Monthly Archives: November 2010

2006 Artist Series Features Work of Sylvia Ji

***image2*** The tradition continues. For the 32nd time, Kenwood Vineyards has released a bottling of Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon bearing a collectible label.

In 1978, Kenwood defined the marriage of fine wine and art when it released its first Artist Series Cabernet. While it wasn’t a typical combination at the time, after 32 vintages, the series still masterfully brings them together on the wine’s label…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Gauging the Economy Through Wine

Everyone is looking for signs that the economy is turning around.

This came to mind when I read about the results of a recent auction of fine and rare wines, conducted by Spectrum Wine Auctions at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Wine… 90210.

Lot No. 387 – 12 bottles of 1989 Chateau Petrus – brought $35,850…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Exploring the Wine Islands of British Columbia

Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (known as the Wine Islands) embody the fastest growing wine region in Canada, home to a quarter of British Columbia’s wineries.

The region’s crisp and fruit-filled wines, cider and mead are matched by an astounding variety of vegetables, fruit, seafood, meat, poultry and herbs. Wherever you choose to stop, you’ll encounter friendliness, charm and artisanal production qualities, and you’ll know that the owner(s) are somewhere nearby – perhaps even pouring your libation…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Sir Peter Michael's Vision Stretches an Entire Century

Will his winery in Sonoma County’s Knights Valley remain in Sir Peter Michael’s family for an entire century?

We likely won’t be around to find out. But that certainly is the goal of Michael who, after an extensive, seven-year search for California property to serve as both family retreat and vineyard, purchased 630 acres of volcanic ridges on the western face of Mount St. Helena.

That was in 1982, and for the entrepreneurial founder of Quantel and frequent visitor to Northern California, it was love at first sight…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Bring on the Next Holiday!

Now that we’ve all been properly stuffed, it’s time to start thinking about the next big holiday.

You know the one we’re talking about.

Actually, at one of the big chain drugstores not far from Vinesse headquarters, the “Christmas season” began on the day after Halloween…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Thanksgiving Day Notes

There’s an old French proverb that states, “The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations.”

So if you have a few bottles sitting around that you procured from a source other than Vinesse (shame on you!), open them up for those distant cousins and annoying in-laws you’d just as soon didn’t come back next year…

Posted in Wine Buzz

The 12 Days of Thanksgiving: Day #12

QUESTION: Is it true that turkey was used to make the first frozen TV dinner?

ANSWER: Yes, and no doubt because Carl Swanson was a turkey processor by profession, and shipped his turkeys in refrigerated railroad cars. The first Swanson frozen dinner included…

Posted in Wine FAQ

The 12 Days of Thanksgiving: Day #11

***image2*** In Massachusetts, the largest of the wine regions is known as “South of Boston.”

Since Plymouth is part of that area, and since Plymouth is widely believed to have hosted one of the first Thanksgiving feasts, we thought it appropriate this week to provide an overview of that town’s three wineries.

Plymouth Bay Winery overlooks Plymouth Bay, in the heart of the waterfront district – very close to the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. The wines are produced on-site…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

The 12 Days of Thanksgiving: Day #10

I hope you’re enjoying our countdown to Turkey Day, and that you plan to try one or more of the recipes we’ve featured here over the past week-and-a-half.

I don’t need to tell you that the big day is imminent – especially if you are the one who will be hosting the annual pig-out (which really ought to be called the annual turkey-out, unless, of course, you’re planning to serve ham)…

Posted in Editor's Journal

The 12 Days of Thanksgiving: Day #9

If you’re having ham for the holiday, don’t let those leftovers chunks go to waste.

Use them in this tasty dish, which pairs nicely with Gewurztraminer, Riesling, or fruit-forward red wines…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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