S.A. Prüm is based in the town of Wehlen in the Mosel region of Germany. The Prüm family has been producing wine in the region since 1156. The winery’s primary focus is the production of Riesling wines. They participate in the German VDP classification system.
The 2009 S.A. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett was 100% Riesling. The label listed ABV was 7.5% (whoa, if I have a beer it is usually higher than that.).
I am always on the lookout for wine holidays (we need more wine holidays). Thankfully, Talk-A-Vino, a fellow wine blogger, in one of his Wednesday Meritage posts brought to my attention that July 2012 was the 31 days of German Riesling. One week later, Molly at Paprika & Pinot, delivered an excellent post titled “Still Searching for a Bone Dry Riesling”. In the comments section of her post, The Winegetter, another wine blogger (he’s knows German wines extremely well), posted some tips on identifying a dry Riesling.
Armed with The Winegetter’s advice, I set out in search of a dry Riesling.
The town of Montepulciano in the Tuscany region of Italy is home to the Avignonesi winery. In addition to six red wines, a Chardonnay, and a Sauvignon Blanc, the winery produces dessert wines, grappa, and olive oil.
The 2008 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was a red blend comprised of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, and 5% Mammolo. The wine was aged in oak casks (50% Slovanian / 50% French) for 18 months, and spent an additional 6 months aging in the bottle prior to release. The wine carried an ABV of 14% and a DOCG classification.
In May 2012, I wrote up the Casanova di Neri wine tasting dinner at Undici. In his comments on my post, The Winegetter, a fellow wine blogger, asked for my thoughts on Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, recommending both Poliziano and Avignonesi. As I had not previously tasted either, I diligently set out to procure at least one of the two.
I happened upon the Avignonesi. I was glad I did.
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The vineyards of Bodegas La Cana are located in the town of Ribadumia, in the province of Pontevedra, Spain. The vineyards are at the northern part of the Rias Baixas region.
The 2010 La Cana Albarino was 100% Albarino. The wine was aged in a combination of stainless steel tanks (80%) and French oak barrels (20%) for 6 months. The label listed ABV was 12%.
I have been on a search for my ideal Albarino. Previously, I had tasted Albarinos from Dom Bardo and Martin Codax. In his comments on my Dom Bardo post, a fellow wine blogger, Anatoli Levine of Talk-A-Vino (you should really go visit his blog, if you haven’t already) recommended La Cana to me.
I diligently set out to procure a bottle.