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Gems—the Art of Chilling Wine

Gems—the Art of Chilling Wine

By | October 15, 2015 at 5:07 am | No comments

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...

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Our Autumn Wine Outlook

Our Autumn Wine Outlook

By | October 8, 2015 at 1:53 am | No comments

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...

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Zinfully Delicious Salsa From Ravenswood Winery

Zinfully Delicious Salsa From Ravenswood Winery

By | October 1, 2015 at 12:59 am | No comments

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,...

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Total Wine & More’s Greatest Hits

Total Wine & More’s Greatest Hits

By | September 24, 2015 at 10:28 am | No comments

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...

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Italians Win at the U.S. Open!

Italians Win at the U.S. Open!

By | September 17, 2015 at 12:14 am | No comments

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...

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The New Wave of Portugal Wines

The New Wave of Portugal Wines

By | September 9, 2015 at 11:25 pm | No comments

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,...

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Busting Out the Beer & Brats

Busting Out the Beer & Brats

By | September 3, 2015 at 3:12 am | No comments

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...

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Chef Delmond’s Summer Fling at Pinzimini

Chef Delmond’s Summer Fling at Pinzimini

By | August 26, 2015 at 11:58 pm | No comments

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...

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Wine Fun in the Sun

Wine Fun in the Sun

By | August 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm | No comments

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...

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Tinto’s Tapas still a Splash!

Tinto’s Tapas still a Splash!

By | August 13, 2015 at 3:04 am | No comments

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...

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No Longer In The Dark with Dark Horse Wine

No Longer In The Dark with Dark Horse Wine

By | August 5, 2015 at 8:16 pm | No comments

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!...

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La (Wine) Tour De France

La (Wine) Tour De France

By | July 30, 2015 at 12:38 am | No comments

  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...

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Tom Gore: The Most Fortunate Grape Farmer

Tom Gore: The Most Fortunate Grape Farmer

By | July 22, 2015 at 8:51 pm | No comments

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...

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Kim Crawford’s Cooling Quaffs for Summer

Kim Crawford’s Cooling Quaffs for Summer

By | July 16, 2015 at 1:00 am | No comments

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...

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Wimbledon Serves It Up At The London Wine Bars

Wimbledon Serves It Up At The London Wine Bars

By | July 9, 2015 at 1:28 am | No comments

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...

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The Red, White & Blue Blooded Wines of America

The Red, White & Blue Blooded Wines of America

By | July 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm | No comments

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...

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Wondrous Wine at Wimbledon

Wondrous Wine at Wimbledon

By | June 25, 2015 at 3:17 am | No comments

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...

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Father’s Day Fun at the Wineshop

Father’s Day Fun at the Wineshop

By | June 18, 2015 at 2:15 am | No comments

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...

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The Pleasing Promise of Prosecco in Summer

The Pleasing Promise of Prosecco in Summer

By | June 11, 2015 at 2:46 am | No comments

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....

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The Smooth Suave Soave of Summer

The Smooth Suave Soave of Summer

By | June 4, 2015 at 1:05 am | No comments

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...

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Lovely Loire Wines at the French Open

Lovely Loire Wines at the French Open

By | May 27, 2015 at 7:47 pm | No comments

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...

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The Wine Road to Roland Garros (Partie Deux)

The Wine Road to Roland Garros (Partie Deux)

By | May 21, 2015 at 2:02 am | No comments

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...

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The Wine Road to Roland Garros

The Wine Road to Roland Garros

By | May 14, 2015 at 12:23 am | No comments

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...

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Spoiling Mom with Wine

Spoiling Mom with Wine

By | May 7, 2015 at 2:55 am | No comments

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...

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Suave & Brassy Sauv Blanc

Suave & Brassy Sauv Blanc

By | April 30, 2015 at 10:20 am | No comments

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...

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Antinori’s Renaissance at Pinzimini Wine Dinner

Antinori’s Renaissance at Pinzimini Wine Dinner

By | April 23, 2015 at 12:35 am | No comments

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...

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The Scintillating Wines of Sicily

The Scintillating Wines of Sicily

By | April 15, 2015 at 11:44 pm | No comments

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...

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Wines that Rock! @ Debbbie Lee’s Classic Creations

Wines that Rock! @ Debbbie Lee’s Classic Creations

By | April 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm | No comments

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...

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Not Your Usual Arsenic and Old Lace

Not Your Usual Arsenic and Old Lace

By | April 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Some of us wine lovers out there have a worn out T-shirt lying around that says “Life’s too short to drink cheap wine”.  Well—it seems that’s just what four plaintiffs are claiming in a lawsuit filed last week in California against 28 notable wine...

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My Accidental & Casual Lunch with Mike Grgich

My Accidental & Casual Lunch with Mike Grgich

By | March 26, 2015 at 1:33 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Perhaps everyone in the wine world knows of Miljenko “Mike” Grgich.  The long time Napa Valley winemaker and part time La Quinta resident was the “hero” of the Judgment of Paris in 1976—where Mike’s California Chardonnay was deemed the “finest...

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Game, Set & Match Tennis with Wine!

Game, Set & Match Tennis with Wine!

By | March 19, 2015 at 1:54 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Hey sports fans! Let’s give a cheer! How fun is it to live in the Coachella Valley and be at center court to all the pleasurable and exciting events around us. Pretty much everyone here knows about the BNP Paripas Open annually held at the Tennis Gardens...

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Music, Food & Wine Shine in the Desert

Music, Food & Wine Shine in the Desert

By | March 12, 2015 at 2:25 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza As we are all experiencing—right in the middle of tourist season here—music and food & wine events are simply blasting their way through our fair valley. And in our haste to heed, eat and drink the best we can, we can kinda miss taking the time to...

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Pulling Corks, Sniffing Caps—A fun time for all!

Pulling Corks, Sniffing Caps—A fun time for all!

By | March 5, 2015 at 2:45 am | No comments

By Rick Riozza Certainly, this was the scene somewhere at some time: You’ve got a great bottle of wine—even quite valuable—that’s been waiting to be enjoyed. And one of your favorite dinners is being advertised, prepared and served over at a new restaurant in town....

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Finally—SAVED by Wine & Tattoos

Finally—SAVED by Wine & Tattoos

By | February 26, 2015 at 1:22 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Wine has always been in a world of collaboration. Simple enough as when God provided the hardware and prompted man to tinker around, wine is a great example of teamwork, relationship, and alliance that provides joy to the world. And besides a blending of...

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The Best of Italia at Pinzimini Wine Dinners

The Best of Italia at Pinzimini Wine Dinners

By | February 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm | No comments

By Rick Riozza Ciao! Tutti!! Hey Eveyone! I’ve got great news for wine lovers in our valley. Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa announces the new wine dinner series, "Le Serate di Vino," meaning “Evenings of Wine”, to be held at the resort’s beautiful...

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