SanguineBlues → Sangiovese Wine: The Barnard Griffin Rose of Sangiovese is very good: fruity, dry. Very reasonably priced, has won some pretty notable awards. Anyone else have a Rose of Sangiovese to recommend?
May 23, 2008
SanguineBlues → Washington Wine-os: No one is South, eh? Phooey. I'm directionally impaired and hopeless north of Tacoma. I need to throttle back on the wine fund to get a GPS! :)
SanguineBlues → Sustainable Wines: In 1990, Badger Mountain Vineyard became the first vineyard to be Certified Organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. I often find products are inflated in price (beyond what you would expect) when labelled organic. These guys have reason... moreIn 1990, Badger Mountain Vineyard became the first vineyard to be Certified Organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. I often find products are inflated in price (beyond what you would expect) when labelled organic. These guys have reasonable prices. I've tried the reisling; have you tried any of their wine?
April 21, 2008
SanguineBlues → Washington Wine-os: Columbia Winery Syrah 2004 is my current favorite. I bet Mark doesn't want direct web links posted, but there's a nice review at wine weekly.
VinoVelocity: Hahaha!!! Well, I'm not exactly a health nut, but I do have the little tennis shorts... ROFL
August 26, 2008
SanguineBlues → VinoVelocity: The only good thing about tennis courts is watching heathnuts run around in little shorts while I sip my wine.
August 26, 2008
VinoVelocity: Overtime? What's that word mean? Nah, I'm a salary kinda guy... :-( The move was okay, albeit eventful. I do like the place: small but fairly private, and I have a tennis court right outside my door. :-)
VinoVelocity: Hmm... Might be interesting to see you with a sissy bar... ;-) I'll definitely have to look you up the next time I'm in town. LOL Well, I've been a little crazy with work. I'm upgrading the website code base, so I've been a b... moreHmm... Might be interesting to see you with a sissy bar... ;-) I'll definitely have to look you up the next time I'm in town. LOL Well, I've been a little crazy with work. I'm upgrading the website code base, so I've been a bit busy. I do have a couple nice ones: Tikal Patriota, Earthquake Petite Sirah, Capcanes Mas Donis...
August 26, 2008
SanguineBlues → VinoVelocity: Everything is better with age, right? I've taken the bags and trunk off, and added the backseat with sissy bar (still talking about the bike, here) so if you want a ride around the block, come on over. :^P You haven't updated your favorite wi... moreEverything is better with age, right? I've taken the bags and trunk off, and added the backseat with sissy bar (still talking about the bike, here) so if you want a ride around the block, come on over. :^P You haven't updated your favorite wine list lately: no good new experiments?
August 26, 2008
VinoVelocity: Well: hot bike; hot rider; shall I continue? LOL That's smart though. Get your confidence first. Not like me... (Typical guy... ;-) And I don't think your allowed to say "old" when talking to someone so much older than you... ROFL
August 26, 2008
SanguineBlues → VinoVelocity: Me, or the Shadow? :^P Good, slowly getting more confident.. haven't gotten it out of a parking lot yet, but these old brains learn slow.
August 26, 2008
VinoVelocity: I always seem to have some excuse for a glass of wine. How are things on the new toy? Great looking ride!
VinoVelocity: Hey there. How's it going? Anything fun and exciting going on?
August 19, 2008
VinoVelocity: I personally prefer Cage-Uno, and reducing my liver to the size of a raisin via wine consumption. ;-)
August 13, 2008
SanguineBlues → VinoVelocity: I thought about the fact that you sold yours after 2 crashes, I suppose if I have another, I may need a new mid life crisis. Full contact competitive bingo or something.
August 13, 2008
VinoVelocity: Well, certainly if you must crash -- zero is the best possible speed. I however bounced myself off the asphalt at low speed then almost got run over. I figured at that point someone was trying to tell me something... LOL
August 13, 2008
SanguineBlues → VinoVelocity: Oh, yeah, I was on it. Going about 0 mph, though (ideal crashing speed). X^) Riding a bike has seriously curtailed my wine consumption, though, darn it. I'm sort of looking forward to winter when I can cover the bike and uncork more!
