Wine Wednesday: Cabernet Franc from Old Westminster Winery in Maryland

This Wine Wednesday is dedicated to a wine I received as part of the #winestudio month-long discovery of the Maryland winery Old Westminster. The winery is part of the Carroll Wine Trail. This is my first experience with a wine from Maryland and I must admit it has been quite thrilling. First let's a word... Continue Reading →

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Monday Musings: Wine Education

My Monday musing is about wine education and it's importance to the industry and to me personally. I finally got around to taking my French Wine Scholar exam today. It was a long time in the making. I had been signed up and continued paying my extension for years. This time though, I actually really... Continue Reading →

Wine Wednesday: Vinarstvo Rebula

Today's wine of the week hails from Slovenia. I was gifted this red sparkling wine made from what they call Teran, a local variety, last year at the American Wine Society conference by Martina Rebula. The family farm is called Rebula.  The farm Rebula dates back to 1900. This family run farm is managed by ... Continue Reading →

Wine Wednesday: Pinot Noir From Stoller Family Estate

May is here and it’s Oregon Wine Month. I am reposting this one about Stoller for Wine Wednesday. I can’t wait to try more of their wines when they return on Monday for Oregon Wine Trail NYC.

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Today’s post for Wine Wednesday is all about the Stoller Family Estate Vineyards. I had the good fortune to visit this vineyard two summers ago as part of the Society of Wine Educators conference in August. As you might know from reading my blog, I fell in love with Oregon as a state and the wines in general. I have written a lot about their Chardonnay wines but the Pinot Noirs captivated me as well. I think I was more surprised by the Chardonnay which I hadn’t expected to like as much as I did while the Pinot Noir came with very high expectations.

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My first job in the United States after 15 years in Italy was as a wine salesperson in New York. I didn’t last too long on the street but I was introduced for the first time to Oregon Pinot Noir. We sold one from a company…

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Monday Musings on Climate: Do You Buy Wine In Heavy Bottles?

Now that Eric Asimov of the New York Times is talking about this topic, I hope more people will pay attention. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/dining/drinks/wine-climate-change.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

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SUPER TEANECKLast week I wrote about using corks or screw caps as closures and which one was more environmentally sound. This week, my Monday musing is about buying very heavy wine bottles for making one’s own wine or buying wines that are sold in very heavy bottles.

When I made wine this year, I used bottles I had bought years ago. Some were very heavy and others less so. Like many people, I had fallen into the trap that heavy bottles made a more appealing wine package. In the years since I bought those bottles, my views have changed. I now am against very heavy bottles. I’m not talking about larger formats but normal 750s. I’ve seen and experienced many of these types of wines. I have often tasted wine from a very heavy bottle that looked quite attractive but  is often too hard to pour elegantly.  I also find it…

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Oregon Exploits: Visiting the Willamette Valley

Here’s another re-posting ahead of upcoming Oregon Wine Month. In addition to our Oregon Wine Trail event in New York at the Altman Building on May 6th, here are some other great events that are happening in the coming week or two.

Boston / May 2: 60 Oregon wineries are coming to you for Willamette Valley Wine’s Pinot in the City.

Boston / May 3: Willamette Valley wineries join together for a pairing dinner at City Winery.

Washington, D.C. / May 7: Eight stellar producers are bringing 40 wines to ZachysDC.

And so much more because of course, May is Oregon Wine Month everywhere.

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Last fall with members of the Society of Wine Educators conference, I was able to visit Adelsheim in Oregon. I confess I had no idea about the importance of this winery to the founding of the Oregon wine industry. I had heard of David Lett, whose winery I wrote about last week, but I didn’t know much about the other founding members of the Oregon winery industry. Adelsheim bought their property in 1971 in the Chehalem Mountains. They were the first winery in the area. David Adelsheim planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thinking it was the perfect terroir for these grapes. Time has proved him correct.

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They own more than 200 acres of land in the Willamette Valley, with 180 acres planted to vines. The soils in the area are a mix of volcanic and sedimentary soils. Their winemaker is Gina Hennen.

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Adelsheim is also a member of “LIVE”, …

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