3. WINE 101

1. Male and Female Wine Drinkers -- Are They Really That Different?

 10 best wine destinations for 2013

2. How to invest in wine      

Why Wine is a Lousy Investment

3.  How to Really Taste Wine


Best Wines for Comfort Food

Wine Myths That Need Shattering

4.  February 9 4th Annual New York City Winter Wine Fest

Feb 22 BurdiGala NYC: Once-In-a-Lifetime Event feat: Bordeaux & Chef Alain Ducasse      

March 1-3 6th Annual New York Wine Expo   
5. 50 Great Portuguese Wines by Doug Frost hosted by the Wines of Portugal at the Pratt House on East 68th was my first tasting at this elegant venue.  We were first treated to a  fine tasty lunch with a selection of the top 10 wines of the 50 tasting. Food tidbits were well matched and this should be done at all wine tasting events.

Doug did a wonderful job in his annual selection but of course we commiserated over his difficult work- tasting 700 preselected wines in only 4 days. All the white Alvarinho Vinho Verde choices were very pleasant to drink, e.g. Armindo Fernandes Vianna 2011 Loureiro 100%.  For a single varietal Touriga Nacional  I recommend the Quinta Do Pinto  2009.

Note: The Portuguese prefer blends to single varietals.
My cheeky lunch mate said that this tastes better like “group sex” is better than...” :) 

The clear winner and obvious stand out best of the top 10 was a red Quinta DO Poeira  2009 Old vines (60 years plus) from the Douro.  Which mixed old “unidentified” vines beyond the Portuguese national grape Touriga Nacional the winemaker couldn’t say- just “mixed in whatever was there”.  Simply delicious and everyone I met who tasted it agreed.

Union Des Grands Crus De Bordeaux
French winemakers are extolling the 2010 vintage e.g. “I have no doubt that like the great vintages of the 1980s, we will still be discussing these wines thirty - or even fifty - years from now.’”  These wines are different from the 2009s. 2010s were more concentrated and have more structure and acidity than 2009 but should require more aging.

My favorites were the elegant Chateau La Conseillante from Pomerol and the powerful Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Margaux.
Of the sweet wines, Chateau Bastor Lamontagne Sauternes was the most enticing -  not overly sweet and a very fine balance.

Irene also liked this Sauterne along with La Tour Blanche (sweet white) but Chateau Pape Clement was her favorite for a second year in a row: “Complex and textured on the palate, with delicious sweet red fruit on the nose.”

The 1865  Wine Tasting Vina San Pedro at Puro Chile
One standout was their single vineyard 1865 Sauvignon Blanc 2011 $18 from the San Antonio Valley—They are  hoping Chile becomes another “New Zealand” for Sauvignon Blanc. This fresh yet complex wine is a promising and very tasty start.

PINOT DAYS New York City
Many Bay Area pinots were obviously pleasant to drink, but my standout favorite pinot was from New Zealand - Churton, a delightful Biodynamic from  Marlborough.  I am looking forward to retasting it at the May 13 New Zealand Wine Fair.

6.  THE COMPENDIUM Tasting the World’s Finest Wines Vol 1 John Kapon
“To me, there is nothing better than aged wine.”  John Kapon  CEO Acker Merrall & Condit
These tasting notes of many of the world’s finest wines are a real treat for the serious oenophile/wine collector to share memories.  They may also serve as a valuable guide/inspiration for future wine tastings/purchases.

“Men are like wine—some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
Pope John XXIII
Best quote of the book but little of meat or should I say high quality CAB to satisfy me here.

Unless you are a fan and want to know how Eric learned to love wine, this memoir, while well written, is not breaking new ground. I presume WEINGARTEN readers always know that wine tasting notes and ratings out of drinking context are not the end all of wine writing and like this writer prefer to know the story, history and purpose of wine.  
However, I realize the author is quite literate and entertaining so here is a link to a favorable review:

Asimov Rehumanizes Wine in His New Book
THE JUICE  Vinous Veritas  Jay Mcinerney Random House
Like a fine wine tasting, this selection of short vignettes is a oenophile’s delight.  All serious wine lovers will enjoy reading this!

7. A Peek Into the Exclusive World of Wine Societies

The Quest for Wine's Origins

8.  T/F According to Francis Ford Coppola, the celebrated film director and owner of the Coppola California winery,  the difference between making a film and making wine:
"The two professions are almost the same and that each depends on source material and takes a lot of time to perfect. The big difference: Today’s winemakers still worry about quality."

T/F  To dream of breaking bottles of wine, foretells that your love and passion will border on excess.

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