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Two Obscure Wine Finds

By Melissa Unsell Ok, vinous readers.  Get ready to explore two more obscure wines.  In this post, I’ll have you venturing off to France and Spain.  Get your passports ready for your palate.   No. 1 I recently purchased a Cremant de Limoux for a friend.  If you like Champagne, you’ll love this Cremant from the Languedoc region in Southern… Read more →

Failla Wines – The common ‘thread’ running through them

Does drinking wine ever make you think of music?

Have you ever taken a sip of that delicious vinous nectar and the first thought through your mind is a song? Or a melody?

Or perhaps the words someone uses to describe a wine makes you recall a song?

Well it happens to me quite a bit, but most recently a wine made me think of an entire album!

I had the delightful opportunity to be invited by Serendipity Wine Imports representative, Felicia Gonzales to taste a few of the Failla (pronounced FAY-la) Wine selection. We met up at a local seafood bar called Sandbar located at the Pearl Brewery here in San Antonio along with Matt Naumann, assistant winemaker at Failla Wines, and Sandbar sommelier, Adam Spencer. We sat down to a sun-kissed table covered in white linen and fancy silver spoons and spitoons (fancy!) As I was being poured the first wine I remember Matt saying how Failla wines all had a common thread of lively acidity running through all the wines. This is what sparked my memory to think of an entire album to pair with these wines … Read more →

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Exploring the Santa Cruz Mountains: Ridge and Pichetti Vineyards

By Melissa Unsell   An enduring, rustic 15 mile climb up the Santa Cruz mountains has me eager and full of joy. We make our ascent with our first destination being Ridge Vineyards. The destination just may take your breath away.  Upon arriving, I almost stumble clumsily because I’m too busy looking down at Silicon Valley below (see images in… Read more →