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5 April, 2017

Lodi Rules Live Virtual Wine Tasting at 4 PST!

Lodi Rules Live Virtual Wine Tasting at 4 PST!
Posted in : Announcements, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Just a quick post to let you know I’ll be participating in the Lodi Rules Live Virtual Tasting at 4 PST today on Facebook! Head to the Lodi Wine Facebook page to join in. We’ll be tasting the wine pictured in that promo shot – Michael David’s 2014 Inkblot Cabernet Franc, Bokisch Vineyards’ 2013 Albarino,
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25 November, 2016

Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent

Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent
Comments : 2 Posted in : Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent Bekaa Valley, Lebanon Obligatory disclaimer: This Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent was given to me for review. Founded by Jesuit priests in the mid-1800s, Château Ksara boasts Lebanon’s oldest vineyards, though winemaking in the country dates back 5,000 years. I’ve had the chance to sip a number of
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31 March, 2016

Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Spring Rosé Line-Up

Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Spring Rosé Line-Up
Comments : 4 Posted in : Rose Wine, Tannat, Vin Gris de Cigare, Vin Gris Tuile, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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When Bonny Doon Vineyards offered up a sample of the four rosés they debuted this spring, I had to say yes — and yes, sample means they were free to me (obligatory disclaimer complete!). The opportunity to compare four entirely unique blush wines was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I called in some friends to
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17 August, 2015

Localwise Post: A Winery Walking Tour in Jack London Square

Localwise Post: A Winery Walking Tour in Jack London Square
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Publication News, Travel Guide for Oakland, CA, Watering Holes in Oakland - CA, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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My second post for Localwise’s blog went up last week. This one draws a fair bit from my recent visits to urban wineries Urban Legend and Jeff Cohn Cellars, with fellow wine writer Peter Nowack of Bung R. Cooper. Knowing there were a few other urban wineries in easy walking distance of the Jack London
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28 July, 2015

Urban Legend Cellars Tasting

Urban Legend Cellars Tasting
Comments : 2 Posted in : Barbera, Bars and Tasting Rooms, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Watering Holes in Oakland - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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A few weekends ago, I hit up my first urban tasting room in Oakland–Jeff Cohn Cellars. I assure you, my guide, Peter of Bung R. Cooper’s wine blog, was not going to let me stop after just one location! We meandered over a few Jack London Square blocks to Urban Legend Cellars (621 4th Street),
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20 July, 2015

Bliss Wine Imports Tasting

Bliss Wine Imports Tasting
Comments : 6 Posted in : Colheita, Red Wine, Tempranillo, Verderon, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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At Bisou Bistronomy in the Castro, an impressive handful of Bay Area winos—oops, I mean wine bloggers—gathered to explore the wares of one of the newer importers on the block: Bliss Wine Imports. And we didn’t even run the other customers out of the restaurant until an hour into the tasting! Alleah Friedrichs and Erin
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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, Pinot Noir, Primitivo / Zinfandel, 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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13 November, 2014

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey
Posted in : Whiskey / Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey Dufftown, Scotland 40% ABV I picked up this triple malt Scotch whiskey from Trader Joe’s. The company’s been around since 1887, and this spirit takes its name from a medical condition that men used to acquire from working the malt press. I imagine it wasn’t fun to deal with, but
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27 September, 2014

Finger Lakes 2013 Riesling Launch–Live! On Twitter and Facebook

Finger Lakes 2013 Riesling Launch–Live! On Twitter and Facebook
Posted in : Riesling, Schloss Biebrech Sekt, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2015 on by : The Gourmez
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I hope it’s been a pleasant Saturday for you so far, readers. This is just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be participating in the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance’s launch of their 2013 Reislings in a short 3 hours from now, from 7 to 9 PM EST, which is 4 to 6
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31 July, 2014

WBC14: The Sta. Rita Hills “History” Excursion

WBC14: The Sta. Rita Hills “History” Excursion
Comments : 2 Posted in : Events, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez
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Arguably the best part of the Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2014 (WBC14) experience was the chance to get out into the countryside of the region the conference highlighted. The Santa Barbara Vintners did their best to introduce us to the wines at the hotel, but there is something intangibly beneficial in seeing where those wines come
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