SAN FRANCISCO — Wineries are coming out loud and proud in their support of gay marriage. They’re putting it right on the label.
Rosé India “Little by little, we’re breaking down the barrier,” said Gary Saperstein of Out in the Vineyard, an events and tour company based in Sonoma wine country that caters to gay travelers.
Sauvignon Blanc India One of the barrier-breakers is Same Sex Meritage, a red blend that sends its message on the bottle and at the cash register — $1 for every bottle sold is donated to the advocacy group Freedom to Marry.
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McMinnville AVA to showcase winesStatesman JournalVisit Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn for the McMinnville AVA Tasting Event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29. A lecture series including the geology, vine selection and resulting wine characteristics will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wine tasting ...
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Summer in the Pacific Northwest means spending more time outdoors and cooking with regional ingredients. This is why we keep fresh white wines in the fridge and ready to open the moment we fire up the grill.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) We look for white wines with bright acidity that not only will lift the flavors of the wine but also pair well with a wide variety of dishes. We're talking about seared scallops, halibut, salmon, mushroom dishes, grilled corn on the cob, linguine tossed with grilled vegetables, pesto pizza and steamed clams.
Cabernet Shiraz India With that in mind, here are some delicious and affordable white wines we've tasted in recent weeks that will pair perfectly with your summer. Most of these wines have strong regional distribution, so ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.
The polarizing years of California wine are over. No longer can its styles be summed up in a descriptive phrase or two, like plush, concentrated cabernet sauvignon; lush, jammy pinot noir; buttery oak-bomb chardonnay; or extravagantly ripe, blockbuster zinfandel.
Chenin Blanc Those dominant styles gave the impression of a monochromatic wine culture, in which more was good and even more was better. Many people embraced these wines and still do. But a significant minority dismissed them and California wines in general, though in truth, a careful search could have always turned up producers who valued finesse and subtlety but were largely ignored by critics.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) Now California can be characterized by its stylistic diversity. Partly, this is because of a widening and maturing of consumer tastes. These days, the public is less reliant on two or three dominant wine critics who essentially share the same perspective. More important, though, a new wave of energetic California winemakers has helped to push stylistic boundaries while bringing more attention to older producers who had been considered behind the times or out of fashion.
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There is plenty of debate on whether wines can express terroir. I guess I should start out explaining what terroir means. It is the French term that encapsulates the following: geography, geology and climate of a certain place. It can be loosely translated as a sense of place.
Sauvignon Blanc I have just taken the Mater Sommelier exam, in which a portion of the test focuses on blind tasting, and I can assure you that wines do speak of a place. Sometimes they scream of a place! For example, Chablis is a region of Burgundy in France that makes unmistakable wines. The wines are made from chardonnay; winemakers use varying oak regimes, but the wines have distinct markers of both chardonnay and the chalky minerality that comes from the Kimmeridge clay, a sedimentary deposit of fossiliferous marine clay that the vines are planted on.
Chenin Blanc A great example of Chablis is Domaine William Fevre Premier Cru Vaulorent from a single vineyard in Fourchaume. It has the characteristic flavors that you expect from the region: the intense chalky minerality, the tart green apple skins and the lifted apple blossom. This wine can be found at San Diego Wine Company for approximately $35.
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