Friday, September 29, 2006
As wines age,
prices will drop
The greatest growth in sales among red varietals will likely occur in pinot noir, followed by syrah, red zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon, the respondents projected.
vetoes zinfandel bill
Zinfandel has been denied the distinction of being Californias official wine, as well as its historic wine. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation on Monday that aimed to make zinfandel the states historic wine -- wording that was softened from Californias official wine after opposition from much of the states wine industry.
Cooler weather and shorter days signal the switch back to red wine season, and Zinfandel is high on my list between now and Thanksgiving. The fruit for Cline Cellars Zinfandel 2005 was largely from Lodi and Oakley (in Contra Costa County).
Plus picks: No big minuses
2004 Peachy Canyon Winery Zinfandel Incredible Red Bin 119, California ($8.99) - Peachy Canyon is a good name in the Zin business, and this is as big and juicy as any Zinfandel. 2004 Temptation Zinfandel, California ($11.99) - This one was a bit too high in alcohol content, leading to quite a spicy taste.
Central Coast Zinfandel
In the southern part of the large Central Coast region, Paso Robles is the one appellation with a large number of wineries that produce Zinfandel. Zinfandel has the reputation of being high in alcohol, which is not unfounded.
Decision: Schwarzenegger Zings Zinfandel
"Whether it is a cabernet from Napa or Sonoma, a delicate pinot noir from the Central Coast, a zinfandel from the San Joaquin Valley or Sierra foothills, California produces some of the finest wines in the world. Zinfandel, known for its sweet undertones and intensely fruity flavors, is just one of many varieties coming from the booming California wine industry, which net $26 billion and shipped more than 532.4 gallons in 2005.
Wine of the Week: Pink
Truck Wine 2005 (CA) $ 11
Technically speaking this wine is a hand-crafted blend of three varietals: Grenache, Mourvedre and Zinfandel.
Creek produces winners
Consider the 2003 Dry Creek Vineyard Beeson Ranch Zinfandel. The Somers Ranch vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, at just 5 acres, is even smaller, but the 2003 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch Zinfandel that comes from that small plot is extraordinary, elegant, rich and loaded with full-fruit flavor.
A Canceled Wedding Its Transformed into a Celebration
Bottles of Zinfandel lined the bar, hotel workers set up giant speakers by a parquet dance floor, and chefs in white hats prepared a lavish meal of Vermont cheddar cheese soup, filet mignon, and crab-stuffed shrimp.
wine locally - it’s not just wineries
During a recent afternoon, Wall was pouring an old-vine Zinfandel, released a couple of years ago from Howell Mountain Vineyards. He added the 2003 Beatty Ranch Zinfandel, also released by Howell Mountain Vineyards, is also excellent.
Emerging Wine Region: California's Gold Country
At Boeger, pictured above, and other Sierra Nevada wineries, Zinfandel grapes were planted as early as 1850s and grape growing became a popular alterantive for unlucky miners.
deserves to be Californias state wine
I'm talking about his veto of the bill that would have designated Zinfandel as California's official, historical wine. Nonetheless, Schwarzenegger's refusal to acknowledge the historical, cultural and social importance of Zinfandel is unjustifiable.
time to shine
Even neighboring wineries will grow drastically different grapes: It's not uncommon to find Burgundian Pinot Noir grown right next door to Apulian Negro Amaro and Californian Zinfandel. And the label called simply "Graziano" is dedicated to what the third-generation Ukiah-area winegrower refers to as "traditional Mendocino wines" Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.
Wine Industry to Offer Quality Wines at Lower Prices ...
The greatest growth in sales among red varietals will likely occur in pinot noir, followed by syrah, red zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon, the respondents projected. The greatest shortage of grapes among red varietals is anticipated to be in pinot noir grapes, followed by red zinfandel.
wine country holds autumn charm
With charming old towns like Sonoma and Glen Ellen, Highway 12 is a favorite route through a region that produces everything from peppery zinfandel to buttery cheese.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
defense of sauvignon blanc
He had the audacity to attack one of my favorite wines sauvignon blanc. And not just any one particular sauvignon blanc; he hates all sauvignon blanc!
says sauvignon blanc going strong
The white wine variety, sauvignon blanc, appears to have escaped the current wine glut in Australia, with at least one winemaker, Hardy, advertising for Riverland growers with uncontracted fruit. Hardy's chief winemaker Peter Dawson says sauvignon blanc has not been affected by the oversupply.
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc releases 2006 ...
