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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
Montefalco Sagrantino wines: A steak-pairing treat

Montefalco Sagrantino wines: A steak-pairing treat

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Back when Monti’s was still in business (before Nov. 2015) in Tempe, they had an extensive choice of sides that fortunately included spaghetti with red sauce. But they never really had the perfect wine on the list to go along with this combo. So looking back, if I may make a “post-solvent” suggestion, Monti’s... Read More
Zonin “Dress Code” Prosecco- What’s your style-

Zonin “Dress Code” Prosecco: What’s your style?

Posted on: August 5th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It seems that more Italian Proseccos (the Other Bubbles) are entering the market every year, with the increased competition prompting producers to come up with a few new twists.  That’s where one of the more established Italian Prosecco houses “Zonin” comes in. Their latest addition, to an already successful Prosecco family, is a grouping... Read More
Tariquet Classic White 2015: Summer & seafood

Tariquet Classic White 2015: Summer & seafood

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

When the French produce a white wine using grape varietals we aren’t familiar with, the taste experience can be quite a surprise.  Not that this is a bad thing; it’s even fun.  But there are some that simply “baffle the panel” every time. Among these are white wines from France’s Gascogne (aka Gascony) region. ... Read More
Wonderfully balanced Chardonnay: La Follette’s 2014

Wonderfully Balanced Chardonnay: La Follette’s 2014

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As Greg La Follette moves on to the 2014 vintage, the trend in his Chardonnay’s combination of elegance and careful balance continues.  Although the “North Coast” Chardonnay has a few less dimensions than the “Sangiacomo”, it still offers a captivating character that the unoaked Chard fan will appreciate. Tropical fruit is the most prominent... Read More
Quivira- A Zin that works with Italian

Quivira: A Zin that works with Italian

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As any wine aficionado will tell you, the extensive cultivation of Zinfandel is an American thing.  But when scientists took a look at this varietal’s genome (DNA) as compared to Old World wines, the evidence said that it actually originated in Croatia. In later years, the Croatian/Italian Zin clones were transplanted (via one immigrant... Read More
CrossBarn Pinot Noirs- Artful contrasts

CrossBarn Pinot Noirs: Artful contrasts

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

When Paul Hobbs (renowned for premium wines) ventured into the idea of “value labels” in 2000, some may have questioned his wisdom, but he was right on target, especially for Pinot Noir.  Now, 16 years later, with more land under cultivation and a lot more Pinot Noir available, this label is proving its worth.... Read More

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