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Our 2012 crop of BN.

Hooray for Beaujolais Nouveau and Red Feet Wine Market!

By     |    Nov 15, 2012
Posted in: Ithaca, New York, Wine     |    No Comments

Today is the third Thursday of November! Today is the day that Beaujolais Nouveau emerges from the temporary storage rooms of French wineries and makes its way around the globe, bringing joy to wine lovers (then leaving them with terrible, terrible hangovers on the third Friday in November). Oh, Beaujolais Nouveau…some people hate it a lot, some people hate it a little. I don’t know anyone who would say that they love the wine. For […]

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We finally visit Ridge, my favorite winery

By     |    Aug 16, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Best Of, California, Wine     |    No Comments

When our friend, Ben, worked at a wine store in Chicago, he was always discovering interesting bottles and generously sharing them with us. This is how I had my first taste of Zinfandel from Ridge. I’ll always remember the bottle of Geyserville 2003 (or 2004?): the simple, clean label, the unexpectedly complex and delicious flavors. After my Ridge introduction, I was always on the lookout for sales or for excuses to […]

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The Kenwood tasting room.

We Return to Kenwood Winery

By     |    Aug 15, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., California, Wine     |    No Comments

We visited Kenwood in 2006, way back in the day, when Lisa and I lucked into a trip to Sonoma. We loved it. Lisa was DD that day, and I’m pretty sure I sampled every one of their wines. There are maybe 30 on the tasting list. We returned to revisit the wines and learn about the Yulupa Zinfandel that Lisa declared the $10 bottle of wine closest to her […]

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Iron Horse's tasting "room."

“California Champagne”

By     |    Aug 14, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., California, Wine     |    No Comments

We first visited the Sonoma and Napa Valleys in 2006 — we loved Sonoma, but Napa, not so much. Anytime we leave a wine region, we feel like we’ve missed tons of great stuff, or we find a favorite wine after the fact. Happily, we were able to return to Sonoma to visit some new/missed favorites — Korbel Winery and Iron Horse Vineyards. But first, a digression on wine place-names. […]

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Late-harvest vino and chips and salsa.

Wine Pairing: Sweet Wine with Chips and Salsa

By     |    Jul 30, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Parks, Washington, Wine     |    2 Comments

We’re fans of Champagne and potato chips. They’re great together. Champagne and popcorn is good too, but we really like the chips (“crisps” for our British readers). This duo is just as good. Got a bottle of sweet wine but don’t want to wait until dessert to drink it? Grab some chips and salsa. Here’s why it works: the sweetness of the wine takes the edge off both the saltiness […]

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Our Walla Walla sampling.

Wine tasting in Walla Walla, Washington

By     |    Jul 10, 2012
Posted in: Washington, Wine     |    3 Comments

Try to say this without smiling: I am drinking wine from Walla Walla, Washington. It’s impossible; it’s just too much fun to wrap your mouth around the words. But first, I should warn you right away that we didn’t actually visit any tasting rooms on our trip through Walla Walla. Instead, we drove past them and headed straight to the Safeway and grabbed a few interesting-looking local bottles to sample […]

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The winner!

Viña Borgia Garnacha: The Best Boxed Wine in the World!

By     |    Mar 22, 2012
Posted in: Wine     |    6 Comments

After six months of boxed wine and cheap bottled wine testing and tasting, we’re prepared to make a grand statement: we’ve found the best boxed wine in the world! The honor goes to Viña Borgia Garnacha, a Spanish red that is full of flavor and intensity. It’s even got sediment (a good thing)! It’s about $20/box or $1.25/glass, at the high end for boxed wines. Sadly, we’ve only seen it […]

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Jerome perched on the side of a mountain.

Bisbee vs. Jerome: Arizona Ex-Mining Town Smackdown

By     |    Mar 22, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Wine     |    5 Comments

We loved Bisbee, Arizona. We loved Bisbee so much we can’t wait to return. We loved Bisbee so much we were really looking forward to exploring another of Arizona’s ex-mining towns, Jerome. But did we love Bisbee too much to enjoy Jerome? Were our love-struck eyes too cloudy to appreciate another tiny town in Arizona? Maybe. That’s why I’m going to make this very scientific. There are categories. There are […]

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Paso Robles Wine Tour: Chronic Cellars

By     |    Mar 9, 2012
Posted in: California, Wine     |    1 Comment

The fifth and final stop on our small-scale wine tour of the Paso Robles region was Chronic Cellars. While in Chicago, we discovered Chronic wines at our local, family-owned grocery store, Lincoln Park Market. At first, we got it confused with that wine made by the guy from Tool, and if it hadn’t been good, we never would have picked it up again. But damn…it was good. It was feisty. It became […]

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Lone Madrone also gives you a glass with the many mismatched glasses do we need, people?

Paso Robles Wine Tour: Lone Madrone

By     |    Mar 8, 2012
Posted in: California, Wine     |    2 Comments

The fourth stop on our small-scale wine tour of the Paso Robles region was Lone Madrone, tagline: a “west side winery!” Of course, one of my first questions was: what’s with the name? Well, the Madrone is a type of tree found along the west coast, and the owner found a single one somewhere…and…well, at this point, this was the third winery we visited on my day of tasting, and it was before […]

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