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Duckhorn Merlot: The Full Expression

Duckhorn Merlot: The Full Expression

Posted on: November 18th, 2019 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Now here’s an example of a red wine that really typifies the character of many 2016 Northern California reds. It is the Duckhorn Wine Company’s 2016 Merlot. Because it is a recent release, it is in many bottle shops and large stores, like Total Wine ($40). During the 2016 growing season, there was a... Read More
Qupè Syrah_ A Rhone-inspired Californian

Wine | Qupe Syrah: A Rhone-inspired Californian

Posted on: October 5th, 2019 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Something that’s under-advertised about wine is that Syrah (aka Shiraz) creations can vary almost as much as Pinot Noirs. Although this has a lot to do with where the grapes were grown, the winemaker has a huge role to play in the ultimate style and character of a vintage. One of these Syrah (Rhone... Read More

Wine | Hatch Chile Pairing: Trefethen Dry Riesling

Posted on: September 3rd, 2019 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you’ve been browsing the grocery stores this month you may have noticed that the Hatch Chiles are back! This has become a regular thing as summer ends, especially the pre-roasted ones at AJs. And one of the “wine things” we do annually is to find this year’s choice for a white wine that... Read More
Summer Refresh_ Trader Joe’s “Petit Reserve” Sauvignon Blanc

Summer Refresh: Trader Joe’s “Petit Reserve” Sauvignon Blanc

Posted on: July 29th, 2019 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Recently, we were talking about the ever-so-important “Hot Weather Quaff”.  But just what does that mean in the world of wine?  To move this along, we took an informal poll and here are the characteristics that were agreed upon as essential: The Hot Weather Quaffing List Refreshing & fun Quenches thirst nicely Makes you... Read More

Chef Mark Bookhamer’s Gluten Free Pancakes

Posted on: July 9th, 2019 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

The Normal Restaurant & Bar’s Chef Mark Bookhamer has created an exquisite gluten free pancake. It’s so spectacular that those in the know have taken to calling it their “don’t miss the gluten” pancakes. With six different flours, the recipe may appear intimidating but each ingredient is intregal in creating that familiar texture, aroma... Read More
Qupe Chardonnay Seafood pairing with style

Qupe Chardonnay: Seafood pairing with style

Posted on: June 21st, 2019 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When seafood is on the menu, wine pairing often comes to the forefront as a “make it or break it” situation. This makes having a list of wines that are more sure bets with seafood very important, especially when pulling off an elaborate meal. Even though Chardonnay is normally considered a go-to wine for... Read More
WIne Aperture Cellars_ New Tasting Room Soon & On Sanctuary’s Wine List

Wine | Aperture Cellars: New Tasting Room Soon & On Sanctuary’s Wine List

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Aperture Cellars: New Tasting Room Soon & On Sanctuary’s Wine List Read More
042419 Spottswoode_ A St. Helena in-town winery

Wine | Spottswoode: A St. Helena in-town winery

Posted on: April 24th, 2019 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Although different in many ways, Spottswoode Wine Estate always put on a great vineyard and winery tour Read More
New at Hillside Spot Restaurant_ Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir

Wine | New at Hillside Spot Restaurant: Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir

Posted on: March 13th, 2019 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Your “Wine Wednesday” experience just received another excellent option in the Ahwatukee Foothill with the addition of Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir. Read More
012819 A Napa statement for red blends_ Mi Sueño El Llano

Wine | A Napa statement for red blends: Mi Sueño El Llano

Posted on: January 20th, 2019 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When Napa Valley winemakers work with grape varietals and put their own “twist” on them, the results are often bold.  With climate and style added to the mix, the results can be something to raise a glass to.  The results for many are deep, dark, and even brooding. Treating a red blend like a... Read More

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