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Wine Blogging Wednesday #74: Happy Bitch Wines “Happy Bitch” NV Rose

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor This month’s edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, the 74th such edition, is being hosted by Tim Elliott, long-time blogger and podcaster at Winecast.  The theme: Value Sparkling Wine, which Tim has defined as anything $25 and under. Perhaps not surprisingly, I usually try to wedge a New York wine in as my WBW entry when possible. Most of my favorite local sparklers, sadly, do not qualify. They tend to be $30 and up. But then I remembered that my friend Debbie Gioquindo sent me a bottle of Happy Bitch Wines “Happy Bitch” Rose a few…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #68: Clos Roche Blanche 2007 Touraine Cuvee Gamay

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief I often rely on New York wines for my WBW submissions, but this month's edition, Got Gamay?, (brought to us by Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like) is forcing me to go well beyond my "drink local" angle. There's very little gamay grown in New York, and what is grown and made here has never really impressed me as anything more than gulping wines. I find myself wondering why no one is doing anything interesting with gamay in New York, but I don't know enough about it's viticultural needs to go beyond wonder. I have…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #68: Got Gamay?

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief I don't write about it as often here on NYCR as I used to (or maybe should) but the Wine Blogging Wednesday train continues on, with next week's edition marking the 68th virtual wine tasting. The theme is Got Gamay? and it's being hosted by Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like, a blog with a decided drink local slant (Virginia wines). There's very little gamay grown in New York, and what is grown and made here isn't all that interesting to me, so I'll likely be looking to two of my favorite non-NY regions: Beaujolais…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #66 and Sugar High Fridays #62: Your Tenderest Twosome

The contenders By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief This month's edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday is actually the first dual event between WBW and Sugar High Friday, a similar event centered on desserts and sweets founded by this month's WBW host, Jennifer Hamilton of The Domestic Goddess. This will mark SHF #62, so it's been around for a while and this dual event is long overdue. Her theme, Your Tenderest Twosome is a no-brainer for this first dual event: "Most meals end with dessert and coffee or a glass of liqueur. The focus on the meal is long since gone, as is…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #66: Your Tenderest Twosome

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief This month's edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday is actually the first dual event between WBW and Sugar High Friday, a similar event centered on desserts and sweets founded by this month's WBW host, Jennifer Hamilton of The Domestic Goddess. This will mark SHF #62, so it's been around for a while and this dual event is long overdue. Her theme, Your Tenderest Twosome is a no-brainer for this first dual event: "Most meals end with dessert and coffee or a glass of liqueur. The focus on the meal is long since gone, as is the wine.…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #64: Alternative Holiday: Mestres 2004 Cava Visol Reserva Particular for Festivus

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief Not that I'm surprised, but this month's edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday is one of the best themes we've had in some time. Why am I not surprised? Well, the host, Jeff Stai of Twisted Oak Winery and El Bloggo Torcido is a smart, creative and downright fun guy. I'd actually be surprised if he didn't have a great theme for WBW. The theme: Pick any winter holiday or observance that isn't Hanukkah, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa, or New Years Day or Eve, and choose a wine to celebrate it. As a long-time Seinfeld fan, my choice…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #64 Announced: Holiday Wine Pairing — With a Twist

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief This holiday season, Wine Blogging Wednesday will be celebrating its 64th edition with a holiday theme brought to use by Jeff Stai, owner of Twisted Oak Winery and blogger over at El Bloggo Torcido. Doing a holiday theme is a no-brainer this time of year, but anyone who knows Jeff won't be surprised to hear that he wants to do things a little differently than you might expect: "Pick any winter holiday or observance EXCEPT Hanukkah, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa, or New Years Day or Eve, and choose a wine to celebrate it! For purposes of this…

Heron Hill Winery 2007 Blaufrankisch Reserve

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief I think that I'm like most wine geeks in that I like wines that make me think. I don't mean all the time. Not every wine. Sometimes we just want wines that we can drink, have with our meal, and enjoy throughout the course of an evening. But on other occasions, I want a wine to stop me in my tracks and demand further consideration and pondering. Even rumination. This Heron Hill Winery 2007 Blaufrankisch ($35) is a wine that had me thinking. And wondering. We'll get to that in a minute though. First, a little…

WBW #61: Lieb Family Cellars 2007 Bridge Lane Cabernet Franc

By Lenn Thompson, Long Island Editor and Editor-in-Chief Lieb Family Cellars, a small North Fork winery with a tasting room tucked into the front of the Premium Wine Group complex, was one of the wineries that first inspired me to start writing about wine more than five years ago. It was the first winery I had visited on Long Island where I enjoyed every wine in the lineup. In fact, Nena and I joined the wine club after that first visit. So, when I was trying to decide what winery to visit for Wine Blogging Wednesday #61: At the Source,…

Today is Wine Blogging Wednesday #61: At the Source

By Lenn Thompson, Long Island Editor and Editor-in-Chief Today is Wine Blogging Wednesday's 61st edition (hard to believe, isn't it) and I'm hosting once again. This month's theme is "At the Source" where I've challenged participants to write about a wine based on a tasting done at a winery.  Think of it as my way of encouraging a "local wine" story without doing the same ole theme again. I think this is going to be a fun one, especially for those bloggers who live in lesser-known and non-traditional wine regions. I hope they had fun with it and I hope…