Wines of the Loire Valley: Muscadet

There is a wine from the oft called “Garden of France” that is the perfect pairing for fresh seafood. So much so that whenever I reach into the wine chiller and suggest it, Joe chastises me, “No, that’s for when we have good seafood.” Thank goodness last night’s dinner menu included sauteed shrimp and mussels, so that we could finally open the bottle of Muscadet that had been languishing for a few months. When is […]

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Wine for the Holidays: America’s Most-Visited Winery

There are plenty of people who do exactly what they’re told. Who follow all of the rules. Who “know their place” from birth to death. The type of people who do not see a bullfighter’s red cape when someone tells them they cannot or may not do something. Joe is not one of those people. And neither am I. Often in younger years this was probably much to our detriment. For me, it was nearly […]

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Ooh La La! It’s Rue La La

We found a great place to find lower prices on fab wines. Today they are selling La Sirena, from Heidi Peterson Barrett, the “First Lady of Wine.” Barrett is a truly gifted winemaker whose wines have earned 100 points from Robert Parker, Jr., and whose 6-liter bottle of 1992 Screaming Eagle set a world record for the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of wine at the 2000 Napa Valley Wine Auction, selling for $500,000.

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2009 LOIS Grüner Veltliner: A Grüner for Everyone!

Wine and fun! What could be better? We found a refreshing Austrian Grüner Veltliner perfect for the lighter fare of Oktoberfest. While many people think that Grüner is just a summer wine, this wine is the perfect pairing for lighter Austrian food as well as sipping in the warmer climes of the Gulf Coast. What is Grüner Veltliner? Grüner Veltliner is a white wine grape grown primarily in Austria and in the Czech Republic. The […]

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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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