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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Oak Mountain Winery Malbec 2016

The 2016 Estate Malbec by Oak Mountain Winery out of Temecula is 100% Malbec, and it was aged in American and oak. Smooth and laid back! Lots of plums and white pepper, with notes of cranberry, toasted spice, mustard seed, and violets. Black licorice comes out as it opens up. It has quite a bit of bright acidity on the midpalate that is swiped away by the chalky tannin on the end. $45 and yummy!

Listen to Mike and Joey talk about it on Grapes & Capes Episode #5!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Oak Mountain Winery Estate Cabernet Franc 2016

The 2016 Estate Cabernet Franc by Oak Mountain Winery out of Temecula is 100% Cabernet Franc, and it was aged in American and French oak. It's soft bodied with chalky tannin and a little bit of a tart acidity. Loaded with berries like raspberry, cherries, blackberries, a touch of anise, and spice notes like chili powder. Very good for $36! Pair with gamey and/or red meats!

Listen to Mike and Joey talk about it on Grapes & Capes Episode #5!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Grapes & Capes Episode #5: Dark Knights, Dark Wines

Mike and Joey taste Oak Mountain Winery Cabernet Franc, Oak Mountain Winery Malbec, and Temecula Hills Syrah while reading Batman: Dark Knights, Dark City for the Halloween season!

Prologue: Newbury Comics, Halloween costumes

Wine #1: more on phylloxera, Oak Mountain Winery Cabernet Franc 2016, mystery delivery

Comic #1: "Dark Knights, Dark City" Part 1

Wine #2: Oak Mountain Winery Malbec 2016, the run down on Malbec

Comic #3: "Dark Knights, Dark City" Part 2, concussions vs killing

Wine #3: Temecula Hills Estate Syrah 2016, why cooler and hotter climates effect profiles

Comic #4: "Dark Knights, Dark City" Part 3

As promised, Joey as Bane and Boomer:

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Grapes & Capes Episode #4: Beer with Brad

Joey is joined with Brad as we crack open beers and talk about Magic: The Gathering, video games, and comic book movies.

TOPICS: Our tastes in beer, Cape Cod Beer, Breweries on Cape Cod, Allagash, Austrian wine scandal, Magic: The Gathering, the Walking Dead infecting Magic, stolen heartbreak, Suicide Squad kill the Justice League, Gotham Knights, who is Red Hood / Jason Todd, the legend of Robin, Three Jokers, the G&C Logo, Spider-Man movies, Marvel on Disney Plus, Marvel Studio phase 4, DC multiverses, a DC fan kisses a Marvel's ass and a Marvel fan kisses DC's ass, WCW and WWF, Royal Rumble at the Fleet Center, Falcon & Winter Soldier, more on Marvel shows on Disney Plus, the future of Thor, Marvel vs DC in printed comics, publishing content, the best Joker, 80's classics, high school hindsight, The Suicide Squad, Ostrander's Suicide Squad & Deadshot: Beginnings, HBO Max, Raised by Wolves, Disney Plus yet again, Cosmos, 9/11 Tribute Comic, The Boys TV show, maaaaaybe a Potcast???

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Chelsea Goldschmidt Guidestone Rise Merlot 2018

October is #MerlotMe Month and I've got this fantastic Merlot for you! I am a huge Merlot fan so this month is usually one of my favorite wine times of the year. Unfortunately I wasn't able to participate in the whole parade of Merlot's for the month, but hey, I've got this Goldschmidt! And man, is it delicious. Medium bodied with a lush mouthfeel and notes of blueberries, black cherries, graphite, and vanilla. This is a textbook quality Merlot, and I recommend it to anybody who wants some #MerlotMe in their October. Yummmaaaaay!!!!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Banshee Rosé 2019

Oh I love Banshee's wine so much, and this Rosé in no exception! The 2019 vintage is salmon in color and made with 48% Sangiovese, 25% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 8% Barbera, and 3% Zinfandel. Cantaloupe is all over it, with honeydew melon, lemon, and toast. I could smell it all night! This is not a quaffing rosé. This is one that you want to cradle and savor.

Listen to Mike and Joey talk about it on Grapes & Capes Episode #3!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018

La Crema Sonoma Chard is always a good, solid, never-let-you down standby that you can find anywhere. The 2018 vintage was aged for seven months in 75% French oak and 25% American (17% new). There's notes of vanilla, honey dew melon, pineapple, and balanced oak. For $15 it's a damn good deal.

Listen to Mike and Joey talk about it on 
Grapes & Capes Episode #3!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Oak Farm Vineyards Fiano 2018

This wine is out of Lodi, California, which has a similar climate to Fiano's native homeland of Avellino in Campania, Italy. It shows melons, buttered pecans, and earthy herbs. As it cools off and opens up, lemon shows up on the scene. On the finish it has a snappy and tangy acidity with nice minerality on the finish. It is just beautiful!

Listen to Mike and Joey talk about it on Grapes & Capes Episode #3!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Grapes & Capes Episode #3: Robots don't eat cookies

Michael and Joey read The Ultimates #1 and Vision #1 while tasting Oak Farm Vineyards Fiano, La Crema Sonoma Chardonny, and Banshee Rosé. Wines provided by Colangelo & Partners.

Wine #1: Oak Farm Vineyards 2018/2019, sitting on the leese
Comics #1: The Ultimates #1 (2002)

Wine #2: La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018, New World wine vs Old World wine, effects of oak, what is Zinfandel

Comics #2: Vision #1 (2015), Tom King's Batman, War of Jokes and Riddles, Tom King's comicsgate controversy, Scarlet Witch

Wine #3: Banshee Rosé 2019, how they make pink wine, orange wine, dry rosé vs sweet rosé

Comics #3: the death of Deadshot, DC Universe Infinite, HBO Max, call Tony Stark at 212-970-4133, Marvel getting cosmic

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