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Amber Falls Cajunfest

This is a fun Tennessee wine to drink with hamburger or Pizza and other spicy foods.  This is not a wine you will drink every day but once in a while it’s fun. 

Per Amber Falls website:

This fun wine, a sweet red blend of Concord, Chambourcin and Chancellor grapes, is infused with Cajun spices. Sweet on the front palate, it has a warm and delicious lingering finish. This singular wine is truly one of a kind and unforgettable. Without a doubt, it brings out the festival in any occasion!



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Natchez Hills Sauvignon Blanc

The 2015 vintage has a nice melon overtones. Very easy to drink after a long day in the office and gym. 

This is from a Tennessee winery so your going to have to look harder to find it. You won’t be disappointed. 

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Left Hand Brewery-Wake Up Dead

This is an intense stout at 10.2% alcohol. Nice overtones of coffee and maple. Perfect for cool evenings and those Friday nights starting the weekend.  Worth trying out one evening. 

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SmuttyNose Brewery Visit

Had a wonderful time today at Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton NH. Wonderful people and excellent products. All the beers I tasted were full of flavor and very full body.  Smuttynose is not available in all areas but worth checking out. If your in the New England Area its worth the drive.

Just for quick notes, the Smuttlabs: Baja Noodle was a suprise. I did not think a chilli beer would be that interesting. Mixed with the Baltic Porter for a wonderful blend.

The Baltic Porter was a full body deep dark beer, just the way I like them. Tons of coffee flavors.

The Kindest Find, Chestnut Saison, Really Old Brown Dog, and the Daily Brett are all excellent beers to enjoy.

For now lets just say you wont go wrong with any of them.

You can look up Smuttynose Brewing Company at http://www.smuttynose.com/

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Wine Tasting 101 and J Sparking Wines

Welcome back to Tasting Notes Radio, today we are going to cover a number of subjects.  First off we are going to go back to wine tasting 101 and talk about how to taste wine.  Then we are going to look at the differences between Champagne and Sparkling wines. Finally we are going to talk about two fantastic Sparkling Wines from J Vineyard and Winery out of Healdsburg California.

There are two ways to taste wine, and in my opinion both are correct.   And both have their place out there. Let’s start with the more complex style.

  1. Pour the wine into a wine glass. Now for you who have trouble with this, this means no Styrofoam, plastic, or mason jars. This is a glass shaped like a bowl, and in most cases has a stem running off the bottom. Fill the glass about 1/3 of the way up.
  2. Place it to your nose and smell the aromas
  3. Now swirl the glass in your hand. It is not uncommon for someone to swirl it by placing the base on a table top and moving it in a circular motion. Also be very very careful doing this while next to someone you’re trying to impress or wearing white.
  4. Bring the glass again to your nose and smell the aromas that have opened up. Really get your nose into the glass
  5. Now drink a little, holding it in your mouth
  6. Swirl it around so all your taste buds experience it.
  7. Now with the wine still in your mouth suck a little air in over the top of your mouth. This will help you get the full flavor. It also can give you an idea of how much alcohol is in the wine by the intensity of the heat
  8. Now if you’re drinking is the time to swallow it. If you taste a large number of wines, you might want to spit it out into a container. This is a very acceptable practice at tasting rooms and wineries around the world

Now the less complex way to taste wine

  1. Again pour about 1/3 of a glass with wine in it.
  2. Now take the mouthful you want
  3. Swallow
  4. Let’s face it sometimes we just get too fancy and forget, it’s just grape juice.

Be as complex as you really want to be.  However if you start doing the more complex style too much, before long you will find yourself doing it with everything in a glass. I caught myself once swirling a glass of Coke, and even a beer or two. Trust me …weird looks from people.

Enjoy the wine, that’s the most important part of it all.

champagne-department-mapBefore we get started let’s talk about the term Champagne and Sparkling Wine. Simply put all Champagne is Sparkling Wine. However all Sparkling Wine is not Champagne. The simple difference is Champagne, must come from the Champagne region which is about 90 miles outside of Paris.  Most wineries acknowledge this and call their wine by the accurate title. In the United States this is something that is not enforced and you will see wines called Chablis, Champagne, and Burgundy and so on. It is perfectly legal, though in my opinion not ethical, to name an American Wine after a foreign location.  The next time you order Chianti, is it really from Tuscany, or is it from the Central Valley of California.

