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eRobertParker.com - Wine of the Day Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:20:27 GMT  

2013 Altesino Rosso di Montalcino
2013 Altesino Rosso di Montalcino
The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino is a tight and tonic red wine with loads of fresh fruit and crisp acidity at the back. The wine is simple, clean and compact in structure. It would make a great pairing partner to pasta with a hearty meat sauce or breaded veal chops. It's your quintessential food wine. Altesino is an estate in dynamic motion. I had not been back in a number of years and the property has seen an impressive series of positive changes during my absence. Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini runs her historic property with deft precision and a careful eye for both aesthetics and quality. The yellow-rimmed botte in her cellar are a prime example of that feminine touch. When Elisabetta purchased the property in 2002 she had just emerged victorious from a bidding war with Château Margaux. The feisty Elisabetta who owns the adjacent Caparzo property tells me: "I just couldn't have French neighbors." Her aim in terms of winemaking is to stay true to Montalcino tradition. Because she owns vineyard parcels in the four quadrants of Montalcino, she has added blending flexibility to make the wines she wants by sourcing fruit with different ripeness from the various subzones. Importer(s): Leonardo LoCascio Selections (A Member of the Winebow Group), 31 West 27th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, (212) 255-9414, winebowgroup.com/our-companies/leonardo-locascio-selections/
Rating: 89  Estimated Cost: $20-$36

Spittoon Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:20:27 GMT  

Heading to that there Vinisud

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At the end of the month I’m Heading to that there Vinisud a large wine show in the South of France. I’ve two full days to be immersed in the wines of, not only the South of France, but a broad selection from right across the Mediterranean. Countries as diverse as Turkey and Algeria and […]

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At the end of the month I’m Heading to that there Vinisud a large wine show in the South of France.

I’ve two full days to be immersed in the wines of, not only the South of France, but a broad selection from right across the Mediterranean. Countries as diverse as Turkey and Algeria and Spain and Italy are exhibiting. One has a feeling two days will just scratch the surface of what this major show will be offering.

As I was selected to attend by the organisers – quite an honour – for this 13th year of the show, much of my activity is pre-arranged. I don’t think I arrive in time for a little wine safari on the theme of “Wine tourism and rare grape varieties“, which is annoying to say the least as this just about encapsulates the focus of my interests (wonder if they could reschedule or run again once I’m there??). Later in the day I see I’m on a wander with the lovely Louise Hurren for “Outsiders Languedoc” which should be interesting… and then the following day its a hour or so cuddling up with my favourite grape variety “Garnacha“.

One area I do want to explore is the Wine Moasic; not least because there is an exhibition of ‘Mediterranean vineyard landscapes’ photographs by Clauds Cruells.

Heading to that there Vinisud

“This area showcases the rich diversity of the Mediterranean’s wine-growing, culinary and cultural heritage.
Wine Mosaic will present:
A tasting of “Unusual Mediterranean and Southern French grape varieties”
“Talk and Taste” sessions – winegrowers invite you to sample their wines produced from unusual grape varieties
Winegrowers’ oil tasting bar
Photographer Claude Cruells will exhibit his “Mediterranean vineyard landscapes”

I’m not the only special invitee. I’ll be joining writers from four other countries Luciano Pignataro from Italy, Stefan Schwytz (Germany), Alexandra Corvo (Brazil) and Ilona Thompson (USA) , Will be fascinating to read what such a diverse group makes of the wines and the show in general; both during and after.

“VINISUD is the showcase for the world’s leading wine region, the Mediterranean, which on its own accounts for more than 50% of world output. Each event brings together the majority of Mediterranean wine producers and professional buyers from every continent, thereby helping to open the Mediterranean up to new markets for wine. In 2016, 31,867 visitors and 1,707 exhibitors attended VINISUD: French producers from Languedoc, Roussillon, Provence, the Rhone Valley, South-West, Corsica, Producers from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria”

Vinisud 2017 is held in Montpellier on the 29th-31st January 2017.

Heading to that there Vinisud Written by wine scribbler at Spittoon - Wine, Cocktails, Food and Travel


Ken's Wine Guide RSS Feed Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:20:27 GMT  

Burgess Cellars "Estate Vineyards" 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
This midnight black colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Burgess is very good. ...
Cakebread Cellars "Napa Valley" 2014 Chardonnay
This pale straw colored Chardonnay from Cakebread opens with a very mild green apple bouquet. ...
Castello di Amorosa "La Castellana" 2013 US Red Blend
This opaque and pitch black colored Cabernet based Tuscan blend opens with black cherry bouquet with hints of blueberry and touch of root beer. ...

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WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:20:28 GMT  

CONCHA Y TORO Sauvignon Blanc Chile Casillero del Diablo Reserva 2016 $11 (Wine Spectator)
A fruity Chilean white with a snappy finish
ANDREW RICH Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Prelude 2014 $22 (Wine Spectator)
A firm and peppery Oregon Pinot
DEHLINGER Chardonnay Russian River Valley Un-Filtered 2014 $40 (Wine Spectator)
A graceful, elegant and nuanced Sonoma Chardonnay

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Wine Library TV Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:20:29 GMT  

Episode 1,001
Five years later and on the 10 year anniversary of the first episode of Wine Library TV, Gary Vaynerchuk is back! On this comeback episode of…

Five years later and on the 10 year anniversary of the first episode of Wine Library TV, Gary Vaynerchuk is back! On this comeback episode of the show Gary tastes some super premium wines from California.


Good Wine Under $20 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:20:29 GMT  

Wine That Stands Up to Pesto
It's officially summer. Unofficially, it's basil season. Right now, I am overwhelmed with the stuff. Pictured to the left is one of my behemoth basil plants. Having a lot of basil isn't exactly a problem, I admit. Who doesn't love basil? But for wine lovers, basil can make for difficult pairings. This is one assertive herb, and you need a wine that isn't going to clash with it, nor do you want your wine to disappear on the palate.















My usual go-to wine when strong green, herbal notes are part of a dish is Sauvignon Blanc. But New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are often quite citrusy, and US Sauvignon Blancs can be too melony and soft for basil. So I opened a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc--and it was perfect with my linguine tossed with homemade pesto and topped with some heirloom cherry tomatoes.


The 2011 Viña Carmen Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva (available for $13-$15 in the market) is made from grapes grown in the Leyda Valley. It has vibrant aromas of grass, gooseberry, and that uniquely weird smell of boxwood that I often smell in Sauvignon Blancs from the southern hemisphere. This wine was green and leafy rather than citrusy, with a backbone of acidity that was neutral in flavor but kept your mouth watering for more. The midpalate was herbal, making me think 'this is what Cabernet Franc would taste like if it were white and not red.' Cool and refreshing, this stood up to the basil. If you have the wine with something less resolutely green, you may find that its assertiveness is a problem but if you have basil, this is a good wine to go with it--and it represents very good QPR.

Full Disclosure: I received a sample of this wine for possible review.

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