Posts under Tag: mourvedre
5 Noteworthy Wines Made from Uncommon Varieties at Vintage Spokane
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You know that famous saying about opposites attracting? What the saying leaves out is that the attraction can occasionally lead to sudden repulsion when certain aspects of the opposing personality manifest. Take, for instance, a case in which a husband, who is prone to ADD fits of absentmindedness, remembers on the way to a certain food and wine event that [...]

By Ben Simons with 3 comments
Feeling Rhônely in Walla Walla: Rôtie Cellars
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What can I say, I’m a sucker for wines made from Rhône varieties, and I’m also, unfortunately for you readers, a sucker for Rhône-based puns. When I was originally out in Washington last June for the Wine Bloggers’ Conference, one of the wineries that really stood out for me was Rôtie Cellars, a winery located in Walla Walla that specializes in wines based [...]

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Wrapping Up Movember, With Mourvedre: 2008 Knight Hill Mourvedre

As most of you already know, I spent the month of November growing a mustache for the Movember fundraising effort. Since I write a blog about wine, and not facial hair, I decided that I would add a little twist to the effort and make it my goal to taste several Mourvedre based wines from Washington state during the month [...]

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Mourvèdre Movember – 2008 Alexandria Nicole Members Only

Over the last several years we have seen almost everything subjected to the public experiment that is known as crowdsourcing. These efforts have had mixed results, ranging from big successes to massive failures. There have been previous efforts by wine brands to leverage their customer's ideas to incorporate into their brand, and there have even been previous attempts at crowdsourcing [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
Pissing Off My Wife to Fight Prostate Cancer

There aren't many charitable endeavors that would make my wife say, "What? Why?" When I told her about becoming involved in them, but I found one. This month, I am joining the Movember movement. "What is this 'Movember' you speak of?", you might be asking yourself. Well, let me tell you. Movember is a movement that started in Australia, where [...]

By Ben Simons with 9 comments
Review: Call us the Rhone Star State – 2008 Llano Estacado Signature Melange

On my recent video interview with Llano Estacado Winery, I promised a review of a few of their wines was coming soon.  So, maybe the "soon" part was a bit of an exaggeration, but I am finally getting around to getting some reviews posted.  I originally thought about letting this one wait until a Mourvedre Monday, in honor of the [...]

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West Texas Looking For Terrior

If you were to drive through West Texas, the last thing that you would expect to find would be vineyards.  The whole area is one big dust bowl, brown and vacant.  The only interruption to the staked plains is the occasional field of cotton.  That is slowly changing. I have several friends who have farmed in this area for a [...]

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