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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
Campofiorin- Masi’s affordable yet complex red blend

Campofiorin: Masi’s affordable yet complex red blend

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you’ve ever spent much time in Venice, you already know that Italy’s northeastern Verona region is the source of countless vino surprises.  Even the house wines that they serve with lunch are memorable.  Remember looking around at all the full wineglasses?  Yep, that’s it, and all the time. Among the most popular of... Read More
Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc- Setting the pace for spice

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc: Setting the pace for spice

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

This is a sensory tale of tropical fruit, citrus, and spicy oak that incredibly leads right up to a big plate of Mexican food.  You may say, not so, a Margarita, Sangria, or a beer is the best mate for south of the border cuisine.  But in this case, a wine alternative may come... Read More
For the noonday Italian Pinot Grigio blends

For the noonday: Italian Pinot Grigio blends

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

If you like a big glass of unsweetened iced tea plus a spritz of lemon wedge with lunch, an Italian “Super Veneto” may be the right fit for you.  Pinot Grigio – Verduzzo blends are an Italian alternative wine to chase down a mid-day repast for many people, especially at seafood restaurants. Granted, when... Read More
Moving it forward: Wine innovations you can really taste:: La Follette Wines

Moving it forward: Wine innovations you can really taste

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

Like many other products offered to us these days, wine is “changed up” from time to time, and that keeps things very interesting.  Although wine innovations may go at a slower pace than gadgets like smartphones, winemakers do tend to break out now and then. A recent example of such an innovator is Greg... Read More
Waterstone Chardonnay: Crisp and balanced

Waterstone Chardonnay: Crisp and balanced

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

Still keeping with their minimalist philosophy of owning the least amounts of land, winery operations, and tasting facilities possible, Philip Zorn and Brent Shortridge are still at it.  Since 2000, their wines still remain one of the best values out there. The action plan is clear, they focus on the wine itself and the... Read More

Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Dry Rosè wines have been undergoing quite a few changes in recent years, especially in the producing areas of the “New World” (just about everywhere outside Europe). And just because of its very southerly location, one of the often overlooked of these grape cultivators is South Africa. However, that’s not stopping them. They are... Read More

Tempe Arts Festival: Best of both worlds

Posted on: March 20th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

This year the well-proven linkage between the arts and wine sampling is right in Tempe for you to enjoy. Savor the total appreciation of sight, sound, and taste, and experience that “sense of place” that is best expressed here in Arizona. So once again, for nearly 50 years running this spring, the Tempe Arts... Read More
2011 Semillon

Semillon: Sauvignon Blanc’s little secret

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

Formulating wine blends to achieve tastes that are greater than the sum of their parts has been practiced for 1000’s of years.  And even today, there is no sign of this “winemaker’s blending predilection” letting up. One of the best examples of this is the extraordinary effort that goes into most top shelf Sauvignon... Read More

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