Upcoming releases and events at King Family Vineyards

King Family has some exciting upcoming releases and events planned for the first half of 2015: – First Wednesday – Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – Crosé 2014 Release – Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Barrel Tasting with Winemaker Matthieu Finot: Session 1 & Session 2 – Saturday, February 28, 2015 – “3” 2013 Release – March 3, 2015 – Wish...

Australian versus New Zealand Pinot Noir (a mini comparison)

Australian versus New Zealand Pinot Noir (a mini comparison) It is very interesting to compare Australian and New Zealand Pinot Noir. In my opinion, there are interesting parallels, for example between Central Otago and Mornington Peninsula on the one hand, and Martinborough and the Yarra Valley on the other.This was a brief tasting of six high quality wines.The 2010 Picardy Pinot Noir from Pemberton,...

Greetings from Lodi!

Greetings from Lodi! Posting might be a little erratic this week, as I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to finish up the dozen incomplete drafts I have sitting in the queue. But I’m not slacking off–I’m here in scenic Lodi, California with Snooth and the Lodi Wine Commission, and I’m about to start three straight days of winery tours, dinners, and tastings.Yesterday...

Is Wine Bullshit? James responds

Is Wine Bullshit? James responds He leaps from one point to the next, and having started with the proposition that wine is bullshit and that experts cannot tell good wine from bad, comes to a conclusion that, on its face, makes everything he has written on the way through incorrect or misleading. There is always the wonderful use of unqualified generalisations attributed to ‘critics’, without...

Finding the best

Finding the best As you peruse the wine aisles in your local wine merchant or supermarket, you may have seen a bottle or two proudly sporting a gold, silver or bronze medal sticker from one of the many international wine competitions. These competitions aim to find the very best wines from the entries and give you, the consumer, a guide to what the wine experts believe are the finest wines on the...

Of Tasting Notes and Photographs

Of Tasting Notes and Photographs EventsToday’s EventsThis Week’s EventsThis Month’s EventsSearch EventsLogin to Add an EventAdd an Event WineriesNapa WineriesSonoma WineriesPaso Robles WineriesSearch WineriesLogin/RegisterAdd a Winery BlogWine of the DayMost Read Articles About WineFood and Wine PairingVarietalsVisiting Wineries © 2008-2012 NorCal Wine. All rights reserved. All...

2012 Gnarly Head Malbec

2012 Gnarly Head Malbec A little site news first… Be sure to check out my latest post on PalatePress.com, in which I discuss awkward wine moments I’ve experienced. I’ve told a few of these stories here before, but I go into more depth in this new article. Also, I was recently interviewed by Jameson Fink for Grape Collective. There are some neat stories coming up in the next month,...

Rare & Unusual

Rare & Unusual  ~ The Unique Man – Michele Braganti ~(Photo Courtesy of Joanie Karapetian) I am the richer for having found Monteraponi’s wines. At the risk of waxing poetic, I hope that these pages have encouraged you, the reader, to seek these wines out. They are distinctive, they are personal, they are soulful and delicious. In a sea of what can sometimes be homogenous Chianti...

Wine and Food in Hilton Head and Savannah Georgia

Wine and Food in Hilton Head and Savannah Georgia One of the items on my husband’s bucket list is to play golf on Hilton Head Island, so when I was able to get a good deal on a weekly condo rental there recently, we jetted off to the South Carolina island covered with long white sandy beaches, swaying palms, pink azaleas, and oak trees dripping with lacy moss.He was happy because he was finally...

Symphony Hill Family Reserve Verdelho 2013

Symphony Hill Family Reserve Verdelho 2013 A whiff of this and I’m picturing palms, pools and sunshine. Very tropical and the pineapple and passion fruit on offer confirms that.Deliciously fresh with the spice character Verdelho brings with it washing through to the end. I certainly enjoyed it.The back label says, “…best enjoyed lazing in a hammock overlooking the ocean whilst...

