Musings on Wine and Spirits by Louis Marmon

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Dessert Wines For Gift Giving

November 25, 2004

Yarden Heightswine

Sweet dessert wines are perfect gifts for wine lovers.

There are many ways to choose a wine to give as a gift. Some people pick based upon the appearance of the label, thinking that a cute animal or pretty picture somehow translates into a drinkable wine. Others select wines that they have previously tasted while some choose based solely on the price, or color, or country of origin. This results in chardonnay, merlot, and cabernet as the most commonly selected gifts.

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Skilled Winemakers Produce Excellent Zinfandels

November 17, 2004

Kenwood Jack London Zinfandel

A review of some tasty Zinfandels.

If Bordeaux is a classical symphony, then Zinfandel is the Allman Brothers Band. Big, bold, quintessentially American and at times sublime, Zinfandel at its best has rich, lively fruit flavors with an earthy, spicy and sometimes peppery character. It is versatile, found in blends with other grapes or as a single vineyard bottling. And it also has been made into the slightly sweet white Zinfandel. But it is the red wine that has achieved remarkable heights during the past several years. Some can be aged for as long as 10 years; however, most Zins are drunk young, generally within five years after release. Usually they are affordable, but some Zins, such as Turley and Martinelli, have achieved “cult” status and you have to wait years to get on a mailing list to obtain a bottle.

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Wines For Winter Dining

November 11, 2004

Argyle Pinot Noir

Some wine suggestions for winter meals.

With the arrival of cooler weather, entertaining moves indoors. And the fall and winter holidays add another dimension to family get-togethers. The menu changes from the lighter summer fare to richer and more robust dishes. Similarly, the wines that best match the meals for this time of year are often more complex and fuller, with a medium body and bolder flavors. Usually these are red wines, although some white wines can work as well, depending upon the food being served.

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