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Sat, 29 Jan 2011

How To Survive ZAP
Winecast:- Today starts the annual Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Festival for me in San Francisco. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended so I have been thinking about the best strategy to cover the grand tasting tomorrow. Back before my first ZAP, I asked pioneer wine blogger and ZAP veteran Alder Yarrow of Vinography for [...]How To Survive ZAP originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Fri, 28 Jan 2011

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot Columbia Valley 2007 review by (PB)
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Do Australian Rieslings need more age?
Dr. Vino's wine blog:- The Contours vineyard at Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley. The Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2010 has the fresh lime aromas of a young Aussie Riesling. But on the palate, the dry wine is tightly wound, wrapped in a crunchy, almost impenetrable shell of acidity. By contrast, the 2003 vintage of the same wine is much more accessible, [...]


William Fèvre Chablis Champs Royaux 2008 review by (PB)
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Thu, 27 Jan 2011

J. Lohr Named Winery of the Year
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How Angelus became James Bond?s choice
Dr. Vino's wine blog:- In a memorable scene in Casino Royale, James Bond sipped Chateau Angelus on a train while meeting Vesper Lynd. The St Emilion maker of bold blend of merlot and cabernet franc paid for the placement in cash and wine. Jean-Bernard Grenié told me today that the laws prohibiting advertising wine in France made the producer [...]


Why Is California Syrah So Hard To Sell?
Winecast:- I tasted today at Pax Mahle’s new venture, Wind Gap, and his Syrah stood out from the other wines, particularly from Griffin’s Lair Vineyard. That’s to be expected since his method is almost the same as when he made wine, and built his reputation, at his eponymous winery. The difference is the fruit is not picked [...]Why Is California Syrah So Hard To Sell? originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Wed, 26 Jan 2011

Maybe Some Barry White Would Help Those Vines?
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Grape sex, Snooth, icewine fraud, Aussie beer ? sipped & spit
Dr. Vino's wine blog:- SPIT: repurposed content Snooth scrapes Cellartracker content, the Vintank blog suggests. The Snooth co-founder admits the content has “slipped through” their Ph.D. programmers since 2007 and apologizes. The Cellartracker founder comments on the post to say he has emails from 2008 contradicting several points in the apology post. As they say in the Twitterverse: oh, [...]


Tue, 25 Jan 2011

Quivira Vineyards and Winery, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 2008
Winecast:- As I’ve blogged here before, Zinfandel is the first variety that truly spoke to me and put me on the road to the wine geek I am today. And I can recall that the bottle that flipped the switch was an estate Zin from the Lytton Springs Winery from the late 1970′s. This wine was [...]Quivira Vineyards and Winery, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 2008 originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Chevalier Collection Legacy Wine Glass Sponsored Review (NW)
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Mon, 24 Jan 2011

Wine Family Tree Reveals Close Relationships Among Varieties
Winecast:- New research by a Stanford University team led by Sean Myles has revealed that many wine varieties are more closely related than previously believed. As reported by New Scientist, the researchers show how few crosses have been made over the past 6,000 years of vine domestication which could help in developing new cultivars with disease [...]Wine Family Tree Reveals Close Relationships Among Varieties originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Chateau De Seguin Cuvee Prestige 2008 reivew by (PB)
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Schloss Biebrich NV "Sekt" review by (PB)
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Emilio Estevez, Method Vintner
Winecast:- There are a lot of celebrities who are vintners. And there are some who are actually really into the process such as Maynard James Keenan and Tom Smothers. But I don’t think I’ve seen a more obsessive celebrity vintner than Emilio Estevez who was profiled in the New York Times yesterday. His passion for wine led him [...]Emilio Estevez, Method Vintner originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


New Owners at Naked Mountain Winery
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Sun, 23 Jan 2011

More on the Salahi Virginia Wine Country Tours Scam
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Sat, 22 Jan 2011

Fidelity Alexander Valley "Red Blend" Crazy Creek Estate 2007 review by (PB)
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New Film Explores ?The Ways of Wine?
Winecast:- Wine films are an interesting lot. On one hand you have Hollywood features like ‘Sideways’ and ‘Bottle Shock’ where wine is largely a prop. On the other, you have documentaries that attempt to delve into the people behind the wine such as ‘Blood Into Wine’ and ‘Mondovino.’ The latest entry is ‘El Camino del Vino’ [...]New Film Explores ‘The Ways of Wine’ originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Inman Family, Pinot Noir, Thorn Ridge Ranch 2007
Winecast:- Every time I visit Northern California’s wine country, I discover a new producer who surprises me. Early on my current trip, while based in Sonoma County, I enjoyed an outstanding Pinot Noir from Inman Family. The winery concentrates on small-lot production of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. Founded by Kathleen [...]Inman Family, Pinot Noir, Thorn Ridge Ranch 2007 originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Fri, 21 Jan 2011

More wine puns from the Twitterverse #winemusicals
Dr. Vino's wine blog:- Happy Friday! A little light programming for your today. Yesterday, I spotted a meme on Twitter using the hashtag #indecisivemusicals that included such suggestions as “Rent … no maybe we should buy.” With the Andrew Lloyd Webber wine auction coming up this weekend, I wondered on Twitter if we needed some #winemusicals? I proposed “The [...]


