2007 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

We first tasted Château La Nerthe at Millésime Bio in the South of France. Then delightfully again, at Phillipe in Houston, Texas at Hospice du Rhone in Paso Robles, California and once again at L’Olivier in Houston. It never fails to disappoint. Like nearly all Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it’s dusty and austere in younger vintages. The wine needs time to languish in the bottle, for nature and good cellaring to take its course and turn the dominatrix […]

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Rodney Strong 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This may be a little decadent for some people, but I asked Amy to pick out a bottle of something red and tasty, my usual prescription, that would go well with burgers, and she delivered in spades.  With a smirk, she proffered a bottle of Rodney Strong 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. If things were different, and she had asked me to pair something with this wine, it probably would have been a […]

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Terry Hoage 2005 The Hedge

We just opened a bottle of Terry Hoage Vineyards 2005 The Hedge Syrah and it is like a wonderful time machine. Delicious from start to finish,  but from the mid-palate to the extra long finish it takes me back to my mother’s kitchen when I was a child,  and she would make strawberry jam.  Every sip reminds of the smell in the air and the flavors of the juicy fresh fruit.  As some folks down […]

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Biltmore American Chardonnay Sur Lies

A nonvintage blend of grapes from California and North Carolina, the Biltmore American Chardonnay Sur Lies is medium-bodied – a complex melange of fruit notes: pineapple, pears and Granny Smith apples, with a finish of toasty vanilla and oak. Pairs wonderfully with breast of chicken first boiled, then baked to crispy golden hue and placed in a chicken-based cream soup. Fabulously priced at under $12.

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