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2011 Schrader LPV Beckstoffer
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Schrader LPV Beckstoffer, 2011

Wine Rating: 95

Saturday – Dinner Party

Several times a year, a friend invites me to a dinner party that he hosts at his stunning home, for an evening of bountiful eats. This review reflects on that night.

The gathering that kicked off in the late afternoon and consisted of endless trays of lobster tails, crab legs, coconut shrimp, and waiting on a nearby table, were countless sides that went perfectly with shellfish. I contributed to the evening’s bounty by bringing 10 pounds of my tasty homemade baked ziti, which was a big hit.

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Joseph Phelps, Insignia 2009
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Joseph Phelps, Insignia 2009

Wine Rating: 94

On a picture-perfect winter day I sit in silence in my cellar and look over the vast collection of wine that I’ve acquired over the years. I’ve been seriously researching, drinking and putting away wines for nearly 20 years.

I appreciate, love and applaud the grape inspired youth. Those few who jump into the world of wine in their early twenties, looking for knowledge, and not so much a way to get drunk. Also to those who grow up knowing they wanted to be a sommelier and those who just love wine for the art of winemaking. Especially to those who grew up nowhere near wineries but long to go to UC Davis and learn about Viticulture and finally those who grew up and around vineyards and carry on the family business.

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