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La Motte 2007 Shiraz/Viognier

Courtesy La Motte

Type: Dry red Made With: syrah and viognier grapes Plays Well With: Chili and other hearty fare

Shiraz.  Syrah.  It’s the same grape, just a different name.  The Australians made the shiraz term familiar to us in the U.S., and according to La Motte Winemaker Edmund Terblanche, the South Africans are just as likely to say shiraz as not.  Which means the following is going to get a little confusing unless we chose a name and stick with it.  And, by gum, we’re sticking with syrah, since we’ll be referring to the grape as it’s

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OBG agrees – time for a new A…

OBG agrees – time for a new AVA: Wines & Vines – Wine Industry News Headlines – Calaveras Winegrowers Seek AVA Status http://shar.es/0aYGN

Check out www.oddballgrape.com…

Check out http://www.oddballgrape.com for contest details. Great odds of winning!

Good PR move by Durell Vineyar…

Good PR move by Durell Vineyard – source to OBG profilee Three Sticks Winery.http://tinyurl.com/27jwbo3

An OBG up and comer – Consensi…

An OBG up and comer – Consensio Cellars from Ventura – took a Double Gold at the SF Chronicle competition for a 2008 Tempranillo. WTG Shaun!

Something new and unusual comi…

Something new and unusual coming to McLaren Vale http://tinyurl.com/27yz7yk

Rosé is more than a four lett…

Rosé is more than a four letter word these days

Is Grenache finally gaining re…

Is Grenache finally gaining respect? Will it be spoiled by success? Hearty varietal has found a home in California http://shar.es/mCi4a

Guerilla Pouring with Benjamin Spencer



Benjamin Spencer's great viognier

While waiting for the Rhone Rendezvous tasting at the recent Hospice du Rhone wine festival, we started chatting with winemaker and blogger Benjamin Spencer.  You can catch one of his posts here at intowine.com.  He also has a very small boutique winery Leojami – and you can check out their site here www.LeojamiWines.com.


Spencer and Anne were talking about writing about HdR, but then Spencer mentioned that he was about to do a guerilla pouring, as well.

A what?

“Well, basically, it’s just a behind the scenes pouring at public wine

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Jason Haas - Tablas Creek Rosé Heaven

Jason Haas, of Tablas Creek and nice pink stuff

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 lunch, partly sponsored by the Synidcat de Tavel, where they make some of the world’s greatest dry rosés.  Every table had five Tavels to share.

So what does Jason Haas, general manager of Tablas Creek Winery, go around and do?  Plops down random bottles of the Tablas Creek 2009

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