Cantus


So, I poured this one out, keeping expectations pretty low.   I stuck my nose in the glass, and to my surprise, I was met with a first.  Melon! Crisp and refreshing, citrus notes also came thru,  but I got a big juicy helping of cantaloupe right off the bat.  Still, it was light bodied and mellow.

A pleasant surprise,  and a good one for a hot summer day when you’re thirsty as hell.

We have Wine Insiders to thank for this one!

Yum!

IMG_20170807_183642Yanno, I  was starting to get concerned.  I developed a bias towards red wines.  I wondered if I would be able to enjoy a white as much as I have been my reds.

Then, along came this lovely.  Smooth, floral on the nose, peachy and full bodied. Went down easily and I wanna say slightly sweet.  Definitely enjoyed this with my breakfast *ahem* which featured cornbread.  Another white blend that I enjoyed from Wine Insiders!

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Make a Choice

I’m sure you’ve read my posts that answer the question, Why?  Read more to know how.

So, when I go to my local Wine & Spirits, I run into the same old names, and maybe a few, new on the scene, distributed for mass consumption.  I can either rest on my familiar comforts, or step out of my comfort zone to a hit or miss.

My preference is to utilize a subscription that not only guarantees satisfaction (most clubs will replace a selection if you don’t like it), but comes right to my door, and is expertly curated.

Like I’ve mentioned elsewhere, it’s the difference between sticking with a mass produced name or shopping boutique.

I’ve always been different.

I love looking forward to my shipments, reading about my wines, and drinking premium wines that I haven’t paid premium prices for.  There’s absolutely no guesswork for me, and honestly, no legwork, either!

Instead of strolling the same aisles to still take a shot in the dark when you’re feeling adventurous, why not have the pros choose for you, and ship it right to your door?

It’s really a no brainer.

direct-cellars-logo-wineclub-300x300For more details on a few of the wine clubs out there now, click here.

Petit Sirah, oooh la la!

Mmmmm, now this one, with it’s bold cherry flavors, hot vanilla finish, and velvety smoothness, has made me a fan!  This is what I expect from a full bodied wine. The flavor was great to enjoy alone or with food, and I just can’t get enough of that texture! I believe it comes from very well balanced tannins.

Petite Syrah is not like a “smaller” version of Syrah or Shiraz, but it’s actually a hybrid of Syrah and another grape, Peloursin, which is nearly extinct (source).

It’s nearly opaque, and quite dry, but that fruitiness gave up a mouthful! I’ve already ordered 6 more #noshame #sorrynotsorry

​Where to find the good stuff, pt. 2

In my spare time, I like to check out local wineries and wine shops for wine tastings.  There’s nothing more fun than trying it before you buy it!

Often, the producer of the wine is there to talk about the process and what inspired the wine they’re featuring that day.  If you’re like me, you’ll get a kick out of getting to know that bottle inside and out.

I’ve found some pretty interesting selections at wine tastings, and keeping in touch with the winemaker keeps you abreast of new releases (and more wine tastings).  They can also give insight to pairing with your favorite meal, something that I could never stop hearing new things about.

I’ve also personally fount tons of little tips and tricks for wine etiquette at tastings, as well.  This can help when you go on that nice date to that expensive restaurant and finally get to order that amazing steak with a fabulous glass of red.  Wine etiquette is just as important when entertaining at home as well.  Nothing spells impressive like presenting your friends with a perfectly chilled glass of white with some cute hors d’oeuvres!  Share the good stuff and have some fun out there!

There’s a first time for everything…

Big fat welp coming!

So, this is a another Wine Insiders treat, which so far, hasn’t disappointed. I opened this wine with high hopes for my chicken alfredo, but alas, my heart sunk. I sniffed around for vague apple aromas, along with something else.  What that was, was completely lost on me.

I soldiered on, sipping. Dry, almost astringent citrus flavors gave way to the apple I perceived, but then were washed away by that something.  My best guess was that “mineral” flavor I’ve read about before. While it did present an overall crispness that was quenchworthy (just roll with me, I make up words, ok?), This glass of white just wasn’t my cup of tea.

I even went as far as to bake a whole damn apple crumble.  Thinking it might been the food I was pairing it with. Still a no.  I’m just glad I tried. But this crosses Chardonnay from South Africa off my list.

Maybe next time, Trebuchet.