Santa Carolina Carmenere Chile

Chilean Carmenere from Santa Carolina

It’s no secret that I am having a spring love affair. I’m loving wines from Chile and they’re loving me back! I of course thank Rob Bralow from Wines of Chile for sending me 12 wines to review at my leisure and this wine is one of those wines. Rob made it clear that I was free to discuss whether or not I enjoyed the wines, or not blog about them at all. I appreciate his understanding that there is a chance some of the wines wouldn’t be to my liking.
Alfasi Chardonnay 2007

WBW 56 – Kosher Wine review

It’s time for another Wine Blogging Wednesday installment. This month’s topic comes from The Cork Dork, and he’s picked Kosher Wines, to coincide with month’s celebration of the Jewish holiday of Passover. For those of you who aren’t Jewish, please don’t turn away. Aside from the possible relation of Jesus’ Last Supper as a Passover Seder (dinner), these wines are not just Kosher, they’re pretty darned good.
Mar de Casablanca 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Great Summer White Wine – Mar Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Walking into the house, Robin’s first comment was not “Hi Honey” or even “Welcome home”. Her first comment of the evening was “This wine is great.”  Backing up an hour, Robin called me while I was still at work, asking which wine she should open for the evening. I told her to grab any one of the […]
Caliterra Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Chillin with Chile – Caliterra Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

There is no doubt that I feel wines from Chile offer tremendous value. While many of you probably cut your “Red Wine Teeth” on Merlot or Zinfandel as first red wines, I was purchasing Chilean Carmenere two or three times a week when I first started drinking red wine. I always felt that for the money, you got a great wine with complex flavors while being very approachable. That’s why I am very excited that I’ve got a shipment of 12 different wines from Chile to drink and discuss with you. The first wine I had was Caliterra’s Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008, and I’m excited to talk about it!
Secreto Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Don’t be April Fooled – Secreto Sauvignon Blanc is serious

And I am sure some of you select your wines based on the bottles and labels. Well, here’s one wine you MIGHT pass over based on it’s label, and I’m here to make sure you don’t.When I received this bottle of wine, it came with the idea of playing a joke on my friends and readers. Present them with a goofy looking bottle of wine, and surprise them with a value driven, quality wine instead. While the label on the Secreto 2008 sauvignon blanc is artistic and almost whimsical, the wine inside is nothing but serious.
Sobon Estate ReZerve Zin 2006

Sobon Estate ReZerve Zinfandel 2006

Hopefully you read my blog often, or subscribe to it via RSS. If that is the case, you probably saw that I’ve had a hankering for Zinfandel wines lately. You’ll also know that while not bad wines, neither of the wines in that first review really knocked my socks off. Therefore, it’s time to talk about the next Zin, and see how my socks end up after it’s reviewed.
A Margarita in Mexico

Don’t drink the water

Robin and her friend Susan had been going to Isla Mujeres, a tiny island off the coast of Cancun, Mexico for 15 plus years before I was invited to join them in 2005. Along with the typical advice I was given by the two well traveled ladies of “Don’t drink the water”, I was told to not drink the wine. Apparently, their experience showed them that while the ceviche was second to none, and a fresh margarita could be found anywhere, drinkable wine was a rare treat on the Island.
Taft Street Syrah

Que Syrah – Taft Street 2006

Since I wasn’t crazy about either of the Syrah wines I had for Wine Blogging Wednesday #55, I decided to open a third. I was hopeful to end the night on a positive note, so opened up a Dry Creek Valley wine, since I would soon be there. The Taft Street Syrah 2006, about $20 retail, got the call and I chose to save the Longboard for my return from California. The question is, did I pick the right wine to end the night?