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4 October, 2017

Visit Lodi for…Wines and Winemakers with Personality!

Visit Lodi for…Wines and Winemakers with Personality!
Comments : 3 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
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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
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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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4 March, 2017

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015
Comments : 1 Posted in : Provencal Rose, Rose Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015 Côtes de Provence, France Obligatory disclaimer: This wine was provided as a sample for my review. I am a firm believer in the rosé any day philosophy, but on a day like this one full of sunshine after a long spat of drought-breaking rain, it’s especially appealing.
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1 October, 2015

7th Annual Sustainable Contra Costa Gala

7th Annual Sustainable Contra Costa Gala
Comments : 4 Posted in : Chardonnay Rose, Dining in Concord - CA, Events, Port, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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How often do you get to chat with winemakers fresh from harvest with the purple hands to prove it and chefs young and old describing their locally sourced dishes all while helping advance the cause of sustainability with a ticket purchase and silent auction bid on more amazing foodstuffs? Okay, for me, it’s fairly often.
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16 July, 2015

Jeff Cohn Cellars – *MOVED to Napa*

Jeff Cohn Cellars – *MOVED to Napa*
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Cabernet Sauvignon, GSM Rose, Pinot Noir, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Tasting Rooms in Oakland - CA on by : The Gourmez
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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of checking out Jeff Cohn Cellars’ tasting room in Oakland along with my friend Peter, the man behind Bung R. Cooper’s wine blog. Jeff Cohn, a renowned winemaker, spent a decade learning from and crafting Rosenblum wines before starting his own winery in 2006.  He’s also a genuinely nice
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19 June, 2013

Triangle Foodie Happenings

Posted in : Events, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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The exciting events for Triangle-based foodies are piling up yet again! Honestly, I’m not sure they ever stop piling — we seem to support an awful lot of delishness for a relatively small metro area. I think that means all us eaters deserve a round of applause … or of digestives. Ouzo, anyone? I’ve cherry-picked
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25 March, 2013

Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria Dessert Wine

Comments : 3 Posted in : Dessert Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria Dessert Wine Marsala, Italy This dessert wine is made with Muscat grapes, which are often used to produce sweet wines and fortified wines. Its color is light amber with rose tinges, and its nose is nectarine with subtle floral qualities including that rose again. It tastes wonderful. Certainly sweet, as expected
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16 May, 2012

Torrontes Dolce 1591

Posted in : Dessert Wine, Sparkling Wine, Torrontes on by : The Gourmez
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Torrontes Dolce 1591 La Rioja, Argentina Sparkling Torrontes! Hooray! Torrontes quickly fought its way to the top of my favorite white wine varietals, so trying a sparkling version is trés exciting. This bottle has a fun purple rubber cork that contrasts with the simple, elegant label design, but I think that just makes it all
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28 March, 2012

Espiral Vinho Rosé

Posted in : Rose Wine, Vinho Rose, Vinho Verde on by : The Gourmez
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Espiral Vinho Rosé Gaia, Portugal Apologies, but I have no wine label to share with you. This is a bottle I picked up at Trader Joe’s — hopefully, that helps if you’re interested in it? Espiral Vinho Rosé is a rosé version of vinho verde, and I was super excited to see it. I love
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16 February, 2011

Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Rose 2009

Comments : 2 Posted in : Other Rose Blends, Rose Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Rose 2009 Napa Valley, CA It’s a gorgeous soft gold and pink rose color. Smells pleasingly of artificial raspberry flavoring—-this is not a bad smell; think of Chapstick or Fun Dips. The wine’s taste, however, has almost no character whatsoever. It’s very thin-bodied. Raspberry and strawberry notes flee so fast you’ll
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