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The Year of Mourvèdre

Date: Sat, Jan 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

At the beginning of a new year, I have usually tried to pick a focus for my wine drinking in the upcoming year. This year I considered a number of regions that have been intriguing me: Portugal Montsant (Spain) Northern Italy Washington I’m sure I’ll be seeking out stuff from these regions this year, but in the end I’ve decided to [...]

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Árido Malbec 2007 Mendoza

Date: Wed, Dec 30, 2009 Wine Tasting

Producer: CAP Vistalba Grapes: 90% Malbec, 10% Merlot Appellation: Mendoza (Argentina) Vineyard: Finca Los Álamos, Upper Uco Valley. The soils are sandy loam and limestone. These vineyards are at serious altitude – 3500 feet above sea level – with only 4 inches of rainfall per year (Árido means arid. Presumably they irrigate.) Wineries like to talk about the “diurnal [...]

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Helfrich Riesling 2007 Alsace

Date: Tue, Dec 29, 2009 Wine Tasting

Producer: Helfrich Grapes: 100% Riesling Appellation: Alsace (AOC, France). This region of France has been handed back and forth between France & Germany numerous times depending on who won the last war. So many of the names don’t sound very French. If you generally avoid Riesling because you’ve tried German ones and found them too sweet or [...]

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Santa was good to the VINEgeek

Date: Sat, Dec 26, 2009 Wine Tasting

I received a raft of wine- or blog-related gifts this year. Here’s a rundown: A Crushpad Fusebox I’ll be planning a blending party soon! You can order one here. A bottle of Da Vinci Petite Sirah A few weeks ago, I tweeted a link to a post at Bigger Than Your Head about this wine, commenting that I’d been out-Oddballed [...]

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Oddball Wine of the Week: Bonarda

Date: Thu, Dec 24, 2009 Wine Tasting

Okay, so this may be the least odd of my Oddball series to date. (So far, I’ve done Lagrein, Prieto Picudo, and rosé of Spatburgunder.) I bet many of you have heard of Bonarda from Argentina, and some of you may have tried it. What makes it an oddball to me is no one seems to [...]

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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Marlborough

Date: Tue, Dec 22, 2009 Wine Tasting

This is a benchmark producer of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the under $15 category. I haven’t been drinking as much NZ SB as I used to, but I thought I’d check this one out again. Producer: Kim Crawford Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Appellation: Marlborough (New Zealand) Vineyards: A blend from vineyards across the Marlborough region. Winemaking: Night-harvested and cold-fermented, [...]

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Wine & Old School Arcade Games

Date: Fri, Dec 18, 2009 Wine Tasting

A few weeks ago, I did a post on the Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith and it reminded me of the old-school arcade game Kung Fu Master, which I used to play at the arcade in my local bowling alley back in middle school. This got me thinking what other classic arcade and [...]

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Oddball Wine of the Week: Prieto Picudo

Date: Tue, Dec 15, 2009 Wine Tasting

Pardevalles ‘Gamonal’ Prieto Picudo 2006 Producer: Vinedos y Bodega Pardevalles Grapes: 100% Prieto Picudo – Google Translate converts this to both ‘acacia weevil’ and ‘billfish’. However, the importer’s website says it means “bunched and peaked” for the way the grapes grow in a very tight cluster and the bunches taper sharply at the bottom. I prefer acacia [...]

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Viña Zaco 2006 Rioja

Date: Sun, Dec 13, 2009 Wine Tasting

This wine is #71 in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for 2009, making it one of the most exciting wines of the year in their view. They rated it 90 points. This winery is trying very hard to make this wine seem young/hip/sexy/cool/rebellious. The bottle and website are stylish black, red and white. On the website they [...]

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Cotes du Rhone STEAL update

Date: Sat, Dec 12, 2009 Wine Tasting

I finally made it back to Costco to pick up a few more bottles of the Galévan ‘Paroles de femme’ 2007 Côtes du Rhône, which I gushed about in a post last week. My recollection was that it was $10-12 and that to me was a terrific value. So imagine my excitement when I arrived [...]

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For I Am ZINFANDEL!

Date: Wed, Dec 9, 2009 Wine Tasting

Last week, in a post on the 7 Deadly Zins 2007 Lodi Zinfandel, I included the poem that was on the back label of the bottle. It reminded me of this poem that used to appear on the back label of Cline’s always reliable California appellation Zins: Know me, stranger, for I am thy blood and thy [...]

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Angeline Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Date: Tue, Dec 8, 2009 Wine Tasting

Angeline is an interesting 2nd label from the Martin Ray Winery. The bottles/labels are attractive. The wines are well-priced. They come from more specific and respected appellations (Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Sonoma) than many wines in the same price range, which are often just California or Central Coast. Let’s check out the Sauvignon Blanc. Producer: [...]

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7 Deadly Zins Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 Lodi

Date: Thu, Dec 3, 2009 Wine Tasting

I don’t know what it is about me and Lodi Zin. I did a series on Lodi old vines Zin a few months ago and only really liked 1 out of 5. Zinfandel has always been one of my favorite grapes, but maybe my palate has shifted away from what these moderately-priced examples can deliver [...]

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This is why Côtes du Rhône rocks!

Date: Wed, Dec 2, 2009 Wine Tasting

This one is exciting! It was a quick grab from the Costco shelf. I’d never heard of it, but was in the mood for some Rhone action. Little did I know that lurking behind this boring label would be one of the tastiest little wines I’ve had in months. Galévan ‘Paroles de femme’ 2007 Côtes du [...]

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