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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Chenin Blanc

Tasting Wine: Chenin Blanc
Also called pineau de la Loire, chenin blancs story mainly focuses on the Loire Valley. Chenin blanc is grown elsewhere, notably in South Africa, where it is also called steen.


Wine and Spirits / A fine Finnish
Swartland, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2005: Call the grape from which the wine was made by its French name of Chenin Blanc or by its South African name of Steen as you like.


Winecast 33 Chenin Blanc
This podcast focuses on the grape from the Loire Valley: Chenin Blanc.


Makers of West Country Farmhouse Cheddar defend the pleasures of ...
With the mellower West Country cheeses such as Denhays Mature Cheddar or Beltons Red Leicester try whites such as Muscadet, Sancerre, Chenin Blanc or Vouvray, or a lighter red such as Loire (Chinon or Bourgeuil), a Beaujolais or Côtes de Duras.


The Chronicles Top Bargain Wines of 2005
Chenin Blanc has been South Africa's workhorse grape for many years, and this bottling shows why.


2002 Gaston Huet "Le Mont Sec"
However this bottle of wine changed the way I will forever look at the possibilities of Chenin Blanc. Chenin Blanc has a natural tendency to produce bubbles which is fixed by adding a little sulfur.


Groote Post continues its search for excellence in vineyards and ...
South African Wine News, South Africa - Jan 26, 2006... Groote Post also has vineyards planted to chardonnay, chenin blanc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, pinot noir and cabernet franc. ...


2005 Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc – Clarksburg, CA
The Vail Trail, Colorado - Jan 11, 2006 His 2005 Chenin Blanc improves on the French model, showing dry peach, orange peel, Fuji apple, and a touch of pink grapefruit. ...


British trade told Chenin Blanc is South Africas USP
South African Wine News, South Africa - Jan 23, 2006 Chenin Blanc is South Africas Unique Selling Point, claims Joanne Simon in her column for UK trade weekly Harpers. Joanne Simon ...


Wine: Tops At Spar Chenin Blanc Challenge
AllAfrica.com, Washington - Jan 26, 2006 THE annual Tops at Spar Chenin Blanc Challenge produced an unsurprising first-time winner in a category that has long been dominated by a couple of wine makers ...


Feminine touch makes for historic Chenin Blanc win
South African Wine News, South Africa - Jan 18, 2006 The 2006 WINE magazine TOPS at SPAR Chenin Blanc Challenge may well become a talking point for some time. Line honours went to the ...


Every so often you taste a wine that shocks you because it expands your own vocabulary for wine. Vouvray is made from the Chenin Blanc or Pineau de...


2006 Harvest shows early promise at Winecorp
South African Wine News, South Africa - Jan 29, 2006 Warm, even temperatures have produced outstanding results in the white grape vineyards, with Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc showing particular promise. ...


Sampling South African sips
Baltimore Sun, United States  - Jan 25, 2006... For whites, those turned out to be Kanu Chenin Blanc 2004 ($10), Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2005 ($24) and Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2004 ($17). ...


Beaumont Chenin shines in USA
South African Wine News, South Africa - Jan 16, 2006 In a November tasting of South African Chenin Blancs by the influential American magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Beaumonts Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2004 was ...


Spier reaches for the stars
Bizcommunity.com, South Africa - Jan 23, 2006 Spier Private Collection Chenin Blanc 2004 has won South Africas premier Chenin Blanc competition; the WINE magazine Tops at Spar Chenin Blanc Challenge 2006. ...


First woman wins Chenin challenge
iAfrica.com, South Africa - Jan 18, 2006 Eleanor Visser on Tuesday became the first woman ever to claim victory in the WINE magazine TOPS at SPAR Chenin Blanc Challenge, while line honours went to the ...


2004 Château Soucherie Anjou Blanc
Los Angeles Times, CA - Jan 4, 2006 A classic Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley from Domaine de la Soucherie. A brilliant pale gold, the 2004 Anjou blanc has a hint ...


The Wine List
News NC - Jan 25, 2006... retail. ANYTIME WINES, CARY Deal: Saumur Blanc, 2004, $7.99. All Chenin Blanc from the Loire River Valley of France. Totally dry


Time for wines
Jamaica Observer, Jamaica - Jan 11, 2006... And how about spicy shrimps with a pick of the Californian Bogle Chenin Blanc. I chose this bottle for several reasons, he shared. ...


Raats Family Wines get the nod from JR and then some
South African Wine News, South Africa - Jan 10, 2006 The prominent British wine writer Jancis Robinson awarded the Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2004 the coveted title of Wine of the Week on her website in early ...


Bot River white wine shines in USA
Hermanus Times, South Africa - Jan 12, 2006 Beaumonts Hope Marguerite chenin blanc 2004 was recently selected by the influential American magazine, Wine Enthusiast, as one of their top six wines in the ...


Boston Bruins Academy - Wine Tasting
Boston Bruins, USA - Jan 23, 2006... Those wines were a 2004 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc, a white wine from a restaurateur turned wine maker, based out of Stellenbosch, South Africa; a 2002 Calera ...


Nederburg auction public tasting in Cape Town
South African Wine News, South Africa - Jan 26, 2006... Not to be missed, of course, will be Nederburgs signature dessert wine - the golden luscious Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur (Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest ...


Thats the spirit from KZN vintner
Independent Online, South Africa - Jan 21, 2006... He has started producing white wines - sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc. Depending on their success he will move on to producing reds. ...


Hawkes Bay vineyards, complete with winery contracts, on market
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand - Jan 20, 2006... The Moteo Terrace vineyard encompasses 3.7ha of merlot, 2.1ha of cabernet sauvignon and 1.5ha of chenin blanc, all planted in the late 1990s. ... New! Get the


Monday, January 30, 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Innisfree Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Stags' Leap Winery Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2002


Cabernet Sauvignon San Rafael Elsa 2001


The King of King Cabs
The cabernet sauvignon, or "King Cab" as it is sometimes referred to because of its popularity, grape is one of the most drank, desired and abused wines being drank by Americans today.


Stags' Leap Winery Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 is 92% Cabernet, 6% Cab Franc, and 2% Merlot, sourced from Napa, and aged 22 months in half new French oak barrels.


2002 Dona Sol Cabernet Sauvignon ($5)
Baltimore Sun, United States - Jan 18, 2006 This is not a great wine, but it is cheap and palatable - a California red for the struggling graduate student or skinflint in all of us. ...


Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Chile)


Nederburg to auction 156 wines
These are Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1966, the Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 1976 commemorating 32 years of the Nederburg Auction, and the Nederburg Auction Selection Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon 1986. They are De Wetshof’s Danie de Wet Merlot 2004, Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2002 and Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Franc Cellar Master’s Release 2004.


Bigger and better
Golan Heights Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarden, 2002: Dark garnet toward royal purple in color, full-bodied, with firm tannins and spicy oak that yield nicely to reveal flavors and aromas of red currants and berries on first attack. Golan Heights Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamla, 2003: Always reliable, this oak aged medium to full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc shows good balance between tannins, wood and black fruits, all with hints of vanilla and an appealing spicy finish.


Architect crafts European-style wines at Godspeed
His 1,200-case winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines designed to be food-friendly and age-worthy. According to Canadian-born and Los Angeles area-raised Stricker, the vineyard is almost equally divided between Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.


Schweiger Vineyards 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
In Write it down, or I’ll forget ...


Rodney Strong Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2002


Meritage wines such as Bordeaux are of superior quality
Cabernet sauvignon and merlot top the list, along with cabernet franc, Malbec, and petite verdot.


Jordan, Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Jordan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2001 ($42) - Dark ruby in color with currant, eucalyptus and cassis aromas; ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors with moderate tannins.


J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District (Napa Valley) 2001


Tasting: Cabernet Sauvignon
White Oak, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001, ~$28 (Avg: 6.5; 4 and 8 ). Michel-Schlumberger, Dry Creek Valley, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000, ~$35 (Avg: 6.5; 5 and 7).


Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) 1998


Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Smoking Loon 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon recently arrived.


Confessions of a Dancefloor Cabernet Sauvignon
With artwork from her recent hit album Confessions On A Dancefloor and images of the star, Madonnas wines will include a Barbera, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Pinot Grigio (I wont comment on the alcohol-free red table wine).


Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2003


Supermarkets bargain bandwagon still rolling
Tabali 2003 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (£6.99, Sainsbury's) showers the senses with vast draughts of blackcurrant, cedar wood and plum in a Chilean red of immense structure.


Vintage 2004 - Cabernet Sauvignon - The Vanhotzker Winery
Vintage 2004 - Cabernet Sauvignon - The Vanhotzker Winery In the high hills of Galilee, at the foot of Mt. Meron, nearly 2400 ft.


Does anybody fancy cracking open a carton of cabernet sauvignon?
Scotsman.com News - International - Does anybody fancy cracking open a carton of cabernet sauvignon? Does anybody fancy cracking open a carton of cabernet sauvignon?


2003 Barnard Griffin Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($14
Seattle Post Intelligencer- Jan 10, 2006 With more than half of Washingtons nearly 400 wineries less than 5 years old, the Barnard Griffin winery, at 22, is one of the oldest in the state. ...


Ingoldby McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2003


Red Bordeaux
Ready, but will keep, Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc/Merlot, 12.5% alc.


Valley’s ripe with inexpensive delights
Valley Views Chardonnay is harder to find below the 10 mark, but two of its older reds, 2001 Merlot (8.39) and 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon (6.99), are still out there.Similar prices are usually the case at stores like Food 4 Less and Winco. When last checked, several older Ashland Vineyards wines were on the shelves at Shop N Kart in Ashland: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shakespeares Love white blend, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon priced from 6.25 to 9.98.


From a Volvo to a sports car: Chile revs up
At the other end of the price and flavour spectrum, the structured, more traditional 2002 Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon (19.99, Berkmann Wine Cellars, 020 7609 4711; everywine.co.uk) was my favourite Bordeaux-style red.


Overachieving Down Under
On a recent visit to Canada, Gago brought his newest friends -- the Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Shiraz 2004 and the Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 -- as well as the other mates in Penfolds' stable of ultra premium wines. Penfolds Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Shiraz 2004 ($330, contact Vintages): Tightly wound but oozing blackberry fruit, warm black cherry, plum and violet on the nose.


Jarhead Red, The Wine For Marines
The vintage is a 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon and net proceeds from the sale of the wine benefit the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.


Czech Business Weekly
We tried a nice domestic Cabernet Sauvignon, and a white Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, which was, as usual, very pleasant.


Crus et Saveurs
Lastly, I attended a vertical tasting with 23 Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from 1954 to 2002. The tasting was amazing and to my surprise, I did not expect a $20 Australian Cabernet Sauvignon to keep its freshness for such a long time.


Shopoholics: 9 things to buy this year
2) Get into the Sprits: Two excellent wines recommended by Vinapolis, London – Carmel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Israel.


Dream of new winery stems from 2004 airplane crash
Harbinger Winery, the seventh and newest winery on the North Olympic Peninsula, is bottling its first wines this weekend -- a 2004 Syrah and a 2004 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah called Dynamo Red, the winery's signature label.


Tasting Wine: Bargains from the South of France
The Spanish grapes, Grenache (Garnacha), Mourvedre and Carignan (Cariñena) along with Syrah are the most prevalent, yet there are a host of other grapes grown, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Made from a blend of 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 50 percent Merlot, this little Vin de Pays has plenty of fruit and spice with a taste of chocolate and moderate tannins.


Jim Neal, Chariot, “Diana” 2002
Jim Neal, Chariot, Diana, California 2002 ($15) – An interesting blend of Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.


Best Wine of 2005


WTN: Laurel Lakes Vineyards New Releases
The Laurel Lake Vineyards 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($23) represents the lighter, more refined style of Cabernet. 2001 was a tremendous growing year on Long Island, but Cabernet Sauvignon is hard to grow and make well here in most cases due to the long hang time the grapes need on the vine.


Simon Gilbert 2005 Card Collection Cabernet S...


Bordeaux faces off against Canada
All of the wines were sculpted from the major grapes that go into Bordeaux-style blends — that is, mainly cabernet sauvignon and merlot, with a smattering of cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. As things turned out, that wine, Newton Forrest 2002 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec ($42.75) from New Zealand won the day once the 140 votes were tabulated.


Los Vacos Cabernet Sauvignon


Beringer Stone Cellars Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 wine review by (PB)
Jordan, Cabernet Sauvignon 2001


Short Sips
New York Sun, NY- Jan 25, 2006... 2002 ($100). Both wines are mainly cabernet sauvignon. Mountain-grown wines are supposed to be on the dark and brooding side. Sure ...


Casa Lapostolle Rapel Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Wine Review
The Wine Cask | Friday Jan 27 Beautiful dark color Blackberry and raspberry bouquet on the nose Dark


Sebastiani Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Wine Review
Raspberry, blackberry, and milk


January Tasting: Texas Reds; Winner is 2002 Parker Cabernet Sauvignon (94 Points)
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Innisfree Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002


Friday, January 27, 2006


Seriously, though; reflecting on past voyages through galaxies of wine, I realize that Merlot, in its single-varietal form, is one grape, which I've woefully overlooked. I believe the cause is several off-putting trysts with mediocre poor Merlot early in my wine experimenting life.


Sebastiani Merlot, Handley Pinot Noir
This is My Quest: To Find a Great Merlot


Quest for a Great Merlot The Tilting Begins
(I am an aspiring wine geek after all.) I found myself wondering if I was trying to turn Merlot into something it just wasn’t meant to be. Merlot started out primarily as a blending grape for the much sought after red wines of Bordeaux.


Simi, Merlot, Sonoma County 2002
Simi, Merlot, Sonoma County 2002 ($16) - Deep ruby color with blackberry, cassis and menthol aromas; plum and black cherry fruit flavors combine with some pepper and moderate tannins.


Flavour Country: BC Merlot Grows Up
I've been saying this for quite some time now, but I feel as though this perhaps elementary point requires elaboration for the rest of the snooty wine world: BC is Merlot country.


Briar Ridge Merlot 2003
We found it good, but not outstanding, so if we were shopping for a Merlot, would probably look elsewhere first.


Long Island Merlot?
A group of LI vintners posits that Merlot Long Island wine go together like Sonny Cher, like death taxes, like the Patriots spanking the Steelers! Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Long Island + Merlot?


J. Lohr Cypress Merlot 2002
Lohr Cypress Merlot at the new Crushed Grape restaurant here in Regina, whose claim to fame (aside from a very nice ambiance and pretty good food) is that it offers a very wide selection of wines by the glass.


Marquis De Chasse 2003 Merlot wine review by (PB)


Hollick Sparkling Merlot 2004
You dont see much sparkling Merlot but I think it works just as well as Shiraz.


FishEye Merlot 2003
FishEye Merlot caught my eye at the supermarket yesterday when trying to find a good cheap wine to pair with my pasta and chicken dinner. If youre looking for a good cheap wine that will really surprise your palate and your wine sob frineds - try the Target Wine in a Cube Merlot.


Waterbrook 2003 Merlot
In VancouverWine.com


Fortant White Merlot 2003
I really wasnt sure what to make about this whole white Merlot thing.


Great Wine Books
From Sauvignon Blanc to Chenin Blanc, Merlot to Malbec, and pink wines to dessert wines, Leslie Sbrocco makes her enormous knowledge of wine entertaining enough for the serious wine lover and accessible enough so any novice can feel like an expert.


I'm The Magnificent
Syrah in America." "Pinot Noir and Merlot are first-rate wines." "His Syrahs are focused, pure and abounding with character." "I recently tasted Smith's Syrah and it sent my taste ...


Bogle Merlot (California) 2003
At a price of under $12, this Merlot is hard to beat.


Duckhorn Merlot Estate Grown (Napa Valley) 2002
Yet, it is not significantly better than Duckhorn's 2002 Napa Valley Merlot. Indeed, given its smooth tannins and soft acids, I'm not sure it has the aging potential of the basic Merlot.


Minister brings a new touch to winemaking
Last year Staten made 1,200 cases of Convivio, 600 cabernet sauvignon and 600 merlot. Now we should not be nervous about planting merlot, the predominant grape in Saint Emilion.


January Reds (8): Italy Valpol, Canada Meritage, Chile Merlot, Australia Shiraz(3), Chile Blend, South Africa Blend,
Francis Coppola Blue Label Diamond Series California Merlot 2003


CCC to Offer Wine Appreciation Course
The program will explore many of the worlds top classic wines and grape varieties including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Francis Coppola Blue Label Diamond Series California Merlot 2003
Francis Coppola Diamond Merlot 2003 is a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Syrah, from fruit grown in Napa, Sonoma and Monterey.


Berrys'Own Selection
Medium Bodied, Dry, Drink now, Cab-Sauv/Merlot, 12% alc. Medium Bodied, Dry, Drink now, Cab-Sauv/Merlot, 12% alc.


Snoqualmie Cabernet Merlot 2000
This Columbia Valley blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot is from Snoqualmie Vinyards in Washington State. Definitely the picture of Merlot varietal perfection.


Valley’s ripe with inexpensive delights
One of the companies affiliated with Eden Valley Orchards of Medford has an inexpensive merlot on the market. Checking the wine rack at the east Medford Bi-Mart recently, I saw Bridgeviews 2002 Cabernet-Merlot, 2002 Chardonnay, and 2004 Gewurztraminer, each for 7.49.


On a mission... WBW 17 - 1998 NZ Mission Estate Cab Merlot
They did have, however, one Hawkes Bay Cab/Merlot blend. So the Mission Estate Cab Merlot I had set aside was going to be it.


Bordeaux faces off against Canada
All of the wines were sculpted from the major grapes that go into Bordeaux-style blends — that is, mainly cabernet sauvignon and merlot, with a smattering of cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. As things turned out, that wine, Newton Forrest 2002 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec ($42.75) from New Zealand won the day once the 140 votes were tabulated.


The Merlot Magician
Flicking through the Telegraph Magazine over breakfast on boxing day brought me face to face with a wonderful article entitled ‘The Merlot Magician’ by Richard Grant


Merlot gratifies, Periquita warms
Merlot is an easy wine to enjoy because it offers instant gratification -- heart- gladdening richness, sweetness and a warm, good-all-over feeling. Mood/food ideas: The rich feeling in Merlot is a natural partner for beef or lamb dishes.


Wine: Rockbridge Vineyards 2002 DeChiel Merlot
Review: I am not usually a Merlot fan, but this particular vintage was recommended to me by a friend, and it is pretty good. It has a complexity that seems to indicate it is more than just a Merlot -- the bottle doesn't indicate anything other than Merlot, but previous vintages contained 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.


Clairault Estate Cabernet Merlot 2002


Marvelous Merlot of Washington
Mike Wylie, the evening's guest speaker from Chateau Ste Michelle, will present three Washington Merlot with unique styles and talk about why this state has become one of the world's premier areas for the Merlot grape.


U.S. forecast to become world's No. 1 wine market
The popularity of the movie "Sideways" continues to boost pinot noir sales and dog merlot.


Fine Wine Fridays
Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Ready, but will keep, Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc/Merlot, 12.5% alc. Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Ready, but will improve, Cab-Sauv/Merlot, 13% alc.


Wine, Food ... and More Wine and Food
I believe Steve's reed was merlot-flavored Saturday night. The second plate of baked manicotti stuffed with confit of Sonoma duckling, exotic wild mushrooms and merlot-infused fig sauce paired perfectly with the Laird merlot.


Aurora’s wine list hits province’s top notes
(The wines are arranged on the list in ascending order of lighter/fruitier to heavier/bolder.) Hester Creek’s Cabernet/ Merlot is here and the glorious Sandhill Small Lots “One”, a Bordeaux blend. Speaking of Merlots, there’s another from Golden Mile, the “King” Merlot from Kettle Valley, and the astonishing Orofino Merlot/Cabernet with which this tiny Keremeos winery launched itself into the stratosphere of great home-grown reds last summer.


Hogue Columbia Valley Merlot 2003
Hogue* Columbia Valley Merlot 2003 is a blend of 82% Merlot (Wahluke Slope 42%, Horse Heaven Hills 27%, Yakima Valley 30%), 9% Syrah, 7% Lemberger, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.


Cant finish the wine? Merlot to go bill in the works
Maybe people might not want to drink the whole bottle of wine and yet at the same time, they've already paid for it, said Rep. Matthew J. McHugh, D-South Kingstown, sponsor of the so-called Merlot to go bill.


Whats in a name? A lot where wine is concerned
Carneros, he said, was identified as an AVA in 1983, and is known for its pinot noirs and chardonnays, although some wineries are making merlot and syrah from Carneros grapes. It resembles Napa Valley somewhat in grapes, too, as cabernet sauvignon and merlot wines from Alexander Valley have achieved some very high scores and are highly regarded by many critics.


Share the Passion with Da Luca WIne this Valentines
As this is Valentine’s the wine for the meal must be a red and nothing could be better than the delicious Da Luca Primitivo Merlot: With its smooth and velvety plum flavours the Primitivo Merlot is a little bit of luxury for less than £5. The Primitivo Merlot is not only at home on the dinner table, it is also perfect for enjoying during the third stage of the evening – the flirty, post dinner conversation.


Bigger and better
Golan Heights Winery, Merlot, Gamla, 2003: Deep garnet, medium to full-bodied, with still firm tannins but with balance and structure that bode well for the future. Golan Heights Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamla, 2003: Always reliable, this oak aged medium to full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc shows good balance between tannins, wood and black fruits, all with hints of vanilla and an appealing spicy finish.


Thursday, January 26, 2006


1999 Arrowood Chardonnay Rserve Spciale, Cuve Michel Berthoud
I have never tasted a Chardonnay this complex and rewarding. This Chardonnay’s impeccable balance is marked by this smooth richness of flavor as reflected in its irresistible texture–a flawless creaminess always being accompanied by the supple yet never overwhelming tannin structures which drape nicely around the glass.


Monterey County Chardonnay
2004 Bernardus Monterey County Chardonnay ($20) Balance is the key to this wine, with its red apple, vanilla and toast aromas melding seamlessly with pear, apple, lemon curd and toast flavors. 2002 Carmel Road Arroyo Seco Chardonnay ($35) Yes, you can have richness, bold flavor and elegance in one wine and this Chardonnay pulls it off.


2003 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Reserve
Enotheque: 2003 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Reserve Enotheque Wine Reviews This Ferrari-Carano Reserve is yet another spectacular California Chardonnay that I've had the fortune to taste recently.


Simi 2004 Sonoma County Chardonnay
Enotheque: Simi 2004 Sonoma County Chardonnay Enotheque Wine Reviews Whether you want to drink this delicious California Chardonnay by itself (it is most certainly worthy), or maybe you will have a dish with a cream-based sauce to accompany it (use your imagination), this is the most delicious 2004 Chardonnay I have tasted.


Wine Events
"Vines to Wine" educational series at Kendall-Jackson begins with "Chardonnay" on Feb. 11. Menu pairs duck confit with 2003 SyrCab, Sonoma Valley and Dungeness crab risotto with 2004 Chardonnay, Carneros.


2003 Kesner Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyards Carneros, Napa
Working with some of the great Chardonnay producers in the Napa Valley (Kistler, Kongsgaard, Ramey) as Vineyard Manager at Hudson Vineyards, he decided it was his turn to stamp his name on a label. At a little over $70 USD a bottle (including tax and shipping), this isn't a cheap Chardonnay, and one could find many fine White Burgundy and Chablis' at the same price point.


