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

Halter Ranch 2006 GSM

GSM is shorthand – 1980s Australian shorthand –  for a classic Rhone blend of three grapes – Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The basic formula will vary from year to year as one grape stands out over the others. The 2006 … Continue reading