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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Counoise

    Counoise is primarily known as one of the 13 varieties allowed in Chateaneuf du Pape. It adds to the aromatics of the...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Last night was a good time and I'll consider it part of the weekend so I'm posting my details in this Weekend Wines topic.  We started off at the ENO Wine Bar, which is in Georgetown, Washington DC.  That was followed by a walk over to The Kennedy Center to attend a performance of "The Odyssey:  from Vietnam to America", which marks the 40th ann... Read More

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  • JonDerry - I'm looking through my distributor catalogues for Rutherford Ranch, I only saw a Rutherford and a Rutherford Vintners , I'm wondering if the one listed as just Rutherford is the Rutherford Ranch I'll ask the salesperson. Seems like you strongly recommend this one and I could always use another good California Cabernet About the French... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some Cotes du Rhone and some Bordeaux and somewhere in there, you can find something good for under $15, definitely under $20--maybe even a village-level Cotes du Rhone like a Cairanne or Seguret; you can also get some Languedocs and other things, but you need to taste them a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a report, with queries, from one of our regulars: Reply by EMark, 2 hours ago.OK, here's an everything-but-the-kitchen sink wine:Get a load of this (from the back label)76% Cabernet Sauvignon8% Syrah5% Petit Verdot3% Cabernet Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...


  • A lot more 'hermitage' (syrah) from the Rhone was dumped into CS barrels in Bordeaux in past centuries than ever got bottled and shipped overseas from eastern France. The Brits built the French wine industry, since Bordeaux, Aquitaine and surrounding areas were long part of its King's demesne and thus English merchants' bailiwicks. Send those ba... Read More

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  • Red, it's context:  Pinot is supposed to deliver a certain kind of flavor, aroma, mouthfeel, and, for me, none of that is there with Meiomi.  I wouldn't bash it if I didn't try it.  (I didn't really bash it so much, either, just said it wasn't much like PN to me and wasn't very enjoyable.)  Big commercial wines:  Well, define that.  A lot of goo... Read More

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  • Nicely done!  BTW, Emark isn't the only one with a few wines on hand from TJ's.  And, if they can sell wine in your state, there are a few that they will have that are available nationwide.  Here's a few recommendations:  That Vielle Ferme that OT recommended is available at Trader Joe's as Ferme Julien.  Same wine.  The rose and the Cotes du Rh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Bordeaux Blends that come from major Napa Valley makers that immediately come to mindBV TapestryGirard ArtistryPhelps InsigniaOpus OneMy guess is that a majority of Napa Valley wineries have a blend bottling.As you say, though, varietal bottlings predominate in the U.S., especially when it comes to Bordeaux grapes.  It seems to me that I read th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Terra d'Oro wines are the more expensive, but their wines are generally really reasonable. The story behind the winery is that Walter Field's daughter married Cary Gott (the father of Joel Gott and the son of a winemaker himself), so Walter Field moved to the mountains to be near his daughter.  He bought the land, and Cary Gott started making th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


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