2001 Louis Latour Grand Ardche ChardonnayVin de Pays des Cteaux de lArdche
Made by a premier cru classé producer, whose vineyards boasts vine patches that reach back into the Middle Ages, this Grand Ardèche Chardonnay offers a nose with perfectly discernable lemon curd, vanilla and ripe pear. Suggesting meal pairing options for this masterful Chardonnay is a challenge, given that its flavors are so enjoyable and well balanced that it is spectacular on a stand-alone basis; yet, I would love an artichoke risotto with this–or perhaps a pan-seared red snapper with a tropical fruit salsa.


Woop Woop Australia Chardonnay 2005
Woop Woop Chardonnay 2005 was made by Ben Riggs (Winemaker at Penny's Hill), from Southeastern Australia contract-grown Chardonnay, and imported by Epicurean.


Lincourt Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2004
Lincourt Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2004 is Chardonnay, 86% from Santa Maria Valley (65% Bien Nacido vineyard, 21% Solomon Hills Vineyard), and 14% from Rancho Santa Rosa in the Santa Rita Hills.


Meridian Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2004
Meridian* Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2004 has been released a while, but this new label just arrived, mid-vintage.


Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Chardonnay 2004
Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2004 is blended with other white varietals for increased structure.


Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2003 wine review by (PB)
This Chardonnay is beautiful gold with a spectacular bouquet and nose of–-I kid you not–-Creme Brulee.


Bannockburn Vertical Tasting - Chardonnay, Pinot
The tasting offered 10 wines in each category, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Bannockburn also produce four single vineyard wines, the SRH Chardonnay ($110), the Stuart ($75) and Serre ($120) Pinot Noir and the Range Shiraz ($55).


Thompson Estate Chardonnay 2003


Good wine doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag
One thing I need is the Domaine Talmard, 2003 Macon-Chardonnay, $10. Now, indeed it is chardonnay, but the grapes that make up this wine actually come from the village of Chardonnay.


Brisbane Courier Mail
The Courier-Mail: Run your car on chardonnay why not? Leaded or unleaded petrol could be laced with ethanol produced from excess chardonnay or pinot noir, according to Granite Belt wine grower Angelo Puglisi.


Reviews: Cape Campbell Limited Edition Reserv...


Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
2003 Beauregard Trout Gulch Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay ($25) Here is a wine for those who love their Chardonnays unctuous and oaky. 2002 Byington Quennevillle Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay ($26) The nose offers toast, spice and mineral notes, with a hint of green herb.


Go nutty over Chardonnay and Italian-style chicken
California Chardonnay can be a challenge for food. Because of this intensity, Chardonnay pairs best with food that doesn't fight it, but attempts to match its richness and personality.


A Tale of 2 Chardonnays
In my opinion, they are one of the top tier producers of Chardonnay in California.


2005 Finca El Portillo Chardonnay
The 2005 Finca El Portillo Chardonnay, from Bodegas Salentein, is clean and crisp, with no oak aging, and lovely pear and apple flavors. This means only stainless steel on the chardonnay, no oak aging at all.


winter whites, sleek reds
Another overachieving white, the 2004 Casa Lapostolle Casablanca Valley Chardonnay ($10), shares a similar French lineage. Though partially fermented and aged in oak barrels, this Chardonnay's ripe, oaky character is tempered by a zesty quality because the grapes were grown in Chile's cool, coastal Casablanca Valley.


Good wine doesnt have to come with a hefty price tag
One thing I need is the Domaine Talmard, 2003 Macon-Chardonnay, $10. Now, indeed it is chardonnay, but the grapes that make up this wine actually come from the village of Chardonnay.

But I gotta think it would be twice that if I didn't love my angel hair and chardonnay so damn much.


Winecast 44 The Big Three Whites
I taste the Big Three Whites, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay live on the show and invite listeners to taste these wines as they listen.


Architect crafts European-style wines at Godspeed
His 1,200-case winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines designed to be food-friendly and age-worthy. According to Canadian-born and Los Angeles area-raised Stricker, the vineyard is almost equally divided between Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.


Many names for chardonnay
If you're just looking for the punch line, though, it's all just chardonnay. Most of the white Burgundy you'll find on store shelves ranges from $15 to $35 a bottle, and while the cost is comparable to American chardonnay, the flavor can be refreshingly different.


QA with the man whos buying the wine world
Because Estancia was primarily a Chardonnay brand and Monterey-based, it could not demand the price that Alexander Valley Cabernet could and should get.


Valley’s ripe with inexpensive delights
Checking the wine rack at the east Medford Bi-Mart recently, I saw Bridgeviews 2002 Cabernet-Merlot, 2002 Chardonnay, and 2004 Gewurztraminer, each for 7.49. Valley Views Chardonnay is harder to find below the 10 mark, but two of its older reds, 2001 Merlot (8.39) and 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon (6.99), are still out there.Similar prices are usually the case at stores like Food 4 Less and Winco.


Charles Olkens Connoisseurs Corner: Russian River
One would not think that an area so perfectly suited to cold-weather varieties like pinot noir and chardonnay could also make good zinfandel, but that is just what happens. Sometimes it is only a matter of a sheltered hillside, while for other grapes, and to some great surprise, zin can flourish alongside pinot and chardonnay in the Russian River Valley.


Making wine in a hostile climate
They have also planted chardonnay, and, notably, a bit of syrah too, though the temperature is too cool for grapes like cabernet sauvignon and merlot. "AVAs are pretty useless," said Ted Lemon, who makes pinot noir and chardonnay under the Littorai label.


The Opera Grapevine: Beyond the Chardonnay
Chardonnay, wine lovers will tell you, is a very pernicious wine, embodying all the evils of commercialization, globalization and the banality of contemporary taste. Chardonnay is everywhere, and everywhere it is oaky, creamy, smooth and undistinguished.


Delicate crab needs a light touch and a sleek Chardonnay
Chardonnay from Monterey County makes a perfect partner.


The big gulp
Gallo spokesman Tim McDonald says, "Large retailers want to have a Cabernet or Chardonnay or Merlot that nobody else has," and his company is large enough to create retailer-specific brands like Winking Owl for them. Ken Brown founded Byron Vineyard and Winery, a high-end Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specialist in Santa Barbara County, in 1984.


Whats in a name? A lot where wine is concerned
"The style depends on the location -- we couldn't make chardonnay like (those in) the Russian River Valley." His winery is in the Alexander Valley appellation. Sonoma County has cooler climates toward the west (near the ocean) and to the north, and varietals such as pinot noir and chardonnay grow well there, while the areas toward the east and south tend to be warmer, and varietals lean toward the standard Bordeaux grapes.


The prince of pinot noir
Examples include blending chardonnay with pinot blanc; making luscious low alcohol riesling and attempting, against the odds, to move pinot gris beyond boring.


Wines for Thanksgiving
A wine to go with roast turkey is easy enough: go with a mild-to-medium-bodied red, such as a Pinot Noir from Burgundy, or try a full-flavored white, such as a white Burgundy, a Califoakian Chardonnay, or a Pinot Gris from Alsace.


Ode to the Russian River Valley
Lewis has won its fair share of accolades from me over the years, and this head-turning chardonnay only adds to its many successes. One would not think that an area so perfectly suited to cold-weather varieties like pinot noir and chardonnay could also make good zinfandel, but that is just what happens.


Savvy Living - Jan. 26, 2006
The Finger Lakes are best known for their world-class Rieslings, but with a cool grape-growing climate, the region is well suited for other classic varieties, chardonnay included. This bottling–a good value at $13–is a nice example of cool-weather chardonnay.


Best of 2005 Wine, Food, Travel


Coming Up - Weekly calendar of events
Titus Vineyards will pour red wines and Chappelet Winery and Vineyards will pour chardonnay.


Southern Wine Journal
A rich and intense wine but not a blockbuster. The relatively light colour gives no hint of the powerful melon fruit and vanilla oak that dominate the...


Wednesday, January 25, 2006


A fine zinfandel is a tribute to small producer
For full disclosure, Ravenswood has sent me its wines for review over the last couple of years, but since I am not an avid drinker of zinfandel - I find many of them too big and too alcoholic - the wines have not been a priority. That is, until I picked out Ravenswood's 2003 "Dickerson Vineyard" Zinfandel for a taste not long ago...


New Favorite Zinfandel for the New Year
2002 Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel


Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2003
Renwood Zinfandel 2001


Renwood Zinfandel 2001
New Favorite Zinfandel for the New Year


Cheers to Cheap and Affordable New Wine Blends
A blend of syrah, petite sirah, zinfandel, carignane, barbera, and malbec with a pleasantly simple nose of cherries and wet rocks and an equally simple flavor of dried sour cherries and smoke.


2002 Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
1998 Gary Farrell Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel


1998 Gary Farrell Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
My bud Robert brought this over for dinner last night, and it was a real refresher course in Zinfandel's aging curve.


Mayo Family Winery 2001 Ricci Vineyard Zinfandel Port (Russian River Valley)
2003 Leaping Lizard Napa Valley Zinfandel


Renwood Zinfandel 2002 Sierra Series
Ally thought it was a bit too tart for a Zinfandel.


2003 Leaping Lizard Napa Valley Zinfandel
7 Deadly Zins Lodi Zinfandel 2004


Winter produces a sweet delicacy in rare ice wines
We then tried Renwood 2004 Zinfandel Amador Ice ($35.99 at Cap N Cork for a half-size bottle). The Zinfandel smelled instantly of raspberries and blueberries, which followed through in the taste along with hints of honey.


7 Deadly Zins Lodi Zinfandel 2004
Michael and David Phillips produce this popularly priced Zin from a blend of primarily (not specified) old vine Zinfandel from 7 contract growers in the Lodi Appellation.


Hollywood and Vine
Zinfandel Watch your wallet--and your man--when Zinfandel's on the prowl. Exotic and mysterious, Zinfandel is a jealous lover, pairing only with a few other grapes, but dominating the relationship.


Earthquake Lodi Zinfandel 2004
Earthquake Lodi Zinfandel 2004 is primarily Zinfandel (last year's 2003 was 84%, with some Petite Sirah, Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon).


Zin Alley
They specialize in Red Zinfandel and Zinfandel port. The Red Zinfandel sells for $42 and the Port costs $40.


Cline Cellars California Zinfandel 2004
Cline California Zinfandel 2004 was made from fruit sourced primarily from Contra Costa County near Oakley, and Lodi.


Rosenblum Cellars Paso Robles Zinfandel 2004
Rosenblum Appellation Series Paso Robles Zinfandel 2004 is a blend of 86% Zinfandel, 7% Carignane, 5% Petite Sirah, and 2% Syrah.


Rosenblum San Francisco Bay Zinfandel 2004
Montevina Zinfandel 2001


Montevina Zinfandel 2001
I choose a Zinfandel for only $9. Overall a well balanced Zinfandel.


January is time for zinfandel
But, when Zinfandel Advocates and Associates came into being, created the single best tasting of the year and scheduled it for January, things changed. Check out their Web site (www.zinfandel.org) for seminars, food and wine tastings, fancy dinners and the biggest bash of the year and all are open to the public.


Turley Grist Vineyard Zinfandel 2002


Tiny Soquel winerys journey to top state honor
San Jose Mercury News, USA- Hellenthal Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($35), which displays ripe cherry flavors and a bit of heat on the finish; and a 2003 old vine zinfandel from Schulenberg ...


Winecast 50 - Zinfandel 2
Todays podcast is my first of 2006 and my second take on my favorite red varietal: Zinfandel, and I interview Alan Baker, the Cellar Rat. Reminder: the ZAP festival, Zinfandel Advocates and Producers is 1/28/06 in San Francisco.


2002 Sausal Zinfandel


Foxhorn White Zinfandel
I usually drink it when it is mistakingly brought to me after ordering a Zinfandel.


10 tips to being a smarter, thriftier wine buyer
2001 Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Zinfandel: With its fruit backed up by some tannic muscle, this sassy California wine was a fast favorite of the panel.


Vancouver North Shore News
Indeed, there are worse ways to spend a rainy afternoon than working through some 30 appetizers made to match with gently peppery, well-berried Fetzer Valley Oaks Zinfandel 2002.


St. Petersburg Times
Even if you don't know the name, I'll bet you've tasted it and loved it, sometimes as a bit of extra gumption, ripeness and deep purple blended into zinfandel and even big-shot cabernets. "It was the the perfect "complexing' complement for zinfandel," he says.


Teldeschi vintner believes in aging its Zinfandel
Don't miss:Teldeschi Zinfandel "Lot #1" 1994, Dry Creek Valley, Calif.; $23. Most of the estate is planted to Zinfandel, their late father's favorite.


Want to get Zapped?
The annual Zinfandel Advocates Producers (ZAP) Festival is taking place in San Francisco on January 25-28, 2006. For those who havent made plans yet, head over to www.zinfandel.org or call (415) 345-7575 for ticket information.


Bold burger and wild red are easy on the wallet
The wine is an uncomplicated, young and slightly wild red wine blend made from zinfandel, merlot, sangiovese and grenache grapes grown here and there in Sonoma County.


Cefalo has 6 wines that score points
Howell Mountain Vineyards "Black Sears Vineyard" Zinfandel 2001. Growing up, Sunday afternoons meant manicotti, homemade pasta and zinfandel.


hidden charms of riesling MSNBC- It’s a tall order to ask a wine drinker who’s finally straightened out zinfandel from merlot to comprehend the difference between kabinett and spätlese ...


Chocolate and wine are sweet combination
This means cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel for those rich, decadent restaurant desserts that also spotlight dark berry flavors, such as a cherry sauce.


Zinfandels that are beauties - but don’t call them ‘blushes ...
If one more person uses the word "blush" in reference to California’s majestic red zinfandel grape, I am going to scream. Yes, white zinfandel is made from zinfandel grapes, a red variety, but it is indeed a far cry from the rich, robust stuff zin fans covet.


Tasty Pairings
The pizza was paired with RagApple Lassie's red zinfandel, a medium-bodied, spicy wine, and the first zinfandel produced in the Yadkin Valley. This pizza was paired with RagApple Zinfandel, the first and only red zinfandel made in the Yadkin Valley.


Sip of the Week
The fruitiness of zinfandel usually makes us think of summer and lighter fare.


Ode to the Russian River Valley
One would not think that an area so perfectly suited to cold-weather varieties like pinot noir and chardonnay could also make good zinfandel, but that is just what happens.


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Sauvignon Blanc, News and Views

Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County) 2004*
Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) 2003


Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Wine Review (NW)
Cloudy Bay quickly became the benchmark New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with excellent offerings year after year.


Wine Tasting Note: Saints Selection Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Spittoon - Wine Tasting Note: Saints Selection Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Marlborough, New Zealand. Wine Tasting Note: Saints Selection Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Marlborough, New Zealand.


2003 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Fume Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc)
Wine Tasting Note: Saints Selection Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Marlborough, New Zealand.


X Winery ES Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2004
X Winery ES Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from Lake County.


Time for wines
Feanny's second pick of New Zealand's Waipara Hills, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, provides enough of a fruity edge to complement many of our dishes. As the New Zealanders have made their name over the last five years with the Sauvignon Blanc, so have the Argentines developed a world-beating reputation with the robust Malbec.


Casa Lapostolle Rapel Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc 2004 is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, grown on the Las Kuras Estate. There are about 100 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, planted in 1992.


Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) 2003
At the top end, it's hard to think of a wine that's routinely as amazing as Insignia, while their basic varietal level wines, such as this Sauvignon Blanc ($22), are excellent. This wine is towards the melon and green apple end of the SB flavor spectrum, but there is still enough grass and herbs (cilantro?) to let you know you're dealing with Sauvignon Blanc.


Paso Robles Offers New Adventures in Wine
It combines viognier, marsanne, roussanne and sauvignon blanc to produce a fragrant wine that is less than $12.


Stormhoek Sauvignon Blanc yum!
My free bottle of Stormhoek Sauvignon Blanc has arrived.


New Zealand or Bust
(Once you try a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc you'll never go back.) But you can only learn so much about a country by drinking their wine, reading books, and watching Lord of the Rings.


50 Connect
Australia had Shiraz and New Zealand was the first and last word in Sauvignon Blanc, albeit in a guise that had most of the traditional Loire producers stating that it was not Sauvignon at all, but cunningly fermented gooseberry juice. As I mentioned earlier, New Zealand first won renown for Sauvignon Blanc.


The Chronicles Top Bargain Wines of 2005
This wine takes advantage of the fact that the world center of great Sauvignon Blanc is now that country's Marlborough region. In its cool climate, the grape develops strong, pungent aromas and flavors of tropical fruit and fresh-mown grass that were shocking 20 years ago to fans of the more austere, mineral-driven wines made from Sauvignon Blanc in France's Loire region.


Austrian dry white lights up palate with intriguing scents
Imagine an expressive character somewhere between Viognier (floral, perfumed, fruity) and Sauvignon Blanc (grassy, herbal, flinty).


Sauvignon Blanc goes with everything, including pesto
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most versatile and food-friendly wines, complementing everything from briny oysters to creamy, fresh goat cheese to spicy Thai noodle dishes. However, the wide range of Sauvignon Blanc styles produced in Sonoma County can make food pairing a challenge.


Seeing Rojo
Each of the valleys near Ensenada has a slightly different microclimate, and the grape varietals that fare best are Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.


Pair Mexican fare with Sauvignon Blanc
In a perfect world, you couldn't go wrong by pairing Mexican fare with Sauvignon Blanc. Surprisingly, however, the only Sauvignon Blanc on this restaurant's wine list was a selection from New Zealand.


10 tips to being a smarter, thriftier wine buyer
• 2004 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc: A spritz of acid burst lightly on the tongue, followed by rounded fruit flavors and an herbal finish.


Vintage Year
Both Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($7.95) and Tohu Sauvignon Blanc ($12.95) are crisp, clean and loaded with tropical fruit flavors. They are good alternatives to the overpriced Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc everyone loves.


Another year, another 700 bottles to get through - all in the line ...
Tariquet Famille Grassa Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (£6.99, Somerfield) is beautifully floral and so spring-like you'll hear bees a buzzin'. Trapiche Falling Star Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (£3.99, Morrisons).


Cape Campbell 2004 Sauvignon Blanc
This is a fuller bodied style of Sauvignon Blanc with clean racy acidity and a long lingering finish.


Livermore Valley: A new wine-tasting experience
Livermore garnered recognition for California's wine-making capabilities when Wetmore won America's first international gold medal at the 1889 Paris Exposition for his Cresta Blanca Sauvignon Blanc. Before making our way to the visitors center, we wandered along a walkway lined with different grape vines, each labeled to help us distinguish the cabernet from the sauvignon blanc clusters.


On your Marks if you want to bag some bargain bottles
Well-kent supermarket face is Kumala Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2004 (£3.99, was £4.99, Sainsbury's, until Jan 24). Similar blend grapes, but Jacob's Creek Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (£3.99, was £4.99, Sainsbury's, until Jan 24) is less demonstrative - in fact nondescript.


Winecast 44 The Big Three Whites
I taste the Big Three Whites, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay live on the show and invite listeners to taste these wines as they listen.


Fast Track to Fine Wine?
Similar treatment to a Sauvignon Blanc 2004 resulted in a drier aftertaste.


Central California Coast overflowing with wineries
Chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot and sauvignon blanc are also prominent throughout the Central Coast and coastal valleys. Meridian 2004 Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc: You really cannot expect more for $10.


Food Drink Value vino
Produced by Chiles Veramonte, which is run by father-and-son pioneers Agustin and Agustin Francisco Huneeus, Duo is the ideal expression of two varietals, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon, and two growing regions, the Casablanca and Maipo valleys. The 05 Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca epitomizes grassy gooseberry and citrus-peel crispness, yet it nicely warms to a mellow expression in the glass.


Sydney Morning Herald
Similar treatment to a Sauvignon Blanc 2004 resulted in a drier aftertaste.


Las Brisas: Rueda Wine Review
The chalky soils there are conducive to dry, minerally whites; the main grapes grown are Verdejo (or Verdeho), Viura, and to a lesser extent, Sauvignon Blanc.


Swirl n Spit
Like most other whites, Sauvignon Blanc doesn't need a lot of oak or other heavy makeup to shine; in fact, she's at her very finest completely nude. Sauvignon Blanc damsels: Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett.


Cool Australian region produces some lovely wines
There's also some cabernet sauvignon and smaller amounts of sauvignon blanc, shiraz, merlot and cabernet franc. Portet makes a fresh, slightly grassy sauvignon blanc ($18) with flavors of grapefruit and stone fruits.


Stand up for semillon
Jim Barry 'Silly Mid On' Sauvignon Blanc Semillion. In Bordeaux which like all French winemaking areas is strictly controlled by the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine semillon, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle are the only grapes approved for making white wine (sauternes is made with semillon and sauviugnon blanc, for example).


Tis the season for oysters: Pair em with a pearl
Geyser Peak Winery 2004 California Sauvignon Blanc ($12): Like the Dry Creek Vineyard chenin blanc, the assertively grassy and fruity Geyser Peak sauvignon blanc is a repeat winner at the oyster-and-wine competition. A somewhat more aromatic and heftier version of this wine also fitting for oysters is the Geyser Peak Winery 2004 Block Collection Russian River Valley River Road Ranch Sauvignon Blanc ($19), which tied for best interpretation of the varietal at this year's California State Fair.


Affordable reds, whites available
From California, the 2005 Chateau Souverain Sauvignon Blanc and the 2004 Ferrari-Carano Fum Blanc are winners with their clean, crisp finishes and user-friendly tastes.


Grocery store passes first taste test
2003 Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc, California ($9) - It's a dry white with good, fresh lemon-lime flavor and texture. The aroma has some of the usual Sauvignon Blanc straw and hay.


Well-made receptacles bring outa good wines best qualities
There is no mistaking the grassy, herbaceous aromas of a Sauvignon Blanc when put next to an oaky, tropical fruity Chardonnay or the cola nut aromas of a Pinot Noir when compared to the cassis of a Cabernet Sauvignon. Thus, a tallish (and smallish) tapered glass made for Sauvignon Blanc required you to tilt your head farther back than the balloon-shaped Chardonnay glass.


Chimney Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2004
The Spice Must Flow | Friday Jan 20 A very good find for the lovely price of around $10. From the Marlborough region of New Zealand. I'm not very accomplished at reviewing wines. I know what tastes good to me. This ... Tags:


No-name Eponymous label has a big name behind it
Pepi and Booth are also now making wine under the Two Angels label for a Lake County, Calif., couple -- nicely priced sauvignon blanc, syrah and petite sirah. 2004 Two Angels Sauvignon Blanc, Shannon Ridge Vineyards, Lake County (Calif.): ripe melon flavors, a hint of flint, crisp, tart and dry; $15.


Screw tops are a wonderful twist
2005 Omaka Springs Estates Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15-$17) - 2005 was only two weeks ago and, wow, here it is the first of the vintage I've tasted. 2004 Whitehall Lane Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, Calif.


Richard and Judy help sweet wine get its just desserts
Dona Paula Los Cardos Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (£5.99, Oddbins) is a savoury, herbaceous Argentinian white giving off peapod-like aromas, and having an audacious acidity that will cope with goat's cheese, or shellfish. Trio Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (£5.99, Oddbins) explodes on the nose with nettle-clump aromas, but quietens down to a dry, "green" drop that's perfect for shellfish.


Tastings back in WSJ free RSS feed
While checking my blogroll this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see todays column about Sauvignon Blanc in the feed. If you want some more information on the varietal, check out my Sauvignon Blanc and Sancerre shows.


