Category: Wine

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2015

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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, generally speaking, is a grassy, citrusy, mouth-quenching warm weather quaff. I say “generally” because I was recently introduced to alternative styles of NZSB at a seminar featuring renowned winemaker Kevin Judd. Mr. Judd, a pioneering winemaker at Cloudy Bay now heads his own label, Greywacke (pronounced grey-wacky). His Greywacke Wild Sauvignon…

Chateau Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc 2011

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I love a good blend. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with blends from France. Mostly Rhône varietals, like Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre (GSM) for reds and Marsanne/Roussanne and Viognier for whites. This is undoubtedly due to my fab trip to the Ardèche last year. Still, I’ve always steered clear of the more famous blends from the Bordeaux region– assuming…

Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Austerity. The word conjures up images of a spare all-white living room, severe haircuts or jam-packed economy seating. The 2014 Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon is quite the opposite. While the price shows quite a bit of restraint, drinking the wine– while enjoying a nicely grilled piece of meat– is quite the opposite. Bright fruit, herbs, spice…

Frank Family Chardonnay 2014

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Greg’s Caramelized Sweet Onion Soup – creamy, rich, layered – needs a wine that can stand up to it. Generally speaking, you can go two ways in choosing a wine pairing: you can either mirror the flavors and textures in the dish or contrast them. This time, I felt a strong sense of simpatico was…

Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner ‘Kamptaler Terrassen’

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This crisp white wine from Austria exemplifies why Grüner Veltliners pair well with most salads. In general, “Gru-Vee’s” high acid content is friendly to the sharpness found in most vinaigrette dressings, and they often possess an herbal quality that complements salad greens. In particular, this wine’s white pepper element, a hallmark characteristic of most Grüner…

Clos Marsalette Blanc

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Ah, nothing like a fine Bordeaux! I know you, you’re thinking about big, expensive red wines classified way back in 1855. While it’s undeniable that many fine red Bordeaux blends deserve your attention (predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon on the Left Bank, mostly Merlot on the Right Bank)– assuming you can afford them– I ask you to…

Hilliard Bruce Moon 2012

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In the final lines of Now Voyager, Bette Davis says, “Don’t let’s ask for the moon, we have the stars.” (Romantics, reach for a tissue.) I had heard tell about the Moon – an enigmatic wine from Hilliard Bruce, comprising of their most exquisite five barrels of Pinot Noir, with standards so exacting, some vintages…