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Beckmen Sauvignon Blanc for Thanksgiving

Date: Wed, Nov 25, 2009 Wine Tasting

Beckmen Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley, California This one is a late addition to the list, I know, but it is well worth considering for your Thanksgiving feast. By its nature, Sauvignon Blanc tends to be a food-friendly wine, pairing well with myriad dishes. And what Thanksgiving table doesn’t include myriad dishes? This particular Sauvignon Blanc [...]

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Thanksgiving Wine: Wachau Gruner Veltliner

Date: Tue, Nov 24, 2009 Wine Tasting

Domaine Wachau Federspiel ‘Terrasen’ Grüner Veltliner 2008 Wachau, Austria If you’ve never had a “Grooner”, then Thanksgiving is as good a time as any to try one. Don’t be put off by the awkward-looking germanic name — it is pronounced “GROO-ner VELT-leen-er”. Easy enough, right? Its character is similar — easy going. Gruner Veltliner is the Austrian [...]

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Estancia Zinfandel for Thanksgiving

Date: Tue, Nov 24, 2009 Wine Tasting

Estancia Zinfandel Canyon Keyes Ranches Paso Robles, California In the last post we extolled the virtue of putting an American Zinfandel on the Thanksgiving table, and in this post we have another Zin recommendation, albeit at around half the price: Estancia Canyon Keyes Ranches. Understand, though, you generally get what you pay for when it comes [...]

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Quivira Zinfandel for Thanksgiving

Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2009 Wine Tasting

Quivira Zinfandel Wine Creek Ranch, Dry Creek Valley California 2007 Since Thanksgiving is a holiday borne from the beginnings of the New World, it’s appropriate to have a grape indigenous to the US on the table next to the turkey. That said, Zinfandel fits the description — though its development may or may not [...]

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Wines for Thanksgiving: Peconic Chardonnay

Date: Wed, Nov 18, 2009 Wine Tasting

Peconic Bay Winery Chardonnay “La Barrique” 2007 North Fork, Long Island, NY, USA We’re kicking off the annual “Wines for Thanksgiving” suggestions with this Chardonnay from Peconic Bay Winery. This is a big flavored, fruit-forward wine that has both aromas and flavors of spicy vanilla oak, ripe pear, and honey. The honey vanilla flavor and the [...]

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Mailbag: Franciacorta, Price of Nouveau

Date: Mon, Nov 9, 2009 Wine Tasting

Recent Reader Questions Answered by Vino Joe There are a ton of emails that need to be answered — I apologize, as I just found them all in my spam bin (and all this time I thought no one had any questions!). Here are two of the many questions I’ll be answering in the coming weeks. [...]

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Pink Glasses for Breast Cancer

Date: Tue, Oct 27, 2009 Wine Tasting

There are still a few days left in October, which is also “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. That means you still have a good (and humanitarian) reason to treat yourself to a set of Riedel Pink “O” Glasses, a limited-edition line that was originally introduced in October 2006. The original Riedel Pink “O” Glass was a [...]

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The Top Seven Wine Bloggers (not really)

Date: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 Wine Tasting

No, Vino Joe did not make the list. Rumor has it that I finished 8th. According to Kansas City Wine Examiner Dennis Schaefer, WineOpinions released the list of the top seven wine bloggers according to the wine trade as: 1. Eric Asimov, N.Y. Times, The Pour 23% 2. Eric Orange, Local Wine Events 21% 3. Steve Tanzer, [...]

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The Top Seven Wine Bloggers (not really)

Date: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 Wine Tasting

No, Vino Joe did not make the list. Rumor has it that I finished 8th. According to Kansas City Wine Examiner Dennis Schaefer, WineOpinions released the list of the top seven wine bloggers according to the wine trade as: 1. … Continue reading

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Red Wine Review: Oxford Landing GSM

Date: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 Wine Tasting

Oxford Landing Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2006 The “Rhone Rangers” are gaining fame for growing traditional Rhone Valley varietals in California. However, there are winegrowers “down under” doing the same thing in Australia. This is one example. Though Shiraz is well-known as a wine from Australia, you may not be as familiar seeing the other two [...]

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Red Wine Review: Oxford Landing GSM

Date: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 Wine Tasting

Oxford Landing Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2006 The “Rhone Rangers” are gaining fame for growing traditional Rhone Valley varietals in California. However, there are winegrowers “down under” doing the same thing in Australia. This is one example. Though Shiraz is … Continue reading

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Red Wine Review: Concannon Syrah

Date: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 Wine Tasting

Concannon Syrah 2005 Livermore Valley For whatever reason, I’ve always associated Concannon with Petite Sirah — perhaps because they were the first California winery to varietally label the grape back in 1964. And their Petite Sirah generally rocks. So it was with a little hesitation, overcome by curiosity, that I plucked this bottle from the [...]

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Red Wine Review: Concannon Syrah

Date: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 Wine Tasting

Concannon Syrah 2005 Livermore Valley For whatever reason, I’ve always associated Concannon with Petite Sirah — perhaps because they were the first California winery to varietally label the grape back in 1964. And their Petite Sirah generally rocks. So … Continue reading

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Red Wine Review: Septima Malbec

Date: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 Wine Tasting

Septima Malbec 2007 Uco Valley, Argentina Argentine Malbec is one of those grapes that can produce extremely rich, dense, complex red wines, but can also be made into simple, fruity, easy quaffers — not unlike California Zinfandel. This particular Malbec is on the soft side, and comes from the Uco Valley of Argentina. It runs about [...]

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