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    Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Tuscany, Italy

    Bit confused by this wine – some sips I liked it more than others… Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Tuscany, Italy (£11.49 Morrisons) Plus points: I really like the supple woody cherry flavour, notes of herbs a ...

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    Tagus Creek Shiraz/Trincadeira 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

    Bit of a bargain… Tagus Creek Shiraz/Trincadeira 2012, Alentejo, Portugal (£4.50 Asda Direct) I think of Trincadeira as being a bit ...

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      Pinot Noir from Chile, Burgundy and California

      Drinking Outside The Box - - 7 readers - Louis Jadot Côte de Beaune Villages 2011, Burgundy, France (£16.75 Majestic, NISA, Constantine Stores, Bacchus Wine, Noble Green Wines, Village Wines, Cotswold Vintners, Eagle Wines, Partridges of Sloane Street, winedirect.co.uk) Typical young Jadot style, with great depth of plummy red berry fruit and an earthy undercurrent in a firm, tannic overcoat.

      Stobi Vranec Classic 2011, Tikves, Macedonia

      Drinking Outside The Box - - 6 readers - Sturdy fare from a country whose wines we rarely see… Stobi Vranec Classic 2011, Tikves, Macedonia (£10-11 Cornelius Wines, Cork & Cask, Wine Rack, House of Townend, Turton Wines, North Coast Wine Co) Deep in colour, and stuffed w ...

      Three-legged dogs, Jack Dempsey and Rye Whiskey

      Another Wine Blog - - 6 readers - Imagine music so good, so soulful, so gypsy, so nasty, so pure, that it gets into the very marrow of your bones, rips your heart out and washes it gently in the lazy waters of the Delta then puts it back in your chest, only to leave you wanting more. Imagine a transcendent voice, both gravely and smooth at the same time, weaving tales of three-legged dogs, Jack Dempsey and R ...

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      Three Rosés from Provence, Chile & Portugal

      … Château des Sarrins Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France (£15.99 Bibendum, TheDrinkShop.com) A previous bottle of this was extremely awkward and pongy, like it was having a really bad hair day (see here). This one – tasted just a fortnight later – was better. There’s still a light sulphury whiff to start with, but it opens up to show quite…

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      Celebrate Champagne Day Oct. 24th!

      … bootlegger and influence peddler Enoch Lewis “Nucky” Johnson.) Viva la France! Last year we marked Champagne Day with delightful pairings and sabering demonstrations. Champagne can pair with practically anything: cheese, smoked salmon, caviar, chocolates, strawberries, fresh fruit, and even potato chips, says Canada’s Most Quoted Wine Writer Natalie…

      6 readers - By Amy Corron Power/ Another Wine Blog

      Cement Suitcase ~ A Wine Sojourn

      … Cement Suitcase is a comedy – tragedy about a character named Franklin. He works at a winery in Yakima Valley, and has to deal with life’s blows. It’s an award-winning, independent film about a tasting room manager and his humorous attempts to get control of his life. If you love independent films, and you love wine country, this one will make…

      5 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

      Tagus Creek Shiraz/Trincadeira 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

      … Bit of a bargain… Tagus Creek Shiraz/Trincadeira 2012, Alentejo, Portugal (£4.50 Asda Direct) I think of Trincadeira as being a bit like Carignan, and here, it gives similar peppery violet and blackcurrant notes to the sweet berry-roundness of Shiraz, with a note of vanilla making its presence felt too. B…

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      Neethlingshof The Caracal 2011, Stellenbosch, South Africa

      … As of course you know, Caracal is another name for the desert lynx… Neethlingshof The Caracal 2011, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£14.99 Majestic) Intense and fruity, with slightly stewed dark berry and blackcurrant flesh lifted by floral aromas and a herbal note. Some toasty/cedary oaky influence, but it’s in balance with the rest of the wine, intense and quite voluptuous, but still with freshness. S(-) …

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      Stobi Vranec Classic 2011, Tikves, Macedonia

