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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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Wine Cooperative & Ruffino Wine Dinner; Washington, DC

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Ruffino Wine Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. The event was hosted by Ruffino’s National Sales Director Daniel Burgio, the meal prepared by Chefs Xavier Deshayes and Todd Gray, and sponsored by DC International Wine and Food Festival’s Wine Cooperative. For those not familiar with the Wine Cooperative, it’s the same group of people behind DC’s International Wine and Food Festival, with the goal of providing a cozy atmosphere to share your passions for food, wine, and spirits while learning how chefs and sommeliers pair beverages with food. Their goal is to provide both a social and a learning experience, while affording you the opportunity to mingle with industry folk as well as others who share similar passions. What more could you ask for? Great food, great drinks, and great company. This event was …

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The Tasting Panel 2012 Tour of Double Golds; Washington, DC

For those of you who haven’t heard, this past year’s San Francisco International Wine Competition yielded a few winners from Virginia wineries and vineyards. The greatest accolade to be received in this competition is the Double Gold Medal. In the 2012 competition, Virginia’s own, Ingleside Vineyards, took home a Double Gold honor for their 2007 Petit Verdot. Please see the footer of this post for a listing of other Virginia wineries to receive awards.  Congratulations to Ingleside on their tremendous accomplishment. Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to Tasting Panel Magazine’s Tour of Double Golds event at the Poste Moderne Brasserie. The event consisted of most, if not all, of the Double Gold winners in the wine categories as well as the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold winners. A fantastic cheese and characuterie spread was available to all attendees as well as a wine …

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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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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006

Producer: Bodegas Lan Price: $12 Vintage: 2006 Winemaker Notes: Grape varieties: 100% Tempranillo. Aged: In American and French oak barrels for 12 months, followed by several months in the bottle. Tasting notes: Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with hints of fruit. Pairing: Cold starters, pasta, poultry. Perfect as wine by glass. Accolades: 90 Points; Wine Spectator Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: aromatic notes of dark berry with delicate floral undertones Flavors: dark berry, light jammy notes, floral undertones Finish: dark cherry and subtle spice Additional Notes: light tannins, medium bodied, good balance, and very flavorful with a medium finish — for the price point this wine is a home run for an afterwork glass of wine to decompress to   Rating: 89 Points  

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