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Tough Decision’s To Consider

When I first stated writing this Blog/PodCast I had big plans for what I was going to do and try to achieve. Since then I have learned that it’s not as easy as I thought. I  have learned to truly appreciate those people who produce top quality PodCasts and Blogs.  Trust me if you are only reading a blog, you have no idea.

There is so much “competition” for Wine Blogs. It’s very hard to produce a top quality blog, and podcast. Sites such as The Wine Wankers,  The Wine Stalker,  among many others are kicking out top blog posts that are entertaining and informative.

The first thing you need to do to be successful at writing a blog is be consistent. Timeliness is by far my biggest weakness. I won’t give you excuses, but it is by far my biggest problem.

When I have time to write something, or produce a podcast, its a great feeling. I want to do more, but again its finding the time.

So where does am I going to with all of this; Well to be honest I have not fully decided what I am going to do.  But here are a few options:

  • Start opening up Tasting Notes Radio to other Bloggers to post. There are a number of other excellent Wine Bloggers out there. If we combine into one blog we will be delivering information on a more regular basis. Personally I like this idea since it gets bloggers working together.
  • Close down Tasting Notes Radio.  Not something I want to do, but an option.
  • Just keep publishing when I do have the time.

Again I have made no decision. However I am open to my friends and fellow bloggers out there for their advice.

Brian

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AIX Rose 2015 Quick Tasting Notes 

Full dry rose with wonderful overtones of strawberries in the finish. Easy to drink but more complex than other Rose at the same price. 

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Pierre Chainier Sauvignon Blanc “1749” 2014 Quick Notes


This is an extremely tart Sauvignon Blanc. However, in my opinion, the tartness adds to the character of the wine. Nice citrus flavors especially of lemon.  

This wine is available in most areas of the country (USA) and for the price point it’s worth checking out. 

The Pierre Chainier Sauvignon Blanc is a great wine in the evening when you want to kick back and relax. 

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Santa Marghertta Valdobbiadene Prosecco Quick Notes


This was a nice Prosecco but nothing that amazed me. To be honest I was hoping for a lot more character however it wasn’t there. With the reputation of  Santa Marghertta, I expected to get blown away. Sadly it didn’t blow me away or my mind. Don’t get me wrong it’s nice,but no different than dozens of other mass production wineries.  

Nice floral bouquet with hints of strawberry. 

This is a nice wine for a warm day, on a picnic or the beach. 

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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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End of the Work Day

  

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Matchbook Wines and Petit Verdot

This wine got a 95 in Wine Spectator, it got 3 puffs in another, a major wine writer gave it two thumbs up. Every winery markets their wine showing the biggest ratings they get, and with the best known reviewers.  This is all part of marketing, and marketing sells.

However, in my opinion, people are putting too much faith into wine ratings.  When I look at a wine, beer, or whatever I am tasting, I ask myself one question: For the price I paid, how good is my return on my investment?

You can’t compare a $100.00 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, with a $20.00: or Can you ?  Absolutely! You have to look at the wine value. Yes the $100.00 bottle may be very good, but the $20.00 for the price may be out of this world. Was that bottle really worth $100? Or $20, only you can tell for sure.

One thing I watch for when looking at wine reviews is their marketing to see if their current marketing is current or stuck in the past. For example, if a winery is promoting its 2015 wine with reviews from the same wine from the past few years, Fantastic! On Target!  However if a winery is promoting the wine with ratings from 10 years ago, or they keep promoting they won some competition from the 1980’s or worse the 1970’s, then they are telling me that they have not been able to produce anything equal or better in so many years.

We have all heard bad reviews on a movie, television show, album, and later when we experienced whatever the review was on, we wonder did the reviewers experience the same thing as I just did. Again only you can tell if you’re getting a good return on your investment.

