Family Winemakers Recap – Best of the Newbies!

    I attended the Family Winemakers of California (“FWC”) Grand Tasting at the San Mateo County Event Center on August 17th. The FWC is the trade advocate for California’s “small family” wineries (although behemoth wineries like Kendall Jackson and Gallo are also considered family wineries most are in fact smaller family run wineries ).

    6 readers - By Martin Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

    Wine of the Day October 7, 2014

    2012 Ridge, Lytton Springs, Proprietary Red, Dry Creek Valley. Ridge’s iconic Zin blend the Lytton Springs is mostly old vine Zinfandel (about 70%) along with Petite Sirah (about 20%), Carignane and a touch of Mourvedre aka Mataro making up the rest, and all from their Lytton Springs estate in Dry Creek, coming in at 14.4%, with this 2012 release.

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      grapefriend - - 5 readers - Our Scandal wine recaps are back!!! Take it away, Abby… Scandal’s BACK. I’m BACK (thanks, Grapefriend!), and by the end of the hour Olivia is BACK doing what she does best, though perhaps to the detriment of her emotional health. Above all else the wine is BACK in a big old plot-driving way. wine moment #1 We open on a natural-haired Liv—or Julia Baker as she’s now going by—read ...

      Month in Wines – September 2014

      Talk-A-Vino - - 5 readers - Yep, another month became a history, and it is time to talk about the wine highlights – well, yeah, before this month vanishes too. No generic trends or observations, except of a bit more of the kosher wines than usual due to the Jewish holidays. Here we go. 2012 Terrenal Chardonnay, Spain (12.5% ABV, $4.

      Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed

      Wine Country Getaways - - 5 readers - Head to Deaver Vineyards when in Amador wine country Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed Having traveled to Amador County on many occasions since 2002, I consider myself a decent authority on the wine country of Amador. I have seen Amador grow steadily over these years and evolve from a destination mainly for Gold Country buffs to now a wine country paradise.

      Cliffs Wine Picks – Sep 22, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

      Cliff's Wine Picks - - 5 readers - 2011 Treasure Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007 Core Elevation Sensation Alta Mesa Vineyard 2004 Château La Vieille Cure It was a light week, wine wise. My was was hurt in a fall so I had to pick up my work around the house. I also didn’t like drinking wine in front of her when she couldn’t enjoy a glass due to the pain killers.

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      Portland Wine Tastings: Friday, October 24, 2014

      … SOUTHARD WINE CO. Red Columbia Valley (syrah-zinfandel) $15.95 -2012 RENEGADE WINE CO. Grenache “Columbia Valley” $15.95…the second label of Walla Walla’s Sleight of Hand Cellars and a hugely likable red. -2011 ANDREW RICH Tabula Rasa Red “Columbia Valley” (syrah-cinsault-mourvedre) $16.95 -2011 GILBERT CELLARS “Allogroges” Red (syrah-mourvedre…

      4 readers - By Portland Oregon Wine

      Ravenswood Besieged by Nature this Halloween

      … Besieged 2013 This wine is deep ruby red in the glass but I like that it is still translucent even to the core. With swirling there are legs, showing it’s 14.5% alcohol, but it does not feel that strong, with the balance of the fruit in the wine. Upon first sniff the wine had a prominent roasted chicken dark meat aroma, together with red berries…

      1 readers - By Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal

      Fall Creek Vineyards announces new, second location in Driftwood, Texas

      … of Austin in the Texas Hill Country where the sandy loam soil, warm days and cool breezes off Lake Buchanan provide an excellent microclimate for growing premium wine grapes. The winery produces wines made with Chardonnay, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, ,Tempranillo, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes under the direction of winemaker, Sergio Cuadra. The post Fall Creek Vineyards announces new, second location in Driftwood, Texas appeared first on Texas Wine and Trail Magazine. …

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      Three Rosés from Provence, Chile & Portugal

      … Château des Sarrins Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France (£15.99 Bibendum, A previous bottle of this was extremely awkward and pongy, like it was having a really bad hair day (see here). This one – tasted just a fortnight later – was better. There’s still a light sulphury whiff to start with, but it opens up to show quite…

      4 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      A pair of must-try Cotes du Rhone from 2012

      …, Mourvedre, and Cinsault sourced from 50+ year old vines. The fruit was fermented in cuve beton then aged for for 15 months in used foudres. Alcohol 15%. This wine quickly built serious flavors that were lively in the midpalate on the tongue. The wine coated the teeth and gums with a little spicy structure. With air, the wall of flavor developed garrigue and cinnamon followed by dried herbs in the finish. ***(*) Now-2020. Like this: Like Loading... Related…

