“Wine Time with Mike and Holly – IZADI RIOJA RESERVA 2011”

A 100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in American and French oak, the 2011 Reserva is an outstanding value showing beautiful black and red currant fruits, high-quality, unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice and loamy soil undertones. Deep, medium to full-bodied, very pure, rich and concentrated, this is a gorgeous wine to drink over the next 3-4 years. 92 Points Wine Advocate

What Is a Blended Red or White Wine?

A blended red or white wine uses more than one varietal during the winemaking process. One varietal will be the main anchor for the wine, and at least one other varietal will be added to tweak the ultimate outcome. By replacing up to 50% of a wine’s composition, it can make the resulting blended wine more complex and interesting as it pulls in characteristics from multiple varietals. Blended wines don’t always get the best reputation, but if you know what you are looking for, they can provide you with out-of-this-world flavors, textures and aromas. It Starts With the Grape When …
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The Ultimate Guide to New York Wines and Wineries

When it comes to American wines, California seems to get all the attention. But those who are laser-focused on Napa and Sonoma are missing out. Upstate New York has quietly earned a reputation for excellent wine, and New York wine country has blossomed into a wonderful tourist destination. To put New York’s wine industry into perspective, let’s turn to the latest research from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. There are over 1,600 family vineyards and 400 wineries in New York alone. This results in the production of over 175 million bottles of wine generating $408 million in local …
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“Wine Time with Mike & Holly – Treana 2013 Marsanne/Viognier White”

The 2013 Treana White is a deep gold color and exhibits lush aromatics. Bold aromas of honeysuckle, pineapple and orange oil prepare the palate for a wine of complexity and balance. The smooth entry leads to rich flavors of blood orange, peaches, and apricots along with subtle hints of dried herbs and finely ground white pepper. The 2013 vintage brings a racier wine than we have seen traditionally in our white wine blend. The long, well-balanced finish is matched by a lean crisp acidity that lingers in the mouth. Treana White has a trusted history of aging beautifully for 10 …
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Pinot Noir from Germany at a Value Price

The warm weather is finally here, prime time for crisp white and subtle, elegant red wines. And there may be no better red for the season than Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir has been nicknamed “the heartbreak grape” due to it being so difficult to grow well and causing great disappointment with grape growers and winemakers. I’d say for wine drinkers, the heartbreak often comes with Pinot Noir’s price! Great value Pinot Noir is almost an anomaly, with the greatest wines coming from famed part’s of France’s Burgundy region, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and up and coming, cooler regions in California. None of these areas …
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