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6 February, 2017

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour
Posted in : Bars in Oakland, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Red Wine, Travel, Travel Guide for Oakland on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory Disclaimer: Participation in the Oakland Urban Wine Tour was free to me. A year and a half ago, I discovered the plethora of urban wineries housed in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Inspired by the quality of the wines and convenient positioning of their locations, I wrote up a suggested wine walk for Localwise. Apparently,
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19 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Prosser, Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Travel, WA, WA, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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I’ve been keeping a secret. Or rather, I’ve been too busy before now to share with you the fun, down-to-earth, yet fully ready for your enjoyment wine country based in and around Prosser, WA. In October, I took part in a media trip covering the area, and boy, did we hit up as much as
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25 November, 2016

Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent

Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent
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Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent Bekaa Valley, Lebanon Obligatory disclaimer: This Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent was given to me for review. Founded by Jesuit priests in the mid-1800s, Château Ksara boasts Lebanon’s oldest vineyards, though winemaking in the country dates back 5,000 years. I’ve had the chance to sip a number of
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4 October, 2016

Exploring Pinot Noir of California

Exploring Pinot Noir of California
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Which Pinot Noir Region Marks the Spot? Pinot noir isn’t a favorite wine varietal of mine, but since I moved back to California in 2013, I’ve been intrigued by how pinot noirs of different winegrowing regions can be markedly different here. The grape is typically used to produce light-bodied, low tannin wines with light fruit.
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2 September, 2016

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 1

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 1
Comments : 5 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Cider, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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This was my third year attending the Wines Bloggers Conference (WBC), and I feel like I’m getting the hang of the endless wine sampling challenge that it is — three to four days full of it, if you add an excursion! I’m still forgetting hair ties to assist with the spitting, though. Maybe I need
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9 August, 2016

Justice Grace Vineyards Shoe Shine Petite Sirah 2011

Justice Grace Vineyards Shoe Shine Petite Sirah 2011
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Justice Grace Vineyards Shoe Shine Petite Sirah 2011 North Coast, California I met Eric Cohen, winemaker and owner of Justice Grace Vineyards, in May at a cheese-tasting event at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. His passion was obvious, but not just for wine. He’s most passionate about using his wine to promote social
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15 July, 2016

Extremely Rare Rare Red 2012 Black Blend

Extremely Rare Rare Red 2012 Black Blend
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Extremely Rare Rare Red 2012 Black Blend Central CA I can’t lie, I think the name of this wine is hilariously death metal. Throw a few more adjectives in there, and it’d also be its own thesaurus. Although I’ve reviewed wines from the Scotto Cellars portfolio before, I have to admit to apprehension at that
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24 June, 2016

3 Best Wines at Urban Vines

3 Best Wines at Urban Vines
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Events, Red Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Two weekends ago, I checked out Urban Vines, an annual Oakland wine festival that highlights African American winemakers, a markedly underrepresented group. Its theme is “A Toast to Diversity,” and the event was founded by Sip & Swirl, an event planning company that specializes in urban-based wine, food, and travel. It’s also held in Chicago.
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9 May, 2016

Wente Sauvignon Blanc Louis Mel Estate 2013

Wente Sauvignon Blanc Louis Mel Estate 2013
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Wente Vineyards Louis Mel Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Livermore Valley, CA Wente Vineyards is a Livermore-based wine company and family estate vineyard whose roots, literally, extend back to the late 19th century. It’s a brand I’ve become familiar with in the past year, in part because they are featured on Delta Airlines and gave me
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15 April, 2016

Lay of the Land Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Lay of the Land Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, NakedWines.Com, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Lay of the Land Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon blanc can be a hard sell for me, as I often find it to have broth-like qualities interfering with the crisp acidity that I crave. No such problem with winemaker Mike Paterson’s Lay of the Land, which came to me through my NakedWines.com order.
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