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Review: 2011 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2014 Mazda CX-5: Impressions Review: 2010 Smasne Cellars Ancient Rocks red wine Review: A pair of Matua Wines from New Zealand Review: Three Paul Mas Wines
 

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 […]

2013 Mazda CX-9: Impressions

2013 Mazda CX-9: Impressions

 

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Life in the bubbly lane: Cantine Ferrari

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.cantineferrari.it Cantine Ferrari is an produce of sparkling wine done in the French way of Methode Champenoise and are located in near the foot of the Dolomite Mountains. Ferrari is a rather common last name in Italy, in fact I was told by their winemaker, Marcello Lunelli, at a recent lunch in […]

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Taste Of Tulalip 2013 now gearing up

Taste Of Tulalip 2013 now gearing up

Tulalip, Washington – Tulalip Resort Casino is gearing up for a weekend of revelry to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Taste of Tulalip, its coveted award-winning food and wine aficionado event.  Scheduled for November 8 and 9, 2013, this year’s line-up of top talent, to be announced within the next month, will include many familiar […]

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New gadget allows you to enjoy wine without popping the cork

By Duane Pemberton There’s a new gadget on the market from  Coravin that allows wine lovers to enjoy their wines without pulling the cork. The idea behind it is that you don’t have to worry about over-oxidized wine if you’re the type who nurse a bottle for a few days. Its ideal market segment should be […]

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Review: 2010 Double Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://doublecanyon.com Double Canyon is a new winery in the state of Washington whose initial release is a Cabernet Sauvignon. It sources fruit from the prized Horse Heaven Hills AVA, which is home to some of Washington’s better vineyards as well. Using land that was originally owned by Don and Linda Mercer, […]

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Short video: Hedges Winery and wine submissions for scores

A funny video from Hedges Winery on Red Mountain with a quick look at Christophe Hedges’ view on scores. If we could only get other wineries to adopt this no-score policy, the industry would be better off.

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Chef Gordon Ramsay awards Hell’s Kitchen Season 11 Winner

WHAT:                 Exclusive First Photos: Chef Gordon Ramsay awards season 11 winner of Hell’s Kitchen the Head Chef of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill working under the direction of Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin. Gary Selesner, President of Caesars Palace, Hell’s Kitchen Season 11 winner Ja’Nel Witt and Chef Gordon Ramsay celebrate as Witt receives her […]

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Review: 2010 Beringer Quantum

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.beringer.com Easily one of the most recognizable names in the Napa Valley, Beringer is a long-time favorite producer of wine lovers around the globe. Although some of its lower-priced wines may lose their way among the “wine snobs”, its higher-end wines are widely sought after. This 2010 Quantum is a red […]

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Review: 2011 MontGras Quatro

Review: 2011 MontGras Quatro

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.montgras.cl/english/montgras.htm Chile produces some incredible wine values and as this 2011 Quatro proves, however, some of them need more time. Primarily a Bordeaux-style blend (with only 10% Syrah thrown into the mix), this is a well-priced bottle which carries good acidity and fruit. It’s produced by Vina MontGras, located in Chile’s […]

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Review: 2013 Buty Winery Line-up

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.butywinery.com Nina Buty’s winery that bears her name has gained a great deal of momentum over the past couple of years because of it’s wine quality. That quality squarely lands on winemaker, Chris Dowsett and his crew. He does a great job of producing approachable wines that should also age gracefully, […]

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Review: 2010 Jordan Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: jordanwinery.com Jordan winery has been a California favorite for decades. It offers wines of varying price points, made with the most popular varietals that California offers: Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Technical Data:  Varietal:100% Chardonnay Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley Alcohol: 13.79% T.A.: 0.74g/100mL pH: 3.31 R.S.: 0.04% Bottling Dates: July 15–August […]

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Wineries worth visiting

Enjoyed at a party, on holiday by the beach or with a loved one over dinner, wine is one of life’s little luxuries. From a rich and fruity Merlot to a light and refreshing Chardonnay, there is always the perfect wine for any occasion and any taste. If you adore wine like me then you are […]

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Elqui Wines hand-made Pinot Noir Setup

Winemaker, Steffan Jorgenson, of Chilean Elqui Wines, sends this picture of its newly acquired – hand made- crush system for Pinot Noir:

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Impressions: 2014 KIA Sorento SX

By Duane Pemberton Manufacturers website: www.kia.com KIA’s popular Sorento is better than  ever for 2014 and I have the full video run-down for you to check it out. Additionally, here are some nice pictures as well.

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Burgundy wine producer launches Instagram contest

Burgundy wine producer launches Instagram contest

Perhaps one of the easiest contests to enter - follow @MaisonJosephDrouhin and start posting up “summer-themed” pictures – the picture with the most likes at the end of it will earn you $5000.00. Here’s the rub from Maison Joseph Drouhin’s importer: Instagram Contest: the #SummerOfLaforet Instagram contest will take place from 7/1 until 9/30. The contest […]

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Review: 2012 Cono Sur Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.conosur.com Cono Sur is one of the larger wineries I visited on my trip to Chile back in May and I couldn’t help but be impressed by its commitment to both organic farming and releasing value wines. This Reserva-class Cab represents – in many ways – why I think so many […]

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Review: 2010 Waterbrook Merlot

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.waterbrook.com/ As one of Walla Walla’s oldest wineries, Waterbrook has been laser-focused in on value for a long time now and this 2010 Merlot is no exception. It offers a good deal of complexity, finish and finesse. Technical Data: Varietal blend: 100% Merlot Appellation: Columbia Valley pH: 3.61 TA: 0.62 RS: None Alcohol: 14.31% Vineyards: Canyon Ranch, Canoe […]

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Review: 2011 Array Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.arraycellars.com For Array Cellars, Chardonnay is much more than the world’s most popular white varietal to work with, it’s a passion and makes up for the entire business model. All it does is produce Chardonnay and works with some of Washington State’s top vineyard sites to source its fruit from. This […]

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Celebrate Walla Walla event – a huge success

WALLA WALLA, WA-   Originally created to highlight several of the leading wine varieties produced in the Walla Walla Valley wine region and provide an opportunity to learn more about these varieties and how they compare across some of the world’s leading wine producing regions, the 2013 Celebrate wine event drew 472 attendees from throughout the […]

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Consider Greek Wine – a pair of Whites

By Duane Pemberton One hundred-twenty miles off the coast of Greece is the island of Santorini, an island that’s left over remains from a volcanic explosion around 1640 B.C.  There are three indigenous white grapes grown here – Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani. I was super excited to try these two whites from Santorini and after […]

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