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LBD Wines Introduces a Whole New Look

Little Black Dress Wines Have a Whole New Look

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Little Black Dress Wines (LBD) is excited to debut its new modern, sophisticated packaging. Still synonymous with understated elegance, LBD can easily go from casual to black tie. The brand is more than looks – it’s about confidence. It’s about knowing you’ve chosen something fantastic, and not having to shout it from the rooftop.... Read More
Waterstone Chardonnay: Crisp and balanced

Waterstone Chardonnay: Crisp and balanced

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Still keeping with their minimalist philosophy of owning the least amounts of land, winery operations, and tasting facilities possible, Philip Zorn and Brent Shortridge are still at it.  Since 2000, their wines still remain one of the best values out there. The action plan is clear, they focus on the wine itself and the... Read More

Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on: April 14th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Dry Rosè wines have been undergoing quite a few changes in recent years, especially in the producing areas of the “New World” (just about everywhere outside Europe). And just because of its very southerly location, one of the often overlooked of these grape cultivators is South Africa. However, that’s not stopping them. They are... Read More
2013 Carlson Creek Grenache

Carlson Creek Vineyard Releases 100% Grenache

Posted on: March 24th, 2016 by Press Release No Comments

While Carlson Creek Vineyard has been planting Grenache since 2010, it has always gone towards their flagship wine Rule of Three, which is a Grenache Syrah Mouvedre (GSM) blend. For the first time ever, the Arizona vineyard’s Grenache grapes yielded more than expected, allowing them to create a 100% Grenache. “Having a Grenache was... Read More

Tempe Arts Festival: Best of both worlds

Posted on: March 20th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

This year the well-proven linkage between the arts and wine sampling is right in Tempe for you to enjoy. Savor the total appreciation of sight, sound, and taste, and experience that “sense of place” that is best expressed here in Arizona. So once again, for nearly 50 years running this spring, the Tempe Arts... Read More

Red blend crazy: Tasting the whole Shebang

Posted on: March 6th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Every wine has something to catch the eye (and palate) of the buyer, but this one pushes the red blending thing in a slightly different direction. Its creators have chosen the following Zinfandel-Carignane route and melded it all together quite well. And this technique is starting to catch on. With vitners like Ridge Vineyards... Read More
2011 Semillon

Semillon: Sauvignon Blanc’s little secret

Posted on: February 17th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Formulating wine blends to achieve tastes that are greater than the sum of their parts has been practiced for 1000’s of years.  And even today, there is no sign of this “winemaker’s blending predilection” letting up. One of the best examples of this is the extraordinary effort that goes into most top shelf Sauvignon... Read More
Sean Minor Chardonnay

Sean Minor Chardonnay: An Affordable Celebration

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

Finalizing beverage selections when planning entertainment for friends and family is a challenge for all of us, but a great place to start is with Chardonnay. Of all the wines that you set out for enjoyment, a nicely-priced, interesting Chard, is a Priority-1 essential. But many Chardonnays, even those that are supposedly “un-oaked”, still have a... Read More
Saldo Zinfandel

Saldo Zinfandel: Plain label, a lively wine within

Posted on: January 11th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you ever used a “Dymo Label Maker” to squeeze off tags at work, you’re probably old enough to buy wine in any of our 50 states. Now, mostly replaced by other labeling systems, this classic does show up now and then. But stuck on a bottle of wine? Now that’s a stretch! After spinning off... Read More
Frank Family Pinot Noir

Frank Family Pinot Noir: Showing off the Carneros AVA

Posted on: December 14th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When a winery’s Pinot Noir line is reliably good, vintage after vintage, you must take note.  Normally, a roller-coaster ride is the deal for this finicky grape.  Luscious one year and blah the next, too strong, then too wimpy, and the ride goes on.  Such a situation makes it frustratingly difficult to settle on... Read More

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