Wine Tasting Vintage Cellar 4/23/2015

And here we are, the end of the road. This last wine tasting at the Vintage Cellar. Well just for credit. There will be a lot more wine tastings at the Vintage Cellar and hopefully there will be time for me to taste some.
So what will become of this blog, I’m going to try to roll it out from just the wine tasting into my cooking and some tea.

Well let’s not dwell on that right now lets talk about some wine. One more thing before that, my roommate has been listening to me about the wine all semester so he decided to join me for the this wine tasting.

Dom de la Condemine Macon-Peronne “Le Clou” 2012
It was a light chardonnay, it wasn’t oaked so the light fruitiness of the wine wasn’t masked by any oak flavors. Unlinke most other chardonnays that I’ve had, this one has a pretty strong burn to it for me. I was hoping by this time I would have been passed the idea of wine burning but, I guess I need to keep trying.   
 

The wine had a nice lemonly smell, like real lemon and not Pledge (although on a side note I love the smell of Pledge). The tasting notes metion the taste of ginger, I’m a fan of ginger and I will cook with in on occasion. I wish I could have tasted it. I think this is a good summer wine, when you want lemonade but don’t want lemonade. 
                                         Coreto Tinto 2013  I enjoyed this wine, I should have bought a couple bottles of it, but I can go over the summer and pick some up. It was sweet and fruity and I liked it, there wasn’t a burn to it. Then I read the tasting notes, it does well with everything I cook. I cook mostly Thai food, I also make stews and Mexican food. This wine goes with it all.
 

Tarima Monastrell 2013 
This wine packed a punch not an alchoholic punch but a tannic punch. It had that red wine burn but it was just how dry my mouth felt after tasting the wine. It had the dark fruit taste as well but it was a distant second to the tannic component. 

 Both of my roommates are graduating this semester (including my roommate that tasted the wines with me) we both tasted this wine and we each grabbed a bottle. Now we know what wine we will be drinking at our apartment to celebrate them graduating college, and become officers in the United States military. This wine was a nice sparkling sweet wine that tasted nicely floral.  

  





Thank you for taking the time to read.


Allan

  
 

Wine Tasting Vintage Cellar 4/16/2015

The semester is just about done, so the great wine tastings courtesy of the Vintage Cellar are about at an end. This week they offered some new wines.
Dibon Cava Xarel-loMacabeoParellada – This cava is a dry sparkling wine. It was quite strong with the fruit smell an taste, and (to me)even stronger with the burn. Even I see a sparkling wine, I think this is going to be a sweet wine. Like the sparkling moscato I have here still unopened. I know it is going to be sweet so when I tasted this wine I expected to taste sweet but nope, this was really dry. I wanted to like this wine, but I just didn’t. 
 
 

Marques de Caceres Verdejo 2013
I liked the color of the wine, clear enough to see through but with a nice golden color. I really did enjoy the citrus notes in the wine. It was nice and crisp, with a slight hint of a burn in it but I’m sure that is more to me then because of the wine.   
Breca Tovana Old Vine Garnacha 2013 
This wine is the same grape as the tres ojos last week. This wine was tart and dry. I would taste the light fruity notes in the wine, unlike the wine from last week where I could only feel how dry my mouth was. I don’t know if the differences between the wines were due to the fact that this one is old vines, or just in the different in the wine-making process.   






Rare Red
Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Petite Verdot, Merlot
This is the first time I remember having  a blended wine, that wasn’t a “region” wine  (i.e a Bordeaux) I was able to detect a lot of the fruit in the wine, but I couldn’t tell that it was oaked. Looking at the tasting notes, the wine was oaked for only eight months, I wonder if that wasn’t enough time for the wine to get the oakey flavors strong enough for me to taste. But it doesn’t really matter since at the end of the day, I enjoyed it and that is all that matters.
 

                                       Jam Jar Sweet White
 A nice floral moscato to end the tasting. I’ve had this wine before, but I think it was the 2013 vintage. It has all the hallmarks of the sweet wines, sweet honey nose and a floral nose and taste. This was a good way to end this tasting.

 


 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a great weekend

Allan 

Wine Tasting Vintage Cellar 4/9/2015

Thank you again to the Vintage Cellar. This weeks tasting was nice… I think I’m starting to come around on wine. When I first started most wine burned my mouth and was too much for me. But now, I’m starting to enjoy more wines including most of the ones today. One of them was still beyond me… for now.

Terre di Poggio Laude Pecorino 2013
To me this wine had a little medicinal aromas to it, it kind of reminded me of jagermeister but not as strong. But it has a very sweet, like honey taste to me. I could see myself drinking this in the summer months here in town. Yes I’m already making plans for after the semester already.   
 
