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Tasting the 2004 Stonewell Shiraz with winemaker Ian Hongell

Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to have lunch and taste wines with Ian Hongell, the Senior Winemaker from Peter Lehmann. It was a great opportunity, to taste and also have the guided tour of each of his wines while pairing it with food is as always a wonderful experience. We tasted [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – From Miami Beach

Date: Tue, Jun 16, 2009

This weeks Tuesday Quick Sip is from our dinner last night at the fabulous Fratelli Lyon in Miami and is the 2005 Moccagatta Langhe Nebbiolo. Wine Facts - Region: Piedmont, Italy DOC: Langhe Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo Aging: 6 months in used barriques Price: $53 (restaurant, not sure retail) My Tasting Notes - Nose: truffle, black and red currant, fresh thyme, fennel Taste: red currant, [...]

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2007 Lange Twins Generations Petite Verdot/Petite Sirah

Date: Fri, Jun 12, 2009

I had been sitting on this bottle of wine for a few months after seeing a review or two online that it was still a bit young. Filled with two grapes that are always a guarantee for a power packed, intense and fruit filled wine – I was excited to give this a try. I [...]

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Virginia Wine on GrapeRadio

Date: Thu, Jun 11, 2009

I recently stumbled upon a new GrapeRadio podcast focused on Virginia Wine.  In the podcast are two wine makers that I reference often, Jim Law and Michael Shaps both of which have long history of making wine in the state.  Additionally viticulturist Tony Wolf who has done a lot for vineyards and wine makers in [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2008 Chateau de Segries Tavel Rosé

Date: Tue, Jun 9, 2009

We enjoyed the 2008 Chateau de Segries Tavel Rosé last night with some tacos and was a nice pairing, although this Rosé could go with just about everything. Wine Information – Region: Rhone Appellation: Tavel (only Rosé is produced here) Grapes: 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Clairette, 5% Syrah Price: $15 My Tasting Notes - Color: deep pink Nose: [...]

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Virginia Wine Country Weekend – Day 3

Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2009

Although a bit delayed this is third in the series of posts from my Northern VA wine country weekend a couple of weeks ago. The plan for the day was to go hiking but we woke to pouring down rain so we pulled out the map to see what other wineries we wanted to [...]

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Virginia Wine Council Update

Date: Thu, Jun 4, 2009

Virginia Wine Council Update from director Matt Conrad : The members of the Virginia Wine Council will meet on June 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., prior to the Virginia Wine Board Meeting at Old City Hall in Richmond (1001 East Broad Street, Suite 140). All interested wineries and vineyards are welcome and encouraged to attend. The purpose [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – with Robert Foley

Date: Tue, Jun 2, 2009

Working in a wine shop has its perks! One of them being I get to meet wine makers on a more regular basis than I normally would, for instance next Tuesday I get to have lunch with Ian Hongell, wine maker for Peter Lehman. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to [...]

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Virginia Wine Tasting Weekend – Day 2

Date: Thu, May 28, 2009

Heading further North and West in Virginia Wine country, only a few miles from the West Virginia border we started our second day of our wine tasting weekend. We arrived at Breaux Vineyards about 10 minutes to early to find the gate closed, while we waited patiently, we were surround by over 100 acres of vines [...]

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Virginia Wine Tasting Weekend – Day 1

Date: Wed, May 27, 2009

If you have been following me on Twitter or Facebook, you probably know that Megan and I were up in Northern Virginia Wine Country for the past few days. We visited a total of 9 wineries over the weekend, 6 of which were completely new to me (this was actually part of the point of [...]

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Quick Weekend Update – Virginia Wine Country

Date: Mon, May 25, 2009

Yesterday Megan and I ventured out into the Northern Virginia wine country to visit some wineries both new and old to us. First stop was to our friends Brian, Sharon and Rick over at Barrel Oak Winery, where we tasted through their entire lineup, including everything that was in barrel downstairs. Next was a new one [...]

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Wines of Chile Online Blogger Tasting

Date: Thu, May 21, 2009

Last night I had the opportunity to taste through 8 wines from all over Chile with the wine makers. Well I wasn’t actually with the wine makers, but I was watching them virtually via a webcast hosted by the folks at Wines of Chile. In a moderated fashion we were introduced to each of the wines [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2006 Hedges Three Vineyards Red Mountain

Date: Tue, May 19, 2009

2006 Hedges Three Vineyards Red Mountain Wine Information - Appellation: Red Mountain, Washington Vineyards: Hedges, Bel Villa, Red Mountain Grapes: 51% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Syrah Fermentation: 15 months in 40% new oak consisting of 60% American, 35% French and 5% European Price: $27 My Tasting Notes – nose: black cherry, leather, raspberry taste: cassis, boysenberry, [...]

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Taste Camp tasting notes – Day 3: part 1 (headin’ South)

Date: Mon, May 18, 2009

On day 3 of Taste Camp East, our group of bloggers had thinned slightly after the palate bashing during the first day and a half. But I was refreshed and excited to be heading over to the South Fork of Long Island to the Hampton’s appellation, yes THE Haaampton’s. We were making two stops on [...]

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