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    Two Pinot Noirs from “The Little One”

    In the ancient Occitan language of the South of France, picho means “petit,” hence la pitchoune is a diminutive for “little one.” That’s the name that Julia Child and her husband Paul gave to the cottage they built in the village of Plascassier in Provence, now a cooking school.

    10 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

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

    Today’s notes feature eight rosé wines, four from France, three from California and one from the state of Virginia. In style they range from ephemeral to fairly robust. I have to take shots at a couple of these examples, but those are the breaks in the realm of wine reviewing.

    8 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      West of West “WOW” Wine Festival, Aug 1-3, 2014

      Wine Oh TV - - 3 readers - West of West “WOW” Wine Festival, Aug 1-3, 2014 held at The Barlow in Sebastopol. A weekend of winemaker dinners, unique seminars, a premiere tasting with acclaimed producers and a closing dinner featuring San Francisco’s hottest chefs and James Beard award winners and nominees from Bar Tartine, Rich Table and Statebird Provisions.

      Wine of the Week

      Bigger Than Your Head - - 2 readers - Gewurztraminer might not be as off-putting to so many people if its name were changed to Steve or Samantha, but there it is, a grape that can be made into one of the most beautiful wines in the world with a name that is almost unpronounceable. So be it.

      Tasting Emeritus Pinot Noir Releases

      Beau's Barrel Room - - 1 readers - A month ago I was scheduled to do a live tasting (I sure do a lot of them!) with Charles Communications and Brice Jones of Emeritus Vineyards. Unfortunately, life got kind of crazy for a time and I wasn't able to join in the small crew of bloggers invited to this exclusive tasting. Fortunately for me, the wines had arrived and the folks at Charles Comminucations were understanding of my absence.

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      Tasting Emeritus Pinot Noir Releases

      … at Charles Comminucations were understanding of my absence. Fast forward several weeks and things had calmed down, somewhat, so I was able to open and taste the wines, taking some notes along the way. We were sent two single vineyard pinot noirs, from Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley AVA's, respectively. Also, a rosé made from 100% pinot noir…

      1 readers - By Beau's Barrel Room

      Best of the West Sonoma County Wine: Where the Fog Doth Rest

      … Think of some of your favorite Pinot Noir producers from the Sonoma Coast: names like Littorai, Dumol, Failla, Flowers, Fort Ross, Hartford Court, MacPhail, Peay, Ramey and Siduri. Then add many that might be new, perhaps Alma Fria, Baker Lane, Ceritas, Freeman, Furthermore, Gros Venture and Soliste, and put them on a grassy tented knoll…

      1 readers - By Wine Oh TV

      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…

      8 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Wine of the Week

      …, Sonoma Coast. The vineyard lies at a fairly low elevation in the southwestern foothills of the Mayacamas range. Ninety percent of this clean, fresh, crisp wine was made in stainless steel, the rest in neutral oak barrels. The color is very pale gold; aromas of rose petals, lychee and spiced pear are highlighted by notes of white pepper, peach and lime…

      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

      West of West “WOW” Wine Festival, Aug 1-3, 2014

      … Sonoma Coast Vintners is an association formed to highlight the distinguished wines crafted from grapes grown on the coastline of West Sonoma County. Tickets are now available for this special weekend at Sebastopol’s The Barlow offering both wine lovers and the wine trade an insider taste of some of the most acclaimed cool-climate Pinot Noir…

      3 readers - By Wine Oh TV

      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