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American Sangiovese: Not So Easy

Posted on: April 7th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

North American Sangiovese’s are not always a quick pick at wine outlets. Often these are relegated to the “other reds” section of the wine store and many people have to get sales assistance just to locate the right shelf. There are many reasons for this, but the most plausible is just the relatively low... Read More

Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour Visits Scottsdale

Posted on: April 5th, 2011 by Amy Martin No Comments

The nationwide 2011 Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour will make its very first stop this weekend at the Great Arizona Picnic in Scottsdale. For the fifth consecutive year, the tour will be bringing Napa Valley wine country experience to food and wine festivals throughout the country and we are fortunate enough to be on... Read More

A Little Air Works Wonders

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Normally, wine and air don’t mix. The oxygen in the air can ruin a good bottle of wine in a day or two, making it tasteless or just plain crappy. However, for a young inexpensive wine, added air can noticeably improve the taste.  But what we’ve got here is more than the familiar “let... Read More

Heitz and Roses

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you can get your hands on this interesting Napa Valley wine, it will change your impression of the capabilities of the Napa wine growing region forever. This is because Heitz Wine Cellars has access to a vineyard that has been planting Grignolino, a relatively unknown Italian varietal, since the 1950s. Heitz is most... Read More

Chilean Cabernets: Reasonable and Delicious

Posted on: March 17th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

For the past decade or longer, Chile has continued to perfect their red wines to world-class standing.  The Wine Spectator ratings for many Chilean wines have consistently been in the mid 80’s-90’s, while pricing remains attractive. Costco offers an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon from wine maker Aurelio Montes, on a fairly consistent basis; that is... Read More

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers Performing at Devoured

Posted on: March 11th, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Back in December, I had the opportunity to speak with Roger Clyne at the Phoenix Tequila Fest regarding his Mexican Moonshine. With his performance coming up at Devoured this weekend, I thought I would share what he had to say. At the time of my interview, Roger stated that they were only producing Reposado, though this may change going... Read More

Champagne and Eggs: Unbeatable

Posted on: March 10th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Egg dishes can make for a difficult wine pairing, especially those that do not contain a lot of spice like mushroom omelets.  But think back to your favorite brunch spot, remember what drink seemed to be flowing, and you may recall the standard Mimosa.  Then the glasses of Champagne also come to mind, flying... Read More

Wine for an ASU Party or Tailgate? Try a Velvet Devil

Posted on: March 4th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

From Charles Smith wines, comes a budget-priced ($11-$18) Merlot you may want to stock up on for any upcoming ASU parties or tailgates. It is branded the “Velvet Devil”, and with its pitchfork on the label, it is sure to be a good match with your “Sparky” table decorations that come out to celebrate... Read More

A Cabernet to Know

Posted on: March 1st, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

From time to time it is always good to take a look at vintners who consistently do an excellent job with their product and make a concerted effort to keep their wines in choice spots of your rack to grab for that special occasion.  Of course, it is a matter of personal opinion as... Read More

Oregon Pinot Gris: More Versatile Than Expected

Posted on: February 24th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Many Oregon wine producers have the advantage of a long growing season moderated by their proximity to the rugged Oregon Coast.  They actually share many of the cool coastal growing conditions enjoyed by the Northern California producers, making their Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines top flight. A prime example of a wine from... Read More

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