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Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

Posted by Joshua Parker on Friday, November 21, 2014, In : Thanksgiving Wine Pairing 

: Thanksgiving dinner can be so heavy so you need something moderate to light in alcohol, with high acidity to balance all that richness, plus a touch of sweetness to go with the sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. Riesling is frequently bright with acidity and depending on the region low on alcohol side. Best know for aromas of green apple, lime, peach, grapefruit, honeysuckle, mineral, slate, floral notes and just a nice crisp refreshing palate to go with any Thanksgiving dinner.


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Winery Etiquette

Posted by Joshua Parker on Friday, October 5, 2012, In : Winery Etiquette 

I thought that it was about time to talk about Winery etiquette. So today I wanted to take the time to talk about what to do and what not to do when visiting a winery.

How do you do a wine tasting?

Tasting room staff members LOVE this question and are always more then glad to help show you the way. They are always thrilled to pass on what they know about wine and their winery to anyone that wants to listen and learn. Ask questions! As my old teachers use to say there are no st...
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Great wines under 15$

Posted by Joshua Parker on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, In : Wines under 15$ 
In today's economy we do have a lot of money to spend, but we still want to be able to kick back and enjoy a great bottle of wine from time to time. Today I am going to give you some great bottles to drink and all for under the price of 15$. 

Dominio De Eguren 2009 Protocolo - Made from Tempranillo grapes it is deep, ripe and minty on the nose. On the palate it is a power house of berry fruits and light hints of floral notes. This is a fantastic bottle at only 7 to 9$

Quinta de Cabriz, 2008 - M...
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SMV Winery Wine & Music Festival

Posted by Joshua Parker on Thursday, June 2, 2011, In : Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard 
Well it's that time a year again when wineries start holding big festivals.
This year I am very excited about Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards 
(SMV for Short) 
Wine & Music Festival (2011 Summer Concert Series) 
If you don't know about SMV Winery (because you should) it is a 
beautiful Winery/Vineyard right on the Montgomery/Frederick county 
line (Maryland) just outside of D.C. and a stones throw 
away from 
Frederick. This year SMV's summer concert series is on every first 
Saturday of the summer month...

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Wines of Australia

Posted by Joshua Parker on Saturday, January 22, 2011, In : Australia Wines 
Today I would like to talk about wines coming from one of my favorite wine regions.


Oxford Landing: The Oxford Landing vineyard was established in 1958 on the banks of the majestic Murray River in South Australia. It's an idyllic place, distinguished by clear blue skies, rich red soil and is abundant in golden sunshine- the perfect environment for growing grapes with distinct fruit flavors. Oxford landing uses a cool ferment method so as not to lose these flavors that have been...
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Great wines, Great prices. Wines under $12

Posted by Joshua Parker on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, In : wines under $12. 
Here are some of my favorite wines that taste great and won't hurt the pocket.

Bridgeview Riesling: I fell in love with this Riesling from Oregon a couple
of years ago and never turned back. This bottle has wonderful Flavors of ripe apples, apricot nectar, and grapefruit with aromas of honeysuckle. Lively and crisp with refreshing acidity on the finish. Nice balance of sweetness to crispness. Very smooth. Pairs well with cheeses, fruits and salad.  

Apothic Red: 
A captivating blend of three d...
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Thanksgiving Zinfandels

Posted by Joshua Parker on Thursday, November 18, 2010, In : Zinfandel 
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which brings up the great question.
What will you be drinking for Thanksgiving? For me this year I am going
to enjoy a nice Zinfandel.

Zinfandel's pair very well with turkey, cranberry sauce and of course
the stuffing. So the next question is which Zinfandel would be good
for your Thanksgiving dinner? Here are a few good choices.

Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel -  Head-trained and dry farmed vines continue to be the source for Bogle‚Äôs Old Vine Zinfandel. The...
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Corte Alla Flora Wines

Posted by Joshua Parker on Thursday, November 4, 2010, In : Corte Alla Flora 
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Massimo Cragnotti from
Corte Alla Flora Winery. Massimo brought with him a couple of
great tasting wines that you should start to look out for in a
local shop near you.

Podere del Giuggiolo (White) - A very nice blend of 1/3 Chardonnay,
1/3 Sauvignon Blanc,
1/3 Incrocio Manzoni.This is done in 6 months
in stainless steel tanks, and aged for 6 months in the bottle. On the

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M + M = Meatloaf and Merlot

Posted by Joshua Parker on Friday, October 15, 2010, In : Meatloaf and Merlot 
The other night I came home and starting thinking about what I
wanted to have for dinner. Once I had decided on making Meatloaf
for dinner the next question became, what do I want to drink that
would go with meatloaf. For me that night I had a very nice
bottle of Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Merlot, vintage 2006.
(Maryland Vineyard) It was a prefect pair. Here are other
Merlot's that would go prefect with a meatloaf dinner.

