Burgundy - Wine made in the Burgundy region in eastern France. The most famous wines produced here - those commonly referred to as Burgundies - are red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes or white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. Red and white wines are also made from other grape varieties, such as Gamay and Aligote respectively. Small amounts of rose and sparkling wine are also produced in the region. Chardonnay-dominated Chablis and Gamay-dominated Beaujolais are formally part of Burgundy wine region, but wines from those subregions are usually referred to by their own names rather than as 'Burgundy wines'. Burgundy has a higher number of appellations d'origine contrôlee (AOCs) than any other French region, and is often seen as the most terroir-conscious of the French wine regions. The various Burgundy AOCs are classified from carefully delineated Grand Cru vineyards down to more non-specific regional appellations. The practice of delineating vineyards by their terroir in Burgundy go back to Medieval times, when various monasteries played a key role in developing the Burgundy wine industry. Also see Official Burgundy Wines Website.
Burgandy Report - A growing library of domaine and village profiles, comment on the market and vintage challenges plus, of-course, discussion of the wines.
Castello di Amorosa Winery - Owner Dario Sattui has created a 121,000-square-foot, 12th century style, Tuscan castle to house his winery. Built from authentic materials and in the style of a real castle that would have been built in sections over many years, it's as close to Italy as you'll get in the United States. So beautiful and created with such care, it's an attraction in its own right, no matter how much you like wine.
Veuve-Clicquot - A French champagne house based in Reims, specializing in premium products. Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe. The 1811 comet vintage of Veuve Clicquot is theorized to have been the first truly "modern" Champagne due to the advancements in the méthode champenoise which Veuve Clicquot pioneered through the technique of remuage.
East Coast Wineries - Carlo DeVito's blog dedicated to primarily east coast wines and wineries including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
El Dorado Wines - Promoting recognition of California's El Dorado County wine region.
Fair Play - Deep in the heart of California's Sierra Nevada foothills lies one of the wine world's best kept secrets. Fair Play. Currently, the total acreage of wine grapes is approximately 350 acres, of which about 250 acres are currently in production: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.
Feudo Arancio - Arancio cultivates its own grapes in two large estates along the windy south coast of Sicily. Chardonnay, Grillo, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nero d'Avola, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Hekate Passito and more.
FinestWine - Order fine and rare Bordeaux wines, spirits and Champagnes.
Food and Wine - Recipes, menus, chefs, cooking, entertaining, restaurants, experts, wine reviews and recommendations.
Gretta Wines - Small production garage winery located in San Francisco's Bayview Neighborhood. Through the crush, fermentation, press, barreling and bottling, all is done meticulously for a true hand crafted wine.
HALL St. Helena Tasting and Tours - Kathryn Hall dreamed of a place to showcase fine wines alongside expressive art and masterful architecture. Now, Kathryn and Craig Hall are creating an unrivalled destination in the Napa Valley-where winemaking excellence meets contemporary design to celebrate life and inspire the senses.
Jancis Robinson - World-renowned wine authority and Master of Wine Jancis Robinson delivers her tasting notes, wine news, intelligent and courteous members' forum, and fine wine writing plus exclusive online access to The Oxford Companion to Wine.
Jordan Winery - Founded by Tom Jordan and under the leadership of John Jordan in Alexander Valley near Healdsburg in Sonoma County, California, old-world expertise and new-world technology are combined to produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines that display consistent style and elegance.
K&L Wine Merchants - Thousands of rare and collectable wines including French wines, Italian wines, California wines, old and rare, red wines, white wines, fine wines, wine clubs, the most comprehensive list of wines online.
List of Burgundy Grand Crus - The origins of Burgundy's Grand crus can be found in the work of the Cistercians who, among their vast land holdings, were able to delineate and isolate plots of land that produced wine of distinct character. Following the French Revolution many of these vineyards were broken up and sold as smaller parcels to various owners. The partible inheritance scheme outlined in the Napoleonic code which specified that all inheritance must be equally divided among heirs further contributed to the parceling of Burgundies vineyards. This created situations such as the case of Clos Vougeot which was a single 125 acre run by the monks that today is parceled into plots owned by nearly 80 different owners, some of whom only own enough vines to make a case of wine per vintage. In accordance with Appellation d'origine contrôlee laws each of these owners are entitled to use of Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot on their label though the quality, price and reputation of this Grand cru wine can vary widely.
