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Game Of Thrones 2016 Central Coast Chardonnay Review

Game Of Thrones 2016 Central Coast Chardonnay Review

Game Of Thrones 2016 Central Coast Chardonnay Review

10/10 – Fruit forward balanced wine with a hint of oak, great buy!

Tasting Notes
Enticing aromas of stone fruit and white blossoms lead to a rich, creamy palate of peaches, apricots, tangerine, Meyer lemon, baking spices and honey, balanced by mouth-watering acidity. A touch of oak on the lingering finish.

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Herb & Lou’s Infused Ice Cubes Review

Imagine pouring your favorite spirit in a glass filled with Infused Ice Cubes. What could be easier, and wait until you try it, what a great tasting cocktail.

Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes are the first infused ice cubes that contain all of the essential ingredients to make a brilliantly crafted cocktail… every time. Our cubes are careful concoctions of some the best-sourced ingredients in the world. That means Grade-A cocktails with nothing but a shake or a stir. Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes are pre-mixed and ready to mingle with a variety of liquors (and seltzer too!). We like to call ’em almost ready-made cocktails… just add your favorite hooch.

Simply FREEZE a box of Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes. When you’re ready for a drink, peel back the foil and POP out a cube. DROP the cube right into your spirit of choice or shake everything together to mix it up fast. Then, follow Herb & Lou’s lead: sit back, SIP and enjoy.

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Fred's Red Mendocino County Red Wine

Fred’s Red Mendocino County Red Wine Review

Fred’s Red Mendocino County Red Wine, bottled by McNab Ridge Winery Ukiah, California.

The Fred’s Red label named after the original McNab dog, Fred, and like Fred is a blend of many things. In this case, a base blend of Syrah and Zinfandel but with a large number of little known Portuguese varietals thrown in. It’s fresh, clean, soft, and an infinitely gulpable and enjoyable wine to have with anything off the grill.

On The Back Label

My name is Fred, a McNab Shepherd- a working dog established in Mendocino County over 100 years abo by my Scottish ancestors. Back then, we herded sheep. Today, the McNabs on this ranch round up grapes. A sheep dog herding grapes, you say? You may think I’m barking up the wrong vine here, but grapes, patrolling the vineyard, trying to remember where I buried that bone. I’m very particular about flavor and choose only select vines under which to bury my best bones. Better flavor, better aging. You’re sure to like Fred’s Red and so will your canine-loving friends. Cheers!

Alc. 14.8% BY VOL.
www.mcnabridge.com
Doggone Good Wine

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2014 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Red Blend Review

2012 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Sonoma County Red Wine Review

2012 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve wine is a Sonoma County red blend. 70% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carignane and 2% Viognier. They produced 1,513 cases of this vintage.

The back label says,

It’s Karma: if you do good things, something good will happen. Our Karma Reserve red blend is a complex wine that is both bold and fruity, brimming with dark fruit flavors and deep toasted oak. We pass along this good Karma to you… now pay it forward!

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2015 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc Paso Robles

2015 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc Paso Robles Review

2015 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc

Originally this wine was created in 2008 to celebrate the wineries 10th anniversary. The exotic compexity and food friendliness of a white Rone-style bland makes this a “red drinkers white” a complex alternative to the more one dimensional white varietal wines like Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.

Coquille, is pronounced “ko-keel” it is French for shellfish or scallop.

Winemaker’s tasting notes, exotic nose of spicy pears and white peaches, almond paste/marzipan, a touch of honeysuckle perfume. In the mouth it is chrisply dry yet creamy and round and full-bodied, with nice almond paste on crisp-yet-juicy pear fruit.

Fermentation Characteristics, 100% barrel fermented, then stirred every 10 days for 9 months

Cellar Storage Aging, nine months in older French oak barrels

Alcohol – 13.2%
Residual Sugar – 0.35%
Total Acidity – 0.65 gm/100ml
pH – 3.40

Varietals – 38% Grenache blanc, 32% Roussanne, 20% Viognier, 10% Marsanne

Appellation – 93% Paso Robles, Nevarez Vinyard, 7% Damiano (Viognier), Placer Co all sustainably grown

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Dunham Cellars Shirley Mays Chardonnay

2014 Shirley Mays Columbia Valley Chardonnay from Dunham Cellars

Dunham Cellars 2014 Shirley Mays Columbia Valley Chardonnay from the Lewis Estate Vineyard.
Alcohol 13.5% by Volume

Walla Walla native Shirley Mays Dunham was a storybook grandma. She Smelled of delicious kitchen spices, filled her house with dindness and had room in her heart for all qualities she passed on to her son Mike and grandson Eric. Shirley passed away in 1983 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. To honor her memory and the legacy of others like her, Dunham Cellars donates a portion of the profits from each bottle to Susan G. Komen for the Cure which we have supported since 2001. we are committed to helping beat this devastating disease.

