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Savor live music on a weekend escape to Saratoga, Calif.

Wine lovers appreciate Saratoga’s laid-back sipping experience. But I wasn't hunting for a great new Cabernet or Pinot Noir on a recent visit to this peaceful town in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. My daughter and I were lured to Saratoga to watch two of my favorite vintage ’80s bands...

Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé, one of England’s finest

This is really good. It’s 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir, with 95% of 2014 and 5% reserve wines, and retails at £35 in the UK. Dosage is 10 g/litre. Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé NV England 12% alcohol. This is quite special. An attractive salmon pink with orange hues, it has aromas of lemons, sour cherries and cranberries, [...]

IPNC: notes on 33 Pinot Noirs from Oregon

The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) is held each July in McMinnville, Oregon. This was my third time at this remarkable event, which brings together consumers and trade in a happy celebration of this thrilling grape variety, in the lovely setting of the Linfield College grounds. Over the course of the weekend, I tried quite [...]

Brooks: Pinot Noir and Riesling from this top Oregon estate

The view from the Brooks tasting room Brooks is one of Oregon’s unsung stars. Their 14 000 case production is split among many small lots, with the largest fermentation in the winery occurring in 2.5 ton fermenters. They source from a range of growers. They’ve also focused more on a direct to consumer model, which [...]

Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir Cuvée Aux Antipodes 2015, a brilliant New Zealand/Burgundy collaboration

Francois Millet and Paul Pujol Back in February, I had a chance to try this collaboration between Paul Pujol of Prophet’s Rock and François Millet of Comte de Vogüé in Burgundy when I was sitting next to Francois at the Mornington Peninsula Pinot Celebration. I didn’t get to take a note, so I was glad [...]

Tasting Eyrie, Oregon’s Pinot pioneer, with Jason Lett

Jason Lett This week while I was in McMinnville I had a chance to taste through the Eyrie range with Jason Lett. Back in the mid-1960s Jason’s dad, David, planted the first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley, Oregon (there’s a bit of history, including pictures of the original plantings, here). Jason has [...]

Some wine folk, Oregon and beyond, snapped this week

I’m leaving Oregon tonight after a very successful International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC). Over the course of the last four days, at the celebration and also today in Portland, I met quite a few wine folk. Here are some of them, captured on camera. Ehren Jordan, of Failla. Making beautifully balanced Californian wines, Ehren began his [...]

Blending Pinot Noir clones

During the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon, one of the events is a vineyard visit. The delegates are split into groups and each visits a different vineyard. Our group went to Willakenzie in Yamhill-Carlton. During the visit we went to the cellar for a fun exercise. We were given three cask samples of the 2016 [...]

Discovering Crémant d’Alsace Rosé

When I think of the wines of the Alsace I think white wine. After all 90% of the wines produced in the Alsace are white. But there’s growing interest in one particular red wine, Pinot Noir. This is a recent development, in part due to changing climate conditions. Show More Summary

Tasting six inexpensive Pinot Noirs on camera, and with tasting notes

Pinot Noir is one of my very favourite grape varieties. It’s a tricky grape, though, and finding good affordable Pinot can be a challenge. So I tried six inexpensive Pinot Noirs on camera, and gave my robust, honest opinions of them. Mr Noir Pinot Noir 2016 South Australia 14% alcohol £11.99 Virgin Wines Very fresh and supple with a [...]

Stop Making These 12 Word Choice Errors Once and for All

2 months agoInternet / Blogging : Copyblogger

Bill is at a wine bar on Saturday night, enjoying a glass of Pinot Noir. After striking up a playful conversation with Lisa (who prefers Syrah), he asks for her telephone number. Lisa agrees to Bill’s request, and he creates a new “contact” in his cell phone. Show More Summary

The daily lemming

3 months agoBeauty / Perfume : Now Smell This

This might hit the spot: Klar's Pinot Noir soap. "One among a line of plant-based soaps, Klar's Pinot Noir Soap is manufactured using natural extracts from the grape cultivar called pinot noir. Famous for both its deep hue and its inclusion in some of the finest wines around the world, the pinot noir lends the […]

‘The Sideways Effect:’ How A Wine-Obsessed Film Reshaped The Industry

The 2004 movie about an obsessive wine snob helped boost California's pinot noir production by 170 percent.

Take a Ride with the California Rhone Rangers

3 months agoFood & Drink / Wine : Vinography

There is more to life than Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It's quite easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to wine, mostly because the rut isn't all that uncomfortable. You shouldn't be blamed for drinking what you like. OnShow More Summary

Climate Change Is Coming for Your Favorite Wine

Changing weather patterns are already impacting your favorite pinot noir — just ask your sommelier Last week Donald Trump announced he would be pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, the first-ever multi-national effort to curb the effects of climate change that was first adopted in 2015. Show More Summary

5 minutes with ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ star Tituss Burgess

Before Tituss Burgess “pinot noir”-ed his way to cult stardom in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as the flamboyant roommate of the titular character, he was a Broadway performer — and even before that, he was an advocate for the LGBT community. Now with a bigger mic, Burgess will be in Washington Thursday for a block party […]

Aromatic And Affordable Wines From Alsace, France—Plus Free Tastings!

From its exceptional climate and soils, Alsace produces Crémant d’Alsace sparkling wines, as well as still wines from five key grape varieties: Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir. [ more › ]

A Brief Guide to Pairing Food and Wine While You Travel

4 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Planning on indulging in beef bourguignon while you're in France? Grab a glass of pinot noir.

Tituss Burgess Channels Ursula In 'Little Mermaid' Cover

4 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Before Tituss Burgess sang about Pinot Noir on Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” he was singing “Under the Sea” as Sebastian in Broadway’s “The Little Mermaid.” And although his costume from the 2007 play looks like something his...Show More Summary

The Luscious Wines of New Zealand Are Enchanting Bay Area Imbibers

Northern California is now the world's biggest importer of New Zealand wines because local wine nuts are discovering the country's expressive, vibrant varietals -- including pinot noir, syrah and cabernet blends -- are not just great price performers but come from a beautiful place at the forefront of sustainable winemaking.

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