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Author archive for Barbara Keck

  • Starting a Wine Tasting Group

    By Barbara Keck on April 9, 2014
    Summer is just around the corner, and with it many new wines from the 2013 vintage and earlier will be released. It’ll break most people’s budget to buy all the wines you might like to taste, so the obvious answer is: Start a wine tasting group. Ryan Messer, contributor to Washington Wine Report, wrote a blog post with lots of […]
  • Exceptional rosés

    By Barbara Keck on March 26, 2014
    Emilie Penaranda of Chateau de Saint-Martin · To misquote Gertrude Stein, “A Rosé is a Rosé is a Rosé,” except, of course, when it is a Rosé from Provence in which event it is an exceptionally drinkable and well-priced Rosé. That was my recent experience tasting Rosés from Provence at a tasting in San Francisco where 21 producers showcased their […]
  • Santa Lucia Highlands Wines

    By Barbara Keck on March 12, 2014
    Rebecca Green Birdsall, proprietor, of Black Kite · The Santa Lucia mountain range overlooks the Salinas River Valley. Near enough to Monterey Bay to get its fog and ocean breezes, the vines enjoy morning sunshine and grapes have a long, gentle ripening. The result is wines with intense flavors. This AVA has a reputation for intensely flavored Chardonnay and Pinot […]
  • New, hot wine brands, Part II

    By Barbara Keck on February 26, 2014
    Molly Drew of Drew Wines · In my last column, I talked about five New Hot Wine Brands, as voted on each year by the editorial staff of Wine Business Monthly, a leading wine industry magazine. These particular wines are showcased in January at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento. The wineries are chosen from across the nation […]
  • New, hot wine brands

    By Barbara Keck on February 12, 2014
    Rusty Folena and Bobby Gullett of Vino Noceto. · Each year, a leading wine industry magazine, Wine Business Monthly, recognizes 10 wine brands from across the nation for “doing something special, innovative, curious, adventurous and, of course, delicious.” It’s worth searching for a bottle of these wines. I tasted them at the recent Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento […]
  • Fabulous Zinfandels

    By Barbara Keck on January 29, 2014
    Dave Dart from d’Art Wines in Lodi pours for Connie Mooney of Homewood  ·   For lovers of Zinfandel from California, there are two important functions on the must do list. Zinfest, sponsored by the Lodi Wine Commission (lodiwine.com) is generally a May event in Lodi. The Zinfandel Experience, usually held in San Francisco in January, is sponsored by Zinfandel […]
  • Placer County wines

    By Barbara Keck on January 15, 2014
    One of the best ways to experience a variety of Sierra Foothill wines is to attend an event that features them. The recent Passport to Dining, which benefits the North Tahoe Business Association and the Community House, focused on wines from nearby Placer County wineries. The newest winery, Bear River Winery, is located in Meadow Vista. I went straight for […]
  • What is bottle shock?

    By Barbara Keck on January 8, 2014
    The Judgement of Paris, a famous wine tasting held in Paris in 1976, essentially proved that top-quality California wines were as good as top-quality French wines. A popular movie based on this event, “Bottle Shock,” revealed the angst that Montelena’s winemaker experienced when his Chardonnay clouded up post-bottling just before the contest. Recently, Brett Keller, winemaker for Bodega del Sur […]
  • Petra features unique wines

    By Barbara Keck on December 25, 2013
    Kali Kopley has enlivened the Tahoe wine scene for several years now with her Uncorked wine bars in Truckee, Olympic Valley and Tahoe City. Petra, in the Village at Northstar, is a wonderful part of the group, with its selection of great food to match an equally great selection of wines. The wine-dine events there are excellent, featuring small production […]
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  • Great sommeliers: Christian O’Kuinghttons

    By Barbara Keck on December 11, 2013
    ““In the evolution of the American palate for wine styles, we are moving from simplicity to complexity.” Christian O’Kuinghttons Editor’s Note: This is the first part in an occasional series on sommeliers in the Tahoe-Reno area. Looking for a special holiday gift? How about a dinner with wine at the Bistro Napa fine dining restaurant in the Atlantis Casino Resort […]
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