Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Deep blue and black fruits, and mocha spice define this full-bodied and concentrated wine. Dried fruit and Asian spice character with some full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. This is an age worthy wine with many years in front of it. — a month ago

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Nice. Never heard of it.

W. L. Weller

Aged 12 Years The Original Wheated Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

A brief respite from #whole30 January. First time w Weller and it is very nice. — 2 years ago

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Michael Meyer

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This is a fav of mine! Have an unopened bottle at home whenever you’re interested...

Antonopoulos Vineyards

Peloponnisos Moschofilero 2017

This bouquet is straight up raw honey.

Apricots, subtle hints of fresh ginger, limestone mineral bouquet.

Fruit-forward. Slightly puckerish, tartness.

Smooth mouthfeel. Silk and luxurious.

Not all wine brings up such strong images while I drink it. This one absolutely does. I think of Greece and the sea and turquoise and limestone and old architecture. I think of the respite of love and the adventure of life.

~$20 at Astor Wine & Spirits.

— 2 years ago

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I’m looking forward to trying this. I’m hearing good things about Greek winemaking. Thanks for sharing (nice pic, too).
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S.S. Mandani

Thanks Ron. Yes, surprisingly after I bought this, I got into a deep conversation about Greek winemaking with the owner of my neighborhood wine bodega. Excited for you to try it, and thank you.

Pierre Péters

Cuvée de Réserve Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

Cathy Corison

Harvest moon is up there somewhere. You’d never know with the smoke from the Glass Fire choking us. Nice respite. — 2 months ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2006

With the Wine Blight laying waste to her vineyards, France went from 8:1 exporter in 1870 to 6:1 importer in 1887. Legions of wine farmers faced total financial ruin. With no cure - or even a proper diagnosis - in sight, many saw no option but to flee to lands not yet affected.

The influx of institutional knowledge that flooded into former backwater wine regions like Rioja catapulted them into relevance, and soon matured into a world-class standard. The farmers had found respite, but couldn't run forever. By the time Phylloxera crossed the Pyrenees, however, there would be new ways to fight back.

French botanist Jules-Emile Planchon had a theory. If the blight was caused by a microscopic American insect as he suspected, perhaps grafted European varieties on American rootstock would be resistant. This would be confirmed by Missouri entomologist Charles Riley, and with millions of rootstocks supplied by Texas horticulturalist T.V. Munson, the Wine Blight was soon in remission.

(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû’s Wines ‘History of Wine 1453AD-Present’ seminar, where this wine was poured)
— a year ago

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Château Fuisse

Le Clos Pouilly-Fuissé Chardonnay 2014

Enjoying some bottles along side the warmth of the chimenea, today is a brief respite for the seasonal weather, tomorrow brings snow again.

A typical P-F in my opinion, a little more oak influence than I typically like, but it's growing on me. It's young and had about an hour decant already, but still needs more air.
— 3 years ago

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David T

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Now you’re talking wine and a fire. We have a chiminea & a fire pit. Love em.
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We do most of our burning late fall, mid-winter and early spring. My snow piles are gone, so no natural wine chillers right now. 🤨

Bodegas Menade

Nosso Verdejo Natural

Medellin isn’t a wine town, but a nice selection at Justo in Poblado. Funky verdejo with tropical fruit, lemon zest, and kernel is a nice respite from the valley sun — a year ago

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Pierre Paillard

Les Parcelles Bouzy Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Birthday celebration for @Cody Uzzel at Lucio’s with a bunch of friends. All wines (except sparklers) tasted blind.
Always gotta finish with bubbles 🥂 my third and final contribution of the evening and the perfect bottle to end on. This got downed fast as our palates were in need of respite. I lament that this was my final bottle of this stuff, but I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kill it off 🍾
— 2 years ago

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Château Thivin

Cuvée Zaccharie Côte de Brouilly Gamay 2016

This wine is super chill. Cranberries. Lots of cranberry. Little bit of blackberry. Little bit of “sticks and rope.” It tastes like something you should be drinking on a cloudy not-quite-spring day (which this is). Not velvety enough to be wintery, not quite light enough to be summery. Super smooth and not messing around. A pleasant respite from heavy shit that won’t slap you in the face. It wears stripes and has a scarf in its hair. — 3 years ago


Brut Réserve Champagne Blend

Enjoying some bottles along side the warmth of the chimenea, today is a brief respite for the seasonal weather, tomorrow brings snow again.

Nice bottle, gaining complexity with air time. Enjoyable, but for $50 we've had better bottles for less cost.
— 3 years ago

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David T

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Watch out...that Billecart can be addictive. Just saying. 🧐
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It's the rosé that's the go-to bottle, but since you cornered the market at Whole Foods a week ago, I can't find any, so had to settle for the regular bottle.