Jazz Uncorked

Bassist Matt Penman and his jazz musician wine loving friends review a handful of affordable bottles from select regions around the globe.

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Wines of the Southern Rhone

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The Rhone river brings its alpine waters from Switzerland through the southern half of France and dumps out into the Mediterranean by the charming town of Arles. The whole Rhone region is lovely, but if we're talking wine one must distinguish between the north and south. From Lyon down to the town of Valence the Syrah grape is the star, with rich whites of Marsanne and Viognier playing supporting roles. However immediately to the south things open up, ...

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Red Wines From Etna

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One of the weirdest wine regions in the world, the vines of Etna on the Italian island of Sicily grow on the slopes of the huge active volcano which is constantly belching gases and ash, and occasionally letting loose lava flows that can threaten all the hard work of the daring winemakers that choose to work there. The resulting soils however are ridiculously rich, and different micro climates around the mountain make it a terroir geek's paradise: for instance some ...

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Hooray for Beaujolais!

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This region hasn't always had the best reputation, and if you think the wine comes as jugs of thin, insipid juice that they truck out with forced smiles just as it's getting inappropriately cold in jny: Paris, well, sometimes it does. But Beaujolais Nouveau just isn't worth the calories, darling. Spend some time instead exploring the 10 different villages or “crus" where people have been making high quality wine from the Gamay grape for centuries, using traditional methods as well ...

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Chenin Blanc from the Loire

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The wild Loire river runs from the Atlantic ocean deep into France's center, and there is beautiful, diverse, and historically under-appreciated wine throughout its entire length. But the middle section, from Angers to the city of Tours, is where Chenin Blanc rules. A varietal with a real talent for expressing the land, it sucks up available minerals and gives wines of generosity or austerity depending on the soil and location--not to mention the personality of the winemaker. Exposed ...

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Wine Club Selections: July 2004

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Each month we'll pair two recent jazz CDs with the latest releases from the AAJ Wine Club . This month we're pairing Rancho Sisquoc Winery's Cabernet Sauvignon with Moacir Santos's Ouro Negro and Cosentino Winery's Meritage White with George Shearing's Like Fine Wine. For more information about how you can taste these and other delicious wines from the AAJ Club, click here . Your wine club membership directly supports All About Jazz. So enjoy ...

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Wine Club Selections: June 2004

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Each month we'll pair two recent jazz CDs with the latest releases from the AAJ Wine Club . This month we're pairing Fess Parker's Mackie's Blend Central Coast Syrah with The Frank & Joe Show's 33 1/3 and Lange Winery's Pinot Blanc with David Hazeline's Close To You.

Fess Parker Mackie's Blend Central Coast Syrah 2000

Specifications Appellation: Central Coast, CA. Vinetard Sources: 36% Rodney's (Santa Ynez Valley), 31% Meeker (Paso Robles), ...

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Wine Club Selections: May 2004

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Each month we'll pair two recent jazz CDs with the latest releases from the AAJ Wine Club . This month we're pairing Quivira's Zinfandel with Andy Bey's American Song and Zaca Mesa Vineyards's Santa Ynez Valley Chardonnay with Mark Isaacs's Keeping The Standards.

For more information about how you can taste these and other delicious wines from the AAJ Club, click here .

Your wine club membership directly supports All About Jazz. So enjoy fine quality wine while helping the ...


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