Category Archives: Syrah

More from Oz Clarke

When I wrote about my tasting party with Oz Clarke, the gregarious and hilarious British wine writer, several readers chastised me for not revealing Oz’s reactions to the individual wines. So he was kind enough to send me some tasting … Continue reading

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Bien Nacido – An Iconic American Vineyard

California does not have storied vineyards such as Clos de Vougeot or Romanee-Conti in Burgundy, Clos Ste. Hune in Alsace and Clos du Mesnil in Champagne. Certain vineyards, however, have performed superbly enough – if over decades rather than centuries … Continue reading


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Wine Camp, and Other Ideas

Over Christmas weekend, my family held our annual “Wine Camp.” This is an extremely vinonerdy exercise in which we pour several wines blind and say, “Tell me what this is.” Over the years, it has taken on an air of … Continue reading

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Black Ankle Goes to Bethesda

Fans of the Bethesda Central Farm Market will have a chance to taste some local wine with all that local produce this Sunday, Sept. 13, from 9 am to 1 pm, when Black Ankle Vineyards will be pouring and selling … Continue reading

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Drink Local Wine Conference Opens

The First Ever Conference opened Friday night in Dallas, with a gala dinner at Le Cordon Bleu. About 40 participants (more are expected at Saturday€™s sessions) enjoyed seared scallops, roast chicken breast, flatiron steak and a decadent choco-chocolate dessert, … Continue reading

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Bad Mood, Continued

Tasted more American syrahs tonight. I really want to like these wines, but at the very best I find them €. meh. I opened four, then three more. Some nice herbal aromas from a Sonoma entrant, but it was still … Continue reading

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Bad Mood

I€™m in a bad mood tonight. I€™ve been tasting American syrahs. I€™d looked forward to exploring these wines ever since my last visit to Dry Creek Valley in 2006, when I tasted a few that shone with bright blueberry flavors, … Continue reading

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