Yearly Archives: 2006

Austrian Gruner Veltliner

I love it. They also have the best packaging. 2005 Hofer Gruner Veltliner. Cool bottle.Cool label.Adorable beercap top.1L size.Crisp, dry, fun.9 bucks. Truly a “give-away” price.

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Saint Cosme Does it Again

I have sung the praises of the Saint Cosme CDR; a 100% Syrah with purity and elegance. I just got my hands on a 2004 Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions. It’s a step up in price from the regular CDR and a blend rather than 100% Syrah. (And it has a real cork instead [More]

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The French: How Do They Do It?

2005 Domaine de Pajot Les Quatre Cepages Blend: Colombard, Ugni-Blanc, Gros-Manseng and Sauvignon Taste: Nice little bit of richness, great fruit (classic peachy/apple-y Gascogne chugger), crisp, cleanBonus: Certified Organic! Peace.Price: $6.99 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) What a deal! I can’t believe this wine comes all the way from France and is still so cheap! I have had a [More]

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Don’t Fear the Pinotage

Boy, I have really never liked Pinotage. So I am thrilled to be drinking the 2005 Fairview Pinotage. It’s from South Africa (duh). I think Pinotage is a cross b/t Pinot Noir and Cinsault. (Correct me if I’m wrong). It has a ton of bacony smokiness on the finish that mingles with some really bright [More]

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Mike’s Hard Lemonade

I nominate this for the worst tasting note ever. From the Executive Wine Seminars that are on the online version of the Wine Advocate: 2005 Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett (Dr. Loosen) Very light color with only the first hints of green/yellow. Soft, restrained nose displays freshness with a distinct citrus, lemony scent that recalls Mike’s [More]

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New Zealand….Merlot?!? Huh?

I thought this was going to be the silliest of silly wines, but I am actually enjoying the 2005 Oyster Bay Merlot. ( It’s balanced, has nice fruit, and a a little bit of smoke on the finish. Like a baby right-bank Bordeaux. (I cannot believe I just typed that.) Can’t say that I’m a [More]

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Go Champers!

I attended an insanely good multi-course dinner paired with different champers. I was reminded of something I feel very strongly about: steak and champers are a match made in heaven. If I were the type to go to some steak house, I would not want some monster cab with my steak. I’d want a rich, [More]

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Dinner With Friends and Great Wine

Nothing is more fun than having dinner with a small group of people and bringing some wines. Especially when you bust out a magnum of Pepiere Muscadet. What is more fun and festive than a magnum. Especially a kick-ass, old vine Muscadet that retails for under 30 bucks? Truly, this is one of the great [More]

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