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3 January, 2019

Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival – February 9-10, 2019!

Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival – February 9-10, 2019!
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Fortified Wine, Garnacha / Grenache, Petite Sirah, Port, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Lodi - CA, Travel Guide for Lodi - CA, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, Verdelho, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

It’s 2019 already?! Farewell, 2018, and your delicious food and drink memories. Attending the Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival for the first time was one of those memories for me. Obligatory disclaimer: My tickets were comped for the 2018 Lodi Wine and Chocolate festival as a media representative. Tickets are now available to the general
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14 December, 2018

Ten Years of Mt. Beautiful Vintages

Ten Years of Mt. Beautiful Vintages
Posted in : Chardonnay, Dining in San Francisco - CA, Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Restaurants, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

Did you say vertical tasting? That’s an irresistible invitation for wine bloggers. We love to compare and contrast different vintages from the same winery, to ponder the sometimes subtle, sometimes great, differences between them.  Make it five vertical tastings in an evening, at a restaurant I’ve never tried before and from a wine region with
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5 December, 2018

50 Years of Cabernet: The Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting

50 Years of Cabernet: The Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Napa Valley - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

Last January, I was delighted to visit Chateau Montelena for the first time on the invitation of Calhoun & Company. Obligatory disclaimer: That means the Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting was entirely free to me. Indeed, it was a media and industry event, and I was thrilled, and a bit intimidated, to be included among the
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19 November, 2018

New Zealand Wine: More in the Queue than Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand Wine: More in the Queue than Sauvignon Blanc
Posted in : Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz / Syrah, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

This past April, I took my first deep dive into New Zealand wine. Yes, I’ve had plenty before, but I hadn’t had the chance to explore them at depth until New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organization representing all 1,500 NZ-based winegrowers and wineries, invited me to this tasting. Obligatory disclaimer: That means I paid nothing
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2 November, 2018

Livermore’s Bodegas Aguirre Winery

Livermore’s Bodegas Aguirre Winery
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Chardonnay, Fortified Wine, Petite Sirah, Port, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Livermore - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

The History Last spring, I had the pleasure of visiting Bodegas Aguirre Winery for the first time. Obligatory disclaimer: This was an invitation extended to media, and thus, free to me. Located in the Livermore Valley, which is a historic Californian wine region, Bodegas Aguirre is the passion project of cardiac surgeon Ricardo Aguirre. Dr.
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19 October, 2018

KickAss Britchen Red

KickAss Britchen Red
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Other Red Blends, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca

KickAss Britchen Red Paso Robles, CA Non-vintage $29 The KickAss label invokes the lighter side of winemaking for AronHill Vineyard’s owner, Judy Aron. The back label declares its inspirations proudly: “Life is all about ASS. You are either covering your ASS, laughing your ASS off, kicking ASS, kissing ASS, busting ASS, trying to get a
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1 October, 2018

Best Wines (and Armagnac!) of the APVSA Once Upon a Wine Tour

Best Wines (and Armagnac!) of the APVSA Once Upon a Wine Tour
Posted in : Brandy, Red Wine, Spirits, Tempranillo, Vermentino, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

Early this year, I attended the San Francisco leg of the Association for the Promotion of Wines and Spirits in North America (APVSA) tour of the USA. The Once Upon a Wine tour was this year’s chance for the European labels represented by the APVSA to introduce their wares to potential distributors and importers. Attending
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