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4 October, 2017

Visit Lodi for…Wines and Winemakers with Personality!

Visit Lodi for…Wines and Winemakers with Personality!
Comments : 2 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

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

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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2 August, 2017

Best Wines on the APVSA Wine Not! Tour

Best Wines on the APVSA Wine Not! Tour
Posted in : Champagne / Champenoise Style, Languedoc, Malvasia, Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

In May, the Association for the Promotion of Wines and Spirits in North America (the APVSA, based in Montreal) came to San Francisco on their spring tasting tour–the Wine Not! Tour. As a member of the new media, I was invited along to taste the wines they sampled for potential distributors, importers, and retail clients.
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30 May, 2017

A Vintner’s Village Vacation in Prosser Wine Country

A Vintner’s Village Vacation in Prosser Wine Country
Comments : 3 Posted in : Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dining in Prosser - WA, Other White Blends, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Tasting Rooms in Prosser - WA, Travel Guide for Prosser, WA, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Disclaimer: My experiences at the Vintner’s Village in Prosser were free to me as a member of a media trip sponsored by the Prosser Wine Network. A surefire way to enjoy a visit to Prosser Wine Country, the central Washington region I’ve been writing about since visiting last fall, is to make the Vintner’s Village
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14 March, 2017

Left Coast Cellars Wines

Left Coast Cellars Wines
Posted in : Other Sparkling Wine Types, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Wine 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, Dessert Wine, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Wine 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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28 February, 2017

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Comments : 2 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, 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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6 February, 2017

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Oakland - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Oakland, CA, Wine 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
Comments : 2 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne / Champenoise Style, Dessert Wine, Durif, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Prosser - WA, Tempranillo, Travel, Travel Guide for Prosser, WA, 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 : Dining in Walnut Creek - CA, Fortified Wine, Moscato d’Asti, Port, Red Wine, Restaurants, Sparkling Wine, White Wine, 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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