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2011 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Estate Riesling

Here, we have a wine with a strength that lies in its elegance. The palate is light and has a brush of medium sweetness that jumps away by a rather unexpected modest amount of acidity and a solid amount of minerality that shines at the back of the tongue. The acidity is not as high as I expected but is present enough to barely negate the cloy. The length is average, and the little bit of tangy citrus spritz is reminiscent of an applause that doesn't seem to reach its plateau. Elegant and unassuming, but I almost feel like there's something missing, besides a lack in acidity....

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holiday wines with the co-workers

Overdue post, but it's all good. Some time in December one of us hosted another staff get together complete with an amazing multiple-course home-cooked meal, which included: - roasted celeriac soup - kohlrabi slaw with cranberries and walnuts - beet salad (with goat cheese) - braised white beans - roast chicken It was so good that most of the food is still weirdly vivid in my mind despite this being around 4 weeks ago. Alas, I don't remember the wines as well - I do remember one of us trying to act as a lion for a charades clue. The phrase was "The Chronicles of Narnia". Oh, and one of us was sick which sucked, which means we had no mashed potatoes. Oh wellzies. But yes - one...

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2008 Schloss Lieser Riesling Auslese Niederberg Helden

Such a shame, and it's the same story as the Kabinett in the same family that we compared it to. Nose had a nice proportion of fruit but was also dominated by the matchstick-y quality. Although I detected the body to be med- and almost med, it turns out that this wine is a weirdly light 7 percent when it comes to the ABV. Guess I need more practice, or it's just harder to taste in the morning....

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nine bottles for six bodies

[caption id="attachment_827" align="aligncenter" width="695"] mmmmmm.[/caption] Yeah - part of my job is that I get to taste a lot of wines. It's really helping with stressful midterm season, and my co-workers and I decided to taste some stuff at one of our houses (Thanks! I'm sure we annoyed your neighbours oops). Unfortunately one of us was sick and couldn't make it, which really sucks because we tasted some pretty cool things, but I guess more wine for us OH WELL. Also, we all had these blind with the exception for the last one, which is always fun. I'm glad everyone waited for a co-worker and I to close and travel to the place - I'm sure everyone was itching to open the...

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wine 101 @ UBC

[caption id="attachment_785" align="aligncenter" width="695"] The fantastic crowd![/caption] So yeah! I led the first tasting of this school year at the UBC Wine Tasting Club. It was awesome and complete with me spilling wine while demonstrating swirling, me speaking horrendously quietly and fast while avoiding the tens and tens of eyes on me, and me silently freaking out and wondering if people were getting bored as I barked on and on about the noble grape varieties. Which is great, because that's me being normal. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating. [caption id="attachment_784" align="aligncenter" width="695"] Because his name is Brett. Like, Brettanomyces. I'm the worst.[/caption] What was also fantastic was that Holly brought her Le Nez du Vin set which was amazingly fun. People were trying to quiz...

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