Archive for December, 2014
Shiraz is undoubtedly one of our favourite varieties here at Taylors Wines. There’s a luscious allure to this ancient red, which has the ability to either stand in magnificent solitude or to blend with others in perfect symmetry. Botanical genealogy traces the first Shiraz (or Syrah) vines to the pairing of two obscure grapes in the Rhone region of south-east France. It was in the upper segment of the Rhone that Shiraz first blossomed in winemaking, with vintners from 500BC onwards discovering the deliciously round and fruit-focused flavours of this versatile red wine. Folklore, however, would have us see the precious Shiraz vine being spirited back from the same-named Persian city during the Crusades circa 1200AD – prized spoils from the East as it were. But genetic science doesn’t tend to back up this rather romantic version of Shiraz’s provenance. Still, you never know for sure in wine lore!
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It’s back! Your guide to all the grapiest gifts, fit to be gifted to you or yours.
jingle bell wine stopper
Adorable – it actually jingles! The perfect little happy sound when you’re re-opening a bottle. $24 from C Wonder here.
Most people pair wine with food – these grapefriends put it right in the food! Spicy sriracha has really had its moment recently. I was never a huge fan until I had this wine-infused one. Jojo’s made two kinds, one with Ravenswood Zinfandel and one with the Petite Sirah. $14 here 0r $22 with the wine here.
mondavi wine-dyed shirt
The limited-production Robert Mondavi Private Selection x Crawford Denim Vintner Shirt has super cool wine-dyed fabric accents on the collar and cuffs. They hand-dyed it with Mondavi’s Heritage Red blend, which is made from mostly Syrah and Merlot, with some Zinfandel, Thompson Seedless, and Petite Sirah. The shirt’s $135 here.
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These guys do a fantastic job of social media. Keeps all of us working harder.
It’s only been just over a year since we were encouraged by other bloggers to venture out into the wild world of Twitter. A brave move it was. We had no idea what we were in for. Initially it just seemed crazy. We couldn’t get our heads around it all and after a couple of weeks we almost threw in the towel. Lucky we didn’t give up because we’ve now got almost 120,000 people following us on Twitter. It’s still crazy but social media #wine works for us!
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This a great post on Holiday Gifts. I wish I had written it.
Other than a great bottle of wine, here are some books that I would highly recommend for your favorite wine and food lover this holiday season.
Michele Scicolone is the author of 20 cookbooks. Among them is the best selling “The Italian Slow Cooker.” There are 200 recipes in the book, which come from home cooks, chefs, produce vendors and vineyard owners throughout Italy, as well as family specialties handed down from her grandparents. Beautiful full color photographs throughout. Amazon reviewers all give this book 5 Star reviews. I personally taste tested these recipes and can highly recommend them!
Gary Grunner and Bob Lipinski, $12.50 Paperback
Gary Grunner has worked in the wine and spirits industry for over 25 years. He has a passion for Italian wines and is the recipient of the Italian Trade Commission’s Distinguished Service Award for the…
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