Wine Grapes

    Politics & Wine: Malibu About Face! Timing Raises Eyebrows.

    … years for the AVA Association to win approval for the right to include “Malibu Coast” on the labels of wineries that include a high percentage of grapes [ed. you don't know do you? I could know I just don't want to look it up, OK?] grown in Agoura and on the Coast. Things could get grim. Cut to the cheese. Wineries with current valid permits…

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    Cowabunga!! Labor Day, Monster Surf, Fine Wines

    … to 20 foot waves crashed up and down the coast of North Los Angeles County. We tasted some monumental gnarly ass wines. 2010 Giulo Grasso Ca’ del Bao Langhe Nebbiolo $23 (Wallys): Langhe on the label usually signifies wine made from traditional Piemonte regions not in Barolo or Barbaresco. It can also signify younger vines. This bottle came from…

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    The Naked Truth from an Underground POV

    …desert haboob? play on! The Underground Wineletter is one of the finest newsletters covering wine obsessions since the 1980s. John Tilson is the editor and publisher. He knows wine and is a very decent writer. Much better than the tripe found here [ed. Hey. We like tripe and buches too.] John loves many more California wines than the tBoW Tasting…

    By The Best of Wines

    The Fall, Rise and Fall of Beaujolais

    …Beaujolais has been forgotten more often than whatshisname. Beauj wines were top shelf in the 14th century until the Burgundy farmers chased the Gamay Noir grape – crossed with the blessed Pinot Noir – and its wannabe producers south. Gamay lost its prestige in the wake of Marie Antoinette’s gehackt kopf. Gamay grown south of […]…

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    Dom 85!! Who knew?? Harvey Kurtzman knew.

    …This post is being written in a downpour of potrzebie popup ads. Not good. We have wines and events of import to review so let’s plunge ahead with another furshlugginer post. First things first. Happy Birthday to Dotoré. OK. That is taken care of. The venerable and toothsome reporter and hopeless Dodger fiend owes tBoW […]…

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    Drinking Wines Before Their Time

    …A bracingly warm summer evening in SoCal and an assembly of tasting mavens. Heat driven visions for an epic evening celebrating accomplishments. All that was needed was a collection of wines to taste, discern and discuss their mysteries. We had them… both. But where was the moon? The wines that were opened showed kind of […]…

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    Pinot versus Pinot

    …It’s the BEST of the New World versus the BEST of the Old World… considering VALUE ev kerse. It should be expressly clear by now that Pinot Noir is the second greatest grape among vinifera; the greatest being Nebbiolo, ev kerse [ed. stop that you idjit]. Recent pullage has tested the claim. We pulled corks […]…

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    Classy Chardonnay from the South of France

    …, made from grapes selected from ancient vines grown at high altitude in difficult weather conditions.  The wines, which are produced in small quantities, are characterised by great concentration and complexity of flavour.  One of these is the Zéphyr Chardonnay AOC Limoux, made from grapes grown in three vineyard areas, each of which impart different…

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