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8 March, 2017

Wined and Dined by St. Amant at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference

Wined and Dined by St. Amant at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Dessert Wine, Red Wine, Rose Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Six months have passed since last year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, but I’ve been wanting to write about one more experience from it ever since – the Wine Blogger Awards Banquet. It’s not the cheesy emceeing of Alan Kropf I want to highlight, though that cracked me up quite a bit. Nor was it
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2 November, 2016

“A Perfect Score” Book Review

“A Perfect Score” Book Review
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Food, Product Reviews, Red Wine, Writing on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of A Perfect Score to read for this post. Released in September by Center Street, A Perfect Score ($26; 207 pgs.) tells the story of the founding and growth of the HALL and WALT wineries from the intertwined perspectives of its two founders, Craig and Kathryn Hall.
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4 October, 2016

Exploring Pinot Noir of California

Exploring Pinot Noir of California
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Which Pinot Noir Region Marks the Spot? Pinot noir isn’t a favorite wine varietal of mine, but since I moved back to California in 2013, I’ve been intrigued by how pinot noirs of different winegrowing regions can be markedly different here. The grape is typically used to produce light-bodied, low tannin wines with light fruit.
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28 October, 2014

Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso and Maryhill Day Trip

Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso and Maryhill Day Trip
Posted in : Red Wine, Travel, Travel Guide for Maryhill, WA on by : The Gourmez
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Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso Columbia Valley, WA Last time I reviewed a Maryhill wine, I pledged to have my pictures edited from our winery visit before the next one. I am happy to say I completed that mission! And wow, Maryhill is a breathtaking winery (9774 Hwy 14, WA). It’s hard not to
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26 September, 2014

Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Expansion!

Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Expansion!
Comments : 6 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Events, Travel, Travel Guide for Lodi, CA on by : The Gourmez
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Oak Farm Vineyards Winery (23627 Devries Road) is on its way to becoming the first of its kind in the Lodi, CA, appellation: a family-owned estate that offers the full experience of a large-scale destination winery, minus the glitzy hotel and pretension. I took part in a media preview of their new expansion, which will
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2 September, 2014

Cimarone Winery

Cimarone Winery
Comments : 4 Posted in : Red Wine, Travel, Travel Guide for Los Olivos, CA, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez
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At the tail-end of my 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference experience, I stopped in at Cimarone Winery. I’d heard of them through Twitter, as the winery’s social media (@cimarone) did a great job letting us bloggers know they were in nearby Los Olivos and would be offering a special tasting for us if we ever had
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28 August, 2014

WBC14: Bridlewood Estate Excursion

WBC14: Bridlewood Estate Excursion
Comments : 2 Posted in : Travel, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez
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As I wrote in my thoughts on the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC14), the overall value of the conference is one of the biggest reasons I’d consider going again in the future. And nothing can illustrate that better than the one additional excursion I attended the afternoon after WBC14 closed: the Bridlewood Estate Excursion. For
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28 January, 2014

Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010

Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Port/Sherry Wines on by : The Gourmez
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Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010 Dry Creek, CA I picked up this bottle on a recent sojourn to Sonoma from the one vineyard we ventured to on a quick day trip to the region. I thought the merlot port delicious in the tasting room, and I’m interested to see how it stacks up when drunk
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7 January, 2014

A Foodie Day Trip on Treasure Island

A Foodie Day Trip on Treasure Island
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Travel, Travel Guide for San Francisco, CA on by : The Gourmez
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On the last full weekend of every month, the Treasure Island flea market takes place. It is a great excuse to check out Treasure Island for foodies, because the flea market brings a lot of food trucks with it to what is otherwise a barren land for munchies. But it’s never a barren land for
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19 November, 2012

Virginia Wine Tasting at the Fox Liquor Bar

Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Events, Red Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Virginia Wine Tasting at the Fox Liquor Bar Back in July, I attended a wine tasting event at the Angus Barn promoting wineries from Virginia. It was very informative and a great preparation for my trip to Charlottesville a few weeks later. Well, the VA Wine Board was back in town a week and a
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