Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – A 2003 Chateauneuf-du-Pape for Thanksgiving

The November installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the the 2003 vintage. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened on Thanksgiving and a Bottle Note will be published this coming weekend.…

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Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

The 2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon was the winning bottle in the October Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. I decanted the wine for several hours and served with steaks and a classic wedge salad. Quilceda Creek Vintners was founded in 1978 by Alex and Jeanette Golitzin. Alex Golitzin is a nephew of André Tchelistcheff, the legendary winemaker who put…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1998 Cos d’Estournel – Bottle Notes

The 1996 Cos d’Estournel was the winning bottle in the September Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. Louis Gaspard d’Estournel founded Chateau Cos d’Estournel in 1811. Cos d’Estournel was one of the first wineries in Bordeaux to bottle, label and sell their own wine. The Chateau has exchanged hands many times over the years but today is owned and managed by Michel…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 1998 Bordeaux

The September Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Bordeaux from the 1998 vintage.  As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened this Sunday and a Bottle Note will be published shortly thereafter.…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2005 Fleur Cardinale – Bottle Notes

The 2005 Fleur Cardinale was the winning bottle in the August installment of Pick My Next Bottle. I decanted the wine briefly and served with a tri tip roast on a cool Summer night in Seattle. Chateau Fleur Cardinale was purchased by Dominique and Florence Decoster in 2001. The 24.5 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Fleur Cardinale is planted to…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2005 Bordeaux

The September installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Right Bank Bordeaux from the heralded 2005 vintage. Specifically, all three wines are from Saint-Émilion. The purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. 2005 is arguably the best Bordeaux vintage in modern times. Growing conditions were absolutely…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2005 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée – Bottle Notes

The 2005 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée was the winning bottle in the June Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. I did not decant the bottle and served it with a Chicken Caesar salad. Not a traditional food pairing but it worked on a hot Summer night in Seattle The family of Domaine du Pegau has roots in Châteauneuf-du-Pape…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The June Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened on Friday and a Bottle Note will be published this coming weekend. 2005 was an exceptional vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Conditions were perfect…

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