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Even-Steven: Merlot Cabernet from Medoc

Wine | 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

Wine | 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”

Wine | 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

Wine | 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
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

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