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27 August, 2015

Most Memorable Wines from the 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Bloggers Conference

Most Memorable Wines from the 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Bloggers Conference
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, NY, Travel Guide for the Finger Lakes, Wine Bloggers Conference 2015 on by : The Gourmez
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It’s been two weeks since the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), my second WBC and my second time being truly impressed with the events that Zephyr Adventures organizes. The elite sponsors for this year’s WBC—the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, Corning Enterprises, and the Elmira Corning Regional Airport—went above and beyond in introducing
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17 August, 2015

Localwise Post: A Winery Walking Tour in Jack London Square

Localwise Post: A Winery Walking Tour in Jack London Square
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, CA, Publication News, Travel Guide for Oakland on by : The Gourmez
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My second post for Localwise’s blog went up last week. This one draws a fair bit from my recent visits to urban wineries Urban Legend and Jeff Cohn Cellars, with fellow wine writer Peter Nowack of Bung R. Cooper. Knowing there were a few other urban wineries in easy walking distance of the Jack London
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28 July, 2015

Urban Legend Cellars Tasting

Urban Legend Cellars Tasting
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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A few weekends ago, I hit up my first urban tasting room in Oakland–Jeff Cohn Cellars. I assure you, my guide, Peter of Bung R. Cooper’s wine blog, was not going to let me stop after just one location! We meandered over a few Jack London Square blocks to Urban Legend Cellars (621 4th Street),
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20 July, 2015

Bliss Wine Imports Tasting

Bliss Wine Imports Tasting
Comments : 4 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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At Bisou Bistronomy in the Castro, an impressive handful of Bay Area winos—oops, I mean wine bloggers—gathered to explore the wares of one of the newer importers on the block: Bliss Wine Imports. And we didn’t even run the other customers out of the restaurant until an hour into the tasting! Alleah Friedrichs and Erin
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8 July, 2015

Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013

Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, NakedWines.Com, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013 Sonoma Mountain, CA Plump cherries on a slate board with mild blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms. The cheese deepens as the long finish continues…and continues…and continues. If only cherries and blue cheese were a better combination. I should have ordered brie! My Quini Profile: My Quini Flower: Which means I award
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26 June, 2015

Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, NakedWines.Com, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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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
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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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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7 April, 2015

Mac & Cheese Night #8 at Fat Angel

Mac & Cheese Night #8 at Fat Angel
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Fat Angel’s menu is focused on nibbles to go with their exceptionally long list of beers, wines, and meads, including after-dinner selections for all of their beverage categories. As usually happens, that leads to meat and cheese boards, nuts and olives, and in their case, a selection of fancy butter schmears served with Firebrand breads.
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3 April, 2015

Akiyoshi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Akiyoshi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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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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