Monthly Archives: February 2005

Wine, Technology, Legislation, and History (billy)

There is a certain mystique that surrounds the wine-making process. Afterall, it is a process that has changed little since antiquity. Grapes were once crushed by feet in an almost ritualistic manner. Fermentation and aging takes place in wooden barrels – casks that evoke (for some) romantic images and notions of simpler yet more elegant…

How Do You Say That? (billy)

Though the World Wide Web abounds with wine pronunciations and pronunciation guides, we wouldn’t be complete unless we posted our $.02. Wine is an ancient and cosmopolitan beverage. Wine comes from nearly every country in the world and is produced on every continent except Antarctica (I think. If you know of a novel Antarctic “ice…

Quick Swirl: Les Terrasses 2000 (Billy)

I brought this wine to a friends house for a group get together this evening. It was a wonderful hit. On the nose: olives and black fruit.On the palate: rich and flavorful. My friend Lee characterized it as “bright”. Well balanced tannins but not unpleasant. I characterized it as rich.Finish: the finish is fruity and…

Quick Swirl: 2 Brothers Big Tattoo Red 2003 (PB)

This blend with the funny name is another Colchagua Valley success story from the up and coming country of Chile. Two brothers, one a tattoo artist and the other a wine importer decided to make a wine in honor of their mother who died of cancer. The Fleur de Lys on the label was their…