[Shiraz] Visiting the Don Brial Cooperative in the Roussillon
    This is a blend of 60% Shiraz, 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre that undergoes a 10 – 12 day maceration. It was a pleasure to meet the enthusiastic Jean-Claude Pedrol, a high ranking official at the Dom Brial cooperative in the Roussillon. With 250 growers, it is one of the biggest cooperatives in the area, selling over 11 million bottles last year. The showroom is very attractive with a bright looking showroom filled with elegantly displayed bottles of wine.
    [Shiraz] Meeting Ben Glaetzer – Fabulous Barossa Valley
    We tried four of his wines, with one of them (the 2015 Anaperenna Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon) I tasted earlier in the week at the Great Australian Blend event, which had won that competition a few times. Of course, of the four wines below my favorite was the Amon-Ra, yet the Bishop Shiraz and Wallace Shiraz-Grenache were fabulous, especially for the price. 2015 Amon-Ra Shiraz (Barossa Valley) – SRP $119.99. 2015 Bishop Shiraz (Barossa Valley) – SRP $37.99.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017
    [Shiraz] Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2016 Barossa Valley
    I know it's not a White Russian, but this Two Hands Gnarly Dudes ( Named for the gnarled old Shiraz vines that produce this luscious grape) is the beverage here for "The" Dude on Father's Day. And it comes from Australia's Barossa Valley made with 100% Shiraz and aged in French Oak for 12 months. “I’m the Dude, so that’s what you call me.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017
    [Shiraz] Savoring Shiraz (and other varietals) with Kim
    “I’m here to talk about the brand Henry’s Drive, and to celebrate our region of Padthaway,” says owner Kim Longbottom, who has a very interesting range of quality-focused wine, encompassing Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon and the pioneer spirit of Australia. Next we moved on to the 2013 Pillar Box red, made up of 70% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Henry’s Drive Magnus Shiraz, 2012, is $79 but you can taste the price in every sip.
  • DR. VINO  |  FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016
    [Shiraz] Billionaire Bill Koch’s cellar on the block
    There’s something for everyone: perhaps the lowest-priced lot yesterday was a 12-bottle case of Gibson, Barossa Vale Shiraz 2002 for $368 (including buyer’s premium). Billionaire and famed wine collector Bill Koch’s wine cellar is up for auction at Sotheby’s in a three-day sale happening now. Koch is selling about 20,000 bottles with an estimated range of $10-$15 million.
    [Shiraz] Australian Shiraz vs. Australian Cabernet Sauvignon
    You know that you have a challenge when even a Master of Wine admits he sometimes has trouble identifying Australian Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra and Shiraz from McLaren Valley. Australian Shiraz vs. Australian Cabernet Sauvignon are both very similar – at least my samples, which are Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2013 and The Cover Drive Jim Barry 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Both have that “mint” aroma and flavor typical of Australia and especially McLaren Vale.
  • DR. VINO  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015
    [Shiraz] Wine Ring app seeks wine’s Holy Grail
    If you tell me that you like a burly zinfandel and a jammy Australian shiraz, I can tell you with 99.9% The mythical chalice of wine technology–wine tech’s Holy Grail–is to have software that will tell you which wine to drink.
    [Shiraz] Kay Brothers Vertical Tasting From 1991 Comes to NYC
    What a great opportunity to taste Shiraz ranging from 1991 to 2012 yesterday at the fabulous @corkbuzz studio on 13th street! Colin Kay, winemaker and scion of the famous Kay family, and Michael Wehrs were there to lead the tutored tasting of Shiraz from the famous Block 6 of their vineyard in McLaren Vale. It was interesting that on the Masters of Wine (MW) website many Masters reported having difficulty telling Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
    [Shiraz] Two Lands Marries Australian Terroir with California Winemaking
    The range is just now being launched in the US, and features four varieties: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon, all for under $14 a bottle. "We The second course was Almond agnolotti, charred langoustine, fried garlic, and saffron - this was paired with the Shiraz, which had ripe fruit yet was a bit smoother and softer than the typical Australian Shiraz. It''s the Australian way, isn''t it, to find a market and make a wine to fill a need.
    [Shiraz] Stellenbosch Vineyard’s Wine & Food Pairing Dinner Comes to Vareli in NYC
    I is the Stellenbosch Vineyards Four Secrets Sparkling Shiraz, refreshing and delicious with a hint of oak. The sparkling Shiraz was picked ripe, cold soaked for three days prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks for ten days, and cold soaked for three days post maceration. Eduan Steynberg, MD Stellenbosch. Welcome," says Eduan, offering me a tall glass of something purple and sparkling!
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014
    [Shiraz] Barossa’s Chateau Tanunda in NYC
    The evening started out with dry Riesling, continuing on with Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. “To The “Grand Barossa” line offers a bone-dry Riesling ($15 SRP), Chardonnay ($16), Cabernet Sauvignon ($18), and Shiraz ($18). In the “Noble Baron” range ($50), there is Cabernet and Shiraz. At the icon level is “The Chateau” 100 Year Old Vines Shiraz ($100). Great tasting last night aboard a very cool yacht!
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
    [Shiraz] Meeting Hunter Smith of Frankland Estate
    Hunter also rought along a few reds, entry level Rocky Gulley Shiraz, the concentrated Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2009 with blackberry, black olive, and black fruit flavors, as well as Olomo''s reward 2009, a red blend with 70% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 10% Malbec, and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon - very posh, elegant, and delicious. "Have you ever had three - no FIVE different rieslings in front of you, all from the same region and winery?".
