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11 Summer-Friendly Languedoc-Roussillon Value Wines | Tasting Highlights | News & Features

11 Summer-Friendly Languedoc-Roussillon Value Wines | Tasting Highlights | News & Features

Courtesy of M. Chapoutier Michel Chapoutier's Roussillon property, Domaine de Bila-Haut, is horse-plowed. Both the Languedoc and Roussillon regions are home to a plethora of grapes, climates and soils, as well as winemaking talent. Somehow these areas still fly under the radar, but because of that, they offer buyer-friendly prices for their quality wines. These 11 reds, whites and rosés …

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2015 Casa Santos Lima Lisboa Colossal Reserva

2015 Casa Santos Lima Lisboa Colossal Reserva

After Spain, Portuguese red wines are one of my top go-to areas and we just don’t see enough of them at Costco, so this was a welcome site, especially at only $7.99. I was also intrigued to learn that this wine was ranked #60 on Wine Spectator’s list of the Top 100 of 2017.  That’s a good bonus, since of all the …

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Mini Reviews Are Dead! Long Live Mini Reviews!

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 4, 2018

Next Monday (or June 11, 2018, at the time of this writing), will mark the final run of the Wine Mini-Review Round-Up posts in their current incarnation here on 1WineDude. After that date, the corresponding “broadcast-only” twitter account associated with those reviews, 1WineDudeReview, will no longer be maintained. Mini-reviews will also no longer be posted to the 1WineDude twitter account, …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 4, 2018

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 4, 2018

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-ish characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up …

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10 Santa Barbara Chardonnay Wines | Tasting Highlights | News & Features

10 Santa Barbara Chardonnay Wines | Tasting Highlights | News & Features

Rob Brown Fess Parker's Ashley's cuvée, named after the winery's matriarch, is a spicy, zesty Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills. Chardonnay is Santa Barbara's leading variety. The region is divided into six subappellations, allowing for an assortment of microclimates yielding different styles of wines. Many vintners capitalize on the cool climate to create crisp styles that showcase finesse and subtlety. …

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2015 Hugel Classic Riesling Alsace

2015 Hugel Classic Riesling Alsace

I’m always excited to see Riesling from German or France pop up at Costco.  It just doesn’t happen enough and it’s usually a nice treat and welcome change of pace from the plethora of Chardonnay that seems to grace the majority of Costco white wine shelves. This wine was a little on the pricey side at $18.99, which isn’t necessarily bad …

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German Rieslings from the Mosel: SA Prüm, Willi Haag, and Dr H Thanisch

German Rieslings from the Mosel: SA Prüm, Willi Haag, and Dr H Thanisch

Germany’s top producers are members of the Verdand Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP), an association of 200 quality-oriented vintners. We recently had the opportunity to taste the Riesling wines from three VDP members, all with steeply sloped (up to 60°) vineyards overlooking the Mosel with slate soils eroded by the Mosel over the millenia. The wines come from several vintages, including the …

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9 Refreshing, Food-Friendly Albariño Wines from Spain | Tasting Highlights | News & Features

9 Refreshing, Food-Friendly Albariño Wines from Spain | Tasting Highlights | News & Features

Courtesy of Pazo de Señorans Pazo de Señorans' fruity, floral, minerally version is a quintessential Rias Baixas Albariño. Spain's wine production is dominated by reds, but in recent years its white wines have grown in quality and acclaim. Leading the way is the Rias Baixas region with Albariño, which delivers fresh wines with an appealing balance of fruity and mineral …

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You Will *Learn* Patience (Tasting The 2016 Port Vintage)

I recently received the kind of media invite that one doesn’t turn down, unless one doesn’t have a choice: join a bunch of wine peeps in NYC to taste through a preview of the new 2016 Port vintage, led by representatives from several of the major Port houses. Uhm… yeah, we are definitely going to that. We also tasted some …

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