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Early Contender for Mourvèdre Pairing of the Year

Date: Fri, Feb 1, 2013 Wine Tasting

Wow! just ate a lamb’s spinal cord and washed it down with #Bandol @themarrownyc happy BDay to me.

— John-Paul Quattrone (@jaypeeq) January 30, 2013

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Eric Texier 2010 Côtes du Rhône Brézème

Date: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 Wine Tasting

“Stupendously fresh.”

That was the phrase that immediately leapt to mind when I first tasted this wine. And it stayed stuck in my brain with every subsequent sip. So I’m just gonna leave it at that. I really loved this wine. If you dig vin natural and/or cool-climate syrah, definitely check this out.

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Mourvèdre Monday #27: Turkey Flat 2006

Date: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 Wine Tasting

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a chance to taste a Barossa Mourvèdre for the intermittent yet persistent #MourvedreMonday series. I recently came across this bottle at a wine shop I hadn’t visited before. I’d heard of Turkey Flat before via my Mourvèdre-radar (i.e., hours on the internet), but hadn’t ever found a [...]

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“This is not a grape for amateurs.”

Date: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 Wine Tasting

It’s another #MourvedreMonday, but I don’t have a wine review to post. So I’ll share this fun video of Paso Wine Man singing the praises of my favorite grape for Paso’s 2013 Varietal of the Month Series. (I’ll have to forgive the awkward pronunciation…) #TeamMourvedre

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Wines of Chile Terroir Master Class — Part 4: Cabernet

Date: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 Wine Tasting

This is the fourth and final post in a series about the Wines of Chile Terroir Master Class. The earlier posts covered 3 Sauvignon Blancs, 3 Pinot Noirs and 3 Carmeneres.

Ventisquero ‘Grey’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Maipo Valley ($29)

94% Cabernet Sauvignon · 6% Petit Verdot

A fresh nose of cassis and mint accented by rich [...]

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Somm Speak

Date: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 Wine Tasting

Ben Schott has a fun post up on nytimes.com SundayReview on “the secret language of some of New York’s finest ‘Somms.’“ 

I don’t think I’ll ever be called a WHALE; but I’ll be happy to be known as a CORK DORK.

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VINEgeek VINstagram

Date: Mon, Dec 17, 2012 Wine Tasting

Bonny Doon 2009 Syrah Bien Nacido X-Block Santa Maria Valley. Cool-toned deliciousness. #vinegeekapproved #vinegeek on Instagram: http://instagr.am/p/TXUL5TM55_/

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Varietal Composition of Wine Spectator’s 2012 Top 100 Wines – REDS

Date: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 Wine Tasting

I mentioned the other day that I’m a chart nerd; it’s an occupational hazard (I’m a marketing researcher by day). Well, when the Top 100 issue of Wine Spectator showed up in my mailbox a couple of weeks ago, I found myself wondering what you’d end up with — varietally speaking — if you did a master [...]

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SFGate’s Top 100

Date: Tue, Dec 4, 2012 Wine Tasting

SFGate’s Top 100 Wines of 2012 hit the interwebs yesterday and is a must-read. It’s loaded with intriguing wines to seek out, courtesy of Jon Bonné (@jbonne)

Only one varietal Mourvèdre made the list, but it’s one I’ve been itching to get my hands on — the 2011 La Clarine Farm Cedarville Sierra Foothills Mourvèdre, described [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #26 – Esprit de Beaucastel

Date: Mon, Dec 3, 2012 Wine Tasting

I tasted this wine back in the summer, but never got around to blogging my notes. So I decided to dust them off for today’s Mourvèdre Monday post.

Tablas Creek 2008 Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge

Complex nose of cherry/raspberry fruit with a hit of coffee/mocha and mint. On the palate, it is mouth-filling without [...]

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VINEgeek VINstagram: Christmas Tree

Date: Sun, Dec 2, 2012 Wine Tasting

on Instagram: http://instagr.am/p/SwIL1TM56g/

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VINEgeek VINstagram

Date: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 Wine Tasting

The always delicious KUNGFU GIRL Riesling (2010) #hiiiiiiiiiiiiya #vinegeekapproved #vinegeek on Instagram: http://instagr.am/p/SjmIC_M56r/

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Wine: Global Warming Poster Child?

Date: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 Wine Tasting

If traditional sugar-beet growing regions in eastern Colorado had to move north, nobody would care. But if wine grapes can’t grow in the Napa Valley anymore—which is an extreme statement, but let’s say so for the sake of argument—suddenly you have a global warming poster child right up there with the polar bears.

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