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Matt James

Matt James


Luis Felipe Edwards Reserva Malbec 2009

Colchagua Valley, Chile
2954 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

The colour is a purple to a blueberry. The nose is spicy, black cherry and blackberry. It also has some allspice and some wet gravel. The pallet has full and round tannins, with toasted baking spices, blackberry, sour cherry, and red licorice. Overall this is a very well balanced alcohol to acidity for a dry red wine. This is a wine that is going to make you want to eat when you drink it. Wine should should make you WANT to eat food. A wine shouldn't be better WITH food like most people think. If you have a wine that tastes better with food, the it isn't a great wine. It may be OK, just not one that's great. Wine will make your food experiences explode if matched properly. So the last big thing. What do I eat with this wine? Here are my choices. A meaty grilled fish, like a tuna steak, a grilled pork chop with prunes, or grilled veal. Basically anything grilled. Oh, I really enjoyed this one on its own too! Enjoy a glass. Matt http://mattwineguy.blogspot.com

Seleccionada Hijos De Antonio Barceló

Viña Mayor Seleccionada Hijos De Antonio Barceló Tinto Vendimia 2007

D.O., Toro, Spain
2959 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

This one is a new favourite of mine. Believe it or not, I was sitting on my front porch with my dog last night sipping this. Yes I know it was January 12, but this wine was sure keeping me warm. It's full of big, ripe black fruit, smokey, cigar box, and huge tannins. I really enjoy this wine. My wife was enjoying it with a black bean puree soup and it paired wonderfully!

Penny Black

Post House Penny Black 2008

W.O., Stellenbosch, South Africa
2959 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

The Post House, Penny Black 2008. This is a steal at the LCBO for $19.95. This one is from Stellenbosch, South Africa. It is a real mish-mash of grapes. 5 in total, 4 red and a white???? Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvginon, Petit Verdot, and Chenin Blanc. I know your thinking what? But hear me out. This is a big and I mean big red, but is well balanced. It looks like pen ink in your glass, but my it is worth it. At 15% the alcohol matches the acidity that is provided by the Petite Verdot and the Chenin Blanc. This is a great wine to sip in front of a roaring fire or with a good grilled steak.

Matt James

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Memorable Wine

Carmel Road - Pinot Noir - 2009 - Monterey


First Wine

Peele Island Reisling


Unusual Wine Experience

It was the momment when I realized that wine was more than something to have with pizza but a full culinary experience.


Current Fav Wine

Post House - Penny Black - South Africa

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