Archive for May, 2006

Notes from the O’Briens Wine Fair

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Last weekend I visited the O’Briens biannual wine fair in Dublin. I did attend a few wine tasting events in the past, but this was a completely new experience for me. There were 45 producers from all over the world, all of them well selected by O’Briens and all with at least a few wines [...]

Another Web 2.0 Wine Site

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Well, it looks like wine sharing sites are popping up faster than I drink wines! WineLog, a new site for wine lovers, just launched. Its a site that has user generated information on wines, including tags, ratings and comments. The content is not deep yet, and users are encouraged to add more wines to the [...]

Wakefield Shiraz 2004

Friday, May 19th, 2006

From the Australian Clare Valley comes this rich, full bodied, strong Shiraz. It is 14.5% alcohol, with a rich fruity/spicy aroma. The palate delivers everything the aroma promises – a creamy and luscious wine with rich plum and spice characters. The tannins are fine and persistent, well balanced. Tried it with Camembert and Comte, nothing [...]

Cork’d

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Cork�d is a new free online networking service for wine lovers. It�s kind of like Flickr for wine. The service is still in it’s infancy, but the more people join the more fun it will be. You can use Cork�d to catalog, rate and review wines you�ve tasted. You can also keep track of wines [...]

Michel Lynch 2002

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

To be honest, I’m yet to develop an appreciation for Bordeaux wines. Michel Lynch is a wine from the Medoc, a very “clean” and drinkable Cabernet Merlot. Descent nose and a fruity taste. A bit dry, but not too much, and enjoyed it overall. Would drink again. Tried it with several cheeses, went very well [...]

Gran Sangre de Toro – Reserva 2001

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

I’m a big fan of Spanish wines, so it’s no wonder I’m starting this diary with a nice one from Torres, Catalunya. Gran Sangre de Toro is a mix of Garnacha, Cariñena and Syrah with a good balance of oakiness. It reminds me of good Riojas more than any other Torres wine I’ve tried so [...]

Rating Wines

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

I will be rating each wine with a score from 1 to 10, 10 being the best. I know this scale is not used much in wine rating, but it is the one that is most useful and closest to me. The rating will include the wine as a whole, which means that only the [...]

Welcome to my Wine Diary

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

Hello and welcome to my wine diary! After having been exploring the world of wine quite chaotically for five years, I recently completed a “Wine Appreciation” course which opened my eyes, my taste buds and created a thirst for wine knowledge and of course, intensified my thirst for wine. I am now building my knowledge [...]