Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier – Wine of the Week Review

Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier
Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier

Price: $32

Rating: 14/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Viognier

Production: 1,503 cases

Alcohol: 15.1 percent


Tasting Notes: At the Judgment of Paris in 1976, California wines triumphed over French wines in a blind tasting. Freemark Abbey was the only California winery to have both a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay selected to compete. The winery’s 2012 Viognier is a crisp, full-bodied wine. Its heady tropical fruit and floral aromas entice upon entry. Citrus and stone fruit flavors in the Continue reading “Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier – Wine of the Week Review” »

Adega Condes de Albarei 2011 Albariño Pazo Baión – Wine of the Week Review

Adega Condes de Albarei 2011 Albariño Pazo Baión
Adega Condes de Albarei 2011 Albariño Pazo Baión

Price: $30

Rating: 14/20

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

Varietal: 100 percent Albariño

Production: 3,400 cases

Alcohol: 13 percent


Tasting Notes: This sleek-bottled Albariño comes from the historic Pazo Baión vineyard in the Salnes Valley. Purchased by Adega Condes de Albarei in 2008, Pazo Baión boasts 55 acres of 40-year-old vines. Its hand-harvested grapes produce intense aromas, including orange blossom and jasmine. In the mouth, it displays lemon, pear and apricot flavors supported by a vibrant acidity and a small amount of residual sugar.

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Escapism in a Glass

Tangerine Speedo
The Tangerine Speedo, one of many cocktails available at Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas


 

by Becky Sauer


If a tropical retreat is not in your near future, you can still pretend you’re in paradise with help from the new cocktail book “Liquid Vacation: 77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas.”

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Gemstone 2009 Estate Red – Wine of the Week Review

Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine
Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine

Price: $80

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Yountville), California

Varietals: 71 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 percent Merlot, 4 percent Petit Verdot, 4 percent Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 15.4 percent


Tasting Notes: Gemstone, a small, family-owned vineyard, concentrates on making red wines from Bordeaux varietals. The winemaker, Philippe Melka, consults on many estate wineries including Vineyard 29 in addition to running Melka Wines (makers of Métisse and CJ Cabernet Sauvignon) with his wife Cherie. The fruit for this red blend was grown on six small estate blocks on the sixteen-acre Gemstone vineyard along the Silverado Trail near the town of Yountville in Napa Continue reading “Gemstone 2009 Estate Red – Wine of the Week Review” »

A Pour not for the Poor

 

Sophie Gayot at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Sophie Gayot with bottle #141/738 of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 at Windows Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

by Sophie Gayot

 

A few days ago I talked to you about the 738 decanters of Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 Cognac priced at $22,000 (+ tax). Well, if you can’t get your hands on one of them — there is a waiting list to become an owner — but you still want to enjoy this precious beverage, I’ve found the solution for you: Get on your jet, into your Bentley and head to the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The famous bar, Windows Lounge, is the only public place in North America where you can get a pour.

 

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