Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FLXWine Winechat

On May 27th, #winechat returned to the Finger Lakes to learn more about the region, discuss and taste wines from Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, and Heron Hill Winery. The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance sent out some samples for a virtual tasting of the region's wines as a special #winechat. They also included a very cool #FLXWine tee-shirt that is incredibly comfortable and in heavy rotation right now. The Finger Lakes region is producing some great wines right now - if you didn't know, this year's Wine Blogger Conference will be held there. Great wine, great food, great views and things to do - should be a fun time, sorry I have to miss it.

FLXWine Winechat

Tasting Notes:
Dr. Konstantin Frank Grüner Veltliner 2014:  citrus, green herb, stone fruit,  lots of acid and minerality; 457 cases; SRP $15.
Heron Hill Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2013: unfortunately, this was a corked bottle (or something else was off) and undrinkable.
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2013 Red Oak Riesling: Floral, smoke, and lemon aromas; stone fruit, citrus, and floral flavors; sweetness balanced by acid; cork closure; SRP $20.
Wines provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Snooth: Lodi Presents

Snooth: Lodi Presents

Most virtual tastings are fun, Snooth and Lodi Wine both take it up a notch, so it was great to be invited to participate in a tasting with the both of them. Lodi Wine Country is one of California's major wine growing regions, located 100 miles east of San Francisco near the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta, and representing the region were Master Sommelier and friend of Snooth Tim Gaiser will be joined by Camron King, Executive Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission, and Kyle Lerner, Owner/Vineyard Manager, Harney Lane Winery. Here's video of the evening - enjoy!



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
Snooth: Lodi Presents Video

Tasting Notes:
Harney Lane Winery Old Vine Zinfandel Lizzy James Vineyard 2012: grapes sourced from the 111 year old vines in the Lizzy James Vineyard; aged 21 months in French oak; pretty purple color; dark berry, spice and wood notes on the nose; dark berries, cassis, and spice in the mouth; round mouthfeel and luxurious finish; cork closure; 449 cases produced; SRP $35.
McCay Cellars Viognier 2014: fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel; golden yellow in the glass; stone fruit, floral, and mineral notes on the nose; pear, stone fruit, and mineral flavors; great mouthfeel - luscious with acidity giving it pleasant bite; cork closure; SRP $24; 
Wines provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wine of the Week: Nik Weis Urban Riesling 2014

Urban not as in city, but as in saint of the wine industry. Living in the 4th Century, Urban was the bishop of Langres and eventually canonized as a saint, being invoked against blight and alcoholism. Nik Weis has chosen Mosel Riesling grapes, some from his in-laws' vineyard, then oversees vinification in stainless steel. Beautiful example of a Mosel Riesling, simply made, but with lots of character.

Wine of the Week: Nik Weis Urban Riesling 2014

Tasting Notes:
Light straw color; floral, spice, lemon, and starfruit aromas; honeyed melon, lemon, spice, and tropical fruit flavors; extremely luscious, round mouthfeel; sweetness underlaid by a nice acidic backbone, then into a crisp finish; cork closure; SRP $14.
Wine provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

sommkit: Mise en Place for Wine

I've been helping beta test a new product, smoke, brought to market by the good folks at Protocol Wine Studio, who are also the hosts of the Twitter chat #WineStudio, among many other things. sommkit was created as a way to organize the many tools needed to open bottles and enjoy wine. There are currently two versions of sommkit: an original grey beta with sturdy leather additions and a second black beta which is an all vegan product (this is the one I received). The heavy waxed canvas, quality stitching and D-ring are the same for both versions.

sommkit: Mise en Place for Wine

Before sommkit, all of my corkscrews (and other wine openers), bottle stoppers, etc. have resided in a drawer, through which I have to search to find just the right tool for the bottle opened. Now there's one place to go to, with everything needed together. The material used is heavy and substantial, promising many more years of use, and feels good in the hand. An integrated flap covers the tools, then all are rolled up and secured with the attached string. A functional, well-designed, sleek, and, dare I say I it, sexy addition to anyone's wine obsession.

Now I'm no wine expert, though I play one on the Internet, but there is definitely a use for such a product if you have more than a passing seriousness about wine (and other spirits as well). Having all the tools needed to run a tasting with one's friends certainly allows for the experience to be appreciated a lot more.

Improvements: I would add another larger pocket in lieu of two smaller ones. Again, not as a wine pro, but as a serious consumer, I could see this being improved by conversion to an apron, keeping the same heavy fabric, simple design, but adding string (or the option) to the other end.

To purchase or to get more information, visit the sommkit website, Twitter, and Facebook.

This product was provided for review purposes - all opinions are my own.

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