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This Week's Tasting:
The Riches of Languedoc: From the Ridiculous Value to the Sublime
June 19, 2013Languedoc is a large swath of the French Mediterranean south between Roussillon on the west and Provence on the east. In the 19th century and through most of the 20th, it was the source of the lake of cheap thin piquette, whose generous daily ration anesthetized blue collar French workers against the tedium of their work, just as Californias Central Valleys Two Buck Chuck dulls the palate of our middle class. (Continue reading)
Last Week's Tasting
German Dry, German Fruity
June 12, 2013Strongly individual wines got diverse individual responses. Some preferred the dry, others the sweet. (Continue reading)
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The Little Brut that Ranks with the Best...and its Big Brothers - June 5th'Springtime in a bottle', one taster enthused about the Deutz Brut Rose. Most others were as appreciative if not quite so eloquent. Indeed it had an enticing fresh quality with an appetizing hint of strawberries and spice that enchanted most tasters. The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought
Bin Ends Sale - May 29thSome of the wines sold out at the tasting . We have no more of the Mas dAlezon Faugeres, the Thevenot Lebrun Pinot Beurot, or Bartolo Mascarello Freisa. (We do have some of his excellent 2006 Barbera) The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought
Chicken 'N Ribs, Wine Too - May 22ndPeter writes: Last week the wines covered the various tastes and textures one may find at a New England BBQ. Len provided the proof with his very fine and secret smoked chicken and ribs. As to the wines, the white and the rose had fun with the chicken. The first two reds played nicely with both the chicken and the ribs. The last two reds were just for the ribs. The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought
All Shades of Pinot - May 15thThe 2010 Domaine Schoenheitz Pinot Gris Holder had a combination of rounded apple acid zing & bright sweet fruit with an herbaceousness that was almost Riesling-like. Many people liked it a lot. The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought
Rosés of All Hues - May 8thThe rosés were shades of pink and salmon & tan pink. They varied in style also. A number of people already knew 2012 Toad Hollow Eye of the Toad Dry Pinot Noir Rose . New comers to it were surprised by its crisp acidity. The wines, what we said, what the tasters thought
New & Notable
Badia a Coltibuono 2009 to 1965History in the Bottle
Quinta do Casal Monteiro - Peter Hemenway in Portugal2012 Arinto Branco DOC Dotejo & 2009 Forma de Arte Reserva
2012 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa and 2009 Proprieta Sperino UvaggioAn Invitation to the Revival
2010 Hamilton-Russell Pinot NoirMore for Us, Better for You
2006 Tedeschi Valpolicella Classico Superiore FabriseriaRinging the Bell
2010 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du PyA Wine Whose Time Has Come
Two great, affordable Italian reds2010 Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale & 2008 Giuseppe Mascarello Barbera d'Alba Scudetto
Grand Crus of Tuscany2007 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Vigneto Bellavista & 2007 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto
Domaine Ogier. . . has produced the extremely rare "Perfect"
New Cain Napa Releases2008 Cain Five & Cain Cuvee NV 9 - Texture and Flavor
2007 Domenico Clerico Barolo Aeroplan ServajThe Wild Airplane Flies On - Landing in June
Peter Hemenway in SpringItalian Rosato - 'Tis the Season
Burgess CellarsHigh Quality, Affordable Napa Valley Reds
Oregon Pinot Noir of the Finest Pedigree2009 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Winery Hill Vineyard
Wines We Loved:Two Affordable 2009 Red Burgundies
Aristocrats of CampaniaMastroberardino Vintage Series: 2007 Greco di Tufo and 2006 Fiano di Avellino
2010 Domaine des Croix Corton GrevesAn extraordinary wine, and only two cases available.
Fontodi Estate Extra Virgin Olive OilPeter writes: "We have sourced another fantastic olive oil."
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