Rose Wines

    A Pair of Côtes de Provence Rosés with a Charming Story

    …All sorts of reasons exist to justify our interest in wine — wine tastes great, on its own and with food; wine is a complicated beverage that encourages thought and contemplation; wine gets you drunk — and one of those reasons is the story behind the wine. Now not all wines have compelling stories. The cheap wine fostered in vast vineyards…

    2 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    Wonderful Winderlea!

    …The centerpiece of Friday’s agenda was a summer wine pairing luncheon at one of my favorite Oregon wineries, Winderlea, that is in the heart of the Dundee area. On the way out of Salem, we stopped at St. Innocent, a winery I have never visited that came highly recommended. We enjoyed one of the wine flights offered and I particularly liked…

    5 readers - By Pursuing Pinot

    Weekend Wine Notes: A bouquet of rosés and a few thorns

    …. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dunstan Durell Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir 2013, Sonoma Coast. 13% alc. 92 cases. Light but bright copper-salmon-topaz hue; strawberries and red currants, both fresh and dried, blood orange, note of pomegranate; lovely, lithe and supple but energized by brisk acidity; floral…

    8 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    A Rosé by Any Other Name ….

    ……might be called the Isabel Mondavi Deep Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, and in case any of you winemakers out there are thinking, “What a great name! I think I’ll use ‘deep rose’ for my label,” there’s a little trademark symbol that protects the name from other use. Anyway, this is 100 percent cabernet sauvignon, from vineyards…

    2 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    Two Pinot Noirs from “The Little One”

    …, that makes tiny amounts of wine from Sonoma Coast grapes. Winemaker and partner is Andrew Berge, and he turns out, at least in the samples I was sent, wines of wonderful finesse and elegance. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The color of La Pitchoune Vin Gris of Pinot…

    10 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    Wine of the Week

    …You’ll have to do a little searching for this beauty, My Readers, because the production is limited, but if you’re a fan of rosé wines, this is worth a phone call or visit to the winery website. The MacPhail Family Wines Rosé of Pinot Noir 2013, Sonoma Coast, offers a radiant copper-salmon color and bright aromas of dried red currants…

    7 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    Weekend Wine Notes: 10 Under $20

    …Your eyes do not deceive you, My Readers. Today’s Weekend Wine Notes offer 10 wines priced under $20, in actuality, from about $12 to $19. We flaunt our eclectic nature today, reaching from various regions of California to Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Argentina and Australia, and embracing many grape varieties and styles of wine. As usual…

    7 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    Brad and Angelina Made a Wine

    … in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, last year released the first wine from their Chateau Miraval property, a Côtes de Provence Rosé 2012. I didn’t try that wine but we just drank the second release, the Chateau Miraval 2013, and it’s a honey. Every aspect of this product is thoughtfully and exquisitely executed, including the elegant bottle that resembles…

    By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    The Best Wines I Tasted in the High Plains of Texas

    …I can’t say a great deal about most of these wines, because they were tasted on the fly or at a buffet lunch or dinner during my sojourn in the High Plains AVA (indicated in the map) back in the month of May. And My Readers throughout the country will recognize that the enterprise is inherently unfair in relationship to their curiosity because…

    By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head