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Kin & Cascadia

Kin & Cascadia is a partnership founded by the Sager & Master families. From the label: “We are brothers, fathers, sons, and friends; true kin. This

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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 Sauvignon Blanc

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. If you visit their Instagram page @cruxwinery, you’ll also see they’re just as passionate

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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

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Abril de Azul y Garanza

Abril de Azul y Garanza translates to: affordable, good, drinkable, Spanish red wine.
Before you cry out, “Fake News!” and stop reading, the above statement is partially true. While it is a good, Spanish red blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet, the literal translation takes on the colors of the

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Aridus Merlot

Merlot is like that co-worker who’s been there forever (since the late 1700’s). Consistently shows up, works hard, has great character—but oftentimes gets overlooked for the hipster, cool labels. But, Merlot is distinguished and established. It keeps working while trends come and go and is easy to get along with. That

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New Year, New Wine Regions to Explore!

New year, new wine.
Some say if you love Zinfandel, you’ll love Plavac Mali. They’re closely related grape relatives—a cross between Crljenak Kaštelanski (the ancient, original Zinfandel) and Dobričić grapes. California Zinfandel ($25-$30 range) compared to this Plavac from Frano Miloš is… well, other than both being red and full-bodied, there’s really

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St. Laurent

St. Laurent = Red Wine Grape Variety Found Mainly in Austria & Czech Republic.
I recently drove to downtown Phoenix in search of a Croatian red. I was lucky to get a copy of Cracking Croatian Wine, & thought it would be appropriate to have a little Plavac Mali (“Plah-vahts Mah-lee”) while I