What's a WineWonk?

Wine Blogs by Wonk

Footer

Recent Blogs

Footer

Wine Articles by Blog

Footer
Write about Wine. Read about Life. WineWonks, the Wine Blog Community.

The Burgundy Report

Date: Sun, Aug 2, 2009 Wine Tasting


--- the burgundy report --- The latest edition of The Burgundy Report by Bill Nanson is out. As always, don't miss it. With the combination of this free report and Burghound by Allen Meadows, the definitive report in this category, there is no longer any excuse for suffering through bad Burgundy.


Read Full Wine Blog Post

Veraison Starts In Napa

Date: Fri, Jul 24, 2009 Wine Tasting

image1779733867.jpgJust a few bunches have started, but veraison is on its way. This is some Cabernet near Yountville.

Mobile Blogging from here.

[Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone]

Read Full Wine Blog Post

Touching the Tendrils

Date: Fri, Jul 24, 2009 Wine Tasting

A balloon pilot drops down to touch the vines by Domaine Chandon in the Napa Valley.

Read Full Wine Blog Post

Wine MSG

Date: Fri, Jul 24, 2009 Wine Tasting

While tasting through barrels of our 2008 cabernet sauvignon today, I kept thinking as good as they were they needed a little lift - a little cabernet franc. I love the minty brightness with a vegetal punch that the mouth watering cabernet franc wines of the Loire deliver - often at bargain prices. I think just of touch of that cabernet franc lift would be perfect in our powerful Napa cabernet.

Like soy sauce, Parmigiano and truffles, cabernet franc is packed with umami, that distinctive savory essence that that makes flavors just explode in your mouth. Certainly cabernet franc can be delicious on its own, as in the wonderful reds of the Loire Valley, but its "umami" effect on cabernet sauvignon cannot be overstated. A dollop of cabernet franc "lifts" the nose and expands the finish on many a cabernet and, in my opinion, this variety is under-utilized in Napa where power is easy, but high tones are not.

An absolutely seductive example of California cabernet franc at its best is the 2005 Keenan Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, Spring Mountain District. Rich and powerful without being overwhelming, this is one of the finest American cabernet francs I've tasted. Deep in color, with an expansive, bright nose and a fresh, salivating finish, a telling point about this wine is that while I drank this bottle over three days, the wine never got tired. This very fine cabernet franc is a great education on what is possible from this variety in California.


Read Full Wine Blog Post

Nothing To Be Embarrassed About

Date: Fri, Jul 17, 2009 Wine Tasting

No shy blushing wine this one. Not at all embarrassed by its pinkness, this is a explosively fruity, but dry wine with wonderful depth. The 2008 Mas Amiel “Le Plaisir” Ctes du Roussillon Ros, if not a serious wine, is seriously delicious. Born from old vine grenache, syrah and carignane in the sunny Mediterranean vineyards of southwestern France, wines like this can only make you shake your head in wonder that so few outstanding ros wines come from the similarly blessed vineyards of California. I suppose part of the reason for that is that so many consumers think sweet when they see pink that dry pink wines like this aren’t that easy to sell. It’s amazing that that misconception about ros has hung on so many years after the white zinfandel craze. A great value and under $20 this is a wine I’d gladly gulp the rest of the summer.


Read Full Wine Blog Post

Franc-ly Speaking

Date: Wed, Jul 15, 2009 Wine Tasting

The Loire is the region that the new wave point-driven winemaking tsunami washed around. Today it holds the high ground when it comes to brilliant clean refreshing wines with alcohol levels that seem almost unthinkably low. They are often unbelievably delicious bargains.Cabernet Franc is an unappreciated variety in the New World, often for good reason, but in the right hands from the right vineyards it makes a wonderful wine. The 2006 Anjou Domaine de la Soucherie is one of those wines. Just thinking about this wine makes me salivate as its zesty, acid driven freshness carries a delicious ripe fresh wild cherry fruitiness enticingly spiced with fresh herbs and a savory minty freshness. Best served with a light chill, this is a perfect summer red. At under $15, the gulps instead of sips this wine will inspire are very affordable.I love what I call the forceful delicacy of wines like this. Light and lively with an almost haunting personality, they are in no way simple as, despite their subtle svelte character, they rivet the attention of thoughtful palates.


