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“Wine of the Month” is a wine that we found particularly memorable or especially interesting to give a mention. It does not have to be a very “fine” wine, exclusive or unusual, rather it is simply something that deserves to be mentioned and appreciated. A short notice of 100-15 words.

Crozes Hermitage Tardieu-Laurent

Crozes-Hermitage Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes 2011 | Ulf’s Wine of the Month

Somehow, I cannot but smile at the story behind the Tardieu-Laurent wines. The young Michel Tardieu – a state employee chauffeur who spent his days driving the local dignitaries around in the south of France – discovered that he had a great passion and nose for wine. The thing being a private driver for local […]

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Janny van Baars-Patteri at Cantina Giuseppe Sedilesu

Ballu Tundu Riserva 2010 Cannonau di Sardegna | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

Cantina Giuseppe Sedilesu is in Mamoiada right in cannonau-country in central Sardinia. The vineyard which has been in existence for over 30 years, is family owned and has in the past ten years gone from producing bulk wine to become a biodynamic producer of quality wines. Some ten wines are now in the portfolio; a […]

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Chateau Carsin 2003, Bordeaux

Château Carsin 2003, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux | Britt’s Wine of the Month

It was a delight to drink this red wine from Premières Côtes de Bordeaux. It did not cost much but it turned out to have a very good ageing potential. We picked it from our cellar recently and it turned out to be a fantastic wine with a clear Bordeaux style. It was mature yet […]

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Chateau de Beaucastel blanc vieilles vignes 1991

Château de Beaucastel Vieilles Vignes blanc 1991, Châteauneuf-du-Pape | Britt’s Wine of the Month

This is a magnificent white wine, probably the best white in the entire Rhone Valley. A full-bodied wine made with the Roussanne grape. The nose is intense with aromas of beeswax, honey, ripe apricot. Full-bodied, rich, almost oily in the mouth. Very long finish. The wine has a great ageing potential and this 1991 is […]

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Castello di Semivicoli, Abruzzo Pecorino DOC, 2013 | Åsa’s wine of the month

I bought this wine from my butcher. Italian butchers often have an excellent selection of wines. Our butcher, Sergio, was so happy that I chose a pecorino wine from Abruzzo, my wine of the month, so that he gave me a discount. As mentioned, the wine is made from the grape called pecorino and comes […]

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Domaine Saladin wines

Per Èl 2010, Domaine Saladin & Filles, Côtes du Rhône Villages Blanc | Britt’s Wine of the Month

This is a white wine from the southern Rhone Valley. It is delicious, rich and flavourful with intensity and concentration. I have a weakness for white Rhône wines, and this one did not disappoint me. The grape varieties are Clairette rose, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Bourboulenc. The grapes are harvested early in the morning […]

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Domaine de l'Hortus blanc 2000

Domaine de l’Hortus Grande Cuvée Blanc 2000, Vin de Pays de Val de Monferrand | Britt’s Wine of the Month

This is a terrific wine that makes you glad that you sometimes keep your wines in the cellar for some time. Maybe we had not planned to keep this wine for 12 years. Because it is not obvious that a white Languedoc wine survive this long. But it was a winner and a pleasure to […]

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A gamay bunch of grapes

Régnié 2010, Vignes de 1918, Domaine Jean Michel Dupré | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Jean-Michel Dupré calls himself Artisan Vigneron, and by that he probably means that his wines are handcrafted as opposed to made in an industrial way. He has really old vines, which makes a big difference to the character of the wine, he says. This Régnié is made with gamay-vines that were planted in 1918. This […]

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Two pinot noirs, copyright U Bengtsson

A Pinot Noir Shootout | Ulf’s Wine(s) of the Month

Two pinots, both alike in dignity, in fair new world, where we lay our scene… A few months ago I accidentally stumbled upon a wine blog pointing to New Zealandian 2011 Schubert Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir as wine of the year. Almost simultaneously I got a newsletter from a wine site I normally do not […]

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Mangiacane Riserva Chianti Classico 2009 | Britt’s Wine of the Month

