Saturday, April 28, 2012

Vino Vino for JB's graduation

We celebrated JB's graduation at Vino Vino tonight - fun!

Le Bellerive Prosecco di Valdobbiadene - Italy
I can't recall the cost of this sparkling wine by the bottle, but it retails online for $15/bottle. It was dry with fine bubbles. Had it with clams, mussels, calamari, flatbread pizza, and olives - nice!

Danjean-Berthoux Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2009, Givry, Burgundy, France - $32/bottle
This wine is from Domaine du Moulin Neuf in the Givry region of Burgundy.
Aroma - red fruit
Taste - red fruit, black tea, light-bodied, soft tannins
Yum! Also had this with the appetizers above.

Château Greysac Médoc 2008, Bordeaux, France - $38/bottle
This wine rates 88 with Wine Spectator. It retails online for $19/bottle. According to the information at Vino Vino, it's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.
Aroma - black fruit, earthy
Taste - black fruit, earthy, strong tannins, dark cocoa
Yummy, especially with flatiron steak!

Domaine Antugnac Pinot Noir 2010, Languedoc, France - $31/bottle
Aroma - bright cherries
Taste - bright cherries, soft tannins, very easy drinking!
Yummy! Gorgeous with chocolate ganache, goat cheese cheesecake, various cheeses

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Moshin Pinot Noir 2008, Russian River Valley, CA - $40

Had this wine at Barley Swine for $15/glass ($57/bottle). I found it at Central Market for $40/bottle.

Aroma - cherries and smoke/gunpowder
Taste - same

Yum! Good with foie gras/rutabaga/pickled strawberry/parmesan, pork belly/scrambled duck egg/morels/swiss chard, scallops/brussel sprouts/peanut/grapefruit, and a few other yummy small plates.

Henri's - Restaurant Review, and Casalone Barbera del Monferrato 2008, Italy

We discovered Henri's while we were waiting for a table next door at Barley Swine. I think I actually like Henri's better!

It was pretty close to closing time for them, but they still prepared a wonderful platter of cheese and nuts for us. So yummy!


This Casalone Barbera del Monferrato 2008 was lovely! It's a "naked," or unoaked wine, which makes it extremely food friendly and very appealing to my palate! I've seen it at Whole Foods and Central Market, so it'll be easy to pick up a bottle anytime!

Schug Pinot Noir 2009, Sonoma Coast, CA - $25

Had a bottle of this wine at Olivia - it retails there for $48/bottle. I found it at Central Market for $25/bottle.

Aroma - cherries and smoke
Taste - dried cherries, smoke, soft tannins, dark cocoa

Yum! Great with mussels and frites!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chilensis Reserva Pinot Noir 2010, Maule Valley, Chile - $9

I purchased this wine at Costco for $9/bottle.

Aroma - red fruit and spice
Taste - red fruit, light black tea, soft to moderate tannins


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sebastiani Pinot Noir 2009, Sonoma Coast, CA - $13

I purchased this wine at Costco for $13/bottle. It was rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast.

Aroma - red fruit
Taste - red fruit, black tea, soft to moderate tannins

Good - I like it and will buy it regularly!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kirkland Signature Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina - $8

I purchased this wine at Costco for $8/bottle.

Aroma - red and black fruit
Taste - red and black fruit, black tea, moderate tannins, a little woody

Okay - it's not bad, but I probably wouldn't purchase it again for myself.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chalone Pinot Noir 2009, Monterrey County, California - $15

At Moonshine this wine is $8/glass and $32/bottle. It retails for $15/bottle online.

Aroma - light red fruit
Taste - light red fruit, black tea, dry, a little wood

Good. Not sure what vintage Moonshine served me, because it wasn't listed on the menu. However, 2009 is the current vintage.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mohua Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand - $13

I purchased this wine at Austin Wine Merchant for $13/bottle.

Aroma - tropical fruit
Taste - tropical fruit, dry, good acid

Yum! I tend to like Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand, and this one is no exception! Just lovely! Had it with chicken ravioli - excellent!

Austin Wine Merchant - Duchman Family Winery Tasting

Duchman Family Winery Vermentino 2010, Driftwood, TX - $13.75

This is an Italian varietal commonly grown in Piedmont and Sicily, according to winemaker Dave Reilly. The wine undergoes all stainless steel fermentation.

Aroma - light citrus, clean
Taste - light citrus, good acid

Dave says that his would be great with seafood. It's really so yummy!

Duchman Family Winery Viognier 2010, Driftwood, TX - $13.75

Aroma - peach and honey
Taste - peach, light honey, slightly fuller bodies than the last, clean finish with good acid

Duchman Family Winery GSM 2010, Driftwood, TX - $18.75

This wine is a blend of 62% Grenache, 18% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre

Aroma - sweet red fruit
Taste - red fruit, dark chocolate, dry, moderate fruit

All three are so nice! I bought two bottles of each!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Passetoutgrain 2008, Burgundy, France - $38

We had this wine at Mulberry for dinner tonight. It retails for $38/bottle at the restaurant, and $20 - $25/bottle online.

Aroma - tart cherries
Taste - tart cherries, dry, black tea, moderate tannins


Monday, April 9, 2012

Castillo de Monséran Garnacha 2009, Cariñena, Spain - $9

I bought this wine at Whole Foods on sale for $9/bottle. It's a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy, and is 100% Grenache.

Aroma - red fruit and spice
Taste - red fruit, black tea, dark cocoa, soft to moderate tannins

I like this wine! It went well with our dinner of chicken with saffron rice, and garlic-scented rainbow chard.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Beaulieu Vineyard Coastal Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, CA - $7

I purchased this wine at Whole Foods for $7/bottle, mainly to use as a marinade for beef stew meat. Of course I had to taste it first to be sure that it was good enough for the marinade.

Aroma - red and dark fruit
Taste - red and dark fruit, light taste if dark chocolate, strong tannins, medium-bodied

This wine is a little watery for a Cabernet Sauvignon, but it's actually a good wine for the price!

Lancatay Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina - $13

This wine is produced by Huarpe Wines. MK brought it to share for girls' night last night. I saw it at Whole Foods today for $13/bottle. It also retails online for around $9/bottle.

Aroma - black fruit
Taste - black fruit, black tea, dry, soft tannins

I like this wine. It goes well with Margherita pizza and kale/roasted garlic/olive pizza.

McManis Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, CA - $10

I purchased this wine at Western Beverages for $10/bottle.

Aroma - dark fruit
Taste - dark fruit, dry, strong tannins, a bit woody

FA really liked it! I didn't prefer the amount of wood in the wine.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Austin Wine Merchant - Review

Fantastic, friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Great selection, and they can special-order just about anything!

Low prices - they price-match when possible, too!

Free (very educational) wine tastings on Wed evenings and Saturday mid-day.

Convenient, free parking (in adjacent lot, as well as in the lot across the street).

Full selection of gorgeous wine glasses (Riedel and other brands) at or less than suggested retail price.

Discount on purchases of 6 or more (bottles of wine, wine glasses, etc.).

Great selection of beers, including high-end beers. Also a comprehensive selection of spirits!

LOVE LOVE LOVE The Austin Wine Merchant!!!!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pala Triente Cannonau di Sardegna 2010, Italy - $16

We had this wine at Boticelli's with our dinner. It retails for $42/bottle there, and about $16/bottle online.

Aroma - fruit, spice
Taste - dark fruit, spice, dry

Yummy with salad topped with mushrooms/melon/truffle oil, king salmon, duck breast on duck confit ravioli, meatballs and arrabbiata sauce, and pesto chicken.