• Need Some Muscrat Love? It’s at Kerrville Hills Winery

      Label Art for Kerrville Hills Muscrat Love Wine Need Some Muscrat Love? It’s at Kerrville Hills Winery I like this Kerrville Hills Muscrat Love wine for several reasons. The first reason is because at the first public wine tasting that I think that ever did (in Old Town Spring, TX, in the mid-to-late 1990s) I included a sweet and slightly sparkling Muscat Canelli wine from ...

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    • A tasting of 1974 wines (and one 1944)

      Went to a very interesting tasting yesterday. It was a small private affair, held at the Restaurant at Wente, a chic place tucked into the southern foothills of the Livermore Valley. The subject of the tasting was 1974 Cabernet Sauvignon. Now, anyone familiar with the modern history of wine in California knows that that vintage was a very famous one.

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  • Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey

    … and citrus. A fair amount of malty notes follow, together with a much more subtle hint at olives in brine, which offers an enjoyable, almost chewy mid-palate. Just as you think it is going to fade into obscurity, a surprisingly medicinal finish creeps in to surprise but not offend. Drink Hacker By and large, it’s a classic Speyside whisky…

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  • Akiyoshi 2013 Sangiovese Rosé

    … Akiyoshi 2013 Sangiovese Rosé Lodi, California Drink this light rosé and be reminded of playing grown-up with your mother’s make-up collection. She’ll probably yell at you, but she’ll give you a new berry lipstick balm of your very own the next morning. She’s sorry, but please don’t do it again. On the Quini scale, I gave the Akiyoshi 2013…

    Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrellin Sauvignon Blanc- 4 readers -
  • How Much Should Wine Tastings Cost?

    …, Texas area, we visited a number of wineries and took notes as to what the wineries we visited offered the customer. By the way, did I mention that the Texas Hill Country was voted one of the top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations in 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine? One winery had a few wines to taste and the tasting fee was the rare complimentary…

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  • My conversation with a guy in a tasting room

    … What do you do when you’re tasting wine with a novice in a tasting room, and there are points you want to make—and the other person says something about the wine that you don’t understand? Over the weekend I worked a shift at the Murphy-Goode tasting room, the second time I ever did that (the first was last month, at Kendall-Jackson), and I…

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  • I’m the new “go with” wine guy

    … relationships in this industry, and it’s fascinating to meet such a varied range of people with so many different interests and points of view. I valued yesterday’s experience. It enriched my life, and helps me more deeply understand this complex thing we call the wine industry—such a multi-faceted thing, so driven by human personality. When I was a critic, I…

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  • The soft bigotry of tasting inexpensive wine

    … of the world’s most valuable wines, from Romanée-Conti and Grange Hermitage to Guigal’s LaLas, Petrus and the First Growths. I completely understood what it took to produce wines of that quality and complexity, and I rewarded them accordingly. But I always could also appreciate a good, affordable wine. I never shuddered just because something…

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  • VintageTexas: It’s Good to Know We’ve Made a Difference

    … short getting this nation wine luminary on the panel. But, I wanted to see if he would be willing to be a member of the panel joining Austin master sommeliers Craig Collins and Devon Broglie, and local advanced sommelier June Rodil. The only problem was…I did not have Ray’s contact info. 2013 Austin F&W Festival Texas Wine Panelists (Photo credit…

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  • Grgich Hills Winery Spotlight Tasting Event

    …November Tasting Event >> RSVP at your local WineStyles << The Story of Grgich Hills Estate Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white…

    WineStylesin Merlot Chardonnay- 6 readers -
  • Finger Lakes 20013 Riesling Launch–Live! On Twitter and Facebook

    … average (Schloss Biebrech Sekt, Buitenverwachting Rhine) have been largely sparkling. And the last riesling I rated that well was four years ago (Lindeman’s Bin 75)! But I’m always ready to be surprised, and that half the wines we’re tasting are specifically cast as dry gives me hope. See you on the interwebs soon, fellow riesling explorers! I’ll be sipping from my beautiful balcony facing the Bay. Okay, I can only see an inch of the Bay, but it’s all part of setting the mood, right? by…

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  • Thinking about tasting

    … Lots of food for thought in the Fall 2014 issue of Wine & Spirits, which is devoted to “The art and science of wine tasting.” There’s so much thoughtful content, I could write a post on each sentence. Surely that’s the mark of a good wine magazine. The fun starts with editor Josh Greene explaining why he never pursued a Master of Wine…

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  • Michael David Winery

    … was certified sustainable. These days, Michael and David Phillips represent the fifth generation of growers in Lodi, and things are changing. With 650 acres of premium wine grapes, there is plenty of room for experimentation and innovation. The vineyards are irrigated by the Mokelumne River, which carries crystal-clear water from the Sierra Nevada…

    WineStylesin Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • On the Road Again

    … week long: Alder Springs Vineyards: Stop by to taste brand new inventory that just landed in Texas, Marsella from the Alder Springs Ranch will be along for the ride too. Bring your inner geek! Both Alder Springs Estate and Row 5 wines will be open for tasting. Cobb Wines: 2012 Mags. Need I say more? Allocations for his 2012 releases have arrived…

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