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Wine – Win a Sub-Zero Wine Refrigerator

Sub-Zero Wine, the makers of the fine Sub-Zero Wine Refrigerator, are holding an online contest. The Sub-Zero 424FS Free-Standing Wine Storage unit features five shelves and a 46-bottle capacity. Go and enter for your chance to win a wine fridge of your own. 🙂


Blogging – Happy Birthday to us

I just realized that the 2nd birthday of my little wine blog came and went this week without me noticing. As of October 23rd it was 2 years old!

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Wine is a scam?

This guy is a knob (not to mention in need of some grammar lessons). Methinks he either has dead taste buds, or has always just had crap wine.


Wine – Gary Vaynerchuk on Conan O’Brien

08032007a.jpgCheck it out folks. Funny stuff – Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV paid a visit to Conan earlier this week and taught him a bit about the flavours of wine, Wine Library TV style.

Watch the clip. 🙂

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Wine – the ‘Sideways’ effect

Simon, over at Bloggasm wonders if Merlot will ever fully recover from the ‘Sideways’ effect.

Personally, the movie had little or no effect on my drinking habits. If I ever drink Merlot, it tends to be a kick-ass wine. As a matter of fact, one of the best wines I’ve tasted in the past year was a Shafer Merlot. The no-character crap Miles rants about in the movie was no doubt inspired by the cheap, mass-produced junk that had been flooding the consumer market for years, aimed at the lower end of the wine-buying price point.

Head on over to Bloggasm and check out what Simon has to say.

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Wine – Online wine auction for charity

For you folks down in the bay area (or who are just looking to buy some wine online), there’s a pretty posh auction going on this weekend for the Young School in St. Helena. The list of wines is pretty intense. Check out the catalogue (PDF). I received the following from Julie Ann Kodmur, who also handles media communications for ZAP:

Greetings from a small school in the Napa Valley. We wanted you to know about some amazing wines (and more) being offered as auction lots at The Young School’s annual fundraiser on March 17.

You don’t need to come to Quintessa Winery in the Napa Valley that night to bid on these items…the catalogue and a proxy bidding form are available at The form needs to be faxed by noon on March 17.

Wines include Araujo, Alpha Omega, Atlas Peak, Bell, Beringer, Bond, Bressler, Chappellet, Chateau Montelena, Clark-Claudon, Corison, Clos Pegase, Darioush, Dunn, Dalla Valle, Drinkward Peschon, Destiny Bay, D-Cubed, Elyse, Ehlers, Robert Foley, Failla, Grgich Hills, Hanzell, Harlan, Hall, Heitz, Judd’s Hill, Kongsgaard, Charles Krug, Laird, Lail, Minor, Martin Estate, Melka, Louis Martini, Mt. Veeder, Neyers, Robert Pecota, Joseph Phelps, Patz & Hall, Quixote, Rubicon, Ruston, Saintsbury, Spencer Roloson, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Sullivan, Swanson, V. Sattui, Sequum, Robert Sinskey, Six Sigma, Staglin, Sloan, Silver Oak, Shafer, Trefethen, Vineyard 29 and ZD.

There are also collections of wine from 19 Napa Valley women winemakers (including Pahlmeyer, Crocker & Starr, Frog’s Leap, Honig, Long Meadow Ranch, Selene, Spottswoode, Viader), the Howell Mountain appellation (Duckhorn, Lamborn, O’Shaughnessy, Outpost, Retro Cellars, Spence, St. Clement, Summit Lake), from the Spring Mountain appellation (Cain, Fife, Pride, Smith-Madrone, Terra Valentine, Stony Hill), from the Diamond Mountain growing region (Diamond Creek, Von Strasser). Many of these are wines you literally cannot buy—one example also is the magnum of 2003 Barney’s Vineyard Petite Sirah made by Turley which is from the Napa Valley Wine Library’s vineyard in St. Helena.

Then we are also offering a number of ‘event’ lots which are also literally ‘priceless,’ including meals with wine authorities James Laube, Gerald Asher, Ronn Wiegand; a tour of San Francisco’s City Hall with Mayor Gavin Newsom, a morning with Fritz Maytag (touring Anchor Steam Brewery & Distillery & York Creek Vineyards and lunch). You can blend wine at Quintessa, cook at Cakebread, enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July at Louis Martini and enjoy dinner at French Laundry, La Toque, Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, ad hoc, Bouchon, Go Fish, Market and an abalone dinner prepared by a Young School teacher. There are hotel stays at Meadowood, Auberge du Soleil and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and much much more!

If you would like to come, Forever Young: The 8th Annual Young School Benefit will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at The Winery at Quintessa (1601 Silverado Trail) in Rutherford, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The evening will consist of walk-around wine and food stations as a backdrop to an auction of one-of-a-kind wines and entertainment packages. If you are able to come, there are still tickets available (at $75.00 per person—details again at

The beneficiary is….The Young School. Founded in 1991 by JoAnn Bell, The Young School is a private non-profit non-denominational Montessori-derived program for children ages 6 through 12 years old/first-sixth grades in St. Helena.

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The Internets – Bald Guy Greeting Cards

02262007.jpgOK, so this is not related to wine in any way, but I just wanted to link out to this… I don’t buy many greeting cards, but these are what I’ll be buying if/when the mood strikes me: Bald Guy Greeting Cards. Click the cards to read what’s inside. Funny. They’re available at Moulé on West 4th here in Vancouver and over in West Vancouver.

Thanks Uncrate.

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Wine – Men ‘Pretend To be Wine Buffs To Impress’

According to a recently released British poll by YouGov, many self-professed wine “geeks” are full of **** (and it’s not wine).

The YouGov poll of 2,396 adults revealed more than two-thirds of people (69 per cent) do not feel they know enough about wine although many attempting to disguise their ignorance by pretending to be experts.” Check out the article.

Just drink wine and try to remember what you like… and if you want to learn more, join a wine club or take a course. For God’s sake, don’t bluff. It’ll catch up with you.


Food – Bourdain guest-blogging

02212007a.jpgAnthony Bourdain just has his way about him… and that’s a good thing. He guest-blogs over at Check it out – hilarious.

Thanks Collin.

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Wine – Silly tasting note generator

Impress your friends… laugh out loud: the silly tasting note generator.

Funny stuff! Thanks Rachel.

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