Today’s Wine Review

I had a rare chance to experience a bottle of wine from Chile today. We don’t normally buy wines from Chile or other countries from South America. Maybe it’s a slight bias or lack of knowledge, but I tend to stick to American, Italian, French, Australian and New Zealand wines. Oh yes, and German wines. And I have so many wines to taste from these countries that I tend to keep it simple.

Tonight for dinner, I grilled a strip steak, roasted cauliflower in the oven and made a salad. To go with dinner the wine was a Pinot Noir from Radius, vintage 2015, from the Central Valley in Chile. I originally bought the bottle because I have had the Red Blend by Radius which is a Washington wine and also very tasty. The wine is a bargain at under $10 and had an alcohol content of 13%. The wine was originally produced and bottled by Viña Alto Roble, Sagrada Familia S/N Curicó-Chile and imported by Precept Wine Seattle, Washington.

The wine was a translucent reddish purple color in the glass and had a slight alcohol smell when I stuck my nose in the glass. I tasted strawberries and raspberries on the first taste swirling the wine around in my mouth. The wine while not super dry was also not sweet, just a nice juicy fruit taste. There was spice and a little smoke on the finish. To say the wine went down easy was an understatement.

Normally I will open a Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel to go with a steak, but I wanted to try something different and I can say that I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the steak and Pinot Noir went very nicely together.

I will have to broaden my wine choices to include more wines from South America and definitely look for this wine again.


Today’s Wine Review

Tonight I called my best friend to catch up since she lives six states away, we can’t get together easily. So a phone call has to suffice most of the time. And of course we were both drinking wine, hers a red and mine was a white. I opened a bottle of Radius Riesling, a Washington State wine. I’ve had other varietals from Radius, a red blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which were very good. So I figured the odds were in my favor finding another winner.

The wine, vintage 2014 had an alcohol content of 11% and cost under $15 a bottle. The wine could almost pass for water; the color was almost colorless in the glass. I could smell honeysuckle and peaches when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine was soft and smooth with a fruit forward taste, I could taste peaches at first taste and a hint of vanilla on the finish, very creamy with a soft medium finish.

This is a good wine to drink with spicy dishes, the soft slightly sweet taste cooling the heat or all by itself sipping away on the deck or on the phone with your best friend. Since I drink alone more these days, this is a good wine to sit and sip.