Archive for December, 2009

Good stuff

Domaine des Trois Toits Sevre Muscadet

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Happy New Year, friends! In what I hope will be an ongoing series, I offer up thoughts and recommendations for excellent, nicely priced bottles still seen on retail shelves. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 2008 Chateau Grand Traverse Rieslings

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While perusing the wine shelves at Royal Oak’s Holiday Market recently, I was pleased to note that some of the places we visited in our recent Tasting Leelanau adventures were well represented, including the likes of Shady Lane, Chateau Fontaine and Black Star Farms. It’s good to see retailers who recognize the fact that our wines continue to improve and have achieved a quality level that no longer needs the caveat “It’s pretty good for Michigan,” and Brian Croze and Jeff Mar do a great job in that regard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Wings and Red Rhônes: 2002 Delas Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes

Click image to enlarge.We have Gang of Pour charter member Scott “The Geek” Tobias pretty well trained these days. He knows that when he comes to visit and hang out on a night when there’s a Detroit Red Wings game on the tube, he should bring an appropriate wine to observe the traditional “Red Wings and Red Rhônes” theme. He did just that a few days ago, when he showed up with a bottle from one of our favorite value orientated appellations from the south of France. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tasting Niagara 2009

Wineries covered in this report:  Tawse, Coyote’s Run, Ravine, Organized Crime, Foreign Affair & Alvento. The last three may be found here

Following on the heels of our adventures in the Leelanau, we decided to eschew American Thanksgiving and revisit the Niagara Peninsula to see what was new in the other exciting up-and-coming cool climate wine region within a four hour drive from Day-twah. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sadat X Does Siduri and Adam Lee

Ladies and gentlemen, Adam Lee and Siduri Wines have hit the big time with the latest Sadat X True wine connoisseur’s Episode 11 video. In the words of Sadat X, “Understand, I don’t make this sh*t up!”  Watch and marvel… Find Siduri Wines

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2007 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge

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As has been previously reported on more than one occasion, we’re big fans of Tablas Creek Vineyard, and we finally got our first taste of this wine last week. The folks at Tablas Creek think that it’s flat out the best red they’ve ever made, which is really saying something, and all the big name critical publications gave it big numbers (95-97 RP, 94 WS and 94 Tanzer). We don’t do numbers at our house, but we did give it half an hour or so in a decanter and then we enjoyed it with home made saffron pasta noodles with a pork ragu. Read the rest of this entry »

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2006 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs in Magnum

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“More bigger bottles,” as the nefarious Ju-ju-be from Joisey used to say back in the day, and that’s just what I uttered when I saw a bin of these at one of our local Costcos about a month ago. It’s been a while since we’ve had anything from Schramsberg, but our experiences with their bubblies have always been quite good, so I did some quick calculation in my brain and figured that this was a pretty decent price and worth a try. (Winery SRP for 750 ml is $36.) I finally found the opportunity to pull the cork, and happily, both we and our guests that we poured it for were quite pleased with what we tasted, as it paired quite well with hors d’ oeuvres, pumpkin truffle oil soup and an arugula and blue cheese salad. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s December 5th, 2009 Release – Tasting Notes

Having missed the last release, the one in which all the usual high end wines are sold, I am happy to report I am back in business and tasted a good deal of the wines from December’s single release. Interesting to note that six of the wines were corked including a bubbly and the Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel blend that I was eager to taste. Oh well, best wishes to all for the holiday season and enjoy your wines. Read the rest of this entry »

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All Things Must Pass

All Things Must Pass

Aldo Biale – a Remembrance

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2005 Boekenhoutskloof The Journeyman Franschhoek

2005 Boekenhoutskloof The Journeyman Franschhoek

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I’d never heard of this wine before tasting it a few days ago, and neither have many other people, I’ll warrant.  The South African winery Boekenhoutskloof is hardly a household name in the US (even among wine geeks who can pronounce it), this was the first vintage of this bottling produced, and only five barrels were made.  The wine is not for sale from the winery, per se, but is shipped off to  their best accounts with the directive to put it on their lists  (obviously, most of said accounts are restaurants) and sell it for what they think it’s worth.  I’m told that some establishments in South Africa price it as high as $500 per bottle; restaurateur Gary Danko mistakenly lists it as a Cabernet Sauvignon on his web site and sells it for $175.  Read the rest of this entry »

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