Wine Reviews Tasting Notes and Education for the Non-Snob, by Vino Joe, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

Tuscany in Ten Minutes

Learn all you need to know about Tuscan wines in ten minutes by watching the video below, produced by the Guild of Sommeliers:

The Wines of Tuscany from guildsomm on Vimeo.

How You Pour Wine Affects Your Drinking

This information came out a few months ago, but it remains relevant: did you know that the way you pour your wine can affect how much you drink? [Continue reading]

Red Wine Review: Chateau Lassegue 2006

Chateau Lassegue 2006 | Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

chateau-lassegue-st-emilionYet another stellar example of right bank Bordeaux by brilliant winemaker Pierre Seillan.

Generous, open nose give opulent scents of ripe black fruit, earth, and mild hints of dark chocolate, tobacco, and something vegetal. On the palate it’s more restrained — really tight, not ready to offer the ample fruit waiting to erupt after a few years in the cellar. What you do get — after several rounds of double-decanting and allowing the wine to hang around in the open air — is complex layers of red and black fruit, earth, tar, and tobacco. What tips off the future greatness of this wine is its lengthy, perfectly balanced finish. No one element jumps out to be counted, but the subtle, complex flavors are preserved with appropriate levels of acidity and tannins. The finish goes on, in balance, for five minutes plus; even when it finally disappears from the palate, there’s no heat, astringency, nor bitterness taking away from the pleasure.

If you want a New World, fruit-forward, jammy ripe cocktail-hour wine that bursts in your mouth with upfront flavors right now (and goes better with a cigar than food), then stay away from this wine. However, if you prefer an understated, youthful, harmonic wine with structure to match with beefy or gamey dishes, then stock a case of this in your cellar, forget about for about five years, and start uncorking a bottle a year until it reaches its apex. It will be well worth the wait.

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Disclosure: I received this wine as a press sample

How To Buy Champagne for New Year’s

champagne-cork-popWe’re about to ring in the New Year — and the best way to do it is with bubbles. But which bottle of bubbles to choose? [Continue reading]

Wine Gatekeeping and Empowerment

Last week I worked a distributor event, standing behind a table pouring my company's wines to retail and restaurant wine buyers, waitstaff, sales reps, and other trade/industry people. This is always a pleasure for me, as I thoroughly enjoy … [Continue reading]

Pine Ridge Chardonnay

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Pine Ridge Chardonnay Dijon Clones Carneros - Napa Valley, California Every once in a while I get a hankering for big, buttery, Chardonnay -- i.e., "New World" style, usually from a warm-to-hot wine region. Although this wine comes from grapes … [Continue reading]

Canadian White Wine: Peller Estates Chardonnay

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Peller Estates Chardonnay 2011 | VQA British Columbia, Canada As a follow-up to the post on Inniskillin Pinot Grigio, my personal somm offered me two Chardonnays from Canada -- one on the high end, one on the low end. This one was on the low end of … [Continue reading]

Buying Wines for Labor Day Weekend Barbecue

Going to -- or hosting -- a BBQ this weekend and need last-minute wine shopping tips? … [Continue reading]

Canadian White Wine: Inniskillin Pinot Grigio

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So, I'm finally getting around to posting wine reviews from my trip to the Okanagan Valley to participate in the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference. This was my first taste of Canadian wine above the border, selected as a "surprise" by an enthusiastic … [Continue reading]

White Wine Review: Uvaggio Vermentino

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When I received this wine as a sample, I pulled it out of the box, gave the label a quick glance, and thought, "oh, a Vermentino -- I like Italian wines." After chilling it down for about 20 minutes and pouring it into the glass, I took a sniff, and … [Continue reading]