I love drinking wine. I also love talking about wine and sharing my experiences and opinions with friends. My main goal here is to share my stories with you in a casual and unpretentious way. Remember, at the end of the day, we're just talking about grape juice.

I hope I can help you learn a thing or two about wine!

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themed by Cherrie H.

The Vintage Palate

2005 Rozak Syrah

Yes, it’s true, I’m writing about ANOTHER Syrah. Never thought I’d see the day! This one happens to be from the Santa Rita Hills in California’s Santa Barbara County.

When I first took a sip of this six year old bad boy, I immediately tasted cinnamon bark. My next thought was “Wow! This is the perfect wine for fall!” Raspberry jam, blueberry, and spice. Dark and voluptuous. Balanced. Different, but not funky. A great change from the everyday. I really really suggest you give this one a shot. The flavor continued to develop over time. Pop open a bottle and see where it takes you…


2009 First Drop Mother’s Milk Shiraz

Shiraz. Syrah. Call it what you will. Shiraz is the common name used in Australia while Syrah is the name of the grape in Europe, the US, Chile, Argentina and New Zealand. It has never really been a grape I’ve actively sought out, but now that I’m getting more into wine, I’m trying to expand my palate. What normally kept me away from Shiraz was the overabundance of black pepper notes on the finish. While that pairs well with food, I know a wine is a winner if I can enjoy it on its own.

This Shiraz has a great mix of dark, brambly fruit, notes of vanilla and eucalyptus. Imagine eating a piece of warm blueberry pie topped with whipped cream while inhaling some Vicks Vapor Rub that’s on your chest. Sounds like an odd combo, but it totally works. YUM


2008 Cocetti Sauvignon Blanc

Since I come from the music world, it’s very easy for me to associate music with wine. I associate this song with this wine. Oh yes, I went there. Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti.” Why, you ask? Just so happens that this delicious Napa Valley Sauv Blanc is so pleasantly fruity, tasting of melon and stone fruit, that it just makes sense. It also reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum, but I don’t know, that could easily put someone off their wine. Regardless, it has round, elegant fruit with a good amount of acid on the finish, balancing out the wine nicely.

Made from 88% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, the rest is 7.5% Viognier (pronounced vee-own-yay) and 4.5% mixed white grapes. I’m all about Viognier. It’s a predominantly French grape that has similar qualities found in Riesling and Muscat - has a good amount of floral and fruit aromatics, making this wine THAT much more delicious. You can count on me toting along a bottle to my cousin’s house this weekend. Crowd pleaser, indeed!

2010 Chateau Laulerie Bergerac

This is delicious! Jeremy and I enjoyed this wine last night with dinner - cod satueed with lemon and butter with some herbs and spices. Made from 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon, this blend is from Bergerac, a wine region east of Bordeaux. Sauvignon Blanc is definitely the more common grape in this mix, so let’s talk about Semillon real quick. Mostly grown in France and Australia , Semillon is relatively low in acid and allows for good aging. It’s more common to see this grape in a blend rather than on its own, in both dry and sweet (dessert) wines. Semillon does a great job at balancing out the  zingyness of Sauv Blanc with its round and rich characteristics.

On the nose, I smelled pear and apricot, and on the palate I tasted lemon and lime with a  bright, but balanced acidity. I like what the Semillon adds to this wine. This is just my opinion, but I feel like it adds some of those stone fruit qualities that you wouldn’t normally taste if you were drinking 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Oh, vanity…

I just consumed two glasses of wine while attempting to take a decent picture for my avatar. More on that later…

14th Jul 2011 (5:06 pm) - By rockuboff

2010 Sean Minor Vin Gris

Mmm, Rosé, perfect for summer! This 2010 Sean Minor Vin Gris is made from Pinot Noir grapes. Pinot Noir, you ask? Isn’t Pinot Noir a light red wine, enjoyed by many? Why yes! It is! Rosé wines are made from a variety of grapes that we normally associate with red wine, for example - Rioja, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, etc.

The major difference between a typical red and typical rose is how long the grape skins are left in contact with the juice. Skins impart taste, tannin and color. If you think about it, the juice from both red and white grapes are both clear! When making a Rosé wine, the skins are only left on only for a short time and then are removed and discarded from the juice, leaving a pinkish hue to the wine. This wine was left in contact with the skins for only 24 hours. 

Let’s talk about taste. This Rosé has a round mouth feel to it - not too acidic, but doesn’t fall flat, and has a very clean finish. I smell and taste cherry as well as other red fruits - cranberries and strawberries. There is also has a creaminess to it, mmm, think strawberries and cream. (One of my all time favorite low-carb desserts!) If you’re looking for a Rosé that has a medium body, is smooth, fresh and crisp with noticeable notes of red fruit, pick this guy up. 

2010 Domaine Bellevue Touraine

If it’s hot outside, you can count on me drinking either a white wine or rose (or Lambrusco, but we’ll get to that later). I find this Sauvignon Blanc to be so incredibly satisfying, thanks to its balanced acidity, clean finish and hints of tropical fruit, such as pineapple, on the palette.

Let’s break down this name real quick, shall we? First off, the vintage, which is just a fancy word for a single year in which the grapes in that wine were grown and harvested, is 2010. Domaine Bellevue is the vineyard, and Touraine is the region within the Loire Valley in France.

Soon after drinking close to half the bottle in an embarrassingly short period of time, I immediately thought to myself, “wow this wine is so fresh and so clean.” If you’re a fan of either easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc or Outkast, I suggest you pick up this bottle. You can find it for around $15.