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Patterson Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25 By Great Northwest Wine on October 23, 2014 Woodinville Warehouse District wonder John Patterson shows a deft touch with French oak using fruit from Sagecliff Vineyard near the Gorge Amphitheater and Wautoma Winds in Sunnyside. There’s light toast, baked apple and lemon milkshake in the nose, followed by flavors of ...
Purple hue with aromas of sweet spiced apple rings and cherry fruit with cigar box bouquet. Palate--Slight stewed tomato front with chewy tannins and rigid acidity. Salty foundation with dried cherries underlying it all. Finishes quickly with a touch of pencil lead and rustic lichens. This inexpensive Chianti Classico from the storied family of Banfi is okay as an informal acco ...
I admit it: I hadn’t really heard the Charles Smith story until I read about him on the blog of a Canadian friend, Nicole, even though I’d run into a couple of the wines (one stocked by Virgin Wines, and one by Wholefoods). How could I have missed him? What a back story! He seems like the essence of dudeness, and so I was delighted when I bumped into this wine of his, a del ...
I fell in love with Madeira over 15 years ago. First the wine, then the island. It began with a bottle of Rainwater Madeira, selected for me by a local wine shop owner. Rainwater is a lighter style of Madeira and he suggested it would be a good wine to introduce me to the flavors of Madeira. He was right.
Each season ushers in a bountiful new crop of food from the garden. There is a wine for that. People who love to eat are the best kinds of people. Here in Wine Country, when we eat together, we also like to drink together. Take away the conventional dining room & insert a view of majestic hills covered in vines and framed by an edible bio-diverse garden… while enjoying ...
Tips for the world traveler and gourmet, The Ravenous Traveler blog shares food and wine experiences with a focus on getting great wine and elite culinary experiences for a high value. More specifically, The Ravenous Traveler focuses on recommendations for high-value wines, restaurants, culinary tours, and world travel destinations, especially Italy, the Balkans, and the Pacific Northwest.
Coiled Wines 2012 Black Mamba, Snake River Valley, $30 By Great Northwest Wine on October 23, 2014 Boise native Leslie Preston continues to strike gold in competitions with her wines, including her latest blend of Petit Verdot and Syrah from Sawtooth Vineyard near Nampa. The nose comes at you with hints of chocolate sprinkles on heavy toast, pencil shavings amid black cherry and dark plum.
Chef de Caves Regis Camus What a fantastic, unbelievable opportunity to experience a vertical tasting of Piper-Heidsieck RARE champagne, each glass individually paired with cuisine. This was all in honor of Chef de Caves Régis Camus’ 20th anniversary with the House. M. Camus was at the table to discuss the weather of each vintage, and how it affected the wine. Interestingly, M.
As with many wineries, it started with an idea which turned into a passion, then morphed into a dream which was turned into reality. Of course, all this took many years of hard work and sacrifice, but that’s what happens when you make your dreams come alive. Earl Jones got an early…um, jones…for Spanish wines, especially the succulent red wines from Rioja and Ribera.
Tuscan wines are the feature this release and I can state there are good quality wines to be found at both ends of the pricing structure. Not too many other wines to report on as little else was sent to sample. There is a Chilean sub release, but my palate was done after tasting these big Tuscan beauts. 378257 BANFI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2009 $59.
From now through November it is Fall color time in wine country View Fall colors in wine country – Russian River area It is Fall colors in wine country from now through November. This is a wonderful time to visit the wine country and catch Fall colors. Except for Thanksgiving weekend, wine country is much less crowded.
The pinot noirs of Kosta Browne Winery regularly earn the highest ratings from reviewers for the big publications, an occurrence that brings a great deal of attention to these highly allocated wines. In fact, the winery’s waiting list comes with a two- to three-year wait for the “Appellation” wines and — I’m not kidding — a five- to six-year wait for the Single Vineyard wines, ...
Naked Wine Review 154 Wine: Comoloco Grape: Monastrell (Mourvedre) Producer: Orowines & Gill Family Estates Vintage: 12' Region: Spain>Murcia>Jumilla Price: 12.00 Date tasted: 10/3/14 Place tasted: I was watching this goddess on a tigers back chasing down an evil tyrant. "Run kitty, run" I thought to myself. "MA DURGA MA! Ha Ha Ha", that tyrant was toast.
A selection of American apple brandies and Calvados photo by MTSOfan The leaves are changing in the Hudson valley, Autumn is most certainly here, and it’s time to drink apple brandy! Though Normandy is home to many old apple brandy producers, many of whom enjoy the AOC Calvados distinction, there are very few restrictions and designations to govern labeling outside of France.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon; Sangiovese Region: California – USA Cost: $13 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Robust aromas of black cherry, black peppercorn, and violet greet your nose. The layers of flavor that follow are nothing short of fantastic with hints of black fruit compote, clove, spice, and black currant.
A Wine Journey With the holidays approaching have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you are shopping for a wine lover or a winemaking enthusiast, give a gift of the wine book. A Wine Journey is available on the Wine Trail Traveler website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and Infinity Publishing.
2012 Las Rocas Viñas Viejas de San Alejandro Garnacha Working on my own old vine (stick)! Macerated red and black cherries, mint, balsamic, and fruit leather on the nose. ...
2013 Grenache Blanc, Bokisch Vineyard An unoaked white wine, made entirely in stainless steel. The nose is floral and creamy with a hint of vanilla; it's balanced and rich with a tannic prickle on finish. 2012 Verdelho, Silvaspoons Vineyard Smoky nose; flavors of candied Ginger and mineral notes, but the finish is quite quick.
A special charity auction of wines from this year's Decanter World Wine Awards held by Christie's in London has fetched more than £40,000. David Elswood of Christie's leads the DWWA auction in London. Bidders in Christie's' King Street salesroom vied with online buyers from Ireland and China for hundreds of cases split into 65 lots.
If Baker chose the land and equipment carefully, he made the obvious choice in his Master Distiller. Well, it was only obvious if he could convince Dave Pickerell to take the job. The notion of searching for terroir in American whiskey was appealing to Pickerell, who has become an industry titan. He worked as the Master Distiller for Makers Mark, earning respect across the distilling world.