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Fall & Winter Wine Line Up

9 Nov

I was hesitant to release a video discussing Thanksgiving wines this year because this type of information is in full bloom this holiday season.  However, as the weather gets colder outside, I start to crave some heartier wines to compliment those comfort foods of the season. So, instead of Thanksgiving wines, I decided to put together this short video featuring my Fall and Winter wine line up.  These wines are great with just about any meal of the season and they are not budget busters.  I hope you will find something to put on your holiday wine list this year.  Cheers! (more…)

Bigger Than Life: Spring Mountain Wines

27 Oct

Spring Mountain Wines

I had the wonderful experience of spending several days in the Spring Mountain District located directly above the Napa Valley.

I attended as part of the Touch the Terroir Program

sponsored by the Spring Mountain Winegrowers Association.  This crush camp gave me the opportunity to learn about the unique characteristics of the region and taste the wines they produce. The Spring Mountain District lies just above St. Helena on the east slope of the Mayacamas Mountains, which separate Napa and Sonoma.  The district’s elevations range from 400 to 2,600 ft.  Its location creates a very unique range of microclimates characterized by relatively cool days and warm nights (as the heat rises from the valley floor) in comparison to Napa Valley.  It is truly amazing to see the vineyards that line the terraced mountain side. The vines location creates wines that have intense flavors of black and red fruit with balanced acidity and loads of tannin. (more…)

Oh Canada…How SWEET it is! – In Pictures

20 Sep

I just returned from a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada and I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the wines I tasted. Out of all the wine growing regions across the world I have been fortunate enough to visit, I have sorely neglected those in my own backyard.   The trip was a short three hour car ride with friends and it turned out to be a wonderful weekend. I must admit that I had a lot of preconceived opinions on the quality of the wine coming out of Canada.  I was expecting to find only quality ice wines. (See pictures after the break!). (more…)