Kinkead Ridge 2010 Riesling

I’m fortunate to try some of the best local wines produced each year. I’m well aware, at least in most cases, several of the wines I feature are near impossible to purchase. Blame it on shipping laws, limited production or small marketing budgets, at the end of the day, most of the wines I write aboutRead more

Dr. Konstantin Frank Salmon Run 2009 Riesling

Igniting the “Vinifera Revolution” in the Finger Lakes, Dr. Konstantin Frank is widely credited with elevating the New York wine industry to levels that now rival the greatest wine producing regions in the world (IMHO). In 1962, Dr. Frank founded Vinifera Wine Cellars, and quickly built a reputation for excellent Rieslings. Fast forward to 1993, theRead more

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2008 Tazi

Tonight’s quick sip hails from Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, located in Cornville, Arizona. Situated on the eastern edge of Sulfur Springs Valley in a small, unincorporated area known as the Kansas Settlement, the vineyard is a partnership between Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski (I highly recommend the documentary, Blood Into Wine, to learn more aboutRead more

Bowers Harbor Vineyards 2008 BHV Estate Riesling

Last but certainly not last in my tour of the wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula is Bowers Harbor Vineyards. A family-run, boutique winery, the 43-acre estate is located in historic Bowers Harbor. It’s unique microclimate provides ideal conditions for growing vinifera grapes. The estate includes two named vineyards, Erica and Langley, along with threeRead more

Chateau Grand Traverse 2008 Dry Riesling

Renowned for their Rieslings, Michigan’s wineries have made it the most planted grape in the state. But no winery has embraced the variety as much so as Chateau Grand Traverse. Established in 1974, the winery is credited with the first commercial planting of European vinifera grape varieties in Northern Michigan. Often referred to as the largest RieslingRead more

DrinkLocalWine.com 2010 Conference: The Other 47

The DrinkLocalWine.com conference festivities kicked off with an informal gathering of wine writers at Lansdowne Resort to enjoy a tasting of wines from the other 47 states.  Hosted by Dezel Quillen at On The Potomac, we each brought an assortment of wines from New York, Texas, Colorado, Maryland, Hawaii, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia, theRead more

Elk Creek Vineyards

Tonight’s wine hails from Kentucky’s largest winery, Elk Creek Vineyards. Nestled among the rolling hills in Owenton, Kentucky, the winery was established in 2003, and offers a spectacular setting for wine tasting. Producing an assortment of award-winning wines, Elk Creek is committed to making the finest wines Kentucky soil has to offer. I guarantee mostRead more