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Super Tuscan ala Paso Robles: Eberle Full Boar Red

Posted on: December 5th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

A fascinating wine from the Paso Robles area of Central California is Eberle Winery’s “Full Boar Red”. It’s blended with the grapes similar to wines that are often referred to as Super Tuscans. This blend includes a healthy percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon along with smaller amounts of Sangiovese, Barbera, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo. Yep, winemaker... Read More

Up from the cellar: Ovation Chardonnays

Posted on: November 26th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you follow the standard cellaring recommendations for white wines, you should have consumed your 2007 Chardonnays one or two years ago. However, when it comes to Chardonnays made in the “Burgundian Style”, this does not necessarily apply. Burgundian syle Chardonnays are produced with limited amounts of Malolactic Fermentation and are more acidic than... Read More

Wine Tour Clarkdale: Verde Canyon Railroad

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

With more vineyards becoming established in the Verde Valley, the Verde Canyon Railroad may have stumbled on a potential hit with tourists who like to drink wine. Taking a cue from the popular “Napa Valley Wine Train”, Verde Canyon rail has added more cars with nice tables and featured wines from the Verde Valley... Read More

Mountainside Wine List: Jerome’s Asylum Restaurant

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Feeling a little trapped here in valley and looking for a little high country wine drinking adventure? For a quick weekend of wine enjoyment, look only to the Verde Valley. Now, in addition to their ever-improving winery tours, there are also restaurants that feature great wine lists, even rivaling those here in Phoenix. Of... Read More

An Alternative White Wine Buy: Victor Hugo Viognier

Posted on: October 31st, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

From time to time, the valley is visited by representatives from one of the country’s most interesting wine regions, Paso Robles. During these visits we get a lot of personal attention from winery experts who we don’t normally get to talk to. And this means inside tips on good wines at great prices. One... Read More

Echoes of the Harvest: Aging Wines Gracefully

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

A favorite pastime for wine collectors is “managing the old stuff”. But it’s a challenge, because even the best wines reach their peak at different times. Some are wonderful after 4 years and some are perfect after 15 years. And once the wine is purchased, it’s the buyer’s job to decide when to drink... Read More

Pairing That Spicy Food: Kung Fu Girl Riesling

Posted on: October 17th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Got a big Asian meal planned?  Is it going to be Thai or another spicy theme?  Want to skip the Mai Tai mix and serve some wine?  Then break out the Kung Fu Girl and you’re set. Photo caption left: Hot spicy food getting to you? Try some Riesling! This highly versatile white wine is... Read More

Informal Get-Together: Trader Joe’s “Petit Reserve” Pinot Noir

Posted on: October 10th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

At the extreme end of the low cost trend in Pinot Noir wine, is the under $10 market. Most of the time, these are not all that memorable, so when a good one shows up, it’s something to talk about. And there are more out there now than ever. Specifically, Trader Joe’s was somehow... Read More

Las Rocas: Spanish Wine of Calatayud

Posted on: October 3rd, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Spain is considered by many wine experts to be the “country to watch” for the next 10 years as its wine industry continues to grow in prominence and quality. You may notice this as local shops sometimes turn heads by featuring wines from obscure regions of Spain. One of these is a 2007 “Las... Read More

Northstar Merlot: Perfect with Roasts

Posted on: September 25th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

One of the best entrees for large gatherings is the classic beef roast.  No matter what the cut, if it has been broiled or roasted, the flavors are unbeatable.  Picking a wine that is goes along with it can be tricky because many cabernet sauvignons are a little too big and bold for beef... Read More

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