The Leeuwin Estate Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River 2011 (PLCB Code: 38935 $16.99) is comprised of 73% Sauvignon Blanc and 27% Semillon, which is similar to the traditional Bordeaux Blanc blend. And the Siblings is a tasty example of how well these two varietals work together. Many American wine fans have little experience with … Continue reading Leeuwin Estate Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River 2011
When I heard that a local restaurant had a full wine list priced at $10 per bottle, but in a market where even mediocre wines can be found selling at 500% of their retail price, I had to assume that a $10 list was an aggressive but temporary promotion trick. What I have learned is … Continue reading Pittsburgh’s Most Aggressively Priced Wine List is at the Union Grill
Many people enjoy the grapefruity crispness of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. I do too. But increasing popularity has brought to market seemingly countless New Zealand SauvBlancs with similar but nicely consistent character. This is not a bad thing at all, but for sake of variety, many people have started to seek alternatives to the popular … Continue reading Longview Iron Knob Dry Riesling 2009
Below are three wines that will be featured by-the-glass at next week’s Braddock’s American Brasserie Tuesday Tasting for only $5 per glass (located at the Renaissance Hotel downtown Pittsburgh). I will review and discuss new wines every Tuesday – all people and opinions are welcome – should be fun! Gloria Ferrer’s Sonoma Brut NV is a … Continue reading Three wines for Jack’s Tuesday November 16th Tasting at Braddock’s
A full river boat on a hot evening turned into a cool event. Local Argentine Caterer “La Mendocina Catering” (http://www.lamendocina.com/) provided flavorful food including grilled vegetables, antipasto and owner Monica Aveni-Ranii’s signature (awesome in my opinion) Argentine Empanadas. The attendees were all passionate about wine and gave great feedback, splitting their favorites evenly between the … Continue reading South American wine and Argentine Food River Cruise
New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs – all the same? Some colleagues of mine suggest that New Zealand (Marlborough at least) are interchangeable. The suggestion goes that the flavor profile is so similar in these increasingly easily available NZ SBs, that one becomes another and the brand and winemaker do not matter – therefore, unless one wants … Continue reading New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs – all the same?