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Longboard - Dakine Vineyard - Russian River - Syrah - 2005

A field blend from Dakine Vineyard. About 90% Syrah with some Carignane, Zinfandel, Granache. Petit Sirah & Malbec grown and fermented together. Dense, inky and silky tannins, roasted red plum, fall plum orchard, underbrush and cedar box. 18 months in French oak barrels, 270 cases produced. - J.M.

price: $45.00
drink: 2009 through 2011


Portland’s Barbur World Foods

By: Laura Sabo  Walk into Barbur World Foods in SW Portland and you’ll feel like you found the Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s culinary global wonderland.

Barbur World Foods was built in 1936 to serve as a small Piggly Wiggly store in Portland. John Attar is the third owner, purchasing the store in 2004. He also owns Ya Hala Restaurant in Portland, as well as International Food Supply grocery store next to Ya Hala. Attar wanted his store to be one of a kind and key to his concept was offering affordable foods from around the world. read more 


Nancy Silverton & Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza

By: JAS  On a recent LA swing I had a chance to stop by Pizzeria Mozza. I did have to battle my way in the front door and weave my way through to a seat at the pizza bar, but I was into the buzz around me from the get go. Mozza was founded in 2007 by the superstar culinary trio of Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich…and we have a winner! read more


Summer selections from the "winey brit"

By: John Michael for OTV Too often single varietal US interpretations of white Rhone grapes are one dimensional and unbalanced, leading one to wonder why, when Marsanne, Rousanne and Grenache Blanc, et al. are invariably blended in Europe, must we insist on trying to have them stand alone here on foreign soil. The answer is given in the rare occasion such as this, where a single varietal not only makes a balanced wine but one of complexity and interest.

Curran, Grenache Blanc, Santa Ynez 2007

An expressive fruit-driven nose that makes one feel as though they have walked into a pastry shop or grandma’s kitchen. Essence of poached pears, apple crumble, lemon meringue and key lime pies enhanced by subtle hints of vanilla and warm spices. A round creamy mouth feel that finishes cleanly and keeps you coming back for more. Owner/Winemaker Kris Curran (Sea Smoke, Cambria) has crafted a relatively rare wine here in the United States, with fewer than 100 acres planted nationwide. Should be great with steamed shellfish.

drink now-2010
availible at: wine.com 

Mahoney Vineyards, Riesling, Carneros 2007

A bone dry, light mineral-driven entry not bereft of fruit, spice or intrigue. Clean, green fruit with hints of rhubarb, lime marmalade and greengage, followed by a steely/chalky minerality and a slightly savory mouth feel and watery finish. Best as an accompaniment for chacuterie/anti pasti, served cold on a hot day.

price: $18.00
drink now-2010


A Donkey & Goat Mourvédre “The Prospector” 2007

John Michael for OTV  A big fruity blockbuster of a wine. Huge blueberry cobbler and raspberry jam aromas flow from the nose to the palate, creating a full rich and juicy tasting experience that can only be described as yummy! Only 59 cases produced—now sold out.

price: $25.00
drink: now through 2010


Alpha Omega Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 - Napa Valley

Wonderfully expressive and balanced. Aromas of white flowers and tropical fruit along with a touch of vanilla bean. Flavors of citrus, pear and peach. A subtle core of minerality that hints of wet river rock or granite. A nice finish with more citrus and a bit of Pippin apple. 973 case production.

price: $34.00
drink: 2009 through 2010

Watch a short video tour of the Alpha Omega Tasting Room -click here


The 6th Annual "Golden Glass" - San Francisco

 OTV attended the 6th annual Golden Glass tasting event at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The largest fundraiser of the year for the San Francisco chapter of Slow Food, this tasting always seems a bit under the radar, yet offers a great chance to sample over 100 international wines made in a sustainable, organic or biodynamic way. Wines from Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, New Zealand and, for the first time California, were complemented by an outstanding array of food prepared by some of the city’s top restaurants and food artisans.

La Mar - “wow” a 10!Great small plate dishes from La Mar, A16, Cortez, and Poggio, along with wood oven-fired pizza from Delfina Pizzeria, stood out.

The winners of the Golden Glass wine competition included two vintners from California whom we love—Pey-Marin Vineyards for their 2008 Shell Mound Riesling (dry), and Bonny Doon Vineyards for a Moscato. A special OTV shout-out to Alicats for two interesting Syrahs.

Slow Food’s San Francisco Founder Lorenzo Scarpone was presented with an award from Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office to proclaim June 21st as “Golden Glass Day” in San Francisco. This was well deserved recognition for Lorenzo for his many years of dedication and work involved in putting together this event.

If you have never been to Golden Glass, put in down in your calender for next year.

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