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Chickpea Dumplings and Verdejo Will Make Your Day

You may want a nap after, but the thought of eating 3 or 4 (dozen) chickpea dumplings along with a glass of Verdejo has been haunting me (in a good way) since my recent lunch at Revel in Seattle. Chickpea, roasted cauliflower, and mustard yogurt make for a flavorful, yet not too spicy, dumpling. Hailing [More]

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Two of My Favorite Value Wines to Bring to a Party

When it comes to my favorite value wines to bring to a party, I find myself coming back again and again to the MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc and the Tres Picos Garnacha from Borsao. From South Africa, the MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc has surprising richness for being so humble in price. It’s a taste of [More]

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Cheap-n-Tasty Bordeaux

Cheap-n-Tasty Bordeaux Originally uploaded by jamesonf Yes, from the 2009 vintage! From the heavily-hyped, purportedly greatest vintage in the history of Bordeaux. Well, at least since 2005. And 2003. And 2000. (Is the snark palpable?) And it’s about 1/100th the price of the fancy-pants first growths. I have no idea what the blend is but [More]

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Enjoying Verdejo, Hating on Terroir

My expanded my thoughts on the Shaya, with added anti-terroir screed.

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Space Needle and Verdejo

Space Needle Originally uploaded by jamesonf Got a sample of the 2008 Shaya Verdejo from my local distributor. Not sure if it was because of the old vines, but this Verdejo had a bit more richness and complexity. Most inexpensive Verdejo reminds me of Sauvignon Blanc: crisp, dry, lively, but not a whole lot going [More]

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