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More Red Wines for Dinnertime!

More Red Wines for Dinnertime!

By | February 15, 2017 at 2:25 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza  Nice to be back writing regarding our rhetorical red wine truck and all of the vino it’s toting during the desert’s waning winter days. And as we commented last time, our wine community is applauded for considering perhaps new and different red...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice, Week 02/16 - 02/22 2017

Red Rosés for a Lovely Lady

Red Rosés for a Lovely Lady

By | February 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Happy St. Valentine’s Day to you all!  And as you would expect, I write to you bringing some readily available rosés for the romantic quaffs you lovely ladies deserve!  Cheers to you! Of course, although I couldn’t resist the play in the...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice, Week 02/09 - 02/15 2017

Verona Vintners Revel in Trending Wines

Verona Vintners Revel in Trending Wines

By | February 1, 2017 at 2:20 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Ciao! Tutti! Greetings everyone! Last time we covered with a broad brush, the red comforting wines of winter.  And as fast as the wintertime season here in the desert treks, it may well behoove us to get our bellies full with some new and diverse red wines...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice, Week 02/02 - 02/08 2017

Warming Up to Red Wine

Warming Up to Red Wine

By | January 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Just as we cover some of the new exciting white wines for springtime and summer, let’s talk about some of the reds which work for the season’s comfort meals and are currently available at our wine stores and shops. Of course, there’s no simple formula...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

Wine Dinners Ignite the Culinary Scene

Wine Dinners Ignite the Culinary Scene

By | January 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza One of the most pleasurable ways to learn and experience the wide world of wine, is to attend a great restaurant’s wine dinner.  Not only does the chef & kitchen take especial time to consider a strategy of meals to showcase their gustatory talents,...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

The World’s Best Wines?

The World’s Best Wines?

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:20 am | No comments

 By Rick Riozza Each year since 1988, Wine Spectator has released its Top 100 list, where their editors select the most exciting wines from the thousands they reviewed during the course of the year.  They write, “These wines are a diverse group—ranging from...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

2017 Palm Springs Film Fest & Wine Screening!

2017 Palm Springs Film Fest & Wine Screening!

By | January 4, 2017 at 11:10 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Typically at this time, the Vino Voice Column joins in the fanfare with the world famous annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, now in its 28th year and on-going through January 16th.  And we’ve done so by offering movie and wine pairing...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

Frankie’s Fantastic Italian Bakery & Café

Frankie’s Fantastic Italian Bakery & Café

By | December 28, 2016 at 6:00 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza “The story of Frankie's Old World Biscotti begins in the hills of Calabria, Italy, in 1592, with a sacred family recipe. Biscotti were part of a local wedding custom, and made with only the freshest black anise, sun roasted almonds, stoneground flour, and...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

Total Woman Wine & Spirit Picks

Total Woman Wine & Spirit Picks

By | December 22, 2016 at 11:40 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Women in the workplace—it’s a wonderful world!!  As most of you readers have gleaned from my recent columns, I am happily entrenched in my new wine steward position at the Total Wine & More store in Palm Desert.  It’s certainly got me off...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

I’m Dreaming of a Wine—“Coravin”–Christmas

I’m Dreaming of a Wine—“Coravin”–Christmas

By | December 14, 2016 at 8:30 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Hold On! Stop the Presses!! Just when you thought you would have to endure the holiday season with the same wine gifts of corkscrews, wine stoppers, and wine bibs (??), along comes the most innovative vino tool one can imagine!  Yes—at the tip of your...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016

Skating On thin Ice with Sweet Wine

Skating On thin Ice with Sweet Wine

By | December 7, 2016 at 10:10 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza  Just the other night, our family was enjoying happy hour at the Cheescake Factory when we spied ice-skaters mixing it up with axel & edge jumps along with combination spins all on the valley’s new festive canvas of ice.  Yep—believe it or...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Wine Wise Guys Talk Turkey

Wine Wise Guys Talk Turkey

By | November 22, 2016 at 5:18 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza At start of our celebratory season here in the valley, CV Weekly is happy to continue with our holiday tradition of presenting a couple of the desert’s venerable wine purveyors with their turn to recommend some wonderful vino varieties. And if I get in on...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

The Wine Steward of Rancho Mirage is back!

