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The Vine Yard 2007 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc Mar. 1st, 2011 @ 07:46 pm
kadymae
I picked up this wine at a Fresh and Easy for about $8. Where I live, generally speaking, you don't see a Cab Franc for less than $20 -- if you can find it.

This is a tannic, angry, GRINCHY wine. The first sniff freaking stabbed me in the nose. Only after about 30 minutes of breathing did it become somewhat drinkable and showed the cherries, smoky, and green notes that are typical of Cab Franc, but it's still pretty damn bad.

On the other hand I've got a few blood oranges in the fridge and some berries in the freezer. Sangria, here I come.

VINTJS: A Tale of Two Pinots Feb. 13th, 2011 @ 11:41 am
mediaguru
Trader Joes Pinot Noirs

VINTJS is Trader Joe's label they use for some of their branded wines (namely pinot noir, as far as I can tell)

I first became aware of it when looking through their selection and noticing this label on a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir a year or two ago. I scrutinized the label and became curious because the wine is actually made by "Wine by Joe", which is the budget-line label of Joe Dobbs, of Dobbs Estate wine (decent pinot noir) in Oregon.

On my last TJs shopping trip, I decided it was time to investigate some new wines -- to be specific, I picked up a 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau ($7.99), a LaGranja 50/50 blend of garnacha/tempranillo from Spain ($4.99... and I'm curious to start trying TJ's entire selection of inexpensive Spanish wines, so if anybody has suggestions, let me know), an Evenus Zinfandel Port from Paso Robles ($7.99), and these two pinot noirs ($7.99 each) under the VINTJS label: one is a 2009 Willamette Valley (Oregon), the other is a 2009 Santa Lucia Highlands (Monterey, CA)

I've been a big fan of Oregon pinot for a while, but I was recently turned on to Santa Lucia pinot when Charles Hendricks poured me one of his own at Hope & Grace cellars in Yountville (Napa Valley)  It was possibly the best California pinot I've had; I also tried his Russian River pinot, and it didn't hold a candle. Something about the Santa Lucia terroir must be amazing, because there is an extraordinary balance of fruit and earth and spice (more spice than I get in most pinots -- like a little hint of cedar and clove), and a smooth mouthfeel without the cloying sour/tartness of some pinot noirs.

So my gf and I decided we would open these side by side for a taste comparison. On pouring them (into our amazing new Riedel Vinum crystal pinot/burgundy glasses), the color and opacity difference were negligible. They were both medium-dark (for a pinot), somewhat translucent (par for the course for pinot), and only had a slight variation in color, with the Willamette wine having a slightly more ruddy hue and the Santa Lucia one having a hint of raspberry color to it.

Taking a whiff of each, the difference on the nose is remarkable. The Santa Lucia one had a rich, aromatic smell -- again giving some hints of that earth and spice, a little bit of mushroom and cedar and clove, but all mixed in with hints of ripe fruit as well. A wonderful perfume, reminiscent of potpourri or incense. The Willamette one had a slight oak smell, but gave a little more alcohol on the nose (despite being lower ABV) but the primary aroma here was sour cherry, all the way.

The flavor profiles didn't stray too far from those aromas. The Willamette Valley pinot had a much more pronounced oak (American oak, if my tastebuds don't deceive me) flavor up front than was present on the nose, quickly followed by the sour cherry primary flavor. Considering the relatively low alcohol (13.3%), it seemed a little hot, but it could be the acidity contributing to that sense. Overall it's right about what I would expect for a pinot under $10: a little thin, a little tart, a little imbalanced, but drinkable.

The Santa Lucia, on the other hand, far exceeded my expectations. In fact, it was better than several $30+ pinots I have tried, and it was certainly the best pinot noir I've had for under $10, hands down. The mouthfeel was round and smooth, there was a nice balance of fruit and earth/spice flavors, and the sour/tart acidity often found in pinot (even though I enjoy it sometimes) was a lot tamer here.  I am definitely going to go back to TJ's ASAP and pick up a case of this for under $100.

Originally my gf and I had planned on finishing half a bottle of each and saving the rest for the next day, but after tasting them we figured we'd better down the Santa Lucia one since it was so excellent, and then if the Willamette one was no good the next day, we wouldn't care so much.
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied

Mad Housewife White Zinfandel Feb. 9th, 2011 @ 07:23 pm
msminlr
I found this at a WalMart; it is out of the Napa Valley area, so I expected it to be at least respectable, and I wasn't disappointed.

