Author: Nancy (CSW)

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A Day of Wine Tasting in Namibia

Wine was not the primary reason we traveled to Namibia, but once we discovered there are several commercial wineries located in this arid African county we made it our mission to taste wine from as many of them as we could. It took two trips, but we have now tasted wine from all four commercial wineries in Namibia and visited […]

"Wine For Dummies", 7th edition by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Wine For Dummies: A Book Review

Wine for Dummies is in its 7th edition. Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan co-wrote the first edition back in 1995 and they have recently completed extensive updates to the 7th edition. We recently received this newest edition of Wine For Dummies for review consideration. This is the first edition of Wine For Dummies I have read. Both Ed McCarthy and […]

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Légende Wines: An Affordable Taste of Bordeaux

The two words I most closely associate with Bordeaux are Cabernet and expensive. Wines made by any of the five First Growth châteaux are too pricey for my budget and the same is true for most wine drinkers, I would imagine. I need to look further down the Bordeaux ranking to find delicious wines that are also affordable.  Another way […]

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Mas Conscience L’éveil, Terrasses du Larzac

Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault play well together in this textured red blend. I fell for the wine before I learned the interesting story behind Mas Conscience and the appellation within Languedoc that is home to the vineyards. Add to that organic and biodynamic viticultural practices and this wine ticks all the boxes. Since 2014 Nathalie and Eric Ajorque have continued […]

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Sweet Wines for Springtime

Several days of sunshine after a mostly soggy January and February have me thinking of springtime and that inevitably leads to what to drink for the warmer weather ahead. White wines come to mind and the usual assumption is probably dry white wines. This cellar note mixes things up a bit with our consideration of sweet wines for springtime. We […]

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Domaine des Bérioles Trésaille, Saint-Pourçain

Today’s cellar note takes us to the Loire Valley, France for a sip of the most remarkable wine. This wine tells the tale of Saint-Pourçain AOC located south of Moulins, family farming and a grape variety at risk of being lost. We purchased this wine from one of our favorite wine merchants, Les Marchands Restaurant & Wine Shop in Santa […]

Valentine’s Day Wines for Every Meal, Almost

Tomorrow is the big day. Roses will be sent, boxes of chocolates received and meals enjoyed together. Whether you’re celebrating with a partner, your spouse, friends or on your own, your Valentine’s Day needs wine and we’re here to help with that. We have five wines to suggest for just about every Valentine’s Day meal and every palate. We received […]