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Wines on a Boat [Apr. 24th, 2015|10:18 am]
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Here are a few wines I tasted at a tasting event on the cruise I took with my parents in November. The Riesling Chateau St. Michelle and the Errazuriz were my favorites flavors for the week. We bought a few bottles of the Riesling to enjoy on the ship. Everybody loved it.


My kind of table.


The dessert wine was served in glasses like these, that you could keep. I brought home a set.
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No Boring Wines on Christmas Eve [Dec. 29th, 2014|12:39 pm]
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Christmas Eve, we opened a half bottle of the 2009 Clos du Val Merlot and a bottle of 2009 Farrier Presshouse. These were two of the most interesting wines I've sipped in a while. The flavors were subtle and ever changing, complex but not too forward, and just exquisite. I wish I'd taken notes, but I didn't; I was too busy enjoying. Anyway, my notes would have been comprised of onomatopoeia. "Mmm!" "Oooh..." "Oh!"


Here's what the label on the Clos du Val Merlot had to say.


According to the Farrier website, "A decidedly Alexander Valley personality. The nose immediately captures your attention: pencil shavings, sandalwood, dried orange rind and black currant over lush, ripe blueberry. The palate is deep and firm, with savory characters that invites Bordelaise comparison." That was for the 2010.

Also, "Back in the day, “presshouse” was the common name for what we now call the winery - the building where the grapes were pressed and fermented before being barreled down."

Two very interesting wines, indeed. I'm going to go ahead and conclude that 2009 was a good year.
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Attractive Wines-In-Tubes (Château Guiraud Sauternes) [Dec. 28th, 2014|07:29 pm]
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Here's a wine I would love to try, but haven't had the opportunity. I serve the Château Guiraud 1er Grand Cru Classé Sauternes at work. At the moment, we're serving the 2002.


Recently instead of half bottles, this wine is catered in 100ml glass tubes.


It is served by emptying one full tube into a glass. I think they're pretty; do you?
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Roederer?! [Aug. 9th, 2014|09:36 pm]
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Hey nativeinformant, guess who I had a rendevous with in Chicago!



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Château d'Armajan des Ormes Sauternes 2007 [Jul. 11th, 2014|11:23 pm]
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I've been curious about Sauternes, as I serve one at work, and when I pour it, it smells like a harvest festival covered in honey. The one we serve is around USD $200 for a half bottle, and I haven't had the opportunity.

I found this 2007 Château d'Armajan des Ormes for around $30 a half bottle, and it tastes like a dream. Honey and oranges and crystallized ginger and apricots. It smells heavy, but tastes light and citrussy.

From Wikipedia: "By the end of the 18th century, the region's reputation for Sauternes was internationally known: Thomas Jefferson was an avid connoisseur. Jefferson recorded that after tasting a sample of Château d'Yquem while President, George Washington immediately placed an order for 30 dozen bottles."

Be right back, placing an order for 30 dozen bottles.
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Clos Du Val Winery ~ Napa Valley [Jul. 11th, 2014|08:33 am]
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I swapped onto a San Francisco flight, and took off a few hours after I made my previous entry. I told my dinner date from that evening that I was going to try to find the 2009 merlot, and his instructions were "buy them all!"

Of course, that was already my plan.

With the help of antivert, I made a reservation for a tasting, just before I flew out. On Sunday, the 6th of July, I picked him up at an Amtrak station, and we drove to Napa.


Clos Du Val is a pretty place.




First label of first wine.


People played games.






Splendor, Mirth, and Joy


Vines, and people looking at vines.




Pinot noir room, for hovering over pinot.




Tasting room, with tasters.

Here is a large image of the tasting menu. My favorite was the top one, the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, and I brought a couple of bottles back to Dubai with me. I'm not a big drinker of white wine, but I loved this one. Fresh apples and guava, indeed! There were a lot of cabernets, which aren't my favorite ~ they just don't agree with my palate. I didn't love the 2010 merlot like I loved the 2009. Rosy, who poured for us, agreed that 2009 was a good year for that one.Collapse )


And here's the prize. They thought at first they didn't have a single bottle of 2009 merlot remaining, but then they noticed four half-bottles. I nearly hesitated to buy them out, but the man behind the counter said "if you buy them all, we will be very happy." And so, with glee, I did. I'm happy that it came in four half bottles instead of two full bottles, since now I will be able to enjoy this wine on four occasions, rather than two.

