馃嵎馃啔馃嵎 The next Wine Battle

鈽濓笍 Wine Region: Champagne 馃嚝馃嚪
鉁岋笍Two non-vintage Cuve虂es

馃嚝馃嚪 NV Philipponnat - Royale Brut Reserve Brut @champagne_philipponnat
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馃嚝馃嚪 NV Bollinger - Special Cuve虂e Brut @champagne_bollinger

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2015 Domaine William Fe虁vre - Chablis Premier Cru Vaulorent (93 pts) @williamfevre_chablis

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 Chardonnay from the Chablis region of France. Vaulorent is a Premier Cru vineyard on the right side of the Serein River. This climat is almost an extension of the same slope of Grand Cru climats. The vines are planted on chalky clay, marl, and limestone from the Kimmeridgian era. The soil is rich in minerals and oyster fossils. Grapes are hand-harvested and gently pressed. The wine completely goes through malolactic fermentation. The must is half transferred to neutral (~6 years old) French oak barrels for six months, and the other half is transferred to small stainless steel. Altogether, the wine is aged for 14 months before being released.

馃憗 Medium lemon color

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of grapefruit pith, smoke, flinty, yellow apple, Asian pear, white peach, lemon curd, salted butter, and acacia.

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. Overall, more expressive on the palate and a great weight. A medium+ length finish of ripe orchard fruit, smoke, and flint.

馃敂 The 2015 Vaulorent is officially my second favorite Premier Cru in Chablis right after Montee de Tonnerre. Both climats are Grand Cru quality in the right producers' hands, but more affordable due to not having the designation that was decided on in 1938. This wine is in a great spot right with a beautiful balance between lovely orchard fruit and reductive mineral notes. It has a great weight on the palate and lovely wet rock texture, keeping it fresh in a lower acid year. Huge fan of this wine, very well done and will improve with further cellaring.

馃挵 ~$75

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #chardonnay #chablis #williamfevre #chablispremiercru #chabliswine #vaulorent
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馃槺 Wow, I am impressed by this rose虂 of Sangiovese from Bruma @brumavinicola in Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico

2019 Bruma - Ocho Rose虂

馃嵎 Pale pink. Lemon zest, grapefruit, key lime, underripe watermelon, underripe strawberry, and white flowers. Dry, great acidity, and moderate alcohol at 11.7%. The dusty texture of Sangiovese with a slight salt and pepper finish. Craves food, but delightfully delicious.
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Vi帽a VIK Instagram Live and Virtual Tasting with winemaker Cristi谩n Vallejo @vik_wine 路

馃帣聽Join the Instagram Live with Cristi谩n Vallejo, winemaker at Vi帽a VIK, on August 6th at 4 pm PST / 7 pm in Chile. Norwegian-Uruguayan billionaire Alex Vik founded Vi帽a VIK. The goal is simply to make the best wine in South America, and no expense was spared to accomplish this goal. Their slogan: 鈥漇cience and knowledge are our foundation. Passion is our engine. The wine is the expression of our art"路

馃嵎We will taste the 2013 VIK, the 2016 Milla Calla, and the 2015 La Piu Belle. Please join the Instagram Live session and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #vik #vikvibe #millahue #chileanwine #winesofchile
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2015 Domaine William Fe虁vre - Chablis Premier Cru Montmains (92 pts) @williamfevre_chablis 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 Chardonnay from the Chablis region of France. Montmains is a Premier Cru vineyard on the left side of the Serein River. The vines are planted on chalky clay, marl, and limestone from the Kimmeridgian era. The soil is rich in minerals and oyster fossil shells. Montmains is a flag-bearing vineyard designate, so while this bottle states Montmains, it is a blend of Montmains, Butteaux, and Fore虃ts parcels. Grapes are hand-harvested and gently pressed. The wine completely goes through malolactic fermentation. The must is half transferred to neutral (~6 years old) French oak barrels for six months, and the other half is transferred to small stainless steel. All together the wine is aged for 14 months before being released路

馃憗 Medium lemon color路

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of grapefruit pith, lemon zest, green apple, pear, Greek yogurt, sea breeze, oyster brine, and acacia路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. The wine has good texture on the palate almost powdery. A medium+ length finish of oyster brine, citrus pith, and zest路

馃敂 The 2015 Montmains is a bit fuller due to the warmer vintage. Always a classic bottling for Domaine William Fe虁vre. This wine is very mineral, subtle, and nuanced. For people looking for more expressive bottlings, they should look for Vauleront and Montee de Tonnerre. The 2015 Montmains is in a great spot right now and should stay here for quite some time.

馃挵 ~$65路

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1985 Ch芒teau Cos d'Estournel - Saint-Est猫phe (94 pts) @cosdestournel 路

鈩癸笍 Ch芒teau Cos d'Estournel is in the Saint-Est猫phe, which is one of the six communal appellations of the M茅doc. Saint-Est猫phe is just north of Pauillac and only separated by a stream. Cos d'Estournel is 1 of 15 Second Growths of the 1855 classification. This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot路

馃憗 Deep garnet color with a pale rim路

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried black currant, dried black cherry, gravel, lead pencil, dried leaves, tobacco, leather, clove, and dried thyme路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. There is more black fruit flavors on the palate. A medium+ length finish of dried black fruit, gravel, and tobacco路

馃敂 While 1985 was a mixed year for many Ch芒teaux in Bordeaux, Cos d'Estournel has always shown well. This bottle is probably the best that I have tasted from the vintage. The color is holding steady. The nose doesn't jump out of the glass, but is everything you want it to be from a revered wine of this age. The palate was considerably more expressive, showing more fruit and oak spice integration. While this wine is at the peak, it seems like it can hang in there for quite some time. Overall, I would say this vintage is on the more elegant side of Cos d'Estournel

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #saintestephe #bordeaux #medoc #bordeauxwine #cosdestournel
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馃帀 35K Followers 馃コ路
This week my account hit 35,000 followers, and I decided to open a 35-year-old wine because why not鉂撀

馃檹馃檹馃檹 First off, thank you to everyone that takes the time to read my thoughts on wine and interact with me in the comments or DMs路

馃嚝馃嚪馃彴馃嵎 Second, as I reflected on in my previous post, a bottle of aged Bordeaux is what got me hooked on wine. While drinking this bottle, I came to the realization I should be drinking more of my aged wines. Older wines aren't always better, but they often make you reflect on the past路

馃嵎 1985 Cha虃teau Cos d'Estournel - Saint-Este虁phe
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馃嚝馃嚪馃彴 Aged Bordeaux will always have a soft spot in my heart 鉂わ笍馃嵎路

