Monthly Archives: August 2012

Notes from the Road: Saké afternoon, wine dinner

Here’s your loyal correspondent speaking to you from Portland. I know, it’s nearly 4 in the morning for most of you but it isn’t quite 1 here. Today we visited SakeOne. (Saké is pronounced Saw-kay, btw, not sah-key. ‘s okay.) … Continue reading

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Recommended book: “Vertical,” by Rex Pickett

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! I’m in Portland, Oregon for the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference. Left Gainesville, FL at 10:51am, changed planes in Charlotte and again in Phoenix, arrived about three hours ago, took the MAX lightrail to downtown Portland … … Continue reading

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PORTLAND OR BUST: Wine Bloggers Conference this week.

Dazed and amazed … stunned and honored. First off, this humble blog, a labor of love and learning, is one of the five finalists in the 2012 “Best New Wine Blog” category. The voting is done, and award winners will … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 2009 Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve “Summation” red blend (43% Zinfandel, 24% Syrah, 21% Merlot, 5% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah, 3% Other varietals), California. 13.5% ABV. $17 SRP, usually $13, available for as little as $8.99.

Late last year, I reviewed the 2009 K-J “Summation” white blend and highly recommended it (see We’ve also enjoyed several bottles of the 2008 “Summation” red blend, which was a “special occasion” everyday house wine for us, if that … Continue reading

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