Archive - July 2014

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Dashe Zinfandel 2010
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Grandpa Chacha’s Home Style Wine, Rosso
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Ravenswood Zinfandel 2012
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La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2013
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Dönnhoff Riesling 2012
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Fortant Grenache Rosé 2012
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Borsao Granacha 2012
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Domaine Bousquet Malbec Cabernet Rosé 2013
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Airport wine bar epiphany

Dashe Zinfandel 2010

Dry Creek Valley California
BIG Splurge
$25
Sniffing it I closed my eyes and became lost in the layered folds of the olfactory experience. Big, bold but tempered.

Listening to the album Ella in Japan, eating baguette and Bucheron cheese, sipping on wine. Moments like this you feel it’s a world filled with beauty and simplicity. You want to stay in it forever.

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Grandpa Chacha’s Home Style Wine, Rosso

Salento, Italy
$8.00
This one came home with me, spurred by its name, label and $8 price tag. It also helped that I was curious to try another wine from Puglia, the heel part in the boot of Italy.

There are bottles that are direct and sure of themselves, they know exactly what they are. Then you have wines like this one, indecisive, wishy-washy even — they’re identities seem under-developed.

And not that there’s anything wrong with that, not necessarily. It’s just a completely different experience. Plus bottles like this one are good for giving you perspective to aid in the exploration of your palate and personal tastes.

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Ravenswood Zinfandel 2012

California
$8.99
Not like other Zins I’ve had that clobber you over the head with obvious heavy-handedness.

Make no mistake, Ravenwood Zinfandel packs a punch of dark fruity goodness but there’s a more nuanced brightness that rises out of the finish. I never understood what exactly it meant when a wine was described as “spicy.” I forget that the language used to describe wines is to be evocative, not literal.

In this Ravenswood Zin I came to better understand “spicy” as a tasting note — it’s more the sensation you feel in your mouth, it’s similar to when you eat spicy or peppery foods.

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La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2013

France
$7.99
I drank some while cooking. I drank a little more while I went ape shit vacuuming my molting dogs fur off of the sofa (like Magda in “Something About Mary”). I even had another little pour while sitting on the porch waiting for dinner.

It’s a pretty damn good and refreshing drinking wine that puts no strain on your debit card account.
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Dönnhoff Riesling 2012

Germany
Super Splurge Special Edition
$20-$25
Wy dog ate my homework. Or rather, I screwed up my “Wine School” assignment.

I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve been following Eric Asimov’s Wine School column in the New York Times so that I might gain wine knowledge that I hope gives me valuable perspective to aid in my search of good value wines.

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Fortant Grenache Rosé 2012

Pays d’oc, France
Splurge-y
$12.99
Yes, #porchtime #winetime has been like a battle cry for me this summer. And yes, that normally has accompanied a bottle of rosé.

Here’s a super blushy rose-petal pink wine that not only went nicely outside on the porch, but also inside with dinner. The salty and spicy fried rice with seitan benefitted greatly from the fresh and bright gulps of wine I drank with it.

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Borsao Granacha 2012

Borja, Spain
$6.99-7.99
While watching the battle of Blackwater on Game of Thrones (yes I’ve only just finished watching season two, my apologies) inspiration came from queen Cersei, who wouldn’t stop knocking back glass after glass of wine, demanding “more wine!” and barking orders at Sansa to “drink!” I guess the best way to deal with your fears of losing a battle that may result in things getting a little rape-y for the women is to get inebriated.

cerseidrink
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And so I decided I didn’t want to be left out of this fun. I popped open the bottle of the Granacha and settled in to get drunk with the sassy, bitchy, evil Queen Cersei. Speaking of bitches, I was taken back to Saturday nights hanging with my Atlanta crew. Miss those bitches.

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Domaine Bousquet Malbec Cabernet Rosé 2013

Mendoza, Argentina
Tupungato Valley
Splurge-y
$8.99
This super moon made me a super mess! Hay dios mio. It’s been no joke. After days of fitful sleep and dreams more action-packed than a Michael Mann flick I made a speedy exit from work on Friday, desperate for wine and porch time.

The rosé I bought a couple of weeks ago, before the family vacation cruise, was chilling in the fridge and screaming my name desperately like Leo in Titanic, “Rosé!”

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Airport wine bar epiphany

Special holiday edition
Nothing stops the Hood Somm! Even while busy running around the airport, headed for my family vacation aboard the cruise ship “The Allure of the Seas,” I industriously found the time to sniff out a wine bar at the United Airlines terminal at Newark international airport. What can I say, I work tirelessly for all you winos. Everything I do I do for, um, wine.

Vino Volo is pretty bougie little wine bar but it had a wine selection, and that was good enough for me at the time. The staff was friendly and the wines were served with coaster-like slips of paper that told me what I was drinking, its origin and a string of typical tasting notes verbiage.
vino volo

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