McBride Sisters have found it! Truvée Wines

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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 came in the market and asked me if I had …

Prepping with Prosecco on Thanksgiving

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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 nowhere unless the entire thing was just delivered from a professional catering firm, or, in the …

Where’s all the fuss about Beaujolais Nouveau 2015?

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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 of the young purple wine straight from Burgundy France via LAX from Charles DeGaulle; and, …

Dan’s Thanksgiving Picks—and all that jazz!

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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 Shop in Palm Desert and, Costa Nichols’ Desert Wine & Spirits in Palm Springs, each take …

Bandying Around with the Bordeaux Bros.

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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 little more balanced, now that our wine community continues to enjoy a younger crowd. And, once upon …

Ciao! SO•PA—Isn’t it Romantic!

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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 comfortably ensconsed in a brilliant design setting that reeks of Palm Springs …

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

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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 most intimate of dining—it’s what I do, it’s my place.”  Indeed, it is.  His new restaurant …

Gems—the Art of Chilling Wine

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By Rick Riozza As avid participants in the world wide game of wine, we vino lovers continue to be enlightened and entertained when the arts come to town.  The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity and we desert dwellers are fast to embrace the talents of those captivating us across the stretched canvas of wine. Like kids …

Our Autumn Wine Outlook

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By Rick Riozza Just as most desert dwellers predict, come the first week in October, the luxury of resort weather opulence opens our senses to a new season of living well. Cheers to that comment!—and away we go into our fanciful world of wine exploration and enjoyment. Already the extreme wine enthusiasts among us are calendaring when and where their …

Zinfully Delicious Salsa From Ravenswood Winery

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By Rick Riozza It wasn’t that long ago when the wine world found a comfortable divide between themselves and spicy cuisine.  It was always a nice cold beer that we enjoyed with the hot and fiery food of Mexico, the Caribbean, and countries of Southeast Asia.  Indeed, restaurants featuring such a menu rarely had a bottle or glass of wine …

Total Wine & More’s Greatest Hits

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By Rick Riozza Ever since Total Wine & More opened its Palm Desert store on Hwy 111 in June of 2013, this Vino Voice column has continued to cover the goings-on there. Actually one cannot help from talking about it because you can’t escape the place! It’s on every horizon in the desert—I’m looking at the mountains right now and …

Italians Win at the U.S. Open!

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By Rick Riozza You know—as your multitasking wine, food & tennis columnist here at CV Weekly, there was no way we’d pass-up commenting on the all-Italian 2015 U.S. Open Women’s Championship held this past weekend, and of course while we’re at it, enjoying some tasty Italian wine. Not only tennis fans, but sports fans around the country were primed to …

The New Wave of Portugal Wines

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By Rick Riozza Interesting stuff!—for the new wine enthusiasts around town, trying wines from Spain, Portugal, Greece, and other international wine destinations seem pretty easy to imagine.  But for many of the seasoned vino lovers who just relish their California, Bordeaux, and Burgundy appetites, wine from outside the usual comfort zone, just doesn’t seem to play on their radar. It’s …

Busting Out the Beer & Brats

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By Rick Riozza As is traditionally done in this wine column, we salute a fun summer of suds by clearing off the wine bar, grabbing a bucket of ice and plunking down a few bottles of lagers, ales, and IPAs.  If we still have the energy, we scrounge around the freezer for beer mugs, check the pantry for pretzels and …

Chef Delmond’s Summer Fling at Pinzimini

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By Rick Riozza So what does an international master chef do for his patrons during the slow hot summertime here in the desert?  Well certainly he doesn’t forget his south of France gastronomic up-bringing as he delights with a trio of wine-pairing dinners that have been accentuating the flirty side of creative cuisine.  The third and final wine pairing dinner …

Wine Fun in the Sun

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By Rick Riozza During these long summer months, I know most of us try to get out of Dodge when we can—some for spurts, some take the summer off.  For those here today and almost exasperated due to the mean heat, we’ve got some pleasant wine news to speak of. But first:  While settling down to read the Health Section …

Tinto’s Tapas still a Splash!

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By Rick Riozza Most of our valley’s foodie community by now has heard of, if not indeed enjoyed the fabulous wine & tapas cuisine of Tinto at the fashionable Saguaro Hotel (which recently hosted Splash House) on East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.  A couple of years ago, I went absolutely ga-ga over the night’s culinary dining experience so …

No Longer In The Dark with Dark Horse Wine

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By Rick Riozza I know I’m a little behind the wine times with this article on Dark Horse Wine. I’ve heard that maybe a year or so ago Trader Joe’s Market was an exclusive seller of the stuff—but come to think of it, I haven’t been to Trader Joe’s in over a year! And I know they’ve always had such …

La (Wine) Tour De France

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  By Rick Riozza C’mon guys and girls—Did you really think we’d get through the month of July without commenting on the most famous extreme bicycle race—La course cyclist—around the country of coq-au-vin and wine?  Of course not, thank you—Vous-êtes tres doux! Hopefully, you wine & cyclist enthusiasts caught a few if not many of the 21 stages of races …

Tom Gore: The Most Fortunate Grape Farmer

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By Rick Riozza Tom Gore’s new website begins with a simple but thoughtful introduction: “Some kids grow up wanting to be an astronaut or a firefighter. I knew since I was three I wanted to be a grape farmer. When you’re a grape farmer, you learn that no two days are the same. And no two vineyards are the same …

