Category: Drink

Santa Barbara Wine Country Road Trip

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Goethe says, “…The moment one definitely commits one’s self, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance…” Santa Barbara Wine Country Ken…

Grover Zampa: Wine from India

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I recently attended a wine pairing luncheon at India’s Tandoori in Brentwood, CA featuring Grover Zampa wines from India. Indian wine…who knew? This story began in the 1970s when Kanwal Grover met George Vessel, Technical Director of Vineyards at Mumm in Champagne and had a thought: why not try to make fine wine from French…

Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner ‘Kamptaler Terrassen’

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This crisp white wine from Austria exemplifies why Grüner Veltliners pair well with most salads. In general, “Gru-Vee’s” high acid content is friendly to the sharpness found in most vinaigrette dressings, and they often possess an herbal quality that complements salad greens. In particular, this wine’s white pepper element, a hallmark characteristic of most Grüner…

Clos Marsalette Blanc

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Ah, nothing like a fine Bordeaux! I know you, you’re thinking about big, expensive red wines classified way back in 1855. While it’s undeniable that many fine red Bordeaux blends deserve your attention (predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon on the Left Bank, mostly Merlot on the Right Bank)– assuming you can afford them– I ask you to…

Hilliard Bruce Moon 2012

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In the final lines of Now Voyager, Bette Davis says, “Don’t let’s ask for the moon, we have the stars.” (Romantics, reach for a tissue.) I had heard tell about the Moon – an enigmatic wine from Hilliard Bruce, comprising of their most exquisite five barrels of Pinot Noir, with standards so exacting, some vintages…