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Maple Zin: Buying Into Vineyard-Specific Wine

Posted on: June 19th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Most of the time we really don’t pay much attention to the details about where the grapes in our wine come from.  The wine’s region of origin (Napa, Sonoma, Umbria, Bordeaux, Etc.) is all that matters. Just leave all the rest to the experts. But there are a select group of special, self-appointed, wine aficionados... Read More
Damilano Barolo

Wine from Barolo: Damilano’s Lecinquevigne

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Italians like to say, “Barolo is the king of wine!” and this one puts that right up front.  With its “five vineyards” label, Damilano’s prominent red Barolos and their vineyards go back several generations of family TLC. In fact, Damilano’s Barolo Lecinquevigne is really one of the best ways to get acquainted with a... Read More
Chianti Rufina’s Story Continues: Nipozzano Riserva

Chianti Rufina’s Story Continues: Nipozzano Riserva

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Nipozzano recently released their 2013 vintage Chianti Rufina Riserva and it once again has all the hallmarks of consistency and subtle changes from year to year.  And according to their owners at Frescobaldi, 2013 was a challenging year with crazy weather in the Tuscany region. It was an especially cool winter, dropping below freezing... Read More
A Portuguese Alvarinho: Zip with that seafood

A Portuguese Alvarinho: Zip with that seafood

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It’s not too often that a Portuguese white wine makes it to the seafood spread, but here’s one to savor.  Grown in the northern part of Portugal (Moncao & Melgaco), the Alvarinho grape produces a zippy flavor combo that brings out the depth of seafood flavors. Nortico is well known for producing a light... Read More
Perfect Summer Sipping: Sofia Brut Rosé And Brut Rosé Minis

Perfect Summer Sipping: Sofia Brut Rose And Brut Rose Minis

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Press Release No Comments

This summer everything will be coming up rosé with the latest expansion to Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s wildly successful Sofia label. The second sparkling wine in the winery’s celebrated collection and constructed in the fashion of French Crémant, Sofia Brut Rosé‘s light effervescence and fruity floral notes are an exhilarating reminder of rosé’s superiority... Read More
Even-Steven: Merlot Cabernet from Medoc

Even-Steven: Merlot Cabernet from Medoc

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Finding good values in Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon blends continues to be a wine buying challenge, especially if you are looking at all the options available from Bordeaux, France.  As a quick selection, let’s check out the Medoc part of Bordeaux.  It’s always a good value, but with somewhat varied results.  Choose carefully. Why consider... Read More
Verde Valley Wine Festival

2nd Annual Verde Valley Wine Festival | Full Participant List & Highlights

Posted on: April 25th, 2017 by Press Release No Comments

The 2nd Annual Verde Valley Wine Festival, presented by Four Eight Wineworks in collaborative alliance with the non-profit arts establishment, Made in Clarkdale, is Northern Arizona’s premier wine and culinary experience of the year. The event comes back to the Clarkdale Town Park in historic Clarkdale, Arizona over Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13 and May 14, 2017 from... Read More
Swanson 2013 Merlot

Swanson 2013 Merlot: Cheers to beaucoup winemaking

Posted on: April 22nd, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

In a fitting beginning to Robin Akhurst’s full-time career with Swanson Vineyards, their 2013-2014 Merlots will surely be superior values.  Robin’s expertise in creating internationally inspired wines has provided an excellent foundation for a leadership position throughout his coming years with Swanson Vineyards. This change from Swanson’s previous winemaker (Chris Phelps) makes organizing a... Read More
Cigar Zin- Put Your Nose in a “Stovepipe”

Cigar Zin: Put Your Nose in a “Stovepipe”

Posted on: April 8th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

My daughter-in-law loves smoky wine.  And the best way to know that she likes it, is if she looks up from the glass and says “yeah stovepipe, now that’s what I’m talkin’ about”. If you’re in her court and like some tobacco and smoke wafting up from your Zinfandel, Consentino has one that may... Read More
French Wine That the Locals Enjoy

French Wine That the Locals Enjoy

Posted on: March 25th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you’ve ever spent time in France, one thing always stands out, the “House Wines” at restaurants are always good.  They seem to pair nicely with just about everything on the menu and are very easy on the wallet. After returning home, many wine drinkers try to sleuth out a similar, nicely priced, domestically... Read More

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