Episode 81: Solid Syrah

April 4, 2011

Back from a week away from videos, we’ve got some great wines to share with you this week.  We both have been really excited about some Syrah that we recently discovered, and doing a show to share them gave us a great opportunity to explore some samples we received when we were in Walla Walla.  Washington is well represented, but we also have a Syrah made in Oregon with grapes from California.  We taste the 2007 Big Table Farm Syrah, 2007 Smasne Cellars Upland Vineyard Syrah, 2008 Reynvaan Family Vineyards “The Unnamed” Syrah, and the 2008 Saint Laurent Estate Vineyards Wahluke Slope Syrah.

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What is the best tasting you’ve ever been to?

This week we stay in Oregon and review a couple of local Rieslings, the 2009 David Hill Willamette Valley Estate Riesling, and the 2009 Anne Amie Yamhill-Carlton Estate Riesling.


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Do you ever attend wine classes or events to educate yourself?  Tell us about them if you do.


We get back to focusing on the Pacific North West with this show, and we check out three Chardonnays that we were curious about.  Our friend Matt joins us again, and the wines delivered well.  We taste the 2009 Bergstrom Old Stones Chardonnay, the 2009 Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay, and the J. Christopher Cuvee Lunatique.

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What are some of your favorite beers from the Pacific North West?


We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the videos from the Sunday Drinker Wine Review in the past, and we’ve been talking about doing a tribute episode before we even posted our first video.  Chas finally convinced Dan to follow through and not take things so seriously.  For this show, we taste the 2005 Lucian Albrecht Reserve Riesling, and the 2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards Barrel Select Pinot Noir.

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What’s your favorite wine related video?


Episode 77: Focus On Assyrtiko

February 26, 2011

The last time we tasted Assyrtiko on the show, we found ourselves hoping for more than the wine delivered.  We received 4 samples of Assyrtiko from Santorini, and we had a great time expanding our palates and learning more about the style, and finding a couple that we enjoyed!  In this episode we taste the 2008 Santo Wines Assyrtiko, 2009 Gavala Assyrtiko, 2008 Sigalas Assyrtiko, and the 2009 Argyros Assyrtiko.

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Does the wind on Santorini add a characteristic to the wine?  If yes, what is it?


After our last Austrian show, our friend Dana left a comment suggesting that we try some of the less common wines from Austria.  Chas and I hadn’t even heard of them before, but our friend Constance set us up with a couple of great examples.  Dana agreed to join us on the show to provide some good information and conversation.  In this show, we taste two 2008 releases from Stadlmann, the Zierfandler from the Mandel-Hoh vineyard, and the Rotgipfler from the Tagelsteiner vineyard.

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What is the name of the sparkling rose’ wine from southern Austria?


We’ve both heard a lot of good things about both wines featued in this week’s show, and we realized that niether of us have tasted them.  So, for this show we taste the 2008 Antica Terra Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2008 Cameron Abbey Ridge Pinot Noir.

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What sort of things would you like to see on our website?


It’s always nice when we can put together a show of wines were interested in tasting that also come in a very reasonable price points.  Oregon Pinot Noir under $20 can be a real challenge, so its fun to find good bottles in this range.  We taste the 2009 Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvee Pinot Noir, the 2009 Red Door Cellars Pinot Noir, and the 2009 Bruno Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

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What is your favorite internet radio station, and why do you like it?


De Ponte Cellars is one of our favorite wineries, and we had a great time interviewing Isabelle and tasting their 2007 releases last year.  This year, we were invited back to taste the 2008 Pinot Noirs and to chat some more. We discuss the density and aging potential of these wines as well as some of Isabelle’s thoughts on wine making and other topics.  Her passion and commitment to quality is always evident, and we hope you enjoy the interview.  We taste the 2008 De Ponte Cellars Pinot Noir Dundee Hills, Estate, Baldwin Family Reserve, and Shirley’s Gran Reserva.

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In contrast to other grapes, what makes Pinot Noir special to you?


We got our hands on three Rieslings from different parts of the Pacific Northwest and have another show where we continue our exploration of American Riesling.  From Southern Oregon we tasted the 2009 Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyard Riesling, The 2009 Trisaetum Pashey Riesling, and the 2009 Pacific Rim Organic Riesling.

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What is your favorite white wine style coming out of Oregon?