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Jerk rib pairing: A Zin that fills the bill and more

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

With the wide variety of Zins on the market these days, there’s always a good one for whatever you’re flipping out there on the grill. There are big berry Zins that go down just soooo smooth with chicken slathered in red sauce.  And there are also more delicate Zins that just go perfectly with... Read More

Little winery: Big communications and Cabernets

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

There are many wine drinkers who simply prefer the “boutique” character of low production wines.  But to seek them out can be a challenge.  Unless you’re on top of things right when they’re released, you may miss out. One of the most practical ways around this is to pick a favorite winery and join... Read More

Ancient Peaks Sauv Blanc: Side up to that fish dish

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

If you were to set out to pair a wine with fish, Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay would be the first thing to grab.  But what if the recipe contained a little more cheese and garlic than expected?  Time to get a little picky. True, a Chardonnay might work, but its green apple acidity might... Read More

Forefront ’09 Napa Cab: Classy and affordable

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Fruit yields were a little below average along California’s North Coast in 2009, resulting in higher wine prices that continued on from 2008.  But some wineries, blessed with large estates, have been able to combat these costs by reaching out further afield and blending. One of these Napa wineries that have taken advantage of... Read More

Rutherford fresh: Freemark’s 2006 Bosché Cabernet

Posted on: April 12th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

After tasting a lot of Napa Cabernets, it becomes obvious why the ones that are simply “different” fetch big ratings (and prices).  Granted, if a wine doesn’t work for you, it’s not worth it, but many people who pay the price, pay it for something intangible.  And that’s what drives the wine market. Examples... Read More

Prosecco: The perfect patio accessory

Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Imagine yourself lounging on your patio overlooking the sparkling blue of a pool. There’s a slight breeze that lightly lifts the scent of orange blossoms to your nose. Perhaps there is a tray of chips and dip or a plate of bruschetta within reach, but what to drink? A Prosecco cocktail sounds like the... Read More

Matsu El Picaro: A stunning wine from Spain’s Toro

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

Great wines are often described as having Character, Depth, Fullness, and Distinctiveness.  But in a world where so many offerings are simply “just there and quaffable”, distinctive selections that standout are always worth remembering.  For obvious reasons, many of these wines come from Spain. Time after time, Spanish wines have made their mark as... Read More

Onto vintage 2010: Dominican Oaks Cabernet

Posted on: March 29th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Ever since the Rutherford Wine Company of St. Helena created the “Dominican Oaks” label several years ago, we have been treated to an ever-improving Cabernet experience at a reasonable cost.  Here’s why. Dominican Oaks is now a private label used by Total Wine under their “Winery Direct” program.  This strategy provides an excellent value... Read More

Up from the cellar: Arrendell vineyard Pinot Noir

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Would you believe that there are wine aficionados who say, “A good Pinot will change your taste forever”!  Who knows, maybe it’s true.  But if there was ever a wine to put to the test, it’s Hartford’s Arrendell ’09 Pinot Noir. Granted, there are a many of us who have been enjoying this little... Read More

A concrete buy: Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay

Posted on: March 15th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

Hey, would you pass me a little of that moonshine over there?  Sorry bud, all we have tonight is Charadonnay.  What?  Yep, that’s just our ‘lil bottle of Mer Soleil Silver. And so it goes, this is one of the cleverest Chard packaging ideas yet, especially when you consider the quality of the product... Read More

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