A Bouquet of Rosé-Ridgeview Estate

When enjoying your favorite sparkling wine, what type of glass do you reach for? Traditionally, one would choose from a flute or a coupe, allegedly an ode of sorts to Marie Antoinette. While it has been a discussion for a while in the wine community, it has become more of a mainstream discussion of late. […]

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The Yard of the Rising Sun-Rubin Family of Wines

It is easy to see where they get their name. The new leaves unfold as the earliest colors of the sun: waxy yellow, pink grapefruit, apricot, chartreuse and key lime. Splashes of citrus fade, the greens deepen. The Rising Sun Redbud borders our deck and is a family favorite. A few weeks ago, when the leaves were […]

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Great Expectations-Aberrant Cellars

The best wines take you on a journey. Perhaps to a time when you first encountered the wine, perhaps to the place of origin. This wine transported to a place I have not been, to a place I have not seen, except for in my mind’s eye. It was a setting I’d imagined in the midst of […]

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Into the Woods pt. 2-Texas Tuesday

A few weeks ago, I introduced the subject of Blanc du Bois, in general, specifically in Texas. This hybrid grows well in coastal areas due to its resistance to Pierce’s disease. The name translates loosely as “white wood.”  After exploring in the kitchen with Haak Blanc du Bois Madeira with great success, I decided to try a […]

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Dot-to-Dot Sample Reviews

Dot-to-dots began with a scanning of the page to find where to begin. A one, an a, however it began, you had a pretty good idea of how it was going to end by the general placement of all the numbers. And yet we would happily practice numerical order, giving our caregivers a brief moment of […]

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The Road Taken-Balletto Vineyards

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both…* So begins the frequently referenced Robert Frost poem which alludes to choices made, paths traveled, destinies missed and revealed. When John Balletto was a very young man, he was forced to choose a path that would, again, diverge. Through trials and tenacity, […]

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More Than Luck-Bodegas Septima

In many cultures, the number seven has symbolic meaning. We see the number in nature, mythology, Biblical passages and in games of chance. For the Codorníu Raventós family, Bodegas Septima could be considered “Lucky Number Seven.”  After all, it is their seventh winery. But that title would be a bit of a misnomer. Luck has little […]

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Passage Way-Passaggio Wines

A passage way symbolizes an opportunity, a decision, the unknown. The phrase conjures several images, several responses. The primary image for me is that of a spring forest, a damp and trodden path, fresh vibrant leaves blocking out the sun, low in the sky. Dew covered ferns line the path. At my furthest point of vision, there […]

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Don’t Vie for Me Argentina-Part 2

Yesterday we looked at the wines of Achaval-Ferrer from Mendoza. Today in part two, we look to Rutini Wines. Rutini Wines has been exploring the potential of Argentina for over a century. Hailing from Italy, they brought their knowledge and love of the grape to the New World in 1885. Since that time, they have […]

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