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Pull a reverse: Spanish wine of the Priorat region

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

Located in a Spanish mountainous area of Catalonia, west of Barcelona, the official growing region of “Priorat” is the result of tenacious innovation in winemaking.  Thanks to a never-give-up attitude, wines from this ancient growing region are now world class.  Given the work that went into registering this appellation as an official “Denominacio”, it’s... Read More

A big Cabernet for your plans

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

As we begin to taste as much of California’s 2009 vintage as possible, the Cabernets continue to sit right there, front and center.  One small winery who has made significant contributions to this excellent vintage is Lail Vineyards.  They’re small but mighty, sourcing fruit from the heart of Napa to back it up. With... Read More

Wine drinkers: Just chew it

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

Even as wine increases in popularity with most age groups year after year, it’s surprising how many people treat it like a common drink and just quaff it away.  Not only is this a waste of money, but by quickly downing a glass of wine (over the teeth and over the gums…), you miss... Read More

Wine club perks: Dining at the winery

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

One of the commonly overlooked benefits of a wine club membership is special winery events. Although many of these seem somewhat costly at first glance, they often include dinner plus multiple flights of very generous wine selections, making them quite a value. Consider this:  If you consumed the same selections at a restaurant, the... Read More

Vintage ’10 looking lighter: Sebastopol Hills Pinot Noir

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

Once again, Trader Joe’s continues to support the low cost trend in Pinot Noir wine with another very good under $10 selection.  This one comes from California’s Sonoma Coast (Russian River), and is not only a fine example of wine from that appellation, but it’s also a great value. Its label indicates that this... Read More

Transport Shock: Shaken and Stirred

Posted on: March 24th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Most of us never give much thought to what happens to a bottle of wine as it rides in a truck rolling on down the road.  And most of the time, using modern packaging techniques, those bottles arrive just fine, relieving us from worry.  But what about the shake, rattle and roll?  Does all... Read More

Super Italian Sangiovese from Rosso di Montalcino

Posted on: March 14th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you’ve been steering clear of Italian Chianti wines because they seem a little too acidic and watered down, you may want to give one of Chianti’s neighbors a try, Rosso di Montalcino.  Located about 70 miles southwest of Italy’s Chianti region,Rosso di Montalcino’s Sangiovese wines are definitely bigger. Most of the difference is... Read More

High country wine: Don Rodolfo Tannat

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

When it comes to cultivating grapes at high altitudes, few appellations come closer to the top than Argentina’s Cafayate Valley.  Perched just under 6,000 feet, this is “up there”, even by our Western U.S. standards.  With guaranteed to be stressful growing conditions, the grapes produced there have a lot of individual character. Due to... Read More

Verde River Water to Wine tour

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

With spring in the wind ever so soon, thoughts of wet and wild adventures return. Now with warmer days and a brighter sun, it is a good idea to consider plans for upcoming fun wine outings around Arizona. The best reason to plan now is that spots for the well-liked trips get booked ahead... Read More

A double-trouble big boy: Four bottles in one

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Sure, there are always double magnums out there, but often they’re going to cost you.  They contain 3 liters of wine (exactly 4 standard bottles).  Not only are they big, but for entertaining, they’re fun, especially when filled in Italy. One of the affordable Italian producers who has exported a good variety of wines... Read More

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