 

 

So let’s talk about wine. Today I am going to talk to you about “J” sparkling wine. Now as we approach the holidays, New Year’s Eve, College Bowl Game Wins, and the Super Bowl; this is a great time to enjoy sparkling wine.  However any time is a great time for sparkling. Today younger people are drinking more Sparkling Wine that their parents. In fact 36 % of Gen Xers drink Sparkling Wine more frequently than Baby Boomers at 22%.

J Brut Rose

J Brut Rose

Let’s talk about two exceptional Sparkling Wines today. The first wine is the J Brut Rose NV which comes from the Russian River Valley. This is a fantastic wine at $38.00. The Brut Rose is a light red color, with a lovely floral bouquet. Plenty of Cherries and Strawberries overtones in this well balanced wine. The finish is amazing as it lingers for an amazing time. The J Brut Rose is a blend of hand harvested grapes; 66% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 1% Pinot Meunier.

BLEND: 66% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 1% Pinot Meunier.
APPELLATION: Russian River Valley
HARVEST DATE: NV
WINE ALCOHOL: 12.53% by volume
WINE ACID: 9.3 g/L
WINE PH: 3.12
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.15%
CASES PRODUCED: 10,000
RELEASE DATE: July 2013

 
J Cuvee 20The second wine from “J” is the J Cuvee 20 Brut which comes from Sonoma County. This wine has a suggested retail price of $28.00 and is worth every penny. This wine has a beautiful clear color. The Cuvee 20 is extremely fresh and full body with tons of citrus flavors such as grapefruit and lemons. Like the Brut Rose these grapes were all hand harvested.  It has a blend of 54% Chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir and 2% Pinot Meunier. This is an outstanding sparkling wine at an amazing price point for the quality. Don’t miss out on the J Cuvee 20 Brut.

BLEND: 54% Chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir and 2% Pinot Meunier
APPELLATION: Sonoma
HARVEST DATE: NV
WINE ALCOHOL: 12.53% by volume
WINE ACID: 8.9 g/L
WINE PH: 3.23
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.40 %
CASES PRODUCED: 30,000
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Margerum “Sybarite” 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Wine Review

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This is an amazing Sauvignon Blanc. The 2011 vintage is very well balanced with overtones of citrus flavors with intense grapefruit flavors. Hints of cantaloupe in the finish. Do not serve this wine extra cold as you will lose some great flavors.

The Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc is crafted from Grapes grown at McGinley Vineyard (38%), Three Creek Vineyard (32%), Grassini Vineyard (22%) and Curtis Vineyard (8%).

If your a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s, you must try this excellent wine.

BLEND: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
APPELLATION: Happy Valley Santa Barbara
WINE ALCOHOL: 14.4% by volume
Price: $21.00 USD

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LaCrema 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Review

LaCrema is a winery where you always get top notch wines. And the 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is no exception. This wine is everything you would expect from LaCrema and more. With its deep red color and a full aroma that hits you in the face. Rich with bing cherries, strawberries and a hint of raspberries. The finish is smooth and soft. You will not be disappointed with this wine from LaCrema

BLEND: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Sonoma Coast
HARVEST DATE: August 30 – October 21, 2012
WINE ALCOHOL: 13.9% by volume
OAK AGING: 98% French (26% new) medium toast levels

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Evolution White 16th Edition Wine Review

 Evolution White WineIt’s always amazing when a winemaker blends 2 or 3 varietals to make an even better wine. However when a winemaker can blend 9 varietals and make an outstanding wine, it’s a work of art.  The Evolution 16th Edition wine is such a blend. With its wonderful floral aroma, and touches of honey this wine is a lush beautiful work of art. Rich orange and peach flavors, this wine has a smooth finish that lingers nicely for a long time.  

Evolution is the second label of Sokol Blosser Winery located in Dundee, Oregon

APPELLATION: American
WINE ALCOHOL: 12.0% by volume
GRAPE VARIETALS: Muller-Thurgau, White Riesling, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner

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