Saturday, September 27, 2014

Wine Review: L.A. Cetto 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon


A few months ago I wrote the lengthy article "Mexico makes wine too, muchacho" on the history of Mexican wine and its current regions and wineries. Since then I've been dead set on getting my hands on some Mexican wine. So one day I scoured the entire Massachusetts Beverage Journal and found only one... L.A. Cetto, the #1 vineyard owner in Mexico. There were several options available from the winery: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Syrah and Nebbiolo. But what I really wanted, at the very least, was the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Sauvignon loves the sandy soil of Valle de Guadalupe in the Mexican state of Baja California, and the lack of water forces the vines to dig deep for survival. The effects of the ocean make the climate similar to Napa Valley, including foggy mornings, and so Guadalupe Valley is the future of the Mexican wine industry.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The cursing thing.


It's totally appropriate to curse on a wine or beer blog. Besides, I don't swear all that much! It's only used for affect! I mean, shit, come on!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Wine Review: Schloss Saarstein 2011 Mosel Kabinett Riesling


In case you don't know me by now: I probably drink more Merlot than anything and I like to believe that Cabernet Franc is my favorite varietal... but Riesling is my weakness. It's my kryptonite. It makes me shut up for a goddamn minute. It also seems to be the wine that most often makes me jump up and down screaming "GODDAMNIT HOLY CRAP THAT'S GOOD!" And German Riesling? Fuggedabowdit.

Schloss Saarstein is located on the Saar River, Germany, and the winery is a friggin castle on top of a big ol' hill. The 24 acres of vineyards start right outside and are steep as hell, clinging to the slope of the hillside. Owner and winemaker Christian Ebert has been doing his work on this land his whole life. His family bought Schloss Saarstein in the middle of the 20th century.

Their 2011 Mosel Kabinett is off-dry with an ABV of 9.5%. Ebert believes it to be his best of the past decade.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Welcome to Central Coast, California - The Reboot


The region always messes with my head. Where's Santa Maria again? Didn't that ship sink?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Four people in four situations you shouldn't listen to about wine

I try not to judge peoples wine preferences because they enjoy it and that's what wine is all about, right? But I do have to warn you about four different kinds of people whose opinions on the subject you should take with a grain of salt or ignore all together...




DRINKING WITH THE SELF-OVER-POURER

You're hanging out with friends and shooting the shit and having a good time. One of them pulls out a bottle of wine and says "Oh my God you've GOT to try this! It is SO!!! GOOD!!!" and then continues to bring on a self-pour from hell that fills their entire wine glass. This is a big red flag that you shouldn't take their wine advice.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Go Franc Yourself.


That is all.

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Wine Pick: Domaine de Fondreche Cotes du Ventoux 2012 Cuvee Fayard

This WINE PICK of the month was written for the Luke's of Cape Cod website.



Cotes du Ventoux is a subregion of southern Cotes du Rhone in France and it uses the same grapes in its blends as the rest of southern Rhone. This particular blend from Fondreche is 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre.

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