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Wine of the Week

2006 Borsao Grenache/Tempranillo Crianza (1/25/10)

Wine of the Week

Campo de Borja, Aragon, Spain

$13 A- +5 *** 

 

Killer quaffer! A few weeks back, this wine won 2nd place out of 15 wines in a "red beans wine pairing" blind tasting (with "seasoned" winefolks/foodies). It was up against Von Strasser, Molly Dooker, Chapoutier, Produttori, Turley, and Jaboulet, to name a few... Little brother to the Borsao Tres Picos, this is a steal. Very consistent year to year, the '07 is out and about, too. Black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, dried cherry, sweet (in a good way) strawberry compote... medium + acid / medium to full-bodied. 14.5% alc.

Fun food wine. Try with red beans & rice, lamb, middle eastern flair, most anything grilled, or on its own.

Importer: Jorge Ordonez

Texas Distributor: Prestige Wine Cellars


 

 

2001 d’Ampuis Cote Rotie (1/18/10)

Wine of the Week

Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhone, France

$150 A -55 ****

A sleeping baby, the confidence that there will be no sudden screaming...

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Cocktail of the Week

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Cu Collins (9/6/10)

2 oz. Hendrick's Gin4 cucumber slicesFresh cilantro leaves, to taste1 oz. fresh lime juice 1 oz. simple syrupclub soda, to taste ice 1 Cucumber slice or lime for garnish Muddle cucumber slices and...

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Remember the Maine (2/15/10)

Remember the Maine (2/15/10)

For the ZaZa get-the-evening-killin'-it dance. Sometimes, I'll substitute Pernod (non-absinthe) for the absinthe, but absinthe gives it the 6th gear. 2 oz. rye whiskey (Thomas Handy or Rip Van Winkle)

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Tequini (2/8/10)

Tequini (2/8/10)

I love a gin martini this time of year, but occasionally a twist on the concept is in order. 3oz. white tequila, 1/2 oz. dry vermouth, dash of Angostura bitters, lemon twist. Stir tequila, vermouth, and...

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Recent Tastings

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Fairorth Tequila/Mezcal Lounge

The Fairorth Tequila/Mezcal Lounge (last updated 5/30/14)   Below are 2 lists: “Bottles Claimed & Already Coming” and “Bottles Suggested”   You don’t have to bring bottles on the suggested list, but they are suggested. I will try to update...

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South by South Wine XIV (3/12)

SHE SPARKLES
’82 Krug
’85 Krug
’88 Bollinger RD
’88 Krug
’90 Dom Perignon
’00 Pierre Peters “Les Chetillons” Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Le Mesnil
’02 Camille Savès Grand Cru Brut
’02 Pierre...

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Cabernet Sauvignon (2/14)

Chateau Randle - Blind Tasting Group preference, in order: 1.    ’1.   '00 Elyse “Morisoli” Cab Sauv, Napa 13.8% (Kazoo) 2.    ’2.   '98 Raymond Reserve, Cab Sauv, Napa 13.8% (Bandolin) 3.    ’3.   '07 Darioush, Napa 14.8% (Cello) ...

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Events

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Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation Austin, Feb. 28

Please join us in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for a fine wine dinner featuring the wines of Frescobaldi with special guest and honorary director of Grapes For Humanity Global Foundation, Marchese Leonardo...

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Ardbeg Single Malt Tasting - Austin, March 18

If you're going to this, you'll need to buy tickets now. There...

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Champagne Invitational - New Orleans, April 15

The FIRST Independent  Champagne and Sparkling Wine InvitationalNew Orleans, April 15 - 18, 2010

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In the Vineyard

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Champagne's 2009 Harvest - Cellar Master's View

"The harvest that has just finished looks very encouraging. After plenty of August sunshine, the grapes ripened in ideal conditions. The healthy state of the fruit and its high sugar content augur well for wine quality. Initial tastings of the grape must and the...

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Male Flower Parts Responsible for Potent Grapevine Perfume

University of British Columbia scientists have traced the fragrant scent of grapevine flowers to pollen grains stored in the anthers, contrary to common perception that petals alone produce perfume.While studying grapes used to produce Cabernet Sauvignon from the...

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System Lets Grape Growers Rest Easy

Pioneering winemaker Daniel Le Brun has developed a frost-fighting system, using electric cables, that means sleep-depriving frost fans and helicopters could become a thing of the past. "This is definitely the way of the future," said Mr Le Brun, 64, who brought...

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