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  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within one to five years. This is a natural law. Producing wines that can sit in the cellar for decades is time-consuming and expensive. There is a time and place for wines that age and adventurous palates are required. Most all age-worthy wines will have high acid, tannin, ... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines


  • Interestingly enough, was an offer from our friend Ian Cauble that falls right within this thread's discussion:  Massimo Clerico, Nebbiolo, Lessona DOC Piedmont, Italy 2008 If there is one lesson that is common amongst all the great red wines of the world, it is that nothing can substitute for optimal bottle age. You can decant a young wine t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes


  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes


  • Barolo may be Italy’s most famous red but surprisingly it hails from a very small vineyard region. Tucked into the top northwest corner, just south of the medieval town of Alba in the heart the Langhe region of Piemonte, it’s barely 8 kilometres wide. The vineyards are breathtaking. The snowcapped Alps form a distant backdrop to a series of hill... Read More

    From the article The Barolo Wine Wars Have Begun


  • We've tried several Malbec bottles in the $10-$20 price range and in general they are quite good.  I tend to favor the ones from Chile because of our visit to that country in 2014.  Spanish wines are also very tasty and a better value in restaurants than some of the French wines.Speaking of French wine, after my two-hour massage yesterday (Sandr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • OK, this is a topic that hasn't come up recently but has many times in the past. How to store wine in the house? Whether to refrigerate?  How to choose passive or refrigerated wine cellars? What kind of wine fridges are best?  Etc., etc.I was doing some real estate shopping in the Ventura/Santa Barbara counties area and ran across a higher-end h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How not to store wine


  • Interesting description of the 2012 Chesters Anvil Zinfandel wine from their web site:2012 ZinfandelMead RanchAtlas Peak, Napa Valley$40   400 casesORDER HEREOrange and clove spice, tobacco, leather, cola, caramel, tiramisu. Rich layered tannins. A wine that rewards the imbiber by unraveling little mysteries as it aerates over time in the glass.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Friuli (or more properly Friuli Venezia Giulia) lies in Italy’s northeastern corner. Protected from the northern winds by the Austrian and Slovenian Alps, Friuli’s climate is tempered by the Adriatic. The winemakers of this area have a reputation of being forward thinking and producing excellent white wines -- reds account for just under 40%. Tr... Read More

    From the article For the Love of Friuli Wine


  • Had the pleasure to taste with GregT in San Diego yesterday evening. I had the idea to pair up Greg and a friend from the Netherlands who was in San Diego for a convention, due to their interest in Tokaj, and it seemed to work well, everyone having a good time.Lessons Learned: Harslevelu is good stuff, and probably my new favorite white wine gra... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...


  • This is my first post. I'm not sure this is for me but I'm giving it a go. on first blush this looks like it could be fun and educational.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!


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