Wine Tasting

Norcal Wingman on November 4th, 2010

Yes it’s Thursday, and in all rights I should be typing up a sweet recipe for you to enjoy on another “Not Bad for a Thursday Night Dinner!”  Well, perhaps I’ll add a cooking tip at the bottom of this post…  Anyhow, Tonight we had some super delish, filet mignon steaks, so I wanted to […]

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A few months back I attended the annual Make-a-Wish event at the Sonoma-Cutrer vineyards and was lucky enough to win one of the live auction lots, the Wine Experience with Tom Simoneau “The Wine Guy.” The stars aligned and we were finally able to schedule this event and get together to taste some great wine, […]

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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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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 May 10th, 2010

I haven’t had the pleasure, or displeasure, of pouring box wine since I don’t know when.  I guess when I was a waiter our red and white house wines were big boxes that were served from a bar gun, so that’s probably the last time I ever cracked open a box of wine…  But all […]

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Norcal Wingman on May 10th, 2010

I had a great wine that got better as it opened up, sadly I reviewed it before it really opened up to me to show its true character.  Over the last glass of it, a day later, my wife and I discussed the topic of decanting and when and why you should/shouldn’t decant.  She mentioned […]

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Norcal Wingman on April 30th, 2010

Just a quick wine review this time.  Paired this one up with the latest “Not Bad for a Thursday Night Dinner.” I picked up this bottle a couple weekends ago on our wine tasting trip through Dry Creek Valley.  Rued was having a killer “sale” on their sauv blanc.  So it was a real no brainer. […]

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Norcal Wingman on April 7th, 2010

I’m trying really hard to do these wines their due justice, but I fear either my palate or lack of descriptive ability is hindering them…  Nonetheless, here I go again. I was able to sneak this open before the wife said anything.  Malbec is, or at least historically, has been her favorite varietal.  Ever since […]

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