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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Spirits Can Raise The Spirits Of The Holiday Season

December 1, 2010

Glenrothes

Holiday gift ideas including some special Scotch, Gin and Vodka as well as two book suggestions

Options abound for the wine-lovers on your holiday gift list, many of whom also enjoy other spirits. For those who like Scotch, a special whisky is a great present. From the noted Japanese distillery Suntory is Hibiki 12 Year Old ($55). Its name is a word that can be translated into a number of positive expressions including “harmony.” This version is offered in a lovely 24-sided bottle that represents the ancient Japanese calendar. It has vanilla and fruit aromas along with a clean, slightly sweet, soft caramel, clove and tropical fruit notes with a pleasant smooth finish lacking the burn of lesser made spirits.

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French Impression: The Wines of Philip Togni

November 9, 2010

Philip Togni Vineyards

The wines of Napa’s legendary Philip Togni.

It is likely that you have never heard of Philip Togni. Yet he is responsible for some of the world’s most exquisitely flavored and beautifully structured wines since he began working in California over 50 years ago. And Togni (pronounced Tonne-yee) is still at it, working alongside his daughter Lisa at his eponymous winery located at an unmarked property near the summit of Napa’s Spring Mountain.

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Wish They All Could Be Napa Valley’s Fine Wines

October 27, 2010

Chappellet Winery

A review of several of the excellent wines produced at Napa’s Chappellet Winery.

Within two years of Donn and Molly Chappellet’s establishment of their eponymous winery, they produced a Cabernet Sauvignon still considered one of the finest ever made in Napa, Calif. The Chappellet Winery, now run by their children, remains in the forefront of innovation, sustainability and exceptional quality.

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South America Valleys Produce High Quality Wines

September 22, 2010

Alamos Torrontes

A review of several recent releases from South America.

The valleys east and west of the Andes Mountains are a treasure trove for lovers of high-quality, value-priced wines. While both areas have produced wines for centuries, investment and extensive modernization have led to vastly improved quality during the past several decades.

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Bennett Lane: Napa Newcomer Nails Cabernet And More

August 25, 2010

Bennett Lane Winery

A review of the terrific wines produced at Napa’s Bennett Lane Winery.

What do NASCAR and wine have in common? The answer lies near the northernmost aspect of Napa Valley at the Bennett Lane Winery.

Located just a couple of miles past Calistoga, Bennett Lane was established in 2003 by Randy and Lisa Lynch, who came to the area a year earlier looking for a second home surrounded by some vineyards. They were planning to live there part-time and sell the grapes rather than actually make wine.

But their timing was a bit off since the California wine industry was in one of its periodic downturns, making it not the best time to sell grapes. Entrepreneur Randy Lynch saw the situation as an opportunity rather than an obstruction. So they purchased a winemaking property, renamed it Bennett Lane, and focused their efforts on Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The Magic Of Trimbach Wines

July 15, 2010

Trimbach Frederic Emile

A review of several of the excellent wines produced by Alsace’s Maison Trimbach.

If wine is truly poetry in a bottle, then the Trimbach family qualifies for a literature prize. Scions of a winemaking tradition that goes back 12 generations, current owners and brothers Jean and Pierre have maintained the characteristic Trimbach style of expressive, dry, food-friendly wines that often approach the profound, while grooming their children to continue the legacy. Easily among the top tier of Alsatian wines, Trimbach whites are also some of the world’s greatest, as recently recognized with Pierre’s award as one of the 10 best winemakers on Earth.

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Summer Is The Perfect Season For Sippers

June 24, 2010

Bombay Sapphire

Some summer drink suggestions including cocktails, beer and wine.

The noted philosopher Robin Williams once declared: “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party.’ ” Sounds like an ideal excuse to try new drinks and to invigorate some old favorites.

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