Visit at Nicolas Renard (Loire)

Nicolas Renard with Alex Bernardo Amboise, Touraine (Loire) This was an impromptu visit at the cellar of Nicolas Renard, we didn't know if the elusive cult vigneron was there on a saturday but as Alex Bernardo was visiting me in...

Where To Buy Wine Coolers? In-Store Vs. Online Shopping

Where To Buy Wine Coolers? In-Store Vs. Online ShoppingWhether you’re a member of a wine club or just started your own collection, there comes a time in the life of every wine enthusiast when investing in a proper wine storage solution is a must. A dedicated refrigerator provides the best environment for your bottles, but […] The post Where To Buy Wine Coolers? In-Store Vs. Online Shopping appeared first on Wine Turtle.

How Much Are Wine Coolers?

How Much Are Wine Coolers?How much are wine coolers? A frequent question asked by those who have just understood the advantages of keeping their bottles in a dedicated refrigerator. With a host of wine coolers on the market, the answer is more complex than it seems. In broad lines, a wine cooler can cost anywhere between […] The post How Much Are Wine Coolers? appeared first on Wine Turtle.

Wine of the Day, No. 411

Winemaker Joe Ibrahim fashioned the Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2017 by pouring the bunches of
grapes into large stainless steel containers, laying on a blanket of carbon dioxide and allowing the weight of the clusters above to crush the grapes below, starting fermentation in an atmosphere free of oxygen. Called carbonic maceration, this process — much simplified in this explanation — produces wines of immediate freshness and fruit-driven appeal. That’s certainly the case here. The color is transparent medium grape-purple, and the wine is fresh, ripe and vigorous, offering scents and flavors of black raspberry and cherry with undertones of blueberry; a few moments in the glass bring in a vibrant weaving of graphite and lavender, black licorice and bittersweet chocolate, with a background of spiced plum. A pleasing traction of moderate tannins and bright acidity lends thrust and grip on the palate, and the wine concludes ...

Martin Muellen: Trarbacher Hühnerberg Spatlese Trocken* $39.99, 96 Points, Krover Paradies Spatlese Trocken* $29.99, 94 Points Limited Allocation. First Come, First Served. Go.

2016 Martin Müllen Trarbacher Hühnerberg Spatlese Trocken
 - One of the Great Dry Wines of Germany
 - Obviously One of the Greatest QPRs in the Wine World
 - Shocking intensity Yet so Utterly Refined

2016 Martin Müllen Krover Paradies Spatlese Trocken

 - Profound Nose: Elderberry Flowers, Spices, Minerals
 - Ridiculous Palate Intensity
 - One of the Best Under $30 Wines in the World

"Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone is the rightwise born king of all England." From the Legend of King Arthur

We all know the legend of King Arthur.  First born son of the king, secreted away by Merlin.  Merlin placed a sword (Excalibur) in a stone and wrote the above line on it in gold.  Arthur drew the sword for use in a tournament and become king.  My point?  Greatness is within the great no matter the station at ...

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 16, 2018

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format. They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

Jérôme Balmet Beaujolais 2016


On the label the maker - eyes blue and askew, a discombobulated lemon. . . the grapes come from a non cru southern site - the granite hill of Vaux-en-Beaujolais.

It's delicious, sans sulfites, vibrant and earthy; sticks, rhubarb and roots more than fruit. It exudes a rude good health. . . Tart and lively, a witches brew of game, bitter medicinal herbs and liniment. It reminds me, faintly, of the home brew medicine / tea / soup my maternal grandmother tried to fortify me with.

A suitcase wine from Singapore's Artisan cellars.

Post card: Cape Lodge


Possibly the plushest and most French accented dining room in all of Western Australia. . . very well presented and beautiful plates - this the 170 gram Harvey beef fillet with Café de Paris butter and frites ($44). Certainly one of the most enjoyable pieces of beef I've eaten all year. . .

It's an old and comforting room - carpets, flowers, a lake view. . . double white linen on each table, the patrons mostly hotel guests, some arriving by golf buggy. . .


Weekend Wine Notes: Allons, enfants de la patrie!

The wine regions of France, especially Bordeaux and Burgundy, long served as the models and the ideals for producers and winemakers all over the world. Even nowadays, when wine-making has proliferated worldwide and expanded far beyond the so-called “noble grapes” of French origin, Burgundy is often seen as the apotheosis of chardonnay and pinot noir, Bordeaux the epitome of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, Champagne the ur-text of sparkling wine. I offer today, in celebration of Bastille Day, 12 examples that illustrate, even if in a severely limited degree, the diversity and the versatility of French wine production. Some of those noble grapes are involved — cabernet and merlot, indeed, chardonnay and pinot noir, riesling — but also a more everyday variety like gamay and obscure grapes like jacquere. In one blog post, no one could begin to assay the immense complexity of France’s geographical extent and appellation system, but I ...