Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Make your own blend
Friday, August 19, 2005
Hoodsport - the long way around
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
BBQ with neighbors
By the way, check out the Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot! I have a friend who drinks it as her everyday wine, but at $30 a throw, most of us will have to settle for an occasional splurge. One of these days I will write about "pricepoints", but, for right now, I just want to point out that even though most of us can't afford $30 a bottle very often, this is the point where you get the most bang for your buck. There are probably more really great wines at this pricepoint than at any other. Many thirty dollar wines really are at least twice as good as $15 wines, but very few sixty dollar bottles are twice as good as thirty. Anyway, it's all relative and very good wine can be had for as little as $2 these days thanks to the likes of "Charles Shaw." Go ahead, splurge!
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Hi Ho Silver! - The Rhone Rangers were in Town
What is a Rhone Ranger you might ask? The Rhone Rangers are American winemakers from 170 wineries dedicated to making wine from varietals grown in the Rhone Valley of France. They make wonderful wines from varietals such as Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Unfortunately, this time, some of the wines were disappointing. Fortunately, there were some really wonderful wines.
"Silo" and the regular Syrah from Rulo were delicious. McCrea continues to make wonderful wines - check out the Sirocco. The Terre Rouge whites were good -clean and fresh, but this year's "Noir", a "Chateauneuf" blend, was disappointing. Their 2001 Sentinal Ridge, on the other hand, was a well made Syrah, as was the 2001 Black Bear Block Syrah from Zaca Mesa. Check out the Zaca Mesa Viognier. The 2003 Zefina Serience White, a blend of 50% Viognier and 50% Roussanne, was refreshingly free of oakiness having been barrel fermented in two to three year old barrels for seven months.
Syncline 2004 Revision was a good value at $20. All the whites at Tablas Creek were good and their 2003 Mourvedre was fabulous. Dusted Vineyards 2003 Syrah will stain your teeth after filling your mouth. Their Viognier is good in a slightly fruitier style. Owen Roe "Sinister Hand" is a tasty blend of 36% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 22% Mourvedre, and 10% Counoise from Elderling Vineyard. The 2003 Dubrul Syrah is definitely a splurge at fifty some odd dollars as is the Rockblock 2002 Seven Hills Vineyard Syrah. Curtis Winery made some good whites and there were others too numerous to mention. That's the roundup, folks, tune in next year.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Dinner with friends
What a week!
The Sociando Mallet was simply over the hill and the Ducru, quite a nice wine, was corked. The Pape Clement was on the light side, but had interesting flavors of mineral and earth. The Leoville Barton was mahogany colored, a bit old, but went quite well with the cheese It was complemented by the Montrose which was not the monster one might expect, but had enough beautiful fruit and relatively soft tannins to keep going for another five years. The highlight of the evening was the Sauternes and Foie Gras. The Rieussec retained the best features of its youth while showing the complex honeyed nector quality of an older Sauternes. Six hours at the table almost set a record for us.