I’ve got it! Passion! For Pinot that is…

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Wow!  It’s that time again.  Twitter Taste Live!  This time, the good folks at Twitter Taste Live & Wilson Daniels are bringing us a delicious trio of Pinot Noir.  This TTL is dedicated to the love of Pinot, particularly since Jordan Mackay, the author of Passion for Pinot, will be in attendance at The Jug Shop to show off the book. “Jordan Mackay has devoted the last eight years exploring, understanding, and writing about wine. Formerly a writer for Texas Monthly and wine columnist for the Austin American Statesman, he became Wine and Spirits editor for San Francisco’s 7×7 Magazine, and a contributing writer to Wine and Spirits. He has written about food and wine in publications ranging from Food and Wine, Gourmet, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast to the New York Tim   es, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle.” For this event, we have several groups getting together.  I will in Healdsburg with a posse of wine bloggers, including Matt (@mmwine), Shana (@sharayray), Amy (@winewonkette) & Joe (@houstonwino).  After enjoying a day of Barrel Tasting in Dry Creek, we will settle down for dinner and pinots.  Having been one of the elite pre-tasters with Agent Red at Wilson Daniels in January, I am anticipating this live tasting event more than others. We will be tasting the following line up on Saturday, March 14th at 5pm PT: WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir 2007 Gainey Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2006 Sonoma Coast Vineyards Pinot Noir 2005 If you have any trouble finding the “official” wines, just grab your favorite pinot and taste along!  Hope to see you in the Twitterverse. Google  

Wine Bloggers Conference Day 3 1/2 Recap!

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On the last day of the Wine Bloggers Conference, several bloggers were invited to a private party hosted by The Wine Spies and Cruvee in honor of Levendi Winery. While there, we tasted some lovely wines, all of which were offered in a half bottle format. This is a great way to pour wine, as it allows Levendi to open fresh bottles every day, with minimal waste. It is also a great way to buy wines for people who may not be able to consume an entire bottle in one night, or are single (umm me!) and don’t want to use one of the alternative closure options available to recork their wines. I really enjoyed the 2006 Red Hen Chardonnay, which while being a rich Napa Valley Chardonnay was not overpoweringly buttery and creamy – something I dislike. It had distinct notes of tropical fruit, and was very refreshing on a warm afternoon by the pool. Alas, by this point my brain was a bit fuzzy after 3 days of WBC, and so my notetaking ends here. Unfortunately, that precludes me from participating in The Wine Spies’ contest to review this wine, but c’est la vie! That said, I had a wonderful afternoon with my fellow wine bloggers!       After the Levendi party, a group of bloggers were invited to a special tasting at C. Donatiello Winery,a newer luxery producer in Dry Creek Valley. Chris Donatiello creates world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at the former Belvedere winery on West Dry Creek road; with his

And speaking of Roses…

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As I sit here and have my morning dose of Twitter, the illustrious Agent Red of The Wine Spies pointed out that their deal today is a delectable little number by Chandon. Since I do love my Blanc de Noirs, and pretty much anything with bubbles, I will have to give this one a try. Which reminds me. This Thursday, August 14th (that’s tomorrow folks!) is Pretty in Pink at Jovino in San Francisco. Hosted by BottleNotes, this is your chance to taste some lovely Rosé wines paired with foods for the occasion! What are you waiting for? Sign up and join us! For details, please click HERE!   Google