Archive for March, 2010

Armagnac – The Oldest Spirit In The World – Episode #840

March 31, 2010

Gary sits down with Denis Lesgourgues from the Armagnac house Chateau de Laubade. Denis shares some serious knowledge about this spirit from Southwestern France and taste through 3 different Armagnacs.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

Chateau De Laubade XO Armagnac play
1974 Chateau De Laubade Armagnac play
Chateau De Laubade Armagnac Extra play

Expanding Palates on Passover with New Kosher Wines-Episode# 839

March 29, 2010

Gary tries out 3 interesting Kosher wines that have been getting some buzz around the store just in time for Passover.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

Elvi Adar Sparkling CavaSpanish Kosher play review at cork'd
2004 Carmel Kayoumi Cabernet SauvignonIsraeli Kosher Wine play review at cork'd
Porto Cordovero Vintage Character Port play review at cork'd

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Tasting Some Bubbles with Brian Solis – Episode #838

March 26, 2010

Gary sits down with Brian Solis during South by Southwest in Austin. They taste through 4 different Champagnes to celebrate his newly released book, “Engage”.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

Duval Leroy BrutFrench Brut Nonvintage play review at cork'd
Alfred Gratien Brut French Brut Nonvintage play review at cork'd
Charles Heidsieck Brut ReserveFrench Brut Nonvintage play review at cork'd
Philipponnat Royale Reserve BrutFrench Brut Nonvintage play review at cork'd

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Blind Tasting of Syrah – Episode #837

March 24, 2010

Gary continues on this blind tasting theme and tries out a Syrah.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Wind Gap Griffin’s Lair SyrahSonoma Syrah/Shiraz play review at cork'd

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Blind Tasting of Riesling – Episode #836

March 22, 2010

Gary decides to keep things interesting and blind tastes a Riesling from the store from any country or price point.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Rainer Wess Riesling PfaffenbergWachau White play review at cork'd


Tasting Interesting Italian White Grapes in California – Episode #835

March 19, 2010

Gary tries 3 unusual white wine grapes that are planted in California and are of Italian origin.

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    GV almost …” by luca bercelli

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Eyrie Pinot GrisWillamette Pinot Gris play review at cork'd
2008 Palmina ArneisSanta Barbara Other White play review at cork'd
2008 Seghesio FianoSonoma Italian Varieties play review at cork'd

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Popular Picks- Australian Chardonnay and Argentinean Malbec-Tempranillo Blend Tasting – Episode #834

March 18, 2010

Gary picks two wines that are hot sellers here and tastes them to see if they live up to the hype.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2006 Hundred Tree Hill ChardonnayAustralian Chardonnay play review at cork'd
2008 Urban Uco Malbec-tempranilloArgentine Red Blend play review at cork'd


Washington Merlot and Twitter Tasting – Episode #833

March 17, 2010

Gary wanted to join in on the Twitter tasting for Washington Merlot, going on Thursday March 25th. Grab a bottle of WA State Merlot, use the hashtag #WAMerlot , and start tweeting next Thursday to share your thoughts on these wines!

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2008 Charles Smith Velvet Devil MerlotColumbia Valley Merlot play review at cork'd
2005 Bergevin Lane MerlotColumbia Valley Merlot play review at cork'd
2005 Long Shadows PedestalColumbia Valley Merlot play review at cork'd

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2005 St Emilion Tasting – Episode #832

March 15, 2010

Gary revisits some 2005 Bordeaux wines from the St Emilion appellation. These wines are predominantly Merlot-based and usually have Cabernet Franc as well, a classic Right Bank blend.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Chateau Grand MuraillesSt Emilion play review at cork'd
2005 Chateau LynsolenceSt Emilion play review at cork'd
2005 Chateau Beausejour DuffauSt Emilion play review at cork'd

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Laid Back Friday with Some 2007 Gigondas – Episode #831

March 12, 2010

Gary returns to the couch for a laid back Friday episode and talks about the cool appellation of Gigondas in the Southern Rhone.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Arnoux Gigondas Vieilles VignesGigondas play review at cork'd
2007 Bosquets Gigondas Gigondas play review at cork'd