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Twitter Tasting with Columbia Crest and Thirsty Girl!

10 Oct

Weddings, and planning, and working oh my!  Now it’s back to my therapy and my passion – wine!

To pick up wine blogging again, I am participating in a twitter tasting with Thirsty Girl {here} and Columbia Crest {here} tonight @ 5 pm PT/ 8 pm ET.  Winemaker Juan Muñoz Oca and Head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco will also be joining in on the fun so be sure to follow #TGTASTE and come tweet!

We will be tasting the following wines:

  • Columbia Crest 2010 Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay
  • Columbia Crest 2010 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Columbia Crest 2010 Horse Heaven Hills Les Chevaux Red Blend

Twitter User names to follow! 
Wine: @ColumbiaCrest (http://twitter.com/columbiacrest)
Moderating: @beathirstygirl (https://twitter.com/#!/beathirstygirl)
Special Guest: @lesliesb for Leslie Sbrocco (https://twitter.com/lesliesb)
Yours truly: @winepugnyc.com (https://twitter.com/winepugnyc)

**This twitter tasting is a promotion and I received these wines in order to participate – http://cmp.ly/2

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‘Tasting’ in Tribeca

24 Apr

Tribeca, an iconic, historic and truly authentic part of New York City that houses countless ‘impossible to get into’ restaurants yet also offers those hidden gems that are a bit more accessible, was the perfect atmosphere to kick off the week that takes over this magnificent area – The Tribeca Film Festival.  A dear friend and I celebrated the start of the festival like all great wine lovers do – with the Spring Walk Around Tasting at the renowned and celebrated Tribeca Grill.  With an impeccable wine list “one of only seven in New York that has been selected by Wine Spectator to receive a Grand Award” and a wonderful atmosphere, we had a fabulous time catching up and sipping coveted wines from the likes of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Stags Leap, Nicolas Feuillatte and more! Did you know that Tribeca Grill has a ‘raw space’ for fun events like these?  I didn’t, but now I do and am definitely going to keep my eye out for other great events that they offer. Some favorites to kick us off into Spring are below! 

Cheers and enjoy the rest of the Festival!

Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot 2008 – Not a Merlot fan, but this might have transformed me.  How does a fruitful taste with a hint of caramel to smooth out the edges sound? Pretty darn good!

Antica Chardonnay 2009 – Such an impressive Chardonnay with delicate fruit, great ‘minerality’ and a smooth yet vibrant finish!

   

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose – It was rated 92 pts by Wine Spectator for a reason!  The lightweight Brut Rose was elegantly fruity and dry with notes of orange and hints of raspberry. A fabulous Rose to share at your fabulous dinner party or any special celebration.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Heaven Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – Honeysuckle flavors and sweetness, such a wonderful transitional wine for Spring to Summer.

  


Tribeca Grill Spring Wine Walk-Around April 16th!

4 Apr

Picture from Gilt City

On Gilt City today one of my favorite restaurants in NYC is offering an amazing wine tasting offering on April 16th at the Tribeca Grill! 

Check out the offer {here}

Offer includes: 
One ticket to the Spring Wine Walk-Around at Tribeca Grill on April 16 from 5:30 – 7:30PM
20% off any wine on the 1,900 bottle Wine Spectator Grand award-winning list with dinner in the main dining room

Harbor Cruisin’, Harbor Tastin’!

21 Sep

As the weeks have been moving at the blink of an eye and the days are filled with mostly work and some play… I have yet to find the time to write this post or even pick out a good bottle of wine!  Well here is something that will kill two birds with one stone and will make your life a whole lot easier when trying to find that perfect (and impressive) Chardonnay or Rose for your dinner party and you just don’t have the time to walk through the libraries of wines in your liquor store!

It was Labor Day weekend and after a hard earned work week our hardest decision for the weekend was what to toast with to celebrate the end of the Summer and the welcoming of Fall!  Since it could be considered a transitional holiday from light whites to heavier reds as the weather gets colder, we tried something in the middle – ROSE!  So, what rose are we going to drink?  A good question that has a very strategic answer… Tastingroom.com to the rescue!

 

An on the boat tasting experience that led us to the most important decision of the weekend!  What did we go with?  The infamous 2010 Swanson Rosato paired nicely with a surf and turf of baked stuffed lobster and steak!  A great solution for saving money and time on what to drink! Simply go online follow directions, pick the sampler you want (which there are a number of different offerings), wait for it to be delivered, try it and buy it (with a savings)!  What a wonderful experience that made the wine picking process that much more fun!

Tell me how you choose your wines before you invest in something you haven’t tried?  I hope you have this much fun in doing so!

Rioja – Pepper, Spice and All Things Nice!

16 Aug

With a unique portfolio of over 100 Spanish wines, Ole Imports has taken pride in their journey to find and represent fine wines through key fundamental elements of: terroir, quality fruit, exceptional wine making and priceless value.  I was lucky enough to try some of their finest sought after wines from the Rioja region and hosted a Rioja Wine Tasting Event on my dear friend’s wonderful terrace under a remarkable sunset looking over the city that never sleeps, New York City.  By the end of the night lips were purple, all were dancing, and everyone was completely happy! My, what an effect an exploration into the Rioja world has!

I set up the tasting with a variety of cheeses to pair, wine crackers to cleanse the palate, and some carrots and hummus to munch on.   The tasting went from light to dark and I started off with a bubbly to get everyone in the mood! Since many of us had not experienced wines from this region, I decided not to do a blind tasting but walk everyone through the tasting process and education of each wine.

So please, step inside this magnificent region of spice and submerge yourself into what you are about to read.  I advise you to grab a glass of Rioja yourself and enjoy!

