`WINEormous with Gondola Paradiso

A Quick Oxnard Getaway

Monday, July 21st, 2014 | Posted by Tom Plant

She served bacon wrapped dates, won tons and mini hot dogs, all perfectly paired with the beers. Guy Fieri was in a few years ago for an episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and you can still see where he signed the wall.

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Live Wine Blogging – Reds

Saturday, July 12th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Plant

It’s red wines this afternoon, 1st up is 2012 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir. Award winner at California State Fair, named after a falcon on top of the lone pine tree on the property. They recommend pairing with salmon or grilled lamb. $17 price point. 50% new French oak. Pretty nose, easy on […]

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The Wine Snob

Saturday, July 12th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Plant

I shared the wine with a couple of aficionados, one of whom crinkled his his nose, put the glass down and said “NGTPIM.” I gave him a puzzled look and he said, “Not going to put in mouth if it smells that bad.” He then proceeded to pour it out.

WINEormous with Mike Wangbickler

Live Wine Blogging Whites & Rosés

Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Plant

Mambo #5! Cornerstone 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. Craig Camp from Cornerstone says it’s one of the best growing grapes in Napa. Chardonnay does not grow well there. $30 sourced from Howell Mountain and St. Helena, older vineyards. Very soft for a Sauvignon Blanc. Would be extremely food friendly, nice and crisp.

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A Time For Tasting

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Plant

What have we had in our glasses recently? Lots of good juice, that’s for sure. We assembled at Kim and Brian’s house. Glasses in hand and food on our plates, we began our tasting. We’ve enjoyed some excellent wines from Hearst Ranch Winery in Paso Robles lately and we began with their 2011 Three Sisters […]

WINEormous with Apostolos Thymiopolous

2014 – The Year of Greek Wine

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Plant

The 2011 vintage had a tart cherry and cranberry nose and was earthy with a long finish. It’s said to have been Plato’s favorite varietal. The last offering of this group was the 2005 Chateau Porto Carras, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Limnio.

WINEormous at Estate d'Iacobelli

Estate d’Iacobelli – Fallbrook Via Michigan

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Plant

Sascha La Russo is the tasting room manager and a classically trained opera singer. You never know when she might break into song. Visitors can taste all six of Estate d’Iacobelli’s offerings for $10.