Friday, November 6, 2015

More Roses'- Happy Pink Friday!

I still love Roses' even though it's not summer anymore! It's just so beautiful to see a glass of something pink! Happy Pink Friday everyone!

Here's a rose' we found in Dallas while shopping in a new market in Dallas-Fresh Market!


It's a 2014 Oronta Garnacha Rose' I have linked the name with the write-up from Fresh Market on Facebook. We loved this market and this wine. It's only $10 and worth drinking and rated 90 points by Stephen Tanzer!

We found this Spanish Rosado at Spec's in Dallas for our Mexican fiesta dinner with Meredith, Rory and all their friends. It's a 2013 Zestos Rosado of Old Vine Garnacha from Madrid, Spain. ($11) Fun rose' for your next Mexican fiesta!

"Light and fruity, but still structured and complex."

2014 Chateau Valcombe Epicure ($13) A completely dry rose' made of Grenache Noir (60%), Cinsault (20%), Carignan (10%) and a touch of Clairette (10%). Very nice rose'!

2014 Cotes De Provence Commanderie de Peyrassol ($22) We had this wine in Highland Park Village at Molto Formaggio during a wine and cheese class. "This wine is the classic representation of the pink-tinted wines of this region and is the workhorse wine of the estate.  It carries a pale rose color, a lovely fruit blossom nose and finishes crisply dry with a stony touch that gives it class and elegance. The grape blend is usually Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah in varying percentages."

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Rose' Reserve, Maison fondee a Reims en 1851 ($30). A powder pink rosé, with a delicate sparkle. A complex nose of homemade strawberry jam and fresh gingerbread. A deep wine with an aromatic finish. Beautiful rose'!

 Happy Friday or any day for that matter!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Spring Valley Vineyards-Frederick Red Wine from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State!

Don asked me what I wanted to do one Wednesday evening in March. The last cold front of the year was coming in, but the weather was gorgeous. The evening called for a patio somewhere. We brainstormed about places to possibly dine and then I remembered it was half-price bottle night at the club. We arrived and they had a table for us right by the windows looking out onto the golf course, which is where people always want to sit this time of the year. Then it dawned on us that we'd rather be outside. Even though we knew a spring storm was coming in late that evening, we felt safe enough to sit outside on the patio under the large orange umbrellas.

The hostess took us outside where we chose a table close to the walls out of the wind. We could hear the ducks quacking in Turtle Creek, which runs through the golf course. Geese were flying over the water and honking to each other and one large grackle was flying in for a landing on the patio waiting for someone to drop something. During the summer by the pool, if you leave your table, your food will be gone by the time you come back. The grackles watch the tables constantly and are known professional thieves!

The evening went off without a hitch, except for two light rain showers. We stayed in place under the umbrella and never got a drop of rain on us!
The wine we chose for the evening meal, which consisted of a fried artichoke appetizer, corn chowder for me and grilled trout for Don, was a red wine from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State.

2007 Frederick Cabernet Sauvignon Blend ($50). This highly structured, fruit-driven wine is a "New World" style blend. In France it would be called "Un Vin Charpente", meaning wine with a strong structure like a roof. A nose of candied plum, blackberry jam, and flowers leads to a soft-palate, with Cabernet Franc adding texture and vibrancy to the Cabernet Sauvignon. It also consists of 20% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot.

Aaron, the club's sommelier, said we chose a perfect wine to try tonight. He usually decides for us, but we chose before he could get out to visit with us on the patio. This wine was delicious and one I would definitely have again.

This is on the bucket list of wine countries to visit!

Monday, November 2, 2015

"Call Me A Cab....ernet!" #StaglinWine #SeleneWines #DelDottoWine #BRANDLIN_wine #StSupery

 We've been lucky enough to have tasted some fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon wines this year due to my hubby's love and eternal search of the perfect  Cabernet! I have to also give great credits to our friend, Aaron Benson, the now past sommelier of the Dallas Country Club. Aaron has been so good to us and led us to many great Cabs we would have never tasted if it weren't for him. His talents, skills, and friendship will continue on into his next venture he has chosen. We wish him all the luck and blessings for his new career and marriage in November.

 2008 Salus Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($200) I found this wine on sale for that price! Whoa! It scored 94 points from Wine Spectator!Delicious!

2010 Volker Eisele Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50). We found this one in Sonoma while on our winecation in June. Loved it! 92 points from Robert Parker! This is a medium to full bodied wine that will last over the next ten years.

2006 Selene Dead Fred Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ($50) Napa Valley. This wine was amazing and a comes with a sad story about a long-deceased cat.  A wonderful wine worth finding or ordering. Medium to full bodied wine that will keep a long time in the cellar or drink right now. 

2012 Del Dotto Caves Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($55). This bottle was in our wine fridge and I don't know where it came from, but it was delicious. This winery is on my bucket list to visit. It looks gorgeous on their website! Check out the beautiful label!

2011 Brandlin Mount Veeder Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60) an excellent choice Cabernet by Cuvaison Estate Wines, originally purchased from the Brandlin Family that settled the rocky slopes of Mt. Vedder in the 1870's. Fabulous wine!

And last by not least is a 2009 St. Supery Estate Grown, Family Owned Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley ($30). "This is a rich, structured wine with excellent depth and flavor."

Enjoy any or all of these Cabernet Sauvignons. You can't go wrong with any one of them. :)