I fell for this Chianti Classico instantly. It has typical flavours of the Sangiovese grape, like cherry fruit and some tobacco. The fruit is rich and the tannins are present but well balanced. The grapes are 95 % Sangiovese and the rest is the colourful grape colorino. Villa Mangiacane is a magnificent Renaissance villa surrounded […]

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Kopke colheita 1957

Kopke Colheita 1957 | Magnus’ Wine of the Month

A few weeks ago I was in Portugal, mainly to taste wine and port. Port wine is something I to connect with Christmas (and all other days too). To sit and sip a glass of really good port wine together with a piece of chocolate, a piece of cheese or just with the feet warming […]

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Bodegas LAN barrel cellar, Rioja

LAN D-12 Quarta Edicion Rioja 2010, Bodegas LAN | Britt’s Wine of the Month

It has been awhile since I drank a Rioja. This wine I was served blind and I did not guess that it was a Rioja (I will not humiliate myself by telling you my guesses). But I thought it was delicious. Elegant and smooth was the first words I used and I added lovely cherry […]

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Orion, Primitivo di Salento IGT | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

Orion from the Li Veli vineyard is one of my favourite wines from Puglia (Apulia). The wine is made from one hundred percent primitivo that grow on vines pruned in alberello (gobelet or bush vine). A full-bodied wine with plenty of ripe fruit and spicy undertones. The wine is neither flabby nor heavy thanks to […]

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Initiale from Champagne Jacques Selosse | Britt’s Wine of the Month

The current Selosse is named Anselme. It was his father, Jacques, who founded the estate in Avize in 1949. Anselme took over in 1974. The vineyards are mainly located in the Côte des Blancs, but he also has a bit of Pinot Noir in Aÿ and in Ambonnay. His Champagnes are among the most prominent […]

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Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanee Saint Vivant 2010

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Saint-Vivant 2010 | Tomas’ Wine of the Month

The wine has a very elegant and typical burgundy-style nose of dark cherry, floral notes of violets, perfume and roses, a little liquorice, notes of spices, and some animal tones. On the palate it has a good concentration of cherry, a nice slightly acidic hint of berries, lots of minerals, and well-integrated medium strength tannins, […]

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Balloons over the landscape in Cappadocia, Pigeon Valley, Turkey

Sade Öküzgözü 2011, Kavaklidere, Turkey | Britt’s Wine of the Month

While visiting Vinexpo in Bordeaux in June I stopped at the Turkish stand and tasted some of their wines. Quite a few of them were good. I especially liked a wine called Sade Öküzgözü 2011 from the producer Kavaklidere Winery. The hard-to-pronounce Öküzgözü is the name of the Anatolian grape variety that the wine is […]

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Gonzales Byass Tio Pepe Fino En Rama sherry | Roland’s Wine of the Month

My wine of the month wine is a bit special, Tio Pepe Fino en Rama Gonzales Byass is a limited edition of 10,752 bottles of wine bottled directly from the barrels without any filtration or fining when “flor cover” was at its thickest in the spring of 2013. My bottles were bottled on April 8, […]

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An old Guyot trained vine on gravely soil

Caillou blanc de Château Talbot 1993, Bordeaux Blanc | Britt’s Wine of the Month

White Bordeaux wines can be really good. The fact is that we are rarely disappointed. And yet they are relatively unknown. Some white Pessac-Léognans made in small volumes are sold at high prices, but the rest of the white Bordeaux wines are living a fairly quiet life. There are not that many of them. Only […]

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Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello | Magnus’ Wine of the Month

The best wine of the month was an easy choice. One of my favourite producers is Ridge Vineyards in California. The other day I had the opportunity to taste a few of their wines. The standard bearer is Monte Bello, grandiose but not forceful. It is elegant, beautiful, and American wine that in many ways […]

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An ass between two piles of hay, but what hay piles! | Magnus’ Wine(s) of the Month

Rarely has it been so hard to pick a wine, so it will have to be two. The other week-end I tasted through what could be called the heaven of a wine cellar. Basically, all the wines could qualify for the Wine of the Month a normal month. I tend not to rate, or give […]

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Vineyards and a village on the slopes of the Etna volcano

