Monthly Archives: August 2015

Every Vintage Tells a Story

Remember Rod Stewart’s song, “Every Picture Tells a Story,” from his 1971 album of the same name? The song tells the tale of Stewart’s adventures with various women around the world, with stops in Paris, Rome and Peking. Each encounter

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Posted in Editor's Journal

At Last, a Shaved Ice for Adults (You Can Make at Home!)

Why should kids have all the fun with their shaved ice concoctions? One of my fondest childhood memories revolves around walking to a stand that fronted Balboa Bay in Newport Beach, Calif., and ordering an “ice cone.” It was available

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

The Magic of McLaren Vale

Here at Vinesse, there’s a member of our tasting panel who absolutely loves the wines of McLaren Vale, a region south of Adelaide in South Australia. Cereal crops dominated the landscape in the region’s early farming days, but then in

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

10 Fascinating Facts About Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon often is referred to as “King Cab,” the most “noble” of all wine varieties. No variety has a more complex aroma and flavor spectrum, and no variety has greater aging potential than Cabernet. How much do you know

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

A Wine-Friendly Dish for Your First Half-Time Party

The kids are back in school in many parts of the country, which means that summer is winding down. Fortunately, the end of summer equates with the beginning of something else: football season! The dish that follows is great for

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Music on the Mountain: A Sublime Experience for Wine Lovers

Just because the summer is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that the music stops at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif. Much like Thornton Winery in Southern California’s Temecula wine region, the Mountain Winery melds music, food and

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Posted in Wine Buzz

The History of Sangria… and a Sparkling Suggestion

In yesterday’s blog, I told you about breaking my personal 35-year ban on Sangria while having dinner at a tapas bar in Barcelona. Intrepid reporter that I am, at one point during that meal I asked one of our servers,

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Posted in Editor's Journal, Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Sangria: The Perfect ‘Wine Cocktail’ of Summer

My first experience with Sangria was at a then-popular Mexican restaurant chain that included the ice-cold, sweet drink as part of its Sunday brunch. It was an all-you-could-eat buffet, accompanied by all-you-could-drink Sangria. I don’t remember much about that morning

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In a Blend, Every Component Counts

Blending wine is part science and part art. But don’t ask us to attach percentages to those parts; that would be pure conjecture. The scientific aspect involves pairing only varieties that complement one another structurally. Determining how much of this,

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Posted in In the Cellar

There Still Time for a Summer Trip to Sonoma

California wine country visitors can experience vibrant charm in a tranquil setting at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa — and there’s still time to get there this summer. Less than an hour north of San Francisco, this

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Posted in Vinesse Style
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