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Upcoming Wine Tastings – 2015

January 20, 2015 Merlot at Cellar 55 in Vacouver


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  • 2014 Dr Konstantin Frank Gruner Veltliner
    <font color='maroon'><b><a href=''>2014 Dr Konstantin Frank Gruner Veltliner</a></b></font><br>The 2014 Gruner Veltliner is unoaked and comes in at 4 grams per liter of residual sugar and 12% alcohol. Dry, with a little trace of bitter herbs on the finish and herbaceousness on the nose, this is a beautifully wrought Gruner at a great price point. Fresh, fragrant and juicy on the crisp finish, this is a serious bargain for early consumption. The first vintage of this was only the 2009, but Fred Frank reported to me that they are all holding fine. I think the acidity will preserve this easily, but let's be a bit conservative. It will be a treat this summer for sure, but there is no urgency. This is one of the Finger Lakes' benchmark producers, one that was famous before the Finger Lakes got famous. Founded in 1962, this winery was one of those who insisted that on the East Coast you didn't just have to settle for wines from hybrid grapes, which was the conventional wisdom of the time. Rather, they insisted, you could work with typical, famous European grapes, too. The rest is history. As they proclaim on their website: "Over the years, we have discovered that the Northern European grape varieties are most well suited for our region and have made it our passion to champion these varieties at are winery. Varieties such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and most recently, Grüner Veltliner are among the most prized and beloved at our winery." This was, as I recall, the first winery I ever tasted at in the Finger Lakes--long ago, circa 1993. They were pretty fine then, too. Vintage 2013 (which is most of the releases here) finds them in fine form. Said Fred Frank to me: "2013 was a great vintage for our winery. The aromatic whites have wonderful flavor profiles and should age very nicely. Our old vine vineyards contribute a depth of character and complexity to the wines. " What is amazing here is not so much that they make nice wine, but that the price points are so good as well. You can drink extremely well here for modest money.<br> Rating: 89  <a href= >Estimated Cost: $15-$17</a>

Dr Vino

  • State dinner wines for President Xi
    <p>Tomorrow night, President and Mrs. Obama will host President Xi Jinping of China for a State Dinner at the White House. And we have been able to procure the menu for the “Autumn feast”–with the wine pairings! The White House has a tradition of serving only American wines. This policy has been in place since […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">State dinner wines for President Xi</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Dr Vino's wine blog</a>.</p>
  • Next NYU wine course – starts Oct 14
    <p>The air is getting cool. The undergrads are swarming campus. And they are cheering the NYU football team! Oh, wait, there is no football team… But there is a wine class! Yes, a real, live, in-person, wine class! My next NYU wine course starts October 14 and runs for six consecutive Wednesday evenings. It is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Next NYU wine course – starts Oct 14</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Dr Vino's wine blog</a>.</p>
  • Blue Apron adds wine delivery – and huge ambitions
    <p>Another day, another company that wants to deliver wine to your home! Today, it’s Blue Apron who is adding wine delivery. The Brooklyn startup offers “fresh ingredients, great recipes delivered weekly to your home.” Although I haven’t tried it, lots of people have since the company says they deliver three million meals-in-a-box per month now. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Blue Apron adds wine delivery – and huge ambitions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Dr Vino's wine blog</a>.</p>


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