Cooking to Pair with Multiple Wines: Green Valley of Russian River Valley

For many a home chef, it is relatively simple to pair a dish with a wine. You can consult Mr. Google, or visit a variety of wine sites, like Another Wine Blog, for suggestions. But suppose you have a recipe that pairs well with one red wine, but want to serve two different varieties – what then? That was my dilemma for a tasting of 3 wines from Green Valley of Russian River Valley hosted […]

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Cartograph Gewürztraminer 2010: Russian River Valley

I forgot how much I love Cartograph wines. Back in 2011, before I began the 4-year litigation effort around that little spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I visited Dry Creek Valley to participate in their harvest. On an afternoon in the Fall of 2011, prior to an evening of following my friend Shana (then) Ray (now) Bull from bar to bar in Healdsburg, California who was hoping to catch a glimpse of the soon-to-be-married […]

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Worldly Lodi offers ‘Out of the Box’ Thinking for Thanksgiving

1969 is a pivotal year in America. Apollo 11 lands on the moon, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are the first men to walk on its surface. The first communications are sent through ARPANET and PBS is established. Nearly 400,000 rock-n-roll fans descend upon a dairy farm in the Catskills of New York for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair – billed as 3 Days of Peace & Music that features 32 acts including […]

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Review: Goldwater 2012 Pinot Noir (Marlborough, NZ)

Bright and delicate with none of those wet leaves that tend to over power some pinots, this Goldwater 2012 Pinot Noir hails from the famed Wairau Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand. All the luscious flavors, strawberry, black cherry and spice, that make Pinot Noir so enjoyable with food. Grapes are sustainably farmed. 100% Pinot Noir. ABV 13.0% SRP $20 – 24.

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Veuve Cliquot Mail Truck pops corks in Houston

It appears on nearly every wine list in every major city’s restaurants across the nation; it pops up at nearly every “middle-to-high class” social event; its large yellow label is overtly displayed in nearly every retail outlet for wine, from independent liquor stores to huge grocery chains across the nation; it is the go-to “bubbles” for those who don’t know bubbles…and for those who do. It is the ever-so-popular Veuve Clicquot. I had the opportunity […]

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2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan

Looking for a wine to pair with a slow-cooked roast? Why not choose a Bordeaux? The 2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan comes from the northern part Graves, the wine-growing region of Bordeaux classified in 1953. Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Pessac-Léognan is a relatively new sub-region (1987) and is recognized for both its red and white wines. Pessac-Léognan also includes the only red-wine producer outside the Haut-Médoc which was classified in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification […]

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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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Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Cuvée Pinot Noir

Sometimes you just do not have time to prepare an elegant meal, but that does not mean you cannot have an elegant wine.  Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2001 Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Cuvée is just that. Bright ruby in color with a nose of black cherry, cola and forest floor, this Pinot Noir is rich enough to hold up to a local farm duck egg yolk with plenty of acidity to cut through it. Dark cherry, vanilla […]

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Tudal Family Winery 2010 Napa Valley Cuvee

Vibrant ruby-red with a nose of dusty lavender, cherry, fresh thyme and a whiff of mint, this lovely Napa Valley Cuvee from Tudal Family Winery blends balanced tannins with cherry, white and black pepper and dusty rose petal flavors. We paired it with a beef roast with reduction gravy and carrot, broccoli and mushroom medley. This blend of 50% Zinfandel 40% Petite Sirah and 10% Malbec is incredibly priced at under than $25! Only 500 cases produced, […]

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