Chateau Peyrassol, Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France, 2018

  Chateau Peyrassol, Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France, 2018 has a light pink color like wild salmon. The initial aromas of wild raspberry, pink grapefruit, juicy mandarin slices and fresh cut wild flowers.  Secondary aromas of slate after a spring rain, Meyer lemon and a freshly mowed lawn has your mind wandering back to the warmer days of the year spent relaxing on the deck.  The palate is treated to lively tart fruits and summer melons freshly cut and served chilled.  The mid palate fallows the palate to a short crisp finish. Chateau Peyrassol, Rosé is a blend of 46% Cinsault, … Continue reading Chateau Peyrassol, Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France, 2018

Hardwood Park, Christmas Pancakes

The cold weather brews are starting to show up on store shelves. I love to wait and see what brewers will cook up in their pots to hold us over until the springtime.  High alcohol wines are always welcome to warm bones coming in from the cold.  Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout is my go to beer for winter.  Big and malty and loaded with flavor and just enough punch to keep you warm. When I arrived in Richmond, VA people would talk about the “legendary” Hardywood Park Ginger Bread Stout (GBS) they released before Thanksgiving.  Even non beer drinkers would … Continue reading Hardwood Park, Christmas Pancakes

# Lou, Peyrassol, Cotes de Provence, 2018

# Lou, Peyrassol, Côtes de Provence, 2018 has the color of a pink rose in the glass.  The nose has aromas of bright summer berries: raspberry and strawberry, with some citrus highlights in the background.  The palate has a bright citrusy start with plenty of mandarin orange and some pineapple as well.  Tart raspberry and wild strawberry balance out the flavors with nice acidity to round out the smooth mouth feel. # Lou, Peyrassol is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 20% Rolle, each grape is pressed and vinified separately and blended to finish 3 months in stainless … Continue reading # Lou, Peyrassol, Cotes de Provence, 2018

Brooklyn Brewery, Black Chocolate Stout

Most beer lovers have a favorite brew that is only available for a certain season for a limited run. When it is gone? You are out of luck until then next year’s release.  Sure you can stock up a little, but most seasonal beers are meant to be drunk right away, not to be held for too long.  Other special beers are meant to be drunk now and some saved for the future like a fine wine. Brooklyn Brewery, Black Chocolate Stout, 10.0%abv. is inky black with a dark tan head.  The amazing nose brings notes of dark roasted malt, hot … Continue reading Brooklyn Brewery, Black Chocolate Stout

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Director’s Cut, Cinema, Sonoma, CA 2017

Francis Ford Coppola, Directors’s Cut, Cinema, Sonoma, CA, 2017 is opaque garnet red in the glass.  Intense aromas hit the nose with dark cherry, cassis, cigar box and lightly toasted oak and cinnamon.  That palate is greeted with mouth puckering tannins with flavors of tart cherry, juicy wild strawberry, currants, dark chocolate and some smoky oak.  The Coppola Director’s Cut Cinema is a big juicy wine that fills the palate.  The tannins start strong and remain firm but more forgiving as the wine opens up.  The finish has a pleasing tart finish and brings the wine full circle. The Director’s … Continue reading Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Director’s Cut, Cinema, Sonoma, CA 2017

Skipper’s Creek Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, 2018

Skipper’s Creek Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Powhatan, VA, 2018 has a medium garnet red in the glass. Aromas of raspberry, sweet red pepper, blackberry and boysenberry greet the nose and excite the palate for what is to come with the first sip.  The palate is rewarded with rich blueberry, tart red cherry, blackberry, and sweet red pepper.  The Skipper’s Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc is bursting full of flavor, with a medium finish and light smooth tannins, bright acidity creeps in mid palate and brings the wine into harmony on the finish.  Your mouth is eagerly awaiting its next sip. Skipper’s Creek Vineyard … Continue reading Skipper’s Creek Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, 2018

Il Borro, Toscana, 2015

Thanksgiving is the most American celebration we have.  Early settlers helped by the natives of the new land to survive the upcoming harsh winter that was quickly approaching   A coming together with the most helpful and celebratory activity planned that has survived for centuries.  Only one event can be so powerful, dinner.  Not just any dinner, but one that featured the bounty of the season with a wide variety of food and drink that still features a seasonal meal to make other holiday meals pale in comparison.  The menu may have changed throughout the years, but the bringing together of … Continue reading Il Borro, Toscana, 2015

Marina Cvetic, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Reserva, 2016

Marina Cvetic, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Reserva, 2016 has an opaque inky garnet color.  The intense nose leaves you dreaming of warm summer day in the hills surrounding Abruzzo, wild red flowers, strawberries along a roadside with hints of fresh tar just paved with tart dark cherries.  The palate is filled with dark fruit, blackberry, black cherry mixed with tart red berries and nice acidity and well rounded tannins.  The mouth feel is full from start to finish.  The crisp acidity leaves your palate wanting another sip. Marina Cvetic, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Reserva, 2016 is produced by Masciarelli in vineyards surrounding Abruzzo, which … Continue reading Marina Cvetic, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Reserva, 2016

Oktoberfest beers part 2

With Oktoberfest going on for a few more days over in Munich, here are a couple more Oktoberfest beers tasted on this side of the Atlantic. Harpoon Brewing Company, Boston, MA, 5.3%abv. is slightly darker than traditional Oktoberfest beers, more of a copper color than caramel.  The nose has beautiful aromas of sweet roasted malt, buttered popcorn and some clove, vanilla and allspice.   The palate has that roasted malt upfront without too much sweetness.  There is still buttered popcorn and some of those spices in the background lending a full round mouth feel.  The Harpoon Oktoberfest is truly delicious, slightly … Continue reading Oktoberfest beers part 2

Marques de Murrieta, Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2015

has a deep garnet red color.  From the first whiff you can tell this is a classic old world wine. Rioja wines have this unique mustiness, not in a bad way, that let you know you are drinking a special wine whose aromas and characteristics have survived the test of time.  Aromas of violets and plums emerge from rich soil that grows the spectacular grapes that give life to this wine.  As the Marques de Murrieta, Reserva opens, more smells emerge, toasted oak, vanilla, dark cherry and strawberry.  The palate has more happiness awaiting it.  The mouth experiences some of that … Continue reading Marques de Murrieta, Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2015