The Wandering Wino Blog

Earth Day Glass

As the clocks change, wines are bottled, spring time arises, vine buds bloom, and the wine festivals begin! 

Each "wine festival season" as I call it has a variety of events, focus, and in some cases a cause. March is coming to a close and April is fast approaching towards another "Earth Day." This particular day may not have a special meaning for some, however, this is a group that knows how to through a party, or shall we say wine festival. SIP, or Sustainable In Practice is an organization dedicated towards promoting vineyards/wineries that practice environmental responsibility among ...

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Gann Family Cellars '06 Petite Sirah

Gann PS Bottle

Each Tuesday night at 6:00 PM on there is a winemaker/owner of very small production wines on livestream. Scott Jordon conducts live interviews while tasting the wines together. Getting the wines ahead of time just removes the virtual and makes it reality, as we taste/tweet along (with freinds @tampawinewoman, @myvinespot and @dangod1). The added benefit of signing in with twitter so the hashtag becomes automatic helps take it to the next level.

It is now week three for wine posts from Wandering Wino, and I have to say I'm impressed with the wines. The ...

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Pinot Noir For The Books

DuNah Pinot Noir

Do you have a special food or wine memory soley dedicated to the taste? We all have those life moments when we might remember grandma's macaroni and cheese, or a wine moment that had you at hello. These are the moments that can be difficult to duplicate. Moments like these are rare, yet tend to stick in our minds for a long time. I can still recall the Chateaubriand I ate when I was 10 years old in a restaurant. I can still recall old vintage wines that play in my mind with salavation and a smile.

Thus far ...

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California's Central Coast

Chard Glass

Throughout California, there are many wine appellations or AVA's. Each is broken down by distinctions like climate and soil that produce both growing and wine differentiation's. The French word terroir will not be used because I do not speak French and, well, mainly for fear of civil unrest among the hard-core. Many of the regions are known to produce and specialize in different wines. The Central Coast includes over 30 different AVA's (American Viticulture Areas). Having some familiarity with these regions, there are key distinctions that often can be blanketed with the term "Central Coast."

Central Coast ...

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James Family Chardonnay

James Family Chardonny

This is my first official wine review post. Some may wonder why. The reason is simple. In many cases they simply bore me. That's not to say I have not sought out very specific wine reviews posted from others, however writing them has been unappealing personally until now.

Many of you know I do winemaker video interviews shown on my home page. Winemakers are often interesting people that can help educate me/us in enology, viticulture, and so much more. In a fun interactive live stream video,winemaker interviews are conducted by Cellars of Sonoma on Tuesday nights starting ...

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