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Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Rengo Amarone

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Rengo Amarone

One cold day about 10 years ago my wife and I were at a wine tasting in New York. We tasted a lot of wines that day, none were particularly good. A friend of ours said “When you’re done, come on over to the bar.” We did, and he and his friend had open a…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir

On a recent trip to Napa, I tasted a LOT of Pinot Noir. This finicky grape is thin-skinned, and temperamental, requiring extra care when harvesting. Most wineries harvest it at night, so the grapes remain cool, and pick by hand, even wearing gloves so the grapes stay as pristine as possible from the vineyard to…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

Workday Warm-Up

Workday Warm-Up

Warm 98.5 wants to thank you for listening to us at work. That’s why every week we stop in with a delicious reward…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

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