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Monthly Archives: January 2010

4th Annual Virginia Wine Showcase

Save the date February 6 and 7. It’s not too late to consider a visit to the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia to discover artisan wines, culinary seminars, food and art. Seminars include Olive oil Tasting, Teasosphy Tea Tasting, Lobster Cracking Demo and more.  Exhibitions will include Artist Attic, Spice Rack Chocolates, Sweets By […]

Pacific Coast Wine Festival in California

After tweeting yesterday about the Virginia Wine Festival next month, I heard from a fellow Tweeter who mentioned a wine festival in California. The Pacific Coast Wine Festival is significant because the beneficiary of the event is the Pacific Symphony. If you are a wine and music lover this is your opportunity to enjoy yourself […]

Virginia Wine Expo in February

Next month, one of the highlights of Virginia will be the Virginia Wine Expo. The event will be February 26-28 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Included in the event will be wine seminars, a Whole Foods Market Cheese Pavilion and chef demonstrations. The Expo begins with a wine seminar, “World Class Ports & Madeira” […]

Super Texan Sangiovese Wine

This weekend we took the opportunity to enjoy a wine produced by Flat Creek Estate. The wine was their Super Texan 2003, produced with the Sangiovese grape. This wine won double gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. We liked the wine for its aroma of leather and the fruity taste. Nuances of black […]

Zinfandel Festival

At the end of January , ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) will be sponsoring the 19th Annual Zinfandel Festival.  This annual event will take place in San Francisco from January 28 to 30. On the evening of the 28th, ticket holders can participate in the Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing. On Friday the 29th from […]

Leap Year – the Movie and Wine

Yesterday we went to see Leap Year. I’m not a movie critic and it’s probably a good thing as any number of times I’ve read a review by a movie critic and just didn’t agree with them. Anyway, Leap Year is a feel-good kind of movie. If you’re into romantic situations, humor and Ireland then […]

Wine Bottles – Recycle or Reuse

I came across an interesting concept while reading an article online; is it better to recycle or re-use an item? The article, “Bottle Blues” by Alastair Bland on the Bohemian.com website focuses on the soon to open wine bottle re-use business. Bruce Stephens is the force behind this new business. He believes that it is […]

Using Grape Seed Oils and Flours

Over the past weekend, I received several complimentary items from AprésVin located in Prosser, Washington. AprésVin focuses on producing oils and flours from the grape seeds left over from winemaking. The materials they sent included a wood box with a sliding cover that holds five bottles of specialty grape seed oils. These were all labeled […]

Vertical Wine Tastings

Vertical tastings are an excellent opportunity to taste the same varietal wine from several different years. This allows the taster to realize how influential the weather is on the finished product. Vertical tastings are most often done as a special event. In a few cases, a tasting room may offer wine enthusiasts the opportunity to […]

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail Cookbook, Pennsylvania

Have you seen the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail Cookbook? The wine trail is located along the eastern border of Pennsylvania. The complimentary cookbook copy I have is hardbound with a spiral making it easy to open to a particular page and stay open. The cover is colorful while the inside photos and graphics are black […]

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