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Tony's Wine Corner

March 2007

Hello boys and girls. I’m am back in my little wine corner.

We have been busy with the re-launching of our website.

We have been busy with the holidays, both over the counter and in basket land.

I have been busy with my own wine- “Little Anthony” Syrah. I am a “Garagist”, and have been making wine since 2003. Every year I get ½ ton, or 2 rows, of Syrah from the Larner vineyard in Santa Ynez. The late Mike Bonaccorsi helped me to get started. He was my teacher. I still miss his friendship and wine knowledge……….

Here are the wines that I’ve chosen to kick 2008 off with:

Stadt Krems- 2006 Gruner Vectliner, $18
A wonderful “Cheese Store House Wine” from Krems, 60 miles outside of Vienna
Light/ Medium bodied
Fruity but dry white wine
Excellent with cheese, and all types of Asian Cuisine

Redwood Red 2005- Mendocino Field Blend, $18
Made by Nick Stietz of Woodhead Cellars.
When I visited him last January, this was his “House Wine”
It is a field blend:

  • 78% Early Burgundy
  • 12% Zinfandel
  • 8% Carignane
  • 2% Barbera

Smooth, balanced; ready to drink

El Nogal Ribera del Duero 2003, $80
Made by our favorite Spanish producer; Pago De Los Capellanes
100% Tempranillo from their El Nogal Vineyard.
Aged 22 months in French Oak barrels- lightly toasted flavor
A sensational wine that is ready to drink, or keep up to 5 years.
Pago De Los Capellanes is a favorite of all the wine writers; the new hot wine.
We have been with them since the beginning, so we get the first crack at of everything they bring in.

It is the power of “Cheese people” that allows us to get some great limited fine wines, that we can in turn share with you.

See you next month,
Tony
 

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