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Bearboat Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2005

Date: Tue, Aug 26, 2008 Wine Tasting

Unbeknownst to me, Bearboat Pinot Noir has been around a while. An unknown commodity to me when it arrived a couple of months ago in Nashville, I was destined to gravitate towards it. After all, it has all the pieces of the puzzle I'm looking for.First, I like the label....

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Another Review of Mollydooker Goosebumps McLaren Vale Sparkling Shiraz 2006

Date: Sun, Aug 24, 2008 Wine Tasting

In the spirit of point-counterpoint, Siskel and Ebert (Ebert and Roeper) and other famous reviewing duos, this review is the parallel take on Jim Freeway's review of the same wine, here on Winewaves. Jim gave it a thumbs-down, I give it a thumbs-up, although I admit it is pricey compared...

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2006 Mollydooker Goosebumps Sparkling Shiraz

Date: Sat, Aug 23, 2008 Wine Tasting

First off pardon the dearth of posts, it's rather hot here out west and wine is not a summer pastime. In fact, for fear of heat damage, all fine wine shops here do not receive new inventory from the end of May through October. This is disaster for trying new...

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The Schizophrenic Nature of Bordeaux Blend Minor Components: Hahn Estates Cabernet Franc 2006 and Deen De Bortoli Vat 4 Petit Verdot 2006

Date: Wed, Aug 20, 2008 Wine Tasting

There are six varieties allowed in Bordeaux red blends. On the left bank, Cabernet Sauvignon is king; whereas Merlot rules on the right bank. Then there is Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere. These are the "minor notes", that play an important role in rounding out each Chateau's proprietary...

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Carlos Pulenta Vistalba Corte C Malbec Blend 2005

Date: Fri, Aug 15, 2008 Wine Tasting

Vistalba Corte C may not be flashy, or possess one of the Top 10 most creatively designed wine labels, but it has a great quality: finesse. In fact, it's truly sensual. The unassuming label and lack of "buzz" about Corte C could have led me to miss this one. Thankfully,...

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What's Your Style? Carmel Road Monterey Chardonnay 2006 and NO Unoaked Monterey Chardonnay 2007

Date: Wed, Aug 13, 2008 Wine Tasting

A lot of very good and not very expensive Chardonnay originates in Monterey County. But what influences a bottle of Chardonnay more? Is it the the place where it is grown or the way it is made? I have to say both. Unlike in Burgundy, where the location dictates style,...

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Out in the West Texas Town of El Paso: Palacios Remondo La Vendimia Rioja 2006

Date: Wed, Aug 6, 2008 Wine Tasting

It's a long way across Texas, even by air. But, in an attempt to turn over a new leaf and get going early, I made it from Nashville to El Paso, via San Antonio, by high noon. After an afternoon of work and squeezing my jump rope session in to...

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Looking for Pepper and Butter? Try This Red and White: Las Rocas Calatayud Garnacha 2005 and Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2006

Date: Wed, Jul 30, 2008 Wine Tasting

Pepper and butter seem to be the two most requested flavor influences among red and white wine shoppers. When it comes to butter, I think the American Chardonnay section of a retail store could be arranged on the basis of a butter scale. When it comes to pepper, most people...

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Château Lagarosse Premières Côtes De Bordeaux 2005

Date: Tue, Jul 29, 2008 Wine Tasting

The 1980's were a good time to be discovering wine. Napa was just beginning to focus on the classic worldly varietals and turn out competitive product. (And there were no traffic jams or limousines to interfere with your quest.) Washington State was in the hands of Mom and Pops, just...

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Now and Then: Scott Harvey Amador County Zinfandel 2004 and Folie à Deux Ménage à Trois Red 2006

Date: Sat, Jul 26, 2008 Wine Tasting

Scott Harvey is an overnight success in the wine business. If you believe that I've got a bridge to sell you. After 20+ years in the business, after achieving partnership in Folie à Deux, he championed the brand known as Ménage à Trois, which was since purchased by Sutter Home...

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3 Rings 2006 Barossa Valley Shiraz

Date: Sat, Jul 19, 2008 Wine Tasting

If you're wondering if everybody here at Wine Waves has a fetish for Grateful Palate imported wines, wonder no more. We do, and so should you. They find talented people (mostly in Australia) making excellent wines at reasonable prices and then they put them on a plane or boat (or...

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California Field Blends: Ten Mile Red 2005, Laurel Glen Lodi REDS 2006, Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 46

Date: Mon, Jul 14, 2008 Wine Tasting

In California, before prohibition, wine growers planted their vineyards with mixed varieties, like quilt work. When it came time to harvest, they usually picked them all at the same time, even if all the grapes didn't have the same level of ripeness. And they co-fermented the crush, everything in the...

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Mozares Rueda Verdejo 2006 (Just for the Halibut)

Date: Thu, Jul 10, 2008 Wine Tasting

Drink this one by the glass, by itself, or drink it for the halibut. Mozares Rueda Verdejo 2006 is an ideal accompaniment to a wild halibut taco and broccoli slaw. Verdejo is the predominate grape variety in Rueda, a trendy white wine region located northwest of Madrid. The Rueda wine...

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Yard Dog Proprietary White Blend 2006 and One Fierce Shrimp Quesadilla

Date: Tue, Jul 8, 2008 Wine Tasting

Being a health and fitness nut is not incompatible with a love for eating. Summer is the season for fresh produce, so this evening I went out and picked some tomatoes, peppers and herbs. My plan: to do some simple culinary blending that will illustrate the beauty of Yard Dog...

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