2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is such a beautiful wine, and offers plenty of styles for a variety of taste buds. From the grassy, high acid crisp styles from New Zealand to the beautifully sweet Sauternes of France, Sauvignon Blanc is also widely cultivated in Chile, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Washington and California. Some New World Sauvignon Blancs, particularly from California, may also be called “Fume Blanc.” One of our stand-out favorites is the Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc […]

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2012 Sbragia Family Vineyards Merlot

We love the 2012 Sbragia Family Vineyards Merlot from the Home Ranch in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley to pair with a bone in rib-eye and crisp field greens topped with bacon. Lush dark fruitfruit flavors of black cherries and black currant combine with elegant balanced tannins, Mexican chocolate and pink peppercorn. Alcohol by volume 14.6 percent, this wine is a fabulous buy at just $28. Visit Sbragia Family Vineyards website to get yours. The […]

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Celebrate National Braai Day, 9/24, with a contest from Indaba Wines

September 24th is South African Heritage day and National Braai Day. The official bank holiday falls in the Southern hemisphere’s Spring, allowing celebrants a chance to pause for the season’s first braai, Afrikaans for barbecue. Considered a cornerstone of social life in South Africa, the braai celebrates grilled meats over hot coals, as well as tasty beverages. Heritage Day was once celebrated by Zulus as King Shaka Day, and is not without some controversy. It was declared a […]

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The Kassel Doctrine

George Zimmerman is in the news again. This time he is teaming up with a ‘Muslim-free’ gun shop to raise funds for both of their legal bills by selling prints of Zimmerman’s painting of a Confederate flag. Let me say here and now, I am a fan of neither guns, nor Confederate flags, but find the timing of this recent, and completely tangential Zimmerman story, in light of the discussions I have had with this […]

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Cornerstone Cellars 2012 Napa Valley Merlot, Oakville Station Vineyard

The “Sideways” effect came about because so many people just did not understand the movie. The common misconception is that Miles disdained Merlot — when in truth he revered it. But the very thought of Merlot caused Miles incredible pain because it represented things in his life he had taken for granted, and then lost. We often forget just how exquisite a Merlot can be, and then an awe-inspiring one comes along and reminds us. […]

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Montefalco: Vino Magnifico

When I was a school girl learning world geography, Italy was by far the easiest to remember. The fancy high-heeled boot of a lady whose ruffled skirts were France, Switzerland and Austria. Take a closer look, at the seductively rounded calf of the leg inside the boot, and you’ll find the land of Umbria. With Tuscany to her west, Le Marche to the east and Lazio to the South, Umbria is il cuor verde d’Italia […]

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Bill Cosby, Drinking and Consent

Consent is defined by West’s Encyclopedia of American Law as “voluntary acquiescence to the proposal of another; the act or result of reaching an accord; a concurrence of minds; actual willingness that an act or an infringement of an interest shall occur.” It goes on to say that “consent is an act of reason and deliberation.” Further, a person who possesses and exercises sufficient mental capacity to make an intelligent decision demonstrates consent by performing […]

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Bedfellows, Bloggers and Bollocks…

Once upon a time there was a semi-famous writer who penned for a big glossy wine magazine. Short in stature, but tall on ego, he sought to school the new breed of wine critic — the wine blogger. Beware Strange Bedfellows When a reporter/critic gets too close to her subject, there’s too great a chance for a conflict of interest or, at least, the appearance of one. I recognized, at the height of the tempest, […]

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