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Hospice du Rhone 2016–More Photos

Hospice du Rhone 2016–More Photos

| April 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

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Hospice Du Rhône 2016—The Preliminaries

Hospice Du Rhône 2016—The Preliminaries

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Before HdR formally began, there was a smaller, private welcoming party on Thursday, April 14.  Of the many wines served, here were some of my standouts: 2013 Treana White. A blend of Viognier and Marsanne, this was a wonderfully aromatic white wine full of peaches and white flowers, with a medium-weight midpalate.  Very nicely priced […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016–Châteauneuf-du-Pape Seminar

Hospice du Rhône 2016–Châteauneuf-du-Pape Seminar

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

The HdR seminars are usually one of the main highlights of the HdR experience, and this year started with a bang.  Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate (formerly The Rhône Report) presented this seminar, which was my personal favorite.  Many years ago, I started my wine journey with CdP’s.  Even though I have wandered far […]

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2016 Hospice du Rhône–Costières de Nîmes Whites Seminar

2016 Hospice du Rhône–Costières de Nîmes Whites Seminar

| April 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate came back to moderate this panel Saturday morning, April 16.  The panelists were Diane de Paymorin of Château d’Or et de Gueules, Francois Collar of Château Mourgues du Grès, Michel Gassier of vignobles Michel Gassier, and Luc Baudet of Clos des Centenaires. Jeb started off by joking that perhaps […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016–Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Seminar

Hospice du Rhône 2016–Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Seminar

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

This seminar was moderated by Matt Kettmann of the Wine Enthusiast, and the panelists were Trey Fletcher of Bien Nacido Estate, Jordan Fiorentini of Epoch Estate, Chris Hammel of Hammel Wine Alliance/True Believer, and Russell From of Herman Story Wines. Let me be direct and say that I think this seminar was not as informative […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016–Opening Tasting

Hospice du Rhône 2016–Opening Tasting

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

The other highlights of HdR are the massive, multi-producer tastings held in Building D.  As in past years, the two tastings are divided into (1) an Opening Tasting on Friday that focuses on older, “library” bottles from various producers, and (2) a Closing Tasting on Saturday that focuses on current release bottles from the various […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016–Closing Tasting

Hospice du Rhône 2016–Closing Tasting

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Since the Opening Tasting concentrates on the older “library” wines, the Saturday Closing Tasting concentrates on current releases from the various producers.  Again, I put more emphasis this year on tasting the whites and rosés at HdR than in past years. —Alban.  The two whites were the 2012 Roussanne and the 2014 Viognier.  For my […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016–Closing Thoughts

Hospice du Rhône 2016–Closing Thoughts

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

At the end of a wine festival like Hôspice du Rhone, it’s worth remembering that the festival is more than just a chance to get your wine geek on.  It’s a social affair, including a Rosé lunch, a wine auction, and a closing BBQ dinner.  Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to meet a large […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016—Hospice Returns to Paso Robles

Hospice du Rhône 2016—Hospice Returns to Paso Robles

| April 26, 2016 | 5 Comments

After a four-year absence, April 15-16, 2016 marked the return of the Hospice du Rhône wine festival to Paso Roble, California.  Having attended several HdR festivals in past years, I was very happy to see HdR return to Paso.  This year’s HdR was different for me.  Not only did I attend specifically to write this […]

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2016 Hospice du Rhône–Washington Rhônes Seminar

2016 Hospice du Rhône–Washington Rhônes Seminar

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

This seminar was moderated by Patrick Comiskey of Wine & Spirits, and the panelists were Sean Boyd of Rôtie Cellars, Bob Bertheau of Tenet Wines, Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars, and Todd Alexander of Force Majeure Vineyard. Patrick spent much of his time discussing the history of winegrowing in Washington State, dating back to the […]

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Terrible Twos and Wonderful Pinots

| November 21, 2011

My eldest son is about to turn two years old.  He is a beautiful, intelligent, energetic little tyke.  He loves to run around, and often mimics things that he sees me do.  For instance, he saw me hammering nails into a wall to hang a few frames.  Moments later, he had a plastic toy hammer and […]

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The Birth of the Bionic Frog

The Birth of the Bionic Frog

| July 27, 2011

Last night we opened the first vintage (2000) of the now very famous ‘Bionic Frog’.  This bottle had been sitting in my wine storage as I was convinced to save this for a special evening to see where the legend of the Frog all started. I had been slightly concerned as to the ageability of […]

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Washington State Delivers: 2000 Andrew Will Sorella

Washington State Delivers: 2000 Andrew Will Sorella

| July 15, 2011

While at dinner over the weekend with friends I brought a bottle of 2000 Andrew Will Sorella. This is Andrew Will’s flagship wine; Bordeaux blend that has garnering much press over the years and deservedly so. What makes this wine so special? Chris Camarda. As owner and winemaker, he has been continuously putting together amazing […]

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If you have to search for flavor in your wine, buy something else!

If you have to search for flavor in your wine, buy something else!

| July 7, 2011

If I’m going to write a blog about wines with flavor, I might as well start with a wine that dances across the tongue with the force of an Alvin Ailey composition, instead of a Petipa ballet who, by the way, trained in Bordeaux. So let’s go rummage in the cellar to find a wine […]

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Happy 4th of July!  Skirt Steak, Seattle Weather, and 2007 Col Solare Cabernet

Happy 4th of July! Skirt Steak, Seattle Weather, and 2007 Col Solare Cabernet

| July 5, 2011

This sunny, warm Fourth of July could not have come at a better time for us here in Seattle. As a lifelong Seattleite we have become accustomed to the defending our city in rainy times to others by telling them that our summers are underrated and the rain isn’t as bad as they hear. This […]

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