I checked my e-mail when I got home tonight and was surprised to see a message from Lee Edwards, one of the new, independent distributors in Arkansas. He's trying to bring some new, hard-to-find wines into the market. I've tried one, the 2005 Casamatta Italian White blend, and gave it 4 Corkscrews during my review. I'm anxious to try some of the other wines he's sourcing and review them as well. If the other wines he's decided to bring in are as good as the Casamatta, and I have no doubt that they are, he should be successful in his venture. One of his main challenges, as I see it, will be educating the retailers and customers and getting them to at least try something different. If he can cross that hurdle, he'll be on his way. I plan on attempting an interview with him regarding the wines he's sourcing, and will post that at a later date. If you've got a little time check out his website, Lee Edwards Distributing , and read about his philosophy. He's got a very unique vision, is very choosy in who he partners with and is passionate about wine! I'll post reviews of some of these new and interesting wines as I get a chance to try them. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!
Just wanted to give a shout out and a thank you to a reader, Barbie Wawa, who let me know about the 2007 Art of Wine Festival that is going to be happening up in Fayetteville, Arkansas the weekend of June 8. It sounds like it will be a great time and I would love to attend and report back. Unfortunately #1 bought "show" tickets several months ago and therefore I will be watching a performance when I could be trying lots of wine. I will definitely attend next year and hopefully Barb will e-mail some information on wines she particularly likes and let me report second-hand. I will be attending a wine tasting of sorts on Saturday, June 9, at a friend's place where 15 couples have been invited and where we will be trying all types of Syrah. I'll let you know how that turns out and if I find any interesting, affordable wines. Thanks again Barb. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!
No wine reviewed today but did want to mention that I just ordered a case of the Domaine Alfred Pinot Gris that I wrote about a few weeks ago. It should be in sometime next week and I should be enjoying it throughout the summer. That is if I can keep from enjoying it "too" much! It is such a good wine that I am anxious for it to arrive. And since I'm getting it at cost, I'm sure it will taste even better. Link to my review above if you haven't already read it, and locate some of the Domaine Alfred Pinot Gris. You won't regret it. I promise! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine (especially Domaine Alfred)!
Monday, 5/21, Little Rock, AR
Well I finally made it by my wine connect's store and stocked up on some new wines and a few, old favorites. The first one we tried was an Italian from Pasqua, the 2006 Pinot Grigio. Very light colored, almost transparent, with a very floral nose. On the tongue I picked up honeysuckle and melon with no spices noticed competing for attention. Very low acidity made for a pleasant finish. I gave this one 3 Corkscrews as I paid $9.99/bottle and feel like this wine is a decent value at that price, but not at a penny more. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!
No wine reviewed this weekend, but I did want to mention an item I saw in the Friday wine section of the San Francisco Chronicle that I picked up prior to leaving town. Under the "Why didn't I think of that" column, comes the Vinturi, a simple acrylic device that aerates wine in a hurry with no moving parts. It evidently takes advantage of the Bernoulli principle forcing air into wine using nothing more than a cleverly designed shape and the force of gravity. When you pour wine through it, you supposedly, and I say supposedly because I have never seen, nor tried one of these, hear a sucking sound like a wine taster inhaling. The reviewer claimed to have tried it on a red and stated that it instantly tasted better. They run $39.95 and are available at vinturi.com. If any of you out there are familiar with it, please let me know what you think. And, if the inventor, Rio Sabadicci, wants a good, honest, straight-forward review of it, send me a sample and I would be more than happy to give a first hand review here at 365corks. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!
2005 Domaine Alfred Pinot Gris
2004 Big House Red
2004 Greg Norman Santa Barbara California Estates Pinot Noir
2004 Esser Vineyards Chardonnay
2004 Five Rivers Chardonnay
2005 Virgin Vines Chardonnay
2005 Montevina Pinot Grigio
2005 Luna Di Luna Pinot Grigio
2004 Greg Norman Santa Barbara California Estates Chardonnay
2004 Guenoc Chardonnay
2005 Montevina Sauvignon Blanc
2005 Tolosa Chardonnay
2004 Cheateau Potelle Sauvignon Blanc
2005 Bogle Chardonnay
2004 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay
2005 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay
2005 Tamas Estates Pinot Grigio
2004 Mark West Pinot Noir
2006 Sebeka Sauvignon Blanc
2004 Angeline Chardonnay
2005 Candoni Organic Pinot Grigio