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Reverse Wine Snob®: Jones of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon – Juicy!Jones of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon – Juicy!
The Jones of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, a rich and flavorful Cab from the Wahluke Slope. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Wahluke Slope, Washington. The Jones of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon has an SRP of $15 and is available at that price. 7,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: The Jones Family Vineyards are located […] The post Jones of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon – Juicy! appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.

The Wine Economist: Everything you always wanted to know about Chianti Classico (and lots more!)Everything you always wanted to know about Chianti Classico (and lots more!)
Bill Nesto MW and Frances Di Savino, Chianti Classico: The Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine. University of California Press, 2016. I didn’t know much about Sicily and its wine industry until I read Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino’s 2013 book The World of Sicilian Wine  and it really opened my eyes. I enjoyed the detailed analysis of the […]

Natalie MacLean: Kim Crawford Wines: Blending Passion and Place
Kim Crawford Winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst explains how blending works at the winery as we try our own hand at it.   Jennifer MacDonald Havers Wine Columnist, Ottawa Citizen   Upon entering a beautiful dining room at Courtyard restaurant, our group knew our tasting with Kim Crawford wines was going to be a unique experience. A huge table set with multiple glasses, all but one at each setting containing a sample of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Photo by Jennifer Havers The classic Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc as well as the Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc, a small parcel (or Reserve-type) version were in two glasses. The […]

jamie goode's wine blog: Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2015 Nelson, New Zealand
I have a thing for Kiwi Chardonnay. Its day will come. It doesn’t currently get the respect it deserves, but with wines like these from Neudorf, and the stunning wines of Kumeu River and others, things will change. Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2015 Nelson, New Zealand 14% alcohol. Complex, intense lemon and grapefruit with some rich pear notes, [...]

Natalie MacLean: Best Turkey Wine for Holiday Dinner? Not One But Many Wines – Reuters
While this terrific article talks about matching wine with Thanksgiving turkey, the tips are just as valid with it comes to Christmas/holiday turkey dinner … Thanksgiving, the holiday that anyone who likes to eat loves to celebrate, is just a week away and experts agree there is not one perfect wine to accompany the feast, but many. “No other holiday celebrates the gift of wine like Thanksgiving,” said Natalie MacLean, author of the new book, “Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines.” “Wine is a taste of the harvest along with all the delicious dishes on the […]

jamie goode's wine blog: Interesting wines from Bosman Family Vineyards with Corlea Fourie
Corlea Fourie is the winemaker behind Bosman Family Vineyards, based in the Wellington region of South Africa. I caught up with her to taste some interesting new releases, including the fabulous Optenhorst Chenin Blanc, made from vines planted in 1952. Bosman Fides 2013 Wellington, South Africa This is a skin-fermented Grenache Blanc. This particular vintage had 8 [...]

winegoggle: Stark Market Realities at WineLand Seminar
The wine writer kicked the tyre of her SUV motor vehicle outside the Spier Conference Centre. “I can’t believe that woman from Pick ’n Pay said wine buyers don’t care about terroir,” she said with a sigh and tossed her hair in the cool westerly breeze blowing from the Atlantic. “It is so scary that […]

jamie goode's wine blog: Domaine des Ormes Saumur 2014: an amazing value Loire red
Occasionally I taste a wine with no idea of where it’s sourced from or how much it costs. This is one of those wines, and when I found out it was an inexpensive supermarket wine, I was stunned. So I tasted it again, from a bottle that had been open two days, and it was [...]

jamie goode's wine blog: We have the wrong map: how false directions impede our search for happiness
A while ago I posted on happiness, and in the short essay I mentioned that one reason people might be unhappy is that they have false beliefs about how happiness might be attained. I am walking along a London street. I am approached by a tourist. She speaks good English, but they are clearly lost. I’m [...]

Natalie MacLean: Henry of Pelham’s Paul Speck on Cool Climate Chardonnay
By Melissa Pulvermacher To kick off the annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C) in Niagara, Ontario, I visited Paul Speck of Henry of Pelham Winery on the Short Hills Bench in St. Catharines. The Henry of Pelham winery has been owned by the Speck family since 1988. While tasting the wines, we explored this concept of cool climate viticulture. Ontario’s weather can be somewhat unpredictable from year-to-year, which is why our local wines tend to have a lot of vintage variance. Beginning with some of my favourite Niagara bubbles, the 2011 Cuvee Catharine Carte Blanche had me salivating right […]

Grape Wall of China: Space grapes! | China sent vines into orbit, here’s 10 future wines to expect
By Jim Boyce | Space grapes! China just sent vines into the great beyond and that ultimately means new wines for our planet and the ...

Natalie MacLean: Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings October 1
You can access the 110 wines that I reviewed for October 1 as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so. […]

jamie goode's wine blog: In the Douro: Vallado
Francisco Ferreira After visiting Vallado’s property in the Douro Superior earlier in the week, it was time to visit the original Quinta, which is on the border of the Baixo and Cima Corgo subregions. Vallado has some lovely old vineyards, and we tasted the whites at the top of the hill with Francisco Ferreira, winemaker [...]

Grape Wall of China: NWC II turns one | And these two photos are symbolic of Ningxia’s growth
By Jim Boyce | Four years ago this week, seven winemakers from five continents helped launch a two-year project called the Ningxia Winemakers Challenge (NWC) ...

