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What Wines You Need to Serve with Turkey Dinner

What Wines You Need to Serve with Turkey Dinner? 

What Wines You Need to Serve with Turkey Dinner? Well, this list is not another long, boring, “thanksgiving is complicated, and you need to read this 20 page guide to get how complicated it is to pair wine with cranberries, stuffing and pumpkin pie!”  Continue Reading

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2012 Cornerstone Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Review: 2012 Cornerstone Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

The Cornerstone is a thinking man’s Sauvignon blanc with undertones of lemon-lime citrus and tangerine that is fun and zesty with a good amount of acidity that carries through to the finish.  Fresh and lively, you’ll enjoy this libation with any shellfish dish, oysters or chicken. We paired it with crazy caprese chicken, a MacDaddy original. If you’d like the recipe, drop us a comment and we’ll sent it to you. Continue Reading

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Tendril Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2011 Tendril Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

The 2011 Tendril Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot noir is of the feminine style with pretty flavors of cherry and raspberry with subtle undertones of tangerine and mineral. The Pinor noir is balanced with perfect acidity and roundness that finishes clean and silky.  Continue Reading

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Deserving Cyber Sips

What Keeps this Blog Going? Readership and a Little Recognition

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know we focus on writing with passion and purpose.  We’re not a big corporation, although many of our readers think so. We don’t monetize but many think we make a living from this site. Full time day jobs keep us from accepting every jaunt that comes our way. And yet we keep up with the industry and have spent enough time in the biz to know when to call the BS card. So what keeps us going?  Continue Reading

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2002 Arteis & Co. Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

Wine Review: 2002 Arteis & Co. Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Côte des Blancs, France

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I’ve tried a lot of champagnes in my lifetime, and I have to be honest—many of my favorites evolve in the bottle to conjure notes of gingerbread, roasted aromas, honey and candied notes such as the 2002 Arteis & Co. Blanc de Blancs.

Older Champagnes with 10+ years have these characteristics–and this is one of those beauties that endear me to this specific style. I enjoy tasting friends and family on the older champagnes and rarely do they jump out of their skin as I do.  Sometimes I wonder why sparklers like this do not evoke emotion and excitement like they do for me. Well, this exceptional 2002 Arteis & Co. Blanc de Blancs is something that you should try, if not for the simple pleasure to experiment and expand your horizons on older Champagnes. 1690 bottle production. Drink now.

Rating: Excellent (90) | $100 | 12.0% ABV

Arteis & Co. Blanc de Blancs

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Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye

Wine Review: 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, Sicilia, Italy

The 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye is a sweet dessert wine made from Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) grapes. It is a  well-balanced, round and pretty wine with a vivid personality. Amber in color with viscous textures; the aromas of brown sugar and ripe peaches are clean and inviting. On the palate, vibrant flavors of almonds and orange coats the tongue. Simply spectacular. Pair it with  custards, fruit desserts or panna cotta. The wine would also pair well with blue cheese and foie gras. Drink now or cellar for another ten years.

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