Mission accomplished!
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Clos Du Val Merlot 2009 ~ California [Jul. 5th, 2014|05:01 am]
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When the sommelier pours you a taste, is it acceptable to exclaim, "Oh my GOD?!"
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Reddy Vineyards Texas Tempranillo 2012 ~ Texas [Jul. 2nd, 2014|03:10 pm]
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I brought two Texas wines back from my last trip home. My partner-in-wine refused to drink wine that he knew had once had feet in it, so we tried the Reddy Vineyards Tempranillo.

What can I say about it? It was an onslaught of aromas and flavors; an assault, almost. I enjoy finding two or three scents on the nose, and two or three flavors, when tasting and discussing a wine. This tempranillo tasted like... well, we agreed it tasted like everything. Berries, chocolate, coffee, pepper, figs, tobacco, licorice, rosemary, vanilla... you name it. Same for the nose. I'm not saying it was bad ~ we finished the bottle, and there have been times we couldn't say that. But the wine confused us, to the end.

Later we bothered to read the label, and it confirmed what we already knew: This wine tasted like everything.

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Vieux Magon 2008 ~ Tunisia [Nov. 9th, 2013|10:56 pm]
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I've tried a few Tunisian wines, and I've never been disappointed. This one was slightly sweet, with notes of vanilla.



And now for the educational portion of this entry:

"Mornag is one of the most fertile plains of Tunisia, and is mainly known for its agricultural plain dedicated to the vine and the olive," says a translation of the French language wikipedia page on Mornag.

Élevé en fûts de chêne is a French phrase that may appear on wine labels to denote that the wine has been aged in oak barrels.
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On Chianti [Sep. 15th, 2012|10:12 pm]
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Last month, I opened a bottle of Chianti with a friend who said he knew nothing about wine. I know a little, so I showed him how to sniff it, taste it, and talk about it, driving in the point that wine is always more interesting when you can talk about it with somebody.

We sniffed it, and a nose of apricots was overpowering. I said, "now, this is funny, I can smell apricots, but that's usually a characteristic of a white wine." He could smell it, too. In fact, the apricot scent was growing stronger and stronger.

What do you know ~ Chiantis often have white grape varieties blended in, particularly the lighter bodied styles that I'm looking for when I open a Chianti. So when you're drinking a Chianti (but not a Chianti Classico, which prohibits any white varietals), look for characteristics of white grapes

And now I know the straw basket is called a fiasco.
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Sala Brut ~ India [Oct. 8th, 2011|01:57 am]
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I did love the Sula Brut with nativeinformant when we were in Hyderabad.
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San Michele a Torri ~ Italy [Sep. 27th, 2011|02:04 am]
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Reminder of a pleasant afternoon. My friend brought this back from a trip with his wife to Italy.
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Cuvée du Président ~ Morocco [Sep. 10th, 2010|03:42 pm]
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These weren't good, but they did the trick. The white may have been floral while it was reminding us of nail varnish remover. The red opened up with a bouquet of fermented cabbage, carried on with notes of soap, and finished with blood.
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What We Drank in California, Part Second [Aug. 12th, 2010|11:49 am]
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Part First is here. Most of this entry is beer, not wine, but I don't have a beer journal. Fermented fruit, fermented grains... what's the difference, right?






Roederer? I hardly know 'er!


But I got to know 'er.








Six lucky Superfriends got souvenirs.


Anderson Valley Brewing Company








Those are hops growing over his head.


Hops growing over their heads!


This is a hop.


A reminder to have this again sometime.
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What We Drank in California, Part First [Aug. 5th, 2010|12:47 pm]
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Sangria on the Haight...


Dinner at Citrus Club...


The first wine we opened when we arrived and met up with nativeinformant and Mr. Nativeinformant...


Back at Hotel Nikko...


You'll understand if some of these are blurry...


Our first California winery...


Was Toulouse Vineyards...




Esterlina Vineyards...




THE WINNER...






And there's more to come...
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Bottle Pic Roundup [Dec. 19th, 2009|08:54 pm]
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I got the Slipstream because I was in an expensive shop in Melbourne that specializes in smaller wineries, and I asked the staff to recommend something I could afford. It was really decent. The Columbia Crest (of Washington State) was Don's purchase after he tasted it at an event. It was great.