鈴 It was many years ago that someone opened up and an old bottle of Bordeaux for me. The wine was so complex and intriguing. I started to wonder what was going on in the vineyard of that vintage to make such a compelling product. It also occurred to me that this bottle would probably taste so different ten years earlier or later, but when you open it determines when the music stops. I was hooked and had to learn more路

馃檵鈥嶁檪锔廤hat was the wine that first clicked for you鉂 Let me know in the comments below 馃憞
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馃嵎馃啔馃嵎 The next episode of Wine Battle路

鈽濓笍 Wine Region: Rioja 馃嚜馃嚫路
鉁岋笍Two very different expressions路

馃嚜馃嚫 2015 CVNE - Monopole Cl谩sico路
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馃嚜馃嚫 NV Honorio Rubio - A帽adas路

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2015 Bodega Colom茅 - Altura M谩xima Malbec (93 pts) @bodegacolome 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 estate grown Malbec from Calchaqu铆 Valley in Salta, Argentina. More importantly, the Altura M谩xima Vineyard at 3111 m (10,200 ft) is one of the highest altitude vineyards on Earth. Viticulture here is an experiment and ongoing education to learn new best practices. The vines were planted in 2007 on Calcareous and Granite soils. The grapes receive more sun than low altitude vineyards and less UV protection resulting in tiny clusters of thick-skinned berries. The wine aged for 24 months in French oak barrels with them being 3rd and 4th use barrels路

馃憗 Deep purple color, almost black路

馃憙 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to stewed black plum, blackberry, licorice, dark chocolate, graphite, black pepper, cardamom, violets, balsamic reduction, and dried herbs路

馃憚 The wine is dry, high acidity, high drying, but fine-grained tannins, high alcohol (15.5%), and full body. A bit more dark chocolate and espresso on the palate. A long length finish of stewed black fruits, florals, and bitter dark chocolate路

馃敂 Altura M谩xima has all of the components of a fantastic wine that simply needs more time to integrate in the bottle. The nose is quite complex, with layers of fruit, flowers, and spice. The palate is brooding, dark, and spicy with a finish that is long and layered. The acidity and tannin frame can allow this to age for decades. This wine was consumed over a few days, and copious amounts of air helped, but it just needs more time. Altura M谩xima is a bold wine from a unique and experimental terroir路

馃挵~$125

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #malbec #malbecwine #salta #highaltitude #altitude
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Champagne Thi茅not Interview and Virtual Tasting with Stan Thi茅not路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Stan Thi茅not, Managing Director and Brand Ambassador at Champagne Thi茅not in Reims, on July 29th at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm France. In 1985, Alain Thi茅not (Stan's father) launched his eponymous Champagne House. Although Champagne Thi茅not is relatively new by other house standards in the region, Alain was able to use his well-established contacts with growers to guarantee an extraordinary supply of grapes. Stan and his sister Garance are now leading the house into the future路

馃嵎We will discuss the style of the house as we taste to non-vintage blends the Thi茅not Brut and Thi茅not Blanc de Blancs. Then we will explore the vintage family cuv茅es the 2007 Thi茅not Cuv茅e Alain and the 2010 Thi茅not Cuv茅e Garance. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #champagne #champagnelover #champagnes #champagnelife #lovechampagne
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2017 Bodega Colom茅 - Estate Malbec @bodegacolome 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 estate grown Malbec from Calchaqu铆 Valley in Salta, Argentina. Four estate vineyards are blended to make this wine. The Colom茅 Vineyard (60%) at 2300 m is the backbone and adds complexity to the blend. El Arenal Vineyard (25%) at 2700 m provides acidity and freshness. La Brava Vineyard (5%) at 1700 m offers intense ripe fruit. Altura M谩xima Vineyard (10%) at 3111 m provides floral aromas and fine-grained tannins. The wine aged for 15 months in French oak barrels with them being 2nd to 5th-year barrels. The wine is aged an additional 6 months in bottle路

馃憗 Deep purple color, heavy staining路

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of black plum, boysenberry, prune, pomegranate juice, dark chocolate, sawdust, licorice, and balsamic reduction路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high grippy tannins, high alcohol (14.9%), and full body. The medium length finish of reduced black fruits and licorice路

馃敂 The Estate Malbec is dark and brooding. This wine has an extra year of aging that includes time in oak to soften the wine a bit. The wine is a blend of four vineyards at varying altitudes, and this gives the wine a range of black fruit flavors from ripe fruit to concentrated reduction notes. This wine is a respectable benchmark for Malbec in Salta, but I would choose the Aut茅ntico Malbec over this wine if given a choice. I prefer the single-vineyard expression of the 2018 Aut茅ntico Malbec with the purity of fruit that it delivers路

馃挵~$23

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #malbec #salta #winesofargentina #vallescalchaquies #malbecwine
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馃嵎馃啔馃嵎 The next episode of Wine Battle路

鉁岋笍Two wines馃嵎馃嵎路
鈽濓笍 Vintage 馃搯路
鈽濓笍 Grape 馃崌路

馃嚝馃嚪 2016 Vincent Dauvissat - Chablis路
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馃嚭馃嚫 2016 Ceritas - Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay路

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Champagne Thi茅not Interview and Virtual Tasting with Stan Thi茅not @champagnethienot @thienot_usa 路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Stan Thi茅not, Managing Director and Brand Ambassador at Champagne Thi茅not in Reims, on July 29th at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm France. In 1985, Alain Thi茅not (Stan's father) launched his eponymous Champagne House. Although Champagne Thi茅not is relatively new by other house standards in the region, Alain was able to use his well-established contacts with growers to guarantee an extraordinary supply of grapes. Stan and his sister Garance are now leading the house into the future路

馃嵎We will discuss the style of the house as we taste to non-vintage blends the Thi茅not Brut and Thi茅not Blanc de Blancs. Then we will explore the vintage family cuv茅es the 2007 Thi茅not Cuv茅e Alain and the 2010 Thi茅not Cuv茅e Garance. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #champagne #reims #champagnehouse #champagnethienot #champagnelover #champagnelife #blancdeblancs
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2018 Bodega Colome虂 - Aute虂ntico Malbec (91 pts) @bodegacolome 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 estate grown Malbec from Calchaqui虂 Valley in Salta, Argentina. Harvested from their best vineyard located at 2300 meters where the vines are own-rooted. This wine is a minimal intervention with zero new oak, which is a throwback to how Malbec was made when the winery was founded back in 1831. The wine is matured for 10 months in tank and 10 months in bottle before being released路

馃憗 Deep purple color路

馃憙 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of black plum, boysenberry, blueberry, cured meat, fennel, violets, and dried herbs路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The palate is layers of fruit and extremely smooth. The medium+ length finish of black plum, blueberry, and dried herbs路

