Archive for January, 2008

Meebo WineMad – Update

January 31, 2008

WineMad added a Meebo widget to
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2006 Yalumba Shiraz Viognier South Australia Y Series

January 31, 2008

Yalumba Shiraz-Viognier South Australia The Y Series 2006, 88pts, WS

WineMad paid $8.99 @ Joe Canal’s.

Yalumba’s notes: Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier is bright and youthful. The nose is full of spices, licorice and plum fruits with subtle hints of Viognier emphasised by soft jam of fresh purple grape aromas.

The palate is supple, chewy and delicious with sweet vinour fruits and loose-knit tannins. A spicy, savoury and silky wine with a lingering finish.

WineMad’s review: spicy nose, dark berry, peppery, dark fruits on the palate, medium finish. Excellent QPR. Recommended.

and Cheese!

January 30, 2008

WineMad has added a new tab: and Cheese! It is still in beta as we look for additional, quality sources of information about the world of cheese.

Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines 2006

January 29, 2008

Picked up a bottle of Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines 2006 for $7.50, popped and poured… Wow! Delicious, with a great QPR… Cherry, berries, bright, touch of vanilla on the palate, some mint and smoke on the nose, will stock up on a few more of these as a weekday drink. Recommended.

Elio Altare, Dolcetto d’Alba 2006

January 28, 2008

Elio Altare, Dolcetto d’Alba 2006 with tortellini and pesto.

WineMad‘s first Dolcetto, from the venerable barolo producer, Elio Altare. Tasting notes: on first sniff, notes of children’s vitamins! Decanted. Nose evolved quite a lot over a few hours. Fruity and pleasant with some depth, good QPR.

Restocking the cellar

January 27, 2008

WineMad took a road trip yesterday from scenic Bucks County, PA, up to The Wine Library (WL) in North Jersey to pick up a pre-ordered case of mixed reds (WL is not allowed to ship to PA), WineMad’s Christmas present to ourselves. WineMad entrusted the selection to WL. The selection looks fine and the case filled a gaping holidays-induced void in the premium wine section of WineMad’s modest cellar.

WL’s wine selection and prices are great, of course. However, the small gourmet section of the store is impressive, too, and WL obviously devotes a good deal attention to the cheese selections. WL features cheeses that are not readily available at Wegmans, WineMad’s go-to gourmet food store. Many cheese samples were available and were sampled at WL by WineMad.

One of the helpful wine staff took a wine futures order from WineMad and said that many customers from PA (where WineMad resides) order online and then stop in to pick up some cheeses and other delectables along with their order.

WineMad sampled two of the wines purchased. These were moderately-priced selections WineMad made from the WL stock and were not part of the pre-ordered case:

2006 Owen Roe Sharecropper’s Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley: fruity, tannins not excessive, paired well with some tenderloins we grilled up. $19, good QPR, would buy again.

2006 CLONE 5 Pinot Noir Central Coast: light colored, fruity, easy drinking and delicious. $18, great QPR

Cheeses purchased from WL and sampled at Chez WineMad with a loaf of wonderfully crusty Pane Pugliese:

Other cheeses purchased to be sampled Real Soon Now:

  • Camembert Chatelain
  • Walserstoltz

Black Chook Shiraz Viognier 2006

January 24, 2008

WineMad had never even heard of Shiraz Viognier. We’d had some Viognier the past few summers and had heard of Cote-Rotie, but were unaware of its composition. When Shiraz-Viogner came up in the title of one of the reviews on WineMad, we knew we had to try it.

We purchased a bottle of 2006 Black Chook Shiraz Viognier for $16. Decanted tonight, initial impressions: nose has a pronounced smoked meat note, berries & fruit on the palate, would definitely pair well with food. Good QPR, will definitely try more Shiraz Viognierand Cote-Rotie!

Corrected date sort for additions of new blogs

January 21, 2008

WineMad had the issue that, as new wine blogs were added, they tended to swamp the list of WineMad‘s display of aggregated reviews until newly published content appears at the top of the list. A change was made to the date sort feature that may correct this issue, let’s watch and see if it corrects the new blog additions swamp problem!

Update: WineMad now features a longer list of articles — approx. one week’s worth for the “All Wines” list — and the swamping problem should no longer occur.  Despite the increased content, the site still loads fairly quickly, which is always a primary goal of WineMad.


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Suggestions for Wine/Food Pairings

January 17, 2008

Tonight I was listening to Grape Radio’s Wine and Cheese Pairing show and I realized that, as the WineMad search engine is limited to wine-related sites, putting in a query for an entree you are planning for dinner — chicken cacciatore, for example — should return suggestions for a wine to enjoy with your meal.

Alternatively, you could query for a wine you’d like to open and are looking for a food pairing suggestion, just use the wine with “pairing” in your query: tempranillo pairing.

This leads naturally to the addition of another refinement to the WineMad wine reviews search engine: food pairing… watch for that feature to be added to WineMad search in the near future!

Update: food pairing refinement added: to use it, search for your wine or food, then click the food pairing refinement. Without a lot of testing, WineMad’s best guess is the best strategy is to keep your wine searches limited to wine type rather than a specific label and vintage.

Wines recently tasted

January 16, 2008
2006 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Mendoza – $10

I have always had a weakness for inexpensive fruity rustic Malbecs, great QPR.

The next two were good – better reviews than I can muster are available via the WineMad search results, just click on the wines to run the searches – but the QPR was not so great on these. Of the two, the Girard had better structure, perhaps it might benefit from a couple years laying down :

2006 Mollydooker Wines Shiraz Cabernet Merlot Two Left Feet – $25
2005 Girard Winery Petite Sirah Napa Valley – $26

(prices reflect the retail cost to WineMad)