Tag Archives: Chardonnay

My Shortest Wine Review Yet! 2012 Charles & Charles Chardonnay

2012 Charles & Charles Chardonnay Washington State In short: undrinkable. Watch it Going Down the Drain… Purchased at Table & Vine for $11.99.

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Celebrating Chardonnay Day with Gary Farrell Winery’s Carneros Selection Chardonnay 2007

Oh, Chardonnay!  That much loved (it is the most popular varietal in the world) and much maligned (see ABC: Anything But Chardonnay) wine. It can’t be denied that the grape is certainly versatile: often lovely and delicate when the winemaker has an easy touch, but also able to be molded and crafted into a vast […]

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Sauerbraten: An Impossible Dish to Match with Wine?

Not impossible at all! When my mother told me that for Sunday dinner she would be making Sauerbraten with dumplings, one of my favorite German dishes, I knew I would have to dig deep in the cellar to find the perfect white wine. In the past, my choice of white wine has raised eyebrows in […]

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A Ninety Plus Thanksgiving

To my delight, Thanksgiving started a couple of days early with the arrival of a gift of samples from 90+Cellars, showcasing their latest bottlings. It is hard for me to resist trying a new wine, so they were immediately designated the wines for Thanksgiving dinner. Both were a huge hit, particularly with my mother. She […]

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He Said, She Said – Outlier Burgundy Seminar and Dinner at Journeyman with Len Rothenberg

GLENN – My serious wine education began with weekly tastings at Federal Wine and Spirit hosted by Len Rothenberg. The tastings weren’t just a “swirl, sniff and slurp” event but an in-depth tutorial taught by Len, one of the early and continuing  players in Boston’s wine culture. Even though I never obtained the distinction of being one […]

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Wine of the Week: 2009 Familia Zuccardi ‘Serie A’ Chardonnay-Viognier

At $10, this blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Viognier from Mendoza’s Familia Zuccardi winery could easily have been one of Glenn’s “Plonk Picks” – a very good wine at a very good price. The nose has lots of melon, tropical notes, and a surprising stony minerality. Mango and butter, underscored by oak, dominate the […]

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Wine of the Week: 2008 Pine Ridge Vineyards Dijon Clones Chardonnay

For years, we at Wine Dine With Us have enjoyed Pine Ridge Vineyard’s Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend, which appears on many by-the-glass wine lists here in Greater Boston. It is both very good alternative to Chardonnay and a reliable value. But with my continuing rediscovery of Chardonnay, I was eager to try winery’s Dijon Clones, which […]

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Last Minute Recommendations for Celebrating the Fourth of July with Red, White, and Pink

Looking for some last minute wine suggestions for your Fourth of July celebration? Here are three new reviews of wines from our Pacific Northwest to get you going and three previous recommendations.  Enjoy! 2009 90+ Cellars Lot 28 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) Pale garnet. Loads of cherry on the nose complemented by earthy notes and […]

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Wine of the Week: 2009 Jean-Marc Brocard Domaine Sainte Claire Chablis

Summer has finally arrived in Boston.  What better time to start opening some crisp, fresh Chablis to counter the rising temperature and humidity? Chablis and Chardonnay continue to be on my mind and in my glass since our tasting with Julien Brocard. This Chablis is made by his father, Jean-Marc, and bears the hallmarks of […]

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Wine of the Week: Two Chardonnays from California

Chardonnay has been on my mind ever since our recent – and very enjoyable, I would add – Chablis tasting. By volume, Chardonnay is the most popular wine in the world. It is an adaptable grape and grown just about everywhere, but many wine drinkers associate California with the varietal. For a long time I […]

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