The 24,000-Liter “Wine Box”

VT: What is a flexitank?

AN: A flexitank is a large polyethylene bag that transforms a regular 20ft shipping container into a liquid transportation system. Think of a giant “wine box” that fits on the back of an 18-wheel tractor trailer or a rail flatcar and can be used to move liquids securely and cost effectively.Flexitanks come in various sizes/capacities the most commonly used capacity is 24,000 liters and can be used for shipping a huge variety of liquids. When shipping wine or other sensitive liquids, special types of flexitanks are used to provide extra protection to the wine.

via The 24,000-Liter “Wine Box” | Vine Talk.

Wine of the Week

Columbia Crest Two Vines Vineyard 10 Red Washington 2007 88 points, $8

Plush and polished, not a big wine but it applies pillowy tannins around a core of dark berry and sassafras flavors. Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. From Washington.-Harvey Steiman

via Wine of the Week for January 11, 2010 | Wine of the Week | News & Features | Wine Spectator.

Albertson’s has this for $6-$7 per bottle. First few I found were 2006, which I think is actually better than the 2007 – what a little age can do.

Pahlmeyer Wine

Pahlmeyer Wine

2001 Proprietary Red

  Vineyard Designation: Waters Ranch, Rancho Chimiles, Thorevilos

Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

Winemaking Notes: Harvested by the end of October from hand picked lots, the whole berries were fermented in short open-topped stainless steel tanks, cold soaked and using native yeasts. The wine then continued through malolactic fermentation in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months and was bottled neither fined nor filtered.

Availability: The Pahlmeyer 2001 Proprietary Red will be available October 1, 2004 either directly from the winery, or through our network of fine restaurants and retail merchants around the world.

Dr. Vino — The Real Wine World, Susana Balbo, winemaker in Mendoza

Susana Balbo, making wine in Mendoza

It was 25 degrees (-6C) in Mendoza on the morning I spoke Susana Balbo last week. Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, scattered workers were in the vineyard pruning the vines down to stumps but the winery itself was in its annual hibernation as the grapes were harvested two months ago and the wines were quietly fermenting.

And a review of the Malbec (not my review yet)

  6/10/05 This has a deep dark color and a beautiful lift to the nose with an amalgam of aromas, starting with floral overtures of violets, sweet earth and a peppery spice element flowing into blackberry, currant and mulberry fruit aromatically. The intrigue of the nose carries over into palate; fuller bodied, juicy with a fleshy, broad texture that finishes dry – a great combo, with ultra-ripe, tannins, seamless, with blackberry and dark currant flavors and a touch of spice and vanilla surfacing on the finish. Quite polished this has a vibrant fruit base with ample oak that is easily absorbed into the fruit. Maybe not made for the long haul, this is very approachable now and should drink great over the next 4-5 years with ease. This is a really nice wine that is so easy to like for its accessibility, fleshy texture and excellent fruit base.

The Wines

1345 cases produced.

Technical Data
September 7th through 23rd, 2004
Sugar at Harvest…
26 degrees Brix average
15.1 % by volume
Total Acidity…
7 g / l

18 months, 20 % new American oak

June 26th, 2006

St. Barthélemy Cellars

This inky dark port clings to the glass.  The aromas of raspberry truffle, chocolate, brown sugar and nutmeg all fuse together while the rich flavors of cherry, blackberry and dusty cocoa make it a great companion for dark chocolates and cigars.
The richness of this port makes it a good match with Pacific Rim Cuisine or flavored goat cheeses such as the Chocolate Capri Log or Cranberry Chevre with Cinnamon from

Syrah vs. Sirah

Syrah vs. Sirah

In the northern Rhone Valley, Syrah is used to produce the fabulous Hermitage and Cote Rotie reds, reputedly the “manliest of all wines.” In the southern Rhone, Syrah provides the backbone for the Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-Pape blends, which contain not only Syrah, but also Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault, plus several other varieties unfamiliar to most Americans.

Always handy to know what’s what with your wine.
I’ve been a Rhone fan since 1974.

Thanks for the link Christine.

Wine List from NYT

Tasting Report: Why Plunk Down Good Money for Plonk?


Steenberg South Africa Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Crisp, fresh, zesty and balanced, with unexpected depth. (Importer: Monsieur Touton Selections, New York)

Veramonte Casablanca Valley, Chile Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Bone-dry and refreshing, with tart herb and mineral flavors. (Franciscan Estate Selections, Rutherford, Calif.)

Domaine Duffour Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2003

Bright, intense fruit flavors, like sauvignon blanc except it’s colombard. (Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, N.Y.)

Bodegas Salentein Mendoza, Argentina Sauvignon Blanc Finca el Portillo 2004

Mild and refreshing, with citrus flavors. (San Francisco Wine Exchange)

Bolla Venezie I.G.T Pinot Grigio 2002

Persistent melon, tropical fruit and honey flavors. (Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Louisville, Ky.)


J. Vidal-Fleury Côtes-du-Rhône 2001

Earthy and balanced, with lingering fruit flavors and a great sense of place. (W. J. Deutsch & Sons, White Plains, N.Y.)

Domaine Lafond Lirac Roc-Épine 2002

Balanced fruit and tannins, with a pleasing bitter flavor. (Wines of France, Mountainside, N.J.)

Bonny Doon California Ca’del Solo Big House Red 2003

Not complex, but full of spicy fruit flavors.

Sumarroca Penedès Tempranillo Barrel-Aged 2002

Herbal flavors, decent tannins. (Frontier Wine Imports, Dover, N.J.)

Bogle California Old Vine Zinfandel 2003

Juicy and fruity, but a little too sweet.