Hugh Sisson http://wypr.org en Byron Winery - 7/9/14 http://wypr.org/post/byron-winery-7914 <p><br /><strong>Price key:&nbsp;</strong> $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:</strong>&nbsp; * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Byron Chardonnay, Santa Barbara '12&nbsp; *&nbsp; $<br />(Very nice entry level chardonnay, good value.)<br /><br />Byron Pinot&nbsp; Noir, Santa Barbara '12&nbsp; *&nbsp; $$<br />(Very good varietal character, great value.)<br /><br />Byron Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley '11&nbsp; *** $$<br />(Creamy, rich, well balanced, textbook chard.) Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:33:23 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 501884 at http://wypr.org Whiskeys Around the World - 7/2/14 http://wypr.org/post/whiskeys-around-world-7214 <p><br /><strong>Quality key:</strong>&nbsp; * = good decent&nbsp;&nbsp; ** = very good&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb<br /><br />Schniederweisss clear whiskey , Germany 1/2* &nbsp;<br />(A curiosity)<br /><br />Mackmyra "The First Edition", Sweeden *<br />(Decent)<br /><br />Penderyn, Wales 1/2*<br />(Scotch-like, big rich flavor)<br /><br />Reisterbauer, Austria 1/2*<br />(Bourbon-like, uninspired)<br /> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:00:07 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 501581 at http://wypr.org French Rosés - 6/25/14 http://wypr.org/post/french-ros-s-62514 <p><strong>Price key:</strong>&nbsp; $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:</strong>&nbsp; * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Whispering Angel, Cotes du Provence 2013 *1/2 $<br />(A charming well structured delicate rosé.)<br /><br />Domaine de Corbillieres Rosé, Tourain 2013 *1/2 $<br />(Big soft rosé with nice fruit flavors.)<br /><br />Commanderie de Peyrosol Rosé, Provence 2013 ** $<br />(Quintessential French rosé.)<br /><br />La Manarine Rosé Cotes du Rhone 2013 * $<br />(Fuller bodied, with a bitter finish.)<br /><br /><em>Many of these fine wines can be purchased at <a href="http://mywineworld.com/">Wine World</a>.&nbsp; See sponsor tab.</em><br /><br /> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 501184 at http://wypr.org Malbecs by Renacer - 6/18/14 http://wypr.org/post/malbecs-renacer-61814 <p><strong>Price key:</strong>&nbsp; $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:</strong>&nbsp; * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Punta Final Malbec, Mendoza '12&nbsp; *1/2&nbsp; $<br />(Very nice entry level malbec.)<br /><br />Punta Final Reserva Malbec, Mendoza '11&nbsp; **1/2 $$<br />(Dynamic, hedonistic, very impressive and satisfying.)<br /><br />Enamore Malbec, Mendoza '11&nbsp; *** $$<br />(A co-production with Allegrini of Italy, robust, very impressive.)<br /> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 500809 at http://wypr.org American Syrah - 6/11/14 http://wypr.org/post/american-syrah-61114 <p><strong>Price key:</strong>&nbsp; $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:</strong>&nbsp; * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Cline Syrah, Sonoma County 2009 ** $<br />(Very good value for a luscious red.)<br /><br />Zaca Mesa Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley, 2008 **1/2 $<br />(Australian influence, has some age on it already.)<br /><br />Corvidae "Lenore" Syrah, Columbia Valley 2009 ** $<br />(A good example of cool-country syrah.)<br /><br />Earthquake Syrah, Lodi 2006 **1/2 $$<br />(A great California syrah with tons of flavor.)<br /><br /><em>Many of these fine wines can be purchased at <a href="http://mywineworld.com/">Wine World</a>.&nbsp; See sponsor tab.</em><br /> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:19:15 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 500518 at http://wypr.org Ponzi, Pioneer of Oregon - 6/4/14 http://wypr.org/post/ponzi-pioneer-oregon-6414 <p><strong>Price key:</strong>&nbsp; $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:</strong>&nbsp; * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Ponzi Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley '13 *1/2 $<br />(Very good value in a Ponzi staple,&nbsp; bright, elegant, crisp)<br /><br />Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay, Willamette Valley '12 **&nbsp; $$<br />(Subtle, firm, complex and delicate; typical quality Oregon chard)<br /><br />Ponzi Pinot Noir, "Tavola" '12&nbsp; ** $$ Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:28:44 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 500194 at http://wypr.org Paul Blanck of Alsace - 5/28/14 http://wypr.org/post/paul-blanck-alsace-52814 <p><strong>Price key:&nbsp;</strong> $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:</strong>&nbsp; * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Blanck Pinot Gris, Alsace 2011&nbsp; **1/2 $$<br />(Dense, earthy, off-dry, almost majestic.)<br /><br />Blanck Pinot Blanc d'Alsace 2011 ** $<br />(One of your better pinot blancs, with earthy citrus notes.)<br /><br />Blanck Riesling, Alsace 2011&nbsp; **1/2&nbsp; $$<br />(Classic, well-balanced riesling, bone dry but deep.) Wed, 28 May 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 13738 at http://wypr.org Ferrari-Carano - 5/21/14 http://wypr.org/post/ferrari-carano-52114 <p><strong>Price key:&nbsp; </strong>$=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:&nbsp;</strong> * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Ferrai-Carano Fumé Blanc, Sonoma '12 ** $<br />(An old stand by, big, blowsy, fruity sauvignon blanc)<br /><br />Ferrai-Carano Sienna (Cal-Ital red blend) '11 **1/2&nbsp; $$<br />(One of their flagship wines, a very convincing Italian taste-alike)<br /><br />Ferrai-Carano Chardonnay, Sonoma '12 **&nbsp; $$ Wed, 21 May 2014 01:31:12 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 13419 at http://wypr.org Cotes-du-Rhone - 5/14/14 http://wypr.org/post/cotes-du-rhone-51414 <p><strong>Price key:</strong>&nbsp; $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:</strong>&nbsp; * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Laurence Féraud Côtes du Rhone 2011 *1/2&nbsp; $<br />(Great example of the affordable café style of CDR.)<br /><br />Domaine La Manarine Côtes du Rhone 2012 ** $<br />(Café style with a touch of class, good grenache influence.)<br /><br />Les Galets de Sauveterre Côtes du Rhone 2011&nbsp; **1/2&nbsp; $ Wed, 14 May 2014 02:05:41 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 13062 at http://wypr.org Beringer Revisited - 5/7/14 http://wypr.org/post/beringer-revisited-5714 <p><strong>Price key:</strong>&nbsp; $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:&nbsp;</strong> * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Beringer Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon '11&nbsp; **1/2&nbsp; $$<br />(Concentrated, firm tannins, a good Napa cab)<br /><br />Beringer Chadonnay, Napa Valley '12 ** $<br />(Classic California style, good value)<br /><br />Beringer Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley '12 **1/2&nbsp; $$<br />(Same style as the Napa, but more of everything, a big chard)<br /><br />Beringer Quantum&nbsp; (red blend) NV *** $$$<br />(Expensive, but worth it)<br /><br /><em>Many of these fine wines can be purchased at <a href="http://mywineworld.com/">Wine World</a>.&nbsp; See sponsor tab</em><br />&nbsp; Wed, 07 May 2014 00:03:32 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 12711 at http://wypr.org