Wine Education

  • Grapes, Not Wines, Are Impacted by AVAs

    … for a wine bottle to don the Chablis, Pomerol, Bordeaux Supérieur, Bâtard-Montrachet or any number of other appellations, much more than simply controls on where the wine’s grapes were grown come into play. The French AOC system goes well beyond simply drawing lines around a region. AOC rules, unlike AVA rules, dictate (or at least strongly nudge) a wine…

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  • Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    … and peachy fashion, with creamy richness in there too, but then other characters appear – some toasty spent-match notes, a hint of (nice) cabbage, an exotic passionfruit edge, and some earthy freshness (from the Chenin Blanc). The result is complex, satisfying and moreish. S Tags: Video Categorised in: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Stellenbosch, Video, Viognier, wine, Wine Education…

    Drinking Outside The Boxin Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Mexican Wines?: What I Found on a Rainy Day in Mexico

    A Non-Rain View of Punta Mita We recently went to Punta Mita where we stayed at the Four Seasons for an awesome family trip. We were ready for some surf, sea and fun, but the weather decided not to comply with a couple days of torrential downpours. While our kiddo decided to do fun indoor activities, my husband and I braved the weather and went to hang at the Nunca Pool Bar.

    Dallas Wine Chick- 1 readers -
  • #WineStudio — Three Expressive Willamette Valley Chardonnays

    … in this barrel-fermented Chardonnay. I was surprised to learn that this wine goes through 100% malolactic fermentation. Though it is a bit round, it still exhibits bracing acidity. The wine is aged for 18 months in older French barrels. We found this wine was the perfect companion to the St. André cheese and the milder salami. The acidity…

    Pull That Corkin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Edgebaston The Berry Box White 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    … freshness of Sauvignon Blanc is the first thing you notice, but then there’s this woomph of fat peachy Viognier flesh, with Semillon chipping in with its waxy texture. Manages to be full in flavour but still perky and keen, keeps you coming back for more. S(-) Categorised in: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Stellenbosch, Video, Viognier, wine, Wine Education…

    Drinking Outside The Boxin Sauvignon Blanc- 3 readers -
  • A trio of Douro Whites from Quinta da Romaneira

    … pepped up by a herby character and a minerally underbelly. S(-) Quinta da Romaneira White 2013, Douro, Portugal (£18 contact Liberty Wines) Same blend as the above, but feels like riper grapes, and the Malvasia has been oak-fermented. So while there’s a similarly sprightly, stony/slatey mineral character and the green apple flavours, there’s also…

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  • Wakefield Estate Shiraz 2013, Clare Valley, Australia

    … Published by Simon Great winter warmer – although maybe next winter rather than this one… Wakefield Estate Shiraz 2013, Clare Valley, Australia (£12.99 Majestic, Eden Fine Wines, Hammonds of Knutsford) On the young side – the toasty oak ideally needs another few months to calm down – but this is lovely warm hearted stuff, with bold chocolate-tinged plum and berry flavours, notes of bay and eucalyptus, and typical Clare earthiness on the finish. S- Categorised in: Clare Valley, Syrah/Shiraz, Video, wine, Wine Education…

    Drinking Outside The Boxin Syrah- 2 readers -
  • Three Pays d’Oc Reds

    … sacrificing its identity B(+) Vignobles Foncalieu Montagne Noire Grenache 2012 Pays d’Oc, France (£7.38 Enotria) Another honest tasty glugger, this has cherry and raspberry flavours pepped up by some herby feistiness, ripe and fruity, and just on the right side of jamminess. B+ Categorised in: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache, Languedoc, Merlot, Mourvedre, Syrah/Shiraz, Video, wine, Wine Education…

    Drinking Outside The Boxin Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Merlot- 3 readers -
  • Four wine myths that confuse consumers

    … The genesis for this post came from the Lifehacker website, which occasionally does wine items that make me want to throw something at the computer screen. The various authors mean well, but usually just recycle urban legends and wine myths that have little to do with wine in the 21st century. The most recent was an item that claimed you could…

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 1 readers -
  • Lisboa ~ While visiting a monastery a play broke out

    … time of discovery for these Portuguese wines from Enoforum, understanding it’s people first and foremost. In all of my wine education for the last 17 years, nothing can rival this particular Portuguese wine education that the universe has bestowed upon me. It was an enriching opportunity of a lifetime that lingers every day of my life now. Tags: Culture, Enoforum Wines, Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, Wine …

    Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 4 readers -
  • November Wine Round Up: California, Spain & Italy

    For our November #winewednesday, we tried six wines and today I’m reviewing five of them – these came from Spain, Italy and California. Whites: Matanzas Creek Winery sent a three pack of wines – two whites and one red. Matanzas Creek has estate-wines that are certified to be sustainable from two different organizations.

    Dallas Wine Chick- 2 readers -
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