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Review: 2011 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc

South Africa is world renown for its quality Chenin Blanc and this little gem from Mulderbosch proves to bolster that reputation. For well under $15, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one – let’s get into it. Residual Sugar 4.3 g/l Total Extract 22.4 g/l pH 3.38 Alcohol 13.92 % Total Acid 5.6 […]

2014 Mazda CX-5: Impressions

Review: 2010 Smasne Cellars Ancient Rocks red wine

Winery website: www.smasnecellars.com Robert Smasne has made a name for himself in the Northwest for producing wines that show good character, varietal integrity and body. This 2010 “Ancient Stones” blend is no different. A Rhone-style blend, it is a wine that can easily tame everything from a pot-roast to lamb shank to wild game. A good-drinking […]

Review: A pair of Matua Wines from New Zealand

Winery website: http://www.matua.co.nz Matua is a wine brand that hails from New Zealand and its mission is to deliver affordable, tasty vino from the best fruit it can get. With its first bottling in 1974, it’s been around the “block a few times” and has a loyal following of wine lovers. These two, affordable offerings have […]

Review: Three Paul Mas Wines

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.paulmas.com/index-fr.php Most wine lovers know of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone but France’s Languedoc region hasn’t been too high on the radar for many. Located in the southeast portion of the country, it grows some fabulous grapes under the Languedoc AOC body there. If you enjoy old-world-style wines at new-world prices, then […]

Tasty Spring Dish – Parmesan eggs and asparagus

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More Americans are drinking Champagne than ever before

Shipments of Champagne from the Champagne region of France continue to show significant growth in the United States. Just last year, more than 17.8 million bottles of Champagne were shipped to the United States, an increase of more than 160,000 bottles compared to 2012.

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The “Miracle Machine” turns water into wine in three days

Philip James, founder of Snooth.com and Lot18 has started a new project called “The Miracle Machine” – a counter top appliance that will turn water into wine in three days. Of course it requires the addition of some other ingredients but nonetheless, its’ very intriguing. Any bets that these guys have already started getting death […]

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Key Ingredient Launches SignatureSnap – Transcribe Your Printed Recipes

One of the biggest challenges for recipe collectors is sorting, organizing and preserving paper recipes. In our digital world, there is no need to fear losing precious recipes to damage, spills, fire, or carelessness. SignatureSnap™ from Key Ingredient has made the process of preserving those cherished, timeless recipes as easy as dropping them in a box. Today, […]

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Key Ingredient Sweepstakes

Key Ingredient (www.keyingredient.com), is sponsoring a new sweepstakes where you have the chance to win some nice prizes just by signing up for a free account! Go here to sign up, for the rules and all the details! http://www.keyingredient.com/blog/the-start-collecting-at-key-ingredient-sweepstakes Here’s what the first and second place winners will receive: For the 1st place winners:  An […]

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How to Tap a 5 Liter – courtesy of Hedges Winery

The folks at Hedges Family Estate have some fun, showing us how to put a tap into a 5-liter wine bottle:

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Study: Liberals drink more alcohol

Seattle WA — A new study from the Journal of Wine Economics find that states who have a more liberal view on politics tend to consume more alcohol. For example, the state of Nevada consume up to three times the amount per head than more conservative, neighboring states like Utah and Arizona. Understandably, Utah is […]

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Middleton: Quality knives made here in the U.S.A.

By Duane Pemberton Middleton website: middletonmadeknives.com If you’re knives are on the struggle, lose their edge all too often or present themselves to be uncomfortable, then check out the bad boys from Middleton Knives – here’s a video about them: Bladesmith Quintin Middleton of Middleton Made Knives from BadJon Photography – The Creativ on Vimeo.

