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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 Review: Vincent Girardin Santenay Les Gravières 1Er Cru Pinot Noir 2009

    All wine writers have a very solemn duty—when you find an affordable, quality, pinot noir from Burgundy, you must drop everything and report it to your readers. They are so rare you can spend months seeking one in the wild and come up with nothing. Yesterday, while participating in a blind-tasting presentation at the Newport Beach Wine and Food festival organized by Wine Elite, ...

    8 readers - By Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts

      Wine of the Day September 27, 2014

      grapelive.com - - 7 readers - 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 ...

      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.

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      Wine of the Day October 22, 2014

      … 2012 Matthiasson, Refosco, Matthiasson Estate Vineyard, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley. One of Napa’s top vineyard managers, Steve Matthiasson is making a name for himself as a winemaker, and his estate wines are some of Napa Valley’s most interesting and unique wines, especially this rare northern Italian grape Refosco bottling. This was the first…

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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.…

      3 readers - By grapelive.com

      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…

      1 readers - By grapelive.com

      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…

      3 readers - By grapelive.com

      Wine Reviews: Rosé Grab Bag

      … tangy on the palate with tangy strawberries, grapefruit and lemon zinger tea. Spicy and crisp. 40% Merlot, 40% Syrah, 20% Tannat. (86 points IJB) Review: 2013 Domaine de Nizas Rosé- France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc SRP: $13 Salmon-copper colored. Smells of rose hips, white cherries, wild strawberries and a hint of green grass. Juicy…

      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…

      2 readers - By grapelive.com

      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

      … is brisk and full of live and extract showing citrus, chalky minerals, hints of tropical essence and white peach in a tangy dry style with a salty edge. Coming from organic and dry farmed vines, the Alfredo Maestro Albillo made with some skin contact and aged in neutral vats, without sulphur and wild yeast fermentation. These wild vines are between…

      4 readers - By grapelive.com

      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

      Budget Wine: Frontera Pais Chile 2013

      …If you are familiar with the history of American wines you’ve heard of the Mission grape. This was the varietal grown by the early California missions that was quickly supplanted when Bordeaux varietals, which made more complex, age worthy wines, became available. The very same grape was the most widely planted varietal in Chile, where…

      4 readers - By Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts

      New Issue of The SOMM Journal Features Zinfandel from Croatia

      …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. The article’s teaser…

      7 readers - By Wines of Croatia