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Zonin “Dress Code” Prosecco- What’s your style-

Zonin “Dress Code” Prosecco: What’s your style?

Posted on: August 5th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It seems that more Italian Proseccos (the Other Bubbles) are entering the market every year, with the increased competition prompting producers to come up with a few new twists.  That’s where one of the more established Italian Prosecco houses “Zonin” comes in. Their latest addition, to an already successful Prosecco family, is a grouping... Read More
Tariquet Classic White 2015: Summer & seafood

Tariquet Classic White 2015: Summer & seafood

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When the French produce a white wine using grape varietals we aren’t familiar with, the taste experience can be quite a surprise.  Not that this is a bad thing; it’s even fun.  But there are some that simply “baffle the panel” every time. Among these are white wines from France’s Gascogne (aka Gascony) region. ... Read More
Wine Spectator

AZ’s Wine Spectator’s 2016 Restaurant Award Winners

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

There is no question that our favorite Arizona restaurants serve innovative and sometimes surprising dishes. These creations not only feed your hunger, they satiate your soul for a moment in time. These exquisite restaurants have been gaining high praise for their bar programs recently as well, and deservedly. Arizona restaurants have a major presence... Read More
Wonderfully balanced Chardonnay: La Follette’s 2014

Wonderfully Balanced Chardonnay: La Follette’s 2014

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As Greg La Follette moves on to the 2014 vintage, the trend in his Chardonnay’s combination of elegance and careful balance continues.  Although the “North Coast” Chardonnay has a few less dimensions than the “Sangiacomo”, it still offers a captivating character that the unoaked Chard fan will appreciate. Tropical fruit is the most prominent... Read More
Quivira- A Zin that works with Italian

Quivira: A Zin that works with Italian

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As any wine aficionado will tell you, the extensive cultivation of Zinfandel is an American thing.  But when scientists took a look at this varietal’s genome (DNA) as compared to Old World wines, the evidence said that it actually originated in Croatia. In later years, the Croatian/Italian Zin clones were transplanted (via one immigrant... Read More
CrossBarn Pinot Noirs- Artful contrasts

CrossBarn Pinot Noirs: Artful contrasts

Posted on: July 8th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When Paul Hobbs (renowned for premium wines) ventured into the idea of “value labels” in 2000, some may have questioned his wisdom, but he was right on target, especially for Pinot Noir.  Now, 16 years later, with more land under cultivation and a lot more Pinot Noir available, this label is proving its worth.... Read More
Campofiorin- Masi’s affordable yet complex red blend

Campofiorin: Masi’s affordable yet complex red blend

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you’ve ever spent much time in Venice, you already know that Italy’s northeastern Verona region is the source of countless vino surprises.  Even the house wines that they serve with lunch are memorable.  Remember looking around at all the full wineglasses?  Yep, that’s it, and all the time. Among the most popular of... Read More
Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc- Setting the pace for spice

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc: Setting the pace for spice

Posted on: June 10th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

This is a sensory tale of tropical fruit, citrus, and spicy oak that incredibly leads right up to a big plate of Mexican food.  You may say, not so, a Margarita, Sangria, or a beer is the best mate for south of the border cuisine.  But in this case, a wine alternative may come... Read More
For the noonday Italian Pinot Grigio blends

For the noonday: Italian Pinot Grigio blends

Posted on: May 27th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you like a big glass of unsweetened iced tea plus a spritz of lemon wedge with lunch, an Italian “Super Veneto” may be the right fit for you.  Pinot Grigio – Verduzzo blends are an Italian alternative wine to chase down a mid-day repast for many people, especially at seafood restaurants. Granted, when... Read More
Moving it forward: Wine innovations you can really taste:: La Follette Wines

Moving it forward: Wine innovations you can really taste

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Like many other products offered to us these days, wine is “changed up” from time to time, and that keeps things very interesting.  Although wine innovations may go at a slower pace than gadgets like smartphones, winemakers do tend to break out now and then. A recent example of such an innovator is Greg... Read More

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