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A day on the road: My drive to Santa Maria

 Mark As Read    

  Set out on my Santa Barbara trip yesterday around 9:45 a.m. It was still mild in Oakland, but those clouds were moving in in advance of a big storm. Which we need! Not for nothing is the 880 Freeway known as the Nasty Nimitz. They don’t allow big rigs on the 580 freeway, so […]

Steve Heimoff| Wine Blog 2 hours, 6 min ago

Chat & Chow: Restaurant-Hopping With the Author of ‘The Cuban Table’

 Mark As Read    

A yen for authenticity: visiting Cuban restaurants with Ana Sofía Peláez, the daughter of Cuban immigrants and author of the new cookbook “The Cuban Table.”

The Pour 13 hours, 9 min ago

Wine School: Wine School: Rioja

 Mark As Read    

To understand the arc of Rioja’s evolution, we will explore traditional Rioja Reservas, wines aged for at least three years.

The Pour 13 hours, 21 min ago

Spooky, Eerie & Frightening Winery Habits

 Mark As Read    

You've probably guessed by now that we love Halloween here at Vin65. You also know that we're passionate about you selling more wine. This time of year, your online sales are taking off while customers prepare for the holiday season. Don't make these mistakes on your winery website: 1. Not sending abandoned cart action emails Do you...

Vin 65 17 hours, 11 min ago

If Your Palate Bleeds, These 2008 Italian Wines Can Kill It

 Mark As Read    

Lithe, balanced, light, and polite wines are de rigueur in the wine world at the moment. Now, I love those wines, but my tastes are quite catholic, and so I dig (well-made, authentic) wines of all stripes (okay, excepting possibly Retsina). And once in a while, after sampling lots of lithe, balanced, light, and polite […] Grab The 1WineDude....

1 Wine Dude 21 hours, 16 min ago

Tuscany + Wine = Romance

 Mark As Read    

Fall Tuscan Values Tuscany, bring on the romance… Castello di Monsanto Monrosso DOCG 2011, a Chianti Classico Docg, bring on the Sangiovese… and, it delivered. Capezzana Conte Contini Bonacossi 2011, made from declassified fruit, this begs MYSTERIOUS, just at the right time of the year. Have a great time out there, kids (of all ages). [...

Wine Blog 23 hours, 16 min ago

When losers become winners: How a bad appellation can make you a cult wine

 Mark As Read    

  When I was a working wine critic, people said I possessed a certain amount of power. Maybe so, but I never was in a position to dictate to a winery what appellation they were entitled to use on the label! If I had been an official taster with the Institut national de l'origine et […]

November 2014 #TXwine Twitter Thursday – Tempranillo Day Event

 Mark As Read    

November 2014 #TXwine Twitter Thursday – Tempranillo Day Event Writer, blogger and food/wine commentator, Andrew Chalk at www.cravedfw.com has put Texas Tempranillos to the test (click here). For consumers, he recommends "Consider a Texas Tempranillo with your next steak, lamb or barbecue. Also, on day trips, consider visiting some producers ...

VintageTexas 1 day ago

Black Saddle Bourbon: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key

 Mark As Read    

Black Saddle BourbonSometimes a 90 proof bourbon is just want the doctor ordered. Fortunately, Lock & Key has quite a few of them. We recently tasted Black Saddle Bourbon ($12/pour at Lock & Key) out of California, though it almost certainly sourced from Kentucky, Indiana, or somewhere like that. In a rather interesting development, the bou...

Bite and Booze 1 day ago

Eat: In Cooking, Good Ingredients Gone ‘Bad’ Can Still Be Delicious

 Mark As Read    

Mixing old foods with new to make everything from cakes and corn breads to chilaquiles.

The Pour 1 day ago

Fall Line Winery: Current and Upcoming Releases

 Mark As Read    

Recently, we had the pleasure to catch up with winemaker Tim Sorenson and taste through Fall Line Winery’s current and upcoming releases. We tasted six of their current releases and also previewed three other wines that will be released in the fall of 2015. While we were very impressed with all nine wines, we thought […]Fall Line Winery: Curr...