Maison Joseph Drouhin - A wine producer based in Burgundy, France that was founded in 1880. The estate owns vineyards in Chablis, the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, as well as in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The domaine also produces wines made from grapes grown in other parts of Burgundy. Today both Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon are owned and operated by the great grandchildren of Joseph Drouhin. Laforet Bourgogne Chardonnay, St Veran, Montagny, Beaujolais-Villages, Morgon, and many more.
Matching Food and Wine - Free access to what you need to know about matching food, wine and other drinks from award-winning writer Fiona Beckett.
Michel Rolland (born December 24, 1947 in Libourne, France) - An influential Bordeaux-based oenologist, with hundreds of clients across 13 countries and influencing wine style around the world. 'It is his consultancies outside France that have set him apart from all but a handful of his countrymen.' His signature style, which he helps wineries achieve, is fruit-heavy and oak-influenced, a preference shared by influential critic Robert Parker. He features prominently in Jonathan Nossiter's critical film Mondovino as an agent of wine globalization.
Miraflores Winery - Winery and tasting room at 2120 Four Springs Trail, Placerville, California.
Mondovino (World of Wine) - A 2004 documentary film from Italy on the impact of globalization on the world's different wine regions written and directed by American film maker Jonathan Nossiter. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and a Cesar Award. The film explores the impact of globalization on the various wine-producing regions, and the influence of critics like Robert Parker and consultants like Michel Rolland in defining an international style. It pits the ambitions of large, multinational wine producers, in particular Robert Mondavi, against the small, single estate wineries who have traditionally boasted wines with individual character driven by their terroir.
Montrachet - An Appellation d'origine contrôlee (AOC) and Grand Cru vineyard for white wine from Chardonnay in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy. It is situated across the border between the two communes of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet and produces what many consider to be the greatest dry white wine in the world. It is surrouned by four other Grand Cru vineyards all having 'Montrachet' as part of their names. Montrachet itself is generally considered superior to its four Grand Cru neighbours.
MutaVino - Sleek and stylish MutaVino ("wine wetsuit") for your wine bottle. The product's design is unique, efficiently catching drips while pouring. Meanwhile, the cork ismay be kept conveniently in its sleeve.
Napa Valley Wine Train - The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a relaxing three hours along a thirty-six mile round-trip journey between the historic town of Napa through one of the world's most famous wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena and back. Guests aboard the Wine Train enjoy the option of a freshly prepared lunch or dinner as they view vineyards and wineries from any of the vintage 1915-1917 Pullman Dining Lounge or 1952 Vista Dome rail cars which have been lavishly restored.
Press Club - Wine tasting at 20 Yerba Buena Lane (bet. Market and Mission), S.F., (415) 744-5000. An urban tasting room, features eight world-class wineries, each with their own dedicated wine bar, offering wine enthusiasts exclusive tasting and retail access to some of Northern California's most acclaimed vintners in an elegant, social urban venue.
Prosecco (Wikipedia) - An Italian wine - generally a dry sparkling wine - made from a variety of white grape of the same name. The grape is grown mainly in the Veneto region of Italy, traditionally in an area near Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the hills north of Treviso. Also see Prosecco.it.
Roederer Estate Brut - Located 125 miles north of San Francisco near the Mendocino Coast. The first California sparkling wine to be produced by Champagne Louis Roederer.
Riedel - Offering the complete range of Riedel wine glasses and Riedel decanters online. 'The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.' -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Independent Consumer's Guide to Fine Wines - Also see Wikipedia: Robert M. Parker, Jr. (born July 23, 1947) is a leading U.S. wine critic with an international influence. His wine ratings on a 100-point scale and his florid tasting notes, published in his newsletter The Wine Advocate, define modern American wine criticism and are a major factor in setting the prices for newly-released Bordeaux wines. Wines made specifically to earn high Parker points are often considered 'Parkerized,' in that such wines have a tendency to possess certain attributes that are said to be akin to Parker's own personal preferences, most notably heightened concentrations of fruit and higher levels of alcohol. Because of his influence and the change of certain 'traditional' wine styles represented by Parkerized wines, Robert M. Parker is oftentimes the target of staunch criticism from those whose tastes and opinions are different from his own.
San Francisco Vintner's Market - Wine tasting and buying event in the Bay Area. Over 200 wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley and beyond will be pouring their favorite wines including new releases, special collections and hard to find vintages for you to taste and buy.
