Worth the Splurge: 2014 Franny Beck Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Worth the Splurge: 2014 Franny Beck Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

October’s Worth the Splurge is a wine with bright and bold fruit, a simple elegance and is strikingly crystal clear. In late August of 2016, we were doing our first ever tour of the Willamette Valley wine country and wanted some small, boutique winery suggestions. Thanks to a recommendation from Stub of Cork Envy, we definitely got small and boutique along with intimate with Franny Beck. As a small, two person team, Franny Beck currently doesn’t have it’s own tasting room. When space allows, they borrow a tiny spot (a.k.a. a wine barrel outside) from Johan Vineyards. We tasted with owner and winemaker, Michael Sterling. Michael spent his early career, as he puts it, ‘doing everything wrong’ that you could to a wine and aimed to create a wine with Franny Beck that’s the exact opposite.

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It’s Just Wine – “C’est Juste Du Vin”

It’s Just Wine – “C’est Juste Du Vin”

Not to get philosophical for a few minutes, but wine is just wine. The only thing that matters is what you like. Wine can seem like an incredibly snooty thing, and I know the next sentence will sound snooty, so just bear with us for a few more sentences. Not long ago, we were in a very small winery in St. Julien on the Left Bank of Bordeaux called Domaine du Jaugaret (it’s true, we lead a rough life). It was a tiny production – three acres, only two old fermentation tanks, with a total production of 1,500 to 3,000 bottles a year. After tasting the last two vintages in the barrel, the owner / wine maker, Jean-François Fillastre, told us with some embarrassment that he can only sell us one bottle of wine, but we can pick the vintage. As we’re looking through his cellar, we begin to ogle a 1976 (my birth year), and Jean-François starts laughing at us oohing and aahing the wine. He looked at us and said: “c’est juste du vin.” English translation – it’s just wine. How true.

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Worth the Splurge: 2012 Judge Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Select

Worth the Splurge: 2012 Judge Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Select

This is a wine that’s complex, structured, and beautiful. My favorite memory of Judge Palmer was when we visited the vineyard for a tasting in early 2016. It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had at a tasting. Palmer Emmitt was our host and a good 80% of the tastings came straight out of the barrel. Palmer, with measuring cup in hand, would climb over this barrel and that, grabbing samples. He’d then mix it all together and offer us the chance to taste their future wine. He did this over and over again until we nearly had to run out because we were desperately late for our next tasting. So much fun and so much great wine – we cannot wait to go back.

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7 Tips for Surviving a Wine Drinking Marathon

7 Tips for Surviving a Wine Drinking Marathon

We’ve all been there. Whether it be a several day wine tasting getaway in the wine country, a girls trip to Miami to celebrate your best friend’s Bachelorette party, or a long weekend by the lake with friends to unwind over Labor Day. The multi-day, all-day, heavy drinking events are a fact of life for many of us… and 10K Bottles is here with tips to help you survive any wine drinking marathon.

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Wine, A Healthier Drink Than Orange Juice, and . . .

Wine, A Healthier Drink Than Orange Juice, and . . .

There was an article in the New York Times a few weeks ago comparing poll results between what the average American thought were healthy foods and drinks and what the average nutritionist thought were healthy food and drinks. While it had a lot of interesting ideas on the disconnect between consumer’s view of food and the experts view of food, as well as the divergence among nutritionists on what is healthy, what caught my eye was not any of that. It was where wine (of course) fell on the spectrum of healthiness.

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What is the Best Wine Stopper – A Blind Taste Comparison

What is the Best Wine Stopper – A Blind Taste Comparison

Perhaps you have a significant other who doesn’t drink wine, necessitating saving a half drunk bottle of wine for the next evening. Or perhaps, more realistically, like me, after finishing off two bottles of wine with your significant other, you want to open a third, but you also don’t want to waste what might be left over from that third bottle. So, we all have that dilemma – how best to save the wine still left in the bottle for tomorrow night or the night after. Over the years we tried a variety of products / techniques in our house, and we decided it was time to figure out which was the best.

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Will Wise Acre Vineyard Be the First Millennial Cult Wine?

Will Wise Acre Vineyard Be the First Millennial Cult Wine?

Sometimes in your life you taste, and perhaps more importantly experience, a wine that you just know is something special. Standing in the vineyard at the bottom of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley, staring at the tiny half-acre plot of vines, I asked the wine growers / makers Lynn and Kirk Grace where the rest of their vineyard was. They laughed, and told me that I was looking at the entire vineyard. This was a vineyard so small that I could literally throw a ball from one end to the other, and I don’t exactly have a good arm. To put a half-acre in perspective, the cult wine Harlan Estate has 40 acres of vines – 80 times as large as Wise Acre Vineyard.

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What the F*ck is the Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855?

What the F*ck is the Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855?

Demystifying Bordeaux’s First through Fifth Growths

Perhaps the greatest marketing scheme in the history of any industry, not just wine, is the Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855. After all, what other marketing scheme from 160 years ago is as relevant today as it was when created? In the wine world, people constantly refer to the wineries of Bordeaux as First Growths, Second Growth, Third Growths, Fourth Growths, and Fifth Growths, based upon a classification of wines from… you guessed it, 1855. People refer to great wines from other regions using comparisons to the Bordeaux 1855 Classification – for example, Penfolds Grange is frequently referred to as the First Growth of Australia. This blog, likewise, is filled with references to the classification level of various wines we love from Bordeaux. So, what is the 1855 Classification, and why do people still refer to it 160 years later?

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Rendering Honors with Rally Point Wines

Rendering Honors with Rally Point Wines

With Memorial Day right around the corner I thought it appropriate to write a blog post on something a little more than just wine. As I mentioned is my previous blog post, Why the Story Behind the Wine Matters, I believe that the stories behind the winemaker and the wine impact how we feel and enjoy wine. So, I’d like to introduce you to Tim and Kate Burgess of Rally Point Wines.

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