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Pizza at Bovolo

Date: Fri, Mar 28, 2008 Wine Tasting

I live in Santa Rosa, the largest city in Sonoma County. In culinary terms, Sonoma is rightly considered a backwater of Napa and San Francisco, though it’s been making some progress lately. But what we lack in high-end places, with notable exceptions like Cyrus, we make up in real food, like pizza. [...]

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2005 Lindeman’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra

Date: Fri, Mar 28, 2008 Wine Tasting

Yuck. Too ripe, too much charred oak, too plonky. Oh, well, at least it’s a screwcapper, which means it’s less likely to spill in the fridge while waiting to find its true purpose in life as the base of a red wine sauce. UPDATE: No sauce for this wine after all. I tried it the [...]

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What’s in a (domain) Name?

Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2008 Wine Tasting

One of my favorite winery clients, Volker Eisele Family Estate, has had to accept a settlement that requires them not to use the domain name that they had been using for years, so they have had to move their website to a new domain http://volkereiselefamilyestate.com/. It’s a real pain in the neck when [...]

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2005 Belle Vallee Cellars Red Wine, Southern Oregon

Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2008 Wine Tasting

You don’t think of Oregon for Bordeaux varietals, but the Southern part of the state is much warmer of than the famed Willamette Valley and the rest of Oregon’s Pinot Noir country in the north. Today’s wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the Rougue Valley near Medford. [...]

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2008 Wine Blog Nominees

Date: Fri, Mar 21, 2008 Wine Tasting

Just one brief thought on the 2008 American Wine Blog Finalists: when Quaffability was among the finalists for Best Wine Review Blog last year, I was awfully flattered, but I felt like a bit of a pretender, because I knew that there was a blog right in my niche that was much, much better. [...]

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2006 Trader Joes Grower’s Reserve Zinfandel, Paso Robles

Date: Fri, Mar 14, 2008 Wine Tasting

Pleasant, but about as aromatic and complex as this stuff:

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2003 Holbrook Syrah, Santa Barbara County

Date: Wed, Mar 12, 2008 Wine Tasting

With such a surfeit of inexpensive but overripe, over-oaked Syrah that is indistinguishable from other red wines, this wine is terrifically refreshing. Yes, it’s on the ripe side too, but not too much, and yes, it has its share of oak, but it’s in balance and wraps around the fruit, and there’s a sense of [...]

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2003 Gregory Graham Viognier, Napa Valley

Date: Wed, Mar 5, 2008 Wine Tasting

Do you like Rombauer Chardonnay? Me, I don’t, not so much. It’s a big, fat, oaky, butterscotchy fruit bomb of a Chardonnay that is just not my thing. And yet, when I worked in restaurants, I must have sold a couple pallets of the stuff, because it delivers a heck of [...]

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Remy Martin Grand Cru, Cognac, Petite Champagne, VS

Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2008 Wine Tasting

We have a split decision on this cognac at our house. I feel that it’s a little simple and light-bodied for a cognac, but that it does fit Colonel Potter’s description of a good brandy in that there are not enough O’s in “smooth” to describe the overall flavor and finish. Mrs. [...]

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Viviendo la Vida Dulce?

Date: Thu, Feb 28, 2008 Wine Tasting

In my line of work I get to see some pretty nice digs, from massive, modernist houses perched a thousand feet over Napa Valley, to classical mansions set in a sea of vineyard on the valley floor. Fortunately, I don’t suffer from too much house envy, but now and then I do whisper a [...]

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2003 White Oak Vineyards Syrah, Napa Valley

Date: Tue, Feb 26, 2008 Wine Tasting

Syrah was the winegrowers’ darling just a couple years back but now it seems like the stuff just won’t sell, so everywhere you turn there are great deals to be had on California Syrah. Problem is, they are mostly pretty tasty, but mostly taste the same - ultra ripe, ultra oaked, very non-varietal. So [...]

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2005 Parducci Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County

Date: Fri, Feb 22, 2008 Wine Tasting

I found this at Safeway for $9 but I have seen the wines at TJ’s. Parducci is wasting some paper with a bottle neck cart touting their status as California’s first carbon neutral winery. That is great, of course, though it doesn’t account for production of the glass, labels, bins, etc, but still [...]

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Announcing a new site - Web Tasting Room

Date: Mon, Feb 18, 2008 Wine Tasting

Dear Quaffability Readers, Please accept my invitation to be the first people invited to check out my new project, WebTastingRoom.com. The site launches officially tomorrow. I think it’s an exciting concept. We taste wine on video with some of the most talented winemakers in California. They talk about what got them into wine, [...]

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2006 Vinas Chilenas Chardonnay, Trader Joes, Central Valley, Chile

Date: Fri, Feb 15, 2008 Wine Tasting

Hmm… 3 buck Chilean Chuck. Bottom line - I think I like $2 chuck better. I definitely like the Cab better. This has a f.Faint nose of pear and green apples. It’s thin in the mouth with a pop of sweetness. Very manufactured-tasting. Flavors drop off the table on the [...]

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