Kris Chislett

Getting to Know Alsace Grand Cru’s

Alsace Grand Cru is a selected site in the Alsace AOC region of North-Eastern France.For wines to qualify for Grand Cru status, the yield of the vineyards have to be much lower than regular Alsace vineyards with wines only coming from a single named plot of land, of which must then be listed on the label. Regulations also govern the density of vine plantings, distance between rows, height of vegetation and the final alcohol content…

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Helfrich Steinklotz Alsace Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2008

Grape 100% Pinot Gris [Pee-no Gree] The word "Pinot", comes from the French word for pinecone" The grape grows in small pinecone shaped bunches on the vine. Grigio (Italian) or Gris (Everywhere Else) eludes to the unusual grey-blue color of the grapes.   Facts Even though Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape, the differences in the wines produced from these grapes can be huge. Pinot Grigio is the Italian version of the…

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The Underdog Wine Bar in Livermore California

  Launched on Saturday August 18th 2010, Underdog Wine Bar is considered an “urban oasis” in the beautiful Livermore Valley wine landscape. With Underdog Wine Merchants having such a large portfolio of global brands, they are able to put together a well-rounded wine list of over 50 of their own wines by the glass. For your viewing pleasure I have attached a short video of the grand opening, a few photos from inside the Underdog…

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Introducing Underdog Wine Merchants

  This week’s feature is Underdog Wine Merchants! Ever heard of Underdog Wine Merchants? No me neither, but you have certainly heard of their wines! In their own words; “Underdog Wine Merchants is the champion of the more interesting, albeit sometimes misunderstood or under-appreciated wines and wine styles. In a word…the “underdogs” of the wine world.” Underdog isn’t just a wine importer, they also partner-up with winemakers from all over the globe, crafting wines from…

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Announcing the Winner of the Landmark Vineyards / Soiree Competition!

Firstly a big thanks to everyone who entered! The fact that you choose to follow this site means more to me than you’ll ever know! I used a very technical procedure to select the winner of this competition! I cut up each Merry Christmas wish to Landmark Vineyards from everyone who entered, and threw them into a John Deere hat.

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Braised Duck with Pinot Noir, Cherry Tomatoes and Grapes Paired with Landmark Vineyards Grand Detour Pinot Noir 2008

I can’t remember the last time I had duck. I know it must have been at a restaurant, but it’s been a while. Anyways duck is my favorite bird, to eat at least… This was a very cool recipe that I found for Braised Duck with Pinot Noir, Cherry Tomatoes and Grapes. It actually requires a whole bottle of Pinot Noir poured over the duck into a casserole dish ,and then braised in the oven….

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Which wines are they pouring at the White House this holiday season?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Landmark Vineyards along with Pride Mountain winery were chosen to be poured at the White House this holiday season because “both offer great stories of women who developed a passion for the industry.” It’s almost as if the Obama’s knew I am featuring Landmark this week! The WSJ reports that according to Ms. McCormick Lelyveld, the White House chefs, military musicians and administrative staff all participated in their selection. …

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A Few Facts About Syrah / Shiraz…

Syrah / Shiraz is a dark black grape with a very thick skin, and depending on the soil and climate the flavors and tones will change greatly, creating distinct wines between their regions of origin. It’s worth noting that the vast majority of the world’s plantings of Syrah are located in France, primarily in the Rhone region which extensive DNA testing concluded is where the grape originated. Syrah and Shiraz are used interchangeably around the…

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Win a Bunch of Goodies from Landmark Vineyards and Soiree!

So check this out; the kind people at Landmark Vineyards and Soiree have come together to give away a nice little holiday gift package. Here’s what you can win: -A limited edition Landmark t-shirt (size mens medium) -A John Deere hat (remember without John Deere there would be no Landmark). -A John Deere keychain -A Soiree Wine Aerator – I personally use a Soiree on all my wines Total value estimated at $70+!   What…

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