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard: This Merlot is a fine example of what a
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Mulled Wine Time!

Posted by Joshua Parker on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, In : Mulled Spice Wine Recipe 
Fall is just around the corner which means it's time to get outside
Start a bonfire, roast some marshmallows and relax with a
nice warm glass of Mulled Spiced Wine. Here are a
couple of recipes for Mulled Spice Wine.

Recipe # 1.

2 bottles dry red wine
4 ounces port or brandy
12 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1 large orange, zested

Recipe # 2.

1 c. red wine
1/2 c. water
4 tbsp. mulling spices (i.e. cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg)
1/2 c. dried cranberries
3/8 c. sugar
1/2 c. orange marmalade

Recipe # 3.

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Great Wineries of Loundon county, Virgina.

Posted by Joshua Parker on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, In : Loundon County Wineries 
So this summer I have been taking a lot of day trips to the vineyards of
Loundon county in Virgina. There are a lot of very nice vineyards so
close and easy to get to that I felt I should talk a little about each of my
favorite one's. In this blog I will talk about Breaux vineyards,
Sunset hills Vineyard, Notaviva Vineyards, and Bluemont Vineyards.

Breaux Vineyards
Breaux vineyards is my favorite of all the Loundon county wineries.
The rest that I will talk about are great. That's why they m...
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Oregon wines for hot summer days

Posted by Joshua Parker on Thursday, June 3, 2010, In : Oregon Wines 
Well summer is just around the corner and the hot days are rolling in.
Now it's time to start thinking about what to drink on those hot days to
cool you down. So today I have picked three wines that should help you
get through this years summer heat wave.

First off will be two wines from the King Estate Winery. Their Acrobat 2008
Pinot Gris and their 2008 Pinot Noir, but first a little about King Estate winery.

King Estate, celebrating 19 years of Oregon winemaking in 2010, is located
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Hedges Wine

Posted by Joshua Parker on Sunday, March 28, 2010, In : Hedges Wine 

In 1986 Tom Hedges found his first employment in the wine industry marketing American wines in Taiwan. Tom and his wife Anne-Marie marketed their Cabernet/Merlot blend to foreign buyers exclusively for two years before going domestic and opening up North American distribution. Still without their own winery, they took a chance buying acreage on an obscure little hill called Red Mountian. The Hedges built a french-style chateau on the slopes of Red Mountain amongst their vines, which goes back...

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Lets Spring into Rose

Posted by Joshua Parker on Saturday, March 27, 2010, In : Rose 
Last week for the first this year we felt what should be
a wonderfully nice spring weather. Which means that
it is now time to think what were going to be drinking
on those nice warm spring afternoons to come.
Pinot Grigio are always a great choice, and the choice
for many. I want to talk about another great choice, a
wine that sometimes get over looked. That wine is
Rose, a nice refreshing wine for any nice day.

Campellares - Rosado 08: From a winery that was founded in 1962. The majority, 90...
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Look Out for this Cabernet Franc!

Posted by Joshua Parker on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, In : Cabernet Franc 
If I haven't said it before in my other blogs,
let me say it now. I LOVE MY JOB!
I am a man who loves a good Cabernet Franc.
Today while at work one of our distributors came
in with a bottle of Camaraderie Cellars 2005
Cabernet Franc from Washington State.
This bottle was fantistic and here is why.

This wine comes from the Artz Vineyards on
Red Mountian and Champoux Vineyards at
Mercer Ranch located in Washington State.

The Cabernet Franc is of course a cousin to
Cabernet Sauvignon; and very nice...
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Winter Wine Wonderland

Posted by Joshua Parker on Thursday, February 11, 2010, In : Wines for a snowy day. 

Do you live in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area? If so then
you have felt the pain of being stuck inside while snow
keeps getting dumped outside your front door. Now what
are you going to do with all that free time you now have?
Well I think its time to start drinking some great wine. Here
is what I drank while being stucking my house for a couple
of days.

From Breaux Vineyards in Virginia I had there Cellar
Selection Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc: This was a very
nice well balanced sweet wine. ...

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Cabernet Sauvignon's

Posted by Joshua Parker on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, In : Cabernet Sauvignon's 
Today at the wine shop that I work for (
We did a tasting of some wonderful Cabernet
Sauvignon's. On todays list we had......

Silverwing 05: A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and
40% Shiraz. from the area of Mararet River in Australia.
A well balance wine, with flavors of Cherries, plums 
and hints of strawberries. 

Wagtail 08: This Cabernet comes from the
Coonawarra area of Australia. It's big, rich,
jammy black currant, cherry and raspberry
scents and flavors. The texture is de...
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Time To Ring In The New Year

Posted by Joshua Parker on Saturday, December 26, 2009, In : Champagnes/Sparkling wines 
Well the year is almost over and a new year is just
about to begin. Time to start thinking about what
you will be pouring when the ball drops at mid-night.
I am going to talk about four great Champagne/Sparkling
wines that will be the hit of the party for your
New Years toast.

