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you're enjoying your summer. Do we have a treat for you! If
you haven't checked out our website lately then you will find that we
have two new articles. One is in our "Ask the Winemaker" column and the other is a new interiew in our "Vineyard Views"
The question proposed to our winemaker was, How do you pair desserts
with dessert wines? Brandon gives up some great ideas and some of
his personal favorite wine and dessert pairings. (Don't forget
you too can ask Brandon any questions you might have about wine and the
winemaking process by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Also, we interviewed Mitch Katz of Mitchell Katz Winery in Livermore,
CA. Mitch is a young father trying to balance the headaches
involved with having a growing winery and event center. Very good
read! As we do with each interview, we've added two new recipes to go with some wines from Mitchell Katz Winery.
you notice that you don't have to sign in anymore on the home page to
read all the great things we have on our website? If you are a
Julius Caesar member you still can sign in when you need your
privileges to read the detailed information we have in our Wine Region Info section.
you enjoying the Summer Olympics? Larry and I are. China
put on quite an opening ceremony! We watched it while drinking a
great Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley.
Did you know
that there are some really nice wines coming out of China? I
researched on Wikipedia and found out that the history of Chinese grape
wine dates back more than 4,600 years! The remnants of a variety of alcoholic beverages
including grape wine, rice wine, mead, and several mixed beverages of
these wines were found in two
archaeological sites 20 km to the northeast of Rizhao. Recently,
Chinese grape wine has begun appearing on shelves in California and in
Western Canada. While some critics have treated these wines with
the same type of disregard with which Chilean and Australian wines were
once treated, others have recognized a new frontier with the potential
to yield some interesting finds.
In 2006, a U.S. based company,
China Silk Wines, began exporting wines to the United States that were
made at the Suntime Winery in Northwestern China, near Urumqi in
Xinjiang. The Xinjian region is on the same latitude as the Loire
region in France and Napa Valley in California. It is located
near the Tian Mountain range and overlooks the Zhungeer plain.
Winery used a former Kendall Jackson winemaker to blend their wines for
the western palate. They currently have five varietals; Marco
Polo White, which is 90% Chardonnay with 10% Riesling; Marco Polo Red,
a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 5% Syrah; Dragon's
Kiss Riesling, Emperor's Delight Rose and Reserve Cabernet, which is
French vanilla oak aged for one year. Both of the Marco Polo
wines were awarded medals in the San Francisco International Wine
Competition and the Rose won an award in the Grape Expectations
International Wine Competition sponsored by the Dallas Morning News in
is a website dedicated to help you learn more about wine region
traveling: how each wine region is unique and what it has to
offer, the art and science of wine making, some FAQ's on wine
etiquette, recipes that go great with different wines, plus much, much
Our website features:
Ask the Winemaker column in which our dedicated consultant, Brandon, answers your questions.
Vineyard Views articles where we interview wine industry personalities.
Wine Region area information from wineries and lodging to restaurants, spas and other activities.
Food and Wine Pairing Recipes.
Travel Planning Services where you tell us what you want to see and do on your next wine region getaway, and we will plan it for you.
Blog to write about your wine experiences or read what others wine lovers have to say.
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ViciVino.com spoke with Mitch Katz of Mitchell Katz Winery
at Ruby Hills in Livermore, CA. Mitch fell in love with making
non-grape fruit wines in England with his grandfather. He is a
self taught winemaker and you will feel his love and energy for his
winery reading this interview.
'Wine is bottled poetry '
Robert Louis Stevenson