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JANUARY 17, 2012 China’s top wine influencer
Who wields the most influence on wine in China? As the year of the dragon kicks off soon, I put this question to various China insiders. Ian Ford, partner at Summergate , a leading wine importer to China: Yao Ming.
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JANUARY 16, 2012 Licia Albariño 2010
I got caught at the right time to open one of my few remaining Albariño wines. Shirley, decided to cook up a broiled salmon steak with some baked Orieda 'Fast Food Fries" and a garden salad for dinner. Tonight it was a Licia Albariño 2010 ( $13 ). This is a Albariño that I found at one of the counties larger wine outlets. I have become very fond of this grape, which until recently was hard to find locally. It does appear, however, that this grape is now becoming very popular and easier to find.
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JANUARY 17, 2012 First Languedoc-Roussillon Study & Certificate Program
Today was the first day of the Languedoc Roussillon Study & Certificate Program offered by the French Wine Society with support from Sud de France. Twenty lucky students (most of whom I knew through my travels) crowded into the Maison de la Région Languedoc -Roussillon.
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JANUARY 14, 2012 Oregon Pinot At Our House
It occurs to me recently that I've gotten lazy about choosing our wines at home; it's just gotten so easy to choose the "go to" producers from the regions I enjoy. Case in point: Oregon pinot noir.
DR. VINO How and why did light beer come to be the choice of NFL viewers?
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012
It’s time for the Big Game. Or, actually, the last three Big Games of the NFL season. And no drink says “football” like wine! Actually, although Sunday’s NY-SF game could be framed as something of a sommelier showdown between two of the highest wine-consuming cities, I’m fine to cede the discussion of the day to football’s natural advertising companion, beer. The question on my mind: how did light beer come to be the choice of NFL viewers? MORE >>
WHY WINE BLOG Mcgregor Vineyards Merlot Reserve 2007
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012
Merlot is another one of many wines that I can 'take it' or 'leave it.' Not very high on my list of favorites. So, I very seldom have any on hand and very seldom search this wine out when wine shopping. This past year, I have tried a few from Long Island, where Merlot seems to be king, but was not impressed. I also have not, until now, found a Finger Lakes Merlot that pleased the palate. MORE >>
A WINE STORY A Taste of Le Marche (and Domodimonti natural wines)
| SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012
Do you like sulfates in your wines? No one does. Last night at Eataly (the new Italian food specialty megastore in Manhattan) I discovered Domodimonti, a boutique winery located on the picturesque countryside of Montefiore dell'Aso, in Le Marche Region, Italy. In addition to Domodimonti we tasted other specialty items from Marche, as well as fabulous Amaro digestifs from Varnelli. MORE >>
VIGNA UVA VINO Les Terroises Corbières 2008 AOP
| MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012
From the French AOP of Languedoc, here is a blend of Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Cinsault. Full bodied red, deep garnet colors, with aromas of dark fruit, blackberry, raspberry and spices, and some barnyard, dry on the tongue with medium plus tannins, more spice hints and a decent finish. SRP $10 and 12% alcohol. Recommended with sliced Serrano and Manchego MORE >>
DR. VINO France is a “banana republic” says Guffens
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012
When the fraud squad raided Verget from Verget. Jean-Marie Guffens, a winemaker in Macon who founded Maison Verget , endured a decade-long investigation by French authorities, including Customs and Fraud office. It started in 2001 after the grapes were harvested but before the winery staff had even filed the harvest paperwork. And it continued ebbing and flowing, with allegations that Guffens was blending wine from the south into his Burgundies. MORE >>
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- Azienda Agricola d’Alessandro Wine from Sicily A WINE STORY | FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012
- Visiting Monte Rossa A WINE STORY | SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012
- World Champion Sommelier Luca Gardini Introduces Sparkling Water A WINE STORY | SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012