Who’s your Mama?-Choosing a Mother’s Day Wine

Some clichés don’t bother me a bit. In fact, some, I relish. Like pink for Mother’s Day. Pink flowers, pink cards and pink wine suit me just fine. While the color choice may be cliché, I am certain your mother is not and she deserves a wine choice that fits her personality. Mom-Next-Door She answers […]

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An Argentinian Elixir-Ruca Malen

According to an ancient local legend, love between Gods and mortals was forbidden. Therefore, Mapuche women always walked looking down, fearing to meet the piercing gaze of a beautiful God. But one day, a Mapuche woman, the most daring of them all, raised her head, and when she met the eyes of the God she […]

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Think you Know Pinot? #Pinotinthecity Review

I compared clones from neighboring vineyards and vertical samples from one plot. I tasted Pinot Gris that cleansed and teased my palate, Pinot Blanc, layered and zesty. I had a few sparkling wines and flat wines that sparkled. And while the wines warmed and pleased my palate, the winemakers, owners, and representatives warmed my heart.

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I’d Love to be Stuck in Lodi

If John Fogarty feels dread at being “stuck” in Lodi, he may not be a wine lover. I know, I know, the song was written long before Lodi became a wine-lover magnet, but I can’t think of one without hearing the other. I recently participated in a Snooth chat with four wines from Lodi, California, […]

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The Road Taken-Balletto Vineyards

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both…* So begins the frequently referenced Robert Frost poem which alludes to choices made, paths traveled, destinies missed and revealed. When John Balletto was a very young man, he was forced to choose a path that would, again, diverge. Through trials and tenacity, […]

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Learning From a Master-#winestudio

Last year I participated in a virtual tasting with Santiago Achaval of Achaval-Ferrer in which we deconstructed his Quimera blend and discussed each component. He walked us through his method and motivation for creating this wine. The blend is dominated by Malbec, a signature grape in Mendoza. Achaval-Ferrer’s focus is on creating wines that best represent the […]

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For Love of Country-Mercer Wines

For five generations they have farmed the land. Generation after generation persevering. The land is part of them. It drives their pursuit of balance and sustainability. It fuels their love of country. It does not take more than a brief viewing of their site to see that the Mercer family is creating more than wine; they […]

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Taking a Leap-Texas Tuesday

Napa has Stag’s Leap which brings to mind images of strength and grace. Rutherford is the home of Frog’s Leap, a moniker chosen as John Williams leapt out on his own from the aforementioned winery. We’ve all seen a frog leap. Here in the Texas Hill Country, we have Armadillo’s Leap. You’ve never seen an […]

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Passage Way-Passaggio Wines

A passage way symbolizes an opportunity, a decision, the unknown. The phrase conjures several images, several responses. The primary image for me is that of a spring forest, a damp and trodden path, fresh vibrant leaves blocking out the sun, low in the sky. Dew covered ferns line the path. At my furthest point of vision, there […]

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