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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 : The Gourmez
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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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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
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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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14 July, 2017

Hakushika Hana Kohaku Plum Sake

Hakushika Hana Kohaku Plum Sake
Posted in : Sake on by : The Gourmez
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Hakushika Hana Kohaku Plum Sake Class: Junmai Ginjo Nishinomiya, Japan This sake has added nanko plum extract, which is what makes it such a strongly amber color – in the bottle, it looked more rose pink! It smells like a blend of sake and plum wine with plum and warm rice being the primary notes.
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7 July, 2017

Best Wines of Samples Night: Preventing Liquor Cabinet Overflow Since 2017!

Best Wines of Samples Night: Preventing Liquor Cabinet Overflow Since 2017!
Comments : 5 Posted in : Other White Blends, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Occasionally, as a blogger who does reviews, I can get a little behind. Especially as I’m also just a month and a half out from the release of my first book, and a wee bit harried making sure everything’s in place for that. So with a backlog of wines to sample and review—to the point
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16 June, 2017

Roger Constant Lemaire Champage

Roger Constant Lemaire Champage
Posted in : Champagne / Champenoise Style, Sparkling Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This tasting of Roger Constant Lemaire Champagne was entirely free to me. It’s not every day you get to try some of the world’s best bubbly, and I’m a little in denial that this experience ever happened. But through Luscious Lushes’s wine connections and Brix Chick Liza’s hospitality, I was invited to try
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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28 February, 2017

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Comments : 2 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA Obligatory disclaimer: This wine was provided as a sample for my review. The legend of Chateau Montelena is mighty, being as it took the highest white wine ranking for its 1973 Chardonnay in the 1976 Judgement of Paris, the famed wine competition responsible for California’s rise to
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