Monday, February 28, 2005
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
World-renowned chefs and internationally acclaimed vintners last year dazzled fest-goers as much with their delectable treats as with their cooking demonstrations, wine seminars and educational discussions. "Anyone who truly loves food, wine and spirits comes here," Festival Director Lee Brian Schrager says. "Whether they participate in the entire weekend or attend just a part of it, people understand that they will enjoy the highest quality of offerings and an opportunity to learn something as well, all in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, South Beach in the winter."
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
"People are already buying all kinds of items over the Internet, such as clothing, office supplies, computers and consumer electronic equipment, but if they can buy wine online, they are likely to become bigger consumers, he said. They'll buy wine online, drink it, go to the supermarket or wine shop, ask for the wine they discovered on the Internet, and if it's not there, will ask the storekeeper to order it, and the retailer will get it from a wholesaler."
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Friday, February 18, 2005
Erie Avenue Blind Tuesday Wine Night #1
- Mt Veeder Winery, Napa Valley Cab ($30) -- 24 Points -- 4 ranked it #1 or #2, and only 1 ranked it #7. It is interesting that the 2000 Cab was picked first in a California blind taste at Weimax Wines (Great Site! http://www.weimax.com/) This wine was marked down recently from $40.
- Terra Valentine, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District Cab ($30) -- 25 Points -- 4 ranked it #2, and only 1 ranked it #7. Only 1 point separated this wine from the Mt Veeder. This wine was also marked down recently.
- Lava Cap, El Dorado Cab ($23) -- 28 Points -- 3 ranked it #1 or #2, and 2 ranked it #8. One judge who is in the business was surprised at how well it did, as he "hates" this wine! Although tied on points with the Nichelini, I gave it a nod due to the 3 #1 and #2 scores.
- Nichelini Napa Valley Cab ($30) -- 28 Points -- 1 ranked it #1, and 2 ranked it #7.
- Hawley, Dry Creek Valley Cab ($30) -- 33 Points -- 1 ranked it #1, and 2 ranked it #7 or #8. Middle of the road, nothing special.
- Boeger, El Dorado Cab ($17) -- 36 Points -- no top 2 votes, and 1 #7. As the value contender this wine held up OK. I had it ranked #4.
- Simi, Alexander Valley, Landside Vineyard Cab ($30) -- 37 Points -- no top 2 votes, and 2 ranked it #7 or #8. Having purchased this bottle after a price reduction, I would have guessed it would show better due to the bottle presentation. That is the beauty of a blind taste!
- Foxen, Santa Barbara County Cab ($27) -- 41 Points -- 1 ranked it #1, and 3 ranked it #8. There was some agreement on the negative comments on this wine as being uni-dimensional with some unappealing flavors.
Overall, the scores were bunched closely together due to the low number of judges. Next month we will add about five more to get to twelve. Also, next month we plan to review Pinot Noir under $50 from any region which will offer many different styles to choose from.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Wine Blogging Wednesday #6
- Indaba, Merlot 2004 ($10) -- South Africa. I very much like the Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2003 and I support the Scholarship efforts of Indaba to "open the wine industry doors to a new generation of South Africans" (read native), but I did not think much of the Merlot. The nose was tight with some grassy cherry aromas and not much finish or smoothness. The back label says it would be good with pizza. That's about right but there are many other good $10 wines.
- Brampton, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot 2002 ($14) -- Coastal Region, South Africa. 51% Cab, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Nice fruit nose with smooth flavors and tannic structure. Balanced with good finish. Highly recommended for the price!
- Robert's Rock, Shiraz/Malbec 2003 ($7) -- South Africa. 65% Shiraz, 35% Malbec. Slight funny nose when first opened. Needs decanting. After 30 minutes smooths out and is very pleasant. Notes on back label are accurate: " ...profile shows cherry and rasberry flavors with undertones of sweet smokey spices. The wine portrays good fruit and juicy flavors with a soft finish." THIS is a good pizza wine, and for $3 less than a $10 bottle!
Monday, February 14, 2005
You Want Fries With That?
Sunday, February 13, 2005 -- By DAVID RYAN Register Staff Writer -- A San Francisco couple claims they bit off more than they wanted to chew on a recent visit to a St. Helena winery. They've filed suit against V. Sattui Winery and a food company, charging a sandwich they bought at the winery's deli in July 2004 contained the dismembered parts of a rat.
"Suddenly, and without warning, plaintiff observed a rat head and tail in the sandwich," the lawsuit reads. "Plaintiff had bitten down into the rat head and tail. Plaintiff Andrew Chang later became nauseous ... Cindy Chang discovered pieces of rat tail and head in her sandwich after Andrew Chang bit into his sandwich and discovered that the sandwich contained a rat head and pieces of its tail."