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5 August, 2021

30 Years of the Lodi Winegrape Commission

30 Years of the Lodi Winegrape Commission
Posted in : Aglianico, Events, Grenache Blanc, Petit Verdot, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

In May, I was invited to take part in celebrating 30 years of the Lodi Winegrape Commission (website) with a virtual wine tasting of recent releases from some of the Commission’s participating wineries. Obligatory disclaimer: That means the wines I’m reviewing in this post were free to me. I was first introduced to the Lodi AVA
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21 August, 2020

Black Stallion Estate Wines…and Puzzles!

Black Stallion Estate Wines…and Puzzles!
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Napa Valley - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Early on in the pandemic shutdown, I received two wines to review for this blog from Black Stallion Estate Winery (website), located in the Napa Valley. Like much of California wine country right now, Black Stallion is not that far from wildfires caused by lightning strikes last weekend, though they are not under threat as
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18 December, 2019

Experience the Phantom Wine Story in Your Glass and On Your Phone

Experience the Phantom Wine Story in Your Glass and On Your Phone
Posted in : Chardonnay, Red Wine, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Can you sense it? That faint wisp of an unseasonal mist? The tortured scream of someone who’s blood-red drops have run dry? Oh, that’s just me, finishing off my samples of Bogle’s Phantom Wine, website here. Obligatory Disclaimer: “Wine sample” means these wines were free for my review. Sure, it’s almost Christmas, but that’s no
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17 September, 2019

Chalk Hill Chardonnay – A tasting

Chalk Hill Chardonnay – A tasting
Posted in : Chardonnay, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Obligatory disclaimer: These Chalk Hill chardonnays were free to me for my review. They are Chalk Hill’s two commercially available chardonnays; the winery produces two others that are only available at the estate or at their website.The 2016 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay comes completely from grapes within the estate’s Chalk Hill AVA vineyards. It’s all
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6 August, 2019

Sonoma County Small-Lot Wineries with Big-Time Backgrounds

Sonoma County Small-Lot Wineries with Big-Time Backgrounds
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Other Red Blends, Other Sparkling Wine Types, Other White Blends, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, Travel Guide for Sonoma - CA, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Last fall, via a press trip sponsored and hosted by the Wine Road of northern Sonoma County, I was introduced to some absolutely wonderful Sonoma wineries that are well worth your visit. Obligatory disclaimer: Being on a press trip means that these visits and tastings were free to me. Each of the wineries I’m profiling
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25 June, 2019

2017 White Wines from Sera Fina Cellars

2017 White Wines from Sera Fina Cellars
Posted in : Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Obligatory disclaimer: These wines were free samples for my review. Sera Fina Cellars, founded in 2010, is an Amador County winery owned by Paul Scotto, the chief winemaker behind the Scotto family’s growing portfolio of wines and ciders (my previous reviews). Sera Fina Cellars focuses on Italian and Rhône winemaking styles and varietals. I tasted
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3 January, 2019

Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival – February 9-10, 2019!

Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival – February 9-10, 2019!
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Fortified Wine, Garnacha / Grenache, Petite Sirah, Port, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Lodi - CA, Travel Guide for Lodi - CA, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, Verdelho, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

It’s 2019 already?! Farewell, 2018, and your delicious food and drink memories. Attending the Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival for the first time was one of those memories for me. Obligatory disclaimer: My tickets were comped for the 2018 Lodi Wine and Chocolate festival as a media representative. Tickets are now available to the general
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