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In My Glass: El Malbec 2006 de Ricardo Santos (Mendoza)

It’s been so long now, that I cannot remember how Eleni and I became fascinated with Mendoza’s Ricardo Santos and his wines. But in any case, this bottle of Malbec from the 2006 vintage had been waiting for a comparative tasting of aging, mid-priced Argentine Malbecs that never happened. It was finally time to open […]

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In My Glass: Tierra de Léon’s Prieto Picudo Shines

Though it is nearly impossible to know and taste all of the grape varietals grown in Spain – there are, after all, several hundred types of grapes being cultivated there today – there is one that every rosé lover needs to know: Prieto Picudo. I recently compared two Prieto Picudo rosés: Tampesta Rosé and Rubus […]

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In My Glass: 2010 Fischer Sauvignon Blanc (Baden, Germany)

It is not often that one finds German Sauvignon Blanc on US wine store shelves. In fact, as recently as 1995, Germany did not grow any Sauvignon Blanc. According to the Deutsches Weininstitut’s annual report, a mere 0.5% of Germany’s vineyards – a grand total of 581 hectares – were planted with Sauvignon Blanc in […]

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In My Glass: Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé

The Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé undoubtedly will be one of the most memorable rosés – if not the most memorable – I enjoyed during the summer of 2013. Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, which are certified biodynamic and organic, the ZEC is both evocative and delicious. We enjoyed the wine over two evenings. […]

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In My Glass: 2008 Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer

I knew better. I knew better than to buy this bottle of Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer from the 2008 vintage, and released a year later, in 2013. I knew better after having perused the store’s dusty, dark aisles laden with straggler bottles of wine from vintages long past.  And I certainly knew better […]

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In My Glass: 2009 Bonny Doon Ca’ Del Solo Muscat

It might have had me fooled.  If I had blind-tasted the 2009 Bonny Doon Ca’ Del Solo Muscat I might have guessed that it was actually an Argentine Torrontés. It bears some of the hallmarks I associate with Torrontés – floral notes, orange blossom, honeysuckle. The association should not be surprising given that the Muscat […]

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In My Glass: 2010 Alois Lageder Haberle Pinot Bianco

My enduring fascination with the wines of Alto Adige continues, and the spring months are some of the best times to enjoy wines from this region of northeast Italy. (Though, in truth they should be enjoyed all year round!) The Alois Lageder Haberle Pinot Bianco is a straw yellow, with a clear, bright appearance in […]

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Beyond Malbec: Exploring Cabernet Franc from Argentina

There just are not enough bottlings of Cabernet Franc available, in my opinion. I find the varietal intriguing and enjoyable – perfumy and floral, with notes of pencil lead, chocolate, raspberry, and pepper. Most of the best examples of it as a single varietal come from Chinon in the Loire, but it is also at […]

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The Rosé Society: 2011 La Grenouille Rouganté Pink by Frog’s Leap (Napa Valley)

With its French name and script, the label of La Grenouille Rouganté is at once intriguing and mysterious. Only described as “pink,” the grape varietals are not even listed. One has to look carefully to see that this rosé is actually made by Frog’s Leap in Rutherford, California.  The Frog’s Leap website reveals that the […]

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The Rosé Society: 2011 Margerum Riviera Rosé (San Luis Obispo, California)

Amid the dozens of delightful rosés imported from the south of France, Spain, and Italy, there is a growing number of equally good, if not better, rosés from the US. I have enjoyed watching the domestic options become more prominent and interesting over the past couple of years and am always excited to find one […]

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