Monthly Archives: January 2011

ZAP Super Tasting on Saturday in San Francisco

Peg Melnik of the Press Democrat has posted some recommendations and a question on her blog about the upcoming Zinfandel tasting at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Let her know why you’re going and what you plan to taste: … Continue reading

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Keuka Lake Vignoles 2008

Keuka Lake Vineyards, Finger Lakes, Gently Dry, Vignoles 2008 If you like bracing wine, this is a great choice.  There is a bevy of green apple and lime, intense acidity and a roundness achieved with a bit of residual sugar … Continue reading

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Designated Drivers for Wine Events

Peg Melnik of the Press Democrat recently posted an interesting piece on her blog about designated drivers. She has opened a discussion about responsible ways to safely attend the many wine events that are ongoing in wine regions like the … Continue reading

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J. Keverson Pinot Noir 2008

J. Keverson, Sonoma Mountain, Haas Family Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2008 I haven’t had the opportunity to visit this team’s Pinot since the ’06 vintage and I can tell you that the wines are still on form.  This Pinot Noir embodies … Continue reading

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Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre 2007

Allegrini, Veronese IGT, Palazzo Della Torre 2007 This vintage, as some in the past, features a bit more leather that adds a great complexity to the nose. In the mouth the ripeness of the wine comes through, with complexity and … Continue reading

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Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2009

Dr. Loosen, Mosel, Wehlener, Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Spatlese 2009 This vintage is as fresh an expression of fruit as ever, featuring lime, peaches and a bit of tropical sunshine.  In the mouth the acidity amply plays foil to the residual sugar … Continue reading

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Davenport Gewurztraminer

Davenport Orchards & Vineyards, Gewurztraminer nv This Gewurz embraces the classic theme of lychee, from the first smell to the last sip. It is also a very light-bodied Gewurztraminer with a little residual sugar adding some weight – a clean … Continue reading

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Northern Vineyards Minnesota Old Vines

It is a cold and bleak midwinter night and we are hunkered down, the fire ablaze and a Flemish version of beef stew, Carbonnade a la Flamande, in the oven. Garrison Keillor is on the radio, relaying the latest news … Continue reading

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Rose 2009

I was riffling through my wines today and spotted that I had left a few bottles of pink wine undrunk from the summer stash – time to get cracking! Villa Wolf, Pfalz, Pinot Noir, Rose 2009 The aromatics are muted … Continue reading

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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc – Viognier 2008

Pine Ridge, California, Chenin Blanc – Viognier 2008 The nose features melons and peaches, very fresh. In the mouth the same fruits delight with a touch of residual sugar and thirst-quenching acidity – very nice yet again. This wine has … Continue reading

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