I just got back from the Wines of South America Festival at Fine Wines by Liquor Select. I tasted 43 wines or so, and had some very nice food. Overall a very nice event. All the wines were from Chile, Argentina, and Uraguay. I’ll post some tasting notes on some favorites, many of which are good values, but a few … Read More
Well. The Pouilly Fuissé had to wait. We ended up having a bit of a wacky afternoon/evening with a riled up child, overstimulated from a Dr. appointment, and some visitors [always nice on Fridays]. So the posh bottle will wait for another night, and a more lighthearted bottle was corked. It was a gift. And although not mind-blowing to any … Read More
A noteable point made by a noteable individual. Taken from the bonus material in Mondovino: “There’s something infinitely depressing about turning a source of joy into the subject of analysis, and while you gain certain kinds of appreciation…certain kinds of pleasure from submitting that source of joy to analysis, you really have to fight to not eviscerate its soul in … Read More
4 Wines and a Plate concept
I not only have settled on a new-and-improved wine tasting format, but I have also got it fully booked already – even before really inviting people. The new format is a 6 person, 4 bottle evening, seated blind tasting, accompanied by a paired dinner. The average bottle price will be $33 for this one, which will feature red wine. I’m … Read More
Vertical Tasting of Brunello di Montalcino
Wow. It was my mom’s birthday today, and it felt like my birthday. I knew this was going to go down, but couldn’t post about it because I didn’t know how much of a surprise David intended it to be. We did a vertical tasting of Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino tonight. For those that don’t know what a vertical … Read More
A note on Vintage
2005 has been touted as a great vintage for Beaujolais, but I don’t know if I’m in that camp. Last night, some of my favorite wines [Fleurie, Julienas] seemed to almost be of a different style – much lighter and noteably more subtle. But I’m thinking, after tasting all the other 05 Crus, that this is likely vintage-related. Less ripeness, … Read More
Beaujolais Wine Tasting in the bag
Well I think I succeeded. I think everyone in attendance last night will now know what they think of Beaujolais, and will have found a few favorites. And I’ve now tasted nearly every Beaujolais locally available. So thanks to everyone who came out to make the night possible! Some highlights: For me, the Moulin a Vent Prestige 2003, Ferraud Cotes … Read More
Happy day. The sun and heat have returned.PLUS, I went to a great wine shop today that carries a lot of high end bottles, and I found one of the two Crus of Beaujolais that had been escaping me: Cotes de Brouilly. Not only that, the bottle was from a small grower/domaine.I was having a discussion about wine glasses with … Read More
Burgundy and Roast Chicken
Well, my tasting notes are up on the Haute-Cotes de Beaune. I really like it. I’ve bought the Louis Latour Pinot Noir before and been terribly disappointed. Not so here. Pinot, Pinot, Pinot. Plus, the food was damn good.
My first wine tasting party, now scheduled!!
I just sent out the invitations, and within 5 minutes received enough RSVPs to have the following lineup for next Friday’s ‘Crus of Beaujolais’ wine tasting event. I am extremely stoked. So excited. I pity my wife for having to hear about how excited I am. If more RSVPs come in, this bottle lineup will grow. Wow. One reason for … Read More