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Even older than the Concord grape, this historically-important variety is thought to be a chance seedling from North ...
History of the grape: Tannat has been growing in southwest France for many centuries. The grape has the distinction o...
“King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...
The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...
Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...
“With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...
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Roosters Foundation of Orange CountyA charity wine tastingListing Of Wineries Pouring – May 3, 2014February 1, 2014 By admin Leave a CommentPassport to WineSaturday, May 3, 20142pm-6pmOld Ranch Country Club in Seal BeachWhat better way to spend a Saturday afternoon; sampling premium, high profile, highly rated wines and enjoying delicious hot an... Read More
Chardonnay, oh Chardonnay. You really don’t have to be any better, do you? Back in the day when I lead staff tastings in retail we had Chardonnay tastings some four times a year. It’s the only time people would call in sick in order to opt out of staff tastings. The wines, at all price points, vary so much in style and quality that you were sure... Read More
So you want to get geeky? The Jura’s hot today, and so is Sherry, but if ... ... caramel oak. 91pts2009 Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Vieilles Vignes Amyndeon 13.5% $24This is rather candied on the nose with aromas of red licorice, necco wafers and tootsie rollls layered over and obscuring the more fruity aromas. Air tempers the sweetness ad... Read More
Fairly oaky and dry on the nose with aromas of tea, old wood, caramel and an earthy/mushroomy edge layered over some dark, spicy fruit. Lots of wine on entry, big and fruit then the acid kicks in almost immediately to add definition and focus. the plate is rich with spicy red fruits, raspberry and even strawberry toned if rather muscular. Theres... Read More
Slightly sweet. Ok, but not great. Rather bland. Read More
The world of wine can generally be split into two halves, the familiar and the ... does for a living. 88pts2012 Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc Florina 13.5% $15Nice grassy notes greet the nose followed by a touch of spice and talcum powder that has a floral accent note. There's plenty of zesty citrus fruit here and some nice melon notes. Balance... Read More
Dried herb, white flowers, and perhaps a hint of vanilla all emerge slowly from the glass along with a touch of waxy, quince/passionfruit. Smooth and silky in the mouth, this has attractive if slightly simple flavors of unripe peach, kiwi and again a touch of quince all topped with gently woodsy floral notes. There's a nice combination of weight... Read More
I ran up to Napa for a few days to get away and taste some wines from places I'd never been (most of them). I went during BottleRock Napa, but alas, didn't partake in an y of those festivities. Some great finds, so I have listed/linked any of the wines I rated over 90 points, should anyone have interest, or their own thoughts on the wines. Wit... Read More
I'm planning on being in Napa on Wednesday the 25th and will probably visit at least two wineries while there. Anyone care to meet up, just let me know.My first priority seems to be Outpost Winery, though there are a few others I'm considering, I'll probably start at Outpost at 2pm if they can accommodate. Read More
I tried 7 dolar Mexican cabernet-sauvignon and it was pretty tasty. Could anyone suggest some good white Mexican wines? Read More
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