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Wines of Chile Terroir Master Class – Part 2: Pinot Noir

Date: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 Wine Tasting

Chilean Pinot Noir is not something I have a lot of experience with, so I was happy to get to taste three side-by-side as a part of the Wines of Chile Terroir Master Class blogger tasting. I’ve previously posted about the three Sauvignon Blancs that were a part of the tasting. And there will be [...]

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My Thanksgiving Wine

Date: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 Wine Tasting

Here’s what I drank at Thanksgiving dinner this year: Bruno Rocca Dolcetto d’Alba 2011 Trifolé. I thought it worked well overall. The cranberry sauce helped pull the wine and the mostly white meat and carb-y plate together.

None of my guests were drinking wine with me, so I didn’t open anything else. Waiting [...]

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Laya 2010

Date: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 Wine Tasting

I tasted an interesting little wine recently, the Bodegas Atalaya Laya 2010 from Spain’s D.O. Almansa, a blend of 70% Garnacha Tintorera (which is Alicante Bouschet) and 30% our good friend Monastrell. I didn’t record any tasting notes, but I quite enjoyed it and thought it had a lot going for it at around $10. Wine Enthusiast names this [...]

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VINEgeek VINstagram: Jaboulet Still Life

Date: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 Wine Tasting

Jaboulet 2006 Crozes-Hermitage “Nouvelère” #stilllife #vinegeekapproved #vinegeek on Instagram: http://instagr.am/p/R6Zt3HM5-n/

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Wines of Chile Terroir Master Class – Part 1: Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Thu, Nov 8, 2012 Wine Tasting

Recently, I participated in the Wines of Chile blogger tasting Terroir Master Class. Fred Dexheimer led the tasting from Chile while sitting with and chatting up the winemakers. We bloggers followed along via video, twitter and a chat tool. It was great fun.

There were 3 wines in each of 4 flights: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot [...]

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Anybody Home?

Date: Sun, Sep 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

Amigos: My non-blogging life has been quite busy lately and I haven’t been able to keep up with posts. So I’ve been on informal hiatus. But I will be back and better than ever in a few weeks. Gracias, Your friendly neighborhood VINEgeek

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Mourvèdre Monday #24: Castaño Hecula 2005

Date: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

Back to Spain for Mourvèdre Monday. This one’s from Bodegas Castaño, one of the biggest producers of Monastrell in Yecla, in southeastern Spain. This wine got 90+ points from Parker for 5 straight vintages, including this one. Let’s see what’s up. Producer: Bodegas Castaño Grapes: 100% Monastrell Appellation: Yecla Vineyards: From 30+ year old vines in two vineyards: Las [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #23: Becker Vineyards Prairie Rotie 2007

Date: Mon, Aug 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

Mourvèdre Monday finally makes it to Texas. Becker is a big name in the Texas wine scene. I’ve tried quite a few of their wines over the years with mixed results. I had high hopes for their “Prairie Rotie” — a Southern Rhône blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Carignan (though the name is a [...]

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Oddball Wine of the Week: Niellucciu

Date: Fri, Aug 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

When I saw “Niellucciu” named as the grape on the back label — which looks to me more like a Scrabble rack than any grape variety I’d ever hear of — I bought first and asked questions later. Back home, Oz Clarke’s Grapes and Wines — a must-own book in my opinion — revealed to [...]

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Three Thoughts on the Latest Wine Spectator (Aug. 31, 2010)

Date: Wed, Aug 4, 2010 Wine Tasting

It’s the “Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers” issue with a directory of all their award winners. I don’t want to rehash the legitimate questions about the level of scrutiny (or lack thereof) applied to these awards. I just want to take them at face value and make some observations. 1. Apparently, you can’t have a best-of-the-best [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #22: Domaine La Suffrène 2005 Bandol

Date: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

I’ve been meaning to devote more attention to Bandol in the Mourvèdre Monday series. Bandol, after all, is the only appellation in France where Mourvèdre is the top dog grape (it must be a minimum of 50% of the blend). So I was very excited when I was recently followed on Twitter by @BandolWines and subsequently [...]

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Wegeler PURE Riesling 2006

Date: Sat, Jul 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

I’ve never really gotten in the habit of drinking much German wine. Partly because I’ve always drunk more red than white. And partly because of all the uncertainty around sweetness, especially in my early wine-drinking days when I turned my nose up at any hint of sweetness, thinking that made me more sophisticated. More than [...]

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A Quick Vinho Verde Free Association

Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

Opened another bottle of Vinho Verde a couple nights ago to go with our fish tacos. In the spirit of this post, I’m just going to serve up a Free Association and leave it at that. Santola Vinho Verde Free association: Image credit: Stéfan via Flickr

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Mourvèdre Monday #21: Cline Cashmere 2008

Date: Mon, Jul 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

I always look forward to opening another bottle of wine from Cline Cellars. Cashmere is their GSM blend (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre) and in their latest release – the 2008 –  they’ve upped the share of Mourvèdre in the blend. Your favorite blogger’s favorite grape is now the lead dog at 44%. (Let’s all pretend [...]

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