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Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Santa Julia Mountain Blend

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Santa Julia Mountain Blend

As much good wine as there is available to explore, I still break them all down to two categories: quick and slow. There are millions of wines that are pleasant enough, you like the taste, but you’re not going to spend much time thinking about them during, or after, you have a glass. I consider…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Carne Humana

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Carne Humana

Continuing my Hallowine series, it’s time to talk about one of my favorite red blends: Carne Humana, an odd name for a wine, because it means literally “human flesh,” but it’s a perfect wine to get people talking if you bring it to a Halloween party. I am happy to report, there are no meat…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Sinister Hand

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Sinister Hand

Once October hits, it’s always fun to find wines with spooky labels to bring to a Halloween party. This week’s featured wine fits the bill: Sinister Hand, complete with blood dripping from an armored hand. So…what is the story behind the name? Owen Roe Winery writes, “during the 17th century, the O’Neills and O’Reillys were…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Time Waits For No One

This time of year my neighborhood is decked out in Halloween decorations, so this wine definitely fits the season! You don’t often see a skull and crossbones on a wine label, but don’t let that deter you from trying this delicious Spanish red, which is 100% Monastrell, also known as Mourvedre in France. It’s a…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: B-Side Cabernet Sauvignon

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: B-Side Cabernet Sauvignon

I haven’t talked much about tannins on this blog, so let’s delve into it a bit, if you’re unfamiliar with the term. Tannins are defined as naturally occurring compounds that exist inside grape skins, seeds and stems. A red wine gets its color from soaking the juice with these skins, seeds and stems, but it…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Freakshow Red Blend

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Freakshow Red Blend

I admit freely that I am a big fan of Michael David Winery. As a matter of fact, I have liked every single Michael David wine I have tried, which is a rarity for me. Named after winemaking brothers Michael and David Phillips, the winery truly put Lodi on the national wine map with the success of…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Gran Passione Rosso

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Gran Passione Rosso

Readers of this blog know how much I love Amarone, an expensive Italian wine from Veneto that dries grapes before they are crushed, resulting in a very rich, very bold red wine. Because the process to make it is so intensive – and very regulated – the wines tend to be in the $50 to…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Josh Cellars Cabernet Reserve

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Josh Cellars Cabernet Reserve

There are so many factors that go into making wine. One bottle requires the labor of many, many people, from the wine maker right down to the people picking the grapes. But it’s more than labor – it’s also weather, the main thing people are referring to when discussing a vintage. If you’re a California…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon

I am so impressed by the quality of wines coming out of Washington State! There have been tremendous values there for quite some time, but lately, I have tried some truly magnificent wines, and this one sets the bar very high. Take the magic of Napa’s famed Duckhorn vineyards, mix it with Washington State’s Red Mountain…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Coppola Sofia Rosé

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Coppola Sofia Rosé

On a hot summer day, enjoying a heavy red wine gets a little harder. Admittedly, on days like this, I will often crank up the AC and still pour myself a nice Cabernet! But there’s something about sitting outside, feeling a warm summer breeze, and lifting a glass of crisp, chilled Rosé to your lips.…MORE

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