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By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief I think that I'm like most wine geeks in that I like wines that make me think. I don't mean all the time. Not every wine. Sometimes we just want wines that we can drink, have with our meal, and enjoy throughout the course of an evening. But on other occasions, I want a wine to stop me in my tracks and demand further consideration and pondering. Even rumination. This Heron Hill Winery 2007 Blaufrankisch ($35) is a wine that had me thinking. And wondering. We'll get to that in a minute though. First, a little soapbox time. Let's talk about the name Blaufrankisch, the original name for this grape. Yes, original name. Dating back to possible the 10th century. If you've had Lemberger, you've had Blaufrankisch. It's just that, for whatever reason, many American producers (including numerous ones in the Finger Lakes) think that Lemberger…

By Lenn Thompson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief As the founder of Wine Blogging Wendesday, I like to hop in and host at least once a year. It's fun to force people to drink what you tell them to. It's a power rush. A boost to my ego. Okay. What really happened is that the planned host for September went and got pregnant and gracefully bowed out until after the baby is born in the spring. So, I'm jumping in so we don't miss a month. After brainstorming a bit, I dismissed simply making participants drink local again. That's been done. But, ever the proponent for supporting local wineries, I did find a new angle that I think will be fun — At the Source. Rather than walking into your local wine shop to pick up a wine for WBW, I want you to actually visit a winery and taste a wine…

The 59th edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, hosted by The Passionate Foodie, is an homage to Kushi no Kami. Not sure what that is? I have no idea what it is that's why it's just the kind of WBW theme that inspired the event in the first place — a forced exploration of a region or type of wine that is new or unknown. So who or what is Kushi no Kami? Turns out that it's an ancient name for the god of Saké. I've had Saké exactly once in my life and it was cheap, warm stuff at a Japanese restaurant once. It tasted sort of like hot vodka to me without the alcohol burn. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. But, I know that our host is a Saké-loving guy, with tons of knowledge on the subject, but he's making it easy for the newbies: For this theme, all…

By Lenn Thompson, Editor and Publisher Today is Wine Blogging Wednesday #56. I know I say it almost every month, but it is still fascinating to me that the virtual wine tasting I founded 56 months ago is still going strong. This month, we're hosted by John, who is better known as The Corkdork. The theme is Fine Kosher Wines, something that I knew little about (and still probably don't, given the small sampling that I did.) Before this edition of WBW, I actually had never knowingly tasted a Kosher wine. I guess it's possible that I had some Manischewitz in college or something, but I don't think so. In that sense, I was going into this without any of the negative bias that some seem to have for the category. Nena and I tasted through six different Kosher wines (5 were "Kosher for Passover" which is a different sub-category).…

I honestly don't know that I've ever tasted a Kosher wine. I'm sure that I have, at some point along the way, but I've never had a reason to specifically seek them out. I've heard a lot about them, and very little of it has been good. And that's why, when John over at The Corkdork got in touch with me about hosting WBW this month with a Kosher wine theme just in time for Passover, I thought "Hey, that sure would give me an excuse to try some Kosher wine. Let's do it!" So there you have it. That's how Wine Blogging Wednesday #56 Fine Kosher Wines was born. Join us on the last day of Passover, April 15 and post about at least one Kosher wine. Me? I've actually gathered a handful of appropriate wines so the LENNDEVOURS crew will have some fun with this theme. Check out…

I haven't done a great job writing about it lately, but Wine Blogging Wednesday is still rolling along. In fact, we're coming up on the 54th edition. It never ceases to amaze me that the little virtual wine tasting event I created over four years ago is still going and is still so popular. February's edition will be hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, David McDuff of McDuff's Food & Wine Trail. The theme is one that I'm looking forward to as well: A Passion for Piedmont. I have to admit, I don't know a whole lot about the wines of that region in Italy, so this will be a fun edition of WBW for me. David offers a brief run-down saying: While there are some fine white wines made in the region – from Gavi di Gavi to Roero Arneis to Moscato d’Asti – there’s no denying that…

I'm a bad bad founder. I didn't taste this wine until tonight, even though I've had it lined up for a while now, and this is going to be a quickie review… not what I typically like to do for Wine Blogging Wednesday. This month's edition, hosted by "Big Cincy" Tim Lemke of Cheap Wine Ratings, focuses on value red wines from Chile, a country I've not explored much in the past. To take the exploration even further, I decided to taste a Carmenere, a grape that I don't taste very often. In fact, I can't remember the last time I tasted it. You can learn more about the grape over at Wikipedia. This bottle, which retails for around $15 is Cono Sur's 2007 Carmenere. Everything I've read suggests that Carmenere is best in its youth, so this wine's relative youth wasn't a worry. Extremely dark in the glass, the…

Wine Blogging Wednesday just cannot be stopped. Here we are, more than 4 years after its inception (this IS the 51st edition) and the theme is one of the few that shoved me way out of my comfort zone. Not only was I forced to leave my beloved state of New York, but I also had to try a style of wine that I know very (very very) little about: wines that are intentionally oxidized at warm/hot temperatures. That's why the one and only (thankfully!) Joe Roberts, known in the blogosphere as 1WineDude, our esteemed host, termed the theme "Baked Goods." Prolonged exposure to heat and oxygen are typically not something winemakers want, but these wines are, in essence, baked to mimic the long sea voyage these wines took through the tropics. There are many styles and 'reserve' levels of Madeira, but rather than repeat them all here, I'll simply…

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Wine Blogging Wednesday is back today with one of its old-time participants, Andy of Spittoon.biz playing host. Andy is one of the founding fathers of wine blogging, and he’s challenged WBW participants in a whole new way this time ’round. The wine itself this month is easy enough. We had only to choose something red from Italy. Where the challenge comes in is the tasting note, where we’re only allowed to use 7 words. In the spirit of the theme, I’m not going to go on and on with Carlo Massimiliano Gritti 2003 Il Doge’s background either. You can read that where I got it, Bottlenotes. No, I’m going to get right into my 7 words. Earth, flowers entice. Thin, dirty cherries. Underwhelming.  Thanks for hosting, Andy. You’re a tough editor.

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Who knew that petite sirah would be so popular as a Wine Blogging Wednesday theme? Well, apparently someone did, because she chose it as the theme for WBW #40 Que Sirah Sirah. The Wannabe certainly doesn’t seem like any sort of poser to me. She’s posted the round up for this edition of WBW and we tied the record for number of participants with 54 blogs joining us. Thanks for hosting Megan! Of course, we can’t bask in the glow of WBW #40 for too long, what with the first WBW of 2008 right around the corner. WBW #41 will be hosted by Jack and Joanne from Fork & Bottle. And, their theme is one that I’m excited to buy for, white wines from the Friuli region of Italy. These are some of the most interesting, unique whites around and they definitely diverge from the insipid pinot grigio that you…