Thirteen toasts to the finest wines of 2005
Tohu Mugwi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004 ($22.95) The first on the list, from way back in early January, hasnt even arrived yet; this was to have been here in the spring, in a mind-numbing allotmentfor the whole country! For my palate its the best Sauvignon Blanc out of New Zealand, or most other places, I got to taste yet.


Paradise lost to greed and fear
The Age, Australia- Settling back with a few SSBs, are ya? said the Hertz guy. Semillon sauvignon blanc. Not so many. Our party of ...


Monday, January 23, 2006

Pinot Noir, News and Views

MacRostie Winery, “Keltie Brook”, Pinot Noir ...
MacRostie Winery, Keltie Brook, Pinot Noir, Carneros 2002 ($15) - Garnet color with strong black cherry, raspberry and vanilla aromas.


Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Pinot Noir, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Spittoon - Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Pinot Noir, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.


Medici 2000 Pinot Noir, Block I and II, Estate Reserve, Willamette Valley (Oregon) $20
When it’s good, Pinot Noir is one of my favorite wines but it’s not a wine that holds up well to mediocrity. Medici’s Pinot Noir came highly recommended by the owner of a wine shop/restaurant that I frequent. From one of the oldest vineyards in the Willamette Valley and winemaker, Peter Rosback, Medici 2000 Pinot Noir, Block I and II, Estate Reserve will turn you into a true believer of Oregon Pinot prowess.


WBW #17: Borthwick Vineyard 2003 Pinot Noir
Personally, I had only tried one New Zealand red, a pinot noir from Spy Valley. So, after some consideration, I selected this bottle of Borthwick Vineyard 2003 Pinot Noir. Comments: While not offensive, this wine was underwhelming At this price point, I expect to get a little more -- even from the sometimes-pricey pinot noir.


The Dining Room, Spencer on Byron, Takapuna
The wine list is sound — and excludes the stratospheric price levels — with our mainstream choices of the Chard Farm chardonnay, C.J. Pask Gimblett Road merlot and the excellent-value Rabbit Ranch pinot noir all doing the job.


Sebastiani Merlot, Handley Pinot Noir
I had a glass of Handley Pinot Noir, which by itself was pretty good, but even better when paired with the pomegranate glazed pork ribeye. It didn't impress me quite as much as Taft Street's bargain Pinot Noir (also about $15) but I'd be willing to try it again.


A to Z Wineworks Oregon Pinot Noir 2003
A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir '03 is a blend of 20+ wines from 16 estates, aged in 40% new French oak. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied for a Pinot Noir, fleshy with tart acidity.


Benton-Lane Oregon Pinot Noir 2003
Benton-Lane Oregon Pinot Noir 2003 is a blend of seven clones grown on estate vineyards in the southern Willamette Valley, between Corvallis and Eugene.


Martin Ray Angeline Mendocino Pinot Noir 2004
Martin Ray Angeline* Mendocino Pinot Noir 2004 is 96% Pinot Noir, 4% Sangiovese. Courtney took Martin Ray, while Derek became proprietor of the Purple Wine Company, which markets the popular Mark West Pinot Noir, as well as Avalon and Rock Rabbit labels.


Oregon Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is recognized worlwide as a great wine grape. It can be a difficult grape to grow prone to almost every affliction know to affect the vine. It is also a difficult wine during the fermentatio process prone to acetification and problems with color retention. Oregon wineries produce prize-winning Pinot Noir with surprising regularity.


Argyle Pinot Noir 2003
Could be due to the fact that I've never spent over $20 on a bottle of Pinot Noir.


so then Pinot Noir goes to Grenache: You bring me downstream
Here we have a wine made from Pinot Noir and a Côte du Rhône wine. And as for contrast, what could establish a greater gap than comparing the humble descriptive record of Grenache to the storied accomplishments of Pinot Noir. The Laroche Pinot Noir Vin de Pays D'Oc 2003 is juicy, round and refreshing.


2003 Navarro Vineyards Pinot Noir
The girl I'm dating went home to California for Christmas and returned with a bottle of the 2003 Navarro Vineyards Pinot Noir from the Anderson Valley in Mendocino. It was an excellent Pinot Noir, and even more fun to serve because I'd started out the evening with my old favorite, the sparkling pinot noir from Domaine Ste. Michelle.


Fermenting Change
Casual wine drinkers don't associate Corralitos, Calif., with premium, coastal pinot noir production. It's a classic "slow and steady wins the race" scenario, and with pinot noir, a notoriously fickle grower and thin-skinned grape, ideal conditions become that much more important in producing consistent fruit.


WBW #17: Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir
The 2004 Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir displays a smokey nose which shrouds the fruit hidden beneath, strawberry and cherry combine with earthy tones on the palate, a light mouth weight that finishes with a little peppery tannin.


Cool Australian region produces some lovely wines
You'll find some shiraz here, sure, but the dominant grape varieties in the Yarra are pinot noir and chardonnay. Pinot noir is now the most widely planted grape in the valley, followed closely by chardonnay.


2003 Dry Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir
It’s dramatically beautiful, isolated and also happens to make some of the world’s best Pinot Noir. The typical style for the region is much like Oregon’s only cleaner and brighter (Oregon Pinot Noir is mainly made in a Burgundian style). Being from Oregon, I’m naturally quite partial to its local wines, but really enjoy Central Otago Pinot Noir.


Barringwood Park Pinot Noir 2003
I tasted the 2003 Pinot Noir blind in a line up of three and was not surprised to find it the best.


Is this the perfect excuse for missing next doors cheese and wine ...
Research by a team at the University of California, Davis, suggests that wine buffs should avoid pairing cabernet sauvignon with camembert or pinot noir with Pont l'Evque if they want to appreciate their cellars to the full. The researchers selected two bottles each of pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah.


Tutored Tasting - Tasmanian Pinot Noir Terroir
Migration Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) 2002


Texas-size talent to make West Coast Pinot Noir
How else to explain how three Texans, whose only wine experience came as salesmen in Austin bottle shops, became winemakers 1,800 miles away, wrangling with the most cantankerous wine to make, Pinot Noir? The two stores helped create a fan base for Pinot Noir in Austin.


Migration Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) 2002
2002 Huia Marlborough Pinot Noir


Sonoma Coast winemakers living on the edge
Mostly they are planted with pinot noir, a grape that is finicky and difficult to grow in the best of conditions. Thomas Brown, who in 2001 bought 40 acres, or 16 hectares, near Annapolis, north of here toward Mendocino County, is one of many who found inspiration from the 1988 Williams Selyem Summa Vineyard pinot noir.


Fell forests to make wine?
In the fog-shrouded forests of California’s remote North Coast, winemakers believe they’ve found the perfect terrain to grow the notoriously fickle pinot noir grape prized by connoisseurs. “If you’ve seen the movie, you’ve seen the glassy-eyed stare they have when they talk about their plans to produce pinot noir up here,” said resident Chris Poehlmann, who opposes vineyard conversions.


Lincourt 2002 Santa Barbera County Pinot Noir
For the Pinot Noir lover this should be a must taste.


2002 Huia Marlborough Pinot Noir
Anyway, thanks to the Whole Foods Palo Alto, purveyor of soups far superior to the Whole Foods San Franciscos, I found a couple of bottles of New Zealand Pinot Noir, any one of which would do for the Kiwi Red theme this month.


Vintage Wine Trust nabs Central Coast winery
The newly acquired winery on Corbett Canyon Road is located in San Luis Obispo County's Edna Valley appellation, known for producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals.


de Loach 2003 California Pinot Noir
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Cono Sur Pinot noir Chile Rapel Valley 2005
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Wave Magazine
Testarossa Palazzio, Pinot Noir, $40 Wave Magazine,CA- Jan 11, 2006Anyone who fancies themselves a bit of a wine connoisseur knows that you don’t pronounce the “T” at the end of cabernet or merlot. ...


Vache Pinot Noir honors its roots in Burgundy
The Vache Pinot Noir 2001 is sophisticated and tender. Don't miss:Vache Pinot Noir 2001 Cienega Valley, California, $39. There's nothing more seductive, exotic and elusive than the fragrance of superlative Pinot Noir.


Cefalo has 6 wines that score points
"This is from our good friend and favorite pinot noir maker Donald Patz.


Fire up the grill -- and your imagination
A California Pinot Noir would be my choice, although an un-oaked Chardonnay would be interesting.


Pooley, Home Hill are top drops
The Home Hill Pinot Noir 2003 is our best red, according to the well respected judges. Other prominent awards went to Crosswinds BBD Chardonnay Pinot Noir 1999 for Best Sparkling Wine, Moorilla Estate Riesling 1989 for Best Museum Wine, Bass Strait Pinot Noir 2004 for Best Value Wine and Craigrow Riesling 2003 as the Chairman's Selection.


Grape growers hoping for good harvest
Don Petrie from Petrie Vineyard checks out the progress of pinot noir grapes on his vineyard near Chertsey. “The yields are looking good,” said Paul Philips, owner of Sirocco Wines in Rakaia, who grows three hectares of pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling grapes.


Wine Concierges Rescue Messy Collectors With Scanners, Bar Code
When someone from Merry Edwards winery called recently to offer him 2002 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir, Day quickly discovered he already had six bottles.


Beyond Burgundy
"Sir, I may have to confiscate your three bottles of Central Otago pinot noir," said the security officer at Auckland airport, as I prepared to fly home last Friday after two winefocused weeks of touring New Zealand.


Pinot craze sows seeds of conflict
Residents of Annapolis, a small town about 100 miles north-west of the famous wine area of Napa, are fighting the conversion of nearby coastal areas into pinot noir vineyards, which they claim destroys forests and wildlife habitat, erodes soil and pollutes rivers. In the film Sideways, the central character extols the virtues of the pinot noir grape and lambasts merlot.


Red wines | The Wine Tasting S...
Aroma - earth and mushrroms - smells lilke a pinot noir!


San Mateo Daily Journal
He spends most of his time in Hillsborough, but his true love rests in hills of Rutherford where he produces about 5,000 cases a year of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


Vancouver Courier | Friday Jan 20 ... 1), Alsace at Le Crocodile - Pinot Noir: Thinking, Drinking Tags:


Heartbreak grape for Feb. 14
Vancouver North Shore News,Canada- Jan 16, 2006... everywhere. Esser Pinot Noir 2004. Manfred ... notes. Plenty of bang for the buck at $16.49 (BCLS). Stoneleigh Marlborough Pinot Noir 2004. This ...


Worthy Wines for Thai With Di
His recommendation was that we try some Sauvignon Blanc, a dry Riesling (he mentioned Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Riesling as “specifically created for that kind of food”), and perhaps a Pinot Noir. We tasted three wines with our meal: 2004 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, 2002 Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Riesling, and 2001 Byron Central Coast Pinot Noir.


feBusiness Traveller
A DiGiorgio Pinot Noir, though rare in the region, with generous frames of oak did only too well for me. By the time I arrived at Chain of Ponds for a Pinot Noir tasting that I had been saving my sobriety for, I was at about the threshold.


A case of pinot envy
Pinot noir winemakers are potty about clones, but should drinkers really care? Which is a roundabout introduction to a story on clones and how absolutely potty pinot noir makers are about them. Anyway, Jensen is happy with his clonal selection and that's important for pinot noir makers, because no other variety mutates into so many variables - low-yielding, high-yielding, big berries, small berries, thick-skinned, thin-skinned, light-skinned or dark-skinned.


Vintage Wine Trust acquires new vineyard, winery and associated ...
Jan20,2006-Included in the acquisition are a 63-acre vineyard planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, a winery, office building, tank building, and bottling and storage building. The Edna Valley appellation is known for producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals.


The Weight of Wine
On the other hand, reds like Bardolino, Pinot Noir, and Beaujolais are often more pleasant when served slightly chilled, between 55 and 60f .In a fuller-bodied red, heat attenuates our sensitivity to tannin and acidity.


Central California Coast overflowing with wineries
Wine drinkers cannot get enough of the flavorful and (still) inexpensive pinot noir, while interest in merlot wanes. Among the big names from the area — the ones you’ve probably heard of — include Tobin James, J. Lohr, Firestone, Foxen, Zaca Mesa, Bella Luna, Martin and Weyrich, Blackstone, Chalone, Rabbit Ridge and, of course, Sanford, the pinot noir so coveted by Miles from the Oscar-nominated wine country comedy-drama.


Blockbuster lunch goes over budget
Here is the label's info: Sundance, Grown, Produced and Bottled by Benton-Lane Winery, Monroe, Oregon, Pinot Noir 2002, Willamette Valley. What you're looking for is the 2002 Benton-Lane Pinot Noir Estate, which had a suggested retail price of $20.


WBW #17 Red Kiwi Zenith Vineyards Pinot N...
I chose a pinot, Zenith Vineyards Pinot Noir 2003. The silty, fertile alluvial soils and long, cool ripening conditions in the South Island regions of Marlborough and Nelson produce vibrant, fruit-focused Pinot Noir with strong cherry and plum flavors. Although it is the Sauvignon Blanc that is the crown of Marlborough, acclaimed as among the best in the world, the quality of New Zealands Pinot Noir has come an astonishingly long way in the past twenty years.


On your Marks if you want to bag some bargain bottles
Well, Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2004 (£9.99, Sainsbury's) is the liquid incarnation of the stuff, an intense New Zealand red that also reminds of treacle tart, with raspberry, leather and chocolate-coated raisins thrown in for good measure.


East Bay Events
Newly released wines include 2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley; 2004 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir; and 2001 Brut Cuvee, Napa Valley.


Cheese spoils fine wines - so stick to the plonk
Where the tasters would have expected to hold forth on the berry and oak flavours of a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon or the light tannins of a pinot noir, it was found they were indistinguishable from a bottle of plonk.


Environmentalists Fight Vineyards Spread
In the fog-shrouded forests of California's remote North Coast, winemakers believe they've found the perfect terrain to grow the notoriously fickle pinot noir grape prized by connoisseurs.


Top-flight wine tasting in Sonoma Valley
The most brilliant matchup on the current menu is a light, bright 2004 Russian River pinot noir served with "fish


Trenton - Wine connoisseurs are catching on
A Pinot Noir was served with a Smoked Peppered Duck Salad followed by a Champagne Fruit Spritzer filled with mango, mandarin orange slices and raspberries.


Looking to drink less? Try lower-alcohol wines
Rose of pinot noir instead of pinot noir: It's hard to find a red with less than 12 percent to 13 percent alcohol, but you might find a few good roses, which can offer more body than light whites. An excellent find is Scott Harvey 2004 Napa Valley Rose of Pinot Noir ($15.99), a dry, crisp pick, labeled at 10.5 percent alcohol.


Alsace in Anderson Valley
Half of the valley's 2,400 acres are planted to Pinot Noir, according to Bob Nye, president of the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association. Compared to pricey, popular Pinot Noir, Alsatian varietals are still minor. "We're convinced of Gewurztraminer's future in Anderson Valley, which is why we T-budded five acres of Chardonnay to Gewurz in spite of the huge success of Pinot Noir in this valley," Holstine says.


A tip for fondue devotees
After cheese, the wines tasted flatter, with pinot noir, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon all deemed to have lost flavour.


Wine Column: Winter whites satisfy summer cravings
2003 Taz Vineyards Santa Barbera County pinot noir.


Friday, January 20, 2006

Wine Blogs

Long Island Wine Country Winter Festival -- February 2006
Until last weekend it wasn’t obvious, but winter is upon us. And while most of the farm stands are boarded up for the season, just about all of Long Island's East End wineries, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants remain open....
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/20/2006, 15:37

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Wine Review (NW)
Beautiful pale yellow-green color Big grapefruit nose Grassy flavors on the palate Clean finish with nice acidity
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/20/2006, 15:28

...yeah! What he said!
Jon Bonné over at MSNBC has just posted a brilliant article exploring the difficulties of recommending wines.
Source: Untangled Vine, published: 01/20/2006, 15:18

Hah! I KNEW The Whole Wine-and-Cheese Pairing Was Overrated...
At least twice in my wine columns for the Dayton Daily News — once in 1997, once in 2002 (thank goodness for electronic archives) — I have suggested that the whole wine-and-cheese thing was WAY overrated. Now, I have
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/20/2006, 14:41

Yowee! Priorat wine is great
More praise for this important and tasty D.O. Great little article with some history and tasting notes. Read all about Spanish Source: Catavino, published: 01/20/2006, 14:37

A Wild and Wooly Wine Weekend aWaits
If his customers and the traffic on I-75 cooperate, my fellow wine blogger Jens at Cincinnati Wine Warehouse will make it to the Jay’s Kitchen Door tasting tonight, perhaps between 6 and 7. Otherwise, here is the list
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/20/2006, 14:25

Red wine each keeps the bird flu away?
Or so they say, seems that red wine has a component that helps keep the flu from mutating. Good news for us wine drinkers! Source: Catavino, published: 01/20/2006, 14:06

Wine drinkers have healthier diets than beer drinkers
People who buy wine have healthier diets than people who buy beer, according to a new study.
Source: The Willetts on Wine, published: 01/20/2006, 13:25

Are You a Supertaster?
If you watched Mondovino, you know that Robert Parker is a Supertaster and his palate is insured for one million dollars.
Source: De Long Wine Moment, published: 01/20/2006, 13:25

Wine Growers Shocked to Learn 'Imminent Shortages' Some Wine Grapes
Despite what is thought to be a record winegrape harvest last year, two grape and bulk wine, in Santa Rosa, January 18, 2006, market experts told a gathering of more than 350 grape growers today to expect "imminent shortages."
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/20/2006, 12:18

I’m alive!
Just wanted to post a quick note to say I’m still here. I just got back from a 2 day trip to Ribera del Duero where I visited two bodegas and talked with a new wine tour company.
Source: Catavino, published: 01/20/2006, 12:01

Australian Grape Glut Hits Wines Mid-Market-Report
The grape glut in Australia could seriously damage the mid-market wine bracket, according to the New South Wales Wine Industry Association.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/20/2006, 11:52

Grazin' in the Sun
California has its zinfandel festival. Massachusetts has the ever popular Boston Wine Expo. And, I'm delighted to say that we here in Connecticut can wring some darn good juice out of the month of January with the Sun Wine Fest.
Source: walk the wine, published: 01/20/2006, 11:23

Clairault Estate Cabernet Merlot 2002
Clairault wines is located around 20kms North of Margaret River township in Western Australia. Established in 1976 it is named after is named after the nearby Cape Clairault. The cellar door is well worth visiting
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/20/2006, 08:47

November Tasting: California Blends; Winner for Best Bargain - 2003 Cline Red Truck (90 Points)
Once a month, a small group of wine enthusiasts called the "Texas Tastemasters" meet in a local restaurant in the North Dallas area to sample a group of wines based on a monthly theme. This month's theme was "California Blends".
Source: The Texas Tastemaster, published: 01/20/2006, 06:10

d’Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2002
This was the first straight Grenache I have tasted, selected the bottle based on the fact d’Arenberg have been making the stuff since 1927. Details of the long history and tasting notes can be found at the d’Arenberg website.
Source: Winetastic, published: 01/20/2006, 05:51

Carving Up Carneros.....and the rest of American Wine
I had the opportunity today to sit in on a tasting of Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay organized by Appellation America at Bouchaine Vineyards. The idea behind the tasting is important: Do Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnays
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/20/2006, 05:06

Ca' del Solo Big House Red (California) 2003
As usual, this wine includes everything but the kitchen sink. In 2003, it includes Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Carignane, Barbera, and Malbec. It's a good value generic red ($10), but not especially memorable.
Source: Professor Bainbridge on Wine, published: 01/20/2006, 04:58

d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale, The Hermit Crab 2004
d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale, The Hermit Crab 2004 Viognier Marsanne ~$16.00
Source: Purple Lips Wine Log, published: 01/20/2006, 04:16

In the dog house tonight
They are "giving wine a new leash on life"!
Source: Kimbob's Wineblog, published: 01/20/2006, 03:25

2003 Leaping Lizard Napa Valley Zinfandel
Since the 2000 vintage (I think), the Leaping Lizard wines I've tried have presented very good values. Their Napa Zins, Carneros Pinot Noirs, and Cabernets have been consistently good and cheap.
Source: Blue State Carpetbagger's Red State Wine Blog, published: 01/20/2006, 02:42

2003 Chateau de Chatelard Beaujolais-Villages "Vieilles Vignes"
I am a great fan of Beaujolais, despite how uncool it may be among current wine geeks. And this is a really good, old-style Beaujolais.
Source: Blue State Carpetbagger's Red State Wine Blog, published: 01/20/2006, 02:38

2003 Torremoron Ribera del Duero Tempranillo ($10 ) -- Estate bottled by Bodega Coop. Ntra. Sra. del Rosario SCCL. Source: cincinnati wine warehouse, published: 01/20/2006, 02:14

Launch of Emerging Varietal Wines of Australia
The long awaited launch of the book ...will take place at Cloudwine Cellars in South Melbourne on Sat 4 Feb. Launch of Emerging Varietal Wines of Australia
Source: Vinodiversity, published: 01/20/2006, 01:56

Wine Advisory Software Launches
quote [ The kiosk-based package offers help for different types of wine drinkers–from the completely clueless to the connoisseur. ] - from: www.informationweek.com
Source: vinoword.com, published: 01/20/2006, 01:47

Red Wine Back In Front
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/20/2006, 01:33

On-line Wine Blogers Doubles Wine Sales

South African producer Stormhoek has doubled sales of its wine with a campaign directed at the blogging community.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/20/2006, 01:32

Wine and Cheese incompatible, says research
quote [ To some, it will be like saying Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were out of step. But new research has revealed that cheese and wine do not make the perfect pair. ] - from: www.decanter.com
Source: vinoword.com, published: 01/20/2006, 01:29

NYT: The Silk Road Leads Through Queens
This NY Times article was just too good to pass up, given its convergence of my hometown, tenuous (very, very tenuous) historical religious roots and, most importantly, the name of this blog! My wine recommendation with this sort of...
Source: The Silk Road of Wine, published: 01/20/2006, 01:01

Wine and Cheese - Not a Match I just love this stu...
Wine and Cheese - Not a Match I just love this stuff! There is so much dogma associated with wine appreciation, very little of which is supported by peer reviewed research.
Source: Shiraz, published: 01/20/2006, 00:50

Bottle of Wine
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/20/2006, 00:33

2006 Tasmanian Wine Show Top 50
I have questions. A lot of questions. That's the outcome of the Top 50 tasting I attended last night. My overall impression was "Boy! These wines are nice!". Simplistic but true. I was just so impressed with the overall quality of the wines
Source: Pinot Island, published: 01/19/2006, 23:57

The appeal of mature German Rieslings
I love Riesling but I rarely drink German Rieslings. I usually find them too sweet and hard to match with food. But the other day, I had guests at home that were German wine lovers and so I took that opportunity to open a bottle of 1996 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese
Source: Purple Liquid: a wine and food diary, published: 01/19/2006, 22:41

Help Me!!