      … Sturdy fare from a country whose wines we rarely see… Stobi Vranec Classic 2011, Tikves, Macedonia (£10-11 Cornelius Wines, Cork & Cask, Wine Rack, House of Townend, Turton Wines, North Coast Wine Co) Deep in colour, and stuffed with dark fleshy berry and kirsch flavours. Also packs in notes of coffee and dark chocolate, but while I like…

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      Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 144: Syrah, Jerky, and BBQ Potato Chips

      …, Atlas Peak, BBQ, Cornerstone Cellars, Food and Wine, Jerky, Napa Valley, Potato Chips, Soda Canyon Vineyard, Stay Rad Wine Blog TV, Syrah, Video, Wine Tasting This entry was posted on October 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm and is filed under Food and Wine, Stay Rad Wine Blog TV. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. …

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      Vetus ‘Flor de Vetus’ Verdejo 2013, Rueda, Spain

      …Best region in Spain for white wine – Rueda, Rías Baixas or Valdeorras? Or somewhere else?? Vetus ‘Flor de Vetus’ Verdejo 2013, Rueda, Spain (£11.99 Meat, The Wine Reserve, Charlie Crown, Grape & Grind, Scarlet Wines, The Jolly Vintner Too, Shaftesbury Wines, The Cellar at Clevedon, Woodford Wine Room, Loki, Wright Wine Company, Richard Granger…

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      Wirra Wirra Church Block 2012, McLaren Vale, Australia

      …A consistent performer for forty years, and still going strong… Wirra Wirra Church Block 2012, McLaren Vale, Australia (£13.49 Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco, TheDrinkShop.com) Ripe fleshy cassis tinged with notes of smoky, earthy spice, some classic Aussie mint/eucalyptus notes, and a leathery note to the finish that will get stronger as it ages. Although…

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      Wines of San Juan, Argentina

      … Wines of where? Puerto Rico? Nope, these wines are from the up-and-coming province of San Juan, Argentina, and they offer a pleasant reminder of the value that lesser-known wine-producing regions around the world can deliver. They also remind us that purity can equal quality in wines. Bonarda, Tannat, Syrah, Malbec and Torrontes are some…

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      Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 143: This Albatross is Fantastic!

      … Loading... Related Tags: Addison Rose, Albatross Ridge, Bowlus Vineyards, Carmel Valley, Monterey County, Pinot Noir, Stay Rad Wine Blog TV, Video, Wine, Wine Tasting This entry was posted on October 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm and is filed under Stay Rad Wine Blog TV, Wine. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.…

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      Izadi Rioja Blanco 2013, Spain

      …This grew on me… Izadi Rioja Blanco 2013, Spain (£14.99 Eton Vintners, New Forest Wines, Charlie Crown, Grape & Grind, The Cellar at Clevedon, Bentley’s Wine Merchants, Loki, Aitken Wines, Lockett Bros, The Fine Wine Company, Winedirect.co.uk, Thedrinkshop.com, Slurp.co.uk) A wine that’s as much about texture as flavour. There’s not much…

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      F’Oz Dão 2012, Portugal

      … The modern side of Dão but still rather tasty F’Oz Dão 2012, Portugal (£7.99 Tesco) Plummy rose hip and dark berry characters to the fore, with a slightly floral note, some spice, an earthy undercurrent and a supple finish. There are more fragrant and complex wines from Dão but this will (hopefully) win the region many fans. S…

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      Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012, Central Coast, California

      …Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012, Central Coast, California Yawn… Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012, Central Coast, California (£12.99 Majestic) There is a touch of citrus freshness, but this majors on rather too plump ripe peach and pineapple flesh, with an overlay of butterscotch – just too large and simple. C…

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      Plaisir de Merle Petit Plaisir 2011, Western Cape, South Africa

      …A South African take on the Shiraz/Cab blend – and rather good it is too… Plaisir de Merle Petit Plaisir 2011, Western Cape, South Africa (£8.99 Marks & Spencer) Bounds out of the glass with spicy dark plummy blackcurrant flavours and a note of chocolate. There’s a little bit of VA (volatile acidity), but this is lifting the fruit flavours…

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