Quinticentually Quintessa

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Earlier this year, before I embarked on a somewhat fool-hearty mission of getting my CSW credential, I visited the Napa Valley estate of Quintessa.  Tucked away, hidden from the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, the unique gravity flow moistly underground winery pokes out from the hillside.  When the Huneeus family took ownership of the land in – read full article –

Live Blogging: Trione Red Wine

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The 2009 Trione Red Wine is a Bordeaux style wine, from Alexander Valley in northern Sonoma County. 69% Cabernet 12% Merlot 7% Petite Verdot 6% Malbec   This elegant and velvety wine was fermented separately and then blended after vinification.  Classic flavors of cassis, blueberries and deep blue and red fruits this is a great – read full article –

Steven Kent Winery – tradition and trailblazers

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Steven Kent Mirassou is part of the California wine industries pioneering royalty, and has grounded himself firmly in the rich soils of Livermore Valley.  As one of California’s hidden wine regions, Livermore offers more than meets the eye, and Steven Kent Winery is no exception. On a hot and bright spring day, the intrepid wine blogger – read full article –

Baby done a bad bad thing…

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Where is my John Wayne Where is my prairie son Where is my happy ending Where have all the cowboys gone Apparently, they are in Napa!  there is just something about a cowboy.  In this case, it’s the Bad Boy on the 2007 Bad Boy Red, by Rcca Family Vineyards in Napa.  This little baby – read full article –

Are you ready for some meatballs?

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Those of us who great up in the 80s will appreciate Morty’s summer camp trip on the lake at the end of the summer, Wudy da Wabbit’s run through the woods, and Tripper & Roxanne’s canoeing as they sang Let’s Walla Walla down by the mango tree. This summer, I will be doing a lot – read full article –

The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai and other tales of blending

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First – apologies for this post being late on arrival.  As some of you may know, I have been dealing with some personal issues that have been hammering me in to the ground like Wile E. Coyote under an Acme Anvil.  I’m trying to come up for air, so here goes.  Please excuse the lack – read full article –

Today’s wine is brought to you by…

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The Letter A! You remember those closing credits on Seasame Street right? “Seasame Street is brought to you by the letter…”?  Well my friend Amy @educatedpalates, told me about the Alphabet Challenge that she was participating in with some other bloggers.  The Alphabet challenge pushes us to try wines frmo every letter of the alphabet. – read full article –

It’s Super! It’s Saintly! It’s LIVE!

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I am really excited to be co-hosting  St Supéry for Taste Live on July 11th.  Since St Supéry has been producing outstanding wines from their 1500+ acres in Napa Valley since the early 1980’s, and since I have written about them several times before here and here, I am really looking forward to this opportunity – read full article –