馃敂 This wine is all fruit, and it is not shy about it. The fruit isn't jammy. It is dark fruits combined with dried herbs and violets. This wine is mouth-coating on the palate, but not heavy due to vibrant acidity. The finish is straightforward but very persistent. This wine is entirely unoaked, and it shows off the purity of Salta fruit from nose to finish. Excellent QPR and now a contender for my barbeque wine路

馃挵~$24

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #malbec #malbecwine #salta #argentinewine #bodegacolome #winesofargentina #vallescalchaquies
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2019 Bodega Colome虂 - Estate Torronte虂s @bodegacolome 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 estate grown Torronte虂s from Calchaqui虂 Valley in Salta, Argentina. Torronte虂s is Argentina's native white grape that is a natural crossing of Mission and Muscat of Alexandria in Argentina. There are three distinct clones, but Torronte虂s Riojano is used for most quality wines. Bodega Colome虂 grows the grape at their La Brava estate vineyard at 1700 to 2300 meters. Whole cluster pressed, minimal skin contact, no MLF, and a cold fermentation at 12 C to preserve freshness路

馃憗 Medium- lemon color路

馃憙 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of grapefruit pith, ripe peach, pear, gooseberry, watermelon rind, orange blossom, juniper, geranium, and lychee路

馃憚 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium+ body. Slight phenolic bitterness on the finish. The medium length finish of peach skin, lemon zest, and bitter almond路

馃敂 Bodega Colome虂 makes the benchmark Torronte虂s for anyone studying for wine exams. This wine is utterly exotic on the nose, and you think you might get something sweet on the palate. Then you are smacked in the face with the telltale acidity that the high altitude vineyards of Salta endow in these grapes. The palate is more citrus and watermelon rind than floral. The finish is slightly bitter and craves food. The Winemaker suggested ceviche to pair with this wine, which sounds divine. Perfect summer sipping wine that is interesting and affordable路

馃挵~$13

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #salta #torrontes #torronte虂s #bodegacolome #wineofargentina
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2011 Stony Hill - Chardonnay (92 pts) @stonyhillvineyard 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 estate grown Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California. The Stony Hill property was purchased in 1943 and planted with Chardonnay vines in 1947, which at the time was Avante Garde. The Wente clone was planted on Volcanic soils at 600 ft above the valley floor and is dry farmed. The first vintage was in 1952, and from the beginning, they were inspired by the wines of Chablis. The Stony Hill style has remained consistent over the decades: fruit-forward, minimal skin contact, no malolactic fermentation, minimal lees contact, and no new oak. The wines are aged in old neutral oak for 9 months before bottling. The wines receive an additional year of bottle age before release路

馃憗 Deep lemon color (photo doesn't do it justice)路

馃憙 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of yellow peach, nectarine, grilled pineapple, quince paste, grapefruit pith, orange blossom, flint, and smoke路

馃憚 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. Good texture with fennel seed spice on the palate. The medium+ length finish of peach preserves, quince paste, and flint路

馃敂 Stony Hill Chardonnay is an exception for Chardonnay from the Napa Valley. It is so old school that it is a new school again. I will say that this style needs age, and I don't start to enjoy them until they have 5+ years of age on them. Before that time, the wines can be tightly wound and almost earthy on the palate. This wine was singing with a ton of fruit on the nose and palate. These wines have a great acidic backbone, moderate alcohol, and a lengthy finish. This Chardonnay is just entering it's prime and has a long runway.

馃挵~$60

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2018 Alois Lageder - Porer Pinot Grigio @alois.lageder 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is from the Alto Adige region of Italy. The wine is 馃挴 Pinot Grigio. The winery only farms with biodynamic methods of viticulture and encourages other growers to learn about these practices. The vines are 14-31 years old and grow at 230+ meters asl. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts. This wine is a blend of three different winemaking approaches as a way to preserve freshness in the face of climate change. The first approach (60%) is an immediate direct press (the most common expression of Pinot Grigio) of the grapes. In the second approach (20%), the wine stays in contact with the grape skins for 15 hours. The third approach (20%) keeps the wine on the stems and skins for 8 months. These three component wines are blended to give a perception of freshness and liveliness to the wine路

馃憗 Medium gold color, slight orange hue路

馃憙 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of peach skin, dried apple, bruised pear, honeycomb, yeast, hay, cinnamon, tarragon, and dried flowers路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium acidity, low tannin, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. Slight phenolic bitterness on the medium length finish of dried orchard fruit and honeycomb路

馃敂 This Pinot Grigio will reset many people's expectations of what is possible in Alto Adige with this grape. It is a perfect example of a winery not resting on its laurels and adapting the spirit of their wine in the face of climate change. Alto Adige Pinot Grigio is known for its crisp acidity, and when you give more warmth to Pinot Grigio, it loses that quickly. Skin contact brings out phenolics that give this wine texture and a touch bit. Fascinating concept and something I am looking forward to tasting over a few vintages路

馃挵~$25

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #altoadige #aloislageder #pinotgrigio #biodynamicwine #biodynamicfarming #climatechange #pinotgris
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Champagne Vilmart & Cie Interview and Virtual Tasting with Laurent Champs @champagnevilmart 路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Laurent Champs owner at Vilmart & Cie in Champagne, on July 22nd at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm France. Since 1890, Vilmart & Cie has always been a re虂coltant-manipulant, making champagne exclusively from estate-owned vines. Laurent has been in charge of the house since 1989. The majority of Vilmart鈥檚 11 hectares of vines lie in Rilly-la-Montagne, although there are a few plots just over the border in the neighboring village of Villers-Allerand.路

馃嵎 All of his wines are aged in oak in a wide variety of forms, while at the same time, he makes some of the most elegant wines in the region. We will be tasting two wines: Cuve虂e Grand Cellier and Cuve虂e Rubis. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #champagne #vilmart #champagnelover #growerchampagne #champagnelife
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2010 Agrapart & Fils - Mine虂ral Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs (93 pts)路

馃嵕 Golden color. Aromas of ripe and baked apples and pears. Buttered toast, brioche, marzipan, chalk, and chrysanthemum on the nose. Laser-like acidity on the palate and powdery, chalky texture. Wonderfully long finish.

