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29 March, 2017

From Wine to William Tell Cider: The Scotto Brothers Can Juice!

From Wine to William Tell Cider: The Scotto Brothers Can Juice!
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, cider, Cider, lodi, Pinot Grigio, tasting notes on by : The Gourmez

If you’re wondering if I meant that post title to be a pun, wonder no longer— The pun works on so many levels, I couldn’t resist! Of course, your appreciation of my cleverness may be enhanced if you have some background information on Scotto Cellars, a fifth-generation, Lodi-based winemaking family that has climbed out of
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14 March, 2017

Left Coast Cellars Wines

Left Coast Cellars Wines
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, bubbly, pinot blanc, pinot gris, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, tasting notes, White Wine, Wine, wine review on by : The Gourmez

Obligatory disclaimer: Left Coast Cellars provided these wines for my review for free. My experience with Left Coast Cellars (website here) is not a long one…but it has certainly been a fruitful one. And I didn’t even intend that to be a wine pun. Ivy Hover is Left Coast’s marketing director, an A+ person, and my
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8 March, 2017

Wined and Dined by St. Amant at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference

Wined and Dined by St. Amant at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference
Comments : 1 Posted in : barbera rose, Beer, Wine, Sake, Dessert Wine, late harvest barbera, lodi, old vine zinfandel, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Wine, Zinfandel on by : The Gourmez

Six months have passed since last year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, but I’ve been wanting to write about one more experience from it ever since – the Wine Blogger Awards Banquet. It’s not the cheesy emceeing of Alan Kropf I want to highlight, though that cracked me up quite a bit. Nor was it
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4 March, 2017

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, rose, Rose Wine, rose wine, tasting notes, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015 Côtes de Provence, France Obligatory disclaimer: This wine was provided as a sample for my review. I am a firm believer in the rosé any day philosophy, but on a day like this one full of sunshine after a long spat of drought-breaking rain, it’s especially appealing.
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28 February, 2017

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, cab sav, cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, tasting notes, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA Obligatory disclaimer: This wine was provided as a sample for my review. The legend of Chateau Montelena is mighty, being as it took the highest white wine ranking for its 1973 Chardonnay in the 1976 Judgement of Paris, the famed wine competition responsible for California’s rise to
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24 February, 2017

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, port, Port/Sherry Wines, reserve, tasting notes, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port Douro, Portugal Obligatory disclaimer: This review is based on a sample bottle. I love port. The richness, depth of flavors, and luxurious mood that port imparts are always a wonderful way to end a meal. They are the last crescendo that confirms you have witnessed something glorious this evening. Graham’s
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6 February, 2017

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Oakland, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, oakland, Red Wine, tasting notes, Travel, Travel Guide for Oakland, Wine, wine reviews on by : The Gourmez

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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29 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 2: Best Wines in the Area

Prosser Wine Part 2: Best Wines in the Area
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, brut sparkling wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dessert Wine, Durif, horse heaven hills, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Tempranillo, Travel, Travel Guide for Prosser, white wine, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

I don’t know a lot about Washington wine. I’m aware Yakima Valley is a wine destination, because my mother lives in little Tieton to the north of Yakima itself. But my family doesn’t drink, so I’ve only gone tasting out there once. As much as I know I need to visit more wineries local to
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22 December, 2016

Sustainable Food and Drink of Contra Costa

Sustainable Food and Drink of Contra Costa
Posted in : Beer, Beer, Wine, Sake, Dining in Walnut Creek, Port/Sherry Wines, prima, Red Wine, Restaurants, Rose Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez

For the second year in a row, I had the honor of attending the Sustainable Contra Costa Awards Gala, an annual fundraiser and ceremony honoring businesses and individuals who’ve modelled sustainable practices in Contra Costa County. Lest you get confused, the event took place in September, not December! I’m a little behind on my blog
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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, horse heaven hills, Red Wine, Rose Wine, tasting notes, Travel, WA, WA, White Wine, wine reviews on by : The Gourmez

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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