Monthly Archives: January 2015

Cailler: Calling All Chocolate Lovers

When you think of Switzerland, what comes to mind? Perhaps the Swiss Alps, noted for their natural beauty and abundant ski resorts. Or maybe your mind’s eye brings fine, handcrafted clocks and watches into focus. But if you have a

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Posted in Vinesse Style

Pizza and Pinot? Here’s a Perfect Pairing

When pepperoni pizza is on the plate, my go-to wine is Zinfandel — red Zinfandel, that is. The spicy character of the wine is a wonderful complement to those round slices of red meat that cover the top of the

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

5 Fascinating Facts About Argentina Wine

You’ve heard of Malbec. You may even have tried a glass on occasion, as it’s becoming more and more popular as a “house red” at bars and restaurants. But do you know where most Malbec wines come from? Although its

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Vinous Secrets of the Hearst Castle

During the period of Prohibition in America, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst took an editorial stance for temperance but against the 18th Amendment. “I consider the 18th Amendment not only the most flagrant violation of the basic American principle of

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

The Perfect Wines for the Perfect Schnitzel

It is a dish that may have originated in northern Italy, where it’s known as costoletta alla Milanese, but it has become the undisputed national dish of Austria. We speak of the breaded, fried veal cutlet known as wiener schnitzel,

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

4 Wine Resolutions for the New Year

We are one week and two days into 2015. How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions? If you’re like me, a few may already have gone by the wayside. But my wine-related resolutions are still in play… and

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Vinous Adventures in Barcelona

Barcelona is a magnificent city, brimming with history, culture and compelling cuisine. But it wasn’t until Democracy was restored in 1978 and the city hosted the Olympic Games in 1992 that it became one of Europe’s top destinations. Today, Barcelona

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Snow in the Vineyard: No Need to Worry

The crazy weather patterns of recent years have led to some equally crazy images: including snow-covered grapevines. Which leads us to today’s wine FAQ… QUESTION: I recently saw a picture of a vineyard that was covered with snow. Is that

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It’s Tough to Top Sonoma

If you haven’t already heard, Vinesse is offering the chance to go on a guided private biking tour of Sonoma wine country with Vinesse members and staff. The trip takes place May 31st through June 5th of this year and

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

‘Green’ Practices Become ‘Official’ in Austria

Sustainability has been an important theme in Austrian agriculture for many years. Now, the Austrian Winegrowers’ Association is making available to the Austrian wine sector an online tool that, for the time being, can be used by winemakers for self-assessment.

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Posted in Wine and the Environment
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