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Gnarly Head, Authentic White, 2011

by Jason Lightner April 9th, 2014| White Wine, Wine
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California, Winemaker's White Blend, 2011

$12.99

As we touched on previously, whites have never quite been my thing, but as I sample more and more great wine, I find my tastes becoming ever more varied. This is the sort of thing all wine fans should hope to achieve on the road from the days of simply enjoying wine, to the eventual time when one might be considered a connoisseur. It's a long ways off, my friends, but we're getting there, and I'm excited to have you along for the ride.

Gnarly Head has been producing a plethora of wines for
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Once Upon A Vine, The Fairest Chardonnay, 2011

by Jason Lightner April 2nd, 2014| Wine
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California, Chardonnay, 2011

$12.99

Far be it from me to limit my enjoyment of incredible wine to a single subset of varietals based simply upon the color of the grapes involved in the process. That, my friends, is what they call a folly, and I see no need for follies here today. It's an equal-opportunity world of drinking and merriment, you see, and with the weather breaking, it's high time we started enjoying the dry and refreshing taste of a beautiful white wine. As a beverage like something out of the storybooks, Once Upon A Vine's The Fairest
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Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

by Jane Wangersky February 19th, 2014| White Wine, Wine
Nobilo RC SB Screwcap NV (Standard_Final_JPG) [CA-ECM2018074 Revision-4]It's summer in New Zealand. I kept thinking of this last night as I sat drinking Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in a much more wintry corner of the Commonwealth. It's definitely a summery wine.

Nobilo is the name of a winemaking family of Croatians who immigrated to New Zealand in 1936; Marlborough is where they settled, now one of the world's great wine growing regions. Nikola Nobilo helped develop the Marlborough wine industry, while also successfully lobbying for legal serving of wine with restaurant meals.

Sauvignon Blanc, as I find from reading the more experienced reviewers here on Parched No More,
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Folonari Pinot Grigio

by Brendan G February 12th, 2014| Budget-Friendly Wine Review, Wine
wines in windowI recently was at an event where guests were given an option. At every table there was a bottle of red and a bottle of white. The red was a fairly nondescript bottle of Italian Chianti, with which I was not familiar. The white was a bottle of Pinot Grigio with a famous, albeit maligned name. I decided to sample each. While the no name red left me unimpressed, I was somewhat surprised by the Pinot Grigio. Having worked on the retail side, in a liquor store (many years ago), I was familiar with the reputation of this brand:
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Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling (2012)

by Brendan G February 5th, 2014| White Wine, Wine
kfg etcThat time of year has come and gone again. The time that every football fan loves and hates. Loves, because the Super Bowl is upon us, and hates, because it's the last game of the year. Everyone has a different level of interest in the game. If either team happens to be the team you root for, then you will likely be glued to the television. If you're just a fan, you'll be interested, but more so for the final outcome, that may result in you winning a bet or the office pool. Then there's the casual fans, who
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Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc (2011)

by Brendan G January 15th, 2014| California Wine, Wine
ch sauv 11Now that the holidays have passed, I find myself drifting to lighter foods. After two months of big, hearty meals with loads of sweet and savory sides, it's time to scale back to a more waistline-friendly dining regimen. Looking back at my past few choices for my recommendation, I've noticed I had been leaning heavily in the red wine direction. This makes sense, as colder winter nights bring heartier more robust meals, and for those types of meals red wines generally make a better companion. However I recently found a white wine that can stand up to a variety
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Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (2012)

by Brendan G November 15th, 2013| White Wine, Wine
christmas wineThe holiday season is fast approaching. That usually means family gatherings and large sit down meals with family and friends. While others are planning on what to cook and serve their guests, I am left to think about what to serve or suggest to others for the beverage portion of the evening.

Wines have always played an important role in holiday meals. When going to someone's house for a get together, there is no better gift to bring than a nice bottle of wine. But what to bring ? Everyone has different tastes, but there are a few choices that
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Beringer Vineyards Napa Chardonnay (2011)

by Brendan G October 25th, 2013| California Wine, Wine
beringer chardNapa Valley, California, located on the North Coast of the state, has become one of the premier wine making regions in the world. Although wine production in the valley can be traced back to the 1800's, it has only been since the 1960's that the area has been known for producing premium wines. The combination of climate, geography, and geology make it an ideal place to grow many different types of quality wine grapes. Then, at the Paris wine tasting of 1976, a Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon beat several famous French wines in blind taste tests, and
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Bodegas Ponce Reto Blanco (2012)

by Brendan G October 2nd, 2013| White Wine, Wine
albarino grapes pdAs another summer draws to a close, I have recently become somewhat familiar with a wine that was being billed as the “wine of the summer”. Albarino is a white Spanish varietal grown primarily in northwestern Spain. Not exclusively in Spain, however, several Albarino's are now also being produced in California due to the grape's increasing popularity. The term Albarino can be translated as “the white wine from the Rhine”, as the grape (pictured) was presumed to be brought to Spain by French monks all the way back in the 12th century.

The sudden increase in popularity can be attributed
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Satellite Sauvignon Blanc (2012)

by Brendan G September 18th, 2013| White Wine, Wine
sauvWith most industries, there is always a battle between competitors for market share. The wine industry is no different, as there is an interesting battle brewing, for the consumer's dollars: New World wines versus Old World wines.

The term Old World wines is kind of self explanatory -- wines that come from European countries like Italy, France, and Spain. Using methods adopted by generations of family wine making. Often harvesting the same land as their forefathers did before them. Old oak barrels and corked bottles are a part of this old world tradition.

New World wines, however, come from different, new
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Conundrum California White (2011)

by Brendan G August 30th, 2013| White Wine, Wine
white wine n blue satinWine tasting is something that is a hobby for many, but for me, it is one of the interesting perks of my job. As the person who has to choose and order wine for for my place of employment, salesmen and merchandisers are always pushing some new bottle or old bottle looking for new life. Sometimes I get free samples, other times I am offered great deals, which may persuade me to try something different. I recently came across a unique, somewhat different bottle that I probably would not have tried on my own, if not for the pushing
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L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc (2012)

by Brendan G August 23rd, 2013| White Wine, Wine
lecole chenin blancChenin Blanc is an underrated and underused white wine varietal with French roots that can be traced all the way back to the ninth century. Versatility has always been the name of the game for this grape. Noted for its ability to produce many different styles of wine, the Chenin Blanc grape can be used to produce sweet dessert wines, sparkling wines, blended, and fortified wines. It is also noted for its ability to age well.

As recently as the 1980's the Chenin Blanc grape actually had more acreage devoted to it in California than it did in France. In
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