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  • Intellego

    Last night I opened – and drank half of, with much pleasure – a bottle of Intellego 2011. No other name for the wine appears on the label, but I see we called it Rooi in Platter 2013 – presumably at the behest of Jurgen Gouws, winemaker and owner of the brand. Jurgen Gouws against a typical Swartland backdrop – pic from www.indigowine.

    Tim James/ GrapeGrapein Syrah- 4 readers -
  • Sundays Are For Sebastian—#80

    Sebastian is my six-year old and he says some of the funniest things–we have no idea where he gets his material since his mother and I are rather boring, serious people. Seba:” Will I have time after dinner to play on the computer?” My wife: “No, it’s a school night—you know the rule: no screen time.

    the drunken cyclist- 5 readers -
  • Sparkling wine for Thanksgiving

    Sparkling wine is a great way to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast. (Photo: Bernat Casero) While we often wait for holidays or another special occasion to pop a bottle of bubbly, it’s actually a wine that is as versatile at the table as any you’re likely to find. For your Thanksgiving table, a bottle of sparkling wine is ...

    Great Northwest Wine- 6 readers -
  • Wine critics and wine writers

    On Friday I wrote a piece for Tim Atkin’s website on the future of wine writing, considering the differing roles of critics and writers. In it, I suggested that if the future of wine writing is a move to wine criticism, where wines are assessed outside their context, then it’s not one I’ll welcome. My vision of hell is to spend my time in an office working my way through hundreds of samples.

    jamie goode's wine blog- 6 readers -
  • Garlic #1

    Each year I try, and each year a meagre reward. The pictured bulbs represent the finest (and one third) of my crop and were just enough to make some garlic bread for four. I've been planting too ...

    Wino sapien- 6 readers -
  • For the avoidance of doubt – a note on wine writer ethics

    A note on wine writer ethics I have recently been invited to attend a wine conference/tasting event and I accepted this invitation in good faith. It transpires that in addition to attending I was compelled to visit a number of wineries outside of this event in order that the event organisers could ‘recou ...

    Matthew Jukes- 9 readers -
  • Cava Country – Vines in the Fog

    Cava Country – Vines in the Fog A foggy day in Cava country; a pre-breakfast wander from the hotel over the road to a vineyard. Not a clue who owns it nor the grape variety but assume, as this is It was devilishly hard to see even how far it stretched but I set up the tripod and took a few shots as the lig ...

    Andrew Barrow/ Spittoon- 6 readers -
  • Review: Privateer Silver Reserve Rum

    As I’ve noted before here, rum has a long history of being distilled in America, and now it’s on the upswing again thanks to craft distillers and the easy availability of high-quality sugar products. Privateer is made by Andrew Cabot, a distant descendant of the Revolutionary-era Andrew Cabot, who was a rum-maker in his own time.

    Christopher Null/ 6 readers -
  • Two bottle night.

    skip to main | skip to sidebar I didn't drink a lot of wine on my recent trip home, but one night Thud and I managed to polish off two bottles. We did have some help, however, as Lord Roby and Miss Roby (his daughter) stopped by for a glass of something red and Sicilian. The Torretta Di Mondelli, 2013, Nero d'avola (IGP Terre Siciliane) was not a particularly outs ...

    Vinsanity- 4 readers -
  • Taylor´s Single Harvest 1863 & Other Goodies From The House Of Taylor´s

    I got an invitation from Vinunic to taste the 1863 Single Harvest from Taylor´s alongside some other bottles, and I of course gladly accepted. Jorge Ramos from Taylor´s made a captivating and interesting presentation of the wines we tasted and of the house of Taylor´s. 2009 Late Bottled Vintage A young, cool, seedy nose with notes of raisins, tires, asphalt and dried blueberries.

    Barolista- 5 readers -
  • 2009 The Mascot

    The second vintage of Will Harlan's project contains more youthful fruit from the Harlan, Bond and Promontory sites... compared to the 2008, this one feels a slightly more closed and tannic initially (perhaps due to the inclusion of the secondary fruit from the newer Promontory site?)... but it opens up to a similarly gracious experience that will feel familiar to many who have ...

    Andrew Wells/ Wells On Wine- 5 readers -
  • Pick My Next Bottle – 2007 Syrah Showdown

    The November installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on some of the very best domestic Syrah producers. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened with Thanksgiving dinner and a Bottle Note will be published the following week.

    Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chronicles- 8 readers -
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