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Articles tagged with varietal tasting

  • Blind Tasting: 2009 California Cabernet

    Blind tasting is the great equalizer. When you taste wines blind, you learn what you actually think of a wine, as opposed to what you expect to think. With...


  • 2010 Northern Rhone

    I don’t do Syrah justice on these pages. Coming from around the world, the wines often do not get the distribution they need because of a soft market. On...


  • Pairing Northern Italian Reds

    Northern Italy presents the foodie with an arsenal of food-friendly wines made in a multitude of styles. As you look at each region of Northern Italy, you...


  • Pinot Grigio $15 and Up

    Last week, I took a look at value Pinot Grigios priced at $15 and under. Today, we turn the tables and look at a handful of wines that break through the $15...


  • Pinot Grigio Under $15

    One thing you learn quickly when you get to taste as many wines as I do is that there is only a loose correlation between price and quality. Paying more for...


  • 5 Ways to Get Lost in Spain

    When we talk about Spanish wine, we talk about Tempranillo, Garnacha and Albarino, the heavy-hitters that make up some of the world's most profound and...


  • Italian Pinot Nero

    As you might have guessed, I love Italian wine. Pinot Nero might be tough to define as Italian wine, but it has a century long history in Italy and offers an...


  • About Grenache

    The world is awash with familiar grapes that define wines, just think of Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. But what happens when a grape...


  • Italian Pinot Grigio

    Italy is considered to be the cradle of modern day Pinot Grigio, even if Alsace may claim a longer patrimony with the grape. In fact it’s not all that...


  • Pinot Grigio

    Whatever you think about Pinot Grigio, there’s probably one out there waiting to surprise you. This ubiquitous staple, whether appearing on a gazillion...


  • Bonarda: The Other Argentine Wine

    Talk long enough about Bonarda and you'll hear all the keywords of ill-repute. High yield. Simple. Jug. Bulk. Once Argentina's most widely planted variety...


  • Why We Should Drink Pinot Blanc

    It's the wild child of Pinot Noir. Yes, it’s true: Pinot Blanc, or Pinot Bianco in Italy, is actually a pigment-free mutation of Pinot Noir, and as such is...


  • Malbec in Argentina

    There's this moment -- it happens after you've looked out the window for too long -- when you realize the clouds aren't clouds, they're the Andes. Giant,...


  • A Little Bit of Malbec

    Malbec seems as though it is always preceded by the word "Argentine" these days, though the cringe-worthy alternative “Argentinian” is probably even more...


  • 6 Malbecs Reviewed

    2007 Seven Hills Walla Walla Valley Malbec 13.8%: Lovely aromas of violet, juniper and faint hints of rosemary emerge early on to be joined by a nice...


  • Best Merlot 2/2011

    Today, Merlot is seeing something of a restoration of its reputation. With less bad Merlot on the market, consumers can finally begin to understand not only...


  • Merlot Makes a Comeback

    Merlot has had a rough time over the past few years. Once everyone’s favorite easy-drinking red, Merlot was stigmatized by Miles’ famous line in...


  • Best Negroamaro Wines for the U.S. Market

    Duca Carlo Guarini, 2007 Piutri Negroamaro, $18, A little too much raw wood on the nose seems to be obscuring nice clay soil tones and dried fruit notes....


  • Negroamaro - January 2011

    Last week, I talked a little about the Puglian wine scene and my thoughts on the matter. The response I received was interesting to say the least. In fact, I...


  • Italian Sparkling Wine

    Italy is one of the world's largest sources of sparkling wines and many are quite well known, though some are lurking just on the edge of fame. Prosecco from...


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