Veuve Du Vernay (Brut): The Veuve du Vernay Brut is the ultimate holiday party wine. A crisp, clean, and refreshing sparkler that brings the term "bang for your buck" to new levels. Rarely does such a tasty sparkling win...
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Just In Time For Thanksgiving.

Posted by Joshua Parker on Monday, November 23, 2009, In : Prosecco 
Well its Monday Novmember 23, which means that it is
almost time to sit down with the family, Put on that winter
coat with some good down to earth home cooking, and
of course some great wine. Thanksgiving equals Turkey,
Cranberry sause, Stuffing and Pumpkin Pie. So now the
question is what to drink? Well with any good meal you
need a beginning. So today I am going to talk about 
Prosecco's which are great wines to start and/or your
Thanksgiving holidays. 

Rocca Dei Forti Prosecco - A really nic...
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Cranberry Wines

Posted by Joshua Parker on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, In : Cranberry Wines 
Its now November which means soon it will be time
for thanksgiving. Time for turkey, stuffing, ham and
much, much more. There are many choices for what
wine you should serve with your thanksgiving meal.
For must people a Pinot Noir will be their wine drinking
choice, which is a great choice. For me this year it will
be a different choice, this year I am going with a
Cranberry wine. Cranberry wines will go really well with
turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatos giving your food more
depth to the ...
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Chateau Ste Michelle ORPHELIN = Delicious

Posted by Joshua Parker on Thursday, October 15, 2009, In : Chateau Ste Michelle - Orphelin 

Chateau Ste Michelle has always been one of my
favorite vineyards with such great wines as their ever
popular Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and their
Cabernet Sauvignon. But then I got a hold of a bottle of
theirs called "ORPHELIN". This time they have out done
themselves. Orphelin is rarely found on any shelf in a
local wine shop (Thankfully King Farm Wine in Rockville,
MD has it.) Orphelin is mostly found in resaurants as a
"BY THE GLASS" menu item.

Orphelin is a wonderful blend of Syrah (56%) ...
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Cru by Kluge Estate - A must try!

Posted by Joshua Parker on Thursday, September 24, 2009, In : CRU 

Cru by Kluge Estate takes Chardonnay and puts a
whole new spin on how we look at Chardonnay's.

My job working for a wine shop allows me to try many
different wines that open my eyes to new things.This is
what happened this past week when I went to a wine
trade show. When I tried Cru I was blown away by the
fact that I was tasting a Chardonnay. When I took a
sip of Cru I could not believe that I tasting Chardonnay,
it was like nothing I had tried before. 

Made from 100% Chardonnay, This Naturall...
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Acre Merlot

Posted by Joshua Parker on Monday, September 14, 2009, In : Ache Winery 

So here I am at work and today one of are many
distributors came bringing in a Merlot for me to try.
Our distributor brought in a brand new wine from a
Central Coast winery called ACRE. First before I
get into the wine, which I know you want to hear about,
this is why I love my job being able to try something new
before it hits the east coast market. Now on to this
incredible merlot. Acre Winery Merlot is primarily sourced
from the Hames Valley, located at the southern
tip of Monterey County....
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Monte Degli Angeli - Pinot Noir

Posted by Joshua Parker on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, In : Monte Degli Angeli 
As the last remaining summer days come to an end I was
looking for a very nice lite full bodied red.Thats what I got
with Monte Degli Angeli's Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir is a
2007 vintage and comes from the area of Monferrato in
the piedmonte region of Italy. Aged for six months in oak,
has a very nice ruby red color. A fresh fruit flavor gives the
wine a very nice taste of elegance, with a very nice
lingering silky feel and vanilla after taste on the plate.
This is the kind of wine that I w...
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Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard.

Posted by Joshua Parker on Monday, August 31, 2009, In : Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard 

When you think of that prefect day out,
what do you think of? For me it's jumping in my car,
going for a drive, going for a nice long hike up
Sugarloaf Mountain and of course to end my day
stopping off at montgomery county's only winery/vineyard.
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is filled with great
atomsphere, great company and of course Great Wine.
SMV for short grows seven different types of grapes out
in their fourteen aches of vines. Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay,
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet sauvignon,...
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Adobe Red

Posted by Joshua Parker on Thursday, August 27, 2009, In : Clayhouse Vineyards 

As many of you already know I have been working for a
winery/vineyard now for the past two and a half years.
I thought it was about time that I started a blog or as
facebook likes to call it "notes" about wine that I feel is
a must try. For my first of many blogs I am going to talk
about my favorite red wine from Clayhouse Vineyards
which is located in San Miguel, California. The wine is
called Adobe red, vinetage 2006. Adobe Red is a
wonderful blend made of 58% Zinfandel, 17% Syrah,
13% Peti...

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