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Without question I would list Amy Butler as one of the coolest winemakers in the Paso Robles area. We’ve known her for roughly six or seven years and are happy to call her a friend. When we first met her she was the winemaker for Edward Cellars, which has since gone out of business, but bounced back with her own projects (including Ranchero Cellars, we are wine club members) a ...
Label Lust: Jane Ventura Rosé Cava My never-ending thirst for all things sparkling rosé led me back to an old friend with a look that stirs up feelings: Jane Ventura Reserva de la Música Rosé 2011. It’s a Cava (the term used for Spanish sparkling wine) made from Garnatxa Negra. You might have heard of this grape by a more familiar name: Grenache.
I remember when I started getting interested in wine. This was in the early 1990s, before the internet. A friend had a copy of one of the early editions of Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide, which I pored over. The sweet spot for me was the ’86A’ bracket of wines: in those days 86 was a good enough score, probably an 89 in today’s money, and the As were the cheapest wines. I was on a tight budget.
Young Cuban by Ally Martin Bacardí Legacy is a global cocktail competition that started in the UK 7 years ago and is arguably one of the industry’s largest competitions. It has grown to expand its reach to over 25 countries with bartenders contending for a chance to win the coveted Legacy cocktail, a trip to the Bacardí’s La Galarza distillery in Mexico, a trip to Tales of th ...
Here comes my annual statement of support received by me in the work I do running and writing Winedoctor, a little later than planned (I have been rushed off my feet). Having said that, looking back to my 2013 disclosures, I see I published in late January and made the same excuse last year, so perhaps this is now the norm.
This tasting note is no doubt better than the wine! But, oddly, I bet it actually helped sales of the wine (assuming people read it). It wouldn’t surprise me if there were a store out there somewhere that posted only mockerie ...
I knew I shouldn’t have accepted. Isn’t life just like that? You always know when you’re about to do something stupid, like mistake a 100-Point Chateauneuf-du-Pape for Ruby Port when clearly a Ruby Port would be lower in alcohol (hey, I passed the exam anyway), but then you do it anyway. You insert your warm meat Coravin in the wrong spongy mass.
Juno is coming! Every year we get at least one apocalyptic snowmageddon, and to further freak people out they’re calling it potentially “historic.” Grapefriends don’t sweat it – it just means allowance to stay in a drink wine! I’ve shown you how we prep, for hurricanes, and blizzards are pretty much the same: 1) Flashlight and extra batteries: you need to be able to see you ...
Many wine geeks spend all their free time on Wine Berserkers, a wine discussion board that was launched in 2008 after Todd French, an oenophile in San Clemente, was kicked off Robert Parker’s e-bulletin board. Today, Wine Berserkers is world’s most active wine board. It boasts nearly 20,000 members and receives nearly 9,000 visitors each day.
I met up with Jean-Marc Roulot recently. Not only does he make the excellent wines at Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault but he has pursued a parallel acting career, with 52 credits to his name includ ...
Pain & Sulfuring. Chapter Twelve. Part Six. Contrary to public opinion, wineries didn’t start adding sulfites to wine in 1987. That’s simply the year the US government dictated all wine containing more than 10 ppm, the smallest detectable amount at the time, be labeled with the warning “contains sulfites.
Published by Simon A pair of warm-hearted but still fresh wines for Australia Day Willunga 100 Grenache 2013, McLaren Vale, Australia (£11.99 Liberty Wines, Ake & Humphris, AP Harvey Wines, The Beerhive, Buon Vino, The Cellar Buntingford, Corks of Cotham, Denby Dale Wines, Divine Fine Wines, Drinkmonger, Field & Fawcett, The Fine Wine Company, Grape & Grind, Gwin ...
Part 2 of the seminar 1014 WOPN seminar on Oregon and Burgundy takes us to Pinot Noir’s homeland in Burgundy, France. We were very fortunate to have Louis Jadot’s Technical Director Frédéric Barnier, present a vertical of the Premier Cru vineyard, Clos des Ursules, which included vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1997, 1990, and 1985.
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission will stage a tasting, seminar and panel discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 28, akin to Oregon Pinot Camp. The seminar will be led by Gary Horner, senior winemaker at Erath Winery; Howard Rossbach, founder of Firesteed Cellars; David Adelsheim, founder of Adelsheim Vineyard; and Wendy Lange, co-founder of Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards.
On Saturday, January 24, 2015 at approximately 6:00 P.M. the very last bottle of this fine Pinot Noir was poured. I claim to know this because the winery asserts it was their last bottle. Perhaps in some dusty cellar there rests another copy but that would be mere speculation. We must face facts, something remarkable has left the world.
So here we are at the beginning of 2015 and what a crackin wine to start the year. Oh, and yes it has been said one should not start a sentence with a coordinating conjunction. So where were we. Wrath Wines crackin 2012 Swan / 828 Monterey Pinot Noir. It has been awhile since a Wrath wine has been consumed, not because they are not enjoyable but there are just so many wines and so little time.
We’re always on the lookout for red Rhônes we haven’t tried before, and our explorations often take us back to Ferndale’s Western Market, where our buddy Jarred Gild has a knack for coming up with out-of-the-way selections that, more often than not, are most enjoyable with not only Red Wings hockey, but with good food as well.
2006 Terre di Talamo Morellino di Scansano Tempo Riserva 2010 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes 2009 Villa Creek Garnacha Denner Vineyard 2011 Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Sexy Beast 2011 Exitus 2007 Ridge Geyserville 2006 Terre di Talamo Morellino di Scansano Tempo Riserva – $13.59 This was an unfamiliar wine when I saw it on the shelf at a local wine store.
Stone House Vineyard on Lake Travis Russ Kane VintageTexas on SommChat Wednesday 1/28 11AM CT – Discuss Texas Hill Country Wineries This January marks my 20th year since first finding out that Texas had a native (yet still infantile) wine industry and operating as a consumer, wine group director, wine writer and blogger.
A straightforward, glugable Chianti good with simple pizza and pasta. [I paired with cheese ravioli with two sauces, spicy vodka and marinara.] Winery: The Cantine Leonardo da Vinci is a cooperative founded in 1961 by 30 farmers in the town of Vinci in the Tuscan hillsides. Today the cooperative winery consists of 200 small growers who own and cultivate over 500 hectares of vineyards.
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