I can't seem to stop. I've tried different ways of stopping myself, but nothing seems to work, I just keep doing it. What am I talking about? Buying wine.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/19/2006, 22:36

More January Whites(5): Canada Blush, Canada Pinot Gris, USA Chard, NZ Sauv Blanc, France SB

COLIO ESTATE VINEYARDS 'CEV LILY' BLANC DE NOIRS 2002, Harrow, Canada, 12.0% XD, #618512 $17.95 Vintages released on September 17, 2005 describing it as: "Made from mostly Pinot Noir grapes with a small percentage of Riesling, this is the perfect sparkling wine
Source: Strictly Tastings, published: 01/19/2006, 22:16

Quebec monopoly investigates itself after claims of price-fixing

LIQUOR BOARDS This week is shaping up to be bigger for news on the SAQ scandal then previously thought. In addition to the tidbit I introduced yesterday about American wine prices being affected,
Source: Doktor Weingolb, published: 01/19/2006, 22:14

Return of the forgotten cru
A Bordeaux classification, once drawn up in the 19th century but since fallen from use, has been revived by a group of winemakers in the Medoc. The official list of the crus artisans du Medoc was published earlier this month and lists 44 chateaux in the Medoc region of Bordeaux.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/19/2006, 22:05

Red Wine Good Against Flu
Red Wine Also Good Against Flu - Molecule in grape skin can keep virus from mutating (ANSA) - Rome, January 19 - Italian researchers have confirmed that red wine is not only good for combating cardiovascular conditions and diseases like Alzheimer's but also effective against flu
Source: Red Is Life, published: 01/19/2006, 22:00

Clash of the $10.99 Aussies: One Clear Winner
Identically-priced wines, both blended reds from Australia, both recommended within the last week, offered the opportunity to open them side by side and have a good old-fashioned duel in the sun — well, more of a duel on the dining...
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/19/2006, 20:40

Bubble Jones? Go Prosecco.
You're jonesing for something bubbly, but don't have the coin for Champagne. What to do?
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/19/2006, 20:38

Wine Blogging for fun
Source: The Zinquisition, published: 01/19/2006, 20:11

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Wine Blogs

New Director For Sonoma County Vintners Appointed
The Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) has appointed an executive director. The marketing organisation confirmed yesterday (17 January) that Honore Comfort will assume the position
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/19/2006, 21:14

Foster's To Keep Wine Brands
Foster’s Group says it has no plans to sell some of its secondary wine brands or wineries as it reviews its wine operations in the wake of last year's $3.7 billion acquisition of winemaker Southcorp.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/19/2006, 18:54

Hormones vs Wine
I read Alder's latest post with incredulity and a chuckle (for the art work, not the crime). How does this stuff happen around wine? Unless someone refuses to share, of course. But oenophiles not share? It's just not done.
Source: walk the wine, published: 01/19/2006, 11:39

Fine Wine - Grab a can of bubbly: Happy 2006
Grab a can of bubbly: Happy 2006 Miami Herald - Dec 30 12:06 AM Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, a California vintner by avocation, is making Americans an offer he hopes they won't refuse: He's asking them to drink his champagne out of cans.
Source: The Wine Blog, published: 01/19/2006, 09:08

No more wine and cheese….ok?
The Scotsman reports: EATING cheese ruins the flavours of wine and makes fine vintages indistinguishable from cheap plonk, research has revealed.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/19/2006, 08:59

Cascina Orsolina Barbera d'Asti 1997
It's a world gone mad. I'm loving California wine, recoiling from Italian wine. To wit, a 1997 Cascina Orsolina Barbera d'Asti. Truly a vile wine, as bad as an ill-made Argentine Malbec, which is saying something.
Source: mondosapore, published: 01/19/2006, 08:15

Less Quality for More Money?
Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2005 Mendoza Now this is a smart buy. I have not yet even tasted the Reserva that Altos Las Hormigas produces (retailing for about $18.99), but this 2005 Malbec (released about three weeks ago) shows exemplary character for such a fresh, young wine.
Source: Enotheque, published: 01/19/2006, 06:14

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2005 Mendoza
The Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2005 is a gorgeous dark ruby, almost magenta around the edges when swirling. The nose contains elegant berry, spice, oak and cherry notes. Evident are quality tannin structures for such a young red.
Source: Enotheque, published: 01/19/2006, 05:57

Italian Varieties
Toni Paterson MW has written an article on Italian varieties for the online publication Wine Diva Wine Diva article on Italian Varieties
Source: Vinodiversity, published: 01/19/2006, 02:02

Negotiating With The Truth in Illinois Wine Shipping Battle
The Illinois legislature held a committee meeting today on the issue of direct shipping. Following the meeting I had a chance to speak with the lobbyist for the wineries, Mr. David Strickland.
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/19/2006, 00:17

Tutored Tasting - Tasmanian Pinot Noir Terroir
Do Tasmanian wine regions have distinct terroir characters that can be detected, repeated and used to market wines? Well, sort of.
Source: Pinot Island, published: 01/18/2006, 22:38

More January Whites(4): Canada Pinot Gris, USA Chard, NZ Sauv Blanc, France SB
CAVE SPRING PINOT GRIS 2004, Jordan, Canada, 13.0% XD, #621086 $16.95 (Tasted January 18, 2006) Vintages released January 7, 2006 and describes it as: "Made without oak ageing, Cave Spring sources their Pinot Gris from limestone-rich vineyards in the Beamsville Bench.
Source: Strictly Tastings, published: 01/18/2006, 22:35

January 24th Cabernet Tasting!
Hello friends of the Chateau. This is a reminder to make reservations soon for our California Cabernet Sauvignon tasting on the 24th of this month. Some of the wines we will be tasting will be a 2002 Peter Franus Cab from Napa, a 2003 Gallo Sonoma Reserve, a 2003 Coppola Worthy "Sophia's Cuvee" from Napa and Simi Landslide from the Alexander Valley. Source: THE OENOPHILE, published: 01/18/2006, 22:18

Turley Grist Vineyard Zinfandel 2002
I’ve been lucky enough to try a couple of great Turley wines , including an awesome Haynes vineyard petite syrah, over the last couple of months
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/18/2006, 21:30

Vote For Your Favorite Food and Wine Blogs
Today is your last day to vote for all of your favorites in the 2005 Food Blog Awards, hosted by Kate over at the Accidental Hedonist. LENNDEVOURS has been nominated in the Best Blog Covering Wine, Beer or Spirits category
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/18/2006, 20:59

Big 'Ol Italian List
In the comments section of two recent posts (MERLOT A Wine Oddity) Gampiero of Aristide.biz has graciously provided a hefty list of recommended Northern Italian wines to take for a test drive. Here are the highlights:
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/18/2006, 20:27

Two New 'Heaven Hill' Flavored Tequila
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/18/2006, 19:58

Terroir (hu, good god!), what is it good for?
Throughout the world, people of purported wine knowledge drop the “terroir”, assuming that a) they can identify it from a hole in the ground b) it has some sort of importance c) it makes a wine better.
Source: Untangled Vine, published: 01/18/2006, 19:56

Wine Ratings Revisited
My comments the other day sparked a good discussion about the usefulness of ratings for sorting through the massive amount of wines out there and keeping track of them in cellar management systems or tasting logs.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/18/2006, 19:21

Lodi, California Certifies Wine Grape Growers
Growers of wine grapes in the Lodi-Woodbridge appellation have become the first grape growers in California to be certified for sustainable growing practices.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/18/2006, 18:43

Could Good Australian Wine Get Cheeeeeper?
Inexpensive low- to mid-range Australian wines are set to get cheaper, according to an Australian wine trade association.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/18/2006, 18:21

Voice from the Blog-o-Sphere
Hugh Macloed at "gapingvoid" has many talents and opinions about wine, blogging, New York City and tailors.
Source: cincinnati wine warehouse, published: 01/18/2006, 18:05

Feb 1: WBW vs SAQ
MARKET-FREEING MOVEMENTS In this corner, wearing the good old red, white and blue, with a hint of purple around the rim, is WBW (Wine Blogging Wednesday) #18. In the opposite corner, in the mono-colour magenta shorts, is the SAQ (Société des alcools de Québec).
Source: Doktor Weingolb, published: 01/18/2006, 17:50

The next Wine Blogging Wednesday announced.
An unusual challenge for Wine Blogging Wednesday 18 that in a nutshell boils down to a recommendation from your favourite wine shops staff.
Source: [Spittoon] Full Postings, published: 01/18/2006, 17:46

Two conferences Focus Harvest Size To Competition Globally
Just how flat the world really is for the wine business will come a little more into focus at two wine conferences in Santa Rosa and Sacramento this week and next.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/18/2006, 17:01

Global Warming Bonterra Winery Concerned Climate Changes
Bonterra Vineyards has added its name to the list of people concerned with global climate change.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/18/2006, 16:49

Château Simard St. Emilion 1995
Enotheque, published: 01/18/2006, 16:42

January Reds (7): Canada Meritage, Chile Merlot, Australia Shiraz(3), Chile Blend, South Africa Blend,
JACKSON-TRIGGS PROPRIETORS GRAND RESERVE MERITAGE 2001, Jordan, Canada, 13.1% XD, #594002 $23.95 (Retasted January 18, 2006) My notes: Last tasted September 2005 part of my comment at that time "Will likely benefit from another year in the cellar"
Source: Strictly Tastings, published: 01/18/2006, 16:32

Last Day To Vote in Food/Wine Blog Awards
Today is your last day to vote in the the Food Blog Awards for 2005 hosted by Kate over at the Accidental Hedonist. In the running for this year's award for Best Blog Covering Wine, Beer or Spirits are:
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/18/2006, 16:31

Bordeaux Broker's Office Door Manured
An angry group of Bordeaux winemakers heaped a tonne of manure outside a wine broker's office yesterday, in protest at his commercial activities.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/18/2006, 16:22

Beauty and the Beast at the Pied
What Exactly does one Eat with Alsace Wines?
Source: The Caveman's Wine Blog, published: 01/18/2006, 16:08

French Wine for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
We enjoy bringing you celebrity wine stories. Thankfully, Decanter.com is the US for the wine industry - always keeping readers up to date on the drinking habits of the stars.
Source: WineFetch Wines, published: 01/18/2006, 15:25

Dayton Daily News Alumnus Flourishes at Wine Spectator Magazine
Three weeks ago, I opened one of the Wine Spectator magazines that tend to pile up in my home. I’m a WS subscriber, but I usually skim through them pretty quickly, especially over the holidays, unless something catches my eye
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/18/2006, 15:20

New Wines from the Ventoux
Resplendent in some funky packaging these are a new range of wines from the Vignerons du Mont Ventoux winery.
Source: [Spittoon] Full Postings, published: 01/18/2006, 15:15

Salmon Run 2002 Meritage (Finger Lakes)
Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars is one of the best-known wineries in New York's Finger Lakes region -- mostly because their rieslings are top notch and among the best (if not they best) produced in the U.S.
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/18/2006, 14:28

Crappy Winemaker Protests in France
In their continuing protests against the discriminatory practices of the Free Market, Bordeaux winemakers dumped a ton of Manure (the source was not disclosed) up against the office of a wine broker.
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/18/2006, 13:56

A Tale of 2 Chardonnays
BLOG, M.D., published: 01/18/2006, 12:21

Guest blogger
Mark Ashley, who has served as our Senior Free Wine Correspondent, will be guest blogging for a few days while I am offline.
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/18/2006, 12:17

Hunter Bound
Off up to the Hunter Valley tomorrow night to taste pairs of 24 Semillons from the 2005 and 1999 vintages.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/18/2006, 10:41

Lindemans Limestone Ridge 2001
Limestone Ridge is a great Australian wine and a great Australian blend - Shiraz and Cabernet.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/18/2006, 10:25

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Wine Blogs

Morning Coffee Talk
Introducing Ulises Valdez , the Super Special someone I referred to this morning...Ulises is the vineyard manager for the Handal- Denier Vineyards in Dry Creek (among others). His grapes go into California's most famous bottles - from Rockpile Vineyard in Dry Creek (WS #3 Top 100 of 2005) to Pahlmeyer Vineyards along the Sonoma Coast. 
Source: TexaCali Wine Trail, published: 01/18/2006, 06:57

Tom at Fermentation links to the San Francisco Ch...
Tom at Fermentation links to the San Francisco Chronicle which has switched to using a star-based system for their wine review systems. I have considered doing the same thing on this blog.
Source: CellarBlog, published: 01/18/2006, 04:55

Wine: Pride Mountain Vineyards 1998 Cabernet Franc...
Review: I have really been looking forward to drinking this wine. I won this on WineBid back in October and have been eyeing it closely since it arrived in early December.
Source: CellarBlog, published: 01/18/2006, 04:47

Tim Adams 2002 ‘The Fergus’
Sometimes refered to as an ‘Earth Wine’, Grenache seems to be making a real comback in the wine market. This is mainly due to the intensified interest in shiraz (grenache, mourvedre and shiraz all come under the heading “Rhone Style”)
Source: Winetastic, published: 01/18/2006, 04:26

WBW 18: Wine Shops That Feel The Love
The theme for the next installment of Wine Blogging Wednesday has been unleashed upon the wine blogosphere, and it is somewhat of a surprise.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/18/2006, 03:41

Domaine Dujac buying land…
I notice in the first issue of Burghound for ‘06, Allen Meadows states that Domaine Dujac have just purchased 30+ hectares of land from Domaine Thomas-Moillard
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/18/2006, 03:22

Basic Equipment for Making Wine or Beer
Most people think that you need a lot of equipment  and spend a lot of money to get into making your own beer or wine. Not true.
Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/18/2006, 03:16

Winery News
-- One of the newest wineries in the Finger Lakes, Ventosa Vineyards on the northeast shore of Seneca Lake, is bringing a bit of Italy to the Finger Lakes.
Source: Finger Lakes Weekend Wino, published: 01/18/2006, 02:41

Trader Joe's brings their wines to NYC
Well, now that the gray lady says so, it's official: Trader Joe's is opening a location near Union Square.
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/18/2006, 02:38

The mystery of rock(s)
No, not the majesty of roll. It’s the mystery of terroir in the northern Willamette Valley .
Source: Élevage, published: 01/18/2006, 02:30

Winter Wineland Weekend & Visit to Pellegrini!
I spent a long weekend in the Russian River area - literally our house was a stones throw from the River...the tasting highlights of the weekend were of course Pellegrini wines!
Source: TexaCali Wine Trail, published: 01/18/2006, 01:50

It's not quite stealing.....but...
You know world of wine blogging is expanding when in a short amount of time at least three new Wine Blog Aggregation sites emerge. eWineCentral, A LA Wine, WineLust What are these sites?
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/18/2006, 01:32

More January Whites(3): USA Chard, NZ Sauv Blanc, France SB
BERINGER 'PRIVATE RESERVE' CHARDONNAY 2000, Napa Valley, USA, 14.5% D, #393926 $38.95 (Tasted January 17, 2006)
Source: Strictly Tastings, published: 01/18/2006, 01:19

Australia's Growing Pains
The recent grape glut in Australia will lead to lower prices on low to mid range inexpensive wines experts say. The New South Wales Wine Industry Association says that wines that cost $20 AUS ($15 USD) will drop $5 AUS as will $15 AUS wines.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/18/2006, 01:03

Terroir Australis, where the best wines come from
Understanding the term Terrior will help you unravel the puzzle of why some varieties do better than others in some regions.
Source: Vinodiversity, published: 01/18/2006, 00:03

Lamole di Lamole Vin Santo 1996 Wine Review (NW)
Beautiful amber color Apricot, apple, and honey on the nose and palate Good clean, sweet finish highlighted by crushed nuts and butterscotch
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/17/2006, 23:28

The suspect...
Does this look corked to you? Truth be told I've been lucky in the past. The number of bottles I've opened with a bad cork can be counted on one hand. So I was surprised when my Lamereaux Landing Cabernet
Source: Water into Wino, published: 01/17/2006, 23:21

Izway Wines
I managed to have a look at a new label out of the Barossa called Izway wines last night made by Torbreck wine-maker Craig Isabel and Brian Conway. Izway Mates GSM 2005
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/17/2006, 23:13

Querciabella Chianti Classico 2000 (NW)
Chocolate, nuts, and cherry on the nose Dried cherry, leather, and spices on the palate Nice finish, with some length
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/17/2006, 23:12

Castello Del Poggio Barbera D'Asti 2002 Wine Review (NW)
Cherry and earth on the nose, followed by cocoa Some tartness on the palate Clean finish with some length
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/17/2006, 23:11

Chateau Rieussec 1983 Wine Review (NW)
Golden-orange in color Very aromatic nose of honey and cream Oranges and honey on the palate Smooth, creamy finish
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/17/2006, 22:09

Chateau Figeac 1989 Wine Review (NW)
Beautiful coloration of soft garnet and brick red Blueberries and flowers on the nose Smooth layers of currant, strawberry and blueberry on the palate Ultra-smooth, elegant finish
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/17/2006, 21:57

WBW #18 announced
The good Dr himself over at Dr Vino was set the task for Wine Blogging Wednesday # 18. It’s all about wine stores that feel the love
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/17/2006, 21:36

Cuevas de Castilla Con Class Rueda White 2004
Cuevas de Castilla Rueda is 75% Verdejo, a grape known since the 11th century, when it was discovered as a wild vegetable. This cuvee, Con Class, is made by Ricardo Sanz, sixth generation winemaker.
Source: winewaves, published: 01/17/2006, 21:33

The Philosophy of Wine...UC Style
The connection between wine and words is undeniable and ancient. Sometimes the most important thing about the words is who wrote them. The importance of words directed at wine are also heightened based upon the venue
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/17/2006, 21:00

Wine Rundown
We've had a lot of less than exciting wines as well.
Source: Every Day Wine Pairings, published: 01/17/2006, 20:25

Wine Expression and Wine Ratings
How do you rate a wine? Do you try and stick to the 100 point system? Is that system flawed? Is there a better scale to use? How important are tasting notes?
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/17/2006, 20:11

Jarhead Red The New Marines Wine
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/17/2006, 20:00

Phylloxera Outbreak Hits New Zealand
Winegrowers in Central Otago are bracing themselves for an out break of phylloxera, an infestation that destroys the roots of vines. The disease has been discovered in a vineyard in the Lowburn area.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/17/2006, 19:11

Instant karma smacks me in the face!
I have written a few times mentioning the fact that screw caps are not for me. My respect for tradition and my impulsive nature to open a wine without thought or planning combine for my dislike of these caps.
Source: Water into Wino, published: 01/17/2006, 19:04

Wines from Emma's Birthday Dinner
I'm not going to score these, and my comments are from memory, as we polished off these wines during my daughter Emma's birthday dinner without my having a chance to sit down and take notes.
Source: Blue State Carpetbagger's Red State Wine Blog, published: 01/17/2006, 19:03

New Blog: Walk the Wine
As Tom mentions, the number of new wine blogs is daunting. It's seemingly impossible for me to add any new blogs to my list of usual reads. But, on his suggestion I clicked on over to Walk the Wine.
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/17/2006, 18:58

Spanish minister in Bordeaux gaffe
Maybe the Spanish wine minister needs to become a Catavino reader. I love Bordeaux, but let’s cheer a little for the home team! Read more here.
Source: Catavino, published: 01/17/2006, 18:38

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2003
Ed's brother Dwight buys New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc by the rule that all the best ones have "Bay" in their name. This Pegasus Bay isn't a pure Sauvignon Blanc, but a Sauvignon Semillon blend, but the rule still seems to hold true.
 Source: The Willetts on Wine, published: 01/17/2006, 18:02

Renwood Zinfandel 2001
We like Zins in general, and we liked this Renwood Zinfandel in particular. ("Delicious!" says our written note from November 18.)
Source: The Willetts on Wine, published: 01/17/2006, 17:58

More Cheap Aussie Wine...
Source: The Zinquisition, published: 01/17/2006, 17:54

Les Jardins de Bouscassé Le Jardin Philosophique 2003
This Les Jardins de Bouscassé Le Jardin Philosophique 2003 with the artsy label is a Pacherenc du Vic Bilh, a fairly rare white wine made from the Petit and Gros Manseng varietals.
Source: The Willetts on Wine, published: 01/17/2006, 17:46

Walk The Wine
The world of wine blogs really is exploding. I took some time very recently to see just what kind of wine-oriented blogging has emerged. The numbers are daunting. That said, very few actually are compelling.
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/17/2006, 17:42

Vineland Estates Dry Riesling 2004
We received two bottles of this Vineland Estates Dry Riesling through their wine club, and we liked it so much (being German wine fines and hence Riesling wine fans that we are) that both bottles are already gone.
Source: The Willetts on Wine, published: 01/17/2006, 17:32

J. Lohr Cypress Merlot 2002
We had this J. Lohr Cypress Merlot at the new Crushed Grape restaurant here in Regina, whose claim to fame (aside from a very nice ambiance and pretty good food) is that it offers a very wide selection of wines by the glass.
Source: The Willetts on Wine, published: 01/17/2006, 17:27

