drink me: archery summit premier cuvee pinot noir
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drink me: archery summit premier cuvee pinot noir

grape: Pinot Noir producer: Archery Summit country: USA region: Willamette Valley – most Oregon Pinot Noir’s come from here, and I’ve rarely had one I don’t like (if not love) year: 2010 yum factors: Amazing! Refined and elegant black cherry with an undertone of cranberry. Plump and ripe with some great Oregon earthiness. Willamette perfection! price: $48 buy it: here Continue reading

drink me: washington wines
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drink me: washington wines

Went to a great little Washington state wine tasting this week. Way lesser known than California and even Oregon, but great values and worth seeking out if you get recommendations. Here were my standouts! Delille Cellars – Chaleur Estate Blanc grape: 62% Sauvignon Blanc and 38% Semillon AVA: Yakima Valley yum factor: peach, perfumed, with a … Continue reading

drink me: jacob’s creek st. hugo cabernet
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drink me: jacob’s creek st. hugo cabernet

grape: Cabernet producer: Jacob’s Creek country: Australia region: Coonawarra, which is known for its deep red “Terra Rosa” soil that gives its wines a lot of intensity and concentration year: 2009 yum factors: Had this at a 9-wine Jacob’s Creek dinner last night at the Bouley Test Kitchen and this was my favorite by far. I usually don’t taste black olive … Continue reading

drink me: dashe les enfants terribles
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drink me: dashe les enfants terribles

grape: Zinfandel – it’s a wack job of a grape. You never really know what you’re going to get – deep and blackberry brambles, or this guy. producer: Dashe. This is their Les Enfants Terribles series (“Les Enfants Terribles” means the rebel children, and you’re about to see why it has this name). country: USA region: Potter Valley, Mendocino County … Continue reading

my greatest grapes of 2012
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my greatest grapes of 2012

For best-of lists, most people get all well, well, well look at the old amazing wines I drank, 1000’s of dollars worth, and say stuff like “it’s drinking well now.” That’s not really grapefriend though. Partly because I don’t have the money, partly because you probably don’t either, partly because sometimes I love non-expensive wine. … Continue reading

drink me: wrath ex anima pinot noir
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drink me: wrath ex anima pinot noir

grape: Pinot Noir producer: Wrath, named after the wrath of Juno that sent Aeneas wandering the Mediterranean in Vergil’s Aeneid. They say, “One can argue that we see such fury in both the might of nature and the passion of art.” And there’s passion in this wine for sure. country: USA region: Monterey year: 2009 yum factors: Whoa! Great dried cranberry … Continue reading