Podcast: 2014 Phoenix with Del Rio Springs Vineyard

Originally posted on The Wine Monk: Arizona Wine Blog:

In this podcast, I sit with Rick & Maricor Skladzien, owners of Del Rio Springs Vineyard in Chino Valley, Arizona, to talk about the release of their first white wine, the 2014 Phoenix. It’s a varietal I had never heard of, so it was really fun to explore.

We also talk about Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Vignoles (while drinking one from Missouri, specifically from St. James Winery), the future of winemaking in Chino Valley, and how different grape clones work in a vineyard and winemaking setting.

I’m quite fond of Del Rio Springs, and I was quite happy to meet with them!  (I also highly reccomend tracking down a bottle of this if you can.  I did see a few at Plaza Liquor Deli the last time I was there!)

Rick & Maricor Skladzien with a bottle of Phoenix! Rick & Maricor Skladzien with a bottle of Phoenix!

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Steps of PinotZen

Originally posted on bottledaux:

Spices more than anything– fruit and circling nudges of mint and medium roast coffee… Maybe it’s in my head, but the wine is ordering me outside and away, severely distanced from any box. What flowers I don’t know, just poems to senses all.. Caught and captured by its Beat.. Brought to write my thoughts, this Victorian dream of a red. Ambrosial quandary of syncopated sensuality– never before in a Pinot for me. Till today. This is how the wine wanted to revolve, evolve, for me.

A new meter and fruit arrangement from nose to tactile, but that’s what the Road, the wine highway’s all about I now see so vividly.

(5/4/14)

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If We Were Having Coffee… Reading and Blog Award!

Originally posted on Eclectic Alli:

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I would tell you that I’m pretty exhausted.  The week went well,  but it was busy and wore me out.  Thankfully, this isn’t my first run at a week like this so I knew that I’d be worn out.  I was prepared!

I got a lot of awesome writing work done last weekend, and told myself that I don’t have to write any more until Monday — I gave myself the week (and this weekend) off!  I did do some re-reading of the first half of the novel I’m working on, making notes of things that…

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Wine Tasting Room Inspirations

Originally posted on Wine & Grapes U.:

By: Kathy Kelley

Even when on vacation, I’m sure that you make it a point to visit tasting rooms to get an idea of the local “winescape.” I do this as well and I thought I would share some images from a few wineries I’ve been lucky to visit, as well as a few things that attracted my attention. Some of the images and ideas might appeal to you and be applicable for your tasting room. For now, I’ve focused on four different wineries, with more images and examples to come in future blog posts.

Schlumberger, Vienna, Austria

I just returned from a trip to Austria. While in Vienna I made it a point to visit the Schlumberger tasting room (http://www.schlumberger.at/en/home/) where I was able to sample a variety of sparkling wines (at 3 euro for each three ounce pour) produced using the “traditional method” since 1842. The…

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Fleet Helps You Uncork Entertainment

Originally posted on fleettransportation:

winetour Do you know which wine best pairs with fish? What’s your favorite local vineyard? If you don’t know the answers to those questions, it might be time to educate yourself.

February 13 through 15, raise a glass to viticulture at the 15th annual Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival, where you’ll be able to indulge in tastings, food pairings and take a class in wine. Mingle with chefs, winemakers, and learn about wine culture in the DC Metropolitan Area and beyond. If you’d like the chance to improve your palate, take a wine tasting course led by experts. Saturday, take yourself on an international trip with a wine club tasting, where you’ll sample over 100 wines from around the world.

Grapes image Virginia VineyardsWhat’s the best way to enjoy the Wine and Food Festival? With a ride from Fleet Transportation, of course!

With our expert chauffeurs behind the wheel…

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Why the Saumur Wine Producing Cooperative was re-branded “ROBERT ET MARCEL”

Originally posted on Gites in the Loire Valley:

The new label of the Saumur wine co-operative The new label of the Saumur wine cooperative

The ‘Caves des Vignerons de Saumur’, Route de Samoussay, Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg   is the Saumur Cooperative, about 12 kilometres from our gites at Le Clos des Guyons and a  real must visit for our guests during their holiday!  The tour begins with a large, twelfth century vaulted cellar and from there it continues in the maze of 100 kms of underground galleries. Indeed an underground ‘safari’ and great place to visit, taste and buy wines of the region.

And now a change! If you did not know – everyone is talking about their new brand name of “Robert et Marcel”.

Initially we thought why would they want to call a Cooperative Cave Robert and Marcel but apparently the reason for the new name is that Robert and Marcel Neau  were the names of the founding Chairman and Director back in 1957 and…

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Wine Touring the Northern Rhône Valley

Originally posted on Sans Frontières:

Booking a tourist trip in a foreign country with 48 hours notice can be hit and miss. Luckily on this occasion a) we were in France b) I can say ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘how much?’ in French and c) it turned out to be the best. Yep, our quest to find a less-touristy, more Frenchy wine tour of the Rhône Valley definitely paid off. Kudos to the website for including an ‘off the beaten track’ tagline. You sold me there.

1901440_10151972498774013_1816879097_nI knew it was going to  run smoothly the minute the minibus picked us up from our hotel in Lyon right on time. We made nine – eight plus our guide, a French gentleman so debonair he made my heart melt. It turned out that was the max for each tour, which, for someone whose been on tourist coaches of sixty people, made me happy.

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Do you know of any small group wine tasting tours?

Originally posted on 1st Choice Concierge (UK) Ltd:

The answer is there are very few, but we have found a really good one for you and I have posted further details below

Also, here is some official information from French tourism that gives lots of tips on the French Wine Regions at Rendezvous France

Vineyards Vineyards

This is the tour we found

Small Group France Food and Wine Tour

We found this and thanks to them at BestValueTours

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