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    Cool Beauty: Tasting the Wines of the Western Sonoma Coast

    10.04.2014 Cool Beauty: Tasting the Wines of the Western Sonoma Coast I'll admit it. I'm an acid freak. More than anything else in a wine, I'm looking for the juiciness that I get from well-balanced wines that lean towards the lower side of pH. There's nothing quite like that zip and crackle of a wine that gets your tastebuds tingling and your mouth watering.

    9 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    Wine of the Day September 27, 2014

    2011 Ferrando, La Torrazza, Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG, Piedmonte, White, Italy. This seriously delicious Italian white from northern Piedmonte in the greater Canavese area, a new hot spot for great wines, especially this tasty Erbaluce from Ferrando, one of the regions best and traditional producers. The 2011 Erbaluce di Caluso is gorgeous with aromas of fresh picked apples, garde ...

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      Bubbles and Brunch: Mionetto Prosecco Brut and Mexican Egg Casserole

      Grape Experiences - - 7 readers - We can wine and dine our way through the week but when it comes to the weekends, nothing is better than savory brunch fare and a glass of bubbly. There is something about sparkling wine which makes the start of a day so much better! And to be fair to all of those who love to sleep in and enjoy a mid morning meal, bubbles and brunch are terrific any day of the week! Each year, Mr.

      Cedro Do Noval 2009: A Touch Of The Rhône In Portugal

      The Passionate Foodie - - 7 readers - If you know the winery Quinta do Noval, you probably are familiar with their iconic Ports but did you also know they make table wines as well? Dating back to 1715, Quinta do Noval is one of the oldest Port houses and has been a pioneer in Port production in several different aspects. They were also one of the first producers to experiment with Rhône varietals, such as Syrah.

      New Issue of The SOMM Journal Features Zinfandel from Croatia

      Wines of Croatia - - 7 readers - The Sommelier Journal, recently re-launched and re-branded as The SOMM Journal, just published its October/November 2014 issue (Vol. 1/ No. 3), which includes an article entitled “Zinfandel – A Sort of Homecoming”, written by Wines of Croatia founder, Certified Sommelier, and regular contributor to this blog, Cliff Rames.

      Wine Reviews: Prosecco

      Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog - - 7 readers - Looking for bubbles on the cheap? Well, there’s always Prosecco, right? Right? Umm… Look, I’m rarely excited by Prosecco. I can’t remember the last time I bought a bottle or ordered a glass at a wine bar. But I will admit this: I was surprised and pleased by a few of these Proseccos. Seriously. I especially liked the Mionetto Superiore di Cartizze, which is a complex and elegant wine.

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      2013 Handcraft Cabernet Sauvignon

      … Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon; Sangiovese Region: California – USA Cost: $13 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Robust aromas of black cherry, black peppercorn, and violet greet your nose. The layers of flavor that follow are nothing short of fantastic with hints of black fruit compote, clove, spice, and black currant. This full bodied wine is rich…

      4 readers - By George Perry/ The Good Wine Guru

      Wine of the Day October 23, 2014

      … is a real jewel, it shows loads of character and depth, but is stylish and only about 13.5% alcohol making for a focused and dynamic offering from a winery already on a roll with 2012 and 2013 wines that are glorious, drink this one from 2014 to 2021. ($40 Est.) 94+ Points, grapelive This entry was posted in Wine Articles, Wine Reviews on October 23, 2014 by admin.…

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      Wine of the Day October 22, 2014

      … time trying this opulent and unique red from Matthiasson, and I can tell you it was a stylish and wonderful experience, this is super stuff with dark fruit, hints of herb, spice and mineral. Refosco, found mostly in Friuli, Colli Orientali Italyi, but is also widely planted in Slovenia and even Croatia, it is a tannic and identified by it’s red stems…

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      Wine of the week: Moulin de Gassac Guilhem 2013

      … The Wine Curmudgeon is a sucker for wines made with less known grapes from less known parts of the world. That’s because the revolution in winemaking and grape growing technology over the past 20 years has allowed these regions to improve quality with grapes that aren’t in great demand. Hence, a much better chance of quality wine for less money…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Wine of the Day October 21, 2014

