Reviews

Bargain Booze: Esprit de Puisseguin Saint-Émilion from Waitrose

Consider this a weary, ambiguous gesture in the direction of topicality. Another occasional series of posts wherein I’ll highlight alcoholic offers and deals that you might find interesting. Today’s is Esprit de Puisseguin 2016, a Saint-Émilion that’s currently 1/3 off at dear old Waitrose, bringing it from £13.49 to £8.99. As I said: BARGAIN BOOZE. It’s not bad stuff. Sure, …

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Rose Winners to Enjoy This Summer

Dry Rose is one of the fastest growing categories in wine. Although still minuscule is terms of overall sales, it is one of the most interesting subjects in the wine world these days. So why is it so popular? One reason is its price point. In most cases, you can get a very good premium […] Source : https://www.kenswineguide.com/blog/?p=1637

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2015 Bodega Norton Privada Family Blend

We are always fans of the Norton Malbec that you frequently find gracing Costco’s shelves for only $12. It’s super consistent year to year and hard to beat for the price. Here’s Norton red blend, that is still dominated by Malbec (40%), but brings in 30% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and we found it to create a more robust …

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Cristal Champagne Through the Ages

We recently dusted off one of those special bottles in our cellar and opened it on an equally special occasion—a dinner with friends of fresh oysters, osso buco, and risotto milanese. That bottle was the Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Champagne, which we would rate among the best Cristals we’ve ever tasted.  It reminded us of the other Cristal vintages we …

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Batonnage Forum Resources listed online!

Batonnage Forum Resources During the Departing Dysfunction session that opened the Batonnage Forum earlier this month we shared some resources for employers, employees, and the community. Those are all available online now on the Batonnage website. Based on the questions that arose during discussion we added additional resources for small business owners, women-owned businesses, and helping farmworkers. We have also …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 3, 2019

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 …

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Fast Food: Courgette & Tomato

So, what I’m doing here is frying courgettes. They just turned up, today, in the vegetable box and they’re perfect for the quickest of quick suppers. I mean, I was on the way home and part of me was tempted to pick up a pizza from Waitrose. But this is barely more trouble, and fantastically nicer. Those courgettes, then. They’re …

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Champagne and Sparkling Wine Suggestions For New Year’s Eve

As we approach the New Year it is time to make your New Year’s Eve Champagne and Sparkling Wine purchases. This year we received another great group of options for you to choose from. In this post we will highlight some of our favorites bubble options! I will break the post into three categories. […] Source : https://www.kenswineguide.com/blog/?p=1673

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2015 Legato Barolo

Finding any bottle of Barolo for $20 is almost impossible and it’s even harder to find a good one, but that’s exactly what we have here. Originating from Italy’s premier Piedmont region, this wine is made with the Nebbiolo grape (which is also featured in Barbaresco) and while it’s deceivingly light on the pour, as Barolos tend to be, it …

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Chardonnay Finds its Perfect Balance

California Chardonnay has swung from lush to skinny and back again in the past two decades, and finally the pendulum has come to rest Chardonnay’s reputation has morphed repeatedly in recent decades. It’s been as subject to fashion as clothing choices on the high street, swinging between bold and ripe styles in the early 2000s to the lean and racy …

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Cairanne’s Long Game

No one could accuse the Southern Rhône cru Cairanne of rushing into things. For much of its history, Cairanne seems to have been metaphysically hiding from the fine wine world behind its own rocky outcrops. While technically part of the Côtes du Rhône designation since 1953, it took Cairanne 87 years to reach cru AOC status, the aim that originally …

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Summer’s Cocktail: The Clover Club

Ah, raspberries. Perhaps my favourite summer fruit. I’m not typically an enormous advocate of fruity cocktails (I prefer ‘em punchy and boozy) but the Clover Club is an exception. A sharp, gin-fuelled affair, it is fruity in the correct way: it is not sweet, it is not banal, and the fruit isn’t masking the complexities of the alcohol. It’s essentially …

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2016 Ben Marco Malbec

This wine is on sale until June 9th in select Costco clubs.  I have seen wine sales extend past the date given on the signs, so it is possible that it will remain on sale for longer.  The current sale price is $9.99, with a $4 discount from the regular $13.99 price.  Because I like a good Malbec, and love a …

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2018 Vintage Rosés from Spain and Portugal

The Garnacha Grape This article on the rosés of the Iberian Peninsula is one of a series covering the vintage 2018 rosés currently in the American marketplace. We earlier published an article on Tavel rosés titled Tavel: The Rosé of Kings. Future articles will focus on sparkling rosé, rosé of Pinot Noir, East Coast rosé, and the rosés of Provence. …

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2012 Chateau Lynch-Bages Echo

Echo is the second bottle from Chateau Lynch-Bages, a Pauillac property that I’ve always been a big fan of, particularly their estate bottles, red and white, that are absolutely spectacular. This is a good way to get a foot in the door though for a fraction of the price of the winery’s top bottles.  Costco’s price was $36.99 which is …

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Does Wine Still Matter?

Does wine still excite you? I mean, does it really matter to you these days? I don’t mean matter in that classy way to get trashed way, though given the state of world affairs and divisive US politics these days, I’d be one of the last people to begrudge you that kind of temporary salve. What I mean is, do …

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