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Hawkstone Cabernet

Hawkstone Cab: Classy new vintage for a song

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

The 2013 vintage was a repeat performance for 2012 for California winemakers, sunny days with good fruit and lots of it. Very little rain is a cause for concern, but closely monitored irrigation systems kept the vines healthy. As was the case in 2012, the excellent weather in 2013 allowed for an extended and... Read More
Wild Game Grill Wild Boar Sliders

Go back to your primitive roots at Wild Game Grill

Posted on: January 25th, 2015 by Taryn Jeffries 8 Comments

More often than not, when you check out a restaurant’s menu, you’ll find that there rarely is an option that is unfamiliar; chicken, fish, pork or beef are the standards and if you’re in the right place these dishes will be presented beautifully. The recently opened Wild Game Grill offers up the old standards while... Read More
Spanish and Arizona Albarino

A tale of two “rinos”: Arizona and Spain

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Of all the wines that are favorites to stage for side-by-side tastings, Albariño whites don’t normally top the list. But when Arizona’s Wilhelm Family Vineyards started offering their own version of Albariño a few years ago, an idea was born. Why not do a little “taste-off” between Arizona and Spain. Of course, when it comes to... Read More
2012 Mondavi Cabernet

Mondavi 2012 Cabernet: Basking in the fall sun

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you happened to be touring in the Napa Valley during late October 2012, you may remember the beautiful fall touring weather plus the sounds & scents of a well-timed harvest. And if you were out looking at the vineyards, it was easy to see that the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were brought in late,... Read More
Bootleg Botanicals Absinthe Kit

Delight in the Green Hour; Create Absinthe At Home

Posted on: January 1st, 2015 by Taryn Jeffries 11 Comments

It’s not often that one has the opportunity to sample absinthe, let alone make a batch of their very own. Ryan and Melanie Belshee, the masterminds behind Bootleg Botanicals, have long been experimenting with creating their own spirits at home. They started researching what would be involved in creating absinthe at home. That research came with... Read More
Dios Ares Rioja

Dios Ares: Experience the depth of Rioja affordably

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Although not a “newbie” to the American wine market, this little Rioja (based on the Tempranillo grape) has been missed by many who enjoy Spanish wines.  Priced right around $15, “Dios Ares” remains an excellent value as a versatile table wine. One reason that Spanish Rioja wines should be a part of any collection is their... Read More
Zarpara Vineyards

Starting ‘er up: Zarpara Vineyard

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Zarpara Vineyards Mark Jorve says that to be in the wine business you need to run a vineyard, a tasting room and a winery.  Hey, sounds reasonable, but when he adds, “If you are running any two of these yourself, you’re ‘certifiable’!”  Now it really comes into focus.  Of course, he and his partner... Read More
Franciscan Napa Chardonnay

Franciscan Chardonnay: More value than ever

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When big Napa Valley name-brand estate wines start getting close to the $10 level, it is grounds for a double-take.  One of those consistently on the value watch list is Franciscan’s Estate Chardonnay.  That’s right, a well-known estate wine on the cheap. Total Wine is now offering it for $11.99 at the Tempe store... Read More
Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs

Foster A Little Love Without the Gluten

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Taryn Jeffries 14 Comments

If your house is anything like mine, you probably have a multitude of tastes. For example, I have one, Thing Two, who is pretty much a garbage disposal. He will eat anything you put in front of him and probably as for more later. Thing One on the other hand is much like that... Read More
2010 Montoya Napa Cab

Montoya Napa Cab: Whatcha’ call dusty

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When tasting Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, there is one important thing to keep in mind, get ready to mentally sort through the relative merits of all kinds of dark fruit combinations.  Well maybe, because with wine tasting generalities and stereotypes, there are always exceptions. Yep, as the many examples of vintners’ work coping with nature’s... Read More

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