Federico II Rex Sicilie, Azienda Agricola Milazzo, bubbly from Sicily | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

This month I have picked something unusual, a sparkling wine from Sicily. Forget for a moment the champagne, the cremants, or the Franciacortas from northern Italy. Azienda Agricola Milazzo defies the hot climate in Sicily and makes some excellent sparkling wines. To get grapes with sufficient acidity they harvest for example the chardonnay (three different […]

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2006 Lenoble Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut, Champagne | Ulf’s Wine of the Month

Summer is champagne season! In the park, at 8.30 PM. It is a wonderful summer evening. With me I have what remains of yesterday’s champagne, a 2006 Lenoble Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut. How nice it is with champagne in the summer! Often it is rosé that people tout as the ultimate summer drink, […]

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Domaine Frey-Sohler: Crémant d’Alsace

Domaine Frey-Sohler: Crémant d’Alsace “Emotion” Brut | Britt’s Wine of the Month

A really good sparkling wine with 48 months on the lees. So it is complex and full-bodied. The grapes are 75% Pinot blanc and the rest is Riesling giving floral and citrus aromas on the nose. The taste is quite dry. A sparkling wine to drink with food if you want but it can be […]

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Château de Cazeneuve, Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc 2008 | Britt’s Wine of the Month

A wine we enjoyed very much with our dinner the other day. A good structure, some tannin so a perfect wine to accompany a meat dish. A generous fruit and fine freshness. Peppery and spicy taste. The grapes are Syrah and Grenache that complements each other well. Do not serve the wine too warm, preferably […]

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Landscape in Montalcino, Tuscany

Chianti Classico Montecalvi 2009 | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

A lovely Chianti Classico from a small organic wine producer with only 3,5 hectares just outside the village of Greve in Chianti in Tuscany. Azienda Agricola Montecalvi Chianti Classico is made from 90% sangiovese and 10% canaiolo. Canaiolo is a local variety from Tuscany. It is a grape that gives spiciness and a peppery note […]

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White port

Viera de Sousa 10 year White Port | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Are you sceptical to white port? Some people are and I was one of them. Until I tasted the 10 year old Viera de Sousa White Port from Sociedade Roncão Pequeno. This is an incredibly good port wine that shows that white port can also be of high quality. The wine is made with long […]

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Britt’s Wine of the Month: Terrasses du Larzac 2011, Mollard & Fillon, Languedoc

Packed with dark berries, quite soft and easy-to-drink but with good structure and freshness and a spicy after-taste that reminds me of the syrah grape. And syrah is one of the grapes, the others are grenache, cinsault and carignan. Mollard & Fillon is a new small wine company run by Nicolas Mollard and Sébastien Fillon. […]

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Chateau la Reyne L'Excellence, Cahors

Château La Reyne L’Excellence 2010, Cahors | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Cahors is in the wine region called South-West in France. A region well known for its duck and foie gras among other things. Château La Reyne l’Excellence is a powerful wine with a warm feeling and a good structure, soft tannins and a pleasant freshness. It is a wine you can keep in your cellar […]

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Cuvee l'Infidele. Domaine Mas Cal Demoura, Languedoc

Faugères 2010 Les Premières, JM Alquier & Mas Cal Demoura L’Infidèle 2010 | Britt’s Wine(s) of the month

These are two high quality wines from the Languedoc. Both are elegant, complex and very drinkable. Faugères 2010 Les Premières JM & Vé Alquier (14 euro) Quite light in style, full of aromas, well made with freshness, fine acidity and length. The talented wine maker Jean-Michel Alquier, well known for his cuvées La Maison Jaune […]

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Domaine Pierre Chauvin 2008, Cuvée La Fontaine des Bois, Anjou | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Britt’s Wine of the Month: Domaine Pierre Chauvin 2008, Cuvée La Fontaine des Bois, AOP Anjou, Loire Valley In the heart of sweet wine appellation Coteaux du Layon in the region of Anjou (Loire), we find this estate of 15 hectare. Paul-Eric Chauvin is the fifth generation to continue the family tradition. The winery is […]

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