Sunny and Special Chiringuitos: The Best Beachside Dining in Barcelona

First things first: Barcelona is NOT a city where you can walk into any random restaurant and expect an “at least decent” meal. Yes, this food Mecca is full of amazing cuisine, culture, craftsmanship, tradition and innovation; however, it’s also full of businesses (restaurants and otherwise) that are operated with […]

Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Charles Heintz

Located in the Occidental region of Sonoma County, the Heintz Ranch has been owned by the Heintz family for nearly 100 years. Charlie’s grandparents purchased the land in 1912, and Charlie’s father farmed here. Apples remained in production until their first Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1982. The family still maintains about 8 acres of […]

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 28, 2014

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […]

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ArgenChina: Eleven Argentine wines from five regions headline wine tour in Beijing

~ By Jim Boyce Every year we organize the Grape Wall Challenge and ask consumers to blind taste 40 wines that retail for under rmb100. Most of the country’s biggest importers / distributors participate: they supply up to four wines — two red and two white — with no more than two labels from any one country. Given most of these companies have nationwide reach, we get, for our sample size, a nice cross-section of what is available in China. What does this have to do with a blog post about Argentine wine in Beijing? Lots. Wines from that country have done very well during five years of Grape Wall Challenges. Consumers not only like the fresh aromatic Torrontes entries and fruity round Malbec ones but also wines made with everything from Viognier to Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite the appealing taste of these wines and despite Argentina being among the world’s top-six wine producers, the country has a small presence in China. With a 2 percent share of wine imports last year, it was far behind smaller producers like Australia (13 percent) and Chile (9 percent). That is one reason I went on a wine tour of Argentina in June (post coming). And why I wanted to create an event called the ArgenChina Wine Tour, held in [...]

Waitrose vs Tesco – the online wine test

    I don’t know how I got into this situation. A friend of Mrs 12×75’s bought a new house and wanted to do a house warming for some friends and family. They got talking about the food and hoping that the weather would hold up for the day. By the end of that conversation … Read more

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August Brings the Auction of Washington Wines

One of our favorite summer events is the Auction of Washington Wines, a glamorous and fun weekend that benefits Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. This August marks the 27th year of the event, which has raised more than $30 million since 1988. The weekend kicks off early with the Picnic & Barrel Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle on Aug. 14, beginning […]