Wine Peeps 1 day ago

Myth busting: Big doesn’t equate to average; small doesn’t mean great

 Mark As Read    

  Brother Laube has a good column in the Nov. 30 Wine Spectator on the humungous crop size of the 2012 vintage in California. Not only was it at the time the biggest ever, but, according to Jim, for Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 “hit the jackpot.” That certainly accords with my reviews of 2012 Cabs, although […]

Supermarket Diaries: The Fishwives’ Siren Song

 Mark As Read    

Unlike the Sirens in Greek mythology, I wouldn’t call the fishwives of Porto’s Mercado do Bolhao dangerous, but they definitely have an allure. Bolhao is the city's traditional open market, a once vibrant place that is now in desperate need of updated regulations and repair. But what it certainly doesn't lack […]

Catavino 1 day ago

Scarily great wines for your adult Halloween moments

 Mark As Read    

I love good marketing and that's primarily what this story is about… Some great marketing that recently came my way, in preparation for this Friday's Halloween moments and memories. I'm also one of those people who stays home to take care of the kids that come to my door on Halloween night.  Why? Because someone […] The post Scarily gre...

Wine Blog 1 day ago

The Changes In recording studios

 Mark As Read    

Recording studios h?v? changed ?uit? rapidly in th? l??t f?w years. Wh?t u??d t? b? limited t? large commercial operations ??n n?w b? achieved in a bedroom ?r basement, with ?v?n th? m??t modest ?f budgets. N? matter wh?t type ?f music ??u record, ?r h?w simple ?r complex ??ur studio is, th?r? ?r? a […]

Australia's 10 Best Winemakers (2014)

 Mark As Read    

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller and Jeffrey Grosset, #2 on the List, at the 2014 International Riesling Symposium, Germany, see: Wines and Winemakers from Australia and New Zealand at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium, Rheingau, Germany Goodfood, an Australian food and wine journal, asked 100 winemakers, wine buyers and sommeliers across th...

Schiller Wine 2 days ago

Dettori, Sardinia (Italy)

 Mark As Read    

Alessandro & Paulo Dettori Sennori (Sardinia) Dettori is a mid-size winery located near the north-western coast of Sardinia (which is itself just south of Corsica). The emblematic varietal of Sardegna is Cannonau, a red grape which is also known as...

Off the Menu: Enrique Olvera Is Opening Cosme in the Flatiron District

 Mark As Read    

The innovative Mexican chef is offering a menu that veers away from tradition.

The Pour 2 days ago

Santa Maria Tri-Tip Recipe

 Mark As Read    

The names of cuts can cause confusion at the meat counter, but a move to standardize names may help. (Article plus video.)

The Pour 2 days ago

T Magazine: The Globalization of Caviar

 Mark As Read    

Since sturgeon fishing was banned in the Caspian Sea, Paris’s top purveyors of the delicacy have turned to producers from as far afield as California, Uruguay and China.

The Pour 2 days ago

The Pour: Red Wine Is the Drink of Choice on ‘Scandal’ and ‘The Good Wife’

 Mark As Read    

The way wine is used as a character device for women on TV tells us a lot about how it is viewed in popular culture.

The Pour 2 days ago

Restaurants: Restaurant Review: Blue Hill in Greenwich Village

 Mark As Read    

Dan Barber’s long search for flavor at his farm is evident downtown, where each new ingredient might be the best example of its kind you’ve tasted.

The Pour 2 days ago

What Wines Did King David Drink?

 Mark As Read    

Reviews of Shiloh Legend II 2010 and several Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Although the biblical texts are replete with references to wine, the exact varietals employed to create these libations remain a mystery. From the seventh century Islamic conquest of the region until the rebirth of the modern Israeli wine industry in the late 1800s,...

Grapelines 2 days ago

The personal touch: Talking about wine

 Mark As Read    

  I’ve always liked talking about wine with whomever—I mean, it can be someone more knowledgeable than me, or someone who’s just starting out. As long as they’re interested, I’ll go on all day. It’s amazing how much information we store in our brains about certain subjects that attract us. I’ve forgotten many things in […]

Barbecue Bites: Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Meatloaf

 Mark As Read    

Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue MeatloafI know it's hard to get excited about something as simple as meatloaf, but get ready! We sourced our grass-fed beef from Indie Plate who stocks their online shelves with food from local farmers and local food companies to serve up this flavorful dish. The Louisiana beef combined with a lovely spice blend from Red ...

