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Valerie Stride

Valerie Stride WSET ADV

2963 days ago

Valerie reviewed this wine:

A pronounced intensity wine with notes of tart cherry, cigar box, leather, hints of red berries, and sweet spices. The acid structure is quite strong; ensure a food pairing is nearby. The dusty, earthy notes on the palate make up for things! Medium bodied, good tannin structure, and good length.

2965 days ago

Valerie reviewed this wine:

If you enjoy a well-developed wine with those forest floor & earthy tones, the Vina Arana Reserva 2005 is a good choice. Hints of "brett" (barnyard notes), toast & vanilla, leather, and meatiness complement the quiet cherry notes. The wine is dry (made from a Tempranillo blend), and has good acid and a medium body. Tannin is still present. Tasted Spring 20114.

JoieFarm A Noble Blend 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
2981 days ago

Valerie reviewed this wine:

An aromatic bouquet of flowers for you on the nose of this wine! Violets and white flowers complement the additional grape, ripe peach, honey, juicy lychee and pear notes. Off dry and medium bodied, this blend of a large number of white grape varietals will have you singing. Good acid structure and well balanced. Another great vintage! Try it with some spicy cuisine.


Quady Essencia Orange Muscat 2012

California, United States
3160 days ago

Valerie scored this wine: 90/100

A vibrant, aromatic nose -- indulging. Notes of apricot, peaches & cream, sweet candied orange, and a twist of lemon. On the palate, this wine is sweet, mouth-watering, and delicate. Floral, citrus fruits, candy, and stone fruits make this a beautiful aperitif.


Black Hills Estate Winery Alibi 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
3191 days ago

Valerie scored this wine: 87/100

Clean, crisp, with a good acid structure. Verging on aromatic, this white blend is one to enjoy on its own or with some tapas. Green apple & pear, floral notes, and hints of nectarine will engage your senses. I particularly enjoyed the melon notes! Feel like some skewered & BBQed veggies? Try this as your pairing.

Valerie Stride

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Memorable Wine

My first Moscato d'Asti *sigh*


First Wine

Some Italian red that my Italian grandpa fed me off his pinky finger


Unusual Wine Experience

Smelling parmesan cheese notes in a Washington State blended white wine.


Current Fav Wine

I recently started on an Ehrenfelser kick.





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