CHUKKER 09

Enjoying a tasty little weeknight red, compliments of Anne, and likely, Jamie.  This Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cab Sauvignon blend out of Santa Barbara is made by Happy Canyon Vineyards.  Loving the dry nature of it and the medium tannins.  Smooth and easy to drink…with a bit of breathing required.  Pretty enjoyable for about $14.  I…

Rose’–A Poetic Wine

Pink, Dry, Acidic Stylish in Bottle or Glass Great with Food– Rose'.   Just like haiku, Rose' is simple and straightforward.  As an oft misunderstood wine, it is avoided by many who expect it to be cloyingly sweet, like a White Zinfandel.  But Rose' is a dry or sometimes off-dry wine made from red grapes.  Because it doesn't spend much time soaking on…

Pinot Grigio: Which one NOT to drink this weekend!

I pride myself on being very honest with my readers.  When I think a wine is pretty good, you should be able to tell–I'm pretty fair, and when I'm amazed by a wine, I'm more than enthusiastic in my descriptions.  Sometimes…stuff just falls flat, like tonight.  What I'm not recommending you try anytime soon:  Murphy-Goode…

Last night tweeted about this funny wine. Loved the label and wanted to try something new. Moscato is the new trend in sweet wines….and Middle Sister doesn’t disappoint in it’s cloyingly sweet nature. Check out the haiku as homage on twitter link above. Cute and predictably smooth, crisp and sweet. Will give their red blend…

2007 Clesi Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

Blackberries, vanilla, raisins, and toasted oak… those are the aromas and flavors you may find in the 2007 Clesi Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles.  Tonight I found this wine to be acidic up front, with a medium tannic sensation.  The tannins ultimately faded, leaving a watery and woodsy feel lingering in my mouth.  For fans of California fruit-bomb cabernets, you…

My favorite contractor, Chris, brought us a bottle of 2007 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. He built our home a few years back, and Doug and I have been able to call on him ever since. He's a great guy and a talented contractor. One of the fun things we discovered over the…