• Uniquely Austrian: A Heurigen Hike

    Uniquely Austrian: A Heurigen Hike The Grinzing neighborhood of Vienna is the home of the heuriger — a unique version of a winery tasting room. By Bob Johnson I have a feeling I would have liked Austrian Emperor Joseph II. Among the numerous reforms he enacted, he ended censorship of the press — something a lifelong journalist like myself certainly respects and appreciates.

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  • 2013 Sonoma-Loeb Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley

    2013 Sonoma-Loeb Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley In the glass, a translucent ruby color. Textbook aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, pectin, clove, black tea, and wisps of smoky oak make a delightful first impression. This red follows through on the palate. It is both bright and lively and rich and silky, with a light grip from fine-gra ...

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  • 2013 Sonoma-Loeb Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

    2013 Sonoma-Loeb Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County Bright pale straw color. The clean, enticing nose delivers aromas of Granny Smith apple, lemon-lime, honeyed flowers, and herbal notes. It is crisp in the mouth, with a juicy, sweet-tart palate impression, which then leads to a melony roundness at the finish. This is a versatile white that is perfect on its own as an aperiti ...

    Wine Linesin Sauvignon Blanc- 6 readers -
  • 2012 Kendall-Jackson Merlot, Grand Reserve, Sonoma County

    2012 Kendall-Jackson Merlot, Grand Reserve, Sonoma County In the glass, it sports an opaque purple/black color. Aromatically, heady, layered scents of violets, cassis, syrupy boysenberry, cedar, polished leather, roasted nuts, and high-toned herbs and spice. These follow through in the mouth, picking up notes of coffee and chocolate. Young, silty tannins poke through at mid-palate.

    Wine Linesin Merlot- 5 readers -
  • Creative Uses for Those Used Corks

    Creative Uses for Those Used Corks By Bob Johnson If you’re like me, you save the corks that you pull out of wine bottles. In my case, I fill baskets with them and place the baskets around the house. But if you have some artistic talent, you can put those corks to even better u ...

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  • 2012 Sea Smoke “Sea Spray” Sparkling Wine, Santa Rita Hills

    2012 Sea Smoke “Sea Spray” Sparkling Wine, Santa Rita Hills This sparkler is a very pale salmon color with a persistent, medium bead mousse. The winery has chosen the proprietary name Sea Spray for this bottling, and it is easy to see (or, more to the point, smell) why. The first wave of aromas conjures up memories of days at the beach, basking in cool, salt-edged breezes.

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  • Marché Bacchus Wine Lunches, Year 2

    Marché Bacchus Wine Lunches, Year 2 By Glen Frederiksen Last winter, there were a series of wine lunches presented at Marché Bacchus restaurant in Las Vegas. There were great fun, and a stone bargain besides. With the coming of spring, they disappeared. I wondered if they would come back as the weather cooled, and if they would be as good as before.

    Wine Linesin Cabernet Franc- 3 readers -
  • 2012 Old Zin Vines Zinfandel, Lodi

    2012 Old Zin Vines Zinfandel, Lodi This wine shows eucalyptus notes, a rubber band-like aroma, smoke, sassafras, vanilla, cinnamon stick and mild milk chocolate. Some fruit sweetness emerges in the mouth prior to the smoky finish. Not as jammy or fruitf ...

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  • 2012 Vina Robles ‘Red4,’ Paso Robles

    2012 Vina Robles ‘Red4,’ Paso Robles This GSM comes with a P.S. Translation: This is a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend that also includes Petite Sirah. More accurately, this is a Petite Sirah (50%) that includes smaller portions of Grenache (20%), Syrah (20%) and Mourvedre (10%). With such expressive varietals involved, you’d expect this to be a complex cuvee, and it is.

    Wine Linesin Syrah- 4 readers -
  • 2012 Patz & Hall ‘Hyde Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Carneros

    2012 Patz & Hall ‘Hyde Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Carneros Clear deep straw color, this unfined and unfiltered wine is already throwing tartrate “wine crystals.” In the nose, high-toned baking spices and butter intermingle with a scent of orange extract. The initial palate impression is viscous and mouth-coating, then it lightens up at mid-palate. The honeyed graham ...

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