Monthly Archives: September 2011

RECOMMENDED: Paul Mas Estate Single Vineyard Collection, 2009 Picpoul de Pinet. Coteaux du Languedoc, France. Around $11; available for as little as $8.95 online. 13% ABV

We love big fat surprises. In this case, the surprise lies in the finish. This light- to medium-gold wine has a secret. First, when it’s cold, it doesn’t have much of a nose. The scents are subtle, with something salty … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 4 recommendations.

Four noteworthy wines from a recent tasting: Finca Copete, 2010 Torrontes, Argentina, $8.99. Torrontes is considered by some to be the flagship white wine grape of Argentina. This wine’s aroma is sweet, floral, and citrusy—but it’s dry, brilliant (almost metallic), … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Beringer “California Collection” 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA. $8.99 or so at the grocery store, available for as little as $5.49 online.

Come ON! A 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for less than $10? Sometimes, nothin’ will do but a big Cabernet Sauvignon. For us Frugal Wine Snobs, the challenge is to find one that’s inexpensive, luscious, and tasty, rather than heavy-handed … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Flipflop 2010 Pinot Grigio, California. $7; available for as little as $4.99. 12% alcohol; 3.63 pH

We live on a farm. Recently, after a long, hot Florida day that included five hours of mowing, I wanted something refreshing, cold, fortifying yet fun. And WOW, did I ever get it. This unexpectedly huge wine, the Flipflop 2010 … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Biltmore Cabernet Sauvignon, American (69% California, 31% North Carolina), NV.* 13.9% alcohol. $14.99 on the Biltmore Web site; $11.99 at our local ABC store.

* The vintage is 2008. However, wines labeled with an “American” appellation are, by law, not permitted to carry a vintage date on the label. Oh, wow. What a delicious wine. And what an interesting story behind it. First, it’s … Continue reading

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FUN! 2007 WTR (Wine That Rocks) “Dark Side” (Pink Floyd) Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County (Ukiah), CA. 13.5%. $12.99 at our local ABC store (not in grocery stores).

This isn’t a great wine, but it’s quite good. For me, the strong point is its appeal as a novelty gift for our friends who are musicians, especially those who love classic rock. The wine inside is good enough to … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 24 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

Prices are the retail price at the tasting venue, our local ABC store, unless otherwise noted. This time, I focused mostly on trying unusual varietals, as well as a slight emphasis on Pinot Noir, a varietal I’ve found to be … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A book! “Summer in a Glass” by Evan Dawson.

Engaging, entertaining profiles of winemakers in the up-and-coming Finger Lakes region of NY. The book reads like a novel, but these are real people, and at the end of each chapter I’m almost sorry to leave each new friend/expert and … Continue reading

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The Cycle of Riesling

“Riesling is the grape that is bringing worldwide recognition to the Finger Lakes, but it has a curious relationship with wine drinkers. A casual drinker tends to prefer sweeter wines—usually white—and Riesling fits the profile. But as they broaden their … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Veraison

A beautiful, and surprising, shot of a cluster of Merlot grapes in the process of ripening (“veraison”). A rainbow of colors! Photo courtesy of Arrowhead Spring Vineyards via New York Cork Report, August 18, 2011.

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