Kris Chislett

Introducing Cliff Raven Wine!

Cliff Raven was a pioneer in the field of tattooing. He was one of the first to champion the Japanese aesthetic and infused it with American iconic images creating a signature style that has influenced and inspired tattoo artists for 50 years. Cliff Raven Wines are 100% estate grown and bottled by Munoz de Toro Wines, under the guidance of Hector Durigutti, one of Argentina’s most sought after winemakers. For the next 7 days I’ll…

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The Wine Formerly Known as Cristalino – Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut

Grapes Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo (traditional Cava grapes).   Facts If you’ve ever seen the Cristalino before, you might notice that they’ve had a change of label. Why you ask? Well, they pissed off Cristal, that’s why! Let me take you back to 2006, Louis Roederer, producer of Cristal Champagne decided that Cristalino beared too much of a resemblance to their over-priced fizz. Long story short, Roederer won and Cristalino were forced to relabel…

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Have you ever had a bad case of the Tartrates?

Along the same lines as sulfites, tartrates are another substance found in wine that have been given a bad rap by wine drinkers! As the pictures above show, tartrates are small crystal-like substances and are often mistakenly assumed by consumers as a fault with the wine, thought to be sediment, sugar or even shards of glass. Ask any Sommelier in a restaurant; they should be able to give you at least a few accounts of…

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Mythbusting the Punt

  At the bottom of most wine bottles, you’ll find an indentation which if you want to get technical is called a "punt". There are many theories on the origin / purpose of the punt. The most common (and most likely) explanation, is that back in the day when wine bottles were hand blown, the bottom of the bottle would be left with a sharp point, or "pontil mark". Therefore many a homeowner would be…

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It’s that Time of Year Again! Mulled Wine!!!

  The holiday season and colder weather always reminds me of Mulled Wine. Its history can be traced back to Medieval Europe where when wine went bad, it was often sweetened with honey or sugar, and flavored with spices to make it consumable again. With Europe being so cold in the winter, it also served the purpose of getting you drunk whilst keeping you warm! In Sweden it’s known by Gløg, in Finland it’s Glögi…

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Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010

  Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines they’ve reviewed over the past 12 months and select the most exciting for their Top 100. This annual list, which debuted in 1988, reflects significant trends, spotlights successful regions and recognizes outstanding producers. In 2010, they reviewed more than 15,800 new releases from around the world in blind tastings. More than 3,900 of these wines earned outstanding or classic ratings (90 points or higher on their…

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Yet Another Thanksgiving Wine Article!?!?

Sure! Why not! Thanksgiving comes but once a year, and wine writers around the world rejoice at the chance to write ANOTHER article on the subject on pairing wine with this festive meal!!! Ok, so maybe my English sarcasm is getting the better of me. However even I can’t ignore the fact that on Thanksgiving their is by far the largest volume of wine consumed in the U.S. than any other day of the year!…

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Seven Heavenly Chardonnay

  Facts Whilst not certified organic, the winemaking brothers Michael and David Philips do everything they can to use all natural methods in the production of this wine. Seven Heavenly Chardonnay is positioned as a sister-wine to the Seven Deadly Zins which the Michael David Winery also produces.

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A Zin by any Other Name!

With today being #Zinfandel Day on Twitter, I thought it only appropriate that I brush up on my Zinfandel synonyms! Here we go: Crljenak Kaštelanski, Gioia Del Colle, Morellone, Plavac Veliki, Primaticcio, Primativo, Primitivo, Primitivo Di Gioia, Primitivo Nero, Uva Della Pergola, Uva Di Corato, Black St. Peters, Zenfendal, Zinfardel, Zinfindal, Taranto, Zeinfandall, Zinfardell, Zinfindel, Zinfandal.   Try saying all those after drinking a bottle of Earthquake!

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