Ever heard of Braucol, Negrette or Duras? Nope? They are wine grapes. Grown in the Southwest of France near the Pyrenees Mountains. There is good reason why you haven’t heard of them. For years the port of Bordeaux was the
Italian Grapes Italy & Cali 2012 Farnese Fantini Montepulciano D’Abruzzo The Grape is Montepulciano from Abruzzo Italy. Montepulciano tends to be medium bodied, lighter in acid and tannins and typically straightforward easy drinking stuff. The Farnese is a great value
Many wine drinkers do not understand the importance of storing their wines at the proper temperature. Not only does keeping your wine chilled make it more refreshing to drink, but it also helps to preserve the flavor and the aroma
This month’s Beer of the Month allotments include two very distinct Belgian brews, both shying away from the styles each beer is described as. I love that some Belgian breweries — like De Scheldebrouwerij, Affilgem & De Ranke — are
An unlikely pair Evil Twin Hop Flood People around here seem to like their IPAs and ambers. How strange that this is the best of both. Grass and citrus, hop presence, low bitterness, a little backbone. Evil Twin, Denmark, brewing
May is perfect for a nice chilled Rose, or a simple gift for Mother’s Day… 2012 Chateau Coutinel, a French blend of 60% Negrette, 20% Gamay, 10% Syrah, and 10% of Fer Servadou. This fun, fruity and floral rose had
First Up: 2012 City Lights, Casa Tiene Vista, Pinot Noir Location: Fallbrook, West of Temecula. De Luz Valley. Cooler climate ocean air influenced vineyard site & modern but restrained wine making techniques, lead to a Pinot Noir that is light
Posip, Uva Rara, Erbaluce, Negrette, Fer Servadou, Gros Manseng, Courbu, Arrufiac…We know, we know. We throw a lot of grapes with funny names at you. This month we are going to go with a Classic: Cabernet Sauvignon From guess where?