January 4, 2008

Hanna Sauvignon Blanc 2006

hanna-sauvignon-blanc.jpgWe're big Sauvignon Blanc fans around here, especially when we can find them for under $20. One brand we've definitely got a jones to try is Hanna's 2006 bottling, which got a staggering 93/100 from Wine & Spirits magazine and was their #1 pick out of over 150 Sauvignon Blancs. Sounds like you can't go wrong, especially for the price, but if you need more convincing, here's what they had to say:

"This wine has the Pacific cool of the Russian River Valley and a lovely pearlike flavor set in a generous texture..."
-Wines & Spirits

Hanna 2006 Sauvignon Blanc - White Wine

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December 4, 2007

Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris

Year: 2006
ABV: 14%
We Paid: $17

The simple explanation of this wine is: nice and pretty. Light and airy on the tongue, with a strong enough finish to be satisfying. Bright, fruity, crisp style. Aromas of fresh young pear, honey, starfruit, honeydew, and flower. Bold and crisp mouth feel with generous flavors of pear, mineral, melon, and spice, interwoven with well-balanced acidity. This wine is like the girl next door. The nice, natural blond who talks to you, not the dyed blond who won't look at you when you walk your dog.

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2006 Pinot Gris - Pinot Gris/Grigio White Wine

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October 2, 2007

Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2002 Review

Trimbach, Gewurztraminer 2002 Review

Year: 2002
ABV: 13%
We Paid: $16

Last night I was... no.

This wine reminds me of... no.

Eh... I got nothin'. No stories, no comparisons, no anecdotes. You know what this wine tastes like? Gewurztraminer. It's textbook Gewurztraminer. Medium-bodied, golden yellow in color. Lychee, honeydew, white pepper nose, great acidity and minerality on the finish. Frankly, it's delicious, and I'm not going to hold your hand through this. Trimbach is a well known producer, and they're always good. If you've never tried one before, you must. If you know and love them, pick this one up.

And yes, yes, you can have it with Asian food. It's Gewurztraminer.

Website: Maison Trimbach

Trimbach 2004 Gewurztraminer - White Wine at

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August 13, 2007

A Korus Wine

Looking for a little funk in your wine trunk...errr, rack? Check out K'orus Wines, a new line of French wines from former Motown CEO Kedar Massenburg. According to the release we just got, the wine:

combines the best of French wine making with an upscale yet approachable American style, and embraces the trendsetting African-American consumer and other novice wine drinkers. It is initially available in three varietals - Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
We gotta say we think they're going after an as-yet untapped segment of the wine market, and even though we're not the target market (the slogan is "K'orus for us") we look forward to giving it a try.

more at K'orus Wine

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July 23, 2007

10 Wacky White Wines

white wine glass_2.jpgWe found a great white wine roundup over at SFGate that really helped un-constipate our thinking about the paler grapes. Check out the intro paragraph and tell us it doesn't get you pumped to sip some whites this summer. If it doesn't, let us know and we'll come smack you upside the head.

Wine shouldn't be boring. That's not its job. With food, predictability is often an asset: your favorite takeout joint, grandma's coffee cake, the burger at Original Joe's. If you want to enjoy a predictable drink, that's whisky's job. (Talisker and a wee drop, thanks.) With wine, if you ever stop thinking and talking about what's in your glass, you have to wonder if it's an improvement on water.

Bargain Wines are the best way to experiment, because there's less money at stake. The consequences of telling your wine merchant "I need a little variety in my life" are less than they might be if making the same statement on Market Street at midnight. So with that in mind, let's walk on the wild side of white wines this week.

at SFGate

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July 16, 2007

Pondering Riesling

Riesling can be a tough nut to crack, with bottlings and varieties that land all over the taste spectrum. A recent "Riesling Rendezvous," a three day event to make sense of the wine, may help you wrap your mind around this misunderstood grape.

Riesling is doing much better these days. Tastes are changing, and younger consumers are interested in elegant, aromatic white wines. Tony Stewart, the winemaker from B.C.'s Quails Gate Estate Winery, hit the nail on the head when he said, "Brightness, freshness and acidity are in vogue these days."

Riesling sales are up dramatically. Vineyards are adding more riesling, rather than ripping vines out. Celebrity winemakers are jetting into Washington to make riesling here. And winemakers all over this country are making better rieslings than ever before, showing off the chameleon grape in its many guises, from bone dry to off-dry to diabolically, seductively sweet.

More at Seattle Times

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July 5, 2007

Sonoma-Cutrer 2005 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Sonoma-Cutrer 2005 Chardonnay>

When we read today's story on Liquor Snob about the whiskey aged in wine casks (Woodford Reserve), we got it in our heads it'd be cool to check out the wine they used. We've never had it and it's slightly higher than our typical price range (closer to $30 than $20), but we like Woodford Reserve enough we'd like to try both side by side.
It's somewhat fitting that as we launch the inaugural vintage of our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, we were blessed with an abundant harvest full of intensely flavored fruit. Flavors of lemon, apple, pear, pineapple and cantaloupe-the full array of Sonoma's cornucopia of fruit, joins a nutty, spicy, lightly oak profile that stakes out a unique territory sure to please those who love Chardonnay.
Sonoma-Cutrer 2005 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - White Wine
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June 29, 2007

Jewel 2004 Un-Oaked Chardonnay

We haven't really taken a stance on the whole "un-oaked Chardonnay" controversy we've heard about lately, but we enjoyed this guy quite a bit. We'll obviously have to do some more research to fully form our opinion.
The 2004 Chardonnay is produced in 100% Stainless Steel, both fermented and aged. This "un-oaked" approach produces a bright, fruit-forward style wine that is aromatic, clean and refreshing on the palate. The appealing aromas of citrus and tropical fruit lead to generous fruit flavors of green apple, melon and pineapple finishing with well-balanced acidity. This refreshing Chardonnay is at its very best with food.
Jewel 2005 Un-Oaked Chardonnay - White Wine
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