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Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers

• 17-22 October 2014 • I’m very pleased to share with you that Vineyard Adventures and Spittoon are offering an unforgettable tour for photographers and wine lovers. Photographers:  Learn and experiment various photographic techniques and skills in a stunning setting and with a lively team of fellow photography, wine and food friends. Wine Lovers: Experience the […]

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Wine Ophelia Wednesday – Chamisal 2011 Stainless Chardonnay

  Uhhhh… Better late than never?   I received a few samples from Chamisal last year after a fantastic online event. I was feeling stainless/unoaked chardonnay today so this was a perfect choice for today’s Wine Ophelia post. 2011 Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay – no oak Very pretty straw yellow color. Pronounced stone fruits, particularly apricot […]

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Wine Ophelia – Rosé for what’s left of summer

Sitting at Smith & Mills on a glorious, breezy, late NYC summer afternoon, basking in the sun and sipping on Chateau de Rouët 2012 Côtes de Provence rosé. It feels like the the last vestiges of summer. (Big sigh.) Wearing a palette of pale salmon with a faint, tart cherry scent wafting about—on the palate, […]

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“WINE OPHELIA” Post – Wente Vineyards Tasting Notes

  For those of you who don’t know, I started the Wine Ophelia blog back in 2009 just to have a little fun with wine and writing. When I came back from Italy last year and began • r Consulting, I decided to move all of my writing here to raelinn.com. After some more consideration, […]

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Wait…What?! Randall Grahm uses (gasp) OAK CHIPS?!

Last week I had the GREAT privilege to finally meet one of  my favorite winemakers in the world, Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard. He visited New York City and graced us with a “Producer Night” at the ridiculously good Anfora Wine Bar (A personal NYC favorite) in the West Village where Joe Campanale is […]

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Rouge Tomate NYC – My New Valentine

As some of you may already know, I entered and won a contest at Rouge Tomate Restaurant in NYC for Valentine’s Day Dinner for 2. They asked people to recount a funny Valentine story. I couldn’t decide, so I entered two: I have a somewhat funny and a very sweet one. Funny first: I was […]

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HELP! Be My Valentine? WIN Valentine’s Day Dinner with Me at Rouge Tomate NYC

I just learned that I no longer have to sit at home on Valentine’s Day eating popcorn and watching “Intolerable Cruelty” (seemed a fitting title) on Netflix! Because… GUESS WHY!! I WON DINNER FOR 2 AT THE AMAZING ROUGE TOMATE IN NYC!    But I still have a problem. I don’t have a Valentine! Will […]

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Ok FINE! I’ll Write a Valentine’s Day Post.

Blah blah blah. It’s nearly Valentine’s Day again…  blah blah blah… gag. Can we tell I’m feeling a little bitter this year? (insert fussy face here)   I don’t like Valentine’s Day when I am in love and I really don’t like it when I’m not (like now). Silly, contrived holiday. But, I confess that […]

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Travel Tuesday – A Meal in Monchiero

For two years in a row, I have had the great pleasure and privilege of living in Dogliani, Italy for harvest and the remainder of Autumn. Just a short hop away from Dogliani lies the tiny town of Monchiero where the small, unassuming Osteria “Giro di Vite” (one of my absolute favorite places to eat) […]

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Wine Ophelia Post – Organic Chardonnay in a Teensy Tetra Pak

I received this wine as part of a gift pack during the Wine Bloggers’ Conference in 2011. I think. I know I didn’t buy it. CalNaturale – Chardonnay – Mendocino CA 2009 – Certified organic grapes Notes: Rich, golden yellow color On the nose – toast with faint peaches On the palate – A soft […]

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