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nicely done...learned a few things and was almost a spot on match for whoever had just taken the polls...

If I'm not creating a post on these boards, you can be sure I'm writing a blog here: http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com/''>http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com/' target="_blank">http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com/[/post]

I'd truly appreciate fellow 'Caniacs/wine fans checking it out during a spare moment. Thanks! :)

Jan/GSBG

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If I'm not creating a post on these boards, you can be sure I'm writing a blog here: http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com/''>http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com/' target="_blank">http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com/[/post]

I'd truly appreciate fellow 'Caniacs/wine fans checking it out during a spare moment. Thanks! :)

Jan/GSBG

did you ever get a chance to try the hurricanes wine called "ten"???

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Next time your over here in NC on the right coast you should see about spending some time in the NC foothills and VA mountians.. lots of winerys in that area.. in fact the NC area is getting its own appelletion.. which escapes me right now.. Yadkin Valley i think... Lots of sweet wines like Muscadines, Concords, Niagras.. but also some great Chardonnay's which grow well in this area.

A couple of my favorites are Raylen www.raylenvineyards.com, Westbend www.westbendvineyards.com and Chateau Morrisette www.thedogs.com

Raylen makes a blend of reds called Cat 5 (like the Hurricane), Westbend makes a fantastic Chardonnay and Chateau Morrisette makes a fantastic Reisling (Our Dog Blue) and ice wine Frosty Dog.

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bigbander: Thanks for the props ... they're much appreciated. One of the objectives of my blog is to introduce -- and, yes, attempt to educate -- readers about wine varietals and wine-growing regions that are far too often overlooked by folks calling themselves "experts." Unlike Robert Parker, I don't use a rating system, since taste is totally subjective; he prefers "big reds" that hit you in the nose and mouth with overwhelming scents and flavors, while I favor wines of all colors with subtler, more nuanced character. (However, if a "big red" is truly a quality, balanced wine, I won't hesitate saying so.)

Also, there's no need for your poll answers to match anyone else's. One of the things I love most about the field of wine is chatting with a group of oenophiles (wine lovers) whose faves range far and wide, and whose tastes rarely align with anyone else's in that gathering. In general: The more diverse the answers to my polls, the happier I am! ;)

Next time your over here in NC on the right coast you should see about spending some time in the NC foothills and VA mountians.. lots of winerys in that area ... in fact the NC area is getting its own appelletion.. which escapes me right now.. Yadkin Valley i think ...

No one champions under-the-radar wine gems more than I (refer to the subhead of my blog's banner ;) ), Eric so I'd truly enjoy making a second trip to NC to check out more wineries.

The last time we visited 'Canesville in March '06, we had barely enough time to visit only one: Chatham Hill. Suffice to say, we were impressed with the winery's Chard, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon, so much so that we brought home a bottle of each. Look for my reviews of these three beauties in upcoming Musings of a Wino editions.

... Lots of sweet wines like Muscadines, Concords, Niagras.. but also some great Chardonnay's which grow well in this area. A couple of my favorites are Raylen www.raylenvineyards.com, Westbend www.westbendvineyards.com and Chateau Morrisette www.thedogs.com

Thanks for the heads-up on those wineries, Eric.

The climate in both North Carolina and Virginia is, obviously, radically different from that of California, especially the hot, sun-drenched Paso Robles and Temecula regions, where big-time Zinfandels, Syrahs, and Petite Sirahs reign. That searing heat, a dream for those hearty red varietals, would destroy your area's more delicate Muscadine, Concord, or Niagara (not to be confused with the male-enhancement pill :o ) grapes.

One of the reasons that wine from your area hasn't found its way to mine is simple: Inter-state trade laws prohibit wine sales from North Carolina to California. Consequently, the only way that our Chatham Hill Chard, Pinot Noir, and Cab were able to make it to our door was because we bought the wine at the winery's Morrisville tasting room, and brought it back with us on the plane headed for LAX.

... Raylen makes a blend of reds called Cat 5 (like the Hurricane), Westbend makes a fantastic Chardonnay and Chateau Morrisette makes a fantastic Reisling (Our Dog Blue) and ice wine Frosty Dog.

Raylen's wines are priced very right, and the Cat 5 looks like an intriguing Bordeaux blend. Too bad Westbend didn't go into greater detail about the grapes used in the wines -- that'd been very worthwhile. And how Morrisette -- I couldn't help but think of Alanis Morissette when I first read the winery's name ;) -- manages to cultivate Tannat, the heat-seeking varietal missile of the wine world, is a mystery I'll uncover one day. And, yes, I'll give CM much regard for bringing in a little-known "geek wine" grape, Traminette, to partner with Riesling in its Service Dog White.

Jan/GSBG

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Ooo :o

I should show this to my dad.. he's a wine enthusiast.. he has his own wine books, and Collection etc.. etc..

Thanks Jan..

By the way, if you were at the LA Wine Festival my sister was Filming over there.. i can show you the link to my Sisters and her Boyfriend's Own Producing Company..

Clicky right hurr ;)

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Ooo :o

I should show this to my dad.. he's a wine enthusiast.. he has his own wine books, and Collection etc.. etc..

Thanks Jan..

