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Quick Pour: Turkey Day White Wine Alternatives

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Quick Pour: Turkey Day Syrah Selections

Bedrock Wine Company North Coast Syrah 2012 (Sonoma Coast, California, USA)
Hart Family Syrah Temecula Valley 2012 (Temecula Valley, California, USA)
Domaine des Sources Vin de Pays du Gard Vieilles Vignes Syrah 2000 (Languedoc, Vin de Pays du Gard, France)
Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah T 'n' S Hudson Vineyard South 2012 (Carneros, California, USA)
Cameron Hughes Lot 408 Syrah 2012 (Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA)

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Quick Pour: Cameron Hughes Lot 383 2011 Meritage IGP Pays D’Oc

Producer: Cameron Hughes Region: Languedoc-Roussillon – Pays d’Oc (France) Price: $15 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 19%, Malbec 18% ABV: 13.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Cassis, peat  and leather in the nose. Dark fruit flavors lead to toasty tobacco and mocha undertones that are carried away by smoke and jammy black fruit with fine and well balanced tannins that coat the palate and lead to the medium length. Producer: Cameron Hughes Region: Languedoc-Roussillon – Pays d’Oc (France) Price: $15 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 19%, Malbec 18% ABV: 13.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Cassis, peat  and leather in the nose. Dark fruit flavors lead to toasty tobacco and mocha undertones that are carried away by smoke and jammy black fruit with fine and well balanced tannins that coat the palate and lead to the medium length. Quick Pour: Cameron Hughes Lot 383 2011 Meritage IGP Pays D’Oc Quick …

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Quick Pour: Lionel Osmin Pied de Perdrix 2009; Partridge Foot the forgotten cousin of Malbec

Producer: Lionel Osmin Region: Vin De Pays; France Price: $8.99 Vintage: 2009 Varietals: 100% Partridge Foot Virginia Pour House Notes: Described as France’s “Forgotten Grape” and cousin to the Malbec grape. Lionel Osmin makes one of the only Pied de Perdrix in the world that sports some Beajoleous like qualities. Lush red fruit (prune), spice, and smoky notes from the nose to the palate, incorporating cinnamon and earthy notes mid palate with round, gentle tannins and a smooth subtle acidity. A long finish concludes with faint, smoky notes to the otherwise fruit forward finish. A great value and impressive price point for a rare, unique wine. Virginia Pour House Rating 85 Points

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Beaujolais WineChat; The Flight of Five

A couple weeks ago, Frank Morgan, from DrinkWhatYouLike Wine Blog, organized a Beaujolais tasting at Ripple, a chic wine bar located in the Cleveland Park section of Washington, DC. Ripple has a fantastic spread of charcuterie and cheeses as well as small plates and dishes, all following the farm-to-table concept. Their sommelier and General Manager, Danny Fisher, has selected a variety of fine wines and is very knowledgeable assisting you with any pairing requests or questions you may have. Ripple is also a great establishment for a #WineChat dinner.  I am not too familiar with Beaujolais wines as they are generally too light bodied and lack the intense tannins that I usually crave. However, I am not one to turn down a wine dinner or an opportunity to chat, eat, and sip vino with a few oenophiles like myself.   Also in attendance was Christian Schiller (of Schiller-wine, a German wine blog), …

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Château Coucy 2003 Bordeaux Montagne Saint Emilion

Producer: Château Coucy Price: $24 Vintage: 2003 Winemaker Notes: Surface: 20 ha Soils: Clayey-limestone Grape Varieties Planted: Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Average Age of Vines: 25 years Ageing: 20% new barrels, 20% one year barrels, 60% tanks Production: 80,000 bottles Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon Additional Notes: This property has been part of the Maureze family for generations.  The Great Grandfather, Edouard Maureze worked long days to develop a style of viticulture that has become a family trait.  Mr. Maureze, the grandson of Edouard is now the winery manager of the famed California winery Dominus in the US.  His son and nephews now manage the two properties in Castillon and in Montagne Saint-Emilion, like their Great Grandfather did a century ago. Now, the vineyards and vinification are under Jean-Luc Thunevin’s supervision.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: plum, oak, spice, and tobacco Flavors: hints of …

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A Super-Premium Rosé; Guest blogger Mark Andrew’s insight

It may surprise you to learn that rosé wine is a relative newcomer to the US wine scene. After a decade of having Gallo, Sutter Home and Lindeman’s thrust in our faces every time we do our weekly supermarket shop, it’s hard to believe that until the early 2000s rosé only accounted for 2% of the wine sold in the US. Today that figure is over 12% (and continuing to rise, albeit at a slower pace) and the vast majority of sales are concentrated at the lower, sweeter, mass-produced end of the scale. But there is another side to the rosé coin that you won’t see in your local homogenous hyper-market – super-premium rosé. Yes, that’s right, not just premium but super premium.   Creating a super-premium market “Hold on…”, I hear you cry, “how premium can a rosé wine get?!”. How about 90 bucks worth of premium? Just like …

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