Flashback February Featured Post:

The Rest Of Us: Wine Blogging Outside Of Wine Country

I read a lot of wine blogs and most of them are by people that are right there in the thick of things. Sonoma in particular seems to be the...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Valentine's Wine Review: Castello del Poggio Sweet Rosé

Castello del Poggio Sweet Rosé

Here's a wine that's nice and sweet just like your Valentine... me. Smooches! And I'm putting it out there with plenty of time for you to go out and pick one up for yourself before the actual day.

This is a rosé with a little frizzante sparkle made from Muscat and Pinot Noir out of Acqui in Piedmont, Italy. It has a 7% ABV and that's all I really know about it. But that's okay because this is clearly a wine that is meant for some fun and shouldn't really be taken seriously. Put your snobbery aside, lover.

With this review I do have some "romantic" cocktail recipes that you can make with this wine, too.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Joey Casco is #12 on The Sommeliers Choice Awards "Top Wine Influencers In 2019 You Need to Pay Attention To"

I had been planning on, starting in March, upping my game and rededicating my efforts to bring you the content that you expect from me on the blog and social media, after a rough 2018 where I could only really afford the time to just get by with consistent but rushed content and limited social media interaction.

So this feels good. This feels really good. :)
Onward with 2019! I'm really looking forward to it!

Friday, February 1, 2019

It's Flashback February!

For the third year in a row it's time to take a step back and give some attention to the past. A different article from yesteryear will be featured every day on the blog and on social media. And a different meme will be featured sometime in the morning or afternoon just on social media. It's actually quite a busy month for one that is intended to be a break from writing. Huh. I should rethink this annual event.

February Wine Pick: Emilio Hidalgo Fino Sherry

It's February again and that means I've got a fortified wine to warm you up in between the shovelings! And this year I'm going with a Fino Sherry!

Sherry just isn't for cooking. You should be drinking it more than you cook with it because it really is delicious when you buy a good one and not one of those sodium overdose cooking sherries. Sherry has a very specific oxidized and saline profile. Fino is a specific kind of Sherry that spends time in the barrel under a layer of yeast called the flor, which lends its unique character.  A little bit about the winery: Bodegas Emilio Hidalgo was founded in 1874 and is currently run by its fifth generation of Hidalgo's.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wine Review: Vinas del Vero Secastilla Garnacha 2010

The Guardia Miranda and Botiguero vineyards that the fruit for this wine comes from are in the Secastilla Valley, in the north-eastern part of the north-eastern Spanish wine region of Somontano. They have a Mediterranean microclimate, are planted with old vine Garnacha more than 2,2000 feet above sealevel, and see lots of sunlight. Vinas del Vero, the winery who produced the wine, was founded in 1986 and is considered  one of Somontano's best producers.

Their Secastilla Garnacha 2010 is 100% Garnacha from "very old vines", and the fruit has to go through two selections after harvest to make the cut. The must is macerated for fifteen days below 77°, emptied into vats for fermentation, and then put into French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. It remains in the oak for ten months of aging. The ABV is 14%.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Clearance Wine Quickie: Cecchi La Mora Morellino di Scansano 2013

90% Sangiovese with the remainder all native Tuscan varietals. Lots of cherry on the nose with strawberry licorice and hot cinnamon. On the palate it's light bodied with tart acidity and soft tannin. The flavors are fruit forward with lots of cherry and blueberry, backed up with clay and a little olive. Hey, it's okay. I'm happy with it for the discount.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Wine Review: Beronia Rioja Reserva 2013

Beronia Rioja Reserva 2013

Beronia is named after the ancient Celtic tribe called the Berones that inhabited the land that is now La Rioja in the 3rd century BC. The Beronia winery, however, was established in 1973 CE by a group of Bosque businessmen and founders of a gastronomy society who visited Rioja and decided they wanted to make wine there.

On Thursday I reviewed the 2015 Crianza and today it's the 2013 Reserva.

The 2013 Rioja Reserva is 87% Tempranillo and 3% Graciano, just like the 2012 vintage that I reviewed in December of 2017. The grapes are hand selected from their oldest vineyards and undergo a slow fermentation in temperature controlled vats with periodic pumping over. It sees twenty months of aging in barrels of American oak staves and French oak tops, and eighteen months of bottle aging. The ABV is 14%.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Clearance Wine Quickie: Into Zinfandel 2014

Into Zin Zinfandel 2014

I'm not a fan of Zinfandel overall but there are some Zins that I do like, so I'm open to at least trying different Zins... with caution. I decided to give this one a shot at a clearance price on the recommendation of a fellow employee. It's a darker cherry color. Chocolate and sweet spices are on the front of the nose, followed by jammy blackberries. It's medium bodied with soft tannin and moderate acidity. There's flavors of blackberries, prunes, chocolate, and leather. Then it's got a sweet finish of prunes and chocolate. You know what? I don't love it but I actually don't mind it. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Wine Review: Beronia Rioja Crianza 2015

Beronia is named after the ancient Celtic tribe called the Berones that inhabited the land that is now La Rioja in the 3rd century BC. The Beronia winery, however, was established in 1973 CE by a group of Bosque businessmen and founders of a gastronomy society who visited Rioja and decided they wanted to make wine there.

Today I'm reviewing the 2015 Crianza and then on Sunday it's the 2013 Reserva.

The 2015 Rioja Crianza is 88% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, and 2% Mazuelo, so there's some percentage differences than the 2014 vintage that I reviewed in December of 2017. After being harvested the grapes undergo a few days of cold maceration, and then fermented at low temperature with periodic pumping. It sees twelve months of aging in barrels of American oak staves and French oak tops, then three months of bottle aging. it has a 13.5% ABV.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wine Quickie: J. Lohr Wildflower Valdiguié 2016

J. Lohr Wildflower Valdiguié 2016

Before 1980 they used to think that Valdiguié was the same grape as Gamay from Beaujolais (France), so they used to also call it Napa Gamay or Gamay 15. But it's really the same grape as Gros Auxerrois from Languedoc-Roussillon (France). This Valdiguié from Monterey, California is magenta in color and light bodied. Notes of raspberries, pomegranate, lilac, and baking spices. The confusion of Valdiguié's origin is easy to see here, because it is pretty similar to a Beaujolais. For a $10 wine it's serviceable and fun. Serve slightly chilled.
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