Category Archives: Reflections in the Glass

The Wine Populist’s thoughts, musings and occasional rants on wine

New Zealand Again

Last year I attended The New Zealand Wine Fair (see http://thewinepopulist.com/?p=143).  When invited to go again this year I was happy to.  Once again I was impressed with the high quality of all the wines offered.  While I tasted wines … Continue reading

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Vintage Port

I recently attended a tasting of Vintage Ports.  See http://thewinepopulist.com/?p=219 for a discussion of the basics of fortified wines such as Port.  Each of the seven producers had a vintage 2011, and six producers also had another vintage of their … Continue reading

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Amarone – I Changed My Mind

For a while now I have used Amarone as an example of a classic wine, often considered great, that I just didn’t care for.  My wife and our friend Matt, both of whom love Amarone, have regarded this as a … Continue reading

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Wine Cocktails – Why Not?

In some wine circles cocktails based on wine are frowned on.  Me, I say why not?  Now I wouldn’t use particularly good or expensive wines for a cocktail but there are so many decent and reasonably priced wines out there … Continue reading

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Green Wine

Increasingly wine makers have become aware of, and concerned about their impact on the planet.  Here is an interesting article on some measures being used and considered to help mitigate that impact.  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/15/solar-powered-robots-coming-to-greener-french-wine-future/

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Rosé Isn’t Just for Summer

Last night a friend brought over a nice bottle of rosé from Mattebelle Vineyards on the NorthFork of Long Island.  We had it with a Provençal inspired shellfish stew I made.   It went very well and oh by the way, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Wines

Suggesting wines for holidays can be tricky as everyone has their own traditions.  Thanksgiving is a bit easier as the menu tends to revolve around turkey and sweet and sour flavors like candied yams and cranberry sauce.  For me the … Continue reading

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New York Surprise

As mentioned in my post on wine ratings http://thewinepopulist.com/?p=169 I attended a tasting of wines from New York State a bit over a week ago.  New York has long made quality wines in the Finger Lakes region and on the … Continue reading

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Wine Ratings

There are a lot of different wine rating systems out there and a fair amount of controversy surrounding rating wines. A few days ago I went to a tasting of New York State wines with my wife.  She took the … Continue reading

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A Nice Glass of Wine

A post on enjoying good rather than great wine Continue reading

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