Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A Malbec is the flagship red grape of Argentina. I found a lot of information about how this grape is used in blending other wines. I don't know how important that is to other people, so I didn't really focus on that. But if you want to sound as if you know something if someone brings up Malbecs, some key points would be knowing that the Mendoza region of Argentina is the Malbec's shining star and it pairs perfectly with grilled meats, game and robust spicy dishes.
The salesman suggested I try Malbec, Chalten Reserva 2010.
When I try a new wine, I like to look up the tasting notes, just to see if I can taste the same thing. A quick google search (after checking the blogs I typically follow) I found the following:
The wine has a beautiful reddish/purple color as most good Malbecs do. The aromas are a mix of freshly crushed black cherries and toasty/smoky oak just enough to frame the exuberant fruit. On the palate, the flavors of cherries and spice are obvious, and the jammy fruit quality just keeps coming on strong, with hints of spice and sandalwood lurking in the background.
My thoughts- First I must say it has a beautiful color. Dark, deep, intense purple (Have I mentioned I'm a Ravens fan).
I wanted to love it, but I didn't. It was dry, to me and I am not finding dry wines to be my thing. I didn't find it overly fruity, but I did get the toasty, smokey oak thing. The initial sip is very smooth, and the spice does jump in on you at the end, I did like that. But overall, not a wine I would buy again. I think I prefer something a little fruitier, slightly sweeter, not so dry and a little less spice. Will I finish the bottle? Yup! It's drinkable and I would recommend for someone who prefers less fruity and dry wine.
Have you tried it?? Please let me know your thoughts.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Let me first say, my experience with most wine to date has been based on what I am willing to spend on a bottle. What am I willing to spend? $20 maybe $30 max. Up until this evening, I had not found a bottle over $20 that I wanted to buy. I have to admit, this was a great glass. It had a beautiful color (not sure why I find myself noticing that, but I do find myself staring at a glass of wine and noticing the color) silky smooth, rich and very easy to drink. The menu listed this bottle for $75, a helluva lot more then what I would pay for a bottle. But it got me thinking... there are a lot of blogs out there dedicated to cheap or inexpensive wines and they all reiterate that price does not equal a great wine. I wonder if I can find a pinot that I like as much as this one within my price range? Not sure, but I am up for the challenge.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
As I drank I read some reviews of the wine. I decided to do this because I think it will help me get a better understanding of what I am drinking and if I should follow the recommendations of the reviewer. I found a review:
Light bright black cherry hue with fresh fruit aromas of spicy strawberry with slight cinnamon notes. Quite nice!
Palate--Juicy acid,with mouth watering presence. Light on the palate with strawberry notes and a decent finish.
This is a value "Coastal California" sourced Pinot Noir wine and Mark West does it well. Be sure to read the labels of the Mark West line of wines as they source grapes from all over the world. For $10, it tastes real and varietal so raise a glass.
My thoughts- It is very light. When it first hits your tongue it smooth and juicy. But as it works it way down your throat, the spiciness of it hits you. My drinking buddy did not like this. He took one sip, and said, "Not for me". Me on the otherhand, after one glass, I'm not sure. The taste is unexpected. I think I was expecting richer, heavier...I would drink another glass, but I am feeling a pretty strong buzz right now! :-) Before I pass final judgement, I think I need to drink another glass with a nice meal. So far thumbs up!!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I was given a "bar/wine rack" as a gift many years ago. Before I started my search or education about wine there were maybe 1 or 2 bottles in the rack. The obligatory bottle of champagne that was never opened one new years night and/or the bottle of wine that was either given by a dinner guest or from a business associate. But since I've been reading, receiving recommendations and shopping the wine rack is slowly filling up.
|Notice, the bottle of champagne still there|
I did enjoy the article and found some very useful information. Thanks to this article I added some more wines to my shopping list (not sure if my wallet appreciates that) and added to my ever growing knowledge of all things wine. I highly recommend reading as much as you can while you are in your beginning stages of wine learnin'. Sometime you may think an article or blog is not for you, just by the title. Don't let that fool you. Check it out, read it and you never know, you may be pleasantly surprised!
Monday, January 16, 2012
I honestly don't remember purchasing this bottle of wine. It may have been given to me, I really don't know. But I saw it sitting there and figured I should pop it open and give it a try. With my history, one would think I'd love this wine. It's cheap (I just looked it up, under $10), sweet and red. And yes it is sweet, but I'm just not a fan. I'll finish the bottle, don't get me wrong (I hate to waste), but I would not buy this again.
I searched the internet looking for a description and mostly what I found were negative reviews. I don't want to be a negative nelly, it's not that bad. I think it's probably a perfect wine for a very new newbie to wine. The reason I'm not a fan, I don't care for wines that I can drink as if I'm drinking a glass of fruit punch. And while it's not that sweet (maybe more in line with grape juice), I prefer to know I'm drinking a glass of wine.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
To make it easy, I will list blogs that I like. Please take the time to check them out and let me know your thoughts.
Friday, January 13, 2012
I wasn't in the mood for wine and truth be told I'm not a big beer drinker. I started drinking beer only to get drunk. I would always order Coors Lite and drink and party the night away. But for a night in, curled up with my man, Coors Lite is not it. I picked up Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry. What goes better with tacos then Raspberry Ale?? Come to find out, nothing! Boy do I LOVE this beer. Sweet, not syrupy, light and tart.. When you open the bottle you are greeted with a very strong aroma of raspberries. It's smooth and absolutely refreshing. I can only drink half a bottle at a time (I may be a light weight) but it just means more for the following day!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
That all being said, I think it's time we delve into what is a Zin or the difference between Pinot Noir and Grigio. Let's begin with a wine I've reviewed Beaujolais Nouveau. What is a Beaujolais Nouveau? It's a wine made from Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region of France and released in the same year of its harvest. They are typically released on the third Thursday of November. I found some interesting facts about Beajolais Nouveau. While I wasn't a huge fan of this wine, I highly recommend you try a glass. Truth be told, after doing all this research I am tempted to try it again myself.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
I read the descriptions:
Red Vin Sweet-Rheinhessen Germany-Made from the native Dornfelder grape, this sweet red combines silky tannins with flavors of raspberry and plum with a pleasant sweet finish. Pair with cheese, spicy Asain cuisine, or just by itself.
Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Dornfelder Red- Pfalz Germany- A delightfully fruity red wine with a hint of sweetness. The intense fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry have a surprisingly full bodied finish.
How did I decide?
- I didn't want something too sweet
- I remembered a chat a had with an old friend. He sent me an article about cheap wines and said, "I'm of the mindset that you find a small store that has a small collection of $10-$20 bottles and go crazy there.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
and I grabbed a french wine that a friend recommended, Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 ($9.99).
I actually liked Rivata Casa Rossa. It was pretty sweet, a little too sweet for me. But if you are looking for an inexpensive table red for a mixed group I think it will do. My friends liked it too. I was with a group of people that don't normally drink wine, so I can understand why something sweeter went over so well. I was not a fan of the Beaujolais Nouveau. It was a little flat...I'm not sure if that is the proper adjective to describe it. All of the descriptions I read said it was a sweet wine. I didn't find it to be sweet at all. Maybe I had something a little too sweet prior to drinking this. I may have to give it a second try.
After telling my friend about my not so fond feelings about the Beaujolais, she suggested I try some German reds. I went back to my local wine shop and purchased Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Red 2010, I'll let you know about this in the future.