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    Wine & Culinary forum: the Primum Familiae Vini tasting

    The Primum Familiae Vini are an association of top European wine domaines, and we were treated to a tasting of some of their wines, presented by Christophe Brunet, wine ambassador of the PVF and Fiona Beckett, food and wine journalist. They were providing the chat, with Fiona’s brief being suggesting suitable pairings for the wines. She did really well: it’s not a task I’d envy.

    4 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

    Gold Rush: Olive Oil Harvest in Napa, and Olive Oils of Portugal

    Olives in Napa the Matthiasson crew harvesting olives for milling, Napa, Oct 2014 Olives are ripe in Napa Valley. Their harvest has begun. Yesterday, the Matthiassons harvested olives and brought them to the mill to press into oil. They use the oil for personal consumption, and also make it available to their wine club members as an option to add to club shipments.

    4 readers - By Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

      Changes in the Douro

      Billy's Best Bottles - - 3 readers - You are going to be, (or have already have been) hearing a lot about red wines from the Douro region in Portugal. This was traditionally the home of Port, but savvy producers are off-setting the declining market for Port by converting some of their energies to the production of red table wines. Often resulting in reds with the type of concentration we associate with Argentina or Chile.

      Two Affordable Red Wines from AXA Millesimes

      Bigger Than Your Head - - 1 readers - I say “affordable” because this French company, overseen by managing director Christian Seely, owns a group of high-powered properties whose products are not to be mentioned in the same sentence with the word “cheap.” AXA’s estates include the Bordeaux chateaux of Pichon Longueville Baron (Second growth in the 1855 Classification) and Pibran in Paulillac, Suduiraut (First growth ...

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      2011 Quinta do Crasto Vinhas Velhas Portuguese wines from the...

      …2011 Quinta do Crasto Vinhas Velhas Portuguese wines from the Douro make me smile. Lovely nose of black cherries, cinnamon, dried cranberries, figs, and sweet dates. Black and red cherries on the palate with lots of figs, baking spices, wood, and earth. Very nice! 4/5 bones $$$ Touriga Nacional and other Portuguese red blend varietals 14.5% abv Douro, PORTUGAL…

      1 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

      Wine & Culinary forum: the Primum Familiae Vini tasting

      … with sweet black fruits and some grippy structure. Hints of tar and herbs. Still quite youthful and tight, this is already nicely complex with a slightly wild side. Great potential for development. 93/100 Château de Beaucastel 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France Ripe, sweet, but really well defined black fruits nose with complex notes of meat…

      4 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Changes in the Douro

      …You are going to be, (or have already have been) hearing a lot about red wines from the Douro region in Portugal. This was traditionally the home of Port, but savvy producers are off-setting the declining market for Port by converting some of their energies to the production of red table wines. Often resulting in reds with the type…

      3 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Two Affordable Red Wines from AXA Millesimes

      … in Paulillac, Suduiraut (First growth) in Sauternes and Petit-Village in Pomerol; the distinguished Domaine de L’Arlot in Burgundy; Disznóko in Hungary, producer of top-notch Tokaj; and Quinto do Noval, one of the oldest — dating back to 1715 — and most prestigious Port properties in the Douro Valley. Man and woman cannot, however, live by expensive…

      1 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Pre- and post-run wines from last weekend at Pichon

      … winner Philippe Remond Château Suduiraut 2006 Sauternes, Bordeaux, France This is sensational. Honeyed crystalline fruits with caramel richness and some toast. Complex smoky apricots with orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and white pepper spiciness. Complex and complete. 95/100 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2003 Douro, Portugal Quite amazing, with dense…

      8 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      A Day in the Douro with Quinta dos Murcas in Photos

      …Photos from Visiting the Douro with Quinta Dos Murcas After two days in Alentejo we drove to the Cima Corgo region of the Douro to spend a day with Assobio, and Quinta Dos Murcas. Vineyard manager, Margarida Figuerieda brought us to the top of the vineyard in the back of a small pickup truck to see the first vertical vineyard planted in the Douro…

      4 readers - By Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

      Weekly Interview: Aurelio Montes

      …, and the complexity. The most interesting wine is the Reserva Old Vines from Quinta do Crasto in Douro, Portugal. It is the best expression of the old vines grown in Douro – nice fruity flavors of the terroir and the ripeness and softness of the different Tourigas (Nacional, Franca, Cao, Rorish, etc.). This wine has shown that world-class dry wines can…

      15 readers - By Albert Pak/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Taylor made Port

      … and no dis to guest chamberlain Stephen Marentette of Sylvestre Wines and Spirits, it was the 1863 and 1964 that took our collective breath away. “Time is an asterisk.” Taylor Fladgate 10 Year-Old Tawny Port, Douro, Portugal (121749, $34.95, WineAlign) Taylor’s 10, composed from no less than six Touriga and Tinta grapes (aged an average of 10 years…

      3 readers - By Michael Godel/ Godello

      Fifty Wines That Shaped My Palate, 1984-2014

      … Vineyard Malbec 2007, Mendoza, & Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Chardonnay 2006, Mendoza. Tasted at the property — the chardonnay with lunch — October 2010. 48. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut 1998. Purchased locally and consumed on New Year’s Eve 2010, with Imperial Osetra caviar from Petrossian. 49. Pfeffingen Ungsteiner…

      By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Wine Review: Weise and Krohn Valtorto 2011 Red Blend Douro

      … it feels lively not weighty and manages to be rustic yet well-balanced, tough but pleasing. It doesn’t have the classical character of fine wine. It is what it is—a wine with personality. This is a blend of the standard port varietals—Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, and Tinto Cao—which make interesting, savory red wines. In fact, if you want bargains I would buy Portuguese wines right now. They are usually under $15 and almost always rewarding. Score: 89 Price: $12 Alc: 14%…

      3 readers - By Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts

      Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2012

      … bottled. Also, it’s worth noting that it’s not just about wine quality. Christian also takes into account whether or not the wine is in the style of Noval Vintage Port. This seems very sensible. So, the Port itself: it’s pretty good. Certainly worthy of a declaration. Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2012 Douro, Portugal 19.5% alcohol. Vivid aromatic…

      5 readers - By Jamie Goode/ jamie goode's wine blog

      Weekend Wine Notes: 10 Under $20

      …Your eyes do not deceive you, My Readers. Today’s Weekend Wine Notes offer 10 wines priced under $20, in actuality, from about $12 to $19. We flaunt our eclectic nature today, reaching from various regions of California to Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Argentina and Australia, and embracing many grape varieties and styles of wine. As usual…

      7 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head