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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Exclusive Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Release to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Santa Barbara, California’s Carr Vineyards & Winery is releasing their 2013 Marie’s Pinot Noir tomorrow, May 1, 2015, with proceeds to benefit breast cancer research. Very limited in production, and a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Marie’s Pinot Noir is limited to a mere 50 cases. The idea to create this very special 2013 Pinot Noir came from entertainment industry icon Budd Carr, who lost his mother to Breast Cancer when he was just 10 years old. […]

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Celebrate 2015 with a Host of Bubbles and Sparklers!

Salud! Cin-Cin! 干杯  Skål!  Santé! ΥΓΕΙΑ!  Živjeli! Prost! What better way to say “Cheers” than with Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world! What makes a wine “sparkling?” Sparkling wine is different from “still” wine in that it contains significant levels of carbon dioxide which makes it fizzy. The CO2 may result from natural fermentation in a bottle or tank, or as a result of carbon dioxide injection. While the classic example of a […]

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Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

If you are like me, you purchased your holiday gifts months ago. But if you are more excited by the idea of last-minute gift giving, you started shopping yesterday, and are ready to pay a premium for shipping. Looking for the perfect gift for your wine or spirits lover? If you have a friend into wine or spirits, purchasing the perfect gift can be tricky. Is the person new to wine, or a connoisseur? For serious connoisseurs, […]

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Cornerstone Oregon 2012 Willamette Valley Chardonnay

Lemon zest, whipped pineapple, slate and toasted vanilla on the nose, the straw-hued 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Chardonnay tastes of Meyer lemons, vanilla and a tiny hint of plantain. Crisp acidity balanced with a creamy malo mid palate and lingering finish.  A lovely example of a cold-climate Chardonnay, or any-climate Chardonnay, for that matter! 13.5% Alcohol by volume (ABV) Bottled by Cornerstone Cellars in Gaston, Oregon. $40 Pairing: We paired it with Turkey and […]

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How to Pair Wine and Chocolate

Tis the season to answer Hallmark’s clarion call and spend our hard-earned money on their crap. Like lovesick little rats following a corporate piper we pay premium prices for already dead flowers, bad cattle call dinners, jewelry, and of course, chocolate. All supposedly in honor of some Christian martyr, and since no one really knows which Valentine we are pretending to honor, that should probably read “some Christian martyrs, and the made-up legends that surround […]

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HOT Valentine Gifts for the Wine Lover

It is the day before Valentine’s Day and you haven’t a clue what to give your wine lover. Perhaps we can help. When someone contacted us about tasting the Fifty Shades of Grey “White Silk” and “Red Satin” blends I was skeptical. I had not read the books. I was avoiding all the hype. From the title alone, I surmised that the book was about a 50-plus dame who suddenly sheds inhibitions at the hands […]

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New Year’s Eve Magic: Saber Your Champagne

Want to add a little magic to your New Year’s Eve celebration? Open the bottle of Champagne with a saber! The first time we saw someone open a bottle of Champagne with a saber was a New Year’s Eve several years ago. We were at a neighborhood wine bar. The proprietor had enjoyed quite a bit of his own merchandise, and decided he was going to treat his patrons to a grand spectacle. After three […]

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