So depressing to see all this wasted wine!
Cough syrup with codine?? Naturally, the answer is no wine. Unless you want to fall down immediately! Do I have to remind everyone not to drink alcohol with medicine? No, I didn’t think so.
I’m only posting this so you all won’t think I’ve abandoned this blog…have been sick and all the wines I’ve tasted lately have been “terrible”. But only in the fact that they didn’t taste good to me; so I didn’t think it would be fair to review them in any way. In the last two weeks I’ve opened merlot, syrah, gewürztraminer, and chardonnay, none of them tasting just right. And with all this warm weather in Los Angeles, I’ve been wanting to try a nice, crisp, Italian white wine but am afraid to because my taster is so off. I will admit I had a half a glass of some Sonoma chardonnay last night and it finally tasted better. I must be on the mend, yay!
Also, my CSW exam is in a few days, so all this studying has been making me thirsty! If you have any recommendations for a crisp Italian white, please send it along. I hope to post a regular review soon, cheers!
Love this informative back label!
I had this wine over the summer but never wrote anything down about it.So when I saw this at an upscale market recently for only $12, I grabbed this bottle.
The winery describes it as “bone dry” rosé and they are correct! Made with 100% pinot noir, this wine closely resemble many French rosés, which are often blends that do not include pinot noir. Deeper pink in color than other rosés, it had the similar strawberry aromas with spice. Almost floral, but not. Really nice wine, especially with all the ridiculously warm weather L.A. is having this “winter” month of January.
Love how they do the back label! This is the best back label I’ve seen, it has really useful information.That’s why I put their back label on this post as opposed to the front. That said, Toad Hollow has beautiful and unique artwork on their labels. You can read about it here. Love this informative back label!
I’m promoting this Society of Wine Educators exam date because only 3 of us have purchased seats! This is coming up soon, and if they don’t sell enough seats this exam will be canceled. Then I’d have to find another one in the Southern California area or Phoenix. It would be great not to have to go too far to take this test! I would like to take this before April 1, so if you are thinking about it at all, think about the February 21 test being held at Cal Poly Pomona. Thanks!
I wonder why they chose to spell out the vintage? Numbers are easier and faster to read. I like the tree though!
I was delighted to find this wine, because I had read about it somewhere. Ugh, now I don’t remember if I stumbled onto it online or in print, shoot! But I specifically wanted to try another wine from the Happy Canyon AVA. So far, I’ve had great wine from Happy Canyon!
This wine was a very pale gold, with a definite grapefruit aroma. On tasting, I still got citrus notes plus some melon. I thought this was a lovely sauvignon blanc, and very balanced. It’s a bit more than my usual value wines, I paid $21 at a fancy wine shop. But so worth it!
If you happen to be visiting Santa Barbara, you can go to their tasting room. I am hoping to try more of the Margerum wines soon, especially their rosé. I suppose I should go to Santa Barbara now…so many wine regions, so little time!
Nice label. But do they need the small one under the larger one? It gives the name of the vineyard. Maybe not necessary for this price point of bottle?
I’ve wanted to taste this label for a while, since I’ve never had any. And that’s just crazy, considering how much I like chardonnay! Wente was the first California winery to produce a wine labeled as chardonnay. They were the ones who brought the varietal to California and now many of the great vineyards are planted with the Wente Clone.
Their website gives a lot of detail about the vineyard and the clones they used to grow the chard gapes. Mostly barrel fermented, a small portion of the wine was fermented in stainless steel. Then the wine was aged for 8 months in oak. But that said this is not a heavily oak tasting wine. I got some tropical notes on the nose, and some citrus brightness. I had this wine with my neighbors and we all liked it! It has just enough oak to balance some of the minerality. Very nice wine and good value! I paid about $15 (on sale at Vons, normally about $20).
I’ll have to try some of their other wines soon. They have 4 different chards right now, and the other one I see in the grocery stores is the Morning Fog chard. Would love to taste them side-by-side. Maybe a trip to the Livermore wine region is in order too!
Not the best photo, but look how different the labels sit on the bottles. Interesting!
Sorry to make these so short these days. I haven’t been able to try many different wines lately, and have been very busy in my day job, so I had less time to focus on wines! Here are two short reviews.
Santa Cristina Toscana 2011
This is wine from the Antinori label…I remember years ago this brand was the house red at a fancy Italian restaurant if you ordered chianti. This bottle is 60 percent sangiovese and was a super smooth wine, with soft tannins. Would make a great choice for a pasta dinner. I was just sipping it and it was good that way too!
Ménage à Trois Chardonnay 2011
I hadn’t tasted this chard in years, so I was hesitant to try it. But the price was right and so I took it to my neighbor’s place one night. My neighbor really likes chardonnays that are oaky but she gave a thumbs up to this bottle. This chard has some oak but what I noticed was the citrus notes. A lovely pale golden wine, this was a very nice, balanced chardonnay. And a good value too! Bought at Vons for around $9.