The Wine Steward of Rancho Mirage is back!

By | November 16, 2016 at 9:31 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Well—technically, I actually drive south a couple of blocks into Palm Desert.  I know this because as I’m on Hwy 111, I see the Palm Desert city limit sign posted on my right just before I pull onto Fred Waring Drive and then into the Desert Crossing...

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Oh Lord!—stuck in Lodi again.

Oh Lord!—stuck in Lodi again.

By | November 9, 2016 at 9:15 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza In the past, we’ve surely discussed some of the wines and wineries in and around the wine country of the Sierra Foothills, the Sacramento Delta, and Lodi.  Recently our family made it up to northern California wine country for our last harvest visit of...

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The Little Blackbird known as Merlot

The Little Blackbird known as Merlot

By | November 2, 2016 at 11:30 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Not too long ago, Merlot took a hit both in reputation and in sales as far as the in-vogue wine to enjoy.  Merlot, “The little blackbird” in French, the darling of the new vinophiles (oenophiles) of the 80’s and 90’s, found mud on its face and the...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Which Wine is Witch?

Which Wine is Witch?

By | October 28, 2016 at 12:55 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza A Halloween wine tasting party!?  Don’t get spooked!—don’t be scared, you can pull it off.  Hey! there’s nothing more disturbing and frightful than an empty glass of wine on Halloween.  So be safe and huddle your wine friends...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

It’s Always Martini Time—Unveiling the Vermouth

It’s Always Martini Time—Unveiling the Vermouth

By | October 20, 2016 at 9:05 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza It’s sure been the craze this past decade; flavored vodkas continue to mount the shelves with new and fancy essences from, seemingly, any organic substance and from the rarest outposts around. But, let’s remember what was, probably, the first flavored...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Autumn in a glass—Isn’t it romantic!

Autumn in a glass—Isn’t it romantic!

By | October 6, 2016 at 11:33 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Isn’t it aromatic!! Sometimes some types of wine can knock your sensory socks off. Aromatic wines are simply fun and festive with their out-of-the-box scents and flavors.  They easily open the eyes of the usual Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon drinker as...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

A Toast to Women in Wine!

A Toast to Women in Wine!

By | September 28, 2016 at 9:40 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza No—this isn’t a salutation to some readily imaginable lively bacchanal festivity. Rather, this is my enjoyable endeavor to enter in on the “Women’s theme” for this edition of CV Weekly. How fortuitous actually: As I mentioned a few columns back,...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Autumn Opens to Oenophiles

Autumn Opens to Oenophiles

By | September 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza A lover or connoisseur of wine is known in some places as an “oenophile”, pronounced: “ee-no-file”. One would think that this is perhaps some ancient Classical Greek term that we’re stuck with—but it’s not. It was more-or-less the name of one of...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Groovin’ on Grüner Veltliner

Groovin’ on Grüner Veltliner

By | September 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza How about this for a good lead in—or in my case, a bit luckless. Recently I was invited to an intimate tasting luncheon at the bon-vivre Boa Steakhouse on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The winery and the wine being featured and paired with the...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Arts and Carafes

Arts and Carafes

By | September 8, 2016 at 1:10 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza No one in this desert is thinking that the long hot summertime is going too fast—except for me! Getting in all the wine column titles and wine stories that fall in this time of the year can happily drive one to drink. We’ve done summer-themed refreshing...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

The Slow Hot Wind

The Slow Hot Wind

By | September 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza As I converse with my wine friends & networks across the nation, already they are gearing up for a full array of autumn reds to talk about—hey! Hold on there pardner! I just saw a rattlesnake come out of its burrow, which I think signifies six more weeks...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

What’s Up with Olympic Wine Picks!!

What’s Up with Olympic Wine Picks!!

