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Spotless wine glasses: In the dishwasher

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Even with the new “improved” models of dishwashers, there are still many who strongly advise against using these appliances to clean wine glasses.  But not only are the dishwashers getting better, so are the accompanying cleaning soaps and additives. One of the biggest problems with getting wine glasses clean in the dishwasher is hard... Read More
Frank Family Zinfandel

A BBQ champ: Frank Family Zinfandel

Posted on: January 14th, 2018 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As the production of American Zinfandel wine continues to grow in all areas, it is always interesting to take a look back at one of the Napa classics, Frank Family Napa Valley Zinfandel.  Once affectionately product-coded as “LPR” by the winery staff, it now has moved into the mainstream of availability. Sure, they offer a Reserve Zinfandel, but the standard offering is quite excellent.  This is especially true for outdoor cooking, or just for “cutting the... Read More

Not Just the Label: Seldom Seen Austrian Rieslings

Posted on: December 23rd, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

We don’t see too many wine labels featuring the Patron Saint of Wine.  But in Austria, they have a brand or two that place top honors on the wonders of the grape.  Not too gaudy or ostentatious.  Rather, these are softly-stated bottlings are covered with words that don’t make much sense, until you start... Read More

Frank Family Chardonnay: Staying Flexible

Posted on: December 3rd, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Of all the white wines, Chardonnay is certainly the best known.  You can find it everywhere in the world, and on more wine lists than can be counted.  But what makes it so interesting are the “variations on a theme” that every pour exhibits. Sure, geography and vintages play a big role in the... Read More
Wine Mementos- “Mind Pics” You Won’t Easily Forget

Wine Mementos: “Mind Pics” You Won’t Easily Forget

Posted on: November 5th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you have an adventure planned that includes a “wine stop” or two along the way, here’s a suggestion, always buy and take home some wine!  This may seem like a given, but I’ve continued to be surprised by how few tourists actually purchase wine after a winery visit. This may be because they... Read More

Like Bordeaux? Here’s Another Budget Selection to Enjoy

Posted on: October 22nd, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

A few months ago, we checked out a Chateau Maurac, Now, let’s look at different selection from Chateau Greysac.  This little gem is from a hamlet just north of St. Estephe, a place called Begadan.  Its small on the map, but not really so tiny when it comes to wine.  The entire region simply flows with it. However, unlike... Read More
Joseph Phelps 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage emergence: Joseph Phelps 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on: October 4th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Most of the time, top-shelf wines produced by Joseph Phelps are not very affordable and sometimes hard to get.  But the 2014 vintage was a year of ideal growing conditions and a wonderful harvest.  This all translates to some really fine wines becoming within reach of many buyers who may have passed them up... Read More
Tasting Pinot Noir- Does the good stuff matter- (1)

Tasting Pinot Noir: Does the good stuff matter?

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Sometimes the best way to gain more appreciation for the often-finicky Pinot Noir wine is taste two, or even more, side-by-side. By repeatedly contrasting characteristics like the bouquet, mid-palate, and finish, it is easy to see why the Pinot Noir varietal gets so much attention from wine lovers. Direct comparisons will also settle the... Read More
Novelity Wine Labels- For Fun and Not Too Fancy

Novelity Wine Labels: For Fun and Not Too Fancy

Posted on: August 19th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Crazy wine labels are a lot of fun, especially the animal ones.  But that does not exclude them from the standard “buyer beware” cautions.  Often you must to be even more careful, because some producers use a catchy label to sell a substandard product. One of the more eye-catching bottle adornments out there this... Read More
Antonelli Monte Falco

Italy’s Umbria region: Historical and flavorful

Posted on: July 14th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Italy’s Umbria region is reknowned for fantastic vinos, but there are just so many to explore, that picking one out is never an easy task.  But with a bit of historical insight, the choices may become a little easier. Although other saints hailed from the Umbria region, St. Valentine (patron saint of sweethearts) is said to have served as a Bishop in the town of Terni and no doubt was familiar with... Read More

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