    [Shiraz] Valsan 1831 Noviembre de Finca El Monegrillo 2006, Spain
    From Manchuela, Spain where the popular red grape is usually Tempranillo, here is a tasty blend of 60% Shiraz with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 14 months in French oak Allier barrels of varying cooperages, with different degrees of toast and stave sizes.
    [Shiraz] Red Hill Estate Shiraz 2000
    It's a Shiraz from Victoria Australia and must have been buried under other boxes for years. I found this gem recently in a sale bin at Pop's Wines, one of my favorite wine shops in Island Park, Long Island. But it must have been stored on it's side because the cork was a deep ruby and the wine was wonderful.
    [Shiraz] Giovanni Bertani of Tenuta Santa Maria Visits NYC
    PRAGAL (SHIRAZ/MERLOT). Very nice expression of Merlot and Shiraz. 70% Merlot and 30% Shiraz. So when is the last time you enjoyed a dessert wine from 1928? Especially one smuggled from the winery into the forest during the German occupation? Today was very honored to be part of a small group enjoying this wine, of which only one bottle every five years is given to a charity event - succulent, with great balance between acidity, concentrated fruit, and racy acidity.
  • DR. VINO  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013
    [Shiraz] Winery attempts to pull wines from NRA wine club
    A smattering of selections follows after the jump: 2010 Terlato & Chapoutier Victoria, Western Victoria, Australia Shiraz/Viognier. A wine club whose profits benefit the NRA has triggered outrage: Yalumba of South Australia has requested their wines removed from the club’s wine shop.
    [Shiraz] G’Day USA: Dinner with Jacob’s Creek Chief Winemaker Bernard Hickin & Reknown Executive Chef Guy Rossi
    Canapes included MSC Certified Australian wild caught Tiger Prawn sandwich, veal stick, pumpkin crochetta, Baccala Mantecato Crostini -- all accompanied by a choice of Jacob's Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV and Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz 2010 from Barossa. Winemaker (blue shirt) Bernard Hickin. The consumer wants to known!"
    [Shiraz] When tasting notes score 83 points
    Even though they may be hard to write, tasting notes still can play in important role: a reader has to know if she’s in for a Barolo or a Bourgeuil or a Barossa shiraz. Wine tasting notes, long bastions of affectations and preciousness, have come under scrutiny recently. Apparently Eric Asimov spends a chapter savaging them in his recent book. The other day, over on wineberserkers.com, Bill Klapp performed a merciless forensic analysis on a note.
    [Shiraz] Eden Road's The Long Road Shiraz wins Best Shiraz
    A wonderful Australian Shiraz I reviewed this past summer, The Long Road Shiraz 2010 has won Best Shiraz in Australia's National Wine Show. The vineyard for this wine is located in Gundagai, where some of the most exciting Shiraz in Australia is being grown," explains Eden Road's Winemaker Nick Spencer. Production only began in 2008 when they won The Jimmy Watson Memorial trophy for their first vintage.
    [Shiraz] Inkberry Mountain Estate Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    I recently reviewed a Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese from Italy that was very enjoyable and now found a very tasty Shiraz/Cabernet blend from the Central Ranges of Australia, an Inkberry Mountain Estate 2010( $13 ). A blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Inkberry Shiraz Cabernet is 100% estate grown and crafted from our high elevation Mountain Estate. Starting to find a spot on my most liked wine list for Cabernet blends.
    [Shiraz] Tasting Henry’s Drive with Winemaker Renae Hirsch
    Though Renae had an order in which she wanted to present the wines before my arrival, I was so curious about comparing the different Henry's Drive brands through their stellar Shiraz that Renae lined up all five so I could taste and compare. Kicking it off was the Morse Code Shiraz with its delicious spice, plum, and chocolate and then the Pillar Box Reserve Shiraz with its yummy black cherry and perfumed violets.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
    [Shiraz] Jelu Estate Syrah Reserve 2008
    This wine lacked the peppery and spicy finish that I found in many of the Syrah I've have tasted, especially those (Shiraz) from Australia, but was more to what I like in a red wine. photo by Shirley This past week I started to empty out my wine fridge of wines that have been sitting there for a few months or more and make room for many of the new 2011 white wine releases. Sorta sounds like a car dealership this time of year.
    [Shiraz] Eden Road Shiraz 2010
    We were planning on grilling up a few steaks and opening a few bottles of Australian Shiraz from Eden Road Wines. This always meant a Tuscan wine like Chianti, an inexpensive Brunello or a Super Tuscan with the pasta, but this time we decided to change things up a little and stick with the Shiraz. The first was the Eden Road Hilltops Shiraz ( $40 ). The Hilltops Shiraz was sourced from a single vineyard in a sub region of the Hilltops called Kingsvale.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
    [Shiraz] Eden Road Shiraz The Long Road Gundagai 2010
    From the Gundagai region of Australia, this is a 100% Shiraz made from fruit picked, de-stemmed and chilled for 7 days before warming naturally and innoculated with a chosen yeast strain. The cap was turned over with high volume compressed air which is a gentle approach to soaking the skins. No pumping over or plunging was employed. Following fermentation the fruit was pressed and 50% transferred directly to old French oak puncheons.
