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Pinot Noir Review: Acacia “A”

Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2008 Wine Tasting

Acacia “A” Pinot Noir 2006 There are oodles and oodles of Pinot Noir choices at all price levels from all regions around the world — so how does one know which one to buy? Beats me … unless you’re spending $45 or more for a legit red Burgundy from a reliable producer, buying Pinot Noir is a [...]

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Pinot Noir Review: Acacia “A”

Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2008 Wine Tasting

Acacia “A” Pinot Noir 2006 There are oodles and oodles of Pinot Noir choices at all price levels from all regions around the world — so how does one know which one to buy? Beats me … unless you’re spending $45 or more for a legit red Burgundy from a reliable producer, buying Pinot Noir is a [...]

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White Wine Review: Antinori Bianco

Date: Tue, Sep 23, 2008 Wine Tasting

Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco 2006 IGT A few years back, Pinot Grigio replaced Chardonnay as the number-one selling white wine in the USA. As a result, prices for established, reliable Pinot Grigio skyrocketed, and a slew of unknown Pinots — of varying degrees of quality — flooded the market. The popularity of the wine became so [...]

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White Wine Review: Antinori Bianco

Date: Tue, Sep 23, 2008 Wine Tasting

Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco 2006 IGT A few years back, Pinot Grigio replaced Chardonnay as the number-one selling white wine in the USA. As a result, prices for established, reliable Pinot Grigio skyrocketed, and a slew of unknown Pinots — of varying degrees of quality — flooded the market. The popularity of the wine became so [...]

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Wine Term: Earthy

Date: Wed, Sep 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

Does this term mean the wine is 100% organic? Does it mean it’s “plain and simple in style”, or “plain in taste” as Merriam-Webster defines? No, no, and no. While a wine that is organic CAN be earthy, an earthy wine is not necessarily organic, and an earthy wine is often the opposite of plain [...]

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Wine Term: Earthy

Date: Wed, Sep 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

Does this term mean the wine is 100% organic? Does it mean it’s “plain and simple in style”, or “plain in taste” as Merriam-Webster defines? No, no, and no. While a wine that is organic CAN be earthy, an earthy wine is not necessarily organic, and an earthy wine is often the opposite of plain [...]

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White Wine Review: Simi Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Mon, Sep 15, 2008 Wine Tasting

Simi Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2007 Usually when in the wine shop, I try to pick up a bottle (or vintage) that I’ve never tasted before — to me, exploration and discovering something new is what wine drinking is all about. Once in a while, though — and often when I’m purchasing a bottle for someone [...]

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White Wine Review: Simi Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Mon, Sep 15, 2008 Wine Tasting

Simi Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2007 Usually when in the wine shop, I try to pick up a bottle (or vintage) that I’ve never tasted before — to me, exploration and discovering something new is what wine drinking is all about. Once in a while, though — and often when I’m purchasing a bottle for someone [...]

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Rose Wine Review: Belleruche

Date: Wed, Sep 10, 2008 Wine Tasting

M. Chapoutier Cotes-du-Rhone “Belleruche” Rose 2007 Autumn is almost upon us in the US, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy pink wines. This one comes from the Cotes-du-Rhone in France, an area that’s better known for red wines that some describe as “bistro wines” for their ability to match with a variety of dishes found [...]

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Rubicon 2004

Date: Mon, Sep 8, 2008 Wine Tasting

Rubicon 2004 If you’re looking for a Jeep review, move on. This is a site for cork dorks. Last week we learned about Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon Estate, and the one white wine produced there, Blancaneaux. Today we’ll review the flagship wine of the estate, and the wine that gives the estate its name: Rubicon. The 2004 vintage [...]

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Rubicon Estate Blancaneaux

Date: Thu, Sep 4, 2008 Wine Tasting

Blancaneaux 2006 Not all high-quality white wines from Napa, California, are Chardonnay. Never one to do the same thing everyone else is doing, pioneering filmmaker and winery owner Francis Ford Coppola chose to do something unusual with a patch of land on his Rubicon Estate — grow Rhone white varietals Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier. The vines are grown [...]

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Winery Profile: Rubicon Estate

Date: Wed, Sep 3, 2008 Wine Tasting

Perhaps the greatest tragedy in the history of American winemaking is the story of Inglenook. Most of today’s casual wine drinkers know Inglenook as “one of those jug wines”. However, the “old school” wine folks, and anyone who has did a bit of research on American wine history, knows that the “real” Inglenook is quite [...]

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Wines for the Barbecue

Date: Sat, Aug 30, 2008 Wine Tasting

It’s Labor Day weekend in the USA, and that means two things: the unofficial end of summer and three days of going to barbecues and outdoor parties. But what bottle to bring? You could take the easy way out and bring beer — if you do, at least make it something adventurous, such as a small-craft [...]

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Chardonnay Wine Review: Artesa

Date: Wed, Aug 27, 2008 Wine Tasting

Artesa Chardonnay Reserve 2005 Once in a while when I’m in the wine shop my alligator arms reach way way down to the bottom of my pocket, where I hide my twenty dollar bills, so that I can buy an “expensive” bottle of wine. I know, I know, there are plenty of people who plunk down [...]

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