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The Fifty Great Portuguese Wines Tasting at the New York Public Library


A Tour of Portugal’s Wine Regions

by Michelle Kwan


Portugal, surrounded by its venerable neighbors of wine making, has long been overshadowed by France and Spain when it comes to the ubiquity and prominence of its wines. Even paella and tapas (or petisco as it is known in Portugal) was until recently thought of as primarily a Spanish tradition with a Spanish heritage. But like Portuguese cuisine, Portuguese wines have a distinct character and quality that is worthy of discovery. Moreover, as the Fifty Great Portuguese Wines Tasting held at the New York Public Library recently demonstrated, there is no better complement to Portuguese fare than Portuguese wines. The diversity of flavors in its 250 grape varietals also make them good candidates for pairing with other cuisines; an array of cheeses, tapas and fruits at the tasting paired well with the vinho verdes, whites and reds on offer.

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  • pinitbutton Bradford Mountain 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel   Wine of the Week Review
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Bradford Mountain 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel

Price: $22

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Dry Creek Valley, California

Varietals: 91 percent Zinfandel & 9 percent Petite Sirah

Production: 1,700 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent

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Tasting Notes: One of the labels owned by Truett-Hurst, Inc., Bradford Mountain was founded in the late 1990s and produces about 3,000 cases of wine per year. It lies on the western side of the Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma County), a region renowned for its Zinfandels. Some of the fruit that goes into the 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel comes from the winery’s historic Grist Vineyard, which was replanted in 2005 and is now certified organic. The wine boasts fragrant raspberry and Continue reading “Bradford Mountain 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton 2007 Vall Llach   Wine of the Week Review
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2007 Vall Llach

Price: $95

Rating: 16/20

Region: Priorat, Spain

Varietals: 70 percent Cariñena, 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 15 percent Merlot

Alcohol: 15 percent


Tasting Notes: In 1992, Catalan singer Lluís Llach and his childhood friend Enric Costa founded Celler Vall Llach. The winery’s flagship bottling, Vall Llach is made from a combination of old vine Cariñena (Carignane) and newer plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A big, powerful wine, the 2007 Vall Llach boasts heady blackberry, plum and mineral aromas. In the mouth, it reveals rich, concentrated fruit Continue reading “2007 Vall Llach – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Hand of God 2010 Old Vine Malbec   Wine of the Week Review
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Hand of God 2010 Old Vine Malbec

Price: $75

Rating: 15/20

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Varietal: 100 percent Malbec

Production: 780 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Venture capitalist Jon Staenberg founded Hand of God Wines in 2006. The previous year, he had visited Argentina and rekindled an earlier friendship with fellow Stanford MBA alum Santiago Achával of Achával-Ferrer. With the acquisition of two estate vineyards and Achával acting as co-founder and winemaker, Hand of God released its first two wines in 2013. The 2010 Old Vine Malbec comes from the eight-acre Stolen Horse Vineyard, planted entirely to Malbec in 1922 Continue reading “Hand of God 2010 Old Vine Malbec – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Badia a Coltibuono 2009 Sangioveto di Toscana   Wine of the Week Review
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Badia a Coltibuono 2009 Sangioveto di Toscana

Price: $60

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Varietal: 100 percent Sangiovese

Production: 666 cases

Alcohol: 14 percent


Tasting Notes: Originally founded as a monastery in 1051, Badia a Coltibuono (Abbey of the Good Harvest) has been owned and managed by the Stucchi-Prinetti family since 1846. The historic property includes a hotel, restaurant, cooking school and more than 170 acres of organically farmed estate vineyards. Produced since 1980 only during the best vintage years, the Sangioveto di Toscana is made from organic grapes grown in the Monti in Chianti appellation. An elegant red wine, it exhibits fragrant aromas of red fruits, violet, vanilla and clove. Medium- to full-bodied in the Continue reading “Badia a Coltibuono 2009 Sangioveto di Toscana – Wine of the Week Review” »



Move The Passion

on January 28th, 2014
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A sampling of Soave at Risotteria Melotti


by Michelle Kwan


Move the Passion is a special wine event because it takes place in multiple locales, in one night, in New York City. It was like a scavenger hunt of sorts with oenophiles and wine connoisseurs from media and industry alike working their way uptown, downtown and across town with map in hand to restaurants, a special events venue, even an Italian design shop to taste DOCG and DOC wines from the Veneto region in Italy.

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  • pinitbutton Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon   Wine of the Week Review
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Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $76

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Paso Robles, California

Varietals: 86 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 percent Cabernet Franc & 5 percent Merlot

Production: 326 cases

Alcohol: 14.9 percent


Tasting Notes: Michael and Margene Mooney founded Chateau Margene in 1997. They planted their six-acre Paso Robles estate vineyard in 1998 and built a winery in 2001. Chateau Margene produces about 3,000 cases annually, devoted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon and other red Bordeaux varietals. The 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a well-liked, sophisticated offering for the region. Elegant and balanced, it boasts concentrated, ripe black fruit Continue reading “Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Chacewater 2011 Sierra Foothills Merlot   Wine of the Week Review
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Chacewater 2011 Sierra Foothills Merlot

Price: $20

Rating: 13/20

Region: Sierra Foothills, California

Varietals: 91 percent Merlot, 6 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 3 percent Cabernet Franc

Production: 672 cases

Alcohol: 13.9 percent


Tasting Notes: Chacewater is named for the village in Cornwall, England, where Paul Manuel’s ancestors lived. He started Chacewater in 1988 by planting a vineyard in the Sierra Foothills and selling his grapes to Fetzer. In 2004, he bought an olive mill and built a winery in Lake County. Today, Chacewater makes dozens of red and white varietal wines, olive oils and handmade soaps. The winery, olive mill, vineyards, and olives are certified organic by California Certified Continue reading “Chacewater 2011 Sierra Foothills Merlot – Wine of the Week Review” »



Bordeaux Under One Roof

on January 16th, 2014
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by Michelle Kwan

 

Bordeaux, France, stands at the pinnacle of wine production. This region comprises more than 45,000 acres of Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) vines with over fifty appellations that yield Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, Cabernet Francs, Sauvignon Blancs and Semillions. Blends of these varietals have produced some of the finest wines in the world, making Bordeaux synonymous with superior wines. However, that doesn’t mean that all quality Bordeaux wines are unaffordable.

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  • pinitbutton La Rochelle 2012 Saralees Vineyard Pinot Meunier   Wine of the Week Review
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La Rochelle 2012 Saralee’s Vineyard Pinot Meunier

Price: $38

Rating: 15/20

Region: Russian River Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Meunier

Production: 866 cases

Alcohol: 13.9 percent


Tasting Notes: La Rochelle Winery is named after a town in France which Pierre Pellier sailed from in 1854 on his way to California. The founder of Mirassou Winery is known for introducing Pinot Noir to the Golden State. Fast-forward to the 2000s. Mirassou was sold to the Gallo family in 2002, and shortly after, sixth-generation descendants Daniel and Peter Mirassou started La Rochelle. In 2005, the brothers sold the brand to their cousin, Steven Kent Mirassou, who produces Continue reading “La Rochelle 2012 Saralee’s Vineyard Pinot Meunier – Wine of the Week Review” »



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