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Thirsty Thursday: 2011 Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Carte d’Or

Sep 24, 2015 1 Comment

Thirsty Thursday reaches into a new realm today with our first “off dry” selection. Never to be considered a sweet or dessert libation, off dry wines contain a percentage of residual sugar (natural) and are typically balanced by acidity. Such wines are ideally enjoyed as an aperitif, with spicy cuisines, or an appropriate cheese course. […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2014 Cune Monopole Rioja White

Sep 17, 2015 Comments Off on Thirsty Thursday: 2014 Cune Monopole Rioja White

Even though we’re headed into summer’s home stretch that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to enjoy a few last libations that speak to the warmer days of weather. With this in mind Thirsty Thursday presents the 2014 Cune Monopole Rioja. A refreshing white wine made from Rioja’s native Viura grape, Cune’s Monopole offers a unique […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Nostre Pais Costieres de Nimes Blanc

Aug 27, 2015 Comments Off on Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Nostre Pais Costieres de Nimes Blanc

This week Thirsty Thursday highlights a new vintage of an old recommendation from Thanksgiving wines of 2011: Nostre Pais Costieres de Nimes Blanc. Hailing from the Costieres de Nimes appellation just south of the Rhone Valley in France, the 2012 Nostre Pais is essentially a Rhone Valley blend of Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Syrah […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2011 Taken Red Blend

Aug 06, 2015 Comments Off on Thirsty Thursday: 2011 Taken Red Blend

The warmer days of summer tend to stir people in the direction of lighter more refreshing wine selections, with Sauvignon Blancs and Rosés often fitting the bill. Still there remains a time and place for bold full-bodied reds that pair brilliantly with grilled meats and BBQ. With this in mind Thirsty Thursday focuses on Taken’s […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2013 Catena Chardonnay

Jul 23, 2015 1 Comment

I’ve written before about how Bodegas Catena Zapata is one of my favorite Argentine wineries. Located in the high altitude Mendoza region at the base of the Andes Mountains, Catena utilizes multiples vineyards at multiple elevations to create wines with exceptional diversity and complexity, while softening any imperfections that might exist. I’ve long been an […]

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2014 Elizabeth Spencer Sauvignon Blanc

May 28, 2015 1 Comment

We conclude our month long homage to summer white wines with an organic domestic Sauvignon Blanc from Elizabeth Spencer. A smaller producer in the middle of Napa Valley, Elizabeth Spencer has separated itself from the masses by focusing on creating wines of elegance instead of robustness. A long standing supporter of biodynamic and organic wines, […]

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2012 Hillinger Pinot Gris Grauburgunder

May 21, 2015 1 Comment

Continuing our homage to summer wines, Thirsty Thursday returns to Austria for a refreshing number produced by one of country’s most interesting winemakers: Leo Hillinger. A modern day style driven, fashion conscious, toned down body building version of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leo leaves quite the impression in person.  His engaging persona finds its way into the […]

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