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Santa Barbara wineries to premier Vintage 2014 films with Dec 10th Twitter Tasting

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Nearly a year in the making, Kickstarter project Vintage 2014 is set to premier three short films online Wednesday, December 10 with a live simultasting of wines from growers and wineries featured in the eagerly anticipated documentary. Wine bloggers, food writers ...

WineWonkette on Kitchen Party Tonight for #UnCorkChocolate

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Want to learn a bit more about wine and chocolate in a fast and fun on-line atmosphere? Another Wine Blog's own WineWonkette Amy Corron Power will join Elise Bauer from Simply Recipes, the fabulous Wine Harlots' Nanette Eaton and Scharffen Berger ...

Good Texas wines honor Terroir

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Many Texas wineries exhibit the hubris Texas has become known for all over the world -- with a swagger and a determination, they attempt to bend Mother Nature over and whip her into submission. If it works for oil, then ...

Fortant de France 2012 Coast Select Muscat

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The 2012 Fortant de France Muscat Vin de Pays d'Oc Coast Select is an aromatic white from the South of France. A nose of apples, rose petals and honeysuckle leads to flavors reminiscent of Star jasmine, Fuji apples and orange ...

Cornerstone Oregon 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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Vibrant ruby in color, with a luscious nose of strawberries, blackberries and rhubarb; a whiff of white pepper and a hint of patchouli. This 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir White Label from Cornerstone Cellars, Gaston, Oregon offers flavors of black ...

Celebrate Champagne Day Oct. 24th!

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Friday, October 24th marks the Fifth Annual Champagne Day, a celebration of the sparkling wine from the only place from which "Champagne" is produced: Champagne, France. Sponsored by the Champagne Bureau, Champagne Day seeks to remind consumers that while they can ...

Wines of San Juan, Argentina

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Wines of where? Puerto Rico? Nope, these wines are from the up-and-coming province of San Juan, Argentina, and they offer a pleasant reminder of the value that lesser-known wine-producing regions around the world can deliver. They also remind us that ...

Review: Goldwater 2012 Pinot Noir (Marlborough, NZ)

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Bright and delicate with none of those wet leaves' flavors that often overpower some pinots, this Goldwater 2012 Pinot Noir hails from the famed Wairau Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand, where winemaker Stuart Marfell grew up "just next door," (if you ...

Three-legged dogs, Jack Dempsey and Rye Whiskey

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Imagine music so good, so soulful, so gypsy, so nasty, so pure, that it gets into the very marrow of your bones, rips your heart out and washes it gently in the lazy waters of the Delta then puts it ...

Veuve Cliquot Mail Truck pops corks in Houston

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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 ...

What we're drinking
  • Fortant de France 2012 Coast Select Muscat

    The 2012 Fortant de France Muscat Vin de Pays d'Oc Coast Select is an aromatic white from the South of France. A nose of apples, rose petals and honeysuckle leads to flavors reminiscent of Star jasmine, Fuji apples and orange ...

  • Cornerstone Oregon 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

    Vibrant ruby in color, with a luscious nose of strawberries, blackberries and rhubarb; a whiff of white pepper and a hint of patchouli. This 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir White Label from Cornerstone Cellars, Gaston, Oregon offers flavors of black ...

  • Review: Goldwater 2012 Pinot Noir (Marlborough, NZ)

    Bright and delicate with none of those wet leaves' flavors that often overpower some pinots, this Goldwater 2012 Pinot Noir hails from the famed Wairau Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand, where winemaker Stuart Marfell grew up "just next door," (if you ...

  • Brancott Estate 2013 “Flight Song” Pinot Grigio

    Brancott Estate 2013 "Flight Song" Pinot Grigio from Marlborough, New Zealand is a bit of a surprise. A color of pale young straw and a nose of pear, lemon citrus with a hint of kiwi, it is rounder than I ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    This 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sports a big berry jam, cocoa powder and a barely discernible hint of green pepper on the nose. This is a BIG, BOLD -- but not over-powering -- Cabernet Sauvignon that works well ...

  • 2011 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label, Stepping Stone Cuvée

    Sometimes a Napa Cab can overpower your meal -- not this 2011 Black Label Series Stepping Stone Cuvée by Cornerstone Cellars. Elegantly balanced fruit and tannins, this is THE perfect steak wine. We paired it with a bone-in rib-eye topped ...

  • Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Vertical

    Tasting a "vertical" is a great way to show how a wine differs from vintage to vintage and how a wine might age in the bottle. We tasted three vintages of Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon: the 2009, 2010 and ...

  • Ranchero Cellars 2010 Viognier

    We first tasted this wine when we visited with winemaker Amy Butler in 2012 on a visit to Paso Robles for Hospice du Rhone. We liked her wines so much we took home several bottles. Notes of Star Jasmine and ...