Category: Drink

Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Austerity. The word conjures up images of a spare all-white living room, severe haircuts or jam-packed economy seating. The 2014 Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon is quite the opposite. While the price shows quite a bit of restraint, drinking the wine– while enjoying a nicely grilled piece of meat– is quite the opposite. Bright fruit, herbs, spice…

Dierberg Vineyard Wine Pairing Meal

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Same wine. Same meal. Two different wine lovers. How many opinions? That’s the challenge I set for Helen and Ken. I’d recently been sent samples of two estate wines from Dierberg Vineyard: a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir. Both of these Santa Barbara County wines are new to me, but I am familiar enough with…

Gambero Rosso: Italian Wine Masterclass

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Gambero Rosso: A couple of months ago, Ken and I attended a fabulous Italian wine tasting event at the Beverly Hills Hotel. We were introduced to some stellar wines from Chianti Classico via a series of tasting classes. Chianti is made from the finicky Sangiovese grape varietal, which has been responsible for some pretty rough…

Thanksgiving Wine Tips & Unexpected Pairings

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This Thanksgiving shake things up a little. Yes, I could be talking about cocktails, but that’s Greg’s arena. And no, I’m not talking about excluding friends or family members from your table. What I am talking about (again) is wine. Just say no to Beaujolais Nouveau and try to stretch your imagination beyond Pinot Noir…