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How I Write about Wine

March 31, 2010 Leave a comment

I was thinking this past weekend about how I’ve been writing about wine.  I think I got away from my real intention, which was to write about my experiences with the wines I drink and not just write about the wine itself.  I’m not an expert on wine, just an occasional hobbyist.

So, I have removed the ratings and reviews I had for all of the wines.  In the future, I’m going to try to indicate more along the lines of ‘love it’, ‘like it’, and ‘not for me’ and talk a bit more about my experience with the wine.

I have a couple of reasons for this, but mainly I don’t want to discredit a good or great wine because I had a poor experience with it.  Another reason is that I have a different experience with a particular wine each time I drink it.  Especially being that I’m no professional, things like what I have for dinner play a significant role in how the wine tastes to me.

Leave a comment if you have any suggestions.

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2008 Therapy Vineyards Merlot

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

At my local curling club (Tunnel Town Curling Club in Tsawwassen, BC)2008 Therapy Vineyards Merlot there’s been a poster for Therapy Vineyards for the most part of the year.  I’m guessing someone affiliated with the winery happens to curl out there.  Before I noticed the sign, I was completely unfamiliar with Therapy.  However, some of the club members have commented that it is actually great wine.

So I’ve kept my eyes open for a while, but had trouble locating their wine.  A few weeks ago I visited Taylorwood Wines on Mainland Street in Vancouver.  I stumbled into Taylorwood Wines when I was downtown for the Olympics one time and was completely impressed by their selection; especially because it’s all BC wines.  And they have a knack for focusing on the great BC wines that are difficult to find.  Sure enough, they had three different reds from Therapy Vineyards (merlot, shiraz, and Freud’s Ego).  I opted for the merlot because I’ve been craving a wine with some punch.

I actually love the bottle design.  Nice to see something completely unique.  In particular, the back label gives some insight into that you should expect.  Although not exactly a unique practice, playing along with the image on the front, they coined the back “what do you see in this wine”.  I found the move quite clever.

2008 Therapy Vineyards Merlot - Back LabelSo I cracked this bottle this past weekend and really enjoyed it.  I didn’t quite finish it so I put the twist-cap back on to save it overnight.  The following night I pulled the cap off and found the bottom completely thick with sediment.  Not sure if I just missed this the first night or if it turned overnight.

In any case, this wine was great the first night.  I’ll have to try another bottle shortly to get the full experience.  Highly recommended.

2007 Gehringer Brothers Private Reserve Pinot Noir

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

2007 Gehringer Brothers Private Reserve Pinot NoirI bought this bottle last year at the winery when I visited in May.  Seems to be a bit of a trend, I know.  In any case, I have not had a lot of experience with Gehringer Brothers wines.  But I was impressed with this one when I visited their winery last year.  I have found some of their wines to be a little bit soft for my taste.  However, this one was different.

I found the wine very enjoyable and easy to drink.  When I’m excited to try a wine I haven’t had before, I tend to save it until after dinner so that nothing gets in the way.  For some wines, this isn’t they greatest idea (as the flavours sometimes need some accompaniment); however, this wine was great on its own.  Next time I’m up there,  I’ll be sure to pick up a couple more bottles of their Private Reserve line.