Bite and Booze 2 days ago

Because California Rocks, Alsace Is Cool, And “Zibibbo” Is Just Fun To Say (October 2014 Answers Wine Article Roundup)

 Mark As Read    

October is over? Already? WTF?!??? And so it’s time for another round up of the monthly Wine.Answers.com articles for your perusal. If you’re looking for Halloween wine recommendations, I resisted revisiting that same old ground this year (so for that, you’ll just have to check out last year’s version, which still holds up just fine). […] Gr...

1 Wine Dude 2 days ago

Off beat and darned happy to be… Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah

 Mark As Read    

The premier tasting event for Petite Sirah lovers in-the-world continues to celebrate Petite, with its Ninth Annual Tasting, on February 20, 2015. Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah again features a varied selection of Petite Sirah styles, and delectable foods that pair well with Petite. As is the tradition, the wines will be shared by both […...

Wine Blog 2 days ago

Winemakers from Around the World at Straits Wine Company's Wine Fiesta 2014 in Singapore

 Mark As Read    

Pictures: Annette Schiller, ombiasy PR and WineTours, and Christian G.E. Schiller at Straits Wine Company's Wine Fiesta 2014 in Singapore, with Marina Bay Sands HotelDuring October 23 and October 26, 2014, over 70 wineries from all over the world presented their wines at the Singapore Wine Fiesta, the annual portfolio presentation of The Straits Wi...

Schiller Wine 3 days ago

The End of an Era on Ballard Ave!

 Mark As Read    

The news is out! The For Lease sign is up! Portalis Wines is nearing the end of our 10-year lease in this spot (12 years on the street!), and we've decided it's the end of an era for us on Ballard Ave. What a run! When we first opened in 2003 (up the street at […]

Portalis Wine 3 days ago

Flickering Lights, Strange Music and a Ghost at a Brooklyn Bar. Maybe.

 Mark As Read    

Employees at the Sweetwater Restaurant and Bar in Brooklyn debate whether or not Anna Smith, a onetime neighborhood fixture who died in 2003, haunts her former property.

The Pour 3 days ago

Why Do These Cities Hate Champagne?

 Mark As Read    

Foursquare, the recently-rejiggered local search app, can provide a wealth of handy info—for instance, I recently asked the company’s data gurus what cities in the US mention Champagne the most when using the app. The results weren&rsq...

Tasting Room 3 days ago

Tastes of Badia a Coltibuono: Wines that Entwine The Past and Future of Chianti Classico

 Mark As Read    

Tastes of Badia a Coltibuono: Wines that Entwine The Past and Future of Chianti Classico I recently tasted a selection of wines of Badia a Coltibuono and met its general manager and winemaker Roberto Stucchi-Prinetti, the great grandson in the family that came to own this winery with a long legacy in the Chianti Classico

VintageTexas 3 days ago

Front Burner: Raaka Chocolate in Red Hook, Takeout Cakes from Telepan Local and More Food News

 Mark As Read    

Telepan cakes to take home, Raaka Chocolate in Red Hook and how to use whey.

The Pour 3 days ago

The box wine Mark Cuban spent $1 million on

 Mark As Read    

Box wine made an appearance on ABC's Shark Tank last Friday. And like blood in the water, this startup had the sharks in a feeding frenzy with all five sharks bidding (or trying to bid). Before wine enthusiasts get too excited, it's worth noting that the beverage is more wine-arita than winery. Let's break it […] The post The box wine Mark Cu...

Dr Vino's wine blog 3 days ago

Rock and Rye Returns to the Mix

 Mark As Read    

A blend of rye whiskey and rock candy syrup may prove enticing again.

The Pour 3 days ago

Double Down on College GameDay: A Tailgating Post presented by The Home Depot

 Mark As Read    

Whole Hog inside of a roasting box, rotisserie chicken, and more delicious eats.This past Saturday began as a crisp, fall morning in Baton Rouge. Slightly dark at 6:30am, my Chief Confusion Coordinator, Blair Loup, and I loaded up the truck with all of our finds from The Home Depot the day before and various cooking apparatuses, we made our way to ...