馃敂 This Champagne is 馃挴 Chardonnay from two lieux-dits in Avize and Cramant on hard white chalk soils. This bottle is appropriately named Mine虂ral because it screams chalkiness on the palate and has a beautiful tension with the bracing acidity. So far, this is my favorite wine of the Agrapart lineup, but you can't go wrong with any of them. In an excellent drinking window at the moment, but I wouldn't necessarily cellar longer路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #champagne #champagnelover #growerchampagne #champagnelife #blancdeblancs #avize #cramant #agrapart #grandcru #chardonnay
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Domaine William Fe虁vre Interview and Virtual Tasting with Didier Se虂guier @williamfevre_chablis 路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Didier Se虂guier winemaker at Domaine William Fe虁vre in Chablis, on July 20th at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm France. Domaine William Fe虁vre is the largest vineyard owner of Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in Chablis. We are going to talk about sustainable and Biodynamic Viticulture. Then discuss the nuances between different Premier Crus and Grand Crus. We will also talk about the use of 馃挴 neutral oak aging on the wines路

馃嵎 Didier explained to me, he doesn't make Chardonnay, but he does make Chablis. We will be tasting three wines from the 2015 vintage: Premier Cru Vaulorent, Premier Cru Montmains, and Grand Cru Bougros Co虃te Bouguerots. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #chardonnay #chablis #chablispremiercru #chablisgrandcru #williamfevre #chabliswine #biodynamicfarming
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馃嵎馃懆馃徏鈥嶐煉 I am so happy to see the wine industry adapting to wine education in the digital age, a great presentation on some of the regional and village appellations. Also, an interesting platform that involved a team quiz and tasting. @vinsdebourgogne #escapetobourgogne #pinotnoir #chardonnay #burgundy #burgundywine #bourgogne #saintveran #givry #wineterroir ...

Gusbourne Interview and Virtual Tasting with Charlie Holland @gusbourne_wine 路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Charlie Holland winemaker at Gusbourne in Kent, England, on July 17th at 9:00 am PST / 5:00 pm London. We are going to discuss the current state of English Sparkling Wine and the history of Gusbourne. We will talk about the Terroir of Kent and how this translates into the wines. Also, what are the key differentiators with Champagne and other sparkling wine regions路

馃嵕 We will taste three sparkling wines from Gusbourne. All three wines are from the 2015 vintage: Brut Reserve, Brut Ros茅, and Blanc de Blancs. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #sparklingwine #englishsparklingwine #gusbourne #kent #brut #sparklingrose #englishwine
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2017 Herdade do Rocim - Alicante Bouschet @herdadedorocim 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is from the Alentejo region of Portugal. The wine is 馃挴 Alicante Bouschet, which is one of the unique red grapes where the pulp is red like the skin. The grapes are organically farmed and planted on sand, schist, and granite soils with an average vine age of 40 years old. Grapes are hand-harvested and foot trodden in stone Lagares. Only indigenous yeast fermentation and then aged for 12 months in barrel with 30-40% new oak. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine is aged in bottle for six months before being released路

馃憗 Deep purple color路

馃憙 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe boysenberry, black plum, overripe blueberry, pomegranate juice, gravel, pen ink, lavender, blood orange路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high gritty tannins, high alcohol (14%), and full body. A medium length finish of black and blue fruits路

馃敂 This wine is a shade of deep dark purple that many grapes cannot achieve. The fruit is very primary and ripe. There is a lot of dry extract, and you feel the phenolics in the mouth. This wine craves hearty fare to stand up to it. For those of you that enjoy big, bold Zins, this is a great alternative that is very reasonably priced路

馃挵~$22

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #alicantebouschet #alentejo #herdadedorocim #organicwine #portuguesewine #winesofportugal #vinho
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Domaine M茅o-Camuzet and Nicolas-Jay Interview and Virtual Tasting with Jean-Nicolas M茅o路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Jean-Nicolas M茅o owner and winemaker of Domaine M茅o-Camuzet @domaine_meo_camuzet in Vosne-Roman茅e and co-founder and winemaker of Nicolas Jay @nicolasjay in Oregon on July 15th at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm CET. M茅o-Camuzet is one of the most celebrated domaines of the C么te d鈥橭r, located in the heart of prestigious Vosne-Roman茅e. The Domaine boasts fourteen hectares of land in some of the most spectacular appellations and crus of Burgundy. Nicolas-Jay is the story of a three-decade friendship between famed Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Meo and visionary music entrepreneur Jay Boberg, and their shared love of Oregon Pinot Noir. It is also the story of their desire to build something lasting together while creating a distinctive expression of great Willamette Valley Pinot Noir路

馃嵎 Jean-Nicolas selected two wines from Burgundy and two from Oregon to compare and contrast. From Domaine M茅o-Camuzet, we will taste the 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Boudots 1er Cru and 2017 Corton Les Perri猫res Grand Cru. From Nicolas-Jay, we will taste the 2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and the 2017 Bishop Creek Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

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2019 Herdade do Rocim - Amphora Branco (90 pts) @herdadedorocim 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is from the Vidigueira sub-region of Alentejo, Portugal. This wine is classified as Vinho de Tahla, which is a separate set of amphora wine regulations for Alentejo. It is a blend of 40% Ant茫o Vaz, 20% Perrum (aka Palomino), 20% Rabo de Ovelha, and 20% Mante煤do. The grapes are organically farmed and planted on granite and schist soils. Grapes are hand-harvested and vinified in large clay amphorae without temperature control. The fermentation is done only with indigenous yeasts with no additions or corrections of the must. The wine stays 6 months on the skins before the amphora is slowly drained. The wine is bottled with minimal sulfur then left in the bottle for 3 additional months before release路

馃憗 Pale gold color路

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of lemon peel, ripe yellow apple, baked quince, wax, olive oil, honeycomb, salted peanut, and dried herbs路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium- alcohol (12%), and medium+ body. It has a lovely oily texture on the palate. A medium length finish of yellow apple, olive oil, and dried herbs路

馃敂 This wine smells light and airy, but then it has such weight and depth on the palate. Amphora Branco represents a great out of the box Chardonnay alternative. Additionally, this bottle will expand people's palates and reset some expectations on the wines from Alentejo. Super geeky on many fronts, so something I will definitely revisit. Finally, coming in at $18, this wine packs a ton of quality for the price. 鈿狅笍 QPR Alert路

馃挵~$18路

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2019 Herdade do Rocim - Fresh from Amphora Nat'Cool Tinto @herdadedorocim 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is from the Alentejo region of Portugal. It is a blend of Moreto, Tinta Grossa, and Trincadeira. The grapes are organically farmed and planted on granite and schist soils. Grapes are hand-harvested and vinified in clay amphorae without temperature control. The fermentation is done only with indigenous yeasts with no additions or corrections of the must. Two months of skin contact inside the amphora before bottling.

