Wine Education

    Mirabeau Pure Rosé Côtes de Provence 2013, France

    Classy young rosé made from Grenache and Syrah, plus a spoonful or two of Vermentino Mirabeau Pure Rosé Côtes de Provence 2013, France (~£13 mirabeauwine ...

    19 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

    Come for the Private Events: Stay for the Conference

    The Wine Bloggers Conference was awesome, but it’s hard for 300 plus people to have the kind of conversations that lead to the stories that I love to tell.  Ironically, of the 39 pages of notes that I took during my time in Santa Barbara, only 12 of them came from my time at #wbc14.  I had the same trend with my photos as well.

    18 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

      How To Write a Wine’s Name—Depends

      Fermentation - - 15 readers - One would think it is a simple matter, but it turns out it’s not. In fact, there are various theories and practices behind the writing of a wine’s full name.

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      Pullus Penina 2008, Stajerska, Slovenia

      …A sparkling blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, but not from the most obvious of sources Pullus Penina 2008, Stajerska, Slovenia (£17.95 Winety) Quite a full-bodied style of fizz, off-dry with floral aromas that make you wonder whether some aromatic grapes made their way into the blend, rich creamy/yeasty notes balanced by citrus freshness…

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      Ceps Du Sud Viognier 2012 Pays d’Oc, France

      …Proper Viognier at a keen price Ceps Du Sud Viognier 2012 Pays d’Oc, France (£7.05 Bibendum) Really good honest style, with the classic oily peach (fresh and tinned), some creamy nut kernel character, with the voluptuous allure absent in too many similarly priced Viogniers. B…

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      Refugio Ranch: A Haven of Calm After the #WBC14 Storm

      … wine and long for the ‘off the beaten path’ experiences that are not replicated with larger conferences. “The more the merrier,” he said – probably not quite realizing what was in store. We met at the tasting room and tried the 2013 Aqua Dolce de Refugio on the patio. The wine, which was made of Malvasia Bianca, was very refreshing…

      By Dallas Wine Chick

      Seifried Estate Gewürztraminer 2012, Nelson, New Zealand

      …No mistaking what this wine is… Seifried Estate Gewürztraminer 2012, Nelson, New Zealand (£11.99 Roberts & Speight, Halifax Wine Co, The Drink Shop, Lancaster Wine Company, The Good Wine Shop, vintagemarque.com) Has all the classic Gewürztraminer pointers – rose petal, lychee, ginger, lime & lemon jelly – plus a touch of sweetness, but it scores […]…

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      Two Provence Rosés from Château d’Esclans

      …The final two of the quartet of rosés from Château d’Esclans in Provence (the first is labelled ‘Caves d’Esclans’ as there’s some bought-in grapes in the blend). For reviews of the estate’s top two wines, click Here and Here. Caves d’Esclans ‘Whispering Angel’ Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France (~£16 Berkmann Wine Cellars, Bibendum, Bordeaux […]…

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      Château des Sarrins Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France

      …Not sure if this wine was as happy as it should be… Château des Sarrins Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France (£15.99 Bibendum, TheDrinkShop.com) Gave this plenty of time to settle before tasting, but on opening, it feels disjointed, with a slightly stinky sulphury overtone that’s still there two hours later. The wine behind is […]…

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      Pongrácz Rosé NV, South Africa

      …A Cap Classique (aka méthode Champenoise) pink made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Pongrácz Rosé NV, South Africa (£14.99 Morrisons) Young boisterous and frothy style, with sherbet-like aromas alongside the strawberry and raspberry flavours. Has some citrus freshness, but there’s also a yesterday’s-bonfire-like smoky note that slightly spoils…

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      Château d’Esclans ‘Les Clans’ Côtes de Provence Rosé 2012, France

      …It may only be the second tier (after Garrus – reviewed HERE) in the quartet of rosés made by Château d’Esclans, but this is still first class wine. Château d’Esclans ‘Les Clans’ Côtes de Provence Rosé 2012, France (~£35 Berkmann Wine Cellars, Bibendum, Bordeaux Index, Ellis of Richmond, Fine & Rare, From Vineyards Direct, Goedhuis, Jeroboams) […]…

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      Château d’Esclans ‘Garrus’ Côtes de Provence 2012, France

      …The finest rosé in the world? Château d’Esclans ‘Garrus’ Côtes de Provence 2012, France (~£70-£80 Berkmann Wine Cellars, Bibendum, Bordeaux Index, Ellis of Richmond, Fine & Rare, From Vineyards Direct, Goedhuis, Jeroboams) Very pale in colour, and needs a little coaxing to persuade it to show its true self – this is a rosé that […]…

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      Going Rogue: A Guide to the Best Parties at the Wine Bloggers Conference

      … dressed to impress – and several of the ladies followed suit. The Ladies and Willie the Photobomber   It was an awesome dinner featuring a wide selection of Rodney Strong and Davis Bynum wines.  Rodney Strong people are my kind of people and I did chuckle when I saw our small little group was out trending the overall conference.  Never…

      2 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

      Customer Education and Brand Loyalty

      … with great Spanish tapas and a talk from a brand ambassador. Interest from customers has been high and we are now in the midst of implementing the plan to begin in the next month or two. Another option to learn even more is to enroll in a WSET course. The Wine and Spirits Education Trust is a global education initiative specialising within the drinks…

      10 readers - By The Alcohol Professor

      Texsom 2014: Ten Years Old and Thanks to These Guys

      … attending, looking for a chance to taste with the best and learn.” TEXSOM 2014 is impressive with 23 Seminars taught by 39 Master Sommeliers, 10 Certified Wine Educators, 6 Masters of Wine. There are 8 certification opportunities offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Society of Wine Educators, Wine & Spirits Education Trust…

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      Etoile de Mer Luberon Rosé 2013, Rhône, France

      …The bottle shape is apparently called Sophia – anyone know anyone of that name with this shape? Etoile de Mer Luberon Rosé 2013, Rhône, France (£11.99 Majestic) Lots of fruit here – strawberry, raspberry and cherry, with crisper Victoria plum and rhubarb to add some freshness. Starts big and fleshy, then a more subtle side…

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      Morrisons Sancerre Rosé 2013, Loire, France

      …Morrisons Sancerre Rosé 2013, Loire, France (£10.99 Morrisons) A wine that combines quite rich rounded berry and cherry flavours with some ripe apple crispness and a gentle earthy/mineral note, but let down by the whiff of sulphur that was there on first opening and doesn’t seem to fade with time.  C+…

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      Argi d’Ansa, Irouléguy Rosé 2013, South West France

      …Definitely on the sturdier end of rosé, this is Tannat with a spoonful of Cabernet Sauvignon. At least that’s what it says on the back label – the link below says 100% Tannat… Argi d’Ansa, Irouléguy Rosé 2013, South West France (£9 Exel Wines) We’re not far off red wine here, with plump cherry, raspberry […]…

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