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 [More]
My Rosé SelectionOriginally uploaded by jamesonf Here are the rosés I am currently loving (and selling). The La Bastide Blanche Bandol is my favorite right now. I also love the Sinskey and Evesham Wood; these are my top two domestic pinks outside of Washington. Syncline is the gold standard for Washington rosé. Don’t sleep on [More]
La Vieille Ferme 3LOriginally uploaded by jamesonf Like the MAN in a Box Chenin/Blanc Viognier, the La Vieille Ferme Red is about 8 bucks a (glass) bottle or, better yet, works out to 5 bucks a bottle when you buy it in a 3 Liter box. Wines from Cotes du Ventoux are a dead ringer [More]
I love Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire, with its searing, enamel-chipping acidity. But I also really appreciate white Bordeaux (and similarly-styled Aussie whites) with a healthy dollop of Semillon. It softens the sharp edges of Sauvignon Blanc and adds a bit of richness. Today I tried a 2008 Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc, which was [More]
The Wines I’m Bringing to the Oregon CoastOriginally uploaded by jamesonf So I’m in charge of bringing the wines for a group of 10 for a long weekend. I grabbed two box wines. Yes, box wines. The MAN Vintners Chenin/Viognier I have tasted (in box) and it’s great. Very lively and crisp and it works [More]
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, [More]
1993 Hogue Reserve MerlotOriginally uploaded by jamesonf Tasted (drank) at the winery. Fantastic; reminded me of a well-aged, classified-growth Bordeaux. The alcohol level is much more moderate than you see today out of most top reds from Washington and California. Probably the second-best Washington red I have had.
I go to Reno frequently to visit my mother and the wine selections at most restaurants, especially the casinos and chains that dominate this city, are your boilerplate, KJ-esque family of wines. You pretty much know what you are going to get no matter where you go. So it was an extremely pleasant surprise that [More]