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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

Château Tanesse 2015

Côtes De Bordeaux - Cadillac, Bordeaux A.C., France
24 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

Your patience will be rewarded with this Merlot dominant Bordeaux if you can cellar it for a couple of years yet. The nose is refined and elegant showing subtle red fruit and is pleasingly fresh. Subtle fruit shows on the silky palate but the tannins are still quite firm. Treat yourself to a few at this price and enjoy with cured meats and cheeses or earthy stew. Very good value. Tasted Aug 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com


Tenshen Red 2017

Santa Barbara County, California, United States
24 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 88/100

This has a fruity nose of strawberries and field berries that carry to the palate. Straightforward and designed to appeal to a broad spectrum. This could easily serve as a red party wine on its own or serve with burgers and light beef dishes. Tasted August 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com


J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay 2017

Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, United States
24 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 92/100

If you are a fan of bold Chardonnay it will be hard to beat this one. It opens with pronounced oak and butter on the nose, then offers up some interesting underlying ginger, sweet clove and cinnamon tones. All the promise of the nose carries over to the palate. Rich, buttery and spicy with a long finish. Serve with rich, caramelized onion tartes. At. 12.95 for 375 ml it is excellent value. Tasted Aug 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Rioja Reserva

Puelles Rioja Reserva 2009

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
24 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 89/100

Time has been kind to this Rioja for the most part. The fruit has receded to the background leaving a silky, smooth and still well- structured pour. Fine tannins on the long finish. It is a lovely, straightforward, approachable pour at this point. Serve with pan con tomate or other tapas. Tasted August 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Parés Baltà Cava

Cava D.O., Spain
24 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 89/100

This Cava has a clean and refreshing nose with notes of sweet bakery goods and golden apple. Lively, slightly savoury with good acidity. Finish medium plus. Perfect for toasting or oysters. Tasted August 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Carolyn Hetke

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Memorable Wine

A Chateaneuf du Pape we had with dinner at Chateau des Fines Roches. I admit the ambiance probably had a lot to do with the 'memorable' part!


First Wine

Probably Baby Duck but in all fairness it would have been at the kid's table at Christmas!


Unusual Wine Experience

Exploring an organic Tuscan winery where there was literally inches of mould on the bottles.


Current Fav Wine

Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux.....That is like asking a mother to choose their favourite child!

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