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    Coastal Diamonds: The Rieslings of Oregon

    About every two years, I get an invite to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The event continues to be one of the best run and highest quality wine events in the country, with a fantastic combination of excellent wine and equally fantastic food. More about Pinot Noir in a day or two.

    18 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    2013 Arrogant Frog Red Wines

    So since this post is waaaaaay overdue, I’m just going to go ahead and jump in and share my thoughts on the wines. If you want to read my thoughts about the tasting in general, and find a link to a video about it, check out my post about the Arrogant Frog White Wines. Ok, here we go.

    18 readers - By The Good Wine Guru

      Oregon Chardonnay Takes Center Stage

      Enobytes - - 16 readers - Posted on 11 August 2014. Oregon Chardonnay Takes Center Stage Willamette Valley produces some mighty fine Pinot noir. The region also produces some great Chardonnay, and vintners planted plenty of it during the post-prohibition era in the 60s and 70s. Yet, many drinkers are not familiar with their whites.

      Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

      Bacchus and Beery - - 15 readers - Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $56   – Rating 92 One of my favorite 2012 Russian River Chardonnays, unfiltered and unfined. A robust nose of red apple, Meyer lemon, baking spice and pie crust ...

      2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay

      Enobytes - - 13 readers - Posted on 09 August 2014. Wine Review: 2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Estate The Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay is a labor of love. It takes nearly a year to complete its process from whole cluster pressing to a slow cold soak and a once a month lees stirring.

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      Wine of the Day September 1, 2014

      … wines in remote small villages there, quite remarkable for such a small winery in Sicily. She is a star, not just with the Natural Wine crowd, as mentioned in prior reviews of her wines, she fan base is wide and covers many generations, her wines have mass appeal and her charm and charisma has inspired many a young winemaker, she has spend her…

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      Besieged Ravenswood Winery Old Vine Blend Sonoma County 2012

      …What would you expect from a wine called “Besieged”—over-the-top alcohol, tannins that grip like a masseuse with a mean streak, acid that bites like a thousand teeth? Or perhaps the reference is to a threat of Biblical proportions: “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down…” (Deuteronomy) That is one…

      4 readers - By Edible Arts

      Fine wine from the Moravia region of the Czech Republic

      …Fine wine from the Moravia region of the Czech Republic By Head Wine Chix, Linda Kissam Czech beer is great, but the wine program is trending Although the Czech Republic is famous for its beers, its premium (yes, premium) wine is the one to keep your eye on. In Moravia, on the country’s east side, the wine industry is gaining more and more…

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      Wine of the Day August 31, 2014

      … mentored the current head of the estate/domaine Jean-Nicolas Meo, who himself has run and made the wines since the late eighties. The white from Meo is focused and sharp, clear and persistent with classic aromas and layers, starting with white flowers, citrus and honeyed nuts leading to a fine and medium weight palate of apple, pear, lemon and white…

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      Wine Reviews: California Cabernet

      …It seems Napa Valley will need a long time to recover from the recent earthquake. My heart goes out to everyone who was injured or sustained property damage. I’m saddened by all the social media images of broken library bottles, fallen wine barrels and spilled wine. But every year Napa vintners give us something to look forward to. Cabernet…

      7 readers - By Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Wine of the Day August 30, 2014

      …N.V. Nicolas Maillart, Rose Brut, Grand Cru Champagne, Ecueil, France. The gorgeous Maillart Grand Cru Rose is an opulent cuvee of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from 100% Grand Cru fruit with minimal dosage giving a rich sparkling wine with loads of vigor, energy and dry feel, this is glorious, dreamy and elegantly crafted. This beautiful…

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      LCBO Vintages release – August 30, 2014 (WVN 199)

      …This long holiday weekend has another Vintages release – in fact, I think there has been a release on each long weekend this summer since the Victoria Holiday weekend in May. There are three features: 90+ wines, wines from the US pacific North-west and sparkling wines released in anticipation of a run on the category when the Toronto International…

      4 readers - By The Winesights Reader

      Friday Favorites – anniversaries, box wine, and upcoming adventures

      …A roundup of my favorite things from the week in the categories of wine, food, travel, and lifestyle. WINE & FOOD Anniversary Food & Wines This week marked hubby and my 9th wedding anniversary. Though it fell on a weekday it didn’t stop us from going big for dinner. Hubs grilled up some amazing NY strip steaks doused with smoked butter…

      6 readers - By Vindulge

      Budget Wine: Marchigue Carmenere Reserva Colchagua Valley 2012

      …I am a fan of unusual wines, especially when they are inexpensive. With the hundreds if not thousands of wines available on any city block, 1/2 of them tasting so much alike, it is cause for celebration when you find something strikingly different. On that score Carmenere almost always delivers. Although originally a Bordeaux varietal, it is now…

      4 readers - By Edible Arts

      Wine of the Day August 29, 2014

      …2012 Yann Chave, Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone Red, France. I’ve always loved the Yann Chave Crozes, it was one of my first crushes in the northern Rhone, and the wine has evolved along with my tastes perfectly over the years, and it was fantastic to taste the latest release from Yann Chave. The 2012 Crozes-Hermitage is forward and grappy at first…

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      Mini-reviews 64: Muscadet, Stoller, Prosecco, Villa Maria

      …Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month. This month, four more wines for Labor Day. • Noël Bougrier Muscadet 2012 ($8, purchased, 13%): This French white wine, a private label for the Total Wine chain, was tart and sour, with little varietal…

      6 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      2012 Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

      …Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Region: Sonoma County, California – USA Cost: $14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Bright aromas of lime and citrus are at the core of this Sauvignon Blanc, with layers of white flower nectar, peach, and tropical melon. The palate of the wine is fresh and alive with clean fruit flavors and a perfectly balanced fruit. My…

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      5 Wines to Enjoy on Labor Day Weekend

      …Summer’s almost over and we all have one last ‘official’ barbecue in our future – Labor Day Weekend! Here are five wines to uncork during your holiday celebrations that are easily found at your local wine shop and are certain to please your guests: 2012 Herdade do Esporão Monte Velho Red ($10): Berry fruit aromas with some faint toasty…

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      Wine of the Day August 28, 2014

      …2012 Arianna Occhipinti, Il Frappato DOC, Sicilia, Italy. The new Occhipinti’s are fabulous wines, some of the best yet from the captivating Arianna Occhipinti, the face of the natural wine movement and one of the most interesting characters in the wine world. The 2012 Il Frappato is super fresh, bright and full of the fruity quality Arianna’s…


      Labor Day wine 2014

      …Rose with that barbecue? Labor Day weekend marks not just the end of summer, but the Wine Curmudgeon’s annual appearance at the Kerrville Fall Music Festival to talk about Texas wine (and to drive 5 mph). Whatever you do to enjoy the weekend, these wines will make it that much more interesting: • A to Z Pinot Gris 2013 ($13, purchased, 13…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon
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