Category: Imports
And Now For Something Completely Different: 2008 Cave de Pomérols Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet Hugues Beaulieu

 When you go down the list of the premier wine regions in the world, or even in France, the Coteaux du Languedoc isn't generally among the first that comes to mind.  The same could be said when it comes to the Picpoul Blanc variety.  A lot of people probably haven't had the opportunity to try a wine made from this [...]

By Ben Simons with 5 comments
My SauvBlanc Recap (After I’ve Whined about Twitter Tasting Burnout)

Okay, so my timing for this post is a little weird, given that I was just talking about Twitter Tasting Fatigue in the wake of the #SauvBlanc event.  I really did have a fun time at the event, and met some really interesting people around the world, from locations ranging from here in the US to Germany to New Zealand.  [...]

By Ben Simons with 9 comments
Review: A Super Pairing – Bang Bang Shrimp and Jacob’s Creek Reserve Riesling

Some of you might remember the post that I did before the Superbowl.  I had this great plan to cook up some shrimp and pair them with a Riesling that I had at the house.  Well, some extenuating circumstances caused me to not be able to carry out my plan, so I reserved the shrimp adventure for the Valentine's Day [...]

By Ben Simons with 8 comments
Review: Waiter, There’s a Pig in My Wine

 As soon as I started seeing the word flying around that my fellow old school punk rocker and wine blogger Dezel from My Vine Spot was organizing a Pinotage Party on Twitter, I was in for sure.  Little did I realize that Pinotage was going to be a tough commodity to track down at the liquor stores here in West [...]

By Ben Simons with 10 comments
Review: That Smells Like Pure Gasoline (In a Good Way)

Prior to Texas rejoining the "Sucky Wine Shipping State Club", I placed an order from Cinderella Wine for the 2007 Casa Marin Vineyard Riesling.  I'm holding out hope that I will eventually be able to order wine from out of state retailers in the future, but it looks like this will be my last CW order for a while.  I'm [...]

By Ben Simons with 5 comments
Doing Things the Right Way – Il Palazzone

Those of you who have been reading my blog recently are already aware of the fact that I have some interest in the question of organic wine and wine made by producers who are interested in sustainability.  There has been some great discussion in some of the past posts on the subject, and I was especially interested in some comments [...]

By Ben Simons with 5 comments
Review: Some Good Pizza Wine – 2008 Collezione di Paolo Chianti

A friend of mine is a member of the Wall Street Journal wine club and recently asked me if I would like to go in with him on a case of Italian wines.  One of the wines that I received from my half of the order was a 2008 Collezione di Paolo Chianti.  When the menu calls for pizza, this [...]

By Ben Simons with 4 comments
Review: Feeling a Little Chile in Here – 2006 Santa Alicia Reserve Carmenere

There are just some grapes that have a story.  Carménère is one of those grapes.  Originally one of the six Bordeaux varieties, Carménère was once thought to be extinct, only to be rediscovered in Chile.  The grapes were imported from France into Chile, and were often confused with Merlot.  Most of the Carménère in France was wiped out during the [...]

By Ben Simons with 6 comments
Review: Kiwi Wine & Chicken an’ Dumplin’s – 2008 Eradus Sauvignon Blanc

My wife and I have been on a mission this year to eat better.  I don't mean the usual New Year's resolution of eating healthier, we just want to eat better food.  That means that we have stepped up the efforts to make out own food.  The year is young, but so far we have been doing pretty well.  Tonight [...]

By Ben Simons with 3 comments