Kris Chislett

No Matter Your Political Affiliation, You Need Schmor Donkey and Elephant Wine!

…and so we arrive at Election Day 2012. I don’t know about you, but I’m just going to be happy that it’s all over…mainly for the fact that I can’t vote (since I’m officially only a U.S. resident) and also so I don’t have to read any more of the misguided rhetoric which seems to have comprised the majority of my Facebook feed for the last 2 months! Then again, we’re still going to have…

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Buying Into the Vineyard Life.

The Financialist published a story a couple of weeks ago that reminded me of an interview I had winemaker Lucas Meeker give me on this very subject, a little over a year ago. If you have any thoughts about opening your own winery, you need to read my four-part “Thinking of Opening a Winery in Napa? You Should Probably Read this First…” series. The Financialist story reads: Owning a vineyard is a common fantasy for…

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Is Europe Facing a Wine Shortage?

As reported by SFGate, French wine cooperative group Groupe Val d’Orbieu has stated that wine drinkers will soon face a shortage of mammoth proportions, around 1.3 billion bottles to be exact. I’m not too sure how they arrived at that number, but that’s what they say…The “shortage” comes after a drop in production in Italy, France and Spain, and vineyards across Europe suffered damage from winter dryness, a cold start to the season, hailstorms and…

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Alma Negra “M Blend,” Mendoza, Argentina.

Grapes Malbec, Bonarda (Percentages are kept a secret….like we care!)   Facts It’s not mandatory that you sit on the front porch of your house on Halloween with your “better half” to drink the Alma Negra “M Blend,” but that’s what I chose to do last night. In my former life (as a Restaurant Manager) I always seemed to find myself missing out on most of the “fun” holidays (Halloween, Valentines Day, Saint Swithin’s Day…

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World’s Most Expensive Wine Goes on Sale.

 Ok, so I’m a little late on this one! This is a news story from June, that seems to have slipped me by until now… Aussie winemaker Penfolds has unveiled what it says (correctly so) is the world’s most expensive bottle of plonk. The 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon, that the vineyard claims are from the oldest continuously producing vines in the world, will set you back a staggering $168,000 and comes completely encased…

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Self-Serve Wine Stations on the Rise.

Tech trend analysis company Technomic has indicated in its recent Bartender Quarterly report that “serve-yourself” wine stations appear to be gaining significant momentum in wine bars/restaurants across the United States. One of their case studies, with diners at the Trifecta Grill in Winnetka, Illinois, showed wine drinkers were willing to spend more of their hard earned cash (often up-to $29 a glass) if they knew the wine had been stored in a WineStation, and therefore…

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Vincent Girardin “Emotion” Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France.

Grapes 100% Pinot Noir   Facts When is a French Pinot not a French Pinot? When it’s the Vincent Girardin “Emotion,” of course! I consider a wine like this a timid step forward for those looking to ever-so-slowly “get their wine-drinking into France,” when they used to drinking mainly Cali Pinot.The problem I have found is that when people start out their wine drinking lives by starting with New World Pinot Noir and then try…

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