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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
Vilarnau Brut Reserva Cava

Wild Bottle Designs & Bubbles: Spanish Cava Sparklers

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

Spain’s Catalonia region is many things, but for sparkling wine drinkers, it’s just plain fun.  Not only are many of the bottles outright works of art, but you can generally find them to be wonderful seafood pairs and will compliment a wider array of appetizers than others. Generally, these delicious sparklers are referred to... Read More
New Law Changes Wine Club Shipments to Arizona Residents

New Law Changes Wine Club Shipments to Arizona Residents

Posted on: February 16th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Here in Arizona it is a convenient option to regularly receive direct wine deliveries from both in-state and out-of-state wineries.  Last year’s changes in state laws have made it easier for wine clubs, of even the largest of wineries, to send shipments directly to AZ residents. For this, direct literally means “direct to your... Read More
Upscale Prosecco: Perfect for Valentine’s Day

Upscale Prosecco: Perfect for Valentine’s Day

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

Many of the best Prosecco sparklers are now approaching the complexity and interest of Champagne.  Of course, this is not an easy task, but there are vintners out there who relentlessly step up to the challenge. It seems that the main focus for many brands is to create a Prosecco that is really dry. ... Read More
Gary Farrell Chardonnay- Balanced on the edge

Gary Farrell Chardonnay: Balanced on the edge

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

One of the more interesting aspects of tasting Chardonnays is to make note of their acidity or “pucker factor”. For some Chards, it’s like taking a big bite of green apple, for others it’s like having Crème Brulee for dessert. Because the winemaker ultimately makes the hard choices about a Chardonnay’s acidity, there are... Read More
Mondavi- 50 Years and Counting

Mondavi: 50 Years and Counting

Posted on: January 14th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As last year’s 50th Anniversary celebration fades into the rear-view mirror, the many accomplishments of the Robert Mondavi Winery are remembered simply as “excellence”.  Mondavi’s early realization that Napa Valley California’s special terroir is fully capable of producing world-class wines, allowed the wine industry there to truly become one of America’s jewels. Even though... Read More
Ancient Peaks: Merlot with a statement

Ancient Peaks: Merlot with a statement

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Looking for a Merlot that will stand up to the Cabernet snobs?  Look no further than south end of Paso Robles in California.  There, the right combination of summer day’s heat and cool ocean nights combine to put a delicate power in a grape that is often mis-characterized as wimpy. One of Paso’s best... Read More
Asked to Bring the Wine? Your Bubbly First Step To Buying Sparkling Wine

Asked to Bring the Wine? Your Bubbly First Step To Buying Sparkling Wine

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Been told to “pony up” and provide the adult beverages (the grape kind) for a holiday party? Also, been warned not to mess up? This can be daunting, especially if you believe that you can just walk into a bottle shop and receive much-needed advice on buying sparkling wine. Most of the time, you... Read More
South African Chenin Blanc

South African Chenin Blanc: White Wines for Starters

Posted on: December 14th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Many of the New World (non-European) Chenin Blanc wines tend to be on the fruity side, making them pair better with salads and lighter main courses.  However, there are a few that tend to be more “Old World” and move toward a dry character. There are quite a few notable South African Chenin Blanc... Read More
Berlucchi Cuvee 61: A Sparkling Discovery

Berlucchi Cuvee 61: A Sparkling Discovery

Posted on: December 4th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Getting ready to celebrate a little more of the seasonal levity this month?  There is no better way to do that than with bubbly.  Coincidentally, one of these shining sparklers is an Italian (oh yeah, one of their long-time traditions).  And for now, let’s steer to the southeast of Champagne region and take a... Read More

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