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Syrah from the Rhone Valley: Cote Rotie

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

For those of us “Syrah Hounds” who really like to sample what the world has to offer, there is always a spot or two reserved on the rack for a powerful French Syrah creation from the Côte Rôtie Appellation. Known for a variety of big red wines that are just simply in-your-face, this region... Read More

Created to Impress: Shafer One Point Five

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Located along an interesting west-facing slope and alluvial plain toward the south end of Napa valley, Shafer Vineyards has access to a wide variety of soils and terrain. Most plantings are set within a short distance of the winery. This makes for a wine blender’s dream and the taste of the end product takes... Read More

A Cabernet from Bird Land

Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you’re searching for a red wine that your “birds” will love, take a good look at Duckhorn Wine Company’s  red blend “Decoy” Cabernet Sauvignon release. It is in general distribution and this season’s sales are showing excellent pricing at about $25/bottle. When the affordable Decoy label came out about 20 years ago, it... Read More

Riesling: A Taste Held in Balance

Posted on: August 29th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When it comes to Rieslings, most people think one thing, sweet. They remind of after-dinner wines quaffed along with dessert or sweet seasonal wines served in little glasses with Sorbet between dinner courses. But truly good Rieslings have a lot more to say. Think about it, it has been a favorite banquet wine in... Read More

Keeping Opened Wine Fresh

Posted on: August 20th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Can’t finish a bottle in one sitting? Have a bunch of partial bottles left over from a tasting party? Unfortunately, you can’t just put the corks back in and expect the wine to be as good later as it is right now. This is because exposure to oxygen in the air can ruin wine... Read More

Caiden’s Vineyards: “Block Nine” Pinot Noir

Posted on: August 15th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

One of the trends recently noted by West Coast winemakers is that the consistently high demand for Pinot Noir is finally being matched by increased production of wines from this varietal. Much to a wine drinker’s delight, the result is lower prices and higher quality for Pinots. The days of being forced to shell... Read More

Wine Tour Cornville: Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery

Posted on: August 4th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

First there was Stag’s Leap, then there was Frog’s Leap, and now we have Javelina Leap. All that leaping could drive one to drink! You betcha’. Fortunately, this leap is just up the road in the Verde Valley, no plane ticket, just a ride in the car. Cornville’s third winery along North Page Springs... Read More

Wine Tour Cornville: Page Springs Cellars

Posted on: July 29th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

If you want to enjoy lunch at a winery, Page Springs Cellars is your best choice in Cornville. They have the perfect patio with a good variety on the menu with wine to go with it, of course. Simply order lunch in the tasting room at the beginning of your visit and they will... Read More

Wine Tour Cornville: Oak Creek Vineyards

Posted on: July 22nd, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As more vineyards become established in the Verde Valley, the practicality of devoting an entire day exclusively to tasting wine at actual estate wineries is here. Just pick from the wide variety of hotels in the Verde Valley to spend the night and taste wine from 10am to 6pm! It’s an easy route. Just... Read More

Chardonnay from the Livermore Valley

Posted on: July 18th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

When you think of Livermore, California, what comes to mind?  High-tech atom-smashing laboratories? Quantum physics? Microcircuits? Wine? If you picked the last choice, you’re in luck, because there is always a Livermore Valley wine just around the corner at Fry’s and other wine shops. Livermore’s Wente Vineyards’ 2009 “Morning Fog” Chardonnay, ($14.99 at Fry’s)... Read More

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