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Calera: Stop once, get a lot of Pinot

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

In 1976 Josh Jensen came up with enough cash and bank loans to plant 24 acres of Pinot Noir and start a winery simply known today as the Calera Wine Company.  He relied on his experience in the art of French winemaking to pick out a property rich in limestone soil layers, considered in... Read More

A Chili companion: Clos Du Bios Reserve Cabernet

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

There are few things that go as well with a big bowl of Chili Con Carne like a glass of red wine.  And luckily, there are many excellent recent vintages of Chili-pairing red wines from which to choose, with a meaty Cabernet at the top of nearly everyone’s list. Of course, there is a... Read More

Up from the cellar: Frog’s Leap Cabernet

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

Nearly every wine lover has at least sampled some Napa Valley Frog’s Leap Cab.  In the beginning, this wine was only sold to restaurants.  But about 9 or so years ago, all that changed.  Now, due to increased production or some other factor, it can be purchased in nearly every retail outlet. Sure they... Read More

Grenache: Southern Rhone’s utility grape

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

As long as we’re on the subject, we might as well continue in the Rhone Valley a little more with a visit to a newly established appellation, Vacqueyras.  Using blends that are dominated by the Grenache grape, wines from here represent some of the best values that Rhone has to offer. For those who... Read More

Wines from the South of France: Solving difficult pairings

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

Ham and other cured meats are notoriously difficult wine pairing entrees.  This is not only because of their saltiness, but also because of their baked-in smoky flavors.  These powerful essences easily overpower nearly all white wines and many reds as well. So when you’ve got ham (or other smoked entrée) in the oven and... Read More

Silver Palm: Cabernet’s lighter side

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

Most of the time, the Oenophile topic “About Our Winemaker” is a quickly discussed sidebar before moving on with a tour or tasting.  But every year it seems that more and more new faces are getting into the art of wine.  So it comes as no surprise that many of us now look at... Read More

King Estate: An all-around Pinot Noir

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When an Oregon Pinot is good, it’s really good. Although many of these demand a price, there are some examples that provide much of the bang without having the shell out the big bucks. One of these is the ever-consistent King Estate Pinot Noir. This excellent Pinot Noir is part of King Estate’s Signature... Read More

Banfi: Classic wine with a classic label

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

To many people, a wine is all about the label. Some like labels that feature animals, others like clever graphics, while still others are attracted to pictures of the winery. With great labels featuring a variety of historical scenes, and brand recognition that is second to none, the American importer Banfi always seems to... Read More

For your next blast: Boom Boom Syrah

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

It’s Syrahs like this that gives the Aussies serious competition for the casual red wine of choice. With a good price and easy-to-swallow character, Charles Smith Wines’ “Boom Boom” is always a popular choice for quick meals with friends. And that’s just the way Charles Smith wants it.  Following true to their motto, “Land... Read More

Arizona Stronghold Centennial White: A blend to celebrate Arizona

Posted on: May 7th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you’re searching out a wine to go with that seafood spread, it’s hard to beat our own Arizona blends. Of course, just to make things interesting, Arizona’s white blends not only jump all over our state’s map, but also all over the taste chart. Their bouquets can be one or a combination of... Read More

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