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This Spring, Fill in the Blanc With Non-Sauvignon


By Lenn Thompson
LENNDEVOURS
You know Sauvignon Blanc. Be it from New Zealand, California or Sancerre, you’ve seen it, tasted it and probably enjoyed it.
But let me ask you this…have you ever tasted ______ Blanc or _______ Blanc? Let me fill in the blanc for you: Seyval and Vidal.
Now before any of you vinifera snobs protest […]

La Dolce(tto) Vita


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
Piedmont is one of the most revered regions in epicuria. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, its the promised land of truffles, cheese, and stunning Nebbiolos. Most of the wines are priced to match, however, so its rare to experience one of those legendary Piedmontese wines without cashing in your 401(k). For […]

What Next? Wine for Republicans?


By Tom Wark
Fermentation
Once or twice per week the general news media seems to latch on to a wine-related story that has hit the wires. I spend a bit of time with these kinds of stories, looking at them and determining what made them of interest to editors scanning the wires for filler stories.
This week […]

California Noir — No, Not That One


By Lenn Thompson
LENNDEVOURS
In my never-ending quest to bring you grapes from the Vines Less Tasted, I’m hoping that we travel the world (both grapily and geographically).
After tasting it this week, I just have to introduce you to Andrew Lane 2004 Gamay Noir ($18).
Where’s it from? Napa Valley. Obviously not all that remote or unknown. If […]

Port and Port Styles, Part 3 - Links & Recipes


By Andrew Barrow
Spittoon
Concluding this three-part overview of the styles of Port, a mention should be made of links for further info. While port as a subject is rather lacking across the main wine-related blogs, there is a German-language blog covering all aspects fo the subject aptly named Port Blog. There is also the the English […]

Let Us Praise the ‘Wine Snob’


By Tom Wark
Fermentation
Look around the wine Blogosphere and youll see a consistent message from wine bloggers: This blog is not about wine snobbery.
I think Id like to come to the defense of wine snobbery not only as a self-identifying moniker, but also as an approach to wine appreciation. But, since wine snobbery is a notion […]

A One-Night Stand Worth Repeating


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
I never buy the same bottle twice.
Okay, never is a strong word. I rarely buy the same bottle twice; always on the hunt for something new and weird, I feel, well, boring if I repeat a wine. I make exceptions for new vintages, of course, but even then, I try to […]

Port and Port Styles, Part 2: Vintage, LBV, Single Quinta and Colheitas


By Andrew Barrow
Spittoon
Last week the basic styles of port (tawny and ruby) were detailed before moving on up to the delicious (and my favourite category), aged tawnys.
Vintage Port
It is Vintage Port which receives all the hype and attention and what most people think of when discussing the subject; but it accounts for a tiny […]

The Terroirista


By Tom Wark
Fermentation
Do you care if you wine comes from somewhere? Or do you just want to drink the stuff?
It you fall into the latter category you are likely to live a stress free wine life. However, if you are of the former ilk, well, youd best prepare to resign yourself to a life of […]

And Now For Something Completely Different


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
For those Very Serious Wine People, I hereby apologize on behalf of myself, my genetors, and anyone fool enough to admit relation thereof; the following article is the result of late night pondering after tasting, perhaps not so professionally, with colleagues, friends, and other random tramps. Regular readers of The Wine […]