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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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31 March, 2016

Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Spring Rosé Line-Up

Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Spring Rosé Line-Up
Comments : 4 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Rose Wine on by : The Gourmez
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When Bonny Doon Vineyards offered up a sample of the four rosés they debuted this spring, I had to say yes — and yes, sample means they were free to me (obligatory disclaimer complete!). The opportunity to compare four entirely unique blush wines was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I called in some friends to
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29 February, 2016

Scotto Cellars Heavyweight Wine

Scotto Cellars Heavyweight Wine
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Scotto Cellars is a family-owned winemaking company based in California with vineyards in Amador County, Lodi, and Napa Valley. I received sample bottles of two wines in their Heavyweight line: the petite sirah and the cabernet sauvignon, both sourced from the greater Central Valley. Obligatory disclaimer: Sample means these wines were free to me, but
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5 February, 2016

Mauricio Lorca’s Angel’s Reserve Torrontes 2015

Mauricio Lorca’s Angel’s Reserve Torrontes 2015
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Mauricio Lorca’s Angel’s Reserve Torrontes 2015 La Rioja, Argentina Wine Review: Brine sneaks into the clam chowder in this glass. The intense acidity makes me contemplate inserting sizzling grasslands into my next fantasy story. As the wine settles, cream comes in, making that chowder New Jersey in style, with enough vegetal taste to account for
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1 December, 2015

2015 Finger Lakes Riesling Launch

2015 Finger Lakes Riesling Launch
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Dessert Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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For the second year in a row, I took part in the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Riesling Launch, a live-tweeting event that invites wine writers and bloggers to check out the newest vintage (2014) of the region’s signature grape varietal together, virtually at least, with the wineries. I received sample bottles of three different rieslings,
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