Friday, September 26, 2008
Here's the article below from the paper today...Cheers - Ali
Matt Licklider and Kevin O'Conner: Mission: To highlight the potential of extraordinary Chardonnay vineyards.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Wine Spectator highlights the producers of Vine Connections (once again!)...
Here's a selection of new releases that demonstrates what Argentina does best: lots of vivid, ripe fruit flavors with rich but fresh finishes, all with lots of bang for the buck.
All the wines here are under $30, some under $20, and they represent the efforts of some of Argentina's best winemakers. Luis Reginato is one of them—he fashions the wines for both Laura Catena's Luca brand as well as the La Posta del Viñatero label. Roberto de la Mota, undaunted by a car accident that has left him using a wheelchair, has Bodega Mendel already among Argentina's elite wineries in just its third vintage...while Susana Balbo's Dominio del Plata winery produces both the muscular BenMarco styled wines her viticulturalist ex-husband, Pedro Marchevsky, prefers, as well as her more polished, suave eponymous line.
Monday, September 15, 2008
On a more serious note, please keep your thoughts and prayers on James Koonce and family. James is the wine director for Brennan's in Houston - he and his daughter were trapped inside the restaurant when Hurricane Ike hit - Brennan's suffered a huge fire. They are both in critical condition and have been flown to San Antonio. I know events and benefits are currently being organized - stay tuned for details soon. James has always stood out to me as one of the hardest working, incredibly passionate and humble wine buyers in the state, a treasure. He has soo many people pulling for him!
Cheers to a good week ahead and for the Houston area to recover quickly from the Hurricane Ike mess. - Ali
Saturday, September 13, 2008
A portfolio wine tasting will precede from 5:30-6:30 with passed hors d’ oeuvres and over 12 different wines to sample. $125per person.
Reginato, Blanc de Blanc Sparkling
Luca Syrah & Luca Char
Susana Balbo, “Brioso”
Virtuoso, Late Harvest Malbec
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Random Pictures from the last few days around town...click to enlarge.
- Friday -TCA Asian Pacific Culinary Event featuring Sake from Vine Connections.
- Henley stalking the mailman on Saturday.
- Sunday morning greetings from this bright green lizard on the porch.
- "Curly Suicide Fan' at a Hell Cats Roller Derby Match.
- And of course, a Pig lover parked at the Post Office yesterday.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
LUCA - Shipping Now!
93 points | $35 | 1,700 cases
LUCA - Est. Release Date: November 1st
94 points | $125 | 100 cases
NOSOTROS - Est. Release Date: November 1st
94 points | $100 | 200 cases
LUCA - Est. Release Date: February 1st
Beso de Dante 2006
93 points | $50 | 200 cases
TIKAL - Est. Release Date: March 1st
91 points | $50 | 350 cases
Thursday, September 04, 2008
The Parker reviews came in last night during a heated match of petanque at Chateau Pesquie - and how fitting since Pesquie itself received the highest score in the
2005 Chateau Pesquie Quintessence - 93 Points
"Pesquie's top cuvee, the 2005 Quintessence, comes from 80% old vine Syrah and 20% Grenache aged in new French oak for 12 months before being bottled with no fining or filtration. This is an opaque purple-hued, classic, cool climate Syrah from southern
2006 Chateau Pesquie Terrasses - 90 Points
"The unfined/unfiltered 2006 Les Terrasses Rouge, a custom cuvee made for American importer Eric Solomon, is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a lovely bouquet of black currants, black cherries, licorice, smoke, roasted herbs, and melted licorice. Deep and full-bodied with velvety tannins, good acidity, and a long finish, this is a heck-of-a wine to drink over the next 4-5 years.