Tales From The Cellar

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Fontodi Sordo Riserva Chianti

About two weeks ago, I hosted a private evening tasting for thirty people, the theme being Tuscan wines. I selected six wines based upon both their significant traditional as well asinnovative...

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Best of the Bay Area Beer Tasting

With an ever expanding and vibrant beer scene in the Bay Area, we feel that another showcase from the Best of the Bay  is long overdue.  This week we will be taking a virtual tour from San Francisco, over...

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Steak Night Wines

As the weather becomes warmer and the clocks propel us forward into spring, many of our social activities inevitably move outdoors and are often centered around a pile of hot coals searing delicious meats....

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Apples & Pears: The joy of Cider on Friday April 4th

With the arrival of longer days and the warmer weather of Spring, a crisp refreshing cider is the perfect way to see in the changing of the seasons.  The Cider category has seen a resurgence of popularity...

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Austin Cocktails Tasting

Austin Cocktails are a new, premium Vodka-based Bottled Cocktail that are now available in-store at Beltramo's. Made with 6 times distilled Vodka, organic agave, purified water, and all natural herbs....

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Recs by Rob

When trying to determine what to share with you in my blog, I was at a loss on coming up with a cohesive theme.  So I decided that my theme this time around would be no theme at all.  Instead I’ve...

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Sunny San Diego Beer Tasting, Friday March 21st

With the huge array of craft beer on the West Coast, San Diego is strongly making its claim as the jewel in the crown, with many fine breweries producing world class beer.  Alongside the iconic West Coast...

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The ‘Other’ Merlot

Ever since the release of the hit 2004 film Sideways the fortunes of the noble Merlot grape have fallen drastically.  While unfortunate for the producers it has been a great boon for the lover of merlot...

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Feel the Funk: Beers with Brett, Friday March 7th

Brettanomyces or ‘Brett’ as it is more commonly known, is a type of wild yeast, well known to the wine industry as it grows naturally on the skins of fruit, affecting the grapes used in wine-making. ...

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All Weather Brews

While enjoying this deceptively warm winter in California, we are often torn on what to drink; lighter beers to accompany the warmer days or darker suds to keep warm during the colder evenings?  Luckily,...