Wine Blogs

Wine Blogging Wednesday 18: wine shops that feel the love
Ah, February with its abundant love cliches. But we food and wine bloggers will have nothing to do with pink champagne and heart-shaped tubs (at least that we'll write about) this year. Instead, the theme for Wine Blogging Wednesday #18 is:  wine shops that feel the love!
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/17/2006, 16:07
And the Winner Is...
It is with great pleasure that I announce and introduce the winning logo in the Wine Blogging Wednesday logo contest, designed and submitted by Chris over at Drink Some Wine.
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/17/2006, 15:40
Jancis to unveil her third wine companion very soon (hope it's me!)
ASK THE WINE EXPERT Wine writing doesn't get any better than when Jancis Robinson picks up her pen. To me, she is the ideal wine writer.Source: Doktor Weingolb, published: 01/17/2006, 14:37
TN - Grandma Wine? Cream Sherry
So by now most of you know that I am a fan of Sherry. I’m not afraid to admit it, in fact I revel in it’s meaning. This noble wine that has fallen off the wagon of wine popularity is in my opinion due for a comeback.
Source: Catavino, published: 01/17/2006, 13:57
Why Wineries Should Blog #4
Tom at FERMENTATION has nailed the Stormhoek meme and, as a bonus, has provided the most compelling reason for wineries to blog
Source: Winecast, published: 01/17/2006, 13:45
Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004
Lincoln reviewed this wine not so long ago and reading between the lines of his excellent tasting note I knew that this was a wine I would dig so I went out and bought one.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/17/2006, 09:27
Maestro Pinot Grigio 2005
First things first. Pinot Gris/Grigio rates very high on my shit list when it comes to varietals. This wine is made from fruit grown near Launceston in Tasmania.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/17/2006, 08:12
Syrah, Syrah Personality Confusion?
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/17/2006, 08:01
Glenguin Estate Old Broke Block Semillon 2005
Yet another excellent Hunter semillon from the 2005 vintage.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/17/2006, 07:58
Growers levy in the Riverland
Errrr….have you heard about the proposed levy that grapegrowers in the Riverina might pay to bail out the growers whose contracts were cancelled by McGuigan?
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/17/2006, 07:17
A Brilliant Flash of Insight On Wine & Blogging
What would happen if I advised any one of Wark Communication's winery clients to send out a bottle of wine to any blogger who asked for it?
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/17/2006, 06:02
Winery doubles sales by targeting bloggers
Decanter reports South African producer Stormhoek has doubled sales of its wine with a campaign directed at the blogging community.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/17/2006, 05:40
Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner 2003
We tasted a number of Grüner Veltliners at the International Wine and Food Festival
Source: The Willetts on Wine, published: 01/17/2006, 04:14
Back-to-Back Home Runs: Robert Pecota Syrah
So, I’m mindin’ my own business Saturday afternoon, enjoying just a sip or two of wine at Cuvee, when a gentleman comes in and asks Cynthia about syrahs. They talk a while, then Cynthia mentions the Robert Pecota Syrah
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/17/2006, 04:01
Weekends With Wine
Ah, I see it's been awhile since I've reviewed any wine. Not that I haven't been drinking, but it's been more boring everyday stuff or a couple that were so horrific that I don't want to remember.
Source: Every Day Wine Pairings, published: 01/17/2006, 03:49
2004 Tisdale Shiraz
Once again, I'm trying a $4 bottle to accompany the year-end scrapings from my cupboard. Continuing with the Tisdale line--which doesn't appear to have much of a web presence--I tried the 2004 Tisdale Shiraz tonight.
Source: Benito's Wine Reviews, published: 01/17/2006, 03:48
Bon Marché Special Review
Think before you drink. In this “smart buys” set of reviews, I profile three spectacular French whites which simply impress. Quality over quantity as usual with these outstanding values from the Loire Valley and l’Ardèche (Rhône). Santé!
Source: Enotheque, published: 01/17/2006, 03:40
J.C. Pichot Vouvray, Domaine le peu de la Moriette 2003
A viticultural miracle? Or at least an approximation. Despite the heat waves and draughts the Loire suffered during the summer of 2003, the Chenin Blanc in this Vouvray helped produce a wine wielding delectable aromas that include lemon zest, floral notes and delicious grapefruit.
Source: Enotheque, published: 01/17/2006, 03:30
2001 Louis Latour Grand Ardèche Chardonnay—Vin de Pays des Côteaux de l’Ardèche
This is an incontestable smart buy. Made by a premier cru classé producer, whose vineyards boasts vine patches that reach back into the Middle Ages, this Grand Ardèche Chardonnay offers a nose with perfectly discernable lemon curd, vanilla and ripe pear.
Source: Enotheque, published: 01/17/2006, 03:21
Stonier Wines Mornington Peninsula
The good thing about finding Merricks General Store and a welcome cup of coffee was that we were on time for the opening of Stonier Wines .
Source: Shiraz, published: 01/17/2006, 02:45
What does it take to get an "A" grade?
There is a reason why I brake my reviews up into three categories: Color, Nose, and Palate. To me these are the factors that best showcase a great wine.
Source: Purple Lips Wine Log, published: 01/17/2006, 01:39
Victorian wine expo
Time to kick off the year in style with a visit to the Victorian roadshow. Always one of my favourites….some great wines, friendly wine-makers and some excellent tutorial sessions.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/17/2006, 01:34
Famished Phylloxera Found In New Zealand
A vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago, NZ has found the root louse Phylloxera present on it's land.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/17/2006, 01:09
Thou Shalt Not Sell Alcoholic Beverages! ... never mind.
On this day eighty-seven years ago the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified plunging us, one year later, into that age of ridiculousness, Prohibition. Happy Birthday Prohibition!
Source: The Cellar Rat, published: 01/17/2006, 01:09
NY Day Wine Dinner @ Elio
Sydney experienced a 45° celsius (113° fahrenheit) New Years day this year, so we did what any sensible group of wine lovers would do - go ahead with the dinner anyway and celebrate the New Year with some great wine.
Source: Appellation Australia, published: 01/17/2006, 01:08
2006 A Wine Oddity
Were Italy literally a boot, Trentino-Alto Adige would be my favorite area (upper rear thigh..). As a wine region it has gone from curiosity to 'must-explore' in my book. Each of Italy's numerous wine denominazione is indeed unique.
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/17/2006, 00:48
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2003 wine review by (PB)
From the Washington state producers who just keep pulverizing the notion that wonderful wine needs to push you to taking out a home equity loan to afford it.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/17/2006, 00:41
California Grape Wine (Universal Recipe)
Type of Fruit California Grape
Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/17/2006, 00:20
Concord Grape Wine (Universal Recipe)
Type of Fruit Concord Grape
Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/17/2006, 00:16
Just for fun…
Just some wine trivia as a bit of fun, let’s see what you all know. Feel free to post your answers and i’ll do a post on the 25th with the actual answers - enjoy! 1. How many acres are planted to grapes worldwide? 2. Among the world’s fruit crops, where do wine grapes rank in number
Source: Winetastic, published: 01/16/2006, 23:59
Sydney, don’t miss a drop!
Cam Wheeler from Appellation Australia recently posted about the up and coming Annual Victorian Winemakers Exhibition.
Source: Winetastic, published: 01/16/2006, 23:26
Comte George de Vogüé Bonnes-Mares 2001
Comte George de Vogüé Bonnes-Mares 2001 The Domaine owns 2.7ha of this venerable Grand Cru and produce somewhere in the region of 420 cases a year from their plot of vines.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/16/2006, 21:28
ZAP Fest Coming Soon
Attention all Zinfandel lovers! The annual Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) Festival will be taking place in San Francisco on January 25-28, 2006.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/16/2006, 20:34
Petite Sirah, Diminutive?
Is Petite Sirah is one misunderstood wine?
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/16/2006, 19:46
Geoffrey Roberts travel award
Are you a writer in food, wine or travel with a project that you would like to explore further?
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/16/2006, 18:51
The Pinot Showdown - Part 1
Brian Loring Responds to the Joe Davis Accusations This show is a follow up to our previous interview: “Joe Davis, Founder of Arcadian Winery” where some accusations were made that caused a great deal of controversy in the wine community.
Source: Grape Radio, published: 01/16/2006, 17:20
And the winners are...
It's nice to see a Livermore Winery win in a large wine tasting event. Out of 3200 wines evaluated by 55 wine judges from around the U.S. on January 10-13 in Sonoma, Wente Vineyards won in the up to $13.99 USD Chardonnay category with it's 2004 Wente Vineyards, Vineyard Selection Chardonnay.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/16/2006, 17:12
Inspecting "America's Greatest Cellar"
Fine Wine Press' Blog au Vin has been bringing the blogosphere some of the best wine writing over the past few months. They've attracted a number of interesting and very well informed wine insiders
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/16/2006, 17:11
The Chicago Tribune Gets it Right
In Michigan the attempt by wine wholesalers to end all direct shipment of wine to consumers was defeated in large part because consumers, wineries and the media were willing to call out the wholesalers' blatant attempt to game
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/16/2006, 16:45

Monday, January 16, 2006

Wine Blogs

The Upside of Winery Consolidation
In general, consolidation in the wine industry is viewed with trepidation. That assumption by many is that as one winery buys another, then another then another, unfortunate things happen. Many assume the wine quality of the purchased wineries will suffer
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/16/2006, 14:16

A Consumer Guide: Once bitten by the Asian ladybug
DAMAGED GOODS You win some, you lose some. I'm sure the winemaker has often thought these words. In the world of wine there is always a gamble.
Source: Doktor Weingolb, published: 01/16/2006, 13:56

2005: Australian Wines of The Year
2005 was an interesting year for consumers of premium Australian wine. Amidst the merger of Fosters and Southcorp and the continuing battle of the supermarkets versus the small independant stores, consumers enjoyed an ever expanding selection of great quality wine
Source: Appellation Australia, published: 01/16/2006, 12:05

China is on the hunt for winemakers
BEIJING - Wanted: Experienced Bordeaux winemaker to make Chinese wine more palatable. China, the world’s sixth-biggest wine producer, is hiring foreign managers, investing in Italian presses and sending its staff to winemaking schools to raise the quality of its vintages
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/16/2006, 12:03

Sydney - Exhibition of Victorian Winemakers 2006
For those readers in Sydney, it’s almost time for the annual Victorian Winemakers Exhibition at The Menzies Hotel. This year the event will be held on January 30 & 31 with the public tastings
Source: Appellation Australia, published: 01/16/2006, 11:35

Weingut Hiedler Spiegel Gruner Veltliner 2004
I like a good Gruner. Good with food. Good with our climate. Good for a change of pace. Aromas of grapefruit, white peach, a good shake of white pepper and some stuff from the vegetable crisper.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/16/2006, 10:33

Meerea Park ‘Epoch’ Semillon 2005
This is Meerea Park’s entry level semillon from the super 2005 vintage in the Hunter Valley. It’s a great little wine, vibrant and fresh, approachable now but you just know that if you can just keep your hands off the stuff it will cellar beautifully.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/16/2006, 09:54

Thompson Estate Chardonnay 2003
This one is a fairly new entrant to the Margaret River scene. They are located in prime real estate within the Wilyabrup sub-region. Winemaker is Mike Peterkin from Pierro.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/16/2006, 09:45

Help clean out this wine warehouse!
You won't be crying if you get some of the wonderful Yendah Vale Sangiovese 2003 for less than $10 per bottle!
Source: Vinodiversity, published: 01/16/2006, 08:53

Cork Campaign Spearheaded By Mourinho
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/16/2006, 07:50

Tofanelli Charbono 2003
Tonight I cooked (oh nooooooo). Well, it wasn't too bad. A bruschetta followed by a ragu with chicken and gemelli pasta. The wine before dinner and with the bruschetta was a favorite of mine, Petilia's Greco di Tufo.
Source: mondosapore, published: 01/16/2006, 06:00

Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) 1998
For an off vintage, this is a surprisingly impressive wine. Not great in absoloute terms, of course, but outstanding compared to some of the real stinkers of 1998.
Source: Professor Bainbridge on Wine, published: 01/16/2006, 05:21

Hunter Valley harvest underway
ABC Online reports The early stages of the Hunter Valley’s grape harvest has begun, after being delayed for several weeks due to extremely hot weather conditions. The Hunter Valley Vineyard Association says while the harvest will not get into full swing for another 10 days, picking is already under way for the pinot noir and chardonnay varieties
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/16/2006, 05:16

San Francisco: Chronicle Wine Tasting, Feb. 25
Behold the winners of the 2006 SF Chronicle Wine Awards. Get your chance to taste these wines at a public tasting to be presented by the paper.
Source: culturedwino.com, published: 01/16/2006, 01:46

Atlanta Wine School - World of Reds
Join the Atlanta Wine School for this one-night class, Thursday, January 26, covering red wines. You will have the opportunity to taste 10 wines from each of the world’s top red wine producing regions. Featured varietals include cabernet, carignane, malbec, merlot, pinot noir, syrah / shiraz, and zinfandel.
Source: culturedwino.com, published: 01/16/2006, 01:45

Voga Delle Venezie Pinot Grigio 2004
Voga Pinot Grigio seems to be a fast growing label in the world of Italian Pinot Grigio, and the Brand has captured a lot of attention with the signature bottle, which has been described as a giant shampoo or perfume
Source: winewaves, published: 01/16/2006, 01:40

Charles Melton 2005 Barossa Valley Rose of Virginia
This Rose offering from Charles Melton Wines was a recomendation from Cam Wheeler and Gary Walsh, and what a fantastic recomendation it was! We had been told it was of a similar style to the Turkey Flat Rose and the Simon Gilbert Rose, sophisticated, crisp, dry, refreshing and not overly sweet.
Source: Winetastic, published: 01/16/2006, 00:33

A Better Wine Thief
The other day, I overfilled a 3 gallon carboy after racking from a primary. My housemate happened to walk in while I was gently dipping my wine thief into the carboy, trying carefully to not overflow the liquid.
Source: Home Winery, published: 01/15/2006, 23:54

Mid-Market Wine Prices Expected to Drop
Bad news for growers and smaller producers, but great news for consumers - following another bumper grape harvest in 2005, the price of mid-ranged wines, ones that fall into the Winetastic favored area of $15-25, are expected to drop by around $5 a bottle.
Source: Winetastic, published: 01/15/2006, 23:25

S. F. Chronicle Wine Competition Winners Announced
The San Francisco Chronicle has announced the winners of their annual wine competition. At first glance there are some interesting choices and some great wines I’ve had the chance to sample in the past year.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/15/2006, 23:09

That's right; I said it. Mer-effing-lot! Gotta problem with that? Seriously, though; reflecting on past voyages through galaxies of wine, I realize that Merlot, in its single-varietal form, is one grape, which I've woefully overlooked.
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/15/2006, 22:45

Phylloxera outbreak in Central Otago
The NZ Herald reports: A tiny louse with the potential to cause major headaches for the wine industry has been discovered in a central Otago vineyard.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/15/2006, 22:32

Short Guide
Short Guide to Visiting Wineries of Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. It shouldn’t be difficult to get to a specific Mornington Peninsula winery, after all its almost too easy to get to the Peninsula from Melbourne.
Source: Shiraz, published: 01/15/2006, 22:26

BARRUA A New Wine by Agricola Punica Sardinia
Sassicaia producer participates in joint venture on Italian island of Sardinia
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/15/2006, 22:26

Feudo Arancio Nero D’Avola 2003 wine review by (PB)
This Sicilian is a pretty cherry red wine with a fruity bouquet of fresh cherries and some light berry notes.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/15/2006, 21:59

Screwtops Revisited
This is a post from Vinography and is such a neat way pull together the battle between screw tops and corks. January 13, 2006Corks and Screwcaps on The BattlefieldFiled under: Ramblings and Rants
Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/15/2006, 21:54

Spanish Monsant, with a Tienanmen Kiss
So Beau over at Basic Juice has been doing this wine and art pairing, pretty cool. (Thanks again for my amazon.com prize. It was a tough choice, books or 40’s).
Source: The Wine Offensive, published: 01/15/2006, 21:36

Tasting Notes for January 14, 2006
The theme for this tasting was "Affordable French", and overall it was a likeable bunch.
Source: Benito's Wine Reviews, published: 01/15/2006, 21:22

More Unwins News.
While the last owners of Unwins seek to sue those they brought the company off for false accounting, suppliers to the firm are looking for recompense. Two French wine firms are investigating to see if directors of the compnay might be personally liable to creditors.
Source: [Spittoon] Full Postings, published: 01/15/2006, 20:50

Wine: Bender Bissersheimer Held 2002 Riesling
Wine: Bender Bissersheimer Held 2002 Riesling Eiswein Review: Ted at Crooked Timber posted a recipe for Chocolate-Raspberry Gratin on Friday. I had this dessert wine that I have been wanting to try for a while
Source: CellarBlog, published: 01/15/2006, 18:52

Wine Recommendations $20-50
Chateau La Faurie-Peyraguey 2001 (PB) A luscious Sauternes, pale golden in the bottle. A gentle bouquet full of bananas and honey; powerfully sweet offset with a great acid foundation; floral scents and really ripe cantaloup or musk melons with a caramel sweep. I would give this wine a 92. Something special indeed!
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/15/2006, 18:08

The Wishing Tree Shiraz 2004
The Wishing Tree Shiraz 2004 Australia, Southwestern ($11) My recent interest in Aussie wines as well as my desire to never miss a best buy lead me to this bottle. Made up of 66% Western Australia grapes and 34% South
Source: Water into Wino, published: 01/15/2006, 17:25

Wine and Sobriety Checks
Warning against drink-and-drive on the freeway"Boire et conduire = Danger" (Drink and drive = Danger). I took a shot of this variable-message sign last Christmas as we were leaving Paris for Burgundy.
Source: Wine Tasting , Vineyards , in France, published: 01/15/2006, 17:18

Best of Blog Awards
Each year blogs across a slew of categories are nominated as the "best of the web" for that category. We are proud to announce that The Wine Cask Blog has made it to the top 10 in the Best Cooking – Recipe Blog category.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/15/2006, 16:56

TN - Fructuoso 2002
Have you ever opened a bottle of wine, poured yourself a small sample and a smile slowly creept across your face. What meets your olfactory receptors is a mix of fruit, spice and everything nice.
Source: Catavino, published: 01/15/2006, 15:08

Your wine: Don’t put a cork in it
quote [ Let’s talk about corks and screwcaps. I’m sure you have noticed that a lot more fine wine is on the shelves these days with screwcaps instead of cork. ] - from: www.nashvillecitypaper.com
Source: vinoword.com, published: 01/15/2006, 13:36

Grapes of Math: Bill that Sponsors Claim would Cut Wine Prices Tastes Sour to Many
This story was published in the Dayton Daily News this morning (1-15-06). The version you’ll read here differs slightly from the daytondailynews.com version in that it includes additional detail on what the bill would do.
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/15/2006, 12:04

Gouging Restaurant Wine Prices
Restaurant owners almost universally detest columns like the one you're about to read, but if you are a patron of one of these places (and this applies to about 95 percent of restaurants that carry wine), then you'll agree with me: Restaurant wine prices are far too high.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/15/2006, 10:52

Farm Fraud USDA Uses Satellites For Monitoring
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/15/2006, 10:09

  New Sustainable Winegrowing Certification
The first California Vineyards to achieve certification in the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing will be recognized for their pioneering achievement. The Lodi Rules is California's first set of appellation-wide sustainable viticulture standards.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/15/2006, 08:33

Meerea Park Viognier 2005
Meerea Park Viognier 2005 The wines of Meerea Park in the Hunter Valley just north of Sydney just seem to be on an upward trajectory at the moment….the ‘03 Hell Hole Shiraz was an absolute belter as were all of the ’03’s from their stable. 2005 heralds in the seventh vintage of viognier
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/15/2006, 08:28

Schaefer on Wine: Celebrating Santa Rita Hills
The recent "Celebration of Santa Rita Hills" demonstrates that Santa Barbara's newest appellation is ready for prime time, correspondent Dennis Schaefer reports.
Source: WineLoversPage.com

Kiwis vs. France - Advantage French
Kiwi Cuvée
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/15/2006, 07:50

Friday, January 13, 2006

Wine Blogs

Price, critics and quality
...Price is not a reliable indicator of quality in wine (as much as wineries would like it) as my value vino picks demonstrate. When price fails, wine consumers often turn to critics for indicators on quality. ...The good thing about wine is that it's not that hard to determine the quality yourself--just pull the cork!
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/13/2006, 16:43

Terrazas de los Andes, Malbec, 2004
Terrazas de los Andes, Malbec 2004. $9.
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/13/2006, 16:30

Shrinking Cotes, expanding AVAs
How many Cotes are too many? Five it turns out.
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/13/2006, 16:28

In a Wine World this Big, There's Always A Crisis Somewhere.
When you read the wine blogs it's easy to get the idea that the basic structure of the wine business is steadily heading toward collapse.
Source: Wine & Vine BC, published: 01/13/2006, 15:49

Ravenswood Vintners Blend Australia Shiraz 2004
Ravenswood Vintners Blend Australia Shiraz was introduced after Constellation Brands* purchased Ravenswood in 2001. Ravenswood had become known as a cult Zin house.
Source: winewaves, published: 01/13/2006, 13:42

Just a quick note to let everyone know that my “store” is open for business.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/13/2006, 13:26

Another Glorious Weekend for Dayton-Area Wine Tasters
To find the still-sizzling entries on “Eliminating Ohio’s Wholesale Markup on Wines” or “Uncork This: Putting an End to Corked Wines,”
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/13/2006, 11:45

Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2004
This chardonnay hails from the Adelaide Hills region…..which is just out of Adelaide (I kid you not), South Australia’s capital city.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/13/2006, 10:37

Tn - 2002 Uttaris Bierzo Crianza
After having written a short article on the grape Mencía I thought I would go and spread the word to others on this grapes potential for making great Spanish wine.
Source: Catavino, published: 01/13/2006, 08:15

Chateau Greysac Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2000 Wine Review (billy)
Yep, this was the wine that had cork mold (see below). This Medoc (the largest wine making region of Bordeaux, France) is a Cru Bourgeois. This means that Chateau Greysac was not one of the "original" chateaus classified in 1855
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/13/2006, 07:48

Rousseau Clos-des-Beze 2001
Rousseau Clos-des-Beze 2001 One of the great old domaines of Burgundy with 14ha in Gevrey-Chambertin
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/13/2006, 07:47

United States Wine Drinking Expands Dramatically
Wine is reclaiming its place on the family dinner table and more US adults than ever are drinking it, a new survey has revealed.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/13/2006, 07:11

Vino Voyeur
Are you curious about the wine of others? Where do you store your wine? In a cellar, fridge, drawer, counter-top, under the bed, safety deposit box..somewhere else? Become a Vino Voyeur.
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/13/2006, 05:47

California Losing Market Share
California is losing market share in the US wine market, mainly to Italy and Australia. Why? Part of the answer may be cute marketing, especially by the Aussies, but I suspect the main problems are high prices and high alcohol.
Source: Professor Bainbridge on Wine, published: 01/13/2006, 05:22

Cork Mold - What to do? (billy)
The fascinating about the wine I had this evening is that, upon cutting away the foil bottle topper to reveal the cork, I was greeted with a fuzzy green-gray surprise on top of the cork. That's right, there was mold on the cork.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/13/2006, 04:41

Bogle Merlot (California) 2003
At a price of under $12, this Merlot is hard to beat. Bright cherry flavors, smooth tannins, and a surprisingly long finish make it really easy to like. Recommended for the budget minded.
Source: Professor Bainbridge on Wine, published: 01/13/2006, 04:03

Cinquante-Cinq Viognier 2004 wine review by (PB)
This French wine from the Languedoc was a disappointment. I love Viognier (pronounced, Vee-oh–nyay) as it typically has a very fragrant and floral bouquet with rich flavors.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/13/2006, 03:09

Bellini Rosso Piceno 2004 Wine review by (PB)
This Chianti was reviewed back in October so you can compare this review with that one. It is a super value with a fruity bouquet with a hint of cinnamon and cherries.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/13/2006, 03:02

Thanks for your support!
In the first of most likely several posts, I would like to thank all the listeners who have donated money to my wine fund.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/13/2006, 02:43

My Wines Update
I just checked on the batches of wine that I have made over the past 6 months.  Looks like it is going to be a busy weekend.  Mostly a lot of racking.
Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/13/2006, 02:11

Dromana Estate plans share issue
Australian wine producer Dromana Estate is planning a share issue as it looks to revamp its production facilities and pay off debt.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/13/2006, 01:42

The 'shrinking violet' Christian of Turn the Screw sinks his teeth into a new sparkling offering: Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/13/2006, 01:07

Chairman of International Screwcap Initiative Says Acceptance Growing
The entry entitled Uncork THIS: Time to Put a Stop to Corked Wines has generated two dozen comments and counting.
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/13/2006, 01:03

WBW Logo Run Off
Lenn, the grand master of Wine Blogging Wednesday, is having a run off for the meme’s logo.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/13/2006, 00:11

California Losing? Bah....
Source: The Zinquisition, published: 01/12/2006, 22:45

Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz 1998
Made entirely from estate fruit grown in the Adelaide suburb of Magill. French and American Oak (seemed all French to me), hand picked, basket pressed, unfiltered, around 1500 case production. All the ticks for an artisinal wine
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/12/2006, 22:14

Wine lovers “open to new experiences”
Another study which points to some interesting data about the wine consumer: “The research confirmed that wine consumers look to personal recommendations as the most prized sources of information.” Hopefully that extends to wine blogging and podcasting
Source: Winecast, published: 01/12/2006, 21:56

You call this Winter?
Well there's no snow but I guess looking at the calendar, I'm forced admit that it is indeed winter. This weekend is the Winter Wineland event put on by the Russian River Wine Road Association.
Source: The Cellar Rat, published: 01/12/2006, 21:16

MLCC sale again!
It’s sale time again at the MLCC, and there are some serious bargains to be had. I stopped by my local LC last night and picked up a selection of red and white wines – all for $8.99 or $9.99 each.
Source: wine in the 'peg, published: 01/12/2006, 21:01

Cline Cellars Red Truck Red 2004
Red Truck Red 2004 is a blend of Syrah (37%), Petite Sirah (27%), Cabernet Franc (23%), Grenache, and Mourvedre. The Syrah was sourced chiefly from Sonoma Coast, with minor portions from Paso Robles and Shandon. The Cab Franc
Source: winewaves, published: 01/12/2006, 19:43

