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Wine Notes 9/18/2019: Leuta Tau Toscana 2013

Wine of the Week- Wine: Leuta Tau, Toscana, 2013 Region: Tuscany, Italy Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah Price: $29.00 Taste: Full bodied, commanding with a rich velvety quality. Notes of cherries, balsamic, dark chocolate, worn leather and the zing of paprika. Pairs with: Date night! This is the wine to serve with a romantic steak dinner by a fireplace or while watching Usual Suspects for the twentieth time. FYI: This wine is known as a Super Tuscan. These wines that are blends of non-indigenous grapes...

Wine Notes 9/11/2019 Cannonball Eleven, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017

Wine: Cannonball Eleven, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc Price: $21 Taste: This wine is luscious with joyful acidity. Taste of kumquats, guava, passion fruit, mango, and melons. Pairs with: A sunny day or a cloudy day when you’re craving sunshine. This is a bottle of the best days of summer liquified. FYI: Dry Creek is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located in Sonoma County , California. This area is northwest of Healdsburg and includes 9,000 vineyards and 70 wineries. Dry Creek...

Wine Notes: Gruet Blanc de Noir 9/4/2019

Wine: Gruet Blanc de Noir Region: New Mexico Grapes: Pinot Noir Price: Taste: This wine starts off linear then blooms in the mouth with flavor of grilled pears, ripe berries, anise, sweet cherries and herbs. Pairs with: Sunday morning watching FYI: New Mexico is America’s oldest wine growing region. According to the Viva Vino, the first grapes where planted in New Mexico 400 years ago in the Rio Grande AVA. The grapes were brought over from Spain when out of a need for sacramental wines,...

Wine Notes: 8/28/19 Gros Ventre, Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2016

Wine: Gros Ventre, Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2016 Region: Sonoma Coast, California Grapes: Pinot Noir Price: $60 Taste: This is a toe-clenching, soul snatching, hold yourself and scream in the name of delicousness wine. The wine sashays on the tongue, splendid red berry fruit, mushroom, pine tree, mint leaves and nutmeg. Pairs with: This is the bottle to save for a weekend with your best friends. Make a beautiful cheese and charcuterie plate and enjoy. FYI: Learn more about this husband and wife team. Watch...

Do Venice in 20 Hours

I won’t repeat the typical itinerary: St. Marks Square (check), Bridge of Sighs (check, check) and gondola ride (check, check, check)! Yeeesss! Do it all! Since you all are a real travel enthusiast, let me give you the skinny on what I wish I had known prior to my 20-hour Venice Visit. Follow these tips for your perfect day trip....

Where in the World is Shall We Wine Going? First Stop, May 2019

FIRST STOP: COLLIO, ITALY WHERE IS IT? Collio is located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northeast Italy. WHY AM I GOING? Some of the best white wines in the world are produced in Collio. Collio’s temperature dramatically shifts from day to night (I packed extra layers) therefor is textbook for creating deep complex wines. The vineyards are on hillside (comfy shoes are packed) with layers of marl and sandstone (that’s the soil), that the locals refer to as ponca. WHAT DO I EXPECT TO DRINK? I’m sure the...