Tag Archives: Uncorked Ventures

California Merlot

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay Merlot has gotten a bad rap.  In California, it’s especially bad. California Merlot though, is still more of a thing than most people realize. Part of the bad rap comes from expectations that have changed an awful lot over the years.  Back in the 1980’s, Merlot was considered an equal to Cabernet Sauvignon and important […] The post California

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Veuve Du Vernay Review

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay You can’t always drink what you sell. So here’s a Veuve Du Vernay review of a sparkling wine made in France.  No, not Champagne.  More on that….. Video Transcription: Hi, all Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures so I’ll hold this up so you can get a look at it. So this is a Veuve Du […] The post Veuve

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Cayuse Loses a Vintage Due to Bad Corks

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay It’s not every day, or thankfully every year that a winery as well known as Cayuse, loses an entire vintage because of bad corks.  But, here we are. Some more information on what happened, why no one could have caught it and the solution (or lack thereof) Video Transcription: Hi guys, Mark Aselstine with Uncorked […] The post Cayuse

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Longevity Wines and Livermore Cabernet Sauvignon

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay A new project brought me to Livermore. I found a 90 point Cabernet, if you care about critical acclaim. Hi, guys, Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures. I’ll hold this up so you can get a little bit better look at it. This is a Longevity Cabernet Sauvignon, so this came to me as part of […] The post Longevity

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Amazon Exists the Wine Game Again BC of Al Capone (Seriously)

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay At the end of December, Amazon will end it’s wine marketplace.  Here’s some information on why, as well as another chance to blame Al Capone for the sorry state of wine shipping laws in America today. Video Transcription: All right guys, Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures. Really quick, so Amazon announced today that their wine […] The post Amazon

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Why Bennett Valley Is Cold + A Fire Update

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay The fires continue to ravage wine country in northern California.  Containment is still only about half done, here’s hoping for a spot of rain coming through as forecasted later in the week. Video Transcription: Hi, guys, Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures. We’re still digging out a little bit. There’s been a lot of fires in […] The post Why

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Wild Fires and Wine Country

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay We didn’t think about it last night, but my wife made something of an ominous comment: she said that the warm wine blowing through the Bay Area, directly from the east, reminded her a lot of a Santa Ana in Southern California. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it basically means that the winds, […] The post Wild

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Brecon Estate Albarino

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay Albarino is a name to know in the world of white wine. It can grow at higher temperatures than can say, Chardonnay. It also keeps its acidity at those higher temps, which fits what most consumers and those of us within the wine trade are looking for these days. Here’s some more on Brecon Estate […] The post Brecon

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Dragonette Seven 2014

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay This is a Dragonette Seven from 2014.  Quite simply, it’s one of the best Syrah’s produced in the state every year. I originally met the Dragonette guys about 7 years ago (hold on a second, it’s hard for me to even take that one in…..it’s been a while!) in San Diego at Family Winemakers. Dragonette […] The post Dragonette

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Vineyard Sources and Small Wineries

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay We can file this one under, another issue for small wineries to have to worry about. Like there wasn’t enough of them to begin with! Hi guys, Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures, so first, happy Monday to everybody. Second, I wanted to take a minute and talk about … This is a Dragonette 7, so […] The post Vineyard

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