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 cherry, sweet tobacco leaves, cinnamon flavors and legs like Tina Turner, the 2010 is even better with another year in the bottle. I tasted this in January 2013 at the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) […]

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

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 Keeper, the newest of the author’s San Francisco-based Dismas Hardy legal thriller series. Ten percent of the evening’s wine sales will go to support the Napa County Library Literacy Center, which provides free tutoring […]

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A Languedoc Top Ten List

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 much time spent on things that the consumer doesn’t care about such as appellation arguments. 2. No truly defining style. 3. Confusing labels (for the consumer) 4. Diversity provides overwhelming number of […]

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

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. CT, 4:00 p.m. ET) Live from Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, California, and broadcast to multiple Total Wine & More stores around the United States, Chuck, Charlie, Joseph and Jenny Wagner will host the event which […]

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Women of Wine to Host 3rd Annual Sangria Throwdown – Monday, June 16th

Fourteen Houston mixologists will compete to see who can make the best Sangria on Monday, June 16, at the Women of Wine (WOW) Charities Third Annual Sangria Throwdown in Houston. Sangria lovers will converge on Tommie Vaugh Ford in The Heights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to taste and vote on the best Sangria mixologist of the evening. Tickets sales raise money for the Houston Area Women’s Centers. Two-time winner Sean Beck will again be […]

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Landry’s “Summer Chef Series” runs through August in Houston

Each Wednesday this Summer Houston area food and wine lovers can treat themselves to a distinctive dining experience as part of Landry’s “Summer Chef Series.” Dining rooms on tap this year include Landry’s Inc Signature Group restaurants; Vic & Anthony’s, Brenner’s Steakhouse, Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou, Grotto, La Griglia, The Oceanaire, Morton’s The Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s and Willie G’s Seafood and Steak House. All limited-seating dinners start at 7:00 p.m. Billed as “a private […]

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Tonight We’re Drinking to Spain and Ribera del Duero!

Tonight we join the folks at Snooth for their virtual Ribera del Duero tasting at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 p.m. Pacific). Ribera del Duero is part of the Duero River Valley and Castilla y León (kasˈtiʎa i leˈon), the old seat of Spanish nobility when the Moors still controlled the southern portion of the country. Castilla y León is the largest of Spain’s wine regions, with some of Spain’s oldest and most beautiful […]

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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 by itself and even better with a juicy rib-eye and green beans topped with bacon and vinegar-drenched onions. Subtle tannins. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% […]

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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 with a lovely pan sauce flavored with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, chopped shallots and garlic; finished off with a splash of cream and butter. Add bacon-loaded mashed potatoes. The synergy between the wine and […]

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