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    Lavau Wines of the Southern Rhône

    Early in my wine journey, I was a little terrified of French wines. I didn't know a lot about them, they seemed expensive, and unlike Italian and German, I've never been fully comfortable speaking en français. To this day, I am bound to mispronounce something like Monbazillac to sound like "ball sack".

    5 readers - By Ben Carter/ Benito's Wine Reviews

    Nicolas Perrin Crozes Hermitage Blanc 2012

    Northern Rhone whites are some of the unheralded stars of the wineworld. There’s a good story to this wine, too. Before around 1995, Jaboulet were one of the top producers in the northern Rhône. Something seemed to go wrong after this with the Jaboulet wines, and in 2006 the family sold to the Freys from Bordeaux.

    4 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Things are a little yeasty in there

      Luscious Lushes - - 3 readers - After meandering over to Alta Maria, it was finally time to meet my #QBP – Queen Bitches Posse over at Tercero Wines, around the corner in Los Olivos. As I had somewhat secretly clandestinely arranged this day of pre-WBC shenanigans, I was looking forward to being able to relax and enjoy my free day before the conference officially got under way.

      Three lovely Rhones: two Chaves and a La Turque

      jamie goode's wine blog - - 2 readers - Had a great lunch at The Glasshouse restaurant in Kew yesterday, hosted by Keith Prothero. In attendance: Malcolm Thwaites, Greg Sherwood and me. The Glasshouse is such a great restaurant. I have never been disappointed with the food there: really beautifully presented, but also perfectly judged flavours.

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      Wino sapien - - 2 readers - My grasp of French is atrocious. A year of high school tuition decades ago only giving me insight into how much I disliked my teacher. This is of course mostly my own fault and now I see just what I have missed. Without language so many doors remain locked. . . not unexpectedly during my sojourn to Paris, I felt excluded.

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      Dijon: Cremant de Bourgogne

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      Lavau Wines of the Southern Rhône

      …Early in my wine journey, I was a little terrified of French wines. I didn't know a lot about them, they seemed expensive, and unlike Italian and German, I've never been fully comfortable speaking en français. To this day, I am bound to mispronounce something like Monbazillac to sound like "ball sack". However, at a couple of tastings I…

      5 readers - By Ben Carter/ Benito's Wine Reviews

      A couple from Jean-Luc Colombo

      …Jean-Luc Colombo, based in Cornas, is a Rhone modernist. His Cornas wines aren’t in my favourite style, I’m afraid. But I do like the wines he makes when he tries less hard: I bought a case of his northern Rhone Vin du Pays a year or so back, made from declassified young vine Cornas fruit because it was so honestly northern Rhone in style. And I…

      1 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Things are a little yeasty in there

      … in artistic, small production Rhone style red & white wines. Mastermind Mad Scientist Larry Schaffer creates unique, small lot wines from Viognier to Grenache, and everything in between. Larry has also been mastering his breadmaking skills, and on this visit we were treated to all things yeast – one of his passions, and three kinds of bread…

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      Nicolas Perrin Crozes Hermitage Blanc 2012

      …Northern Rhone whites are some of the unheralded stars of the wineworld. There’s a good story to this wine, too. Before around 1995, Jaboulet were one of the top producers in the northern Rhône. Something seemed to go wrong after this with the Jaboulet wines, and in 2006 the family sold to the Freys from Bordeaux. Nicolas Jaboulet and the Perrin…

      4 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Three lovely Rhones: two Chaves and a La Turque

      … at a larger gathering. There’s only limited joy in a single mouthful of truly great wine. So I’ll start with the three Rhones. We tasted everything blind, so my notes are a mix of blind and sighted descriptors. Chave Hermitage Blanc 1990 Northern Rhone, France Quite deep yellow in colour. Mature nose with toast, apricot, nuts and some honey. The palate…

      2 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Notes

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      2010 E. Guigal Château D’Ampuis Côte-Rôtie I’m...

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      2011 Domaine de Durban Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Dessert,...

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      Six of the best wines for barbecues!

      …Barbecuing is a masterful style of cooking and it requires equally regal wines – here are six of the best to go with the recipes in Weekend Magazine today. 2013 Casillero del Diablo, Devil’s Collection Red, Chile (£7.00, reduced to 3 for £20 until 3 August, Asda). The new vintage of DC Red is a stunner. Like is predecessor it is packed with juicy…

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      Rosés of Summer – Tribute to Grace Grenache Rosé

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      Passing Through Paso

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      2007 Vignobles Brunier Domaine de Vieux Télégraphe La...

      … 2007 Vignobles Brunier Domaine de Vieux Télégraphe La Crau Keeping an eye on my Vieux Télégraphe, in case anyone tries to steal it. Red cherries, currants, black cherries, and blackberry preserves. Green and black olives. Black pepper dusting. Anise and bay leaf. Dry earth. All on the nose. Lots of warmth from the alcohol and great acidity…

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      Avignon (P1): Popes, Palaces, YMCAs, And Wine from Visan?

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