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A Class On Glass

 

Millions of words are devoted to aid buyers in selecting beverages, but few words are dedicated to guiding buyers in selecting glassware in which to serve these beverages. Yet glassware represents a significant investment for beverage operations; procurement deserves close scrutiny. Here is a step-by-step approach to choosing and purchasing glassware for your operation.

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Baptized in Truffle Perfume

I’ve never been baptized before. And I never liked black truffle until recently. Yes, it’s true. I’ve written about food and wine without embracing truffles. My sense of smell bodes well for wine judging and sniffing out stale nuts and spoiled milk. But my nose has endured a few too many dreadful truffle encounters.

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Michael, Isabel, Rob & Dina

Wineries have two products that help connect them with the drinking public – their wines and their stories.  The Michael Mondavi Family Estate winery, now celebrating its 10th year, is doing a pretty good job on both fronts.

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Food and wine trends in San Francisco restaurants

For Jordan Winery’s quarterly trade newsletter, I asked local experts in the city by the bay to share their thoughts on the latest food and wine trends emerging in San Francisco’s dining scene. These four topped their lists.

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Pedroncelli 2011 Mother Clone Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Aromas of blackberry, plum, and warm spice, with touches of star anise and light oak. Suave on the palate, showing jammy black currant and boysenberry fruit, light caramel, and a hint of smoke. Balanced, with soft tannins and a spicy finish. Good buy.

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Mt. Brave 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Abundant floral and rich fruit aromas, with cooked summer berries, soft spice, and sweet vanilla oak notes. Ripe blueberry and raspberry on the palate, over desert spice, cedar, and mineral notes. Supple and elegant on the finish warm, spicy tannins. Delicious.

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Matchbook 2012 Old Head Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay

Fresh stone fruit and floral notes on the nose, followed by creamy citrus and mineral hints. Smooth and rich on the palate, showing golden delicious apple, pear, and nectarine flavors, with a hint of chalk and oaky spice. Good buy.

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Tomero 2012 MendozaTorrontes

Fresh and floral, with aromas of almond blossom, tangerine, and ripe peach, over light minerals. Crisp on the palate, with kiwi, grapefruit, and mineral flavors, ending on a note of fresh peach. Good food wine.

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Tomero 2012 Mendoza Malbec

Deep and flavorful, showing rich black plum, cassis, and boysenberry aromas, with hints of spicy oak. Lively on the palate, with peppery spice over black berry, black currant, and cooked raspberry flavors, with touches of dusty minerals and cedar. Balanced and peppery finish. Good buy.

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Tomero 2012 Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon

Aromas of currant, blackberry, black cherry, and peppery spice, with a touch of toasted oak. Medium-bodied in the mouth, with intense black fruit and spice flavors, followed by touches of dark chocolate and espresso. Soft tannins on the long finish. Good value.

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