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Traveling Wine Chick: My ‘Winestory’
Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ reminded me that it was three years ago, December 3, 2013 that I accepted my first full-time job in the wine business at a winery in the Napa Valley. At the time, I was not-so-gainfully unemployed after eleven months of severance and part-time work. I had been offered the job before … More My ‘Winestory’
jamie goode's wine blog: How Port wine is made: a film from the 2016 vintage
By Jamie Goode and Treve Ring (Gismondi on Wine) In mid-September, we visited the Douro Valley in Portugal during harvest. We spent quite a bit of time chatting with the producers. The vibe here was good: most seemed to be in the midst of a successful vintage, and quite happy with the fruit that was coming [...]
jamie goode's wine blog: Three from Hoffmann & Rathbone, impressive English wines
Really enjoyed these three from Hoffmann & Rathbone, a high-quality negotiant operation based in Sussex. Hoffmann & Rathbone Classic Cuvée Brut 2010 Sussex, England 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier. 12% alcohol, 10 g/l TA, 7 g/l dosage. Debut vintage from Ulrich Hoffmann. Very bright and focused with pithy, tight lemon and grapefruit characters. There’s [...]
Grape Wall of China: Saturday sipping | A trio of Beijing wine events today
By Jim Boyce | If you seek to do some sipping this Saturday, here is a trio of events to check out. The new Mali ...
jamie goode's wine blog: Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé
Hambledon is one of the most exciting of all the English sparkling wine producers. They’ve just released their first rosé, and it’s really impressive. Hambledon Rosé NV Hampshire, England 12% alcohol. 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir (red wine). 95% of 2014 vintage and 5% reserve wines, some aged in barrel. This is beautiful. It has vivid, slightly [...]
Reverse Wine Snob®: Reverse Wine Snob Presents Boxx Cellars
Boxx Cellars, celebrating (and selling) the best of box wine. Here at Reverse Wine Snob, we’re huge fans of box wine. But as we lamented in our giant round-up of box wines, too many producers use this less expensive format to fill it with cheap, tasteless swill. With a lot of work; however, we were […] The post Reverse Wine Snob Presents Boxx Cellars appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
jamie goode's wine blog: Washington wines on the world stage: a seminar looking at Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon
This was an interesting tasting that attempted to put Washington State’s wines in context by blind tasting them with some stiff international competition. We tasted double blind, although in each flight the first wine was sighted, and from Washington State. Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars led the tasting. He was an MS (master sommelier) in the [...]
Natalie MacLean: Win $500 Wine Pack with Casas del Bosque Wines on Instagram
Enter the #hotandcool Photo Contest to Win a $500 Wine Pack Featuring the wines of Casas del Bosque, Chile Some like their wines from cool regions and others like them hot. From the vibrant tropical and citrus notes of Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc (Cool Casablanca Valley) to the dark fruit, chocolate and cooking spice flavours of the Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère (Hot Rapel Valley), these wines suit your every mood. What do I win? The grand prize winner of this contest will receive a $250 gift certificate to the LCBO and matching his and her Casas del Bosque […]
Grape Wall of China: Goodbye Laoma | La Cava wine shop closes in Beijing
By Jim Boyce | When a small shop called La Cava de Laoma opened in a remote corner of the massive Sanlitun SOHO complex in Beijing more ...
Grape Wall of China: Hot stuff | CHEERS uses mulled wine to help charity
By Jim Boyce | For a fourth straight year, wine importer and retailer CHEERS has used mulled wine power to participate in the annual Maovember ...
Natalie MacLean: Holiday Gift for Wine Lovers: Give the Gift of Great Wines Year Round
Wondering what to give the wine lovers in your life? How about a guarantee that they’ll enjoy every bottle they open? With a gift subscription to my wine reviews, they get exclusive access to my best value and top rated wines: red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines from around the world at all price points. They’ll discover wines they’ve never heard of that go amazingly well with a wide variety of dishes: bottles they would never have pulled off the shelf based on the label alone. No more disappointing bottles, no more paying too much for too little taste […]
Natalie MacLean: Wine Tripping and Sipping in Prince Edward County
By Alex and Priya, A Vine Romance Move over Niagara, Prince Edward County is coming of age as a wine country area in Ontario! Whether it’s the big names like Norm Hardie, Closson Chase and Karlo Estates, or the smaller ones like Domaine Darius or Trail Estates, we’ve spent many a weekend exploring the wineries of this region and wanted to share some of our favourite spots with you. Priya: First things first is finding a great home base for all your County experiences. We were lucky to get a spot at The Ferg, a beautiful boutique property co-owned by our very good […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Day 2, in Madeira
Francisco Albuquerque and Chris Blandy Day 2 of our Madeira visit began in the new Blandy’s cellars, which are located near the main Port, just past the airport. They’ve been moving most of their production here from the lodge in Funchal over the last few years simply because it’s much easier to work here, and [...]
Natalie MacLean: Prosecco Wine Video Reviews for a Sparkling Night
Jennifer MacDonald Havers Wine Columnist, Ottawa Citizen Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy Matt Steeves Wine Expert, CTV Morning Live Tenuta Lovia Conegliano Valdobbiadene Proseco Superiore Veneto DOCG, Italy Jane Staples Wine Columnist, Ottawa Wedding Magazine Astoria Fano Asolo Prosecco Veneto DOC, Italy Sharon Prionas Wine Blogger Tenuta S. Anna Extra Dry Prosecco Veneto DOC, Italy […]
Dr Vino's wine blog: Sour Grapes – wine fraud movie now on Netflix
Sour Grapes recently went live on Netflix. Has Netflix recommended it to you yet? If not, you’re clearly not watching the right shows! After speaking with one of the directors and seeing the trailer, I was ready to fire up the documentary when I saw it was available. Sour Grapes tells the story of Rudy […] The post Sour Grapes – wine fraud movie now on Netflix appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
Reverse Wine Snob®: Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills H3 Cabernet Sauvignon – Juicy, Dusty and Darn Good
Another vintage, another winner! The Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills H3 Cabernet Sauvignon. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot from Horse Heaven Hills Vineyards, Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine spent 9 months in 48% new/52% used French and American oak barrels. The Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills H3 Cabernet Sauvignon has an SRP of $15 […] The post Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills H3 Cabernet Sauvignon – Juicy, Dusty and Darn Good appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.