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16 January, 2018

Cabernet Sauvignons from the Andes: Montes and Kaiken

Cabernet Sauvignons from the Andes: Montes and Kaiken
Comments : 1 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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My first experience with Montes and Kaiken wines came from the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference in the Finger Lakes. That’s quite a long way from the Andes Mountains; the wineries’ extensive vineyards can be found the greater Andean regions of both Chile and Argentina, and both were founded by Aurelio Montes, Sr. At the conference,
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8 January, 2018

Alamos and Gascón Malbec Lunch at Perbacco

Alamos and Gascón Malbec Lunch at Perbacco
Comments : 1 Posted in : CA, Dining in San Francisco - CA, Malbec, Red Wine, Restaurants, Torrontes, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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By some feat of great fortune, during the only two weeks I was home last fall, I squeezed in a lunch with representatives of Alamos and Gascón  wineries at Perbacco in San Francisco. Of course, their wines were there, too. 😉 And delicious food, all free to me by the hospitality of my hosts. It
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4 January, 2018

Old Vine Zinfandel 2017 Releases from Lodi, CA

Old Vine Zinfandel 2017 Releases from Lodi, CA
Comments : 2 Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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On National Zinfandel day in November, I tasted several current old vine zinfandel releases from wineries in Lodi, both big and small. These wines were provided to me for free to review from LoCA, the Lodi Wine Grape Commission, as part of a virtual tasting event on Facebook. Kevin Phillips of Michael David Winery ,
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26 December, 2017

Visit Lodi for…a fun-filled day in the Central Valley!

Visit Lodi for…a fun-filled day in the Central Valley!
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Lodi - CA, Dining in Lodi - CA, Restaurants, Tasting Rooms in Lodi - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Lodi, CA on by : The Gourmez
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Last June, I dove a little beyond the wine of the Lodi region to experience what else makes this city of 65,000 people into a prime weekend vacation destination for Bay Area residents. My trip was free and sponsored by Visit Lodi, Lodi’s wine and tourism bureau ← that’s my obligatory disclaimer, lest you think
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18 December, 2017

Best Food Products Liveblogged at the 2017 International Food Bloggers Conference

Best Food Products Liveblogged at the 2017 International Food Bloggers Conference
Posted in : Beverage, Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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Liveblogging sessions are always a highlight of the Wine Bloggers Conferences I’ve attended since 2014. So it should come as no surprise that I found the liveblogging session at my first International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) to be the most exciting event there as well. The IFBC took place in Sacramento, CA, at the end
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5 December, 2017

Order an Autographed Gift of Wings Unseen by 12/16!

Order an Autographed Gift of Wings Unseen by 12/16!
Posted in : Writing on by : The Gourmez
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Apologies for a brief diversion from food and drink for an announcement for my day job – fiction writing! We’re only 20 days out from Christmas, and thus the time for gift giving is upon us! For $15, you can send a signed, personalized copy of my epic fantasy, Wings Unseen, to anyone you love
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21 November, 2017

Mixed Up: A Book Review and Holiday Gift Idea

Mixed Up: A Book Review and Holiday Gift Idea
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Liqueurs, Product Reviews, Spirits on by : The Gourmez
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I just finished Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader), which is a little black book full of exactly what it says on the label. How often can us spirit lovers say that? This book would make a thoughtful gift for the cocktail lovers in your life, as it
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8 November, 2017

Vale do Bomfim 2015 Red Wine Blend

Vale do Bomfim 2015 Red Wine Blend
Comments : 1 Posted in : Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Touriga Nacional, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Vale do Bomfim 2015 Red Wine Blend Douro, Portugal 13.9% ABV I’m about to leave for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, and I thought, before I take off, I’d post one of my regular features since I started this blog in 2007: the simple wine review. Wine blogging has changed a lot
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4 October, 2017

Visit Lodi for…Wines and Winemakers with Personality!

Visit Lodi for…Wines and Winemakers with Personality!
Comments : 3 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Dessert Wine, Grenache Blanc, Other Rose Blends, Other White Blends, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Tasting Rooms in Lodi - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Lodi, CA, Viognier, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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At summer’s onset, I took part in a press trip to Lodi, CA, a wine region I’ve become happily familiar with over the last year. Took part means I tried all the wines and enjoyed all the experiences mentioned in this post courtesy of the Visit Lodi tourism bureau – and I was not compensated
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15 September, 2017

On the Go with Anywhere Cellars and Heavyweight Wines!

On the Go with Anywhere Cellars and Heavyweight Wines!
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Rose Wine, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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A few months back, I received a unique shipment of wine samples from the Scotto Cellars portfolio. Disclaimer: Samples means these wines were free for me to review. This fifth-generation winemaking family based in Lodi, California, has impressed me with their range of offerings, from the Scotto Family Cellars’ delicious, soft 2013 Malbec to the
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