Saint Mont, Southwest France

Mont Gravet

Côtes de Gascogne Colombard

Sweeter white but not too sweet. Notes of melon, mango, and pear. doesn’t have the acidic bite that cheap whites usually have. Floral-ish nose. Paid $10 or less for this at local shop. An absolute steal and probably delicious in spring/summer — 12 days ago

Terrassous

Rivesaltes Ambré Hors d'Âge 6 Ans Vin Doux Naturel Grenache Blend

Shay A
9.2

January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.

Sorry for the generic pic. Missed the bottle pic. Unique...not honeyed. Marzipan, toffee, creme brûlée and a nutty note on the back end and finish. I wasn’t sure what to call it. Good for the price.
— 9 days ago

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Château Palmer

Historical XIXth Century Blend L.20.07. Vin de Table Français 2010

Always fun to drink this with fellow wine lovers, such a fun wine but sad to see the price tag that you have to pay for it now. — 4 days ago

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Palmer guy!!! @Jeff Loo

Domaine de Saint-Lannes

Blanc Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne Colombard 2017

Nectarine smell, higher acidity, lemon, tart & crisp. Not overly sweet, very smooth, getting to med body — 2 months ago

Domaine Saint-Lannes

Côtes de Gascogne Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Great party wine / people pleaser. Nectarine aroma. Lemon amd minerality flavors. High acidity, medium body with long finish. — 6 days ago

Hugel et Fils

Classic Gewurztraminer 2013

Shay A
8.9

January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.

This was a very solid gewürztraminer that came across fairly light. Acidity didn’t show until the very end. Light and crisp. Not much lychee notes, but it had that orange blossom, baked apple pie and sweet tropical stone fruit notes that I expect.
— 9 days ago

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Matassa

Rouge Red Blend

It’s immediately apparent this wine is made from skill and experience - rather than from a newcomer to the French natural wine arena. Matassa Rouge is 100% early picked Carignan from South African/New Zealand transplant to the Southern Rhône, Tom Lobbe.

It’s beautifully pure, perfectly concentrated, and elegantly fresh - frontloaded with ripe berries and minerals. You’ll notice some sulfur stink which will subside after ten or fifteen minutes. Then blackberries, raspberries, and mulberries. Silky smooth.

You won’t remember the grape so much as the winemaking.
— 16 days ago

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Ira Schwartz

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@Ely Cohn I see you had the 2017. I am sitting on the 2015. What are your thoughts on the aging capabilities for this one?
Ely Cohn

Ely Cohn

@Ira Schwartz my gut says your 2015 is ready to go. I think this is a beautiful wine in its youthful freshness and won’t benefit much from the cellar. Just my take. Let me know if you open!
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@Ely Cohn Thanks, I will tag you when I post.

Château Saint-Sernin

Malbec de Calcaire Cahors Malbec 2014

Let it breathe a bit in a decanter and it’s so smooth with mellow flavors — 16 days ago

Pinnacle

Vodka

There is a lot of vodka in the world. It’s just vodka so what does it matter right? Well it does. This one is somewhat neutral but blends well and does not go weird or vanish altogether. New Amsterdam (from Gallo) vanishes. Grape vodkas go weird as heck. Potato vodkas are finicky. I would put this above Sveda and about equal with Finlandia. No need to pay twice as much for grey goose when it’s being mixed. — 4 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

One I haven't tried but wondered about was Belvedere vodka. There are a lot of vodka brands.
Philip Patston

Philip Patston

That is a premium Rye from Poland. I have not had that. A similar vodka is Sobieski which is quite good too.
Trixie

Trixie

I will have to look for Sobieski. Thanks for the suggestion.

Tsarine

Brut Champagne Rosé Blend

On occasion I (and my wife by extension) get invited by a restaurant to enjoy an evening of wining & dining on the house in exchange for some Instagram publicity. I, of course, gladly accept their hospitality, not only because I love food & wine but also because I relish the opportunity to share (hopefully) positive experiences had at local restaurants. Tonight’s experience was at Lucio’s BYOB, which I’ve been to numerous times. However, tonight I was invited to return for dinner and explore a multitude of new menu items at the behest of their Marketing Director, Irina, who has had the pleasure of serving at various acclaimed restaurants in France and Italy (including none other than Osteria Francescana), as well as numerous local hot-shot restaurants here in Houston. Since I would be the only one drinking over dinner, I chose to bring a Champagne split of a selection I had never had before by a producer I had never experienced. Tsarine’s Brut Rosé offered the perfect pairing for all manner of dishes from cured gravlox, to crab cake, to Australian lamb rack, to assorted desserts and more. Ripe strawberries, peaches, and delicate flowers, I enjoyed my first exposure to this producer and wouldn’t mind trying some of their other offerings. — 19 hours ago

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Very cool @Ryan Vento . I’ve had one or two Sparklers from this producer and if memory serves correct, I’ve enjoyed them. Also, not sure I’ve mentioned, but congrats on the upcoming little one! My wife and I are in the same boat (good call on the split...I need more of those for the next few months!)
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Thanks @Shay A , I appreciate it. Congrats to you two as well.