Top Ten White Wines of the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

    Now it’s time for the top whites. (you can read about the Top Ten Reds here) We’ve been drinking more white wines lately, and due to that fact we’re expanding to a Top Ten list for whites. There were many good ones. A few trends were that Sauvignon Blanc was everywhere, Chardonnay is still everywhere, and the Rose craze seems to have died down a bit.

    9 readers - By Red Wine Please!

    Gewurztraminer, Aloha Style

    Gewurztraminer, Aloha Style A tale of fruity pizza and aromatic Alsatian whites. Posted on September 28, 2014 by Jeff Alexander Rangen vineyard, Zind-Humbrecht This I say with peace and love: Hawaiian pizza – that is, pie with pineapple and ham – will never pass my lips. If it’s your bag, hey, that’s between you and Domino’s.

    8 readers - By Jeff Alexander/ Pennsylvania Vine Company

      Wine Reviews: Prosecco

      Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog - - 7 readers - Looking for bubbles on the cheap? Well, there’s always Prosecco, right? Right? Umm… Look, I’m rarely excited by Prosecco. I can’t remember the last time I bought a bottle or ordered a glass at a wine bar. But I will admit this: I was surprised and pleased by a few of these Proseccos. Seriously. I especially liked the Mionetto Superiore di Cartizze, which is a complex and elegant wine.

      Wine Blogger Conference 2015 Preview: Get Your Riesling On

      Dallas Wine Chick - - 6 readers - As a follow up to the announcement that the next Wine Blogger’s Conference will be in the Finger Lakes area, the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance asked me to participate in the 2013 Vintage Riesling Launch on Twitter #FLXRieslingHour. Nineteen wineries participated to virtually celebrate the release of the 2013 Finger Lakes Rieslings.

      J 2013 Pinot Gris

      New Hampshire Wine-man - - 6 readers - J (California) 2013 Pinot Gris, $14.99-$18.99, 92 points, began in the glass gray trending water clear with just the finest gold tint. The nose was lovely pome flowers and ripe melon with a hint of orange. Near medium bodied with fair-plus acidity carried subtle fruit flavors, especially a ...

      Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay

      Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog - - 6 readers - Since our last review of California Chardonnay, more goodies have found their way to my glass. This batch includes some impressive value-driven wines and a wide range of stylistic interpretations. All wines were received as trade samples and tasted single-blind. Review: 2012 Ripe Life Wines Chardonnay “The Clambake”- California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands SRP: $17 ...

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      2100 Thackrey Lyra Viognier

      … of the White La Pleiades wine has somewhat muddied these waters... that wine brings a LOT of similar notes in the nose and mouth although coming in at a lower price point... if only Mr Thackrey's memory would serve him on the specifics of the new Pleiades White and how it compares with this one... methinks a side by side tasting is in order! Taste 8 Nose 7 Value 7 35.00…

      3 readers - By Andrew Wells/ Wells On Wine

      Murrieta’s Well The Whip 2013

      … aged in stainless steel. This is a small batch wine with only 338 barrels produced (about 300 bottles to a barrel) with a price of around $22. The alcohol content is 13%. The color is pale sunshine yellow. With the grapes used in the blend the nose should be very expressive and The Whip does not disappoint, flowers, lots and lots of flowers, orange…

      1 readers - By CHEAP WINE FINDER

      Wine of the Day October 24, 2014

      … 2011 Domaine du Gapillon D’Or 1806, Gigondas, Rhone Valley Red, France. The Chauvet family’s Grapillon D’Or estate is one of the classic properties of Gigondas, and it is an old school wine of great character and rustic charms. I’ve been a fan of this wine since the late nineties and have almost never been disappointed with this lovely…

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      Lynmar Estate Picnic Food & Wine Pairings

      …-diverse garden… while enjoying a unique epicurean afternoon… and what do you have? A great day. My favorite spot to take new visitors to Sonoma County for their first time ‘tasting room’ experience has long been Lynmar Estate in the Russian River Valley. When asked to visit Lynmar for their Estate Picnic Pairing recently including a tour…

      5 readers - By Sip on this Juice

      Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s October 25th Release – Tasting Notes

