This wine starts off with a vegetal taste that opens up into tart berry flavors. A warm nose, deep purple color with berry greets the swirl and sniff. After some time, the wine opens up with deeper but not overpowering tartness and subtle spices. A pleasing, easy to drink wine with a medium finish, balanced yet light tannins that remain prominent throughout the glass and bottle. Beautiful lilac and lavender coat the palate throughout the wine.
We’ll be doing more reviews of Urbano Cellars as they’re local to Oakland AND I intend to interview Bob Rawson, the winemaker. He talked to me a bit off air about his wines and I’m interested to know more about them. Their tasting room is located in the same space as Urban Legends Cellars.
Btw, the bottling event for both Urbano Cellars and Urban Legends was pretty sweet. I’ll blog about that in an upcoming post!
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted my thoughts on wine and that’s been due sadly to drinking what I hoped were great buys but turned out to be less than mediocre. Many of the wines we’ve picked up have been deals at those prices but lacked flavor and that “thing” wines have that separate great wines from the rest. It’s not been for lack of trying.
I’d say we probably went through four or five cases of various wines purchased mostly from Grocery Outlet and they were good. But nothing had that “pop” that makes me want to include them for Pure Indulgence. Even the more current wines were less than stellar.
The challenge here is going to be finding those spectacular gems in a lot full of coal. It’s doable but it takes time. In the meantime, we’re going to feature more producers.
I’d LIKE to get an interview with Craig of Cornerstone Cellars out of Napa as we have reviewed his wines and even the lower end wines such as Stepping Stone line are examples of wines that have been crafted with care. The higher wines from this producer are good examples of why Napa Valley is a front runner in wine making and why Napa is on the map.
I’m aiming to bring more wine reviews to the site, along with podcasts for Pure Indulgence where we spend time sampling, talking about the wine making process and educating you, the reader/listener on the joys of the Pure Indulgence lifestyle.
News to many of you, I’ve decided to make Pure Indulgence a part of my career in hopes that the Lifestyle will become just that.
Until next time,
We’ve been lax in recording new shows due to my appearance at DragonCon 2010 where I was a panelist for one of the late night adult panels. Fun thing that, in the middle of our panel, the folks next door came over and offered us free homemade brew. The dark colored fuller bodied stout had flavor, personality and character but alas, I did not get to try much more than a tiny cup full.
Wine was not involved though I had plenty of scotch on hand and made sure to pack my humidor with plenty of Tatuaje Havana VI’s. Glad I did. Brought my pipe too and was joined on occasion by other pipe and cigar smokers. Nice to know that Atlanta isn’t a restrictive place nor are there noises being made to start that path.
During future episodes of Pure Indulgence, we’ll review Jason Stephens 2006 Syrah and talk about Rescue Ink. Did any of you read the latest issue of Smoke Magazine featuring these cigar smoking, animal saving ruffians? I’m hoping to get them on the show soon and talk smokes and booze. Stay tuned!
Pure Indulgence airs Fridays at 4 PM PST and again Sundays at 5 PM PST on Radio Dentata
As you’ve been with me for awhile now, you know what this blog is about. Now you get to hear me once a week talk about cigars and wine on Radio Dentata
I am Sascha Illyvich, host of Pure Indulgence. We’re dedicated to empowering those who wish to embark upon the Good Life known as fine wine and cigars. Our show will focus on education at first, talking about basics of wine/spirits and cigars before getting into the nitty gritty of why we smoke/drink and how to maximize pleasure from The Good Life.
Pure Indulgence started out by pure annoyance as some of my erotic romance author friends, my producer kept asking me to expand in this direction. When my publicist suggested I do a show or write a blog on it, I told her I’d toy with the idea until my long time publisher Jean Marie Stine of Renaissance E-books fame (and ownership) told me one night I should do the show. So here it is; a weekly half hour show to simplify the daunting world of wine and cigars.
Catch us weekly on http://www.radiodentata.com
White Wolf Indulgence Blog: http://whitewolfindulgence.wordpress.com