Society of Wine Educators (SWE) - Focused on providing wine and spirits education along with the conferral of several certifications. The Society is internationally recognized and its programs are highly regarded for both their quality and relevance to the industry.
Wine Appreciation Guild - Wholesale distributors of wine accessories, wine cellars and wine racks. WAG publishes and distributes books on wine, has the most extensive selection in wine cellars and is an industry leader in wine storage and wine racking, assisting thousands of customers in creating unique solutions to their wine storage needs.
The Wine Club - 953 Harrison St. San Francisco, CA (800) 966-7835 or (415) 512-9086; 1200 Coleman Santa Clara, CA (800) 678-5044 or (408) 567-0900; 2110 McFadden #E Santa Ana, CA 92705 (80) 966-5432 or (714) 835-6485.
Wine Spectator - Provides 350,000+ expert wine ratings, with full reviews, including tasting notes, score, price and when to drink. Learn more, drink better: The essentials of wine, vintage charts, editors' recommendations, recipes, dining and wine pairing tips, collecting and auction advice, news and features, blogs, videos and more.
Wine-Searcher - A search engine of over 9,000 wine-store price lists (and over 3,600,000 offers). The site also offers a wealth of information about wine. Whether you are a merchant, winery, connoisseur, a consumer, investor, or a wine marketing company, Wine-Searcher's information is essential for pricing and locating wines.
WineCountry - Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Mendocino, and San Louis Obispo.
Winefiles - Authoritative information on wine, wine making and grape growing, including the business, technology and history associated with wine. Coverage is worldwide with special emphasis on California.
Anchor Brewing Company - Anchor Brewing has played a significant role in San Francisco's rich history. Anchor's eight unique beers-including Anchor Steam-are all produced in one of the most traditional and handsome breweries in the world. Each brew is virtually handmade from an all-malt mash in our handcrafted copper brewhouse, a veritable museum of the simple, traditional breweries of old. A favorite: Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale.
Bayou Teche Brewing - Craft beers that compliment the cuisine and lifestyle of Cajuns and Creoles.
Boston Beer Company - America's leading brewer of handcrafted, full-flavored beers. Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch, brews Samuel Adams beers using the time-honored, traditional four-vessel brewing process, and the world's finest all-natural ingredients.
Brewers Association - More than 1,000 US brewery members and 19,000 members of the American Homebrewers Association are joined by members of the allied trade, beer wholesalers, individuals, other associate members and the Brewers Association staff to make up the Brewers Association, the purpose of which is o promote and protect small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts.
Dechutes Brewery - The Portland Deschutes Brewery and Public House opened in Portland's Pearl District in May 2008 and has become a destination for great beer, delicious food and a relaxed urban atmosphere. The pub's design is similar to a Scottish pub, but with a distinct Northwest style that brings a taste of Central Oregon to the heart of Portland. The Portland brew pub produces all the traditional Deschutes year-round beers and seasonal offerings, including flagship beers Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter. The brew pub's 18 taps also feature a selection of seasonal and experimental beers developed and brewed on-site exclusively for the Portland pub by brewer Cam O'Connor.
Great American Brew Festival - Invites industry professionals from around the world to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand name, taste beers in each specified style category. The ultimate goal of the Great American Beer Festival Judge Panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival. The Professional Judge Panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and heralded by the winning brewers in their national advertising. Tasting sessions will offer attendees the opportunity to tour America's brewing landscape, one ounce at a time, with access to more than 2,000 different beers from more than 450 of the nation's finest breweries. The GABF gathers practically every type of beer from all of the regions of the country, and are arranged geographically on the festival floor. The festival allows visitors to taste the largest number and the widest variety of hand-crafted products in the American beer industry. The Great American Beer Festival has been held every year since 1982 and is presented by the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit educational and trade organization that is devoted to making quality brewing and beer information available to anyone. Held every year in September, in Boulder, Colorado.
North Coast Brewing Company - A pioneer in the craft beer movement which opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California's Mendocino Coast. In addition to Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, and other fine North Coast brands, the brewery has resurrected the old Acme label with a heritage dating back to the San Francisco of the 1860's. Beers shown here.
Ratebeer - The largest collection of beer reviews. Used as an authoritative buying guide by consumers worldwide. Also see Ratebeer Best, the largest beer competition in the world where approximately 2.5 million reviews of 110,000 beers from over 9680 brewers worldwide arer tallied.
