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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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24 April, 2017

Affordable Vinho Verde Varietals and Vintages

Affordable Vinho Verde Varietals and Vintages
Posted in : Alvarinho / Albarino, Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants, Vinho Verde, White Wine on by : The Gourmez

White wines from the Portuguese Vinho Verde region are some of my favorites, so I jumped at the chance to try a quartet of them last month in San Francisco. Obligatory disclaimer: The food and Vinho Verde wines I’m about to write about were provided for free to me from Benson Marketing, which represents the
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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 : Cider, Mead, Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris 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 : 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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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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19 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Comments : 2 Posted in : Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Prosser - WA, Travel, Travel Guide for Prosser, WA, White Wine 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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