Loire Valley

    Unusual Loire valley wines

    There are a few worse ways to spend a weekend evening than sharing wine with a friend ...

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    Another Sabering Attempt

    This past week, I had the brilliant idea to try to saber a bottle of sparkling wine with something other than a saber. The video of the attempt is below ...

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      The Snooth Vouvray Virtual Tasting

      50 States of Wine - - I was lucky enough recently to participate in a Snooth Virtual Tasting, focused on Chenin Blanc, from Vouvray in the Loire Valley of France. I received samples of the Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec Cuvee Silex 2012 and the Sylvain Gaudron Vouvray Brut 2011. Two other bottles, the Domaine du Margalleau Vouvray Sec 2011 and Champalou Petillant Brut NV, were also discussed.

      Fifty Wines That Shaped My Palate, 1984-2014

      Bigger Than Your Head - - I started this post as a way of commemorating my 30th anniversary in wine-writing, reached, as My Regular Readers know — bless your little pointy heads and may your tribes increase — early in July. Initially, the concept was “Fifty Great Wines,” but I decided that choosing 50 “great” wines from 30 years of tasting would be an impossible and probably just stupid and futile task.

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      Fifty Wines That Shaped My Palate, 1984-2014

      … Sauvignon 1999, Oakville District, Napa Valley. June 2002, a sample for review. 28. Sineann Reed and Reynolds Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Tasted at the International Pinot Noir Conference, McMinnville, August 2002. 29. Nicolas Joly Clos de la Bergerie 1999, Savennières-Roches-aux-Moines, Loire Valley, France. New York, at La…

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      The Snooth Vouvray Virtual Tasting

      …I was lucky enough recently to participate in a Snooth Virtual Tasting, focused on Chenin Blanc, from Vouvray in the Loire Valley of France. I received samples of the Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec Cuvee Silex 2012 and the Sylvain Gaudron Vouvray Brut 2011. Two other bottles, the Domaine du Margalleau Vouvray Sec 2011 and Champalou Petillant…

      By 50 States of Wine

      Another Sabering Attempt

      …This past week, I had the brilliant idea to try to saber a bottle of sparkling wine with something other than a saber. The video of the attempt is below. Perhaps the most amazing thing about the entire thing was that my wife, who filmed the "event" did not emit any discernible sounds during the process. Although just past halfway through I could…

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      Unusual Loire valley wines

      …There are a few worse ways to spend a weekend evening than sharing wine with a friend. Sometimes there is even pizza, so things get even better. Last weekend’s wines had a theme: Loire valley weird stuff. We started out … Continue reading →…

      3 readers - By Wine Ramblings

      Try These 5 $15 Sauvignon Blancs from Touraine, France

      …Getting ready for tomorrow’s Vouvray twitter tasting with Snooth.com (Weds Aug 6 2014 (5:30pm PST; we’ll be trying two dry wines and two sparkling wines  and learning how Chenin Blanc thrives in the region, and the effects of that terroir) made me recall how many great wines from the Loire Valley in France I’ve had the … Continue reading →…

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      Rose and whites, it’s summer after all

      …Now that I am back to a more regular posting and drinking schedule, my weekend tasting nights have picked up again. As the picture below will show, life was good. Here is the lineup from that evening. Philippe Tessier, Cheverny … Continue reading…

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