By | August 18, 2016 at 5:36 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Whether we’re here in the desert, out on our annual wine country trip, or actually down live in “Rio Dej”, we are no doubt joining in on all of the fun and fanfare of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. With the broadest of brushes, let’s have some summer fun...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

The More the Marriott: A Marquis Wine Venue

The More the Marriott: A Marquis Wine Venue

By | August 11, 2016 at 5:54 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza If there is any place that we desert dwellers love to jaunt out to, it’s beautiful San Diego. Within two or three hours, we can be luxuriating at the San Diego/Coronado Bay and San Diego Marina. And while we’re taking in the generous but temperate...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Noble Nobilo Knows Oysters

Noble Nobilo Knows Oysters

By | August 3, 2016 at 8:50 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza The hot long dog days of summer are upon us and if there is any wine that can refresh—no news here—it’s the beloved Sauvignon blanc. Add to this info, our nation and parts of the world will be celebrating National Oyster Day this Friday, August...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Simply Grilling & Sipping Wine!

Simply Grilling & Sipping Wine!

By | July 28, 2016 at 4:28 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza First off, I’d like to thank you readers who’ve emailed me, appreciating all of the effort I make to get out and grab the wine scoop of the week, especially on these hot days. Indeed, you have further inspired me to take on the weather anew—this time,...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Move Over Grenache—Entrez-vous Mourvédre

Move Over Grenache—Entrez-vous Mourvédre

By | July 22, 2016 at 1:05 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza We’ve been covering a slew of refreshing white wines these past few columns; so for those red wine enthusiasts who are a bit jonsin’for a little vino red discourse (really?)—hey, I know, even in our hot desert, red wine is always on the table somewhere...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Zoning in on a Trio of Zonin Prosecco

Zoning in on a Trio of Zonin Prosecco

By | July 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Everyone in hot haven here is up for the most refreshing quaffs in town. We’ve covered some tasty vino white wonders lately, so why not keep things going! And just in time and just what the ardent doctor ordered: The thirst-quenching, fun & festive...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

More Summertime Wine Moves

More Summertime Wine Moves

By | June 30, 2016 at 3:40 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Last time we started a game plan to experience lesser known wines—particularly very refreshing whites, which are none-the-less an excellent buy, as they are reasonably priced and absolutely tasty. This time around, let’s do some more delving as we throw...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Summertime Wine Tips

Summertime Wine Tips

By | June 24, 2016 at 1:02 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza No one gets a heads-up on the summertime heat more than we desert dwellers. And for a lot of us who travel about, we’re always meeting and greeting people who simply can’t believe that wine actually pours in our summer desert and that we can quaff...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Real Father’s Day Treats from Riedel

Real Father’s Day Treats from Riedel

By | June 17, 2016 at 1:01 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Traditionally, the wine business was geared to men; both as to wine and accoutrement. Thank God there’s a new wide world of wine where everyone is included.  Truly, the stats are out that female millennials are fast becoming the largest block of wine buyers...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Simply the Best Chardonnay at Beach Symposium

Simply the Best Chardonnay at Beach Symposium

By | June 12, 2016 at 12:26 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Pismo Beach, with its laid back atmosphere and cleansing sea breezes, is hardly the spot I would have thought to be tasting the most delicious Chardonnay around—but it was!  Indeed, it was an international Chardonnay conference with wine folk and pioneers...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Wine & Dine: Food Fun & Sun

Wine & Dine: Food Fun & Sun

By | June 3, 2016 at 1:00 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza The 2016 Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is here; and now the time has come for all good foodies and vino lovers to come to the aid of their appetite.  Actually, the food celebrations and festivities go on for ten days running from June 3rd to June 12th....

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice

Winning Wine Storage in the Wild West!

Winning Wine Storage in the Wild West!

By | May 28, 2016 at 1:45 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza As the titular Wine Steward of the Desert, it is always incumbent for me to alert all of the wine enthusiasts around to stop, look, heed, & take notice of the long summer season ahead.  We’ve learnt not to cry over spilt milk; but crying over our...

Posted in: Columns, The Vino Voice