Natura Wines – Organically Grown, Fresh & Affordable

Natura Wines – Organic, Affordable, Delicious I received a set of Natura Wine samples this spring from the parent company, Banfi Vintners. Natura Wines come from Chile, and they represent a line of inexpensive wines made from hand harvested organic grapes.  Affordable and hand harvested organic aren’t typically seen in the same sentence, so I … Continue reading

Friday Night: Sipping as Our Forefathers Did – Madeira

Blandy's 10 year Malmsey Madeira

Dessert Wines – Wines with a Story Almost every dessert wine I know has an interesting story. Sometimes it’s the vineyard conditions: foggy fall mornings, early freezes, long dry autumns.  Often, the story involves history and the challenges of transporting wines over long distances before the age of refrigeration. On the Friday evening of our … Continue reading

Villa Maria Virtual Visit

Villa Maria Wines from New Zealand

A Virtual New Zealand Visit to Villa Maria via Snooth Virtual Tastings/Chats are a blast, if you’re an action junkie.  The biggest challenge is managing your time for the hour of the chat. We taste, eat, tweet, photograph, and often are chatting on a custom media outside of the usual suspects (Twitter, Facebook, etc…). Tonight, … Continue reading

Rosé Time 2017!

Welcome to Rosé Time! Spring has sprung, and the hot weather has arrived. In Minnesota, it always takes us a few extra weeks to be really sure the cold weather has gone for the season. Farmers markets have opened, the yard has greened up, and the mosquitoes are due any day now. That can only … Continue reading

Avina Wine Tools

Avina wine tools

I recently received two corkscrews as samples for review from Avina Wine Tools. Avina makes a variety of wine openers and a unique bottle stopper. When it comes to wine accessories, I have a very short list of items I use: 2 stage waiter’s corkscrew “Ah-so” two prong cork remover for old, delicate corks Drip-stop … Continue reading

Cork Dork: Will the Real Bianca Bosker Please Step Forward?

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Punch Out and Be a Sommelier Many a wine enthusiast has the occasional Walter Mitty-esque dream of punching out of his/her daily occupation to become a sommelier. To be surrounded by wine, sharing the great stories with customers, hob-nobbing with winemakers. Ahh, the life! Well, Bianca Bosker did just that in her new book: “Cork … Continue reading

French Wine 101 – Loire Valley Wines

Chinon is a beautiful Loire Valley red wine

Wine 101 Series This is one of a series of posts aimed at newcomers to wine with interest but a modest checkbook. Previous Posts Bordeaux, Burgundy & Rhone Affordable Bubbles- Crémant & More Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace A Few Simple Rules Just the facts, no flowery language Key types of wine from a region Some help in navigating … Continue reading

A Lesson in Wine Costs: Alit Pinot Noir

Alit Pinot Noir represents a new concept in wine sales

Wine Cost Transparency – Should You Care? Have you ever wondered about the costs going into that bottle of wine you’re enjoying? How much of the bottle price was the grapes? How does a $5 wine differ from a $50 wine in terms of actual costs? The cost of the grapes really does matter, in … Continue reading

15 Minutes of Fame in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

15 Minutes of Fame for Twin Cities Wine Bloggers What an honor to be featured with several other Twin Cities wine bloggers today in an article in our hometown Star-Tribune newspaper! Here’s the article with a huge thanks to Bill Ward, our friend and intrepid wine feature reporter. 4 Twin Cities wine experts help you … Continue reading

Chateau Montelena Classic Napa Cabernet

Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet

Old World Approach + Napa Sun My palate leans decidedly to the old world. I’m more impressed by elegance than overwhelming power and richness, so I’m pretty choosy about Napa Valley wines. Chateau Montelena fits the bill perfectly. Chateau Montelena – A Bit of Napa History Chateau Montelena traces their history back to at least … Continue reading

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