Attended an excellent wine seminar “There’s No Place like Rhône,” hosted by Vine & Co. This attractive wine store is filled with unique wines, and a knowledgeable, attentive staff, who are clearly passionate about wine!
Thoughtfully presented by Ian Scudder of Serge Doré Selections, this was a thorough introduction to the wines of the Rhône Valley in just seven wines.
First a note about Serge Doré wines…
I purchase a number of wines, many are pleasant but unremarkable, and some are, well, lets just describe them as authentic. When I drink a wine that makes me think…I want to know more about it. Often turning the bottle to the back label turns up this familiar illustration. All of Serge Doré wines show a true sense of place and are definitely authentic.
I urge you to turn bottles around to the “second label” and get familiar with excellent importers who select wines that you enjoy. Smart wine consumers know that this is an alternative to wine critic selections and reviews.
It’s that time of year…Wine Spectator recently released their list of the Top 100 wines of 2012.
Due to personal preferences I can’t tell you whether you will really love all of the wines on the list or not. However, if it is under $20, (I also include exactly $20) and makes this list, it probably is a solid value.
Last years list only contained 12 wines under $20- this years has 27. Also, I am noticing a large number of wines coming from South America.
Hint: just because they might not have made this years list- the 2011 list are still good wines to try!
I attended an excellent event thrown by Bottlenotes– Around the World in 80 Sips. This is a great opportunity to learn while “drinking around the world”. Virtually every style of wine can be sampled in one place.