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Because we go back-and-forth between North Carolina and California our wine drinking changes between “New World” California wines (when we are in California) and “Old World” European wines (when we’re in North Carolina). So this year we decided to take the bull by the horns and see what would come from blind tasting similar priced wines made with the same grapes, but from California and Europe…sort of our own “Judgement of Pairs” mini-tasting. For our test we brought six bottles of European Old World wines, purchased from the Caviste Wine Store in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, when we traveled to California. The New World wines were purchased from the Woodland Hills Wine Company in Woodland Hills, California. For our blind tasting we included grape varieties that were commonly grown in both Europe and California and included: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc and we made every attempt to buy wines that were close to the same price. We did the tasting one grape variety at a time over a period of two weeks. The bottles were opened and covered than marked “A” and “B” by another person, so no one knew which wine we were drinking. Each taster had two glasses (marked A and B) and had to select which they liked “Best” and identify the one they thought contained the Old World and New World wine. The tasters included Vicky and myself, our son and daughter-in-law (who drink predominately California red wines) and the Portuguese cinematographer who is working on a film with our son. The results were surprising and very interesting, but first here’s the result of the individual tasting: [click to continue…]


Decoy Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2014

Recommendation: An OK buy for entry-level California Noir.

Winery/Producer: Duckhorn Wine Company; Hopland, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Sonoma County, California.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $16.56 [click to continue…]


Monier Perreol St Joseph 2012

Recommendation: Simply FANTASTIC “Old World” Syrah.

Winery/Producer: Domaine Monier Pereol; Saint Desirat, France.

Grape Variety: Syrah

Geographic Region, Appellation: Saint-Joseph; Northern Rhone, France.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $31.50 with a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]


Recommendation: Simply an OUTSTANDING Dolcetto D’Alba.

Winery/Producer: G.D. Vajra; Barolo, Italy.

Grape Variety: Dolcetto .

Geographic Region, Appellation: D’Alba; Piedmont, Italy

Vintage: 2011

Price: $28.00 [click to continue…]


Recommendation: A perfect summer-time sipping wine.

Winery/Producer: Daniel Boulle; Domaine Les Aphillanthes; Travaillan, France.

Grape Variety: Rosé blend: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Counoise.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Cotes-du-Rhone, France.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $14.00 [click to continue…]


Recommendation: OUTSTANDING Rosé!!!

Winery/Producer: Clos du Tue-Boeuf; Les Montils, France.

Grape Variety: Rosé blend: Cot (Malbec grown in Loire) and Grolleau.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Loire Valley, France.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $18.00 [click to continue…]


Recommendation: FANTASTIC fresh Chenin Blanc.

Winery/Producer: Xavier Weisskopf; Le Rocher des Violettes; Dierre, France.

Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc

Geographic Region, Appellation: Montlouis-sur-Loire, France.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $22.50 with a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]


Netzl Chardonnay2014

Recommendation: A GREAT summertime Chardonnay.

Winery/Producer: Frarz and Christine Netzi; Carnumtum, Austria.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Carnuntum, Austria.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $14.40 with a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]


La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rouge 2011

Recommendation: OUTSTANDING wine, chilled or not…but we give a STRONG recommendation to try it chilled on a hot summer evening.

Winery/Producer: Michael and Louis Bronzo; Le Castellet, France.

Grape Variety: 72% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 6% Cinsault, 1% Syrah, 1% Carignan.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Bandol; Provence, France.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $23.40 with a 10$ mixed case discount. [click to continue…]


Chef Tim Bocholis

Location: Bistro B and Wine Bar; 126 South Main Street; Kernersville, North Carolina.

Host(s): Chef Tim Bocholis and Andrew Alley, Area Manager, 17th Street Distributing.

Dinner Price: $50/person. [click to continue…]