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19 November, 2018

New Zealand Wine: More in the Queue than Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand Wine: More in the Queue than Sauvignon Blanc
Posted in : Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz / Syrah, White Wine, Wine on by : becca
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This past April, I took my first deep dive into New Zealand wine. Yes, I’ve had plenty before, but I hadn’t had the chance to explore them at depth until New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organization representing all 1,500 NZ-based winegrowers and wineries, invited me to this tasting. Obligatory disclaimer: That means I paid nothing
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2 November, 2018

Livermore’s Bodegas Aguirre Winery

Livermore’s Bodegas Aguirre Winery
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Chardonnay, Fortified Wine, Petite Sirah, Port, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Livermore - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca
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The History Last spring, I had the pleasure of visiting Bodegas Aguirre Winery for the first time. Obligatory disclaimer: This was an invitation extended to media, and thus, free to me. Located in the Livermore Valley, which is a historic Californian wine region, Bodegas Aguirre is the passion project of cardiac surgeon Ricardo Aguirre. Dr.
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23 October, 2018

McCay Trulux Zinfandel 2014

McCay Trulux Zinfandel 2014
Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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McCay Trulux Zinfandel 2014 Lodi, CA If Anne Shirley’s cherry cordial was blackberry instead, this is exactly how I imagine it. Medium-bodied with a nose full of very dark, extra ripe berries. I want to make a syrup with it and pour it over pancakes or maybe reduce it with vinegar for a tasty drizzle.
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19 October, 2018

KickAss Britchen Red

KickAss Britchen Red
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Other Red Blends, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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KickAss Britchen Red Paso Robles, CA Non-vintage $29 The KickAss label invokes the lighter side of winemaking for AronHill Vineyard’s owner, Judy Aron. The back label declares its inspirations proudly: “Life is all about ASS. You are either covering your ASS, laughing your ASS off, kicking ASS, kissing ASS, busting ASS, trying to get a
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26 September, 2018

Stellina 2012 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel

Stellina 2012 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Stellina 2012 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi, CA Stellina 2012 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel comes from Estate Crush, a custom crush facility producing a great many small lot wines from grapes in the Lodi area of California. They sell wine from the Stellina Estate Vineyard under their own Estate Crush label. Its nose offers a
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27 July, 2018

A Tasting at Turiya Wines

A Tasting at Turiya Wines
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Merlot, Other Red Blends, Petit Verdot, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Lompoc - CA, Wine on by : becca
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Obligatory disclaimer: This tasting of Turiya Wines was free to me. I spent my formative years on the Central Coast, in Santa Maria, California. While I lived there, I had no idea it was a wine-growing region. My family is conservative, religious stock – having a drink is as likely to bring forth admonitions about
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28 June, 2018

Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel 2014

Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel 2014
Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel 2014 Calistoga, CA Obligatory disclaimer: I received this bottle of Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel 2014 as a free sample for review. The Wine This Napa Valley zinfandel was aged in Irish oak barrels, which is a highly unusual choice for Californian winemaking. It smells like a candy that doesn’t exist but
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3 May, 2018

Tasting along Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Road

Tasting along Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Road
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dessert Wine, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca
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The Wine Road is a professional association of over 250 wineries and lodgings based in northern Sonoma County. At 40 years and counting, it’s rather long-lived for a California wine country organization! The Wine Road is also a Taste Award-winning, biweekly podcast from hosts Marcy Gordon and Beth Costa. Beth has been the executive director
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1 May, 2018

San Marcos Creek Wines

San Marcos Creek Wines
Comments : 2 Posted in : Cabernet Franc, Other Red Blends, Other White Blends, Red Wine, White Wine, Wine on by : becca
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One of the biggest pros of attending blogging conferences is getting to meet the people behind the wines and food products that I enjoy writing about. Kimberly Morelli, whom I first met at the 2017 Food Bloggers Conference, is one of those people. Kimberly is co-owner of San Marcos Creek Vineyard and Winery in Paso
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8 November, 2017

Vale do Bomfim 2015 Red Wine Blend

Vale do Bomfim 2015 Red Wine Blend
Comments : 1 Posted in : Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Touriga Nacional, Wine on by : becca
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Vale do Bomfim 2015 Red Wine Blend Douro, Portugal 13.9% ABV I’m about to leave for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, and I thought, before I take off, I’d post one of my regular features since I started this blog in 2007: the simple wine review. Wine blogging has changed a lot
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