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What’s Wrong With This Shelf Talker?

Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

So I was browsing through the supermarket wine section the other day and I noticed something odd about this shelf talker. Take a look. Do you see it?

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Mourvèdre Monday #4: Juan Gil 2007

Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is the fourth installment of Mourvèdre Monday, VINEgeek’s yearlong deep-dive into the Mourvèdre/Monastrell/Mataro grape. Check out the other posts in the series here. After I announced that 2010 would be The Year of Mourvedre here at VINEgeek Enterprises, I got lots of great recommendations from my fellow winos. This bottle was suggested by @Sonadora of Wannabe [...]

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Oddball Wine of the Week: Ribeira Sacra

Date: Wed, Jan 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

I only became aware of this Spanish wine region back in July from Eric Asimov’s terrific article in the New York Times. Take a few minutes to click through and read it. Go on. I’ll wait here. Ok, pretty cool, huh? Remote/undiscovered wine region. Indigenous grapes. Ancient wine-making tradition. Dramatic terrain. Winemakers who care about doing [...]

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Mourvedre Monday #3: Casa Castillo 2007

Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

I’m still sort of tip-toeing into this Mourvèdre Monday series. I’m saving the big guns for later in the year and I’m sticking with a bargain Spanish bottle again this week. This one got 90 points from Parker and Tanzer, so let’s check it out. Producer: Casa Castillo Grapes: 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) Appellation: Jumilla (DO, Spain) Vineyards: From dry-farmed estate [...]

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Mashup Wine Names

Date: Fri, Jan 22, 2010 Wine Tasting

The wines in my last two posts have had what I’ll call mashup names: Petite Petit – a blend of Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot Mo Zin –  a blend of Mourvèdre and Zinfandel, plus others (though it’s not clear if the Mo really stands for Mourvèdre or not. They also have a Mo Jo without Mourvèdre and [...]

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Oddball Wine of the Week: Petite Petit

Date: Wed, Jan 20, 2010 Wine Tasting

Michael~David Winery Petite Petit 2007 Lodi This wine was a press sample provided by Michael~David Winery. Which came first the name or the wine? That’s what I wonder when see that this wine is called Petite Petit for it’s combination of Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot (and oddball blend to be sure). Clever name, but is that [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #2: Spann Mo Zin 2006

Date: Mon, Jan 18, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is the 2nd installment of Mourvèdre Monday. I’ll be posting a review of a Mourvèdre-based wine every Monday in 2010. The first post can be found here. I picked this bottle up due to the unusual blend of grapes. Mourvèdre is traditionally blended with Grenache and/or Syrah in France and Australia. Combining it with Zin [...]

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Flechas de los Andes Gran Malbec 2007 Mendoza

Date: Sat, Jan 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

Producer: Bodega Flechas de los Andes (partnership between Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and Mr. Laurent Dassault) Grapes: Malbec (can’t confirm it’s 100%) Appellation: Mendoza (Argentina) Vineyards: no info Winemaking: The wine spent 14 months in a mix new French oak, 2nd year French oak and stainless steel (1/3 each). Alcohol: 14.5% Price: $14.99 at Costco in Austin. Originally a $29 bottle. My [...]

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Cameron Hughes Lot 160 Old Vines Zin 2008 Lodi

Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2010 Wine Tasting

I always feel a little guilty when I buy a wine from Cameron Hughes and their ilk. If you aren’t familiar with the model, Cameron Hughes calls itself a “modern international negociant.” Negociant is French for “Man Without Dirt”. OK, I just made that up. But a negociant owns no vineyards and buys up various “lots” [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #1: Barahonda Monastrell 2006

Date: Mon, Jan 11, 2010 Wine Tasting

Just after the New Year, I decided to make 2010 ‘The Year of Mourvèdre‘ for VINEgeek and pledged to institute Mourvèdre Mondays. For this, the first installment, I didn’t want to begin with a top-dog wine (Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape, for example), mostly because I didn’t want the rest of the year to seem like a letdown. [...]

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Oddball Wine of the Week: Slovenian Tocai

Date: Sat, Jan 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is the 5th installment of VINEgeek’s Oddball Wine of the Week. Click here for links to each wine in the series. Quattro Mani [toh-kai] 2007 Producer: Well, the brand is Quattro Mani, which is a label from Domaine Select Wine Estates, an importer. But the wine is made by Ales Kristancic of Movia. Grapes: 100% Tocai Appellation: Goriska Brda [...]

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Sylvan Springs Hard Yards Shiraz 2007 McLaren Vale

Date: Thu, Jan 7, 2010 Wine Tasting

Producer: Sylvan Springs Grapes: Shiraz (presumably 100%, but it doesn’t say so on the tech sheet) Appellation: McLaren Vale (Australia) Vineyard: Soils are “grey sand over ironstone gravel layer over orange permeable clay.” At least some of the fruit comes from the Blewitt Springs sub-region. Winemaking: No new oak – the wine spent 12 months in a mix of [...]

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A Trumpet Blast

Date: Wed, Jan 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

Here’s an interesting post from Randall Grahm on the Been Doon So Long blog titled “Chick Vit or What Do Women Want (in their Wine)”. While the post starts out with the question of whether his wines might appeal more to women than men, Randall covers lots of interesting ground (as usual). Worth a full [...]

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Does This Wine Still Make Me “Smiley”?

Date: Mon, Jan 4, 2010 Wine Tasting

I bought this wine on a trip to Napa/Sonoma about 5 years ago. It was my favorite wine of the trip and I splurged the $85 in the tasting room to bring home a bottle. Now if you’ve ever been on a wine country trip, I’m sure you’re familiar with the phenomenon whereby your capacity [...]

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