August 13, 2008
VinoVelocity: Egad. Hopefully you weren't on it at the time. I had a nice wine this past weekend: Earthquake Petite Sirah. Quite nice hints of chocolate and firm tannins. How about you? Anything else fun and exciting going on? ;-)
August 13, 2008
SanguineBlues → VinoVelocity: Aw, there you are! I thought you were ignoring little old me. X^) Good here. Should be hot this weekend. Got a motorcycle (only dropped it once). Heh. Whatcha drinking these days?
Embracing hedonism and living in the moment: drop by drop. I work in the energy efficiency field full time, and also do elder care in the evenings.
I have some acreage that I hate to mow; so I'm always dreaming of a non-grass crop (orchard? vineyard? hops?). If you have done any of these: send me a note!
I'm a bit of a cook and I'm experimenting with wine-food pairing. If you have a mind-blowing combination; lay it on me. I'm not a snob: if you found a perfect white to go with Rice Krispie Treats, I'd probably try it. My food and drink budget is a the top of the list, though, so I'm not afraid of something sophisticated.
I'm deciphering varietals before I delve too deep into pairing, though.
Primarily I drink locally (Washington, Oregon) to excuse my ridiculous carbon footprint... luckily my job requires some travel so I can take a side trip or two.
I appreciate all you bloggers: even though you can't see who is reading your stuff: rest assured some of us are and quietly appreciating it!
Just got my motorcycle permit (and a sweet Shadow). Trying to keep it wheels side down!
Rex Hill Pinot Noir Maryhill Winemaker's White Pontin Del Roza Sangiovese Cotes du Rhone EVIL Cabernet Cabernet Franc
Favorite Table Wine
Columbia Merlot, Chateau Ste Jean Chardonnay
I gave up. After liking a recommended bottle I previously discounted because of a childish label (L'Ecole) and then picking up a well-reviewed (85 points, if I remember right) grenache with a tacky name (Bitch), and enjoying an inexpensive cab with a lizard on the label (Aaku)… if I woul...
Successful pairings today: tawny port with triple chocolate cookies (Tom Douglas via Epicurious). Semillon with lemon. Try a sangiovese with insalata caprese, next time. I loved directing ourselves to really taste everything: the food was twice as enjoyed with the admonition to taste it ...
I dreamt about potential disasters all night. Previously undiagnosed food allergies, cat hair in the Brie, a dirty fork. I should be in the kitchen making cookies but instead I’m wandering around trying to view my house with a skeptic’s eye.
For all of my strategic di...
Why do wines go on special? Here's the list from my local shop. The second one scares me. I'll try one of the malbecs, I think. If anyone swoons over any of these, drop me a line.
2004 Estampa Reserve (syrah, cab, merlot) $9.95
2006 Bitch Grenache $9.65
2005 Marquee GSM $9....
Thanks to LarrytheSommelier, here’s my shopping list for my bookclub meeting this weekend. I’m lucky to have two wine shops nearby.
2004 Chianti Classico or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Insalata Caprese, brie)
L'Ecole barrel fermented Semillon (artichoke dip)
This is our very first Holiday party and we feel like celebrating. The new tasting room is shaping up, the patio is nearly complete, the salmon are running down at the creek, and our award winning wines are flat out gorgeous.
"Est vieilli le meilleur" (aged is best). This is the name of the game with cabernet sauvignon. That's because the secret to cabernet sauvignon's prowess as a wine of choice is a meticulous aging process.
Cabernet sauvignon is a red wine varietal that hails from the wineries of the famed district of Medoc in Bordeaux, France. According to studies conducted in 1997, cabernet sauvignon is the result of interbreeding sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc.
A glass of young and fresh cabernet sauvignon is resplendent of black currants and is very tannic. As the precious liquid ages, it gets hints of cherries, blackberries, ceday, bell peppers, green olives, pimientos, green peppercorns, and ginger.
You may also recognize the parfums of cedar, eucalyptus, leather, a cigar box, oak, earth, and chocolate emanating from this blood-colored elixir. Further downing a shot of cabernet sauvignon causes you to identify more saveur of coconuts, vanilla, musk, smoke, sweet wood, toast, and mushrooms.
