Category Archives: Tastings

Friday’s Speed-Blogging Tasting: Whites and Rosés

Here are notes from Friday’s “live tasting” (think speed-dating and Twitter combined). Several bloggers sat at each table and were visited by a new winery every 5 minutes who presented a wine and its back story. Here are the wines … Continue reading

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Catching up on Notes from the Road: Thursday and Friday

Thursday was PACKED with activity: a visit to Montinore Vineyard in the morning with some BEAUTIFUL wines. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED is their Borealis white blend: 38% Riesling, 24% Müller-Thurgau, 23% Pinot Gris, 15% Gewürztraminer. This wine was INTENSELY aromatic and equally flavorful … Continue reading

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Notes from the Road: Saké afternoon, wine dinner

Here’s your loyal correspondent speaking to you from Portland. I know, it’s nearly 4 in the morning for most of you but it isn’t quite 1 here. Today we visited SakeOne. (Saké is pronounced Saw-kay, btw, not sah-key. ‘s okay.) … Continue reading

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PORTLAND OR BUST: Wine Bloggers Conference this week.

Dazed and amazed … stunned and honored. First off, this humble blog, a labor of love and learning, is one of the five finalists in the 2012 “Best New Wine Blog” category. The voting is done, and award winners will … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Two from Murrieta’s Well. The Whip, 2011 white blend; The Spur, 2009 red blend. Around $15.

The Murrieta’s Well winery name is based on Old West history: Joaquin Murrieta, a.k.a. “Zorro,” would steal horses from northern California and run them down into Sonoma or Mexico, watering them from the artesian well on the property en route. … Continue reading

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A flight of Chamisal wines: “A Taste of Summer” new releases. Online with the winemakers, TasteLive.com, May 24, 2012.

The soft, lovely name Chamisal, pronounced “Shah-mih-sahl,” comes from the ubiquitous shrub, chamise chapparal (chamisal), that grows prolifically and up to 12-feet tall in their area. The first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley appellation (between San Francisco and Los … Continue reading

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WINE-TASTING: Double Decker brand launch event Monday, April 23. 2010 Pinot Grigio, 2009 Red Blend, 2010 Zinfandel, $9.99 each.

Another online tasting this week … (See the previous post for my write-up of my first experience of this apparent oxymoron.) Monday’s tasting featured a flight of Double Decker wines. For the past 25 years or so, the Wente family … Continue reading

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PINE RIDGE ONLINE TASTING, PART TWO. ZOWIE!

As a follow-up to the Friday, April 13th post on the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc+Viognier (visit www.thefrugalwinesnob. com/?p=1064 for the review as well as some details about the winery), here’s my report on the online tasting as a whole. Not … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Rieslings. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: BEX 2010 Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany. Less than $10, 11% ABV. RECOMMENDED: Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA. 11% ABV.

When dining out, instead of ordering a bottle of wine, or two glasses of the same wine, I like to create my own flight by ordering glasses of different wines to compare and contrast. This is especially fun when dining … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING. Two strong recommendations, lots of education.

On November 19, we attended a wine tasting hosted by Cuvée, Ocala’s wine bar and bistro (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). The wines were presented by Tom Tiley, wine consultant with Coastal Wine & Spirits. Tom’s background includes 15 years as a Level … Continue reading

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