Norcal Wingman on June 29th, 2010

In a quest to achieve my wine century club membership, I have come across a Greek wine varietal, Assyrtiko.  I paired this wine up recently with another of my “Not Bad” dinners and was pleasantly surprised with how things turned out.  Now on with the wine! 2009 Galavas, Santorini The Nose: Lemons, grass, and wet […]

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In my continuing new endeavor of joining that elite group, the Wine Century Club, I have been buying up and begging for varietals that I’ve never had before.  After checking out Joe Herrig’s (Suburbanwino) post about fighting sea monsters with which he paired up an Assyrtiko, it got me thinking that I should do my […]

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Norcal Wingman on June 24th, 2010

A few months back we had a great trip through Dry Creek Valley and stopped at some great wineries and tasting rooms.  I had never been to the “Family Vineyards” tasting rooms just off of Dry Creek Road near Lambert Bridge. There are three or four winery tasting rooms and an olive oil company tasting […]

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Norcal Wingman on June 23rd, 2010

A recent adventure to Costco netted me a six pack of new and different wines, mostly from the South of the Equator.  This particular winery came highly recommended from “the wife” as she had visited Chile while studying wine business in college and in particular, really expressed how great this winery and her experiences there […]

Continue reading about 2007 Casa Lapostolle – Cuvée Alexandre – Soiree Decanter

Another week of summer school is down, thank god!  I’m tired.  I volunteered to help out “the wife” this weekend at her winery’s wine club pick-up party.  Let me tell you, I have the best of both worlds, that of a wine consumer and living on the fringe of being “in the industry.”  I was […]

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Norcal Wingman on June 16th, 2010

I was exceptionally exited to receive my first “bottles” for sample from Concannon Vineyards and had high hopes to review and enjoy their offering.  In addition, while I was volunteering at the Russian River Valley Single Night I met Andrew and Marshall from Wine Soiree an in-bottle decanting system and they hooked me up with […]

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Norcal Wingman on June 15th, 2010

Summer weather finally made it to Sonoma County!  I was wondering when and if we were going to get back to the standard issue weather for us.  Well, we got it and that means that it’s time to fire up the grill and pair up with some great wine. I did up a rotisserie chicken […]

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Wow.  What a week.  One full week off from school and back into the action, 3 days a week.  So basically I had  a short chance to catch my breath after this spring semester then dove right back in…  Someone told me they think I’m motivated, I would beg to differ, I think I may […]

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Interview with Jim Mau, Biologist and Producer for 2 Degrees Above Normal, a documentary film about how climate change is affecting the cultivation, economics and culture of wine on a global scale. Jim Mau Bio, from 2DAN Website: Jim is a former principle and executive in two biotechnology companies. His responsibilities there encompassed R&D […]

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Norcal Wingman on June 7th, 2010

Hello everyone.  I wanted to give you an update since my next four weeks will be exceptionally hectic.  Thursday Night Dinner is going to have to take the proverbial “Back Burner” position as I slog through a summer inter-session course at school.  I’m hoping that this move will allow me to continue to provide all […]

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