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Wine | Schramsberg: Vintage Sparklers

Posted on: March 25th, 2018 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

One topic that comes up a lot in tasting rooms is the absence of vintage years printed on bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine.  Most of the time, the reason given is that the fruit used in creating the bubbly in your bottle comes from more than one particular year’s harvest, so it’s better... Read More
Emblem Chardonnay

Wine | Taste With Elegance: Emblem Chardonnay

Posted on: March 4th, 2018 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

One of the first things you’ll notice with skillfully created Chardonnays like Michael Mondavi’s “Emblem”, is the pronounced presence of a tart backbone. This one tilts more toward the “Burgundian Style”, even though it is a California wine. As such, this Chardonnay is produced with a carefully controlled mix of Malolactic and normally fermented... Read More

Wine | 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

Wine | 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

Wine | 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

Wine | 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 | 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

Wine | 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

Wine | 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)

Wine | 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

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