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The Best and the Worst of the 2011 Napa Cabs

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The Best and the Worst of the 2011 Napa Cabs

In PA Wine and Spirits Stores 2011 was a crazy year for Napa Cabs. California is in the grip of a massive drought, but that wasn’t the case in 2011. At least in Napa Valley, where rain pummelled vineyards from September to October. By harvest time, the grapes were bloated and rot was endemic. Many winemakers called it a very bad vintage. The wine critic Robert Parker of Wine Advocate rated it 84 points, the lowest in two decades. All is not lost, though. Anyone who has taken a wine class with me knows the secret sauce: there is no such...

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Four Great Barrel Aged Spirits from Philly

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Four Great Barrel Aged Spirits from Philly

Whiskey & Rum I love my brown spirits, in particular the whiskies and rums.   Pour white spirits into a charred oak barrel, roll it into a warehouse and wait at least six years. Come back and pop it open. Out comes a brown spirit, provocatively lush and vanilla flavored. It’s a time honored truth that it takes a long time to make great whiskies and rums. Most distillers in Philly have only been at the game for a few years, not enough time for traditional brown spirits. In the meantime, a new distillery needs to sell something...

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Top Rosé Wines for Summer 2015

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Top Rosé Wines for Summer 2015

Villa Des Anges 2014 “Old Vines” Rosé, Pays d’Oc Here’s a pretty little folly from winemaker Jeff Carrel of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Bright and wild strawberries on the nose, with a plume of toasted herbs. On the palate, it heads toward darker fruit and a leesy note of almond and ripe banana on the crisp finish. This label always brings good quaff-able quality wines to the market. For an awesome red check out his Les Darons. It’s a big old grandpa of a wine. $9.99 – $11.99   Commanderie de la Bargemone 2014 Rosé,...

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Dry Farming: Save Water by Drinking Wine?

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Dry Farming: Save Water by Drinking Wine?

On April 1st, California’s Governor Jerry Brown  issued an executive order that included a mandatory 25% water reduction. Not surprisingly, the news went national; this was a first in America.  An important story I was trying to get told was caught up in the flood of coverage and diluted. A week before that historic announcement, I was working on an article with Anita Balakrishnan,  an NBC journalist from California. The article was meant to focus on how the current Californian drought would affect winemaking in the future. Instead, it...

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Best Buys in the PLCB Wine & Spirit Shops for April & May

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Best Buys in the PLCB Wine & Spirit Shops for April & May

This is our current list of the top wines currently available in the PLCB Wine Shops. This month we are featuring the best Spanish and French wines in the Chairman’s Selection program. Spanish Wine Reviews Anecoop 2008 Casa L’Angel Old Vines, Valencia (SP) This bottle smells like a pirate ship: aromas of ocean air, old wood, and gun smoke. It’s another story for the palate, which goes toward fennel, toast, and blueberry preserves. Very nice bottle with a finish that goes toward a smoked savory quality. The tannins are nicely...

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