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Wines from Valckenberg

So excited! Just received a box of wines from one of the most creative producers in Germany. Below are some of the many different styles of wines received Weingut Liebrauenstift 2012 Dry Riesling (Worms) Rhinehessan …. Weingut Liebfrauenstift is named for the ancient Monastery of Our Lady in Worms, an historic crossroads city in the […]

Tasting Notes January 27, 2014: Dama de Toro + Spanish Sons

Spanish Sons 2010 Tempranillo from Castilla Y Leon, Spain – very well made, easy drinking wine with gentle tannins and a pleasant smoky character.  Flavors of cherry and subtle tobacco and well balanced acidity and tannin. *** Tasted three wines from Dama de Toro, from the Douro Valley in Spain. Dama De Toro Malvasia 2012 […]

2005 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin

Drinking well this moment. Nose ripe with concentrated morello red cherry and earthy minerality, palate very structured with rich ripe red fruit and some blackcurrant in the background, acidity racy medium and tannin grippy and medium, very refined. finish long and mineral with a focus of red concentrated fruit.

2006 Monier de la Chaptoutier Sizeanne

Tasting Colour : deep garnet red, with purplish lights. Nose : red fruit (rapberry, blackcurrant), with a hint of liquorice. Mouth : good attack, round and elegant wine with concentrated and gentle tannins. The final is on blackcurrant, raspberry and spicy (pepper) aromas when it is you Grape variety Syrah. Soil Our Hermitage “Monier de […]

Vigna I Botri Riserva 2008

Interesting wine from Chambers Street …. organic and blind tasted against a Rosso di Montalcino just being told they were from the same country .. dry, with medium racy acidity, medium smooth tannins, medium body, medium 13.5 alcohol, and a very intense herbal cherry (red) finish … could easily be confused (blind) with a Burgundian […]


Meeting Beppe Caviola of Damilano Barolo

Very interesting to meet Beppe Caviola of Damilano Barolo, and taste four of his wines. In 2002 he received the Winemaker of the Year award from Gambero Rosso as well as many others, and the four wines showed his intelligence and insight. The 2008 Lecinquevigne is a blend of five vineyards with vines aged up […]


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Comparing Pinot Gris from Alsace & Oregon, and Pinot Grigio from Italy

“I’ve never had a wine that could be altered in so many ways!” said a bewildered friend after blind tasting three different versions of the Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio grape. And it’s true … some might even call Pinot Gris/Grigio the multi-personality wine because of the way it takes on so many different expressions. This is […]


de Lorimier Cabernet Sauvignon 06: Does Vineyard Matter?

  Very exited to receive a case of de Lorimier’s new offerings … and really thrilled to see that among the goodies are two Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from different vineyards. one is from Dry Creek Valley, Warm Springs Ranch, and the other is from the Alexander Valley, Crazy Creek Ranch. So without reading the notes […]


Tasting Notes week of 12/24/10

  Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 With its velvet texture, nose of well sorted fresh grapes, and fresh flavors, this is a well balanced New World Pinot that can match many foods, especially salmon, pork, rare duck. Mazzocco Sonoma Petite Syrah Aguilera 2007 Very sleek and elegant wine that would pair well with a […]


The Mencia Grape

  Have you ever wondered about the Mencia grape? The first time I experienced it was at the Cervantes Institute in Manhattan, where wine program creator Helio San Miguel presented a checkerboard of wines made from the Mencia grape to try. Very interesting … A Do-It-Yourself and simpler approach is to ask your friendly wine […]


Chianti Classico vs. Rosso di Montalcino

So a friend and I were at Barney’s today (a fashionable department store in NYC, with a bustling restaurant) and one look at the wine list presented an attractive opportunity to casually compare a Chianti Classico with Rosso di Montalcino. Why compare? As a student in a wine-related educational program, there’s the very real chance […]


Gamay vs. (Loire) Cabernet Franc

    So have you ever been in the position of blind tasting a lighter bodied, rather fruity wine, with bright red fruit flavors, minerals, and in some cases, a vertical structure? As a student in various wine educational programs, yes, I have – and when faced with several wines fitting this description, it can […]


Carmenere vs: Malbec: Comparing the Two Varietals

“What a delicious wine!” exclaims the client with real enthusiasm after his first sip of Carmenere, a popular Chilean varietal that was once mistaken for Merlot given its soft, velvety nature. Of course, the CEO started off the dinner with…

Flavors of Merlot …

… of course, there are wine shops and there are wine shops. A shop I often visit lacks the upscale ambiance of many featured recently in Zagat’s new listing, yet it has these incredibly great-value wines from France. Recently I…

Blaufrankisch, anyone?

“Can you tell us the difference between a Zweigelt, Blaufrankisch, and St. Laurent?” Wow, came upon this super gossipy wine/review story on a blog when I was searching for information on the Gernot Heinrich 2004 Blaufrankisch I’m experiencing. I’ll post…