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Wine Blogs

Local Offsite Wine Storage Booms
El Dorado Hills, Califotnia, Rented cellars pop up as area grows in affluence!
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/12/2006, 20:13

Napa Evaluate Flood Damage & Seeks Aid
Napa farmer Tom Gamble, right, surveys flood damage along the Napa River in one of the state's hardest hit counties.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/12/2006, 19:47

IL Wine Distributors, Politicians and the Amazing Talking Butt
There's no record (of underage mail-order sales) because there's no enforcement in the mail-order market. But we know it happens. Anyone can go on-line and order it . . . and get next-day delivery.
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/12/2006, 15:09

My Dilemma...
Here's my dilemma... I want to write more about the assault in Illinois on the right of consumers to purchase wine direct from wineries.
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/12/2006, 14:56

Leroy Vosne Romanee Les Beaux-Monts 2001
Super stuff from one of Burgundies finest producers this Vosne Romanee 1er displays super concentration and beautifully aromatic fruit. Source: Vinosense, published: 01/12/2006, 11:33

Györgykovács Imre Somló Olaszrizling 2003
Initially a bit muted, with musky fruits and minerals. And then ka-pow, it blossomed: pears and spices. The body of the wine sort of reminded me of a viognier, but there was nothing cloying or alcoholic about it.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/12/2006, 10:57

Domaine Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin “Clos des Ruchottes” 2000
I can resist anything but temptation, or so said Oscar Wilde. For me, Rousseau is temptation. Classy nose: red cherries intertwined with minerals and earthy truffles; oozes a tremendous amount of pinosity.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/12/2006, 10:49

Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne 1996
A white burgundy from the 1996 vintage - should you be scared? Yes is the correct answer, because this vintage is now notorious for oxidised wines.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/12/2006, 10:35

The big get bigger
AFX news reports: France’s Pernod Ricard, the world’s number two wine and spirit company, said it has created a new regional entity, Pernod Ricard Pacific, following last year’s 7.5 bln stg acquisition of UK group Allied Domecq Plc.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/12/2006, 09:52

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1999
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne is located in the northern end of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation and has 25 acres of vines. For what it’s worth, this wine was Number #34 in the Wine Spectator “Top 100 Wines of 2001″. A blend of 60% Grenache, with Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/12/2006, 08:17

Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2003
Ah Wendouree, so we meet again? I’m told that when Adair shimmied this bottle from its protective cardboard box, my face expressed clearly a person in extreme panic. It was, after all, just over 12 months since I drank 10 bottles of Wendouree in 3 weeks
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/12/2006, 07:43

Primo Estate “Il Briccone” Shiraz Sangiovese 2003
A blend of Shiraz and Sangiovese, with smaller amounts of Nebbiolo and Cabernet. Principally marketed as a bistro wine I believe, and certainly on warmish evenings, lighter wines like this are the order of the day.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/12/2006, 07:01

The square root of most social problems is the number one
This an article from Jay Walljasper in the latest issue of Ode Magazine. I think it has great relevance to the current business of wine.
Source: winberis.com, published: 01/12/2006, 06:16

Ten Reasons We All Lose When Numbers Dominate the Marketplace
An interesting perspective on the hidden downside of point scoring. I stole this from Wine Business Monthly. By W. R. Tish Robert M. Parker's Wine Advocate is turning 25 this year.
Source: winberis.com, published: 01/12/2006, 05:59

Label Dissection - Austrian Style
Wine Monger Talk has a great post on understanding the Austrian wine label. As an added bonus, you get a couple of cuddly critter sketches that actually mean something in context of a wine's style.
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/12/2006, 05:00

d’Arenberg are tops
Have ye heard of a little thing called corked wine? Yeeeeees. Well d’Arenberg have. They are sending a replacement for a corked magnum of 2000 Original with a 2002 vintage. I love wineries...
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/12/2006, 04:39

Bodegas Montecillo Crianza 2001 wine review by (PB)
This Rioja has a lighter red color with a rich blackberry bouquet with a steep nose of fruit and olives. In the mouth it is puckery and dry as chalk with chewy tannins.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/12/2006, 03:33

2003 Navarro Vineyards Pinot Noir
Can't believe I forgot to mention this one. Last Friday I fixed dinner for my date as well as a close friend and his date. Afterwards, we retreated to the couches to watch a movie... A good time was had by all.
Source: Benito's Wine Reviews, published: 01/12/2006, 02:52

Two Table Reds
Not much going on wine-wise this past week, though Saturday I get to go to the first wine tasting of the new year. The theme will be "affordable French."
Source: Benito's Wine Reviews, published: 01/12/2006, 02:43

Vouvray Madness
Even more Vouvray. I can't get enough of this stuff *twitching* The SkinnyDomaine Pichot Vouvray Moelleux AOC, 1995 ($25) [imported in the US by Vineyard Brands] Chenin Blanc from the Vouvray appellation in France's Loire Valley
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/12/2006, 01:58

A Case for Terroir, or Starting on a Weird Note
So after my (mis) adventures in Canada, which include scads of awesome wine I should add, I'm back in New Yawk and tonight, I was itching for a red. I scanned my mental roster of wines that I like and...
Source: The Wine Chicks, published: 01/12/2006, 01:53

Scorpo Pinot Noir 2003
Dark colour. Spicy and smoky with dark plum/cherry fruit and a good dose of undergrowth. Not rich and fruity - but rather a dry savoury style of wine where complexity and style are more important.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/12/2006, 01:42

New Bordeaux AOC?
The five Bordeaux Côtes have put an application into the INAO for the formation of a new AOC which, it hopes will have a positive effect on their exports. The new AOC would be called ‘Côtes de Bordeaux’ and would comprise Côtes de Bourg, Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Castillon, Côtes de Franc and Premiere Côtes
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/12/2006, 01:26

BK1 Yeast
Any readers familiar with a strain of yeast named “BK-1″ and distributed by Rudolf Keller SRL?
Source: Home Winery, published: 01/12/2006, 00:12

Quest for a Great Merlot — The Tilting Begins
My quest actually begins with a little research. (I am an aspiring wine geek after all.) I found myself wondering if I was trying to turn Merlot into something it just wasn’t meant to be.
Source: Jiggledy Snork's Grape Mash Stash All Wine Review, published: 01/11/2006, 23:01

Frankland Estate Riesling Tasting
Well…..details are out for the Frankland Estate riesling tasting and it’s a stellar list of producers…..it ain’t exactly cheap but there will be some awesome wines on tasting.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/11/2006, 22:06

Beancounter alert!!
Whoop Whoop…..it’s statistics time ….bulk wine price slipping down again Australian domestic wine sales dipped in November last year, according to recent figures.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/11/2006, 21:51

Non-EU products to gain EU GI protection
We always talk about the failure of the US and other countries to protect the names of distinct locations. At the very least they do so in a manner that -- when it comes to wine -- is weaker than the protections that the EU provides.
Source: NoBullGrape, published: 01/11/2006, 20:45

Australian Wine Sales Fall Both Domestic & Export
Australian domestic wine sales dipped in November last year, according to recent figures.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/11/2006, 19:36

Gold Wine Book
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/11/2006, 19:18

Chelsea Russian Billionaire Thirsts For Italian Vineyard
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is continuing his quest for an Italian vineyard despite an unsuccessful offer for Castello Banfi.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/11/2006, 18:52

Constellation Profits Sour
Solid wine sales growth propelled Constellation’s third quarter profit to a double-digit advance.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/11/2006, 18:43

Wine Tasting Note: Le Moulin des Nonnes Cuvée Inés, 2004, Minervois, France.
Le Moulin des Nonnes Cuvée Inés.Wine Tasting Note: Le Moulin des Nonnes Cuvée Inés, 2004, Minervois, France.
Flying Corkscrew Noel Young Wines around £9.00.
Source: [Spittoon] Full Postings, published: 01/11/2006, 18:06

Fewer Bordeaux AOCs?
Interesting news from Bordeaux. As many know, the AOC system has been under attack for causing consumer confusion -- particularly in the key UK and US markets. This has been one of the reasons sited for the downturn in the general French wine industry.
Source: NoBullGrape, published: 01/11/2006, 16:29

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Wine Blogs

Finding a mustier Muscadet
Have I fallen through the hole in NYTimes.com that leads to an alternate universe? One where the Wines of the Times team sip vintages of Muscadet from the eighties and earlier?
Source: Doktor Weingolb, published: 01/11/2006, 16:21

Nashville Eats and Drinkies
Source: The Cork and Demon, published: 01/11/2006, 16:00

Spanish Wine Buzz
Jens over at Cincinnati Wine Warehouse commented on his experience with a bottle of Luzon Verde yesterday and even gave me credit as to bringing it to his attention.
Source: Water into Wino, published: 01/11/2006, 15:09

Martin Ray Angeline Mendocino Pinot Noir 2004
Martin Ray Angeline* Mendocino Pinot Noir 2004 is 96% Pinot Noir, 4% Sangiovese. The grapes were cold soaked, cool fermented, and aged an unspecified time (probably about 6 months) in French and American oak barrels. Bryan Davison leads a winemaking
Source: winewaves, published: 01/11/2006, 15:00

A Pinot Meunier Primer
Beau over at Basic Juice posted a nice overview of Pinot Meunier last week, but is having problems getting Technorati to index his tag.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/11/2006, 14:14

More info on the Cava Boycott
More info on the boycotting of Spanish cava. This article gives some background into the roots of the problem along what is being done to reverse it.
Source: Catavino, published: 01/11/2006, 13:33

Primer 2005 - Carbonic Maceration
Carbonic Maceration: A winemaking technique used to produce light, fruity red wines with a distinctive character. Source: Catavino, published: 01/11/2006, 13:29

Hollick Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Hollick Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 The Hollick winery is in South Australia’s Coonawarra wine region famous for its ‘Terra Rossa’ soils over limestone and it is a region that has become synonomous with fine Cabernet Sauvignon
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/11/2006, 11:07

Fine Wine - Second Helpings
Source: The Wine Blog, published: 01/11/2006, 09:09

Rodney Strong Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Rodney Strong 2002 Cabernet is 91% Cabernet, plus Merlot and Cab Franc. The source of the grapes was primarily Alexander Valley, along the Russian River north of Healdsburg. Aging was 16 months in 69% American, 30% French oak.
Source: winewaves, published: 01/11/2006, 05:57

When floral goes funky
quote [ Don’t let a flawed wine ruin dinner. Here’s how to sniff out a bad example. ] - from: www.latimes.com
Source: vinoword.com, published: 01/11/2006, 05:34

Will CA Wineries Support their Loyal Customers?
Illinois is one of the most important sources of customers for California's wineries. And they are about to lose that state as direct shipping market.
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/11/2006, 05:03

California Wine Gods Proven Wrong
California changed its direct shipping rules last year following the Supreme Court's Granholm v Heald decision calling NY and MI's discrimination of out-of-state wineries unconstitutional.
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/11/2006, 04:15

04 Las Brisas, Rueda White Wine
Source: 750 mL, published: 01/11/2006, 03:52

Wine Tasting Party White Flight Wine Review (billy)
We started the party with a flight of 3 white varieties: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/11/2006, 03:39

The first tasting notes of 2006
Lots of interesting wines have crossed my path lately. On New Year’s Eve, we were lucky enough to have friends with good taste visiting. They brought a beautiful old Burgundy and a Canadian Bordeaux-style blend.
Source: wine in the 'peg, published: 01/11/2006, 03:31

Wine Tasting Party (billy)
This past Friday we hosted a wine tasting party for friends and colleagues. That the party happened to coincide with my birthday was the impetus but not the focus. The wines from around the world were the focus.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/11/2006, 03:28

Bordeaux 2005 - The wines
Carrying on from Bill Blatch’s excellent 2005 Bordeaux vintage report here is his take on the wines….with comparisions to some pretty big hitting past vintages…it might be time to start saving. Once again it is over at Jancis Robinsons site
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/11/2006, 02:31

I like the tags, but the tags don't like me
In the last few posts, I've tried adding Technorati tags like this: Tagged with: wine + chinon + french wine + Loire Valley + cabernet franc But then when I click on the hyperlink or do a tag search at Technorati,
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/11/2006, 02:27

Canned Cherry Wine
Canned Cherry Wine - Sweet
Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/11/2006, 00:39

Who's that Girl?
Seems we have a new Wine Chick in our midst. A perfect example of what is wrong with the wine industry today: The contents of the bottles, admits Mr Erlichman, aren't really the point.
Source: The Wine Chicks, published: 01/11/2006, 00:10

Ramona Valley granted AVA
Southern California’s, Ramona Valley has become the areas third wine region to be granted AVA (American Viticultural Area ) status
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/10/2006, 22:44

Recently, I've quite enjoyed Cabernet Franc. Yet this CF is already stealing the wine-show in 2006. Of course my sensory nirvana was naturally enhanced by Stephen's PCL - Porcini Cream Lasagna.
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/10/2006, 21:30

Rats Shall Rule The Earth
We have a winner to the Contest in Ratcast #21! Dennis Haarsager, a Public Broadcasting veteran, and ham radio operator from way back, successfully translated the Morse code in Ratcast #21.
Source: The Cellar Rat, published: 01/10/2006, 18:48

Luna di Luna New Labels Revealed
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/10/2006, 18:27

Australian Wine Company Parley Suspended Growers
The managing director of McGuigan Simeon Wines has agreed to meet with grape growers in South Australia's Riverland after the company suspended about 60 growers' contracts last month.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/10/2006, 18:20

South Carolina Australia Luxuriate In Winemaking
South Carolina continues to deepen its ties to commercial interest with its sister state of Queensland, Australia.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/10/2006, 18:12

Summit Called South Australia’s State Government Grape Glut
The grape glut in Australia has prompted South Australia’s state government to call for a national summit on the situation, according to local reports.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/10/2006, 18:06

Interesting Bits
A brief jaunt around the wine/beer/spirits Weblogosphere yields some interesting bits: Glass shape or the power of suggestion? The Australian Wine Society reports on a tasting of two wines in three differently-shaped glasses.
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/10/2006, 17:43

Long Island + Merlot?
Lenndevours contributing columnist (and Long Island Winemaker), Charles Massoud, poses an interesting question: Should Long Island be associated with a particular variety? A group of LI vintners posits that Merlot Long Island wine
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/10/2006, 16:54

Intimacy, Women & Wine
... women who account for the majority of wine purchases in most price segments, enjoy wine in small, intimate gatherings and choose it for reasons that speak to enhancing an experience.This comes from a set of Top Level Findings
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/10/2006, 16:43

The Ugly Corkling
This little corkling started out ugly... ..but ended up beautiful (and protected a wonderfully tasty bottle of 1995 Moelleux Vouvray) Tagged with: wine + vouvray + french wine + cork
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/10/2006, 16:36

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Wine Blogs

Something's fishy here
Source: The Zinquisition, published: 01/10/2006, 14:55

Etchart beats a path to your wine shop
Etchart is probably Argetina's most dependable wine producer. They are one of the most established too. From its wine pressed from the white Torrontes grape to that of Cabernet Sauvignon
Source: Doktor Weingolb, published: 01/10/2006, 14:40

Bidding higher
The trend in wine auctions is up, way up. Last year, I speculated that the estimated $100 million of wine destroyed in a warehouse fire in Napa was about the size of one year in the wine auction market. That was so 2004 of me.
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/10/2006, 14:21

Testube 8 @ Blog, M.D. - Segue-ing to "Que Pasa" & Ornellaia '95
As it turns out, the rather rude push-off at PS Cafe (see previous post) was to be a blessing in disguise. The boyz and I decided we wanted some real man's food, and swung round to Que Pasa (QP), where a warm welcome awaited us.
Source: BLOG, M.D., published: 01/10/2006, 13:51

Should Long Island Be Identified With a Particular Variety?
By Contributing Columnist Charles Massoud - When Lenn asked if I would contribute to LENNDEVOURS, I was at the same time flattered, intrigued, apprehensive and I questioned if that is something I was good at.
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/10/2006, 12:49

Welcome Charles Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards to LENNDEVOURS
Please join me in welcoming Paumanok Vineyards' co-owner and winemaker, Charles Massoud, to LENNDEVOURS as a contributing columnist.
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/10/2006, 12:30

Don't let the heat beat you!
Or your wine! These days of forty-something temperatures can create havoc if you are just storing wine in the back cupboard. There are solutions, some cheap, some outrageously expensive.
Source: Vinodiversity, published: 01/10/2006, 09:46

Peter Lehmann Semillon 2004
I like Barossa semillon especially as a young wine and Peter Lehmann have been getting it right since hmmmm I think about 2001. Round about this time they started picking earlier and chucked out oak. At under $12 this knocks spots off just about anything that is not Riesling.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/10/2006, 08:54

S.M.Tenimenti Pile “Salcetino” Chianti Classico 2001
A nice Chianti is exactly the sort of thing I like drinking for mid-week tipples. It has many of the same attributes as a good Hunter Shiraz. Dry, savoury, low in alcohol, fresh acidity, good with food etc etc. This one is bottled by S.M.Tenimenti Pile of Lamole and is imported by Combined Wines
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/10/2006, 08:38

Rockford “Moppa Springs” 2001
Recently released, a blend of 70% Grenache, 17% Shiraz, 13% Mataro. An attractive nose of raspberries, woody spice (cinnamon) and new leather; nothing confected about this Grenache. The palate shows sweet red fruits, some sourness and slightly chewy tannins. The oak is nowhere to be seen
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/10/2006, 08:33

Mitchelton are tops
Sent off an email to Mitchelton today regarding a corked 1998 Print. They responded within an hour with an offer of a bottle of the 2002 vintage - which I understand is under screwcap.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/10/2006, 04:39

Lieb Family Celalrs -- Recent Releases
Lieb Family Cellars, located on Route 48 in Mattituck, NY on Long Island's North Fork has long been one of our favorite wine country destinations. The tasting room is small when compared with some of the opulent buildings and tasting
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/10/2006, 00:49

Bordeaux 2005 vintage report
Jancis Robinsons site has a great vintage report form Bill Blatch of Bordeaux wine merchants, Vintex. It’s well worth checking out for a run down on the situation in the vineyards for the whole year leading up to, and including the harvest
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/10/2006, 00:33

Wine Dinners
Planning a wine dinner, where do you start? Finding the right location (Home or a local restaurant), how many people to invite, will you have a wine theme (vintage or varietal), or just getting plugged into your local population of wine geeks.
Source: Grape Radio, published: 01/10/2006, 00:25

Wolffer Estate Wines Reviewed at Vinography.com
It was only a matter of time before Long Island wines made their way out to the West Coast and onto the world's premier wine blog, Vinography.
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/10/2006, 00:05

Reply to some comments on Moorilla Estate
Alan from Moorilla has responded to some comments made in May last year.
Source: Pinot Island, published: 01/09/2006, 22:16

Can't taste bitter? You could be an alcoholic
Blame your genes. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that if you have trouble tasting things that are bitter, you could be more Alcohol dependent.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/09/2006, 22:11

Sideways Star Advertises Wine?
Movie star Paul Giamatti has been inundated with offers to star in wine commercials since starring in hit movie Sideways
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/09/2006, 21:48

Beringer Stone Cellars Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 wine review by (PB)
This magnum was a refreshing change from the usual "Woodbridge" routinely served with our pizza night get-together with friends. It has a very light nose,and is a little stinky. But in the mouth it is big on flavors
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/09/2006, 21:38

Marquis De Chasse 2003 Merlot wine review by (PB)
This generic Bordeaux has some hit and miss offerings. This one is a miss. It has good varietal aromas of green peppers and yeast but in the mouth it is thin, hot, and just plain weak all around. It’s not a bad wine
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/09/2006, 21:31

Poor Lose Benefactor Winery Owner
A couple of miles and many socioeconomic boundaries separate the Gold Coin Motel on Mendocino Avenue from Marijke Byck-Hoenselaars' winery in the Fountaingrove hills.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/09/2006, 20:41

Golden State's Vintners Embolden Wines
As world winemakers increasingly salivate over the rising curve of U.S. wine consumption, California vintners can defend their sizable lead by linking themselves to powerful, favorable images of the state among wine buyers, says a new marketing survey.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/09/2006, 19:51

2003 Domaine Les Pallieres Gigondas, Southern Rhone, France
On a busy road dotted with small businesses in Berkeley, California, you find one of the most renowned importers of French wine in the United States.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/09/2006, 19:10

Random Tasting Notes: Two Okanagan, Two Niagara
2002 Proprietor's Reserve Meritage Niagara Peninsula Very thin and green. Lean cherry and burned-rubber aromas. Sharp smokey palate, short, not particularly fruity, little or no oak (highly unusual for J-T).
Source: the crush, published: 01/09/2006, 18:38

Eliminating Ohio's Wholesale Markup on Wines
According to the Coalition for Fair Wine Laws, the House Finance and Appropriations Committee will hear testimony at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/09/2006, 17:54

The Envelope Please...
And the winner of, Top Wine Blog Post of 2005 is.. the Wine Offensive, Ice Wine: What Is, What Really Isn’t Congratulations to Maggie and to all the finalists. The voting was extremely close. Namely, The Untangled Vine 750mL
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/09/2006, 17:25

Folie a Deux Menages a Trois Red 2004
The 2004 vintage of Menages a Trois Red just arrived, and is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The three varietals were barrel aged separately, then blended and aged further in French and American oak.
Source: winewaves, published: 01/09/2006, 16:43

Monday, January 09, 2006

Wine Blogs

Wine quiz winners
Scott in Park City, Utah come on down! Scott was randomly selected from those with a 100% score on the year end wine quiz and he has won a case of wine.
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/09/2006, 16:45

Blogging Recipe for Wineries
Mike has posted a complete outline of how to start a winery blog over at The Winery Web Site Report blog.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/09/2006, 16:33

In praise of the THE BUZZ
It came to me as I was wading about in the hot tub this weekend enjoying a bit of muscle therapy after digging ditches in my back yard.
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/09/2006, 16:27

Making your finest Bordeaux walk the plonk plank
WINE IN DECLINE What do you do when you've opened six past-peak bottles within six weeks? Cry a little. Or a lot. And then figure out why good wine has gone bad.
Source: Doktor Weingolb, published: 01/09/2006, 16:26

Okanagan Monday - Wine Work and Wrap-up
Skiing at our local mountain APEX was great this weekend. Lots of local winemakers up there. This time of year I see more on the mountain than I do in the valley.
Source: Wine & Vine BC, published: 01/09/2006, 15:28

Hospice du Rhone 2006
It’s time to register for Hospice du Rhone 2006.
Source: Grape Radio, published: 01/09/2006, 15:09

Results of New Wine Consumer Survey
Source: The Zinquisition, published: 01/09/2006, 14:50

The Wine Gangsters of Illinois
You see it in movies and read about it in history books. Tommy gun-totting gangsters break into the warehouse of an up and coming entrepreneur who wants to make a business selling out of state whiskey to the local
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/09/2006, 14:13

Spanish and Portuguese Schist!
What is Schist? To answer that I found a great article all about Schist written by Bill Nesto, MW.
Source: Catavino, published: 01/09/2006, 14:12

