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Earth’s End Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago

This is a really good Central Otago Pinot Noir for a very good price. It’s an own-label wine form Marks & Spencer made by Duncan Forsyth at Mount Edward. It will need a bit of time for the oak to integrate fully, but at £16 a bottle this is punching above its weight. Earth’s End Pinot [...]

Review: 2012 Loveblock Pinot Noir Central Otago

This New Zealand Pinot (produced by Kim Crawford) is a lean expression of the grape, particularly by Kiwi standards. Herbal, almost vegetal on the nose, it hits the palate with a surprising degree of sweetness. This settles down quickly once… Continue reading ? The post Review: 2012 Loveblock Pinot Noir Central Otago appeared first on Drinkhacker.

High on the Vine: Fall for Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

This past year I spent the better half of November and December drinking Spanish Tempranillo and room-temperature white Burgundy. Since the New Year, I've left the Old World for wines made here in the states in one of my favorite regions: Oregon's Willamette Valley, which is known mostly for its Pinot Noir.

Review: 2013 J Vineyards Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Two new wines from our friends at J Vineyards, located in Sonoma County, California. Thoughts follow. 2013 J Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Rich, currant-laced fruit pops beautifully in this well-crafted Pinot Noir, offering notes of slightly sweetened… Continue reading ? The post Review: 2013 J Vineyards Pinot Noir and Chardonnay appeared first on Drinkhacker.

Come Drink With Me in Santa Barbara: March 8, Les Marchands

There are cool wine stores. There are amazing wine bars. And then there is Les Marchands, the epitome of both and the epicenter of everything good about wine in Santa Barbara. Since I'll be in town for the World of Pinot Noir event,Show More Summary

Review: 2013 Meiomi Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

We try to look for the good in everything we review here, but sometimes we just can’t get into a product no matter how hard we try. In the case of Meiomi Wines — the brainchild of one of the… Continue reading ? The post Review: 2013 Meiomi Chardonnay and Pinot Noir appeared first on Drinkhacker.

Wines of The Times: Wine Review: Côte Chalonnaise Reds

The best Côte Chalonnaise reds convey what makes Burgundy ideal for pinot noir wines, and often at far more affordable rates.

The amazing Dry River Pinot Noir 2012

I am a Dry River fan. The wines – produced in small quantities and hard to obtain – have all the makings of a cult winery’s offerings, but they are just so consistently delicious. The only criticism in the past has been, from some quarters, that they are just a bit too scientific and controlled. [...]

A Beginner's Guide to New Zealand Wine

Sauvignon Blanc was a popular premiere, but the New Zealand wine industry has released its sophomore album, and it deserves hit status. Featuring Chardonnay, Pinot, Noir, and more, this small island nation's wines are ready for you to take notice. Today we'll introduce you to the area and the different types of wines you'll find coming from New Zealand.

World of Pinot Noir Festival 2015: March 6-7, Santa Barbara

Everyone's definition of idyllic varies, but for many people it doesn't get much better than standing on the cliffs above the Pacific ocean on a warm evening, watching the sun go down with a glass of Pinot Noir in hand. If that sortShow More Summary

What Happened When My Husband And I Tried A '50 Shades Of Grey' Sex Scene

By Thien-Kim Lam The only wine we had was a bottle of cheap Pinot Noir that was a holiday gift from my husband's boss. It was disgusting, but my husband was willing to take one for the team and drink a glass in his role as Christian Grey. Yes, the billionaire Christian Grey from the famous (infamous?) E.L. Show More Summary

In the Ahr Valley, Germany, home to some great Pinot Noir

I’ve spent the last day and a half in the Ahr Valley in northern Germany. It’s my first visit here. This is a small, compact region that’s a tight valley with vineyards on either side, many of which are incredibly steeply sloped. The predominant soil type is slate, and this is Pinot Noir country. I [...]

Mimosa and Barnett and wine; Flying Saucer and Founders

Mimosa Grill hosts its seventh annual Barnett Winery dinner Jan. 20, with winemaker David Tate hosting. Tastings will include 2013 Sangiacomo Chardonnay, 2013 Savoy Pinot Noir, 2012 Merlot, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Cabernet Rattlesnake Vineyard, and the dinner will center on a whole roasted suckling pig. Show More Summary

The Portuguese Pinot Noir, Quinta de Sant’Ana

Pinot Noir? From Portugal? With so many of its own grape varieties to focus on, you’d think Portugal has little to gain from trying to make Pinot Noir. But why not? If the climate and soils are there for making serious Pinot, it’s worth a go. Pinot rocks, after all. It’s especially worth a go if [...]

Coates & Seely’s remarkable La Perfide

This is one of the UK’s best sparkling wines yet, I reckon. It’s a newly released vintage bottling from Coates & Seely, and is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir/40% Pinot Meunier grown on Hampshire chalk. This vintage wine was subsequently aged for four years sur latte before disgorgement in March 2014. Christian Seely has [...]

Review: 2011 Sanford Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills

The nose of this Santa Rita-originated Pinot Noir offers tantalizing black cherry and raspberry notes, plus hints of black pepper, but the body is heavily extracted to the point where it starts to get a bit pruny. Notes of green olive, … Continue reading ? The post Review: 2011 Sanford Pinot Noir Sta. Show More Summary

More than Pinot: Exploring Portland’s Urban Winery Scene

Photo courtesy of Hip Chicks Do Wine What do you think of when you think of Oregon and wine? Most people would say pinot noir, but Portland’s leading edge urban wine scene is a reminder that Oregon’s winemakers have …..Continue Reading "More than Pinot: Exploring Portland’s Urban Winery Scene" originally published on The Menuism Dining Blog.

Joe Maddon and Robin Ventura pursue same goal with distinctive styles

3 months agoSports : Globetrotting

When Joe Maddon came to U.S. Cellular Field with the Rays last April, White Sox manager Robin Ventura sent over a bottle of California pinot noir to welcome him to Chicago.

Champagne Deutz Cuvee William Deutz 2002

This is remarkable stuff. The prestige cuvee from Deutz, from the brilliant 2002 vintage. Deutz is based in Aÿ, which is Pinot country, and the blend reflects this. It is 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier, and it’s aged for 60 months on lees. Dosage is a relatively high 11.5 g/litre. The key here [...]

Review: 2013 Complicated Pinot Noir Sonoma County

A dustier expression of Pinot, this Sonoma County bottling offers notes of black cherry, orange peel, and currants, but is undercut by some rougher, lumberyard notes that leave a distinctly drying character on the palate. This is distinctly...Show More Summary

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