Monthly Archives: August 2017

Featured Wine: Martinelli ‘Bella Vigna’ Pinot Noir

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The Martinelli family are part of the historical fiber of the Russian River Valley. They have been growing grapes and apples in Sonoma since 1887, planting their first Pinot Noir in 1970. A landmark Russian River Valley producer, Martinelli’s extravagantly rich, beautiful textured Pinot Noirs have deliciously provoked decades of impressive scores and a reputation for excellence.  […]

The Truth About Terroir

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At every wine tasting, especially those comparing “old world” wine to “new world” wines, the inevitable question of terroir arises. Terroir is a French term that literally translated means: earth, or soil. However, there is no such thing as a literal translation of anything French. In a larger context, wine tasters try to define terroir as the specificity of place, which has […]

Coho Wines : Inspired by Legend

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The choice of COHO Wines as the name of the brand might seem curious as it doesn’t invoke images of vineyards or wine, but to them the salmon embodies an innate wisdom so essential to understanding ourselves and our environment. As stewards of the land, winemakers must strive to sustain their habitat and the species […]

Featured Wine: Patrice Rion Bourgogne Blanc

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Patrice Rion is one of the most innovative producers in Burgundy. He was one of the first to train his vines higher than the Burgundy standard, to increase the canopy without shading the grapes, giving better ripening and colour. He is also frequently an innovator in the cellar and offers some wines (Bourgogne Bon Batons, white wines, half […]

A Guide to Understanding Burgundy

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Burgundy is the name of a wine region in France; however, most of us are familiar with the name not because of high school geography, but because it’s what we call the famous red and white wine the region produces. These wines are considered to be the best money can buy, which is why they’re some of […]

Best Wine Buys from Mietz Cellars

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Don’t mention “Sideways” to Keith Mietz. If you’re not familiar, that’s the film that included a profanity laced diatribe against Merlot. “When we first opened the winery in 1989, we made Merlot from the 11 acres right outside of our winery,” Mietz recalls. “That’s all we grew and the only varietal we made for quite […]

Featured Wine: TOR Torchiana Chardonnay

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This is indisputable: Tor knows a great vineyard. He works with some of the best grapes on the planet. That’s what a great producer does—combination of instinct and knowledge to be able to recognize the best, and then the talent to bring out the best from the best.  Tor, you see, is equal parts mystic, scientist, […]

Featured Wine: Talisman ‘Sadie’s’ Pinot Noir

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Since their first Talisman vintage in 1993, the goal has been to lovingly and delicately craft Pinot Noirs with harmonious balance that will age for many, many years. The original inspiration came from Scott’s father’s amazing Burgundy collection, prompting the realization that these Pinot Noirs can, even after 20 years, possess delicacy, nuance, brightness, intoxicating […]

Wine and Dine: A Weekly Food and Wine Pairing

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What do you get when a Master Sommelier tries his hand at wine making? Unbelievable wines that pair beautifully with a variety of foods.  When we tasted this Columbia Valley Syrah from Gramercy Cellars, we knew it would be a perfect match for an Herb Roasted Lamb Chop. A wine as massive as Syrah needs red meats like beef […]