Today’s Wine Review

Winter has come knocking on our door with a passion. We woke up to only a light dusting of snow, but the temperatures are in the teens and there is a stiff wind out of the north. Temperatures like this make me want to stay in inside and cook. Besides cooking is much safer than driving the streets of Kansas City when it snows. In Kansas City you have the grammas, one group of drivers that go 2 miles an hour regardless of the road conditions, this group will get there a day late, but they will get there hunched over the steering wheel holding on with a white knuckle death grip. Then there are the moderates, the smallest group of drivers, the ones that have common sense and drive according to the road conditions at that moment, not what it was in July. The last group is probably the largest group of drivers around here, a group of speed racers that will try to prove at all costs the roads aren’t that bad and almost always end up in the ditch or blocking traffic, they are the ones I drive by give a big smile, thinking serves you right, bonehead.

Enough of my diatribe, as I was saying, on a frigid windy day my favorite thing to do is cook. Big hearty stews and roasts, with mouthwatering aromas wafting through the house. And what better to go along with a savory beef stew is a big luscious red wine?

Have you ever tried Joel Gott wines? If not, then this is definitely a winery to try. They are a California based winery and produce a variety of wines, 5 reds and 4 whites, and so far I have not been disappointed by any the different bottles I have imbibed. You can find Joel Gott Wines at

The first wine I ever tasted from Joel Gott is a red blend called Alakai 2010, made up of 77% Grenache, 17% Syrah, 4% Mourvedre and 2% petit sirah. The wine was a deep red that smelled rich and full without too much alcohol that definitely clears out my sinuses and disintegrates my nose hairs. The wine had a peppery spicy taste with a fruit tasting a little like cherries. I had never tasted a blend like this before, so this was a lot of fun tasting a wine that was peppery and spicy without setting my throat on fire.

I have not tried all of the different wines produced by Joel Gott, but I’m working on it. Normally homework sucks, but in this case I will suffer through and give it my best effort.


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