馃憗 Pale ruby color路

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of fresh ripe raspberry, sour cherry, red currant, wet rock, and some dried flowers路

馃憚 The wine is dry, high acidity, low soft tannins, medium- alcohol (12%), and medium- body. Good texture on the palate. A short length finish of ripe red fruit路

馃敂 Fresh from Amphora is a straight forward and enjoyable natural wine. Don't overthink this wine, give it a slight chill and glug glug. Oh yeah, and this only comes in 1 Liter bottles 馃い . People ask about 鈥漵ummer鈥 red wines, and here you go! This is a legit quaffable red wine with nothing added and made in amphora. I think of big red wines when Alentejo is mentioned, but I didn't realize that Portugal has a long tradition of making wine in amphora, called Tahla路

馃挵~$22路

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I am looking forward to my IG Live session with Eduardo Chadwick to discuss the wines of Vin虄a Sen虄a and the Berlin Tasting. Three vintages of Sen虄a are poured and ready to go. 馃嵎馃檶馃嵎馃檶馃嵎馃檶路

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2002 Billecart-Salmon - Cuve虂e Nicolas Franc抬ois Brut (94 pts) @champagne_billecart_salmon @mrbillecart 路

鈩癸笍 This Champagne cuve虂e was first created in 1964. It is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir (Montagne de Reims and Grand Valle虂e de la Marne) and 40% Chardonnay (Co虃te de Blancs) from Premier and Grand Cru vineyard sites. Every vintage goes through blind tasting trials to see what the final composition will be with variables being the grape blend, vineyard sites, and percentage aged in oak. 20% of the base wine vinified in oak barrels but without malolactic fermentation. Aging on lees for 14 years. The dosage is 4 g/l路

馃憗 Medium gold color路

馃憙 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of toast, brioche, Marcona almond, roasted plantain, salted toffee, grilled peach, nectarine, cheese rind, quince paste, dried apple, and dried strawberry路

馃憚 The wine is dry, high acidity, fine bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and full body. The bubbles are fine with a powdery texture on the tongue. A long length finish of chalk, dried apple, caramel, and bitter almond路

馃敂 The 2002 vintage is a lot tighter than the 2006 vintage. 2006 is open and inviting, while the 2002 is still tightly wound. I decanted this bottle, and it opened up a bit more, but this just needs more time in the cellar. I love the bitter almond finish combined with that salted caramel note from long lees aging. My score above is for the present day, this has a ton of potential, and I hate to predict the future. I will note that this is a vintage that I am personally cellaring for future consumption, maybe around 2025? Hard to go wrong with anything from Billecart-Salmon, especially Cuve虂e Nicolas Francois路

馃挵~$180路

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馃Ж馃巼馃巻Happy 4th of July. Opening some American bubbles in style. 馃馃嵕馃挗 Sabering with a spoon one shot no editing路

馃嵕 2015 Brick & Mortar - Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Blanc de Blancs @brickandmortarwines
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Bodega Catena Zapata Interview and Virtual Tasting with Dr. Laura Catena @catenawines 路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Dr. Laura Catena @lauracatenamd - 4th generation Vintner, Physician, and Author on July 7th at 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST. The Catena family has been pioneering high altitude Malbec for over 100 years. We will discuss the history of Malbec and how it made its way to Argentina. Argentina has become the adopted home of Malbec, almost synonymous with the grape路

馃嵎 We will taste the 2017 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino, which encapsulates the history of Malbec in a bottle and, of course, the label. We will also taste the 2017 Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard White Bones Chardonnay and talk about the exploration of single vineyard sites. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

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Sen虄a Virtual Tasting and Interview with Eduardo Chadwick @senawinery 路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Eduardo Chadwick, Owner and President of Vin虄a Erra虂zuriz, July 8th at 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST. Sen虄a Winery is in Chile's Aconcagua Valley and was founded by Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi in 1995. The goal was to create Chile's first icon wine. Eduardo Chadwick has been a long time champion of the Chilean wine. On January 23, 2004, Eduardo Chadwick organized the Berlin Tasting, which was a blind tasting of top wines from Chile, Bordeaux First Growths, and Super Tuscans, to prove that Chilean wines are genuinely world class路

馃嵎 We will taste three vintages of Sen虄a - 2007, 2011, and 2017. For US consumers, all three of these vintages are available at K&L Wines @klwines . Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

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馃嵈馃嵕馃挗Fork Sabrage - Woke up this morning to join Valentino @winemob celebrate his birthday by Sabering a Champagne bottle with a fork. There is zero value to doing sabrage, except that it looks cool. We did this on Instagram Live, and honestly, it took a few more attempts than it has in the past. Not the cleanest slice either, but still looks badass in slow motion. Cheers! 馃路

馃嵕 2010 Agrapart & Fils - Mine虂ral Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
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Ste虂phane Ogier Interview and Virtual Tasting on Syrah in the Northern Rho虃ne @coterotie_stephaneogier 路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Ste虂phane Ogier owner and winemaker at Domaine Ste虂phane Ogier in Co虃te-Ro虃tie, July 6th, at 12:00 pm PST / 9:00 pm CET. Ste虂phane is known as a Syrah specialist. He owns vineyards in some of the best areas of Co虃te-Ro虃tie. He is known for taking a Burgundian approach by bottling individual lieu-dits to represent the terroirs of the appellation. Ste虂phane also makes wines from Condrieu, Saint Joseph, Co虃tes du Rho虃ne, and Collines Rhodaniennes路

馃嵎 We will taste three Syrah wines - the 2016 La Rosine Syrah, the 2016 Co虃te-Ro虃tie Mon Village, and the 2015 Co虃te-Ro虃tie Re虂serve. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

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Royal Tokaji Virtual Tasting and Interview with Zolt谩n Kov谩cs @royaltokaji 路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Zolt谩n Kov谩cs, the Winery Director at Royal Tokaji, July 2nd, at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm CET. Zolt谩n will explain what factors make the Tokaj wine region suitable for making legendary sweet wines. A high-level overview of what role each grape plays in the Tokaj region. The evolution of Single Vineyard wines. And of course, we will also discuss dry Furmint wines路

馃嵎 We will taste 2016 The Oddity Dry Furmint, 2017 Late Harvest, 2016 Red Label 5 Puttonyos, and 2013 Szt. Tam谩s Single Vineyard 6 Puttonyos. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

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2006 Billecart-Salmon - Cuve虂e Nicolas Franc抬ois Brut (95 pts) @champagne_billecart_salmon @mrbillecart 路

鈩癸笍 This Champagne cuve虂e was first created in 1964 as a tribute to the founder, but it is essentially the same as the historic Vintage Brut. It is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir (Montagne de Reims and Grand Valle虂e de la Marne) and 40% Chardonnay (Co虃te de Blancs) from Premier and Grand Cru vineyard sites. Every vintage goes through blind tasting trials to see what the final composition will be with variables being the grape blend, vineyard sites, and percentage aged in oak. A small percentage (5%) of the base wine was aged in an oak barrel but without malolactic fermentation. Aging on lees for 10 years. The dosage is 6 g/l路

