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2004 Flora Springs Trilogy

More Bordeaux than California in style. Leather and eucalyptus opening to plum flower aromas. Moderate dark red fruit flavors, balanced acidity and tannins, medium finish. A classic dinner wine, better with fin...
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International Champagne Day

October 28th is the First International #Champagne Day. Champagne on a weekday? Absolutely. If you're out, order a glass. If you're home, no need to save that bottle forever, wondering if you'll ever have a...
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A Family Winery, From Growers to Empire Via One Guy

Grape growers and winemakers in Paso started trying out a few different wine styles, including Rhône and Bordeaux. This meant, basically, syrah-based wines and cabernet-based wines. Then some mavericks came in and mixed the two, creating cabernet-syrah blends. Traditionalists cringed, but people started trying the wines and found they were pretty darn good.
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Cocktails for All, Not Just the Professionals

Entering the lobby of the august Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter—conference headquarters—I found myself sampling drinks even before I checked in. Dashing to a seat in my first seminar, I heard the promising rattle of ice behind me, and sure enough, there were several cocktails to be served during the hour.
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2008 Yellow Tail Reserve Pinot Grigio – South Eastern Australia

This Pinot Grigio is a pale gold green. Sweet fruit and a hint of herbs in the aroma. Light body, lightly sweet and lively, with a hint of tangerine and plenty of lime in both flavor and finish. It’s an easy to drink aperitif wine, especially at the end of a hot, muggy day, when you want a little more than a limeade and a little less than a cocktail. The wine became a bit more fruity as it opened in the glass. But sweetness predominated when I tried pairing it with dinner (chicken) so I had to give it up for the meal. Read about Becky Sue’s thoughts as she samples the whole Reserve line on BeckySueEpstein.com.