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WBC 2014 and the Wine Blog Awards – Part 1

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Before we begin... Later in this post I mention that some of my fellow bloggers might be too genteel to express themselves the way that I tend to do. If I had to pick one person that I know to apply that ...

Top 10 Things I Learned at WBC 2014

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The 2014 Wine Bloggers' Conference co-mingled about 150 citizen bloggers and 200-plus wine and related industry personnel with wine makers and producers from all over the world last week at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, California. This was the seventh year ...

I’m looking California, and feeling Minnesota…

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There is an image in Soundgarden's video for "Outshined" with a guy walking in a life-sized hamster wheel. For those of us not passionate about our jobs, or those who feel like every day is just the same rat race ...

Summer of Riesling VII in Full Swing

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Paul Grieco is at it again, and swears this one will be his last season. Wines of Germany and Grieco are again partnering to celebrate one of our favorite grapes of many expressions in the 31 Days of German Riesling. Participating ...

2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan

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Looking for a wine to pair with a slow-cooked roast? Why not choose a Bordeaux? The 2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan comes from the northern part Graves, the wine-growing region of Bordeaux classified in 1953. Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Pessac-Léognan ...

Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarships: From Donor to Recipient the WBC changed my life!

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Many of my friends, and much of what I know about wine started with the first Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, California in 2008. Sure I had taken a few seminars through University of Toledo's own wine expert, Professor ...

Black Sears 2010 Estate Howell Mountain Napa Valley Zinfandel

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The Black Sears Estate 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel is one for the ages. Bittersweet chocolate, black raspberry preserves, black pepper, baking spices and dusty sun-dried strawberry on the nose, with a hint of the ceremonial cedar box of warm sake. With Bing ...

Handwritten Wines’ StoryTellers Series presents John Lescroart on Saturday, June 21st

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Napa Valley's Handwritten Wines of St. Helena welcomes back New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart to its ongoing StoryTellers Series this Saturday, June 21st from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The evening will celebrate the release of Lescroart’s latest novel, The ...

A Languedoc Top Ten List

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Okay, so it's really two Top Five lists about Languedoc put together. Quit being so anal, it adds up! It is truly a shame that Languedoc is not more well-known, so first up... Top 5 reasons you may not know Languedoc: 1. Too ...

Caymus Vineyards marks 40th Anniversary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with live webcast

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The Wagner Family of Wine hosts a live-via-webcast guided tasting to mark the release of their Special Edition 40th Anniversary of Caymus Vineyards 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon today, June 14, 2014, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. (3:00 p.m. ...

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  • 2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan

    Looking for a wine to pair with a slow-cooked roast? Why not choose a Bordeaux? The 2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan comes from the northern part Graves, the wine-growing region of Bordeaux classified in 1953. Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Pessac-Léognan ...

  • Black Sears 2010 Estate Howell Mountain Napa Valley Zinfandel

    The Black Sears Estate 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel is one for the ages. Bittersweet chocolate, black raspberry preserves, black pepper, baking spices and dusty sun-dried strawberry on the nose, with a hint of the ceremonial cedar box of warm sake. With Bing ...

  • 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    This 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sports a big berry jam, cocoa powder and a barely discernible hint of green pepper on the nose. This is a BIG, BOLD -- but not over-powering -- Cabernet Sauvignon that works well ...

  • 2011 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label, Stepping Stone Cuvée

    Sometimes a Napa Cab can overpower your meal -- not this 2011 Black Label Series Stepping Stone Cuvée by Cornerstone Cellars. Elegantly balanced fruit and tannins, this is THE perfect steak wine. We paired it with a bone-in rib-eye topped ...

  • Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Vertical

    Tasting a "vertical" is a great way to show how a wine differs from vintage to vintage and how a wine might age in the bottle. We tasted three vintages of Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon: the 2009, 2010 and ...

  • Ranchero Cellars 2010 Viognier

    We first tasted this wine when we visited with winemaker Amy Butler in 2012 on a visit to Paso Robles for Hospice du Rhone. We liked her wines so much we took home several bottles. Notes of Star Jasmine and ...

  • Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Cuvée Pinot Noir

    Sometimes you just do not have time to prepare an elegant meal, but that does not mean you cannot have an elegant wine.  Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2001 Willamette Valley Winemaker's Cuvée is just that. Bright ruby in color with a nose ...

  • Tudal Family Winery 2010 Napa Valley Cuvee

    Vibrant ruby-red with a nose of dusty lavender, cherry, fresh thyme and a whiff of mint, this lovely Napa Valley Cuvee from Tudal Family Winery blends balanced tannins with cherry, white and black pepper and dusty rose petal flavors. We paired it ...

  • The Original Rib Shack Red 2012 Red Blend

    Don't let the Pinotage in the nose turn you away from this Red Blend (60% Pinotage 40% Shiraz) from South Africa's Western Cape. The back label says "It's a guy thing" but we think they are just talking about grilling ...

  • Hand of God 2010 Fingerprint Series Red Wine

    This luscious blend of 55% Malbec, 35% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot draws you in with its deep purple hue and jammy blackberry aroma. Almost like a Bordeaux in its balanced appeal, this will have those of faith and ...