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  • Long before grapevines were planted on the hilltop at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, it was home to horses, goats, and chickens; trees bearing fruit, nuts, and olives; and gardens filled with vegetables, herbs, and flowers. And long before the words “sustainable” and “organic” were part of the common vernacular, they were ardently practiced ... Read More

    From the article An Interview with Winemaker Karen Steinwachs from Buttonwood Winery


  • I see probably a half dozen or more wines on that list from Gallo that I drink or would drink without a problem.  Martin Codax is effectively a version of Gallo for certain regions of Spain--they made, distributed, and exported all kinds of stuff.  Good Albarino, if not stellar.  Wm Hill was a nice place to visit last year and the stuff they sel... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Hewes’ Crab. Albemarle Pippin. Harrison. Grimes. Baldwin. Esopus Spitzenberg. Winesap. Apples. More specifically, cider apples with deep roots in The Commonwealth of Virginia. Each of these cultivars played an important role in the long history of hard cider in Virginia and are still grown today by some of the state’s most notable cideries.From ... Read More

    From the article Hard Apple Cider


  • Bordeaux gets a bad rap for several reasons. the top wines are ridiculously expensive. They also require significant time in the cellar to really show their stuff, and the style of these wines has changed over the years, becoming bolder, riper, and to many palates both less fresh and less complex. That’s the problem with expensive Bordeaux, but ... Read More

    From the article Values in Bordeaux?


  • Mud in the vineyards, transportation delays elsewhere because of the rain, (in some cases) more mechanically difficult harvests, etc. can cause headaches. But those aren't the main concern for most growers and winemakers.The two major categories of concern are rotting and splitting (contributory factors include both cluster tightness and skin th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Santa Lucia California...


  • Whew,,, Peter and Adam Just dodged a major bullet and Now I am wanting to reserve the 2014 Cargassaci and Keefer Pinot Noirs from Siduri..Just as the final grapes were harvested by Peter Cargassaci for Siduri Wines it started to pour Rain...  The story will be told, just as I taught a Wine Class 2 days prior regarding Pinot Noir/ Burgundy.Exactl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Santa Lucia California...


  • Sounds like a nice memory of your visit.In Germany and particularly Austria I've been with lots of people at home and even out  who mix sparkling water of various sorts with wines, often white, creating in-effect a wine spritzer. Very common in the summer time, and something that can be lightly refreshing and a tasteful alternative to, say, an O... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mueller Thergeau


  • I just came back from Germany (Bavaria area) and was introduced to a half dry Mueller Thurgau produced by a local winery (Huter).  My son mixed this with a meduim sparkling water and I really enjoyed this. I am not a wine drinker but I found this to be very enjoyable to drink.   What is a wine I can find locally that is comparable in taste to th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mueller Thergeau


  • This article should help you out in your quest JD: http://philly.thedrinknation.com/articles/read/6999-Wine-Challenge-What-To-Drink-With-A-CheesesteakI think beer is probably a better pairing than wine for a cheesesteak, though I can't really say because I couldn't tell you the last time I ate one - quite frankly, they're far inferior to the thr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pairing Suggestion for...


  • Whats your favorite penny saving cab and WHY?!  :)To make it easier, feel free to follow this format! Name: Belle AmbiencePrice (roughly): $9Why: Deep fruity notes of red berries, cherries and  a little vanilla dolce at the end. A perfect way to wind down and relax in the evening after a long hard day at work. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


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