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Thu, 20 Nov 2014
The Historic Grandeur of Chateau Des Jacques
At Le Du’s, we are rather vocal about our love for Cru Beaujolais. Just south of Burgundy, the ten Cru villages—Saint Amour, Juliénas, Chenas, Moulin à Vent Fleurie, Chiroubles, Régnié, Morgon, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly—are home to some of … Continue reading ...
Mon, 17 Nov 2014
Geil Muskateller: A Fruit Celebration
“Angular and pungent, displaying almost Riesling-esque aromas of grapefruit peel, roses and crunchy, salty minerality.  Time in the glass reveals charming layers of tart peach, melon and lime.  The fruit veers slightly on the less ripe side, giving the wine … Continue reading ...
Sat, 15 Nov 2014
Barrique: The Limitations of Tasting Notes
Some years ago, Eric Asimov wrote an article for the New York Times in which he suggested, more or less, abandoning tasting notes as we know them in favor of broad descriptors such as “sweet” and “savory”.  At the time, … Continue reading ...
Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Celebrate Tempranillo Day with Vina Ardanza!
“Who among us would not like the opportunity to drink aged wines without paying a fortune or waiting them out?” -New York Times, April 9th La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2005 $34.99 “Deep ruby.  Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of … Continue reading ...
Mon, 10 Nov 2014
Barrique: JT’s Whiskey Notebook
The Whiskey Notebook Lots to talk about!  I’ve had a breakneck couple of weeks of Whiskey and I want to tell you all about it! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is a very fortunate time … Continue reading ...
Fri, 07 Nov 2014
Despesse Cornas: A Labor of Love
 This wine has loads of trademark spicy Syrah aromatics, like black pepper, ceylon cinnamon, violets, and crushed granite.  Seductive blackberry and cassis fruit are framed by finely-structured ripe grape tannins, fading to black cherries and iron on the finish. Despesse … Continue reading ...
Wed, 05 Nov 2014
Hanzell Changed the Way I Thought About California Chardonnay
I came across Hanzell recently while I was gathering our wines for our monthly Wine Club, and nostalgia hit me straight away. I decided that it had been way too long since I’d had a delicious California Chardonnay, let alone … Continue reading ...
Mon, 03 Nov 2014
Barrique: Wine-Allowing Me to Give Back
Throughout the years, wine has given me the opportunity to meet some of the most interesting people and travel to certain places where I probably would never have been able to go. While I have been fortunate enough to taste … Continue reading ...
Mon, 03 Nov 2014
At the gates of Priorat
 La Universal is the creation of two of Spain’s most acclaimed producers René Barbier (fils) and Sara Pérez.  Respectively, René and Sara have upheld their family names as winemakers for Clos Mogador and Mas Martinet. Together, they are a brilliant … Continue reading ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014
Barrique, Your Weekend Wine Read: A Personal View of Oregon.
My baptism into the world of wine took place in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It was there I first fell in love with Pinot Noir. The fall after I graduated college, I worked as a harvest intern at Penner-Ash Wine Cellars … Continue reading ...
 
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