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Wine Blogging Wednesday 59: Osake desu!

16 July 2009
By Tom Mansell
Wine Blogging Wednesday 59: Osake desu!

Konnichi-wa, readers. Let’s take a break from the strawberry story for another edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, this time a staggering 8 days late. Having taken five weeks of Japanese classes back in 1999, I was excited about this month’s WBW. Richard, Boston’s Passionate Foodie and unrepentant sake enthusiast, chose the theme of homage...
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Strawblog: Day 2: Chaptalization, or the boring math part.

7 July 2009
By Tom Mansell
Strawblog: Day 2: Chaptalization, or the boring math part.

When we last left our berries they were cold-soaking overnight in the fridge after crush and pectinase treatment. The next day it was time to take some measurements. I squeezed the pulp in a hop bag to get straight juice out into a graduated cylinder. I suppose you don’t need a graduated cylinder but...
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Vendredi du vin 24: La sommellerie moléculaire

30 June 2009
By Tom Mansell
Vendredi du vin 24: La sommellerie moléculaire

Bon jour, readers. I have been lax in postings lately (even though I have about 5 written… in my head), but this idea really caught my eye. We anglophones have “Wine Blogging Wednesday“, in which I have participated twice so far. Francophones, on the other hand, have “Vendredi du Vin“, or “Wine Friday”. I...
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Wine Blogging Wednesday 58: Pairing wine with music

14 June 2009
By Tom Mansell
Wine Blogging Wednesday 58: Pairing wine with music

I know, it’s Sunday and this is an entry for Wine Blogging Wednesday. I obviously do not get the point of this exercise. Anyway, this wine blogging wednesday I decided to go along with the theme, hosted by Katie of Gonzo Gastronomy. The theme resonates a bit with some things that I’ve been saying...
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Home semi-sweet home

9 June 2009
By Tom Mansell
Home semi-sweet home

Six Mile Creek Semi-Sweet Riesling 2007 Appelation: Finger Lakes Varietal: Riesling ABV: “table wine” an email to the vineyard asking for details got no response. tsk, tsk. RS: ~5% Price Point: $13.50 Notes: Nose: Something spicy/cinnamony on the nose like Dentyne gum with some light floral aromas. Palate: Canned peaches, sort of like fruit...
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Megapost: Anthony Road Open Cellar Tasting

1 June 2009
By Tom Mansell
Megapost: Anthony Road Open Cellar Tasting

Two weeks ago I went on a wine tour of Cayuga Lake (west side) organized by the Cornell Glee Club and Chorus. It was intended to be a social trip, and even though I brought my trusty notebook, I considered myself off the clock. We even had freshmen to drive us around! However, right...
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Great estate

19 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
Great estate

Lamoreaux Landing Estate White (N/V) Appellation: Finger Lakes Varieties: 55% Riesling 45% gewürztraminer ABV: 12.8% RS: 1.75% Price Point: $10 Notes: Looks: Lemony-green Nose: Intense nose of flowers, peach, and lychee (What’s a lychee, anyway? I can only find them in cans, but they’re pretty good! Check the Asian section of the local market)...
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You just got blogrolled.

15 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
You just got blogrolled.

I had tasting notes for today, but I left them at work. And I couldn’t open another bottle of riesling since I have two open bottles here already (sangiovese and sangiovese/CS/CF/freisa/merlot blend, if you must know. No, I don’t exclusively drink Finger Lakes wine). So look for an entry tomorrow. I’ll give you a...
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Monday matchup: Finger Lakes vs. Rheingau

13 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
Monday matchup: Finger Lakes vs. Rheingau

Yep, it’s still riesling month. I decided to put some FL riesling up against another famous riesling producer, Germany. This test was done blind, with identical ISO 9000 wine glasses. Both bottles were opened at the same time and not decanted. Wine was poured into the glasses from the bottle before the test began...
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Anthony Road Rules

8 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
Anthony Road Rules

Anthony Road Semi-Dry Riesling 2007 Appellation: Finger Lakes Variety: Riesling ABV: 12.3% RS: 1.9% Price Point $16 Notes: Nose: lime and pineapple on the nose, but the first thing I notice is our old friend petrol*, which in this case adds some nice complexity to an otherwise crisp and fruity nose. Palate: rich {mouthfeel}...
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