Gadais Pere et Fils Vieilles Vignes 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

So you might be thinking “what the heck does all that gobbledygook in the title really mean”? While the title of this post is a mouthful the wine certainly is not, more on that later. Let’s decipher the title a bit so we can better understand what is going on here. First, this wine comes from Muscadet, a subregion of…

Kruger-Rampf 2014 Munsterer Kapellenberg Kabinett Riesling

Aside from Chardonnay, of all the white grape varieties I’ve had Riesling nearly the most. Oddly, I’ve never blogged about it. It is light, refreshing, usually low alcohol, and very food friendly. It goes wonderfully with spicy food as the sweetness balances out the heat. I’m not a big fan of sweet wines but I do like Riesling when there is…

Oregon: Doing the Willamette Valley with Two Kids

I’m diverting from my normal post format here and taking part in the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #25. I’ve been reading the Drunken Cyclist blog for a while now and noticed this challenge come up from time to time. I never really thought about taking part until reading this month’s theme of Travel. I figured this was one subject I…

Borgo di Colloredo 2010 Aglianico Terre Degli Osci

Aglianico is said to be the “Nebbiolo of Southern Italy”. To fully understand this comparison you need to know a bit about Nebbiolo. The most famous grape variety of the northern Italian region of Piemonte it is used in the highly sought after wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is said to have an essence of “tar and roses”, rustic…

Tommasi 2012 Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo: A “Baby” Super Tuscan

Everyone is searching for the next big up-and-coming wine region to get into. Often when this exciting new region is discovered there is an influx of investment trying to get a proverbial “piece of the pie”. Many famous regions have been through this, from Prosecco in northern Italy to Willamette Valley in Oregon to the…

Michael David Petite Petit: Bold Petite Sirah from Lodi

Many big wine review sites like eRobert Parker or Wine Enthusiast Magazine offer their top wine lists. I do glance through these once in awhile but the top wines are often out of my price range and hard to find around here. If you’re willing to do some research however they can be a quick way to find new wines. I’ll…

Casillero del Diablo 2013 Carmenere Reserva

Black currants, plums, rose, grapefruit, cherry. Sounds like a fruit salad but these are also descriptors commonly associated with particular grape varieties. Currants with Cabernet Sauvignon, plums with Merlot, roses with the difficult to pronounce Gewurztraminer, grapefruit with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and cherries with Sangiovese (Chianti) or cold climate Pinot Noir. I’ve learned to associate…

Fontanafredda Briccotondo 2014: Barbera Wine from Langhe

My favorite wine blog Wine Folly recently posted an article called Why Love Wine? It really got me thinking. Why do I like wine? Madeline’s five points are this: Why love wine… It’s like a micro time travel machine in a bottle, BECAUSE it’s an acquired taste, It’s good for you in small doses, Zillions of…