As someone who loves wine and all the paraphernalia that goes along with it, I've decided to partner with Amazon.com to highlight items that I would like to have and think my readers might be interested in. Easily accessed by clicking on the 365Corks Shop photograph above, or by clicking on the Shop link underneath the photo, I've found highly rated items that I would personally love to have, and in some instances, do. There's Spiegelau and Riedel glassware and exquisite Laguiole Corkscrews. In the Wine Gadgets Section there's the Vinturi Wine Aerator, the Waring Pro Double Bottle Wine Chiller, the PEK Supremo Wine Preserver as well as several other top-notch items. I've highlighted lots of great books and DVD's about wine and wine travel. I've taken the time to identify and highlight great wine coolers by Haier, Vinotemp and Danby. For a special treat visit the Money No Object? section. And last I've added a section for My Camera Loving Friends that highlights all of the equipment I would love to have and that is highly rated. All purchases are backed 100% by the Amazon reputation for being a great online retailer. Take a look and let me know if you think I should add anything. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine and Check out the Wine Lovers Shop!
A good, affordable wine that goes well with anything, or all by itself. That is my quest and the 2006 Parducci Chardonnay from Mendocino Wine Company perfectly fits the bill. Lots of fruit aromas on the nose with lots of apple and vanilla flavors on the palate and an absolute perfect balance of oak. A hint of dryness with a very smooth finish made this a very enjoyable wine to partake of. In my quest to find out more about this wine, I had never even seen it before my purchase, I found the Mendocino Wine Company website and learned that they were the first carbon neutral winery in the United States. Now I'm not a so-called "tree hugger" by any stretch but do think we can do more to preserve the earth's bounty for future generations. It is nice to know that a company is doing their part and making great wine. I bought this one for $10.99 and gave it 4 Corkscrews as it was an overall enjoyable and tasty wine. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!
I must admit that I was a little suspicious of today's reviewed wine. The 2006, 3 Trees Pinot Noir, from Australia, was on sale for $11.99. In the past I've been mostly unimpressed with Pinot's at this price point. Well, I'm still unimpressed. This wine had very little flavor that I could pick up and seemed somewhat uninspired. Not much to note on the nose and when I took the first sip Pinot Noir was the last thing that came to mind. After it warmed a little I was able to pick up a little blackberry and spice but nothing that overwhelmed me. Kind of a blah finish as well. I gave this one 2 Corkscrews because it was drinkable, barely, and I didn't pour it down the sink. Avoid this one if you can. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine (Something Else for sure)!
There's only been one other time that I've rated two different varietals from the same winery as high as my last two ratings. As you may recall from my last post, if you didn't read it please look below, #1 and I absolutely loved the Sauvignon Blanc from Maddalena Vineyards. Not expecting near as much out of the 2004 Maddalena Cabernet Sauvignon, we opened this and let it breathe for thirty minutes or so. I poured a small tasting amount into my glass and swirled for a few seconds. Not the dark, ruby red you see in some Cabernets but more of a medium red color. As I took a nice, full amount of aroma into my nostrils, I was greeted with vanilla, plum and spices. On the palate I picked up raspberry, spiced cherries, a little bit of caramel and maybe just a little oak. Tannins were almost non-existent and this wine had a silky finish that made me want more. Lots more! Having enjoyed this bottle as much as their Sauvignon, I had to find out more. These grapes are sourced from the Cass, Erickson and Steinbeck vineyards and aged in new and used oak barrels from French and American coopers. This wine was rated 88 points by Wine Spectator and was a Gold Medal winner at the Los Angeles County Fair. Retail price on this one is $13.95 but a recent check of the San Antonio Winery site showed it on sale at $12.95. Believe me. That's a steal at either price! Another very easy 5 Corkscrew rating. I thought I might be getting a little too easy in my ratings but #1 agrees wholeheartedly and she's a much tougher rater than I am. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Maddalena Cabernet Sauvignon for a real Treat!
"That wine you got is great!", were the exact words #1 greeted me with tonight as I walked into the house from a hard days work. Or at least a days work! With that kind of endorsement behind it I couldn't wait to try it myself. From the San Antonio Winery located where? You guessed it, Los Angeles, California. Don't let the name of the winery, or its location in Los Angeles, California, dissuade you from trying their wines. If the rest of their offerings are as good as this one, I can't wait to get my hands on more. This 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, from their Maddalena Vineyards, is made of grapes sourced from the Steinbeck Vineyard in Paso Robles. On the nose we got loads of clean, fresh citrus and a touch of "grassiness" as the vineyard puts it. I think that's a good way to sum up the clean, refreshing nose on this wine. On the palate more of the "non-sour" citrus as I like to refer to it. No grapefruit here, just lots of melon, green apple, maybe some kiwi? A nice, semi-dry finish, made me long for much, much more of this wine. In fact, every since we tried this #1 has been after me to get some more. Probably one of the easiest 5 Corkscrews I've ever awarded! And since it was so good, I decided to do a little more research to find out how the winemakers were able to do it. Stainless steel fermentation at 55 degrees for several weeks followed with 10% of the batch transferred to neutral oak barrels in which the lees are stirred for several months to add to the flavor and body. Maybe that's the key but whatever it is, this is a really, really good Sauvignon Blanc. And at a retail price of $11.95, how can you go wrong? Hurry out and buy a case or two of this before San Antonio Winery figures out they've priced it too low. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Maddalena Sauvignon Blanc!
Just a quick recommendation of a movie #1 and I watched last night. Once, a sweet little love story that takes place in Ireland, this is a boy meets girl, boy kinda falls in love, type movie with lots of really good music. Filmed on a low budget, this film has the feel of a documentary as a majority of it was filmed with handheld cameras. Not a huge time committment, I think it was about an hour and twenty minutes, it made for an enjoyable viewing experience. Be sure to check out the "Special Features" section if you rent this on DVD as it is interesting how the whole film came together. I give it 4Corkscrews, which is similar to a thumbs up! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine and Check out Once!