Daily Archives: July 3, 2019

On Trump’s stupid “parade”

The chicken hawk, Trump, who as a young man thought that Americans who joined the military were suckers, managed to avoid the draft by getting a doctor to lie about him having “bone spurs.” This was back in the day when the U.S. had a draft. Trump and I are exactly the same age (born June 14, 1946), and I …

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2015 Westmount Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Just ran into this one in the nick of time to still get the healthy Costco sale price of $10.99, off the standard price of $15.99. Then I rushed to taste it so I could get something out to you right away. The sale price ends this Sunday (7/7). The wine turned out to be pretty good, but not great …

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Daily Wine News: Nomadic Winemakers

(Flickr: KBJPhoto) “What’s conventionally thought of as a “winery”—a stately building with a cellar and rolling vineyards—is a pricey prospect, and one that’s only gotten more expensive as real estate prices in places like Napa and the Willamette Valley have soared. In response, some winemakers without access to start-up capital are following a pathway similar to the beer world’s “nomadic …

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Tongue Dancer Wines: New Releases from Sonoma County

James Mac Phail, one of California’s most accomplished winemakers, is crafting some superb wines under a new project called Tongue Dancer. The unusual name was chosen to reflect his special interest in wines that have texture and mouth feel. Under the Tongue Dancer label he has produced three wines in small quantities that are being sold by subscription. The wines are …

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Sweet Sixteen (Highlights From The 2019 Critics Challenge Wine Competition)

A few weeks ago, I visited San Diego for yet another stint of judging at the annual Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, now in its sixteenth year. As is always the case with CC, the organization, staff, and execution were all top-notch, allowing us critic-judge-types to give the wines their fair due under the palate evaluation microscope. As is always …

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The Friuli Wines of Perusini from Corno di Rosazzo

The Perusini ronchi di Gramogliano winery is located in Italy’s Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region, which produces some of the finest wines of Italy. Sandwiched between the Adriatic Sea to the south and the Julian Alps to the north, Friuli’s cool climate is uniquely suited for high quality wine production. This is especially true for Colli Oriental, the Friuli’s appellations where Perusini is …

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Introducing Damilano’s Raviole cru: A new Barolo

The Raviole cru is situated in the Grinzane Cavour commune of Barolo, which is dominated by its medieval castle. The discovery of a ‘new’ Barolo cru released for the first time is great news for lovers of Nebbiolo. Raviole is located within the Grinzane Cavour village at the northern end of the appellation, and was formerly approved by the local …

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DRC and Petrus wines stolen from Maison Rostang in Paris – report

Maison Rostang wine stolen Bottles of wine collectively worth hundreds of thousands of euros, and thought to include bottles of Petrus and wines made by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, have been stolen from top Paris restaurant Maison Rostang, according to reports. Thieves stole between 150 and 200 bottles of wine after breaking into the wine cellars of Maison Rostang at …

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