Archive - May 2014

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Red Diamond 2011 Merlot
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Wine and a Movie Night
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Two Vines Merlot-Cabernet 2011
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Las Reñas Monastrell 2012
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Chardonnay Day Special!
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Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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Las Reñas Macabeo 2012
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Aroma
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“how to love wine”
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Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir

Red Diamond 2011 Merlot

Washington State
$7.99
Boy have I been enjoying some of these Washington State wines lately! That includes one that I had a few weeks back at my friend Bryan’s birthday dinner.

The “surprise” dinner party was booked at a fancy French restaurant where I ordered poorly and spent most of the time having food-envy, eyeing and flirting bites off the plates of other guests. Oh, and that wine, I can’t even remember what it was, but now that I’m writing this blog I suppose I should do a better job of taking notes.

The label on this Red Diamond Merlot encourages the drinker to “Reveal your Red Side.” Well, okay!

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Wine and a Movie Night

From Dusk Till Dawn // Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Paso Robles
$12, Splurge-y

This will be a fun new twist that brings together two of my favorite things, wines and movies. Just for kicks I will occasionally pair a wine with a movie. Your suggestions are welcome.

So, while trolling the rather limited Netflix streaming options I came across this cultish kitschy vampire movie that I had never gotten around to watching, From Dusk Till Dawn. I’m sure most of you have heard of it and most likely have already seen it. It’s a 1996 movie directed by Robert Rodriquez and penned by Quentin Tarantino, who also stars in it. This vampire schlock-fest stars George Clooney and Harvey Keitel as well as Salma Hayek, in a small role that is cup-runneth-over HUGE with impact.

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Las Reñas Monastrell 2012

Bullas, Spain
$6.00
Big, bad, bold and full of dark fruit. For the price you get a really pleasant, honest wine. I found it more enjoyable than the Macabeo, also from Las Reñas.

A little sweet and jammy at first, it became more interesting with time. So much better with food, with layering of earthy fruit flavors and a bright kick of acidity to finish it off. This bottle was a dark, broody, mischievous lady. For sure.

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Chardonnay Day Special!

O kay, I have to say that I find the idea of a Chardonnay day a little silly. It’s kind of like greeting card company cashing in on holidays like Christmas or making up holidays like Valentine’s Day. But a made-up day for celebrating wine? I can get behind that! Count me in!

As you may or may not know, The Hood Somm is all about learning and trying new things. That’s why I started writing this blog. I’ve had so much fun learning about wines that I wanted to share my own journey in the hopes of making it a fun experience for all, outside of the stuffiness of overwrought tasting notes that makes it so unapproachable (not that there’s anything at all wrong with critical analysis but that’s not the only way to approach drinking and enjoying wine).

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Las Reñas Macabeo 2012

Bullard, Spain
$6.00
T he flipside to a “meh” bottle is that trying new things helps you figure out what you don’t like. This wine is not bad, it’s just not for me.

Sweet and youthful, it’s uncomplicated, wholesome and innocent. More like poodle skirt wearing Sandy at the beginning of Grease than ciggie smoking, leather-clad slutty Sandy at the end. Some bottles give you that entire arc from the opening cork-pop to its transformation by the end, when you’ve reached those last few precious drops. But this bottle is NOT that girl.

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aroma

These things are interesting to keep in mind but I prefer to focus on what the wine makes me feel. And I’m not talking about feeling buzzed.

“The primary purpose of wine is to provide pleasure and refreshment. It can do much more than that, but should never do less.”

Eric Asimov

Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir

Valle Central, Chile
$7.99
The wine was just fine. But together with the cheese it was hand-clappingly delicious. Even the cheese on its own was fine, an inexpensive grocery store French Bucheron cheese, but it was the combo that made it.

I cooked, ate cheese and drank wine until I nearly finished the bottle! I had to will myself to leave enough for a glass to drink with dinner.

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