a blind tasting, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from France and California were pitted against each other, where, shockingly California won and changed the wine world forever. On – read full article –

A Passport to New Discoveries

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Yesterday was the quarterly Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association Passport day. This is a time when the participating wineries open their doors and invite you to taste this exciting region, while enjoying many tiny wineries that are rarely if ever open to the public. With the explosion of boutique wineries recently, it was no surprise – read full article –

Wine Map-o-Matic!

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A few months ago, I was introduced to at the Wine 2.0 event at Crushpad. Mapovino is a wine-mapping website incorporating GoogleMaps to showcase geographically distinct wines and the stories behind these wines. Why is this cool? Because it allows you my technonarti friends, to use Google Maps, a tool most of us know and – read full article –

Happy Monday!

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So you know it’s a good party when the aftermath takes 4 trips to the recycling bin to empty the kitchen of bottles. Thanks all for celebrating my weekend (oh yeah and my 22nd birthday) with me! There were some tasty wines indeed, and after a day of sleep to recover, I will have to – read full article –

Summer Water

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Some may say that Labor Day is the unoffical start of summer; here however, we havne’t quite started summer.  Socked in by a thick blnaket of fog, these are days of thick socks and sweaters.  There are sweet spots howeve,r when the sun breaks through and we see the true lght of the late summer – read full article –

June Already!

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So you’ll have to forgive me for not doing this sooner, but I decided to migrate my email list to a blog. Mind you, I am not an experience blogger, so please bear with me! I’ll be adding things here as I think of them, or as they come up, so be sure to bookmark – read full article –

A Matter of Taste

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It’s cold here in the Bay Area, somewhat surprisingly after a bit of false Spring. What better to warm you up than Robert Parker Wine Advocate presents Matter of Taste San Francisco on Saturday, March 3rd?  With the theme “Right Bank Varieties and Global Sparkling.” I am really excited to use this tasting as a springboard to – read full article –

Bordeaux for the everyday drinker – Cru Bourgeois du Médoc

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  In preparation for my trip to Bordeaux in March, I am wandering back through my sample closet and I came across this box of Cru Bourgeois from an online tasting last year.  Sadly, the wine didn’t arrive before the tasting, so I’ve been waiting for a god opportunity to work through them.  And here – read full article –

The changing face of Prosecco

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When you think of Prosecco, most often, you probably think of the inexpensive fizz that is poured at brunch, with a bottomless mimosa, or as an everyday drink . I admit, I was no big fan of Prosecco before I experienced the journey I’m going to share with you.  Made in the bulk, or Charmat – read full article –

Von Winning – Winning wines from Pfalz

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  This sample was provided by Wines of Germany for consideration. There is something magical in the wines of Germany.  From pinot blanc, to the hidden gems of pinot noir, there is something for everyone.  This rich white, from the Pfalz region of Germany, is from a compact yet importnat area meandering through some of – read full article –