August 2009

Crane Lake Petite Sirah 2007

“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.”  —  James Joyce It’s a great plumy color with lovely legs.  The nose is pleasant with a candied cherry smell.  And then it goes downhill from there.  There isn’t much flavor, and it has an odd tanginess.  The finish is thankfully brief.  I didn’t enjoy tasting this […]

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Quivira Grenache 2007

“We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.”  —  Eduardo Galeano The Quivira Grenache 2007 was a delicious wine that the Wine Harlots had a hard time describing, but no problems at all drinking.  It is a stunning clear ruby color.  The wine is juicy and well-integrated and the […]

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2007 Red X

“Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”  —  Angelique Arnauld 2007 Red X has a glorious ruby color with a full fruit bowl of flavors, cassis, blackberry, blueberry, cherries with a nice structure of supple tannins.  Delicious.  It’s amazing how a couple of ordinary grapes can be so enjoyable. I […]

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Los Bayos Roble Mencĩa Roble 8 Menses

“Con pan y vino se anda el camino” [With bread and wine you can walk your road]  —   Spanish Proverb This is a sleeper of a wine.  It a deep burgundy color with a juicy, jammy flavor.  A great simple wine, one you’ll drink more than you think.  Mama Wine summed it up best, “It’s […]

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St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc 2007

bottle shot of saint supery sauvignon blanc dry white wine from Napa Valley California. The bottle is clear with a graphic label split half green half blue

“The flavor of wine is like delicate poetry.”  —  Louis Pasteur A Wine Harlot secret confession: (tiny voice) I’m not the biggest fan of sauvignon blanc.  Sure, the famous and niche ones are stellar, but I have “Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears Syndrome” they’re either “too-over-the-top-in-your-face-tropical-fruit-bowl” or the polar opposite, “no nose, no flavor, […]

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Temecula Hills Tempranillo 2006

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson This is a clear ruby wine with a fabulous aroma of raspberries, blackberries and stone fruit.  There are nice drying tannins on the finish.  You could spend hours just smelling this wine.  But […]

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Tamaya Winemakers Selection Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2007

“Summer afternoon – Summer afternoon…  The two most beautiful words in the English language.”  —  Henry James Tired of the summer heat?  Try this wine.  The wicked-hot weather will still beat-down, but you won’t care so much, guaranteed.  It has a lovely golden color, with flavors of mango, pineapple and passion fruit.  A lovely acid […]

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Keyways Syrah 2007

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”  —  Sir Winston Churchill This is a big rustic, earthy wine, with lush flavors of blackberries and red currents.  The tannins are very pronounced, and this wine can (and probably should) be cellared for a couple of years.  The […]

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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Yellow Label

bottle shot of veuve clicquot multi-vintage yellow label champagne from reims france. a bottle of class in a glass.

“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.”  —  Robert Frost Happy Birthday to the Head Harlot!  To begin the celebration, we chose a classic, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Yellow Label.  The color is pale straw, with a delcious apple, creamy, toasty flavors.  The delicate bubbles go […]

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Stone Brewing Company poster circa 2008 for the Imperial Russian Stout the beer that thinks it's a wine

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. — Anton Chekhov The beer that thinks it’s a wine.  When I first tasted Stone Imperial Russian Stout, I nearly fell-over, literally.  I finished my glass, and stood up on very shaky legs.  This stout has a wine-worthy alcohol content of 10.5%.  Not for […]

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