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P1 Day Tour of Cardinale: Mt Brave Mt Veeder Spire Collection Napa Valley

Buckle your seat belts. We continue our tour of Napa Valley. After a palette-staining day at Pine Ridge, Lewis Cellars, and Black Stallion, a single day visit to Cardinal sounds lenient. Yet Cardinal is the tip of an ice berg. It provides locus for hospitality services of the Spire Collection: the creme on top of the cream of the crop of Kendall Jackson’s holdings. Wines and wineries that rarely make it to your local shelf huddle under this empire’s gilt umbrella. Continue reading

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Thirsty Thursday: Frappato by Nanfro from Sicily 2011

Frappato!

Caramel Crunch Frappuccino

No, no, no, NO!

Not that syrupy, sticky cup of brown disappointment that suburbanites consider a meal replacement, even coffee, or worse, Italian.

No. Not Frappuccino. Frappato: the grape. Continue reading

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Thirsty Thursday: Aurélien Verdet, Hauts-Côtes de Nuits, la Prieuré, Bourgogne 2010

This Thirsty Thursday we look to a small wedge in Burgundy. 4 wee hectares (just 9.9 acres) of Pinot Noir to be exact. Called la Prieuré, it sits on the Western edge of the Hauts-Côtes de Nuits (that blue splotch on the map) near Arcenant. Continue reading

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Thirsty Thursday: Carmenere, Lapostolle, Casa Grand Selection, Rapel Valley, Chile, 2011

This Thirsty Thursday travels to South America (figuratively) while keeping a firm toe in France.

Back in 1994 Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle started buying vineyards in Chile. She could thanks to her middle name, Marnier. Yes, that Grand Marnier. Being the great granddaughter of the world’s most famed liquor helped, but Alexandra had greater ambitions. Continue reading

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Thirsty Thursday: Marchesi di Barolo, Maraia, Barbera del Monferrato, Italy 2012

I’m finding it hard reaching for red this Thirsty Thursday. It is still August.  Summer has yet to leave us. I do not want to hear the word Fall.  But then we have Barbera. No, not those perpetually rerun Saturday … Continue reading

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