Posts tagged "Natural Wine"
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

We touched down at LAX International and after a bit of this and that we headed to the mecca of the Los Angles wine bar scene, LOU.  By it’s own accord, LOU is located in a “tasteful” strip mall on Vine and Melrose, known as Melrose Place, just like the TV show (coincidence?).  It is...
California Wow:  Clos Saron Carte Blanche 2010

California Wow: Clos Saron Carte Blanche 2010

I had heard the name Clos Saron around I don’t know where.  But it really came to my attention on the wine list of one of my favorite NYC haunts, Hearth.  They have an entire page dedicated to this California producer.  That is to say, not an entire page of wines from them, as there...
Wild, Weird, & Wonderful Spanish Whites

Wild, Weird, & Wonderful Spanish Whites

Most people probably have the impression that Spanish white wines tend to be lite, refreshing, and easy to drink, like Albariño for example (and not that there is anything wrong with Albariño, which I adore), but there are some very serious white wines being made in a traditional and/or modern style.  I have come across...
Ridge Vineyard's Other Varietals

Ridge Vineyard’s Other Varietals

Ridge Vineyards is one of California’s greatest treasures, and one of the reasons that I became enchanted by wine.  And while they are known for their impressive range of Zinfandel’s, and most of all for their Monte Bello Cabernet Savignon, they also have some great bottlings of some other well known and less so well...
Esoteric Recommendations from Thirst Wine Merchants

Esoteric Recommendations from Thirst Wine Merchants

Lately I have been doing a bit of shopping around at Fort Greene shop, Thirst Wine Merchants.  I discovered them after a wine tasting dinner at Thirst Bar a Vin, their wine bar and restaurant.  Although the dinner featured some memorable wines, and some interesting service, I have to say that the food was some...
Mas de Gourgonnier:  Rediscovering an Old Friend

Mas de Gourgonnier: Rediscovering an Old Friend

I remember ordering a bottle of Mas de Gourgonnier years ago at one of my old haunts Moustache.   It was probably over 10 years ago and this little squat bottle of wine made an impression.  So when I saw the 2008 Mas de Gourgonnier sitting in a local shop for $17.00 I decided to take...
La Clarine Farm Mourvedre:  Real Deal California Strikes Again

La Clarine Farm Mourvedre: Real Deal California Strikes Again

La Clarine Farm 2009 Mourvedre ~ $22.99 After being wowed by the La Clarine Farm 2009 Home Vineyard blend I was chomping at the bit to try their 2009 Mourvedre. The wine is different from the Home Vineyard, which is a blend. This baby is all Mourvedre and has less tannic structure, but the Tannat...
Ridge Vineyard's Paul Draper on “Pre-Industrial Winemaking”

Ridge Vineyard’s Paul Draper on “Pre-Industrial Winemaking”

Before I knew anything about wine other than I liked it, I found Ridge Vineyards.  When I first tried Ridge, I fell in love with wine.  It tasted different from other wines, and I knew that my life would be forever changed.  It is what wine lovers refer to as an epiphany wine, for me. ...
La Clarine Farm:  Real Deal California

La Clarine Farm: Real Deal California

Usually I don’t like it when someone who is trying to sell me something gets pushy.  But when it comes to wine and Christy Frank of Frankly Wines gets pushy and tells me I must buy something, I actually listen.  She had recommended La Clarine Farm to me before and insisted I buy a bottle. ...
Jenny & Francois Natural Wine Festival @ Astor Wines

Jenny & Francois Natural Wine Festival @ Astor Wines

I am sure the word “Natural Wine” might frighten a lot of people.  Probably because who knows what that term really means.  It can mean organic, bio dynamic, low intervention, no intervention, no sulphur, or maybe a combination of any of these things plus God know what else. There were 15 producers in all pouring...