Monthly Archives: July 2010

New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs – all the same?

New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs – all the same?   Some colleagues of mine suggest that New Zealand (Marlborough at least) are interchangeable. The suggestion goes that the flavor profile is so similar in these increasingly easily available NZ SBs, that one … Continue reading

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A California-style white… from Portugal!

A California-style white… from Portugal!    What a fascinating wine discovery!  The 2008 Dona Ermelinda White (http://www.ermelindafreitas.pt/en/) is a blend of several native and often unfamiliar Portuguese grapes (Fernao Pires, Arinto, Antao Vaz) and 30% very familiar Chardonnay, the grape responsible … Continue reading

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Fish Dinner with White Wines

Fish Dinner with White Wines  A recent dinner put on by “Off the Grid” (www.off-the-grid.ws) combined the fish-based culinary talents of owners Henry and Angela of Penn Avenue Fish Company (www.pennavefishcompany.com ).   The idea of a five course fish-only dinner … Continue reading

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Four French Values from recent Wine and Cheese Cruise

Four French Values from recent Wine and Cheese Cruise Recently a cheese-expert friend of mine, David Bennett, presented an opportunity to pair wines and cheeses, with the additional treat of discussing these pairings as we floated on the river in … Continue reading

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Boutique-style California wines for value-style budget

If you drive north through the northern most vicinity of Napa Valley, a few minutes past Calistoga, you will arrive in the AVA (American Viticultural Area) known as Knights Valley.   Although not the most recognized wine region in California, this … Continue reading

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Great Value White Wines for Summer!

As the cold of Winter gives way to warmer temperatures of Spring, many wine enthusiasts and restaurants start thinking about warm weather wines.   For me, this group of warm weather wines comprises mainly whites, although rose is a favorite of … Continue reading

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Australia Day Wines!

Australia Day Wines! Continue reading

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