Matchbook Wines 2012 “Tinto Rey” Red Blend Wine

Tinto ReyThere are very few wines, that when I taste them, I want to run out and get another bottle. Matchbook Wines  2012 “Tinto Rey” is one of those wines. I was totally blown away at the complex flavors this wine has. At an average price of $17.00 this is one of the best buys out there right now.  I tasted the 2012 blend which I found to be a beautiful, complex wine, with smoky overtones and a classic finish. This wine will go great with some heaver or spicy foods. The 26 months this was in barrels brought out the best in the wine. Now as I mentioned the “Tinto Rey” is a blend of red grapes with Temparillo at 50% and Syrah at 27%, the remainder is Petit Verdot, Graciano, and Tannat.  It comes primarily from the Dunnigan Hills appellation. For those not familiar with Dunnigan Hills, it is in Yolo County California, just west of Sacramento.

BLEND:  50% Temparanillo, 27% Syrah, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Graciano,, 3% Tannat
APPELLATION: 85% Dunnigan Hills ( Temparanillo, Syrah, Graciano) 15% California (Petit Verdot, Tannat)
HARVEST DATE: 2012
WINE ALCOHOL: 13.9% by volume
WINE ACID: 6.9 g/L
WINE PH: 3.91

BARRELLS: 100% Barrel Aged. 22% New Barrels, 78% from 2-5 year old barrels. French Oak, American Oak, American/Hungarian Hybrid
PRODUCTION: 7,351 cases

Matchbook Wines 2012 “The Astonist Red” Red Blend Wine

Arsonist BottleLike the Tinto Red this is another full body wine. Tons of black cherry overtones, with a slight peppery finish throughout this beautiful wine.  This is an amazing wine for the price of $22.00.  It’s a steal to get this wine for under $30.00 probably more. Grab this wine as quick as you can.

BLEND:  24 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Petit Verdot,  24% Merlot
APPELLATION:  Dunnigan Hills

HARVEST DATE: 2012
WINE ALCOHOL: 13.8% by volume
BARRELLS: 100% Barrel Aged. 45% New Barrels, 55% from 2-5 year old barrels. French Oak, American Oak, American/Hungarian Hybrid
PRODUCTION: 2800 cases

 

Podcast Grape – Petit Verdot:

Since both wines we looked at today, have one grape in common, Petit Verdot that is what we will talk about. The name Petit Verdot means “small green” which fits, as this is a late season grape. This is a classic red Bordeaux grape. It’s used often in small amounts with wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon to make them more full body and add tannins. In the hands of a skilled winemaker this can be a beautiful single varietal wine.  Petit Verdot is produced throughout the world with the number of countries and American states being added to the list all the time.

Shout out

Finally I want to do a shout out to a fellow blogger Joey Casco CSW/CSS who writes The Wine Stalker. Now if you’re asking what all those fancy letters mean after his name, well CSW is Certified Specialist of Wine and CSS is Certified Specialist of  Spirits. Both of these certificates come from the Society of Wine Educators. Joey recently did an article on those of us who write wine blogs, but live in not traditional wine areas. Joey for instance lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and I live in the great wine area of Tennessee.  Neither area is well known for its wine production. However we have a few small wineries that do a nice job here in Middle Tennessee. Be sure to check out Joey’s blog at thewinestalker.net

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 If you have a negative comment or a suggestion, please email directly at info@tastingnotesradio.com and perhaps it is something we can look at.

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St. Patrick’s Day

  
Could not decide between Jameson or Guiness for St Patrick’s day. You can see who won!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Prichard’s Double Bourbon

This is, in my humble opinion, an amazing bourbon. Produced not far from Jack Daniels distillery in southern central Tennessee town of Kelso. 

Prichard’s is known mainly for some fantastic sipping Rums that need to be drank on their own. 

This fantastic bourbon has a slight peaty finish that reminds me of some excellent drinks out of Scotland.  

This is a must have, not even try, bourbon for any fan of the drink.  

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Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja

Enjoying this nice full body Rioja with Ribs tonight. Slighty peppery with blackberry overtones. Excellent value wine. 

Just a quick note today. Need to get back into the swing of this.  

   

 

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