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Wine Focus Topic Summary

by Sue Courtney » Thu May 29, 2008 3:33 am

Here is the list of recent Wine Focus topics

February 2011: The Rhone
January 2011: Southern France
December 2010: Home for the Holidays (focus on local wines)
November 2010: Bubbles of the World
October 2010: The Other Spain (wines not from Rioja, RdD, Priorat)
September 2010: Riesling
August 2010: Beaujolais
July 2010: Italian Whites
June 2010: Rosé
May 2010: White Burgundy
April 2010: Austria
Mar 2010: Loire
Feb 2010: The Diversity of Italy (excluding Tuscany and Piedmonte)
Jan 2010: Rioja
Dec 2009: Festive Holiday Wines
Nov 2009: Bordeaux and Bordeaux blends
Oct 2009: Rhone style blends from around the world
Sep 2009: Organic/Biodynamic wines
Aug 2009: Grill, smoke, BBQ and wine
July 2009: Offbeat Whites
June 2009: Cool Summer Reds - Lightweight, low alcohol, even chillable
May 2009: South African Wines
Apr 2009: QPR - what is it & how to find it
Mar 2009: Bordeaux white blends
Feb 2009: Syrah and Syrah blends
Jan 2009: Rioja - red and white
Dec 2008: Piemonte/Piedmont
Nov 2008: Riesling - It's all about style
Oct 2008: All about Cabernet
Sep 2008: Chardonnay oak spectrum
Aug 2008: The styles of Zinfandel including Italian Primitivo
July 2008: Sauvignon Blanc, with a strong preference for New World examples
June 2008: The Quest for Good Pinot Gris
May 2008: Affordable Burgundy
Apr 2008: Loire Chenin Blanc
Mar 2008: Value Bordeaux
Feb 2008: Malbec around the World
Jan 2008: Great Value Wines
Dec 2007: Gewurztraminer
Nov 2007: Cote du Rhone Villages (CDRV)
Oct 2007: Oz Shiraz
Sep 2007: Jadot
Aug 2007: Albarino
Jul 2007: Pink wines
Jun 2007: Sherry
May 2007: Gruner Veltliner
Apr 2007: Chianti Classico
Mar 2007: Chenin Blanc
Feb 2007: Languedoc
Jan 2007: Northern Rhone Syrah
Dec 2006: Champagne
Nov 2006: Port
Oct 2006: Bandol / Mourvedre
Sep 2006: Chile vs Cal Cab
Aug 2006: Gamay
Jul 2006: Viognier
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Re: Wine Focus Topic Summary

by Robin Garr » Thu May 29, 2008 7:33 pm

Sue Courtney wrote:Here is the list of Wine Focus Topics to May 2008

And here is the list of the old WT101 topics from June 2001 through October 2005. I'm not sure what happened in the few months between these lists. Did we do them on CompuServe for a while?

October 2005: Tuscany
Choice of Tuscan wines. Palate calibration: Ruffino Chianti Classico, Villa Antinori Toscana and Terruzzi & Puthod Vernaccia di San Gimignano

September 2005: New Zealand
Your choice of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir. Palate calibration recommendations: Brancott (Montana) 2004 Marlborough Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Kim Crawford 2004 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Villa Maria 2004 Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

August 2005: Rhone Varieties in the USofA
Your choice of U.S. Rhone-style wines. Palate calibration recommendations: Edmunds Saint-John "Rocks and Gravel," Tablas Creek "Cotes de Tablas Red" and Laurel Glen "REDS."

July 2005: French whites
Dry or off-dry French whites, with focus on Burgundy, Alsace, the Loire and the Rhône.

June 2005: German Riesling
2004 Dr. L Riesling ($9), 2004 Leitz Riesling "Dragonstone" ($13) and 2003 Gunderloch "Jean Baptiste" Riesling Kabinett ($15) or the German Riesling of your choice.

May 2005: Think pink
All dry rosé wines are fair game this month.

