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Taste Camp tasting notes – Day 2: part 3

Date: Wed, May 13, 2009

After leaving Paumanok Vineyards we headed over to Shinn Estates Vineyards for lunch and of course some wine tasting. Shinn Estates also doubles as a B&B and we ate in the dining room that separates the guest rooms and where the owners Barbara Shinn and David Page live. Prepared for us was a beautiful [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2007 Wild Horse Vineyards Pinot Noir

Date: Tue, May 12, 2009

2007 Wild Horse Vineyards Pinot Noir Wine Information Appellation: Central Coast (Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County) Grape: 100% Pinot Noir Cooperage: 10 months in 25% new French Oak Price: ~ $22 My Tasting Notes nose: plum, raspberry, cedar and earth taste: cedar, red currant, wet earth and cherry mouthfeel: medium body, fair amount of acidity finish: good long length, fruity I am hit [...]

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Taste Camp tasting notes – Day 2: Part 2

Date: Mon, May 11, 2009

After leaving Roanoke Vineyards we headed to Paumanok Vineyards for a sampling of their wines. The tasting was more casual in style than the Roanoke tasting as we milled around in the tasting room as their wines were poured for us. As the spitting commenced, and the wines were poured, each one was discussed [...]

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Taste Camp tasting notes – Day 2: Part 1

Date: Thu, May 7, 2009

Tasting began “early” on day 2 of Taste Camp as we arrived, at Roanoke Vineyards at 10:00am. Greeting us was a beautiful private tasting setup and owner/vineyard manager Richard Pisacano. Check out Richard in the video below as he introduces us to his winery and how he got into the business. My Tasting Notes of the [...]

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Full Redux of Night 1 of Taste Camp East 2009

Date: Wed, May 6, 2009

After the first night of Taste Camp, I put up a quick post about the evening and mentioned one of my favorites of the evening the 2000 Wolffer Estate Selection Merlot. That Merlot was also poured during the great 5 course dinner that we enjoyed. As each of the wines were poured, representatives of the [...]

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Taste Camp East 2009 - Long Island Impressions

Date: Tue, May 5, 2009

In case you hadn’t noticed, Anything Wine was in Long Island this past weekend for the first of hopefully many “Taste Camp East”s (2010 is tentatively planned for the Finger Lakes and 2011 in Virginia). The first annual event was dedicated to Long Island wine country and was spearheaded by New York wine guy Lenn [...]

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Taste Camp Day 2 - Lunch at Shinn Estate Vineyards

Date: Mon, May 4, 2009

On day 2 of Taste Camp East 2009 (really the 1st full day) we had a flurry of tasting appointments that took us up and down the North Fork of Long Island. I will be updating the blogosphere with my dozens of pages of tasting notes in the days to come but I wanted to [...]

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Taste Camp East Kick Off

Date: Sat, May 2, 2009

Last night was the first evening of Taste Camp and it was what seemed to be a great success. The dining room at Rapheal was a beautiful setting for the great dinner and wine service sponsored by both Rapheal Winery and the Long Island Merlot Alliance. Prior to dinner we had the opportunity to taste a [...]

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Off to Taste Camp East 2009

Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2009

Tonight after work Megan and I are heading out for Taste Camp East 2009 in Long Island New York. We’ll be driving half way late this evening so we don’t have to deal with the DC/Maryland traffic at 6:00 am tomorrow. The concept of Taste Camp from Lenn Thompson: “The concept for TasteCamp is a simple [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2008 Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay

Date: Tue, Apr 28, 2009

Wine Information - Appellation: Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, New Zealand Fermentation: partial Malolactic Fermentation Cooperage: None Price: $17 My Tasting Notes - Nose: lemon rind, tropical fruit, pear juice and melon Taste: key lime pie, apple, slate Mouthfeel: slight effervescence, medium body, crisp acidity Finish: long and clean The 2008 Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay was good but not great. There isn’t anything bad I [...]

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2006 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Grenache Blend

Date: Thu, Apr 23, 2009

At $65 this is a bit out of my price range for everyday drinking but I had the opportunity to sample the 2006 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-Du-Pape at a trade tasting the other day. I have a few Chateauneuf-Du-Papes resting in my cellar, and tasting this wine made me want to open every last one [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – Krupp Brothers 2003 Veraison Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Tue, Apr 21, 2009

2003 Krupp Brothers Veraison Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Info - Appellation: Napa, Oakville Vineyard: Stage Coach, Southside of Pritchard Hill Grapes: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc Cooperage: 18 months in Taransaud French Oak barrels Price: ~$65 My Tasting Notes - Nose: chocolate, blackberry, cassis, leather Taste: huge juicy fruit, lots of chocolate, blackberry, toasty oak, brown spice and [...]

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Don’t be afraid to use your decanter!

Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2009

I think the process of decanting wines is vastly under utilized by wine drinkers, including me, as even the most basic wine can benefit from a splash in another vessel. The 2006 Ojai Sryah ($29) on the other hand is a wine that NEEDED to be decanted. I was really looking forward to [...]

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Fun Rosé - 2008 Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah

Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2009

Last night we made a quick dinner of “pork” barbecue (fake soy bbq of course) sandwiches with a side of mac n cheese, a dinner suited for a fun Rosé from say… Chile. The 2008 Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah ($13.99) is made from 100% of the varietal, grown in the Colchagua Valley [...]

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