Category Archives: Wine Wednesday

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Murrieta’s Well The Spur

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Murrieta’s Well The Spur

The Livermore Valley wine region is literally where the California wine industry started. It’s where Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the 1760s. Then in the mid-1800s, Robert Livermore planted the area’s first commercial vineyards. A few years later, winemaking pioneer C. H. Wente arrived and established California Chardonnay in the region. James…MORE

Wine Stories with Brian Demay

Wine Stories with Brian Demay

Brian Demay and sommelier Steve Tartaglia tackle the origin and history of oak aging. From oak casks which transported wine in horse-drawn carriages across Europe to the oak barrels which traversed the ocean, it has played a huge part in the story of wine. Brian considers it a “happy accident” that we used oak to…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Justin Cabernet Sauvignon

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Justin Cabernet Sauvignon

I am becoming more and more a fan of Paso Robles, along California’s Central Coast. I have mentioned on this blog before how important it is for grapes to be able to cool down at night to preserve freshness and acidity. The term for this is called diurnal shift, and Paso Robles offers the widest…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Vecchia Modena Premium Lambrusco

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Vecchia Modena Premium Lambrusco

A wine friend of mine recommended this bottle, and I’ll be honest: my expectations for a sparkling Lambrusco were quite low. Happily, I was not only delighted with this wine, I now realize I need to stock up and keep a case of it on-hand for all occasions. Frankly, you should too! This is a perfect,…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Wente Sandstone Merlot

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Wente Sandstone Merlot

Most wine lovers remember the line from the movie Sideways where Miles becomes upset with his friend Jack, who suggests they and the women in their group all have a glass of Merlot. Jack : “If they want to drink Merlot, we’re drinking Merlot.” Miles Raymond : “No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Tenshen Red Wine

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Tenshen Red Wine

There are days when you’re eating light, and a big red wine just doesn’t go with that salad, or sushi, that you’re having. And then, there are days when a big, bold red wine with zing is just what the doctor ordered. That’s what you get with Tenshen, a delicious red blend from winemaker Joey…MORE

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: Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon

Here is some awesome news if you like California wine: the 2015 and 2016 growing seasons were spectacular. Extremely dry conditions, no crazy spikes in heat or cold, no excessive rain during harvest – all of this contributed to excellent quality of grapes overall in Sonoma and Napa, and the wines which were made from…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Locations I (#4)

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Locations I (#4)

The “I” in the name of this wine stands for Italy. Winemaker Dave Phinney, whose claim to fame is the mega-popular Prisoner wine brand, among other things, has lent his expertise to the Locations wines. What started out as four distinctive red wines from France, California, Italy and Spain has grown to eight, as well…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Imagery Cabernet

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Imagery Cabernet

When I visited Sonoma last year, I was taken with the thriving art scene. Galleries were all over, and local art was on display everywhere, providing an interesting counterpoint to the rugged nature of Sonoma overall.  No winery reflects that unique aesthetic more than Imagery Winery. Founded by Joe Benziger, of the famed Benziger winemaking…MORE

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