These flavors and fragrances get more pronounced as the cabernet sauvignon advances with age. Truly, est vieilli le meilleur.
A very versatile grape, cabernet sauvignon, adapts well to being planted in many different regions around the World. This grape makes the reference reds that other wines are compared to. Mixed with merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot in the Bordeaux regions of Medoc and Graves this grape makes the archetypal red wine. A wine that exists at a peak of refinement and allusiveness which few other wines can match.
Its life span after a good vintage can extend twenty or thirty years and beyond.
In California The cabernet sauvignons possess an enormously tannic and alcoholic wine barely tamed by its oak barrels. Their grandeur is unique and affords real aging potential where the wine takes on a chocolate softness.
For sheer drinkability cabernet sauvignon from Chile is hard to beat. The plum and mulberry fruit undertones have a purity and exuberance rarely matched from cabernet sauvignons of other countries.
Zinfandel can be light and fruity, much like French Beaujolais, or lively, complex and age worthy, like cabernet sauvignon or claret. It can also be made into big, ripe, high alcohol style wines that almost resemble port.
Zinfandel has a very hardy nature. Adaptable to a wide range of soils and climates, its vines tend to be vigorous and productive.
Because of its vigor, generosity and resistance to vine disease, many zinfandel vineyards exist that are seventy-five to more than one hundred years old.
Zinfandel aficionados believe these "old vines" produce the best wines because the older vineyards set smaller crops and the grapes tend to ripen more evenly.
Zinfandel is one red varietal that is best enjoyed in its youth. With more bottle age the luscious fruit that distinguishes Zinfandel drops markedly and the wine can show a pronounced taste of higher alcohol levels.
When paired with grilled steaks, chops or meat that has been stewed Zinfandel becomes a prime motivation for people to become wine lovers.
Barbera refers to the Italian red wine grape variety that is used to make several Barbera wine appellations. Southern Lombardy and Piedmont are the traditional homes of the Barbera wines. The towns of Alba, Asti, and Pavia, are particularly well-known producers of the best Barbera wines, with Barbera di'Asti being the most noted wines under the Barbera group.
The exquisite Barbera wines were said to have emerged in Italy's central Piemonte, specifically in the Monferrato hills, and were present as early as the thirteenth century. Barbera wines used to be considered as an option if the Barolo wine is still not ready. However, better wine-making techniques used by wine makers today have made it possible for Barbera wines to be one of the best Italian red wines at present.
Barbera wines have gained worldwide distinction and the favor of wine enthusiasts from several countries outside Italy, including Argentina, the United States, Australia, and Brazil.
Champagne would probably be one of the most famous wines today. Admit it, you probably have used champagne and wine almost interchangeably at some point in your life. It's fame is quite understandable because champagne, unlike some wines, is always on the table during festivities. Come to think of it. When you celebrate your birthday, what do you usually drink aside of course from colas? On New Year's Eve? On your best friend's wedding? Champagne, right?
A Quick Glance at the History
Champagne, aside from being a "celebration wine" is world-famous for being a sparkling wine. But Champagne, as we know it today, was originally just a "wine" until of course it adapted the name of the region where it originated.
Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk, was widely regarded as the Champagne inventor, but history would tell that he was only instrumental to the development that occurred in the Champagne-making process. His contributions include cork usage, blending of different grapes from different vineyards, and clarification strategies.
Merlot is perhaps the cause of joy for many red wine lovers like myself. To find out more about this medium-bodied variety, I went to Medoc, a region in France popular for its red wine industry. This region was where Merlot grapes were first regularly planted, making Merlot a local variety by the beginning of the 19th century. I also learned from the same trip that this variety is known for its grapes that are lighter in color compared to Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
A glass of Merlot is definitely one of my favorite things in life. Aside from the fact that I salivate everytime I smell its aroma, this luscious darling is full of fruity flavor that strongly reminds me of my grandma's classic plum pie. It may not be as rich as a glass of Syrah but it can definitely soothe my senses. If a glass of milk can do wonders for a growing kid, then a glass of merlot can do wonders for my tastebuds.