Archive for the ‘Imports’ Category

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Valentine Value Vinos from Around the Globe ~ Wines of the Week ~ Vintage Prosecco and Paringa

PREFACE THE HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statement I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL ~ WINEMAKING THE SOUL OF THE DEAL ~ SAMPLE Sample from: Quintessential Wines   2016 Vintage Prosecco, Veneto Italy THE HEART OF […]

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Worldly Wines of the Week ~ FERRATON Père & Fils

FRANCE ~ FERRATON Père & Fils FERRATON Père & Fils: In 1946, winemaker Jean Orëns Ferraton, also the son of a winemaker, began his vineyard in the Rhône Valley of France. Jean’s son Michel became the next generation rooted in the same passion. Over time, Michel has used new vineyard innovations, to bring their growing […]

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Christmas Fair and Wines to Pair ~ A Seamlessly Delicious Meal

Since November 1994, the Ultimate Thanksgiving issue from Bon Appétit holds the most delicious recipes ever for holiday meals that features turkey, chicken, goose, name the bird and here you’ll find deliciousness. And each year, I run right back to this well worn issue, to continue the journey. In fact, this magazine is the only […]

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Halloween’s Devilishly Delicious Cab ~ 2016 Reserva Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile

This bottle of wine has been worth saving, since it arrived in September. The 2016 Reserva Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile had Halloween written all over it, right? A reliably tasty wine from Casillero del Diablo, this is something you can bank on as a great value. I don’t care what grape variety […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2016 Santa Julia Tintillo, Mendoza Argentina

What a delicious wine blend of Malbec and Bonarda is this 2016 Santa Julia Tintillo. But then you might ask, “Isn’t a lot of Malbec wine coming from Argentina?” To which I’d say, “Sure, but how many of them are also blended with Bonarda?” For the most part, gotcha, because you hear “Malbec” and not […]

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Wines of the Week ~ For The Solar Eclipse ~ Concha y Toro Frontera After Midnight and Moonlight

[Image from Navicore] On August 12, my husband and I went outside, pulled up the lawn chairs, got under our blankets, and watched the night sky. We were hoping that the meteor shower would be spectacular. It didn’t disappoint, with one brilliant, gigantic streak that had entered our atmosphere and shot across the sky in […]

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Marqués de Casa Concha – From the Home of South America’s Power House Wine Producer

In my humble opinion, wines that come from the Concha y Toro Power House are incredible wines for the price that you’re going to pay for them. I’ll never waver in that belief, after tasting them one-by-one, for the last five years. If you get to know this producer, too, most especially since they’re distributed […]

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Roses to Write Home About

éé Wines of the Week Rosés, our most delicious wines for the spring and the summer season ahead, I love them… True confession: It wasn’t until I tasted Sutter Home’s White Zin that I finally got wine. Had I not been trying to love Merlots as my entry wine, I wouldn’t have needed something with […]

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Small Producers Don’t | Won’t Matter to Wholesalers ~ Perhaps Ever Again

Once an oligopoly is formed, like the big three car manufacturers (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler), it takes (and took) an outside  invasion to enter the US, offering greater value. Then, it will cycle back again…in continual consolidations. Worldwide, now, will be determined by who’s cashed out and who’s cashed into the most gold. Gold […]

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A Chance Encounter Lead to One of the Biggest New Packaging Innovations in Wine ~ Locations

The email began: “Could a chance encounter with a taxi lead to one of the biggest new things in wine?” Locations Wines Got My Attention It went on: A strange statement, I know – but true. Just after the 2010 harvest, Dave Phinney (Orin Swift fame, and the winemaker for Stanton Vineyards, for instance) was […]