Category | Wine Lover

The Weekly Wine – 2004 Altamura

Posted on 08 February 2009

By K.L. Riley

I have always had a love hate relationship with California Cabernets because my palette leans more towards old world style wines. The California Cabernets that are more fruit forward lack structure and acidity that help the wine maintain age-ability and structure.

2001 Rochioli Pinot Noir

Posted on 07 January 2009

By K.L. Riley

There are many types of wine for all types of people. One of the things I have learned from working with wine is that there is no such thing as a bad bottle.

My Epic Holiday Wines of 2008

Posted on 03 January 2009

By K.L. Riley

The holiday season, for wine enthusiasts, is a time for drinking a lot of wine. Some of the wines we drink are a little cheaper due to the lack of family/friends that will appreciate a good bottle, but there is always that one day that we go absolutely nuts and pull out that one bottle that we have been saving for this exact moment. I was fortunate to be at the residence of a close friend with an amazing cellar for most of the Christmas season this year and I’m still in shock.

Robert Craig Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on 20 December 2008

By K.L. Riley Robert Craig winery represents a style and approach to wine that everyone can relate to.  I have met Robert “bob” on many different occasions but I recently had the opportunity to speak with him at one of his wine tastings in Scottsdale.  We both share a passion for Mount Veeder  wines  (a […]

Chris Ringland 2006 Ebenezer Shiraz

Posted on 11 December 2008

Chris Ringland is a celebrity in Australia and his wines are considered a great representation of Barossa fruit. When I heard that his wines are as smooth as his personality I couldn’t resist the temptation try one of them.

2007 Sinister Hand by Owen Roe

Posted on 04 December 2008

By K.L. Riley

Wine quote of the week;
Bacchus we thank who gave us wine
which warms the blood within our veins;
that nectar is itself divine.
The man who drinks not, yet attains
by godly grace to human rank
would be an angel if he drank.
Pierre Motin
French drinking song

The Weekly Wine – Frank Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on 29 November 2008

By K.L. Riley

I gave my friend the wine list to pick out a wine for us at a Christmas dinner and he picked Frank Family Reserve Cabernet. My first thought was “what the hell did he just order?!”, and then I drank it and my perspective of Rutherford fruit was changed forever.

The Weekly Wine: Gigantic Gigondas

Posted on 20 November 2008

 By K.L. Riley Sometimes I crave Rhone valley varietals and if you do I have the perfect wine for you. Gigondas is a small grape growing region in the South of France and is considered to be the little brother to Chateau Neuf Du Pape. The climate here is very Mediterranean and mountainous and the […]

Uncovering the Palette of Baja

Posted on 14 November 2008

by K.L. Riley

Last Friday was a normal Friday for me with one exception. An incredible wine I didn’t know existed was made available for me to drink.

The Weekly Wine: Calera by Mr. Pinot

Posted on 06 November 2008

By K.L. Riley

Calera Winery is an extremely rare and unique winery that has redefined how Pinot Noir is made in North America. I had my first glass of Calera Pinot Noir about two years ago and my experience was so profound that when I was offered the opportunity to write for Swell City Guide Calera had to be my first Pinot.

On the Air

Posted on 30 October 2008

By K.L. Riley I was recently invited to talk about wine and Swell City Guide on the Jan D’atri show, an Arizona Talk Radio show. Miss D’atri is a saavy and sophisticated woman who is a purveyor of fine living, so it seemed like a natural place for me to talk about wine. I found myself to be a bit […]

A Private Chat with Brett Deleuze President of ZD Wines

Posted on 23 October 2008

By K.L. Riley

This week I had the pleasure to make the acquaintance of Brett Deleuze president of ZD winery out of Napa California. Mr. Deleuze is a soft spoken, gracious and enlightened individual who allowed me to sit with him and I want to share my thoughts and our conversation.

The Weekly Wine: Tablas Creek Mourvedre 2003

Posted on 16 October 2008

By K.L. Riley
This week I want to focus on the grape mourvedre. Mourvedre is a grape that is indigenous to the southern Rhone valley of France. One of the most famous wines from southern Rhone is Chateauneuf–du–Pape which is traditionally a blend of 13 grapes, primarily Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (also known as GSM).

The Weekly Wine: 2005 Barbera d’Asti from La Spinetta vineyards

Posted on 29 September 2008

By K.L. Riley

Wine & Lifestyle editor “Miss Oenophile”, Dina Ribaudo and wine enthusiast K.L. Riley’s wine pick of the week.

Ray’s Wine Selection

Posted on 10 January 2008