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Wine made with "powders"

August 29, 2014, 6:03 pm

My FIL allowed me to open one of his special bottled to serve with when I m ade him his favourite osso buco. Crociani Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Rise rva. He explained that it was special because... Read more »

Is Grenache the new Zinfandel

August 28, 2014, 12:42 pm

Back in the late 80's I can recall drinking Zinfandel from California that was usually about 11-13% abv, briary, fruity with a strong berry character, moderately tannic and was a great change fro... Read more »

WTN: Gregory Peck's claret, + Loire, Campania, Rhine wines

August 26, 2014, 11:29 am

A couple of cool cloudy (but no rain) August days. Friday Betsy made seafoo d (scallop and shrimp) risotto, I opened the 2002 Closel Clos du Papillon Savennieres. Dark color, quite oxidized. I ha... Read more »

TN: wines on patio and on a lawn- Fevre, Chidaine, et al

August 22, 2014, 1:19 pm

Monday Dave took us out to dinner before he headed to CA, I had tenzaru sob a but skipped wine (choices were white or red). Tuesday Betsy made a fa vorite dish- fried squid, assorted mushrooms,and ... Read more »

TN: Gevrey vs the world (OR, Bdx, Rhone)

August 22, 2014, 12:27 pm

Our SOBER group gathered at Dan's last night. He greeted us with a nice che ese assortment and smoked salmon, along with 2 Champagnes NV Vilmart Grand Cellier 1er Cru Brut Champagne Very full, pow... Read more »

Airplane luggage pressure pulling up the cork a bit (2-3mm)

August 21, 2014, 4:47 pm

The corks in my Sequoia Grove wines pulled up 2-3mm seemingly due to the lo w pressure in the plane. I had other bottles that did not do this. I wonder ed if I had to push them back in, or it doesn... Read more »

2001 Tondonia Reserva Red

August 21, 2014, 4:17 pm

This is my second last bottle and I fear it is in a closed period, or I hav e difficulty adjusting to this type of light wine after a summer of big nap a cabs and chocolaty supertuscans. When I o... Read more »

TN: Goodbye/bday dinner for my stepson, with Prosecco, Etna bianco, and 26 ...

August 18, 2014, 3:36 pm

So Betsy got home from Maine and we got ready for Dave's birthday/going awa y dinner. His aunt and her family came, and his half-brother from Denmark j oined us later. We started off with duck brea... Read more »

Favorites in Dundee, OR

August 18, 2014, 12:00 pm

I don't know when the FAQ was last updated but anyone have favorites in Dundee area. Right now my list includes Soter, Ponzi, Anitca Terra, Domaine Drouhin, Archery Summit. Any others recommended? Read more »

Rodney Strong Reserve Pinot Noir 2008

August 17, 2014, 5:41 pm

Nice body. Dark pinot structure, strawberry, nice tannins, and finish. Cons istent with my 2011 tasting last month at the winery, except this has a bit more strawberry. The winery guys told me the... Read more »

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Wine Aroma Kits

I got something called a Wine Awakenings kit for my birthday the other day and I'm trying to figure out how the heck to use it. It's got a whole bunch of bottles of odours for chardonnay and the boo... Read more »


Re: TN & Restaurant comments

Sorry Dale - typically Nor-Cal centric of me. Yes, as others have pointed out - in downtown SF. Kind of an amazing place, physically. You walk in off the street into an upscale bar - albeit a very,... Read more »


b&j wine coolers lifetime

I don't know if they are considered wine or not, but someone left a bunch of these things at my place a year ago. Those fruit flavored sparkling wine cooler drinks that is. They are somewhat rev... Read more »


award winning Canadian wines

I have started tweeting news, updates and pairings for award winning Canadian wines. Please follow me on Twitter at Cheers, Trevor Read more »


Could you list some high-end red wine?

I only know Red Bordeaux. Read more »


Lafite Monteil

Hi All A number of years ago I went to Bordeaux and bought quite a lot of wine, mainly for drinking fairly soon, but one or two for laying down. Sadly the laying down didn't last too long :( Howev... Read more »


Great Valued California Wines? Recommendations? $10-$20 & $20-$30 Price...

All, I'm headed out to the West Coast next week and will be visiting for 2 weeks. I'm travelling on a budget and would like to experience all of the great wines California has to offer. Being from th... Read more »


1990 Bordeaux

Notes from a very enjoyable dinner-tasting of Bordeaux of the 1990 vintage. These wines have always seemed to me to be more fruit forward and ?Californian' in approach, if you will, than the more cla... Read more »


Donnhoff Spatlese buying advice

I recently had my first experience with one of Donnhoff's wines - a 2000 Hermannshohle Auslese that showed few signs of being from a relatively poor vintage (aside from slightly low acidity, compared... Read more »


Burlwood Cellars

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ALDI Stores USA is now stocking Burlwood Cellars wines. These are produced buy E&J Gallo for the Hotel and Restaurant industry. I've not tried them yet, but ALDI has five varietals: Cabernet Sauvi... Read more »