Wine for Normal People
We’re on a roll — hitting the big regions of France. This week, we cover half the Loire. It’s the largest region in France, so we had to break it in two. But first, we remind everyone of our amazing partnership with Vinport.com, for which I am selecting wines that I think are great examples of their regions. Free shipping on 6 or more bottles, great prices, and descriptions of six kick ass wines that will let you taste exactly the attributes M.C. Ice and discuss on the podcast (and as I say on the podcast, I get a small portion of the proceeds, but I selected Vinport as a partner because they let me pick what I wanted to present to you, not what was on their agenda). LINK to my page on Vinport (which features two awesome Alsace wines this month!): LINK TO WFNP PAGE with Alsace wines for purchase! First a Loire overview, including Cremant (sparkling wine), the “branding” issue the region has, and two of the main areas: 1. Pays Nantais/Muscadet Feat [...]
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In this mini-review we discover a sub-region that used to be part of the larger Côtes-du-Rhône region: Rasteau. Our foray into this new appellation was nothing short of a rollicking success! 2010 Cave de Rasteau La Domeliere Price: $15 Grapes: 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre Alcohol: 14.5% Color: A rich plum color with thick legs Smell: Shrubs and underbrush (garrigue, as we state), herbal, a horsetail (yeah, as in the animal), leather, with an undertone of cherry but fruit is definitely secondary. It was a bit of a cilia singer — a little hot from the alcohol Taste: Just like it smells — cherry, earth, medium tannin, nice round, full texture from the alcohol. Rich, full, earthy, and not too heavy. Drink or sink?: Drink! Great structure, great flavor, rich and drinks well above its price! Hope you enjoy the review! Drop a comment here, on Facebook or on Twitter and let us know what you think! [...]
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In this episode we cover a lot of ground and hit on one of my personal favorite wine regions: Alsace, France. And the show notes: We introduce our amazing partnership with Vinport.com, for which I am selecting wines that I think are great examples of their regions. Vinport has access to some amazing regions and producers that aren’t always widely available. If you live in   state where you can have wine shipped to you, check out my page. Free shipping on 6 or more bottles, great prices, and descriptions of six kick ass wines that will let you taste exactly the attributes M.C. Ice and discuss on the podcast (and as I say on the podcast, I get a small portionof the proceeds, but I selected Vinport as a partner because they let me pick what I wanted to present to you, not what was on their agenda). LINK to my page on Vinport (which features two awesome Alsace wines this month!): LINK TO WFNP PAGE with Alsace wines for purchase! We do some listener thanks and s [...]
Direct download: Ep077AlsaceFrance.mp3
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I love a crisp Chardonnay and Carneros, in southern Napa, usually delivers! This is a great wine, as you’ll hear us describe… The Wine: 2011 Truchard Chardonnay Where it’s from: Carneros, a cool climate area that straddles southern Napa and Sonoma. Price: $30 Alcohol: 13.9% Color: A pale straw, not to much color from the oak or over-ripe grapes! Smell: Very floral, like nightshade jasmine flowers and a mouthwatering lemon and green apple scent that made it seem lively. Taste: Much fuller and richer than we expected, with honeysuckle, jasmine, and then tropical fruits. Tons of pineapple and then vanilla from the oak but the acidity keeps the wine feeling fresh and light. As M.C. Ice says “I like how the oak is a side dish, not an entree. It balances the other flavors, doesn’t overpower them.” Great minerality too. Drink or sink?: Drink. An well-balanced, excellent and tasty Chardonnay. Very close to a European style but with great Cal [...]
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