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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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Sparkling Days Ahead

Sparkling Days Ahead

By | May 19, 2016 at 9:04 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Last week, you’ll recall that we were knee-deep in a bunch of rosé wine—and, loving it! We simply can’t stop ourselves from parading about in pink!  We continue to alert—ad nauseum (but comforting in vino veritas)—that rosé wine is the vino for all...

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A Rosy Outlook for Rosé

A Rosy Outlook for Rosé

By | May 12, 2016 at 4:50 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Rosé in the morning, rosé in the evening, rosé at supper time—be my little rosé, and love me all the time…♬ See!—this is what happens when a wine columnist stays out too long in the noonday sun; and I’m not even an Englishman.  At least I’m...

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First Gambero Rosso Event at Ritz-Carlton

First Gambero Rosso Event at Ritz-Carlton

By | May 6, 2016 at 1:50 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza It’s funny—but for so many American wine enthusiasts, it’s hard for them to wrap their mind around the name of one of the world’s most prestigious wine rating guides around:  Gambero Rosso—which literally means “red prawn”. For more than...

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Wondrous Walla Walla Washington Wines

Wondrous Walla Walla Washington Wines

By | April 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza It’s such a wonderful wide world of wine—that keeps most wine columnists from ever getting writer’s block.  The problem, sometimes, is that there may indeed be too much stuff to write on and keep up with—especially for one columnist. Okay-okay—mea...

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Grgich Wines Celebration at La Quinta Resort

Grgich Wines Celebration at La Quinta Resort

By | April 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza You know you’re dealing with wine royalty when one of the premier restaurants in our valley, Morgan’s in the Desert, at the La Quinta Resort & Club sets aside an entire evening for an exclusive dining affair to celebrate a winemaker’s career and a...

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Palm Desert Food & Wine Fest—Yummy!

Palm Desert Food & Wine Fest—Yummy!

By | April 7, 2016 at 3:08 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Welcome back my friends to the largest Food & Wine event of the year! Things are a-poppin this April in abundance in the Coachella Valley.  How fortunate are we to showcase every bit of impressive culture from fashion to music and the culinary arts. ...

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A Cool Springtime Classic Red from a Hot Vintage

A Cool Springtime Classic Red from a Hot Vintage

By | March 30, 2016 at 4:50 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza The most pleasant of spring weather has been thankfully overstaying its welcome—keeping that entrenching swift arriving summer from hastily settling in.  El Nino—por favor, time to step up! This past Easter my family had the pleasure to again invade my...

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Wine Pours About Town

Wine Pours About Town

By | March 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza I don’t see much of any March Wine Madness going on here in the valley; more along the lines of March Happiness with some tasty vino being poured and delicious food and meals being served at our marvelous local venues. We’ve just had some major wine...

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Vive La France! Wine Dinner@Westin Mission Hills

Vive La France! Wine Dinner@Westin Mission Hills

By | March 17, 2016 at 2:55 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza The last time we did up France, we were covering the 2015 French Open Tennis Championships at Stade Rolland Garros.  And if you remember, we visited three famous but different wine regions that were only a day’s trip away from the tournament in Paris.   En...

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A New Wine Cellar at Trio’s Restaurant!

A New Wine Cellar at Trio’s Restaurant!

By | March 10, 2016 at 10:47 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Extra! Extra!—read all about it! The latest and greatest wine news in Palm Springs this season is the new and distinct wine list created by the owners of the wildly popular TRIO Restaurant. TRIO already provides a wonderfully varied wine and inventive...

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What Wine Women Want

What Wine Women Want

By | March 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Just fresh off the Oscars, I bet many of you cinema lovers remember the fun film, “What Women Want” starring the young and less-troubled Mel Gibson who played a bachelor father, who after being mildly electrocuted in the bathroom, woke-up to what can only...

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Deals of the Day at Dan’s Wine Shop

Deals of the Day at Dan’s Wine Shop

By | February 25, 2016 at 2:05 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Anyone who has been keeping up with this column already knows about Dan Sullivan.  He is one of the last remaining independent wine merchants in our valley.  And I usually ask him to contribute to this column on his great wine deals around the holidays, and,...

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Madame, Monsieur — Dinner is Poured!

Madame, Monsieur — Dinner is Poured!

By | February 18, 2016 at 1:54 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza One of the most relaxing and enjoyable things to hear at supper time is the popping of the cork (or the turning of the screwcap?), the splashing of wine into the decanter or wine glass, and perhaps, the sweet prayer of thanking the Lord for the blessings of the...

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A Valentine Wine to your Heart

A Valentine Wine to your Heart

By | February 11, 2016 at 5:59 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Wine and romance is the bidding of the day.  And there is no better way to prompt some swirling passion than to enjoy a rosé sparkling wine.  Rosé Champagnes and rosé sparklers tend to have a richer, more robust flavor than their blanc de blancs and blanc...

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Seeking a Bittersweet Affair: Red Wine Desires Complex Chocolates

Seeking a Bittersweet Affair: Red Wine Desires Complex Chocolates

By | February 4, 2016 at 2:10 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza It’s getting close to Valentine’s Day, so it’ll be up close and personal as we walk through the valley of romance with a nice bottle of wine and delicious chocolates for some passionate festivities. That sounds great, but, one must keep in mind that...

