Five Mysterious Wines to Try

Five Mysterious Wines to Try

By Miss Fox | California, Carmenere, Japan, Malbec, Mendoza, Sake, Santa Barbara County, Santa Lucia Highlands, Shiraz / Syrah, Sparkling, White Blends

Wines of mystery… these are wines that gets you wondering or are subtly seductive or, in Professor Szczesny’s opinion, are a mystery because they’re not more popular and well known. One way or another, aside from the sixth wine, according to our students, these should be on your list to find. Alma Negra Sparkling Rosé of

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Zinfandels of California

Zinfandels of California

By Miss Fox | Contra Costa Valley, Lodi, Mendocino, Napa Valley, Sonoma

Take one varietal, one year and one state and line up five wines. You’ll get a study in terroir, (pronounced “teh-wahr,) the geography, geology and climate of a particular area that defines the final wine in the bottle. Professor Wood helped students discover how the wine changes as you focus on different regions in California.

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Wines of Argentina and Chile

Wines of Argentina and Chile

By Miss Fox | Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Chile, Malbec, Mendoza, Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontes

Value shoppers take note… Argentinean and Chilean wines are high on bang for your buck, for so many reasons… Torrontes is a great white wine that can offer medium to heavy body, like an oaked Chardonnay or Viognier, but offers complexity without the oak that fights with so many foods. Malbec is what I call

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Finding Hidden Wine Gems... Where do you look?

Finding Hidden Wine Gems… Where do you look?

By Miss Fox | Languedoc-Roussillon, Mendoza, Red Blends, Tuscany, Veneto, White Blends

We all want to find great wines to turn our friends and family on to – what fun to show up at a party or a dinner with a wine that everyone falls in love with! Professor Martin brought some very interesting wines, TWO of which got SOLID “A’s.” His advice was be brave, don’t

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Wines Filled with Love

Wines Filled with Love

By Miss Fox | Margaret River, Mendoza, Paso Robles, Spain, Sparkling, White Blends

Our class enjoyed their wine tasting this week with candles lit and faces glowing. In light of upcoming Valentine’s Day, Miss Fox featured wines that demonstrated love, in one way or another. Segura Viudas Brut Rosé, Penedés, Spain, 12.0% alcohol, approx. $8.99 (90% Trepat, 10% Garnacha) LOVE OF: Colorful drama… opening sparkling wine and pouring a

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Milbrandt Pinot Noir: What is it like?

By Miss Fox | Central Coast, Pinot Noir, The Visual Series
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An Italian White to Look For

By Miss Fox | Nuragus, Sardinia, The Visual Series
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Italian Wines to Look For (These aren't your average varietals...)

Italian Wines to Look For (These aren’t your average varietals…)

By Miss Fox | Barbera, Italy, Marche, Nero d'Avola, Nuragus, Piedmont, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Verdicchio, Zinfandel

Wow… go off the beaten path in Italy and see what you find??! No Pinot Grigios or Sangioveses here. Great, show-stopping wines at reasonable prices. There’s very little competition in the U.S. for the varietal called, “Nuragus”, so the price stays low, but our students loved it!! San Sisto 2010 Verdicchio Dei Castelli Dei Jesi

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Pinot vs. Merlot Smackdown

Pinot vs. Merlot Smackdown

By Miss Fox | Burgundy, Central Coast, Languedoc-Roussillon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Right Bank, Uncategorized

We enjoyed an old time smackdown in class last weekend. Pinot Noir in one corner… Merlot in the other… Those of us who’ve seen Sideways, know in which corner Miles would stand, but our students weren’t quite as swayed. (BTW… the movie really is hysterical and has a lot of wine info in it. See

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Northeastern Italian Wines: A Fairy Tale in Taste

Northeastern Italian Wines: A Fairy Tale in Taste

By Miss Fox | Friulano, Friuli, Pinot Blanc, Red Blends, Trentino-Alto Adige, Valpolicella, Valpolicella Ripasso, Veneto

Cool regions in the world, including this mountainous, chilly area of Italy, offer some of the best wines available for pairing with foods. The high acidity in the wines makes your mouth salivate and with the increase in salivation, you prepare your mouth for tasting and enjoying your meal. Think of what happens when your

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