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Wine Time

  • Pour House a wine playground

    By Lou Phillips on October 15, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  A visit to the Pour House is truly an experience for wine lovers. Some of the features are a great hand-selected inventory at reasonable prices, a friendly wine bar scene with a chance to taste and socialize with locals and visitors, custom events for your group, an out-of-the-box wine club, and the expertise of two passionate […]
  • Take flight in four easy steps

    By Lou Phillips on October 1, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Christa Finn and Dean Schaecher at The Pour House ·  A wine flight can be defined as enjoying multiple, taste-sized pours of wine that are served together. Another meaning can be that a path to wine knowledge can be seen as a soaring journey. I like both as metaphors, so here we go. Wine flighting (invented […]
  • Wines for the fall

    By Lou Phillips on September 24, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Insert your favorite lengthy autumn word-picture here. I’m saving my space allotment to talk about wines that brighten our change of season. With the whites, we could go to rice-aged Chardonnays and spicy Gewurztraminers, but let’s save those for winter. We are going to look at – and drink – Viogniers, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blancs. […]
  • Wines that age

    By Lou Phillips on September 17, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Thanks to all for the comments and questions I received from the last column. Keep them coming. Two of the most popular questions have been about what makes wines that age well and how to start and maintain a wine collection. We will look at the first topic here, which will be a good set up […]
  • Top reasons to decant wine

    By Lou Phillips on September 10, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·   OK, so I wasn’t completely focused during my humanities classes. I don’t remember the reason for the Japanese Tea Ceremony, but I’d bet that a big part of it is that it’s just plain fun. Although I have no evidence of this other than my own experiences and conversations with other wine lovers, I do […]
  • The beauty of aged wines

    By Lou Phillips on September 3, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  If almost all wines are enjoyed the day they are purchased, then why do most serious wine lovers espouse the joys of aged wines? Well, for one, they are rare and different, which attracts aficionados in any field. When made with grapes and winemaking techniques designed to create wines that develop in good and, hopefully, great […]
  • Wine flights span globe at Spindleshanks

    By Lou Phillips on August 27, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   Having spent many years in a rustic cabin in Tahoe Vista, taking over the log-cabin dining setting at the Brockway Golf Course seems like a natural progression for the Spindleshank’s crew. The space is lighter and brighter making for a great new experience for guests. These folks have always offered exciting wine flights that provide […]
  • PlumpJack features adventurous collection

    By Lou Phillips on August 20, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Boasting world-class mountain views and an elegant dining atmosphere, PlumpJack Café and Bar in Olympic Valley offers a unique wine and dine experience. Holding a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence, it is a true wine destination. The 2013 CADE Sauvignon Blanc ($12 for the glass) is a fuller-bodied version of SB that offers great […]
  •  Superb pairings at Jake’s on the Lake

    By Lou Phillips on August 13, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Regardless of the season, walking through the huge teak doors and experiencing the waterfall bar and inspirational views of Jake’s on the Lake introduces you to the nautical vibe that has kept patrons coming back for decades. Whether you are enjoying the legendary oyster bar or any of the indoor or deck dining areas, Jake’s is […]
  • Sunnyside’s cellar stands out

    By Lou Phillips on August 6, 2014
    By Lou Phillips · You can’t think of Sunnyside without thinking of the dashing guy with the big smile who has been making everyone feel like a friend since the 80s. Jeff “Ox” Oxandaboure, Sunnyside’s managing partner, is not only a great host, but also a wine lover and he takes his guest’s wine experience personally. Here is what you […]