Adonisd1956 → Syrah: I have not sat down and opened 3 bottes at once, but I have tried at least 2 different Syrah's (Shiraz) on the same night. One Washington and one from Australia. One of the things that facinates me about wine is the same grape, and the differences th... moreI have not sat down and opened 3 bottes at once, but I have tried at least 2 different Syrah's (Shiraz) on the same night. One Washington and one from Australia. One of the things that facinates me about wine is the same grape, and the differences that happens just by the terroir. I find that even though I am from Washington and love Washington Wines, I really am partial to the BIG Fruity wines of Australia, especially the Mollydooker wines. Try the Boxer. $20.00, this is a fantastic bottle of wine. If you like big, fruity, but smooth. Don't forget to do the Mollydooker Shake. less
Adonisd1956 → Mark: Mark, what did you think of The Boxer, from Mollydooker. were you tasting the '07's
March 22, 2009
Adonisd1956 → potionrx: Hi Dr Gail, I have a prescription for you. If you are experimenting with Malbec, Try the Amancaya Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Blend. It is from Barons di Rothschild from France, and Catena from Mendoza Argentina. It is a fantastic wine. Let it breathe first... moreHi Dr Gail, I have a prescription for you. If you are experimenting with Malbec, Try the Amancaya Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Blend. It is from Barons di Rothschild from France, and Catena from Mendoza Argentina. It is a fantastic wine. Let it breathe first, and drink. I hope you enjoy. I agree with Truetthurst, that dress is HOT!!!!!
Adonisd1956 → RedMtnMan: Steven, they were completely sold out, so I don't know. If I recall from my newsletter from them, it was about what I recall on their release newsletter. $55.00 for the blend and I think $80 or $90 for their varietals...
Adonisd1956 → RedMtnMan: Hey Steven, I am looking forward to trying you wines when they are released. Adonis
January 2, 2009
Adonisd1956 → DahlingBella: Hey Rebecca, I am drinking the 02 Provenance Merlot tonight. It has been a while since I have had a bottle, it is very good. Funny I happened click on your profile a saw your favorite wine. We used to belong to the Provenance Club, but we dropped our memb... moreHey Rebecca, I am drinking the 02 Provenance Merlot tonight. It has been a while since I have had a bottle, it is very good. Funny I happened click on your profile a saw your favorite wine. We used to belong to the Provenance Club, but we dropped our membership last year, I do have quite a few bottles to drink.
January 2, 2009
Adonisd1956 → LLFA: Hi Leanne, Just looked at your web-site, I didn't know that paintings of wine could be as expressive as drinking wine. Adonis
January 2, 2009
Adonisd1956 → TheresaChristiani: Hey Theresa, their website is www.longshadows.com All of their wines are sold out on the web-site, you might try Esquin, or some of the other local wine shops, depending on the area you live in. Adonis
January 1, 2009
Adonisd1956 → BigWine: Hey Jon, It has been an unbelievable winter here. We had about 2 ft of snow at my house. My wife and I went for a walk on Christmas Morn. and it was really unreal. I grew up in Mi. and have lived in Montana and Eastern Washington, so I am used to the snow... moreHey Jon, It has been an unbelievable winter here. We had about 2 ft of snow at my house. My wife and I went for a walk on Christmas Morn. and it was really unreal. I grew up in Mi. and have lived in Montana and Eastern Washington, so I am used to the snow but it was tough to get around here, especially in Seattle because we don't have the removal equipment. Check out this link for some pics of Christmas morn. http://picasaweb.google.com/Adonisdmc/SnowWalk?feat=directlink
January 1, 2009
Adonisd1956 → TheresaChristiani: I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the Poet Leap. Have you tried any of the other Longshadows wine. Feather Cabernet, Pirouette Cabernet Blend, and the Sequel Syrah are my faves...
Adonisd1956 → oregonwinelover: Hey Dot, there are so many. If I am going tasting, I usually go to Walla Walla. I live in the Seattle area, and there are quite a few winerys here in Woodinville. Mark Ryan Wines, I really like, Sleight of Hand Cellars in Walla. Darby Winery in Woodinvill... moreHey Dot, there are so many. If I am going tasting, I usually go to Walla Walla. I live in the Seattle area, and there are quite a few winerys here in Woodinville. Mark Ryan Wines, I really like, Sleight of Hand Cellars in Walla. Darby Winery in Woodinville, I tasted one last week that was very good, Otis Kenyon, out of Walla Walla. and many more. There are so many good wines being produced here. An Oregon winery in the Walla Walla Valley Appellation that I really like is Zerba Cellars. They are right across the border from Walla Walla, and I really enjoy their Syrah, and their blend called The Wild Z. less
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Join the TweetUp Wine Tasting group on Saturday, January 10 to tour San Francisco's Urban Wineries. Taste wines from 7 of California's Premier Wineries located in 3 different San Francisco locations. The tasting will include wines from the follo...