Bite and Booze 3 days ago

What's in It?: The Chocolate Candy in the Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag

 Mark As Read    

Not only are chocolate makers getting more creative with ingredients, they are also experimenting with packaging. (Article plus video.)

The Pour 3 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 27, 2014

 Mark As Read    

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 3 days ago

A gem above the Romney Marshes

 Mark As Read    

Stephanie Barlow, one of the expert Wine Advisors from our Warehouse Shop, reports back on her recent visit to the Gusbourne Estate, the Kent producer that’s fast becoming a benchmark for domestic winemaking talent. The beautiful Indian summer feels a distant memory now we are engulfed by chilly autumn mornings. Some of the Berry Bros. […] Th...

Berrys' Wine Blog 3 days ago

Is living on principles a good thing, or am I holding myself back… from NoteStream?

 Mark As Read    

As it turns out, I'm not holding my self back, when it comes to principles, and I may have helped the current writing condition take a teeny tiny step forward. I have my principles, and I thought that I may just be stubbornly holding myself back… But then, I'm also not looking to conquer the […] The post Is living on principles a good t...

Wine Blog 3 days ago

Process to boost Your Low Carb Diet

 Mark As Read    

Clean ?ut ??ur kitchen ?nd pantry. Eliminate ?n? high-carb foods: cereal, bread, i?? cream, rice, sugar, potatoes, cookies, candy, chocolate, alcohol ?nd beer. Al?? g?t rid ?f ?n? high-carb starchy vegetables ?u?h ?? corn. Beware ?f "creeping carbs," foods ??u might n?t initially suspect ?f ??nt?ining high levels ?f carbs, ?u?h ?? salad dressings. ...

My conversation with a guy in a tasting room

 Mark As Read    

  What do you do when you’re tasting wine with a novice in a tasting room, and there are points you want to make—and the other person says something about the wine that you don’t understand? Over the weekend I worked a shift at the Murphy-Goode tasting room, the second time I ever did that […]

The new (VDP) Wine Classification in Germany: Tasting Weingut Robert Weil Wines from Gutswein to Grosse Lage Wine

 Mark As Read    

Pictures: With Wilhelm Weil, Weingut Robert Weil, and his Wines in Kiedrich, GermanyI recently had the chance to taste 6 wines of Weingut Robert Weil, the VDP producer of world class Rieslings in the village of Kiedrich in the Rheingau. Weingut Robert Weil is a leader in terms of implementing the new classification of the VDP, the association of ab...

Schiller Wine 4 days ago

The Final Toasts at a Gritty, Beloved Miami Tavern

 Mark As Read    

Before dawn on Sunday, after decades as one of Miami’s oldest and most rollicking taverns, Tobacco Road called it quits.

The Pour 4 days ago

Napa Valley Wine Train

 Mark As Read    

Ride the Napa Valley Wine Train for a fun tour of Napa. Enjoy wine, lunch, and dinner as you travel from Napa to St. Helena and back in this beautifully restored Napa Valley train.

Cheers2Wine Blog 5 days ago

Napa Wedding Locations

 Mark As Read    

Learn about Napa wedding locations in the California Wine Country. Winery weddings and other Napa wedding locations that will provide the romantic setting you want for your dream day wedding.

Cheers2Wine Blog 5 days ago

napa cooking school

 Mark As Read    

Find the best napa cooking school. Napa is known as much for its food and it is for its wine. Napa Valley cooking schools have talent chefs ready to share their cooking skills with you.

Cheers2Wine Blog 5 days ago

The Uptown Theatre Napa

 Mark As Read    

The Uptown Theatre Napa is Napa's downtown destination for live entertainment. Enjoy an event at this beautifully restored art deco theater.

Cheers2Wine Blog 5 days ago

BelÉm Journal: Daring Fare, From the Amazon’s Mouth to Yours

 Mark As Read    

A Brazilian chef who passed up the glamour of São Paulo is helping change his county’s cuisine with the help of flavors from the rain forest.

The Pour 5 days ago

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo First Wine Country Tour Visits the Texas Hill Country

 Mark As Read    

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo First Wine Country Tour Visits the Texas Hill Country By now, most of you know October is Texas Wine Month. Well, it could have been no better time than this month for The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s (HLSR) Wine Sales and Events Committee (click here) to organize their first

VintageTexas 5 days ago
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