      2 readers - By Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blog

      An Angel Flight from Montes Wines

      …, Coombsville, and Oak Knoll. The Napa Angel 2008 is Cabernet Sauvignon based. Aromas of spice, red jammy fruit, blackberries, blueberries, and plums were thick and luscious. On the palate, chewy tannins, plenty of acidity, fresh fruit flavors, raspberries, leather, and toast contributed to a balanced and round mouthfeel with spice on the rich finish…

      3 readers - By Cindy Rynning/ Grape Experiences

      Oct. 25 LCBO Wine Picks: Tuscany + Chile

      … of notches is the Quady Elysium that's made using the Black Muscat grape and ideally suited for pairing with rich desserts. Enjoy my wine recommendations for this week. Cheers! Red Wine: CALITERRA TRIBUTO SINGLE VINEYARD CARMENÈRE 2011 - Colchagua Valley, Chile (#056630) (XD) - $16.95 DOMAINE DES BACCHANTES CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2012 - AC, Rhône…

      4 readers - By Jason Solanki/ Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews

      Budget Friendly Wines for Budget Friendly #SundaySupper

      … and South Africa. Domestically – Look for lesser known regions. In California for example look for wines from Amador, Lodi, or Lake County. Find website/blogger who specializes in value. My favorite is the Reverse Wine Snob. Shop for Trader Joe’s and Costco for wine. Both have lots of wines that offer great value. Take a look a box wines…

      4 readers - By Martin Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

      Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed

      … decided to produce his own wines and does a fantastic job. The Rhone-style whites, Rousanne and Viognier, are amazing as are the Rhone Reds, Syrah and Mourvedre. This small winery is a “must” stop on Shenandoah School Road. Cooper Vineyards Also on this same road as Wildrotter is Cooper Vineyards and, like Wildrotter, the Cooper Family were growers who…

      5 readers - By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

      Wine Reviews: Rosé Grab Bag

      … and ripe on the palate with white cherry, strawberry and watermelon flavors. Medium acid provides some freshness while notes of white pepper and green herbs add some complexity. Fun stuff, albeit not the most complex pink. 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. (85 points IJB) Review: 2011 Las Lilas Vinho Verde – Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde SRP: $10…

      3 readers - By Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Oct 15, Pyrenees Wine Region in Western Victoria

      … is a predominance of Shiraz as the variety of choice. This region is predominately to the north of Great Dividing Range. Dry autumns with cool nights make for ideal ripening conditions. Over the past few vintages drought has restricted production of some vineyards, and inhibited the development of new plantings. Use this box to find wine from the Pyrenees…

      4 readers - By Vinodiversity

      Tatum Cellars,Texas Hill Country,Tatum Rosé 2013

      … in the most brilliant way. It has a decent amount of extract and light-to-moderate viscosity that on the palate will play a role in the wine’s overall body, structure and mouthfeel. Right out of the gate, this wine is showing characteristics classic to Southern Rhone Valley rosés. The aromas are delicate with both floral and tropical…

      2 readers - By Texas Wine and Trail Magazine

      Four Days in Paso Robles - Day Three

      … Shale Oak Winery since Friday. A number of winemakers suggested we get there and try their Petite Verdot. This sustainably certified winery is a zero impact winery, from the vineyards to the tasting room. The wine lineup goes from Albarino to Rose to luscious reds. The rumors about their Petite Verdot were correct…dark cherry, smooth and just…

      3 readers - By The Sommelier Update

      Chicago Neighborhood Gem: Unite Urban Grill

      … selections, tap the expertise of Jason Lane who can guide you through the process. My first wine of the evening was a Domained de Lavau, a Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend from Gigondas, which was rich, well balanced, and complemented many of our small plates. One of my dining companions is a vegetarian so we started the evening with fresh Caprese…

      3 readers - By Cindy Rynning/ Grape Experiences

      Month in Wines – September 2014

      … This slideshow requires JavaScript. 2006 Pax Cuvée Moriah Sonoma County (15.9% ABV, 88% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre, 3% Syrah, 2% Counoise, 1% Roussanne) – I’m glad I managed to catch this wine on the way out – if I would’ve waited another year, I think this wine would completely turn over the hill. Brooding and powerful, yet balanced and restrained. 8+ 2011…

      5 readers - By Talk-A-Vino
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