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  • Just got another box of Mike Smith's wines, and have noticed the ABV's are in a reasonable space for today's super ripe Napa market. Maybe it's just the wines I tend to buy from Mike's labels, as he has said he likes the challenge of making higher ABV wines drink in a balanced way.This could have been a PM to OT, but I figured others would be in... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Myriad, Quivet, Becklyn, etc....


  • No doubt when Spanish conquistador Pedro Gutierrez de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago in 1541, he was not thinking of viticulture. However, today the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys produce some of the finest Bordeaux influenced wines in the world. Chile gained its independence from Spain in the early 1800’s, by mid-century the Chilean economy... Read More

    From the article This premium Cabernet category should be on your radar


  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Barrel Tasting with...


  • DInteresting selectionHad the Semillon couple of times - it is really strange with Semillon - everybody who tries it likes it but nobody buys it, most winemakers love making it and drinking it but very hard to sell in any quantity.Have not tried 14 Hunter Shiraz Tulloch is a very good Hunter winemaker and his shiraz does rate high when it is goo... Read More

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  • It may be the grape that promises most and delivers least. Always a nice floral note and rarely has the acidity and complexity to balance it out.Surprisingly however, as others have said, it's also one of those grapes that people have been playing with in CA and it's promising. I've had a few satisfying versions from CA. Qupe is another that com... Read More

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  • Wowzer,Just tasted my first Viognier and what a delight. I purchased one that was extremely economical but one with respectability in it's ratings. I didn't want to go overboard on my first venture with a newbie.This one averaged 3 and a half out of 5 here at Snooth. I'm sure it's well known, it's called McManis Family Vineyards out of Ripon Cal... Read More

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  • "The Leonetti Sangiovese is probably more of a novelty item Jack. It's going to be completely different than the Italian versions"This is true although the Leonetti version is good on its own.Sangiovese is another grape that deserves wider expression. We're willing to drink Merlot or Pinot Noir from many countries but sniff at Nebbiolo or Sangio... Read More

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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will you go?  Many wine drinkers cling to familiar grape varieties or settle for what’s in easy reach. Don’t miss out, wine lover. There are between 5,000 and 10,000 varieties of Vitis Vinifera, the plant species responsible for nearly all wine grapes, planted around the ... Read More

    From the article These New Wave Wine Grapes Are Really Catching On


  • I know what you’re thinking: When are we gonna start drinking wine? We’re getting closer, I promise you, but today I just want to run through some of the pros and cons of different styles of glassware!After getting your wine out of the bottle (and perhaps into a decanter) at the proper temperature, serving it in the proper glass is probably the ... Read More

    From the article Wine 101: Stemware


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