Dessert Wine

    [Wednesday's] Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, Merlot is Back, Harvest Everywhere, About Yelp and more

    Botani Moscatel Seco Sierras de Malaga DO 2008 Meritage time! Let’s start with the answer to the wine quiz #115: Grape Trivia – Muscat. In the quiz, you were supposed to answer 5 questions about one of the oldest cultivated grapes – Muscat. Here are the questions, now with the answers: Q1: This Italian wine, made out of the Muscat of Alexandria grapes (which has a diffe ...

    10 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

    Tales From: Estate 1856, Dry Creek Valley

    I pulled into the driveway where the only sign along the Dry Creek road read “Tzabaco Vineyards” with no mention of “Estate 1856″–my afternoon appointment. Moments after pulling in, I was greeted by Janice Schmidt, the wine maker half of the Estate 1856 team–her husband, Brian, farms the land. A quick primer on the names.

    7 readers - By Jeff Kralik/ the drunken cyclist

      Peach and Ginger Cobbler and Tablas Creek Petit Manseng for #winePW

      ENOFYLZ Wine Blog - - 7 readers - Wine Pairing Weekend is a monthly collaborative event for wine/food bloggers started by David Crowley of Cooking Chat. It’s a great way to find food and wine pairings that work; along with tips on how to create your own food and wine pairing magic. The theme for this month’s Wine Pairing Weekend is ““Fall Fruits and Wine Pairings“, and it’s all about making dishes prepared wi ...

      Malbec tops 5th annual Idaho Wine Competition

      Great Northwest Wine - - 6 readers - Gregg Alger, owner of Huston Vineyards near Caldwell, Idaho, holds up a bottle of his 2012 Malbec. The wine won best in show at the 2014 Idaho Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CALDWELL, Idaho — A red grape variety that has gained increasing interest in the Pacific Northwest rose to the top of the fifth annual Idaho Wine Competition.

      Winery Visit Roundup

      Virginia Wine Time - - 7 readers - In this post we share our experiences at three wineries that we visited within the past month. It includes one newbie, too! Granite Heights Winery: Always a treat to visit Luke and Toni at Granite Heights. We enjoyed the crisp 2012 Chardonnay with its characteristics of pear and citrus with a flinty finish.

      Lucille by Stottle Winery 2012 Late Harvest Viognier @StottleWinery

      Wild 4 Washington Wine - - 6 readers - A Season for Sweet Lucille. This time of year the sun sets earlier and earlier. Temperatures are gradually dropping and that bit of early fall is slowly shifting my mindset to thoughts of comfort foods and beverages. Enter Lucille by Stottle Winery. Lucille is a late harvest Viognier. A well crafted dessert wine, Lucille is sweet but balanced with appropriate acidity, so the swe ...

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      DAWA 2014 results: India wins historic first International Trophy as full results released

      … wine scene. In another first, winning the Regional Trophy for Asia Sweet Fortified was Hatten’s Pino de Bali NV from Bali in Indonesia. The winning dessert wine, from the country’s first winery, is made by Australian winemaker James Kalleske and produced in limited quantities of 5,000 bottles a year. Highlighting the wines’ success in her DAWA co…

      2 readers - By Decanter

      Bitner Vineyards 2012 Late Harvest Reserve Riesling, Snake River Valley, $19

      … a gorgeous sweet wine with aromas of dried apricot, pineapple and peach, followed by succulent flavors of ripe tree fruit dripping with honey and spice. At nearly 7% residual sugar, this won best dessert wine at the 2014 Idaho Wine Competition and was in the running for best of show. Rating: Outstanding! Production: 134 cases Alcohol: 10.8% Winery…

      5 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Sweet Is Cool – In Unlikely Places

      … successful in Canada with Riesling, Vidal, Cabernet Franc and Gewürztraminer being the grapes most typically used. It is a rich style of dessert wine made from grapes that have been left on the The Skuriats with their pinot noir on the vine vine in winter to freeze naturally at a temperature of no warmer than -7°C (Germany) or -8°C (Canada…

      3 readers - By Robin Goldsmith/ The Alcohol Professor

      Madeira Master Class at SFWC

      … that are undrinkable in their normal, vinified state. But this acidity provides the backbone of a wine balanced by natural sugar levels and the addition of neutral spirit to raise the alcohol from about 9% to 18%. With the right amount of aging, a beautiful, complex wine emerges. Madeira is always a single varietal wine. The 5 main permitted varietals…

      4 readers - By Wine Maven in Training

      Wines of San Juan, Argentina

      …Wines of where? Puerto Rico? Nope, these wines are from the up-and-coming province of San Juan, Argentina, and they offer a pleasant reminder of the value that lesser-known wine-producing regions around the world can deliver. They also remind us that purity can equal quality in wines. Bonarda, Tannat, Syrah, Malbec and Torrontes are some…

      4 readers - By Another Wine Blog

      Wines From Greece!

