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The Reserve Wine List: An Artifact From a Different Era?

The Reserve Wine List: An Artifact From a Different Era?

By James Duren

From deep in the recesses of a gourmet restaurant does the reserve wine list come, a mythical collection of ultra-fancy quaffers pulled from a secret corner l..

July 27, 2015 in Commentary

Feeling the Heat: China Says Hello to Wade Wine

Feeling the Heat: China Says Hello to Wade Wine

By James Duren

It's beginning to seem like creating your own wine label has now become a rite of passage for the truly famous. Everyone from Bravo TV housewives to Brangel..

July 24, 2015 in Commentary

Summertime Bathing: Smithsonian Explores Effectiveness of Wine Baths

Summertime Bathing: Smithsonian Explores Effectiveness of Wine Baths

By James Duren

This past year gargantuan NBA star Amar'e Stoudamire blazed across the wine-world's headlines when he posted an Instagram photo of his hulking body submerged ..

July 23, 2015 in Commentary

Cousino-Macul Merlot Central Valley

Wine Review: Cousino-Macul Merlot Central Valley 2013

By Snooth Editorial

This is nicely herbal and earthy in the nose with a hint of smoke behind the red fruit. Quite bright and fruity in the mouth, full with acidity and tart berry..

July 22, 2015

Vista de Régua Caráter

Wine Review: Vista de Régua Caráter 2013

By Snooth Editorial

Fun and youthful purple color in the glass with an lightly herbal and fresh red cherry, red berry fruit aroma. Pronounced flavors of ripe cranberry, raspberry..

July 22, 2015

Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Central Coast

Wine Review: Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Central Coast 2013

By Snooth Editorial

Cool and light aromas of violets, plum, ripe cherry and licorice with a dusty, earthy note as well. Full flavored and medium bodied, this shows considerable r..

July 22, 2015

Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Central Coast

Wine Review: Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Central Coast 2012

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July 22, 2015

Hacienda Araucano Pinot Noir Reserva

Wine Review: Hacienda Araucano Pinot Noir Reserva 2013

By Snooth Editorial

A bit tarry and heated on the nose with some green strawberry fruit showing through. Tart cherry and mild strawberry on the palate with some dark fruit showin..

July 22, 2015

Torii Mor Riesling Willamette Valley

Wine Review: Torii Mor Riesling Willamette Valley 2014

By Snooth Editorial

Intriguing nose is light with floral aromas of ripe apple and spice framed with dried honey. Quite dry in the mouth, and as dry and pleasantly tart as it is i..

July 22, 2015

Home Blending: Blasphemy, or the Better Part of Vino Valor?

Home Blending: Blasphemy, or the Better Part of Vino Valor?

By James Duren

We've read the articles about aerating wine with blenders, the home remedy which supposedly adds years to a wine's flavor in a matter of few violent seconds. ..

July 22, 2015 in Commentary

Catch the Corsican Rosé Wave

Catch the Corsican Rosé Wave

By Christy Canterbury MW

Corsica may fall under French jurisdiction, but its spirit is clearly distinct from that on “the continent”, as they say. Read the street signs in French or i..

July 21, 2015 in Commentary

Welcome to the New Cellar Door: Aussies, Kiwis Buying Online

Welcome to the New Cellar Door: Aussies, Kiwis Buying Online

By James Duren

This past week, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation published a story that may be of some interest to wine drinkers around the world, partly because it pr..

July 21, 2015 in Commentary

Soccer League Teague: WSJ Wine Expert Defends Mom Favorite

Soccer League Teague: WSJ Wine Expert Defends Mom Favorite

By James Duren

A better case for the virtues of Sauvignon Blanc among the minivan mavens and the wine elite may not exist. This past week, Wall Street Journal wine expert ..

July 20, 2015 in Commentary

That Merlot Looks Quite Nice on You: Duo Makes Bottle Jewelry

That Merlot Looks Quite Nice on You: Duo Makes Bottle Jewelry

By James Duren

Yount Street Glass isn't where you go for a glass of Merlot, Cabernet or any other drink for that matter. In fact, the wine itself has nothing to do with what..

