Miss Tan Shaoyun with Ray & Vicky


While on the Queen Mary 2 for a world cruise we had a unique opportunity to attend an on board wine tasting of Chinese wines the ship was going to add to their wine list. Having had a few wines when we were in China a several years ago we jumped at the chance to try these wines especially since two of them were in the $100 price range. Our past experience with Chinese wines was limited and only included four or five different wines served in fairly high end restaurants. From that small sampling we were so disappointed with the local wine we switched to Chinese beer while we were in China. This tasting gave us a whole new opportunity to sample what should be good Chinese wines.

Winery/Producer: Changyu Wine Company, with six wineries in China is the countries largest wine producer. The winery was founded in 1892 by a Chinese diplomat and an
Austrian viticulturist when they imported more than 500,000 cuttings from the United States and Europe. Today Changyu is an internationally owned company and is producing 25% of China’s domestic wine market. [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: MEMORABLE Madeira wine every wine lover should taste at least once in their life.

Winery/Producer: Pereira D’Oliveira (Vinhos), Lda.; Funchal, Madeira.

Grape Variety: Boal.

Geographic Region, Appellation: The Island of Madeira.

Vintage: 1968, Bottled in 2014.

Price: $120.00 plus a $20 corking fee*. [click to continue…]

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Domaine Amido Tavel Merlot 2013

by Ray on May 21, 2015


Recommendation: Good Merlot that’s a GREAT value!!!

Winery/Producer: Domaine Amido, France.

Grape Variety: Merlot.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Rhone Valley, France

Vintage: 2013

Price: $10.80 with a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: VERY NICE Pouilly Fume.

Winery/Producer: Regis Minet; Pouilly-Sur-Loire, France.

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Pouilly Fume; Loire Valley, France.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $19.80 (with a 10% case discount) [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: Good Loire Sauvignon Blanc that’s an EXCELLENT value.

Winery/Producer: Domaine Ricard; Thesee, France.

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Touraine Loire Valley, France.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $12.60 with a 10% mixed case discount. [click to continue…]

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During the beginning of 2015 we had the opportunity to take a four and a half month round-the-world cruise on the Queen Mary 2. During that trip we had over 75 different wines from the ship’s wine list. Many of those wines were reviewed and posted on TastedOnline.com and can be found using the keyword “Queen Mary 2“. Every night and frequently at lunch we had a bottle of wine with the meal that was priced between $35.00 and $125 and there were some good ones and many that we thought were in the “terrible” category. From those 75 different wines we have identified the ones we thought were the best value for the price and would recommend them for passengers on the Queen Mary 2 who do not want to spend the $100 plus it takes to purchase a bottle of a known label that “should” be good. The list below, in no specific order, includes the wines we thought were the “best buys”…in other words we have weeded out the losers. [click to continue…]

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Borgo Moncalvo Cortese 2012

by Ray on May 18, 2015


Recommendation: A perfect summer time wine that’s an OUTSTANDING value.

Winery/Producer: Borgo Moncalvo; Loazzolo, Italy.

Grape Variety: Cortese.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Piedmont, Italy

Vintage: 2012

Price: $10.80 (with a 10% mixed case discount). [click to continue…]

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Caldera Anada Blanco Seco 2014

by Ray on May 16, 2015


Recommendation: A delicious Canary Island white wine.

Winery/Producer: Maria Delgado Cayon; Santa Brigida, Spain.

Grape Variety: Blend: Malvasia Aromatica, Malvasia Volcanica, Verdello, Gual, Marmajuelo and Listan Blanco Y Moscatel De Alejandria.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Islas Canarias, Spain.

Vintage: 2014

Price: 21.95 euros. About $23.50 (US$) plus a $20 corking fee. [click to continue…]

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What to Drink with What you EatWhen going through old books belonging to my family I came across this one written by my paternal grandmother, Helen S. Wright, a very straight-laced lady from Washington D.C. and western Massachusetts. As a wine enthusiast I found the book of great historical interest. Published in 1909, it is a collection of recipes from many different sources that reflect the customs, styles, and tastes of a by-gone era. [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: A noteworthy Viognier-Roussanne blend and for a North Carolina wine, it’s refreshing and a bit “Old World”.

Winery/Producer: Vinted & Bottled by Childress Winery, Lexington, North Carolina.

Grape Variety: Viognier 88% and Roussanne 12%.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Yadkin Valley, North Carolina.

Vintage: 2013

Price: Unknown. [click to continue…]

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