The Hedonistic Taster: California Dreamin’ Wines Edition

  The Hedonistic Taster California Dreamin’ Wines Edition by L.M. Archer “Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format for sharing industry trade sample tasting notes with readers. Please enjoy the start to the New Year with this […]

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The Hedonistic Taster: Summer White Wines Edition

The Hedonistic Taster by L.M. Archer As we approach the dog days of summer, I’ve opted to share a slew of cool white wine samples worth sipping well past Labor Day.  Enjoy! TASTING NOTES: Wine:  Boutari Santorini Assyrtiko White Wine Vintage: 2016 Alcohol:  13% Link to Producer Specs here. Suggested Retail: $25 Robe:  Clear golden […]

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The Hedonistic Taster: Roederer Estate – L’Hermitage 2011 Brut

The Hedonistic Taster by L.M. Archer Roederer Estate | Anderson Valley, CA. “Tête de Cuvée: A wine produced from the first pressing of the grapes, generally considered superior in quality.” –  Oxford Dictionary Brilliance knows no bounds. In 1876, Louis Roederer produced Champagne’s first Cuvée de Prestige, an exclusive bottling for the Tsar of Russia christened Cristal.  […]

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My Latest in Wines & Vines: Mendocino Harvest 2018

Mendocino Growers Optimistic for 2018 Harvest Conditions a return to normal, several growers report resorting to H2A process for labor   by L.M. Archer Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Butler Ranch, Anderson Valley. Ukiah, Calif.—From ideal flowering and “nearly normal” bud break, to favorable fruit set and encouraging cluster counts, Mendocino County growers and vintners are optimistic […]

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