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Kurt's Pick

Strangely enough, Kermit Lynch came upon the Meyer-Fonné wines for the first time at his home down in Provence.   He was tasting with Daniel Ravier, the winemaker at Domaine Tempier, and the two were blown away at the first, dazzling sip; now that we’ve all gotten to know the domaine,…

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Melville Pinot Noir 2010, from the St. Rita Hills out in Santa Barbara CA is anything but the typical Pinot Noir.  While the goal of a wine is often to excel within a certain boundary, typicity of a varietal, making it better, this wine is something different . Melville Pinot…

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Domaine Gramenon’s Poignee de Raisins 2011 Cotes du Rhone is one of Kermit Lynch’s lovely finds.  This wine is a delicious grenache made with biodynamic yeast.  It is full of delicious raspberries, mellow cherries, and while it is being big and open, this gem has a nice little spicy bite. …

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One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the Southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe.  The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as “La Crau” for over one hundred years.  The wines of Vieux Télégraphe…

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d’Arenberg Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne 2010 I had Hermit Crab’s Viognier a few years ago, and I enjoyed it but was not impressed.  This time around, (and perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I know more about wine now), it was lovely.  I found this wine honeyed,…

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Chiaretto Classico 2012 by Marchesini A delicately subtle rosé from Italy.  It sleepily drifts to your nose with strawberries, and other sweet ‘n tart fruits.  It glides across the palate with sugared tangerine, peaches, and strawberry ice cream, though it isn’t a sweet wine. The creamy, almost vanilla tinted body…

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The tasting at Benny’s Restaurant with Rikki Vallance of Winegardner’s Wines, and Lyle Railsback of Kermit Lynch was a marvelous treat.  There was an interestingly diverse selection of wines offered at this tasting, paired with an array of local cuisine, made form as local ingredients as were possible. Margaret, the…

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Is it possible Emily Dickenson has been reincarnated as a wine reviewer quietly working for a retail shop somewhere in Montana? Katherine from the Panhandler in Helena visited Seattle……. CLASSICAL WINES OF SPAIN A note from Kurt – When Katherine told me she would be visiting Seattle I called my…

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Lena goes to Kysela

Over the river and through the woods… Sniff, swirl, sip, spit – repeat.  A fine-tuned practice at an event of this style.  Kysela Pere et Fils just built a new warehouse and was hosting a portfolio tasting to show off their expansive new digs in Winchester, Virginia.  We met with…

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Burgundy

“the closer the Beaune, the sweeter the meat…..” A compelling actor expresses beauty and energy underneath the surface that actively reveals itself during the course of the movie. I prefer a full length Penelope Cruz film to watching Pamela Lee Anderson bounce after a camera on a generic beach. A…

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