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Tuesday Quick Sip – 1981 Max Ferd Richter Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett

Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2010

1981 Max Ferd Richter Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett Wine Information – Region: Mosel, Germany Vineyard: Erdener Treppchen Grape: Riesling Quality: QmP – Kabinett Price: $20 My Tasting Notes - Nose: honey, floral, petrol/rubber Taste: apricot, petrol, slate, mineral Mouthfeel: medium to light body, felt a bit thin Finish: medium in length – honey flavors lingering The flavors and aromas were nice, classic for a well aged [...]

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Kickin’ it old school!

Date: Mon, Jan 11, 2010

My friend Greg invited me over to his house yesterday for a little geek fest over some old vintage Virginia wines. He was opening a ‘97, ‘99 and ‘02 Barboursville Cabernet Sauvignon with the ‘99 being a Reserve. In the spirit of opening old Virginia wine, I took over a recent discovery in my [...]

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A sign of consumers drinking local?

Date: Thu, Jan 7, 2010

I came across the article “Off-Premise Wine Sales Slightly Decrease in November versus Same Period Last Year” on WineBusiness.com a couple of days ago, mainly just doing some research for my retail wine gig. Within the article it was pointed out that although sales dropped overall, domestic wine sales rose while imports fell. [...]

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Back to Roanoke Vineyards

Date: Wed, Jan 6, 2010

Our first visit to Roanoke Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island was during Taste Camp 2009 last May when we tasted with owner/vineyard manager Richard Pisacano. (on the first visit post there is a video of Richard giving a good history of Roanoke) We had a fantastic time and used our visit to [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2007 Nautique “Esprit de Rouge”

Date: Tue, Jan 5, 2010

Nautique is a second label of Peconic Bay winery on the North Fork of Long Island, a little more value oriented brand meant for every day consumption. Currently they make a “Esprit de Rouge” and an “Esprit de Blanc”, and we picked up both during our visit to Long Island back in October. 2007 Nautique “Esprit [...]

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Happy New Year!

Date: Thu, Dec 31, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all have a safe and happy New Years Eve, enjoyed with family and friends and of course some great Champagne!

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Review of the 2007 Finca La Linda Bonarda

Date: Wed, Dec 30, 2009

Finca La Linda is a second label for Luigi Bosca, who’s Malbecs I have had in the past and quite enjoyed. I was sent some wines from the La Linda label for review and the Bonarda is the first one I tried. I think I have only had one other 100% Barnarda in the [...]

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Quick Sip on a Wednesday with the 2006 Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Wed, Dec 16, 2009

2006 Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Wine Information - Appellation: Napa Valley Sub-Appellations: St. Helena, Howell Mountain, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, and Mt. Veeder Grapes: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc Cooperage: 20 months in 100% French Oak Price: $32 My Tasting Notes – Nose: boysenberry, black currant jam, roasted meat, brown sugar and suede Taste: blackberry, sweet cedar, eucalyptus, mocha, [...]

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A little Sparkling to brighten your Monday.

Date: Mon, Dec 14, 2009

Recently I had a chance to taste through some great Champagne’s and sparklers from around the world. It’s that time of year that Champagnes will (hopefully) start to fly off the shelf, so I thought I would write about a few of my favorites. I always find these tastings the “hardest” because for me, discerning [...]

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Another winning Cabernet Franc from the North Fork

Date: Wed, Dec 9, 2009

On a slightly chilly rainy October day in Cutchogue, New York Megan and I made our way into the tasting room at Peconic Bay Winery. This was our first visit to the winery and we were shown a great time by Pascal Zugmeyer, Hospitality Director and Jim Silver, General Manager. We tasted through the entire [...]

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Exploring Super Tuscans with the 2006 Aia Vecchia Lagone

Date: Mon, Dec 7, 2009

Whether you call them a Super Tuscan or an IGT blend, rich red blends from Tuscany provide everything from great values to high priced cult legends. The 2006 Aia Vecchia Lagone falls into the value category at $18 and is a blend of mostly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with 5% Cabernet Franc. So what is [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2006 Mongeard-Mugneret Savigny–les–Beaune 1er Cru Les Narbantons

Date: Tue, Dec 1, 2009

2006 Mongeard-Mugneret Savigny–les–Beaune 1er Cru Les Narbantons Wine Information: Country: France Region: Burgundy Appellation: Savigny-les-Beaune Vineyard: Les Narbantons Cooperage: 35% in new French Oak Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir Price: $48 My Tasting Notes: Nose: mushroom, slight barnyard, raspberry Taste: black cherry, red clay, leather and black pepper (taste not spicy), wet forest Mouthfeel: silky and balanced with great acidity and young leathery tannins Finish: long with dark fruit [...]

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“Killing it” with 2004 MonteMaggiore Paolo’s Vineyard Syrah

Date: Wed, Nov 25, 2009

2004 MonteMaggiore Paolo’s Vineyard Syrah About this time last year I visited and wrote about MonteMaggiore Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. When I have wines from California (or elsewhere) that I know I can’t get easily, it makes it hard to drink it. Well, I had two wines left from MonteMaggiore, one [...]

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Weekend Palate Wrap Up

Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2009

For Monday I think I will start a new series in which I review everything I drank, tasted, sipped from Friday through Sunday and where I had it. Friday’s will be padded because of the tasting at The Wine Cellar. At the Wine Cellar J Cuvee 20 Brut Sparkling – yeasty sourdough bread, apple, pear and citrus, [...]

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