Monday, March 8, 2021

 

Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Chenin Blanc



I’ve recently enjoyed three wines that reminded me of warm spring days on the back deck with good friends, sipping good wine.

Olalla Winery produced a 2014 Merlot (Kilted Scotsman – Conner Lee Merlot) – this deep rich inky wine is not like any merlot you have ever experienced.   Each sip is lush, full of flavor and complexity. 

I was recently introduced to Caymus Vineyards out of Napa Valley.  Their 2014 and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is so amazing.  Words fail to describe this deep dark wine.  It is so full of fruit and very smooth on the finish.

Because of Denise’s recent research into
Biodynamic wines, I tried an organic 100% French Chenin Blanc varietal from the Anjou, Loire Valley region.  It is full of fruit flavor but low in sugar.  I was able to enjoy several glasses with no side effects.

There are so many wonderful wines out there today and I look forward to tasting and sharing them with all of you.

Cheers,

LaDonna

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

 

Petite Verdot is a brilliant grape for blending and on its own!

When I opened this 2014 Petite Verdot from Dumas Station I was awestruck how it glided smoothly across the pallet with a deliciously long finish!  Petite Verdot is usually a blending grape, when you find a single varietal, explore its beautiful aroma and flavor.


I paired this bottle with a grass-fed grass-finished Beef Filet and rosemary herb roasted mushrooms for a decadent meal. Do not get stuck in a rut and keep buying the same thing, try something new this week like a Petite Verdot!

Cheers!

Denise

Sunday, January 31, 2021

 

Did you stop drinking wine because it made you sick? Hold on, you can possibly have your wine and feel no effects?  Did you ever notice how wine has no ingredient label?  You cannot look at the label and see what additives are in the bottle that you might be having a reaction to.  There are over 70 plus FDA approved additives producers can put in your wine, some natural and some not. 

Luckily, many producers are now making wine that is Biodynamic, using wild yeast and no additives.  Do your research on the Slow Wine movement promoting sustainable wine practices which started with primarily Italian wines and now have expanded into Oregon and California. There are also now many subscription services that promote natural wines, explore these for what they have to offer you.  Please also visit your local natural wine producers, ask questions about their practices and do a tasting.  If have given up wine, explore again by finding a clean, pure, natural wine and go back to enjoying the beauty of a great glass of wine again! 

Cheers!

D