Alta Blanc

(301)355-6143 15200 Shady Grove Road
Rockville, MD 20850-3218
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  • Just got back from a wine-centric trip to Paso Robles and Monterey County.  We've been to Paso a number of times and belong to two wine clubs - Tablas Creek and Adelaida.  This was our first visit to Carmel/Pacific Grove to check out what they have to offer.I made a few appointments and we dropped in to quite a few more tasting rooms.In Paso, Ta... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Writing is a cathartic exercise. The same can be said about tasting wine. Amazing things will happen when the two practices are merged. Tasting notes are an opportunity to sharpen your palate and uncover curious flavors. Pineapple tops? Dentist’s office chair? A laundry list of chemical compounds commingle in your glass to create unique tasting ... Read More

    From the article How to Write the Best Ever Wine Tasting Note


  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of this list?  Clos du Rouge Gorge, young vines, in the Roussilon A Connoisseur's Cellar, Part 10 of 8: some fine bits towards the endWe might get another round, but after today there will be a break for at least a little while from this relentless assault of interesting ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.This topic is all about value... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Happy Garnacha Day! This day celebrates Garnacha and honors its freedom from the blending grape stereotype. We have its birthplace -- Eastern Spain -- to thank for this renaissance. New generations of winemakers in the five key Denominación de Origen (DO) are maximizing the potential of old vines, carefully controlling yields, and uniting tradit... Read More

    From the article The Map to Great Garnacha, Part Three


  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual topic of interest is a social lubricant. But there’s so much more to it, as Snooth’s recent blogger trip will attest. Earlier this month we had the opportunity to explore one of the country’s oldest and up-and-coming wine regions: Lodi, California. It still amazes me that a si... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future


  • Most of us reserve the better wines for the weekend.  Show us what you served this past weekend and include photos of the food pairings too.    Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular and widely planted red grape varietals in the world. Part of its attraction is that it has a distinctive and very recognizable taste no matter where it is grown—which is perhaps why today we can find it in just about any wine growing region which is reasonably warm. According to Jose Vouillamoz, a bo... Read More

    From the article The Capitols of Cabernet


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