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Sextant’s Zinfandel: Smooth and downright sneaky

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you are planning to rustle up a batch of barbeque ribs soon, don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Zinfandel.  And with the next vintage now hitting the shelves, there are a lot to pick from.  These also include a few names from Paso Robles that are not seen that often, making... Read More

Let Capital Grille wine and dine you this summer

Posted on: July 22nd, 2013 by Amy Martin No Comments

Who doesn’t love to be wined and dined? Beat the heat this summer by heading indoors at The Capital Grille to take advantage of their Generous Pour event. Whether you consider yourself a wine novice or aficionado, Generous Pour allows you to enjoy as many as seven different varietals from California’s top winemakers, each... Read More

One of Napa Valley’s Pinot Noir oases: Failla

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Many people who love Pinot Noir may find themselves coming up a little “short” during a tasting tour of Napa Valley.  But with careful planning, it is possible to work around this limitation and imbibe in some of the best Pinots that California’s North Coast has to offer. Of course visiting Carneros is a... Read More

Wine Wars at Cowboy Ciao

Posted on: July 16th, 2013 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

When wine-pros get together for a showdown the result can only be, well, intoxicating. On Wednesday, July 17th John Germain of Vintage 95 and Cowboy Ciao’s own Peter Kasperski will be duking it out in the latest Sommelier Showdown. Expect to indulge in 5 courses and imbibe on 10 wines for only $60 per person... Read More

Maxwell Creek Sauvignon Blanc: Top notch on the cheap

Posted on: July 4th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Facing relentless competition and stubbornly sluggish sales, many wineries are continuing to offer excess inventory under “secret labels”.  That way, big names can keep prices higher on their well-known labels and blow out extra wine inventory on a heavily discounted, little known, brand. But many times they blend in wine from elsewhere, making the... Read More

Finding a mate for sushi

Posted on: June 23rd, 2013 by Amy Martin No Comments

Sushi’s traditional wine partner has always been Sake and few who have ever enjoyed a feast at a Japanese restaurant would argue the point.  But there are times during a sweltering Arizona summer when hot Sake is just a little too much.  And cold Sake is just plain sacrilege, so what to do? After... Read More

Enjoying old wines: Consistently age-worthy is the word

Posted on: June 15th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When it comes to racking now and tasting later, well-aged red wines require consistency.  Erratically produced wines, especially those that don’t come cheap, are no fun when consumed years down the road. So, there is one way to improve your odds of success when the cork’s finally popped.  Stick with a consistent producer, from... Read More

Different and interesting: Peterson’s Carignane Red Blend

Posted on: June 5th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When it comes to trying wines that are just a tad out of the mainstream, those made using the Carignane grape are spot on.  Carignane’s are easily recognized for their nice fruit bouquets, but with a little blending they can also get plain wild.  One of these from the 2010 vintage is now available... Read More

When wine is cheaper than beer

Posted on: May 27th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

One of the most amusing debates over the perfect beverage to consume with Italian cuisine is the Wine versus Beer banter.  There is always someone who says that beer and pizza is a match made in heaven.  Then there’s the wine with spaghetti discussion.  But one debate that often gets glossed over is the... Read More

On the Napa wine trail: Tasting with the Frank Family

Posted on: May 19th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Once a single-bar tasting room, offices, and shipping area, Frank Family’s sentimentally regarded “double-wide trailer” attraction is no longer used.  But their new fully-equipped tasting facility is still just as fun and friendly.  And now, there are more wines to pick from and even sparkling wines for those in love with the bubbly. Frank... Read More

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