Crossing Vineyards & Winery in Washington Crossing will toast the holidays with a tasting workshop Dec. 27, featuring four of its premium wines served in Riedel Crystal specifically designed for each varietal.
Rosé During the 90-minute workshop, participants will sample Crossing’s wines in Riedel Vinum glasses -- and in non-Riedel glassware -- analyzing the difference in taste when wine is consumed in stemware of various shapes, sizes and quality. All will receive a Riedel tasting kit, including a set of four glasses designed for specific varietals and valued at $125.
Sauvignon Blanc Why sample in Riedel? Renowned wine critic Robert Parker says, “…the effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize what a difference they make.” Crossing’s vintner, Tom Carroll Jr., agrees.
HINTON, Iowa - Snow-dusted grapevines, now dormant, line asouth-facing hillside covering just one of Barry and BrendaDittmer's 155 acres.
Cabernet Shiraz This year's harvest is in, and the Dittmers were inside theirwinery on the crest of the hill one recent afternoon, bottling someof their 2008 vintage wines.
Rosé Of course, this isn't Napa Valley -- it's Hinton, Iowa . And theDittmers' winery contains three stainless steel tanks holding morethan 500 gallons of wine among them, plus an assortment of smallersteel barrels also filled with wine in various stages ofmaturation.
VOLCANO, Hawaii - Wisps of “vog’’ swirl around the vineyard of symphony grapes at Volcano Winery, high atop Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island. The smoggy shroud of volcanic gases spewing from Pele’s lair, deep beneath nearby Halemaumau crater, has obscured all traces of towering Mauna Loa in the distance.
Shipping Wine To India - Wisps of “vog’’ swirl around the vineyard of symphony grapes at Volcano Winery, high atop Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island. The smoggy shroud of volcanic gases spewing from Pele’s lair, deep beneath nearby Halemaumau crater, has obscured all traces of towering Mauna Loa in the distance.
Cabernet Shiraz Wine lovers and curiosity seekers seem unperturbed, however. Each year, nearly 50,000 visitors stop at the southernmost winery in the United States to savor nectar fit for a volcano goddess. Unusual blends of California grapes and exotic island berries and fruits yield award-winning wines for the family-run establishment, not far from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Saturday, December 19, 2009 Saturday update Earlier this month, the St. Helena Star and Napa Valley Vintners tasting panel judged a number of Napa Valley wines that are just right for the holidays.
Grover Vineyards India Alphabetically, the following are the panelists’ thoughts on some of the wines: Ahnfeldt Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($24) was full of cranberry fruit flavors and an earthiness that not all the panelists appreciated.
Shipping Wine To India Burgess Cellars Petite Sirah 2006 ($25) is all blackberries and herbs; a dark sip for fans of petite sirah.
Diageo Chateau and Estate Wines, owner of Beaulieu Vineyard, was accused of draining a total of 8,700 gallons of wastewater into state-owned waters in two separate instances, according to the article.
Wines To India Diageo is also required to pay $2,500 in restitution to the district attorney?s office Hazardous Waste Fund, a $10,000 civil penalty and a total of $2,768.26 for reimbursement of investigative costs to the Department of Fish and Game and the county Department of Environmental Management, the story reported.
Grover Vineyards India Maire Griffin, spokeswoman for Beaulieu Vineyard, said the winery?s storm water valve was left open on accident and that they are working with officials to improve their wastewater management system.
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