Fleur du Cap has just released the 2006 vintage of its select Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc, a full-bodied wine with a smooth and extremely elegant finish. Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2006 is the second vintage made of grapes handpicked from terroir-specific vineyards Alexanderfontein in Darling, Myrtle Grove in Somerset- West and Lutouw near Koekenaap in the Lutzville area.
They read a blessing from the Jewish tradition in Spanish and English before using olive branches to sprinkle holy water over sauvignon blanc grapes harvested that morning from the vineyard's "T-Block" section, planted in 1955. "August has been cool, which is good for the development of perfumed aromas in our sauvignon blanc.
The Shiraz class attracted the most with 167, followed by Sauvignon Blanc with 145, Cabernet Sauvignon with 136, Chardonnay with 98 and Pinotage with 83. Interestingly, while most commentators have been saying that 2006 is clearly a great year for Cape sauvignon blanc, Sue van Wyk (now of Australia) found what she had tasted disappointing.
Wine Festival Launched With Up To 50% Off A Wide Range Of ...
Among the selection on offer is the Montana Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (was 36.94, now 27.70). This zingy, well-established New Zealand wine is excellent value and originates from Marlborough, the prime cool-climate area for Sauvignon Blanc.
Taste of Immediacy
Today, varietals of note from the Western Cape include Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and South Africa's native Pinotage a cross between the Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes.
Fernleaf Sauvignon Blanc
clear winners. More labels have led to lower prices. Take this moderately priced sauvignon blanc. High end? No. But
Grits! Southern Boy makes salad out of Romanian staple
Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc, chilled but not freezing, is a versatile wine that pairs well with a light meal like this one.
County Sauvignon Blanc
Dry Creek Valley's Sauvignon Blanc is classic, with more evident minerality and herbal/grassy notes. TWO STARS 2004 DeLoach OFS Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($20) This first vintage of the DeLoach OFS ("our finest selection") Sauvignon Blanc offers gentle floral, grass, green melon and citrus aromas.
are buzzing at Abeja winery
Among the varied offerings, the sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and cabernet are the best three, and all warrant a recommendation.
souped up for Sauvignon Blanc
A wine with similar acidity and brightness is needed, and Sauvignon Blanc fills the bill. The 2005 Praxis Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc seemed more rich and full-bodied; 2005 Rochioli Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc showed more mineral character; and the 2004 Dry Creek Vineyard DCV3 Dry Creek Valley Fume Blanc's lemon and pepper notes became more pronounced.
of two tastings
In whites, winners were Vina Tarapaca 2005 Sauvignon Blanc ($8.45, 88) with lime, lemongrass and mineral zestiness, and Vina Tabali 2005 Reserva Especial Chardonnay ($18.95, 90) with rich tropical guava and buttery apple lushness.
finds her feet with Sauvignon Blanc
Kleinriver) won the regional award for best Sauvignon Blanc in the Walker Bay and Overberg districts, which includes Elgin, Kleinriver and theAgulhas ward. Owner Piet Dreyer is over the moon: The Akkedisberg Pass separates the Kleinriver Ward from Walker Bay, but it does not keep out the afternoon sea breezes and the Sauvignon Blanc thrives.
Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2004 Wins Gold
Kawarau Estate has previously won gold medals for it Sauvignon Blanc.
Howard: Building on Success at Jamesport Vineyards
In addition, David Schildknecht, who tasted and reviewed the wines of Long Island for WA, liked the 2005 sauvignon blanc and said the 2005s from barrel were highly promising, according to Howard. In addition to the highly popular 2005 Sauvignon Blanc, which offers green apple, grapefruit and vanilla-earthy aromas and melony, appley and slightly tropical flavors with earthy and vanilla-honey notes on a lengthy finish, Howard has recently bottled his 2005 chardonnays, which he calls wonderful.
But leave it to us to overdo a good thing (don’t even ask us about the Doughnut Plant binge), so we went in search of alternatives that give us the excitement of the Sauvignon Blanc with a little twist. Malagousia, an ancient Greek grape variety has a lot of character and intense aromatics like the Sauvignon Blanc grape.
Shirley: Good Grits! Southern Boy makes salad out of Romanian staple
Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc, chilled but not freezing, is a versatile wine that pairs well with a light meal like this one.
Blanc Interest Group Sauvignon Blanc Seminar - 1 ...
The Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group was relaunched earlier this year and it was decided as a first project to organise a seminar focusing on the future of Cape Sauvignon Blanc. We will also have a tasting of a number of international and local Sauvignon Blanc wines including (if all goes well with the shipping) the two wines that did best at the Tri-Nations Challenge.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Merlot 2001 - Winner of Merlot Category
At the Tri Nations award winning ceremony in Sydney on the 28th August 2006, Bob Campbell MW, announced that the Meerlust Merlot 2001 was the winner of the Merlot category. We are very proud not only of our Merlot 2001, but that we as South Africans beat fierce competition from Australia and New Zealand in the Merlot category.
respect for mellow merlot
My recent tastings have focused on petite sirah, syrah (the father of petite sirah) and merlot. If that mix of bold and gentle varieties ...