Howell Mountain Spring Tasting Wrap Up

Howell Mountain Spring Tasting Wrap Up EventsToday’s EventsThis Week’s EventsThis Month’s EventsSearch EventsLogin to Add an EventAdd an Event WineriesNapa WineriesSonoma WineriesPaso Robles WineriesSearch WineriesLogin/RegisterAdd a Winery BlogWine of the DayMost Read Articles About WineFood and Wine PairingVarietalsVisiting Wineries © 2008-2012 NorCal Wine. All rights reserved....

20 Years of democracy in South African wine

20 Years of democracy in South African wine While the industry is focused on achieving the quality standards that will ensure commercialsuccess, there is also a realisation that if this is to be maintained over time, then all farmingpractices need to be both environmentally sustainable and socially responsible, and South Africaleads the way in terms of production integrity and sustainability. Following...

How Critics Taste Wines – Glassware

How Critics Taste Wines – Glassware EventsToday’s EventsThis Week’s EventsThis Month’s EventsSearch EventsLogin to Add an EventAdd an Event WineriesNapa WineriesSonoma WineriesPaso Robles WineriesSearch WineriesLogin/RegisterAdd a Winery BlogWine of the DayMost Read Articles About WineFood and Wine PairingVarietalsVisiting Wineries © 2008-2012 NorCal Wine. All rights reserved....

More Thoughts on Blind vs. Non-Blind Tasting

More Thoughts on Blind vs. Non-Blind Tasting EventsToday’s EventsThis Week’s EventsThis Month’s EventsSearch EventsLogin to Add an EventAdd an Event WineriesNapa WineriesSonoma WineriesPaso Robles WineriesSearch WineriesLogin/RegisterAdd a Winery BlogWine of the DayMost Read Articles About WineFood and Wine PairingVarietalsVisiting Wineries © 2008-2012 NorCal Wine. All rights...

At Sea on the Seabourn Sojourn

At Sea on the Seabourn Sojourn I had two days to explore the Seabourn Sojourn while we were at sea. I had never been on a small luxury ship before so I was excited at the prospect. I was also ready for some rest and relaxation with my mom.Mom decided to sleep in, but I couldn’t wait to hit the ocean air. I started with breakfast outside at the Collanade Restaurant, where I was able to pick up some...

Oddero Trio

Oddero Trio ~ Her family wines are as charming as she ~ Cristina Oddero’s family has a long, proud tradition in the Langhe and that tradition of excellence extends to the Oddero wines we’ve reported on here at Tuscan Vines.The trio of wines below were tasted in various settings – two of which were during a Chef’s tasting menu. One “By the Glass” and the other...

A Great Tasting on Balance

A Great Tasting on Balance EventsToday’s EventsThis Week’s EventsThis Month’s EventsSearch EventsLogin to Add an EventAdd an Event WineriesNapa WineriesSonoma WineriesPaso Robles WineriesSearch WineriesLogin/RegisterAdd a Winery BlogWine of the DayMost Read Articles About WineFood and Wine PairingVarietalsVisiting Wineries © 2008-2012 NorCal Wine. All rights reserved. All logos...

How Critics Taste Wines – On Blind Tasting

How Critics Taste Wines – On Blind Tasting EventsToday’s EventsThis Week’s EventsThis Month’s EventsSearch EventsLogin to Add an EventAdd an Event WineriesNapa WineriesSonoma WineriesPaso Robles WineriesSearch WineriesLogin/RegisterAdd a Winery BlogWine of the DayMost Read Articles About WineFood and Wine PairingVarietalsVisiting Wineries © 2008-2012 NorCal Wine. All rights...

Top 100 Wine Challenge Update & Jamie’s article

Top 100 Wine Challenge Update & Jamie’s article The 2014 Challenge has now entered its final week of entries which will close on Friday, 7th March @ 17:00. If you haven’t entered yet, be sure to do so via the online entry process by Friday.Key announcement:Top 100 will be releasing their all new Top 100 App on the 10th April at the Award Ceremony.   The App moves Top 100 and all winning...

Paris, Longines Style

Paris, Longines Style I’ve been so busy the last few months that I never got around to writing about my last minute amazing trip to Paris with Longines. My adventure with the Swiss watch company is well worth relaying anytime.The invitation came out of nowhere to go to Paris to cover the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament for Tennis Recruiting and the new fall watch line for Cocktails and Joints....