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Wineries near Vienna: Wien, Wagram, Carnuntum

by Charles Wangersky May 22nd, 2015| Destination, Destination Winery
One of the more common pastimes in Vienna is not touring the local vineyards as such, but walking through them. There are a number of working vineyards on the outskirts of the city, and people will stroll through them, much as we do through our civic parks, as a
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To Breathe or not to Breathe – Aerating Wine

by Gary Hays May 19th, 2015| Well-Stocked Bar
Here is an age old problem. You have a number of guests at your house for an evening of fun and frolic, and as it turns out, most of them are wine drinkers, meaning you are popping corks at a rate which is not giving each newly opened bottle
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Wines of Vienna: Wachau Valley and Thermenregion

by Charles Wangersky May 15th, 2015| Regional, Wine
While grapes have been grown in the east of Austria since the Middle Ages, and wine has been a part of Austrian life at least that long, it is only recently that the Austrian authorities have started to regulate and certify specific wines as being developed in particular areas
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Wines to Try Near Paris: Champagne

by Charles Wangersky May 1st, 2015| Regional, Sparkling Wine, Wine
While it may seem odd to think about artisanal champagne, that is, effectively, what the growing situation in the Champagne area of France has led to. The vineyards end up, over time, being subdivided through inheritance, and after a while end up so small that they can't support themselves
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Wines To Try Near Paris: Burgundy

by Charles Wangersky April 17th, 2015| Regional, Wine
If you took one of the tours of Dijon and the Burgundy region which we mentioned last week, you will have tasted several samples of the finest wines of the region. We’ll be looking here at some of the wines from that region that you might be interested to
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Wineries to Visit Near Paris: Burgundy Region

by Charles Wangersky April 10th, 2015| Destination, Destination Winery
France prides itself on its wines, and Paris of course is the capitol of France, so it would be odd indeed if there were no winery tours available in Paris. Of course, Paris is a big city, so to find vineyards and wineries you almost always have to travel
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Review: Dalliance 2011 Lake County Red Wine

by Jason Lightner February 4th, 2015| Wine
Proprietary Red Blend, California, 2011
14.5% abv

We're back in the saddle of red wine bliss this week, with another California elixir on our hands. This one comes courtesy of the Lower Lake area of Lake County, located in northern California just a stone's throw away from Napa County to the south.

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Review: Peter Vella Chablis

by Jason Lightner January 28th, 2015| Wine
Peter Vella
Chablis, California
9% abv

We've been on a boxed-wine roll as of late, for sure! Those of you who have been asking me about various boxed wines have undoubtedly received your fair share of information these past few weeks. For those of you looking for more traditional, bottled information, do
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Review: Peter Vella Chardonnay

by Jason Lightner December 24th, 2014| Wine
Peter Vella
Chardonnay, California

We're going to deviate a little bit this week and, instead of focusing on reputation or historic appeal, we're going to take a look at stigma and class. Wine is of course (and has almost always been) one of those things that attracts so-called "connoisseurs" to the

Smoking Loon, Chardonnay, 2012

by Jason Lightner November 5th, 2014| Wine

Smoking Loon

California, Chardonnay, 2012


When you find a wine producer you thoroughly enjoy, it's only natural to pick up each and every bottle of theirs you can get your paws on, right? I really hope that's the case, as I've simply fallen


Apothic Red Limited Release, 2013

by Jason Lightner October 29th, 2014| Wine

California, Proprietary Red Blend, 2013


Mother nature can't seem to make up her mind. One day it's chilly and the wind is blowing a painful breeze against every exposed surface, and the next day it's warm enough for shorts and sandals. At least there's one thing that remains consistent — good
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Smoking Loon, Unoaked Chardonnay, 2013

by Jason Lightner October 22nd, 2014| Wine
Smoking Loon

California, Chardonnay, 2013


Once again we are taking a look at an interesting Chardonnay; it's just been that sort of a summer, I suppose. Smoking Loon's "Steelbird" Unoaked Chardonnay comes to us by way of California's famed Napa valley wine country; an area of land so perfect
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