Bay Winery Merlot Named Best in State; Winery Takes ...
Peconic Bay Winery Merlot Named Best in State; Winery Takes Multiple Gold Medals at New York Wine and Food Classic 24, 2006--Long Island's Peconic Bay Winery won four medals, including best Merlot in New York State, at the New York Wine and Food Classic August 14 through 16 at the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua.
tops Spangler winery offerings
Merlot tops Spangler winery offerings - September 6, 2006 Best of the lot is Spangler's 2000 Reserve Merlot.
Merryvale Vineyards: A working winery in St. Helena attracts out ...
The other wines in this group were a 2001 Reserve Napa Valley Merlot ($35) and 2002 Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39), plus Antigua dessert wine ($29; 500 ml), Merryvale's delicious Muscat de Frontignan, fortified with California brandy.
Wine Labels Make for a Unique Gift
Kendall-Jackson, Calif., 2003 Merlot, Vintners Reserve ($18). Grape Varietals: 95.5 percent Merlot, 1.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon.
days, cool nights yield ideal wine grape
A worker dumps merlot grapes in a bin as Vicente Reyna, center, and Benjamin Torres supervise the loading of the grapes at the Andrews Horse Heaven ranch earlier this week. PROSSER, Benton County Just after sunrise, workers at Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch Vineyards begin picking merlot grapes.
Re Grape Trumps Grain: Statscan (Report on Business, Sept. 14): Goodbye, rye; hello merlot? Well, not so fast. ...
vintages for the New Year
Rosh Hashana is the time of the year when wineries launch their new products, and a number of worthy wines focused on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are coming out this year (all wines listed are kosher). Dark red in color, this ripe Merlot has black plum and cassis aromas, as well as flavors of raspberry and cherry.
Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Ready, but will keep, Cab-Sauv/Merlot, 12.5% alc. Medium Bodied, Dry, For laying down, Cab-Sauv/Merlot, 12.5% alc.
take group approach
Three new varietals -- Baco Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Merlot -- are now available but so far just in Ontario liquor stores.
Wine Friday - Order Today
Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Ready, but will improve, Cab-Sauv/Merlot, 14.5% alc.
Pinot Grigio, Merlot, etc.) Read the labels when you buy wine for home, or when you're at a wine tasting, and then look for wines from the same regions when you're out.
of the week: Opening salvo
Eight years ago the Spanish winemaker Codorníu cleared an 80-acre vineyard on the grounds of a former religious community above the Alexander Valley and planted Cabernet, Merlot, Cab Franc and Malbec.
They also bottle their own organic Cabernet and Merlot wines, which are pretty darn good and a good value.
like a vintage year in the vineyards
A worker dumps just-picked merlot grapes in a bin as Vicente Reyna, center, and Benjamin Torres supervise the loading of the grapes at the Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch on Tuesday. PROSSER Just after sunrise, workers at Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch Vineyards begin picking merlot grapes.
day spas in Virginia now offer liquor
Mitchell stocks pinot grigio, white zinfandel and merlot wines, as well as Heineken beer and strawberry-daiquiri flavored wine coolers. If you sipped a glass of merlot provided by your unlicensed beautician, he or she " would be deemed a common nuisance," according to Beth Straeten, spokeswoman for the Virginia ABC. That's a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in the slammer and a $2,500 fine.
in the (blank) bottle?
I found a small batch of Merlot aging in French oak on a mountain top; the perfect match to a blend Id started with wines from the Simonsberg mountains.. ...
Dog to Merlot
To remedy the hype with my own palate I tasted Hughes Lot 14, a Napa 2003 Merlot and his Lot 16 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The spicy 2003 Merlot will be available for $11.99 at the Lincoln Park Costco.
This!: Hyatt Vineyards 2000 Merlot
Well, as good as this wine is, I bet any later vintages are as good or better (even if it costs a few dollars more), since this is a Merlot grown in Washington, and we all know by now how good out Merlot really is.