It's not as dry as several other White Zins I've tasted [Beringer and Sutter Home leap to mind] so I liked it a bit better. But then, I prefer Niagara to White Zin. I've got a sweet tooth.

The brand also offers a merlot and a chardonnay; don't recall if there is another red in the line.

[pause to go Googling]

Yes, they do have a cabernet sauvingnon as well. I just don't recall seeing it in THAT particular store.

Feb. 7th, 2011 @ 08:59 pm
coodman

Chateau Coupe Roses

Minervois

2008

Caringnan and Grenache

This stuff runs about 17 a bottle, and worth every cent......
Dark fruit, pie spice, leather, cedar, cigar, cherry.
Good acid but very round mouth feel
Pretty gripping but good tannins.
got to love the south of France.

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Current Location: 35.2008,-111.6501

Your Free Wine Lesson Of The Month: Rhone Feb. 5th, 2011 @ 10:45 am
awibs
Because it helps me learn, I write articles on various wine-related subjects that synthesize the information in all of my textbooks on various subjects. I post them here for those of you who many not have as many books, or who want a shortened version with links and pictures. Enjoy.

Today's subject: RhoneCollapse )

Hope it was fun for you guys to watch me do my homework!

For the WIN(e)! Jan. 28th, 2011 @ 05:21 pm
kadymae
epic fail photo - WIN!: Life Is All About Choices...
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ETA: Do note that Monogamy costs more than Menage. ;)

Meep! I'm thinking of hosting wine tasting. Jan. 20th, 2011 @ 08:17 pm
kadymae
I have several friends who are curious about wine. So I'm thinking of hosting a 4 whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling) 4 reds (Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel) plus a dessert wine (Port or Moscato) crash course tasting, with various "nibblies" so they can both line their bellies and experiment with pairings. I'm also going to have tasting cards so they can take notes.

I'm thinking a 2 hour "sermons and soda water" period before I let guests who've had something to drink drive home.

Other dos and don'ts?

(thanks)

What is our "comfort food" wine? Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:30 pm
kadymae
Wine is poetry in a bottle.

There is the joy of that beautifully crafted epic masterpiece, packed with layers, each sip of which reveals something new. You sip, and savor, and think. You cue up your favorite piece of Bach, and you bust out that falling apart book of Keats's poems and muse on that "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" that saw the grapes harvested and pressed.

And then there's the times when you come home and you're just gorram tired and cranky and the cat harfed up a hairball and you stepped square in it (and tracked it several feet across the carpet before you realized that something was off) so the first thing you do (after dealing with the hairball, of course) is slip into your ratty (but oh so comfortable) old robe and slippers and you crank "Kick out the Jams" and you pour a glass of wine, but you just don't have the mental energy to cope with anything more than a ditty or a nursery rhyme, so you're not reaching for the good stuff.

In this house it's Corbett Canyon Merlot if I'm feeling like a red, and Fetzer Gewurztraminer if I want a white.

You?

advances in wine packaging Jan. 11th, 2011 @ 05:28 am
ronebofh

Here's a new wine bottle design that's self-decanting (English translation).

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My New Blog Jan. 8th, 2011 @ 08:40 pm
mediaguru
Not to spam/advertise here, but I've decided to do a project this year in which I explore something local (Napa Valley) every day of the year that I am here. I've lived here 4 years and suddenly realized I am simply not living life to the fullest, seeing as I live right in the heart of a world-class tourist destination, and then spend 90% of my time in my room on the computer, or on a bus, or at my job.

So I've made this my mission, and figured a blog might be a good way to share my mini-adventures and enlighten people as to the variety of things that can be done all throughout the year here (yes, wine-tasting will be part of it, but not the only thing. Restaurants, too, but if I did that every day, or even a few times a week, I would probably end up completely bankrupt):

NapaValley365.com

Napa valley vineyards? Jan. 5th, 2011 @ 03:02 pm
candychic125
Hello fellow wine enthusiasts!

