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  • Juan Gil - Monastrell - 2006 Value Spanish!

     When you love wine, you can't help surrounding yourself with others with the same passion. I meet quarterly with friends in Virginia to taste wine, eat good cheese and most importantly catch up on each others lives. Two weeks ago Barbara hosted our quarterly event. The theme was blue che...
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  • Muga Rioja - Unfiltered - 2004

    After a long deserved hiatus I have come back to my reviews. What a nice wine to entice me back. With the economy in disarray, we are all looking for a nice bottle of wine that won't break the bank. Look no further. This is your salvation. This wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Grenache, Mazue...
  • Masi Costasera Amarone 2004

    Valpolicella / Italy $44 to $60 / 92 pts I have always loved Amarone. As a full fledged carnivore, there is no better wine to complement a juicy steak or leg of lamb. When the dollar was strong, I could buy a good Amarone for around $30 and often did. Well, the dollar is now in the gutter, and t...
  • Tenute Del Cabreo Il Borgo 2001

    Super Tuscan / Italy Cabernet - Sangiovese Blend Those of you that follow my column know I am a sucker for a good blend. In the United States we have a history of blending classic varietals, from jug wine to $200 Meritage blends. The French have Bordeaux and the Aussies have their classic GSM and ...
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  • La Vieille Cure 2005 Bordeaux

    Bordeaux / Fronsac $30 to $45 / 93 points Parker It is not often that I will review a French Bordeaux. I usually stick to what I know, which are Californian, Australian and Spanish wines. There was so much press about the esteemed 2005 vintage in Bordeaux, I had to explore some of the smaller ...
  • The Sazarac Cocktail - A Taste of New Orleans

    1 1/2 oz Old Overholt Rye Whisky 1 Tbs Herbsaint Liqueur 3-4 Dashs Peychaud's Bitters 1 Tsp Simple Syrup 1 Lemon peel (Generous twist) Fill a generous rocks glass with ice to chill the glass. Dump the ice after the glass is well chilled. Add the Tablespoon of Herbsaint to the glass and...
  • The BEST of New Orleans

    1. Lucy's -Retired Surfer Bar 2. August - John Besh 3. Wine Institute of New Orleans 4. Luke - John Besh 5. Bon Ton Cafe 6. ACME Oyster 7. Roberts Fresh Markets 8. Herbsaint - Restaurant and Bar 9. Cafe du Monde 10. Cigar Factory - New Orleans 11. St. Charles Avenue Streetcar 12. Fre...
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  • Pierre Boniface Apremont "Vin de Savoie"

    Jacquère Grape / 2007 Savoy, France / $14 "Great Value" It is difficult to believe that Summer is over. My kids started school again last week and it is impossible to believe how quickly time flies. I am going to miss the warm summer nights when the cool autumn nights take their p...
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  • Fireblock "Old Vines" Shiraz 2005

    Clare Valley / Australia Shiraz (Syrah) / $20.00 Some readers have e-mailed me asking why I have been on such an Australian wine kick lately. The answer is simple...I like Australian wine. Not only do I like the Australian style, but it is one of the few countries remaining with wines that I still...
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  • Francois Chidaine Chenin Blanc "Les Argiles" 2005

    French / Loire Valley Chenin Blanc / $21 - $27 Chenin Blanc is originally from the Loire Valley in France. Over the years, its reputation has been tarnished because it has been used as the main grape in many generic box wines of low quality. It has been planted in the United States and grows wel...