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    The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

    The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon I was in a restaurant once where, on asking the sommelier – crisply suited with a dangling, shiny, tastevin hanging around his neck – for a wine list I was haughtily advised that they only have two wines, “a red, sir and a white. Sir”. I, in a fit of uncontrolled astonishment questioned the lack of a rosé.

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    Giving Grand Cru Pinot Noir d’Alsace its due

    The Vineyards of Domaine Albert Mann photo (c) https://www.facebook.com/albertmannwines “Pinot Noir, like Riesling, is a mineralogist.” You won’t find a rare or carefully considered older vintage of Pinot Noir tasted and discussed at a Millésimes Alsace Master Sommelier class. Nor will it be featured in a magazine article’s varietal spotlight on the great wines of the region.

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      Great Wine Made in Southern Ohio?

      Pursuing Pinot - - 6 readers - Yes, indeed! On a recent trip to Cincinnati, I had the pleasure of dining at Abigail Street, a wonderful tapas-style restaurant. Perusing the menu, there was a section titled “Wines on Tap” (more about that below). We asked our server about the wine of the day and learned that it was a Cabernet Franc made at a local vineyard called La Vigna Estate Winery located about 45 miles east of Cincinnati.

      Dotson~Cervantes Something Red: And, Definitely Worth the Wait

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 5 readers - Alphonse Dotson & Martha Cervantes & their Something Red Dotson~Cervantes Something Red: And, Definitely Worth the Wait We met in Mason on a Saturday in September not really knowing much more than what Alphonse Dotson told me over the phone earlier in the week. He said, “Russ, my brother, I’ve got something for you to taste.

      A traditional afternoon with the wines of Carpineto

      Godello - - 4 readers - Carpineto Molin Vecchio 2004 Carpineto brings “la Toscana e i suoi vini magliori” to the world. The producer near Greve in Chianti fashions wines from most of the better, best, requisite and constituent locales of Tuscany. The Carpineto library has been laid down from foundations in the DOC and DOCGs of Montereggio, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

      Errazuriz The Blend Collection White

      Spittoon - - 4 readers - Errazuriz The Blend Collection White One of the highlights of a recent meal with Francisco Baetting of Errazuriz. He was rather proud of this (and all the wines on show to be frank) the only wine of its type made in Chile. Strongly Rhone in style being a blend of 55% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne and 15% Viognier offering “hawthorn, white flower, and spice”.

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      Dotson~Cervantes Something Red: And, Definitely Worth the Wait

      … red that, you know, I feel has been worth the wait.” As my wife and I dined on gorditas with Alphonse Dotson and his wife, Martha Cervantes, at the Sandstone Cellars wine bar, it all became more apparent. When Alphonse flashed me the bottle, on the label, his wine announced itself saying, “Something Red. 68% Cabernet Sauvignon – 32% Merlot. Texas…

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      September 27th at VINTAGES rolls into October 2nd with Taste Ontario

      …. Not the brightest Chianti in the hills but one of a raw, unleashed power. Tasted September 2014 @chianticlassico @MajesticWineInc From left to right: Versado Malbec 2013, Luigi Righetti Campolieti Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2012, Seghesio Zinfandel 2012, Domaine Brusset Tradition Le Grand Montmirail Gigondas 2012, Creekside Laura’s Red 2011, Château…

      1 readers - By Godello

      Dining (literally) Up in the Air

      …Dining (literally) Up in the Air Posted by winesleuth in Food and Wine, Lifestyle, London | 0 comments Sep 24, 14 Last weekend I was invited to a London in the Sky pop-up dining event at Canary Wharf. The event is part of the global Dinner in the Sky series with events in 43 countries. still on the ground coming down The event in London took place…

      1 readers - By The Wine Sleuth

      Don’t Be So Sensitive; Sensory Adaptation & Wine Tasting.

