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An Oregon Albarino: Zip with that seafood

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

For you wine lovers who really like their seafood, there is sure to be a brightly acidic wine on your favorites list.  If you’re one of “them”, here is one more brilliant white wine you should try. It is produced by Abacela Vineyards in Oregon where cool nights and moderate days can make for... Read More

Pine Ridge white wine blend: It’s a peach, hun

Posted on: December 4th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It’s all about peach, melon, honey, and floral traces in its bouquet.  And this wonderful assortment of tastes all combine to make Pine Ridge’s Chenin Blanc ~ Viognier the perfect “cocktail wine”, just the thing for a round of appetizers before dinner. Pine Ridge has been producing this blend for quite a few years... Read More

Wine Shield : Another way to keep opened wine fresh

Posted on: November 28th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Got wine left over that just can’t be consumed?  Have a bunch of partial bottles left over after a tasting party?  As many who have tried saving bottles already know, you can’t just put the corks back in and expect the wine to be much good later on. This is because exposure to oxygen... Read More

Wine in the underground: Jarvis Winery

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Wine likes to be stored in dark cool places.  So why not design a winery to do the whole thing (crush, ferment, age, and bottle) in a cave?  If you think that concept’s pretty cool, you’ll love Jarvis Winery.  They’re the king of cave. Sure, most wineries have a big facility with the production operations... Read More

Fine restaurant, fabulous wine list

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

With many special occasions we can expect a little fine dining, and of course, a wine list that normally reads like an encyclopedia.  But the wine list at one valley favorite, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Camelback & 22nd St.), is so well organized that just about anybody can make a pretty quick pick. In fact, you... Read More

Floral eye candy and Sean Minor Chardonnay

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Moving right along with ways to celebrate the retreat of the heat, why not arrange for a little Wine and Roses to please those special people this weekend?  If not just for appearances, this magic combination is sure to hasten the “summer is over” relief that all of us share as the Arizona temperature... Read More

Owl Ridge: A Zin lover’s Cabernet

Posted on: November 1st, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It is quite likely that Owl Ridge’s next vintages won’t be like this, but their 2007 & 2008’s are “crossover Zins” if there ever were.  Not to “coin a term” of course, but many Cabs from these vintages just went a little over the top. These Cabernets, from the big side of great years,... Read More

A Grenache of substance: T-Vine

Posted on: October 25th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When a winemaker is good at creating big red wines, the technique seems to rub off on everything he touches.  Maybe there is a little of bit of Midas to it, but when T-Vine’s Fernando Candelario puts together even a “quaffy” Grenache, stand back. Now a Library Wine at T-Vine, there is still enough... Read More

Big wine: Brunello di Montalcino strikes again

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

Imagine washing down a big plate of lasagna with an Italian red wine that really stands up to all that cheese and sauce.  You may just have dreamed up a Brunello di Montalcino. And these wines don’t mess around.  What makes them so perfect, is that they are quite suited to our North American... Read More

Up from the cellar: Arista ’07 Toboni Vineyard Pinot Noir

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

One of the best things about touring and sampling at small wineries is the surprise you receive when tasting them again back at home, after a spell in the cellar.  Sometimes the memory is fresh and the taste is right on as remembered, and other times there is no recollection at all.  It’s a... Read More

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