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A Don’t Miss Pinot Noir Mega Tasting


by Andrew Chalk

It is on Monday March 10th at The Park Cities Club and it is organized by Sigel’s. Over 50 Pinot Noirs from all over the planet will be available for tasting along with the heavy hors d’oeuvres (Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin, Smoked Chicken Quesadillas, New England Style Crab Puffs and Artisan Cheeses & Fresh Fruit). The price is $50 inclusive.

Not only wines, but the following winery personnel will be on hand to discuss their wines:  Continue reading

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Bridlewood Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

IMG_1499by Andrew Chalk

Consider these popularly priced wines available now. The 2011 Bridlewood Chardonnay, Monterey County has a delicate straw color. A nose of lemon with hints of vanilla, wine gums and bread yeast. In the mouth it has a medium body, high acid and open effusive fruit. Retail price, SRP $15.

The 2011 Bridlewood Pinot Noir, Monterey County is classic Monterey Pinot Noir. Open, fruit forward, cherry and other red fruit flavors. Soft, smooth in the mouth. Very approachable. SRP $18.


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The Generous Pour Is a Great Way to Learn About Wine

generous2by Andrew Chalk

If you have an interest in wine and asked yourself “What do the main grape types taste like?” I have a recommendation for you. Slip down to The Capital Grille in Dallas, Fort Worth or Plano and take part in The Generous Pour. It is essentially a matching flight of wines to go with the food you choose from the menu. However, it is cleverly chosen to be both informative and unpretentious to newcomers to wine. There are seven wines in total, divided into a flight of three whites and one of four reds. You start with the whites. Your waiter or waitress gives you a good-sized taste of each wine. If you want more of one that you especially like they are easygoing about that.        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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A Pleasant Pinot

2010 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Reserve, Russian River Valleyby Andrew Chalk

2010 McMurray Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs are characterized by intense, ripe, forward fruit. Soft tannins. Raspberry flavors and a lusciousness imparted by generous use of French oak. This wine fits the template perfectly but sells for somewhat less than you may be used to paying for Pinot Noir ($37 SRP) and it should be in wide distribution,

Enjoy this wine with pork, veal or duck.

My bottle was a sample provided by the winery.

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Sip Like A Somm: Lost and Found Pinot Noir Russian River 2010‏

pour-the-pinotby @wineaudlynnp

Lost and Found Pinot Noir Russian River 2010‏

With less than 600 cases produced to date, here is a Russian River Pinot Noir that makes you rethink the region. Bright cranberry, strawberry, and jasmine nuances, kissed with a touch of spicebox and a blessing of 2nd year barrel, make this an “old world” wine lovers dream. This team which includes an eponymous Sonoma Somm, has knocked all three vintages out of the park. Look for this wine in select fine dining venues.

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