Read Full Wine Blog Post

Brilliant Gray

Date: Sun, Jun 28, 2009 Wine Tasting

Gray Pinot (pinot gris) sounds pretty drab and 9 times out of 10 the name fits the wine. Yet in the hands of some winemakers this variety can sing. Joining the ranks of delicious and interesting wines from this variety, including wines like Jermann, Chehalem, Albert Mann among others, is the Horse and Plow 2008 Pinot Gris,, Filigreen Farm, Anderson Valley. Crisp, refreshing, but in no way light and simple, it is loaded with creamy fresh pear and white peach flavors all accented by a tangy minerality and firm acidity. This wine was barrel fermented in neutral oak, which shows in the lovely texture and a yeasty whisper on the nose. A whopping 350 cases were produced so Santa Margharita Pinot Grigio has as much to worry about as it has flavor.

Read Full Wine Blog Post

Gruner With Envy

Date: Sun, Jun 28, 2009 Wine Tasting

The 2006 Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau, Terrassen Weissenkirchen, Trockken, Andreas Lehensteiner is a wine that will indeed make many a winemaker green with envy. This is nothing short of an exceptional wine at an unbeatable price. This green/gold beauty is directly plugged into the socket, with an electric bite of mouthwatering acidity carrying ripe apricot and fresh pear flavors along with a firm mineral highlight on its razor edge. This is one of those wines that you can barely get your nose out of the glass long enough to take a sip.

These Austrian wines are the darling of every Master Sommelier in the country and rightfully so. More often than not they are the wine I go to when white wine wine is in order. They remain tremendous values and you can find exceptional examples for under $100 even on wine lists with the stiffest markups.

Read Full Wine Blog Post

Worth Reading: Bordeaux Takes Its Lumps at Vinexpo

Date: Fri, Jun 26, 2009 Wine Tasting

'Bordeaux should be selling everything,' he said. He also criticised the region for being too focused on Parker points and said it was no longer a benchmark for Cabernet Sauvignon.

link: Wine pundits label France 'dysfunctional' - decanter.com - the route to all good wine


Read Full Wine Blog Post

Choosing Your Trousseau

Date: Wed, Jun 24, 2009 Wine Tasting

image1396305268.jpgPale and more brick red in color than ruby and made from the Trousseau grape grown in the Arbois region of France - this is the kind of wine that frequents a wine marketers nightmares. I found it to be wonderful.

Graceful, svelte and delicately fragrant it is a most seductive wine and a wine sure to confuse New World palates. The 2006 Arbois, Jacques Puffeney, Cuvee Les Berangeres, Trousseau is a wine that demands a bit of concentration to appreciate its beauty, but the effort is more than rewarding.

Mobile Blogging from here.

[Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone]


Read Full Wine Blog Post

June Spraying in Napa

Date: Wed, Jun 24, 2009 Wine Tasting

A vineyard is sprayed at dawn during late June in Napa. Vineyards here are sprayed at night or at dawn as most applications require cool temperatures to be effective.

Read Full Wine Blog Post

Super-Tuscan Best Buy

Date: Tue, Jun 23, 2009 Wine Tasting

image2116555282.jpg

Mobile Blogging from here.

Barco Reale di Carmignano from Capezzana has been a best buy for so many years it’s almost trite. Yet, there is something really special about such a low profile accomplishment. Their 2005 is yet another in a long line of lovely, lively wines at low prices. Structured and fragrant with a nice touch of complexity to boot. Here’s a wine that falls into the buy by the case category.


[Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone]


Read Full Wine Blog Post

"Super"Tuscan Best Buy

Date: Tue, Jun 23, 2009 Wine Tasting

image2116555282.jpg

Mobile Blogging from here.

Barco Reale di Carmignano from Capezzana has been a best buy for so many years it’s almost trite. Yet, there is something really special about such a low profile accomplishment. Their 2005 is yet another in a long line of lovely, lively wines at low prices. Structured and fragrant with a nice touch of complexity to boot. Here’s a wine that falls into the buy by the case category.


[Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone]


Read Full Wine Blog Post


Friends of Winewonks



Wine Spectator Online

#1 Online Wine Store

Manage Your Cellar

PokerStars Bonus Code

PokerStars Marketing Code


Check out some More Wonks Blog Communities!

Whether you like Baseball Blogs, Basketball Blogs, Beer Blogs, Car Blogs, Football Blogs, Poker Blogs, Wine Blogs....there is a Wonks Community you will enjoy!

WineWonks.com is owned and operated by Dimat Enterprises.


More about Dimat
"Dimat" is a major Poker Book publisher, with a popular Poker Forum, which originated from the book Internet Texas Holdem, by Matthew Hilger. Internet Poker Rankings tracks the top online poker players. Poker Bonos Gratis was designed to bring Free Poker Gifts to the Spanish Speaking Market.