New iPad App Launched | Know the Savvy Sommelier

Late last year my husband and Savvy Cellar co-owner was approached by the Innovations Games Company.  They wanted to build a working prototype of what they envisioned as a “white-label, celebrity contest app” based on what they had learned from their Knowsy Knows iPad app.  Problem was they didn’t know any celebrities.  So they asked if I was interested in lending my persona and expertise.

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The Making of a Wine Bar Menu

Customers often have questions about how and why we select the wines we do at Savvy Cellar Wine Bar & Wine Shop in Mountain View, CA.  Many envision the life of a wine merchant as very exotic, full of traveling the world, visiting vineyards, chatting with winemakers and deciding which wines to showcase in the wine bar and wine shop based purely on one’s own personal palate.  Well, not to burst anyone’s bubble . . . but it doesn’t work like that.

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Best Organic Wines of 2010

Well, the clock may have struck a New Year but I have some business in closing out 2010.  It is an exciting time for the green movement, environmental consciousness and one filled with some hope for charting a more sustainable path forward amidst very challenging economic times.  Given this I wanted to give mad props to the wines and wineries that recently were voted as the best organic wines of 2010 by the readers and fans of Organic Wine Review.

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Organic Winery of the Year

Organic Wine Review continues to roll out its Organic Wines of the Year Awards.  Week one was “Best Value” Organic Wine of the Year.  Week two was Organic White Wine of the Year. Week three was Organic Red Wine of the Year.  Week four was Organic Wine of the Year.  This week the awards reach their conclusion with the opening of the poll for the prestigious Organic Winery of the Year.

Finalists for Organic Wine of the Year had to have submitted at least three wines to be reviewed and at least two of those wines were rated 90 points or higher.  (For more information about Organic Wine Review’s rating scale, click here).  Unlike the other categories which had more international representation, all the finalists for Organic Winery of the Year come from North America:  three from California (two from Mendocino and one from Napa), one from Oregon and one from Canada.  Interestingly all of the wineries are family-run with a couple of them being run by a 2nd generation.

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My Newfound Love: Composting

I grew up the child of self-reliant parents who were raised in small town Oregon.  Environmental consciousness and ecology was not much of a passing thought in my households.  It’s taken some time but recently this has definitely changed with a notable milestone.  I now live in a household that composts.

My husband was a much more active environmentalist, having grown up in the birthplace of Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd Society and Western Canadian Wilderness Committee and being a more recent member of the Sierra Club.  Like many kids these days, ours are far more aware of reducing, reusing and recycling.  They always remind me to bring reusable bags to the grocery store – for a while their favorite show on TV was “Garbage Moguls!”

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Organic Wine of the Year

Organic Wine Review continues to roll out its Organic Wines of the Year Awards.  Week one was “Best Value” Organic Wine of the Year.  Week two was Organic White Wine of the Year. Week three was Organic Red Wine of the Year.  This week the awards approach their apex with the opening of much ballyhooed poll for Organic Wine of the Year.

Finalists for Organic Wine of the Year were rated as the finest examples of organic wines that Organic Wine Review assessed this year.  All have received ratings of 92 points or higher.  This is a wonderfully diverse category both varietally and geographically: a Chianti Classico Riserva, Cabernet Franc from Mendocino, Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Oregon and a Pinot Noir Icewine from Canada.  Be sure to vote for your favorite.

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Champagne for My Real Friends

“Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends.” Tom Waits

As I prepare my material for “All About Bubbles: Champagne & More” wine class I will teach on Monday December 13th at Savvy Cellar, I started to reflect on why I love Champagne and Sparkling Wine so much.

 

Part of my love is based on how Champagne embodies celebration; although I love also how it brings pizzaz to mundane days of the week and simple foods.  My husband and I are known to have snuck a bottle of bubbles into a movie theater or two.  Popcorn & bubbles anyone?

 

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