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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.


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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

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Reminder – Tasting Notes Radio Podcast

I just wanted to remind you that you can subscribe to Tasting Notes Radio Podcast on both Stitcher Radio and through the ITunes Store.

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Podcast #4- Twelfth Night Wine and Dark Beers

A review of 7 dark beers to enjoy and a review of Twelfth Night Pinot Noir and Riesling from Vela Wines in New Zealand.
Beers from Terrapin, Founders Brewery, Sam Smith,  Boulder Beer Co, Finch’s Beer,  The St. Louis Beer Company.

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Dark Beers and Twelfth Night Wines

Yes I know it’s been too long , and I am working on it.  I am not going to make excuses. However let’s just say my full time job has had me working a few extra hours the last 6 weeks. With that behind me my goal is to still get a new post out to you every 2 weeks for now, and eventually get it to weekly in about 6 months times.

Today we are going to discuss two different topics. The first topic is seven dark beers; all of them are extremely good and worth looking for.  Then we are going to discuss a beautiful set of wines I just discovered out of New Zealand.

Over the past several weeks I have had the fun time of tasting a number of dark beers. I really love dark beer. So whenever I can taste a new stout or other dark beer, I jump at the chance. To me they have more character than a lot of other beers and are my favorite styles of beers.

The first beer is Liquid Bliss, a Dark American Porter made by Terrapin Beer Company out of Athens Georgia.  Terrapin is a micro-brewery that’s only been around since 2002 and is producing some excellent beers available primarily in the South Eastern United States.  The Liquid Bliss has loads of chocolate and peanut butter, almost like tasting a Reese’s Pieces.  This is a must try for those who like heavier beers.

The second beer today is well worth searching out for. Breakfast Stout made by Founders Brewing Company out of Grand Rapids Michigan. This is my first beer from Founders Brewing and I am hoping for more in the future.  The Breakfast Stout is extremely smooth, slightly nutty with maple and coffee flavors.

The third beer is out of North Yorkshire England, the Samuel Smith Old Brewery.  This is a very well-known brewery that has been around since 1758. Their Oatmeal Stout has traditional Chocolate flavors, with a touch of maple and caramel. A very well balanced beer that might get over looked since it is easier to locate on the shelves.

Beer Number four comes from my hometown of Franklin Tennessee by a small family owned microbrewery called Turtle Anarchy. The Portly Stout is robust with traditional Coffee and Chocolate flavors. Extremely drinkable. If you’re in the Middle Tennessee area or driving through its well worth checking out Turtle Anarchy and the Portly Stout.

Beer Number Five comes from The Saint Louis Brewery in St Louis Missouri and it’s their Coffee Stout. This was the lightest of the stouts we are looking at, but extremely enjoyable. Nice coffee overtones, in fact these folks use French Roasted beans from a local St Louis coffee roaster. It’s the full St. Louis experience.

Beer Number Six was something different, from Boulder Beer Company in Boulder Colorado its the Shake Chocolate Porter. Now if you’re a fan of Chocolate Milk Shakes and Beer, this is the beer for you. Totally different flavor and well worth trying for you chocolate shake fans.

Finally from Finch’s Beer Company in Chicago Illinois comes Secret Stache Stout.  Great flavor on this intensely dark stout. Very tradionional flavors and extremely drinkable. Extremely glad I found this beer.

So what happens when you get  two men one from France and the other from Russia, and an American woman, all who are scientists? No not a new episode of Big Bang Theory; but 3 people who have a love of wine and adventure. Vela Wines was founded by Arié Dahan, Beth Ann Dahan and Max Risman, all who are based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. After becoming captivated with the country and people of New Zealand, the three decided it was the perfect location for them to produce fine wine. Vela currently owns vineyard land in Central Otago and is producing Pinot Noir and Riesling and plans to expand production to other varietals in the future. Most of the wine is currently being exported to the USA under the label Twelfth Night.

So again if you’re looking for Vela Wines in the United States it’s under the label of Twelfth Night.

12 Night SBLet’s start with the 2013 Twelfth Night Riesling. This wine has amazing flavors that burst out at you. Beautiful flavors of pear and orange. This is by no means a light Riesling. This is a full body Riesling that can be drunk in place of many lighter Chardonnays. Extremely enjoyable! Suggested retail on this wine is $18.00

BLEND: 100% Riesling
APPELLATION: Central Otago, New Zealand
WINE ALCOHOL: 12.5 % by volume
WINE ACID: 9.0 g/L
WINE PH: 2.98

12 Night PNThe 2012 Twelfth Night Pinot Noir is lighter in color but not light in flavor. Lots of black cherry, hints of raspberry and a slight touch of cloves. This wine aged for nine months in French oak barrels. This wine will go well with many dishes. This is what I would refer to as a very elegant wine. Well worth trying out and a great buy at $22.00

BLEND: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Central Otago, New Zealand
WINE ALCOHOL: 14.3% by volume
WINE ACID: 6.0 g/L
WINE PH: 3.62

These wines are going to be very hard to find in the retail shop as they are only available in Massachusetts and New Hampshire at this time. However you can also contact the winery at

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Podcast #3 – Wine and Beer Apps for Your Phone

Having trouble keeping your tasting notes together for your wine and beer. Well listen to the Podcast as we talk about two great apps for your phone.

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Podcast #2 – Guinness Beer

Here is our 2nd podcast for Tasting Notes. We are now on both Stitcher and iTunes.

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Guinness Draught

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Beer Review – Guinness

Just a quick reminder that we now have  the Tasting Notes Radio Podcast up and running. Please be sure to subscribe at the iTunes Store.

When I first started drinking, shall we say, better quality beers, I remember drinking my first stout. Guinness.  Now to be perfectly honest, I was not overjoyed with it.  As time went on I drank more and more Stouts from other brands, and loved them. However I never went back to Guinness, all because of that first taste.  Now let’s move up to today, when  on a recent trip to London, I found a Guinness put into my hands at a pub.  Being polite, I tasted it. And to my surprise I was thrilled with it. I had always heard Guinness in England and Ireland tasted so much better than in the United States and this proved it.  And just to make sure I was not making mistake, I had several additional pints to make absolutely sure

Upon returning home I wanted to see how Guinness tasted over here.  So I bought it and again was very happy.  Now I know Guinness has not changed the way they make beer over the years.  Beer is sure not like wine where every vintage is different.  However it did show me that my tastes change over time.  When I first tasted Guinness I was not ready for the complexity of a good stout.

Wikipedia states that Arthur Guinness started brewing ales from 1759 at the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin. On 31 December 1759 he signed a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annul for the unused brewery. Ten years later, on 19 May 1769, Guinness first exported his ale: he shipped six-and-a-half barrels to Great Britain. And the rest is history.

Today The UK is the only sovereign state to consume more Guinness than Ireland, and the third largest Guinness drinking nation being Nigeria, followed by the USA

Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager – Is an extremely smooth stout. With Coffee, and maple flavor, this is a lighter alcohol beer at just 4.5% additionally it is not available in all markets, including Ireland.  However it is well worth trying out. This is a great beer, especially for first time stout drinkers.






Guiness Extra Stout


Guinness Extra Stout – Rich and full body with a slight bitter finish. A complex stout with very traditional flavors of coffee beans, chocolate and nutmeg. For you trivia buffs the Extra Stout is the beer that started it all for Guinness.




 Guinness Draught


Guinness Draught – Smooth and very drinkable, but lacking complexity of Guinness Black and Extra Stout. Still a very enjoyable stout with maple and light coffee flavors.

I, for one, am very happy I went back and tried Guinness. The older I get the more I want to  retry great beers and wines.






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