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Trained wine tasters think more about their sips

Date: Wed, Nov 18, 2009

After reading the story in the Wall Street Journal about “Why wine ratings are badly flawed?” it got me thinking. Not about wine ratings because that part of the article I agree with, wine ratings are subjective, and can generally be inconsistent across various types of “raters”. I’ve always thought it weird that one [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2007 Preston Viognier

Date: Tue, Nov 17, 2009

Megan and I picked this wine up about this time last year on our visit out to Sonoma/Napa, at Preston Vineyards. If you haven’t been, I recommend it, not only for the wine but for the experience. A beautiful place to have lunch as well as pick up some local veggies and eggs, that [...]

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Virginia Wineries on Twitter

Date: Thu, Nov 12, 2009

I comprised a list of Virginia Wineries that are on Twitter, some of which I already followed and others were new ones that I found. After searching on Twitter itself, I went through every wineries website, looking for their Twitter Tag. Surprisingly of the 142 wineries in the state only 17 are on Twitter. There [...]

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Tasting with Giuseppe Vajra of G.D. Vajra

Date: Tue, Nov 10, 2009

Today I had the opportunity to meet Giuseppe Vajra from the winery G.D. Vajra in Piedmont, Italy. I have been a fan of Vajra wines for sometime so it was a great experience to meet Giuseppe today. For whatever reason, I find it intoxicating when Italian’s speak of their wines, more so than [...]

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Back to Shinn Vineyards – more than a winery

Date: Mon, Nov 9, 2009

During our recent visit to the North Fork of Long Island, we had the pleasure of staying at the Shinn Vineyards Farmhouse B&B. Following a fabulous lunch at Shinn during Taste Camp back in May, Megan and I agreed that we MUST come back and stay at Shinn—six months later, here we were! We [...]

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On the Monticello Wine Trail with Pollak Vineyards

Date: Tue, Nov 3, 2009

A week or so ago I wrote about my visit to Blenheim Vineyards with Frank and Dezel. On the same trip we visited one of my Virginia favorites, Pollak Vineyards, and met up with friend and winemaker/GM Jake Busching. On this visit, we also had the opportunity to taste and visit with Dave Pollak, the [...]

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From Poop to Juice

Date: Mon, Nov 2, 2009

We sat in a van surrounded by large piles of poop, food waste and fish heads, while seagulls circled hungrily above. While some may see a garbage dump, others see a nutrient-rich (and highly coveted) compost pile and a key ingredient to fine wine production. We have visited many wineries and vineyards over [...]

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Harvest Images from Shinn Vineyards

Date: Thu, Oct 29, 2009

Crushing and pressing Chardonnay grapes at Shinn Vineyards.

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A Sparkling House in Long Island?

Date: Thu, Oct 29, 2009

Yes it’s true there is a sparkling house on the North Fork of Long Island. Not that making sparkling on the North Fork is odd, there are actually a lot of good Method Champenoise sparklers being made on the island. The fact that they employ a sparkling only model is the odd/brave part. We visited [...]

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Visiting Blenheim Vineyards

Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2009

I spent Sunday and Monday touring around Virginia Wine Country with Dezel Quillen of My Vine Spot and Frank Morgan of Drink What U Like, meeting with wine makers and vineyard managers, exploring what was in bottle as well as the newly pressed ‘09 vintage. You know it’s awesome when you meet wine makers who [...]

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Tasting on the Monticello Wine Trail

Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2009

This weekend (Sunday & Monday) the wife and I met up with Frank Morgan of drinkwhatulike.com and Dezel Quillen of myvinespot.com for some Monticello wine tasting. We went to Mountfair Vineyards, Pollak Winery, King Family, Delfosse and Blenheim and had a fantastic time. We met with winemakers and/or vineyard managers at all places and got [...]

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Taste NY – A blind tasting of Finger Lakes Riesling

Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2009

Last night I had the opportunity to taste 12 Finger Lakes Rieslings, as part of Taste NY, organized by Lenn Thompson of The New York Cork Report. I’ve actually been sitting on these wines for a while and finally got off my butt and organized the tasting. In attendance were some of my wine [...]

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Drinking the Macari Sette

Date: Thu, Oct 8, 2009

So last night for dinner I went to my sample rack to catch up on some things and pulled out the Macari Vineyards Sette ($17) from the North Fork of Long Island. It intrigued me because it was non-vintage (or at least not labeled) and no grapes were listed. So before whipping out [...]

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Wednesday Quick Sip – 2005 L’ Ecole No 41 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard

Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2009

So this week my quick sip is on Wednesday, yesterday my wordpress.com dashboard was on the fritz so I couldn’t upload a post. Oh well, the wine for this quick sip is the 2005 L’ Ecole No 41 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Wine Information - Appellation: Walla Walla Valley, Washington Vineyard: Seven Hills Grapes: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% [...]

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