Happy Wine Wednesday! We’re half way through the week. Today I’m featuring a Tempranillo from the Toro region in northwest Spain. “Grab the bull by the horns.” Details: 2016 Toro Tempranillo 100% Tempranillo 14.5% Alcohol Toro DO, Spain Red Wine Tasting Notes: This medium bodied wine is reminiscent of crushed velvet in the glass. Its deep garnet color is reflective of its succulent bouquet of ripe fruit, cherries, boysenberries, smoke, and leather. Flavors of cherry, smoke, and a pop of unripe plum carry this wine into a long, lingering finish. This fruity wine would be paired well with chocolate and salty cheeses. Trivia: Toro is a region in northwest Spain that borders the Atlantic ocean. It is best known for Albarino, a crisp, white wine. Due to this cooler climate, this Tempranillo tastes young. It is a lighter Tempranillo, and most likely will continue to taste younger as it ages. Advertisements
Early on in our courtship, my husband surprised me with a romantic weekend getaway to Napa Valley. Of course, this act solidified my love and admiration for the man. After all, he understood my passion for wine, even if it was not his. He was happy just to see me in my element. At that time, I had been working in the wine industry for a little more than a year, and I was thrilled to finally get to visit in person some of the wineries that up to this point I’d only known by their wines and representatives. Our first stop was a VIP tour and tasting at Hall Wines. What a start! We arrived on the mountaintop in Rutherford and were surrounded by awe-inspiring views of Napa Valley. It was a foggy autumn morning, with wispy clouds hovering along Mayacamas mountain ridges. It was absolutely breathtaking. As we approached the door to the main house, we passed a delightful metal sculpture of two figures in play – the first piece of art we …
Happy Wine Wednesday! I’ve been tasting a lot of delicious wines lately. Banfi Rosa Regale was a lost favorite. I used to drink this for dessert at one of my favorite Italian restaurants. The restaurant closed a few years ago, and with it went my tradition. I was happy to rediscover this wine at my local BevMo. Details: Banfi Rosa Regale 2018 100% Brachetto Alcohol: 7% Piedmont, Italy Sparkling Red Wine Tasting Notes: This gorgeous wine is ruby colored in the glass with aromas of roses. This sweet, sparkling wine delights the tongue with its effervescence and flavors of raspberries, rose petals and just a hint of earthiness. It would pair well with chocolate and fattier meats like lamb or pork. Trivia: According to legend, both Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony gifted Cleopatra with Brachetto. She had them drink it to “unleash their passions.” Cheers!
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2014 Supercluster |100% Cabernet Franc |13.2% Alcohol | Santa Barbara County It’s been rainy and cold in Los Angeles. Maybe it’s not as cold as other regions of the country suffering from the “Polar Vortex,” but it’s cold for us. It’s inspired me to dig into some old comfort food recipes, including a particularly delicious beef stew I haven’t made in years. It was my mom’s recipe, and every bite reminds me of her. I needed some wine for the stew, so I turned to my collection and selected a bottle of Cabernet Franc. This bottle was part of a Wine Club package from an online club I joined a few years ago. The labels on the wines were fun and adorable. The bottles were inexpensive. However, the wines I tried didn’t have much depth. For this reason, the bottles I ordered from the club became my “go to” for when I wanted to cook with wine. This bottle of Cabernet Franc, called Supercluster, was one of the last bottles from that time. Since it …
Happy Wine Wednesday! I’m introducing a new feature on The Wine Muse: “Featured Wine of the Week.” Join me every Wednesday to find out what I’m drinking. This week, I’m enjoying a beautiful 2015 Pinot Noir from Dragonette, a boutique winery in the Central Coast. They have a delightful tasting room in Los Olivos where you can try their stunning Pinot Noirs. This 2015 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is the loveliest color of ruby red. It is herbacious and earthy on the nose. It features tastes of dark plum and cranberry on the palate. Light tannins round it out. Cheers!