Friday’s Pour

After enjoying the 2007 Sawtooth Estate Winery Pinot Gris earlier this year, I decided to open the 2008 after a long and somber week. A beautiful wine in glass, this Pinot Gris comes to us from Nampa, Idaho, located just outside of Boise. An award winning winery, Sawtooth Winery produces a wide array of ViniferaRead more

A New Trend?

Several states outside of the big 4 have published new studies around the growing wine industries in their respective states. Saint Joseph’s University recently published a new study, Quantitative Research Report on Wine Consumer Interest and Attitudes Toward Pennsylvania Wines and Wineries, focusing on the growing trend of consumers staying local to visit destinations suchRead more

Sweet Wine Alabama

Tonight’s wine comes to us from Ozan Vineyards & Cellars, located in Shelby County, Alabama. A state typically known for their sweet Muscadine wines, the French Hybrid and Norton grapes have begun to take root. With ten operating wineries across the state, Alabama is a relative newcomer to the wine world. Recently passed legislation andRead more

Saturday’s Summer Sip

In my efforts to stay cool in the Florida heat, I decided to pull the cork on a Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards Cuvée Blanc Saturday evening. We picked up a few bottles at the Lakeridge Annual Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp last weekend (see my earlier post). We had a small sample at the festivalRead more

Texas Goes Local!

Established in January 2008, the state of Texas will hold their 2nd annual GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up event from September 28th through October 2nd. The annual event promotes restaurant owners and chefs dedicated to serving fresh, local ingredients and pouring great Texas wines. During the week long event, consumers around the state will be encouragedRead more

Arizona in the News

A few recent articles of note highlighting the growing Arizona wine industry… Arizona Vineyards Destroyed By Fire One of Arizona’s oldest wineries has burned to the ground, sending ripples through the state’s wine industry that it helped developed. Arizona’s Wine Industry in Bloom Home to over 38 federally licensed wineries, the Arizona wine industry isRead more

Wine and Sunshine

We decided to venture out to Lakeridge Winery today for the 18th Annual Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp. Located just outside of Orlando, Florida in Clermont, the 77 acre estate vineyard consists of Florida hybrid bunch grapes as well as varieties of Muscadines including Noble, Carlos, and Welder. Easily the largest and most recognizable wineryRead more