    [Shiraz] Eden Road Hilltops Shiraz 2010
    Sourced from a single vineyard (Kingsvale) in the Australian Hilltops wine region northwest of Canberra, Eden Road Hilltops Shiraz (actually there is a tiny 1% Viognier blended in) is open-fermented for 2 weeks before 16 months aging in French oak barriques.
    [Shiraz] Visiting La Motte Estate in South Africa
    You will find all your favorite varietals here, with the La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc (Organically Grown), Pierneef Shiraz Viognier, and Shiraz-Grenache special favorites due to their complexity, intensity of flavor, concentration of fruit, finesse, elegance, and balance. If you’ve been reading headlines in glossy food, wine, and travel magazines around the world, you’ve heard that South Africa is now the coolest wine tourism spot in the world.
    [Shiraz] Adam Richardson & The Wines of CupCake Vineyards …
    With the Chorizo-crusted cod the Chard also ruled, though some liked the SB and even the newer introduction of the Cupcake Shiraz, very fresh and light in expression. The Thomas Farm Rack of Lamb was presented with the Cupcake Malbec and Cupcake Red Velvet (a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot). "So this Prosecco actually tastes like a cupcake!" a lunch participant exclaims, tasting the Cupcake Prosecco from Italy.
    [Shiraz] Jacob’s Creek Reserve: A Move to Regional Wines
    Recently Jacob's Creek invited key participants to meet the winemakers and taste five wines, including their 2009 Jacob's Creek Reserve Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills, their 2009 Jacob's Creek Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, their 2008 Jacob's Creek Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2008, their Jacob's Creek Reserve Barossa Dry Riesling 2010, and finally, their Jacob's Creek Reserve Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2009.
  • DR. VINO  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011
    [Shiraz] Pin-up winemakers, smashed shiraz, a map, WBC – sipped and spit
    No, this isn’t the Guinness World Record for machinery; instead, the load fell to the ground destroying the Australian shiraz therein. BOOSTED: …awareness! Young Austrian winemakers have posed scantily clad for a calendar to boost…awareness! Of Austrian wine. Which one is Miss Gru Vee again? Appearing later this year: a calendar of old hag winemakers from the mountains. Decanter ]. CRASHED: shipping container. A forklift lifted 462 cases of wine 20 feet in the air!
    [Shiraz] And Now, For Something Completely Different
    Not saying that I should spend more time with California wine, or give the Aussie Shiraz a fair shake. The other night a good friend of mine came over for dinner. He's also a wine lover, but his cellar is full of current California Cabernet and modern day wine from Bordeaux. Trust me though, he is a truly lovely guy. He arrived at my house carrying a 375 ml bottle of 2001 Turley Paso Robles Zinfandel Delinquent. This is a late harvest dessert wine that is not available in stores.
    [Shiraz] Henry’s Drive: The Postman Rings Twice
    For now, let's just say that the entire winery offers brands revolving around a postman theme, which range from young, easy drinking reds and whites to complex, concentrated Cabernet Savignons, Bordeaux-style blends, and Shiraz. Of course, my interest was firmly planted in the reds, as Australia is Shiraz’s natural home. Now the Morse Code Shiraz is their entry level wine, sourced from the Estate’s Padthaway vineyards. I like the Pillar Box Reserve Shiraz.
    [Shiraz] “High Noon” Seminar at Hospices du Rhone 2011
    Shiraz 2009 Reserve Shiraz 20 Rows Vineyard Langhorne Creek -- deep purple color, nose of richness -- a deep purple velvet aroma, palate is rich with concentrated purple/blue fruit, very full bodied. 2010 2010 Shiraz Eclipse Component - barrel sample destemed - color is a scintillating red purple, - nose is rich and juic black/blue fruit, palate lively acidity and long juicy finish.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011
    [Shiraz] Wine Australia: Classic Blends and Alternative Varieties
    2006 Elderton Ode to Lorraine Cabernet Shiraz Merlot – Barossa Valley. 2005 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz – Barossa. Shiraz Blend. 2008 Turkey Flat Butchers Block Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre – Barossa Valley. 2007 Penfolds Bin 138 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre – Barossa Valley. Winery owner Justine Henschke holds bottle next to WA Susan Barros.
    [Shiraz] Suhru Red 2007 Long Island
    This medley of five grapes is a cross blend of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties that includes 82% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Shiraz and aged for six months in oak. Recently at a tasting at Brooklyn Oenology I met winemaker Russell Hearn and his wife Susan from Suhru Wines where they were showing their 2007 Suhru Red.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011
    [Shiraz] La Follette Wines: A Seminar
    For the duck I liked ALL the reds -- with my favorite match being the 2006 Torbreck RunRig Shiraz. and runners up the 2001 Torbreck RunRig Shiraz (3% Viognier) and the 2001 and 2006 Torbreck The Struie Shiraz. Greg La Follette of La Follette Wines. Porterhouse was the elegant venue for a tutored tasting of La Follette wine lead by winemaker Greg La Follette (formerly of Flowers, de Loach) who recently launched a new winery last year called La Follette.
    [Shiraz] Jacob's Creek Centenary Hill Shiraz 2005 Australia
    From Australia's Barossa Valley showing clear and intensely deep garnet colors with lighter tawny colors around the rim of the glass, wonderful clean aromas are equally intense displaying marzipan, sweet spices like cinnamon and clove, pastry icing, menthol, chocolate and wood.
