Wine Education

  • Two Carmenères from Chile

    … finish. S- Miguel Torres Santa Digna Reserva Carmenère 2012, Valle Central, Chile (£10.49 Aitken Wines, Portland Wines, Grape Expectations) Not sure about this one. The first thing you notice is a reduced/stinky aroma, and while there seems to be reasonable dark fruit, toast chocolate wafer-like oakiness and a touch of green bean, the pong hangs around rather too long for my liking. Hmm… C Categorised in: Carmenere, Chile, Maipo, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • WC will teach wine class at El Centro College

    … and Enology at El Centro College (RSTO 1319, for those keeping score), part of the Dallas County Community College system. El Centro’s Food and Hospitality program is one of the best two-year degrees in the country, and I’m flattered that I was asked to teach. So expect an occasional post about the classes and how well the students take to what I’m…

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  • Wine Gifts – A Practical and Pragmatic Guide, Part 3

    … of “practical”, knowing what the other person has, would still come handy. Nevertheless, the wine book would make a great present for the most of the wine lovers. Wine Education. Wine education is fun, it is almost priceless for the wine aficionado. You can never know it all, and even if you think you do, you will still learn a lot, given the opportunity…

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  • Chardonnays from Jura, Spain & Chile

    … flavours. B- Sol de Sol Chardonnay 2010, Malleco, Chile (£19.95 Winety) A rather disjointed style, has lost the bounce and verve of youth, leaving a slightly gawky skeleton of acidity, and while there’s a pleasant mealy note, there’s not enough flesh on those bones. B- Tags: Video Categorised in: Chardonnay, Chile, Jura/Savoie, Penedes, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Bubbly for the Holidays: Why Yes, I Think We Will…..?

    … at all price ranges: De Chanceny Cremant de Loire ($13) This wine from the Loire Valley is complex with notes of apple, flowers, white stone fruit and lime. It is lovely and one of the best values out there. Bocelli Prosecco NV, Italy ($17) Made by that Bocelli that sings opera… It is full of green apple, tropical fruits, pear and floral…

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  • Harveys Signature 12 Year Old Cream Sherry, Spain

    …, scalp itching intensity of acidity to keep it all fresh and twangy. Would be good with Xmas cake (hold the icing), but I’d like to try this with mature hard cheeses – Gouda, Cheddar, Parmesan, that sort of thing. S(+) Tags: Video Categorised in: Fortified Wine, Palomino, Pedro Ximenez, Sherry, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Three Rías Baixas Albariños

    … Mendoza 3 Crianzas Rías Baixas Albariño 2012, Spain (£12.45 Moreno Wines) A year older, and those heady vanilla and peach edges have been joined by hints of pineapple juice. But once again, those rich flavours are bolstered by a lovely fresh backbone, with a bracing saline bite adding to the party. S- Tags: Video Categorised in: Albarino, Rias Baixas, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Two Crémant du Jura from Champ Divin

    … to balance, along with a lightly nutty finish. S(-) Champ Divin Crémant du Jura Rosé 2012, France (£15.80 Tanners) Feels more mature than the above, and maybe lacks the bready complexity, but I do like the developed wild strawberry (fresh and lightly cooked) characters and the hint of rose hip syrup. S- Tags: Video Categorised in: Chardonnay, Jura/Savoie, Pinot Noir, sparkling, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Three reds from Ribera del Duero

    …Sometimes Ribera del Duero can be a bit too big for its boots, but these three were very good. Joven de Silos Ribera del Duero 2012, Spain (£11 Oddbins) Has a youthful juicy crunchiness, with appealing flavours of berries, blackcurrants, violets a gloss of vanilla and a vibrant finish. S- Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero…

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