April 2005: Argentina!
Taster's choice! Bring your Argentine favorites

March 2005: Syrah, Shiraz, Sirah
Cline 2002 California Syrah ($13.99), Yalumba 2002 South Australia Shiraz ($10.99) and Bogle 2002 California Petite Sirah ($9.99)

February 2005: Rioja, plus
Faustino V 1998 Rioja Reserva ($16.99) and Osborne 2001 "Solaz" Vino de la Tierra de Castilla ($7.69)

January 2005: The South of France
Your choice of wines from the Rhone, Languedoc and Provence

November-December 2004: What's for Dessert?
Quinta do Noval "LB" Porto ($16.99), Graham's "Six Grapes" Porto ($22.39) and Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen Muscat ($16.99)

October 2004: Zinfandel and Primitivo
Renwood 2002 "Sierra Series" Sierra Foothills Zinfandel ($10.99) and A-Mano 2002 Puglia Primitivo ($10.59)

August 2004: Spanish Garnacha
Viña Alarba 2002 Calatayud Old Vines Grenache ($8.99) and Borsao 2002 Campo de Borja ($7.99)

June 2004: Affordable Chardonnay
Louis Jadot 2002 Macon-Villages Chardonnay ($9.49) and Smoking Loon 2002 California Chardonnay ($8.99)

May 2004: Barbera
Bera 2002 Barbera d'Alba ($12.99), Cantine Sant'Agata 2001 "Baby Barb" Barbera d'Asti ($11.99) and Castelvero 2001 Piemonte Barbera ($9.99)

March 2004: Amazing grape: Carmenère
Santa Ema 2001 Rapel Valley Carmenère ($9.99), Casa Silva 2000 Colchagua Valley Carmenère ($6) and Carmen 2001 Rapel Valley Carmenère ($7)

January 2004: Viognier
J et F Lurton 2002 "Les Salices" Viognier Vin de Pays d'Oc ($13.50) and R. H. Phillips 2001 "EXP" Dunnigan Hills Viognier ($9.99).

November-December 2003: Festive holiday wines
Michel Frères 1997 Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé Cuvée Brut ($15.59) and Noval "LB" Porto ($16.99).

October-November 2003: Support your local winery
No matter where in the world you live, we encourage you to seek out a local winery and pay them a visit this month.

September 2003: Loire reds
Charles Joguet 2000 "Cuvée Terroir" Chinon ($14.99) and Domaine de la Chanteleuserie 2000 "Cuvée Beauvais" Bourgueil ($12.99).

August 2003: White blends
Any blend of white grape varieties that you like. Suggested: Chateau Bonnet 2001 Entre-Deux-Mers ($9.99), Pine Ridge 2002 California Chenin Blanc-Viognier ($14.99), Pieropan 2001 Soave Classico ($11.99), La Vieille Ferme 1999 Cotes du Luberon Blanc ($7.59) and Leeuwin Estate 2001 Margaret River "Siblings" Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon ($12.99).

July 2003: Southern Italy
Any Southern Italian wine of your choice. Suggested for calibration: Taurino 1995 Notarpanaro ($14.49), Taurino Salice Salentino ($7.99), A-Mano Primitivo ($9.99) and Mastroberardino 2001 Greco di Tufo ($21.99).

June 2003: Pinotage
Pinotage of your choice. Recommended, if available: Kanonkop or Simonsig. Also to be reviewed: Fairview 2001 Coastal Region Pinotage ($10), Ashanti 1999 Paarl Pinotage ($16) and Kumala 2000 Western Cape Pinotage ($9.99)

May 2003: Detecting oak
Columbia Crest 2001 Columbia Valley Chardonnay ($8.99), Columbia Crest 2001 Columbia Valley "Grand Estates" Chardonnay ($11.99)

April 2003: Exploring Merlot
Columbia Crest 1999 Columbia Valley "Grand Estates" Merlot ($11.79), J. et F. Lurton 2000 "Les Salices" Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc($8.99)

March 2003: Vouvray
Foreau 2000 Vouvray Sec ($14.99)

February 2003: Chianti
Cecchi 2001 Chianti ($8.49), Gabbiano 2000 Chianti Classico ($11.99), Ruffino 2000 "Aziano" Chianti Classico ($14.49), Castello d'Albola 1998 Chianti Classico Riserva ($19.99)

