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Jess

2010 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling

We’ve been working on a miniature wine cellar in the house for about two months now. Since we started building a more extensive wine collection, including a selection from favorite producers to keep around for a decade or two, we’ve been carefully picking out wines and keeping track of the temperature in our closet to ensure that it keeps our wines at the perfect temperature. It’s pretty ideal so far, and is in a dark place away from sunlight, unexpected heat, or the roving paws of curious kittens. And we’ve been judicious about keeping our collection sealed…so far. When a selection of the 2010 Wiemer vintage came over a few weeks ago, I wanted to save a few for a rainy Riesling day but was too tempted by the weather! Read more of this post

2010 Hermann J. Wiemer Gewürztraminer

Last October, my girlfriend and I took a trip to the Finger Lakes to tour some of the wineries and do some research for a project I’d been working on. We stopped at a few different wineries but mainly went to check out the selection at Hermann J. Wiemer. We enjoyed an amazing weekend and even got to help harvest and process their latest batch of Pinor Noir grapes. A rousing time was had by all and we left with a mixed case of what I believe to definitively be some of the Finger Lake’s best wines, in quality and value. The 2008 Wiemer Semi-Dry Riesling and 2007 Wiemer Gewürztraminer rivaled some of the nicer Mosel wines I’ve had and the price, $18, just could not be beat. Read more of this post

2006 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling

A few months ago, my girlfriend, father, and I had a miniature Dönnhoff vertical with a few special bottles we had picked up on a whim at a wine store. This was one of the best cheaper finds we’d come across. The store was selling two of these, the 2006 and 2007 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spatleses, for $35 apiece, marked down from their original prices of $73 and $70, respectively. Arguably two of the best vintages for this particular vineyard since the famed 2001, these tweak my buttons in the perfect way. Who doesn’t love quality wine at cheap prices? Read more of this post

Bissinger’s Chocolate-Covered Wine Grapes

If you’re a long-time reader of this site, you know that I typically choose to review unique food products on my other website, Foodette Reviews. However, when I received these at the Fancy Food Show, I knew I had to write about them here. I’ve written extensively about a few of Bissinger’s product line on Foodette, because they’re easily one of my favorite artisanal companies. It’s a treat to find an older, classically styled chocolatier who is comfortable recreating standards as they are preserving them, and their chocolate-covered wine grapes are one of the nicest things I’ve had from them. Read more of this post

1990 Weingut Günther Steinmetz Kestener Paulinsberg Riesling Spätlese

“If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Or is it? As I’m mired in my LSAT exam preparation, I’ve been taught to sniff out buzzwords like “probably” and “likely” as baited quantifiers that could either drastically minimize or overstate the scope of an argument. Sometimes these words can aid in helping find a middle ground between an argument that limits a theory or one that is too vague, but other times, they serve as blinking red lights leading me to doubt their usage in a question. Read more of this post

1997 Château d’Yquem

Some wines reel you in, while others soothe you. Some wines serve only for the purpose of complimenting the dishes they are paired with, and some work themselves into the intricacies of an evening, lubricating an awkward social event or enhancing an already wonderful one. Read more of this post

2012 Mohegan Sun WineFest

Casinos are no strangers to entertaining events: whether you’re scoping out the buffet lines and catching The Family Stone (missing Sly) in concert or making big cash on the slot machines, there’s always something to check out. My home state hosts two of the world’s most famous casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Having enjoyed some events and restaurants there in the past, I was quite pumped to visit Mohegan and serve as a press correspondent for their annual Sun WineFest. Read more of this post

2012 Boston Wine Expo

Today we made a trip out to Boston to check out the 2012 Boston Wine Expo. The BWE has brought wine distributors, writers, and consumers together for the last twenty two years in the center of the city to drink, learn, and enjoy plenty of fascinating selections and nibbles from across the globe! This year’s selection of events featured seminars with speakers like Mark Oldman and Wine Spectator director of education Gloria Maroti Frazee and live cooking demonstrations by some of Boston’s best chefs. Read more of this post

1998 Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape

For every quirky outsider of a wine, there is a classical, downright Baroque bottle  that presents itself simply, like an antique desk, yet is so utterly beautiful in its minimal presentation that it trumps its younger counterparts every time. And that wine is the 1998 Beaucastel. There are few words that come to mind when one drinks this wine. It speaks for itself impeccably. Read more of this post

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