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    Fine wines with lunch, old-school wine trade style

    These wines were recently tasted at a rather fine lunch at La Trompette, which is a great restaurant. It went on a long time, as you can imagine. I’m always struck by how well older bottles of top Bordeaux show in these situations, and how inconsistent red Burgundy can be. And the Rhône can be very strong, when it’s the right people making the wine.

    8 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

    Scandal continues to amuse in its wine Chateaux Du Bolet ways

    Chateaux Du Bolet… I have a wine friend who’s equally fascinated with the television show called Scandal. Her website is called Grapefriend, and Jose just found her for me, in a very amusing way, as I was contemplating another blog about this show. We were watching and enjoying Scandal. As the new Season 4 opens, the main character Olivia Pope is embroiled in a love affair ...

    6 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

      The Case of Wine

      Tom's Wine Line - - 3 readers - A post or two back, in the course of celebrating Chateau Gloria, I waxed nostalgic about my long-ago teaching myself wine by drinking through a mixed case that a knowledgeable retailer put together for me. Shortly after writing that, I received an impressive solicitation – from The Wall Street Journal, no less – to try a steeply discounted 15-bottle case (?!) of wine and sign ...

      Chat en Oeuf Blanc 2012

      Golly's Wine Drops - - 2 readers - Choosing a wine by name alone is a big risk, choosing a wine because it’s got a cat on the label is a disaster, but I couldn’t resist this label. I chuckled in the shop when I saw it, and thought I’d pick up a bottle, set it aside, and at the first opportunity I had to suggest a wine when Chateauneuf du Pape would be completely wrong I’d suggest this – “oh yes, I’ve got a nice ...

      New World vs. Old World

      Wine Maven in Training - - 1 readers - As the line between new world and old would wines continues to blur, last week at San Francisco Wine Center we found ourselves stumped this evening as we tasted through 6 comparisons of typical varietals made by old world and new world producers. With each pair, the class was literally split every time on which was which.

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      Scandal continues to amuse in its wine Chateaux Du Bolet ways

      … Chateaux Du Bolet… I have a wine friend who’s equally fascinated with the television show called Scandal. Her website is called Grapefriend, and Jose just found her for me, in a very amusing way, as I was contemplating another blog about this show. We were watching and enjoying Scandal. As the new Season 4 opens, the main character Olivia…

      6 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

      New World vs. Old World

      … writer, explained, when we talk about old world, we mean Europe, while new world encompasses everywhere else. Old world wines are generally more earthy and savory, with marked acidity and minerality and less alcohol. New world wines are typically more fruit-forward, less acidic, and higher in alcohol. Did these generalizations hold up in this group…

      1 readers - By Wine Maven in Training

      2010 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Gigondas “Pierre...

      …2010 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Gigondas “Pierre Aiguille” This wine makes me smile. Lovely nose of red fruit, pepper, olive tapenade, and bramble. Red fruit on the palate with white pepper, green olives, and bramble. Clean style. Great acidity. 4/5 bones $$ Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre 14.5% abv Gigondas (Rhône), FRANCE…

      2 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

      Fine wines with lunch, old-school wine trade style

      … with meaty, spicy characters alongside elegant cherry and raspberry fruit. Detailed with hints of iodine, meat and spice under the sleek fruit. Very interesting. 94/100 Château Pichon Baron 1988 Pauillac, Bordeaux, France Slightly lifted nose with lovely gravelly, spicy, blackcurrant fruit. Fresh and gravelly with lovely fruit. So stylish and detailed…

      8 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      The Case of Wine

      … own mouth, and you can learn wine only with that same instrument. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but it’s no match for the tongue. This entry was posted on October 3, 2014 at 7:00 am and is filed under Bordeaux, California, Chianti, France, Italy, Rhone, Rioja, Sicily, South America, Spain. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. …

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

      Chat en Oeuf Blanc 2012

      … was really rather nice. Nobody expected that of a wine that has a label with a picture of a cat sitting on an egg (not in the egg as the title implies, but that would be weird, right?). It was a lemon colour with just a little hint of gold, it had good legs. It smelled fresh and clean with a little bit of apricot blossom and some floral sweetness…

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

      Some Select Wines & Spirits Portfolio Gems

      … l’Oratoire des Papes, 2011, France ($51.99) – This is one of my old favourites and it continues to please. Nice ripe purple fruit nose. Medium plus body with ripe purple fruit and some vanilla. Soft and round, with spice toward the finish. Rating: Cesari Mara Valpolicella Ripasso 2009 and 2011 Cesari Mara Valpolicella di Ripasso Superiore, 2011…

      3 readers - By Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal

      #WBC14 Pre-tour: Discovering the Diversity of Paso Robles in 24 Hours

      …. This tasting showcased the diversity of Paso Robles while sampling wines made from Cabernet, Zinfandel, Rhone blends, as well as Spanish and Italian varietals. The Castoro 2013 Balena White Blend (Whale Rock Estate) seemed to encapsulate this diversity being a an interesting blend of Pinto Grigio, Grenache Blanc, and Falanghina. The Giornata 2011…

      1 readers - By Todd M. Godbout/ WineCompass

      Altitude 500 Ventoux, 2011

      … This is a co-op wine from the Vignerons of Mount Ventoux. I have enjoyed past vintages--2005, 2006, 2007--but this is my first try of the 2011, a pretty good year in the Southern Rhone. Medium ruby. Spice, red and black fruits, very much in the Ventoux style--fruity but bold. Initially, the aromas do not seem as peppery as past vintages…

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

      Domaine Sainte-Anne Cotes du Rhone, 2001

      … This 2001 is approaching a lovely stage of maturity. Although only a Cotes du Rhone, it is showing better right now than most of the higher priced Sainte-Anne CDR Villages in my cellar. Medium deep ruby, some sediment forming on the side of the bottle. Mature smells of red and black fruits, flowers and wild herbs--all nicely integrated…

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

      Domaine Clape Cotes du Rhone 2007

      … Pretty - petal, violet, mulberry, it's verging on black currant; later smoky smouldering black cardamon. Again, like the 2005, I wonder about the purity, on the tongue, it seems slightly animal and aniseed to conclude - rasping and dry, it seems to resolve and not for the first time, I wonder if I'm jumping at shadows. It's certainly distinct…

      4 readers - By Wino sapien

      Errazuriz The Blend Collection White

      … 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…

      4 readers - By Andrew Barrow/ Spittoon

      What it’s like to be a #wine judge – part 2 #LACountyFair

      … Picking up where we left off, this past May I was invited by Planet Bordeaux, the marketing arm for France’s Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC, to be a guest judge at the 75th Annual Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Since the Bordeaux panel wasn’t until Thursday morning, I was asked to observe a panel of judges evaluating Rhone…

      5 readers - By Señorita Vino