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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Celebrate Languedoc Day, Friday May 29th

Friday, May 29th lovers of Languedoc wines will join together to celebrate this special region in the South of France. We made our third trip to the region last month, and can tell you the wines are better than ever! Where is the Languedoc? Pronounced “Lawn-guh-dock” by locals, and “Long-dock” by outsiders, the region curves around the Mediterranean Sea’s Golf of Lion, and encompasses 36 appellations and ‘delimited areas with protected origin status’, including 29 […]

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Celebrate National Chardonnay Day, May 21st

Today we celebrate National Chardonnay Day with California’s First Family of Chardonnay, Wente Vineyards. Now in its fifth generation of winemakers, the Wente family began in 1836, when Carl H. Wente purchased 48 acres of vineyard land in Livermore Valley, California, and built a winery. Chardonnay is synonymous with California, and so many wine growers and producers will proudly tell you that their Chardonnay is a Wente clone. But what exactly does that mean? Why […]

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Bay Oaks Country Club to host Wine Pairing for “Communities in Schools” Fundraiser

Bay Oaks Country Club will host a golf tournament, silent auction, dinner, “Mystery Wine Grab” and wine pairing event Monday, April 13th, in Clear Lake to benefit Bay Area Communities in Schools. Now in its fourth year, the annual event has tapped local wine writers and consultants Joe Power and Amy Corron Power, of our own Another Wine Blog, to act as event sommeliers for the “Raise Your Class” Wine Pairing Event this year. What […]

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Meat Madness: BBQ Couple is In It to Win It!

Mary Cressler and Sean Martin are on a mission to win the 2015 Tournament Bracket. Down to the Final Four in Round Five of Traeger Wood Pellet Grills #MeatMadness recipe contest has Mary posting pictures of herself rockin’ some Totally ’80s Bangs, another of her standing in front a propeller plane, and a “Vote for Nachos” nod to Napoleon Dynamite. The contest started on March 15th with 64 entrants for the first round of the […]

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Westerly 2010 Merlot (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)

Cocoa, exotic spices, lavender blackberries and blueberries on the nose with blackberry jam and spice flavors, this boutique 2010 Merlot from Westerly in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara makes a fool of anyone who pulled their Merlot vines after “Sideways.” Rich, seductive and perfect with a New York Strip. I wish we had a case of this. It is a fabulous Merlot. At $30 it’s an absolute steal.  Go get some. NOW! Alcohol by volumes […]

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Eating Calçots: Deep Throat in Barcelona

Barcelona is a food lovers’ paradise — where supper starts at 9:00 or 10:00 in the evening and can go on well past midnight. You will not leave a restaurant hungry, and can sample multiple dishes in the form of world-famous “tapas” (small plates). The Swine is King and one can even find Jamón serrano in a cone along the streets near the tourist centers. I have been here since late Monday on a media […]

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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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