Kobrand Tour d’Italia brings Italian Tastings to Consumers, Trade

Fine wine and spirits importer Kobrand Corporation is once again hosting their annual ‘Kobrand Tour d’Italia,’ an eight-city tour for their Italian winemakers to showcase their upcoming releases. The Italian wine tour began this Monday in New Jersey and ends September 19th in Los Angeles. Stops along the way include Buffalo, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Austin, Denver and Las Vegas. Press and trade tastings will be held in each city along with consumer dinners. Select cities […]

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Bottlenotes in Houston: A Hip, Millennial Appeal

Around The World in 80 Sips™ hit Houston last week, featuring 80-plus wines from all over. Set in the Union Station Lobby at Minute Maid Park, the event brought young, professional wine enthusiasts together to taste some of the world’s best bottles. We sent our own millennial wine enthusiast, Bridget Brett to check out the Bottlenotes-sponsored event. Here is her report. Sipping, Socializing, and Shopping! by Bridget Brett The Bottlenotes event is upbeat, casual, and […]

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Around the World in 80 Sips Comes to Houston!

An exciting wine event hits Houston Friday, July 12, 2013 in the Union Station Lobby at Minute Maid Park. Bottlenotes is hosting Around The World in 80 Sips™! Around The World in 80 Sips™ is a series of public events attended by hundreds of consumers in San Francisco, Washington DC, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver and New York. The events bring together young, professional wine enthusiasts to taste some of the world’s best […]

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The Perfect Wine…

Would you drink the perfect wine if it meant you could never drink another wine afterwards? That was the questioned posed by one wine writer on twitter. Another writer asked, by whose definition? “It would be a wine all essentially accepted as perfect. Not a wine based in reality,” said the first writer, “but a hypothetical perfection.” I argued there is no such thing as a universally agreed upon ‘perfect’ wine, and that one could […]

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Another Wine Blog’s First Friday Celebrates Pacific Northwest Wines

Another Wine Blog’s third First Friday event celebrated wines from the Pacific Northwest. Pairings for the Washington and Oregon wines included Puget Sound Smoked Salmon with Pancetta in aioli sauce, Washington State Honeycrisp Apples, and Bosc pears from Oregon. Various meats like Wild Boar sausage, Black Forest, Parmacotto and Serrano Hams, Prosciutto di Parma, Hungarian salami, among others were complemented with Apple Juniper Mostarda from Carlton, Oregon-based Republic of Jam. Sheep, goat and cow’s milk […]

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AWB Launches First Fridays!

You may notice we haven’t been posting that often lately, me especially. Partly because it’s just been tough. We have all sorts of wine stories in the queue; trips to Portland, Carlton, Italy, ZinFest and tons of reviews that are still to come. But we did start doing something new. It’s called First Friday. And it’s all about sharing wine! We started as a way to avoid my late mother’s Estate Sale. Watching vultures pick […]

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Win Tickets to San Francisco Zinfandel Festival, Jan 31 – Feb 2

UPDATE: Friday, January 25 is the last day to enter to win tickets to the San Francisco Zinfandel Wine Festival. Make sure you enter to win a pair of tickets to wine tastings and food pairings at this awesome event January 31 to Feb 2. There’s a guy who makes wine he calls Bedrock But he didn’t go into it half-cocked. He was raised in a cellar, what a cute little fellar, Some might say […]

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Wine Tasting Blind: The Label Project Contest

Part of any respectable sommelier program includes identification of wines through only the wine student’s sensory perceptions. Be it the Court of Master Sommeliers, Institute of Masters of Wines or International Sommelier Guild, to name a few, the student learns to identify the grape varietal, region of origin, alcohol by volume and often even the vintage of the wine, simply through sight, smell and taste. Joe learned to do so through courses with the International […]

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Wine Bloggers’ 5-Year Reunion: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Redux

Thoughts of attending a high school reunion lead to a barrage of emotional responses. From “I Can’t Wait!” to “Not just no; but Hell, No!” and plenty in-between, a reunion is different things to different people. For one whom high school was the pinnacle of his existence, it is a chance to relive the memories and for a brief time forget that he is no longer the star quarterback, the debate team ace or she […]

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