Spooky, the beer I want for Halloween

It is that time of year once again. Strolling down the beer aisle, one six pack next to the next six they are lined up down the row. Pumpkin Ales! Every year I pick up a dozen or so to taste and write about and every year more appear, but follow the same formula. Sure some may stand out more than others and you might have a second one by that brewery, but my palate just gets too tired. The better name for these beers would be pumpkin pie beers. Malty, but too sweet and pumpkin pie spiced, I mean … Continue reading Spooky, the beer I want for Halloween

Susana Balbo, Crios, Rosè of Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018

has a bright pink color in the glass. Aromas of summer peaches, ripe nectarines, sweet honeydew melon backed with dying slate get you palate revved up for the delicious wine heading its way. Ripe strawberries fill the palate up front followed with tart tropical fruit and some mandarin orange. The Susana Balbo, Crios, Rosè of Malbec has a medium finish with some nice acidity to round out the palate. Susana Balbo, Crios, Rosè of Malbec is drinkable from the first warm days of spring to the summer days winding down to autumn. This is definitely meant to be drunk on … Continue reading Susana Balbo, Crios, Rosè of Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018

Susana Balbo, Crios, Torrontés, Argentina, 2018

Susana Balbo, Crios, Torrontés, Cafayate (Salta), Vallee de Uco (Mendoza), Argentina, 2018 is light yellow and tinged with green hues. The Summery nose reflects fresh juicy Georgia peaches, tropical lychee, Mandarin oranges and wild flowers. Secondary aromas of minerals and fresh cut grass keep the images of a warm summer afternoon fresh in the mind. Those juicy peaches, lychee and Mandarin burst out onto the palate, and while these fruits might may you think sweet, the minerals, lemon peel and crisp acidity make the Susana Balbo, Crios, Torrontés drink pleasantly dry. The Susana Balbo, Crios, Torrontés is best enjoyed with … Continue reading Susana Balbo, Crios, Torrontés, Argentina, 2018

A duo of wines to take on your next picnic. Make sure to ride your bicycle to the picnic!

Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2018 is pale yellow in the glass. The nose is filled with pleasing aromas of lemon-lime citrus, summer peaches, wild flowers and tangerines. The palate starts out with a blast of citrus that melts in crisp Granny Smith apple, pineapple, and peach and backed with minerals. The citrus notes bring in nice acidity that rounds out the palate and leaves your mouth ready for the next sip. With the Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Cono Sur salutes the bicycle that powers workers through the vineyards keeping Cono Sur’s carbon footprint to a minimum. The … Continue reading A duo of wines to take on your next picnic. Make sure to ride your bicycle to the picnic!

Bike to the river for a picnic with Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2018

Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2018 is pale yellow in the glass. The nose is filled with pleasing aromas of lemon-lime citrus, summer peaches, wild flowers and tangerines. The palate starts out with a blast of citrus that melts in crisp Granny Smith apple, pineapple, and peach and backed with minerals. The citrus notes bring in nice acidity that rounds out the palate and leaves your mouth ready for the next sip. With the Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Cono Sur salutes the bicycle that powers workers through the vineyards keeping Cono Sur’s carbon footprint to a minimum. The … Continue reading Bike to the river for a picnic with Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2018

Hop on your bike for a picnic and take along this wine Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot, Chile, 2017

Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot, Chile, 2017 is dark ruby red with a fine purple corona. Intense aromas of ripe plums, seasonal blackberries and tart wild strawberries hit the nose first. Secondary aromas of fresh cut grass, dark cacao, minerals and toasted oak barrel mix with the fruit as the smells merge. The palate bursts with tart cherry, plum, wild strawberry and red raspberry.   The fruit is quickly restrained by a firm balance of minerals, dark chocolate and fine acidity to round out the palate nicely. Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot would be great for red meat. A … Continue reading Hop on your bike for a picnic and take along this wine Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot, Chile, 2017

La Crema Trio to stock up for summer sipping

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018 has a brilliant light salmon color. Vibrant citrus aromas greet the nose; Spanish mandarins, Meyer lemon, grapefruit and some tropical pineapple as well. Minerals and wild flowers that tease the mouth on what’s to come next back these fruit aromas. The first sip brings intense citrus flavors of lemon and orange with pink grapefruit and Sicilian blood orange. Other fruits contribute to the full mouth feel of this rosé, especially Honey Kissed Melon, wild strawberries and pineapple. The minerals and wild flowers take a back seat to the fruit on the palate … Continue reading La Crema Trio to stock up for summer sipping

La Crema, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA, 2017

La Crema, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA, 2017 has a bright golden-yellow hue in the glass. The nose is hit upfront with such pleasant aromas such as tangerine, key lime, pineapple, mango with hints of wild flowers and a slight minerality in the background. That palate is treated to lush tropical fruits and a full mouth feel. Craig McAllister, wine maker, uses well-chosen barrel aging and malolactic fermentation that leads to a creamy richness that balances the fruit nicely. The overall flavors come full circle with some pleasing acidity coming in at the finish. It is very rare to find a winemaker … Continue reading La Crema, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA, 2017

Is this the Best Prosecco out there? Bianca Vigna, Prosecco, San Pietro Di Feletto

, IT is bright sparkling yellow in the glass with a steady flow of fine bubbles rising to the top. Aromas of yellow delicious and Granny Smith apples first hit the nose followed by tropical pineapple with lemon peel rounding out the nose. The palate is filed with ripe summer peaches mixed with tangy apples and minerals as the tiny bubbles tingle your tongue. The tropical pineapple appears mid palate and this sparkler has a rich creaminess not often found in other Proseccos. Bianca Vigna, Prosecco is richer, creamier and smoother than most Proseccos and its full mouth feel keeps … Continue reading Is this the Best Prosecco out there? Bianca Vigna, Prosecco, San Pietro Di Feletto

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018 has a brilliant light salmon color. Vibrant citrus aromas greet the nose; Spanish mandarins, Meyer lemon, grapefruit and some tropical pineapple as well. Minerals and wild flowers that tease the mouth on what’s to come next back these fruit aromas. The first sip brings intense citrus flavors of lemon and orange with pink grapefruit and Sicilian blood orange. Other fruits contribute to the full mouth feel of this rosé, especially Honey Kissed Melon, wild strawberries and pineapple. The minerals and wild flowers take a back seat to the fruit on the palate … Continue reading La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018