Don and I had these with my parents and spaghetti bolognese. They were quite nice.


Okay, now this wine is really special. It was left for us by the World's Best House Sitters (along with some Jelly Bellies and a pretty lamp and new linens. Really, you guys! We were happy to have you, without the gifts, even though we didn't get to see you!). I couldn't find the words at the time, and the wine is gone now, so here is some plagiarism from http://australianwinejournal.blogspot.com/2009/06/semillon-reviews.html:

PETER LEHMANN MARGARET SEMILLON 2003
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Price: $28-$36
Previously labelled as Reserve Semillon, Peter Lehmann's Margaret astounded critics with its inaugural 2002 release. Placed atop James Halliday's semillon list (96pts) and named Jeremy Oliver's Best Dry Semillon (95pts), it's diverted the attention of some of Australia's keenest semillon drinkers away from the Hunter Valley.
A more than worthy follow up which was included in the Adelaide Review's Top 100 Wines of 2008, the 2003 Margaret is youthfully bright; pale-yellow in colour, revealing an impressively expressive, fresh nose of buttery nuts, quince and citrus over a clear influence of mineral. Its radiant palate is beautifully full and intense, brimming with exceptional depth and complex rubbery texture; it unloads layers of mineral accented lemon, melon and grape characters, which build with intensity and structure. Secondary nuances of beeswax and fresh garden herbs develop from its inner core, with a vibrant presence of chiseled acidity leaving the mouth with persistent flavour and a delightfully clean aftertaste devoid of excessive dryness.
As a big fan of Hunter semillon I've been completely blown away and surprised by this near perfect, hot year Barossa semillon. Wow, what a wine! Drink to 2023. 96 points.
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Wild Eye 2007 Meritage, Central Coast ~ San Juan Bautista, CA [Jul. 12th, 2009|10:07 pm]
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This was given to me by a friend, who assured me it was very nice. I had a hard time opening it - the cork shredded at the hands of the Houdini, and when I used a hand held wine opener, the lever cracked the glass. So first I had to check each pour for broken glass.

I drank it with Mark Fox and Don, who couldn't stop making snarky comments. They did admit to really enjoying it, ultimately, and rightly so. This bottle had been in said friend's van for a few weeks, surely not at the optimal temperature, but it was delicious.

Don said it was stabbing him in the neck; Mark Fox said it must be the broken glass. Mark Fox observed that there wasn't enough broken glass in his.

Don said it was "sharp." Mark Fox said, "That's the glass."

Mark Fox said, "I see fields, I see horses. Ritual suicide, seppuku." Don said it was "rich." I think he meant the wine, not Mark Fox's comments.

Don said, "It's good now - it's not stabbing me in the neck anymore. I think it needed to breathe more."

He was right about one thing. It's good.
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It's a Celebration! [Aug. 20th, 2008|09:21 pm]
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Don and I were saving this bottle of Hawaiian wine for our 3rd anniversary, which fell on July 27, 2008. But until tonight, August 20, it was never the right time; we were busy, etc. So we celebrated tonight!


Volcano Winery "Macadamia Nut Honey Wine" is actually mead. And it's lovely.


We decided to pair it with kimchee fried rice.


And cake! We love a bit of cake!

http://www.volcanowinery.com/

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Cuvée Sélectionnée Ugni Blanc 2006 ~ Tunisia [Apr. 22nd, 2008|05:11 pm]
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This wine is too good for me. I'm not worthy. Somewhere, a fancy wine snob is drinking my grape juice and wondering what happened to his Ugni Blanc.

I admit I expected this wine to be crap. Not because it's Tunisian - just because I never heard of Tunisia having a reputation for wine, doesn't mean they can't produce something nice. But I grabbed the cheapest whatever in the airport to get rid of my coins, so I didn't expect much.

It's crisp, it's grassy, it's dry, and it's just lovely. It's everything it should be, and more. I feel lucky to be drinking it.
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"..that come all the way from China" [Mar. 22nd, 2008|04:58 am]
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Here are some surprisingly classy labels and corks, from some surprisingly decent Chinese reds!














They seem rather proud they made their wine clear.

All of these wines tasted pretty much the same, by the way. A bit harsh on the first taste, but all-in-all, not bad.
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