Labels from Great Wines

Note if you scroll down past the wine labels on this page, I have some links to wine-related sites. And here are some notes from my wine lectures for university college.

Even though it doesn't always get the highest ratings from the Wine Spectator I really like the red burgundy from this vineyard. The name comes from an old saying, "it goes down like the Baby Jesus in velvet pants." And it does. The wine is Beaune Greves, Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus.

The highest rated Burgundies tend to come from Domaine Leroy and the DRC, Domaine Romanee Conti. I had a few DRC wines back in the seventies but haven't bought one for more than a decade. If you serve the DRC La Tache, please invite me for dinner...

I've had a few bottles of Chateau Haut Brion over the years and it has never disappointed, even when I drank a bottle of the 1990 way "too young." On the rare occasions when I've tried the other first growths, I've had disappointing bottles of Margaux and Latour, but Haut Brion has always been good.

The 1990 Chiantis were so good that I became much more interested in Italian red wines. After trying out a Wine Spectator menu of Tuscan food, I have been trying to collect some "super Tuscans." These wines are interesting because they have the intensity of a good Bordeaux but are different in significant ways. One that I found recently is the Avignonese Grifi.

There is one sweet wine in the world that I would love to have a few cases of. I have only managed to afford it a couple of times, and both times it was like the sweetest honey with a golden grapey flavor that lasted forever. I'm talking about Chateau d'Yquem.

Balthus drew a picture for the 1993 Mouton Rothschild label which has caused a controversy. American bottles lack the artwork entirely. If you think you are mature enough to see the art from the European label, click on the word Balthus.

A couple of really good bottles of Mouton were the 1970 vintage and the 1990.

Here's a really good California Cabernet -- but is it worth the price? Joseph Phelps Insignia

Rutgers Seniors are lucky to have a wine tasting course available, but it's a little hard to find in the catalog. It is listed under "Agricultural and Environmental Science" and is 11:015:273, "Wine Insights," taught by Dr. Brattsten.

Here are a few links to wine dealers or tasting notes etc.

Brown Derby has a wine catalog but it isn't online, you have to call them and ask about it. They also have good prices on Riedel wine glasses, and reasonable shipping rates from St. Louis.

Calvert Woodley in Washington DC has an online wine catalog.

Yahoo has a nice list of wine shops around the nation.

Wines of the Net is a list of all sorts of online wine information maintained in Hungary.

Rick Landau's tasting notes make interesting reading.

Jordan Wines has vintage notes that go back some 2000 years. Of course the coverage is sketchy and the focus is on German wines. It helps to read German.

Robin Garr confines his tasting notes mostly to the more "affordable" wines.

Louis Martini makes inexpensive but very durable wines in Napa Valley CA. I have a lot of old Martini cabernets and they seem to last forever. Louis P. Martini, who ran the company for many years, passed away in the Fall of 1998.

Italian Recipes are important -- what food do you serve with that expensive Brunello di Montalcino??

And what glasses do you serve Brunello in?

And where do you order the pheasant and foie gras? -- or the white truffles to shave over your Fonduta?

Finally -- I mentioned this above but if you have never visited the website for the Wine Spectator I don't think you can imagine what a wealth of information is available there. Ratings, tasting notes, recipes, articles, it's simply amazing.

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Page written 14 May 1997