soupchamp: Can you tolerate someone who hates VCP Yellow Label? For some particular reasons (quite long to be explained here!) I think it is not a good Champagne... I'd love us to be friends to share our visions... Try Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle :D
May 3, 2008
KBurns: I love the Veuve Cliquot and I completely agree with the yummy coment!
April 28, 2008
OpusJake1: Question: What happens when you keep a die-hard foodie away from her dinner? Answer: Your profile picture!
Update: Event will take place again on March 9.Magic and Wine TastingJoin us on Sunday Feb. 17, for an enchanting performance of magic at a cozy Mediterranean chateau in Malibu. The evening includes tantalizing hors d'oeuvres from the Beau Rivage a...
Chardonnay is a grape that most everyone is familiar with and most wine drinkers love it. Originally from the Burgundy Region of France, chardonnay is now planted all across the World with great success.
Chardonnay wines are often inarticulate in youth but will blossom with time producing complex aromas of nuts and butter, toast and cream, wild mushrooms and meadow flowers. Their structure while dry can offer great richness with a wide variety of tastes including; lemon, melon peach and apple while still imparting the same creamy, nutty, buttery notes in the wines aroma.
Chardonnays from California often have a silkiness to them with great substance of flavor combined with high alcohol levels and a ripe, fruity character.
Australian chardonnays tend to range from the rich, pollen scented, fiery Hunter Valley chardonnays to the tapered elegance of the chardonnays from Mornington Peninsula and Adelaide Hills.
Sauvignon Blanc's origins are from Bordeaux being one of the two parents of cabernet sauvignon.
Some of the most easily recognized white wines with fresh, zesty aromas come from the Upper Loire Region at Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume.
A consistent challenger for the sauvignon blanc crown comes from New Zealand's Marlborough Region. While these wines lack the edge of the sauvignon blanc's from the Loire they make up for it with their exuberant leafiness, green sap, gooseberry and zingy lime.
The creamy, dry Graves style is grown in warmer regions like California and Australia.
The cooler regions of South Africa, Constantia and Darling Hills, produce a crisp, elegant sauvignon blanc as do the Casablanca and San Antonio regions of Chile.
Please post your reviews for red wines here. I encourage everyone to participate in a lively discussion of their favorite red wines. Your review may be as formal or informal as you like. It would be great if you could also rate the wine on a 100 point scale.
Cabernet Franc is one of the leading varietals of red wine produced in Bordeaux, France. Cabernet Franc has a peppery aroma and fruity flavor that is more delicate than its close relative, the Cabernet Sauvignon. Depending on the place of production and the specific wine making process, Cabernet Franc may also exude aromas of tobacco, raspberry, and cassis. It has a lower tannin level and has a distinct blueberry/raspberry flavor. Cabernet Franc is usually mixed with other varietals of wine like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In recent times, wine producers have increasingly sold Cabernet Franc as a stand alone varietal.
Aside from the Bourdeaux region, Cabernet Franc is also produced in the Loire Valley. Other countries such as Argentina, the Balkan states, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Romania, and South Africa also produce Cabernet Franc. Of particular interest is the ice wine made from Cabernet Franc in Canada. Ice wine is a type of dessert wine made from grapes that were frozen while still on the vine.
California's most celebrated wine region is the Napa valley. While other regions lie in close proximity to the Napa Valley (Sonoma and Carneros) it is Napa that most people know by name. In fact a lot of people lump in Carneros and Sonoma when they talk about Napa.
The Napa Valley, while only 20 miles long, stretches from the cooler town of Napa to the slightly warmer Calistoga where the foggy ocean access is left behind. In this small valley many vineyards have made their home. Some of California's finest Cabernet Sauvignons come form Napa as do great Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc blends.
Some of the most notable vineyards are; Schramsberg, Beringer, Grgich Hills, Rubicon Estates, Robert Mondavi, Domaine Chandon, Chimney Rock, Stag's Leap, Rutherford Hill, Niebaum-Coppola, ZD, Merryvale, Mumm Napa, raymond and Beaulieu Vineyard.