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Little Girl REALLY Likes Zebras

I think every family with more than one child has stories to tell about what one sibling did to the other. I famously cut my little brother’s hair with safety scissors, and the results were not good. But I’m willing to bet nothing you or I did compares to this. If your child didn’t put…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola

There are grapes we all recognize: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, etc. Then there are grapes that may not be at all familiar. Many have never heard of Nero D’Avola, so let me introduce you. Nero D’Avola translated means “Black of Avola,” referring to the color of the grape and the town in Sicily where…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Klinker Brick Zinfandel

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Klinker Brick Zinfandel

Ah, Zinfandel! The quintessential California grape, but so often misunderstood. One of the biggest successes of the California wine industry in the 1970s was taking the red Zinfandel grape and making it into a spritzy, sweet white wine. To this day that’s what many people think of when they see the word “Zinfandel,” but it’s…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Seghesio Zinfandel = YUM | Lite Rock 105

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Seghesio Zinfandel = YUM | Lite Rock 105

Finding wines that you like can often be a challenge. Parting with $10 – $20 to bring a bottle home that you end up not liking is hard! That simple fact inspired me to do this blog in the first place. Consider me your personal wine-taster! The best wines I have tried have most often resulted…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Kung Fu Girl Riesling

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Kung Fu Girl Riesling

I am a big fan of German Riesling, from the Mosel River Valley. It is, in my opinion, the best example of what Riesling should be: bracing acidity, with a clarity of flavor that is unmatched. Usually, the “New World” Rieslings I have tried just don’t stack up; they are either way too sweet, or…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay | Lite Rock 105

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay | Lite Rock 105

Lots of pressure to review another white wine, so this week I picked a Chardonnay from one of the most innovative winemakers in France, Louis Latour. If the grapes for this were sourced from Burgundy, it would probably cost about $70 a bottle. Since the grapes were grown instead in the valley of the Ardèche…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Velvet Devil Merlot

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Velvet Devil Merlot

I’m not always a fan of Merlot, but this little devil enticed me. The Velvet Devil is a rich, fruit-forward red wine, with a nose of strawberry and tobacco. This is almost entirely Merlot (99%) with a little Cabernet (1%) added to it, and like most Charles Smith wines, they are developed for how people…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: 19 Crimes Red Wine | Lite Rock 105

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: 19 Crimes Red Wine | Lite Rock 105

If you read these reviews, you have probably noticed that I love a bargain. It’s easy to spend a lot of money and score a great wine. It’s harder to find a pleasant, drinkable wine for $7 a bottle, so when I find one, I’m always excited to tell you about it. This is one…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: H3 Cabernet | Lite Rock 105

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: H3 Cabernet | Lite Rock 105

The more Washington State wines I try, the more I realize what a tremendous value they are. This week my wife and I tasted a series of California Cabs thinking we’d find another favorite. None came close to this week’s feature, the H3 Cabernet from Columbia Crest winery, one of the best Cabernet values I have…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Meiomi Pinot Noir

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Meiomi Pinot Noir

I am pleased to talk about one of my favorite go-to wines, the Meiomi Pinot Noir. If you have seen this on a restaurant wine list but haven’t tried it yet, let me encourage you to do so. It’s popular for a reason! Produced by the Wagner Family, who knows how to make quality, approachable wines, Meiomi…MORE

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