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4 March, 2017

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015
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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
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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

Jeff Cohn Cellars
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, Rose Wine 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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15 December, 2010

Jujube’s Bubbly Recession Wine Dinner

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Jujube, Chapel Hill $40 per plate Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending another Jujube wine dinner—it had been a while! These dinners are kept affordable by profiling wines in the $10 to $20 range from the Hope Valley Bottle Shop crew, of which Drew did the sommelier honors this evening. Alas, I was
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