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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

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

    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.

    7 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      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.

      Gran Reserva Rioja: The Beauty of Aged Spanish Wine

      The Passionate Foodie - - 6 readers - 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 again in a heart beat.

      Wine of the Day October 3, 2014

      grapelive.com - - 6 readers - 2008 Giuseppe Nada, Barbaresco Riserva “Casot” DOCG, Piedmonte, Italy. This absolutely gorgeous, head turning Nebbiolo from Enrico Nada is succulent, detailed, silky and wonderfully sexy, one of the best Barbarescos from the vintage I have tasted to date and drinking fabulous already, this Nada 2008 Barbaresco Casot Riserva is the real deal.

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    • 2012 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir

      … weeks back, it was time to open the second. In the glass the wine was what I at least refer to as typical Pinot Noir – a light shade of red that most people would refer to as garnet. On the nose I picked up dark cherry notes and a touch of vanilla, while in the mouth the wine was smooth, with more notes of cherry and a subtle tartness…

      3 readers - George Perry/ The Good Wine Guru
    • Wines of Portugal: 3 Standout Wineries & Aged White Port

      … "The Gentleman did like a drop too much, (Tho’ there are many such) And took more Port than was exactly portable." --Thomas Hood As I've repeatedly said, I've heard the clarion call for the wines of Portugal, those intriguing wines which seduce with their tantalizing aromas and flavors. It is my desire that many others hear the summons…

      3 readers - Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie
    • Wine of the Day October 30, 2014

      … and stone notes before a lavish/dense palate of black cherry, plum, currants, raspberry and fig paste along with touches of saline, cola bean, savory spice, mocha, cinnamon, smoke and vanilla. There is nice acidity which adds a vibrancy lift, while silky almost creamy, refined tannins provide structure, but allowing the full expansion of the fruit…

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    • Affordable Wines for your Weekend from Rías Baixas and Tuscany

      … Rosal 2013 has its place when paired with indigenous cheeses, nuts, light poultry dishes, or seafood. Pale gold with a hint of green, this blend of 70% Albarino, 20% Loureira, and 10% Caino Bianco grapes from Rías Baixas D.O. burst with aromas of beeswax, stone fruits, orange peel, and honeysuckle. On the palate, you’ll savor tastes of lemons, limes…

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    • 2010 Antonelli Montefalco Rosso

      … first courses like risotto, tagliatelle, ravioli, rare red meat, and mature hard cheese. My Review: I’ll admit to having been a bit excited when I was offered to try this and another bottle of wine. First of all because Italian wine always has a special place in my heart, and also because it presented the opportunity to try a new grape for me…

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    • Wine of the Day October 29, 2014

      … 2012 Mathieu Coste, MC2, Coteaux du Giennois Biau, Villemoison, Loire Valley, Red, France. A new comer to the quality natural wine scene Mathieu Coste of the Loire Valley has been making his own wine for about 6 vintages now, and I recently discovered his wine at a trade show in San Francisco, not much was to be learned, but I was highly…

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    • Wine of the week: Faustino VII Tinto 2010

      …, earthiness, and even what seemed to be a little oxidation — not unpleasant, but another sign of an old-fashioned Spanish wine. My guess is that the newer vintages, and there is a 2013, will taste about the same, minus the oxidation. That’s consistency to be appreciated. The post Wine of the week: Faustino VII Tinto 2010 appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

      1 readers - The Wine Curmudgeon
    • Uses for leftover smoked beef brisket — Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

      … Just when I thought we had this whole brisket thing down the hubs went and signed up for the competitive barbecue circuit. Yes, that’s right, starting in 2015 the Vindulge Barbecue team will hit the road and fight the good fight. And one of the standard meats in a competition is brisket. Perfectly smoked and flavorful brisket. Here at Casa…

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    • 2009 Donnafugata Sicilla Rosso Tancredi

      … it in their blends. Flavors reflect the nose with red fruit flavors being mostly sour cherry with licorice and spice starring in supporting roles. Overall it is a well-structured albeit old school style wine with many attractive qualities. The acidity can handle pretty much any cuisine. The winery recommends this dish Cosce di coniglio alla maggiorana (haunch of rabbit with marjoram) which reminded me I should eat more rabbit. Rating: Very Good | $45 | 13.5% ABV …

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    • Wine of the Day October 28, 2014

      …, green apple, white peach and hints of tropical fruits with whiff of smoke and flinty rocks. This is impressive stuff and lovely refreshing wine, Ken thinks Pinot Blanc is the most interesting and best grape for Oregon whites, ahead of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, and he may find an argument on that over the coming years, but if this wine…

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    • Winebits 357: Special Halloween edition

      … Because the Wine Curmudgeon always gets a giggle when others try to turn Halloween into a wine holiday. • 31 Halloween wines: Seriously? Indeed, says GreatWineNews. All of the usual wines are there, like Phantom and Ghost Pines, plus some I’ve never heard of and some that seem like a stretch, including a rose. And the writing, much of which…

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