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Tasting Through the Top Wines of 2015

Tasting Through the Top Wines of 2015

By | January 28, 2016 at 1:01 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends; that is to say, every year wine publications of all sorts get to review, score, or rate the top wines of the past year—it’s never ending. Actually, if you’re a regular reader of this column, you saw...

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Rick’s Hot Lick Pick

Rick’s Hot Lick Pick

By | January 21, 2016 at 12:54 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Now that most of us are settling back into our comfort zones after those crazy holiday affairs, it’s time once again to think about and review what wines we simply went ga-ga over this past year. We all know of course that putting together a list of the...

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Star Wars: Attack of the Wine Clones!

Star Wars: Attack of the Wine Clones!

By | January 14, 2016 at 12:33 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza With the ever great and growing popularity of Pinot Noir, it seems that almost every pinot producer, not only in the Pacific states but around the world, is a “star” to be reckoned with, and, the competition to sell it all is on! In Burgundy, the...

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Sipping on a “Reel” Wine

Sipping on a “Reel” Wine

By | January 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm | No comments

By Rick Ri0zza Again, Palm Springs basks in the spotlight of its International Film Festival whose popularity and attendance puts it at one of the top three film fests in our nation.  Congratulations town! Many of you long-time CV Weekly readers, will remember that this...

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Italian Delights for Romantic Holiday Nights

Italian Delights for Romantic Holiday Nights

By | December 30, 2015 at 5:36 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza There’s nothing more romantic for a couple than a wonderful candlelit dinner in the company of some tasty Italian dishes and inviting Italian wine on the table. We’ve been doing it up with wine reviews for the full family holiday feasts, so let’s now...

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Ring in the New Year with Wine, Women & Song

Ring in the New Year with Wine, Women & Song

By | December 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza It’s about time that this column gets around to covering Winewomen psp! I often see Kathleen von Dehn at many of the valley’s wine dinners and events, and, I’m excited that I’ll be writing about her wonderful charitable organization. And the timing...

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Seeing Red at Christmas: Guigal Wines!

Seeing Red at Christmas: Guigal Wines!

By | December 17, 2015 at 1:15 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza At this time of the year, I’d like to express my appreciation for all the sympathy you readers have shown for all my work and effort to taste through a whole bunch of wine just to keep you current on what’s good—and even great—and what is available at a...

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COSTA CHRISTMAS PICKS At GO-DELI/DESERT WINE

COSTA CHRISTMAS PICKS At GO-DELI/DESERT WINE

By | December 10, 2015 at 4:20 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza One of the most respected and admired wine enthusiast in our valley is Costa Nichols.  He and his wife, the culinary maven Zola, are owners of the venerable Desert Wine and Spirits that is now located within the larger venue of GO-DELI MARKET, located at the...

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McBride Sisters have found it! Truvée Wines

McBride Sisters have found it! Truvée Wines

By | December 3, 2015 at 2:30 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Everyone loves a good story. We wine enthusiasts, when becoming aware of a fine wine chronicle, will readily and happily open up a bottle or two and share the tale with those of a kindred spirit. A few months ago while I was wine stewarding, a distributor...

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Prepping with Prosecco on Thanksgiving

Prepping with Prosecco on Thanksgiving

By | November 25, 2015 at 10:47 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza One of the great joys in the day’s Thanksgiving festivities is preparing for the afternoon or evening dinner where panoply of plates and platters array the holiday table.  Everyone can envision that immediately.  But that scene does not appear out of...

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Where’s all the fuss about Beaujolais Nouveau 2015?

Where’s all the fuss about Beaujolais Nouveau 2015?

By | November 18, 2015 at 11:58 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Well—there’s not much of it around town.  Where have all the Beaujolais Nouveau parties gone?—long time passing.  Although it was just last year that the Viceroy Hotel carried on their tradition of a horse drawn carriage hauling in a large wooden cask...

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Dan’s Thanksgiving Picks—and all that jazz!

Dan’s Thanksgiving Picks—and all that jazz!

By | November 12, 2015 at 3:53 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza At start of our celebratory season here in the valley, CV Weekly is happy to continue with the Thanksgiving tradition of presenting a couple of the desert’s venerable wine purveyors with their wonderful vino selections. Both Dan Sullivan of Dan’s Wine...

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Bandying Around with the Bordeaux Bros.

Bandying Around with the Bordeaux Bros.

By | November 5, 2015 at 2:09 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza It’s time to have some fun with Bordeaux wine. Once upon a time, Bordeaux was a fairly serious topic.  Major wine producing history kept it well respected and all business-like—sometimes, even wine-snobbery crept in (imagine that).  But things are a...

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Ciao! SO•PA—Isn’t it Romantic!

Ciao! SO•PA—Isn’t it Romantic!

By | October 29, 2015 at 3:15 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Sì! Simply sitting outdoors last evening with friends at the new SO•PA restaurant while the lit moon kept its slow rise above the dreamy sea of clouds, casually swayed us into an inviting mood of love. We’re talking about the love of fine dining while...

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Sammy’s Back in Town!—and so is Frank!

Sammy’s Back in Town!—and so is Frank!

By | October 22, 2015 at 1:32 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza  Let’s put an end to all these “Sammy” sightings we keep hearing about.   One of our valley’s venerable restaurateurs, professionally and affectionately known as Sammy G, is back living a dream:  “It’s been my dream of a lifetime to enjoy the...

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