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Ask Vino Joe: Should Chilled Wine Go To the Fridge?

Date: Wed, Aug 26, 2009 Wine Tasting

A WineWeekly reader asks: I had a party and put two bottles of wine in a cooler with ice. One bottle was unopened (Chardonnay) and I say it now has to be put in the fridge and my husband says it can go on the counter at room temperature until we drink it and it will [...]

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Wine Grape: Albarino

Date: Tue, Aug 25, 2009 Wine Tasting

If you are living in a similar part of the world as me — where the summer weather has become hot and sticky — then you likely are reaching into the fridge for chilled white wines to cool you off. No doubt Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are standbys, but if you haven’t given Albario a [...]

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Around the Blogs: Clubbing, Oxygen, and Tomato Talk

Date: Mon, Aug 24, 2009 Wine Tasting

To fill his off-shore bank account with oodles of money, Alder Yarrow of Vinography has finally started a wine club, and I imagine it will be called “Tongue In Cheek”. Speaking of Alder, hat tip to him for leading me to a great article on oxygen and wine (cork dork alert!) Dr. Vino challenges you to [...]

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Chardonnay Review: Mondavi Solaire

Date: Tue, Aug 18, 2009 Wine Tasting

Robert Mondavi Solaire Chardonnay 2007 Santa Lucia Highlands In the past, when I was geekier, more condescending, and had free access to world-class (read: expensive) wines, I stayed away from the “mass produced” brands. But lately I have become more humble and open to wines from any and every producer. And there’s something to be said [...]

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Pinot Noir Review: Lechthaler

Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2009 Wine Tasting

Lechthaler Pinot Nero 2006 No, that’s not a mistake — Pinot Noir and Pinot Nero are the same thing, except that in Italy they like to use words with vowels at the end. I like it too, it makes language more colorful and melodic. Similarly, I like this Pinot Noir … er, Nero … which hails from [...]

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Cabernet Review: Kaiken

Date: Tue, May 5, 2009 Wine Tasting

Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Kaiken is a somewhat unknown wine brand from Argentina, which is a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing, because it hasn’t yet been discovered and “taken off” in popularity, so the prices are still affordable (around ten bucks or less). It’s a bad thing, because 1) it can [...]

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Kosher Wines for Passover (Red and White)

Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2009 Wine Tasting

Kosher wines don't have to taste "funny" any more. Recent developments in kosher winemaking has resulted in high quality, great-tasting wines fit for any occasion. Here are two examples, one white, one red, that are perfect for the Passover table.

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Chardonnay Review: Macari Reserve

Date: Tue, Mar 10, 2009 Wine Tasting

Macari Chardonnay Reserve 2007North Fork, Long Island, NY, USA When it comes to wines from the United States, North Fork, Long Island, New York, is not exactly mentioned in the same breath as, say, Napa Valley, but nonetheless this small region does produce drinkable and enjoyable wines. Its Northeast geography lends itself to less consistent and [...]

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Chardonnay Review: Macari Reserve

Date: Tue, Mar 10, 2009 Wine Tasting

Macari Chardonnay Reserve 2007North Fork, Long Island, NY, USA When it comes to wines from the United States, North Fork, Long Island, New York, is not exactly mentioned in the same breath as, say, Napa Valley, but nonetheless this small region does produce drinkable and enjoyable wines. Its Northeast geography lends itself to less consistent and [...]

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Red Wine Review: Penfolds Shiraz-Cab

Date: Fri, Jan 16, 2009 Wine Tasting

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet 2007 Every once in a while I get in the mood for a big, jammy, New World style red wine — something bursting with sweet red and black berry fruits — but at the same time, something that I don’t have to think much about. In other words, a bottle that I [...]

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Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz

Date: Sat, Dec 6, 2008 Wine Tasting

Yowza. And I feel it’s OK to use “yowza” as a descriptor for a wine called “Jip Jip Rocks”. When I spend 12-13 bucks for an Aussie Shiraz, I expect to get a fruit-forward, jammy, flabby, cocktail wine which may or may not have a quick finish. And that type of wine is not necessarily a [...]

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Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz

Date: Sat, Dec 6, 2008 Wine Tasting

Yowza. And I feel it’s OK to use “yowza” as a descriptor for a wine called “Jip Jip Rocks”. When I spend 12-13 bucks for an Aussie Shiraz, I expect to get a fruit-forward, jammy, flabby, cocktail wine which may or may not have a quick finish. And that type of wine is not necessarily a [...]

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Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz

Date: Sat, Dec 6, 2008 Wine Tasting

Yowza. And I feel it’s OK to use “yowza” as a descriptor for a wine called “Jip Jip Rocks”. When I spend 12-13 bucks for an Aussie Shiraz, I expect to get a fruit-forward, jammy, flabby, cocktail wine which may or may not have a quick finish. And that type of wine is not necessarily a [...]

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More Wines for Thanksgiving

Date: Wed, Nov 26, 2008 Wine Tasting

Last week you read about several wines that are ideal for the Thanksgiving feast. Today the last-minute shoppers have a few more to consider. Dinari del Duca Grillo 2007 Buttery texture and flavor is the immediate characteristic hitting the palate, carrying delicious lemony citrus and pear flavor. A nice mineral component arrives somewhere in the middle and [...]

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