Wine Education

    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 ...

    11 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

    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 li ...

    8 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Chardonnays from France, Chile, South Africa & California

      Drinking Outside The Box - - 7 readers - Blason de Bourgogne Chablis La Réserve 2012, Burgundy, France (£12.99 Sainsbury’s) Typical (decent) Chablis, seems as if it’s going to be quite rich, creamy and nutty, but then the citrus finesse kicks in, along with a touch of brine. B+ Kalfu Kuda Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Leyda, Chile (£11.99 The Wine Treasury may have it soon) Plenty of fruit here – grapefruit, pineapple and n ...

      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 wit ...

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      October Wine Round-Up

      … a conductor’s crescendo. The second wine was the 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which continues to ‘hands down’ be one of my favorite Napa Valley Cabernets (just do a Google search of Cornerstone and Dallas Wine Chick and you can follow my love affair with these wines). Rose 2013 Anna de Joyeuse, Camas, Pinot Noir Rose – Lots of red…

      1 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

      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…

      8 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Two UNT classes and one very important wine lesson

      …You can always trust a man in a hat who talks about cheap wine. This has not been the best of times for the Wine Curmudgeon, as anyone who has visited the blog over the past three or four months may have noticed. The posts have been a little crankier, my patience has been a little shorter, and the supply of quality cheap wine has seemed ever…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      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(-)…

      4 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

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

      … 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: Matt…

      2 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

      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 these and the velvety texture, maybe it’s just a bit too ripe, and there’s always that central European earthy beetroot/tomato character lurking in the background. B+…

      6 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Carissa Mondavi, Continuum Estates: Women in Wine Series

      …Join me for my interview in PRiME Magazine and YouTube Videos with Carissa Mondavi, granddaughter of Robert Mondavi, daughter of Tim Mondavi as she and her family continue Robert's dream of making world class wines. This Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley, location is optimal for making truly complex fine wines. Carissa discusses the unique terroir of the vineyards, winemaking techniques, and the changing environment of women in the wine industry. Enjoy! Youtube: Mondavi history and dream Youtube: Tour of Continuum Estates.…

      1 readers - By GrapeStone Concepts

      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…

      3 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      The Wines of San Juan and the Quest for Dallas Distribution

      …Arturo Guillermo Arias, President, Finca Sierras Azules, and Marcela Nunez, Translator Recently, I was invited by the producers of the San Juan Province in Argentina to try the wines of approximately 20 of their producers. The event, which was hosted by the Federal Investment Council of the Argentine Government (CFI) and held…

      4 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

      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…

      1 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Rant: Local Wine Ignorance

      …Are you ignorant about the wines produced in your state? How much do you know about these local wineries? Have you tasted any of their wines? Or have you made an assumption that the wines aren't worthy of tasting? The time is now to battle ignorance about local wines. Today starts the 7th Annual Drink Local Wine Week, an event founded by Drink…

      6 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      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…

      4 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      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-…

      4 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      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…

      6 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      2014 Drink Local Wine Week: Starting October 12

      …Drink Local Wine (DLW), the organization whose goal is to bring greater attention to regional wines, announces that the seventh annual Drink Local Wine Week (formally Regional Wine Week) will take place the week of October 12, 2014. The members of DLW encourage all North American wine critics, bloggers, and broadcasters to participate…

      2 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie