Sauternes is a French sweet wine from the Sauternais region of the Graves section in Bordeaux. Sauternes is made from Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot. This causes the grapes to become partially raisined, resulting in concentrated and distinctively flavored wines. Due to its climate, Sauternes is one of the few wine regions where infection with noble rot is a frequent occurrence. Even so, production is a hit-or-miss proposition, with widely varying harvests from vintage to vintage.
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      How do you serve icewine? Serve icewine chilled; an hour or two in the fridge will allow it to reach the ideal drinking temperature of 10C-12C. The traditional time to serve it is at the end of the meal, when most people already feel full. Many producers feel that icewine shouldn’t be called a dessert wine, as it stereotypes the wine into being consumed only at the end of a ...

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    • Wine Pairing Recommendations for Hometown Foods #SundaySupper

      This week’s #SundaySupper theme is all about hometown and the wonderful memories one’s favorite hometown foods may evoke. Image courtesy of What I call “hometown” has always been a challenge for me. I was born in Chicago, but moved to California with my parents as a teenager. I’ve spent (way) more than half my life in California.

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  • 3 Amazing Dessert wines for the Holidays

    …, or as an aperitif(before dinner)- and as a wine! Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes. Chateau Guiraud is classified as a Premier Cru or “First Growth” in the Bordeaux classification of 1855. Normally you can expect to spend part of your children’s inheritance for a chance to taste a Premier Cru, but not so with Chateau Guiraud. I picked up the 1996 vintage at Costco…

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  • What We Have Been Drinking—12/1/2014

    … Over the course of a week, I taste a bunch of wine, usually with friends, and almost always with my wife. This last week I travelled to Michigan with the boys to visit my family (my wife had to “work” so she did not join us, conveniently for her) and so I was not at home with access to my cellar. Don’t cry for me, however, as I did manage to get…

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  • CASTAGNA'S 2014 RELEASE: 12 AND 13

    … and quinces of the season, dropping soft from their boughs. Kingston black cider apples. It has the forceful texture of a well-balanced red, with that sort of dusty tannin. But the flavour is not at all red: it's more like soft-candied orange rind as much as those over-ripe pears and apples. So you know what I'd do? I'd stuff a brawny chook with whole…

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  • Pre- and post-run wines from last weekend at Pichon

    … on both occasions. Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2008 Mosel, Germany Limey, precise and lemony with pure linear fruit and a mineral core. Subtle melon and honey adding richness. Very pure and still quite primary. 91/100 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2007 Mosel, Germany Sweet grapefruit and tangerine…

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  • PDT, Alder, & A Wonderful Wine Weekend!

    … I’m fortunate to work in an industry I love (entertainment) that by definition requires long hours. Often I work around the clock, and in this industry ‘weekends’ simply don’t exist. So when I get an opportunity to enjoy wine with friends, it’s very special indeed! Recently I was blessed with two nights off in a row. On the first, I managed…

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  • The marathon du medoc

    … So I ran the marathon du medoc yesterday for the second year. it was the 30th anniversary of the race, so even more than usual there was a party atmosphere. There were also more runners – over 10 000. It was a hot sunny day. Great for the vines, which need just another week of this weather for 2014 to be a very interesting vintage, even…

    Jamie Goode/ jamie goode's wine blog- 5 readers -
  • Finger Lakes Wine Tour – Day Two

    … where they set their wine on the scale. For more information on the IRF scale visit . Dessert styles do not need any other accompaniment. They can be as satisfying as a fine French Sauternes or Canadian Ice Wine. Growers, especially those who see themselves as farmers first, love Riesling’s ability to express its…

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  • The incomparable Yquem 1986

    … This was the star wine in a star line-up at Tuesday’s lunch. Just thrillingly good. Chateau d’Yquem 1986 Sauternes, Bordeaux, France Powerful, spicy and intense with lovely flavours of marmalade, apricot, spice and citrus, as well as some sweet melon notes and a delicious creaminess. There’s also a hint of white pepper. This is tantalising. So spicy and profound. 97/100 …

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  • The Scoop on Sweet Wines

    … and adds a delicious hint of ginger and honey to sweet wines. This is particularly effective when producing Sauternes and one of the most coveted wines of the world, Chateau d’Yquem. Residual Sugar The final category of sweet wines consists of wines that were cut off during the fermentation process. When this happens, the grape’s sugar is left over…

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  • Chateau Coutet, a Premier Grand Cru of Sauternes

    … of the wines from her family Chateau in Sauternes that was both crisp and poetic. Sauternes in general is a tough sell in the US. For one thing, they are fairly expensive because of the production of the wines themselves; the grapes must be botrytised, a natural process that cannot be hurried or even counted on completely. The grapes, because…

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  • Sauternes and Cherries — A Special Summer Pairing

    … Those of us who are regular tasters at the Thursday night wine tasting at Fine Wines of Stockton know one of George’s great loves is Sauternes and cherries. Not just any cherries mind you. They must be cherries that are not overly sweet, just a touch of tartness is what’s desired to counter the sweetness of the Sauternes. Rainier or Queen…

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  • 1855 Classification of Bordeaux

    … classified in importance from first to fifth growths (crus). All red came from the region of Médoc except Château Haut-Brion produced in the Graves . White wines limited to the sweet varieties of Sauternes and Barsac were classified and only the first and second growth. Published 18 April 1855, this classification has undergone two changes since…

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