The Southern Rhone Valley Along the Rhone River you have the dominant Syrah based wines or 100% Syrahs of Cornas, Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage , Cote Rotie. As you can see on the map, the Southern Rhone , which is mostly Grenache Dominant Wines you have Cotes Du Rhone, Vacqueyras, the famous Chateauneuf du Pape and […]Read More “G” In Gigondas Equals Grenache
Tough To Do Reviews On Friends See!!! I am a sucker for Dimples!! Those of you who have been regular blog readers from over 10 years ago, you know that I have talked about this lady above Annette Bergevin AKA :Dimples, AKA : Wine Gal. In 2002 the shared dreams of 2 best friends of […]Read More The Devil…She’s Back In My Life!
It’s Not From Australia Only I am at my breaking point of close minded people who label certain grapes or countries as wines they will never try. Yes, the Syrah grape is known as Shiraz in Australia and yes they tend to be very jammy and spicy and high alcohol. California Syrah also tends to […]Read More You Don’t Like Syrah? Swipe Left!
Who Or What Is A Minervois? I always am curious as to why some wines just fly off the shelves and always out of stock while a good handful in various sections just sit there and sit there and never have I seen a guest even look at the bottles, let alone buy them. I […]Read More Lonely Mixed Breed Wine.. Needs Home!
Imagine you are a Red Wine Drinker. How does this sound for taste descriptors? Dark berries, plums, smoke, leather, tar, meaty, spicy, oak, long finish. Sounds like the perfect wine for a “Cabernet Drinker”. I am describing the various expressions of the grape Syrah or as they call it in Australia, Shiraz. Yes, Captain Washington […]Read More “Syrah Is A Tough Sell”?? Nonsense!!!
D.O.C.’s of Piedmont Are Great Wines Too. When us wine people think of Piedmont we think of the famous areas that produce wines from D.O.C.G areas like the Nebbiolos of Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara and The Barberas of Asti and Alba and the Cortese of Gavi and the Moscato of Asti. There are some pretty darn […]Read More There is More To Piedmont Than D.O.C.G.!!
The Northern Rhone Valley, France We have talked about being a “RHONE RANGER” in previous blogs. I am proud to say I am one. I love the Grape Varietals of the Rhone, Red and White. I still get perplexed when Wine Retailers are carrying less and less Syrah as they say customers don’t want Syrah […]Read More If You Don’t Like Syrah..You Haven’t Had A Good One Yet!
One correction. Black Pearl (Parrl) by mistake in the video is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Shiraz) I got them reversed. Either way it is a very balanced wine and provides good value as all the wines in the video do. Change your mindset. Check out South African wines. Grape-fully yours, LarryRead More Wines From South Africa Are Not All “Rubber–ish”
Definition Of An Advocate ad-vo-cate (noun) a person who supports or publicly recommends a particular cause, policy or product I Am An Advocate Of Washingto State Wine #CaptainWashington Everyday for the last 15 years I have been either in a Restaurant or Wine Bar or Retail Shop Committing my Life to Not Just the preaching […]Read More The Washington State Wine ADVOCATE Reviews “THE ADVOCATE”
For 20 years now I keep advising Wine Consumers to forget about the Brand Name, forget about The Grape Variety as in Give me Cabernet Or Merlot Or Chardonnay, and select wines based on this criteria 1- Flavor Profile Preference (Light and Fruity, Medium and Soft, Or Big Bold and Robust) 2- Budget Range. Even […]Read More If You Buy Wine By Familiar Grapes.. Let’s Compromise