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Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...
British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...
The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 TO EVERYONE FROM ME, amour!It is clearly a great pleasure to re-join you all, after a long and very busy impasse (and thank the high heavens above, a healthy impasse!)Lovely to see the wine veterans here in action and equally lovely to meet the new wine lovers on the block!Here am I, amour, in the photo, at my home, having s... Read More
Yes, my name is a misnomer... I drink so much pinot (scm, Sonoma coast, etc) that I would probably test DNA positive for Dijon clones!I will find myself up valley for a brief visit soon. I am wondering if anyone knows some nice wineries or wine bars to visit off season. I know some might be closed. I am NOT into the big tour/experience. Just ... Read More
Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion. Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising. First - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free. Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label. Well, this 2014 Me... Read More
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In 2004, the movie Sideways put a major dent in California Merlot sales when Miles uttered the immortal words “I am not drinking fucking Merlot!” At that point there were a lot of ripe, insipid Merlots on the market—many grown in areas that were too hot for the grape to ripen slowly, gaining full physiological maturity—so Miles’ sentiments reson... Read More
Châteauneuf-du-Pape has been on fire lately. With spiraling prices and an explosion of points fueling that rise, it’s both hard to ignore Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, and perhaps harder still to buy them. These wines were once the purview of all wine drinkers—slightly rustic at one time, exuberant bistro wines filled with rich fruit flavors in a s... Read More
Erzeti Merlot Amphora 2000. Purchased fall of 2005. Cost: some number of euros. Dobrovo Castle – Brda Vinoteka, Slovenia. Enjoyed right there in the castle’s cellar.Talk about down the road to ruin… One stormy evening a very special wine stood on its own screaming at me, “Only wine can do this!”It was a thundering, stormy night… really!John (fia... Read More
Hello everyone, and greatings from California. I have only recently staring to drink wine within the last 6 months or so, as i had always been more of a beer and spirits kind of guy. Due to this i'm still tring to find out what styles I like and ones I don't. As my wallet has more moths then bills in it I tend to by wine that is in the $10 or le... Read More
"-- The 2007 ----- is 100% Tinto Fino aged for 24 months in French and American barriques. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it emits a super-fragrant bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, black cherry, and blackberry. Dense and opulent on the palate, this loaded effort is succulent, pure, and exceptionally lengthy. It will evolv... Read More
I hesitated in starting this topic, as I truly believe all wines should pair well to at least some foods. We all experience a pleasure from those perfect pairings that we discover.. matches made in heaven :-)But what about sipping wine? And what does that mean to people? Here in California, it is NOT uncommon to pop open a bottle of wine to ... Read More
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