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KIllington Wine Festival  - taste with a view

KIllington Wine Festival - taste with a view

Got an invitation to attend the trade session of the Killington Wine Festival Grand Tasting at 4,241' and so I ran up to the mountain with the mission to try some bubblies, and look for white wines that are not normally on radar.  The event is organized by the Killington Chamber of Commerce, and th

07.18.2010| Media Reviews, Press Notes, Taster, Video | todd

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Vina Borgia - Ahead of the Curve... & Wine List Awards

Vina Borgia - Ahead of the Curve… & Wine List Awards

Having dinner, enjoying a nice quality, inexpensive wine that I found at a tasting of Spanish wines back in March.  Lo and behold...checking out the issue of the Wine Spectator, that just arrived, and there it is among the "Best-Buys".  Nothing like a little palate validation...I had already order

07.15.2010| Press Notes, Taster, Video | todd

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Pommeau D'Or...

Pommeau D’Or…

The attire in the video turns out to be coincidental...today is Hugh Hefner's birthday. The libation is unique, and from north of the border.  Le Fleurs Des Pommiers, Pommeau D'Or...liquid gold. There is a beautiful and fascinating wine country in Quebec, where there are a couple dozen producers

04.9.2010| Press Notes, Taster, Video | todd

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Calmont Spring Opener @ The Stoweflake

Calmont Spring Opener @ The Stoweflake

This past week, I attended the annual spring tasting held by Vermont wine distributor, Calmont Beverage. The event was hosted at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, VT and along with the 30 wine importers participating, there was an impressive charcuterie table laid out by Provisions International. I

03.24.2010| Press Notes, Taster, Video | todd

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Green Mountain Green Wine Goes to Scranton

Green Mountain Green Wine Goes to Scranton

A 'quick and dirty' label we produced for a short run bottling of home made wine for the festivities. All due apologies to Guido Reni, the god Bacchus, and Wee Folk everywhere. What the heck would make someone go to spend a long weekend in Scranton, PA?   After all, isn't it just a post indutr

03.17.2010| Press Notes, Taster, Wine Making | todd

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Correspondent Tastings

Correspondent Tastings

Sometimes we get the opportunity to proxy for our retailer or restaurateur friends, at trade tastings, provided we take useful notes, pertinent to the business model in question. It is a tough job but someone has to do it...and believe it or not, it is real work. Sometimes the calendar can get bu

03.9.2010| Press Notes, Taster | todd

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Vinosophy: Burn it Doon. Jazz it up.

Vinosophy: Burn it Doon. Jazz it up.

I'll try to refrain from rambling and keep this on track, since I am still digesting the content of two back-to-back, meet-the-wine maker dinners, with Randall Grahm and Bruno De Conciliis. The fruits of the conversations, are still fermenting... After debating about whether to enter the next ite

03.3.2010| Media Reviews, Press Notes, Taster, Video, Wine Making | todd

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The Game of the Rose - Ruché - La Donna Cannone

The Game of the Rose - Ruché - La Donna Cannone

The winter is still here, despite the warm weather we've been experiencing, the open areas where the snow has receded, and the nearby river flowing freely toward the sea. The lack of color has me impatient to see the fields in bloom, even though I know the time for such things, is just around th

02.19.2010| Press Notes, Taster, Video | todd

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 Valentine Reduction - The Turtle Island Cafe

Valentine Reduction - The Turtle Island Cafe

I'm a romantic at heart and a pragmatist by nature, so the Valentine holiday is something of a conundrum for me, since I am a bit commercialism / market sensitive, and really do not enjoy the holiday expectations...luckily my sweetie is even more vehement about the pink and red sales  blitz, so t

02.16.2010| Press Notes, Taster | todd

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Wine from Algeria?

Wine from Algeria?

I ask it again...wine from Algeria?   A co-worker of mine had remembered enjoying Algerian wines when traveling there during her university years, and had been looking around to see if there were any avaialble in the US.  Evetually she did find some through Grand Wine & Liquor, which is an e

02.12.2010| Press Notes, Taster, Video | todd

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