Toledo Area Wine Events & Tastings: October 22-25, 2014

    Wednesday, October 22 The Andersons, Sylvania, 6– 8 PM. Perfect Wines for Halloween: 1. Skeleton 2013 Gruner Veltliner (Austria), 2. Skeleton 2012 Zweigelt (Austria), 3. Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles), 4. Bogle 2011 Phantom (Cal.). Nominal fee per sample or $5 per flight. Thursday, October 23 Andersons, Maumee, Wine Tasting. 5-7 PM. Fall Italian Wines: 1.

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    Abolish the term 'second wine', says Ornellaia winemaker

    The winemaker for Bolgheri estate Ornellaia has said the term 'second wine' should be phased out to convince consumers that they are not just second best. Axel Heinz made his comments at a seven-wine vertical tasting of Ornellaia’s Le Serre Nuove in London this week. ‘Serre Nuove is a true second wine at Ornellaia in that it is not second-rate version of the flagship wine,’ ...

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      A Peek into the Mark Anthony Wine Portfolio

      MyWinePal - - 3 readers - A Peek into the Mark Anthony Wine Portfolio A portfolio tasting is a great place for a restaurateur, liquor store staff, and wine media, like me, to find out about the latest vintages of wines, and brand new wines, for a wine agent’s portfolio. With a change in season, for example, restaurants may want to change their cooked dishes, and to these dishes they should match up / ...

      Timorasso, Melon from California & other cool wines & things this week

      Do Bianchi - - 1 readers - Here’s the link for the Facebook event page for my Bele Casel Prosecco and Prosecco Colfòndo tasting in Los Angeles week after next. Angelinos, please come out and taste with me… Man, it’s been an insane week. It’s only October 3 and OND (October-November-December, the busiest time of year for restaurants and people who sell wine) is already in full swing.

      Wines of Antinori Tasting at Gasbarro’s – October 2014

      Red Wine Please! - - 1 readers - Here we report on yet another outstanding wine tasting hosted by Mark Gasbarro, of Gasbarro’s Wines on Federal Hill in Providence. This time the wines belong to the Antinori Family. Ten wines were open and pouring, and Marco from Antinori was manning the table with the big guns. I started, appropriately, with the whites and the lighter reds, working eventually to some absolut ...

      good enough for rihanna, better for my dad

      grapefriend - - Rihanna posted this photo on Twitter the other day. It’s true: if you know, you know. Riri knows. I know. And my dad knows too, though he didn’t a mere three months ago. I got him a 2006 Sassicaia for his birthday. I was super excited to give it to him, but when he opened it he didn’t know what it was! For others who don’t, it’s what they call a Super Tuscan.

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    • good enough for rihanna, better for my dad

      … they call a Super Tuscan. This is basically a made up term for Italian wines that choose not to adhere to the winemaking laws of the Tuscan region and put whatever they feel is best in the blend. Traditionally, Tuscan wines are all Sangiovese. But newer wineries wanted to evolve and plant other grape varietals. The Sassicaia people thought the terroir…

    • Wine on company time

      … Algonquin Park, October 2014 From the Middle English octobre and the Latin October, meaning “eight,” just how the month of October became the Julian and Gregorian 10th is a matter of bad juju. The corporate bumbling by way of the insertion of January and February into the Roman calendar screwed up all available etymological kismet. Perhaps…

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    • Abolish the term 'second wine', says Ornellaia winemaker

      … enforced in future with specific vineyards on the 100-hectare estate being allocated for Serre Nuove; currently the wine is a selection of base wines used for Ornellaia.Heinz – who has worked at La Dominique in St-Emilion –also makes Masseto, a 100% Merlot, and Le Volte, a Toscana IGT, which is made from 20% of estate fruit plus purchased grapes. He…

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    • Wines of Antinori Tasting at Gasbarro’s – October 2014

      … as well, with beautiful, clean fruit and subtle oak. Medium+ bodied it brings exceptional length. It is young however, and really needs some bottle time. Also pricey a around $100. Looking at my notes from the 2010 vintage this is similar. It is also unlike the Bolgheri, Bordeaux grape blends to the west as Tignanello is very Tuscan in style. It is 80…

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    • A Peek into the Mark Anthony Wine Portfolio

      … Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz, 2010, Australia (SPEC $59.99) – Smoky, red & black cherries, and vanilla aromas. Medium body, with medium plus acidity and nice minerality. Dry with ripe raspberries, plums, and vanilla. Softer tannins. A very nice wine. Rating: Tyrrells Wines Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz 2010 Like this: Like Loading... Related Tags: antinori…

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    • Timorasso, Melon from California & other cool wines & things this week

      …-priced wines land among the Super Tuscan set. And the Google hangout was a great way to taste with Matthieu. The PR firm sent out the wines and then set up the hangout. I was one of six wine writers on the call and it proved to be a fantastic medium for tasting and interacting in realtime. I really enjoyed it. Tracie P made us wholewheat pepperoni…

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    • Aia Vecchia and the International Maremma

      …, fruity palate seemed all Vermentino, however, especially the mineral/slaty finish. All in all, a very enjoyable white wine to drink as aperitif or with light antipasti, and an excellent value at a suggested retail price of $12. We then proceeded to the first red wine, Lagone, which is the mainstay of Aia Vecchia’s line. It too is an unquestionable…

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    • A traditional afternoon with the wines of Carpineto

      … and even better at the SAQ where there is a different “attitude towards Rosé.” A gaseous medicine with exceptional salinity. Very dry saigneé, savoury and approachable. The freshly pickled strawberry is a nice touch. Farnito White 2012, Tuscany, Italy ($24.95, WineAlign) The Carpineto “White” is made from 100 per cent Chardonnay. Though the intent…

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    • Bolgheri

      … Bolgheri Serdar Kahraman May 8, 2014 @sommblog Bolgheri – cradle of Italian wine culture, unique terroir, whose fame is based on the great wines of the world of international varieties. Phenomenon of Italian winemaking in the 1970`s was called Super Tuscan wines. Super Tuscan wines referred to wines produced in Tuscany, but not in accordance…

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