Episode #31 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Pinot. Just the mention of the word causes many wine lovers to begin to salivate at the light, sweet fruit. Pinot. This fickle grape drives wine makers crazy with its thin skin, susceptibility to weather, and its influence from the soil. The high-maintenance drama queen of wine perpetuates passionate prose and is the ire of Merlot lovers everywhere. Oregon winery, Willamette Valley Vineyards manages to gently coax 310 acres into beautifully crafted Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir (among a few others). Wine Enthusiast calls Willamette Valley Vineyards, “One of Americas great Pinot Noir producers year after year.” As you’ll see […]

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Cellar Tracker, Corkd, VinCellar Review

The work I do for my day job got me thinking about wine tracking / wine reviewing database sites. A recent project I was managing mashed together information from 17 web sites creating one global intranet site where 320,000 people view over 21 million pages each month. Over the weekend we launched the site and with a few minor glitches we were live for all to see on Monday. Through my recent journey of wine reviews and wine blogging, I’ve discovered a need for a repository for the information. At the current pace, I’ll have a collection of 250 reviews […]

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Episode #30 Australian Wine Not the Kangaroo

  Many people associate Australian wine with a little yellow kangaroo. While this little yellow kangaroo has done wonders for wine promulgation, it has also caused some negative backlash into the wine world. Australian wine has garnered a reputation for being big, fruity, and cheap, affordable, inexpensive. The price point has been fantastic for introducing people to the world of wine but it has also set the expectation that wine pricing should be under $10 and red wine = massive fruit bomb! The low price point (and the current economic time) has shook the California wine business like a 7.2 […]

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Colts vs Saints The Wine

Name 10 things that come to mind when you think of New Orleans and Indianapolis? I guarantee wine is not on the list. Wine probably wouldn’t be on the list even if you expanded it to 100. Add the Super Bowl in the mix and wine has the potential to become a small afterthought in the midst of the beer, bourbon, Hurricanes, and absinthe – where does the wine fit in? The Super Bowl draws an audience of over 175 million people worldwide. 50 million American’s are enjoying Super Bowl parties. Common party food is pizza, wings, chips, nachos, BBQ, […]

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Washington Grape Syrah or Merlot?

California is known for the Cabernet Sauvignon, big, bold, beautiful and sometimes over the top (kind of like the California lifestyle). Oregon is known for its lighter, earthy, liberal, organic Pinot Noir (similar to the people who live there, eh). New York is producing quality Riesling ranging from sweet to off dry, this opulant varietal is often misunderstood but pairs well with tons of food (akin to the oft mis-understood and passionate New Yorker). What about Washington? Is Washington the Merlot king – underappreciated, oft-maligned, but delightfully robust? Or, is Syrah the fruit of the Evergreen State – deep purple […]

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