As the blind judging panels slaved their way through countless flights of many wines and price tiers early in January 2013, the report came in from judge Jim Caudill (Director of PR and Hospitality at The Hess Collection) that somehow the whole competition had taken on new en
Rick Beard, the proprietor of Groezinger Wine Merchants in Yountville knows the small artisan winegrowers and makers well, and shares his joys generously with everyone that passes through his store. His shop is like a portal to the hidden wineries that have no visitor center and that require significant pull for entry. Rick recently brought a brilliant selection to Tasting in the Dark at the Toutsuite Social Media Club.
On October 29, 2012 Mauro Colagreco performed the second sequel of his famous artisan wine-food pairing collaboration with David Kinch,owner/chef of Manresa, the fabled Michelin two-star miracle (these past five years) of Los Gatos, CA.
In a ToutSuite Social Club videoconference, Cathy Corison explains how her Corison Vineyards deliver such extraordinary fruit to their winemaking practice. I ask her about the age of the vines in her vineyard. She tells us that their vineyard is among the last of the old cabernet vineyards in Napa. Rather than bulldozing and replanting en masse, she replants individual vines when they die. The average age of the vineyard is about 40 years. The yield is one and a quarter tons per acre.
Eyes wide open or double-blind, wouldn't you love to taste and share opinions about some of the best wines made anywhere with the best wine bloggers around?
Ridge Vineyards has been challenging the best wine bloggers to throw down their best opinions since 2010 in barrel rooms, crush pads, and on video.
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On September 6, 2012 Grgich Hills celebrated the 36th annual blessing of the grapes. In setting the stage for these blessings, Mike shared with us some insight about how passion, jealousy, and romance come together in the creation of bouquet.