December 2008 Blog Posts (10)

Organic Wine Match of the Day: Tandem Porter-Bass Chardonnay

If you enjoy reading about the best and latest organic wines and ideal food matches without the gibberish, check out my new daily online column on Denver Wine Examiner and subscribe. Today's story:

Chard, schmard… if you think all California… Continue

Added by Randy Caparoso on December 30, 2008 at 8:18am — No Comments

Casanel Vineyards

On an unseasonably warm day, we drove out past Leesburg to visit one of several new wineries in that area, Casanel Vineyards. Beforehand we learned from their website that the winery was started by Casey… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on December 29, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Organic Wine Match of the Day: Badia a Coltibuono & Wintry Stews

I've just begun a new daily online newspaper column (re Denver Wine Examinerr) that will focus on one organic, biodynamic or sustainably grown wine each day, matching it with a dish (plus recipe) or cheese. Without, of course, the usual wine geek gibberish. If this sounds like fun, get a gander at today's entry:

When you think of Italy’s Toscana… Continue

Added by Randy Caparoso on December 27, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What Are Sommeliers For, If Not For Training?

It means taking a hefty cut in pay, but I've decided to accept the position of God of Wine… Continue

Added by Randy Caparoso on December 21, 2008 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Fresh off our research of American Rum Distillers, we decided to pay a visit to a local craft bourbon distiller, A. Smith Bowman Distillery. Yes, it is… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on December 19, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves, Lose the Talk, and Actually Do Something

A new, pro-active presidential administration is giving us all hope, but if you're waiting for that to save the day, well... maybe you should get out of the kitchen. If the restaurant biz is our Lord, the Lord helps those who help themselves.

So first, let's look at what we've got going for us in respect to restaurant wine merchandising here at the end of 2008, going into… Continue

Added by Randy Caparoso on December 19, 2008 at 2:24pm — 2 Comments

Barrel Tasting Weekend

The girls and I headed out Sunday for our annual Barrel Tasting Weekend. We began at Kontos Cellars the newest winery in the incubators out at the airport. You can’t miss them, the building is a vibrant yellow and the interior a tart green apple, I love it!

My favorite was the LeeVeLooLee Alatus, a red blend of a third each Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. I could have drank>>>>>… Continue

Added by WineCellar on December 17, 2008 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Pirtle Winery Mead

One of the first mead we tasted, and still one of our top favorites, is Pirtle Winery Missouri Mead. The wine is light, semi-sweet, with slight honey flavors. Nothing overpowering here. Just a simple nice mead. Need more convincing - the wine is the top seller out of… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on December 10, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Wine Gifts?

We have been asked repeatedly by friends or family members about suggesting wine related gift items. So here you go:

There are a few excellent books we recommend. WineWise is a new book written by Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, and Michael A. Weiss, all CIA Professors in Wine Studies at The Culinary Institute… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on December 7, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Glades Pike Winery

While driving from Somerset to Seven Springs Mountain Resort we've always passed Glades Pike Winery on Route 31, but have never stopped in. Until this past weekend. We won't… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on December 1, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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