My Vine Spot: Italian White Wine Flight: Grechetto, Trebbiano, and PecorinoItalian White Wine Flight: Grechetto, Trebbiano, and Pecorino
Hello Friends,Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine writer, and someone who appreciates the liquid expression of place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence, I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages out there. It is an area of interest where you never run out of great people to meet and new things to taste and learn. The wines selected for this post all are made from lesser-known white wine grapes. The fact that a variety doesn’t have the worldwide name recognition as let’s say, Chardonnay, Riesling, or Sauvignon Blanc, doesn’t mean the grape isn’t capable of producing exciting wines. A countless number of wine grapes – many ancient and native to Italy -- remain well under the radar in the region. You may not be able to pronounce the name of the grape or the region, but over time you will learn. And you never know, while exploring the vast world of wines you just may find a new favorite or two to add to your list. It goes without saying that the trio of Grechetto, Trebbiano and Pecorino is a great (and delicious) place to discover new Italian wines and broaden your palate. For further information and where you can find these selections, please see my tasting notes below.Castello di Magione 2013 Monterone GrechettoCastello di Magione 2013 Monterone Grechetto (SRP $25): Clay Fritz, owner and winemaker of Fritz Winery in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, found himself bitten by the Italian wine bug during a trek to Umbria to join the ‘The Order of Malta’ – an ancient humanitarian service that provides global relief to areas impacted by natural disasters. This visit led Mr. Fritz to start a small wine business where he imports select Umbrian wines to California. Grechetto is a white grape variety grown mainly in the Umbria region of central Italy. This selection offers an inviting nose with citrus blossom and stone fruit flavors accented by a dab of floral perfume. It is medium-bodied in the mouth with a plump texture and round, yet bright acids. Overall, a very delightful sipper and food wine that can stand up to richer dishes including white cream sauces and the like. Giulia Luccioli, Senior Managing Director of a group of leading wine estates in Italy said, “Grechetto wines are typically paired with truffles (abundant in Umbria),” during a recent chat. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the delicious Malbec Mr. Fritz grows on his Dry Creek Valley property. So there you have it, friends; a very nice red and white recommendation for the dinner table! Region: Colli del Trasimeno DOC, Umbria, Italy. Other info: ABV 13.5%, cork enclosure, 11%, all stainless, cork enclosure, imported by Fritz Imports in Cloverdale, CA. Click here to find this wine.Cantina Dei Colli Ripani 2014 TrebbianoCantina Dei Colli Ripani 2014 Trebbiano (SRP $12): Trebbiano is quietly one of the most widely planted varieties in the world. In France the variety is known as Ugni Blanc, and besides producing wine, the grape plays an important role in the production of brandy spirits. This wine hails from Marche, a region in central Italy where Trebbiano thrives. Pale straw in color, this wine is fresh and racy, delivering a delicate mix of wild flowers, orange blossom and citrus peel. There’s a suggestion of beeswax that’s more noticeable on the nose than the palate. This wine has a balancing acid lift with a short-to-medium long, clean finish. It is a great aperitif and will work well with most salads and fresh seafood. Overall, a straight-forward yet well-made wine that delights and satisfies without breaking the piggy bank. Region: Marche, Italy. Other info: ABV 12%, cork enclosure, imported by ZGR Imports LLC in Dana Point, CA. Click here to find this wine.Rio Maggio 2012 Falerio PecorinoRio Maggio 2012 Falerio Pecorino (SRP $23): By the 1970s the ancient Pecorino grape was nearly extinct. Producers like Rio Maggio and other growers revived the variety and today it is experiencing a bit of a renaissance in Marche. Pecorino is native to the region and is naturally low-yielding. It is known for its aging potential and is said to show its true character at 3 to 4 years of age. This wine pours a light straw yellow color. It is round and rather broad textured in the mouth, with fine acid balance. It leads with appealing floral notes, fennel seed and citrus blossom. There’s a trailing honeyed nuttiness – which I find appealing -- that runs through the finish. As you would any fuller-bodied Chardonnay, serve and enjoy this intriguing white wine at around 55°~57°. Locals enjoy Pecorino with fresh regional seafood. It also pairs well with the cheese that shares its name. Region: Pecorino Falerio, Marche, Italy. Other info: ABV 13.5%, matured in stainless, spends approximately four months on lees, cork enclosure, imported by ZGR Imports LLC in Dana Point, CA. Click here to find this wine.I would like to thank Protocol Wine Studio for hosting the month-long program on central Italy. It was a very informative and enjoyable event. To join this highly interactive, Twitter-based wine education program use hashtag #winestudio and tune in every Tuesday at 9PM EST. The subject may vary from month-to-month, but it is always wine-themed, educational, and a whole lot of fun. Cheers!Have a question about this post? Feel free to drop me an e-mail at or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. Stay tuned ...more to come. Happy Sipping, my friends! Disclosure: These wines were provided for review. Thoughts are my own.Live, Love, Laugh, Tweet, Sip, Enjoy!

Reverse Wine Snob®: Chateau Coulon Corbieres Rouge – On The Sophisticated SideChateau Coulon Corbieres Rouge – On The Sophisticated Side
The Chateau Coulon Corbieres Rouge, a savory blend that gets better with every sip. 40% Syrah, 30% Carignan, 15% Grenache, and 15% Mourvedre from Corbieres, Languedoc, France. Made from organic grapes. The Chateau Coulon Corbieres Rouge has an SRP of $20 and is available for as low as $14. Imported by Baron Francois LTD. Sample […] The post Chateau Coulon Corbieres Rouge – On The Sophisticated Side appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.

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