Our Bordeaux tasting/dinner at e2 (www.e2pgh.com) was certainly tasty and instructive – so we are moving forward to our next region where we will dive into some interesting wines of the Rhone region. We will taste and discuss the wines as a group, and then finish with a dinner to see how they stand up … Continue reading Next up: Rhone Tasting!
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
This Tuesday July 5 we will have a great opportunity to meet Pierre Bories of Chateau Ollieux Romanis, and taste several of his fantastic wines. Pierre Bories is visiting Pittsburgh for only one day so I arranged with Brasserie 33 to serve four Ollieux Romanis wines. These wines are from the heart of the “Corbieres” … Continue reading Chateau Ollieux Romanis
The wine makers around Santa Barbara gained ’mindshare’ with the general public after the movie “Sideways” depicted its main characters rolling from one winery to another in search of the finest wine offerings. This attention gave the region instant celebrity and legitimate respect as a wine region. Of course, there is truth to the statement … Continue reading American Syrah – 2009 Tensley Santa Barbara County Syrah
Some Australian growers led by De Bortoli (http://www.debortoli.com.au/) have suggested a November 30 ‘revolution’ – to promote dry styles of rose. Having recently spent some time in southern France where dry rose is widely available, it is a style that I very much enjoy. So if we want to join the “Rose Revolution”, we should all try … Continue reading Dry Rose “Revolution” ?? Sure!
Due to high interest in French wine (and my recent travels in France!), along with the permanent recognition that France produces some of the best and most diverse cheeses in the world, we decided to produce an all France themed wine and cheese cruise. We were honored to have such an enthusiastic audience and highly … Continue reading French wines and cheeses on the river…
Jean-Paul Autard http://www.paulautard.com is not an old man, but he has a wealth of wine-making experience since taking over the family wine operation at age 17. This domaine produces a range of wines including many award winning, highly sought after wines (Autard’s 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape “Cote Ronde” scored an impressive 97 pts from the … Continue reading Domaine Paul Autard Cotes-du-Rhone 2009
This wine is not at all small. The 2007 Southern Rhone vintage was a big one across the board and this wine is no exception. The exceptional aspect of this wine is the value to the consumer at this price point. For people with a taste for a truly big wine at an affordable price … Continue reading Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 – Big Wine!
After several wine and cheese cruises along Pittsburgh’s three rivers (for those unfamiliar, the rivers are: Allegheny, Monongahela and the Ohio), there is no waning of interest. To stoke the enthusiasm even more, our cheese expert David Bennett (I refer to him as a ‘cheese-ist’) invited his colleague “Dearheart” the top cheese-monger from one of … Continue reading International Wines and Cheeses