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Vintelligence -- The Digital Sommelier
Vintelligence -- The Digital Sommelier

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Peter O'Brien of Great Engineering
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Dry Creek Vineyard
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Jacob's Creek Heritage Wines
Adega Coop. de Borba, Portugal
St. Francis Winery & Vineyard
Senoj Estates Syrah 2007
Macari Sette and Merlot
Persimmon Creek Vineyards
Ravenswood Vineyard Designate Wines
Jackson Estate, Marlborough
Louis Royer Cognac
Big House Wines
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
Robert Mondavi Private Selection
Chamisal Vineyards Edna Valley
Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Wines
Monterey River Road Wine Trail
Zaca Mesa Syrah and Viognier
Shingleback Wines McLaren Vale
Pulchrum Crespiello 2003
Bodega Septima Mendoza Argentina
Bodegas Chozas Carrascal Utiel-Requena
Tudernum Riesling Frizzante 2007
Maurigi Tenuta di Budonetto, Sicilia
Woodbridge Moscato 2008
Paumanok Vineyards Long Island
Macari Vineyards Long Island
Marc Roy Gevrey-Chambertin 2007
Bodegas David Moreno Rioja
Viña Cimbrón Verdejo Rueda 2008
A New Way to Get Wine on Your Shirt
Helfrich Alsace Wines
Château d'Aussières Corbières
Mercer Estates Washington State Wines
Flip 'N Drink iPhone Cocktail App
Gallo Family Vineyards Sonoma Wines
Bonterra Mendocino Reds
Tomintoul Distillery, Speyside, Scotland
Galil Mountain Winery, Upper Galilee
Yarden/Golan Heights Winery
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Margalit Winery, Ceasarea, Israel
Domaine du Castel: Judean Hills
Terre D'Uva Primitivo Di Manduria 2006
Scala Dei Prior Priorat 2003
Carmel Road in Monterey
Domaine Castell-Reynoard Bandol 2005
Cascina Ca'Rossa Langhe Nebbiolo 2006
Amavinum Murfatlar Pinot Noir 2005
Zenato Pinot Grigio delle Venezia 2007
Caves Martin Zahn Gewurztraminer 2006
Albert Mann Gewurztraminer 2006
Ehrhart Pinot Gris Im Berg 2006
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Da Vinci Chianti DOCG 2006
Kendall-Jackson's Wise Wine Watchers
Dancing Bull California Wines
Maso Canali Pinot Grigio 2007
A Quartet of French Wines
Zaca Mesa Wines
Sebeka South African Wines
Mirassou California Wines
Dancing Lady Zinfandel 2005
Volute Single Serve Wines
Jekel Does Monterey Proud
Bridlewood Estate Winery
Meandro do Vale Meío Douro 2005
Bedell Cellars First Crush 2007
Movia ExTo Tocai Friulano 2006
MacMurray Pinot Gris 2007
Miraval Côtes de Provence 2004
Cru Vin Dogs Wines
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MacMurray Pinot Gris 2006
Vinosia Taurasi 2002
Zlatan Plavac Grand Cru 2004
Tamada Saperavi 2003
Vlado Estate Dancing Man 2003
McWilliam's Hanwood Cabernet 2006
Gallo Family Reserve Merlot 2005
Kir-Yianni Petra Florina TO 2005
Vatistas Red Monemvasia 2001
Castillo Viejo CataMayor Tannat 2005
Gentilini Robola of Cephalonia 2006
McWilliam's Hanwood Shiraz 2006
Frei Alexander Valley Cabernet 2005
Gallo Family Reserve Chardonnay 2006
Peique Mencèa Bierzo 2006
Keo Heritage Maratheftiko 2001
McWilliam's Hanwood Riesling 2006
Tre Donne Barbera d'Alba 2003
Domaine Karydas Naoussa 2003
Gallo Family Estate Cabernet 2003
Albert Mann Pinot Blanc 2006
Naia Rueda Las Brisas 2006
McWilliam's Hanwood Merlot 2006
Gesellmann Blaufränkisch 2003
Gallo Sonoma Reserve Cabernet 2005
Attilio Ghisolfi Pinay Langhe 2005
Bridlewood Reserve Viognier 2006
Vesevo Greco di Tufo 2005
Jaeger-Defaix Rully Rabourcè 2005
Martèn Codax Albariño 2006
Zabaco Toreador Zinfandel 2005
Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2006
Règis Minet Pouilly Fumè 2005
Domaine du Gros' Norè Bandol 2000
Louis Martini Lot 1 Cabernet 2003

