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AWS National Tasting Project 2019

Though interesting, the identity of each terroir of each of these fine wines left us clueless as far as being able to define it.

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AWS National Tasting Project 2019
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Ahhhh, There's Nothing Like Rose' on a Summer's Day

Rose’ has become very popular again in the US after a 50 year hiatus. Everyone drinks it in Europe when the temperature soars.

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Ahhhh, There's Nothing Like Rose' on a Summer's Day
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Tasters Guild International Wine Competition Reveals Many Remarkable Wines

Blended Wines, both red and white showed extremely well

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Tasters Guild International Wine Competition Reveals Many Remarkable Wines
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Recent American Wine Society Judging Confirms my Price Bias

The cheaper the wine, the better it tastes!

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Recent American Wine Society Judging Confirms my Price Bias
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When Ordinary is Extraordinary in the World of Everyday American Cabernet Sauvignon

Rude Tasters take a look at a grocery store mixed bag for Memorial Day celebrations

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When Ordinary is Extraordinary in the World of Everyday American Cabernet Sauvignon
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A Brush with Michigan Tradition and a Look at Something New

The legacy of Len Olson now gone 5 years, is in the hands of his son, Gunner Olson while Bill Schoft litigator and Music Box Film distributor has build a new state of the art winery nearby.

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A Brush with Michigan Tradition and a Look at Something New
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Rude Tasters Magnificent Merlot

I’m rarely at a loss for words, but, the Charles Krug Merlot left me speechless!

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Rude Tasters                                        Magnificent Merlot
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DEAD or ALIVE?

Sometimes it isn’t even useful to rate wines that are very old. Often the only thing that matters is whether it is dead or alive.

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DEAD or ALIVE?
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Grape Variety vs. Terroir and the Winemaker's Hand: Rude Tasters March 2019

Varietal grapes do influence the flavor of the wine, but, how difficult is it to identify that varietal blind?

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Grape Variety vs. Terroir and the Winemaker's Hand: Rude Tasters March 2019
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Mystifying Mediterranean Wines

While I did pick out these wines as Mediterranean, I had no idea they were mostly from Rioja, let alone Spain. Solid and servicable for sure and by no means too old maybe some needing additional aging.

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Mystifying Mediterranean Wines
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Buffalo Trace at the Copper Post

This was our first Bourbon Dinner. We loved the food pairings and didn’t even miss the wine.

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Buffalo Trace at the Copper Post
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Every Sip is a Revelation

Dr. Zin assembled some stunning wines where each wine seemed to grow and change in the glass before you!

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Every Sip is a Revelation
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Arizona Wines Revisited

Once again, we’ve brought back to Michigan an assortment of fine Arizona wines including a student made Tempranillo to have our friends evaluate in a blind tasting.

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Arizona Wines Revisited
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LOX: A Great Use for Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon is so darned lean, that, I’ve struggled to find the sweet spot between raw and overcooked. So, I decided to stick with raw.

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LOX: A Great Use for Sockeye Salmon
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GR Wine, Beer and Food Festival Keeps Getting Better!

Could be my imagination, but, I’d swear the prices are lower this year for the wine samples.

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GR Wine, Beer and Food Festival Keeps Getting Better!
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Rude Tasters 11-14-2018 "This Old Bottle"

In keeping with the “dead or alive” concept in my blog dated 10-14-2018, the following tasting centers mostly on whether these wines still have any redeeming qualities

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Rude Tasters 11-14-2018 "This Old Bottle"
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Riesling: Germany vs Michigan

Compared to the noble wines of the Rheingau, Nahe and Mosel, the wines of Michigan scored higher.

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Riesling: Germany vs Michigan
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OZ 2018

Look who’s smiling now! Best Zins I can remember; even the last place wine was outstanding.

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OZ 2018
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Grandma's Stuffed Tomatoes

My Grandmother didn’t use any seafood. So, you can leave it out, but, we think it adds a speical savory protein to the salad.

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Grandma's Stuffed Tomatoes
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Yankee She Crab Soup

What?! Can you use “Yankee” and “She Crab” in the same sentence?

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Yankee She Crab Soup
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Best European Food in Grand Rapids!

The food here fills the heart with joy; We LOVE this place!

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Best European Food in Grand Rapids!
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Garden Over-Growth!

We make the same mistake every year by planting everything at the same time and in a month or so we have more of everything than we know what to do with!

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Garden Over-Growth!