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This has to be one of the most unique wines in the world. Like a hypothetical blend between old school Cote-Rotie (think Levet, Gallet, Gentaz) and old-school Bordeaux (Cantemerle, Domaine de Chevalier, La Mission Haut Brion) all wrapped up with that lovely Provencal garrigue. If more people knew what this was, the price would be treble. Winemaker Eloi Durrbach is an icon in winemaking circles.
Photo courtesy of homestyleaustin.wordpress.com 2014 Top Texas Wines that Titillated My Taste Buds List As in previous years, if you recall, the year finishes with lists of “Best Texas Wines” and then the discussion starts about why everyone’s favorite wine was not on the list, and how deficient the “best wine” process is.
If you are like me, you purchased your holiday gifts months ago. But if you are more excited by the idea of last-minute gift giving, you started shopping yesterday, and are ready to pay a premium for shipping. Looking for the perfect gift for your wine or spirits lover? If you have a friend into wine or spirits, purchasing the perfect gift can be tricky.
USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Parducci, True Grit, Reserve, Mendocino, California, 2012 Red blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, and 5% syrah. N/ Dusty plums, boysenberries, rhubarb, paprika, redwood sawdust, and slate. T/ Medium mouthfeel. She starts with a tart pucker leading to clean lines of black fruits, ripe cranberry, and red berries.
Tuthilltown Spirits, based in Gardiner, New York, has been on the forefront of craft distilling since its launch in 2005. Its Hudson line of craft whiskeys remains one of the most iconic exemplars of what can be done with a careful hand and a lot of ambition, and I’ve interviewed distiller and all-around nice guy Gable Erenzo on several occasions over the years to talk about h ...
Tonight's wines are from Southbrook Vineyards' and appropriately part of their "Transitions" line as they are all currently undergoing transition to organic certification. All of the grapes for these wines were handpicked. These wines are available to licensees only, via Trialto Wine Group - look for them in restaurants, as they are not available at the LCBO.
It was time for our first cellar club pick up at Breaux Vineyards. We had missed the official cellar club pick up event. We had been in Charlottesville that weekend. We arrived early at Breaux Vineyards on a gray and rainy Saturday. As new members, we weren't sure where we should go to pick up our wine.
Black Sage Bench grower/winemaker Gary Misson features Malbec (39%) in this blend with Syrah (27%), Merlot (23%) and Cabernet Franc, and Francofans in British Columbia particularly will appreciate its herbal and food-friendly approach. Bing cherry, Montmorency cherry and cranberry aromas and flavors also pick up notes of fresh-picked green bean and moist earth.
Chianti is a land of large producers. Outside of the Classico zone, wines are made in large quantities and mediocre to poor quality. Understandably serious wine drinkers often avoid the large scale production wines. However, certain large producers remain important and, with their top offerings, make wines of distinction and terroir.
For the conclusion of using our Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass, the last wine trail event was the 2014 Holiday Wine Trail. The trail would include the booklet for marking down the four full wine tastings per day like in the previous wine trail event, but the Holiday trail also included a Christmas ornament.
Fresno State-trained viticulturalist Rich Garvin has been managing vineyards in Hood River since the turn of the century, but he began working in 2010 with New Zealand vintners Matthew Rutherford and Philip Jones. Their collaboration in this Bordeaux blend, which leads with Cabernet Sauvignon, taps into acclaimed W ...
Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.
Chianti. I’ve struggled a bit with it. It can be great, but often it’s a bit difficult and surly. It’s like a moody friend: you have to wait for the right time to approach it, but get it right and things can be great. More often than not, they are complicated. This is a lovely example of great Chianti, as long as you can get past the old fashioned label and genetically modi ...
There’s nothing fancy about Big Cottonwood Vineyard and Winery. That said, if and when you find yourself in Omaha, it’s worth knowing that this little gem upon the prairie is less than an hour’ ...
Mon amie NINI MARCELLE a récemment lancé son deuxième album, EP. Comme j’aime le son électro-pop de celui-ci et que je considère qu’il vous faut la découvrir, j’ai décidé de l’inviter à faire une capsule pour le blogue. Tout ce qu’il y a de plus sérieux (#Not), de la bonne musique, des bons vins. En […] The post Accords Nini Marcelle et vin appeared first on L'Apprentie Sommelière. Tags: Del.
A couple of months back we had the pleasure of receiving a few mature Rioja Tempranillo samples. One was a 2005 Bodegas Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Tempranillo and the other a 2007 Bodegas Riojanas Vina Albina Tempranillo. To fully appreciate the viticulturist’s and the winemaker’s combined efforts, it’s always a pleasure to drink wines when they have matured to an age t ...
A Lot 18 purchase for under $15, I was a little unsure about the wine. Maybe it's more rustic than I am used to or the pairing wasn't quite right. Improved after it was open a few minutes. The nose was dominated by plum with hints of raspberry and cherry. Earthy notes, vanilla bean and a dash of cocoa. Bold on the nose. ...
Lonnie Wright established himself as one of the Pacific Northwest’s top vineyard managers three decades ago, which explains how he managed to restore these vines, planted more than a century ago near The Dalles, Ore. They were virtually forgotten for more than 20 years before he was introduced to them in 1982, and uber-t ...
Wine as a last-minute Christmas gift "I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!" New Hampshire has a State run liquor sales system, however wine boutiques and super markets do carry wine, but it is getting late for that last minute gift of wine; what to do: How much to spend? What kind of wine (white or red, bubbly or fortified)? What brand and where to buy? Out of the maze my quick pi.
At the end of the day it is all about the wine. And a lot of wine was about during the course of the year. I revisit the best of those wines in this post. Chronology is responsible for the ordering of the presentation. Most of these wines were tasted in a group comprised of Ron, Bev, my wife, and me or a larger group of which we were a part.
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