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Cheap-n-Tasty Bordeaux

Cheap-n-Tasty Bordeaux Originally uploaded by jamesonf Yes, from the 2009 vintage! From the heavily-hyped, purportedly greatest vintage in the history of Bordeaux. Well, at least since 2005. And 2003. And 2000. (Is the snark palpable?) And it’s about 1/100th the price of the fancy-pants first growths. I have no idea what the blend is but [More]

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I Can Cross This Wine Off My List

Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero Originally uploaded by jamesonf Wow, was not expecting this wine when I got a visit from Vietti. Dolcetto, Barbera, sure. The reds are all great but what really stood out for me is how excellent the 2009 Arneis (white) was. Hard to beat for $20ish!

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A Visit from Van Duzer

Had a guy from Van Duzer stop by to pour some wines for me. I really like the Pinot Gris. The problem with Oregon (and Alsatian) Pinot Gris is that you never know if it’s going to be dry or a bit sweet until you taste it. This version is dry and not as heavy [More]

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Lunch With (The Wines of) Guigal

Guigal has its famous, pricey wines like the La Las but I was at lunch today with a rep from ExCellars revisiting the more humble Cotes du Rhones. The rosé, white, and red were really impressive. The 2009 pink was lovely, with all kinds of strawberry and watermelon flavors but bone-dry. The white contained a [More]

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Wines I Bought Today

I actually spent a bit of money on wine today and picked up some things that are sold out or older vintages of favorites. Thank you, Esquin Wine Merchants; going there is sometimes like digging for records. 2006 Leeuwin Art Series Riesling Margaret River: Aussie Riesling is truly one of the world’s most underrated wines [More]

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Trader Joe’s Wine

Trader Joe’s Wine Originally uploaded by jamesonf I shop at Trader Joe’s frequently for all the stuff a single guy pushing 40 needs. Every now and then a wine there catches my attention. A Hunter Valley Semillon for 6 bucks? Done and done. This was an excellent wine that reminded me how underrated Aussie whites [More]

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My New Favorite Esoteric Wine

I expanded my thoughts on the Hofer rosé in my new piece on the Foodista Blog.

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36 German Rieslings

It was a busy couple of days last week when I plowed through a host of German Rieslings from Markus Molitor and Valckenberg. I’d recap my meager notes from each wine, but I’d be in my grave before I finished typing dozens of variations on Bernkasteler Badstube Spatlese. The one thing I want to share [More]

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