      … in the dark. You enjoyed your front row seats at the OzzFest heavy metal concert but find you can’t hear for several hours afterwards. These are all examples of the way sensory adaptation changes your perception senses. Sensory adaptation can make the job of analyzing wine more challenging but it does have certain advantages. Winemakers would often…

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      A traditional afternoon with the wines of Carpineto

      … 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 may…

      4 readers - By Godello

      Errazuriz The Blend Collection White

      …, and spice”. Originally, as Francisco explained, the blend was based on Viognier, but over time he has tweaked the components to give “a fuller wine”. Only 500-700 cases are made each year. Grab a bottle of the “drinking beautifully” 2011 vintage from Waitrose and The Whalley Wine Shop. For a food match turn to something fishy – A mixed seafood ravioli…

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      A common weal of September VINTAGES best buys

      … this on instead for a mere pittance at $18. Huge wine, with exaggerated mannerisms in oak and high alcohol, though not volatile, even if the structure is value-driven pedestrian. Will work for a welcoming, big-hair crowd. Tasted August 2014 @HHDImports_Wine Rosehall Run Cuvée County Chardonnay 2011, VQA Prince Edward County (132928, $21.95, WineAlign) Today…

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      Giving Grand Cru Pinot Noir d’Alsace its due

      …The Vineyards of Domaine Albert Mann photo (c) https://www.facebook.com/albertmannwines “Pinot Noir, like Riesling, is a mineralogist.” You won’t find a rare or carefully considered older vintage of Pinot Noir tasted and discussed at a Millésimes Alsace Master Sommelier class. Nor will it be featured in a magazine article’s varietal spotlight…

      6 readers - By Godello

      The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

      … Robuchon a couple of weeks past. Our tasting selection of various foods was to be accompanied by a different wine for each of the courses (actually a glass for two courses but one doesn’t like to quibble) with the sommelier selecting the actual wine. With just one exception the wine matches this particular sommelier selected where stonkingly superb…

      9 readers - By Spittoon

      Great Wine Made in Southern Ohio?

      …Yes, indeed! On a recent trip to Cincinnati, I had the pleasure of dining at Abigail Street, a wonderful tapas-style restaurant. Perusing the menu, there was a section titled “Wines on Tap” (more about that below). We asked our server about the wine of the day and learned that it was a Cabernet Franc made at a local vineyard called La Vigna Estate…

      6 readers - By Pursuing Pinot

      The tides that bind: East Coast swing

      …, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and (13 per cent) mitigating and rounding Muscat. In character of what it sets out to define, this 2013 Tidal Bay concentrates Nova Scotia brightness with tight acids and a clear, stain removing shout into the machine. A warm streak of Fundy salinity soothes the savage cool-climate beast. @gaspereauwine L’Acadie Vineyards…

      6 readers - By Godello

      A Wine For Your Burger

      …A Wine For Your Burger Today is National Burger Day. I am sure Burger King and the ol’ golden triangle guys are loving it. But something a little more classy and up-market for us plus something you cannot get in McDonalds, a decent bottle of wine. A warmed ciabatta roll, a dollop of Stokes Mayo, a Muddy Boots Classic Quarter Pounder fried…

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      Three release love for the last long weekend

      … for the final (gasp) summer long weekend of 2014. Clockwise, from left to right: The Royal Old Vine Steen Chenin Blanc 2013, Creekside Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Château Des Charmes Estate Bottled Old Vines Pinot Noir 2010, Nyarai Cellars Viognier 2012, Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc 2012, Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Huff Estates South Bay…

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      Madeira Wine Is For More Than Just Cooking

      …Madeira Wine Is For More Than Just Cooking Posted by winesleuth in Food and Wine, Portugal | 0 comments Aug 22, 14 Recently I had lunch with Humberto Jardim, the managing director of Henriques & Henriques, one of the oldest producers of Madeira, the house being founded in 1850. Madeira has a long and distinguished history but nowadays…

      1 readers - By The Wine Sleuth

      Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 140: Chianti Rufina and a Burger

      …In this episode, Jeff pairs this Chianti Rufina sample with his guacamole burger… Wine Tasted: Nipozzano 2010 Chianti Rufina Riserva Stay Rad, Jeff What’s your favorite Chianti Rufina? How did it compare to other Chianti and Chianti Classicos you’ve tried? Leave a comment and let us know.…

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