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Emblem Chardonnay

Taste With Elegance: Emblem Chardonnay

Posted on: March 4th, 2018 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

One of the first things you’ll notice with skillfully created Chardonnays like Michael Mondavi’s “Emblem”, is the pronounced presence of a tart backbone. This one tilts more toward the “Burgundian Style”, even though it is a California wine. As such, this Chardonnay is produced with a carefully controlled mix of Malolactic and normally fermented... Read More
Frank Family Zinfandel

A BBQ champ: Frank Family Zinfandel

Posted on: January 14th, 2018 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As the production of American Zinfandel wine continues to grow in all areas, it is always interesting to take a look back at one of the Napa classics, Frank Family Napa Valley Zinfandel.  Once affectionately product-coded as “LPR” by the winery staff, it now has moved into the mainstream of availability. Sure, they offer a Reserve Zinfandel, but the standard offering is quite excellent.  This is especially true for outdoor cooking, or just for “cutting the... Read More

Not Just the Label: Seldom Seen Austrian Rieslings

Posted on: December 23rd, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

We don’t see too many wine labels featuring the Patron Saint of Wine.  But in Austria, they have a brand or two that place top honors on the wonders of the grape.  Not too gaudy or ostentatious.  Rather, these are softly-stated bottlings are covered with words that don’t make much sense, until you start... Read More

10 Things to Know About Kosher Wine

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

When the Jewish holidays come around, be it the Jewish New Year, Hanukkah or Passover, many people choose to serve wines that are kosher-certified. So, just how different is kosher wine from the non-kosher stuff? “When it comes to taste, there’s no difference between kosher and non-kosher wine,” says Jay Buchsbaum, Executive VP Marketing... Read More

Frank Family Chardonnay: Staying Flexible

Posted on: December 3rd, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Of all the white wines, Chardonnay is certainly the best known.  You can find it everywhere in the world, and on more wine lists than can be counted.  But what makes it so interesting are the “variations on a theme” that every pour exhibits. Sure, geography and vintages play a big role in the... Read More

Expert Tips for Holiday Wine Pairing

Posted on: November 21st, 2017 by Shoshana Leon 1 Comment

Food is a big part of any holiday celebration. For many people, the wine is just as important as the food. When you are hosting a holiday meal at your home or going to someone else’s holiday event, you may be wondering what kind of wine to serve or bring. Pairing wines with food... Read More
Wine Mementos- “Mind Pics” You Won’t Easily Forget

Wine Mementos: “Mind Pics” You Won’t Easily Forget

Posted on: November 5th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you have an adventure planned that includes a “wine stop” or two along the way, here’s a suggestion, always buy and take home some wine!  This may seem like a given, but I’ve continued to be surprised by how few tourists actually purchase wine after a winery visit. This may be because they... Read More

2017 Harvest Largest Yet for LDV Winery

Posted on: October 24th, 2017 by Press Release No Comments

This year’s harvest is the largest yet for LDV Winery, which celebrates its 10th anniversary next year of planting its first grapes in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills in southeastern Arizona. “After a very hot June and early July and a brief but intense monsoon during the growing season, the 2017 wine grape harvest ended strong... Read More

Like Bordeaux? Here’s Another Budget Selection to Enjoy

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

A few months ago, we checked out a Chateau Maurac, Now, let’s look at different selection from Chateau Greysac.  This little gem is from a hamlet just north of St. Estephe, a place called Begadan.  Its small on the map, but not really so tiny when it comes to wine.  The entire region simply flows with it. However, unlike... Read More
Joseph Phelps 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage emergence: Joseph Phelps 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on: October 4th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Most of the time, top-shelf wines produced by Joseph Phelps are not very affordable and sometimes hard to get.  But the 2014 vintage was a year of ideal growing conditions and a wonderful harvest.  This all translates to some really fine wines becoming within reach of many buyers who may have passed them up... Read More

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