Pinot Noir is considered by many to be the most temperamental, difficult, and overall challenging grape varietal a vintner can grow. It has a high susceptibility to rot, viruses and diseases. It has a thin skin which can easily get sunburned, and often needs cooler climates than some varietals to mature properly. High quality grapes are required to make a good Pinot Noir, different from some other varietals that can make decent wine from not the best grape. And does best in limestone and clay soils with good drainage. A bad Pinot Noir is often flabby, overly jammy and fruit forward, and often quite uninteresting. However, when Pinot Noir is done well it is considered by many, including me, to one of the (if not the) best varietals produced, whether that be a Grand Cru from Burgundy or a earth laden Willamette Valley gem, or a lush Russian River or Carneros beauty. Pinot Noir can be the best expression of a varietal when handled with care and consideration. Here are a few that are worth trying soon. Some selections were sent for editorial consideration.
Willamette Valley’s Stoller Vineyards was the first LEED Certified winery in the United States, attaining the Gold designation. Using solar power and gravity-flow it combines green, environment friendly practices with modern wine-making and sustainability, creating some of the finest Pinot Noir in the area. Made from 100% estate fruit, with each individual estate block hand harvested, processed and barrel aged separately to ensure all fruit is picked at its optimal time. 2007 Stoller Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir comes from some of the oldest blocks of Pinot Noir on the Stoller Estate and is filled with layers of vanilla, baking spices, red fruit and the musky, earthiness which shines through in many of the stunning Pinot Noir offerings from Willamette Valley. Continue reading "What to Drink Now: Pinot Noir"4 Comments »
In 2001, my mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Today, my mother is in good condition due to the outstanding care from her doctors and medication.
Although medicine has advanced in the past ten years, there is still very little known about this degenerative disease.
Please come help me celebrate my birthday on Monday August 8 and give to a great cause.
Proceeds benefit the APDA.
Alma will be offering a 4-course meal for $60 or for $75 with wine pairings. The menu will draw inspiration from my favorite childhood meals with my family (details to follow).
Guests will also enjoy additional surprises throughout the evening.
Seating will be limited and by reservation only. Please call Alma at 214.827.2820 to make reservations (specify AQ’s benefit dinner).
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I’ve seen so many things about Mac n Cheese recently and I am looking for some GOOD N’ CHEAP Mac n Cheese. I don’t want Mac n Cheese with truffles or lobsters or crab. I don’t want to make a reservation or enjoy it during restaurant week or eat at some place with a big wine list. I don’t want it to be made from Gouda or Buda or some super fancy schmany cheeses. I just want AMAZING yet plain’ ole Mac n Cheese, ideally on a blue plate special, that I can get as part of a meal for around (or under) $10.
Last week I was reminded how important it is for the labels to be obscured during a competition. I attended a trade tasting of Clos du Bois wines at Chamberlain’s Fish Market hosted by Constellations Wines (owners of Clos du Bois).
They used the most powerful way to market any wine that punches above its weight, but doesn’t get credit for it: they tasted their two top wines blind against two well regarded and in all but one case, more expensive, competitors. First off was 2009 Clos du Bois “Calcaire”, Chardonnay. It was pitted against two anonymous competitors and the packed room of wine buyers, restaurateurs, wine industry employees and even the Calcaire winemaker swirled and sniffed the three before ranking them first through third. A first place vote counted as ‘1’, a second place vote’ 2’, and a third place vote ‘3’. So lowest score won. The results:
A Disher with a head for PR and a bod for PR writes:
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Taking kids to sea world this weekend and staying at La Cantera. Do you guys have any great restaurants you would suggest we not miss while there??? I would like to take advantage of not sticking with summer diet this weekend.