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Seven grapes, baby: 7 Daughters super red blend

Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Some would say that if you’ve got 7 daughters, you deserve a glass of wine!  But when it comes to blending a lot of grapes, 7 daughters takes on an entirely new meaning.  How about this:  “A casual wine from all over the place.” Nope, for this one, it’s simply “Seven Daughters”, with no... Read More

Wine with luncheon: Italian Pinot Grigio

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

If you like a big glass of iced tea plus a squeezed-in lemon wedge with lunch, this Italian vino may suit your style.  Pinot Grigio has been the Italian choice of wine to chase down a mid-day repast seemingly forever and they know just how to create them to pair perfectly. Granted, when compared... Read More

Walk on by the wine display: Not this time

Posted on: September 18th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Admittedly, most wine snobs don’t pick up random wine bottles that are scattered around in grocery store displays, of all places!  Rather, they prefer to browse shelves loaded with thousands of bottles, then making selections only after very careful consideration. But every so often there comes a little slap-in-the-face.  After falling in love with... Read More

Chasing Venus Sav Blanc: Pairing those hors d’oeuvres

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blancs continue to shine on. So much in fact, that for people who love their seafood appetizers, there is no better wine pair. Keep this in mind if you’re planning to feature seafood before and during an upcoming celebration, and be sure to include one of these libations along with the... Read More

Where to buy Alcantara Wines here in the Valley

Posted on: August 27th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer 2 Comments

Unless you’re geared up for a road trip to parts North or South, it is often a chore to get our own Arizona wines back down here in the valley.  Recently, many have asked how to get Alcantara wines without having to join their wine club or taking a ride on the I-17. Being... Read More

A Chardonnay classic: Wente Riva Ranch

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Did you ever sample a wine that either has a familiar label or taste but you just can’t place it?  Nearly everyone can relate to that one.  Especially if someone asks, “Have we had this stuff sometime before?”  And with all that wine out there, this comes as no surprise.  That’s just what happened... Read More

Grape taste: Those fabulous Rhone blends

Posted on: August 15th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Looking for a theme for your next wine tasting party?  Don’t overlook the Rhone Blends.  Most wine experts agree some of the most intriguing wine tasting comparisons feature wines containing those incredible Rhone grape varietals. And because Rhone blends are very palatable to a wide range of wine drinkers, it’s easy to organize an... Read More

Working with spicy seafood: The Pinot Project

Posted on: August 5th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you ask for a wine that will go with seafood, most of the time you’ll be guided over to a white wine.  But once the seafood becomes a little oily or spicy, a Pinot Noir often works much better. This is especially true when the Pinot has certain flavor characteristics that many people... Read More

Le burger wine: Le Lapin Multiplicity red blend

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When it comes to choosing wines to go along with a batch of burgers, it’s actually quite challenging to get any of the “standards” to work.  What happens is most people pile so many condiments on their burger that what started out as a simple beef and bread entrée morphs into a sliding, ”What... Read More

Party stock up: Creme de Lys Chardonnay

Posted on: July 16th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Running sales on Chardonnay seems to be a summer pastime for many of our fine wine retailers here in the valley.  It’s too bad that most Chardonnays don’t age in the home cellar long enough to allow a really serious stock-up when prices dip.  But being able to get a discounted batch for a... Read More

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