Monthly Archives: October 2011

RECOMMENDED: Block 511 (Vineyard Block Estates), 2008 Chardonnay. Russian River Valley, CA. $14-18. 13.5% ABV.

AROMA: Subtle. Salty! Whiffs of florals as it warmed up. FIRST IMPRESSION: Tart, crisp. Slightly sweet, quite dry. Silky, buttery and smooth. Dangerously drinkable. NEXT: This wine because FABULOUS as it warmed up. The oak became apparent a few sips … Continue reading

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More on screwcaps. (I say YES!)

Thanks Kris Chislett at BlogYourWine for this amazing report: To read an interview with Sparky Marquis (Mollydooker) about screwcaps, visit

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Hermann J. Wiemer 2006 Semi-Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY. $18. 12.1% ABV.

This summer, we have enjoyed several different Rieslings. They have all been delicious, yet they have all been radically different from each other. Some sparkling, some still—some sweet, some dryer than Champagne! Frankly, Evan Dawson’s book “Summer in a Glass” … Continue reading

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A funny post about Wine Geeks. Enjoy!

This is a good post from a good blog, Dave McIntyre’s WineLine. He is the wine writer for The Washington Post.  

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RECOMMENDED: Carmen 2009 Merlot, Rapel Valley, Chile. 13.5% ABV. $9-11.

When our favorite local Thai restaurant (Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine, Ocala, FL) scaled down their wine list, at first we were disappointed. However, we’ve given a couple of their wines a try, and actually they’ve done a very wise thing—they replaced … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Flipflop 2010 Pinot Noir, California. $5.99. 13.5% ABV.

COLOR: Clear ruby. Nice legs. AROMA: Raspberry. A brewed, steeped orange tea. Just a little bit of oak. Cinnamon toast. A beautiful, rich nose. TASTE: Black currant. Cherry pie. Tea and orange. The tiniest bit of pepper emerged a third … Continue reading

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In our fortune cookie today.

In our fortune cookie today. Probably the ultimate good-fortune wish for someone who blogs about spirits! LOL

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DID YOU KNOW? 59 additives are permitted in the EU. In the U.S., only one group of these additives, sulfites, must be disclosed on the label.

Here is a list of additives permitted in wine in the EU. Many are used in U.S. wines as well: Here is an in-depth list of additives, and what they’re used for, allowed in the U.S.: Blogger Alice … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Trivento 2010 Amado Sur, Mendoza, Argentina. 75% Torrontés, 15% Viognier, 10% Chardonnay. $14.29, available for as little as $9.99. 13% ABV.

Confession time: This is the first Mendoza wine I’ve liked. Ever. The Malbecs have been harsh and austere and I just kind of gave up after a while. I’ve liked a couple of them at tastings, but upon tasting from … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Mettler Family Vineyards 2005 Petite Sirah, Lodi, CA. Available for as little as $17.33. 14.2% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Deep violet, medium-bodied, luscious legs. AROMA: Pipe tobacco, oak, huge fruit; gives the impression of a soft yet huge, dry Merlot. TASTE: Unexpectedly sweet (much different from the nose): cola, sweet blackberry, molasses. Big and concentrated, fruit forward. Round … Continue reading

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