Drank the 2006 Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Les Princes Abbes with Easter dinner on Sunday. A good solid wine but didn’t blow me away, especially at $20 a bottle. Had a typical petrol nose with flavors of pineapple and kiwi. Very, very dry finish. I would rate it a solid 85. When I took the first sip after pouring I was really not impressed. As the meal wore one I came to enjoy it more and more. It really enforced what I’ve come to realize with Rieslings: they are truly food wines, especially the dry ones. What I mean by that is often when you just drink them by themselves they don’t come across as all that good. They don’t reach their full potential until you drink them with your meal. The food really seems to play off the flavors and harmonize some of the weirder notes that can be off-putting when they are on their own. What do you think?
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Was this past weekend. Anyone go? I have not heard any feedback about this event. Didn’t even see a write up of it in the FNP come to think of it. Let me know.
Well it looks like a limited form of direct shipping is going to become law in Maryland. Ultimately a watered down version of the proposed legislation passed and is awaiting the governor’s signature. If signed the new law will take effect on July 1st and allow wineries to ship their products directly to Maryland consumers. With each consumer being limited to eighteen cases of wine per year.
Unfortunately the provisions allowing direct shipping from out-of-state retailers or on-line specialty Web sites as some consumers (me included!) had hoped failed. There was apparently enormous pressure from the alcohol wholesalers lobby who want to keep their monopoly. Both Virginia and West Virginia allow direct shipping from retailers to consumers and the sky has not fallen there. In anticipation of the new law I went online and signed up for half-dozen wineries’ mailing lists. I went a little nuts and if they all come through I’ll have to get a second job. And although proponents of direct shipping are vowing to push for expansion of the law next year I am also researching (purely for informational purposes, of course) where the nearest mailboxes etc type store is in Va or Wv.
UPDATE: Governor O’Malley signed the bill into law on April 13th.
I’ve been banging the prosecco drum on this blog for years but it now appears that I am not really saying anything that Americans don’t already know. Imports of sparkling wine from Italy to the United States are up 73.1 percent from 2005 to 2010, according to Impact Databank. That translates to 2.58 million cases brought in in 2010.
For direct shipping in Maryland. This article in the Baltimore Sun got my hopes up. According to State Senator Joan Conway, chair of the Senate committee that oversees this issue , there will “probably” be a bill passed to let Marylanders receive shipments of wine this session. Her counterpart in the house has also pledged his support. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
For me a little oak goes a long way. I’m especially sensitive to the amount of oak in white wines as all too often the oak seems to overpower the flavors. Regular readers will know I have a strong dislike of the big, buttery, oaky California-style Chardonnay. As far as I am concerned if I wanted that much oak I’d just chew on a stick. So when I’m choosing a white I usually tend to gravitate towards to unoaked bottlings. If your palate is like mine I’d like to recommend the 2009 Tangent Paragon Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc. From the Edna Valley in California this wine looks away from the new and towards the old world. This is the second vintage of theirs that I have tried and I think this one is better than the ’08. Lots of tangerine and lemon flavors, all wrapped inside nice flinty acidity. Delicious and right what I am looking for in a white.
I paid $14.99 for this from the Frederick Wine House. I rate it a solid 90.
After three years of talking about this stuff I don’t think there is much to add upon the passing of this year’s third Thursday in November. My past bits can be found here. Anyone have any tasting notes they care to report for the 2010 vintage?
Wine Spectator is making their website free (you know how I love THAT word) from November 15th through the 28th. I think they normally charge around $50 a year for access. They are doing this so that people can see the unveiling of their top 100 wines of the year. The real attraction to me is that you can check out their searchable database of over 236,000 wine ratings.
Just wanted to make quick post to let everyone know how I had a wine Sunday evening that we both loved. It was the 2009 Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling from the Columbia Valley in Washington State. I would call this wine off-dry as it had some sweet notes but definitely not too much. It looked as pale as water in the glass but the explosion of fruit was awesome with tons of peaches and apricots. The finish lingered on and on. A delicious wine and a really great value. I really enjoyed just sipping it on its own. We scored it an 89-90.
They make a lot of this so you should be able to buy this almost everywhere for about $10. Just make sure its the 2009. Also don’t confuse it their other Reislings: Dry Riesling and Harvest Select Riesling which I haven’t tasted.
Like someone who always believes there is something better on the channel he’s not watching I can’t resist stopping by new liquor stores when I get the chance. I took advantage of such an opportunity to stop by Riverside liquors today. Boy was I surprised. I had been in there before a couple of years ago and found them to be pretty much the average Frederick County beer and liquor store. They sure have changed since my last visit. In the Spring they took over the space next to them formerly occupied by Blockbusters and doubled their size. They now have a huge selection of wines and a very decent selection of beer and liquor. Prices are in line with other Frederick County prices, but they do have some bottles on sale which you don’t often see around here. I noticed they had an everyday favorite of mine, Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel, on sale for $8.99 a bottle. They also had the largest selection (about 8-12 different varieties) of Prosecco that I have seen in our area.
The only gripe I would have is that they have some of their wine arranged by by region (ie France, Italy etc.) and some arranged by varietal (Zinfandel, Merlot). The also had a section for “Chili Wines” which were not in actuality refrigerated wines, but rather bottlings from the country-Chile.
Riverside Liquors- 1299 Riverbend Way
Frederick, MD 21701
[In the small shopping center in front of the Rt 26 Walmart]