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Tag Archives: Merlot

• Screaming Eagle’s sister winery, Jonata, soars skywards

Screaming Eagle’s sister winery, Jonata, soars skywards

The odds might have been stacked against Screaming Eagle’s sister winery Jonata in the beginning, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of California’s top producers. In his own words, Jonata winemaker Matt Dees is “obsessed with dirt.” As a young boy growing up in Kansas, he was more interested in closely examining plants […]

• Brace Yourself: Game of Thrones Wine is Coming

Brace Yourself: Game of Thrones Wine is Coming

Winter is coming…and after that, it’s spring, and time for Game of Thrones season 5 — along with a series of wines themed from Westeros and beyond. The wines are a project of Sydney, Australia-based Common Ventures The twelve different varieties are all themed for a different group — the Great Houses Tyrell, Lannister, Stark, […]

• Kickstarter: Tiny Home Device Turns Water Into Wine In 3 Days

Kickstarter: Tiny Home Device Turns Water Into Wine In 3 Days

              Last year, Philip James left the wine sale startup he co-founded, Lot18. The startup was once one of New York City’s most promising, raising tens of millions of dollars before undergoing a series of layoffs, product pivots and executive turnover. James rode a motorcycle 17,000 miles around the […]

• 8 outstanding red wines that sell for $15 or less

8 outstanding red wines that sell for $15 or less

If your resolutions for a better 2014 include saving money and drinking more wine, then read on. As Washington grows and solidifies its position as the country’s No. 2 wine-producing state while increasing quality, more of the value-priced red wines keep providing incredible quality. The only problem might be finding those values, as growing grapes […]

• Cabernet Sauvignon Now World’s Most Planted Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon Now World’s Most Planted Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most widely planted grape variety, a recent study from the University of Adelaide has found. Since 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have more than doubled their share of hectares under vine, making them the top two cultivated varieties in the world. In the same period, Tempranillo and Chardonnay have more […]

• Take a Cab, but make it New Cab

Take a Cab, but make it New Cab

As the trends go through wine, it is hard to keep sight of what we think a cab is.  Just like Chardonnays, which at some point suffered from the buttery-oak debasement, cab producers are running from traditional big bottoms on their wines.  It’s like new Coke vs old Coke, at what point do you lose […]

• 6 Misunderstood Things About Wine

6 Misunderstood Things About Wine

If you drink wine on a regular basis, you’ve probably already seen Sideways. While Sideways cultivated your love for Pinot Noir, you’ve only just come around to re-appreciate Merlot. As it happens, Merlot is pretty damn good. In the same vein, most wine aficionados know the term ‘ABC’, which means ‘Anything But Chardonnay.’ However, it’s […]

• Limited edition Star Trek wines on sale. Oy.

Limited edition Star Trek wines on sale. Oy.

A Sonoma-based winery has created a limited edition range of Star Trek wines with labels based on the original series’ most popular shows. Created by Viansa Winery, the range is apparently a salute to the fictional wines mentioned in the show, such as Tulaberry and Bajoran spring wine, as well as the show’s fiftieth anniversary. […]

• Wine Nose: Talking about Caramel, Vanilla…and Cat’s Pee?

Wine Nose: Talking about Caramel, Vanilla…and Cat’s Pee?

Ever wonder what the heck wine writers are talking about when they describe the nose of a wine? Like, how about that buttery thing that goes on with some of the wines you love. What is up with that? Well, almost all of the weird descriptors for a wine’s nose have some basis in fact, […]

• Top 10 100-point Napa Cabernets

Top 10 100-point Napa Cabernets

Cult wines and Cabernet Sauvignon, the two go hand in hand and may even be practically synonymous to most people. But while there are technical and theoretical arguments that Lafite, Penfolds or Ornellaia are cult* (Saint-Emilion’s micro-châteaux don’t count in this instance because they’re predominantly Merlot), it is in California’s Napa Valley that the original […]

• Fine Italian Wines, Vintage Cars & the Ghost of Biggie Smalls

Fine Italian Wines, Vintage Cars & the Ghost of Biggie Smalls

Sometimes when cursing the gods you forget they let you go to amazing events like today’s Dalla Terra Winery Direct Annual Portfolio Tasting.  Done on the roof-top of the Peterson Automotive Museum (yes, the one where Biggie was gunned down by the unknown assailant) -– it had 19 Italian Wineries for perusing. I thought it would […]

• Worst Winter Wipes out Wine Harvest in Russia

Worst Winter Wipes out Wine Harvest in Russia

Worst winter weather in half a century has wiped out up to half this year’s wine harvest forcing Russian producers seek government help to avert a crisis, reports Decanter.com. Temperatures dipped as low as -30C in some areas, with Chateau Le Grand Vostock, based in Krasnodar’s Krymsk district, recording 15 days with an hourly average […]

• Bad News: 2011 “a very bad year for Napa Cabernet”

Bad News: 2011 “a very bad year for Napa Cabernet”

Ravenswood founder and winemaker Joel Peterson has spoken out about an “awful” 2011 vintage in California. Speaking exclusively to the drinks business, the “King of Zin” said: “It was the most fungus-filled, botrytis-filled vintage I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been working a long time.” Elaborating on the October rain storms db reported last month, Peterson […]

• Remember those old school wines – Mateus, Blue Nun, etc.? Those wines revisited!

Remember those old school wines – Mateus, Blue Nun, etc.? Those wines revisited!

Remember those college wine and cheese parties of the late sixties and seventies, where almost no one cared about vintage or varietal? Where hearty Burgundy, Chablis, and cold duck were better known than Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Merlot, and names like Mateus, Ingelnook, and Almaden were more familiar than Mondavi, Beringer, and Caymus? Where screw caps […]

• Beginner drinkers get a crush on sweet red wines. Guess you have to start somewhere.

Beginner drinkers get a crush on sweet red wines. Guess you have to start somewhere.

Adler Fels Winery in Santa Rosa got the call about two years ago. “Can you make us a private label wine that can compete with Llano Estacado?” asked the caller. Llano, a Texas winery, was killing a competitor with a new category that was selling faster in the state than a cattle stampede. The Lubbock […]