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Wine Time

  • Holiday gift wines

    By Lou Phillips on December 17, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  A rare, 1 liter of 2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. Elisa Chapman at Uncorked in Tahoe City with the NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne. It is gift-giving season. The time when wine writers are supposed to wax poetically about new gadgets for removing corks, or the newest edition of this or that wine bible. Poppycock, what your […]
  • Bordeaux by the numbers

    By Lou Phillips on December 3, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  A 1982 Chateau Patache d’Aux from Cru Bourgeois ·  One region in France has been considered the crown jewel of the wine world for centuries. Two river banks, the left (west) bank is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon, and the right (east) bank is ideal for Merlot. Two also is the number of varietals in almost every […]
  • Non-traditional pairings for Thanksgiving

    By Lou Phillips on November 19, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Courtesy Airfield Estates Winery ·    Turkey, football, pumpkin blessed pie, yes, yes, yes. The usual suspect wines – no, no, no. For Plymouth Rock’s sake, let’s try something different this year, a new wine direction that may change the way you see holidays, and wine-food pairings forever. So, come along on this Magical Mystery Tour. […]
  • Uncorked sparkles

    By Lou Phillips on October 29, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  With outposts in Tahoe City, Olympic Valley, Truckee and Northstar, Uncorked offers stylish wine bars that are shining stars in our wine galaxy. These spots are the vision of entrepreneurs and wine lovers Kali Kopley, and Debbie and Marc Metcalf. All of the locations have an inspired theme. From the mod look of Tahoe City to […]
  • Pour House a wine playground

    By Lou Phillips on October 15, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  A visit to the Pour House is truly an experience for wine lovers. Some of the features are a great hand-selected inventory at reasonable prices, a friendly wine bar scene with a chance to taste and socialize with locals and visitors, custom events for your group, an out-of-the-box wine club, and the expertise of two passionate […]
  • Take flight in four easy steps

    By Lou Phillips on October 1, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Christa Finn and Dean Schaecher at The Pour House ·  A wine flight can be defined as enjoying multiple, taste-sized pours of wine that are served together. Another meaning can be that a path to wine knowledge can be seen as a soaring journey. I like both as metaphors, so here we go. Wine flighting (invented […]
  • Wines for the fall

    By Lou Phillips on September 24, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Insert your favorite lengthy autumn word-picture here. I’m saving my space allotment to talk about wines that brighten our change of season. With the whites, we could go to rice-aged Chardonnays and spicy Gewurztraminers, but let’s save those for winter. We are going to look at – and drink – Viogniers, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blancs. […]
  • Wines that age

    By Lou Phillips on September 17, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Thanks to all for the comments and questions I received from the last column. Keep them coming. Two of the most popular questions have been about what makes wines that age well and how to start and maintain a wine collection. We will look at the first topic here, which will be a good set up […]
  • Top reasons to decant wine

    By Lou Phillips on September 10, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·   OK, so I wasn’t completely focused during my humanities classes. I don’t remember the reason for the Japanese Tea Ceremony, but I’d bet that a big part of it is that it’s just plain fun. Although I have no evidence of this other than my own experiences and conversations with other wine lovers, I do […]
  • The beauty of aged wines

    By Lou Phillips on September 3, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  If almost all wines are enjoyed the day they are purchased, then why do most serious wine lovers espouse the joys of aged wines? Well, for one, they are rare and different, which attracts aficionados in any field. When made with grapes and winemaking techniques designed to create wines that develop in good and, hopefully, great […]