14 01, 2014

2012 German Riesling

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:51+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Uncategorized, wine|0 Comments

Most growers will have had among their best vintages of the last decade in 2012.  The 2012 German Riesling is worth seeking out.  This blog was written after work last night.  Joan was making scrod and bay scallops so off to the local wine store for a bottle of white wine I ventured.  Low and behold we found the Dr. Loosen Riesling Mosel.  We found the wine a little different with an aroma of pineapple.  The flavor was a nice mix of citrus and mineral with red grapefruit and pineapple up front followed with nice acidity and finish.  The wine went very nicely with the seafood.  Cost was $14.  See WineSpectator's review below. “What sets 2012 apart from other recent vintages is that due to a long, cooler season, [the] physiological ripeness has been achieved before a significant [...]

6 12, 2013

2010 Rhone Wines – a nice vintage

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:51+00:00 December 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rhone wines from every day Cotes du Rhone to the lovely Châteauneuf Du Pape.  We enjoyed a 99 Château de St.-Cosme Gigondas with some friends with our lamb.  The lamb was done in an anchovy and garlic rub. Yes anchovy – a recipe from WineSpectator, just imagine that.  It was very good as the anchovy garlic rub all but comes off while it is being seared.  The Gigondas or any of the red Rhone wines are wonderful with lamb.  Rhone experienced outstanding vintages in 2009 and 2010. The 2011 vintage fell short of those heights as the growing season created some challenges.  That said both North and South Rhone were rated 92 points by WineSpectator.  Unlike my last blog on the 2010 Cabernet’s the 2011 Rhone wines offer lots of good wine cheap as any good vintage [...]

2 12, 2013

Holiday Sales Down Inventories UP

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:51+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Holiday sales are down and inventories are up which begs the question - how is your cash flow? Both the Wall  Street Journal and Reuters reported a decline in holiday spending over the weekend.  The National Retail Federation estimated shoppers spent 3.9% less this year than during the same period as last year.  Black Friday sales reached an estimated $57.4 billion down from $58.1 billion or 2.8%.  What is interesting is foot traffic was up from 139 to 141 million people - so weather and other related issues did not hold back consumers from visiting retailers.  The Ecommerce portion of spending continued its upward momentum this year per Reuters with an increase of 17.3% with similar results expected for the balance of the shopping season. The National Retail Federation continues to forecast a rise in retail spending [...]

20 11, 2013

2010 Napa Cabernet Rated 98 Points by WS

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:51+00:00 November 20th, 2013|Uncategorized, wine|0 Comments

With the 2010 Napa Cabernet vintage rated 98 points by WineSpectator I approached my review with high expectations.  As James Laube writes “For the second year running, California vintners harvested their Cabernet crop after a trying, drawn-out and notably cool growing season. But much like the striking 2009s, the top 2010s are a remarkable collection of dense, deftly balanced wines, both rich in flavor and firm in structure. They are the kind of wines that should reward cellaring for 15 to 20 years, and they demonstrate why Cabernet holds such powerful allure for many wine lovers….While vintners acknowledged the challenges of 2010, it turned out far better than anyone imagined, making it the best vintage yet of the 21st century, if ever so slightly. I rate the Napa's 2010 vintage at 98 points on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale”.  [...]

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