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Boeger Barbera Wine

Barbera vino: An American rendition

Posted on: April 30th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When it comes to “defining the market” for wines made from the Barbera grape, Italy rules. But there are exceptions and among the best of these come from California’s central and north regions back from the ocean. For example, one look at the origins of Boeger’s flagship “El Dorado” Barbera wine just about sums... Read More
CMS Columbia Red Blend

Columbia Valley’s soft reds: Right on with simmering chicken

Posted on: April 9th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Among the best lighter meals for low-key gatherings is slow simmered chicken. Not too stuffy and certainly not overly priced, these are quick to setup and serve. However, the wine pairing can be a real balancing act, especially if your favorite recipe includes a full range of spices. One of the best examples of... Read More
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Zarpara Sauvignon Blanc: Young but well done

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer 6 Comments

Arizona’s white wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, have been on an impressive ascent for over 7 years now. This is great news for those of us who would like to “buy local” whenever possible and also happen to crave seafood. Now that brings to mind an interesting pairing possibility, wine from our desert benches and... Read More
Rocca del Olmo Barbera Wine

Rocca dell’Olmo Barbera d’Asti: Now there’s a mouth full

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It seems that the more you learn about wine, the tougher it is to shop for it, especially at Trader Joe’s. They carry so many wines that most of us have never heard of (and probably will never see again), that the whole process becomes quite dizzying; especially when you know that many of... Read More

Out of the mix: Carignane straight up

Posted on: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Few wine experts ever suggest looking to a “wild hog” for an inspiring vino alternative, but it does happen, especially for people with penchant for the now defunct French varietal “Carignane”. For them, it still lives on in Somona County’s Dry Creek Valley in the form of a wild hog. There, the valley’s heat... Read More
Hawkstone Cabernet

Hawkstone Cab: Classy new vintage for a song

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

The 2013 vintage was a repeat performance for 2012 for California winemakers, sunny days with good fruit and lots of it. Very little rain is a cause for concern, but closely monitored irrigation systems kept the vines healthy. As was the case in 2012, the excellent weather in 2013 allowed for an extended and... Read More
Spanish and Arizona Albarino

A tale of two “rinos”: Arizona and Spain

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Of all the wines that are favorites to stage for side-by-side tastings, Albariño whites don’t normally top the list. But when Arizona’s Wilhelm Family Vineyards started offering their own version of Albariño a few years ago, an idea was born. Why not do a little “taste-off” between Arizona and Spain. Of course, when it comes to... Read More
Happy Anniversary

An Anniversary Party where all the gifts are for you!

Posted on: January 8th, 2015 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant & Bar will be hosting a grand event for their one year anniversary, but you will be getting all the favor. On January 16th, beginning at 5 pm, you’ll be able to enjoy glasses of red or white wine or Tito’s vodka cocktails for only one penny until 7 pm.... Read More
2012 Mondavi Cabernet

Mondavi 2012 Cabernet: Basking in the fall sun

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you happened to be touring in the Napa Valley during late October 2012, you may remember the beautiful fall touring weather plus the sounds & scents of a well-timed harvest. And if you were out looking at the vineyards, it was easy to see that the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were brought in late,... Read More
Dios Ares Rioja

Dios Ares: Experience the depth of Rioja affordably

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Although not a “newbie” to the American wine market, this little Rioja (based on the Tempranillo grape) has been missed by many who enjoy Spanish wines.  Priced right around $15, “Dios Ares” remains an excellent value as a versatile table wine. One reason that Spanish Rioja wines should be a part of any collection is their... Read More

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