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    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 ...

    8 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

    Pinot Noir from Chile, Burgundy and California

    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.

    7 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      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 w ...

      Wine Blogger Conference 2015 Preview: Get Your Riesling On

      Dallas Wine Chick - - 6 readers - As a follow up to the announcement that the next Wine Blogger’s Conference will be in the Finger Lakes area, the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance asked me to participate in the 2013 Vintage Riesling Launch on Twitter #FLXRieslingHour. Nineteen wineries participated to virtually celebrate the release of the 2013 Finger Lakes Rieslings.

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      Señorita Vino - - 6 readers - One of my favorite wine-tasting-gone-wrong stories happened a year after starting my blog when I was invited to join a group of women bloggers on a day of vino tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley. In the tasting room of a winery whose name I won’t mention, the gentleman pouring our wine opened a bottle of Riesling and said, “You girls will love this one because it’s sweet.

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      1 readers - By Write on Wines

      Madeira: My Love Affair Continues

      … The Portuguese island lies 400 miles off the coast of Morocco. The tiny volcanic island is rugged and mountainous. Only a small portion of the land is suitable for growing crops, and then the land must be terraced to do so. The volcanic soil is acidic, a good thing for growing wine grapes according to Mr. Falcão, accentuating the natural acidity of the grapes…

      2 readers - By Pull That Cork

      Christopher Kimball: “Wine is too hard”

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      Three Rosés from Provence, Chile & Portugal

      …, with a touch of the fruit cordial that veers towards the medicinal. Bit of a crowd pleaser, too simple for real class. C+ Tercius Rosé 2013, Tejo, Portugal (£8 Marks & Spencer) Also has a touch of the medicinal and the rose hip here, but the main flavours are slightly tart blackberry and just cooked apple. B- …

      4 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      October Wine Round-Up

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      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

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      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(-) …

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

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      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…

      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 Granger…

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      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…

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      Rant: Local Wine Ignorance

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