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Klinker Brick 2005 Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel

Date: Sun, Jul 6, 2008 Wine Tasting

Let's face it, there is a lot of bad Zinfandel out there. And then there's that white Zinfandel stigma. So, buying Zinfandel can be a bit of a minefield. Here's a word of advice - if the name is a pun on the word 'zin' it's probably worth passing by....

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Bodegas Alto Almanzora Este 2005

Date: Fri, Jul 4, 2008 Wine Tasting

Este, or 090 degrees on the compass, is a sleeper. After tasting from 3 or 4 bottles of the 2005 vintage, I continue to be impressed with the intense aromatics and the fireworks display of fruit in the mouth. Bodegas Alto Almanzora Este 2005 can boast an 89 point rating...

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Hendry Napa Rosé 2006

Date: Tue, Jul 1, 2008 Wine Tasting

Whenever I notice someone buying good quality dry rosé, I look to see what else they're buying. These are people I should know, or at least I should know what they drink. They're not stuck in a red and white world. They are open-minded wine drinkers. And they aren't afraid...

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Mango and Black Bean Salsa

Date: Mon, Jun 30, 2008 Wine Tasting

Hello, I'm Nancy. I'm here to contribute a little food inspiration to Winewaves. It's been really hot here in the South lately and it's left me craving something cool and refreshing. This Mango and Black Bean Salsa satisfied the urge. It becomes a light summer meal when served with grilled...

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Shinas Estate "The Guilty" Shiraz 2005

Date: Sat, Jun 28, 2008 Wine Tasting

Sometimes you can get lost in a wine. Or just lost - period. There's nothing wrong with letting go at these times. Not every mystery has to be solved. Let's face it, some wines, like some days, pose more questions than they answer, and it could be that we're better...

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Educated Guess Napa Cabernet 2005

Date: Fri, Jun 27, 2008 Wine Tasting

There have been a string of really good Napa Cabernet vintages, and 2005 is shaping up as well in the bottle as it looked in the vineyards. When I was in Napa in mid-October of 2005, most of the abundant crop of Cab was yet to be harvested, so I...

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2004 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Date: Sun, Jun 22, 2008 Wine Tasting

Last week I was skimming a wine book and came to the chapter on Chateauneuf-du-Pape, prior to this I'd thought, for some reason, that the percentages in a CNdP blend were fixed. In fact, they are not and and vary quite a bit among the different wineries. Typically the blend...

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Meridian Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2006

Date: Sat, Jun 21, 2008 Wine Tasting

The label eludes to the scene. You're there, or your mind takes you there if you're not there in body. You look to the west and the colors emerge with a fortunate sunset as sailing vessels are in no hurry to return to their moors. People amble down the boardwalk...

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Marquis Philips R Wines Roogle Riesling 2007

Date: Wed, Jun 18, 2008 Wine Tasting

Move over Chardonnay; Riesling is back in our refrigerator, thanks to the Roogle. After a long hiatus from drinking Riesling, Roogle Riesling 2007 has put this grape back on our list this summer. It's hot outside and this Riesling is like air conditioning in a wine bottle. Thirty years ago,...

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Mano A Mano La Mancha Tempranillo 2005

Date: Mon, Jun 16, 2008 Wine Tasting

There are more and more Spanish wine buyers out there every day, and as a result Spanish wines have been on the increase in price. But you can still find a surreal deal if you know where to look. If you haven't gotten involved with a Spaniard yet, don't be...

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Introduction and Update

Date: Wed, Jun 11, 2008 Wine Tasting

Hi there - Jim here. Not Jerry, obviously. Not long ago I'd noticed that Jerry had gone on hiatus and I offered to help out with Wine Waves. Jerry kindly agreed, so here goes - As it happens, the wine I was drinking when I made the offer was the...

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Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir 2007 (Chile, Australia)

Date: Wed, Jun 11, 2008 Wine Tasting

Apparently we can't get enough, so Pinot Noir is flowing in from everywhere. Interestingly, although the most expensive Pinot Noir in the world is French Burgundy, and although the U.S. Dollar is at a disadvantage to the Euro and many other world currencies, and although shipping costs are soaring, a...

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Nashville Area Charity Needs Your Corks

Date: Tue, Jun 10, 2008 Wine Tasting

A Nashville area foundation called Sports 4 All has come up with an ingenious way to raise money. They are asking for your used wine corks. They are gathering corks from local restaurants, individuals and retailers, sorting them, and then they sell them to artists all over the country and...

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First Love White 2006

Date: Mon, Jun 9, 2008 Wine Tasting

Let's keep it simple. There is a season. You are here. Be in the moment. When it's hot and Mercury is retrograde, a vacation is the best prescription. It may be turning winter in Australia, but First Love White 2006 stops time and delivers the essence of summer just as...

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