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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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14 April, 2020

Tizona by Bokisch 2014 Gran Reserva Tempranillo

Tizona by Bokisch 2014 Gran Reserva Tempranillo
Posted in : Red Wine, Tempranillo, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Tizona by Bokisch 2014 Gran Reserva Tempranillo Bokisch Vineyards Lodi, CA Bokisch Vineyards (website) is one of my favorite vineyards in the Lodi region, which is one of California’s best wine-growing American Vinicultural Areas (AVAs). Obligatory disclaimer: This wine was free to me to sample for this review. I first became acquainted with Bokisch Vineyards
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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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13 November, 2019

Bodegas LAN Winery: Rioja in Three Letters … and Seven Wines!

Bodegas LAN Winery: Rioja in Three Letters … and Seven Wines!
Posted in : Alvarinho / Albarino, Dining in San Francisco - CA, Red Wine, Tempranillo, Wine on by : The Gourmez

My introduction to the Bodegas LAN winery came over churros and chuleton. I was invited to meet the winery’s CEO, Enrique Abiega, and USA export director, Trinidad Villegas, at Bellota, a Spanish restaurant that’s part of San Francisco’s Absinthe Group. Obligatory disclaimer: This was a new media lunch, so the food and drink I’m about
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4 October, 2019

A Picnic Lunch and Overnight Stay at Jordan Winery

A Picnic Lunch and Overnight Stay at Jordan Winery
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne / Champenoise Style, Dining in Healdsburg - CA, Events, Food, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, Wine on by : The Gourmez

This past summer, Jordan Winery added a new slate of activities for guests to enjoy at their estate in Healdsburg, CA. And why not? They just remodeled the estate’s formal dining room, and winery chef, Todd Knoll, has been perfecting his culinary artistry at Jordan for over a decade and a half. My first taste
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23 September, 2019

Sosie Wines Rosé of Syrah 2017

Sosie Wines Rosé of Syrah 2017
Posted in : Rose Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Sosie Wines Rosé of Syrah 2017 Vivio Vineyard, Bennett Valley Sonoma, CA ABV 13.7% Winery Website The spiders may have begun their crooks and crannies invasion, but the thermostat still reads high enough to conjure up summer’s last hurrah. So why not do it with one more glass of rosé for the season? Here are
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