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Monday, February 6th, 2006
4:04 pm
This Friday in L.A. - Irregular Wine Tasting: The Wines of Jindalee & Benjamin of Australia
Please forgive if this is too off-topic, but I thought it might be of interest...

Friday, February 10; 8PM
Irregular Wine Tasting - Songs for Musical glass by Douglas Lee: The Wines of Jindalee & Benjamin of Australia

@ The Echo Ex_Plex (enter through Glendale Blvd.)
1822 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles (Echo Park), 90026

Unlike "Buy a Bear a Beer" Day in Montana, this city-sponsored vaginal rejuvenation surgery includes, but is not limited to,

* Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz from Jindalee and a port from Benjamin

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
6:54 pm
Saturday, December 25th, 2004
4:46 pm
Grange Hermitage 1981
I think I may as well die now because I think I just experienced perfection. I decanted a bottle of 1981 Grange Hermitage for tonight's dinner and we just tasted the dregs. It is wonderful. All the things that can happen with a great twenty year old red wine are happening. The finish goes on for ever. I can still taste it as I type this. It really doesn't get better wine wise.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, December 17th, 2004
10:35 pm
Gewurtz to the Wise
I've been a fan of Alsatian wines for years. I'm most familiar with producers like Marcel Deiss, Lucien Albrecht, Zind-Humbrecht (when I'm lucky), Sparr, Schoffit, and Burn. Recently, I tried a new producer for the first time, and was blown away by the great value.

The producer is Welty, and the wine is the Gewürtztraminer Bollenberg 2002. Startlingly rich, slightly sweet without being the least bit cloying, and with distinct classic lychee and rose petal gewurtz flavors. At $16, this was a steal -- I've had well-regarded Alsatian wines for twice the price that were not as well-extracted, balanced, or varietally correct. It may not be Zind-Humbrecht, but it's an awfully good impersonation at a very attractive price. And the leftover half bottle more than held its own against szechuan pork with asparagus, which is about as difficult a dish to match with a wine as you're going to find.

90 points, best buy, QPR winner, special food note.

Current Mood: pleased
Saturday, December 4th, 2004
3:15 pm
Niagara Region
Hello! i just joined this community a few moments ago after seeing a post about the Niagara Region. We drove past Jordan on the way home from Niagara-on-the-Lake a couple of days ago. We had wanted to get out of the city for the night, so we actually stayed in Niagara Falls on wednesday.

One of my favorite wineries is Peller Estates, just off the Niagara Parkway in NOTL. A few years ago we purchased a case of the Private Reserve Gamay Noir, but sadly didn't save even one. We gave away a few as gifts, shared a few with friends, and drank a few ourselves. Too good NOT to drink! Now they are selling the 2002 Gamay, so we picked up a couple of bottles to save for a special occasion, as well as a bottle of the 2003 Dry Riesling.

If you enjoy Riesling, try this one. It's taste is clean and refreshing, a touch of apple and citrus fruits, light and very easy to drink. I'm saving it for the holidays, to have with turkey and stuffing. I've tasted a few of the Rieslings from other Niagara wineries in the past, such as Chateau Des Charmes, but Peller remains my favorite.
2:56 pm
High end tasting in Niagara
Today lemur_catta and I went down to Jordan for the 13th Street Winery Annual Release Party. 13th Street is a very serious hobby winery and this is a really well done event. The snacks were terrific and included home cured gravlax, sushi, home baked bread, excellent cheeses and pastries including a very special Stollen. We tasted all the available wines (a handful were not available for tasting due to very low stock) and they were uniformly excellent. The pick of the crop, we decided, were:

The 2002 Riesling (C$16) which is bone dry but full of fruit with a well integrated chunk of acidity,

The 2002 Sandstone Vyd Gamay Noir Reserve (C$22) which is very like the '99; huge for a Gamay with tons of fruit spiced up with 18 months in oak (this wine has very little in common with Beaujolais)

The 2002 Funk Vyd Sparkling Rosé (C$25) which isn't really rosé at all, it has the merest touch of pink. This had a wonderful mousse and as befitted a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir blend (OK with just a touch of Syrah) it tasted like a good full bodied vintage Champagne like, maybe, Veuve Clicquot. A steal at the price.