馃憗 Pale gold color路

馃憙 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of peach skin, red apple, baked quince, nectarine, orange blossom, lemon pith, Greek yogurt, marzipan, chalk, and toast路

馃憚 The wine is dry, high acidity, fine bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. Fine bubbles with a chalky texture on the tongue. A long length finish of red apple, baked quince, marzipan, and chalk路

馃敂 This wine is stunning right now. Give this a little air, and it is singing to you from the glass. The 2006 vintage is the current release, and this speaks loads to the Billecart-Salmon style to release the Cuve虂es slowly. The time on lees has built up a ton of complexity on the nose and layers of flavors on the palate. The bubbles are fine, but not super pervasive. The finish is delicate but long. This Champagne blows away most prestige cuve虂es at this price point. This may improve with age, but honestly, why wait? Cheers 馃路

馃挵~$160路

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Vi帽a Err谩zuriz Virtual Tasting and Interview with Winemaker Francisco Baettig @errazurizwines 路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Francisco Baettig, the head Winemaker at Vi帽a Err谩zuriz, July 1st, at 5:00 pm PST. Francisco will explain what makes the Aconcagua wine region to be able to grow grapes varieties from Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon. We will discuss the differences between Aconcagua Costa and Aconcagua Valley路

馃嵎 We will taste the 2017 Don Maximiano, 2018 MAX Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 MAX Pinot Noir, and the 2018 MAX Chardonnay. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

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馃嵕Do you have a house Champagne or a go-to sparkling wine鉂撀

馃敂 The Bruno Paillard @champagnebrunopaillard Premi猫re Cuv茅e Brut Champagne delivers a ton of flavor and complexity for ~$45. Up to 50% of the blend is from reserve wines, which is essentially a solera that blends vintages from 1985. All topped off with a moderate dosage of 6 g/l. Great QPR Bubbles 馃
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2016 Opus One - Napa Valley (93 pts) @opusonewinery 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is a Bordeaux Blend from Napa Valley, California. The blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec. 2016 was the 5th consecutive year of a drought in Northern California. After harvest, the grapes macerated on their skins for 17 days. The wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak路

馃憗 Deep ruby color路

馃憙 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe almost candied blackcurrant, black cherry, blackberry, oak, vanilla, cream, black licorice, anise, sage, mint tea, and violets路

馃憚 The wine is dry, high acidity, high ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. Creamy and mouth-coating on the palate. A long length finish of very ripe black fruit, anise, and sage路

馃敂 This wine is not ready for consumption. 2016 is the current release and should not be touched for a decade. The score is for right now after a healthy decant. The fruit is pure but pushing the edge of ripeness without quite going over. The fruit needs time to shed some baby fat and allow the oak flavors to merge into the wine. Right now, it is almost hedonistic. The acidity helps keep it in check. It will tone down and smooth out in time路

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2010 Opus One - Napa Valley (96 pts) @opusonewinery 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is a Bordeaux Blend from Napa Valley, California. The blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. 2010 was a very challenging vintage from cold days, untimely rain, and unpredictable heat spikes. After harvest, the grapes macerated on their skins for 19 days. The wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak路

馃憗 Medium+ ruby color路

馃憙 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackberry, blackcurrant, lead pencil, roasted jalapeno, dried ancho chili, oak, cedar, wood charcoal, rosemary, sweet tobacco, leather, and licorice路

馃憚 The wine is dry, high acidity, high chewy tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. It is extremely layered on the palate. An incredibly long length finish of perfectly ripe black fruits, tobacco, dried chili, and licorice路

馃敂 Although the 2010 vintage may have been tumultuous in the vineyard, this wine is divine in the glass. Simply put, this is the most exceptional vintage of Opus One that I have tasted even going back to the late 80s and early 90s. Michael Silacci worked some magic this year. Layers upon layers of flavor and the wine still has room to improve. I would cellar this for at least five more years to get into the sweet spot. The oak should integrate and become even more seamless on the palate. Exceptional馃挭馃嵎路

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2005 Opus One - Napa Valley (94 pts) @opusonewinery 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is a Bordeaux Blend from Napa Valley, California. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec. 2005 was the most extended growing cycle for the Opus One vineyards with a prolonged harvest that ended in November. After harvest, the grapes macerated on their skins for 29 days. The wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak路

馃憗 Medium+ ruby color路

馃憙 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of black cherry preserves, black plum, blackberry, blackcurrant, oak, cedar, clove, vanilla, rose stems, thyme, espresso grounds, and cardamom路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ fine-grained tannins, high alcohol (14%), and full body. Extremely layered on the palate. A long length finish of myriad of black fruit, baking spices, and thyme路

馃敂 The 2005 vintage is still not at peak in my opinion, while delicious and layered it still has room to improve with additional cellaring. The fruit is ripe without being overtly sweet. The clove and cardamom spice from the oak add a lovely component and will continue to integrate with time, making it even more seemless. The silkiness and freshness on the palate show the real elegance of this wine. Well done馃憦路

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2001 Opus One - Napa Valley (92 pts) @opusonewinery 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is a Bordeaux Blend from Napa Valley, California. The blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. 2001 is the first vintage for Winemaker, Michael Silacci. After harvest, the grapes macerated on their skins for 32 days. The wine was aged for 17 months in new French oak路

馃憗 Deep ruby color with a medium rim路

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of blackcurrant jam, black cherry, black plum, dried leaves, oak, cedar, tobacco, dried herbs, thyme, semi-sweet cocoa powder, and nutmeg路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.2%), and medium+ body. A medium+ length finish of dark chocolate covered cherries and nutmeg spice路

馃敂 This wine is not showing much age with its appearance or on the palate. It is bold and ripe, rather fruit-forward. The nose is quite charming, and the mouthfeel is silky. I will say that the palate comes across as sweeter and riper than the nose. Still a healthy amount of tannins and good acidity for structure, that should continue to hold for some time. I would have expected a bit more development, but this is still very fruit-driven. Overall, a riper vintage and quite extracted, but not bombastic like some wines in Napa. I preferred some of the other vintages in the lineup 路

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Looking forward to the Instagram Live tasting with Michel Friou, Winemaker at Almaviva @almavivawinery later today. Looking at three vintages from Puente Alto, Chile. ...

