Fizzy Friday

It’s Friday afternoon heading into evening. works over. sun is low but warm. time for a little fizz to separate work from weekend. Usually we opt for a spritz (prosecco with aperol), but I spotted this 2007 Scrapona down in the cellar screw days ago. Just a little too sweet for table wine. Usable as…

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Bugey

As seems to be the case lately, whenever I try a wine that I like and go back to buy another bottle or two for posterity (or next week), the result is the same. “Sorry, that’s the last of it. Not sure if we’ll see that again.” Hence the problem with wine shops specializing in…

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What a Jewell

From the Coturri website/order form: Pinot Noir Jewell Vineyards Barry and Kate Roach’s Jewell Vineyard is located on the upper part of Sonoma Mountain. The vines are 55 years old, planted on the classic St. George Root stock and grafted with an old clone, probably from an original Burgundian source. The vines are dry farmed,…

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Bretons!

I was just searching through the site and realized I’ve never reviewed any of the wines by Catherine et Pierre Breton, renowned organic Loire Valley winemakers. Loire Valley reds tend to be made of cabernet franc; these are no exception. Perhaps the Bretons are best known for their Bourgeuil Trinch and Chinon Beaumont, we’ve had…

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garnatxa blancas

2008 Odysseus white Priorat (Garnatxa Blanca). Really nice wine, white peaches, juicy, good acid. Heard about this from Personal Wine Buyer and got to try it at a Silverlake Wine tasting. Very nice, if a little expensive. Followed up the next day with Andrew Murray’s 2007 RGB (Roussanne-Grenache Blanc). Per Andrew Murray’s tasting notes, “this…

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A little gamay, but I like it

What would you say to a grand cru beaujolais for ~ $12? OK, so, this isn’t beaujolais, but it is a fine example of a gamay-based table wine. Actually, calling it table wine is a little demeaning. It’s so much better than that. This wine comes from the area near Amboise in the Loire Valley.…

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Mustt Mustt

Apologies to the late Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan, but G saw this wine when she was over on the Westside one day. She picked it up, not because of the review or the label or the price. But because of the name Albert Bichot. It doesn’t necessarily resonate with most people, but it does for…

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What are ya Mâcon?

So, everyone’s heard of chardonnay. Most have heard of White Burgundy. What about Mâcon or even rarer in these parts, White Beaujolais? A rose is a rose is a rose, etc. Well, they’re all the same thing and have more in common with one another than anything from the western parts of America called chardonnay,…

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Chianti Classici

There are a lot of chiantis out there. Many of them classico, many of them not fit to drink for whatever reason. We are so lucky to have a number of quality wine shops within 3 miles of the house. Silverlake Wine, Palate: both offer good value from typically organic and small-lot producers. A third,…

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