Gifts of the Vine

(509)925-1020 421 N Pearl St. Suite 100
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • Or in this case, ancient Greek wine. Interesting to consider the origins of the wine culture we currently enjoy. Not that it's exactly a straight line from back then to our here and now, but theirs are some of the earliest recountings available to us of winemaking and enjoyment.Was re-reading Hesiod's 'Works and Days' and found myself paying gre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Greek Winemaking


  • America’s first vertical tasting of the fine wines of Podere Sapaio from Bolgheri in Coastal Tuscany took place at my restaurant, Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson, NJ, this past year. Owner, enologist Massimo Piccin was present and told us, “We are wine. We are men and women winemakers who transform grapes into wine by means of our know-how, our... Read More

    From the article Vertical Wine Tasting is Revelatory


  • A Celtic Prince. A French excavation site. A Greek wine jug.  Though seemingly unrelated, this trinity made headlines this past week when INRAP archaeologists working in Lavau, France, unearthed the tomb of an ancient Celtic ruler which contained a mesmerizing Greek wine jug depicting – fittingly enough – Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and Leth... Read More

    From the article Celtic Prince's Grave Reveals Ancient Greek Wine Jug


  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one: So, what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately? Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  Perhaps you found a special wine at Trader Joe, CostCo, or even Total Wine that satisfies your need for a decent pour.  Share your wines and food pairings with us.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that would make for some splendid gifting. I’ve covered Cabernet, Pinot Noir, the wines of France and today I turn my attention towards Italy. Without a doubt my favorite wine producing country; Italy is home to more variety and styles of wine than anyplace else on the planet. As... Read More

    From the article Wine Gifts: Italy


  • We're heading back to (my favorite wine region) Russian River the first weekend in October and are looking for advice on what to do and what to expect.  We've been to RRV several times but only during the off season.  Is there anything special we should do at this time of year, and conversely, is there anything we should avoid? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Seeking Advice for Russian...


  • Given NG's Californian Cab thread had morphed into Sparkling, I thought maybe that was a good time to take the interesting stuff coming through into its own thread.So I will start with the following sort of recapChampagne is a bit like Burgundy in that it is clearly leading the world in its reputation even in the places where local equivalents a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Champagne and all things...


  • The rules of probability seem to indicate that the powers that be on this site are stealing tasting notes from members of Cellar Tracker and posting them here without proper permission/attribution.  This is my first, last and only post to ask members why they would put up with such behavior. Read More

    Forum post in the topic is this site really stealing...


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