Take me to the wine section


Have been meaning to write about many wines over many months.  Finally getting to it.  So, here is a compilation. Hopefully you’ll head to the wine section to grab some.

A friend had this one open last week, Rosa de Arrocal, a nice Spanish wine. Such a deep red rose.  It’s made with tempranillo.  Some nice fruit notes, a tiny bit of rose (the flower) and then I could taste the tiniest, tiniest amount of bubble gum? That’s all I could place it as.  It was a phenomenal wine.  About $12.  I just love the color!

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Next, Peach Canyon (Increbible Red) Zinfandel, from Paso Robles, CA. Side note on that.  I was working a wine tasting the other day and was pouring a Zin. A guy had to ask if it was Red Zin. All Zin that is wine is red. White Zin is not a wine.  If you put the word red in front of the word Zinfandel we have a problem/I do not want to associate with you.

On this label they are just noting that this is an incredible red wine.  So, very nice Zin that pairs well with many foods.  Not too heavy, some nice berry notes and a tiny bit of smoke (one of my favorites in wine).  You can usually find it for between $12-$15.

Also in this shot is one of my favorite inexpensive whites, New Harbor Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.  Has those nice citrusy notes that NZ SBs are known for.  Also the great easy-access (as I like to call it) screw tops that NZ uses.  Fairly dry and a bit acidic in a good way.  Prices range from $7-$10 normally.

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Next…Shoofly Shiraz from South Australia.  A nice versatile Shiraz that can be enjoyed solo or with any food, really.  Lots or berries and spices on there.  Cost is around $12-$15.

Then the Silver Palm Chardonnay. This picture is from a couple months back and they have changed the look of their bottle recently.  I noticed that last weekend in the wine shop.  I’m not a big Chard fan, but did enjoy this one because it’s done in steel not oak. It’s crisp with some lemon and a bit of peach.  Price is around $15, give or take a few dollars.

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Next is Gavi Masera.  This nice Italian vino was enjoyed at my friend’s place pre-dinner, or shall I better say while her husband was preparing (an amazing-to-be dinner). A very light, fruity wine, perfect for a hot summer day.  All tastes in the wine were very light and the color of the wine, almost water-like. Price is mid-teens.

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Another new one was Rawson’s Retreat (yes that link does go to an Australian store, it’s like the US Total Wine). This was a Shiraz Cabernet, oddly enjoyed while eating Ethiopian food. This one is from Australia. Based on what varietals it is from, it had some nice berry notes to it and subtle spice.  It has been hard to find around DC.  I found it at a random grocery store I had been meaning to go into – Snider’s Super Foods – didn’t expect a grocery store in MD to sell wine!  Regardless, price is around $8-$10.

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Now, Smith & Hook.  Enjoyed this after a friend told me to pick the wine for dinner from the wine rack. This one is a Cabernet Sauvignon.  I got some nice fruit and a chocolaty ending.  Bring it on!  The cost…looks like it can be $15-$18.

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Such a kind answer from this wine.  A friend brought this to a party, the Denada Cellars Red Blend. She bought it at Trader Joe’s.  That means I need to cross the line into DC or VA.  Darn MD laws!  She said is was under $10. I give it fruit and leather.  Bring it on!

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Had some friends over and one brought a Vina Eguia Rioja.  Normally I don’t reach out to riojas but this one is now definitely on my list. There are so many notes and flavors bouncing around your mouth when you sip it that you just need to get some to try it out.  Price range is $14-$18 (it’s so funny seeing the differences online).

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Attended at Wine Wednesday at Whole Foods in Georgetown/Glover Park.  If you live in DC and you don’t know about this, tune in, as they don’t advertise it.  Every Wednesday from around 5-7pm, for $5 you get 5 wines and 5 food stations.  It is awesome!

So the great one there was Lolea Sparkling Red/Sangria.  They have it in ‘normal’ bottles but also in pocket size.  It was about $7 for the pocket size and was perfect to enjoy with food (after nibbling).  Tons of great fruit flavors and would have been even better on ice.

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Now onto ‘real’ sparkling red.  This one is Italian and very dry — Piria Paltrinieri. Minerally and acidic.  Unique, worth trying, but not your traditional sparkling red.  Around $20.

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And another…Bench Cab Sauv. Overall great taste.  Some cocoa, long finish.  So smooth.  Price is $25, per the bottle.

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Hope some of these caught your attention and you head to your wine store/wine section to pick them up.

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