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7 Blind Men are at it again, “Down in the hole”, blind tasting Bordeaux from the 80′s through the 20′s

Date: Wed, Aug 11, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

7 Blind Men is a group I founded several years ago. We remain devoted to tasting wines blind. The group meets 9 times a year, with each member taking turns hosting. If Dirty Harry was a member he would have said, “I know what you’re thinking. With all this excitement, how does a group with [...]

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Jeffrey Davies Old World, New World Technologies

Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

Back in the late 1980's, Michel Rolland began encouraging winemakers to pursue lengthier macerations at warmer temperatures.

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Blonde, Brunette or both?

Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

  Faced with having to pick between a blonde or brunette, I did the only sane thing a normal person would do. I spent the night with both! Why not? Each has their own unique, special qualities. And to truly appreciate the individual characteristics, spending the night with each was the only way to go. [...]

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Persian Mulberries offers decadence in summer dining pleasures

Date: Mon, Aug 9, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

While the majority of this site is dedicated to wine, The Wine Cellar Insider does not think we can live on wine alone.  We like eating too.  My favorite season for eating is summer. The plethora of fresh products from the local farmers market’s makes sure every visit is part adventure and part treasure hunt. For [...]

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The WSWA wants to revoke your rights to freely purchase the wines you want!

Date: Fri, Aug 6, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

The enemy of wine lovers, as well as free trade, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) is still actively trying to revoke your rights to freely purchase the wines you want to drink.  The WSWA is doing this under the guise of protecting minors from purchasing alcoholic beverages, specifically wine. The bill, HR5034 [...]

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2009 Bordeaux, a report on the Top Value Wines of the Vintage

Date: Wed, Aug 4, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

The satellite appellations for this report combined all the different areas I tasted from that are not from the major Bordeaux appellations. Satellite appellations can offer some of the best quality for the money wines.  Many of these wines would do well in blind tasting’s with wines from more illustrious terroir’s. .   2009 20 [...]

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St. Emilion Pt 2: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, A Hooker & Some Great Wines!

Date: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

  One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer along with several great St. Emilion wines might seem like a lot, especiallly after the tasting with Stephane Derenoncourt, pictured above. But not with the right Hooker. 2009 Magdelaine  opens with minerals, dark raspberries, chocolate and licorice aromas.  The wine is medium bodied, soft textured and ends [...]

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2009 St. Emilion Pt 1… It’s hard to be a Saint in the City…

Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

  In 2009, St. Emilion lacks the same level of consistency and freshness found in the 2005 vintage.  2005 remains the reference year for fans of St. Emilion wines.  That being said, there are some outstanding wines worth purchasing from 2009 at all different price points.   Interestingly, in this inconsistent vintage, a few St. Emilion chateaux produced the [...]

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If Caligula bought wine, his cellar would be stocked with 2009 Pomerol!

Date: Mon, Jul 19, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

Pomerol is the smallest Bordeaux appellation.  Until a few years ago, with few exceptions, it earned the sobriquet of the most inconsistent appellation in Bordeaux as well.  But that is no longer the case.  Since 1998, Pomerol has been on fire. 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2008 have all been strong vintages for the region.  [...]

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A Grave situation in 2009, Haut Brion, La Mission, Haut Bailly & more!

Date: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

2009 Branon is deep ruby with purple accents. The wine shows truffle, tobacco, cassis, caramel and coffee notes. The palate enjoys the feeling of rich, opulent, fleshy blackberries being draped across it. The wine ends with a concentrated pure, ripe, sweet berry finish.  On average, only 500 cases a year are produced of this wine. [...]

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James Suckling of The Wine Spectator departs after almost 20 years

Date: Wed, Jul 14, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

It was reported by The Wine Spectator today, that after close to two decades of reporting on Bordeaux and Italy, that editor James Suckling was retiring. Senior Editor James Suckling Retires from Wine Spectator | News | News &. In a cryptic Twitter posting issued shortly after the press release from The Wine Spectator, Suckling [...]

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2009 Cos d’Estournel and Montrose go Mano e Mano & more 2009 St. Estephe!

Date: Tue, Jul 13, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

  2009 Cos d’Estournel is midnight black, with dark purple accents.  The wine smells like a basket of fresh picked blackberries and blueberries with fresh ground spice, coffee, incense, smoke, licorice, and black raspberry liqueur. This powerful wine coats every inch, nook and cranny of your tongue, cheeks, gums and palate with fresh, pure essences [...]

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2009 St. Julien, the full report from Saints to Sinners

Date: Sun, Jul 11, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

2009  is a successful vintage for St. Julien. The best since 2000. The wines are outstanding across the board with power, balance, freshness and complexity.  There are values from the region worth buying at all leveland other wines that even though the quality is there, they are over priced for the market. 2009 Beychevelle offers spice, [...]

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2009 Pauillac… A full report from First to Fifth!

Date: Fri, Jul 9, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs

PAUILLAC is very successful in this vintage. The wines have a unique style, combining freshness, ripeness, concentration, purity and opulent textures. Interestingly some chateaux that we usually don’t consider, made outstanding wines in this vintage. 2009 d’Armahillac shows ample, fresh black berry oak, cassis and boysenberry notes. The long finish is concentrated with ripe, dark [...]

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