Wine Review: Alexandria Nicole Cellars Quarry Butte

Often we visit a tasting room, love a wine, and purchase bottles to ship home, only to find that once at home, the wine does not live up to the tasting room experience.  This was certainly not the case with the 2008 Quarry Butte from Alexandria Nicole Cellars, a red blend crafted from their Estate Vineyard Destiny Ridge. We visited the Alexandria Nicole Cellars Prosser Tasting Room on the last day of the WineCHATr WBC-or-Bust […]

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 10 – duck fat)

This is part 9 of our on-going Home Superstar Chef series. The previous posts in this series were Part 1 – Good Pans, Part 2 – Shallots, Part 3 – Pine Nuts, Part 4 – Knives,  Part 5 – High Heat Cooking, Part 6 – Restaurant Supply Houses, Part 7 – Pork Chops,  Part 8 – Garlic. and Part 9 – Pizza. This entry will deal with duck fat. There are few things in the […]

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Cupcakes, Wine & Corsets: A Chat with Tristan Risk

Tristan Risk takes her clothes off for a living. But don’t call her a stripper. Pin-up queen, model and slasher film star, “Little Miss Risk” is a burlesque artist who performs with the Vancouver troupe Sweet Soul Burlesque. A fan of corsets, wine and cupcakes, Tristan came to our attention as one of the Voodoo Dollz who performs with Big John Bates.

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Speaking of White Wine: Olson Ogden Marsanne

When Margaret Ryan at Olson Ogden Wines contacted us about their newest release last Spring, I was delighted to learn it was a white Rhône blend. We really enjoyed the Olson Ogden Wines‘ Pinot Noir and Rhône varietals we had tasted, so we were pretty confident that this one would not disappoint. It most certainly did not. Ogden Olson Wines Although limited in production, the folks at Olson Ogden are not small on talent. Tim […]

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Another Wine Blogger: Meet the Cellarmistress

According to Mr. Google, there are thousands of wine and food blogs. The number and ranking of the blogs is in a constant state of flux, as new people come into the blogosphere and others find they just don’t have the time to keep up. For instance a google search today for “Wine Blog” ranks Another Wine Blog fourth. And a search under “wine” ranks AWB Number 13 for “wine” and the third actual wine […]

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Falling Prey to Wine Rating Peer Pressure

This is one of the reasons we at Another Wine Blog don’t rate wines and very rarely tell you about the wines we don’t like. We don’t give points, or grades, or stars, or thumbs up or down. While we do pay attention to Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and Stephen Tanzer, we figure most other ratings are pretty subjective. And we figure you have enough numbers and letters to think about without our adding to the mix.

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Vinsanto, and some unconventional uses

A little about Vinsanto On the island of Santorini they grow a small variety of grapes. Most of these have names that can be quite difficult for people like me to pronounce. Names like Xinomavro, Moschofilero, and Agiorghitiko do not exactly roll off of my tongue with ease. Then again, my native English has been known to desert me at times. If you want to learn more about the grapes of Santorini, with pronunciation keys […]

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