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France, Malbec, Domaine du Théron, Cuvée Prestige, Cahors, 2011

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N/ Wow, lots of Brettomyces here with typical barnyard and bandaid smells. The livestock odors dominate, but one can find some black and blue fruit aromas just past the Brett onslaught, as well as nice dark earth notes. T/ Once past the Brett flavors she has an elegant mouthfeel with ample blue and black fruits […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer, Snoqualmie, ECO, Columbia Valley, Washington State, 2012

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N/ Pine needles, lime zest, and light wafts of vaseline. The latter being a bit surprising as one typically finds those in riesling, not gewürztraminer.   She also has an interesting herbal and spice note that I frankly cannot quite put my finger on, my best guess is some mashup of tarragon and nutmeg, but it […]

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France, Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre, Domaine de la Perrière, Cher, 2013

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N/ Unfortunately, for me, the cat/ammonia aromas are too high on this wine. I give it about a 6-7 out of 10 on my cat scale. Some people really enjoy that aroma, I simply don’t, so don’t let that scare you away from this wine if you do enjoy that smell. Underneath that I get […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Gnarly Head, Old Vine, Lodi, California, 2012

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N/ Nutmeg, coconut, and clove on her start. Red berries, taffy, and a hint of rock. Crushed bricks. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Pronounced red berries and red fruits. While the fruit payload is clearly dominating, there is a light backbone of minerals, and a decent acid pop that lends some balance. This is one of those […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Franciacorta, Satèn, Lo Sparviere, Agricole Gussalli Beretta, Monteicelli Brusati, Lombardia

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N/ Acid dancing like her Franciacorta sisters do so well. Apple, hay notes, and toast points. The funk is a little intense here. I also get light resin and some hard herbals. Not nearly as balanced, for my nose, as other Franciacortas I’ve recently enjoyed T/ She is also crisp and fresh, but while her […]

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Winery & Vineyards Visits – Acorn Winery (Alegría Vineyard) in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

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Highlights The warm and knowledgable Betsy and Bill. True “Field blending” (40-50 different grape types on just 27 acres). Great wines. Excellent and down-to-earth atmosphere and wine making approach. Solid soil and cork learning tools on display in the tasting room. Learning without effort. 40-50 varietals = from A to Z, seriously. Madeline Angevine and […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Erath, Oregon, 2010

N/ Candied cherries, violets, and light touches of sandalwood. Warm, sweet, earth and forest floor scents. T/ Light mouthfeel (surprisingly light in fact). Cherry and dry earth flavors. Black cherry and light black tea. Clean lines. The wine is good, but too thin for my taste. http://www.erath.com/ Winemaker = Gary Horner Price = $19 N = B T […]

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USA, White Blend, Jade Mountain, “White Wine Blend”, California, 2009

White blend of: Chardonnay, Marsanne, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. N/ I did not look up the composition of this wine until after I rated it, but, to me, I thought was predominately Chardonnay, then Viognier, then Riesling. Did not guess any Sauvignon Blanc. A clear, buttered up California-style Chard crafting comes through, […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Castello di Amorosa crafts some great wines, as I’ve reviewed in the past.  So when I was planning my most recent Napa and Sonoma tour, Castello was high on my hit list of places to visit. I also had another motivation to see the castle, as I wanted to finally meet, in person, my friend […]

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France, Gamay, Cru Beaujolais, Georges Duboeuf, Wine Tasting Event

Georges Duboeuf Wine Tasting Event Cru Beaujolais Grape: Gamay, which of note, is a cross of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc, the latter a white varietal. Prices: An astoundingly affordable $14 – $18.  Incredible QP2R here. Hosts: Yann Bourigault, Export Director for Georges Duboeuf Wines and Gwendolyn Osborn of Wine.com.  Twitter handle: @Wine_com The Wines: 2010 […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Sterling Vineyards, Reserve, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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Nose/ Pronounced California-style butterscotch signature. Adding to that, thankfully, are nice white flowers and a potent, delightful, incense. Light toast. Spring water. Taste/ Medium mouthfeel. Thick and coating yellow and tropical fruits, stewed with hay. Decent minerality and some good acid work. An overall soft structure, with a decidedly round finish. For the $50 price […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, “Fume Blanc”, Mondavi, Napa, California, 2009

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White blend of: 92% Sauvignon Blanc and 8% Semillon N/ Dry hay dominated. Also wafts of river rock, basil, and asparagus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Spicy, bright acid. Lean, angular yellow fruits. A tad salty. Winemaker = Genevieve Janssens Web = http://www.robertmondavi.com/ Price = $20 Rating = B- / B This wine was a media sample kindly […]

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France, Tasting Event, Planet Bordeaux, Affordable Red Bordeaux Blends, 2006, 2007, 2008, & 2009 Vintages

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This was a TasteLive event, organized by Planet Bordeaux (http://usa.planet-bordeaux.com/) and Balzac Communications (http://balzac.com/) All wines, below,  were media samples kindly provided by the winery. Note: our tasting group (#SDWM on Twitter) was fortunate enough to have 2 sets of the wines – so we opened one when the event began and one 3 hours […]

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USA, Red Blend, Il Terrazza Rosso, Kimberly Vineyards, Tesoro Winery, Temecula, California, 2009

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Note: Let breathe 20 minutes, and make SURE to serve chilled. C/ Quite dark for the style. Welchs grape juice color. N/ Leather. Plums. Grape juice. Light pepper. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Soft tannins. Plesant sweetness. Massive lambrusco and plum reduction sauce. Light woods. Casual summer fun in the glass. This is not elegant winemaking like […]

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22 Brazilian Beers Reviewed – Muito Muito Bom!

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        I must say I was blown away by the across-the-board quality I witnessed from the big-production beers of Brazil. The big winners were: Everyday Beer: Skol & Itaipava Serious Beer: Bohemia “Confraria” – “Cerveja forte tipo Abadia” & Devassa’s Loura Dark Beer: Petra, Xingu, and Caracu All of the above – shockingly good. […]

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