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Maui Winery

Toasting at Maui’s Winery

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Traditionally, Maui has been famous for various forms of “relaxing libations”, but until fairly recently, wine hasn’t been one of them.  Luckily for us, the road to Hana now has a new stop, Maui’s Winery. Traditionally, Maui has been famous for various forms of “relaxing libations”, but until fairly recently, wine hasn’t been one... Read More
Murietta's Well; The Spur

A Soft Red Blend from Murrieta’s Well

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

One of the most interesting things about red wines is appreciating a good winemaker’s knack of skillfully combining the land, fermentation, and blending to make a unique statement.  This happens especially when blending creative combinations of grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Petit Syrah. Even though these varietals are often enjoyed by wine... Read More
Lavite Lucente

Vertical wine tastings: Can you tell them apart?

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As the saying goes, “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold”.  Sure we all know it, but we don’t all necessarily follow it.  But does this theme apply when it comes to wine? With wine, like old buddies, some of the best years are fondly remembered... Read More
Ridge Zinfandels

Ridge Zinfandels: Wine in good company

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you’re planning on a gathering where the wine that’s to be served takes center stage, be sure to keep Ridge Vineyards on your “pour ‘em” list.  Their Sonoma County (Healdsburg) gems are never boring, and like it or not, they always attract attention. From briary earth expressions to big jammy fruit , they’ve... Read More
Mondavi Napa Chardonnay

Total classic: Celebrate with Chardonnay

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Back in the ‘70’s, when parts of California decided to make big-time investments in Chardonnay grape plantings, there were many questions.  But the Judgment of Paris in 1976 settled the issue once and for all.  And Chardonnay quickly became one of California’s “standards”, still remaining a popular buy. With all the alternative wines that have been... Read More
Vigna Franca Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Vigna Franca: Bold red wine of Central Italy

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

For those of us on the lookout for reasonably priced Italian red wines with big things to say in the glass, this is a prime candidate.  And it’s been available at Phoenix area Total Wine stores, now for three years running. Although many people shy away from Italian wines because of their undeserved reputation... Read More

Noceto: An American Sangiovese on a roll

Posted on: June 12th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Most of the time, the search for a good American vino made from the Sangiovese grape (aka spaghetti wine) ends up with vintners who have become dedicated specialists in the varietal.  Even today, after years of focused plantings and experimentation, production has remained below demand making the supply of good American Sangiovese spotty.  But... Read More

Hartford Family Winery: A one-stop worth the trip

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Of all the paths that cross-cross California’s Russian River wine country, Forestville’s stretch of Martinelli road has to be among the most rustic.  And during the search for interesting wines, this route will probably find you exploring its entire length sometime during your visit to this acclaimed region. Dense forest, narrow clearances, and twisting turns... Read More

Refresh: A White Wine Spritzer in a bottle

Posted on: May 25th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Believe it or not, there are plenty among us who are perfectly happy nursing a glass of wine all evening rather than enduring the negative effects of overindulging.  Even though they are not quite “non-drinkers”, by any measure, they have the discipline to limit their alcohol consumption to way below the “buzz level”. If... Read More

Les Hospices Sancerre: Ready for summer

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Feel it?  A change in the weather is here in the valley.  The oncoming summer, Arizona style!  Oh yeah, the patio’s allure calls.  Of course, that means patio food and naturally that leads to a refreshing patio wine.  So let’s take a different tack this time and start with the wine, then pick the... Read More

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