Archive for the Tag 'Chardonnay'

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Clone and Place ~ All Things in Ernest

Introducing Ernest Vineyards, a new artisan producer of cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast… Owners Erin Brooks and her husband Todd Gottula produce wines that have been created to express their clonal attributes and their terroir’s sense of place. When they began Ernest, their mission became to “focus on love of family, […]

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Consider Hyposmia ~ the aging palate

Probably not too many people in this lifetime want to admit that their palates are on the wane. No awards are given for fessing up, and it will definitely work in one’s disfavor, but I’ve always been one for telling it like it is, not like it isn’t… I’ve got to thank Dan Berger for […]

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Tasting 101 Simplified for a Novice ~ Especially if you’re faced with teaching it

I was just asked by someone, who’s writing an article on tips of how to train your palate. He asked if I would be interested in sharing a tip for developing tasting chops.

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Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay from Chile

Consistently tasty wine from Casillero del Diablo is something you can bank on as a great value, I don’t care what varietal grape it is. When it retails for $8 in the US (average, not the same pricing in PA or Puerto Rico, for instance), it’s an easy crowd pleaser.

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My Story for Passion of Wine ~ Partie deux

Bordeaux Wine Grape Varieties [Cabernet Sauvignon leaf. Photo credit: Jo Diaz] It’s marvelous to hear people defend genetically modified plants as “it’s been happening in the wine world since forever.” This is a teachable moment. As I explore the world of Bordeaux this year, having received my inspiration from Millesima Cie, what I’m learning I’ll […]

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Why is Petite Sirah still so obscure, you might wonder?

I hear this wonderment all of the time about Petite Sirah… “Why is it still so obscure?” Well, one would think that it is. What it is, though, is a best kept secret, sort of like my grandfather’s blueberry patch. As a kid, we’d go blueberry picking, high up a mountainside in Wales, Maine. Even […]

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The Charlemagne Connection, by Novelist R.M. Cartmel

If I were writing my own autobiography, I might have come up with this title, The Charlemagne Connection. Direct descendant of Charlemagne, including his first born Pepin the Short Pepin born from Charlemagne’s first wife, and heir to the throne This genealogy led to Kings of Scot Which lead to the Reverend William Blackstone, who […]

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Top 10 intriguing things about France and its wines

France and its wines  I have traced myself back to Charlemagne. And, yes, so can many other people of Europe, because he had 17 children with eight of his 10 known wives (or concubines). So, where does that put me? In line also with Pippin the Short, Charles Martel, and the Kings of Scot. I […]

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Road Warrior Survival Guide ~ It’s not about anything but common courtesy

Ah… common courtesy, will we ever all be in a room together and get along completely? In light of the recent incident, when a group of rambunctious women were removed from The Wine Train, I’m relaunching this story. While it’s a very funny look at wine behaviors, beneath it is “courtesy,” as a missing ingredient […]

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Petite sirah isn’t petite, according to Michael Dresser

Having started the Petite Sirah wine advocacy group called PS I Love You, I know that I’ve read at least 95 percent of all the stories on Petite Sirah, since 2002. They’ve even been listed on the PSILY site in the Reviews section, dates all included with the authors and their views. Oh, the spellings, […]