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Prosecco Superiore International Festival – Italy, May 18th 2014

With its hilly land and the perfect mild weather, Conegliano Valdobbiadene is the most vocated territory for an Italian sparkling wine well known all over the world: Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Fresh, fine, elegant with distinctive fruity and floral notes, it is produced in the north-east of Italy, in a breathtaking viticultural landscape created […]

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Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery Gets Cozy

Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery Gets Cozy

January 6, 2014 (Paso Robles, Calif.) –Just in time for chilly weather, Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery has released a triple threat of red wines ideal for sipping alongside hearty dishes, as well as the perfect white wine to sip at the stove. Winemaker, Matt Ortman, put the finishing touches on VSJ’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, […]

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Duckhorn Wine Company Buys 20 Acres on Red Mountain

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. – December 19, 2013 – Duckhorn Wine Company has acquired a 20-acre vineyard site in Washington State’s acclaimed Red Mountain AVA. The unplanted site is located just above Col Solare, the vineyard partnership between Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington’s Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Once developed, the new vineyard will serve as a […]

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Wine Australia invites wine and restaurant businesses to get involved in Aussie Wine Month 2014

Wine Australia is inviting wine regions, wineries, restaurants, bars and retailers to get involved in Aussie Wine Month 2014 – the biggest annual celebration of Australian wine – which will run from 1 to 31 May 2014. Applications are now open for interested wineries, wine regions and other food and wine focused businesses to get […]

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Taste of Tulalip – the best Wine/Food event in the NW – almost here

WHAT’S UP: The 5th annual “Taste of Tulalip.  Over 2,000 attendees will sip, savor and indulge during this two day 5th anniversary celebration of wine, food and tradition. The weekend begins with the Friday evening Celebration Dinner – a 6-course meal of exceptional food and wine parings. Saturday’s Grand Taste features wine from over 120 Washington, California, Oregon, French and Spanish wineries, […]

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Breathometer – The World’s Smallest Smartphone Breathalyzer

Burlingame, CA, September 25, 2013 – Breathometer, Inc. today announced that the World’s Smallest Smartphone Breathalyzer, Breathometer™, will begin shipping to consumers in October 2013.  First units will be utilized to fulfill orders for supporters of Breathometer’s Indiegogo campaign from earlier this year, with additional production units being shipped to new customers and channel partners. […]

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San Luis Obispo Wine Country’s Rockin’ Harvest Celebration

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA— It’s time for wine lovers from near and far to get ready to rock as San Luis Obispo (SLO) Wine Country hosts its 23rd annual Rockin’ Harvest Celebration—a series of wine and food events happening amid storybook beachfront and back roads settings on November 1 – 3, 2013. The main event […]

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Review: 2011 Kennedy Shaw Riesling

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.thewoodhousewineestates.com For winemaker, Jean Claude Beck, making old-world style wine is in his DNA. Born in the Alsace region of France, Jean’s obvious influence of the area he grew up in comes to life in this Riesling. Easily, one of the best, if not the best Riesling’s I’ve had from Washington […]

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Review: 2010 Gifford Hirlinger Estate Tempranillo

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.giffordhirlinger.com Gifford Hirlinger is one of the many family-run, family-owned wineries you’ll find in the Walla Walla area. It produces wines from the estate vineyard around the winery and has won quite a bit of acclaim for its efforts. This tasty Tempranillo is a good example of how good this […]

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#Merlotme

#MerlotMe for the entire month of October

WHEN IS IT?  • The entire month of October • There will be a consumer event in San Francisco on October 10th WHAT IS IT? A global social media event bringing together wine lovers in the month of October to celebrate the noble Merlot varietal utilizing the hashtag #MerlotMe. WHY? Building on the success of #CabernetDay, it is time […]

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Screw caps: Not at all the “perfect” enclosure

Got a new wine shipment today with one “dead soldier” in the box which does happen from time to time. The difference is, however, the one that leaked was a bottle that had the “perfect enclosure” on it – a screw cap. While screw caps do hold in the “freshness” of a wine rather well, […]

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Ford honors National Bacon Day with Fiesta

If you’ve ever wondered when a car company might cater to bacon lovers, your time has come. With its 2014 Fiesta, customers can now order them with “bacon wraps”, “bacon racing stripes” and a “side of bacon”. “In the 40 years I’ve been in this business, I’ve never seen so much interest in bacon,” said […]

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