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Wine Tasting * Sonoma with Suzanne *

Just One Day: Wine Tasting in The Sonoma Valley Last month at the conclusion of the Wine Blogger Conference, I added a quick two days so do some wine tasting and visit with an old friend that moved to the area. I was so lucky that Suzanne was available as I could not imagine wine tasting here without her. Suzanne is a friend from my Chicago days. It has been 14 years since we last saw each other when Gary and I moved to the southeast coast.  She too left Chicago and moved to the San Francisco Bay area a few…

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Hanna Winery & Vineyards

I had been looking forward to this day for months. I got to mingle with other bloggers, taste great wines and learn, learn, learn. This is Wine Bloggers Conference 2017, day one. This day was jam-packed starting with a tour and gourmet luncheon with pairings at Hanna Winery & Vineyards followed by a Zinfandel tasting, a Pinot Noir tasting and then the opening reception with tasting tables called, “Wines of the World.” Whew! If it sounds like a lot, it was. I was overwhelmed. The highlight of this day was Hanna Winery and Vineyards, so let’s go! Hanna Winery & Vineyards We…

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Loire Valley Awesomeness

Tuesday’s tasting at goat.sheep.cow north blew me out of the water. All five selected wines representing different regions in the Loire Valley could all find a place in my wine rack. Oh, and the cheese pairings were perfection. Jess, the monger, did an amazing job selecting these cheeses and pâté. But the 12-month Raypenaer Gouda, that pairing was absolute nirvana and right in my wheelhouse. OMG, mama needs a cool cloth! We had a fantastic turnout.  The crowd was a perfect size so getting your next taste was quick, but you could also ask questions and learn more if you so desired. It was great seeing so many familiar…

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Results From First Survey

Remember that survey I did a couple months back asking about your wine purchasing habits? Here are the results. I am a numbers nerd and have always loved information. I am not sure if you find this kind of stuff interesting but at least you will know how you match up to other readers.   Top-line Survey Results: My “everyday” wine is primarily…? Red – 22% White – 20% Rosé – 4% Red when it’s cold out and white when its warm out – 24% Depends on my mood – 24% On average, my “everyday” wine sells for what price…

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Apple Crumble and Sunday’s Tasting at EOX

It is autumn, so my cravings for apple desserts has been building. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a crumble, a crisp, a cobbler, a buckle, a Brown Betty, a grunt or a slump. Confused? A crumble has an oat-based streusel topping. A crisp has a streusel topping sans oats. A cobbler is topped with individually-dropped biscuits. A buckle uses a cakey batter underneath the fruit and as the fruit sinks to the bottom the cake “buckles” over the edges of the fruit. A grunt and a slump is the same thing; it just depends on where you live. They are both cobblers that…

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A Tasting Weekend: Part One

This past weekend was a weekend of wine with friends, a wine tasting on Saturday and again on Sunday. Fun times, new wines, a gala celebration and a trip to a new wine store. All in all, it was a great weekend. Here we go… Wine with Friends I am sure we all go through this. You reach out to friends to get together, and you can not find a date that works for the group. Next thing you know it is 6 or 8 weeks out before a gathering materializes. This describes what it took to get this group together at…

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Gamay Beaujolais Tasting

If you happen to be having a wine “expert” over for drinks and you want to impress? Serve a Gamay Beaujolais. But make sure to serve it at fifty degrees. She will think you are the hippest winester in town.  If you choose a wine from Chénas or Fleurie, she will bow at your feet. Apparently, Gamay Beaujolais is the “hip” wine to be drinking right now. This tidbit and much more were some of the things I learned at yesterday’s Gamay Tasting at Monarch Wine Merchants. David McCarus from McCarus Beverage Co. presented four biodynamic wines made by cutting-edge winemakers in…

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Provincetown in 3-2-1…

Wedding images are posted. Bills are paid. Friends are staying at the house taking care of the fish. So let it be said, I am on vacation. And boy, do I need it bad this year. I am leaving all the computer issues behind me, my sister’s kidney stones are a thing of the past, and the puppies are in good hands. So off to Provincetown, we go. This trip makes our seventh year. It is where we got married in 2013 (our 25th year together). It is one of my favorite places in the world. And one of the few places where I…

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Hutson Alley Event: Rosé for Summer

Last Call One last push for my first survey.  I hope to get a few more responses so if you have not yet completed it, please do now. Click Here then scroll down until you see the box.     The Background Hutson Alley is a private walking thoroughfare that connects several of the Holy City Hospitality restaurants with Vincent Chicco’s on one end and 39 Rue de Jean on the other. Michael’s on The Alley, The Victor Social Club, and Coast Bar & Grill are in between, and Virginia’s on King is just around the corner. The alley faces a parking…

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Two Rhone and a Languedoc-Roussillon: Red Wines from Southern France

While most vinophiles will gravitate to Bordeaux and Burgundy regions of France for the high priced and highly recognized wines from those regions.  I seem to be more focused on the three regions on or near the Mediterranean coast: Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and Côte due Rhone.  These wines are much more approachable as well as affordable yet full of complexity. Getting into French wine can be difficult for some as it is not as straightforward as our American wines. As I have mentioned before most French wines are blended with at least two varietals of grapes from the same region or…

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Last All Rosé Tasting this Season: Embrace the Pink

Spring has sprung and as we approach the end of April in coastal South Carolina summer is just around the corner.  That means you should have settled in your pink wine (rosé) for the season.  We have tasted five pink wines so far this year and with these last four there should be something for everyone.  It has been a vintage year of hits and a few misses.  Check out what we have tasted in the last week. Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel 2016 There is generally lots of buzz around the release of the Whispering Angel and the 2016 vintage is…

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Pinot Noir: Oh, Pinot How I Love Thee, Noir and Forever

A Pinot Noir Tasting Experience A couple weeks ago someone asked me about my favorite Northern California area wineries specifically in Napa and Sonoma Counties. Thinking a minute of my current faves I had to admit that I did not have a favorite from that region. I have never been to that region on a wine tour so my lack of familiarity is certainly key.  Additionally, I associate (rightly or wrongly) that region with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines and of all the red grape varietals these two are my least favorite.  Shame on me but I like what I…

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