Tasting Bordeaux From 2007 And 2006

In pursuit of a Sherry-Lehmann-sponsored tasting of the 2006 and 2007 Bordeaux, I wandered over to the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan on Saturday afternoon. Given that I've dedicated myself and this site to wine education and wine appreciation rather than ratings and numbers, I'll just list my favorite wines from the tasting and fill in more information if get the time. My very favorite is the Chateau Angelus 2007 from St. Emilion. Granted, everything from this estate is very pricey, as it's a Class B Premier Grand Cru Classe from the rather strange St. Emilion classification system. My second choice is the Chateau Gazin 2006 from Pomerol. I've got a case of the 05 resting comfortably in my cellar, and they may…

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House Wine Habit?

I thought for a long time that Natalie McLean is a damn good writer and knew her way around a bottle and a vineyard or two. Last year some information came along to challenge that. But I had already disagreed with her when when she said (on her website) that every wine lover should have a "house wine." In my experience, that's precisely what people who are new to wine get wrong, and what often keeps them from learning about new wine places, varietals and styles. Is there anything wrong with enjoying a particular wine, and keeping several bottles of it on hand for guests and gatherings? No. But I can't tell you how many times I've visited friends and…

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A Green Wine From A Red Truck?

If you're having, oh, 10 people over for a glass of red wine but don't plan to break out the Chateau Angelus, you might want to look into a mini-barrel from Sonoma's Red Truck winery. This thing holds 3 liters, the equivalent of four bottles, and it's designed - obviously - to look like a wine barrel, complete with "rings", an "oak" finish and "burned in" image and name. They're only offering it for sale right now at Sam's Club, but later in the year I understand they'll offer it much more widely. I haven't tasted (yet) this rather unusual mix of Syrah, Petit Sirah,Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre and Grenache. Curiously, though, the news release and all the subsequent wine industry…

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