Monthly Archives: July 2014

  1. Tasting Notes – Borell Diehl Mueller Thurgau 2013 – Deserves More Respect

    Last week I wrote about a less sweet alternative to Moscato in the form of the off-dry Jacob Heims Steep Slope Riesling. This week I’d like to do the same for those searching for a simple, dry, yet somewhat fruity alternative to a Pinot Grigio. I recommend giving a Mueller Thurgau a try.

    In the not too distant past, this was the Rodney Dangerfield of grapes. It was initially from Switzerland, then made its way to Germany where it was widely grown after World War II to help save the vitaculturial economy. Hardy, easy to grow, the Mueller Thurgau produced easy to drink table wines. Low and behold it took off and in some ways helped the German cheap wine craze in the 1960’s that Americans embraced.

    After a period of time where higher end German wines were catching on, particularly off dry and dry Rieslings, sales of Blue Nun, Black Tower and wines made from Mueller Thurgau decreased. Of course what goes around comes around, and this light, simple, crisp dry white is back in favor.

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  2. Jacob Heims 2012 Steep Slope Riesling - Worth the Climb

    In the midst of the Moscato craze that has been dominating the sweet-white wine drinking world of late, it might be time to step back and enjoy a wine that is still fruit laden and refreshing without the excessive sweetness that some moscatos contain.  

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  3. Argiolas 12 Costamolino Vermentino - A non-oaked gem from Sardinia

    In the hot days of July, it’s always nice to find a white wine that has a good amount of flavor that isn’t heavy and laden with oak.  One such wine is vermentino.  In general, vermentino is a dry, crisp, and herbal white wine from the Mediterranean Islands of Corsica and Sardinia, as well as the Ligurian-Tuscan coastline of Italy. 

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  4. Jules Taylor Pinot Gris 2012 - A Terrific Pinot Gris from the Sauvignon Blanc World

    When we think of Pinot Gris we generally think of Alsace or Oregon.  Finding a Pinot Gris from New Zealand was unexpected.  Down there we think more about Sauvignon Blanc.

    At first I was somewhat skeptical of the Jules Taylor Pinot Gris because my mind kept calling it a Sauvignon Blanc and I expected something very dry with considerable grapefruit notes.  But even though we don’t think of the Marlborough region of NZ famous for Pinot Gris, they certainly are capable of making very good ones.

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  5. Chateau Lamothe 2013 Bordeaux Rose – An Explosive Rose for the Fourth

    Last weekend I recommended the Rubus Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with filet mignon, hot dogs or hamburgers for your July 4th picnic. For those of you who want something cooler, yet still dry and easy to pair with many summer foods; I recommend the Chateau Lamothe 2013 Bordeaux Rose.

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