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10 Best Cava Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Cava

10 Best Cava Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Cava

Cava is the name for sparkling wine made in Spain, think of it as the Champagne of Spain, just remember to call it Cava since Champagne may only be used in reference to the sparkling wines from the French region of Champagne. Spain has adopted similar regulations to Champagne, as Cava may only be used to name a wine if it was made using the traditional Méthode Champenoise. You’ll find my most top 10 Cava reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Cava: 1. Most Cava comes from the region of Catalunya where Barcelona is located, in particular the... learn more  

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Recipe: Blue Cheese Hamburger with Red Wine Pairing

Recipe: Blue Cheese Hamburger with Red Wine Pairing

In celebration of National Hamburger Day, pair this savoury recipe for Blue Cheese Hamburger with the full-bodied red wine, such as Shiraz, Cabernet or Malbec. Please feel free to share this on social media with the hashtag #nationalburgerday Prep time: 30 minutes Total time, including cooking: 2 hours and 30 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1.5 pounds of lean ground beef 2 ounces of crumbled blue cheese ¼ cup of minced fresh chives 1/8 teaspoon of hot pepper sauce ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon of coarsely-ground black pepper ¾ teaspoon of salt ½ teaspoon of dry mustard 6 hamburger buns   Directions:... learn more  

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Wine's Finest Moments in the Movies ...

Wine's Finest Moments in the Movies

We chat about how Hollywood's most memorable characters, from James Bond to Hannibal Lector, have always had a little help from the wine bottle. How wine is portrayed in the movies is often revealing about our wine culture. Sit back, open a good bottle and ... learn more  

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Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012

Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012

This is what elegance and restraint tastes like from Australia: French grammar school, Australian graduate studies by the consummate gentleman winemaker Peter Gago. This wine was matured for a year in French oak, 26% of which was new. Lovely aromas of mint ... learn more  

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Getting Graphic with Wine and Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly

Getting Graphic with Wine and Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly

Would you like to learn more about wine regions, but find it difficult to keep them all straight? We know that tasting wine is a great way to learn about it, but did you know that the power of visuals can really accelerate your learning? That’s exactly what we’re going to learn tonight with our guest who joins me live from Seattle. Our guest this evening is Madeline Puckette, author of the New York times best-selling book Wine Folly! Click on the arrow above to watch the video. P.S. Join us Sunday November 5, at 6 pm eastern with Dr.... learn more  

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A full-bodied Bordeaux red wine from the Right Bank region of Saint Emilion. It leads with Merlot on the blend with Cabernet. Aromas of dark red plums and black berries. Good structure. Would benefit from 203 more years in the cellar. MINE: Château La Fleur Pourret (2009) is a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru produced by Domaines Manoncourt. The blend for this wine was 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 was a good vintage year in Saint Émilion. OTHER: Neil Phillips rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review: Deep ruby with garnet starting to show on the edges. An austere nose as far as intensity - but lots going on with aromas of horse blanket, dark plum, blackberry, geranium, leather, mocha, mint. On the palate, well-integrated medium+ tannins and acid. Flavours of prunes, dates, plum chutney, cremini mushrooms, chocolate, baking spices, dried blackberry. Nice long finish. This is starting to show some age and drinking well, but could age a bit longer. Tasted October 2016. OTHER: Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review: A well structured Ruby red gem Grand Cru. 13.5% ABV yielding from Bordeaux's St-Emilion region. A great vintage and a wonderful wine. On the nose, ripe strawberry, blackberry, a hint of anise. On the palate, juicy, mouthwatering and well balanced medium plus tannins, acidity and fruit. Long finish with persistence of strawberry, anise. Tasted Nov 2016 - rated 91/100 - bespoketastings.ca. OTHER: Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: This lovely right bank Bordeaux shows notes of jammy raspberry, plum, cassis sweet baking spice and a slight gamey/earthy character. The palate is silky smooth, with ripe tannins, luscious acidity and a long moutherwatering minty cassis finish. Enjoy this full bodied red with red-wine braised lamb shanks. Tasted Nov 2016 - @sommsosa / bespoketastings.ca. OTHER: Greg Hughes rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: This is a Left-Bank blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc done by Domaine Manoncourt. 2009 was a great year for drinkability and this wine is a good value, as it shows some insight into how a favourite vintage in Bordeaux is aging. Medium ruby, with not much bricking for a wine approaching a decade old. Bright and fresh still. There was some concern about whether there would be sufficient structure for long-term aging in the 2009s. Big juicy plum, cassis, and currant. Overtop, there are some great spices. Dried flower, cigar smoke, and woodchip. This one still has life yet! Cassis and red plum come through clear on the palate. Still alive and with totally ripe tannin. Gently decant this wine for about half an hour and put ot alongside some veal or portabello mushroom burgers. OTHER: Concentrated garnet. Refined smoky oak on the nose backed by redcurrant, blackberry and raspberry. Velvety palate with lace-like stuffing and mouth-coating fruit presence augmented by quality oak. A seductive wine that will elicit unanimous support. Score - 90 (gilbertgaillard.com, 2013)....

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Lip-smackingly great. Deep and delicious. Full-bodied. Lots of fleshy ripe blackberries and dark plums. Pair with hearty stews. MINE: This robust Australian red wine is aged in French oak barrels. The grapes grow on vines planted in McLaren Vale. Good cellar wine. OTHER: A phalanx of forceful dark mottled fruit flavours are melded to toasty French oak, following a period of maturation for 18 months. This is a take-no-prisoners expression of unbridled, heady McLaren Vale shiraz: chocolatey, warm and packed full of dried fruit flavours macerated in anise and boozy spice. Drink by: 2020. Score - 91 (Ned Goodwin, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)....

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