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    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • I've gotten a lot of flack for some of my opinions about these 2007 Bordeaux. While there certainly are many poor 2007s, the vintage is not a complete wash-out. It really depends a bit on what a person is looking for. 2007 Bordeaux, at their worst, exhibit bitter unripe tannins and dominant, green vegetal flavors, but is there more to this vinta... Read More

    From the article 2007 Bordeaux: The Left Bank


  • Quote from Jancis Robinson - is her address to the Wine Communicators of Australia [formerly Wine Press Club - ie Journos and Wine WritersAt the risk of subjective editing here is some grabs"Anyone can get on-line and pontificate about wine"In response to questions around the impact of on-line sites, logs, tweeters and other new age communicatio... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is this Really Snooth


  • The trend over the past decade or so in Bordeaux (and around the globe) has been towards bigger, darker, fruitier wines. There have been many means to this end: Better clonal selection in the vineyards, lower yields, improved viticultural practices, cold soaking of fruit before fermentation, and mechanical intervention.Much of this work allows o... Read More

    From the article 2007 Bordeaux - The Right Bank


  • I was fortunate to be invited to the Weekend of Grand Amateurs tasting in Bordeaux this past month, and while I do indeed look forward to tasting the much-heralded 2009s in such a format, this year's focus was the less acclaimed -- and often maligned -- 2007 vintage.2007 is a vintage defined by its weather, in more ways than one. Not only does t... Read More

    From the article 2007 Bordeaux: Petits Chateaux


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Cahors Malbec


  • What's the worst wine you have ever had? I had some Don Luciano Shiraz over the weekend (which is a $4.00 wine I picked up at Wal-Mart...just to see). I had had the Don Luciano Chardonnay and it was OK, but the Shiraz I had smelled like road kill (very heavy sulfur)--I wonder if I got a bad bottle.  Has anyone else tried it? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Worst Wine Ever...


  • Not, I repeat not, a thread about whether the 2009 Bordeaux is great, but more about whether you trust the reviews. After the 2009 en primeur week, the opinion is unsurprisingly about a brilliant "vintage of the decade". I think this is the 3rd in the last 10 years n'est-ce-pas? So do we need to review how we review the en primeur? Do you trust ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 en primeur, WTF?


  • Everyone has a favorite "just for fun wine"--one that you drink because it just tastes good. These fun wines are great to fall back on for parties or just enjoying at the end of the day. I had a great "fun" wine this weekend from Debonne Vineyards (Madison, OH) , Razzberry Riesling. The Raspberry brought out the flavors of the Riesling nicely an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Just for fun" Wines


  • Lets get something straight, I like bubbles. Yes, I like bubbles in my wine. Well, that is I like Champagne and Sparkling Wines. I like bubbly wine from everywhere. I even like sparkling shiraz. However, not all sparkling wines are made equal. Some sparkling wines are very, very good and some are very bad. However, when they are good the... Read More

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  • I just can't help but feel like both WA and WS are rating wines higher then they have in the past. These thoughts are coming from my true love in wine, Barolo. I remember reading reviews on wines from 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 (all great vintages) and for some of the best producers in that region I would see scores of 90 - 94 for some of the best... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are scores getting higher?


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