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jamie goode's wine blog: Responding to a reader’s comment on excessive travel and narrow scoring
I had an interesting comment on my blog a few days ago, and I’ve been mulling it over. If anyone takes the trouble to comment at length like this, and offer opinions, then I should be listening. And I am. Here it is: Dear Jamie I have been mulling over this for a while… but I think [...]
My Vine Spot: #MerlotMe: Duckhorn Vineyards 2013 Napa Valley Merlot
Hello Friends,Thanks to excellent reads like ‘Judgment of Paris’ by George Taber, and the movie Bottle Shock – a fictionalized, Hollywood version of the actual events – many of us are familiar with the historic wine competition held in Paris, France, in the spring of 1976. Wines from two little-known Napa Valley producers triumphed over some of the finest examples out of Bordeaux and Burgundy putting California on the wine map. The main grapes at this pivotal blind tasting were Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. These two highly-regarded varieties are the most successful and widely planted grapes in the valley today.That same year, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn founded Duckhorn Vineyards in St. Helena; a city in Napa County. Inspired after a visit to Bordeaux’s famed Saint-Émilion and Pomerol appellations, where Merlot is the predominant grape, Mr. Duckhorn decided to focus on the variety. He felt Merlot was underappreciated in North America and thought Napa was an excellent place to grow it. At the time, Merlot was more popular in blends than on its own. The winery’s first vintage was in 1978. Nearly four decades later, the name Duckhorn Vineyards is without a doubt synonymous with quality, Napa-grown Merlot. As my social media friend Thomas Riley, author of The Grape Belt, recently said, “The Duckhorns’ are nothing if not reliable.” Duckhorn produces several Merlots from estate fruit and top sites within Napa Valley. The 2013 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot is an appellation blend. It is a great summer-to-fall transition wine and an excellent choice for a dinner party; especially if the flavors of autumn are being served. "I liked the softness, the seductiveness, the color, the fact that it went with a lot of different foods; It seemed to me to be a wonderful wine to just enjoy. I became enchanted with Merlot." ~ Dan DuckhornDuckhorn Vineyards 2013 Napa Valley Merlot (SRP $54): This Merlot pours a deep ruby color with purple highlights, offering enticing aromas and juicy flavors redolent of purple stone fruit and black cherry interwoven with spice cake, mineral, hints of coffee grounds and anise seed. It is fuller-bodied and round in the mouth, with expansive texture, deep fruit flavors, and ripe tannins – all held together with [adequate] balancing acidity. It shows richness on the medium-long, polished finish. A very satisfying wine that is drinking nicely right now; just pop, pour and savor. Enjoy with tomato-based dishes, rotisserie chicken, autumnal fare and more. Region: Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.5%, 88% Merlot | 7% Cabernet Sauvignon | 5% Cabernet Franc, 15 months maturation in 100% French oak (25% new), cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine. Have a question about this post? Feel free to drop me an e-mail at email@example.com or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. Stay tuned ...more to come. Happy Sipping, my friends! Disclosure: This wine was a sample provided for review. Thoughts are my own.Live, Love, Laugh, Tweet, Sip, Enjoy!
jamie goode's wine blog: Five reasons why Provence rosé is like Champagne
After having spent a few days in Provence, I’m beginning to think that there are some important parallels between Provence and Champagne. Let me try to explain. First, both are strong regional brands. Champagne is instantly recognizable. People know what to expect when they buy a bottle of Champagne. There are no nasty surprises, and generally [...]
The Wine Economist: Republic of Georgia: First Impressions of a Wine Industry in Transition
Sue and I were fortunate to be able to extend our visit to the Republic of Georgia at the conclusion the of United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) first Global Conference on Wine Tourism. The conference’s focus was on wine tourism, but we wanted to learn more about the Georgian wine industry itself. Georgia’s DNA As I […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Champagne Janisson & Fils Grand Cru NV
Based in Verzenay, Champagne Janisson made the transition from grower to Champagne house in 2014, when they also built their futuristic new winery. This NV Grand Cru really impresses: Jansson’s own holdings are supplemented with some bought in grapes. It’s a lovely wine, and it’s also beautifully packaged. Champagne Janisson & Fils Grand Cru NV 12% alcohol. [...]
