Live Twitter tasting: Wines of Germany

Okay, here’s one for the riesling fans out there – on September 24, I’ll be participating in a TasteLive event tasting the wines of Weingut Schloss Saarstein – you can follow my notes live starting at 8pm EST (along with the notes of other bloggers participating) on Twitter by searching for posts with the hashtag #ttl.





I love German riesling (just had an excellent 2007 Weingut Reuscher-Haart Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese this week – great great QPR producer), so I’m really looking forward to this one, and who knows, maybe some other varietals will make their way into the tasting too!  Once I have the full lineup of wines, I’ll update this post.   Check it out if you can, and open up some German wines with us and post your notes!  Cheers,



Bottles of the 2007 Schloss Saarstein QbA Riesling, Kabinett, and Spatlese rieslings were received free of charge for review purposes.

A future star California winery?

So, I think I’ve got a mini-scoop for CA syrah lovers – about a month ago I got to taste some of the new wines being made by Morgan Twain Peterson (son of Joel Peterson of Ravenswood) of Bedrock Wine Co.  In the retailer tasting, at Crush in New York, Morgan was actually pouring a white blend, a rose, and a zin, all nice – but what really got my attention was the Bedrock syrahs – they made me think that this is a winery that may well become all the rage among wine geeks – so you might want to get in on their mailing list now before they get discovered by the wine-drinking hordes.


I happened to mention being a CA syrah fan, so Morgan was nice enough to offer me a taste of his 2007 Old Lakeville and Kick Ranch syrahs which he happened to have with him.  I was pretty blown away from my first taste of the Old Lakeville – it had a wonderful nose of violets, lavender, and gorgeous fruit – all of which followed through to the palate with a nice bit of oak and pepper spice.  It had great balance, and imho easily won a comparison to a Neyers Old Lakeville syrah that was highly rated by Wine Spectator.  My first impression was that it was remarkably similar to a 2004 Copain Garys’ syrah that has been my highest-rated wine of the year so far.  This is especially notable, because the mailing list price is $35, a steal compared to the $60 or so tariff that it takes to get the Copain. (A tasting of the Copain syrah and more interview footage with winemaker Wells Guthrie will appear in a future episode of the Amateur Wino – in the meanwhile, check out the scoop on Copain pinot noirs in Episode 3 of The Amateur Wino).


I also tasted the Kick Ranch syrah, which was also very nice, giving slightly less at this point but I believe in time it will be equally good.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find my written notes right now, but I gave both syrahs a score in the 92-93+ point range.


I’m not really the first to find this winery (I found out later that it’s been reviewed by IWC and they gave similar scores) but for some reason not many people seem to be talking about this one.  At the prices offered, this is an excellent way for the budget-minded to still get great syrah but pay less than what it costs for other syrahs of a similar level – and this is a winery to watch in my book.  Also, Morgan is a super nice and humble guy – he was very flattered by the Copain comparison and mentioned how much he admired the wines being made by Wells, as well as other wineries like Peay, Rhys, and others.


Apologies for the delay in getting this posted – I had been hoping to put together an episode about Bedrock, but I’ve been busy with other things.  I’m hoping to get my hands on a full bottle of these syrahs at some point to do a complete review and episode.  In the meanwhile, try to check these out:


2007 Bedrock Wine Company Old Lakeville Vineyard Syrah

2007 Bedrock Wine Company Kick Ranch Syrah