Fruits Of A Good Education
A blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, and 2% cabernet franc, it exhibits a deep purple color and a sweet nose of jammy black fruit intermixed with smoke, licorice, and incense. From a 40-acre parcel at the base of Mount St. Helena, this blend of 87% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, and 3% cabernet franc represents Ramey's homage to Bordeaux's Pauillac.
gain ground among areas earner crops
Merlot was Monterey's leading red wine in 2005, a $39 million crop, followed by pinot at $32.5 million.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Corey Creek Vineyards 2005 Reserve Chardonnay
Too often, Long Island chardonnay is severely over oaked in an attempt to make the rich, buttery style that (unfortunately) remains so popular with consumers. Vineyards 2005 Reserve Chardonnay ($30) pulls it off.
to find chardonnay at good price
If you are searching for the best-valued chardonnay available today and you don't mind spending about $15 for a bottle, this wine has to be it. 2004 Martin and Weyrich Huerhuero (pronounced where where-o) Chardonnay.
Let the fruit stand on its own
Chardonnay outsells sauvignon blanc by better than 7-to-1, according to pollster AC Nielsen. I think a lot of wine lovers honestly believe that the natural flavors of chardonnay are butter and toast flavors that come from the winemaking and the new oak barrels, not the grape.
Bordeaux, Cult Cabs, Wine Tastings and Fantasy Football
Good Grape ... equivalent of football positions. A Cabernet or Bordeaux is your QB, a Pinot or a Burgundy is a Wide Receiver, Chardonnay or a White Burgundy is a tight end, Merlot could be your kicker and on down the line until you've drafted a full team of
doesnt have to be about big oak
It began last week, after some particularly nasty words I said about an over-oaked California chardonnay. It was the Fed-Up man delivering a wine sample of an un-oaked California chardonnay.
has become a new planting site for Chardonnay vines
Monterey has become of late one of California's most expansive sites for the planting of new vineyards, especially Chardonnay vines. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Riesling are the grapes that have shown the most promise.
Wine Picks; Chardonnay laid bare and some pinots from Paso
Some winemakers have a hard time restraining themselves when it comes to embellishing chardonnay so much so that many consumers think chardonnay fruit must taste like butterscotch and vanilla. Chardonnay is all about apples and pears and sometimes citrus and stone fruit.
chardonnay takes trophy
Morton Estate's chardonnay has taken the trophy for Best International Chardonnay over £10 at the Decanter Wine Awards in London for its second vintage Coniglio. The judges say that Coniglio?s dominance of the competition for two years shows the quality of New Zealand's chardonnay wines.
Whole oven-roasted chicken and chardonnay are a classic match.
blend gets an A+
Many of California's best syrahs come from the central coast, but this one is from the northern, and relatively cool, Carneros region, better known for pinot noir and chardonnay. Respected Cakebread Cellars of Napa Valley fields a luscious and classically Californian chardonnay, Cakebread Chardonnay 2004 ($54.95, No. 709717).
deserves a better evaluation
There is so much variety, I'm sure anybody can find a chardonnay he likes. Love it or hate it, there is no denying the versatility of chardonnay.
the most out of Chardonnay
With lots of warm days still on the horizon, wine lovers seek daily refuge in their old standby: chardonnay. This dry white wine is made around the world, but it's chardonnay from California and Australia that have become the preferred choice for many.
to drink now: Kosher wines
This lovely blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Riesling makes for an exotic wine. The ultimate kosher Chardonnay, with a silky body and a luscious nose of papaya and pastry cream.
Many white wine lovers are happy with Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. Chardonnay is famous for its classic green apple taste.
2005 Banrock Station, Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia, $5. Aromas of green apples and toasty oak radiate from this straw-gold Chardonnay.
Must-taste wines: Wolffer Estate 2004 La Ferme Martin Chardonnay, Wolffer Estate 2005 Pinot Gris, Wolffer Estate 2002 Estate Selection Merlot, and Wolffer Estate 2004 Late Harvest Chardonnay. Channing Daughters is known for experimenting with different varietals that other wineries don't bother with — trying to find grapes that do well on LI. To that end, their bottlings go well beyond the usual merlot, cabernet franc and chardonnay.
from hither and yon
The United States and most of Canada have a differently coloured picture of chardonnay than the one Quebecers have. In the U.S., Ontario and western Canada, chardonnay from California and Australia dominate imported white wines on liquor store shelves.
risk-free pleasures of $10 bottle
This wine is 70 percent insolia, an obscure Sicilian grape, and 30 percent chardonnay.
The diversity of the Berrys' Own Selection now encompasses an excellent Chianti from the Bandinelli brothers and a delicious Australian Chardonnay from the Ashmead family in Barossa, complementing existing favourites.
An appropriate representation of the requested resource /50226711/affordable_chardonnay could not be found on this server.
This alternative to the traditional barrel-fermented and/or aged Chardonnay is becoming more common. Edna Valley's Tolosa Winery had a Chablis-like (the steely, mineral tinged Chardonnay from France) 2004 ($15) that showed nicely with simple pan fried pieces of salmon, beef, pork and lamb.
