Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Sniff Test

Last night, after rinsing our glasses and drying them with a paper towel, I did my usual sniff-test to be sure no residual smells were there. How curious to pick up a distinct aroma of cedar. Turns out it came … Continue reading

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Drink your absolute favorite wine. Drink wine that makes you happy. Drink the wine that was so delicious you couldn’t even talk about it, you had to just go “man” or “oh, wow.” Drink wine that makes you feel grateful … Continue reading

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WONDERFUL: An evening of wine tasting: Bell Wine Cellars, with Anthony Bell presenting. At Wine & Cheese Gallery, Gainesville, FL.

On November 15, we experienced a wonderful wine tasting featuring six wines from Bell Wine Cellars in Yountville, Napa Valley, presented by the winemaker himself. Anthony Bell presented a fun and informative evening, offering us a “sense of place” indeed … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve “Summation,” White Wine Blend (33% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Viognier, 15% Chardonnay, 9% Semillon, 6% Roussanne, 6% Pinot Blanc, 2% White Riesling, 2% Muscat Canelli), California, 2009. 13.5% ABV. $11.99, available for $9.99.

Sometimes my love and I surprise each other with a new wine and the “Guess!” game. The winner gets one of his or her wishes granted. When I first sniffed this beauty, I confidently said, “Chardonnay.” But as soon as … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Chalone Vineyard, 2007 Merlot, Monterey County. 13.5% ABV. Around $12, available for as little as $7.34.

When we dined out recently (Mesa de Notte, Ocala, FL,, we were pleasantly surprised by the wine list. In fact, TWO Chalones (Merlot and Chardonnay) were on the wine list, along with a Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, … Continue reading

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Now you can honestly say you’ve had just one glass of wine! :-)

Now you can honestly say you’ve had just one glass of wine! 🙂 From Wilson Winery.

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HaHa! From Cline Cellars.

This weekend we greatly enjoyed the 2009 Cline Zinfandel (California). Stay tuned for a review. 🙂 We also enjoyed a Cline 2008 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) several months ago, also excellent. Frankly, everything they produce looks appealing!

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Wine Guerrilla: The Art and Soul of Zinfandel. Three wines reviewed.

This week, we sipped our way through a flight of Wine Guerrilla wines: two Zinfandels, and Rebel Cru, a red blend. While most wines are like a good short story, these wines proved to be novellas. They opened with a … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: 14 Hands 2009 “Hot to Trot” red blend (“red varieties including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot”), Washington state. Alcohol 13.5% ABV. $11; available for as little as $7.99.

In honor of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup series of races at Churchill Downs, we are reviewing one more horsey wine and celebrating the centuries-old great global tradition of horse racing. Back in the day, people expressed the measurement of a … Continue reading

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