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Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: The Culprit

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: The Culprit

Every now and then I just grab a bottle of wine on a whim. Maybe the description grabs me, or the label. I don’t recommend this every time, but sometimes it helps to get out of our comfort zone a bit, and try something new. Over the weekend I grabbed this strange looking bottle, it’s…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Frei Brothers Reserve Zinfandel

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Frei Brothers Reserve Zinfandel

There are so many tales of noble grapes whose reputations have been ruined by bulk producers. Consider Chianti, an elegant and legendary Italian red whose image is now relegated to bitter swill found in cheap straw-covered bottles, of which millions were sold. Chianti is not that. The image of Riesling has likewise suffered, by being…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon

Now is a great time, while we’re all stuck inside, to try some new wines! Today, a wine from Revelry Vintners, a relatively new winery founded in 2005 by owner and winemaker, Jared Burns. Jared’s is an interesting story. He grew up in Washington State, and always loved the wines of the Columbia Valley. Wine…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Cashmere Red Blend

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Cashmere Red Blend

Some of the most famous French wines in the world are called Cotes du Rhone, or “from the hillsides of the Rhone (river).” There are many grapes grown in the Rhone River Valley, but the primary grapes found in wines from this region are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. If someone says they really like a…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Troublemaker Red Blend

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Troublemaker Red Blend

Knowing a good wine used to mean knowing the vintage, or year it was bottled. Most winemakers harvest grapes during a specific year, from a specific area or vineyard, and label their bottles accordingly, but some wines may be labeled “NV,” or non-vintage. Non-vintage wines mean juice from two or more different years are blended…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Unshackled Red Blend

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Unshackled Red Blend

Normally when I see a new bottle of wine in an end-cap display I walk by, but this one caught my eye. A California red blend for less than $25, from The Prisoner wine company? Definitely worth a try. The Prisoner Wine Company has become a top draw for people touring Napa. The tasting room…MORE

Wine Stories: Hanover Winery & the wines of Ohio

Feb 13, 3:15 PM There’s a reason downtown Cincinnati has a Vine Street! Brian Demay talks to winemaker Ed McDonald from Hanover Winery about the history of wine in Ohio, Cincinnati’s German heritage, and how the wine scene on the banks of the Ohio River could have become the Napa of the Midwest, were it…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Justin Cabernet Sauvignon

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Justin Cabernet Sauvignon

I have been on a Paso Robles kick lately. It seems every wine I try lately from this storied region along California’s Central Coast has been excellent. 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…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Daou Cabernet

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Daou Cabernet

I have really lucked out recently finding stellar wines at truly affordable prices. The DAOU Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is one I have always wanted to try, but the $27 price tag gave me pause. I won’t hesitate to pay that – or more – for a wine I know, but not for an unknown commodity.…MORE

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Stolen Identity

Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Stolen Identity

When I picked up this bottle at the wine store, the manager on duty said, “Good choice: that’s the best bottle of red wine under $20 you can buy.” That is obviously a very subjective statement, particularly if I don’t know the person saying it, but I decided to take it home and see for…MORE

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