Agiorgitiko

I have recently returned from the 2012 Wine Blogger's Conference in Portland Oregon.  What a great opportunity to mingle with fellow wine enthusiasts and writers, attend informative sessions on the state of wine blogging, and of course, taste numerous wines. Like most of you I'd suspect, I have very little experience with Greek wines.  Fortunately, the…

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See You on the Way to Mendocino?

A long-time friend recently brought a bottle of red as a gift for me to try.  It was from Milano Family Winery in the Russian River area of Northern California.   I just opened it the other day and shared it with  my jetsetting buddy Jill, who was telling tales of her trip to Thailand and Japan.  We both thought it was…

Oh Canada…

I get all giddy at the thought of a trip to Canada.  I LOVE that country.   I’ve determined if I hada grander tolerance for chilly winters, it’d be Vancouver all the way, baby.  Cosmopolitan, clean, great people,  amazing restaurants with cool wine lists, Stanley Park, dragon races, the Grand Isle Market…wow, I could go on—that…

Costco Zinfandel—I’d Say Try It!

The last time I was at Costco, I picked up a bottle of  Kirkland "Grandmere" Amador County Zinfandel.  I thought I'd check it out as an inexpensive wine.  I think it was about $10/bottle.  My guess was that as a private label, this wine was probably made by Renwood, the only winery I am familiar with that …

Old Vines-A Tale of Days Gone By

So many things get better with age…women, for example…and of course, wine and vines.   There are fabulous old vines that make exceptional wine in many regions of  the world. Historic vines, and the stories behind the wines they make are so interesting to me.  Here’s an example of some old-vine Zin in nearby Amador County. Enjoy the read.…

Red Wine for Valentine’s Day

If you'd like a change from the traditional champagne and chocolate pairing of Valentine's Day fame, reach for a red.   While ports are often a paired accompaniment, I like a bold and jammy zinfandel.  Berry-laden and silky on the palate, those zins produced in a heavier style are perfect with chocolate– particularly dark.  My favorite of this style, Rombauer…

Clesi–Part 2

So Katie and I broke into the Clesi from 2 nights ago.  I had tightly sealed it after Tuesday….didn't open again until tonight.  We both enjoyed it very much.  It was fruity and the acidic bite was gone. The wine was smooth and mellow, and easy to drink.  Katie has a great palate…..and she gave it…