My pleasure, DP. If you'd like, leave him my addy (http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com[/post]) to my site, and let him know I'd be most flattered if he chose to subscribe to my blog. The more readers I have, the better!

Speaking of truly terrific under-the-radar wine regions: I'll give major props to Witch Creek Winery (http://www.witchcreekwinery.com), whose '06 Aglianico I reviewed earlier this week. The winery, based in Carlsbad (CaliCane's home town, FYI) in northern San Diego County, sources many of its grapes from Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe and San Diego County's Pauma Valley.

By the way, if you were at the LA Wine Festival my sister was Filming over there.. i can show you the link to my Sisters and her Boyfriend's Own Producing Company..

http://WWW.FullScopeMedia.net' target="_blank">Clicky right hurr[/post] ;)

Moolah's seriously lacking in the GSBG household, DP -- we weren't able to make it there this year. That's why I'm glad you left me the link to your sister's filmwork, which I'll check out later today.

Jan/GSBG

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Chatam Hill is indeed a very fine winery, so if you only got to one in the area that was a good one. If I recall, Chatam also does bottling for several other local winerys (One in particular, that I can't recall the name of it, but they make an NC State themed wine called Wolfpack Red)..

Chateau Morrisette I have visited several times, and they have 2 or 3 vineyard in the area, but I also know they purchase a lot of grapes from other people, so those Tannet grapes may not have been grown in the area, unless they specified that they were.

As far as West bend, the bottle I have here is a Voigner.. the label touts that they use "French Varatiels".. I think nearly all of thier wines are Chardonnay's and Chard blends. I could be wrong though, I havent been there in a while.

My Raylen wine is a reserve Oak barrel aged Chardonnay and even that was only like 12 bucks. You can usually find thier wines here in grocery stores in the 6-7$ range for thier normal wines.

What I like about visiting West Bend and Raylen is they both have massive (at least big for us) vineyards and they grown most of thier own grapes.

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Friends: I just posted my latest entry an hour ago. When you've got a moment, please take a look at it. Thanks! ;)

Whaler: Most definitely, a sincere thanks for your compliment. Please don't hesitate to list yourself as one of the followers of my blog the next time you're there! :) I work hard, very hard, to make sure that my entries are as professional as possible, since I'm trying to coalesce my writing background and wine knowledge into a job as a paid professional blogger.

Eric: Mr. G and I are in both in agreement that Chatham (sorry, but I'm a journalist/blogger down to my bones, so I'm a nut about spelling ;) ) Hill's wines are classy, elegantly understated, and totally reflective of the varietal's terroir. We had the '03 Chardonnay about a year ago, and it was as lovely and rich as ever with its pineapple/coconut/citrus flavors and scents. The vignerons there are obviously judicious about their use of oak, and it shows in the wine's elegant, mellow balance.

Too bad that Westbend doesn't go into further detail on the grapes used in their blends. I, and no doubt other folks who know and care about wine, clearly want to know the varietals included, since we cherish having a wealth of information about whatever we're tasting.

Viogner, by the way, is a grape with roots in Dalmatia that was brought to the northern Rhone by the Romans. Centuries later, it continues to thrive there, as well as in a wide variety of different appelations around the globe: Languedoc, California's central coast, Washington State, Oregon, Virginia, New York, Niagara, Argentina, Chile, and Australia.

collie: Thanks for the tip. Yes, I do know about Biltmore's adjacent winery, but haven't yet had the opportunity to get out there ... especially with our painfully depleted bank account. :( Since 4,712 wineries were in existence in the continental 48 states in 2007, it'd be nearly impossible for a wine geek/writer to find his or her way to all of them, especially one with an anorexic bank account (and I'm not kidding about this, sadly).

Jan/GSBG

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Jan, Dont feel bad.. I am a HORRIBLE speller so please feel free to correct me. :)

That greek wine sounds very good, and I love greek food. I don't do full bodied reds, but a light one like that may be good to try.

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Jan, Dont feel bad.. I am a HORRIBLE speller so please feel free to correct me. :)

Thank you for understanding, Eric. I promise to be gentle and considerate, the way I was when I was appointed at age 19 as the lead copy editor of the university newspaper. (As strong as I am with the written word, by the way, is how feeble I am with numbers.)

That greek wine sounds very good, and I love greek food. I don't do full bodied reds, but a light one like that may be good to try.

It's a winner. Be on the lookout for the Achaia Clauss at your local wine retailers or Greek restaurants -- if it isn't, another Agiorgitiko should be readily available on their wine lists, since it's been one of the workhorses of Greece's wine industry for decades. Like you, I prefer a subtler, mellower red that doesn't hit you in the mouth, and Agiorgitiko's light body and freshness sound like they're totally up your alley. :)

Jan/GSBG

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Since November, I've added four more entries to my blog, now called Musings of a Wine Geek (at http://musingofawino.blogspot.com). Here they are, from most recent to least:

http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com/2008/12...nter-ready.html

http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com/2008/12...t-southern.html

http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com/2008/12...ovely-full.html

http://musingsofawino.blogspot.com/2008_11_01_archive.html

I'd be delighted to read any comments from my 21-and-older friends here. Thanks, in advance, for checking out the site! :)

Jan/GSBG

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