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10 October, 2016

A Visit to Bella Grace Vineyards

A Visit to Bella Grace Vineyards
Comments : 6 Posted in : Barbera, Grenache Blanc, Red Wine, Roussanne, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Amador County - CA, Tempranillo, Vermentino, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: Everything consumed during this visit to Bella Grace Vineyards was free to me, including the companionship. The Havill Family In August, I accepted an invitation from the Dallas Wine Chick to join in on a day trip to Amador County’s Bella Grace Vineyards along with a handful of other wine bloggers. Our group
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4 October, 2016

Exploring Pinot Noir of California

Exploring Pinot Noir of California
Comments : 2 Posted in : Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Which Pinot Noir Region Marks the Spot? Pinot noir isn’t a favorite wine varietal of mine, but since I moved back to California in 2013, I’ve been intrigued by how pinot noirs of different winegrowing regions can be markedly different here. The grape is typically used to produce light-bodied, low tannin wines with light fruit.
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13 July, 2015

Four Corners Cafe

Four Corners Cafe
Posted in : Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in Albany - CA on by : The Gourmez
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I headed out to Albany for the first time to check another café off my East Bay Indie Coffee Passport. I met up with a new friend and fellow UCSC alum who was excited to show me around her neck of the woods, which means you’ll be getting another Albany review from me soon. Four
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8 July, 2015

Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013

Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013
Posted in : Merlot, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013 Sonoma Mountain, CA Plump cherries on a slate board with mild blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms. The cheese deepens as the long finish continues…and continues…and continues. If only cherries and blue cheese were a better combination. I should have ordered brie! My Quini Profile: My Quini Flower: Which means I award
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26 June, 2015

Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013
Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013 Contra Costa Country, California My first thought on looking at that label is that Uncle Louie bears a remarkable resemblance to the Monopoly Man. Thought #2 is “Wow, you can really smell that floral and cedar nose the moment the bottle opens.” Remarkably, the nose is not as
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3 April, 2015

Akiyoshi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Akiyoshi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Comments : 1 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Akiyoshi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Clarksburg, CA David Akiyoshi is one of NakedWines.Com’s go-to winemakers in California. So far, I’ve tried his 2013 Sangiovese Rosé, and it placed firmly in my second-best grouping, the Avocados. That’s a 69/100 on the Quini scale. All that means is I expect a pretty good, though probably not exceptional, wine
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17 March, 2015

Bandit Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

Bandit Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
Comments : 1 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Bandit Wines Cabernet Sauvignon California Bandit Wines is a boxed wine company that you can find on Safeway’s lowest shelf. I haven’t had much boxed wine in my life. But when I tap into the foodie party line, I hear from craft enthusiasts that beer in a can has no metallic aftertaste and that boxed
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6 March, 2015

Underground Cellar

Underground Cellar
Comments : 3 Posted in : Wine on by : The Gourmez
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As you already know, I’m an affiliate with NakedWines.Com, and I’ll have more reviews of their wines up on the site soon, along with a six-month review of my experience being an Angel user with the company. But today, I want to introduce you to another online wine merchant that’s offering great values for wines
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29 November, 2013

Edna Valley Vineyard 2011 Merlot

Comments : 2 Posted in : Merlot, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Edna Valley Vineyard 2011 Merlot Central Coast, CA This merlot’s nose has plastic overtones, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying its raspberry and pepper notes. It’s thin to medium bodied and meatier than expected on drinking. Think nicely seasoned duck with a spicy raspberry and stewed tomato sauce. That pepper will tickle your nose!
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22 May, 2013

State of the Blog

Comments : 2 Posted in : Announcements, Travel, Wine, Writing on by : The Gourmez
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I’m moving to California. There is no set “when” yet, but if all goes well after listing our house next week, it will be sometime in August.  There is no set “where” yet, but if all goes well with Ben’s employment options, it will be in the Bay Area, with LA as a second choice.
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