This wine is estate bottled offering a balance of crisp, clean fruit with the light creamy barrel ferment, this 100% Chardonnay from the Lewis Estate Vineyard is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Stylistically similar to past vintages, this wine balances notes of apple, pear, passion fruit and cream soda, the rich mouth feel only enhances the experience.

Produced and bottled by Dunham Cellars, LLC
Walla Walla, Washington

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NAUI Open Water Certification

SCUBA Certification Review NAUI is the Best!

Why NAUI is the best option for diving. The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) is training and a commitment to “Dive Safety Through Education.”

NAUI is also the future of diving due to NAUI and its members. The Association is all about “Dive Safety Through Education”, the same motto established in 1960’s. NAUI members are known and respected all across the industry for the quality of their teaching, concern for the individual diver, safety and the environment. As NAUI grows, they remain an association of members who share common values and trust in one another’s commitment. There has never been a better time to become a NAUI diver or instructor. As scuba diving continues to grow in popularity and in the number of participants, your decision to earn the right to join NAUI will be one for which you can always be proud of if you have been thinking about it now is the time to get your NAUI Open Water Diver certification.

NAUI Green Diver was started in 2010 by NAUI, National Association of Underwater Instructors, with a start-up grant by the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF), the NAUI Green Diver Initiative (GDI) is a community of individuals dedicated to conserving and preserving our ocean planet.

GDI is a grass-roots 501 (c) (3) organization fueled by NAUI Worldwide members and friends. Although divers are important to our community, they are open to everyone. Members may be environmental activists, scientist, beach-goers or boaters, all sharing a common and genuine concern for the vitality of the marine environment. A vibrant and clean environment is vital for the long-term sustainability of the diving industry, donate today!

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National Wine Day May 25th

National Wine Day, is definitely a holiday worth celebrating. Get behind this holiday, head over to your local wine shop and purchase some wine you love and a bottle of something new, different something you might have read about or been reading about. We all get into a routine of buying the same wine, I like to celebrate National Wine Day by expanding my horizons, treating myself to something a bit more something worth opening on this special holiday. My something new is;
2011 EDICT. Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon, CA – Napa Valley – Napa Valley, An inviting nose of Raspberries and Black Current that continues on the palate. Located in Coombsville, the Collinetta vineyard offers an elegant texture with lots of dense ripe red fruits. The acidity reinforces and balances the structure which entails a mouth watering finish that lingers in the end of the mouth long after the wine is gone. Fine hints of coconut and vanilla discretely reveal the 100% French oak aging. Together, powerful dense fruit, bight forward acidity and balanced oak integration birth a cohesive ensemble showing off Coombsville AVA at its finest – making a wine that will grow effortlessly for years to come.

More ideas on how to celebrate National Wine Day, it’s a great time to purchase some new glasses, a wine refrigerator or some accessories.

Wine Glasses and Stemware, head over to Crate&Barrel or shop online, I have always been a fan of their selection. Also you can purchase one glass, yes you will break a glass and can order one more and not have to purchase a whole new set.

Wine Refrigerator, Wine Cooler Direct has both great products and great prices, visit their site to look at the top sellers.

Wine Accessories, I always head over to FRONTGATE, they have wine accessories that are well built, fun and functional.

Wine Magazine, I am a fan of continued education, if nothing else get a subscription to Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator or Food & Wine Magazine.

Note: Do not get National Wine Day (May 25th) confused with National Drink Wine Day (February 18th). National Wine Day is all about drinking and enjoying wine, National Drink Wine Day is about educating people on the health benefits of drinking wine. Things like moderate drinkers have lower risks for liver disease, type two diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and some cancers. Wine has also been known to reduce “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, and increase “good” cholesterol, known as HDL, a glass of wine has just 100 calories, and its fat-free and cholesterol free…

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Santa Monica Farmers Market Is On Sunday On Main Street

It’s Sunday and your in Santa Monica, you want something fun yet healthy to do, head over to the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Like most farmer’s markets you will find fresh produce, prepared foods, live entertainment and activities for the kids. What makes this one unique, it is right in Santa Monica, you can do some shopping or lunch after while your in town. Each week you will get to know the community as most locals will be there each and every Sunday. Also you are always going to meet someone new or see new items, seasonal fresh produce and holiday gifts.

Santa Monica Farmers Market
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Located: 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90405

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Craft Beer Competition Medal Winners

Craft Beer Competition International Awards brings together craft brewers’ favorite beers from around the world. The craft beer category seems to be growing daily, stores with 2,000-3,000 craft beers that will tell you they will have more than double the selection by next year. Each beer displays creativity, passion and complexity of ingredients. An expert panel of a dozen judges with years of experience judging beer will award this year’s entries. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded on a 100-point blind tasting. Craft Beer Competition International Awards results will be posted on the site and you will notice winning medallions on both craft beer bottles and marketing materials, click here for last years winners, Cheers!

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