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Duck Pond Pinot Noir Oregon 2016

Duck Pond Pinot Noir Oregon 2016

This is a good value Oregon pinot noir from Duck Pond.  The aroma speaks only of pinot noir, and is Burgundian in character, with its not...
OKV Okanagan Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2016

OKV Okanagan Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2016

This is a sound wine at less than $10 from the Okanagan Valley.  A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, it has a simpl...
Villa Antinori Rosso Toscana 2015

Villa Antinori Rosso Toscana 2015

Villa Antinori's Toscano Rosso continues to be a great value wine.  The 2015 vintage is quite the blend, featuring sangiovese, cabern...
Finca el Encinal Ribera del Duero Roble 2016

Finca el Encinal Ribera del Duero Roble 2016

First post for the new year!  I've been tasting a battery of different styles in preparation for the Master of Wine exams, and will n...
McLaren Vale visit

McLaren Vale visit

I visited McLaren Vale briefly with my fellow MW students in November, with stops at Coriole and Noon.  Some vineyard pictures and brief com...
La Marca Prosecco DOC NV

La Marca Prosecco DOC NV

This is a good quality Prosecco D.O.C. from La Marca.  It has aromatics of savoury apple and earth.  The palate has a frothy mousse, the ...

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