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21 September, 2015

Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc

Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc
Comments : 4 Posted in : Food, Product Reviews, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz / Syrah, Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Bon Affair is a new wine product from Jayla Siciliano, who funded the project through Shark Tank, ABC’s television show where entrepreneurs meet up with investors. In 2014, Mark Cuban agreed to invest $150,000 in the company for a 35% share. Now, Bon Affair offers sauvignon blanc and syrah versions of its unique wine spritzer.
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2 September, 2014

Cimarone Winery

Cimarone Winery
Comments : 4 Posted in : Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Tasting Rooms in Los Olivos - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Los Olivos, CA, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez

At the tail-end of my 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference experience, I stopped in at Cimarone Winery. I’d heard of them through Twitter, as the winery’s social media (@cimarone) did a great job letting us bloggers know they were in nearby Los Olivos and would be offering a special tasting for us if we ever had
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5 August, 2014

WBC14: Syrahs of the Ballard Canyon AVA

WBC14: Syrahs of the Ballard Canyon AVA
Comments : 2 Posted in : Events, Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez

My favorite educational session at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 (WBC14) was assuredly our introduction to the Ballard Canyon AVA. This region of Santa Barbara County was just designated as an appellation in October 2013. If this panel and tasting were any indication, Ballard Canyon’s winemakers and their syrahs are ready to prowl. Patrick Comiskey
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18 July, 2014

WBC 14: Best Wines

WBC 14: Best Wines
Comments : 3 Posted in : Chardonnay, Events, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz / Syrah, Teroldego, Touriga Nacional, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez

This is the first of several posts covering my experience at the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC14) held in Buellton, CA, last weekend. I’ll feature one per week, likely through August, and why not start with what’s most important to me? Naturally, that’s the wines themselves. Over the course of the conference, I tasted around 70
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18 February, 2013

Red Diamond Shiraz 2009

Posted in : Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Red Diamond Shiraz 2009 Washington State This Shiraz has the most interesting nose I’ve smelled in a while. It’s full of leather and juicy blackberry. The wine itself is much thinner than expected for a Shiraz, but it’s nicely matured. Blackberry swoops up then is replaced with whipped cream and spices. Pink peppercorn, a hint
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12 July, 2010

6th Sense Syrah 2005

Comments : 1 Posted in : Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah on by : The Gourmez

6th Sense Syrah 2005 Lodi, CA Lodi does wine? Who knew? Not this uncultured gourmet, apparently. Also, the back of the bottle has a somewhat gruesome poem about being buried in a barrel of wine. I think it’s meant to be metaphorical, but I don’t really want to imagine someone in the vat this came
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