Wine,

Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde (“veeng-yo vaird”) is a region in northern Portugal, known for it’s lush green landscape as well as its young, bright wines. This 2016 from

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Red Blend from Lebanon

Red Blend from Lebanon.
Château Ksara, Lebanon’s oldest and most visited winery, dates back to 1857. Jesuit monks began farming grapes, producing Lebanon’s first dry wine. In 1898, the discovery of caves provided a natural, humid wine cellar, which maintains a constant temperature of ~56°F. The story is that a fox

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The Widow Devienne

There’s limited information to be found about where or who exactly produces this label. Per the importer Cannon Wines Limited, we do know The Widow Devienne gave her family name to this budget and palate friendly sparkling wine.
“Winegrowing in France is most often a family operation in vineyards and
winery, frequently

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Three Brooms

Three Brooms is a single vineyard, 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Barker’s Marque Wines. It’s pale, ultra-clear lemon in the glass with a round, medium body. First sip: I’m thinking hmm, this is nice… it’s bright, crisp, nice acidity. There’s a dry, lemon/grapefruit mineral fusion with hints of soft, ripe peach.

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Traminac

Traminac is the same grape variety as Gewürztraminer. In Croatia, it’s called Traminac (“trahm-ee-nahts”), where just like German Rieslings or Gewürztraminers, it can be made into a dry or sweet version. This 2015 from Kutjevo Winery, located in the Slavonia region of Croatia, is completely dry—but, the fragrant aromas and

Croatian Wine,

Stagnum Plavac Mali

The 2006 Miloš Stagnum is full-bodied, hearty, with boastful tannins.
The Stagnum label is their premium wine, produced from 30 year old vines. Winemaking and grape growing in Ponikve, on the Peljesac peninsula in Croatia, has been in the Miloš family winery for generations. Per their website, they base their wine production on the autochthonous (indigenous;

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Crux SVB & Wine Chat

Crux (“Cruhx”) winery is owned by Brian Callahan and Steven Gower. They source grapes from their own vineyards, as well as other sites in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley — all farmed using sustainable, earth and environment friendly practices (good job, guys!).

While they create many reds, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre,

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Miloš Stagnum Rosé

Rosé season is practically here (some would say it’s always time for rosé). Spring brings out so many pretty bottles of pink wine. I love Spring! While much of the country is under a cold spell, in Arizona, we are sunny and almost 80°F. This calls for opening up the Miloš

Champagne & Wine Stopper,

Avina Champagne Stopper

Wine accessories range from fun and cute to practical and crazy expensive. But, do we really need them? (Answer: Yes!). I have to admit, I don’t purchase a lot of wine stoppers. I also have limited space and storage, so I simply can’t buy bulky kitchen gadgets. However, if you

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Rhone style Syrah from the Desert.

Before I received this 2015 Syrah from Aridus, I knew I liked it. I had visited their tasting room in Old Town Scottsdale, where I adored their Merlot and Tempranillo as well. How many of us have tried a particular wine in a tasting room, purchased the bottle, opened it