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Upscale Prosecco: Perfect for Valentine’s Day

Upscale Prosecco: Perfect for Valentine’s Day

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

Many of the best Prosecco sparklers are now approaching the complexity and interest of Champagne.  Of course, this is not an easy task, but there are vintners out there who relentlessly step up to the challenge. It seems that the main focus for many brands is to create a Prosecco that is really dry. ... Read More
Gary Farrell Chardonnay- Balanced on the edge

Gary Farrell Chardonnay: Balanced on the edge

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

One of the more interesting aspects of tasting Chardonnays is to make note of their acidity or “pucker factor”. For some Chards, it’s like taking a big bite of green apple, for others it’s like having Crème Brulee for dessert. Because the winemaker ultimately makes the hard choices about a Chardonnay’s acidity, there are... Read More
Mondavi- 50 Years and Counting

Mondavi: 50 Years and Counting

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

As last year’s 50th Anniversary celebration fades into the rear-view mirror, the many accomplishments of the Robert Mondavi Winery are remembered simply as “excellence”.  Mondavi’s early realization that Napa Valley California’s special terroir is fully capable of producing world-class wines, allowed the wine industry there to truly become one of America’s jewels. Even though... Read More
Ancient Peaks: Merlot with a statement

Ancient Peaks: Merlot with a statement

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Looking for a Merlot that will stand up to the Cabernet snobs?  Look no further than south end of Paso Robles in California.  There, the right combination of summer day’s heat and cool ocean nights combine to put a delicate power in a grape that is often mis-characterized as wimpy. One of Paso’s best... Read More
Asked to Bring the Wine? Your Bubbly First Step To Buying Sparkling Wine

Asked to Bring the Wine? Your Bubbly First Step To Buying Sparkling Wine

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Been told to “pony up” and provide the adult beverages (the grape kind) for a holiday party? Also, been warned not to mess up? This can be daunting, especially if you believe that you can just walk into a bottle shop and receive much-needed advice on buying sparkling wine. Most of the time, you... Read More
South African Chenin Blanc

South African Chenin Blanc: White Wines for Starters

Posted on: December 14th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Many of the New World (non-European) Chenin Blanc wines tend to be on the fruity side, making them pair better with salads and lighter main courses.  However, there are a few that tend to be more “Old World” and move toward a dry character. There are quite a few notable South African Chenin Blanc... Read More
Berlucchi Cuvee 61: A Sparkling Discovery

Berlucchi Cuvee 61: A Sparkling Discovery

Posted on: December 4th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Getting ready to celebrate a little more of the seasonal levity this month?  There is no better way to do that than with bubbly.  Coincidentally, one of these shining sparklers is an Italian (oh yeah, one of their long-time traditions).  And for now, let’s steer to the southeast of Champagne region and take a... Read More
Chianti Rufina’s consistency: Nipozzano Riserva

Chianti Rufina’s consistency: Nipozzano Riserva

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Comparative wine tasting nearly always lives up to its reputation, subjective.  That’s it, truly subjective.  Our complex array of human senses certainly can’t compete with a well-calibrated machine, but that’s really what makes wine tasting so much fun, right? One of the more challenging wine tasting experiences is doing year-to-year comparisons (verticals) with Italian... Read More
Bisol’s “Jeio” Cuvee Rosé: Soft on the Bubbles

Bisol’s “Jeio” Cuvee Rosé: Soft on the Bubbles

Posted on: November 8th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

One type of Prosecco sparkling wine that is often overlooked actually comes in the pink.  Made with grapes that can taste as well as the better known non-bubbly Rosé wines, these are refreshingly dry and quite easy to drink. Minus the zappy character found in some of the really dry Proseccos, the pink ones... Read More
Here’s to Fall Evenings on the Patio: Terre De La Custodia Grechetto 2014

Here’s to Fall Evenings on the Patio: Terre De La Custodia Grechetto 2014

Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As the super-hot days of summer fade into fall, outside dining’s lovely alternatives present themselves once again.  But don’t put away the summer wines just yet.  Many of their wonderful bouquets are just the ticket when enjoying the fading light of an Arizona sunset this time of year. This especially holds true with many... Read More

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