Wine Reviews

    • Ten Favorite Wines of 2014

      Not Ten Best Wines. Not Top Ten Wines. Those imply objectivity, and I’m talking about subjectivity, here. I’m talking about wines that made me scratch my head, wines that charged at my palate, changed my mind, and demanded contemplation—sometimes long after the last sip had left the glass. In 2014, my wine travels took me across the Languedoc, through Burgundy and Chablis, ...

      Meg Houston Maker/ Maker's Table- 9 readers -
    • Bonne Année et Bonne Santé: Crémant d'Alsace for New Year's Eve

      Because I love Champagne, I also love Crémant. Both French wines are made using the same technique, with a secondary fermentation in the bottle to develop glittery sparkle. They’re often made using identical grapes, too—Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. But if you are a vigneron in Bordeaux or Bourgogne, Loire or Limoux, Savoie or Jura, you must call your wine Crémant, not Champag ...

      Meg Houston Maker/ Maker's Table- 12 readers -
  • Wine Reviews: Bodegas Numanthia

    … If you know Toro, you know Bodegas Numanthia. This estate’s bruiser reds have received praise from many respected voices in the wine world. And, when you taste the wines, it’s easy to understand why they engender so much excitement. These wines come out slugging. They’re not sleek and shifty boxers, they’re fat heavyweights who lean…

    Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog- 3 readers -
  • Wine of the Day January 24, 2015

    … 2010 Uccelliera, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy. There is a lot of intense hype about the 2010 vintage Brunello wines, the expectations are sky high and many critics are jumping all over themselves to declare it the greatest year for Brunello in our lifetime! Will all this swirling around it is hard to see the forest for the trees…

    grapelive.com- 3 readers -
  • LCBO Vintages release – January 24, 2015 (WVN 208)

    … Things return to normal this weekend at your local Vintages corner. Normal, of course, means that the hedonistic wines and prices we saw in November and early December have been replaced by a selection of wines that is more reasonable to the pocket book, but unfortunately not as value-laden as we saw two weeks ago. Wines from Spain…

    W John Switzer/ The Winesights Reader- 2 readers -
  • Unexpected Pairings with Lebanese Food and Wine

    … Unexpected Pairings Lebanese Food and Wine By Linda Kissam Food and wine pairing is an art that goes back to the beginnings of civilization. As an indigenous cuisine and its local vineyards evolve, they influence one another. Wine was always intended to accompany food so it makes sense that people have always tried to find the perfect match…

    Linda Kissam/ WineChixs.com- 5 readers -
  • Budget Wine: Jellybean Cabernet Sauvignon Pays D’Oc 2011

    The French get their wine reputation from the storied vineyards of Bordeaux and Burgundy, but they make their money in southern France where they can make confected, generic wines for a mass market with the best of them. This was vinted and bottled in France for the U.S company Jellybean and aimed at wine drinkers just getting their training wheels.

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 7 readers -
  • Wine of the Day January 23, 2015

    … 2013 Domaine Auguste Clape, Le Vin des Amis, Vin de France, Rhone Red, France. The Kermit Lynch imported star of Cornas, (the) Domaine A. Clape makes some of the world’s finest and most distinct Syrah, and these wines sell out very quickly, but savvy wine lovers looking for a value should explore Clape’s Cotes du Rhone and this Vin de France…

    grapelive.com- 3 readers -
  • Mini-reviews 68: French wine edition

    … sort of citrus and honey combination. • Château Rauzan Despagne Reserve 2013: ($13, purchased,12%): Overpriced white being sold in Dallas as a private label that doesn’t especially taste white Bordeaux, with too much citrus and sweet fruit. Very disappointing. • Hugel Riesling 2012: ($20, sample,12%): This Alsatian white comes from one…

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 7 readers -
  • Wine of the Day January 22, 2015

    … with steely mineral, hazelnut, bread dough/yeast with a fine mousse and an energy filled flow throughout. This vivid and unique sparkling Muscadet should age beautiful as well, a good 10 to 15 years, but it does give loads of pleasure and elegant detail now, drink from 2015 to 2025. ($20 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive This entry was posted in Wine Articles, Wine Reviews on January 22, 2015 by admin.…

    grapelive.com- 4 readers -
  • Affordable Wines from Stepping Stone by Cornerstone – It’s the Weekend!

    While at the grocery store a few days ago I bumped into an acquaintance I hadn’t seen in several years. After sharing the requisite catch up stories about family and jobs, I mentioned that I wrote regularly on my wine blog. She was excited yet made it very clear that I should write about wines that were under $20, yet she would also read about more expensive wines if they were “really good”.

    Cindy Rynning/ Grape Experiences- 6 readers -
  • Villa Maria and the Windy City Perfect Pairing

    … Villa Maria and the Windy City Perfect Pairing JustJess on January 12, 2015 - 12:06 pm in Sip NZ Named the 2007 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, George Geris has gained a world-wide knowledge and skills for wine-making from Europe to South Africa to Oceania in order to produce some of the finest wines in the Hawkes Bay Region as the Chief…

    Wine Channel TV- 3 readers -
  • 2012 Hourglass III Red Blend

    …, with black fruits, pepper and plum at the forefront. In the foreground, expressive notes of mineral and tobacco lead to a long, lingering finish. Decant for a minimum of two hours for maximum effect! Rating: Excellent (90) | $50 | 14.8% ABV This post was written by: Pamela Heiligenthal - who has written 316 posts on Enobytes Wine Online. Editor and co…

    Pamela Heiligenthal/ Enobytes- 5 readers -
  • Wine of the Day January 21, 2015

    … 2013 Weingut Knoll, Gruner Veltliner, Loibner Wachau, Federspiel, Austria. The Emmerich Knoll wines always impress and are some of Austria’s most beautiful expressions of Riesling and Gruner Veltliner, and these 2013 offerings are sublime, especially the Federspiel Gruner Loiben which shows a vibrant and vivid crystalline mineral tone…

    grapelive.com- 5 readers -
  • Wine of the week: Pillar Box Red 2012

    … and merlot in the blend take the edge of the shiraz, and it’s a more enjoyable wine because of it. This is red meat wine, and don’t overlook sausages. Nicely done, and a candidate for the 2016 $10 Hall of Fame. The post Wine of the week: Pillar Box Red 2012 appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 5 readers -
  • Wine of the Day January 20, 2015

    … concentrated and powerful wines, and this exotic Coche Meursault is filled with intensity and is deeply layered with stunning liquid mineral and stony elements somehow balancing the shear force of fruit density and richness, this wine is truly spectacular even now, but it should not even begin to show it’s best until 2020 or so. The nose is pure terroir…

    grapelive.com- 4 readers -
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