Robert Joseph leaves International Wine Challenge
After 22 years at the helm of the International Wine Challenge, Robert Joseph has resigned as chairman of the esteemed wine competition announcing that ‘the time has come’. Joseph will concentrate on various publishing ventures and setting up wine shows in China & Russia. I wonder if the fact that Wine International and the International Wine
 Source: Vinosense, published: 01/09/2006, 11:26

Fine Wine - Madonna: Like a Vintner
Madonna: Like a Vintner E! Online via Yahoo! News - Jan 04 3:33 PM
Normally, when you hear "bottoms up" and "Madonna" in the same sentence, you probably think of, say, page 57 in Sex, not Pinot Grigio.
Source: The Wine Blog, published: 01/09/2006, 09:03

Ten Winemakers Production Limits Scrutinized
Ten wineries in Napa County will be put under a microscope to see if they are in compliance with the conditions imposed by their use permits.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/09/2006, 09:01

Cellarhand positions in Tasmania for vintage 2006
There have been a few cellarhand positions posted recently.
Source: Pinot Island, published: 01/09/2006, 08:43

It's that time of year when...
WAITING TO UNCORK It can be hard finding a drinking buddy. New Year's resolutions are still fresh from the oven and more people than usual want to swoop in for a roll on the wagon. Maybe that's my perception. I have been unrelentingly focused on wine lately.
Source: Doktor Weingolb, published: 01/09/2006, 05:28

Your Vouvray May Vary
When I'm asked what turned me on to wine, I respond, often ineloquently, that it is the intriguing tangle of climate, geography and culture. Occasionally, the follow-up gets dropped: What do you mean? What I mean can be summed up...
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/09/2006, 02:17

Electric Fences or Shot Dead Bears & Mountain Lions
Help Stop Napa Vineyard from Killing Bears for Eating Grapes.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/08/2006, 23:17

International Screwcap Initiative
The New Zealand Screwcap Initiative is going global - and they are now training their sights on the world’s red wines. The International Screcap Initiative (ISI) is an extension of the activities of the New Zealand Screwcap Initiative
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/08/2006, 22:15

Cheteau Ste Michelle Gewurztraminer 2004 Wine Review (NW)
Light, sweet nose of pear and lemon Smooth and clean on the palate, with a nice balance of acidity Short, clean finish
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/08/2006, 19:34

Australian Grape Growers Stage Crisis Talks
Changes foisted upon grape growers supplying McGuigan Simeon Wines were expected to be discussed by up to 100 Riverland growers at a meeting in Loxton last night.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/08/2006, 19:21

Clos Du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Wine Review (NW)
Sweet, ripe nose Smooth texture in the mouth with plum and licorice on the palate Moderate tannins and medium length finish
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/08/2006, 19:18

"Cheap White Wine" a reluctant review by (PB)
This “wine” I use the word loosely, was given to me by Billy of this blog as a gag gift for Christmas.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/08/2006, 19:17

Cline Ancient Vine Zinfandel 2003 wine review by (PB)
This is a bad news/good news story. The bad news is this is my last bottle of this wine; the good news is, the 2004, which I have in my cellar, is even a mite better! This multiply reviewed wine is really nice Zinfande
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/08/2006, 19:03

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Wine Review (NW)
Nice nose of blackberries and vanilla Smooth, velvety texture on the palate with berries, spices, and oak Very nice, smooth finish
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/08/2006, 19:01

The Owner of 'Wine Opinions' Research Firm Responds
On Dec. 28, I posted an entry entitled Decanter Magazine vs. Robert Parker: a Good Ole’ Cat Fight, about the escalating rhetoric between the British-based magazine and the world’s most influential wine critic.
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/08/2006, 18:54

Ruffino Reserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2001 Wine Review (NW)
Stinky nose, which slowly burned off to reveal candied cherry Tobacco flavors and earthy on the palate Tangy finish
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/08/2006, 18:53

WBW 17 Roundup Posted
The Corkdork has posted a summary of all the entires in this past weeks Wine Blogging Wednesday. As expected a lot of Pinot Noir, including multiple tastings of the Kim Crawford Pinot
Source: Winecast, published: 01/08/2006, 18:25

Rosenblum Cellars Paso Robles Zinfandel 2004
Rosenblum Appellation Series Paso Robles Zinfandel 2004 is a blend of 86% Zinfandel, 7% Carignane, 5% Petite Sirah, and 2% Syrah. The grapes were sourced from Estancia Vineyards (east side of the Salinas River) and San Marcos Creek Vineyard
Source: winewaves, published: 01/08/2006, 14:37

Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1996
Classic nose: rich red currants, cedar, ripe roasted red capsicum. Seems more Coonawarra than Margaret River to me. With time, the palate dries out and it becomes a bit one-dimensional and cedary (also showing a bit of acid)
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/08/2006, 10:40

Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 1998
My first Southern Rhône for quite a while, and I wasn’t disappointed.  An enticing nose of blackberry and blackcherry sweetness, with some smoke, roasted meats and minerals. (Yes Matua, minerals) – squeaky clean.  Palate is supple and mature, perhaps a bit rustic, black smoky berries, and chewy fruit tannins and excellent length
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/08/2006, 10:30

Shaw and Smith Shiraz 2002
A nose dominated by cherry liqueur and white pepper.  The palate is beautifully textured and fruited, with fine tannins, and the balance of gymnast: red fruits and lots of white pepper – almost Langi-like.  A wine of tremendous promise.   Rated : 91 Points Tasted : Jan06 Alcohol : 14.5% Price : $35
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/08/2006, 10:10

Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
I can’t think of too many good Coonawarra cabernets from the 2002 vintage. Too hard and green most of them…so this effort from one of the biggest companies is even more impressive. Very strong colour. Perfumed aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, earth, mint and vanilla.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/08/2006, 10:03

Corked Wine Fiesta
Popped a few bottles at dinner the other night. Did not take notes but what a dreadful run on corked wines! 1996 Penfolds 389 - Corked 2000 d’Arenberg Original (magnum) - Corked 1998 Mitchelton Print Shiraz - Corked
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/08/2006, 09:48

Laroche St Martin Chablis 2003
Quite straightforward with aromas of peach,tropical fruit, struck match and hazlenut. On the palate lightly fruity with white peach and mango flavours. Quite soft acidity. Lacks the minerality and tightness that I like in a chablis - no doubt the product of a hot vintage. Pleasant but better ways to spend $40 on a chardonnay.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/08/2006, 09:33

Leo Buring Clare Valley Riesling 2005
Time to try the companion wine to the outstanding Eden Valley release of the same vintage. Very spicy aromas of sweet limes, lime leaf and some florals. On the palate a rich round riesling with flavours of sweet squeezed limes and apple. Slightly coarse and lacking in purity. Lots of flavour
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/08/2006, 09:17

Wine Reports: Bishop's Peak 2003 Central Coast Pinot Noir ($18.99)
One-dimensional, overly alcoholic and harsh: Has the Pinot craze brought us to this?
Source: WineLoversPage.com

30 Second Wine Advisor: What hath Sideways wrought?
We advise appropriate skepticism during a trend when anything with the name "Pinot Noir" on the label will sell.
Source: WineLoversPage.com

Hewitson Ned and Henry Shiraz 2004
Opens up a bit reduced and charry then comes lots of juicy berry and dark grape aromas.Some volatility. Full bodied palate with more of the juicy dark berry fruit and savoury charry oak flavours. Sandy tannins and warm to hot with alcohol. Nice enough but I struggle with more than a glass of this wine.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/08/2006, 08:31

Wynns Johnsons Block Shiraz/Cabernet 2003
A single vineyard wine from Wynn’s. Nice to see a big maker doing this sort of thing. I have not tried the 2001 Harold Block Cabernet as yet but am keen to try that one too. Aromas of raspberry jam, blackberry, violets, a dusting of pepper and oak.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/08/2006, 08:08

The Avenue Vine Map
Tell us where you are by adding yourself to the AvenueVine Map. Check out the location of fellow wine readers, friends and sponsors. Click here to add yourself: AvenueVine Map
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/08/2006, 07:34

Purple Lips Trivia!
Purple Lips Trivia! The first person to answer the following question correctly will receive a coffee table book of Napa Valley Wineries via U.S. Postal.
Source: Purple Lips Wine Log, published: 01/08/2006, 04:54

Friday, January 06, 2006

Wine Blogs

After the Flood
The Zinquisition, published: 01/06/2006, 14:55

Savor Dallas 2006 February 16-18
A got an email Jim, from a former Okie, inviting everyone to Dallas this February for the Savor Dallas wine event. It seems our former native son is one of the Dallas event founders.
Source: Oklahoma Wine News, published: 01/06/2006, 14:54

Dusting Off and Rolling Out the Welcome Mat for Wine Tasters
A full and complete list of tastings has been restored now that the holi-daze have passed. And as you can see below, the folks at Arrow Wine & Spirits on Far Hills
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/06/2006, 11:48

The Vineyards and Wines of Mornington Peninsula
A Short History? The significance of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula to the history of wine in Australia may seen quite insignificant After all, the region does not rate a mention in the indexes of W S Benwell’s Journey to Wine in Victoria or David Dunstan’s Better than Pommard: A History of Wine in Victoria.
Source: Shiraz, published: 01/06/2006, 07:36

New sensations for '06
CORSICA REGIONAL GRAPES - I thought I'd start out the new year on the right foot. I redesigned things a bit around here, especially the sidebar which now features an index of all my posts.
Source: Doktor Weingolb, published: 01/06/2006, 06:24

2000 Argyle Brut - Ringin' in the new year
The busy holiday season has made it kind of tough to keep up a regular 'blog routine. Which is a shame, of course, because this blog is about wines I try and here we've been in one of the busiest times of the year when it comes to imbibing. Technorati tag:
Source: Wine Tastings - Reviews and Observations on Everyday Wines, published: 01/06/2006, 05:37

2002 Parker Station Syrah
Here's my first real wine review of 2006. Which reminds me--I'm approaching my one year blogiversary or whatever the hell they call it.Source: Benito's Wine Reviews, published: 01/06/2006, 04:56

Just a poll - red or white?
I ran across this cool polling gizmo done by dPolls. I think they do it better than most. I couldn't help but drop one into a post to just see how well it works. Anyway, what's your favorite? Come to think of it, I could imagine using this sort of thing often.
Source: Wine Tastings - Reviews and Observations on Everyday Wines, published: 01/06/2006, 04:54

Tax Cheap Drinks
Rarely do governments in the U.S. attempt to control drinking by raising prices. Price increases (Read: Taxes) are usually instituted raise revenue in general. But this isn't the case around the globe. Often times tax hikes on alcohol are instituted
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/06/2006, 04:15

Choose one wine to represent Tasmania
Here's a tricky question for you. If you had to choose a single wine to represent Tasmania what would it be? Too hard you say? There are too many good and interesting wines to choose from you say?
Source: Pinot Island, published: 01/06/2006, 03:44

McGauran to address wine grape glut
ABC online reports: The South Australian Opposition says a glut of wine grapes in the state has resulted in more than one billion litres of unused vintage in storage. The SA Liberals have met with the Federal Agriculture Minister to discuss the plight of grape growers.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/06/2006, 03:42

A bump in the road…
It is with a heavy heart that I announce a bit of a bump in the road for Winecast. Not only did I miss my first Wine Blogging Wednesday in nearly a year yesterday, but my day job came to an abrupt end. To say that I wasn’t in the mood yesterday
Source: Winecast, published: 01/06/2006, 03:28

Querciabella Chianti Classico 2000 wine review by (PB)
The meal at (NW’s) continued and this wine was opened yielding its chocolate bouquet, spicey on the palate, tight, tasty but needs air.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/06/2006, 03:14

La Mole di La Mole Vin Santo 1996 wine review by (PB)
This desert wine with a decade of age on it should not have held its grace as long as it did...but it did! This is an amber colored wine with deep prune aromas with a port like sweetness and spruce overtones with a touch of licorice. Nice!
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/06/2006, 03:11

Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Wine review by (PB)
This was the remnants of a wine (NW) opened two days earlier. He saved me a taste of this special wine but served it to me blind and asked me to tell him what it was.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/06/2006, 03:01

Castello De Poggio Barbera D’Asti 2002 wine review by (PB)
The sequel to my entry New Years weekend at (NW’s) paired this wine with clams Genovese. It is a very pretty wine with a crystalline, garnet look in the glass. It has a sweet bouquet and nose of cocoa and currants.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/06/2006, 02:59

Ceuso Scurati 2004
Ceuso Scurati 2004 Italy, Sicily ($16) From the Alcamo zone of western Sicily, comes this pure Nero d'Avola wine. This is the first bottle from my case of Italian wines I received as a gift.
Source: Water into Wino, published: 01/06/2006, 02:13

WBW 17 - Red Kiwis
For the first time since I started participating in Wine Blogging Wednesday, I will not be able to produce a podcast due to scheduling conflicts and other complications. I’m also posting a bit on the late side, as well, so I hope that my entry will be included in the roundup
Source: Winecast, published: 01/06/2006, 01:26

Wine Making Terminology
Ever get confused about wine making terms?  I mean, what the heck is must?  And isn't Demi-John the piano playing singer from the 70's?  Sometimes I get confused too, so I usually have to consult one of my books or search the web. I found this glossary at The Home Wine Making Page
Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/06/2006, 01:16

Wine Recipes Updated
The wine recipes category has been updated as of yesterday's posts.  There are 17 recipes now on file for your use.
Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/06/2006, 01:03

Happy Birthday
It is time for my first post.. and what better a time than for GW’s birthday. Luckily enough we still have some passion pop left in the fridge after Christmas so he will be spoilt indeed.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/06/2006, 00:15

Dinner wines at Ze Arc of Iris
Had a few wines earlier in the week at Ze Arc of Iris in Margaret River. Ze Arc is the locals pick as the best food in town and I’ve eaten there twice in the last two months and the food has been excellent and Pascal and staff do a great job
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/06/2006, 00:08

The Wine Spectator & The Shill
Boy, do I get mail... Most of it is civil and happy and interesting.....Then there is some of it that needs to be shared. I'm leaving out the name to protect the guilty...but you know who you are
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/05/2006, 22:39

A "Tail" From Down Under
With 11 Winemakers, 500 employees, and a huge annual production from 150,000 TONS of fruit, Casella Wines has leapt into the sights of the American Wine drinker with it's Yellow Tail brand.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/05/2006, 22:17

A Bit of Bubbly
My wine tasting group got together for the holidays and had a Champagne tasting. As with all of our tastings, we did this one blind and we didn’t know what we were drinking until the bottles were unveiled at the end of the evening.
Source: Jiggledy Snork's Grape Mash Stash All Wine Review, published: 01/05/2006, 22:02

Rosenblum San Francisco Bay Zinfandel 2004
Rosenblum San Francisco Bay Zinfandel 2004 is 96% Zin and 4% Petite Sirah, sourced from the Continente, Cutino, Cecchini, and Madruga Vineyards in eastern Contra Costa County, at the foot of Mount Diablo*. Each vineyard lot was separately fermented
Source: winewaves, published: 01/05/2006, 20:56

Wine Tasting Note: Graham's Malvedos Port, 1995, Portugal.
Graham's Malvedos 1995 Another single quinta (vineyard) port and one from the producers top vineyard. While 1995 was not declared as a vintage year the grapes from the Malvedos vineyard were deemed good enough to go into this wine. And grief people, what a wine!
Source: [Spittoon] Full Postings, published: 01/05/2006, 20:55

International Wine Experts Address OGGWMA In January
OGGWMA Annual Meeting January 20 - 22 In Oklahoma City! OGGWMA invites you to get to know our members and state industry at our annual meeting, January 20-22, 2006
Source: Oklahoma Wine News, published: 01/05/2006, 20:53

Like a vintner
What would it take to get you to spend $29 on a bottle of non-vintage Pinot Grigio. Or, eegad, $25 on "unwine"--dealcoholized wine?
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/05/2006, 20:52

Are Canned Bubbliness Aimed at Gen Y Feminist?
Sacre bleu! But who would sip bubbly from an aluminum can? Those who would eat filet mignons from ze paper plate, no? View the Mona Lisa through ze sunglasses?
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/05/2006, 19:25

WBW #17 Day Old Red Kiwis
O.K. so that isn't the real title of this edition of Wine Blog Wednesday, the monthly global wine tasting event, it's just Red Kiwis. I ran out last night, and picked up a red wine from New Zealand.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/05/2006, 19:00

Great Wine: $30....Instant Sophistication: Priceless
Money Magazine reports: In restaurants, many people order the second-least-expensive wine on the list, reports Money magazine. They don't want to spend a lot, but they don't want the absolute worst pick.
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/05/2006, 18:16

Wine v. Soda: A Perspective on the French Paradox
I saw a stat today: over 67 billion dollars spent on carbonated beverages last year in America. Total wine sales last year were something like half of that number. Kinda puts this business in perspective, doesn’t it?
Source: The Wine Offensive, published: 01/05/2006, 18:15

Should I be flattered?
Cellarrat Chosen as Staff Pick on Yahoo Podcasts!
yahoo n 1: not very intelligent or interested in culture [syn: yokel, rube, hick, hayseed, bumpkin, chawbacon] *** Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University
Source: The Cellar Rat, published: 01/05/2006, 18:15

Free Primary Fementers
Most home winemakers use food grade plastic pails for primary fermentation. The ones that are available at the winemaking store I frequent are all 23 litre pails. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a variety of sizes for your primary fermentation vessels?
Source: Home Winery, published: 01/05/2006, 18:10

Over the (Oak) Barrel with Madonna
My Riedel runneth over today, so I offer up a trio (I can’t get away with writing the words “threesome” and “Madonna” in the same post, can I?) of news items for your consideration: First, Madonna
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/05/2006, 17:25

Food & Wine Blog Award Nominees
Kate at Accidental Hedonist has announced the Nominees for the Food (and beverage) Blog Awards In the Best Blog Covering Wine, Beer or Spirits it's a motley Crew of Nominees: A GOOD BEER BLOG, FERMENTATION, LENNDEVOURS, SCOTCH BLOG, VINOGRAPHY
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/05/2006, 14:56

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Wine Blogs

Where'd she get that?
Source: The Zinquisition, published: 01/05/2006, 15:28

Vote for the 2005 Food Blog Awards
It's that time of year again, head on over to Accidental Hedonist and vote for your favorite food (and wine *hint hint*) blogs for 2005. I've been nominated again this year in the Best Blog Covering Wine,
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/05/2006, 15:20

Spanish wine History
Or at least a brief summation of how Spain has been able to rise in the ranks. Read about Spanish wine here. More info at www.catas.opaz.net
Source: Catavino, published: 01/05/2006, 13:19

California's Wine Country Poised for More Rain Post Floods
California's Napa and Sonoma counties, where most of the state's wine producers are located, braced for more rain today after four days of downpours and flooding that caused at least $30 million in damages.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/05/2006, 12:45

Flood Damage Over $50 Million In Napa
Floods in the Napa and Sonoma valleys have caused three deaths and at least US$50m worth of damage.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/05/2006, 12:39

Diamond Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2002
Full-on pedal-to-the-metal nose: musky red and black fruits, some dampish earth, alcoholic sweetness, a trace of acetone – a bit of stuff happenin’ here.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/05/2006, 10:19

Petaluma Coonawarra 1998
A Classic Coonawarra from a Classic Year? Red currants, red capsicum, cedar, a deep-seated earthiness, and some stinky cheese for good measure. Great balance on the palate, purity of fruit, and still very youthful, amazingly so really
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/05/2006, 08:04

Dutschke “St Jakobi” Shiraz 2001
Intense coffee bean, mocha and vanilla nose. Is this wine? I must admit to not being a Barossaiste, especially when it means clobbering fruit to death with oak. The palate is almost ok, but there is no balance there – it is just oak, oak and more oak.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/05/2006, 08:03

2002 Huia Marlborough Pinot Noir
Notes: I almost didn't make this, the 17th Wine Blogging Wednesday, because when I went out Monday to get wine, I found that everywhere was closed for belated New Year's,
Source: this heaven gives me migraine, published: 01/05/2006, 06:59

The Wilson Vineyard Polish Hill Riesling 2005
Aromas of limes and apples, musk, spice and a hint of aniseed. The palate is bone dry…and I mean really dry. Dry and chalky with flavours of lime and spice and a long sour limey finish. This is a very austere wine.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/05/2006, 06:14

Napa floods: $50m damage
Decanter reports: Floods in the Napa and Sonoma valleys have caused three deaths and at least US$50m worth of damage. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who toured the valley on Tuesday said, ‘Napa was under four feet of water, creating tremendous damage.’
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/05/2006, 05:52

McManis Pinot Grigio, 2004, California ~$9.00
I got this wine from one of my distributors today and I thank him kindly, It was a great wine. I made a nice rice and chicken dinner with a sauce of orange peel and and tarragon and it went great with the wine.
Source: Purple Lips Wine Log, published: 01/05/2006, 05:43

Opposite Ends of the Wine World
There's an interesting story here. Has a kind of desperate tone as Aussie grape growers suddenly start getting cranky as Australian wine overproduction finally catches up with them.
Source: Wine & Vine BC, published: 01/05/2006, 05:42

2005 Meerea Park “Epoch” Semillon
Epoch is Meerea Park’s entry level Semillon. This one has just been released and I have already knocked off three bottles. The 2005 vintage is just so (too) easy to drink young.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/05/2006, 05:27

WBW #17 Pegasus Bay Prima Donna 2001
Only produced in top vintages, I love the Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot (disclaimer: I am from Waipara but it is still one of my favourites.)
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/05/2006, 05:17

Torbreck News….
Had a quick coffee and a chat with Andrew Guard from Torbreck Vitners in the Barossa this morning and Torbreck have two new releases just about to hit the shelves. Firstly a Rose….predominately Mouvedre and Grenache and also a Marsanne/Rousanne
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/05/2006, 05:05

WBW #17: Borthwick Vineyard 2003 Pinot Noir
When The CorkDork suggested Kiwi Reds for this, the 17th edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, I thought it was a great idea. Personally, I had only tried one New Zealand red, a pinot noir from Spy Valley.
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/05/2006, 04:48

WBW17: "Kim"
WinebloggingWednesday #17, Red Kiwis, is hosted by the Cork Dork. This morning I read Maggie's post, Wne as Women, and was inspired to junk the initial tasting note, and go for something a bit more anthropomorphic.
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/05/2006, 04:36

Hook 'em Horns and "Pino" Noir
It is the 3rd quarter at the Rose Bowl and Vince, Limas and the boys of Texas are keeping the Trojans in check - so far. For this special Texas occasion, we decided to crack open an excellent Pinot Noir that we purchased in Oregon last summer. This wine is
Source: All Set in Massachusetts, published: 01/05/2006, 04:04

Blogging Downunder 2005
As I’ve noted in a previous post Miranda and I visited Australia in December, 2005. These annual excursions to Oz are a combination of work and vacation but always include a visit to nearby wine regions. In future posts I’ll be detailing all the wine related activities that were part of the trip.
Source: Shiraz, published: 01/05/2006, 03:48

Episode #18: Wine Blogging Wednesday #17 - (or Have you ever seen a Red Kiwi?)
We hope that everyone had a wonderful (and safe) start the the New Year. Today's wine podcast is for the January 2006 installment of (insert booming echo here) Wine Blogging Wednesday (/echo).
Source: A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle, published: 01/05/2006, 03:43

Chateau St. Michelle Gewurztraminer 2004 wine review by (PB)
We needed a post holiday get-a-way so we headed to NW’s place in suburban Boston. That’s never a good economic decision as there are so many good wine stores around
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/05/2006, 03:27