      … Passalaqua’s Sandlands wine are a must find, don’t miss this one if you are a Syrah fan, and the this whole cluster, native yeast, Alban clone version from Soberanes is a star, an impressive example of winemaking, site and vintage! ($48 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive This entry was posted in Wine Articles, Wine Reviews on October 21, 2014 by admin.…

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      Wine of the Day October 20, 2014

      … 2013 Domaine du Vissoux, Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes, Cuvee Traditionnelle, France. Pierre-Marie Chermette’s Vissoux old vine Beaujolais is a Gamay wonderland and one of the best non Crus I’ve ever tried, this is serious and beautiful wine that offers joyous fruit and intriguing complexities. The 2013 Pierre-Marie Domaine du Vissoux Cuvee…

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      2011 Wildhaven Blazing Red

      … a run to grab beer for backyard projects, I took the time to run through a tasting of several red and white wines that had found their way onto a table with some of those aforementioned coupons. Several stood out (two came home with me), and I recently opened up the 2011 Wildhaven Blazing Red to pair with some dinner…and to share with my wife…

      1 readers - By George Perry/ The Good Wine Guru

      An Angel Flight from Montes Wines

      …, Coombsville, and Oak Knoll. The Napa Angel 2008 is Cabernet Sauvignon based. Aromas of spice, red jammy fruit, blackberries, blueberries, and plums were thick and luscious. On the palate, chewy tannins, plenty of acidity, fresh fruit flavors, raspberries, leather, and toast contributed to a balanced and round mouthfeel with spice on the rich finish…

      3 readers - By Cindy Rynning/ Grape Experiences

      Wine of the Day October 19, 2014

      … 2012 Alfredo Maestro Tejero, Tinto Castrillo de Duero, Spain. Coming from 70+ year old Tinto Fino (100% Tempranillo) grown at elevation on clay, loamy soils in Burgos, Ribera del Duero from a single vineyard parcel called La Ladera using all natural techniques and about 20% whole cluster in fermentation. I always am drawn to this wine…

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      Wine Reviews: Rosé Grab Bag

      … Summer’s been over for a while. Sigh. But rosé season never really ends — at least it shouldn’t. I drink the pink year-round because I love the crispness of dry rosé and the food pairing options. And a lot of rosé wines get discounted after their summer heyday, so bargains abound. These wines were received as trade samples and tasted sighted…

      3 readers - By Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      McCay Lot 13 Tempranillo

      … Posted on 18 October 2014. Wine Review: 2012 McCay Lot 13 Tempranillo, Lodi, CA One of the brightest shining stars of the Lodi wine world has to be Michael McCay and the magical Midas touch he brings to all the wines he makes. This 2012 Tempranillo is no exception, this grape (Tempranillo) never ceases to amaze me with its ability to express…

      5 readers - By Marc Hinton/ Enobytes

      Wine of the Day October 18, 2014

      …2013 Christian Venier, Cheverny, Les Hauts de Madon, Loire Valley Red, France. This crisp and spicy loire red is lovely and fresh with tangy red fruits, lifting acidity, mineral notes and soft fine tannins, making for a stylish and easy drinking wine. Christian Venier’s Cheverny is a cuvee of Gamay and Pinot Noir from near his home in Madon…

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      Wines of the Week: October 17, 2014

      …-World, old-vine wine. Scagliola Sansí Barbera d’Asti Frem DOCG 2012 15% abv | $23 A substantial Barbera with a dense core of blackberry fruits plaited with leather and tea. Top notes of eucalyptus, juniper, and spearmint add dimension and interest, but overall this wine feels a little plush and obvious. Best served with robust flavors, like roasted…

      2 readers - By Maker's Table

      Wine of the Day October 17, 2014

      … an impression, you really should check them out, and especially his Tinto’s from old vines, which are mostly Tempranillo, but also some Garnacha from near Ribera del Duero and also the Madrid region, these are lovely expressions of place. ($32 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive avail at This entry was posted in Wine Articles, Wine Reviews on October 17, 2014 by admin.…

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      Gran Reserva Rioja: The Beauty of Aged Spanish Wine

      … My love of Spanish wine is well known, from Basque Txavoli to Sherry, from Albarino to Mencia. They make excellent wine at all price points, and have some intriguing indigenous grapes. The country is rich in wine history, and there is much diversity to be found. I've traveled to Spain three times, including to the Rioja region, and would return…

      6 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie
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