    [Shiraz] Lunch with Inniskillin Bruce Nicholson
    The Merlot I loved -- and I thought that in a blind tasting, it could be easily confused with a high end Australian Shiraz as its flavors were ripe black currant, black berry, in that jammy yet dry Aussie style. so I am in Canada to celebrate the Icewine festival. It is a picture perfect snowy day and my host is Inniskillin winery, who has one of the most quality wines in the region. Today the winery, located in Niagra-on-the-Lake, is covered in fresh snow.
    [Shiraz] Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2008 Australia
    Fruit up front with blackberry preserves reduction on toast, ripe bing cherries, black fruits, plum, smoke, spices, white pepper, candy finish. By the glass at Brickyard Gastropub $7.50/glass
    [Shiraz] Half Dozen from OZ
    All six were reds and either 100% Shiraz or a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Yalumba The Scribbler 2008 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Shiraz showing aromas of oak, raw wood and ripe cherries while on the palate hints of violets, black pepper and a spicy intensity. Flight 2 Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2008 Muted smoky aromas, eastern spices, sour cherries, cocoa, and forest floor, raspberry, blueberry and fresh finish.
    [Shiraz] Coppola Shiraz Napa Valley 2007
    Aromas of violets, spicy peppery flavors, sour cherries and blue fruits, concentrated, earthy, perfectly matched with baked manicotti with marinara sauce at La Villa in Lindenwood, Queens
    [Shiraz] Israeli wine is the best!
    Tags: Israel Wine decanter Israeli Wine Kayoumi Shiraz
    [Shiraz] Shiraz, Cal vs. Oz
    I am not fond of Arugula, so I wanted something full bodied and found two Shiraz in the wine fridge. One a Piping Shrike Shiraz 2006 from Australia and a Concannon Shiraz 2007 from California. I decided to open up both and have my own little battle of the Shiraz. You can probably find under $10 and that is a good value for Concannon Shiraz. Loved the very dark purple color, for what that matters, on the Piping Shrike Shiraz.
    [Shiraz] Fontana Candida Frascati Superiore 2008
    Getting time to clean out the old wine fridge. After two months of laying around, drinking coffee, tea, water and gatorade and laying off the good stuff I am beginning to feel the need for a long day of wine shopping, but the fridge is full and I will just have to do my part in making room for more. Shirley keeps doing her part by challenging me to come up with a pairing for some of her weird dinner experiments.
    [Shiraz] Stoney Lonesome Estates, Reserve White Merlot 2008
    I love it when Shirley decides to experiment in the kitchen. It either means we end up going out to dinner or I am in for a special treat. I don't always know where she gets her inspiration and last night I did not see any of her cookbooks on the counter, so that means she thought about this recipe while trimming her herb garden. What I do know is that she cooked skinless chicken breast in apple juice with oyster mushrooms, slices of gala apples and diced mint fresh from the garden.
    [Shiraz] Treleaven Wines Meritage 2007
    I don't often go with Shirley and Pam to the Saturday morning Central New York Regional Farmer's Market, but I made an exception today. I was also out of bed early enough to tag along, which is unusual. While there I let the girls buy up all the fruit and veggies along with some free range meat and eggs they wanted while I hunted around for some wine samples. I did stop at one and tasted their 2007 Meritage.
    [Shiraz] Boho Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 3L
    I've been holding out on the wine reviews until everything gets back to normal after my surgery. At present, my Cardiologist has OK'd 3-4 oz. of wine per day and, for me, that just don't cut it. I do cheat a bit and I also skip some evenings. That means an open bottle may sit for over a week and the final few glasses may be a bit bitter or that much of what was a decent wine when opened gets thrown down the drain. That is what happened with the first bottles I opened.
    [Shiraz] The Perils of a "Natural Wine" Label
    Then again, we might be able to buy things like Yellow Tail Natural Shiraz, and that would be great. This post is my contribution to Cory Cartwright's 32 Days of Natural Wine , on his blog Saignée : The other day I went to a small wine shop because they had a particular Champagne that I wanted to bring to a wine dinner. I saw it on the shelf and let it sit there as I browsed the rest of the selection. The woman behind the counter came out to talk with me as I looked around.
  • DR. VINO  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010
    [Shiraz] Adventures in packaging: single-serve wine in a plastic glass!
