Last weekend I had the pleasure of being one of 40 wine writers participating in Taste Camp 2012. After meeting in Long Island, the Finger Lakes and Niagara the last three years,Â Loudoun County was chosen for 2012...Washington, DC's wine country. Lucky for me, and everyone else that lives in / visits the DC metro area, [...]
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A smell and sip of the Assyrtiko...a bite of the Spanakopita...the Greek music playing in the background...for a moment, I was back in the Greek Islands. Alas it was Winesdays at my Alexandria, VA Whole Foods. But for an hour, as I walked around with my grocery cart sampling the five different Greek wine varietals [...]
Arrogant Frog is an estate-bottledÂ wine from the Languedoc region of Southern France. I discovered itÂ when living in Amsterdam andÂ was so pleased to find it available in the U.S. last summer. The label grabbed me in our Amsterdam wine shop. The playful art and fun names, like Ribet White (Chardonnay-Viognier), Lily Pad Pink (a Sparkling Rose), [...]
Finally made it to City Winery in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood on Sunday after reading about them for several years! What a cool spot...part winery (they make wine on-site), part restaurant/wine bar, part concert venue. We stopped into The Barrel Room, a tasting room and 30-seat restaurant, within this huge facility for some wine and apps. [...]
For the last day of our Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, we headed into northern Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, known for Cabernet Sauvignon, and Dry Creek Valley, known for Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produced from its warm days and morning fog off the Pacific Ocean. These two wine areas definitely feel different than the Russian River [...]
On the second day of our Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, after an exhilarating early morning hot air balloon ride over Sonoma County vineyards, we visited wineries in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Valley...Martinelli Vineyards and Winery, VJB Vineyards & Cellars and Muscardini Cellars. Martinelli Vineyards and Winery Our first stop was in the Russian [...]
In Seattle this week I've discovered two nice wines you might want to check out! Pasek Cellars 2007 SyrahÂ Pasek Cellars was started by Gene and Kathy Pasek in 1995. Located in Mount Vernon, Washington, their specialty is fruit wine but they ventured into Syrah. Grape Variety: 100% Syrah Aroma: Warm spice and berries. Taste:Â Extremely [...]
As we departed for our last summer beach weekend Saturday, I grabbed a few rosés from the wine rack to enjoy on the trip. Sunday night we opened a bottle I'd been saving from a great vineyard we visited in Provence during our September 2009 trip, Château Sainte Roseline. Château Sainte Roseline is just outside [...]