Sip Tips
 SIP TIPNew World vs. Old World. I got this in my email today from Pageaday.com.  Thought It would be interesting to pass along. So there you are at the home of a friend and he decides to serve you a wine and have you guess where it’s from.
Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/05/2006, 03:12

This review, and the one that follows it, are
I am reviewing two Viogniers one from France and one from Virginia.
Source: CellarBlog, published: 01/05/2006, 03:03

Wine: Horton Vineyards 2004 Viognier
Wine: Horton Vineyards 2004 Viognier
Source: CellarBlog, published: 01/05/2006, 03:02

Pulling up vines in 2006
ABC Rural reports: Thousands of hectares of grape vines could be pulled out after this year’s Australian vintage, as part of a strategy to help combat the surplus of wine.
Source: Vinosense, published: 01/05/2006, 01:57

Delatite Dead Man’s Hill Gewurztraminer 2004
This was my first experience with a straight Gewürztraminer, relatively few are available on the market and you are far more likely to find a Traminer/Riesling blend at your local bottle shop.
Source: Winetastic, published: 01/05/2006, 01:43

Wine Blog Wednesday #17: Kim Crawford and the Kiwi Reds
Kim Crawford and the Kiwi Reds: Sounds like a great name for a rock band, doesn’t it? But it’s simply the theme of this month’s Wine Blog Wednesday, when wine bloggers from around the world pick a wine
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/05/2006, 01:26

Atlanta, GA: Paso Robles Grand Tasting, Feb. 1, 2006
From Jim of LocalWineEvents.com: The fine folks of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance are bringing a taste of California to the A-T-L. Twenty-five Paso Robles wineries will present their wines. Participating wineries include Adelaida Cellars, Anglim Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Tablas Creek Vineyards, and Vina Robles.
Source: culturedwino.com, published: 01/05/2006, 01:00

WBW #17: Red Kiwis – Stonecroft Syrah
As a huge fan of Rhone Syrahs from Cornas to Cote Rotie, the memory of an excellent 2001 Chapoutier La Sizeranne Hermitage I had for New Year’s dinner definitely influences this note.
Source: De Long Wine Moment, published: 01/04/2006, 22:57

The Avenue Vine Map
Tell us where you are by adding yourself to the AvenueVine Map. Check out the location of fellow wine readers, friends and sponsors. Click here to add yourself: AvenueVine Map, or:
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/04/2006, 22:18

WBW Kiwi Reds
Pinot Noir 2001, Marlborough, Foxes Island ($48… importation)
Source: The Caveman's Wine Blog, published: 01/04/2006, 22:09

The Wine Critic's Responsibility & the $1600 Wine
At what point does a wine reviewer have an obligation to comment on the price of a wine, in addition to its quality and characteristics? Pierre Rovani, a man who has proven himself to have a magnificent palate, rated...
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/04/2006, 20:59

Texas Style Wine Marketing: From Winewaves' Viewpoint
Go visit Tom Wark's Fermentation, if you already haven't, to check out a fun and lively debate about American wines not from California.
Source: winewaves, published: 01/04/2006, 20:04

A to Z Wineworks Oregon Pinot Gris 2004
A to Z Wineworks* produces a great value Pinot Noir, reviewed last month, as well as this Oregon Pinot Gris 2004, which is a blend of some of Oregon's best estate's Pinot Gris, from many different clones.
Source: winewaves, published: 01/04/2006, 19:11

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Wine Blogs

Waist-high to a grapevine
The Zinquisition, published: 01/04/2006, 16:00

Vote for the Wine Blogging Wednesday Logo
Don't forget, today is Wine Blogging Wednesday, your opportunity to expand your wine knowledge and fun with wine lovers the world over. This month, we're hosted by the Corkdork with Red Kiwi's as the theme. (I'll post about my wine...
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/04/2006, 15:39

Wine Marketing 101--Texas Style
Why don't you drink Texas wine? I know you don't. However, it's very likely that you drink California, Washington, Oregon, New York and wines from any number of country's across the seas. But not Texas.
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/04/2006, 15:07

Wine classes New York
In your spate of resolutions for the new year, why not include some wine classes? (It beats going to the gym) I'm teaching three in New York this winter/spring
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/04/2006, 14:27

The wine has ’swing’: or, wine as jazz and vice versa
I recently came across this interesting analogy entitled ‘Does jazz rejoice the heart’? I make no apologies for the fact it was written for a jazz festival 12 years ago (1993), since its currency is obvious.
Source: blog au vin, published: 01/04/2006, 14:17

Austrian Exports Down 3% for 2005
Austrian wine exports in 2005 decreased by 3% compared with the previous year.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/04/2006, 12:54

Wine Country Vines Survive Nature's Wrath
Massive winter storms made a mess in California's wine country, but the rains weren't expected to wash out the region's valuable grape crop.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/04/2006, 12:41

Salamanders Slumber-Winemaker Anticipate Permits
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/04/2006, 06:37

Wine For Women? Mais Non, Wine as Women….
Neighbor pissed me of today. I awoke to the distinct droning of a backho. Neighbor was ripping up MY beloved rosemary bush that just so happens to live behind his garage in the alley.
Source: The Wine Offensive, published: 01/04/2006, 06:24

Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Pinot Noir, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Dashwood Pinot NoirThis months Wine Blogging Wednesday has had New Zealand Reds designated as the theme by Cork Dork. Damn fine theme. I seldom purchase Kiwi Reds; they tend towards the expensive end of the price range and thoughts of the green, undeveloped wines   
Source: [Spittoon] Full Postings, published: 01/04/2006, 03:46

Wine Blog Wednesday #17: Kim Crawford and the Kiwi Reds
Kim Crawford and the Kiwi Reds: Sounds like a great name for a rock band, doesn’t it? But it’s simply the theme of this month’s Wine Blog Wednesday, when wine bloggers from around the world pick a wine from within...
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/04/2006, 03:11

Survey Suggests Wine Labels Mislead Consumers.
Not so much the unbearably boring tasting note but dull labels put off the UK wine buyer. Are we as consumers mislead by wine labels and rely on interesting design instead?   
Source: [Spittoon] Full Postings, published: 01/04/2006, 03:02

Why Wineries Should Blog #2
Sandy from the Australian Wine Society of Toronto blog posted a comment to my first posting about Stormhoek’s Blogging Success. She points to a post she did this past November which quotes an email exchange with an Australian winemaker who shared his terror of blogging
Source: Winecast, published: 01/04/2006, 02:32

Boutari Grande Reserve 1998
I really liked the 1997 vintage of this wine. Richer and riper than the 1998 I suspect it was a better vintage. Unfortunately I am not well up on the vintages of Macedonia (Northern Greece) so I am just going on wine quality. It is made from the Xinomavro grape.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/04/2006, 02:06

Almost Half of UK Wine Buyers Judge Wine By Its Label
An interesting poll of UK wine consumers which shows that almost half of them judge a wine by it’s label that reminds me of last month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/04/2006, 02:00

Leasingham Bin 56 Cabernet Malbec 2000
As much as we would all like to drink Grand Cru Burgundy or first growth Bordeaux every night of the week, most of us are drinking cheaper wines on a more regular basis. Tonight I had a wine from Leasingham. From memory, 2000 was not a renowned vintage
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/04/2006, 01:46

Bindi “Original Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2004
Red cherries and red currants and a certain rosy sweetness; quite an engaging nose. The palate follows true with some musky red fruits. There’s some sappiness there too, and though it is lighter bodied the balance is very good and there’s no bad extracted characters.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/04/2006, 01:04

Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay 2004
Firstly, cop a look at my new Riedel tasting glass in the photo. Isn’t it ugly. Works a treat though. You can really get a good smell out of it. Kooyong have been making some very good wines in the last few years and they choose to close them with Diam cork.
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/04/2006, 00:35

California’s Wine Producers Brace for More Rain After Floods
quote [ California’s Napa and Sonoma counties, where most of the state’s wine producers are located, braced for more rain today after four days of downpours and flooding that caused at least $30 million in damages. ] - from: www.bloomberg.com
Source: vinoword.com, published: 01/04/2006, 00:33

Aged Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris at the Taste of Tasmania
While visiting the Taste of Tasmania recently I had the opportunity to pop along to the Wine Theatre event hosted by Phil Laing, President of the Tasmanian Wine Show and Phil Dunham, the Vice-President. On tasting that afternoon were four bottles of aged Moorilla Estate Gewurztraminer
Source: Pinot Island, published: 01/04/2006, 00:24

Marketing Terroir
What is it that makes a wine that is a truer representation of the ground and climate in which its grapes were grown...a more desirable wine? This is the THEORY that animates those who believe terroir-driven wines are better
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/04/2006, 00:23

Peregrine Pinot Noir 2003
The first Peregrine pinot I tried was the 2002 which was very impressive. We have had quite a few bottles of the 2003 to date - which means we like it. Deep colour. Aromas of liquored black cherries, spice, forest floor and dried herb. On the palate it is packed with spicy dark fruit
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/04/2006, 00:21

Hope This Never Happens to You
Wine collection disappears amid contentious divorce, By SCOTT DAUGHERTY, Staff Writer - John Douglas Eisinger had 35,000 bottles of wine on the wall before his estranged wife took them all down. Now he's trying to get them Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/04/2006, 00:11

Pear Wine Recipe
Every wonder what to do with all the pears that you get in the holiday fruit baskets?  Instead of just eating them or throwing them away, why not make a batch of pear wine?  Here is a recipe that makes 1 gallon.
Source: Making Homemade Wine and Beer, published: 01/04/2006, 00:02

Mariners Bay 2004 Pinot Noir (Wine review) by (PB)
This New Zealand screw cap finished wine is my very first experience with a New Zealand red. NZ is distinguishing themselves as a superior Sauvignon Blanc producer but has a long way to go re: red wines. But this wine is a pretty blush red typical of Pinot Noir
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/03/2006, 23:27

Snoqualmie Cabernet Merlot 2000
Snoqualmie Cabernet Merlot 2000 Washington, Columbia Valley ($12) Let me first mention how proud I am to be listed as #69 on the wineblog ratings chart that was posted at alawine.com. To even be listed is flattering, but
Source: Water into Wino, published: 01/03/2006, 22:13

Terra D'Aligi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2002
Terra D'Aligi Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is 100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, estate grown on 15-year-old vines planted along the hills of Val di Sangro. Ageing was 12 months in Slavonia barrels. The Terra d'Aligi estate is located in the southern part of Abruzzo
Source: winewaves, published: 01/03/2006, 19:36

Francis Coppola Blue Label Diamond Series California Merlot 2003
Francis Coppola Diamond Merlot 2003 is a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Syrah, from fruit grown in Napa, Sonoma and Monterey. Vinification was 12 months in French oak. Corey Beck, of Niebaum-Coppola is Winemaker. 90 points.
Source: winewaves, published: 01/03/2006, 19:00

January 2006 #1 Special
Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The Whitehall Lane Winery continues to receive accolades and awards for producing some of the greatest wines in the world. In Wine Spectator Magazine's year-end ranking of wines, Whitehall Lane has been honored an unprecedented three times
Source: Dispatches From the CAVE, published: 01/03/2006, 18:33

Vineyard Flooding in Napa And Sonoma County
There's no better time of year to have the vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma County flooded. Currently the vines are in dormancy and are affected very little by flooding and even near submersion. According to one winemaker
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/03/2006, 18:22

Pössnitzberg, Ja!
The Pössnitzberg vineyard, Erwin Sabathi Winery - located in southern Styria, Austria Sabathi Pössnitzberg Sauvignon Blanc 2003 ($35) From Sabathi's premiere vineyard in southern Styria (Austria)
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/03/2006, 17:51

Great Writing from Oenophiles
Any one that has a blog that they update somewhat regularly is probably passionate about the subject they choose to write about. It's amazing, but not surprising, how many have chosen to focus their efforts on wine.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/03/2006, 17:51

Marjorie Deninger...COME ON DOWN
...you're the winner of a Tour of Long Island Wine Country. That's right, Pim has announced the winners of the Menu for Hope II raffle and you won my little contribution. Overall, the campaign raised just over $17,000
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/03/2006, 16:57

Happy New Year faithful (and interant) readers. 2006 is finally here and it signals the end of what was quite an busy and event-filled year for me. I got married in 2005. Nena and I adopted Ben in 2005. And
Source: LENNDEVOURS, published: 01/03/2006, 16:42

A Couple of Wines From the Southwest
I'm finally getting around to reviewing a few wines I've enjoyed over the holidays. Had quite a few oldies but goodies, and quite a few that weren't really worth "blogging". But, I had 3 new and noteworthy reds, 2 of which were somewhat "local".
Source: Every Day Wine Pairings, published: 01/03/2006, 16:30

blog on wine blogs 2005
A short uncritical look at some of blog au vin’s blog roll I thought that a review of the different blogs featured in our blog roll on Blog au Vin (I hope that’s not too many ‘blogs’ for you) would be interesting from a number of points of view.
Source: blog au vin, published: 01/03/2006, 16:05

Wine Country a Flooded Mess, but Vineyards Should Emerge Unscathed
Welcome back! We’ll get to the deluge in California Wine Country in a second, but in case the holiday caused you to miss the last week or so of Uncorked, here’s a quick update with links to the entries you...
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/03/2006, 15:15

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Wine Blogs

That Special Taste of Mud: "Gout de Terroir"
At the house I grew up in, in Novato, California, there was a small, special spot under the dining room window where the soil was slightly less porous. It was without question the best location on our property for...
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/03/2006, 15:34

France: plan pending
Dominique de Villepin is listening. No, not in that creepy eavesdropping way that's all the rage in Washington. He's listening to French winemakers. |
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/03/2006, 13:44

2005 Vintage Buzz #2- Region: Burgundy
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/03/2006, 13:09

Lose Screwed Sebastianis Tightens Up
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/03/2006, 13:06

2005 Vintage Buzz #1- Region: Bordeaux
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/03/2006, 13:05

Vermentino is a white wine variety that is popular in the islands of Corsica and Sardegna. It is now getting a trial in Australia. Vermentino in Australia
Source: Vinodiversity, published: 01/03/2006, 10:26

Dashwood Sauvignon - Best Sauvignon Award.
The Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc I sampled at the end of last month is certainly a cracking wine and, I have just discovered, has been named as the Best Sauvignon Blanc 2005 by Winestate Magazine (Winestate being Australia's leading wine publication).   
Source: [Spittoon] Full Postings, published: 01/03/2006, 09:45

New Wine Strategy For France Planned.
Plans afoot to solve the crises in the French wine industry are to include tax exemptions and fixed minimum wine prices... the free market rules in France it seems. Others seem to think a pan-European harmonisation will make a difference. More violent demonstrations to come?

Beverage Daily
"Jean Huillet, head of the General Assembly of Winemakers, said: "France's wine system is very tired. We need to re-organise the hierarchy of the industry, including the Appellation Controlée (AOC).    
Source: [Spittoon] Full Postings, published: 01/03/2006, 09:30

Weingolb wraps up
It's in the can. 2005 is through -- and along with it, Doktor Weingolb's goal to publish on wine everyday. Every damn day is more how I see it after this December. I didn't know at the outset how much revision would be involved in getting out thirty posts of original material on a tight deadline.
Source: Doktor Weingolb, published: 01/03/2006, 06:19

Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2003 Wine Review (billy)
We've reviewed this wine before on TWCB and it resides on our recommendations list. However, I've never had it so here is my take.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/03/2006, 04:36

A very renowned dinner
On new years eve eve eve a small group of us assembled to see out the year with some top quality food and wine. Without much further ado here are some notes on the wines we knocked off. Don’t mind the scores too much. It is almost insulting to some of these wines
Source: WinoRama, published: 01/03/2006, 04:25

95 Alain Thienot, Brut Grand Cuvee
750 mL, published: 01/03/2006, 04:22

Happy New Year to everyone
Happy New Year to everyone. I spent the New Year with two unremarkable bottles of Champagne (yea, yea, what can I say, I am a slave to French Marketers ;)) and some friends.
Source: CellarBlog, published: 01/03/2006, 04:08

Wine reviews as poetry in haiku form by Lane Steinberg. For oenophiles & everyone else...
Source: The Red Wine Haiku Review, published: 01/03/2006, 03:59

Wine blogging Wednesday #17
Since this is my first WBW, I will explain to my readers what it entails. Every month or so one wine blogger picks a WBW theme and everyone chooses a wine that fits the theme and posts it for discussion.
Source: Purple Lips Wine Log, published: 01/03/2006, 03:41

Posts of the Year: the Finalists
The votes, err vote, is in. I present the Top 5 Wine Blog Posts of '05 as judged by moi. Thanks to all the nominees. Overall the writing was excellent. I've also added two honorable mentions; because I can.
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/03/2006, 03:30

Why Wineries Should Blog #1
AdRants picks up on the Stormhoek meme and provides the most concise reason I’ve yet seen for wineries to blog: Blogging enables conversation. If people converse with one another, they better understand each other. If they better understand one other, they better interact with each other.
Source: Winecast, published: 01/03/2006, 03:26

2005...that's SO last year!
New Year's Eve used to be the holiday that I would live vicariously through others. If I was with family upstate, I'd watch the hardcore winter weather folk endure a bone chilling night in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Source: Water into Wino, published: 01/03/2006, 03:14

Kalyra Red Wine
I love Williams Sonoma and have truly enjoyed all the gift certificates I’ve been given over the past few years. However, it seems that I have maxed out on gadgets and cooking utensils and to be honest, don’t know where I’d store any new ones. Source: Every Day Wine Pairings, published: 01/03/2006, 02:59

R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonnia 1993 Rioja Reserva wine review by (PB)
We were invited for New Years dinner with some friends as they wanted to share this wine they received as a gift. I looked it up prior to tasting it but unwittingly looked up the wrong wine. The wine I found received a 72 rating from the Wine Spectator.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/03/2006, 02:49

Wine Regions California Floods For New Year's
Residents, businesses and vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties suffer millions of dollars in damage!
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/03/2006, 02:35

December 2005 Performance Report:
Now in our twelfth month of operation, looking forward to celebrating our “One Year Anniversary,” here’s a short report of the past few months trafic at AvenueVine:
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/03/2006, 02:29

03 Akakies, Amyndeon Kir-Yianni
750 mL, published: 01/03/2006, 01:54

Top 20 Inexpensive Red Wines of 2005 (NW)
Happy New Year! Looking back at 2005, it was a great year for wine and a great year for wine bargains. This list is my twenty best inexpensive red wines of the year in two price categories- $10 and under and $11 to $15.
Source: The Wine Cask Blog, published: 01/03/2006, 01:27

New Favorite Zinfandel for the New Year
Battaglini Zinfandel, 2001 1,050 Cases Produced Twin Pines Vineyards- Russian River Valley, 650.588.4171 Cost: $28 Sonoma Wine Shop This wine reminded us why we love Zinfandel. Complex and hearty with a perfect balance of wild fruit and spice, this wine comes from vines planted in 1885
Source: All Set in Massachusetts, published: 01/03/2006, 00:51

Best of 2005 - Wine, Food, Travel
Happy New Year! As we close the book on 2005 and get ready for 2006, we thought it would be fun to re-cap our favorite hotels, meals and wines of 2005. Here they are:
Source: All Set in Massachusetts, published: 01/03/2006, 00:31

Rain, Rain, Go Away
In case you haven't heard, there was major flooding over the weekend in Napa and Sonoma Counties, leaving some vineyards deep under water. Fortunately, the latest storm to move through today won't have as disastrous effect as the storm late last week that broke levies in Guerneville, and overflowed the Russian and Napa Rivers.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/03/2006, 00:13

You Won
Chez Pim has announced the winners for the Menu for Hope II raffle. Well over $15k was raised for UNICEF. Many thanks to all those who donated. And, if your name is Sheryle Kane, you are the lucky winner
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/02/2006, 23:33

Variety or Varietal?
As co-author of the Wine Grape Varietal Table, I’m often asked this rather pedantic but very good question.
Source: De Long Wine Moment, published: 01/02/2006, 23:18

Larry Stone, Sommelier, Rubicon Runs Coppola Ford
Top Sommelier leaves Grand Award–winning restaurant for Francis Ford Coppola’s Napa winery.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/02/2006, 21:33

Casa Lapostolle Rapel Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc 2004 is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, grown on the Las Kuras Estate. This estate property is located in Requinoa, in the eastern Chile wine growing region, south and east of Casablanca
Source: winewaves, published: 01/02/2006, 19:54

Kermit Lynch - The Wine Hippie
Photo Credit: Aengus McGiffin One of our country’s most important and influential importers of wine, Kermit Lynch has built a reputation for uncompromising quality and impeccable tasting standards. Kermit imports wines that he likes from many non-mainstream regions in France, Italy and Spain.
Source: Grape Radio, published: 01/02/2006, 19:38

Computers, Science, Wine and You
I saw this story last week, but I wasn't motivated to post about it here. There is a company, Enologix, that basically has been doing the same thing for a long time.
Source: Wine Expression, published: 01/02/2006, 18:47

Being on the Moral High Ground
It will be common place this year: more consumers, wineries and retailers suing various states with the objective being to put sales on a level playing field. In Delaware a consumer there, along with a Pennsylvania winery, is suing
Source: Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog, published: 01/02/2006, 18:39

Love My Lirac
After wading through a few overpriced (Reserve!), mediocre (oak-aged!!) wines over the holiday weekend, I contemplated a bottle of Lirac for Sunday's mini smorgasbord. I was not familiar with the producer (Château de Ségriès)
Source: Basic Juice, published: 01/02/2006, 18:38

Diversity in flavor profiles? Not here
Lest you think I hate California wines with a blind and categorical prejudice, see the addition below. An old love rediscovered. Tom Wark, of Fermentation, has this week published some excellent lists for 2006, including a wish for
Source: mondosapore, published: 01/02/2006, 17:46

Quizzing you
Just a reminder about the wine quiz happening right now. Start the new year off right--the grand prize is a case of wine! (There are several other prizes too.) Competition ends January 4.
Source: Dr. Vino's wine blog, published: 01/02/2006, 15:05

Hey Buckeye Fans: What Wine Goes Best with Irish Stew?
I’m thinking something red … yeah, red, that’s the ticket … something that is almost scarlet in the glass … now wouldn’t that be delicious! You? Happy New Year, enjoy the Fiesta Bowl, and Go Bucks! POSTGAME ADDENDUM: I think...
Source: Uncorked, published: 01/02/2006, 14:27

Fine Wine - Readers offer hangover remedies
Readers offer hangover remedies Star-Press - Well, there's some bad news, and there's some good news. The bad news is there's no medical cure for a hangover, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal.
Source: The Wine Blog, published: 01/02/2006, 09:04

Post Fire Wine Loss Vintner Distills Pomace
After a warehouse fire wiped out huge chunks of his wine inventory this fall, vintner Ted Hall, of St. Helena, California, took stock. On hand was new wine that would take months to mature and a pile of "pomace," grape skins and seeds left over from harvest.
Source: Avenue Vine, published: 01/02/2006, 08:12

30 Second Wine Advisor: My top wine values of 2005
Bad news for the frugal: My annual report and analysis on wines of value finds the niche of quality wines under $10 continued to shrink during '05.
Source: WineLoversPage.com

WineLovers Community: Slightly corked wine
What's your threshold of perception for cork taint? Do you reject lightly tainted wine that others don't object to? We're comparing notes on our tolerance for TCA.
Source: WineLoversPage.com
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