Rhone

    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

    Some Select Wines & Spirits Portfolio Gems

    Some Select Wines & Spirits Portfolio Gems One of the definitions in The Free Dictionary of “portfolio” is “A group of investments held by an investor, investment company, or financial institution.” I thought that for a wine & spirits agency those bottles of wines and spirits are an investment to them. They search out and try to find value, and then share these gems with the public.

    3 readers - By Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal

      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 up ...

      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 b ...

      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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      New World vs. Old World

      … – Northern Rhone Valley, France ($30) Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2011 – Barossa Valley, Southern Australia ($28) Chateau Smith-Haut Lafite 2006 – Graves, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France ($90) Opus One 2006 – Napa Valley, CA ($290) …

      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

      …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

      The Case of Wine

      …, 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

      … the playful name, it’s from the Cotes Ventoux region in southern Rhone, which is always a hit in our cycle racing loving household. I picked this bottle up from a little independent retailer in Coventry, I think it’s name was “Wine Shop” or something equally uninspiring as it had taken over the store, fittings and half of the sign of the Threshers Wine…

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

      Some Select Wines & Spirits Portfolio Gems

      … with light spiciness, and flavours of apricots and stone fruit. Light acidity. A very interesting wine. Rating: Ogier Cotes du Rhone Heritages Blanc, 2013, France ($17.99) – Very light fruit nose. Dry with medium body. Red apple flavour and soft acidity. Some spice on the finish. This is an easy sipper. Rating: Domaine Laroche Saint Martin Chablis…

      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 blends…

      5 readers - By Señorita Vino

      Rhone Valley Adventures Part Two - Southern Rhone

      …Experiencing the sights, the history, the wine and the food of Southern Rhone! Also be sure to check out Part One of this series, focusing on Northern Rhone. And to aid in your own exploration of wines from The Rhone Valley, our friends at Marketview Liquor are offering FREE SHIPPING on 11 great Rhone Valley values! Check out the end of today's…

      6 readers - By Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob