Jul 01 2015

June 2015 VA Wine Chat with Early Mountain Vineyards

June 2015 VA Wine Chat

June’s Virginia Wine Chat saw Frank at Early Mountain Vineyards in Central Virginia, where he got to spend time with both the outgoing and incoming winemakers as he walked us through three of their selections. We actually have video this month, so be sure to check it out below as there was, as always, a great conversation being had.

Our three wines for the night were: the 2014 Rose’, the 2014 Pinot Gris, and the 2013 Foothills. Before diving into the individual wines I want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed all three of these, and they’re all a great value at sub-$30, so it’s definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area to check them out.

Ok, now on to the wines.

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Jun 24 2015

Unexpected Wines from Napa with Karen MacNeil

Sip With Karen Napa Tasting

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Twitter tasting hosted by Karen MacNeil and featuring six unexpected wines from Napa – four whites and two reds. All in all I really enjoyed this tasting, in large part because the discussion on Twitter (under the tag #SipWithKaren) was great – lots of good questions, opinions, and interactions.

So, what about the wines?

2014 Artesa Albarino – $28 (SRP)

100% Albarino with aromas of pear, lemon, and honeysuckle. Briny in the mouth with a nice, balanced acidity. This would be a nice aperitif on a hot day, or something to pair with shellfish such as oysters.

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Jun 08 2015

2014 Maschio Prosecco Brut Treviso DOC

2014 Maschio Prosecco

Varietal:  100% Glera
Region:  Veneto РItaly
Cost:  $13 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes: ¬†Color: Light straw yellow with a lively froth. Bouquet: White peach and orange blossoms. Taste: Fruit forward, with peach and almond flavors. Food Pairing: As an aperitif or as an ideal match with fish, fresh fruit and pastries. Serve chilled at 42-56ňöF.

My Review: ¬†Well, this is long overdue. I don’t know that it’s ever taken me this long to get around to opening a bottle of bubbles in my house – we’re big fans of it here. But, for some reason or another, this bottle has been sitting in my small wine cooler just waiting to be opened and poured into a glass. This weekend, I got around to obliging it.

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Jun 05 2015

May 2015 Virginia Wine Chat – Northern Neck Wines

May 2015 VA Wine Chat

Last Thursday was the return of Virginia Wine Chat (Frank took April off). This time our intrepid host was in the Northern Neck, sampling wines from Dog & Oyster, General’s Ridge, and Good Luck Cellars. As is usual, there was a great conversation at the winery (check out the video embedded below*), and on Twitter (check out the hashtag #VAWineChat).

2013 Dog & Oyster “Oyster White” –¬†$25 SRP

Made with 100% Chardonel grapes, this wine featured pear and green jolly rancher flavors with a tart start and and a surprising roundness on the finish given that the wine was fermented in stainless steel – even more surprising with the golden color of the wine. The wine also featured a bit of saltiness on the finish that I think would make it pair wonderfully with some oysters.

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May 27 2015

2013 Erasmio Moschofilero Mantinia

2013 Erasmio Moschofilero Mantinia

Varietal:  Moschofilero; Fileri
Region:  Mantinia РGreece
Cost:  $15.50

Winemaker’s Notes: ¬†Made from the highly-acclaimed Moschofilero grape grown on the Mantinia Plateau (elevation 2,000 feet), this has a lovely nose of honeysuckle, rose petals, grapefruit and spice. It has mouthwatering, fruity, floral flavors with a lively acidity, gripping minerality.

My Review: ¬†Thanks to the various tastings and events that I get to attend courtesy of this site, I’ve had the opportunity to try some Greek wine. While it hasn’t been much, what I have tried I’ve enjoyed, so when I was recently given some gift cards to Total Wine by a client, I took the opportunity to try out some new and interesting wines – the 2013 Erasmio Moschofilero Mantinia being a prime example.

I picked up this wine because of the description on the tag at Total Wine, which sounded like nothing so much as Sauvignon Blanc to me which, as you know, I enjoy quite a bit, especially this time of year.

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May 18 2015

2013 Fontana Candida Terre Dei Grifi Frascati DOC

2013 Fontana Candida Terre de Grifi Frascati

Varietal:  50% Malvasia Bianca di Candia; 30% Trebbiano Toscano; 10% Greco; 10% Malvasia del Lazio
Region: Lazio, Italy
Cost:  $13 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes:¬†Color: Clear and brilliant yellow with soft green shades. Bouquet: Delicate fragrance of exotic fruits and citrus. Taste: Dry and soft, with exotic fruit and a touch of ripe pear and almonds on the finish.¬†Ideal as an aperitif or with Caesar salads, avocado based starters, fish, veal and chicken as well as Thai and Indian food.

My Review: ¬†I’ll admit that most of my early experience with Italian whites was focused around Pinot Grigio – as I’m sure most of ours was. That’s why I was interested to try an Italian white that features exactly zero Pinot Grigio.

In the glass the wine was quite light with hints of green when held up to the light. On the nose I picked up soft notes of citrus and white flowers, but nothing terribly overwhelming. In the mouth the wine was dry, crisp, and refreshing, with flavors of pear and apple, with a nuttiness that came out in the finish that I enjoyed.

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