Tuesday, December 19, 2006

David Beauroy’s Tasting Notes – December 9th Vintages Release

‘Tis the season for warming/comfort red wines and bubbly. Tomorrow’s release is the last one scheduled for 2006. I will be back with more tasting notes in 2007. Take good care and enjoy!

$15-25 RANGE


Herencia Remondo La Montesa Rioja Crianza 2003, Spain-DO Rioja, +674572, $21.95, p.34

A really tasty mouthful! Clean berry notes with exotic spices in the background on the nose. Dry and balanced with medium body, silky tannins, and long length (the 13.5% alcohol adds some heat too). Terrific value from Rioja!



Lindhorst Statement 2003, South Africa – WO Coastal Region, +5108, $27.95, p.28

An interesting and unusual blend of Shiraz (52%), Merlot (44%), and a touch of Cab. Sauvignon (4%). The result is a lush combination of raspberry, Danish butter cookies, and marzipan on the nose. Dry and med-full bodied, with a soft texture and medium length. Superb now!

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, Australia-Coonawarra, +590471, $29.95, p.26

Katnook Estate has done it again! (I was very keen on their 2001 Merlot that came out in August). This Cab. Sauv. is well structured and delicious with an irresistible mix of blackberries, cedar, and spice. Truly a classic Coonawarra Cab.!

Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2004, France-AC CdP, +984419, $37.95, p.30

Bold flavours of currants and black cherries make up this very complex and meaty wine. A little closed on the nose with some fruit and subtle dabs of lavender present. Dry with a smooth texture, good balancing acidity, med-full-bodied, good length and a good dose of alcohol (14.5%)! Good value!

Jean-Claude Boisset Gevrey-Chambertin 2002, France-AC Burgundy, +6916, $51.95, p.29

2002 was a fabulous vintage in Burgundy and this wine is good evidence of that. Clear scents of cherry, strawberry, beetroot, some earthiness and spices. On the palate it’s dry, medium-bodied with good complexity and length.

Charles Allexant Premier Cru Beaune Bressandes 2003, France-AC Burgundy, +6783, $56.95, p.29

Inky with juicy cherry and raspberry, and hints of vanilla and freshly turned earth folded in. Dry and soft with very pleasant strawberry jam notes on the palate, med-full bodied, beautifully balanced, and long length. A great match for game!

Champagne, Sparkling

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Champagne, France-AC Champagne, +653634, $54.95, p.8

A fabulous non-vintage Champagne! Nice notes of toast, coffee, and nuts. Crisp and clean with a rich and full-bodied taste. Outstanding Value!

Taittinger Brut Millésimé Champagne 1999, France-AC Champagne, +989905, $69.95, p.7

Looking for some Vintage Champagne? 1999 was a very good year in the region. This one is complex and delicious! Notes of brioche, butter, nuts, pears and apples. It is medium to full-bodied, with a long finish.

Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut, Italy-DOC Prosecco, +349662, $16.95, p. 12 (375ml bottle, +738161, $10.95)

Start your evening with this splendid Prosecco! Elegantly balanced notes of pears, limes and spring flowers! A perfect aperitif!

Gloria Ferrer Blanc De Blancs Sparkling Wine 2003, USA-California, +914648, $26.95, p.13

Fantastic value! Full of tasty citrus, floral, biscuity and yeasty notes. Thick and creamy mousse with a silky texture. Very well balanced and refreshing. Simply wonderful!

Dessert Wine

Ruffino Serelle Vin Santo Del Chianti 2000, Italy-DOC Tuscany, +1008, $18.95, p.21

Attractive pale amber hue with layers of honey, almonds and caramel on the nose. Classic Vin Santo, medium sweet wit lively acidity to balance it out. Ready to drink with Tiramisù or dunked biscotti.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Open Lettter to comments on Bombippy.com

First, I want to address Michael Crichton’s book, State of Fear. State of Fear is a piece of garbage. Not only does it take liberties with the information it chooses to publish, it tries to sound intellectual but also it comes off as defensive. Who cares if it has footnotes and quotes research? Anyone can manufacture so-called truth if that is his or her aim. Look at the Bush War in Iraq. The book is a Hollywood film script cum PR stunt.

Anyone claiming that Global Warming is false is denying the irrefutable truth. It's on par with denying the holocaust.

Reading State of Fear reminds me of countless discussions I’ve had with neo-con Bush lovers who verbally attack with emotion versus saying anything well thought out or supported by fact.

Denying the facts provided in the Inconvenient Truth just because a Democrat is presenting them is pathetic. Just go back to watching your NFL football and drinking Budweiser. Rather I should say go back to sticking your head in the ground and wishing for a return to the good ole days when Bush stole office.

Like Gore says in the film. If you throw, a frog into boiling water, the frog will leap out. However, if you put a frog in warm water and slowly turn the heat up the frog will remain complacent and boil to death. To all those denier’s of the facts and/or truth keep complacent, keep on consuming at the ridiculous rate you already are, focus on your selfishness and keep on polluting.

What do you care you will not be alive to live in the world you leave behind.


Friday, December 08, 2006

Livebait.tv/Episode 7--DJ Champion

We interview Max Morin aka DJ Champion who has been making waves ever since the release of his first album Chill’ em all, released in 2004. Chill’ em all is a unique concoction of rockin’ guitars, techno beats, incredible vocals and contagious melodies.

Chill’ em all, built a following over time, with rock radio currently playing the single “No Heaven” (featuring vocalist Betty Bonifassi). It has sold more than 40,000 copies to date and won a number of awards.