Celebrating Grenache and Grenache Day with Steve Anglim

Bet you didn’t know that Friday, September 19 is Grenache Day. Truth be told, we didn’t either until Anne got the press release from the International Grenache Association. But we did happen to have an interview with winemaker Steve Anglim, … Continue reading

Two Shepherds, Two Philosophies, One Great Wine

It’s kind of a long story why this particular post got kicked repeatedly to the back burner when we actually tasted William Allen’s awesome syrahs last June at a Rhone Rangers tasting event. The Rhone Rangers is an advocacy group … Continue reading

Tablas Creek 2009 Rosé

      Type: Dry rosé Made with: Mourvedre, Grenache, Counoise Plays well with: duck, figs, cheese, nuts and picnic fare. Let’s be clear.  This is not a sweet wine.  Alas, US rosés, in particular, have that bad rep from … Continue reading

Tablas Creek 2006 Cotes de Tablas

  Type: Dry RedMade: In Paso Robles, California with grenache, syrah, mourvedre, counoise grapesPlays well with: Slightly spicy beef dishes, anything laced with garlic. With Tablas Creek Vineyard GM Jason Haas one of the honchos behind the Rhone Rangers and … Continue reading

Jason Haas – Tablas Creek Rosé Heaven

We’re having an insanely good lunch at the Hospice du Rhone on the last day of April – duck confit, goat cheese, roasted veggies (food was catered by The Girl and The Fig, of Sonoma, California), and it’s the rosé … Continue reading

Consensio 2008 Rosé “Harmony”

Type: Dry roséMade with: Syrah and GrenachePlays well with: Seafood, salmon, chicken, pork, it’s rose – anything goes! This rosé is so spectacular that you can’t help feeling a little smug when folks who supposedly “know” sneer that they don’t … Continue reading

Twisted Oak 2006 Grenache

So why are we posting tasting notes on a single wine? Because we really liked it!   It’s Wednesday night – our dedicated mid-week break. It’s a tradition we started when we had a junior member in the house (who … Continue reading

Rounding Up the Paso Rhone Rangers

Well, we’re back home and mostly recovered from checking out the 30-odd wineries present at the 2010 Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience, which happened this past Sunday. It was a particularly good day for us. We caught up with some … Continue reading

Wines from Sardinia

Some months back, Anne spotted a post on one of her LinkedIn groups – someone was looking for a distributor here in the U.S. for some wines from Sardinia – the island off the west coast of Italy and south … Continue reading

Chateau d’Aqueria 2007 Rose Tavel

The good folks at Blackwell’s wines and spririts were featuring Chateau d’Aqueria 2007 Tavel when we wandered in there a couple months ago. The winery is one of the oldest in the Tavel region of France’s southern Rhone region (French … Continue reading