Clos Ouvert Loncomilla: Chilean for savory carmenere
Dr. Vino's wine blog:- In a recent column on Slate.com, Mike Steinberger threw most Chilean carmenere under the oak bus. Many of the wines in his tasting, “lacked personality and depth, and some were jammy, hideously oaky confections that were indistinguishable from other, similarly afflicted New World wines.” I’d also add that some of the ones that I’ve had [...]


UCGB Debuts Bordeaux 2008 Vintage in the US
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Does The Wine Industry Face A ?Luxury Drought??
Winecast:- Yesterday at the Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium keynote speaker Pam Danziger presented some sobering statistics about the new wine consumer. Using demographic analysis and her own experience with luxury goods marketing she made a compelling case for the wine industry entering a ‘luxury drought’ until 2020 when the Millennial generation will become the main consumer of higher [...]Does The Wine Industry Face A ‘Luxury Drought’? originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Thu, 20 Jan 2011

Maryland Wineries Grow Sales by 11% in 2010
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State dinner menu with Hu Jintao: ?quintessentially American?
Dr. Vino's wine blog:- Obviously, a lot of issues are on the metaphorical table as President Obama entertains China’s president Hu Jintao. But what’s in the glass? They can’t serve Lafite, after all, since the White House only pours domestic wins and this menu is set to be “quintessentially American.” Given previous bombs served up by the White House [...]


Wed, 19 Jan 2011

Fine Wine Sales Surge 20% In 2010
Winecast:- I was pleased to see coverage from both wine industry and mainstream sources today that confirmed that U.S. wine sales in 2010 grew 6% in dollars over 2009. What’s even better is the fine wine segment of $20 and up grew a robust 20%. Sounds like a prediction someone made a year ago. Money quote [...]Fine Wine Sales Surge 20% In 2010 originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


?Vertical? Is A Fitting, Yet Sobering, Sequel To ?Sideways?
Winecast:- It’s been almost seven years since Rex Pickett’s novel ‘Sideways’ was published in tandem with the wildly successful Alexander Payne film that made Pinot Noir a hot commodity nearly overnight. That previous novel was a treatment for a screenplay but worked well on it’s own expanding the ‘Sideways’ back story. In my review of that [...]‘Vertical’ Is A Fitting, Yet Sobering, Sequel To ‘Sideways’ originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Tue, 18 Jan 2011

Bob Trinchero on the first Sutter Home white zinfandel
Dr. Vino's wine blog:- W$Jay was slumming it with zinfandel recently. He had a passing remark about the origin of Sutter Home white zin. Thanks to the Regional Oral history Office at Cal’s Bancroft Library, we have access to the first-hand account of Bob Trinchero, then winemaker at Sutter Home. Trinchero said that there was something of a zinfandel [...]


Fine Wine Sales Surges 20% In 2010
Winecast:- I was pleased to see coverage from both wine industry and mainstream sources today that confirmed that U.S. wine sales in 2010 grew 6% in dollars over 2009. What’s even better is the fine wine segment of $20 and up grew a robust 20%. Sounds like a prediction someone made a year ago. Money quote [...]Fine Wine Sales Surges 20% In 2010 originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Mon, 17 Jan 2011

Jean Farris Winery ?Tempest? 2007
Winecast:- You never know where the next emerging wine State will be here in the U.S. but if this wine is representative of the wines coming out of Kentucky these days, this might be the place. Given as a gift from the parents of a friend of my son visiting over the holiday break, the wine [...]Jean Farris Winery “Tempest” 2007 originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Chateau Palmer Harvest
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Silent movies, Lafite empties, oldest wine ? sipped and spit
Dr. Vino's wine blog:- SIPPED: silence Michael Madrigale, who runs the innovative wine program at Bar Boulud, has put together some “silent movies” that show his nightly by-the-glass pours from large format bottles. This one is for the rare Yvon Metras Felurie ’09 from magnum; other videos include an ’06 Barbaresco from Jero anda ’70 Jordan Cab from mag. [...]


Sun, 16 Jan 2011

Crushed Cellars
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Rodney Strong, ?Symmetry?, Meritage Red Wine, Alexander Valley 2007
Winecast:- For a long time now the Rodney Strong brand has stood for value regularly over delivering in their price category. Whether it’s their entry $18 Cabernet or their single-vineyard, allocated Rockaway bottling, when you see Rodney Strong on the label you can be assured you will get some thing interesting in the glass. The house [...]Rodney Strong, “Symmetry”, Meritage Red Wine, Alexander Valley 2007 originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Caveat Vini
Winecast:- Good Grape is one of my favorite wine blogs. Written by Jeff Lefevere, who is my collaborator on the Unfiltered podcast, the blog always digs deep into the world and business of wine. I think of it as the New Yorker of wine blogs as it’s rare to see wine coverage of such depth in [...]Caveat Vini originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


First Look: Vivino for Android
Winecast:- One of my new ideas for the podcast is a dedicated review series of iOS and Android wine-related applications. I’ve posted about mobile apps over the years but it seems the time is right for a regular series of reviews since new apps seem to be popping up more rapidly these days. As I see [...]First Look: Vivino for Android originally appeared on Winecast. Licensed under Creative Commons.


Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Wine Review (NW)
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Sat, 15 Jan 2011

Montevina Zinfandel (Amador County) 2003 review by (PB)
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Sean Minor 4 Bears Pinot Noir (Carneros) 2009 sponsored review by (PB)
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