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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Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Isaac Fernandez Seleccion Godello Ribeira Sacra Adras

May 14, 2015 Comments Off on Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Isaac Fernandez Seleccion Godello Ribeira Sacra Adras

Compelling summer wines can come from a variety of places and the Iberian Peninsula can secretly offer up some surprisingly palate pleasing whites that are ideal for the warmer months. Often we’re drawn to the Portuguese whites, which rarely disappoint with their unique varietal and flavor compositions.   So when I recently stumbled upon a wine […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Bodegas Nekeas “El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa” Old Vines Garnacha

Mar 19, 2015 Comments Off on Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Bodegas Nekeas “El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa” Old Vines Garnacha

One of the things I find tremendously appealing about Spanish wines is the amount of consistency from vintage to vintage that producers are able to achieve. It’s the reason I typically gravitate towards repurchasing old favorites even when I haven’t sampled a wine for multiple vintages. Recently I came across an old “everyday” mainstay of […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Stuhlmuller Alexander Valley Estate Chardonnay

Feb 05, 2015 2 Comments

One of the great aspects of wine is finding that particular expression of a varietal or blend, which makes your palate hap, hap, happy. Bottles of wine, which result in case purchases instead of bottles creating an unwavering commitment regardless of the vintage on the label. But as we all know wines do change from […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Carmenere

Jan 08, 2015 Comments Off on Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Carmenere

Thirsty Thursday opens 2015 with a trip to the Southern Hemisphere and return an old varietal favorite of ours, Carmenere. Originally cultivated in Bordeaux in the early 18th Century, the Carmenere varietal has made a resurgence over in Chile, where some exceptional expressions of the varietal are being produced. Often the Chilean offerings of Carmenere tend to be […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2012 Finca La Linda Malbec

Oct 30, 2014 2 Comments

Being in the wine biz means your palate is typically exposed to a variety of different wine styles along with specific regional and winemaker variations.  There’s always something new to interact with or old to revisit.  But at the end of a long day (or week) of “researching” often one desires a wine which does […]

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Thirsty Thursday: 2012 J Vineyards Pinot Gris

Jul 10, 2014 Comments Off on Thirsty Thursday: 2012 J Vineyards Pinot Gris

One of the more unique wineries in California is J Vineyards in Sonoma County.  Focusing primarily on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, J has carved itself a solid niche in the flooded California wine market, especially in regards to their sparkling wines.  However, quality tends to come at a price and the majority of […]

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