This is our very first Holiday party and we feel like celebrating. The new tasting room is shaping up, the patio is nearly complete, the salmon are running down at the creek, and our award winning wines are flat out gorgeous.
The Syrah is a spicy and intense purple wine that fully reflects its combined French and Middle Eastern origins. It is also called Shiraz in South Africa, Canada, and Australia. Syrah is full bodied and has a rich and chewy texture with aromas that exude of chocolates, berries, espresso, and black pepper.
Syrah is primarily produced in Australia, the Rhone Valley in France, and the US. In Australia, Syrah production is prominent in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and the Clare Valley. Syrah produced from these regions are extremely full bodied and have high alcohol content.
French Syrah has a diverse character and style. Syrah produced from the Hermitage region has a tannic texture and flavor while Côte-Rôtie Syrah has a fruity and fragrant nature.
In the US, Syrah is primarily produced in California and Washington state. California Syrahs have varying character depending on the climate and environmental conditions in which the vines were grown. Syrah is often mixed with other Rhone varietals in the warmer regions of the US.
We created this group in hopes of creating a stready network of friends that enjoy ths social element of wine as much as we do!!! Ideally, this group is suited for those along the I90 corridor from Mercer Island to North Bend WA..Our intent is to meet at homes,local wine bars, travel to wine tasting locations and wine country. There are some great spots just along I90. We hope to meet at least monthly and plenty of impromptu wine meets as the opportunity arises. This group is for wine lovers,wine snobs, and wine newbies alike. The only requirement is the ability to drink wine,laugh hard, and maybe learn a little in the process.
Wine grapes (Vitis vinifera) are not native to the Americas; they arrived with the Spanish in the 1500s. Early attempts to form vineyards in more northerly climes, such as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Peru proved unsuccessful; in Chile, however, the vine found its first true New World home. The Catholic missionaries who followed the Spanish Conquistadors lamented the lack of wine that was essential for celebrating religious rites, and they set about to resolve the problem. Fray Francisco de Carabantes is widely credited with bringing the first vines probably Pais (pronounced " pah-EES" and known as "Mission" in California) into Chile through the port of Concepcion around 1548. Such was the success that vineyards were quickly planted throughout the country from the Limari Valley in the north to Bio-Bio Valley in the south precisely the areas that still delimit the vast majority of Chile's wine production today.
Of course the desire for wine in Chile was not limited to the Church-there were plenty of secular uses for the traditional European beverage of choice. The thirsty residents of the burgeoning capital city of Santiago also clamored for wine, and the surrounding Maipo Valley proved to be a ready and abundant source of red wine.
Improvements in maritime transportation made cross-Atlantic travel much more viable by the early 19th century. Chile, freshly emancipated from Spain, yearned for knowledge of its European roots, and members of the country's wealthiest families embarked upon an intercontinental pilgrimage that would change Chilean life and culture in many ways. France was a favorite destination, and soon French customs, from food to clothing to architecture, flourished among Chiles upper classes. It did not take long for the first French-style wineries to make an appearance as well.
PIONERS & PESTS :
By the mid-1800s, interest in European-style wine production was taking hold. Well-heeled families many with fortunes earned in the mining industry built extraordinary mansions beyond the city limits and surrounded them with vineyards. Pioneering naturalist and scientist Claudio Gay brought some 30 Vitis vinifera varieties from France for experimental purposes in the nascent University of Chile's Quinta Normal agricultural center.
Silvestre Ochagavia is generally credited with being the first to introduce French varieties for commercial purposes 20 years later in the Maipo Valley. Others quickly followed suit, and many of Chile's now traditional wineries were formed, including Carmen, Concha y Toro, Cousino Macul, Errazuriz, San Pedro, Santa Rita, Undurraga, and Urmeneta.
New varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec (Cot), Carmenere, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Riesling produced noble wines that quickly gained popularity and replaced the then-traditional Pais grape, which was relegated to the country's winemaking extremes, where it is still used today for rustic wines destined for local consumption.
