Cork’d Tasting with Gary V in Austin

Thanks to @SummerH for the photo above

Gary Vaynerchuk made a stop in Austin recently on his book tour for Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion. In addition to the three book signings he did around town that day, he and Lindsay Ronga organized a Cork’d tasting […]

Foppiano Merlot 2004 Russian River Valley

I was in Spec’s the other day with no real direction to my shopping, just browsing around. I saw the Merlot section and thought “why not?” I rarely buy Merlot, but I was feeling a bit guilty for not being more open-minded. I saw this bottle with a healthy dollop of Cabernet Franc (and a […]

Montsant: My New Favorite Spanish Appellation

After really enjoying the last Montsant wine I tried, I have been on the lookout for more. I saw this one for about $11 and had to give it a try.

Falset 2006 Montsant

Producer: Falset Marçà

Grapes: 50% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation: Montsant (D.O., Spain)

Vineyards: Vineyards are at 1240 […]

Chateau Liversan Haut-Medoc 2005

Producer: Chateau Liversan (Domaines Lapalu)

Grapes: 50% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc (that is according to the label; I find different %s in different places online)

Appellation: Haut-Medoc (AOC), France

Vineyard: 96 acres; gravel limestone on a chalk subsoil acts

Aging: 12 months in oak

Alcohol: 14%

Production: 20,830 cases

Price: I […]

Shades of Africa 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon South Africa

I can’t really find anything about this wine online (and the label is no help either), so I won’t be doing a full post on this one. It’s a very young cab from South Africa — that’s all I know.

Nose is all over the place: chocolate milk one minute, wild berries the next, ashy, […]

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