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Maple Zin: Buying Into Vineyard-Specific Wine

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

Most of the time we really don’t pay much attention to the details about where the grapes in our wine come from.  The wine’s region of origin (Napa, Sonoma, Umbria, Bordeaux, Etc.) is all that matters. Just leave all the rest to the experts. But there are a select group of special, self-appointed, wine aficionados... Read More
Damilano Barolo

Wine from Barolo: Damilano’s Lecinquevigne

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Italians like to say, “Barolo is the king of wine!” and this one puts that right up front.  With its “five vineyards” label, Damilano’s prominent red Barolos and their vineyards go back several generations of family TLC. In fact, Damilano’s Barolo Lecinquevigne is really one of the best ways to get acquainted with a... Read More
Chianti Rufina’s Story Continues: Nipozzano Riserva

Chianti Rufina’s Story Continues: Nipozzano Riserva

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Nipozzano recently released their 2013 vintage Chianti Rufina Riserva and it once again has all the hallmarks of consistency and subtle changes from year to year.  And according to their owners at Frescobaldi, 2013 was a challenging year with crazy weather in the Tuscany region. It was an especially cool winter, dropping below freezing... Read More
A Portuguese Alvarinho: Zip with that seafood

A Portuguese Alvarinho: Zip with that seafood

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It’s not too often that a Portuguese white wine makes it to the seafood spread, but here’s one to savor.  Grown in the northern part of Portugal (Moncao & Melgaco), the Alvarinho grape produces a zippy flavor combo that brings out the depth of seafood flavors. Nortico is well known for producing a light... Read More
Even-Steven: Merlot Cabernet from Medoc

Even-Steven: Merlot Cabernet from Medoc

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Finding good values in Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon blends continues to be a wine buying challenge, especially if you are looking at all the options available from Bordeaux, France.  As a quick selection, let’s check out the Medoc part of Bordeaux.  It’s always a good value, but with somewhat varied results.  Choose carefully. Why consider... Read More
Swanson 2013 Merlot

Swanson 2013 Merlot: Cheers to beaucoup winemaking

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

In a fitting beginning to Robin Akhurst’s full-time career with Swanson Vineyards, their 2013-2014 Merlots will surely be superior values.  Robin’s expertise in creating internationally inspired wines has provided an excellent foundation for a leadership position throughout his coming years with Swanson Vineyards. This change from Swanson’s previous winemaker (Chris Phelps) makes organizing a... Read More
Cigar Zin- Put Your Nose in a “Stovepipe”

Cigar Zin: Put Your Nose in a “Stovepipe”

Posted on: April 8th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

My daughter-in-law loves smoky wine.  And the best way to know that she likes it, is if she looks up from the glass and says “yeah stovepipe, now that’s what I’m talkin’ about”. If you’re in her court and like some tobacco and smoke wafting up from your Zinfandel, Consentino has one that may... Read More
French Wine That the Locals Enjoy

French Wine That the Locals Enjoy

Posted on: March 25th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you’ve ever spent time in France, one thing always stands out, the “House Wines” at restaurants are always good.  They seem to pair nicely with just about everything on the menu and are very easy on the wallet. After returning home, many wine drinkers try to sleuth out a similar, nicely priced, domestically... Read More
Vilarnau Brut Reserva Cava

Wild Bottle Designs & Bubbles: Spanish Cava Sparklers

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

Spain’s Catalonia region is many things, but for sparkling wine drinkers, it’s just plain fun.  Not only are many of the bottles outright works of art, but you can generally find them to be wonderful seafood pairs and will compliment a wider array of appetizers than others. Generally, these delicious sparklers are referred to... Read More
New Law Changes Wine Club Shipments to Arizona Residents

New Law Changes Wine Club Shipments to Arizona Residents

Posted on: February 16th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Here in Arizona it is a convenient option to regularly receive direct wine deliveries from both in-state and out-of-state wineries.  Last year’s changes in state laws have made it easier for wine clubs, of even the largest of wineries, to send shipments directly to AZ residents. For this, direct literally means “direct to your... Read More

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