Kim Crawford’s Cooling Quaffs for Summer

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By Rick Riozza Here in the desert, hitting the mid-July point probably means we have easily another three months or so of hot weather. We wine columnists have tried to do our best by working the white wine trail by raising awareness of the world’s most refreshing quaffs that have included Chablis, Sancerre, Soave, the irrepressible Prosecco, and many others …

Wimbledon Serves It Up At The London Wine Bars

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By Rick Riozza Wake Up! Get out of bed…drag a comb across my head. Greetings again sports fans! As I mentioned in my recent wine article: Wondrous Wine at Wimbledon, I may not know my way around the new and up-coming wineries in England, but we’re quickly making the rounds of some established and new wine bars, only minutes away …

The Red, White & Blue Blooded Wines of America

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By Rick Riozza Gearing up for the Fourth of July celebration, for many years, was settling on the right brewski (American vs. European?) and then making sure we had plenty of it chilled up! However, with wine’s increased popularity, the beverage competition continues to play out with vino lovers across the nation: What’s the best American wine that beats the …

Wondrous Wine at Wimbledon

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By Rick Riozza For so many years, this tennis playing enthusiast and his family have watched the Wimbledon Championships while simply lounging around the house enjoying our own Breakfast at Wimbledon (usually featuring spicy chorizo mixed with fried potatoes and runny eggs on top, along with shots of Tequila & lime or Bloody Marys), and, of course, for dessert, the …

Father’s Day Fun at the Wineshop

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By Rick Riozza I readily admit to be very fortunate to have four generations living in the same residential community here in Rancho Mirage. My dad lives a minute away—we have a “license” to cut through our neighbor’s property to assist, visit, and dine at our leisure.  Most of you often read about my son Paolo’s food & wine antics …

The Pleasing Promise of Prosecco in Summer

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By Rick Riozza A lot of the world’s sparkling wines are Champagne wannabes. But that’s not the case when it comes to Prosecco. Traditionally Prosecco was made as a soft, somewhat sweet wine with just a little fizz, but today’s Proseccos are dry and very bubbly. Produced primarily from the Glera grape, in the Veneto region of Italy, around the …

The Smooth Suave Soave of Summer

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By Rick Riozza As the wine world is fast becoming aware, the popular Italian white wine, Soave [ Swah-Vay] will no doubt be making an appearance on your patio table soon. Those of you who have visited Venice certainly fell in love with soft but crisp Soave that always found its way on lunch tables. It is one of the …

Lovely Loire Wines at the French Open

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By Rick Riozza Alors! The 2015 French Open Tennis Tournament, one of the world’s four Grand Slam tennis championship events, is now underway at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. It’s the only Grand Slam event played on a clay surface—which is the slowest tennis surface and thus makes for the most physically demanding matches. And for the last couple of …

The Wine Road to Roland Garros (Partie Deux)

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By Rick Riozza In our last article, we arrived in Paris a couple of weeks early to commence a fun wine tasting tour to famed wine destinations only hours outside of the City of Lights. There’s no better warm-up for us wine tennis fans before settling in to watch and experience the 2015 French Open at Stade Roland Garros—which begins …

The Wine Road to Roland Garros

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By Rick Riozza Allons-y! C’mon—let’s get going! And get ready for pure athleticism and emotion on clay! True to my calling as your wine, food & tennis columnist, we are on our way to the French Open tennis tournament that takes place in the city of Paris at Roland Garros Stadium beginning on May 24th. The two week French Open …

Spoiling Mom with Wine

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By Rick Riozza It’s not that I’ve been a bad son; it’s just that I’ve never written particularly on a Mother’s Day wine. So no question here but we’re going to spoil her with a delightful bottle or two, half a case or a case of 12.  And in vino parlance, that means we know we can spend a bundle …

Suave & Brassy Sauv Blanc

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By Rick Riozza The hot weather strikes fast in our desert wine community, so the time is nigh to grab some tasty and revitalizing Sauvignon Blanc.   And while you’re reaching for a bottle of that tingling wine, does the title of this article qualify as a tongue-twister?—say it fast 5 times for the answer. But no one is focusing on …

Antinori’s Renaissance at Pinzimini Wine Dinner

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By Rick Riozza Well—there’s no better way to enjoy a grand finale than to showcase one of the most famous and greatest wineries in the world.  The family-owned 26 generation Italian wine company, Marchesi Antinori, will provide a stellar portfolio of world class wine to Master & Executive Chef Joel Delmond’s Abbondanza! Six Course scrumptious food pairing in Pinzimini’s final …

The Scintillating Wines of Sicily

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By Rick Riozza So I see a telephone call coming in from my Mom on a late Sunday evening.  Sure we talk often, but always during the day.  I never get a call from her that late—on a Sunday to boot.  I wince and sort of brace myself for maybe some not-so-good news. I answer the phone.  “Hi Mom!—everything all …

Wines that Rock! @ Debbbie Lee’s Classic Creations

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By Rick Riozza So what happens when the unstoppable force of a wine steward who heads a thousand labels meets up with the immovable presence of a wine gal who carries the best rock n’ roll array of wines around town? Well—I guess physics aside, they both exist in a loving wine world.  And so it is that the lovely …