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JULY 30, 2012 “Freshbag” – French for wine kegerator
Have you ever noticed that box wine doesn’t chill itself? Or thought the fridge somehow seems too full or plebeian for such a majestic thing as box wine? Or you are nostalgic for the kegerator days of yore? Well, then, say hello to Freshbag, a mini wine fridge, just for box wine.
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JULY 31, 2012 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2011
Photo by Shirley When I shop for specific wines, either by producer or varietal, I like to at least bring home a half case or six bottles. That was the case a few weeks ago when looking for 2011 Rieslings from the New York Finger Lakes. The day did not start out on a positive note.
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JULY 31, 2012 Tasting Notes Week of July 23, 2012
Some value wines under $20! I had the opportunity to taste some J. Lohr wines. 2010 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon ($17), J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah ($15) from Paso Robles, and the 2011 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling ($10) from Monterey County.
DR. VINO A bun in the oven and wine in the glass
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
Picture this: a guy sitting around a table with three pregnant women having drinks. That was the scene recounted to me once by an internist about his wife, an obstetrician, and two of her OB/GYN colleagues while they attended a medical convention. He told me that the doctors considered drinking in moderation was safe. They just couldn’t really tell patients that because some would abuse it and, of course, liability concerns. MORE >>
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE A lesson in Burgundy terroir, as great a pairing as I've had all year, and the best wine I've ever had.
| SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012
There was a dinner I enjoyed not long ago with a few of the guys from my Burgundy Wine Club. One of our group, a brain surgeon who lives in Rhode Island, came to NYC specifically to enjoy this dinner with us and he brought a slew of absolute gems from his cellar to share. I'm talking about well preserved white Burgundy from the late 1980's. And not just any old Burgundy, great terroirs were represented. MORE >>
DR. VINO Bluff the reader – tasting note edition
| WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012
It’s time for bluff the reader! To those at Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! bear in mind that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. One of these tasting notes and author combinations below is true , the others are false. Hit the comments with the right answer! A) “Acrid aroma of seared steak, hot metal and welding fumes.” ” -Gary Vaynerchuk’s description of a cabernet franc from Gary, Indiana. MORE >>
A WINE STORY Freixenet’s Releases Easier Drinking Ribera del Duero Wine
| TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012
A few years back I was fortunate enough to visit many properties in Spain owned by the Cava giant Freixenet -- including Valdubon in Ribera del Duero. There, winemaker Javier Aldro (pictured above) showed me around. I really loved the intense, concentrated wine of this region, known for its long-aging and adherence to tradition. For example, the wine traditionally macerates for 21 to 25 days to create strong tannins and vibrant fruit. MORE >>
A WINE STORY Wines the Week of July 16, 2012
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Really fabulous wines this week. 2009 Macari Chardonnay (North Fork). Every Macari wine I've had has been so fabulous, yet this 2009 Chardonnay was one of the best. Medium gold color, nose of vanilla infused ripe red apple, almost an apple pie a la mode flavor with spice (cinnamon). It paired so perfectly with a salmon tartar at the Modern! 2009 SOLO Silvarado Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District, Napa Valley). Stags Leap District is one of the most prestigious in Napa. MORE >>
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