Category: Drink

Grenache Wine Region: Maury, France

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Happy International Grenache Day! Didn’t realize that today’s the day? Don’t really know what Grenache is? It’s the grape varietal represented by the “G” in GSM (Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre) a popular (and wonderfully balanced, delicious) Rhône blend. It is also a primary ingredient (out of a possible 13) in Châteauneuf du Pape. This warm weather…

A Not so Bitter, Bitter Cocktail

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Somewhere back in our vulnerable past, we relied on our detection of bitterness to avoid eating certain plants because they’re toxic. So what can explain the trend towards bitter in modern-day cocktails? Sales of bitter liqueurs such as Campari and Fernet Branca are way, way up – especially among the fashionable crowd in large metropolitan…

Grenache Locations Locations Locations

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Three things to look for in buying a house? Location, location, location. Three things to consider when selecting a wine? Locations, Locations, Locations. Where does the wine come from? How does it express its particular sense of place? A word should be forming in your mind: terroir. Esteemed winemaker Dave Phinney (of The Prisoner fame)…

A “Two Virgos” Gin Tasting

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My friend Helen is here today to talk about gin. Which is only strange when you realize that Helen is not typically a gin drinker. She’s one of Sippity Sup’s wine connoisseurs. That is she was – until she reconnected with an old chum from her childhood days in England for an evening of gin…

Austrian and German Pinot Noir Tasting

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Today we have a fun and informative post about Austrian and German Pinot Noir. This post is from my friend Helen who occasionally shares her journey in wine appreciation with the readers of this blog. Please note, this is not a sponsored post – just one woman’s story of a glamorous evening and her introduction…

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2015

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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, generally speaking, is a grassy, citrusy, mouth-quenching warm weather quaff. I say “generally” because I was recently introduced to alternative styles of NZSB at a seminar featuring renowned winemaker Kevin Judd. Mr. Judd, a pioneering winemaker at Cloudy Bay now heads his own label, Greywacke (pronounced grey-wacky). His Greywacke Wild Sauvignon…

Chateau Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc 2011

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I love a good blend. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with blends from France. Mostly Rhône varietals, like Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre (GSM) for reds and Marsanne/Roussanne and Viognier for whites. This is undoubtedly due to my fab trip to the Ardèche last year. Still, I’ve always steered clear of the more famous blends from the Bordeaux region– assuming…

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…