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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
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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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4 December, 2020

Sunny with a Chance of Flowers Wines

Sunny with a Chance of Flowers Wines
Posted in : Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Sunny with a Chance of Flowers Wines Monterey, CA This is an unusual wine review, in that Sunny with a Chance of Flowers Wines are unusual wines. The label was born out of a desire to create a great tasting, yet lower calorie, wine with a lower ABV than average and no residual sugar. Wines
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10 October, 2020

A Virtual Taste of TerraNoble Carménère

A Virtual Taste of TerraNoble Carménère
Comments : 2 Posted in : Carmenere, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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In early September, I had the pleasure of taking part in a virtual testing with Marcelo Garcia, the winemaker at Chile’s TerraNoble (website). To prepare, I pretended I was on the grounds of one of TerraNoble’s vineyards—ah, the magic of green screen in a time of pandemic. Yes, once again I was attempting to combat
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17 June, 2020

Bodegas LAN Culmen 2011 Reserva

Bodegas LAN Culmen 2011 Reserva
Posted in : Red Wine, Tempranillo, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Bodegas LAN Culmen 2011 Reserva La Rioja, Spain Early on in quarantine, the Bodegas LAN winery hosted a tasting with a small group of wine writers of their Bodegas LAN Culmen 2011 Reserva. Obligatory disclaimer: That means this tasting was free to me, along with a bottle of the wine, which I promptly decanted in
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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
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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
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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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17 September, 2019

Chalk Hill Chardonnay – A tasting

Chalk Hill Chardonnay – A tasting
Posted in : Chardonnay, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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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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10 September, 2019

The 2017 Vintage Port Preview Tasting

The 2017 Vintage Port Preview Tasting
Posted in : Dessert Wine, Port, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Little did I know that when we convened for the 2016 Vintage Port tasting, another Vintage Port declaration would follow in 2017. I was surprised to find an invitation to attend this year’s preview tasting in my inbox, and I can safely say that the pre-eminent Port producers represented — Symington, Fladgate, and Quinta do
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17 April, 2019

Légende Wines

Légende Wines
Posted in : Bordeaux - Red, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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The Légende line of wines comes from the same lineage as the highly esteemed Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Grand Vins of the French Bordeaux region. While the latter can fetch prices in the thousands, the Légende wines are meant “to offer classic Bordeaux wines with immediate charm,” per the Rothschild website.  You can pick
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19 November, 2018

New Zealand Wine: More in the Queue than Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand Wine: More in the Queue than Sauvignon Blanc
Posted in : Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz / Syrah, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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This past April, I took my first deep dive into New Zealand wine. Yes, I’ve had plenty before, but I hadn’t had the chance to explore them at depth until New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organization representing all 1,500 NZ-based winegrowers and wineries, invited me to this tasting. Obligatory disclaimer: That means I paid nothing
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