Kris Chislett

Mahogany Glazed Spare Ribs Paired with Landmark Vineyards Steel Plow Syrah 2008

If your mouth isn’t drooling already you have serious issues! I don’t know why I don’t make Ribs more often, they are so easy! This recipe for Mahogany Glazed Spare Ribs was no exception. For side dishes, I just threw some baked potatoes and corn on the grill. My grill hasn’t seen much action since the weather has been cooling down, so I thought it only fair to dust it off and fire it up….

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Wine Review of Landmark Vineyards Grand Detour Pinot Noir 2008

Grape 100% Pinot Noir. It’s thought that the word Pinot comes from the French word for pine or pinecone, this referring to the shape the grape bunch takes on the vine, and Noir coming from the French word for black. Pinot is a notoriously tough grape to grow due to its thin skin, which is why you often pay more for Pinot Noir than most other red wines.   Facts Before we get started, I…

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Interview with Mike Colhoun from Landmark Vineyards

  So starting from the top, name? Mike Calhoun with Landmark Vineyards How many wines are Landmark Vineyards making right now? We make only 3 different varietals, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, and with those grapes we are making 8-9 wines. Day to day, what is your involvement in the winery? I am the General Manager, the ubiquitous General Manager! The guy who just makes sure everyone is clicking on all cylinders, and if that’s…

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Introducing Landmark Vineyards!

Landmark Vineyards may have been founded in the Windsor area of Sonoma County in 1974, but its roots stretch all the way back to 1838. It was in Grand Detour, Illinois of that year that John Deere invented the steel plow – an event that revolutionized the business of agriculture. In 1989, John Deere’s great great granddaughter, Damaris Deere Ford, following the family tradition in agriculture, relocated Landmark Vineyards from Windsor, to a piece of…

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Review of Cliff Raven Torrontes

Grape 100% Torrontes [Tohr-ron-tez] You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of the Torrontes grape, however expect to see it more and more over the coming years as its popularity increases. Torrontes really is to Argentina what Pinot Grigio is to Italy. Facts Cliff Raven was a pioneer in tattooing, he was one of the first to incorporate the Japanese style and infuse it with American iconic images creating a signature style that has influenced and…

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QR Codes in the Wine Industry – Helping the Buying Experience

If you haven’t already seen them, QR (Quick Response) codes are one of the latest technologies that have started popping up on wine labels. Whilst not exactly new (they have been around since ‘94), I’m thinking that over the next year or two this type of technology is going to become extremely prevalent, especially in the wine industry. QR codes, which look like a pixelated black and white square, come to us from Japan (of…

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The Difference Between Old World and New World

Wine is already a complicated enough topic, and there is a good amount of lingo thrown around. One of the key terms that can confuse people is old world and new world. The difference between old world and new world wines, on the surface is fairly straightforward (with a lot of generalizations), but as you get a little deeper into the topic it can get more complex. Old World Wines Places like France, Austria, Germany,…

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DIY Wine Bottle Christmas Lights

  There are a couple of things you should know about me before I start this article: firstly I actually don’t mind a little DIY, I can’t say I’m always that good at it, but I do like a challenge! Secondly if there a shortcut to be found, I’ll normally find it! Knowing all of that we can now continue…

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Malbec: Argentina Not the First!

The Meaning Supposedly, the word “Malbec”, comes from the surname of a Hungarian peasant who is attributed with being the first person to spread the variety throughout all of France. If you were to ever check-out the big-nerdy wine book that is The Oxford Companion to Wine, you’ll find 400+ different names for the Malbec grape. This proving that the grapes’ popularity isn’t just a recent phenomena. In Bordeaux, it’s also known by Côt or…

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