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Flying Leap Vineyards

Over by the tracks: Flying Leap Vineyards in Willcox

Posted on: July 21st, 2015 by Tom Peiffer 2 Comments

Moving right along with all the “leaping” happening in the world of wine, we’ve had Stag’s Leap, then Frog’s Leap, later appears Javelina Leap and now along comes Flying Leap.  Today (even more than ever) all that leaping could drive one to drink!  But no biggie, with tasting rooms in Elgin, Willcox, Bisbee, Tubac,... Read More
Nipozzano Riserva Chianti

Chianti Traditions: Nipozzano Riserva

Posted on: June 26th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer 2 Comments

It’s nearly impossible to come close to logging all the Italian restaurants that have reliably delicious Chiantis on their wine lists. Consider one of these, the ever-popular Nipozzano. Fortunately for us they have recently made their “Riserva” available at many bottle shops for an affordable price. In fact, many restaurants routinely include the “Zano”... Read More
Arindo Verdejo

Arindo Verdejo: An Amazing Tapas Partner

Posted on: June 16th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

In Spain, Tapas are not only at the top of the menus, they also feature seafood, veggies and spices in an endless combination of flavors.  And this is a situation that can make most of us seriously consider chucking darts at the wine list. But to make those wine decisions simpler, Spain’s many years... Read More
Boeger Barbera Wine

Barbera vino: An American rendition

Posted on: April 30th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When it comes to “defining the market” for wines made from the Barbera grape, Italy rules. But there are exceptions and among the best of these come from California’s central and north regions back from the ocean. For example, one look at the origins of Boeger’s flagship “El Dorado” Barbera wine just about sums... Read More
CMS Columbia Red Blend

Columbia Valley’s soft reds: Right on with simmering chicken

Posted on: April 9th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Among the best lighter meals for low-key gatherings is slow simmered chicken. Not too stuffy and certainly not overly priced, these are quick to setup and serve. However, the wine pairing can be a real balancing act, especially if your favorite recipe includes a full range of spices. One of the best examples of... Read More
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Zarpara Sauvignon Blanc: Young but well done

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer 6 Comments

Arizona’s white wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, have been on an impressive ascent for over 7 years now. This is great news for those of us who would like to “buy local” whenever possible and also happen to crave seafood. Now that brings to mind an interesting pairing possibility, wine from our desert benches and... Read More
Rocca del Olmo Barbera Wine

Rocca dell’Olmo Barbera d’Asti: Now there’s a mouth full

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It seems that the more you learn about wine, the tougher it is to shop for it, especially at Trader Joe’s. They carry so many wines that most of us have never heard of (and probably will never see again), that the whole process becomes quite dizzying; especially when you know that many of... Read More

Out of the mix: Carignane straight up

Posted on: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Few wine experts ever suggest looking to a “wild hog” for an inspiring vino alternative, but it does happen, especially for people with penchant for the now defunct French varietal “Carignane”. For them, it still lives on in Somona County’s Dry Creek Valley in the form of a wild hog. There, the valley’s heat... Read More
Hawkstone Cabernet

Hawkstone Cab: Classy new vintage for a song

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

The 2013 vintage was a repeat performance for 2012 for California winemakers, sunny days with good fruit and lots of it. Very little rain is a cause for concern, but closely monitored irrigation systems kept the vines healthy. As was the case in 2012, the excellent weather in 2013 allowed for an extended and... Read More
Spanish and Arizona Albarino

A tale of two “rinos”: Arizona and Spain

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Of all the wines that are favorites to stage for side-by-side tastings, Albariño whites don’t normally top the list. But when Arizona’s Wilhelm Family Vineyards started offering their own version of Albariño a few years ago, an idea was born. Why not do a little “taste-off” between Arizona and Spain. Of course, when it comes to... Read More

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