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Carson Kressley Wine FAQ

Carson Kressley, courtesy Discovery Networks

Carson Kressley is best known for making over folks, first in the landmark Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and now on Carson Nation on OWN.  But this fall, he’s getting the movement makeover, if you will, as one of the celebs competing on Dancing With the Stars this fall on ABC.

Anne caught up with Mr. Kressley at a TV press event last January and got this very basic FAQ from him.

“Here’s the thing.   I love champagne,” he said.   “Well, everyone says you can’t get champagne if it’s not from

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Terra Sávia 2009 Chardonnay, Mendocino County

Courtesy Terra Sávia

Type: Dry white

What makes it special: Chardonnay without the oak or butter

Plays well with: Chicken, light sauces, cheeses, salads, light fish dishes

This 2009 chardonnay has a fresh clean nose – it basically smells like a nice crisp chardonnay is “supposed” to. Well, that’s depending on how you feel about chardonnays, in general.

The controversy over the whole chard thing is that wines made from the chardonnay grape can be fermented a couple different ways. There’s the old traditional French style, which includes inducing something called malo-lactic fermentation and then aging the wine

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Terra Sávia 2007 Blanc de Blancs de Blinkety Good

From Terra Sávia

Type: Dry sparkling

What makes it special: Chardonnay

Plays well with: Almost everything

This Mendocino Count sparkling wine from the organic winery Terra Sávia is what’s known as a blanc de blancs or white of whites. That doesn’t mean it’s a white among whites or a quality designation. It just means that it’s a white wine from white wine grapes, or more specifically, chardonnay grapes.

Since all grape juice is technically white (or golden in color) no matter what color the skin is when ripe, you can make white wines from red grapes. And, in

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Terra Sávia – An Organic Tradition in Action

Pecos Davis and Jim Milone of Terra Sávia

It almost seems as though Jim Milone, winemaker at Terra Sávia, makes organic wines because it’s never occurred to him to do otherwise.

“We hate to shower,” he joked when asked why organic. But then he got down to business.

“Really, it’s just the way that I’ve been making wine for the past 34 years,” he said.

Terra Sávia winery, where Milone makes his wines, is a small outfit out of Hopland, California, in Mendocino County. The winery not only offers a full range of wines, it sells olive oil

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Frosty Whites at Webster’s Fine Stationers

We had a grand time, pouring again at Webster’s Fine Stationers. Many thanks to Lori and Scott Webster for having us in, and a big shout out to Susann Edmonds, whose Jabberwocky Smooth Jerk Sauce made the pairings we did so much fun!

So, if you were there, here are the notes for the wines we drank, so that you can calibrate what you tasted with what we’re writing. Again, our tastebuds are not any better than anyone else’s. The idea here is to share the experience and so that you know that when we write raspberries and

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Celebrity Wine FAQ – Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles, courtesy TNT

Sasha Alexander’s character medical examiner Maura Isles on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles may be quite the wine connoseur, but Alexander says she, herself, is not so much.

“Not as much as I would like to be,” she said during a recent visit to the show’s set. “But I do love good wine and I try to know as much as I can about it.”

She didn’t have a question for us in the conventional sense, but she does have a current passion.

“I will tell you my current obsession and that’s

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What Wine Tasting Is Really All About

When people we meet either hear about this blog or that we are into the whole wine thing, they often tell us they know nothing about wine. As if it’s impossible to enjoy wine unless you can swirl, sniff, sip and pronounce it “an insouciant little flirt with light tannins and refreshing berries.”

Sadly, there are plenty of people in the wine game who have a lot invested in keeping this attitude alive. We’re not sure if it’s just pure ego or they have something to gain (like making more money on their wine). But it’s an attitude we’d

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Calling All So Cal Friends/Winemakers

Copper Grapes proposed facility

Our friend, Leah Beth Canon, is pulling together a custom-crush/event facility and needs to do a market study. So check it out below, and please get back to her.

LEAH: For several years I have been trying to build a climate controlled custom crush winery with all of the bells and whistles/garden event facility that is needed in the greater L.A. area, called Copper Grapes. It’s been a rocky road with attaining investors, losing them, finding a piece of land that works for this project and being told no by various city or county

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