Week in Wine

31 08 2006

Southern Hemisphere

Whites

2005 Jacob’s Creek South Eastern Australia Chardonnay ($9)

2005 McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate South Eastern Australia Riesling ($10)

2005 Stonehaven South Eastern Australia Riesling ($8)

2005 Wyndham Estate Bin 222 South Eastern Australia Chardonnay ($9)

Reds

2004 Andeluna Winemaker’s Selection Mendoza Malbec ($13)

2004 Rosemount Estate Diamond Label South Eastern Australia Shiraz-Cabernet ($12)

2003 Stonehaven South Eastern Australia Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon ($8)

2004 Stonehaven South Eastern Australia Shiraz ($8)

2005 Vina Chocalan Maipo Carmenere ($10)

2004 Vina Chocalan Maipo Syrah ($10)





Day in Wine Country

26 08 2006

Royal Class Limousine

Gloria Ferrer

Domaine Carneros – Simply Sparkling tour

Kunde Caves Tour and tasting

Benziger Tour by Tram and tasting

St Francis Winery Food and Wine pairing





Week in Wine

24 08 2006

Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc

2004 DeLoach OFS Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($20)

2004 Dry Creek Vineyards DCV3 Dry Creek Valley Fume Blanc ($25)

2005 Gann Family Cellars Spring Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($18)

2005 Gary Farrell Redwood Ranch Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc ($25)

2005 Hanna Slusser Road Vineyard Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($17)

2005 Huntington Earthquake Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc ($14)

2005 Kunde Estate Magnolia Lane Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($16)

2005 Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley Fume Blanc ($18)

2005 Passalacqua Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($16)

2005 Praxis Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc ($14)

2005 Rochioli Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($29)

2005 Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc ($14)

2005 Roshambo The Obvious Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc ($15) T

2005 Trentadue Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($14)





Theatre Londontown

19 08 2006

Avenue Q (Noel Coward)

Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace)

Cabaret (Lyric, Shaftsbury)

Caroline, or Change (National Theatre, Lyttleon)

Chicago (Cambridge)

DOnkeys’ Years (Comedy theatre)

Evita (Adelphi)

FOol for love (Apollo)

Guys and Dolls (Piccaddilly)

Les Miserables (Queen’s)

Life of Galileo (National)

Lion King (Lyceum)

Sound of music (Palladium)

Tom and Viv (Almeida)

Wicked (Apollo)

Dirty Dancing, Aldwych





Amazing Albarino

18 08 2006

Albarino is the primary grape used to make dry white wine in the lower inlets (Rias Baixes) section of the Galicia region of Northwestern Spain. It is known in Portugal as Alvarinho and often used as a component of Vinho Verde. It is Spain’s premium quality white wine. The terroir is cool, windy and rainy and thus vines must be trained high and open to permit winds to dry them out and avoid the ongoing threat of rotm mildew and other fungi. Grapes develop thick skins and thus intense aroma usually of almond or almond paste, apple, peach, citrus and flowers or grass. There is a spritzy taste in the mouth. They are suited for seafood because of razor sharp acidity and their tartness should be appreciated early. They do not age well and noticeably fade within months of bottling. Very few acres are planted in California with three acres in Carneros since 1996.

Albarino tends to be fresh and vibrant tasting, often with a spritzy taste in the mouth. Tasters compared it to a combination of sauvignon blanc and a very dry Riesling. The fruit tends to be peaches, apricot, melon and citrus. Some recommendations:
2001 Morgadio Albarino at $18.99
2001 Valminor Albarino at $15.99
2001 Varanda do Conde Vino Verde (Alvarinho) at $10.99
2001 Antonin Rodet Chablis at $14.99
1999 Trapiche Malbec at $10
2000 Santa Julia Malbec Reserva at $10

 

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Week in Wine

17 08 2006

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

2005 Hayman & Hill Reserve Selection No. 41 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($14)

2004 Manzoni Family Estate Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($23)

2004 Tamayo Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($28)

Wine with Chinese Takeaway

Whites

2005 Banrock Station South Eastern Australia Riesling ($6)

2005 Banrock Station South Eastern Australia Semillon Chardonnay ($6)

2005 Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Gewurztraminer ($11)

2005 Oroya Vino de la Tierra de Castilla ($8)

2004 Polka Dot Pfalz Riesling ($10)

Pinks and Reds

2006 Angove’s Nine Vines South Australia Grenache Shiraz Rosé ($11)

2005 J. Lohr Wildflower Monterey County Valdiguie ($8.50)

NV Marquis de la Tour France Rosé Sparkling Wine ($8)

2005 Paul Jaboulet Aine Parallele “45” Cotes du Rhone Rosé ($11)

NV Pink by Yellowglen Australia Sparkling Wine ($12)





Trailer Park

15 08 2006

The Departed

Jesse James

John Tucker Must Die

The Grudge 2

We are Marshall

Flyboys

Dreamgirls

School for Scoundrels

Sleeping Dogs Lie

Illusionist

Transformers

Babel

Jet Li is Fearless

Snakes on a Plane

My First Wedding

Say Uncle

American Hard Core

Ghostrider

The Ground Truth

Happy Feet

Night at the Museum

Infamous 

The Science of Sleep

Crank

The Reaping

The Quiet

Children of Men

Zoom

The Prestige

The Guardian

Once in a Lifetime

The Covenant

Renaissance