MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir

Wine Review: MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Sometimes specific vintages, such as 2011, can bring challenges to vintners on many levels. Enough heat to fully ripen the fruit and harvesting on the rains schedule, not when the fruit is ready, can overwhelm some growers and winemakers. The MacPhail …read more

Friday Feature Photo: Easter in the Algarve

Algarve Beach Portugal

Photographer: Tony Bond

Capture Date: April 18, 2010

Location: Praia Dona Ana, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

About: On a 10 day trip to the Algarve, “I was repeatedly lost for words. So glad to have discovered this coastline at Easter without the crowds – and if you’re prepared to get up early – or …read more

2012 Paso Creek Merlot

2012 Paso Creek Merlot

Varietal: 80% Merlot, 10% Petite Sirah, 6% Malbec, 4% Petite Verdot
Region: Paso Robles, CA – USA
Cost: $14

Winemaker’s Notes: Dark crimson in color, with cigar box aromas infused with generous sweet vanilla oak. Bold flavors of blackberries, cherries, currants, and spice complimented by sturdy tannins and balanced …read more

Celebration of Syrah Grand Tasting

On Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, McMenamins Edgefield Winery will hold its 14th Annual Celebration of Syrah, a two-day revelry of wine, food and fun. The 74-acre Edgefield property will host winemakers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond who will showcase their best Syrahs throughout the weekend. Syrahs …read more

Rock My Pinot Like A Wagon Wheel (MacPhail Recent Releases)

MacPhail Mardikian Pinot

Have metallic embossed label, will travel

Before you ask… yes, I am still not quite up to the full-on feature articles, and am woefully behind. Look, I’ve got major issues on the homestead, people, so you’re going to need to be patient (or, simply enthrall yourselves with any of the other …read more

Tasting Cat Negre 2012

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A couple of months ago I wrote that 10 Sentits had released a new wine called, Cat Negre. A blend of selections from 10 Grenache vineyards from the 10 denominations of origin in Catalonia (minus Cava which is technically Spanish and DO Catalunya which is akin …read more

Tasting Cat Negre 2012

cat-negre

A couple of months ago I wrote that 10 Sentits had released a new wine called, Cat Negre. A blend of selections from 10 Grenache vineyards from the 10 denominations of origin in Catalonia (minus Cava which is technically Spanish and DO Catalunya which is akin …read more

Recipe: Portuguese Spinach Mousse

Esparregado de Espinafres

If you’re craving a bit more earthiness in your Easter side dishes, the richness of a dish like creamed spinach may not fit the bill.

Perhaps, Portugal’s “Esparregado de Espinafres” (spinach mousse) is the key with a balance of velvety textures and earthy notes. The dish offers up layers of flavor …read more