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Wow – A million smackers for a wine book!

Date: Wed, Aug 26, 2009

This article came across one of my wine news feeds yesterday, and when I saw the title I thought it was a joke or some contest. It is in fact the truth, $1.12 million dollars will get you a 66 pound book and oh yeah 600 bottles of wine. The wine book from from British [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2006 Papapietro Perry Peter’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

Date: Tue, Aug 25, 2009

2006 Papapietro Perry Peter’s Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine Information – Appellation: Russian River Valley Grape: 100% Pinot Noir Oak program: 11 months in 50% new French oak and 50% 1st and 2nd use Alcohol: 14.25% Price: $49 Production: 1200 cases My Tasting Notes – Nose: yam, violet, cedar, blackberry Taste: plum, currant, cedar, violet, peppercorn, rose, eggplant Mouthfeel: full body, nice acidity – [...]

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Drinking extremely well – 1999 B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Mon, Aug 24, 2009

Once again my job as store manager of a wine shop has provided me the opportunity to taste some fabulous wine. About a week ago, we opened up the 1999 B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($96) to see how it was drinking. Well, I am here to say that it is drinking extremely [...]

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The perfect beach wine – Vinho Verde!

Date: Wed, Aug 19, 2009

The past few days I have been down in Duck, North Carolina enjoying some perfect beach weather at my in-laws timeshare. Normally when it comes to imbibing on the beach I am a Corona and lime fan but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up and do something a little different. Vinho Verde is [...]

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Wine Blogging Wednesday #60 – “I have Zinned”

Date: Wed, Aug 12, 2009

This month, Wine Blogging Wednesday created by Lenn Thompson of LENNDEVOURS, is in it’s 60th edition and hosted by Megan at Wannabe Wino. Her theme this month is anything Zin, and pairing it with BBQ and or grilled meat. Well since I’m a vegetarian I couldn’t comply with the second part but I did the [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 1998 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Tue, Aug 11, 2009

1998 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Information: Appellation: Napa Valley, California (Calistoga) Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Oak program: 18 – 20 months Price: $30/ 375ml bottle My Tasting Notes: Color: dark brick red, slightly brown at the edges Nose: slightly oxidized and “portish”, fresh corn tamale, tobacco Taste: raisin, blackberry, suede, red clay, and tart cranberry at the back of the palate Mouthfeel: [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2006 Bersano Gavi

Date: Wed, Aug 5, 2009

Tuesday Quick Sip – 2006 Bersano Gavi 2006 Bersano Gavi Wine Information – Region: Piedmont, Italy DOCG: Gavi Grape: Cortese Price: $10 – $15 My Tasting Notes – Nose: apple, wet hay, honeycomb Taste: apple, honeydew, mineral/slate Mouthfeel: full body, not overly acidic Finish: lots of apple and minerality, slightly tart Although tart at the finish, not as crisp as I was expecting across the [...]

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Don’t need a Reason to enjoy Riesling

Date: Mon, Aug 3, 2009

Over the past couple of years I have really come to enjoy Riesling, slightly sweet and rich, bone dry and mineral driven and somewhere in between, Rieslings are a truly fabulous wine. I have had a couple of Rieslings in the past two weeks that are on pretty opposite ends of the spectrum, although not [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2006 Domaine Tempier Bandol

Date: Wed, Jul 29, 2009

2006 Domaine Tempier Bandol Wine Info - Region: Southern France, Le Plan du Castellet Appellation: Bandol AOC Grapes: 75% Mourvedre, 22% Grenache and Cinsault, 3% Carignan Oak Aging: 18 months (minimum AOC requirements for Bandol) Price: $45 My Tasting Notes – Nose: funky (not “bretty”), wet earth, red cherry Taste: eucalyptus, cedar, blackberry, leather, herbs, cherry and black pepper Mouthfeel: medium to full [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2007 Perazzeta Sara Rosso Toscano

Date: Tue, Jul 21, 2009

2007 Perazzeta Sara Rosso Toscano Wine Information - Region: Tuscany, Montenero d’ Orcia Grapes: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Ciliegiolo (new grape for me) Fermentation: 6 months Stainless Steel tanks, no oak aging Price: $13 My Tasting Notes - Nose: cooked fruit, fig, blackberry, raisin Taste: sun-dried tomato, blackberry, boysenberry Mouthfeel: full bodied, slightly flabby Finish: medium in length with lots of fruit I was excited [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2008 Leitz Rüdesheim Magdalenekreuz Riesling Spatlese

Date: Tue, Jul 14, 2009

2008 Leitz Rüdesheim Magdalenekreuz Riesling Spatlese Wine Information - Region: Rheingau, Germany Vineyard: Magdalenekreuz, elevation 100 meters to 165 meters Aging: Sur Lees in Rheingau Oak Soil: Sandy Loam Price: $21 My Tasting Notes – Nose: touch of petrol, honey and cantaloupe Taste: peach, honey, stone/slate, “rich” Mouthfeel: round with nice acidity to backup/combat the richness Finish: long – with lingering sweetness of honey and [...]

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Vineyard update from Virginia’s own, Glen Manor Vineyards

Date: Thu, Jul 9, 2009

I emailed Jeff White of Glen Manor Vineyards the other day and asked how his year was shaping up with the wetter than normal spring, and below is his response. “Yes it was a cool wet spring. It now appears that summer is here, sunny, dry and a little cooler than normal. The vineyard came through [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2005 Chateau d’ Arcins Haut-Medoc

Date: Tue, Jul 7, 2009

2005 Chateau d’ Arcins Haut-Medoc Wine Information – Region: Bordeaux, Franc AOC: Haut-Medoc (near Margaux and St. Julien) Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc Price: $23 My Tasting Notes – Nose: cherry, barnyard, red clay, eucalyptus Taste: barnyard, red currant, cedar, menthol, porcini mushroom, blackberry Mouthfeel: full body, great acidic backbone with tight leathery (borderline velvety) tannins Finish: long with [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2004 Wolffer Estate Cabernet Franc

Date: Tue, Jun 30, 2009

2004 Wolffer Estate Cabernet Franc Wine Information - Region: South Fork, Long Island Appellation: The Hamptons Grapes: 78% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot Price: $35 My Tasting Notes - Nose: blackberry, wet earth, vanilla bean, shitake mushroom Taste: black currant and leather overlaid by cranberry and a good dose of black pepper Mouthfeel: medium to full body, silky across the mid-palate Finish: velvety [...]

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