Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wine Rising is becoming WineKick

iPhone icon for WineKick: the wine sidekick

If you've been following my wine writings for a while, you know I've changed names a few times. When I first started blogging, I did so using the name Cheap Wine Report. I realized I would never get free samples with a name like that, so I changed to Wine Pilgrim. That didn't make any sense, so I changed to Practical Wine Reviews. A few months later I decided that if I wanted to sell wine from my website, I would need a better name and chose Wine Rising.

That brings us to today. I've been working on a wine recommendation app for iPhone for about seven months, and I don't think Wine Rising is a good name for an app, so I'm changing the blog to match the name of the app, which will be WineKick: the wine sidekick. 

WineKick should be coming out in the Apple App Store in April 2013, so I'm going to start blogging now to promote it. I will start moving all the good posts from Wine Rising (and they're not all good) over to WineKick in the next few weeks, as well as posting a ton of new blog posts at WineKick. So check out the new site at! It will be hosted by Squarespace rather than Blogger, so it may end up being a prettier website. It will definitely be a lot less free (Squarespace is $10 a month compared to $0 per ever for Blogspot). It's possible I'll end up back at Blogspot, but I want to give Squarespace a try. Let me know what you think of the WineKick design!

Also, if you subscribed to the WineKick feedburner which sends you and email of every post, I've imported your email address into my new email subscription service, Mailchimp. I'll be sending out a weekly email cleverly named the "WineKick Weekly." If you don't want to sign up for that, please email me at so I know to remove you. And if you want to sign up for the fabulous WineKick Weekly, you can do that here

Thanks for following my writing at Wine Rising! It's been fun, but the fun will only get better at WineKick! 


Monday, October 22, 2012

Falanghina Feudi di San Gregoro 2010 - wild and wonderful

Falanghina is a wild, ancient wine from southern Italy that has achieved newfound popularity in the past decade. In her book Anything but Chardonnay, Laura Holmes Haddad says “the wines were once served to emperors, and generals in the Roman wars would send troops into battle with a supply.” Ancient and fashionable are great, but here is what you need to know about Falanghina: it is delicious! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Warre's Warrior Porto Reserve Review - Great Introduction to Port Wine

Warre’s “Warrior Porto Reserve” is the oldest brand of port in the world, having been shipped continuously since the 1750’s. It’s easy to see why – this is a crowd-pleaser and a bargain ($15). If you’ve never had a port wine, this is approachable and a great introduction. If you love port and are looking for a value “go-to” port, give this one a try. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Does pouring wine through a coffee filter change the flavor?

So the cork broke as you were removing it and there are little cork bits floating in the wine. You want to remove them rather than drink them, but don’t have a wine filter or other stainless steel sieve. You do have an unbleached coffee filter… should you use it? Will it affect the flavor of the wine? The answer is yes, very slightly, and only if compared side-by-side with the same wine that was unfiltered. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How To Remove Broken Cork Bits from a Wine Bottle

It happens – corks break and leave tiny bits of cork floating in the wine. But fear not, there is good news – cork bits don’t affect the flavor of wine, they are easy to remove, and knowing how to remove cork bits makes you look like a scholar/hero at a party!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Outdoor Vino interview - wine in flexible bottles to "Take It Outside"

One of the innovations I saw on my visit to Oregon wine country in August 2012 was wine packaged in flexible plastic bottles called “Outdoor Vino,” created by Naked Winery. I had to know more about this and interviewed Kelly Medler of Naked Winery. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dr. Loosen "Dr. L" Riesling 2011 Review

Germany’s Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Riesling is a crowd-pleaser every year, and 2011 is no different. This bottle offers the chance to taste the zesty fruit and flowers of the famous Mosel River valley for about $10.