Wine Grapes

    Est arrivé Fall mais oui poo poo? Vive le bezbol!!

    … in the world. This isn’t terroir. To get to the terroir you need to go deeper.” Rare bottles nearly extinguished brought back to life with care and dedication… spotty leafed newt? Compromise-driven Republican lawmaker? Water responsible farmers in Central Valley? Turf lawns in Beverly Hills? Maybe not that rare. Grassy hints, yellow gold color…

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    Wine Reviews Bold As Love

    … still rainin’ still dreamin’ This heat wave have sapped tBoW’s strength. It is all we can do to pull corks and take notes. Nowatisane? So here they are. Fortunately, all wines tasted were deliciously notable. 2011 Regusci Chardonnay Stags Leap District Mary’s Cuvee $40 online: The power of an AVA in full glory! Stags Leap baby. Regusci…

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    Wine Reviews

    … This heat wave have sapped tBoW’s strength. It is all we can do to pull corks and take notes. Nowatisane? So here they are. Fortunately, all wines tasted were deliciously notable. 2011 Regusci Chardonnay Stags Leap District Mary’s Cuvee $40 online: The power of an AVA in full glory! Stags Leap baby. Regusci is about as down home as it gets…

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    Unnatural Sports R So Not Like Natural Wines

    … a Burgundy. We had a 1985 DRC La Tache like this. Lynne is right. Only buy wines ready to drink. Done. Finito. Nuff said. 13% 2004 Paul Lato Duende Pinot Noir $TAFI: The legend of Paul Lato has been documented on this blog several times. HE has achieved “old guard” stature in Santa Barbara wine country. He has a loyal following. His wines no longer suit our…

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

    … three 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

    … Dilettante” $20 (K&L says they have it): Sparkling Chenin Blanc from the Loire. Yeasty, sophisticated, grapefruit rind, acidic. Loved it. Big hit with those holding glasses. Made by natural wine organic gorgeous (in photo) winemaker Catherine Breton. Committed to the natural movement! At $19.99 a U20 buy. 12% catch the twichen groove doods… COWABUNGA!!…

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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…

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    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

    … Abbotts & Delaunay was born, producing characterful wines that express both complexity and delicacy, depth of flavour and freshness, balance, uniqueness and passion, associated with the region’s identity. Abbotts & Delaunay’s ‘Nuages & Vents’ or ‘Clouds & Winds’ range contains the top wines in their collection, made from grapes…

    By Robin Goldsmith/ The Alcohol Professor