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The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...
Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...
“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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So, we have many different types of wineries with tasting rooms, right?Some are castles... (Castello Di Amarosa)Some are in peoples homes...Some are in mansions (Ledson)So on so forth...I'm interested to hear about, by far, THE WEIRDEST wineries/tasting rooms out there that should basically be in some kind of fairy tale in reality. Has anyone be... Read More
Somewhere i read that according to the quality of wine, the winemakers choose what kind of cork they are going to use ( when they decided to use corks instead of screwcaps or glass stoppers). The long corks, made of only one piece, we're reserved for the better wines, while the short, composite corks are used in the cheap ones. Is this truth??? Read More
I'm rather new to wine. I've only had de-alcoholized red wines from Ariel and I've had some red and white wines with some relatives who really know their wine. I remember enjoying it very much. But recently I've gotten into wine on my own. I recently picked up some Yellow Tail Shiraz from a nearby Total Wine store. Specifically, I picked up a f... Read More
The Tour de France starts early this year (next weekend) so racers can do le Tour and the Olympics. I will be following the tour route, tasting wines from the regions the racers visit during the three week bike race.The tour starts in Belgium this year. I will pick up the race in Alsace and then continue through Jura, Savoie, Rhone, Provence a... Read More
This is, probably, not the most compelling wine issue of the day, but it has long bothered me that restaurants might offer wines by the glass or wines by the bottle, but very rarely do they offer wines by the half-bottle. To me half-bottles offer elegant solutions to two different dining scenarios:I’m dining alone. I definitely want wine with ... Read More
A couple of news items I was pondering today.First, Robert Parker came out with his ratings for the 2009 Bordeaux vintage. Ever the masochist, I decided to go look at some prices in the marketplace after the ratings were released. Some samplings:2009 Chatau Latour 100 points $21,500 a case2009 Chateau Marg... Read More
If I were anywhere near New York on the 29th I'd be going to this event. Great wine, interesting winemakers, and lots of old posters, art nouveau or otherwise. Why is it I'd rather have one of them on my wall then a Flash banner ad from the Web?Price seems like more than a bargain, and the money goes to charity, too.... ... Here's your chance ... Read More
Anyone going this year?If you were ever going to go, this should be the year since the famed 2009 vintage will be poured.For the LA event on January 20th, Wally's is offering a pre-event tasting an hour before featuring back vintages of Chateau Giscours, Vieux Chateau Certan, Troplong Mondot, Haut Bailly, Pape Clement, Smith Haut Lafite, and a c... Read More
While October means the end of the warm season for many, for others, it marks the beginning of oyster season, a tradition that has its roots in ancient Rome.The fall oyster-eating season—months ending in “er”—spawned from an old belief that oysters weren’t edible in summer. Indeed, in the 18th and 19th centuries, sales of the slippery mollusk we... Read More
Thanks to the half-bottle thread, I'm now curious who out there has purchased (or is in the habit of purchasing) magnums. I've never had the pleasure. Where should I start? Read More