For this show, we grabbed a mix of white wines we had on hand. All of these were picked up with the intent of mixing them into a themed show. We wanted to show them before they got too old though, so we decided to mix it up instead of waiting around. We taste the 2009 Trisaetum Lasa, the 2009 Matello Ribbon Ridge Pinot Gris, and the 2010 DePonte Cellars DFB Melon de Bourgogne. We were very sad to hear of the loss of Deb Whiting from Red Newt Winery in the Finger Lakes, and wanted to dedicate this episode to her memory.

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After taking a few more dips into wines from around the world, we’re happy to be back in our sweet spot, tasting some Pinot Noir from Oregon. All of these bottles come in at pretty reasonable price points, and all of them turned out to be pretty enjoyable. We taste the 2009 Crowley willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the 2009 St. Innocent Villages Cuvee Pinot Noir, and the 2009 Matello Hommage Pinot Noir.

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What camera should we pick up to replace our wounded Flip cam?

A New York viewer who loves Finger Lakes Riesling saw one of our older blogs, and wanted to share some more New York Riesling with us and the audience. While travelling he generously brought us 3 bottles to try, and Dan added one that he had picked up on his own. We’re very happy to be able to explore New York some more, because we consider them vital to the search for the great American Riesling, even though it’s more difficult to buy them out here. As an additional bonus, our friend Vivian from Vivacious Gourmand joined us as a guest. She’s always been one to appreciate Riesling, and you’ll see that she provides some good discriptions and thoughts on wine as well. For this show, we taste the 2009 Heart and Hands Reserve Riesling, the 2009 Thirsty Owl Wine Company Dry Riesling, the 2008 Ravines Dry Riesling, and the 2009 Billsboro Riesling. It was great to see some unique characteristics from the grape that we’re not used to seeing in local wines!

We encourage you to check out Vivian’s blog at vivaciousgourmand.com

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What do you do with your leftover wine?

We were thrilled to be able to have our friend Ewald Moseler join us for Episode 94.  Ewald has been bringing great German wine into the USA for over twenty years now, and his selections have played a big part in our education and enjoyment of wine as a whole.  His depth of knowledge and joyful approach to wine always make for fantastic discussions, so we’re quite happy to share some of this with you.  He brought by three wines from the Franken region.  All three were new to us, and all three were delicious!  We taste three wines from Juliusspital, the 2010 Wurzburger Stein Muller-Thurgau Kabinett trocken, the  2010 Wurzburger Silvaner trocken and, the 2008 Wurzburger Abtsleite Muskateller Kabinett.  There’s no question of the day, but comments to thank Ewald for his appearance would be fantastic!  You can contact Ewald at ewald@moseler.com!

 

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Dan has regularly made jokes about Bordeaux being too expensive and too rough to reliably enjoy, so when the folks at Balzac Communications and Planet Bordeaux offered to send us some samples, Chas so this as a perfect opportunity to make a point. We picked our three favorites for a show, and we both agreed that these three deliver good value and buck the trend of Bordeaux as expensive, heavy, and overly tannic. We’re also happy to be able to share some sub $20 recommendations with you. In this show, we taste the 2006 Chateau Marechaux Bordeaux Superieur, the 2004 Chateau Lescalle Bordeaux Superieur, and the 2007 Chateau Au Grand Paris Bordeaux Superieur.

 

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What wine regions are you biased against, and why?

Chas and I visited a couple of wineries over Memorial Day weekend, and we wanted to share some of our personal favorites with our viewers. It was a great weekend out, with every winery putting their best foot forward, pouring great wines, and being very welcoming and hospitable. These were all wines that we purchased for ourselves, and we encourage you to check them out if you get a chance. For the show, we taste the 2009 Scott Paul Meursault, the 2009 Biggio Hamina Zenith Pinot Noir, and the 2007 Cana’s Feast Sangiovese.

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What were you drinking over Memorial Day Weekend?

Our friend Beau from Beau’s Barrel Room was up visiting and considering the possibility of becoming a local! We met up, and each of us picked a current release Pinot Noir to taste for the show. We tasted the 2006 Flying Dutchman Winery Stonewolf Vineyard Pinot Noir, the 2009 Evesham Wood La Grive Bleue Pinot Noir, and the 2009 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

Click to check out Beau’s Barrel Room !

 

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When you drink wine, do you spend a lot of time considering the details, or do you just enjoy the experience?

For this week’s show, we get into some pink wine.  When we recorded this, the weather was horrible, but it has since changed to deliver appropriate rose drinking conditions.  We received Trisaetum’s 2010 Trisae Willamette Valley Rose as a sample, and Dan picked up the DePonte Cellars 2010 Willamette Valley Rose on a visit to the winery, so we thought they’d make for an interesting show.  What is your favorite Oregon Rose?

 

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Dan went out to visit wineries over the Dundee Hills Passport Weekend. He had picked up a few bottles for himself but while discussing the new bottles he decided to make a show out of them instead! It’s always fun to review wines we’re really excited about and we hope you get to check some of these out for yourself! We taste the Winderlea 2010 Pinot Noir Rose the 2008 White Rose Estate White Rose Vineyard Whole Cluster and the 2009 Ayoub Brittan Vineyard.

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Do you prefer to go out tasting on holliday weekends or off weekends?

Andrew Minor from Basel Cellars joins us for episode 82.  We’ve enjoyed talking wine with him at tasting events in Portland, and we think that Basel Cellars consistently delivers solid wine, so we were excited to dive into some current releases and discuss what the winery is up to.  For this show we taste the 2007 Basel Cellars Claret, the 2008 Basel Cellars Malbec, the 2007 Basel Cellars Merriment, and the 2007 Basel Cellars Pheasant Run Vineyard Syrah.

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What is your favorite restaraunt in Portland?