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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
Still Known for Outstanding Vinos: B.R. Cohn Winery

Still Known for Outstanding Vinos: B.R. Cohn Winery

Posted on: October 10th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

During Dan Cohn’s “formative years” in California’s wine country, he probably never gave a second thought to his childhood house becoming his place of business, but that’s just how it happened.  Now, the entire operation is run out of that very house and that’s okay. At the winery, things are all wine, well most... Read More
White wine blends: Poised the edge of balance

White wine blends: Poised the edge of balance

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Most of the time, we take white wine blends as a taste of passing fancy.  But sometimes things get a little more serious, especially with the creative and unrestricted styles of American winemakers.  Now, there are quite a few wineries who have been creating superb “blanc” blends on this side of the pond, year-after-year.... Read More
Astoria’s “Alisia”- A Crisp Shellfish Partner

Astoria’s “Alisia”: A Crisp Shellfish Partner

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

The rich golden hue of Astoria’s 2014 ”Alisia” Pinot Grigio comes as somewhat of a surprise for this nice Italian value, but there are no complaints from this end of the table! Alisia is simply a friendly wine that tastes as pleasing as it looks. After a good chilling in the fridge, it works... Read More
Summer freshness from Italy’s Umbria: Colli Martani Grechetto 2015

Summer freshness from Italy’s Umbria: Colli Martani Grechetto 2015

Posted on: August 26th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It is always interesting to see how Italian wines change from vintage to vintage, especially with the white wines.  Their subtle nuances may seem to come and go, but it’s the overall expression of light wines, perfect for summer enjoyment, that makes them most captivating. One particular vintage comparison that is quite revealing is... Read More

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