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!
* I choose my own wines to drink and write about. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
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!
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.
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.