|Winery:||Orin Swift Cellars|
|Region:||USA » California » Napa|
Vines on Pine
95 points. This wine’s aroma is extremely concentrated with deep, dark smoke and black stone aromas at first. The cloud of initial darkness gives way to bramble fruit, rose vines, and exceptional dark fruit tones. There is an impression of sea fog, bl...
|Winery:||Craggy Range Vineyards Ltd|
|Region:||New Zealand » Wairarapa » Martinborough|
The nose on this lovely wine opens with an array of fresh spring flowers, including rose and hibiscus, followed by fresh cut grass, red fruits, pre-ripe tomato and red bell pepper, then wafts of leather, tobacco, pine, menthol, cinnamon roll, vanilla a...
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Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ravaging California, threatening the vineyards and livelihoods of many in notable winegrowing regions. South of Carmel Valley, the Soberanes fire has been blazing since July 22, burning more than 79,000 acres. The fire is still only 60 percent contained, but has not threa... Read More
As the chilly season draws to a close our thoughts drift toward picnics in the park, fire pits at dusk, and sidewalk cafés. While there’s no reason to banish your red wines at the onset of spring, finding one that’s suited to the transition is key. It should be something bold, rugged and ripe with fresh fruit flavors. It should be a red wine gra... Read More
Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion. Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising. First - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free. Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label. Well, this 2014 Me... Read More
Hi everyone. This is my first post on the boards. My wife and I are doing a long weekend in Healdsburg (Jan 15-17) and Yountville (Jan 17-19) over MLK weekend and were looking for some recommendations on wineries to visit. We tend to like more full bodied red wines, but are open to other wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus o... Read More
October is National Pasta Month. And of all the Italian culinary products, pasta best exemplifies Italy’s dynamic personality. Sauces vary as do the hundreds of shapes and sizes. All are rich in history and tradition. Pasta dishes are local and seasonal, usually easy to prepare, lively and fun. The height of pasta’s elegant artistry is manifeste... Read More
Recent research shows that a glass of red wine a day is like twenty minutes of vigorous exercise. So before summer rosés officially take hold, get in on the last gasps of Cabernet. I tasted through forty different Cabernets, all under $16. There are some superb examples here that you’re going to want to try. Cabernet, because of the value inhere... Read More
Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More
The next time you visit Barcelona, Spain, get yourself into the mountainous vineyard regions of Priorat and Montsant, just a short drive from this beautiful Mediterranean city. “Which region is which?” This may sound crazy but think of the regions as a fried egg! The yolk is Priorat, the surrounding egg white is Montsant. Not very technical I ag... Read More
As we deck the halls, we should also remember to have wine on the brain while checking off our holiday lists. Wine is a perfect match to the season of joy and whether you’re providing the wine for the family party or looking for an extra stocking stuffer, here are ten wines under $10 that will certainly bring joy to the festivities. These value ... Read More
If you have any doubt that Austrians love their wine, consider the fact that the Viennese vineyards were begun 2,000 years ago and they are the only significant producing vineyards in the world growing within a cosmopolitan center’s city limits. The vines are less than 20 minutes by car, bus or train from the heart of the city. Austria has four ... Read More
Jul 25, 2011 at 12:03pm
Store was prompt and shipped wine well with insulating cushioning; it arrived just fine and in timely manner. However, the wine shown on the web site and the wine I ordered was 2009 vintage and the wine shipped was 2010. As it turns out, this wine is quite acceptable but I was disappointed at the change.
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