Wine of the Day: 2009 RARECAT Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Lieu Dit “Vinum Deus”

It’s refined and harmonious with a delicate mousse, vibrant acidity and a brioche, apple, Asian pear, citrus (lemon and a kiss of tangerine), white peach, white flower and hazelnut character RARECAT is thrilled to work in partnership with one of the oldest, most respected families still producing champagne.  The Michel Gonet family has produced champagne…

A Taste of Lugana; 2013 Tenuta Roveglia “Vigne di Catullo” Lugana Riserva #ItalianFWT

When I saw this month’s theme for the Italian Food, Wine, and Travel Group (#ItalianFWT)  was Alpine Wine, I had flashbacks to the multitude of experiences my wife I had when we traveled to Italy last fall.  We were there for three glorious weeks.  After flying into  Milano in Lombardy region, we wound our way through a…

2016 Estate Crush Albariño #AlbarinoFiesta

The sixth annual celebration of the Albariño grape is being celebrated this week from August 2nd-7th.   The annual event was established by TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society).  In years past the event was only celebrated one day, but for 2017, it is being celebrating for nearly a  week.  It coincides with the Fiesta del Albariño held…

2016 Oak Farm Vineyards Albarino #AlbarinoFiesta

The sixth annual celebration of the Albariño grape is being celebrated this week from August 2nd-7th.   The annual event was established by TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society).  In years past the event was only celebrated one day, but for 2017, it is being celebrating for nearly a  week.  It coincides with the Fiesta del Albariño held…

Wine Of The Day; 2016 Ridge Rosé Lytton Estate

2016 Ridge Rosé Lytton Estate…harmonious with racy acidity and ripe strawberry, raspberry, subtle Meyer lemon, nuanced spice and a hint of apricot flavors and a lingering savory finish Ridge Vineyards is relatively new to the trend that is rosé (though they did make a White Zinfandel in the 70s!) in the US.  According to cellar tracker…

2016 Conn Creek Malbec Rosé #WineStudio

Last month I participated in the #WineStudio Rosé program.  The online program,  which included a virtual tasting of a diverse selection of wines from France, Spain, Mendocino and Napa Valley was held each Tuesday in June.  The last week featured the 2016 Conn Creek Malbec Rosé. I previously posted about  a tempting trio of high quality…

Wine of the Day; 2014 Masthead Sangiovese Mohr-Fry Ranch #LodiWine

2014 Masthead Sangiovese Mohr-Fry Ranch;…an appealing supple mouth-feel and ample, alluring black cherry, pomegranate, and vanilla flavors accented with the kind of restrained savoriness that strikes adds an enticing balance between its fruity and savory character… This wine is the result of a collaboration between Scotto Cellars and four noteworthy wine bloggers; Peter Bourget and…

Lodi Chronicles: Ten Lodi White Wines For Summer #LodiWine

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 features 10 Lodi white…

Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Arrufiac? Oh My! #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are making a virtual trip to France’s Hidden Corner, the South-West (or ‘Sud-Ouest’ as the French call it) wine region!  Actually, we’re revisiting the region.  When we first visited a couple of years ago, I discovered the Perfect Wine For Liver And Onions! It was from the mostly overlooked Marcillac AOP, and…

Snooth Villa Maria Winemaker’s Collection Tasting #VillaMaria

Lucky me! I had the opportunity to do two Villa Maria Wine tastings in two weeks!  The most recent was the Villa Maria Winemaker’s Collection facilitated by Snooth. Over the course of the last few years I’ve had the opportunity to do a few tweetups featuring Villa Maria, but the Snooth tasting was the deepest dive…