Wine Education

  • A pair of hearty reds from South West France

    … flavours, prominent smoky oak and (as with the above) a touch of earthy iron-rich rusticity. It does have some of the fragrance of Malbec, but will there still be some freshness in the wine when that oak has subsided? Intriguing, intense but maybe too big for its own good… S(-) Tags: Video Categorised in: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, South West, Tannat, Video, wine, Wine Education…

    Drinking Outside The Boxin Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec- 1 readers -
  • 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 -
  • #WineStudio — Three Expressive Willamette Valley Chardonnays

    …, which were provided to us by the wineries as tasting samples. Jim Prosser, winemaker and owner of J.K. Carriere Wines, and Marcus Goodfellow, winemaker and owner of Goodfellow Family Cellars and Matello Wines, joined the Twitter conversation to tell us about their wines. As with last week, we prepared food to accompany the wine. I prepared…

    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

    … a richer honeyed honeysuckle note. Really like this… S(+) Quinta da Romaneira Verdelho 2013, Douro, Portugal (~£18 contact Liberty Wines) The orchard fruit and mineral notes remain, but this has more exotic fruit flavours – guava, passionfruit – than the above wine. But while it’s louder in flavour, there’s not as broad a spectrum of flavours – in other words it’s simpler. S- Tags: Video Categorised in: Douro, Malvasia, Verdelho, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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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

    … Published by Simon Bit of a backlog in the video department at the moment, let’s see if we can rectify that with this collection of three sub-£10 reds from southern France Coin des Coquins Mourvèdre/Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Pays d’Oc, France (£7.99-£8.99 Old School Wines, The Salisbury Wine Store) Reasonable fruit and freshness, but there’s…

    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 -
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