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March 31st, 2014

March #365grapes

Toying with the idea of giving up wine for lent really slowed me down for 10 days. I only added 13 this month. Really need to pick up the pace!

2010 Massa Derthona
99 Timorasso

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2011 Lapeyre Juancon Sec
100 Gros Manseng

2010 Domaine De Montrieux
101 Pineau D’Aunis

2011 Txomin Etxaniz
102 Hondarribi Zuri (Noah?!)

2011 Bodega Sers fuerza 13 singular
103 Parraleta

2012 Hatzidakis Santorini
104 Assyritiko

2010 Il Ulio Donati Canillo
105 Lambrusco Maestri

2005 Pierre Frick
106 Pinot Blanc

NV Domain Uby no. 3
107 Columbard
Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano Toscana)

2012 Chapoutier Petite Ruche Blanc
108 Marsanne

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2012 Suertes del Marques 7 Fuentes
109 Listan Negra
110 Tintilla

2012 Domaine Des Ardoisieres Argile Blanc
111 Jacquere
Chardonnay

2008 Chateau Montus Madiran
112 Tannat

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April 1st, 2014

Introducing Snobbies

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February 28th, 2014

24 More Grapes in February

Added 24 more in February for a total of 98. Just 267 to go! 2012 Rosa dei Frati Garda Bresciano 75 Barbera 2012 Rosa dei Frati Garda Bresciano 76 Gropello Gentile 77 Marzemino Sangiovese 2012 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 78 Nerello Mascalese 79 Nerello Cappuccio 2011 Sameiras Blanco Ribeiro 80 Treixadura 81 Albariño […]

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January 31st, 2014

74 Grapes in January

A strong finish in January with a classic 13 grape Châteauneuf-du-Pape by Domaine de Pegau. All duplicate grapes are crossed out. Pol Roger Champagne NV 1 Chardonnay 2 Pinot Noir 3 Pinot Meunier Niepoort Tawny Dee Port NV 4 Touriga Nacional 5 Touriga Franca 6 Tinto Cão 7 Tinta Francisca 8 Tinta Amarela 9 Sousão […]

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January 5th, 2014

Day Five Banyuls

Only one more today: Grenache. The 2010 Domaine de la Rectorie Banyuls Cuvée Leon Parcé is 100% Grenache. And a little young to be drinking today Running Total: 18 Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Touriga Nacional Touriga Franca Tinto Cão Tinta Francisca Tinta Amarela Sousão Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot Malbec Sangiovese […]

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January 4th, 2014

Day Four: Old School Chianti

Three more grapes: the 2008 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG contains 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino. Running Total: 17 Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Touriga Nacional Touriga Franca Tinto Cão Tinta Francisca Tinta Amarela Sousão Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot Malbec Sangiovese Canaiolo Colorino

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January 3rd, 2014

Day Three: 4 More Grapes

Maybe a bit too quick out of the starting blocks – will probably hit the wall soon. Chateau Falfas 2010: 1. Cabernet Sauvignon 2. Cabernet Franc 3. Merlot 4. Malbec Chateau Falfas is a biodynamic Bordeaux. That sounds like an oxymoron, but actually it’s an incredible wine and a great value. It could use a […]

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January 2nd, 2014

Day Two: Seven More Grapes

Getting a great start and on pace for over 1,000 grape varieties this year! Port is a reliable way to pick up several grapes in an easy sip and the Niepoort Tawny Dee is a fun and excellent quality tawny. Niepoort Tawny Dee Grapes: 1. Touriga Nacional 2. Touriga Franca 3. Tinto Cão 4. Tinta […]

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January 1st, 2014

365 Grapes in a Year

We’re updating the Wine Grape Varietal Table this year and part of the effort is research. I’m tasting a different grape variety every day as field work and hopefully inspiration to prospective members of the Wine Century Club. Each grape will be recorded in a short Instagram video. I kind of botched the first video […]

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July 10th, 2013

The Purest Expression of . . .

. . . corked wine Some corks look strange or have strange things growing on them and it doesn’t affect the wine. This one, however, was unbelievably strong and a good (or horrible) example of TCA (the technical acronym for 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole or cork taint). I won’t mention the winemaker since I don’t want to taint […]

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