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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Fellow Wine Travelers

At breakfast in Wellington, NZ this morning we talked to two other wine travelers sitting next to us. One was from England and the other was from Australia. Both were touring wineries from the South Island to the North Island. They both enjoyed the New Zealand wines they had tasted and were use to seeing […]

One World, One Future Fundraiser with Wine Tasting

Ascenta Foundation For Health & Education Outreach in Vancouver will be hosting a One World, One Future Fundraiser on Thursday, November 25, 2010. If you decided not to cook for Thanksgiving, travel to Vancouver to participate in this special event. This is an opportunity to enjoy tasting wines, participating in silent auctions and enjoying live […]

Rutherford Passport Weekend, Dec 4 and 5

On December 4 and 5, wineries in the Rutherford Appellation will be offering The Rutherford Passport Weekend. Participants will have the opportunity to taste barrel, tank tastings and food pairings. Opportunities to talk with winemakers will add to the experience. Almost 20 wineries will be participating including Sullivan Vineyards and St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery. […]

Two Easy Recipes to Add to Thanksgiving Festivities

A Thanksgiving can be very exciting and delightful with family and friends gathering together. It can also be an extremely tiring day for the cook. Hopefully guests will volunteer to bring a side dish, dessert or appetizer. Sometimes someone will even roast and bring the turkey! To help the cook, below you will find two […]

Two Southern California Zins

Wiens 2003 Zinfandel The wine was a dark purple color with a jammy black fruit aroma. Jammy black fruit and baking spices (cinnamon and cloves) were on the taste. The finish had mild to medium tannins with fruit yelding to spices. The baking spices yielded to black pepper on the aftertaste. The wine can be […]

The Accidental Zin

This Zinfandel was made from grapes sourced from Sonoma County. It was an accident that it was bottled. In November of 2009, Kathy and I were helping to break down the basket press at Vint Hill Craft Winery. The winemaker had just pressed Zinfandel. We noticed that the pomace near the bottom of the press […]

Weekend Winery Events

Even though Thanksgiving is next week there are winery events to attend this weekend. Starting tomorrow, November 20, several of Wine Traveler’s partners have events. If you have time to visit a winery this weekend, check out these events. Winery links are provided below. Enjoy a wonderful weekend at a winery before celebrating Thanksgiving! Cheers, […]

The Specialist Winegrowers of New Zealand

Have you heard about The Specialist Winegrowers of New Zealand? This is a group of six wineries focused on creating “fine wines.”  According to their information, “The Specialist Winegrowers of New Zealand Ltd. Is an independent marketing alliance representing rare and exceptional wines from a small group of artisan producers.” In order to be a […]

Waiheke Island Wineries in New Zealand

A visit to Waiheke Island is in order when planning a visit to New Zealand. The island is know for having a climate beneficial to grape growing. More than 23 vineyards and wineries are located on this delightful island which has 36 square miles of land. Two of these wineries are Destiny Bay and The […]

Grape Creek Vineyards Offers Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions

Grape Creek Vineyards located in Fredericksburg, Texas sent out an excellent email that mentioned Thanksgiving dinner items and what wines could be paired. Menu items included “tart cranberries, very sweet, sweet potatoes, the ubiquitous creamy green bean casserole, gorgonzola-mashed potatoes and very rich turkey with dressing and gravy.” So what would a winery suggest to […]

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