Diplomas Are Late, but Diplomas Are Coming!

Posted in Featured, School Updates

About three weeks ago, we discovered that some students were not properly graduated from the Foundation Program. Since then, we have been correcting the software glitch, and also locating all affected students. If you were affected, you will receive an automated email this week confirming your graduation. You will be  able to pick up your certificate from the Wine School as early as next week. We can also mail it to you. Thank you to those folks who identified the issue,...

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50% Off: Four Tickets to Wine & Cheese

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Four tickets to our Wine &  Cheese Class  on May 6th just opened up. A few folks with ticket insurance can’t make it . Shame for them, but good for you. This class has been sold out for a long time, and it is one of the last before Summer. This class is this week, and we want to have a full house, so you can pick up tickets for 50% off. Just use the coupon code CHEESEYWINEY. Cheers!

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Vignobles Bulliat 2014 “Cuvee du Colombier” Morgon

Posted in Featured, French Wine Reviews

The Beaujolais wine region is located at the bottom of Burgundy; and Morgon is smack in the middle of the best winemaking villages in Beaujolais. It’s should come as no surprise that the adjective most used with these wines is “Burgundian”. This bottle offers up plenty of Burgundian qualities. Notes of  burnt sage and earth open into flavors of fresh berry, exotic white fruit, and  crushed wild flowers. The acid and tannic structure make this an...

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Tua Rita 2012 “Perlato del Bosco” Sangiovese

Posted in Featured, Italian Wine Reviews

Super Tuscans were born on the Italian coast, and warm Maremma is the cradle of a  great many modern wines. The region is known for massive Cabernet Sauvignon, with the depth and breadth of Napa’s Rutherford Cabs they so closely resemble. Perlato del Bosco hails from the region, specifically the  town of Suvereto, overlooking Corsica across the Tyrrhenian sea. This is different. This is fully Sangiovese, the grape of Florence and Siena. Here, though, it doesn’t...

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Familia Zuccardi 2013 “Q” Malbec, Mendoza

Posted in Featured, South American Wine Reviews

Zuccardi is a rock solid winery in Argentina. If you take a Level 3 wine course with me, I just might use this bottle or their Tempranillo as an example of modern Mendoza winemaking. One of my favorite points of this wine is that it is evolving vintage by vintage.  I love how Zuccardi is pulling away from the “Melted Chocolate and Licorice” profile that has become the generic uniform dressing up most Mendoza Malbecs. The “Q” offers minerality, Earl...

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Koyle 2012 “Gran Reserva” Carmenere, Colchagua Valley

Posted in Featured, South American Wine Reviews

Koyle is one of those wineries that pops into the marketplace once or twice a year, only to disappear as quickly as it came.  The wines are fantastic, but inventory is clearly an issue. I recommend picking them up when you see them. This is a classic Carmenere; one of the original grapes of Bordeaux and a kissing cousin to Cabernet Sauvignon.   Aromatics of pipe tobacco and pencil shavings are offset by a core of dark fruit. Flavors of Earl Grey tea and cassis move into...

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Burgo Viejo Licenciado 2008 Rioja Reserva

Posted in Featured, Spanish Wine Reviews

A full metal wine label? That is a badass as it comes. This bottling hails from the Baja region of Rioja. The winery–which started as a cooperative back in the ’50’s— is located in  Alfaro, the easternmost Riojan town, at the border with Navarra. If you relied solely on wine textbooks, you would never have tasted this wonderful wine.  You would have read that Rioja Baja produces good and quaffable wines, not exceptional ones. You would have read that...

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Domaine les Verrieres 2008 “Les Pierres Plantees” Coteaux du Languedoc

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A straight line connects Bordeaux to Languedoc: Just follow the Pyrenees Mountains from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. It is the narrowest point in France, a mere four hour drive between two points, ocean to sea. That may be why Bordeaux winemakers on holiday tend to stay. After all, it is not a world away, so they stay for a harvest or two. A few years out of cold damp winters cellars of the Medoc, a few years of sunshine and olives. What could be the harm? In my soul,...

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