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8 Sauvignon Blancs from Chile (#SBChile Roundup)

Date: Mon, May 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

I had the good fortune to participate in last Wednesday night’s Wines of Chile #SBChile online tasting, along with 50 other wine bloggers. The event brought together eight examples of 2009 Sauvignon Blanc from eight Chilean wineries. The host, Fred Dexheimer (@FredDexMS), led the tasting via video conference with the eight winemakers also on video. [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday moving to Wednesday (this week only)

Date: Mon, May 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

I’m moving my Mourvèdre Monday post to Wednesday this week for Wine Blogging Wednesday #69 which is featuring the grape this month. I’ll be back to Mondays thereafter. Look for wrapup posts for last week’s #SBChile and #TasteTexas events soonl

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Mourvèdre Monday #14: Calcareous Estate Reserve 2007

Date: Mon, May 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

This wine was shared with me by Mike Castleman, whom I met via Twitter. He heard about my Mourvèdre Monday series and recommended this wine to me. When we realized we were both in Austin, we planned to meet up and taste it together. Thanks, Mike!  I’ll have to return the favor soon. (Mike makes [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #13: The Pict

Date: Mon, May 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

Mourvèdre Monday is back after a few weeks off around the birth of my baby girl, Lucy. I’m easing back into regular blogging. Let’s get things restarted with a bang… This is one of the priciest varietal Mourvèdres on the planet. So I’m glad to be able to include it in the Mourvèdre Monday series. (Thanks [...]

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No Mourvèdre Monday Today

Date: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

Sorry, folks – no Mourvèdre Monday post today (or last week, I know). Things are going to be a bit sporadic on the blog for a while with baby girl due very soon. In the meantime, here’s an episode Gary V. did last year on Mourvèdre:

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What Would LOST Characters Drink?

Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is the first of what may become a series (irregularly published) called What Would They Drink? where I’ll pick characters from a movie, TV show, book, etc. and say what kind of wine they’d drink if they were wine drinkers. Hilarity will surely ensue.* * Actually, this is almost certainly only interesting to me. LOST Characters Jack: [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #12: Trio Vintners 2006 Yakima Valley

Date: Mon, Apr 5, 2010 Wine Tasting

Trio Vintners, a collaboration between winemakers Tim Boushey, Denise Slattery and Steve Michener, is one of the “incubator wineries” set up at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. They are a small lot producer and one look at their lineup lets you know they’re doing some interesting things: Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Syrah, Carménère and this Mourvèdre. Nary [...]

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Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Date: Thu, Apr 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

A few days before the big #SauvBlanc twitter tasting a few weeks back, I found myself without any Sauv Blanc in the house (a pretty rare occurrence). I didn’t have time to make a run to one a proper wine shop, so I picked up something on my weekly grocery shopping trip. I don’t recall [...]

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Slurpin’ USA – Texas Edition

Date: Tue, Mar 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

I had the pleasure of participating in Swirl Smell Slurp’s United Slurps of America: Texas. Each week they taste some wine from one of the 50 states and invite a blogger or two from that state to taste the same wine and share their thoughts. My blogger-pal Ben from Vinotology was the other Texan to [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #11: Cline Ancient Vines 2008

Date: Mon, Mar 29, 2010 Wine Tasting

If memory serves, Cline’s was the very first varietal Mourvèdre I ever tasted, way back in the mid-90s in the tasting room. If it wasn’t the first, it was certainly the one that made me take notice of the grape. It’s been an old favorite ever since. Producer: Cline Cellars Grapes: 100% Mourvèdre Appellation: Contra Costa County (AVA, [...]

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Valley of the Moon Cuvée de la Luna 2006

Date: Sat, Mar 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

Producer: Valley of the Moon Winery Grapes: This is their Bordeaux-style blend, which they call Cuvée de la Luna. 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot Appellation: Sonoma County AVA Vineyards: Various lots were sourced from Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Mountain and other area in the county. Vintage: 2006 Winemaking: Stainless steel [...]

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Wine Guerrilla Conte Vineyard RRV Zin 2008

Date: Wed, Mar 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

I first took notice of Wine Guerrilla, a producer of several distinct Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley Zins, after reading this post at Benito’s Wine Reviews. Reading the post and checking out their website reminded me of my early days as a wino, er , wine lover. After having my eyes opened to [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #10: Nabuko 2007

Date: Mon, Mar 22, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is the tenth installment of Mourvèdre Monday. Click here for the other posts in the series. We return to Spain for this week’s Mourvèdre Monday post. And not only back to Spain, but back to the producer of Week 1’s wine: the Barahonda 06 Monastrell. This is another wine in their lineup – this one blended [...]

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6th Sense Syrah 2007: I See Fruit Bombs

Date: Wed, Mar 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

Producer: Michael~David Winery Grapes: 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah Appellation: Lodi (AVA, California) Vineyards: no info Vintage: 2007 Winemaking: The wine spent 20 months in French oak (% new unknown) Alcohol: 15% Price: $17 at the online store My tasting notes: The wine starts off with sweet blueberry and blackberry cobbler aromas along with smoke and tobacco notes. It actually reminds me [...]

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