Matt wanted to drink some Champagne with us this week, and we were really impressed with what his selections. We hope you get a chance to try one or two of these in the future, because they were all showing well. We taste the Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs, the Eric Rodez Blanc de Blancs, and the 2006 Marc Chauvet Special Club. What sparkling wine did you drink for New Year’s Eve?

Our friend Catherine with Balzac Marketing sent us a few more samples from Franciacorta. We had tasted three others back in episode 189, and were interested in trying a few more to see what they were like. Franciacorta is a cool region in Northern Italy that has been a DOCG since 1995. All of the wines with this name are made with method traditionelle, and can be made of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc. On this show, we taste the Antica Fratta Franciacorta Essence Brut 2007, the Cavalleri Franciacorta Blanc de Blancs, and the Lantieri Francia Corta Brut. What do you think of the new website?

Chas picked up a couple of bottles from Storyteller Wine Company last week, and they came in handy when we decided to do a show on fairly short notice. We weren’t sure that we’d get one together this week, but everything worked out. These two wines are current releases, and very nice examples of what sparkling wines without dosage can taste like. We taste the 2011 Kramer Brut Zero Dosage, and the Syncline Scintillation. httpv://   What are some of your favorite sparkling wines from the West Coast of the United States?

Franciacorta is a region in Italy that makes high quality sparkling wine in the same style of Champagne. We were introduced to the region last year, and our friends from Balzac Communications gave us a few samples to check out. Our friend David Speer runs Ambonnay, Portland’s sparkling wine only wine bar, and agreed to join us. We taste the 2007 Contadi Castaldi Saten, the Ricci Curbastro Brut, and the il Mosnel Brut.


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Dan picked out a couple of bottles of Pinot Noir based rose wine for this week’s show. Both had been good in the past, and both showed brilliantly when tasted this time. Both come from unique vineyards and represent some really original wine growing and wine making. Wines like this are a big reason that Oregon is such an exciting place to explore. They also show that Pinot Noir can deliver great things in unconventional wines as well as traditional ones. We taste the 2011 Teutonic Wine Company Brut Rose from the Wahlstrom Vineyard, and the 2011 Analemma Columbia Gorge Rose.


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We wanted to do a sparkling wine show for the New Year episode this year. Chas suggested that we do a 3 bottle blind show with a bottle each from Champagne, Oregon, and California. Dan loved the idea, so here it is. All of the wines were selected by Chas, and bagged before the start of the show. We don’t do too well at guessing the origin, but they all make a good showing as simple sparklers.  We taste the Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne, the 2009 Argyle Brut, and the Roederer Estate Brut.


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We met Kim Kramer about a year ago when our friend Beau moved to Oregon. At various social events, we discussed the new things she was doing at her family winery, Kramer Vineyards, and her excitement for their vineyards. A few tastings of their wines proved enjoyable, and we finally managed to schedule a visit to the winery to do an interview. They have some unique vineyards and an ambitious Brut program, and we hope you enjoy Kim’s insights as we discuss the wine. In this show, we taste the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Brut, the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Cardiac Hill Pinot Noir, and the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Estate Müller-Thurgau.


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