Lingua Franca Virtual Tasting and Interview with Winemaker Thomas Savre路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Thomas Savre, the Winemaker at Lingua Franca @linguafrancawines on June 26th, at 5:00 pm PST. Thomas will talk about the formation of Lingua Franca with Larry Stone, Dominique Lafon, and himself. We will discuss the journey of Chardonnay in Oregon and talk about its potential. Thomas will explain how the planting of the Lingua Franca Estate with a myriad of clones and rootstocks路

馃嵎 We will taste the 2018 Avni Chardonnay, then the 2017 and 2018 Lingua Franca Estate Chardonnay. We will talk about how these wines are made and how various trials with each vintage can quickly learn what works best. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

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2015 Raats Family Wines - Red Jasper @raatsfamilywines 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is a Cabernet Franc dominated blend from vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The blend is 48% Cabernet Franc, 36% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. The vines are planted on decomposed dolomite granite. The grapes were hand-sorted, crushed, and left to cold soak on the skins for five days. After finishing fermentation in stainless steel, the wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels (varying from second fill to fourth fill). Bottled unfined and unfiltered路

馃憗 Deep ruby color路

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of stewed strawberry, raspberry, fruit leather, tobacco, thyme, anise, and violets路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ ripe tannins, medium+ alcohol (14%), and medium+ body. A medium length finish of strawberry jam, tobacco, and thyme路

馃敂 A Cabernet Franc blend from South Africa, not something I taste every day. The green notes are minimal and more dried herbs with tons of ripe and cooked down red fruits. Tobacco and violet notes add complexity. Again, delivering for the money. Super reliable wines and at a fair price point路

馃挵 ~$20

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2019 Raats Family Wines - Original Chenin Blanc @raatsfamilywines 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 Chenin Blanc from vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The average vine age is 37 years old. The vines are planted on two different soil types sandstone or decomposed dolomite granite. Sandstone soil grapes are softer with riper aromatics. Granite soil grapes are more acidic with citrus and mineral aromatics. Each soil type is vinified and age separately. The juice is fermented in stainless steel and aged on lees for four months. The wine proudly states that it is "unwooded" on the label. The wines are of the two soil types are blended before bottling路

馃憗 Medium- lemon color路

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of key lime, lime blossom, orange blossom, grapefruit pith, yellow apple, underripe pineapple, and steely路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. A medium- length finish of lime, floral notes, and steeliness路

馃敂 Pure Chenin Blanc that is utterly untouched by oak. The wine has proper tension with a delicate flavor profile of citrus and florals. This wine provides a lot of drinking pleasure for a very respectable price point. South African Chenin Blanc is so underappreciated, and this would be a great summer wine to have by the pool路

馃挵 ~$14

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Almaviva Vertical Tasting and Interview with winemaker Michel Friou路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Michel Friou, the Winemaker at Almaviva, June 24th, at 5:00 pm PST/ 8:00 pm EST. Michel will talk about the history of the Almaviva in Chile. We will discuss the Puente Alto, which is one of the coolest areas of Chile's Maipo Valley. Almaviva is a Bordeaux blend and being in Chile there is a good portion of Carmene虁re included路

馃嵎 We will taste the 2009, 2016, and 2017 Almaviva wines. We will talk about how these wines are made and what makes them age-worthy. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

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Chateau Musar Virtual Tasting and Interview with Marc Hochar路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Marc Hochar owner and family member of Chateau Musar @chateaumusar in Lebanon on June 24th, at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm CET. Marc will talk about the history of Chateau Musar in Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley wine region. Also, we will discuss the historical challenges of making wine during turbulent times. We will discuss minimal intervention winemaking and the French and indigenous grape varieties they use at Chateau Musar路

馃嵎 We will taste the 2012 Chateau Musar Blanc (a personal favorite), 2013 Chateau Musar Rouge, and 2016 Hochar Pere et Fils. We will talk about the other lines of wine as well. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

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Cha虃teau de Beaucastel Virtual Tasting and Interview with Ce虂sar Perrin路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Ce虂sar Perrin, part of the 5th generation of the Perrin Family @familleperrin , which owns Cha虃teau de Beaucastel in Cha虃teauneuf-du-Pape on Monday, June 22nd, at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm CET. Ce虂sar will talk about the history of the Perrin Family in the region. We will discuss the art of blending of the 13 approved grape varieties for the Cha虃teauneuf-du-Pape Rouge. We will also discuss the white grape variety Roussanne路

馃嵎 We will taste the 2006 Cha虃teau de Beaucastel Cha虃teauneuf-du-Pape Rouge and the 2016 Cha虃teau de Beaucastel Cha虃teauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes. We will talk about how these wines are made and what makes them so age-worthy. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

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Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon Virtual Tasting and Interview with V茅ronique Drouhin路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with V茅ronique Drouhin, Head Winemaker across Maison Joseph Drouhin @maisonjosephdrouhin in Burgundy and Domaine Drouhin Oregon @domainedrouhinoregon , on Wednesday, June 17th, at 9:00 am PST路

馃嚝馃嚪 V茅ronique will talk about the difference between Domaine wines and Maison wines. The estate owns 80 hectares of vineyards that are all farmed Biodynamically. We will talk about Drouhin-Vaudon in Chablis, Gevrey Chambertin, and the flagship wines of Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches路

馃嚭馃嚫 V茅ronique will talk about the reason the family expanded into Oregon and, more specifically, the Dundee Hills. She will also cover the new expansion in Eola-Amity Hills with the Roserock brand. Lastly, we will discuss how Oregon can expedite finding its equivalent of Premier Cru and Grand Cru sites路

馃嵎聽We will taste a selection from Burgundy and Oregon. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #chablis #gevreychambertin #beaune #burgundy #burgundywine #bourgogne #closdesmouches
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Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon Virtual Tasting and Interview with V茅ronique Drouhin路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with V茅ronique Drouhin, Head Winemaker across Maison Joseph Drouhin @maisonjosephdrouhin in Burgundy and Domaine Drouhin Oregon @domainedrouhinoregon , on Wednesday, June 17th, at 9:00 am PST路

馃嚝馃嚪 V茅ronique will talk about the difference between Domaine wines and Maison wines. Maison Joseph Drouhin owns 80 hectares of vineyards that are all farmed Biodynamically. We will talk about Drouhin-Vaudon in Chablis, Gevrey Chambertin, and the flagship wines of Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches路

馃嚭馃嚫 V茅ronique will talk about the reason the family expanded into Oregon and, more specifically, the Dundee Hills. She will also cover the new expansion in Eola-Amity Hills with the Roserock brand. Lastly, we will discuss how Oregon can expedite finding its equivalent of Premier Cru and Grand Cru sites路

