Chianti Classico Adds “Gran Selezione”– Reviews of 4 levels of Ruffino Wine

“Wine and life…They are as inseparable as the sun
and the warmth it brings.”
—Gabriele Tacconi, Ruffino Winemaker

Recently Que Syrah Sue and I participated in a Ruffino Chianti tasting of four wines hosted by Snooth and with a video chat. The occasion for the tasting was their release of their new top of the line “Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010.”

There were four wines in the line-up, and we tasted them in this order. Reviews of each follow.

Ruffino Chianti DOCG 2013
Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico 2012
Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2011
Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010 

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#WineStudio Zinfandel March Madness; reviews of 3 from Cantara Cellars

This month, Wine Studio is all in for zin! Zinfandel that is… after all, it is lent!

For the final four Tuesdays in March, Wine Studio, which hosts a weekly virtual tasting on Tuesday nights from 6-7pm, will focus on

The Translational Role of Winemaker through a Single Grape

“Zinfandel has been the archenstone for the California wine scene since the mid 1800s,” writes Wine Studio, but what has “remained constant throughout its turbulent history is its adaptability. The grape is planted all over California and represents the full gamut of wine descriptions depending on where it’s planted.”

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Wine Bloggers Conference Agenda and Format: Under Review, Invites Input

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This summer from August 12-16, 2015  the 8th Wine Bloggers Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in the town of Corning in the The Finger Lakes region of New York. The Finger Lakes Wine Country hosts over 100 wineries which grow 90% of New York’s wine around the four main lakes: Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka and Canandaigua.  Corning, New York, home to the Corning Glass Company,was named “Best Fun Small Town in America” in 2013 by Rand McNally.I’ve attended seven of the conferences so far, thanks to convenient locations and two scholarships (to 2010’s WBC in Walla Walla and in 2013 to Penticton); I missed the one in Virgina due to the expense of travel. Instead that year I visited wine regions in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California on an extensive road trip. But I am planning on getting to the Finger Lakes, a region that I’ve heard a lot about over the years, and been favorably impressed with their wines, especially their Riesling, which I’ve had the opportunity to taste in several virtual events.
Recently Allan Wright, organizer of the annual Wine Bloggers Conference, wrote alums to say that they are considering “making substantial changes to the agenda and format of the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference.”
He asked if we’d take a survey to let them know about which of these suggestions they should implement. I never heard what they thought about the community’s response to the previous survey. I did however find results on their website in a recent blog post.Below are the questions,  excerpts of my responses followed some of the results with comments, plus excerpts from their new survey about content which closed on Friday (check in case it is still open!). The tentative WBC15 agenda is posted here.

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On International Women’s Day: Toast Women Wine Makers with Sonja’s Suds!

Today, Marsh 8, is International Women’s Day and the theme is “Make It Happen.” What better way to honor, celebrate, and toast women than by opening a bottle of wine made by one?

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I chose to feature these two wine makers because today is International Women’s Day and these are truly international women! They have both been born in one country and now make wine in another. This month of March I will be focusing as much as possible on those 10% of wines made by women wine makers. Continue reading

Is Wine the Gateway Drug to Caring About Climate Change?

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I have said it before and I will say it again: Drinking and enjoying wine from around the world is a gateway drug for caring about climate change.

Because global warming and climate change is impacting wine regions around the world, including Australia which is being celebrated with #ShirazWeek in Vancouver , check out this AUS climate change booklet published last week, Feb. 15 2015, which seeks to improve public understanding on this global topic in order to curb carbon emissions Continue reading

Shiraz Week: Sat. Feb. 21 – March 1, 2015

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I guess one day isn’t enough for a wine this big…

That must be why Shiraz will be celebrated for a week –from Saturday February 21st – Sunday March 1st, 2015– instead of just one day like Cabernet Sauvignon (last Thursday in August–the Thursday before Labor Day), Chardonnay (last Thursday in May before Memorial Day), and other days set aside to take note of various varietals.

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PS I Love You: Time for Dark and Delicious and a Glass of Rock Wall Petite Sirah!

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One of the best ways to get to know a type of wine is to taste a whole lot of them at the same time.
And the best way to discover which wines pair with which foods is, again, to taste a lot of foods with that wine!
Coming to your rescue on Friday,  February 20, 2015 from 6-9pm at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda CA is DARK & DELICIOUS, the preeminent, Petite Sirah event organized by PS I Love You, Inc, a Petite Sirah advocacy group.