Category Archives: Merlot

Wine pairings for Thanksgiving Dinner

We’ve all heard of Vertical and Horizontal wine tastings, but have you ever participated in a Virtual wine tasting? It’s where you taste actual wine and share your experience via Twitter with others drinking the same wine; wine lovers united … Continue reading

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Caliente wines from South America!

Caliente: translation ‘hot’; as in hot-sellers. Thanks to the popularity and our current love affair with Malbec, it has opened us up to other tremendous wine values from South America.  Here is a list of some South American wines I’ve tried with … Continue reading

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Red, White and Rose for this Memorial Day #SundaySupper

Its Memorial Day weekend the traditional kick off to the Summer Season, but before we dive into the potato salad, let’s take a moment to remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we may have our freedom. This … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Farm Winery ~ producing classic Bordeaux style wines in Maryland

Maryland is well known for three things: US Naval Academy, The Chesapeake Bay and Crabs. If you mention wine, many folks would say ‘Maryland can’t grow grapes’. Well, I’m here to tell you they can. California, Oregon and Washington produce … Continue reading

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Cooking with wine? Here are ’12 Most Wine-tastic Meals’ for you to try. Bon Appétit!

Wine and food are practically inseparable in my life. Cooking with wine is essential if you want to make any of these traditional dishes, omitting the wine will produce a shallow image of the original dish. Some folks believe you … Continue reading

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Battle of the Boxes ~ Round 1 ~ Herding Cats Merlot-Pinotage Western Cape, South Africa

I hear it all the time; folks declaring they are NOT wine snobs. So much so they freely admit to drinking wine with screw-caps! Imagine my confusion when I hear these same people turning their wine-snob noses up at boxed … Continue reading

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Napa Cellars ~ award-winning varietals by winemaker Joe Shirley

I often host wine tasting events showcasing one varietal, comparing 3 or 4 different bottles  ending in a declaration of the best bottle of the night. I also enjoy hosting tasting events that showcase one winemaker and their suite of … Continue reading

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From Barrel to Bottle ~ 2008 Merlot from Pacific Coast Vineyards

Early this Spring I was invited to visit the barrel room of Pacific Coast Vineyards located in Paso Robles, California.  Already widely known for their International Award wining 2007 Pinot Noir, Todd and Tammy Schaefer also produce a wide variety … Continue reading

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2009 Smoking Loon ~ for the Bohemian in you

Don & Sons, from the famed Sebastiani Family, are négociants that source and blend wines from some of the best vineyards in California. With wine maker Greg Kitchens, their 2009 suite of Smoking Loon reds possess a self-proclaimed independent character … Continue reading

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Think Pink to beat the heat! Try this White Merlot

I was looking for a rosé for this weekend’s bbq’s, knowing it would be hot and we’d need something refreshing. I have my usual ‘go to’ Rosés, my favorite being  Rosé of Pinot Noir.  But then I saw this one, … Continue reading

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