World Malbec Day April 17th – Salentein Portillo Malbec 2012 With Tex-Mex Chicken Mac and Cheese

Salentein's Portillo Malbec 2012

April 17th is World Malbec Day. Last year I wrote about three Malbecs and I was late doing it. This year I’m a day early to give you time to get to your favorite wine merchant and celebrate this enticing…

The Crusher Red Blend 2012 – Where to Find Beautiful Wine Glasses at Fabulous Prices

The Crusher Red Blend

I tried my first wine from Don Sebastiani & Sons (Don & Sons), The Crusher collection this weekend, and loved the Red Blend on the first sip, and all-the-more in my new, beautiful, thin and well-balanced wine glass that was…

St. Supéry Merlot Rutherford Estate Vineyard 2009: Loving Merlot Again? Why You Should

St. Supéry Vineyards and Estates, Rutherford

St. Supéry’s reputation for red wines has been on the rise. Owned by the French Skalli family with a passion for full-bodied Rhone-styled reds, the headquarters are based in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, owned by Les Vins Skalli, the Skalli family. This exceptional…

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and a Room With a View

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My first experience with a Whitehaven wine was one I will remember fondly. Lunching at Bistro 17 at Shelter Cove Marina on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina I had big expectations for a wine costing $9.50 per glass. Sauvignon Blancs…

Bored With Chardonnay? Pick-up Castoro Cellars Chardonnay 2011 Before It’s Gone

Castoro Cellars Chardonnay 2011

More and more I find myself searching for whites other than Chardonnay. Maybe it’s been too many years of focusing on this varietal, I don’t know, but it’s a sweet moment to find one that becomes a ‘well, well, look-what-I’ve-found…

Wine Review: Dr. H. Thanisch Erben Muller-Burggraef Riesling QbA 2010

Barbara Rundquist-Muller

I’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of time in Germany, yet Rieslings never quite made it to the top of my preferred grape list. The best are pricey and many too acidic for my palate. When I buy, I…

Late Summer Patio Drink – Time For Campari, Art in a Glass: Campari Calendar Girls

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The first thing to know is, if you order Campari with soda or fruit juice at a restaurant or bar, you’ll probably get Bacardi. It happened to me a few times before I wised-up and made sure the waiter understood…

It’s That Time of Year – Clip Your Leggy Basil for the Perfect Centerpiece: Diseño Old Vine Malbec Review

Diseno Old Vine Malbec 2011

Basil is flourishing this time of the year. If you don’t cut it back every day it begins to flower (very pretty little flowers that make a nice little vase for a table). Once the tiny blossoms are left to…

Bordeaux: Nine Minutes of Hail – Grapes, Leaves and Bark of the Vines Stripped Leaving Broken Sticks

Vicomte de Roquefeuil in his Vineyards at Chateau du Castelneau - Entre-Deux Mers
Photo Credit: Louise Flanagan

Bordeaux has undoubtedly seen some heavy hail in its many centuries of grape growing. In 2003 and 2009 hail damage sent insurance costs soaring. About a week ago, nine minutes of hail stripped grapes, leaves and even the bark of…

Affordable Single Vineyard Chardonnay, Juicy Delicious Summer Red: Classic Mushroom Appetizer

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I’m always looking for an exceptional wine under $15.00. I remember the days when the goal was under $10. A recent wine we’ve kept around the house is Noble Vines 446 Chardonnay 2011, a really nice example of what we…

French President Francois Hollande Sells 1200 Bottles of Wine to…Raise Money for Cheaper Wines. What?

Ellis Island Museum

The good news is, after the Presidential residence sells it’s expensive collection of wine to buy cheaper wines, if any monies are left over, they will go back into the  treasury. The sale is expected to bring in about $330,000…

World Malbec Day: Celebrating Late with 3 Gorgeous Malbecs

La Posta Malbec 2009 from Angel Paulucci Vineyard, Argentina

World Malbec Day was April 17th. I missed it – so engrossed in the Boston bombings that I could hardly think about wine, and that’s a pity for someone who knows better. This is the third annual World Malbec Day,…

Oregon Acrobat Pinot Gris From King Estate – Sprightly With Grace

Acrobat Pinot Gris 2011 from King Estate, Oregon

The Acrobat Pinot Gris 2011 from King Estate in Western Oregon hails Springtime and patios (even if the weatherman doesn’t), although the 2012 may be on shelves now. I see retailers offering both. My first experience with Acrobat Pinot Gris…

For The Love of the Grape: Reduce PMS Mood Swings, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Food Cravings

Wine for Health

Browsing through a First for Women magazine recently while traveling, I found two interesting articles concerning grapes – meaning those in wine and in raisins. Raisins get a bad rap for spiking blood sugar, and I understand this, but I…

Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay at McCormick and Schmick’s

Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay 2011

A few days ago hubby and I had an opportunity to have dinner at McCormick and Schmick’s on 5th Avenue in New York (was surprised to learn it’s owned by Landry’s). I had a phenomenal salmon stuffed with Blue Crab,…

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