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The Taste of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 [SPONSORED]

The Taste of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 [SPONSORED]

Champagne – the classic drink of celebrations around the world. And nothing is more classic than Dom Pérignon. With the recent release of the 2004 Vintage – a perfect balance of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes – the result is a fusion of complementary and contrasting elements. “The 2004 vintage has Dom Pérignon’s harmony and […]

June 13, 2013 | By
A Passport to Pinot at the 25th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration

A Passport to Pinot at the 25th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration

Every time I venture into Oregon Wine Country, I always get lost. Regardless if I’m going somewhere I’ve been before (rare) or headed to a destination unknown (likely), I somehow lose my way, passing my planned turns, embarking down random dirt paths, discombobulated over north or south, east or west. The butterflies usually begin a […]

August 1, 2011 | By
Cellar Key Takes Your Wine To A New Level [SPONSORED]

Cellar Key Takes Your Wine To A New Level [SPONSORED]

During a fantastic luncheon at Portland’s Park Kitchen in September, I had a chance to check out the new Cellar Key technology making its way to your nearest wine bottle – and was very impressed. Cellar Key offers the opportunity to expand your wine experience. With its 2D Quick Response (QR) barcode technology, you can […]

November 9, 2010 | By
Travel Bites: Custom Wines and Faux Fur at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay

Travel Bites: Custom Wines and Faux Fur at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay

From exclusive wines to faux furs, ice bars to headless Russian leaders, Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay offers a host of memorable destinations for discerning imbibers. On a recent visit, I spent an evening at the gorgeous Las Vegas south strip location, enjoying food, drink, and fabulous friends. We started with wine and dinner at Charlie […]

November 24, 2009 | By
Mixologists Adjust as Alcohol Sales Slide Downhill

Mixologists Adjust as Alcohol Sales Slide Downhill

According to a recent report from food service research firm Technomic, alcohol sales are taking a hit during this economic recovery period. The firm reports that sales of beer, wine and liquor have all declined over the last quarter, with an estimation that alcohol sales will end the year down 4.9%. The firm projects that […]

November 10, 2009 | By
Don’t Miss This Month’s Family Winemakers of California Tasting

Don’t Miss This Month’s Family Winemakers of California Tasting

Tickets for the Annual Family Winemakers of California Tasting are now on sale! In it’s 19th year, the San Francisco wine tasting event takes place at the Fort Mason Center this August 23/24. Featuring close to 400 local vineyards and wineries, the event offers guests the opportunity to taste classic California wines, as well as […]

August 3, 2009 | By
HALL Wines Becomes California’s First Gold LEED Certified Winery

HALL Wines Becomes California’s First Gold LEED Certified Winery

Congrats to HALL Wines for becoming California’s first Gold LEED® certified winery! The Napa Valley St. Helena vineyard and winery is the first wine facility in the state to receive a Gold certification rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. “The certification of HALL Wines not only marks a momentous occasion for the wine industry […]

July 28, 2009 | By
Struggling Starbucks Turns To Beer and Wine

Struggling Starbucks Turns To Beer and Wine

Is the coffee business tanking? Whispers began earlier this month that Starbucks would be testing out ‘European-style’ coffeehouses on this side of the pond in an effort to combat their falling profits. Confirmed by USA Today late last week, the Northwest company will open a new test location in the Seattle area offering coffee, tea, […]

July 20, 2009 | By
More Ethics Questions for Food and Wine Reviewers, Writers

More Ethics Questions for Food and Wine Reviewers, Writers

As I noted a few weeks back over at Accidental Hedonist, the discussion of ethics continues amongst food bloggers, food reviewers, and food writers everywhere. Yesterday’s Washington Post featured an article on ethics regarding well-known wine critic, Robert M. Parker Jr. Parker, a leader in wine reviewing, has come under fire over activities by one […]

May 27, 2009 | By
Notes from 2009 Terroirs et Signatures de Bourgogne Tasting

Notes from 2009 Terroirs et Signatures de Bourgogne Tasting

Posted by R.K. Gella To characterize the mood as sober would be slightly inappropriate, yet the peculiar listlessness during the second leg of the Terroirs et Signatures de Bourgogne trade tasting seemed only partially due to the late April showers and the evident jet lag that plagued several of the winemakers. The new year hasn’t […]

May 1, 2009 | By
Chateau St. Michelle Releases 'My Chateau' for Wine Connoisseurs

Chateau St. Michelle Releases 'My Chateau' for Wine Connoisseurs

Posted by Jennifer Heigl Local Oregon winery Chateau St. Michelle announced the release of their digital sommelier software this week. The programs, designed for wine connoisseurs at every level from novice to expert, offer suggestions for wine and food pairings as well as a database feature that allows users to keep track of their wine […]

April 24, 2009 | By
A New Generation for Sherry

A New Generation for Sherry

Posted by R.K. Gella It was in December when Chef Seamus Mullen and Sommelier Roger Kugler (of Suba Restaurant and Boqueria) edged out the adroit competition (wd-50 and Michy’s were among the top seeds) at the Copa Jerez food pairing semi-finals.  Last week the duo was in Jerez, Spain, representing the US in this international […]

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