Venus La Universal

Venus La Universal

Dido Blanco Montsant White Blend 2018

This is a delicious wine, so simple it is! Really fresh and also layered. Nuts and some roast, and it is a real joy bringer! — 19 days ago

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Dick Schinkel

Dick Schinkel

Absolutely delicious 😋

Agrapart & Fils (Pascal Agrapart)

Venus Millésime Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Not my favorite vintage of this wine but still great. — 2 months ago

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Venus La Universal

Dido la Universal Montsant Garnacha Blend 2018

Sitting down to finally enjoy a glass of wine of my choosing at home.

The folks at some good wine recommended this blend, which I’ve decanted for just a mere 10-15 minutes and will drink over the course of two hours of decanting.

Musky soil and redwoods. Raspberry tart in the aroma. Cinnamon in the bouquet and tertiary aromas.

Wow. What a beaut. Cool sip of wind zipping straight straight to acidity and tannins in a dance on the tongue. Fruit of blackberry and plums rushes the mid palate and a slight astringent note of blackberries in the undercurrent notes, but welcome in the harmony that is a sip of this.

Good cinnamon spice kick as well.

Exceptional welcome back.
— 3 months ago

Severn, John and 6 others liked this

Pepper Tree

Venus Block Orange Chardonnay 2014

See previous notes. They still apply. All the hallmarks of modern Australian Chardonnay. Nutty leesy aromas with rock melon notes - from the cool climate district near the city of Orange. A light to medium weight palate. Proving that the Orange/Tumbaramba district is a great area for cool climate Chardonnay with Penfolds sourcing fruit from here for their top Chardonnays like Yattarna. Also Phillip Shaw (former winemaker for Rosemount when they were famous) has set up a winery here under his own name. — 2 days ago

Neil, Severn and 14 others liked this

Bodegas Juan Ramon Lozano

Mars and Venus Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine from unconventional diner — 3 months ago

Bernard Bremont

Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut Champagne Blend

Celebratory bubbles 🍾🥂

Crisp apple, pear, apricot, pie crust, brioche, yeast, cream, and dried white flower notes.

I love that wine is a universal form of expression, capable of crossing oceans and connecting us to a different time. I love how wine is a confluence of art and science that can add a magical dimension to just about every experience.

This past summer, my husband and I, along with our friend Winston, registered for a WSET Level 3 Award in Wines class and exam. We proceeded to devote countless hours to learning about different viticultural and vinification processes and their impact on the resulting style and quality of wine; learning about old and new world regions and subregions, their histories, geographies, topographies, soil, latitudinal positioning, wine laws, terroir, noteworthy winemaking techniques and innovations, legendary winemakers and merchants, and varietals. We tasted wine after wine, learned and practiced the Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT), and explored regional varietals we’d never heard of previously.

We were welcomed into communities, groups, and gatherings, where we were mentored and supported by true and inspiring wine experts.

And, with gratitude, I’m thrilled to report we (all three of us) passed the WSET Level 3 exam with honors; I passed it with distinction.

Cheers to the amazing world of wine!! The more I learn about you, the more I love you and realize I still barely know you. I’ve just scratched the surface of your depths.
— 3 months ago

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@Mike R Thank you!! 🙏 Cheers 🥂
Peter Zandbergen

Peter Zandbergen

Well done!! Congratulations!!!


@Peter Zandbergen thank you very much 🙏 Cheers!! 🥂

Chasing Venus

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Very delicate and dangerously easy-drinking! Classic gooseberry, ruby red grapefruit on the nose with a bit of a tropical finish. Not as grassy as I expected, lovely! — a month ago

Palliser Estate

Martinborough Pinot Noir 2019

Vibrant red purple. Inviting, abundant nose of musty black cherry. Medium-bodied palate of that same black cherry with some light black tea, earthy pomegranate, and a hint of anise. Throw in medium plus acidity and medium tannins and we have a classic New Zealand PN that can hold its own with meals of any type (it’s the universal red, after all). New World meets Burgundy: that’s New Zealand. Drink now through 2029. — 19 days ago

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Reserva Aragonês Blend 2015

The first wine to be produced by Esporão in 1985, this is a classic Portuguese red made exclusively with grapes from Herdade do Esporão. Indeed, it's a wine for special occasions that combines the universal culture of wine and art, via the reproduction of original works of art on its labels. The grapes for this blend of Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon are sustainably grown and hand-picked, and aged in American and French oak for 12 months. On the nose, aromas of dark plum preservatives, fresh minty and spicy notes with hints of clove and cocoa. The wine is balanced on the palate, with velvety tannins full of character, in harmony with the fruit that is the protagonist in an intense and elegant finish. — 3 months ago

Jason Barefoot
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