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Naked Vine Double Barrel -- Waterstone: The Winery that Wasn't There
Sometimes a winery can be just a load of grapes and a plan. Estate winemaking, especially in well-known areas like Napa Valley, is an expensive proposition. Land is expensive, as can be cobbling together a winemaking infrastructure. Equipment, tanks,...
Posted: 4/20/2014 6:07 PM
The “First Family of (US) Chardonnay” -- Wente Vineyards
In 1883, German immigrant Carl Wente bought 48 acres of land in Livermore Valley in Monterey County, California and planted a mess of grapevines. Fast forward to 2014, and Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously operated winery in North America, run...
Posted: 4/13/2014 8:31 PM
Naked Vine Double Barrel: (Not Necessarily for) Brunch Wines
I’ve long said that brunch is my favorite meal of the day. I find something deliciously decadent about getting up late and having enough relaxed time in the morning to put together a meal that goes a bit beyond a bowl of Cheerios.With brunch, I’m usually...
Posted: 4/5/2014 12:28 PM
Naked Vine Luxury Double Barrel: Frisson Wines
Frisson (free-SOHN) – French, “a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill”The Wine Fairy’s been pretty good to us here in Vine land.I received a message from Tara at Balzac offering me the opportunity to sample a couple of...
Posted: 3/30/2014 4:44 PM
Naked Vine South American Triple Delight: Montes/Kaiken
Let’s nip back down to South America for a quick sampling of a few tasty Chilean delights. I haven’t written about Chilean wines in awhile, so I appreciate the good folks at Feast PR for giving me the opportunity to try a few bottles from Montes, one...
Posted: 3/23/2014 8:39 PM
The Alphabet Soup Project -- "O" is for "Oak"
Wood is good.Go to any winery and you’ll find oak barrels everywhere being used for fermenting wine, for storage, or just for decoration. But why? Obviously there’s some reason that, for years, wine and barrels are united in the wine drinker’s consciousness?...
Posted: 3/1/2014 6:07 PM
Vote for Me!
A pause for some shameless self-promotion. The Naked Vine has been nominated for "Best Blog" in CityBeat's 18th Annual "Best of Cincinnati" competition. Follow that link and vote in as many categories as you wish. My competition is the first category...
Posted: 2/11/2014 11:35 AM
A French Four-Pack for the Freezin' Season
It’s cold and dreary. The sun barely peeks out – and when it does, it’s not much of a help warming things up. These are richer food days, my friends. For me, richer food calls for wine with a backbone of earth – and that leads me instinctively to one...
Posted: 2/4/2014 5:00 PM
In time for Australia Day – A double barrel from Hardy’s
In case you’re wondering what to do with next weekend, since the Super Bowl is still a week away, you could consider throwing an Australia Day party. Australia Day is often likened to the 4th of July in the U.S., and there is a connection. After we declared...
Posted: 1/19/2014 4:37 PM
The Seven Vectors of an Evolving Palate
I was poring over The Naked Vine Index while working on a review of a South African wine. I swore that I’d written about this particular wine – Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc – in the recent past. I went back to the archives to see if my new notes paralleled...
Posted: 1/9/2014 7:19 AM
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