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Red Wine Review: Klinker Brick Farrah Syrah

Date: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 Wine Tasting

Klinker Brick “Farrah” Syrah 2010 | Lodi, California, USA Generally speaking, Lodi, California is not known for Syrah (nor is Lodi, New Jersey). Rather, Lodi — a town and an AVA (American Viticultural Area) in San Joaquin Valley, within the Central Valley of California — is better-known for Zinfandel, thanks to many “old vines” bearing [...]

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White Wine Review for Thanksgiving: Macari Early Wine 2012 Chardonnay

Date: Sat, Nov 17, 2012 Wine Tasting

Macari Vineyards Early Wine Chardonnay 2012 | North Fork, Long Island, NY, USA Who needs Beaujolais Nouveau when you can “get local” with a luscious white wine from Long Island? The truth is, I enjoy the hoopla, celebration, and tradition around Beaujolais Nouveau. Not to mention, the grape-jelly-like wine pairs mighty well with nearly everything [...]

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Can You Trust a Wine Critic? Science Says No

Date: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 Wine Tasting

Millions of people — and sales of millions of cases of wine — are significantly influenced by the point scores assigned by wine critics. However, research suggests that consumers shouldn’t be swayed by the critics, because they’re not tasting the same thing. Oh, the wine is the same — or at least, we hope that [...]

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Book Review: Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, The Complete Guide

Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 Wine Tasting

Malbec is from Argentina, Carmenere is from Chile, and Shiraz is from Australia. Oh, New Zealand makes good Sauvignon Blanc, and South Africa produces a brooding wine you can’t find anywhere else called Pinotage. What more do you need to know about wines from the Southern Hemisphere? Turns out, there’s plenty more to discover from [...]

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Red Wine Review: Thelema Merlot

Date: Mon, Oct 8, 2012 Wine Tasting

Thelema Merlot 2007 | Stellenbosch, South Africa South African wines have always had a special place in my heart, as they seem to me to be the forgotten stepchild in the family of fine wines of the world. Go into any wine shop — even a very good wine shop — and you will have [...]

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White Wine Review: Macari Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 Wine Tasting

Macari Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc “Katherine’s Field” 2011 | North Fork, Long Island, New York, USA If you’ve been visiting WineWeekly for a while then you’ve seen several reviews of Macari wines from Long Island, NY. I’ve yet to be disappointed by a Macari bottle, and this is no exception. Nose is a bit unusual, as [...]

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Red Wine Review: Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Date: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 Wine Tasting

Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008 | Napa Valley, California, USA On first whiff the nose expresses enticing black and red berry fruits — both fresh and mature, but then as it sits in the glass it’s chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. In the mouth it is similarly dominated by a milk chocolate flavor [...]

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Red Wine Review: Murrieta’s Well The Spur

Date: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 Wine Tasting

Murrieta’s Well The Spur 2009 | Livermore Valley, California, USA A few months back, I reviewed the 2008 vintage of Murrieta’s Well The Spur. Now, the 2009. The suggestion was to enjoy this wine with food from the grill. Unfortunately, I live in a place where grills are verboten — which kills me, because I [...]

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Key Learnings from Wine Bloggers Conference 2012 (WBC12)

Date: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 Wine Tasting

It’s been a full week of recuperation for me from the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference, held in Portland, Oregon. Here are a few key points gleaned from the conference: 1. Sleep is nowhere on the agenda. In addition to days and evenings filled with scheduled, sanctioned events, the WBC includes countless, “unofficial” after-parties hosted by [...]

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Summer Cleaning: Dead Links Leave Purgatory

Date: Sun, Aug 5, 2012 Wine Tasting

This week I did something I haven’t done in years: went through the links list; a.k.a., the “blogroll.” It’s something rarely done at most websites — webmasters / bloggers usually add a link and forget it. The blogroll can become very long and its maintenance tedious at best, insurmountable at worst. Since I neglected mine [...]

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Graffigna Malbec 2010

Date: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 Wine Tasting

Graffigna “Centenario” Malbec 2010 | San Juan, Argentina Malbec has taken the USA by storm over the past few years; it’s becoming this generation’s Merlot. With so many examples in varying styles coming up from Argentina — and more recently, from other areas of the globe — it’s important to me, for selfish reasons, to [...]

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Red Wine Review: Murrieta’s Well The Spur

Date: Tue, May 15, 2012 Wine Tasting

Murrieta’s Well The Spur 2008 | Livermore Valley, California Lately I’ve been spending too much time at my very awesome job, commuting, blogging elsewhere, giving baseball lessons, and doing other things in life that take me away from writing here. I took a look at my list of “drafts” and there are now two dozen [...]

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Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Date: Wed, May 9, 2012 Wine Tasting

Going on 15 years now, Chile has been my “go to” for unearthing great wine values. A long time ago I discovered Casa Lapostolle’s “Cuvee Alexandre” line of wines, finding the Merlot particularly enjoyable — and fairly easy on the wallet. That said, when I happened upon this “Casa” Cabernet Sauvignon, my expectations were high [...]

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Red Wine Review: Macari Merlot Reserve 2007

Date: Sat, May 5, 2012 Wine Tasting

When I pulled this bottle off my rack I realized I also had the same wine in the 2008 vintage — so this is kind of “late”. Though, tasting the ’07 now proved that a.) it is ageable and b.) it might continue to evolve with even more cellaring. The nose is attractive, offering spice [...]

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