馃嵎聽We will taste a selection from Burgundy and Oregon. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #pinotnoir #chardonnay #oregonwine #burgundywine #domainedrouhin
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2017 Seavey Vineyard - Caravina Cabernet Sauvignon (92 pts) @seaveyvineyard 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 estate fruit from Seavey Vineyard in Napa Valley, California. The wine is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Each vineyard block is harvested, vinified, and aged separately. The wine is aged for 20 months in French oak barrels with 40% new oak路

馃憗 Deep ruby color路

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar, vanilla, clove, earthy, sage, and violets路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ chewy tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. A medium+ length finish of blackcurrant preserves and clove spice路

馃敂 Often the words Napa plus Cabernet Sauvignon equals prices greater than $100. This wine delivers a lot for the price point. The fruit is pristine, the oak is well integrated, and it has a structure to rewards those that can wait. I would recommend a few hours of decanting before consumption, regardless this is enjoyable and has a long life ahead of it路

馃挵 ~$75

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #cabernetsauvignon #napacab #napavalleywine #napawine #seavey
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2017 Seavey Vineyard - Merlot (91 pts) @seaveyvineyard 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 estate fruit from Seavey Vineyard in Napa Valley, California. The wine is 馃挴 Merlot. Each block of Merlot is harvested, vinified, and aged separately. The wine is aged for 20 months in French oak barrels with 38% new oak路

馃憗 Medium+ ruby color路

馃憙 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of cedar, sweet tobacco, smoke, black plum, black cherry, pomegranate juice, licorice, and oregano路

馃憚 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium round tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium body. A medium length finish of ripe black fruit, sweet tobacco, and oregano路

馃敂 Admittedly, I am not the biggest proponent of Napa Valley Merlot, but I need to give credit where it is due. This wine is an excellent expression of the grape. A lot of care was taken to make sure this wasn't flabby or over-extracted. The medium body and round tannins keep this very fresh and balanced. While this is approachable now, additional bottle age will allow the oak to integrate better路

馃挵 ~$65

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #napawine #napa #napavalley #merlot #merlot馃嵎
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Billecart-Salmon Virtual Tasting and Interview with Mathieu Roland-Billecart路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Mathieu Roland-Billecart @mrbillecart CEO of Champagne Billecart-Salmon on Friday, June 19th, at 9:00 am PST. Jeff will give us a history of the winery. We will discuss the history of Champagne Billecart-Salmon @champagne_billecart_salmon which is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated house in Champagne路

馃嵕We will taste the 2002 and 2006 Billecart-Salmon Cuve虂e Nicolas Franc抬ois Brut. We will talk about how these wines and what makes them so age-worthy. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #馃嵕 #champagne #champagnelover #billecartsalmon #champagnepop
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Stony Hill Virtual Tasting and Interview with Ste虂phane Vivier路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Ste虂phane Vivier, Winemaker at Stony Hill @stonyhillvineyard located on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley, California, on Tuesday, June 16th, at 5:30 pm PST. Jeff will give us a history of the winery. We will discuss their style of Chardonnay and how their vineyard site on Spring Mountain helps define the wine路

馃嵎聽We will taste the 2011 and 2017 Stony Hill Chardonnay. Some of the hallmarks are minimal skin contact, minimal lees contact, blocked malolactic fermentation, and neutral oak aging. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #chardonnay #napawine #napavalleywine #springmountain #stonyhill
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2019 Seavey Vineyard - Mimi's Rose虂 @seaveyvineyard 路

鈩癸笍 This wine is 馃挴 estate fruit from Seavey Vineyard in Napa Valley, California. The wine is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot. The Cabernet Sauvignon is picked early just after version, then is whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts. The result is a colorless juice. Several older blocks of Merlot are pressed and left on the skins for two days, then bled off "Saigne虂e" to be added to the rose虂. The second pick of ripe Cabernet Sauvignon is added to round out the wine路

馃憗 Medium pink color路

馃憙 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of barely ripe strawberry, red cherry, peach skin, rhubarb, cantaloupe, acacia, and high-end hand soap路

馃憚 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. A medium length finish of cantaloupe and floral notes路

馃敂 This wine is a very well made rose虂 from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Not typically grapes that jump to my mind for crisp floral rose虂s, but this does the trick nicely. Lovely flavor profile with just enough fruit to let you know it is from California. High acidity and balanced alcohol. A welcome pour on any hot day路

馃挵 ~$40

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #cabernetsauvignon #merlot #rose虂 #roseallday #rose虂allday #seaveyvineyard
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Louis Michel & Fils Virtual Tasting and Interview with Guillaume Michel路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Winemaker and Owner, Guillaume Michel @guillaumechablis from the Chablis region of France, on Friday, June 12th, at 9:00 am PST. Guillaume and I will discuss the Terroir of Chablis and the diversity inside the appellation. We will talk about the move to stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity and freshness of their Chardonnay grapes路

馃嵎聽We will discuss the four appellations of Chablis Grand Cru, Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis, and Petit Chablis. We will taste a few examples as well. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #louismichel #chablis #chardonnay #winemaker #chablisgrandcru #chablispremiercru #petitchablis
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A super educational tasting from Michael Cruse @crusewine . Blind tasting of dosage trials for sparkling wine. @crusewineco 路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #sparklingwine #dosage #blindtasting #brut #zerodosage
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Domaine Xavier et Agne虁s Amirault Virtual Tasting and Interview with Xavier Amirault路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Winemaker and Owner Xavier Amirault from @xamirault in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, France, on Wednesday, June 10th, at 9:00 am PST. Xavier and his wife Agne虁s Biodynamically farm an estate of 92 acres across 12 distinct soil types. Xavier is also a champion of the wines from St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil路

馃嵎聽We will be tasting three different wines that are all 馃挴 Cabernet Franc, each from a unique soil type and all from the 2015 vintage - Le Clos des Quarterons Vielles Vignes, Les Gravilices, and Le Vau Renou. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #loirevalley #cabernetfranc #stnicolasdebourgueil #biodynamicwine #biodynamic #loirevalleywines #biodynamicfarming
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Bodega Colome虂 Virtual Tasting and Interview路

馃帣聽Join my Instagram Live interview with Winemaker Thibaut Delmotte and Vineyard Manager Javier Grane from @bodegacolome in Salta, Argentina, on Tuesday, June 9th, at 5:00 pm PST. Bodega Colome虂 is the oldest winery in Argentina and makes wine from some of the highest vineyards in the world路

馃嵎聽We will be tasting Colome虂 Torrontes,聽 Colome虂 Estate Malbec, Colome虂 Autentico Malbec, and Altura Maxima Malbec. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation.聽Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories路

#vin #lovewine #馃嵎 #wineterroir #wine #argentinawine #salta #malbec #torrontes #argentinewine
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