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Titus Cabernet Franc: Napa ’07 is right there

Posted on: May 2nd, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

There’s a lot to look forward to as the Napa Valley 2007 red wines continue to unfold their “true colors” to buyers, much to their tasting delight.  Sure, there will be some duds, but the wines based on the red Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot) are really looking fantastic. One... Read More

Wine Club Shipments to Arizona

Posted on: May 2nd, 2011 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

Here in Arizona, it is possible to regularly receive direct shipments from both in-state and out-of-state wineries. Over the past 10 years or so, changes in state laws have made it easier for wine club members to receive these shipments without involving a liquor distributor. However, the law creates differences in the way each... Read More

Zinfandel Blends for an Interesting Effect

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Many who have experienced a good Zinfandel will attest to the fact that “Zin” is at its best when it’s chasing after a big plate of barbequed whatever.  But drink a Zinfandel by itself or with non-barbeque entrée, then the big jammy finish, spiciness, and alcohol heat can be a little much. So unless... Read More

When School’s Out and “They’re Here”: It’s L’Ecole

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

When the family “cats and dogs” show up “on holiday” (as they say in the U.K.), why not serve something that goes well with just about everything on the grill?  Not too heavy, not too tart, not too “catty”, and not too wimpy, L’Ecole (French for The School) Cabernet from Walla Walla Washington is... Read More

American Sangiovese: Not So Easy

Posted on: April 7th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

North American Sangiovese’s are not always a quick pick at wine outlets. Often these are relegated to the “other reds” section of the wine store and many people have to get sales assistance just to locate the right shelf. There are many reasons for this, but the most plausible is just the relatively low... Read More

Heitz and Roses

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you can get your hands on this interesting Napa Valley wine, it will change your impression of the capabilities of the Napa wine growing region forever. This is because Heitz Wine Cellars has access to a vineyard that has been planting Grignolino, a relatively unknown Italian varietal, since the 1950s. Heitz is most... Read More

Chilean Cabernets: Reasonable and Delicious

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

For the past decade or longer, Chile has continued to perfect their red wines to world-class standing.  The Wine Spectator ratings for many Chilean wines have consistently been in the mid 80’s-90’s, while pricing remains attractive. Costco offers an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon from wine maker Aurelio Montes, on a fairly consistent basis; that is... Read More

Champagne and Eggs: Unbeatable

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

Egg dishes can make for a difficult wine pairing, especially those that do not contain a lot of spice like mushroom omelets.  But think back to your favorite brunch spot, remember what drink seemed to be flowing, and you may recall the standard Mimosa.  Then the glasses of Champagne also come to mind, flying... Read More

A Cabernet to Know

Posted on: March 1st, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

From time to time it is always good to take a look at vintners who consistently do an excellent job with their product and make a concerted effort to keep their wines in choice spots of your rack to grab for that special occasion.  Of course, it is a matter of personal opinion as... Read More

Oregon Pinot Gris: More Versatile Than Expected

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

Many Oregon wine producers have the advantage of a long growing season moderated by their proximity to the rugged Oregon Coast.  They actually share many of the cool coastal growing conditions enjoyed by the Northern California producers, making their Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines top flight. A prime example of a wine from... Read More

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