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Debbie Gioquindo

Debbie Gioquindo

2010 Rooster Hill Dry Riesling 2010

Finger Lakes, New York, United States
3538 days ago

Debbie scored this wine: 90/100

I thought I would finish off Regional Wine Week with a Finger Lakes Riesling. This wine was a gift from my friend Melissa who we met for an afternoon of wine tasting in the Finger Lakes this past summer. What a wonderful selection it was! Thank you Melissa! WOW! is what I said after the first smell of this wine. A nose full of citrus zest - tangerine peel and lime zest. Once me and the wine settled down there were hints of apricot and apple that showed through. A simple sip brought tart green apples, apricot to the mid taste. Hints of minerality dance in your mouth. This wine has a beautiful mouth feel and is smooth, silky and not very acidic. It finishes off with a nice citrus zing. If you are a Riesling fan, I highly recommend this wine. I really enjoyed this bottle!

Norman Vineyards 2002 Merlot 2002

Paso Robles, California, United States
3683 days ago

Debbie scored this wine: 90/100

Dark berry fruit captures the bouquet and palate. The palate also brings licorice, black raspberry. This wine has good structure and mouth feel. Can even go a few more years in the bottle.

3524 days ago

Debbie scored this wine: 89/100

2006 Chateau Sainte Cosme Cotes du Ventoux Domain de la Crillone. (boy that's a mouth full) This wine is 100% Old Vines Grenache produced by Louis Barroul. Louis is the 14th generation Barroul to make wine at St Cosme. St. Cosme is located in Gigondas which is 10 miles northeast of Chateauneuf de Pape. The grapes for this wine come from the Cotes Du Ventoux. The wine has aromas of blueberry with red berry shining through and a distant hint of sage. The palate was filled with blackberry, blueberry and hints of tobacco. This is a very approachable wine and should be enjoyed today, don't wait until tomorrow.

3666 days ago

Debbie scored this wine: 88/100

A cigar box nose gives way to a musty plum and black cherry followed by a hint of earth. The palate was filled with nice black cherry, busting black fruit with vanilla and tobacco on the finish. Pairs well with Pasta and Tomato Sauce

Awosting White 2010

Hudson Valley, Ny, United States
3676 days ago

Debbie scored this wine: 88/100

This wine is one of Whitecliff's best selling wines and I can see why. This 2010 Awosting White is estate bottled and is a blend of 60% Seyval and 40% Vignoles. It has a fresh nose of lime giving way to a hint of banana and passion fruit. On the palate there is pineapple, soft tropical fruit, and lime. The wine is slightly acidic which is balanced out by a hint of sweetness. This is a nice fresh and vibrant wine that will be very refreshing on a hot summers day.

Debbie Gioquindo

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Memorable Wine

1999 Chateau St Jean Cinq Cépages


First Wine

If we aren't counting college or the Seder table - A 1995 Rioja


Unusual Wine Experience



Current Fav Wine

Right now since we are getting into the warmer weather I really like a unoaked Chardonnay and a Hudson Valley Traminette

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award