2 bottles of red, a bottle of white…

Other than the fact that my count doesn’t match the Billy Joel song, it doesn’t only have to depend upon your appetite; come on.  There are so many factors to take into consideration.  Likes, dislikes, meal, mood, interest in new stuff, desperation?!

Anyway, I work wine tastings on the side and the past couple I’ve done have introduced me to some new vintners, which is something I quite enjoy.  I definitely have my favorites and normally stick to those — must expand!

The two reds were both Pinot Noirs from California, but very different.  The first was Frei Brothers in Russian River Valley.  Very light with the traditional fruit notes.  Would pair nicely with a salad or light/white meat or seafood.  Fruit would be great too, or why have food with it?  Come on.

The second Pinot was MacMurray Central Coast.  Very ‘thick’ for a Pinot.  Almost a light jam texture with some fig notes, maybe some cherries and light chocolate.  This could totally be paired with steak/heavier meat.  Loved it!  I picked one of these up before I left the store.  Both of these were around $20.

IMG_2887[1]Now the bottle of white I have recently added to my list (and wine rack) is the William Hill Sauvignon Blanc.  To me it screams grapefruit, which I love.  It’s definitely a citrus-laden wine.  Nice and crisp and runs $12-$14.

IMG_2908[1]Do you have any new wine finds?

Wild Horses

Over the past several months I have started a part-time job as a wine taster/pourer.  So, 1-2 times a week I get to go to a variety of locations and be that person who pours different wines for the customers to sample, while of course sampling them myself to be educated about them to properly inform the shoppers.  It’s a win-win situation — learn more about the wine and talk to people about it!  It occurred to me the other day — why don’t I write a blog about all my tastings?  It has to start sometime, right?

Ok, so Friday night I was doing a tasting for Wild Horse Winery, which is located in the Central Coast of CA.  Very nice, affordable wines.  I had 3 varietals.

1) Wild Horse Chardonnay.  Oaked, but not overkill on it.  Very smooth, green apple, pear and vanilla notes.  Perfect with fish.  Price is around $15-$18.

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2) Wild Horse Pinot Noir.  Light Pinot, smooth, had both fruit and earth notes, with some mushroom in there.  Pretty nice.  Would pair well with salmon, grilled vegetables, chicken.  Price is around $16-$20.  (for some reason they don’t have this one on their site).

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3) Wild Horse Chardonnay.  Hello happiness, where have you been?  The body, the flavor…cherry, berry, cocao.  WOW!  Wow.  Go find one, buy it, open it, drink it.  Would be great served with a pizza made on the grill or some steak.

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If you go pick any of these up or have had them in the past, let me know what you think.  Cheers!

 

 

Bring me my wine!

Over the past couple weeks, I have tasted some amazing new wines that I’m finally writing about.  They were great and I just want somebody to bring me more!  Or, I suppose I could just go to the store and buy some.

#1 Duetorri Pinot Noir. Italy.  Nice and fruity — cherries!  Mild tannins, light.  Affordable, too — about $10-$12/bottle.

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#2 Sarah’s Vineyard Pinot Noir.  Central Coast, CA.  Just amazing, amazing tastes.  That’s all that needs to be said.  About $30/bottle.

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#3 Antiche Tradizione Lambrusco Rosso IGP Sparkling Red.  Italy.  Love finding sparkling reds.  Just a good bubbly to have, could also pair it with a salad with grilled meat.  Can’t find the actual site with the info on it or more price info, but it was $10/glass.

 

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#4  Franciscan Estate Merlot.  Napa Valley, CA.  This DID NOT take like a Merlot in the least.  I don’t particularly enjoy Merlot and I would never have said that’s what this is.  I would have claimed it as a Pinot.  Dang!  This one is about $25/bottle.

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Have a great weekend of wine and please share any new ones you find and love!