Tag Archives: merlot

Balkan Merlot Wine Review: VukojE, Galerija, Bosnia-Herzegovina 2016

Wow. Hi internet, I missed you. Toddler distractions notwithstanding, let us turn our sails back toward the wine dark sea. Many leagues ago, I started to review Balkan wines my mother-in-law smuggled back with her. The tannic, native grape, Vranak made for some puckered and challenged palates (read here). But, how does Bosnia-Herzegovina handle the stereotyped grape of plush pleasure and ease: Merlot? Continue reading

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An Easily Bearable Bordeaux: Chateau Malescasse, Haut-Médoc, 2009

Last week, a 2009 Bordeaux pissed us off.  In desperation, only food could tame its barking tannins.  But this week, we flip the script and flip the river bank.  We have a Left Bank, Haut-Médoc: famed for Cabernet blends and alluvial soils.

Ready your glass and soul for a Bordeaux that pleases right out of the gate (hopefully): Continue reading

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A Paso Robles Right Bank Wine-Off Daou vs Justin

With our house a block of ice, I turn to southern climes for sunnier respite. This manic Monday’s glass travels to Paso Robles AVA: California’s hot hills of heritage Zinfandel vines and huge Syrah wines. Continue reading

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Gaja For The Rest of Us: Ca’Marcanda Promis 2013 Bolgheri Tuscany Italy

Winter closes in. For sad psychological reasons, I now don jackets or sweaters to enjoy chilled whites. I suppose a red will not hurt. Also, we have guests and pizza for dinner. So, a modern Italian seems apt. I rummage around in my crawl space. Why not open an $100 Chianti? Erm….no.

I have lost all grip on reality. My job allows me to try and collect fancy, expensive things. The cost to retail has become my reference point. A wine that costs a shop $25 ends up $33 to $40 on the shelf for the unwashed masses. So all I remember is that I spent $25. Or worse, I was given it. Continue reading

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Thirsty Thursday Wine Review Marco Abella, Mas Mallola, Priorat, Spain 2008

For tonight’s Halloween entertainment, we chose 1965’s The Creeping Terror:

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Just imagine, some gaffer forgot to turn on the mic for 80% of the film. Thus, dull narration lays over scenes like a wet blanket, telling us “and then Martin said he was worried and asked to open the door, which he did”, followed by a jump cut shag carpet crawling for hours across a field. Terror.

Drinking is the only answer. Continue reading

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