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Riesling Rules: Three Bottles, Three Countries

Can we send you three bottles of Riesling? Uh, YOU BET! Three samples of the Best White Wine on Earth arrived for my consideration and, specifically, for a twitter tasting known as #winechat that takes place every Thursday from 6-7pm PST. The three contenders? Kamptal, Austria: Brandl Riesling 2011 Alsace, France: Paul Blanck & Fils Riesling [...]

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Stuart Pigott on The United States of Riesling

Attention Riesling fanatics! Get yourself a copy of Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story by Stuart Pigott. The book is a personal and compelling love letter to the grape in all its forms from all over the world. And you’ll find notable producers and bottles from each Riesling region revealed, including Pigott’s Top [...]

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Label Lust: Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling

I promise an upright picture is forthcoming, but I enjoy wine labels that are head-turning. They fill me with Label Lust. Like this one for the 2013 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling. I love how the pyramid of words creates and reinforces the vineyard on a hill and gives you a nice tidbit [...]

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Bake and Destroy’s Vegan Green Bean Casserole Pizza and Dry Riesling

Do you find vegans take themselves too seriously? Lacking a bit in the fun department? Well get ready to smash those stereotypes with Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans by Natalie Slater. I was sent a promotional copy, checked out some of the recipes, and the wheels started turning. You might wonder what [...]

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A Tantalizing Sparkling Riesling from British Columbia

Cannot quibble over getting invited to attend an outdoor Riesling Rendezvous at Chateau Ste. Michelle on a picture-perfect day. Located in the town of Woodinville, not far from Seattle, I knew while at this event I’d taste all manner of Rieslings from the corners of the globe. Special recognition must go to the Tantalus Old [...]

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Leading Between The Vines Evokes The Heart of German Riesling

Besides the act of pouring it down my gullet, nothing has had a bigger impact on my appreciation of German Riesling than the writings of Terry Theise. He has discovered, rediscovered, and championed some of the most compelling wines in the world. So I was suitably geeked as a member of the wine media to [...]

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Asparagus and Wine: Together Forever

AsparagusOriginally uploaded by jamesonf One of the worst “truths” about food and wine pairings is that asparagus does not go well with wine. This is completely wrong! Here is a list of wines I would drink with asparagus: Sparkling Wine (Prosecco, Cremant, Champagne) Chenin Blanc (Loire Valley or South Africa) Riesling (dry from Australia or [...]

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Wines I Tasted Yesterday

A quick rundown: 2009 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc (South Africa): Sancerre meets (a touch of) New Zealand. 2009 Zuccardi Serie ‘A’ Torrontes (Argentina): Less soapy and perfumed than most Torrontes. Has a petrol nose that reminds me of German or Australian Riesling. Probably the best Torrontes I’ve had. 2008 Costieres de Pomerol Picpoul de Pinet [...]

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2004 Hogue Johannisberg Riesling

2004 Hogue Johannisberg RieslingOriginally uploaded by jamesonf Wow. One of the most unexpected and surprising wines I have tasted in a long time. Maybe ever. This was the first vintage in screwcap for the Hogue Johannisberg Riesling. It drank like a great, dry Aussie Riesling with petrol and lime notes. Somehow the sugar had faded, [...]

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Dveri-Pax Does it Again

I have been crying for the last year for my local Dveri-Pax connection to bring in their dry Riesling. I finally got it! My allocation was a measly six-pack, and I plan to hoard it like a miser. What is it like? Very Alsatian, with a complex nose, rich mid-palate, and a very refreshing green [...]

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