We’ve heard a lot of hype about the Analemma Blanc de Noir sparkling wine, so we decided to give it a real blind test. We put it on the table with three hand picked Champagnes from Matt’s collection. We get full on blindfolds, and Joy is kind enough to help us with the pours. In the line-up, we added the Vouette & Sorbee Fidele, the Laherte Freres Les Beaudiers Rose de Saignee, and the Eric Rodez Blanc de Noirs. We had a lot of fun with this one, and hope you enjoy it too! What is your favorite non-traditional Champagne?

 

Shoutouts from the show:

Sec Wines

Dewdrop Wines

Chas picked out three bottles of Riesling for Dan to try double blind, knowing they could come from anywhere in the world. He selected the 2013 Elk Cove Late Harvest Riesling, the 2013 Dönnhoff Riesling, and the 2010 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Riesling. What is your favorite pan fried fish?

Dan got his hands on four interesting American Rieslings and wanted to do them as a blind show. We’ve got two wines from Oregon, one from Napa, California, and one from the Finger Lakes of New York. We have a brand new release with the 2014 Trisaetum Coast Range Riesling. We revisit the 2013 Jasper Sisco Clara Estelle Riesling, after a few conversations suggested that our last bottle of this was off, and not a proper representation of the wine. Some recommendations led us to the 2012 Smith Madrone Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Riesling, and we found the 2012 Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling at one of our favorite local shops. For the question of the day, air your grievances with your smart phone!

Chas picked up three bottles of Chardonnay from around the world to taste blind this week. It was double blind for Dan. Wine #2 was unfortunately corked, but we still had a very interesting comparison between wines one and three. These were the 2012 Matello Richard’s Cuvee, and the 2012 Domaines Leflaive Macon-Verze. What’s your weird hobby?

Chas picked out three bottles of Pinot Noir from 2012, and our friend Matt joined us for the tasting. When he said they could be from anywhere, he got us thinking about world wide producers, but in truth, all three are pretty close to home. This show features the 2012 J. Christopher Lumiere Pinot Noir, the 2012 Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Analemma Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir.

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