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August 24, 2010

La Ferme Julien Rose 2009

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Do you remember what it was like to open up the fridge on a hot summer day and see it there... that bright red, wiggly, jiggly dish of fun? I just loved when mom made jello and that is the memory reserve I tap into when it is 110 degrees outside and I open my fridge and see La Ferme Julien Rose. It just makes me grin. Same vibrant color, same promise of fruity fun. This is totally my go-to wine in the summer. Bright, strawberry red juice that is so crystal clear it seems almost shiny in the glass and vibrant red berry and cherry flavors that zing your tongue. I love that it is a little fuller bodied with a clean layer of acidity that keeps it balanced and super refreshing. And at 13% alcohol, there is not even a hint of sweetness. You can easily polish off this bottle if you're not careful.

Serve it with just about anything. Seriously, it is ridiculously food friendly... shawarma and hummus, burgers and dogs on the grill, BBQ chicken chopped salad, potlatch seasoned and planked salmon... the options are endless. Just be sure you don't serve it too cold. If you open it and it seems sort of bitter and flavorless, let it warm up just a teensy bit and enjoy. At $5.99 a bottle at Trader Joe's it can easily become addictive.

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August 23, 2010

Clos Du Val Winery Declares Its Vindependence

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I know you're wondering why I'm posting about a piece that was so obviously crafted in July, so I will tell you. For the past 6 weeks I have been up to my eyeballs in moving boxes. Packing them, hauling them and most importantly, unpacking them. I've been a little distracted by all that cardboard and as a result my inbox has been filling up with tasty little tidbits that I've recently been trying to catch up on.

This one strikes my fancy because I just love the message... and the discount is a pretty good incentive too.
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When, in the course of events, it becomes necessary to stand up for what you believe in, to bravely swim against the tide, to do what you think is right even if it is contrary to the opinions of others, to not allow yourself to be swayed, bullied or bargained with.
At Clos Du Val, we hold these truths to be self-evident, that our commitment to such principles is at the very foundation of all we do and all we have done since our founding in 1972. That to manipulate these principles in a manner inconsistent with our dedication to balance, elegance and grace would demonstrate a lack of respect for each other, our vineyards and our consumers.
We, therefore, as a winery and as individuals, and in recognition of these principles set forth by our founders nearly four decades ago, on this day in July in the year 2010, declare our independence which, in the spirit of individualism, shall forever more be deemed 'Vindependence.'
To the spirited individuals who share these principles, we ask you to join our revolution and declare your own Vindependence today and, in doing so, you will receive access to exclusive content and giveaways, as well as 15% off any on-line or tasting room purchase through 2010.

I can't honestly remember the last time I had a Clos du Val wine, so I'll have to do my due diligence and get back to you on that one. I do remember the price point being just over our Cheap Fun limit (in the low 20s?) so perhaps I'll save them for a Swanky Wine Friday... nothing wrong with a little budget-friendly swank, right?

Sign the Declaration of Vindependence

Check out Clos du Val Wines

p.s. I signed the declaration just prior to posting this and I already received a discount code to use for the remainder of the year.

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August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th actress unveils 'Crystal Lake' bottle tonight at the winery

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If you are a wine loving fan of Friday the 13th, you should check out Crystal Lake Wines, a private label offering from Valley View Winery in Oregon. And enjoy this piece, courtesy of the Mail Tribune:

The original Final Girl pulled a mauled and blood-caked hockey mask from an old box Thursday and proudly displayed it in Valley View Winery's otherwise cheery tasting room.

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Adrienne King, the star of the first cult classic, placed the mask beside her artwork, which features eerie snapshots of her character just before a young Jason Voorhees tears out of Crystal Lake and drags her under the surface during the film's final sequence.

The horror of Crystal Lake has returned once again -- on a bottle of high-end wine.

"This combines all my passions," King said. "My acting, my artwork and wine."

King is promoting Crystal Lake wine, named after the spot where Jason slaughtered armies of sex-obsessed teenagers for three decades.

Valley View Winery will host a showing of the original "Friday the 13th" tonight -- which just so happens to be Friday the 13th -- to celebrate the new vintage and the 30th anniversary of the film's release. A showing of the slasher classic will accompany a fan meet-and-greet with King. The proceeds will benefit Applegate Valley Fire District 9.

Crystal Lake wine sells for $20 a bottle and includes a personalized autograph with each bottle.


by Chris Conrad. Copy and Image via Mail Tribune. Read the full article here.

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August 6, 2010

Swanky NYC Restaurant Replaces Their Wine List with an iPad

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Well, this is just another reason why I love New York. This already-swanky spot ups its cool factor with iPad wine lists... Check it out. From Chip Chick:

Looking for a cool way to dine in NYC - especially during restaurant week? Well the South Gate restaurant is the first New York City restaurant to launch custom designed iPad wine tablets. The iPad is now being offered as a way for customers to navigate South Gate's extensive wine list of over 650 bottles. Their new iPad "wine tablet" provides customers with detailed information about the major wine regions and varietals, and it also automatically updates the wine list as labels sell out, so that the inventory is always accurate. South Gates' sommelier will use the iPad "to educate patrons on over 650 bottle wines available or invite guests to instantly access the information themselves from the iPad's fully customizable SmartCellar application with the touch of a finger." If you ask us, with the iPad doing all of this work now, who needs the sommelier? But anyway, yes folks, it's happened! Get ready to get wasted, courtesy of your iPad.

via Chip Chick

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