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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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La Voix Tasting, Hollywood, CA  November 4, 2015

La Voix Tasting, Hollywood, CA November 4, 2015

| November 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, La Voix Winery had its release party at Capitol Records in Hollywood. La Voix is a new project for Steve Clifton and his wife Chrystal, whose other projects include Brewer-Clifton (past) and Palmina (present). The new releases included a rosé and three Pinot Noirs. La Voix mean “the voice,” and […]

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A Passion for Chardonnay – Wine Berserkers Liquid Farm Dinner and Tasting

A Passion for Chardonnay – Wine Berserkers Liquid Farm Dinner and Tasting

| November 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

Most people would never think about wine in terms of a personal journey of either the wine drinker or the producer and why would they? Many of the widely available wines commonly found in grocery and liquor stores are the product of large commercial businesses and are designed to satisfy the broadest cross-section of consumers. […]

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My Wine Epiphanies

| March 20, 2012

I was reading the message board at Wine Berserkers today and came across a thread that was discussing people’s wine epiphanies. I’ve always loved this subject so I began eagerly typing out my answer but as it grew in length I realized that this would be better off as a blog post, so here it […]

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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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Can A Bottle Possibly Be Worth $3,000?

Can A Bottle Possibly Be Worth $3,000?

| August 11, 2011

When in college, most of the parties I attended had two mouthwatering drink choices:  Keystone Light or bum wine.  For most 21 year olds, those aren’t usually unappetizing options—but by my third year of college, I had traveled to Napa and was seriously addicted to fine wine.  Or, at least, I was addicted to wine […]

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VINE TALK Blind Tastes Sonoma Chardonnays: Peay, Ramey, Flowers, MacRostie, Schug, and La Follette

VINE TALK Blind Tastes Sonoma Chardonnays: Peay, Ramey, Flowers, MacRostie, Schug, and La Follette

| July 6, 2011

As a fan of blind tasting, I was intrigued when I stumbled across a television program promising not only a weekly exploration of a particular varietal from a specified geographic area but accompanying that overview with not one, but two blind tastings.  The program is called VINE TALK (the caps are theirs, not mine) and […]

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