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One of our goals for 2014 is to show more & more tasters what is “good” wine.  On this night, there was no serious agenda.  It was just to show some of our wine friends, how blind tasting could help discern different attributes of some, what I think, good wines.

0A42011 Andis Zinfandel “Orginal Grandpere Vineyard”

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Jul
02

Red Zinfandel 07-01-14

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042009 Scherrer  “Old & Mature Vines” 

The Scherrer Vineyard is located on a bench in Alexander Valley, above the Silver Oak planting.  The first vines were planted in the 1912. The “Mature” vines were planted in the early 70’s..  The best way, I can describe this SENSATIONAL bottling, is to say, this is a superb old vine Zin crafted by a Pinot master—elegant, suave, well textured, seamless & so impeccably balanced.

2010 Robert Biale “Monte Rosso03

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Jun
22

Rustic Mediterranean Reds

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Here are 4 tasty, very interesting red wines from southern France.

2010 Vinci  “Rafalot”  00005

I have become a real sucker for Old Vine Carignane, especially when it is grown & produced in the hands of an artist like this.  Yes, this is a relatively new domaine, but the vines of this 1 hectare parcel are over 100 years old & now really showcases the clay-limestone soils the vines grow in.  It really is about the hands on farming & the

hands off winemaking.  BUT you really need to know what you are doing! 

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Jun
06

Rustic Mediterranean white wines

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Today’s winetasting VINO was an opportunity to explore…AND hopefully have some fun along the way.

2012 Chateau Feuillet Petite Arvine

013A VERY unique white wine from Valle D’Aosta at high altitudes & hand built stone terraces to hold the soils & vines in place.  I believe that is why they planted vines too….so the roots would help hold the soil in place.  0125

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May
23

DRY German White Wines

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When I mentioned German wines, most people make funny faces in response.  It has become very apparent to me, the words “German wines”, conjure up images of sweet, syrupy wines for many.

There are many things I would love to say about that, but we’ll save that discussion for another day.  I would prefer to instead focus on the thought that ALL wines can be made dry, medium dry, medium sweet, sweet & dessert in style…….depending on what the winemaker wants to do…..whether it is Cabernet, Chardonnay, sparkling, red or white.

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May
16

Thoughts on Summer wines

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A co-worker came up to me yesterday to say, “Boy it’s a hot one!  I think this is going to be a real hot summer”.

Yes, summer is just around the corner!  The sun will be more glaring and the days are getting longer. It is a time to change–lighter clothing, lighter & fresher foods & also the kind of wines we drink.

The profile of wine conducive to hot weather sipping is also lighter in body, fresher, crisper, lower in alcohol content and usually less oaky.

So here are some recommendations on how to find such wines, especially those offering great value for the dollar.

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May
04

Two VERY interesting White Wines

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It’s NOT that often we run across white wines from California, which have the weight of Chardonnay, with unique-ness & interesting-ness, especially on such a high level as these 2 display.  You should, therefore, take a serious look at these 2.

2011 CARLISLE “THE DERIVATIVE”

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Apr
30

Wine & “Small” Plates part 2

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More “small” plates & wine thoughts at Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas……..

17Panko Crusted Mongo Cuttlefish with Asian caponata

WINE:  2012 CF Muller Thurgau–we needed a high toned, minerally pure, precise, highly refined white for this dish.  This one is crafted exclusively for us by Paul Furst of Franconia, Germany.  16

Crab Salad with grapefruit, cucumbers & pickled wasabi 

WINE:  2013 Birichino Malvasia Bianca–this winery made quite a big leap in quality with the transition from 2012 to 2013.  They were able to source some malvasia grown in limestone soiled vineyards, which apparently added minerality & ethereal-ness to the blend.  Furthermore, this wine’s innate aromatics just heightens the dish’s nuances in quite a magical way.

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Apr
25

Wine & “Small” Plates 04-20-14

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We looked to taste advantage of Easter Sunday at Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, to do another night of “small” plates served on a cart.  Not only are the small plates tasty & craete an opportunity to try a bunch of different tastes, it is also a golden opportunity to try out different wine pairings too.  Here are some to think about–

14Somen “Nicoise” Saladyukari seared ahi, quail egg, Kalamata olives, haricot vert, grape tomatoes & soy sesame vinaigrette

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Apr
21

winophilia 04-20-14

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http://www.winophilia.com/2014/04/10/the-challenge-of-syrah/#more-6336

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