I'm taking a trip to California at the end of the week.  We plan to stop in Napa Valley, of course, so I was wondering if you guys could recommend a nice vineyard for me?  We would like to take a tour and have a tasting, so if you could think of anywhere like that, it would be a huge plus.  Also, we are the sort of people who really enjoy wines that stray from the beaten trail, like fruit wines, dandelion wines, etc.

Thanks for your input! :D

EDIT:  Hey guys, I went with this tour company:  I would recommend it to anyone! http://www.californiawinetours.com/tour_napa_pub.html
Current Mood: awake

Hermes Naoussa 2006 Sour Red Wine Dec. 16th, 2010 @ 07:07 am
kadymae
I love to try out wines made with the less famous grapes. This is a red wine from the Naoussa region of Greece made from the Xinomavro grape. After I removed the covering over the cork, I discovered a paper tape seal over the cork, reminiscent of the US government seals that I remember being over the tops of hard liquor bottles in my childhood. It might just be standard packaging for wine made in Greece, or it might indicate that the wine was guaranteed from the Naoussa Appellation, and thus an OPE or OPAP. (The label on the bottle says "Appellation: Naoussa", and "high quality" but gives no other details.)

Color: Light bright red, almost the color of a Pinot Noir.

Nose: Sharp -- you can smell right away that this is a tart wine, but there are definitely cherries and strawberries in there.

First Impression: This is the lightest bodied red wine I've ever had. The first impression is of tartness and then, as it hits the back of the mouth, a delicate taste of tomatoes hits the palate. The finish is short. It's a little rough around the edges.

Breathing room: The nose wakes up and becomes more fruity, but after that first tart bite (pleasant), the middle is full of green notes, like bell pepper, parsley, and a really green leaf of romaine lettuce before the tomato tastes come in. The finish is short, but there's a subtle taste of cherry. The rough edges are gone. The wine is as light as silk gauze.

Verdict: I was very sad I didn't have some falafel or gyros to eat with this wine. As it was, it paired very nicely with the Andouille sausage I had -- the pairing made the wine have a smoky cherry note up front, and those soft green and tomato flavors really complimented it, too.

I think this wine would pair well with most Mediterranean faire as long as it's not too heavy. My husband ate it with his pasta marinara and said it went well.

Another Texas Wineslinger Confession: “I drank more non-Texas wine, Valdicava Brunello.” Dec. 2nd, 2010 @ 01:51 pm
vintagetexas
Why buy a wine of the magnitude of the Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2001 in the first place? It wasn’t to impress anyone. After having sent in my book manuscript to the publisher on Monday, I figured that my wife and I simply needed a treat….a private tasting of this wine.

My 2001 Valdicava Brunello (WS 98 rating) was saturated with deep red near-black color. Aromas were an interplay of lows and highs, a quality that I’ve now grown to appreciate is the true meaning of the wine term – Complexity. Dark berries, chocolate, and balsamic were superimposed on higher aromatics of floral, mint and mineral. The taste was an explosion of black cherries and dark red-fleshed plums that seemed to linger on and on and on. While being a huge wine, it avoided the doldrums with incredible acidity that was still too much for casual easy drinking.

More at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=2853
Current Location: Houston, TX
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
Current Music: Country and Western

Nov. 7th, 2010 @ 11:43 am
vintagetexas
Sandstone Cellars: Seventh Heaven

Alone on a Saturday evening, my reaction to Sandstone Cellars VII 2009, a dark red-black wine came slowly. I had time to decant the wine and allow it to open at its own pace. I tasted the wine when first opened, then again and again over a period of three hours, then again two days later. If I had to distill my comments on the seventh red blend from Sandstone Cellars to one word, it would be heavenly.

The winemaker, Don Pullum, responded to my first reaction to the Sandstone Cellars VII wine saying, “All of us at Sandstone Cellars, Scott, Manny, and I are excited about the VII. It's the first time we've made a wine one hundred percent from on varietal. But, I guess, when it's a complete wine, it's complete.”

More at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=2736


Current Location: Mason, Texas
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
Current Music: Country and Western

going to sonoma this weekend Oct. 28th, 2010 @ 08:53 pm
ronebofh

We'll be staying at a B&B in Kenwood, which is close to Sonoma.  Does anyone have any dining recommendations?

