Counoise

    John On Wine – Wine blends, both European and local Originally published in the Ukiah Daily Journal newspaper on Thursday, October 2, 2014 Recently, I received an email from David and Merry Jo Velasquez of Cannon Falls, MN; after visiting the tasting room where I work and finding this wine column, they visited France and […]

    John On Wine – Wine blends, both European and local Originally published in the Ukiah Daily Journal newspaper on Thursday, October 2, 2014 Recently, I received an email from David and Merry Jo Velasquez of Cannon Falls, MN; after visiting the tasting room where I work and finding this wine column, they visited France and suggested a column, “outlining the GSM grape varieties that make Châtea.

    5 readers - By John Cesano/ John on Wine - a wine blog

    Month in Wines – September 2014

    Yep, another month became a history, and it is time to talk about the wine highlights – well, yeah, before this month vanishes too. No generic trends or observations, except of a bit more of the kosher wines than usual due to the Jewish holidays. Here we go. 2012 Terrenal Chardonnay, Spain (12.5% ABV, $4.

    5 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

      Going to the Rhône

      Great Northwest Wine - - 3 readers - Grenache grapes destined for Milbrandt Vineyards in Prosser, Wash., are grown on the Wahluke Slope. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Grenache has been grown in Washington for much of the past half-century, but the Rhône revolution didn’t start here until the first Syrah vines went in the ground 30 years ago.

      Top reds from 2014 Great Northwest Invite

      Great Northwest Wine - - 3 readers - The second annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition took place at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – At the second annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, 16 influential wine professionals nominated hundreds of wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.

      Tales From: Frick Winery, Dry Creek Valley

      the drunken cyclist - - 1 readers - When I head out on a tasting appointment, I spend some time preparing for the visit. Rarely do I jot down any questions to ask as I try to allow the context dictate the conversation—sticking to some pre-formulated questions feels rather artificial and forced; It certainly works for some, but not for me.

      Fresh Sheet October 20th 2014

      Washington Wine Report - - 1 readers - Today’s Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent releases – includes wines from Kevin White Winery, Kerloo Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars, Columbia Crest, Long Shadows project wines, Guardian Cellars, Maryhill Winery and more. Note: These are reviews for wines received and sampled prior to October 1st when my responsibilities changed for Wine Enthusiast to cover all of Washington.

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    • Paso Robles Wine Country … A Land of Great Diversity – James Melendez

      … the more accurate story of Paso Robles. Paso Robles also has plantings of Aligoté, Barbera, Carménère, Charbono, Cinsault, Counoise, Gewürztraminer, Lagrein, Picpoul Blanc, Refosco, Sangiovese, Tannat, Tempranillo, Souzao, Tinto Cao, Touriga Nacional, Verdello, Vermentino which may be completely unexpected. I don’t think I have tasted Paso Robles…

      James the Wine Guy
    • Fresh Sheet October 20th 2014

      … provided by winery. Columbia Crest Reserve Red Blend Columbia Valley 2011 $30 (Exceptional) An aromatically alluring, complex wine with notes of coffee, caramel, blackberry, blueberry, and baking spices. The palate is full bodied, rich and seamless with abundant coffee flavors and a long, lingering finish. Supremely good stuff. 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache…

      1 readers - Sean P. Sullivan/ Washington Wine Report
    • Rhone Ranger Wines from Elyse

      … earthiness. This is drinking very nicely and would shine with a rich stew. (90 pts) 2009 Elyse Le Corbeau Hudson Vineyard 2010 Elyse C’est Si Bon Naggiar Vineyard – SRP $28.00 C’est si bon is French for “It’s so good”. Read on to see I think the wine lives up to its name. The wine is a blend of 43% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 10…

      1 readers - Cliff's Wine Picks
    • Month in Wines – September 2014

      … Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma County (13.8% ABV, $25, 65% zinfandel, 20% petite sirah, 9% carignane, 3% mataró, 2% alicante bouschet, 1% grenache) – delicious blackberry nose,concentrated, dark fruit on the palate, dense and delicious. 8 2011 Suertes del Marques La Solana Vino de Parcela Valle de La Orotava DO, Spain (13.5% ABV, $18, 100% Listan Negro…

      5 readers - Talk-A-Vino
    • Tales From: Frick Winery, Dry Creek Valley

      … his vibrant spirit with a hearty chuckle, which came through often while tasting through more than a dozen of his wines. We started with the varietal wines… My favorite of the whites—I bought some to take home. 2012 Frick Winery Grenache Blanc: Retail $27. Rich and full. Great mouthfeel. Melon and peach with a bit of pineapple. On the big side…

      1 readers - Jeff Kralik/ the drunken cyclist
    • Going to the Rhône

      …Grenache grapes destined for Milbrandt Vineyards in Prosser, Wash., are grown on the Wahluke Slope. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Grenache has been grown in Washington for much of the past half-century, but the Rhône revolution didn’t start here until the first Syrah vines went in the ground 30 years ago. Now we are seeing…

      3 readers - Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine
    • 2012 Booker Oublie

      …Among the lighter of Eric Jensen's Paso Robles Rhones, this one is 46% Mourvedre, 36% Grenache and 20% Counoise... its almost refreshing in a Paso context, weighing in at 14% ABV and possessing an appealingly ethereal quality despite the dark fruit core... impressions of red and black fruit, kirsch, forest floor, cedar, dark flowers, plum, cocoa…

      4 readers - Andrew Wells/ Wells On Wine
    • Thank you, #GrenacheDay

      …”, I would still be waiting for the right moment. Only to find out at some point that all the pleasure was gone, without been experienced. Thanks to the #GrenacheDay, we were able to experience this wine still at its peak (it was only a tiny amount in the glass which turned around). Let’s raise the glass to the grape holidays, the experience savers. Cheers! Like this: Like Loading... Related …

      5 readers - Talk-A-Vino
    • 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines Offer Nice Surprises

      … in June during a visit to the region. 2012 3 Celliers Eternelle – A hint of wood, kirsch and spice are coupled with silky textures and the essence of fresh, sweet cherries. The wine was produced from 100% old vine Grenache. 92 Pts 2012 3 Celliers Cuvee Privilege – Produced from a blend of 54% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 11% Counoise, 4% Mourvedre and 2…

      6 readers - Jeff Leve/ The Wine Cellar Insider
    • Betz Family Winery Fall 2014 Release Party

      … with visitors. Here are my initial impressions on the new releases: 2012 Betz Family Bésoleil - 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 12% Counoise, 15% Mouvedre and 15% Syrah. Great floral and garrigue aromas with strawberries and kirsch on the palate. Young, primary, tight and brooding. The components are all there but this wine needs a few years in the cellar…

      5 readers - Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chronicles
    • Europa Village’s Annual Grape Stomp Gala ~ Bon Vin, Tres Fun!

      … wine releases ~ C’est La Vie’s 2012 Chenin Blanc and the 2012 Artist Series Bon Vie, an estate blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Counoise. All corks were pulled out for the gala event ~ including the 2011 Estate Reserve Syrah! Europa Village has live entertainment every weekend with many special events and wine education classes held throughout…

      4 readers - Deborah Mines/ Uncorked Wine Travels!
    • Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

      …! But before we started this barrel adventure, we had to make our way out of Los Olivos, and down the road to Beckmen. As I attempted to corral the #QPB out of the door of Tercero, what would appear to our wandering eyes but Frank Morgan – the erstwhile Drink What You Like Virginian. If you are not familiar with this breed of wine blogger…

      3 readers - Luscious Lushes