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Hess Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Date: Sat, Jul 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

Hess has produced a number of bottles that have been noted as great values by the big wine publications in the past few years. When I saw this single-vineyard Napa Cab on sale at my local supermarket, I thought I’d give it a try. Note to wineries: putting the vineyard name(s) on the bottle always makes [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #20: Bonny Doon Mourvèdre 2004

Date: Mon, Jul 12, 2010 Wine Tasting

Opening one of Randall Grahm’s wines is always an event for me. I had the 2003 version of this wine in my cellar for 4 or 5 years before I gave in to temptation and pulled the cork; I was not disappointed. Though this is a 2004, I didn’t have to cellar it for half [...]

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Vinho Verde Makes Me Want to Quit Blogging

Date: Fri, Jul 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

I love vinho verde. If you’re not familiar with vinho verde, you’ve got to rectify that. It’s a very light, low alcohol (<10%), slightly effervescent white white from Portugal. (Actually, it is an DOC appellation in Portugal and there are red and pink versions, but the vast majority of vinho verde that is exported is white.) [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #19: Lorca Redux (2008)

Date: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 Wine Tasting

In the last Mourvèdre Monday post, I reviewed the Lorca 2006 Monastrell from Bodegas del Rosario. I wasn’t planning on doing this Lorca 2008 back-to-back with the last, but our dinner of chorizo, shrimp, olives and rice made me want to go to Spain with my wine choice, and this is the last Spanish Monastrell [...]

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Foodista Featured Wine Blog of the Day

Date: Fri, Jun 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

Foodista has selected this humble blog as it’s Featured Wine Blog of the Day today. That’s pretty cool. If you’re arriving here for the first time from Foodista, welcome. They’re linking to my Mourvèdre Monday #18: Lorca 2006 review, but I hope you’ll check out some other stuff, like Oddball Wine of the Week and the [...]

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“Corked” Book Review & Giveaway

Date: Tue, Jun 22, 2010 Wine Tasting

I received this book as a sample and thought “This could be interesting.” Father-daughter road trip through France, hitting all the classic wine regions (except Bordeaux – “Fuck Bordeaux” as they say in the book). Should be fun. Memoirs can be hit-or-miss, though. And if you don’t connect with the author’s “voice” it can be tough [...]

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Oddball Wine of the Week (Slovenia Edition): Marof Beli Križ

Date: Thu, Jun 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

Here’s another Slovenian wine for the Oddball series. This one blends Welshriesling with Sauvignon Blanc. Welshriesling is not Rielsing with a funny accent. It’s an unrelated (and inferior) grape grown in places like Austria, northern Italy, and a bunch of old Iron Curtain countries: Hungary, Bulgaria, Albania and Czech Republic. According to Oz Clarke’s Grapes [...]

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New Series Preview: Lincoln vs. Hamilton

Date: Wed, Jun 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

I’m going to start a new series called Lincoln vs. Hamilton where I’ll put a $5 wine (Lincoln) and a $10 wine (Hamilton) of the same type head-to-head in a single-blind tasting. VS Now I know that in general there is better wine available at $10 than at $5. There are some seriously good $10 wines. But I’m [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #18: Lorca 2006

Date: Mon, Jun 14, 2010 Wine Tasting

I already had a bottle of the 2008 Lorca waiting for it’s turn on Mourvèdre Monday when I saw this 2006 stacked up at Costco. I had high hopes this could be another nice Costco find. I originally intended to do a mini-vertical and open both of these at the same time for this post, [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #17: Carro Tinto 2008

Date: Mon, Jun 7, 2010 Wine Tasting

This wine always catches my eye on the shelf, with it’s orange label and simple design. I’ve had past vintages and like it pretty well, so let’s see what’s up with the 2008. Carro Tinto 2008 Producer: Bodega Señorio de Barahonda. They put out 10 or 12 different bottlings of Monastrell or Monastrell blends under the Barahonda, [...]

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Vistalba Corte B 2005 Mendoza

Date: Thu, Jun 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

This wine was another Costco pick-up. The 92-point review from Wine Spectator and the $17 price tag grabbed my attention. (I know, I know, points don’t matter…) Then the all-Spanish label added some intrigue (I couldn’t even tell what the grape varieties were). So I pulled the trigger just to see what this wine was [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #16: Sierra Salinas ‘Mo’ 2006

Date: Mon, May 31, 2010 Wine Tasting

It’s been a little while since a Spanish Monastrell has made an appearance on Mourvèdre Monday. This one comes from Sierra Salinas in the Alicante region focused on the Monastrell grape. Producer: Bodegas Sierra Salinas Grapes: Primarily Monastrell (the Spanish name for Mourvèdre), with Garnacha Tintorera (which is not Garnacha/Grenache, but the same as Alicante Bouchet), Syrah [...]

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Recap of Wine Blogging Wednesday #69: Mourvèdre

Date: Mon, May 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

I don’t have a new review post for you this week. But those of you who need a Monday Mourvèdre fix, please take a look at the recap post for last week’s Wine Blogging Wednesday #69, over at the host Richard Auffrey’s Passionate Foodie blog. There was very light participation this month, but there were [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #15 (for WBW #69) – Anglim

Date: Wed, May 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is a special Wednesday edition of my yearlong Mourvèdre Monday series. I was very excited to see that this month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday #69 theme was the Mourvèdre grape, chosen and hosted by The Passionate Foodie (click through to learn why the sub-title is “Animal Cruelty”). So I decided to delay my regularly scheduled [...]

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