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Ten Great Places to Drink Local Wines (from USAToday) and Five Good Reasons Oct. 9th, 2010 @ 09:13 am
vintagetexas
Ten Great Places to Drink Local Wines (from USAToday) and Five Good Reasons

From USA Today:

While Napa Valley gets the most attention, winemakers are busier than ever around the nation, says blogger Jeff Siegel, who founded DrinkLocalWine.com with Dave McIntyre, wine critic for The Washington Post. Siegel says the regional wine movement, which began in the late 1970s, has blossomed, thanks to better farming techniques and a growing interest in locally sourced products. Next week marks Regional Wine Week, and the two wine experts share with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY some of their favorite areas for visiting and tasting.

Hill Country, Texas – With more than 200 wineries, Texas has become a leading state for vintners. And the scenic area near Austin and San Antonio is the center of the action. Winemakers have learned that grapes from other warm-climate areas do well here, including Spanish Tempranillo, French Syrah and Italian Sangiovese, Siegel says. With all the attention, the town of Fredericksburg has become a mini-Napa with fine restaurants, shopping and bed-and-breakfasts. 866-621-9463; www.texaswinetrail.com/index.html

See nine more locales to drink local wine at:

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/10great/2010-10-07-local-wines_N.htm

For the five good reasons to drink local wine, go to:http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=2562
Current Location: Fredericksburg, Texas
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: Country and Western

Opera Prima Merlot, 2008 Oct. 3rd, 2010 @ 04:19 pm
kadymae
My friends Kyle and Man bought me this bottle as a gift 2 years ago. I decided to let it age a little, and since I was in the mood for a Merlot recently, I uncorked it.

It's a Spanish Merlot from the La Mancha DO.

Color: This wine is dark like a Zin. Deep purple red. Any darker and I'd think there was some Petite Sirah in there.

Sniff Test: Earthy and "bricky" with a razzleberry undernote. This is a substantial Merlot. (The nose reminded me of South Coast Winery's 2003 Wild Horse Peak Merlot.)

First Impression: This is not a fruit forward wine, but neither is it closed and "subtle" to the point of blandness. Up front it's blackberries and raspberries, but eaten on a day where there's a eucalyptus tree burning somewhere in the neighborhood and I think it's set a rosemary bush on fire, too. The middle's a little blank, but the tannins start to come in, the mouth feel is lush and velvety, and the finish is tart without being sour.

Breathing Room: The front is still the softly smoky dark berries, the middle has that green note, but not bright, muted and soft, and the tannins are even softer and more velvety. Dark chocolate notes come in towards the end. The finish is long and cherry vanilla, and some dried rose petal aromas sneak into your nose from the back. A veil of spicy herbal smoke overlays it all. There is quite a bit going on in this wine.

This wine reminded me a lot of the 2003 Wild Horse Peak Merlot mentioned above. That was a very intense, very lush, powerful and nuanced wine, excellent in every way. This wine isn't quite that calibre, but a lot of the same taste and "design" elements are there. It's "Feral Pony Hill", if you will. ;)

Verdict: Drink it while unwinding with a good book, pair it with roast chicken or red meat, or let the bottle sit for a few more years, because I think it's got potential for at least 5-7 years of aging.

A Day at the State Fair of Texas Wine Garden - Wine Pairing with Fried Food Competition Sep. 28th, 2010 @ 12:57 pm
vintagetexas
The “real” reason for my coming to the State Fair of Texas was to convene my first annual VintageTexas State Fair of Texas Fried Food Texas Wine Pairing Competition. Last year I did a virtual pairing after the fact. My event this year was a wine pairing competition based on a selected fried food and an assortment of Texas wines onsite at the State Fair. Who knows this many become and annual thing, and we will already have the first annual competition under our belt.

After sampling each wine with the chicken fried bacon, I proclaimed the winners:

Best combo with a white wine: McPherson Cellars Viognier

Best combo with a red wine: Landon Cabernet Sauvignon

Best combo with food and BBQ sauce: Calais Cuvee du Coteau

Start the I-V Drip of Lipator Stat!

More details at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=2491

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Current Location: Dallas, Texas
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Country and Western

wine cellar - web and desktop accounting Sep. 24th, 2010 @ 05:20 pm
j_l_
can anybody help me?

I'm looking soft or web sites for wine cellar.

Now I know www.webnwine.com (free and not free features) - looks good
And www.youcellar.com - free, but very slow on my browser....

