Professor Grant versus Wine Spectator

May 2, 2011

Mumm Napa HV- $17

Iron Horse Russian Cuvee 2002 – $19

Tenuto Guado al Tasso 2007 – $26

Ruffino Modus 2007 – $26

Orin Swift Zinfandel 2008 – $29

Seghesio Zinfandel 2009 – $22


Tudo Espanol

March 24, 2011

Bodegas La Cana Rías Baixas 2009 – $15

Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Campo de Borja Tres Picos 2009 – $16

Miguel Torres Penedès Gran Coronas 2006 – $36

Bodegas Cepa 21 Ribera del Duero 1999 – $38

Bodegas Ramirez Rioja Gran Reserva Ramirez de la Piscina 2006 – $12

Pasanau Priorat Finca La Planeta 2004 – $38


Back to the Basics

February 24, 2011

Torres Chardonnay Russian River Valley Don Miguel Vineyard 2006 – $35

Shannon Ridge Viognier Lake County Morine Ranch Vineyard 2008 – $21

Pear Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Pear Valley Vineyard 2005 – $21

Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Walking Tree Vineyard 2005 – $40

IO Syrah San Luis Obispo County Ryan Road Vineyard 2004 – $45

Carini Syrah Sonoma County Salmina Valley Vineyard 2007 – $45


Taste the Soil: Pinot Noir

November 16, 2010

Carmel Road Pinot Noir Chualar Loam 2007 – $32

Fess Parker Pinot Noir Bien Nacido 2006 – $48

Saintsbury Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch Carneros 2006 – $30

Lost Canyon Pinot Noir Las Brisas Vineyard Los Carneros 2006 – $37

Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2007 – $29

Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana Willamette Valley 2007 – $45


November 28th, 2011

Professor Grant’s Picks: Cabernet Sauvignon

High-quality wines at reasonable prices… Professor Grant’s Picks for affordable bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon from reliable producers (region is in parentheses).  Choices were announced at “Taste the Weather: Cabernet Sauvignon”, the advanced wine tasting on Tuesday, October 18. CHILE Viña Santa Rita Casa Real (Valle del Maipo, Central Valley) Casa Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre (Valle del Colchagua, Central Valley) Miguel Torres (Central Valley) BORDEAUX Château Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc) Château Tayac  (Côtes de Bourg) WASHINGTON L’Ecole No. 41 (Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley) Château Ste. Michelle, Canoe Ridge Estate (Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley) Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve (Columbia […]

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November 28th, 2011

Hello Again

The official Above the Norm wine blog of the is up and running once again. We will cover the Wine Tasting Series, Professor Grant’s top picks for choice wines and bargain deals, and other wine-related topics such as the wine industry, climate concerns, varietals and years. Enjoy!

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April 30th, 2011

Critics Blind Sided At Tasting

It is typically the case that only during blind tastings are major revelations made. At this particular tasting there was also a major announcement that left the audience and critics dumb founded, but this was no blind tasting…

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April 13th, 2011

What an “A.S. Kiken” Wine Tasting!

To start with I want to give a huge thank you to Norm Kiken for an amazing wine tasting last week. We all had an amazing time, learned a lot, and were lucky enough to taste some incredible wines.

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April 3rd, 2011

Tinto Fino From Ribera del Duero

Two weeks ago now we had a wine tasting that was all about Spanish wines. I had been looking forward to this tasting for weeks and when it finally came, it did not disappoint.

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March 11th, 2011

Thoughts on Back to the Basics

Thank you to everyone who came to the Back to the Basics Wine tasting! 

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February 23rd, 2011

The Red Ribbon Cutting Post

Welcome to the Above the Norm Wine Tasting Series blog! This is the first of what I hope to be many posts on this site! I’m currently a senior at Bucknell and I volunteered to help with the wine series program and I love every second of it! I first started to get into wine over the summer of 2010. I picked up every book I could find, searched the web, conducted wine tastings with my family, and now studying wine has become the thing I love most. It is true that when I first started, I thought learning the […]

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