Category Archives: Wine

Tweets from Wineries!

@ Seghesio – Join us for a fun Speakeasy themed event! Seghesio Family Vineyards was one of only 100 wineries that survived Prohibition, and we continue to thrive nearly a century. http://www.seghesio.com/Events-Food/Winery-Events

@BonnyDoonVineyard – Come visit us for #NationalDrinkWineDay! Our President’s Day weekend celebration continues through today – enjoy complimentary tastings of our Bulle-Moose canned wines. Visit bonnydoonvineyard.com/events for more details.

@RidgeVineyards – New reviews from Jeb Dunnuck are up on the site: https://www.ridgewine.com/about/news/new-reviews-from-jeb-dunnuck/

@SebastianiWines – Save up to 30% on select wines – including our 2015 Cherryblock – during @FFWSociety‘s Valentine’s Day Sale: http://bit.ly/2BjIYGC 

Wine review: 2014 giacomo borgogno & figli dolcetto

– Piedmont, Italy. Bright fruit on the nose and palate along with subtle dryness. Had a medium finish with strawberry hints on the end.  Sorry, can’t find the photo I posted!

Needed to stop in at Leon’s Full Service downtown Decatur for said glass.  The food is pretty tasty and if you’re in say hi to the bartender with the huge beard.  Also, get the bacon in a glass and you WANT THE PEANUT BUTTER!

Wine Review: Châteauneuf du Pape – reserve des diacres

A fantastic full bodied wine from the Rhône region of France. Complex with leather, big fruit/mulled wine and a nice, medium to long finish. It opens up nicely to reveal softer fruit and tannins.

Admittedly, the wine opened up nicely with some time in the glass. I believe this was. Pretty sure we picked this up at Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market, here in Decatur, GA.

Miraval Cote De Provence

This was a find from Underground Cellar that I really enjoyed. The

flavors were standard out of a good solid Cote De Provence, chalk, mineral, and this was an excellent summer sipping wine.

Notes on the nose include grapefruit, terroir, and a touch of sweetness.

The gold straw color isn’t so prolific thanks to my shitty photo taking abilities, but this was definitely an enjoyable wine.  Medium finish.

For great deals on wine (we both get $25 in wine I think) Underground Cellar.

Wine Review: Casarena 505Vineyards 2014 Red Blend

The 505 Vineyards Red Blend went well with my NY Strip. The rarity that I get NY Strip, I like a good, full balanced and tannic wine.

This was that, definitely with tart berry, touch of earth and tannin.  Not overpowering, but pleasant.  Medium finish.  Some minerality in the grapes.  The blend is Malbec, Cabernet and Merlot, and all of those individual grapes blend together seamlessly.

Michel Rolland has had a profound influence on both French and international winemaking, responsible for more 90+ scoring vintages than any other individual in his time” – From Firstleaf

FirstLeaf or Underground Cellar, are the two wine programs I’m recommending.  Neither have

disappointed me.  Being on a budget as I am, and still wanting a value for 6 bottles of wine, Firstleaf lets me schedule shipments whenever I want. That really saves my bacon when bills come due. Or I need to make sure I’m home to accept the UPS package.

Underground Cellar offers one wine, but oftentimes gives you multiple chances for upgrades on better, more expensive (and in this case, it DOES count) wines.  Underground Cellar will store your wines for you, up to I think three cases.

Wine review – Wente 1883 Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013

This is a celebratory blend to commemorate the formation of two

great American Icons in both grocers and wine making.   Kroger and Wente both found their way onto the scene in America during the year 1883 and have had a bit of a partnership as Icons in their respective industries.

I’ll be honest.  Much of what I’m seeing in the grocery stores that passes for wines from California does little to thrill me.  Perhaps it’s years of living in the Bay Area and having access to much of the wine up front, or having access to inexpensive wines that were under priced.

The Wente Cab isn’t a bad Cabernet.  Fruit flavors and cherry from the get go start off the wine.  It’s a deep red in color.  The nose of this wine is light, but the berry tartness can be picked up easily.  The wine has a mellow flavor, almost like that mulled wine flavor I keep picking up in CA wines that I buy from the grocer.  I did manage to pair it with tritip from the cast iron, and that helped.

This is not a disparaging review by any means.  I have had a ton of wines from California (particularly from Underground Cellar and Firstleaf)  and this wine serves as an excellent table wine with friends.

Underwood cellars sparkling NV Rose

It’s nice to go where they remember you even after you haven’t visited in eons!  I picked up another can of wine.  Yes, you read that right.  

Underwood Cellars is located in Oregon and is part of the Union Wine Company. 

The folks at Wahoo Wine and Provisions keep Underwood Cellars cans of wine in stock and out of my own natural curiosity I had to try one.  I’ve had the Cabernet Savignon, the Pinot Noir and now I’m trying the Sparkling Rose.

I have to be honest.  The snob in me is disgusted LOL!

PInk Sparkling Rose…

But honestly?  This is one of the better cans of wine I’ve had in a long time. In fact, for a rose, since I’m not overly fond of those to begin with, it was pretty tasty.  The nose was typical, but the flavors were lingering tart cherry, blueberry and almost a candy heart sugariness that’s oddly light and refreshing.

I’ll go back for the other two cans mentioned and do reviews on them when I can.

The bubbles are light and approachable without being too dry

Big takeaway here?  Oregon is known for stellar Pinots.  But wine in a can?

Blew my mind too, but remember, a can of wine is HALF A BOTTLE haha!

Wine review: 9 mile road langhorne creek Shiraz 2013

This is another hit from First Leaf Wine Club.  I’ve been enjoying the half case shipments when I could pick them up and I think you’ll enjoy them too. Unlike my preferred Underground Cellar, Firstleaf is a curated wine program in the more traditional sense of the word – that is, you buy in and are sent wine at specified time periods.

Deep red in color, slight purple tinge. The nose is mostly berry and herbaceous, but once the wine opens up, the herbal notes tone down just a bit. I was pleasantly surprised to not get hit in the face with typical, strong pepper notes from Shiraz, this wine is softer than that.

The flavor is very herbaceous, but hints of pepper, cherry and vanilla come through. Medium long finish and enjoyed with pepper steak and roasted garlic potatoes.

When things settle in for me I’ll start posting about the various wine regions I’m getting bottles from. I think you’ll be excited, just as I am!