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Today’s Wine Review

Even though there are technically twenty-one days until the first day of summer, it feels like spring has abandoned us for the muggy days of summer. I just got back from walking the dogs and am soaked through. So I thought today would be a perfect day to drink some chilled soft white wine and chill out.

We had a very nice French White Bordeaux 2012 from Chateau La Castillonne. It was a Sauvignon Blanc, very light and dry but soft and tasted like pears. It was a wine that we had tasted at a French wine tasting a couple of months ago and bought a few bottles. It was very affordable at <$13 a bottle. It went very well with the grilled pork chops and salad.

Another nice white wine that we like to keep on hand is a California wine from Joel Gott. We have tasted quite a few different Joel Gott wines, red and white and so far we have not been disappointed in any of the bottles we’ve had. Their Sauvignon Blanc is almost clear in the glass. The wine is everything a Sauvignon Blanc is supposed to be; dry with a mineral taste, clean and crisp with a tart finish. I usually don’t pay more than $13 a bottle for it and sometimes catch it on sale for $11. It goes very well with grilled chicken or grilled pork.

So if you’re looking for something light and clean you can’t go wrong with either one of these wines.

Today’s Wine Review

I like to think of myself as being pretty adventuresome when it comes to wine. I have my favorites that I always fall back on, but no one can ever accuse me of not being up for tasting something new and completely out of my comfort zone. We took a real vacation last week, something we hadn’t done in a few years. Something was always getting in the way, the never ending home remodel, three surgeries and a small inconvenience called money. We decided that if we didn’t get away for some quality time in a different area code, one or both of us could go postal. The dream vacation was to drive to Washington State and tour their wine country, but as luck would have it, three costly inconveniences forced us to stay a little closer to home. (I think I am cursed.)

Option two was a trip to Texas, drive down to the Riverwalk in San Antonio, then head up to Fredericksburg in the hill country and taste some of their wines. We found out that Texas is fifth in wine production for the United States behind California, New York, Oregon and Washington. Plus because of the size of Texas there are quite a few microclimates and soil conditions, meaning that the same grape planted in the hill country will not produce the same wine that is planted in the northern part of the state or someplace else in the state. I was like a kid in a candy store when we got to Fredericksburg and wanted to stop at every winery we passed. It was a good thing the Mitch was the adult and designated driver and knew when to say when. But we did hit a few of the wineries tasted many wines and brought a few bottles home.

The first bottle I opened when we got home was a Becker Vineyards Riesling 2012. The wine was soft and fruity tasting like pears and peaches, but was not sweet like some of the German Rieslings I tasted. It had a beautiful golden color like straw in the glass. It was soft and smooth and slipped down my throat so easily for a really nice finish. This is a great wine chilled served on the porch, sipped while watching the world go by.

The second bottle was a red blend from Woodrose Winery called Summer Breeze vintage 2010. When we tasted it at the Winery we were surprised at the smell and taste. This was a wine that we couldn’t wait to try out on our friends. It is a blend of Ruby Cabernet and Muscat. Interesting, yes? It was a light red color, not a rosé, but not as dark as some red wines. The first thing I smelled was a citrusy aroma and the first taste was grapefruit, tart and crisp. It had a cherry finish. I paired it with salsa and chips and something we discovered at a restaurant in Texas, jalapeño peppers soaked in honey on top of cream cheese. Very yummy.

The third bottle was a Tempranillo from Pedernales Cellars, vintage 2012. This I paired with Margarita Chicken and it complemented the spicy chicken very nicely. The wine was very smooth and soft with dark fruit flavors. It had a nice long full finish. The wine was a dark red color in the glass with a slight smoky nose, but not off putting at all.

That leaves seven bottles left to open and share. Tasting in the winery is nice and helpful in trying wines you might not normally get to taste, but tasting at home is much more relaxed and the wine is savored more. It’s not the slurp, chew and spit then move on to the next glass in a tasting. At home with friends and family there’s discovery and surprise of something new and shared that makes wine so much fun. I am definitely a wine geek.

Today’s Wine Review

Anybody that knows me knows how much I love wine. I love to drink wine and I love to talk about wine. Occasionally some of my friends and even a few co-workers give me a bottle of wine. Sometimes the wine is not an especially good wine, even though the thought meant a lot to me, but sometimes I am given a winner. In this case, the wine exceeded all of my expectations. A co-worker gave a bottle of wine as a thank you gift for helping her land a very big sale. I had been saving it for something nice and decided to have it with steaks on the grill.

The wine, Meiomi (may-OH-mee) meaning “coast” by the California Wappo tribe, a pinot Noir was so far the best Pinot Noir I have tasted. A California 2012 wine that the grapes came from: 35% Monterey County, 34% Barbara County and 31% Sonoma County and was everything a Pinot Noir wine should be. It was soft and smooth with bright berry fruit taste with a light spicy bite and full finish, dry but not harsh at all. The wine was dark red almost purple in the glass and had a soft delicate aroma. I was only sorry that there we didn’t have a second bottle.

The wine is bottled by Belle Glos Wines. I have no idea how much the wine sells for since it was a gift and when I checked the website there was an error trying to load the online shop. But I think I will definitely be looking for a bottle or two on my next wine stock up trip.

Today’s Wine Review

Where did spring go? We had one of the coldest, ickiest winters on record which also had the audacity to hang on and on and on, only to have spring disappear into summer without a fight. I am not ready for summer heat and humidity just yet. I want to sit outside and enjoy a crisp clean white wine looking at the mountains of yard work I have ahead of me without sweat running in my eyes. Is that too much to ask? Evidently so.

Speaking of clean and crisp, Clos du Bois a California winery has a really nice Sauvignon Blanc. From the North Coast and less than $15 a bottle, it has a citrusy crisp bite and a clean finish, with just the right amount of mineral flavor. We have always been pleased with all of the Clos du Bois wines, from the whites to the reds; Clos du Bois is a nice bargain with consistent good quality no matter what you buy. You can find them online at http://www.closdubois.com.

Moving to Washington State, another nice Sauvignon Blanc we found is Chateau Ste. Michelle, in Columbia Valley. It was also under $15 a bottle, which is nice because I have seen a lot of Sauvignon Blanc wines get pretty pricey. It was clean and crisp, dry and with a mineral finish, just enough to make you want to take another drink. Of course Chateau Ste. Michelle has a huge variety of wine varieties white and red under many labels that I’m sure you can find something you fall in love with too. You can find them online at http://www.ste.michelle.com.

I have many more nice white wines to tell you about in the coming weeks. If I can just make my day job (you know the one that pays the bills) give me more time, but oh well, nothing is that easy

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