Twisted Oak Tanner Vineyard Syrah 2002

Last night we opened a bottle of what turned out to be a very special wine. Pulling the cork of the 2002 Twisted Oak Tanner Syrah released a genie comprised of fresh raspberries and gobs of blackberry jam. In fact, the cork was not even completely out of the bottle before the air became filled with mouth watering fruit. Twisted Oak Winery is located in Calaveras County, California, and as is fitting for a location […]

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Cava: An Economical Alternative to Champagne

I must admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of traditional champagne, and it doesn’t matter what the price point.  It could be that I just haven’t found the one that “wows” me, yet. But we’ve found a reasonable alternative that we can keep around when we’d like something light and bubbly — and don’t want to dig into the “expensive” stuff. While Joe was in ISG courses last year, his teacher turned him onto […]

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Champagne and Sparkling Wine Taste Test – Just in time for New Year’s Eve

Just in time for New Year’s Eve, here are our tasting notes from a side-by-side comparison of four popular sparkling wines and champagnes. The four wines that we tasted were all non-vintage, moderately priced, and readily available.  Amy and I tasted Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne, Mumm Napa Cuvee, Mumm Napa Brut Protoge and Chandon Brut Classic. First up is the Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne. This was my second favorite, and Amy’s third favorite. Here are […]

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Happy Birthday to us!

It is hard for me to believe, but Another Wine Blog is one year old today. We have gone from being shocked that 20 people a day would read our posts to sometimes getting 1,000 and wishing it were more. What started on a whim with me writing by myself whenever the mood struck has become a passion for both me and Amy. Over the past year this site has taken us places we never […]

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What moves us?

There are times in our lives when we experience something that moves us. We may be moved to tears, to action, or even to turn away. We see, hear, read, or taste something that stirs something within us. These emotional triggers hit hardest and have the most effect when we least expect them to breach the walls that we erect to protect ourselves. Some chink in our armor is found and feelings come unbidden and […]

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Santa Commerce Claus(e) comes to Kentucky

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals brought a little  Christmas Eve cheer to the good people of the Bluegrass State when it ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must allow small out-of-state wineries to ship their wares into the state even if a customer buys the wines on-line or over the phone. Striking down yet another state law which discriminates against out-of-state wineries to the benefit of in-state wines and distributors, the federal appeals court ruling […]

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Going Home Again

I went back to Ohio But my city was gone There was no train station There was no downtown South Howard had disappeared All my favorite places My city had been pulled down Reduced to parking spaces A, o, way to go Ohio -The Pretenders The old saw that ‘you can never go home again’ is not exactly true. The inimitable Chrissie Hynde wrote those lyrics about her hometown of Akron. In the song she […]

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Vintages – Do they really matter?

Yesterday we discussed the importance of flavor profiles for wine. Today we look at vintages. Typically when we speak of vintages we are referring to a wine containing grapes that were all grown within the same year. This information tells us a lot more than just the age of the juice. So many factors enter into how the grapes ripen which in turn then effects what ends up in your glass. In many ways a […]

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