January 2003: Sweet Muscat
Domaine de Durban 1999 Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise ($19.99), Quady 2000 "Essensia" California Orange Muscat ($11.49/375 ml), Trevor Jones Barossa Old Muscat ($36.99/375 ml)

December 2002: Pinot Noir
Louis Jadot 1999 Bourgogne Pinot Noir ($15.99), Kings Ridge 2001 Oregon Pinot Noir ($13.99), Au Bon Climat 2001 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir ($17.99), Omaka Springs 2000 Marlborough Reserve Pinot Noir ($10.99)

November 2002: 2001 German Riesling
Graff 2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett ($10.49)

October 2002: Syrah
E. Guigal 2000 Crozes-Hermitage ($15.99), Qupé Central Coast Syrah ($14.99)

September 2002: Pinot Gris/Grigio
Zenato 2001 Pinot Grigio delle Venezie ($9.99), Cline 2000 Sonoma County Pinot Gris ($9.99)

August 2002: Zinfandel
Ravenswood 2000 Vintners Blend California Zinfandel ($11.69), Cline 2000 California Zinfandel ($9.99), Ridge California Coast Range ($16.99), Laurel Glen 2000 REDS ($7.99)

July 2002: Rosé wine
Open: Rosé of your choice

June 2002: Malbec
Altos Las Hormigas 2000 Mendoza Malbec ($8.99), Trapiche 2000 Mendoza Malbec ($6.99)

May 2002: Chardonnay
Louis Jadot 2000 Macon-Villages Chardonnay ($9.99), Penfolds 2001 Koonunga Hill South East Australia Chardonnay ($9.99), Savary 1998 Chablis ($17.99), Sonoma-Cutrer 2000 Russian River Ranches Chardonnay ($17.99)

April 2002: Rioja
Marqués de Cáceres 1998 Rioja ($12.99), Marqués de Riscal 1998 Rioja Reserva ($15.99)

March 2002: Alsace Riesling
Trimbach 1999 Alsace Riesling ($16.99)

February 2002: Australian "Port"
Hardys Whiskers Blake Tawny Port ($14.99)

January 2002: Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon
Concha y Toro "Casillero del Diablo" Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($8.99), Casa Lapostolle "Cuvee Alexandre" Rapel Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99)

December 2001: Champagne
Champagne Pol Roger Brut ($29.99), Champagne Philipponat Brut ($29.99)

November 2001: Beaujolais-Villages
Louis Jadot 2000 Beaujolais-Villages ($7.99), Georges Duboeuf 2000 Beaujolais-Villages ($6.99)

October 2001: Australian Shiraz
Wyndham Estate "Bin 555" South Eastern Australia Shiraz ($8.99), Wynn's Coonawarra Estate Coonawarra Shiraz ($13.99), Penfolds "Bin 128" Coonawarra Shiraz ($22.99)

September 2001: Alsace
Gentil Hugel

August 2001: Falesco "Vitiano" Umbria
Falesco "Vitiano" Umbria ($9.99)

July 2001: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Brancott 2000 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99)

June 2001: Côtes-du-Rhône
Paul Jaboulet Ainé 1998 "Parallele '45'" Côtes-du-Rhône ($9.99)
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Re: Wine Focus Topic Summary

by Doug Surplus » Thu May 29, 2008 8:48 pm

Robin, I seem to remember a hiatus on this with the advent of the Compuserve adventure. Of course, while I still have a lot retained in my memory, the retrieval mechanism is periodically faulty.
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by Robin Garr » Thu May 29, 2008 9:57 pm

Doug Surplus wrote:Robin, I seem to remember a hiatus on this with the advent of the Compuserve adventure. Of course, while I still have a lot retained in my memory, the retrieval mechanism is periodically faulty.

