Wine Notes

wine glass
Friday, October 7th, 2011
The Casablanca Valley, a beautiful area about 45 minutes from downtown Santiago, is lush with vines and filled with wineries. Driving to the coastal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar last January, we stopped at the Casas del Bosque vineyard in the Casablanca Valley for a tour, tasting and lunch.
Watermelon Martini
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
There is a saying; "accident is the mother of invention". In my case circumstance is the mother of invention and it led to the creation of a very delicious watermelon martini.
Thursday, December 30th, 2010
It is customary to ring in the new year with a glass of bubbly.

Here are my recommendations at various prices points:

Monday, December 27th, 2010
I regularly peruse the wine aisles at Whole Foods and occasionally wander down the beer aisle.  On a recent Saturday I was intrigued and enticed to stop at a demo station featuring the recently released Infinium, champagne-style beer from Sam Adams.  It was still early, so they
Sandrone Barolo
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
On a recent trip to the Piedmont Region of Italy I had the good fortune to visit the Sandrone winery and meet the owner Luciano Sandrone and his daughter Barbara.  Luciano took us on a tour of the winery, where this first generation winemaker shared his passion for the grape. 
wine tasting
Monday, August 16th, 2010
You can drink wine without tasting it and you can taste wine without drinking it.

The sommelier opens the bottle of wine, lays down the cork, pours a taste and waits for your approval. People tell me that this ritual makes them nervous. They don't know how to taste wine: what are they supposed to do with the cork and what if they don't like the wine?

veuve clicquot
Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin was born into a family of relative privilege.  Her father was an adept textile merchant and savvy politician.  Barbe-Nicole inherited his intellect and work ethic.
New Age Wine Label
Friday, June 25th, 2010
This is the most common question I hear when I'm meeting someone for the first time.  My answer is always "it depends".  It depends on several factors; what's the occasion for opening a bottle of wine, the food being served, whom I'm drinking with, my mood, my budget and the weather.
nye toast
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
Planning to spend New Years Eve with family and friends? Whether you are called on to make a toast or volunteer to say a few words, some advance thought will help you avoid an awkward moment.
Staglin Wine
Saturday, December 26th, 2009
Good News Girlz,
I was asked so kindly to write a wine note for Good News Girlz and I gladly accepted and then thought that this would be my first experience in doing so. I do love wine, love to share it, love to drink it, love to talk about it. Wine is a lot like life: Each vintage, each vineyard, each vine and each grape are all unique!
champagne glasses
Sunday, December 20th, 2009
When it's time to make a toast we break out the sparkling wine. Legend has it that a french monk by the name of Dom Perignon accidently discovered the beauty of a second fermentation - bubbles!

Not all sparkling wine is created equal.  Why does a bottle of 2000 vintage Dom Perignon cost $150 when a non-vintage bottle of Zardetto Prosecco can be had for $10?

Aia label
Friday, December 11th, 2009
I had the pleasure of tasting this wine at our annual Women for WineSense Holiday Wine Exchange.  This red blend from Miner Vineyards presents aromas of pepper, earth and subtle berries on the nose.  On the palate the wine offers pepper, mint and chocolate.  A food friendly  wi
Juxtaposition Label
Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Gabrielle handcrafts her wines.  This food friendly wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (76%) and syrah (24%).  On the nose it delivers aromas of blackberry, cherry, mint and vanilla.  On the palate it delivers soft, but firm tannins.  Flavors of blackberry
Margaux LaBastide Dauzac label
Thursday, October 15th, 2009

On a recent trip to France my friend, Andria, and I decided to do some wine research on our last night out. We chose Margaux LaBastide Dauzac 2005, a very drinkable blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes.

TC Wine Label
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
We served Terroir Coquerel at our launch event.  It is a wonderfully refreshing wine with layers of complexity.  Made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape the wine was aged in French oak for eight months giving it some of the characteristics that you find in wines from Bordeaux.
CM  Chardonnay
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

This wine is an example of California Chardonnay done well. It delivers aromas of apple, pear,  vanilla, a slight hint of buttered toast and a touch of minerality.  On the palate it presents flavors of green apple, lemon zest, and vanilla.

2007 sancerre
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
It’s August – the perfect wine is light, crisp and refreshing. This Sancerre (Sauvignon blanc grape) has crisp aromas of lemon and grapefruit with intense mineral notes. On the palate you get lemon zest, grapefruit and a slight hint of black pepper.
Loxton logo
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
In the heat of the summer I tend to gravitate toward white wines. As the mercury here in Texas tops 100 degrees I know there are some of you die hard "only Red girlz", so for you I have selected a wonderful red table wine to feature this week.
la reve
Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
I love the adventure of pairing wine with food. Sometimes the pairings work and sometimes they don’t. And, then there are the times when the pairing is so fabulous you want to shout out to all your friends.
prive melange
Friday, June 12th, 2009

Melange is a Bordeaux style wine. The wine delivers aromas of blackberry, cherry and vanilla. On the palate you will find layers of blackberry, blueberry, spice, vanilla and a touch of chocolate.

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