Prosecco for the weekend

Prosecco is now the best selling sparkling wine in the UK and for good reason. It’s fresh and bubbly without having to break the bank. A drink that can be enjoyed in celebration, whether it’s a job promotion, birthday or just because it’s the weekend. Prosecco is made from the Glera grape and all quality […] The post Prosecco for the weekend appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.

Michel Redde et Fils ‘Petit-Fumé’ Pouilly-Fumé 2015, Loire, France

Michel Redde et Fils ‘Petit-Fumé’ Pouilly-Fumé 2015, Loire, France (£15.99 Dickens House Wine Emporium, Handford Wines, Stonewines) Smells as if it’s going to be quite bracing, but then the weight of the vintage kicks in, with rounded ripe red apple flavours, and despite the mineral note, there’s perhaps not enough of the crisp citrus acidity […]

The Infamous Stringdusters – Laws Of Gravity & Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Grammy nominated The Infamous Stringdusters (Andy Hall - dobro, Andy Falco - guitar, Chris Pandolfi - banjo, Jeremy Garrett - fiddle, and Travis Book - upright bass) -- are synonymous to good music and good beer. Their music is a fusion of what I would call campfire dancing music and contemporary newgrass. As for beer, think the Charlottesville beer scene and Devils Backbone Brewing Company - host venue for The Festy Experience music festival. Here's a video of Travis discussing both beer and music at the inaugural Festy many years ago. And if you plan to attend the 2017 addition in October expect to hear plenty of music from Laws of Gravity, The Stringdusters latest release which dropped January 13th.

In this release the band returns to bluegrass roots with a theme of the freedom as a result of life on the road. Something they should know ...

Two of the Best Value Reds in the Portfolio – Northern Burgundy’s Irancy’s Best Producer Gifts us a New Super Cuvee!

When I first opened Fass Selections, everyone (and when I say everyone I mean my business partner)
thought I was crazy to work with an estate in Irancy. Well, four years laterI'm not the crazy one, as Irancy is the cool new AOC and today's producer also has since inked a deal with a famous east coast distributor. We are thrilled that Fass Selections and a few others have helped launch Irancy into the conversation of great undiscovered Pinot Noir appellations because it is! Decades ago, Irancy wines used to be thin in many years, but with global warming, the wines have the fruit profiles that used to exist in central Burgundy.  I found the best producer (Thierry Richoux) in Irancy and am thrilled to offer his wines again to those of you looking to re-stock as well as new customers and those who missed out.  I have not offered ...

Lift your glasses to Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture

Three wines produced to commemorate Hull being chosen as the 2017 UK City of Culture. click HERE for more info on what’s going on. (£1 from each bottle of Viticulture wine will be donated to the legacy of Hull 2017 to support local arts and cultural projects after 2017) Viticulture Sauvignon Blanc, Côtes de Gascogne, […]

Bubblicious! January 2017 Wine Product Roundup

This month’s edition of the Wine Product Roundup (in which I put to the test samples of wine wares that can’t actually be imbibed safely) just so happens to be themed, for your pleasure. And pleasurable it is, because that theme is Champagne (and, well, bubbles in general).
The Ultimate Guide to Champagne


First up, there’s the other Champagne guide to be recently released, namely Liz Palmer’s “The Ultimate Guide to Champagne” (palmergroup, 314 pages, $39.50). I’ve known Liz to be both energetic and knowledgeable, both of which come through quite clearly in this guide, which is both aesthetically well-executed and very well organized. The Ultimate Guide to Champagne employs a lifestyle-oriented approach, eschewing producer-focused essays for broader topics such as Champagne history, tasting etiquette, production techniques, and serving Champers at corporate functions. The emphasis is on the elegance and fun of the beverage and its birthplace, but ...

