Does the colour matter?
It is the Rose season and I have friends around asking me if paler the rose is.. flavourless it will be.
Does anyone think that deepest the colour is ,more flavourful the wine will be ? I think it is only a winemaking choice
Submitted July 15, 2019 at 12:19PM by NicolasWine
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1995 Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer – Wine Cellar Charity Sale
Submitted July 15, 2019 at 12:46PM by mattpbarry
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Three great tasting experiences on a trip to Napa
I just got back from a short trip to Napa and had three amazing tasting experiences so I thought I would briefly mention them.
I first visited Pride Mountain Winery, a place I have visited on several occasions in the past. Since I was alone I decided to do just their "Estate Tasting" and it was great. I tasted the current vintages of their Viognier, Chardonnay, and Cabernet, as well as a couple of barrel samples of Cabernet from different vineyard blocks. The winery representative was knowledgeable and fun and the wines were great. We ended with a sip of their dessert wine sold just at the winery. The winery grounds are beautiful and are up on Spring Mountain away from the traffic and crowds of the valley floor.
I had another fabulous experience at Stony Hill Winery (also on Spring Mountain and away from everything). The winery representative was amazing and the tasting was outdoors in a beautiful and very peaceful setting. I honestly could have spent the entire afternoon lounging there, and they were in no hurry trying to get rid of us. I am a fan of unoaked Chardonnay, which this winery is famous for. They also poured a Cabernet which honestly was just mediocre. However, they also poured some older library Chardonnays which really made the visit worthwhile.
Lastly I had a private tasting with another really great winery representative at Failla winery. I am a big fan of pinot noir and there aren't many opportunities to taste great pinots in Napa (the trip was for business and I didn't have time to get over to Sonoma). Failla always delivers. They poured a number of great pinots, including older vintages, as well as a couple of outstanding Chardonnays. They even opened an extra unoaked Chardonnay (aged in the cement egg that they use on occasion) for me to try.
All three of these wineries provide relaxed, non-snobby yet very informative tasting experiences in gorgeous settings. I was also lucky enough to have time for great dinners (with great wine, of course) at Auberge du Soleil and Bistro Jeanty, as well as Hess Winery (business-related). I highly recommend all of these activities on your next trip to the valley. I didn't have time to get to a few of my other favorites (Forman, Smith-Madrone, Cade, Cardonale, La Jota) but there is always another trip on the horizon!
Submitted July 15, 2019 at 05:27PM by rooked153
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In theme with all the test results – this came in for me today!
Submitted July 15, 2019 at 05:45PM by hazarrr
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**Monthly Wine Challenge – July 2019 Tasting Notes Post!**
Hi Everyone! Here we are again! Already the 15th, and the month is flying by once again! Summer can slow down any day now! But that being said, its time for this months tasting notes post! As a reminder, this months selection is:
\*Country: Any – but must be a cool climate region*\
In your notes, be sure to include: a) a link to a picture of the bottle and a filled glass; b) the name (if there is one), the producer, the country/region, the year; c) your notes; and d) your overall recommendation (whether beautiful or barftastic, food pairings, etc.).
Need help with your notes? Wine Folly has a great article!
I look forward to reading your notes! And as always, I am open to suggestions for future challenges!
Submitted July 15, 2019 at 02:43PM by PhoenixRising20
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Underestimated Wine Region
As a previous wine lover and small unknown wineries seeker, what is for you the region/appellation which is underestimated and where we can find a real bargain?
Submitted July 15, 2019 at 06:35AM by NicolasWine
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WSET 3 Question
I just passed my level 2 WSET a couple of months ago and am looking to get right into preparing myself for level 3, but I was wondering if any of you all have any suggestions for study materials/know if there is a way I can get a hold of the WSET 3 book ahead of time to begin preparing? I am aware that level 3 is much more intensive and in-depth than level 2 is, and I want to make sure I can start developing a regimented study routine as soon as possible.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated (for both studying and if you have any areas to focus on for tasting!) :^)
Submitted July 14, 2019 at 08:51PM by MelodicDirector
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Just a little something I did yesterday!!
Submitted July 15, 2019 at 03:01PM by fugazy1313
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Great wines from unexpected regions?
This is very similar to another post I saw here where Mexican Nebbiolo was recommended as an underrated wine/region. I'm wondering if there are any more examples like that of a very popular style known for being from a specific region but is also popping up elsewhere in lesser-known or unknown regions. For example, Aglianico is apparently showing up in the US and Australia, according to Wine Folly. And I know Malbec was originally from France, but it seems more difficult to find a French Malbec these days so I would count that as well.
Submitted July 15, 2019 at 09:16AM by daffyboy
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Pedro Ximenez VOS 20yo – Bodegas Tradicion
Submitted July 15, 2019 at 12:55PM by sensiblestaddle
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