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Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...
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2013 brought new mega wine/beer/cigar stores to the Portland, Or./Vancouver Wa. area. We went from going from little wine shops with limited selections to 2 stores with over 2500 different wines each.This is nice because you can plan ahead, check your wine rack or cellar and go on line to pick your selections. Once you've determined what you wan... Read More
There are sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Case in point I was rooting around in the cellar the other week looking for what might be up next for tasting when I came across some Sauvignon Blanc. After organizing everything I had segregated the Napa and Sonoma examples from the rest of the lot, which I quickly noted were ‘value priced’ and... Read More
Hi! I've been quite busy with travel for work so I've been off the radar a bit. I unexpectedly had a few days free so I took a last minute trip to Portland for a few days - I'm there now. Tomorrow we were planning on driving out of town to do some wine tasting, etc....probably McMinnville. I was too busy and tired to really make any plans for th... Read More
Pulled Pork Sandwiches for us but we're starting off with a Caprese so it's Shebang! Cuvée II White.About 45% Pinot Grigio from a vineyard in Lodi owned and farmed by Turley's Tegan Passalacqua, about 25 perecent Sauv Blanc, 20 percent old vine Muscadelle from Bedrock Vnyd and 10 percent old vine Monte Roso Semillon. 5% new oak. $9.69 @ Bottle ... Read More
There's an argument to be made for Riesling, and it's made on a regular basis. It goes something like this: Riesling is great, it's flexible and it's food friendly, with wines ranging from dry to syrupy sweet, so there's something for everyone to like. This has been the argument of the day for years now. Trouble is Riesling still finds resistanc... Read More
Out of the way, down a drive lost in Spring Mountain, one comes upon Smith-Madrone, a winery that speaks as much of the past as the present. There’s a bit of a Twilight Zone feel here; it’s in a GPS black hole, and somehow it recalls the innocence of a simpler time. (“Willoughby, the next stop is Willoughby.”) Stuart and Charlie Smith play their... Read More
It’s the holiday season and everyone is recommending Pinot Noir again. What is it with folks, do they just like to take the path of least resistance? Will there come a day when Pinot is not the end all of holiday wine recommendations? Probably not. Lambrusco and Blaufrankisch have a whole set of issues that will prevent them from ever garnering ... Read More
Sometimes, I’m not exactly sure what my job is here at Snooth. I do get to review wine, which many people think is a glamorous and desirable thing to do. The truth is, it’s just a great vehicle for pissing people off. I can piss off producers by either not reviewing their wines or not reviewing their wines well, and I can piss off the consumers.... Read More
Outthere, you asked on another post if anyone is going? Are you? Anyone else?I LOVED Taste of Sonoma two years ago, but was disappointed in last year's show. Not much food offerings (for a lot of wine tasting!), and there were only a few that really stood out.Was is a result of the vintage of wines being poured? Organizers changed? Less fundi... Read More
During the Rose virtual tasting, some folks started talking about the various ways to make rose. (Bleed off wine early from red maceration, shorten contact between skins and wine, mix red and white, which is banned some places). But someone said that all grapes have white flesh. Almost perfectly true, but there is a very small group of grapes... Read More