Post # 69 – Tasting Turkish Wines, Part 1

Most people have never tasted Turkish wines, and up until about four months ago, tasting Turkish wines was something that I too had never done. My son has visited Turkey a couple of times and brought back various wines with him, so we decided to make a mini wine tasting for our Reg’s Wine Blog tasting panel to broaden our palates. Last February we tasted six wines, one from Romania, another from Bulgaria, and four from Turkey. With little to no previous tasting experience with wines from this region, I frankly had no idea what to expect. One of my objectives was to learn more about the region’s wine history, comparing Turkish wines tasted in this tasting to those from other countries, and to try to understand the reasons why there is not more of an international market for Turkish wines. The tasting panel started with a Romanian wine,...

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Post # 68 – Tasting the Apothic Red wines from E. + J. Gallo

On March 9th we were celebrating a family birthday party and held a mini wine tasting of the locally available Apothic Red wines from E. + J. Gallo Wines. . Our quest was to find inexpensive wines suitable for everyday drinking, something well known, easily available almost everywhere, that you will undoubtedly run into often at parties, barbeques and family gatherings. We tasted the classic Apothic Red, the Apothic Dark, and the Apothic Inferno. Below you will find our collective thoughts on these wines. We started with a tune-up wine to get everyone settled around the table, so we tried the Trapiche Malbec 2017, a simple inexpensive red wine that we purchased for $9.95 at the SAQ (Quebec Liquor board). This wine hails from the Mendoza region of Argentina. The wine was young, thin, and a little acidic, and we should have decanted it for at least another 3...

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Post # 67 – Understanding Restaurant Wine Lists, How to Navigate Your Way Through Them.

Understanding restaurant wine lists and being able to navigate your way through them fast and efficiently is vital to getting full value for your dining experience. Many people are terrified at the thought of having to select the dinner wine from a restaurant’s wine list, and with good reason. You usually get seated, your waiter brings you the dinner menu and the wine list. Your water glass gets filled, then your waiter introduces himself and asks you what you would like to drink. If you intend to drink wine, you have had no time to look at the wine list, and no time to discuss what your other dinner partners want – white or red or bubbles. Right away you are under pressure to perform miracles and find the perfect wine in 15 awkward seconds or less. So what do you do? Well most people stall for time, and...

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Post # 66, Tasting the 1983 Bernkasteler Graben Riesling Eiswein by Deinhard

On January 15, 2019 I had the pleasure of tasting this lovely wine. This was the last of two bottles I had bought many years ago (32 years ago to be precise). The first bottle was consumed about 5 years ago, and was wonderful at that time. It was time to open the last bottle. I tasted this wine with a couple of family members, leaving about 1/3 of the bottle to consume later, and did so 2 weeks later on January 29, 2019. To my complete surprise, the wine when tasted on the 29th was just as good, just as vibrant as it was on the 15th, absolutely incredible for such an old dessert wine. Before opening, the wine had large white tartrate crystals on the bottom of the bottle (see photo of tartrate remaining in empty bottle). In a green bottle it was impossible to tell the...

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Post # 65 Resveratrol, Telomeres, the Fountain of Youth, and Red Wine

Time for a little wine science. Hopefully the above Blog title has you scratching your head wondering what the connection is between Resveratrol, Telomeres, the Fountain of Youth, and Red Wine. Has Reg been drinking too much red wine over the holiday season you ask? No, seriously, there is a connection, so please read on. Resveratrol is part of a group of compounds called polyphenols. Wine lovers will recall that Resveratrol made the news (and was basically discovered by the wine consuming public) in 1992 when it was reported that Resveratrol was found in red wine. Not much was known about Resveratrol at the time, other than it was good for you, and suddenly drinking red wine was all the rage, the latest “in thing” to do. 26 years of further research has yielded lots of results. Researchers have since found that Resveratrol has many therapeutic properties, including: Resveratrol...

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