    Sold under the brand “Le Froglet,&# the individual 187ml glasses cost £2.25 ($3.33) for a Shiraz, Rose and Chardonnay, which, apparently, come from the Languedoc. Forget screwcaps versus corks : An English entrepreneur has sold this invention of single-serve plastic wine glasses–stem and all!–to –to Marks & Spencer, which now “struggles to keep up with demand.&#
    [Shiraz] Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc 2009 3L
    Last March I posted a press release on a new collection of artisan wines in an innovative attractive new package. An international wine collection with six brands and ten items packaged in a new exciting premium 3L wine cask from the Octavin Home Wine Bar ™. I have since tasted a Monthaven Chardonnay (California) and this past week the Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand). The Chardonnay was not impressive. Light and fruity with little oak was not what I expected from a CA Chard.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010
    [Shiraz] Chateau Lafayette Reneau dry and semidry Riesling 2008
    With May and New York Riesling month coming to close soon, it is safe to say that I tasted more Riesling this month than any one year in my life. The hard part was deciding which ones I would post on the blog. After this article I will post once more on a NY Riesling and may list all those I have had. I also chose a few, either drier or sweeter Rieslings, that were previously reviewed.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
    [Shiraz] Long Point Winery semi-dry Riesling 2008
    This past Monday evening was a first for me on-line. Because of my work schedule and Shirley's extra long 'honey-do' list I never have the chance to do a tweet up on Twitter or follow a wine party on Facebook. During the month of May at 8 pm on Mondays anyone can open a bottle of Riesling from any Finger Lakes winery and join in on Facebook or Twitter to chat about what wine you are having for the evening.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010
    [Shiraz] Zugibe semi-dry Riesling 2008
    This past weeks edition of the Syracuse New Times, a weekly alternative newspaper published in Syracuse, New York, contained an interesting article on Finger Lakes Riesling. Titled 'Grape Expectations,' the article promoted Riesling month in the Finger Lakes and interviewed the proprietor (Gary Decker) of one of my favorite wine shops (Vinomania) in Syracuse. Gary noted four wineries, one of which I vaguely remember from an article written by Evan Dawson for the New York Cork Report.
  • A WINE STORY  |  FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010
    [Shiraz] Shrivington Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon
    from McLaren Vale to showcase verticals of their Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. I really enjoyed the 2001 Shiraz, which received 98 points from Wine Advocate, though I enjoyed the 2008 equally well with its jammy red fruits and "inky black fruit over vanilla ice cream" character. Vermillion is an exotic Indian fusion restaurant in New York, and I thought both the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz went well with the dishes.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010
    [Shiraz] Brotherhood Dry Riesling 2008
    To continue Riesling month here in New York, I wanted to find something other than my favorites from the Finger Lakes region. Doing so seemed almost impossible. Other than ordering on line, it is very difficult to find New York wines other than Finger Lakes and Adirondack wineries in the local shops. Thankfully, my son was able to obtain some from the Hudson Valley through one of the distributors he uses for his lounge.
  • A WINE STORY  |  FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010
    [Shiraz] Yellow tail Reserve Tour with MW / MS Doug Frost
    Flight one consisted of yellow tail Reserve Shiraz 2008 from Southeastern Australia ($11), d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006, McLaren Vale, Australia ($60), Marquis Philips Shiraz 2008, McLaren Vale, Australia ($13) and Archetype Shiraz 2007 Barossa, Australia $15. Tags: News australia brand casella wines doug frost john casella reserve tour shiraz yellow tail Doug Frost MS MW & John Casella (blue tie).
  • DR. VINO  |  TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010
    [Shiraz] Chateau Palmer revives an old tradition
    The wine is nothing like shiraz, cabernet, merlot blends of Australia, but it’s not really very Margaux either since it is fuller and richer and showing more of the syrah character now. Vin de table lies at the bottom of the administrative heap in France: it’s derided, dirt cheap and sold in supermarkets by the flagon. Paradoxically, however, producers who dare to do something different are all-too-often ending up in this undifferentiated tier. (I
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010
    [Shiraz] Red Tail Ridge semi-dry Riesling 2008
    Just finished watching the movie "Avatar" while sipping on my first Riesling of the summer. A Finger Lakes Riesling of course. This month is Riesling month in New York and this will be the first of many I'll enjoy over the next 30 days. The 2008 Red Tail Ridge semi-dry Riesling was suggested by my sister-in-law. Now Cyn has always favored a Riesling from another State, which I won't mention, until just recently. This is now one of her favorites.
  • DR. VINO  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010
    [Shiraz] Bordeaux 2009: all over but the pricing
    alcohol on the label, called it over-the-top, compared it to an Australian shiraz and gave it 95 points. Robert Parker posted his reviews of Bordeaux 2009 yesterday on his subscription web site. In an article entitled “Once Upon a Time (1899, 1929, 1949, 1959, 2009),&# he lavished praise on the vintage, particularly the cabernet blends of the left bank, and on many wines individually: 21 wines received scores of potentially 100 points.
    [Shiraz] Conconnan Conservancy Peite Sirah 2007
    Recently, the wife and I have been discussing a possible trip to California next year. A few of the issues are for how long and where. Of course my choice would be Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley or Russian River Valley, the home of some of the best wines in the world. Oh, I'm sorry, did I leave out Paso Robles, Lodi, Central Coast or Livermore Valley. Maybe we should wait until we can spend a couple of months and visit them all.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010
    [Shiraz] Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Reserve 2004
    I'm leaving Chile(till later) and heading over to California to try a few more Zin's. I'm starting to surprise myself with what I am finding with Zinfandel and also a bit disappointed that I wasted so many years with such a limited selection or narrow palate. It shows what can happen to one's palate when staying with one type or varietal over a very long period of time without giving other varietals a chance.
  • DR. VINO  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010
    [Shiraz] Syrah: beyond the fruit bomb
    Australian wine, with Shiraz as the signature grape, has experienced a decline in sales over the past couple of years. The Carlei , Heathcote Shiraz, Green Vineyards 2003 from Victoria opened our tasting. Unlike many Australian shirazes it was (a) from a cool climate, (b) older, and (c) 13.9% While Merlot’s fall from grace can be traced to one line in the movie Sideways , the fall of Syrah has been more difficult to track.
