Charleston County Jail Dormitory

Ousted after demanding wine for Mass, jail chaplain claims rights were violated

25/05/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

For a quarter century, Monsignor Ed Lofton has served as one of 86 volunteer chaplains at the Charleston County jail. … That endeavor includes Communion, and for Catholics, wine is a necessary component. For 15 years, he has consumed 1 ounce of sacramental wine during Mass without incident. Inmates partake only in the bread. But this week he lost a fight. Chief Deputy Mitch Lucas, the jail’s administrator, has told Lofton to replace the wine — brought to the jail in a TSA-approved container designed for holy water — with grape juice…

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2011 Domaine du Grand Arc Corbières Veillee d’Equinoxe

24/05/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

2011 Domaine du Grand Arc Corbières Veillee d’Equinoxe – France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Corbières (5/24/2012) Subduend nose with traces of honey, spices, yellow fruit and citrus peel. Quite tangy, zesty and spicy on the nonetheless balanced, serious and quite tasty palate. Tastes fresh, even if the label mentions 14% alcohol. I like it, but it is not for everyone. Blend > Read more …


Database with every Burgundy appellation and climat

11/05/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

The BIVB, the association of wine growers in Burgundy, is expanding its public website with a comprehensive database of all Burgundy appellations and terroirs or climats. There are one hundred Burgundy appellations, including 33 Grand Crus, 44 municipal and 23 regional appellations. For each appellation and climat the database containes a detailed description and basic information about the character of the wine, …

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2011 puklavec & friends Pinot Grigio

10/05/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

2011 puklavec & friends Pinot Grigio – Slovenia, Podravje (5/10/2012) Pink hue to the colour. Aromatic nose of mainly ripe apple fruit with a flowery and spicy edge. Fairly dry on the quite spicy palate; good fruit core and balancing citruslike acidity. Fairly long, spicy aftertaste. Has plenty of character, I like it. (Disclaimer: courtesy bottle of producer.) (88 points)

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2010 Martín Códax Monterrei Mara Martin

02/05/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

2010 Martín Códax Monterrei Mara Martin – Spain, Galicia, Monterrei (4/28/2012) Ripe pear and apple on the minerally nose. The pear and ripe apple return on the creamy palate, intermingled with refreshing acidity and hints of wet stones. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. Fresh and pleasurable, with good length. Good qpr. (88 points)

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2008 Cycles Gladiator Belle Epoque

27/04/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

2008 Cycles Gladiator Belle Epoque – USA, California, Central Coast (4/14/2012) Ripe, fairly sweet black fruits, vanilla, coffee, alcohol. Do not drink too warm. Good quaffer if you like them on the sweet side. Not for me though. (86 points)

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Wine cellar defunct Belgian 2-star Michelin restaurant auctioned off

27/04/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

The wine cellar of the defunct Belgian 2-star Michelin restaurant ‘t Oud Konijntje in Waregem, province of Oost-Vlaanderen, will be auctioned off on 12 May in the Salons Leieburcht in Sint-Ellois-Vijve. The collection contains thousands of bottles of top wines. The restaurant closed in December of 2010. On the website of the (dutch language) Krant van West-Vlaanderen you’ll find photo’s > Read more …

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Chateau Latour sells only bottled wines form 2012 onwards

16/04/2012 Jozef Schildermans 1

Chateau Latour, the famous first growth, told wine merchants today in Bordeaux that 2011 will be the last vintage it sells as futures, or en primeur. Only bottled wines will be sold from the winery, and vintages will be released when the chateau believes they are ready to drink. Read more on James Suckling’s blog.