RIOJA WINE TASTING EVENT

Wine #1 Casteller Cava Brut N/V
Grape: Parellada, Macabeo, Xarello
Tasting Notes: Dry, clean and crisp, citrus, hints of green apple
Quotes: “Smoother than other sparkling wines, not too sweet or too bubbly, very drinkable and delicious!”, “Smells like a fun CELEBRATION”, “REFRESHING”, “Great drinking sparkling wine!”

Wine # 2 Bodegas El Indiano El Brozal Blanco 2009 (Single Vineyard)
Grape: Tempranillo, Granacha
Tasting Notes: Biodynamic wine with great tannic structure, dry, and filled w/ spice.
Quotes: “Acidic/Bitter”, “Unexpectedly tart” “Could be good wine for Sangria”, “Buttered Popcorn taste?”

Wine #3 Cortijo Rioja Blanco 2010
Grape: Viura
Tasting Notes: Sweet on the palate, nectar flavors
Quotes: “Delicious, fruity yet light” “Great Value”, “Appley”, “Color is similar to a sugar cookie” “Fruity with a twist, LOVE”, “Great with cheddar cheese”

Wine #4 Cortijo Rioja Rosado 2010
Grape: Tempranillo, Granacha
Tasting Notes: Citrus, full of fruits, a bit tannic, very delicious and refreshing
Quotes: “Bold berries”, “Amazing taste”, “Might be great for Sangria”, “Very refreshing for summer or spring!”

Wine #5 Don Sancho Londono 2008 ‘Calma’
Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano
Tasting Notes: peppery, dark cherry, mocha, tannins for a strong finish
Quotes: “Best wine of the tasting”, “Tastes a bit licoricey”, “Amazing with goat cheese”, “A classic Spanish wine”, “Relaxing and great to sip on”, “Peppery and spicy”

Wine #6 Bodegas El Indiano El Brozal 2009 (Single Vineyard)
Grape: Tempranillo, Syrah
Tasting Notes: Spice, peppery, tannin that grips the finish
Quotes: “Very rich”, “My favorite”, “Big and bold, “Love this one, this is what I think of when I think of Rioja”, “Deep Finish”, “This was amazing with the dark chocolate”

            

Wow, that was intense! As you can see lots of spice, pepper, citrus, and drinking wines capture some of the Rioja region.  A very lovely night of tasting fine wines from Ole Imports turned all of these wonderful ladies in to regulars.  I am already getting questions about the wines we tasted and where to find them to buy for house warming gifts! 

Thank you Ole Imports and thank you to my wine lovers for participating in this fabulous tasting!

Off Roading in Sonoma – Day 3: Detour to Napa

25 Jul

As I have said before in “Swanson Vineyards, My Obsession” Swanson Vineyards has a certain aura about it that just rubs me and I’m sure all of its followers the absolute RIGHT way!

On our third day of our wine extravaganza we made one last stop in Napa to Swanson Vineyards where all of the magic that I saw in the brand and on the bottles came to life before my eyes. It started with a special tasting for 10 people sitting around a round table in their magnificent and very intimate Sip Shoppe (a lovely Victorian room with a formal tasting), listening to tales from the charismatic proprietor Clarke Swanson himself and getting to know the 10 strangers around us sipping on the finest wines the vineyard had to offer. Not only were we in the finest most fabulous room with an amazing ambience we were also tasting Swanson wines with a gracious plate filled with fine cheeses, caviar and the world’s best chocolate. It was something I can’t even describe so I hope my photos do it justice. This is a MUST when visting wine country – we were focused on Sonoma but had to carve out a day to spend at Swanson. We then went to a wonderful lunch at the most elegant Bouchon Bistro in downtown Yountville, CA with Mr. Clarke Swanson and continued our discussion about wines and other fun ideas about his delicious and famous Merlot! P.S. I’m not a merlot lover, but this is a kind Merlot that turns around the non-lovers!

To see “Off Roading in Sonoma – Day Two” click HERE

Moon Mountain Cabernet Franc – Delightful

21 Apr

My first pick from the Moon Mountain Vineyard Finest 2006 Reds Sample Case was a Cabernet Franc Estate Grown 2006 from Sonoma Valley.  I have never tried a Cabernet Franc by itself as I’ve always enjoyed the varietal blended in with a nice bordeaux.  I was extremely excited to open this bottle and was VERY pleasantly surprised!  The verdict – an amazing sipping wine that is casual yet very elegant in taste with it’s smooth finish and very luscious berries. Apologies for using the word “luscious” too often in this post however, it is the perfect word to describes the dark fruits that make up the taste of this wine.  Cab Franc – a great start to my exploration of Moon Mountain reds!

Tasting:

Smells of darker fruits plums, blackberries, and violets. In taste, plum, blackberry, smooth with tannins, very smooth mouthfeel. The luscious fruits most definitely stand out in this evenly complex wine. A very nice wine that you could sip on for hours.

Compared to a Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc has a slightly less tannic taste and tends to be much smoother.  Cabernet Sauvignon’s usually have a stronger finish with a much bolder taste.  Franc adds a nice balance of fruit and has that bold taste that is not too overpowering.

Notes from Wine Maker Carol Wilson:

High on the rugged Sonoma side of Mount Veeder, our volcanic soils, warm sun and cooling nighttime breezes are ideal for Bordeaux-style varietals.  They develop rich, complex flavors and deep color.  Cabernet Franc is ideally suited for out rocky hillside Estate Vineyard.  In the bright sunlight above the fog-shrouded valley, struggling mountain vines concentrate the ripe luscious flavors of each precious cluster.  We farm our Estate vineyard with intensive methods, producing the purest fruit to organic standards.

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