Varietal

Brian Wing on December 21st, 2013

2012 Screen Door Cellars, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The first release of this new winery. Check it out.

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Brian Wing on October 9th, 2012

We had the good fortune to finally get down to the California Central Coast wine grape growing region this year and spent an awesome day in Los Olivos, tasting through some of the area’s best.  While we were visiting all of the local spots, we asked around with some of the locals as to where […]

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Brian Wing on October 3rd, 2012

  Apologies to the supplier of the sample for the late review, but hey…  Sometimes you just got to lay down some wine! That being said, this is a fine wine at a great price.  Unfortunately it seems the ’09 vintage may be unavailable, but it was a good’n.  A great fruit forward Cab, with […]

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Brian Wing on October 2nd, 2012

Lovely tomatoes and basil fresh from the garden, good mozzarella, balsamic vinegar with extra virgin olive oil from our last vacation (Bella Cavalli Farms www.bellacavallifarms.com)

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Brian Wing on February 29th, 2012

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Brian Wing on December 23rd, 2011

NorcalWingman has a revelation on how to season a Christmas Prime Rib. Some tips and anecdotes on holiday cooking and how to deal with extended family.

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Brian Wing on December 16th, 2011

A nice little Napa Valley Chard.  Easy on the oak, nice and spicy.  Kinda reminds me of a baked apple, not sweet or cloying but great fruit and nutmeg spice.   Check it out

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Brian Wing on February 14th, 2011

Obviously the big V-Day is a very important day in the annual cycle of days, and is especially crucial to maintaining happiness around the home.  All this aside, it’s another good day and excuse to open a really good bottle of wine and cook some decent grub to boot! Now I know that it may […]

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Brian Wing on February 3rd, 2011

First off, an apology for not being here with you these last few months, however, every now and then a hiatus it in order.  Regardless of the reasons I’m here now with a new sample provided to me by the Austrian wine contingent.  A new wine for me to be sure, but not a new […]

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Brian Wing on October 18th, 2010

Up until this evening I had always wondered why grapefruit were called “Grape” fruit.  It never really made sense, but clearly the folks down in New Zealand, responsible for the creation of this 2009 Silver Birch, Sauvignon Blanc felt the need to express themselves with grapefruit. 2009, Silver Birch, Sauvignon Blanc — Octavin Home Bar […]

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