Posts under Tag: merlot
Sharing a Little Madness – Folie à Deux Wines

It's not often that I get wine that was named after a psychological disorder. I think the closest thing is probably the Delirium Tremens beer that I occasionally indulge in. I recently received samples of three different wines produced by Folie à Deux, the famed subsidiary winery of Trinchero Family Estates. Folie à Deux is perhaps best known for their Menage à [...]

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August 6 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

First of all, I want to thank everyone who has given me support in my search for a job in the wine biz. You guys are all awesome. A special thanks to the guys at Wine Biz Radio for mentioning my search on their show this week. The Good Man, this is another week where I found so many Good [...]

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Are You Ready For Washington Merlot?

The day is rapidly approaching (this Thursday, March 25th) for the #WAMerlot Twitter tasting that my friend Josh Wade from DrinkNectar has put together.  People from all over the country will be popping the cork on some Washington Merlot, and then tweeting about the wines that they are drinking. It's been really exciting to see the level of participation that [...]

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Review: Late for #CaliCabs, Early For #WAMerlot – 2005 Northstar Merlot

I just seem to be hitting all around these Twitter tasting events that have been going on.  A couple of weeks ago, I managed to miss the #CaliCabs tasting, and now I've gone and prematurely popped the cork (hmm, seems like an unfortunate choice of words, but I'll let it run anyway) on the perfect wine to use for the [...]

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Review: An Intriguing Red Blend – 2003 Pheasant Ridge Proprietor’s Reserve

One of the wines that I tasted on my recent trip out to Pheasant Ridge Winery, was the 2003 Proprietor's Reserve, a Bordeaux style blend that is their signature wine.  The winery provided me with a sample bottle to do a more thorough review of the wine than I was able to do while I was there in the tasting [...]

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Review: I AM Drinking Some Effing Merlot – 2007 Barnard Griffin Reserve Merlot

In addition to drinking a lot of sparkling wine over New Years, I also popped open a bottle of 2007 Barnard Griffin Reserve Merlot.  As much as I loved the bubbly, this Merlot was the star of the evening for me. While I was in Washington this summer, I visited the Barnard Griffin winery in Richland.  Rob Griffin has been [...]

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Review: I Feel Like I’ve Taken the Life of a Baby

A while back I posted a picture of a little half bottle of 2006 Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo Toscana wine.  I just thought that a bottle of wine smaller than a wine glass was way fun.  I have sad news for all of you, I have prematurely taken the life of that wine.  The seemingly endless car trip home from [...]

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What Will You Be Drinking for the Holidays?

I'm thinking about opening my bottle of 2005 Northstar Merlot from Walla Walla, WA.  I tasted this wine while I was up in Washington this summer, and loved it.  I picked up a bottle for a special occasion, and I think that Christmas would qualify as special. We will also be drinking some Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee and eating some [...]

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The Great West Texas Wine Blowout of 2009

I've been saying for the last week that I would do a blog post on the wine tasting that my wife and I hosted last weekend, and being the man of my word that I am, here it is. The grand plan for this tasting was to take people with varying degrees of wine experience, have them each bring a [...]

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2007 14 Hands Merlot

Until a recent trip to Washington, I had suffered from my private version of the Sideways Effect.  I didn't really know very much about wine, but all that I knew was that I was not drinking any effing Merlot.  While in Walla Walla, I had a couple of pretty good Merlots and decided that I might have been mistaken to [...]

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