Around the World of Wonderful Wines

September 12, 2011

Morgon Descombes

A review of several Cru Beaujolais, some Pinot Grigios and New Zealand Pinot Noirs.

To appreciate the variety of notable wines being made around the world, try less familiar varietals or more familiar ones that come from different locations. Begin your journey in France’s Beaujolais region where the Gamay grape is made into remarkable, reasonably-priced and often underappreciated wines. Distinct from the simply styled “Beaujolais Nouveau” meant to be consumed soon after harvest, the better Beaujolais have complex fruitiness along with minimal tannins, making them the ones to pour for a friend that usually likes only white wine.

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Summer Food-Friendly Austrian White Wine Merits More Attention

July 27, 2011

Prager

A wine review of several Gruner Veltliners.

Gruner Veltliner is the primary Austrian white wine varietal. Grown mostly in the northeastern aspect of the country, “Gru-Vee” ranges from a light, slightly fizzy style suitable for immediate consumption to a lush wine with the structure to develop more complexity during cellaring. Sparkling Gruners are known by the German designation “Sekt.” Gruner’s characteristic fruitiness and signature pepper accent along with an inherent acidity make it a food-friendly wine, especially with summer fare.

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Chilled, Fruity And Complex Wines Work Well For Summer

June 29, 2011

Parallel 45 Rhone

Some summer wine recommendations including Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Summer wines should be fruit-filled and complex enough to be interesting without overwhelming the traditional warm weather foods. They certainly need to be chilled, even the red ones, which will bring out their fruit flavors and balance. Here are some suggestions.

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Napa’s Oldest Winery Leads Industry

June 1, 2011

Charles Krug

A review of Charles Krug wines on their 150th anniversary.

The 150th anniversary of the Napa Valley’s oldest winery, Charles Krug, will be celebrated this summer. With a $21.6 million renovation of its winemaking facilities and vineyards under way, the winery is positioning itself to remain a leader of California’s wine industry. The winery’s story began when the 27-year-old Krug left Germany in 1847 and became a teacher in Philadelphia. Inspired by the French Revolution, he returned home the next year to participate in the unsuccessful attempt to establish a German Republic and was imprisoned for nine months

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Wines Suitable For Sipping Under Sun Or Stars

April 27, 2011

d'Arenberg Hermit Crab

Some picnic wine recommendations including some Rosés and Torrontes along with wines from d’Arenberg and Cline.

Picnic wines should be uncomplicated, but still interesting. Here are some that fit the bill.

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Location, Location, Location Factors Into Essence Of A Wine

March 30, 2011

O'Shaughnessy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

A comparison of two excellent Napa Cabernet Sauvignons; the hillside grown O’Shaughnessy and the valley-floor grown Revana.

An easy way to appreciate the nuances, flavors and structure of a well-crafted wine is to open a second bottle. Side-by-side comparison of wines created from identical varietals but sourced from dissimilar locations often reveals more than tasting them individually. Even wines from the same vineyard might vary widely each year depending upon the weather or the techniques used during a particular season. Truly great wines maintain an underlying consistency that speaks to the specific site where the grapes are grown. The French term “terroir” embodies this concept of location as a determinant of a wine’s essence. Grapes grown in the verdant California climate are, and should be, different from those grown in less hospitable climes and those differences ideally are reflected in the wines they produce.

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Cava: One Of The World’s Greatest Wine Values

February 24, 2011

Segura Viudas Heredad

A review of several of the Segura Viudas Cavas.

Cava, the inexpensive Spanish sparkler, is flavorful, food-friendly and comes in a variety of styles. Every wine-lover should own several bottles since their low price makes them perfect for everyday consumption. And their high quality assures enjoyment during special occasions.

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Wines Celebrate The Spirit Of St. Valentine

January 26, 2011

Mollydooker Carnival of Love

Some suggestions for Valentine’s Day wines including Cremant d’Alsace, Pedro Ximenez and several whose names reflect romance.

Many centuries ago, Euripides noted the intimate relationship between wine and passion: “Where there is no wine, there is no love.” The ancient Greek playwright undoubtedly was alluding to the aphrodisiacal qualities of wine’s myriad flavors. The choices for this Valentine’s Day include many wines that allow the full expression of this association along a broad range of styles

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Sparkling Wines Contribute To Sparkling Holidays

December 22, 2010

Gruet Blanc de Noirs

Some sparkling wine suggestions for the holidays including Schramsberg, J Vineyards and Gruet.

The versatility and variety of flavors in sparkling wines make them a favorite for the holidays. Sparklers are the result of a secondary fermentation that occurs after the first is completed, usually because some additional sugar and yeast is added to the base wine. The resulting carbon dioxide is dissolved in the wine and appears when the bottle is opened. Techniques utilized to create sparking wines include the traditional, very laborious (and costly) methode champenois where the second fermentation occurs in the bottle and the less-expensive “charmant” where it occurs in a tank.

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