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13 May, 2019

USA Cabernet: “Rumored to Be Made by American Exceptionalism”

USA Cabernet: “Rumored to Be Made by American Exceptionalism”
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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A few months ago, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Peter Wood, president of the Hucksters advertising agency and his new wine brand, USA Cabernet, made in partnership with Lodi’s Scotto Cellars. Obligatory disclaimer: By introduced, I mean that the dinner and wine I enjoyed with Peter and a few fellow wine bloggers
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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 : becca
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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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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 : becca
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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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13 November, 2018

Come Wine with Me on the Swirl Suite Podcast!

Come Wine with Me on the Swirl Suite Podcast!
Posted in : Announcements on by : becca
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Catching up on appearances I’ve made over the past couple of years for food and fiction, and lo and behold! I never promoted my episode of the Swirl Suite podcast from last year! I love this group, or “squad” as they call themselves, of female wine and spirit professionals of color, based mainly in the
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2 November, 2018

Livermore’s Bodegas Aguirre Winery

Livermore’s Bodegas Aguirre Winery
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Chardonnay, Fortified Wine, Petite Sirah, Port, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Livermore - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca
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The History Last spring, I had the pleasure of visiting Bodegas Aguirre Winery for the first time. Obligatory disclaimer: This was an invitation extended to media, and thus, free to me. Located in the Livermore Valley, which is a historic Californian wine region, Bodegas Aguirre is the passion project of cardiac surgeon Ricardo Aguirre. Dr.
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19 October, 2018

KickAss Britchen Red

KickAss Britchen Red
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Other Red Blends, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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KickAss Britchen Red Paso Robles, CA Non-vintage $29 The KickAss label invokes the lighter side of winemaking for AronHill Vineyard’s owner, Judy Aron. The back label declares its inspirations proudly: “Life is all about ASS. You are either covering your ASS, laughing your ASS off, kicking ASS, kissing ASS, busting ASS, trying to get a
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1 October, 2018

Best Wines (and Armagnac!) of the APVSA Once Upon a Wine Tour

Best Wines (and Armagnac!) of the APVSA Once Upon a Wine Tour
Posted in : Brandy, Red Wine, Spirits, Tempranillo, Vermentino, White Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Early this year, I attended the San Francisco leg of the Association for the Promotion of Wines and Spirits in North America (APVSA) tour of the USA. The Once Upon a Wine tour was this year’s chance for the European labels represented by the APVSA to introduce their wares to potential distributors and importers. Attending
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1 May, 2018

San Marcos Creek Wines

San Marcos Creek Wines
Comments : 2 Posted in : Cabernet Franc, Other Red Blends, Other White Blends, Red Wine, White Wine, Wine on by : becca
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One of the biggest pros of attending blogging conferences is getting to meet the people behind the wines and food products that I enjoy writing about. Kimberly Morelli, whom I first met at the 2017 Food Bloggers Conference, is one of those people. Kimberly is co-owner of San Marcos Creek Vineyard and Winery in Paso
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28 January, 2018

Cheese and Wine Pairings at Chateau St. Jean

Cheese and Wine Pairings at Chateau St. Jean
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA on by : becca
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Chateau St. Jean is one of Sonoma’s most well-known and beautifully kept-up wineries. Last October, the fires that attacked wine country reached Chateau St. Jean. I was relieved, as were many wine lovers, when we learned that the estate’s main buildings had survived with only ash and smoke removal needed. As part of a Wine
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