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Finding Water In a Dry Lanscape

If Water is Life, Wine is Living The first time I visited Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Cold Creek Vineyard, I thought the Sonora Dessert looked more hospitable. The view for 180 degrees was brown dirt and scrub brush, but turn around and beautiful, green vines climbed up...

Oktoberfest

September means that Oktoberfest beers have been flooding stores for weeks. For pessimists, this signifies the end of Summer. For optimists, this hints at the beginning of the wonderful Fall. For many, this is very confusing, as they associate Oktoberfest beers with...

Montoya, Good to know Ya!

Back to school time is a great time for some big value wines. There’s a touch of Fall in the air I’m looking to get a nice wine for less than $15. Welcome Montoya Vineyards! Here is a Monterey Valley producer who is really making nice varietal wines at terrific...

From the Pacific Flyway : Decoy

For many millennia, over a billion migratory birds a year travel the Pacific Flyway from Alaska to Central America. This includes many species of ducks, geese and swans. I’m sure this was the inspiration for the Duckhorn winery when in 1985, they created the first...

It’s a Fine Conundrum to Enjoy.

Way back in the formative years of the Caymus Winery, owner’s Chuck Wagner and his son Charlie would blend wines directly from bottle to create flavor profiles and make food pairing more fun. It was a game and there no blends they could go out and buy. In 1989 they...

¡Grandes Ofertas desde la Península Ibérica!

The translation is as follows: “Look to Spain and Portugal for some great wine buys! They just keep coming folks. Such great wines for parties, dinner, patio pounding and enjoying la vida dulce. Let’s start with red from the D.O. Toro. The Cermeño is fun for those...

A Scientificesque Study on Beer Brats – Part 1

Which beer boils makes the best beer brats?  Well, I took it upon myself and my coworkers’ palates to find out. Let it be known that this is simply Part 1 of the experiment. After completing this round, I realized that there was a lot to improve on, so it would be a...

The Work of a Wine Buyer

For those of you who do not know who I am, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bill Abrahamson and my title in this company is Senior Wine Buyer. It’s a title I attained by being the oldest in our group. Well that and the fact that I’ve been doing this for thirty...

Chillin’ with Wine in the Summertime.

We have hit the sweet spot in the summer weather. I‘m still waiting for some tomatoes in the garden, and pretty soon will go from nothing at all to bushels in the next two weeks, but I am ready! Caprese Salads, salami and cheese trays on the outdoor bar and a variety...

This One Time, At Pinot Camp…

Last week our wine buyer and events coordinator, Siri Nyman relayed her experience at this year’s Pinot Noir Camp in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. For someone involved in the wine business, it is a wonderful learning experience and as someone who enjoys and obsesses in...
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