Tag: wine

Dec 31

Accessories for Wine Lovers.

It is important to know how to open a bottle of wine properly and to have the correct tools to do the job effectively. We start with the standard corkscrew – it should have at least 5 rotations in the length of the “screw”. The reason for this is there are a number of wines …

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Dec 30

Out With the Old…

As the New Year approaches, it’s time to reflect on the past 12 months and hopefully something can be learned from the experience. It is also a good time to lay plans for the coming year’s goals and activities. What are your goals for 2018? Do you have plans to travel? How about new …

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Dec 28

The Oldest Port I’ve Stored in my Cellar.

Quinto do Vesuvio 1990 – When I purchased this bottle all the professional reviewers were saying it was a big one….so big, in fact, that it would keep for 30 – 40 years. Well, to date, this is the oldest bottle of wine I have ever kept in my cellar. Vintage port is aged in …

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Oct 09

More on Vintage Port

Be sure to visit this older post to learn much more about Vintage Port. And this link for the basics of wine tasting. In this post I will share tasting notes on a bottle of Vintage Port that I opened after an extended stay in the cellar. Warre’s 1997. 20 years is generally a minimum …

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Oct 07

Vintage 2000 Bordeaux

While many people consider wines from the Burgundy region of France to be the very best in the world, I think Bordeaux offers wines that are more complex and nuianced. I prefer these blended wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (and to a lesser degree Cab. Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) more than the …

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Oct 05

A Day in Manhattan

In early October, I had a chance to go into the city for a bit of shopping. Some window shopping along 5th Ave. and some wine shopping at Astor Wines, in Greenwich Village. On this visit I also connected with long time student, Momo. She is in her final year at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Sadly, …

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Sep 13

Some of the finest wines…

During the many years I have engaged in this hobby of oenology, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting some wonderful wines. Here is a good link to learn about some of the technical elements of taste as it relates to wine. Referring to the notes I have compiled a list of some of the finest wines …

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Sep 05

The How and Why of Wine Storage

You may wonder why anyone would go to the trouble of buying wines and storing them for 10 or 20 years. It is a good question. You may think it would be easier just to buy the wine you wish to consume and drink it directly. The fact is that fine wines that have been …

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Sep 01

A few very nice wines

To go along with several end of summer BBQ feasts I opened up a few wines that I’ve had on hand. Most of these wines were from Spain, a producer of quality wines if you know what to look for, and a couple from Italy, including a seven year old bottle of Amarone. If you …

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Aug 16

A California Red

Way back in the August of 2001, I had occasion to be in Northern California with my family. My son was 16 at the time and he had worked his way up to be eligible to compete at the 2001 U.S. National Karate Federation, National Tournament. The event was held in Sacramento and we made …

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