    [Shiraz] Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008
    This is the third of the Carmenere wines I tasted this month. As I stated in my previous two articles, Carmenere is one of the wines I've pushed aside in the past, but have placed on a list to re-examine in 2010. The first two left me with mixed feelings about the wine. The Arboleda 2006 was more full bodied with lots of earth, green pepper and tobacco. It lacked any fruit with the exception of some black current or some black raspberry in the mouth.
    [Shiraz] Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2007
    It's been a few years since I tasted Carmenere. If I remember right, it was a take it or leave it, nothing special, too many other fine wines, don't shop for wine. My last review confirmed that feeling, but in a very serious attempt to expand a lazy palate I purchased a few different labels to compare. The first was disappointing. Not that the wine was god awful bad, but it was not was I expected from what I was reading about Carmenere. It lacked the dark fruit and the balance.
    [Shiraz] Arboleda Carmenère 2006
    Wish I had a nice Canadian wine tonight so I could toast the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team on their winning of the Gold medal. I am not an avid hockey fan, but I do watch occasionally and tonight enjoyed one of the best ever games. Instead, I uncorked an Arboleda Carmenère 2006 from the Colchagua Valley of Chile.
    [Shiraz] Bogle Winery Petite Syrah 2007
    Think my taste buds are back. I've been having a few problems with red wines since finishing some prescribed meds a few weeks ago. No matter what was tried I was getting a very musty taste. I opened a few old reliables thinking there must have been some bad bottles in the rack, but they turned out to be the same. Thankfully, all is now well and I have been really enjoying the last few days getting re-united with my favorite beverage.
    [Shiraz] The chocofight 2010! Pairing wine and chocolate – pleasure or pain?
    See segment here : both regular and sparkling shiraz feature.) Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. It has reignited the annual hot debate in anticipation of the hot date: should you pair wine and chocolate? Consider this exchange. Paul Grieco, owner of Hearth restaurant and Terroir wine bar in NYC, tweeted that he was going on the TODAY show to talk wine and chocolate. Eric Asimov tweets back “chocolate and wine? what are you thinking, man?
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Cline Cellars: Giving Back with Cashmere 2008
    One of the great things about social networking is that you often get in contact with friends and classmates from a time when all was great, life was fun and we were all going to live forever. Well, all was great, life was fun, but the reality of living forever soon wears off as some of those friends and classmates and those we meet in our adult life begin to pass on. I was reminded of just that this past week as I chatted with an old friend and High School classmate from the mid-60's.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007
    Sometimes when you least expect it, you open what may becomes your new favorite bottle of wine. Tonight I opened one of my remaining bottles of Finger Lakes wine purchased at my last tour in December. An Atwater Estate Vineyards , Cabernet-Merlot 2007. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot. ($25) 25) The aromas were of plum and a hint of licorice, almost like a holiday fruit cake, without the spices.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007
    Big break in weather today here in Central New York. Temperatures will reach about 30F. Must be the annual January thaw! To celebrate I figured to open one of my usually reserved for warm weather whites. My choice is one that was recently purchased at Lakewood Vineyards on Seneca Lake at the December 'Deck the Halls" event. A 2007 Riesling. I really liked the zesty aromas of citrus and melon with some peach.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007
    Somewhere among my 50 New Year's resolutions (99.9% failure rate) was to leave my wine comfort zone more often as I continue to expand my trapped palate. To do so, I will have to taste, I mean drink, more wines that I never tried or wines I just never liked. So, to start off the new year I opened one of my least favorite wines, Zinfandel. Zin is one wine that over the years I tried earnestly to enjoy. It just never happened.
    [Shiraz] Stories of Wine–2009
    Last night we drank on Eastern Parkway, where the Shiraz separated the women from [.]. For my final entry this year, I’ve scripted Stories (Part One)–a bit of a narrative with lines culled from this year’s posts– Cheers! ** I called him upon returning from Colombia on a blustering Thursday night blown away by high pitched reverberations that no amount of Coltrane could drown out.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007
    Almost all that I had ever tasted were the Shiraz from Australia. I found that the Syrah's produced here in the US were smoother and not as bold as the full bodied Shiraz I had become accustomed to. Syrah has always been one to those wines I could take or leave it. While visiting Damiani Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake this past spring I tasted an excellent Syrah and I was sold. From that day on I was a fan.
    [Shiraz] Imbibe New York Wine Club–Bordeaux
    If it were a night of Zin or Shiraz I would have stayed home with my back pressed flat to the floor. A few hours before this month’s Imbibe New York Wine Club meet, my back went out…just as I was getting dressed for a run. But on this night, Brian (who works at Polaner) [.].
    [Shiraz] Restaurant Review: STK in Manhattan
    For example, Syrah/Shiraz is described as “powerfully flavored and full bodied, known for its flavors of spicy blackberry, plum and pepper,&# while flavors attributed to Cabernet Sauvignon include black currant, dark berry, cedar and vanilla. “Look, horns!&# A blonde gestures to the gleaming white fiberglass priapic shapes jutting above the heads of the testosterone-fueled bar crowd at the glamorous new Meatpacking steakhouse STK. “How apropos!&#.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007
    This has been one fantastic year of enlightenment for me when it comes to all things wine. Believe I may do a year end article on the subject. If I do, I will have to include the German grape, Dornfelder as one of the highlights. Dornfelder is a cross between Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe grapes. It is the 3rd most planted red wine grape in Germany. In the Finger Lakes region it is very scarce, only two wineries grow Dornfelder and Fulkerson Winery is the only varietal wine producer.
