Went to lunch with my rep from TGIC at an Indian restaurant with a bevy of Argentine and Chilean wines (and one Spanish Garnacha thrown in for the hell of it). Really enjoyed the Montes Alpha Pinot and it was good with the mildly spicy cuisine. For about twenty bucks this is a pretty impressive [More]
I expand on my excitement regarding Tasmanian bubbles on Foodista.
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]