Gewurztraminer might not be as off-putting to so many people if its name were changed to Steve or Samantha, but there it is, a grape that can be made into one of the most beautiful wines in the world with a name that is almost unpronounceable. So be it. Gewurztraminer thrives in Alsace, where France [...]
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 […]
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 […]
I cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact thatRead More
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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My son wants to be a biologist\zoo keeper so me take very frequent trips to the National Zoo. Seeing the same exhibits over and over again have become much more palatable once the zoo started serving craft beer. Yes, it’s expensive, $7 a beer, bu…
Nice enough packaging but… La Vie En Rose, Cinsault Rosé 2013 Pays d’Oc, France (£8.99 Old School Wines, Selfridges) Pretty colour, but the peachy flavours and touch of stewed apple could easily be those of a white wine. Maybe there is a touch of red berry in there, along with a slight sandy/herby note, but […]
~ 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 [...]
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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As a child I knew a chestnut tree, spiky green balls, all for show, with very few nuts. I think my parents lost patience at this lack of productivity, or more likely they finally grew tired of raking the leaves and so the tree was no more. The memory, …
Tasting notes:Black cherry and dark berries on the noseFull bodied on the palateNicely textured on the finish with fruit that’s layered with toasty oak and a hint of mintSummary:This is a nicely made Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s fruity …
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 […]