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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Vitaluce Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    The wine is a lovely garnet color in the glass, with a violet hue and great ... smooth, very dry finish that dare you to take another sip.See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2015/03/2013-vitaluce-cellars-cabernet-sauvignon.ht Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • These waders aren't for fishing.  Winemaker Alex McCay popped up ... up ... Australian Ron Dare also spoke with ABC. He said he was at McKay's winery to help with the harvest. He was thrown off by the foot-stomping – the visitor expected only to pick. “I wasn't sure about the foot stomping because I didn't know what was happening with the ope... Read More

    From the article Canberra Winemaker Goes Old-School For This Year's Harvest

  • Al - blind tasting is a great way to learn. However, it's better if you ... you ... more nuanced wines, dare I say, wines with "finesse"?That's nonsense. The people who claim that either haven't done any blind tasting or they just aren't very astute tasters, or perhaps, like some writers, they just have some kind of agenda that they want to p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have you taken a blind wine...

  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes after the e-mail went out to the RdV Ambassador members, it was fully booked) 'Introduction to Blind Tasting' class at our favorite Northern Virginia winery, RdV.  Getting our two slots in this class was tough, as we didn't call them until 5 or 6 hours after their e-m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have you taken a blind wine...

  • You guys are tough on details that don't matter sometimes.  I used to ... ...  I was a bit of a dare devil back then.  Now I'm content to keep my speed below 70 MPH on my Harley.It's sad that the competition I posted about here is not much of one after all.  I had no history with the paper or the contest, but now I know. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Competition 2015

  • Check this out, you central-California folks.   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Competition 2015

  • New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and sparkling wines are on our minds. I love Champagne and recommend that people think of it more as a wine and pair it with dinner instead of just aperitifs and pre-meal toasts. Perhaps owing to its historic association with quality, a good Champagne can approach a hundred dollars a bottle, and really good ju... Read More

    From the article Dare to be Different: Portuguese Sparkling Wine for New Year's

  • Are you comfortable with putting these into an overall context for the rest of us? Dare I say 'points'? You did start the ball rolling by ranking them, after all... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010, 2012 Burgundy

  • I am probably the outlier in the group, but I actually understand the ... ... receiving more attention (dare I say, lucre) from more lobbyists.  Also, I am sure that if such an exemption is granted, then future volunteers will have to sign a release (multiple pages, very fine print) before they can start.I think item "C" is just silly.  Must t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Another attack on wine...

  • As long as I've been wine tasting, I've encountered "volunteers'... those who pour for the winery, and get to learn the business, meet folks, and generally have a good time.  This has been going on for decades.  Now, it seems, the powers that be are cracking down on wineries for various crimes.  Evidently the use of volunteers is illegal.  Why t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Another attack on wine...

  • Hi Do you have tours of the Dare winery? We would like to go on a tour. Thanks, Gary

    Comment by 542313Garjan 542313 Garjan

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