Sunday, June 29, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Another Terry Theise Estate Selection - I've been working my way through his wines recently - Lightly sweet, highly effervescent, with a citrus backbone, I think this might be made to appeal to the American taste - or what Gimonnet & Fils thinks the American-taste is, which is odd, because "the wines tolerate a very low dosage, 6-8 grams per liter for most bruts." Very pleasing nonetheless - you can't go wrong with this choice, and I would be happy to stock it as my house Champagne.
As an aside, I've been getting all my Terry Theise wines these days from Oak & Steel on Broadway near West 57th Street. They have dedicated a section of the store to just Terry Theise wines, which I think is brilliant. I found the sales-people in the store very friendly and I like their display. They're a bit pricey but I guess that's to be expected on Broadway near 57th Street. And no I'm not getting paid to recommend them.
Monday, June 16, 2008
The flood plains recede in Iowa, Al Gore endorses Obama, and I finally have a chance to note some of the wines we've been swirling around here. It's been a crazy week, sort of. My Chateauneuf du Pape craze seems to have subsided, and I worked through my case of under $20 wine weeks ago, but I have certainly benefitted from those two experiences. Now it's time to focus back on something closer to home: summer whites (but not all). We've been drinking mostly French table wines at home recently, although this past week's line-up is nicely diverse. Listed in no particular order....
Monday, June 9, 2008
This was ultra light in color, with lightly fizzy texture, lots of ebullience, a fragrant, floral nose, and soft honeydue and citrus notes on the palate. Refined, balanced, and light, it paired wonderfully with fish and rice.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
I don't know why I haven't gotten around to writing about this wine, but ... Obviously, this wasn't a stunner. We actually drank this shortly before we opened the Duvel from Belgium. It had some interesting prune and varied purple fruit notes, but it came off flat. It's a toss off wine I guess from an excellent vintage, and for less than $20, a good one to pull out of the fridge at 11pm with friends.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
A very perfumed, deeply colored Chianti Classico, with a rich bouquet of earth tones, tar and whole anise seed, and ripe berry medley on the palate. Starts with refreshing acidity, and finishes with well balanced tannins. One of the most enjoyable Chianti Classicos in recent memory.