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Category: Red Wine

Apple Crumble and Sunday’s Tasting at EOX

It is autumn, so my cravings for apple desserts has been building. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a crumble, a crisp, a cobbler, a buckle, a Brown Betty, a grunt or a slump. Confused? A crumble has an oat-based streusel topping. A crisp has a streusel topping sans oats. A cobbler is topped with individually-dropped biscuits. A buckle uses a cakey batter underneath the fruit and as the fruit sinks to the bottom the cake “buckles” over the edges of the fruit. A grunt and a slump is the same thing; it just depends on where you live. They are both cobblers that…

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A Tasting Weekend: Part One

This past weekend was a weekend of wine with friends, a wine tasting on Saturday and again on Sunday. Fun times, new wines, a gala celebration and a trip to a new wine store. All in all, it was a great weekend. Here we go… Wine with Friends I am sure we all go through this. You reach out to friends to get together, and you can not find a date that works for the group. Next thing you know it is 6 or 8 weeks out before a gathering materializes. This describes what it took to get this group together at…

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Fall into Rosé & Sonoma Pinot Noir

The other day I got an email about rosé wine promotions in several restaurants for the month of October in New York and San Fransico. While we drink rosé until it sells out, it seems that for many folks rosé has a season, summer and then it goes away until the following spring.  Why the change? Who knows; but I can think of several reasons to continue drinking rosé.  Now that does not mean that you forgo drinking anything else. Certainly with cooler temperatures (if you are lucky) a red wine is a must. Perhaps not a big Cab but…

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goat.sheep.cow.north

goat.sheep.cow.north I have done many things at goat.sheep.cow.north. I have gone to a wine tasting, bought several bottles of wine and a few blocks of cheese, and I have sat at the bar and had a glass or two of wine. But what I have not done is sit down at a table to drink wine and eat. So that is what we did last Friday with Liz and her lifelong friends, Diane and Stephen from Atlanta. But first, know that goat.sheep.cow.north is three entities all wrapped into one location. It is a curated wine store. It is the best…

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Summer’s End – Wine Round Up: Pt 1

Over the past couple of months, Gary and I have tried a wide variety of wines. Wines we drank and liked but did not love. As it is said, you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince.  Well, for wine I would modify the saying to say, You have to kiss a lot of puppies to find your perfect dog. Dogs, like wine, are all wonderful beings but all breeds are not for all people, and the same goes for wine. To love a wine is to want to fill one of our coolers with it. Liking it is…

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Serving Temperature: Reds, Whites & Rosés

Too Hot – Too Cold – Just Right No, this is not the story about The Three Bears but it could be if that story was about wine.   Why? Because we usually serve our reds too warm and our whites and rosés too cold when we should strive to drink them when they are all just right. But first a note about wine storage. It is best to store wine in a cooler set between 50-55 degrees.  If you buy as you drink, leaving it on the counter is fine since it will be gone in a couple weeks…

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Wine for the Weekend

I know it seems silly to say it’s a wine weekend when every weekend includes wine at some point. But hey, it’s Friday, and I have had a rough couple of weeks so just go with it. The wines I am talking about today are incredible treats. I know I say that all the time but that is one of the great things about wine. There is a surprise waiting for you inside every bottle. And that is what makes wine so exciting and unlike any other beverage. Just when you find a special treat, it is gone, and the search…

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Wine Tasting & August Social Recap

Wow, I needed this wine tasting. Too many crises and juggling way too much. It could not have come a day too soon. Since I last posted a lot continues to happen to limit my ability to post every day.  Yes, my crashed computer was misdiagnosed and then “fixed” but not really. Then three days later, fixed again only this time for real. But now that first fix is causing problems because it conflicts with much of my image editing software. I can either spend seven hundred to a thousand dollars to update software.  Or I can get it back to…

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The Independent Wine Store

You may think this sounds a bit over the top, but when I buy wine, it is a personal experience. Gary and I do not share the same wine preferences, so I am always in search of wines that are in our middle ground.  They need not be too fruit-forward (aka fruity) and jammy for Gary and not too many tannins (aka mouth parching) or high alcohol content for me.  Finding wines that meet these criteria without guidance from wine experts would be a significant challenge if not purely a guessing game. And I have done that all before but choose…

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RIP: Meiomi Pinot Noir (That We Once Knew)

It Happened Before: Folie à Deux’s Menage à Trois I used to drink Menage à Trois in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.  Back then it was a red blend only. Yes, it was a superstore wine, but it was from a small Northern California winery that put out a drinkable red to which folks at the time gravitated.  Because of popularity, it then started arriving in stores like World Market.  And now it is everywhere except at independent wine merchants. I am not proud, that is what my palate liked. It was simple and jammy with low tannins and acid…

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