Author Archives: Bruce A.

About Bruce A.

Certified Specialist of Wine Certified Specialist of Spirits

Milbrandt Vineyards – Affordable Wines Done Well

Last year, I was able to taste through Milbrandt Vineyard’s portfolio of wines, and quickly became a fan of their straight-forward, well made and affordable selections. Today I was able to taste through their new vintages, this time accompanied by … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Australian Wine With Negotiants USA

The Australian wine industry has been in trouble for some time now. Since 2005, exports to the United States have steadily dropped, and on store-shelves where Shiraz used to sit, now Malbec is stocked in its place. There are many … Continue reading

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Zinfandel: California’s Grape – An Upcoming Tasting at Gambardella’s!

 For most of us, when we think of Zinfandel, we think of California, and rightly so – California has more Zinfandel under vine than the rest of the world combined.  However, it may surprise you to learn that at one … Continue reading

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Upcoming Tastings: A Taste of a Historic Napa Valley Winery and and The Wine of South America

A Taste of a Historic Napa Valley Winery with host Riana Mondavi In 1861, Charles Krug established the first winery in Napa Valley. Since purchasing the winery in 1943, the Peter Mondavi Sr. Family has preserved its traditions and historic … Continue reading

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Upcoming Tasting: Piedmont and More

This week at Gambardella’s we’ll be exploring some of Piedmont’s most famous wines, as well as a selection of more esoteric Italian offerings. Piedmont is one of my favorite Italian wine regions, second only to Tuscany. While Piedmont isn’t as … Continue reading

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Upcoming Tasting: Wine Tasting 101

This week at Gambardella’s Pasta Bella, we’ll be not just tasting wine, but talking about how to taste it.  For those that are new to wine tasting, I’ll explain what the color, smell and mouthfeel of the wine can tell us … Continue reading

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It’s Wine Season!

The leaves have fallen, and the chill in the air means that it’s time for wine season again in Fairbanks!  Now that my seasonal accounts have closed their doors, I finally have a chance to get back to my blog … Continue reading

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