Happy Wednesday! I went to a team building event last night where we threw axes in batting cages. It was so cool and such a different activity. I highly recommend going to the Axe Room in Denver if you are close and if not see if there is something available in your city.
Anyways back to the regularly scheduled program of wine which is a good one, I mean really good! A little back story on this wine is that G and I visited this Soter on a past trip to Oregon. The winery is so cool and really unlike anything that I have seen before. The property has about 4 or 5 houses on it and the main one is where you enter with a large great room and when the family who owns the wine lived there that was their living room/kitchen/family room. After you arrive and check in they bring your tasting group to a smaller house a few feet away and that is where you sit at a large table and do the tasting. These houses would have been the kids rooms. So each little house was actually an entire room for the kids and parents. It was such a cool idea and the property is beautiful.
Now for the wine. I had one taste and I was like WOW! This stuff is good! I had forgotten how good it was. It is so smooth with some dark cherries and cola taste. It is honestly the best red wine I have had!
Here are G’s notes: This is a great example of Pinot Noir from the Pacific Northwest. The nose brings notes of strawberry, rhubarb, cherry cola, flint and wet tobacco. The wine has light body with medium acidity. The palate follows through with tart cherry and cola. This is very well balanced wine that has plenty of fruit but also some earthy tones. Good wine for the price of $35.
We ended up purchasing this bottle at the vineyard but we have seen it Molly’s. If you see it at your local wine store I highly encourage you to pick it up.
Happy Wednesday! G and I are binge watching Shark Tank which is our favorite show, but I wanted to take a break and let you know about this weeks wine. We decided to go with Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Fun fact, G and I went to Napa about a year or so ago for a friends wedding and this was our last winery stop before we headed out. G gave me strict orders not to let him join another wine club and of course I went to the restroom and came back to find out that we were now members! So this is a bottle from one of their quarterly wine club shipments. It is on the pricer side at about $50 per bottle and you could probably find it at your local BevMo! or liquor store.
Anyways this bottle of wine was great! My thoughts were that it was really fruity and had a little funk or earth to the taste. I didn’t get much bitterness, so I don’t think that this wine would need to age any longer.
G thought that this was a fantastic Napa Valley Cab, but it will greatly improve with more cellar time (agree to disagree I guess). When he first tasted the wine right out of the bottle it was really closed off and there was not a lot going on. After decanting for an hour the wine started to open up and display notes of fresh red berries (raspberries, cranberries and blueberries) on the nose with hints of cedar, oak, dark cherry and vanilla. The wine is full bodied with plenty of French Oak and grippy tannins on the palate. The palate also displayed notes of blackberries, leather, earth and black pepper. While the wine was delicious, he will be saving his additional bottles of this vintage for at least 5-10 more years in the cellar and is looking forward to watching it develop and evolve over time.
Wednesday already! This week is flying by and am not mad about that. This week’s wine is brought to you by G. I feel like Wente has been in the rotation ever since I met him almost 10 (!) years ago. This cab gave be a strong berry flavor (dark red cherries, cranberries) with a hint of pepper. I really like this wine and it is a winner in my book. It also comes in at $12 a bottle which is insane! We picked this bottle up at Molly’s, but I am sure you could find it at your local grocery or liquor store as well.
We paired this with a delicious filet mignon that we picked up from where else, Trader Joe’s. I also made some green beans topped with honey roasted almonds and I think it was the perfect pairing for this wine.
This weeks Wine Wednesday was a special selection by G and it is the Field Stone Merlot. This is one of his go to wines when we want something good but at an even better price. This wine comes in at just under $20 and we were able to pick it up at Molly’s.
What I like about this wine is how smooth it is. Sometimes with red wine I get an almost sour taste that makes it hard to drink, but I don’t get that with this wine. In the nose I get chocolate and vanilla hints with some blackberry. With the taste I again get a berry flavor with a hint of vanilla that really smooths it out.
We paired this wine with some burgers and a salad and it was perfect. I highly recommend grabbing a bottle or two of this wine if you see it at your local liquor store.
I would link the website, however the label was recently purchased by Kendall Jackson and it looks like they took down their website and the tasting room in Sonoma is closed. I am not sure what this means for the label but hopefully Kendall Jackson will keep the Field Stone name and wines.
This week’s Wine Wednesday is brought to you by wine in a tube! I have never seen wine like this before, but it is so cool looking! My mom picked it up from Galco’s Old World Soda Shop in Los Angeles for $10 a tube. I decided to try out the Chateau Des Matards and it did not disappoint! It was really hearty and earthy and a red wine that I could get behind. It was complex with a fruity flavor on the front and a little spice on the end.
I highly recommend picking up some tube wine if you see it or are in the Los Angeles area and can stop by Galco’s. One tube equals one glass of wine and they are easy to transport if you are going somewhere that requires a glass of wine.
This week Wine Wednesday is about the Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine Bar in Rino. This place is literally walking distance from my house which means I am kicking myself for waiting 3 years to check it out! This is my face wondering why I have not checked this place out before!
This weekend we finally had some spring weather so G and I decided to go out on Friday night for a drink and dinner. We stopped into the IMT and were immediately asked by the bartender what we would like to drink. Their service was awesome! You can sample anything prior to ordering a full glass and they are super helpful in asking you questions to figure out what they think you might like best. G got the Cabernet Franc and I got the Sauvignon Blanc. Our bill was under $25 which is not too bad and on Monday’s they have all day happy hour!
We both agreed that the atmosphere was super relaxed and the dark lighting made it feel really chill, not stuffy winery vibes here. Will the wine win any awards, probably not, but it is perfect for a low key night. I would highly recommend checking out this wine or the winery if you are in the mood for some wine. They also have a food truck in case you get hungry.
Why have one when you can have two?! 🙂
For my outfit I kept it super casual, because A. That’s Denver and B. We were walking. Camo jacket that again I wore all weekend (similar one here), Jeans, t-shirt, shoes.
Welcome to the biggest Wine Wednesday yet! Today I am going to review the 5 liter bottle of Centine. G’s grandfather took us for a liquor run over the holidays and we spotted this bottle in the store on sale for just about $60. G’s grandfather graciously gave us this for Christmas and we have been waiting to break it out. We decided that a random Saturday night with friends was the perfect time.
We were a little worried that a bottle this size would lack in flavor but we were proven wrong. This Super Tuscan was delightful and an easy drinking, food friendly wine. While this wine will not go on to win awards for its incredible taste, it will certainly be a crowed pleaser. Several people commented that they were surprised that they enjoyed it as much as they did. A bottle this size is a fun and unexpected thing to bring to someones house which made it really fun and great for pictures. Do be warned that it is 6.667 regular sized bottles of wine so make sure you have a sizable group to help you drink it.
I always keep my eye out now for deals on these large bottles and I would encourage you to as well.
Happy Valentines Day! I hope you are doing something fun to celebrate and for this week’s Wine Wednesday I wanted to share an amazing Pinot Noir from Evesham Wood that could pair well with a little Valentines Day dinner.
This wine comes from Salem, Oregon and I found it to be very approachable. The winery was founded in 1986 and their new tasting cabin looks pretty dreamy if you ever find yourself in the area. If you do not know already, I am more of a white wine chick but I found this wine really enjoyable. I tasted some berries upfront and didn’t find it to be too bold or overpowering. It was a great dinner wine that is right around $25.
We paired this wine with our usual Saturday night salmon dinner with Brussels Sprouts and bread. I would highly recommend it!