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Interesting read from one point of view…………….

Read Part I of the series: The Rise of The Hipster Sommelier

Read Part II: The Rise of the Hipster Sommelier Part II

Read Part III: Rise of the Hipster Sommerlier Part III

https://grapecollective.com/articles/how-the-hipster-somms-could-get-away-with-murder-and-how-we-can-stop-them

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Aug
15

The Lion Roars

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Just the other night our friends shared a bottle of 2004 Domaine Maume Gevrey Chambertin Premier Cru “Lavaux St Jacques” while dining at VINO.  The wine was way aa2 maume 2too cold when first served & decanted, but one could still tell this was certainly a wine I really needed to pay attention to.  After it warmed up some, the nose was WOW–earthy, exotically spiced, sandalwood, intriguing musk scented–dramatic & provocative.

The ’04 vintage was lukewarmly received by the wine media.  And, I still see wine collectors dumping their ’04’s through various on line wine retailers.  Some say, “green stems”.  Others say “too lean & unripe tannins”.

I really like this wine, especially at this time of its life.  Why?  Someone just asked me the same question the other night, which I couldn’t answer fully then.

Imagine…..the MGM lion…..roaring….in all its glory.

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Aug
10

A Post from Harens Old Tree Estate Coffee

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If you look back in our “archives”, I once wrote a piece on Harens Old Tree Estate Kona Coffee.  (please revisit to refresh your memory, as this is a standout, artisan, handcrafted, single estate, old tree coffee from Honaunau on the Big Island, well worth checking out!).

I just received this note from owner Duane Harens, (long time friend & former long time sommelier), which I think you might find interesting.  At least, I did.

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Aloha Everybody,

Just a follow up on my last communication – burr grinders and brewing into a thermos.

I was just on the mainland and brewed / tasted my coffee with two different water sources. Every time I taste my coffee using a different water source other than my own I am always amazed at the difference!! One of the mainland sources was county water and the other was water from a well. I was amazed at how “flat” both were. No brightness like I am used to with my water on the Big Island. I bought “spring water” to brew my coffee (I hate buying water for anything!). It had that brightness needed. Another thing – I had to brew into a glass pot on a burner. I couldn’t believe how fast the burner “burnt” the coffee!!! The really sad thing is that nobody else noticed it!! I’m not saying everybody should go out and buy a new coffee maker. Just go to Ace hardware and buy a Stanley thermos. brew it and pour it into the thermos. Don’t let it set on the burner!!  

I don’t know how this will effect all of you – just thought I’d pass it on.

Duane Harens

Harens Old Tree Estate 

 

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Aug
01

A Quartet of German Kabinett 07-07-16

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Most wine lovers would overlook tastings which feature German wines.  It’s actually quite sad, as I think they will really be missing out on an incredible learning opportunity! Because Germany is one of the most northerly wine growing regions of the world with very marginal growing conditions, the top wines wines amazingly showcase supreme physiological ripeness without any sense of heaviness whatsoever, because of how long the grapes hang on the vines in order to get ripe. In addition, this particular quartet features some of the VERY best winemakers in the world! Come on, be adventuresome and taste something totally out of the box.

Jul-Echter2013 Hans Wirsching Scheurebe Kabinett Dry “Iphofer”  

From the Franconia region—mainly white-gray soils with gypsum bits and vinified DRY. There is no wine like this in the world….especially its delicate fragrance and remarkably light, airy, ethereal profile.

2012 Gunderloch Kabinett “Jean Baptiste”    1_rothenberg

From the Rheinhessen region of Germany on a red slate hillside (Nackenheimer Rothenberg) rising from the Rhine River. The red slate (pictured to the right) creates a very different–more stony–bass versus treble–kinds of nuances in the finished wine.  Plus the warmer (at least in comparison to the Mosel region) manifests more tropical/pineapple kinds of fruittiness.  This is a wine ideal for Hawaii’s warm climate and local foods, PLUS, this estate WAY OVER DELIVERS quality for the dollar.

Leistenberg2012 Donnhoff Kabinett “Oberhauser Leistenberg”

From the Nahe region, Helmut Donnhoff is one of the true icons of quality in Germany!  He masterfully crafts wines of such power, depth, vinosity, yet with such refinement, grandeur & sophistication.  Yes, he is definitely a force!  BUT, it starts in the vineyard.

2013 Dr F Weins Prum Kabinett “Graacher Domprobst”  domprobst

From the Mosel region, Bert Selbach is truly an unsung hero for me. He crafts such sheer, supremely light, airy & ethereal Rieslings done with such purity, style, finesse & class.  His wines truly are like no other.  Furthermore, because he is a direct descendent of the Prum family, he has holdings in some of the finest vineyard sites in the country, including this one, a personal favorite & only 2 or so “doors” down the river from Wehlener Sonnenuhr, which I think most people would agree is “Grand Cru”, if Germany had such a thing.

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