Talkin' Wine & Food for Thought

 Wine_Guy_James_McKelvey

 

 

 

NEWS AND REVIEWS ON WINE, FOOD, BOOKS...AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM

 


 

"Cellar Selections" - Special Wines for Special Occasions

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France
Chateau Moutinot 2011 (Saint Estèphe, Bordeaux, France) - $39.50
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc – second label of Chateau Serilhan

2003 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape - $128.00
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 97 Pts  Wine Spectator – 97 Pts

Italy
Tezza Corte Majoli Amarone di Valpolicella 2009 (Veneto, Italy) - $39.25
made from Corvina, Corvinone & Rondinella grapes that are semi-dried – rich, spicy & bold
Wine Enthusiast – 90 Pts

Lamborghini Campoleone 2004 (Umbria, Italy) - $45.75
50% Sangiovese/ 50% Merlot, 12 months in French oak
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Turner Wines at Great Prices

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Our friend Tim Turner of Turner Wine Imports is making room for new wines that are coming into his Morrisville warehouse, and he has offered me some deals I couldn’t refuse. Chef Yvonne and I brought the wines back to Washington earlier this week, and we’re going to pass the savings on to you this weekend. These are wines we’ve had before, so if you’re a fan, make sure to take advantage of these extraordinary prices. The sale prices won’t last past this weekend...and many of the wines will be gone before Saturday.
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Early Sale and Newbies in Time for the Season

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This week I’m receiving my first delivery of some Holiday Pre-Sale items, and I’m passing the savings on to you. That’s right, it’s time to think about the wonderful wines you’ll be serving at your feasts and parties or gifting to your loved ones. We’ll start with two that are old standbys for feasts and fiestas:

Saint Hilaire Brut (Limoux, France) Regular Price $17.85/ Feature Price $15.17
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Moving right along...

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There's no real theme for this week's Featured Wines, except that we're moving into the late summer/early autumn season here and leaning toward wines that go with hearty feasts and longer nights.

Cavicchioli Sparkling Wine (Modena, Italy) Regular Price $15.55/ Feature Price $13.22
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Odds 'n Ends - And Great New Spanish Reds

I’m calling this Featured Tasting “Odds ‘n Ends” because there’s no unifying theme...just great wines at great prices that I want you to try. My real purpose this week is to introduce the new reds...so read on.

Venturini Baldini Reggiano Lambrusco Rosso Amabile (Reggio, Italy) Regular Price $12.20/ Feature Price $10.37
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New...& sort of New

Fontanavecchia Taburno Falanghina del Sanno (Campania, Italy) Regular Price $15.95/ Feature Price $13.56

We start with one that’s “sort of new.” We Featured it at the beginning of the summer, because of its incredible mineral crispness. It’s time to do it again, because a wine like this is great anytime...but also because I’m bringing back its “sort of new” red sibling of Aglianico (see below), and they should really be bookends.
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Back to (Wine) School - "Grapes & Styles"

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This week is the first in my series of classes, Lovin’ the Grape: A Course in Wine Appreciation. The class is full, but I’m going to offer everyone a chance to sample some of the wines we’ll be using as course examples. The first class covers basic wine styles and six major grapes, so in this week’s Feature tasting, I’ll have a Chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Riesling, a Merlot, a Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon. These will be rounded out with the additional styles of: rosé, sparkling wine, and fortified wine.
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Wine Guy Proud Grampa

If you followed the link to this page, it means that you don't mind boastful pictures of newborn family members. The pictures follow my boast: she's beautiful, perfect, and probably smart. I'm her Grampa and proud of it. Welcome, Sophie, to the family!
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I'm not fibbing!

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A “fib” is a small lie, and I’m not doing that. But what my headline refers to is Atrial Fibrillation, a heart rhythm disease that affects over 5 million people in the U.S....including The Wine Guy. I just had an episode that was stopped by electrical cardioversion done by Dr. David Frazier and the brilliant folks at the East Carolina Heart Institute.
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