Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I received this notification yesterday regarding a new wine search engine that I've had an opportunity to try out and wanted to share with everyone. A great search engine to find the best price on wine that also has a review component were users can post their own reviews of an individual wine. Check it out if you get a chance. I've included their press release that describes their site in detail. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November. 6, 2007 --, a San Francisco based wine portal, today unveils a free wine search engine enabling users to search for wines at over 3,300 U.S. wineries and retailers. Vinquire inventories over 500,000 wines and offers users the ability to find virtually any wine at competitive prices.

Unlike other wine search engines, Vinquire displays all wine search results available every time, regardless of site sponsorships. In addition, the search engine is constantly updated with fresh wine inventory data via Vinquire's proprietary web crawling technology. And, much like Google™ search, users can employ advanced requests to fine tune results.

Vinquire also offers social networking features enabling users to submit wine reviews, participate in forum discussions, and receive wine recommendations that are based entirely on other users' reviews. Additionally, the site is able to deliver customizable wine recommendations which can be optionally limited to wines available at chain stores such as BevMo, Albertsons, and Trader Joe's.

Vinquire is the first wine site that merges both a powerful wine pricing search engine with community-centric features. This enables Vinquire to not only deliver recommendations based on user-reviewed wines, but also help users find those bottles at the best prices. Based in San Francisco, CA, John Kleven and Andy Hund founded Vinquire in late 2005 and the site officially launched in 2007.


Wednesday, November 7, 2007
very special day today and unfortunately I'm out of town for it. #1 will know what I'm talking about. Today's reviewed wine, the 2006 Standing Stone Vineyards Riesling, is from a region that, quite honestly, I knew nothing about when I had the opportunity to try this wine. Man have I been missing out. Not only on wines from this region, the Finger Lakes Region of New York, but this grape as well. #1 and I popped the cork on this one recently and poured a couple of glasses for tasting and enjoyment. Not expecting much I was shocked how good this was! An off-dry Riesling, this one had a very "clean, mineral" nose, which both of us normally like. On the tongue we noted peaches and pears and more of the clean, mineral taste that was picked up on the nose. A nice finish based on excellent acidity and balance. Don't let the off-dry comment scare you off as this is far from a typical "dry" wine and is loaded with flavor. This one retails for about $13.99 at the vineyard so look for it around that price. We gave it 4 Corkscrews based on excellent taste and affordability. If you like good, clean tasting wine, overflowing with flavor, pick up a bottle of this as you won't be disappointed. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Standing Stone Riesling!


Sunday, November 4, 2007
Hi there fellow wine lovers. Not a lot of time these days to write about wine so I'm saving posts for unique wines that I'm able to find and I'll be posting about travel and wine a little more as well. Also, be on the look out for my series of reviews of Riesling from the Finger Lakes Region of New York. I've been trying several bottles from that region and will be posting reviews of those in the coming days. I haven't covered Riesling in the past as I was never that crazy about it but I've come to appreciate it and, in fact, really liked the ones from the Finger Lakes. But you'll see those reviews soon enough.
Today's reviewed wine is The Big Red Monster bottled by Bennett Family Vineyards in Rutherford, California. A full-bodied, red blend with a great label was what greeted me when I had a chance to try this one. My fondness for old movie posters had me very interested in opening this and soon after I received it I was pouring my first glass. Lots of cherry on the nose with blackberry and currant picked up on the tongue. Just the right amount of spice, maybe a little nutmeg, with a long, ultra-smooth finish made this a great little bottle of wine. At a suggested retail price of $9.99 a bottle this one is a steal! I gave this one 4 Corkscrews and would have given it 4 1/2 Corkscrews if I had a 1/2 Corkscrew icon to use. Highly recommended by this wine lover! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink The Big Red Monster!