We picked up this lively wine from Grocery Outlet and swirled and smelled, and swirled and smelled! Ripe fruit hits the nose followed by spice that lingers on the palate from the initial sip. Deep red color, this wine shows plenty of structure from the 2004 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon but is softened by the merlot blend. It’s a 67/33 Cab/Merlot blend from this producer that carries a light-medium mouthfeel and plenty of fruit and apparent spice.
A nice wine for enjoyment at $32 per bottle, even better at $4.99 from Grocery Outlet. This wine is showing potential to lay down for another year or two, and I’m guessing it’d soften up nicely.
Charles Creek Vineyards
This reddish purple syrah has complex flavors with depth! A real treat with typical Aussie Syrah notes of pepper, berry and firm yet soft tannins. A medium finish with an open nose, this is a wine that fails to disappoint.
Picked it up at Grocery Outlet for about $5.00, retails for about $18.00 on Wine Searcher.com
Best paired well with a pepper steak for enhancement on the spice.
This will be a twofold review as the vodka has two forms. A Wheat and a Rye.
The Wheat vodka was clean, with a typical nose and very neutral taste though there was a light vanilla on the back of the palate.
The Rye vodka on the other hand: A nice spice, a little dirty with that famous peppery spice rye products are known for. It didn’t quite taste “old manish” (and I am a rye drinker) but rather clean as did the Wheat vodka.
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This beautiful deep red wine starts off with berries that smack the lips with lusch juiciness. Tart cherry and oak flavors feature prominently on the palate though the terroir of the land, (loam/sand) is prevalent too.
This wine IS an expression of the Monterrey Region. Paired with Chicken Mushroom marsala. Interesting note: Drinking from the glass vs drinking straight out the bottle, out of the bottle I picked up heavier spice, cinnamon perhaps.
Paid $12 at BevMo. Yeah I don’t wanna hear it about qualifyiing for the blog :p
Cassis on the nose with dark berry fruits with light mouthfeel complimented by firm tannins to make this an enjoyable wine. The producer says they source from small lots and it shows with none of the overpowering characteristics that large lot product generally has.
My palate isn’t distinct enough to tell the difference between French and Hungarian Oak yet but there was a definite smoothness added by the presence of oak aging.
$15.99 online. Again I picked mine up at Grocery Outlet for at least half off.
Grants Tobacconist to host Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars WEDNESDAY JUNE 16th at 5:30!
Owner Joe Barron will be spinning records from his eclectic collection while pouring martinis using Shakers vodka!
Buy any three Tatuaje, La Riqueza or Cabaiguan cigars, get a Havana VI(nobles) free.
562 Market Street in San Francisco!
Btw, we’re hoping to get an interview with Pete for Pure Indulgence. Also, the Grants Burlewque Girls willb e cutting and lighting cigars 😉
We spoke with Tim Wong of Rocky Patel cigars to discuss the latest coming from that famed factory, the mission behind the cigars, the man behind the mission and all things Rocky.
Taking time out from a busy schedule, Tim Wong gave us some insight into Rocky’s marketing genius, a closer look at the blends and then we talked lastly about Tim’s personal palate. Be sure to catch teh show at 4 PM PST
This well constructed cigar from the Fuente family is one of the finest Puros to come out of the Dominican Republic.
Notes start off with a silky smooth taste from aged tobaccos that meld into hearty a spicy rich taste on the palate. From such a little vitola comes a thick plume of gray smoke with a dark gray ash. The medium finish compliments the rest of this complex cigar leaving the smoker with a satisfied experience.
Aged leaves for the Opus X contribute to a variety of tastes that differs slightly from size to size and will not disappoint fans!
This is one cigar to have in your humidor and I’d like to add that since it’s a smaller size puro, it’s perfect for those quick occasions when you want a lot of flavor but don’t have much time.
This week we’ll cover Pinot Noir as a single grape varietal while discussing the versatility of which wines can be made from it. We’ll mention new world and old world styles while referencing wines that “should” be easy to find at most wine retailers off and online. With cigars, we’ll share a few recommendations for those wanting to try cigars. Hint, we’re AVOIDING macanudo!
What I’m smoking this week: Padron 4000, La Riqueza Double Corona, Arturo Fuente Rosado, and Grants Royal Reserve Blend Pipe Tobacco
What I’m drinking this week: Rutz Cellars 1997 Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Chardonnay, Grants Blended Scotch, Knob Creek Whiskey
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Rated Cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado, this Nicaraguan Puro is the result of Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plascencia’s expert blending with an oily Colorado wrapper and Nicaraguan binder/filler for a medium to full bodied yet complex smoke.
The Casa Magna Robusto sports a hearty taste in a small package. Robust in flavor, the cigar itself starts off with a little pepper, cedar and spiciness before the mid point where dark coffee flavors take over. Full flavors hit one from the start and continue until the last third where the cigar mellows into sweeter coffee and cedar notes.
It’s a well constructed Robusto that burns evenly and has a light grey ash that held on for quite some time.
I paired this with water but couuld see a light bourbon or whiskey to match it quite nicely. I have to say I really enjoyed the cedar notes but found them on the back end of the palate, rather than the dark coffee notes that were more forthcoming.