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26 June, 2015

Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013
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Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013 Contra Costa Country, California My first thought on looking at that label is that Uncle Louie bears a remarkable resemblance to the Monopoly Man. Thought #2 is “Wow, you can really smell that floral and cedar nose the moment the bottle opens.” Remarkably, the nose is not as
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6 May, 2015

Casa Nuestra Tinto St. Helena 2011

Casa Nuestra Tinto St. Helena 2011
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Casa Nuestra Tinto St. Helena 2011 Oakville, Napa Valley, CA Open up this wine, and you’ll be with your sweetie in your private cabana on the beach, stomachs full of sticky rice and pork steamed in banana leaves. You pick up your glass and share one more smile before wandering over to the bonfire where
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3 April, 2015

Akiyoshi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Akiyoshi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, NakedWines.Com, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Akiyoshi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Clarksburg, CA David Akiyoshi is one of NakedWines.Com’s go-to winemakers in California. So far, I’ve tried his 2013 Sangiovese Rosé, and it placed firmly in my second-best grouping, the Avocados. That’s a 69/100 on the Quini scale. All that means is I expect a pretty good, though probably not exceptional, wine
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17 March, 2015

Bandit Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

Bandit Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Bandit Wines Cabernet Sauvignon California Bandit Wines is a boxed wine company that you can find on Safeway’s lowest shelf. I haven’t had much boxed wine in my life. But when I tap into the foodie party line, I hear from craft enthusiasts that beer in a can has no metallic aftertaste and that boxed
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27 February, 2015

Woodchuck’s Cheeky Cherry Cider

Woodchuck’s Cheeky Cherry Cider
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Beverage, Cider, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer! I received this bottle of Woodchuck’s new Cheeky Cherry Cider free for review. And I’m pretty darn excited about it because it’s a departure from Woodchuck’s other fruit-infused ciders. I enjoy cider more than beer in the category of easily quaffable alcohol, and I appreciate that Woodchuck has been successful enough to make it
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19 February, 2015

Sipping Stones, TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey, and the Strawberry Glades 

Sipping Stones, TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey, and the Strawberry Glades 
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Product Reviews, Whiskey/Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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I’m doing two reviews in one today! My friends over at TOPO Distillery have debuted their organic Eight Oak Whiskey, and they were kind enough to send me a bottle for review. This fortuitous gift also provided me with the perfect opportunity to test out a set of Sipping Stones, soapstone cubes designed to provide a
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10 February, 2015

Crowdpleazin 2013

Crowdpleazin 2013
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, NakedWines.Com, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Crowdpleazin 2013 Sonoma Valley, CA Crowdpleazin is a fantastic, affordable option from celebrated winemakers Ken Deis and Derek Rohlffs. It’s manufactured under the NakedWines.Com label, which I’ve talked about in the past, although it’s been a bit since my last review. I’m also an affiliate with NakedWines.Com for full disclosure purposes. Being an affiliate doesn’t
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28 October, 2014

Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso and Maryhill Day Trip

Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso and Maryhill Day Trip
Posted in : Red Wine, Travel, Travel Guide for Maryhill, WA on by : The Gourmez
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Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso Columbia Valley, WA Last time I reviewed a Maryhill wine, I pledged to have my pictures edited from our winery visit before the next one. I am happy to say I completed that mission! And wow, Maryhill is a breathtaking winery (9774 Hwy 14, WA). It’s hard not to
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26 September, 2014

Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Expansion!

Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Expansion!
Comments : 5 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Events, Travel, Travel Guide for Lodi, CA on by : The Gourmez
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Oak Farm Vineyards Winery (23627 Devries Road) is on its way to becoming the first of its kind in the Lodi, CA, appellation: a family-owned estate that offers the full experience of a large-scale destination winery, minus the glitzy hotel and pretension. I took part in a media preview of their new expansion, which will
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20 September, 2014

Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007

Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007
Posted in : Port/Sherry Wines, Travel, Travel Guide for Sonoma, CA on by : The Gourmez
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Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007 Clarksburg, CA During my trip last spring to Petaluma, I picked up this bottle of port in a surge of jubilation that I had found a winery specializing in dessert wines (613 2nd Street in the Foundry Wharf building). Plenty of wineries offer one or a handful of
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