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  • Counoise

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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  • My family moved to California when I was 3 1/2.  The wine industry was nascent, or the fine wine business was.  We drank small glasses of beer with tacos, burgers and pizza on weekends, even as kids.  My mother cannot remember a time when I did not like beer.  On Sundays, we had wine with our dinner (eaten in the traditional afternoon slot, foll... Read More

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  • Hey Snooth community. I've visited this site a few times over the years and ... pinot grigio, pinot noir, California Rhone-style (GSM) blends, spanish rose's and blends, Mosel region whites, and big-bodied cabs. Looking forward to chatting with you all! -DNa Read More

    Forum post in the topic Greetings from DTLA


  • I probably would've chosen this image instead.  ;-)   Your image of a Hass avocado represents the Guigal Cotes du Rhone of the avocado world. It's good, and fatty and grows all year around on lower, plump, easy-to-harvest trees. The Nabal above is like a 1989 Beaucastel or better yet an '89 Chaves Hermitage. The best tasting avocado I've ever en... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge *4*: what...


  • Same price for the Tikves Vranec at KLWines. The description there likens it to a cross between California Zinfandel and something from the southern Rhone.I've had Vranac in Montenegro, but not the Macedonian version (spelled with an 'e'). Had several different styles, many bold (name means 'black stallion' after all), some quieter, usually lots... Read More

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  • Don't know D. They bought the property in the 1970s when land in the south of France and the Rhone, both north and south, was really cheap, and they've kept buying property. They got hooked up with Eric Solomon and he hooked them up with Parker and they became a favored estate of his - he said it's one of his favorite estates in CdP.Somehow they... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Yep. It would be really interesting to see some kind of notification when the OP checks back in a thread like this, or the fortified wine thread, or many others over the years.But Emark - I understand your thinking and have a suggestion. Let's assume for the sake of argument that it's not worth it to order a $15 wine online and pay a $3/bottle s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • So you're not a pink sludge fan?  ;-(I'm curious that nobody's mentioning any of the Ravenswood offerings. Was wondering why. Can't say I've had many of them since he sold the winery, but my question stands.Paso Rhone attempts are not anything I've had success with, other than maybe the Perrin family operation, but then again I'm far away right ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Welcome.  Nice to have a voice from California wine country outside the Napa/Sonoma corridor.  Please share your adventures.  I'm a big fan of Dancing Coyote in Clarksburg--the wines are good, the prices really reasonable, and they use grapes that are a little outside the California mainstream, like Albarino.  I also really like the wines of Eas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • "I still prefer soft tannins however, and those tend to improve with age, right?"Actually, not. As Greg also alluded to above, big, fruit-forward (even blowsy) over-ripe wines, often picked later in the year and with correspondingly higher alcohol, tend not to age as well. 1997 was a famous vintage that everyone wanted to love in California (lik... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Roussanne just might be the ticket for the Lone Star State.  This post is nice to see - not only for lovers of the hill country but for lovers of the white wines of the Rhone Valley and points south.  It may need a bit of altitude to counter the humidity and heat, but it seems that those tasting the local product are impressed... that's somethin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...


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