Wine Musings: Meeting Royalty

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Another to keep you entertained during my vacation, this great wine piece by Darryl Joannides It was late January 1997 and a particularly dark, wet and dreary winter’s day. We were on the back end of a 3 week trip driving all over the Italian peninsula, and beginning to get that type of weary that sets in when … [Read more...]

All About Wine and Food Pairings

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Another popular article from the past, by Ken Collura Have you ever tried Coca-Cola with a steak? Or coffee? How about a margarita? Each of these beverages can be seen accompanying steaks around town on a nightly basis. I know that everyone has different taste buds, but the thought of something sweet and … [Read more...]

British Astronomer Markets “Meteorite Wine”

Meteorite

Yup, you heard it right. Ian Hutcheon, a British astronomer, has introduced a red wine that contains... a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite. The meteorite from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is introduced into the wine just after a 25 day maloactic fermentation, and then blended with Cabernet. "The idea … [Read more...]

An Ode to Rosé

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I first sipped rosé in the South of France, so there was no choice but to fall immediately and deeply in love. I studied in Paris; during our late-summer break some friends and I vacationed in a small beach town near Béziers, on the Mediterranean coast. Immediately after ditching our backpacks at the budget hotel, my … [Read more...]

Drink Pink

Tradition Wine

A few weeks ago I was pouring at a tasting where the lineup included a few rosés.  As I tried to pour the first pink wine into one gentleman's glass he looked at me with that look of disappointment that told me we were about to have a conversation about rosé. It was the face you would see if you invited that … [Read more...]

What Do We Want Out of Wine?

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So what is it we want out of wine? That it tastes good, right? Oh, and if it doesn't empty our wallets that is certainly a nice bonus. This is especially true for yours truly, since the "stock option" plan for VINO employees consists of drinking leftover wine from weekend tastings. Luckily, there has never been a … [Read more...]

Wine Musings: Vintages – “Good” and “Bad”

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It frustrates me the way vintages are reduced to "good" and "bad". It’s not that vintage doesn’t matter – it can matter tremendously for many wines. But it’s a lot more complex than black or white. Take 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The wines are gorgeous, but a little like me at the end of the work week – they’re … [Read more...]