I found out that Trick is bottled exclusively for World Market. It's a red table wine and it goes well with the pizza! That's about all I have for you on this one. It wont knock your socks off but for $8 it is a GREAT bottle to bring to your Halloween Parties this weekend.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Have you ever bought a bottle of wine simply because of the label? You have absolutely no knowledge of what is on the inside and probably don't care because the label speaks to you or to a specific occasion. I had a pumpkin carving party last night and someone brought a bottle of "Trick" wine! What a perfect gift for a Halloween Party!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I was so disappointed to learn this week that one of my favorite fun winemakers is out of business, Grateful Palate Airwines. The company not only produced good affordable wine but it was some of the most cleverly packaged.
The Boarding Pass Shiraz had a label that looked like an actual boarding pass complete with a luggage tag around the neck and directions on how to enjoy the ride (or consumption) on the back.
Perhaps the bottle that got the most attention was the Bitch Grenache. The word Bitch was in lovely, black script writing across a light pink label. Appropriately enough it came in a screw cap. The wine was a bit spicy with fruit on the finish…the “Bitch” was tasty. But she’s gone. I know there are bottles of both out there somewhere so be sure to buy them if you happen to run across any! Oh, and pick one up for me too!!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
One more Torbreck wine not to miss is the '06 Run Rig. It is deliciously aromatic with lots of layers of flavor. For some reason I'm having trouble reading my tasting notes but there is no mistaking the giant star I put beside it!! This is a big boy! It will run you close to $200!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I was recently asked why I like Italian wines, after all they are so foreign! When I say foreign I mean more than just from another country. They are hard to get a grasp on with more than 1000 varietals from dozens of regions. I like Italian wines because they are food wines! No coincidence here but I also like Italian cuisine!
Last night I was invited to taste the Italian wines in Kobrand and Republic National's portfolio. I was in heaven drinking everything from a delicous white Gavi to the king of big reds, Sassicaia!
The '09 Michele Chiarlo Gavi was full of zest and minerals. Gavi is from the Piemonte region and is actually made from the Cortese grape (remember that "foreign" statement made earlier). Another fun white I found was an '08 Campo al Mare, Vermentino di Toscana. The Vermentino was blended with a touch of Sauvignon Blanc to give it a nice crispy finish! Both wines are moderately priced under $20.
There were just way too many outstanding reds to mention and my better judgement says save it for Viva Italia Blog Part II. For once I will listen!