      … and poultry Hermes Moscato Pairs with Greek desserts, fruits and pastries Boutari Moscofilero The wine works well as an aperitif or with food, especially cheese, seafood, white meats and fruit Kourtaki Retsina Great with spicy foods and meze – small Greek appetizers Assyrtiko Santorini Good with red meat Cheese and Fruit Tray Greek Olives Grilled Haloumi…

      1 readers - By Treasure Valley Wine Society

      Livermore Stories: Wood Family Vineyards

      … for one time, when he really liked one particular blend. “We called it 50/50 and it was a blend of a very high residual sugar wine,” she says. “I made a dessert wine out of it, 50% Zinfandel and he liked it with 50% Petite Sirah which was still too sweet for me. Boy everybody loved it. They are still asking for it, so it was a good thing i listened…

      4 readers - By WineFashionista

      The Travelling Vineyard Home Wine Party Experience

      … expected. 2012 Small Hours Zinfandel, Lodi, CA. This Lodi Zin had flavors of cherry and spice, but missed the mark for me as it was weaker in body than I had hoped. Fissata is a red dessert wine with a slight frizzante (like a sparkling wine), that comes from Hammondsport in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. It is made from Baco Noir, Catawba…

      1 readers - By Toledo Wines and Vines

      Serpent Ridge Vineyard, Westminster, MD – September 20th, 2014

      …. Working down the list, here we go. The 2011 Seyval Blanc was produced from local grapes grown at nearby J Rose Vineyard. This wine is bone dry with moderate minerality. Light, citrusy, and well chilled, this is an excellent summer wine. The Albariño is a younger white, 2013 vintage. As expected, it’s a bigger wine than the Seyval. It has more…

      3 readers - By Uncorked Remarks

      Pick Your Wine ‘Off the Wall’ at The Almeida

      … is that guests can literally get something ‘off the wall’ to have with their meal. The wines available were not esoteric or outlandish, though. Many were familiar to me but as was noted, the ‘list’ of over 80 bins will be constantly evolving and they even had a few organic wines available. dessert wine pinot blanc to start The Almeida also has a tasting…

      5 readers - By The Wine Sleuth

      Domaine la Condamine l’Evêque

      …, with a distinct identity. 2013 Syrah – Mourvèdre. Côtes de Thongue. Good colour. Some confit notes on the palate. Quite rounded and ripe, with good spice. ‘C’est le Midi’, observed Guy. 2013 Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium weight. Fresh but ripe cassis. Supple tannins. Nice weight. Very easy drinking. Deep colour. Filled out elegantly compared…

      3 readers - By Rosemary George/ Taste Languedoc

      A Sweet New Year

      … Review of Miharmartif “Antique Red Sweet Wine” and several Boulard Calvados. By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Washington Jewish Week September 24, 2014 Besides being one of the four “New Year” celebrations in the Jewish calendar, traditionally Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish civil calendar and the anniversary of the creation…

      1 readers - By Grapelines

      Four Days in Paso Robles - Day One

      … Barr Estates grows their own grapes, and are farmers first, and winemakers second. Great wines are grown. They have 46 acres of vines, and produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Sirah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Albarino. They also make a wonderful dessert wine with traditional Port grapes. I purchased three different wines at Barr Estate: Albarino…

      4 readers - By The Sommelier Update

      Tales From: Estate 1856, Dry Creek Valley

      … the progress. 2011 Estate 1856 Bordeaux blend: Retail $38. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec. Great Bordeaux-style nose right out of the bottle with a bit of dark red fruit and just a hint of green pepper. As it opened, there was more black pepper and spice. After 15 minutes we tasted. Wow. Rich and full without being over bearing…

      7 readers - By Jeff Kralik/ the drunken cyclist