A wonderful Taurasi
Riserva2001 - Quality Aglianico
Mendel Lunta Malbec 2010 tasty
from 80+ year old ungrafted Malbec wines in the Lunlunta Hills.
Rare Wine Historic SeriesSavannah Verdelho NV Madeira
as the founding fathers loved to drink.
BEVERAGE NOTE: Irving Farm Coffee was delicious.
Currently they have one NYC retail outlet at Irving Place and another coming soon to
the upper west side
My discovery here was Pian dell”Orino
winery Rosso di Montalcino and their Brunello di Montalcino Reserva. The latter
was an attractive, value organic/biodynamic wine with soul.Later I learned: “At foot of the castle there is an enormous vine that is
over 350 year old. It is the largest vine in the world. This magnificent plant
is called Versoain and is the oldest vine stock in Europe.” I like this story and believe it may become one of our
favorite Italian wineries in future. .
MARCH 23 PROVENCE
TASTING TOUR 2012 Up until recently, I had little desire for Rose.Perhaps it because I spend my summer vacation
up in the Catskill Mountains and not on the
French Riveria?Be that as it may,
slowly I am developing a taste. While I knew that Rose consumptions was growing
rapidly in the US (up 62% 2010 to 2011), I was quite surprised to learn that
French consumers drink more rosé wines that white wines: In 2011, 27% of rosé
wines of the total French wine consumption compared with only 16,8% of white
A few pleasant Rose wines I am likely to retaste in future:
Beaulieu 2011 Rose (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Vieux Carignan) $10
One non-traditional find: Petit Rimauresq 2008 (Mourvedre,
Syrah, Carignan) $14.95 – an easy to drink me now success. Organizing Note: In the sectional tastings tables, I found
it quite helpful that each bottle marked by page and item number from our
tasting book.This practice deserves to
27 RIOJA SEMINAR Spain is
economically challenged and may be the next Euro Greece, To Stay Afloat, Spanish Winemakers Export
Abroad.So while the Spanish are
drinking less wine, Spanish wines have never been more popular in the U.S. as these
quality wines are still quite reasonably priced.Rioja is well known as the premier wine
region.At this comprehensive tasting, I
for the second time enjoyed Tempranillo Blanco. 2010 Valdemar Inspiración
Tempranillo Blanco ($30) was delicious and offers ABC drinkers a great new
choice.I tried for the first time the
Maturana grape, but for me, it is has little appeal. The highlight was the well
aged Flight 4: – I found the Ontanon Rioja Reserve 1991 delicious with an
intriguing nose. This wine ages well and is recommended as an elegant and
inexpensive addition to one’s cellar. I also enjoyed the Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Reserve
Especial 1978 pleasant, but I felt it was past its prime.Not being an expert here, my guess is 34
years was 15 to 20 too long for optimal aging.
5. CAHORS CAPITALE DU MALBEC- THE FRENCH MALBEC at Bouley
Test Kitchen December 19th
The "Tender & Fruity" I called them "cheap"
under $15 but Irene objected to my terminology. They were acceptable Table
The "Feisty and Powerful" a bit like Irene J except retails between $15 and $25.
My favoritesof course were "Intense and Powerful" above
$25. My favorite was Clos Triguedina Curvee Probus 2008 - Tres
Two messages: 1) Malbec from Argentina is grapes from the
sun; Cahors are grapes from the soil. 2) Cahors Malbec repeater (repeat) Cahors Malbec.Malbec is not just about Argentina anymore; These are tasty
and relatively inexpensive Malbecs. Don’t forget this April 17 on World Malbec
Irene’s comments: Cahors Capitale du
Malbec tasting in my opinion was a little too Americanized. Considering that
most of the attendees were wine professionals quite familiar with French wines
(maybe not so much Cahors), repeating Cahors-Malbec every 2 minutes didn't seem
like a wise marketing strategy, especially since many US consumers think of
Malbec as good but not great inexpensive wine from South America.
Currently 85% of Cahors
sold in volume is marketed in France,
and only 15% is exported. In New York
you won't find it very often in stores, even though the wine offers exceptional
value, considering how seriously the French take their winemaking and what a
great quality wine it is. I checked wine lists at 3 New York's steakhouses highly regarded for
their wine selection. The first one has no mention of Cahors whatsoever, the
second one (famous for global selection) lists under "Interesting
Reds" Chateau Lamartine 2008 “Cuvee Particuliere” Cahors for $53 with a little note -
"this wine is 10% Merlot, 90% Cot: French for Malbec" (note how
Merlot is listed first, even though it is only 10% - there is no way unfamiliar
grape like Cot will get consumer's attention). The third list has Clos Troteligotte
2004 priced at $125 - the only Cahors among pages of other red wines. So there
are still ways to go before Americans start looking for Malbec from France. But if
you happen to see one - try it, you might be very pleasantly surprised!
Chief Plans Sparkling Wine in U.K. Vineyard HW: Smart move- please invite us to your first New York tasting. Rathfinnyestate: We will definitely invite you to our first
NY tasting, you are on the list! - hope you can wait until 2017. HW: I am looking forward to it.
Baronia de Turis MuscatAlexandria
$13 is a smile floral fragrant experience from Valencia.Matches nicely with blue cheese, desserts, or
8. ASPARAGUS AND AUSTRIAN WINE Download:Brochure. Asparagus
is the Austrians’ favorite seasonal vegetable. Wine connoisseurs and asparagus
lovers are promised to find the right wine to accompany asparagus transforming
a short-termed pleasure “to an exceptional springtime delight.” The Perfect Winewith Asparagus? No
surprise that almost every recipe here recommends Grüner Veltliner. Actually
this seems like a fairly safe bet to me. Sample
Food match:Baked Asparagus matching:
Classic styles of Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Weißburgunder and
Morillon/Chardonnay; also medium-bodied Neuburger.
WINE MARKET COUNCIL NY RESEARCH CONFERENCE January 31, 2012 at MOMA takeaway notes I) New York IS Nations wine capital- Yeah team! II Ability to tell a glass of merlot from a glass of cab
-most think they can, can you? III) Constantly learning what we like in wine as with many
things in life. IV) What does wine mean?ENJOYING LIFE MORE!
Long Islandvineyards have the best infrastructure for tastings? A
corollary question is which one do you like for a less-crowded boutique
ambiance? HW: Try Paumanok
Vineyards (especially with a winery tour) and CoreyCreek.I invite WEINGARTEN readers to also answer
this question with their favorite LI winery tastings.