Grape Wall of China: Italian wine in China | Vesuvio wine bar opening above Bottega in Beijing
By Jim Boyce | Italian wine bar Vesuvio is mere days from erupting onto the scene opening atop sibling restaurant Bottega in Sanlitun’s Nali Studio. ...
Natalie MacLean: Facebook Live Video Posts
In this Facebook Live Video chat, we discuss terrific wines for Thanksgiving. You can click on the arrow above to play the video. If you’d like to read the comments, or make a comment yourself, visit: https://www.facebook.com/natdecants/videos/10154411500734845/ You’ll find the most recent live video wine tasting at the top of the timeline here: www.facebook.com/natdecants We taste every Sunday evening at 6 pm eastern so add us to your calendar and grab a glass of wine. Click on Follow, Like and Signup on the page above to get notified when we go live. Dom […]
winegoggle: Now Wine Must Fall
Special Correspondent The attention given to the South African wine industry by the imperialist media and the Western Cape Government proves that wine is a racist, Eurocentric product that has no place in the current narrative of South Africa. “Wine, definitely, must fall,” says Lingani Mtshoepa, leader of the Abrasive Action Initiative (AAI) at the […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Making Provence rosé
A modern winery adapted for making rosé, at Château de Berne Rosé is a technical wine. This past few days I’ve been quizzing winemakers on just how they go about making it. Here’s a short introduction to making rosé wines, and how the winemaking decisions have implications for the final flavour. Reception area for machine-harvested [...]
Grape Wall of China: Mali on the move | Beijing wine shop to soon change locations
By Jim Boyce | One of our Beijing’s most thoughtfully arranged wine portfolios will soon have a new home. Mali Wine Cellar opened just over ...
Natalie MacLean: Gorgeous Cookbook from Canada’s Capital is a Go-To Gift Book
One of Canada’s most respected and award-winning food writers, Anne DesBrisay, has just published her first cookbook, Ottawa Cooks. Anne has been the undisputed champion of the nation’s capital dining and food scene for more than twenty years. Her cookbook is a glorious compendium of recipes developed by Ottawa’s top restaurant chefs. You can try them at home, or simply visit the restaurants to enjoy them there. Best of all, this book is an ideal gift for anyone in your life who loves food. The mouth-watering food photography alone makes it worthy of any coffee table. Anne is the restaurant critic for Ottawa […]
Natalie MacLean: Wine Club Besties Find Friendship in the Glass
By Lori Kilmartin Sommelier & Blogger Do you love wine, but no one else in your household does? Do you love wine but can’t afford to buy the more expensive wines you’d like to try. Do you just love wine – and would like to drink and learn more about it? There’s a great solution to all of the above – join a wine group – or form your own! I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the Wine Beasties Group (play on “Bestie) for about 9 years now. This group of 8 members was formed over 20 years […]
Natalie MacLean: Austria Wine Delights Beyond Gruner Veltliner with a Red Wine Revolution
By Mymi Myriam Toronto’s Austrian Wine Tasting took place on a lovely warm spring day. Thinking I would be charmed by a panoply of Gruner Veltliners, I entered a very bright and spacious room where the event was taking place and I began looking through the list of producers as well as the wines they were pouring. I thought my main challenge would be in deciding which Gruners to try but then I realized that so many reds were also being poured. Good news, since I am a big fan of Zweigelt, but there was one varietal in particular that […]
jamie goode's wine blog: O Gaveto, Porto, a brilliant seafood restaurant
I had one of my meals of the year at O Gaveto in Porto, a couple of weeks ago. It’s a traditional Portuguese seafood restaurant in Matosinhos, the port area of Porto. It’s run by brothers João and Jose Silva, and the restaurant was started by their father. The food is superb, and the service fabulous. The [...]
Traveling Wine Chick: Two Months, Twelve Tastes
It’s been nearly two months since I published a set of wine reviews on my blog. As regular readers know, I am transitioning my writing to focus more on experiences, although it can be said that tasting a fantastic wine in the perfect moment – with food and friends – is also an experience worth … More Two Months, Twelve Tastes
jamie goode's wine blog: In Elgin: Corder Wines
I met Ian Corder (above) at Almenkerk, where his wines are made. [As an aside, he kindly offered to take me up in his autogyro to see the Elgin Valley from the air. You can read about this, and watch the video here.] The vineyard that is now Corder Wines was originally an apple farm when [...]