I’ve been babbling about this Twitter Taste Live stuff all week, if not two. I want to explain why I’ve been talking about it, plus hopefully get your help so I can win some wine! I know that a lot of people who follow me don’t like wine, or don’t drink at all. I am of course sensitive to that, which is why my other blog, Babbling About Nothing, has a great post about Stay At Home Moms, or finances in a relationship in general. I try to offer something for everyone. I’m the Baskin-Robbins of blogging, 31 flavors to satisfy everyone.
Tonight, we went to Italy for dinner. While we didn’t actually FLY there, we did have a fantastic lazagne, some garlic bread, and of course, a nice Italian red wine to compliment the meal. I did not take a lot of time picking tonight’s wine out, and went with something that was inexpensive ($10) and being demoed in the store.
I selected a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Ca’del Bosco, their 2003 vintage. Their wines are aged in oak 12 months, and then bottle stored for 3 years before release. Although not to be confused with a Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano, Italy’s first DOCG, it seems to adhere to the Italian law which requires such aging.
I am so glad you stopped by to see my review of Thorn-Clarke’s Terra Barossa 2006 Shiraz. It’s been an interesting video to shoot, complete with technical glitches, multiple tastings, and some fun discoveries. That is what I love about wine, not only are there differences from grape to grape, but within the same grape varietal there are differences, and further within the same bottle there are differences depending on the situation. This interesting red from Australia sure brings that point home.
I have been tossing around the idea of qualifying for The Wine Century Club for some time now. The first time I had heard of it was when Kathleen Lisson said she was having dinner with the Wine Century Club back in April. For someone who I enjoyed and respected on twitter to feel it was such an honor, I knew I wanted to be able to say I was a member of that club. I love her blog as well, because pairing wine and food is important to me, and I learn so much from her. So, the seed was planted, now I put it into action.
I’ve come across many wines that didn’t suit my palate. Some were too sweet, others too dry, and still others just didn’t give me any reason to drink more of it. However, no wine has given me such an adverse reaction as this Zinfandel from Kelley Creek did.
Robin and I love to entertain. We don’t do it enough, maybe once every month or two. We’ll have a bigger party, maybe 20-30 people, once or twice a year, then we’ll have 2-4 other people over now-and-then. We always try to plan out a fun and exciting menu, complimented by fun beverages. You all know I’m a big fan of wine, and now you’ll see I love to cook!
This evening’s wine was Sobon Estates 2006 Viognier. It’s a nice summer wine that rolls in at $15, and while I won’t say it’s the best viognier, it was worth giving it a try. The video review that follows gives a good summary, but I’ll fill that out as well.