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I tried a new Riesling this week, the 2006 Cellarmaster's Riesling from Columbia Winery. Overall, it was decent, though a bit on the sweet side even for me. The bottle says that it "offers fragrant honey, pear and apricot aromas" and this certainly seemed to be true. From a flavor perspective, I believe the honey came through more than anything else. Having not had this wine before, I didn't have a good feel for pairing. I tried it along with a citrus-mayonnaise-parmesan emulsion over salmon on the grill and it was not a very good match. The bottle suggests drinking with "spicy foods, fresh fruit desserts" or to use for relaxed sipping. I think this last suggestion is likely the best of the three.

On a scale from 0-4 with 0 being "ugh" and 4 being "empty bottle" this one is solidly in there at a 2.5-3. With a better pairing I think that it would have been more drinkable, or simply without biasing my palate one way or another. Would I bring it to a party? Probably not. However, it could make a nice sipping wine for company assuming that it's been paired with the right snacks (perhaps the fruit, as mentioned).

New Feature: Wine Reviews

Greetings, and apologies for being at a relatively low level of activity lately. Work has been keeping my quite busy, and part-time on the road. At any rate, I thought it would be nice to introduce a new feature here: wine reviews. Don't expect hugely informative posts on the intricacies of wine from me. What you can expect is honest feedback on a simple rating system: like, sort of like, or don't like.

So, keep an eye out for a few posts in the coming weeks on some of the wines I've found. For the most part I plan to post favorable reviews on wines I like, but if I find a clunker, I'll pass it along. A couple things on my tastes you might want to bear in mind (perhaps to determine if you'll bother reading these posts): I generally prefer white wine to red and I generally prefer a semi-dry wine with a crisp, clean finish. So, expect Rieslings and similar in most of my posts.

Without details, here are a few wines that I've found to be quite nice lately:
* 2006 Rockbridge White Riesling
* 2007 Rockbridge White Riesling
* 2006 Chateau Ste Michelle-Dr. Loosen "Eroica"
* 2007 Dr. Loosen Riesling

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