Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 17, 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!

Do You Know Your Croatian Grape Varieties?

I'm less familiar with Croatian grape varieties as I am with Hungarian, but this last trip to Hrvatska expanded my knowledge. Like Hungary, Croatia has a long wine tradition dating back to pre-Roman periods with many wins favored by nobility throughout Europe. Here is a subset of Croatian grape varieties to start your studies.

Crljenak Kaštelanski (Tribidrag) (r)
Crljenak Kaštelanski was an almost extinct Dalmatian grape varietal until DNA fingerprinting revealed that it was an exact DNA match to both Zinfandel and the Italian grape Primitivo. It was once the most dominant red grape in Dalmatia with written records reaching back to the 15th century but susceptibility to disease lead to its decline. Yet after the DNA match the grape is being replanted with the advantages of ripening early and needs less sun than its child Plavac Mali (plus produces less tannins). Try the Dubrovački Podrumi Crljenak Kaštelanski.

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Typical Electrical Requirements And Running Cost Of A Wine Fridge

Typical Electrical Requirements And Running Cost Of A Wine FridgeWhen wine drinking gets serious, investing in a dedicated appliance for your bottles is the best thing to do. Many enthusiasts delay buying a wine fridge concerned about the unit’s impact on their electricity bill. But what are the typical electrical requirements and running cost of […] The post Typical Electrical Requirements And Running Cost Of A Wine Fridge appeared first on Wine Turtle.

What Height, Depth, Dimensions, And Size Wine Fridge Do I Need?

What Height, Depth, Dimensions, And Size Wine Fridge Do I Need?Your wine collection is growing day by day, and the fridge has become too small for your bottles. Perhaps you’ve even added some value wines to your collection, which would do better in a wine fridge anyway. But what wine fridge depth, height, dimensions, and […] The post What Height, Depth, Dimensions, And Size Wine Fridge Do I Need? appeared first on Wine Turtle.

Maison En Belles Lies L’Étrange 2016

With its Gothic equilateral arches it reminds me of Darth Vader. . . inside the liquid is Burgundy, but not as I know it. . . a blend of pinot noir, gamay and chardonnay - it's fast, slippery, sappy and absolutely delicious. Red fruited, musk and spice; a Morgon nose. Floral and beautiful, pixie like - small and delicate but intense. Sour and edgy, terrific acids, just the right side of jagged. #Yes.

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/9/18

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Owners of Virginia winery stunned after overnight thief snags almost entire grape harvest
Dastardly. Could marijuana give wine a run for its money?
More like a very slow stroll. In Their Own Words, This Is How Seven Professional Wine Writers and Critics Go About Rating a Bottle
Nice piece by Jonathan Cristaldi. Beloved California Vintner Ulises Valdez Dies at 49
A tragic loss at such an early age. Jane Anson: The wine maps making waves in Bordeaux
I love it that maps are now cool. For Pinot Noir, Put Anderson Valley Among California's Best
Eric Asimov tastes his way through the valley. ...

Cahors: Your Favorite Wine For Fall

Cahors for fall Where I come from, fall is a relief. Summer is hot and humid and winter is long and unfriendly. Fall, most Midwesterners agree, is the best time of year when it comes to weather. It’s a short window of time, the truly kind season, so it’s common for people to fall into tradition to make the most of nostalgia and comfort. But we’ve got nothing to lose if we shake things up a bit — if we try new things. Like, perhaps, a new wine. Cahors (“kah-OR”) wines are made from malbec, a variety featured on wine lists around the world. It’s a marginal member of the classic Bordeaux blending crew (found more in Côtes de Bordeaux than elsewhere) and Argentine growers have embraced malbec in such a way that their treatment could be seen as a full-on revival. A dash is also grown in the Loire Valley. Called côt ...
Cahors Mapa

Wine of the Day, No. 431

Made all in stainless steel and all the better for its freshness and appeal, the Tenuta Sant’Antonio Nanfrè 2016, Valpolicella Superiore, drank very nicely indeed with the sausage, kale and potato soup I made last night. A blend of 70 percent corvina grapes and 30 percent rondinella — essential varieties of this area in Italy’s Veneto region — the wine offers a beguiling transparent medium ruby hue and arresting, pert aromas of raspberries and black cherries, highlighted by notes of tea leaf and briers, violets and sage, with blue plums in the background. The lively texture leans on bright acidity and moderately dusty tannins for a lithe and supple structure, these elements supporting tasty black and red berry fruit. The lip-smacking succulence of these flavors does not keep the wine from its measure of dry spareness nor does the briery-brambly nature of its structure make it rustic. It is, mainly, ...

#TasteTheNew with German Summer Wines

In 1985, just 16% of German Rieslings were dry and German white wines were known for their general sweetness. Since that year, consumers have demanded drier wines and German wine producers have responded accordingly such that as of 2016, 46.3% of German Rieslings were produced in a dry style. Wines of Germany is publicizing this fact; as well as the increased quality and dryness of other white varietal wines such as Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc; through the #TasteTheNew promotion. Partnering with Snooth they are offering a German-4-pack for $47.80 which can be purchased here. And this week Matthew Kaner (Wine Director & Partner of Good Measure LA, Bar Covell, Augustine Wine Bar, and Dead or Alive Bar) led a discussion and sampling of these wines for various influencers. Here are my thoughts on the wines. Cheers.

Borell-Diehl Muller-Thurgau 2017, Pfalz ($12.99)
Muller-Thurgau was developed by ...

What’s the Deal with Malbec?

It’s tough to be a grape. You grow well and make distinctive wines in one climate and soil but perform dismally in a different climate and soil. You’re susceptible to all manner of diseases and attract all sort of pests. Frost and hail bring you to your knees. You accumulate numerous aliases from region to region, so eventually people don’t know who the hell you are. And they constantly compare you to other “better,” “more noble” grapes. You even disappear, as happened to malbec — our actual subject — when the severe frost of 1956 pretty much eradicated the grape from the vineyards of Bordeaux. What’s interesting is that some producers in California still consider malbec to be one of the five “classic” varieties of Bordeaux red wine, along with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot; occasionally one still finds a red “meritage” blend that encompasses all five ...