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17 May, 2013

Covington Sweet Potato Vodka

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Covington Sweet Potato Vodka Snow Hill, NC 40% ABV With a slogan like “the best yam vodka on Earth,” Covington gets out of my gate with a head start. If you are not a pun enthusiast, that may translate to a 10-second penalty. It’s made in North Carolina and thus qualifies as a local spirit
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26 April, 2013

Trader Joe’s Grande Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir 2011

Posted in : Pinot Noir, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Trader Joe’s Grande Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir 2011 Napa, California I tasted this wine before purchasing it at Trader Joe’s, and I’m glad the sample convinced me to get a bottle. Its rich, medium-bodied boysenberry digs into me and won’t let go. The nose has a fleeting burst of fig newton, but is otherwise lackluster.
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12 April, 2013

LaCheteau Vouvray 2011

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LaCheteau Vouvray 2011 Loire Valley, France The nose of this white wine is subdued. Honeydew and the tickle of tannins are all I get from it. On tasting, it initially reminds me of Southern white wines with a lot of sweetness. Luckily, a healthy dose of acidity counteracts that. It’s bright and buttery, and lime,
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29 March, 2013

Country Vintner 2013 Trade Show Finds

Posted in : Beverage, Events, Merlot, Other Red Blends, Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris, Product Reviews, Red Wine, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Valpolicella, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Country Vintner 2013 Trade Show Finds Last week, I attended the Country Vintner’s 2013 Trade Show stop at the Cookery, one of a few stops they made in the state to show off their current portfolio of wines to local restaurants and wine purchasers from all over. The Country Vintner is a large wine sales
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25 March, 2013

Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria Dessert Wine

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Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria Dessert Wine Marsala, Italy This dessert wine is made with Muscat grapes, which are often used to produce sweet wines and fortified wines. Its color is light amber with rose tinges, and its nose is nectarine with subtle floral qualities including that rose again. It tastes wonderful. Certainly sweet, as expected
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18 February, 2013

Red Diamond Shiraz 2009

Posted in : Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Red Diamond Shiraz 2009 Washington State This Shiraz has the most interesting nose I’ve smelled in a while. It’s full of leather and juicy blackberry. The wine itself is much thinner than expected for a Shiraz, but it’s nicely matured. Blackberry swoops up then is replaced with whipped cream and spices. Pink peppercorn, a hint
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8 February, 2013

Broadbent Vinho Verde

Comments : 3 Posted in : Vinho Verde, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Broadbent Vinho Verde Portugal I love Vinho Verde. Wine made from its or Torrontes’s grapes convinced me I’d given white wines too hard of a time when they became popular in the last few years. So I’m always happy to try another bottle of the stuff. The Broadbent Vinho Verde has a delicious nose of
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1 February, 2013

Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey

Posted in : Bourbon, Spirits, Whiskey / Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey Kentucky 45% ABV This winter wheat, small-batch whiskey is made in the same style as bourbon but the wheat is 51% of its makeup rather than corn. Its color is lovely, reminding me of opaque almond brittle, not the creamy stuff. It is significantly sweeter to smell than most bourbons. That
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23 January, 2013

Borsao 2011 Grenache

Comments : 2 Posted in : Garnacha / Grenache, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Borsao 2011 Grenache Borja, Spain   Grenache wines are hit or miss with me. I adore Spanish wines, but Tempranillo has a special place in my heart. Grenache can sometimes be too dry for my palate and not as lively as its Spanish cousin. But when it hits, it’s a memorably layered wine. This is
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31 December, 2012

Primal Roots 2010 Red Blend

Posted in : Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Primal Roots 2010 Red Blend Acampo, California I love blends. They make me happier than wines primarily made of one grape. Together, the blend is smoother, more drinkable, although I assume an argument can be made that they lose character along the way. That may be the case with the Primal Roots 2010 Red Blend.
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