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    Entries in California (4)

    Wednesday
    Apr172019

    Give It A Shot - Chicago Cubs California Red 2015

    Over the years, we have been very fortunate to have been given several beverages for us to try by our friends and people who share our affinity for discovering something new. These beverages have covered just about every type of liquid refreshment that is out there. From sodas to beers to spirits and almost everything in between, we are so grateful for your contributions and we offer our undying thanks. This show brings us another of those generous offerings and if our memories are correct, it could be the first we have received in this particular category; wine. One of Keith’s friends and co-workers, Skip, recently was in California and happened to spot this particular bottle and instantly thought of Keith. Why is that, you may ask? We will let you know that right now as we open the curtain and reveal the item we are trying on this show. We will be trying the Chicago Cubs California Red Blend 2015. All we know from the bottle is that it is made in conjunction with Plata Wines and of course that it looks cool because of the label. The website doesn’t tell us much more other than it is aged in French and American oak. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Wednesday
    Jan302019

    Give It A Shot - Cotillion California Pinot Noir 2016

    Welcome to the second phase of our Pinot Noir comparison. To bring you up to speed, in our previous podcast, we tried the Erath Pinot Noir, which is from Oregon. If you want to know what we thought about it, please see the previous post and watch or listen as we discuss our perceptions. As we mentioned, we decided to stay with the same grape for the subsequent podcast, but decided to check out a California representation of this delicate varietal. The wine we will be trying is the Cotillion Pinot Noir. It is a Trader Joe’s exclusive and has long been a Keith recommendation for those who are looking for a Pinot Noir of a certain price and style. It has been about 2 years since he last tried it and Andrew has never tried it, so it should make for some good discussion. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Wednesday
    Apr082015

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Pacific Grove California Chardonnay

    Ripped from the pages of the latest Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer, today at the tasting tables we have the Pacific Grove California Chardonnay.  Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, this wine goes through a very unique process of small batch barrel and malolactic fermentation.  These two processes are more common in red wine making and are normally reserved for higher end wines, but at $5.99 and a Chardonnay this wine is neither.  Time to taste and see if all that work was worthwhile or if these grapes should have stayed on the vine.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Friday
    Jan152010

    What wine should I choose? Red, White, or Green?

    On Wednesday California's wine growers unveiled a certification program to allow wineries to pay outside auditors a fee to ensure they are following sustainable practices.  Until recently these assessments were monitored only by the California SustainableWinegrowing Alliance.  It may not seem like a major step, but third party certification will allow industry members to more easily evaluate a winemakers green standards.  The bar for becoming green may not be as high as some would like but it's a start.  Click the link below to read the full article which contains statements from members of the alliance along with a link to the 58 prerequisites for becoming certified. 

    California Wine Gets Green Standards