    [Shiraz] Go Ask Alice: Q #6. Tough Shopping in Alberta, Ca.
    I'd love to serve some examples of what traditional varieties should really taste like, not ones that have been engineered to compete with Australian shiraz. Hi Alice, This is my first time commenting, but definitely not my first time visiting the page after I read and enjoyed your book last Christmas.
    [Shiraz] Joeshico Wine Review: Agent For Change Zinfandel 2006
    ** Disclaimer: I received these wines from Martellotto Wine s One of the benefits of writing a wine blog is the occasional UPS delivery of wine to taste and review on the blog. Because I am not a wine critic, but write a more or less personnel blog and only post what I find in wines that I like, I am surprised, but feel honored that I was chosen to write my opinion on their wines.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Lamoreaux Landing Dry Riesling, 2008
    Can't seem to find a Finger Lakes Riesling I don't like. Thanks to my son, this past weekend I opened a dry Riesling from Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars located in Lodi, NY, on the east side of Seneca Lake and my first stop on the annual " Deck the Halls " event on Dec. I have to say his timing was impeccable. The food we were enjoying was a hodge-podge of different selections off the bar menu.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Banfi Chianti Classico Reserve 2005
    Tonight I added another favorite place to eat in Syracuse, Joey's Italian Restaurant. Shirley and I have been dining here for the last 10 years and it seems that the food just keeps getting better and better. Best of all is the fabulous and always changing wine list. The best wines always remain, while others are always changed out in order to keep the list fresh. The only downside is the lack of New York wines on the list and no NY reds.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008
    Sometime near the end of the year, I would like to post all that I have learned and the wines that I have come to enjoy over the past two years. From a European reds only wine drinker who could not tolerate most white wines or any wines over 0% RS, to be even drinking the many wines I am now, I think I have come a long way. Much of this change or palate expansion, if there is such a term, is directly related to the wines from the Finger Lakes region on New York.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008
    I think it gets a little scary when you choose a not so good wine for three consecutive nights. When the fourth night comes and you just get home from work and you are looking for a nice wine just to sip, watch a little TV and catch up on a little blog work, you check every bottle in the wine fridge and just can't decide for fear of failing again. That happened this week. But, halllelujah, tonight was a bit more successful.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Glenora Wine Cellars Gewurztraminer 2007
    Every Friday and Saturday after work, a few friends and I visit our favorite lounge for some great food off the bar menu and to down a few glasses(maybe more than a few) of wine. Of course, the lounge is owned by my son and his fiance and has become our regular hang out since opening one year ago. Since opening, I have been trying to get him to put some New York wines on the wine list. Finally, he has listened to his dad.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007
    About two years ago I found a special deal on a gift pack of two wines from Candoni Wines. The gift pack wasn't what sold Shirley and I on the purchase, it was the label. The gift pack included a bottle of Merlot and a bottle of Pinot Grigio, of which we opened at a dinner dance held during my annual military reunion. Both wines were well liked by all of us at our table. Since then I have found the wines sold separately at various wine shops and recently, we found their Chianti. First, the label.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Row House Cellars White Table Wine NV
    Alright, here's my dilemma or at least one of them. Tonight Shirley and daughter Pam are making 'halupkies' for dinner. Halupkies are also known as stuffed cabbage or as we called them in our house as kids growing up in the Pennsylvania coal region, 'blind pigeons.' Typically made with ground beef or pork or both, rice and a bunch of herbs and spices or whatever (I'm not much in the kitchen), rolled in boiled cabbage leaves and baked with a tomato sauce on top (usually tomato soup).
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Ravines Wine Cellars Cabernet Franc 2007
    There comes a time when you believe that a certain wine just can't get any better. I hope I never get to that point in my lifetime. I don't hide the fact that in the past two years I have fallen in love with wines from the Finger Lakes region of New York. I have my favorite Finger Lakes wineries and my favorite Finger Lakes wines. It seems that many times I taste a new wine and just have to add it to a long growing list of favorites. Such is the case today!
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Michael Shaps Viognier 2006
    While in Virginia on vacation, I picked up four bottles of Virginia wines, figuring I would try all four and choose one to review. Tonight I opened up the second bottle and had maybe the best white wine find of this summer, a 2006 Michael Shaps Viognier from the King Family Vineyards. Michael Shaps has established a reputation for high quality that ranks on an international scale with some of the best wines in the world.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d' Abruzzo 2005 Riserva
    I 'm currently making room in my wine cooler for a recent large quantity buy, so I pulled out a Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005 Riserva for a pizza dinner tonight. I had this wine about four years ago and wasn't fully impressed at that time, but thought I'd give it another chance and the price was right. Turned out to be a good move. Can't really remember why I passed this off as a so-so wine years ago, but now I am finding it very delightful.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Fox Run Gewurztraminer 2007
    One of the problems with bringing home lots of wine from a Finger Lakes wine tour is deciding which ones to try first. Shirley helps make that decision easier by planning some meals ahead of time or by just giving me a warning of what's on the menu for the night. Sometimes though, it can be challenging choosing the right wine for the meal. Tonight for instance she was preparing baked chicken fingers in a spicey honey mustard sauce.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Anthony Road Semi-dry Riesling 2008
    OK, today I sinned again, at least according to some. I took my list of New York medal winners to another local wine shop. Unfortunately, I found only one, besides another Anthony Road Vinyards 2008 semi-dry Riesling which I already have in the cooler. Oh yeah, for those who don't know, that wine was judged the most outstanding New York wine for 2009. Winner of the New York Wine and Food Classics's 'Governor's Cup.' Now, let me say something about my taste buds. "I I Don't Like Sugar."
