Today’s Wine Review

I can’t believe it, I move to the Pacific Northwest where it is widely believed that it rains all the time and the temperatures stay in the mid-sixties and last summer we had a drought that lasted for months and temperatures in the eighties with a few nineties thrown in for good measure. Now spring is in full bloom and for four days this last week we had the warmest temperatures around, we even beat out Arizona and Nevada. So much for the prevailing wisdom.

Instead of walking around in a sweatshirt and raincoat, I’m been wearing short sleeve T-shirts and cooking on the grill. We had a very nice strip steak for dinner and opened a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to go with the steak. The bottle was a birthday gift from my son and his wife. It was a California wine, Candle Magic Vineyards, 2014, bottled in Healdsburg. This is a vineyard owned by women and noted on the label. I checked out the website and found that they also produce a Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay. You can find them online at

The wine was a dark red in the glass and on nose I smelled cherries and blueberries with a hint of cocoa or wood. I swirled the glass and took a taste. I could taste the fruit and a slight smoky taste. The wine was soft and full and when I swallowed the wine, it left a really nice finish. The wine was a very nice partner with the steak and salad. I can honestly say that the bottle was emptied very quickly.

I wandered around the website and found a section labeled “About” telling about the vineyard and their philosophy. Candle Magic has a scholarship program for women and has an Eco-Philosophy. I don’t what the wine costs since it was a gift, but on the website I found that it is sold at Target. I will have to make a Target run and try the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. I probably should buy another bottle or two of the Cabernet, you know just to compare against the first bottle.


Today’s Wine Review

I have been very lax in writing about my wine drinking, I have a few excuses, all bad, but I will endeavor to be more timely in tasting and writing about wines. So much has happened recently, we bought a house and moved, finally out of the apartment. Now I have the task of unpacking and getting settled in our new home. At night I unpack boxes and drink wine in the process. That’s what makes it half way tolerable. Now I just have to remember where I put everything.

Last night I opened a bottle of Riesling from Chateau Ste Michelle, a Columbia Valley Washington white wine, vintage 2014. You can find the website at Chateau Ste Michelle has a lot of different varietals and so far I have not found a wine I didn’t like.

This wine was clear in the glass and had a light lime citrus smell. I could taste peaches and lime, very light and nice. The wine was not sweet and not dry either, but somewhere in the middle. A very clean finish filled with peach notes and a fuller finish than you would think for a Riesling.

I know a lot of people think of Riesling as a sweet wine, but that is not the case all of the time. There are lots different Rieslings out there, some are quite dry and some are very sweet. I’m one of those people that likes both the dry and the sweet Rieslings. This is a wine that goes down so easily you find yourself pouring more than 1 or 2 glasses. At least I did.

This is definitely a wine I will buy and drink again and again, especially since I’m drinking alone a lot these days.