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  • In 1976, Amerine and Roessler ( U.C. Davis professors) counseled tasters to avoid emotive and anthropomorphic terms such big, finesse, hard, intense, lingering, long, rich, silky and velvety.  They stated in their book "Wines, Their Sensory Evaluation" that these words should be avoided at all costs.  How does the forum feel of this? Read More

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  • I've just returned from the International Malbec Days in Cahors, a festival meant to elevate the profile of "original" Malbec, and offer insight into the relationship between old world and new world expressions of the varietal.I'll be writing more about both the trip and the region, but for now, I wanted to offer highlights. I had limited exposu... Read More

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  • As Promised {late but eventually} my summary of the dinner in Adelaide Sth Australia on Friday 7 MayPre-dinner We gathered at Georges on Friday night the 7th May from about 6.45pm The early arrivals had a warm up with a Pol Roger NV, as always the Pol was delightful and in my opinion is amongst the best of the “Commercial NV’s” [I know  C’est un... Read More

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  • After four installments of "Building a Cellar on a Budget," the chant of ... ... agreeability of many of the California wines in the currrent crop. However, that’s a rant for another email; I’ve got to keep focused here on the task at hand, finding the exceptions that prove the rule!Want more wine values?Don't miss the first four installments ... Read More

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  • I can't believe people still compare Bordeaux to California Cabernet Sauvignon.  I know it's patriotic to like California Cabs better than those frog wines across the pond, but doesn't it make more sense to compare left bank versus right bank Bordeaux, or Napa Valley Cabs versus Sonoma Cabs.  Should we believe that when we open a Cabernet from A... Read More

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  • Saturday (22 May) was a great success despite the rain.  The huge fest tents made walking around and tasting at each of the winery booths a dry pleasure.  There were plenty of wineries, some good, some still trying to figure it out; but one thing is for certain:  Virginia definitely has its own terroir.  After tasting at some of the wineries and... Read More

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  • Cannonball Wines Cabernet Sauvignon California 2007


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  • Hospice du Rhone, the brainchild of John Alban, has become Spring's epicenter for all things Rhone.  This global celebration is a warm embrace of all 22 grape varieties that trace their heritage to the lands that surround France’s 505 mile watering hole, 18 years strong, with this year, embarrassingly, being my first.  Well, it took me ten years... Read More

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  • I experimented with some lamb loin this evening and need some input. I pan seared and oven roasted the loin rubbed with fresh rosemary, thyme, oregano salt pepper and olive oil. I served it with a risotto that I made with broth & red wine and then some fresh mint in the final minute of cooking. The dish tasted good but was screaming for a couple... Read More

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  • I asked in another thread about recommendation for the Okanagan Valley area of British Columbia, but now I'm asking for up-to-date stories about an area closer to (my) home. I have a family gathering in The Ojai/Santa Barbara area next month, and was wondering who has recommendations about particularly good wines and winery visits in that area t... Read More

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