2014 Domaine L’Ostal Cazes “Grand Vin” #Winophiles

This month, the French Winophiles are making a virtual trip to the Languedoc-Roussillion region of France (which is now part of a newly formed region called the “Occitanie” – more on that later).  I’ve chosen a wine from Minervois La Livinière appellation – the 2014 Domaine L’Ostal Cazes “Grand Vin” and pairing it with vegan…

Champagne Le Brun de Neuville Authentique Assemblage; Superb Value For #ChampagneDay

Champagne Le Brun de Neuville Authentique Assemblage – “Five years aging on lees, under cork rather than crown cap for $35?  Who says fine Champagne has to be expensive?  One of my favorite under $40 bottles of Champagne this year !” Grapes for this wine were sourced from the Côte de Sézanne region of Champagne. The area is…

#Winestudio – Week 2; A Taste Of The Rive of Conegliano Valdobbiadene

During the month of October, I’m participating in the #Winestudio Conegliano Valdobbiadene (“CV”)program.  The  four-week program features a region, that until last year, I was unfamiliar with. While attending  the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference, I attended a session put on by the Consortium of Italian Wine and Food.  One of the wines, I tried was a Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco…

#Winestudio – Week 1; A Taste of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

During the month of October, I’m participating in the #Winestudio Conegliano Valdobbiadene program.  The  four-week program features a region, that until last year, I was unfamiliar with. While attending  the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference, I attended a session put on by the Consortium of Italian Wine and Food.  One of the wines, I tried was…

A Wine and Cheese Pairing Party #MadeInFrance

During the month of October, Whole Foods Market (“WFM”) is promoting wines and cheeses of France.  You’ll find a bountiful selection of both at 300+ Whole Foods locations in 42 states.   As part of their promotion, Whole Foods Market has provided select members of the French #Winophiles group with a case of French wines and a gift card to…

Lodi Chronicles – Get Your Rhone on in Lodi Wine Country

As you may know if you follow this blog,  I’ve been contributing to Visit Lodi! Conference & Visitors Bureau blog.  Visit Lodi is the official travel website for Lodi, California.  From time to time I share blog posts I’ve written for Visit Lodi here.  I recently wrote a piece for Visit Lodi that featured 10 Rhone varietal…

Champagne Chronicles Redux; A Week In Champagne, A Lifetime Of Memories #Winophiles

Dreams do come true. When I first got into the “wine thing”, as I call it, I dived head first into the pool of knowledge.  One of my resources was Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible, and one of my favorite chapters in that vinous tome is “Champagne“.   Inspired by what I read about  Champagne in the…

Wine of the Day: 2013 Carlisle Grenache Rossi Ranch #GrenacheDay

2013 Carlisle Grenache Rossi Ranch – This delicious and distinctive wine  shows a depth I’ve seldom experienced with Grenache!  This wine is a blend of 91% Grenache and 9% Mourvèdre  sourced from the Rossi Ranch Vineyard, which was planted in 1910’s by Carlo Rossi. From the winery.…This wine is one of several surprises in 2013.  Normally…

Wine of the Day: 2014 Tercero Mourvedre Rosé Vogelzang Vineyard

2014 Tercero Mourvedre Rosé Vogelzang Vineyard – The wine has held up beautifully…It’s taken on a savory element that I adore and wish I found in more Rosé wines! Fruit for this wine was sourced from the biodynamically farmed Vogelzang Vineyard in the Happy Canyon AVA, east of the the city of Los Olivos. The grapes…

Wine of the Day: 2013 Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial Sardon de Duero

2013 Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial Sardon de Duero…if this a well-balanced wine, harmonious and very expressive wine is any indication of the quality of wines coming out of the region, it’s a region I’ll be seeking out! A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah and other red varieties such as Merlot and Petit…