Posted on 22 October 2014.
What Keeps this Blog Going? Readership and a Little Recognition
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know we focus on writing with passion and purpose. We’re not a big corporation, although many of our readers think so. We don’t monetize but many think we make a living from this site. Full time day jobs keep us from accepting every jaunt that comes our way. And yet we keep up with the industry and have spent enough time in the biz to know when to call the BS card. So what keeps us going? Continue Reading
Posted in News
Posted on 08 October 2014.
Wine Review: 2002 Arteis & Co. Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Côte des Blancs, France
I’ve tried a lot of champagnes in my lifetime, and I have to be honest—many of my favorites evolve in the bottle to conjure notes of gingerbread, roasted aromas, honey and candied notes such as the 2002 Arteis & Co. Blanc de Blancs.
Older Champagnes with 10+ years have these characteristics–and this is one of those beauties that endear me to this specific style. I enjoy tasting friends and family on the older champagnes and rarely do they jump out of their skin as I do. Sometimes I wonder why sparklers like this do not evoke emotion and excitement like they do for me. Well, this exceptional 2002 Arteis & Co. Blanc de Blancs is something that you should try, if not for the simple pleasure to experiment and expand your horizons on older Champagnes. 1690 bottle production. Drink now.
Rating: Excellent (90) | $100 | 12.0% ABV
Posted in Sparkling Wine
Posted on 10 September 2014.
Wine Review: 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, Sicilia, Italy
The 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye is a sweet dessert wine made from Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) grapes. It is a well-balanced, round and pretty wine with a vivid personality. Amber in color with viscous textures; the aromas of brown sugar and ripe peaches are clean and inviting. On the palate, vibrant flavors of almonds and orange coats the tongue. Simply spectacular. Pair it with custards, fruit desserts or panna cotta. The wine would also pair well with blue cheese and foie gras. Drink now or cellar for another ten years.
Posted in Other Whites
Posted on 02 September 2014.
Wine Review: 2011 Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, California
The 2011 Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc is another great wine from the Napa Valley. Plush and soft, it opens with red fruit flavors evolving into a palate of silky raspberry and tobacco with herb notes that play softly in the background. Give this one a try. I think you’ll like it! Pair with anything grilled, smoked, roasted or braised. Continue Reading
Posted in California
Posted on 09 August 2014.
Wine Review: 2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Estate
The Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay is a labor of love. It takes nearly a year to complete its process from whole cluster pressing to a slow cold soak and a once a month lees stirring. This wine is very bright and lively with a unique flavor profile that really carries its mineral, lemon and pear notes from start to finish. Pair this with delicate seafood dishes. Drink through 2016. Continue Reading
Posted in Wine Reviews
Posted on 07 August 2014.
Wine Review: 2011 Stoller Reserve Chardonnay
The fruit that went in to 2011 Stoller Reserve was sourced from their oldest plantings of Chardonnay on the estate. Clones 95, 76 and 96 (planted in 1995) make a unique wine with lots of character and creaminess that comes from barrel fermentation. The wine has great acidity that is balanced with a solid fruit core of pear and lemon notes. This is a very food friendly wine, so pair it with your favorite shellfish and enjoy! This should cellar well through 2016. 685 case production. Continue Reading
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