The 2002 Funk Vyd Cabernet-Merlot (C$20). A lovely Bordeaux style blend with well integrated fruit and oak and a solid core of tannin and acidity. One for the cellar.

We picked up half a dozen bottles of each. Honourable mention too to the 2002 Sandstone Vyd Reserve Chardonnay; one for people who like big smokey Chardonnays more than we do.

More or less by chance we stopped off at Thirty Bench on the way home. This is another semi-pro operation which came highly recommended. We weren't impressed much by their regular line up (OK Off Dry Riesling wasn't bad) but they were tasting the 2002 reserve reds in the back. These six wines were a revelation!

The picks of the bunch were an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon with tons of red fruit, a Napa like mint note and a solid core but it just missed out as favourite to the Cabernet Franc. This was massive with fruit up front, an intriguing middle layer of coffee, caramel and spice. all backed up with appropriate backbone. It should be brilliant in ten years. There was also really good pinot Noir, Merlot and two Merrlot/Cab blends. These wines weren't cheap (C$50) but the franc in particular was far better than any Bordeaux I can buy for that kind of money. I treated us to four bottles.

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
1:22 pm
One of my favourite wines I've ever tasted is Fontaine Gagnard's Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St Jean (red) 1978 vintage... Though I understand that's not the wine that can be purchased in a supermarket, nor even in a boutique.

I taste lots of wines, imposible to state all my favourites here, hard to choose 'cause I have no idea whether these wines are available in your regions or not.

Some of the latest revelations:

Chateau des Eyrins Margaux (quality similar to Grand Chateaux but with a VERY attractive price)
Chateau Majureau Sercillan BX Superieur red (excellent price)
Chateau Climens 2001 (something... undescribable, but the price is also high)

Saturday, July 3rd, 2004
6:57 pm
Trip to Niagara
Today was one of our irregularly scheduled tasting/buying trips to the peninsula:

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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004
12:32 pm
Can anyone recommend any Malbec that is fairly affordable (around $10)?
Tuesday, May 18th, 2004
11:03 am
I recently went to Italy with a tour.
There was a restaurant we went to that had blue wine. It was called Blu di Blu.
The restaurant we went to was on the mountains.
We think it’s called “Le Tre” SOMETHING.
But we are unsure.
If someone can please help me,
I’d be forever greatful.

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004
6:04 am
Marynissen Cabernet Franc 1998, VQA Niagara
The last of a case bought from the winery at C$16/bottle.

This was a really nice bottle of wine but I had a really hard time identifying specific flavours. My notes include integrated, good food wine, elegant and austere. In short, it tasted like an old fashioned Cru Bourgeois claret from the pre-Parker days when they weren't all trying to make fruit bombs.
Monday, March 29th, 2004
9:47 pm
Flinders Bay 2001 Shiraz, Margaret River, Aus. Price: $14 Rating: 89
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Monday, March 22nd, 2004
6:43 pm
Chateau de Cruzeau, AC Pessac-Leognan 2000
It got a good write up in the Vintages March list and at C$27.95 for a 2000 Bordeaux it seemed worth a look. This is classic Graves. The black fruit is there in spades overlaid with mint/tarragon and brick/earth notes and at this point all is shrouded by gobs of tannin. Colour is deep ruby with no signs of browning and it has 'legs' so i don't see any real risk of the tannins outlasting the fruit. I'm thinking outstanding 2010-2020.

Anyway I bought another 6 bottles!
Monday, February 23rd, 2004
11:55 pm
Torres Milmanda, 1999
DO Conca de Barbera (Penendes)
Chardonnay, ABV 13.5
5000 ptas (bought at the vinyard) approx $50
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Monday, February 16th, 2004
8:40 pm
Carlyle 2002 Riesling, Victoria, Aus. Price: $13 Rating: 81
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Sunday, February 15th, 2004
6:45 am
Thursday, February 5th, 2004
7:47 pm
QupE' Syrah. Central Coast. 2000 Price: $33 (restauarant price)
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Monday, February 2nd, 2004
8:45 pm
Highly recommended: Venica 2001 Merlot, Collio DOC, Fruilia, Italy. Price:$15 Rating: 91
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