Author: Nancy (CSW)

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A Wine Sojourn to Sonoita

The Sonoita AVA is the first Arizona AVA we visited, so it will always be special to us for that reason. That was back in 2011 and I remember being astonished to discover high-elevation grassland in Arizona dotted with windmills, grazing horses, cattle and antelope. I was even more surprised by the sight of vineyards growing in what looked like […]

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It’s Fall and We’re Still Grilling

Grilling in the fall takes on a very different feel than in summer, even in California. Gone are long, leisurely and warm evenings. This time of year sunset comes quickly and a sweater may be required when tending the grill. And a head lamp. No matter, we still occasionally pull out the grill and when we do we need wine […]

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Failla Hudson Vineyard Syrah & Moroccan Lamb Tagine #WinePW

The theme for our November Wine Pairing Weekend (#WinePW) event remembers the devastating wildfires that have struck many wine regions around the world recently. The topic for this month’s wine and food pairings comes from Gwendolyn Alley who blogs at Wine Predator. The title of her invitation post: Together We Rise: Wines from Fire Struck Regions in CA, Chile, Spain, […]

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Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

I’m a white wine drinker regardless of the season. This time of year I begin adding red wines into the rotation, but my preference is always for white wines. So, needless to say, I was happy to receive a tasting sample of Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay to share with you. Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards is a 1300-acre property that […]

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Alpine Wines from Peter Zemmer

If you are a curious wine drinker who is willing to challenge assumptions made about certain varietal wines and curious about lesser-know wine regions, then we have two interesting wines from Peter Zemmer for your consideration. We have tasted prior vintages of one of these wines, the other is new to us. We received both as tasting samples. Alto Adige […]

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Sipping Left Coast Wine

It has been two years since I last tasted a wine from Left Coast Estate. That experience, part of a Live Wine Blogging session held at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, was hectic and rushed. This second opportunity to taste a collection of Left Coast wines, which we received as tasting samples, was relaxed and focused — just the […]