Frank Cornelissen Munjebel Blanc 2016

Mt Etna, Sicily, Italy. 60% Grecanico Dorato (more commonly known as Garganega) and 40% Carricante. Ardea seal. 13%.

A known unknown. . . a meticulous orange wine with absolutely no additions - nothing in the vineyard and nothing in the winery. Pure, clean, distinctly other. . . Musk and aniseed, perfumed, savoury and spiced like a traminer might be. . . Salty, nutty and gripping. . . textured and tannic; satisfyingly difficult.

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/10/18

bigstock-box-of-wine-on-the-plain-backg-26760620.jpgHello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included A wide range of interesting wines. Let's start with a couple of Napa Sauvignon Blancs, most notable of which was the Mondavi Reserve Fume Blanc which is the winery's oak aged Sauvignon Blanc from their To Kalon vineyard. This year the wine has more Semillon than normal, lending the wine a wonderful lemony aspect that I really enjoyed. I got a nice Riesling from Germany this week from the venerable Schloss Johannisberg in the Rheingau, and it proved a classic example of the form, with a couple of years on it to add a bit more aromatic complexity. As long as I'm talking Germany, let me bring your attention to the ...

Weekend Wine Notes: Six Ports for Dear Old Dad

On Mother’s Day, I wrote about Champagne. For Father’s Day, the subject is Port. Who gets the better deal is up to you to decide, if such a decision is even necessary. Personally, I’ll take Champagne before dinner and Port after. Port, made in Portugal’s Douro Valley, is a fortified wine, that is, fermentation is stopped with the addition of brandy or neutral grape spirits to the tanks or vats, leaving the wine with some (usually well-balanced) sweetness and an alcohol content of 19 or 20 percent. Young ports, especially fledgling vintage ports, can be powerful, fiery and tannic; old tawny ports lean toward mellow and ethereal. Port wines occur in many categories, some types fairly arcane, but the principle kinds are Ruby, Reserve, Late-Bottled Vintage, Vintage Port and Tawny. Ruby Ports are the youngest, the freshest and most fruity, typically aged in vats for two or three years. Reserve ...

Vinography Images: Sun, Storm, Moon

Sun, Storm, Moon
MARGAUX, FRANCE: The light of the setting sun illuminates passing storm clouds and the full moon over the vineyards of Chateau Margaux. Margaux is one of four original Premier Grand Cru classÉ wines according to the famous 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The estate is located in the commune of Margaux on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Médoc region, in the department of Gironde. INSTRUCTIONS:
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Likely the Best Top Tier German QPR (Under $33 for Their Top Wine) Ready to Go 2010 Vintage Plus a $17.99 Delicious Every Day Pinot

2010 Spater-Veit Spatburgunder # 1
 - NSG Grit, Grip and Structure
 - The Elegance, Finesse and Head Spinning Aromas of Vosne-Romanee
 - Ridiculous Floral and Fruity Nose
 - Ripe, Concentrated Yet Elegant, Fresh Palate
 - Their Top Wine (for $32.99)
 - Only Sold to Rich Germans and Me

2015 Spater-Veit Rotwein
 - A Big Fat Kiss of Pinot Noir
 - $17.99 Each on 4 Plus Case Pricing (Party Wine)
 - Delicious Fruit, Amazing Freshness
 - What You Want After a Bad Day

I think that Niklas Welter might be the greatest red wine talent in Germany that no one knows about.
It's because his estate, Spater-Veit is famous for its fantastic Rieslings from Piesport. But the people in the know know that German Pinot Noir is the biggest thing going now and the value is ridiculous as not many people are making high quality German Pinot Noir. But ...

A Riesling Experience: Nuanced Terroirs of Alsace

Views and vineyards of Alsace. Courtesy: Wines of Alsace
Exploring terroir can be a bit of a mystery — what can we experience of place in a sip of wine? Because we are all unique and our senses explore the world based on our own personal motherboard of programming, there isn’t a definition of terroir’s translation to taste. That’s a good thing, but curious minds relish the chance to test and explore and this month I got an irresistible opportunity to examine Alsatian Riesling from four soils — the same variety and the same slice of the world, but different land composition.
A Bit On Alsace
Alsace is located in the northeast corner of France and threads along the Rhine river. The Route des Vins d’Alsace leads wine lovers through over 100 villages frosted with charming timber homes and buildings. The Vosges Mountains create an additional layer of appeal: beautiful, ...
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what to drink this summer, Alsace wines to try
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Visit A Winery with a Father’s Day Event this Weekend!

Orfila Vineyards & Winery in California offers spectacular views!

Warm weather encourages wineries to offer more fun events. With Father’s Day this Sunday, many wineries are offering special ways for Fathers to celebrate. Several special events for this weekend are listed below. If you can’t visit one of these wineries, call your neighborhood winery and discover what specials they are offering for Father’s Day! Saturday, June 16 Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland
Event: Live Music by California Bob
Website Info Duplin Winery, North Carolina
Event: Live Music: Mykel Barbee
Website Info Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, VA
Event: Sipping Under the Stars-Wonder Woman
Website Info Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, Oregon
Event: Port & Cigar Appreciation
Website Info The Winery at Perennial Vineyards, Ohio
Event: Live Music
Website Info Sunday, June 17 Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland
Event: Father’s Day Celebration
Website Info Effingham Manor, Virginia
Event: Father’s Day – King for Day

Want To Work In Wine? These Jobs Are Now Hiring

Languedoc Wine, Minervois Wine, South of France
Martine Bonnavenc pours a selection of Minervois wines in the tasting room at St. Jacques d’Albas

Working with wine is a dream career for many—beautiful vineyards, happy customers, daily variety and, well…the wine. While it’s not easy work, it is rewarding and you may be surprised to discover the scope of potential career paths leading into the wine world.

Kevin Morrisey, the winemaker at Ehlers Estate in St. Helena, put a decade into a career in film before deciding, at the age of 35, that he wanted to work in wine. He placed all the right pieces—a degree in enology from UC Davis followed by an internship at Château Petrus in Bordeaux—and the career move paid off, enabling to him to craft high-quality organic wines in the Napa Valley. “It’s a privilege to come to work and practice what you preach,” says Morrisey. Morrisey is an impressive example, but not every shift requires ...

Sylvaine et Alain Normand Macon La Roche-Vineuse Vieilles Vignes 2014

Sylvaine et Alain Normand Macon La Roche-Vineuse Vieilles Vignes 2014, Burgundy, France (£14.83 Vino Beano) Great value Burgundy that offers a satisfying mix of richness and restraint, with generous, deep and almost creamy pear, apple and tinned plum flavours offset by a savoury tang and a seam of citrus freshness which leaves your mouth cleansed […]

SAVOR 2018: Blended Beer From Blenderie Ommegang

If you are a fan of Brewery Ommegang's Three Philosophers blended beer then you would be interested to know that the Cooperstown New York brewery has launched Blenderie Ommegang, a project focused entirely on very small-batch blended beers. Since the 2002 release of Three Philosophers, the brewery has released other blended beers using combinations of barrel-aged dubbels or two very different saisons or even a mix of stainless steel-aged lactic sours such as in the Pale Sour. According to Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart, “with blending, we can create flavors and layers of complexity that are otherwise impossible to achieve".

Using this philosophy, Blenderie Ommegang will release blended beers in a more timely fashion with the first two releases in the series blended with beers from two of Ommegang’s sister breweries in the Duvel Moortgat family: Liefmans Craft Blenders in Belgium and Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Barrelworks in Buellton, California. ...