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Tasting Note: Shady Lane Blue Franc

One of the bottles I picked up last year in the Traverse City area.  They had some terrible weather in 2013, so unfortunately they had to buy fruit from Washington.   137 more words

Tasting Note

Hanging With the Hipsters at Johan Vineyards

If I have learned anything since starting this blog over five years ago, it’s that there are no certainties in the wine world. I know that does not sound all that profound, but I really have stopped trying to have any expectations whatsoever where ever I go. 992 more words


Weingut Roterfaden, an exciting arrival from Germany!

Dreams need to be big. Otherwise, they’re just thoughts, aspirations or plans.

When I first started studying wine, I thought that I would be making it, too, in the not too distant future.  722 more words


Tasting Note: Aurora Blaufrankisch

One of my finds from the Traverse City area.  Blaufrankisch is one of the great Austrian grape varieties, and it’s very well-suited to a lakeside climate like the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan.   98 more words

Judith Beck

The Judith Beck estate is based in the commune of Gols, in the Neusiedlersee region, on the eastern side of the Lake Neusiedl. Gols is part of the larger Burgenland region in easternmost Austria, with a very warm climate defined by the Pannonian plain and the Lake, whose temperature can 85 degrees in the summer and is only 1.5 meters deep. 419 more words


Claus Preisinger Basic, 2012

I finally got around to unscrewing a bottle of the Basic, which I picked up after Gismondi gave it 89 points (my “sweet spot” if you will). 83 more words

Red Wine

Bela Lugosi is not Dead

Clear ruby with pink edges.  Roiling mud sullies the nose into thinking this will be bombastic.  Intense dry floral, pork fat and dried saliva in fat layers on cold granite slabs has me charmed into expectations of wracked concentration, but it is not to be. 91 more words