July 17, 2015 in Commentary

Chill Out! Brit Wine Experts Say Cooling Reds is Just Fine

Chill Out! Brit Wine Experts Say Cooling Reds is Just Fine

By James Duren

The summer sun is wielding its surly heat and those of us who suffer beneath its burly rays have learned well that a summer party isn't complete without a chi..

July 16, 2015 in Commentary

Bidding Adieu to Varietals? Blends Beg for Attention in Modern Wine World

Bidding Adieu to Varietals? Blends Beg for Attention in Modern Wine World

By James Duren

We feel so at home with trusty varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and and Malbec these days that it can be hard to imagine a wine world where blend..

July 15, 2015 in Commentary

It’s Time to Get Serious About Rosé

It’s Time to Get Serious About Rosé

By Jeff Kralik

This is the time of the year that you see a slew of rosé wine reviews, as the summer is known as pink wine season. This is underscored by the fact that most w..

July 15, 2015 in Wine Reviews

Wine Desert No More: Chinese Converting Barren Land Into Grape-Bearing Kingdoms

Wine Desert No More: Chinese Converting Barren Land Into Grape-Bearing Kingdoms

By James Duren

Much has been made of China's emergence into the wine world, particularly in light of recent reports from the International Organisation for Vine and Wine in ..

July 14, 2015 in Commentary

Goon Bag Gripes: Australian Premium Producers, Beer Bosses Complain

Goon Bag Gripes: Australian Premium Producers, Beer Bosses Complain

By James Duren

In the land of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, boxed wine goes by the name of “goon bag”, a slightly derogatory name for the vino and its accompanying bag fou..

July 13, 2015 in Commentary

A Bubbly Cheers for Heritage: Champagne Lands  UNESCO Designation

A Bubbly Cheers for Heritage: Champagne Lands UNESCO Designation

By James Duren

Fiercely protective of its name and history, the Champagne region of France has been a sublime stalwart of sparkling wine production for decades. While some ..

July 10, 2015 in Commentary

Trio of Female Winemakers Offer Insights Into Women in Wine Industry

Trio of Female Winemakers Offer Insights Into Women in Wine Industry

By James Duren

The wine world is more than just a matter of physical stamina, that's for sure. This past week, the Wine Industry Advisor interviewed a trio of female wine ..

July 9, 2015 in Commentary

Ditch Your Rosé: Orange Wine Is Burning Hot

Ditch Your Rosé: Orange Wine Is Burning Hot

By Sandra Crittenden

Orange wine is something I feel I have read about more often than I have seen it in the past few years. It is definitely not on every wine list I encounter no..

July 9, 2015 in Wine Reviews

Georgia on My Mind: Former Soviet State Makes Appearance on Mashable

Georgia on My Mind: Former Soviet State Makes Appearance on Mashable

By James Duren

You've probably heard of Georgian wine at some point over the past year. It makes plenty of sense – with the Old World and the New World titans now relativel..

July 8, 2015 in Commentary

In Defense of Wine Snobbery: The Method Behind the Madness

In Defense of Wine Snobbery: The Method Behind the Madness

By James Duren

Swirling glasses? Taking a deep whiff? Swishing wine-in-mouth? All common habits of wine aficionados, and though perceived as snooty or snobby by some, repor..

July 7, 2015 in Commentary

Wine List Agony

Wine List Agony

By John Downes

We’ve all been there. You’re shown to your table. You’re feeling good. Then the wine waiter (or sommelier) appears with the wine list. The table goes quiet as..

July 7, 2015 in Commentary

To Score or Not to Score, That is the Question

To Score or Not to Score, That is the Question

By James Duren

We love a good rating, don't we? Whether it's movies, restaurants, hotels or wines, reading up on the collective opinions of experts in the industry is one ..

July 7, 2015 in Commentary

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