Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 20, 2017

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
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 with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

Domaine Valette Macon-Villages 2014


The first bottle, pictured here, was corked, the second was thankfully free of fault.

Nutty, seemingly oxidised nose, it's clean (bottle 2 at least) with a suggestion of aldehyde and glue to offset the pollen and slate. A nice counterpoint to the overly sweet local chardonnay I've been sipping over the Summer break. Super acidity, it's long and convincing; narrow and fast with a shake of baking spices on the tongue and thankfully no sweetness - only flesh and mineral. Yes.

Top 3 Best Small Wine Coolers in 2017 :- Buying guide

The Best Small Wine Coolers are very much suitable for small family. For purchasing the best small wine cooler, you have to read the wine cooler reviews. If you want to store as well as cold only six bottles associated with wine simultaneously, then the 6-bottle wine cooler refrigerator is a perfect option. Most of those units make use of thermoelectric air conditioning technology. This brand new technique is better applied within small home

Best small wine coolers in 2017

​1. NewAir AW-181E 18 Bottle - Small Wine Cooler

New Air 18 bottle (AW – 181 E) thermoelectric wine cooler
For those who have very definite wine preferences and indulge in a little bit of entertaining at home or simply want to unwind with your favorite wine every evening, the New Air 18 bottle (AW ...
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The Haier 8-Bottle (HVTEC08ABS) Wine Cellar
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Wine Mosaic Saving Rare Grape Varieties

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You might have heard of Malagousia, a fabulous white Greek grape variety. If you are in the know you might have encountered Lledoner Pelut and Fer Servadou from France. And if you have travelled to Turkey you could have encountered Öküzgözü and Narince. But how about Obeidy? Or Mavrotragano or Moscofilero? Kolorko? All these exceptional grape varieties from countries as diverse as Lebanon, Spain, Croatia, Armenia, France and Spain fall under the Wine Mosaic umbrella.
Wine Mosaic Encouraging Vinodiversity

Wine Mosaic Encouraging Vinodiversity

“The Wine Mosaic project is a non-profit organisation that is championing vinodiversity by protecting and promoting original grape varieties of the Mediterranean.”

With around 30 grape verities accounting for 70% of the worlds wine production the Wine Moasic groups aim it to preserve original varieties by increasing the production of quality wines made from them and to raise ...

An unseasonal beef stew


Late summer and the urge to have something seasonally inappropriate.

The original recipe can be found here. It's fairly plain and so it's impossible not to tinker and adjust.

750g of chuck steak roughly cubed and dusted in spice (crushed black pepper, 5 juniper berries and a sprinkle of star anise), salt and white flour. Browed in batches (olive oil, large pan, don't burn) till very well coloured - at least 5 minutes per batch. Remove and set aside and then add the liquids and condiments and bring to a simmer

Liquids - 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 1.5 cups of red wine, 1L of beef stock.

Condiments - 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 2 bay leaves.

Return the meat, cover and simmer at a low heat for 90 minutes.

Add the vegetables - 6 carrots cut into bites, 1.5 onions roughly ...

Vinography Unboxed: Week of February 12, 2017

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 couple of nice Chiantis from Tenuta di Arceno, who are keeping up the faith in a world that has turned away from Chianti in favor of glitzier Tuscan wines. There's a nice crisp Roero Arneis from Piedmont, a welcome reminder that the region is not all Nebbiolo. For those looking to branch out of the mainstream in California, I recommend the Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc, which is just want you want in a crisp white for $11. Williams-Selyem had a Pinot and Chardonnay to offer this week, both of which would benefit from a little time in the bottle. And finally the irrepressible Randall Grahm is back with the ...
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BIG Champagne Offer – The Cerebral and the Decadent – Two of Our Best Champagnes, Totally Different

The Cerebral

I love a good Brut Nature but sometimes they can be screech bombs and just brutal. Almost as bad as The NV Caillez-Lamaire Leclats Brut Nature for as little as $34.99 on a 4-pack is just a eerily beautiful and amazingly delicious wine that grabs your attention. It's complex and so dry that I would only drink it as an aperitif or with fresh oysters. Maybe some caviar. It is insanely delicate, yet penetratingly deep. It is 50% barrel fermented and 50% barrel maturation, so despite its skeletal brut nature quality, it has heft and weight to it. But not like something that has sugar. The nose is like Mosel meets Damery with its stony skeletal quality. Airy minerals abound.  Touch of confectionary notes. Even a hint of caramel. Red fruits as well. It's so nuanced and deep and smelling you would never think this is Brut ...

A Recipe for National Drink Wine Day!

Pearmund Cellars in Virginia

Today, February 18 is National Drink Wine Day! So why not sit down, relax and enjoy a glass of wine produced by one of your local wineries. With every state having wineries, there is likely a winery near you. Stop by your nearby winery and discover what’s new on their wine list. If you don’t have a winery near you, then stop by your local grocery store or wine shop to find a bottle of wine to share with family or friends. While you are enjoying a wine, consider using your culinary skills to create a recipe that you can serve along with a glass of wine. The recipe below, great for a cold winter day, calls for white wine as one of the ingredients. Penne Pasta with Artichokes, Parmesan & Sausage Serves: 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 4 sweet Italian ...

Wine of the Day, No. 234

The limited edition “Miljenko’s Selections” wines from Grgich Hills Estate are named for the winery’s co-founder and longtime winemaker 2014-ESS-FRONT-WITHOUT-ALCMiljenko “Mike” Grgich, and the label is a fitting tribute to this Napa Valley pioneer. (Present winemaker is Ivo Jeramaz.) Our Wine of the Day is the superb Grgich Hills Miljenko’s Selection Essence Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Napa Valley, a sauvignon blanc of riveting purity and intensity. The wine fermented with natural yeasts and aged nine months in large oak casks, so any wood influence is subtle, almost subliminal. The color is pale straw-gold; aromas of lime peel, lemongrass and gooseberry are heightened by notes of jasmine and lilac and a kind of sunny, leafy fig suggestion. The texture is both soft and talc-like and boldly crisp with assertive acidity; flavors take on a wisp of stone-fruit rounded by a tangerine edge, all finishing with grapefruit rind, seashell and limestone scintillation. ...

Corsica: Making Wine on an Island

I’ve read a lot of fiction in my day and I’m always hooked on a great setting. It doesn’t have to be sensational or mythical, but when the author creates a real place –  a patch of filigreed moss in the primordial woods of Virginia or the view of a valley from a crumbling garden wall in the English lake country – I’m hooked. The 2016 wine harvest in Corsica, Credit: Vins de Corse Domaine Pieretti, Credit: Vins de Corse Hooked because I’ve been there, now that I’ve read about it. I’ve heard critics accuse writers of taking liberties when they write of a place they’ve never been, but I find just the opposite to be true: writers are writers and readers are readers because we can’t be everywhere. Not in this lifetime plus the next. If we lived out the stories that take place on every moss patch and garden wall, we’d need immortality. So, when I tell you that I haven’t actually been to Corsica, I ...
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Vinography Images: Rolling Reds

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HEALDSBURG, CA - JULY 14: Alexander Valley hillside vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon ripen under the warm afternoon sun, near Healdsburg, California. Alexander Valley is much less well-known than Napa Valley which sits only a few miles east, but it produces extremely high quality red wines. INSTRUCTIONS:
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