Tag: #Pinot Noir


The Magic When the New World Meets the Old

I have been a little silly over a certain wine that is definitely a product of New World fruit –  Willamette Valley, Oregon to be precise – but has a certain Old World sensibility. The result is one sexy wine that keeps me coming back for more.

So what is it about the wine? It is an authentic reflection of its cool climate and proudly so. The wine pops with juicy cherry fruit and violet mingle with earth and exquisite minerality. What’s also intriguing is that it’s a red wine that is only 12.5% alcohol, which is not the norm ...

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A Wine Blogger’s Song in 3 Parts. Part II: Musings on the “Hybrid” Experience

“Where everybody knows your name.” ♪♫

Looking for a place to have a conversation over wine with a colleague and found a florist and wine bar called Rosebowl Florist and Wine Shop. I told my friend, “we have to do this; it’s just weird enough.” Located in Opera Plaza in San Francisco, the wine bar is in the back of the flower shop “plus” (it has a lot of others items for gift giving). The space was intimate as in teeny tiny but that was also part of the charm. The real hook is Deidra O’Meade, the friendly owner and ...

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WineSong: Pinot Powered Good

Last week trekked to Mendocino with my dear colleague Cailan to pour at the annual WineSong charity auction. I have always known wine is good but it was great seeing it be used for good.

We had a blast pouring for Lambert Bridge Winery during Saturday’s Grand Tasting in the Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg.  With its cool climate, Mendo is perfect for Pinot and so there was a lot of Pinot pouring. I got a chance to taste some terrific Pinot from Waits-Mast Family Cellars, which I highly recommend. My taste of the Oppenlander Vineyard was hauntingly beautiful. We ...

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You Like It “Lean & Mean”? Ode to Old-School Pinot Noir.

One day a wine merchant said that it sounded like I preferred that “lean” style of Pinot Noir. Hmmm, I did not know that it came in a “fat” version at that time. Since then, I have learned about the modern clones that produce that cola-cherry flavor, which, quite frankly, does not taste like Pinot to me. I tried one recently and on the nose was stung by the strong scent of over-ripe fruit; to no surprise, my palate was not pleased when it met this Pinot – someone later extolled its virtues to me because they love how “big” ...

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Question: When is a Pinot Noir more like a Cabernet Franc?

Answer: When it comes from Erich Weber of Hofgut Falkenstein vineyards in the Mosel region of Germany.

I have confessed my love of Pinot Noir recently but Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley is an old love – I adore both its aromatics and its tantalizing leanness (and yes, there is such a thing.)

When I bought this bottle of German Pinot Noir (the domestic name is “Spätburgunder”), it was because I had not tasted Pinot from Germany before. I am a big fan of trying-the-one-I-haven’t-tasted before. You know my mantra: find the one you love but don’t stop there. ...

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Week 10 of 52. Reality Bites: Life in the “Ordinaire” Lane

When did it happen? When did I become that “selective” type who feels that life is too short to drink bad wine? Still, I haven’t ventured into snob territory – you know, expensive- Napa-cab-or-bust! land – but last minute runs to the local market for wine do fill me with dread.

Backdrop: I have been without hot water for 3 days because of a broken heater that apparently takes a lot of time and money to repair. Oh, in addition, I haven’t slept for like 3 weeks.

I really wanted the joy that Pinot Noir can bring and had my ...

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