Monthly Archives: July 2019

The Wines of Santa Barbara’s Happy Canyon Vineyard

Happy Canyon Vineyard is a family owned and operated estate vineyard and boutique winery in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County.  It was purchased in the early 1990s by Tom Barrack, a polo enthusiast who also has a passion for wine. Happy Canyon consists of 60 acres and forms part of the Pinocho Ranch, which includes two regulation …

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Restaurant review: Zuni Café, San Francisco

I like to think that if I’d had lunch last Tuesday at “Yuni” Café, I would have marveled at the food anyway. But this wasn’t Yuni Café, it was Zuni Cafe.  Now in its fortieth year in the mid-Market section of San Francisco, Zuni is internationally famous; somehow Chez Panisse overcame it in renown, but Zuni remains vital enough that …

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Visiting Niagara, Canada (2) Queenston Mile

Queenston Mile is a new producer in Canada’s Niagara region. It’s a side project of the Creekside winery, who have been making wines from this 50 acre vineyard in St Davids Bench for 20 years. Creekside’s focus has been on Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah, but the focus at Queenston Mile is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With its fancy tasting room …

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Protos pioneers turn their attention to Rueda whites

The wine of kings Rueda is one of Spain’s oldest regions, dating back to the Middle Ages. In the 11th century, King Alfonso I designated the land for viticulture and divided it among winemaking settlers and monastic orders. From this time, the region was almost exclusively planted with Verdejo vines. Rueda’s white wines went on to become a court favourite …

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How to cool wine in a hurry – ask Decanter

How to cool wine in a hurry – ask Decanter What is the quickest and most effective way of cooling a bottle of wine? Freezer ‘You can wrap the bottle in a wet cloth then put it in the freezer for 10 minutes,’ said Xavier Rousset MS, sommelier and restaurateur. Just make sure you don’t forget about it – even …

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FLXcursion International Riesling Expo (1) Wrong side of the track

Last week I was really happy to attend the first FKXcursion in the Finger Lakes of New York State. The full title of this three-day event was the Finger Lakes International Riesling Expo, and because the annual Riesling Rendezvous wasn’t happening in 2019, they filled in this gap in the calendar, bringing Riesling lovers to one of the few regions …

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2017 Louis Jadot Chablis

I always love finding Chablis at Costco, and the Louis Jadot is one of those bottles that seems to appear frequently, but this is the first time I picked one up and tasted it. And I’m glad I did. This is a solid wine for $19.99, which is a nice discount from its $25 retail price elsewhere. The wine also …

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Are hybrid and ancestral wines on the rise?

Made from hybrid vines, they are produced under the Vin de France labelling rules. Similarly, in Spain, after three decades of research, Bodegas Torres will shortly begin sales of their new ‘ancestral’ wines. Hybrid vs ancestral Although reasons for planting hybrid or ancestral vines are similar, the two have very different backgrounds. Hybrids are traditional European vitis vinifera vines crossed …

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Daily Wine News: When Wines Backfire

Tank Garage Winery’s Skin Flick wine. In Meininger’s, Felicity Carter looks at the backlash against a press release for a wine called “Skin Flick” that has a pornographic label, and was described as being “sexy, dripping with aromas of orange blossom, banana laffy taffy, and nutty baking spices. On the palate, hints of orange marmalade ride your tongue, with a …

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Californian premium Rho?ne-style reds

According to Patrick J Comiskey’s book American Rho?ne, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Rho?ne varietal bottling of the modern era in the US – a Santa Clara Valley Grenache by David Bruce in 1969. In just five decades, Californian wines based on classic Rho?ne varieties, or ‘Rho?ne Rangers’ as they’re known, have gone through an evolution …

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Wine of the Week – Stella Prosecco for the Joy of It

PREFACE: THE HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statements I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL ~ WINEMAKING THE SOUL OF THE DEAL ~ SAMPLE Imported by LLS (Leonardo LoCascio Selections), a member of The Winebow Group) Creative […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/07/31/wine-of-the-week-stella-prosecco-for-the-spring-equinox/

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Stone trashes gay rights, then says he was “misunderstood”

Oliver Stone, the filmmaker, said something pretty stupid the other day, when he told Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom he was meeting, that Russia’s anti-gay laws are “sensible.” In their conversation, the two men wandered into what seems like a weird area for the leader of a nuclear-armed country and a Hollywood movie director: gender issues. It’s not clear …

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