Getting Into Savoie with the French #Winophiles

The French Winophiles
You may have noticed mention of the Winophiles group on L’occasion lately. The French Winophiles are a group of bloggers that love French wine. Most of the people in the group have some sort of specialty or favorite region. There are writers that are cooks with an interest in wine, wine writers with an interest in food, travelers with an interest in both. What brings us together every month is the passion to write about French wine.
Jongieux in Savoie, Credit: Vins de Savoie
This year, Jeff of FoodWineClick! and I are the moderators, in charge of setting the calendar and keeping things in motion. Some months will feature a guest host, which is very engaging because the perspective of the writer is undoubtedly the glue for the month. On the third Saturday of each month, at 10 am central, we collaborate via a twitter chat on ...

Two Bordeaux reds…

…both good adverts for the region Château d’Auzanet Cuvée des Abeilles Bordeaux 2015, France (£7.99 The Co-op) Refreshing, juicy almost crisp young claret, there is some tannin and a toasty edge to add backbone, but the main event is the sappy, earthy blackcurrant plum flavour. Not huge concentration, but the sort of wine you want […]

Kukkula 2012 “Aatto” Red Blend, Paso Robles

Kukkula 2012 “Aatto” Red Blend, Paso Robles

Kukkula 2012 “Aatto” Red Blend, Paso Robles

Take a look at that label. Wrinkled and shiny. Looking like it was applied by hand. Because it was. Only two types of wine sport such ghetto hand-glued labels: the first is homemade wine made an amateur. The second is made in miniscule amounts by a crazy-talented winemaker who doesn’t care about a payday. Re-read those last two sentences and ask yourself: could they be the same person? They can. It’s a matter of commitment and location. Kevin Jussila was just another financial adviser with Merrill Lynch. Sell high! Buy low! ETF! WTF? He lived outside LA, making wine with friends. He planted a half acre of Syrah grapes in his backyard, because –you know– it’s California and not Pennsylvania. So what does an LA banker do when he gets the wine bug? He moves his family to the western edge of Paso Robles and buys ...

Alessandro di Camporeale Donnatià

Alessandro Donnatià Sicilia DOC 2015

On a cold and wet winter’s day, we received a sample of the Alessandro di Camporeale Donnatià Sicilia DOC. This wine is made of 100% Nero D’Avola grapes. It just happened that we were having lasagna for dinner on this dreary day, so we opened the bottle looking forward to a red wine from Sicily. Sicily is one of the Italian wine regions that we have yet to have a chance to visit. Perhaps one day . . .  . Alessandro di Camporeale has 50 hectares (123.5 acres) of vineyards on rolling hillsides about 400 meters above sea level. The ground consists mostly of clay and limestone. The vineyard is farmed organically and all vineyard work is done by hand. Native varieties grown include the Nero D’Avola grape. As far as Italy goes, the winery is new. The winery was built in 2000, the same year the ...

2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits – Part 2

16wopncotedor2main.jpg Part 2 of a seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir that takes us through Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits regions. In a “March Madness” motif, moderator Don Kinnan has attendees taste the wines blind, one region against the other. So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give us a wealth of information about the wines from Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits. For more info:
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It’s National Hot Buttered Rum Day!

January 17th is known as National Hot Buttered Rum Day. Rum has been made for centuries and dates back to before the founding of the United States. Looking for a Hot Buttered Rum recipe? Check this one out! Some recipes for hot buttered rum call for ice cream but this one does not. In celebration of Hot Buttered Rum Day, try this recipe provided by Prichard’s Distillery.

Prichard’s Hot Buttered Rum

  • 1-1/2 oz. Prichard’s Fine Rum
  • 1 tsp sugar syrup
  • 1 pat of butter
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spices (cloves, cinnamon & nutmeg)
Stir in rum, sugar and spices into mug.  Fill with hot water, float butter on top and stir gently until butter is dissolved.  Serve hot.
Prichard’s Distillery has two locations in Tennessee. The first location is in Kelso. The second location is in Nashville. According to the Prichard’s Distillery website, “Our original distillery located in Kelso, Tennessee is in ...