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; White Springs Gewurztraminer 2007
    Well it's time to try a new wine, at least new to me. Before now I have never tasted Gewurztraminer. Please, no comments on that issue. It took me over 30 years to appreciate any white wine, and now that I do, I am trying them all. Because this is a first, I purchased two Gewurztrminers from two different NY wine regions to compare differences, if any. The first was OK and will be nice at a evening get-together, but not one I would bring to the party.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Two Great Organic Rioja's
    With ample experience in making and aging great wines dating back to 1964, Santiago Ijalba García left his position as general and technical manager in a historic Haro bodega to launch his own personal project. In 1998 under his newly-incorporated company Santiago Ijalba S.A. , he created the VIÑA HERMOSA brand. The bodega is situated in the small town of Gimileo, close to Ollauri and a mere four kilometers from Haro, the “capital of Rioja wine” and his home town.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Lindemans Bin 40 Merlot 2007
    Looking for great buys in wine? Just look to Australia. Don't know what's going on Down Under but right now some of the best buys for wine are Australian. The Lindeman's Merlot 2007 was recommended by a friend this past week-end. Our wine taste profiles are about 180 deg. apart, so I was a little hesitant, but he hit this one right on the nail. Tasting notes: Colour: A bright crimson red colour moving towards plum, with distinct pinkish edges.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Henry Estate Oregon Pinot Noir 2006
    Sometimes you just get lucky when searching out a wine. I dropped into a local shop this week and during a conversation with the shop owner I had asked if he had any wines from Oregon. He did. He actually had one. It was a Pinot Noir. I have had some really nice Pinot's from Oregon before, but they were a bit pricey. Pricey, but good. Very comparable to French Burgundy in my opinion.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc 2006
    Today was a shopping day with Shirley. We did the Home Depot, BJ's, Best Buy, Panera for lunch, two grocery stores and one Mom and Pop wine shop. The 'honey do' list at home was longer. Back to my day job tomorrow. Can't Wait) While out doing her bidding, I was informed that my daughter Pam was doing a broiled Salmon dinner, so I was looking for a nice Sauvignon Blanc to accompany the meal.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2009
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Damiani Wine Cellars Meritage 2007
    It seems every winery in the Finger Lakes has a Meritage. Most are nice bordeaux style blends that are very popular and very tasty and very distinct to each winery. Years ago I struggled to find one to like, now I am finding it difficult to taste one I don't like. And then, there comes along one that is over and above any I have tasted before. Such is the case of the 2007 Damiani Wine Cellars Meritage. I was given the '07 on a recent visit to the Damiani tasting room.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2009
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Heron Hill Cabernet Franc dry Rose' 2006
    I know those close to me won't believe this, but I am actually going to review a Rose' wine. In doing so, I am showing them that I can accept the fact that for almost all of my adult life I have been very stupid or as Lenn Thompson said 'Are you nuts.' Yes Lenn, I was nuts. On our recent wine tour through the Finger Lakes , I begrudgingly tasted a dry Cabernet Franc Rose' from Heron Hill Winery.
  • SLAKED  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009
    [Shiraz] Cult Wine Oh Nine
    Summer arrived in New York with a splash -- cold and wet -- but the trains are still packed out to Montauk, the Jamaica-stop on the Long Island Railroad has traingoers negotiating the politics of seating arrangements with sweaty seniors and the disabled, and the New Jersey Turnpike is packed from north Jersey to Exit 8. Flights are delayed. Market volatility remains high. All indicators point to a long and restless summer.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Quinta Da Cortezia Reserva 2004
    One of the most difficult time's I have on a short vacation is waiting for the train to take me home. To kill time I visit or window shop the shops at the station and sometimes get awful lucky by finding a great deal. This past week-end was one of those days and that great deal was in a wine shop. The shop had a small selection of Portuguese wines and I only had about $15 in my wallet, so I chose a inexpensive Quinta Da Cortezia 2004 Reserva.
  • DR. VINO  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009
    [Shiraz] Some summer wine picks - and Forbes.com
    Shiraz and Chardonnay account for half of the vineyard acres planted in Australia. For a quick taste of how the other half drinks, check out a piece that I wrote for Forbes.com. And if you’re feeling summery, surf on over to the James Beard blog for five of my summer wine picks. But to reward all of you site readers here with some wine picks, I organized and led a fun tasting of seven summery wines last week at a residence on the Upper East Side.
    [Shiraz] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008
    I really enjoy shopping for wine and finding one that I never tried and end up putting it on my list of must have wines. Today, I stopped in to buy a Sauvignon Blanc for the evening. I knew what I wanted, one that is already on that list, but also found a new one sitting next to mine and decided to take one home to try. Today, I chose a good one. A Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008.
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