Author: Nancy (CSW)

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Franciacorta: Sparkling Wine Made Beside Lombardy’s Lake Iseo

I recently had the good fortune to be introduced to Franciacorta. That introduction came by way of a webinar hosted by Napa Valley Wine Academy. Giammario Villa, Master Taster and Franciacorta Brand Ambassador, shared his detailed knowledge of the region and its wines. Peter Marks, MW joined in the discussion. We tasted three styles of Franciacorta, all of which were […]

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Celebrate Family and Wine with Fathers + Daughters Cellars

We recently received three wines from Fathers + Daughters Cellars as tasting samples. F + D is a new winery to us, so we were as curious to taste the wine as we were to learn about the people behind the wine. We discovered a story of family and a highly-regarded Anderson Valley vineyard. Guy Pacurar and his wife Sarah […]

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Danshi Rise: An Authentic McLaren Wine Tasting Experience

Danshi Rise is just the kind of winery we hope to discover when we travel — single proprietor, small volume, authentic wine tasting experience, delicious wine. We experienced all of this and a man cave to rival any at Danshi Rise in Australia’s McLaren Vale region south of Adelaide. The winery sits on a rise above the vineyard at the […]

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2014 doqi Saperavi – A Qvevri Wine from Georgia

The country of Georgia is situated on the eastern shore of the Black Sea. Russia is its neighbor to the north, Turkey and Armenia lie to the south and Azerbaijan to the east. We may just be discovering wines from Georgia, but the winemaking history there goes back 8,000 years. Georgia’s fascinating winemaking includes more than 500 indigenous grape varieties. […]

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2017 Château Malescasse – Consistently Delicious and Affordable Bordeaux

Château Malescasse is located on Bordeaux’s left bank north of the city of Bordeaux in between the AOCs of Margaux and Saint-Julien. You might say it’s located in a great neighborhood. This bottle of Château Malescasse, which we received as a tasting sample, comes with lots of memories for us. It is one of the Bordeaux wines we tasted almost […]

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Calla Lily Estate & Winery in Napa’s Pope Valley

Calla Lily Estate encompasses 95 acres on the eastern slopes of Howell Mountain. Vines were first planted in 1995, though Hong Kong businessmen Anthony Fung and Andy Chui established Calla Lilly in 2013. Current plantings include 12 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, five acres Petite Sirah and one acre each of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Cary Gott has […]

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A Taste of History With Kenwood Vineyards Winemaker Zeke Neeley

I gathered recently with Zeke Neeley, Kenwood Vineyards winemaker, and a group of wine enthusiasts for a virtual tasting of four wines sourced from the historic Jack London Vineyard located on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. The story that unfolded is one of appreciation for the wilds of Sonoma Mountain, relationships solidified with a handshake and the delicious wine that […]

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Hey French: Pasqua Has Fun With Wine

Hey French You Could Have Made This Wine But You Didn’t is a wine with a very long name and more than a bit of attitude. This new wine, made by Pasqua in northeastern Italy’s Veneto region, is a multi-vintage blend of Garganega along with Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon. It comes with a graffiti-inspired label similar to the PassioneSentimento wines […]

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2020: Wine That Helped Us Through the Year

It’s hard to remember a year more difficult than 2020. The loss of my parents marked the most sorrowful years for me personally, but collectively this is the most difficult year I can remember. The bad news has continued since February and the worst may not be behind us. Coronavirus, COVID-19, stay-at-home and social distancing became part of my everyday […]

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A Taste of Portugal’s Vinho Verde Region

Just when you expect us to be sipping red wine we’re reaching for the lively white wines of Vinho Verde. We know we’re swimming against the stream, but these energetic wines from Portugal are perfect with appetizers or to sip while cooking even if it’s too chilly to sit on the patio. And it’s so refreshing to take a break […]