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European Wine River Cruise

European Wine River Cruise

Feb 11, 2011

Expand your horizons on a marvelous wine-themed river cruise

Sunce 2003 Syrah – Rockin’

Sunce 2003 Syrah – Rockin’

Dec 22, 2010

Sunce 2003 Syrah – Rockin’ Posted on December 20, 2010 by Doug of Wines Good So there I was, looking through my wine storage binder trying to figure out what to drink with my wife’s latest attempt at crock pot mastery, a tri-tip cut o’beef that “stewed” all day. Clearly, something big and bold was in order but what to pick. Then, duh, the moment hit, we’ve got this awesome 2003 Sunce Syrah that’s just been sitting there all these years chilling in the storage fridge. Now, for those of you that don’t know Sunce, you must find some of their wine and try them out. We stumbled across this small family run operation several years ago while on a trip in the Russian River area of Sonoma County. We had no expectations when we arrived (often how we prefer it) and were totally blown away by the staff and amazing wines.. We signed up for the wine club on the spot (something we rarely do) and for years have been excited to get our Sunce box in shipped to us. Sunce makes these great big Reds, that age gracefully and mature wonderfully. The 2003 Syrah had such a great note when we opened the bottle we knew that regardless of how the “crock pot” adventures were going to turn out we’d be in for an awesome evening. This wine is a full bodied, rich Syrah with notes of fruit and pepper on the finish. I’m dying for another trip up to visit Sunce and sample some of their newest creations. Due to a lack of storage, we ended our wine club membership last year and are in major need of some new Sunce Wine to round out our collection. In the end, the tri-tip was good, not great. The wine however,...

Shiraz Blind Wine Tasting

Shiraz Blind Wine Tasting

Dec 5, 2010

Recently (ok, a few weeks ago now) I was invited to participate and help host the Los Angeles area version of a nationwide blind wine tasting.  This event was put together by WineTwits, a huge online wine centric community that focuses in and around the Twittersphere.   The aim of this night was for us to host a blind wine tasting on behalf of Yellow Tail Reserve.  Yellow Tail is absolutely not a brand that I reach for, own, or ever call for in a restaurant or bar.  My history with the brand was that it was simply a lower end supermarket (aka mediocre) level wine and nothing special.  This all said, I knew this was a blind tasting and I’d have to put my palate to the test rather than my perceptions of a brand. In the Los Angeles area, we had 10 total tasters join us for what turned into an awesome, educational, and overall a lot of fun evening.  The way the event worked was pretty cool.  The day before the tasting, we received a box with tasting notes, turnkey instructions for hosting, 4 tasting bottles of Shiraz that were both wrapped in foil as well as brown bags, few other bottles of other Yellow Tail offerings to kick off the evening, and of course a cheat cheat to be used for the final reveal at the end of the tasting.  We got lucky and had the good fortune of having Pourtal in Santa Monica host our tasting.  Pourtal is an amazing wine bar down by the beach.  The owner went above and beyond setting up the patio for our tasting, complete with large notebook computer, speakers, wine glasses, and anything else we could dream up to ask for.  Being that this tasting was happening live across 20 other cities in the US, the Los Angeles crew opted instead to start a few hours later and simply watch the tasting via a video feed loop.  The event was lead by Doug Frost, a Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, and Yellow Tail owner John Casella. They were both on-hand at the Boston tasting, and through the magic of video, this live tasting was transmitted in real time to all...

Join Winestyles Tasting Events This Week-Snellville

Join Winestyles Tasting Events This Week-Snellville

Nov 29, 2010

Winestyles Snellville 1350 Scenic Hwy, Suite 424 Snellville, GA 30078 770-985-8356 Trish Gates Our Bissinger Chocolate collection is finally here…Indulge yourself to some awesome chocolates. We have some amazing wine pairings for the chocolates. A delightful treat!!!!!!! And they make awesome gifts to friends, family and business associates & acquaintances. This Week’s Wine Tasting Events Tuesday, November 30th, (6:00pm – 8:00pm) Wine Event Party Hosted and Sponsored by “Trunk Show Artist” Featuring Semi-Precious, Gemstone Jewelry Come and enjoy wine (free) on the “Trunk Show Artist” and get a sneak peak on their Jewelry line. It’s going to be a fun evening Thursday, December 2nd, (6:30pm – 8:00pm) Wine Tasting Theme: Great “New” Wines!!! We will like to introduce you to some great new wines that we have just brought in for your pleasure. Friday, December 3rd,  (6:30pm – 9:00pm) Live Music!!! From 7pm – 9pm You are allowed to bring your own food Wine & Your food (BYOF) We will help you select and pair your food with the right “other sauce” – Wine Saturday, December 4th, (4-6pm) Weekend Wine Tasting ($10 for Non-Wine Club Members, $7 for Wine Club Members) (All featured wines will be 15% off) From all of us at Winestyles Avenue Webb Gin, we say Thank you Our best regards, James, Elbie, Trish, Janice & Ed Follow Us...