Wine of the Day October 3, 2014

    2008 Giuseppe Nada, Barbaresco Riserva “Casot” DOCG, Piedmonte, Italy. This absolutely gorgeous, head turning Nebbiolo from Enrico Nada is succulent, detailed, silky and wonderfully sexy, one of the best Barbarescos from the vintage I have tasted to date and drinking fabulous already, this Nada 2008 Barbaresco Casot Riserva is the real deal.

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    Weekly Interview: Timm Crull

    Timm Crull Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Timm Crull, the winemaker at The Terraces winery in Napa. Timm was an undergraduate student at Berkeley at a time when it was, as he describes, a “gourmet ghetto” – with current titans like Alice Waters and Kermit Lynch just starting to establish themselves in the area.

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

      A New Book on Barolo & Barbaresco … plus a Related Item

      Tom's Wine Line - - 6 readers - The University of California Press has just published Kerin O’Keefe’s Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wines (346 pp, maps, photos, index: $39.95). I’ve been wanting to announce this ever since, over a year ago, I read the manuscript for the Press and enthusiastically recommended publication: To my mind, this is the most important book on these two great wines yet published.

      "resistance is futile" - visiting Breaux Vineyards again

      Wine About Virginia - - 6 readers - Strange as it seems now, but our recent visit to Breaux Vineyards this month was our first since April 2013 when we participated in a blind Viognier tasting. Our last tasting of Breaux wines at the winery was in December 2012. I am not sure why we had not visited sooner. We have been out on Harpers Ferry Road since then and we really like Breaux wines and the staff.

      Wine and Your Sex Drive

      Wine Folly - - 6 readers - Wine and sex is definitely not a pairing that instantly pops into mind. However, even though we don’t talk about it, wine is used as a social lubricant all the time. Which left us wondering… Why is wine and sex a thing? In 2009, an Italian research group published a study that showed a correlation of drinking wine –specifically red wine– increased the sexual appetite of women.

      Nebbiolo of the day! Barolo Monvigliero by Castello di Verduno

      'na cica de vino. - - 6 readers - After shuffling through some 30 to 40 wines at last weeks Domenico Valentino tasting in NYC at I Trulli restaurant I stopped everything the second this nebbiolo entered my glass. Castello di Verduno makes some interesting, fun and easy drinking wines such as their bottlings of Pelaverga which include a bianco, a rosso and a sparkling rosato.

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      Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

      …; however, other varietals grown on the estate include Nebbiolo, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and the state grape, Viognier. The goal is to create limited production wines that best feature the terrior on the Chestnut Oak estate. During our chat, Paul and I admired the murals that lined the interior walls of a tasting room that is still in the finishing…

      5 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

      1971 Barolo Fontanafredda at Maialino NYC

      … Uncorking this 1971 Fontana Fredda Barolo this weekend at Maialino in New York City was reminiscent of opening a coffin in The Langhe and experiencing Nebbiolo zombies awakening from the dead to slowly climb into the glass. At first this wine smelled of rotten corpse, soil and maybe some tar for the sake of tradition. Slowly…

      1 readers - By 'na cica de vino.

      Batasiolo Barbera d’Alba DOC 2011

      … The good people at Mondial Wines sent me this bottle as they know I’m partial to Italian wines, and they’re nuts about them. Barbera d’Alba is one of those wines that’s great because it’s easy to understand. It’s made from Barbera grapes grown around the town of … go on guess … well done, it is Alba. Other grapes grown in the neighbourhood…

      1 readers - By Erin Mellor/ Golly's Wine Drops

      "resistance is futile" - visiting Breaux Vineyards again

      …; but the 2012 Marquis de Layfayette was a very good Cabernet Franc. On the cellar club side, we tried the 2010 Malbec, probably our favorite red of the day, and an interesting blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera called 6 Degrees. Our final wine tasted was the always popular 2012 Chère Marie ($19), a semi-sweet Vidal Blanc. While we were tasting all…

      6 readers - By Wine About Virginia

      A New Book on Barolo & Barbaresco … plus a Related Item

      …” as due to winemaker Alessandro Ceretto’s decision to turn away from new oak “to make wines,” she quotes him as saying, “that express terroir, that taste like they could only be from here.” For me, this is wonderful news: it’s great to have an estimable house like Ceretto rediscovering the true distinction of its region. I also had one other…

      6 readers - By Tom Maresca/ Tom's Wine Line

      Not Quite Right

      … that bottle have for coming up short? Maybe the Champagne had lost its bubbles. Maybe the Chablis lacked the proper acidity. Maybe the Margaux had an uncharacteristically short finish. Maybe the Nebbiolo was past its peak now. But something is not quite right. Now what? When I open a bottle, I want to love it. What makes me love it and keep on loving…

      1 readers - By Jacqueline Malenda/ Champagne Taste

      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

      Pining for Piedmont

      … to most wines at twice this price. Only at Vintages. There is lot of the wonderfully rustic Barbera available, my favourite being Boeri – bright, appetizing, refreshing. The liveliness of Italy in a glass. And at the very reasonable price of $12. Perfect for pasta or pizza night. BOERI 12 Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy 375113 $11.70 CASTELLO DI…

      2 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      What defines a wine region? Questions following TasteCamp in the Hudson Valley

      … made from hybrids that are remarkably popular. In the same way, one can’t think of Piemonte, as a wine region, without evoking Barolo and Barbaresco and the nebbiolo grape, but one can’t forget the barbera and dolcetto that satisfy a great number of drinkers, or the excitement found in freisa, grignolino, pelaverga or arneis. One thing…

      3 readers - By The Wine Case

      Winners from inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition

      … for best of show out of 95 wines from 20 wineries. Mt. Hood Winery‘s 2013 Riesling won the title of best white wine. Bob Morus, owner of Phelps Creek, began planting his vines in 1990 above the town of Hood River with a view of Mount Hood to the south. He now farms 30 acres of vineyards, the majority of which are Pinot Noir. His wines are made…

      6 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      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

      Rosa dell'Olmo Barbera d'Asti, 2011

      …I loved the 2010 vintage of this wine, labeled as Rocca dell'Olmo. And this is a worthy successor. Medium dark, maybe a tad lighter in color and body than the 2010. Flowers, dark cherries and some dark earthy tones that is typical of both Barbera and Nebbiolo wines from the Piedmont area of Italy. Not much tannin but plenty of acidity to keep…

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

      Does the Glass Make Wine Taste Better?

      … I have a cabinet full of wine glasses--a special glass for Syrah/Grenache wines, one for Bordeaux/Cabernet, another for Pinot Noir/Nebbiolo. I think they make a difference to the smell and taste of the wine, but I can't swear by it. I have tried Riedel, Schott-Sweisel and other brands. Again, I think they are better than glasses off the shelf…

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

      Italy’s dismal harvest news: my report for @WineSearcher

      … Nebbiolo, including his single-vineyard wines. But he’s one of few growers who remain optimistic. The good news is that there will be exceptions to the overall bleak outlook. Barbaresco, it appears, will have a good to great vintage and Chianti Classico also fared well. Click here for my report for “It could be a ’72, which…

      1 readers - By Do Bianchi/ Do Bianchi