Kathy Lynskey Wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Vineyard Select, Marlborough, 2005 took the Best White Wine division, a 2004 HRM Rex Goliath, Chardonnay, California was.
wine? Whats in a name?
So and so's chardonnay won some awards, as well as the other guy's cabernet sauvignon and somebody else's bordeaux. We are thousands of miles from Chardonnay and Bordeaux, France, and yet they call it Texas wine?
Agustine Hernandez of Oaxaca, Mexico, helps in the harvest of chardonnay grapes at a Manna Ranch vineyard near Lodi. Tractor driver Jos Andres, 23, of Sinaloa, Mexico, clears leaves from a pile of chardonnay grapes at a Manna Ranch vineyard near Lodi.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
For every romantically shot vineyard or reference to how fickle pinot noir is, my mind kept racing back to the heart-stopping villages of the Cte D'Or and the sheer majesty of French and Italian culture. Its brooding single-vineyard cabernets, ripe and expertly crafted zinfandel and increasingly elegant chardonnays, not to mention its pinot noir, are all re-exciting wine critics everywhere.
Paltrow’s penchant for Pinot Noir in her garden!
Gwyneth Paltrow’s penchant for Pinot Noir in her garden! Gwyneth Paltrow’s penchant for Pinot Noir in her garden!
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He enjoys pairing complex flavors of spiced stews and braised meats with full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon or velvety Merlot, and accompanying rich chocolate desserts in the colder months with a luscious Pinot Noir. Pair this salad with the same Pinot Noir used in the sauce.
In reds, he continued, Pinot noir is a better buy than cabernet or merlot, and for the same reason. In terms of wine- producing countries, The good deals ...
Cruz Mountains and Northern Central Coast Pinot Noir
Even within the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, there are a multitude of microclimates that favor everything from cool climate-loving Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to warmer weather Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. TWO AND A HALF STARS 2004 Beauregard Vineyards Trout Gulch Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ($45) This wine's more earthy, slightly herbal nose has notes of bay laurel leaf and blackberry sauce over vanilla ice cream, while the palate is all about full-flavored fruit.
it in Napa -- they will come Wine country offers lots of new ...
The winery, known for its pinot noir and chardonnay, boasts the oldest planting of pinot grapes in the state. I retreat into the cottage to finger the bed's fluffy pillows, flip on the plasma TV and down a glass of pinot noir.
long history of Oregon pinot noir
These are heady times for wineries that specialize in pinot noir. The "Sideways" effect is for real; more than two years after that film's premiere, sales of pinot noir are still in the stratosphere.
win for Central Otago winery
“We are absolutely rapt that the Peregrine Pinot Noir 2004 has proved itself as a stand out wine amongst stiff competition from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The wine received the coveted trophy for top Pinot Noir, which adds to its already impressive list of trophies and gold medals.
In Nashville you don't get a lot of choices in Australian Pinot Noir. Last year's was sourced from Oregon, but 2004 Sockeye Pinot Noir came from South Eastern Australia, and is varietal.
This interest in Pinot Noir in the United States creates great opportunities for New Zealand. I believe that outstanding New Zealand Pinot Noir is one of the few that can compete with those produced in Burgundy in France, he said.
vineyard wins two bronzes
The bronze medals were awarded to the estate's 2004 Pinot Noir and 2005 Pinot Gris/Chardonney blend.
Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
The Santa Lucia Highlands has been an American Viticultural Area (AVA) since 1991, yet there has been a recent boom in the number of wines produced from there, particularly Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is the red wine of the moment in America, and Santa Lucia Highlands is known for producing the varietal in a full, fruity style.
Willamette Valley 2003 Pinot Noir
Although having a female winery owner and winemaker has little to do with the taste of the grape (or does it?), it's nice to run across a softer touch applied to pinot noir. Established in 1986 by owner Mary Olson, winemaker Elizabeth Ogg crafts Airlie Winery wines from thirty-two acres of grapes producing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Marechal Foch, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Muller Thurgau.
years crop looks smaller as harvest season begins
And for one popular varietal, Pinot Noir, the continued "Sideways" effect on the market may make prices go up for both growers and consumers. "But if anybody has Pinot Noir, they're in a negotiating position.
Medium Bodied, Dry, Ready, but will keep, Pinot Noir, 13% alc.
This book, a best seller in France, presents dozens of recipes, organized by season, for preserves from Black Cherry with Pinot Noir to Greengage and Mirabelle Plum with Mint; a number of them include chocolate, not a standard addition.