Wine Tastings

    Achaval-Ferrer Takes Malbec to New Heights

    … – speak for themselves. This needs to be underscored - This is a fairly unique approach in Argentina, and a philosophy that is certain to develop further in the region. Achaval Ferrer also produces a Malbec-driven blend called Quimera as well as a Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon using the general appellation designation Mendoza. Separately, for those podcast enthusiasts, Grape Radio recently posted a good primer and discussion about Argentinian wines and Malbec specifically. You can listen the episode here.…

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    Wonderful Winderlea!

    … with a stop at Anne Amie, another vineyard I had not visited. Anne Amie is one of three wineries involved in the Cube Project in which three wineries, Anne Amie, Bouchaine of Napa, CA, and Lincourt of Sta. Rita Hills, CA, each produce three single vineyard Pinot Noirs for three years (2010-2012) to evaluate the impact of wine making and terroir…

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    Sass Winery

    …, Jerry, was finishing up an order. Wasting no time, the private tasting began, starting with the lovely 2013 Pinot Gris. We worked our way through three more white wines and then it was time for Pinot Noir. Jerry bottles two labels, his Willamette Valley blend and Vieux Amis (“old friends”). We tasted the 2012 blend and then the 2009 (one of my…

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    “Que Syrah” and Ballard Canyon

    … complement to the session on terroir, eight Ballard Canyon wineries presented their remarkable Syrahs during an afternoon tasting. The wineries included Kimsey, Beckmen, Stolpman, Rusack, Harrison Clarke, Larner, Jonata, and Saarloos and Sons. Syrahs are very dark in color (we all had purple teeth by the end of the tasting) with intense flavors and lots…

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