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Bodegas Consejo de la Alta is located in a tiny town the Ebro river. It’s a place that could simply be described as between: it’s between the two major Riojan cities of of Haro and Logrono. It is located between Basque Country […] The post Consejo de la Alta 2011 Cata de Consejero, Rioja appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
Shannon Ridge is a Lake County winery that is best known for it’s Petite Sirah blends. It’s Morine Ranch vineyard grows Cabernet Sauvignon, but they also cultivate an interesting collection of French, Italian, and Spanish grapes; This...Show More Summary
You got to respect an American winery that was founded in 1850’s and still going strong. It’s now run by Jeff Bundschu, the 6th generation of winemakers. That makes it the oldest family-run winery in the US. To survive Prohibition, they raised cattle […] The post Gundlach Bundschu 2012 Mountain Cuvee Red, Sonoma appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
Wineries in Argentina are like the rock band The Yardbirds: the side projects are becoming more famous than the original band. Never heard of the Yardbirds? No? Ever hear of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jeff Beck? I hope so. In this metaphor, Bodega […] The post Manos Negras 2011 “Stone Soil Select” Malbec Reserve, Patagonia appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
A top notch producer that is making a name for itself on the international stage. Winemakers Francisco Olazabal & Francisco Ferreira are putting together some of the best dry wines, as well as assembling some seriously legit Porto. There is no sure-fire way of […] The post Quinta do Vallado 2012 “Field Blend” Douro Reserva appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
It’s interesting how fashion changes in the wine world. When this wine was first released, it was the belle of the ball. Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate gave the 2004 Reserve release a whopping 96 points. For the next four vintages, […] The post 3 Rings 2013 Shiraz, Barossa Valley appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
Farro Salad 1 cup par-cooked farro 1 cup apple cider 2 teaspoons fine salt 2 bay leaves 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup chopped unsalted pistachio nuts 2 cups arugula leaves […] The post September Cooking Class appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
Impolite, brash, and barely keeping it together. The hot mess that is Rotie Cellars is the greatest thing in wine that I have seen in awhile. We all know the aristocratic wines of Napa and Bordeaux. Plus, too many folks in the […] The post Rotie Cellars 2011 “Southern Blend” Red, Walla Walla (WA) appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
A beautiful wine with dense smoke and incense aromas. It’s lushly textured with deep soft tannins and flavors that pool into creme de cassis and ocean air. The finish is long with saturated fruit and asian spices. A few other thoughts: When I teach […] The post Lagar de Bezana 2011 “Aluvion” Gran Reserva, Rapel Valley (Chile) appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
Some call this style a “Baby Amarone” which is kinda like comparing a ribeye steak to a cheesesteak. Sure they come from the same place, and they both are damn delicious, but that’s where the similarities end. If you aren’t sure what […] The post Castellani 2013 “San Michele” Valpolicella Classico Ripasso appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
This Tuscan co-op winery is making a habit of featuring its wines in the Chairman’s Selection. I am not complaining. The 2010 Chianti was amazing and their super tuscan was a great buy, too. If anything, the 2011 is even better. This is an old school […] The post Castelli del Grevepesa 2011 “Clemente VII” Chianti Classico appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
Cigales is located between two two of my favorite Spanish wine regions: Ribera del Duero and Toro. That is probably why this is the first Cigales wine review I have written in 15 years. I’ll try to do better, because these wines offer great value for […] The post Bodega Ovidio Garcia 2009 “Esencia” Crianza, Cigales appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
History has just been made! A privately-owned wine shop just opened in Philly, the first since 1919. It’s a small step, but an important one in the privatization of wine sales in Pennsylvania. I am happy to be their wine buyer. Right now, I am […] The post First in Philly! appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
If you are Scrooge McDuck wealthy, you don’t need this wine. If habitually drop a few hundred on a bottle, this wine isn’t for you. If you have been a wine collector for over 5 years, this wine isn’t for you. If you are a wine […] The post Jean Leon 2006 “Reserva” Cabernet Sauvignon, Penedes appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
2011 in Napa Valley was a difficult vintage. It was the year when using too much oak in the aging process turned the wine anemic and unpleasant. Many big name Napa wineries turned out duds in 2011. Not surprisingly, 2011 is the least […] The post Merryvale 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
A classic Sagrantino with an intimidating style. Tobacco and cedar are the building material of this colossus. It is austere and muscular with the barest hint of fruit, some leafy plum buried under a thick layer of minerality. If there ever was […] The post Tudernum 2008 Montefalco Sagrantino appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
Bourbon Barbeque Recipe The important elements of this bbq recipe is to have deep flavors, and that is partly accomplished by having two types of sweet ingredients and two types of heat. The paprika/cayenne combination is important. However, you can mix and […] The post Keith’s Bourbon BBQ Recipe appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
Want a retro chardonnay? Something to enjoy while listening to Hall & Oates and noshing on some baked brie? Buy a case of this and get your freak on. Like many other Gen-Xers, I was introduced to wine in the 90’s, and […] The post Rutini Encuentro 2014 Chardonnay, Uco Valley (Argentina) appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
The Northern Rhone it the ancestral home to Syrah, and it’s dominated by family-run wineries. Names like Chapoutier, Chave, Perrin, and Guigal top the family tree here. There used to be another, too: Jaboulet, which was sold in 2006. Nicolas Jaboulet has […] The post Maison Nicolas Perrin 2013 Crozes-Hermitage (France) appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
The tension between tannin and acid is remarkable. This wine is tight as a guitar string, which brings a high toned musicality to the experience. A nose of crushed stone and white cherries warbles about, with the thunk-thunk of burnt vanilla […] The post Conceito 2012 “Contraste” Red, Douro (Portugal) appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.