Chile had entered into a new phase of its winemaking history, again one of the first in the New World to make serious noble wines. This small South American country was also fortunate; the European wine industry was about to undergo a crisis that would never touch Chile.
Trans-Atlantic exchange brought with it tremendous benefits to both continents, but it also had its downside. European garden enthusiasts had unwittingly imported a devastating vineyard pest Phylloxera hidden in the roots of America's native grape vines that were beautiful, despite being useless for wine production. Europe's Vitis vinifera vines were defenseless against the tiny and voracious louse, which advanced unchecked, quickly decimating thousands of hectares of ancient Old World vineyards along the way. The pest was re-introduced to the Americas with the import of Vitis vinifera vines, yet for reasons that have never fully been understood, Chile remains Phylloxera-free to this day.
It took years to understand and find a solution to Europe's Phylloxera problem, generating a large base of winemakers willing to travel to the New World in search of work. Chile happily received many French experts to help develop its own growing industry. Thus, with French vines and expertise, matched to Chile's excellent natural conditions, the country's renewed wine industry made a tremendous leap in quality and was quickly in demand not only at home, but abroad as well.
The early 20th century is a story of seclusion and distance from the world for Chile. Despite its turn-of-the-century success in wine, two world wars and decades of state protectionism forced the country down a solitary path that technologically isolated it from the world for nearly 50 years. The mid-20th century Agrarian Land Reform took its toll on Chile's wine industry, and the country's relative isolation from the increasingly globalized, trade-oriented world essentially kept Chile out of the wine trade for decades more. The country reversed its closed-door policies in 1980s, effectively giving rise to the next wave in the history of Chilean winemaking.
MUST FOR MODERN TIMES
THE WINERY ( La Bodega )
The part of Chilean wine history that most affects today's consumer has taken place since the 1970's, when complicated restrictive domestic policies were repealed and political interventionism was relaxed or eliminated. Beginning in 1980, legal liberalization and the country's economic opening kicked off a revolution in the wine industry. Once again, foreign influence played a key part in Chile's wine industry. Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres chose Curico, establish his New World winery and introduced modern techniques and technology, such as stainless steel tanks and initiated a new direction in the industry.
The initial phase, which took place during the 1980s and early 1990s, was dedicated to updating equipment and incorporating new technology in Chilean wineries. Ancient wooden vats made of native rauli wood were replaced with shining temperature-controlled stainless tanks, new French and American oak barrels began to fill the barrel rooms, and modern facilities were designed to incorporate gravity-flow design.
THE VINEYARDS ( Vinedos )
In the vineyard a second wave of industry-wide renovation looked to the vineyards. Winemakers who once considered their work to begin when the grapes arrived at the winery were encouraged to step out into the fields and work closely with the winegrowers to improve the quality of the fruit that would ultimately lead to much better wines. Varietal selection had stagnated to concentrate on primarily Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. New varieties were added and new vineyard management techniques such as drip irrigation and vertical trellising were incorporated to increase quality and reduce crop loads. Chile's signature grape Carmenere appeared during this process of vineyard renovation. The world was aware that Chile's Merlot was unique, and local growers were certain that not all of the vines were the same, but it wasn't until 1994 that French ampelographer Jean Michel Boursiquot finally attached a name to the variant variety: Carmenere, a red variety from France that arrived in Chile prior to the phylloxera crisis. Because the late-ripening variety is difficult to manage in cool climates and highly susceptible to phylloxera, it was never replanted in its native Bordeaux and had long been forgotten until its rediscovery in Chile. Since that time, extensive work has been done to separate the two varieties and treat each according to its own specific requirements, resulting in major style changes in both.
In search of "Terroir" the third and current phase of modern Chilean winemaking involves a search for "terroir" to better understand and more appropriately match the vine to its environment. Pioneering growers are now planting vineyards at higher altitudes and pushing the extremes of the long-recognized wine regions: north to the Elqui Valley, south to Itata, Bio-Bio, and even some experience in Osorno, east to the Andean piedmont, and west to the Pacific coast. Despite its nearly 500 years of existence, Chile's wine industry is fresh, young, and evolving to meet the needs of today's ever more demanding world markets. Chilean wines are now available in more than 90 countries on 5 continents. Exports to Europe, the United States, and particularly to Asia have grown steadily each year, and as of 2008 register more than US$1.400,000,000 in annual sales.