      … $59.95 An enticing nose built of black raspberry, berry, dark caramel, espresso, polished wood and treacle. The palate has other ideas about drinkability though, it is tight, showing a little red fruit, bay leaf, sweet spice and plenty of gripping tannin on the finish. Find this wine 315150 CASTELLO D’ALBOLA RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2008 $22.95…

      4 readers - By Gang of Pour On Wine

      Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard/Vino Cruz

      … 2013 Grenache Blanc, Bokisch Vineyard An unoaked white wine, made entirely in stainless steel. The nose is floral and creamy with a hint of vanilla; it's balanced and rich with a tannic prickle on finish. 2012 Verdelho, Silvaspoons Vineyard Smoky nose; flavors of candied Ginger and mineral notes, but the finish is quite quick. 2011 Pinot…

      3 readers - By Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley Wines

      Wine of the Day October 23, 2014

      …. These compliment his own estate and Trout Gulch offering that he farms with his crew and his own hands, and of which I have mentioned many many times here, all of the wines Alfaro makes are great and worthy of searching out. The new release of Lester Family Vineyards at Deer Park is a rich and opulent Pinot with a gorgeous ruby/red hue…

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      A Hungarian With Serious Stones (István Szepsy Recent Releases)

      … “resplendent” with “sultana, tea, flowers, dried fruits, spices, caramel, coffee, buts, toffee, toast, orange peel, dried apricots, citrus.” You get the idea. This wine… this wine… f*ck me, this is just about perfect for 6P Aszu; extensive, pure, fresh, luscious, and downright brilliant. I also wrote, one the day, that no detail of this wine seemed…

      3 readers - By 1 Wine Dude

      Speechless in Swabia: Tasting with Jochen Beurer.

      …%, and it’s a fuller, more mouth-filling wine with mellow blue tones and hints of leaf and flower petal. This wine is made in foudre, and took an exceptionally long time to ferment. As I look at my notes on these wines, I see many scribbled details: tones and shades, impressions and expletives, but literally no fruit flavors. They were resoundingly ripe…

      1 readers - By Sophie's Glass

      Wine of the Day October 22, 2014

      … of tannin making for a quite serious and powerful red, showing red cherry, blackberry, plum and strawberry fruits along with rocky/mineral, dried flowers, hints of game, truffle and sweet tea, plus minty herbs, anise, blueberry and tangy currant notes. There is a touch of wood with cedar notes and the wine coats the palate and is very full and round…

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      Summing Up Two Trade Tastings - 120 Wines Tasted - Part III

      … of flowers and sweet lemons and a dry, long, finely tuned taste (~90p). The NV Blanc de Blancs has a Deep nose with notes of bread and lemon cream and a tight, focused taste. Very, very good (~91p). Moving up the quality ladder, the 2006 Blanc de Blancs reeks of elegance and intensity while the taste is crisp, cool and concentrated (~92p). On the same…

      3 readers - By Barolista

      The March of the 2013 vintage white wines

      … aromatic with notes of fresh fig, spice, and light tropical notes. The palate is medium-plus bodied with a textured, seamless feel to the fruit flavors and a lot of hang time on the finish. As much about feel as flavor. 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Semillon. Dineen Family and Sagemoor vineyards. Aged in equal parts new and neutral French oak and stainless…

      1 readers - By Sean P. Sullivan/ Washington Wine Report

      Something Special in the Swartland

      … more linear. “I think it has more definition of fruit,” says Eben. “Carignan and Cinsault were also added in 2009.” “Freshness” might be this season’s “minerality,” but the term really does apply. While the structure and flavor profiles of these wines were big, they were lifted by a purity of fruit. Eben opened the tasting by saying, “If there ever was a time machine, it’s wine.” And if the past is any indication of what’s to come from this region, it’s going to be special. …

      3 readers - By Rebecca Canan/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Domaine de la Tourade Vacqueyras, 2008

      … Whether because of the vintage or the producer, this Vacqueyras is more elegant and less rustic than most of its peers. It's really at a good stage for drinking right now. Good honest Southern Rhone color, medium deep, no hints of barriques or new oak. A prominent but not overbearing peppery streak defines this wine. Peppercorn, spice and blueberries with a hint of bulb flowers. Vacqueyras dark mineral tones. Same on the palate; a peppery dance with well defined Grenache/Syrah fruit. …

      3 readers - By Fred Mctaggart/ Artisan Wine on a Budget