Likewise here, Doug! :oops:

I may be able to dig out a definitive list by going to the Wine Advisor archives during that period. I generally announce the monthly program around the first of each month. I don't recall offhand putting it in hiatus on CompuServe, but what DO I know?
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by Sue Courtney » Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:57 pm

July 2008 topic added to summary.
Sauvignon Blanc with a strong preference for New World examples
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by David M. Bueker » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:14 pm

Thanks Sue. I can't believe we've never done Sauvignon before.
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by Sue Courtney » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:33 pm

We last did it in September 2005 - but it was specifically New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with a focus on three wines. I was host that month in the WT101 on the old forum software.
Should I dig out the piece I wrote then about NZ Sauvignon Blanc, update it and post it again? But the story is well known now.
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by David M. Bueker » Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:45 am

Sue - it can't hurt. The Compuserve stuff is not easy for most folks to get at.
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by Bob Parsons Alberta » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:45 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Sue - it can't hurt. The Compuserve stuff is not easy for most folks to get at.


Sure right there David! Question about this month...can we include SB from the Loire valley? I was thinking Touraine.
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by Ian Sutton » Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:15 pm

:shock:
I cant believe Nebbiolo / Piemontese Nebbiolo hasn't been done. Shame on us all!
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by Robin Garr » Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:30 pm

Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:Sure right there David! Question about this month...can we include SB from the Loire valley? I was thinking Touraine.

Bob, check my post at the top of the page. We prefer to go with New World SB if possible, but we're not absolutely ruling out French. However, that option is intended mostly for those who live in parts of the world where non-French SB is hard to find.
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by John F » Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:01 am

It was fun looking back at the old list. I still remember well the Parralel 45.....I was just getting into wine in a big way and I went off in search of that. I think I had to go to three stores before I found it and when I went home I don't think I've ever been as excited about a $10 bottle!
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by Sue Courtney » Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:57 pm

Styles of Zinfandel added for August 2008 Focus.
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by David M. Bueker » Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:59 pm

Thanks for keeping tabs Sue!
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by David M. Bueker » Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:14 pm

Just to keep us up to date i brought Sue's list forward. We need to add August-October onto the list.
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by Sue Courtney » Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:08 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Just to keep us up to date i brought Sue's list forward. We need to add August-October onto the list.

Thanks for the reminder - list updated.
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Re: Wine Focus Topic Summary

by Howie Hart » Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:24 pm

So, if Sue wants to EDIT this and add Nov 2008: Riesling (This also serves as a "Bump".)
Sue Courtney wrote:Here is the list of Wine Focus Topics to October 2008

Oct 2008: All about Cabernet
Sep 2008: Chardonnay oak spectrum
Aug 2008: The styles of Zinfandel including Italian Primitivo
July 2008: Sauvignon Blanc, with a strong preference for New World examples
June 2008: The Quest for Good Pinot Gris
May 2008: Affordable Burgundy
Apr 2008: Loire Chenin Blanc
Mar 2008: Value Bordeaux
Feb 2008: Malbec around the World
Jan 2008: Great Value Wines
Dec 2007: Gewurztraminer
Nov 2007: Cote du Rhone Villages (CDRV)
Oct 2007: Oz Shiraz
Sep 2007: Jadot
Aug 2007: Albarino
Jul 2007: Pink wines
Jun 2007: Sherry
May 2007: Gruner Veltliner
Apr 2007: Chianti Classico
Mar 2007: Chenin Blanc
Feb 2007: Languedoc
Jan 2007: Northern Rhone Syrah
Dec 2006: Champagne
Nov 2006: Port
Oct 2006: Bandol / Mourvedre
Sep 2006: Chile vs Cal Cab
Aug 2006: Gamay
Jul 2006: Viognier
Chico - Hey! This Bottle is empty!
Groucho - That's because it's dry Champagne.
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by David M. Bueker » Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:25 pm

Well that certainly confirms that we have not done Nebbiolo.
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by Robin Garr » Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:11 am

Moving this back to the top for January discussion.
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by David M. Bueker » Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:23 pm

Back to the top so we can look at it during our debate on the March topic.
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by Robin Garr » Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:56 pm

Go up to the top of the thread to see the most current list!
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by David M. Bueker » Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:30 pm

Wow. It's been almost 3 years since we last did Gamay?
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by David M. Bueker » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:02 am

Bump up to assist in May discussions.
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by Sue Courtney » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:34 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:Bump up to assist in May discussions.

Ditto Sep discussions
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