Strong Beer Month - February 1st, marks the start of the 8th Annual Strong Beer Month, during which brewers of the 21st Amendment and Magnolia Pub and Brewery bring you an astounding range of memorable brews. Special kegs and casks of vintage and barrel-aged beers will appear throughout the month.
Thirsty Bear - 661 Howard Str. (bet. 2nd and 3rd Streets; half a block east of Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), S.F. (415) 974-0905. [Brewing Company; Spanish Cuisine]
Vilya Spirits - Silvertip American Dry Gin, Extrait d'Absinthe Verte, Extrait d' Absinthe Blanche.
Wormwood Society - A non-profit educational and consumer advocacy organization focused on providing current, historically and scientifically accurate information about absinthe. Also see Brand Reviews page.
Akvavit (or aquavit) - Flavoured spirit principally produced in Scandinavia. Like vodka, it is distilled from grain or potatoes, but flavored with spices and herbs, especially dill and caraway.
Alcademics - Blog of cocktails and spirits writer Camper English.
Alcohol by Volume (ABV) - Wikipedia entry. A standard measure of how much alcohol (ethanol) is contained in an alcoholic beverage (expressed as a percentage of total volume). Another way of specifying the amount of alcohol is alcohol proof, which in the United States is twice the alcohol-by-volume number, while in the United Kingdom it is 1.75 times the number (expressed as a percentage).
Amaro - An Italian herbal liqueur commonly drunk as an after-dinner digestif.
Campari - Campari is an Italian drink developed by Gaspare Campari in 1860. It is made by steeping a secret mixture of herbs in alcoholic spirits, creating a strongly flavored and very alcoholic beverage. It is in the family of drinks known as bitters, because they feature herbs and bark which lend a distinctly bitter flavor to the beverage.
Carbonated Water - Water into which carbon dioxide gas under pressure has been dissolved, a process that causes the water to become effervescent. Also known as club soda, soda water, sparkling water, seltzer, or fizzy water.
Punch - Narrative journalism-both written and visual-about wine, spirits and cocktails
Appleton Estate - Rum from Jamaica's famed Nassau Valley. Tawny in color and powerful on the nose, with significant notes of orange peel and warm spice, the palate is persistent and dry, with a sweet brown sugar aspect.
Bacardi - Distilling rum in Puerto Rico since 1862.
Boukman Botannical Rhum - Crafted from two of Haiti’s most renowned terroirs for rum: Croix des Bouquets and Cap Haitien. Distilled from fresh sugarcane juice, this botanically infused bottle bursts with flavors of allspice, clove, cinnamon, and natively foraged woods and barks.
Cruzan - Blend of vintage rums, aged for up to 12 years, presents a well-balanced palate of sweet, caramel flavors with a warm finish.
El Dorado Rum - Produced in Guayana’s Demerara country for over three centuries. Exceptional cask aged rums.
Havana Club - Light in color yet powerful in flavor, sweet aromas with hints of oak dominate, while the palate is mild, fruit-forward, and slightly citrusy.
Mount Gay Rum Barbados - From rum's beginnings in 1703 Barbados, a detail of island ingredients, to contemporary cocktails recommended for each blend.
Bowmore - Exquisitely balanced malt matured for a quarter of a century in North American bourbon and Spanish sherry casks.
Bunnahabhain - 25 year old Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky is an unchill-filtered spirit, with natural colour and a higher strength of 46.3%.
Bruichladdich - A distillery on the Rhinns of the isle of Islay in Scotland. Progressive hebridean distillers of classic and peaty single malt whisky, including the world's most heavily peated whisky, Octomore.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America - A private membership club dedicated to the discerning appreciation and consumption of the most rare and unique of single malt whiskies; unfiltered, single cask, single malt Scotch whisky.
Springbank - Hand made whisky in Scotland, 10-21 years old..
Tonic Water (or Indian Tonic Water) - A carbonated soft drink in which quinine is dissolved. Originally used as a prophylactic against malaria, tonic water usually now has a significantly lower quinine content and is consumed for its distinctively bitter taste. It is often used in mixed drinks, particularly, in the gin and tonic.
Torani - A San Francisco based family-owned company that produces flavoring syrups, sauces and blended drink bases. Torani can be added to coffee, espresso beverages, cocktails, soda and other beverages.
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