Wine Tasting Archive

Elliot's Tour of Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy:

Ruche vines shrouded in fog
Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato

bottles aging in Massimo Marengo cellar
Azienda Agricola Massimo Marengo

winemaker Dante Garrone
Azienda Agricola Garrone Evasio & Figlio

Luca Ferraris
Luca Ferraris Agricola

Marco Crivelli
Azienda Agricola Marco Crivelli

Tenuta Montemagno Azienda Agricola
Tenuta Montemagno Azienda Agricola

Wines of Poggio Ridente
Poggio Ridente Azienda Agricola Biologica

Goggiano bottling line
Goggiano Vini Classici Piemontesi

barrel toasting room at the Gamba Cooperage
Gamba Cooperage in Castell'Alfero

Old wine press at the Razzano museum
Castello di Razzano Winery and Museum

Bersano cellars
Bersano Vini Nizza Monferrato Italy

Barbera Wine
Barbera, Versatile Italian Wine Grape

bunch of Grignolino grapes
Grignolino: Native Grape of Monferrato


food writer Elliot Essman James Beard Foundation Journalism Award
James Beard Award Nominee Elliot Essman

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Elliot Essman's book Use Wine to Make Sense of the World is a civilized romp through the limitless world of wine, written with a true sense of whimsy and fun. The book takes an ambitious interdisciplinary look at how we can use wine to dig deep into the experience of life, love, the senses, our bodies, our thought processes, and more.

The European connection to Mexican Beer. Elliot's article was nominated for the James Beard Journalism Award in the beer, wine, and spirits category.

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Sonoma Is Sonoma

Day at the Ballpark with Alsace Wines

France Food and Wine Journal

Wines of Chile New York Grand Tasting

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene

Pinot Perfection, Monterey County

2008 Syrah Symposium

Is Bolla the Official Wine of Pizza?

Roman Bratasiuk: Winemaker

Desert Island Wine: Book

The Sound of Wine: Music

Wine Cork Exercise Magic: True Innovation

Wine Language: Grapes, Vines and Vineyards.

Ratchet up your Wine Knowledge.

Expand your horizons with Wine Cocktails.

An ideal tasting tool: the Wine Aroma Wheel.

Wine Language: How Sweet It Is.

The fascinating Story of Rum.
Wine Language: The Many Degrees of Fizz.

Pepys Page: Contributing Editor Samuel Pepys, Esq. (1633-1703) never fails to edify.

Wine Books: A few of the best.

Books on Beer and Spirits.

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“It is a great honor for us to have been reviewed on stylegourmet.com. We are a small family winery growing vines with passion since 1890, the brand Tre Donne and the modern dress of our bottles was born in 1985 when my sisters and I decided to continue an ancient oenological tradition. It's thanks to people like you that our brand is becoming so well known in the USA!”
Rosanna Lequio, Tre Donne, Neive, Piemonte, Italy

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Mike Lindquist, Bern's Steak House in Tampa, Florida

“Je vous remercie enfin d'avoir fait remarquer qu'un Ventoux pouvait sans complexe se comparerê un Gigondas ou un Châteauneuf-du-pape : c'est notre ferme conviction mais nous avons besoin de prescripteurs comme vous pour nous dèfendre!”
Frèdèric Chaudière, Château Pesquiè, Mormoiron France

“La familia Esteban propietaria de Bodegas y viñedos Valderiz y su enologo Isaac Fernandez, le damos las gracias por ese reconocimiento público de nuestro trabaja y entusiasmo a la hora de trabajar nuestras viñas. Son reconomicimiento asè lo que nos hace cada dèa intentar hacer las cosas mejor, por eso mismo le hacemos participe de nuestros futuros exitos.”
La familia Esteban, Ribera del Duero, Spain

“Thank you for your honest and spot on review of what we do and how we approach things. It is only a chef that can pick up the straight forwardness and the simplicity but also the complexity of the wine like the Original Chenin Blanc. I really enjoyed reading your review and I sincerely hope that we can meet eye to eye in the near future.”
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