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Downton Abbey Makes a Wine With No Class

by Andrew Chalk

It is ironic that a series whose attraction is it’s exploitation of the ‘cleavages within the English class system’ should produce a wine that is so existentially flat-chested. This the first time that I can remember a film or TV series co-branding with a wine rather than, say, ‘Downton Abbey Happy Meal’ at McDonald’s, or the like. Unfortunately, the monetarily incentivised producers have chosen a simple uninteresting industrial level red wine, the 2012 Downton Abbey ‘Claret’ Bordeaux as their go-to-market proposition. The white equivalent, 2012 Downton Abbey Blanc, Bordeaux is even worse, except that you can chill it to conceal its flaws.

The red smells of green pepper. The positive there is that it does, at least, contain Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Bordeaux’s signature varietals. The coop, or other industrial producer, that made it, just did not let the grapes get ripe. Quelle domage. Failed winemaking 101. In the mouth, the message is linear, one-dimensional, simplicity. Insipid fruit, and a short finish.     Continue reading

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Champagne Reception and Wine Tasting Kicks Off Beaujolais and Beyond Next Week

by Andrew Chalk

Mon dieu! Breadroot power behind our green press release machine brought in this intriguing release from the French American Chamber of Commerce…

Taste and compare a selection of French & American wines, which will be featured at the Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival.    Continue reading

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Edna Valley Vineyard Tasting Notes

DSC08914by Andrew Chalk

2012 Edna Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast, California

Tasting Notes: Easy going Sauvignon Blanc. Very likable. The nose exhibits mild herbaciousness, nettles, lime and stone fruit (but not ripe stone fruit); In the mouth the wine has medium body, mineral flavors and herbacousness dominate. The finish is a little short.

Score: 80/100 MSRP $15 ($11.69 at Goody Goody)   Continue reading

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