I'm looking other websites or soft for my wine cellar and for accounting my wines.

Anderson Valley Sep. 19th, 2010 @ 09:41 pm
crazylife99
What are your favorite Anderson Valley (California) wineries? I'm going to be there the first weekend of October.

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Edit: I should probably add that we prefer red wines over white.
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» Corbett Canyon Chardonnay
It's still summertime where I live, and my hubby prefers whites to reds. We drank several bottles of $7 to $10 Chardonnay (sorry, I was too busy to write about them, most were "meh"), this $10 3L box of Corbett Canyon outstrips them all.

Nose: Classic chard nose. Some apples, a citrusy note. It smells pleasantly tart and crisp.

Color: Nice middle of the road gold.

Taste: Tart apples and citrus up front, the tannins come in on the middle, as does a hint of a green olive taste, and the finish is short and crisp. It's a lightly oaked wine -- just enough to keep it from being really fruity, but not enough to make it have a toasty vanilla finish.

Body is medium.

It's not an interesting or nuanced wine, but it has no major faults. It goes down easy and is great with light fare.

Verdict: If you're going to buy an inexpensive chard for a casual table wine, it might as well be this. It's not going to wow you, but you won't feel disappointed, either.
» Tempranillo: Coming to a Winery Near You; Especially in Texas
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According to Bobby Cox there is more Tempranillo being planted now than any other red variety on the Texas high plains near Lubbock. When Jim’s grower, Mike McHenry, was doing vineyard consulting in the Texas Hill Country last year he found a lot more interest in Iberian and Italian varietals than in the standard grapes made popular by French and California wineries – Cabernet, Merlot, and Chardonnay. There is nothing wrong with trying to grow these varieties of grapes in Texas, and some do it remarkably well. However, a growing number of growers and wine producers feel that if Texas is to get its chapter in the World Atlas of Wine, it will get it for TexMeds (Texas-Mediterranean) wines like Tempranillo and not for its Chardonnay, and certainly not for Texas Pinot Noir.

More comments and video at:http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=2363

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Now came the moment of fear and trust. I thought to myself, “2002, that’s the year of harvest rains and floods known far and wide as the possible the worst vintage in the modern history of Bandol AOC!”

More at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=2294

What's been your experience?
» As Texas’ self-proclaimed Wine Czar, I say….”What’s good for Languedoc, is good for Texas.
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More at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=2212

What do you think?
» Terroir in the Glass and on the Plate…A Truly Wonderful Combination to Behold
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Kiepersol Estates Winemaker Marnelle Durrett and I went to the winery tasting room where we had a retrospective tasting of her Kiepersol Estates Cabernet Sauvignon. As a winemaker, she is still a young and developing, but her passion and quest to improve with each year was most evident. In the tasting she put in front of me Cabernet’s from five sequential vintages from 2003 through 2007. As I would soon find out, these were vintages important to her personal and professional development.

The first pour of Kiepersol Cabernet Sauvignon was from the 2003 vintage and it showed a fabulous purple color, underpinnings of dark fruit and the development of secondary aromas of leather and cigar box. This was an exceptional early vintage in Marnelle’s winemaking career and she even appeared to be a little surprised at its outstanding showing.

More see: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=2182
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» Movies and Wine as Art; What do you think?
Movies and Wine as Art; What do you think?

The award winning movie, “Sideways”, brought to moviegoers a plethora of wine-speak woven around two central characters and the complexities of their life and personal flaws. This “crossover” movie brought to my attention something that I learned while accompanying two very intelligent and imaginative children through adolescence and into their productive artistic careers…..
Moviemakers, like all good artists and winemakers, aspire to achieve originality and multilayered complexity in their creations.

These creators oblige us to use a multiplicity of senses in the process.
In wine tasting, the senses are predominantly taste and smell, in a movie, they are primarily visual and aural. Yet both play in what has been called “Cinéma de l’Esprit”…..”The Cinema of the Mind”.

As an art form, movies attempt to step out in new directions, bringing new individuality to topics and characters that have been a part of humanity through millennia. Likewise, wine has a 4,000 year history over which winemakers have constantly been redefining and reinterpreting the essence of the grape, the figurative Canvas in a Bottle, to please their awaiting audience with the release of each new vintage.

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