• Varietal Tastings

    Special Occasion Chardonnay

    by  • December 7, 2012 • All Posts, Varietal Tastings • 0 Comments

    When you’re looking to pull out the big guns in terms of a killer Chardonnay for a holiday feast, you could hardly do better than these beauties. Chardonnay offers a nice canvas for a number of different style choices, so there should be a little something here for everyone. (Note the bookended price points...

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    Pinot Noir for Every Budget

    by  • November 30, 2012 • All Posts, Varietal Tastings • 1 Comment

    Oh, friends. It’s been a crazy November, and I’ve barely posted a thing on the Wine Skinny. But if you think that means I haven’t been drinking wine, you don’t know me at all. I’m going to do my best to make up for lost time, starting with this round-up of Pinot Noirs. Enjoy!...

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    Soothing Chardonnay…

    by  • April 26, 2012 • All Posts, Varietal Tastings • 0 Comments

    Is it just me, or is there something soothing about Chardonnay? Cold and rich and silky… it can be just the ticket when I need the wine equivalent of the other side of the pillow. Here are five from California that I’ve enjoyed lately — Cheers! Wente 2010 Chardonnay Arroyo Seco Riva Ranch ($20). A...

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    Grüner what?

    by  • January 19, 2012 • All Posts, Varietal Tastings • 1 Comment

    photo by Sharon Sevrens

    Grüner Veltliner. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? In fact, unless you speak German, you’ll probably never get it exactly right. But the English-accented version goes something like: GROO-ner Velt-LEEN-er. (Though it seems that most every English-speaking person misses that accent on the second word and goes with VELT-leen-er, instead. Just try to...

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    Chardonnay for every budget

    by  • August 24, 2011 • All Posts, Varietal Tastings • 0 Comments

    New World Chardonnay continues to get a bad rap in wine circles these days — sort of that “love to hate,” punching bag example of heavy handed, over-manipulated wines that no one should like. But Chardonnay (even New World Chardonnay) can be a really lovely wine, offering richness and body, with classic varietal flavors. In fact, I’ve...

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