 

Chateau Suau Bordeaux Rose 2013
 I found the wine slightly bitter, I wonder why, I guess it might have been the white pepper flavors in the wine. But it was overall pretty tasty. I really enjoyed it, a lot more than the one wine a few weeks back that was like drinking black pepper. I think this a great wine from Bordeaux at this price range. 

Torre Castillo Cosecha Monastrell
I loved the color on this red wine, it was a nice ruby red. It did have a bitter nose but it was fine tasting. I loved the blackberry flavors. It was dry and it didn’t really bother me. You would think that I would be used to that dry feeling since I’ve been drinking black tea since I was a baby (yes a baby, my grandmother used to put tea in my bottle, well that is what they tell me) Like the tasting notes suggest it did finish warm for me. I imagine it is like the feeling a getting some brandy after a day in the snow.  
 

 

Tres OjosGarnacha Calatayud 2012

I bought this wine over spring break, I wasn’t a fan of it then… and I’m still not a fan of it now. It was so dry that it made me feel uncomfortable. Then the burn came. This wine lit me up. I did drink it with food and that made it a lot better but straight I would advise against it. 

 
Hahn Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling  
I don’t know if it was just tasting this one after the Tres Ojos but it was great. It wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting and it was pretty nice, I’m normally one for the sweet rieslings but I can jive with a semi-sweet one very once in a while. It also had a nice floral smells to the wine. 
Thank you for taking the time to read this and have a great week. 
Allan 

Dinner Party at Home 4/4/15 Hawaiian Theme

My roommates and I had our pre-Easter Hawaiian food party. My one roommate is about to be commissioned in the Army and will most likely be sent to Hawaii so I was getting him ready for the island food. So the menu was simple. I make kalua pork in the slow cooker. I made the loco moco from scratch. and I just bough macaroni salad. Even I have limits on my cooking. Since I couldn’t find any pineapple based wines… do they even make them? I opted for a malbec, viognier, and  sangiovese for the accompanying wines.

For the kalua pork, I went with the Viognier, I thought would make for a good match with it. I really think the wine and the pork did well together. neither one was too strong for the other. I was afraid of it since the pork had liquid smoke I thought that it might overpower the wine. My regret is that there is still some pork left over but no wine.

The side dish was macaroni salad and I paired (what I thought was 100% sangiovese) but it was a fine blend of sangiovese, merlot, petit verdot, and alicante grapes. The creaminess of the salad brought out the flavors of the wine. I really enjoyed it. If it wasn’t for the loco moco I could have just ate macaroni salad and wine because I’m fancy like that.

The main course was a loco moco. In Hawaii, a loco moco is a breakfast, lunch, or dinner food. It is meant to be eaten anytime. It is a bed of rice, burger patty, fried eggs and brown gravy. It is quite easy to make and it is so delicious, and no it is got good for you. I paired it with a malbec from Argentina. I went with it because I thought a malbec with beef and a very heavy dish. It was not bad, I think it overpowered the loco moco a little but not enough to say I was disappointed in the outcome.

My roommate watching Archer sipping on the Viognier.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Here is a link to the recipe I used for the loco moco.

Allan

Wine Tasting Vintage Cellar 4/2/2015

The semester is starting to wind down… I can tell from the smaller crowds of students at the Vintage Cellar for the tasting this week. This tasting was also a little off for me, I woke up with a headache and I am certain that effected my tasting. But not in a way that I disliked everything, more like I couldn’t really smell or taste much and if any of the wine had a heave acidic or tannic, I couldn’t tell. If I could have afforded it, I should have bought a bottle of everything that was sampled and tried them again now that I’m feeling better. But… let;s get to the tasting itself.

Grande Resereve des Bastides Gaillac 2013
  Even though I couldn’t really smell too much because of the headache this one was still had a strong nose of apples. The taste was weird, it had a slight burn but mostly it made my mouth feel warm, almost like drinking a warm drink. 
I feel bad about my tasting of this wine… it was like drinking water. I couldn’t really taste anything in it. I really wish I could have I loved the color and reading the tasting notes, it sounds like up my alley. I made a note of this one to try to pick up a bottle later.   

This wine had a nice deep red color, but like the Pinot Noir, I could smell things in it. I was able to detect some black cherry in it. I could also fell the dryness of the win in my mouth. 

This wine had a paler red color. I liked the mix of the grapes in the vine. I could really taste the dark cheery, which I thinking is coming from the syrah grapes. And for me, who doesn’t like the bold red wines, I like syrah. The wine was dry as expected and had a burn but it wasn’t off putting. 
 
This riesling was nice and light, it had some floral nose to it. It tasted sweet, almost like it was blended with honey. I really liked it, I wonder what it would have tasted like if I was a full strength. And on a side note, I like the bottle.  
 

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Allan