Goose Ridge 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Posted in American Wine Reviews

The big four –Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, International Wine Cellar, and the Wine Advocate– all liked this wine. None of them loved it, but they all gave the wine a solid rating in the high eighties. Since they NEVER  agree on a wine, I had to pick up a bottle from my local wine & spirit shop. I am  glad I did. It starts off with a classic aroma of pencil shavings and pepper. That is followed by tobacco leaf and ocean air. Medium bodied, the palate goes...

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Starmont 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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Here we have a wine from the second label of Napa Valley’s Merryvale Vineyard.   Frequently called out by Wine Spectator, their cabernets are deluxe in a way only Napa Cabs can be.  And you’ll typically pay around $100 for the privilege. This is not one of those bottles. We don’t tend to review them, since they are beyond most wine drinkers’ reach. No, this is something very different, and we like it a lot. We have reviewed previous vintages of this...

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La Conreria d’Scala Dei 2007 “Les Brugueres” Priorat

Posted in Spanish Wine Reviews, Wine Reviews

  Priorat is a rare wine, but a white wine from the region is much rarer still. Sourced from a terraced vineyard at the northernmost point of Priorat, a spot that is dwarfed by the Monstant mountain range. It’s one of the most beautiful vineyards I have seen. This vineyard is small –only about 4.50 acres– and a tiny fraction of which is planted to Grenache Blanc (the white variant of Grenache). The vines are 100 years old and planted in classic...

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Associated Press: Brew-haha frothing over after Philly bar raids

Posted in Associated Press, Media & Press

The story was originally published by the Associated Press on March 12, 2010.  The article is reprinted solely for educational purposes.  It is intended to offer insight into the history of wine education in Philadelphia, and our place within that context.  Links to the original article and author are given below.    Brew-haha frothing over after Philly bar raids PHILADELPHIA – A real brew-haha has beer lovers in the City of Brotherly love frothing over with anger. To...

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Philadelphia Daily News: NECTAR OF THE GODS

Posted in Media & Press, Philadelphia Daily News

The story was originally published by the Philadelphia Daily News on July 20, 2007.  The article is reprinted solely for educational purposes.  It is intended to offer insight into the history of wine education in Philadelphia, and our place within that context.    NECTAR OF THE GODS PUT YOUR PALATE TO THE TEST Author: JILL PORTER THE NEXT BEST thing to an original idea is one that’s good enough to steal. So, when I read about New York City’s effort to...

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Juve Y Camps 2007 Milesime Gran Reserva Brut Cava

Posted in Spanish Wine Reviews, Wine Reviews

The family behind this bottle has been growing grapes in  Catalonia, Spain for over two centuries. Since 1921, they have been producing the Spanish sparkling wine known as Cava. Like many wineries in the region, quality here has increased dramatically over the past decade. Bottlings such as their Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva Brut Nature and Rose Brut  highlight the winery’s ability to create excellent sparkling wines at highly competitive prices. The Milesime is...

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Port Review: Offley 2006 Late Bottled Vintage Porto

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This Port review is courtesy of Bacchus Selections and the Wine School of Philadelphia Sometimes is about having something good at an impossible price. The ’06 vintage isn’t the greatest. The ’05 and the ’07 Offley bottlings are better.  However, at the price that the PLCB is currently  asking (Less than $12 in the Summer of 2012) it is well worth picking up a bottle or three. It’s 100 degrees in Philly as I write this, with a level of humidity...

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This week in wine? The dogs have it

Posted in News, Philly

Dogs have always played a role in the winemaker’s home and vineyard.  There is the popular Wine Dogs book series (and, consequently, the Wine Dog Blog); where one can find one, two, three and more, dogs cavorting about, smiling up at their mistresses and/or masters, and prancing among the vines.  But I wasn’t expecting to find dogs showing up in an AAWE paper, let alone learn that wine dogs can be much more than mere companions to their folks.  Read on. The...

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